Friday, November 29, 2013

  • Worldreader fights global illiteracy with e-readers
    Worldreader has a lofty goal: eradicating global illiteracy. So far they've reached 13,000 kids in Sub-Saharan Africa by giving them e-readers loaded with local and international books. John Risher of Worldreader joins Jeffrey Brown to discuss their mission and how learning to read can improve children's lives.
    Original Air Date: November 29, 2013
  • How holiday business openings impact workers
    There are six fewer days between Thanksgiving and Christmas this year, putting more pressure on retailers to beat out their competitors. How does the early start to "Black Friday" impact businesses and workers? Hari Sreenivasan talks to Laura Champine of Canaccord Genuity and Steven Greenhouse of The New York Times.
    Original Air Date: November 29, 2013
  • Retailers offer shoppers early jump on Black Friday sales
    "Black Friday," the day after Thanksgiving, traditionally marks the start of holiday shopping. Due to a shortened number of days this year, many major retailers opened their doors on Thanksgiving day, a move that garnered criticism from workers and labor rights groups. Hari Sreenivasan reports.
    Original Air Date: November 29, 2013
  • News Wrap: Obama visits immigration protesters
    In our news wrap Friday, President Obama visited people on the National Mall who are fasting to protest Congressional inaction on immigration. The activists have been on a hunger strike for 18 days. Also, China enforced its newly declared air defense zone by sending fighter planes to investigate U.S. and Japanese flights.
    Original Air Date: November 29, 2013
  • Why the Cassini Mission Needs to Continue
    Can the Cassini mission to explore Saturn continue? With budget cuts pending, Judy Woodruff continues her conversation with Carolyn Porco, director of the Cassini Imaging Central Laboratory. "We could take up libraries with the information we've learned about the Saturn system," Porco said. "We're not done."
    Original Air Date: November 29, 2013

Thursday, November 28, 2013

  • Exploring the economics of the first Thanksgiving
    The first Thanksgiving in Plymouth, Mass., probably didn't resemble the modern holiday we celebrate today. Economics correspondent Paul Solman steps back in time to explore the contrasting exchange models used by Native Americans and pilgrims in 1621 and how that alters the meaning behind the first act of giving thanks.
    Original Air Date: November 28, 2013
  • Chef, author Alice Waters on falling in love with food
    Chef and author Alice Waters was one of the first proponents of using seasonal, organic ingredients. The pioneer of "California cuisine" has dedicated herself to educating students about the importance of reconnecting cooking to nature. Judy Woodruff sits down with Waters to discuss how how easy it can be to eat healthy.
    Original Air Date: November 28, 2013
  • Politics of aid in Syria increases suffering for displaced
    Some 6.5 million Syrians have been displaced within the country due to the bloody Civil War and the ongoing violence has led to an increased level of suffering. Syrians that remain are in need of food, shelter and medical help. Lindsey Hilsum of Independent Television News reports on the politics of aid in Syria.
    Original Air Date: November 28, 2013
  • What role should the government play in the health care?
    The ACA roll-out has raised questions on where the government should draw the line in the personal welfare of its citizens. How does the new health care law complicate the ideas of individual rights and collective responsibilities?Jeffrey Brown talks to Jacob Hacker of Yale University and Avik Roy of the Manhattan Institute.
    Original Air Date: November 28, 2013
  • Crackdown disappoints Egyptians expecting social justice
    Egypt's military backed government has issued its latest crackdown on dissent, but now both Islamist and secular activists are being punished. Hari Sreenivasan talks to Leila Fadel of NPR about how Egyptians are reacting to the arrests and how the events are being portrayed by the media.
    Original Air Date: November 28, 2013
  • How Norman Rockwell held a mirror up to American ambitions
    Art historians have often dismissed Norman Rockwell as merely a commercial illustration artist. But Deborah Solomon, author of "American Mirror," says Rockwell "mirrored what (Americans) wanted to be" and gave the nation a common culture. Solomon joins Jeffrey Brown to discuss Rockwell's influence and legacy.
    Original Air Date: November 28, 2013

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

  • An architectural twist on ordinary food drives
    What do you get when you give an architect canned yams, corn and tuna fish? Perhaps a 12-foot bridge or larger-than-life sea creature. Each year around the globe, designers create sculptural masterpieces out of canned goods in Canstruction events. Jeffrey Brown reports on how the the creative contest boosts typical food drives.
    Original Air Date: November 27, 2013
  • Warsaw conference moves towards 'new global climate regime'
    World leaders convened for the Warsaw Climate Change Conference this month, working towards an expanded commitment to cut greenhouse gas emissions. Judy Woodruff talks to ActionAid USA's Brandon Wu and Harvard University's Robert Stavins about the political challenges ahead in order to curb climate change on a global scale.
    Original Air Date: November 27, 2013
  • N.C. schools promise arts education, but access not equal
    North Carolina mandates that all elementary school students have equal access to art instruction, but enforcement of the law appears inconsistent across the state. Special correspondent for education John Merrow reports on two elementary schools' different approaches to arts education and the effects on student performance.
    Original Air Date: November 27, 2013
  • Navy commanders accused of taking bribes for contracts
    A Malaysian businessman, known as "Fat Leonard," was arrested this fall for recruiting moles in the U.S Navy in order to inflate lucrative naval contracts. Allegations claim top commanders received bribes in exchange for contracts worth up to $200 million. Jeffrey Brown talks to Washington Post's Craig Whitlock for the latest.
    Original Air Date: November 27, 2013
  • Health care law delays insurance for small businesses
    Obama administration officials announced further delays to the implementation of Now, small businesses will not be able to enroll their employees on the federal insurance exchanges until November 2014. For details on the delay, Judy Woodruff talks to Louise Radnofsky of the Wall Street Journal.
    Original Air Date: November 27, 2013
  • Storm to bring record cold temperatures on Thanksgiving Day
    The storm system slowing down holiday travel isn't extreme by meteorologists' measures, it just "occurred on the worst possible day." Rain and snow showers are creating slippery conditions on major highways and record cold temperatures are on their way for Thanksgiving Day. Gwen Ifill talks to Bernie Rayno of
    Original Air Date: November 27, 2013
  • Obama designates Popcorn as National Thanksgiving Turkey
    President Obama, referring to the presidential turkey pardon tradition, said he has "many awesome and solemn responsibilities. This is not one of them."The president pardoned gobbler "Popcorn" in annual ceremony at the White House on Wednesday, after an online contest determined which of the two selected toms -- the other being "Caramel" -- deserved the National Thanksgiving Turkey title.
    Original Air Date: November 27, 2013

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

  • Food writer Paula Wolfert cooks to cope with Alzheimer's
    Award-winning cookbook author Paula Wolfert can't remember all of the ingredients in her recipes anymore, but she still knows how her dishes should taste. Hoping to delay the effects of Alzheimer's disease, Wolfert copes by continuing to cook. Judy Woodruff reports on why Wolfert wants more people to declare their memory loss.
    Original Air Date: November 26, 2013
  • 'Many Rivers to Cross' recounts African-American history
    In "Many Rivers to Cross," Henry Louis Gates Jr. recounts 500 years of African-American history in a six-part series for PBS. Gwen Ifill sits down with Gates, a Harvard University professor, to discuss the journey of black Americans who created hope and persistence in the face of brutal discrimination.
    Original Air Date: November 26, 2013
  • Gov. Scott Walker: state governance a model for Washington
    In 2012, Gov. Scott Walker, R-Wis., faced a recall election and won. In his new book, "Unintimidated," Walker writes about facing political pressure from public sector unions while trying to implement change in his state. Jeffrey Brown caught up with Walker to discuss what lessons he learned during his battle to stay in office.
    Original Air Date: November 26, 2013
  • Underfunded Free Syrian Army faces additional enemies
    The commander of the Free Syrian Army announced it will not attend scheduled peace talks in Geneva and will continue to fight Assad's forces. But the opposition group is also having to combat extremist groups. Margaret Warner reports on the pressures and in-fighting facing the FSA, as well as challenges to diplomatic efforts.
    Original Air Date: November 26, 2013
  • How much discretion does Obama have in deportation policies
    While immigration reform currently seems politically out reach, hundreds of thousands of undocumented residents are still being deported. Gwen Ifill gets viewpoints on the debate over deportation from Marielena Hincapié of the National Immigration Law Center and David Martin of the University of Virginia School of Law.
    Original Air Date: November 26, 2013
  • China's push into disputed territory is increasing tension
    The U.S. flew two B-52 bombers over disputed territory in the East China Sea, rejecting an air defense restriction from China for islands that are also claimed by Japan. Judy Woodruff talks to Julian Barnes of The Wall Street Journal about increased volatility in the region.
    Original Air Date: November 26, 2013
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    Original Air Date: November 26, 2013
    November 26, 2013
  • President Obama addresses economic agenda at DreamWorks
    For more: Barack Obama wraps up a three-day West Coast tour by pushing his economic agenda at DreamWorks Animation in Glendale, Calif. on Tuesday. Before his planned remarks, Obama met with film industry executives, including movie producer Jeffrey Katzenberg, who's one of the president's top fundraisers and political supporters.
    Original Air Date: November 26, 2013
  • Rebecca Eaton on 'Making Masterpiece'
    Rebecca Eaton talks about her 25 year long career as the executive producer of PBS's "Masterpiece Theater" in her new book, "Making Masterpiece."
    Original Air Date: November 26, 2013

Monday, November 25, 2013

  • Tunisia struggles to reset its democracy
    Nearly three years after Tunisia's revolution inspired citizens across the region, the nation that sparked the Arab Spring has struggled with the transition away from authoritarian rule. Filmmaker Jessie Deeter filed this report, narrated by Hari Sreenivasan, about the mounting pressures as the society tries to find its way.
    Original Air Date: November 25, 2013