Friday, February 17, 2012

  • Are Chinese Business Partnerships Good for U.S. Companies?
    A joint venture called Oriental DreamWorks launched Friday as Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping wrapped up a U.S. tour. Jeffrey Brown discusses the benefits and drawbacks of U.S.-China business partnerships with the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations' Stephen Orlins and University of California, Irvine's Peter Navarro.
    Original Air Date: February 17, 2012
  • Conversation: Harry Weinger, VP of Universal Music
    Jeffery Brown talks to Harry Weinger, vice president of Universal Music Enterprises, who is the producer of several deluxe editions of Marvin Gaye's classic LPs, including "What's Going On." He tells the back story about why the song was first recorded.
    Original Air Date: February 17, 2012
  • Conversation: John Legend
    Jeffrey Brown recently had a chance to sit down with John Legend as the singer-songwriter helped the Kennedy Center launch "What's Going On...Now," a national arts, education and digital media campaign. The effort is intended to engage youth while marking the 40th anniversary of Marvin Gaye's album of the same name and his 1972 performance at the Kennedy Center during its inaugural year.
    Original Air Date: February 17, 2012
    February 17, 2012

Thursday, February 16, 2012

  • Why Not Everyone Supports Black History Month
    Black History Month originated in 1925 when the second week of February was made Negro History Week since it contained the birthdays of abolitionist Frederick Douglass and President Abraham Lincoln. Hari Sreenivasan reports on how some African-Americans now oppose the idea of dedicating a special month to black history.
    Original Air Date: February 16, 2012
  • Internet Voting: Will Democracy or Hackers Win?
    While it seems like everything can be done online these days, that's not actually the case when it comes to elections. Science correspondent Miles O'Brien explores the security, logistical and secrecy challenges of Internet voting.
    Original Air Date: February 16, 2012
  • Examining the Romney Campaign's Use of Twitter
    Social media have had a big impact on politics this election season, influencing which issues reach the forefront and affecting how campaigns act and react. A regular new NewsHour segment will track political issues as they play out online, featuring journalists Lauren Ashburn and Howard Kurtz of the new website, Daily Download.
    Original Air Date: February 16, 2012
  • Pelosi Outlines Democrats' Campaign Vision
    House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi told Judy Woodruff in an interview Thursday that the deal forged on Capitol Hill to extend a payroll tax cut and continue unemployment insurance benefits will create jobs and help the economy. Pelosi also discussed upcoming legislation in the House, campaign finance and the 2012 elections.
    Original Air Date: February 16, 2012
  • Would U.S. or Others Lead Effort to Topple Syrian Regime?
    The United Nations issued a non-binding resolution Thursday calling for Syria's President Bashar al-Assad to step down after Russia and China vetoed an earlier Security Council measure. Ray Suarez discusses diplomatic options over Syria with The Wall Street Journal's Joe Lauria and Hisham Melhem of the Al Arabiya News Network.
    Original Air Date: February 16, 2012
  • Plumpy'nut: The Peanut Paste That Could Save Millions
    Ray Suarez talks with Isabelle Lescanne, general manager of Nutriset. The French company produces Plumpy'nut, the nutritionally fortified peanut paste that has been saving many from starvation in recent years.
    Original Air Date: February 16, 2012
  • Preview: Rep. Pelosi on Payroll Tax Cut Agreement
    In this excerpt of a newsmaker interview, Judy Woodruff talks with House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi on the agreement forged in Congress to extend the payroll tax cut.
    Original Air Date: February 16, 2012

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

  • What's Causing a Shortage of Pediatric Cancer Drugs?
    While more than 250 drugs were declared in short supply in the U.S. this past year, the latest worries centered on one called Methotrexate, considered essential for children battling leukemia. Ray Suarez discusses the problem and latest developments with Dr. Peter Adamson of The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.
    Original Air Date: February 15, 2012
  • Tunisia Attempts Painful Transition to Democracy
    One year after the revolution that sparked the Arab Spring, Tunisia faces ongoing economic and political struggles as it attempts a painful transition to democracy. Jessie Deeter reports, as part of a collaboration with the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting.
    Original Air Date: February 15, 2012
  • Surveying the Safety, Wisdom of New Nuclear Reactors in Ga.
    A construction site in Georgia is slated to house the nation's first new commercial nuclear reactors in decades. Jeffrey Brown discusses the controversial Plant Vogtle facility and the state of American nuclear power with Stephen Smith of the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy and the Nuclear Energy Institute's Tony Pietrangelo.
    Original Air Date: February 15, 2012
  • In Michigan, Romney 'Is Going to Have to Fight for His Life'
    Several national polls now show GOP hopeful Rick Santorum in a new dead heat with longtime front-runner Mitt Romney. Gwen Ifill discusses Santorum's rise and efforts to win Michigan's Feb. 28 primary with The Washington Post's Dan Balz and Bill Ballenger of the Inside Michigan Politics newsletter.
    Original Air Date: February 15, 2012
  • From Overcrowding to Corruption, Examining Honduran Prisons
    A fast-moving blaze engulfed a Honduras prison Tuesday night, killing more than 272 people. Margaret Warner discusses the details of the fire and a prison system notorious for overcrowding and violence with The Wall Street Journal's Nicholas Casey, reporting from Mexico City.
    Original Air Date: February 15, 2012
  • How Do Italians Feel About the Need for Change?
    Italian author and journalist Beppe Severgnini says Italians have changed more in the past six months than the last 15 years in light of the Eurozone crisis.
    Original Air Date: February 15, 2012
  • How Did Italy Get in This Mess?
    Italian author and journalist Beppe Severgnini said in order for Italians to have a solid European system of health care and social security, it's necessary to pay European taxes and "have a sort of control over funny money."
    Original Air Date: February 15, 2012

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

  • Poet Explores Differences in Species' 'Romantic Moments'
    In honor of Valentine's Day, poet Tony Hoagland reads "Romantic Moment" -- a poem about a man and woman who have just watched a nature documentary on a date, and how their expressions of affection stack up against those of leopard frogs, chimpanzees, bull penguins and so on.
    Original Air Date: February 14, 2012
  • The Jeremy Lin Phenomenon
    Jeremy Lin, a point guard for the New York Knicks and the first Chinese-American player in NBA history, is on a storybook run in his first four games as a starter. Ray Suarez and Jeff Yang of The Wall Street Journal explore how an unknown basketball player suddenly captured the attention of the NBA, the sports world and beyond.
    Original Air Date: February 14, 2012
    February 14, 2012
  • 'Accordion' Families Expand for Boomerang Kids to Move Home
    In her new book, "The Accordion Family," sociologist Katherine Newman examines why more young adults in the world's wealthiest countries are returning home to live with their parents -- a phenomenon that Paul Solman has come across repeatedly in his reporting on global economic problems as part of his Making Sen$e series.
    Original Air Date: February 14, 2012
  • Who Makes Apple's Gadgets and Under What Conditions?
    While Apple's popularity has grown with products like the iPad, iPod and iPhone, so has criticism of the labor practices at Chinese factories where the products are made. Jeffrey Brown discusses the criticism and an ongoing audit of worker conditions with Peter Burrows of Bloomberg Businessweek.
    Original Air Date: February 14, 2012
  • China's Xi Visits Obama
    Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping visited the White House Tuesday, where President Obama cautioned him and his nation that with "expanding power" comes more responsibility. Gwen Ifill discusses the state of U.S.-China relations with the Brookings Institution's Cheng Li and Michael Pillsbury, a Defense Department consultant.
    Original Air Date: February 14, 2012
    February 14, 2012
  • What Extending Payroll Tax Cuts Would Mean for Americans
    After days of partisan deadlock, there were signs of progress Tuesday in Congress over extending payroll tax cuts and jobless benefits for the rest of the year. Judy Woodruff discusses the politics and the implications of the potential extensions with Todd Zwillich of WNYC Radio's "The Takeaway."
    Original Air Date: February 14, 2012
  • Boomerang: The Trend of College Grads Living with Mom and Da
    Rather than finding an apartment with friends or buying a home of one's own, sociologist Katherine Newman tells us she has found that after graduation, more and more 20-somethings are returning to live with their parents.
    Original Air Date: February 14, 2012
  • Brookyln Reporting Lab Discusses School Engagement
    Students at Brooklyn Community Arts and Media high school discuss school engagement.
    Original Air Date: February 14, 2012

Monday, February 13, 2012

  • The Life and Legacy of Whitney Houston
    Whitney Houston, the superstar known for turning gospel and soul into pop music gold, was found dead over the weekend in her Los Angeles hotel room. She was 48. Jeffrey Brown and songwriter Gordon Chambers discuss her life and legacy, including some recent struggles that drew public concern.
    Original Air Date: February 13, 2012
  • Why China's Youth Find Western Culture Attractive
    As Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping travels to the United States this week -- a trip designed in part to head off mounting tensions between the two countries -- GlobalPost correspondent Kathleen McLaughlin reports from Beijing on the growing influence of Western culture on Chinese youth.
    Original Air Date: February 13, 2012
  • Documentary Relays Forgotten Tales of Post-Civil War Slavery
    A new PBS documentary called "Slavery by Another Name" tells the story of the adapted forced labor practices that helped extend slavery long after the end of the Civil War. Gwen Ifill speaks with Douglas Blackmon, the film's co-executive producer, about this largely forgotten piece of history and the forces that propelled it.
    Original Air Date: February 13, 2012

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