Friday, February 7, 2014

  • Obama travels to Michigan to sign bipartisan farm bill
    President Barack Obama signed into law a farm bill he says will ensure children don't go hungry. The bill will spread benefits to farmers in every region of the country while trimming the food stamp program; the cuts inspired a two-year battle over the legislation.
    Original Air Date: February 7, 2014

Thursday, February 6, 2014

  • Leno says goodnight to 'Tonight'
    After 22 years, Jay Leno will offer his final monologue as host of “The Tonight Show” Thursday. Leno took over the iconic late night television show from Johnny Carson in 1992; now he passes the job on to fellow comedian Jimmy Fallon. Hari Sreenivasan looks at what’s next for “Tonight” with Bill Carter of The New York Times.
    Original Air Date: February 6, 2014
  • Robust fundraising begins ahead of midterm elections
    In the battle to win or defend Senate seats in the November’s midterm elections, outside groups have already begun to spend massive sums of money. What role will this money play in shaping the campaigns and outcomes? Judy Woodruff talks to Matea Gold of The Washington Post.
    Original Air Date: February 6, 2014
  • Seeing the Parthenon through ancient eyes
    An icon of ancient democracy, the story and significance of Athens’ Parthenon has been reinterpreted by numerous cultures. Joan Breton Connelly, author of “The Parthenon Enigma,” joins Jeffrey Brown to discuss the landmark’s meaning and whether the Parthenon sculptures (also known as the Elgin Marbles) should be returned to Greece.
    Original Air Date: February 6, 2014
  • Why adjunct professors are struggling to make ends meet
    Juggling multiple part-time jobs, earning little-to-no benefits, depending on public assistance: This is the financial reality for many adjunct professors across the nation. Economics correspondent Paul Solman looks for the origins of this growing employment trend at colleges and universities.
    Original Air Date: February 6, 2014
  • UN reports ‘unspeakable’ child abuse in Syria
    A UN report has found that in addition to the thousands of children who have been injured, killed or displaced as part of the war, the Syrian government has also tortured kids they suspect of being part of the opposition, while others have been executed by armed opposition groups. Judy Woodruff learns more from Leila Zerrougui, a UN special representative for children and armed conflict.
    Original Air Date: February 6, 2014
  • The fine line between privacy and security
    PBS NewsHour Chief Foreign Affairs correspondent Margaret Warner talks with two journalists from the German magazine Der Spiegel to get their take on covering an international spy scandal that has led a lot of Americans to rethink the fine line between privacy and security.
    Original Air Date: February 6, 2014
  • Greg Whiteley gets personal with the Romneys in 'Mitt'
    Filmmaker Greg Whiteley gets personal with Mitt Romney and his family in the new Netflix original documentary "Mitt." He spoke with the NewsHour's Jeffrey Brown about his behind-the-scenes perspective over the course of two political campaigns. For more Art Beat:
    Original Air Date: February 6, 2014

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

  • Novelist Roddy Doyle revives Jimmy Rabbitte
    Writer Roddy Doyle says he never kills off his characters, which means he can revisit them decades later. But in his latest book, one of his famous protagonists must face his own mortality, on top of middle age and a changing music industry. Doyle talks to Jeffrey Brown about “The Guts,” and band manager Jimmy Rabbitte, first featured in “The Commitments” in 1987.
    Original Air Date: February 5, 2014
  • U.S. military branches racked by scandal
    Three of the military’s five branches are ramping up investigations into some of the most serious scandals for the armed forces in a generation. The latest involves charges that Navy trainers cheated on certification exams to teach at a nuclear reactor school. Gwen Ifill talks to Craig Whitlock who covers the Defense Department for the Washington Post.
    Original Air Date: February 5, 2014
  • Rep. George Miller on raising the minimum wage
    Some conservatives argue that raising the minimum wage will slow job growth without improving prospects for people in poverty. In a series of conversations about the growing divide between rich and poor, Judy Woodruff talks to Rep. George Miller, D-Calif., co-author of a bill to raise the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour, who says those arguments are obsolete.
    Original Air Date: February 5, 2014
  • Calif. Latinos lag in health care enrollment
    As the largest uninsured ethnic group in the country, Latino Americans are considered key to the success of the Affordable Care Act. In California, enrollment numbers continue to lag despite tens of millions of dollars spent to reach Latinos, who represent more than half of the 7 million who lack coverage in that state. The NewsHour’s Cat Wise reports.
    Original Air Date: February 5, 2014
  • UN report rebukes Vatican for sex abuse response
    A United Nations panel has sharply critiqued how the Vatican responded to widespread sexual abuse by Catholic priests, which the Vatican calls distorted and unfair. Rev. Thomas Rosica of the Catholic Salt and Light Television Network and Katherine Gallagher of the Center for Constitutional Rights join Gwen Ifill to offer different views on the report.
    Original Air Date: February 5, 2014
  • CVS to stop selling tobacco products
    CVS, the nation’s second-largest drug store chain, has announced that it will stop selling tobacco products because they pose a conflict with the health mission of the business. Judy Woodruff gets reaction from Dr. Ronald Depinho of the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center and Stephanie Strom of The New York Times.
    Original Air Date: February 5, 2014
  • Roddy Doyle reads an excerpt from novel, "The Guts"
    Author Roddy Doyle reads an excerpt from his recently published novel, "The Guts."
    Original Air Date: February 5, 2014

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

  • Why recess and physical education are making a comeback
    Recess and physical education are two things that have been cut in many districts as teachers spend more time on test preparation and getting students ready for the Common Core State Standards. However, a report from the National Academy of Sciences Institute of Medicine reveals those cuts may be counterproductive in the effort to improve academic performance.
    Original Air Date: February 14, 2014
  • How issues of sexual orientation will play at Sochi
    Despite global concerns over Russia’s stance on gay rights, President Vladimir Putin has insisted that his country would uphold the Olympic charter and that no athlete will be mistreated. Should gay athletes still be concerned? Jeffrey Brown gets views from Brian Moulton of the Human Rights Campaign and Andranik Migranyan of the Institute for Democracy and Cooperation.
    Original Air Date: February 4, 2014
  • IOC president discourages political protest at Sochi
    With the start of the 2014 Winter Games only days away, the president of the International Olympic Committee insisted that all countries respect the neutral, apolitical nature of the competition. That statement comes in the wake of international furor over a recently adopted Russian law that bans so-called gay propaganda. Jeffrey Brown reports.
    Original Air Date: February 4, 2014
  • Karzai met Taliban for secret Afghan peace talks
    While Afghan President Hamid Karzai has resisted signing a long-term security agreement with the United States, the leader has met secretly with the Taliban to engage in peace talks, according to the New York Times. How would a Taliban peace deal work? Gwen Ifill talks to New York Times reporter Matthew Rosenberg.
    Original Air Date: February 4, 2014
  • FDA targets teens in new ad campaign
    Bad breath, wrinkles and stained teeth: The FDA is hoping to reach teens with their anti-smoking message by playing into fears about the superficial effects of smoking, as well as the loss of control from addiction. Judy Woodruff discusses the goals of the campaign with Kathy Crosby of the FDA.
    Original Air Date: February 4, 2014
  • Emerging markets face new fallout as Fed scales back
    What’s the cause of recent financial volatility overseas -- particularly in the emerging markets of Turkey, India, Brazil, South Africa and Indonesia -- and how does the U.S. play a role? Jeffrey Brown gets analysis from Eswar Prasad of Cornell University and Liz Ann Sonders from Charles Schwab.
    Original Air Date: February 4, 2014
  • Number of full-time workers to decrease under health reform
    In the Congressional Budget Office’s economic outlook report for 2014, analysts predicted that as many as 2.3 million will stop working or work less as a result of the Affordable Care Act. Gwen Ifill talks to NPR’s Julie Rovner about the findings and the political reactions coming from the White House and congressional Republicans.
    Original Air Date: February 4, 2014

Monday, February 3, 2014

  • New media models disrupt traditional journalism
    A slew of made-for-web news sites are increasingly undermining the platform of print media. In this shifting landscape, how will journalism and storytelling survive, and what are readers to gain? Judy Woodruff talks to Re/code’s Walt Mossberg, VOX Media’s Jim Bankoff, and Tom Rosenstiel of the American Press Institute.
    Original Air Date: February 3, 2014
  • Remembering Philip Seymour Hoffman
    Actor Philip Seymour Hoffman, who died Sunday at the age of 46, defied ever being typecast. He’s played a detestable antihero and brown-nosing manservant with equal skill and conviction. Jeffrey Brown talks to The Washington Post’s film critic Ann Hornaday about Hoffman’s honesty on screen, which she says was key to his connection with moviegoers.
    Original Air Date: February 3, 2014
  • How high school athletes deal with concussions
    Despite reports on the dangers of concussions and in the wake of recent lawsuits against the NFL for illnesses related to head injuries, even high school athletes feel pressured to hide their injuries in order to get back in the game. Hari Sreenivasan and PBS NewsHour’s network of Student Reporting Labs explore how concussions in football have affected high school players.
    Original Air Date: February 3, 2014
  • South Carolina’s battle over Medicaid expansion
    After the Supreme Court ruled that states were not obligated to expand their Medicaid programs under the Affordable Care Act, South Carolina was one of the first to opt out. PBS NewsHour’s Mary Jo Brooks reports on the effects for residents who are still uninsured, plus a small alternative program designed to reach some of them.
    Original Air Date: February 3, 2014
  • ‘Talking cars’ could prevent accidents before they happen
    On some new car models, sensors can monitor outside surroundings and warn drivers of peril or kick in automatic braking. The Department Of Transportation is considering a mandate for all automakers to adopt this vehicle-to-vehicle technology. Gwen Ifill talks to Wall Street Journal reporter Dan Neil about how “talking cars” could improve safety on the roads but at the expense of drivers’ privacy.
    Original Air Date: February 3, 2014
  • Why heroin is making a deadly comeback
    Heroin is chemically almost identical to prescription painkillers. But the illegal drug is more dangerous and much cheaper than regulated opiates. Jeffrey Brown talks to National Drug Control Policy director R. Gil Kerlikowske and Los Angeles Times reporter Sam Quinones about why heroin use in America has doubled since 2007 and the deadly consequences for users and addicts.
    Original Air Date: February 3, 2014