A weekly public-affairs newsmagazine, produced in collaboration with National Public Radio, that includes reports, essays and interviews. The series was spun off (and cut back to a half hour from an hour) when Bill Moyers left in December 2004.
The ramifications of the slaying of Dr. George Tiller are discussed, including whether violence against doctors who perform abortions should be considered domestic terrorism. Guests include Dr. Leroy Carhart and Dr. Warren Hern. Also: whether law enforcement could have stopped Tiller's alleged killer, Scott Roeder.
Maria Hinojosa reports on concerns about the multibillion-dollar border fence that's supposed to stop illegal border crossings from Mexico into the U.S., including whether it will work. Also: how climate change is affecting the world's oceans.
A look at whether the success in bringing peace to the West Bank town of Jenin, which was once a hotbed of violence, can be replicated throughout the West Bank. Guests include former British prime minister Tony Blair, who's serving as a Middle East special envoy for the European Union, UN, U.S. and Russia, and a former Al-Aqsa Martyr's Brigade commander.
The lack of oversight of the surrogate-pregnancy business is explored via the experiences of a woman who, at 14 weeks pregnant, saw the agency that made the deal between her and the baby's future parents disappear, leaving her without health insurance.
A look at the "Respecting Choices" initiative at Gundersen Lutheran Hospital in La Crosse, Wis., which is a comprehensive end-of-life planning program, and the experiences of two families facing end-of-life issues.
The national shortage of nurses, which could see a deficit of some 500,000 by 2020, and its impact on health care is explored. Included: the lack of nurses to teach the next generation of professionals.
The economy is discussed with Harvard professor Elizabeth Warren, who chairs the congressional panel overseeing how the TARP bailout money is being spent. Included: the disconnect between Wall Street and Main Street.
Maldives president Mohamed Nasheed is interviewed about how climate change will impact his nation, which consists of some 1200 low-lying islands in the Indian Ocean, and why he compares it to genocide.