Wednesday, December 7, 2011

  • Egyptians Look to Next Phase of Democracy
    Charles Sennott of GlobalPost, who has reported in-depth in Egypt, describes the latest round of voting and growing disenchantment over the pace of the country's transition to democracy.
    Original Air Date: December 7, 2011

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

  • Parlez-Vous? Some Louisiana Pupils Being Immersed in French Instruction
    Louisiana's French heritage is being embraced in many immersion classrooms in the state. It goes beyond language -- some students are learning math, science and social studies in French. Sue Lincoln of Louisiana Public Broadcasting and the Southern Education Desk reports.
    Original Air Date: December 6, 2011
  • War-Torn Afghanistan Suffers Worst Sectarian Violence in Years
    After twin suicide bombings killed dozens of Shiite worshipers Tuesday in Afghanistan, a Sunni militant group in Pakistan claimed responsibility. Afghanistan's worst sectarian violence in years happened a day after a major conference in Germany about stabilizing the country. Judy Woodruff gets two views on the violence.
    Original Air Date: December 6, 2011
  • Death of Hockey 'Enforcer' Raises Mental Health Concerns for NHL
    Derek Boogaard, an NHL hockey player, died in May at the age of 28 from an overdose of alcohol and drugs. Research done after his death has found that he suffered from a degenerative brain disease caused by repeated blows to the head. The New York Times has published an extensive series on Boogaard's life and death.
    Original Air Date: December 6, 2011
  • As Detroit Budget Crisis Deepens, Is State Takeover Nearing?
    With Detroit on track to completely run out of cash in four months, Michigan is beginning a 30-day review of the city's beleaguered finances. A move that could lead to a state takeover. Special correspondent Desiree Cooper of Detroit Public Television reports.
    Original Air Date: December 6, 2011
  • 'Even Light Can't Escape' Discovered Black Holes
    Astronomers recently discovered two massive black holes over 300 million light years away. Gwen Ifill gets the details about what the discovery means for the universe.
    Original Air Date: December 6, 2011
  • NewsHour Connect: DCentric Examines Washington D.C.'s Unemployment Disparity
    Washington D.C. is a city that is prospering.It is in the unique position of having more jobs than residents. But there's also a great divide in the District. While professionals flock to the city for their careers, there are parts of the city where unemployment is 26 percent. Hari Sreenivasan checks in with WAMU DCentric reporter Elahe Izadi about her series this week, Division of Labor.
    Original Air Date: December 6, 2011

Monday, December 5, 2011

  • Politics, Race Play Role in Presidential Pardons, Investigation Finds
    People who are white and well-connected are more likely to receive presidential pardons, a ProPublica/Washington Post investigation discovered this week. ProPublica's Dafna Linzer goes over the details of the investigation with Gwen Ifill.
    Original Air Date: December 5, 2011
  • For Wind Energy's Future, Researchers Look High in the Sky
    The next major innovation in wind power might not involve big, white turbines dotting the countryside. KQED QUEST reports on research being done on "tethered airfoils" that could capture wind energy more efficiently that earthbound turbines. This report is part of the NewsHour's Connect series of quality public media reporting.
    Original Air Date: December 5, 2011
  • What Would Deficit Limits Mean for Eurozone, Future of Euro?
    For a look at the tough week ahead for the eurozone and its leaders, Jeffrey Brown is joined by Thomas Kleine-Brockhoff, senior director for strategy at the German Marshall Fund of the United States.
    Original Air Date: December 5, 2011
  • After String of Disasters, Aid Organizations Struggle to Meet Demands
    Private aid organizations are struggling to maintain their funding levels for relief efforts in the wake of multiple crises around the world. Special correspondent Fred de Sam Lazaro reports on the trend as part of the Under-Told Stories project.
    Original Air Date: December 5, 2011
  • After Surging in Polls, How Could Newt Gingrich Clinch Nomination?
    A month away from the Iowa caucuses, two new polls show that the race for the Republican presidential nomination has a new frontrunner: Newt Gingrich. Judy Woodruff takes a look at the latest poll results with The Washington Post's Dan Balz and J. Ann Selzer, president of Selzer & Company, which conducted one of the Iowa polls.
    Original Air Date: December 5, 2011
  • U.S. Postal Service Faces Big Changes Amid Struggle to Deliver on Profitability
    The likelihood that a stamped letter could reach its destination by the next day will be virtually eliminated due to billions in U.S. Postal Service cuts announced Monday. Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe joins Gwen Ifill to discuss the cuts and what's next for the postal service and its customers.
    Original Air Date: December 5, 2011
  • China and the U.S., Economically: Like Teenagers Having Sex
    Getting back to his roots, Standup Economist Yoram Bauman begins his latest dispatch from Beijing by testing just how far you can apply the First Amendment in modern-day China. He's humored audiences twice in China thus far. Yoram takes some liberties in a bookstore supposed to be a 'free speech zone.' Indeed, he pushes the envelope.
    Original Air Date: December 5, 2011
  • Weekly Poem: 'Prayer for the Hanoi Man Who Waits for Breakdowns on His Block'
    Jennifer Richter is author of the collection, "Threshold," winner of the 2009 Crab Orchard Series in Poetry Open Competition.
    Original Air Date: December 5, 2011

Friday, December 2, 2011

  • Shields, Brooks on Gingrich's 'Skeletons,' Bill Clinton's 'Second Act,' Tax Cuts
    Syndicated columnist Mark Shields and New York Times columnist David Brooks discuss the week's top political news, including the likelihood of Newt Gingrich being elected president, Bill Clinton's post-presidential work, lawmakers' struggles over the payroll tax cut extension and Rep. Barney Frank's legacy.
    Original Air Date: December 2, 2011
  • Bill Clinton on Obama: 'I Think He'll Be Re-elected'
    In an interview with Judy Woodruff Friday, former President Bill Clinton discussed his new book, "Back to Work: Why We Need Smart Government for a Strong Economy," his new collaboration with President Obama to promote energy efficiency and create jobs, his 2012 predictions and his relationship with GOP candidate Newt Gingrich.
    Original Air Date: December 2, 2011
  • Creating Jobs in the Volunteer State: What Are Businesses Doing?
    Republicans have been saying that businesses aren't hiring because of uncertainty about regulation, the cost of health insurance and the cost of borrowing money. As part of his reporting on Making Sen$e of financial news, Paul Solman traveled to Tennessee to see if companies are creating more paying jobs in the Volunteer State.
    Original Air Date: December 2, 2011
  • U.S. Jobs Picture Shows Some Promise, but Many in 'Very Long Struggle' for Work
    The November unemployment report came out Friday, and it showed new job creation and a surprising drop in unemployment. However, the outlook remains bleak for many job seekers. Jeffrey Brown discusses the latest numbers with Diane Swonk of Mesirow Financial and Carl Van Horn of the Heldrich Center for Workforce Development.
    Original Air Date: December 2, 2011
  • Conversation: 'Caravaggio: a Life Sacred and Profane'
    Michelangelo Caravaggio was one of the great painters in the history of Western art. He also remains one of the most mysterious and elusive of artistic geniuses. A new biography by Andrew Graham-Dixon, "Caravaggio: A Life Sacred and Profane," wrestles with the man, his times and his work.
    Original Air Date: December 2, 2011

Thursday, December 1, 2011

  • For 'Soldiers' in Mexico's Drug War, 'More Murders Than They Can Count'
    The death toll continues to mount in Mexico's drug war. Hari Sreenivasan and Ioan Grillo of GlobalPost discuss his new book "El Narco: Inside Mexico's Criminal Insurgency," an account of his more than 10 years investigating the country's criminal cartels.
    Original Air Date: December 1, 2011
  • Barney Frank on Dysfunction in Congress: 'Blame James Madison'
    Massachusetts Rep. Barney Frank announced this week that he would not seek re-election next year after more than four decades in politics. Judy Woodruff and Frank discuss his legacy, his decision to retire, the U.S. housing crisis, Europe's ongoing debt problems, and dysfunction in Congress and the U.S. political system.
    Original Air Date: December 1, 2011
  • For Frequent Fliers, How Big a Concern Is Backscatter Body Scan Radiation?
    As millions of Americans take to the skies for holiday travel, some scientists have raised concerns about the small dose of ionizing radiation emitted by backscatter full-body scanners used to screen passengers at U.S. airports. In partnership with ProPublica, Miles O'Brien examines what we do and don't know about the machines.
    Original Air Date: December 1, 2011
  • When Will We See an AIDS-Free Generation?
    On World AIDS Day, President Obama pledged Thursday to provide HIV treatment for millions more around the world. Jeffrey Brown discusses the state of the epidemic with U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator Ambassador Eric Goosby, clinic director Dr. Patricia Nkansah-Asamoah and David Ernesto Munar of the AIDS Foundation of Chicago.
    Original Air Date: December 1, 2011
  • Obama, Clinton Have 'a Lot at Risk' in Delicate Relationship With Burma
    Secretary of State Hillary Clinton visited the Southeast Asian nation of Burma on Thursday. Margaret Warner discusses the significance of the isolated country's first visit by a U.S. secretary of state in 50 years with William Wan of The Washington Post, who's traveling with Clinton.
    Original Air Date: December 1, 2011
  • Obama Pledges More Support for HIV Treatment
    President Obama marked World Aids Day Thursday by pledging a stepped-up effort to reach more victims of the pandemic that began 30 years ago and has since infected an estimated 66 million people worldwide. Jeffrey Brown reports.
    Original Air Date: December 1, 2011
  • An Illustrated History of AIDS
    The colorful posters have graced walls and subways in London, New York, and Paris. But they weren't ads for the latest haute couture -- they were all once part of public health campaigns aimed at raising awareness of AIDS. Since 1990, Dr. Edward Atwater has collected more than 6,000 of them from 150 countries.
    Original Air Date: December 1, 2011

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

  • As Lipitor's Patent Expires, Is Era of 'Blockbuster Drugs' Over?
    After 14 years on the market, the most profitable prescription drug in history, Lipitor, is going generic as patients, doctors and the pharmaceutical industry waiting to see what will happen. Margaret Warner discusses the implications with Dr. Jerry Avorn of Harvard Medical School.
    Original Air Date: November 30, 2011