Wednesday, September 7, 2011

  • Wednesday, September 7, 2011
    Tonight on the program, President Obama and his team put the final touches on the jobs plan he will announce to the nation Thursday. Also, we sit down with White House Chief Counterterrorism Adviser John Brennan to discuss the strength of al-Qaida and crews in Texas race to battle raging wildfires. Finally, we get a report on security suspects at shopping malls and preview tonight's GOP debate.
    Original Air Date: September 7, 2011
  • Supernova Burns Bright in a Galaxy Not So Far Away
    Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory scientists recently discovered a supernova about 21 million light years away in the Pinwheel Galaxy. Jeffrey Brown and Peter Nugent, who found the brightest and closest supernova in decades, discuss how the dying star could prove to be "a real treat" for Northern hemisphere stargazers.
    Original Air Date: September 7, 2011
  • Brennan: Post-9/11, U.S. Has 'Right Balance' Between Civil Liberties, Security
    In an interview with Judy Woodruff, White House Chief Counterterrorism Adviser John Brennan discusses the strength of al-Qaida after the death or capture of high-level leaders and the difficult-to-detect threat of homegrown terror.
    Original Air Date: September 7, 2011
  • After 9/11, Suspicions Fall on Some Shoppers
    After 9/11, the Department of Homeland Security created the Nationwide Suspicious Activity Reporting Initiative to help spot potential terrorists, while the Mall of America launched its own security program. NPR and the Center for Investigative Reporting report how such efforts aimed at security affect our civil liberties.
    Original Air Date: September 7, 2011
  • Witness: Texas Wildfire 'Just Like Driving Into a Volcano'
    In Texas, Bastrop County's emergency coordinator said that a huge wildfire southeast of Austin is now 30 percent contained. Ray Suarez speaks with Kate Galbraith of the Texas Tribune about efforts to combat scores of fires, which have destroyed more than 1,000 homes and killed at least four people in the Lone Star State.
    Original Air Date: September 7, 2011
  • How Will Perry Change Dynamic in GOP Debate?
    Before President Obama presents his plan to spur job creation on Thursday night, eight Republican hopefuls will debate at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, Calif. Gwen Ifill and Political Editor David Chalian preview the debate, which will be the first to include GOP front-runner Rick Perry.
    Original Air Date: September 7, 2011
  • Obama's Jobs Plan Expected to Carry $300 Billion Price Tag
    President Obama and his advisers put the final touches on his jobs plan Wednesday as details began to trickle out about what he's expected to announce Thursday evening in a prime-time address to Congress. Kwame Holman reports on the plan, which is widely estimated to have a $300 billion price tag.
    Original Air Date: September 7, 2011
  • Bin Laden's View of 9/11 Anniversary
    John Brennan, White House counterterrorism chief, describes the contents of Osama bin Laden's compound.
    Original Air Date: September 7, 2011
  • How Strong Is al-Qaida?
    Counterterrorism official John Brennan said while the core of al-Qaida is degraded, other similar groups exist.
    Original Air Date: September 7, 2011
    September 7, 2011
  • Brennan: Another Attack Not 'Inevitable'
    Counterterrorism official John Brennan says another attack similar to 9/11 is not "inevitable."
    Original Air Date: September 7, 2011
  • 10 Years After 9/11, a Reading and Conversation with Poet Nancy Mercado
    Nancy Mercado reads her poem, "Going to Work," and talks to Jeffrey Brown about the impact of 9/11.
    Original Air Date: September 7, 2011
  • 10 Years After 9/11, a Reading and Conversation with Poet Billy Collins
    Billy Collins reads his poem, "The Names," and talks to Jeffrey Brown about the impact of 9/11.
    Original Air Date: September 7, 2011
  • Is the U.S. Safer Now Than on 9/11?
    The United States is "without a doubt" safer today than on Sept. 11, 2001, White House chief counterterrorism adviser John Brennan told Judy Woodruff on Wednesday.
    Original Air Date: September 7, 2011
  • Political Checklist: What Can Obama's Speech Accomplish?
    David Chalian and Gwen Ifill preview a big week in American politics: Wednesday night the Republican presidential candidates face off in another debate, which will be frontrunner Rick Perry's first. Thursday night President Obama will address a joint session of Congress on his new jobs plan amid his lowest poll numbers of his presidency.
    Original Air Date: September 7, 2011
  • 'Engineering Ground Zero' Explores Challenges of Rebuilding Historic Site
    For more on this story go to www.pbs.org/newshourNOVA's documentary, Engineering Ground Zero, explores the behind-the-scenes struggle of architects and engineers building at the site.Jeff Brown talks with Paul Goldberger, Architecture critic for The New Yorker, about the architecture and construction of the memorial and the surrounding buildings at Ground Zero.
    Original Air Date: September 7, 2011

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

  • Pentagon Attack Widower: 'We Need to Go on' in Spite of Needless Suffering
    For Thomas Heidenberger, the emotional scars are still fresh. His wife, Michele, was the lead flight attendant on American Airlines Flight 77, which flew into the Pentagon on Sept. 11, 2001.Heidenberger -- a founding director of the Pentagon Memorial Fund -- discusses the meaning and design of the memorial, which is dedicated to the 184 people who were killed there 10 years ago.
    Original Air Date: September 6, 2011
  • WikiLeaks Under Fire After Document Dump Risks Identifying Sources
    The latest WikiLeaks document dump of more than 250,000 diplomatic cables included the names of thousands of people who had spoken in confidence to American diplomats. Ray Suarez discusses what created the controversy and the potential fallout with Wired's Kim Zetter.
    Original Air Date: September 6, 2011
  • How Has Skyscraper Design Changed Since 9/11?
    The collapse of the Twin Towers served as a stark and stunning reminder to architects and engineers of the value of using concrete to protect skyscrapers from the ravages of fire. Miles O'Brien reports on how the design of skyscrapers has changed since 9/11. This report was produced in collaboration with the PBS program "NOVA."
    Original Air Date: September 6, 2011
  • Romney Rolls Out Jobs Plan as Obama's Approval Rating Hit New Lows
    A pair of polls out Tuesday show that many Americans have deep concerns about President Obama's overall job performance and his handling of the economy. Judy Woodruff discusses the polls and the 2012 campaign, including Mitt Romney's new jobs plan, with NPR's Ari Shapiro.
    Original Air Date: September 6, 2011
  • Interconnection of U.S., European Markets Adds to Investors' Fears
    Across Europe, markets finished Tuesday at their lowest close in more than two years. Jeffrey Brown discusses the growing eurozone debt woes with FusionIQ's Barry Ritholtz and Jacob Kirkegaard of the Peterson Institute for International Economics.
    Original Air Date: September 6, 2011
  • How Should U.S. Postal Service's Financial Problems Be Fixed?
    The head of the U.S. Postal Service told lawmakers Tuesday that radical changes are needed to avert a financial collapse. Gwen Ifill leads a debate over what can be done to stave off a shutdown with Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe and Fredric Rolando, president of the National Association of Letter Carriers.
    Original Air Date: September 6, 2011
  • Is Unemployment Caused by a Skills Mismatch?
    Friday's story, "Can America's Unemployed Fill American Jobs?" looked at the extent to which high unemployment is structural and how much is cyclical. Zachary Karabell of economic research and consulting firm River Twice thinks much of what we're seeing is structural. Mike Konczal of the Roosevelt Institute, on the other hand, argues unemployment is mostly cyclical, or tied to the economic cycle.
    Original Air Date: September 6, 2011
  • Moby Reflects on 9/11
    Musician and DJ Moby looks back on Sept. 11, 2001. After a night out celebrating his birthday, he awoke to discover the World Trade Center towers burning just blocks from his apartment.
    Original Air Date: September 6, 2011
    September 6, 2011
  • Amy Waldman reads from her novel 'The Submission'
    Watch the interview here: www.pbs.org/newshour/art/blog/
    Original Air Date: September 6, 2011
  • Conversation: Amy Waldman, Author of 'The Submission'
    For more on this story go to www.pbs.org/newshour/art/blog/ What if a jury selected a design for the new 9/11 memorial and then discovered that its architect was a Muslim? The new novel, 'The Submission' that explores in fictional form many of the tensions that in recent years have become the stuff of daily headlines. Its author is a longtime journalist for the New York Times, Amy Waldman.
    Original Air Date: September 6, 2011

Monday, September 5, 2011

  • 'The Class of 9/11' Remembers WTC Attacks Through the Eyes of First Graders
    Students, teachers and parents of New York's PS 150's, located just blocks away from Ground Zero, recount their powerful memories of the morning of September, 11, 2001. This is an extended excerpt from the film "The Class of 9/11," produced by filmmaker Jacques Menasche for the Dart Society.
    Original Air Date: September 5, 2011
  • Journalist Reflects on Covering 3 Decades of War in Afghanistan
    Jeffrey Brown talks to Edward Girardet about his new book, "Killing the Cranes," which details his personal experiences in Afghanistan -- including a debate with Osama bin Laden -- and the history of a country at war for nearly 30 years. Girardet began reporting from Afghanistan in 1979, shortly before the Soviet invasion.
    Original Air Date: September 5, 2011
  • Economic Slump Brought a 'Tough Year for Labor'
    How powerful are labor unions in the U.S.? Ray Suarez looks at the state of labor unions -- on a day honoring Americans who work -- with James Sherk, Senior Policy Analyst for Labor Economics at the Heritage Foundation, Thea Lee, Deputy Chief of Staff at the AFL-CIO, and Steven Greehouse of the New York Times.
    Original Air Date: September 5, 2011

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