Wednesday, August 13, 2014

  • Afghanistan's political limbo raises stakes for U.S.
    In Afghanistan, where there’s still no clear presidential successor, the unresolved political future is an additional challenge for the United States as it looks to withdraw all of its troops by 2016 and sign off on a security agreement. Meanwhile, the Taliban has staged new attacks in Kabul and beyond. Chief foreign affairs correspondent Margaret Warner reports.
    Original Air Date: August 13, 2014
  • Lauren Bacall lit up the screen with glamour and strength
    Actress Lauren Bacall, who leapt into fame alongside Humphrey Bogart at the age of 19, embodied flinty, female independence as well as old Hollywood glamour. Ann Hornaday of The Washington Post joins Jeffrey Brown to recall Bacall’s mature screen presence, her infamous romance with Humphrey Bogart and the roles and directors that shaped her career.
    Original Air Date: August 13, 2014
    American screen star Lauren Bacall, pictured here circa 1945, died Aug. 12, 2014. Photo via John Kobal Foundation/Getty Images
  • Remembering Hollywood legend Lauren Bacall
    Award-winning actress Lauren Bacall has died at age 89. Known for her sultry voice and Hollywood glamor, Bacall made 40 movies in all, including four with her off-screen love, Humphrey Bogart. Jeffrey Brown remembers the actress with a look back at her career.
    Original Air Date: August 13, 2014
  • Snowden fears Americans will get ‘NSA fatigue’
    NSA leaker Edward Snowden discloses in an extensive profile in Wired magazine that the U.S. government ran a top secret cyber-war program, which he claims could accidentally start a war. Gwen Ifill gets an update on Snowden and his latest revelations from the man who interviewed him, James Bamford of Wired.
    Original Air Date: August 13, 2014
  • News Wrap: White House considering Yazidi rescue
    In our news wrap Wednesday, President Obama moved closer toward rescue steps for thousands of Yazidi refugees who are trapped on a mountain in Northern Iraq by fighters of the Islamic State group. The deputy national security advisor suggested a possible mission with British and Kurdish help. Also, New York’s Long Island suburbs were dumped with a summer’s worth of rain in just a few hours.
    Original Air Date: August 13, 2014

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

  • Robin Williams made transformation look effortless
    The death of Robin Williams, beloved American comedian and actor, has sparked an outpouring of shock and sadness. Jeffrey Brown joins A. O. Scott of The New York Times and Budd Friedman, founder of Improv Comedy Club, to look back at the “exuberance, sweetness and generosity” of William’s talent.
    Original Air Date: August 12, 2014
    Robin Williams was nominated for his role as the teacher who inspired his students at an upper class prep school in the 1950s in "Dead Poets Society" (1989). Photo by Touchstone Pictures/Getty Images
  • PBS NewsHour | Full Episode | August 12, 2014
    Tuesday on the NewsHour, an experimental drug is approved for use in treating Ebola patients, but the drugmaker’s supply might be running out. Also: Iraq struggles with political turmoil and a raging insurgency, increasing riots in Missouri over the police shooting of a teen, remembering the life of comedian and actor Robin Williams and the national impact of redrawing Congressional districts.
    Original Air Date: August 12, 2014
  • Family of slain Mo. teen call for calm after violent protest
    For a second night, protests boiled over into violence in Ferguson, Missouri, after the fatal police shooting of an unarmed African-American teenager on Saturday. In a statement, President Obama said pain over the killing should be expressed in a way “that heals, not in a way that wounds.” For a closer look at the unrest, Judy Woodruff talks to Jim Salter of the Associated Press.
    Original Air Date: August 12, 2014
    Outrage In Missouri Town After Police Shooting Of 18-Yr-Old Man
  • Perfecting the art of the redrawn Congressional district
    It’s no accident that 90 percent of Congress is re-elected every time; districts can be carefully drawn to protect incumbents. In Florida, a federal judge ruled that the design of two districts illegally favor sitting politicians, and ordered new maps just weeks before the primary elections. Political editor Domenico Montanaro joins Gwen Ifill for an in-depth explanation.
    Original Air Date: August 12, 2014
  • Maliki urges commanders not to interfere in political battle
    Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, the divisive Shiite leader who is facing a power grab from challenger Haider al-Abadi, warned military commanders not to interfere in the political confrontation. Many in Baghdad and in the international community support Abadi. Meanwhile, an aid helicopter crashed while on a mission to help stranded members of a religious minority group. Gwen Ifill reports.
    Original Air Date: August 12, 2014
  • Remembering the out-of-this-world wit of Robin Williams
    Comedian and actor Robin Williams brought wit, speed and energy -- as well as dramatic depth -- to the wide array of roles he played throughout his career. Williams died by asphyxia, an apparent suicide, in Marin County, California, at the age of 63. Jeffrey Brown looks back at William’s well-loved work, as well as his battle with depression.
    Original Air Date: August 12, 2014
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  • Is talk of ‘magic bullet’ treatments hurting Ebola efforts?
    Judy Woodruff leads a conversation with Lawrence Gostin of Georgetown Law and Jonathan Moreno of the University of Pennsylvania on using untested drugs to fight the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, the possibility of a new experimental vaccine from Canada, as well as why the focus on experimental drugs is distracting from other vital measures.
    Original Air Date: August 12, 2014
  • WHO approves use of untested drugs to fight Ebola
    An ethics panel of the World Health Organization unanimously approved using untested drugs to treat Ebola in West Africa, where more than 1,000 people have died from the outbreak so far. A shipment of the U.S.-made drug ZMapp is expected to arrive in Liberia this week, but the drugmaker may have otherwise exhausted its supply. Judy Woodruff reports.
    Original Air Date: August 12, 2014
  • News Wrap: Record rains soak Detroit suburbs
    In our news wrap Tuesday, major Michigan interstates were closed after record-breaking rains caused flooding, shutting down General Motor’s tech center near Detroit. Also, the government of Russia dispatched a miles-long convoy of trucks toward the Ukrainian border under the auspices of a humanitarian aid mission to pro-Russian rebels.
    Original Air Date: August 12, 2014
  • A new life for old books
    The discovery of a set of old encyclopedias bound for the trash sparked a creative outlet for trained psychologist Julia Strand. Strand breathes new life into old books that would otherwise be discarded, creating intricate carvings of the content within the pages.
    Original Air Date: August 12, 2014
    Julia Strand -- Book Carver
  • One Market Basket employee's loyalty to Artie T.
    Market Basket office manager Mary Jane Findeisen explains why she's protesting in support of ousted Market Basket CEO Arthur T. Demoulas, who took a personal interest in her family.
    Original Air Date: August 12, 2014
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Monday, August 11, 2014

  • PBS NewsHour | Full Episode | Monday, August 11, 2014
    Tonight on the program, we examine the situation in Iraq as current prime minister Nouri al-Maliki stayed defiant to the push for a new leader in the country. Also: looming security concerns in Somalia, the aftermath of the shooting of an unarmed 18-year-old in St. Louis suburb and the latest evolution in business of print newspapers.
    Original Air Date: August 11, 2014
  • Why media companies are ditching their newspaper operations
    A number of big name media companies have shed their print divisions in recent days. Publishers including Gannett and the Tribune Company are moving away from the multi-platform model to isolate print ventures from digital and broadcast media. Judy Woodruff examines the strategy behind these moves, as well as what is lost, with Ken Doctor of Newsonomics.
    Original Air Date: August 11, 2014
    Gannett Said to Agree To Buy Rest Of For $1.8 Billion
  • Killing of a Missouri teenager by police triggers unrest
    The killing of 18-year-old Michael Brown by a police officer in a suburb of St. Louis, Missouri, has sparked outrage and protests. Brown, a young African-American man, was unarmed. Jeffrey Brown gets reaction from Sherrilyn Ifill of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund and Greg Meyer, former captain of the Los Angeles Police Department.
    Original Air Date: August 11, 2014
    Protests Continue In Missouri Town After Police Shooting Of 18-Yr-Old Man
  • Somalia’s president on challenges to building democracy
    Somalia has been plagued by war, corruption and terrorism, but its leader says he wants to change its course. President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud joins Judy Woodruff to discuss last week’s U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit, infiltration of al-Shabab militants into government, the media and beyond, as well as serious concerns that the president hasn’t achieved the stability his country has sought.
    Original Air Date: August 11, 2014
  • Security still major concern for Somalia’s future
    The election of President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud in 2012 was a turning point for Somalia after decades of chaos, violence and poverty. Within months, the U.S. announced it would recognize Somalia for the first time since 1991. But recently al-Shabab militants have ramped up attacks, including a recent assault on the parliament building. Judy Woodruff reports.
    Original Air Date: August 11, 2014
  • Can Abadi form a workable government for Iraq?
    Iraq’s president named a new prime minister, but Nouri al-Maliki refuses to give up his post, while the fight against Islamic militants continue. Gwen Ifill is joined by Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Brett McGurk for an update on the political turmoil in Iraq, plus analysis from Zalmay Khalilzad, the former U.S. ambassador to Iraq, and Laith Kubba of the National Endowment for Democracy.
    Original Air Date: August 11, 2014
  • News Wrap: Iraqi president taps Abadi for prime minister
    In our news wrap Monday, Iraq’s new president, Fouad Massoum, tapped deputy parliament speaker Haider al-Abadi to form a government and become prime minister. But current Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki remained defiant, spurning calls to step aside for a less polarizing leader. Also, Israeli and Palestinian negotiators resumed indirect talks in Egypt, and a new 72-hour cease-fire began.
    Original Air Date: August 11, 2014

Sunday, August 10, 2014

  • PBS NewsHour | Full Episode | Sunday, August 10, 2014
    On this edition, new American efforts to save tens of thousands of Iraqis who fled from islamic jihadists, the burden of college debt and new statistics about how much it weighs on graduates and for how long, and from Boston, the artist Jamie Wyeth, picking up where his father and grandfather left off.
    Original Air Date: August 10, 2014
  • Poll: Student loan debt undermines graduate happiness
    Gallup poll finds that student loan debt undermines the happiness of graduates for years following their graduation. Doug Belkin of the Wall Street Journal joins Hari Sreenivasan from Chicago.
    Original Air Date: August 10, 2014
  • Beyond Iraq, what's next for the Islamic State?
    As members of the Islamic State continue to brutally terrorize civilians in Iraq, experts are focusing on what's to come. Senior and National Securities Studies Fellow at the New America Foundation Douglas Ollivant joins Hari Sreenivasan.
    Original Air Date: August 10, 2014
    Kurdish Region Map
  • From JFK to Warhol, artist Jamie Wyeth paints what he knows
    Painter Jamie Wyeth, a descendant of one of the country's most famous artist families, recounts the rich details of 60-year career, spanning from the rugged coast of Maine to painting President John F. Kennedy to befriending Andy Warhol. WGBH's Jared Bowen reports.
    Original Air Date: August 10, 2014

Saturday, August 9, 2014

  • PBS NewsHour | Full Episode | Saturday, August 9, 2014
    On this edition for Saturday, August 9, 2014, rescue efforts continue in northern Iraq after tens of thousands of civilians fleeing Islamic State militants end up stranded, and later, a potentially important court ruling about whether prosecutors can use violent rap lyrics against the defendants who wrote them. Hari Sreenivasan anchors.
    Original Air Date: August 9, 2014