November 2013

PBS Newshour: 'Many Rivers to Cross' brings African-American history up to current day

In "Many Rivers to Cross," Henry Louis Gates Jr. recounts 500 years of African-American history in a six-part series for PBS. Gwen Ifill sits down with Gates, a Harvard University professor, to discuss the journey of black Americans who created hope and persistence in the face of brutal discrimination.

PBS Newshour: How much discretion does Obama have in setting deportation priorities?

While immigration reform currently seems politically out of reach, hundreds of thousands of undocumented residents are still being deported. Gwen Ifill gets viewpoints on the debate over deportation from Marielena Hincapié of the National Immigration Law Center and David Martin of the University of Virginia School of Law.

PBS Newshour: Mideast relations is major factor in difficult Iran nuclear negotiations to come

The interim deal could be a first step in striking a longer-term diplomatic agreement on Iran's nuclear program. What difficulties might stand in the way? Gwen Ifill talks to former State Department official Nicholas Burns and Walter Russell Mead of Bard College.

PBS Newshour: Iran huddles with EU representative to begin ironing out nuclear talks details

Substantive talks are underway about Iran's nuclear program in Geneva, but only between EU/UN co-chair Catherine Ashton and Iran's foreign minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, reportedly at Iran's insistence. Gwen Ifill talks to Margaret Warner, reporting from Geneva, about urgent pressures and outstanding points of contention.

PBS Newshour: Aid reaches remote parts of Philippines, but hardest challenge remains ahead

As an island nation, the Philippines presents a geographical challenge to typhoon relief efforts, but aid has finally started to arrive in some of the most remote regions. Gwen Ifill talks to Nancy Lindborg of the U.S. Agency for International Development about the challenge ahead in helping survivors rebuild their lives.

PBS Newshour: Is the judicial confirmation impasse impacting American justice?

In recent weeks, three of President Obama's nominees to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit have failed to pass the Senate. Gwen Ifill gets views on the impact of the standoff from Caroline Fredrickson of the American Constitution Society for Law and Policy and Carrie Severino of the Judicial Crisis Network.

PBS Newshour: Will JPMorgan's record settlement set incentive for better bank behavior?

JP Morgan Chase agreed to pay a record $13 billion in fines and compensation to investors and struggling homeowners. The nation's largest bank admitted it misrepresented mortgage-backed securities that collapsed in 2008. Gwen Ifill gets reaction from Lynn Stout of Cornell University and banking consultant Bert Ely.

PBS Newshour: Timing of widespread wave of strong storms in the Midwest is 'very unusual'

The string of storms that devastated the Midwest over the weekend was very rare for the timing, both time of year and time of day. Gwen Ifill talks to Howard Bluestein of the University of Oklahoma about the special conditions that triggered the deadly tornadoes.

PBS Newshour: House members debate Obama's proposed fix to insurance cancellations

President Obama's idea to temporarily lessen the blow for Americans whose existing insurance policies were canceled has garnered mixed reviews on Capitol Hill. Gwen Ifill gets reaction from Rep. Jan Schakowsky, D-Ill., and Rep. James Lankford, R-Okla.

PBS Newshour: Storm debris continues to be obstacle to typhoon relief efforts

Relief supplies have been slow to reach typhoon victims due to physical obstacles slowing down delivery. The lack of aid and growing desperation have led to a "breakdown of peace and order" in the hardest hit regions. Gwen Ifill talks to Richard Gordon of the Philippine Red Cross about the challenges.