Monday, August 5, 2013

  • Mandolin Master Chris Thile Plays Bluegrass and Bach
    Modern master of the mandolin Chris Thile hates being boxed in by genres, and has made his reputation by going beyond traditional tunes. With a new album of works by Bach, the virtuoso easily moves from Americana to classical. Jeffrey Brown talks to Thile about his career and who he calls the greatest musician who ever lived.
    Original Air Date: August 5, 2013
  • Prosecution Presents 'Mountain of Evidence' Against Bulger
    The case against James "Whitey" Bulger drew to a close as both defense and prosecution gave their final statements. Margaret Warner talks to Kevin Cullen, who has been following the trial for the Boston Globe and was in the courtroom for the more than three-hour summation by the prosecution of all of the evidence against Bulger.
    Original Air Date: August 5, 2013
  • New Iran President Vows to Protect Rights
    On inauguration day, words from Iran's new president Hassan Rouhani offered hope for better foreign relations with the country than with his predecessor Ahmadinejad. Rouhani has pledged to be more open about Iran's nuclear ambitions as well as protect rights and justice. Independent Television News' Alex Thompson has the story.
    Original Air Date: August 5, 2013
  • Can Amazon's Founder Help Washington Post Turn Profit?
    The Washington Post Co. announced the sale of their flagship newspaper for $250 million to Jeff Bezos, Amazon.com founder and one of the richest men in the world. Ray Suarez sits down with Tom Rosenstiel of the American Press Institute to get his take on the sale and the challenges for print media companies to be profitable.
    Original Air Date: August 5, 2013
  • How Does Latest Terror Threat Play Into Surveillance Debate?
    Gwen Ifill turns to Brian Jenkins of the Rand Corporation and Mark Mazzetti of The New York Times to discuss the broad and unspecified terrorist threat, what we know about who may be behind the chatter and how the alert is playing into a broader national conversation on America's surveillance efforts.
    Original Air Date: August 5, 2013
  • Biggest Doping Bust in MLB History Benches A-Rod, 12 Others
    All-star baseball player Alex Rodriguez got hit with one of the harshest penalties the MLB has ever handed out, but he's not the only one in implicated in the latest doping scandal: 12 other players received 50-game suspensions. Ray Suarez makes sense of the penalties with sports columnists Christine Brennan and William Rhoden.
    Original Air Date: August 5, 2013
  • Chris Thile Performs for the NewsHour
    Singer-songwriter and mandolinist Chris Thile performs a song for the PBS NewsHour.
    Original Air Date: August 5, 2013

Friday, August 2, 2013

  • Researchers Steer Off Course With Power of 'GPS Spoofing'
    New research shows the GPS software we all rely on can be hacked and manipulated. In June, a team at the University of Texas employed "GPS spoofing" to disorient the navigation system on a luxury yacht. Jeffrey Brown talks with Todd Humphreys, the researcher behind the projects, along with technology analyst Milton Clary.
    Original Air Date: August 2, 2013
  • Brooks, Marcus on Congressional Questions as Break Starts
    New York Times columnist David Brooks and Washington Post columnist Ruth Marcus join Judy Woodruff to discuss the week's top political news, including their take on what the latest jobs numbers say about larger economic challenges and where important issues stand as Congress vacates Capitol Hill for their summer break.
    Original Air Date: August 2, 2013
  • Examining Race and Economic Outlook
    A new study shows that since 2006 whites have grown more pessimistic about their economic outlook while African-Americans and Latinos have grown more optimistic. Ray Suarez talks with Matt Barreto of Latino Decisions and Ellis Cose, author of "The End of Anger" to examine the differences and shift in attitudes.
    Original Air Date: August 2, 2013
  • Pacific Northwest Weighs Risks of Cashing in on Coal Export
    The demand for coal is booming in Asia, tempting companies in the Pacific Northwest to build export terminals and cash in. However, there is concern the trains transporting the coal to the coast will have an adverse impact on the local fishing and wildlife industries. Special correspondent Katie Campbell reports.
    Original Air Date: August 2, 2013
  • State Department Travel Alert Reflects Increased Turmoil
    The State Department issued a global travel alert to warn Americans abroad of a potential terrorist attack before the end of August. Twenty-one U.S. embassies and consulates will be closed over the weekend in mostly Muslim countries. Margaret Warner joins Jeffrey Brown to discuss why the alert covers an unusually large area.
    Original Air Date: August 2, 2013
  • Gov. Markell: Hiring More People With Disabilities Is Good
    A new report from the National Governor's Association says states should do more to employ the 54 million Americans living with a disability, among whom only 20 percent are currently employed or looking for a job. Judy Woodruff interviews Delaware Gov. Jack Markell about his push to boost accessibility to the labor market.
    Original Air Date: August 2, 2013
  • July Report Shows Jobs Added but Economic Recovery Slow
    July's jobs report showed that employers added only 162,000 new jobs last month, a sign that the recovery may be slowing down. Economics correspondent Paul Solman breaks down the latest numbers and looks at what they mean for the long-term outlook for the U.S. economy.
    Original Air Date: August 2, 2013
  • Balz: Republicans Encouraged Christie to Jump in 2012 Race
    Gwen Ifill spoke with "Collision 2012" author Dan Balz about Republican efforts to convince New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie to enter the 2012 presidential campaign.
    Original Air Date: August 2, 2013

Thursday, August 1, 2013

  • Sens. McCaskill, Ayotte on Military Sexual Assault
    The debate continues over the best and most effective ways to curb rampant sexual assault in the military. Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., and Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H. , back a plan that includes reform but keeps the adjudication of assault cases within the military chain of command. They join Gwen Ifill to discuss their stance.
    Original Air Date: August 1, 2013
  • In FBI Mueller Era, Priority of Intelligence and Prevention
    Robert Mueller's first day as director of the FBI was just one week before September 11, 2011. As he closes his tenure, former Secretary of Homeland Security Michael Chertoff and Julian Zelizer of Princeton University join Ray Suarez to examine Mueller's legacy and the evolution of the FBI's mission in the last 12 years.
    Original Air Date: August 1, 2013
  • In Syria, Assad Makes Gains in Central Regions
    The civil war in Syria stands at a stale mate. Assad's regime has made major gains in central Syria while rebel forces still control the northern and southern regions of the country. Is U.S. non-lethal aid making a difference? Is there an end to the conflict in sight? Margaret Warner talks to NPR's Deborah Amos.
    Original Air Date: August 1, 2013
  • NSA Collects 'Word for Word' Every Domestic Communication
    Judy Woodruff sits down with two former NSA officials who blew the whistle on what they said were abuses at the NSA, along with that agency’s former inspector general, to talk about whether that secretive agency is recording all domestic calls in the U.S.
    Original Air Date: August 1, 2013
  • U.S. and Russia Reluctant to Upset Diplomacy Despite Tension
    Russia's offer of asylum to NSA leaker Edward Snowden has U.S. officials weighing whether to cancel President Barack Obama's upcoming summit with President Vladimir Putin. Will it affect long-term diplomacy between the two nations? Jeffrey Brown gets an update on the Snowden story from Paul Sonne of The Wall Street Journal.
    Original Air Date: August 1, 2013
  • Former Inspector General Defends NSA Programs
    Joel Brenner, former inspector general of the National Security Agency, said the NSA is working within its mandate and is not compiling dossiers on all American citizens.
    Original Air Date: August 1, 2013
  • Ex-NSA Analysts on Their Top-Secret Discoveries
    Two former National Security Agency analysts talk about when they discovered the agency was collecting more data on American citizens.
    Original Air Date: August 1, 2013

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

  • Fighting to Unravel India's Widespread Child Labor Abuses
    There are laws against child labor in India, yet millions of underage children are still trafficked or forced by poverty to toil away in factories. Special correspondent Fred de Sam Lazaro profiles an entrepreneur who developed a labeling system for rugs made without child labor and helps get underage workers back in school.
    Original Air Date: July 31, 2013
  • As Egypt Announces New Measures, U.S. Considers Influence
    The Egyptian interim government may take violent measures to combat protest. Is this move reminiscent of the Egyptian government's repressive history? How should the Obama administration respond? Judy Woodruff gets analysis from Michelle Dunne of the Atlantic Council and Samer Shehata from the University of Oklahoma.
    Original Air Date: July 31, 2013
  • Who Will Succeed Bernanke at the Federal Reserve?
    Federal Reserve board chairman Ben Bernanke will step down from his term in January, and Washington is already buzzing with discussion of who will replace him. Judy Woodruff sits down with David Wessel of The Wall Street Journal to discuss the importance of the Federal Reserve chief and why it matters who takes the helm next.
    Original Air Date: July 31, 2013
  • Debate Over the Secret Court That Approves Surveillance
    The role of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court has come under scrutiny in the wake of leaks on NSA surveillance programs. Who serves on the FISA Court? And is there any oversight for the judges who oversee government surveillance programs? Jeffery Brown poses these questions to experts James Bamford and Steven Bradbury.
    Original Air Date: July 31, 2013
  • Obama Administration Reveals NSA Phone Surveillance Details
    The American public is learning more about the government's phone surveillance program, revealed by leaker Edward Snowden. The Obama administration released documents showing how the National Security Agency uses the data. Gwen Ifill is joined by Charlie Savage, who is covering the story for The New York Times.
    Original Air Date: July 31, 2013

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

  • Investigation Finds Pattern of Problems for Elder Care
    Hundreds of thousands of elderly Americans live in assisted living centers across the nation. A.C. Thompson of ProPublica shares an excerpt from his FRONTLINE documentary "Life and Death In Assisted Living," and some troubling cases of elder care from his investigation.
    Original Air Date: July 30, 2013

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