Monday, February 3, 2014

  • How high school athletes deal with concussions
    Despite reports on the dangers of concussions and in the wake of recent lawsuits against the NFL for illnesses related to head injuries, even high school athletes feel pressured to hide their injuries in order to get back in the game. Hari Sreenivasan and PBS NewsHour’s network of Student Reporting Labs explore how concussions in football have affected high school players.
    Original Air Date: February 3, 2014
  • South Carolina’s battle over Medicaid expansion
    After the Supreme Court ruled that states were not obligated to expand their Medicaid programs under the Affordable Care Act, South Carolina was one of the first to opt out. PBS NewsHour’s Mary Jo Brooks reports on the effects for residents who are still uninsured, plus a small alternative program designed to reach some of them.
    Original Air Date: February 3, 2014
  • ‘Talking cars’ could prevent accidents before they happen
    On some new car models, sensors can monitor outside surroundings and warn drivers of peril or kick in automatic braking. The Department Of Transportation is considering a mandate for all automakers to adopt this vehicle-to-vehicle technology. Gwen Ifill talks to Wall Street Journal reporter Dan Neil about how “talking cars” could improve safety on the roads but at the expense of drivers’ privacy.
    Original Air Date: February 3, 2014
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  • Why heroin is making a deadly comeback
    Heroin is chemically almost identical to prescription painkillers. But the illegal drug is more dangerous and much cheaper than regulated opiates. Jeffrey Brown talks to National Drug Control Policy director R. Gil Kerlikowske and Los Angeles Times reporter Sam Quinones about why heroin use in America has doubled since 2007 and the deadly consequences for users and addicts.
    Original Air Date: February 3, 2014
  • Carolyn Forche reads John McCrae's 'In Flanders Fields'
    Carolyn Forche, co-editor of the collection "Poetry of Witness," reads Major John McCrae's poem "In Flanders Fields."For more Art Beat:"Poetry of Witness" co-editor Carolyn Forche reads John McCrae's "In Flanders Fields."
    Original Air Date: January 29, 2014
    Carolyn Forche reads Major John McCrae's "In Flanders Field"
  • Carolyn Forche reads 'A Letter from Aragon'
    Carolyn Forche, co-editor of "Poetry of Witness," reads "A Letter from Aragon" by English poet Rupert John Cornford.For more Art Beat:
    Original Air Date: February 3, 2014
    Carolyn Forche reads Rupert John Cornford's "A Letter to Aragon"

Sunday, February 2, 2014

  • Market turmoil overseas causes concern for Wall Street
    After the Dow saw its worst performance in more than a year and a half in January, concerns are rising about turmoil in overseas markets. How are the problems in emerging markets linked to the stock market in the United States? Hari Sreenivasan speaks with Roben Farzad of Bloomberg Businessweek about the connection between these two interconnected issues.
    Original Air Date: February 2, 2014
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  • Support grows to cut public funding for party conventions
    A proposal to cut off public funding for national political conventions is gaining support across both aisles in Congress. How much do the conventions cost American taxpayers? Hari Sreenivasan speaks with Molly Hooper, a reporter for The Hill, about the details of the plan.
    Original Air Date: February 2, 2014
    The HIll
  • Hope in Hawaii: A new probation program beats the stats
    NewsHour Weekend profiles an innovative probation program in Hawaii that has been so successful in reforming offenders and keeping them out of prison, it's now being copied in courtrooms across the nation.
    Original Air Date: November 24, 2013
    Judge and parolee

Saturday, February 1, 2014

  • Viewers respond to our report on food waste
    Viewers respond to our report on food waste.
    Original Air Date: February 1, 2014
    Viewer response to food waste report.
  • Obama announces retirement savings initiative
    One initiative President Obama highlighted during his State of the Union address this week, is a plan to help more Americans save for their retirement. What does this initiative mean for your retirement? Hari Sreenivasan speaks with Alexa Simendinger of Real Clear Politics about how this proposal, known as the MyIRA, will work and what issues it will address.
    Original Air Date: February 1, 2014
  • Official alleges Christie knew about bridge lane closure
    A letter released yesterday on behalf of Port Authority official David Wildstein says evidence exists that proves New Jersey Governor Chris Christie knew about the controversial George Washington Bridge lane closure while the situation was ongoing. How may this development affect the investigation? Hari Sreenivasan talks with the Michael Aron of NJTV News about the latest on the unfolding scandal.
    Original Air Date: February 1, 2014
  • Groups work to combat sex trafficking around the Super Bowl
    As millions of fans debate who will win the game and by how much on Super Bowl Sunday, others, including law enforcement, will be focused on preventing the exploitation and trafficking of young women that they say increases around large sporting events.
    Original Air Date: February 1, 2014
    Anti-trafficking billboard in New York City

Friday, January 31, 2014

  • Shields and Brooks on Keystone, Christie
    Syndicated columnist Mark Shields and New York Times columnist David Brooks join Judy Woodruff to discuss the week’s top news, including the Keystone oil pipeline debate, a new claim about Gov. Chris Christie’s traffic scandal knowledge, plus final thoughts on the State of the Union and predictions for the Super Bowl.
    Original Air Date: January 31, 2014
  • Syria talks end with some doubt of an encore
    Despite measured optimism for progress from the UN envoy, neither sides in the Syrian conflict have budged from their positions during nine days of peace talks in Switzerland. Now the government delegation is unwilling to commit to more talks. Meanwhile, Jeffrey Brown reports, the situation on the ground may only be getting worse.
    Original Air Date: January 31, 2014
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  • After failed peace talks, what’s next for Syria?
    Andrew Tabler of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy and Joshua Landis of the University of Oklahoma join Jeffrey Brown to discuss their reactions to the first round of Syrian peace talks, the delays for the Assad regime in destroying chemical weapons and what’s next for both diplomacy and the war.
    Original Air Date: January 31, 2014
  • Grading Ben Bernanke’s time at the Fed
    After eight years, a financial crisis, a Great Recession and an economic recovery, it is Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke’s final day on the job. Economics correspondent Paul Solman looks back at Bernanke’s performance for an assessment of his legacy by two economists.
    Original Air Date: January 31, 2014
    As Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke closes out his term, how will he be remembered? Dean Baker sees a checkered legacy. Getty Images file photo.
  • Advertisers follow football fans to mobile devices
    While fans gets amped up for the biggest football game of the year, companies are figuring out how to tap into that enthusiasm by adapting to changing media habits and tech use. Hari Sreenivasan learns more from Nick Wingfield of The New York Times.
    Original Air Date: January 31, 2014
  • Keystone XL pipeline clears major hurdle
    A report by the State Department on the potential impact of the proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline raised no major environmental risks to deter its construction. Jeffrey Brown gets an update on the controversial project from Juliet Eilperin of The Washington Post.
    Original Air Date: January 31, 2014
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Thursday, January 30, 2014

  • Why are starfish dying off the Pacific Coast?
    Up and down the Pacific Coast, starfish are dying by the tens of thousands and no one knows why. Special correspondent Katie Campbell reports from Seattle on how researchers and citizen scientists are investigating the spread of the mysterious and distressing syndrome.
    Original Air Date: January 30, 2014
  • State officials react to West Virginia chemical spill
    Ashton Marra of West Virginia Public Broadcasting joins Jeffrey Brown to discuss the latest concerns for West Virginians affected by a chemical leak into the Elk River, including whether there could be any hazardous effects from an additional chemical that may have gotten into the water.
    Original Air Date: January 30, 2014
  • House GOP recasts agenda as White House alternative
    While President Obama pushed his economic agenda on the road, House Republicans met to discuss their way forward on major issues, including immigration. Gwen Ifill gets views on the year’s political outlook from Washington Post columnist Michael Gerson, Neera Tanden of the Center for American Progress and Andrew Rudalevige from Bowdoin College.
    Original Air Date: January 30, 2014

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

  • Articulating the language of suffering in a poem
    The poets featured in Carolyn Forché’s anthology “Poetry of Witness” have endured extreme conditions: warfare, censorship, forced exile. The Georgetown professor and poet herself calls the collection an “outcry of the soul.” Jeffrey Brown sat down with Forché to discuss this style of writing and its enduring power.
    Original Air Date: January 29, 2014
    Carolyn Forche
  • A possible breakthrough for stem cell research?
    For many years scientists have been investigating how to make adult stem cells act more like embryonic stem cells. A new simple treatment seems to have helped derive mouse embryos from beating heart cells. Gwen Ifill talks to one of the study's lead researchers, Dr. Charles Vacanti of Brigham and Women's Hospital.
    Original Air Date: January 29, 2014
  • Germany's Merkel underlines stress of U.S. spying
    In an address to parliament Germany's chancellor Angela Merkel spoke out against U.S. and U.K. surveillance of its global allies. Chief foreign correspondent Margaret Warner reports on how a history of repressive politics and intrusive intelligence has made the German people particularly sensitive to issues of privacy.
    Original Air Date: January 29, 2014
  • Viewers respond to the 2014 State of the Union
    What did the American public think of President Obama's 2014 State of the Union? NewsHour asked viewers to send in video responses. From thoughts on renewable energy to the minimum wage, health care reform to NSA data collection, we sample a few of your reactions.
    Original Air Date: January 29, 2014
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  • Senators react to the State of the Union
    The president’s State of the Union message on Tuesday was clear: more action from government, even if it means employing executive power. How is Congress reacting? Judy Woodruff asked two members for their takes, Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., and Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz..
    Original Air Date: January 29, 2014
  • Carolyn Forche reads Dickinson's 'They Dropped Like Flakes'
    Carolyn Forche, co-editor of the collection
    Original Air Date: January 29, 2014
    Carolyn Forche reads Emily Dickinsons "They Dropped Like Flakes"