Tuesday, October 22, 2013

  • Excerpt from FRONTLINE'S 'Hunting the Nightmare Bacteria'
    Watch an excerpt from FRONTLINE's documentary 'Hunting the Nightmare Bacteria," which airs on Tuesday, Oct. 22 on most PBS television stations.
    Original Air Date: October 22, 2013

Monday, October 21, 2013

  • Chinese citizens losing patience with air pollution
    China's tremendous growth has transformed the lives of its citizens but it has also come with a cost: significant air pollution. The major industrial city of Harbin shut down when smog levels reached record levels. Jeffrey Brown talks to Evan Osnos of The New Yorker about the ramifications of China's air quality problems.
    Original Air Date: October 21, 2013
  • Former Sen. Trent Lott: Republicans need a positive agenda
    Former Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott, R-Miss., believes that the tactics used by the Republicans during the shutdown were "not wise." Lott joins Judy Woodruff to discuss the future of the GOP, the importance of getting work done and what issues could help reunite the party, including spending, farming and energy policies.
    Original Air Date: October 21, 2013
  • Should individuals be accountable for the 2008 meltdown?
    JP Morgan Chase is close to striking a reported $13 billion settlement with the government over the sale of troubled mortgage securities. Gwen Ifill talks to Dennis Kelleher of Better Markets and Bert Ely, a banking consultant, for reaction on the penalty and how the government is seeking accountability for the 2008 crisis.
    Original Air Date: October 21, 2013
  • Detroit residents engage the community with signs of hope
    Detroit residents are hoping to breath new life into their communities, despite the city's filing for bankruptcy earlier this year. Neighborhoods are working to attract developers to rehab blighted buildings, create new jobs and assist would-be buyers and renters. Jeffrey Brown reports on the optimism driving their efforts.
    Original Air Date: October 21, 2013
  • What's next in nationwide struggle over same-sex marriage?
    Wedding bells rang for same-sex couples in New Jersey, after Gov. Chris Christie dropped his opposition and that state joined 14 others and the District of Columbia in officially allowing gay marriage. David Crary of the Associated Press joins Ray Suarez to discuss the legislative policies at work in these matrimonial matters.
    Original Air Date: October 21, 2013
  • Rocky health care rollout raises concerns of low enrollment
    With coverage deadlines for the Affordable Care Act nearing, and estimates by Internet experts that it may take weeks to fully fix the glitches plaguing the online insurance exchanges, what's the outlook of health care reform? Judy Woodruff gets analysis from Sherry Glied of New York University and Gail Wilensky of Project HOPE.
    Original Air Date: October 21, 2013
  • Stanley Plumly reads poem from collection 'Orphan Hours'
    Poet and professor Stanley Plumly reads "The Jay," a poem from his latest collection, "Orphan Hours: Poems."
    Original Air Date: October 21, 2013
  • President Obama addresses glitches with Healthcare.gov
    President Barack Obama addressed the glitches with the online health insurance marketplace on Monday, fresh off a weeks-long battle over government funding and raising the debt limit that saw congressional Republicans make repeated runs at defunding or delaying his signature domestic achievement, the Affordable Care Act.
    Original Air Date: October 21, 2013

Sunday, October 20, 2013

  • J.P. Morgan's $13 billion penalty
    A tentative deal was reached yesterday between the Justice Department and JP Morgan Chase. The agreement would require chase, the nation's largest bank, to pay a record 13-billion dollar penalty. Dawn Kopecki, a banking reporter with Bloomberg News, who has been following the Chase story for some time provides analysis.
    Original Air Date: October 20, 2013
  • Dolphins used as bait for sharks
    ITV News has obtained footage proving - for the first time - that fishermen in South America are illegally hunting dolphins. Environmentalists believe thousands of the animals are slaughtered every year, with their meat being used as bait for sharks. The practice was filmed 100 kilometres off the coast of Peru. (Credit: Pulitzer Center, Jim Wickens)
    Original Air Date: October 20, 2013
  • Mark Twain is back! Volume II of his autobiography just out
    The second volume of The Autobiography of Mark Twain has just been published -- a scant 113 years after his death. Volume One, published in 2010, was a bestseller. The 700-page book is filled with the author's pictures and letters and thoughts he dictated to a stenographer. Among the highlights: Twain's recollections of Helen Keller, whom he described as the "8th Wonder of the World."
    Original Air Date: October 20, 2013
  • GMO seeds grow into big fight on Kauai
    We report from Hawaii, where a battle has erupted in Kauai between residents concerned about public health and large companies developing genetically modified seeds.
    Original Air Date: October 20, 2013

Saturday, October 19, 2013

  • The Pope reaches out to the Jewish Community
    Pope Francis made several overtures to the Jewish community this week, sending an email to the son of two Holocaust survivors to laud him on a lecture discussing faith and the Holocaust, and refusing to grant a former Nazi war criminal a funeral mass. Kim Lawton from PBS's Religion and Ethics Weekly talks about the improving relationship between the Catholic church and the Jewish community.
    Original Air Date: October 19, 2013
  • Calls for Syrian conflict talks in Geneva
    Today UN-Arab League envoy Lakhdar Brahimi said intense efforts to start Syrian peace talks were in progress after Secretary of State John Kerry and others have called for the two sides to sit down for a conference in Geneva. Andrew Tabler, Senior Fellow at the Program for Arab Politics at the Washington Institute talks about the current situation in Syria with Hari Sreenivasan.
    Original Air Date: October 19, 2013
  • Chilecon Valley: Entrepreneurs very welcome
    While United States immigration policy makes it difficult for immigrant entrepreneurs to get visas to set up shop in the United States, Chile is welcoming them with open arms. Through an initiative called Start-Up Chile, the country is aiming to be the high-tech hub of South America.
    Original Air Date: October 19, 2013

Friday, October 18, 2013

  • Shields and Brooks on the shutdown 'cease-fire' winners
    Syndicated columnist Mark Shields and New York Times columnist David Brooks join Judy Woodruff to discuss the week's top political news, including outcomes of the shutdown fight for the Republican party and the president, the outlook for the online insurance exchanges, plus remembrances of former House Speaker Tom Foley.
    Original Air Date: October 18, 2013
  • Looking back at Tom Foley's time as House speaker
    Tom Foley, former speaker of the House and long-time Democratic congressman, has died at the age of 84. Congressional correspondent Kwame Holman digs into the NewsHour archives to review highlights from Foley's career and the legacy he left on the House of Representatives.
    Original Air Date: October 18, 2013
  • Ancient skull discovery offers researchers a view into past
    The discovery of a 1.8 million-year-old skull at Dmanisi in Georgia has revolutionized scientists' idea of human evolution. Paleoanthropologist Donald Johanson of the Institute of Human Origins at Arizona State University joins Jeffrey Brown to discuss what these ancient remains teach us about our ancestors and origins.
    Original Air Date: October 18, 2013
  • Unearthed skull revises understanding of human evolution
    Research based on a 1.8 million-year-old skull shows that human evolution may have followed a straighter line than scientists previously thought. The skull, unearthed in the former Soviet republic of Georgia, is the most complete ever found of a human ancestor and marks the earliest evidence of human ancestors leaving Africa.
    Original Air Date: October 18, 2013
  • Jeh Johnson tapped for Homeland Security
    President Obama nominated former Pentagon lawyer Jeh Johnson to be the next secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, tapped to succeed Janet Napolitano. Judy Woodruff takes a closer look at Johnson's career and challenges he could face with Daniel Klaidman of The Daily Beast and Charlie Savage of The New York Times.
    Original Air Date: October 18, 2013
  • Detroit's InsideOut students and alumni perform their poetry
    Detroit's InsideOut student Patty Lare and alumni Terrell Morrow and Justin Rogers perform their poetry at the Dell Pryor art gallery.
    Original Air Date: October 18, 2013
  • Glitches persist for online insurance exchange shoppers
    Beset with glitches and registration problems, the launch of the online insurance exchanges at the start of October were rockier than expected. For an update on the status of the site and user experiences, Ray Suarez talks to Sarah Kliff of The Washington Post and Louise Radnofsky of The Wall Street Journal.
    Original Air Date: October 18, 2013
  • News Wrap: Saudi Arabia rebukes UN Security Council
    In our news wrap Friday, Saudi Arabia accused the UN Security Council of failing to resolve conflicts like the civil war in Syria, and appeared to reject its newly acquired seat on the body. Also, one of the gunmen in the Nairobi mall attack has been identified as a Norwegian citizen originally from Somalia.
    Original Air Date: October 18, 2013
  • President Obama taps Jeh Johnson to head Homeland Security
    President Barack Obama nominated Jeh Johnson to lead the Department of Homeland Security Friday afternoon.
    Original Air Date: October 18, 2013
  • Jonathan Lethem on American Communism in 'Dissident Gardens'
    Jeffrey Brown talks to author Jonathan Lethem about his look at American Communists in his new novel, 'Dissident Gardens.'
    Original Air Date: October 18, 2013
  • Jonathan Lethem reads an excerpt from 'Dissident Gardens'
    Jonathan Lethem reads an excerpt from his new novel, 'Dissident Gardens.'
    Original Air Date: October 18, 2013

Thursday, October 17, 2013

  • A look at political brinkmanship past and present
    Fundamental disagreement is an expected occurrence in Congress, but lately crises have come in increasing frequency. Jeffrey Brown speaks with Eric Liu of Citizen University, Steven Hayward of the University of Colorado, Boulder, and Beverly Gage of Yale University for a closer look at polarized American politics.
    Original Air Date: October 17, 2013