Wednesday, November 20, 2013

  • Covering JFK: The president has been shot
    As a reporter for the Dallas Times-Herald, Jim Lehrer was still at the airport when he heard that President John F. Kennedy had been shot. Judy Woodruff talks to NewsHour co-founders Lehrer and Robert MacNeil about their search for facts after the shooting on Kennedy's health and the police investigations of suspected shooters.
    Original Air Date: November 20, 2013
  • Covering JFK: Gunshots ring in Dealey Plaza
    As a correspondent for NBC News, Robert MacNeil rode in one of the press buses, seven cars behind President John F. Kennedy’s limousine. The motorcade entered Dealey Plaza in Dallas when MacNeil heard three loud bangs. Judy Woodruff talks to NewsHour co-founder MacNeil about his reaction to the gunfire, before anyone knew the shots had killed the president.
    Original Air Date: November 20, 2013
  • Covering JFK: The Kennedys arrive in Dallas
    When the Kennedy family arrived at Love Field airport in Dallas, they were greeted by thousands of supporters. As reporters, NewsHour co-founders Robert MacNeil and Jim Lehrer witnessed the warm welcome. MacNeil describes the unexpected scene on the tarmac and along the motorcade route on Nov. 22, 1963.
    Original Air Date: November 20, 2013
  • "Lab before blab" lights up elementary school science
    Elementary school teacher Leigh Ann Anderson does "the lab before the blab", giving her students lab experiments and letting them work through solutions before delivering the science lesson. Fourth graders must make a light bulb glow with tin foil and a battery, and fifth graders need to figure out force and trajectory to throw a rubber cat one meter.
    Original Air Date: November 20, 2013
  • Covering JFK: The decision to remove the ‘bubble top’
    On Nov. 22, 1963, the Secret Service prepared for President John F. Kennedy’s procession through Dallas. Agents removed an optional feature of the president's 1961 Lincoln Continental, a plastic cover to protect the family from bad weather. As a Dallas Herald-Tribune reporter, Jim Lehrer recounts the decision to remove the “bubble top,” and whether the Plexiglass could have saved Kennedy.
    Original Air Date: November 20, 2013
  • Covering JFK: Anti-Kennedy sentiment in Texas prior to visit
    There were many Texans in 1963 who despised John F. Kennedy and everything he stood for. NewsHour co-founder Jim Lehrer talks to Judy Woodruff about the growing anti-Kennedy sentiment in Dallas prior to the president’s fateful visit to the city on Nov. 22.
    Original Air Date: November 20, 2013

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

  • Screenwriter John Ridley on '12 Years a Slave'
    In depicting American slavery, Hollywood has long left some of the most brutal realities largely unseen. But the filmmakers behind "12 Years a Slave" tried not to flinch in showing the full system of human subjugation. Jeffrey Brown talks to screenwriter John Ridley about the challenge of humanizing a dehumanizing institution.
    Original Air Date: November 18, 2013
  • Lincoln's words spark debate, dedication to American freedom
    President Lincoln's Gettysburg Address articulated a powerful message 150 years ago that endures today. How did a speech with so few words come to effect such great meaning in American history? Drew Gilpin Faust of Harvard University and Richard Norton Smith of George Mason University join Jeffrey Brown to offer reflections.
    Original Air Date: November 19, 2013
  • Judicial confirmation impasse impacting American justice?
    In recent weeks, three of President Obama's nominees to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit have failed to pass the Senate. Gwen Ifill gets views on the impact of the standoff from Caroline Fredrickson of the American Constitution Society for Law and Policy and Carrie Severino of the Judicial Crisis Network.
    Original Air Date: November 19, 2013
  • Massachusetts seeks cost-cutting that improves health care
    With an outcome of near universal health coverage for residents of the Bay State, the 2006 reform of Massachusetts' health care system has also come with higher prices. Paul Solman reports on the state's effort to slow rising costs by looking for ways to cut spending on care that doesn't add value or improve health.
    Original Air Date: November 19, 2013
  • Susan Rice: 'Now is not the time for new sanctions' on Iran
    President Obama urged lawmakers to hold off on seeking new sanctions against Iran, prompting some senators to urge the president to remain tough on that country. National Security Advisor Susan Rice talks to Judy Woodruff about the upcoming round of Iran nuclear negotiations, as well as challenges in Afghanistan and Syria.
    Original Air Date: November 19, 2013
  • Will JPMorgan's settlement set incentives for better banking
    JP Morgan Chase agreed to pay a record $13 billion in fines and compensation to investors and struggling homeowners. The nation's largest bank admitted it misrepresented mortgage-backed securities that collapsed in 2008. Gwen Ifill gets reaction from Lynn Stout of Cornell University and banking consultant Bert Ely.
    Original Air Date: November 19, 2013

Monday, November 18, 2013

  • Screenwriter John Ridley on '12 Years a Slave'
    In depicting American slavery, Hollywood has long left some of the most brutal realities largely unseen. But the filmmakers behind "12 Years a Slave" tried not to flinch in showing the full system of human subjugation. Jeffrey Brown talks to screenwriter John Ridley about the challenge of humanizing a dehumanizing institution.
    Original Air Date: November 18, 2013
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  • Screenwriter John Ridley on '12 Years a Slave'
    In depicting American slavery, Hollywood has long left some of the most brutal realities largely unseen. But the filmmakers behind "12 Years a Slave" tried not to flinch in showing the full system of human subjugation. Jeffrey Brown talks to screenwriter John Ridley about the challenge of humanizing a dehumanizing institution.
    Original Air Date: November 18, 2013
  • ATF director Todd discusses ending urban violence
    In part two of our interview with B. Todd Jones, the new director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, he talks to Judy Woodruff about goals for his agency and past high-profile controversies, including "Fast and Furious" and terrorists profiting from cigarette smuggling.
    Original Air Date: November 18, 2013
  • Silicon Valley entrepreneurs set sights on space travel
    Move over NASA, Silicon Valley is joining the space race. Entrepreneurs from the nation's high-tech hub are designing lunar landers, making plans to mine the moon and gearing up to blast off into commercial space flight. Thuy Vu of KQED reports on how private ventures and investors are investing in space exploration.
    Original Air Date: November 18, 2013
  • Tax credit helps end a family's search for health insurance
    The Montez family of Colorado have been living without insurance, forcing them to avoid care and pay for medical expenses out of pocket. But now they are able to afford a health care plan under the Affordable Care Act. Julie Rovner of NPR joins Judy Woodruff to explain how tax subsidies are helping families get coverage.
    Original Air Date: November 18, 2013
  • Timing of strong storms in the Midwest is 'very unusual'
    The string of storms that devastated the Midwest over the weekend was very rare for the timing, both time of year and time of day. Gwen Ifill talks to Howard Bluestein of the University of Oklahoma about the special conditions that triggered the deadly tornadoes.
    Original Air Date: November 18, 2013
  • Doris Lessing's unfinished business with 'Ben in the World'
    Ray Suarez interviews Doris Lessing about "Ben in the World," a science fiction novel that continues the story of a young man striking out on his own path, even though he's incapable of coping with the modern world. As this is the sequel to her 1988 novel, "The Fifth Child," Lessing tells Suarez what compelled her take up Ben's story again, more than a decade after the first book.
    Original Air Date: November 18, 2013

Sunday, November 17, 2013

  • Sunday, November 17, 2013
    On NewsHour Weekend Sunday, new pictures of the ferocious storm that has now claimed more than four thousand lives in the Philippines. Later, in our signature segment, major changes to the high school equivalency exam.
    Original Air Date: November 17, 2013
    November 17, 2013
  • Tiger shrimp invade Louisiana waters
    An invasive species known as tiger shrimp have been spotted in the Gulf of Mexico over the last six years. Charlie Whinham talks with shrimpers and researchers about how these huge shrimp could cause big problems for Louisiana’s multi-billion dollar industry.
    Original Air Date: November 17, 2013
  • Update from Barnaby Lo, Cebu City, Philippines
    Update from Barnaby Lo, Cebu City, Philippines
    Original Air Date: November 17, 2013
  • Government security breach by Anonymous - scope unknown
    Joseph Menn of Reuters reports on the story he helped break about how activist hackers linked to the collective known as Anonymous have secretly accessed U.S. government computers in multiple agencies and stolen sensitive information. The FBI has acknowledged the breach. Menn says the campaign began almost a year ago and its scope is not yet known.
    Original Air Date: November 17, 2013
  • The GED gets a makeover: Will it make for better workers?
    For more than 70 years, the General Educational Development exam, or the GED, has been an important tool for those who didn't complete high school and immigrants looking to make inroads into higher education or secure better jobs. On Sunday, we take a look at the overhaul to the exam set to take effect in January 2014.
    Original Air Date: November 17, 2013

Saturday, November 16, 2013

  • Saturday, November 16, 2013
    The latest on the typhoon relief efforts in the Philippines, including a moving report about an infant child born in the middle of the storm. We then turn to the growing debate over abortion in Chile, sparked when an 11-year-old rape victim was hailed by Chile’s President for choosing to keep her baby. And lastly, ordinary people’s extraordinary photos of John F. Kennedy.
    Original Air Date: November 16, 2013
    November 16, 2013
  • The heights of vanity? The New York-Chicago skyscraper duel
    Results of the competition between Chicago and New York over which city has the tallest building.
    Original Air Date: November 16, 2013
  • Controversial case opens up discussion of abortion in Chile
    On Saturday, we report from Santiago. Chile has some of the most restrictive abortion laws in the world, but the recent rape and impregnation of an 11-year-old girl has ignited a national debate on this previously taboo topic.
    Original Air Date: November 16, 2013
  • Eyewitness captures Polaroid of moment JFK was shot
    50 years after the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, we hear from Mary Ann Moorman, an eyewitness at Dealey Plaza who shared her story with documentary filmmaker Alan Govenar. His film is currently on display at an exhibit at the International Center of Photography in NYC entitled: “JFK: A Bystanders View of History.”
    Original Air Date: November 16, 2013

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