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  • Monday, October 21, 2013

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    10/21/13

    On our program tonight, we examine how the troubled rollout of the new government health care website may affect the larger implementation of the law. Also: New Jersey joins other states allowing gay marriage, Detroit fights to come back from bankruptcy, JP Morgan nears a settlement on the 2008 financial crisis, reflections on the future of the GOP and smog shuts down a major city in China.moreless
  • President Obama addresses glitches with Healthcare.gov

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    10/21/13

    President Barack Obama addressed the glitches with the online health insurance marketplace on Monday, fresh off a weeks-long battle over government funding and raising the debt limit that saw congressional Republicans make repeated runs at defunding or delaying his signature domestic achievement, the Affordable Care Act.moreless
  • Poet Stanley Plumly reads poem from his collection 'Orphan Hours'

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    10/21/13

    Poet and professor Stanley Plumly reads "The Jay," a poem from his latest collection, "Orphan Hours: Poems."
  • Bay Area transit workers go on strike

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    10/21/13

    In our news wrap Monday, 400,000 Bay Area Rapid Transit riders will face clogged commutes this week after more than 2,000 BART employees walked off the job over pay raises and workplace rules. Also, the Supreme Court will hear a case considering how states decide who is mentally fit to face the death penalty.moreless
  • Sunday, October 20, 2013

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    10/20/13

    We report from Hawaii, where a battle has erupted in Kauai between residents concerned about public health and large companies developing genetically modified seeds. Analysis of the JP Morgan penalty and Mark Twain is back.moreless
  • The Pope reaches out to the Jewish Community

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    10/19/13

    Pope Francis made several overtures to the Jewish community this week, sending an email to the son of two Holocaust survivors to laud him on a lecture discussing faith and the Holocaust, and refusing to grant a former Nazi war criminal a funeral mass. Kim Lawton from PBS's Religion and Ethics Weekly talked to Hari Sreenivasan about the improving relationship between the Catholic church and the Jewish community.moreless
  • Full Episode | Saturday, October 19, 2013

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    10/19/13

    On this edition, are both sides of the Syrian conflict headed to the table? The Pope reaches out to the Jewish community. And, in our signature segment, while United States immigration policy makes it difficult for immigrant entrepreneurs to get visas to set up shop in the United States, Chile is welcoming them with open arms.moreless
  • Glitches persist for online insurance exchange shoppers

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    10/18/13

    Beset with glitches and registration problems, the launch of the online insurance exchanges at the start of October were rockier than expected. For an update on the status of the site and user experiences, Ray Suarez talks to Sarah Kliff of The Washington Post and Louise Radnofsky of The Wall Street Journal.moreless
  • Saudi Arabia rebukes UN Security Council

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    10/18/13

    In our news wrap Friday, Saudi Arabia accused the UN Security Council of failing to resolve conflicts like the civil war in Syria, and appeared to reject its newly acquired seat on the body. Also, one of the gunmen in the Nairobi mall attack has been identified as a Norwegian citizen originally from Somalia.moreless
  • Unearthed skull revises understanding of human evolution

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    10/18/13

    Research based on a 1.8 million-year-old skull shows that human evolution may have followed a straighter line than scientists previously thought. The skull, unearthed in the former Soviet republic of Georgia, is the most complete ever found of a human ancestor and marks the earliest evidence of human ancestors leaving Africa.moreless
  • Ancient skull discovery offers researchers a view into past

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    10/18/13

    The discovery of a 1.8 million-year-old skull at Dmanisi in Georgia has revolutionized scientists' idea of human evolution. Paleoanthropologist Donald Johanson of the Institute of Human Origins at Arizona State University joins Jeffrey Brown to discuss what these ancient remains teach us about our ancestors and origins.moreless
  • President Obama taps Jeh Johnson to head Homeland Security

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    10/18/13

    President Barack Obama nominated Jeh Johnson to lead the Department of Homeland Security Friday afternoon.
  • Jonathan Lethem reads an excerpt from 'Dissident Gardens'

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    10/18/13

    Jonathan Lethem reads an excerpt from his new novel, 'Dissident Gardens.'
  • Jeh Johnson tapped for Homeland Security

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    10/18/13

    President Obama nominated former Pentagon lawyer Jeh Johnson to be the next secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, tapped to succeed Janet Napolitano. Judy Woodruff takes a closer look at Johnson's career and challenges he could face with Daniel Klaidman of The Daily Beast and Charlie Savage of The New York Times.moreless
  • Jonathan Lethem on American Communism in 'Dissident Gardens'

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    10/18/13

    Jeffrey Brown talks to author Jonathan Lethem about his look at American Communists in his new novel, 'Dissident Gardens.'
  • Thursday, October 17, 2013

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    10/18/13

    On our program tonight, Washington and the nation's federal employees got back to work after a 16-day shutdown. We take a look at the deal struck in Congress and what the impact has been for the government and the economy. Also: Senator-elect Cory Booker on his priorities and political cynicism, smart guns that recognize an owner's touch and new privacy settings for teens on Facebook.moreless
  • Entrepreneurs very welcome

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    10/18/13

    While United States immigration policy makes it difficult for immigrant entrepreneurs to get visas to set up shop in the United States, Chile is welcoming them with open arms. Through an initiative called Start-Up Chile, the country is aiming to be the high-tech hub of South America.moreless
  • Shields and Brooks on who will come out ahead after the shutdown 'cease-fire'

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    10/18/13

    Syndicated columnist Mark Shields and New York Times columnist David Brooks join Judy Woodruff to discuss the week's top political news, including outcomes of the shutdown fight for the Republican party and the president, the outlook for the online insurance exchanges, plus remembrances of former House Speaker Tom Foley.moreless
  • Looking back at Tom Foley's time as House speaker

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    10/18/13

    Tom Foley, former speaker of the House and long-time Democratic congressman, has died at the age of 84. Congressional correspondent Kwame Holman digs into the NewsHour archives to review highlights from Foley's career and the legacy he left on the House of Representatives.moreless
  • Sens. Reid, McConnell both 'optimistic' on shutdown deal

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    10/17/13

    Both Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., expressed optimism that a deal on the shutdown would be reached by the end of the week. However, it remained unclear how House Republicans would receive any Senate resolution. Congressional correspondent Kwame Holman reports.moreless
  • Will Facebook change erode privacy rights for teens?

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    10/17/13

    Privacy settings on Facebook will now allow users aged 13-17 to share posts with people outside their friend network. Will the change help teens express themselves or lead to problems like cyberbullying? Hari Sreenivasan speaks with Stephen Balkam of the Family Online Safety Institute and Jim Steyer of Common Sense Media.moreless
  • A look at political brinksmanship past and present

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    10/17/13

    Fundamental disagreement is an expected occurrence in Congress, but lately crises have come in increasing frequency. Jeffrey Brown speaks with Eric Liu of Citizen University, Steven Hayward of the University of Colorado, Boulder, and Beverly Gage of Yale University for a closer look at polarized American politics.moreless
  • Thursday, October 17, 2013

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    10/17/13

    On our program tonight, Washington and the nation's federal employees got back to work after a 16-day shutdown. We take a look at the deal struck in Congress and what the impact has been for the government and the economy. Also: Senator-elect Cory Booker on his priorities and political cynicism, smart guns that recognize an owner's touch and new privacy settings for teens on Facebook.moreless
  • GOP 'picked a fight that they couldn't win,' Dems reunited

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    10/17/13

    What are the practical and political outcomes of the 16-day stalemate in Congress that's finally drawing to a close? Although the GOP retained sequester spending levels, Democrats come out "energized and unified." Judy Woodruff talks to Stuart Rothenberg of the Rothenberg Political Report and Susan Page of USA Today.moreless
  • JP Morgan to pay $100 million

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    10/17/13

    In our news wrap Wednesday, JP Morgan Chase will pay $100 million in a settlement with the U.S. Futures Trading Commission after the bank's London operation made disastrous trades that lost $6 billion. Also, Mark Cuban, billionaire owner of the NBA's Dallas Mavericks, was acquitted on insider trading charges by a federal jury.moreless
  • Wednesday, October 16, 2013

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    10/17/13

    On the program today, we examine last-minute efforts in Congress to end a government shutdown and avoid a debt default. Also: Italy's Prime Minister Enrico Letta weighs in on the broader effects of the American political drama, New Mexico faces in a quandary over the fate of its wild horses, initial talks about Iran's nuclear program wrap up and Stanley Crouch examines the life of Charlie Parker.moreless
  • Haunting 'what-if' in novel on the JFK assassination

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    10/17/13

    What if the glass bubble top on the car in which President John F. Kennedy was riding in Dallas had not been removed by a Secret Service agent? The NewsHour's own Jim Lehrer explores that idea in "Top Down: A Novel of the Kennedy Assassination." Jim joins Judy Woodruff to discuss his personal experience that inspired the book.moreless
  • Model school trains teachers in ABCs of reading instruction

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    10/17/13

    Learning to read is the essential foundation of elementary education, but it's also very complex and many students in America are falling behind. John Tulenko of Learning Matters reports on one model school that has re-trained teachers in hands-on skills and strategies and has dramatically improved proficiency scores.moreless
  • Tuesday, October 15, 2013

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    10/17/13

    On the program tonight, House Republicans try to derail a Senate plan to reopen the government. Also: The issue of affirmative action at public universities returns to the Supreme Court, we take a closer look at how bond markets are anticipating a possible default, new training for educators who teach reading, an Afghan war vet receives the Medal of Honor and Jim Lehrer discusses his new novel.moreless
  • Prohibiting affirmative action violates equal protection?

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    10/17/13

    The Supreme Court heard arguments on whether Michigan voters can pass a law that prohibits racial preference in college admissions. Gwen Ifill gets background from Marcia Coyle of the National Law Journal, plus views from Lee Bollinger of Columbia University and Joshua Thompson, an attorney with the Pacific Legal Foundation.moreless
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