Saturday, January 3, 2015

  • Viewers respond to jail time for people unable to pay fines
    Cities across the country are increasingly turning to what are known as private probation companies to collect unpaid fines. But are indigent people ending up in jail because they can't afford to pay? Hari Sreenivasan reads viewer comments to a recently aired story on NewsHour Weekend.
    Original Air Date: January 3, 2015
  • More states, Native American tribes mimic Colorado pot laws
    This past November, Oregon and Alaska voted to legalize the possession and sale of recreational marijuana, and the Department of Justice last month said it would allow Native American tribes to make their own decisions on the sale of pot. Each follows Colorado's footsteps in the new process of marijuana legalization. NewsHour's Rick Karr reports.
    Original Air Date: January 3, 2015

Friday, January 2, 2015

  • Shields and Gerson on Mario Cuomo’s legacy
    Syndicated columnist Mark Shields and Washington Post columnist Michael Gerson join Hari Sreenivasan to discuss 2015’s most pressing foreign and domestic policy issues and the political legacy former New York Governor Mario Cuomo leaves behind.
    Original Air Date: January 2, 2015
  • Drama and debate on the 2015 political scene
    With the 114th Congress in place, Obamacare and the Keystone Pipeline are expected to be two of the hottest issues in 2015. Political director Domenico Montanaro reports on what to expect as the GOP takes over the Senate and who to look out for on this year’s political scene.
    Original Air Date: January 2, 2015
    Capitol Hill Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony
  • Luck, not lifestyle, may be to blame for some cancers
    A combination of luck, hereditary and lifestyle choices have all been linked to cause cancer. But a new study finds that luck, or random DNA mutation during cell division, is the primary factor behind more cancers than previously thought. Jeffrey Brown speaks with Cristian Tomasetti of Johns Hopkins University about why this news supports healthy lifestyle choices more than ever.
    Original Air Date: January 2, 2015
    Pancreatic cancer cells seen through a scanning electron micrograph. Researchers at Johns Hopkins have found that tissues such as these have a higher probability for cancer instances based on the number of times its cells divide. Photo by Getty Images
  • Schools learn to cope with influx of undocumented teens
    Ever since a surge of unaccompanied minors crossed the U.S. border last year, many California schools have seen a flood of undocumented teens. Special correspondent Spencer Michels reports on how one school is learning to adapt to their new students and how Obama’s immigration announcement may change education systems nationwide.
    Original Air Date: January 2, 2015
  • Who is responsible when a ship is abandoned at sea?
    A ship filled with refugees heading toward Italy was abandoned by its crew before making it to shore, the most recent case in an uptick in human smuggling. Hari Sreenivasan talks to Daryl Grisgraber of Refugees International about why human smuggling has become such a lucrative business option and who is responsible when hundreds of migrants are left at sea.
    Original Air Date: January 2, 2015
  • Scalia, Cuomo broke barriers as 'Italian Americans'
    In this clip from PBS' "The Italian Americans," Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia and former New York Governor Mario Cuomo describe what achieving positions of power as Italian-Americans meant in breaking the barriers of the time.
    Original Air Date: January 2, 2015
    Mario Cuomo
  • Remembering former New York Gov. Mario Cuomo
    Former New York governor Mario Cuomo died at his home in New York City Thursday at the age 82. The NewsHour reflects on the life of Cuomo, a son of Italian immigrants and a champion for liberal causes and social justice.
    Original Air Date: January 2, 2015

Thursday, January 1, 2015

  • Bishops Consider Stance of Catholic Politicians
    Jeffrey Brown talks with two prominent Catholics -- former New York Gov. Mario Cuomo and American Enterprise Institute fellow Michael Novak -- about the stances of Catholic bishops on politicians, abortion and the church's teachings.
    Original Air Date: June 14, 2004
  • Journalist given exclusive access shares stories of trapped Chilean miners
    The 2010 Chilean mine collapse attracted attention far beyond South America, but only one journalist was given exclusive rights to their story. Jeffrey Brown speaks with Hector Tobar, author of “Deep Down Dark: The Untold Stories of 33 Men Buried in a Chilean Mine, and the Miracle That Set Them Free” about the experiences the miners found underground and the difficulties faced after their rescue.
    Original Air Date: January 1, 2015
  • In Soweto Gold beer, a taste of economic freedom
    Soweto, an enduring symbol of apartheid discrimination and impoverishment, is now home to the first microbrewery built in a black township. Special correspondent Martin Seemungal offers a look at South Africa's rising black middle class and what it means for that country's transformation.
    Original Air Date: January 1, 2015
  • What 2014 challenges will carry over into the new year?
    In 2014, ISIS, Boko Haram and Crimea became household names and Ebola re-entered the scene as a medical crisis. Gwen Ifill speaks with Indira Lakshmanan of Bloomberg News, David Ignatius of the Washington Post and David Miliband of the International Rescue Committee about this past year’s biggest global challenges, and what conflicts to expect in the coming year.
    Original Air Date: January 1, 2015
  • How to keep your New Year’s resolutions
    We make New Year's resolutions, and then we break them. Why are resolutions so hard to keep? Economics correspondent Paul Solman talks to psychologist Walter Mischel and behavioral economist Dean Karlan for their self-control strategies to help you conquer your goals.
    Original Air Date: January 1, 2015
    Confetti flies around the New Year's Eve Ball Drop, after midnight, during New Year's eve celebrations in Times Square, New York
  • Do minimum wage increases actually help the poor?
    In 2015, 29 states will have minimum wages above the federal minimum of $7.25. While supporters herald the move as a victory for low-wage workers, critics argue that the policy “squeezes out” people who lack certain skill sets. Hari Sreenivasan speaks to Diana Furchtgott-Roth of the Manhattan Institute and Jared Bernstein of the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities on whom the minimum wage actually benefits.
    Original Air Date: January 1, 2015
  • How three ‘ordinary journalists’ were caught between Egypt and Qatar
    After a year in jail, three Al Jazeera journalists accused of aiding the Muslim Brotherhood could be released after Egypt’s highest court accepted requests for an appeal and granted all three a retrial. Hari Sreenivasan talks to Borzou Daragahi of the Financial Times about the political and financial reasons behind the jailings and how soon a possible release would be.
    Original Air Date: January 1, 2015

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

  • Two film critics take a look at 2014’s best movies
    What movies are likely to be remembered long after 2014 ends? From a cinematic meditation on growing up, to a stirring portrait of the civil rights movement, film critics Dana Stevens of Slate and Mike Sargent of Pacifica Radio join Jeffrey Brown to discuss their personal picks for the best films of the year.
    Original Air Date: December 31, 2014
    The nominations for the 2015 Academy Awards were announced this morning. "Boyhood" received a total of six nominations, including best picture, best actor in a supporting role (Ethan Hawke), best actress in a supporting role (Particia Arquette, best directing and best original screenplay.
  • How one doctor is prescribing data to improve healthcare
    Despite a wealth of medical resources available, simple and accessible answers are often unavailable. To change this, two doctors are using big data to find and share information about illnesses and treatment effectiveness. Special correspondent Jackie Judd reports on the unconventional approach and how their website is changing doctor and patient relationships.
    Original Air Date: December 31, 2014
  • More detainees freed, but closing Guantanamo still far off
    Five more Guantanamo prisoners have been released after being held for more than a decade. All told, 28 were moved out of the detention center in 2014, as part of the Obama administration’s push to close Guantanamo, but 127 detainees remain. Gwen Ifill speaks with Miami Herald reporter Carol Rosenberg about the difficulties of finding a destination for cleared prisoners.
    Original Air Date: December 31, 2014
    Detainees in orange jumpsuits sit in a holding area under the watchful eyes of military police during in-processing to the temporary detention facility at Camp X-Ray of Naval Base Guantanamo Bay in this January 11, 2002 Photo by Reuters

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

  • What hurdles will negotiators face in Havana?
    What will President Obama’s reopening of relations with Cuba mean in concrete social and economic terms? Roberta Jacobson, assistant secretary of state for Western Hemisphere Affairs, will be leading the U.S. negotiation team when the two governments sit down in Havana in January. She sits down with chief foreign affairs correspondent Margaret Warner to discuss goals of that diplomacy.
    Original Air Date: December 30, 2014
    Cuban flags fly beside the United States Interests Section in Havana (USINT), in Havana
  • Outgoing Rep. Miller on encouraging more voices in politics
    Rep. George Miller arrived in Washington in 1974, in the aftermath of Watergate, ready to change Congress. Now he is retiring after nearly four decades in the House of Representatives. Gwen Ifill asks the Democratic congressman if he accomplished what he hoped to during his years as a lawmaker and what he expects to see from his colleagues after he leaves.
    Original Air Date: December 30, 2014
  • What news stories mattered to students this year?
    A contest sponsored by PBS Newshour Extra and Google asked students to create a digital mash-up looking back at 2014. Judy Woodruff talks with three high schoolers who entered the #MyZeitgeist competition about deciding what events made their year-in-review videos and how their generation gets its news.
    Original Air Date: December 30, 2014
  • Bestselling authors share their favorite books of 2014
    What did our favorite authors read this year? Jeffrey Brown asks novelist Ann Patchett and business writer Daniel Pink for their top recommendations of 2014, including a young adult novel written in verse and a book about humanity’s place in the universe, plus other standout works.
    Original Air Date: December 30, 2014
  • Turning social media sharing into successful fundraising
    The viral ALS Ice Bucket Challenge was a watershed moment in the evolution of philanthropy, but using social media to raise money has not been a universally successful strategy. Stacy Palmer of The Chronicle of Philanthropy and Amy Sample Ward of the Nonprofit Technology Network join Hari Sreenivasan for a conversation about donating in the digital age.
    Original Air Date: December 30, 2014
    The Barclays - Preview Day 2
  • Will AirAsia crash lead to better tracking systems?
    Now that search teams have located wreckage and remains from the missing AirAsia flight, the mission shifts to retrieving more bodies and combing the underwater site for the plane’s black box recorders. Andy Pasztor of The Wall Street Journal talks to Hari Sreenivasan about the process of piecing together the cause of a plane crash.
    Original Air Date: December 30, 2014
    Photo by Edgar Su/Reuters
  • Ann Patchett and Daniel Pink talk what makes a great book
    Ann Patchett, author of "This is the Story of a Happy Marriage" and Daniel Pink, author of "To Sell is Human," discuss what each of them looks for in a great book.
    Original Air Date: December 30, 2014
  • Molding an identity for dinosaurs and human ancestors
    Equipped with data from dissections and the study of fossils, award-winning John Gurche reconstructs the identity of dinosaurs and human ancestors through art. His work has appeared in National Geographic, on postage stamps, in
    Original Air Date: December 30, 2014

Monday, December 29, 2014

  • Can Afghan forces hold their own?
    As the U.S. combat mission ends in Afghanistan, those Americans who are staying in the country will move to a role of training and supervision. Sean Carberry of NPR speaks with Jeffrey Brown about the capabilities of Afghanistan’s military forces, goals of the country’s new President Ashraf Ghani and how much life has changed for the citizens since the start of the war.
    Original Air Date: December 29, 2014
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