Wednesday, August 24, 2011

  • The Politics of Confirming the President's Judicial Nominees
    The confirmation of President Obama's judicial nominees has been delayed. Judy Woodruff discusses the politics of confirming the nominees to the federal bench with Committee for Justice's Curt Levey and the American Constitution Society for Law and Policy's Caroline Fredrickson.
    Original Air Date: August 24, 2011
  • Libyans Show 'Best of Humanity' in Aiding Journalists' Escape From Hotel
    Dozens of journalists were finally allowed to leave the Rixos Hotel in Tripoli Wednesday after being trapped for several days under the control of forces loyal to Moammar Gadhafi. International Television News' John Ray, who was among the journalists being held captive, discusses the journalists' ordeal and his escape.
    Original Air Date: August 24, 2011
  • Alabama's Immigration Law: Radical or Within Reason?
    A federal judge in Alabama heard arguments Wednesday on whether to block the state's new immigration law. Ray Suarez gets two views.
    Original Air Date: August 24, 2011
  • 'Ridiculous' Winds From Hurricane Irene Bear Down on East Coast
    The Bahamas braced for landfall from Hurricane Irene on Wednesday, as it reached Category 3 status, with winds topping 120 miles an hour. Jeffrey Brown discusses the storm with Accuweather.com's Jim Kosek.
    Original Air Date: August 24, 2011

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

  • 'Clearing the Smoke': The Benefits, Limits of Medical Marijuana
    Sixteen states have passed laws that allow patients to use medical marijuana to treat side effects of various illnesses, but now some are moving to either limit or repeal those laws. Anna Rau of Montana PBS reports.
    Original Air Date: August 23, 2011
  • Were the Legalities of the Strauss Kahn Case Handled Correctly?
    After a New York judge dropped the assault charges against IMF head Dominique Strauss Kahn, questions arose on how the case was handled. Ray Suarez gets two views.
    Original Air Date: August 23, 2011
  • More Than 12 Million May Have Felt Unusual East Coast Earthquake
    A 5.8-magnitude earthquake shook much of the East Coast Tuesday afternoon, including Washington, D.C. and New York City. Hari Sreenivasan discusses the shaking with the U.S. Geology Survey's David Applegate.
    Original Air Date: August 23, 2011
  • Amid Chaotic Scene in Tripoli, Gadhafi Regime Slowly Unravels
    Libyan rebels gained access to Moammar Gadhafi's Tripoli compound after intense fighting on Tuesday. Jeffrey Brown gets on-the-ground reports from Libya on the fighting and the political situation.
    Original Air Date: August 23, 2011

Monday, August 22, 2011

  • 'Americans Elect' Group Challenges U.S. Presidential Primary Process
    A nonprofit organization called Americans Elect is aiming to host an online national political convention and up-end the way candidates are nominated for the U.S. presidency. Judy Woodruff reports on the latest attempt to push American politics away from a system dominated by two parties.
    Original Air Date: August 22, 2011
  • In Karachi, a Call for Calm Amid Deadly Ethnic Violence
    Violence has never been a stranger to the people of Karachi, Pakistan's commercial center. However, as fighting has worsened in recent months, some citizens are trying to stem the tide. Special correspondent Fred De Sam Lazaro reports on an appeal for calm in a city divided by ethnic violence.
    Original Air Date: August 22, 2011
  • What Happens Next if Strauss-Kahn's Charges Are Dropped?
    Prosecutors in New York on Monday requested that sexual assault charges against former IMF head Dominique Strauss-Kahn be dropped in light of doubts about his accuser's credibility. Hari Sreenivasan discusses the case -- and what could happen next -- with Bloomberg TV's Sara Eisen.
    Original Air Date: August 22, 2011
  • Libyan Ambassador: Rebels Must Be Prepared for 'Any Surprises' by Gadhafi
    Libyan rebels say they are in control of much of Tripoli but Moammar Gadhafi's whereabouts are still unknown. Ray Suarez discusses the rebels' progress with Libya's Ambassador to the U.S., Ali Suleiman Aujali, who first represented Gadhafi's government, but broke with them and now represents the rebels in the United States.
    Original Air Date: August 22, 2011
  • Tripoli Sees a Mix of Jubilation, Volatility, Calm as Hunt for Gadhafi Continues
    After a swift weekend advance was met with celebrations on the street of Tripoli, Libyan rebels say they are in control of much of the capital but Moammar Gadhafi continued to elude capture. Jeffrey Brown discusses the latest developments with Independent Television News' Lindsey Hilsum, who entered Tripoli with the rebels.
    Original Air Date: August 22, 2011
  • Obama: "It's Clear That Gadhafi's Rule is Over'
    President Obama said in a statement Monday that Moammar Gadhafi's 42 years in power were coming to a close as rebel fighters fanned out across Tripoli. "The future of Libya is in the hands of its people," President Obama said.
    Original Air Date: August 22, 2011
  • Weekly Poem: 'Something Touched My Heart' by Travis Nichols
    Travis Nichols is an editor at the Poetry Foundation and the author of the collection of poems, "See Me Improving" (2010, Copper Canyon Press). His first book of poems, "Iowa," was published in 2009 by Letter Machine Editions, and his first novel, "Off We Go Into the Wild Blue Yonder," was published in 2010 by Coffee House Press. He runs the online journal Weird Deer.
    Original Air Date: August 22, 2011

Friday, August 19, 2011

  • Remembering the Overthrow of Gorbachev, 20 Years Later
    Twenty years ago, the stunning overthrow of USSR President Mikhail Gorbachev by a Communist coup dominated the news. The coup eventually backfired and led to the end of the Soviet Union. Jeffrey Brown takes a look back at the last days of the USSR.
    Original Air Date: August 19, 2011
  • Marcus and Gerson on GOP Candidates' Language, Presidential Vacations
    Washington Post columnists Ruth Marcus and Michael Gerson, sitting in for NewsHour regulars David Brooks and Mark Shields, weigh in on the week's top political news, including Rick Perry's first week on the presidential campaign trail, President Obama's Midwestern bus tour and where and when presidents should take vacations.
    Original Air Date: August 19, 2011
  • Budget Cuts, Tuition Hikes Jeopardize Quality of Higher Education in California
    Students preparing for college this fall are facing raising higher tuition rates as their schools face budget cuts in this troubled economy. Correspondent Spencer Michels reports on the fallout in California's public universities.
    Original Air Date: August 19, 2011
  • Homeland Security to Focus on Deporting Criminals Under New Immigration Rules
    The Obama administration on Friday unveiled new immigration rules, which will allow the Department of Homeland Security to focus more on deporting criminals. Ray Suarez discusses the new rules with Dan Stein of the Federation for American Immigration Reform and Angela Maria Kelley of the Center for American Progress.
    Original Air Date: August 19, 2011
  • How Will Market Volatility Affect U.S.-Chinese Economic Relations?
    Vice President Biden tried to shore up Chinese confidence in the U.S. economy on Friday, telling President Hu Jintao that when it comes to China's investments in the U.S., "You have nothing to worry about." Jeffrey Brown discusses U.S. and Chinese economic relations with MIT's Yasheng Huang and Commentary.com's Gordon Chang.
    Original Air Date: August 19, 2011
  • Is Economic Inequality a Big Deal?
    With our inequality coverage topping the charts, we thought we'd pursue the issue by staging a debate: is or isn't economic inequality a big deal, a clear and present danger? Dan Mitchell of the Cato Institute joined us and argue that inequality should not be our focus; Pomona College economist and dean Cecilia Conrad, to make the case that inequality is indeed in itself a major problem.
    Original Air Date: August 19, 2011

Thursday, August 18, 2011

  • What's Behind Deadly Attacks in Southern Israel?
    Squads of gunman killed at least eight people and wounded 20 others Thursday in Southern Israel in a series of strikes that drew swift retaliation from the Israeli military. Ray Suarez discusses what's behind the new violence with Calev Ben-David of Bloomberg News.
    Original Air Date: August 18, 2011
  • Bus Attack, Military Retaliation Rock Southern Israel, Gaza
    In Southern Israel, squads of gunmen killed at least eight people and wounded 20 others in a series of strikes that drew swift retaliation from the Israeli military. Ray Suarez reports.
    Original Air Date: August 18, 2011
  • What's Next for Syria as Global Leaders Isolate Assad?
    The Syrian government rejected President Obama's call for Assad to step down on Thursday, accusing the United States and the West of "seeking to stoke more violence." Jeffrey Brown discusses the growing tension with Theodore Kattouf of AMIDEAST and Murhaf Jouejati of the National Defense University.
    Original Air Date: August 18, 2011
  • Major Investor CalPERS Rides out Big Waves in Markets With Calm Approach
    Thursday's market drop marked the fifth time in just two weeks that the Dow Jones industrial average rocketed up or down by several hundred points in one trading session. Spencer Michels reports on how the California Public Employees' Retirement System, one of the largest U.S. institutional investors, is handling the volatility.
    Original Air Date: August 18, 2011
  • Negative Headlines Continue to Spook Investors, Markets Around Globe
    The Dow Jones industrial average lost 419 points Thursday, driven by a barrage of bad economic data including a drop in existing home sales in July for the third time in four months. Ray Suarez discusses the U.S. and global market turmoil with Jeffrey Saut of Raymond James Financial and Susie Gharib of Nightly Business Report.
    Original Air Date: August 18, 2011
  • America Remembers 9/11: Your Answers on What's Changed
    As the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks draws closer, the PBS NewsHour and our public media colleagues have been seeking out your views on what's changed in the United States over the past decade.
    Original Air Date: August 18, 2011
  • Sam Gilliam's 'From a Model to a Rainbow'
    Sam Gilliam, an artist closely associated with the Washington Color School, discusses his recent work, "From a Model to a Rainbow," a mural located outside a Metro station on the border between Washington, D.C., and Maryland.
    Original Air Date: August 18, 2011

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