Sunday, June 1, 2014

  • Washington weighs in on impact of the Bergdahl exchange
    The Sunday morning talk shows were full of assessments from both sides of the aisle about the ramifications of the prisoner exchange with the Taliban. Adam Entous of the Wall Street Journal joins Hari Sreenivasan to discuss the possible impact of the mission.
    Original Air Date: June 1, 2014
  • New report suggests Earth on the brink of a great extinction
    According to new research published in the journal Science this week, plant and animal extinctions are happening at a rate 1000 times greater than before humans walked the Earth. Stuart Pimm of Duke University joins Hari Sreenivasan to illuminate how extinction rates are determined and what can be done to help set conservation priorities.
    Original Air Date: June 1, 2014
  • High-tech entrepreneurs flock to India
    For decades, there was a concern that India was suffering from a "brain drain," where the best and the brightest fled the country for opportunities in the U.S. and other Western countries. But today many, including those who were educated and worked in the U.S., have decided to return home. Hari Sreenivasan reports from Bangalore and Mumbai on Indian high-tech entrepreneurs.
    Original Air Date: February 9, 2014
    Bangalore street scene

Saturday, May 31, 2014

  • Clashes continue in eastern Ukraine
    Since the election last weekend, the Ukraine story seems to have slid off many of the front pages here in the U.S. At the border on the eastern part of the country, however, there have been continued clashes throughout the week between rebels and the Ukrainian government. Hari Sreenivasan speaks with Sabrina Tavernise, a journalist with the New York Times, about the situation on the ground.
    Original Air Date: May 31, 2014
  • American soldier freed from Taliban in Afghanistan
    The only American prisoner being held in Afghanistan was released Saturday, in exchange for five Taliban detainees being held at Guantanamo Bay Detention Center in Cuba. 28-year-old Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who was captured by insurgents in 2009, was turned over to U.S. special forces. For more on this, Adam Entous of the Wall Street Journal joins Hari Sreenivasan from Washington.
    Original Air Date: May 31, 2014
  • FTC report warns consumers about big data brokers
    The Federal Trade Commission issued a report this week suggesting consumer protections be put in place to combat the collection and selling of consumer information. “Big data” companies collect and sell billions of bits of information about all aspects of consumers’ online lives, including online browsing, purchases, income and even religious and political affiliations. Amy Schatz of Re/code.
    Original Air Date: May 31, 2014
  • The Mind of a Rampage Killer
    What causes a seemingly happy, non-violent teenager to open fire on classmates? Science correspondent Miles O'Brien reports on the minds of rampage killers by profiling Andy Williams, who killed two students in a school shooting in California.
    Original Air Date: February 20, 2013
    February 20, 2013

Friday, May 30, 2014

  • Why pay $2 billion for L.A. Clippers?
    Former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer has agreed to pay a record $2 billion to buy the Los Angeles Clippers from Shelly Sterling, wife of disgraced owner Donald Sterling, who was banned from the league for making racist comments. The deal now awaits approval by the rest of the NBA owners. Hari Sreenivasan takes a closer look at the numbers with Rob Gloster of Bloomberg Businessweek.
    Original Air Date: May 30, 2014
  • Shields and Brooks on turning around the VA
    Syndicated columnist Mark Shields and New York Times columnist David Brooks join Judy Woodruff to discuss the week’s top news, including the resignation of VA Secretary Shinseki and President Obama’s foreign policy speech at West Point.
    Original Air Date: May 30, 2014
  • Diagnosing the systemic problems plaguing the VA
    Eric Shinseki ended his five-year tenure as secretary of Veterans Affairs after more than 100 members of Congress demanded he step down. How will the VA clean up its problem-plagued health system? Jeffrey Brown talks to retired Army Brig. Gen. Stephen Xenakis, M.D., Joseph Violante of Disabled American Veterans and Paul Rieckhoff of Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America.
    Original Air Date: May 30, 2014
  • President Obama accepts VA Secretary Shinseki’s resignation
    Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki resigned Friday in a personal meeting with President Barack Obama, shortly after publicly apologizing for deep problems plaguing the agency’s health care system that Obama called “totally unacceptable.”
    Original Air Date: May 30, 2014

Thursday, May 29, 2014

  • Political fight simmers over school lunch menu changes
    The 2010 Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act required schools to use more wholesome ingredients and set fat, sugar and sodium limits. But Republican lawmakers have proposed a one-year waiver, arguing that students won't eat the new offerings or that schools can't afford them. Judy Woodruff gets debate from Mark Bishop of the Healthy Schools Campaign and John Dickl of the School Nutrition Association.
    Original Air Date: May 29, 2014
  • Rwanda rebuilds after genocide with focus on health care
    The public health transformation in Rwanda is striking for those with memories of the massacre of nearly one million people 20 years ago. International aid groups were initially wary about getting involved, but Rwanda took ownership of its own development and built a new health care system. Special correspondent Fred de Sam Lazaro explores how they’ve worked to overcome a shortage of doctors.
    Original Air Date: May 29, 2014
  • Kerry defends Obama foreign policy
    Secretary of State John Kerry weighs in on the U.S. response to the crisis in Ukraine, a terror resurgence in North Africa, the long, bloody war in Syria and a Mideast peace process that ground to a halt just a few weeks ago. He joins Gwen Ifill for an extended interview on current foreign policy challenges and why he thinks President Obama doesn’t get sufficient credit for successes.
    Original Air Date: May 29, 2014
  • VA ‘scheduling schemes’ spark strong rebuke from Congress
    Calls for VA Secretary Eric Shinseki are mounting in Washington after the inspector general’s interim report on the VA medical center in Phoenix, Arizona, alleged staffers cooked the books to earn bonuses. Lawmakers on both sides, including Sen. John McCain, are calling for a criminal investigation. Hari Sreenivasan gets more detail from Gregg Zoroya of USA Today.
    Original Air Date: May 29, 2014
  • Kerry: Snowden should come home and face the consequences
    Secretary of State John Kerry said on Thursday that former intelligence contractor Edward Snowden should return to the United States to face the consequences of leaking classified documents about the NSA’s secret surveillance programs.
    Original Air Date: May 29, 2014

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

  • Remembering Maya Angelou’s iconic voice
    Drawing on a childhood of abuse and segregation, writer and author Maya Angelou moved the nation. Works such as her 1978 poem, “And Still I Rise,” explored the effects of racism and sexism on personal identity, with a voice that married oral and written literary traditions. Jeffrey Brown discusses with Elizabeth Alexander of Yale University why the voice of Angelou resonates so profoundly.
    Original Air Date: May 28, 2014
  • Healing wounds of Rwanda’s genocide through reconciliation
    Twenty years after nearly a million Tutsis were killed the genocide in Rwanda, many Hutus — who were driven out in retribution — are returning to their communities. To facilitate the integration, many small groups are bringing rapprochement between pairs of genocide survivors and perpetrators. Special correspondent Fred de Sam Lazaro reports on Rwanda’s journey toward healing and forgiveness.
    Original Air Date: May 28, 2014
  • Google report shows women and minorities left behind
    In a new internal report released exclusively to the NewsHour, Google reveals that women and minorities have been largely left behind in their tech workforce. The disclosure comes amid increasing pressure for Silicon Valley companies to disclose their records on diversity. Gwen Ifill talks to Google’s Laszlo Bock, Vivek Wadhwa of Stanford University and Telle Whitney of the Anita Borg Institute.
    Original Air Date: May 28, 2014
  • Obama urges middle ground between isolation, intervention
    President Obama addressed West Point graduates with a commencement speech that doubled as a defense of his foreign policy and a statement on his view of America's role abroad. Judy Woodruff examines the president’s remarks with former State Department official Thomas Pickering, former National Security Council staff member Elliott Abrams and Stephen Walt of Harvard University.
    Original Air Date: May 28, 2014
  • Is low voter turnout enough to legitimize Egypt’s al-Sisi?
    The head of Egypt’s military-led government, Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, is on course for a large presidential victory, according to preliminary election results. But despite the addition of a third polling day, many Egyptians never showed up to the polls. Borzou Daragahi of the Financial Times joins Hari Sreenivasan from Cairo to discuss the turnout and its implications for al-Sisi.
    Original Air Date: May 28, 2014
  • Watch Obama's commencement address at West Point
    President Barack Obama defended his foreign policy Wednesday during a commencement address at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, New York.
    Original Air Date: May 28, 2014

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

  • What barriers prevent India and Pakistan reconciliation?
    The meeting between India’s new prime minister, Narendra Modi, and his Pakistani counterpart, Nawaz Sharif, may have opened an opportunity to mend a relationship fraught with violence and territorial dispute. Jeffrey Brown gets two views on the contentious relationship from Husain Haqqani, former Pakistan ambassador to the U.S., and Sumit Ganguly of Indiana University.
    Original Air Date: May 27, 2014
  • High Court overturns Florida law on death penalty criteria
    The Supreme Court voted 5-4 to overturn a Florida rule that used an IQ score of 70 as the determining factor in deeming individuals mentally fit for execution. For a closer look at the decision, Judy Woodruff talks to Marcia Coyle of The National Law Journal.
    Original Air Date: May 27, 2014
  • As Louisiana’s coast shrinks, a political fight grows
    The coast of Louisiana is crumbling into the Gulf of Mexico at an alarming rate, and the regional Flood Protection Authority says the oil and gas industry is partly to blame. A big political fight has broken out in the state legislature over who should pay to try and repair the damage. Hari Sreenivasan reports.
    Original Air Date: May 27, 2014
  • How realistic is Obama’s new Afghanistan timeline?
    President Obama declared 2014 a pivotal year in pulling nearly all U.S. troops out of Afghanistan by the end of 2016. To examine the timetable laid out by the president, Gwen Ifill gets views from former Defense Department official Michèle Flournoy and retired Army Gen. Jack Keane.
    Original Air Date: May 27, 2014
  • Temporary portable classrooms get sustainable makeover
    Pre-fab classroom buildings, or "portables," are supposed to provide a temporary, affordable solution to overcrowded schools. But many are kept in use well beyond their intended expiration dates, accumulating additional costs and sometimes causing difficulties. Special correspondent Katie Campbell of KCTS Seattle reports on how one Washington state school district is tackling this challenge.
    Original Air Date: May 27, 2014

Monday, May 26, 2014

  • Why far-right and far-left parties are gaining in Europe
    From Great Britain to Greece, anti-European Union political fervor surged in European Parliamentary elections over economic, globalization and immigration concerns. Jeffrey Brown discusses the rise of these anti-establishment groups and their potential impact with Antoine Ripoll of the European Parliament Liaison Office and Charles Kupchan of the Council on Foreign Relations.
    Original Air Date: May 26, 2014