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
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  • 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
  • Allah-Las play 'Better Than Mine'
    Allah-Las play "Better Than Mine" from their new album "Worship the Sun" in the KEXP studio.For more Art Beat:
    Original Air Date: January 13, 2015

Monday, January 12, 2015

  • Investing in America’s cultural capital
    The National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities turn 50 this year. Jeffrey Brown speaks with Jane Chu of the NEA and William “Bro” Adams of the NEH about the contributions artists and humanists make to American society and the political pressure arts agencies feel to prove their worth.
    Original Air Date: January 12, 2015
  • French Jewish community not surprised by kosher market siege
    Even before last week's attack in Paris, attacks on the Jewish community in France have been on the rise, prompting many to flee the country. Gwen Ifill talks to the Atlantic's Jeffrey Goldberg about the growing threats facing Jews in France.
    Original Air Date: January 12, 2015
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  • How can Washington bridge its ‘Partisan Divide’?
    Former congressmen Martin Frost, a Democrat, and Tom Davis, a Republican, say that money, media and gerrymandering are at the root of American political polarization. They join Judy Woodruff to discuss their new book, “The Partisan Divide,” and some suggestions for ending political gridlock.
    Original Air Date: January 12, 2015
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  • Terrorist training of Paris attacker puts spotlight on Yemen
    One of the brothers involved in the Paris attacks received al-Qaida training in Yemen. Chief foreign correspondent Margaret Warner joins Gwen Ifill to explain why that country is a hotbed for jihadism, and to examine the competition and cooperation between al-Qaida and the Islamic State.
    Original Air Date: January 12, 2015
  • Police inaction hampers human trafficking crackdown in India
    In India, outrage over a fatal gang rape of a college student two years ago has helped bring about some protections for women who are the victims of sex trafficking, but getting police to enforce the law is still a challenge. In the first report in a two-part series, special correspondent Fred de Sam Lazaro follows a human rights group working to crack down on human trafficking and find victims.
    Original Air Date: January 12, 2015
  • How automakers, car buyers are responding to low gas prices
    Since last year’s Detroit Auto Show, gas prices have dropped by nearly a third. With the new lower prices, demand has gone up for big new SUVs and sedans, but automakers have also switched gears to develop more fuel-efficient cars. Gwen Ifill speaks with John Stoll of The Wall Street Journal about the tension between the two trends and convincing car buyers to think long-term.
    Original Air Date: January 12, 2015
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Sunday, January 11, 2015

  • What can be done to prevent youth radicalization?
    A former CIA deputy director told PBS NewsHour Weekend on Saturday that a major concern for the U.S. is the possibility of radicalized young men with EU or American passports entering the country to carry out terrorist attacks like those committed in France recently. Humera Khan from Muflehun joins Hari Sreenivasan to talk about actions being taken to combat terrorist organization recruitment.
    Original Air Date: January 11, 2015
  • Former NYPD officers talk police-minority relations
    A major topic of conversation in recent months has been the often fraught relationship between police and minority communities. Last week, NewsHour Weekend spoke to the President of the Brooklyn chapter of the NAACP and retired NYC police lieutenant Julian Harper, who were critical of police. Tonight, two former NYPD officers talk about the challenges they faced serving low-income communities.
    Original Air Date: January 11, 2015