On Wednesday’s NewsHour…

BY Simon Marks  December 16, 2009 at 4:42 PM EDT

Coming up on the PBS NewsHour tonight:

COPENHAGEN LATEST – Protests and paralysis dominated the day’s events at the Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen. The NewsHour’s Ray Suarez will have the latest from the Danish capital, including excerpts from an exclusive interview with UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon. We’ll post more of that interview on our website.

AMAZON LOGGING – Some progress was made in Copenhagen today on the issue of deforestation. We have a report from Brazil, produced by Independent Television News Correspondent Jonathan Miller, exploring the challenges faced implementing a UN-backed program called “REDD: Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation“.

BEN BERNANKE – As the U.S. Senate Banking Committee prepares to vote on Ben Bernanke’s nomination for a second term as Chairman of the Federal Reserve, Jim Lehrer moderates a debate about his performance thus far. Guests: Alice Rivlin, a former Vice Chair of the Fed, and James Galbraith, a professor of Government and Business at UT Austin.

THE RETURN OF KEYNES – An unusual profile of economist John Maynard Keynes, the man behind the concept of government intervention in the economy, as reported by our Business and Economics Correspondent Paul Solman, aided by some rappers. Watch it, and you’ll understand!

WEB-ONLY – At the end of the program, Hari Sreenivasan gives us a tour of web highlights including:

  • an update from Ray in Copenhagen and dispatches from our reporting team on the ground
  • more from our Patchwork Nation project looking at new data that shows who benefitted from the “cash for clunkers” program… And who did not
  • an Afghanistan podcast featuring military experts and human rights watchers debating the wisdom of paying protection money to the Taliban in order to guarantee the flow of supplies
  • on Paul Solman’s Making Sen$e, an excerpt of Robert Skidelsky’s biography of economist John Maynard Keynes, and more from our series on the economic year ahead … A look at conventional wisdoms that some economists now pronounce wrong.

That’s all coming up on tonight’s PBS NewsHour, anchored tonight by Jim Lehrer and Jeffrey Brown. We hope you’ll join us.