Sunday, August 10, 2014

  • From JFK to Warhol, artist Jamie Wyeth paints what he knows
    Painter Jamie Wyeth, a descendant of one of the country's most famous artist families, recounts the rich details of 60-year career, spanning from the rugged coast of Maine to painting President John F. Kennedy to befriending Andy Warhol. WGBH's Jared Bowen reports.
    Original Air Date: August 10, 2014

Saturday, August 9, 2014

  • Why Obama wants to use air power against the Islamic State
    In order to protect Americans and provide humanitarian aid to Iraq, President Obama on Saturday discussed efforts to slow advances by Islamic jihadists in northern Iraq and rescue thousands of civilians who have fled from them. Douglas Ollivant, a senior national security fellow at the New America Foundation, joins Hari Sreenivasan to discuss the details.
    Original Air Date: August 9, 2014
    Secret Service agents unknowingly let a man with a gun ride in an elevator with President Barack Obama. President Aug. 7 file photo by Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images
  • Panic consumes Iraqi Kurdistan as residents flee for safety
    As the Islamic State Group moves even closer to Erbil, the capital of Iraqi Kurdistan, residents of the Kurdish region are fleeing in droves to safer areas, as a state of panic consumes the region. Nour Malas of the Wall Street Journal joins Hari Sreenivasan.
    Original Air Date: August 9, 2014
  • Court: Violent rap lyrics not sufficient evidence for murder
    In a ruling that could have national implications, the New Jersey State Supreme Court unanimously agreed that Vonte Skinner's rap lyrics should not have been admitted at a murder trial, ruling that those graphic lyrics weren't sufficient evidence to prove a confession.
    Original Air Date: August 9, 2014

Friday, August 8, 2014

  • Need persists for new generation of Freedom Schools
    During the long, hot Freedom Summer of 1964, young volunteers faced threats and violence in Mississippi to register voters and build a network of enrichment schools to teach young African-Americans about themselves and their history. Fifty years later, nearly 200 chapters are carrying on the mission for a new generation. Gwen Ifill reports.
    Original Air Date: August 8, 2014
  • Supermarket employees unite in profit-sharing family feud
    The owners of a successful New England grocery store chain are in a family feud over whether company profits should go to shareholders or to employees, some of whom have abandoned their shifts and hit the streets. Economics correspondent Paul Solman reports on the solidarity of non-union Market Basket workers in protesting for their company's popular president.
    Original Air Date: August 8, 2014
  • Is the U.S. underestimating the Islamic State?
    Is the U.S. doing enough to defeat the militants of the Islamic State group and relieve the humanitarian crisis in Iraq? Hari Sreenivasan gets two views from Feisal Istrabadi of Indiana University and retired Army Col. Derek Harvey.
    Original Air Date: August 8, 2014
  • Shields and Brooks on Iraq reluctance, Nixon’s legacy
    Syndicated columnist Mark Shields and New York Times columnist David Brooks join Judy Woodruff to discuss the week’s top news, including U.S. airstrikes against the Islamic State militant group in Iraq, how Americans are grading President Obama’s foreign policy performance, plus how men and women are hoping for different outcomes in November’s election and looking back at Richard Nixon.
    Original Air Date: August 8, 2014
  • Ballerina Misty Copeland stands out in world of white swans
    In a ballet world filled with white swans, Misty Copeland stands out. As the first African-American female to hold the rank of Soloist at American Ballet Theater in 20 years, Copeland has had an improbable rise. In her new memoir “Life in Motion: An Unlikely Ballerina,” Copeland recounts that journey from poverty to the spotlight of one of America's top ballet companies.
    Original Air Date: August 8, 2014
    Photo by Under Armour

Thursday, August 7, 2014

  • Why are we still fascinated by Nixon?
    Interest in the character and legacy of President Richard Nixon has endured 40 years since his resignation. Judy Woodruff joins Beverly Gage of Yale University, Timothy Naftali of New York University, Patrick Buchanan, author of "The Greatest Comeback" and Luke Nichter, author of "The Nixon Tapes," to discuss Nixon’s many facets and how his presidency changed American government.
    Original Air Date: August 7, 2014
  • Debating reforms to boost rehabilitation, lower recidivism
    The calls to address prison crowding and conditions have intensified as American inmate populations have grown. Jeffrey Brown gets debate on the shifting perceptions of the criminal justice system from Bill McCollum, former attorney general of Florida, Bryan Stevenson of Equal Justice Initiative, and Pat Nolan of the American Conservative Union Foundation.
    Original Air Date: August 7, 2014
  • Russian food import ban doesn’t shake E.U. sanction resolve
    Chief foreign correspondent Margaret Warner talks to Gwen Ifill about the U.S. response to Russia’s new ban against most Western food imports, the E.U.’s growing resolve to stand with the U.S. and the growing potential for Russian troops to invade Eastern Ukraine.
    Original Air Date: August 7, 2014
    Inside An OAO Magnit Supermarket As Russia Bans Array Of U.S., EU Foods In Response To Sanctions
  • Islamist move into Kurdish territory changes U.S. equation
    The White House is weighing launching airstrikes and sending humanitarian aid as the crisis darkens for displaced Christians and Yazidis fleeing Islamist militants in northern Iraq. Karen DeYoung of The Washington Post joins Hari Sreenivasan to discuss how the rationale for U.S. military assistance has shifted, and the events that have pushed the U.S. to its tipping point.
    Original Air Date: August 7, 2014
    Iraqi Yazidis flee from Sinjar to Dohuk's Lalesh
  • 50 Years On, Freedom Schools Still Teaching Most Vulnerable
    It's been 50 years since Freedom Summer galvanized the civil rights movement, registering voters in Mississippi and urging them to the polls. But the young volunteers focused on the children as well, creating "Freedom Schools" that still exist -- in another form -- today. Gwen Ifill reports for our American Graduate series.
    Original Air Date: August 8, 2014
    Three young African-American girls sitting together during a Freedom School class at Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, during Freedom Summer 1964.  Photo by Herbert Randall from Herbert Randall Freedom Summer Photographs collection, McCain Library and Archives, The University Southern Mississippi.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

  • Measuring ‘p-waves’ to warn the public of impending quakes
    Earthquakes, unlike other natural disasters, often hit without warning. But some countries have systems to give residents a heads-up before one strikes. Despite a history of deadly quakes in California, the U.S. has no widespread warning system. The NewsHour’s Cat Wise reports on ShakeAlert, a project in development in Southern California that measures initial waves before a strong shaking.
    Original Air Date: August 6, 2014
  • Finding echoes of WWI in conflicts today
    The collision and shattering of world powers during World War I have laid the foundation for wars being waged today. For analysis of the war’s footprints, Jeffrey Brown is joined by Margaret MacMillan of University of Oxford, John Mearsheimer of the University of Chicago and Jack Beatty, the author of "The Lost History of 1914: Reconsidering the Year the Great War Began."
    Original Air Date: August 6, 2014
  • Should an experimental drug be used to treat Ebola?
    The treatment of two Ebola-infected Americans with an experimental drug, Z-Mapp, raises the question of whether it has potential for widespread use in combating the outbreak in West Africa. Judy Woodruff gets debate on the topic from Dr. Robert Garry of Tulane University School of Medicine and Laurie Garrett of the Council on Foreign Relations.
    Original Air Date: August 6, 2014
  • How did criminals steal 1.2 billion web credentials?
    The New York Times and a Midwest security firm are reporting a massive breach of online privacy that includes the collection of more than a billion username and password combinations and more than 500 million email addresses. Gwen Ifill talks to Dmitri Alperovitch of CrowdStrike about the method and urgency of the hack and who might be behind it.
    Original Air Date: August 6, 2014
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  • How Rosetta can help decipher a comet’s secrets
    After a 10-year journey, the space probe Rosetta is orbiting a comet 250 million miles away from Earth. The spacecraft is slated to follow the comet for more than a year on its way toward the sun. Hari Sreenivasan talks to Mark McCaughrean, senior scientific advisor of the European Space Agency, about sifting through a cosmic “garbage pile” in hopes of learning about the building blocks of life.
    Original Air Date: August 6, 2014
    An artist rendition of the European Space Agency's Rosetta spacecraft approaching comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. Photo courtesy of the ESA
  • Return to Fukushima with Miles O'Brien
    Three years after the disaster at Fukushima, science correspondent Miles O'Brien returned to the Daiichi nuclear plant for an exclusive look at the site. Follow Miles on a never-before-seen tour of Daiichi's sister site, Fukushima Daini, which narrowly avoided a meltdown during the Tohoku earthquake. As the country debates turning its reactors back on, Miles asks: will Japan have a nuclear future?
    Original Air Date: August 6, 2014
  • Drawing Lines from World War I
    Authors Margaret MacMillan, John Mearsheimer and Jack Beatty describe the lasting effects of World War I in today's world.
    Original Air Date: August 6, 2014
    WWI guests

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

  • Report: Adolescents at Rikers Island face excessive force
    Teen inmates at one of the country’s largest municipal jails are routinely subjected to excessive force resulting in injuries like broken jaws and bone fractures, according to a U.S. attorney report. Staff at Rikers Island were found to over-rely on solitary confinement and to not report violent incidents. Judy Woodruff talks to Benjamin Weiser, who covered the story for The New York Times.
    Original Air Date: August 5, 2014
  • Fund seeks share of prosperity for female-focused firms
    One of the major causes of the financial crash of 2008 was the insularity of the “good old boys” network on Wall Street, says Sallie Krawcheck. The former Citigroup CFO has started a socially responsibly stock mutual fund that promotes the world’s 400 most female-focused firms. Economics correspondent Paul Solman reports.
    Original Air Date: August 5, 2014
  • Turning a narrative of struggle into success story in Africa
    President Obama announced billions of dollars in new public and private investment in Africa’s rapidly growing markets -- on everything from construction to banking to clean energy infrastructure -- at the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit in Washington. Gwen Ifill talks to Chris Fomunyoh of the National Democratic Institute and Torek Farhadi International Trade Centre about the growing partnership.
    Original Air Date: August 5, 2014
  • Finding a long-term cease-fire formula in the Middle East
    Judy Woodruff talks to Aaron David Miller of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and Hussein Ibish of the American Task Force on Palestine about the prospects of a lasting cease-fire between Israel and the Palestinians, what each side stands to gain, as well as how the U.S. can play a role.
    Original Air Date: August 5, 2014
    Palestinians relieving war wounds during 72-hour ceasefire
  • Troubled teens find 'a New Light' with nature photography
    Photographer and counselor Ben Thwaits takes young people from the Northwest Passage treatment center into the wild armed with cameras, as part of a program called “In a New Light.” Wisconsin Public Television spoke to Thwaits to learn more about helping teens gain confidence through art.Photographer and counselor Ben Thwaits arms troubled teens with cameras to help teens gain confidence
    Original Air Date: August 5, 2014
    "In a New Light"

Monday, August 4, 2014

  • Reagan press secretary and activist James Brady dies at 73
    James Brady, the White House press secretary who became a gun control activist after being wounded in a Reagan assassination attempt, has died at the age of 73. Judy Woodruff remembers him with another former White House press secretary, Joe Lockhart, as well as writer and Brady biographer Mollie Dickenson.
    Original Air Date: August 4, 2014
  • How human rights factor into African economic advancement
    Will the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit offer opportunities for change beyond trade? Judy Woodruff talks to Nicole Lee, former president of policy organization TransAfrica, about the human rights issues that will affect the ability of some countries to grow and become more prosperous.
    Original Air Date: August 4, 2014