Friday, April 15, 2011

  • Autism Now: MacNeil, Lehrer Discuss 'National Emergency' Explored in Series
    NewsHour founder and former anchor Robert MacNeil's six-part series series on the puzzling prevalence of autism in the U.S. starts to air Monday on the PBS NewsHour. MacNeil speaks with Jim Lehrer about what's explored in the series and describes how autism has affected his family.
    Original Air Date: April 15, 2011
  • Why Does U.S. Having Varying Responses to Mid-East Unrest?
    The U.S. response to Middle East unrest has varied from vocal support for demonstrations in Egypt to NATO attacks in Libya to near silence on protesters' marches in Bahrain. Judy Woodruff discusses the U.S.'s contrasting responses with the Center for American Progress's Brian Katulis and Human Rights Watch's Maria McFarland.
    Original Air Date: April 15, 2011
  • A Year After Oil Spill, No Easy Answers on Gulf Coast's Future
    It's been nearly one year since the Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion in the Gulf of Mexico killed 11 workers and triggered a massive underwater oil spill. Tom Bearden returns to the Gulf to assess environmental damage and cleanup efforts.
    Original Air Date: April 15, 2011
  • News Wrap: Obama Outlines Afghan War Drawdown Plan
    In other news Friday, President Obama promised the troop drawdown in Afghanistan will be more than symbolic. The president discussed the pullout, which begins this summer, in an interview with The Associated Press. Also, the House approved next year's GOP budget plan, which calls for $5.8 trillion in spending cuts over 10 years.
    Original Air Date: April 15, 2011
  • Shields, Brooks on U.S. Policy in the Middle East, Deficit Plans
    Columnists Mark Shields and David Brooks discuss the week's political news, including President Obama's declaration on Friday of a military stalemate in Libya and the GOP-led House passing Rep. Paul Ryan's budget plan for the upcoming fiscal year.
    Original Air Date: April 15, 2011
  • The Doublehader: Gamesmanship, Sportsmanship
    After a spring hiatus, Mark Shields and David Brooks are back under the same roof so they swung by before the program to record the doubleheader. This week when talking about the sport of politics, we talk about the gamesmanship in the budget process that both sides have been practicing.
    Original Air Date: April 15, 2011
  • Conversation: Novelist Howard Jacobson
    Jeffrey Brown talks to Howard Jacobson, winner of the 2010 Man Booker Prize for his novel, "The Finkler Question." His novel, "The Mighty Walzer," is being published for the first time in America.
    Original Air Date: April 15, 2011

Thursday, April 14, 2011

  • Lincoln Assassination Film 'The Conspirator' Raises Timely Justice Questions
    Ray Suarez reports on a new film profiling Mary Surratt, the sole woman implicated in the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln, and the questions raised about the use of military commission trials, both then and now. He is joined by screenwriter James Solomon and retired U.S. Army Col. Fred Borch.
    Original Air Date: April 14, 2011
  • Pakistani Legislator Stands Up to Extremists Over Blasphemy Law
    In Pakistan, calls to reform a blasphemy law have resulted in the assassination of two key moderate politicians. Margaret Warner talks to Pakistani Parliament member Sherry Rehman, who has challenged the law and become the focus of several protests and drawn ire from conservative imams.
    Original Air Date: April 14, 2011
  • China Struggles With Health Care Reform Amid Growing Demand
    Special correspondent Jeffrey Kaye reports from China on the country's efforts to improve health care for its population, the world's largest.
    Original Air Date: April 14, 2011
  • 'Brain Rattler' Schedule Among Big Problems for Air-Traffic Controllers
    The Federal Aviation Administration's top air-traffic control official resigned Thursday following another report of a controller sleeping on the job, forcing a medical flight to land without tower guidance in Reno. Judy Woodruff discusses the safety concerns with Alan Levin, who covers aviation for USA Today.
    Original Air Date: April 14, 2011
  • Krugman on Obama Deficit Plan: 'Not Perfect,' More Plausible Than GOP's
    A week after Rep. Paul Ryan released the Republican 2012 budget blueprint, President Obama offered his plan for reducing the deficit by $4 trillion over 12 years. Jeffrey Brown discusses the competing visions with Princeton University's Paul Krugman and the American Action Forum's Douglas Holtz-Eakin.
    Original Air Date: April 14, 2011
  • Bipartisan Budget Deal Clears Congress; House Takes Up GOP's 2012 Plan
    On Thursday, the House and Senate approved the bipartisan budget compromise to fund the federal government through the end of the fiscal year. The House then turned its attention to the budget for next year, specifically the Republican plan. Congressional correspondent Kwame Holman reports on the latest developments.
    Original Air Date: April 14, 2011
  • Mike Daisey's One-Man Show Examines Hidden Cost of Personal Technology
    Obsession, lust, a bit of espionage, a lot of laughs, and some serious questions of ethics and working conditions are all questions raised by one man, sitting at a table for an hour-and-a-half monologue titled, 'The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs.'
    Original Air Date: April 14, 2011
  • Into the Cold: A Filmmaker's Trek to the Top of the World
    To get to the North Pole, Sebastian Copeland and his partner Keith Heger had to trek 400 miles on foot, scaling high boulders and forging icy rivers - and all while dragging a 300 pound sled in temperatures as low as -50 degrees Fahrenheit. Copeland chronicles their journey across the Arctic in his latest documentary, "Into the Cold."
    Original Air Date: April 14, 2011

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

  • News Wrap: Federal Reserve Reports Economic Growth Across U.S.
    In other news Wednesday, a Federal Reserve report said the U.S. economy improved in every part of the country. In Pakistan, intelligence officials reported U.S. drone aircraft killed six suspected Taliban fighters near the Afghan border. The attacks come two days after Pakistan's spy chief asked the CIA to limit drone attacks.
    Original Air Date: April 13, 2011
  • Unrest in Middle East, U.S. Demand Drive Gas Toward $4 Average
    As gas prices creep above $4 per gallon in parts of the U.S., a new poll shows two-thirds of Americans say they will cut down on expenses to cope with rising fuel costs. Ray Suarez discusses the effects of higher petroleum prices with David Kirsch of PFC Energy.
    Original Air Date: April 13, 2011
  • NATO Dispute, Cease-Fire Negotiations Hint at Possible Stalemate in Libya
    Intense fighting continues between rebels and Moammar Gadhafi's forces as NATO nations met in Qatar to debate their next steps in Libya. Gwen Ifill discusses the NATO rift with Institute for Policy Studies' Emira Woods and the Brookings Institution's Shadi Hamid.
    Original Air Date: April 13, 2011
  • In China, Workers Detail Health Effects of Producing i-Phones
    Special correspondent Jeffrey Kaye reports from the eastern Chinese city of Suzhou, where toxic chemicals threaten the health of workers at an Apple iPhone assembly plant.
    Original Air Date: April 13, 2011
  • Obama Unveils Roadmap for Reducing Deficit by $4 Trillion
    President Obama officially unveiled his own proposal for reducing the national deficit Wednesday in a speech at George Washington University, calling for $4 trillion in cuts over the next 12 years through spending cuts and tax reform.In response to Republican calls for reductions in entitlement spending, the president launched a defense of programs like Medicare and Medicaid:
    Original Air Date: April 13, 2011
  • Geithner on Potential Deficit Deal: 'We're Closer Than People Think'
    President Obama spelled out his plan Wednesday for cutting the deficit by $4 trillion over 12 years. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner speaks with Jim Lehrer about the president's budget goals and the likelihood of getting cooperation from congressional Republicans.
    Original Air Date: April 13, 2011
  • How Will Raising the Debt Ceiling Impact U.S. Markets?
    Economics correspondent Paul Solman reports on the potential impact of raising the debt ceiling on the U.S. bond market. It's part of his series Making Sense of the economy.
    Original Air Date: April 13, 2011
  • Obama Aims for $4 Trillion in Deficit Cuts Over 12 Years
    President Obama on Wednesday set a goal to reduce borrowing by $4 trillion over the next dozen years, promising to put the U.S. on a gradually improving fiscal path by cutting the budget deficit. He outlined an overhaul of the tax code and steep cuts in domestic and military spending, but avoided fundamental changes to entitlement programs.
    Original Air Date: April 13, 2011
  • AETN Refelects on Civil War Through Documentary
    Arkansas Education Television Network has partnered with the Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission to present an original one-hour program called CW150: Remembering the Civil War in Arkansas. Airing in April, It will reflect on the anniversary of the Civil War and its impact on the state a century and a half later.
    Original Air Date: April 13, 2011

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

  • Legacy of Civil War Remains Dynamic, Misunderstood on 150th Anniversary
    On the 150th anniversary of the start of the Civil War at South Carolina's Fort Sumter, Judy Woodruff has an excerpt from Ken Burns' "The Civil War" and discusses the conflict's legacy with Harvard University's Drew Gilpin Faust, Howard University's Edna Medford and the University of South Carolina's Walter Edgar.
    Original Air Date: April 12, 2011
  • Obama Administration Introduces Plan to Reduce Preventable Medical Errors
    The Obama administration announced a new patient-safety program Tuesday on the heels of medical journal Health Affairs publishing a study showing that one in three people admitted to hospitals suffers a medical error or accident. Margaret Warner talks with Heath Affairs' Susan Dentzer about the study and the new plan.
    Original Air Date: April 12, 2011
  • China Weighs Environmental Concerns Against Economic Growth
    Special correspondent Jeffrey Kaye reports from Guangdong province in southern China on the clash between the populous nation's economic ambitions and worsening pollution problem.
    Original Air Date: April 12, 2011
  • Budget Deal Cuts Target EPA and Homeland Security, Spares Education
    Details of the $38.5 billion budget deal that avoided a government shutdown were released on Tuesday. The Environmental Protection Agency and Homeland Securitywere among those impacted by the cuts. Ray Suarez discusses the cuts with Naftali Bendavid, congressional correspondent for the Wall Street Journal.
    Original Air Date: April 12, 2011

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