Thursday, January 29, 2015

  • 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
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  • 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
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  • 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: http://www.newshour.pbs.org/art
    Original Air Date: January 29, 2015
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Wednesday, 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
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • 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.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

  • What does the world lose when a language dies?
    “Language Matters,” a new PBS documentary, explores how linguistic heritage and traditional cultures around the world are at risk of being lost forever. Jeffrey Brown talks to the show’s host, poet Bob Holman, about the fight to revive languages on the brink.
    Original Air Date: January 27, 2015
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  • Is the U.S. pushing Saudi Arabia enough on human rights?
    Saudi Arabia is an important Western ally in an increasingly tumultuous region, but the country has a mixed record on human rights, including restrictions on the rights of women and harsh punishment for those who speak out. Has the U.S. struck the right balance between its interests and concerns? Judy Woodruff talks to Tom Porteous of Human Rights Watch and Gary Sick of Columbia University.
    Original Air Date: January 27, 2015
    Photo by Jim Bourg/Reuters Saudi Arabia's King Salman gestures to the media as he sits with U.S. President Barack Obama at Erga Palace in Riyadh, Jan. 27. A court testimony by Zacharias Moussaoui, a former al-Qaida member serving life in federal prison, has renewed questions of a link between the government of Saudi Arabia and the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. While some American officials urge for the release of 28 pages of classified documents relating to Saudi Arabia from a joint congressional inquiry into the attacks, others say no such link exists and making the material public would serve no purpose.
  • U.K. struggles to stop Islamic radicalization spike
    British authorities say that hundreds of Muslims have left the United Kingdom to join jihadist groups in Syria. As counterterrorism officials try to track the flow of potential fighters in and out of the country, some in the British Muslim community are working to help young people resist the call of radicalization. Chief foreign affairs correspondent Margaret Warner reports from London.
    Original Air Date: January 27, 2015
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  • North Dakota’s oil boom braces for a winter cooldown
    With oil prices plummeting, North Dakota’s drilling industry is starting to feel the slowdown. And it's not just oil companies -- it’s hitting their contractors and suppliers, too. Special correspondent Emily Guerin of Inside Energy reports on how businesses are preparing for slower demand this winter.
    Original Air Date: January 27, 2015
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  • Why open Atlantic offshore drilling now?
    Not even 48 hours since announcing a plan to block drilling in Alaska’s arctic wildlife refuge, the Obama administration rolled out a plan to open up parts of the southern Atlantic coast for oil and gas exploration. While lawmakers from Virginia to Georgia support the move, politicians in the North worry about safety standards. Judy Woodruff learns more from Amy Harder of The Wall Street Journal.
    Original Air Date: January 27, 2015
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  • 500 photographs of Detroit in 500 days
    Photographer Amy Sacka captures the beauty and stories of Detroit in daily pictures. Video produced by Detroit Public Television.
    Original Air Date: January 27, 2015
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Monday, January 26, 2015

  • Virtual reality bursts through the movie screen at Sundance
    What if watching a movie was more like being inside the movie? With virtual reality, your brain can be tricked into believing that you’re flying or in a different country -- a powerful creative tool for storytellers. Jeffrey Brown visits the Sundance Film Festival to witness how filmmakers are beginning to use the burgeoning technology.
    Original Air Date: January 26, 2015
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  • 2016 hopefuls aim for early buzz at GOP meetings
    Republicans tried to woo voters and donors at two major conservative events in Iowa and California over the weekend. Amy Walter of The Cook Political Report and Nia-Malika Henderson of The Washington Post join Judy Woodruff to discuss why so many are trying to get an early start on the 2016 presidential race.
    Original Air Date: January 26, 2015
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  • Why alienation drives extremism among European Muslims
    Nearly a third of the 15,000 foreign fighters for Islamic State are Muslims from Western Europe, seeking an alternative to the alienation some feel here at home. Chief foreign affairs correspondent Margaret Warner reports from London on how cultural isolation and discrimination can help drive young Western recruits to embrace radicalism.
    Original Air Date: January 26, 2015
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Sunday, January 25, 2015

  • Vaccine could have saved victims from measles outbreak
    U.S. health officials say the recent measles outbreak that began at Disneyland in Southern California continues to ripple across the nation with approximately 100 cases reported so far. How great a risk does this pose and how can people protect their children? Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Dr. Anthony Fauci joins Hari Sreenivasan for more.
    Original Air Date: January 25, 2015
    A health worker prepares a vaccine against measles at the Benito Juarez international airport in Mexico City in July 2011.   Image by Reuters/Bernardo Montoya
  • Will 'world's loneliest orca' be released into the wild?
    NOAA is set to decide soon on whether to put a killer whale named, Lolita, dubbed "the world's loneliest orca," on the endangered species list. While her group of whales was already considered endangered, her status hasn't change because she is living in captivity. But now, researchers disagree over whether to give her that protection since she'll most likely be released into the wild.
    Original Air Date: January 25, 2015
    Lolita the Killer Whale is seen between shows at the Miami Seaquarium
  • Greek anti-austerity party claims decisive victory
    In an election watched closely throughout Europe, Greece's left-wing, anti-austerity party won a decisive victory over the ruling center-right party. The impact of today's vote in Greece is likely to affect people around the world. For more, John Authers of the Financial Times joins Hari Sreenivasan.
    Original Air Date: January 25, 2015
    A supporter of opposition leader and head of radical leftist Syriza party Alexis Tsipras waits outside his campaign headquarters in Athens, January 25, 2015. Greeks are voting in a historic election expected to bring in a government led by the leftwing Syriza party which has promised to take on international lenders and roll back painful austerity measures imposed during years of economic crisis. REUTERS/Marko Djurica (GREECE - Tags: POLITICS ELECTIONS)
  • Are Narendra Modi's plans a path out of poverty?
    India Prime Minister Narendra Modi has amassed many supporters in the country who praise his economic vision by creating jobs and improving the country's infrastructure. But staunch critics argue many states, whose residents live below the country's poverty line, are still lacking in education and health care, and that his election has emboldened Hindu extremists. Fred de Sam Lazaro reports.
    Original Air Date: January 25, 2015
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Saturday, January 24, 2015

  • Viewers respond to report about Belgium's euthanasia law
    Hari Sreenivasan reads viewer comments about a recent NewsHour Weekend segment on Beligum's euthanasia law, the least restrictive law governing physician-assisted suicide in the world.
    Original Air Date: January 23, 2015
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  • Japan striving to rescue second hostage from Islamic State
    After the recent execution of a Japanese hostage by the Islamic State, the clock is ticking yet again to rescue the second hostage in Syria. Hajime Ozaki, the New York bureau chief at Kyodo News Agency, joins Hari Sreenivasan to discuss Japan's next steps.
    Original Air Date: January 24, 2015
    Japan's PM Abe speaks to the media at his official residence in Tokyo
  • Despite ceasefire, military conflict escalates in Ukraine
    A shelling attack that killed dozens of people Saturday in eastern Ukraine today was only the latest sign of the deteriorating situation there. Even though a ceasefire was signed in September, fighting between pro-Russian rebels and Ukrainian government troops once again has intensified. And on Friday, the rebels launched a new offensive.
    Original Air Date: January 24, 2015
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  • How past crimes are driving job seekers into poverty
    Even years after they've served time for past criminal infractions, those applying for jobs are often unable to find work -- especially in a climate of extreme job competition. And amid the Recession and grindingly slow economic recovery, applicants with criminal backgrounds are increasingly being driven into poverty. NewsHour's Stephen Fee reports.
    Original Air Date: January 23, 2015
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Friday, January 23, 2015

  • Sleater-Kinney returns with new songs to fight stereotypes
    Indie-rock band Sleater-Kinney, part of the ‘90s riot grrrl movement, has released its first album, “No Cities to Love,” in nearly a decade. Hari Sreenivasan asks the band what led to their surprise reunion.
    Original Air Date: January 23, 2015
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  • When four historic events happened over three days in 1973
    In our NewsHour Shares moment of the day, a historian’s tweet points to four major events that happened within 72 hours this week in 1973.
    Original Air Date: January 23, 2015
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  • Why Europe and the U.S. have a lot riding on Greek elections
    The results of upcoming elections in Greece could be critical to all of Europe, potentially setting up a showdown between a leftist Greek government and the German-led E.U. Hari Sreenivasan speaks with former U.S. Ambassador Nicholas Burns about the state of the Greek economy and the potential ramifications for both sides of the Atlantic.
    Original Air Date: January 23, 2015
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  • Will regional turmoil encourage stability in Saudi Arabia?
    Former National Security Advisor Stephen Hadley and former Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta join Judy Woodruff to discuss the many regional crises at play as Saudi Arabia moves to new leadership.
    Original Air Date: January 23, 2015
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