Tuesday, October 15, 2013

  • Former Army captain receives Medal of Honor
    Former Army captain William D. Swenson received the nation's highest military honor from President Barack Obama Tuesday for his bravery in a 2009 Afghan battle.
    Original Air Date: October 15, 2013

Monday, October 14, 2013

  • Remembering Oscar Hijuelos, 62, 'king' of fiction
    Novelist Oscar Hijuelos, who has died at the age of 62, was the first Latino American author to win a Pulitzer Prize for his 1989 book “The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love.” We remember Hijuelos with an excerpt of a 2011 interview with Ray Suarez about his memoir, "Thoughts Without Cigarettes."
    Original Air Date: October 14, 2013
  • Troop commitment among roadblocks in Afghan security talks
    Secretary of State John Kerry made progress with his trip to Afghanistan to work on a security deal, but both nations come to the table with concerns about trust and commitment. Gwen Ifill gets analysis from David Sedney, a former deputy assistant secretary of defense, and former Afghan Foreign Ministry official Omar Samad.
    Original Air Date: October 14, 2013
  • Expanding access to education for Pakistan's poor children
    In Pakistan, education could help change the fortunes of impoverished families, but corruption and pressure by the Taliban prevent many children from enrolling. An alternative school system is making efforts to expand access and change attitudes towards education for impoverished boys and girls. Fred de Sam Lazaro reports.
    Original Air Date: October 14, 2013
  • Economic consequences for US 'artificially imposed crises'?
    As lawmakers show signs of progress towards a deal to end the shutdown and raise the debt ceiling, how are global markets responding? Ray Suarez gets analysis from Zanny Minton Beddoes of The Economist on the effects that repeated political standoffs over may have on U.S. financial credibility.
    Original Air Date: October 14, 2013
  • Impacted U.S. communities pay price of shutdown
    From local economies dependent on defense spending to tourist hot spots reeling from closures, communities across the nation are feeling the pinch of the government shutdown. Judy Woodruff gets perspective from Cathy Lewis of WHRV in Hampton Roads, Va., Karen Kasler of Ohio Public Radio and Scott Shafer of KQED in San Francisco.
    Original Air Date: October 14, 2013
  • Oklahomans grapple with shutdown's impact on resources
    It's not just the estimated 40,000 furloughed federal employees in Oklahoma who are feeling the effects of the shutdown, but also non-profit organizations, businesses and the growing number of citizens that rely on government-funded programs. Bob Sands of public station OETA reports on the impact being felt across the state.
    Original Air Date: October 14, 2013
  • What might both parties give up to 'escape' shutdown impasse
    Senate leaders showed hope that they might be headed towards an end to the government shutdown, while House remains uneasy about the path forward. Robert Costa of the National Review joins Gwen Ifill to discuss why a short-term deal may be necessary and what concessions both sides may make to resolve the damaging impasse.
    Original Air Date: October 14, 2013
  • President Obama volunteers with furloughed federal workers
    On Monday, President Barack Obama visited Washington, D.C., nonprofit Martha's Table to volunteer with federal workers who remain on furlough because of a partial government shutdown, which has lasted 14 days.
    Original Air Date: October 14, 2013

Sunday, October 13, 2013

  • Would a third major party ease Congressional gridlock?
    For the past 10 years, Gallup has asked: Do the Republican and Democratic parties do an adequate job representing the American people or do they do such a poor job that a third major party is needed?
    Original Air Date: October 13, 2013
  • How will the debt ceiling deadline play out?
    For more on the shutdown and looming debt ceiling deadline, NewsHour Political Editor Christina Bellantoni joins Hari Sreenivasan from Washington.
    Original Air Date: October 13, 2013
    Christina Bellantoni, Hari Sreenivasan
  • Can doulas make a difference?
    Tonight on NewsHour Weekend, a report about By My Side Birth Support, a NYC program that provides free doula services to women living in low-income, largely African-American neighborhoods where rates of maternal mortality are high. Doulas aren't doctors or midwives, but give support and information for expectant mothers. Can they make a difference?
    Original Air Date: October 13, 2013

Saturday, October 12, 2013

  • Freed from Guantánamo, but stuck in limbo
    On Saturday, we look at the story of six former prisoners from Guantánamo Bay, Cuba. These ethnic Chinese men known as Uighurs were rounded up in Afghanistan and Pakistan after 9/11. They spent eight years in prison before being cleared of any wrongdoing by U.S. courts, and now find themselves stranded in a legal and political limbo on the tiny Pacific island nation of Palau.
    Original Air Date: October 12, 2013
    Uighur man in Palau
  • Will Congress allow a government default?
    Will Congress allow a government default? Hari Sreenivasan talks to Meredith Shiner from Roll Call about the major issues thwarting negotiations and the timeline leading up to the debt ceiling deadline.
    Original Air Date: October 12, 2013
    Meredith Shiner, Roll Call

Friday, October 11, 2013

  • Malala says assassination threats can't weaken her cause
    Malala Yousafzai, a Pakistani schoolgirl, wrote a series of published diary articles about the right to education, especially for girls. Last October, in the Swat Valley region of Pakistan, a Taliban gunman shot Yousafzai in the head and neck while she was riding a school bus. But the assassination attempt failed, and since then she has not stopped her campaign for all children to attend school.
    Original Air Date: October 11, 2013
  • Shields and Brooks on shutdown's effect for Republicans
    Syndicated columnist Mark Shields and New York Times columnist David Brooks join Judy Woodruff to discuss the week's top political news, including how Republicans and Democrats have fared in the "catastrophic" polls coming out of the shutdown, and whether or not a solution to the stalemate is in sight.
    Original Air Date: October 11, 2013
  • Malala hopes to earn prize of seeing ‘every child to go to school’
    Original Air Date: October 11, 2013
  • Obama 'receptive' to GOP framework for solving budget issues
    After a meeting at the White House, Senate Republicans began work on a bipartisan plan to temporarily lift the debt ceiling and fund the government, while House GOP members updated their proposal. Congressional correspondent Kwame Holman reports on the shutdown's toll on federal programs and poll numbers.
    Original Air Date: October 11, 2013
  • Will Peace Prize announcement affect Syria?
    Will their Nobel Peace Prize awarded to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons help further the cause of eliminating chemical weapons and pressure Syria to make good on its pledge? For more on the work of the OPCW, Ray Suarez speaks with Charles Duelfer, a former UN weapons inspector.
    Original Air Date: October 11, 2013
  • Malala says Nobel prize committee made "right decision."
    Malala tells PBS NewsHour Senior Correspondent Margaret Warner "If I get an award, if I get a paper, it does not matter, because when I look at the prayers of people and their support and how much they love me, I think that is the biggest prize that I have ever received."
    Original Air Date: October 11, 2013
  • Robert Reich: 'Inequality is bad for everyone'
    Economics correspondent Paul Solman talks to Robert Reich about "Inequality for All," a documentary about the former labor secretary's personal crusade to explain to Americans why everyone should care about the nation's growing economic disparity and divisiveness.
    Original Air Date: October 11, 2013
  • Malala Yousafzai on Future: 'I Want to Do Politics'
    Malala Yousafzai, a Pakistani schoolgirl who survived a Taliban assassination attempt a year ago and was nominated for this year's Nobel Peace Prize; Yousafzai answered a question from a member of PBS NewsHour's Student Reporting Labs in Hawaii about what the 16-year-old plans to do in the future.
    Original Air Date: October 11, 2013

Thursday, October 10, 2013

  • 'Depth of insight' distinguishes Nobel-laureate Munro
    Alice Munro, the newest Nobel laureate in literature, is admired around the world for her masterful writing and dedication to the short story form. Jeffrey Brown talks to Deborah Treisman of The New Yorker for insight on the Canadian author's work and what it was like to be her editor.
    Original Air Date: October 10, 2013
  • Will Obama's absence from APEC impact U.S. global interests?
    While leaders of Asian and Pacific nations held talks and signed trade deals, President Obama stayed home to resolve the shutdown. Judy Woodruff talks to Douglass Paal of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and former State Department official Kurt Campbell about how missing the forum may impact U.S. global interests.
    Original Air Date: October 10, 2013
  • Push for national census reveals scars of Bosnia's past
    The last official census in Bosnia was in 1991, when 4.4 million people lived there. But then a brutal war broke out, killing 100,000 people and driving away 2 million. Special correspondent Kira Kay reports on the need for and concerns over a new effort to take a national census.
    Original Air Date: October 10, 2013
  • Volume, software led to troubled launch of health exchanges
    Software bugs and system "bottlenecks" have plagued the new health insurance exchanges since their online launch. Will the site be able to handle the high volume of traffic? Ray Suarez talks to Craig Timberg of The Washington Post about the outlook for solving the site's problems.
    Original Air Date: October 10, 2013
  • How will shutdown stalemate shape negotiation in Congress?
    Is the political standoff that caused the government shutdown indicative of the future of negotiation on Capitol Hill? Judy Woodruff discusses factors that have contributed to the conflict Norman Ornstein of the American Enterprise Institute and former congressman Tom Davis of Deloitte & Touche.
    Original Air Date: October 10, 2013
  • House GOP pitches plan on debt limit amid pressure
    Republicans suggested a plan to increase the debt ceiling for the short-term if President Obama agrees to negotiate spending cuts as a way to end the shutdown. Congressional correspondent Kwame Holman reports on the latest warnings about the debt ceiling and Judy Woodruff gets an update from Margaret Talev of Bloomberg News.
    Original Air Date: October 10, 2013