Wednesday, January 29, 2014

  • Articulating the language of suffering in a poem
    The poets featured in Carolyn Forché’s anthology “Poetry of Witness” have endured extreme conditions: warfare, censorship, forced exile. The Georgetown professor and poet herself calls the collection an “outcry of the soul.” Jeffrey Brown sat down with Forché to discuss this style of writing and its enduring power.
    Original Air Date: January 29, 2014
  • A possible breakthrough for stem cell research?
    For many years scientists have been investigating how to make adult stem cells act more like embryonic stem cells. A new simple treatment seems to have helped derive mouse embryos from beating heart cells. Gwen Ifill talks to one of the study's lead researchers, Dr. Charles Vacanti of Brigham and Women's Hospital.
    Original Air Date: January 29, 2014
  • Germany's Merkel underlines stress of U.S. spying
    In an address to parliament Germany's chancellor Angela Merkel spoke out against U.S. and U.K. surveillance of its global allies. Chief foreign correspondent Margaret Warner reports on how a history of repressive politics and intrusive intelligence has made the German people particularly sensitive to issues of privacy.
    Original Air Date: January 29, 2014
  • Viewers respond to the 2014 State of the Union
    What did the American public think of President Obama's 2014 State of the Union? NewsHour asked viewers to send in video responses. From thoughts on renewable energy to the minimum wage, health care reform to NSA data collection, we sample a few of your reactions.
    Original Air Date: January 29, 2014
  • Senators react to the State of the Union
    The president’s State of the Union message on Tuesday was clear: more action from government, even if it means employing executive power. How is Congress reacting? Judy Woodruff asked two members for their takes, Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., and Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz..
    Original Air Date: January 29, 2014
  • Carolyn Forche reads Dickinson's 'They Dropped Like Flakes'
    Carolyn Forche, co-editor of the collection
    Original Air Date: January 29, 2014

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

  • 2014 State of the Union Special with analysis from Mark Shields and David Brooks
    Original Air Date: January 28, 2014
  • Obama: Troops may remain in Afghanistan beyond war
    Original Air Date: January 28, 2014
  • Obama pledges accessible pre-k, higher education for all families
    Original Air Date: January 28, 2014
  • Watch the Republican Response to the 2014 State of the Union
    Original Air Date: January 28, 2014
  • Obama: Let’s fix our ‘broken immigration system’
    Original Air Date: January 28, 2014
  • Obama calls for investment in ‘fuels of the future’
    Original Air Date: January 28, 2014
  • Obama to order minimum wage hikes for federally-funded employees
    Original Air Date: January 28, 2014
  • Watch the State of the Union – 2014
    Original Air Date: January 28, 2014
  • Congress nears compromise on farm bill
    After two years of work and battle, Congress seems close to a farm bill deal. Gwen Ifill talks to Bloomberg News' Alan Bjerga about what's in the bipartisan compromise -- including changes to farm subsidies and $8 billion in cuts to food stamps -- and how the fight was uncharacteristically partisan.
    Original Air Date: January 28, 2014
  • Keeping athletes and visitors safe in Sochi
    While finishing touches are being put on the Olympic facilities in Sochi, Russia, the U.S. State Department has urged caution for anyone traveling to the games. How will athletes be protected? Judy Woodruff gets perspective from Andrew Weiss of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and Dan Richards of Global Rescue.
    Original Air Date: January 28, 2014
  • Remembering Pete Seeger, 94, who made music to unite people
    A central figure of American music, Pete Seeger touched the lives of generations with his long list of folk and protest songs that became cultural landmarks of various social movements. Jeffrey Brown talks to Peter Yarrow, friend of Peter Seeger and member of the folk group "Peter, Paul and Mary," for more on Seeger's influence.
    Original Air Date: January 28, 2014
  • Jay Carney previews State of the Union
    Gwen Ifill gets a preview of the State of Union from White House press secretary Jay Carney, who says President Obama has an optimistic outlook for the economy and more bipartisan collaboration. Carney says the president will encourage Congress to legislate as well as use his executive authority to accomplish his plans for 2014.
    Original Air Date: January 28, 2014
  • Shields and Brooks offer State of the Union predictions
    Syndicated columnist Mark Shields and New York Times columnist David Brooks talk to Gwen Ifill and Judy Woodruff about what to expect in President Obama's annual address to the nation, and how it may set the tone for politics in 2014.
    Original Air Date: January 28, 2014
  • Will concessions by the Ukrainian government lead to peace?
    In response to unwavering opposition, the Ukrainian government has started to make some significant concessions. Judy Woodruff gets analysis from the former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine, Steven Pifer of the Brookings Institution on whether the protesters now have the upper hand and how Russia perceives the unrest.
    Original Air Date: January 28, 2014
  • Peter Yarrow sings "If I had a Hammer"
    Peter Yarrow of Peter, Paul and Mary sings "If I had a Hammer" to pay tribute to Pete Seeger. Seeger was Yarrow's longtime friend and mentor. He died Monday night at the age of 94. For more Art Beat: newshour.pbs.org/art
    Original Air Date: January 28, 2014

Monday, January 27, 2014

  • Diving into the Philippines' dangerous, underwater mines
    Filipino divers disappear into water as opaque as chocolate milk as they blindly dig in search of gold trapped in muddy sediment. It's risky business: As miners go deeper, underwater tunnels could collapse or the compressor that provides air may fail. Hari Sreenivasan reports on a dangerous venture undertaken by adults and kids.
    Original Air Date: January 27, 2014
  • How Pussy Riot arrest marked new phase in Russian politics
    For punk band Pussy Riot, a prank in a Moscow cathedral led to nearly two years in prison for two young women. Journalist Masha Gessen corresponded with the art activists and chronicled their rise as human rights figures in her new book,
    Original Air Date: January 27, 2014
  • As Sochi security tightens, conflict continues in Dagestan
    As security in Sochi tightens around the Winter Olympics, John Ray of Independent Television News reports from Dagestan, just a half day's drive from the games and the volatile center of the insurgency against Russia's anti-terror operations.
    Original Air Date: January 27, 2014
  • How will GOP lawmakers react Obama's State of the Union?
    In his annual address to Congress and the nation, President Obama is expected to lay out plans to address American income inequality. Judy Woodruff talks to Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., about bipartisan cooperation and whether or not the president will lead action via Congress, rather than use independent executive action.
    Original Air Date: January 27, 2014
  • Demand, infrastructure affects price and delivery of heat
    Despite a large supply, the especially cold winter weather is having an impact on prices and delivery of natural gas and propane for Americans. Judy Woodruff discusses the various factors with Marty Durbin of America's Natural Gas Alliance.
    Original Air Date: January 27, 2014
  • St. Paul's mayor on the stresses of severe cold for families
    The deep freeze over much of the United States forced state and local governments to take precautions to ensure public safety, including closing schools. Judy Woodruff talks to Mayor Chris Coleman of St. Paul, Minn., about how his city is faring and how the extreme weather affects families and others who depend on services.
    Original Air Date: January 27, 2014
  • Author Masha Gessen discusses politics of Sochi games
    Jeffrey Brown talks to Masha Gessen in an extended online conversation about the politics of the upcoming Sochi Winter Olympics. Gessen discusses Putin's campaign to clean up his human rights image while barring Russian citizens who have protested from the games. Also, Gessen talks about the how the band Pussy Riot has inspired young people to become activists.
    Original Air Date: January 27, 2014

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