Sunday, January 18, 2015

  • Project aims to count Africa's shrinking elephant population
    The Great Elephant census, an ambitious two-year initiative funded by an American philanthropist, aims to count all of the elephants in Africa to save the species. But as numbers continue dwindle, due in large part to poaching, researchers -- already faced with a herculean task and countries resistant to join the census -- must first establish how many they are trying to save.
    Original Air Date: January 17, 2015
    An Elephant herd the Great Elephant Census team counted during one flyover. Credit: Frankfurt Zoological Society

Saturday, January 17, 2015

  • Amid terror threats, European cities bolster security
    In the wake of last week's shootings in Paris and a sweeping Belgian counter-terror operation this week that left two suspects dead, security has been bolstered as countries throughout Europe scramble to handle growing threats. For the latest about stepped-up security in Belgium, Matthew Dalton, a reporter with the Wall Street Journal, joins Hari Sreenivasan via Skype from Brussels.
    Original Air Date: January 17, 2015
  • Viewers comments about police and minorities relationship
    Hari Sreenivasan reads viewer comments about to two previously aired conversations between former police officers and community leaders regarding their ongoing tense relationship.
    Original Air Date: January 17, 2015

Friday, January 16, 2015

  • Will DOJ’s civil forfeiture reform mean more accountability?
    The Justice Department is changing the federal rules on civil forfeiture. Local police departments around the country have used the controversial practice to raise nearly $3 billion by seizing property from people who are suspected but not convicted of a crime. Hari Sreenivasan talks to Sarah Stillman of The New Yorker about the rise of civil forfeiture and the first signs of reform.
    Original Air Date: January 16, 2015
    MAJOR SHIFT holder justice department seal
  • Shields and Brooks on same-sex right to marry
    Syndicated columnist Mark Shields and New York Times columnist David Brooks join Judy Woodruff to discuss the week’s news, including the Supreme Court’s move to consider same-sex marriage, next steps for Republican congressional leaders, emerging GOP candidates for the next presidential race, plus thoughts on the NewsHour’s decision to not show the post-attack cover of Charlie Hebdo.
    Original Air Date: January 16, 2015
  • How an EPA plan to cut emissions is playing out in Wyoming
    In Wyoming, people care about issues that affect their land and energy resources. A recently announced EPA initiative to cut carbon emissions, the Clean Power Plan, aims to move American electricity generation away from coal -- the economic lifeblood for that state. Special correspondent Leigh Paterson of Inside Energy looks at both sides of the fight.
    Original Air Date: January 16, 2015
    POWER STRUGGLE monitor Wyoming
  • Only a little bit hotter, but 2014 record continues trend
    2014 was the hottest year in recorded history, even despite below-average temperatures in the Eastern U.S. Judy Woodruff speaks with Gavin Schmidt of NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies about the human impact on global warming.
    Original Air Date: January 16, 2015
    HEATING UP monitor oceans
  • Supreme Court will consider nationwide same-sex marriage
    Same-sex marriage is now legal in 36 states, so should gay couples be allowed to marry nationwide? Having considered aspects of the debate before, the Supreme Court will consider that question directly this spring. Marcia Coyle of The National Law Journal joins Judy Woodruff to look back at past rulings explain the timing behind the move.
    Original Air Date: January 16, 2015
    Supreme Court building
  • In Belgium, terminally ill children have the right to die
    More than a decade after Belgium became the second country in the world to legalize euthanasia, it once again made headlines in early 2014 when it became the first country to lift any age restrictions associated with the procedure. Terminally ill children can request euthanasia if they are near death, and suffering “constant and unbearable physical” pain with no available treatment.
    Original Air Date: January 16, 2015

Thursday, January 15, 2015

  • Europe’s porous borders pose problems in hunt for terrorists
    The attacks in Paris and today's raids against militants in Belgium highlight the trend of European Muslims traveling to Syria and Iraq to fight. Gwen Ifill talks to Lorenzo Vidino of the European Foundation for Democracy about Europe’s porous borders and the challenge of monitoring possible suspects.
    Original Air Date: January 15, 2015
    Belgian police block a street in central Verviers where Belgian counter-terrorist police raided an apartment
  • ‘An era of defeat’ for the best soldiers in the world?
    Journalist James Fallows says it's time to examine why the best funded, best trained and most professional military in the world hasn't achieved lasting victory in the post-9/11 era. He joins chief foreign correspondent Margaret Warner to discuss his provocative critique in The Atlantic magazine, and how the public should be more connected to American armed conflict.
    Original Air Date: January 15, 2015
    U.S. soldiers from D Troop of the 3rd Cavalry Regiment walk on a hill after finishing with a training exercise near forward operating base Gamberi in the Laghman province of Afghanistan December 30, 2014. Photo by Lucas Jackson/Reuters
  • Is the U.S. military faced with impossible missions?
    A critique of the U.S. military establishment written by journalist James Fallows has made waves in defense circles and beyond. Who is responsible for how America applies its military might? Judy Woodruff gets reaction from former U.S. Ambassador to Iraq James Jeffrey and John Ullyot, a former U.S. Marine Corps intelligence officer.
    Original Air Date: January 15, 2015
    U.S. soldiers from Dragon Troop of the 3rd Cavalry Regiment discuss their mission during their first training exercise of the new year near operating base Gamberi in the Laghman province of Afghanistan
  • Why did Oscar leave out actors of color, female filmmakers?
    For the first time in almost 20 years, all of the Academy Award nominees for leading and supporting acting roles are white. Gwen Ifill asks Mike Sargent of Pacifica Radio and Ann Hornaday of The Washington Post about the surprises and snubs of the 2015 Oscar nominations, and what it says about power and diversity in Hollywood.
    Original Air Date: January 15, 2015
  • American rapper taps into the flow of China’s economy
    A Fulbright scholar studying in China found an unusual calling for his language skills and economics knowledge: writing and performing bilingual raps about Chinese development and inequality in Beijing comedy clubs. With songs like “Mo Money, Mo Fazhan” and “Laowai Style,” Jesse Appell’s “macro-raps” became a standup sensation. Economics correspondent Paul Solman reports.
    Original Air Date: January 15, 2015
  • Drive the car of the future? No, it drives you
    A big sensation at the Consumer Electronic Show this year was a preview of the autonomous driving car, a vehicle equipped with a supercomputing chip and software that can recognize other vehicles and obstacles. Special correspondent Steve Goldbloom takes the passenger seat in one of these connected cars.
    Original Air Date: January 15, 2015
  • #NotTrending: Stashing packages, paying Indonesia’s poor
    When we only pay attention to the things that are trending in our social networks, we may be missing some compelling stories. Carlos Watson, CEO of website Ozy, joins Gwen Ifill to share a few overlooked items, like a Polish entrepreneur’s innovative shipping system, and how Indonesia’s new president is reaching out to the poor.
    Original Air Date: January 15, 2015
  • Nigeria's new literature prize boosts African writers
    Here's a story that isn't dominating the headlines, but deserves a close look: Three African authors are nominated for a relatively new fiction literature prize, and the finalist will walk away with £15,000 and a continental book tour. The Etisalat Prize is funded by  Dubai-based Etisalat, a prominent telecom company in Africa, with the goal of
    Original Air Date: January 15, 2015
  • The right to die in Belgium: Inside its euthanasia laws
    With the most liberal laws in the world governing physician-assisted suicide, surveys in Belgium show overwhelming support for its legality. Doctors say euthanasia gives terminally ill patients experiencing constant and unbearable suffering a practical and humane way to die peacefully. But even in a country with far-reaching acceptance, controversy still remains.
    Original Air Date: January 15, 2015

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

  • Yosemite free climbers complete their gripping feat
    Two climbers successfully scaled the near-vertical slab of El Capitan's Dawn Wall in Yosemite National Park, using their fingers and feet without additional aids. After 19 days, Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgeson are the first to free climb the entire granite face. Gwen Ifill talks to Chris Weidner of the Boulder Daily Camera about their pinnacle achievement.
    Original Air Date: January 14, 2015
  • Obama administration announces goal to rein in methane leaks
    The Obama administration announced a plan to significantly cut methane emissions produced by gas and gas wells by the year 2025 through executive action. Judy Woodruff talks to Coral Davenport of The New York Times and Michael Oppenheimer of Princeton University about President Obama’s strategy in addressing climate change and how environmentalists and the industry are reacting to the proposal.
    Original Air Date: January 14, 2015
  • How military sex offenders fly under the radar at home
    There are hundreds of service members who have been convicted of sex offenses but never appear on any public registry once they leave the military, disappearing into neighborhoods across the country and, in some cases, preying on new victims. Special correspondent Mark Greenblatt of the Scripps News Service reports.
    Original Air Date: January 14, 2015
  • 2016 hopefuls aim to prove their worth in campaign warm up
    From launching book tours to hiring staff to meeting with top donors, several potential presidential candidates have started taking steps in the long race to the White House. Gwen Ifill looks at the campaign landscape with Amy Walter of The Cook Political Report and the Washington Post’s Nia-Malika Henderson.
    Original Air Date: January 14, 2015
  • Do Western Muslims face a free speech double standard?
    The Charlie Hebdo shooting has sparked debate about the protections and limits of free speech. Judy Woodruff talks to Bertrand Vannier of Radio France and Daisy Khan of the American Society for Muslim Advancement about whether Muslims face a double standard when it comes to free expression and the reaction to Charlie Hebdo’s controversial post-attack cover.
    Original Air Date: January 14, 2015
    Mass Unity Rallies Held Around The World Following Recent Terrorist Attacks

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

  • Facing widespread flu, officials urge antiviral drug use
    This year’s flu season is shaping up to be one of the worst in recent years. Judy Woodruff talks to Dr. Tom Frieden of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention about this year’s influenza strain and the benefits and limitations of using antiviral drugs for patients sick with flu. The CDC director also gives an update on the Ebola outbreak response in West Africa.
    Original Air Date: January 13, 2015
    FLU monitor
  • Why Boko Haram's reign of terror has been tough to track
    In early January, Boko Haram militants attacked the remote northern Nigerian town of Baga, but it was days before reports of the massacre got out, with estimated death tolls ranging from 150 to 2,000. Gwen Ifill speaks with Nii Akuetteh of the African Immigrant Caucus about disturbing reports about young girls being use as bombers and how recent violence will affect Nigeria’s upcoming elections.
    Original Air Date: January 13, 2015
    TERROR IN NIGERIA monitor boko haram
  • What do Ohio voters want? More political cooperation
    What do Americans think about Washington politics and productivity over the last two years? Across the political spectrum, one thing that many seem to agree on is that both parties share blame for dysfunction and stasis. Judy Woodruff talks to voters in Columbus, Ohio, about their hopes for the new Congress.
    Original Air Date: January 13, 2015
  • Indian activists confront tradition to fight sex trafficking
    In India, a new law punishes human traffickers rather than the girls who have been forced into prostitution, sometimes by family members. In the second report of a two-part series, special correspondent Fred de Sam Lazaro joins human rights activists and the police as they go into homes and brothels in search of victims of the sex trade.
    Original Air Date: January 13, 2015
  • Despite milder tone, immigration may pose political impasse
    The leaders of the Republican-controlled Congress were among more than a dozen lawmakers who gathered at the White House to talk common ground and areas of conflict with President Obama. Political director Domenico Montanaro and political editor Lisa Desjardins join Gwen Ifill and Judy Woodruff to discuss the tone of the meeting and the persistent political sticking points.
    Original Air Date: January 13, 2015
    NEW BEGINNING white house meeting with congress