Monday, May 12, 2014

  • Preserving the LA story, one block at a time
    The city of Los Angeles is constantly reinventing itself. But now, a project called “Survey L.A.” is digging beneath the city’s layers to identify, catalogue and preserve its diverse cultural history in electronic form. Jeffrey Brown reports on this effort to map the history of a relatively new and rapidly developing city.
    Original Air Date: May 12, 2014
  • Will Eastern Ukraine vote in the presidential election?
    Separatists in Eastern Ukraine declared they are ready to join Russia in Sunday’s secession referendum, but no government has yet recognized the move. Gwen Ifill talks to Steven Pifer of the Brookings Institution and Nadia Diuk of the National Endowment for Democracy for analysis on how it affects Ukraine’s attempts at rebuilding its government and whether there is any chance for negotiation.
    Original Air Date: May 12, 2014
    Eastern Ukraine's Independence Referendum
  • Will Nigeria’s government acknowledge Boko Haram?
    Judy Woodruff talks to J. Peter Pham of the Atlantic Council about the strategy and leverage behind Boko Haram’s release of a video reportedly showing some of the missing Nigerian schoolgirls, the Nigerian government’s political agenda and the likelihood of finding the girls.
    Original Air Date: May 12, 2014
  • 'The Cynja' teaches kids about cybersecurity
    Comic book, "The Cynja", aims to introduce youth to the world of cybersecurity and what they can do to protect their own computers. The PBS NewsHour's Hari Sreenivasan spoke to co-authors Chase Cunningham and Heather Dahl about the book on May 9, 2014.
    Original Air Date: May 12, 2014
    The Cynja

Sunday, May 11, 2014

  • Voters in Eastern Ukraine cast ballots in referendum
    Early indications are that voters in Eastern Ukraine have overwhelmingly approved a measure that could potentially lead to their secession from the country. For the latest, Philip Shishkin of the Wall Street Journal joins Hari Sreenivasan from Donetsk via Skype.
    Original Air Date: May 11, 2014
  • Bannister recalls the day he conquered the four-minute mile
    Just over sixty years ago this week 25-year-old British runner Roger Bannister did what many athletes, and even doctors, had deemed impossible. He broke the four-minute mile. Bannister reflects on the barrier he somehow knew was psychological not physical.
    Original Air Date: May 11, 2014
    Athletics Oxfordshire, England. 6th May, 1954. Roger Bannister breaks the tape as he crosses the winning line to complete the historic four minute mile record.
  • Oil brings boom times and safety concerns to North Dakota
    In North Dakota an oil boom has transformed the state's economy. Nearly a million barrels of crude come out of the ground each day in the state, and instead of traveling by pipeline, most North Dakota oil goes by rail. But as the industry is projected to grow, a series of catastrophic - and at times deadly - accidents has brought new scrutiny to the practice of hauling oil by rail.
    Original Air Date: May 11, 2014

Saturday, May 10, 2014

  • Kidnapped Nigerian schoolgirls face serious risks
    The Nigerian schoolgirls abducted by the extremist group Boko Haram face serious risks including malaria-carrying mosquitoes, unsafe drinking water and poisonous snakes. That’s according to Michelle Faul of the Associated Press, who spoke with Hari Sreenivasan from Lagos, Nigeria about the ongoing situation.
    Original Air Date: May 10, 2014

Friday, May 9, 2014

  • Facing change, California’s governor embraces continuity
    Times have changed, and so has California Gov. Jerry Brown. Embarking on an unprecedented fourth term, 40 years after he first won office, Brown touts the values of balance, budgeting and planning in order to manage all of that change. John Myers of KQED interviews the veteran politician about his strategy for leading his state.
    Original Air Date: May 9, 2014
  • Shields and Brooks on primary points for mainstream GOP
    Syndicated columnist Mark Shields and New York Times columnist David Brooks join Hari Sreenivasan to discuss the week’s news, including the outcomes for Republicans in the first three midterm primaries, why the House GOP are pushing a Benghazi inquiry, the latest national assessment on climate change and NBA MVP Kevin Durant’s tribute to his mom and supporters.
    Original Air Date: May 9, 2014
  • Using photography to peel back the image of power
    Artist Carrie Mae Weems has used photography to explore national and personal history, using herself and her family as stand-ins to explore common narratives, and using the medium as a tool to challenge stereotypes. Chief arts correspondent Jeffrey Brown talks to the renowned artist about her career as a visual storyteller.
    Original Air Date: May 9, 2014
  • Will Eastern Ukrainians turn out for secession vote?
    Scores of Ukrainian soldiers made their way through the streets of Mariupol with armored personnel carriers as part of an ongoing operation to evict the pro-Russian militias that have taken over government buildings in Eastern Ukraine. For a closer look, Hari Sreenivasan talks to Independent Television News’ Alex Thomson, who was in Mariupol during the conflict and reports from the city of Donetsk.
    Original Air Date: May 9, 2014
  • Have we gone too far in protecting our kids?
    For children in the U.S., unsupervised play is largely a pastime of previous generations. Hanna Rosin of The Atlantic writes about the consequences of guarding children from perceived dangers in her article, “The Overprotected Kid.” Judy Woodruff interviews Rosin about how we deal with risks and safety concerns for our children.
    Original Air Date: May 9, 2014
  • How #BringBackOurGirls spread around the world
    Nearly a month since the Islamist group Boko Haram attacked a village in Nigeria and made off with more than 300 girls, that country’s government and military have been criticized for failing to do more. Amnesty International has reported that officials failed to prevent the attack, despite being warned. Jeffrey Brown examines the international social media campaign that has sprung up in reaction.
    Original Air Date: May 9, 2014
    Amnesty International Holds Vigil For Abducted Nigerian School Girls

Thursday, May 8, 2014

  • Under scrutiny before, VA delay allegations strike a chord
    Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki is pushing back against calls for him to resign after allegations that dozens of patients have died because of delayed treatment at an agency hospital. Shinseki has ordered a nationwide review of access to care at all VA clinics. Jeffrey Brown learns more from Phillip Carter from Center for a New American Security and Brian Skoloff of the Associated Press.
    Original Air Date: May 8, 2014
    President Barack Obama summoned VA Secretary Eric Shinseki for a meeting in the Oval Office on Wednesday, hours before the House votes on a bill that would give Shinseki more power to fire top VA executives. Photo By Chris Maddaloni/CQ Roll Call
  • Study measuring college value prizes engagement over elite
    Job placement and income have traditionally been key yardsticks for assessing the value of a college education. But a Gallup-Purdue survey of more than 30,000 graduates in all 50 states focuses on whether graduates have had a good life in terms of well-being, satisfaction and career engagement. Judy Woodruff talks to Mitch Daniels, president of Purdue University, a partner in the study.
    Original Air Date: May 8, 2014
  • House GOP pursue Benghazi inquiry ahead of midterm races
    The House of Representatives moved to form a special committee to investigate the attacks on the American consulate in Benghazi, Libya. House Speaker John Boehner says there are valid questions to pursue over the Obama administration’s role in the aftermath, but some Democrats dismiss the efforts as politically motivated. Robert Costa of The Washington Post joins Judy Woodruff for more.
    Original Air Date: May 8, 2014
  • Hefty child care costs present catch-22 for working parents
    In most of the country, child care is the most expensive part of the family budget. Infant care now costs more than state college tuition in many places. But while it might demand a luxury price, offering important advantages to kids, it’s an imperative for working parents. Economics correspondent Paul Solman reports on how the strain of paying for care cuts across class and income lines.
    Original Air Date: May 8, 2014
    Closing of Head Start daycare program in Yonkers due to government sequestration
  • ‘Slow progress’ for U.S. on addressing terrorism in Africa
    The U.S. is sending a team of military, law enforcement and hostage negotiators to Nigeria to join efforts to locate the girls who were kidnapped by Islamist militants in Nigeria. Gwen Ifill talks to Linda Thomas-Greenfield, Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs, about the tools available to track the whereabouts of the girls and what’s been going on diplomatically behind the scenes.
    Original Air Date: May 8, 2014
    Protest against kidnapped Nigerian girls in Johannesburg
  • When childcare costs more than college
    PBS NewsHour economics correspondent Paul Solman speaks with three mothers about their struggles to pay for childcare.
    Original Air Date: May 8, 2014

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

  • Syrian opposition: We just want weapons to defend ourselves
    The war in Syria seems to be tipping in favor of Assad's forces, despite some rebel strongholds. Ties to extremists among some rebel factions have made the U.S. wary of offering military support. But the chief moderate political force opposing Assad, the Syrian Opposition Council, has been granted diplomatic status by the State Department. Margaret Warner interviews SOC representative Ahmad Jabra.
    Original Air Date: May 7, 2014
  • Can outside nations help rescue missing Nigerian girls?
    A small team of U.S. specialists will head to Nigeria to help efforts in locating more than 270 girls who were kidnapped from a boarding school -- a provocative attack that has drawn international outrage. To examine expectations for U.S. assistance, Jeffrey Brown talks to Jon Temin of the United States Institute of Peace and Heather Murdock of The Christian Science Monitor.
    Original Air Date: May 7, 2014
    Bring Our Girls Back Protest at the Nigerian Embassy in Washington, DC
  • Harnessing boys’ strengths to improve academic achievement
    Increasingly, boys appear to be falling behind girls academically. Test statistics, grades and college degrees are part of the story, but experts are also concerned about the messages young men get about masculinity. Gwen Ifill talks with Michael Thompson, author of "Raising Cain," Ever Forward Club founder Ashanti Branch and Christina Hoff Sommers, author of "The War Against Boys."
    Original Air Date: May 7, 2014
  • Republicans gain footing for Senate showdown
    On Tuesday, voters headed to the polls for midterm election primaries in North Carolina, Indiana and Ohio. Republican contenders backed by the Washington establishment, like Senate candidate Thom Tillis in North Carolina, and incumbents like House Speaker John Boehner, made a good showing. NewsHour political editor Domenico Montanaro joins Gwen Ifill to make sense of the results.
    Original Air Date: May 7, 2014
    GOP Senate candidate Thom Tillis
  • Is Putin trying to diffuse the Ukraine crisis?
    Russian President Vladimir Putin announced that he has pulled his military forces from Ukraine’s border, and called on pro-Russian separatists to postpone their planned secession vote. However, the White House imposed further sanctions, saying there’s no evidence of the retreat. Judy Woodruff gets insight from Angela Stent of Georgetown University and Stephen Cohen of New York University.
    Original Air Date: May 7, 2014
    Photo by Mikhail Klimentyev/AFP/Getty Images

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

  • Helping girls carve their own path in a pink-saturated world
    In the last few decades, a multi-billion dollar industry has evolved around princess stories and toys. But in contrast to this pink and purple “girlie” world are alternatives emphasizing more diverse interests and portraying different kinds of heroines. Gwen Ifill talks to author Peggy Orenstein and Angelica Perez of the Ella Institute about the influence of modern marketers and media on girls.
    Original Air Date: May 6, 2014
  • Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba unrolls IPO in U.S.
    A Chinese e-commerce giant called Alibaba filed an initial public offering that many experts say could rank among the largest ever. The company operates multiple businesses, including some akin to Amazon or eBay. Judy Woodruff talks to Paul Sweeney of Bloomberg Industries about the risks and reactions to Alibaba hitting the U.S. financial markets.
    Original Air Date: May 6, 2014
    Alibaba To Kick Off IPO In U.S.
  • Why some schools still insist on lessons in elegant cursive
    Starting in the 1970s, and under the recent implementation of the Common Core, a former pillar of elementary education has been largely forgotten. But there’s a feeling that learning cursive still has value, even in the age of typing and texting. The NewsHour's April Brown reports from North Carolina, one of a handful of states that's moved to make learning the formal, curlicue letters mandatory.
    Original Air Date: May 6, 2014