September 2011

PBS NewsHour: Source of Deadly Listeria in Contaminated Cantaloupes Still Unknown

The Centers for Disease Control and the Food and Drug Administration said Wednesday that at least 13 people have died so far from listeria found in contaminated cantaloupes. Gwen Ifill discusses the deadliest outbreak of foodborne disease in more than a decade with the CDC's director, Dr. Thomas Frieden.

PBS NewsHour: Cities Hit Hard by Slump, Adding to Cloudy Economic Picture

As the nation's economic woes mount, evidence of continuing trouble can be found in city revenues, the housing market and high unemployment rates. Gwen Ifill discusses the big picture with Patchwork Nation Director Dante Chinni, Howard Wial of the Brookings Institution and Christopher Hoene of the National League of Cities.

PBS NewsHour: Denzel Washington on Dropouts: 'Most Dangerous Time' for Kids Right After School

In the first installment of an 18-month series on the nation's high school dropout rate, Gwen Ifill sits down with Academy Award-winning actor Denzel Washington to discuss his work as national spokesman for the Boys & Girls Clubs of America and making a difference in the lives of at-risk youth.

PBS NewsHour: Troy Davis Case in Georgia Rekindles Debate Over Death Penalty

A parole board in Georgia has rejected clemency for inmate Troy Davis, who is slated to be executed Wednesday. Uproar over the case has revived questions about how the death penalty is applied. Gwen Ifill talks to The Heritage Foundation's Charles Stimson and Vincent Southerland of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund.

PBS NewsHour: Obama's Deficit Plan Hits Opposition on Hill, But Frames 2012 Fight

President Obama on Monday called for $1.5 trillion in new taxes aimed at wealthy Americans as part of a plan to reduce the deficit by $3 trillion over 10 years. Gwen Ifill discusses the proposal with Phillip Swagel of the American Enterprise Institute and Robert Greenstein of the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.

PBS NewsHour: Political Checklist: GOP Calls Obama's Deficit-Reduction Plan 'Class Warfare'

President Obama on Monday unveiled his new recommendations to the Joint Select Committee on deficit reduction -- a $3 trillion, 10-year package that would increase taxes on the wealthy and make some changes to entitlement programs. President Obama also said he would veto any plan that comes from the committee, also known as the super committee, that does not include tax increases as part of the deficit-reduction formula.

Gwen Ifill and David Chalian sort out the politics behind what is likely to be among the major campaign issues in 2012: jobs, spending and the economy. Gwen and David also take a look at Florida's importance in the GOP primary as well as the general election. The Republican candidates will face off in another debate this week in Orlando.

PBS NewsHour: Can Obama, Democrats Overcome Economic Issue in 2012?

September 14, 2011

Democrats lost two House races Tuesday when Republicans won special elections in New York City and Nevada. Gwen Ifill discusses what the results -- and some new polling -- mean with New York One's Errol Louis and NewsHour Political Editor David Chalian.

PBS NewsHour: Terror Network Behind 'Unprecedented,' Coordinated Kabul Attacks

September 14, 2011

The U.S. Embassy and NATO headquarters were among the targets of Taliban fighters who infiltrated Afghanistan's capital on Tuesday. Gwen Ifill gets the latest on the deadly attacks from Patrick Quinn, The Associated Press's Kabul bureau chief.

PBS NewsHour: Would President Obama's Plan Create 'Right Kind' of U.S. Jobs?

September 13, 2011

Flanked by workers in industries he says would be helped by his jobs plan, President Obama announced Monday that he was sending his American Jobs Act to Congress. Gwen Ifill discusses the plan's scope and expected effectiveness with Dartmouth College's Matthew Slaughter and the University of California, Berkeley's Robert Reich.

PBS NewsHour: Decade of War Takes Major Physical, Mental Toll on U.S. Troops, Families

September 11, 2001

Millions of Americans have served in the all-volunteer military since 9/11, with many repeatedly returning to the battlefield. Gwen Ifill reports on how this past decade of war has led to increased stress on America's troops and their families, and how today's uniformed warriors are coping with previously unimagined challenges.