Wednesday, May 15, 2013

  • HatCam Goes Running in ACLI Capitol Challenge
    Congressman, journalists, judges and agency staffers ran on common ground Monday morning in the annual ACLI Capitol Challenge at Washington's Anacostia Park. The PBS NewsHour's team, "No Commercials, No Mercy," placed fourth our of 17 teams in the Electronic Media category. Also present at the 3-miler race was the notorious "hatcam."
    Original Air Date: May 15, 2013
  • Photographer Explores ‘Chicago’s Bloody Year’
    For the past 10 years photographer Jon Lowenstein has turned his lens to the slow-moving forces shaping daily life for the people of Chicago’s South Side, chronicling the demolition of some of the nation’s largest housing projects, the closure of crumbling schools and some of the deep bonds built in a changing community amidst ongoing violence.
    Original Air Date: May 15, 2013
  • Can America Fix Its Political System?
    Author Richard Haass discusses what America needs to do to fix its own problems and be effective abroad.
    Original Air Date: May 15, 2013

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

  • Incident With Diplomat Occurs as U.S. Seeks Russian Help
    Sounding like something out of a spy movie, Russian authorities detained an American diplomat overnight on claims he is actually a CIA agent. Margaret Warner talks with Will Englund of The Washington Post for more details of the story and what kind of information American intelligence agencies might want to collect in Russia.
    Original Air Date: May 14, 2013
  • In India, Seeking to Spark Enthusiasm for School
    In India, an educational group called Pratham aims to change the perception of school as a solemn enterprise and to offer instead a love of learning to the youngest -- and poorest -- students. Special correspondent Fred de Sam Lazaro reports on what is possibly the world's largest campaign to improve remedial education.
    Original Air Date: May 14, 2013
  • Was Seizure of AP's Phone Records Justified?
    Judy Woodruff talks with David Schultz, legal counsel for the Associated Press, about the procedures for accessing information from the news media about confidential sources, what constitutes "crossing the line" by the government and whether the current investigation was justified by the gravity of the situation.
    Original Air Date: May 14, 2013
  • News Wrap: Abortion Doctor Gets Life Sentence
    In other news Tuesday, Philadelphia abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell was sentenced to life in prison without parole for murdering three babies. Gosnell forfeited his right to appeal to avoid the death penalty. Also, the Defense Department says it will furlough more than 600,000 civilian employees for 11 days through September.
    Original Air Date: May 14, 2013
  • Involvement in IRS Targeting Calls for More Transparency
    The scandal at the IRS over political targeting of conservative groups has extended to include agency officials in Washington. Meanwhile, Attorney General Eric Holder ordered the FBI to see if any laws were broken. Jeffrey Brown talks with Juliet Eilperin of The Washington Post and CQ Roll Call's Eliza Newlin Carney.
    Original Air Date: May 14, 2013
  • White House Emphasizes Patience on IRS and DOJ Controversies
    In a heated White House press briefing Tuesday, press secretary Jay Carney fielded reporters' questions on the recent controversy over the IRS alleged inappropriate targeting of conservative groups. Carney also reiterated that the White House could not comment on recent reports that the Department of Justice had secretly obtained phone records of reporters and editors for The Associated Press.
    Original Air Date: May 14, 2013
  • Watch AG Eric Holder Address IRS Scandal, AP Probe
    Attorney General Eric Holder told reporters during a news conference Tuesday that he ordered an investigation on the IRS' extra scrutiny on tea party groups. Holder also said he had no involvement in the leak probe in which the Department of Justice seized phone records of Associated Press reporters and editors.
    Original Air Date: May 14, 2013

Monday, May 13, 2013

  • New Anthology Celebrates 'Ascent' of African-American Poets
    Jeffrey Brown talks with longtime literary editor Charles Henry Rowell about his passion for promoting undiscovered and underappreciated African-American poets and artists. His latest effort is a new anthology called "Angles of Ascent."
    Original Air Date: May 13, 2013
  • The Genocide Conviction of Guatemala's Efraín Ríos Montt
    What does the conviction of Efraín Ríos Montt mean for the former Guatemala dictator, that country's fragile judicial system and for the families of the victims? Hari Sreenivasan talks to producer Xeni Jardin of Boing Boing, who was in the courtroom at the time of the verdict.
    Original Air Date: May 13, 2013
  • Voters in Pakistan Pick 'Traditional Choice' Sharif
    On the eve of the historic election in Pakistan, Declan Walsh, Islamabad bureau chief for the New York Times, had his visa revoked for unspecified "undesirable activities." Margaret Warner talks to Walsh about what the results of the election mean for Pakistan's pressing problems and relationship to the U.S.
    Original Air Date: May 13, 2013
  • Supreme Court Unanimously Upholds Monsanto's Soybean Patent
    In an unanimous decision, the Supreme Court found a soybean farmer had violated a patent held by agri-giant Monsanto. Marcia Coyle of the National Law Journal joins Jeffrey Brown to discuss the legal, agricultural and technological impact of this decision.
    Original Air Date: May 13, 2013
  • Abortion Dr. Kermit Gosnell Guilty of First-Degree Murder
    Kermit Gosnell, a Philadelphia doctor who performed late-term abortions, has been found guilty on three counts of first-degree murder and one for involuntary manslaughter. At his sentencing, Gosnell could receive the death penalty. Ray Suarez talks with Maryclaire Dale of the Associated Press.
    Original Air Date: May 13, 2013
  • Understanding Tax Law Behind IRS Political Targeting Reports
    Revelations that the IRS targeted conservative political groups for additional scrutiny has launched a political firestorm. To help understand the tax law, Judy Woodruff is joined by Richard Schmalbeck of Duke University School of Law and Jay Sekulow of the American Center for the Law and Justice.
    Original Air Date: May 13, 2013
  • IRS Under Fire for Scrutinizing Conservative Groups
    Reports charge the IRS targeted conservative political groups in 2012 by applying extra scrutiny to organizations that focused on government spending or the U.S. Constitution or had the words "tea party" or "patriot" in their names. Judy Woodruff reports on responses from the president and lawmakers on both sides of the aisle.
    Original Air Date: May 13, 2013
  • Watch Obama-Cameron Joint Press Conference
    As British Prime Minister David Cameron and President Obama at the White House to discuss the two countries' continuing partnership. In a joint press conference, the two leaders answered reporters' questions on IRS' alleged targeting of conservative groups, the attacks on the Benghazi consulate in Libya and whether Russia will assist in negotiating a political solution to the Syria conflict.
    Original Air Date: May 13, 2013

Friday, May 10, 2013

  • Boston Marathon Victim on Her Road to Recovery
    Roseann Sdoia was waiting for her friend to cross the finish line at the Boston Marathon when the second bomb exploded only a few feet away. Sdoia's right leg was badly damaged and had to be amputated above the knee. She talks about her road to rehabilitation with Emily Rooney of WGBH in Boston.
    Original Air Date: May 10, 2013
  • Shields and Gerson on Immigration Debate, Benghazi Hearings
    Syndicated columnist Mark Shields and Washington Post columnist Michael Gerson discuss the immigration reform bill's first day in Congress, Congressional hearings on the security leading up to the consulate attack in Benghazi and handling of the facts afterwards, as well as Mark Sanford's political victory in South Carolina.
    Original Air Date: May 10, 2013
  • Pakistan Prepares for Historic Vote Amid Threats of Violence
    In Pakistan, citizens are enthusiastically preparing to vote in a historic election. But in the lead up to the parliamentary vote, attacks by the Taliban have killed more than 100 people with the promise of suicide bombs on election day. Ray Suarez takes a look at the various candidates and the attitudes of the voters.
    Original Air Date: May 10, 2013
  • International ATM Cyber Hackers Hid 'in Plain Sight'
    The global network of thieves who targeted ATMs struck 2,904 machines over 10 hours in New York alone, withdrawing $2.4 million. For more on the attack and the aftermath, Jeffrey Brown talks with Loretta Lynch, the U.S. attorney for the eastern district of New York and the federal prosecutor in the heist case.
    Original Air Date: May 10, 2013
  • News Wrap: Carbon Dioxide Level Hits Grim Milestone
    In other news Friday, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reported that carbon dioxide in the Earth's atmosphere has reached a level not seen in millions of years. Also, the new skyscraper at Ground Zero in lower Manhattan now stands at its full height. The new structure will be the tallest in the U.S.
    Original Air Date: May 10, 2013
  • How Is the Garment Industry Working to Improve Conditions?
    The garment factory disaster in Bangladesh has raised concern about the conditions of factories abroad. Ray Suarez talks with Steven Greenhouse of The New York Times about consequences for the owner of the factory and Bangladesh's safety standards, as well as what's being done by Western retailers to improve working conditions.
    Original Air Date: May 10, 2013
  • Boston Marathon Bombing Victim on Moving Forward
    Roseann Sdoia was waiting for a friend at the Boston Marathon finish line when the second blast knocked her to the ground. Her right leg was later amputated above the knee. Sdoia talked to WGBH Greater Boston host Emily Rooney about the day of the bombings, her recovery and her plans to move forward.
    Original Air Date: May 10, 2013
  • Scene From 'Other Desert Cities' at Arena Stage
    A scene from the Arena Stage production of Jon Robin Baitz's play "Other Desert Cities." Daughter Brooke (Emily Donahoe) confronts her mother Polly (Helen Carey) and father Lyman (Larry Bryggman) about her memoir as they warn her about the pain she may cause for all.
    Original Air Date: May 10, 2013
  • China Pivots to Middle East
    Author Vali Nasr discusses China's growing interest in the Middle East.
    Original Air Date: May 10, 2013
  • Conversation: Jon Robin Baitz's 'Other Desert Cities'
    After a Broadway run, "Other Desert Cities" has been produced in several major theaters around the county. Jeffrey Brown talks to playwright Jon Robin Baitz about his play, a family drama that take its characters and audience to strange and dark places with a lot of humor along the way.
    Original Air Date: May 10, 2013

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