Full Program: Wednesday, January 22, 2014

On our program tonight, we examine the fractious start to the Syrian peace talks in Switzerland. We ask analysts if anything positive can come from the conference. Also: the drought emergency in California, a test that could help close America's skills gap, plus federal corruption charges against a former Virginia governor and his wife.

Segments from Wednesday, January 22, 2014

  • Certification test focuses on readying students for work
    For American industry, finding employees who have all the requisite skills is a big challenge, and hiring people who don't stack up can cost businesses a great deal of money. Special correspondent John Tulenko from Learning Matters reports on a certification test that aims to boost U.S. students' workforce readiness.
    Original Air Date: January 22, 2014
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  • Wednesday, January 22, 2014
    On our program tonight, we examine the fractious start to the Syrian peace talks in Switzerland. We ask analysts if anything positive can come from the conference. Also: the drought emergency in California, a test that could help close America's skills gap, plus federal corruption charges against a former Virginia governor and his wife.
    Original Air Date: January 22, 2014
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  • Will talks yield any progress for ending the Syrian war?
    Chief foreign correspondent Margaret Warner joins Gwen Ifill from Switzerland to further discuss the positions held by the opposing sides. Then Gwen Ifill gets reaction from Joshua Landis of the University of Oklahoma and Andrew Tabler of the Washington Institute about whether anything positive can come of the talks.
    Original Air Date: January 22, 2014
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  • Inside a worm lab at MIT
    Original Air Date: January 22, 2014
    What can a glowing green worm can teach us about our immune systems? Researchers at MIT hope to find out. Photograph by Rebecca Jacobson/NewsHour
    January 22, 2014
  • Indictment of former Gov. McDonnell shows living to extremes
    Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife were indicted on federal corruption charges for receiving tens of thousands of dollars in gifts and loans from a wealthy campaign donor. The former rising star in the Republican party has vowed to fight the charges. Judy Woodruff talks to Rosalind Helderman of The Washington Post.
    Original Air Date: January 22, 2014
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  • California's drought could mean bad news at grocery stores
    The record drought in California is not only likely to decrease the state's agricultural yield and affect food prices, it could also wreak severe economic consequences for rural communities. To discuss the impact on farming and for consumers, Jeffrey Brown talks to Karen Ross of the California Department of Food and Agriculture.
    Original Air Date: January 22, 2014
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  • Will talks yield any progress for ending the Syrian war?
    Chief foreign correspondent Margaret Warner joins Gwen Ifill from Switzerland to further discuss the positions held by the opposing sides. Then Gwen Ifill gets reaction from Joshua Landis of the University of Oklahoma and Andrew Tabler of the Washington Institute about whether anything positive can come of the talks.
    Original Air Date: January 22, 2014
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  • Kerry: Finally, people came together on Syria
    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry spoke to the U.N. in Geneva on Wednesday, to mark the first time the Syrian government and opposition forces have come together for peace talks.
    Original Air Date: January 22, 2014
    US Secretary of State John Kerry at the Geneva II peace talks on January 22, 2014, in Montreux.  Photo by Fabrice Coffrini/AFP