Tuesday, December 23, 2014

  • Soldiers find special bond with dogs trained for war
    Some 2,500 dogs have accompanied American warriors on patrol and in close combat in Iraq and Afghanistan. Tasks like bomb detection and protection demand dedication to their human handlers, with whom they often form a special bond in the face of danger. Margaret Warner talks to Rebecca Frankel, author of "War Dogs: Tales of Canine Heroism, History and Love."
    Original Air Date: December 23, 2014
    Military Working Dogs
  • FDA plans to end prohibition on blood donation by gay men
    The FDA is set to ease a 31-year ban on blood donations by gay men, put in place in the early days of the AIDS crisis. The policy revision will allow gay men to donate blood one year after their last sexual contact, which could free hundreds of thousands of pints a year. I. Glenn Cohen of Harvard Law School joins Gwen Ifill to discuss the change in donor requirements and how the FDA move came about.
    Original Air Date: December 23, 2014
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  • Peru shields an ancient city of sand from strong storms
    In northern Peru, workers are fortifying of the ancient site of Chan Chan, once the largest city in the Americas and the largest adobe city on the world. Climatologists have predicted strong El Nino weather effects for this winter and spring, threatening rain in a desert climate that rarely gets any. Jeffrey Brown reports on the efforts to preserve and protect Peru’s heritage from the elements.
    Original Air Date: December 23, 2014
  • Debating North Korea’s involvement in the Sony hack
    Some cyber security experts are skeptical of assertions that North Korea is responsible for a massive hack on Sony. To examine the debate, Gwen Ifill gets assessment from Dmitri Alperovitch of CrowdStrike and Marc Rogers of CloudFlare.
    Original Air Date: December 23, 2014
    Sony Pictures logo and image of The Interview MONITOR
  • Can the U.S. economy sustain its surprising momentum?
    The U.S. economy’s summer surge was even stronger than first estimated, expanding at an annual rate of 5 percent from July to September -- the best performance since the summer of 2003. Judy Woodruff talks to Nariman Behravesh, chief economist at IHS, about the impressive recent growth and whether it will last.
    Original Air Date: December 23, 2014
  • Turning plywood into dynamic sculptures
    Using a self-taught technique, David Knopp carves plywood laminate into fantastically abstract shapes, imbuing the rigid nature of wood with the fluidity of water.For more Art Beat: newshour.pbs.org/art
    Original Air Date: December 23, 2014
    David Knopp
  • What happens to a war dog if his handler is killed?
    War dogs play a key role in Afghansitan where they help sniff out IEDs. What happens when a dog's handler is killed while on duty?
    Original Air Date: December 23, 2014

Monday, December 22, 2014

  • Giving America a microphone and the chance to tell a story
    Get two people together with a microphone and let them talk and listen to each other. That's the premise of the Storycorps Project, which has recorded and archived more than 50,000 stories told by Americans so far. Now creator Dave Isay has been awarded $1 million and a chance to continue expanding. Hari Sreenivasan talks to Isay about what brings people to the mic and the goals of Storycorps.
    Original Air Date: December 22, 2014
  • Why changes in health care costs vary widely around the U.S.
    More than 2.5 million people have selected a health care plan through the federal health exchange so far in the new enrollment season. This year, signing up on HealthCare.gov has been easier, but how easy will it be to pay for coverage? Mary Agnes Carey of Kaiser Health News joins Judy Woodruff to discuss why some are seeing changes in premiums and out-of-pocket costs.
    Original Air Date: December 22, 2014
  • Pope chides Curia for greed, gossip and getting ahead
    In remarks for Christmas before the Roman Curia, Pope Francis delivered a scathing review of the behavior of Vatican officials, decrying the "spiritual Alzheimers" that makes them forget their real purpose. Gwen Ifill talks to Kevin Eckstrom of the Religion News Service about the pope’s latest effort at spurring reform in the Catholic church.
    Original Air Date: December 22, 2014
    Pope Francis Exchanges Christmas Greetings With The Roman Curia
  • 13-year-old builds a printer for the blind with Lego blocks
    A simple question -- how do blind people read? -- inspired a middle-schooler’s transformation into a tech entrepreneur. Using Lego blocks, 13-year-old Shubham Banerjee created a low-cost braille printer to improve access and literacy for the visually impaired. Special correspondent Jackie Judd reports as part of our Breakthroughs series.
    Original Air Date: December 22, 2014
  • What turned off the Internet in North Korea?
    A massive Internet failure in North Korea has many wondering if retaliation for the Sony hack is underway. Just days after President Obama warned that the U.S. would respond "proportionally" to a cyber-attack on the entertainment company, The New York Times reported that nation's links to the Internet went completely dark this morning. Judy Woodruff talks to David Sanger of The New York Times.
    Original Air Date: December 22, 2014
  • NY police killings raise questions of cause and effect
    The murder of two New York City police officers has ignited a volley of blame and exposes the deep rifts dividing a city in mourning. Gwen Ifill gets two perspectives from Patrick Colligan of the New Jersey State Policemen's Benevolent Association and Mark Levine of the New York City Council.
    Original Air Date: December 22, 2014
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Sunday, December 21, 2014

  • Shock, frustration surround shootings of NYPD officers
    As the investigation into the two New York Police Department officers who were fatally shot over the weekend unfolds, shock and frustration prevail. The incident tops off months of nationwide demonstrations against police and a public fallout between New York City's mayor and the police union. NewsHour's William Brangham reports.
    Original Air Date: December 21, 2014
  • PBS NewsHour Weekend full episode Dec. 21, 2014
    On this edition for Sunday, Dec. 21, authorities investigate the murder of two New York City police officers and its possible link to recent protests against police, the National Labor Relations Board files a formal complaint against McDonald's and it franchisees and later we look closer at a federal program that rewards whistleblowers for their help in recovering tens of millions of dollars.
    Original Air Date: December 21, 2014
  • NYPD officer killings expose rift between police and mayor
    Pervaiz Shallwani, a criminal justice reporter for the Wall Street Journal joins Hari Sreenivasan for the latest information about the murder of two NYPD officers in Brooklyn Saturday, Dec. 20.
    Original Air Date: December 21, 2014
    Two Cops Shot And Killed Execution Style In Brooklyn
  • Viewers respond to report on controversy over Georgia mosque
    Hari Sreenivasan reads viewer comments in response to a NewsHour Weekend report on controversy surrounding the building of a mosque in a town in Georgia.
    Original Air Date: December 21, 2014
  • McDonald's formally accused of worker retaliation
    A lawyer from the National Labor Relations Board filed formal complaints against McDonald's and some of its franchises on Friday. To unpack this story further, Steven Greenhouse, a former correspondent for the New York Times, who has covered labor issues, joins Hari Sreenivasan.
    Original Air Date: December 21, 2014
    Fast food workers and activists demonstrate outside McDonald's downtown flagship restaurant on May 15 in Chicago. Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images.
  • False Claims Act: Whistleblower boost or fraud deterrent?
    Last year alone, the federal government and its whistleblowers -- people incentivized by the False Claims Act to expose fraud in companies that work with the government -- recovered nearly $6 billion in lawsuits that exposed wrongdoing. But some question whether the False Claims Act actually prevents fraud or merely incentivizes people with potential reward money. NewsHour's Rick Karr reports.
    Original Air Date: December 21, 2014

Saturday, December 20, 2014

  • Obama goes his own way in final years in office
    President Obama, in an apparently unprecedented step, only took questions from female reporters during a news conference Friday. It might be a very small example of how the president, often criticized for his caution, is now doing things his own way. Peter Baker of the New York Times joins Hari Sreenivasan from Washington, D.C. with more on Obama's final term strategy. ​
    Original Air Date: December 20, 2014
  • What's behind the recent retreat of ISIS in Northern Iraq?
    Over the past few days, pro-Western Kurdish fighters, with the aid of American air power, have forced ISIS fighters in Northern Iraq to retreat from territory they seized last summer. Anthony Cordesman of the Center for Strategic and International Studies joins Hari Sreenivasan from Washington, D.C. with more on the largest offensive operation carried out against ISIS so far.
    Original Air Date: 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

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
    DIRTY BUSINESS monitor coal ash EPA
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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