Saturday, January 31, 2015

  • PBS NewsHour Weekend full episode Jan. 31, 2015
    On this edition for Jan. 31, ISIS claims to behead another Japanese captive. Later, what's behind China's crackdown on Internet access? And, in our signature segment, a look at the American city that produces enough renewable energy to cover all its energy needs.
    Original Air Date: January 31, 2015
  • ISIS videos often signal it's too late for hostages
    After days of negotiations over a prisoner exchange apparently broke down, the Islamic State on Saturday reportedly executed a Japanese journalist it had been holding in Syria a week after it beheaded another Japanese citizen. Douglas Ollivant, a senior national security fellow at the New America Foundation and a partner at Mantid International, joins Hari Sreenivasan from Washington.
    Original Air Date: January 31, 2015
    People holding placards take part in a vigil in front of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's official residence in Tokyo,
  • Viewers respond to report on background checks
    Hari Sreenivasan reads viewer comments about a NewsHour Weekend signature segment describing employers doing background checks and the effect that has on people with a criminal record who struggle to find work.
    Original Air Date: January 31, 2015
  • How extensive is the official crackdown on China's internet?
    Jonathan Landreth, managing editor of ChinaFile, the Asia Society's online magazine, joins Hari Sreenivasan to discuss the Chinese crackdown on the country's access to the Internet this week.
    Original Air Date: January 31, 2015
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  • How did Burlington achieve 100 percent renewable energy?
    Burlington, Vermont, the state's largest city, recently became the first in the country to use 100 percent renewable energy for its residents' electricity needs. In a state known for socially conscious policies, the feat represents a milestone in the growing green energy movement. NewsHour's William Brangham reports on the implications for the country's green movement.
    Original Air Date: January 30, 2015
    SOUTH BURLINGTON, VERMONT - OCTOBER 31: An array of 366 solar tracking devices stand in a field October 31, 2014 in South Burlington, Vermont. Claire Solar Partners, LLC company, a Vermont company, installed the 2.2 megawatt tracker solar farm on a 30-acre parcel of agricultural land that went on-line in September, 2014. The Chinese-made panels and Vermont-made solar units will produce enough electricity to power approximately 400 residential homes. (Photo by Robert Nickelsberg/Getty Images)

Friday, January 30, 2015

  • PBS NewsHour full episode Jan. 30, 2015
    Tonight on the program, we examine civilians caught in the Ukraine conflict and how they are coping. Also: using the human genome to make medicine more precise, what indie movies mean in the age of on-demand, the NFL's image takes a hit in a season of scandal, analysis from Shields and Brooks, and checking a daughter's health three times a night.
    Original Air Date: January 30, 2015
    January 30, 2015
  • Checking a daughter’s health three times a night
    In our NewsHour Shares video of the day, a short documentary from The New York Times explores a family’s daily struggles monitoring and managing their daughter’s Type 1 diabetes.
    Original Air Date: January 30, 2015
  • Shields and Brooks on Kochs’ near-billion spending plan
    Syndicated columnist Mark Shields and New York Times columnist David Brooks join Judy Woodruff to discuss the week’s news, including Mitt Romney’s decision not to make a third presidential run, the Koch brothers’ plan to spend $889 million on the next election, plus predictions for the Super Bowl game between the Seattle Seahawks and the New England Patriots.
    Original Air Date: January 30, 2015
  • NFL’s image takes a hit in a season of scandal
    From domestic violence to deflated footballs, this NFL season has been rife with scandal, and yet its viewership has remained loyal. Ahead of Sunday’s Super Bowl, Hari Sreenivasan takes stock of the year in pro-football with Kevin Blackistone of ESPN and Christine Brennan of USA Today.
    Original Air Date: January 30, 2015
    ON DEFENSE  monitor nfl football
  • What an indie movie deal means in the age of on-demand
    The Sundance Film Festival is both celebration and marketplace for those who love, create and deal in independent cinema, making it a touchstone for the health of the industry. While technology has made it cheaper and easier to make a film, it can be harder than ever to break through to audiences. Jeffrey Brown reports from Utah.
    Original Air Date: January 30, 2015
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  • A push to use the human genome to make medicine more precise
    President Obama introduced a new plan to create a database of genetic information of a million Americans in order to better tailor medical treatments for groups of patients. Science correspondent Miles O’Brien interviews Francis Collins, director of the National Institutes of Health, about the potential of precision medicine, privacy concerns and political roadblocks.
    Original Air Date: January 30, 2015
  • How civilians caught in the Ukraine conflict are coping
    Fierce fighting has resumed between pro-Russian rebels and government forces in Eastern Ukraine, killing civilians on both sides. Meanwhile, scheduled peace talks were abandoned when rebel delegates refused to participate. Judy Woodruff talks to Shaun Walker of The Guardian about how civilians are coping with violence and and shortages.
    Original Air Date: January 30, 2015
    FRON LINES   Ukraine russia flags with ukraine map monitor
  • News Wrap: U.S. economy slows but wages rise
    In our news wrap Friday, the government reported that GDP growth slowed significantly in the last part of 2014, but wages and benefits rose at the best pace in six years. Also, former Gov. Mitt Romney announced he will not run for president again in 2016.
    Original Air Date: January 30, 2015
  • How do you count the homeless population in one night?
    Nearly 300 volunteers had until 2 a.m. to find and and survey every homeless person they can find on the streets of Washington, D.C., one of 18 assigned areas nationwide. It’s part of Department of Housing and Urban Development’s annual point-in-time count of the homeless. Last year, HUD counted a nationwide total of 578,424 homeless, 7,748 of whom lived in the District.
    Original Air Date: January 30, 2015

Thursday, January 29, 2015

  • PBS NewsHour full episode Jan. 29, 2015
    Thursday on the NewsHour, a new study suggests that keeping juvenile offenders out of jail could reduce crime rates. Also: The disappearance of a Malaysian jetliner is declared an accident, pros and cons of a nuclear deal with Iran, proposed changes for veterans’ benefits, controversy over the depiction of war in “American Sniper” and the economics of betting on the Super Bowl.
    Original Air Date: January 29, 2015
    January 29, 2015
  • Bookies bank on sports fans who bet with their hearts
    Economics correspondent Paul Solman visits Las Vegas, the global epicenter of sports gambling, to learn how research and analytics separates the sports betting pros from the average joes.
    Original Air Date: January 29, 2015
    BIG BETS MPNOTOR  SPORTS  2 football in middle
  • ‘American Sniper’ provokes debate on Iraq, depictions of war
    "American Sniper" has been nominated for six Academy Awards and is on track to be the biggest box-office war film ever. But the drama based on the life of a late Navy Seal, said to be the most lethal sharpshooter in U.S. military history, has rekindled debate about the Iraq war and the glorification of killing, as well as the veracity of Chris Kyle's own account. Jeffrey Brown reports.
    Original Air Date: January 29, 2015
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  • Weighing risks and benefits of making a deal with Iran
    As part of a collaboration between The Atlantic and the PBS NewsHour, Judy Woodruff examines the challenges and opportunities of reaching a nuclear deal with Iran.
    Original Air Date: January 29, 2015
    General view of Imamzadeh Helal Grand mosque in the city of Aran
  • Commission offers major reforms for soldiers’ pay, benefits
    In light of soaring health and benefit costs for members of the armed forces, a committee created to offer reforms is calling for big changes. Hari Sreenivasan examines the recommendations with Alphonso Maldon, chair of the Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission.
    Original Air Date: January 29, 2015
  • News Wrap: Islamic State prisoner swap deadline passes
    In our news wrap Thursday, the Jordanian government demanded confirmation that a pilot held hostage by the Islamic State is still alive before they release a female prisoner in a ransom deal. Also, an Afghan soldier killed three American security advisors and wounded another person at a military airport in Kabul.
    Original Air Date: January 29, 2015
  • Why keeping young offenders out of jail could reduce crime
    Juvenile offenders kept under supervision close to home, rather than in secure, state-run facilities, are significantly less likely to be arrested again or commit more serious crimes, according to a new study. Judy Woodruff discusses the findings with Xavier McElrath-Bey of the Campaign for the Fair Sentencing of Youth and Michael Thompson of the Council of State Governments Justice Center.
    Original Air Date: January 29, 2015
    KIDS BEHIND BARS monitor
  • Using AirAsia Flight 8501’s mistakes to prevent crashes
    The black box from AirAsia Flight 8501 provided some answers about what caused the crash, but also opened up questions about automation and why mistakes from past accidents haven’t been corrected. Science correspondent Miles O’Brien joins Gwen Ifill to discuss eerie similarities between AirAsia’s flight and past crashes and why the still-missing Malaysia Airlines flight was declared an accident.
    Original Air Date: January 29, 2015
    TROUBLED SKIES monitor planes
  • Deaf since birth, artist explores the social rules of sound
    Christine Sun Kim is a sound artist who has been deaf since birth. Art Beat met up with her at Artisphere in Virginia to learn more about her installations and her explorations of the social rules governing sound.For more Art Beat:
    Original Air Date: January 29, 2015
    Christine Sun Kim

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

  • PBS NewsHour full episode Jan. 28, 2015
    Wednesday on the NewsHour, officials in Jordan consider a potential prisoner exchange with the Islamic State, deviating from a long-standing policy on negotiating with terror groups. Also: Battling Heroin addiction with prescription drugs, the Koch brothers’ plans for 2016, whether the U.S. should mend relations with Iran, a new generation of veteran lawmakers and libraries reach out to homeless.
    Original Air Date: January 28, 2015
    January 28, 2015
  • Library social worker helps homeless seeking quiet refuge
    Meet the nation's first full-time library social worker. Instead of trying to keep homeless residents from taking shelter in the urban haven of public libraries, San Francisco has adopted a new approach: employing a trained professional to address the needs of these visitors. The NewsHour’s Cat Wise reports.
    Original Air Date: January 28, 2015
    QUIET COMFORT homeless library monitor
  • How a new generation of vets wants to shape military policy
    The new Congress has the fewest military veterans since World War II, but recent veterans from the Iraq and Afghanistan wars are on the rise. What priorities do they bring to Capitol Hill? Judy Woodruff talks to Rep. Martha McSally, R-Ariz., a former Air Force colonel and pilot, and Rep. Seth Moulton, D-Mass., a retired Marine captain.
    Original Air Date: January 28, 2015
  • Is it time to open the door to better relations with Iran?
    Historian Robert Kaplan says that geo-political necessities have given longtime enemies, the United States and Iran, some pressing common interests. Is it time to open the door to a working relationship? As part of a collaboration between The Atlantic and the PBS NewsHour, Judy Woodruff interviews Kaplan and others about the complexities of warming relations.
    Original Air Date: January 28, 2015
    RETHINKING IRAN monitor  us iran flag
  • How the Koch brothers turned into political power brokers
    Potential presidential candidates for 2016 have started to court donors -- and vice versa. Charles and David Koch, influential libertarian billionaires, plan to spend nearly a billion dollars in the next election cycle. Matea Gold of The Washington Post joins Gwen Ifill to discuss their sway over American politics.
    Original Air Date: January 28, 2015
    Brothers David Koch, left, and Charles Koch.
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