May 2013

PBS Newshour: What Bridge Collapse in Wash. State Says About Health of U.S. Infrastructure

The collapse of a bridge on Washington state's Interstate-5 has refocused the nation's attention on the state of its ailing transportation infrastructure. Gwen Ifill discusses the deficiencies and potential solutions with Casey Dinges of the American Society of Civil Engineers and infrastructure analyst Dan McNichol.

 

PBS Newshour: From Oval Office to Disaster Site, Presidents Offer Compassion After Catastrophe

In recent months, President Barack Obama has comforted Newtown families, memorialized Boston bombing victims and toured Oklahoma tornado destruction. Presidential historian Michael Beschloss and Alexis Simendinger of Real Clear Politics analyze with Gwen Ifill the role of presidents during times of national distress and tragedy.

 

PBS Newshour: Netflix's New 'Development' for Streaming Entertainment

There's money in the banana stand, but what about streaming entertainment? Gwen Ifill talks with producer Brian Grazer and Tampa Bay Times Eric Deggans on how traditional TV shows are showing up on online-only venues, including cult favorite "Arrested Development," which is getting a new life and a new season on Netflix for the first time since the sitcom's 2006 cancellation.

PBS Newshour: A Big Step Towards Comprehensive Immigration Reform

The Senate Judiciary Committee approved the advance of the immigration reform bill. One provision that didn't make the cut would have extended protection to same-sex immigrant couples. For more on the plan and the debate, Gwen Ifill talks with USA Today's Alan Gomez.

 

PBS Newshour: How Far Should Government Go in Investigation of Leaks?

Three former Justice Department officials wrote a New York Times op-ed defending the subpoena of Associated Press reporters' phone records. Gwen Ifill talks with First Amendment lawyer Floyd Abrams and Michael Mukasey, former U.S. attorney general, about whether the department overreached its authority in its investigations.

 

PBS Newshour: Republicans Demand Action, Jail Time for Those Responsible for IRS Scandal

Republicans stepped up demands for action against the IRS for targeting conservative political groups, the day after the Treasury Department released a report saying the IRS used inappropriate criteria in assessing tax-exempt status. Gwen Ifill reports on Attorney General Eric Holder's testimony in a House Judiciary hearing.

PBS Newshour: Three College Friends of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Arrested for Roles After the Bombing

Three men who attended college with Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev were arrested and charged with disposing of evidence and lying to authorities. Gwen Ifill talks with Dina Temple-Raston, NPR's counterterrorism correspondent, about the charges and the men's friendship.

 

PBS Newshour: President Obama Renews Pledge to Close Guantanamo Detention Center

In a White House news conference, President Barack Obama renewed a pledge to close the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba, where more than half of the prisoners have recently been on hunger strike to protest their legal limbo. Gwen Ifill talks to Charlie Savage of The New York Times.