Wednesday, May 21, 2014

  • Will Democrats face a more united GOP in November?
    Tuesday’s congressional primaries in Kentucky, Georgia and Oregon gave a boost to candidates favored by the Republican establishment as opposed to their more conservative opponents. The results raised GOP hopes to stretch the political map to take back control of the Senate. Judy Woodruff get insight from Jonathan Martin of The New York Times and Dan Balz of The Washington Post.
    Original Air Date: May 21, 2014
  • Why is it so hard for Veterans to get care from the VA?
    President Obama defended embattled Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki Wednesday, but warned that someone will be held accountable for any revealed shortcomings amid allegations that 40 veterans died awaiting care. Gwen Ifill gets two views on the troubles inside the VA from former Defense Department official David McGinnis and Joseph Violante of Disabled American Veterans.
    Original Air Date: May 21, 2014
    Veteran Affairs Clinics To Be Audited After Patient Deaths At Phoenix Hospital
  • Broadway Bound student-dancers perform 'Fabulous Feet'
    Watch an excerpted performance of "Fabulous Feet" by National Dance Institute of New Mexico dancers. The performers are high school students, who participate in a program that helps students make big strides in and out of the classroom. The number was created by Broadway choreographer Germaine Salsburg and taught to dancers from more than 80 public schools throughout the state of New Mexico.
    Original Air Date: May 21, 2014
    Video still by PBS NewsHour

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

  • Will Credit Suisse crackdown lead to more bank prosecutions?
    Credit Suisse is the first big bank in more than two decades to plead guilty to a felony crime in the U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder has emphasized that no bank is too big to jail, but the Justice Department has been criticized for not pursuing more charges after the financial crisis. Judy Woodruff discusses the big picture with Nomi Prins of Demos and Mark Calabria of the Cato Institute.
    Original Air Date: May 20, 2014
  • How the AT&T-DIRECTV merger affects consumers
    AT&T, the second largest wireless provider in the nation, announced its purchase of satellite television giant DIRECTV for nearly $50 billion. The companies said the takeover will allow for more bundling of mobile, TV and Internet plans, and they will serve a combined 26 million video users. Matt Wood of Free Press and Jim Nail of Forrester Research join Gwen Ifill to discuss the move.
    Original Air Date: May 20, 2014
    AT&T And DirecTV Agree To $48 Billion Merger
  • Apple grapples with life after Steve Jobs
    It's been a little more than two years since the founder and creative force behind Apple died at age 56. What does the transition of leadership mean for the future of one of the most iconic American tech companies? Hari Sreenivasan interviews Yukari Kane, author of “Haunted Empire: Apple After Steve Jobs,” about the impact one man wields on the success or failure of a company.
    Original Air Date: May 20, 2014
    Mourners Remember Steve Jobs In Chicago
  • NIH requires drugs be tested on animals of both sexes
    The National Institutes of Health announced that it will require scientists to test new drugs on both male and female animals. Until now, most early trials have been conducted on males. Judy Woodruff joins Dr. Janine Clayton of National Institutes of Health and Phyllis Greenberger of Society for Women's Health Research to discuss the past problems driving the decision.
    Original Air Date: May 20, 2014
  • Encouraging poetry through community service
    Master of Fine Arts students at Antioch University in Los Angeles are required to do community service to enhance the “writing life” of others. As part of our series Where Poetry Lives, poet laureate Natasha Trethewey joins Jeffrey Brown to visit current and former Antioch students and discuss the link between making poetry broadly available and honing one’s individual craft.
    Original Air Date: May 20, 2014
  • ‘Moral Monday’ movement resumes in North Carolina
    Last year, a coalition of progressive organizations including church groups, unions and the NAACP staged rallies every Monday outside the North Carolina legislature in Raleigh to protest voter ID laws, cuts to social services and the failure of the state government to expand Medicaid. Nearly 1,000 people were arrested at the rallies which became known as "Moral Mondays."
    Original Air Date: May 20, 2014
  • ‘Moral Monday’ movement resumes in North Carolina
    Last year, a coalition of progressive organizations including church groups, unions and the NAACP staged rallies every Monday outside the North Carolina legislature in Raleigh to protest voter ID laws, cuts to social services and the failure of the state government to expand Medicaid. Nearly 1,000 people were arrested at the rallies which became known as "Moral Mondays."
    Original Air Date: May 20, 2014
  • Poet Gina Loring on lost potential of incarcerated youth
    Gina Loring believes the judicial system does a great disservice to many young people who have never had a fair chance at life.
    Original Air Date: May 20, 2014
    Still from video of poet Gina Loring reading her poem, "Inspired by the teens in Central Juvenile Hall, Los Angeles."

Monday, May 19, 2014

  • Former Burmese movie star finds leading role as activist
    In the 1980s and '90s, Kyaw Thu was one of Myanmar's leading film stars, appearing in more than 200 movies. He was so popular that the military government cast him in several propaganda films. But when he turned down a role, it ended his acting career. Instead, he founded a service that provides funerals for those who can't afford them. Jeffrey Brown tells the story of personal transformation.
    Original Air Date: May 19, 2014
  • Sen. Warren on ‘A Fighting Chance’ for every American
    Sen. Elizabeth Warren joins Judy Woodruff to discuss her new book, “A Fighting Chance,” in which she criticizes the big banks and Washington politicians for weakening America’s middle class. Warren advocates for a hike in the minimum wage to ensure today’s middle class gets the same opportunities her family had, and discusses reform for banking and student loans.
    Original Air Date: May 19, 2014
  • How will the primaries shake up the gender mix in Congress?
    Voters will be heading to the polls in six states Tuesday. NewsHour political editor Domenico Montanaro joins Gwen Ifill to preview the closely watched primaries that will set the stage for some of the most consequential races in November, and to spotlight some of the female candidates running.
    Original Air Date: May 19, 2014
  • Will investment in hydrogen-powered cars pay off?
    After spending more than a decade and billions of dollars on developing zero-emission hydrogen fuel cell vehicles, carmakers are planning to release their models in California. But despite the state’s large demand for cars and tough air quality standards, California lacks a network of fueling stations. Scott Shafer and Sheraz Sadiq of KQED in San Francisco have the story.
    Original Air Date: May 19, 2014
  • NATO disputes Russia’s word on pulling troops from border
    The Kremlin announced that Russian President Putin has ordered the 40,000 troops massed on the Ukrainian border to retreat to their home bases. However, the NATO secretary general says he sees no sign of movement. Reporting from Donetsk, chief foreign correspondent Margaret Warner joins Gwen Ifill to discuss the building tensions in Eastern Ukraine and upcoming national elections.
    Original Air Date: May 19, 2014
  • U.S. charges Chinese officials with trade cyberspying
    Five Chinese military officials were indicted by the U.S. for stealing trade secrets by hacking six American firms in the nuclear, metals and solar products industries. Gwen Ifill talks to Laura Galante of FireEye and former State Department official Susan Shirk and the unprecedented charges and the Obama administration offense against Chinese cyber attacks.
    Original Air Date: May 19, 2014
    chinese cyber espionage screen grab
  • Singer Jessye Norman on the importance of arts education
    Award-winning singer Jessye Norman has a big problem with declining arts programs in America’s schools. “It is a big issue and it makes me completely crazy,” Norman told correspondent Jeffrey Brown, when they sat down to discuss her new memoir, “Stand Up Straight and Sing.”
    Original Air Date: May 13, 2014

Sunday, May 18, 2014

  • 'Wikipedian' editor took on website's gender gap
    Wikipedia has come under scrutiny over the lack of female representation and participation on the website. To combat this trend, Adrianne Wadewitz was a dedicated "Wikipedian," who wrote and edited content on Wikipedia as one of the nearly 75,000 active volunteer editors.
    Original Air Date: May 18, 2014
  • Swiss voters reject plan to set a minimum wage
    Swiss voters rejected 3-to-1 a plan to establish what would have been the world’s highest minimum wage. Supporters said the plan would reduce income inequality. Business leaders had argued against it, saying it would make Switzerland less competitive with other nations and lead to higher unemployment.
    Original Air Date: May 18, 2014
    Proposed Swiss minimum wage.
  • Statistics reveal how America bikes to work
    In commemoration of Bike to Work Day, Hari Sreenivasan explores new statistics on bicycle commuters in the U.S. The Census Bureau reports that the number of Americans who bike to work is up 60 percent in the last decade. The numbers also show that it is the poorest and the richest; least educated and most educated are the most likely to ride to work.
    Original Air Date: May 18, 2014
  • Can cross-border cooperation save the endangered rhino?
    Only about 29,000 rhinos remain in the wild today -- 73 percent of those wild rhinos are in South Africa -- and most of those live in South Africa's Kruger National Park. Authorities are desperately trying to combat a dramatic increase in poaching. New cooperation with neighboring Mozambique may be key to stopping the slaughter.
    Original Air Date: May 18, 2014
    Rhino in Kruger National Park, South Africa

Saturday, May 17, 2014

  • Federal government hits General Motors with $35 million fine
    The federal government issued a record $35 million fine against General Motors on Friday for to the automakers slow response reporting faulty ignition switches -- a defect that has been linked to 13 deaths. What’s the latest on the massive recall? Hari Sreenivasan speaks with Micheline Maynard, who has covered the auto industry for many years, about the fine and this developing story.
    Original Air Date: May 17, 2014
    One Year Anniversary Of General Motors Filing For Bankruptcy
  • Is integration important to today’s high school students?
    To mark the 60th anniversary of the Supreme Court's landmark Brown v. Board of Education school desegregation decision, we asked our network of Student Reporting Labs across the nation if integration should be a national goal. Here's a sampling of what they had to say.
    Original Air Date: May 17, 2014
    Tamir Carter, Brooklyn Community Arts and Media High School, Brooklyn, NY (Student Reporting Labs)
  • Do traffic cameras save lives or violate due process?
    Ten years ago, only a few dozen communities had red-light or speed-enforcement cameras. Today, hundreds do. On Saturday, we take a look at a debate in Ohio. Camera advocates say the technology saves lives. Opponents say the devices are profit-centers for municipalities and camera manufacturers and a violation of due process.
    Original Air Date: May 17, 2014
    Red light camera notice

Friday, May 16, 2014

  • Wary of Putin’s next move, U.S. and E.U. threaten sanctions
    President Obama and France’s President Francois Hollande agreed that Russia will face “significant additional costs” for undermining the Ukrainian government. Chief foreign correspondent Margaret Warner joins Judy Woodruff to discuss a show of solidarity in Eastern Ukraine against the pro-Russian separatists, efforts to increase dialogue between Kiev and different factions and Putin’s next move.
    Original Air Date: May 16, 2014
    Photo by Yuri Kadobnov/AFP/Getty Images
  • Can India’s next leader deliver on economic promises?
    Why did Narendra Modi resonate with so many voters in India’s record-breaking election? Sumit Ganguly of Indiana University and Tanvi Madan of the Brookings Institution join Judy Woodruff for more on his background and his appeal, concerns about whether he will be inclusive and predictions for how he will change India-U.S. relations.
    Original Air Date: May 16, 2014
  • 60 years on, school segregation isn’t yet American history
    Sixty years after Brown v. Board of Education, the question of how far we’ve come in eliminating segregated education is not a simple one. Gwen Ifill leads a discussion with Cheryl Brown Henderson of the Brown Foundation for Educational Equity, Excellence and Research, Sheryll Cashin of Georgetown University, Catherine Lhamon of the Department of Education and Ron Brownstein of Atlantic Media.
    Original Air Date: May 16, 2014
    View of nine-year-old African-American student Linda Brown (first desk in second row from right) sits with her classmates at the racially segregated Monroe Elementary School, Topeka, Kansas, 1953. When her enrollment at a 'whites-only' school was blocked, her family initiated the landmark Civil Rights lawsuit 'Brown V. Board of Education,' that led to the beginning of integration in the US education system. (Photo by Carl Iwasaki/Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images)