Monday, August 8, 2011

  • Will Latest Market, Credit Woes Add Up to a 'Global Recession'?
    Stocks plummeted on Wall Street and around the world on Monday, as President Obama tried to reassure investors that the United States continues to be an "AAA country." Judy Woodruff discusses the historic drop in the stock market with three experts.
    Original Air Date: August 8, 2011
  • News Wrap: Syrian Troops Launch New Assault in Ramadan Offensive
    In other news Monday, the government of Syria pressed a new assault in its Ramadan offensive against dissents. Tanks and troops poured into the city of Deir ez Zor in the east, after killing scores of people in Hama and arresting hundreds more. Also, street violence spread to more of London and beyond.
    Original Air Date: August 8, 2011
  • In New Book, Doctor Explores History of Cancer
    Betty Ann Bowser talks with oncologist Siddhartha Mukherjee about his new book, "The Emperor of Maladies: A Biography of Cancer."
    Original Air Date: August 8, 2011
  • 9/11 Anniversary: How Did Attacks Change Your Life?
    As we approach the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, the PBS NewsHour wants to know how the events affected you. We have five questions and we'd like to hear your responses. Choose one or two questions and tape your response on your phone, computer or camera. Please limit your responses to 90 seconds and submit it as a response to this video.
    Original Air Date: August 8, 2011
  • Weekly Poem: 'Elegy VII (Last Moment)' by Jason Schneiderman
    Jason Schneiderman is the author of "Striking Surface," winner of the Richard Snyder prize from Ashland Poetry Press, and "Sublimation Point" (Four Way Books). He directs the Writing Center at the Borough of Manhattan Community College.
    Original Air Date: August 8, 2011
  • Political Checklist: Credit Downgrade Fallout and the GOP in Iowa
    Political Editor David Chalian and Judy Woodruff examine the political fallout from Standard and Poor's decision Friday evening to downgrade the U.S. credit rating. Which political party stands to lose from the downgrade? Chalian also previews his trip this week to Iowa for the GOP straw poll.
    Original Air Date: August 8, 2011
  • How Not To Let Mistakes Define You
    We recently reported on the prison initiative of Bard College, a selective school currently running degree programs in five New York prisons. Skeptics of prison reform should take note of one Anthony Cardenales, a former inmate who did 17 years for homicide. He earned a bachelor's degree through the program, and is working his way up the management ladder at an electronics recycling company.
    Original Air Date: August 8, 2011

Friday, August 5, 2011

  • Indian Surrogacy Helps Lift Some Poor, but Raises Ethical Issues
    In India, parental surrogacy is often less complicated and costly than having a surrogate in the United States. Special correspondent Fred de Sam Lazaro explores the ethics of outsourcing surrogacy in the second of two reports about Indian women who are paid to bear children for infertile Western couples.
    Original Air Date: August 5, 2011
  • Shields and Douthat on Disdain for Washington After Debt Deal, FAA Showdown
    Syndicated columnist Mark Shields and New York Times columnist Ross Douthat sort through the week's top political news, including their takes on the American public's disgust with Washington, the July jobs report and the partial FAA shutdown.
    Original Air Date: August 5, 2011
  • New Orleans Officers Convicted in Killings: a Turning Point for a Healing City?
    Five current or former New Orleans police officers were convicted Friday in connection with a deadly shooting on Danziger Bridge in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. New York Times reporter Campbell Robertson discusses how the convictions are being viewed in a city and police department still grappling with storm aftermath.
    Original Air Date: August 5, 2011
  • Latest Jobs News Promising, But Markets Ask: What Will Revive Economy?
    New job numbers out Friday offered a glimmer of hope after a bad week for the economy ended with another volatile day on Wall Street. Jeffrey Brown discusses what the latest developments could mean for the U.S. economy with Lisa Lynch of Brandeis University, Grep Ip of The Economist and Sam Stovall of Standard and Poor's.
    Original Air Date: August 5, 2011
  • Conversation: Bruce Norris' Pulitzer-winning Play 'Clybourne Park'
    Jeffrey Brown talks to Howard Shalwitz, artistic director of the Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, about Bruce Norris' Pulitzer Prize-winning play, "Clybourne Park." The play is making a return to the Washington, D.C., theater.
    Original Air Date: August 5, 2011
  • 'Washington Color and Light' at the Corcoran Gallery of Art
    Corcoran Gallery of Art curator Beatrice Gralton gives a tour of the museum's exhibition, "Washington Color and Light." The exhibition presents major works from the Corcoran collection by the artists associated with the Washington Color School and their contemporaries.
    Original Air Date: August 5, 2011

Thursday, August 4, 2011

  • Bloomberg Kicks Off New Effort to Empower Black, Latino Men
    New York City's Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced a $127 million, three-year plan to coordinate city agencies and efforts with a goal of reducing disparities between young black and Latino men and the rest of the population. Jeffrey Brown discusses the new program with Bloomberg, who will contribute $30 million of his own money.
    Original Air Date: August 4, 2011
  • 'Made in India' Examines International Journey Through Surrogacy Process
    In "Made in India," filmmakers Rebecca Haimowitz and Vaishali Sinha follow the journey of an infertile Texas couple and the Indian surrogate who gives birth to their children. 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: August 4, 2011
  • Massive Campaign of Cyber Spying Uncovered
    The public learned this week of a five-year, high-level hacking campaign that infiltrated computer systems of more than 70 governments, corporations and public and private organizations in 14 countries. Margaret Warner discusses the hack, uncovered by McAfee, with Vanity Fair's Michael Joseph Gross, who broke the story.
    Original Air Date: August 4, 2011
  • FAA Shutdown Coming to an End, but Funding Fight Still Looms
    Congressional leaders announced Thursday they had reached a bipartisan agreement to temporarily extend funding for the Federal Aviation Administration, which would end the nearly two-week partial shutdown but leave long-term funding in question. Jeffrey Brown discusses the deal with Public Radio International's Todd Zwillich.
    Original Air Date: August 4, 2011
  • Bloomberg: Americans Worry That U.S. Is Losing Competitive Edge
    In an interview with the NewsHour Thursday, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg reacted to the latest market drop and concerns about the economy.
    Original Air Date: August 4, 2011
  • Market Plunge Startles Investors, But Fed 'Out of Ammo' Amid Double-Dip Fears
    Wall Street finished its worst day since the financial crisis began in 2008 Thursday as the Dow Jones industrial average fell more than 500 points. Judy Woodruff discusses investors' concerns about a possible double-dip recession with Hugh Johnson of Hugh Johnson Advisors and Gillian Tett of The Financial Times.
    Original Air Date: August 4, 2011

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

  • After Long Debt Battle, Is Current Version of U.S. Government Sustainable?
    After many months of heated debate, Washington was finally able to compromise on a debt deal to avert a government default this week. Judy Woodruff discusses how the battle over the debt ceiling compares to other politically polarized times with Yale University's Beverly Gage and Harvard University's David King.
    Original Air Date: August 3, 2011
  • From Netflix to Hulu, Streaming Video Businesses Gaining Ground
    What have you been watching on your computer lately? More and more Americans are checking out movies and television program online. Hari Sreenivasan discusses the recent push toward more streaming content with Gershon Media's Bernard Gershon.
    Original Air Date: August 3, 2011
  • Heat Wave, Drought Create 'Grim' Crop Yields for Farmers in Plains, South
    New research by the National Drought Mitigation Center shows 12 percent of U.S. land is in the midst of an exceptional drought, which is the largest contiguous area to suffer such difficult conditions in 12 years. Ray Suarez discusses how the drought has punished American farmers with Harvest Public Media's Frank Morris.
    Original Air Date: August 3, 2011
  • Mubarak Trial an 'Extraordinary Moment' for Egypt, Middle East
    The trial of Hosni Mubarak, the former Egyptian strongman, began Wednesday with him pleading innocent to charges of corruption and presiding over the killing of nearly 900 protesters. Margaret Warner discusses the trial's significance with Harvard University's Tarek Masoud and the Council on Foreign Relations' Steven Cook.
    Original Air Date: August 3, 2011
  • Caged Mubarak Begins Corruption Trial by Denying All Charges
    Hosni Mubarak, the former Egyptian president, was wheeled into court Wednesday on a hospital gurney, where his trial began on charges of corruption and presiding over the killing of nearly 900 protesters. Margaret Warner reports on the first Arab leader to stand trial in person in the wake of the Arab spring uprisings.
    Original Air Date: August 3, 2011
  • News Wrap: Syrian Troops Cut Water, Electricity Supply in Hama
    In other news Wednesday, a crackdown against anti-government protesters escalated in Syria. Overnight, the city of Hama was heavily shelled, tanks moved into the main square and electricity and water supplies were cut off. Also, Tropical Storm Emily churned through the Caribbean, threatening to dump inches of rain on Haiti.
    Original Air Date: August 3, 2011
  • Tepid Economy at Heart of Global Market Volatility
    At a cabinet meeting on Wednesday, President Obama said the debt deal had averted "a massive blow" to the economy, but it wound up being another rocky day for global markets. Jeffrey Brown discusses the latest on the markets and the economy with Liz Ann Sonders of Charles Schwab & Co. and PIMCO's Mohamed El-Erian.
    Original Air Date: August 3, 2011
  • Obama's Post Debt-Limit Burger
    President Obama and the senior staff members who were part of the debt limit negotiations went out for a hamburger at Good Stuff Eatery on Capitol Hill
    Original Air Date: August 3, 2011

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

  • USAID Chief: Famine in Somalia 'Worse Than You Can Imagine'
    In a new effort to alleviate the suffering in famine-stricken Eastern Africa, the U.S. government eased its restrictions on providing aid to Somalia -- aimed at sanctioning al-Shabab -- in hopes of getting more food to starving people. Margret Warner discusses the change in policy with USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah.
    Original Air Date: August 2, 2011