Friday, August 22, 2014

  • Explore higher education's future with Hari Sreenivasan
    Declining graduation rates, skyrocketing student debt and a paltry job market for graduates has many in the education community looking for new ideas to restart America’s colleges and universities. Join PBS NewsHour Weekend anchor Hari Sreenivasan as he explores innovative approaches that are changing the way higher education works around the nation.
    Original Air Date: August 22, 2014
  • Colleges emphasize student 'stickiness' to boost graduations
    In Tennessee, a disturbingly high dropout rate at public universities prompted the state to change how they fund schools: the more students graduate, the more a school gets paid. Hari Sreenivasan reports on the rise of performance-based funding and innovations by schools to keep students invested.
    Original Air Date: August 22, 2014
  • Grad rates double after reinvention of Chicago City Colleges
    Just 20 percent of community college students complete a degree in the U.S. Cheryl Hyman, chief of City Colleges of Chicago, is reshaping her school system to not only provide wide access to higher education, but to put students on the fastest track to relevant credentials. Hari Sreenivasan talks to Hyman, whose reforms have come with critique for making major cuts.
    Original Air Date: August 22, 2014
  • Group wants to turn student borrowers into activists
    Through the recession, college tuition skyrocketed at public universities to make up for flagging state funding. Some students who borrowed to keep up with rising costs face crushing debt repayments. Hari Sreenivasan travelled to Wisconsin to report on one group hoping to turn the state’s student borrowers into a powerful voting bloc.
    Original Air Date: August 22, 2014
  • Online university skips class to be more accessible
    College for America, an online degree program, has no classes, professors or credit hours. It's been cited as an innovative way to make college more affordable. But how do its students qualify for a degree? Hari Sreenivasan reports from New Hampshire on a university that gives credit based on competency at the student's own pace.
    Original Air Date: August 22, 2014

Thursday, August 21, 2014

  • Killing of three leaders deals demoralizing blow to Hamas
    Following this week’s cease-fire collapse, Israeli airstrikes killed multiple Hamas leaders in Gaza. The Associated Press’s Josef Federman, reporting from Jerusalem, talks to Hari Sreenivasan about news that a member of Hamas has claimed responsibility for the kidnapping and killing of three Israeli teens, plus the prospects of either side returning to the negotiating table.
    Original Air Date: August 21, 2014
    Funeral ceremony of Hamas commanders in Gaza
  • Bank of America to pay nearly $17B over housing crisis
    Bank of America will pay nearly $17 billion for its role in writing and securitizing risky home loans in the run up the housing crisis. For a closer look at the Justice Department deal, and the impact it and earlier bank settlements might have on Wall Street and across the U.S., Hari Sreenivasan talks to Dennis Kelleher of Better Markets and Lynn Stout of Cornell University.
    Original Air Date: August 21, 2014
    The Fed policies of Ben Bernanke and Janet Yellen, who begins her term Feb. 1, are making former Harvard economist Terry Burnham withdraw his money from Bank of America. Photo by Davis Turner/Getty Images.
  • How is Islamic State different from other extremist groups?
    Shadi Hamid of the Brookings Institution and Steven Simon of the Middle East Institute join Judy Woodruff to discuss the threat the Islamic State poses and how they’re recruiting members, including westerners.
    Original Air Date: August 21, 2014
  • More details emerge on failed mission to rescue James Foley
    Judy Woodruff talks to The Washington Post’s Karen DeYoung about the U.S.’ attempt to rescue American journalist James Foley before his murder, and the country’s policy not to pay ransoms to terrorists.
    Original Air Date: August 21, 2014
  • U.S. vows killers of James Foley will be ‘held accountable’
    The Justice Department opened a criminal investigation into the murder of American journalist James Foley in Syria. That news came after word that earlier this summer a U.S. raid targeted an Islamic State site in Northern Syria in hopes of rescuing the reporter and other captives. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel defended the mission, saying it was not an intelligence failure. Judy Woodruff reports.
    Original Air Date: August 21, 2014
  • McDonnell uses broken marriage to fight corruption charges
    Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell returned to the stand in his public corruption trial, describing in detail how relations with his wife had broken down in order to show that the couple could not have jointly engaged in a criminal conspiracy. If convicted, the one-time rising star in GOP politics could face as much as 20 years in prison. Judy Woodruff learns more from Craig Carper of WCVE.
    Original Air Date: August 21, 2014
    Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell was convcted of 11 counts of
  • American doctor speaks out about his Ebola recovery
    The 33-year-old American doctor Kent Brantley was infected with the Ebola virus while working in a hospital in Liberia, but has reportedly made a full recovery. Standing alongside the medical team that treated him in Atlanta’s Emory University Hospital, Brantley recalled the month-long battle for his life. Judy Woodruff has the story.
    Original Air Date: August 21, 2014
  • Muslim youth culture in 'Rebel Music'
    Hisham Aidi, a lecturer at Columbia's School of International and Public Affairs, sat down with chief correspondent Jeffrey Brown to discuss his new book "Rebel Music: Race, Empire and the New Muslim Youth Culture" and tour the Muslim world through music.For more Art Beat:
    Original Air Date: August 21, 2014
    Rebel Music

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

  • ‘Factory Man’ explores human side of globalization
    For much of the 20th century, southern Virginia and North Carolina were home to the world's biggest furniture factories and suppliers. But between 1989 and 2007, seven factories closed, in part due to booming furniture-making businesses in Asia. Jeffrey Brown profiles “Factory Man,” a new book by Beth Macy, that recalls of the rise and fall of the industry, as well as one hard-earned success story.
    Original Air Date: August 20, 2014
  • Behind the mysterious holes in Siberia
    When holes opened up in the earth recently in Siberia, a wave of speculation was set off as to their cause. Scientists are now pinpointing a dramatic increase in arctic thawing, which may have released methane once trapped below the frozen ground. For a better understanding, Judy Woodruff talks to Tom Wagner of NASA.
    Original Air Date: August 20, 2014
  • Ferguson residents speak to town’s tragedy
    Amid protest and tension over the killing of Michael Brown, the residents of Ferguson, Missouri, are contemplating what the events in their community mean for them and the whole country. Hari Sreenivasan offers an array of voices from Ferguson.
    Original Air Date: August 20, 2014
  • Displaced Iraqis traumatized, betrayed by Islamic militants
    The humanitarian crisis in Iraq is taking its toll on displaced Christians and those in the minority Yazidi community. As brutal attacks from the Sunni militant group known as the Islamic State continue, hundreds of thousands have fled to the country’s Kurdish region. Margaret Warner toured one refugee camp near the Syrian border to find Iraqis in a state of shock and desperation.
    Original Air Date: August 20, 2014
  • Remembering journalist James Foley
    James Foley’s journalistic career spanned multiple countries and conflicts; his reporting from Afghanistan and Libya appeared on the NewsHour, as well as other news outlets. Gwen Ifill remembers Foley and discusses the dangers reporters face with Charles Sennott, co-founder of GlobalPost, and Robert Mahoney of the Committee to Protect Journalists.
    Original Air Date: August 20, 2014
    The U.S. believes it has identified the British-accented masked man in the videos depicting the beheadings of two American journalists and a British aid worker, the FBI director says. Video still from PBS NewsHour.
  • Obama: World is appalled by James Foley's killing
    President Obama gave a statement today from Martha's Vineyard about the brutal murder of freelance journalist James Foley by Islamic militants. The president said the U.S. would continue to support the people in Iraq who are fighting against the Islamic State Group.
    Original Air Date: August 20, 2014

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

  • ‘Crowd-sourced’ science sheds new light on olinguito
    In the year since the discovery of the olinguito — a small, furry, tree-dwelling member of the raccoon family, living in the forests of Colombia and Ecuador — the mammal has gone from being literally unknown to being surprisingly well-documented. Zoologist Kristofer Helgen of the Smithsonian Institution joins Jeffrey Brown to discuss how the public has contributed to tracking the olinguito.
    Original Air Date: August 19, 2014
    Baby Olinguito
  • Indonesian province turns up Sharia law after tsunami
    Islamic Sharia law was fairly dormant in the Indonesian province of Aceh until a massive earthquake and tsunami struck in 2004, killing more than 130,000. But as residents rebuild, Sharia officers have strengthened their grip, threatening rights of religious minorities and women. Special correspondent Kira Kay reports.
    Original Air Date: August 19, 2014
  • What do health workers need to continue Ebola fight?
    The World Health Organization says the death toll from the Ebola outbreak has topped 1,200 amid growing concern that local resources of all kinds are being strained to the limit. Doctors Without Borders president Dr. Joanne Liu discusses the aid group’s new treatment facility, the epidemic’s dangerous impact on health care, and why the current response is “dangerously inadequate.”
    Original Air Date: August 19, 2014
  • New police shooting in St. Louis stirs Ferguson unease
    A new shooting threatened to inflame protests in Ferguson, Missouri. St. Louis police shot and killed a man after he robbed a market and confronted officers with a knife. Judy Woodruff talks to Yamiche Alcindor of USA Today about response to the new incident. The NewsHour’s Quinn Bowman reports on the disruption that the protests pose to the city’s children, who have been out of school all week.
    Original Air Date: August 19, 2014
    St. Louis cops shoot and kill man near Ferguson
  • Public opinions on Brown killing show division by race
    To discuss the racial divide in reactions to the Ferguson protests, Judy Woodruff looks at data with Carroll Doherty of Pew Research Center. Ronald Hampton, former executive director of the National Black Police Association, and Gil Alba, former detective of the New York City Police Department, discuss the prospects for reconciling the Ferguson community after such upheaval.
    Original Air Date: August 19, 2014
  • Robot sculptures feed the homeless in Phoenix
    Arizona artist Alexi Devilliers constructs sculptures, robots, and other fun creatures out of recycled tin cans. The tin cans he uses for his projects come from ingredients in meals he cooks up every week, which he then donates to elderly homeless veterans in phoenix.
    Original Air Date: August 19, 2014
    Robot sculptures feed the homeless in Phoenix
  • Poet Behbahani Writes for Peace in Iran’s Political Turmoil
    English translator Farzaneh Milani examines the writings of Simin Behbahani, one of Iran's most renowned and prolific female poets, amid the recent political turmoil that has affected her own life.
    Original Air Date: May 17, 2010
    Simin Behbahani

Monday, August 18, 2014

  • Displaced Iraqis fear risks of returning home
    Saving the Kurdish city of Irbil from the onslaught of Islamic State fighters was one of the goals of U.S. airstrikes launched earlier this month. But a sense of foreboding remains in the region, and many of the displaced residents don't feel safe enough to return. Margaret Warner talks to Judy Woodruff from Irbil about the Kurdish Peshmerga’s retaking of Mosul dam.
    Original Air Date: August 18, 2014
  • More emergency food assistance going to working Americans
    Roughly one in seven people in the United States rely on food banks or other charitable organizations for basic nutrition, according to a new study by the nonprofit Feeding America. That number includes 25 percent of active military families, and an increased number of adult college students. Deborah Flateman, executive director of the Maryland Food Bank, joins Jeffrey Brown to discuss the crisis.
    Original Air Date: August 18, 2014