Sunday, March 30, 2014

  • Drug makers agree to curb antibiotic use for farm animals
    Scientists point to the amount of antibiotics in livestock as one of the causes of the rise of antibiotic resistant diseases. On Wednesday a number of pharmaceutical companies agreed to abide by a government proposal to stop labeling drugs important for treating human infections as acceptable antibiotics to spur farm animal growth. Hari Sreenivasan speaks with NPR correspondent Dan Charles.
    Original Air Date: March 30, 2014
  • Is history repeating itself in the Crimea?
    The Russian Navy agreed to pull out of the Black Sea around Crimea on March 30. Not March 30, 2014, but 158 years ago in 1856. NewsHour's Hari Sreenivasan reflects on the history of the region that is again at the center of a geopolitical crisis.
    Original Air Date: March 30, 2014
  • Washington Post looks at lives of Iraq, Afghanistan veterans
    The Washington Post launched a special series Sunday called “A legacy of pain and pride” which looks at the lives of military veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan through stories and polls in conjunction with the Kaiser Family Foundation. Hari Sreenivasan speaks with one of the authors of the series Greg Jaffe about the poll results and what they reveal about Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans.
    Original Air Date: March 30, 2014
    Washington Post series, Pain and Pride
  • Kenya takes on e-waste problem with new recycling hub
    Used electronics are one of the fastest growing sources of waste globally, and it is estimated that 15,000 tons of used computers and mobile phones are shipped to Kenya every year. Today, Kenya is trying to get ahead of the problem, by building the country’s first electronics recycling hub.
    Original Air Date: March 30, 2014
    E-waste recycling plant, Kenya

Saturday, March 29, 2014

  • Viewers respond to NewsHour's report on Dutch pot policy
    Viewers respond to NewsHour's report on Dutch pot policy and what their 40-year experience can teach the United States.
    Original Air Date: March 29, 2014
  • Russian troop presence builds near Ukraine’s border
    Russian President Vladimir Putin spoke with President Obama on the phone Friday about a possible diplomatic solution to the crisis in Ukraine. Despite the development, tens of thousands of Russian soldiers have deployed near the border of Ukraine with no sign of pulling back. Hari Sreenivasan speaks with Anthony Cordesman with the Center for Strategic and International Studies.
    Original Air Date: March 29, 2014
  • South African opera singers’ lives documented in new film
    Some of the world’s best young opera singers hail from the impoverished black townships of South Africa. Three of those singers are now in the United States to perform at the American Documentary Film Festival, where a documentary about their lives called “I Live to Sing” is being shown. The film’s director, Julie Coehn, tells the story of one of the singers: Thesele Kemane.
    Original Air Date: March 29, 2014
    South African opera singer Thesele Kemane performs for the United Nations.
  • Can a lawsuit by nine students topple teacher tenure?
    Arguments ended this week in a landmark California lawsuit in which nine public school students sued to overturn the state's teacher tenure laws. Will the outcome spell the end of some prized teacher rights? Experts say the case could impact education reform efforts nationwide.
    Original Air Date: March 29, 2014

Friday, March 28, 2014

  • Why Education Secretary Duncan is under fire
    Indiana, one of the 45 states that adopted the national Common Core educational standards, has became the first state to drop them. Across the country, anger over the federal government’s role in schools has been focused at Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. Special correspondent for education John Merrow reports on Duncan’s role in the evolution of American educational policy.
    Original Air Date: March 28, 2014
  • How big is the division between U.S. and Saudi interests?
    Saudi Arabia has warned of a “major shift” away from their long-time reliance on the U.S. amid strained relations over concerns like the war in Syria, nuclear negotiations with Iran and turmoil in Egypt. Jeffrey Brown talks to Toby Jones of Rutgers University and Frederic Wehrey of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace for a closer look at this relationship.
    Original Air Date: March 28, 2014
  • Shields and Brooks on Obama’s Vatican visit
    Syndicated columnist Mark Shields and New York Times columnist David Brooks join Judy Woodruff to discuss the week’s news, including efforts by the U.S. and the European Union to deter Russia from entering more regions, President Obama’s meeting with Pope Francis, a milestone for Affordable Care Act enrollment and a new internal report on the New Jersey bridge lane closure
    Original Air Date: March 28, 2014
  • Search for Flight 370 shifts nearly 700 miles
    A new discovery of debris shifted the search for the missing Malaysian airliner hundreds of miles northeast, three weeks after the jet disappeared. But time is fading before potential pings from the aircraft’s black box will end. Hari Sreenivasan turns to science correspondent Miles O’Brien for a closer look at the prospects for its retrieval.
    Original Air Date: March 28, 2014
  • Singer Kidjo lifts up women with songs of empowerment
    Benin-born Angelique Kidjo has made the empowerment of women and girls a part of her music and life's work for decades. The Grammy winner has attracted a global following with her mix of African and Western music styles and lyrics in a number of different languages. Jeffrey Brown profiles Kidjo latest album, "Eve," as well as her new memoir, "Spirit Rising: My Life My Music."
    Original Air Date: March 28, 2014

Thursday, March 27, 2014

  • Death toll expected to climb from Washington mudslide
    With at least 90 still missing, the death toll from the mudslide in Washington is expected to rise dramatically in the next couple of days. Jeffrey Brown talks to Master Sgt. Chris Martin of the Washington State National Guard about making progress in the systematic and painstaking search for more people.
    Original Air Date: March 27, 2014
  • How might the pope and president work together?
    With public opinion ratings “the envy of every politician in Washington,” Pope Francis received President Obama at the Vatican for an hour-long visit. Gwen Ifill talks to Rev. Thomas Reese of the National Catholic Reporter and Stephen Schneck of the Catholic University of America to make sense of the meeting and assess what unites the pontiff and the president.
    Original Air Date: March 27, 2014
  • Architect with humanitarian focus wins Pritzker Prize
    This year’s recipient of architecture’s top award — the Pritzker Prize — has designed innovative structures for people suffering from hardship and disaster for more than 20 years. Japanese architect Shigeru Ban is helping his profession focus more on serving those in need. Jeffrey Brown offers a closer look at Ban’s work.
    Original Air Date: March 27, 2014
  • Scientists find new evidence in search for autism cause
    As the U.S. government increases its estimate of the prevalence of autism to being one in every 68 children, scientists have announced new research that shows there may be a common disruption in parts of the brain essential to emotions, communication and social function, beginning during pregnancy. Judy Woodruff learns more from Eric Courchesne of University of California, San Diego.
    Original Air Date: March 27, 2014
  • Debating Kansas’ mandate on tighter voter ID enforcement
    In the recent spate of voter identification controversies sweeping the country, a federal judge in Kansas last week ordered election officials to help Kansas and Arizona enforce laws requiring new voters to show proof of citizenship. Hari Sreenivasan get two views from Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach and Jenny Rose Flanagan of Common Cause.
    Original Air Date: March 27, 2014
  • Scammers take advantage of foreign nurses lured by U.S. jobs
    Nurse shortages in the American health care system is raising demand for foreign nurses. But some unknowingly face great risk in getting to the United States. Special correspondent Fred de Sam Lazaro reports from the Philippines on nurses whose desperation led them to be victims of human trafficking.
    Original Air Date: March 27, 2014

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

  • Will extra weeks for ACA sign-up bring in younger buyers?
    Five days before the March 31 enrollment deadline, the Obama administration says that Americans will have more time to sign up on federal health care exchanges if they’ve begun but can’t finish the process on time. Gwen Ifill talks to Mary Agnes Carey of Kaiser Health News and Ceci Connolly of PricewaterhouseCoopers Health Research Institute for a closer look at the extension and its critics.
    Original Air Date: March 26, 2014
    Samantha Guzman, an Affordable Care Act navigator with the Bureau and Putnam County Health Department, center, assists Jackie Karns as she shops for health insurance at the Bureau County Health Department offices in Princeton, Illinois, U.S., on Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013. Karns has a full time job, but her employer does not offer health insurance. Consumers who enroll in health plans through the new U.S. exchanges will get 10 extra days to pay their first premiums and still gain coverage effective Jan. 1, an insurance company trade group announced. Photographer: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg *** Local Caption *** Jackie Karns; Samantha Guzman
  • Labor board rules Northwestern athletes eligible for union
    The National Labor Relations Board has made a landmark ruling in favor of football players at Northwestern University who claim they are school employees. Currently the decision only applies to private schools, but it is expected to reverberate more widely. Jeffrey Brown examines the case with Michael McCann of the University of New Hampshire Law School.
    Original Air Date: March 26, 2014
  • Facebook invests in virtual reality future with Oculus Rift
    Facebook has bought the maker of a virtual reality headset and interface for $2 billion. Economics correspondent Paul Solman profiles the company, Oculus VR, and Hari Sreenivasan talks to Vindu Goel of The New York Times for more on the significance of the deal.
    Original Air Date: March 26, 2014
  • As Ukraine starts over, taking stock of corruption, division
    President Obama urged Europeans to rededicate themselves to defending freedom in the face of Russia’s annexation of Crimea. Meanwhile, Ukrainians say they’re ready to put the corruption of ousted President Viktor Yanukovych behind them. Chief foreign affairs correspondent Margaret Warner looks at the range of challenges to Ukraine’s future, and whether its new leadership is up to the task.
    Original Air Date: March 26, 2014
  • Jimmy Carter on Israel, Ukraine and violence against women
    President Jimmy Carter sits down with Judy Woodruff to discuss Russia’s annexation of Crimea, progress and limitations of working with Israel for the Obama administration and his own commitment to fight discrimination and violence against women and girls around the world. Carter has written his 28th book, “A Call to Action: Women, Religion, Violence and Power.”
    Original Air Date: March 26, 2014

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

  • Dissent in Egypt persists despite mass trials
    In a crackdown on the Muslim Brotherhood, their supporters and other dissenters, an Egyptian court put 638 suspected Islamists on trial for murder or attempted murder during riots last year. A day earlier, more than 500 suspected supporters of ousted President Morsi were sentenced to death by the same judge. Judy Woodruff talks to Michele Dunne of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.
    Original Air Date: March 25, 2014
  • High court hears case on religious rights of corporations
    The Supreme Court heard arguments in a case brought by two companies run by devoutly religious families. They say that the health care law's requirement that employers’ health insurance plans cover certain contraceptives violates their beliefs. Tim O'Brien from Religion and Ethics Newsweekly offers background, and Marcia Coyle of The National Law Journal joins Judy Woodruff for analysis.
    Original Air Date: March 25, 2014
  • Ukraine PM: Putin intends to reinstate Soviet Union
    In an exclusive interview, chief foreign affairs correspondent Margaret Warner sits down with acting Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk in Kiev to discuss Western sanctions on Moscow, Russian President Putin’s long-term intentions and a growing sense of unity among Ukrainians.
    Original Air Date: March 25, 2014
  • What’s behind Obama’s effort to limit surveillance
    President Obama announced that he wants Congress to stop the National Security Agency from gathering bulk phone records and holding them for five years. What’s at stake in the president’s push to limit the scope of U.S. surveillance? Gwen Ifill talks to Kate Martin of the Center for National Security Studies and Gary Schmitt of the American Enterprise Institute.
    Original Air Date: March 25, 2014