Sunday, December 28, 2014

  • A return to the debtors' prison?
    Cities across the country are increasingly turning to what are known as private probation companies to collect unpaid fines. But are indigent people ending up in jail because they can't afford to pay?
    Original Air Date: December 19, 2014
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Saturday, December 27, 2014

  • How will US and private sector combat cyberextortion?
    The recent hacking of Sony, which was widely blamed on North Korea, has caused the Obama administration to consider new steps to protect against cyber attacks. Carol Lee of the Wall Street Journal joins Hari Sreenivasan from Hawaii, where the president is vacationing, for more on that.
    Original Air Date: December 27, 2014
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  • PBS NewsHour Weekend full episode Dec. 27, 2014
    Thousands attend the funeral of one of two New York City police officers murdered while on duty last weekend. The Vice President pays tribute to the officer and the NYPD. Later, North Korea ridicules President Obama and accuses the US of causing internet shortages in that country.
    Original Air Date: December 27, 2014
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  • One family moves on from a sharecropping past
    In the second installment of "Flying Coach," special correspondent John Larson's series on people he encounters while traveling to report on other stories, we meet Donna, whose family were sharecroppers in Arkansas until they were driving out by the Ku Klux Klan.
    Original Air Date: December 27, 2014
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Friday, December 26, 2014

  • PBS NewsHour full episode Dec. 26, 2014
    Friday on the NewsHour, we look back at the banner year in corporate mergers and the effect on the economy. Also: Deteriorating conditions for people living in Islamic State territory, the Affordable Care Act’s impact on hospitals, restoring a Rothko mural with digital technology, Mark Shields and Michael Gerson on the week’s news and a cartoonist makes fun of caring for aging parents.
    Original Air Date: December 26, 2014
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    FULL PROGRAM
    December 26, 2014
  • Conservationists shine new light on irreplaceable art
    A series of paintings created by Mark Rothko for Harvard University was thought irreparably damaged by years of sun exposure and removed from view. Thirty-five years later, the paintings have returned, thanks to art historians and curators using digital projection, which offers viewers the appearance of restoration for works too fragile to touch. Special correspondent Jarred Bowen of WGBH reports.
    Original Air Date: December 26, 2014
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  • Readers relate to Roz Chast’s personal book on aging parents
    Known for her dry wit, cartoonist Roz Chast finds humor in caring for aging parents in her first graphic memoir, "Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant?" Jeffrey Brown speaks with the New Yorker artist about taking on more personal subject matter and how cartooning became a tool in remembering her late parents.
    Original Air Date: December 26, 2014
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  • Shields and Gerson on cyber-attacks after Sony
    Syndicated columnist Mark Shields and Washington Post columnist Michael Gerson join Judy Woodruff to discuss this week’s news, including the state of race relations in America in the wake of continuing protests and the killing of two New York police officers, what the hacking of Sony Pictures means for cyber-security in the future and the balance of power between Congress and the president.
    Original Air Date: December 26, 2014
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  • Civilian suffering, sliding morale in IS territory
    The Islamic State has tried to paint an idealized portrait of life under its governance. But according to The Washington Post, the people who live in militant-controlled territory face failing infrastructure, power cuts, skyrocketing prices for basic goods and hunger. Liz Sly, Washington Post bureau chief in Lebanon, joins Judy Woodruff to discuss the reality.
    Original Air Date: December 26, 2014
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  • How a state’s choice on Medicaid expansion affects hospitals
    In negotiating the creation of the Affordable Care Act, hospitals took a big gamble, with the expectation that they would soon have millions of new Medicaid customers. In states that expanded Medicaid, the bet paid off. Sarah Varney of Kaiser Health News reports on financial gains made by some hospitals as more patients are able to pay their bills, and why some states said no to expansion.
    Original Air Date: December 26, 2014
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  • Why was 2014 a year of mergers and mega deals?
    2014 has been a banner year for corporate mergers, with more than $3 trillion in deals announced worldwide. What kind of impact do these deals have on the companies, employees and the economy? Hari Sreenivasan learns more from Andrew Ross Sorkin of The New York Times.
    Original Air Date: December 26, 2014
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  • News Wrap: Southeast Asia marks 10 years since tsunami
    In our news wrap Friday, nations around the rim of the Indian Ocean marked the 10th anniversary of a devastating tsunami that led to the deaths of almost 230,000 people. Also, activists and witnesses reported that the Syrian government dropped barrel bombs on two towns near Aleppo which are now held by the Islamic State.
    Original Air Date: December 26, 2014
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Thursday, December 25, 2014

  • PBS NewsHour full episode Dec. 25, 2014
    Thursday on the NewsHour, we get a glimpse of the push to bring “The Interview” to movie theaters. Also: A movement to prevent employers from asking about criminal convictions, how Pope Francis cultivated his populist appeal, the Ukraine-Russia conflict divides Ukraine’s religious community and states pick and choose what elements of Common Core to keep.
    Original Air Date: December 25, 2014
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    December 25, 2014
  • How Pope Francis’ upbringing shaped his role as reformer
    From his simple lifestyle to his active engagement in diplomacy, Pope Francis has distinguished himself as the leader of the Catholic Church. Jeffrey Brown talks to Austen Ivereigh, author of a new biography, “The Great Reformer,” about the ways the pope’s upbringing in Argentina informed his papal priorities, and his efforts to clean up the Vatican.
    Original Air Date: December 25, 2014
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  • What will survive as states test Common Core?
    In 2008, a set of academic standards for U.S. public schools called the Common Core was created for states to voluntarily implement. Intended to raise the bar for American students and teachers, many states that originally signed on are now rewriting the standards or opting out altogether. Special correspondent John Tulenko of Learning Matters reports.
    Original Air Date: December 25, 2014
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  • Banning ‘the box’ to help ex-convicts find jobs
    Many employers require job applicants to disclose any criminal history, often preventing those with a record from reentering the workforce. But Illinois is one of a number of states working to change this, with a new law prohibiting employers from asking about convictions on initial applications. Special correspondent Brandis Friedman of WTTW reports on the “ban the box” movement.
    Original Air Date: December 25, 2014
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  • Ukraine-Russia conflict doesn’t stop at the church door
    In Western Ukraine, religion is another battlefront in the conflict between pro-Russia and pro-Ukraine supporters. Special correspondent Kira Kay reports on the political pressures that have divided congregations.
    Original Air Date: December 25, 2014
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  • Independent theaters rally behind ‘The Interview’
    Moviegoers lined up at independent theaters to see “The Interview,” a comedy about a CIA plot to assassinate Kim Jong-un. After criticism from President Obama and others, Sony Pictures reinstated the release of the film in some theaters and via on-demand. Hari Sreenivasan talks to Russ Collins of the Art House Convergence about the effort to bring the movie to audiences.
    Original Air Date: December 25, 2014
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  • News Wrap: Pope Francis laments suffering at Christmas
    In our news wrap Thursday, Pope Francis decried the persecution of Christians and others by the Islamic State and grieved the suffering of those stricken by Ebola or affected by war or terrorism in his Christmas Day remarks at the Vatican. Also, protests continued in Missouri, where 18-year-old Antonio Martin was shot by a police officer after allegedly pulling out a handgun.
    Original Air Date: December 25, 2014
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Wednesday, December 24, 2014

  • PBS NewsHour full episode Dec. 24, 2014
    Wednesday on the NewsHour, we get a rare glimpse inside the Islamic State from a man who spent 10 days behind the terrorist front lines. Also: Mounting pressure over airbag recalls, a virtual college that doesn’t need lectures, tenure or a campus, staying merry at family gatherings amid political discord and using Christmas tree fires to capture teens’ interest in science and safety.
    Original Air Date: December 24, 2014
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    December 24, 2014
  • Sparking love for science by studying Christmas trees burn
    A group of high school students in Maryland aren’t just playing with fire -- they are gathering and studying the data as well. The NewsHour’s April Brown reports on a fire science class at the University of Maryland for local high schoolers, in which students burn Christmas trees and other objects, and use their physics and chemistry skills to measure the results.
    Original Air Date: December 24, 2014
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  • Minerva Schools offers online alternative to college
    There are no lectures allowed at San Francisco’s Minerva Schools, an innovative college with a curriculum specifically designed to improve knowledge retention for students. Professors hold their seminar-style classes online, allowing Minerva students to move around the globe each semester, from Berlin to Buenos Aires. Science correspondent Miles O’Brien reports.
    Original Air Date: December 24, 2014
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  • Family political fights don’t have to ruin Christmas
    The holiday season is a time of joy, love and the occasional family brawl over politics. Steven Petrow of The Washington Post joins Hari Sreenivasan to discuss how to make it through the big family dinner while staying on speaking terms.
    Original Air Date: December 24, 2014
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  • German writer spends 10 days with the Islamic State
    German author Jürgen Todenhöfer spent 10 days with Islamic State group fighters inside Syria and Iraq after securing a safety guarantee from its leadership. He tells Gwen Ifill what he saw and what he thinks about the militant group’s capability.
    Original Air Date: December 24, 2014
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  • Will leadership shakeup help Takata tackle safety concerns?
    More than 24 million vehicles have been recalled in the U.S. and around the world this year due to a defect in airbags manufactured by Takata. The Japanese company has resisted calls to do more, and today its president stepped down. Hari Sreenivasan learns more from David Shepardson of The Detroit News.
    Original Air Date: December 24, 2014
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  • News Wrap: UPS, FedEx cap retaliers’ last-minute shipments
    In our news wrap Wednesday, UPS and FedEx tried to avoid a repeat of last year’s mass delay of Christmas deliveries by capping air-express shipments by some major retailers. Also, authorities in Berkeley, Missouri, called for calm after a white policeman killed a black teenager, sparking protests and clashes with law enforcement.
    Original Air Date: December 24, 2014
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Tuesday, December 23, 2014

  • PBS NewsHour full episode Dec. 23, 2014
    Tuesday on the NewsHour, we take a closer look at factors helping the U.S. economy pick up steam. Also: Who’s really behind the Sony hack, archaeologists protect some of the Western Hemisphere’s oldest treasures, FDA recommends lifting its ban on gay blood donors, what opening the door to Cuba may mean for baseball and meeting the war dogs who fight in some of world’s most dangerous places.
    Original Air Date: December 23, 2014
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    December 23, 2014
  • Will American baseball get more Cuban imports?
    How will opening the door to normal relations with Cuba affect the world of professional baseball, a game that so many Cubans love? Hari Sreenivasan speaks with Jim Litke of the Associated Press to understand the possible implications.
    Original Air Date: December 23, 2014
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