Wednesday, May 9, 2012

  • How Unusual Was Infiltration Effort That Stopped Bomb Plot?
    A would-be bomber who was supposed to blow up a U.S.-bound airliner turned out to be a Saudi who had infiltrated al-Qaida's Yemen-based branch. Jeffrey Brown, NPR's Dina Temple Raston and security consultant Philip Mudd discuss what details are known about the operation and how it compares with other counterterrorism efforts.
    Original Air Date: May 9, 2012
  • Assessing the Indiana Senate Race After Lugar's Loss
    Indiana voters sent Richard Lugar to the U.S. Senate six times, but not again this year. He lost Tuesday to Tea Party-backed state Treasurer Richard Mourdock. Gwen Ifill, Greg Fettig of Hoosiers for a Conservative Senate and political analyst Brian Howey discuss why Lugar lost and preview the race to fill his seat in the Senate.
    Original Air Date: May 9, 2012
  • Obama Supports Same-Sex Marriage: Now What?
    President Obama said Wednesday that he now believes "same-sex couples should be able to get married." Judy Woodruff and author Kerry Eleveld discuss the president's "evolution" on the subject, then Evan Wolfson of Freedom to Marry and the Rev. Harry Jackson of Hope Christian Church debate the legal future of same-sex marriage.
    Original Air Date: May 9, 2012
  • Political Checklist: Lugar's Downfall And Voter Divides
    Gwen Ifill, Judy Woodruff and Christina Bellantoni discuss Sen. Richard Lugar's primary loss in Indiana, the death of bipartisanship and new PAC appeals to female voters.
    Original Air Date: May 9, 2012

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

  • Remembering Maurice Sendak and His Inner Child
    Known for illuminating fantastic nightmares in picture book form -- like his most famous book "Where the Wild Things Are," writer and artist Maurice Sendak died Tuesday at age 83. Jeffrey Brown spoke with Sendak in 2002.
    Original Air Date: May 8, 2012
  • The Best and Worst Places to Be a Mom
    Norway is the healthiest country in the world to be a mother, according to a new report released by the international non-profit Save the Children. The worst: West Africa's Niger. Gwen Ifill and Save the Children President Carolyn Miles discuss what countries are best and worth at creating healthy children and mothers.
    Original Air Date: May 8, 2012
  • Sen. Tom Coburn' on 'Debt Bomb': Everybody Must Sacrifice
    Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., speaks with Judy Woodruff about his plan to tackle the nation's escalating fiscal crisis, as outlined in his new book "The Debt Bomb." Coburn says "everyone," from both the right and the left, must sacrifice to fix the country's mounting debt problems.
    Original Air Date: May 8, 2012
  • Will Obesity Reverse Rise in U.S. Life Expectancy?
    Public health experts have long warned of a growing obesity epidemic in America. This week, the Institute of Medicine and others launched a major campaign in hopes of curbing the problem. Ray Suarez and Dr. Francis Collins of the National Institutes of Health discuss the personal and public consequences of obesity.
    Original Air Date: May 8, 2012
  • Al-Qaida Bomb Plot: How Alarmed Should U.S. Be?
    A day after news broke that the CIA foiled a new al-Qaida plot to bomb an airliner, the official responses were low key on Tuesday. Margaret Warner, former National Counterterrorism Center director Michael Leiter and former FBI supervisory special agent Ali Soufan assess the current reach of the terror network.
    Original Air Date: May 8, 2012
  • Encore Conversation: Maurice Sendak
    In 2002, for a segment about an exhibition on children's illustrations, Jeffrey Brown sat down with Maurice Sendak to talk about his roots as an artist and his interest in exploring children's perceptions of everyday life. Sendak died Tuesday at age 83.
    Original Air Date: May 8, 2012
  • Conversation: Filming "The Weight of the Nation"
    With more than two-thirds of U.S. adults age 20 and over now overweight or obese, a new four-part documentary series produced by HBO outlines the scope of the problem, common myths, and the costs of inaction. John Hoffman, executive producer of the "Weight of the Nation" series, sat down with Ray Suarez to discuss the filmmaker's approach to the public health problem.
    Original Air Date: May 8, 2012
  • Science Nation: This Breathalyzer Reveals Signs of Disease
    It's the Single Breath Disease Diagnostics Breathalyzer, and when you blow into it, you get tested for a biomarker. Professor Perena Gouma and her team at Stony Brook University in New York developed a sensor chip that is the "brain" of the breathalyzer. It's coated with tiny nanowires that look like microscopic spaghetti and are able to detect minute amounts of chemical compounds in the breath.
    Original Air Date: May 8, 2012

Monday, May 7, 2012

  • 9/11 Mastermind's Trial Likely Years Away
    "These men have endured years of inhumane treatment and torture," defense attorney James Connell said Sunday at a Gitmo hearing for Khalid Sheik Mohammed and his alleged 9/11 co-conspirators. Margaret Warner, Frontline's Arun Rath and Medill National Security Journalism Initiative's Josh Meyer discuss the next steps in the case.
    Original Air Date: May 7, 2012
  • Incredible, Edible Bugs: Will Insect Meals Catch on in U.S.?
    Most Americans would squirm when even thinking of eating a grasshopper or locust. But a movement is afoot to encourage insect eating with advocates praising bugs' low fat and high protein. Spencer Michels tasted wax moth larvae tacos and crispy mealworms over ice cream to prepare this report on efforts to put bugs on U.S. menus.
    Original Air Date: May 7, 2012
  • Politics of Gay Marriage: Biden Remarks Rekindle Culture War
    When Vice President Joe Biden said he now believes same-sex marriages should be protected under law, it touched off a new round of political culture wars. Gwen Ifill hosts a debate between Brian Brown of the National Organization for Marriage and gay rights advocate Richard Socarides.
    Original Air Date: May 7, 2012
  • What Hollande's Win Means for Future of Europe's Economy
    Unnerved by fiscal austerity measures, French voters on Sunday elected Socialist candidate Francois Hollande to the presidency -- rebuking sitting leader Nicholas Sarkozy. Jeffrey Brown, The New York Times' Elaine Sciolino and The Globalist's Stephan Richter discuss the prospects of major policy shifts on the horizon.
    Original Air Date: May 7, 2012
  • Stand-Up Comedian Baratunde Thurston on 'How To Be Black'
    Baratunde Thurston, standup comic, digital director of the satirical newspaper and website, The Onion, and now author of "How To Be Black," talks to Paul Solman about his book and being black in America.
    Original Air Date: May 7, 2012
  • Musician Credits Arts Education; Redefining Path to Success
    With nine studio albums under her belt and a current world tour, bass player Meshell Ndegeocello was in her hometown, Washington, DC, last week recalling how arts classes were key to ensuring that she stayed in school till graduation.
    Original Air Date: May 7, 2012
  • Weekly Poem: 'Cinco de Mayo'
    Naomi Shihab Nye reads her poem "Cinco de Mayo" from her book, "Transfer."
    Original Air Date: May 7, 2012

Friday, May 4, 2012

  • Shields, Brooks on Presidential Books, Mariano Rivera
    Hari Sreenivasan sits down with Syndicated Columnist Mark Shields and New York Times columnist David Brooks to discuss both the sport of politics and the politics of sport. This week, they talk President Clinton's book review, David Maraniss' book on President Obama, Yankees closer Mariano Rivera's ACL injury, and picks for Saturday's Kentucky Derby.
    Original Air Date: May 4, 2012
  • 'What's Going on Now': Engaging Young People Through Music
    Part of a project produced by the Kennedy Center and singer-songwriter John Legend called What's Going On Now, young people across the country are using media, music and inspiration from Marvin Gaye to address issues in their lives and communities such as the economy, wars and the environment. Jeffrey Brown reports.
    Original Air Date: May 4, 2012
  • Shields, Brooks on Bin Laden Politics, Chen Guangcheng
    Syndicated columnist Mark Shields and New York Times columnist David Brooks discuss the week's top news including the political debates surrounding the anniversary of Osama bin Laden's death, U.S. and China relations amid the saga of blind dissident Chen Guangcheng, new jobs numbers and structural problems in the U.S. economy.
    Original Air Date: May 4, 2012
  • In Abbottabad, Bin Laden Lived in 'Prison of His Own Making'
    For a decade after 9/11, Osama bin Laden was the most hunted man in the world. This week, more details emerged about the operation and the relentless, often frustrated intelligence effort that led to his death a year ago. Margaret Warner and journalist Peter Bergen, discuss his new book "Manhunt," which recounts the long chase.
    Original Air Date: May 4, 2012
  • Chen Might Soon Study in U.S., but Concerns Persist
    "All of our efforts with [Chinese dissident Chen Guangcheng] have been guided by his choices and our values," Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said, after word came that Chen might travel to the U.S. for a fellowship at NYU. Ray Suarez and NYU's Jerome Cohen discuss what's ahead for Chen and U.S.-China relations.
    Original Air Date: May 4, 2012
  • For College Grads, Jobs Outlook Better but Far From Great
    After a promising start earlier this year, U.S. job growth slowed for a third month in April with just 115,000 jobs added and the unemployment rate dipping slightly to 8.1 percent. Jeffrey Brown discusses the numbers and outlook for college grads with Brandeis University's Catherine Mann and Drexel University's Paul Harrington.
    Original Air Date: May 4, 2012
  • Louisiana Chimps Pregnant Despite Multiple Vasectomies
    Despite a strict, no-breeding rule, and extreme efforts to stop it, chimpanzees at a Louisiana sanctuary are having accidental babies. Turns out the vasectomies are spontaneously repairing themselves. Miles interviews Chimp Haven's president and director Linda Brent.
    Original Air Date: May 4, 2012
  • Three New Looks on the National Mall
    The National Mall in Washington, D.C., is indeed a national treasure, but it's one that is in some disrepair. The Trust for the National Mall has just held a competition to design three new sections in oft-neglected areas on the Mall. The winners were announced Thursday.
    Original Air Date: May 4, 2012

Thursday, May 3, 2012

  • Better $120 Million Status Symbol: 'The Scream' or a Yacht?
    One of the most iconic works of art in the word, a version of Edvard Munch's "The Scream," sold at a record price of $119.9 million in a much-hyped New York auction Wednesday night. Jeffrey Brown and The Wall Street Journal's Kelly Crow discuss what a 12-minute-long bidding war suggests about the current state of the art market.
    Original Air Date: May 3, 2012