July 2014

PBS Newshour: How will new NCAA head injury guidelines affect college athletes?

The National Collegiate Athletic Association agreed to settle a number of cases brought in a class-action head injury lawsuit. The proposed settlement, which must still be approved by a federal judge, would create a $70 million fund for concussion testing and diagnosis of current and former athletes. Gwen Ifill talks to Rachel Axon of USA TODAY Sports about some lingering questions about the deal.

PBS Newshour: Faced with challenging Ebola outbreak, medical workers use education to combat fear

The Ebola outbreak in West Africa has killed more than 670 people and spread to four countries. Among those now infected are two American aid workers and the lead Ebola doctor in Sierra Leone. Gwen Ifill interviews Dr. Estrella Lasry of Doctors Without Borders about factors, including fear and hostility, that are hindering efforts to stop the outbreak.

PBS Newshour: What’s making Mideast violence seem intractable

Why is it proving so difficult to halt the current conflict between Hamas and Israel? Gwen Ifill gets debate from Robert Satloff of The Washington Institute for Near East Policy and foreign policy analyst and writer Mark Perry on the sticking points standing in the way of peace and what each side has to lose — or gain.

PBS Newshour: Caroline Kennedy on why this is a critical time for U.S. and Japan

U.S. Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy was greeted warmly when she arrived in Tokyo last year. But the region, overshadowed by conflicts in the rest of the world, is facing troubles. Gwen Ifill sat down with Kennedy to discuss ongoing territorial disputes with China, the status of the President Obama’s pivot to Asia and the existential threat of nuclear weapons in North Korea.

PBS Newshour: Kerry resumes attempts to broker Mideast cease-fire, both sides mourn losses

Secretary of State John Kerry met with with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in hopes of working toward an end to hostilities. Hundreds of Palestinians fled strikes in a southern Gaza town, while a new Hamas rocket threat caused more airlines to cancel flights into Israel. Gwen Ifill reports.

PBS Newshour: Will conflicting federal health care law rulings head to the Supreme Court?

The federal court of appeals based in Washington ruled that the Affordable Care Act does not allow policyholders who get insurance through the federal exchange to qualify for subsidies. A separate ruling, issued hours later by a federal appeals court in Virginia, said federal exchanges policies do qualify. Gwen Ifill talks to Julie Rovner of Kaiser Health News and Tom Goldstein of SCOTUSblog.com.

PBS Newshour: Economic fragility, energy on the line for EU countries considering tougher Russia penalties

What is the chance Europe will form a united front when it comes to imposing further sanctions against Russia? Gwen Ifill joins Heather Conley of the Center for Strategic & International Studies about hesitation within the European Union to level tougher penalties, as well as why Europe has the power to change Russian President Putin’s calibrations.

PBS Newshour: Expansion of My Brother’s Keeper initiative aims to end ‘schoolhouse to jailhouse pipeline’

The White House announced a $100 million expansion to a program aimed at improving life chances for young men of color. Sixty of the country’s school systems, mayors, corporations and nonprofits all pledged to support My Brother’s Keeper. John Deasy, superintendent of the Los Angeles Unified School District, and David Williams, CEO of Deloitte Financial Advisory Services, join Gwen Ifill.

PBS Newshour: Will the MH17 disaster cause Putin to change course in Ukraine?

Since the tragedy of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, a tenuous U.S.-Russia relationship has deteriorated even further. Will international pressure force Russian President Vladimir Putin to promote a cease-fire in Ukraine? Gwen Ifill sits down with Stephen Sestanovich, former U.S. ambassador-at-large for the former Soviet Union, and Eugene Rumer, a former national intelligence officer for Russia.

PBS Newshour: What kind of missile could have downed the Malaysian plane?

How safe was it for a Malaysia Airlines plane to be flying in airspace over conflict-torn Eastern Ukraine? Gwen Ifill talks to former intelligence official Charles Duelfer and Jim Hall, former chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board, about potential geo-political reverberations and what will help investigators piece together what happened.