Monday, 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
  • Shields and Brooks on Arms to Syria, James Comey for FBI
    Syndicated columnist Mark Shields and New York Times columnist David Brooks discuss the issues surrounding sending arms to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's regime, the impending nomination of James Comey to head the FBI and Rep. Michele Bachmann's announcement that she will not seek reelection in 2014.
    Original Air Date: May 31, 2013
  • Shields and Brooks on Bachmann's Retirement, Miami Heat
    Mark Shields and David Brooks made a triumphant return to the Doubleheader Friday with talk about the soon-to-be-former member of Congress Rep. Michele Bachmann. In the "politics of sport" section, David demonstrated his Mets pride, and Mark compared the Miami Heat to the Yankees.Political Editor Christina Bellantoni fills in for Hari Sreenivasan.
    Original Air Date: May 31, 2013
  • Jordan Struggles with Influx of Syrian Refugees
    Jordan now houses a third of the Syrian refugees who fled their country's civil war, with 120,000 of them settled in tents or "caravan" trailer units at the Zaatari refugee camp in northern Jordan. PBS NewsHour reports from the camp, located just a few miles from the Syrian border.
    Original Air Date: May 31, 2013
  • Leader of the Free Syrian Army on the War's Game Changer
    Ray Suarez talks with Margaret Warner who reports from Beirut where she's examining the spillover effects of the Syrian civil war. She recently spoke with Gen. Salim Idriss, leader of the Free Syrian Army, about the consequences of the West giving arms to Bashar al-Assad’s regime, and the potential game changer for the war.
    Original Air Date: May 31, 2013
  • Presidential Push to Stop High Student Loan Interest Rates
    President Barack Obama asked Congress to stop a doubling on some key interest rates for student loans before July 1. To debate possible solutions, Jeffrey Brown engages with Matthew Segal, president of, Even Feinberg, president of Generation Opportunity, and Anya Kamenetz, author of "Generation Debt."
    Original Air Date: May 31, 2013
  • News Wrap: Extreme Weather Whips Areas of the Midwest, West
    In other news Friday, flash flooding and tornadoes killed three people in Arkansas overnight. Up to a dozen tornadoes touched down in Arkansas alone, as well as one in Illinois and three in Oklahoma. Also, firefighters worked to contain wildfires near Santa Fe, N.M., and in the Angeles National Forest in California.
    Original Air Date: May 31, 2013
  • Americans Still Struggling to Recover from the Recession
    The Obama administration announced the U.S. Medicare program is projected to remain solvent until 2026. Despite the positive sign, a Federal Reserve Study found Americans are still struggling to recover from the recession. Judy Woodruff talks with William Emmons, chief economist at the Center for Household Financial Stability.
    Original Air Date: May 31, 2013
  • Chopra Brothers Take a Novel Approach to Memoir Writing
    Jeffery Brown continues his conversation with Dr. Deepak Chopra and his brother Sanjiv. The brothers wrote their book, "Brotherhood: Dharma, Destiny, and the American Dream" in alternating chapters without reading each other's work.
    Original Air Date: May 31, 2013
  • Obama: Students Should Tell Congress 'Don't Double My Rates'
    At a White House press conference in the Rose Garden, President Barack Obama called on young Americans to contact their Congress members in order to prevent interest rate hikes of federal student loan. If Congress doesn't act by June 31, the rates will double.
    Original Air Date: May 31, 2013
  • How Police Use Robots to Investigate Bomb Threats
    In this web exclusive scene, science correspondent Miles O'Brien talks with New York City Police's bomb squad commanding officer Lt. Mark Torre about how the NYPD uses robots to investigate potential bomb threats, operating the robot from a remote distance that keeps officers safe from harm.
    Original Air Date: May 31, 2013
  • See the Difference Between Pipe and Pressure Cooker Bombs
    In this web exclusive scene, science correspondent Miles O'Brien explains the difference between pipe bombs and pressure cooker bombs, like the ones used at the 2013 Boston Marathon. Pipe bombs are much smaller so the pipe itself is the shrapnel. Less space means more pressure, and their size makes them easier to conceal.
    Original Air Date: May 31, 2013

Thursday, May 30, 2013

  • Chopra Brothers Talk How They Became Americans and Doctors
    In their new memoir "Brotherhood: Dharma, Destiny and the American Dream," Deepak and Sanjiv Chopra tell their family story, first as immigrants, then as Americans and how they grew up to become physicians with expertise in very different fields. Jeffrey Brown talks with the Chopras about their journey to America as brothers.
    Original Air Date: May 30, 2013
  • A Mother and Daughter Portrait Of Long-Term Care
    After being diagnosed with Alzheimer's, professional artist Mary Wyant slowly lost her ability to paint and the ability to take care of herself. Ray Suarez examines the story of Mary and her daughter Rebecca, who is now her mother's legal guardian and primary caretaker, about the daily struggles of long-term care.
    Original Air Date: May 30, 2013
  • How Would James Comey Be Received on Capitol Hill?
    President Obama's likely nomination of James Comey as FBI director could prove an easy confirmation with bipartisan support. Judy Woodruff talks to Bloomberg News' Phil Mattingly and New York Times' Michael Schmidt about the former deputy attorney general's qualifications for the job and possible partisan reaction from Congress.
    Original Air Date: May 30, 2013
  • Ricin-Laced Letters Sent to and NYC Mayor and Advocacy Group
    New York Police confirmed that letters sent to New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and his gun control advocacy group were found to contain trace levels of poison on them. Jeffrey Brown talks to Reuters' Jeff Mason about the investigation and for more on a similar letter sent to the White House flagged by Secret Service.
    Original Air Date: May 30, 2013
  • A Window Into the Daily Struggles of Long-Term Care
    Like two-thirds of Americans, those who develop Alzheimer's disease have usually done very little to plan for their long-term care. More than five million Americans now suffer from the disease and related dementias. Barring a breakthrough, the figure could triple by 2050. This week, the PBS NewsHour begins a series on long-term care in America.
    Original Air Date: May 30, 2013

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

  • Country Music Legend Dolly Parton's New Roll: "Book Lady"
    At an early age, country music star Dolly Parton developed a love for reading. Her humble beginnings and family inspired her to start her book program, The Imagination Library, which has delivered nearly 50 million free books to children's homes across the country. NewsHour education correspondent John Merrow reports.
    Original Air Date: May 29, 2013
  • The Challenges of Securing the U.S.- Mexico Border
    The NewsHour continues its ongoing series "Inside Immigration Reform," turning attention to security on the U.S.' nearly 2,000-mile border with Mexico. Ray Suarez looks at the issues and challenges with Capt. Robert Wilson of Hudspeth County, Texas, and Sheriff Tony Estrada of Santa Cruz County, Ariz.
    Original Air Date: May 29, 2013
  • Are Faces the New Fingerprints?
    NewsHour's science correspondent Miles O'Brien continues his reporting on the role of technology in unraveling the Boston bombing case. Miles looks at the facial recognition software that allowed investigators to use grainy images from a surveillance camera to identify the Boston Marathon bombing suspects.
    Original Air Date: May 29, 2013
  • More Women As Family Breadwinners Reflects 'Values Shift'
    Mothers are the sole or primary source of income for a record 40 percent share of all families in the U.S., according to a new Pew Research Center report. Judy Woodruff discusses what the study suggests about the changing dynamics of work and family life with Pew's Paul Taylor and Ellen Galinsky of Families and Work Institute.
    Original Air Date: May 29, 2013
  • Suspected Drone Strike Said to Have Killed Pakistan Taliban
    Days after President Obama announced new restrictions to the drone program, a suspected U.S. drone strike killed a top Pakistani Taliban commander. Pakistani intelligence officials say the man, Wali ur-Rehman, was killed along with four others, but the White House would not confirm the attack or deaths. Jeffrey Brown reports.
    Original Air Date: May 29, 2013
  • Home Sales Paint a Better Fiscal Picture in the U.S.
    Spring brought unexpected signs of strength and recovery for the United States economy with home prices rising at a medium 11 percent and gains seen in 20 cities. Correspondent Gwen Ifill and The New York Times' Catherine Rampell discuss consumer confidence levels as the country's economy sees incremental improvements.
    Original Air Date: May 29, 2013
  • Bead for Life Branches Out
    The organization Bead for Life is helping women in Uganda with business training.
    Original Air Date: May 29, 2013

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

  • Is the U.S. Over-Reaching Abroad?
    Could an aggressive foreign policy agenda be threatening U.S. interests at home and, in turn, eroding the nation's standing in the world? Richard Haas, president of the Council on Foreign Relations, joins Margaret Warner to discuss his new book, "Foreign Policy Begins at Home: The Case for Putting America's House in Order."
    Original Air Date: May 28, 2013
  • What Bridge Collapse Says About U.S. Infrastructure
    The collapse of a bridge on Washington state's Interstate-5 has refocused the nation's attention on the state of its ailing transportation infrastructure. Gwen Ifill discusses the deficiencies and potential solutions with Casey Dinges of the American Society of Civil Engineers and infrastructure analyst Dan McNichol.
    Original Air Date: May 28, 2013
  • Understanding the Bombs Used at the Boston Marathon
    NewsHour science correspondent Miles O'Brien visits the nation's most active explosives testing facility in New Mexico to learn more about what makes a pressure cooker bomb -- like those used at the Boston Marathon -- tick. Investigators often use the center to test theories and find new ways to defend against future attacks.
    Original Air Date: May 28, 2013