Monday, October 17, 2011

  • Weekly Poem: 'See You Tomorrow Night' by Terri Witek
    Terri Witek is the Art & Melissa Sullivan Chair in Creative Writing at Stetson University. She is the author of "The Shipwreck Dress," (2008, Florida Book Award Winner), "Carnal World" (2006), "Fools and Crows" (2003), and "Courting Couples" (2000 Center for Book Arts Prize).
    Original Air Date: October 17, 2011

Friday, October 14, 2011

  • The Doubleheader: Cain, Occupy, Detroit, 4S
    David Brooks and Mark Shields join Hari Sreenivasan to discuss Herman Cain's dramatic rise in the polls, the ongoing Occupy Wall Street movement's cross-country reach and the success of Detroit's baseball and football teams.
    Original Air Date: October 14, 2011
  • Kansas City Hopes to Boost Economy, Energy with Moshe Safdie's Arts Center
    Jeffrey Brown speaks with Moshe Safdie, architect of the Kauffman Center in Kansas, about the moral purpose of architecture and the need for a building to reflect the cultural essence of its location.
    Original Air Date: October 14, 2011
  • Shields, Brooks on Cain's Poll Surge, 'Hunger for Something Else' in GOP Race
    Columnists Mark Shields and David Brooks weigh in on the week's top political news, including Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain's recent surge in the polls, how much religion is factoring into the GOP race for Mitt Romney and others, the lack of long-term economic fixes, and Texas Gov. Rick Perry's teetering support.
    Original Air Date: October 14, 2011
  • Mother Nature, Changing Infrastructure Fuel Worst Floods in Half-Century
    The worst floods in half a century have devastated Thailand's central plains, and is now sending waters toward Bangkok's nearly 10 million residents. Judy Woodruff discusses the latest developments with the United Nations' Kamal Kishore and Simmons College's Catharine Dalpino.
    Original Air Date: October 14, 2011
  • Ohio Voters Weigh Repeal of Controversial Collective-Bargaining Law
    A controversial new Ohio law aimed at restricting the collective-bargaining rights of 360,000 unionized public employees has led to a major political fight and a voter referendum in this battleground state. Gwen Ifill reports on the issue that has both sides spending millions to mobilize their voters for an off-year election.
    Original Air Date: October 14, 2011
  • Jobs Dominate Political Agenda for Obama, Republican Rivals
    Jobs dominated the political agenda for President Obama and his Republican rivals on Friday, as everyone seemed to agree on the need to do something but there was little agreement on what to do. Ray Suarez reports.
    Original Air Date: October 14, 2011
  • Canadian Brass Performs at Opening of Moshe Safdie's Kauffman Center
    For more on this story, go to As Jeffrey Brown reported on the PBS NewsHour, Kansas City recently celebrated the opening of the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. On opening night, the Canadian Brass performed a fanfare composed specifically for the event. Here is that piece, along with scenes of the new building.
    Original Air Date: October 14, 2011
  • Architect Moshe Safdie Uplifts the Skyline and Spirit of Kansas City
    For more on this storry, go to: Brown speaks to Moshe Safdie, architect of the Kauffman Center in Kansas, about the moral purpose of architecture and the need for a building to reflect the cultural essence of its location.
    Original Air Date: October 14, 2011
  • Chinese Housing Bubble: A Troubling Update from Beijing
    In this latest dispatch from China, stand-up economist Yoram Bauman explores the possibility of a Beijing housing bubble. His conclusion? Beijing prices and its glut of vacant apartment buildings seem as fishy as the mechanics of the hot water heater in his apartment. Wait til you see how it's hooked up.
    Original Air Date: October 14, 2011

Thursday, October 13, 2011

  • Reconstructing Black Death: Why Was Plague Microbe so Deadly?
    Researchers announced Wednesday that they've managed to reconstruct the genome of the Black Death, the illness that wiped out around half of Europe's population in just a few years in the mid-1300s. Ray Suarez discusses the developments with geneticist Hendrick Poinar of McMaster University.
    Original Air Date: October 13, 2011
  • Presidents Obama, Lee Face 'Bad or Worse Options' Over N. Korea Negotiations
    The White House rolled out all the flourishes of a state visit for South Korean President Lee to celebrate the new trade agreement, passed by Congress on Wednesday, and to discuss a strategy to denuclearize North Korea. Margret Warner reports.
    Original Air Date: October 13, 2011
  • Alabama's Immigration Law: Assessing the Economic, Social Impact
    The economical and social effects of Alabama's new immigration law are starting to show. Judy Woodruff discusses the impact with Grow Alabama's Jerry Spencer, State Rep. Mike Ball, R-Huntsville, and the Rosa Toussaint-Ortiz of the Hispanic-Latino Advisory Committee.
    Original Air Date: October 13, 2011
  • Korea Watchers Weigh Obama's Approach to North Korea
    Victor Cha of the Center for Strategic and International Studies and Robert Carlin of Stanford University give their views on what's worked and hasn't worked in the Obama administration's handling of North Korea.
    Original Air Date: October 13, 2011
  • U.S. Treading Carefully to Build Case Against Iran Over Alleged Plot
    American ambassadors around the world are alerting governments in their host nations about the ongoing investigation into the alleged Iran-backed assassination plot in the United States. Jeffrey Brown discusses the latest developments with Joby Warrick of The Washington Post and Daniel Brumberg of the U.S. Institute of Peace.
    Original Air Date: October 13, 2011

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

  • Novelist Alaa Al Aswany on Surprising Changes in the Egyptian People
    Egyptian novelist and dentist Alaa al Aswany speaks with Margret Warner about the surprising changes in political behavior of his countrymen amid the revolution earlier this year, and how the new Egypt is taking shape.
    Original Air Date: October 12, 2011
  • UAW, Big 3 Reach Agreement Amid New Economic Climate
    The United Auto Workers has reached a deal for a new contract with Chrysler after working out similar deals with GM and Ford. Jeffrey Brown discusses what these new labor contracts might mean for workers and the Big Three automakers with Changing Gears' Micheline Maynard and David Shepardson of The Detroit News.
    Original Air Date: October 12, 2011
  • Georgia Works Jobs Training Program: a Peach or the Pits?
    One provision of President Obama's jobs bill that has some bipartisan support is modeled after a program in Georgia that allows employers to try out workers for eight weeks on a volunteer basis while the person receives unemployment benefits and training. Paul Solman explores Georgia Works' pros and cons, plus its scalability.
    Original Air Date: October 12, 2011
  • Supreme Court Weighs Constitutionality of Routine Jailhouse Strip Searches
    Do routine jailhouse strip searches for people accused of minor offenses violate the Constitution? Supreme Court justices heard a case Wednesday centering on that issue. Judy Woodruff discusses the case, which pits privacy rights against security concerns, with The National Law Journal's Marcia Coyle.
    Original Air Date: October 12, 2011
  • Cain's 9-9-9 Plan, 'Romneycare' Scrutinized at Dartmouth Debate
    Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and former Godfather's Pizza chief executive Herman Cain took center stage at the Republican primary debate at Dartmouth College on Tuesday night. Gwen Ifill and Political Editor David Chalian recap the debate.
    Original Air Date: October 12, 2011
  • News Wrap: Secretary Clinton Condemns Iran Over Terror Plot in U.S.
    In other news Wednesday, the U.S. stepped up a diplomatic assault on Iran over an alleged plot to kill the Saudi ambassador to Washington. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton condemned Iran in unusually strong terms. Also in Detroit, a Nigerian man pleaded guilty to trying to blow up a U.S. airliner on Christmas Day, 2009.
    Original Air Date: October 12, 2011
  • Democrats Consider Piecemeal Approach to Blocked Jobs Bill
    Senate Republicans blocked the Democrats' version of President Obama's $450 billion jobs bill on Tuesday, saying it would not work and might make things worse. But the president and Democrats pledged to keep pushing for the legislation. Kwame Holman reports.
    Original Air Date: October 12, 2011

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

  • 'Women, War & Peace' Highlights Changing Females' Roles in Global Conflicts
    "Women, War & Peace," a new five-part series co-produced by WNET New York, explores the changing role of women in conflicts around the world. This excerpt tells the story of an Army Female Engagement Team that reaches out to women in rural parts of Afghanistan.
    Original Air Date: October 11, 2011
  • Ex-French Resistance Fighter Hessel: 'It Is Good for Us to Feel Outrage'
    Stephane Hessel, a 94-year-old former French resistance fighter, is urging young people to take to the streets and show their outrage. Ray Suarez and Hessel discuss his book, "Time For Outrage," which is also titled "Indignez-Vous!" in French.
    Original Air Date: October 11, 2011
  • Stalling Economy Forces Pennsylvania Schools to Put Dreams on Hold
    The weak economy is contributing to -- and magnifying the problems -- of some school districts around the United States. John Merrow, the NewsHour's special correspondent for education, reports on the problems one Pennsylvania district is facing.
    Original Air Date: October 11, 2011
  • Lawmkers Question Whether Obama's Jobs Bill Has the Right 'Forumla'
    Senate Republicans moved Tuesday to the block President Obama's $447 billion jobs bill. Judy Woodruff leads a debate over the proposal, which includes a combination of tax cuts and infrastructure spending, with Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich., and Sen. Johnny Isakson, R-Ga.
    Original Air Date: October 11, 2011
  • Abdulmutallab May Not Talk Much in 'Underwear Bomber' Trial
    The trial of Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, who is charged with trying to detonate explosives hidden in underwear on a Detroit-bound flight on Christmas Day 2009, began Tuesday. Gwen Ifill discusses the opening day of the case with WDET Public Radio's Quinn Klinefelter.
    Original Air Date: October 11, 2011
  • Is Iran's Regime Capable of Attacks Inside U.S.?
    Attorney General Eric Holder said Tuesday that Iran is behind a terror plot in the U.S. that targeted Saudi Arabia's ambassador to Washington and possibly two embassies. Jeffrey Brown discusses the alleged scheme and the Iranian political landscape with The New York Times' Charles Savage and Stanford University's Abbas Milani.
    Original Air Date: October 11, 2011