Friday, August 1, 2014

  • Shields and Brooks on finding a GOP ‘anti-Cruz’
    Syndicated columnist Mark Shields and New York Times columnist David Brooks join Judy Woodruff to discuss the week’s top news, including the struggle on Capitol Hill to find a resolution to the political division on the border crisis before Congress leaves for August recess, as well as how these events will affect the November election, plus the outlook for ending the war between Israel and Hamas.
    Original Air Date: August 1, 2014
  • Did NFL fumble on Rice’s punishment for domestic violence?
    NFL commissioner Roger Goodell has defended the two-game punishment of Baltimore Ravens’ Ray Rice for domestic abuse. The case, and its aftermath, have sparked a firestorm of public criticism that the penalty was too lenient. Jeffrey Brown talks to Christine Brennan of USA Today/ABC News about the pushback, and how the case fits into larger problems for the sport.
    Original Air Date: August 1, 2014
  • Why does Hamas deny abducting an Israeli soldier?
    Israel and Hamas are disputing responsibility for how a three-day cease-fire broke down in just the first few hours, while Hamas is also denying that it captured a missing Israeli soldier. Chief foreign affairs correspondent Margaret Warner joins Judy Woodruff to explore what might be happening behind the scenes and what comes next if Israel can’t find the missing soldier.
    Original Air Date: August 1, 2014
  • Drilling underground to quench California’s thirst
    California is facing its worst drought in generations -- bad news for the state where nearly half of the nation's fruits and vegetables are grown. With water from rivers and reservoirs in short supply, attention has turned to how to manage the state's groundwater. How much can be safely pumped from underground? Special correspondent Spencer Michaels reports on the competing concerns.
    Original Air Date: August 1, 2014
  • Jobs rise in July, but low 'quit rate' tells another story
    July was the sixth month in a row that the economy expanded by more than 200,000 jobs, with growth in a variety of sectors. But despite the good news, there may be other trends that tell a more troubling story, like the low number of people quitting jobs to find better ones -- a possible factor in U.S. wage stagnation. Economics correspondent Paul Solman reports.
    Original Air Date: August 1, 2014

Thursday, July 31, 2014

  • Bluegrass festival keeps Colorado town afloat after flood
    Lyons, Colorado, was cut off from the world for three days when it suffered devastating floods that damaged hundreds of houses and killed one. Nearly a year later, Lyons celebrates its survival with the return of the RockyGrass Festival, one of the nation’s leading bluegrass events. Jeffrey Brown tells the story of a community uniting over music and their remaining struggles in rebuilding.
    Original Air Date: July 31, 2014
  • Pushing back on campus sexual assault legislation
    Senators have proposed bipartisan legislation with steeper penalties for educational institutions that fail to investigate reports of sexual assault -- and some voices in higher ed are pushing back. Anne Neal of the American Council of Trustees and Alumni joins Hari Sreenivasan to discuss why the burden should fall on the criminal justice system, not colleges and universities.
    Original Air Date: July 31, 2014
    A newly released Justice Department report says about 20 percent of all instances of sexual assault on college campuses is reported to police. Many victims do not think that what happened them is important enough to file a report, the Justice Department said. Photo by Getty Images
  • Are Israel and Hamas violating international laws of war?
    The UN human rights commissioner accused both Israel and Hamas of committing war crimes in their ongoing conflict. Judy Woodruff gets debate on the lawfulness of their tactics from retired Lt. Col. Gary Solis of the George Washington University and retired Lt. Col. Geoffrey Corn of South Texas College of Law.
    Original Air Date: July 31, 2014
    A missile is launched by an "Iron Dome" battery, a short-range missile defence system designed to intercept and destroy incoming short-range rockets and artillery shells, on July 15, 2014 in southern Israeli. Photo by David Buimovitch/AFP/Getty Images
  • Divided GOP delays recess to find agreement on border bill
    House GOP members were called back for another day in hopes of passing a bill, but the divided Congress will likely leave Washington without an agreement on addressing the tens of thousands of migrant children arriving at the southern border. NewsHour Capitol Hill producer Quinn Bowman reports on the political seesaw and Judy Woodruff gets an update from Ed O'Keefe of The Washington Post.
    Original Air Date: July 31, 2014
    Photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images
  • Holder: DOJ needs Congress' support on immigration backlog
    Attorney General Eric Holder sits down with Gwen Ifill to discuss the House vote to allow the speaker to sue President Obama, the backlog of immigration cases and the political fight over border crisis, death penalty reforms, voting rights and more in an exclusive interview.
    Original Air Date: July 31, 2014
    Eric Holder
  • Watch Secretary Kerry announce 72-hour Gaza ceasefire
    Secretary of State John Kerry announced a 72-hour ceasefire between Israel and Hamas Thursday.
    Original Air Date: July 31, 2014
  • Holder: Big data is leading to unfairness in drug sentencing
    Attorney General Eric Holder told PBS NewsHour's Gwen Ifill that he's worried about the criminal justice system relying on big data, in some states, for its drug sentencing. Holder said states should base a sentence on a person's conduct and not on factors such as education level as a predictor to determine a person's likelihood to repeat a crime.
    Original Air Date: July 31, 2014
    A White House official has announced that Attorney General Eric Holder will resign Thursday. Video still by PBS NewsHour

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

  • Comedian finds humor and substance in talking about race
    Comedian Hari Kondabolu has made a name for himself by speaking honestly -- and humorously -- about race. Kondabolu sits down Hari Sreenivasan at the Aspen Ideas Festival to discuss why colonialism can be a ripe subject for humor, and why comedians can say things that the rest of us can’t.
    Original Air Date: July 30, 2014
  • Plastic microbeads pile up into problems for the Great Lakes
    Scientists are investigating a surprising new pollutant in the country’s waterways: the tiny plastic beads found in common cosmetic products. Illinois has become the first state to ban these synthetic microbeads. Brandis Friedman of WTTW Chicago reports on the potential hazards.
    Original Air Date: July 30, 2014
  • Spoils of kidnapping financing al-Qaida, reveals NY Times
    An investigation by The New York Times reveals that European and Gulf state governments have routinely paid millions of dollars in ransoms to win the release of their citizens kidnapped by al-Qaida. Judy Woodruff talks to Rukmini Callimachi of The New York Times about the coordinated effort to turn a profit with foreign hostages.
    Original Air Date: July 30, 2014
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  • What the economic rebound looks around the country
    The American GDP grew at a 4 percent annual rate in the second quarter of the year, surpassing most predictions. But will the upward swing continue? Jeffrey Brown gets a snapshot of economic recovery around the country from Shirley Leung of The Boston Globe, Mark Vitner of Wells Fargo and Tom Binnings of Summit Economics.
    Original Air Date: July 30, 2014
  • Senators address colleges’ accountability for sexual assault
    One in five female students has been affected by sexual assault, according to the White House. Now a bipartisan group of senators is calling for colleges and universities to take action. Gwen Ifill joins sponsors of the bill Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., and Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H., to discuss how the legislation will push institutions to be more transparent and provide more support to students.
    Original Air Date: July 30, 2014
    Three Occidental Rapes Lead To Book Report And Brief Suspension
  • Falling dollar
    Paul Solman explains the relationship between the value of the U.S. dollar and foreign currencies, talking with The Economist's Tom Easton about their Big Mac index, which measures purchasing power across countries.
    Original Air Date: April 19, 2004
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  • Curtis Harding sings 'Keep on Shining'
    Curtis Harding performs his single "Keep on Shining" from his debut album "Soul Power" at DC9 in Washington D.C.
    Original Air Date: July 30, 2014
    Curtis Harding performs 'Keep On Shining'
  • Soul musician Curtis Harding is 'keeping with tradition'
    Curtis Harding spoke to Art Beat about his debut album, "Soul Power" during a recent tour-stop in Washington D.C.For more Art Beat: Facebook: Twitter:
    Original Air Date: July 30, 2014
    Curtis Harding

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

  • Rand Paul, Cory Booker team up for REDEEM Act
    The political odd couple of Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., and Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., have introduced new legislation in hopes of reforming the nation’s criminal justice system. They join Judy Woodruff to discuss why former prisoners should be given more opportunity to re-enter the workforce, the chances of this bill becoming law and the benefits of reaching across the aisle.
    Original Air Date: July 29, 2014
  • Examining the effects of surveillance on reporters’ sources
    A new report by Human Rights Watch and the ACLU says the American government has overstepped its boundaries in clamping down on the work of reporters and their sources. Jeffrey Brown gets debate on the findings from Dana Priest of The Washington Post and Stewart Baker, former senior official at the Department of Homeland Security.
    Original Air Date: July 29, 2014
  • Why longer school days can be more fun for students
    At Middle School 223 in the Bronx, the fun starts at the end of the regular day. All sixth graders are offered extracurricular activities like African drumming, latin dance and chess, plus personalized help in reading and math. John Tulenko of Learning Matters Television reports on the growing interest in extending the school day with special programs.
    Original Air Date: July 29, 2014
  • How will new NCAA head injury guidelines affect players?
    The National Collegiate Athletic Association agreed to settle a number of cases brought in a class-action head injury lawsuit. The proposed settlement, which must still be approved by a federal judge, would create a $70 million fund for concussion testing and diagnosis of current and former athletes. Gwen Ifill talks to Rachel Axon of USA TODAY Sports about some lingering questions about the deal.
    Original Air Date: July 29, 2014
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  • Russia’s response to MH17 crash shifts EU sanction attitudes
    Chief foreign affairs correspondent Margaret Warner joins Judy Woodruff to discuss what changed the attitudes of the Europeans toward imposing tough sanctions, American reluctance to give Ukraine sophisticated weapons and accusations that Russia has violated a Reagan-era nuclear treaty.
    Original Air Date: July 29, 2014
  • Gerygone & Twig, a high school band of 'misfits'
    On the night of their farewell show, Gerygone & Twig members reflect on their band's impact on a small Alaskan town, and what it means to grow up differently from most other high school kids. Video by Travis Gilmour and Slavik Boyechko of Alaska Public Media
    Original Air Date: July 29, 2014
    Gerygone & Twig

Monday, July 28, 2014

  • Medical workers use education to combat Ebola outbreak
    The Ebola outbreak in West Africa has killed more than 670 people and spread to four countries. Among those now infected are two American aid workers and the lead Ebola doctor in Sierra Leone. Gwen Ifill interviews Dr. Estrella Lasry of Doctors Without Borders about factors, including fear and hostility, that are hindering efforts to stop the outbreak.
    Original Air Date: July 28, 2014
  • Top-down or middle-out? Debating the key to economic growth
    What’s the best engine to drive the economy? More money for the rich, or better wages for the working class? Economics correspondent Paul Solman explores the debate between those two lines of thought with billionaire venture capitalist Nick Hanauer and noted libertarian law professor Richard Epstein.
    Original Air Date: July 28, 2014