Saturday, December 20, 2014

  • Mosque debate in Georgia town reveals sharp divide
    In Kennesaw, Ga., the city council recently rejected, then approved a bid to house a mosque at a shopping mall. The vote has ignited a fierce debate in the community over how residents feel about Muslims and their First Amendment right to freedom of religion. NewsHour Weekend's William Brangham reports.
    Original Air Date: December 20, 2014
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Friday, December 19, 2014

  • EPA lays out new rules on coal ash disposal
    Environmental groups have long pushed for coal ash, a by-product of coal burning energy production that contains toxic contaminants, to be classified as a hazardous material. While the EPA announced new standards for storage and disposal, the agency decided to leave regulation with the states rather than the EPA. Dina Cappiello of the Associated Press joins Jeffrey Brown to discuss the new rules.
    Original Air Date: December 19, 2014
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  • Tunisia elections will test fragile democracy and security
    Four years ago, a dramatic act by a Tunisian street vendor prompted weeks of protests, the ousting of a president who had ruled for 25 years and an eruption of upheaval and transformation around the Arab world. In collaboration with filmmaker Jessie Deeter, Hari Sreenivasan explores Tunisia’s fledging steps to democracy as the nation prepares for elections.
    Original Air Date: December 19, 2014
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  • Shields and Brooks on reconciling with Cuba
    Syndicated columnist Mark Shields and New York Times columnist David Brooks join Judy Woodruff to discuss the week’s news, including the choice to censor a Hollywood film about the assassination of Kim Jong-un, President Obama’s move to renew U.S. ties with Cuba and early signs that former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush could be a 2016 presidential candidate.
    Original Air Date: December 19, 2014
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  • Teens and elders bridge generation gap and digital divide
    There are fewer and fewer opportunities for senior citizens and millennials to encounter one another in daily life. The NewsHour’s Mary Jo Brooks reports from Denver on two organizations that pair adolescents to help elders with household tasks and digital literacy, who in turn offer wisdom and experience.
    Original Air Date: December 19, 2014
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  • Obama closes 2014 with remarks on Cuba, North Korea
    In a year-end news conference, President Obama discussed reestablishing ties with Cuba, the North Korean cyber-attack against Sony Pictures and race relations in America. Judy Woodruff reports.
    Original Air Date: December 19, 2014
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  • How should the U.S. government respond to the Sony attack?
    President Obama told the White House Press Corps that Sony was wrong to withdraw its film, “The Interview,” and that the U.S. would react “proportionally” to the damaging cyber-attack by North Korea. Judy Woodruff turns to Dmitri Alperovitch of CrowdStrike and Jack Pritchard, the former U.S. special envoy for negotiations with North Korea, about options for an American response.
    Original Air Date: December 19, 2014
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  • News Wrap: Report finds FEMA disaster coordination lacking
    In our news wrap Friday, a new report by the Government Accountability Office concludes that the U.S. government is not ready for a nuclear terrorist attack or a large-scale natural disaster. Also, Turkey signaled it could start training Syrian opposition fighters this winter.
    Original Air Date: December 19, 2014
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Thursday, December 18, 2014

  • PBS NewsHour full episode Dec. 18, 2014
    Thursday on the NewsHour, we examine the wider impact of President Obama’s move to thaw relations with Cuba. Also: Cyber threats and free speech in Hollywood, allegations of teen mistreatment at Rikers Island, how Congress is rolling back regulation for big banks on Wall Street and holiday gifts that encourage better habits.
    Original Air Date: December 18, 2014
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    FULL PROGRAM
    December 18, 2014
  • How Obama can change U.S.-Cuba relations without Congress
    Chief foreign affairs correspondent Margaret Warner and political director Domenico Montanaro join Hari Sreenivasan to explore what it means in practical terms and political effort to reopen relations with Cuba.
    Original Air Date: December 18, 2014
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  • American businesses eye Cuban opportunities
    As President Obama closes a door on Cold War hostilities between the U.S. and Cuba, American businesses wait in the wings for new opportunities to expand to the nation that has long been off-limits. Hari Sreenivasan talks to Marcelo Prince of The Wall Street Journal about which industries would be most affected if the embargo was lifted.
    Original Air Date: December 18, 2014
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  • Holiday gifts to curb bad habits
    Do you struggle with slouching, overeating or oversleeping? This holiday season, there’s a gift for that. Economics correspondent Paul Solman talks to Sendhil Mullainathan about consumer innovations that promise to improve your life through behavioral economics.
    Original Air Date: December 18, 2014
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  • Is the 2015 spending bill a gift to big banks?
    Tucked into the new federal spending bill that passed this week was a provision to loosen banking regulations on hedges known as derivatives or swaps, rolling back part of the Dodd-Frank Act that was enacted after the financial crisis. Dennis Kelleher of Better Markets and Mark Calabria of the Cato Institute join Hari Sreenivasan for a discussion on what the bill means for banks.
    Original Air Date: December 18, 2014
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  • Celebration and criticism for U.S. policy shift on Cuba
    After more than a year of secret negotiations, the U.S. will renew diplomatic ties with Cuba, easing economic and travel restrictions. While many celebrated the news, critics have said the deal doesn't improve the country’s democratic or human rights outlook. Hari Sreenivasan reports.
    Original Air Date: December 18, 2014
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  • Does Sony’s kibosh on ‘The Interview’ set a bad precedent?
    Sony’s self-censorship of “The Interview” -- which imagines the assassination of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un -- has launched debate on the collision of free speech and security. Hari Sreenivasan explores criticism and questions leveled at Sony Pictures with David Rothkopf of Foreign Policy and Sharon Waxman of The Wrap.
    Original Air Date: December 18, 2014
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  • White House, Hollywood respond to ‘Interview’ controversy
    The decision to cancel the release of Sony’s controversial comedy, "The Interview," due to threats of violence from an anonymous hacking group, has sparked angry reactions from celebrities and politicians alike. The White House said the hacking of Sony is being treated as “a serious national security matter.” Hari Sreenivasan reports.
    Original Air Date: December 18, 2014
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  • Stephen Colbert leaves the character behind to play himself
    Stephen Colbert is signing off from “The Colbert Report,” his satirical news pundit show and his brash conservative persona, to switch over to CBS, replacing David Letterman for his new take on late night TV. Jeffrey Brown takes a look at Colbert’s greatest hits from the last nine years.
    Original Air Date: December 18, 2014
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  • News Wrap: Putin vows West won’t ‘defang’ Russia
    In our news wrap Thursday, Russian President Vladimir Putin expressed confidence that his nation’s economy and currency would recover in the next two years and vowed that the West would never “defang” Russia. Also, Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told The Wall Street Journal that recent airstrikes have killed senior leadership in the Islamic State group.
    Original Air Date: December 18, 2014
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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

  • PBS NewsHour full episode Dec. 17, 2014
    Tonight on the program, we take a look at a historic agreement between the United States and Cuba to restore diplomatic ties and swap prisoners and examine the effects of the talks. Also: Sony cancels release of "The Interview" after threats of attack, what a lapse in terrorism insurance means for businesses, body cameras on police uniforms, and a farewell to the 113th Congress.
    Original Air Date: December 17, 2014
    An American vintage car drives in front of the Capitolio, shortly after a live broadcast a speech by Cuban President Raul Castro about the re-establishment of official diplomatic relations with the U.S., on December 17, 2014, in Havana, Cuba. Photo by Sven Creutzmann/Getty Images
    FULL PROGRAM
    December 17, 2014
  • Exiting lawmakers offer last words for the 113th Congress
    As the 113th Congress drew to a close, long-term lawmakers who are stepping down offered farewells and final thoughts about the state of American politics, as well as issues ranging from campaign finance to supporting veterans. Political editor Lisa Desjardins listens in.
    Original Air Date: December 17, 2014
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  • Making body cameras part of a police officer’s uniform
    Dozens of American police departments have adopted the use of body cameras for officers to record interactions while they're on the street, and President Obama has called for $75 million to purchase more. Hari Sreenivasan reports from New Jersey on whether this tool can lead to improvements in policing.
    Original Air Date: December 17, 2014
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  • What a lapse in terrorism insurance means for businesses
    Since 9/11, businesses have been able to insure themselves against terrorist attacks through the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act. But for the first time in 13 years, Congress ended a session without renewing its funding, due to opposition from Sen. Tom Coburn. Judy Woodruff sits down with Leigh Ann Pusey of the American Insurance Association for how the move will affect businesses nationwide.
    Original Air Date: December 17, 2014
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  • Sony cancels movie at the center of security worries
    Sony Pictures canceled the release of “The Interview,” a movie about an assassination plot against North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, after the nation's largest theater chains had said they wouldn't play the movie. Sony has been the target of a large-scale hack of its computer data, with a group calling itself the Guardians of Peace claiming responsibility for leaks. Jeffrey Brown reports.
    Original Air Date: December 17, 2014
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  • How does diplomatic reconciliation affect Cuban-Americans?
    How are Cuban-Americans responding to the breakthrough in relations between the U.S. and Cuba? Maria de los Angeles Torres of the University of Illinois at Chicago and Cuban-American activist Ana Carbonell join Judy Woodruff for a debate on the change in policy and its effect on the future of pro-democracy activism on the island.
    Original Air Date: December 17, 2014
    Lazaro Iglesias, L, who is against the Cuban policy change debates with Peter Bell who supports the new policy laid out by President Barack Obama as people gathered outside a Little Havana restaurant in Miami. The president announced he wants to normalize relations with Cuba. Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images
  • Is it in America’s interest to have closer Cuban connection?
    For two views on the diplomatic reconnection with Cuba, Judy Woodruff turns to Maryland Rep. Chris Van Hollen, who supports the move and traveled from Cuba with released prisoner Alan Gross, and Roger Noriega, former assistant secretary of state, who says President Obama is “betting” on goodwill from the Castro regime.
    Original Air Date: December 17, 2014
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  • News Wrap: USAID chief announces resignation
    In our news wrap Wednesday, USAID administrator Rajiv Shah announced he’s stepping down hours before the diplomatic deal with Cuba was announced. Shah had overseen the agency’s involvement in secret programs in Cuba. Also, Pakistan mourned and buried victims of a Taliban attack on an army-run school.
    Original Air Date: December 17, 2014
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  • U.S. and Cuba restore diplomatic ties, swap prisoners
    The United States will re-establish diplomatic relations with Cuba after more than 50 years of hostility and isolation. President Obama announced a rapprochement between the two countries, which includes expanding economic ties and easing some conditions of the travel ban. Cuban President Raul Castro welcomed the thaw while cautioning there is more to resolve. Judy Woodruff reports.
    Original Air Date: December 17, 2014
    Alan Gross, alongside his wife Judy,speaks at a press conference after being released by Cuba on December 17, 2014 in Washington,DC. Gross, an American contractor jailed on the communist-ruled island since 2009. Photo by Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images
  • Obama: U.S. to chart ‘new course’ with Cuba, end isolation
    President Barack Obama said Wednesday that the U.S. is making historic changes in its dealings with Cuba, because decades of U.S. isolation of the communist nation have had little effect.
    Original Air Date: December 17, 2014
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