Sunday, February 16, 2014

  • Kerry talks climate change during Asia trip
    Climate change discussions grab a top spot on U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry's agenda during his current diplomatic mission in Asia.
    Original Air Date: February 16, 2014
  • What’s behind the nation’s prescription drug shortage?
    The Government Accountability Office has issued a report detailing serious and growing drug shortages in the United States. Sabrina Tavernise of the New York Times joins Hari Sreenivasan from Washington to detail some of the reasons behind the shortfall.
    Original Air Date: February 16, 2014

Saturday, February 15, 2014

  • Companies are scaling back on matching 401(k) contributions
    Major companies are getting attention for scaling back on matching contributions to their employees' 401(k) plans. Hari Sreenivasan talks with Lauren Young, Money Editor for Thomson Reuters, about a story that has major implications for American workers planning for their retirement.
    Original Air Date: February 15, 2014
  • Vote deals blow to United Auto Workers in Tennessee
    Workers at a Volkswagen plant in Tennessee voted to reject what would have been United Auto Workers’ first successful organization of workers at a foreign automaker in the South. Jim Efstathiou of Bloomberg News speaks with Hari Sreenivasan about the significance of the vote.
    Original Air Date: February 15, 2014
  • Mobile phone usage explodes in Africa, spurring innovation
    A drive through Kenya’s bustling capital of Nairobi reveals a nation in love -- with the mobile phone. Across the African continent, improvements in mobile phone technology and greater access to the internet are spurring new innovations in the tech sector. Special correspondent Martin Seemungal reports from Kenya, the East African nation leading the trend.
    Original Air Date: February 15, 2014
    Africa Tech still 7

Friday, February 14, 2014

  • Historic drought strains California’s towns and farms
    California is in bad shape water-wise. Despite some relief in early February, the rainy season is half over and reservoirs are still far below capacity, putting the state's agricultural production in jeopardy. Special correspondent Spencer Michels visits Sonoma County, a region known for its dairies, winemaking and breweries, to learn how communities are preparing for their worst-case scenarios.
    Original Air Date: February 14, 2014
    California drought
  • Philadelphia’s Mayor Nutter on fighting poverty
    In Philadelphia, more than a quarter of all residents live below the poverty level, the highest rate among U.S. cities its size or larger. In our series on the growing divide between the rich and poor, Judy Woodruff talks to Mayor Michael Nutter about the complex, intergenerational factors that fuel poverty and what his city’s designation as a “Promise Zone” will mean for combating inequality.
    Original Air Date: February 14, 2014
  • At Sochi Olympics, ‘no big news’ has been good news
    Halfway through Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, the spotlight is shining on the athletes and the games rather than disruptions or security problems. Judy Woodruff talks to Christine Brennan of USA Today and ABC News about some surprising disappointments and hopeful prospects for the American team, as well as the way Russia’s Soviet history has sometimes surfaced thus far.
    Original Air Date: February 14, 2014
    2014 Winter Olympics - Day 6
  • Extreme winter weather causes widespread economic disruption
    The latest round of storms in the South and Northeast may be over, but places that have spent much of the winter digging out or bundling up are also feeling an economic bite. Mark Zandi of Moody’s Analytics joins Jeffrey Brown to discuss how cold, snow and serious drought have disrupted employment, retailers, housing and automakers, all still recovering from the recession.
    Original Air Date: February 14, 2014
  • Shields and Brooks on the debt limit drama
    Syndicated columnist Mark Shields and New York Times columnist David Brooks join Judy Woodruff to discuss the politics behind the debt limit increase, the outlook for legislation on fighting poverty and new enrollment numbers for the Affordable Care Act.
    Original Air Date: February 14, 2014
    Shields and Brooks

Thursday, February 13, 2014

  • Trendlines: ‘Syria After Geneva 2’
    In the first Trendlines web special, a joint production of the PBS NewsHour and Al-Monitor, columnists Semih Idiz in Ankara, Turkey, Daoud Kuttab in Amman, Jordan, and Vitaly Naumkin in Moscow, along with the University of Oklahoma’s Joshua Landis, discuss the diplomatic effort to resolve the Syria crisis and how it’s impacting surrounding countries.
    Original Air Date: February 13, 2014
    Civilians wait to be evacuated by United Nations staff from the central Syrian city of Homs on Feb. 9, 2014. Photo by Bassel Tawil/AFP/Getty Images
  • Sen. Tim Scott on offering more education options
    Judy Woodruff talks to Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C., in another conversation in our series on income inequality, about his personal experience growing up in a single-parent home, expanding educational opportunities for disadvantaged children, the impact of the Affordable Care Act on workers and the debate on raising the minimum wage.
    Original Air Date: February 13, 2014
    Tim Scott
  • ‘Second machine age’ will require more human creativity
    Robotic technology is increasingly infiltrating our everyday world, and as robots become more capable of human labor, people will likely have to develop new skills for new jobs. Economics correspondent Paul Solman talks to Erik Brynjolfsson and Andy McAfee, who argue in their new book, "The Second Machine Age," that we are facing a radical new industrial revolution.
    Original Air Date: February 13, 2014
    Paul Solman Robot workers Connect 4
  • VW union vote spurs backlash by Tenn. politicians
    In Chattanooga, Tenn., workers at a Volkswagen plant are voting to decide whether to join the United Auto Workers union. While VW has remained neutral, state politicians and Republican Sen. Bob Corker have vocally opposed the union option. Jeffrey Brown gets views from Vincent Vernuccio of the Mackinac Center for Public Policy and Harley Shaiken of the University of California, Berkeley.
    Original Air Date: February 13, 2014
  • How will regulators see the Comcast-Time Warner deal?
    Telecom company Comcast is making a bid to buy the media giant Time Warner for $45 billion. If approved, Comcast will extend its geographic reach and control nearly 30 percent of all paid cable subscribers in the United States. Gwen Ifill learns more about the motivation behind the deal and possible changes for consumers from Edmund Lee of Bloomberg News.
    Original Air Date: February 13, 2014
    Comcast Time Warner merger map
  • Barrage of winter storms taxes patience of Pa. residents
    With the latest powerful storm, the city of Philadelphia broke a 130-year record for snowfall in a season. Judy Woodruff talks to Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett about how his state is coping with keeping citizens safe and warm during relentlessly wintry weather.
    Original Air Date: February 13, 2014
    gov tom corbett

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

  • What’s behind an anti-immigrant tide rising in Europe
    The European Union is built on the idea of free movement of people and capital, but some factions wish to curb immigration and control their sovereign identity. Judy Woodruff talks to Heather Conley with the Center for Strategic and International Studies and Charles Kupchan of Georgetown University about the rising influence of anti-immigrant sentiment in Europe.
    Original Air Date: February 12, 2014
    Euro Immigration
  • Printing ideas into 3-D reality
    With the push of a button, the emerging technology of 3-D printing can produce food, plastic phone accessories, even human tissue. Science correspondent Miles O’Brien explores how businesses and schools are creating everything from speakers to ballet shoes, as well as serious challenges and risks presented by ever-widening printing possibilities.
    Original Air Date: February 12, 2014
    3D printed materials
  • Sen. Marco Rubio on ways to reverse income inequality
    In the debate over how to cure income inequality, talk about poverty and opportunity are increasingly converging. In a series of conversations about the growing divide between rich and poor, Gwen Ifill talks to Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., about the importance of encouraging strong families and improving educational opportunities as keys to restoring the American dream.
    Original Air Date: February 12, 2014
    Sen. Marco Rubio
  • Debating the value and effectiveness of mammograms
    A Canadian study conducted across more than two decades raises doubt that annual mammogram screenings reduce the risk of death among women between the ages of 40 and 59. What do the latest findings mean for women and their health? Judy Woodruff gets different viewpoints from Dr. Carol Lee of the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and Dr. H. Gilbert Welch of the Dartmouth Institute.
    Original Air Date: February 12, 2014
    Photo by Heather Charles/Chicago Tribune/MCT via Getty Images
  • Sen. Rubio: U.S. immigration system ‘completely broken’
    Republican Sen. Marco Rubio says that the current U.S. immigration system is “completely broken” and that enforcement mechanisms are not working. But will there be enough consensus among members to move a bill forward? The Florida senator sat down with PBS NewsHour co-anchor Gwen Ifill about the future of immigration reform.
    Original Air Date: February 12, 2014
    PBS NewsHour's Gwen Ifill sat down with Sen. Marco Rubio to talk about the latest developments for overhauling immigration reform. Video still by PBS NewsHour
  • PBS NewsHour/Al Monitor Trendlines Trailer
    NewsHour chief foreign affairs correspondent Margaret Warner moderates a panel of journalists and regional specialists in the series of 15-minute webcasts exploring a range of topics in the Middle East and beyond.
    Original Air Date: February 13, 2014
  • Printing dinner for two
    A.J. Jacobs and his wife Julie tried to live off of 3-D printed objects, including food. Their printed dinner-for-two was "weird."
    Original Air Date: February 12, 2014
    Author A.J. Jacobs and his wife Julie cook an entire meal using a 3-D printer. This pasta wheel was one of the courses. Photo by PBS NewsHour
    February 12, 2014

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

  • N.C. schools promise arts education, but access not equal
    North Carolina mandates that all elementary school students have equal access to art instruction, but enforcement of the law appears inconsistent across the state. Special correspondent for education John Merrow reports on two elementary schools' different approaches to arts education and the effects on student performance.
    Original Air Date: November 27, 2013
  • New film depicts story of ‘Monuments Men’
    During World War II, the Nazis systematically looted art works from all over Europe, while combat and aerial bombing unintentionally destroyed major landmarks. The story of the quest to protect, rescue and restore Europe’s cultural treasures is told in a new movie, "The Monuments Men." Robert Edsel, author of the book that inspired the new film, joins Jeffrey Brown for a conversation.
    Original Air Date: November 27, 2013
    Monuments Men
  • San Francisco neighborhood gets left behind in boom times
    As a new wave of tech enterprises gentrify San Francisco’s older, modest neighborhoods, an area known as the Tenderloin, populated by the city’s poorer residents, remains in the grips of drugs and crime. Special correspondent Spencer Michels explores the dilemma of whether upgrading the neighborhood will result in inhabitants being displaced en masse.
    Original Air Date: February 11, 2014
  • Obama administration faces drone attack debate
    The Obama administration confirmed that it is considering targeting a U.S. citizen in Pakistan, believed to be involved in plotting terrorist attacks against Americans, with a drone strike. Mark Mazzetti of The New York Times joins Judy Woodruff to offer background on the government’s disclosure and the debate.
    Original Air Date: February 11, 2014
  • Making privacy tools usable for the everyday internet user
    Everyday internet and phone users are concerned about who can see and obtain their data, but most aren’t aware of the tools available to help keep their information secure.Usability was the focus at a recent hackathon in Washington, D.C. where developers labored over tools like Tor, which allows users to browse the internet anonymously and Cryptocat, which encrypts your online chats.
    Original Air Date: February 11, 2014