Monday, March 23, 2015

  • How the First Amendment affects your specialty license plate
    Does the state of Texas have the right to issue specialty license plates featuring a Confederate flag? Marcia Coyle of The National Law Journal fills in Gwen Ifill on the case being argued at the Supreme Court, as well as a decision to not take up a Wisconsin voter ID case.
    Original Air Date: March 23, 2015
  • How the IAEA has been monitoring Iran’s nuclear program
    With the deadline for Iranian nuclear negotiations just days away, Iran’s deputy foreign minister has urged the U.S. and five other countries to find a common position to reach a deal. Yukiya Amano of the nuclear watchdog International Atomic Energy Agency joins Judy Woodruff to discuss their own investigation of Iran’s nuclear program.
    Original Air Date: March 23, 2015
  • House to Obama: Iran must have ‘no pathway to a bomb’
    Negotiations over Iran’s nuclear program are set to continue later this week, but politics at home may complicate discussions. After reports of a potential deal to reduce Iran’s nuclear centrifuges by 40 percent for 10 years, President Obama received a bipartisan letter signed by 367 members of the House insisting that Iran have “no pathway to a bomb.” Judy Woodruff reports.
    Original Air Date: March 23, 2015
  • First out of the gate for 2016, where does Ted Cruz go now?
    Many Republicans say they are considering a run for president in 2016, but Sen. Ted Cruz is the first to make it official. Gwen Ifill talks to Amy Walter of the Cook Political Report and Susan Page of USA Today about how Cruz fits into the GOP campaign landscape.
    Original Air Date: March 23, 2015
    Ted Cruz Announcement
  • News Wrap: Saudi Arabia promises to defend Yemen from rebels
    In our news wrap Monday, Yemen's U.S.-backed President Abed-Rabbo Mansour Hadi called for Gulf Arab nations to intervene against Shiite rebels allied with Iran. Saudi Arabia responded that the Arab states will act to protect Yemen. Also, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu apologized to his country’s Arab citizens for comments he made in the parliamentary election campaign.
    Original Air Date: March 23, 2015
  • In campaign kickoff, Ted Cruz vows to reignite ‘promise of America’
    After announcing his presidential bid on Twitter Monday morning, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz officially launched his campaign at Liberty University. Cruz became the first high-profile Republican to officially enter the 2016 contest even though, like others, he has been campaigning in all but name for many months.
    Original Air Date: March 23, 2015

Sunday, March 22, 2015

  • What do gains made by France's far right party mean?
    On Sunday, voting in local elections took place throughout France, and while Ex-President Nicolas Sarkozy's conservative UMP pulled ahead, the country's far right National Front Party led by Marine Le Pen made major gains by garnering a large number of votes. To explain the implications of the elections, NPR's Eleanor Beardsly joins Hari Sreenivasan via Skype from Paris.
    Original Air Date: March 22, 2015
    France's far-right National Front political party leader Marine Le Pen delivers a speech during a political rally in Six-Fours
  • Will the US release photos of detainee treatment?
    The Pentagon has two months to decide how to respond to a court ruling ordering it to release photographs documenting the abuse of prisoners in Iraq and Afghanistan. Government officials warn that making the photos public could inflame tensions in the already volatile Middle East. For more on the court’s decision, Jennifer Peltz of the Associated Press joins Hari Sreenivasan in New York.
    Original Air Date: March 22, 2015
    Detainees pass the time as they seen behind wire at Camp Bucca in southern Iraq

Saturday, March 21, 2015

  • Amid March Madness, a push to legalize sports betting
    Billions of dollars every year are wagered on various sporting events, but except for bets made in Las Vegas and a few other states, they're all illegal. Now, representatives from cash-strapped states and even the NBA commissioner are behind a push to legalize sports betting, which they say will yield economic benefits. But plenty of opponents remain. NewsHour's William Brangham reports.
    Original Air Date: March 20, 2015
    Proposition bets (R) for Super Bowl XLV are posted at the race and sports book in the Las Vegas Hilton in Las Vegas, Nevada January 27, 2011. The Pittsburgh Steelers and the Green Bay Packers will compete in Super Bowl XLV in Arlington, Texas on February 6. REUTERS/Las Vegas Sun/Steve Marcus (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT FOOTBALL) - RTXX6B3
  • Swings in currency, stocks cap Wall Street's chaotic week
    It was a topsy turvy week in the markets, with huge swings in the currency markets and, by week's end, another sharp rise in stock prices. The Dow and S&P closed Friday just below their all-time highs. Michael Regan of Bloomberg News joins Hari Sreenivasan for more insight into the forces at work.
    Original Air Date: March 21, 2015
    A woman's umbrella turns inside out as she walks past the Nasdaq MarketSite during a snow storm in Times Square, Midtown New York
  • Oldest American woman veteran Lucy Coffey dies at 108
    Lucy Coffey, the oldest living female veteran, died earlier this week at the age of 108. In 1943, the Indiana native enlisted in the Women's Auxiliary Army Corps, and later, she served in the Pacific Theater, earning two bronze stars and rising to the rank of sergeant before being discharged in 1945. Hari Sreenivasan reports.
    Original Air Date: March 21, 2015
  • New drug shows promise in early tests slowing Alzheimer's
    In what could be a big step forward in the battle against Alzheimer's Disease, a new drug that during tests sharply slowed the cognitive decline of people with the debilitating disease. Dr. Samuel Gandy, a neurologist and Associate Director of the Alzheimer's Disease Research Center at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York, joins Hari Sreenivasan.
    Original Air Date: March 21, 2015
    The company's name is displayed on a billboard near the headquarters of Biogen Idec Inc. in Cambridge
  • Former US soldier joins militia to defend Christians in Iraq
    Last August, a 28-year-old former US soldier traveled to northern Iraq where he joined the Assyrian Christian militia Dyvekh Nawsha which means “self-sacrifice” in Aramaic. It's a privately funded group numbering in the hundred under the command of the Kurdish peshmerga that is fighting ISIS in northern Iraq and eastern Syria. Martin Himel reports.
    Original Air Date: March 20, 2015

Friday, March 20, 2015

  • How parents talk to African-American sons about the police
    As communities around the nation grapple with questions of race and police brutality, a New York Times short documentary asks parents of African-American boys what they say to their sons about how to respond if stopped by police.
    Original Air Date: March 20, 2015
  • Not Trending: A new academic gender gap, Kentucky bike caves
    When we only pay attention to the things that are trending in our social networks, we may be missing some compelling stories. Carlos Watson, CEO of website Ozy, joins Gwen Ifill to share a few overlooked items, including a survey on how teenage girls are outperforming boys in school, how Indian Americans can influence the conversation on immigration reform, plus underground caves for bikers.
    Original Air Date: March 20, 2015
  • Bringing the theater of the Supreme Court to the stage
    To research his latest role, actor Edward Gero had to go to court: the Supreme Court. His character? Real-life Justice Antonin Scalia. But the new play “The Originalist” is more than a portrait of the famously combative leader of the court’s conservative wing. It’s also a story about the polarization of American politics and bridging the gap. Jeffrey Brown reports.
    Original Air Date: March 20, 2015
  • How a wheelchair challenge mobilized a high school
    When a student with cerebral palsy struggled to open his high school doors, he challenged his classmates to spend a day in a wheelchair -- a fundraiser to add automatic doors. Not only did he make his school more accessible for everyone, this report by NewsHour’s Student Reporting Lab in Austin, Texas, was one of 15 chosen for the White House Student Film Festival.
    Original Air Date: March 20, 2015
  • Shields and Brooks on Netanyahu’s election provocation
    Syndicated columnist Mark Shields and New York Times columnist David Brooks join Judy Woodruff to discuss the week’s news, including provocative pre-election comments by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the House Republicans’ budget priorities, the congressional standoff over the human trafficking bill, plus personal predictions for March Madness.
    Original Air Date: March 20, 2015
  • What new federal fracking rules mean for the industry
    With the U.S. poised to become the largest producer of oil and gas in the world, the Obama administration announced the first federal regulations for fracking. Though the regulations are only for federal lands, they’re seen as a benchmark for states. Amy Harder of The Wall Street Journal joins Hari Sreenivasan to take a look at the new regulations and the pushback.
    Original Air Date: March 20, 2015
    Pumpjacks taken out of production temporarily stand idle at a Hess site while new wells are fracked near Williston
  • Why violence is on the rise in Yemen
    Yemen’s deadliest terror attack in decades left hundreds of casualties. Judy Woodruff talks to Nabeel Khoury, a former State Department official in Yemen, about rising violence, ethnic tensions and power struggles in that country.
    Original Air Date: March 20, 2015
    Blood is seen on the ground after a suicide bomb attack at a mosque in Sanaa
  • Celebrating Young Genius
    Why should we wait to recognize genius until later in life? Carlos Watson, CEO of website Ozy, joins Gwen Ifill to share details on the new OZY Genius Awards. The award grants 10 college students summer stipends to help them shake up the world.
    Original Air Date: March 20, 2015
    OZY Genius Awards
    March 20, 2015

Thursday, March 19, 2015

  • Memoir marks the moment when parent and child roles are reversed
    George Hodgman left a fast-paced life as an editor in Manhattan for small town Missouri to care for his elderly mother. Judy Woodruff sits down with Hodgman to discuss his poignant memoir of caretaking, “Bettyville.”
    Original Air Date: March 19, 2015
  • Tech startups see gold in Baby Boomers’ golden years
    With more than 100 million Americans now over the age of 50, technology companies are eager to find new ways to cater to Baby Boomer consumers. From a mobile app that offers medical tips to wearable devices, special correspondent Megan Hughes reports on how startups are designing products to appeal to older Americans’ desires for longevity and wellness.
    Original Air Date: March 19, 2015
  • What’s splitting a new generation of haves and have-nots
    Political scientist Robert Putnam grew up in Port Clinton, Ohio, a town where, he says, both rich and poor children grew up together and had bright opportunities. But in the past few decades, social mobility has declined and the haves and have-nots have become increasingly segregated. Economics correspondent Paul Solman offers a look at what drove Putnam to write his new book, “Our Kids.”
    Original Air Date: March 19, 2015
  • Tight mayoral race exposes divide among Chicago Democrats
    Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is in the first ever mayoral runoff. After vastly outspending his rivals, he failed to get a majority in the February election, forcing him into a runoff with Cook County Commissioner Jesus “Chuy” Garcia. Special correspondent Chris Bury reports on the tight race.
    Original Air Date: March 19, 2015
    Chicago Mayoral candidate Jesus "Chuy" Garcia waits to greet commuters outside a train stop in Chicago
  • Obama White House keeping more secrets than any before
    Despite a pledge to deliver the most open and transparent administration in U.S. history, some say that the Obama White House has fallen short on that promise, with harsh punishments for high-profile whistleblowers and a record number of Freedom of Information Act request denials. Hari Sreenivasan learns more from Stephen Engelberg of ProPublica.
    Original Air Date: March 19, 2015
  • Are negotiators close to an Iranian nuclear deal?
    According to the Associated Press, a draft nuclear agreement would decrease Iran’s centrifuges by 40 percent. While negotiators report progress, there’s still no deal yet. Gwen Ifill talks to George Jahn, the Associated Press reporter who broke the story of the latest negotiations.
    Original Air Date: March 19, 2015
    United States Secretary of State John Kerry holds a negotiation meeting with Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif over Iran's nuclear programme in Lausanne
  • Timelapse Video: Aurora australis brightens New Zealand sky
    Timelapse Video: Aurora australis brightens New Zealand sky
    Original Air Date: March 19, 2015
    Aurora australis lights up skies in New Zealand in March 2015. Screen image by PBS NewsHour