Sunday, July 27, 2014

  • Pacific island nation of Kiribati bans commercial fishing
    The president of the tiny Pacific island nation of Kiribati announced a ban on commercial fishing in the waters surrounding his country in order to protect the marine life that lives along the coral reefs that ring his country’s islands, most importantly tuna.
    Original Air Date: July 26, 2014

Saturday, July 26, 2014

  • Israelis feel 'this is a war of no choice'
    Israel agreed Saturday to extend a humanitarian truce in the Gaza strip by four hours. But Hamas rejected the four-hour truce extension, and Israel's military reported three rockets fired from Gaza. How do Israelis feel about the ongoing military conflict?
    Original Air Date: July 26, 2014
  • During cease-fire, Gaza residents survey destruction
    After weeks of war that has now reportedly claimed the lives of more than 1,000 Palestinians and at least 42 Israelis, Israel and Hamas observed a 12-hour cease-fire on Saturday. Refugees from the Israeli offensive in Gaza returned to their homes to find some neighborhoods destroyed. Nicholas Casey of the Wall Street Journal calls in to NewsHour Weekend from the ground in Gaza City.
    Original Air Date: July 26, 2014
  • Inside Garrison Keillor’s ‘A Prairie Home Companion’
    As "A Prairie Home Companion" marks 40 years on the air, NewsHour Senior Correspondent Jeffrey Brown sits down with iconic public radio personality Garrison Keillor for an in-depth interview about his long career as one of the nation's great storytellers.
    Original Air Date: July 25, 2014

Friday, July 25, 2014

  • Turning Whitman’s ‘Leaves of Grass’ into a work of art
    In an old industrial building in San Francisco, the lines of American poet Walt Whitman’s “Leaves of Grass” are being printed exactly as they were when the first edition was published in 1855. Jeffrey Brown visits Arion Press, one of the country’s last fine book printers that handcrafts works from start to finish.
    Original Air Date: July 25, 2014
  • Shields and Brooks on the border crisis, Mideast violence
    Syndicated columnist Mark Shields and New York Times columnist David Brooks join Hari Sreenivasan to discuss the week’s top news, including obstacles to passing an immigration bill, luring Hispanic voters, the White House’s handling of the Mideast conflict, as well as how perception of Hamas and Israel has shifted through social media.
    Original Air Date: July 25, 2014
  • Connecting strength and vulnerability of the creative brain
    Why have so many creative minds suffered from mental illness? Nancy Andreasen, Andrew H. Woods Chair of Psychiatry at the University of Iowa, has devoted decades of study to the physical differences in the brains of writers and other highly accomplished individuals. Produced in partnership with The Atlantic magazine, Judy Woodruff visits Andreasen to explore her work.
    Original Air Date: July 25, 2014
  • How can Central American countries stop kids from migrating?
    President Obama met with the leaders of Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala to address the U.S. border crisis. Hari Sreenivasan talks to Anita Isaacs of Haverford College to better understand the violence, instability and lack of economic opportunity that is driving children in Central America to flee.
    Original Air Date: July 25, 2014
  • Rice: U.S. still ‘critical player’ in Mideast resolution
    National Security Advisor Susan Rice joins Hari Sreenivasan to discuss the prospect of a 12-hour humanitarian pause in the battle between Israel and Gaza, obstacles to achieving a cease-fire and the sway that the U.S. still holds in Mideast diplomacy. Rice also addresses evidence of Moscow’s interference in Ukraine, as well as the potential of engaging in a proxy-war with Russia.
    Original Air Date: July 25, 2014
    John Kerry, Ban Ki-moon,  Nabil al-Araby and Sameh Shukri press conference
  • Whitman expert Bob Hass on 'Leaves of Grass'
    San Francisco’s Arion Press is one of the country’s last fine book printers creating limited edition, handmade books. To celebrate the 40th anniversary and the printing of their 100th book, Arion is publishing Walt Whitman’s "Leaves of Grass." Former Poet Laureate and Whitman expert Robert Hass spoke about the landmark book of poetry and its significance during a time of great change in America.
    Original Air Date: July 25, 2014
    Former Poet Laureate Bob Hass
  • How Garrison Keillor love for poetry changed over time
    NewsHour correspondent Jeffrey Brown spoke with Garrison Keillor of “A Prairie Home Companion” and “The Writer’s Almanac,” about the American Public Media host’s relationship to poetry.
    Original Air Date: July 25, 2014
    Garrison Keillor reading

Thursday, July 24, 2014

  • Genetic links to schizophrenia may lead to better treatment
    A study published this week found that at least 100 different genes are associated with the condition. Genetics have long been assumed to play a role, but for the first time researchers found that genes in the immune system are involved. Dr. Steven Hyman of the Stanley Center for Psychiatric Research joins Judy Woodruff to discuss new understanding of the disease as well as new opportunities.
    Original Air Date: July 24, 2014
  • Kennedy on why this is a critical time for U.S. and Japan
    U.S. Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy was greeted warmly when she arrived in Tokyo last year. But the region, overshadowed by conflicts in the rest of the world, is facing troubles. Gwen Ifill sat down with Kennedy to discuss ongoing territorial disputes with China, the status of the President Obama’s pivot to Asia and the existential threat of nuclear weapons in North Korea.
    Original Air Date: July 24, 2014
  • Giving traumatized kids a head start in healing
    Every year, thousands of children in the U.S. are expelled from school before they reach Kindergarten. Special correspondent Molly Knight Raskin reports on a program in Kansas City, Missouri, that’s trying to stem the trend by looking beyond the classroom to the issues these children face at home -- and helping them to feel safe.
    Original Air Date: July 24, 2014
  • Pushing for better Border Patrol staffing, not troops
    The White House claims the number of unaccompanied children coming across the southern border has decreased in the past month. But border patrol agents say they are still overwhelmed. Jeffrey Brown talks to Shawn Moran of the National Border Patrol Council about a dip in apprehensions, the changing role of Border Patrol and new reports of excessive force against migrants, including children.
    Original Air Date: July 24, 2014
  • Debating warfare tactics on both sides of Mideast conflict
    The growing number of casualties in the battle between Israel and Hamas has raised questions about the tactics being used by both sides. Judy Woodruff gets debate from Noura Erakat of George Mason University and Amos Guiora of the University of Utah about accusations that Hamas is using civilians as human shields and the ethics of targeting civilian areas.
    Original Air Date: July 24, 2014
  • Full interview with Medal of Honor winner Sgt. Ryan Pitts
    Sgt. Ryan Pitts was nearing the end of his second tour in Afghanistan when his team began an operation that took a deadly turn. Hundreds of fighters initiated a large-scale attack on his unit and nine soldiers died. Pitts was hit with shrapnel in both legs and in his right arm, but he continued to fight and relay vital information before being airlifted out.
    Original Air Date: July 24, 2014
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  • Blues musician John Németh gets 'greasy' in Memphis
    Now touring to promote his new album, "Memphis Grease," rising star John Németh recently sat down with Art Beat to discuss his love of the blues and its continuing influence on the American musical landscape.
    Original Air Date: July 24, 2014
    John Nemeth at Gypsy Sally's in Washington, DC. Photo by Ariel Min/PBS NewsHour.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

  • Understanding Boko Haram’s expanding reach
    It’s been 100 days since nearly 300 young schoolgirls were abducted by Islamist militants from a town in northeastern Nigeria. Chief foreign affairs correspondent Margaret Warner reports on the growing threat that Boko Haram represents in Nigeria and around the globe, and what’s allowed them to expand their reach.
    Original Air Date: July 23, 2014
  • Why winning Georgia is crucial for the GOP’s Senate hopes
    In Georgia, voters selected David Perdue as the Republican candidate for the Senate election in November. His Democratic challenger, Michelle Nunn, is a fellow political novice and the daughter of a well-known former senator. Political editor Domenico Montanaro joins Judy Woodruff to discuss Perdue’s strategy, the competitive race ahead and why voting turnout is at a historic low.
    Original Air Date: July 23, 2014
  • DOT proposes tighter rules for oil trains
    More than a million barrels of oil travel the country by rail each day. In response to deadly derailments, the Obama administration proposed tougher safety rules for trains carrying oil, sometimes called “pipelines on wheels.” Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx joins Jeffrey Brown to discuss the proposal, criticism from activists, pushback from the oil industry and the safety of air travel.
    Original Air Date: July 23, 2014
  • What a fly’s brain tells us about our own minds
    The fruit fly has a very long and distinguished career in science. At a facility considered a Nirvana for scientists, researchers pursue greater understanding of biomedical processes, using test subjects like dragonflies and zebrafish. Science correspondent Miles O’Brien reports on how the Janelia Farm Research Campus supports groundbreaking basic research.
    Original Air Date: July 23, 2014
  • ‘No safe places’ for children in Gaza, UNICEF officer says
    Gwen Ifill talks to Pernille Ironside of UNICEF, who is in Gaza, about the toll the Israeli military offensive is having on civilians, and especially on children, the damage to infrastructure, as well as the capabilities of UNICEF to provide aid without safe humanitarian access.
    Original Air Date: July 23, 2014

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

  • 9/11 Commission: Americans can't be complacent about threats
    A decade since the release of a major report on the nation's preparedness and response to the September 11th attacks, the original bipartisan commission reconvened to produce a new assessment of current threats and challenges. Tom Kean, former New Jersey governor and chair of the committee, and Lee Hamilton, vice-chair and a former Indiana congressman, sit down with Judy Woodruff.
    Original Air Date: July 22, 2014
  • Will conflicting health care law rulings head to high court?
    The federal court of appeals based in Washington ruled that the Affordable Care Act does not allow policyholders who get insurance through the federal exchange to qualify for subsidies. A separate ruling, issued hours later by a federal appeals court in Virginia, said federal exchanges policies do qualify. Gwen Ifill talks to Julie Rovner of Kaiser Health News and Tom Goldstein of
    Original Air Date: July 22, 2014
  • What’s behind EU reluctance to ramp up sanctions on Russia
    What is the chance Europe will form a united front when it comes to imposing further sanctions against Russia? Gwen Ifill joins Heather Conley of the Center for Strategic & International Studies about hesitation within the European Union to level tougher penalties, as well as why Europe has the power to change Russian President Putin’s calibrations.
    Original Air Date: July 22, 2014
    Meeting of EU foreign affairs ministers in Brussels
  • Charter and traditional schools bridge divide under one roof
    Charter schools have often been seen as a threat to traditional schools, diverting resources and students to these publicly funded but privately run institutions. In Houston, Texas, the superintendent of one school district has invited competing charter schools to set up shop alongside a regular middle school. Special correspondent John Merrow reports on their evolving partnership.
    Original Air Date: July 22, 2014
  • Deputy National Security advisor on Hamas, Russia sanctions
    Deputy National Security Advisor Ben Rhodes says U.S. intelligence has confirmed that the missile that brought down Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 originated in Ukrainian territory controlled by pro-Russian rebels, but that Russia is not yet absolved of complicity. He joins Judy Woodruff to discuss coordination with Europe on potential sanctions against Russia and U.S. hopes for a Mideast cease-fire.
    Original Air Date: July 22, 2014