Friday, April 3, 2015

  • Bringing the Tudors to television in ‘Wolf Hall’
    The infamous King Henry VIII, his many wives and scheming ministers were the stars of Hilary Mantel’s award-winning novels, and are now conquering stage and screen. Her books, “Wolf Hall” and “Bring Up the Bodies,” have inspired a new Broadway play and a dramatic mini-series on PBS’ Masterpiece, premiering Sunday. Jeffrey Brown talks to Mantel about writing fiction from history.
    Original Air Date: April 3, 2015
  • How Michelle Obama’s upbringing shaped her advocacy
    In “Michelle Obama: A Life,” veteran political journalist Peter Slevin tackles a different side of politics by examining how the first lady’s life story influenced her priorities in the White House. Gwen Ifill sits down with the author to discuss what he discovered.
    Original Air Date: April 3, 2015
  • Shields and Brooks on making a deal with Iran
    Syndicated columnist Mark Shields and New York Times columnist David Brooks join Hari Sreenivasan to discuss the week’s top news, including the newly reached agreement framework for Iran’s nuclear program and the controversy over Religious Freedom laws and discrimination.
    Original Air Date: April 3, 2015
  • Iran framework agreement triggers caution and celebration
    Iranians celebrated news of a framework for a nuclear deal, struck with six world powers. At Friday prayers, a top cleric lauded the agreement, a possible sign that Iran's supreme leader will ultimately accept the deal. But Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu voiced concern, saying the deal would legitimize Iran’s nuclear program. Hari Sreenivasan reports.
    Original Air Date: April 3, 2015
    Debate over how or if the United States should be apply sanctions if Iran violates  its promise to use nuclear power for peaceful purposes.
  • Do weaker U.S. jobs numbers suggest a downshifting economy?
    March put an end to a year-long streak of solid U.S. job growth. The Labor Department reported that employers added a net of just 126,000 jobs last month. Hari Sreenivasan talks to Diane Swonk of Mesirow Financial about what’s behind the sluggish growth and whether the report is an anomaly or a sign of a weakening economy.
    Original Air Date: April 3, 2015
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  • News Wrap: Prisoner on Alabama death row exonerated
    In our news wrap Friday, a man who spent nearly 30 years on Alabama’s death row walked out a free man after prosecutors admitted the only physical evidence of two murders did not link him to the crime. Also, Saudi Arabia stepped up their efforts to fight the Yemen’s Shiite rebels. Saudi warplanes air-dropped supplies and weapons to fighters loyal to the president, and carried out more airstrikes.
    Original Air Date: April 3, 2015
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Thursday, April 2, 2015

  • PBS NewsHour full episode April 2, 2015
    Thursday on the NewsHour, analysis of the nuclear deal struck between Iran and six world powers. Also: A deadly terrorist attack at a college in Kenya, why some Americans say Cadbury eggs made in Britain taste better and the heated battle over religious freedom continues.
    Original Air Date: April 2, 2015
    President Obama speaks about the framework agreement on Iran's nuclear program during a statement in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington
  • Why al-Shabab is trying to inspire Muslim backlash in Kenya
    Al-Shabab, a Somali-based terror group, claimed responsibility for today’s siege on a Kenyan university. The militants began cross-border strikes after Kenya sent its military into Somalia four years ago. Gwen Ifill talks to Kenneth Menkhaus of Davidson College about the group’s motivations for attacking Kenya.
    Original Air Date: April 2, 2015
    An ambulance is driven to the direction where attackers are holding up at a campus in Garissa
  • Can Iran nuclear framework agreement win over skeptics?
    The nuclear program framework agreed to by Iran and six world powers would limit that country’s uranium enrichment and its number of centrifuges. After verification, the European Union, the U.N. and the U.S. would lift sanctions. Judy Woodruff talks to Karim Sadjadpour and George Perkovich of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Robin Wright of The New Yorker and Rep. Ed Royce, R-Calif.
    Original Air Date: April 2, 2015
    Iran's Foreign Minister Zarif gestures as he speaks during a news conference in Lausanne
  • News Wrap: Missing Germanwings black box located
    In our news wrap Thursday, investigators announced they found the second black box recorder of the Germanwings flight that crashed into the French Alps. German prosecutors announced that the co-pilot accused of the crash apparently researched suicide methods and cockpit door security. Also, Islamist militants staged deadly attacks in Egypt, killing at least 15 soldiers, as well as three civilians.
    Original Air Date: April 2, 2015
  • What's in the Iran nuclear framework agreement?
    Iran and six world powers have agreed to a political framework for a final nuclear deal. Iran's foreign minister called it a "win-win," while noting the fragile state of U.S.-Iran relations. President Obama praised the deal, saying it is based on unprecedented verification, but critics remain in Washington, Tehran and beyond. Judy Woodruff talks to Indira Lakshmanan of Bloomberg News.
    Original Air Date: April 2, 2015
    British Foreign Secretary Hammond, U.S. Secretary of State Kerry, EU High Rep for Foreign Affairs Mogherini and Iranian Foreign Minister Zarif are seen after nuclear talks in Lausanne
  • Kenyan security forces end al-Shabab siege that killed 147
    Gunmen stormed Garissa University College in Kenya at dawn, firing at random and killing a total of 147. Survivors said Christians were targeted, some taken as hostages and others murdered on the spot. The day-long siege finally ended when security forces killed the attackers and freed the remaining captives. Somali-based Islamic militant group al-Shabab claimed responsibility. Gwen Ifill reports.
    Original Air Date: April 2, 2015
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  • Why Cadbury-lovers are bitter about their favorite sweets
    The Easter holiday brings in the largest share of seasonal candy sales in the U.S. -- more than $2.3 billion last year. A mainstay of American Easter baskets, Cadbury is a British company that is licensed in the U.S. by another candy giant, Hershey’s. Economics correspondent Paul Solman reports on why imports of the British versions of Cadbury candies were stopped with a lawsuit earlier this year.
    Original Air Date: April 2, 2015
  • Faith, politics, money converge in Religious Freedom debate
    After the uproar over Indiana’s Religious Freedom act, lawmakers in that state and Arkansas worked to revise or create new legislation to prove the laws do not allow discrimination. Gwen Ifill talks to Pastor Tim Overton of Halteman Village Baptist Church, Micheline Maynard of Arizona State University and Ron Brownstein of National Journal about the crossroads of business, religion and politics.
    Original Air Date: April 2, 2015
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Wednesday, April 1, 2015

  • PBS NewsHour full episode April 1, 2015
    Wednesday on the NewsHour, the Justice Department indicts Sen. Bob Menendez for corruption. Also: Negotiations over Iran’s nuclear program extend for a second day, first-ever mandatory water restrictions in California, debating the right to die in Canada, Atlanta educators convicted of racketeering, who’s being left out of academic initiatives and exploring dark corners of the American dream.
    Original Air Date: April 1, 2015
    Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ) exits the podium after speaking to the media during a news  conference in Newark, New Jersey, April 1, 2015. Menendez said on Wednesday he was outraged at the U.S. Justice Department's move to indict him on corruption charges and vowed "he will be vindicated." REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz      TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY      - RTR4VT5E
  • Writer T.C Boyle examines complexity of American violence
    In “The Harder They Come,” T.C. Boyle explores American violence with a story inspired by a real killer. Boyle sits down with Jeffrey Brown to talk about his 15th novel, his writing process and his early influences.
    Original Air Date: April 1, 2015
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  • California announces mandatory restrictions to curb drought
    Suffering a severe and long-lasting drought, California Gov. Jerry Brown ordered new and historic restrictions designed to reduce water use by 25 percent through 2016. The restrictions would affect water use for landscaping and lawns, farming, golf courses and more. Brown joins Hari Sreenivasan to discuss the unprecedented emergency measures and how it may have an impact beyond his state.
    Original Air Date: April 1, 2015
    Statewide Drought Takes Toll On California's Lake Oroville Water Level
  • Is an initiative that helps boys of color leaving girls out?
    One year ago, President Obama announced an initiative called My Brother's Keeper to support literacy, jobs programs and criminal justice reforms for boys of color. But some have called out the program for not including young women of color in its mission. The Newshour’s April Brown reports.
    Original Air Date: April 1, 2015
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  • How cheating on standardized tests can be a criminal act
    In Atlanta, 11 former public school teachers, principals and administrators were convicted of racketeering charges for cheating on standardized tests for financial rewards and bonuses. An investigation had found systematic cheating in more than 40 schools. Judy Woodruff learns more from Kevin Riley of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
    Original Air Date: April 1, 2015
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  • Canada grapples with how to govern a patient’s right to die
    In March, Canada's Supreme Court ruled unanimously that all Canadians have a constitutional right to have doctors help them die. Special correspondent John Larson reports from British Columbia on how doctors, patients and politicians are grappling with how to set rules and eligibility in the next year.
    Original Air Date: April 1, 2015
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  • Is the nuclear deal ‘too big to fail’ for U.S. and Iran?
    No deal was reached over Iran’s nuclear program on Wednesday, but talks seemed to be headed into yet another day, with Iran and the U.S. each indicating it’s up to the other to bridge the gap. Gwen Ifill gets an update on the negotiations from Indira Lakshmanan of Bloomberg News.
    Original Air Date: April 1, 2015
    US Secretary of State Kerry checks his watch outside the Beau Rivage Palace Hotel in a break during Iran nuclear program talks in Lausanne
  • DOJ: Menendez traded political favors for patron's gifts
    Sen. Bob Menendez, D-N.J., was indicted late Wednesday by the Justice Department on federal bribery charges. Gwen Ifill talks to Matt Apuzzo of The New York Times about the allegations that Menendez turned his Capitol Hill office into a criminal enterprise.
    Original Air Date: April 1, 2015
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  • News Wrap: Philippines bombing terrorist dead, confirms FBI
    In our news wrap Wednesday, the FBI confirmed that one of its most wanted terrorists was killed in the Philippines in January. Zulkifli Bin Hir was a leader of a militant group linked to al-Qaida. Also, President Obama signed off on a new way to hit back at foreign hackers. A new executive order imposes sanctions for stealing trade secrets or damaging computer systems.
    Original Air Date: April 1, 2015

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

  • 12-year-olds talk about bullies, jealousy and zombies
    In our NewsHour Shares video of the day, public radio station WNYC produced a series on what it’s like to be a 12-year-old, with some honest thoughts from more than 100 kids.
    Original Air Date: March 31, 2015
  • PBS NewsHour full episode March 31, 2015
    Tuesday on the NewsHour, a new law in Indiana that claims to protect religious liberty sparks protest by gay rights groups and business leaders. Also: A new president for Nigeria, what makes a pilot fit to fly, how to amp up your brain activity, NPR’s Scott Simon chronicles his mother’s last days and using music to fight discrimination in Mali.
    Original Air Date: March 31, 2015
    Officials wait for a meeting with officials from P5+1, the European Union and Iran at the Beau Rivage Palace Hotel in Lausanne
  • Scott Simon on sharing his mother’s death with Twitter
    Scott Simon is known as the voice of NPR’s Weekend Edition Saturday, but he also gained an audience when he used Twitter to document his mother’s final days. His 140-character observances of the life and death of his mother led to a new book, “Unforgettable: A Son, A Mother and the Lessons of a Lifetime.” Simon joins Gwen Ifill for a conversation.
    Original Air Date: March 31, 2015
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  • How a gentle electrical jolt can focus the sluggish mind
    Need a coffee to get going in the morning? A jolt of electrical current could be more stimulating. Lighting up the brain with small amounts of electricity can dramatically improve mental focus, researchers have found. Science correspondent Miles O’Brien gets wired up to explore the potential uses.
    Original Air Date: March 31, 2015
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  • Why Nigeria voted for new leadership
    Nigeria elected Muhammadu Buhari as their next president, unseating incumbent Goodluck Jonathan. What does the new leader bring to Africa’s richest and most populous nation? Jeffrey Brown talks to Nii Akuetteh of the African Immigrant Caucus about the nation’s fight against the militant group Boko Haram and for relations with the U.S.
    Original Air Date: March 31, 2015