Sunday, January 11, 2015

  • Monarch butterflies could get endangered species status
    Every year, millions of North American monarch butterflies head south for the winter -- but recently their numbers have plummeted by up to 90 percent. In Washington, responding to a petition submitted by conservation organizations, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service recently announced a year-long review that could mean the the butterflies are placed on the Endangered Species List.
    Original Air Date: January 11, 2015

Saturday, January 10, 2015

  • What dangers could terror threats abroad pose to the US?
    John McLaughlin, a former deputy director of the Central Intelligence Agency, joins Hari Sreenivasan from Washington for more on what the overseas terror threats could mean for life in the United States.
    Original Air Date: January 10, 2015
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  • Some French citizens on edge after Paris terrorist attacks
    In the aftermath of this week's terrorist attacks in Paris as French citizens try to move on, some are still on edge, despite many marches and gatherings of solidarity throughout the country. Rachel Donadio of the New York Times joins Hari Sreenivasan via Skype from Paris to gauge the general mood on the streets.
    Original Air Date: January 10, 2015
    Tributes And Reaction To Paris Terror Attacks After Gunmen Kill 17 People

Friday, January 9, 2015

  • Does stronger economy mean higher interest rates in 2015?
    2014 was the best year for job growth since 1999, pushing unemployment rate to 5.6 percent, according to the Labor Department. What does that mean for interest rates in the next year? Economics correspondent Paul Solman reports on the task of the Federal Reserve to maintain growth while keeping inflation at bay and whether the new numbers are as rosy as they appear.
    Original Air Date: January 9, 2015
    Top economists, including several former Fed officials, react to Merle Hazard's last central bank ballad, "Dual Mandate." Photo by Flickr user ctj71081.
  • Consumer electronics get more connected
    The Consumer Electronics Show, the world’s largest technology exhibit, is a launching pad for groundbreaking products, but this year, many of the innovations on display focus on improving the connectivity and interactivity of everyday consumer products, from a 3D printing pen to a GPS dog tracking device. Special correspondent Steve Goldbloom reports.
    Original Air Date: January 9, 2015
  • Shields and Brooks on Paris terrorism and tolerance
    Syndicated columnist Mark Shields and New York Times columnist David Brooks join Judy Woodruff to discuss this week’s news, including the geopolitical and social consequences of the terrorist attacks in France, as well as what to expect from the new Republican-controlled Congress.
    Original Air Date: January 9, 2015
  • Would free tuition boost success at community colleges?
    President Obama’s plan to make the first two years of community college free could help up to 9 million students and add educated employees to the workforce. But it would cost the federal government billions and would have to pass a GOP-controlled Congress. Hari Sreenivasan gets reaction to the proposal from Andrew Kelly of American Enterprise Institute and Josh Wyner of the Aspen Institute.
    Original Air Date: January 9, 2015
  • High volume of potential terror threats challenges France
    How worried should Western nations be about future attacks in the same vein as the Paris shootings? Judy Woodruff gets analysis from Peter Neumann of King’s College London and former White House counterterrorism official Juan Zarate about what security officials should focus on now and why terrorists have moved to soft targets like shopping malls and office buildings.
    Original Air Date: January 9, 2015
    French intervention police take up position near the scene of a hostage taking at a kosher supermarket near Porte de Vincennes in eastern Paris January 9, 2015. Photo by Youssef Boudlal/Reuters
  • Paris police hunt for woman tied to supermarket siege
    Mark Austin of Independent Television News talks to Judy Woodruff from Paris about the search for a woman believed to be involved in the supermarket hostage siege and how Parisians are feeling after the death of three terrorists.
    Original Air Date: January 9, 2015
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Thursday, January 8, 2015

  • Death of cartoonists draws out defense of free expression
    Pens -- weapon of choice of the murdered cartoonists of Charlie Hebdo -- were raised in their honor at vigils around the world. Jeffrey Brown talks to two editorial cartoonists, Tom Toles of the Washington Post and Ted Rall of the Los Angeles Times, about the role of satirical cartoonists in society and their declining number in the U.S.
    Original Air Date: January 8, 2015
  • Resisting the marshmallow and the success of self-control
    When children demonstrate self-control, it's a strong indicator of later educational and economic success. But even for kids who can't resist immediate gratification, self-control is a skill that can be taught. Economics correspondent Paul Solman visits a school in New York where many low-income kids are learning strategies for discipline.
    Original Air Date: January 8, 2015
  • Director Ava DuVernay on sharing the story of ‘Selma’
    The story of the seminal 1965 Alabama civil rights protests is being retold in the historical drama “Selma,” bringing to life the heroism of the activists and the brutality of the resistance. Gwen Ifill talks to director Ava DuVernay about contention over historical discrepancies and why no one has ever attempted to make a feature film about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. before.
    Original Air Date: January 8, 2015
  • What’s driving European Muslims to extremism?
    The brothers who attacked satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo had a secular Muslim upbringing before their apparent radicalization. What's leading young European Muslims to embrace extremism? Peter Neumann of King's College London says it’s a conflict of identity and acceptance. Neumann talks to Judy Woodruff talks about increasing polarization and what governments can do prevent attacks.
    Original Air Date: January 8, 2015
  • Resentment grows between Christians and Muslims in France
    The deadly attack on Charlie Hebdo puts a spotlight on the growing tensions between France's Muslim and immigrant communities and a large portion of French society, which is traditionally Catholic. The NewsHour’s Megan Thompson recently visited Marseilles, one of the country’s most diverse cities, to report on the root of the conflict and the rise of anti-Muslim sentiment in France.
    Original Air Date: January 8, 2015
  • Amid great sadness and tension in France, calls for unity
    The city of Paris is still on edge as police search for two men wanted in the attack on French newspaper Charlie Hebdo. Gwen Ifill speaks with Mark Austin of Independent Television News about the scale of the manhunt and how Muslim leaders are responding the day after the shooting.
    Original Air Date: January 8, 2015
    The French flag flies at half-mast above the Elysee Palace in a sign of mourning in Paris
  • Director DuVernay talks writing speeches for MLK in 'Selma'
    The movie, "Selma," is getting plenty of attention. What's less well-known is the extent to which director Ava DuVernay rewrote much of the script -- and that includes writing her own versions of Dr. King's speeches. Gwen asked DuVernay about the unique challenges of trying to capture the essence of iconic speeches without copying them.
    Original Air Date: January 8, 2015

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

  • NewsHour Shares: Bill Gates drinks water purified from waste
    Human waste is being turned into drinkable water at a treatment plant in Washington state, with funding by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. In our NewsHour Shares video of the day, we see how the pioneering idea could be a lifechanger for developing countries struggling with both sewage and clean water access.
    Original Air Date: January 7, 2015
  • While the drone industry zooms, regulation lags
    Professional and recreational uses for drones have driven a fast-growing industry, but safety and privacy laws are struggling to keep up. Science correspondent Miles O’Brien reports on why everyone, from farmers to football coaches, is flying a drone, and what challenges the government faces in regulating the unmanned aerial vehicles.
    Original Air Date: January 7, 2015
  • What does McConnell’s past mean for the Senate’s future?
    Mitch McConnell conquered a dream he had worked toward for more than a half century when he was sworn in as Senate majority leader of the 114th Congress. How did he get there, and what are his plans for the Senate now? Political editor and reporter Lisa Desjardins joins Judy Woodruff to look back at the lawmaker’s journey and his plans to bring more debate and compromise to the Senate floor.
    Original Air Date: January 7, 2015
  • Understanding the threat of Islamic extremism in Europe
    Charlie Hebdo, the publication whose staff was attacked by three gunmen in Paris, has been threatened and firebombed in the past over provocative commentary and cartoons on Islam. Michael Leiter, former director of the National Counterterrorism Center, and Bertrand Vannier of Radio France join Judy Woodruff to discuss the newspaper’s reputation and who might be behind the violence.
    Original Air Date: January 7, 2015

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

  • Biden emcees swearing-in ceremonies with hugs and selfies
    Vice President Joe Biden stole the show at the swearing-in ceremonies of the 114th Congress, wooing grandmothers, taking selfies and slapping senators on the back in between administering oaths.
    Original Air Date: January 6, 2015
    The grandson of U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen, A.J. Belladona, takes a selfie with VP Biden after Shaheen's ceremonial swearing-in at Capitol Hill in Washington
  • How should U.S. regulate powerful painkillers?
    Forty-six people die every day in the U.S. after overdosing on prescription painkillers, causing some states to crack down. Are tighter laws creating new problems? Gwen Ifill gets views from Bob Twillman of the American Academy of Pain Management and Dr. Andrew Kolodny of Physicians for Responsible Opioid Prescribing.
    Original Air Date: January 6, 2015
  • Is the new GED test an educational improvement or setback?
    An overhaul of the GED to meet Common Core standards has made the high school equivalency test more rigorous and more expensive. As a result, fewer people are taking and passing it. Gwen Ifill gets debate from Randy Trask of the GED Testing Service and Lecester Johnson of Academy of Hope about what the changes mean.
    Original Air Date: January 6, 2015
  • Archaeologists in Peru add drones to their list of tools
    In Peru, drones are keeping a watchful eye on some ancient cultural sites endangered by encroaching development or other perils. In our Culture at Risk series, Jeffrey Brown reports on how archaeologists and government officials are using the new technology to protect the country’s heritage from above.
    Original Air Date: January 6, 2015
  • Mexico’s President Nieto faces ‘perfect storm’ of problems
    Mexico’s President Enrique Peña Nieto met with President Obama on issues such as immigration and Cuban relations, but his visit to Washington comes amid a number of challenges, including allegations of corruption and public outrage over high-profile mass murders. Judy Woodruff learns more from Carlos Bravo Regidor of the Center for Research and Teaching in Economics.
    Original Air Date: January 6, 2015
  • What’s next in the global response to Ebola?
    What's next for curbing the Ebola epidemic in West Africa, where the death toll now exceeds 8,000? For one, drug companies have begun to experiment on humans in the affected region. Gwen Ifill talks about new approaches with Anthony Banbury, former head of the UN Mission for Ebola Emergency Response, and Delaware Sen. Chris Coons, who have both recently returned from West Africa.
    Original Air Date: January 6, 2015
  • California artist prints her activism
    Favianna Rodriguez is a visual artist and community organizer who merges her artistic practice with her political activism. Through her bold, vivid artwork, she has become a leading voice in raising awareness about immigration, women's issues, globalization and economic injustice.
    Original Air Date: January 6, 2015
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Monday, January 5, 2015

  • Edward Brooke broke barriers and embraced bipartisanship
    Edward Brooke, a former Massachusetts senator who broke racial barriers, hoped not to be remembered as a “first,” but for his real political accomplishments. Presidential historian Richard Norton Smith and Adrian Walker of The Boston Globe join Gwen Ifill to discuss Brooke’s legacy and whether his moderate politics could have succeeded today.
    Original Air Date: January 5, 2015