Friday, June 27, 2014

  • Fixing the disconnect between Medicare and Medicaid
    Providing long term care at a reasonable cost — especially for low-income Americans who are elderly or have disabilities — has long been a challenge in the U.S. In California, long term care providers are coordinating in order to tackle the special challenges faced by those who qualify for both Medicare and Medicaid. Special correspondent Kathleen McCleery reports.
    Original Air Date: June 27, 2014
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  • Will an alternative to prime minister Maliki emerge in Iraq?
    Iraq’s top Shiite cleric ramped up pressure on politicians to agree on the nation’s next prime minister by Tuesday. Iraq’s current prime minister, Nouri al-Maliki, continues to lose the confidence of former allies in the fight against ISIL insurgents. Judy Woodruff talks to Rob Nordland of the New York Times about the struggles to unite politically and what role U.S. is playing.
    Original Air Date: June 27, 2014
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  • Brian Knappenberger on 'The Internet's Own Boy'
    Aaron Swartz was a teen tech-prodigy who became a leader in the fight against regulation and privatization of information on the internet. His story is told in the new documentary, 'The Internet's Own Boy,' by filmmaker Brian Knappenberger.
    Original Air Date: June 27, 2014
    Aaron Swartz. Photo courtesy Noah Berger

Thursday, June 26, 2014

  • Pulitzer winner on seeing the big picture with poetry
    Vijay Seshadri says his early experience of being an immigrant allowed him to see the panorama of American society. The 2014 Pulitzer Prize poetry winner for his book “3 Sections” was born in Bangalore, India, and came to the U.S. when he was 5 years old, and eventually settled in New York. Jeffrey Brown talks to Seshadri about his approach to writing and what makes this a golden age of poetry.
    Original Air Date: June 26, 2014
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  • Team USA achieves goal of advancing to knockout round
    Despite a 0-1 defeat to Germany, U.S. fans cheered as their team advanced to the knockout round of 16 teams in the World Cup. Judy Woodruff turns to Matthew Futterman of The Wall Street Journal in Brazil to discuss the evolution of Team U.S.A., how the numbers added up to push them to the next level and why World Cup fever is spreading among American viewers.
    Original Air Date: June 26, 2014
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  • Whistleblowers come forward in Veterans Affairs scandal
    Jeffrey Brown talks to Dennis Wagner of The Arizona Republic about two whistleblowers who have emerged to make public accusations about problems within Veterans Affairs health system. One came forward with information about patients who died while waiting for medical care in Phoenix, while another claims she was fired after raising concerns.
    Original Air Date: June 26, 2014
    The House is expected to pass the $17 billion overhaul of the VA and the Senate is expected to move quickly thereafter in order to resolve the issue before Congress breaks for its summer recess. Photo by Karen Gleier/Getty Images
  • Vibrant Cambodian lake may face less-fishy future
    Tonle Sap Lake is one of the most productive freshwater ecosystems in the world. But overfishing, climate change and plans to build a hydropower dams could threaten the animals that make their home in the body of water known as the beating heart of Cambodia. Hari Sreenivasan narrates a report in partnership with the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting on efforts to track and maintain lake health.
    Original Air Date: June 26, 2014
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  • Assaults on Iraq oil fields sow worry over global gas prices
    Both Iraq's government army and fighters from ISIL have claimed to have the upper hand in a week-long battle for Iraq's biggest oil refinery. The clashes have stopped oil production at the Beiji complex, but amid the chaos, the price of crude exports has risen by only $2.35 a barrel. Gwen Ifill talks to Gianna Bern of Brookshire Advisory and Research and Greg Priddy of the Eurasia Group.
    Original Air Date: June 26, 2014
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  • Justices rein in presidential appointment powers
    In the first of two high-profile unanimous Supreme Court decisions, temporary appointments made by President Obama in 2012 were ruled illegal because Congress was not in recess. In the second, the justices struck down a 35-foot buffer zone prohibiting protests outside abortion clinics in Massachusetts. Marcia Coyle of The National Law Journal joins Judy Woodruff to explain the details.
    Original Air Date: June 26, 2014
  • Ted Olson and David Boies team up against Prop 8
    "The Case Against 8" captures reactions to the unexpected teaming-up of Ted Olson and David Boies in the case against Proposition 8. Clip courtesy HBO.
    Original Air Date: June 26, 2014
    Ted Olson and David Boies in "The Case Against 8." Photo courtesy of HBO
  • Plaintiffs meets the media
    The plaintiffs against Proposition 8 introduce themselves to the media in "The Case Against 8," a documentary film by Ryan White and Ben Cotner. Clip courtesy HBO.
    Original Air Date: June 26, 2014
    Kris Perry, Sandy Stier, Paul Katami, and Jeff Zarrillo in "The Case Against 8." Photo courtesy of AFER/Diana Walker/HBO
  • Becoming a plaintiff against Prop 8
    Sandy Stier and Kris Perry discuss the decision to become a plaintiff in against Proposition 8 in "The Case Against 8," a documentary film by Ryan White and Ben Cotner. Courtesy HBO.
    Original Air Date: June 26, 2014
    Kris Perry and her son in "The Case Against 8." Photo courtesy HBO

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

  • Getting to the root of malnutrition in Guatemala
    About half of Guatemala’s children will face physical or developmental challenges due to malnutrition, yet vegetables grown for export overflow in the countryside. Hari Sreenivasan reports in collaboration with the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting on efforts by the country’s leaders to reduce hunger and promote nutrition.
    Original Air Date: June 25, 2014
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  • Incumbents strike back in close primary races
    From Mississippi to New York to Colorado, incumbents survived a series of close races in Tuesday night’s primaries. Judy Woodruff talks to political editor Domenico Montanaro about how Sen. Thad Cochran pulled ahead of his tea party challenger in Mississippi, plus Rep. Charlie Rangel’s victory in New York.
    Original Air Date: June 25, 2014
    U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran, R-Miss., speaks to supporters during his "Victory Party" after holding on to his seat after a narrow victory over Chris McDaniel on June 24, 2014 in Jackson, Miss. Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images
  • Supreme Court limits cell phone searches, TV signal sharing
    In a sweeping decision to protect privacy in the digital age, the Supreme Court ruled 9-0 that police need a warrant to search cell phones. Marcia Coyle of The National Law Journal joins Gwen Ifill to look at their unanimous decision, as well as the court’s ruling in a case against Aereo, an Internet startup that sought to share broadcast network TV signals without paying a fee.
    Original Air Date: June 25, 2014
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  • Hillary Clinton talks ‘Hard Choices’ and battle scars
    Hillary Clinton, the former secretary of state, senator and first lady, joins Gwen Ifill for an extended conversation on international concerns like the crisis in Iraq and political upheaval in Ukraine, as well as the state of economic recovery in the United States, why Democrats should be embracing health care reform and the reason she's waiting to decide whether she'll rub for president in 2016.
    Original Air Date: June 25, 2014
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  • Hank Paulson says he supports Keystone pipeline
    Most Americans who remember Henry Paulson think of him as the former Treasury Secretary to President George W. Bush and one of the government's leading point men when it came to dealing with the financial crisis that devastated the economy. On Tuesday, he, among other business leaders issued a report with new estimates on the potential costs and risks of climate change in the U.S.
    Original Air Date: June 25, 2014
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  • Clinton sees America from new focal length
    While promoting her new book, “Hard Choices,” former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said that she’s been enjoying traveling around the country. “It’s a great way to become immersed again in what’s going on in my own country, because for four years I didn’t travel around my own country,” she told Gwen Ifill on Tuesday. “I was in a hundred and twelve other countries.”
    Original Air Date: June 25, 2014
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  • Hillary Clinton acknowledges stumbles on wealth
    Hillary Clinton acknowledged in an interview Tuesday with PBS NewsHour’s Gwen Ifill that she stumbled when talking about her and her husband’s wealth and could have had a better message.You can watch the full interview on the PBS NewsHour Wednesday, June 25.
    Original Air Date: June 25, 2014
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  • Hillary Clinton on running for president
    It takes a special kind of person to run for president. For Hillary Clinton, someone who would want to do it twice might just be “a little bit crazy," Clinton told the PBS NewsHour’s Gwen Ifill in an interview Tuesday night.
    Original Air Date: June 25, 2014
    Gwen sat down with former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton Tuesday night in Denver. Photo by NewsHour
  • How to 3-D print a dinosaur
    The Smithsonian's Digitization Program is 3-D scanning and printing the more than 200 bones of the Nation's T.rex, one of the largest and most complete Tyrannosaurus Rex skeletons ever discovered.
    Original Air Date: June 25, 2014
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Tuesday, June 24, 2014

  • Missing IRS emails prompt cover-up allegations
    A political fight over the targeting of conservative groups by the Internal Revenue Service escalated when the IRS said it had lost thousands of emails when a former official’s computer crashed. Jeffrey Brown talks to Rep. John Mica, R-Fla., and Rep. Sander Levin, D-Mich., about the allegations that the emails may have been intentionally destroyed.
    Original Air Date: June 24, 2014
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  • Report: Reading to young children benefits brain development
    A new study by the American Academy of Pediatrics shows that reading daily to young children, starting in infancy, can help with language acquisition and literacy skills. But, the report says, many children are missing out. Jeffrey Brown takes a closer look at the consequences and opportunities to improve with lead author of the study, Dr. Pamela High of the American Academy of Pediatrics.
    Original Air Date: June 24, 2014
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  • 'Freedom Summer’ leaders recall pivotal fight against racism
    A new documentary “Freedom Summer” looks back to the deeply segregated Mississippi of 1964, and the young people who came from around the country to lend a hand in the struggle against racism. For a look back at the moment, Gwen Ifill is joined by Freedom Summer coordinator Robert Moses, Freedom Summer volunteer Rita Schwerner Bender, as well as director of the film, Stanley Nelson.
    Original Air Date: June 24, 2014
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  • How ISIL capitalized on vulnerabilities of Iraq's army
    The United Nations estimates that, at minimum, 1,000 people have been killed in two weeks of fighting in Iraq. Judy Woodruff talks to retired Lt. Col. Douglas Ollivant and retired Col. Derek Harvey about the strengths and weaknesses of the Iraqi security forces, the role of incoming U.S. special forces and the spread of ISIL’s influence in the region.
    Original Air Date: June 24, 2014
    The Baghdad Operations Command center in Iraq, where the Iraqi army plans offensives against the Islamic State group. While the U.S. has helped Iraq push back the extremists, gathering support from other nations has been difficult. Photo by Scott Nelson for the Washington Post
  • Making music from Detroit's vacant homes
    Reclaim Detroit is a nonprofit organization that dismantles vacant buildings to re-use their materials. That’s music to the ears of Michigan luthier Gary Zimnicki, who is using reclaimed floorboards and ceilings to craft ukuleles and mandolins. Filmmaker Roy Feldman from WTVS Detroit Public Television takes us inside Zimnicki’s studio.For more Art Beat: newshour.pbs.org/art
    Original Air Date: June 24, 2014
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Monday, June 23, 2014

  • Documentary explores why higher education has a higher price
    The rise in U.S. college tuition is unsustainable. That’s the argument of a new television documentary, “Ivory Tower,” which tackles growing worries and critique over college costs and student debt. Jeffrey Brown talks to filmmaker Andrew Rossi about the origins of rising costs and financial competition among institutions, plus ideas about how to turn around the trend.
    Original Air Date: June 23, 2014
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  • How does Egypt’s Al Jazeera trial affect U.S. relations?
    The controversial convictions of three Al Jazeera journalists in Egypt are among the most high-profile cases in a general crackdown on dissent. Jeffrey Brown talks to Michele Dunne of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and Michael Hanna of the The Century Foundation about the geopolitics behind the convictions and shifting U.S. policy toward Egypt.
    Original Air Date: June 23, 2014
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