Friday, March 7, 2014

  • Two books General Dempsey is reading
    Army Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joints Chiefs of Staff, isn’t reading much fiction these days. Instead, he said he’s been immersed in two nonfiction works: “The End of Power” by Moises Naim and “Present Shock” by Douglas Rushkoff.
    Original Air Date: March 7, 2014
  • Dempsey: Military deserves ‘scrutiny’ on sexual assaults
    Even though a bill changing the way the military would handle sexual assault cases failed in the Senate, it showed a lack of confidence in the military to solve the problem, as the president directed, said Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey on Friday. His comments came in an interview with PBS NewsHour co-anchor Judy Woodruff, airing Friday.
    Original Air Date: March 7, 2014
  • Dempsey: U.S. seeks diplomatic resolution to Ukraine crisis
    Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joints Chiefs of Staff, said Friday the U.S. is pushing “aggressively” for a diplomatic resolution to the Ukrainian Crimea tug-of-war with Russia and that he’s been in touch with his Russian counterpart daily. He spoke to PBS NewsHour correspondent Judy Woodruff in an interview airing on Friday’s broadcast.
    Original Air Date: March 7, 2014

Thursday, March 6, 2014

  • Three promising approaches raise hope for fighting AIDS
    News of three promising approaches raised hope at an AIDS conference this week: the prevention of HIV infections in monkeys through intravenous injections; the second successful treatment of a baby born with HIV; and a study showing the safety of genetically altering cells to prevent infection. Jeffrey Brown turns to Dr. Anthony Fauci of the National Institutes of Health for the latest.
    Original Air Date: March 6, 2014
  • What's the big deal about official economic data?
    The monthly jobs report is big news on the first Friday of every month, swaying the financial markets and prompting immediate analysis. But should these numbers matter so much? A new book, “The Leading Indicators,” argues we overvalue data like the GDP and inflation. Economics correspondent Paul Solman talks to author and analyst Zachary Karabell.
    Original Air Date: March 6, 2014
  • Finding the right words in ‘A Breast Cancer Alphabet’
    “B” is for breast. “I” is for indignity. “K” is for kindness. In “A Breast Cancer Alphabet,” NPR’s Madhulika Sikka has written a candid guide for patients, friends and caregivers to prepare and cope with that disease. She joins Judy Woodruff to share lessons drawn from her own experience.
    Original Air Date: March 6, 2014
  • Power: Russia faces "political and economic isolation"
    UN ambassador Samantha Power points to the hope of greater economic ties as a critical leverage point for the United States in persuading Russia "pull back from the brink." She joins Gwen fill to discuss the new sanctions announced by President Obama against Russia and best routes to deescalate the conflict.
    Original Air Date: March 6, 2014
  • Is Alzheimer’s even more deadly than we thought?
    A new study in the journal Neurology finds Alzheimer’s may account for many more deaths than we previously realized. While the CDC ranks the disease as the sixth-leading killer in the U.S., the new study puts the annual death toll at around half-a-million, pushing it up to the third leading cause of death. Hari Sreenivasan learns more from Dr. Bryan James of Rush University Medical Center.
    Original Air Date: March 6, 2014
    A woman, suffering from Alzheimer's desease, walks in a corridor on March 18, 2011 in a retirement house in Angervilliers, eastern France. AFP PHOTO / SEBASTIEN BOZON (Photo credit should read SEBASTIEN BOZON/AFP/Getty Images)
  • Online Extra: John Banville on 'The Black-Eyed Blond'
    John Banville, known as Benjamin Black, on his new Philip Marlowe crime novel, "The Black-Eyed Blond." For more Arts: pbs.org/newshour/topic/arts/
    Original Air Date: March 6, 2014
  • John Banville reads 'The Black-Eyed Blond'
    John Banville reads the beginning of the new Philip Marlowe novel, "The Black-Eyed Blond." For more Arts: pbs.org/newshour/topic/arts/
    Original Air Date: March 6, 2014
  • Obama: Crimea referendum would violate international law
    President Barack Obama made remarks Thursday, saying that the proposed referendum that would allow Crimea to vote whether to become part of Russia would
    Original Air Date: March 6, 2014

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

  • Coal producer to pay hundreds of millions for pollution
    In the largest fine ever for water pollution permit violations, Alpha Natural Resources, one of the largest coal producers in the nation, agreed to pay $27 million in fines and spend another $200 million to clean up its toxic discharges in five Appalachian states. Gwen Ifill talks to Dina Cappiello of The Associated Press to discuss the EPA settlement.
    Original Air Date: March 5, 2014
  • Examining dangers for journalists around the world
    Egypt’s arrest and trial of three Al-Jazeera journalists, charged with assisting the Muslim Brotherhood, has prompted outcry around the world. The case helps highlight growing dangers to journalists worldwide, especially in countries caught in war or turmoil. In all, 119 members of the press died while on assignment in 2013.
    Original Air Date: March 5, 2014
  • Fishing for data in the radioactive waters off Fukushima
    With help from fisherman and citizen scientists, researchers in Japan and the U.S. are tracking the nucleotides in the ocean creatures who swim in the plume of water tainted with radiation from Fukushima. Their research is part of a long-term effort to figure out when — if ever — certain fish will be safe to eat. Science correspondent Miles O’Brien reports.
    Original Air Date: March 5, 2014
  • Will the new SAT overhaul be A) propitious?
    The College Board announced a partial overhaul of the SAT, slated to take effect in the spring of 2016, which will eliminate the mandatory essay, revert to a top score of 1600 and create new fee waivers for lower-income students, among other changes. Judy Woodruff turns to special correspondent for education John Merrow to examine the measures and what they mean for students.
    Original Air Date: March 5, 2014
  • The phytoplankton that brought Earth to life
    Without the "billion billion billion" Prochlorococcus, a plant-like bacteria in the ocean, Earth would not have the oxygen we breathe today. But the more scientists study about these diverse organisms, the less they know, says Penny Chisholm, an oceanographer at MIT.
    Original Air Date: March 5, 2014
  • Poems from Pongo's troubled teens
    Two students at the Pongo Writing Project, a poetry program that has been working with troubled teens for nearly two decades, read their poems at the New Horizons homeless center in Seattle. Students of a poetry program that works with troubled teens read their work.
    Original Air Date: March 19, 2014

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

  • Seeking tech ‘genius’ among disadvantaged teens
    In Oakland, not far from Silicon Valley, a small group of teenagers are glued to their computer screens, learning a new language. The Hidden Genius Project is a small non-profit that’s working to teach computer coding to young African-American men and bring them into the high tech sector -- one of the few parts of the economy that’s booming and aching for diversity. Aarti Shahani of KQED reports.
    Original Air Date: March 4, 2014
  • New study links pre-existing risks to rise in Army suicides
    Roughly 18 out of every 1,000 Army soldiers commit suicide every year, while many more attempt or consider killing themselves. A new study on the rise in suicides found that 1 in 10 soldiers could be diagnosed for an anger impulse control disorder. Jeffrey Brown talked to Dr. Ronald Kessler of Harvard Medical School about how pre-existing mental illness may make soldiers more vulnerable.
    Original Air Date: March 4, 2014

Monday, March 3, 2014

  • How should U.S. respond to Moscow's military move in Crimea?
    How damaging is Russia’s recent activity in Crimea to Russia’s long-term relationship with the West? Is the current tension adding momentum toward “a new Cold War divide”? Gwen Ifill gets two views from Stephen Cohen of New York University and Michael McFaul, former U.S. ambassador to Russia on the build up to Russia sending troops into Ukraine and how the U.S. should react.
    Original Air Date: March 3, 2014
  • U.S. ‘prepared to facilitate’ talks with Ukraine
    Russia has effectively taken control of the Crimean region in Ukraine, despite efforts by the international community to isolate Russia with condemnation and economic penalties if it doesn’t back down. Judy Woodruff talks to Deputy National Security Adviser Tony Blinken about how the U.S. is mobilizing international support to persuade Russia to change course.
    Original Air Date: March 3, 2014
  • Low-income students combat stress with mindfulness
    At Cesar Chavez Academy in East Palo Alto, Calif., 7th graders are learning yoga as a way to cope with the stress of life in a community rife with homelessness, shootings and gang war trauma. By teaching these children to pay close attention to their breathing and movements, Stanford University researchers are hoping they will focus better in school and beyond. Jeffrey Brown reports.
    Original Air Date: March 3, 2014
  • Previewing the governor’s race in Texas
    If the leading candidates win their primaries, Republican Gregg Abbott will be pitted against Democrat Wendy Davis in a big-money, high-profile battle for Texas governor. Judy Woodruff talks to Wayne Slater of the Dallas Morning News about what could be Texas’ most competitive gubernatorial battle in years.
    Original Air Date: March 3, 2014
  • Obama: Facts on the ground in Crimea are deeply troubling
    Amid his meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, President Barack Obama made several remarks on the ongoing crisis in Ukraine, calling Russia's advances in Crimea a violation of international law and Ukrainian sovereignty. Mr. Obama added: "My interest is seeing the Ukrainian people being able to determine their own destiny."
    Original Air Date: March 3, 2014

Sunday, March 2, 2014

  • Ukrainians brace for conflict as prospect of war looms
    Tension continued to build in Ukraine on Sunday as the government prepared for the possibility of war, putting the country’s military on high alert. Hari Sreenivasan speaks with Wall Street Journal reporter Paul Sonne from Crimea’s capital city of Simferopol about the mood on the ground.
    Original Air Date: March 2, 2014
  • As tensions build, U.S. has ‘zero options’ in Ukraine
    As tension between the United States and Russia escalates, and Secretary of State John Kerry announced plans to visit Kiev on Tuesday, analysts are looking to history for clues for what may happen next. Stephen Cohen, professor emeritus of Russian Studies at New York University and of politics at Princeton University joins Hari Sreenivasan for more.
    Original Air Date: March 2, 2014
    Map of Russia, Ukraine, Georgia, NewsHour Weekend
  • Obama, Netanyahu to discuss Iran nuclear program in talks
    What issues will President Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu address in their upcoming talks in Washington? Jay Solomon, foreign affairs correspondent for The Wall Street Journal, explains the meeting will likely focus on Iran’s nuclear program and a framework for continuing the Middle East peace process.
    Original Air Date: March 2, 2014
  • Spiderman stages a special performance for autistic fans
    On the set of “Spiderman: Turn Off the Dark,” producers and actors work with specialists to tailor their performance for an audience that includes autistic children. The team works to make the show as close to the original performance as possible, while accounting for kids who are sensitive to jarring lights and sounds.
    Original Air Date: March 2, 2014
    Spiderman play for special needs audience

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