Thursday, September 5, 2013

  • What's Minted in Berkshire County Stays There
    Berkshire County in Massachusetts has taken "buy local" to a whole new level by creating their own currency. The BerkShare is now accepted by some 400 businesses throughout that region. Economics correspondent Paul Solmon explores advantages for both consumers and storefronts.
    Original Air Date: September 5, 2013
  • Rep. Alan Grayson: Stop Focusing on Sending Message on Syria
    Rep. Alan Grayson, D-Fla., staunchly opposes any act of force in Syria, saying "It's not our responsibility to act unilaterally." A strike, he claims, would be expensive, dangerous and wouldn't prevent future chemical weapon use. Jeffrey Brown talks to Grayson about other options he sees for the U.S. in the region.
    Original Air Date: September 5, 2013
  • U.S. Needs More Time on 'Diplomatic Architecture' on Syria?
    Should the Obama administration ditch its unilateral approach and "step up the diplomacy" to work with the international community? Judy Woodruff talks to former National Security Advisor Brent Scowcroft and Christopher Hill, a former senior diplomat, about what the U.S. should do to help influence the future in Syria.
    Original Air Date: September 5, 2013
  • Preview Clip: Israel Develops Offshore Natural Gas Reserves
    Israel's recent discovery of huge offshore natural gas reserves could mean a profound transformation for Israel's economy and for the region's political stability. Long-time NBC Tel Aviv bureau chief Martin Fletcher reports from the field.
    Original Air Date: September 5, 2013
  • How Will Obamacare Change Your Life?
    In just a matter of weeks, one of the most crucial parts of the new health care reform law will kick in when the new insurance marketplaces open for enrollment. How do you anticipate Obamacare will change your life? We want to hear from you.
    Original Air Date: September 5, 2013

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

  • Author Argues Colleges More Training Than Transformation
    Colleges try to market their degrees as a ticket to professional success. A collection of essays argues the focus of higher education should be on student transformation and learning. Jeffrey Brown sits down with Mark Edmundson of the University of Virginia to discuss his book, "Why Teach?: In Defense of a Real Education."
    Original Air Date: September 4, 2013
  • Age Friendly New York City Helps Seniors Stay Active
    Seniors now account for roughly one out of every six New Yorkers. A recent initiative aims to assist older citizens stay healthy, active and connected to the community. Hari Sreenivasan reports on how that program has been making New York more accessible and affordable for its elders.
    Original Air Date: September 4, 2013
  • Will Leaked Secrets Damage Efforts by U.S. Intelligence?
    Leaks by Edward Snowden and other recent disclosures have revealed the scale of U.S. surveillance efforts. Judy Woodruff examines the impact of those revelations with Craig Whitlock of The Washington Post, Kate Martin of the Center for National Security Studies and former Department of Homeland Security official Stewart Baker.
    Original Air Date: September 4, 2013
  • Why Every Student in America Should Read Thoreau's "Walden"
    Mark Edmundson is an English professor at the University of Virginia who argues that higher education has evolved into a place of career training at the expense of students pursuing learning. He recommends that every student in America read Henry David Thoreau's "Walden" so they can witness the inspiration of a writer who embraced simplicity, living poor and devoting your life to nature.
    Original Air Date: September 4, 2013
  • Sen. Deb Fischer: Obama Needs to Make Case for Strike
    While some prominent lawmakers have thrown their support behind a limited military strike in Syria, others remain unconvinced. Gwen Ifill talks to Sen. Deb Fischer, R-Neb., about her concerns and questions about why the U.S. is choosing to react to chemical weapon use now and how potential allies could be involved.
    Original Air Date: September 4, 2013
  • The Art of Local Currency
    NewsHour economics correspondent Paul Solman speaks with graphic artists in Great Barrington, Massachusetts, who benefit from the use of BerkShares, the region's local currency.
    Original Air Date: September 4, 2013
    September 4, 2013
  • Natl. Security Official: Assad Will Use Chemical Arms Again
    With bipartisan support mounting, Deputy National Security Adviser Tony Blinken says "the momentum is there" to win approval from Congress to use force in Syria. Judy Woodruff talks to Blinken about the goals of a military strike and the increased assistance now being sent to the Syrian opposition from the U.S. government.
    Original Air Date: September 4, 2013

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

  • Nyad Says Record-Setting Swim Was to 'Fully Engaged' in Life
    Diana Nyad has made history as the first person to swim the 110-mile Florida Strait. This was Nyad's fifth attempt at the feat, and it took her 53 hours to complete. "I wanted this swim, this endeavor not to just be the athletic record," Nyad, 64, said, "I wanted it to be a lesson for my life that says, be fully engaged."
    Original Air Date: September 3, 2013
  • Perez: 'Level Playing Field' Needed for American Workers
    Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez believes nobody working a full-time job should live in poverty, but it's hard to make progress when Americans face slow economic recovery and stagnant wages. Ray Suarez sits down with Perez to discuss right-to-work laws, hiring people with disabilities and long-term unemployment.
    Original Air Date: September 3, 2013
  • Transforming School Experience for African-American Boys
    In Oakland, Calif., some schools are working to better help African-American boys graduate from high school and improve their social and academic outcomes. Special Correspondent Joshua Johnson of KQED reports on the push to change the way these students think about school by offering them more support.
    Original Air Date: September 3, 2013
  • Verizon, Microsoft Make Long-term Bets on a Wireless Future
    Two big deals are shaking up the tech and telecommunications industry. Microsoft has bought Nokia's smartphone business for $7.2 billion and Verizon announced it was buying out Vodaphone's stake in Verizon Wireless for $130 billion. Judy Woodruff talks to Cecilia Kang of The Washington Post about the long-term impact.
    Original Air Date: September 3, 2013
  • Looking at Risks if the Fukushima Ice Wall Defrosts
    The Japanese government is planning to build an ice wall around the damaged Fukushima nuclear plant to try to stop radioactive water leaks. Jeffrey Brown examines the risks and potential political fallout with Arjun Makhijani of the Institute for Energy and Environment Research and Kenji Kushida of Stanford University.
    Original Air Date: September 3, 2013
  • Obama Secures Key Support for Military Strike in Syria
    President Barack Obama spent the day courting Congress for a U.S. military strike in Syria. Judy Woodruff reports on State Secretary John Kerry's testimony before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and how lawmakers are responding. Gwen Ifill speaks with Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich., about support for the authorization of force.
    Original Air Date: September 3, 2013
  • Boehner Says He Supports Obama on Syria
    House Speaker John Boehner on Tuesday said he will support President Barack Obama's call for the U.S. to take action against Syria for alleged chemical weapons use. He said his Republican colleagues should support the president, too.
    Original Air Date: September 3, 2013
  • Obama Meets Congressional Leaders to Discuss Syria
    On Tuesday, President Obama continued his administration's push to convince Congress to vote in support of his plan to launch a limited military strike in Syria. The president met with congressional leaders and cabinet members at the White House. Obama stressed that taking action would fit into a broader strategy of strengthening the opposition forces in Syria.
    Original Air Date: September 3, 2013

Monday, September 2, 2013

  • Civil Rights Launched the Fight for LGBT, Women's Equality
    The civil rights movement didn't just promote equality for African-Americans. It was also a social justice springboard for other causes. To explore how the movement impacted the fight for LGBT and women's rights, Ray Suarez speaks with George Chauncey of Yale University and Ruth Rosen of the University of California, Davis.
    Original Air Date: September 2, 2013
  • Many in the Arab World Oppose Syria Military Strike
    Margaret Warner reports from Cairo, where she has been gathering reaction from Egyptians and from around the Mideast on the crisis in Syria. She talks to Jeffrey Brown about the "unanimity" of opposition she's encountered against a possible U.S. military strike.
    Original Air Date: September 2, 2013
  • Can Obama Convince Congress to Approve a Limited Strike?
    President Barack Obama spent Labor Day lobbying Congress members to support a possible strike in Syria, following a high-level briefing for lawmakers Sunday. Jeffrey Brown examines military options with retired Gen. John Keane, former Assistant Secretary of State P.J. Crowley and former Defense Department official Dov Zakheim.
    Original Air Date: September 2, 2013
  • Obama Seeks Syria Support From Senators McCain and Graham
    Joined by fellow GOP Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, Republican Sen. John McCain was at the White House Monday for talks on Syria. The White House is engaging in what officials call a "flood the zone" persuasion strategy with Congress.
    Original Air Date: September 2, 2013
  • Labor Secretary Reflects on the Future of Unions
    Despite a continuing decline of union membership in America, Labor Sec. Thomas Perez remains optimistic about the future of organized labor. "If we are going to bring jobs back, if we're going to build a robust economy, we have got to recognize that we're all in this together," Labor Secretary Thomas Perez said in this interview excerpt with PBS NewsHour senior correspondent Ray Suarez.
    Original Air Date: September 2, 2013
  • Nyad Completes Historic Swim
    Shortly before 2 p.m. ET, 64-year-old Diana Nyad reached the shore, surrounded by thousands of beachgoers, making history as the first to complete the historic swim from Cuba to Key West without a shark cage.She had been swimming for 52 hours and 110 miles across the Florida Straits. This was her fifth attempt at the athletic feat.
    Original Air Date: September 2, 2013
    September 2, 2013

Saturday, August 31, 2013

  • Obama Seeks Authorization from Congress for Action on Syria
    President Barack Obama said Saturday afternoon that the U.S. should take military action against Syrian targets but that he would seek authorization for use of force from Congress.
    Original Air Date: August 31, 2013

Friday, August 30, 2013

  • Poet Seamus Heaney Dug the 'Wideness of Language'
    World-renowned poet and Nobel laureate Seamus Heaney died at age 74 in his native Ireland after a brief illness. Jeffrey Brown looks back on an interview he did with the poet two years ago where he reflected on his life and work. He shares an excerpt of Heaney reading a section from his poem, "Album."
    Original Air Date: August 30, 2013