Monday, August 15, 2011

  • Cate Blanchett on Reviving Theater Classic 'Uncle Vanya' for Modern Stage
    Australian actors Cate Blanchett and Richard Roxburgh have brought the Anton Chekhov classic "Uncle Vanya" back to the stage, playing now at Washington's Kennedy Center. Jeffrey Brown speaks with the actors about the challenges of staging the play for a modern audience and why so many Australians seem to be acting these days.
    Original Air Date: August 15, 2011
  • Norway's FM: Many Questions Yet to Be Answered on Attacks
    The deadly attacks in Norway on July 22 marked the country's worst violence since World War II. Norway's Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Store joins Judy Woodruff to discuss how the nation is coping, how the Internet is affecting extremism, the state of the investigations into the attacks and the many issued that have been raised.
    Original Air Date: August 15, 2011
  • Breivik Taken to Utoya to Confirm Attack Details, Re-enact Events for Trial
    Investigators took Anders Behring Breivik, who has admitted to carrying out attacks last month in Oslo and at a youth political camp on the island of Utoya that killed a total of 69 people and injured many more, back to the island to re-enact events and confirm details for his upcoming trial. Judy Woodruff reports.
    Original Air Date: August 15, 2011
  • 'Noose Is Tightening' on Gadhafi Regime, Rebels Assert
    The Obama administration applauded recent military gains by Libyan rebels on Monday. Margret Warner discusses the opposition forces' recent successes against the Gadhafi regime after numerous setbacks in the past few months with journalist Brian Conley and Dirk Vandewalle of Dartmouth College.
    Original Air Date: August 15, 2011
  • Full Interview: Cate Blanchett and Richard Roxburgh
    Actress Cate Blanchett describes her work as artistic director of the Sydney Theatre Company and its current production of 'Uncle Vanya,' starring Australian actor Richard Roxburgh.
    Original Air Date: August 15, 2011
  • News Wrap: Google Plans $12.5 Billion Takeover of Motorola Mobility
    In other news Monday, Google announced its largest-ever acquisition with the planned purchase of Motorola Mobility for $12.5 billion. The cellphone maker controls thousands of patents and builds devices that run on Google's Android platform. Also, a wave of bombings swept across Iraq killing at least 63 police and civilians.
    Original Air Date: August 15, 2011
  • How 'Bloody' Will GOP Nomination Fight Get?
    The GOP presidential field reshuffled over the weekend when Texas Gov. Rick Perry joined the race, former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty dropped out and Rep. Michele Bachmann won the Ames Straw Poll. Gwen Ifill and Political Editor David Chalian discuss the GOP contenders and President Obama's campaign-style Midwestern bus tour.
    Original Air Date: August 15, 2011
  • Political Checklist: The GOP Field After Ames
    Fresh off the campaign trail in Iowa, Gwen Ifill and David Chalian talk to Judy Woodruff about their experience covering the Ames Straw Poll, Tim Pawlenty's exit and Rick Perry's entrance to the race. We also get a look at some of the Iowa State Fair food David and Gwen sampled.
    Original Air Date: August 15, 2011
  • In Defense of Flogging: Controversy Over Prisons and Punishment
    We were curious: is flogging -- beating someone solidly on the behind with a wooden cane -- a reasonable, effective alternative to sending that person to jail for two, five, ten years? That's exactly what Peter Moskos, a police officer-turned-academic, argues in his new book, 'In Defense of Flogging.'
    Original Air Date: August 15, 2011
  • Weekly Poem: 'Observation' by Jenn Koiter
    Jenn Koiter reads a poem called "Observation." Koiter's work has appeared in several literary journals. She teaches English at Pikes Peak Community College in Colorado Springs.
    Original Air Date: August 15, 2011

Friday, August 12, 2011

  • Shields, Lowry on GOP Hopefuls in Iowa, Obama's Tough Times
    Syndicated columnist Mark Shields and National Review Editor Rich Lowry weigh in on the week's top political news, including the Iowa GOP 2012 debate and a tough couple of weeks for President Obama.
    Original Air Date: August 12, 2011
  • Honor Roll: Remembering the 30 U.S. Forces Killed in Helicopter Crash
    On Friday's NewsHour, we close with a special edition on our ongoing honor roll of the American service personnel killed in the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts. This week, the Pentagon released the names of the 30 troops -- Navy SEALS, soldiers and airmen -- killed in the helicopter downed by insurgents in eastern Afghanistan last weekend. Watch that honor roll of all 30 men:
    Original Air Date: August 12, 2011
  • How Will Iowa Straw Poll Shape GOP Field?
    After Thursday night's Republican debate in Iowa, GOP presidential hopefuls headed to the State Fair to court voters ahead of Saturday's GOP straw poll. Judy Woodruff discusses how the debate played out and what's expected in the weekend poll with Gwen Ifill.
    Original Air Date: August 12, 2011
  • Calmer Markets Cap a Week of Investors 'Being Smoked out of Safety Zone'
    The closing bell at the New York Stock Exchange on Friday capped one of the market's wildest spells since the meltdown of 2008. In the end, the major U.S. stock indices only dropped a small percentage for the week. Judy Woodruff discusses where things stand for investors with Bloomberg Businessweek's Roben Farzad.
    Original Air Date: August 12, 2011
  • Rural Post Offices on Shaky Ground
    There are 3,700 mostly rural facilities that the U.S. Postal Service is now studying for potential closure. Tom Bearden recently visited one such site in Parshall, Colo.
    Original Air Date: August 12, 2011
  • Esmeralda Santiago Reads From 'Conquistadora'
    Esmeralda Santiago reads from her novel, "Conquistadora."
    Original Air Date: August 12, 2011
  • Conversation: Esmeralda Santiago, Author of 'Conquistadora'
    Set in the 1800's, Esmeralda Santiago's epic novel, "Conquistadora", tells two coming-of-age stories: one of its heroine, Ana Cubillas, the daughter of Spanish aristocrats who becomes head of a plantation in the new world, and the other of Puerto Rico itself.
    Original Air Date: August 12, 2011

Thursday, August 11, 2011

  • InvisiblePeople.tv Aims to Empower Homeless Through Social Media, Tech Tools
    Mark Horvath had a job in TV, but wound up homeless on the streets of Hollywood. He managed to get his life back together and now he's trying to help homeless people across North America find their voice and communicate their needs through social media. He discussed his project with Hari Sreenivasan.
    Original Air Date: August 11, 2011
  • Top Health Reform Player Berwick's Overhaul Vision Draws Praise, Rebuke
    As a leading player in the implementation of President Obama's health reform law, Donald Berwick has come under fire for his vision of fundamental changes to the U.S. health care system. Health correspondent Betty Ann Bowser reports on the controversy surrounding Berwick and his goals.
    Original Air Date: August 11, 2011
  • 'Wagah' Showcases Competition, Pride in Daily India-Pakistan Border Ceremony
    "Wagah," a documentary by filmmaker Supriyo Sen, highlights the impressive military ceremony attended by thousands of people each day in a village on the India-Pakistan border. This excerpt is part of The Economist Film Project series of independently produced films aired in partnership between The Economist and the NewsHour.
    Original Air Date: August 11, 2011
  • In Absentia, Perry Manages to Steal Some Thunder From GOP's Iowa Debate
    Following months of speculation, a spokesperson for Texas Gov. Rick Perry announced Thursday that he will join the race for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination. Judy Woodruff and David Chalian discuss Perry's impact on the Republican field and preview Thursday night's GOP presidential debate in Iowa.
    Original Air Date: August 11, 2011
  • As Riots Subside, U.K. Justice System Starts to Process Young Suspects
    English cities were tense but calm Thursday as police established a forceful presence on the streets where rioters and looters had prevailed days before. Jane Deith of International Television News reports on efforts to arrest and process the accused rioters.
    Original Air Date: August 11, 2011
  • Bipartisan Deficit Super Committee to Play by Different Rules Than Congress
    House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi named three Democrats to the 12-member Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction on Thursday. Margret Warner discusses the committee's members, its unique rules and its deficit-reduction goals with Norman Ornstein of the American Enterprise Institute and NPR reporter Andrea Seabrook.
    Original Air Date: August 11, 2011
  • Uncertainty, Computerized Trading Fuel Wall Street's Wild Ride
    American markets once again dramatically reversed course Thursday with the Dow Jones industrial average gaining more than 400 points. Judy Woodruff discusses what's behind the latest wild day for Wall Street with Catherine Mann of Brandeis University and Andrew Ross Sorkin of The New York Times.
    Original Air Date: August 11, 2011
  • Drought Monitor Tracks Extreme Conditions Across U.S.
    Record heat and dry conditions continue to plague large parts of the USA. While South Central United States has been severely effected, over 30 percent of the country is now experiencing drought, according to the National Drought Mitigation Center.
    Original Air Date: August 11, 2011
  • New Movement in Senegal Rejects Female Circumcision
    Thousands of rural communities in Senegal have held public rallies declaring an end to female circumcision.
    Original Air Date: August 11, 2011

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

  • NYC Schools Labeled as Drop-Out Factories Fight to Raise Graduation Rates
    As some New York City high schools dubbed "drop-out factories" face closure, they are still fighting to increase the number of graduates. This report was produced in partnership between WNYC Radio's after-school journalism program and the NewsHour's educational division. It was researched and reported by 10 New York students.
    Original Air Date: August 10, 2011
  • Mobile Slaughterhouse Helps Wash. State Farmers Meet Demand for Local Food
    With the popularity of local food on the rise, Washington state farmer Cheryl Ouellette raises pigs to meet the demand. However, small farmers often can't process their own meat. A mobile slaughterhouse program brings a USDA-licensed facility to farms to benefit farmers, animals and "locavores." Sabrina Register of KCTS reports.
    Original Air Date: August 10, 2011

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