PBS NewsHour - Season 2007

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  • 12.31.07 Broadcast
    12.31.07 Broadcast
    Episode 12.31.07
    NewsHour Senior Correspondent Judy Woodruff reports from Des Moines, Iowa on preparations for Thursday's primary presidential caucus. The NewsHour talks to philanthropy experts about accountability for charities as the year comes to an end. The NewsHour talks to democracy and election experts about the continuing violent elections in Kenya. As part of the NewsHour Poetry Series, poet John Ashbery shares some of his work and talks about his lifetime of achievements.moreless
  • 12.28.07 Broadcast
    12.28.07 Broadcast
    Episode 12.28.07
    Experts examine the ramifications of Benazir Bhutto's death on the future for Pakistani-U.S. relations. Analysts Mark Shields and David Brooks discuss the impending Iowa caucuses and events of the week. In the second of a two part series, NewsHour economic correspondent Paul Solman continues his investigation into the safety of toys sold in the U.S. A silent tribute to U.S. soldiers killed in Iraq and Afghanistan.moreless
  • 12.27.07 Broadcast
    12.27.07 Broadcast
    Episode 12.27.07
    A reporter in Pakistan details the events leading to the assassination and the reaction on the Pakistani streets. In a NewsHour interview, Pakistan's Ambassador Mahmud Ali Durrani blamed the death of former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto on Islamic extremists. Pakistan experts and former colleagues of the late prime minister reflect on her political career, including her election as the youngest and first female Pakistan prime minister in 1988. Regional experts examine what the death of former Pakistan Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto may mean for Pakistan's political future.moreless
  • 12.25.07 Broadcast
    12.25.07 Broadcast
    Episode 12.25.07
    In a series of forums, presidential candidates debated ways to improve the nation's health care system. Intel, the world's largest maker of computer chips, is working on a new chip with the capabilities of a super computer. Paul Solman talks with four graduate students at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government for their take on globalization. The NewsHour talks to Harvard Professor and Pastor Peter Gomes about his new book, 'The Scandalous Gospel of Jesus.'moreless
  • 12.24.07 Broadcast
    12.24.07 Broadcast
    Episode 12.24.07
    In the first of a series of conversations about the consequences of globalization, Paul Solman talks to Farooq Kathwari, Ethan-Allen Interiors Inc. Residents of Greenland's west coast say they are feeling the effects of rising sea levels. The NewsHour discusses religion's role in politics with several political and religious scholars.
  • 12.19.07 Broadcast
    12.19.07 Broadcast
    Episode 12.19.07
    Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., discusses legislative battles on Capitol Hill over spending and energy legislation. Elizabeth Brackett reports on what's being done to help ease the critical shortage of supplies at food banks across the country this holiday season. Time magazine named Russian President Vladimir Putin its "Person of the Year" Wednesday -- the latest sign of Putin's influence.moreless
  • 12.18.07 Broadcast
    12.18.07 Broadcast
    Episode 12.18.07
    The House passed an energy bill on Tuesday that sets more demanding fuel efficiency standards for automobiles and calls for increased production of ethanol. Lee Hochberg provides an update on the battle between biologists and loggers over the northern Spotted Owl. After a reporter examines U.S.-Turkish military cooperation, experts consider the background behind the cross-border tensions.moreless
  • 12.17.07 Broadcast
    12.17.07 Broadcast
    Episode 12.17.07
    Several candidates picked up endorsements, with Sens. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., and John McCain, R-Ariz., earning nods from Iowa's top newspaper. The FCC will vote Tuesday on whether media companies should be permitted to own both a newspaper and broadcast station in the same market. A U.S. climate negotiator and a climate analyst assess the results of the U.N. climate change conference in Bali, which were described as contentious and emotional.moreless
  • 12.14.07 Broadcast
    12.14.07 Broadcast
    Episode 12.14.07
    Analysts Mark Shields and David Brooks discuss the Democratic campaigns, the use of steroids in professional baseball and other news of the week. Two sportswriters discuss the recent revelation of widespread steroid use in the big leagues. Jeffrey Brown explains the NewsHour's switch to the higher definition 'HD' Format.
  • 12.13.07 Broadcast
    12.13.07 Broadcast
    Episode 12.13.07
    A report released Thursday by former Sen. George Mitchell on the use of performance-enhancing drugs in pro baseball named many of the game's top athletes. In their last debate before the Iowa Caucus on Jan. 3, the Democratic presidential candidates outlined their policies on education and tax reform.
  • 12.12.07 Broadcast
    12.12.07 Broadcast
    Episode 12.12.07
    The U.S. Sentencing Commission, which sets guidelines for federal prison sentences, voted this week to make its recently enacted reduction in sentences for crack cocaine offenses retroactive, making more than 19,000 inmates eligible to petition for sentence reductions. Legal experts examine the sentencing shift and the potential impact on the criminal justice system.moreless
  • 12.11.07 Broadcast
    12.11.07 Broadcast
    Episode 12.11.07
    Experimental vaccine works to combat mosquito-borne malaria in developing countries. Analysts discuss Harvard's recent decision to reduce tuition rates for students from middle and upper income families. Russian presidential candidate called for Vladimir Putin to return as prime minister.
  • 12.10.07 Broadcast
    12.10.07 Broadcast
    Episode 12.10.07
    Over the weekend, Oprah endorsed Obama and Huckabee enjoyed further rises in polls. Political reporters offer analysis. An update on the strike by Hollywood film and television writers. NATO commander Gen. Dan McNeill discusses keeping the peace in Afghanistan.
  • 12.07.07 Broadcast
    12.07.07 Broadcast
    Episode 12.07.07
    Analysts Mark Shields and David Brooks discuss the news of the week, including the destruction of CIA interrogation videos and Mitt Romney's speech on faith. Job growth remained steady in the month of November despite problems in the housing and credit markets, the U.S. Labor Dept. announced Friday.
  • 12.06.07 Broadcast
    12.06.07 Broadcast
    Episode 12.06.07
    As home foreclosures reached a record high Thursday, President Bush announced a deal with mortgage lenders to freeze interest rates on some subprime mortgages due to move sharply higher soon. Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson discusses the details of the proposal. President Bush announced a deal with mortgage lenders to freeze interest rates on some subprime mortgages due to move sharply higher soon that he hopes would slow the rate of home foreclosures. Economic analysts assess the value of the proposal and U.S. subprime troubles. Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney confronted the issue of his Mormon faith in a speech Thursday, saying that as president he would "serve no religion." Newsweek editor Jon Meacham offers analysis of the role religion plays in politics.moreless
  • 12.05.07 Broadcast
    12.05.07 Broadcast
    Episode 12.05.07
    Deputy Secretary of State John Negroponte just returned from a trip to the Middle East where he urged Iraqi lawmakers to push through newly-crafted legislation. In an interview with Jim Lehrer, Negroponte discusses his trip to Iraq and a new intelligence report detailing the limits of Iran's nuclear weapons program.
  • 12.04.07 Broadcast
    12.04.07 Broadcast
    Episode 12.04.07
    A day after a new intelligence report found that Iran halted its nuclear weapons program in 2003, President Bush warned that Iran remains a threat and could restart its weapons program at any time. Two members of the Senate Intelligence Committee discuss the report and U.S. policy on Iran. President Bush tried to quell concerns over the recent housing slump and credit crunch Tuesday, saying "The basics in the economy are good." Two former treasury secretaries examine the state of the economy and whether the U.S. is facing a recession. Sweden has been a refuge for thousands of Iraqis displaced from the war - more than any country outside the Middle East. Fred de Sam Lazaro reports on how the country has handled the influx of refugees and what life is like for Iraqis in a new land.moreless
  • 12.03.07 Broadcast
    12.03.07 Broadcast
    Episode 12.03.07
    A U.S. National Intelligence Estimate report released Monday found that Iran stopped working on developing nuclear weapons in 2003, but that Tehran continues to enrich uranium and could still develop atomic arms in the future. Two intelligence experts discuss the findings and what they may mean for diplomatic relations between Iran and the U.S.moreless
  • 11.30.07 Broadcast
    11.30.07 Broadcast
    Episode 11.30.07
    The government released several new economic reports and Wall Street endured a roller coaster week of trading -- all of which served to underscore recent uncertainty about the state of the U.S. economy. Two finance reporters discuss the reports and other economic indicators. Republican candidates clashed over immigration issues in a heated debate this week, a U.S.-backed Mideast peace summit was held in Annapolis, Md., and Sen. Trent Lott, R-Miss., announced he would step down from a 35-year career in Congress by the year's end. Mark Shields and Rich Lowry offer analysis of the week in the news. As part of a U.S.-backed fight against HIV infection in Tanzania, student groups perform plays and stage other events in a bid to develop new techniques that will help prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS. Susan Dentzer examines these programs on the eve of World AIDS Day.moreless
  • 11.29.07 Broadcast
    11.29.07 Broadcast
    Episode 11.29.07
    After stepping down from his post as chief of the army, Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf was sworn in Thursday as a civilian leader and vowed to lift emergency rule on Dec. 16. A former State Department official and a Pakistani relations expert analyze the changes in Musharraf's government. In the second of a series of reports on America's response to globalization, Paul Solman reports on how some Midwestern manufacturers work to bridge the gap with foreign companies and fight to keep U.S. companies relevant in the changing global marketplace.moreless
  • 11.28.07 Broadcast
    11.28.07 Broadcast
    Episode 11.28.07
    The American Midwest manufacturing base, hit hard by globalization, is making new efforts to become competitive in the global market.Democratic presidential candidate Senator Chris Dodd, D-Conn., discusses his extensive political experience and the volatile state of the U.S. economy.
  • 11.26.07 Broadcast
    11.26.07 Broadcast
    Episode 11.26.07
    Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, along with leaders from Saudi Arabia, Syria and other countries, plan to discuss prospects for a Palestinian state and other Mideast issues at a peace summit Tuesday in Annapolis, Md. Middle East experts assess the prospects for the conference. Republican presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani traded barbs with rivals in New Hampshire this weekend as his camp turned a new focus on the early primary state. A Giuliani biographer and a political reporter look at the candidate's background and his campaign strategy. A test that measures cognitive impairment after a concussion is helping coaches and doctors realize that young athletes are sometimes sent back to the playing field too quickly after a head injury. Betty Ann Bowser reports on concussion treatment in student athletes.moreless
  • 11.23.07 Broadcast
    11.23.07 Broadcast
    Episode 11.23.07
    The Friday after Thanksgiving kicked off what most consider to be the beginning of the holiday shopping season, with retailers hoping for a robust consumer turnout. Financial analysts discuss how consumers' concerns over the housing slump and falling dollar may affect spending this holiday season. The Pakistani government denounced a move by the British Commonwealth suspending its membership and speculation continued over when President Gen. Pervez Musharraf will step down as army chief. Margaret Warner reports from Pakistan on public reaction to the turmoil. In the newest in a series of reports on reforming troubled school systems, John Merrow returns to New Orleans for an update on how the city's schools chief is faring in his attempts to enact change in a system still working to recover from Hurricane Katrina. With Iowa's Jan. 3 presidential caucus quickly approaching, new opinion polls show a tightening Democratic race and quickly changing Republican field. Analysts Mark Shields and David Brooks assess the latest news from the 2008 campaign trail and other news stories of the week.moreless
  • 11.21.07 Broadcast
    11.21.07 Broadcast
    Episode 11.21.07
    Amid congressional funding battles and veto showdowns with the White House, partisan power struggles appear to be as prevalent as ever in American politics. An expert panel examines the polarization divide and assesses how lawmakers might better bridge the partisan gap. Since Pakistan's President Gen. Pervez Musharraf declared emergency rule more than two weeks ago, Pakistan's media has been forced to cope with strict regulations and sporadic news blackouts. Margaret Warner reports from Pakistan on how the country's media is dealing with its new constraints. Cleanup is making headway in the aftermath of an oil spill in the San Francisco Bay but questions remain as to the nature of the ship collision that caused the spill, and the long term environmental impacts. Spencer Michels looks at the causes and effects of the spill. At the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, Professor Elizabeth Samet's upper level poetry seminar unearths the creative side of soldiers-in-training. Jeffrey Brown looks at Samet's use of poetry and her new book entitled "Soldier's Heart: Reading Literature Through Peace and War at West Point."moreless
  • 11.20.07 Broadcast
    11.20.07 Broadcast
    Episode 11.20.07
    Violence in Iraq is on the decline but sharp internal political divisions continue to hinder the Iraqi government and its efforts to make substantive legislative progress. Two Middle East experts discuss Iraq's political situation and how the government might break out of its stalemate. Scientists reported Tuesday that they had succeeded in making human skin cells mimic embroynic stem cells, potentially bypassing the ethical debate over embryonic stem cell use. A cell biologist discusses the research behind the advance. Powerful cell phones with Web and multimedia capabilities - dubbed "smart phones" - are part of a new generation of mobile phones earning a loyal following. Spencer Michels reports on smart phones and how top industry contenders plan to offer the technology. The U.S. Supreme Court set the stage for a major ruling on the Second Amendment Tuesday when it agreed to take a case weighing the constitutionality of a ban on handguns in Washington, D.C. Marcia Coyle of the National Law Journal details the significance of the case. Reporter Loretta Tofani spent fourteen months in China researching working conditions in Chinese factories. Tofani details her investigation and the risks some Chinese workers face in the manufacturing sector.moreless
  • 11.19.07 Broadcast
    11.19.07 Broadcast
    Episode 11.19.07
    A newly-appointed Pakistani Supreme Court quashed several legal challenges to President Gen. Pervez Musharraf's re-election Monday. Margaret Warner reports from Lahore, Pakistan, on how the conflict between activists and Musharraf's military government has impacted the country's civil society and fuels the political crisis. Aid agencies are rushing to assist Bangladesh in the aftermath of a cyclone that killed thousands and left millions homeless. Bangladesh's Ambassador to the United States and an international aid expert assess relief efforts. As part of a series of reports on how educators are attempting to reform urban schools, education correspondent John Merrow provides an update on the efforts of Washington D.C. school chancellor Michelle Rhee to turn around the city's troubled school system. The U.N. panel on climate change has issued a new report outlining troubling scenarios if greenhouse gas emissions are not reduced. The report will be the basis for U.N. climate talks in December. Michael Oppenheimer, a member of the panel, details the report.moreless
  • 11.16.07 Broadcast
    11.16.07 Broadcast
    Episode 11.16.07
    U.S. envoy John Negroponte traveled to Pakistan Friday carrying a renewed call for President Pervez Musharraf to end emergency rule. The move comes after opposition leader Benazir Bhutto's release from house arrest. Margaret Warner reports from Pakistan, where she spoke to Bhutto in her first interview since her detention began. Barry Bonds, who holds the all-time homerun record in baseball, was indicted on charges of perjury and obstruction of justice Thursday in connection with an investigation on steroid use in professional sports. An investigative sports journalist assesses the implications of Bonds' indictment. Democratic presidential hopefuls exchanged their most overt attacks yet in a Thursday night debate at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. In the last of the NewsHour's Big Picture reports from Las Vegas, a panel of Nevada voters discuss the debate and the 2008 election. Democratic candidates debated their policy views in heated exchanges in Thursday's Las Vegas debate and political turmoil engulfed Pakistan, straining its relations with the United States. Analysts Mark Shields and David Brooks look at the week's news.moreless
  • 11.15.07 Broadcast
    11.15.07 Broadcast
    Episode 11.15.07
    President Bush announced new plans Thursday to minimize air travel delays and improve airline security. Two reporters assess the latest developments in the travel industry. Oregon scientists announced the successful cloning of monkey embryos this week, a major breakthrough in the field of stem cell research. NewsHour Health correspondent Susan Dentzer details their findings. In the next Big Picture election report from Las Vegas, the NewsHour looks at how the Nevada city's recent population increase has strained school and health care systems and local residents and leaders discuss how the burden on social services is impacting their views on the 2008 election.moreless
  • 11.13.07 Broadcast
    11.13.07 Broadcast
    Episode 11.13.07
    Police in Pakistan halted an opposition protest Tuesday and confined its organizer, former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, to her home. Also on Tuesday, Bhutto called for President Pervez Musharraf to resign. Pakistan remains under emergency rule despite President Pervez Musharraf's pledge to hold parliamentary elections in January. A nuclear security analyst and a Pakistani physicist assess how the political turmoil will affect the security of Pakistan's nuclear program. For years, Las Vegas has been one of the fastest-growing cities in the country. In the latest Big Picture report, local business leaders discuss the role economic issues are playing in the 2008 presidential campaign.moreless
  • 11.12.07 Broadcast
    11.12.07 Broadcast
    Episode 11.12.07
    The U.S. military reported Monday that mortar and rocket attacks in Iraq have fallen to the lowest level in nearly two years. A journalist in Baghdad assesses the reduction in violence. Although Las Vegas is internationally known as an entertainment capital, job growth has spurred a population and development boom in the city. As part of the Big Picture election series, Ray Suarez looks at the changing demographics of the city's residents. In the first of its Big Picture election series, the NewsHour reports from Las Vegas, where immigration, economic growth and urban development are top voter concerns. After a look at the Las Vegas political scene, local columnist Jon Ralston discusses how voters are reacting to the state's early caucus schedule. Pulitzer Prize-winning author Norman Mailer, best known for his controversial novels during the Vietnam War, died on Saturday at the age of 84. Two authors examine Mailer's life and works.moreless
  • 11.09.07 Broadcast
    11.09.07 Broadcast
    Episode 11.09.07
    Pakistani police blanketed the site of a major anti-government protest rally Friday and barricaded opposition leader Benazir Bhutto inside her home to prevent her from joining the demonstration. Experts assess the latest developments in country's political crisis. As the 2008 presidential primary season draws closer, candidates are pouring money into television ads to court voters in key states. A political advertising analyst and an Iowa broadcaster discuss the ads and how much the campaigns are spending on them. The House passed a tax reform bill on Friday aimed at reducing the burden of the Alternative Minimum Tax for middle-class Americans. The bill would raise taxes on hedge-fund and private equity firm managers to offset lost revenue. Michael Mukasey was sworn in as Attorney General on Friday after a divided Senate confirmation vote and former New York police commissioner Bernard Kerik pleaded not guilty to charges of corruption. Analysts Mark Shields and David Brooks discuss the week's news.moreless
  • 11.08.07 Broadcast
    11.08.07 Broadcast
    Episode 11.08.07
    Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke on Thursday predicted "sluggish" U.S. economic growth after the dollar reached an all-time low against the euro and jittery investors kept close watch on surging oil prices. A business journalist and an economist offer analysis of the recent economic trends. Independent Television News reports on the emergence of new details on the extent and aftermath of a military crackdown on anti-government protests in Myanmar, the country formerly known as Burma. A House panel heard testimony Thursday on the controversial interrogation technique of waterboarding, which simulates the experience of drowning. A former Navy instructor and an intelligence expert discuss the legality and effectiveness of the procedure. American media organizations have increasingly relied on Iraqi reporters to get in and out of areas where foreign journalists might stand out or be easily targeted for kidnapping. Journalist Sahar Issa discusses her experiences as a reporter for McClatchy in Iraq.moreless
  • 11.07.07 Broadcast
    11.07.07 Broadcast
    Episode 11.07.07
    President Bush made a direct appeal to Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf to call new elections and bring his country's political crisis to an end. Following an update from Independent Television News, a Pakistani lawyer and Pakistan's ambassador to the United States discuss the issue. A U.S. program to curb AIDS in Africa is working to build the capacity of Rwanda's health care system by training doctors and equiping health facilities. Health correspondent Susan Dentzer continues a series of reports examining the impact of the American effort. Christian conservative leader Pat Robertson endorsed former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani Wednesday, while Sen. Sam Brownback, R-Kan., endorsed the bid of Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz. Two religious leaders assess the role of the conservative movement in the 2008 election. Scientists announced Tuesday that they had discovered a new planet orbiting the star 55 Cancri, 41 light years from Earth, making it the most crowded solar system identified outside of our own. Astronomer Geoff Marcy talks about the new planet find.moreless
  • 11.06.07 Broadcast
    11.06.07 Broadcast
    Episode 11.06.07
    The ousted chief justice of Pakistan's Supreme Court sought to rally lawyers Tuesday to continue street protests against President Pervez Musharraf's imposition of emergency rule. Regional experts discuss the pivotal role lawyers are playing in the protests and assess the latest developments in the crisis. Environmental issues such as climate change and energy use have been frequent topics on the 2008 presidential campaign trail with both GOP and Democratic hopefuls offering policy plans. Two analysts examine the candidates' differing proposals to address climate issues. Social networking Web sites such as MySpace and Facebook have started to allow advertisers to access users' profiles and target the ads they deliver to that user accordingly. A media and technology writer examines the potential impact this marketing may have on individual user privacy. A U.S. program to curb AIDS in Africa is having success providing antiretroviral drugs to AIDS patients in Rwanda -- particularly pregnant women and newborns. Health correspondent Susan Dentzer begins a series of reports examining the impact of the American effort.moreless
  • 11.05.07 Broadcast
    11.05.07 Broadcast
    Episode 11.05.07
    Former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto provides an update on the declaration of emergency rule in Pakistan, and then two former State Department officials provide analysis. Citigroup, the nation's largest bank, faces a downgrade to its credit rating and the resignation of its CEO. Southern California is coping with water shortages due to a judge's ruling limiting the amount of freshwater that can be pumped from Northern California. Thousands of screenwriters in Hollywood and New York went on strike on Monday for the first time since 1988.moreless
  • 11.02.07 Broadcast
    11.02.07 Broadcast
    Episode 11.02.07
    A panel of economic analysts disusses recent reports on the nation's economy and unemployment, which paint a mixed picture about the country's financial health. The chair of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, Nancy Nord, and her predecessor have come under criticism for taking trips paid for by groups they regulate. In back-to-back interviews, Nord responds to the accusations after a member of Congress explains why she has called for Nord's resignation. While the U.S Congress struggles to revise a state health insurance bill covering low-income children, Oregon officials are planning their own solution, with a proposed increase in tobacco taxes to cover children's health care costs. The NewsHour reports on Oregon's proposal. This week, lawmakers questioned Attorney General-nominee Michael Mukasey's stance on torture tactics and Democratic presidential hopefuls stepped up attacks on front-runner Sen. Hillary Clinton. Analysts Mark Shields and Rich Lowry discuss the week's developments.moreless
  • 11.01.07 Broadcast
    11.01.07 Broadcast
    Episode 11.01.07
    U.S. Diplomats Riled Over Possible Forced Duty in Iraq; U.S. Service Member, Iraqi Deaths Decrease in October; Plan to Provide Illegal Immigrants with Driver's Licenses Stirs Debate; Book Takes Closer Look at Duke Lacrosse Rape Case
  • 10.31.07 Broadcast
    10.31.07 Broadcast
    Episode 10.31.07
    Attorney General-nominee Michael Mukasey's responses to questions on the constitutionality of torture tactics troubled some Democratic senators during his confirmation hearings and have slowed the next steps in his nomination. Two members of the Senate Judiciary panel discuss Mukasey's bid. The Supreme Court ruled Tuesday to stay an execution by lethal injection in Mississippi, the third such decision halting an execution ahead of a case that will test the constitutionality of lethal injections. The National Law Journal's Marcia Coyle discusses the implications for capital punishment policy. Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., fielded tough criticism from other contenders for the Democratic presidential nomination on Tuesday in an MSNBC-hosted debate. Two political journalists provide insight on the shift in tone in the primary race. For the second time in two months, the Federal Reserve cut key interest rates Wednesday. A financial analyst describes what the Fed's decision may mean for the American economy.moreless
  • 10.30.07 Broadcast
    10.30.07 Broadcast
    Episode 10.30.07
    The chief executive officer of brokerage giant Merrill Lynch, Stanley O'Neal, stepped down Tuesday after the company posted a record quarterly loss and questions arose over decisions to invest in the troubled mortgage market. Analysts discuss O'Neal's downfall and what it means for the business world. The chemical bisphenol A, known as BPA, is used to make many common plastic products used in U.S. homes, including baby bottles. Scientists and expert panels have been tasked with determining whether BPA has adverse effects on human health.moreless
  • 10.29.07 Broadcast
    10.29.07 Broadcast
    Episode 10.29.07
    New U.S. economic sanctions leveled against Iran last week over Tehran's nuclear program further fueled debate about the possibility of U.S. military action against the country. Two writers offer their perspectives on what the next steps should be for U.S. policy in Iran. Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, wife of President Nestor Kirchner, was elected president of Argentina Sunday. The NewsHour reports on Kirchner's transition from First Lady to the country's presidency. Rep. Charlie Rangel, D-N.Y., has proposed a plan to eliminate the alternative minimum tax, designed in 1969 to ensure wealthy Americans paid their fair share of taxes but which was never indexed for inflation. Rangel and Rep. James McCrery, R-La., debate the tax plan. Yahoo news correspondent Kevin Sites talks about his new book, "In the Hot Zone," and what it's like to report on conflict zones around the world using the latest multimedia and Web tools.moreless
  • 10.26.07 Broadcast
    10.26.07 Broadcast
    Episode 10.26.07
    The military rulers of Myanmar, the country also known as Burma, released 50 pro-democracy activists as its representatives met with movement leader Aung San Suu Kyi. Human rights advocates assess conditions since last month's crackdown on the protests. The government's response to the California wildfires evoked comparisons with Hurricane Katrina, while the United States imposed new sanctions against Iran. Analysts Mark Shields and David Brooks discuss the week's news.moreless
  • 10.25.07 Broadcast
    10.25.07 Broadcast
    Episode 10.25.07
    Wildfires that have forced thousands to evacuate continued to burn across parts of Southern California Thursday and the number of deaths blamed on the blazes rose to 10. Experts discuss what makes the fires difficult to contain and how the government's response has fared so far. The United States announced Thursday a new set of economic sanctions against Iran targeted to impact the country's military and halt Tehran's disputed nuclear program. A State Department official and a U.S. senator offer perspectives on the U.S. policy course on Iran. Poet Karen Zaborowski Duffy has been a high school English teacher for 20 years. She's been a Philadelphia Phillies fan for even longer. Although her beloved team is not in this year's World Series, she shares a poem about being at the event years ago with her daughter.moreless
  • 10.24.07 Broadcast
    10.24.07 Broadcast
    Episode 10.24.07
    The strong winds fueling a string of powerful wildfires in Southern California began to taper off Wednesday. Chicago's ShoreBank has implemented a 'rescue loan program' to help customers refinance home mortgages that may be in danger of default. President Bush proposed a new plan for introducing democracy to Cuba, but he declined to lift the economic embargo on the nation.moreless
  • 10.23.07 Broadcast
    10.23.07 Broadcast
    Episode 10.23.07
    Wildfires in Southern California became almost impossible for firefighters to control Tuesday, and officials said 1,300 homes and businesses have burned down. A San Diego official describes how residents are coping. Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki tried to ease tensions with Turkey by cutting off resources of Kurdish PKK rebel fighters near the Turkish border. Iraq's Kurdish deputy prime minister and Turkey's ambassador to the United States present their countries' viewpoints.moreless
  • 10.22.07 Broadcast
    10.22.07 Broadcast
    Episode 10.22.07
    Wildfires continued to ravage Southern California Monday, forcing thousands of people to evacuate their homes and businesses. GOP candidates vying for their party's nomination met Sunday for a debate in Florida, where they promoted their conservative credentials. Over the weekend, there were more reports of students being diagnosed with a dangerous antibiotic-resistant staph infection known as MRSA. Copper Canyon Press, a Seattle poetry publishing firm, started out as a small enterprise, but today it brings lesser-known poetry to a wide audience.moreless
  • 10.19.07 Broadcast
    10.19.07 Broadcast
    Episode 10.19.07
    Former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto pledged to continue to push for a return to civilian rule in defiance of attackers who killed more than 100 people Thursday. After an Independent Television News report, journalists in Karachi provide an update on the story and the inquiry into the attack. Attorney-General nominee Michael Mukasey faced tough questions on torture in his confirmation hearings this week, and speculation grew over the potential for a December New Hampshire primary. Political analysts Mark Shields and David Brooks give their take on the week's political news. In the latest in a series of in-depth interviews with the 2008 presidential hopefuls, Republican Arizona Sen. John McCain explains his views on the Iraq war, national security and why his credentials and experience make him a contender for the White House.moreless
  • 10.18.07 Broadcast
    10.18.07 Broadcast
    Episode 10.18.07
    The House failed Thursday to override President Bush's veto of a bill would have expanded the State Children's Health Insurance Program. The bill had some bipartisan support, but not the two-thirds majority needed to override the veto. Michael Mukasey, President Bush's nominee for U.S. attorney general, appeared before the Senate Judiciary Committee for a second day Thursday and was closely questioned on his views on interrogation tactics and torture. Legal experts assess the confirmation hearings. Explosions went off near a convoy carrying former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto Thursday as she returned to Pakistan after eight years of self-imposed exile. At least 108 people were reported killed in the blast. A reporter details the chaotic homecoming scene from Karachi. As President Bush approaches his final year in office, he faces lame-duck status with a Democrat-controlled Congress poised to block his agenda. Editorial page editors from around the country assess the president's strengths and weaknesses.moreless
  • 10.17.07 Broadcast
    10.17.07 Broadcast
    Episode 10.17.07
    The Turkish Parliament Wednesday approved a possible cross-border offensive into Northern Iraq in response to tensions between Turkey and Kurdish rebels in the region. International policy experts discuss the likelihood of armed conflict in the border region and the impact of Turkey's vote. Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama received the Congressional Gold Medal Wednesday - the highest civilian honor Congress can bestow - despite opposition from China's government. Experts examine the Dalai Lama's iconic legacy and assess China's reaction. Marin Alsop was recently appointed to conduct the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra as the first woman head of a major American orchaestra, as traditionally defined by budget size and other factors. Jeffrey Brown profiles Alsop's work in music.moreless
  • 10.16.07 Broadcast
    10.16.07 Broadcast
    Episode 10.16.07
    Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson delivered a somber assessment of the U.S. economy Tuesday, calling the housing and credit crunch "the most significant current risk" to the economy. Financial experts look at the factors affecting the nation's economic health, including sky-high oil prices. Opposition from lawmakers in both the United States and India threatens to derail the finalization of a historic nuclear cooperation agreement between the two countries. Analysts discuss the issues stalling the pact and the possible implications if the deal collapses. Cancer death rates in the United States are dropping faster than ever, researchers reported Monday. After a closer look at the findings with NewsHour health correspondent Susan Dentzer, medical experts outline some of the reasons behind the health trend.moreless
  • 10.15.07 Broadcast
    10.15.07 Broadcast
    Episode 10.15.07
    Cancer death rates in the United States are dropping faster than ever, researchers reported Monday. After a closer look at the findings with NewsHour health correspondent Susan Dentzer, medical experts outline some of the reasons behind the health trend. NewsHour contributor Jeffrey Kaye reports from Los Angeles on California's conflict between state and federal legislation when it comes to regulating medical marijuana facilities. Three American researchers were awarded the Nobel Prize in economics Monday, honoring their developments in using game theory to examine financial market activity. One of the winners, Roger B. Myerson, provides an overview of their prize-winning work. The Fox Business Network launched Monday, a new cable channel that will focus on financial markets and global economy news. A business journalism expert examines the prospects for the new network and how it will stack up to rival CNBC.moreless
  • 10.12.07 Broadcast
    10.12.07 Broadcast
    Episode 10.12.07
    Former Vice President Al Gore and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change won the Nobel Peace Prize Friday. Michael Oppenheimer, a member of the U.N. panel, discusses the honor and how the group's work has furthered the debate on climate change. Among the week's news, former Vice President Al Gore won the Nobel Peace Prize for his climate change work and former Sen. Fred Thompson, R-Tenn., debuted in his first presidential debate. Analysts David Brooks and E.J. Dionne discuss the week's political stories.moreless
  • 10.11.07 Broadcast
    10.11.07 Broadcast
    Episode 10.11.07
    A congressman who voted to condemn Armenian genocide in Turkey and a former ambassador to the country discuss the controversy surrounding the measure. United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has faced a long list of priorities since he took over the U.N.'s top job from Kofi Annan 10 months ago. He discusses the issues that are shaping his tenure, including concerns over the situation in Darfur, climate change and the U.N.'s role in Iraq. British author Doris Lessing was named winner of the Nobel Prize for literature on Thursday. A George Washington University literature professor discusses Lessing's contributions to her craft.moreless
  • 10.10.07 Broadcast
    10.10.07 Broadcast
    Episode 10.10.07
    The Supreme Court affirmed Wednesday that New York City must pay private school tuition for a special education student and considered a death row case. More than 30,000 auto workers went on strike at Chrysler on Wednesday, but they reached a settlement by the end of the day. New World Bank President Robert Zoellick details his plan to lead the poverty-fighting institution. Former Sen. John Edwards, D-N.C. explains his views on the Iraq war, the status of the middle class in America, and running for president for a second time.moreless
  • 10.09.07 Broadcast
    10.09.07 Broadcast
    Episode 10.09.07
    The Supreme Court heard arguments Tuesday about the liability of company banks and accountants in corporate fraud cases and rejected an appeal by a German. The high cost of oil and a national push toward alternative fuels have pushed ethanol production and corn prices to skyrocket. GOP presidential hopefuls gathered in Michigan Tuesday for a debate centering on economic issues, the first such appearance for Fred Thompson. Two books examining the Israeli lobby in the U.S., 'The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy' and 'The Deadliest Lies,' present opposing views. A silent tribute to U.S. soldiers killed in Iraq and Afghanistan.moreless
  • 10.08.07 Broadcast
    10.08.07 Broadcast
    Episode 10.08.07
    Experts assess Iran's alleged connections to the conflict in Iraq. This year's Nobel Prize recipient in medicine discusses his work on gene modification. Since California passed a $3 billion bond measure for stem cell research, recruitment of top scientists has outpaced other states. A think tank head and former journalist provides an update on the Pakistani power struggle. In January 2007, a photo album arrived at the Holocaust Museum that gave an unprecedented behind-the-scenes look at the Auschwitz complex.moreless
  • 10.05.07 Broadcast
    10.05.07 Broadcast
    Episode 10.05.07
    The NewsHour reports on President Bush's denial of U.S. torture allegations in suspect interrogations. NewsHour political analysts Mark Shields and David Brooks examine President Bush's denial of torture allegations and presidential hopefuls' third-quarter fund raising.
  • 10.04.07 Broadcast
    10.04.07 Broadcast
    Episode 10.04.07
    Investigations continue over the Sept. 16 Baghdad shootout involving private security firm Blackwater USA, with an Iraqi probe claiming that at least 13 civilians died in the incident. A New York Times reporter in Baghdad provides an update on the case.
  • 10.03.07 Broadcast
    10.03.07 Broadcast
    Episode 10.03.07
    President Bush vetoed a bill Wednesday that aimed to expand the State Children's Health Insurance Program, or SCHIP, by $35 billion. Rep. Rahm Emanuel, D-Ill., and Rep. Eric Cantor, R-Va., examine the president's decision and the next steps for the bill.
  • 10.02.07 Broadcast
    10.02.07 Broadcast
    Episode 10.02.07
    The head of Blackwater USA, the private security firm implicated in a series of deadly firefights in Iraq, defended his employees' actions before a Congressional committee Tuesday, saying his firm had acted properly "at all times." Two top members of the House panel discuss the testimony
  • 10.01.07 Broadcast
    10.01.07 Broadcast
    Episode 10.01.07
    A weekend attack on an African Union base in Northern Darfur, Sudan, left at least 10 peacekeepers dead and 20 missing. From Khartoum, Charlayne Hunter-Gault provides an update on the search for the missing troops and the AU's role in the troubled region