Thursday, February 12, 2015

  • How pro survey-takers are shaping scientific research
    An online job forum called Mechanical Turk has created a pool of professional survey-takers who complete hundreds of inquiries a week. For academic researchers, it’s cheap, easy to use and the response flood in fast. But how good is the data being collected? Judy Woodruff learns more from the NewsHour’s Jenny Marder.
    Original Air Date: February 12, 2015
  • Why is Iran holding a U.S. journalist?
    With a court ruling that two Al Jazeera journalists who were imprisoned in Egypt for more than a year will be released on bail, Judy Woodruff looks at a new survey of press freedom and abuses around the world. Chief foreign affairs correspondent Margaret Warner speaks with Ali Rezaian, brother of Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian, who has been jailed in Iran on secret charges since July.
    Original Air Date: February 12, 2015
  • Bringing a portrait of a private artist to the big screen
    In 2007, a monumental cache of photographic negatives were sold at auction. The man who bought them, John Maloof, soon discovered stunning images of Chicago street scenes from the mid-20th century. Who was the unknown artist behind the photographs? Jeffrey Brown talks to co-directors Maloof and Charlie Siskel about their Oscar-nominated documentary, “Finding Vivian Maier.”
    Original Air Date: February 12, 2015
  • Testing out robotic arms of the future
    Improvements in body armor have kept more soldiers alive, but many veterans returning from Iraq or Afghanistan have come back with debilitating injuries. Science correspondent Miles O’Brien, whose left arm was amputated last year, tests out some of the future limbs now in development.
    Original Air Date: February 12, 2015
    Miles O’Brien operating the modular prosthetic limb at the Johns Hopkins Applied physics laboratory.  Funded by the Pentagon research enterprise DARPA, it is the most sophisticated prosthetic limb in the world. Photo by the Applied Physics Laboratory
  • Will the Ukraine-Russia deal stick?
    A previous cease-fire last year between Ukraine and the Russian-backed rebels barely took hold, eventually collapsing altogether. What are the chances the new agreement will last? Gwen Ifill talks to Fiona Hill of the Brookings Institution and former U.S. Ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul.
    Original Air Date: February 12, 2015
    Belarus' President Lukashenko, Russia's President Putin, Ukraine's President Poroshenko, Germany's Chancellor Merkel and France's President Hollande pose for a family photo during peace talks in Minsk
  • Creating live cinema with puppets and shadow
    With puppets, projectors and live performances, Manual Cinema creates surreal movies as the audience watches the process unfold.For more Art Beat:
    Original Air Date: February 12, 2015
    Photo by Eric Krupke/NewsHour

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

  • After gains, Ebola efforts shift to eliminating the epidemic
    President Obama announced that almost all of the 2,800 troops fighting Ebola in West Africa will be coming home earlier than planned due to the declining number of cases, but also said the outbreak has been a “wake-up call” to the world. Jeffrey Brown speaks with Rajiv Shah of USAID about what the public health field has learned and how the U.S. will continue its support in the next phase.
    Original Air Date: February 11, 2015
  • Increasing hydropower hits a bipartisan sweet spot
    Energy will be a key issue for the new Congress, and hydropower is one of the few areas of agreement between Democrats and Republicans. Legislative changes have made it easier to develop small-scale hydroelectric projects and both parties find it advantageous. Special correspondent Dan Boyce of Inside Energy reports on what else proponents are seeking from lawmakers.
    Original Air Date: February 11, 2015
  • Will news consumers trust Brian Williams again?
    Questions about credibility have removed Brian Williams from the anchor chair, while Jon Stewart -- not a journalist but a comedian who critiques the news -- has to decided to bow out. What does it mean for American media? Judy Woodruff speaks with Kelly McBride of the Poynter Institute, former president of ABC News David Westin and Max Frankel, former New York Times executive editor.
    Original Air Date: February 11, 2015
  • What lawmakers think of Obama’s Islamic State resolution
    President Obama formally asked Congress for military authorization to fight the Islamic State, triggering the first war powers vote since 2002 with the invasion of Iraq. The proposal rules out "enduring offensive combat operations" and calls for a three-year time limit on the authorization. Jeffrey Brown gets reaction to the request from Sen. Deb Fischer, R-Neb., and Sen. Tim Kaine, D.-Va.
    Original Air Date: February 11, 2015
    Obama is flanked by Biden and Kerry as he delivers a statement on legislation sent to Congress to authorize the use of military force against the Islamic State, from the Roosevelt Room at the White House in Washington
  • Why David Axelrod still believes in the political process
    David Axelrod, once a political reporter who became a political advisor, was the chief strategist for then-Sen. Barack Obama’s successful presidential bid in 2008. He discusses his years in the Obama administration and his enduring optimism in his new book, “Believer: My Forty Years in Politics.” Axelrod joins Judy Woodruff to share his view of the president and the political system.
    Original Air Date: February 11, 2015
  • Scott McCloud tackles mortality, love, art in 'The Sculptor'
    Cartoonist Scott McCloud, best known for the “Understanding Comics” series, talks about “The Sculptor,” his first graphic novel and his first work of fiction in over 30 years.For more Art Beat:
    Original Air Date: February 11, 2015
    Courtesy of Scott McCloud
  • Watch Obama’s full speech on war powers resolution
    President Obama on Wednesday sent Congress a resolution to authorize use of military force against the Islamic State militants. He said in a televised address that the resolution is not meant to commit ground forces to the fight, but to give the military the flexibility to respond to “unforeseen circumstances” for a period of three years.
    Original Air Date: February 11, 2015
    Feb. 11, 2015. Video still by PBS NewsHour
  • Inside the world of a Mechanical Turker
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    Original Air Date: February 9, 2015

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

  • Why you shouldn’t RSVP to a ‘measles party’
    In California, a parent reportedly invited others to a “measles party” -- a way to intentionally expose unvaccinated children to the virus with the goal of building immunity. Rear Adm. Anne Schuchat of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention joins Judy Woodruff to discuss the status of the recent outbreak and what misinformation about the virus could be harmful.
    Original Air Date: February 10, 2015
  • ‘Bring Back Our Girls’ protesters vow not to give up
    Since world leaders and celebrities showed their support for the “Bring Back Our Girls” campaign last spring, what has become of efforts to find and return the young female mass kidnapping victims of Boko Haram? Jonathan Miller of Independent Television News reports that many in Nigeria have lost interest in their fate, but a dedicated group keeps vigil.
    Original Air Date: February 10, 2015
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  • Writer explores what it’s like to live with Alzheimer's
    Confronted by her own grandmother’s illness, writer and neuroscientist Lisa Genova started her exploration of Alzheimer’s with one question: What does it actually feel like to have the disease? Her resulting novel, “Still Alice,” was adapted into a film that has been nominated for an Academy Award. Jeffrey Brown interviews Genova about why she turned to fiction.
    Original Air Date: February 10, 2015
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  • Meet an advocate for the millions who live in India’s slums
    Slum Dwellers International, an advocacy organization started in India, has had success rallying large numbers of marginalized people to push for their rights and get basic amenities like toilets, electricity and permanent shelter. Special correspondent Fred de Sam Lazaro talks with founder Jockin Arputham about his lifelong calling to improve living conditions and empower communities.
    Original Air Date: February 10, 2015
  • Rebuilding accountability and trust after police shootings
    Around the nation, from Ferguson to Staten Island to Albuquerque, communities are grappling with the aftermath of deaths caused by police officers who used lethal force. Gwen Ifill talks to Cornell William Brooks of the NAACP and Richard Berry of the International Association of Chiefs of Police about how to repair strained relations and curb the use of excessive force by law enforcement.
    Original Air Date: February 10, 2015
  • What it will take for Obama to win Congress’ OK for IS fight
    The confirmed death of Kayla Mueller, another American hostage held by the Islamic State, comes as White House is reportedly preparing to ask for congressional authorization to fight the militant group. Chief foreign affairs correspondent Margaret Warner and political editor Lisa Desjardins join Judy Woodruff to discuss what might go into the president’s resolution.
    Original Air Date: February 10, 2015
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  • Jordan, U.S. dispute IS claim of how Kayla Mueller died
    The family of Kayla Jean Mueller confirmed that the 26-year-old aid worker has been killed. Over the weekend, Islamic State militants sent them unspecified evidence of their daughter's death. The Arizona native was working with refugees on the Turkey-Syria border when she was taken captive in 2013. Gwen Ifill reports.
    Original Air Date: February 10, 2015
    Kayla Mueller
  • Alaskan puppeteers create theater for adults
    For Geppetto’s Junkyard, a puppetry troupe based in Haines, Alaska, near the Canadian border, few topics are off limits. The puppeteers find that they can say anything they want with a puppetFor more Art Beat:
    Original Air Date: February 10, 2015
    Geppetto's Junkyard

Monday, February 9, 2015

  • How Walker and Jindal are drawing attention for 2016
    Gwen Ifill talks to Nia-Malika Henderson of The Washington Post and Amy Walter of The Cook Political Report about early efforts by Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal to make an impact on the 2016 presidential race, plus what HIllary Clinton is doing behind the scenes.
    Original Air Date: February 9, 2015
    Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker walks off the stage after speaking at the Freedom Summit in Des Moines, Iowa on January 24, 2015.  Photo by Jim Young and Reuters.
  • Dean Smith, 83, innovative coach who inspired loyalty
    Dean Smith, former head coach of men’s basketball at the University of North Carolina, has died at age 83. He led his team to two national championships and earned a place in the Hall of Fame, but is best remembered for his mentorship to players, including Michael Jordan. Judy Woodruff speaks with sportswriter John Feinstein about how Smith strived to do the right thing on and off the court.
    Original Air Date: February 9, 2015
    Photo by Robert Willett/Raleigh News & Observer/MCT
  • How to fight gender oppression at home and abroad
    Journalists Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn have exposed widespread problems of abuse, sex trafficking and violence against women in Africa and Asia. Now they also bring their focus home, shining a light on the ways American women are commonly hurt, deprived and exploited. Jeffrey Brown talks to them about their new book and documentary series on PBS, “A Path Appears.”
    Original Air Date: February 9, 2015
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  • Albuquerque holds police accountable after fatal incidents
    The Albuquerque Police Department has come under national scrutiny for shootings involving officers, including 28 fatal incidents in the last five years. In March, two policemen shot and killed a mentally ill homeless man, all captured on a body camera. Unlike other high-profile cases around the country, these officers were charged. Special correspondent Kathleen McCleery reports from New Mexico.
    Original Air Date: February 9, 2015
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  • U.S. unity with Europe vital to pressuring Russia on Ukraine
    President Obama and Germany’s leader Angela Merkel showed unity in their support for an end to fighting between Ukrainian forces and pro-Russian rebels, but there have been signs of a rift over whether to send arms to the Ukrainian government. Chief foreign affairs correspondent Margaret Warner joins Gwen Ifill to discuss what the president may do and the relationship between the two leaders.
    Original Air Date: February 9, 2015
    German Chancellor Angela Merkel, seen here with U.S. President Barack Obama in Brisbane, Australia in November, will visit Washington to discuss the politics of aiding Ukraine. Photo by REUTERS/Peter Parks/Pool
  • Ala. politics motivate a legal showdown over gay marriage
    In 2006, Alabama voters overwhelmingly passed a ban on gay marriage. Last month a federal court lifted that law, but the state’s supreme court chief justice ordered judges to ignore the ruling. The U.S. Supreme Court has refused an appeal to uphold the ban, allowing same-sex unions and setting up a legal showdown over state rights. Judy Woodruff talks to Joseph Smith of the University of Alabama.
    Original Air Date: February 9, 2015
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