Friday, August 15, 2014

  • Brooks and Marcus on police power in Ferguson
    New York Times columnist David Brooks and Washington Post columnist Ruth Marcus join Hari Sreenivasan to discuss the week’s top news, including the response to the unrest in Ferguson, Missouri, by politicians and President Obama, as well as the political shift in Iraq and the prospect for additional American intervention.
    Original Air Date: August 15, 2014
  • Why it’s so difficult to retain a diverse police force
    The city of Ferguson, Missouri, is more than two-thirds African-American. But only three of its 53 police officers are black. Jeffrey Brown talks to Tracie Keesee of the UCLA Center for Policing Equity and Malik Aziz of the National Black Police Association to explore why so many communities across the nation face similar racial imbalances, and what can be done to fix it.
    Original Air Date: August 15, 2014
    On August 14, three police cars and four officers on foot led the way during a protest march. Photo by Scott Olson/ Getty Images
  • Beyond Einstein: Exhibit challenges scope of genius
    How common are geniuses? An exhibit on display at the Morgan Library in New York City features dozens of priceless manuscripts and artifacts -- all reflecting the idea of genius throughout world history. But experts say society may be returning to the idea that everyone has the capacity to be a genius. NewsHour Weekend Zachary Green reports.
    Original Air Date: August 15, 2014

Thursday, August 14, 2014

  • Why doesn't Ferguson's police force reflect the community?
    Judy Woodruff talks to Yamiche Alcindor of USA Today in for a closer look at the drama unfolding over the police killing of Michael Brown, as well as local reaction to the governor’s order for State Highway Patrol to take over security. Former Ferguson Mayor Brian Fletcher and Tony Messenger of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch weigh in on Ferguson’s disproportionately white police force.
    Original Air Date: August 14, 2014
  • Maliki resignation clears way for new government
    Chief foreign correspondent Margaret Warner joins Judy Woodruff, ahead of a reporting trip to Iraq, to discuss Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki’s resignation and the improved situation for stranded Yazidis on a mountaintop in Northern Iraq.
    Original Air Date: August 14, 2014
    President Obama Holds News Conference With Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Al-Maliki At The White House
  • Is Ferguson a bellwether for racial tensions nationwide?
    The killing of Michael Brown -- and the subsequent police response to protests and riots sparked by the lack of transparency -- has provoked reflection around the country about some of the deeper social and economic issues. Gwen Ifill gets reaction from Eric Liu of Citizen University and Jelani Cobb of the University of Connecticut.
    Original Air Date: August 14, 2014
    Outrage In Missouri Town After Police Shooting Of 18-Yr-Old Man
  • Why military equipment is in the hands of local police
    Violent clashes between local police and protesters in Ferguson, Missouri, has highlighted the distribution of military equipment to police departments around the country from the U.S. Defense Department. Hari Sreenivasan talks to Matt Apuzzo of The New York Times about the concerns over the militarization of domestic law enforcement.
    Original Air Date: August 14, 2014
    For days, police in the St. Louis suburb wore camouflage, riot gear and helmets and carried assault rifles and ammunition. Photo by Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images
  • Images of Ferguson confrontations resonate around U.S.
    A scene of chaos in Ferguson, Missouri, captured the nation’s attention when police officers unleashed a barrage of stun grenades and tear gas to dispel protests over the killing of an African-American teenager. Police said they used force when protesters started throwing rocks and firebombs. Judy Woodruff reports on the incident, and the pushback that followed.
    Original Air Date: August 14, 2014
    A child uses a rag to shield her face from tear gas being fired by police who used it to force protestors from the business district into nearby neighborhoods on August 11, 2014 in Ferguson, Missouri.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

  • Are we doing enough to safeguard drinking water?
    Recent cases of water contamination, including an algae bloom in Lake Erie and a chemical leak in West Virginia, has stirred new worries about the state of our drinking water. Hari Sreenivasan talks to David Beckman of the Pisces Foundation, who recently wrote an op-ed in The New York Times about drinking water threats.
    Original Air Date: August 13, 2014
  • Why 300,000 in the U.S. could lose health insurance
    The Obama administration warned that more than 300,000 people could lose health care coverage if they can’t show proof that they are U.S. citizens or legal residents. Judy Woodruff talks to The Wall Street Journal’s Louise Radnofsky about the long-standing glitch that prompted the warning, reaction from immigration activists and who has the best chances of getting their policies renewed.
    Original Air Date: August 13, 2014
    HEALTH CARE  UPDATE  monitor
  • Are U.S. efforts spread too thin to succeed in Afghanistan?
    James Dobbins has just ended his second stint as the U.S. special representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan. He joins chief foreign correspondent Margaret Warner for a conversation about the consequences of the deadlocked election in Afghanistan, the looming drawdown of American troops and lessons from the Iraq war and other conflicts in the Middle East.
    Original Air Date: August 13, 2014
    Suicide bomb attack in Kabul
  • 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
  • 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

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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
    Market Basket

Monday, 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
  • 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

Sunday, 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

  • Why Obama wants to use air power against the Islamic State
    In order to protect Americans and provide humanitarian aid to Iraq, President Obama on Saturday discussed efforts to slow advances by Islamic jihadists in northern Iraq and rescue thousands of civilians who have fled from them. Douglas Ollivant, a senior national security fellow at the New America Foundation, joins Hari Sreenivasan to discuss the details.
    Original Air Date: August 9, 2014
    Secret Service agents unknowingly let a man with a gun ride in an elevator with President Barack Obama. President Aug. 7 file photo by Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images
  • Panic consumes Iraqi Kurdistan as residents flee for safety
    As the Islamic State Group moves even closer to Erbil, the capital of Iraqi Kurdistan, residents of the Kurdish region are fleeing in droves to safer areas, as a state of panic consumes the region. Nour Malas of the Wall Street Journal joins Hari Sreenivasan.
    Original Air Date: August 9, 2014