Thursday, April 16, 2015

  • Why unions aren’t happy about a fast-track trade deal
    Top lawmakers from both parties struck a deal to authorize President Obama to negotiate a sweeping trade pact with Pacific nations. Under the new fast-track authority, Congress could give any deal a yes or no vote, but not make any changes. Political editor Lisa Desjardins joins Gwen Ifill to discuss who is expected to fight the legislation.
    Original Air Date: April 16, 2015
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  • Under Pope Francis, Vatican changes tone toward U.S. nuns
    The Vatican ended its crackdown on the Leadership Conference of Women Religious, the major umbrella group for American nuns. Under the previous pope, an investigation and overhaul was launched against the group for straying from church teachings. To discuss the significance of the move, Judy Woodruff talks to Rachel Zoll of the Associated Press.
    Original Air Date: April 16, 2015
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Wednesday, April 15, 2015

  • Singer Rhiannon Giddens taps America’s deep musical roots
    Rhiannon Giddens has studied opera and fronted a Grammy-winning old-time string band, the Carolina Chocolate Drops. Now her debut solo album, produced by T. Bone Burnett, showcases her range and celebrates the musical influence of American women like Odetta, Patsy Cline, Dolly Parton and Nina Simone. She sits down with Jeffrey Brown to discuss her passion for performing.
    Original Air Date: April 15, 2015
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  • Tehran’s ‘Mr. Big Mouth’ on deep-rooted hatred of the West
    As the international debate continues about reducing Iran’s nuclear capacity and lifting economic sanctions, there is still considerable anger in Tehran directed at the West. New York Times Tehran Bureau Chief Thomas Erdbrink talks to an Iranian man nicknamed Mr. Big Mouth about his deep-seated hatred of the U.S., another installment of his video diary produced by Dutch public broadcaster VPRO.
    Original Air Date: April 15, 2015
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  • How America moved on in the days after the Civil War
    President Abraham Lincoln died 150 years ago, just days after Gen. Robert E. Lee surrendered at Appomattox, ending the Civil War after four years. To discuss the lasting effects of both events, Jeffrey Brown talks to Martha Hodes, author of "Mourning Lincoln," James McPherson, author of "The War That Forged a Nation,” and Isabel Wilkerson, author of “The Warmth of Other Suns.”
    Original Air Date: April 15, 2015
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  • Your Tax Day guide to the new health care penalties
    This is the first year that Americans are facing tax penalties under the Affordable Care Act and millions have found the rules to be more complicated than they expected. To help clarify the new rules, Judy Woodruff talks to Julie Rovner of Kaiser Health News and Poonam Bansal of Accounting Solutions.
    Original Air Date: April 15, 2015
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  • Would $15 save employees and break employers?
    Low-wage workers around the nation went out in protest on April 15, demanding a minimum wage of $15 an hour. A few big corporations have begun raising their pay, but some critics say a major hike would hurt employers and kill jobs. Gwen Ifill gets debate from Steve Caldeira of the International Franchise Association and Tsedeye Gebreselassie of the National Employment Law Project.
    Original Air Date: April 15, 2015
    Demonstrators hold signs during demonstrations asking for higher wages in the Manhattan borough of New York
  • David Brooks on his 'humility code'
    In this exclusive online extra, Judy Woodruff sits down with New York Times columnist David Brooks to discuss his new book, "The Road to Character." Brooks describes how he came up with his "humility code" and how people rely on each other to stick to the principles he writes about in his book.
    Original Air Date: April 15, 2015
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  • What inspired Abe Lincoln to grow a beard?
    In our NewsHour shares moment of the day, a look at a less familiar Abraham Lincoln -- one without a beard. In honor of the anniversary of his assassination 150 years ago, hear how a letter from an 11-year-old girl may have inspired then-presidential candidate Lincoln to grow his iconic facial hair.
    Original Air Date: April 15, 2015
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Tuesday, April 14, 2015

  • Iraqi-Americans witness violence in their homeland from afar
    A U.S. visit by Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi comes as the battle against the Islamic State appears to be making headway. But many Iraqi-Americans are still wary of the chaos that has unfolded. Three Iraqis living in the U.S. talk about their fears for their homeland and watching the fight from afar.
    Original Air Date: April 14, 2015
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  • Mapping dark matter may help solve a cosmic mystery
    We can't see dark matter, but scientists have made the largest map yet of the invisible material that helps make up the universe. Researchers used a dark energy camera and a large telescope to create a color-coded chart of just a small part of the cosmos. Jeffrey Brown talks to Sean Carroll of the California Institute of Technology about how they did it and why it matters.
    Original Air Date: April 14, 2015
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  • Why character, not career, is key to a life of consequence
    What do Dwight Eisenhower, George Eliot and Dorothy Day all have in common? Besides achieving career success, all overcame a personality weakness -- such as a bad temper or big ego -- that led to internal transformation. Judy Woodruff sits down with David Brooks to discuss his new book, “The Road to Character,” and rethinking our personal priorities.
    Original Air Date: April 14, 2015
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  • How drinking water pipes can also deliver electric power
    Hydroelectricity -- using the flow of water to generate power -- has long been a small but key source of renewable energy. How can cities around the country better harness that potential? A startup in Portland, Oregon, has developed a system that gets energy from gravity-fed drinking water pipes to produce electricity without any environmental impact. Hari Sreenivasan reports.
    Original Air Date: April 14, 2015
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  • Can Nigeria’s new leader help find the missing schoolgirls?
    One year since Boko Haram kidnapped more than Nigerian school girls, most are still missing and the militant group continues to terrorize the region. Gwen Ifill talks to Christopher Fomunyoh of the National Democratic Institute about how the nation has balanced the mission of finding the missing girls and fighting the terrorists, and whether the country’s new president can help.
    Original Air Date: April 14, 2015
    A sign is seen pinned to a tree during a demonstration against the kidnapping of school girls in Nigeria, outside the Nigerian Embassy in London
  • Flake: Despite Iran deal skepticism, ‘no good alternatives’
    The Senate Foreign Relations Committee reached an agreement to spell out the role of Congress in the event of an Iran nuclear agreement. How did they do it? Judy Woodruff gets insight and reaction from Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, plus analysis from chief foreign affairs correspondent Margaret Warner and political editor Lisa Desjardins.
    Original Air Date: April 14, 2015
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  • Artist layers ads, vintage cartoons like decaying billboards
    Greg Gossel creates mixed-media art from pop culture imagery, typography, texture, found signs and billboard scraps.For more Art Beat: http://www.pbs.org/newshour/art/
    Original Air Date: April 14, 2015
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Monday, April 13, 2015

  • Is Jordan Spieth’s Masters win the start of a great rivalry?
    Twenty-one-year-old Jordan Spieth made golf history this weekend as the second-youngest golfer to win the Masters Tournament -- just a few months older than Tiger Woods was when he won his first green jacket. He also set several records, including one for making the most birdies at a Masters. Jeffrey Brown looks at Spieth’s career and accomplishment with John Feinstein of The Washington Post.
    Original Air Date: April 13, 2015
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  • Are budget cuts, Obamacare confusion causing IRS bottleneck?
    Bad news for taxpayers this year: If you have questions for the Internal Revenue Service, getting through is going to take longer. If you're waiting for a refund, you may face a delay. The IRS attributes this to five years of federal budget cuts, which have led to a hiring freeze and a lack of resources. Judy Woodruff interviews Commissioner John Koskinen about these problems.
    Original Air Date: April 13, 2015
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  • This cement alternative absorbs carbon dioxide like a sponge
    Cement has been called the foundation of modern civilization, the stuff of highways, bridges, sidewalks and buildings of all sizes. But its production comes with a huge carbon footprint. Environmental chemist David Stone was seeking a way to keep iron from rusting when he stumbled upon a possible substitute that requires significantly less energy. Special correspondent Kathleen McCleery reports.
    Original Air Date: April 13, 2015
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  • Iraqi PM to appeal to U.S. for more firepower and support
    Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi is heading to Washington to ask President Obama for weapons and other support to fight the Islamic State. Special correspondent Jane Arraf, reporting from Baghdad, joins Gwen Ifill to discuss Abadi’s requests and the counterattack against the Islamic State’s strongholds in Anbar province.
    Original Air Date: April 13, 2015
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  • Why Clinton’s campaign wants us to think we don’t know her
    Gwen Ifill talks to Amy Walter of the Cook Political Report and Tamara Keith of NPR about the strategy behind -- and responses to -- Hillary Clinton’s weekend announcement of her 2016 presidential campaign, plus a look at what distinguishes Sen. Marco Rubio, the third GOP candidate to announce he’s running.
    Original Air Date: April 13, 2015
    Pointing to the need to boost middle-class wages, Hillary Rodham Clinton is laying out her most concrete vision for the U.S. economy on Monday in a pitch to Democrats who are being wooed by Clinton's chief rival, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, and a larger electorate assessing the 2016 presidential field. Photo by Mike Segar/Files/Reuters
  • Jonathan B. Tucker recites his poem 'Live United'
    Watch Jonathan B. Tucker, the Youth Programs Coordinator for national poetry and social justice non-profit Split This Rock, recite his poem "Live United" at the 2015 AWP Conference and Bookfair in Minneapolis.For more Art Beat: http://www.pbs.org/newshour/art
    Original Air Date: April 13, 2015
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Sunday, April 12, 2015

  • What's Hillary Clinton's vision for her presidential bid?
    Hillary Clinton announced her 2016 presidential bid Saturday. For more on her run for the presidency, Dan Balz, chief political correspondent for The Washington Post, joins Hari Sreenivasan.
    Original Air Date: April 12, 2015
    Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaks during a Gates Foundation event in New York, March 9, 2015. Clinton, Gates Foundation Co-Chair Melinda Gates and Clinton Foundation Vice Chair Chelsea Clinton are hosting global and community leaders for the release of the "No Ceilings Full Participation" report, pushing for equal opportunities for women and girls.  REUTERS/Lucas Jackson (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS) - RTR4SMRA
  • Concerns surround China's economy, but how bad is it?
    As the second-largest economy in the world, China's official growth rate is one of those statistics that people around the world pay attention to. But some say there is evidence that its economy is in greater trouble than can be seen by the numbers. Bloomberg reporter Ken Hoffman joins Hari Sreenivasan to discuss.
    Original Air Date: April 12, 2015
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Saturday, April 11, 2015

  • How durable are improved relations with Cuba?
    President Obama's and Cuban President Raul Castro's meeting Saturday is being heralded as a new era of diplomatic relations between the two countries. But many obstacles still remain until the two can reach normalized ties. Carla Robbins, an Adjunct Senior Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, joins Hari Sreenivasan to discuss.
    Original Air Date: April 11, 2015
    Barack Obama and Raul Castro shake hands as Ban Ki-moon looks on, before the inauguration of the VII Summit of the Americas in Panama City
  • Photog's hunt for childhood friends shows segregation
    One of the most celebrated African American artists of his time, Gordon Parks, is the subject of a photography exhibition at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts that focuses on the realities of life under segregation during the 1940s. WGBH's Jared Bowen reports.
    Original Air Date: April 10, 2015
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  • How San Francisco plans to 'get to zero' HIV infections
    An ambitious new plan in San Francisco aims to completely end the transmission of HIV, which infects about 50,000 people every year. And in a city where huge strides have been made in battling the epidemic that's killed tens of thousands of people, public health officials, doctors and activists are increasing their efforts to bring the number of new HIV infections down to zero.
    Original Air Date: April 10, 2015
    SAN ANSELMO, CA - NOVEMBER 23:  Antiretroviral pills Truvada sit on a tray at Jack's Pharmacy on November 23, 2010 in San Anselmo, California. A study published by the New England Journal of Medicine showed that men who took the daily antiretroviral pill Truvada significantly reduced their risk of contracting HIV.  (Photo Illustration by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
  • Why Hawaii's solar energy industry is at a crossroads
    In parts of Hawaii, where many homeowners have installed rooftop panels to capitalize on federal and state tax credits for using solar energy, the local utility company has slowed down approvals of new solar systems, saying that abundant users may threaten the safety and reliability of the power grid. As the popularity of rooftop solar spreads, many Americans could soon enter the same gridlock.
    Original Air Date: April 9, 2015
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