Tuesday, April 29, 2014

  • The Jewish treasures in Saddam Hussein's basement
    Doris Hamburg, Director of Preservation Programs at the U.S. National Archives at College Park, Maryland, and Mary Lynn Ritzenthaler, Chief of the Document Conservation Laboratory, share the dramatic and heroic story of how these historic materials were found and rescued from the basement of Saddam Hussein's intelligence headquarters, and how the National Archives is preserving them.
    Original Air Date: April 29, 2014
    Before and after: This 1795 Book of Vigils would have been studied on the eve of the Jewish holiday of Shavuot.

Monday, April 28, 2014

  • Is GDP the wrong yardstick for measuring prosperity?
    Gross domestic product, the total dollar value of goods and services sold in the U.S., has become fundamental to American economic policy. But there are other essential assets, qualities and conditions that GDP can't measure, like the health of the environment or society. Economics correspondent Paul Solman looks at another way of measuring progress that takes more of these variables into account.
    Original Air Date: April 28, 2014
  • What’s driving gains in high school graduation rates?
    The graduation rates for American high schools have reached 80 percent, according to a report based on statistics from the Department of Education. Jeffrey Brown discusses the milestone and the work that lies ahead with John Bridgeland of Civic Enterprises, an author of the report.
    Original Air Date: April 28, 2014
    Johnathon Carrigton:  DC Valedictorian With High Academic Expectations
  • U.S. sanctions Putin associates to force ‘clear choice’
    The Obama administration has announced additional sanctions on Russian officials and key companies with close ties to President Putin to persuade Moscow to diffuse tensions in Ukraine. Deputy National Security Advisor Tony Blinken joins Gwen Ifill to discuss the strategy behind these new sanctions, their potential to hurt U.S. companies and the prospect of further sanctions still in reserve.
    Original Air Date: April 28, 2014
    Deputy National Security Advisor Tony Blinken joins Gwen Ifill to discuss the strategy behind these new sanctions, their potential to hurt U.S. companies and the prospect of further sanctions still in reserve.
  • Arkansas residents push ahead in wake of tornado damage
    Tornadoes that tore across central and southern states left at least 16 people dead, 14 of them in Arkansas. Judy Woodruff talks to Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe from Little Rock for an update on the strength of the tornado, the recovery efforts and how citizens had prepared ahead of time.
    Original Air Date: April 28, 2014
    Ken Sullivan, general manager of We Willies Super Auto Wash, looks over the damage after a tornado tore through the area for the second time in three years, on April 28, 2014 in Vilonia, Arkansas. Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images
  • Will the NBA send a strong message to Donald Sterling?
    Racist comments attributed to Donald Sterling, the owner of the Los Angeles Clippers basketball team, have left NBA owners and players scrambling to determine the best course of action. Judy Woodruff gets analysis from Michael McCann of Sports Illustrated and Kenneth Shropshire of the University of Pennsylvania to weigh the league’s options, and how punishment could backfire.
    Original Air Date: April 28, 2014
    NBA has attributed racist remarks to Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling. Photo by Noah Graham/NBAE via Getty Images
  • Nikki Giovanni reads ‘The Lost Cause ... Lost’
    Nikki Giovanni reads her poem “The Lost Cause ... Lost” at the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery in Washington D.C.
    Original Air Date: April 28, 2014
    Nikki Giovanni reads ‘The Lost Cause ... Lost’

Sunday, April 27, 2014

  • New reports suggest slow down in housing market recovery
    Recent reports suggest that the recovery in the nation’s housing market might be starting to slow down, with both existing and new home sales down in the last months. How will this affect the overall economic health in the country? Alison Stewart speaks with Michelle Conlin, a senior correspondent at Reuters, about trends in home sales during the last year.
    Original Air Date: April 27, 2014
    Housing Development Credit: Michael Melford/Getty Images
  • Meet America's newest historic landmarks
    It’s around this time every year that the Department of Interior designates new national historic landmarks. There are roughly 2500 of them on the list: buildings, properties, even objects that represent important aspects of American history. This past week, four more were added to the list.
    Original Air Date: April 27, 2014
  • What can history tell us about today’s unrest in Ukraine?
    NewsHour Weekend explores the complicated histories of Russia and Ukraine. How are centuries-old tensions are playing out in today's politics and rhetoric? Five scholars weigh in.
    Original Air Date: April 27, 2014

Saturday, April 26, 2014

  • European business concerned about sanctions on Russia
    Leaders from the Group of Seven have agreed to quickly impose more sanctions against Russia in response to the crisis in Ukraine. How will these measures affect Russia’s business partners in the West? Alison Stewart speaks with Stephen Szabo at the Transatlantic Academy about the significant economic ties between Europe and Russia
    Original Air Date: April 26, 2014
    Russian president Vladimir Putin has signed a law banning profanity in media and the arts .  Photo by Andrey Rudakov/Bloomberg
  • Tech companies settle wages lawsuit for $325 million
    Major tech companies including Apple, Adobe, Google and Intel have settled a huge class action lawsuit alleging they colluded not to go after each others’ employees, effectively holding down salaries. Alison Stewart talks with Arik Hessedahl of Re/code about the economic and social tensions troubling Silicon Valley.
    Original Air Date: April 26, 2014
    Photo by David Paul Morris/Getty Images
  • 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