February 2013

PBS Newshour: Civil Rights Icon Rosa Parks Immortalized With Statue at U.S. Capitol

A statue of civil rights icon Rosa Parks was unveiled in the U.S. Capitol's Statuary Hall. Parks was the first woman and only the second African-American to lie in state in the rotunda after she died in 2005. Gwen Ifill reports on the ceremony.


PBS Newshour: Fed Chair Bernanke Warns Lawmakers Sequester Could Slow Economic Recovery

Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke warned Congress that the automatic spending cuts slated to take effect Friday could put a drag on economic growth. Gwen Ifill talks to economist Nariman Behravesh about whether political paralysis will affect the economy and how consumers are shrugging off Washington dysfunction.

PBS Newshour: Justice Sotomayor Talks Life Before and on the Bench in 'My Beloved World'

Justice Sonia Sotomayor is the first Hispanic justice -- and one of the youngest ever -- to serve on the Supreme Court. Her new memoir, "My Beloved World," talks about her early life and difficult childhood. Justice Sotomayor talks with Gwen Ifill about her adjustment to "the bench" and the importance of an open mind.


PBS Newshour: Supreme Court Case on Monsanto Seeds Tests Limitations of Patent Law

A suit between biotech giant Monsanto and an Indiana farmer has reached the high court. Gwen Ifill dissects the case with Marcia Coyle of the National Law Journal. Ray Suarez discusses broader implications with Bert Foer of the American Antitrust Institute and Todd Dickinson of the American Intellectual Property Law Association.


PBS Newshour: After Newtown, Gun Control Debate Spurs Political Action Across the Nation

PBS Newshour: Known for Single Act of Defiance, Rosa Parks Trained for Life Full of Activism

What do you really know about the life and legacy of civil rights pioneer Rosa Parks? Gwen Ifill talks with biographer Jeanne Theoharis, whose book "The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks" offers a complex portrait of the woman best known for refusing to give up her seat on an Alabama bus in 1955.

PBS Newshour: Cabinet Shuffle: Obama Taps REI Executive Sally Jewell for Interior Secretary

President Obama named Recreational Equipment Inc. executive Sally Jewell to replace Ken Salazar as Secretary of the Interior. Gwen Ifill talks to National Journal's Coral Davenport, Greg Ip of The Economist and Julie Rovner from NPR about the appointment and remaining Cabinet vacancies at the start of the president's new term.


PBS Newshour: Justice Department Justifies Killing Americans Abroad With Links to al-Qaida

An internal Justice Department memo has been revealed that outlines a legal justification for the U.S. government to target and kill American citizens abroad who present an imminent threat to national security. Attorney General Eric Holder and White House Press Secretary Jay Carney both came out to defend the rationale for killing Americans overseas, but civil liberties groups question whether the statements in the memo constitute government overreach.

PBS Newshour: President Obama Begins Campaign to Push for Gun Control

President Obama visited Minneapolis to launch a push for tighter gun control. Gwen Ifill talks to Philadelphia police commissioner Charles Ramsey and Bruce Hartman, sheriff of Gilpin County, Colo., about the differences of gun cultures in rural and urban settings and protecting citizens from crime while protecting their rights.


PBS Newshour: Medieval Mystery Solved: What Became of King Richard III's Remains

Asha Tanna of Independent Television News reports on a big archaeological find that appears to have solved a 500-year mystery. Using carbon dating and mitochondrial DNA testing, researchers say they have conclusively found and identified the final remains of King Richard III in Leicester, England.