Tuesday, February 11, 2014

  • New film depicts story of ‘Monuments Men’
    During World War II, the Nazis systematically looted art works from all over Europe, while combat and aerial bombing unintentionally destroyed major landmarks. The story of the quest to protect, rescue and restore Europe’s cultural treasures is told in a new movie, "The Monuments Men." Robert Edsel, author of the book that inspired the new film, joins Jeffrey Brown for a conversation.
    Original Air Date: November 27, 2013
    Monuments Men
  • San Francisco neighborhood gets left behind in boom times
    As a new wave of tech enterprises gentrify San Francisco’s older, modest neighborhoods, an area known as the Tenderloin, populated by the city’s poorer residents, remains in the grips of drugs and crime. Special correspondent Spencer Michels explores the dilemma of whether upgrading the neighborhood will result in inhabitants being displaced en masse.
    Original Air Date: February 11, 2014
  • Obama administration faces drone attack debate
    The Obama administration confirmed that it is considering targeting a U.S. citizen in Pakistan, believed to be involved in plotting terrorist attacks against Americans, with a drone strike. Mark Mazzetti of The New York Times joins Judy Woodruff to offer background on the government’s disclosure and the debate.
    Original Air Date: February 11, 2014
  • Making privacy tools usable for the everyday internet user
    Everyday internet and phone users are concerned about who can see and obtain their data, but most aren’t aware of the tools available to help keep their information secure.Usability was the focus at a recent hackathon in Washington, D.C. where developers labored over tools like Tor, which allows users to browse the internet anonymously and Cryptocat, which encrypts your online chats.
    Original Air Date: February 11, 2014

Monday, February 10, 2014

  • Humanizing technology with opera-singing robots
    Composer, computer scientist and futurist Tod Machover has joined the power of technology with one of the great classical art forms. In "Death and the Powers," opera robots take the stage to sing about the search for immortality and how our humanity is transformed by tech. Jeffrey Brown reports on the preparations taking place at the MIT Media Lab for an upcoming interactive performance.
    Original Air Date: February 10, 2014
  • Sanctions have tangible consequences for Iranians
    Economic sanctions have been instrumental in getting Iran to the table for negotiations on its nuclear program. NewsHour Weekend correspondent William Brangham takes a closer look how sanctions have affected daily life in Iran, from air quality to health care to the price of a bar of soap.
    Original Air Date: February 10, 2014
  • Does NFL prospect’s coming out reflect changing attitudes?
    With the National Football League draft a few months away, University of Missouri football standout Michael Sam came out as gay in the national media Sunday. Judy Woodruff talks to ESPN’s Kevin Blackistone and Wade Davis of the You Can Play Project about challenges Sam could face as he stands to be the NFL’s first openly gay, active player.
    Original Air Date: February 10, 2014
  • Homs evacuations continue amid delicate ceasefire
    Aid officials rushed to evacuate more citizens as a humanitarian ceasefire in the blockaded Syrian city of Homs was extended three more days. Judy Woodruff talks to Patrick McDonnell, reporting from Damascus for the Los Angeles Times, about violence against the evacuation conveys and conditions for the people left in Homs.
    Original Air Date: February 10, 2014
  • Health care mandate delayed until 2016 for some employers
    The Obama administration announced that mid-sized businesses would get an additional year before being required to provide health insurance to its employees. Alex Wayne of Bloomberg News joins Judy Woodruff to explain the impetus behind the surprise delay, the reaction of the business community and how the decision affects workers.
    Original Air Date: February 10, 2014
  • MIT Media Lab's Peter Torpey on "Death and the Powers"
    A post-doctoral associate in the Opera and the Future Group, Peter Torpey been working on "Death and the Powers" since 2007. He says the scope of technology in this project is pretty mind-boggling.
    Original Air Date: February 10, 2014
    MIT Media Labs Peter Torpey on "Death and the Powers"
  • 'Death and the Powers' creator explores music and technology
    Tod Machover, creator of "Death and the Powers," shows how he uses technology to alter music and the human voice.
    Original Air Date: February 10, 2014
    Tod Machover, creator of "Death and the Powers"
  • Keith Cerny brings "Death and the Powers" to Dallas
    Keith Cerny, general director and CEO of The Dallas Opera, brings "Death and the Powers" to Texas. He recently spoke to the NewsHour's Jeffrey Brown about the power of Machover's opera and the use prevalence of technology.
    Original Air Date: February 10, 2014
    Keith Cerny of The Dallas Opera talks "Death and the Powers"
  • Interactive technology in" Death and the Powers" simulcast
    Ben Bloomberg has worked on the "Death and the Powers" opera audio and other systems for its first international 10-city simulcast. He presents a simulation of interactive technology during the simulcast.
    Original Air Date: February 10, 2014
    MIT Labs Ben Bloomberg presents interactive technology for the "Death and the Powers" simulcast

Sunday, February 9, 2014

  • Iran takes notable steps in nuclear negotiations
    Iran and International Atomic Energy Commission officials are meeting in Tehran. Prospects for successful negotiations, ultimately designed to make it impossible for Iran to produce a nuclear weapon, are unclear. David Albright, one of the leading experts on Iran's nuclear program and president of the Institute for Science and International Security, talks with Hari Sreenivasan.
    Original Air Date: February 9, 2014
  • Shrinking middle class consumer base hits familiar brands
    Businesses across the country are dealing with a serious post-recession reality: a shrinking middle class consumer base. How are shifting spending patterns playing out for businesses on high, low and middle tiers? Times reporter Nelson Schwartz joins Hari Sreenivasan for more.
    Original Air Date: February 9, 2014
  • Expat entrepreneur uses tech to help Indians find jobs
    Sean Blagsvedt came to India in 2004 to set up Microsoft’s research center, but quit in 2007 started Babajob, a platform to help those in India’s informal workforce and middle-income job seekers connect with employers.
    Original Air Date: February 8, 2014
    Sean Blagsvedt

Saturday, February 8, 2014

  • Unemployment rates are higher for youth, minorities
    The January jobs report released on Feb. 8, shows the unemployment rate dropped to 6.6 percent last month, but the numbers indicate young people and minorities are disproportionately affected. What are the factors behind this imbalance in the labor market? Hari Sreenivasan speaks with Nela Richardson, a Senior Economist for Bloomberg, about the challenges these groups are facing.
    Original Air Date: February 8, 2014
  • Ten big drug companies unite to study major diseases
    Ten big pharmaceutical companies are uniting with the National Institutes of Health in a five-year cooperative program to study major diseases. The companies and the NIH will share scientists, samples and research on Alzheimer’s disease, diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis and lupus. Results will be free for anyone to use. Monica Langley reflects on the groundbreaking collaboration.
    Original Air Date: February 8, 2014
  • Cities in financial straits weigh bankruptcy
    A wave of bankruptcies is moving across the country as cities try to manage crushing debt from pension obligations. NewsHour Weekend reports from Vallejo, Calif., with a cautionary tale for cities that are looking to bankruptcy as the solution.
    Original Air Date: February 8, 2014
    Vallejo, California

Friday, February 7, 2014

  • Examining the diplomatic push and pull over Ukraine
    Chief foreign correspondent Margaret Warner has talked to Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland about her leaked phone conversation on the situation in Ukraine. Margaret joins Judy Woodruff to discuss the possible motivations behind the leak and on Russia’s longstanding emotional and political ties to Ukraine.
    Original Air Date: February 7, 2014
    margaret warner
  • Homs evacuation is ‘crumb of comfort’ for trapped Syrian
    In light of a three-day ceasefire in the war-torn city of Homs, Hari Sreenivasan talks to David Miliband, the former British foreign secretary and current president and CEO of the International Rescue Committee, about what needs to be done to better protect Syrian civilians as the civil war rips the country apart.
    Original Air Date: February 7, 2014
  • In search of a cure, scientists look for where HIV hides
    While scientists and doctors have hopes of helping the 34 million people infected with HIV live disease-free, some basic questions remain about the virus, like where it hides in the human body. Special correspondent Spencer Michels reports on the latest steps in the search for an AIDS cure and renewed support from the government.
    Original Air Date: February 7, 2014
  • January jobs report falls short of expectations
    Just 113,000 new jobs were added in January, according to the Labor Department’s monthly employment report. The numbers failed to meet expectations, but the unemployment rate nevertheless ticked down to 6.6 percent. Economics correspondent Paul Solman deciphers the numbers with Justin Wolfers of the Brookings Institution.
    Original Air Date: February 7, 2014
  • Shields and Brooks on economic 'sludge,' immigration reform
    Syndicated columnist Mark Shields and New York Times columnist David Brooks join Judy Woodruff to discuss the week’s news, including the state of the economy in light of the latest job numbers, whether the debt ceiling will inspire another fight, the ongoing immigration debate in the House, plus hopes for the Olympic Games.
    Original Air Date: February 7, 2014
    Shields and Brooks
  • Obama travels to Michigan to sign bipartisan farm bill
    President Barack Obama signed into law a farm bill he says will ensure children don't go hungry. The bill will spread benefits to farmers in every region of the country while trimming the food stamp program; the cuts inspired a two-year battle over the legislation.
    Original Air Date: February 7, 2014
    Video still by PBS NewsHour

Thursday, February 6, 2014

  • Leno says goodnight to 'Tonight'
    After 22 years, Jay Leno will offer his final monologue as host of “The Tonight Show” Thursday. Leno took over the iconic late night television show from Johnny Carson in 1992; now he passes the job on to fellow comedian Jimmy Fallon. Hari Sreenivasan looks at what’s next for “Tonight” with Bill Carter of The New York Times.
    Original Air Date: February 6, 2014
    The Tonight Show with Jay Leno - Season 22
  • Robust fundraising begins ahead of midterm elections
    In the battle to win or defend Senate seats in the November’s midterm elections, outside groups have already begun to spend massive sums of money. What role will this money play in shaping the campaigns and outcomes? Judy Woodruff talks to Matea Gold of The Washington Post.
    Original Air Date: February 6, 2014
  • Seeing the Parthenon through ancient eyes
    An icon of ancient democracy, the story and significance of Athens’ Parthenon has been reinterpreted by numerous cultures. Joan Breton Connelly, author of “The Parthenon Enigma,” joins Jeffrey Brown to discuss the landmark’s meaning and whether the Parthenon sculptures (also known as the Elgin Marbles) should be returned to Greece.
    Original Air Date: February 6, 2014