Thursday, April 3, 2014

  • Avoiding common mistakes in the financial aid process
    College-bound students know which schools have accepted them; now they have to figure out which ones they can afford. Hari Sreenivasan talks to NPR education reporter Claudio Sanchez and Iowa State University financial aid director Roberta Johnson about the maze of college financial aid and what students and parents need to know to navigate it.
    Original Air Date: April 3, 2014
  • What does a medieval lit scholar see in 'Game of Thrones?'
    Brantley Bryant, associate professor of medieval literature at Sonoma State University, shares what he sees of The Canterbury Tales, the Morte d'Arthur and Beowulf in HBO's "Game of Thrones."For more Art Beat:
    Original Air Date: April 3, 2014
    Game of Thrones
  • Author Carlotta Gall on U.S.-Afghan relations
    Carlotta Gall, author of "The Wrong Enemy: America in Afghanistan, 2001-2014", says U.S.-Afghan relations took a nosedive after President Hamid Karzai ran for a second term.
    Original Air Date: April 3, 2014
    Carlotta Gall talks about her new book, "The Wrong Enemy: America in Afghanistan, 2001-2014". PBS NewsHour screen image

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

  • Former prisoner strives to help others behind bars
    During Michael Santos’ 26 years in federal prisons, he read books on history and law, earned undergraduate and master’s degrees and wrote seven books about the criminal justice system. Now, just six months after his release, Santos is imploring prisoners to follow his lead, and speaking out against the U.S. correctional system. Jeffrey Brown has the story.
    Original Air Date: April 2, 2014
    MAN WITH A MISSION monitor santos
  • At start of rainy season, thousands still displaced in CAR
    More than 800,000 people have been displaced in the Central African Republic in the past year, caught in the crossfire between warring groups. Gwen Ifill talks to Mark Yarnell of Refugees International about the multiples layers of the human rights emergency there, and the debate in the international community on how to respond.
    Original Air Date: April 2, 2014
    Clashes in Central African Republic
  • High court rules 5-4 against cap on campaign money
    The Supreme Court struck down overall limits on political contributions, meaning individuals are now allowed to give the maximum contribution to as many candidates or political committees as they wish. The Court was split in a 5-4 decision, with the liberal justices dissenting. Marcia Coyle of the National Law Journal joins Judy Woodruff to offer some background on the case.
    Original Air Date: April 2, 2014
  • Debating the high court’s campaign finance decision
    Does the Supreme Court’s decision to lift the overall limit on political contributions hurt democracy and encourage corruption, or does it affirm free speech rights? Hari Sreenivasan gets reactions from Michael Waldman, president of the Brennan Center for Justice and Erin Murphy, the attorney who argued and won the case before the high court.
    Original Air Date: April 2, 2014
    Supreme Court Strikes Down Limit One can Donate To Political Campagnes.
  • How the upcoming election will test Afghanistan
    The upcoming presidential election will mark Afghanistan’s first democratic transition from one elected leader to the next. Hari Sreenivasan examines recent terrorism and threats of violence meant to scare voters, and previews the election and candidates with Nazif Shahrani of Indiana University and Zalmay Khalilzad, former U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan.
    Original Air Date: April 2, 2014
  • IMF chief Lagarde on the hurdles facing economic growth
    The International Monetary Fund’s Managing Director Christine Lagarde speaks to Judy Woodruff about the importance of financial and structural reforms in Ukraine, measuring the effects of sanctions on Russia, combating a sluggish global economy and encouraging women to access the job market.
    Original Air Date: April 2, 2014
  • Comparing Pot Potency to Liquor
    Amsterdam cafe owner Michael Veling compares pot potency to liquor.
    Original Air Date: April 2, 2014
    Amsterdam cafe owner Michael Veling compares pot potency to liquor.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

  • Senate report says CIA misled on interrogation program
    A classified report by the Senate Intelligence Committee claims that the CIA misled the government and the public over aspects of its interrogation program for years. According to The Washington Post, the agency concealed details about the severity of its methods and took undue credit for some intelligence. Gwen Ifill talks to Washington Post’s Greg Miller for a closer look at the report.
    Original Air Date: April 1, 2014
  • Should Pollard release be entwined in Mideast peace efforts?
    Judy Woodruff leads a discussion between Aaron David Miller of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Shibley Telhami of University of Maryland and David Pollock of The Washington Institute for Near East Policy on the latest elements in the ongoing struggle for peace in the Middle East, including that state of negotiations over the release of prisoners.
    Original Air Date: April 1, 2014
    Visit of Kerry to Israel
  • Looking inside Homs, central battlefield of Syria’s war
    Syria’s civil war has killed more than 140,000 people. The city of Homs, once seen as the capital of the revolution, is now mostly controlled by government forces. Attack and starvation drove scores of rebels to flee or surrender, while the UN evacuated civilians in February. And yet, life goes on for some inhabitants. Lindsey Hilsum of Independent Television News reports from the besieged city.
    Original Air Date: April 1, 2014
    Syrians walk in the once rebel-held neighbourhood of Baba Amro in the central Syrian city of Homs on March 15, 2014. Photo by Joseph Eid/AFP/Getty Images
  • Will expanding preschool give kids a lasting advantage?
    Around the country, 30 governors are proposing the expansion of preschool programs in their states. But what makes a pre-K program sufficiently educational? And how will the U.S. pay for these programs? Special correspondent John Tulenko of Learning Matters examines the debate over the value and the cost.
    Original Air Date: April 1, 2014
  • GM CEO offers apology but no explanation yet for recall lag
    Senior lawmakers made clear they want answers for why General Motors took years to fix vehicles with faulty ignition switches, linked to at least 13 deaths. GM CEO Mary Barra acknowledged the company's recalls came too late for some and vowed to get to the bottom of the cause. Gwen Ifill talks to David Shepardson of the Detroit News and Joan Claybrook, former president of Public Citizen.
    Original Air Date: April 1, 2014
    Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images
  • Obama: 7.1 million Americans have signed up for health care
    President Barack Obama announced Tuesday that 7.1 million Americans have signed up for health care through insurance exchanges before the March 31 deadline.
    Original Air Date: April 1, 2014
    President Barack Obama announces in the White House Rose Garden that health care enrollments have topped 7.1 million.
  • CEO Mary Barra reads full testimony at GM recall hearing
    General Motors' new CEO Mary Barra appeared in front of congressional committee on Tuesday to testify about defective ignition switches in small cars that are linked to 13 deaths.
    Original Air Date: April 1, 2014
    General Motors CEO Mary Barra answered questions before a House subcommittee about her knowledge of a faulty ignition switch installed in 2.6 million cars.
  • President Obama honors Red Sox at White House
    President Barack Obama welcomed 2013 World Series champions, the Boston Red Sox, at the White House on Tuesday. The president called the team a symbol of resilience for their city, especially following last year's Boston Marathon bombing.Presenting Obama with a commemorative Red Sox jersey, slugger David Ortiz then snapped a selfie with the president.
    Original Air Date: April 1, 2014
  • GM victims' families speak ahead of hearing
    Ahead of General Motors CEO Mary Barra's testimony in front of a congressional committee on Tuesday, several family members of victims of a defective ignition switch gathered outside the U.S. Capitol, calling for accountability for a defect that has claimed 13 lives.
    Original Air Date: April 1, 2014

Monday, March 31, 2014

  • At deadline, affordability may be real test of ACA
    The crush of last-minute signups for health insurance at drove the website out of service for part of the day. Some applicants turned to in-person help centers around the country to enroll. Health policy analyst Susan Dentzer and Mary Agnes Carey of Kaiser Health News join Judy Woodruff to discuss what’s at stake for the Affordable Care Act.
    Original Air Date: March 31, 2014
  • What’s behind Russia’s spending promises for Crimea
    Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev promised increased money for infrastructure and higher pensions and salaries during a visit to Crimea. Meanwhile, Russia withdrew one battalion from the border region, but Secretary of State John Kerry insisted that the U.S. is looking for more. Chief foreign correspondent Margaret Warner joins Gwen Ifill for an update after a reporting trip to Ukraine.
    Original Air Date: March 31, 2014
  • When the U.S. recruited Nazis for ‘Operation Paperclip’
    After World War II, the government recruited dedicated Nazis — the scientists behind Hitler’s formidable war machine — to come to the U.S. to protect American interests during the Cold War. Jeffrey Brown talks to journalist Annie Jacobsen about her new book, “Operation Paperclip,” which sheds light on this veiled national security program and confronts the moral conundrum of whitewashing the past.
    Original Air Date: March 31, 2014
  • Iraq and Afghanistan veterans express pain and pride of war
    According to a new survey, 89 percent of Iraq and Afghanistan War veterans say they would join the military again, while also reporting a spike in suicide, reduced physical wellness and feelings of disconnection. Gwen Ifill talks to two veterans, Tom Tarantino of Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America and Nathan Smith of Hire Heroes USA, as well as Rajiv Chandrasekaran of The Washington Post.
    Original Air Date: March 31, 2014
    U.S. Soldiers Continue Patrols Outside FOB Shank In Afghanistan
  • Can we turn climate change consequences into opportunity?
    A UN report warns that the effects of climate change -- flood, drought and food shortages -- have already caused harm, and will worsen quickly if we don’t take immediate action. Judy Woodruff takes a closer look at the global implications with two people who worked on the report: Michael Oppenheimer of Princeton University and Patricia Romero Lankao of the National Center for Atmospheric Research.
    Original Air Date: March 31, 2014
  • Eavan Boland reads ‘A Soldier in the 28th Massachusetts’
    Eavan Boland reads her poem “A Soldier in the 28th Massachusetts” at the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery in Washington D.C.
    Original Air Date: March 31, 2014
    Eavan Boland reads ‘A Soldier in the 28th Massachusetts’

Sunday, March 30, 2014

  • Drug makers agree to curb antibiotic use for farm animals
    Scientists point to the amount of antibiotics in livestock as one of the causes of the rise of antibiotic resistant diseases. On Wednesday a number of pharmaceutical companies agreed to abide by a government proposal to stop labeling drugs important for treating human infections as acceptable antibiotics to spur farm animal growth. Hari Sreenivasan speaks with NPR correspondent Dan Charles.
    Original Air Date: March 30, 2014
  • Is history repeating itself in the Crimea?
    The Russian Navy agreed to pull out of the Black Sea around Crimea on March 30. Not March 30, 2014, but 158 years ago in 1856. NewsHour's Hari Sreenivasan reflects on the history of the region that is again at the center of a geopolitical crisis.
    Original Air Date: March 30, 2014
  • Washington Post looks at lives of Iraq, Afghanistan veterans
    The Washington Post launched a special series Sunday called “A legacy of pain and pride” which looks at the lives of military veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan through stories and polls in conjunction with the Kaiser Family Foundation. Hari Sreenivasan speaks with one of the authors of the series Greg Jaffe about the poll results and what they reveal about Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans.
    Original Air Date: March 30, 2014
    Washington Post series, Pain and Pride