Community Ascertainment Report

 

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October, November and December 2011

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Arts, Entertainment and Culture                                        Pg.   3

 

 

News and Public Affairs                                                     Pg.  35

Business/Industry, Local & National Politics, Government, Legal Issues & Law Enforcement, Economy, War/Veterans/National Security

 

 

Education and History                                                       Pg. 126

 

 

Science and Nature                                                           Pg.   133

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Arts, Entertainment, & Culture:

Series Title:     NA MELE: TRADITIONS IN HAWAIIAN SONG

Program Title: Waimea 'Ukulele and Slack Key Guitar Festival Documentary (Encore)

Distributor:      PBS Hawaii

Date:               10/03/2011 7:30:00 PM

Length:            30

Description:

Since 2001, some of the greatest 'ukulele and slack key guitar virtuosos have been converging annually at the Kahilu Theatre in Kamuela on Hawaii Island for five days of workshops, school outreach events, public concerts and musical sharing amongst themselves. The annual event is called the Waimea 'Ukulele & Slack Key Guitar Institute. PBS Hawaii tells the story of the institute in a half-hour documentary, with interviews, performances, and spontaneous jam sessions with the likes of Dennis and David Kamakahi, Richard and Kalae Ho'opi'i, Bobby Ingano, Aaron Mahi, Cyril Pahinui, Benny Chong and Jeff Peterson.

 

Series Title:     LONG STORY SHORT WITH LESLIE WILCOX

Program Title: Nanci Kreidman

Distributor:      PBS Hawaii

Date:               10/04/2011 7:30:00 PM

Length:            30

Description:

Leslie Wilcox talks story with Nanci Kreidman, CEO of the Domestic Violence Action Center. A New Yorker who moved to Hawaii over 30 years ago, Kreidman opens up about the people she advocates for and how they've affected her along the way.

This program is available in High Definition and will be rebroadcast on Sun., Oct. 9, at 4:00 pm.

 

Series Title:     LEAHEY & LEAHEY

Program Title: WEDNESDAY, October 5, 2011

Distributor:      PBS Hawaii

Date:               10/05/2011 7:30:00 PM

Length:            30

Description:

Jim and Kanoa Leahey, Hawaii's father and son sports reporting duo, prove that the liveliest discussions happen with family and friends at the kitchen table. Join them as they talk story with special guests about "sports and other living things."

This program is available in High Definition and will be rebroadcast on Wed., Sept. 28, at 11:30 pm and on Sun., Oct. 2, at 3:30 pm.

 

Series Title:     Peter, Paul and Mary: Carry It On - A Musical Legacy

Program Title: WEDNESDAY, October 5, 2011 (Encore)

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               10/05/2011 8:00:00 PM

Length:            120

Description:

Some years before the ascendance of rock and roll on Top 40 radio, popular music veered sharply from the mainstream to sample American roots music traditions. Inspired by the songs of Pete Seeger and The Weavers, this music found its greatest expression during the early 1960s in the songs of an emerging Greenwich Village group known as Peter, Paul and Mary. This special features rare archival performances including "Blowin' in the Wind," "The Times They Are a Changin'," "Lemon Tree," "Puff, The Magic Dragon," "Wedding Song," "Leaving On a Jet Plane" and "If I Had A Hammer." Woven together with the musical performances are poignant comments from the trio themselves, Pete Seeger, Richie Havens, Ronnie Gilbert of The Weavers and legendary record producer Phil Ramone, among others.

 

Series Title:     Roy Orbison and Friends: Black and White Night

Program Title: WEDNESDAY, October 5, 2011 (Encore)

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               10/05/2011 10:00:00 PM

Length:            90

Description:

Filmed in black and white against the streamlined art deco stage of the since-demolished Cocoanut Grove in downtown Los Angeles, this triumphant performance by Roy Orbison is buoyed by a remarkable cast of "A-list" Orbison fans who were his accompanists. Under the direction of T-Bone Burnett, the stage band includes Jackson Browne, Burnett, Elvis Costello, k.d. lang, Bonnie Raitt, J.D. Souther, Bruce Springsteen, Tom Waits and Jennifer Warnes, along with the rhythm section from Elvis Presley's fabled late 60s and early 70s touring band.

 

Series Title:     Barbra Streisand: One Night Only At the Village Vanguard

Program Title: THURSDAY, October 6, 2011 (Encore)

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               10/06/2011 8:30:00 PM

Length:            120

Description:

In September 2009, a select group of fans and friends had the rare opportunity to experience the legendary Barbra Streisand's performance in the ultimate up-close-and-personal setting of the historic Village Vanguard club. Accompanied by piano, bass, guitar and drums, this is the artist at her most intimate. Songs include "Evergreen," "The Way We Were" and "If You Go Away."

 

Series Title:     Rick Steves' European Christmas

Program Title: THURSDAY, October 6, 2011 (Encore)

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               10/06/2011 10:00:00 PM

Length:            120

Description:

Join Rick Steves for a colorful, musical celebration of Christmas across Europe. From England to Wales, France, Norway, Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Italy, you'll see the bright Christmas markets, hear local choirs, share holiday traditions with families and even play in the snow.

 

Series Title:     NA MELE: TRADITIONS IN HAWAIIAN SONG

Program Title: Waimea 'Ukulele and Slack Key Guitar Festival Concert (Encore)

Distributor:      PBS Hawaii

Date:               10/10/2011 7:30:00 PM

Length:            30

Description:

Dynamic musical performances from some of the top 'ukulele and slack key guitar artists in the world are featured onstage at the Kahilu Theatre in Kamuela on Hawaii Island. Artists include: Danny Carvalho, Richard and Kalae Ho'opi'i, Bobby Ingano, Ledward Kaapana, Mike Kaawa, Dennis and David Kamakahi, Sonny Lim, Aaron Mahi and Chino Montero. The concert was the crowning event at the 2009 Waimea Ukulele & Slack Key Guitar Institute - an annual festival featuring workshops, school outreach events, public concerts and musical sharing centered around 'ukulele and slack key guitar.

 

Series Title:     Chris Botti in Boston, Part II

Program Title: MONDAY, October 10, 2011 (Encore)

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               10/10/2011 8:00:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

This program features more of the amazing performance by trumpeter Chris Botti and friends at Boston's Symphony Hall that was not seen in 2009's CHRIS BOTTI IN BOSTON. The incredible group of Botti's featured guest artists, along with his world-class band, includes Sting, Steven Tyler, Josh Groban and Yo-Yo Ma, with Keith Lockhart conducting the Boston Pops.

 

Series Title:     LONG STORY SHORT WITH LESLIE WILCOX

Program Title: Eddie and Myrna Kamae (Encore)

Distributor:      PBS Hawaii

Date:               10/11/2011 7:30:00 PM

Length:            30

Description:

This week on LONG STORY SHORT, Leslie Wilcox sits down with husband and wife filmmakers Eddie and Myrna Kamae. Eddie, who is also a legendary Hawaii musician and a seminal figure in the Hawaiian Cultural Renaissance of the 1970s, shares early life lessons and musical experiences and how these helped shape his long-running career. Eddie, the director, and Myrna, the producer, also talk about some of the most interesting people they have met during their 20-year journey of making music and documentaries.

This program is available in high-definition and will be rebroadcast on Sun., Oct. 16, at 4:00 pm.

 

Series Title:     LEAHEY & LEAHEY

Program Title: WEDNESDAY, October 12, 2011

Distributor:      PBS Hawaii

Date:               10/12/2011 7:30:00 PM

Length:            30

Description:

Jim and Kanoa Leahey, Hawaii's father and son sports reporting duo, prove that the liveliest discussions happen with family and friends at the kitchen table. Join them as they talk story with special guests about "sports and other living things."

This program is available in high-definition and will be rebroadcast on Sun., Oct. 16, at 3:30 pm.

 

Series Title:     Country Pop Legends

Program Title: WEDNESDAY, October 12, 2011 (Encore)

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               10/12/2011 8:00:00 PM

Length:            120

Description:

Country pop legends unite to perform their biggest and best-loved hit recordings from the 50s, 60s and 70s in this special. Country music legend Roy Clark hosts this three-decades-long, emotional trip down memory lane. Contemporary performances by Glen Campbell, Crystal Gayle, Bill Anderson, BJ Thomas, the Bellamy Brothers and more are intermixed with classic full-length vintage archival gems from the vaults.

 

Series Title:     Suze Orman's Money Class

Program Title: WEDNESDAY, October 12, 2011 (Encore)

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               10/12/2011 10:00:00 PM

Length:            120

Description:

Financial expert Suze Orman unveils her advice to help viewers navigate today's unsettling economic waters. She will provide audiences powerful, timely and often surprising advice for moving forward on the most important financial fundamentals: saving and investing, building a career, planning for retirement and more.

 

Series Title:     PBS HAWAII PRESENTS

Program Title: Journey to Emalani (Encore)

Distributor:      PBS Hawaii

Date:               10/13/2011 9:00:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

The commemoration of Queen Emma's 1871 visit to the upland forest of West Kauai, as experienced by three hula halau, is the subject of this PBS Hawaii-produced film. It follows the halau and their kumu hula to Kokee for an annual festival of hula and chant, Eo e Emalani i Alaka'i (Emalani Festival): Tony Conjugacion's Hālau Nā Wainohia, Charlani Kalama's Hālau Ha'a Hula O Kekau'ilani Nā Pua Hala O Kailua; and Healani Youn's The Ladies of Ke'alaokalaua'e.

Hawaiian music icon Nina Keali'iwahamana narrates.

 

Series Title:     INDEPENDENT LENS

Program Title: Wham! Bam! Islam!

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               10/13/2011 10:00:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

When a Kuwaiti psychologist launches a comic series with 99 superheroes based on the 99 virtues of Allah, he runs up against the harsh realities of the global marketplace and suspicion from Muslims.

 

Series Title:     NA MELE: TRADITIONS IN HAWAIIAN SONG

Program Title: 'Ale'a (Encore)

Distributor:      PBS Hawaii

Date:               10/17/2011 7:30:00 PM

Length:            30

Description:

Encore presentation of a performance from the PBS Hawaii studios by this multi-Na Hoku Hanohano Award-winning group comprised of Kale Hannahs, Ryan Gonzalez and Chad Takatsugi. They combine sweet harmonies with tight instrumentals to produce enchanting traditional Hawaiian music reminiscent of years gone by.

 

Series Title:     The Ed Sullivan Comedy Special

Program Title: MONDAY, October 17, 2011 (Encore)

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               10/17/2011 8:00:00 PM

Length:            120

Description:

For 23 years, The Ed Sullivan Show featured America's premiere comedy legends performing their acts for millions of Americans every week. This special from the Sullivan archives brings back the original stars that defined the history of comedy, in their prime, with their original acts. The line-up includes classic bits from Jack Benny, Bob Hope, Red Skelton, George Carlin, Richard Pryor, Flip Wilson, Joan Rivers, Alan King, Jack Paar, Jackie Gleason, Victor Borge and many more.

 

Series Title:     CRAFT IN AMERICA

Program Title: Family

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               10/17/2011 10:00:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

Is talent inherited? What's it like to live in a household where objects are made by hand? Former President Jimmy Carter shares stories of the late Ed Moulthrop, a fellow Georgian known as the father of modern woodturning and the father of a family of craft artists who are following in his footsteps. The program also highlights the glass creations of the Marioni family in Seattle, the inventions of ceramicist Cliff Lee, metal artist Holly Lee in rural Pennsylvania and the inspirations that Oklahoma bootmaker Lisa Sorell provides for her daughters.

 

Series Title:     LONG STORY SHORT WITH LESLIE WILCOX

Program Title: Terence Knapp

Distributor:      PBS Hawaii

Date:               10/18/2011 7:30:00 PM

Length:            30

Description:

This week on LONG STORY SHORT, Leslie Wilcox sits down with Terence Knapp, "Hawaii's Adopted World Class Actor." Terence is perhaps best known for his title role in Damien, the Aldyth Morris play and PBS Hawaii special about the Kalaupapa priest. Terence reflects on key roles he has portrayed, his childhood during World War II and his global travels. Now professor emeritus with the University of Hawaii at Manoa, he continues to mentor up-and-coming Honolulu thespians.

This program is available in high-definition and will be rebroadcast on Wed., Oct. 19 at 11:00 pm and on Sun., Oct. 23, at 4:00 pm.

 

Series Title:     LEAHEY & LEAHEY

Program Title: WEDNESDAY, October 19, 2011

Distributor:      PBS Hawaii

Date:               10/19/2011 7:30:00 PM

Length:            20

Description:

Jim and Kanoa Leahey, Hawaii's father and son sports reporting duo, prove that the liveliest discussions happen with family and friends at the kitchen table. Join them as they talk story with special guests about "sports and other living things."

This program is available in high-definition and will be rebroadcast on Sun., Oct. 23, at 3:30 pm.

 

Series Title:     PBS HAWAII PRESENTS

Program Title: Biography Hawaii: Joseph Nawahi (Encore)

Distributor:      PBS Hawaii

Date:               10/20/2011 9:00:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

This documentary tells the story of Hawaiian patriot Joseph Nawahi, a teacher, surveyor, lawyer, cabinet minister, newspaper editor and artist in Hawaii who lived from 1842 to 1896. Nawahi founded the anti-annexation political party Hui Aloha 'Aina and died a political prisoner deemed treasonous by the American-controlled Republic of Hawaii.

 

Series Title:     INDEPENDENT LENS

Program Title: Donor Unknown

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               10/20/2011 10:00:00 PM

Length:            90

Description:

This film follows the story of JoEllen Marsh, age 20, as she goes in search of the sperm donor father she knows only as "Donor 150." Along the way, she meets siblings she never knew existed.

 

Series Title:     PBS ARTS FALL FESTIVAL

Program Title: American Masters: Pearl Jam Twenty

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               10/21/2011 9:00:00 PM

Length:            150

Description:

In honor of Pearl Jam's 20th anniversary, award-winning director and music journalist Cameron Crowe creates a definitive portrait of the seminal band carved from over 1,200 hours of rarely and never-before-seen footage, plus 24 hours of recently shot concert and interview footage. Hosted by director Taylor Hackford, the film chronicles the years leading up to the band's formation, the chaos that ensued soon after their rise to mega-stardom, their step back from center stage and the creation of a work culture that would sustain them. Part concert film, part insider hang, part testimonial to the power of music, the film features interviews with original band members Jeff Ament, Stone Gossard, Mike McCready and Eddie Vedder. The evening's presentation is in collaboration with PBS member station KCTS.

 

Series Title:     NA MELE: TRADITIONS IN HAWAIIAN SONG

Program Title: Amy Hanaiali'i and Willie K (Encore)

Distributor:      PBS Hawaii

Date:               10/24/2011 7:30:00 PM

Length:            30

Description:

These two Na Hoku Hanohano Award winners present their unique brand of musical artistry in this vintage performance. In both solos and duets, Amy and Willie display wide-ranging versatility that showcases their diverse musical backgrounds.

 

Series Title:     ANTIQUES ROADSHOW

Program Title: Atlantic City, NJ, Part 2 of 3 (Encore)

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               10/24/2011 8:00:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

In Atlantic City, New Jersey, ANTIQUES ROADSHOW and appraiser Andy Ourant dip into a discussion of the market for swimsuit-clad, early 20th-century bisque figurines, known as bathing beauties. Highlights include a collection of Enrico Caruso memorabilia brought by his grandson; a dress by noted Italian designer Fortuny, purported to have been worn by American modern dance legend Isadora Duncan; and a pair of heirloom boxwood and ivory figurines estimated to be worth $50,000 to $75,000, but if confirmed to be 18th-century originals by sculptor Simon Troger, could be worth $400,000.

 

Series Title:     ANTIQUES ROADSHOW

Program Title: Milwaukee, WI, Part 1 of 3 (Encore)

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               10/24/2011 9:00:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

ANTIQUES ROADSHOW kicks off its visit to Milwaukee, Wisconsin, at the city's traditional German Fest, where host Mark L. Walberg and appraiser Stuart Whitehurst soak up the atmosphere and talk about collectible German beer steins. At the Midwest Airlines Center, collectors are thirsty for information about such treasures as a 1952 Fender Esquire guitar, prized by country and western musicians; a late 19th-century child's sled in the shape of a swan, considered a rare piece of American folk sculpture; and a cliffhanger: an 18th-century desk and bookcase passed down to the owner from his great-grandfather, a former governor of Connecticut, that could be worth as much as $250,000 - or $20,000 if the two pieces are determined to be "married."

 

Series Title:     LONG STORY SHORT WITH LESLIE WILCOX

Program Title: Chris McKinney (Encore)

Distributor:      PBS Hawaii

Date:               10/25/2011 7:30:00 PM

Length:            30

Description:

Leslie Wilcox sits down with Chris McKinney, a Kahaluu-raised author who is best known for his novel, The Tattoo. As a teenager with a strict upbringing, Chris was initially content with honoring his mother's wishes in pursuing a stable, lucrative law career. Later Chris discovered writing and now enjoys a successful career - The Tattoo is on student reading lists across the US. In this episode, he also opens up about the internal conflicts he experiences as he raises a daughter of his own.

This program is available in high-definition and will be rebroadcast on Wed., Oct. 26 at 11:00 pm and on Sun., Oct. 30, at 4:00 pm.

 

Series Title:     LEAHEY & LEAHEY

Program Title: WEDNESDAY, October 26, 2011

Distributor:      PBS Hawaii

Date:               10/26/2011 7:30:00 PM

Length:            30

Description:

Jim and Kanoa Leahey, Hawaii's father and son sports reporting duo, prove that the liveliest discussions happen with family and friends at the kitchen table. Join them as they talk story with special guests about "sports and other living things."

This program is available in high-definition and will be rebroadcast on Sun., Oct. 30, at 3:30 pm.

 

Series Title:     PBS HAWAII PRESENTS

Program Title: The B-Side

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               10/27/201 9:00:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

Award-winning vocalist Tony Conjugacion hosts the pilot episode of a new series of in-studio performances from Hawaii's up-and-coming artists of indie rock, folk, jazz, avant-garde and other approaches that defy musical categories. While Hawaii's music scene is deeply rooted in tradition, artists who follow the beat of a different drummer deserve a closer look...and listen. The program's title refers to the flip slide of a 45 rpm record revealing an often eclectic and more interesting alternative to the hit song on the A-Side. Featured in this premiere episode are jazz vocalist Starr Kalahiki as well as singer-songwriter Tahiti Rey appearing with her new musical partner Jason Alan.

 

Series Title:     PBS ARTS FALL FESTIVAL

Program Title: Miami City Ballet Dances Balanchine and Tharp

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               10/28/2011 9:00:00 PM

Length:            90

Description:

Witness the grace and beauty of one of America's finest dance companies, Edward Villella's Miami City Ballet, in a trio of signature works by George Balanchine and Twyla Tharp. Watch the company's critically acclaimed performances of Balanchine's Square Dance and Western Symphony and Tharp's The Golden Section. Actor Andy Garcia hosts the evening's presentation, a collaboration with PBS member station WPBT.

 

Series Title:     NA MELE: TRADITIONS IN HAWAIIAN SONG

Program Title: Maunalua (Encore)

Distributor:      PBS Hawaii

Date:               10/31/2011 7:30:00 PM

Length:            30

Description:

Maunalua, with Bobby Moderow Jr. on rhythm and slack-key guitar, Kahi Kaonohi on bass guitar and vocals, and Bruce Spencer on ukulele and vocals, blend their talents to evoke memories of old Hawaii.

 

Series Title:     Will Ferrell: The Mark Twain Prize

Program Title: MONDAY, October 31, 2011

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               10/31/2011 8:00:00 PM

Length:            90

Description:

This brand new special celebrates the work of popular comedian and comic actor Will Ferrell, the latest recipient of The Kennedy Center Mark Twain Prize for American Humor. From the stage of The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC, Ferrell's friends, contemporaries and co-stars, including Billie Joe Armstrong of the band Green Day, Ed Asner, Jack Black, Matthew Broderick, Gwen Ifill, Adam McKay, Tim Meadows, Conan O'Brien, John C. Reilly, Paul Rudd, Andy Samberg, Molly Shannon and Ben Stiller, salute the 14th recipient of the humor prize.

 

Series Title:     Tina Fey: The Mark Twain Prize

Program Title: MONDAY, October 31, 2011 (Encore)

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               10/31/2011 9:30:00 PM

Length:            90

The Kennedy Center Mark Twain Prize for American Humor salutes Tina Fey. Taped at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in November 2010, the special features a star-studded cast of Fey's friends and colleagues including top entertainers Fred Armisen, Steve Carell, Jimmy Fallon, Jon Hamm, Jennifer Hudson, Jane Krakowski, Steve Martin, Seth Meyers, Lorne Michaels, Tracy Morgan, Amy Poehler and Betty White. The evening pays tribute to the humor and accomplishments of the popular writer, producer, actor and comedian.

 

Series Title:     LONG STORY SHORT WITH LESLIE WILCOX

Program Title: Nora Okja Keller (Encore)

Distributor:      PBS Hawaii

Date:               11/01/2011 7:30:00 PM

Length:            30

Description:

Korean-born, Hawaii-raised author Nora Okja Keller sits down with Leslie Wilcox in this encore presentation. Nora's critically acclaimed novels, Comfort Woman and Fox Girl, depict dark themes of abandonment and abuse. She shares stories about struggling with identity and ultimately finding her voice through writing.

This program is available in high-definition and will be rebroadcast on Wed., Nov. 2 at 11:00 pm and on Sun., Nov. 6, at 4:00 pm.

 

Series Title:     LEAHEY & LEAHEY

Program Title: WEDNESDAY, November 2, 2011

Distributor:      PBS Hawaii

Date:               11/02/2011 7:30:00 PM

Length:            30

Description:

Jim and Kanoa Leahey, Hawaii's father and son sports reporting duo, prove that the liveliest discussions happen with family and friends at the kitchen table. Join them as they talk story with special guests about "sports and other living things."

This program is available in High Definition and will be rebroadcast on Wed., Nov. 2, at 11:30 pm and on Sun., Nov. 6, at 3:30 pm.

 

Series Title:     Steve Jobs - One Last Thing

Program Title: WEDNESDAY, November 2, 2011

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               11/02/2011 10:00:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

In the aftermath of the death of probably the most inspirational computer designer and innovator of the 21st century, this film takes an in-depth look at the life and work of Apple boss Steve Jobs to examine how and why he revolutionized our world.

 

Series Title:     PBS HAWAII PRESENTS

Program Title: A Conversation with America's Poet Laureate: W.S. Merwin (Encore)

Distributor:      PBS Hawaii

Date:               11/03/2011 9:00:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

Pulitzer Prize-winning poet and longtime Maui resident W.S. Merwin was America's Poet Laureate from June 2010-August 2011. This honor had never been bestowed upon a Hawaii resident before, let alone a writer who wants to be known as a Hawaii poet. True to his conviction, Mr. Merwin insisted on presenting himself to the world from Hawaii, with an interviewer from Hawaii. He placed no conditions on content in this special taping by PBS Hawaii. PBS Hawaii CEO and veteran journalist Leslie Wilcox spoke with Mr. Merwin at his lush, secluded home on Maui's northern coast, where he and his wife Paula cultivate one of the world's largest collections of endangered palm trees. Flowing through the hour-long program are readings from his work and his thoughts about poetry, literature, the power of words, Hawaiian myth and values, conservation, the future of mankind and much more. In the end, a never-before-seen portrait of the man and the artist emerges.

 

Series Title:     INDEPENDENT LENS

Program Title: Deaf Jam

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               11/03/2011 10:00:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

Aneta Brodski, a deaf teen living in New York City, discovers the power of American Sign Language poetry. As she prepares to be one of the first deaf poets to compete in a youth slam, her journey leads to an unexpected collaboration.

 

Series Title:     PBS Arts from the Blue Ridge Mountains: Give Me the Banjo

Program Title: FRIDAY, November 4, 2011

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               11/04/2011 9:00:00 PM

Length:            120

Description:

Narrated by Steve Martin, a banjoist himself, the film explores the roots of American music - the minstrel show, ragtime and early jazz, blues, old-time, folk, bluegrass and country. It is a story of a quintessential American musical instrument from its African slavery roots to the 21st century, featuring performances and commentary from contemporary folk musicians such as Pete Seeger, Earl Scruggs, Taj Mahal, Béla Fleck and the Carolina Chocolate Drops, as well as from leading music historians, instrument builders and collectors. Grammy-winning singer and songwriter Rosanne Cash hosts the presentation, a collaboration with PBS member station UNC-TV (North Carolina).

 

Series Title:     NA MELE: TRADITIONS IN HAWAIIAN SONG

Program Title: Makaha Sons (Encore)

Distributor:      PBS Hawaii

Date:               11/07/2011 7:30:00 PM

Length:            30

Description:

For over 30 years, the Makaha Sons - Louis "Moon" Kauakahi on 6-string guitar, Jerome "Boogie" Koko on 12-string guitar and John Koko on upright bass - have blended their magical harmonies into unique performances of traditional Hawaiian music. In this encore of a performance taped at the PBS Hawaii studios, they play some of their most beloved songs.

 

Series Title:     ANTIQUES ROADSHOW

Program Title: Junk in the Trunk

Distributor:      WGBH

Date:               11/07/2011 8:00:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

Just when you thought ANTIQUES ROADSHOW couldn't possibly have more great discoveries to share, comes this special edition. "Junk in the Trunk" is a new episode of never-before-seen appraisals from ROADSHOW's 2011 season. Highlights include one of a set of six inherited chairs, made 50 years ago by a furniture designer who also did commissions for Aristotle Onassis; a rare and extensive collection of WWII prison camp materials that posthumously established a glider pilot's eligibility for a medal from the U.S. Department of Defense; and a drawing and lithograph by iconic American artist Grant Wood, as well as a trunk containing some of his possessions, acquired by the owner from Wood's aunt and valued at $14,000 to $22,000.

 

Series Title:     ANTIQUES ROADSHOW

Program Title: Naughty or Nice (Encore)

Distributor:      WGBH

Date:               11/07/2011 9:00:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

In this special edition, ANTIQUES ROADSHOW makes a list and checks it twice. Enlivening the year-end holiday season, this lineup of favorite appraisals from past seasons will satisfy everyone's wish list. Highlights include: an 1863 Temperance lithograph illustrating the evils of imbibing spirits; a letter from Gerald Ford, written when he was House Minority Leader, to his kindergarten teacher in Michigan who called him "naughty little Gerry Ford;" and a dress worn by Marilyn Monroe in the film Some Like It Hot that was so tight she had to be sewn into it, valued at $150, 000 to $250,000.

 

Series Title:     LONG STORY SHORT WITH LESLIE WILCOX

Program Title: Jimmy Borges: The First Verse

Distributor:      PBS Hawaii

Date:               11/08/2011 7:30:00 PM

Length:            30

Description:

Hawaii's legendary jazz vocalist Jimmy Borges hears the story in every song and his own story is nothing short of breathtaking. The PBS Hawaii board member is back on the scene and on screen. Leslie Wilcox sits down with Jimmy in a special two-part episode of LONG STORY SHORT. In this half-hour, Jimmy takes us along on his journey from Kalihi to the Bay Area, from student athlete to world-class jazz singer.

This program is available in high-definition and will be rebroadcast on Wed., Nov. 9 at 11:00 pm and on Sun., Nov. 13, at 4:00 pm.

 

Series Title:     LEAHEY & LEAHEY

Program Title: WEDNESDAY, November 9, 2011

Distributor:      PBS Hawaii

Date:               11/09/2011 7:30:00 PM

Length:            30

Description:

Jim and Kanoa Leahey, Hawaii's father and son sports reporting duo, prove that the liveliest discussions happen with family and friends at the kitchen table. Join them as they talk story with special guests about "sports and other living things."

This program is available in High Definition and will be rebroadcast on Wed., Nov. 9, at 11:30 pm and on Sun., Nov. 13, at 3:30 pm.

 

Series Title:     PBS HAWAII PRESENTS

Program Title: Dream Big: Nanakuli At The Fringe

Distributor:      PBS Hawaii

Date:               11/10/2011 9:00:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

Big dreams are often followed by heartfelt gratitude. Such is the case in this new PBS HAWAII PRESENTS documentary, produced and directed by Roy Kimura. Join the students of Nanakuli High and Intermediate School Performing Arts Center (NPAC) as they travel halfway across the globe to perform at the world's largest arts festival, the Festival Fringe, in Edinburgh, Scotland. A prestigious, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, NPAC students feared they would not be able to raise enough money to attend. Yet Nanakuli, a community often characterized with a poor public and self-image, rallied behind its students. The resulting journey proves to be an emotional, life-changing one for everyone involved.

 

Series Title:     P.O.V.

Program Title: Where Soldiers Come From

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               11/10/2011 10:00:00 PM

Length:            90

Description:

From a snowy, small town in northern Michigan to the mountains of Afghanistan, this film follows the four-year journey of childhood friends Dominic Fredianelli and Cole Smith who join the National Guard after graduating from high school. As it chronicles the young men's transformation from restless teenagers to soldiers looking for roadside bombs to 23-year-old combat veterans trying to start their lives again, the film offers an intimate look at the young Americans who fight our wars, the families and towns they come from - and the way one faraway conflict changes everything.

 

Series Title:     PBS ARTS FALL FESTIVAL

Program Title: American Masters Bill T. Jones: A Good Man

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               11/11/2011 9:00:00 PM

Length:            120

Description:

Follow award-winning director/choreographer Bill T. Jones's intense creative journey as he leads his company in the creation of Fondly Do We Hope ... Fervently Do We Pray, an original dance-theater piece in honor of Abraham Lincoln's bicentennial. Anna Deavere Smith hosts. The evening's presentation is in collaboration with PBS member station WTTW in Chicago.

 

Series Title:     NA MELE: TRADITIONS IN HAWAIIAN SONG

Program Title: Keali'i Reichel (Encore)

Distributor:      PBS Hawaii

Date:               11/14/2011 7:30:00 PM

Length:            30

Description:

Since his 1994 Na Hoku Hanohano Award-winning debut album, Kawaipunahele, Keali'i Reichel has established himself as one of Hawaii's premier artists. His dedication to the perpetuation of Hawaiian language, song, chanting and hula has evolved into unique and personal performances that showcase the depth of Hawaiian culture for international audiences.

 

Series Title:     ANTIQUES ROADSHOW

Program Title: Tasty Treasures

Distributor:      WGBH

Date:               11/14/2011 8:00:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

This ANTIQUES ROADSHOW special edition, celebrates the season with a cornucopia of appetizing antiques and delectable collectibles for and about eating and drinking. Plucked from ROADSHOW's appraisal archive, highlights include a coveted stainless steel 1930s meat serving cart that saw decades of use at a Reno, Nevada, casino; a rare toy coffee service made of 18th-century British porcelain; and an heirloom Tlingit Indian oil bowl and ladle, acquired by the owner's great-great-grandfather during a military posting to Sitka, Alaska, in 1877, valued at a jaw-dropping $250,000 to $300,000.

 

Series Title:     ANTIQUES ROADSHOW

Program Title: Simply the Best (Encore)

Distributor:      WGBH

Date:               11/14/2011 9:00:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

An ANTIQUES ROADSHOW's special edition, this episode showcases objects deemed the finest examples of their kind ever seen on ROADSHOW. Highlights include: a superlative pair of circa 1795, Massachusetts-made Federal side chairs, valued at $30,000 to $50,000; a staggeringly rare 19th-century Rhode Island rifle and powder horn, valued at $100,000 to $120,000; and the "holy grail" of the American women's suffrage movement - posters, valued at $10,000 to $15,000.

 

Series Title:     LONG STORY SHORT WITH LESLIE WILCOX

Program Title: Jimmy Borges: The Ballad Continues

Distributor:      PBS Hawaii

Date:               11/15/2011 7:30:00 PM

Length:            30

Description:

Hawaii's legendary jazz vocalist Jimmy Borges hears the story in every song, and his own story is nothing short of breathtaking. The PBS Hawaii board member is back on the scene and on screen. Leslie Wilcox sits down with Jimmy in a special two-part episode of LONG STORY SHORT. In this half-hour, Jimmy reveals what he did to gain exclusive access to Frank Sinatra's music archive. He also opens up about the most difficult challenge he has had to face - battling cancer.

This program is available in high-definition and will be rebroadcast on Wed., Nov. 16 at 11:00 pm and on Sun., Nov. 20, at 4:00 pm.

 

Series Title:     LEAHEY & LEAHEY

Program Title: WEDNESDAY, November 16, 2011

Distributor:      PBS Hawaii

Date:               11/16/2011 7:30:00 PM

Length:            30

Description:

Jim and Kanoa Leahey, Hawaii's father and son sports reporting duo, prove that the liveliest discussions happen with family and friends at the kitchen table. Join them as they talk story with special guests about "sports and other living things."

This program is available in High Definition and will be rebroadcast on Wed., Nov. 16, at 11:30 pm and on Sun., Nov. 20, at 3:30 pm.

 

Series Title:     PBS HAWAII PRESENTS

Program Title: Jimmy Borges After Dark (Encore)

Distributor:      PBS Hawaii

Date:               11/17/2011 9:00:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

Jimmy Borges is joined by all-star musicians - drummer Noel Okimoto, bassist Steve Jones, saxophonists Gabe Baltazar and Matt Catingub, pianist Betty Loo Taylor and singer Pauline Wilson - for a wonderful evening of jazz. A familiar PBS Hawaii favorite, this concert special from 2007 celebrates music, life... and the man who has overcome his greatest challenge ever.

 

Series Title:     INDEPENDENT LENS

Program Title: We Still Live Here - Âs Nutayuneân

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               11/17/2011 10:00:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

The Wampanoag saved the Pilgrims from starvation - and lived to regret it. Spurred on by their celebrated linguist Jessie Little Doe Baird, the Wampanoag of Cape Cod and Martha's Vineyard are reviving their language more than a century after the last native speaker died.

 

Series Title:     NA MELE: TRADITIONS IN HAWAIIAN SONG

Program Title: Kaumakaiwa Lopaka Kanaka'ole and Kainani Kahaunaele (Encore)

Distributor:      PBS Hawaii

Date:               11/21/2011 7:30:00 PM

Length:            30

Description:

NA MELE presents two stars of contemporary Hawaiian Music: Kainani Kahaunaele and Kaumakaiwa Lopaka Kanaka'ole. Hawaiian language instructor Kahaunaele's powerful voice and original compositions have served as a focal point for her research into haku mele. Kanaka'ole, the heir to a family musical legacy, combines traditional Hawaiian instruments and songs into energy-filled productions that expand the definition of Hawaiian music.

 

Series Title:     ANTIQUES ROADSHOW

Program Title: Atlantic City, NJ, Part 3 of 3 (Encore)

Distributor:      WGBH

Date:               11/21/2011 8:00:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

Where better for ANTIQUES ROADSHOW and appraiser Kevin Zavian to dive into the subject of pearls than at Dock's Oyster House in Atlantic City, New Jersey? Highlights include a fanciful circa 1900 folk art sculpture; a 1934 New York Yankees team-signed baseball; and an early 20th-century landscape painting by George Bellows, one of America's greatest artists, passed down in the Bellows family and valued at $150,000.

 

Series Title:     AMERICAN MASTERS

Program Title: Woody Allen: A Documentary Part 2 of 2

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               11/21/2011 9:00:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

Gaining unprecedented access to the notoriously private film legend, Emmy Award-winner Robert Weide delves into Woody Allen's life and creative process, from his childhood and early career through to his most recent film Midnight in Paris, in this new, two-part documentary. Exploring the ultimate independent filmmaker's writing habits, casting, directing and relationship with his actors, Weide traveled with Allen from the London set of his upcoming film You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger to Allen's home, the editing room and his childhood haunts in the Midwood section of Brooklyn. New interviews also provide insight and backstory: actors Antonio Banderas, Josh Brolin, Penelope Cruz, John Cusack, Larry David, Mariel Hemingway, Scarlett Johansson, Julie Kavner, Diane Keaton, Martin Landau, Louise Lasser, Sean Penn, Tony Roberts, Chris Rock, Mira Sorvino, Naomi Watts, Dianne Wiest and Owen Wilson; writing collaborators Marshall Brickman, Mickey Rose and Doug McGrath; cinematographers Gordon Willis and Vilmos Zsigmond; Allen's sister Letty Aronson; longtime manager Jack Rollins; casting director Juliet Taylor; pals Dick Cavett and Martin Scorsese; and others.

 

Series Title:     LONG STORY SHORT WITH LESLIE WILCOX

Program Title: Sig Zane (Encore)

Distributor:      PBS Hawaii

Date:               11/22/2011 7:30:00 PM

Length:            30

Description:

Leslie Wilcox talks story with Sig Zane, a Hilo fashion designer who's been in the business for over 25 years. Sig originally considered careers in architecture, law and real estate before discovering Hawaiian culture and fashion design in the 1970s, when he moved to the Big Island. Sig was one of the first designers to incorporate native Hawaiian plant imagery into his clothing designs, a reflection of his strong affinity for and commitment to Hawaiian culture.

This program is available in high-definition and will be rebroadcast on Wed., Nov. 23 at 11:00 pm and on Sun., Nov. 27, at 4:00 pm.

 

Series Title:     LEAHEY & LEAHEY

Program Title: WEDNESDAY, November 23, 2011 (Encore)

Distributor:      PBS Hawaii

Date:               11/23/2011 7:30:00 PM

Length:            30

Description:

Jim and Kanoa Leahey, Hawaii's father and son sports reporting duo, prove that the liveliest discussions happen with family and friends at the kitchen table. Join them as they talk story with special guests about "sports and other living things."

This program is available in High Definition and will be rebroadcast on Wed., Nov. 23, at 11:30 pm and on Sun., Nov. 27, at 3:30 pm.

 

Series Title:     IN PERFORMANCE AT THE WHITE HOUSE

Program Title: Country Music

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               11/23/2011 8:00:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

President and Mrs. Obama host this event that features superstars from the world of country music performing songs in the East Room of the White House.

 

Series Title:     PBS HAWAII PRESENTS

Program Title: Dream Big: Nanakuli at the Fringe (Encore)

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               11/24/2011 8:00:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

Big dreams are often followed by heartfelt gratitude. Such is the case in this new PBS HAWAII PRESENTS documentary, produced and directed by Roy Kimura. Join the students of Nanakuli High and Intermediate School Performing Arts Center (NPAC) as they travel halfway across the globe to perform at the world's largest arts festival, the Festival Fringe, in Edinburgh, Scotland. A prestigious, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, NPAC students feared they would not be able to raise enough money to attend. Yet Nanakuli, a community often characterized with a poor public and self-image, rallied behind its students. The resulting journey proves to be an emotional, life-changing one for everyone involved.

 

Series Title:     PBS HAWAII PRESENTS

Program Title: The B-Side (Encore)

Distributor:      PBS Hawaii

Date:               11/24/2011 9:00:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

Award-winning vocalist Tony Conjugacion hosts the pilot episode of a new series of in-studio performances from Hawaii's up-and-coming artists of indie rock, folk, jazz, avant-garde and other approaches that defy musical categories. While Hawaii's music scene is deeply rooted in tradition, artists who follow the beat of a different drummer deserve a closer look...and listen. The program's title refers to the flip slide of a 45 rpm record revealing an often eclectic and more interesting alternative to the hit song on the A-Side. Featured in this premiere episode are jazz vocalist Starr Kalahiki and singer-songwriter Tahiti Rey appearing with her new musical partner Jason Alan.

 

Series Title:     INDEPENDENT LENS

Program Title: Reel Injun (Encore)

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               11/24/2011 10:00:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

Cree filmmaker Neil Diamond takes an entertaining, insightful, and often humorous look at the Hollywood Indian, exploring the portrayal of North American Natives through a century of cinema and examining the ways that the myth of "the Injun" has influenced the world's understanding - and misunderstanding - of Native Americans. Narrated by Diamond with infectious enthusiasm and good humor, it is a look at cinema through the eyes of the people who appeared in its very first flickering images and have survived to tell their stories their own way.

 

Series Title:     PBS ARTS FALL FESTIVAL

Program Title: PBS Arts from Los Angeles: Il Postino from LA Opera

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               11/25/2011 9:00:00 PM

Length:            150

Description:

Bask in the beautiful voice of world-renowned tenor Placido Domingo with the LA Opera in this romantic new opera by composer Daniel Catán, based on the Oscar-winning Italian film. The opera tells the story of a shy young postman in a tiny Italian fishing village, who discovers the courage to pursue his dreams through his daily deliveries to his only customer, the esteemed Chilean poet Pablo Neruda, played by Domingo. Multiple Grammy Award-winning singer Linda Ronstadt hosts.

 

Series Title:     NA MELE: TRADITIONS IN HAWAIIAN SONG

Program Title: Haunani Apoliana and Ku'uipo Kumukahi (Encore)

Distributor:      PBS Hawaii

Date:               11/28/2011 7:30:00 PM

Length:            30

Description:

Multiple Hoku Award-winners Haunani Apoliona and Ku'uipo Kumukahi present classic Hawaiian songs in both solo and duet performances.

 

Series Title:     ANTIQUES ROADSHOW

Program Title: Madison, WI, Part 1 of 3 (Encore)

Distributor:      WGBH

Date:               11/28/2011 8:00:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

ANTIQUES ROADSHOW's visit to Madison, Wisconsin, includes a detour with appraiser Wes Cowan to the Wisconsin Dells to discuss the late 19th-century stereoscopic photography of H.H. Bennett that made the Dells famous. Highlights include an heirloom Art Deco charm bracelet with a possible connection to John D. Rockefeller; an heirloom 1938 Martin D-18 guitar, highly coveted by folk and bluegrass musicians; and an angry 1976 letter from Frank Sinatra to Chicago Daily News columnist Mike Royko, auctioned off for charity by Royko and now worth $15,000.

 

Series Title:     ANTIQUES ROADSHOW

Program Title: Denver, CO, Part 1 of 3

Distributor:      WGBH

Date:               11/28/2011 9:00:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

Host Mark L. Walberg meets appraiser Kathleen Bailey at Denver's Kirkland Museum of Fine and Decorative Art to view its collection of wild-looking Art Deco glassware known as Ruba Rombic. Program highlights include a poster of the famous Wright Flyer airplane, made by the owner's great-grandfather, marking the Wright Brothers' triumphant return to Dayton, Ohio, in 1909; a first edition copy of William Faulkner's Sartoris, inscribed to the owner's father, one of Faulkner's cousins; and an heirloom collection of jewelry that includes a fabulous diamond ring, crafted by "Jeweler to the Stars" Paul Flato, and valued at $215,000 to $270,000.

 

Series Title:     LONG STORY SHORT WITH LESLIE WILCOX

Program Title: Lee Cataluna: A Writer's Journey

Distributor:      PBS Hawaii

Date:               11/29/2011 7:30:00 PM

Length:            30

Description:

Leslie Wilcox talks story with Lee Cataluna, best known for her witty stage plays and newspaper columns about island life. In this episode, Lee recalls her self-proclaimed "dorky" childhood on the neighbor islands, mainly on Maui. Once an aspiring dancer, Lee reveals how she entered the worlds of journalism and playwriting.

This program is available in high-definition and will be rebroadcast on Wed., Nov. 30 at 11:00 pm and Sun. Dec. 4 at 4:00 pm.

 

Series Title:     LEAHEY & LEAHEY

Program Title: WEDNESDAY, November 30, 2011

Distributor:      PBS Hawaii

Date:               11/30/2011 7:30:00 PM

Length:            30

Description:

Jim and Kanoa Leahey, Hawaii's father and son sports reporting duo, prove that the liveliest discussions happen with family and friends at the kitchen table. Join them as they talk story with special guests about "sports and other living things."

This program is available in High Definition and will be rebroadcast on Wed., Nov. 23, at 11:30 pm and on Sun., Nov. 27, at 3:30 pm.

 

Series Title:     THROUGH A DOG'S EYES

Program Title: WEDNESDAY, November 30, 2011 (Encore)

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               11/30/2011 10:00:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

Each year, hundreds of people find hope through a handful of organizations across the country that train assistance dogs for people with disabilities. This film follows the journey of recipients as they go through the heartwarming and sometimes difficult process of receiving and becoming acclimated to a dog. Jennifer Arnold, founder of one of the nation's largest service dog organizations, Canine Assistants, details her unique teaching methods, giving viewers an intimate look at the canine-recipient matching process. The program offers inspiring, hopeful stories that show how dogs can affect everyone's life and how with a little patience and a lot of love, an "ordinary" dog can show how extraordinary he or she can become.

 

Series Title:     PBS HAWAII PRESENTS

Program Title: Those Who Came Before (Encore)

Distributor:      PBS Hawaii

Date:               12/01/2011 9:00:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

This film is the tenth documentary by husband and wife team Eddie and Myrna Kamae. (Eddie is the director of their films, while Myrna is the producer.) It is also a summing up and poignant look back at legendary musician Eddie Kamae's quest to find the sources of Hawaiian musical traditions and pass that knowledge on to future generations.

The film traces Eddie's journey of discovery with kupuna such as historian, Hawaiian language scholar, poet and songwriter Mary Kawena Pukui; poet, musician and songwriter Sam Li'a; and Pilahi Paki, a cultural treasure whose letter-by-letter definition of ALOHA had a major influence on Kamae. The film follows the evolution of Kamae's group The Sons of Hawaii, which played a major role in sparking the Hawaiian Renaissance of the 1970's.

 

Series Title:     INDEPENDENT LENS

Program Title: Art & Copy (Encore)

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               12/01/2011 10:00:00 PM

Length:            90

Description:

Meet the real "Mad Men" (and women) in this stylish glimpse at the people behind the curtain of modern consumer culture. You may thank (or curse) the creators in the film for such familiarly evocative slogans as "Just Do It," "I ♥ NY," "Where's the Beef?" "Got Milk?" "Think Different," and brilliant campaigns for everything from cars to presidents.

 

Series Title:     PBS ARTS FALL FESTIVAL

Program Title: PBS Arts from Miami: Miami City Ballet Dances Balanchine and Tharp (Encore)

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               12/02/2011 9:00:00 PM

Length:            90

Description:

Witness the grace and beauty of one of America's finest dance companies, Edward Villella's Miami City Ballet, in a trio of signature works by George Balanchine and Twyla Tharp. Watch the company's critically acclaimed performances of Balanchine's Square Dance and Western Symphony and Tharp's The Golden Section. Actor Andy Garcia hosts the evening's presentation, a collaboration with PBS member station WPBT.

 

Series Title:     NA MELE: TRADITIONS IN HAWAIIAN SONG

Program Title: Melveen Leed (Encore)

Distributor:      PBS Hawaii

Date:               12/05/2011 7:30:00 PM

Length:            30

Description:

Singer Melveen Leed is joined by her hula dancer daughter Kaaikaula Naluai in our PBS Hawaii studios in Manoa. Best known for contemporary Hawaiian, jazz and country, Molokai girl Melveen also has deep roots in traditional Hawaiian song.

 

Series Title:     Peter, Paul & Mary: Carry It On - A Musical Legacy

Program Title: MONDAY, December 5, 2011 (Encore)

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               12/05/2011 8:00:00 PM

Length:            120

Description:

There once was a time, some years before the ascendance of rock and roll on Top 40 radio, when popular music veered sharply from the mainstream to sample American roots music traditions. Inspired by the songs of Pete Seeger and The Weavers, this music found its greatest expression during the early 1960s in the songs of an emerging Greenwich Village group known as Peter, Paul and Mary. This special features rare archival performances of songs that energized the spirit of the nation's cultural and political renaissance. The performances include "Blowin' in the Wind," "The Times They Are a Changin'," "Lemon Tree," "Puff, The Magic Dragon," "Wedding Song," "Leaving On a Jet Plane" and "If I Had A Hammer." Woven together with the musical performances are poignant comments from the trio themselves, Pete Seeger, Richie Havens, Ronnie Gilbert of The Weavers and legendary record producer Phil Ramone, among others.

 

Series Title:     GREAT PERFORMANCES

Program Title: Hitman Returns: David Foster & Friends (Encore)

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               12/05/2011 10:00:00 PM

Length:            120

Description:

David Foster, who has collaborated with some of the greatest superstars in music, returns to GREAT PERFORMANCES with some of his favorite artists for a magnificent night of music. Recorded in October 2010 at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, "Hitman Returns," the follow-up concert to the hugely popular 2008 "Hitman: David Foster & Friends," is an all-star celebration featuring even more chart-topping stars and music from the 15-time Grammy Award winner's extensive career catalog. Guests include Chaka Khan, Seal, Kenny Loggins, Michael Bolton, All-4-One and Jackie Evancho.

 

Series Title:     LONG STORY SHORT WITH LESLIE WILCOX

Program Title: The Legacy Series

Distributor:      PBS Hawaii

Date:               12/06/2011 7:30:00 PM

Length:            90

Description:

The Legacy Series encapsulates the essence of Long Story Short: preserving the stories, lessons and experiences of Hawaii's own. Join Leslie Wilcox as we honor five guests who have since passed on: Limu specialist Dr. Isabella Aiona Abbott, Hawaiian matriarch Aunty Nona Beamer, Judge Samuel P. King, former Chief Justice William S. Richardson and local TV news legend Bob Sevey were all accomplished in their fields and left legacies that continue to impact Hawaii today.

 

Series Title:     Human Nature Sings Motown with Special Guest Smokey Robinson

Program Title: TUESDAY, December 6, 2011

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               12/06/2011 9:00:00 PM

Length:            90

Description:

Smokey Robinson presents the best-selling Australian pop group Human Nature. The group cruises through the Motown songbook with high-energy takes on the great sounds of vocal groups like the Four Tops, The Supremes, The Jackson Five, Martha and the Vandellas and others. Shot at Las Vegas' famed Paris Theatre, the special is a tribute to the greatest days of the famous record label and a new take on some of pop music's most enduring anthems.

 

Series Title:     LEAHEY & LEAHEY

Program Title: WEDNESDAY, December 7, 2011

Distributor:      PBS Hawaii

Date:               12/07/2011 7:30:00 PM

Length:            30

Description:

Jim and Kanoa Leahey, Hawaii's father and son sports reporting duo, prove that the liveliest discussions happen with family and friends at the kitchen table. Join them as they talk story with special guests about "sports and other living things."

This program is available in high-definition and will be rebroadcast on Wed., Dec 7, at 11:30 pm and on Sun., Dec 11, at 3:30 pm.

 

Series Title:     Celtic Woman - Believe

Program Title: WEDNESDAY, December 7, 2011

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               12/07/2011 8:00:00 PM

Length:            120

Description:

Internationally renowned for alluring stage productions and songs of heartwarming inspiration, the singing sensation Celtic Woman presents a new chapter of musical enchantment to be enjoyed by the entire family. The extravagant production was filmed at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta, Georgia, with a dazzling array of visual and musical effects, including a 20-piece orchestra, seven-piece Celtic Woman Band, 16-piece Atlanta Bagpipe Band, lush vocal harmonies from the 10-member Aontas Choir and a 30-member children's choir, serving as the backdrop to the grace and beauty of Celtic Woman.

 

Series Title:     Paul Simon: Live at Webster Hall, New York

Program Title: THURSDAY, December 8, 2011

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               12/08/2011 8:00:00 PM

Length:            90

Description:

In June 2011, Paul Simon thrilled hometown fans with a special performance at New York City's historic Webster Hall. The show was the culmination of a sold-out, two-month U.S. tour. The resulting special captures this extraordinary event, with Simon performing classic songs and music from his critically acclaimed new album, So Beautiful or So What.

 

Series Title:     Straight No Chaser: Songs of the Decades-Holiday Edition

Program Title: THURSDAY, December 8, 2011 (Encore)

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               12/08/2011 9:30:00 PM

Length:            90

Description:

The a cappella phenomenon Straight No Chaser, the ten men whose quirky version of "The 12 Days of Christmas" was a YouTube sensation, presents an entertaining evening for everyone. The special includes material from their EP Six Pack, holiday favorites from their album Christmas Cheers, including "The Christmas Can Can," "Hey Santa!" and, of course, the song that started it all: "The 12 Days of Christmas."

 

Series Title:     PBS ARTS FALL FESTIVAL

Program Title: American Masters Pearl Jam Twenty (Encore)

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               12/09/2011 9:00:00 PM

Length:            120

Description:

In honor of Pearl Jam's 20th anniversary, award-winning director and music journalist Cameron Crowe creates a definitive portrait of the seminal band carved from over 1,200 hours of rarely and never-before-seen footage, plus 24 hours of recently shot concert and interview footage. Hosted by director Taylor Hackford, the film chronicles the years leading up to the band's formation, the chaos that ensued soon after their rise to mega-stardom, their step back from center stage and the creation of a work culture that would sustain them. Part concert film, part insider hang, part testimonial to the power of music, the film features interviews with original band members Jeff Ament, Stone Gossard, Mike McCready and Eddie Vedder.

 

Series Title:     LONG STORY SHORT

Program Title: Lee Cataluna: Creation and Change

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               12/13/2011 7:30:00 PM

Length:            30

Description:

Leslie Wilcox continues her conversation with Lee Cataluna, columnist and writer of local plays like Da Mayah and Folks You Meet in Longs. In this episode, she talks about her recently published first novel, Three Years on Doreen's Sofa, written from a troubled Maui man's point of view. And for the first time publicly, Lee opens up about her brush with death.

This program is available in high-definition and will be rebroadcast on Wed., Dec. 14 at 11:00 PM and Sun., Dec. 18 at 4:00 pm.

 

Series Title:     60s Pop, Rock & Soul

Program Title: TUESDAY, December 13, 2011 (Encore)

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               12/13/2011 8:00:00 PM

Length:            120

Description:

Hosted by icons Peter Noone of Herman's Hermits and Davy Jones of The Monkees, this all-new concert spectacular features hits and favorites of the AM radio era from Paul Revere & The Raiders, Gary Lewis & The Playboys, The Kingsmen, The Ventures, Question Mark & The Mysterians and Jefferson Starship. Every song is a classic from the decade of peace, love and profound social change - sung by performers who represent a period of time that resonates through the generations.

 

Series Title:     LEAHEY & LEAHEY

Program Title: WEDNESDAY, December 14, 2011 (Encore)

Distributor:      PBS Hawaii

Date:               12/14/2011 7:30:00 PM

Length:            30

Description:

Jim and Kanoa Leahey, Hawaii's father and son sports reporting duo, prove that the liveliest discussions happen with family and friends at the kitchen table. Join them as they talk story with special guests about "sports and other living things."

 

This program will be rebroadcast on Wed., Dec 14, at 11:30 pm and on Sun., Dec 18, at 3:30 pm.

 

Series Title:     LIVE FROM LINCOLN CENTER

Program Title: George Balanchine's The Nutcracker

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               12/14/2011 8:00:00 PM

Length:            120

Description:

New York City Ballet's beloved holiday favorite, George Balanchine's The Nutcracker, is presented from Lincoln Center's David H. Koch Theater. Set to Tchaikovsky's glorious score, Balanchine's The Nutcracker features New York City Ballet's entire roster of more than 150 dancers and musicians, as well as two alternating casts of 50 children from the School of American Ballet, the New York City Ballet's official school. In addition to Balanchine's choreography, the seminal work features scenery by Rouben Ter-Arutunian, costumes by Karinska and lighting by Mark Stanley, after the original design by Ronald Bates.

 

Series Title:     PBS ARTS FALL FESTIVAL

Program Title: The Little Mermaid from San Francisco Ballet

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               12/16/2011 9:00:00 PM

Length:            150

Description:

Experience Hans Christian Andersen's haunting tale of love in San Francisco Ballet's production of The Little Mermaid. Choreographer John Neumeier blends dance, dramatic storytelling and spectacle in a darkly emotional interpretation of the classic fable. Performed by the world-class San Francisco Ballet, the production features an original score by acclaimed young composer Lera Auerbach, with prima ballerina Yuan Yuan Tan in the title role. Kristi Yamaguchi hosts the program. The evening's presentation is in collaboration with PBS member station KQED.

 

Series Title:     NA MELE: TRADITIONS IN HAWAIIAN SONG

Program Title: Na Palapalai (Encore)

Distributor:      PBS Hawaii

Date:               12/19/2011 7:30:00 PM

Length:            30

Description:

Hoku Award-winning high energy trio Na Palapalai brings their falsetto style of Hawaiian music to the PBS Hawaii Studios in Manoa in this special encore presentation.

 

Series Title:     ANTIQUES ROADSHOW

Program Title: Forever Young

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               12/19/2011 8:00:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

This episode is a celebration of objects for the young and the young at heart. As the show's lovingly preserved appraisals prove, it's not only toys and teddy bears that capture the spirit of youth. Highlights include original art for a Dr. Seuss lunchbox; a child's shoe autographed by Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig; and a colorful embroidered silk picture, sewn by the owner's great-great-great-aunt in 1819, at the age of 15, valued at $60,000 to $80,000.

 

Series Title:     ANTIQUES ROADSHOW

Program Title: Big & Little (Encore)

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               12/19/2011 9:00:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

This episode proves good things come in small - and gigantic - packages. ANTIQUES ROADSHOW looks high and low through its archive of appraisals for unusually teeny treasures and outsize objects, from an heirloom five-carat diamond ring valued at $40,000 to $50,000 to a wall-sized painting by noted American artist John Fery, estimated to be worth $20,000 to $30,000.

 

Series Title:     AMERICAN MASTERS

Program Title: Charles & Ray Eames: The Architect and the Painter

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               12/19/2011 10:00:00 PM

Length:            90

Description:

From 1941 to 1978, the husband-and-wife team of Ray and Charles Eames brought unique talents to their partnership. He was an architect by training; she was a painter and sculptor. Together, they are considered America's most important and influential designers, whose work literally helped shape the second half of the 20th century and remains culturally vital and commercially popular today. The Eames are, perhaps, best remembered for their mid-century modern furniture, built from novel materials like molded plywood, fiberglass-reinforced plastic, bent metal wire and aluminum - offering consumers beautiful, functional, yet inexpensive products. Revered for their designs and fascinating as individuals, the Eames have risen to iconic status in American culture, but their influence on significant events and movements in American life - from the development of modernism to the rise of the computer age - has been less widely understood.

 

Series Title:     LONG STORY SHORT WITH LESLIE WILCOX

Program Title: Nake'u Awai (Encore)

Distributor:      PBS Hawaii

Date:               12/20/2011 7:30:00 PM

Length:            30

Description:

Leslie Wilcox talks story with Nake'u Awai, a Kalihi-based clothing designer renowned for his timeless and unique island wear. Nake'u initially pursued an entertainment career that led him to Broadway and Hollywood. Eventually he returned home, where he found his calling in fashion design. For three decades, Nake'u's creative Hawaiian prints and equally stunning fashion shows have wowed clientele throughout the islands.

 

This program is available in high-definition and will be rebroadcast on Wed., Dec. 21, at 11:00 pm and Sun. Dec. 25, at 4:00 pm.

 

Series Title:     LIDIA CELEBRATES AMERICA

Program Title: Holiday Tables & Traditions

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               12/20/2011 8:00:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

Celebrity chef, author and restaurateur Lidia Bastianich celebrates culture through food. Join her for an Italian Christmas Eve Feast of the Seven Fishes with actors Mo Rocca and Stanley Tucci; a Mexican-American Christmas Day with four generations of the Cortez family in San Antonio, Texas; a Chinese New Year feast and celebration with the Fong-Torres family; and a Jewish-American Passover seder with the Russ family of the famed specialty shop Russ and Daughters and food author Ruth Reichl.

 

Series Title:     Christmas at St. Olaf: Rejoice, Give Thanks and Sing

Program Title: TUESDAY, December 20, 2011

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               12/20/2011 9:00:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

This new production of one of the nation's most highly acclaimed annual musical celebration marks the 100th anniversary of the annual Christmas Festival from St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota. Featuring St. Olaf's renowned choirs and orchestra, the program's rich blending of compositions will highlight selections from previous Christmas Festivals, including excerpts from R.V. Williams Hodie. Additionally, this centennial performance will debut newly commissioned works by American composers André J. Thomas and David N. Childs.

 

Series Title:     L.A. Holiday Celebration 2010

Program Title: TUESDAY, December 20, 2011 (Encore)

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               12/20/2011 10:00:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

This program features highlights from the Los Angeles County Holiday Celebration that took place in the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion of the Music Center on Christmas Eve 2009. The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors has sponsored an admission-free holiday-themed show as a gift to the people of the county every December 24 since 1960. Attendance has become a seasonal tradition for many Angelenos. The 1,000-1,500 performers participating in the show each year represent a wide variety of cultures and holiday traditions. Performers include Tia Carrere, Little Willie G, Kim Eung Hwa Korean Dance Academy, Philippine Chamber Singers of Los Angeles and Sweet Honey in the Rock.

 

Series Title:     LEAHEY & LEAHEY

Program Title: WEDNESDAY, December 21, 2011

Distributor:      PBS Hawaii

Date:               12/21/2011 7:30:00 PM

Length:            30

Description:

Jim and Kanoa Leahey, Hawaii's father and son sports reporting duo, prove that the liveliest discussions happen with family and friends at the kitchen table. Join them as they talk story with special guests about "sports and other living things."

This program is available in high-definition and will be rebroadcast on Wed., Dec. 21, at 11:30 pm and on Sun., Dec. 25, at 3:30 pm.

 

Series Title:     PBS HAWAII PRESENTS

Program Title: Filmmakers' Forum (Encore)

Distributor:      PBS Hawaii

Date:               12/22/2011 9:00:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

Donalyn Dela Cruz hosts a round table discussion with a group of Hawaii filmmakers, each of whom will present a short film produced for and funded by Pacific Islanders in Communications. The films are: Dorothy Mane's A Legacy, which examines domestic violence in the Samoan community; Vincent Lucero's Holomua, a provocative drama about development versus Hawaiian land rights; Sharene and Daniel Boulos' Ipo Lei Manu, a watercolor-style animated depiction of the song by Queen Kapiolani; Lopaka Kapanui's Dreams of a Pagan Tattooed Savage, a surreal exploration of Hawaiian self-identity; and Leah Kihara's I scream, floats & Sunday, a poetic film of self-realization.

 

Series Title:     INDEPENDENT LENS

Program Title: The Woodmans

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               12/22/2011 10:00:00 PM

Length:            90

Description:

This film is a fascinating and unflinching portrait of the late photographer Francesca Woodman, told through the young artist's provocative work and remarkably candid interviews with her parents, who have continued their own artistic careers while watching Francesca's professional reputation eclipse their own. With unrestricted access to all of Francesca's photographs, private diaries, and experimental videos, the program traces the story of an unforgettable family broken and then healed by their art.

 

Series Title:     Christmas with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir Featuring David Archuleta

Program Title: FRIDAY, December 23, 2011

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               12/23/2011 9:00:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

Award-winning pop sensation David Archuleta and Grammy Award nominee Michael York join the renowned Mormon Tabernacle Choir in an energetic Christmas celebration of magnificent proportion. Recorded before audiences totaling 80,000 people, this spectacular event combines elegant dancing, masterful musical performances and storytelling. Complete with Yuletide favorites such as "Silent Night" and "Joy to the World," the memorable performance also includes unique music such as "Los Pastores a Belén," sung by David Archuleta in Spanish, together with moving organ, choir and orchestra performances.

 

Series Title:     Christmas at St. Olaf: Rejoice, Give Thanks and Sing

Program Title: FRIDAY, December 23, 2011 (Encore)

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               12/23/2011 10:00:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

This new production of one of the nation's most highly acclaimed annual musical celebration marks the 100th anniversary of the annual Christmas Festival from St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota. Featuring St. Olaf's renowned choirs and orchestra, the program's rich blending of compositions will highlight selections from previous Christmas Festivals, including excerpts from R.V. Williams Hodie. Additionally, this centennial performance will debut newly commissioned works by American composers André J. Thomas and David N. Childs.

 

Series Title:     NA MELE: TRADITIONS IN HAWAIIAN SONG

Program Title: George Kahumoku (Encore)

Distributor:      PBS Hawaii

Date:               12/26/2011 7:30:00 PM

Length:            30

Description:

One of Hawaii's most celebrated slack key guitar players, George Kahumoku, appears on NA MELE to play a selection of songs including: "36 Mile Marker," "Ho'okupa" and "Hi'ilawe."

 

Series Title:     ANTIQUES ROADSHOW

Program Title: Phoenix, AZ, Part 1 of 3 (Encore)

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               12/26/2011 8:00:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

ANTIQUES ROADSHOW host Mark L. Walberg and appraiser Stuart Whitehurst visit Phoenix' Hall of Flame Museum, home to the largest collection of fire-fighting materials in North America. Program highlights include a circa 1905 advertising display for waterproof baby pants; a 1797 Chippendale marriage chest; and a collection of original Charles Schulz "Peanuts" artwork, valued at $350,000.

 

Series Title:     ANTIQUES ROADSHOW

Program Title: San Jose, CA, Part 1 of 3 (Encore)

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               12/26/2011 9:00:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

In San Jose, ANTIQUES ROADSHOW host Mark L. Walberg and appraiser Rafael Eledge visit Winchester Mystery House, a bizarre Victorian mansion built by Winchester Rifle heiress Sarah Winchester. Valuable find: A Tlingit bowl and ladle - inherited from the guest's great-great-grandfather, who procured them on an 1877 trip to Alaska - valued at $250,000 to $300,000.

 

Series Title:     Over 90 and Loving It

Program Title: MONDAY, December 26, 2011 (Encore)

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               12/26/2011 10:00:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

This film profiles an inspirational group of people in their 90s and 100s who continue to lead full and passionate lives. The documentary introduces a wide range of engaging characters - from a legendary folk singer to a senior Olympian to a New York City taxi-cab driver. Each interviewee offers pearls of wisdom about achieving and sustaining a happy life, regardless of age. They discuss the benefits of keeping physically active; maintaining a positive attitude; embracing maturity; staying curious about the future but engaged in the present; making a difference in the lives of others; and, ultimately, learning to gracefully accept death as an inevitable part of life.

 

Series Title:     LEAHEY & LEAHEY

Program Title: WEDNESDAY, December 28, 2011 (Encore)

Distributor:      PBS Hawaii

Date:               12/28/2011 7:30:00 PM

Length:            30

Description:

Jim and Kanoa Leahey, Hawaii's father and son sports reporting duo, prove that the liveliest discussions happen with family and friends at the kitchen table. Join them as they talk story with special guests about "sports and other living things."

This program is available in high-definition and will be rebroadcast on Wed., Dec. 28, at 11:30 pm and on Sun., Jan. 1, at 3:30 pm.

 

Series Title:     INDEPENDENT LENS

Program Title: These Amazing Shadows

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               12/29/2011 10:00:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

What do the films Casablanca, Blazing Saddles and West Side Story have in common? Besides being popular, they have also been deemed "culturally, historically or aesthetically significant" by the Library of Congress and are listed in The National Film Registry, a roll call of American cinema treasures that reflects the diversity of film and the American experience itself. The current list of 550 films includes selections from every genre - documentaries, home movies, Hollywood classics, avant-garde, newsreels and silent films.

This documentary weaves clips from America's most-beloved films (and many rarer treasures) with moving personal tales of how specific films have reflected our culture and changed lives. The film includes interviews with famous directors including Christopher Nolan, John Lasseter, Rob Reiner, John Singleton, Barbara Kopple and John Waters and members of the National Film Preservation Board.

 

Series Title:     AMERICAN MASTERS

Program Title: Troubadours: Carole King, James Taylor and The Rise of the Singer-Songwriter (Encore)

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               12/30/2011 9:00:00 PM

Length:            90

Description:

In the wake of the turbulent 1960s, a new style of song and songwriter came to the fore - a style marked by vulnerable introspection and naked emotion. Backed by little more than a lone acoustic guitar or simple piano, these exciting voices descended upon Los Angeles, the emerging epicenter of the American music scene, and the Troubadour, the famed West Hollywood club that nurtured this community of gifted young artists and blossoming critical, commercial sensations. Interweaving the intriguing story of the club that cemented their musical legacy, this is a first-hand account of the genesis of the singer-songwriter movement, centering on the historic collaboration between Carole King and James Taylor, as well as on Jackson Browne, David Crosby, Joni Mitchell, Kris Kristofferson, Bonnie Raitt, the Eagles and many others.

 

News & Public Affairs:

Series Title:     The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer

Program Title: MONDAY, October 3, 2011

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               10/03/2011 6:30:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

ANALYSIS

Wall Street Protests Spread, Channeling Anger at Corporate, Political Forces

Protesters in the Occupy Wall Street movement are maintaining a growing campaign against corporate and political forces that they say are fueling economic inequality in America. Judy Woodruff examines who's involved in the protests and what they're seeking with WNYC Radio's Arun Venugopal and DNAinfo.com's Julie Shapiro.

REPORT

In Syria, 'No End in Sight' to Violent Crackdown Against Protests

Syrian activists reported Monday that security forces detained 3,000 people in Rastan after a weekend of some of the worst fighting since the uprising began six months ago. Ray Suarez reports on the violent stalemate between the government and opposition

REPORT

Senate Considers Bill to Punish China Over Currency Valuation

For years, American lawmakers have targeted China's currency, saying it has been deliberately undervalued to give Chinese companies price advantages in international trade. Kwame Holman reports on a Senate bill under consideration that would allow countervailing duties on Chinese good for currency manipulation.

REPORT

India's Massive School Lunch Program Aims to Curb Widespread Malnutrition

The economy in India is growing rapidly, but not fast enough to take care of its millions of poor and hungry children. Special correspondent Fred de Sam Lazaro reports on a solution that has resulted in the world's largest school lunch program.

REPORT

News Wrap: Stocks Drop on News Greece Will Fail to Meet Deficit Target

In other news Monday, global markets took another hit over news that Greece will miss the deficit targets it agreed to under a bailout plan. The revelation added fuel to the fears of a partial default. Also, an appeals court jury in Italy threw out the murder convictions of American student Amanda Knox and her former boyfriend.

ANALYSIS

As Violence in Syria Escalates, Will Many 'Fence Sitters' Back Opposition?

Word of a violent weekend assault on the city of Rastan by Syrian security forces prompted protests in several other cities across the country on Monday. Ray Suarez discusses the recent increase in violence with NPR's Deborah Amos, reporting from Beirut.

ANALYSIS

Immigration, Affirmative Action on New High Court Docket; Health Reform Awaited

The U.S. Supreme Court returned to work Monday and the court has a docket full of controversial cases on topics ranging from obscenity to strip searches to warrantless surveillance. Gwen Ifill previews the new term with The National Law Journal's Marcia Coyle and Scotusblog.com's Tom Goldstein.

ANALYSIS

Nobels Honor Immune System Research Paving Way for New Vaccines, Treatments

American Bruce Beutler and Luxembourg-born Jules Hoffmann shared this year's Nobel Prize in medicine with Canadian-born Ralph Steinman, who died on Friday, for their discoveries related to the immune system. Jeffrey Brown discusses their work with Dr. Anthony Fauci of The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.

 

Series Title:     The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer

Program Title: TUESDAY, October 4, 2011

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               10/04/2011 6:30:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

ANALYSIS

Christie Hangs Onto His Hat: What Happens to GOP Field?

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie announced Tuesday that he will not join the race for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination. Judy Woodruff discusses what his decision means for the campaigns of the rest of the GOP contenders with Political Editor David Chalian and Jeff Zeleny of The New York Times.

REPORT

Al-Shabab Truck Bomb Attack Kills at Least 70 in Somalia

A truck bomb rammed a checkpoint Tuesday near the education ministry in Mogadishu, Somalia, as students and parents were crowding in to learn about scholarships. Ray Suarez reports on the deadly attack by al-Shabab -- an al-Qaida-linked militant group.

REPORT

U.S. Scientists' Research on Universe Expansion Earns Nobel Nod

Three U.S. physicists won the Nobel Prize in physics Tuesday for discovering through the study of supernovae that the universe is not just expanding, but speeding up. KQED's Andrea Kissack profiles one of the scientists and his research.

REPORT

Liberians Head to Polls in Test of Struggling Democracy's Stability

The African nation of Liberia faces new challenges as it struggles to maintain its democracy and stability following its civil war. In partnership with the Bureau for International Reporting, special correspondent Kira Kay reports on the nation, where unemployment is rampant, as it prepares for next week's presidential election.

REPORT

News Wrap: Bernanke Says Fed Stimulus Is Critical to Prevent New Recession

In other news Tuesday, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke issued a new warning about the U.S. economic recovery before a congressional committee. He defended the Fed's latest stimulus efforts and said they are critical to prevent a new recession. Also, stocks in Europe fell sharply amid fears that Greece will default.

ANALYSIS

Somalis 'Shocked' at Scale of Deadly al-Shabab Attack in Mogadishu

Al-Shabab took responsibility for a truck bomb that rammed a checkpoint Tuesday near the education ministry in Mogadishu, Somalia, as students and parents were crowding in to learn about scholarships. Ray Suarez discusses that attack that killed at least 70 people with Reuters' David Clarke, reporting from Nairobi, Kenya.

ANALYSIS

In a Weak Economy, Why Is CEO Pay on the Rise?

Median executive compensation has more than quadrupled over the last four decades, even through the latest financial crisis. Margaret Warner explores how CEOs can still command such salaries and benefits in light of the recession with Michael Faulkender of the University of Maryland and James Stewart of The New York Times.

 

Series Title:     The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer

Program Title: WEDNESDAY, October 5, 2011

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               10/05/2011 6:30:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

ANALYSIS

Dems Pitch New Plan to Fund Jobs Bill: A Tax on Millionaires

Democratic leaders in the Senate proposed a surtax on millionaires on Wednesday to pay for President Obama's jobs bill. Jeffrey Brown discusses the move and its prospects with WNYC Radio's Todd Zwillich.

ANALYSIS

Supreme Court Considers Case on Discrimination in Religious Schools

Judy Woodruff discusses a Supreme Court case that considers the founding principle of the separation of church and state with the National Law Journal's Marcia Coyle.

REPORT

War-Torn Liberia Struggles to Care for Mentally Ill

After decades of civil war, Liberia struggles to provide mental health care for its citizens. In partnership with the Bureau for International Reporting, special correspondent Kira Kay reports.

REPORT

Poet Philip Schultz Details Life-Long Struggle in New Memoir 'My Dyslexia'

Poet Philip Schultz details his life-long struggle to overcome dyslexia in his new memoir. Jeffrey Brown profiles the Pulitzer Prize-winning poet's latest work, "My Dyslexia."

REPORT

News Wrap: U.S., European Markets Recoup Some Losses

In other news Wednesday, stock markets in the U.S. and Europe recouped more of their recent losses. They rallied on news that policy makers are working on plans to support ailing European banks. Also, Texas Gov. Rick Perry reported raising $17 million since he joint the GOP presidential field.

REPORT

'Occupy Wall Street' Protests Give Voice to Anger Over Greed, Corporate Culture

The protests against Wall Street gained new momentum on Wednesday, when union members and students joined the demonstration and marched through the streets of lower Manhattan. Paul Solman visits the budding movement's base camp.

CONVERSATION

Google's Schmidt on the 'Winners and Losers' in Search Rankings

Google is being investigated as to whether it may be violating anti-trust law in how it ranks websites when consumers do searches. Gwen Ifill talks to Google's Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt as part of the Atlantic and Aspen Ideas Forum.

 

Series Title:     The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer

Program Title: THURSDAY, October 6, 2011

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               10/06/2011 6:30:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

REPORT

Obama to Congress: Vote on Jobs Bill or Find Better Idea

President Obama called a news conference Thursday where he pressed members of Congress to vote for his jobs package or present a better idea. Judy Woodruff reports.

REPORT   

Remembering the Life, Designs of Digital Visionary Steve Jobs

In a statement late Wednesday, Apple said its co-founder and former CEO Steve Jobs lost his battle with pancreatic cancer at age 56. Correspondent Spence Michels looks back on the life and work of the digital visionary.

REPORT   

After Draftless Decade of War, Gap Seen Between Military, Civilians

After a decade of America at war, a new Pew poll documents the gap between those who have gone to the battlefield and those who haven't. Margret Warner reports.

REPORT   

The Old Man and the Boat: Hemingway's Quest for Peace

Paul Hendrickson, the author of "Hemingway's Boat, Everything He Loved in Life, and Lost, 1934-1961," is the latest biographer to delve into Ernest Hemingway, and he does so by narrowing his narrative focus on the famous writer's 38-foot motorized fishing vessel, Pilar.

REPORT   

News Wrap: Anti-Wall Street Protests Spread to D.C., Los Angeles

In other news Thursday, several hundred people formed a symbolic "99 percent" figure in Washington. They said the top 1 percent of Americans control far more wealth and power than the other 99 percent. Also, the U.S. Senate headed toward a final vote on a bill to punish China for manipulating its currency.

ANALYSIS   

What Does Future Hold for Tech World, Apple Without Jobs?

Late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs was remembered Thursday as being one the of world's greatest innovators. Jeffrey Brown discusses his life and work with Google's Vint Cerf, Boing Boing's Xeni Jardin and AOL co-founder Steve Case.

REPORT   

Film Follows First Trials of International Criminal Court's Chief Prosecutor

In "Prosecutor," filmmaker Berry Stevens follows Luis Moreno-Ocampo, the chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court. This excerpt is part of The Economist Film Project series of independently produced films aired in partnership between The Economist and the NewsHour.

 

Series Title:     INSIGHTS ON PBS HAWAII

Program Title: The Hawaii Census

Distributor:      PBS Hawaii

Date:               10/06/2011 7:30:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

On this week's INSIGHTS, host Dan Boylan and guest panelists will examine Hawaii's 2010 census results. A recent follow-up report states that Hawaii leads the nation in ethnic diversity, multigenerational households and cost of living. Hawaii's population has also risen by 12 percent since the last census in 2000. Guests will explain these demographics and more, what they mean for future policy planning and how Hawaii residents would ultimately be affected.

Host Dan Boylan will be joined by regional census director James T. Christy, acting state economist Eugene Tian, Susan Chandler with the non profit group PHOCUSED and a fourth panelist representing the business community.

We want to hear from you! Your questions and comments are welcome via phone, e-mail, Twitter and live blogging.

 

Series Title:     The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer

Program Title: FRIDAY, October 7, 2011

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               10/07/2011 6:30:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

NEWSMAKER INTERVIEW   

Romney Hopes for Faster Afghanistan Withdrawal if Generals OK Plan

After outlining his foreign policy vision Friday at The Citadel, Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney sat down with Judy Woodruff and discussed the war in Afghanistan, his GOP rivals and how he would get more Americans back to work. This is their complete interview. A shorter version aired on the NewsHour broadcast.

REPORT   

News Wrap: U.S. Gained Jobs in Sept., But Unemployment Sticks at 9.1%

In other news Friday, the Labor Department reported that the U.S. economy gained a net 103,000 jobs in September, but the unemployment rate stayed put. However, much of the total came from 45,000 Verizon workers rehired after striking. In Syria, activists reported that troops opened fire again on protesters after Friday prayers.

ANALYSIS   

3 Women 'at Forefront of Peace for Years' Honored With Nobel Prize

The 2011 Nobel Peace Prize was awarded Friday to three women who have fought for peace and women's rights. Margret Warner discusses the achievements of the three winners with the Institute for Policy Studies' Emira Woods and Vital Voices' Malini Patel.

NEWSMAKER INTERVIEW   

Romney: Voters Must Replace Obama to 'Keep America Strong and Get Back to Work'

After outlining his foreign policy proposals Friday in South Carolina, Republican presidential front-runner Mitt Romney sat down with Judy Woodruff to discuss his vision for a new "American century," how he would handle relations with Israel, President Obama's jobs bill and his opponents economic plans.

ANALYSIS   

Panel's Pitch to Nix Routine Prostate Cancer Tests Draws Strong Reaction

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force said Friday that prostate specific antigen tests, known as PSAs, that are done to detect prostate cancer could be doing more harm than good. Jeffrey Brown discusses the latest controversial recommendation from the influential panel with The Washington Post's Rob Stein.

ANALYSIS 

Shields, Brooks on Romney's Electability, Cain's 9-9-9 Plan, Wall St. Protests

Columnists Mark Shields and David Brooks weigh in on the week's top political news, including GOP contender Mitt Romney's foreign policy vision and electability, rival Republican candidate Herman Cain's "9-9-9" plan to overhaul the U.S. tax code, plus the Occupy Wall Street protests that are spreading beyond New York City.

 

Series Title:     WASHINGTON WEEK

Program Title: FRIDAY, October 7, 2011

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               10/07/2011 7:30:00 PM

Length:            30

Description:

For 40 years, WASHINGTON WEEK has delivered the most interesting conversation of the week. The program, hosted by Gwen Ifill, is the longest-running public affairs program on PBS and features a group of journalists participating in roundtable discussion of major news events.

 

Series Title:     NEED TO KNOW

Program Title: FRIDAY, October 7, 2011

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               10/07/2011 8:00:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

NEED TO KNOW is a cross-media news and public affairs magazine that culls stories from the best of the week's online reporting, culminating in a one-hour on-air broadcast every Friday night on PBS. The program features documentary-style reports, short features, studio-based interviews and covers five primary news beats: the economy, the environment and energy, health, national security and culture.

 

Series Title:     THE MCLAUGHLIN GROUP

Program Title: FRIDAY, October 7, 2011

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               10/07/2011 9:00:00 PM

Length:            30

Description:

THE MCLAUGHLIN GROUP is an unscripted forum featuring some of the greatest political analysts in the nation.

 

 

Series Title:     INSIGHTS ON PBS HAWAII

Program Title: The Hawaii Census (Encore)

Distributor:      PBS Hawaii

Date:               10/07/2011 9:30:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

On this week's INSIGHTS, host Dan Boylan and guest panelists will examine Hawaii's 2010 census results. A recent follow-up report states that Hawaii leads the nation in ethnic diversity, multigenerational households and cost of living. Hawaii's population has also risen by 12 percent since the last census in 2000. Guests will explain these demographics and more, what they mean for future policy planning and how Hawaii residents would ultimately be affected.

Host Dan Boylan will be joined by regional census director James T. Christy, acting state economist Eugene Tian, Susan Chandler with the non profit group PHOCUSED and a fourth panelist representing the business community.

We want to hear from you! Your questions and comments are welcome via phone, e-mail, Twitter and live blogging.

 

Series Title:     The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer

Program Title: MONDAY, October 10, 2011

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               10/10/2011 6:30:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

REPORT   

Deadly Clashes in Egypt Raise Specter of Sectarian Conflict

Funerals were held Monday for some of the 26 protesters killed Sunday in Cairo when clashes broke out between Coptic Christians, Muslims and security forces. Ray Suarez reports on the violence that also left more than 500 people wounded.

REPORT   

News Wrap: Americans Win Nobel for Economic Growth, Inflation Research

In other news Monday, two Americans won the 2011 Nobel Prize in economics. Christopher Sims and Thomas Sargent were honored for their work in the 1970s and '80s on how government policies can affect economic growth and inflation. Also, Syrian human rights activists reported that weekend clashes killed at least 31 people.

REPORT   

Environment, Economy at Heart of Keystone XL Pipeline Debate

A Canadian company wants to build a $13 billion, 1,700-mile pipeline to carry crude oil from the so-called tar sands region in Alberta through six states and a major aquifer to Texas for refining. Correspondent Tom Bearden reports from Nebraska on the high-stakes environmental and economic battle over the Keystone XL project.

ANALYSIS   

Does U.S. Drone Use Set a New Precedent for War?

The U.S. has dramatically increased its use of unmanned aerial vehicles to go after targets in Afghanistan, Somalia, Libya and especially Pakistan. Jeffrey Brown discusses the use of drones with former Air Force lawyer retired Maj. Gen. Charles Dunlap and David Cortright of the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies.

ANALYSIS   

After Deadly Clashes, Is Partnership Between Egypt's People, Military Over?

Cairo struggled to return to calm Monday after clashes Sunday between Coptic Christians, Muslims and security forces killed 26 people and wounded more than 500. Ray Suarez discusses the latest violence with The New York Times' David Kirkpatrick, reporting from Cairo.

ANALYSIS   

Mitt Romney's Mormonism Marks Tricky Territory for GOP Rivals

After endorsing Gov. Rick Perry at the Value Voters Summit in Washing on Friday, Baptist minister Robert Jeffress focused on GOP candidate Mitt Romney's faith, saying, "Mormonism is a cult." Judy Woodruff discusses the role of religion in the Republican presidential race with the Christian Broadcasting Network's David Brody.

REPORT

Amid Criticism, U.S. Increases Use of Drones as Weapons of War

The U.S. use of drones to find and kill militant targets in other countries has increased exponentially under the Obama administration. Jeffrey Brown reports on the criticism of using remote-control bombing attacks as weapons of war.

CONVERSATION  

Anita Hill Reflects on 20 Years Since Clarence Thomas Hearings

Twenty years ago, Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas' Senate confirmation process sparked a national debate about sexual harassment when Anita Hill, his former special assistant, accused him of inappropriate behavior. Gwen Ifill and Hill discuss her new book, "Reimagining Equality: Stories of Gender, Race and Finding Home."

 

Series Title:     The War of 1812

Program Title: MONDAY, October 10, 2011

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               10/10/2011 9:00:00 PM

Length:            120

Description:

For two and a half years, Americans fought against the British, Canadian colonists and native nations. Some of the War of 1812's battles and heroes became legendary, yet its blunders and cowards were just as prominent. This film shows how the glories of war become enshrined in history, how failures are quickly forgotten and how inconvenient truths are ignored forever. With stunning re-enactments, evocative animation and the incisive commentary of key experts, the film presents the conflict that forged the destiny of a continent.

 

Series Title:     The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer

Program Title: TUESDAY, October 11, 2011

Date:               10/11/2011 6:30:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

ANALYSIS 

Is Iran's Regime Capable of Attacks Inside U.S.?

Attorney General Eric Holder said Tuesday that Iran is behind a terror plot in the U.S. that targeted Saudi Arabia's ambassador to Washington and possibly two embassies. Jeffrey Brown discusses the alleged scheme and the Iranian political landscape with The New York Times' Charles Savage and Stanford University's Abbas Milani.

REPORT  

'Underwear Bomber' Trial Opens in Detroit

Opening arguments were heard Tuesday in a Detroit courtroom in the trial against Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, the Nigerian man known as the "underwear bomber" who stands accused of trying to blow up an American airplane on Christmas Day 2009. Gwen Ifill reports.

DEBATE   

Lawmakers Question Whether Obama's Jobs Bill Has the Right 'Forumla'

Senate Republicans moved Tuesday to block President Obama's $447 billion jobs bill. Judy Woodruff leads a debate over the proposal, which includes a combination of tax cuts and infrastructure spending, with Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich., and Sen. Johnny Isakson, R-Ga.

CONVERSATION  

Ex-French Resistance Fighter Hessel: 'It Is Good for Us to Feel Outrage'

Stephane Hessel, a 94-year-old former French resistance fighter, is urging young people to take to the streets and show their outrage. Ray Suarez and Hessel discuss his book, "Time For Outrage," which is also titled "Indignez-Vous!" in French.

REPORT   

News Wrap: Israel, Hamas Agree to Prisoner-Exchange Deal

In other news Tuesday, Israel and Hamas announced a deal to exchange some 1,000 Palestinian prisoners for Israeli Sgt. Gilad Shalit, who was captured by the militant Islamic group in 2006. Also, thousands of Egyptians protested overnight against the ruling military's actions during demonstrations.

ANALYSIS  

Abdulmutallab May Not Talk Much in 'Underwear Bomber' Trial

The trial of Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, who is charged with trying to detonate explosives hidden in underwear on a Detroit-bound flight on Christmas Day 2009, began Tuesday. Gwen Ifill discusses the opening day of the case with WDET Public Radio's Quinn Klinefelter.

REPORT   

Stalling Economy Forces Pennsylvania Schools to Put Dreams on Hold

The weak economy is contributing to -- and magnifying the problems -- of some school districts around the United States. John Merrow, the NewsHour's special correspondent for education, reports on the problems one Pennsylvania district is facing.

REPORT

'Women, War & Peace' Highlights Changing Females' Roles in Global Conflicts

"Women, War & Peace," a new five-part series co-produced by WNET New York, explores the changing role of women in conflicts around the world. This excerpt tells the story of an Army Female Engagement Team that reaches out to women in rural parts of Afghanistan.

 

Series Title:     FRONTLINE

Program Title: The Anthrax Files

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               10/11/2011 9:00:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

In the fall of 2001 envelopes carrying deadly anthrax were delivered to U.S. Senate offices, network news divisions and a tabloid newspaper. Five people were killed, many more were infected and the nation was terrorized. Seven years later, after the mistaken pursuit of one suspect, the most expensive and complex investigation ever undertaken by the FBI ended when the organization identified Army scientist Dr. Bruce Ivins as the sole perpetrator of the attacks - after Ivins had taken his own life. Now, new questions are being raised about the FBI's investigative methods and whether Ivins was really guilty. FRONTLINE, in a co-production with ProPublica and McClatchy Newspapers, takes a hard look at the FBI's investigation of the country's most notorious act of bioterrorism.

 

Series Title:     WOMEN, WAR & PEACE

Program Title: I Came to Testify

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               10/11/2011 10:00:00 PM

Length:            60

Description: 

WOMEN, WAR & PEACE is a new five-part series that focuses on the under-reported stories of the women who are changing the rules of engagement in conflict hotspots all over the world, reframing our understanding of modern warfare.

This episode is the moving story of how a group of sixteen women who had been imprisoned and raped by Serb-led forces in the Bosnian town of Foca broke their great silence and stepped forward to take the witness stand in an international court of law. Their remarkable courage resulted in a triumphant verdict that led to new international laws about sexual violence in war. Matt Damon narrates.

 

Series Title:     The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer

Program Title: WEDNESDAY, October 12, 2011

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               10/12/2011 6:30:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

REPORT   

Democrats Consider Piecemeal Approach to Blocked Jobs Bill

Senate Republicans blocked the Democrats' version of President Obama's $450 billion jobs bill on Tuesday, saying it would not work and might make things worse. But the president and Democrats pledged to keep pushing for the legislation. Kwame Holman reports.

ANALYSIS

Cain's 9-9-9 Plan, 'Romneycare' Scrutinized at Dartmouth Debate

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and former Godfather's Pizza chief executive Herman Cain took center stage at the Republican primary debate at Dartmouth College on Tuesday night. Gwen Ifill and Political Editor David Chalian recap the debate.

REPORT  

Georgia Works Jobs Training Program: a Peach or the Pits?

One provision of President Obama's jobs bill that has some bipartisan support is modeled after a program in Georgia that allows employers to try out workers for eight weeks on a volunteer basis while the person receives unemployment benefits and training. Paul Solman explores Georgia Works' pros and cons, plus its scalability.

CONVERSATION  

Novelist Alaa Al Aswany on Surprising Changes in the Egyptian People

Egyptian novelist and dentist Alaa al Aswany speaks with Margret Warner about the surprising changes in political behavior of his countrymen amid the revolution earlier this year, and how the new Egypt is taking shape.

REPORT

News Wrap: Secretary Clinton Condemns Iran Over Terror Plot in U.S.

In other news Wednesday, the U.S. stepped up a diplomatic assault on Iran over an alleged plot to kill the Saudi ambassador to Washington. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton condemned Iran in unusually strong terms. Also in Detroit, a Nigerian man pleaded guilty to trying to blow up a U.S. airliner on Christmas Day, 2009.

ANALYSIS

Supreme Court Weighs Constitutionality of Routine Jailhouse Strip Searches

Do routine jailhouse strip searches for people accused of minor offenses violate the Constitution? Supreme Court justices heard a case Wednesday centering on that issue. Judy Woodruff discusses the case, which pits privacy rights against security concerns, with The National Law Journal's Marcia Coyle.

ANALYSIS

UAW, Big 3 Reach Agreement Amid New Economic Climate

The United Auto Workers has reached a deal for a new contract with Chrysler after working out similar deals with GM and Ford. Jeffrey Brown discusses what these new labor contracts might mean for workers and the Big Three automakers with Changing Gears' Micheline Maynard and David Shepardson of The Detroit News.

 

Series Title:     The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer

Program Title: THURSDAY, October 13, 2011

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               10/13/2011 6:30:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

REPORT   

World Leaders Weigh Options Over Alleged Iranian Plot Inside U.S.

At a news conference Thursday, President Obama addressed the alleged Iran-backed terror plot to murder the Saudi ambassador to Washington, warning, "There are going to be consequences." Jeffrey Brown reports.

REPORT

News Wrap: Libyan Rebels Claim Capture of Gadhafi's Son

In other news Thursday, rebel forces in Libya announced that they captured another of Moammar Gadhafi's sons. They said Mutassim Gadhafi was taken when he tried to escape the city of Sirte. In Syria, activists said 13 people were killed when government troops battled military defectors.

REPORT   

Presidents Obama, Lee Face 'Bad or Worse Options' Over N. Korea Negotiations

The White House rolled out all the flourishes of a state visit for South Korean President Lee to celebrate the new trade agreement, passed by Congress on Wednesday, and to discuss a strategy to denuclearize North Korea. Margret Warner reports.

REPORT

Search for Alzheimer's Cure Leads Researchers to Colombian Highlands

The search for a cure for Alzheimer's disease has taken researchers to a remote region in the Colombian Highlands. Tom Clarke of Independent Television News reports.

ANALYSIS

U.S. Treading Carefully to Build Case Against Iran Over Alleged Plot

American ambassadors around the world are alerting governments in their host nations about the ongoing investigation into the alleged Iran-backed assassination plot in the United States. Jeffrey Brown discusses the latest developments with Joby Warrick of The Washington Post and Daniel Brumberg of the U.S. Institute of Peace.

ANALYSIS  

Alabama's Immigration Law: Assessing the Economic, Social Impact

The economical and social effects of Alabama's new immigration law are starting to show. Judy Woodruff discusses the impact with Grow Alabama's Jerry Spencer, State Rep. Mike Ball, R-Huntsville, and the Rosa Toussaint-Ortiz of the Hispanic-Latino Advisory Committee.

ANALYSIS 

Reconstructing Black Death: Why Was Plague Microbe so Deadly?

Researchers announced Wednesday that they've managed to reconstruct the genome of the Black Death, the illness that wiped out around half of Europe's population in just a few years in the mid-1300s. Ray Suarez discusses the developments with geneticist Hendrick Poinar of McMaster University.

 

Series Title:     HIKI NŌ: The Nation's First Statewide Student News Network

Program Title: THURSDAY, October 13, 2011

Distributor:      PBS Hawaii

Date:               10/13/2011 7:30:00 PM

Length:            30

Description:

HIKI NŌ: The Nation's First Statewide Student News Network makes its second-season premiere! Students from Konawaena High School on Hawaii Island will host the episode, presenting stories from across the state. Waianae High School students on Oahu show how recent pay cuts have affected the lives of husband-and-wife teachers and their sons. On Maui, H.P. Baldwin High School students report on the hive beetle that is threatening honey bees and ultimately, the state's environment. Other participating schools for this episode are: Waiakea High (Hawaii), Wheeler Middle (Oahu), Roosevelt High (Oahu), Molokai High (Molokai), Lahaina Intermediate (Maui) and Kea'au High (Hawaii).

This program will be rebroadcast on Sat., Oct. 15, at 12:30 pm and Sun., Oct. 16, at 3:00 pm.

 

Series Title:     INSIGHTS ON PBS HAWAII

Program Title: Rail Transit

Distributor:      PBS Hawaii

Date:               10/13/2011 8:00:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

On the next INSIGHTS, host Dan Boylan and guests will discuss and debate Oahu's 20-mile, $5.3 billion elevated rail project. Despite a pending lawsuit, construction is supposed to begin soon. Proponents say rail will help ease traffic woes and that the 2008 vote for the project should be upheld. Concerned with long-term environmental impact and cost overrun, opponents are calling for alternatives.

Scheduled guests include Drew Astolfi, director of Faith Action for Community Equality; former governor Benjamin Cayetano; former Honolulu City Council member Gary Okino; and business owner Cliff Slater.

We want to hear from you! Your questions and comments are welcome via phone, e-mail, Twitter and live blogging.

 

Series Title:     The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer

Program Title: FRIDAY, October 14, 2011

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               10/14/2011 6:30:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

REPORT 

Jobs Dominate Political Agenda for Obama, Republican Rivals

Jobs dominated the political agenda for President Obama and his Republican rivals on Friday, as everyone seemed to agree on the need to do something but there was little agreement on what to do. Ray Suarez reports.

REPORT

Ohio Voters Weigh Repeal of Controversial Collective-Bargaining Law

A controversial new Ohio law aimed at restricting the collective-bargaining rights of 360,000 unionized public employees has led to a major political fight and a voter referendum in this battleground state. Gwen Ifill reports on the issue that has both sides spending millions to mobilize their voters for an off-year election.

ANALYSIS 

Mother Nature, Manmade Changes Fuel Flooding Across Asia

The worst floods in half a century are devastating Thailand's central plains while floodwaters are headed toward densely populated Bangkok. Judy Woodruff discusses the latest developments in the Asian floods with Kamal Kishore, a United Nations crisis prevention and recovery official, and Catharin Dalpino of Simmons College.

REPORT

Architect Safdie Makes Sure Everything Stays up to Date in Kansas City

Jeffrey Brown speaks with Moshe Safdie, architect of the brand-new $326 million Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts in Kansas City, about the moral purpose of architecture and the need for a building to reflect the cultural essence of its location while remaining timeless.

REPORT

News Wrap: Federal Appeals Court Gives Mixed Ruling on Ala. Immigration Law

In other news Friday, a federal appeals court upheld a key part of a controversial Alabama immigration law, and blocked another. The ruling allows police to detain anyone suspected of being in the country illegally. In New York City, anti-Wall Street protesters claimed victory after plans to clean up their campsite were delayed.

REPORT 

Swollen Rivers, Surging Floodwaters Devastate Thailand's Central Plains

Monsoon season combined with typhoon season has wrought disaster throughout Asia, from Korea and Japan, south through the Philippines, Vietnam and Cambodia. The latest target is Thailand where the central plains are seeing the worst flooding in half a century. Judy Woodruff reports.

ANALYSIS

Shields, Brooks on Cain's Poll Surge, 'Hunger for Something Else' in GOP Race

Columnists Mark Shields and David Brooks weigh in on the week's top political news, including Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain's recent surge in the polls, how much religion is factoring into the GOP race for Mitt Romney and others, the lack of long-term economic fixes, and Texas Gov. Rick Perry's teetering support.

 

Series Title:     WASHINGTON WEEK

Program Title: FRIDAY, October 14, 2011

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               10/14/2011 7:30:00 PM

Length:            30

Description:

For 40 years, WASHINGTON WEEK has delivered the most interesting conversation of the week. The program, hosted by Gwen Ifill, is the longest-running public affairs program on PBS and features a group of journalists participating in roundtable discussion of major news events.

 

Series Title:     NEED TO KNOW

Program Title: FRIDAY, October 14, 2011

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               10/14/2011 8:00:00 PM

Length:            30

Description:

NEED TO KNOW is a cross-media news and public affairs magazine that culls stories from the best of the week's online reporting, culminating in a one-hour on-air broadcast every Friday night on PBS. The program features documentary-style reports, short features, studio-based interviews and covers five primary news beats: the economy, the environment and energy, health, national security and culture.

 

Series Title:     THE MCLAUGHLIN GROUP

Program Title: FRIDAY, October 14, 2011

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               10/14/2011 8:30:00 PM

Length:            30

Description:

THE MCLAUGHLIN GROUP is an unscripted forum featuring some of the greatest political analysts in the nation.

 

Series Title:     INSIGHTS ON PBS HAWAII

Program Title: Rail Transit (Encore)

Distributor:      PBS Hawaii

Date:               10/14/2011 9:00:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

On the next INSIGHTS, host Dan Boylan and guests will discuss and debate Oahu's 20-mile, $5.3 billion elevated rail project. Despite a pending lawsuit, construction is supposed to begin soon. Proponents say rail will help ease traffic woes and that the 2008 vote for the project should be upheld. Concerned with long-term environmental impact and cost overrun, opponents are calling for alternatives.

Scheduled guests include Drew Astolfi, director of Faith Action for Community Equality; former governor Benjamin Cayetano; former Honolulu City Council member Gary Okino; and business owner Cliff Slater.

We want to hear from you! Your questions and comments are welcome via phone, e-mail, Twitter and live blogging.

 

Series Title:     The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer

Program Title: MONDAY, October 17, 2011

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               10/17/2011 6:30:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

REPORT

World Leaders Weigh Impact of Spreading Occupy Wall Street Protests

President Obama drew on public discontent Monday without directly mentioning the growing anti-Wall Street movement as he promoted his jobs bill in Asheville, N.C. Kwame Holman reports on the protests that are popping up around the world.

ANALYSIS

Will Occupy Wall Street Movement Stand Apart From U.S. Party Politics?

As economic protests spread globally, world leaders took note of the movements' possible implications. Jeffrey Brown discusses the causes, strengths and weaknesses of the growing protests in the U.S. and abroad with Yes! Magazine's Sarah van Gelder, Josh Barro of the Manhattan Institute and Yale University's Beverly Gage.

ANALYSIS

FCC's Genachowski: New Alerts Aim to Limit 'Bill Shock' for Wireless Users

Most cell phone users purchase a plan with limits on how long they can talk, text or browse the Web each month, but it can be tough to track usage. Ray Suarez discusses new consumer-friendly rules for wireless companies to send their customers over-usage alerts with Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski.

REPORT 

Obama, Civil Rights Leaders Formally Dedicate MLK Memorial

Tens of thousands of people gathered Sunday in Washington to formally dedicate the National Mall's newest destination, a memorial honoring the life of civil rights activist Martin Luther King Jr. Gwen Ifill reports.

REPORT 

News Wrap: Yemeni Troops, Opposition Clash, Leaving at Least 18 Dead

In other news Monday, Yemeni officials reported that at least 18 people were killed in intense fighting between troops and opposition forces in the capital of Sana'a. Also, Central America struggled to recover from flooding and landslides that have left at least 81 people dead in Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and El Salvador.

ANALYSIS

Outside Super PACs Poised to Dominate 2012 Spending

When it comes to financing presidential campaigns, the money raised by individual candidates may count less in the 2012 election than past contests. Gwen Ifill discusses the potential might of the new super PACs with Tara Malloy of the Campaign Legal Center and the Heritage Foundation's Hans von Spakovsky.

CONVERSATION

Cocaine: How 'Miracle Drug' Nearly Destroyed Sigmund Freud, William Halsted

In "An Anatomy of Addiction," medical historian Howard Markel details the cocaine addictions of Sigmund Freud and William Halsted, both medical revolutionaries a century ago. Betty Ann Bowser and Markel discuss what their stories tell us about one of modern medicine's first miracle drugs and the timeless nature of addiction.

 

 

Series Title:     The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer

Program Title: TUESDAY, October 18, 2011

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               10/18/2011 6:30:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

REPORT

Shalit Freed in Prisoner Swap, But Hamas' Armed Wing Signals More Struggles

Soldier Gilad Shalit arrived back in Israeli custody Tuesday after being held for more than five years in the Gaza Strip. Gwen Ifill reports on the 1000-for-one prisoner exchange between Israel and Hamas.

REPORT

News Wrap: Obama Presses Senate to Pass Parts of Jobs Bill

In other news Tuesday, President Obama was back on his bus tour in North Carolina and Virginia. He pressed the Senate to pass parts of his jobs bill, which Republicans blocked last week. Also, Wall Street bounced back, recouping much of Monday's losses.

ANALYSIS

Amid Chaos, 'Libya Needs to Start on a Process of State Building'

As Libya struggles for stability, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Tuesday urged its transitional government to commit to a democratic path forward without reprisals. Margret Warner discusses what has and hasn't been accomplished in creating a new state with Dartmouth College's Dirk Vandewalle, appearing from London.

REPORT

New Vaccine Aims to Take Major Bite out of Malaria's Toll in Africa

Scientists are on the cusp of having the world's first vaccine against malaria, a disease that kills nearly 800,000 people each year. Lawrence McGinty of Independent Television News reports.

CONVERSATION

U.S. Civil Court System Needs Major Overhaul, New Book Declares

In "Rebuilding Justice: Civil Courts in Jeopardy and Why You Should Care," co-authors Rebecca Love Kourlis and Dirk Olin examine problems and potential improvements in the U.S. civil court system, where 30 million cases are filed every year. Ray Suarez and Kourlis discuss the authors' call for a major overhaul of the system.

ANALYSIS

Will Shalit-Palestinian Swap Change Long-Term Middle East Peace Strategy?

A prisoner swap between Israel and Hamas on Tuesday freed more than 1,000 prisoners, including Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit. Gwen Ifill discusses the swap and its possible effects on longer-term Middle East peace strategy with Daniel Levy of the New American Foundation and Hussein Ibish of the American Task Force on Palestine.

REPORT

Clinton Pledges More Aid for New Libyan Government in Unannounced Visit

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton underscored U.S. support for the Libyan revolution Tuesday and pledged more aid to the country's transitional government during an unannounced visit to Tripoli. Margret Warner reports.

REPORT

How Bright Is Solar Power's Future in a Post-Solyndra America?

After the Obama administration-embraced solar-panel company Solyndra collapsed and defaulted on its government-backed loans, the surging U.S. solar industry is suddenly worried that the subsidies it receives -- tax credits and loans guarantees -- could dry up in the face of opposition from conservatives. Spencer Michels reports.

ANALYSIS

Vaccine Could Become 'Another Very Powerful Weapon' to Fight Malaria

An experimental vaccine against malaria, an oftentimes-deadly disease that half the world is exposed to, is still in trials, but it could be in production by 2015. Jeffrey Brown discusses the potential impact of the vaccine with GlaxoSmithKline CEO Andrew Witty.

 

Series Title:     Growing Hope Against Hunger: A Sesame Street Primetime Special

Program Title: TUESDAY, October 18, 2011

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               10/18/2011 8:00:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

This family special will shine a light on the problem of childhood hunger. During a food drive on Sesame Street, Elmo meets guest stars Brad Paisley and Kimberly Williams-Paisley, and learns how the struggle with hunger affects a new friend, Lily. The seeds of hope are planted when they visit a community garden and learn with Rosita how people can work together to take steps toward solutions. Even Super Grover realizes that, while this problem is too big for one superhero to fix, many people working together can achieve super things. The theme is continued with filmed documentaries of four real families who have experienced the challenge of hunger and are finding strategies and resources that help.

 

Series Title:     FRONTLINE

Program Title: Lost in Detention

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               10/18/2011 9:00:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

More than one million immigrants have been deported from the US since President Obama took office. Under his administration, deportations and detentions have reached record levels. The get-tough policy has brought complaints of abuse and harsh treatment, including charges that families have been unfairly separated after being caught in the nationwide dragnet. While the administration has promised to make the detention system more humane, and to more selectively target the most serious criminals, it faces Republican critics who urge stricter measures - and a growing backlash among Latino voters, a key 2012 electoral force. In a co-production with the Investigative Reporting Workshop, correspondent Maria Hinojosa investigates Obama's enforcement strategies and journeys into the secretive world of immigrant detention, with a penetrating look at who is being detained and what is happening to them.

 

Series Title:     WOMEN, WAR & PEACE

Program Title: Pray the Devil Back to Hell

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               10/18/2011 10:00:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

WOMEN, WAR & PEACE is a new five-part series that focuses on the under-reported stories of the women who are changing the rules of engagement in conflict hotspots all over the world, reframing our understanding of modern warfare.

This episode tells the astonishing story of the Liberian women who took on the warlords and regime of dictator Charles Taylor in the midst of a brutal civil war and won a once unimaginable peace for their shattered country in 2003. In the capital city of Monrovia, thousands of women - mothers, grandmothers, aunts and daughters, both Christian and Muslim - formed a thin but unshakeable line between the opposing forces, literally facing down the killers who had turned Liberia into hell on earth. Their demonstrations culminated in Taylor's exile and the rise of Africa's first female head of state, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.

 

Series Title:     The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer

Program Title: WEDNESDAY, October 19, 2011

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               10/19/2011 6:30:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

REPORT

Riots Erupt Over Greece's Latest Round of Austerity Measures

A 100,000-strong protest erupted into rioting that lasted for hours Wednesday in Athens, Greece. Martin Geissler of Independent Television News reports on the trouble that broke out during a general strike over more austerity measures.

REPORT

News Wrap: Federal Reserve Reports Slight Improvement in U.S. Economy

In other news Wednesday, the Federal Reserve reported that the U.S. economy improved slightly in most regions in September and early October. Also, Citigroup agreed to $285 million in fines and repayments to investors to settle charges it committed civil fraud before the housing collapse.

ANALYSIS

Social Security Recipients to Get 3.6% Boost, but How Much Will it Help?

Starting in January, 55 million Social Security recipients will get a 3.6 percent bump in benefits. Margret Warner discusses the cost-of-living adjustment, which is tied to inflation, with Robert Reischauer of the Urban Institute.

ANALYSIS

Do Large Banks' Troubles Show They're Too Big to Manage?

Goldman Sachs announced a $428 million quarterly loss Tuesday, just its second loss since going public in 1999. Jeffrey Brown discusses the state, the future and regulation of large American banks with banking industry consultant Bert Ely and Simon Johnson, former chief economist of the International Monetary Fund.

ANALYSIS

Greece Faces 'a Make or Break Moment' as Austerity Protests Swell

Riots erupted Wednesday in Athens, Greece, as tens of thousands protested another round of tax hikes and spending cuts. Judy Woodruff gets an update on the riots, concerns over the nation's future job market and the physical toll that stress is taking on some Greeks from reporter John Psaropoulos in Athens.

ANALYSIS

Heavyweights Romney, Perry Spar in Latest Debate; 9-9-9 Plan Draws More Scrutiny

The clashes came early and often Tuesday night as seven Republican presidential contenders squared off in Las Vegas. Gwen Ifill recaps the eighth GOP debate and checks the accuracy of candidate statements with Political Editor David Chalian and Glenn Kessler of The Washington Post.

REPORT

In Brazil's Slums, Economic Inequality Tackled With Technology

Rio de Janeiro's gleaming skyline befits a world economic power, but it is not far from violent, impoverished slums. Special correspondent Fred de Sam Lazaro reports on one man's efforts to tackle Brazil's wealth inequality by providing poor people access to technology.

 

Series Title:     The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer

Program Title: THURSDAY, October 20, 2011

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               10/20/2011 6:30:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

REPORT

What Killed Gadhafi: Firefight Wounds or Execution?

Deposed Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi was killed Thursday after a battle in his hometown of Sirte, the last major bastion of loyalists' resistance amid the country's revolution. Alex Thomson of Independent Television News reports from Libya about the dictator's last day alive.

REPORT

Looking Back at Gadhafi's Brutal, Sometimes Bizarre 42-Year Reign

Moammar Gadhafi, killed by rebel forces on Thursday, had been hunted by rebels since the Arab Spring began in Libya in February. Gwen Ifill reports on how the dictator came to power, his 42-year rule and his mostly contentious relationship with the U.S.

ANALYSIS

How Will History Judge U.S., Coalition Intervention in Libya?

President Obama said Moammar Gadhafi's death "marks the end of a long and painful chapter." Margret Warner explores how history may view President Obama and the United States for intervening in Libya with Richard Haass of the Council on Foreign Relations and James Steinberg, former Obama administration deputy secretary of State.

REPORT

Earthquake Prediction: Could We Ever Forecast the Next Big One?

Hundreds of cities on the U.S. West Coast took part in the 2011 Great California ShakeOut earthquake drill on Thursday, just hours before a small tremor hit the San Francisco Bay Area. Science correspondent Miles O'Brien reports from Japan on efforts to predict big quakes before they hit.

ANALYSIS

'However Joyous,' New Libya Faces Rivalries, Problems to Come

The mood in Tripoli Thursday night was joyful with people honking horns and shooting off celebratory gunfire after the death of Moammar Gadhafi and the fall of the loyalist stronghold of Sirte, according to Independent Television News' Lindsey Hilsum. Jeffrey Brown discusses the future of the new Libya with Hilsum.

REPORT

After Gadhafi's Death, World Leaders Focus on Libya's Road Ahead

Moammar Gadhafi's body was paraded through the streets of Misrata late Thursday, as world leaders reacted to the longtime ruler's death. Margret Warner reports.

REPORT

News Wrap: Clinton Tells Pakistan to Bolster Anti-Terror Efforts

In other news Thursday, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton issued a blunt warning to Pakistan's leadership to boost their anti-terror fight. She made the remarks during a visit to Afghanistan. Also, Basque separatists declared an end to their violent decades-long campaign to gain independence from Spain and France.

REPORT

Patients, Doctors Face Tough Questions Amid Changes in Prostate Cancer Screening

There have been plenty of questions and reactions in the medical community since a government panel recommended changing the way men are screened for prostate cancer. Health correspondent Betty Ann Bowser reports on some of the responses among patients and doctors.

 

Series Title:     HIKI NŌ: The Nation's First Statewide Student News Network

Program Title: THURSDAY, October 20, 2011

Distributor:      PBS Hawaii

Date:               10/20/2011 7:30:00 PM

Length:            30

Description:

On the next all-new episode of HIKI NŌ, student hosts from Saint Francis School present stories from across the state. Students from Waialua High School on Oahu uncover the debate behind shark tours on the North Shore. Then, Chiefess Kamakahelei Middle School students show us how a West Kauai beach is rapidly disappearing. Other schools featured in this episode are: Kalani High School, Kapolei High School and Lokelani Intermediate (Maui); Kea'au High School and West Hawaii Explorations Academy (Hawaii Island); and Hana K-12 School (Maui).

This program will be rebroadcast on Sat., Oct. 22, at 12:30 pm and Sun., Oct. 23, at 3:00 pm.

 

Series Title:     INSIGHTS ON PBS HAWAII

Program Title: Domestic Violence

Distributor:      PBS Hawaii

Date:               10/20/2011 8:00:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

On the next INSIGHTS, host Dan Boylan and panelists will explore domestic violence in our islands. Though October is Domestic Violence Awareness month in Hawaii, local organizations advocate for victims year-round and bring to light an issue that still carries stigma. Progress culminated when the Hawaii Legislature passed Act 206 last session. The new law prevents employers from discriminating against domestic violence victims.

Scheduled guests include: William Hoshijo, Executive Director of the Hawaii Civil Rights Commission; Nanci Kreidman, CEO of the Domestic Violence Action Center; and David Louie, Hawaii's Attorney General.

We want to hear from you! Your questions and comments are welcome via phone, email, Twitter or live blogging. You may email your questions ahead of time to insights@pbshawaii.org.

 

Series Title:     The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer

Program Title: FRIDAY, October 21, 2011

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               10/21/2011 6:30:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

ANALYSIS

McDonough: U.S. Military Brass 'Absolutely' OK With Iraq Withdrawal by 2012

President Obama announced Friday that all but a few dozen American troops will leave Iraq by the end of the year as planned, and that the "long war" will come to an end. Margaret Warner discusses the withdrawal logistics and the politics of the president's announcement with Deputy National Security Adviser Denis McDonough.

REPORT

Gadhafi Burial Delayed Amid Questions Over Cause of Death

Islamic tradition dictates a person should be buried within 24 hours of death, but burial for former Libyan strongman Moammar Gadhafi was delayed amid questions surrounding the sequence of events that lead to his death on Thursday. Bill Neely and Lindsey Hilsum of International Television News report from Libya.

ANALYSIS

Shields, Brooks on Iraq Withdrawal, Gadhafi's Demise, Feisty GOP Debate

Syndicated columnist Mark Shields and New York Times columnist David Brooks discuss the week's top political news, including the killing of Moammar Gadhafi, President Obama's announcement of U.S. troops withdrawing from Iraq by the end of the year, plus the feistiest GOP presidential debate thus far.

REPORT

News Wrap: Syrian Forces Open Fire on Rallies, Kill at Least 24

In other news Friday, Syrian demonstrators filled the streets of Homs and other areas after Friday prayers, but at least 24 people were killed when government forces opened fire on the rallies. Also, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton delivered another blunt warning to Pakistan to step up its anti-terror efforts.

ANALYSIS

Libya's Ambassador: 'The Book of Gadhafi Has Come to the End'

Libya's National Transitional Council is expected to officially announce the nation's liberation this weekend. The country is also expected to soon form a new interim government. Jeffrey Brown discusses the next steps on the road to democracy with Libyan Ambassador Ali Suleiman Aujali.

CONVERSATION

Michael Lewis' 'Boomerang': 'Money Thrown Out in Hope, Coming Back in Anger'

What caused the economic troubles in Iceland, Greece, Ireland, Germany and elsewhere? Author Michael Lewis has some controversial theories involving sweeping character assessments of each nation. Lewis -- known for "Money Ball" and "The Blind Side" -- discusses his new book, "Boomerang," with economics correspondent Paul Solman.

 

Series Title:     WASHINGTON WEEK

Program Title: FRIDAY, October 21, 2011

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               10/21/2011 7:30:00 PM

Length:            30

Description:

For 40 years, WASHINGTON WEEK has delivered the most interesting conversation of the week. The program, hosted by Gwen Ifill, is the longest-running public affairs program on PBS and features a group of journalists participating in roundtable discussion of major news events.

 

Series Title:     NEED TO KNOW

Program Title: FRIDAY, October 21, 2011

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               10/21/2011 8:00:00 PM

Length:            30

Description:

NEED TO KNOW is a cross-media news and public affairs magazine that culls stories from the best of the week's online reporting, culminating in a one-hour on-air broadcast every Friday night on PBS. The program features documentary-style reports, short features, studio-based interviews and covers five primary news beats: the economy, the environment and energy, health, national security and culture.

 

Series Title:     THE MCLAUGHLIN GROUP

Program Title: FRIDAY, October 21, 2011

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               10/21/2011 8:30:00 PM

Length:            30

Description:

THE MCLAUGHLIN GROUP is an unscripted forum featuring some of the greatest political analysts in the nation.

 

 

Series Title:     The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer

Program Title: MONDAY, October 24, 2011

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               10/24/2011 6:30:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

REPORT

In Turkey 'There Are Lives to Be Saved and No Time to Waste' After Earthquake

A 7.2-magnitude earthquake hit Turkey on Sunday, killing at least 279 people and injuring more than 1,000. As aftershocks continued to hit the region, rescuers scrambled to free dozens of victims trapped in the rubble. John Ray of Independent Television News reports on the rescue efforts.

REPORT

As Democratic Tunisia and New Libya Emerge, No End in Sight to Syrian Uprising

Tunisia, the birthplace of the Arab spring, held its first truly democratic vote this weekend. Their Libyan neighbors continued to celebrate the death of Moammar Gadhafi, though more questions about his death continue. Meanwhile, there was no end in sight to the uprising in Syria against President Bashar al Assad.

REPORT

Clinton Eyes Patching up Rocky U.S.-Pakistani Relations

The relationship between Pakistan and the United States "has not been an easy one" lately, Secretary Hillary Clinton said Friday during a diplomatic mission to Islamabad. Margaret Warner reports on the ongoing tensions between the two nations.

REPORT

In 'Human Chain,' Nobel-Winning Poet Seamus Heaney Digs Into the Past

In his native Ireland, he's known as "Famous Seamus," and indeed, Seamus Heaney -- winner of the Nobel Prize in 1995 -- is a world-famous poet. Now 72, his new collection, "Human Chain," contains poems that are, as always for him, grounded in the physical world but also take a look back.

REPORT

News Wrap: Afghan-NATO Mission Targets Haqqani Network

In other news Monday, about 200 insurgents were reportedly killed or captured in a NATO-Afghan operation targeted at the Pakistan-based Haqqani network in Eastern Afghanistan. Also, rising floodwaters in Thailand forced hundreds of people to flee one of Bangkok's main shelters.

ANALYSIS

What Political Models Might Shape the New Libya, Tunisia?

Hisham Melhem, the Washington bureau chief of Al Arabiya News, Michele Dunne, director of the Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East at the Atlantic Council, and Marina Ottaway of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace speak with Gwen Ifill about the next steps for the Arab spring in Libya, Tunisia and Syria.

ANALYSIS   

Would Obama's Refinancing Plan Boost Ailing Housing Market?

With millions of Americans "underwater" on their mortgages and millions of homes facing foreclosure, President Obama unveiled a revamped home-loan refinancing program Monday during a stop in Nevada, which has the country's highest foreclosure rate. Judy Woodruff and guests examine the politics and substance of the plan.

 

Series Title:     Consider the Conversation: A Documentary on a Taboo Subject

Program Title: MONDAY, October 24, 2011

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               10/24/2011 10:00:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

This film sheds light on the 21st-century American struggle with communicating about and preparing for the end-of-life. It examines multiple perspectives on end-of-life care and includes information and experiences gathered from interviews with patients, family members, doctors, nurses, clergy, social workers and national experts on death and dying.

 

Series Title:     The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer

Program Title: TUESDAY, October 25, 2011

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               10/25/2011 6:30:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

ANALYSIS

With 20% Flat-Tax Plan, Perry Eyes Distinction From GOP Field

GOP hopeful and Texas Gov. Rick Perry unveiled his flat-tax proposal Tuesday at a South Carolina plastics plant. Judy Woodruff discusses his and other candidates' ideas for reforming the U.S. tax code with Stephen Moore of the conservative Club for Growth and Robert Kuttner, co-editor of The American Prospect magazine.

ANALYSIS

Boys, Young Men Should Get HPV Vaccine, CDC Panel Says

A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention panel has recommended for the first time that boys and young men get vaccinated against the human papillomavirus, known as HPV, to protect them from cancers resulting from sexual activity. Jeffrey Brown discusses the new recommendation with Rob Stein of The Washington Post.

REPORT  

Bangkok Residents Brace for More Floods

Floodwaters broke through protective barriers around Bangkok's Don Muang Airport on Tuesday, forcing its closure. Margaret Warner discusses the city's worst flooding in decades with GlobalPost's Patrick Winn.

ANALYSIS 

Kids Increasingly Staring at Glowing Screens, Study Finds

How much time are our youngest children spending in front of screens? Jeffrey Brown discusses new studies that chronicle the increasing use of digital devices by young children -- and the resulting health effects -- with James Steyer of Common Sense Media and Dr. Ari Brown of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

REPORT 

News Wrap: New Doubts Over Greek Debt Arise Before Eurozone Summit

In other news Tuesday, new doubts arose about plans to tackle Europe's debt crisis on the eve of a eurozone summit. Officials said the 17 countries have yet to agree on details of how to reduce Greece's debts. Also, police in Oakland, Calif., broke up an anti-Wall Street protest with tear gas and arrested at least 75 people.

REPORT

Story of Gadhafi Ends With an Anonymous Grave in the Desert

Moammar Gadhafi might have hoped for a state funeral. Instead, he was put in an anonymous grave in the desert, on Tuesday Libya's new leaders say. Independent Television News' Bill Neely reports from Tripoli.

REPORT 

Calif. University Introduces First U.S. Multi-Faith School of Theology

Claremont Lincoln University, a graduate school in California, is the first in the United States to bring together Christians, Jews and Muslims in the same classrooms to educate the future leaders of churches, synagogues and mosques. Special correspondent Saul Gonzalez reports.

 

Series Title:     FRONTLINE

Program Title: Death By Fire (Encore)

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               10/25/2011 9:00:00 PM

Length:            60

Did Texas execute an innocent man? Several controversial death penalty cases are currently under examination in Texas and in other states, but it's the 2004 execution of Cameron Todd Willingham - convicted for the arson deaths of his three young children - that has been at the center of the national debate. With unique access to those closest to the case, FRONTLINE examines the Willingham conviction in light of new science that raises doubts about whether the fire at the center of the case was really arson at all. The film meticulously examines the evidence used to convict Willingham, provides an in-depth portrait of those most impacted by the case and explores the explosive implications of the execution of a possibly innocent man.

 

Series Title:     WOMEN, WAR & PEACE

Program Title: Peace Unveiled

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               10/25/2011 10:00:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

WOMEN, WAR & PEACE is a new five-part series that focuses on the under-reported stories of the women who are changing the rules of engagement in conflict hotspots all over the world, reframing our understanding of modern warfare.

When the U.S. troop surge was announced in late 2009, women in Afghanistan knew that the ground was being laid for peace talks with the Taliban. This episode follows three women who immediately began to organize to make sure that women would have a seat at the negotiating table. One is a savvy parliamentarian who participated in writing the Afghan constitution that guarantees equality for women; another, a former midwife who is one of the last women's rights advocates in Kandahar; and the third, a young activist who lives in a traditional family in Kabul. Convinced that the Taliban will make demands that jeopardize women's hard-earned gains, they maneuver against formidable odds to have their voices heard. Tilda Swinton narrates.

 

Series Title:     The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer

Program Title: WEDNESDAY, October 26, 2011

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               10/26/2011 6:30:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

ANALYSIS

Obama's Student Loan Relief Plan: How Helpful Would it Be?

President Obama outlined a plan to speed up help for millions of Americans struggling with the cost of higher education. Gwen Ifill discusses the president's effort to ease the burden of student loans with "Generation Debt" author Anya Kamenetz and Jeff Selingo of the Chronicle of Higher Education.

REPORT

European Leaders Seek Solutions to Debt Crisis at EU Summit

European Union leaders gathered Wednesday in Brussels in hopes of reaching a deal to bolster Eurozone relief funds and contain Greece's debt crisis. Laura Kuenssberg of Independent Television News reports from Brussels.

NEWSMAKER INTERVIEW   

UAW President Bob King on New Contracts: Top Priority Was Creating Jobs

Chrysler's workers on Wednesday became the last of the Big Three to ratify a new four-year labor contract. United Auto Workers officials fought hard to get members to OK the contracts after several major plants voted against the deals. UAW President Bob King discusses the contract and state of the industry with Jeffrey Brown.

REPORT  

Does U.S. Economic Inequality Have a Good Side?

A new Congressional Budget Office analysis supports the idea that income inequality has grown considerably over the past few decades. As part of his Making Sen$e series on economic inequality, Paul Solman talks to libertarian law professor Richard Epstein, who argues that wealth inequality acts as a driving force for innovation.

REPORT   

News Wrap: Rajat Gupta Pleads Not Guilty to Insider Trading Charges

In other news Wednesday, former Goldman Sachs board member Rajat Gupta pleaded not guilty to federal charges of insiders trading. Gupta is accused in the largest insider trading case in history. Also, the death toll from Sunday's earthquake in Turkey rose to at least 461.

ANALYSIS

In EU Efforts to Fix Debt Crisis, Divisions Remain and Questions Unanswered

The German Parliament passed a measure to boost a bailout fund for the eurozone as leaders arrived in Brussels for an emergency European Union summit. Margret Warner discusses what EU leaders hope to accomplish at the summit with Zanny Minton Beddoes of The Economist magazine.

REPORT   

After Arrests, Occupy Oakland Protesters Vow to Return

Chaos erupted Tuesday night in downtown Oakland, Calif., as police dispersed crowds from the Occupy Oakland movement in the plaza in front of City Hall. Correspondent Spencer Michels reports from the center of the confrontation.

REPORT 

Super Committee Considers Spending Cuts, Tax Hikes as Deadline Looms

With its Thanksgiving deadline drawing ever closer, the congressional deficit "super committee" held a rare public hearing Wednesday over its debt negotiations, but there have been few signs of progress in the members' efforts to cut more than $1 trillion from the federal budget. Congressional correspondent Kwame Holman reports.

 

Series Title:     The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer

Program Title: THURSDAY, October 27, 2011

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               10/27/2011 6:30:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

REPORT   

Global Markets Surge on News of European Debt Deal

Global markets surged Thursday after European leaders clinched a deal to contain the continent's debt crisis at an emergency summit in Brussels. Jeffrey Brown reports.

REPORT   

News Wrap: U.S. Economic Growth Calms Fears of Double-Dip Recession

In other news Thursday, the U.S. economy showed just enough life during the summer to calm fears that a double-dip recession is near. The Department of Commerce reported that growth hit an annual rate of 2.5 percent from July through September. Also, Republicans on the congressional super committee offered their deficit plan.

ANALYSIS   

While Netflix Stumbles, Competitors See New Opportunity

Major changes to the Netflix rental system sent its stock plummeting Tuesday after losing 800,000 customers between June and September. Margret Warner discusses Netflix's recent business troubles with StreamingMedia.com's Eric Schumacher-Rasmussen and The Washington Post's Cecilia Kang.

ANALYSIS 

World's Population Teeters on the Edge of 7 Billion: Now What?

In partnership with the Pulitzer Center and National Geographic, the PBS NewsHour explores how the composition of our society is changing as the world population reaches 7 billion. Hari Sreenivasan discusses the population milestone with the U.N. Population Fund's Azza Karam and National Geographic magazine's Dennis Dimick.

ANALYSIS   

Will Europe's Debt Deal Calm Fears of Prolonged Recessions?

European leaders reached a deal over their debt crisis at an emergency summit Thursday in Brussels. Jeffrey Brown discusses how the new agreement is expected to help solve the eurozone's problems with Joao Vale de Almeida of the Delegation of the European Union to the United States and Eswar Prasad of Cornell University.

REPORT    

Rising Floodwaters Force Thousands to Flee Bangkok

The heart of Bangkok, Thailand, braced Thursday for the arrival of floodwaters, as the nation's prime minister acknowledged that dikes around the city might not hold. John Spars of Independent Television News reports from Bangkok.

REPORT 

World Population to Hit Milestone With Birth of 7 Billionth Person

The world's population is expected to hit a milestone Monday with the birth of the 7 billionth person. Independent Television News' Lawrence McGinty reports on what this means for people and the planet.

REPORT   

A Life Under Fire: Combat Photographer Captures, Carries Wounds of War

Combat photographers have been documenting the terror, violence and boredom of war since the invention of photography. Tom Bearden profiles Air Force Sgt. Stacy Pearsall, who has documented the effects of war -- and has paid a heavy price.

 

Series Title:     HIKI NŌ: The Nation's First Statewide Student News Network

Program Title: THURSDAY, October 27, 2011

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               10/27/2011 7:30:00 PM

Length:            30

Description:

Students from Maui High School will be hosting the next new episode of HIKI NŌ and presenting stories from across the islands. HIKI NŌ's youngest contributors, students from Kainalu Elementary on Oahu, report on a program that unites special-needs students with peers. Meanwhile, young journalists from Maui Waena Intermediate School tell the story of a man who served in the legendary 442nd infantry during World War II. The other featured schools are: Kalaheo High School, Halau Lokahi and Maryknoll School (Oahu); Kauai High School (Kauai); Kealakehe High School and Connections Public Charter School (Hawaii Island).

This program will be rebroadcast on Sat., Oct. 29, at 12:30 pm and Sun., Oct. 30, at 3:00 pm.

 

Series Title:     INSIGHTS ON PBS HAWAII

Program Title: The New Normal?

Distributor:      PBS Hawaii

Date:               10/27/2011 8:00:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

On the next INSIGHTS, host Dan Boylan and panelists will explore how the economy, the real estate market, globalization and more are contributing to forming a new "normal" in America. A nation that has long prided itself on the American dream and a strong middle class, the U.S. is now experiencing widening gaps between classes. With the ongoing Occupy Wall Street movement and the upcoming APEC, panelists will delve into the socioeconomic issues that are causing frustration and anxiety for many across the nation and locally.

Scheduled guests include: Barbara DeBaryshe, specialist at the UH Manoa Center on the Family; Ashley Lukens, Political Science graduate student and small business owner; Ayesha Nibbe, assistant professor of Anthropology at Hawaii Pacific University; and Robert Perkinson, professor of American Studies at UH Manoa.

We want to hear from you! Your questions and comments are welcome via phone, email, Twitter or live blogging. You may email your questions ahead of time to insights@pbshawaii.org.

 

Series Title:     INDEPENDENT LENS

Program Title: Lives Worth Living

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               10/27/2011 10:00:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

Fred Fay's life proves that one man can change the world, even though he has to lie flat on his back just to stay alive. This film looks at Fay's struggle to survive after a spinal cord injury and the small group of dedicated activists who formed the disability rights movement. It traces the development of consciousness of these pioneers who realized that in order to change the world they needed to work together. Through demonstrations and inside legislative battles, the disability rights community secured equal civil rights for all people with disabilities.

 

Series Title:     INDEPENDENT LENS

Program Title: Lives Worth Living

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               10/27/2011 10:00:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

Fred Fay's life proves that one man can change the world, even though he has to lie flat on his back just to stay alive. This film looks at Fay's struggle to survive after a spinal cord injury and the small group of dedicated activists who formed the disability rights movement. It traces the development of consciousness of these pioneers who realized that in order to change the world they needed to work together. Through demonstrations and inside legislative battles, the disability rights community secured equal civil rights for all people with disabilities.

 

Series Title:     WASHINGTON WEEK

Program Title: FRIDAY, October 28, 2011

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               10/28/2011 7:30:00 PM

Length:            30

Description:

For 40 years, WASHINGTON WEEK has delivered the most interesting conversation of the week. The program, hosted by Gwen Ifill, is the longest-running public affairs program on PBS and features a group of journalists participating in roundtable discussion of major news events.

 

Series Title:     NEED TO KNOW

Program Title: FRIDAY, October 28, 2011

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               10/28/2011 8:00:00 PM

Length:            30

Description:

NEED TO KNOW is a cross-media news and public affairs magazine that culls stories from the best of the week's online reporting, culminating in a one-hour on-air broadcast every Friday night on PBS. The program features documentary-style reports, short features, studio-based interviews and covers five primary news beats: the economy, the environment and energy, health, national security and culture.

 

Series Title:     THE MCLAUGHLIN GROUP

Program Title: FRIDAY, October 28, 2011

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               10/28/2011 8:30:00 PM

Length:            30

Description:

THE MCLAUGHLIN GROUP is an unscripted forum featuring some of the greatest political analysts in the nation.

 

Series Title:     The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer

Program Title: MONDAY, October 31, 2011

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               10/31/2011 6:30:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

NEWSMAKER INTERVIEW   

Cain Confident He Can Win Nomination, Says Harassment Claims Are 'Baseless'

In an interview with Judy Woodruff, Republican presidential hopeful Herman Cain said Monday that allegations that he sexually harassed two women were "baffling" and, that in his opinion, his behavior had not been inappropriate. He also discussed his foreign policy plans and his 9-9-9 tax plan.

REPORT 

Latest in Series of Insurgent Attacks Kills at Least 20 in Afghanistan

The latest in a recent series of high-profile insurgent attacks came Monday in Kandahar, Afghanistan, where a suicide bomber blew up a checkpoint, and then three gunmen seized control of a building near the United Nations refugee office. Ray Suarez reports.

REPORT

For Liberia, Natural Resources Are Blessings, Curses on Road to Democracy

The West African nation of Liberia is rich is oil, diamonds and timber, but these natural resources have been both a blessing and a challenge for the fledgling democracy. Special correspondent Kira Kay reports.

REPORT

For Some Patients, Drug Shortage Creates Life-and-Death Situation

Across the country, doctors and patients are struggling to get their hands on some essential prescription drugs that are in dangerously short supply. Health correspondent Betty Ann Bowser reports on President Obama's idea for tackling part of the problem.

 

REPORT

News Wrap: Early Snowstorm Blankets Northeast, Killing at Least 12

In other news Monday, a powerful and rare early snowstorm is now blamed for at least 12 deaths in the Northeastern United States. Some 2 million homes and businesses were still in the dark two days after the storm blew through. Also, police made a number of arrests at several Occupy Wall Street encampments around the country.

ANALYSIS

Afghanistan Sees Uptick in 'Targeted Violence' as Bombs Kill More Than 20

A suicide bomber blew up a checkpoint Monday in Kandahar, Afghanistan, and then three gunmen seized control of a building near the United Nations refugee office. Ray Suarez discusses the latest attacks on high-profile targets and concerns over the Afghan government's stability with Rod Norland of The New York Times.

CONVERSATION

Wife, Son Give Texture to 'the Way Madoff Kept Them in the Dark'

Nearly three years after the Bernie Madoff Ponzi scheme scandal erupted, wife Ruth Madoff and son Andrew are telling their side of the story. Gwen Ifill and "Wizard of Lies" author Diana Henriques take a deeper look into the Madoff family.

 

Series Title:     The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer

Program Title: TUESDAY, November 1, 2011

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               11/01/2011 6:30:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

REPORT

Greece's Call for Referendum on Bailout Sends Markets Tumbling

Markets dropped Tuesday when Greece's leaders called for a referendum to the massive bailout package that emerged from an emergency summit last week. Jeffrey Brown reports.

REPORT

News Wrap: Bank of America Scraps Planned Debit Card Fees

In other news Tuesday, thousands of anti-capitalist protesters demonstrated in the French Riviera, just two day before the G-20 summit begins. Also, Bank of America announced that it would scrap plans to charge a $5 monthly debit card fee for customers.

REPORT

Super Committee Urged to 'Go Big' on Deficit Cuts

There are just over three weeks to go until the Congressional Super Committee's deficit reduction report is due. Kwame Holman provides an update on the progress.

CONVERSATION  

NPR's Inskeep Explores Megacity Karachi's Vibrancy, Violence

Margaret Warner gets Steve Inskeep's take on one of the world's fastest growing cities, Karachi, Pakistan, by way of his new book "Instant City."

ANALYSIS

With Debt Fix in Danger, Is it Europe's 'Lehman Moment'?

World markets were shaken Tuesday by new fears that the European debt deal might come unglued. Jeffrey Brown discusses the move with a reporter in Athens and a market analyst.

REPORT 

MF Global's Risky Bets on Europe Backfire on Investors

Major securities firm MF Global, Inc., run by former New Jersey Gov. Jon Corzine, filed for bankruptcy protection Monday. Ray Suarez speaks with New York Times columnist Joe Nocera about the story and the investor money at stake.

REPORT

California Voters Fed-Up With Gridlock as Budget Crunch Lingers

Spencer Michels reports from California, where the government gridlock is compounding concerns about the state's budget.

Series Title:     FRONTLINE

Program Title: The Anthrax Files (Encore)

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               11/01/2011 9:00:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

In the fall of 2001 envelopes carrying deadly anthrax were delivered to U.S. Senate offices, network news divisions and a tabloid newspaper. Five people were killed, many more were infected and the nation was terrorized. Seven years later, after the mistaken pursuit of one suspect, the most expensive and complex investigation ever undertaken by the FBI ended when the organization identified Army scientist Dr. Bruce Ivins as the sole perpetrator of the attacks - after Ivins had taken his own life. Now, new questions are being raised about the FBI's investigative methods and whether Ivins was really guilty. FRONTLINE, in a co-production with ProPublica and McClatchy Newspapers, takes a hard look at the FBI's investigation of the country's most notorious act of bioterrorism.

 

Series Title:     WOMEN, WAR & PEACE

Program Title: The War We Are Living

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               11/01/2011 10:00:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

WOMEN, WAR & PEACE is a new five-part series that focuses on the under-reported stories of the women who are changing the rules of engagement in conflict hotspots all over the world, reframing our understanding of modern warfare.

In a mountainous region in Colombia's Pacific southwest, two extraordinary Afro-Colombian women are fighting to hold onto the gold-rich land that has sustained their community through small-scale mining for centuries. Clemencia Carabali and Francia Marquez are part of a powerful network of female leaders, who discovered during Colombia's 40-year civil war that women can organize more freely than men. As they defy paramilitary death threats and steadfastly remain on their land, Carabali and Marquez are standing up for a generation of Colombians who have been terrorized and forcibly displaced as a deliberate strategy of war. Alfre Woodard narrates.

 

Series Title:     The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer

Program Title: WEDNESDAY, November 2, 2011

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               11/02/2011 6:30:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

REPORT

European Leaders Struggle to Hold Together Greek Bailout Deal

Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou flew to France late Wednesday to explain his sudden call for a referendum on a new European bailout for his country. Gray Gibbon and Faisal Islam of Independent Television News report.

ANALYSIS

Cain's Whole Message 'Consumed' by Harassment Claims

Herman Cain faced a third day of scrutiny over sexual harassment allegations on Wednesday, when a third woman said he made inappropriate remarks to her during his time as the head of the National Restaurant Association. Ray Suarez discusses the new allegations and the political impact with Jeff Zeleny of The New York Times.

REPORT

Arab League Pushes Plan to End Violence in Syria

There was word of a possible agreement in Syria on Wednesday to end months of political upheaval and deadly violence. Jeffrey Brown reports.

ANALYSIS

A 'Sort of War on the Government' Uncovered in Georgia Terror Plot Charges

Four Georgia men who are suspected members of a militia group were arraigned on terrorism charges in federal court Wednesday. Margret Warner discusses the alleged plot to use the toxin ricin and other means to kill government officials and citizens with Greg Bluestein of The Associated Press.

REPORT

News Wrap: Fed Forecasts Economic Growth Will Slow Over Next Year

In other news Wednesday, the Federal Reserve forecast that growth will be slower through next year and unemployment will be higher than earlier estimates. The Fed said conditions have improved some since spring, and it decided against new actions to boost the economy.

REPORT

Occupy Oakland Movement Tries to Flex Muscle With General Strike

Thousand of protesters joined the Occupy Oakland movement Wednesday in a general strike aimed at shutting down banks, corporations, the city's busy port and schools. Correspondent Spencer Michels reports.

ANALYSIS

Arab League Peace Plan: 'Sounds Very Nice, But It's Not Going to Happen'

Eight months into Syria's Arab spring, members of the Arab League reported a possible peace agreement with President Bashar al-Assad. Jeffrey Brown discusses the proposal and whether it could halt violence there with Andrew Tabler of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy and National Defense University's Murhaf Jouejati.

CONVERSATION

Virus Hunter Tracks New and Deadly Pathogens Around the Globe

Stanford University biologist Nathan Wolfe is the founder and director of the Global Viral Forecasting Initiative and one of the world's more prominent virus hunters. Ray Suarez and Wolfe discuss his new book, "The Viral Storm: The Dawn of a New Pandemic Age," and new viruses emerging around the planet.

 

Series Title:     The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer

Program Title: THURSDAY, November 3, 2011

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               11/03/2011 6:30:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

REPORT

Greek Government Teeters Ahead of Confidence Vote

Thursday was a day of political turmoil in Greece, with broader implications for the economies of Europe and the rest of the world. Independent Television News' James Mates and Gary Gibbon report.

REPORT

News Wrap: Upbeat Economic Reports Boost Markets

In other news Thursday, the markets around the world got a boost from several upbeat economic reports. The Labor Department said first-time jobless claims fell below 400,000, the lowest level in five weeks. Also, Senate Republicans have blocked another piece of President Obama's jobs plan.

REPORT 

Will a Generational Divide Define 2012 Election?

With the 2012 presidential election a year away, the Pew Research Center examines the state of the American electorate and the divisions that fall along age lines. Judy Woodruff reports.

REPORT

'Crime After Crime' Examines Battered Woman's Struggle to Leave Prison

"Crime After Crime" traces efforts to free Deborah Peagler from prison 20 years after she was connected to the murder of the man who abused her and forced her into prostitution. This excerpt is part of The Economist Film Project series of independently produced films aired in partnership between The Economist and the NewsHour.

ANALYSIS

'Like G-20 Didn't Happen': Greek Crisis Overshadows Summit

Under pressure from other countries, Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou scrapped plans to have his citizens vote in a referendum on a new European bailout, but he faces a brewing political crisis. Margret Warner discusses the eurozone's problems with Steven Erlanger of The New York Times at the G-20 summit in Cannes, France.

ANALYSIS

Census: 1 in 15 Americans Among the Poorest of the Poor

New Census data out Thursday show that one in 15 Americans now lives in extreme poverty and earns less than half of the official poverty line. Jeffrey Brown discusses the spread of poverty and the implications for families and communities with Elizabeth Kneebone of the Brookings Institution.

CONVERSATION

Rice on Bush Years: 'We Were Under a lot of Stress and Strain'

In a new memoir, former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice details her experiences during turbulent times around the world while serving in the George W. Bush administration. Gwen Ifill and Rice discuss "No Higher Honor: A Memoir of My Years in Washington."

 

Series Title:     HIKI NŌ: The Nation's First Statewide Student News Network

Program Title: THURSDAY, November 3, 2011

Distributor:      PBS Hawaii

Date:               11/03/2011 7:30:00 PM

Length:            30

Description:

Students from Waipahu High School (Leeward Oahu) host season two's fourth episode of HIKI NŌ. In this newscast, students from Hawaii Preparatory Academy on Hawaii Island show how their school is reducing its reliance on plastic water bottles. Over on Kauai, students at Ke Kula Ni'ihau O Kekaha Public Charter School feature an alumna who is teaching the next generation of Hawaiian language singers. Maui's Iao Intermediate School covers two girl Little League pitchers on the Central Maui All-stars team.

Other featured schools in this episode are: Kamehameha Schools - Kapālama, Kaimuki Middle and Kawananakoa Middle (Honolulu); Mililani Middle (Central Oahu); Waianae Intermediate (Leeward Oahu); and Iao Intermediate (Central Maui).

This program will be rebroadcast on Sat., Nov. 5, at 12:30 pm and Sun., Nov. 6, at 3:00 pm.

 

Series Title:     INSIGHTS ON PBS HAWAII

Program Title: APEC: Policies and Protests

Distributor:      PBS Hawaii

Date:               11/03/2011 8:00:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

Beginning this week, INSIGHTS will begin a three-part series of discussions about the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC), which is convening in Honolulu November 8-13.

This episode will center on those who oppose APEC policies. In a discussion moderated by host Dan Boylan, panelists will delve into the issues behind APEC protests, including anti-globalization, poverty and environmental causes. The panel will also talk about the First Amendment and how steps are being taken to ensure that those involved in the protests understand their rights.

Scheduled guests include: Maxine Burkett, Associate Professor of Law at UH Manoa and Director of the Center for Island Climate Adaptation and Policy; Vanessa Chong, Executive Director of ACLU of Hawaii; and representatives from Moana Nui and World Can't Wait.

We want to hear from you! Your questions and comments are welcome via phone, email, Twitter or live blogging. You may email your questions ahead of time to insights@pbshawaii.org.

 

Series Title:     The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer

Program Title: FRIDAY, November 4, 2011

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               11/04/2011 6:30:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

ANALYSIS

Stubbornly High Jobless Rate Offers Little Hope to Unemployed

The U.S. jobs report for October brought news of slow improvement for the American economy, but also continued worries that the stubbornly high unemployment rate isn't changing fast enough. Jeffrey Brown discusses the report with Catherine Rampell of The New York Times and Ingrid Schroeder of the Pew Fiscal Analysis Initiative.

REPORT   

News Wrap: Greece Faces Moment of Truth After Week of High Drama

In other news Friday, the government of Greece faced a moment of truth. After a week of high drama, the Greek Parliament proceeded with a confidence vote on Socialist Prime Minister George Papandreou. While the world watched the turmoil in Greece, the G-20 economic summit ended in France.

REPORT

Ahead of Nicaraguan Election, Ortega's Leadership Back in Spotlight

The coming election in the Central American nation of Nicaragua will have a familiar name on the ballot. Ray Suarez reports.

REPORT   

'Need To Know': States Tackle Jobs Crisis in Creative Ways

Several states are testing creative ways to tackle the jobless problem. This excerpt is part of a series called "Help Wanted" produced by PBS' "Need To Know."

ANALYSIS

Groupon's IPO Skyrockets: 'As Near a Perfect Launch as a Company Could Hope for'

Daily-deal website Groupon began selling its stock Friday with one of the largest public offerings for a tech company since Google. Judy Woodruff discusses the day of high-flying trading with John Abell of Wired.com.

ANALYSIS

Shields, Brooks on Americans' Pessimism, Scandal's Impact on Cain Candidacy

Syndicated columnist Mark Shields and New York Times columnist David Brooks discuss the week's top political news, including the sexual harassment claims against Republican presidential hopeful Herman Cain plus the mood of the American electorate while the unemployment rate remains stubbornly high.

 

Series Title:     WASHINGTON WEEK

Program Title: FRIDAY, November 4, 2011

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               11/04/2011 7:30:00 PM

Length:            30

Description:

For 40 years, WASHINGTON WEEK has delivered the most interesting conversation of the week. The program, hosted by Gwen Ifill, is the longest-running public affairs program on PBS and features a group of journalists participating in roundtable discussion of major news events.

 

Series Title:     NEED TO KNOW

Program Title: FRIDAY, November 4, 2011

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               11/04/2011 8:00:00 PM

Length:            30

Description:

NEED TO KNOW is a cross-media news and public affairs magazine that culls stories from the best of the week's online reporting, culminating in a one-hour on-air broadcast every Friday night on PBS. The program features documentary-style reports, short features, studio-based interviews and covers five primary news beats: the economy, the environment and energy, health, national security and culture.

 

Series Title:     THE MCLAUGHLIN GROUP

Program Title: FRIDAY, November 4, 2011

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               11/04/2011 8:30:00 PM

Length:            30

Description:

THE MCLAUGHLIN GROUP is an unscripted forum featuring some of the greatest political analysts in the nation.

 

Series Title:     The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer

Program Title: MONDAY, November 7, 2011

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               11/07/2011 6:30:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

ANALYSIS

Will Latest Cain Harassment Allegations Go Beyond 'He Said, She Said'?

Herman Cain faced new accusations of sexual harassment on Monday when a Chicago-area woman went before television cameras with graphic details. Judy Woodruff discusses what the fresh allegations mean for Cain's White House bid with Politico's Jonathan Martin.

ANALYSIS

Penn State's Storied Football Program Rocked by Sexual Abuse Scandal

A sexual abuse scandal involving a former football coach has emerged at Penn State University. Margret Warner discusses the investigation into former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky with Patriot-News' Sara Ganim.

REPORT

Gold Lures Illegal Miners to Peru's Rainforests

In southeastern Peru, where the Andes Mountains meet the Amazon, lies one of the world's richest ecosystems and the destructive lure of gold. In a collaboration with the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, special correspondent Steve Sapienza reports on illegal gold mining in Peru.

REPORT

News Wrap: Jury Finds Doctor Guilty in Michael Jackson's Death

In other news Monday, a Los Angeles jury found Michael Jackson's doctor guilty of involuntary manslaughter. Dr. Conrad Murray showed little reaction as he was convicted of administering dangerous amounts of the anesthetic propofol then leaving the pop star unattended.

ANALYSIS

49 Million Americans in Poverty, Census Calculates

The Census Bureau released a new unofficial count of poverty in America on Monday, showing about 16 percent of the population live at or below the poverty line. Ray Suarez discusses the new numbers with The Brookings Institution's Ron Haskins and the Institute for Women's Policy Research's Heidi Harrmann.

CONVERSATION

The Story of Humanity Told Through '100 Objects'

In "A History of the World in 100 Objects," British Museum director Neil MacGregor recounts the history of civilization, told through 100 treasures from the museum. Jeffrey Brown and MacGregor discuss his book.

 

Series Title:     The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer

Program Title: TUESDAY, November 8, 2011

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               11/08/2011 6:30:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

ANALYSIS

Cain Denies Harassment Claim, Vows to Stay in Race

GOP hopeful Herman Cain went before cameras late Tuesday in Scottsdale, Ariz. to deny allegations made by a Chicago-area woman that he made unwanted sexual advances toward her more than a decade ago. Judy Woodruff and Political Editor David Chalian discuss the scandal's impact on Cain's bid for the White House.

ANALYSIS

Is Iran Capable of Developing Nuclear Weapons?

The International Atomic Energy Agency has been trying for years to monitor the Iranian program and determine if it is trying to develop nuclear weapons. Ray Suarez discusses the agency's latest report with former U.N. weapons inspector David Albright.

ANALYSIS

Supreme Court Hears Landmark GPS Tracking Case

Can the government track a suspect using a GPS device without a warrant? That question was at the center of a high-profile case before the Supreme Court on Tuesday. Judy Woodruff discusses the oral arguments in the case with the National Law Journal's

REPORT

St. Louis Teachers Voice Struggles Over Dropouts

Teachers are struggling to find solutions to the high school dropout crisis plaguing the nation. As part of our American Graduate Project series, Gwen Ifill discusses the challenges educators are facing in the classroom with Civic Enterprises' John Bridgeland.

REPORT

News Wrap: Penn State's Paterno Comes Under Fire, May Be Forced Out

In other news Tuesday, Penn State football coach Joe Paterno faced growing pressure after charges that a former top assistant sexually abused boys for years. Reports suggested he might be forced out after 46 seasons. Also, Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi lost his majority in parliament and has said he plans to resign.

ANALYSIS

Journalist Goes Undercover to Report on Syrian Dissidents

The Syrian government has stepped up its deadly crackdown on dissidents, only a week after agreeing to negotiate with them. Margret Warner discusses the violence with journalist Ramita Navai, who went undercover to embed with some of Syria's most-wanted dissidents.

REPORT

California Raids Threaten Medical Marijuana Regulation

In 16 states, marijuana use is legal for medical purposes, but authorities say state laws do not protect growers from federal prosecution. Special correspondent Michael Montgomery of KQED San Francisco looks at how that conflict is playing out in one California community.

 

Series Title:     FRONTLINE

Program Title: Syria Undercover

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               11/08/2011 8:00:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

As the death toll in Syria nears 3,000, the revolution rages on well after the fall of dictators in Tunisia, Egypt and Libya. While grainy cell phone videos of violent attacks on protesters are making it out of the country, foreign journalists are seldom making it in. In this special newsmagazine report, FRONTLINE offers a rare look from inside, as we travel with undercover reporter Ramita Navai into some of the most dangerous parts of Syria to meet members of the opposition movement forced into hiding. As the town of Madaya is besieged by the army, the security forces, and the militia, Navai experiences first-hand life as a fugitive when she is trapped in a safe house with three opposition coordinators on the government's most wanted list. Also this hour: A look at the dictator who has managed to hold on longer than any amidst the Arab unrest: President Bashar al-Assad.

 

Series Title:     WOMEN, WAR & PEACE

Program Title: War Redefined

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               11/08/2011 10:00:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

WOMEN, WAR & PEACE is a new five-part series that focuses on the under-reported stories of the women who are changing the rules of engagement in conflict hotspots all over the world, reframing our understanding of modern warfare.

In incisive interviews with leading thinkers, secretaries of state and seasoned survivors of war and peace-making, women challenge the conventional wisdom that war and peace are men's domain. Their experiences reveal how the post-Cold War proliferation of small arms has changed the landscape of war, with women becoming primary targets and suffering unprecedented casualties. Simultaneously, they describe how women are emerging as necessary partners in brokering lasting peace and as leaders in forging new international laws governing conflict. This program reframes the understanding of modern warfare through probing conversations with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton; her predecessors Condoleezza Rice and Madeleine Albright; Nobel Peace Prize winner Leymah Gbowee; Bosnian war crimes investigator Fadila Memisevic; Zainab Salbi, founder of Women for Women International; globalization expert Moises Naim; and Cynthia Enloe of Clark University, among others. Geena Davis narrates.

 

Series Title:     The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer

Program Title: WEDNESDAY, November 9, 2011

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               11/09/2011 6:30:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

REPORT

Berlusconi's Exit Does Little to Calm Fears on Italy's Debt

Europe's debt crisis took a turn for the worse on Wednesday after Italy's borrowing rate hit a record high, one day after Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi agreed to step down once budget reforms are enacted. International Television News' James Mates reports from Rome.

REPORT

News Wrap: Iran Vows to Pursue Nuclear Program

In other news Wednesday, Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad vowed his country will continue to build up its nuclear program but said it does not intend to build weapons. The U.N. nuclear agency reported Tuesday that Iran is conducting tests that would enable it to build nuclear arms.

REPORT 

Indiana Crafts Dropout Remedy Through Choice of Schools

Special correspondent John Tulenko reports from Indiana, where a voucher program allows families to choose religious schools, charter schools and public schools in neighboring districts for their children as part of an effort to provide more options when graduation rates are low.

ANALYSIS

Air Force Admits 'Gross Mismanagement' of Soldiers' Remains

Dover Air Force base in Delaware receives America's war dead in solemn ceremonies, but after a year-long investigation, the Air Force acknowledged "gross mismanagement" of some remains within the base's mortuary. Margret Warner discusses the revelations with The Washington Post's Craig Whitlock.

ANALYSIS

Italy's Debt Dilemma: Too Big to Fail and Too Big to Rescue?

Jeffrey Brown discusses Italy's rapidly escalating debt crisis and the implications for the rest of the Eurozone with Il Sole's Mario Calvo-Platero and Bloomberg-BusinessWeek's Roben Farzad.

ANALYSIS

Ohio Voters Reject Law Curbing Union Rights

Voters around the country went to the polls on Tuesday to answer some critical ballot questions. Judy Woodruff examines the results in Ohio, where voters overturned a law curbing union rights, with Ohio Public Radio's Karen Kasler.

ANALYSIS

As Paterno Leaves, Questions Remain on Penn State's Legal Obligations

Legendary Penn State coach Joe Paterno announced he will retire at the end of the season after days of scrutiny over his handling of allegations of sexual abuse by his former coach Jerry Sandusky, who was arrested Saturday. Ray Suarez discusses the scandal with trial lawyer Jeff Anderson.

 

Series Title:     The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer

Program Title: THURSDAY, November 10, 2011

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               11/10/2011 6:30:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

ANALYSIS

'Shock' Continues Over Penn State Scandal, Paterno's Scarred Legacy

Thursday was the first day of the post-Joe Paterno era at Penn State, after a whirlwind of events that stemmed from sexual abuse charges against a former football coach. Jeffrey Brown discusses the continuing fallout.

ANALYSIS

Obama Administration Delays Keystone XL Pipeline Approval

Should President Obama approve a major extension of the Keystone XL pipeline? Ray Suarez discusses that question, which has divided business, environmental groups and labor unions, with The Washington Post's Juliet Eilperin.

ANALYSIS

Perry Campaign Looks to Rebound From Embarassing Debate Gaffe

Texas Gov. Rick Perry moved to rebound from his embarrassing gaffe at the Republican presidential debate on Wednesday. Judy Woodruff and NewsHour Political Editor David Chalian recap the highlights of the debate.

REPORT

News Wrap: Greece, Italy Show Signs of Political Progress

In other news Thursday, there were signs of political progress in Greece and Italy after days of uncertainty. Respected economists stood ready to take charge of new governments in both countries. Also, the Democratic majority in the Senate blocked a Republican effort to halt a new regulation on air pollution.

REPORT

Safecast Draws on Power of the Crowd to Map Japan's Radiation

Eight months after a tsunami caused a nuclear accident in Japan, ordinary people are using new technology and the power of crowdsourcing to find radiation hotspots. NewsHour science correspondent Miles O'Brien reports from Japan.

REPORT

'We Still Live Here' Details Effort to Restore Wampanoag Language

The film "We Still Live Here," tells the story of the return of the Wampanoag Indian language, the first time a language with no native speakers has been revived in this country. It's part of our series, in partnership with The Economist magazine, showcasing the art of filmmaking.

 

Series Title:     HIKI NŌ: The Nation's First Statewide Student News Network

Program Title: THURSDAY, November 10, 2011

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               11/10/2011 7:30:00 PM

Length:            30

Description:

Students from Waimea High School on Kauai will be hosting this week's edition of HIKI NŌ. In this episode, Kamehameha Schools students on Maui uncover the story of a Haiku couple who have been caring for injured and ill animals for the past three decades. Meanwhile, Mid-Pacific Institute students on Oahu show how local graffiti artists are transforming a stigmatized symbol of urban blight into an empowering and culturally relevant art form. Other featured schools in this episode are: Campbell High, Nanakuli High and Intermediate and Waipahu Intermediate (Leeward Oahu); Le Jardin Academy (Windward Oahu); Hawaii Academy of Arts & Science (Hawaii Island); and Kihei Charter School (Maui).

This program will be rebroadcast on Sat., Nov. 12, at 12:30 pm and Sun., Nov. 13, at 3:00 pm.

 

Series Title:     INSIGHTS ON PBS HAWAII

Program Title: APEC: The Main Event

Distributor:      PBS Hawaii

Date:               11/10/2011 8:00:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

This week's episode of INSIGHTS is part two of a three-part series of discussions about the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC), which is convening in Honolulu the week of November 7.

After months of planning and anticipation, APEC week kicks off with a series of meetings and events. It all leads up to the November 12-13 APEC Leaders' Meeting with President Obama and other regional delegates. In this episode of INSIGHTS, host Dan Boylan moderates a discussion with APEC participants about the policies being developed, what can be expected during the leaders' summit and the impact it will have on Hawaii. In addition to the panel discussion, HIKI NŌ student correspondents will report from the APEC media center throughout the show.

Scheduled guests include: Louis Bono, Director of the Office of Economic Policy - Bureau of East Asia and the Pacific and Tung Bui, Co-Director of the University of Hawaii APEC Study Center.

We want to hear from you! Your questions and comments are welcome via phone, email, Twitter or live blogging. You may email your questions ahead of time to insights@pbshawaii.org.

 

Series Title:     The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer

Program Title: FRIDAY, November 11, 2011

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               11/11/2011 6:30:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

REPORT

Obama Urges U.S. Employers to Hire Veterans

President Obama declared that the "tide of war is receding" at a ceremony honoring the nation's veterans on Friday, as the military prepares to leave Iraq and begin winding down combat operations in Afghanistan. Judy Woodruff reports.

REPORT

Job-Seeking Vets Confront Stigma of 'Falling Behind' While Deployed

More than 12 percent of the roughly 2 million Iraq and Afghanistan veterans were jobless last month, compared to 9 percent of the total population. As part of his reporting on Making Sen$e of financial news, Paul Solman looks at the problems many service members face in finding a job back home.

ANALYSIS

Shields and Brooks on GOP Race After Perry Flub, 'Occupy' Movement

Syndicated columnist Mark Shields and New York Times columnist David Brooks discuss the week's top political news, including Texas Gov. Rick Perry's lapse at the latest GOP debate, Herman Cain's attempt to move past sexual harassment claims and the "Occupy" movement.

REPORT

News Wrap: SEC Penalizes Employees for Failure to Spot Madoff Scheme

In other news Friday, the Securities and Exchange Commission penalized eight employees for failing to spot Bernard Madoff's Ponzi scheme over 16 years. The agency said the measures ranged from pay cuts to suspensions, but no one was fired. Also, a unity government emerged in Greece and economic reforms gained traction in Italy.

ANALYSIS

Portland Among Cities Grappling With How to Handle 'Occupy' Protesters

City officials around the nation are confronting the question of how to deal with the "Occupy" protesters who have camped out in public spaces. Jeffrey Brown discusses the growing movement and its implications with Portland Mayor Sam Adams and "Occupy Portland" representative Jim Oliver.

REPORT

Nicaragua Combats Pneumonia in Country's Young Via New Vaccine

Each year, pneumonia kills more children around the world than malaria, measles and HIV combined. Ray Suarez reports from Nicaragua on efforts to combat the lung infection, which is the leading killer of children under the age of five.

 

Series Title:     WASHINGTON WEEK

Program Title: FRIDAY, November 11, 2011

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               11/11/2011 7:30:00 PM

Length:            30

Description:

For 40 years, WASHINGTON WEEK has delivered the most interesting conversation of the week. The program, hosted by Gwen Ifill, is the longest-running public affairs program on PBS and features a group of journalists participating in roundtable discussion of major news events.

 

Series Title:     NEED TO KNOW

Program Title: FRIDAY, November 11, 2011

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               11/11/2011 8:00:00 PM

Length:            30

Description:

NEED TO KNOW is a cross-media news and public affairs magazine that culls stories from the best of the week's online reporting, culminating in a one-hour on-air broadcast every Friday night on PBS. The program features documentary-style reports, short features, studio-based interviews and covers five primary news beats: the economy, the environment and energy, health, national security and culture.

 

Series Title:     THE MCLAUGHLIN GROUP

Program Title: FRIDAY, November 11, 2011

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               11/11/2011 8:30:00 PM

Length:            30

Description:

THE MCLAUGHLIN GROUP is an unscripted forum featuring some of the greatest political analysts in the nation.

 

Series Title:     The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer

Program Title: MONDAY, November 14, 2011

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               11/14/2011 6:30:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

ANALYSIS

Health Reform Law to Face Constitutional Test in Supreme Court

On Monday, the Supreme Court agreed to hear arguments next spring on the constitutionality of the health care reform law. Jeffrey Brown discusses the political and legal implications with The National Law Journal's Marcia Coyle and NPR's Julie Rovner.

ANALYSIS

Deficit Super Committee Stuck in Stalemate as Deadline Nears

After more than three months of work, the congressional panel charged with finding ways to cut the nation's budget deficit seems to be stuck in neutral. Judy Woodruff discusses the deadlock with super committee member Rep. Chris Van Hollen, D-Md.

REPORT

Arab Nations Call for End to Syria's Crackdown

Jordan's King Abdullah called on Syrian President Bashar al Assad on Monday to halt the crackdown on dissidents that has left at least 3,500 dead since March. His statement comes after a weekend vote by Arab League nations to suspend Syria's membership. Independent Television News' John Ray reports.

CONVERSATION

Harry Belafonte Reflects on Life as a Singer, Actor and Activist

Harry Belafonte is not only a musical icon, but also a lifelong political and social activist. Gwen Ifill talks with Belafonte about his life as a singer, actor and civil rights activist.

REPORT

News Wrap: Leaders in Italy, Greece Move to Form New Governments

In other news Monday, leaders in both Greece and Italy moved to form new governments. Both will have to convince voters and financial markets to support their efforts to prevent Europe's debt crisis from spreading. Also, police in Oakland, Calif. cleared an encampment of "Occupy" protesters.

REPORT 

Somali Refugees Flee to Ethiopia to Escape Famine, Violence

Kenyan troops have been drawn into the civil war in Somalia between the government and al-Shabab militants as desperate refugees flee to Ethiopia to escape violence and famine. Special Correspondent Fred de Sam Lazaro reports from a refugee camp near Dolo, on the Ethiopian border with Somalia.

ANALYSIS

As Arab Pressure Intensifies on Syria, What's Next for Assad?

The Arab League voted overwhelmingly on Saturday to suspend Syria's membership in an effort to further pressure President Bashar al Assad to stop the crackdown on dissidents. Margaret Warner discusses the growing frustration with Syria with The Atlantic Council's Michele Dunne and University of Maryland's Shibley Telhami.

 

Series Title:     The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer

Program Title: TUESDAY, November 15, 2011

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               11/15/2011 6:30:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

ANALYSIS

What's Next for Occupy Wall Street Protests After Judge Bars Camping in Park?

New York City police routed anti-Wall Street protesters from their campsite early Tuesday, and hours later, city officials won a court ruling that backed up their move. Jeffrey Brown discusses the legal arguments involved in the New York protests with attorneys Daniel Alterman and James Copland.

REPORT

Congressional Deficit Panel Gridlock Persists as Deadline Nears

Republicans and Democrats on Capitol Hill still seemed miles apart on a deficit-reduction agreement on Tuesday, with just eight days to go before a self-mandated deadline. Congressional correspondent Kwame Holman reports.

REPORT

Millions of Americans Face Life Without Dental Care

The lack of access to dental care is a problem that affects millions of Americans. Health correspondent Betty Ann Bowser reports.

CONVERSATION

'Midnight Rising' Takes a New Look at Life, Legend of John Brown

Author Tony Horwitz tells the story of John Brown's raid on Harpers Ferry in his new book, "Midnight Rising: John Brown and the Raid That Sparked the Civil War." Jeffrey Brown and Horwitz discuss the life and evolving legend of Brown.

REPORT

News Wrap: Up to 90 Reportedly Killed in Ongoing Syrian Violence

In other news Tuesday, reports out of Syria told of a growing wave of violence. Up to 90 people were killed on Monday, and activists said nearly three dozen of those were soldiers and police, apparently killed by army defectors. In Afghanistan, a new U.S.-backed poll released showed support for the Taliban has declined.

ANALYSIS

Editor: Sandusky 'Probably Did Himself More Harm Than Good' in Costas Interview

In a startling move Monday, Jerry Sandusky, the former Penn State defensive coordinator accused of sexually abusing children, defended himself in a telephone interview with Bob Costas on NBC. Margret Warner discusses the scandal's continuing fallout with David Newhouse, editor of The Patriot-News in Harrisburg, Pa.

ANALYSIS

NBA Labor Battle Continues, Threatening Entire Season

The entire NBA season is on the brink as talks between players and owners, aimed at ending the lockout, break down. Ray Suarez discusses what's at stake with Ian Thomsen of Sport Illustrated.

 

Series Title:     Nazi Hunt: Elusive Justice

Program Title: TUESDAY, November 15, 2011

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               11/15/2011 9:00:00 PM

Length:            120

Description:

Candice Bergen narrates this new documentary that explores the 65-year effort to identify, prosecute and punish the 20th century's most notorious murderers. In the face of apathy, obstruction and violence, the men and women who pursued Nazi fugitives brought a measure of dignity to the victims of the Holocaust while reminding the international community that enemies of humanity must be prosecuted and punished - if humanity is to survive.

 

Series Title:     The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer

Program Title: WEDNESDAY, November 16, 2011

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               11/16/2011 6:30:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

REPORT

With Eye on China, Obama Boosts U.S. Military Presence in Australia

President Obama announced Wednesday that more than 2,000 American troops are heading to Australia under a new security agreement, but Chinese leaders expressed some skepticism and displeasure at the move. Ray Suarez reports.

REPORT

News Wrap: Greece, Italy Take New Steps to Restore Political Stability

In other news Wednesday, Italy and Greece took new steps to restore political and economic stability. In Rome, Prime Minister Mario Monti was sworn in with a new Cabinet that didn't include a single politician. In Syria, the swelling violence left the government increasingly under siege as army defectors staged new attacks.

REPORT

Program Brings Dental Care to Remote Alaskans, but Some Dentists Are Skeptical

A program to train dental therapists to perform basic care in rural Alaska has been met with both praise and skepticism. Health correspondent Betty Ann Bowser continues her series of reports on dental costs, coverage and access for Americans.

ANALYSIS

'Patriotic Millionaires' Lobby Congress for Higher Taxes on Rich

Members of Patriotic Millionaires for Fiscal Strength visited Capitol Hill Wednesday, lobbying Congress for higher taxes on the rich. Jeffrey Brown discuses the group's goals with member Garrett Gruener, who founded Ask.com.

ANALYSIS

What Does U.S. Military Deployment Mean for Asia-Pacific?

President Obama announced Wednesday that more than 2,000 U.S. troops will head to Australia, but he stopped short of saying the move was meant as a message to China. Ray Suarez explores what the move means for regional politics with Jeffrey Bader of The Brookings Institution and John Higley of the University of Texas at Austin.

ANALYSIS

Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac Executives' Bonuses Draw Rebuke From Lawmakers

The compensation practices at two government-controlled mortgage giants came under heavy fire on Capitol Hill on Wednesday. Margret Warner discusses what accounts for executive bonuses at Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac with Politico's Josh Boak and The Wall Street Journal's Nick Timiraos.

REPORT

Berkeley Students, 'Occupy Oakland' Protesters Join Forces

Protesters and University of California, Berkeley students are shifting strategies as city officials put more pressure on the ranks of Occupy Oakland. Correspondent Spence Michels reports.

REPORT

Congress Honors 4 Astronauts With Highest Civilian Honor

Four astronauts were awarded the nation's highest civilian honor on Wednesday: the Congressional Gold Medal. Ray Suarez reports.

 

Series Title:     The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer

Program Title: THURSDAY, November 17, 2011

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               11/17/2011 6:30:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

ANALYSIS

Idaho Man Charged With Obama Assassination Attempt Led 'Sort of a Troubled Life'

Gunshots that hit the White House on Friday evening eventually led to the arrest of Oscar Ramiro Ortega-Hernandez, a 21-year-old man from Idaho, on a charge of an attempted assassination of President Obama. Margret Warner discusses the developing story with Charlie Savage of The New York Times.

ANALYSIS

Amid Solyndra Turmoil, How Involved Should Government Be in Energy Research?

Should the government help spur or back certain kinds of energy research? Jeffrey Brown discusses the political storm over the government's backing of the now-bankrupt solar panel manufacturer Solyndra with Eileen Claussen of the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions and Robert Bryce of The Manhattan Institute.

REPORT

Police, 'Occupiers' Clash on Day of Action in Several Cities

The Occupy Wall Street movement marked the end of its second month with marches and demonstrations in several cities, but hundreds of protesters were arrested after clashing with police. Judy Woodruff reports.

REPORT

News Wrap: Supercommittee Shows No Public Signs of Progress

In other news Thursday, there was no public sign of movement by Congress' deficit supercommittee just days from its deadline. Instead, 72 House Republicans sent a letter opposing tax increases. Democrats also face divisions over spending cuts. Also, Italy's new government won an overwhelming vote of confidence from Parliament.

REPORT

How Do You Protect Against a Tsunami?

Researchers in Japan are working to find ways to limit the most-catastrophic damage from tsunamis. Science correspondent Miles O'Brien reports.

REPORT

'Waste Land' Explores Artist's Use of Garbage to Transform Lives in Brazil

The film "Waste Land" follows artist Vik Muniz as he creates portraits of a band of self-designated pickers of recyclable materials in Brazil, using the trash that surrounds them. This excerpt is part of The Economist Film Project series of independently produced films aired in partnership between The Economist and the NewsHour.

 

Series Title:     The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer

Program Title: THURSDAY, November 17, 2011

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               11/17/2011 6:30:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

ANALYSIS

Idaho Man Charged With Obama Assassination Attempt Led 'Sort of a Troubled Life'

Gunshots that hit the White House on Friday evening eventually led to the arrest of Oscar Ramiro Ortega-Hernandez, a 21-year-old man from Idaho, on a charge of an attempted assassination of President Obama. Margret Warner discusses the developing story with Charlie Savage of The New York Times.

ANALYSIS

Amid Solyndra Turmoil, How Involved Should Government Be in Energy Research?

Should the government help spur or back certain kinds of energy research? Jeffrey Brown discusses the political storm over the government's backing of the now-bankrupt solar panel manufacturer Solyndra with Eileen Claussen of the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions and Robert Bryce of The Manhattan Institute.

REPORT

Police, 'Occupiers' Clash on Day of Action in Several Cities

The Occupy Wall Street movement marked the end of its second month with marches and demonstrations in several cities, but hundreds of protesters were arrested after clashing with police. Judy Woodruff reports.

REPORT

News Wrap: Supercommittee Shows No Public Signs of Progress

In other news Thursday, there was no public sign of movement by Congress' deficit supercommittee just days from its deadline. Instead, 72 House Republicans sent a letter opposing tax increases. Democrats also face divisions over spending cuts. Also, Italy's new government won an overwhelming vote of confidence from Parliament.

REPORT

How Do You Protect Against a Tsunami?

Researchers in Japan are working to find ways to limit the most-catastrophic damage from tsunamis. Science correspondent Miles O'Brien reports.

REPORT

'Waste Land' Explores Artist's Use of Garbage to Transform Lives in Brazil

The film "Waste Land" follows artist Vik Muniz as he creates portraits of a band of self-designated pickers of recyclable materials in Brazil, using the trash that surrounds them. This excerpt is part of The Economist Film Project series of independently produced films aired in partnership between The Economist and the NewsHour.

 

Series Title:     HIKI NŌ: The Nation's First Statewide Student News Network

Program Title: THURSDAY, November 17, 2011

Distributor:      PBS Hawaii

Date:               11/17/2011 7:30:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

Students from Punahou School in Honolulu host the next new episode of HIKI NŌ: The Nation's First Statewide Student News Network. Kapa'a High School students explore Kauai's abundance of wild chickens and their place in local culture. Students from Ka Waihona o ka Na'auao in Nanakuli, Oahu talk to community residents about a giant rock that may have been a part of the legend of Maui. Other featured schools: Hilo High and Kamehameha Schools - Hawaii (Hawaii Island); Aliamanu Intermediate and Moanalua High (Honolulu); Hawaii Technology Academy (Leeward Oahu); and Lahainaluna High (Maui).

This HIKI NŌ newscast encores Sat., Nov. 19 at 12:30 pm and Sun., Nov. 20 at 3:00 pm. You may also view this newscast and past episodes on our website, www.pbshawaii.org/hikino.

 

Series Title:     INSIGHTS ON PBS HAWAII

Program Title: APEC: How Did It Go?

Distributor:      PBS Hawaii

Date:               11/17/2011 8:00:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

This week's episode of INSIGHTS is the last of a three-part series of discussions about the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC), which convened last week in Honolulu. Moanalua and Waianae High Schools will present stories on President Obama's news conference and the First Lady's visit to MA'O Farms. Dan Boylan and his guests will evaluate how months of planning were executed while the world focused on Hawaii as this year's APEC host location. Guests will review short and long-term effects of the APEC meetings, including matters related to traffic, security and our local economy.

Scheduled guests will include representatives from the State, City and County, and the APEC Host Committee.

We want to hear from you! Your questions and comments are welcome via phone, email, Twitter or live blogging. You may email your questions ahead of time to insights@pbshawaii.org.

 

Series Title:     The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer

Program Title: MONDAY, November 21, 2011

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               11/21/2011 6:30:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

ANALYSIS

Deficit Supercommittee Admits Failure: Now What?

The bipartisan congressional committee charged with cutting the U.S. deficit admitted failure on Monday. Judy Woodruff discusses the legislative logjam with Norman Ornstein of the American Enterprise Institute, Maya MacGuineas of the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget and Henry Aaron of the Brookings Institution.

REPORT

In Cairo's Tahrir Square, Tensions Escalate Between Protesters, Police

Tear gas and rubber bullets filled the air Monday, as clashes between police and protesters moved into a third day in Cairo's Tahrir Square. Ray Suarez reports.

REPORT

UC Davis Officials Under Fire Amid Outrage Over 'Occupy' Pepper Spraying

There was continuing criticism Monday about University of California, Davis police dousing student activists with pepper spray at close range during demonstrations over the weekend. Correspondent Spencer Michels reports.

CONVERSATION

Book Chronicles Fight to Save Web From Sophisticated Computer Worm

In "Worm: The First Digital World War," journalist Mark Bowden chronicles computer security experts' campaign to detect and defeat a sophisticated new computer worm. Margret Warner and Bowden discuss the Conficker worm, which was first detected in 2008 and ultimately invaded at least 12 million computers worldwide.

REPORT

News Wrap: Alleged NYC Bomb Plotter Arrested, Arraigned

In other news Monday, a man accused of plotting to bomb New York City police stations and post offices remained in custody. Jose Pimental, who was under surveillance for at least a year, was arrested over the weekend. Also, Spain's new ruling party came under pressure to spell out its plans to rescue the country's economy.

ANALYSIS

Egypt Faces 'Fateful Turning Point' With Elections in Jeopardy

Clashes between police and protesters moved into a third day in Cairo's Tahrir Square on Monday. Ray Suarez discusses the increasingly deadly mix of politics and violence in Egypt with GlobalPost's Charles Sennott.

REPORT

As Poorest U.S. City, Reading Also Struggling With High Dropout Rate

One city's struggle to regain its economic footing is also tied to significant problems in its schools. Jeffrey Brown reports from Reading, Pa., as part of our American Graduate series.

 

Series Title:     The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer

Program Title: TUESDAY, November 22, 2011

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               11/22/2011 6:30:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

REPORT

Egypt's 'Unfinished Revolution': Military Pledges Faster Shift to Civilian Rule

Throngs of Egyptians swarmed central Cairo again Tuesday, and the country's military rulers appeared to give ground on political reforms. Jonathan Rugman of Independent Television News reports from Cairo.

REPORT

News Wrap: Turkish PM Urges Syria's Assad to Resign

In other news Tuesday, Turkey put new pressure on Syrian President Bashar al Assad to step down. In a speech, Prime Minister Erdogan called for Assad to resign for the first time. Also, Taliban leaders in Pakistan have declared a nationwide ceasefire to open peace talks with the country's government.

REPORT

Accelerators Groom Technology Ventures for Success

The Kauffman Foundation, which studies entrepreneurship, recently found that startups create about 3 million new jobs a year. Hari Sreenivasan reports on efforts to nurture promising companies and bring them to market faster.

ANALYSIS

'Frontline' Investigates How Mumbai Mastermind Slipped Through the Cracks

The 2008 terror attacks in Mumbai, India, that killed 166 people were masterminded by Pakistani-American David Coleman Headley. Margret Warner and Sebastian Rotella of ProPublica and Frontline discuss how American law enforcement and intelligence agencies missed several opportunities to thwart his plot.

ANALYSIS

In Egypt, Split Seen Between Protesters, Organized Political Groups

Violent clashes between protesters and security forces continued Tuesday in central Cairo, but the country's military rulers appeared to give ground on political reforms. Jeffrey Brown discusses what's next for Egypt's "unfinished revolution" with Mervat Hatem of Howard University.

ANALYSIS

After Failed Deficit Deal, Obama Pushes Payroll Tax Cut Extensions

The failure of the deficit supercommittee echoed Tuesday on the campaign trail as President Obama pressed Republicans in New Hampshire to support extending payroll tax cuts for another year. Ray Suarez discusses the failed congressional effort with Paul Krugman of Princeton University and Martin Feldstein of Harvard University.

ANALYSIS

Gauging Foreign Policy's Importance in GOP Race

What role will foreign policy and national security play in the Republicans' 2012 nomination fight? Judy Woodruff explores those questions and previews Tuesday night's debate with historian Richard Norton Smith and Washington Post columnist Michael Gerson.

 

Series Title:     FRONTLINE

Program Title: The Perfect Terrorist

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               11/22/2011 9:00:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

It has been called the most spectacular terror attack since 9/11. On the night of November 26, 2008, 10 men armed with guns and grenades launched an assault on Mumbai with a military precision that left 166 dead. India quickly learned the attackers belonged to Lashkar-e-Taiba, a Pakistani militant group associated with Pakistan's secretive intelligence agency, the ISI. But what wasn't known then was that a Lashkar/ISI operative had been casing the city for two years, developing a blueprint for terror. His name was David Coleman Headley and he'd been chosen for the job because he had the perfect cover: He was an American citizen. FRONTLINE and ProPublica reporter Sebastian Rotella team up to investigate the mysterious circumstances behind Headley's rise from heroin dealer and U.S. government informant to master plotter of the 2008 attack on Mumbai.

 

Series Title:     SECRETS OF THE DEAD

Program Title: Mumbai Massacre (Encore)

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               11/22/2011 10:00:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

For many, what began as a typical day in a bustling cosmopolitan city turned into a nightmarish 60 hours of orchestrated terrorism broadcast live to the world via cell phones and internet, text and Twitter. The same social media tools used in consumer technology to relate vital real-time news of the escalating atrocities and information about victims' situations were also used by terrorists to coordinate and plan their attacks. In a fascinating yet fatal twist, news media relying on recycled information for their headlines played a central role in a deadly game of cat and mouse between the terrorists and the victims. Told completely from the perspective of victims in their own words, voicemail messages, texts and improvised user-group postings made during the ordeal, this program places viewers inside the harrowing experience as it was lived by survivors caught up in a sudden and indescribable horror. This remarkable program captures the desperation and courage of ordinary people in the face of death and how social media became a silent witness and simultaneously transformed news as it happened.

 

Series Title:     The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer

Program Title: WEDNESDAY, November 23, 2011

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               11/23/2011 6:30:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

REPORT

Under Pressure, Yemen's Saleh Signs Deal to End 33-Year Rule

Yemen's President Ali Abdullah Saleh signed a statement on Wednesday agreeing to resign, ending 33 years of authoritarian rule. Jeffrey Brown reports.

REPORT

News Wrap: Turkey Warns Syrian Crackdown Could Bring Turmoil to Region

In other news Wednesday, the president of Turkey warned the Syrian government's deadly crackdown on opposition could bring turmoil to the entire region. President Abdullah Gul said, "Syria has come to a point of no return." Also, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev had a warning for the U.S. over its missile-defense program.

NEWSMAKER INTERVIEW

Bachmann: Gingrich's Immigration Stance 'Most Liberal' in GOP Race

In an interview Wednesday with Jeffrey Brown, GOP presidential hopeful Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., discussed her GOP rivals' views on immigration, her choice of language on the campaign trail, what the U.S. should do with enemy combatants and criticized the Obama administration for its handling of Solyndra's loan guarantee.

REPORT

Independent Commission: Bahrain Tortured Activists in Deadly Crackdown

Young people and police clashed Wednesday in Bahrain as an independent commission released its findings on the upheavals that shook the tiny Persian Gulf kingdom earlier this year and the deadly crackdown that followed. Margret Warner reports.

REPORT

Death Tolls Rises as Thousands Fill Tahrir Square for Egypt's Second Uprising

It was day five of the second uprising in Egypt on Wednesday, and tens of thousands of protesters filled Cairo's Tahrir Square a day after military leaders agreed to speed up the transition to civilian rule. Independent Television News' Jonathan Rugman reports.

ANALYSIS

GOP Hopefuls Draw Sharp Divisions on Foreign Policy at Debate

Eight Republican candidates gathered Tuesday night in Washington, D.C., for their 11th debate, which centered on foreign policy and national security. Ray Suarez recaps the debate with NPR's Ari Shapiro.

REPORT

Tiny Mussels Invade Great Lakes, Threaten Fishing Industry

Tiny mussels are invading the Great Lakes, threatening the health of the waterways and the livelihoods of fishermen. Ash-har Quraishi of WTTW Chicago reports.

ANALYSIS

After Commission Documents Torture Incidents, What's Next for Bahrain?

An independent commission released findings on the upheavals that shook the tiny Persian Gulf kingdom of Bahrain earlier this year and the crackdown that followed. Margret Warner discusses the events and the Bassiouni report with Bahrain's finance minister, Sheikh Ahmed al-Khalifa, and the editor of al Wasat, Mansoor al Jamri.

 

Series Title:     The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer

Program Title: THURSDAY, November 24, 2011

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               11/24/2011 6:30:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

REPORT

Police, Protesters Reach Fragile Truce in Egypt; Elections to Proceed as Planned

A fragile truce between police and protesters held around Cairo's Tahrir Square on Thursday as Egypt's military government apologized for the deaths of at least 39 protesters and announced that parliamentary elections will begin as planned on Monday. Independent Television News' Jonathan Rugman reports.

REPORT

Retailers Kick Off Holiday Shopping Season Early

Friday is the traditional kickoff of the holiday retail season, but some stores are opening a day early. Correspondent Tom Bearden looks at how that's playing out in Denver, Colo., where some say the rush to start shopping is infringing on the Thanksgiving holiday.

REPORT

After Infusion of New Energy, 'Occupy DC' Shows No Signs of Letting Up

Hari Sreenivasan reports on the 'Occupy' movement in Washington, D.C., where demonstrators have settled in after getting a shot in the arm from some energetic protesters who traveled down from New York City.

CONVERSATION

Author Takes Fresh Look at Shaping of U.S. Cultural, Political Landscape

In his new book, author and historian Colin Woodard explores how America was shaped by settlement patterns dating back to the time of the first Thanksgiving. Margaret Warner talks with Woodard about "American Nations: A History of the Eleven Rival Regional Cultures of North America."

REPORT

News Wrap: Yemen Security Forces Opened Fire on Protesters, Killing 5

In other news Thursday, security forces opened fire on crowds of protesters in Yemen, killing five. The protesters were calling for outgoing President Ali Abdullah Saleh to stand trial for crimes committed during Yemen's 10-month-long uprising. Also, a triple bombing in Iraq killed at least 19 people and injured more than 70.

ANALYSIS

What's on the Menu in School Cafeterias?

Lawmakers recently weighed in on what's in school lunches, a battle that attracted a great deal of attention from the food industry. Judy Woodruff reports.

REPORT

In Aftermath of Financial Crisis, Who's Being Held Responsible?

As anger over the financial crisis lingers, questions remain as to who has been held accountable for their role in creating the conditions that led to the meltdown ... and who has not. Ray Suarez reports.

 

Series Title:    HIKI NŌ: The Nation's First Statewide Student News Network

Program Title: THURSDAY, November 24, 2011

Distributor:      PBS Hawaii

Date:               11/24/2011 7:30:00 PM

Length:            30

Description:

While our students enjoy the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, PBS Hawaii continues to give thanks to the many community supporters who have helped make HIKI NŌ a reality. In this mid-season special presentation, PBS Hawaii's President and CEO Leslie Wilcox takes us through a look back at HIKI NŌ's origins and landmark achievements. Learn how the student news network came to be in Backstory: The Making of HIKI NŌ; see everyone's efforts unfold at the HIKI NŌ Conference in which 200+ students and teachers convened; and watch students rise to the occasion as five teams cover the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation event (APEC).

This program will be rebroadcast on Sat., Nov. 26, at 12:30 pm and Sun., Nov. 27, at 3:00 pm.

 

Series Title:     The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer

Program Title: FRIDAY, November 25, 2011

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               11/25/2011 6:30:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

REPORT

Protesters Gather in Cairo, Pressure Military to Hasten Transition

Tens of thousands of Egyptians flooded Cairo's Tahrir Square again on Friday, keeping up the pressure on the military government to step aside and speed up the transition to civilian rule. Independent Television News' John Irvine reports from Cairo.

REPORT

News Wrap: Arab League Deadline Expires Without Syrian Response

In other news Friday, a deadline set by the Arab League for Syria expired without a response. The Arab League wants Syria to let an observer mission in to monitor the now eight-month-long uprising against President Bashar Al-Assad. Also, the holiday shopping season officially begin on what's known as "Black Friday."

ANALYSIS

Shields and Brooks on GOP Foreign Policy Debate, Supercommittee Failure

Syndicated columnist Mark Shields and New York Times columnist David Brooks discuss the week's top political news, including GOP hopefuls' attempt to draw sharp distinctions on foreign policy during their latest debate, the shift on immigration among Republicans and the failure of the deficit supercommittee.

REPORT

New Nixon Tapes Reveal Details of Meeting With Anti-War Activists

Recently released audio recordings detail President Richard Nixon's surreal meeting with anti-Vietnam War protesters at the Lincoln Memorial one night more than four decades ago. Ray Suarez reports.

ANALYSIS

How Will Latest Protests Affect Egypt's Elections?

On Friday the Obama administration issued a statement urging Egypt's ruling military council to speed up the transition to civilian rule, as angry protesters reiterated their impatience for change. Margaret Warner discusses the latest developments with the International Crisis Group's Robert Malley and journalist Gameela Ismail.

REPORT

Detroit Tackles Dropout Crisis By Engaging Students, Parents

Education Secretary Arne Duncan has called Detroit, where four out of 10 children don't graduate from high school, "arguably, the worst school district in the country." Hari Sreenivasan and Detroit Public Television report on how the city's public schools are tackling poor graduation rates.

REPORT

After Tsunami, Japanese Coastal Town Struggles to Recover

Independent Television News' Alex Thomson reports from Kesennuma, Japan, on one fishing port's struggle to come back after the March earthquake and tsunami devastated the town and its fleet.

 

Series Title:     WASHINGTON WEEK

Program Title: FRIDAY, November 25, 2011

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               11/25/2011 7:30:00 PM

Length:            30

Description:

For 40 years, WASHINGTON WEEK has delivered the most interesting conversation of the week. The program, hosted by Gwen Ifill, is the longest-running public affairs program on PBS and features a group of journalists participating in roundtable discussion of major news events.

 

Series Title:     NEED TO KNOW

Program Title: FRIDAY, November 25, 2011

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               11/25/2011 8:00:00 PM

Length:            30

Description:

NEED TO KNOW is a cross-media news and public affairs magazine that culls stories from the best of the week's online reporting, culminating in a one-hour on-air broadcast every Friday night on PBS. The program features documentary-style reports, short features, studio-based interviews and covers five primary news beats: the economy, the environment and energy, health, national security and culture.

 

Series Title:     THE MCLAUGHLIN GROUP

Program Title: FRIDAY, November 25, 2011

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               11/25/2011 8:30:00 PM

Length:            30

Description:

THE MCLAUGHLIN GROUP is an unscripted forum featuring some of the greatest political analysts in the nation.

 

Series Title:     The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer

Program Title: MONDAY, November 28, 2011

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               11/28/2011 6:30:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

REPORT

Outraged Pakistanis Protest Deadly Cross-Border Attack by NATO

Protesters throughout Pakistan raged Monday against the U.S. and NATO over air strikes that killed 24 Pakistani soldiers. Judy Woodruff reports on the strike that threatens to deepen a growing divide between the U.S. and Pakistan.

REPORT

News Wrap: Egyptians Cast Landmark Vote Without Violence

In other news Monday, lines were long at polling stations across Egypt for the first parliamentary election since President Hosni Mubarak was forced from office. The voting was free of violence despite recent clashes between protesters and police. Also, attacks in Iraq ramped up just weeks ahead of the U.S. pullout of troops.

ANALYSIS

N.Y. Judge Rejects SEC's $285M Deal With Citigroup as 'Unfair, Unreasonable'

A federal judge on Monday rejected a settlement between the Securities and Exchange Commission and Citigroup over mortgage deals dating back to the housing bust and the financial crisis. Ray Suarez discusses the latest developments with Edward Wyatt of The New York Times and Jacob Frenkel of Shulman Rogers Gandal Pordy & Ecker.

ANALYSIS

European Commission's Barroso Insists Euro Will Survive Crisis

The debt crisis in Europe that, until now, has threatened individual countries, now threatens the continent's common currency. Jeffrey Brown discusses Europe's debt woes and the euro's future with European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso.

ANALYSIS

After Deadly Raid, How Can Pakistan, U.S. Ease Tensions?

Outrage blazed in Pakistan Monday over a deadly NATO cross-border air raid from Afghanistan. Judy Woodruff discusses the escalating tensions between the United States and Pakistan, who maintain an oft-strained alliance, with Shuja Nawaz of The Atlantic Council and Stephen Cohen of The Brookings Institution.

ANALYSIS

Union Leader Publisher on Gingrich Endorsement: 'He's a Guy With Ideas'

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich is leading in the polls and picked up a key endorsement from an influential New Hampshire newspaper. Gwen Ifill discusses the Republican presidential field and the endorsement with Union Leader Publisher Joe McQuaid and Susan Page of USA Today.

REPORT

Obama Presses EU Leaders for Debt Resolution

Mounting fears for the fate of the eurozone dominated an annual summit Monday, as President Obama hosted leaders of the European Union. Jeffrey Brown reports.

ANALYSIS

New Climate Change Deal to Succeed Kyoto a Long Shot

What's behind the long struggle to reach a new international agreement on reducing greenhouse gases? Margaret Warner and The Washington Post's Juliet Eilperin preview the U.N.'s annual climate conference.

 

Series Title:     The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer

Program Title: TUESDAY, November 29, 2011

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               11/29/2011 6:30:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

ANALYSIS

Employees Expected to 'Bear the Burden' of American Airlines Bankruptcy

After 81 years of flying, American Airlines landed in federal bankruptcy court Tuesday, filing for Chapter 11 protections against its creditors. Judy Woodruff discusses what's behind the bankruptcy with Ben Mutzabaugh of USA Today.

ANALYSIS

How Effective Is Justice Department Crackdown on Counterfeit Goods Dealers?

The Justice Department used Cyber Monday, the biggest online shopping day of the year, to shut down 150 websites that were allegedly peddling fake shoes, sporting goods and handbags. Gwen Ifill discusses the crackdown on counterfeit goods with author Larry Downes and Steve Tepp of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

ANALYSIS

In Egypt and Congo, Questions of Election Legitimacy Remain

Millions of Africans voted Tuesday in two very different elections. Margaret Warner discusses elections in Egypt and Congo with The International Republican Institute's Scott Mastic, who's leading an election monitoring team in Cairo, and Soloman Moore of The Wall Street Journal, reporting from Congo's capital of Kinshasa.

CONVERSATION

Legendary Saxophonist Sonny Rollins on His Enduring Love for Jazz

On Saturday, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., will bestow its Kennedy Center Honors on five of the nation's leading artists. One is legendary jazz saxophonist and composer Sonny Rollins, who is still performing at age 81. Jeffrey Brown sits down with Rollins to discuss his life's work.

REPORT 

News Wrap: Cain Reassesses 2012 Run After Woman Claims Long-Term Affair

In other news Tuesday, Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain is reassessing his run for the White House. He spoke to staffers after an Atlanta woman claimed she'd had a 13-year affair with him. Also, protesters in Iran stormed the British Embassy.

REPORT

Millions Turn Out to Vote in Egypt, Congo Elections

At different ends of the African continent Tuesday, millions of people voted in two different elections, one in Egypt and the other in Congo. Margaret Warner reports.

ANALYSIS 

Fed Faces New Scrutiny for Trillions in Assistance to Banks After Crisis

A report published Monday raises new questions about money that the Federal Reserve provided to banks in the wake of the financial crisis. Judy Woodruff discusses the report with Bob Ivry of Bloomberg News.

 

Series Title:     FRONTLINE

Program Title: Flying Cheap (Encore)

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               11/29/2011 9:00:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

FRONTLINE investigates the crash of Continental 3407 in Buffalo, NY, and discovers a dramatically changed airline industry, where regional carriers now account for half of the nation's daily departures. The rise of the regionals and arrival of low-cost carriers have been huge boons to consumers, and the industry insists that the skies remain safe. But many insiders are worried that now, 30 years after airline deregulation, the aviation system is being stretched beyond its capacity to deliver service that is both cheap and safe.

 

Series Title:     The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer

Program Title: WEDNESDAY, November 30, 2011

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               11/30/2011 6:30:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

REPORT

Stocks Surge as Central Banks Move to Ease Credit Crunch

Stock markets roared their approval Wednesday after the U.S. Federal Reserve led a global move to head off a new financial panic originating in Europe. Jeffrey Brown reports.

REPORT

News Wrap: U.K. Public-Sector Employees Stage National Strike

In other news Wednesday, public-sector employees in Britain staged their largest national strike in decades to protest pension curbs. They walked off the job is hospitals, schools and elsewhere, although airports were less affected. Also, police in Los Angeles and Philadelphia cleared anti-Wall Street encampments.

ANALYSIS

Amid Sagging Support, Does Tea Party Have Staying Power for 2012?

The Tea Party burst on the scene as a new political force, but does it have staying power? Judy Woodruff discusses the movement's influence with The Pew Research Center's Andy Kohut and The New York Times' Kate Zernike.

ANALYSIS

As Lipitor's Patent Expires, Is Era of 'Blockbuster Drugs' Over?

After 14 years on the market, the most profitable prescription drug in history, Lipitor, is going generic as patients, doctors and the pharmaceutical industry wait to see what will happen. Margaret Warner discusses the implications with Dr. Jerry Avorn of Harvard Medical School.

ANALYSIS

Soaring Markets Reveal Clues About Big Banks' Levels of Trust, Comfort

The Federal Reserve teamed up with other central banks to ease a growing credit crunch threatening the world's financial systems. Jeffrey Brown discusses the move and the market's reaction with Catherine Mann of Brandeis University and author David Smick.

ANALYSIS

How Would Payroll Tax Extensions Be Funded?

President Obama wants to extend a payroll tax cut and many Republicans do too, but both sides are far apart on how to get it done. Gwen Ifill discusses how the extension could be funded with White House National Economic Council Director Gene Sperling and Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo.

REPORT

The Role of Rising Food Prices in Egypt's Revolution

Egypt's rising food prices are helping fuel the revolution that led to this week's parliamentary elections. In collaboration with The Center for Investigative Reporting, Homelands Productions and Marketplace, Sandy Tolan reports as part of a new series called "Food for 9 Billion."

 

Series Title:     The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer

Program Title: THURSDAY, December 1, 2011

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               12/01/2011 6:30:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

REPORT

Obama Pledges More Support for HIV Treatment

President Obama marked World AIDS Day Thursday by pledging a stepped-up effort to reach more victims of the pandemic that began 30 years ago and has since infected an estimated 66 million people worldwide. Jeffrey Brown reports.

ANALYSIS

Obama, Clinton Have 'a Lot at Risk' in Delicate Relationship With Burma

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton visited the Southeast Asian nation of Burma on Thursday. Margaret Warner discusses the significance of the isolated country's first visit by a U.S. secretary of state in 50 years with William Wan of The Washington Post, who's traveling with Clinton.

REPORT 

For Frequent Fliers, How Big a Concern Is Backscatter Body Scan Radiation?

As millions of Americans take to the skies for holiday travel, some scientists have raised concerns about the small dose of ionizing radiation emitted by backscatter full-body scanners used to screen passengers at U.S. airports. In partnership with ProPublica, Miles O'Brien examines what we do and don't know about the machines.

CONVERSATION

For 'Soldiers' in Mexico's Drug War, 'More Murders Than They Can Count'

The death toll continues to mount in Mexico's drug war. Hari Sreenivasan and Ioan Grillo of GlobalPost discuss his new book "El Narco: Inside Mexico's Criminal Insurgency," an account of his more than 10 years investigating the country's criminal cartels.

REPORT

News Wrap: Lawmakers Butt Heads Over Payroll Tax Cut Extention

In other news Thursday, Senate Democrats and Republicans moved to block each other's plans for extending the payroll tax cut. Democrats wanted to pay for it with a surtax on millionaires, but the GOP said that would only penalize job creators. Also, auto sales in November may turn out to be the strongest in more than two years.

ANALYSIS

When Will We See an AIDS-Free Generation?

On World AIDS Day, President Obama pledged Thursday to provide HIV treatment for millions more around the world. Jeffrey Brown discusses the state of the epidemic with U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator Ambassador Eric Goosby, clinic director Dr. Patricia Nkansah-Asamoah and David Ernesto Munar of the AIDS Foundation of Chicago.

ANALYSIS

Barney Frank on Dysfunction in Congress: 'Blame James Madison'

Massachusetts Rep. Barney Frank announced this week that he would not seek re-election next year after more than four decades in politics. Judy Woodruff and Frank discuss his legacy, his decision to retire, the U.S. housing crisis, Europe's ongoing debt problems, and dysfunction in Congress and the U.S. political system.

 

Series Title:     HIKI NŌ: The Nation's First Statewide Student News Network

Program Title: THURSDAY, December 1, 2011

Distributor:      PBS Hawaii

Date:               12/01/2011 7:30:00 PM

Length:            30

Description:

Students from Waianae High School on Leeward Oahu host the next new episode of HIKI NŌ: The Nation's First Statewide Student News Network. Roosevelt High students in Honolulu take a look at the local Korean pop culture phenomenon and how it's affected students' choice of study. Other featured schools: Konawaena High and Waiakea High (Hawaii Island); Waimea Canyon Middle (Kauai); Lahaina Intermediate (Maui); Molokai High (Molokai); and Wheeler Middle (Oahu).

This HIKI NŌ newscast encores Saturday, Dec. 3 at 12:30 pm and Sunday, Dec. 4 at 3:00 pm. You may also view this newscast and past episodes on our website, www.pbshawaii.org/hikino

 

Series Title:     INSIGHTS ON PBS HAWAII

Program Title: Season of Giving: Helping People Help Themselves

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               12/01/2011 8:00:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

On this edition of INSIGHTS, host Dan Boylan and his guests will discuss the struggles that non-profit, social service organizations continue to face this holiday season in a tough economy. Suggestions will be offered on how the public can help these programs in need and reveal what non-profits have planned for the next legislative session, which begins in January.

Scheduled guests include: Alex Santiago, Executive Director of PHOCUSED (Protecting Hawaii's Ohana, Children, Underserved, Elderly and Disabled); Sandy Yoro, Executive Director of SECOH (Special Education Center of Hawaii); and representatives from Goodwill Industries of Hawaii and HCAP (Honolulu Community Action Program).

We want to hear from you! Your questions and comments are welcome via phone, email, Twitter or live blogging. You may email your questions ahead of time to insights@pbshawaii.org

 

Series Title:     The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer

Program Title: FRIDAY, December 2, 2011

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               12/02/2011 6:30:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

ANALYSIS

U.S. Jobs Picture Shows Some Promise, but Many in 'Very Long Struggle' for Work

The November unemployment report came out Friday, and it showed new job creation and a surprising drop in unemployment. However, the outlook remains bleak for many job seekers. Jeffrey Brown discusses the latest numbers with Diane Swonk of Mesirow Financial and Carl Van Horn of the Heldrich Center for Workforce Development.

REPORT

Creating Jobs in the Volunteer State: Why Are Employers Reluctant to Hire?

Republicans have been saying that businesses aren't hiring because of uncertainty about regulation, the cost of health insurance and the cost of borrowing money. As part of his reporting on Making Sen$e of financial news, Paul Solman traveled to Tennessee to see if companies are creating more paying jobs in the Volunteer State.

ANALYSIS

Shields, Brooks on Gingrich's 'Skeletons,' Bill Clinton's 'Second Act,' Tax Cuts

Syndicated columnist Mark Shields and New York Times columnist David Brooks discuss the week's top political news, including the likelihood of Newt Gingrich being elected president, Bill Clinton's post-presidential work, lawmakers' struggles over the payroll tax cut extension and Rep. Barney Frank's legacy.

REPORT

News Wrap: Merkel Warns Eurozone Debt Could Take Years to Fix

In other news Friday, German Chancellor Angela Merkel warned it could take years to fix Europe's staggering debt problems. She spoke amid growing signs European leaders may fashion a more powerful political union. Also, Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain said he'll announce the future of his campaign on Saturday.

CONVERSATION

Bill Clinton on Obama: 'I Think He'll Be Re-elected'

In an interview with Judy Woodruff Friday, former President Bill Clinton discussed his new book, "Back to Work: Why We Need Smart Government for a Strong Economy," his new collaboration with President Obama to promote energy efficiency and create jobs, his 2012 predictions and his relationship with GOP candidate Newt Gingrich.

 

Series Title:     WASHINGTON WEEK

Program Title: FRIDAY, December 2, 2011

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               12/02/2011 7:30:00 PM

Length:            30

Description:

For 40 years, WASHINGTON WEEK has delivered the most interesting conversation of the week. The program, hosted by Gwen Ifill, is the longest-running public affairs program on PBS and features a group of journalists participating in roundtable discussion of major news events.

 

Series Title:     NEED TO KNOW

Program Title: FRIDAY, December 2, 2011

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               12/02/2011 8:00:00 PM

Length:            30

Description:

NEED TO KNOW is a cross-media news and public affairs magazine that culls stories from the best of the week's online reporting, culminating in a one-hour on-air broadcast every Friday night on PBS. The program features documentary-style reports, short features, studio-based interviews and covers five primary news beats: the economy, the environment and energy, health, national security and culture.

 

Series Title:     THE MCLAUGHLIN GROUP

Program Title: FRIDAY, December 2, 2011

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               12/02/2011 8:30:00 PM

Length:            30

Description:

THE MCLAUGHLIN GROUP is an unscripted forum featuring some of the greatest political analysts in the nation.

 

Series Title:     The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer

Program Title: MONDAY, December 5, 2011

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               12/05/2011 6:30:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

NEWSMAKER INTERVIEW

U.S. Postal Service Faces Big Changes Amid Struggle to Deliver on Profitability

The likelihood that a stamped letter could reach its destination by the next day will be virtually eliminated due to billions in U.S. Postal Service cuts announced Monday. Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe joins Gwen Ifill to discuss the cuts and what's next for the postal service and its customers.

ANALYSIS

After Surging in Polls, How Could Newt Gingrich Clinch Nomination?

A month away from the Iowa caucuses, two new polls show that the race for the Republican presidential nomination has a new frontrunner: Newt Gingrich. Judy Woodruff takes a look at the latest poll results with The Washington Post's Dan Balz and J. Ann Selzer, president of Selzer & Company, which conducted one of the Iowa polls.

REPORT

Eurozone Leaders Consider Deficit Limits to Help Save Euro

Pressure is building in Europe to resolve the growing debt crisis. Gary Gibbon of Independent Television News reports on a critical meeting between Europe's leaders to consider deficit limits for each nation.

REPORT

For Wind Energy's Future, Researchers Look High in the Sky

The next major innovation in wind power might not involve big, white turbines dotting the countryside. KQED QUEST reports on research being done on "tethered airfoils" that could capture wind energy more efficiently that earthbound turbines. This report is part of the NewsHour's Connect series of quality public media reporting.

REPORT

News Wrap: Democrats Introduce New Plan to Extend Payroll Tax Cuts

In other news Monday, Senate Democrats unveiled a new plan to extend payroll tax cuts due to expire later this month. Also, bombings in Iraq killed at least 32 people, and about 10,000 Russians protested in Moscow over parliamentary elections.

REPORT

After String of Disasters, Aid Organizations Struggle to Meet Demands

Private aid organizations are struggling to maintain their funding levels for relief efforts in the wake of multiple crises around the world. Special correspondent Fred de Sam Lazaro reports on the trend as part of the Under-Told Stories project.

ANALYSIS

What Would Deficit Limits Mean for Eurozone, Future of Euro?

For a look at the tough week ahead for the eurozone and its leaders, Jeffrey Brown is joined by Thomas Kleine-Brockhoff, senior director for strategy at the German Marshall Fund of the United States.

CONVERSATION  

Politics, Race Play Role in Presidential Pardons, Investigation Finds

People who are white and well-connected are more likely to receive presidential pardons, a ProPublica investigation discovered this week. ProPublica's Dafna Linzer goes over the details of the investigation with Gwen Ifill.

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Series Title:     The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer

Program Title: TUESDAY, December 6, 2011

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               12/06/2011 6:30:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

ANALYSIS

War-Torn Afghanistan Suffers Worst Sectarian Violence in Years

After twin suicide bombings killed dozens of Shiite worshipers Tuesday in Afghanistan, a Sunni militant group in Pakistan claimed responsibility. Afghanistan's worst sectarian violence in years happened a day after a major conference in Germany about stabilizing the country. Judy Woodruff gets two views on the violence.

ANALYSIS

Protesters Allege Manipulation, Rigging in Russia's Parliamentary Elections

Protests in Russia continued for a second day Tuesday over Sunday's parliamentary elections. The ruling United Russia party received nearly 50 percent of the vote, but protesters allege vote-rigging and manipulation skewed the results. Jonathan Rugman of Independent Television News reports.

CONVERSATION 

Death of NHL 'Enforcer' Boogaard Puts Spotlight on Repeated Head Trauma

Brain research done after the death of Derek Boogaard, a National Hockey League brawler who was just 28, found that he had a degenerative condition similar to Alzheimer's caused by repeated head trauma. Jeffrey Brown speaks with The New York Times' John Branch and Dr. Robert Cantu for more on the issues raised by the death.

CONVERSATION

Newly Discovered Massive Black Holes Dwarf Previous Record Holders

Astronomers recently discovered two massive black holes more than 300 million light years away. Nothing, not even light, can escape the pull of these black holes, which are each 10 billion times the mass of the sun. University of California, Berkeley professor Chung-Pei Ma joins Gwen Ifill to discuss the latest findings.

REPORT

News Wrap: Obama Condemns Economic Inequality, Calls for Reforms

In other news Tuesday, President Barack Obama condemned economic inequality in the United States during a speech in Kansas and called for progressive reforms. Also, Bank of America has agreed to pay $315 million to investors who said they were misled about risky mortgages.

REPORT

With Detroit on Brink of Financial Disaster, State Steps In

With Detroit on track to completely run out of cash in four months, Michigan's government began a 30-day review of the Motor City's beleaguered finances Tuesday. That process could lead to a state takeover. Desiree Cooper of Detroit Public TV reports.

REPORT

Parlez-Vous? Some Louisiana Pupils Being Immersed in French Instruction

Louisiana's French heritage is being embraced in many immersion classrooms in the state. It goes beyond language -- some students are learning math, science and social studies in French. Sue Lincoln of Louisiana Public Broadcasting and the Southern Education Desk reports.

 

Series Title:     The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer

Program Title: WEDNESDAY, December 7, 2011

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               12/07/2011 6:30:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

ANALYSIS

'A Big Surprise' as Sebelius Nixes Plan B for Young Girls Without Prescription

In a very public disagreement Wednesday, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius blocked the Food and Drug Administration from allowing girls under 17 to buy the Plan B morning-after pill without a prescription. Jeffrey Brown discusses the controversy with Rob Stein of The Washington Post.

ANALYSIS   

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Nominee Cordray Faces Senate Battle

Richard Cordray, President Obama's latest pick to lead the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, faces an uphill battle for confirmation in the Senate this week. Judy Woodruff discusses the nomination and disagreement over the new agency's structure with Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, and Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, R-Texas.

ANALYSIS   

Syria's Assad Denies Ordering Deadly Crackdown as Sanctions Drive Down Currency

Syria's President Bashar al-Assad denied in a Wednesday interview that he ordered a deadly crackdown on protesters. Jeffrey Brown speaks with NPR's Deborah Amos, reporting from Beirut, about how the interview will be viewed inside Syria, the state of the uprising in Homs and the effects of sanctions on businesses and citizens.

REPORT   

A Possible Second Home for Humanity Found, but the Commute's Brutal

Scientists have discovered a so-called "Goldilocks" planet with a temperature that is not too hot, not too cold, but maybe just right to support life. Correspondent Spencer Michels reports.

REPORT   

News Wrap: Rod Blagojevich Given 14-Year Sentence

In other news Wednesday, the former Democratic governor of Illinois, Rod Blagojevich, was sentenced to 14 yeas in prison for corruption. He was convicted of trying to sell the appointment to President Obama's Senate seat. Also, former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky was jailed on new counts of sexual abuse.

ANALYSIS   

Supreme Court Hears Dispute Over Ownership of Montana's Rivers

Montana's rivers are pristine and iconic, but they are also at the center of a property rights dispute that wound up before the Supreme Court on Wednesday. Gwen Ifill discusses the details of the dispute with Marcia Coyle of The National Law Journal.

REPORT

In Japan, Tsunami-Hit Town Still Abandoned, Barren

The March earthquake and tsunami that devastated Japan killed 2,000 people in the town of Minamisanriku, leaving it flattened and abandoned. Independent Television News' Alex Thomson reported from there soon after the disaster and returned last month.

 

Series Title:     Journey of the Universe

Program Title: WEDNESDAY, December 7, 2011

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               12/07/2011 10:00:00 PM

Length:            90

Description:

This dramatic and expansive film re-imagines the universe story and reframes the human connection to the cosmos. Created by a renowned team of scientists, scholars and award-winning filmmakers, it was filmed on the Greek island of Samos, the birthplace of Pythagoras. The host is philosopher Brian Thomas Swimme, whose stories awaken us to the beauty and complexity of our planet.

 

Series Title:     The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer

Program Title: THURSDAY, December 8, 2011

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               12/08/2011 6:30:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

REPORT

Deadly Virginia Tech Shootings Bring Back Fears, Memories

Shootings Thursday on the campus of Virginia Tech left two people dead, and roused fears and memories of the tragedy that occurred there four years ago. Jeffrey Brown reports.

ANALYSIS

Obama Back in Campaign Mode as White House Sizes up Gingrich, Romney

President Obama is still waiting for Republicans to pick a nominee to challenge him in next year's election, but that hasn't stopped him from entering the campaign fray. Judy Woodruff discusses the state of Mr. Obama's re-election campaign with The Washington Post's Anne Kornblut and The New York Times' Jeff Zeleny.

REPORT 

Vote-Fraud Protests Could Mean 'Unpalatable Dilemma' for Kremlin

Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin accused Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Thursday of encouraging protesters demonstrating against election fraud. Jeffrey Brown reports on Putin's protest problems.

ANALYSIS  

Report Raises New Concerns About Air Force's Disposal of Remains

The Washington Post reported Thursday that incinerated partial remains of 274 troops had been taken from Dover Air Force Base in Delaware and disposed of in a landfill in Virginia. Jeffrey Brown discusses the new concerns with The Post's Craig Whitlock, who broke the story.

REPORT 

News Wrap: European Leaders Meet Again to Save Euro From Collapse

In other news Thursday, European leaders gathered in Brussels to discuss how to save the euro from collapse. The German and French leaders went to Marseille to press European conservatives to agree to closer economic ties. Also, former Sen. and Gov. Jon Corzine testified before Congress over his role in MF Global's downfall.

REPORT 

Occupy Movements in San Diego, Oklahoma City, Boise Dig in

The Occupy Movement stayed in the headlines this week as police broke up the San Francisco camp, but groups are digging in and holding up in many other places around the country. KPBS San Diego, OETA Oklahoma and Idaho Public Television report.

REPORT 

Seattleites Construct Rain Gardens to Curb Pollution From Stormwater Runoff

In an effort to curb pollution from stormwater runoff, Seattle residents have begun a campaign to build 12,000 rain gardens around the Puget Sound. Katie Campbell of KCTS 9 reports.

 

Series Title:     HIKI NŌ: The Nation's First Statewide Student News Network

Program Title: THURSDAY, December 8, 2011

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               12/08/2011 7:30:00 PM

Length:            30

Description:

Students from Hana K-12 School are hosting this new episode of HIKI NŌ. Journalists from Kea'au High School feature a Hawaii Island dance troupe that is using their talent to promote anti-drug messages to local youth. Next, Kapolei High School students explore the origin, meaning and relevance behind an on-campus sculpture. Other featured schools: West Hawaii Explorations Academy (Hawaii Island); Chiefess Kamakahelei Middle (Kauai); Lokelani Intermediate (Maui); and Kahuku High, Kalani High, Saint Francis and Waialua High and Intermediate (Oahu).

This newscast encores Saturday, Dec. 10 at 12:30 pm and Sunday, Dec. 11 at 3:00 pm. You may also view this and past episodes on our website, www.pbshawaii.org/hikino

 

Series Title:     The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer

Program Title: FRIDAY, December 9, 2011

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               12/09/2011 6:30:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

REPORT

European Leaders Agree to Closer Financial Ties, but Cameron Holds out

Most European leaders agreed Friday to link their national budgets ever closer and force fiscal discipline on individual nations. Jeffrey Brown reports on the "historic" deal to save the euro that may also lead to Britain breaking from the European Union.

REPORT 

News Wrap: Missing Ex-FBI Agent Appears in Hostage Video

In other news Friday, the family of missing retired FBI agent Robert Levinson has released a video sent by his unidentified captors, in hopes of helping to free him. Levinson vanished in 2007 in Iran. Also, Iranian state television showed pictures of what it said was a largely intact U.S. drone in its possession.

ANALYSIS

Shields, Brooks on Obama's 2012 Strategy, Cordray's Rejection, Gingrich's Surge

Syndicated columnist Mark Shields and New York Times columnist David Brooks discuss the week's top political news, including President Obama's re-election strategy, Newt Gingrich's poll surge in swing states and the Republican-led effort to block Consumer Financial Protection Bureau nominee Richard Cordray from confirmation.

REPORT

Why Are Conservatives Happier Than Liberals?

How do feelings about ideology and economic inequality affect a person's happiness? As part of his reporting of Making Sen$e of financial news, economics correspondent Paul Solman explores the connection and asks some liberals at Occupy DC and conservatives at the American Enterprise Institute to grade their own happiness.

ANALYSIS

What Would Debt Deal Mean for Euro, European Union, U.K.?

After marathon talks, the European Union moved closer to a deal to solve the debt crisis. Jeffrey Brown discusses what the agreement might mean for Europe with the EU's Deputy Chief of Mission Francois Rivasseau and Dan McCrum of The Financial Times.

REPORT

At Va. Tech, a Sense of Bewilderment, Sadness as Shooting Motive Remains Unclear

The Virginia Tech community was terrorized by another deadly shooting attack Thursday that left a police officer dead, but the response this time by the university and police was much different than the 2007 massacre on campus. Hari Sreenivasan reports.

REPORT

Take a Look Behind the Scenes at St. Paul's Storied Penumbra Theatre

In Minnesota, St. Paul's Penumbra Theatre Company is putting on a production of "I Wish You Love," on the life and times of Nat King Cole. Twin Cities Public Television takes a look behind the scenes of the production and the company's history of fighting marginalization and producing productions to raise social consciousness.

 

Series Title:     WASHINGTON WEEK

Program Title: FRIDAY, December 9, 2011

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               12/09/2011 7:30:00 PM

Length:            30

Description:

For 40 years, WASHINGTON WEEK has delivered the most interesting conversation of the week. The program, hosted by Gwen Ifill, is the longest-running public affairs program on PBS and features a group of journalists participating in roundtable discussion of major news events.

 

Series Title:     NEED TO KNOW

Program Title: FRIDAY, December 9, 2011

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               12/09/2011 8:00:00 PM

Length:            30

Description:

NEED TO KNOW is a cross-media news and public affairs magazine that culls stories from the best of the week's online reporting, culminating in a one-hour on-air broadcast every Friday night on PBS. The program features documentary-style reports, short features, studio-based interviews and covers five primary news beats: the economy, the environment and energy, health, national security and culture.

 

Series Title:     THE MCLAUGHLIN GROUP

Program Title: FRIDAY, December 9, 2011

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               12/09/2011 8:30:00 PM

Length:            30

Description:

THE MCLAUGHLIN GROUP is an unscripted forum featuring some of the greatest political analysts in the nation.

 

Series Title:     The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer

Program Title: MONDAY, December 12, 2011

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               12/12/2011 6:30:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

REPORT

Obama Marks Troop Withdrawal: U.S. Will Be 'Enduring Partner' for Iraq

President Obama and Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki held a final summit Monday before the last American troops withdraw from Iraq. Jeffrey Brown reports on the Dec. 31 deadline that comes after 8 years of war and nearly 4,500 Americans killed.

ANALYSIS 

Ahead of Iowa Caucuses, GOP Candidates Engaging in 'a Nationalized Race'

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich remained the front-runner in the Republican presidential race Monday, with three weeks to go until Iowa's first-in-the-nation caucuses. Judy Woodruff discusses the 2012 GOP campaign with Susan Page of USA Today and Stuart Rothenberg of The Rothenberg Political Report.

ANALYSIS

After Durban, What Comes Next for Climate Policy?

At the 17th U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change in South Africa, leaders from around the world came to a broad last-minute compromise, but details were scarce. Ray Suarez discusses what comes next after the Durban summit with the University of Maryland's Nathan Hultman and the Clean Air Task Force's Samuel Thernstorm.

NEWSMAKER INTERVIEW

British Foreign Secretary: 'We Should Be in Europe but Not Taken Over by Europe'

In an interview with Jeff Brown, British Foreign Secretary William Hague discusses his country's decision last week to reject an agreement aimed at fixing Europe's debt crisis.

REPORT

News Wrap: Occupy Protesters Block Busy Portland Port

In other news Monday, Occupy Wall Street protesters tried to blockade some of the West Coast's busiest ports. Hundreds of people gathered at the port of Portland, Ore., blocking trucks from entering two terminals. Also, Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin got some competition in the country's presidential race.

REPORT 

What Do Tax Rates' Ups and Downs Mean for Economic Growth?

Do higher tax rates slow economic growth? As part of his reporting on Making Sen$e of financial news, economics correspondent Paul Solman takes a look at the history of taxes.

REPORT 

After Rejecting Euro Deal, Cameron Defends Decision Before Parliament

Stock sell-offs were widespread Monday after markets had a weekend to ponder Europe's new fiscal deal and the U.K.'s rejection of it. Jeffrey Brown reports on the political and financial reverberations.

 

Series Title:     The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer

Program Title: TUESDAY, December 13, 2011

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               12/13/2011 6:30:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

REPORT

Obama, Senate Democrats Balk at House GOP's Version of Payroll Tax Extension

The Republican-led House passed legislation Tuesday to continue a payroll tax cut extension that affects 160 million workers, but Democrats balked at a separate provision that would force federal approval of the hotly debated Keystone oil pipeline to run from Canada to Texas. Jeffrey Brown reports.

ANALYSIS

Corzine Testifies Before Former Senate Colleagues on Missing MF Global Funds

Former MF Global CEO Jon Corzine was back at the U.S. Capitol Tuesday, for the second time in two weeks, facing a committee of former Senate colleagues. Judy Woodruff discusses the congressional investigation into the collapsed firm with The New York Times' Azam Ahmed and Shulman Rogers' Jacob Frenkel.

ANALYSIS

In Wake of Disputed Election, Russian Middle Class 'Finding its Voice'

In Russia Tuesday, Vladimir Putin faces political turmoil as vote fraud protests become more widespread. Margaret Warner discusses the country's changing political landscape with Matthew Murray of The Center for Business Ethics and Corporate Governance and the Brookings Institution's Fiona Hill.

ANALYSIS

Supreme Court Lines up Potentially 'Explosive' Election Year Docket

Supreme Court justices agreed Monday to take up a tough immigration law from Arizona that would, among other things, punish illegal immigrants who apply for work in the state. Gwen Ifill discuses this and other controversial cases with the National Law Journal's Marcia Coyle and author Jeff Shesol.

REPORT

News Wrap: NTSB Urges Ban on Cell Phone Use While Driving

In other news Tuesday, the National Transportation Safety Board recommended a ban on using a cell phone while driving. It said the ban should apply to both hands-free and hand-held phones. Also, at least 28 people were killed in violence across Syria.

REPORT  

As Protests Spread, Putin Faces Potential Competition for Presidency

Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin faces more political turmoil as protests over alleged vote fraud become more widespread. Margaret Warner reports.

REPORT

News Literacy Project Trains Young People to Be Skeptical Media Consumers

A program called the News Literacy Project is training young people in several major cities how to separate fact from fiction in the news they consume. Jeffrey Brown reports.

 

Series Title:     The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer

Program Title: WEDNESDAY, December 14, 2011

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               12/14/2011 6:30:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

ANALYSIS 

As Troops Leave Iraq, What Happens to Military Bases, Equipment?

President Obama hailed the end of the war in Iraq on Wednesday, with all U.S. troops due to return home before month's end. Judy Woodruff discusses what will happen to the military equipment and bases left behind with retired Army Lt. Gen. Gus Pagonis and Elizabeth Dwoskin of Bloomberg Businessweek.

NEWSMAKER INTERVIEW 

Secretary Clinton: Democracies Must Have 'Habits of the Heart'

On Wednesday, Secretary of State Clinton spoke with Jim Lehrer about how foreign policy decisions can tie into economic and job growth. Their discussion was part of the "Innovation and the Global Marketplace" symposium in Washington, hosted in partnership with Intel, The Innovation Economy and The Aspen Institute.

ANALYSIS

How Will New Voter Registration Laws Affect 2012 Election?

Millions of potential voters may not be able to cast votes in 2012 after a dozen states put new restrictions in place this year. Gwen Ifill discusses the impact the new restrictions could have on the upcoming elections with New York University's Keesha Gaskins and Hans von Spakovsky of the Heritage Foundation.

REPORT  

News Wrap: Democrats Vow to Block GOP Payroll Tax Cut Bill

In other news Wednesday, the stalemate in Congress over extending the payroll tax cut continued as Senate Democrats said they will reject a House GOP bill that would extend it, but includes a mandate that work will begin on the Keystone XL pipeline. Also, the House debated a defense spending bill worth more than $660 billion.

REPORT

In 2009, the Army launched a program designed to help the country's 1.4 million people in uniform cope after tours in Iraq or Afghanistan. Betty Ann Bowser reports on the goals of the $140 million Comprehensive Soldier Fitness initiative, and the controversy it has created.

ANALYSIS

In Egypt, Signs of Heavy Turnout as Second Round of Voting Begins

In three separate waves of voting across the country, Egyptians are choosing a new Parliament, which in turn will draft the country's constitution. Ray Suarez discusses the second round of voting with GlobalPost's Charles Sennott in Cairo.

 

Series Title:     The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer

Program Title: THURSDAY, December 15, 2011

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               12/15/2011 6:30:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

ANALYSIS

Members of Congress 'Seem Unable to Help Themselves' in Face of Disapproval

Thursday was a day of behind-the-scenes maneuvering and bargaining in Congress, as party leaders moved to avert a government shutdown and possibly end the impasse over extending a payroll tax cut. Judy Woodruff discusses the Senate's progress and Congress' sagging approval rating with The Wall Street Journal's Naftali Bendavid.

ANALYSIS

Film, Music Industries Battle Leading Internet Companies Over Online Piracy

U.S. film, TV and music producers are taking aim at leading Internet companies for allowing Web users to easily search and access pirated media. Jeffrey Brown explores options for policing pirated media with the Open Internet Coalition's Markham Erickson and the Motion Picture Association of America's Michael O'Leary.

ANALYSIS 

'Disturbing Signs' of Armed Clashes in Syria Suggest Death Toll Will Grow

In an effort to stop Syria's rising death toll and human rights abuses, the U.S., European Union, Arab League and Turkey have tightened sanctions on the country and its president, Bashar al-Assad. Margaret Warner discusses the growing violence with Assistant Secretary General for Human Rights Ivan Simonovic.

CONVERSATION

Book Tells How Iconic Civil Rights Era Photo Changed Lives of 2 Women

The story of how one iconic civil rights era photograph changed the lives of two women is the subject of David Margolick's new book, "Elizabeth and Hazel: Two Women of Little Rock." Ray Suarez and the Vanity Fair editor discuss the not-yet-finished story.

REPORT

News Wrap: Nearly Half of Americans in Poverty or Low-Income, Census Says

In other news Thursday, a new look at U.S. Census data painted a stark picture of poverty. It showed nearly one in two Americans are now in poverty, or classified as low-income. Also, the war in Iraq officially ended after nearly nine years.

REPORT 

Syria's Alleged Human Rights Violations Push World Leaders to Tighten Sanctions

The U.S., European Union, Arab League and Turkey have tightened sanctions on Syria for the violent crackdown that has the country's death toll rising rapidly. Margaret Warner reports.

REPORT 

Spare Parts for Humans: Tissue Engineers Aim for Lab-Grown Limbs, Lungs and More

A new research breakthrough has enabled scientists to grow human tissue to repair or replace organs, and someday, maybe even limbs. Science correspondent Miles O'Brien reports.

 

Series Title:     HIKI NŌ: The Nation's First Statewide Student News Network

Program Title: THURSDAY, December 15, 2011

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               12/15/2011 7:30:00 PM

Length:            30

Description:

Students from Hana K-12 School are hosting this new episode of HIKI NŌ. Journalists from Kea'au High School feature a Hawaii Island dance troupe that is using their talent to promote anti-drug messages to local youth. Next, Kapolei High School students explore the origin, meaning and relevance behind an on-campus sculpture. Other featured schools: West Hawaii Explorations Academy (Hawaii Island); Chiefess Kamakahelei Middle (Kauai); Lokelani Intermediate (Maui); and Kalani High, Saint Francis and Waialua High and Intermediate (Oahu).

This HIKI NŌ newscast encores Sat., Dec. 17, at 12:30 pm and Sun., Dec. 18, at 3:00 pm. You may also view this newscast and past episodes on our website, www.pbshawaii.org/hikino

 

Series Title:     INSIGHTS ON PBS HAWAII

Program Title: Climate Change

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               12/15/2011 8:00:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

On the next INSIGHTS, Dan Boylan and guests will discuss climate change and its impact on Hawaii and its Pacific Island neighbors. A bill that proposes a state plan for "climate change adaptation" - coping with the effects of climate change - will be introduced when the Legislature opens next month. Guests will delve into why this bill is important for the state, and how climate change affects not only the environment, but entire cultures and societies, as well.

Scheduled guests include: Maxine Burkett, Director, Center for Island Climate Adaptation and Policy; John Marra, Climate Services Director for the Pacific Region, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration; Jesse Souki, State Planning Director; Deanna Spooner, Coordinator, Pacific Islands Climate Change Cooperative.

We want to hear from you! Your questions and comments are welcome via phone, email, Twitter or live blogging. You may email your questions ahead of time to insights@pbshawaii.org

 

Series Title:     The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer

Program Title: FRIDAY, December 16, 2011

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               12/16/2011 6:30:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

ANALYSIS

Former Fannie, Freddie Officials Face 'Significant' Fraud, Lying Charges

The Securities and Exchange Commission has charged six former Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac officials with misleading investors about risky loans. Judy Woodruff discusses how the alleged wrongdoings may have contributed to the mortgage meltdown with Edward Pinto of the American Enterprise Institute and Lynn Turner of LitiNomics.

REPORT

GOP Insistence on Pipeline Provision Could Derail Spending Bill

The House passed a $1 trillion spending bill Friday to fund much of the government through next September and avoid a federal shutdown this weekend, but both parties remain split over how to extend a payroll tax cut. Jim Lehrer reports.

ANALYSIS 

In Manning Trial, Tracing WikiLeaks Files to Harm May Be 'Extremely Complicated'

Friday was the first court appearance for Army Pvt. Bradley Manning, accused as the prime source for the WikiLeaks document dumps. Ray Suarez discusses the day's proceedings with Arun Rath of PBS' "Frontline."

ANALYSIS

Shield, Brooks on Iowa Debate, 'Rattling Sabers' Over Iran, Iraq War's Legacy

Syndicated columnist Mark Shields and New York Times columnist David Brooks discuss the week's top political news, including the latest GOP presidential debate in Iowa, candidates' views on how the U.S. should deal with Iran, more brinksmanship in Congress and the formal end of the American involvement in the Iraq War.

REPORT   

News Wrap: Judge Orders Trial for 2 Penn State Officials

In other news Friday, a judge ordered trials for two Penn State University officials accused of lying to a grand jury. The decision stems from a probe of sexual-abuse charges against Jerry Sandusky. Also, a panel found that up to 20,000 children were sexually abused in Roman Catholic institutions in The Netherlands since 1945.

REPORT 

Alleged WikiLeaks Source Manning Faces First Court Appearance

Army Pvt. Bradley Manning made his first court appearance Friday, accused as the prime source in the WikiLeaks document dumps. Ray Suarez reports on the investigation, stemming from the largest leak of classified information in U.S. history.

REPORT

Ahead of Iowa Caucuses, it Could Still Be Anyone's Game in GOP

On the heels of Thursday night's Republican presidential debate in Sioux City, Iowa, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney scored an endorsement from South Carolina's governor. Hari Sreenivasan reports on the latest in the race for the GOP nomination.

CONVERSATION  

In Anthology, Rita Dove Connects American Poets' Intergenerational Conversations

Former U.S. Poet Laureate Rita Dove was recently given what may be the biggest honor -- and challenge -- of her career: sorting through poems from the last 100 years to create "The Penguin Anthology of 20th Century American Poetry." Jeffrey Brown and Dove discuss the task that took more than four years.

 

Series Title:     WASHINGTON WEEK

Program Title: FRIDAY, December 16, 2011

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               12/16/2011 7:30:00 PM

Length:            30

Description:

For 40 years, WASHINGTON WEEK has delivered the most interesting conversation of the week. The program, hosted by Gwen Ifill, is the longest-running public affairs program on PBS and features a group of journalists participating in roundtable discussion of major news events.

 

Series Title:     NEED TO KNOW

Program Title: FRIDAY, December 16, 2011

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               12/16/2011 8:00:00 PM

Length:            30

Description:

NEED TO KNOW is a cross-media news and public affairs magazine that culls stories from the best of the week's online reporting, culminating in a one-hour on-air broadcast every Friday night on PBS. The program features documentary-style reports, short features, studio-based interviews and covers five primary news beats: the economy, the environment and energy, health, national security and culture.

 

Series Title:     THE MCLAUGHLIN GROUP

Program Title: FRIDAY, December 16, 2011

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               12/16/2011 8:30:00 PM

Length:            30

Description:

THE MCLAUGHLIN GROUP is an unscripted forum featuring some of the greatest political analysts in the nation.

 

Series Title:     The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer

Program Title: MONDAY, December 19, 2011

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               12/19/2011 6:30:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

REPORT

After Kim Jong-il's Death, North Korea Marks Hereditary Passage of Power

North Korea marked the passing of power Monday to a scion of the same family that's ruled unchallenged since World War II. Jeffrey Brown reports on Kim Jong-il's 17-year reign and the political expectations for Kim Jong-un, his third son.

REPORT

News Wrap: 1,000 People Die in Severe Flooding in Philippines

In other news Monday, nearly 1,000 people have died in severe flooding in the Philippines. The flooding hit late Friday night after a tropical storm dumped 12 hours of heavy rain. Also, AT&T announced it was dropping a $39 billion bid to buy T-Mobile, and troops in Egypt opened fire on protesters in a fourth day of violence.

ANALYSIS

California Hospital Chain Eyed for Possibly Bilking Medicare for Millions

Americans spends more than $500 billion every year on Medicare, and as the cost of health care rises, many are examining how that money is spent. NewsHour's partner The Center for Investigative Reporting conducted a year-long probe into one prominent hospital chain's bills to Medicare. California Watch's Lance Williams reports.

ANALYSIS

If Kim Jong-un Fails to Control Arsenal, North Korea Could Be 'Truly Terrifying'

Longtime North Korean leader Kim Jong-il died early Saturday after reportedly suffering a heart attack as he toured the country. Jeffrey Brown discusses Kim's reign and what his son, Kim Jong-un, will face as its new leader with Dartmouth College's Jennifer Lind and the Center for Strategic and International Studies' Victor Cha.

ANALYSIS

White House, GOP Ratchet Up Rhetoric on 'Responsible' Deal for Payroll Tax Cut

The way forward on extending the payroll tax cut remained murky Monday as House Republicans vowed to turn back a compromise measure passed by the Senate over the weekend. Gwen Ifill discusses the stalemate with Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, and Gene Sperling, a senior economic adviser to President Obama.

ANALYSIS

Madeleine Albright on Vaclav Havel's 'Massive Moral Authority, Great Courage'

Thousands of Czechs braved the freezing cold Monday in Prague to pay their respects to former President Vaclav Havel, who died Sunday at age 75. Judy Woodruff discusses the extraordinary life of the writer, dissident and president with former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright.

 

Series Title:     The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer

Program Title: TUESDAY, December 20, 2011

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               12/20/2011 6:30:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

ANALYSIS

In Washington, a Familiar Showdown, but 'People Are Dug in Much Deeper'

President Obama and House Speaker John Boehner dug in their heels Tuesday and refused to break a stalemate over extending a payroll tax cut after the House balked at approving a two-month extension. Jeffrey Brown discusses the latest back-and-forth between Democrats and Republicans with Todd Zwillich of WYNC's "The Takeaway."

ANALYSIS

Ahead of Iowa Caucuses, Gingrich's Momentum Fades as Criticism Mounts

The Republican presidential race has turned into a national dead heat, especially in Iowa where the first votes will be cast in two weeks. Gwen Ifill discusses the candidates' momentum with Stuart Rothenberg of the Rothenberg Political Report and USA Today's Susan Page.

ANALYSIS

Does Maliki Want to Become Unchallenged Ruler of Iraq?

The last U.S. convoy had hardly crossed into Kuwait on Sunday when Iraq was thrust into new and potentially dangerous political turmoil. Judy Woodruff discusses the country's latest political crisis with the Naval Postgraduate School's Abbas Kadhim and Feisal Istrabadi of Indiana University.

ANALYSIS

How Does North Korea Stay So Secretive?

The fact that U.S. intelligence apparently didn't notice the death of Kim Jong-il for 48 hours is a demonstration of how impenetrable North Korea continues to be. Margaret Warner discusses the mysterious nation with former senior CIA and State Department intelligence analyst Robert Carlin, now at Stanford University.

REPORT

News Wrap: Great Plains Snowstorm Kills at Least 6, Closes Major Highways

In other news Tuesday, a snowstorm howled across the Great Plains for a second day, killing at least six people. High winds and heavy snow closed major highways in five states. Also, Egyptian troops and riot police raided Cairo's Tahrir Square in a new bid to evict people protesting military control.

REPORT 

After U.S. Pull-Out, Tensions Escalate in Iraq With VP Sought on Charges

After the last U.S. convoy crossed into Kuwait, Iraq has been thrust into new and potentially dangerous turmoil with an arrest warrant issued for Vice President Tariq al-Hashemi on charges that he had run death squads during the sectarian bloodbath of 2006 and 2007. Judy Woodruff reports.

REPORT

Amid Public Mourning for Kim Jong-il, 'Truth About North Korea Is Hard to See'

The leadership of North Korea wants the rest of the world to see its citizens' mourning of Kim Jong-il's death, but much else remains a mystery. Independent Television News' Angus Walker reports from South Korea.

REPORT  

Film Tells Story of Warlord-Turned-Evangelist Known as General Butt Naked

The film "The Redemption of General Butt Naked" follows a brutal African warlord who has renounced his violent past and reinvented himself as a Christian evangelist. This excerpt is part of The Economist Film Project series of independently produced films aired in partnership between The Economist and the NewsHour.

 

Series Title:     The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer

Program Title: WEDNESDAY, December 21, 2011

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               12/21/2011 6:30:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

ANALYSIS

Bank of America to Pay $335M to Settle Countrywide Case of Alleged Racial Bias

Bank of America agreed to pay a $335 million settlement Wednesday over allegations of racial bias in home mortgage lending involving Countrywide Mortgage, which the bank bought in 2008. Jeffrey Brown discusses the investigation and settlement with Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan.

REPORT

Democrats Pressure House GOP to Back Down on Payroll Tax Cut

Republicans and Democrats mired in a stalemate over extending the payroll tax cut Wednesday. Judy Woodruff reports on House Speaker John Boehner's call to President Obama, and the White House's use of Facebook and Twitter to leverage support for extending the tax break.

REPORT 

In Morocco, 20,000 Imams Trained to Teach HIV/AIDS Awareness, Compassion

The taboo topic of HIV, particularly how to prevent it and treat it, rarely surfaces in public ways in Muslim societies, but religious leaders across Morocco are trying to change that. Ray Suarez reports.

ANALYSIS

For Egyptian Women, 'a March of Anger' and More Calls for Protests, Protection

Ten-thousand women marched Tuesday in Tahrir Square after brutal attacks of women were reported during protests in Cairo. Margaret Warner discusses Egypt's political struggles with corporate executive May Nabil, who participated in the demonstrations.

REPORT

News Wrap: Syrian Dissidents Report More Than 100 Killed by Government Forces

In other news Wednesday, Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki demanded that Kurdish authorities hand over Vice President Tariq Al-Hashemi, who fled to the Kurdish North this week to escape an arrest warrant. In Syria, dissidents reported government forces killed more than 100 people in an organized massacre.

ANALYSIS 

New EPA Rules Target Power Plants' Toxic Mercury Emissions

The Environmental Protection Agency unveiled new standards Wednesday to curb mercury emissions from coal- and oil-fueled power plants around the country. Gwen Ifill discusses the announcement with the Electric Reliability Coordinating Council's Scott Segal and the Natural Resources Defense Council's John Walke.

REPORT 

In Tahrir Square, 10,000 Women March After Reported Attacks on Female Protesters

After reported brutal attacks on women during protests in Cairo, an estimated 10,000 women marched Tuesday in Tahrir Square in one of the largest women-only protests in Egyptian history. Margaret Warner reports.

REPORT 

In Tahrir Square, 10,000 Women March After Reported Attacks on Female Protesters

After reported brutal attacks on women during protests in Cairo, an estimated 10,000 women marched Tuesday in Tahrir Square in one of the largest women-only protests in Egyptian history. Margaret Warner reports.

 

Series Title:     The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer

Program Title: THURSDAY, December 9, 2010

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               12/09/2010 6:30:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

REPORT

House GOP Agrees to Tax Cut Deal, but Is Another Showdown Just 2 Months Away?

Breaking an impasse Thursday afternoon, House GOP leaders set a vote on a stopgap Senate bill that extends the payroll tax cut and long-term unemployment benefits for another two months. Judy Woodruff discusses the latest developments in Washington with Todd Zwillich of WNYC's "The Takeaway."

REPORT  

In Iraq, Wave of Coordinated Bombings Kills at Least 70, Wounds 200

At least 16 bombings shook Baghdad Thursday, leaving more than 70 dead and well over 200 wounded. Inigo Gilmore of Independent Television News reports on Iraq's most recent outbreak of violence.

ANALYSIS

Will Pentagon's Errors Admission in Deadly Pakistani Airstrike Smooth Relations?

A Pentagon inquiry released Thursday conceded that some mistakes were made in a November airstrike on two Pakistani outposts near the Afghan border that killed 24 troops. Margaret Warner discusses the Pentagon's expressed regret for the loss of life and strained U.S.-Pakistani ties with The Wall Street Journal's Adam Entous.

ANALYSIS 

Fearing Bioterrorism, Government Panel Asks: What Research Should Be Secret?

How much research about the deadly bird flu virus should be available to the public? Ray Suarez discusses the question that many in the science, bioterrorism and national security fields are considering with Dr. Anthony Fauci of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and Bruce Alberts of the journal Science.

REPORT

News Wrap: Egypt's Prime Minister Calls for 2-Month Respite From Protests

In other news Thursday, Egyptian Prime Minister Kamal el-Ganzouri called for a national dialogue and a two-month respite from protests. Ganzouri spoke after recent clashes between protesters and soldiers left at least 100 dead. Also, the Italian Parliament passed the government's nearly $40 billion tax hike and pension package.

ANALYSIS

In Face of Coordinated Attacks in Iraq, Should U.S. Have Stayed Put?

The capital of Iraq was plunged back into chaos Thursday when at least 16 bombings shook Baghdad. Jeffrey Brown discusses the attacks' connection to a long debate about what the U.S. gained from its nearly nine years in Iraq, with Meghan O'Sullivan of Harvard's Kennedy School and John Mearsheimer of the University of Chicago.

REPORT 

Making Sen$e: Rich Shopper, Poor Shopper

As part of his series on Making Sen$e of financial news, business and economics correspondent Paul Solman explores how retailers are faring in an economy that's increasingly divided between the haves and the have-nots.

 

Series Title:     HIKI NŌ The Nation's First Statewide Student News Network

Program Title: THURSDAY, December 22, 2011

Distributor:      PBS Hawaii

Date:               12/22/2011 7:30:00 PM

Length:            30

Description:

Students from Kalaheo High School (Windward Oahu) host this episode of HIKI NŌ. Student journalists from Maui High School profile a teacher who participates in the aggressive sport of roller derby. Also in this episode, Kealakehe High School students feature a sanctuary for exotic animals on Hawaii Island.

This week's other featured schools are: H.P. Baldwin High and Maui Waena Intermediate (Maui); and Halau Lokahi, Iolani, Kainalu Elementary and Maryknoll (Oahu).

This HIKI NŌ newscast encores Saturday, Dec. 24 at 12:30 pm and Sunday, Dec. 25 at 3:00 pm. You may also view this newscast and past episodes on our website, www.pbshawaii.org/hikino

 

Series Title:     INSIGHTS ON PBS HAWAII

Program Title: 2011: The Year in Review

Distributor:      PBS Hawaii

Date:               12/22/2011 8:00:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

On the next INSIGHTS, Dan Boylan and guests will discuss 2011's major news and political events. Throughout the year, Hawaii continued to wrestle with a struggling economy, while Governor Neil Abercrombie and Mayor Peter Carlisle each rode through their first year in office. In 2011, Honolulu also played host to the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation, the state legislature passed the civil union bill and the Board of Education became an appointed cabinet under the governor's office.

Scheduled guests include: Chad Blair, Reporter for Honolulu Civil Beat; Richard Borreca, Political Columnist, Honolulu Star-Advertiser; and Wayne Yoshioka, Political Reporter, Hawaii Public Radio.

We want to hear from you! Your questions and comments are welcome via phone, email, Twitter or live blogging. You may also email your questions ahead of time to insights@pbshawaii.org

 

Series Title:     The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer

Program Title: FRIDAY, December 23, 2011

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               12/23/2011 6:30:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

REPORT   

Twin Bombings Kill at Least 47 in Syria's Capital

The carnage that has bloodied much of Syria came home to the capital Friday when two bombs erupted in Damascus, killing nearly four dozen people and wounding more than 150. Inigo Gilmore of Independent Television News reports.

REPORT

News Wrap: After Weeks of Partisan Standoff, Tax Cut Extension Signed Into Law

In other news Friday, Congress passed a two-month payroll tax cut extension. The bill won unanimous consent, first in the Senate and then in the House -- with only a handful of lawmakers present. Also, ahead of the Iowa Caucuses, Vice President Joe Biden and Republican president candidate Mitt Romney traded jabs on the economy.

REPORT

New Morocco Constitution, Election Meant to Avoid Arab Spring-Style Uprising

As other Arab nations erupted in unrest and violence, what unfolded on the streets of Morocco was a peaceful but similar refrain, followed by a new constitution and an election -- giving Moroccans a louder, more democratic voice in government. Ray Suarez reports on the country's attempt at avoiding an Arab Spring-style uprising.

REPORT  

Minn. Church Recalls How Christmas Carols Saved Some U.S. Lives in World War II

A Minnesota congregation celebrated Christmas this year by retelling the true story of a Christmas Eve attack on the SS Leopoldville troop-transport ship during World War II's Battle of the Bulge. Special correspondent Fred de Sam Lazaro reports on the unusual holiday tale as part of the Under-Told Stories Project.

ANALYSIS

Syria's Claims Over 'Unusual' Bombings in Damascus Draw Much Skepticism

Two bombs erupted in Syria's capital Friday, killing at least 47 people and wounding more than 150, but many activists and regional analysts are skeptical of the Assad government's claims that al-Qaida is behind them. Ray Suarez gets an update on the bombings and the ongoing protests in Syria from NPR's Deborah Amos in Beirut.

ANALYSIS 

Shields, Brooks on Stopgap Payroll Tax Cut Deal, Iowa Caucuses, Holiday Wishes

Syndicated columnist Mark Shields and New York Times columnist David Brooks discuss the week's top political news, including the payroll tax cut deal that ended the latest partisan standoff in Washington, their holiday wishes for the country and "Super PAC" attacks on Republican presidential candidates before the Iowa Caucuses.

CONVERSATION

Author Daniel Yergin on U.S. Need for a 'Diversified Energy Portfolio'

Amid concern over tensions and violence in Iraq and Syria, oil prices rose to nearly $100 a barrel Friday. Jeffrey Brown discusses the ongoing hunt for untapped reserves of energy and how the demand for energy has shaped political and economic change around the globe with Daniel Yergin, author of "The Quest" and "The Prize."

 

Series Title:     WASHINGTON WEEK

Program Title: FRIDAY, December 23, 2011

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               12/23/2011 7:30:00 PM

Length:            30

Description:

For 40 years, WASHINGTON WEEK has delivered the most interesting conversation of the week. The program, hosted by Gwen Ifill, is the longest-running public affairs program on PBS and features a group of journalists participating in roundtable discussion of major news events.

 

Series Title:     NEED TO KNOW

Program Title: FRIDAY, December 23, 2011

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               12/23/2011 8:00:00 PM

Length:            30

Description:

NEED TO KNOW is a cross-media news and public affairs magazine that culls stories from the best of the week's online reporting, culminating in a one-hour on-air broadcast every Friday night on PBS. The program features documentary-style reports, short features, studio-based interviews and covers five primary news beats: the economy, the environment and energy, health, national security and culture.

 

Series Title:     THE MCLAUGHLIN GROUP

Program Title: FRIDAY, December 23, 2011

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               12/23/2011 8:30:00 PM

Length:            30

Description:

THE MCLAUGHLIN GROUP is an unscripted forum featuring some of the greatest political analysts in the nation.

 

Series Title:     The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer

Program Title: MONDAY, December 26, 2011

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               12/26/2011 6:30:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

ANALYSIS

Romney Focuses More on Iowa, Hoping to Become 'Unstoppable Force' in Primaries

In a flurry of bus touring, pheasant hunting and endorsement courting, GOP presidential candidates are honing and sharing their last-minute campaign messages before next week's Iowa Caucuses. Gwen Ifill discusses the race and year in politics with The Rothenberg Political Report's Stuart Rothenberg and USA Today's Susan Page.

REPORT

In Nigeria, Radical Muslim Group Claims Responsibility for Christmas Day Attacks

Nigerians faced new uncertainty Monday after at least 39 people were killed and 50 wounded in Christmas Day attacks on Christian churches. Boko Haram, a radical Muslim group, claimed responsibility. Margaret Warner reports on the country's reaction.

REPORT

In Face of Holiday Sales, Colorado Students Begin to Learn Financial Discipline

A Colorado law that went into effect this fall requires schools to teach public school students about financial responsibility -- from drawing coins and bills to deducting purchases from their classroom bank accounts. Correspondent Tom Bearden reports.

ANALYSIS

How the Iraq War Changed a Generation of Veterans

After the withdrawal of the last U.S. combat troops, four Iraq war veterans share their experiences and reflect on the personal impact of the nine-year war. Jeffrey Brown leads the conversation.

REPORT

News Wrap: Amid Political Turmoil in Iraq, Sadrists Call for New Elections

In other news Monday, the Iraqi party loyal to radical Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr called for new elections. Last week, Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki called for the arrest of the country's Sunni vice president on terrorism charges. Also, the Arab League sent monitors into Syria, even as the opposition reported new killings.

ANALYSIS

After Deadly Church Attacks in Nigeria, What Do Boko Haram Extremists Want?

At least 39 people were killed in Christmas Day attacks on Christian churches in Nigeria. Margaret Warner discusses the bombings and the Boko Haram extremist group that claimed responsibility with Paul Lubeck, a sociology professor at the University of California, Santa Cruz.

CONVERSATION

In 'Man Seeks God,' Author Eric Weiner Hunts for Divine Meaning

Former NPR reporter Eric Weiner's new book, "Man Seeks God: My Flirtations with the Divine," recounts his voyage around the world to discover more about his own beliefs. During a season that, for many, centers on religion and spirituality, Ray Suarez and Weiner discuss the quest for God and personal faith.

 

Series Title:     The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer

Program Title: TUESDAY, December 27, 2011

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               12/27/2011 6:30:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

REPORT

Arab League Monitors Land in Embattled Syrian City of Homs as Protests Swell

Nine months after the launch of a deadly crackdown against anti-government protesters in Syria, outside observers from the Arab League arrived Tuesday in the battered city of Homs, where up to 70,000 protesters took to the streets as the military pulled back. Alex Thomson of Independent Television News reports.

REPORT 

News Wrap: Al-Qaida Group Claims Responsibility for Deadly Baghdad Bombings

In other news Thursday, al-Qaida's affiliate in Iraq claimed responsibility for last week's bombings in Baghdad. The explosions tore through a dozen, mainly Shiite, neighborhoods and killed at least 69 people. Also, an Egyptian court has ordered an end to forced virginity tests on women in military prisons.

REPORT

In Peru, Gold Rush Leads to Mercury Contamination Concerns

In remote regions of the Peruvian Amazon, extensive gold-mining operations have stirred major environmental concerns over mercury contamination in fish, fish-eating wildlife and humans. In collaboration with the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, special correspondent Steve Sapienza reports.

ANALYSIS

What's Next for Russia's Political Leadership?

Amid election-fraud accusations and growing political turbulence, where are Russia and Prime Minister Vladimir Putin headed? Margaret Warner discusses the country's political upheaval with Stephen Sestanovich of the Council on Foreign Relations and Leon Aron of the American Enterprise Institute.

ANALYSIS

Could Arab League's Monitoring Efforts Help End Bloodshed in Syria?

Arab League peace monitors arrived Tuesday in Syria's embattled city of Homs, where up to 70,000 protesters turned out. Gwen Ifill discusses international efforts to end the country's bloodshed with Matt Bradley of The Wall Street Journal.

ANALYSIS

A Week Before Caucuses, Iowa Republicans Taking Final Measure of Candidates

Republican presidential candidates in Iowa are all smiles this week, shaking hands and corralling votes in anticipation of the upcoming Caucuses. Judy Woodruff discusses the GOP hopefuls' final push in the Hawkeye State with state Republican Chairman Matthew Strawn and Radio Iowa's O. Kay Henderson.

REPORT

Russian Election Protests Gain Momentum Ahead of March Presidential Vote

Twenty years after the fall of the Soviet Union, Russia sees new political turmoil with protests over election fraud allegations. Margaret Warner reports on growing discontent with Prime Minister Vladimir Putin.

CONVERSATION

Ondaatje Crafts Semi-Autobiographical Tale of Ocean Voyage in 'The Cat's Table'

Michael Ondaatje's new novel "The Cat's Table" is a shipboard story about a boy's travel's from Ceylon to England. Jeffrey Brown and Ondaatje, author of "The English Patient," discuss the coming-of-age tale based in part on the writer's own past.

 

Series Title:     LONG STORY SHORT WITH LESLIE WILCOX

Program Title: Chipper and Hau'oli Wichman (Encore)

Distributor:      PBS Hawaii

Date:               12/27/2011 7:30:00 PM

Length:            30

Description:

Leslie Wilcox sits down with Chipper and Hau'oli Wichman, a longtime husband-and-wife team who head the National Tropical Botanical Garden on Kauai. Chipper, chief executive officer of NTBG, grew up on Oahu in a privileged family and attended Roosevelt High School. His wife and executive assistant Hau'oli had modest beginnings in Nanakuli before her family moved to Kahului. The two reveal how the Hawaiian language and Hau'oli's tutu led to the couple's romance and discuss their "bigger kuleana" of land stewardship.

This program is available in high-definition and will be rebroadcast on Wed., Dec. 28, at 11:00 pm and Sun. Jan. 1, at 4:00 pm.

 

Series Title:     The Botany of Desire

Program Title: TUESDAY, December 27, 2011 (Encore)

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               12/27/2011 8:00:00 PM

Length:            120

Description:

Featuring Michael Pollan and based on his best-selling book, this program takes viewers on an eye-opening exploration of the human relationship with the plant world - seen from the plants' point of view. Narrated by Frances McDormand, the program shows how four familiar species - the apple, the tulip, marijuana and the potato - evolved to satisfy human yearnings for sweetness, beauty, intoxication and control.

 

Series Title:     FRONTLINE

Program Title: The Undertaking (Encore)

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               12/27/2011 10:00:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

FRONTLINE profiles Thomas Lynch, a poet and undertaker whose family has cared for the dead in a small town in central Michigan for three generations. In The Undertaking, a critically acclaimed book, Lynch offered unique and profound insight into what he called the "dismal trade." In an intimate and revealing film, Lynch helps make sense of the ways Americans cope with death, grief, and life.

 

Series Title:     The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer

Program Title: WEDNESDAY, December 28, 2011

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               12/28/2011 6:30:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

REPORT

North Korean Mourners Crowd Streets for Elaborate Farewell to Kim Jong-il

Despite snow and bitter cold, thousands of North Korean mourners crowded the streets of the capital Wednesday as Kim Jong-un led an elaborate, hours-long funeral procession for his father, Kim Jong-il. Angus Walker of Independent Television News reports on the carefully orchestrated farewell to the country's "Dear Leader."

ANALYSIS

In Iowa Ads, Candidates Stay Mostly Positive as Super PACs Do the Attacking

Pushing closer to the Iowa Caucuses, GOP presidential candidates and the outside groups supporting them are pouring money into TV and radio ads -- spending more than $10 million in December alone. Judy Woodruff and Ken Goldstein of the Campaign Media Analysis Group discuss the potential outcome of all this spending.

REPORT

How 2011 Became a 'Mind-Boggling' Year of Extreme Weather

From snowstorms to floods and tornadoes, severe weather wreaked havoc across the United States this year, with 2011 marking far more extreme weather events than a typical year. Hari Sreenivasan discusses the science behind this year of extreme weather with NOAA's Kathryn Sullivan and Weather Underground's Jeff Masters.

CONVERSATION

Book Critic Ron Charles Discusses Year's Best Works of Fiction

Jeffrey Brown talks with book critic Ron Charles of The Washington Post about the best works of fiction in 2011 and the shape of the industry.

REPORT

New Wrap: U.S. Warns Iran Against Blocking Passage for Oil Tankers

In other news Wednesday, the United States warned Iran not to block oil traffic from the Persian Gulf. Iran had threatened this week to close the crucial Strait of Hormuz if the West embargoes Iranian oil. Also, the latest poll in the GOP presidential race reshuffled the standings, making Mitt Romney the new Iowa front-runner.

ANALYSIS

Could U.S. 'Start Fresh' With North Korea's New Leader?

Mourners in North Korea said goodbye to Kim Jong-il Wednesday. The funeral procession, led by Kim's designated successor, signified the end of an era for an isolated nation. Gwen Ifill discusses how the leadership change could affect U.S. policy with Donald Gregg of The Korea Society and Georgetown University's Balbina Hwang.

REPORT

Scientists in Kenya Try to Fend Off Disease Threatening World's Wheat Crop

Scientists in Kenya's Rift Valley are taking part in a complicated and protracted global fight against Ug99, a fungal disease called wheat rust that could destroy 80 percent of all known wheat varieties. Special correspondent Fred de Sam Lazaro reports as part of the Under-Told Stories Project.

 

Series Title:     The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer

Program Title: THURSDAY, December 29, 2011

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               12/29/2011 6:30:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

ANALYSIS

Caucuses Seen as 'Very Important,' but 'You Have to Take Iowa in Context'

Republican presidential hopefuls in Iowa shifted into campaign overdrive Thursday for the final leg before next week's first-in-the-nation Caucuses. Jeffrey Brown weighs the state's significance in the nominating process with Richard Norton Smith of George Mason University and Jeff Stein of the State Historical Society of Iowa.

REPORT

How the U.S. Economy, Americans Fared in 2011

From the jobless rate to a discouraging housing market and an aggravated lot of indebted college graduates, the year's defining economic stories kept a downbeat theme. Ray Suarez discusses 2011's economic impact with The Atlantic's Don Peck, the University of Pennsylvania's Annette Lareau and The Chicago Sun-Times' Terry Savage.

ANALYSIS

Thousands of Iraqis Who Helped Americans in War Caught in Visa Holdup

In 2008, Congress passed a law allowing up to 5,000 Iraqis who had helped Americans during the war to come to the U.S. with their families as refugees each year, but the visa process has been slowed. Jeffrey Brown discusses the holdups with the University of Minnesota's Eric Schwartz and The Philadelphia Inquirer's Trudy Rubin.

REPORT

News Wrap: Egyptian Forces Raid Human Rights Groups Critical of Military Rule

In other news Thursday, police in Egypt raided 17 offices of pro-democracy and human rights groups that have criticized military rule. Security forces interrogated employees and seized files and computers, according to witnesses. Also, the U.S. finalized the sale of $30 billion worth of F-15 fighter jets to Saudi Arabia.

REPORT

Oakland Program Aims to Pique Girls' Interest in Science, Tech Careers

As part of the NewsHour's American Graduate series, correspondent Spencer Michels reports on Techbridge, an after-school program based in Oakland, Calif., that shows hundreds of female students a path to pursuing careers in science and technology, while also trying to minimize the chances of them dropping out of school.

 

Series Title:     HIKI NŌ: The Nation's First Statewide Student News Network

Program Title: THURSDAY, December 29, 2011

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               12/29/2011 7:30:00 PM

Length:            30

Description:

Students from Nanakuli High and Intermediate School host the next new episode of HIKI NŌ. Correspondents from Damien Memorial in Honolulu report on monumental change for the all-boys' school: becoming co-ed. Meanwhile, Waimea High students on Kauai capture a community's feelings and memories surrounding an old sugar mill that is now facing demolition. This week's other featured schools: Hawaii Academy of Arts & Science Public Charter School on Hawaii Island; Kamehameha Schools Maui; Campbell High School, Mid-Pacific Institute and Waipahu Intermediate School on Oahu.

This HIKI NŌ newscast encores Saturday, Dec. 31 at 12:30 pm and Sunday, Jan. 1 at 3:00 pm. You may also view this newscast and past episodes on our website, www.pbshawaii.org/hikino

 

Series Title:     INSIGHTS ON PBS HAWAII

Program Title: THURSDAY, December 29, 2011 (Encore)

Distributor:      PBS Hawaii

Date:               12/29/2011 8:00:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

On an encore of the December 22nd INSIGHTS, Dan Boylan and guests discuss 2011's major news and political events. Throughout the year, Hawaii continued to wrestle with a struggling economy, while Governor Neil Abercrombie and Mayor Peter Carlisle each rode through their first year in office. In 2011, Honolulu also played host to the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation, the state legislature passed the civil union bill and the Board of Education became an appointed cabinet under the governor's office.

Guests include: Chad Blair, Reporter for Honolulu Civil Beat; Richard Borreca, Political Columnist, Honolulu Star-Advertiser; and Wayne Yoshioka, Political Reporter, Hawaii Public Radio.

 

Series Title:     PBS HAWAII PRESENTS

Program Title: Insular Empire: America in the Mariana Islands (Encore)

Distributor:      PBS Hawaii

Date:               12/29/2011 9:00:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

The Mariana Islands include the U.S. Territory of Guam and the U.S. Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI). For generations, these islands' indigenous Chamorro and Carolinian people have been second-class Americans - fighting for and dying under the stars and stripes, with no voting representation in Congress, and no vote for their commander-in-chief. Today the US military is planning a massive buildup on these small, strategic islands, with no input from the people of the Marianas. Yet the Chamorro and Carolinian people remain steadfastly patriotic - more loyal, in fact, than many mainland communities.

 

Series Title:     The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer

Program Title: FRIDAY, December 30, 2011

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               12/30/2011 6:30:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

REPORT

Ahead of Tuesday's Vote, Another Poll Shows Romney, Ron Paul Ahead in Iowa

Heading into the final stretch before Tuesday's first-in-the-nation Caucuses, the GOP contenders chatted up Iowan voters in cold and windy weather Friday. Judy Woodruff reports on the candidates' last-minute campaigning.

ANALYSIS 

How Will Undecided Iowa Caucus-Goers Decide?

A new NBC-Marist poll showed Mitt Romney and Ron Paul leading the GOP field in Iowa Friday, but many likely caucus-goers said they're still trying to decide which candidate they'll ultimately support on Tuesday. Judy Woodruff spoke with five still-undecided Republican voters in Iowa.

ANALYSIS

Shields and Brooks on Ron Paul's 'Authenticity,' Romney's Message, Iowa's Role

Syndicated columnist Mark Shields and New York Times columnist David Brooks discuss the week's top political news, including the state of the GOP presidential race, what Iowans are considering ahead of Tuesday's Caucuses and how Iowa will shape the rest of the primary season for Republicans.

CONVERSATION

Why Are Fewer Americans Getting Married?

Fewer Americans are tying the knot nowadays, according to a new Pew Research report that showed 51 percent of the adult population is married, compared to 1960 when 72 percent of the country was. Ray Suarez discusses the changing demographics of marriage in the United States with Stephanie Coontz of Evergreen State College.

REPORT

News Wrap: Assad Faces New Challeges as Anti-Government Protests Swell in Syria

In other news Friday, an outpouring of anti-government protesters filled cities across Syria, marking a new challenge for President Bashar al-Assad. The opposition reported as many as 250,000 people turned out in Idlib and Hama. Also, at least nine people were killed in Pakistan when a car bomb exploded in the city of Quetta.

REPORT

'Need to Know' Explores Evangelical Voters' Sway Over GOP Candidates in Iowa

Four years ago, Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee beat Mitt Romney and the other GOP candidates in the Iowa Caucuses with strong conservative evangelical support led by a man named Bob Vander Plaats. "Need to Know" correspondent Rick Karr reports on the power of Vander Plaats and the religious right in the Hawkeye State's elections.

REPORT

Suburb in Wealthy Illinois County Sees Unexpected Rise in Poverty

A suburban neighborhood of one of the nation's wealthiest counties has experienced a surprising rise in the number of people living below the poverty line -- a trend that accelerated in suburbs across the country during the recession. Elizabeth Brackett of WTTW Chicago reports.

 

Series Title:     WASHINGTON WEEK

Program Title: FRIDAY, December 30, 2011

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               12/30/2011 7:30:00 PM

Length:            30

Description:

For 40 years, WASHINGTON WEEK has delivered the most interesting conversation of the week. The program, hosted by Gwen Ifill, is the longest-running public affairs program on PBS and features a group of journalists participating in roundtable discussion of major news events.

 

Series Title:     NEED TO KNOW

Program Title: FRIDAY, December 30, 2011

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               12/30/2011 8:00:00 PM

Length:            30

Description:

NEED TO KNOW is a cross-media news and public affairs magazine that culls stories from the best of the week's online reporting, culminating in a one-hour on-air broadcast every Friday night on PBS. The program features documentary-style reports, short features, studio-based interviews and covers five primary news beats: the economy, the environment and energy, health, national security and culture.

 

Series Title:     THE MCLAUGHLIN GROUP

Program Title: FRIDAY, December 30, 2011

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               12/30/2011 8:30:00 PM

Length:            30

Description:

THE MCLAUGHLIN GROUP is an unscripted forum featuring some of the greatest political analysts in the nation.

 

 

Education & History:

Series Title:     PROHIBITION

Program Title: A Nation of Scofflaws

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               10/03/2011 8:00:00 PM

Length:            120

Description:

PROHIBITION is the title of a new three-part documentary series by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick. Set in the era of bathtub gin, bootleggers and speakeasies, the series tells the true story of the rise, rule and fall of the 18th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. It was called the "Noble Experiment," but it was in fact one of America's most notorious civic failures, an object lesson in the challenge of legislating human behavior.

The series begins with the story of America's growing concern about alcohol abuse in the 19th century. In the face of a pervasive culture of men who devoted their time and money to saloons instead of their families, women such as Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Frances Willard and Carry Nation first demanded temperance, then outright prohibition. The hugely powerful Anti-Saloon League took up the mantle in the late 19th century, setting its sights on a constitutional amendment banning the sale and manufacture of alcohol. The 18th Amendment was ratified on January 16, 1919, and went into effect one year later.

For the next 13 years, America would be split by a fierce cultural divide between "wets" and "drys," as Prohibition pit the city against the countryside, Protestants against Catholics and immigrants against native-born citizens. Prohibition turned law-abiding citizens into criminals, made a mockery of the justice system, allowed illicit drinking to seem glamorous, encouraged neighborhood gangs to form national crime syndicates, permitted government officials to bend and sometimes even break the law, and fostered cynicism and hypocrisy that corroded the social contract all across the country. The documentary raises vital questions that are as relevant today as they were 100 years ago - about means and ends, individual rights and responsibilities and the proper role of government.

 

In 1920, Prohibition goes into effect and millions of law-abiding Americans become lawbreakers overnight. Drys had hoped Prohibition would make the country a safer place, but the law has many victims.

 

Series Title:     PROHIBITION

Program Title: A Nation of Scofflaws (Encore)

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               10/03/2011 10:00:00 PM

Length:            120

Description:

PROHIBITION is the title of a new three-part documentary series by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick. Set in the era of bathtub gin, bootleggers and speakeasies, the series tells the true story of the rise, rule and fall of the 18th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. It was called the "Noble Experiment," but it was in fact one of America's most notorious civic failures, an object lesson in the challenge of legislating human behavior.

The series begins with the story of America's growing concern about alcohol abuse in the 19th century. In the face of a pervasive culture of men who devoted their time and money to saloons instead of their families, women such as Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Frances Willard and Carry Nation first demanded temperance, then outright prohibition. The hugely powerful Anti-Saloon League took up the mantle in the late 19th century, setting its sights on a constitutional amendment banning the sale and manufacture of alcohol. The 18th Amendment was ratified on January 16, 1919, and went into effect one year later.

For the next 13 years, America would be split by a fierce cultural divide between "wets" and "drys," as Prohibition pit the city against the countryside, Protestants against Catholics and immigrants against native-born citizens. Prohibition turned law-abiding citizens into criminals, made a mockery of the justice system, allowed illicit drinking to seem glamorous, encouraged neighborhood gangs to form national crime syndicates, permitted government officials to bend and sometimes even break the law, and fostered cynicism and hypocrisy that corroded the social contract all across the country. The documentary raises vital questions that are as relevant today as they were 100 years ago - about means and ends, individual rights and responsibilities and the proper role of government.

 

In 1920, Prohibition goes into effect and millions of law-abiding Americans become lawbreakers overnight. Drys had hoped Prohibition would make the country a safer place, but the law has many victims.

 

Series Title:     PROHIBITION

Program Title: A Nation of Hypocrites

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               10/04/2011 8:00:00 PM

Length:            120

Description:

PROHIBITION is the title of a new three-part documentary series by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick. Set in the era of bathtub gin, bootleggers and speakeasies, the series tells the true story of the rise, rule and fall of the 18th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. It was called the "Noble Experiment," but it was in fact one of America's most notorious civic failures, an object lesson in the challenge of legislating human behavior.

The series begins with the story of America's growing concern about alcohol abuse in the 19th century. In the face of a pervasive culture of men who devoted their time and money to saloons instead of their families, women such as Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Frances Willard and Carry Nation first demanded temperance, then outright prohibition. The hugely powerful Anti-Saloon League took up the mantle in the late 19th century, setting its sights on a constitutional amendment banning the sale and manufacture of alcohol. The 18th Amendment was ratified on January 16, 1919, and went into effect one year later.

For the next 13 years, America would be split by a fierce cultural divide between "wets" and "drys," as Prohibition pit the city against the countryside, Protestants against Catholics and immigrants against native-born citizens. Prohibition turned law-abiding citizens into criminals, made a mockery of the justice system, allowed illicit drinking to seem glamorous, encouraged neighborhood gangs to form national crime syndicates, permitted government officials to bend and sometimes even break the law, and fostered cynicism and hypocrisy that corroded the social contract all across the country. The documentary raises vital questions that are as relevant today as they were 100 years ago - about means and ends, individual rights and responsibilities and the proper role of government.

 

Gangsters make huge profits and wreak havoc in cities across the country. By the late 1920s, many Americans believe that Prohibition - the "Noble Experiment" - has failed. After the election of FDR in 1932, Prohibition is repealed.

 

Series Title:     PROHIBITION

Program Title: A Nation of Hypocrites (Encore)

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               10/04/2011 10:00:00 PM

Length:            120

Description:

PROHIBITION is the title of a new three-part documentary series by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick. Set in the era of bathtub gin, bootleggers and speakeasies, the series tells the true story of the rise, rule and fall of the 18th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. It was called the "Noble Experiment," but it was in fact one of America's most notorious civic failures, an object lesson in the challenge of legislating human behavior.

The series begins with the story of America's growing concern about alcohol abuse in the 19th century. In the face of a pervasive culture of men who devoted their time and money to saloons instead of their families, women such as Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Frances Willard and Carry Nation first demanded temperance, then outright prohibition. The hugely powerful Anti-Saloon League took up the mantle in the late 19th century, setting its sights on a constitutional amendment banning the sale and manufacture of alcohol. The 18th Amendment was ratified on January 16, 1919, and went into effect one year later.

For the next 13 years, America would be split by a fierce cultural divide between "wets" and "drys," as Prohibition pit the city against the countryside, Protestants against Catholics and immigrants against native-born citizens. Prohibition turned law-abiding citizens into criminals, made a mockery of the justice system, allowed illicit drinking to seem glamorous, encouraged neighborhood gangs to form national crime syndicates, permitted government officials to bend and sometimes even break the law, and fostered cynicism and hypocrisy that corroded the social contract all across the country. The documentary raises vital questions that are as relevant today as they were 100 years ago - about means and ends, individual rights and responsibilities and the proper role of government.

 

Gangsters make huge profits and wreak havoc in cities across the country. By the late 1920s, many Americans believe that Prohibition - the "Noble Experiment" - has failed. After the election of FDR in 1932, Prohibition is repealed.

 

Series Title:     HISTORY DETECTIVES

Program Title: TUESDAY, October 11, 2011

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               10/11/2011 8:00:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

The Detectives search for the story behind a rare Civil War photograph of an African American wearing a Confederate uniform. Then, an ornate stock certificate unlocks secrets to the earliest days of Harlem.

 

 

 

Series Title:     HISTORY DETECTIVES

Program Title: TUESDAY, October 25, 2011 (Encore)

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               10/25/2011 8:00:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

The detectives investigate a Civil War soldier's letter, fabric from an aircraft that could be linked to Charles Lindbergh and Igor Sikorsky and a 1950s comic book titled Negro Romance.

 

Series Title:     SECRETS OF THE DEAD

Program Title: Aztec Massacre (Encore)

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               10/26/2011 10:00:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

Until recently, historians believed that Spanish conquistadors arriving in Aztec territory in the 15th century were welcomed as returning light-skinned gods by the Aztecs, who put up little resistance to their conquest. However, at an archaeological site outside of Mexico City, more than 400 bodies have been discovered, many of which showed signs of having been mutilated and even eaten. More than 40 of the bodies appear to be European, indicating that the Aztecs not only resisted the invaders, but sacrificed them to their gods as well, pulling their still-beating hearts from their chests and stringing their heads on wooden skull racks for public display. In exploring the archeology of the site, the forensics of the bones and beautiful but grotesque codices that document the events, this program paints a new picture of the violent relations between the Aztecs and the conquistadors and rewrites much of what we thought we knew about the Aztec civilization.

 

Series Title:     SECRETS OF THE DEAD

Program Title: The World's Biggest Bomb (Encore)

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               11/02/2011 8:00:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

Beginning in the 1950s, American and Soviet scientists engaged in a dangerous race to see who could build and detonate the world's largest bomb. The results exceeded all expectations. The United States led the way initially, but then left the field clear for the Soviet Union to break all records. Bomb-makers on both sides were flying blind as they pushed the technology far into unknown territory.

 

Series Title:     Looking for Lincoln, Part 1 of 2

Program Title: MONDAY, November 7, 2011 (Encore)

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               11/07/2011 10:00:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

This two-part program dissects the myths that have grown up around Abraham Lincoln and in doing so, addresses outstanding questions - about race, equality, religion and depression - by carefully interpreting the evidence provided by people who actually knew him. Henry Louis Gates Jr. hosts.

 

Series Title:     SECRETS OF THE DEAD

Program Title: Japanese SuperSub (Encore)

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               11/08/2011 8:00:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

In the spring of 1946, ten months after the end of World War II, an explosion rocks the Pacific off the coast of Hawaii. America has just destroyed one of Japan's most advanced weapons systems - the I-401 aircraft carrier submarine. But this was no belated attack against the defeated Japanese. Bound by an agreement to share any discoveries with the Soviets, but feeling the pressure of the looming cold war, it was a calculated decision to keep the technology out of Soviet hands. The Japanese had built their sub to take the war to U.S. shores. Merging the stealth and tactical advantages of sea and sky, the revolutionary submarine carried three specially designed Seiran attack bombers, which could be launched from the deck of the sub within seven minutes of its reaching the surface. With missions to attack U.S. cities and blow up the Panama Canal, the aircraft carrier submarine had the potential to change the course of the war in the Pacific. But fortunately for America, its secret weapon - the atom bomb - was put into action first. "Japanese SuperSub" investigates Japan's efforts to take submarine technology where it had never gone before, and reveals how close the Japanese came to using the sub for an attack on the U.S.

 

Series Title:     Looking for Lincoln, Part 2 of 2

Program Title: MONDAY, November 14, 2011 (Encore)

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               11/14/2011 10:00:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

This two-part program dissects the myths that have grown up around Abraham Lincoln and in doing so, addresses outstanding questions - about race, equality, religion and depression - by carefully interpreting the evidence provided by people who actually knew him. Henry Louis Gates Jr. hosts.

 

Series Title:     SECRETS OF THE DEAD

Program Title: Churchill's Deadly Decision (Encore)

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               11/15/2011 8:00:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

In the summer of 1940, Winston Churchill faced a terrible dilemma. France had just surrendered, and only the English Channel stood between the Nazis and Britain. Germany was poised to seize the entire French fleet, one of the biggest in the world. With these ships, Hitler's threat to invade Britain could have become a reality. Churchill had to make a choice. He could either trust the promises of the new French government that they would never hand over their ships to Hitler or he could make sure that the ships never joined the German navy by destroying them himself. "Churchill's Deadly Decision" reveals the darkest side of Britain's Finest Hour. Some call his decision a turning point in the war; others call it a terrible betrayal and a war crime. This is the story of what Churchill did next - and why - and how 1,300 French sailors died in what the French still call "our Pearl Harbor." In the words of French survivors, some of whom still regard Churchill as a war criminal, and one of the British sailors who opened fire on his former allies, this is the forgotten story of Churchill's deadliest decision: to sink the French Fleet.

 

Series Title:     SECRETS OF THE DEAD

Program Title: The Deadliest Battle (Encore)

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               11/22/2011 8:00:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

Germany's invasion of the Soviet Union in 1941 was the largest troop offensive in military history. And the Battle of Stalingrad is arguably the deadliest single battle the world has ever seen. The eventual Russian victory has long been lauded as a shining example of Stalin's military genius. He is said to have baited the much more powerful and technologically advanced German army with a carefully executed withdrawal, and then caught the Nazis unprepared in vicious city-block-by-city-block fighting that decimated the German forces. By the time the battle was over, more than one million lives had been lost and the course of the war permanently altered. But 70 years after the battle was fought, newly uncovered documents, survivor accounts and stunning archival footage are revealing a different picture.

 

Series Title:     Unforgettable: The Korean War

Program Title: MONDAY, November 28, 2011 (Encore)

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               11/28/2011 10:00:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

In this film, Korean War veterans recount their memories of America in the late 1940s and early 1950s, when young men from all over the country were being shipped off to defend South Korea against the advancing Red Army in the north. No one even wanted to call it a war: it was "the Korean conflict" or a "police action." Finally, it was called the Forgotten War. No matter the name, the Korean War killed tens of thousands of U.S. soldiers and affected many more lives at home. This documentary recalls the "un-won" war that never ended.

 

Series Title:     SECRETS OF THE DEAD

Program Title: Slave Ship Mutiny (Encore)

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               11/29/2011 8:00:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

When the Meermin set sail from Madagascar for South Africa on a hot summer's day in 1766, the Dutch crew had no idea they were about to make history. The ship was filled to capacity with human cargo, slaves bound for hard labor building the Dutch West India Company's colony at Cape Town. But the Meermin with its crew and cargo would never make it to Cape Town. Instead, in a dramatic altercation, the slaves mutinied and managed to overpower the Dutch crew, ordering the ship be sailed back to Madagascar and freedom. But the crew of experienced sailors deceived the slaves and turned the boat around each evening to make for Cape Town. And so the circumstances for a dramatic climax - and shipwreck - were laid when the ship and its desperate passengers finally spied land.

 

Series Title:     Herbert Hoover: Landslide

Program Title: TUESDAY, November 29, 2011 (Encore)

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               11/29/2011 10:00:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

Herbert Hoover was a politician and a humanitarian whose legacy has been largely defined by the Great Depression. When he was elected president in a landslide victory in 1928, Hoover had never before held public office. Yet his remarkable humanitarian work and career as a mining engineer, businessman and U.S. Secretary of Commerce carried him to office. When the stock market crashed on October 29, 1929, Hoover's agenda was derailed by the worsening economic crisis. Despite various efforts to pull the nation out of depression, Hoover's unsuccessful attempts led to his sound defeat by Franklin Roosevelt just four years after his landslide victory. This program looks at the life of the controversial figure through interviews with notable historians and Hoover scholars.

 

Series Title:     The Mayo Clinic Diet

Program Title: TUESDAY, December 13, 2011 (Encore)

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               12/13/2011 10:00:00 PM

Length:            90

Description:

Taken from the first and only diet book published by the Mayo Clinic, this program is based on research conducted under the most rigorous and exacting standards by the most respected physicians, nutritionists and other medical experts in the world. The Mayo Clinic has identified five simple habits to help take weight off and five habits to break to keep it from coming back. The results have been tested on thousands of patients who have trusted their medical care and personal health to the Mayo Clinic.

 

Series Title:     3 Steps to Incredible Health! With Joel Fuhrman, M.D.

Program Title: THURSDAY, December 15, 2011

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               12/15/2011 9:00:00 PM

Length:            90

Description:

This program directly addresses the crisis of obesity and chronic disease plaguing America. Over 65% of Americans are overweight or obese - and that number is growing just like our waistlines. Dr. Fuhrman's revolutionary health plan is not about will power, but instead offers knowledge and a healthy, effective and scientifically proven plan for shedding weight quickly and reclaiming the vitality and good health we all deserve.

 

Science and Nature:

 

Series Title:     NATURE

Program Title: Radioactive Wolves

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               10/19/2011 8:00:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

The historic nuclear accident at Chernobyl is now 25 years old. Filmmakers and scientists set out to document the lives of the packs of wolves and other wildlife thriving in the "dead zone" that still surrounds the remains of the reactor.

 

 

Series Title:     NATURE

Program Title: Invasion of the Giant Pythons (Encore)

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               10/26/2011 8:00:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

Florida's Everglades National Park is one of the last great wildlife refuges in the United States, home to numerous unique and endangered mammals, trees, plants, birds and turtles, as well as half a million alligators. However, the Everglades is also the dumping ground for many animal invaders - more than 15 species of parrot, 75 kinds of fish and 30 different reptiles from places as far away as Africa, Asia and the Caribbean. All of the intruders found their way into the park either by accidental escape from pet owners or intentional release by people no longer wishing to care for an exotic species. Add to the mix tens of thousands of giant pythons, snakes that can grow to 20 feet and weigh nearly 300 pounds, some released into the wild by irresponsible pet owners, some escapees from almost 200 wildlife facilities destroyed by Hurricane Andrew in 1992. The predatory pythons slithered into this protected wilderness and thrived, and the refuge has consequently become less a haven than a killing ground every day since then.

 

Series Title:     NOVA

Program Title: Finding Life Beyond Earth

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               10/19/2011 9:00:00 PM

Length:            120

Description: 

Scientists are on the verge of answering one of the greatest questions in history: Are we alone? Combining the latest telescope images with dazzling CGI, NOVA immerses audiences in the sights and sounds of alien worlds, while top astrobiologists explain how these places are changing the way we think about the potential for life in our solar system. We used to think our neighboring planets and moons were fairly boring - mostly cold, dead rocks where life could never take hold. Today, however, the solar system looks wilder than we ever imagined. Powerful telescopes and unmanned space missions have revealed a wide range of dynamic environments - atmospheres thick with organic molecules, active volcanoes and vast saltwater oceans. This ongoing revolution is forcing scientists to expand their ideas about what kinds of worlds could support life. If we do find primitive life forms elsewhere in the solar system, it may well be that life is common in the universe - the rule, and not the exception.

 

Series Title:     NOVA

Program Title: Iceman Murder Mystery

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               10/26/2011 9:00:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

He's been dead for more than 5,000 years - and been poked, prodded and probed by scientists for the last 20. Yet today, Otzi the Iceman, the famous mummified corpse pulled from a glacier in the Italian Alps nearly two decades ago, continues to keep many secrets. Now, through an autopsy like none other, scientists will attempt to unravel more mysteries from this ancient mummy, revealing not only the details of Otzi's death, but an entire way of life. How did people live during Otzi's time, the Copper Age? What did they eat? What diseases did they cope with? The answers abound miraculously in this one man's mummified remains.

 

Series Title:     NATURE

Program Title: The Animal House

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               11/02/2011 8:00:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

Why do some animals build structures and others don't? And how do animals decide where to build? Animal homes need to be safe and secure, protected from predators and the weather. An eagle's nest can weigh up to one ton, a termite mound can stand eight feet tall, and some falcon nest sites have been around for centuries. Going above ground and under, NATURE investigates just what goes into making a home when you're wild and cost is not a factor.

 

Series Title:     NOVA

Program Title: The Fabric of the Cosmos: What is Space?

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               11/02/2011 9:00:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

In The Fabric of the Cosmos, a new NOVA four-part mini-series, acclaimed physicist Brian Greene takes viewers on a mind-bending reality check and journey to the frontiers of physics to see how scientists are piecing together the most complete picture yet of space, time and the universe. With each step, audiences discover that just beneath the surface of our everyday experience lies a world we'd hardly recognize - a startling world far stranger and more wondrous than anyone expected.

From the passenger seat of a New York cab driving near the speed of light to a pool hall where billiard tables do fantastical things, Dr. Greene reveals space as a dynamic fabric that can stretch, twist, warp, and ripple under the influence of gravity. Space, far from being empty, is filled with some of the deepest mysteries of our times.

 

Series Title:     NATURE

Program Title: Jungle Eagle

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               11/09/2011 8:00:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

Harpy eagles are the most powerful birds of prey in the world, but scientists know very little about them. NATURE enters their secret world with wildlife filmmaker Fergus Beeley and his team of cameramen as they locate a nest and struggle to document the lives of these elusive birds in Venezuela's Orinoco River jungle.

 

Series Title:     NOVA

Program Title: The Elegant Universe: Einstein's Dream (Encore)

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               11/09/2011 9:00:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

Physicist Brian Greene has a rare gift for conveying physics in vivid everyday images, a gift that turned his book, The Elegant Universe, into a best-seller. Greene brings his talent and vitality to television in this encore production that makes the surreal world of string theory spring to life on the screen.

The first hour of The Elegant Universe introduces string theory and shows how modern physics - composed of two theories that are ferociously incompatible - reached an impasse: one theory, known as general relativity, is successful in describing big things like stars and galaxies; another, called quantum mechanics, is equally successful in describing small things like atoms and subatomic particles. Albert Einstein, the inventor of general relativity, dreamed of finding a single theory that would embrace all of nature's laws. But in his quest for the so-called unified theory, Einstein came up empty-handed, and the conflict between general relativity and quantum mechanics has stymied all who've followed. That is, until the discovery of string theory.

 

Series Title:     NOVA

Program Title: The Elegant Universe: The String's the Thing

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               11/09/2011 10:00:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

In the second hour of “The Elegant Universe,” a three-hour miniseries with physicist Brian Greene, delve into the nuts, bolts, and outright nuttiness of string theory. Part 2, "String's the Thing," opens with a whimsical scene in a movie theater in which the history of the universe runs backwards to the Big Bang, the moment at which general relativity and quantum mechanics both came into play, and therefore the point at which our conventional model of reality breaks down.

 

Series Title:     NATURE

Program Title: My Life As A Turkey

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               11/16/2011 8:00:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

Based on the true story of writer and naturalist Joe Hutto, portrayed by wildlife photographer Jeff Palmer, this film chronicles Hutto's remarkable experience of imprinting wild turkey eggs and raising the hatchlings to adulthood. Deep in the wilds of Florida, Hutto spent each day out and about as a "wild turkey" with his family of chicks - until the day came when he had to let his children grow up and go off on their own. As it turned out, this was harder than he ever imagined. Hutto's story also became a book, Illumination in the Flatlands.

 

Series Title:     NOVA

Program Title: The Elegant Universe: The String's the Thing (Encore)

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               11/16/2011 10:00:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

Physicist Brian Greene has a rare gift for conveying physics in vivid everyday images, a gift that turned his book, The Elegant Universe, into a best-seller. Greene brings his talent and vitality to television in this encore production that makes the surreal world of string theory spring to life on the screen.

The second hour of The Elegant Universe describes the serendipitous steps that led from a forgotten 200-year-old mathematical formula to the first glimmerings of strings - quivering strands of energy whose different vibrations give rise to quarks, electrons, photons and all other elementary particles. Strings are truly tiny - smaller than an atom by the same factor that a tree is smaller than the entire universe. But, as Greene explains, it is possible - for the first time - to combine the laws of the large and the laws of the small into a proposal for a single, harmonious "Theory of Everything."

 

Series Title:     NOVA

Program Title: The Elegant Universe: Welcome to the 11th Dimension

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               11/16/2011 10:00:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

Part 3 of "The Elegant Universe” with host Brian Greene shows how Edward Witten of Princeton's Institute for Advanced Study, aided by others, revolutionized string theory by successfully uniting the five different versions into a single theory that is cryptically named "M-theory," a development that requires a total of eleven dimensions.

 

Series Title:     NOVA

Program Title: The Fabric of the Cosmos: Universe or Multiverse?

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               11/23/2011 9:00:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

In The Fabric of the Cosmos, a new NOVA four-part mini-series, acclaimed physicist Brian Greene takes viewers on a mind-bending reality check and journey to the frontiers of physics to see how scientists are piecing together the most complete picture yet of space, time and the universe. With each step, audiences discover that just beneath the surface of our everyday experience lies a world we'd hardly recognize - a startling world far stranger and more wondrous than anyone expected.

In this episode, Dr. Greene takes us on a tour of a brave new theory at the frontier of physics: that our universe may not be the only one. Instead, it may be just one of an infinite number of worlds that make up the multiverse. It won't be easy to prove, but if it's right, our understanding of space, time and our place in the universe will never be the same.

 

Series Title:     NOVA

Program Title: The Elegant Universe: Welcome to the 11th Dimension (Encore)

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               11/23/2011 10:00:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

Part 3 of "The Elegant Universe” with host Brian Greene shows how Edward Witten of Princeton's Institute for Advanced Study, aided by others, revolutionized string theory by successfully uniting the five different versions into a single theory that is cryptically named "M-theory," a development that requires a total of eleven dimensions.

 

Series Title:     NATURE

Program Title: Why We Love Cats and Dogs (Encore)

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               11/30/2011 8:00:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

Ask people and they immediately know - they're either a dog person or a cat person. What is this all about? This film launches an in-depth investigation into the great divide between dogs and cats and just what draws people to these two polarizing pets. Animal behaviorists, psychologists, trainers and devoted owners all weigh in. Dogs, we find, are geniuses at reading what we want. And the complex cat-human bond can be as fickle or as deep as a marriage. Funny, touching and provocative, NATURE asks how well we really know our best friends and why we love them so much.

 

Series Title:     NOVA

Program Title: The Incredible Journey of the Butterflies (Encore)

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               11/30/2011 9:00:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

Every year, 100 million Monarch butterflies set off on an incredible journey across North America. These beautiful creatures fly 2,000 miles to reach their remote destination: a tiny area high in the mountains of Mexico. Yet scientists are still puzzling over how the butterflies achieve this tremendous feat of endurance - and how, year after year, the Monarchs navigate with such hair's-breadth precision. NOVA flies along with the Monarchs, visiting the spectacular locations they call home and meeting the dangers they encounter along the way. As this program reveals, the Monarch is a scientific marvel locked in an inspiring struggle for survival.

 

Series Title:     NOVA

Program Title: Pluto Files (Encore)

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               12/14/2011 10:00:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

Since its discovery in 1930, Pluto has held a warm place in the public imagination. So when the American Museum of Natural History's Hayden Planetarium stopped calling Pluto a planet, director Neil deGrasse Tyson found himself at the center of a firestorm - a firestorm led by angry Pluto-loving elementary school students. But what is it about this cold, distant rock that captures so many hearts? Based on Tyson's book The Pluto Files, this is a light-hearted look at the solar system's best-loved non-planet.

 

Series Title:     NATURE

Program Title: Christmas in Yellowstone (Encore)

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               12/21/2011 8:00:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

As snow falls and Christmas lights glow in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, a holiday season of a different sort settles in just beyond the town, in the great winter world of Yellowstone. Breathtaking landscapes frame intimate scenes of wolves and coyotes, elk and bison, bears and otters as they make their way through their most challenging season of the year. NATURE journeys in the footsteps of the men who first explored the park, and travels with their modern-day counterpart on his own journey of discovery. From the unique crystals of individual snowflakes to the grand sweep of Yellowstone's Hayden Valley, this is a Christmas like no other.

 

Series Title:     NOVA

Program Title: What Darwin Never Knew (Encore)

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               12/21/2011 9:00:00 PM

Length:            120

Description:

More than 150 years after of the publication of Darwin's On the Origin of Species, NOVA reveals answers to the riddles that Darwin couldn't explain. Stunning breakthroughs in a new science - nicknamed "evo devo" - are linking the enigma of origins to another of nature's great mysteries: the development of an embryo. To explore this exciting new idea, NOVA takes viewers on a journey from the Galapagos Islands to the Arctic, from the Cambrian explosion of animal forms half a billion years ago to the research labs of today. Here, scientists are finally beginning to crack nature's biggest secrets at the genetic level. And the results are confirming Darwin's insights, while exposing clues to life's breathtaking diversity in ways he could scarcely have imagined.

 

Series Title:     NATURE

Program Title: Arctic Bears (Encore)

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               12/28/2011 8:00:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

Polar bears are living on borrowed time. They are the descendents of grizzlies, long-ago evolved to live and hunt on the frozen ice of the Arctic, eating a specialized diet of seal meat. But the winters have become increasingly warmer, the ice is disappearing and raising a family becomes a much more difficult proposition when hunting time is short and food is scarce. Grizzlies, on the other hand, are masters at living off the land, making a meal from a wide variety of foods - meats, seeds, berries, insects, fruit and honey. Their world is bountiful and expanding northward, converging with what once was the icy domain of the polar bear. As the two worlds meet, are the polar bears fated to become grizzlies once again?

 

Series Title:     NOVA

Program Title: Extreme Ice (Encore)

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               12/28/2011 9:00:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

As the world warms, the threat from rising sea levels poses an alarming potential for disaster. Some models now project a one-meter sea level rise over the next century, which could displace millions of people, from Florida to Bangladesh, and require trillions of dollars' of investment in coastal infrastructure. Yet these models don't reflect recent findings that glaciers in Greenland and Antarctica are melting at an ever faster rate. What explains this alarming acceleration, and just how can we figure out what's happening inside a gigantic wall of ice?

 

Series Title:     NOVA

Program Title: Secrets Beneath the Ice (Encore)

Distributor:      PBS

Date:               12/28/2011 10:00:00 PM

Length:            60

Description:

Can Antarctica's climate past offer clues to what may happen to our warming planet? To gather crucial evidence, NOVA follows an ambitious Antarctic investigation - a state-of-the-art drilling probe known as ANDRILL. Drilling deep beneath the Antarctic ice, down through the sea and three-fourths of a mile into the seafloor, ANDRILL recovers rock cores that reveal intimate details of climate and fauna from a time in the distant past when the Earth was just a few degrees warmer than it is today. As researchers grapple with the harshest conditions on the planet, they discover astonishing new clues - not only about Antarctica's past, but also Earth's future.