Wednesday, October 23, 2013

  • Detroit bankruptcy eligibility case goes to trial
    The city of Detroit filed for bankruptcy in July, and now it must prove to a judge that the conditions necessitate that protection. But some pension funds, unions and retirees are fighting the filing. Jeffrey Brown gets an update from Matthew Dolan of The Wall Street Journal on Detroit's finances.
    Original Air Date: October 23, 2013
  • How will higher education evolve to be more affordable?
    A new report shows the cost of college is rising at a slower rate, but that does little good in easing the struggle for affordable higher education, with fewer funds available for student aid and household incomes at a plateau. What options do students face? Ray Suarez talks to Jeff Selingo of The Chronicle of Higher Education.
    Original Air Date: October 23, 2013
  • Will there be more complications to the health care website?
    The Obama administration has said it is making efforts to improve the health care website, but tech experts warn the problems are far from fixed. For more on what contributed to the flawed launch and the challenges ahead, Hari Sreenivasan speaks with John Engates of RackSpace and Bill Curtis of CAST Software.
    Original Air Date: October 23, 2013
  • White House launches 'tech surge' to boost capacity
    On their first day back in session since the shutdown, House members called out the faults of the health care online exchanges and called for needed fixes. Congressional correspondent Kwame Holman reports on efforts being made by the Obama administration to continue enrollment despite the site's technical troubles.
    Original Air Date: October 23, 2013
  • Elizabeth Becker's 'Overbooked' explores travel and tourism
    Elizabeth Becker talks about the wonders and woes of the ever-growing travel industry and how tourism transforms countries in her new book, 'Overbooked: The Exploding Business of Travel and Tourism."
    Original Air Date: October 23, 2013

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

  • Novelist Jonathan Lethem looks at American radicalism
    Set in the mid-20th century, Jonathan Lethem's novel "Dissident Gardens" explores the private lives of American communists and the "radical tradition" that has become part of the fabric of our nation. Jeffrey Brown talks to the author about his inspiration and the intersection of political ideology and personal experience.
    Original Air Date: October 22, 2013
  • Societal factors play into rise of drug-resistant bacteria
    Has the age of antibiotics come to an end? New strains of bacteria are on the rise, landing normally healthy people in the hospital with life-threatening, drug-resistant infections. Ray Suarez talks to David Hoffman, the journalist who led the investigation for Frontline's "Hunting the Nightmare Bacteria."
    Original Air Date: October 22, 2013
  • Changing relations with Mideast allies may affect U.S.
    Tensions between Saudi Arabia and the U.S. have arisen from "cumulative" disagreements on a variety of international issues. Jeffrey Brown speaks with chief foreign correspondent Margaret Warner and former State Department analyst Graeme Bannerman about the history of the alliance and risks of a reduced U.S. role in the region.
    Original Air Date: October 22, 2013
  • Rep. Huelskamp: Tea party lost the battle, not the debate
    Rep. Tim Huelskamp, R-Kan., believes that Americans are disappointed with the "status quo" deal Congress passed to end the shutdown. Judy Woodruff talks to the congressman about Republican strategy and rhetoric, another conversation in our series on the future direction of the GOP.
    Original Air Date: October 22, 2013
  • Economists expect 'messier' jobs report for October
    Employment data for the month of September was finally released after being delayed for weeks by the shutdown. The numbers reflect a month of disappointing growth with little change in unemployment and fewer jobs created than expected. Economic correspondent Paul Solman looks at what it means for the nation's economic recovery.
    Original Air Date: October 22, 2013
  • Is U.S. transparent enough about civilian drone casualties?
    Two human rights groups claim that U.S. drone attacks targeting terrorists have killed dozens of innocent civilians abroad, despite promises from the president to limit strikes that cause unintended casualties. Mustafa Qadri of Amnesty International, the author of one report, and retired Maj. Gen. Charles Dunlap join Gwen Ifill.
    Original Air Date: 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
    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