Thursday, October 31, 2013

  • Boston Red Sox World Series win, a turnaround for team, town
    Just six months after bombings at the 2013 Boston Marathon ravaged Beantown, a World Series win gave the city something to celebrate. The Red Sox defeated the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 6 of the MLB championship Wednesday. Jeffrey Brown talks to Leigh Montville of SportsonEarth.com on the team's turnaround from worst to first.
    Original Air Date: October 31, 2013
  • Abe's legacy in foreign-policy in 'Lincoln and the World'
    Abraham Lincoln is usually remembered for his work on the Emancipation Proclamation, not for his contributions to U.S. foreign policy. Hari Sreenivasan talks to Kevin Peraino, author of "Lincoln in the World: The Making of a Statesman and the Dawn of American Power" about another side of Lincoln's presidency so often overlooked.
    Original Air Date: October 31, 2013
  • Sen. Susan Collins hopes moderates will return to the GOP
    Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, didn't agree with House Republican tactics during the government shutdown over budget disagreements but believes it's time to work towards a long-term fiscal plan. Judy Woodruff talks to Collins on what Republican priorities should be this session and the importance of moderate lawmakers in the GOP.
    Original Air Date: October 31, 2013
  • Lawmakers doubt if more military aid is solution to Iraq
    During his visit to Washington, Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki asked for more U.S. military aid to fight a resurgent al-Qaida threat in his nation. But U.S. lawmakers who oppose aid are concerned the unraveling of Iraqi security comes from Maliki's own failure to "govern in an inclusive fashion." Margaret Warner reports.
    Original Air Date: October 31, 2013
  • Destroying chemical arms production ability in Syria
    Destroying Syria's ability to produce and distribute chemical weapons has greatly reduced their capacity for damage. What lies ahead to complete the destruction process by 2014? Judy Woodruff talks to former U.N. weapons inspector Charles Duelfer for more on the chemical threat that remains in the volatile region.
    Original Air Date: October 31, 2013
  • Charles Randolph-Wright on 'Love in Afghanistan'
    Playwright Charles Randolph-Wright reflects on his new play, "Love in Afghanistan," during its world premier at the Arena Stage in Washington, D.C.
    Original Air Date: October 31, 2013
  • NSA use spying laws to tap into Yahoo, Google traffic
    Documents leaked by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden claim the NSA and its British counterpart tapped fiber-optic cables connected to Google and Yahoo data centers, gaining access to metadata from user accounts. Gwen Ifill talks to The Washington Post's Barton Gellman about the legality of the NSA alleged actions.
    Original Air Date: October 31, 2013

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

  • UN Forces partner with the Congolese army to push out rebels
    UN Forces partner with the Congolese army to push out rebels
    Original Air Date: October 30, 2013
  • Joint UN and Congolese forces push back rebels in the Easter
    Jon Sawyer of the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting covers the first joint military exercises between UN and Congolese forces. The effort was designed to push back the rebel group M23.
    Original Air Date: October 30, 2013
  • UN Peacekeepers travel treacherous roads in the DRC
    Jon Sawyer of the Pulitzer Center for Crisis reporting interviews UN peacekeeprs struggling to respond to violence in Eastern Congo.
    Original Air Date: October 30, 2013
  • Author Roger Rosenblatt investigates his Manhattan childhood
    Roger Rosenblatt thinks he perhaps pursued a life of words to express understanding of his own life experiences. In "The Boy Detective: A New York Childhood," he draws on recollections of growing up in Gramercy Park in order to craft his memoir. Judy Woodruff sits down with Rosenblatt to discuss the use of memory in his writing.
    Original Air Date: October 30, 2013
  • Will changing the sports culture reduce youth concussions?
    While pro football has begun to confront the consequences of concussions, a new report is putting the spotlight on younger athletes and the risk they face from repeated head injuries. Jeffrey Brown talks to Dr. Robert Graham of The George Washington University, former NFL player Fred McCrary and athletic trainer Tamara McLeod.
    Original Air Date: October 30, 2013
  • Budget committee begins to air differences on spending
    Since 2010, Congress has operated under continuing resolutions rather than one-term budgets. As part of the solution that ended the shutdown, a bipartisan committee has begun talks to negotiate political differences on funding. Judy Woodruff and NewsHour political editor Christina Bellantoni discuss prospects for compromise.
    Original Air Date: October 30, 2013
  • Sen. Mitch McConnell: health reform law can't work
    Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., believes the problems with the Affordable Care Act implementation extends beyond the website's technical troubles. Gwen Ifill sits down with Sen. McConnell to discuss his criticism of the ACA, his take on NSA spying allegations and which common causes unite the GOP factions.
    Original Air Date: October 30, 2013
  • Obama defends ACA benefits, confronts cancellation claims
    President Obama told a crowd in Boston that he is "not happy" about the rocky HealthCare.gov rollout, but assured Americans the site would be fixed as soon as possible. The president also touted the benefits of the ACA and disputed claims that health care reform has caused some insurance plans to be cancelled.
    Original Air Date: October 30, 2013
  • Sebelius apologizes over ACA launch 'debacle'
    Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius faced hours of questioning on Capitol Hill over the flawed ACA website launch. Sebelius accepted blame for the site's issues and apologized to Americans, saying: "You deserve better." Kwame Holman reports on the security and enrollment concerns voiced by lawmakers.
    Original Air Date: October 30, 2013
  • Obama says he takes "full responsibility" for fixing website
    Speaking from Faneuil Hall in Boston, Mass. on Wednesday, President Barack Obama says he takes "full responsibility for making sure [HealthCare.gov] gets fixed ASAP."The president's speech follows the morning's hearing where Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said that she's responsible for the "debacle" of technical problems that overwhelmed the government website.
    Original Air Date: October 30, 2013
  • Excerpt: McConnell is confident he'll win 2014 GOP primary
    Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell talks to PBS NewsHour co-anchor Gwen Ifill looking ahead to 2014 Republican primaries Kentucky Republican will face off with businessman Matt Bevin. If his prediction is correct and he prevails, McConnell will face Democratic Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes in the general election next fall.
    Original Air Date: October 30, 2013
  • Kathleen Sebelius apologizes for HealthCare.gov glitches
    Appearing before the House Energy and Commerce Committee Wednesday, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius apologized for the technical difficulties that Americans have experienced when attempting to purchase insurance off of federal exchanges via HealthCare.gov. House Republicans and Democrats questioned Sebelius for the first time since HealthCare.gov went live on Oct. 1
    Original Air Date: October 30, 2013
  • Bilingual rock-star Julieta Venegas 'feels' in Spanish
    Latin American singer-songwriter Julieta Venegas grew up in Tijuana, a Mexican city just across the border from the United States. Fluent in both Spanish and English, she chooses to write her own songs in Spanish because, she explained, her emotional life always occurred in Spanish. Art Beat met up with Venegas during her Los Momentos tour.
    Original Air Date: October 30, 2013

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

  • Lawmakers remember ex-speaker Tom Foley
    Former speaker Tom Foley died at the age of 84, after spending more than 30 years as a member of the House of Representatives. Here are excerpts from his memorial at the Capitol, where leaders and lawmakers from both sides of the aisle lauded his decency and service.
    Original Air Date: October 29, 2013
  • Poet Billy Collins on humor, authenticity and 'Aimless Love'
    "I knew that poets seemed to be miserable," says writer Billy Collins about his younger self, yearning to fit in. While he admits he "faked a miserable character" at the start of his career, he's since embraced his sense of humor. Jeffrey Brown talks to Collins about his new collection, "Aimless Love: New and Selected Poems."
    Original Air Date: October 29, 2013
  • Will polio outbreak inspire international action for Syria?
    Ten cases of polio have been confirmed in Syria -- the first appearance of the disease in the country since 1999. Gwen Ifill speaks with Joel Charny of InterAction on how the outbreak adds to the challenge of the humanitarian crisis and how the ongoing war has caused the destruction of the nation's medical infrastructure.
    Original Air Date: October 29, 2013
  • What the lowlands can teach about warding off high water
    Superstorm Sandy showed U.S. coastal cities the damage water can do -- a threat the Dutch have lived with for centuries. Their system of dams and dikes, locks and levees is keeping the Netherlands safe in a world with rising seas. Miles O'Brien reports on what Americans can learn from the Dutch model of flood management.
    Original Air Date: October 29, 2013
  • Rep. Sensenbrenner: President 'ought to draw a line' for NSA
    A bipartisan group of lawmakers are calling for an end to most of the NSA's phone and email surveillance. Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner, R-Wis., says he believes the president "ought to draw a line" that NSA shouldn't cross. He joins Judy Woodruff to discuss why he believes there should be reform of the scope of U.S. spying programs.
    Original Air Date: October 29, 2013
  • Congress grills Medicare head on health care site problems
    Medicare chief Marilyn Tavenner faced questions on Capitol Hill about the rocky rollout of HealthCare.gov and the administration's proposed timeline for fixes. Kwame Holman reports. Jonathan Gruber of MIT and industry consultant Robert Laszewski join Gwen Ifill for more on Americans whose insurance policies are being canceled.
    Original Air Date: October 29, 2013
  • Will Beach Nourishment Save Coney Island?
    Coney Island reopened after Hurricane Sandy wiped out the beach amusement park. Its new roller coaster Cyclone towers over a beach nourishment project, where dredges pull up sand from the ocean floor and pump it back onto the shore. This has been a Coney Island tradition since the 1920s, but is it enough to save the beach?
    Original Air Date: October 29, 2013
  • New York Plans for Resilience
    The storm surge from Hurricane Sandy wiped out power and businesses in New York, some of which took weeks to come back online. Now power and telephone companies have bounced back and are taking precautions for the next big storm.
    Original Air Date: October 29, 2013

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