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The most interesting interviews, reports and discussions from the past week. Updated each Friday.

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Microlending Makes Jump to Developed World, Funding Small U.S. Entrepreneur

9/13/2012
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When Grameen Bank founder Muhammad Yunus won the Nobel Peace Prize for microlending in Bangladesh, he wanted to prove that the concept could work in the developed world. Special correspondent Fred de Sam Lazaro reports on efforts to give microloans to Americans attempting to become new entrepreneurs and small business owners.

Duration: 00:08:44


Federal Reserve Launches Aggressive Stimulus Program to Move Economy Forwar

9/13/2012
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Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke announced the Fed's third attempt to stimulate the economy by buying up mortgage-backed securities and bonds and keep borrowing rates low. Judy Woodruff talks to David Wessel, economics editor for The Wall Street Journal, to understand why the Fed chose this course of action.

Duration: 00:07:02


News Wrap: Romney Criticizes President Obama's Foreign Affairs Leadership

9/13/2012
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In other news Thursday, Mitt Romney broadened his critique of the White House's response to attacks on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi and took aim at President Obama's foreign affairs record. President Obama responded by vowing to always defend American citizens and interests.

Duration: 00:05:18


Anti-Muslim Video Sparks More Violent Demonstrations Across Muslim World

9/13/2012
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Protests, some violent, broke out in Yemen, Iraq, Iran and Egypt, in continued response to an incendiary anti-Islamic U.S. video. Overnight, President Obama talked to Egypt's President Morsi about the events and Secretary of State Clinton rebuked the filmmaker, who is reportedly a California resident. Judy Woodruff reports.

Duration: 00:05:28


Majestic Forests in Oregon at Risk from Timber Industry and Chemical Sprayi

9/12/2012
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With 30 million acres of forestland, Oregon has a lucrative timber industry that makes $13 billion each year. But some residents are worried about health and environmental risks posed by a common practice to increase tree growth: chemical spraying. Correspondent Ingrid Lobet reports for the Center for Investigative Reporting.

Duration: 00:09:59


The Politics of Foreign Policy: Campaigns Get Combative Over Embassy Attack

9/12/2012
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The two major presidential candidates responded to news of attacks on the U.S. Embassy in Libya, emphasizing their foreign policy differences in the process. Judy Woodruff talks to former Minnesota senator Norm Coleman and former ambassador to NATO Nicholas Burns about the campaigns' responses.

Duration: 00:08:27


Libyan Salafists Assert Power with Embassy Attacks, Hoping to Catch Public

9/12/2012
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Since Libya established a secular democracy, conservative Muslims in Libya known as Salafists have felt disenfranchised. Gwen Ifil speaks to Frederic Wehrey of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and journalist Robin Wright about the link between Salafi Muslims and the latest attacks in the Middle East.

Duration: 00:08:48


Attacks Linked to Web Video Leave Four Americans Dead at U.S. Consulat in L

9/12/2012
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U.S. Ambassador to Libya Chris Stevens and three others were killed after gunmen launched a rocket attack on the American consulate in Benghazi, setting it on fire. The attacks in Libya and protests in Cairo, Egypt, are reportedly in response to an Internet film defaming the Islamic Prophet Muhammad. Margaret Warner reports.

Duration: 00:06:36


Barack Obama: 'Freedom Without Commitment to Others is Unworthy of Our Idea

9/6/2012
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President Barack Obama accepted his party's nomination for president and addressed the Democratic National Convention on Thursday. Drawing on a top theme from his 2008 campaign, Mr. Obama said, "The election four years ago wasn't about me. It was about you. My fellow citizens -- you were the change."

Duration: 00:42:23


Shields, Brooks on Obama's Need to Set Realistic Goals, 'Constituency Coddl

9/6/2012
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NewsHour political analysts Mark Shields and David Brooks join Judy Woodruff and Gwen Ifill to look at excerpts of President Obama's nomination acceptance speech and discuss what he must accomplish: a specific plan for America's advancement that is both realistic and aspirational.

Duration: 00:04:34


At DNC, Biographer David Maraniss Compares Presidents Obama and Clinton

9/6/2012
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David Maraniss, author of "Barack Obama: The Story," compares Bill Clinton, "the great explainer," with President Obama the day after the former president delivered a rousing address on behalf of his Democratic successor. While Clinton enjoyed the politics of his term, posits Maraniss, Obama is more of a reflective learner.

Duration: 00:05:17


Shields and Brooks Anticipate President Obama 'At Bat'

9/6/2012
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Syndicated columnist Mark Shields and New York Times columnist David Brooks talk to Gwen Ifill and Judy Woodruff about the "two exceptional nights" at the Democratic National Convention, and the very high bar set by Michelle Obama and Bill Clinton going into President Obama's nomination acceptance speech.

Duration: 00:02:45


Shields, Brooks Review Bill Clinton's Speech to the DNC

9/5/2012
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Judy Woodruff and Gwen Ifill talk to NewsHour political analysts Mark Shields and David Brooks about their impressions of Bill Clinton's speech at the 2012 Democratic convention. David Brooks says it was "infectious." Mark Shields says the speech, "makes the strongest case for Barack Obama" he has heard since the campaign began.

Duration: 00:06:42


Bill Clinton to DNC: Barack Obama's Economic Plan Passes Arithmetic, Values

9/5/2012
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Former President Clinton nominated President Obama as the the Democratic Party's 2012 presidential candidate at the close of the DNC Wednesday. In his speech, he countered the Republican Party's main criticisms of Mr. Obama, heavily emphasizing the president's economic successes and plan for the next four years.

Duration: 00:49:35


Shields and Brooks Discuss Democratic Party Unity

9/5/2012
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NewsHour political analysts Mark Shields and David Brooks discuss why neither party is trying to appeal to voters outside their base, how united the Democrats seem at this convention and the rhetorical emphasis on "protection."

Duration: 00:05:21


Are U.S. Mayors the New Leaders of the Democratic Party?

9/5/2012
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Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed, Houston Mayor Annise Parker and Antonio Villaraigosa, mayor of Los Angeles and chair of the Convention, talk to Judy Woodruff and Gwen Ifill about the boom of city migration in the last few decades, how major metropolitan centers drive the U.S. economy and how local governments resolve major conflicts.

Duration: 00:09:02


'Trust Is Absolutely Essential:' Combatting Afghan Infiltrator Violence

9/5/2012
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Margaret Warner talks to Ret. Army Lt. Col. John Nagl, who commanded training of Afghan soldiers, about the challenge of enforcing the 2014 deadline to get combat troops out of Afghanistan, "basic human infrastructure" and educational hurdles, and how the Iraq war diverted resources from training Afghan forces for years.

Duration: 00:04:58


Shields, Brooks on Michelle Obama's 'Home Run,' Bill Clinton as Advocate

9/5/2012
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Syndicated columnist Mark Shields and New York Times columnist David Brooks talk to Judy Woodruff and Gwen Ifill about the critical consensus on the success of Michelle Obama's speech, and how Bill Clinton, a "brilliant advocate," knows how to crystalize an argument.

Duration: 00:03:32


Michelle Obama Says the Presidency Has Revealed Barack Obama's Vision, Char

9/4/2012
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In the closing speech of the first night of the Democratic National Convention, first lady Michelle Obama spoke of her husband's working class roots and first-hand knowledge of the struggles that many Americans face. His motivations for re-election come from personal conviction and values, not politics, she said.

Duration: 00:26:16


Shields and Brooks on the DNC, Platform Agenda and Firing Up the Democratic

9/3/2012
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NewsHour political analysts Mark Shields and David Brooks discuss the upcoming Democratic National Convention, including what Democrats will need to do to fire up the base, the Democratic platform, and whether Bill Clinton, a scheduled speaker at the convention, can influence the election.

Duration: 00:08:30

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