Monday, May 23, 2011

  • News Wrap: 5 NATO Soldiers Killed by Explosions in Afghanistan
    In other news Monday, five NATO soldiers were killed in Afghanistan, four in a roadside bombing in the east and one in an explosion in the south. Alliance officials gave no detail of the soldiers' nationalities. In Pakistan, the Taliban claimed responsibility for an attack on a military base that killed 10 people.
    Original Air Date: May 23, 2011
  • From Campaign Trail to Capitol Hill, GOP Faces Questions on Medicare Plan
    Republicans continue to face questions about Rep. Paul Ryan's plan to overhaul Medicare. Congressional correspondent Kwame Holman reports on the GOP's efforts to get the plan back on track.
    Original Air Date: May 23, 2011
  • Combating Poverty in Pakistan by Offering Health Insurance
    One program in Pakistan is attempting to help the country's urban poor by providing affordable health insurance. Special correspondent Saima Mohsin reports from the nation's largest city, Karachi.
    Original Air Date: May 23, 2011
  • Divided High Court Orders Calif. to Ease Overcrowding in Prisons
    The high court ruled 5-4 Monday that the packed living conditions in California prisons violate the ban on cruel and unusual punishment. The National Law Journal's Marcia Coyle explains.
    Original Air Date: May 23, 2011
  • Europe's Economic Troubles: How Far-Reaching Is the Crisis?
    President Obama kicked a visit abroad Monday with a trip to Ireland. The trip comes amid the backdrop of troubled economic realities facing the Euro zone. Jeffrey Brown discusses Europe's continued financial woes with Financial Times' Gillian Tett and Harvard University's Kenneth Rogoff.
    Original Air Date: May 23, 2011
  • Missouri Death Toll May Climb After Massive Tornado Rips City
    Workers continue search and rescue efforts in Joplin, Mo., Monday after a tornado tore through the heart of the city, claiming at least 116 lives. Gwen Ifill gets updates from the scene.
    Original Air Date: May 23, 2011
  • Political Checklist: GOP Field Clearer with Pawlenty In, Daniels Out
    In this week's edition of the Political Checklist, Senior Correspondent Gwen Ifill and Political Editor David Chalian explore what we know about the GOP field and who is taking which track as the candidates compete for the nomination and the chance to challenge President Obama in 2012.
    Original Air Date: May 23, 2011
  • Weekly Poem: 'To Television' by Robert Pinksy
    Former poet laureate Robert Pinsky reads "To Television" from his "Selected Poems."
    Original Air Date: May 23, 2011

Friday, May 20, 2011

  • The Doubleheader: Goodwin Liu, David Brooks Meme and the Macho Man
    In this edition of the Doubleheader, New York Times columnist David Brooks and syndicated columnist Mark Shields tackled the nomination and filibuster of President Obama's judicial nominee Goodwin Liu. We also kidded a bit about a picture of David Brooks that has gone wild online.
    Original Air Date: May 20, 2011
  • Former Poet Laureate Pinsky: Poetry 'Too Fundamental, Large' to Need Advocate
    Much of former U.S. Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky's writing has focused on American life. He takes a look back at his career with Jeffrey Brown.
    Original Air Date: May 20, 2011
  • Gingrich Campaign Suffers Setbacks as GOP's 2012 Field Sees Topsy-Turvy Week
    In a week that was supposed to be about bolstering his presidential campaign, Newt Gingrich outraged many Republicans when he dismissed Rep. Paul Ryan's proposal to reform Medicare in an appearance on NBC's "Meet the Press." Ray Suarez reports on the stumble and other developments in the race for the GOP nomination.
    Original Air Date: May 20, 2011
  • In Bahraini Government Crackdowns, 'Nobody's Untouchable'
    Mansoor al-Jamri, former editor of Alwasat, Bahrain's largest independent newspaper, faces charges that his paper intentionally published false news reports to destabilize the Persian Gulf kingdom. Margaret Warner reports on the case and discusses the government's crackdowns with al-Jamri.
    Original Air Date: May 20, 2011
  • Shields, Brooks on Obama's Mideast Address, GOP 2012 Field
    Columnists Mark Shields and David Brooks discuss the week's top political news, including the developing race for the 2012 Republican nomination, President Obama's address on Mideast policy and the call for Israel to return to 1967 border lines.
    Original Air Date: May 20, 2011
  • Harman: Netanyahu Could 'Be the Peacemaker Israel Has Been Seeking'
    President Obama met Friday with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu after delivering a U.S. policy speech calling for a return to pre-1967 borders. Judy Woodruff discusses what comes next in the peace process with former National Security Adviser Stephen Hadley and former California Democratic Rep. Jane Harman.
    Original Air Date: May 20, 2011
  • U.S. Official on Perceived Double Standard on Bahrain
    U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs Jeffrey Feltman said the U.S. and Bahrain have a good working relationship, but "we still have big concerns" about the way the government is handling the opposition.
    Original Air Date: May 20, 2011
  • Geena Davis on her Quest for Gender Equity in Film and Television
    Academy Award-winning actress Geena Davis talks with the "PBS NewsHour's" Simon Marks about her fight to bring more realistic and numerous roles for women in film and television. Most recently, she has teamed up with ITVS to present a series of documentaries about women making a difference.
    Original Air Date: May 20, 2011
  • Robert Pinsky Reads From 'Selected Poems'
    Former U.S. poet laureate Robert Pinsky reads three poems from his most recent collection, "Selected Poems."
    Original Air Date: May 20, 2011
  • Obama, Netanyahu Meet Amid Discord Over 1967 Borders
    President Obama welcomed Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to the White House Friday, one day after the president's policy speech on the Arab world and Israeli-Palestinian relations called for a return to pre-1967 borders, a state Mr. Netanyahu called "indefensible." After a closed door meeting, Netanyahu reiterated that "Israel has certain security requirements."
    Original Air Date: May 20, 2011

Thursday, May 19, 2011

  • Mark Kelly Followed Wife Giffords' Latest Surgery From Space
    NASA's space shuttle Endeavour launched Monday on a 16-day mission to the International Space Station. Science correspondent Miles O'Brien spoke posed crowdsourced questions to the commander and crew early Thursday in a collaboration with Google and YouTube. Here is an excerpt.
    Original Air Date: May 19, 2011
  • Report on Deadly W.Va. Mine Blast Castigates Massey for Safety Lapses
    In the worst U.S. mining disaster in four decades, 29 trapped miners were killed last year after an explosion deep inside the Upper Big Branch Mine in West Virginia. Ray Suarez speaks with with NPR's Howard Berkes about a new report on the disaster's causes heavily criticized the safety practices of mine owner Massey Energy.
    Original Air Date: May 19, 2011
  • After Obama Speech, What's Next for Arab World, Israeli-Palestinian Relations?
    In a speech Thursday, President Obama called for support of democratic reforms in the Arab world and steps toward peace in the Middle East. Jeffrey Brown discusses the president's address and U.S. policy with reporter Mona Eltahawy, former U.S. Ambassador to Israel Martin Indyk and American University of Beirut's Rami Khouri.
    Original Air Date: May 19, 2011
  • Bahrainis 'Thrilled and Surprised' by Obama's Call for Dialogue
    In a speech Thursday, President Obama pledged aid to Arab nations that are shifting toward democracy and renewed calls for an Israeli-Palestinian two-state settlement. Margaret Warner reports from Bahrain on reactions to the president's address, which called for dialogue between that nation's government and the opposition.
    Original Air Date: May 19, 2011
  • After Strauss-Kahn Steps Down, IMF Leadership 'Jockeying Has Begun'
    Former IMF head, Dominique Strauss-Kahn, resigned five days after being accused of attempted rape and sexual assault of a hotel maid. Jim Lehrer discusses what's next for the IMF and Strauss-Kahn with Bloomberg TV's Sara Eisen and The Economist's Zanny Minton Beddoes.
    Original Air Date: May 19, 2011
  • Obama: 'New Chapter' in Diplomacy With Arab World
    In what was described as a major policy speech at the State Department, President Obama pledged aid to Arab nations that are shifting toward democracy and renewed calls for an Israeli-Palestinian two-state settlement. The president said "people of the Middle East and North Africa are casting off the burdens of the past" in what is now known as the Arab Spring.
    Original Air Date: May 19, 2011
  • Foodie Economist: How To Find Great Eats
    When economist Tyler Cowen finishes his day job at George Mason University and dinner time rolls around, he gets to sink his teeth into his hobby: blogging about -- and eating -- ethnic food in and around Washington, D.C. The aptly-named Tyler Cowen's Ethnic Dining Guide reflects decades spent exploring and documenting world cuisine.
    Original Air Date: May 19, 2011
  • The King of Pimlico
    At 78, King T. Leatherbury has seen it all. He's been around long enough to know that his sporthas changed dramatically over the last half-decade that he's been a trainer. In fact, only two trainers in the world have won more races than Leatherbury. Yet his stable has slowly been emptying over the years and the "King of Pimlico" now says he's just hanging on with the few horses he has left.
    Original Air Date: May 19, 2011
  • Shuttle Crew Answered Your Questions in Live Interview
    Google, YouTube and the PBS NewsHour took you aboard space shuttle Endeavour and the International Space Station for a live interview with Commander Mark Kelly and crew.
    Original Air Date: May 19, 2011
  • Endeavour Crew Show 'Peace, Love, Gabby' Blue Bracelets
    Google, YouTube and the PBS NewsHour took you aboard space shuttle Endeavour and the International Space Station for a live interview with Commander Mark Kelly and crew as they orbit the earth at 17,500 mph. During our interview, the crew showed off their "Peace, Love, Gabby" blue wristbands in honor of Kelly's wife, Gabrielle Giffords.
    Original Air Date: May 19, 2011

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