Thursday, October 27, 2011

  • Space Junk Threatens Future Space Exploration
    Hari Sreenivasan sat down with recently with Donald Kessler, former NASA scientist and expert on space junk, to talk about the who's and what's of orbital debris: how much is out there, what does it look like, what happens when these objects collide and what danger do they pose for future space travel and for us on Earth.
    Original Air Date: October 27, 2011

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

  • Super Committee Considers Spending Cuts, Tax Hikes as Deadline Looms
    With its Thanksgiving deadline drawing ever closer, the congressional deficit "super committee" held a rare public hearing Wednesday over its debt negotiations, but there have been few signs of progress in the members' efforts to cut more than $1 trillion from the federal budget. Congressional correspondent Kwame Holman reports.
    Original Air Date: October 26, 2011
  • Does U.S. Economic Inequality Have a Good Side?
    A new Congressional Budget Office analysis supports the idea that income inequality has grown considerably over the past few decades. As part of his Making Sen$e series on economic inequality, Paul Solman talks to libertarian law professor Richard Epstein, who argues that wealth inequality acts as a driving force for innovation.
    Original Air Date: October 26, 2011
  • After Arrests, Occupy Oakland Protesters Vow to Return
    Chaos erupted Tuesday night in downtown Oakland, Calif., as police dispersed crowds from the Occupy Oakland movement from the plaza in front of City Hall. Correspondent Spencer Michels reports from the center of the confrontation.
    Original Air Date: October 26, 2011
  • UAW President Bob King on New Contracts: Top Priority Was Creating Jobs
    Chrysler's workers on Wednesday became the last of the Big Three to ratify a new four-year labor contract. United Auto Workers officials fought hard to get members to OK the contracts after several major plants voted against the deals. UAW President Bob King discusses the contract and state of the industry with Jeffrey Brown.
    Original Air Date: October 26, 2011
  • In EU Efforts to Fix Debt Crisis, Divisions Remain and Questions Unanswered
    The German Parliament passed a measure to boost a bailout fund for the eurozone as leaders arrived in Brussels for an emergency European Union summit. Margret Warner discusses what EU leaders hope to accomplish at the summit with Zanny Minton Beddoes of The Economist magazine.
    Original Air Date: October 26, 2011
  • European Leaders Seek Solutions to Debt Crisis at EU Summit
    European Union leaders gathered Wednesday in Brussels in hopes of reaching a deal to bolster Eurozone relief funds and contain Greece's debt crisis. Laura Kuenssberg of Independent Television News reports from Brussels.
    Original Air Date: October 26, 2011
  • Obama's Student Loan Relief Plan: How Helpful Would it Be?
    President Obama outlined a plan to speed up help for millions of Americans struggling with the cost of higher education. Gwen Ifill discusses the president's effort to ease the burden of student loans with "Generation Debt" author Anya Kamenetz and Jeff Selingo of the Chronicle of Higher Education.
    Original Air Date: October 26, 2011

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

  • Kids Increasingly Staring at Glowing Screens, Study Finds
    How much time are our youngest children spending in front of screens? Jeffrey Brown discusses new studies that chronicle the increasing use of digital devices by young children -- and the resulting health effects -- with James Steyer of Common Sense Media and Dr. Ari Brown of the American Academy of Pediatrics.
    Original Air Date: October 25, 2011
  • Calif. University Introduces First U.S. Multi-Faith School of Theology
    Claremont Lincoln University, a graduate school in California, is the first in the United States to bring together Christians, Jews and Muslims in the same classrooms to educate the future leaders of churches, synagogues and mosques. Special correspondent Saul Gonzales reports.
    Original Air Date: October 25, 2011
  • Bangkok Becomes 'Sandbag City' as Residents Brace for Floods
    Floodwaters broke through protective barriers around Bangkok's Don Muang Airport on Tuesday, forcing its closure. Margaret Warner discusses the city's worst flooding in decades with GlobalPost's Patrick Winn.
    Original Air Date: October 25, 2011
  • Boys, Young Men Should Get HPV Vaccine, CDC Panel Says
    A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention panel has recommended for the first time that boys and young men get vaccinated against the human papillomavirus, known as HPV, to protect them from cancers resulting from sexual activity. Jeffrey Brown discusses the new recommendation with Rob Stein of The Washington Post.
    Original Air Date: October 25, 2011
  • With 20% Flat-Tax Plan, Perry Eyes Distinction From GOP Field
    GOP hopeful and Texas Gov. Rick Perry unveiled his flat-tax proposal Tuesday at a South Carolina plastics plant. Judy Woodruff discusses his and other candidates' ideas for reforming the U.S. tax code with Stephen Moore of the conservative Club for Growth and Robert Kuttner, co-editor of The American Prospect magazine.
    Original Air Date: October 25, 2011
  • Rick Perry Unveils 20 Percent Flat Income Tax
    Texas Governor Rick Perry describes part of his economic plan, which includes a 20 percent flat income tax and allows for some deductions.
    Original Air Date: October 25, 2011

Monday, October 24, 2011

  • In 'Human Chain,' Nobel-Winning Poet Seamus Heaney Digs Into the Past
    In his native Ireland, he's known as "Famous Seamus," and indeed, Seamus Heaney -- winner of the Nobel Prize in 1995 -- is a world-famous poet. Now 72, his new collection, "Human Chain," contains poems that are, as always for him, grounded in the physical world but also take a look back.
    Original Air Date: October 24, 2011
  • Would Obama's Refinancing Plan Boost Ailing Housing Market?
    With millions of Americans "underwater" on their mortgages and millions of homes facing foreclosure, President Obama unveiled a revamped home-loan refinancing program Monday during a stop in Nevada, which has the country's highest foreclosure rate. Judy Woodruff and guests examine the politics and substance of the plan.
    Original Air Date: October 24, 2011
  • Clinton Eyes Patching up Rocky U.S.-Pakistani Relations
    The relationship between Pakistan and the United States "has not been an easy one" lately, Secretary Hillary Clinton said Friday during a diplomatic mission to Islamabad. Margaret Warner reports on the ongoing tensions between the two nations.
    Original Air Date: October 24, 2011
  • What Political Models Might Shape the New Libya, Tunisia?
    Hisham Melhem, the Washington bureau chief of Al Arabiya News, Michele Dunne, director of the Rafik Hariri Center for Middle East Peace at the Atlantic Council, and Marina Ottaway of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace speak with Gwen Ifill about the next steps for the Arab spring in Libya, Tunisia and Syria.
    Original Air Date: October 24, 2011
  • News Wrap: Afghan-NATO Mission Targets Haqqani Network
    In other news Monday, about 200 insurgents were reportedly killed or captured in a NATO-Afghan operation targeted at the Pakistan-based Haqqani network in Eastern Afghanistan. Also, rising floodwaters in Thailand forced hundreds of people to flee one of Bangkok's main shelters.
    Original Air Date: October 24, 2011
  • In Turkey's, 'There Are Lives to Be Saved and No Time to Waste' After Earthquake
    A 7.2-magnitude earthquake hit Turkey on Sunday, killing at least 279 people and injuring more than 1,000. As aftershocks continued to hit the region, rescuers scrambled to free dozens of victims trapped in the rubble. John Ray of Independent Television News reports on the rescue efforts.
    Original Air Date: October 24, 2011
  • Political Checklist: Perry's Flat Tax Plan and Obama's Solo Plan
    Judy Woodruff, Gwen Ifill and David Chalian discuss Texas Gov. Rick Perry's plans to announce a flat tax proposal. The politics teams also unpacks President Obama's plan to enact tiny pieces of his economic agenda via executive order and cut out Republicans in Congress, who have blocked the major portions of his jobs agenda.
    Original Air Date: October 24, 2011
  • Seamus Heaney Reads 'Death of a Naturalist'
    Seamus Heaney reads "Death of a Naturalist."
    Original Air Date: October 24, 2011

Friday, October 21, 2011

  • The Doubleheader: Switcheroos, Occupy Opportunity?, World Series Picks
    There are rumors every Presidential cycle that the incumbent will switch his Vice President out for someone else. That is topic 1; the potential for a Vice President Biden and Hillary Clinton to switch jobs. Syndicated columnist Mark Shields and New York Times Columnist David Brooks weigh in on that as well as what Occupy Wall Street means for President Obama, and who will win the World Series.
    Original Air Date: October 21, 2011
  • Michael Lewis' 'Boomerang': 'Money Thrown Out in Hope, Coming Back in Anger'
    What caused the economic troubles in Iceland, Greece, Ireland, Germany and elsewhere? Author Michael Lewis has some controversial theories involving sweeping character assessments of each nation. Lewis -- known for "Money Ball" and "The Blind Side" -- discusses his new book, "Boomerang," with economics correspondent Paul Solman.
    Original Air Date: October 21, 2011
  • Shields, Brooks on Iraq Withdrawal, Gadhafi's Demise, Feisty GOP Debate
    Syndicated columnist Mark Shields and New York Times columnist David Brooks discuss the week's top political news, including the killing of Moammar Gadhafi, President Obama's announcement of U.S. troops withdrawing from Iraq by the end of the year, plus the feistiest GOP presidential debate thus far.
    Original Air Date: October 21, 2011
  • Libyans Ambassador: 'The Book of Gadhafi Has Come to the End'
    Libya's National Transitional Council is expected to officially announce the nation's liberation this weekend. The country is also expected to soon form a new interim government. Jeffrey Brown discusses the next steps on the road to democracy with Libyan Ambassador Ali Suleiman Aujali.
    Original Air Date: October 21, 2011
  • News Wrap: Syrian Forces Open Fire on Rallies, Kill at Least 24
    In other news Friday, Syrian demonstrators filled the streets of Homs and other areas after Friday prayers, but at least 24 people were killed when government forces opened fire on the rallies. Also, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton delivered another blunt warning to Pakistan to step up its anti-terror efforts.
    Original Air Date: October 21, 2011
  • McDonough: U.S. Military Brass 'Absolutely' OK With Iraq Withdrawal by 2012
    President Obama announced Friday that all but a few dozen American troops will leave Iraq by the end of the year as planned, and that the "long war" will come to an end. Margaret Warner discusses the withdrawal logistics and the politics of the president's announcement with Deputy National Security Adviser Denis McDonough.
    Original Air Date: October 21, 2011