Wednesday, March 5, 2014

  • Examining dangers for journalists around the world
    Egypt’s arrest and trial of three Al-Jazeera journalists, charged with assisting the Muslim Brotherhood, has prompted outcry around the world. The case helps highlight growing dangers to journalists worldwide, especially in countries caught in war or turmoil. In all, 119 members of the press died while on assignment in 2013.
    Original Air Date: March 5, 2014
  • Fishing for data in the radioactive waters off Fukushima
    With help from fisherman and citizen scientists, researchers in Japan and the U.S. are tracking the nucleotides in the ocean creatures who swim in the plume of water tainted with radiation from Fukushima. Their research is part of a long-term effort to figure out when — if ever — certain fish will be safe to eat. Science correspondent Miles O’Brien reports.
    Original Air Date: March 5, 2014
  • Will the new SAT overhaul be A) propitious?
    The College Board announced a partial overhaul of the SAT, slated to take effect in the spring of 2016, which will eliminate the mandatory essay, revert to a top score of 1600 and create new fee waivers for lower-income students, among other changes. Judy Woodruff turns to special correspondent for education John Merrow to examine the measures and what they mean for students.
    Original Air Date: March 5, 2014
  • The phytoplankton that brought Earth to life
    Without the "billion billion billion" Prochlorococcus, a plant-like bacteria in the ocean, Earth would not have the oxygen we breathe today. But the more scientists study about these diverse organisms, the less they know, says Penny Chisholm, an oceanographer at MIT.
    Original Air Date: March 5, 2014
    Penny Chisholm looks at Prochlorococcus samples in her lab at MIT. These green vials contain samples of phytoplankton from all over the world. Chisholm, who has been studying the microorganisms since 1986, thinks they may be responsible for creating the oxygen we breathe today. Photo by Rebecca Jacobson, PBS NewsHour
  • Poems from Pongo's troubled teens
    Two students at the Pongo Writing Project, a poetry program that has been working with troubled teens for nearly two decades, read their poems at the New Horizons homeless center in Seattle.Students of a poetry program that works with troubled teens read their work.
    Original Air Date: March 19, 2014
    Pongo student reads poem

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

  • Seeking tech ‘genius’ among disadvantaged teens
    In Oakland, not far from Silicon Valley, a small group of teenagers are glued to their computer screens, learning a new language. The Hidden Genius Project is a small non-profit that’s working to teach computer coding to young African-American men and bring them into the high tech sector -- one of the few parts of the economy that’s booming and aching for diversity. Aarti Shahani of KQED reports.
    Original Air Date: March 4, 2014
  • New study links pre-existing risks to rise in Army suicides
    Roughly 18 out of every 1,000 Army soldiers commit suicide every year, while many more attempt or consider killing themselves. A new study on the rise in suicides found that 1 in 10 soldiers could be diagnosed for an anger impulse control disorder. Jeffrey Brown talked to Dr. Ronald Kessler of Harvard Medical School about how pre-existing mental illness may make soldiers more vulnerable.
    Original Air Date: March 4, 2014

Monday, March 3, 2014

  • How should U.S. respond to Moscow's military move in Crimea?
    How damaging is Russia’s recent activity in Crimea to Russia’s long-term relationship with the West? Is the current tension adding momentum toward “a new Cold War divide”? Gwen Ifill gets two views from Stephen Cohen of New York University and Michael McFaul, former U.S. ambassador to Russia on the build up to Russia sending troops into Ukraine and how the U.S. should react.
    Original Air Date: March 3, 2014
  • U.S. ‘prepared to facilitate’ talks with Ukraine
    Russia has effectively taken control of the Crimean region in Ukraine, despite efforts by the international community to isolate Russia with condemnation and economic penalties if it doesn’t back down. Judy Woodruff talks to Deputy National Security Adviser Tony Blinken about how the U.S. is mobilizing international support to persuade Russia to change course.
    Original Air Date: March 3, 2014
  • Low-income students combat stress with mindfulness
    At Cesar Chavez Academy in East Palo Alto, Calif., 7th graders are learning yoga as a way to cope with the stress of life in a community rife with homelessness, shootings and gang war trauma. By teaching these children to pay close attention to their breathing and movements, Stanford University researchers are hoping they will focus better in school and beyond. Jeffrey Brown reports.
    Original Air Date: March 3, 2014
  • Previewing the governor’s race in Texas
    If the leading candidates win their primaries, Republican Gregg Abbott will be pitted against Democrat Wendy Davis in a big-money, high-profile battle for Texas governor. Judy Woodruff talks to Wayne Slater of the Dallas Morning News about what could be Texas’ most competitive gubernatorial battle in years.
    Original Air Date: March 3, 2014
    Protesters In Texas Statehouse Block Texas Lawmakers From Passing Abortion Bill
  • Obama: Facts on the ground in Crimea are deeply troubling
    Amid his meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, President Barack Obama made several remarks on the ongoing crisis in Ukraine, calling Russia's advances in Crimea a violation of international law and Ukrainian sovereignty. Mr. Obama added: "My interest is seeing the Ukrainian people being able to determine their own destiny."
    Original Air Date: March 3, 2014

Sunday, March 2, 2014

  • Ukrainians brace for conflict as prospect of war looms
    Tension continued to build in Ukraine on Sunday as the government prepared for the possibility of war, putting the country’s military on high alert. Hari Sreenivasan speaks with Wall Street Journal reporter Paul Sonne from Crimea’s capital city of Simferopol about the mood on the ground.
    Original Air Date: March 2, 2014
  • As tensions build, U.S. has ‘zero options’ in Ukraine
    As tension between the United States and Russia escalates, and Secretary of State John Kerry announced plans to visit Kiev on Tuesday, analysts are looking to history for clues for what may happen next. Stephen Cohen, professor emeritus of Russian Studies at New York University and of politics at Princeton University joins Hari Sreenivasan for more.
    Original Air Date: March 2, 2014
    Map of Russia, Ukraine, Georgia, NewsHour Weekend
  • Obama, Netanyahu to discuss Iran nuclear program in talks
    What issues will President Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu address in their upcoming talks in Washington? Jay Solomon, foreign affairs correspondent for The Wall Street Journal, explains the meeting will likely focus on Iran’s nuclear program and a framework for continuing the Middle East peace process.
    Original Air Date: March 2, 2014
  • Spiderman stages a special performance for autistic fans
    On the set of “Spiderman: Turn Off the Dark,” producers and actors work with specialists to tailor their performance for an audience that includes autistic children. The team works to make the show as close to the original performance as possible, while accounting for kids who are sensitive to jarring lights and sounds.
    Original Air Date: March 2, 2014
    Spiderman play for special needs audience

Saturday, March 1, 2014

  • U.S. and EU react to Russian vote on military force
    After a week of heightened tension in Ukraine, the Russian parliament voted unanimously on Saturday to use military force in Ukraine’s eastern region of Crimea. How will this development affect the ongoing crisis in Ukraine? Hari Sreenivasan speaks with Charles Kupchan of the Council on Foreign Relations about Russia’s activity in Crimea and how the U.S. and EU are reacting.
    Original Air Date: March 1, 2014
    Map of Russia, Ukraine and Crimea, NewsHour Weekend
  • Greenhouse labs spur student learning on Manhattan rooftops
    At P.S. 333 on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, students are studying science in their very own rooftop greenhouse -- one of 12 built as part of an initiative to put 100 greenhouse labs in New York City schools by 2020. These labs allow students to experiment with hydroponic techniques, and schools donate the extra produce to local charities.
    Original Air Date: March 1, 2014
  • Germany continues to grapple with Nazi-era legacy
    Nearly seventy years after the end of World War II, the German government is intensifying its efforts to educate young Germans about Nazi war crimes and continues to pursue prosecution for those who committed them. William Brangham reports from Ludwigsburg, Germany.
    Original Air Date: January 12, 2014

Friday, February 28, 2014

  • Will Mt. Gox’s missing money prompt regulation on Bitcoin?
    Mt. Gox, an early player in the virtual currency Bitcoins, became a major online exchange until the disappearance of a significant sum and the subsequent bankruptcy of the company. Kashmir Hill of Forbes joins Hari Sreenivasan to discuss the potential for tracking the missing money and the repercussions of collapse for its users and other rising cryptocurrencies.
    Original Air Date: February 28, 2014
  • Virtual Bitcoins worth $425 million disappear
    One of the largest online exchanges for Bitcoins, a digital cryptocurrency “mined” by computers, has closed down amid allegations of theft. The founder of the Tokyo-based Mt. Gox website admitted his company lost 850,000 Bitcoins, valued at about $425 million. Hari Sreenivasan reports.
    Original Air Date: February 28, 2014
  • Fukushima nuclear crisis continues to unfold
    The site of the Fukushima nuclear disaster in Japan remains a post-apocalyptic landscape of abandoned towns, frozen in time. Science correspondent Miles O’Brien got a rare tour inside the plant, where three nuclear reactors melted down after the earthquake and tsunami in 2011, to learn more about the long-term solutions for stemming the radioactive contamination.
    Original Air Date: February 28, 2014
  • Why Russia is ‘flexing its muscle’ in Crimea
    Crimea, a former Russian-held region, is home to Russia’s Black Sea naval fleet and other important Russian assets. With Ukraine in turmoil over the future of its leadership, Jeffrey Brown talks to Angela Stent of Georgetown University and Dimitri Simes of the Center for the National Interest to get more background on the relationship and interests between the two countries.
    Original Air Date: February 28, 2014
    Russian Tanks
  • Shields and Brooks on Putin perceptions, tax reform
    Syndicated columnist Mark Shields and New York Times columnist David Brooks join Judy Woodruff to discuss the week’s news, including the latest developments in Ukraine and the ways Russian President Vladimir Putin wields power, the veto of a controversial bill in Arizona, Rep. Dave Camp’s new tax reform plan and the launch of a program encouraging private foundations to support young men of color.
    Original Air Date: February 28, 2014
  • Obama: ‘There will be costs’ to Russian intervention in Ukraine
    Original Air Date: February 28, 2014

Thursday, February 27, 2014

  • Confronting Indonesia’s genocide in ‘The Act of Killing’
    In the documentary “The Act of Killing,” men who were recruited by the Indonesian government to help massacre more than a million people in a so-called anti-communist purge not only discuss their roles in the genocide, they garishly reenact their crimes as if they were Hollywood actors. Filmmaker Joshua Oppenheimer discusses how Indonesia might begin to come to terms with horrors of the past.
    Original Air Date: February 27, 2014
    Anwar Congo (right) has his makeup done. Courtesy: Drafthouse Films
  • Why U.S. nutrition labels will be getting a makeover
    When the Nutrition Facts label was introduced 20 years ago, fat was the primary concern of the American diet. But as our eating and drinking habits -- and knowledge -- have shifted, the Food and Drug Administration is making significant changes to these labels. To sort through the details and reasoning for these changes, Jeffrey Brown talks to former CDC official Dr. William Dietz.
    Original Air Date: February 27, 2014
    At ShopRite on the Riverfront in July, a tour with Christiana Care Health System dietitians showed Anthony Graves and other local teenagers that healthy eating often starts with reading the label. Photo by Flickr user Christiana Care Health Systems
  • How should U.S. improve opportunity for young men of color?
    Leaders from different sectors of American life convened at the White House to help launch an initiative called “My Brother’s Keeper,” meant to address challenges facing young men and boys of color. Gwen Ifill discusses the effort with Gail Christopher of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and Eddie Glaude of Princeton University.
    Original Air Date: February 27, 2014