Thursday, October 30, 2014

  • Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Galway Kinnell dies at 87
    American poet Galway Kinnell, whose work emphasized the ordinary over the fantastical, died from leukemia Tuesday at his home in Sheffield, Vermont. He was 87.When the NewsHour interviewed Kinnell in 2006, he read his poem “Why Regret?” a highlight from his last book of poetry, “Strong Is Your Hold,” released the same year.
    Original Air Date: October 30, 2014

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

  • Explosion raises questions about commercial space travel
    Seconds after launch, a privately owned, unmanned rocket contracted by NASA to deliver supplies to the International Space Station exploded. What went wrong? Science correspondent Miles O’Brien joins Judy Woodruff for an analysis of the accident and the privatization of the U.S. space program.
    Original Air Date: October 29, 2014
  • Red Cross defends response to Hurricane Sandy two years on
    After Hurricane Sandy devastated the northeast in 2012, the Red Cross supplied food, clothes and shelter to tens of thousands left homeless by the storm. But two years later, internal documents show logistical problems and communication snafus led to wasteful spending and unmet needs. Gwen Ifill turns to Suzy DeFrancis of the American Red Cross for the organization’s response.
    Original Air Date: October 29, 2014
  • Why the Fed frets about both jobs and inflation
    After six years of financial stimulus to mitigate the fallout from the 2008 collapse, the Federal Reserve is ending its money creation programs. But the country is still in economic recovery and the role of the Federal Reserve is still being debated. Economics correspondent Paul Solman reports on the dual nature of its mission to keep inflation in checking while creating jobs.
    Original Air Date: October 29, 2014
  • A look at November's big issue ballot initiatives
    In addition to recalibrating the balance of power on Capitol Hill, the upcoming elections will dictate important state policy around the nation. One battle is brewing in North Dakota, where environmentalists are seeking tax revenue for preservation. NewsHour political editor and reporter Lisa Desjardins joins Judy Woodruff for a closer look at ballot initiatives on the minimum wage and abortion.
    Original Air Date: October 29, 2014
  • Obama sticks to fundraising, safe territory before election
    Lame-duck presidents don’t usually fare well at midterm elections. President Obama has mostly stayed away from the campaign trail, but with less than a week until Election Day, he’s joined the final push in states he’s won twice. Dan Balz of The Washington Post and presidential historian Michael Beschloss join Gwen Ifill to discuss the influence of presidents nearing the end of their tenure.
    Original Air Date: October 29, 2014
    U.S. President Barack Obama attends a campaign event with Democratic candidate for Wisconsin Gov. Mary Burke while at North Division High School in Milwaukee
  • A felony for a selfie? Teen sexts pose a paradox for police
    Teen sexting is very common, and in many states it’s also a crime. When a teen sends a sexually explicit photo of themselves, is that child both the perpetrator and the victim of child pornography? As part of a collaboration between The Atlantic and the PBS NewsHour, Judy Woodruff interviews Hanna Rosin about a case in Virginia and the peculiar challenges raised by juvenile sexting.
    Original Air Date: October 29, 2014

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

  • Families fleeing Islamic State trapped between combat zones
    In cities across the north of Iraq, thousands of displaced families who have fled the Islamic State don't have even the walls of a tent. Special correspondent Jane Arraf reports from Iraq, where the approaching winter could be as deadly as the fighting, and aid agencies aren’t able to help.
    Original Air Date: October 28, 2014
  • New thriller breaks into the Federal Reserve
    Matthew Quirk’s “The Directive,” a sequel to his bestselling novel “The 500,” imagines a heist to steal billions from a trading desk at the Federal Reserve. Jeffrey Brown talks to Quirk about how he researched the high-stakes break-in.
    Original Air Date: October 28, 2014
  • How the Postal Service is helping monitor snail mail
    An internal audit of the U.S. Postal Service found that it approved nearly 50,000 requests from law enforcement to monitor personal mail. Gwen Ifill sits down with Ron Nixon of The New York Times, who has been investigating this story for more than a year.
    Original Air Date: October 28, 2014
    A U.S. postal worker loads up his truck with mail for delivery from the postal station in Carlsbad, California on Feb. 6, 2013. Photo by Mike Blake/Reuters
  • How third-party candidates could disrupt midterm elections
    Democrats and Republicans are eyeing at least 10 races where independent and third-party candidates could help swing the outcome on Election Day. Judy Woodruff talks to Jonathan Martin of The New York Times about which contests to watch and what it says about the state of two-party politics.
    Original Air Date: October 28, 2014
  • N.C. considers clashing messages in high-stakes Senate race
    In politically divided North Carolina, Democrat Sen. Kay Hagan is defending her seat against challenger Thom Tillis, the Republican speaker of the N.C. House. Gwen Ifill reports on the finger-pointing, the hostile TV ads, the new voter ID laws and other factors that could play a role in determining this very tight race.
    Original Air Date: October 28, 2014
    North Carolina Politics
  • This Halloween, are the cocoa markets spooked by Ebola?
    The devastating Ebola outbreak in West Africa has also had an economic toll for the region, which is home to most of the world's cocoa production. In the U.S., chocolate prices are rising. But is it because there has been a real change in the cocoa market, or is unfounded fear driving up the increase? Economics correspondent Paul Solman reports.
    Original Air Date: October 28, 2014
    Photo by Flickr user Dave Dugdale/
  • Full interview: Gwen Ifill with Senate candidate Thom Tillis
    He might have been right. So far, 90,000 television commercials about North Carolina’s Senate race have hit the airwaves, and as one of the closest U.S. Senate races in the country, many more are on the way. PBS Newshour co-anchor Gwen Ifill talked to candidate Thom Tillis last weekend about the issues at stake in North Carolina.
    Original Air Date: October 28, 2014
  • Full interview: Gwen Ifill with NC Sen. Kay Hagan
    Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan sat down with PBS NewsHour's Gwen Ifill to talk about why North Carolina’s election has generated so much interest, attention and money. The price tag of this hotly contested U.S. Senate race has become the highest so far in political history.
    Original Air Date: October 28, 2014
  • Obama on Ebola: 'America is not defined by fear'
    President Barack Obama said Tuesday that the best way to protect Americans is "stop the outbreak at its source," adding that the Americans deployed to the Ebola-ravaged countries in West Africa has helped the international fight against the Ebola virus. "They are starting to see some progress in Liberia," the president said.
    Original Air Date: October 28, 2014
    President Obama delivers a statement from the South Lawn on Oct. 28, 2014.

Monday, October 27, 2014

  • What Ukraine’s election means for conflict in the east
    Ukraine’s parliamentary election, which favored pro-Europe parties, did not include millions of people in the country’s eastern region or from annexed Crimea. Judy Woodruff talks to David Herzenhorn of The New York Times about the potential for a political resolution to the violent conflict and how Russia will respond.
    Original Air Date: October 27, 2014
    Ukrainian Voters Head To The Polls For The General Election
  • Protecting the African lion from trophy hunters
    The African lion population is shrinking due to habitat loss, lack of prey and violent contact with humans, including trophy hunting. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is proposing that these animals be protected as an endangered species. Jeffrey Brown learns more from Jeff Flocken of the International Fund for Animal Welfare.
    Original Air Date: October 27, 2014
  • Understanding the U.S. guidelines on Ebola quarantine
    New guidelines from the CDC recommend voluntary at-home isolation for health care workers returning from West Africa who are in a so-called high-risk category. Are those guidelines are strict enough? Judy Woodruff talks to Dr. Anthony Fauci of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases about how health officials determine the right course of action.
    Original Air Date: October 27, 2014
    Doctor Quarantined At NYC's Bellevue Hospital After Testing Positive For Ebola
  • Empowering kids with disabilities to find exercise they love
    Physical education is required in most American high schools, but for teenagers with physical and developmental disabilities, there can be greater restrictions on how they can get active. The NewsHour’s April Brown reports on how schools in Florida’s Miami-Dade County are adapting activities like kayaking, sailing and golfing for more children.
    Original Air Date: October 27, 2014
    EQUAL ACCESS autism student gym autmonitor
  • What to watch for in the last week before midterm elections
    Out of 36 states with Senate races, there are 10 where the leading candidates are separated by just a few points. Stu Rothenberg of the Rothenberg Political Report and Amy Walter of the Cook Political Report join Judy Woodruff to discuss which races are still in play and what’s driving voters in this election.
    Original Air Date: October 27, 2014
  • Children orphaned by Ebola face long-term consequences
    In West Africa, it’s estimated that at least 4,000 children have been orphaned by the deadly Ebola virus. Sometimes the children are abandoned or shunned, due to fear of the disease. Jeffrey Brown speaks with Sarah Crowe of UNICEF about the ways aid agencies are dealing with the crisis.
    Original Air Date: October 27, 2014
  • Easing the blues for down-and-out artists
    For every American musician who makes it big, there are many, many more who eke out a living to be able to afford new guitar strings. The Music Maker Foundation, based in North Carolina, helps struggling blues artists meet their basic needs, record their music and book tours. Jeffrey Brown reports on their efforts to preserve American culture and keep the music coming.
    Original Air Date: October 27, 2014
  • Ironing Board Sam sings ‘Over the Rainbow’
    Blues musician Sammie Moore -- commonly known as Ironing Board Sam -- sings his rendition of "Over the Rainbow." Moore has received assistance from the Music Maker Relief Foundation, a North Carolina non-profit that helps musicians meet basic needs while getting their musical lives back on track.For more Art Beat:
    Original Air Date: October 27, 2014
    Ironing Board Sam sings "Over the Rainbow"

Sunday, October 26, 2014

  • What threat do 'lone wolf' terrorists pose?
    Last Monday in Quebec, a man purposely crashed his car into two soldiers, killing one of them. On Thursday in Queens, New York, a man who had posted comments sympathetic to jihadists used a hatchet to attack four rookie police officers. What's behind these so-called "lone wolf" attacks and what threat do they pose?
    Original Air Date: October 26, 2014
  • Nigerian schoolgirls remain in captivity
    For 10 days now there have been reports from Africa that those hundreds of school girls abducted by Boko Haram extremists last Spring would be released. But the girls remain in captivity. And, another 30 adolescents were reportedly abducted in Nigeria on Sunday. For the latest, Tim Cocks of Reuters joins Hari Sreenivasan via Skype from Lagos, Nigeria.
    Original Air Date: October 26, 2014
  • Viewers respond to risk of soccer concussions in kids
    Viewers respond to a report examining whether soccer is safe, given the thousands of concussions that occur every year after kids use their heads to make contact with the ball. Hari Sreenivasan reports.
    Original Air Date: October 26, 2014

Saturday, October 25, 2014

  • Dissecting the dangers of contracting Ebola
    Amid assurances from public health officials the last several weeks about the Ebola scare in the US, Dr. Stephen Morse of the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University joins Hari Sreenivasan in the studio to discuss in detail when the virus is actually dangerous.
    Original Air Date: October 25, 2014
    Soldiers from the U.S. Army 615th Engineer Company, 52nd Engineer Battalion put on one of three pairs of protective gloves during the final session of personal protective equipment training at Ft. Carson in Colorado Springs