Thursday, February 13, 2014

  • Trendlines: ‘Syria After Geneva 2’
    In the first Trendlines web special, a joint production of the PBS NewsHour and Al-Monitor, columnists Semih Idiz in Ankara, Turkey, Daoud Kuttab in Amman, Jordan, and Vitaly Naumkin in Moscow, along with the University of Oklahoma’s Joshua Landis, discuss the diplomatic effort to resolve the Syria crisis and how it’s impacting surrounding countries.
    Original Air Date: February 13, 2014
  • Sen. Tim Scott on offering more education options
    Judy Woodruff talks to Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C., in another conversation in our series on income inequality, about his personal experience growing up in a single-parent home, expanding educational opportunities for disadvantaged children, the impact of the Affordable Care Act on workers and the debate on raising the minimum wage.
    Original Air Date: February 13, 2014
  • ‘Second machine age’ will require more human creativity
    Robotic technology is increasingly infiltrating our everyday world, and as robots become more capable of human labor, people will likely have to develop new skills for new jobs. Economics correspondent Paul Solman talks to Erik Brynjolfsson and Andy McAfee, who argue in their new book, "The Second Machine Age," that we are facing a radical new industrial revolution.
    Original Air Date: February 13, 2014
  • VW union vote spurs backlash by Tenn. politicians
    In Chattanooga, Tenn., workers at a Volkswagen plant are voting to decide whether to join the United Auto Workers union. While VW has remained neutral, state politicians and Republican Sen. Bob Corker have vocally opposed the union option. Jeffrey Brown gets views from Vincent Vernuccio of the Mackinac Center for Public Policy and Harley Shaiken of the University of California, Berkeley.
    Original Air Date: February 13, 2014
  • How will regulators see the Comcast-Time Warner deal?
    Telecom company Comcast is making a bid to buy the media giant Time Warner for $45 billion. If approved, Comcast will extend its geographic reach and control nearly 30 percent of all paid cable subscribers in the United States. Gwen Ifill learns more about the motivation behind the deal and possible changes for consumers from Edmund Lee of Bloomberg News.
    Original Air Date: February 13, 2014
  • Barrage of winter storms taxes patience of Pa. residents
    With the latest powerful storm, the city of Philadelphia broke a 130-year record for snowfall in a season. Judy Woodruff talks to Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett about how his state is coping with keeping citizens safe and warm during relentlessly wintry weather.
    Original Air Date: February 13, 2014

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

  • What’s behind an anti-immigrant tide rising in Europe
    The European Union is built on the idea of free movement of people and capital, but some factions wish to curb immigration and control their sovereign identity. Judy Woodruff talks to Heather Conley with the Center for Strategic and International Studies and Charles Kupchan of Georgetown University about the rising influence of anti-immigrant sentiment in Europe.
    Original Air Date: February 12, 2014
  • Printing ideas into 3-D reality
    With the push of a button, the emerging technology of 3-D printing can produce food, plastic phone accessories, even human tissue. Science correspondent Miles O’Brien explores how businesses and schools are creating everything from speakers to ballet shoes, as well as serious challenges and risks presented by ever-widening printing possibilities.
    Original Air Date: February 12, 2014
  • Sen. Marco Rubio on ways to reverse income inequality
    In the debate over how to cure income inequality, talk about poverty and opportunity are increasingly converging. In a series of conversations about the growing divide between rich and poor, Gwen Ifill talks to Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., about the importance of encouraging strong families and improving educational opportunities as keys to restoring the American dream.
    Original Air Date: February 12, 2014
  • Debating the value and effectiveness of mammograms
    A Canadian study conducted across more than two decades raises doubt that annual mammogram screenings reduce the risk of death among women between the ages of 40 and 59. What do the latest findings mean for women and their health? Judy Woodruff gets different viewpoints from Dr. Carol Lee of the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and Dr. H. Gilbert Welch of the Dartmouth Institute.
    Original Air Date: February 12, 2014
  • Sen. Rubio: U.S. immigration system ‘completely broken’
    Republican Sen. Marco Rubio says that the current U.S. immigration system is “completely broken” and that enforcement mechanisms are not working. But will there be enough consensus among members to move a bill forward? The Florida senator sat down with PBS NewsHour co-anchor Gwen Ifill about the future of immigration reform.
    Original Air Date: February 12, 2014
  • PBS NewsHour/Al Monitor Trendlines Trailer
    NewsHour chief foreign affairs correspondent Margaret Warner moderates a panel of journalists and regional specialists in the series of 15-minute webcasts exploring a range of topics in the Middle East and beyond.
    Original Air Date: February 13, 2014
  • Printing dinner for two
    A.J. Jacobs and his wife Julie tried to live off of 3-D printed objects, including food. Their printed dinner-for-two was "weird."
    Original Air Date: February 12, 2014
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Tuesday, February 11, 2014

  • N.C. schools promise arts education, but access not equal
    North Carolina mandates that all elementary school students have equal access to art instruction, but enforcement of the law appears inconsistent across the state. Special correspondent for education John Merrow reports on two elementary schools' different approaches to arts education and the effects on student performance.
    Original Air Date: November 27, 2013
  • New film depicts story of ‘Monuments Men’
    During World War II, the Nazis systematically looted art works from all over Europe, while combat and aerial bombing unintentionally destroyed major landmarks. The story of the quest to protect, rescue and restore Europe’s cultural treasures is told in a new movie, "The Monuments Men." Robert Edsel, author of the book that inspired the new film, joins Jeffrey Brown for a conversation.
    Original Air Date: November 27, 2013
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  • San Francisco neighborhood gets left behind in boom times
    As a new wave of tech enterprises gentrify San Francisco’s older, modest neighborhoods, an area known as the Tenderloin, populated by the city’s poorer residents, remains in the grips of drugs and crime. Special correspondent Spencer Michels explores the dilemma of whether upgrading the neighborhood will result in inhabitants being displaced en masse.
    Original Air Date: February 11, 2014
  • Obama administration faces drone attack debate
    The Obama administration confirmed that it is considering targeting a U.S. citizen in Pakistan, believed to be involved in plotting terrorist attacks against Americans, with a drone strike. Mark Mazzetti of The New York Times joins Judy Woodruff to offer background on the government’s disclosure and the debate.
    Original Air Date: February 11, 2014
  • Making privacy tools usable for the everyday internet user
    Everyday internet and phone users are concerned about who can see and obtain their data, but most aren’t aware of the tools available to help keep their information secure. Usability was the focus at a recent hackathon in Washington, D.C. where developers labored over tools like Tor, which allows users to browse the internet anonymously and Cryptocat, which encrypts your online chats.
    Original Air Date: February 11, 2014

Monday, February 10, 2014

  • Humanizing technology with opera-singing robots
    Composer, computer scientist and futurist Tod Machover has joined the power of technology with one of the great classical art forms. In "Death and the Powers," opera robots take the stage to sing about the search for immortality and how our humanity is transformed by tech. Jeffrey Brown reports on the preparations taking place at the MIT Media Lab for an upcoming interactive performance.
    Original Air Date: February 10, 2014
  • Sanctions have tangible consequences for Iranians
    Economic sanctions have been instrumental in getting Iran to the table for negotiations on its nuclear program. NewsHour Weekend correspondent William Brangham takes a closer look how sanctions have affected daily life in Iran, from air quality to health care to the price of a bar of soap.
    Original Air Date: February 10, 2014
  • Does NFL prospect’s coming out reflect changing attitudes?
    With the National Football League draft a few months away, University of Missouri football standout Michael Sam came out as gay in the national media Sunday. Judy Woodruff talks to ESPN’s Kevin Blackistone and Wade Davis of the You Can Play Project about challenges Sam could face as he stands to be the NFL’s first openly gay, active player.
    Original Air Date: February 10, 2014
  • Homs evacuations continue amid delicate ceasefire
    Aid officials rushed to evacuate more citizens as a humanitarian ceasefire in the blockaded Syrian city of Homs was extended three more days. Judy Woodruff talks to Patrick McDonnell, reporting from Damascus for the Los Angeles Times, about violence against the evacuation conveys and conditions for the people left in Homs.
    Original Air Date: February 10, 2014
  • Health care mandate delayed until 2016 for some employers
    The Obama administration announced that mid-sized businesses would get an additional year before being required to provide health insurance to its employees. Alex Wayne of Bloomberg News joins Judy Woodruff to explain the impetus behind the surprise delay, the reaction of the business community and how the decision affects workers.
    Original Air Date: February 10, 2014
  • MIT Media Lab's Peter Torpey on "Death and the Powers"
    A post-doctoral associate in the Opera and the Future Group, Peter Torpey been working on "Death and the Powers" since 2007. He says the scope of technology in this project is pretty mind-boggling.
    Original Air Date: February 10, 2014
  • 'Death and the Powers' creator explores music and technology
    Tod Machover, creator of "Death and the Powers," shows how he uses technology to alter music and the human voice.
    Original Air Date: February 10, 2014
  • Keith Cerny brings "Death and the Powers" to Dallas
    Keith Cerny, general director and CEO of The Dallas Opera, brings "Death and the Powers" to Texas. He recently spoke to the NewsHour's Jeffrey Brown about the power of Machover's opera and the use prevalence of technology.
    Original Air Date: February 10, 2014
  • Interactive technology in" Death and the Powers" simulcast
    Ben Bloomberg has worked on the "Death and the Powers" opera audio and other systems for its first international 10-city simulcast. He presents a simulation of interactive technology during the simulcast.
    Original Air Date: February 10, 2014

Sunday, February 9, 2014

  • Iran takes notable steps in nuclear negotiations
    Iran and International Atomic Energy Commission officials are meeting in Tehran. Prospects for successful negotiations, ultimately designed to make it impossible for Iran to produce a nuclear weapon, are unclear. David Albright, one of the leading experts on Iran's nuclear program and president of the Institute for Science and International Security, talks with Hari Sreenivasan.
    Original Air Date: February 9, 2014