Wednesday, October 3, 2012

  • New Scan Improves Diagnosing Genetic Diseases in Newborns
    A new strategy helps doctors cut the diagnosis time for genetic diseases in infants from weeks to days, greatly increasing the chances of being able to offer sick babies some kind of treatment. Margaret Warner talks to Dr. Stephen Kingsmore who led the research team at Children's Mercy Hospitals in Kansas City.
    Original Air Date: October 3, 2012
  • Kaiser Health Question #5
    "How much does Medicaid cost taxpayers every year? What percentage of the national budget is this taking up?"
    Original Air Date: October 3, 2012
    October 3, 2012
  • Kaiser Health Question #3
    "Is Congress funding the implementation of the Affordable Care Act?"
    Original Air Date: October 3, 2012
    October 3, 2012
  • Kaiser Health Question #4
    The reimbursement doctors receive for a procedure through Medicaid is usually much less than they would get from a typical insurance plan. After Medicaid expansion through Affordable Care Act, will doctors continue to accept Medicaid patients? How are these newly insured people going to get coverage?
    Original Air Date: October 3, 2012
    October 3, 2012
  • Kaiser Health Question #2
    "Paul Ryan and other Republicans say Medicaid, as it exists, doesn't provide good care for those who receive it. What are the two opposing arguments?"
    Original Air Date: October 3, 2012
    October 3, 2012
  • In Battleground Iowa, Early Voting Turnout Is Key
    According to one poll, less than 2 percent of Iowa voters are still undecided. In that state, the candidates have made 30 campaign visits and have barraged the air waves with ads. Hari Sreenivasan reports on how both campaigns are hoping that early voting, now begun, will improve overall turnout and give them a winning edge.
    Original Air Date: October 3, 2012
  • Kaiser Health Question #1
    "What is the central issue with Medicaid?"
    Original Air Date: October 3, 2012
    October 3, 2012
  • Vatican Tries to Distance Itself from Scandal
    Did the Pope's former butler act alone? And how has the Vatican reacted to the news that someone so close to the Pope stole documents? Jeffrey Brown talks to Reuters' Vatican reporter Naomi O'Leary about motivations and fallout surrounding the case.
    Original Air Date: October 3, 2012
  • American Airlines: Loose Seats, Smoky Cabins, Labor Disputes
    Amid long-running contract struggles with its 7,500 active pilots, American Airlines, the third largest passenger airline, has delayed or cancelled hundreds of flights in the last few weeks. Gwen Ifill talks to USA Today's Ben Mutzabaugh for more on the company's bankruptcy woes, toxic labor relations and maintenance concerns.
    Original Air Date: October 3, 2012
  • Mitt Romney and President Obama to Square Off in Debate
    NewsHour's Jim Lehrer will moderate what will be the first of three official debates between the two presidential candidates going into the 2012 elections. Judy Woodruff gets pre-debate analysis from NewsHour's political analysts Mark Shields and David Brooks on what to expect.
    Original Air Date: October 3, 2012
  • Political Checklist--Debate Edition
    NewsHour political editor Christina Bellantoni chats with political correspondents Judy Woodruff and Gwen Ifill about what they expect to see in the first presidential debate set for tonight in Colorado.
    Original Air Date: October 3, 2012
  • Historian Michael Beschloss Talks About Presidential Debates
    Presidential historian Michael Beschloss talks about why presidential debates have become so important to the election process. His comments are excerpted from the enhanced e-book "Debating Our Destiny," published by MacNeil/Lehrer Productions
    Original Air Date: October 3, 2012
  • Richard Norton Smith on Debate "style vs. substance"
    Presidential historian Richard Norton Smith thinks "style vs. substance" is the wrong way to look at winners and losers in presidential debates. His comments are excerpted from the enhanced e-book "Debating Our Destiny," published by MacNeil/Lehrer Productions.
    Original Air Date: October 3, 2012
  • Gwen Ifill on Why the 2012 Debates Matter
    PBS NewsHour correspondent Gwen Ifill talks about why presidential and vice presidential debates matter, particularly in the 2012 election climate. Her comments are excerpted from the enhanced e-book "Debating Our Destiny," published by MacNeil/Lehrer Productions.
    Original Air Date: October 3, 2012

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

  • Map Center: What It Takes To Win North Carolina
    Hari Sreenivasan and Christina Bellantoni look at the state of the presidential race in North Carolina, using the Map Center to analyze unemployment numbers and previous election results.
    Original Air Date: October 2, 2012
  • Among Some 2012 MacArthur Fellows, a Focus on Looking at War
    The MacArthur Foundation announced 23 'genius grant' award-winners for 2012, including a mandolinist, an astronomer and an economist. Judy Woodruff profiles An-My Le, a photographer, Laura Poitras, a documentary filmmaker, and David Finkel, a journalist, all of whom have created work about war.
    Original Air Date: October 2, 2012
  • Storms, Starfish Wiped out Half of Great Barrier Reef Coral
    A new study finds that in the last 27 years, half of Australia's Great Barrier Reef coral has died. Gwen Ifill talks to Nancy Knowlton, a coral reef biologist and chair of Marine Science at the Smithsonian Institution, about ecological and economical consequences of the collapse, as well as measures to help mediate the decline.
    Original Air Date: October 2, 2012
  • FBI Investigation Continues on Benghazi Attacks
    After officially announcing that terrorists were responsible for attacks on a U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, the U.S. intelligence community is pursuing alleged suspects. Margaret Warner talks to The Wall Street Journal's Siobhan Gordon and Greg Miller of the Washington Post for more on the state of security in Libya.
    Original Air Date: October 2, 2012
  • Spanish-Language Election Ad Spending Eight Times Higher
    Judy Woodruff talks to NPR's Greg Allen, who traveled to Raleigh, N.C., to explore how the presidential candidates are spending campaign funds to target Latinos, voters who are generally younger and hard hit by the economic downturn. But some political messages, like on health care reform, may be mismatched to their audience.
    Original Air Date: October 2, 2012
  • North Carolina Up for Grabs as Voter Enthusiasm Wanes
    In 2008, North Carolina went blue for the first time since 1976, in large part due to a high turnout of African-American voters. But with enthusiasm ebbing over the down economy and unmet expectations among key voting blocs, turnout may be too unpredictable to know which way the state will swing in 2012. Jeffrey Brown reports.
    Original Air Date: October 2, 2012
  • News Wrap: New York Files Lawsuit Against JPMorgan Chase
    In other news Tuesday, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman filed a major mortgage lawsuit against JPMorgan Chase, claiming that former rival Bear Stearns -- which JPMorgan bought in 2008 -- misled the investors who bought and lost sub-prime mortgage loan securities in 2006 and 2007 after the company collapsed.
    Original Air Date: October 2, 2012
  • Pa. Judge Rules Voter ID Law Effective Year After Election
    A Pennsylvania judge blocked a law that will require voters to show government ID at the polls from taking effect until after the 2012 elections. Ray Suarez asks Republican Pa. state representative Daryl Metcalfe and Judith Browne Dianis of Advancement Project if the law addresses voter fraud or merely disenfranchises voters.
    Original Air Date: October 2, 2012
  • Jeff Brown Visits Battleground North Carolina
    PBS NewsHour political editor Christina Bellantoni chats with NewsHour senior correspondent Jeff Brown about his recent trip to North Carolina, one of about 10 battleground states in this year's presidential election.
    Original Air Date: October 2, 2012

Monday, October 1, 2012

  • Transforming Women's Lives from 'Weapons of War'
    New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof says in some global conflicts men have turned "women's bodies into weapons of war." Jeffrey Brown talks to Kristof and his wife and "Half the Sky" co-author Sheryl WuDunn about violence and survival in the new PBS documentary based on their book.
    Original Air Date: October 1, 2012
  • The Political Changes that Transformed the American Dream
    For Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Hedrick Smith, the American Dream depends upon the prosperity of middle class. Ray Suarez talks to Smith about his latest book, "Who Stole the American Dream?" for more on what needs to change to restore the American Dream, economically, politically and culturally.
    Original Air Date: October 1, 2012
  • What's at Stake in the Candidates' Visions for Medicaid
    The firestorm over how to make Medicare more sustainable has consumed the health care debate this election season, but Medicaid, its counterpart for low-income, disabled and elderly Americans, actually covers more people. Hari Sreenivasan looks at how the candidates' two drastically different proposals offer reform.
    Original Air Date: October 1, 2012
  • Candidates Fine-Tune Their Messages Before First Debate
    Days before the first 2012 presidential debate, Mitt Romney and President Obama work to craft their messages on the economy, health care, the role of government and governing. Judy Woodruff talks to the Rothenberg Political Report's Stu Rothenberg and Susan Page of USA Today for more on the candidates' preparations.
    Original Air Date: October 1, 2012
  • New Session of Supreme Court Expects Cases on Hot Issues
    The U.S. Supreme Court begins its fall session and is expected to review cases on hot issues including same-sex marriage, voting rights and affirmative action. Jeffrey Brown talks to The National Law Journal's Marcia Coyle for more on the important cases and the impact of the Supreme Court's potential rulings.
    Original Air Date: October 1, 2012

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