Thursday, June 6, 2013

  • Paul Krugman on Managing Financial Crisis
    Should we have let foundering financial firms fail in 2008? Economics correspondent Paul Solman sits down with economist Paul Krugman to discuss the provocative bestseller "The Great Deformation" by David Stockman and the government's role in mediating economic meltdowns.
    Original Air Date: June 6, 2013
  • With 47 Million on Food Assistance, Congress Considers Cuts
    The Senate will soon vote on the farm bill, which includes funding for food assistance programs that help roughly 47 million Americans. How would spending cuts impact needy families? Judy Woodruff hears debate from Chris Edwards of the Cato Institute and Lori Silverbush, co-director of the documentary "A Place at the Table."
    Original Air Date: June 6, 2013
  • Syrian Government Casts Off Restraint in Pursuing Enemies
    The Syrian civil war continues to spill over its neighboring border, with rocket attacks fired against a Hezbollah stronghold and at a town known as a haven for rebels. Ray Suarez talks to Margaret Warner, reporting from from Beirut, about the recapture of key Syrian town of Qusayr and sectarian tensions in Lebanon.
    Original Air Date: June 6, 2013
  • NSA Secretly Collected Millions of Phone Records
    The National Security Agency has secretly collected data about millions of domestic and international calls by Verizon customers. Jeffrey Brown gets debate on the privacy and civil liberty concerns from Kate Martin of the Center for National Security Studies and former NSA official Col. Cedric Leighton.
    Original Air Date: June 6, 2013
  • Extended Interview: Audra McDonald
    More of Jeffrey Brown's conversation with actress and singer Audra McDonald.
    Original Air Date: June 6, 2013
  • Watch Chris Christie Names New Jersey AG as Interim Senator
    New Jersey governor Chris Christie appointed state Attorney General Jeff Chiesa as the interim senator in a press conference Thursday. Chiesa would replace the late Sen. Frank Lautenberg.
    Original Air Date: June 6, 2013
  • Author Rick Atkinson's Labor of Love
    Rick Atkinson describes what went into writing "The Guns at Last Light", the final volume in his 14-year effort, the Liberation Trilogy.
    Original Air Date: June 6, 2013

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

  • Honoring Civil Rights Hero Medgar Evers, Warrior for U.S.
    Nearly half a century since his murder, civil rights activist Medgar Evers was honored in a ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery. Gwen Ifill examines the life and legacy of Evers -- a World War II veteran and the NAACP's first field secretary in the South -- with Jerry Mitchell of The Clarion-Ledger newspaper.
    Original Air Date: June 5, 2013
  • NewsHour Science Reporter Talks about Science Rap Contest
    Last week, NewsHour announced the finalists for the PBS NewsHour's GZA-inspired science rap contest. The entries were terrific and ranged from rocks and space and dinosaurs to cell division and cancer research. We were looking for while following the rules: metaphor, rhyme and 16 bars of verse, among them. NewsHour's Christina Bellantoni speaks to science reporter Jenny Marder about the contest.
    Original Air Date: June 5, 2013
  • Economic Costs, Bonuses of Legalizing Undocumented Workers
    How will legalizing undocumented workers in the United States impact the economy, productivity and the wealth and wages of all American workers? In a continuing series, Inside Immigration Reform, Ray Suarez gets debate from Robert Lynch of the Center for American Progress and the Heritage Foundation's Robert Rector.
    Original Air Date: June 5, 2013
  • Deadly Sectarian Violence Fanned by Syrian Conflict
    In the past five weeks, three dozen people have been killed in Tripoli in the worst sectarian fighting Lebanon has seen in nearly a quarter-century. Margaret Warner reports from Tripoli on the deadly sectarian violence flaring between Sunni and Alawite fighters, and the influx of Syrian refugees into the city.
    Original Air Date: June 5, 2013
  • Will Obama's Foreign Policy Change With Susan Rice as NSA?
    How will national security adviser designate Susan Rice and U.S. Ambassador to the UN nominee Samantha Power, known as advocates of humanitarian intervention, influence the president's foreign policy? Richard Haass of the Council on Foreign Relations and Anne-Marie Slaughter of Princeton University join Judy Woodruff.
    Original Air Date: June 5, 2013
  • Krugman: "Economics Is Not a Morality Play"
    Economics Correspondent Paul Solman talks with Nobel Prize winning economist and New York Times columnist Paul Krugman about a controversial new book, "The Great Deformation."
    Original Air Date: June 5, 2013
  • How to Set a Dollar on Fire and Keep it from Burning
    Jamie Munkatchy at Validus Prep in New York shows us how chemistry allows you to burn a dollar and never singe it.
    Original Air Date: June 5, 2013
  • When Things Go Wrong in the Lab
    Originally we planned to include fun, one-minute science experiments on video as part of PBS NewsHour's STEM teacher series. But even with the best planning, experiments can give you unexpected results, said Jamie Munkatchy, chemistry teacher at Validus Preparatory Academy in the Bronx, New York.
    Original Air Date: June 5, 2013
  • Jamie Munkatchy Teaches Making Biofuel
    Jamie Munkatchy, a high school chemistry teacher at Validus Preparatory Academy in the Bronx, New York, teaches her students how to make ethanol in their classroom. But the students have to create their own distilling apparatuses and see if they can get their results to catch fire.
    Original Air Date: June 5, 2013

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

  • Challenges Facing Extreme Weather Researchers
    The death of three storm researchers in Oklahoma helps spotlight the risks involved in studying extreme weather. Ray Suarez talks with Howard Bluestein of the University of Oklahoma for more about chasing storms, dangers for both amateurs and professional scientists and some unexpected challenges (like traffic jams).
    Original Air Date: June 4, 2013
  • Former Reagan Budget Director Argues Against Bailouts
    In "The Great Deformation," David Stockman, former budget director under President Reagan, makes an argument against government economic intervention. Economics correspondent Paul Solman interviews Stockman on why he believes the U.S. bailout of banks after the 2008 financial meltdown perpetuates an unfair economic system.
    Original Air Date: June 4, 2013
  • Top Brass Reject Overhauling Military Justice System
    The military's top leaders rejected Senate proposals to remove commanders from their role in adjudicating service personnel who are accused of serious crimes while in uniform. Gwen Ifill gets two views on possible solutions from Eugene Fidell of Yale Law School and retired Maj. Gen. Charles Dunlap of Duke University Law School.
    Original Air Date: June 4, 2013
  • News Wrap: Conservative Groups Speak Out On IRS
    In other news Tuesday, Conservative groups testified at a Congressional hearing about abuses they suffered at the hands of the IRS. Also, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie announced there will be a special election in October to fill the seat of long-time Sen. Frank Lautenberg, who died at the age of 89.
    Original Air Date: June 4, 2013
  • Obama Moves to Fill U.S. Court of Appeals Seats
    President Barack Obama made three nominations to the influential U.S. Court of Appeals. Jeffrey Brown talks to Caroline Fredrickson of the American Constitution Society for Law and Policy and Carrie Severino of the Judicial Crisis Network about judicial vacancies and the fight over the president's candidates for the court.
    Original Air Date: June 4, 2013

Monday, June 3, 2013

  • Frank Lautenberg, Senate's Last WWII Veteran, a 'Fighter'
    The U.S. Senate lost one of its longest serving members and its last World War II veteran. New Jersey's Sen. Frank Launtenberg, who served five terms, died of pneumonia at the age of 89. Herb Jackson of The Record joins Gwen Ifill to look back at the Democratic senator's legacy and explore who may replace him.
    Original Air Date: June 3, 2013
  • Trial Begins for Bradley Manning Over Leaked Documents
    The court martial of Army Pfc. Bradley Manning opened in Fort Meade, Md. Three years ago Manning was arrested for allegedly leaking 700,000 U.S. government documents to the website WikiLeaks. Ray Suarez takes a closer look at the trial with Arun Rath, who has been covering the story for FRONTLINE.
    Original Air Date: June 3, 2013
  • Hezbollah's Role in the Bloody Syrian War Comes at a Price
    Hezbollah troops, among the best-trained and equipped in the Middle East, have been helping the Assad regime fight in combat. Margaret Warner reports from Lebanon on the various sectarian and regional conflicts motivating Hezbollah's participation in its neighbor's conflict and the increasing attacks in Lebanon by Syrian rebels.
    Original Air Date: June 3, 2013
  • Spread of Protests Underline Social Divisions in Turkey
    When Turkish police broke up a peaceful sit-in against the redevelopment of a park, it spurred mass protests across the country. Jeffrey Brown talks with the Christian Science Monitor's Scott Peterson from Istanbul for more on how the demonstrations spread and why some Turks are disenchanted with their government.
    Original Air Date: June 3, 2013
  • High Court: Police Can Collect DNA For Serious Crime Arrests
    In a 5-4 vote, the Supreme Court ruled that police officers can take DNA samples without a warrant from people they arrest for serious crimes without violating the Fourth Amendment. Marcia Coyle of The National Law Journal joins Gwen Ifill to help clarify the details of the ruling and how the justices were split on the decision.
    Original Air Date: June 3, 2013
  • Billy Bragg, the Sherpa of Heartbreak
    Correspondent Ray Suarez caught up with Billy Bragg at the end of his tour to talk about Bragg's latest recording, "Tooth & Nail."
    Original Air Date: June 3, 2013

Friday, May 31, 2013

  • Remembering Julian Dawkins
    The PBS NewsHour lost one of its own on May 22 in the shooting death of Julian Dawkins, our 22-year-old shuttle driver. On Thursday, Arlington deputy sheriff Craig Patterson was arrested and charged with first degree murder.
    Original Air Date: May 31, 2013