Tuesday, April 1, 2014

  • Will expanding preschool give kids a lasting advantage?
    Around the country, 30 governors are proposing the expansion of preschool programs in their states. But what makes a pre-K program sufficiently educational? And how will the U.S. pay for these programs? Special correspondent John Tulenko of Learning Matters examines the debate over the value and the cost.
    Original Air Date: April 1, 2014
  • GM CEO offers apology but no explanation yet for recall lag
    Senior lawmakers made clear they want answers for why General Motors took years to fix vehicles with faulty ignition switches, linked to at least 13 deaths. GM CEO Mary Barra acknowledged the company's recalls came too late for some and vowed to get to the bottom of the cause. Gwen Ifill talks to David Shepardson of the Detroit News and Joan Claybrook, former president of Public Citizen.
    Original Air Date: April 1, 2014
  • Obama: 7.1 million Americans have signed up for health care
    President Barack Obama announced Tuesday that 7.1 million Americans have signed up for health care through insurance exchanges before the March 31 deadline.
    Original Air Date: April 1, 2014
  • CEO Mary Barra reads full testimony at GM recall hearing
    General Motors' new CEO Mary Barra appeared in front of congressional committee on Tuesday to testify about defective ignition switches in small cars that are linked to 13 deaths.
    Original Air Date: April 1, 2014
  • President Obama honors Red Sox at White House
    President Barack Obama welcomed 2013 World Series champions, the Boston Red Sox, at the White House on Tuesday. The president called the team a symbol of resilience for their city, especially following last year's Boston Marathon bombing. Presenting Obama with a commemorative Red Sox jersey, slugger David Ortiz then snapped a selfie with the president.
    Original Air Date: April 1, 2014
  • GM victims' families speak ahead of hearing
    Ahead of General Motors CEO Mary Barra's testimony in front of a congressional committee on Tuesday, several family members of victims of a defective ignition switch gathered outside the U.S. Capitol, calling for accountability for a defect that has claimed 13 lives.
    Original Air Date: April 1, 2014

Monday, March 31, 2014

  • At deadline, affordability may be real test of ACA
    The crush of last-minute signups for health insurance at HealthCare.gov drove the website out of service for part of the day. Some applicants turned to in-person help centers around the country to enroll. Health policy analyst Susan Dentzer and Mary Agnes Carey of Kaiser Health News join Judy Woodruff to discuss what’s at stake for the Affordable Care Act.
    Original Air Date: March 31, 2014
  • What’s behind Russia’s spending promises for Crimea
    Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev promised increased money for infrastructure and higher pensions and salaries during a visit to Crimea. Meanwhile, Russia withdrew one battalion from the border region, but Secretary of State John Kerry insisted that the U.S. is looking for more. Chief foreign correspondent Margaret Warner joins Gwen Ifill for an update after a reporting trip to Ukraine.
    Original Air Date: March 31, 2014
  • When the U.S. recruited Nazis for ‘Operation Paperclip’
    After World War II, the government recruited dedicated Nazis — the scientists behind Hitler’s formidable war machine — to come to the U.S. to protect American interests during the Cold War. Jeffrey Brown talks to journalist Annie Jacobsen about her new book, “Operation Paperclip,” which sheds light on this veiled national security program and confronts the moral conundrum of whitewashing the past.
    Original Air Date: March 31, 2014
  • Iraq and Afghanistan veterans express pain and pride of war
    According to a new survey, 89 percent of Iraq and Afghanistan War veterans say they would join the military again, while also reporting a spike in suicide, reduced physical wellness and feelings of disconnection. Gwen Ifill talks to two veterans, Tom Tarantino of Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America and Nathan Smith of Hire Heroes USA, as well as Rajiv Chandrasekaran of The Washington Post.
    Original Air Date: March 31, 2014
  • Can we turn climate change consequences into opportunity?
    A UN report warns that the effects of climate change -- flood, drought and food shortages -- have already caused harm, and will worsen quickly if we don’t take immediate action. Judy Woodruff takes a closer look at the global implications with two people who worked on the report: Michael Oppenheimer of Princeton University and Patricia Romero Lankao of the National Center for Atmospheric Research.
    Original Air Date: March 31, 2014
  • Eavan Boland reads ‘A Soldier in the 28th Massachusetts’
    Eavan Boland reads her poem “A Soldier in the 28th Massachusetts” at the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery in Washington D.C.
    Original Air Date: March 31, 2014

Sunday, March 30, 2014

  • Drug makers agree to curb antibiotic use for farm animals
    Scientists point to the amount of antibiotics in livestock as one of the causes of the rise of antibiotic resistant diseases. On Wednesday a number of pharmaceutical companies agreed to abide by a government proposal to stop labeling drugs important for treating human infections as acceptable antibiotics to spur farm animal growth. Hari Sreenivasan speaks with NPR correspondent Dan Charles.
    Original Air Date: March 30, 2014
  • Is history repeating itself in the Crimea?
    The Russian Navy agreed to pull out of the Black Sea around Crimea on March 30. Not March 30, 2014, but 158 years ago in 1856. NewsHour's Hari Sreenivasan reflects on the history of the region that is again at the center of a geopolitical crisis.
    Original Air Date: March 30, 2014
  • Washington Post looks at lives of Iraq, Afghanistan veterans
    The Washington Post launched a special series Sunday called “A legacy of pain and pride” which looks at the lives of military veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan through stories and polls in conjunction with the Kaiser Family Foundation. Hari Sreenivasan speaks with one of the authors of the series Greg Jaffe about the poll results and what they reveal about Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans.
    Original Air Date: March 30, 2014
    Washington Post series, Pain and Pride
  • Kenya takes on e-waste problem with new recycling hub
    Used electronics are one of the fastest growing sources of waste globally, and it is estimated that 15,000 tons of used computers and mobile phones are shipped to Kenya every year. Today, Kenya is trying to get ahead of the problem, by building the country’s first electronics recycling hub.
    Original Air Date: March 30, 2014
    E-waste recycling plant, Kenya

Saturday, March 29, 2014

  • Viewers respond to NewsHour's report on Dutch pot policy
    Viewers respond to NewsHour's report on Dutch pot policy and what their 40-year experience can teach the United States.
    Original Air Date: March 29, 2014
  • Russian troop presence builds near Ukraine’s border
    Russian President Vladimir Putin spoke with President Obama on the phone Friday about a possible diplomatic solution to the crisis in Ukraine. Despite the development, tens of thousands of Russian soldiers have deployed near the border of Ukraine with no sign of pulling back. Hari Sreenivasan speaks with Anthony Cordesman with the Center for Strategic and International Studies.
    Original Air Date: March 29, 2014
  • South African opera singers’ lives documented in new film
    Some of the world’s best young opera singers hail from the impoverished black townships of South Africa. Three of those singers are now in the United States to perform at the American Documentary Film Festival, where a documentary about their lives called “I Live to Sing” is being shown. The film’s director, Julie Coehn, tells the story of one of the singers: Thesele Kemane.
    Original Air Date: March 29, 2014
    South African opera singer Thesele Kemane performs for the United Nations.
  • Can a lawsuit by nine students topple teacher tenure?
    Arguments ended this week in a landmark California lawsuit in which nine public school students sued to overturn the state's teacher tenure laws. Will the outcome spell the end of some prized teacher rights? Experts say the case could impact education reform efforts nationwide.
    Original Air Date: March 29, 2014

Friday, March 28, 2014

  • Why Education Secretary Duncan is under fire
    Indiana, one of the 45 states that adopted the national Common Core educational standards, has became the first state to drop them. Across the country, anger over the federal government’s role in schools has been focused at Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. Special correspondent for education John Merrow reports on Duncan’s role in the evolution of American educational policy.
    Original Air Date: March 28, 2014
  • How big is the division between U.S. and Saudi interests?
    Saudi Arabia has warned of a “major shift” away from their long-time reliance on the U.S. amid strained relations over concerns like the war in Syria, nuclear negotiations with Iran and turmoil in Egypt. Jeffrey Brown talks to Toby Jones of Rutgers University and Frederic Wehrey of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace for a closer look at this relationship.
    Original Air Date: March 28, 2014
  • Shields and Brooks on Obama’s Vatican visit
    Syndicated columnist Mark Shields and New York Times columnist David Brooks join Judy Woodruff to discuss the week’s news, including efforts by the U.S. and the European Union to deter Russia from entering more regions, President Obama’s meeting with Pope Francis, a milestone for Affordable Care Act enrollment and a new internal report on the New Jersey bridge lane closure
    Original Air Date: March 28, 2014
  • Search for Flight 370 shifts nearly 700 miles
    A new discovery of debris shifted the search for the missing Malaysian airliner hundreds of miles northeast, three weeks after the jet disappeared. But time is fading before potential pings from the aircraft’s black box will end. Hari Sreenivasan turns to science correspondent Miles O’Brien for a closer look at the prospects for its retrieval.
    Original Air Date: March 28, 2014
  • Singer Kidjo lifts up women with songs of empowerment
    Benin-born Angelique Kidjo has made the empowerment of women and girls a part of her music and life's work for decades. The Grammy winner has attracted a global following with her mix of African and Western music styles and lyrics in a number of different languages. Jeffrey Brown profiles Kidjo latest album, "Eve," as well as her new memoir, "Spirit Rising: My Life My Music."
    Original Air Date: March 28, 2014

Thursday, March 27, 2014

  • Death toll expected to climb from Washington mudslide
    With at least 90 still missing, the death toll from the mudslide in Washington is expected to rise dramatically in the next couple of days. Jeffrey Brown talks to Master Sgt. Chris Martin of the Washington State National Guard about making progress in the systematic and painstaking search for more people.
    Original Air Date: March 27, 2014
  • How might the pope and president work together?
    With public opinion ratings “the envy of every politician in Washington,” Pope Francis received President Obama at the Vatican for an hour-long visit. Gwen Ifill talks to Rev. Thomas Reese of the National Catholic Reporter and Stephen Schneck of the Catholic University of America to make sense of the meeting and assess what unites the pontiff and the president.
    Original Air Date: March 27, 2014
  • Architect with humanitarian focus wins Pritzker Prize
    This year’s recipient of architecture’s top award — the Pritzker Prize — has designed innovative structures for people suffering from hardship and disaster for more than 20 years. Japanese architect Shigeru Ban is helping his profession focus more on serving those in need. Jeffrey Brown offers a closer look at Ban’s work.
    Original Air Date: March 27, 2014