Tuesday, March 31, 2015

  • Religious Freedom bill stirs Hoosier uproar
    Indiana Gov. Mike Pence said he wanted to clarify his state’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act, defending the law he signed last week as not discriminatory. In the last few days, gay rights groups have protested while high-profile companies have come out against the bill, with potential economic consequences for the state. Political editor Lisa Desjardins updates Judy Woodruff.
    Original Air Date: March 31, 2015
    Demonstrators gather to protest a controversial religious freedom bill in Indianapolis
  • Can Americans be confident about pilot mental fitness?
    According to Lufthansa, the co-pilot who crashed a Germanwings flight into the French Alps had informed the company of severe depression in 2009. Judy Woodruff talks to Dr. Warren Silberman, a former FAA medical certification manager, and Dr. William Hurt Sledge of Yale University about the current psychological screening process and standards for U.S. pilots.
    Original Air Date: March 31, 2015
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  • Iran’s nuclear program negotiations continue past deadline
    As the self-imposed deadline ended for a nuclear deal between Iran and six world powers, the State Department announced the meetings in Lausanne, Switzerland, would be extended at least a day. Judy Woodruff learns more from Indira Lakshmanan of Bloomberg News, who is reporting from Lausanne.
    Original Air Date: March 31, 2015
    Head of Iranian Atomic Energy Organization Ali Akbar Salehi walks with others during a break in a meeting with world representatives seeking to pin down a nuclear deal with Iran at the Beau Rivage Palace Hotel in Lausanne
  • Rebranding Sacramento with artful dumpsters
    The Power Inn Alliance of Sacramento asked 10 local artists to paint a very unusual canvas for a public art exhibit called "Art of the Dumpster."The Power Inn Alliance of Sacramento created a public art exhibit called "Art of the Dumpster."For more Art Beat: http://www.pbs.org/newshour/art/
    Original Air Date: March 31, 2015
  • How brain stimulation helped Miles O'Brien land a helicopter
    Science correspondent Miles O'Brien tests the effectiveness of transcranial brain stimulation by performing a tricky helicopter landing with and without a jolt to the brain.
    Original Air Date: March 31, 2015

Monday, March 30, 2015

  • Scott Kelly sets out to break an American record in space
    This week, astronaut Scott Kelly arrived at the International Space Station, where he will stay for a year -- the longest duration of time any American has spent in space. While Scott is in orbit, researchers on Earth will be studying his identical twin brother Mark Kelly for insight into how space affects the human body. Jeffrey Brown learns more from former astronaut Chris Hadfield.
    Original Air Date: March 30, 2015
    NASA astronaut Scott Kelly walks after donning space suit at the Baikonur cosmodrome
  • Nigerians fear post-election violence while awaiting outcome
    After voting Saturday, Nigeria is still waiting for the outcome of the presidential election, the nation's closest contest since the end of military rule in 1999. While turnout was high and voting appeared smooth, there were protests and accusations of vote rigging. Jeffrey Brown reports.
    Original Air Date: March 30, 2015
    A man stands in front of electoral campaign posters in Lagos
  • Chronicling the 'resistance movement' against cancer
    We have to know the story of cancer, says Dr. Siddhartha Mukherjee, because everyone comes in contact with the disease at some point in life. "Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies," a new PBS documentary, offers a deep examination of cancer medicine, with signs of hope for the future. Judy Woodruff interviews Mukherjee, author of the book that inspired the series, and executive producer Ken Burns.
    Original Air Date: March 30, 2015
  • Scientists test your instinct to uncover subtle racial bias
    Americans born in the Millennial generation are more likely to say they're not racist and less likely to use racist expressions. But subconscious prejudices still persist. Hari Sreenivasan visits a psychology lab at New York University, where researchers test subjects’ instinct and decision-making to learn more about these implicit biases.
    Original Air Date: March 30, 2015
  • Will Indiana’s religious freedom law inform the 2016 race?
    Judy Woodruff talks to Susan Page of USA Today and Margaret Talev of Bloomberg News about the political fallout from a religious freedom bill signed into law by Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, and how former President Bill Clinton could be both campaign asset and liability if Hillary Clinton decides to run.
    Original Air Date: March 30, 2015
  • News Wrap: Ind. lawmakers to clarify religious freedom bill
    In our news wrap Monday, Indiana’s state house speaker said the language in a new religious freedom statute will be modified to make it clear that discrimination is not allowed. The bill sparked protests after opponents, who say it permits businesses to refuse service to gays and lesbians. Also, a coalition led by Saudi Arabia stepped up a Yemen military campaign with a naval blockade.
    Original Air Date: March 30, 2015
  • Watch full interview with Linda Thomas-Greenfield on Nigeria's elections
    Watch full interview with Linda Thomas-Greenfield on Nigeria's elections
    Original Air Date: March 30, 2015
    Linda Thomas-Greenfield

Sunday, March 29, 2015

  • Inside the new pay day loan rules from the CFPB
    This week, the federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau took new steps to protect the working poor from people critics describe as predatory lenders, those who make what are known as pay day loans. Chico Harlan of the Washington Post joins Hari Sreenivasan to discuss the changes.
    Original Air Date: March 29, 2015
  • Decoding Silicon Valley's puzzling tech billboards
    Billboards with confusing language aimed at the tech industry have begun popping up along a 49-mile stretch of freeway between San Francisco and San Jose. KQED San Francisco's Scott Shafer reports.
    Original Air Date: March 29, 2015
  • Are US allies risking new chaos in the Middle East?
    Even as some United States allies in the Middle East fight against pro-Iranian forces in Yemen, the US is fighting with Iran against the Islamic State in Iraq. Matt Bradley of The Wall Street Journal joins Hari Sreenivasan via Skype from Erbil, Iraq, to discuss the muddled situation.
    Original Air Date: March 29, 2015

Saturday, March 28, 2015

  • Investigators probe the life of the Germanwings co-pilot
    While definitive answers remain elusive, new information emerged Saturday about the young co-pilot who authorities believe deliberately flew a Germanwings airbus into the French Alps, killing all 150 people on board. For the latest, Jack Ewing of The New York Times joins Hari Sreenivasan via Skype from Montabaur, Germany, where the co-pilot was from.
    Original Air Date: March 28, 2015
    Undated file picture of co-pilot Andreas Lubitz
  • Viewers respond to report on controversy of sports gambling
    Hari Sreenivasan reads viewer comments responding to a previous report on the controversies surrounding illegal sports betting in the U.S.
    Original Air Date: March 28, 2015
  • San Francisco Symphony offers modern take on classical music
    As part of a growing national movement to revitalize the symphony experience for patrons, the San Francisco Symphony recently launched SoundBox, a show series meant to create new musical experiences and entice new audiences. KQED's Cy Musiker reports.
    Original Air Date: March 28, 2015
  • Does more web-based media mean the death of TV?
    Over the past five years, more than three million American homes have canceled their cable subscriptions while plenty more have signed up for online streaming services to control when, where and how they watch their favorite shows. Now, some of the biggest players in television are looking beyond cable by offering services that bundle and stream programs without a cable or satellite hookup.
    Original Air Date: March 27, 2015
  • Movement urges death conversations among loved ones
    A growing national movement to normalize end-of-life discussions among family and friends has gained traction in recent months. As Medicare considers whether to cover such conversations with physicians, The Conversation Project, a Boston-based non-profit, is highlighting the importance of talking openly about dying. Special Correspondent Lynn Sherr reports.
    Original Air Date: March 27, 2015

Friday, March 27, 2015

  • Why Assad sees an opening for dialogue with the U.S.
    Syrian President Bashar al-Assad sat down for an interview with PBS host and CBS News anchor Charlie Rose on Thursday in Damascus. Assad denied reports of chemical weapon use by his military and signaled openness to dialogue with the United States. Rose joins Judy Woodruff to discuss what he learned in the interview and the state of Damascus today.
    Original Air Date: March 27, 2015
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  • ‘L’Allegro,’ a dance masterwork, makes its television debut
    Twenty-five years after starting his dance company, Mark Morris is making the leap to television with a production of "L'Allegro" on PBS’ Great Performances. Jeffrey Brown talks to the famed choreographer.
    Original Air Date: March 27, 2015
  • Shields and Brooks on Harry Reid’s retirement
    Syndicated columnist Mark Shields and New York Times columnist David Brooks join Judy Woodruff to discuss the week’s news, including Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid’s retirement announcement, Sen. Ted Cruz’s presidential prospects and U.S. involvement in the Yemen conflict.
    Original Air Date: March 27, 2015
  • Armor-like shark skin may offer defense from superbugs
    Do sharks offer a key to fighting deadly bacteria? The White House unveiled a new campaign Friday to contain drug-resistant bacteria known as “superbugs,” and one of the unlikely resources that researchers are turning to is shark skin. Hari Sreenivasan reports.
    Original Air Date: March 27, 2015
  • Will Nigeria see first-ever democratic transition of power?
    Millions of Nigerians are expected to turn out for tomorrow’s delayed election, which pits President Goodluck Jonathan against former military dictator Muhammadu Buhari in a tight race, with fears of terrorism looming. Jeffrey Brown learns more about the significance of the election from Michelle Faul, Nigeria bureau chief of the Associated Press.
    Original Air Date: March 27, 2015
    A man carries goods on top of his head at an open market in front of election posters in Kano
  • How women in tech see Ellen Pao’s gender discrimination case
    A jury of six men and six women found gender was not a factor in the firing of former junior partner Ellen Pao at venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers. The case drew attention to sexism and gender imbalance in Silicon Valley, as well as the wider tech world. Hari Sreenivasan talks to Fran Maier, founder of TRUSTe, about the significance of the case and verdict.
    Original Air Date: March 27, 2015
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Thursday, March 26, 2015

  • Poet writes slam-dunking kids' novel
    How do you get reluctant readers to fall in love with a book? Writer and literacy activist Kwame Alexander says you have to offer them something relatable. In "The Crossover," basketball is the hook to persuade kids to pick up a novel written in poetic verse. Jeffrey Brown sits down with Alexander to discuss his award-winning young adult book.
    Original Air Date: March 26, 2015
  • Are investors pumping up another housing bubble in Florida?
    Since Florida's housing market crashed nearly a decade ago, a wave of investors offering cash to flip or rent properties has helped restore market values. Now, some homeowners who suffered foreclosure but are ready again to qualify are being priced out while rental prices rise, adding to concerns about another housing bubble. Economics correspondent Paul Solman reports.
    Original Air Date: March 26, 2015