On Tuesday’s NewsHour…

BY Dave Gustafson   December 29, 2009 at 5:36 PM EST

On the PBS NewsHour this Tuesday:

AIR SAFETY | Margaret Warner reports on President Obama’s latest criticism of security failures surrounding the Christmas Day airliner bombing attempt and the latest news on the suspect.

SECURITY VS. PRIVACY | Gwen Ifill discusses what the U.S. government must do to balance travelers’ security and personal privacy in trying to prevent another attack on an airplane. She’s joined by aviation attorney Mary Schiavo, former inspector general of the Department of Transportation, and David Schanzer, director of the Triangle Center on Terrorism and Homeland Security at Duke University and the University of North Carolina.

TERROR THREATS IN YEMEN | For more on the embattled nation that has become the latest focus of terrorism concerns, Jeffrey Brown speaks with Washington Post reporter Sudarsan Raghavan by phone from Yemen’s capital then former U.S. Ambassador to Yemen Barbara Bodine and Fawaz Gerges, professor of Middle Eastern politics at the London School of Economics.

FIGHTING POVERTY IN MEXICO | Following his Monday look at Americans traveling to Mexico for cheaper health care, Ray Suarez reports on a plan to fight poverty in Mexico by improving education and health care.

MENTAL HEALTH CARE IN INDIA | Reporter Mark Scheffler of our partner GlobalPost reports on a shortage of mental health professionals in one of the world’s most populous nations.

Hari Sreenivasan will also recap the day’s other top news stories and promote some of the features on our Web site, including his discussion with Margaret Warner about her reporting on airline security, more coverage and photographs from Ray’s reporting trip to Mexico and Jeffrey Brown’s conversation with rock legend Patti Smith regarding the new documentary about her airing Wednesday night on PBS’ POV.

Jeffrey Brown and Gwen Ifill are anchoring tonight’s NewsHour. Please join us.