Monday, October 3, 2011

  • Weekly Poem: 'Fiat Lux' by Traci Brimhall
    Traci Brimhall is the author of "Our Lady of the Ruins" (forthcoming from W.W. Norton), winner of the 2011 Barnard Women Poets Prize, and "Rookery" (Southern Illinois University Press, 2010), winner of the 2009 Crab Orchard Series in Poetry First Book Award.
    Original Air Date: October 3, 2011

Friday, September 30, 2011

  • Shields, Brooks on al-Awlaki Killing, Florida's Primary Bid
    Columnists Mark Shields and David Brooks weigh in on the week's top political news, including the killing of Anwar al-Awlaki, the possibility of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie joining the GOP 2012 field, and Florida's bid to move its primary to January.
    Original Air Date: September 30, 2011
  • Rita Moreno Acts Out Own Career in 'Life Without Makeup'
    Actress Rita Moreno, 80, now has a solo show about her life as a star of stage and screen called "Life Without Makeup." In a joint production with KQED San Francisco, correspondent Spencer Michels reports on the performer's transformation from a "utilitarian ethnic" actress to becoming a "show business animal."
    Original Air Date: September 30, 2011
  • The Doubleheader: Killing al-Awlaki, Occupy Wall Street and Red Sox Failure
    Mark Shields and David Brooks join Hari Sreenivasan to debate the moral and legal questions behind the killing of American Anwar al-Awlaki in Yemen, their thoughts on the Occupy Wall Street protests and the unlikely demise of the Boston Red Sox's season.
    Original Air Date: September 30, 2011
  • Joint Chiefs Chairman Mullen Bids Farewell After 40 Years of Military Service
    Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Adm. Mike Mullen is retiring after four years overseeing the U.S. military and 40 years of military service. Kwame Holman reports on Mullen's legacy and the farewell to one of the most influential military leaders in modern U.S. history.
    Original Air Date: September 30, 2011
  • Bank of America Adds Monthly Debit Card Fee, Risking Public Ire
    Bank of America announced Thursday it will tack on a new $5 monthly fee for customers who use a debit card to make purchases. Jeffrey Brown leads a debate about the new fees and what they mean for banks and consumers with David Lazarus of The Los Angeles Times and Richard Hunt of The Consumer Bankers Association.
    Original Air Date: September 30, 2011
  • Was U.S.-Backed Killing of Anwar al-Awlaki Legal?
    Anwar al-Awlaki, a high-level U.S.-born cleric linked to al-Qaida, was killed in Yemen Friday by a U.S. airstrike targeting his convoy. Ray Suarez discusses the implications and legality of his killing with Brian Fishman of The New America Foundation and Juan Carlos Zarate of the Center for Strategic and International Studies.
    Original Air Date: September 30, 2011
  • Obama Hails al-Awlaki Death as 'Significant Milestone' in al-Qaida Fight
    A U.S. airstrike in Yemen killed Anwar al-Awlaki, a high-level U.S.-born cleric linked to al-Qaida who had been involved in several terror plots against the United States. Ray Suarez reports.
    Original Air Date: September 30, 2011
  • 'Empowerhouse' Goes Beyond the Solar Decathlon to Make Green Energy Affordable
    For more on this story, go to http://www.pbs.org/newshour/The Solar Decathlon, hosted by the U.S. Department of Energy, challenges 20 teams from universities to design, build, and operate solar-powered houses. The Empowerhouse is one entry that is out to prove that energy efficient design is affordable and livable.
    Original Air Date: September 30, 2011
  • Obama: Cleric al-Awlaki's Death Is 'Major Blow' to al-Qaida
    Speaking Friday morning at a ceremony marking a change in the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, President Obama called the death of American-born cleric Anwar al-Awlaki a "major blow to al-Qaida's most active operational affiliate." l-Awlaki was killed Friday in an attack on his convoy in Yemen by U.S. armed drones and fighter jets, according to counterterrorism officials.
    Original Air Date: September 30, 2011

Thursday, September 29, 2011

  • 'Baseball Gods' Wind Down Regular Season With Dramatic Twists
    Major League Baseball ended its regular season Wednesday with a dramatic series of games that left the Boston Red Sox and the Atlanta Braves out of the playoffs. Jeffrey Brown speaks with sportswriter John Feinstein about the season thus far, "Wild Card Wednesday" plus what to expect in the playoffs.
    Original Air Date: September 29, 2011
  • 'Raw Opium' Explores Mixed Results of Global Efforts to Stem Trafficking
    In "Raw Opium," filmmakers Robert Lang and Peter Findlay travel to the border between Afghanistan and Tajikistan to document the illicit global trade of heroin's raw material. 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: September 29, 2011
  • Gingrich on New 'Contract With America,' Jobs, Brain Research, Elites
    After unveiling his "21st Century Contract with America," former House Speaker Newt Gingrich spoke with Judy Woodruff about his policy proposals, including efforts to create jobs, ramp up research into brain science and overhauls of Medicare and Medicaid. This is the third in a series of conversations with GOP contenders.
    Original Air Date: September 29, 2011
  • In Saudi Arabia, 'Change Is Coming, but It's Not Going to Come Quickly'
    Saudi Arabia held elections for seats to some 300 municipal councils on Thursday, but only men were allowed to vote. Margaret Warner discusses politics in the region where women will soon be able to vote, but still can't drive with GlobalPost's Caryle Murphy.
    Original Air Date: September 29, 2011
  • Europe Faces 'Terra Nova' in Efforts to Avoid Financial Crisis
    The German government won a critical vote to greatly increase financial support for a European bailout fund, which could ease the way to a partial default in Greece. Jeffrey Brown discusses the German vote and the worldwide worries over European debt with The Globalist's Stefan Richter and The New York Times' Nicholas Kulish.
    Original Air Date: September 29, 2011
  • Vieux Farka Toure Follows in his Father's Musical Footsteps
    For more on this story go to: http://www.pbs.org/newshour/ As the son of the Grammy-winning Malian guitarist Ali Farka Toure, it wasn't a surprise that Vieux Farka Toure gravitated to the guitar. His father was named one of the top 100 guitarists of all time by Rolling Stone magazine and is renowned for highlighting the connection between Western Sahara music and North American blues.
    Original Air Date: September 29, 2011

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

  • Novelist Banks Explores Sex Crime Outcasts' Social, Psychological Issues
    In the novel "Lost Memory of Skin," author Russell Banks delves into deep issues of American life rarely raised or seen by most people. Jeffrey Brown and Banks discuss the book that explores a fictional group of convicted sex offenders.
    Original Air Date: September 28, 2011
  • How Severe Are Problems With Social Security?
    Social Security checks go out on Wednesday to more than 52 million Americans, but the viability of the program has recently taken center stage in the GOP presidential nomination race. Ray Suarez discusses the economics of Social Security with David John of The Heritage Foundation and Henry Aaron of The Brookings Institution.
    Original Air Date: September 28, 2011
  • As Filing Deadlines Loom, Will Chris Christie Make Bid for Presidency?
    New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is not yet running for president, but many Republicans are yearning for him to throw his hat into the ring. Judy Woodruff and Political Editor David Chalian discuss the likelihood that Christie will enter the race and the effect that would have.
    Original Air Date: September 28, 2011
  • Inequality Hurts: The Unhealthy Side Effects of Economic Disparity
    As part of our series on economic inequality, Paul Solman investigates the health effects that inequality can have on individuals and society. To determine the hidden costs, he speaks with epidemiologists, former six-figure income earners who are chronically unemployed and poor teenagers who struggle with inequality each day.
    Original Air Date: September 28, 2011
  • Libyans Not Hearing Much About Nation-Building Process
    Libyan rebel forces continue to press for control of Moammar Gadhafi's hometown of Sirte. Margaret Warner discusses the hunt for the deposed leader and his family plus efforts to build a national government and other institutions with The Washington Post's Tara Bahrampour in Tripoli.
    Original Air Date: September 28, 2011
  • CDC Chief: Source of Deadly Listeria in Contaminated Cantaloupes Still Unknown
    The Centers for Disease Control and the Food and Drug Administration said Wednesday that at least 13 people have died so far from listeria found in contaminated cantaloupes. Gwen Ifill discusses the deadliest outbreak of foodborne disease in more than a decade with the the CDC's director, Dr. Thomas Frieden.
    Original Air Date: September 28, 2011
  • Extended Conversation: Russell Banks on 'Lost Memory of Skin'
    Author Russell Banks discusses his latest book, 'Lost Memory of Skin.'
    Original Air Date: September 28, 2011
  • Galveston: Home of America's Deadliest Natural Disaster
    On Sept. 8, 1900, an unnamed hurricane slammed into the unprotected barrier island of Galveston, Texas, killing between 6,000 and 8,000 people. More than 111 years later, the natural disaster stands as the worst in the history of the United States.
    Original Air Date: September 28, 2011
  • Joplin Mural Tells Story of Storm Devastation
    A new mural project in Joplin, MO., has brought the community together to tell their storm of last May's devastating tornado.
    Original Air Date: September 28, 2011

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

  • In Washington, a Monumental Effort to Repair, Reopen Iconic Obelisk
    Engineers rigged ropes Tuesday atop the Washington Monument in preparation for a multi-day job rappelling down the marble exterior of the indefinitely shuttered icon to check for cracks and other damage from the earthquake that shook the East Coast last month. Ray Suarez reports.
    Original Air Date: September 27, 2011
  • Gen. Keane: America's 'Soft Approach' to Pakistan Has Failed
    Three bloody attacks in Afghanistan claimed many lives recently, but the greatest casualty may be the U.S. alliance with Pakistan. Margret Warner discusses growing diplomatic tensions with retired Army Gen. Jack Keane and Vali Nasr, former senior adviser to the U.S. special representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan.
    Original Air Date: September 27, 2011
  • Pakistan's Alleged Ties to Haqqani Terror Network Rock Alliance With U.S.
    A terrorist group based in Pakistan that is active in Afghanistan acts an an "arm" of Pakistan's intelligence agency, Adm. Mike Mullen, the top American military officer, told Congress last week. Margaret Warner reports on Pakistan's deteriorating relations with the United States.
    Original Air Date: September 27, 2011

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