October 2011

PBS NewsHour: Obama's Student Loan Relief Plan

President Obama outlined a plan to speed up help for millions of Americans struggling with the cost of higher education. Gwen Ifill discusses the president's effort to ease the burden of student loans with "Generation Debt" author Anya Kamenetz and Jeff Selingo of the Chronicle of Higher Education.

PBS NewsHour: Arab Spring Update: Tunisia, Libya and Syria

Part 1: Tunisia, the birthplace of the Arab spring, held its first truly democratic vote this weekend. Their Libyan neighbors continued to celebrate the death of Moammar Gadhafi, though more questions about his death continue. Meanwhile, there was no end in sight to the uprising in Syria against President Bashar al Assad.

PBS NewsHour: Looking Back at Gadhafi's Brutal, Sometimes Bizarre 42-Year Reign

Moammar Gadhafi, killed by rebel forces on Thursday, had been hunted by rebels since the Arab Spring began in Libya in February. Gwen Ifill reports on how the dictator came to power, his 42-year rule and his mostly contentious relationship with the U.S.

PBS NewsHour: Heavyweights Romney, Perry Spar in Latest Debate; 9-9-9 Plan Draws More Scrutiny

The clashes came early and often Tuesday night as seven Republican presidential contenders squared off in Las Vegas. Gwen Ifill recaps the eighth GOP debate and checks the accuracy of candidate statements with Political Editor David Chalian and Glenn Kessler of The Washington Post.

PBS NewsHour: Shalit Freed in Prisoner Swap, But Hamas' Armed Wing Signals More Struggles

Soldier Gilad Shalit arrived back in Israeli custody Tuesday after being held for more than five years in the Gaza Strip. Gwen Ifill reports on the 1000-for-one prisoner exchange between Israel and Hamas.

PBS NewsHour: Obama, Civil Rights Leaders Formally Dedicate MLK Memorial

 Tens of thousands of people gathered Sunday in Washington to formally dedicate the National Mall's newest destination, a memorial honoring the life of civil rights activist Martin Luther King Jr. Gwen Ifill reports.

PBS NewsHour: Ohio Voters Weigh Repeal of Controversial Collective-Bargaining Law

Gwen reports on the controversial and closely watched ISSUE 2 state ballot initiative in Ohio which calls for reforms in state spending. It's strongly supported by Republican Governor John Kasich but opposed by unions and public sector workers.

PBS NewsHour: Cain's 9-9-9 Plan, 'Romneycare' Scrutinized at Dartmouth Debate

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and former Godfather's Pizza chief executive Herman Cain took center stage at the Republican primary debate at Dartmouth College on Tuesday night. Gwen Ifill and Political Editor David Chalian recap the debate.

PBS NewsHour: 'Underwear Bomber' Trial Opens in Detroit

Opening arguments were heard Tuesday in a Detroit courtroom in the trial against Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, the Nigerian man known as the "underwear bomber" who stands accused of trying to blow up an American airplane on Christmas Day 2009. Gwen Ifill reports.

PBS NewsHour: Anita Hill Reflects on 20 Years Since Clarence Thomas Hearings

Twenty years ago, Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas' Senate confirmation process sparked a national debate about sexual harassment when Anita Hill, his former special assistant, accused him of inappropriate behavior. Gwen Ifill and Hill discuss her new book, "Reimagining Equality: Stories of Gender, Race and Finding Home."