Saturday, April 26, 2014

  • New police surveillance techniques raise privacy concerns
    A report from the Center for Investigative Reporting and KQED profiles a wide-scale surveillance system being developed for police forces. How can the trade off between safety and privacy be negotiated as technology gets more and more sophisticated? How can the trade off between safety and privacy be negotiated as technology gets more and more sophisticated?
    Original Air Date: April 26, 2014
    Center for Investigative Reporting story on wide-area surveillance

Friday, April 25, 2014

  • Politics, miracles and the process of picking a modern saint
    Pope Francis has chosen two iconic 20th century popes to be canonized. Jeffrey Brown gets reaction and background from Patricia McGuire of Trinity Washington University and John Allen of The Boston Globe on the political motives behind the pairing, the unprecedented speed of the selection and the evolving standards of sainthood.
    Original Air Date: April 25, 2014
    Final Preparations Are Made For The Canonisation Of Pope John Paul II And Pope John XXIII
  • All the world’s a stage at Shakespeare’s 450th anniversary
    The most famous words of the most famous play of the most famous playwright of the English language will soon be echoed all over the earth. In honor of William Shakespeare’s 450th birthday, Shakespeare’s Globe Theater hopes to perform “Hamlet” in every country in the world. Jeffrey Brown talks to artistic director Dominic Dromgoole about the ambitious project and the timeless text.
    Original Air Date: April 25, 2014
  • Shields and Brooks on Georgia gun rights
    Syndicated columnist Mark Shields and New York Times columnist David Brooks join Judy Woodruff to discuss the week’s news, including the Supreme Court upholding the right of Michigan citizens to say you can't use race as a criteria for college admission, a new expansive gun rights law in Georgia and an update on four Senate races in the South.
    Original Air Date: April 25, 2014
  • Where to draw the line between safer streets and spying?
    The FBI’s Next Generation Identification program will give police access to more data than ever before by way of biometrics—biological marks from facial scans and palm prints—to identify suspects. Some opponents worry this growing web of security will give police too much personal information without a warrant. The Center for Investigative Reporting’s Amanda Pike reports.
    Original Air Date: April 25, 2014
  • Vatican poised to canonize two popes
    Catholics from around the world converged in Rome ahead of the historic canonization of the 20th century’s most loved pontiffs. Pope John Paul II, who stood as a firm opponent to communism at the height of the Cold War, and John XXIII, the so-called “good pope” who is best known for convening reforms under the Second Vatican Council, will be declared saints in Saint Peter’s Square.
    Original Air Date: April 25, 2014
  • Is Russia making a ‘costly’ mistake in its Ukraine campaign?
    As evidence that Russia is already hurting from the initial round of sanctions, Standard & Poor’s has downgraded Russia’s credit rating for the first time in five years--to just one notch above junk status. Cliff Kupchan of Eurasia Group joins Judy Woodruff for a closer look at how Russia’s economy has been affected since the Ukraine crisis began.
    Original Air Date: April 25, 2014

Thursday, April 24, 2014

  • U.S. and Japan tackle trade issues during Obama's visit
    During a visit to Japan, President Obama observed traditions and technological innovations, while negotiators worked behind the scenes on a proposed trade pact. While the president vowed protection for Japan, the allies remain divided on a few key issues. Judy Woodruff talks to Mike Mochizuki of The George Washington University and Sheila Smith of the Council on Foreign Relations.
    Original Air Date: April 24, 2014
    U.S. President Barack Obama Visits Japan
  • Are private charter schools monopolizing public resources?
    Charter school enrollment has soared from about 300,000 a little more than a decade ago to nearly 2 million students nationwide. But the expansion of charter schools, whose public funding is supplemented with private donations, has created serious competition for limited resources and space. Special correspondent John Tulenko of Learning Matters reports on the ongoing battle in New York.
    Original Air Date: April 24, 2014
  • Will dismantling net neutrality stymie innovation?
    The Federal Communications Commission is on the brink of changing the net neutrality principle, which allows consumers unfettered access to web content, and limits the ability of Internet service providers to block or filter material. New guidelines would allow some companies to charge more for faster service. Gwen Ifill talks to Cecilia Kang of The Washington Post about what’s at stake.
    Original Air Date: April 24, 2014
  • FDA cracks down on ‘wild west’ of e-cigarettes
    The Food and Drug Administration announced it intends to regulate the ever-growing business of electronic cigarettes, which produce an inhalable nicotine vapor. Under the new guidelines, e-cigarette sales to anyone under the age of 18 would be banned. Judy Woodruff takes a closer look at the regulations with Mitch Zeller, director of the FDA’s Center for Tobacco Products.
    Original Air Date: April 24, 2014
    In this photo illustration a woman smokes an electronic cigarette on July 5, 2012 in Knutsford, United Kingdom. Electronic cigarettes are the latest health device for smokers hoping to quit nicotine addiction. Earlier today a major security operation took place in Staffordshire, England, after a passenger on a coach used an electronic cigarette which was mistaken for something more sinister and a full scale security alert was instigated. The 48 passengers were later allowed to carry on with their journey.Photo by Christopher Furlong / Getty Images
  • What needs to happen to restart Mideast peace efforts
    The nine-month Mideast peace effort suffered its latest blow when Israel announced its negotiators are walking away from the table after a reconciliation deal between rival Palestinian groups. Gwen Ifill talks to Hussein Ibish of the American Task Force for Palestine and Jeffrey Goldberg of Bloomberg View on the elusive prospects for a peace deal.
    Original Air Date: April 24, 2014
  • Calligraphy traditions of yesterday and today
    Calligraphy is still being learned and practiced today, despite it often being thought of as a form of art from history.
    Original Air Date: April 24, 2014

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

  • Explosive train derailments prompt oil transport concerns
    The amount of oil being moved around the United States by rail has quadrupled since 2005. A string of explosive train derailments in the U.S. and Canada have prompted the National Transportation Safety Board to work with other agencies on improving the safety of the rail shipments. Judy Woodruff talks to Deborah Hersman, chair of the National Transportation Safety Board.
    Original Air Date: April 23, 2014
    Empty railroad tank cars snake their way into a storage yard in Newark, Delaware, July 28, 2013. The cars will return to North Dakota's Bakken region to be loaded with crude oil for another trip to the refinery at Delaware City, Delaware. With a shortage of new pipeline capacity, oil producers have been using rail as an alternative, and in some cases it's the preferred mode. Photo by Curtis Tate/MCT via Getty Images
  • Why the White House is turning its attention to Asia
    President Obama’s four-nation Asia tour marks a policy shift toward the continent, which has been overshadowed by international concerns in the Middle East, and now the Ukraine crisis. Gwen Ifill talks to former State Department Official Kurt Campbell and Michael Auslin of the American Enterprise Institute about the purpose behind the president’s trip.
    Original Air Date: April 23, 2014
  • How should colleges ensure diversity?
    The Supreme Court upheld a ban on affirmative action in Michigan; at least seven other states have enacted similar laws. A New York Times study looking at five states found that African-American and Latino enrollment fell immediately at flagship schools. Gwen Ifill gets views from Dennis Parker of the American Civil Liberties Union and Roger Clegg of the Center for Equal Opportunity.
    Original Air Date: April 23, 2014
  • New Hepatitis-C drug raises hope at a hefty price
    A new drug has a 90 to 100 percent chance of curing the Hepatitis C virus, but costs tens of thousands of dollars for a course of treatment. The announcement by the manufacturer that it earned more than $2 billion in the year’s first quarter raises the question, who should pay when drugs are highly effective, but extremely expensive? Hari Sreenivasan reports on the profits, coverage and costs.
    Original Air Date: April 23, 2014
    Inside of a Gilead Sciences Lab
  • Will violent rivalry tip South Sudan toward famine?
    The slaughter of hundreds of civilians is just the latest act of reprisal violence in South Sudan that began as a rivalry between two politicians of different ethnic groups. Judy Woodruff takes a closer look at the root of the crisis, tensions over natural resources and the urgency of humanitarian aid and regional diplomacy with Nancy Lindborg of USAID and Khalid Medani of McGill University.
    Original Air Date: April 23, 2014
    In this photo from January, South Sudanese People's Liberation Army soldiers patrol the streets of Bentiu where its forces had killed several hundred civilians. The U.N. Security Council may be willing to impose sanctions if attacks on civilians continue. Photo by Simon Maina/AFP/Getty Images
  • Curator Susan Frank on 'Made in the USA'
    Phillips Collection curator Susan Frank discusses "Made in the USA," a new exhibit showcasing works by more than 120 American artists from 1850 to 1970.
    Original Air Date: April 18, 2014

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

  • Searching for the abducted schoolgirls in Nigeria
    Radical Islamist group Boko Haram is thought to have kidnapped more than 200 girls from a school in northern Nigeria, in addition to other atrocities this week, including the bombing of a bus station. Judy Woodruff talks to The Christian Science Monitor’s Heather Murdock, for more on what authorities have learned about the missing girls.
    Original Air Date: April 22, 2014
  • How much does it really cost to live in a city like Seattle?
    In Seattle, there is a growing push to raise the minimum wage 62 percent to $15 an hour, which the University of Washington has calculated as the minimum cost of living for an adult with one child. But would the benefits of the wage hike actually outweigh the costs? Economics correspondent Paul Solman reports.
    Original Air Date: April 22, 2014
    The Pacific Northwest's Largest City As Dollar Rises to 2-Month High
  • Should science revive the woolly mammoth?
    Researchers are working to bring back extinct animals like the woolly mammoth and passenger pigeon, operating under the belief that reviving such species could restore vanishing habitats. But many biologists suggest these efforts should focus on endangered, rather than extinct, species. Gabriela Quiros and Thuy Vu of KQED have the story.
    Original Air Date: April 22, 2014
    woolly mammoth
  • Biden urges Russia to ‘stop talking and start acting’
    In a show of solidarity with Ukraine’s embattled interim government, Vice President Biden issued a warning to Russia to follow the agreement struck in Geneva to diffuse tensions. Meanwhile, pro-Russian separatists in Eastern Ukraine continued to defy the accord, and Ukraine’s acting president announced the resumption of “anti-terrorist” operations against the separatists. Gwen Ifill reports.
    Original Air Date: April 22, 2014
    Biden - Yatsenyuk
  • Justices consider future of TV and copyright in Aereo case
    The Supreme Court heard a request by television broadcasters to shut down Aereo, a TV streaming tech startup that has potential to alter the business model of traditional broadcasting. For more on the case, Jeffrey Brown talks to former Acting Solicitor General Neal Katyal and Gary Shapiro, CEO of Consumer Electronics Association.
    Original Air Date: April 22, 2014
    Supreme Court Hears Case Pinning Startup Internet TV Company Aereo Against Major Broadcast Networks
  • High Court upholds Mich. ban on affirmative action
    Dealing a blow to proponents of affirmative action, the Supreme Court ruled 6-2 in favor of a Michigan ballot initiative that banned public colleges from using race as a factor in admissions. For analysis on the court’s reasoning, Gwen Ifill talks to Marcia Coyle of The National Law Journal.
    Original Air Date: April 22, 2014
    US Supreme Court Hears Arguments Over Michigan Affirmative Action Ban

Monday, April 21, 2014

  • Boston Marathon runners return in resilience
    Under increased security, some 36,000 athletes—the second most in the race’s history—participated in the 118th Boston Marathon. Many raced to honor the three who were killed and more than 260 wounded in the bombings a year ago. For the first time in decades, an American runner, Meb Keflezighi, came in first place. Judy Woodruff talks to Adam Reilly of WGBH and Maria Cramer of The Boston Globe.
    Original Air Date: April 21, 2014
    2014 B.A.A. Boston Marathon
  • Remembering a prizefighter who fought for freedom
    In the early 1960s Rubin Carter earned the nickname "Hurricane" as a middleweight boxer who knocked out 19 opponents. But in 1967 an all-white jury convicted him of a triple murder. A symbol of racial injustice who inspired a Bob Dylan song and a Hollywood movie, Carter was freed after almost two decades in prison and became an activist. Jeffrey Brown talks to Selwyn Raab of The New York Times.
    Original Air Date: April 21, 2014
    Referee Zach Clayton counts to nine over Rubin (Hurricane) C
  • Was the Supreme Court ruling a setback for voting rights?
    In the months since the Supreme Court struck down a key portion of the Voting Rights Act, five states have tightened access to voting. The ruling has sparked nationwide debate, and the Obama administration is pushing back with an investigation. Gwen Ifill gets views from Kareem Crayton of University of North Carolina School of Law and David Lewis, a North Carolina state representative.
    Original Air Date: April 21, 2014
    U.S. Presidential Election Day Voting And Results Coverage