Wednesday, February 12, 2014

  • Sen. Marco Rubio on ways to reverse income inequality
    In the debate over how to cure income inequality, talk about poverty and opportunity are increasingly converging. In a series of conversations about the growing divide between rich and poor, Gwen Ifill talks to Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., about the importance of encouraging strong families and improving educational opportunities as keys to restoring the American dream.
    Original Air Date: February 12, 2014
    Sen. Marco Rubio
  • Debating the value and effectiveness of mammograms
    A Canadian study conducted across more than two decades raises doubt that annual mammogram screenings reduce the risk of death among women between the ages of 40 and 59. What do the latest findings mean for women and their health? Judy Woodruff gets different viewpoints from Dr. Carol Lee of the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and Dr. H. Gilbert Welch of the Dartmouth Institute.
    Original Air Date: February 12, 2014
    Photo by Heather Charles/Chicago Tribune/MCT via Getty Images
  • Sen. Rubio: U.S. immigration system ‘completely broken’
    Republican Sen. Marco Rubio says that the current U.S. immigration system is “completely broken” and that enforcement mechanisms are not working. But will there be enough consensus among members to move a bill forward? The Florida senator sat down with PBS NewsHour co-anchor Gwen Ifill about the future of immigration reform.
    Original Air Date: February 12, 2014
    PBS NewsHour's Gwen Ifill sat down with Sen. Marco Rubio to talk about the latest developments for overhauling immigration reform. Video still by PBS NewsHour
  • PBS NewsHour/Al Monitor Trendlines Trailer
    NewsHour chief foreign affairs correspondent Margaret Warner moderates a panel of journalists and regional specialists in the series of 15-minute webcasts exploring a range of topics in the Middle East and beyond.
    Original Air Date: February 13, 2014
  • Printing dinner for two
    A.J. Jacobs and his wife Julie tried to live off of 3-D printed objects, including food. Their printed dinner-for-two was "weird."
    Original Air Date: February 12, 2014
    Author A.J. Jacobs and his wife Julie cook an entire meal using a 3-D printer. This pasta wheel was one of the courses. Photo by PBS NewsHour
    February 12, 2014

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

  • N.C. schools promise arts education, but access not equal
    North Carolina mandates that all elementary school students have equal access to art instruction, but enforcement of the law appears inconsistent across the state. Special correspondent for education John Merrow reports on two elementary schools' different approaches to arts education and the effects on student performance.
    Original Air Date: November 27, 2013
  • 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