Tuesday, September 30, 2014

  • Fears of another volcanic eruption rattle Japan
    In Japan, Saturday's surprise eruption of Mt. Ontake killed at least 36 people and covered the mountain in thick smoke and piles of ash. Since then, rescue efforts have been hampered by toxic gases and fears of another eruption. Science correspondent Miles O’Brien and NASA’s Thomas Wagner join Judy Woodruff to discuss the difficulty of predicting volcanic eruptions.
    Original Air Date: September 30, 2014
  • Violinist Joshua Bell turns train station into concert hall
    A superstar of classical music might normally draw a huge crowd, but that wasn’t the case when violin virtuoso Joshua Bell held an impromptu recital in a Metro station in 2007 -- largely ignored by a few thousand commuters. On Tuesday, Bell returned to give a performance at Washington's Union Station, and this time people paid attention. Jeffrey Brown sits down with Bell for an interview.
    Original Air Date: September 30, 2014
    Joshua Bell And Jeremy Denk In Concert
  • Families of patients on life support face painful choice
    Special nursing home units are set up to care for people, both young and old, who depend on constant life support to survive, but whose families hope that someday they may recover. Joanne Faryon of inewsource, a San Diego-based journalism nonprofit, reports from California on the impossible choice that loved ones face, as well as the costs of keeping these patients alive.
    Original Air Date: September 30, 2014
  • Joshua Bell: Music should be part of educational diet
    Back in 2007, pedestrians hurried by without realizing that the busker playing at the entrance to a Washington D.C. Metro stop was none other than the Grammy-winning Joshua Bell. Today, Bell again set up at the entrance of Union Station, where he, seven years later, held a very different kind of performance; this time, he was anything but ignored. Joshua Bell: Music should be part ofducational diet
    Original Air Date: September 30, 2014
  • One Alaskan artist makes unpredictable patterns with silk
    One hundred and eleven miles from Anchorage, fiber artist Wendy Smith-Wood uses rocks, pebbles and glacier ice to give her fabric texture and pattern.For more Art Beat: newshour.pbs.org/art
    Original Air Date: September 30, 2014
    Indie Alaska

Monday, September 29, 2014

  • Racing to save Kenya’s wild elephants from poachers
    For the African elephant, poaching has reached crisis levels, according to some advocates. Killed for their magnificent ivory tusks, activists worry that wild elephants could near extinction in a decade. Jeffrey Brown reports from Amboseli National Park in Kenya about the efforts underway to save the species and confront the poaching industry.
    Original Air Date: September 29, 2014
  • How Detroit has streamlined its fight against blight
    Facing the largest municipal bankruptcy in American history, Detroit has adopted diverse solutions to give itself a facelift. The city is tackling blight and dilapidated homes with help from technology like smartphone apps and online crowdsourcing, and offering incentives to attract new residents. Special correspondent Christy McDonald of Detroit Public Television investigates Detroit’s progress.
    Original Air Date: September 29, 2014
  • Authors take aim at Amazon over fight with publisher
    Philip Roth, Salman Rushdie, Ursula Le Guin and many other notable authors have joined a public fight against Amazon for wielding its commercial power against publisher Hachette in a dispute over the price of e-books. Jeffrey Brown discusses the writers’ concerns with novelist Roxana Robinson, president of the Author’s Guild.
    Original Air Date: September 29, 2014
  • How the U.S. missed warning signs about the Islamic State
    President Obama acknowledged that the intelligence community underestimated the force of the Islamic State militants and overestimated the will of Iraq’s military. Frederick Kagan of the American Enterprise Institute joins Judy Woodruff to offer his perspective on what the intelligence community misjudged about the Islamic State.
    Original Air Date: September 29, 2014
  • Why did every security layer fail during White House breach?
    How was Omar Gonzalez, the man who jumped the White House fence and ran into the mansion, able to breach every layer of security designed to keep intruders out? Judy Woodruff speaks with Carol Leonnig of The Washington Post, who broke stories on the most recent threat, as well as how the Secret Service fumbled the investigation of a 2011 shooting at the White House.
    Original Air Date: September 29, 2014
    Photo by Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images

Sunday, September 28, 2014

  • Are encrypted smartphones as too private for the FBI?
    The debate over personal privacy vs. national security took a new turn earlier this week as the director of the FBI criticized the advent of encrypted smart phones that allow users to keep data on their devices private. For more, Julia Angwin of ProPublica joins Alison Stewart.
    Original Air Date: September 28, 2014
    Instagram has surpassed Twitter in U.S. mobile users. Photo by Flickr user Highways Agency
  • How will Narendra Modi lead India to new age of achievement?
    On Sunday, thousands attended a speech in New York City by new Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who declared that India is entering a new age of achievement. Alyssa Ayres of the Council on Foreign Relations joins Alison Stewart to discuss the details behind the beloved new leader's plans.
    Original Air Date: September 28, 2014

Saturday, September 27, 2014

  • How intense have Syria airstrikes been so far?
    The U.S. has continued to strike the Islamic State at various headquarters in Syria, but how intense has the campaign been so far? And what's next? Anthony Cordesman from the Center for Strategic and International Studies joins Hari Sreenivasan from Washington.
    Original Air Date: September 27, 2014
  • Kansas political races leave Republican candidates in peril
    In two political races that were on no one's radar only a few months ago, two Kansas Republican incumbents find themselves in serious political peril, as the now-possible outcomes have the potential to shift, among other things, who controls the U.S. Senate. NewsHour's Jeff Greenfield explores whether the candidates may be too conservative for their historically red state.
    Original Air Date: September 27, 2014
  • How much does mandatory extra reading time help students?
    In order to make sure students are reading at grade level, many states throughout the country have taken steps to provide extra reading time and instruction for underperforming students. But how much does simply adding extra time help? Patte Barth, the director of The Center for Public Education, joins Hari Sreenivasan to discuss the issue.
    Original Air Date: September 27, 2014
  • Low-performing Florida grade schools add extra reading time
    The state of Florida recently mandated the 300 lowest-performing elementary schools add an extra hour of reading instruction each day, the first in the country to do so. But while supporters are convinced the extra time will improve kids' reading, not everyone is convinced it's the right solution. NewsHour Special Correspondent Alison Stewart reports.
    Original Air Date: September 27, 2014

Friday, September 26, 2014

  • Jeter’s feel-good ending is ‘necessary tonic’ for sports fans
    At bat for the last time on his home field, Yankees player Derek Jeter made the winning run of the game. That emotional farewell comes at a time when pro sports and athletes have been in the headlines for troubling and criminal behavior. Jeffrey Brown talks to Christine Brennan of USA Today and ABC News and Mike Pesca of Slate and NPR about Jeter’s closer, plus a scandal in sports journalism.
    Original Air Date: September 26, 2014
    Baltimore Orioles v New York Yankees
  • Shields and Brooks on retirement for Holder and Jeter
    Syndicated columnist Mark Shields and New York Times columnist David Brooks join Judy Woodruff to discuss the week’s news, including President Obama’s urging for action against the Islamic State at the United Nations General Assembly, as well as the importance of debating U.S. action against the militants, the resignation of Attorney General Eric Holder, plus the “classy” career of Derek Jeter.
    Original Air Date: September 26, 2014
  • Discussing division and race ‘After Ferguson’
    In a special PBS town hall called “America After Ferguson,” Gwen Ifill moderates a conversation on the death of Michael Brown and the wider community conflicts that have been exposed for Ferguson, Missouri, and the nation. In this excerpt, participants discuss getting more young people of color involved in politics, as well as a divide in the perception of race and empowerment.
    Original Air Date: September 26, 2014
  • Wave of child migrants pose challenges for Florida schools
    As many unaccompanied minors cross into the United States from Central America fleeing violence and poverty, most end up waiting many months, or even years as their cases go through immigration court. While they wait for the backlogged immigration system to address their claims to stay in the U.S. they enroll in school here.
    Original Air Date: September 26, 2014
    Migrant children in school in Florida
  • NewsHour executive producer retires after nearly 40 years
    Linda Winslow will produce her final episode of NewsHour from the control room before retiring. She talks to Judy Woodruff and Gwen Ifill about some career highlights, her role as a mentor, the future of journalism and the anchors' now iconic "fist bump" from the 2012 Republican convention.
    Original Air Date: September 26, 2014
  • Ukraine PM doesn’t trust Putin to implement peace plan
    PBS NewsHour’s Margaret Warner sat down with Ukraine’s prime minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk in New York on Thursday. He told Margaret he doesn’t believe Putin will carry out the September 5 cease fire plan agreed in Minsk in good faith.
    Original Air Date: September 26, 2014
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Thursday, September 25, 2014

  • Are billionaires dictating American political debate?
    Much of the record campaign money pouring into this midterm election cycle comes from a relatively small number of donors. Darrell West, author of "Billionaires: Reflections on the Upper Crust," joins Jeffrey Brown to discuss the enormous political influence of the wealthiest Americans, as well as why money can’t buy every election.
    Original Air Date: September 25, 2014
  • Expanding a pristine national monument in the Pacific
    A region of the Pacific Ocean that is home to thriving colonies of rare and endangered species will be protected as the world’s largest marine preserve, under an executive order by President Obama. Hari Sreenivasan learns more from Elliott Norse of the Marine Conservation Institute about the importance of keeping the area undisturbed, as well as its historical precedent.
    Original Air Date: September 25, 2014
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  • Training young men to change their lives by saving others
    In Oakland, California, a program called EMS Corps trains young men to become certified emergency medical technicians. Students with disadvantaged backgrounds get an intensive five-month course, as well as a powerful, new outlook on what they can do in life and for their neighborhoods. Sarah Varney of Kaiser Health News reports in collaboration with the NewsHour.
    Original Air Date: September 25, 2014
    SAVING LIVES ems training
  • More hands-on help needed on front lines of Ebola outbreak
    Dr. Joanne Liu, president of Doctors Without Borders, says that in addition to getting military aid to help set up more Ebola isolation centers, the infected West African nations really need more support from volunteers who can staff new facilities. She joins Judy Woodruff to discuss the continuing challenges for health workers at the center of the crisis.
    Original Air Date: September 25, 2014
    A health worker stands on September 7, 2014 at Elwa hospital in Monrovia, LIberia which is run by the non-governmental French organization Doctors without Borders. US President Barack Obama said in an interview aired on September 7 the US military would help in the fight against fast-spreading Ebola in Africa. Dominique Faget/AFP/Getty Images)
  • Understanding Holder’s legacy for the Justice Department
    After six years as head of the Department of Justice, Eric Holder, the nation’s first African-American attorney general, will be stepping down. Holder has focused on major civil liberties issues, but has also been a lightning rod for partisan criticism. Gwen Ifill assesses Holder’s tenure with Tony West, the former associate attorney general, and Hans von Spakovsky of the Heritage Foundation.
    Original Air Date: September 25, 2014
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  • Billionaires influence on politics not just U.S. phenomenon
    Darrell West, the vice president and director of Governance Studies at the Brookings Institution, a Washington think tank, is out with a new book examining the increasing political activism of these wealthy few. PBS NewsHour’s Jeff Brown sat down with West this week to discuss “Billionaires: Reflections on the Upper Crust”.
    Original Air Date: September 25, 2014