November 2013

PBS Newshour: Why the Strongest Storms are Getting Stronger

The sheer deadly power of the Philippines typhoon has cast a fresh spotlight on the question, are storms getting stronger as the planet gets warmer? To examine the science of super storms, Gwen Ifill talks to Kevin Trenberth of the National Center for Atmospheric Research and Jeff Masters of Weather Underground.

PBS Newshour: Dick Cheney reflects on how medical care kept him active despite heart disease

From his first heart attack at age 37 to a full transplant in 2012, Dick Cheney says he's proud to have lived an active life despite battling heart disease. Gwen Ifill sits down with the former vice president, author of "Heart: An American Medical Odyssey," to discuss how his health concerns affected his time in office.


PBS Newshour: Typhoon survivors 'growingly desperate' as incapacitated areas await relief

In some of the Philippines' most devastated regions, survivors of Typhoon Haiyan are returning to flattened communities with no food, water or sanitation, as officials struggle to provide relief. Angus Walker of Independent Television News reports from the city of Tacloban. Lynnette Lim of Save The Children joins Gwen Ifill.

PBS Newshour: Why did the Iran nuclear talks fall apart despite signs of hope?

Talks to negotiate Iran's nuclear program stalled over the weekend when world powers failed to strike an interim agreement. Gwen Ifill talks to chief foreign correspondent Margaret Warner about whether hope for a deal is dead or alive and next goals for Secretary of State John Kerry.

PBS Newshour: Urban politics shift with fresh faces elected mayor in America's largest cities

Bill de Blasio, Mike Duggan and Marty Walsh won mayoral elections in New York, Detroit and Boston, for their pragmatic campaign approaches. Gwen Ifill talks to Brookings Institution' Bruce Katz and Atlantic Cities' Emily Badger about how these new mayors will tackle economic and unemployment challenges in their cities.

PBS Newshour: Will M23 step-down set the stage for peace among armed groups in the Congo?

The M-23 rebel group announced Tuesday it is putting down its arms after 20 months of insurgency against the government in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. For more on what this means for the future of the Congo and the other armed groups there, Gwen Ifill talks to Jon Sawyer of the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting.

PBS Newshour: How a ruling on toxic revenge could change the way treaties are enforced

The Supreme Court heard a tabloid-worthy tale Tuesday of a love triangle and ensuing poisonous revenge plot. But what consequences will this case have on the federal government's ability to enforce the Chemical Weapons Convention and other international treaties? Gwen Ifill speaks with Marcia Coyle of the National Law Journal.

PBS Newshour: How Effective was Kerry's Mending Mission to Egypt and Saudi Arabia?

It was a dramatic day in court for former Egyptian leader Mohammed Morsi. Gwen Ifill speaks to McClatchy's Nancy Youssef who was on the scene inside the courtroom. Then Margaret Warner offers analysis on the Secretary of State John Kerry's attempt to mend strained relations with longtime allies Egypt and Saudi Arabia.

PBS Newshour: NSA 'taking full advantage' of spying laws to tap into Yahoo, Google traffic

Documents leaked by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden claim the NSA and its British counterpart tapped fiber-optic cables connected to Google and Yahoo data centers, gaining access to metadata from user accounts. Gwen Ifill talks to The Washington Post's Barton Gellman about the legality of the NSA alleged actions.