Thursday, March 26, 2015

  • How well do we know the pilots who fly our planes?
    Revelations of the cause of the Germanwings Flight 9525 crash have spurred serious concerns over safety and flight protocols, including ensuring pilots are properly trained and adding more monitoring in the cockpit. NewsHour aviation specialist Miles O’Brien joins Gwen Ifill to discuss the questions the airline industry may consider in the aftermath of the crash.
    Original Air Date: March 26, 2015
  • How one Afghan woman rose from dressmaker to policy insider
    For Kamila Sidiqi, the road to working at Afghanistan's presidential palace began with a bold effort to support her family. While under Taliban rule, when women couldn’t work or go to school, she started a business in her living room. Special correspondent Gayle Tzemach Lemmon, author of "The Dressmaker of Khair Khana," sits down with Sidiqi, now deputy chief of staff to Afghanistan’s president.
    Original Air Date: March 26, 2015
  • Lessons learned after surviving an avalanche
    James Mort survived an avalanche after skiing in the Swiss Alps. Now, he wants people to know how to be prepared and potentially save a life.
    Original Air Date: March 26, 2015

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

  • Library of Congress adds 25 recordings to registry
    In our NewsHour Shares video of the day, the Library of Congress added 25 new songs and recordings to its national registry, acknowledging their cultural, artistic and historic importance.
    Original Air Date: March 25, 2015
  • How do we keep arts vital in an age of online entertainment?
    When was the last time you went to the theater, or watched a modern dance concert? Why are Americans less connected to the arts? In his new book, “Curtains? The Future of the Arts in America,” Michael Kaiser, a former chief of the Kennedy Center, American Ballet Theatre and others, considers what arts organizations can do to thrive and survive. Kaiser discusses his book with Jeffrey Brown.
    Original Air Date: March 25, 2015
    New York City: Top Travel Destination
  • Designing robots for the front lines of the Ebola crisis
    Robots have been used for search and rescue operations after disasters when conditions were too difficult or dangerous for humans. Now, disease-resistant robots are being developed for use in the Ebola crisis. Special correspondent Mary Jo Brooks reports.
    Original Air Date: March 25, 2015
  • Who will fill Yemen's power vacuum?
    In Yemen, Houthi Shiite rebels now control the capital, have spread south and west, and are making an advance on Aden, driving out President Abd Rabbo Mansour Hadi. Who will rise to power and how does the turmoil affect the region? Leslie Campbell of the National Democratic Institute joins Judy Woodruff to offer analysis.
    Original Air Date: March 25, 2015
    Shi'ite Houthi rebels ride on a truck at the compound of the army's First Armoured Division, after they took over it, in Sanaa
  • Supreme Court tests EPA’s limits on mercury air pollution
    The Supreme Court heard arguments over federal pollution mandates. The EPA says its limits on toxic contaminants like mercury in power plant emissions are vital to human health, but energy producers are arguing the EPA didn’t take costs into consideration when the limits were created. Gwen Ifill gets debate from Vickie Patton of the Environmental Defense Fund and David Rivkin of BakerHostetler.
    Original Air Date: March 25, 2015
    A pair of federal judges expressed their skepticism over challenges to the Obama administration's plan to reduce the effects of climate change by targeting pollution emitted from coal-fired power plants. Photo by  Jeff Swensen/Getty Images
  • High Court weighs in on pregnant workers, Ala. redistricting
    The Supreme Court released two significant decisions on Wednesday. In one, the court revived a lawsuit by a UPS worker who sued her employer after she was put on unpaid leave when she could not perform normal duties because she was pregnant. In another, the justices split 5-4 over voter redistricting in Alabama. Marcia Coyle of The National Law Journal joins Gwen Ifill to discuss the cases.
    Original Air Date: March 25, 2015
  • Bergdahl’s motives were ‘pure,’ says lawyer
    In 2009, U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl left his post in Afghanistan and was captured by the Taliban and held for five years until his release last May. Today he was formally charged with desertion and misbehavior before the enemy. Eugene Fidell, Bergdahl’s lawyer, talks to Judy Woodruff about the charges.
    Original Air Date: March 25, 2015
    In this undated image provided by the U.S. Army, Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl poses in front of an American flag. Photo by U.S. Army via Getty Images

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

  • An avalanche rescue caught on camera
    In our NewsHour Shares video of the day, earlier this year, an Australian man named James Mort survived being buried in an avalanche while skiing in the Swiss Alps thanks to rescue efforts by his friends, one of whom captured his rescue on a helmet camera. Mort talks to the NewsHour about what he hopes others will learn from his experience.
    Original Air Date: March 24, 2015
  • Journalist offers inside look at modern life in Iran
    Thomas Erdbrink, Tehran bureau chief for The New York Times, offers a rarely seen personal look at daily life in Iran, the first report in a series called Dispatch Iran.
    Original Air Date: March 24, 2015
  • Poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti laments changing San Francisco
    Ninety-six-year-old Lawrence Ferlinghetti settled in San Francisco in the 1950s, where he opened the City Lights bookshop and publishing house. But today San Francisco is better known as a central hub of the tech boom than of countercultural creativity. Jeffrey Brown offers a look at how the poet sees his changing city.
    Original Air Date: March 24, 2015
  • Afghan President Ghani: Partnership with U.S. ‘revitalized’
    President Obama announced that the U.S. would scale back the pace of its promised troop pullout from Afghanistan, retaining current forces this year. Gwen Ifill interviews President Ashraf Ghani about thawing relations with the U.S., potential changes in how Pakistan differentiates between terror groups and whether the threat of the Islamic State might drive the Taliban to the negotiating table.
    Original Air Date: March 24, 2015
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  • The Medicaid bill that doesn't go away when you die
    Medicaid is thought of as free health insurance for the poor, but federal law requires that recipients pay for the costs of long-term care. And when patients die, Medicaid charges the expenses to the leftover assets in their estates, sometimes passing the burden on to heirs. Special correspondent Sally Schilling reports on how California is debating the rule.
    Original Air Date: March 24, 2015
  • Is death by firing squad really instantaneous?
    In Utah, the death penalty can now be carried out by firing squad, but only as a backup method if lethal injection drugs are unavailable. The state’s governor signed in the new law amidst a nation-wide shortage of these drugs, and other states are eyeing similar execution methods. Judy Woodruff talks to Andrew Novak of George Mason University and Jennifer Dobner of The Salt Lake Tribune.
    Original Air Date: March 24, 2015
  • Why was the German jet flying so low and so fast?
    What happened to the Germanwings Airbus that crashed in the French Alps on Tuesday? Shortly after reaching its cruising altitude, the airplane began a dangerously fast descent over mountainous terrain, but no distress call was issued. Alan Diehl, an aviation safety consultant and crash analyst, joins Judy Woodruff to discuss the airplane model’s track record and the new investigation.
    Original Air Date: March 24, 2015
    Andreas Lubitz runs the Airportrace half marathon in Hamburg in this Sept. 13, 2009, file photo. The co-pilot who appears to have deliberately crashed Germanwings plane into the French Alps, may have practiced different descent settings on a previous flights, French prosecutors said Wednesday. Photo by Jan Seba/Reuters
  • When music is medicine for kids coping with cancer
    Whether for relaxation or rehabilitation, music helps cancer patients cope and fulfill physical and emotional needs. For more Art Beat:
    Original Air Date: March 24, 2015
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Monday, March 23, 2015

  • Picturing Kodak’s transformation in the digital age
    Eastman Kodak was once one of the nation’s leading companies, but since the rise of digital technology, the photographic film company has been forced to downsize and find alternative ways to make profits. A short documentary by The New York Times looks at how the company has changed.
    Original Air Date: March 23, 2015
  • Charlottesville police find no proof of UVA gang rape
    Last year, Rolling Stone published a story about a gang rape of a student at the University of Virginia, but inconsistencies raised doubt about the story’s validity. Now after a five-month investigation, the Charlottesville police say they could not conclude the assault took place. Judy Woodruff learns more about the findings from T. Rees Shapiro of The Washington Post.
    Original Air Date: March 23, 2015
    The Phi Kappa Psi fraternity building at University of Virginia was the site of an alleged gang rape of a university student as described in a Dec. 2014 Rolling Stone article, which has since come under scrutiny. A police investigation, however, was unable to confirm the incident. Photo by Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images
  • A disputed diagnosis that sends parents to prison for abuse
    For decades, when a child appeared in an emergency room with certain symptoms, including bleeding behind the eyes and bleeding around the brain, many doctors assumed violent shaking to be the cause. But in recent years, the Shaken Baby Syndrome diagnosis has come under intense scrutiny, and so have many of the resulting prosecutions and convictions. Special correspondent Jackie Judd reports.
    Original Air Date: March 23, 2015
  • How the First Amendment affects your specialty license plate
    Does the state of Texas have the right to issue specialty license plates featuring a Confederate flag? Marcia Coyle of The National Law Journal fills in Gwen Ifill on the case being argued at the Supreme Court, as well as a decision to not take up a Wisconsin voter ID case.
    Original Air Date: March 23, 2015
  • How the IAEA has been monitoring Iran’s nuclear program
    With the deadline for Iranian nuclear negotiations just days away, Iran’s deputy foreign minister has urged the U.S. and five other countries to find a common position to reach a deal. Yukiya Amano of the nuclear watchdog International Atomic Energy Agency joins Judy Woodruff to discuss their own investigation of Iran’s nuclear program.
    Original Air Date: March 23, 2015
  • House to Obama: Iran must have ‘no pathway to a bomb’
    Negotiations over Iran’s nuclear program are set to continue later this week, but politics at home may complicate discussions. After reports of a potential deal to reduce Iran’s nuclear centrifuges by 40 percent for 10 years, President Obama received a bipartisan letter signed by 367 members of the House insisting that Iran have “no pathway to a bomb.” Judy Woodruff reports.
    Original Air Date: March 23, 2015
  • First out of the gate for 2016, where does Ted Cruz go now?
    Many Republicans say they are considering a run for president in 2016, but Sen. Ted Cruz is the first to make it official. Gwen Ifill talks to Amy Walter of the Cook Political Report and Susan Page of USA Today about how Cruz fits into the GOP campaign landscape.
    Original Air Date: March 23, 2015
    Ted Cruz Announcement
  • News Wrap: Saudi Arabia promises to defend Yemen from rebels
    In our news wrap Monday, Yemen's U.S.-backed President Abed-Rabbo Mansour Hadi called for Gulf Arab nations to intervene against Shiite rebels allied with Iran. Saudi Arabia responded that the Arab states will act to protect Yemen. Also, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu apologized to his country’s Arab citizens for comments he made in the parliamentary election campaign.
    Original Air Date: March 23, 2015
  • In campaign kickoff, Ted Cruz vows to reignite ‘promise of America’
    After announcing his presidential bid on Twitter Monday morning, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz officially launched his campaign at Liberty University. Cruz became the first high-profile Republican to officially enter the 2016 contest even though, like others, he has been campaigning in all but name for many months.
    Original Air Date: March 23, 2015

Sunday, March 22, 2015

  • What do gains made by France's far right party mean?
    On Sunday, voting in local elections took place throughout France, and while Ex-President Nicolas Sarkozy's conservative UMP pulled ahead, the country's far right National Front Party led by Marine Le Pen made major gains by garnering a large number of votes. To explain the implications of the elections, NPR's Eleanor Beardsly joins Hari Sreenivasan via Skype from Paris.
    Original Air Date: March 22, 2015
    France's far-right National Front political party leader Marine Le Pen delivers a speech during a political rally in Six-Fours