Monday, May 16, 2011

  • 'Life on Mars' Author Explores Humans' Relationship With the Universe
    "Life on Mars," Tracy K. Smith's third book, explores the cosmos through words. The Princeton creative writing professor and poet reflects on the relationship between our lives and the universe at her Brooklyn home.
    Original Air Date: May 16, 2011
  • 'Freedom Riders' Reenacts Historic Bus Trip Across South
    The documentary "Freedom Riders," which revisits a group of young men and women who boarded commercial buses headed for the Deep South during the Civil Rights Movement, airs Monday on "American Experience." Judy Woodruff reports.
    Original Air Date: May 16, 2011
  • How Will IMF Turmoil Affect Global Markets?
    IMF Chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn was denied bail after a New York City hotel maid accused him of sexual assault. Gwen Ifill examines the potential fallout.
    Original Air Date: May 16, 2011
  • How Does the U.S. Debt Ceiling Work and Why Does it Matter?
    The United States government hit the legal limit for the amount of money it can borrow Monday, but Treasury officials say they can take other measures to pay the bills. Ray Suarez discusses questions about how the debt ceiling works and the ongoing political debate with The New York Times' Binyamin Applebaum.
    Original Air Date: May 16, 2011
  • IMF Chief Strauss-Kahn Denied $1 Million Bail Over Sexual Assault Charge
    In New York, Judge Melissa Jackson denied IMF Chief Strauss-Kahn's request of $1 million bail Monday, calling him a flight risk. Strauss-Kahn was arrested Saturday night after a 32-year-old chambermaid accused him of sexually assaulting her at a New York hotel where he was staying. Gwen Ifill reports.
    Original Air Date: May 16, 2011
  • Morganza Spillway Reduces Pressure on Cities' Levees; Towns Brace for Water
    On Saturday, the Army Corps of Engineers opened the floodgates of the Morganza Spillway on the Mississippi River to reduce pressure on the levees that protect Baton Rouge and New Orleans. A number of smaller towns are now having to deal with the possibility of devastating flooding. Correspondent Tom Bearden reports.
    Original Air Date: May 16, 2011
  • Student Freedom Riders Discuss Civil Rights Movement
    Participants in American Experience's Student Freedom Rides discuss their participation and the legacy of the Freedom Rides of 50 years ago.
    Original Air Date: May 16, 2011
  • Tracy K. Smith Reads From 'Life of Mars'
    Tracy K. Smith is the author of three collections of poetry: "Life on Mars" (Graywolf Press, 2011); "Duende" (Graywolf, 2007); and "The Body's Question" (Graywolf, 2003), winner of the 2002 Cave Canem Poetry Prize. A recipient of a 2004 Rona Jaffe Writers Award and a 2005 Whiting Writer's Prize, Smith is an assistant professor of creative writing at Princeton University.
    Original Air Date: May 16, 2011
  • Weekly Poem: From 'My God, It's Full of Stars' by Tracy K. Smith
    Tracy K. Smith is the author of three collections of poetry: "Life on Mars" (Graywolf Press, 2011); Duende (Graywolf, 2007); and "The Body's Question" (Graywolf, 2003), winner of the 2002 Cave Canem Poetry Prize. A recipient of a 2004 Rona Jaffe Writers Award and a 2005 Whiting Writer's Prize, Smith is an assistant professor of creative writing at Princeton University.
    Original Air Date: May 16, 2011
  • Amid Flooding Threat in Louisiana, Not All Obeying Evacuation Order
    NewsHour correspondent Tom Bearden reports from Krotz Springs, La., where the Mississippi River threatens to inundate local homes and businesses, but not everyone is heeding the call to evacuate the area. Tune in to Monday's NewsHour for Bearden's full report on the threat of flooding.
    Original Air Date: May 16, 2011
  • Political Checklist: We've Hit the Debt Ceiling, Now What?
    In this week's edition of the Political Checklist, Gwen Ifill and David Chalian examine why, if the nation has hit its limit for borrowing, has their not been outcry from the markets or the political system? Gwen suggests that Wall Street knows that Congress is known for making politics out of the debt ceiling increase, but always raises the limit before it is too late.
    Original Air Date: May 16, 2011
  • Freedom Riders Discuss 50th Anniversary of Protest Movement
    Freedom Riders Joan Mulholland and Helen Singleton talk about the 50th anniversary of the Freedom Rides and the legacy of the Civil Rights movement.
    Original Air Date: May 16, 2011
  • Final Launch of Space Shuttle Endeavour
    At 8:56 A.M. EDT Space Shuttle Endeavour lifted off from Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canavral, Florida
    Original Air Date: May 16, 2011

Saturday, May 14, 2011

  • Morganza Spillway Is Opened on Mississippi River
    Authorities decided to open the Morganza spillway Saturday as flooding on the Mississippi River continues to hit historic levels.
    Original Air Date: May 14, 2011

Friday, May 13, 2011

  • Robert MacNeil on Jim Lehrer's 'Stealth' Exit
    Jim Lehrer announced Thursday that he is taking another step toward ending his 36 years of anchoring or co-anchoring out daily public television news broadcast. Long-time colleague and friend, Robert MacNeil offers this reflection.
    Original Air Date: May 13, 2011
  • Shields and Gerson on Immigration Reform, Gingrich's 2012 Bid
    Syndicated columnist Mark Shields and Washington Post columnist Michael Gerson discuss top political news, including the realities of immigration reform and the shape of the 2012 GOP presidential field.
    Original Air Date: May 13, 2011
  • Tracking Inflation: How Fast Are Prices Rising?
    As part of his continuing coverage of Making Sense of financial news, Paul Solman reports on the growing rate of inflation and how Americans are dealing with the extra costs. According to the government's latest figures, prices made the biggest jump in any 12-month period since October 2008.
    Original Air Date: May 13, 2011
  • Napolitano: 'Heightened State of Alert' Continues After Bin Laden's Death
    In a newsmaker interview with Judy Woodruff on Friday, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano discusses what impact the death of Osama bin Laden will have on security in the U.S.
    Original Air Date: May 13, 2011
  • Security Presence in Bahrain Squashes Embers of Uprising
    Ray Suarez gets an update form Margaret Warner, who is reporting in the Bahraini capital, Manama.
    Original Air Date: May 13, 2011
  • From Syria to Yemen, Uprisings Continue to Rattle Arab World
    Uprisings continued to shake the Arab world on Friday as thousands of people took to the streets to demand that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad step down. Ray Suarez reports.
    Original Air Date: May 13, 2011
  • Jim Lehrer: A Look Back at a Career in Journalism
    Jim Lehrer has announced that he is taking another step toward ending his 36 years of anchoring or co-anchoring our daily public television news broadcast. Lehrer said, effective June 6, he will no longer be part of the regular daily anchor rotation team, but he will still appear on many Friday evenings to moderate the weekly analysis of Shields and Brooks. We look back on his career.
    Original Air Date: May 13, 2011

Thursday, May 12, 2011

  • U.S. Official: 'Positive Developments' in Bahrain
    Assistant Secretary of State Jeffrey Feltman said Bahrain's lifting of its state of emergency is a "positive development," but the country still needs a dialogue to achieve real reform.
    Original Air Date: May 12, 2011
  • Bahraini Official: 'No More Military' on Streets
    Shaikh Abdul Aziz al-Khalifa of Bahrain's Information Ministry tells Margaret Warner that once the state of emergency is lifted there will be no more military on the streets.
    Original Air Date: May 12, 2011
  • 'Wizard of Lies' Author Details Madoff's Fall Into Massive Financial Fraud
    In the new book, "The Wizard of Lies," New York Times' Diana Henriques chronicles the massive Wall Street Ponzi scheme of the '90s led by Bernie Madoff. Jeffrey Brown talks to Henriques about her reporting.
    Original Air Date: May 12, 2011
  • Pakistan Mircolending Program Looks to Aid Women in Poverty
    A Pakistani program that gives small loans to needy woman is making a difference for those in poverty. Special correspondent Fred de Sam Lazaro reports on the program that focuses on women. It's part of a partnership with the Undertold Stories Project at St. Mary's University in Minnesota.
    Original Air Date: May 12, 2011
  • Tax Breaks for Oil Companies: Good for Business or Unfair Advantage?
    Lawmakers targeted the oil industry's tax breaks and profits in budget debates Thursday. Judy Woodruff discusses the debate over tax breaks for oil production and other rules with The Energy Program at Public Citizen's Tyson Slocum and The American Petroleum Institute's Brian Johnson.
    Original Air Date: May 12, 2011
  • McConnell Optimistic on Spending Deal That Will 'Astonish the American People'
    In a newsmaker interview with Jim Lehrer on Thursday, Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell discusses what's next for budget talks and other spending issues.
    Original Air Date: May 12, 2011
  • Obama, Congress Work on Recipe to Reduce National Debt
    President Obama met with top lawmakers again Thursday, to continue working on a deal to reduce the nation's deficit. Ray Suarez reports on the battle lines being drawn by both parties, from spending cuts to new taxes.
    Original Air Date: May 12, 2011

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