Monday, March 10, 2014

  • Safety advocates question delay in recall by GM
    Ten years ago, drivers of some older General Motors models began complaining of ignition problems, including stalling, that have been linked to 13 deaths and 31 crashes. But it wasn’t until January 2014 that GM decided to recall 1.6 million cars. Gwen Ifill talks to David Shepardson of The Detroit News about new scrutiny for the company and government regulators on why it took so long.
    Original Air Date: March 10, 2014
    One Year Anniversary Of General Motors Filing For Bankruptcy
  • How does a modern jetliner vanish without a trace?
    There are still many more questions than answers in the mysterious disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. Judy Woodruff asks former NTSB investigator Alan Diehl and former NTSB board member John Goglia to speculate on different known factors and possible theories.
    Original Air Date: March 10, 2014
    Search Continues For Missing Malaysian Airliner Carrying 239 Passengers
  • What Would Jim Lehrer Do? A Report from VidCon | EBTN Ep1
    Original Air Date: March 10, 2014

Sunday, March 9, 2014

  • Bin Laden’s son-in-law stands trial in federal court
    The trial for Osama bin Laden’s son-in-law, Sulaiman Abu Ghaith, opened on Friday in New York, making him the most senior al-Qaida operative to be tried in federal court. Abu Ghaith is charged with conspiring to kill Americans and providing material support to al-Qaida. How is his case playing out ? Hari Sreenivasan speaks with Chris Matthews, who is covering the case for the Wall Street Journal.
    Original Air Date: March 9, 2014
    Sulaiman Abu Ghaith
  • Security failures of missing Malaysian flight spark concern
    According to aviation security expert Rafi Ron, although two passengers who successfully boarded Malaysian Air flight 370 were reportedly carrying stolen passports, only time and investigation will determine if the apparent security breach is related to the jet’s disappearance. Rafi joins Hari Sreenivasan to discuss the state of international airport security.
    Original Air Date: March 9, 2014
    TSA Supervisor Patricia Granese reviews an image collected during a demonstration of the Rapiscan Backscatter advanced imaging technology machine at Logan International airport in Boston, Massachusetts, U.S., on Friday, March 5, 2010.
  • Unlikely partners work to make fracking safer
    In an unlikely alliance, natural gas companies and environmentalists have decided to work together to make fracking safer. Rick Karr travels to Pennsylvania to explore the tensions this has created among environmental groups.
    Original Air Date: November 3, 2013

Saturday, March 8, 2014

  • German influence on Russia could be key in Ukraine dispute
    After a week of occupation, Russia appears to be on the verge of annexing Crimea. While the West proposes sanctions on Russia, it seems Germany could be in a unique position to help resolve the dispute. Hari Sreenivasan speaks with the Executive Director at the Transatlantic Academy, Steve Szabo, about the strong relationship and close economic ties between Germany and Russia
    Original Air Date: March 8, 2014
    Steve Szabo
  • Project makes sure young brains get music training
    The percentage of students who receive music education has been in decline for decades. The Harmony Project, a music program for inner city kids in Los Angeles partners with a neurobiologist to study the impact of music training on the learning skills of poor children.
    Original Air Date: January 4, 2014
    The Harmony Project, Los Angeles

Friday, March 7, 2014

  • Shields and Gerson on Cold War echoes, campaign financing
    Syndicated columnist Mark Shields and Washington Post columnist Michael Gerson join Jeffrey Brown to discuss the week’s news, including the crisis over the fate of Crimea in Ukraine and criticism of the Obama administration’s foreign policy, as well as the evolution of political campaign financing.
    Original Air Date: March 7, 2014
  • Gen. Dempsey on Ukraine, military sex abuse and budget cuts
    Judy Woodruff interviews Joint Chiefs chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey at the Pentagon about the escalating risks of the Ukraine crisis, finding a balance between budget reduction and military readiness, the uncertain future of the United States in Afghanistan and the increase of sexual assaults and misconduct within the armed forces.
    Original Air Date: March 7, 2014
    Army Gen. Martin Dempsey said Iraqi forces have strengthened around the capital city to counter ISIL. Photo by FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images
  • Conservative conference reveals fissures in the GOP
    Thousands of Conservative activists gathered just outside of the nation's capital this week to attend the Conservative Political Action Conference, the movement's largest political gathering. The event featured speeches from Republican party leaders, and drew people from Florida to Montana.
    Original Air Date: March 7, 2014
  • NewsHour’s Miles O’Brien on losing his arm and coping
    Miles O'Brien has traveled the world for the NewsHour, including for a series of reports from the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant in Japan. After finishing his reporting there, an injury during another stop in the Philippines became life-threatening and Miles' left arm was amputated. He joins Judy Woodruff to talk about what happened.
    Original Air Date: March 7, 2014
  • Two books General Dempsey is reading
    Army Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joints Chiefs of Staff, isn’t reading much fiction these days. Instead, he said he’s been immersed in two nonfiction works: “The End of Power” by Moises Naim and “Present Shock” by Douglas Rushkoff.
    Original Air Date: March 7, 2014
  • Dempsey: Military deserves ‘scrutiny’ on sexual assaults
    Even though a bill changing the way the military would handle sexual assault cases failed in the Senate, it showed a lack of confidence in the military to solve the problem, as the president directed, said Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey on Friday.His comments came in an interview with PBS NewsHour co-anchor Judy Woodruff, airing Friday.
    Original Air Date: March 7, 2014
  • Dempsey: U.S. seeks diplomatic resolution to Ukraine crisis
    Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joints Chiefs of Staff, said Friday the U.S. is pushing “aggressively” for a diplomatic resolution to the Ukrainian Crimea tug-of-war with Russia and that he’s been in touch with his Russian counterpart daily.He spoke to PBS NewsHour correspondent Judy Woodruff in an interview airing on Friday’s broadcast.
    Original Air Date: March 7, 2014

Thursday, March 6, 2014

  • Three promising approaches raise hope for fighting AIDS
    News of three promising approaches raised hope at an AIDS conference this week: the prevention of HIV infections in monkeys through intravenous injections; the second successful treatment of a baby born with HIV; and a study showing the safety of genetically altering cells to prevent infection. Jeffrey Brown turns to Dr. Anthony Fauci of the National Institutes of Health for the latest.
    Original Air Date: March 6, 2014
  • What's the big deal about official economic data?
    The monthly jobs report is big news on the first Friday of every month, swaying the financial markets and prompting immediate analysis. But should these numbers matter so much? A new book, “The Leading Indicators,” argues we overvalue data like the GDP and inflation. Economics correspondent Paul Solman talks to author and analyst Zachary Karabell.
    Original Air Date: March 6, 2014
  • Finding the right words in ‘A Breast Cancer Alphabet’
    “B” is for breast. “I” is for indignity. “K” is for kindness. In “A Breast Cancer Alphabet,” NPR’s Madhulika Sikka has written a candid guide for patients, friends and caregivers to prepare and cope with that disease. She joins Judy Woodruff to share lessons drawn from her own experience.
    Original Air Date: March 6, 2014
  • Power: Russia faces "political and economic isolation"
    UN ambassador Samantha Power points to the hope of greater economic ties as a critical leverage point for the United States in persuading Russia "pull back from the brink." She joins Gwen fill to discuss the new sanctions announced by President Obama against Russia and best routes to deescalate the conflict.
    Original Air Date: March 6, 2014
    United Nations Security Council Debates The Escalating Situation With Russia And Ukraine
  • Is Alzheimer’s even more deadly than we thought?
    A new study in the journal Neurology finds Alzheimer’s may account for many more deaths than we previously realized. While the CDC ranks the disease as the sixth-leading killer in the U.S., the new study puts the annual death toll at around half-a-million, pushing it up to the third leading cause of death. Hari Sreenivasan learns more from Dr. Bryan James of Rush University Medical Center.
    Original Air Date: March 6, 2014
    A woman, suffering from Alzheimer's dese
  • Online Extra: John Banville on 'The Black-Eyed Blond'
    John Banville, known as Benjamin Black, on his new Philip Marlowe crime novel, "The Black-Eyed Blond."For more Arts:
    Original Air Date: March 6, 2014
    Online Extra: John Banville on "The Black-Eyed Blond"
  • John Banville reads 'The Black-Eyed Blond'
    John Banville reads the beginning of the new Philip Marlowe novel, "The Black-Eyed Blond."For more Arts:
    Original Air Date: March 6, 2014
    John Banville reads "The Black-Eyed Blond"
  • Obama: Crimea referendum would violate international law
    President Barack Obama made remarks Thursday, saying that the proposed referendum that would allow Crimea to vote whether to become part of Russia would
    Original Air Date: March 6, 2014

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

  • Coal producer to pay hundreds of millions for pollution
    In the largest fine ever for water pollution permit violations, Alpha Natural Resources, one of the largest coal producers in the nation, agreed to pay $27 million in fines and spend another $200 million to clean up its toxic discharges in five Appalachian states. Gwen Ifill talks to Dina Cappiello of The Associated Press to discuss the EPA settlement.
    Original Air Date: March 5, 2014
  • Examining dangers for journalists around the world
    Egypt’s arrest and trial of three Al-Jazeera journalists, charged with assisting the Muslim Brotherhood, has prompted outcry around the world. The case helps highlight growing dangers to journalists worldwide, especially in countries caught in war or turmoil. In all, 119 members of the press died while on assignment in 2013.
    Original Air Date: March 5, 2014
  • Fishing for data in the radioactive waters off Fukushima
    With help from fisherman and citizen scientists, researchers in Japan and the U.S. are tracking the nucleotides in the ocean creatures who swim in the plume of water tainted with radiation from Fukushima. Their research is part of a long-term effort to figure out when — if ever — certain fish will be safe to eat. Science correspondent Miles O’Brien reports.
    Original Air Date: March 5, 2014
  • Will the new SAT overhaul be A) propitious?
    The College Board announced a partial overhaul of the SAT, slated to take effect in the spring of 2016, which will eliminate the mandatory essay, revert to a top score of 1600 and create new fee waivers for lower-income students, among other changes. Judy Woodruff turns to special correspondent for education John Merrow to examine the measures and what they mean for students.
    Original Air Date: March 5, 2014
  • The phytoplankton that brought Earth to life
    Without the "billion billion billion" Prochlorococcus, a plant-like bacteria in the ocean, Earth would not have the oxygen we breathe today. But the more scientists study about these diverse organisms, the less they know, says Penny Chisholm, an oceanographer at MIT.
    Original Air Date: March 5, 2014
    Penny Chisholm looks at Prochlorococcus samples in her lab at MIT. These green vials contain samples of phytoplankton from all over the world. Chisholm, who has been studying the microorganisms since 1986, thinks they may be responsible for creating the oxygen we breathe today. Photo by Rebecca Jacobson, PBS NewsHour