Wednesday, October 16, 2013

  • What parameters are guiding nuclear talks with Iran?
    While two-day talks in Geneva over Iran's nuclear program entered "new territory" of negotiations and heralded a change in tone and pragmatism, no major breakthroughs have been made. What issues may prove to be major sticking points? Ray Suarez talks to Michael Gordon of The New York Times.
    Original Air Date: October 16, 2013
  • New Mexicans weigh slaughter of overpopulated wild horses
    Large herds of wild horses roam the American Southwest, but overpopulation is putting a strain on resources and threatening the livelihood of farmers and ranchers. In New Mexico, some argue the solution is to reopen horse slaughterhouses in the U.S., but opponents say the practice is inhumane. Hari Sreenivasan reports.
    Original Air Date: October 16, 2013
  • Italy's PM Letta: 'American leadership is needed' for Europe
    As Congress narrows in on an end to the shutdown, the rest of the world is watching their actions closely. Judy Woodruff talks to Italian Prime Minister Enrico Letta about the importance of a U.S. budget deal on international market stability, the ongoing Euro crisis recovery and Italy's next move on immigration reform.
    Original Air Date: October 16, 2013
  • GOP 'picked a fight that they couldn't win,' Dems reunited
    What are the practical and political outcomes of the 16-day stalemate in Congress that's finally drawing to a close? Although the GOP retained sequester spending levels, Democrats come out "energized and unified." Judy Woodruff talks to Stuart Rothenberg of the Rothenberg Political Report and Susan Page of USA Today.
    Original Air Date: October 16, 2013
  • Sen. Ted Cruz says he won't delay vote on debt deal
    Prominent tea party lawmaker, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), said he opposed the bipartisan debt deal, but will not delay its passage.
    Original Air Date: October 16, 2013
  • Reid, McConnell announce deal on Senate floor
    Senate leaders announced last-minute agreement Wednesday to avert a threatened Treasury default and reopen the government after a partial, 16-day shutdown. Congress raced to pass the measure by day's end.The Dow Jones industrial average soared on the news that the threat of default was fading, flirting with a 200-point gain in morning trading.
    Original Air Date: October 16, 2013

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

  • Haunting 'what-if' in novel on the JFK assassination
    What if the glass bubble top on the car in which President John F. Kennedy was riding in Dallas had not been removed by a Secret Service agent? The NewsHour's own Jim Lehrer explores that idea in "Top Down: A Novel of the Kennedy Assassination." Jim joins Judy Woodruff to discuss his personal experience that inspired the book.
    Original Air Date: October 15, 2013
  • Afghan war hero awarded Medal of Honor for brave actions
    President Obama awarded former Army Captain William Swenson the Medal of Honor for his brave actions to aid his fellow soldiers when his unit was ambushed by the Taliban in Afghanistan. For insight on the controversy surrounding Swenson's nomination, Ray Suarez speaks with David Nakamora of The Washington Post.
    Original Air Date: October 15, 2013
  • Model school trains teachers in ABCs of reading instruction
    Learning to read is the essential foundation of elementary education, but it's also very complex and many students in America are falling behind. John Tulenko of Learning Matters reports on one model school that has re-trained teachers in hands-on skills and strategies and has dramatically improved proficiency scores.
    Original Air Date: October 15, 2013
  • Bond market braces for U.S. debt ceiling deadline
    If lawmakers fail to avert a debt default, there could be a devastating impact on the national economy: mortgages soaring, consumers unable to borrow, the government forced to pay more to borrow more, plunging us deeper into debt. Economics correspondent Paul Solman reports on how the bond market is anticipating the situation.
    Original Air Date: October 15, 2013
  • Prohibiting affirmative action violates equal protection?
    The Supreme Court heard arguments on whether Michigan voters can pass a law that prohibits racial preference in college admissions. Gwen Ifill gets background from Marcia Coyle of the National Law Journal, plus views from Lee Bollinger of Columbia University and Joshua Thompson, an attorney with the Pacific Legal Foundation.
    Original Air Date: October 15, 2013
  • News Wrap: Al-Libi pleads not guilty to planning bombings
    In our news wrap Tuesday, Abu Anas al-Libi pleaded not guilty in an arraignment in New York on charges of planning the 1998 bombings of two U.S. embassies in East Africa that killed 220 people. Also, The Washington Post reported that the NSA has collected millions of contact lists from e-mail and online chats.
    Original Air Date: October 15, 2013
  • Senate suspends negotiations pending plan from House GOP
    Negotiations in the Senate towards a shutdown solution were interrupted by news that the House GOP would attempt to pass a bill that Majority Leader Harry Reid disparaged as "a blatant attack on bipartisanship." Congressional correspondent Kwame Holman reports. Judy Woodruff gets an update from Carrie Budoff Brown of Politico.
    Original Air Date: October 15, 2013
  • Former Army captain receives Medal of Honor
    Former Army captain William D. Swenson received the nation's highest military honor from President Barack Obama Tuesday for his bravery in a 2009 Afghan battle.
    Original Air Date: October 15, 2013

Monday, October 14, 2013

  • Remembering Oscar Hijuelos, 62, 'king' of fiction
    Novelist Oscar Hijuelos, who has died at the age of 62, was the first Latino American author to win a Pulitzer Prize for his 1989 book “The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love.” We remember Hijuelos with an excerpt of a 2011 interview with Ray Suarez about his memoir, "Thoughts Without Cigarettes."
    Original Air Date: October 14, 2013
  • Troop commitment among roadblocks in Afghan security talks
    Secretary of State John Kerry made progress with his trip to Afghanistan to work on a security deal, but both nations come to the table with concerns about trust and commitment. Gwen Ifill gets analysis from David Sedney, a former deputy assistant secretary of defense, and former Afghan Foreign Ministry official Omar Samad.
    Original Air Date: October 14, 2013
  • Expanding access to education for Pakistan's poor children
    In Pakistan, education could help change the fortunes of impoverished families, but corruption and pressure by the Taliban prevent many children from enrolling. An alternative school system is making efforts to expand access and change attitudes towards education for impoverished boys and girls. Fred de Sam Lazaro reports.
    Original Air Date: October 14, 2013
  • Economic consequences for US 'artificially imposed crises'?
    As lawmakers show signs of progress towards a deal to end the shutdown and raise the debt ceiling, how are global markets responding? Ray Suarez gets analysis from Zanny Minton Beddoes of The Economist on the effects that repeated political standoffs over may have on U.S. financial credibility.
    Original Air Date: October 14, 2013
  • Impacted U.S. communities pay price of shutdown
    From local economies dependent on defense spending to tourist hot spots reeling from closures, communities across the nation are feeling the pinch of the government shutdown. Judy Woodruff gets perspective from Cathy Lewis of WHRV in Hampton Roads, Va., Karen Kasler of Ohio Public Radio and Scott Shafer of KQED in San Francisco.
    Original Air Date: October 14, 2013
  • Oklahomans grapple with shutdown's impact on resources
    It's not just the estimated 40,000 furloughed federal employees in Oklahoma who are feeling the effects of the shutdown, but also non-profit organizations, businesses and the growing number of citizens that rely on government-funded programs. Bob Sands of public station OETA reports on the impact being felt across the state.
    Original Air Date: October 14, 2013
  • What might both parties give up to 'escape' shutdown impasse
    Senate leaders showed hope that they might be headed towards an end to the government shutdown, while House remains uneasy about the path forward. Robert Costa of the National Review joins Gwen Ifill to discuss why a short-term deal may be necessary and what concessions both sides may make to resolve the damaging impasse.
    Original Air Date: October 14, 2013
  • President Obama volunteers with furloughed federal workers
    On Monday, President Barack Obama visited Washington, D.C., nonprofit Martha's Table to volunteer with federal workers who remain on furlough because of a partial government shutdown, which has lasted 14 days.
    Original Air Date: October 14, 2013

Sunday, October 13, 2013

  • Would a third major party ease Congressional gridlock?
    For the past 10 years, Gallup has asked: Do the Republican and Democratic parties do an adequate job representing the American people or do they do such a poor job that a third major party is needed?
    Original Air Date: October 13, 2013
  • How will the debt ceiling deadline play out?
    For more on the shutdown and looming debt ceiling deadline, NewsHour Political Editor Christina Bellantoni joins Hari Sreenivasan from Washington.
    Original Air Date: October 13, 2013
    Christina Bellantoni, Hari Sreenivasan
  • Can doulas make a difference?
    Tonight on NewsHour Weekend, a report about By My Side Birth Support, a NYC program that provides free doula services to women living in low-income, largely African-American neighborhoods where rates of maternal mortality are high. Doulas aren't doctors or midwives, but give support and information for expectant mothers. Can they make a difference?
    Original Air Date: October 13, 2013

Saturday, October 12, 2013

  • Freed from Guantánamo, but stuck in limbo
    On Saturday, we look at the story of six former prisoners from Guantánamo Bay, Cuba. These ethnic Chinese men known as Uighurs were rounded up in Afghanistan and Pakistan after 9/11. They spent eight years in prison before being cleared of any wrongdoing by U.S. courts, and now find themselves stranded in a legal and political limbo on the tiny Pacific island nation of Palau.
    Original Air Date: October 12, 2013
    Uighur man in Palau
  • Will Congress allow a government default?
    Will Congress allow a government default? Hari Sreenivasan talks to Meredith Shiner from Roll Call about the major issues thwarting negotiations and the timeline leading up to the debt ceiling deadline.
    Original Air Date: October 12, 2013
    Meredith Shiner, Roll Call

Friday, October 11, 2013

  • Malala says assassination threats can't weaken her cause
    Malala Yousafzai, a Pakistani schoolgirl, wrote a series of published diary articles about the right to education, especially for girls. Last October, in the Swat Valley region of Pakistan, a Taliban gunman shot Yousafzai in the head and neck while she was riding a school bus. But the assassination attempt failed, and since then she has not stopped her campaign for all children to attend school.
    Original Air Date: October 11, 2013