Friday, February 13, 2015

  • This man is pushing the barriers of advanced arm prosthetics
    Johnny Matheny, who lost his arm to cancer in 2008, is a pioneer of advanced arm prosthetics. NewsHour correspondent Miles O'Brien profiles him here as part of a larger series on the latest technology powering robotic arms.
    Original Air Date: February 13, 2015

Thursday, February 12, 2015

  • PBS NewsHour full episode Feb. 12, 2015
    Tonight on the program, we examine a cease-fire deal between Ukraine and Russia and the chances the new agreement will last. Also: An Egyptian court rules to free two Al Jazeera journalists, Miles O'Brien looks at robotic limbs, the economics of online dating, discovering the photographer behind mid-20th century Chicago imagery, and the world of Amazon's Mechanical Turk.
    Original Air Date: February 12, 2015
    Vladimir Putin, Petro Poroshenko, Angela Merkel and Francois Hollande attend a meeting on resolving the Ukrainian crisis in Minsk
    February 12, 2015
  • Using rational economics to simplify the search for romance
    What can online matchmaking sites teach us about the marketplace? When an economist turned to the Internet to find a date, he found that searching for a life partner isn’t much different from other kinds of shopping. Economics correspondent Paul Solman reports.
    Original Air Date: 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
  • News Wrap: Greece agrees to bailout talks with EU officials
    In our news wrap Thursday, the new Greek government agreed to discuss a compromise with creditors on its international bailout. Also, the Senate voted 93 to 5 to confirm Ashton Carter as the next secretary of defense, succeeding Chuck Hagel
    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
  • Minsk deal offers ‘glimmer of hope’ amid major obstacles
    The leaders of France, Germany, Russia and Ukraine emerged after 16 hours of peace talks to declare they had reached a deal. Under the cease-fire, Ukrainian soldiers and pro-Russian rebels will lay down their arms and heavy weapons will be withdrawn from a buffer zone. But not all disputes for the agreement have been resolved. Gwen Ifill reports.
    Original Air Date: February 12, 2015
    Vladimir Putin shakes hands with Petro Poroshenko, with Francois Hollande and Angela Merkel standing nearby, as they take part in peace talks on resolving the Ukrainian crisis 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

  • PBS NewsHour full episode Feb. 11, 2015
    Tonight on the program, we examine President Obama asking Congress for approval of war powers to be used against Islamic State group militants. Also: NBC's Brian Williams is suspended and The Daily Show's Jon Stewart announces his retirement from the gig, former Obama political adviser David Axelrod, bettering hydropower gets bipartisan support, and moving into the next phase of fighting Ebola.
    Original Air Date: February 11, 2015
    Photo by Jonathan Ernst/Reuters
    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
  • News Wrap: Western countries evacuate embassies in Yemen
    In our news wrap Wednesday, the United Kingdom and France joined the U.S. in closing their embassies in Yemen. Also, U.S. intelligence leaders testified at a House hearing that some 20,000 foreign fighters have joined the Islamic State militants despite a military campaign against them.
    Original Air Date: February 11, 2015
  • NBC suspends Brian Williams; Jon Stewart signals departure
    NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams was suspended on Tuesday for six months without pay for misrepresenting his experience while covering the Iraq War -- an exaggeration that triggered an investigation and more questions. On the same night, Jon Stewart, host of The Daily Show, announced he would be retiring from the satirical news program this year. Judy Woodruff reports.
    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
    Mechanical Turk vid.
    Original Air Date: February 9, 2015

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

  • PBS NewsHour full episode Feb. 10, 2015
    Tuesday on the NewsHour, the White House pushes for authorization of military force against the Islamic State as another American hostage is confirmed dead. Also: What’s become of the search for the girls kidnapped by Boko Haram, repairing relations between police and communities, alternatives to slums in India, containing measles in the U.S and a conversation with the author of “Still Alice.”
    Original Air Date: February 10, 2015
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    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
    still alice book cover
  • 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