Thursday, October 9, 2014

  • Ark. Republicans fall in line to support minimum wage hike
    This November, Alaska, Arkansas, Illinois, Nebraska and South Dakota will vote on proposals to raise their states’ minimum wages. In Republican-controlled Arkansas, where the hourly wage is lower than the federal minimum, polls show overwhelming support for the measure. Jacob Kauffman of KUAR Public Radio in Little Rock reports.
    Original Air Date: October 9, 2014
  • Restored wetlands welcome wildlife around San Francisco Bay
    Climate change and resulting rising sea levels threaten a number of dwindling species in the San Francisco Bay Area. A new restoration project transforms industrial salt ponds into thriving marshland habitats to provide a new home for rodents, birds and fish. The NewsHour’s Cat Wise reports on another benefit: increased flood protection for human residents.
    Original Air Date: October 9, 2014
  • Can U.S. decrease child migration by sponsoring programs?
    After a record number of young, unaccompanied migrants from Central America started to arrive in the U.S., the White House pledged millions of dollars to help address the problem where it starts. The NewsHour’s P.J. Tobia examines U.S.-funded programs like community centers that are designed to decrease crime in and stem migration from Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras.
    Original Air Date: October 9, 2014
  • Why Ebola is outpacing health efforts on the ground
    Despite increased pledges of support for the Ebola epidemic, Nancy Aossey of International Medical Corps says there are still not enough operational efforts on the ground. Gwen Ifill talks to Aossey, CEO of one of the few nongovernmental groups treating patients in West Africa, about the current treatment resources available for patients and training efforts and equipment for health workers.
    Original Air Date: October 9, 2014
  • Islamic State uses only half of a Quran verse to justify beheadings
    The Islamic State militants use the Quran to justify their inhumane acts of violence, including beheadings, but are they just cherry-picking verses? We asked an Arab studies scholar to set the record straight about what the holy book actually says.
    Original Air Date: October 9, 2014
  • How much is left of San Francisco Bay's shrinking wetlands?
    Leaders from the South Bay Salt Pond Restoration Project have a 50-year project to turn former barren industrial salt ponds into thriving wetlands habitat. The hope is that the restored tidal marshes in the Bay area will mitigate some of the impacts of sea level rise. Executive Project Manager John Bourgeois shows one area near Palo Alto that exemplifies what’s left of most of the Bay’s wetlands.
    Original Air Date: October 9, 2014
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Wednesday, October 8, 2014

  • Will flight tracking evolve in wake of Malaysia Air mystery?
    More than six months ago, Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 disappeared on its trip from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing. Two months of searching for wreckage and clues yielded no definitive answers about what happened. On Monday the search resumed. Jeffrey Brown talks to science correspondent Miles O’Brien about the continuing investigation and the upcoming NOVA report “Why Planes Vanish.”
    Original Air Date: October 8, 2014
  • Do we burden the presidency with impossible expectations?
    Americans tend to view the Founding Fathers favorably but aren’t as kind to the modern presidents. Historian Aaron Miller argues that the American “addiction” for greatness sets today’s leaders up against impossible standards. Margaret Warner sits down with Miller to discuss his new book, “The End of Greatness.”
    Original Air Date: October 8, 2014
  • Can air power alone stop advance of Islamic State militants?
    While Islamic State forces seem poised to take the border town of Kobani, President Obama and military leaders are weighing what more can be done to combat the militants marching toward Turkey. Judy Woodruff gets analysis from Michèle Flournoy, a former Defense Department official, and retired Col. Derek Harvey, a former Army Intelligence officer, on the effectiveness of the U.S.-led fight.
    Original Air Date: October 8, 2014
  • Meet the disease detectives tracking Ebola at the CDC
    Go inside the Emergency Operations Center at the CDC, the information hub where doctors and scientists are at the front lines of the effort to contain and control the Ebola virus. The NewsHour’s Kathleen McCleery reports from Atlanta on the challenges of keeping up with the fast-moving epidemic.
    Original Air Date: October 8, 2014
  • Why Washington had the hardest job of any U.S. president
    Historian Aaron David Miller argues in his new book, “The End of Greatness: Why America Can't Have (and Doesn't Want) Another Great President,” that of the three undeniable "greats," George Washington actually had the hardest job.
    Original Air Date: October 8, 2014

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

  • Gillibrand on why women shouldn’t shy away from public life
    As one of only 20 women currently serving in the Senate, New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand has focused on addressing sexual assault in the military and on college campuses. In her new book, "Off the Sidelines: Raise Your Voice, Change the World," she encourages women to express their views and be heard. Gillibrand joins Judy Woodruff to discuss her experience and advice.
    Original Air Date: October 7, 2014
  • Why hands-free tech doesn’t necessarily make driving safer
    In a device-heavy world, hands-free technology is supposed to make tasks like driving safer. But a new report found that talking, texting and adjusting music might be even more distracting if you’re not using your hands. Gwen Ifill learns more from Jake Nelson, director of Traffic Safety Advocacy and Research at AAA.
    Original Air Date: October 7, 2014
  • How many Nobel winners does it take to improve a light bulb?
    The Nobel Prize in Physics was awarded to three scientists who created the revolutionary LED light, which is 20 times more efficient than a standard incandescent bulb. Science correspondent Miles O’Brien joins Jeffrey Brown to talk about the winners and their energy-saving research, plus a look at this year’s Nobel Prize in Medicine.
    Original Air Date: October 7, 2014
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  • Out of many faces, one American portrait
    To see Jorge Rodríguez-Gerada's "facescape," you have to be high above the crowds on the National Mall, either at the top of the Washington Monument or in the sky. Called “Out of Many, One,” -- the translation of "E Pluribus Unum" -- the artist created a composite face from 50 photographs of young men from Washington, D.C. Jeffrey Brown reports.
    Original Air Date: October 7, 2014
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  • How IS uses systematic sexual violence against women
    The Islamic State has gained notoriety for their beheadings and mass executions, but the group has also abducted thousands of women to become sex slaves. A former female captive shares her story with the NewsHour, plus Gwen Ifill talks to Manal Omar of the United States Institute of Peace and David Jacobson of the University of South Florida about the exploitation of women by the Islamic State.
    Original Air Date: October 7, 2014
    Iraqis fleeing from IS assaults take shelter in Iraq's Dohuk city
  • Gillibrand on why she's content staying in the Senate
    Some see Gillibrand herself as a potential presidential nominee, but the New York senator said she has no plans to run. Judy Woodruff sat down with Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand to talk about her new book, “Off the Sidelines: Raise Your Voice, Change the World" and her thoughts on the political ambitions of the woman she replaced in the Senate.
    Original Air Date: October 7, 2014
  • Should inmates be allowed facial hair for their faith?
    Criminals give up many but not all of their rights in prison. The Supreme Court is reviewing a case of an incarcerated convict in Arkansas who is challenging regulations prohibiting facial hair on the grounds of religious observance. Special correspondent Tim O’Brien offers some background, and Marcia Coyle of The National Law Journal joins Judy Woodruff to talk more about the case.
    Original Air Date: October 7, 2014
  • Jorge Rodriguez-Gerada on issues of race in his art
    Jorge Rodriguez-Gerada composited from dozens of images of young men photographed in Washington, D.C. and created a 6-acre portrait on the National Mall. He says the issue of race is front and center in this country and in his work.For more Art Beat:
    Original Air Date: October 7, 2014
  • Jorge Rodriguez-Gerada on the ground-level feel of facescape
    Jorge Rodriguez-Gerada composited from dozens of images of young men photographed in Washington, D.C. and created a 6-acre portrait on the National Mall. You can see the image from overhead, but what is it like on the ground?For more Art Beat:
    Original Air Date: October 7, 2014
  • Armed with a camera, one artist draws with fishing lights
    Brian Hart’s technique of “light drawing” results in fascinating, otherworldly images that are half photograph, half drawing. In his newest project, Hart combines a series of exposures – sometimes more than 200 – to create a single mosaic image.For More Art Beat:
    Original Air Date: October 7, 2014
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  • Yazidi girl on her escape from Islamic State militants
    Yazidi girl on her escape from Islamic State militants
    Original Air Date: October 7, 2014
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Monday, October 6, 2014

  • Remembering Lady Bird’s whistle-stop tour for civil rights
    Fifty years ago, in October 1964, less than a month before the presidential elections, Lady Bird Johnson boarded a train in Washington to stump through eight Southern states -- a gamble to help win back disaffected voters after the passage of the Civil Rights Act. Judy Woodruff explores a lesser-known part of the legislation’s history with a look at the first lady’s influential whistle-stop tour.
    Original Air Date: October 6, 2014
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  • Weighing the health costs of high school football
    The debate over the health risks of high school football has escalated since three student players died in a week. PBS NewsHour’s Student Reporting Labs talk to the football team at T.C. Williams High School in Virginia for their response. Gwen Ifill sits down with Steven Broglio, director of the NeuroSport Research Laboratory at the University of Michigan to discuss the risks to young athletes.
    Original Air Date: October 6, 2014
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  • Officials consider new steps to screen travelers for Ebola
    Authorities have stressed the low likelihood of a Ebola breakout in the United States, but questions regarding the Dallas case and the effectiveness of airport screening have raised concern. Jeffrey Brown gets an update from Anthony Fauci of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases about the use of experimental drugs to treat the virus.
    Original Air Date: October 6, 2014
  • Grossman’s ‘Magicians’ series casts spell on adult readers
    Lev Grossman’s bestselling series “The Magicians” proves that fantasy literature isn’t only for kids, having captured a new generation of readers with new worlds and mature, complicated characters. Grossman joins Jeffrey Brown to discuss his work and why the genre is growing in popularity.
    Original Air Date: October 6, 2014
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  • What’s next in the legal battle over same-sex marriage?
    Why did the Supreme Court refuse to hear appeals on same-sex marriage, and what does it mean for the future of this issue? Gwen Ifill sits down with Marcia Coyle of The National Law Journal for closer look at the court’s surprise decision, plus debate on its significance from Austin Nimocks of Alliance Defending Freedom and Evan Wolfson of Freedom to Marry.
    Original Air Date: October 6, 2014
    Photo by Marvin Joseph/The Washington Post via Getty Images

Sunday, October 5, 2014

  • PBS NewsHour Weekend full episode Oct. 5, 2014
    On this edition of PBS NewsHour Weekend for Sunday, Oct. 5, 2014, a leading expert weighs in on new gains by ISIS in Iraq despite airstrikes by the United States and its allies. Later, the wave of beheadings is even more widespread than recent news coverage suggests. And, a new push to increase the minimum wage. Hari Sreenivasan anchors from New York.
    Original Air Date: October 5, 2014