Tuesday, December 27, 2016

  • The best books of 2016, according to 2 best-selling authors
    What were the best books of 2016? Jeffrey Brown recently sat down with best-selling authors Jacqueline Woodson and Daniel Pink at popular Washington, D.C., bookstore Politics and Prose to discuss their picks.
    Original Air Date: December 27, 2016
  • Are we witnessing a pre-inauguration power struggle?
    The period since Election Day has been characterized by major policy decisions on the part of President Obama and an unconventional transition for President-elect Trump. To discuss these active few weeks and provide context, Hari Sreenivasan is joined by presidential historian Michael Beschloss and April Ryan of American Urban Radio Networks.
    Original Air Date: December 27, 2016
  • Aleppo’s survivors face a grim, uncertain future
    Last week, the Syrian government declared that it had retaken full control of Aleppo from rebel forces. But this success came at a high cost: survivors have lost their homes and family members, and many have been severely wounded. Their future may lie in refugee camps. Special correspondent Jane Ferguson visits Aleppo to speak to those who outlasted the years of war.
    Original Air Date: December 27, 2016
  • Four more books our critics loved this year
    What were the best books of 2016? Best-selling authors Jacqueline Woodson and Daniel Pink shared their favorites on our show, but we couldn't fit all their picks. Here are 4 more favorites.
    Original Air Date: December 27, 2016

Monday, December 26, 2016

  • Jazz saxophonist Charles Lloyd on musical intoxication
    For the latest installment in our music series, the NewsHour’s Frank Carlson caught up with jazz saxophonist Charles Lloyd. Lloyd reflects on his lifelong love of music, his childhood in the musical haven of Memphis and why he believes jazz is the genre of “freedom and wonder.”
    Original Air Date: December 26, 2016
  • Another bloody weekend in violence-stricken Chicago
    It was yet another bloody holiday weekend in Chicago; five more people were also shot Monday morning, bringing the 3-day toll to nearly 50. To examine why violence is so entrenched in the city and to see how residents are trying to change that, we turn to a report from John Yang's visit to Chicago earlier this year.
    Original Air Date: December 26, 2016
  • What George Michael’s career meant for music and sexuality
    One of pop’s biggest stars in the 1980s and '90s, George Michael died on Sunday at age 53. Michael shot to fame as a member of the duo Wham! and then embarked upon a successful solo career. Tim Teeman of The Daily Beast joins William Brangham to discuss Michael's music and personal struggles, his openness about his sexuality and the legacy he leaves behind.
    Original Air Date: December 26, 2016
  • An Israeli author on the country’s founding -- and future
    Amos Oz grew up in Israel in the early years of its statehood. Now, in his first book in over a decade, the writer looks back at that time through the eyes of three characters -- each at a different life stage and with a distinctive attitude toward the new state. Jeffrey Brown sits down with Oz to discuss his writing process, the “gift of literature" and prospects for a two-state solution.
    Original Air Date: December 26, 2016
  • Greek village welcomes migrants, while others turn them away
    Amidst the wave of anti-migrant sentiment coursing through Europe, one village has shown a rare level of hospitality to those making the journey across the Mediterranean. In Skala Sykaminia, located on the Greek island of Lesbos, Nobel-nominated villagers rescue and shelter migrants -- but they're an exception to the rule. Special correspondent Malcolm Brabant reports.
    Original Air Date: December 26, 2016
  • Will Trump’s unconventional interjections translate to policy?
    President-elect Trump has defied tradition by inserting himself into policy matters prior to taking office. William Brangham speaks with Amy Walter of The Cook Political Report and Stuart Rothenberg of The Rothenberg & Gonzales Political Report to discuss Mr. Trump's messaging and motivation, his vow to dissolve his charitable foundation and anticipating an unconventional presidency.
    Original Air Date: December 26, 2016

Sunday, December 25, 2016

  • Chefs in Europe experiment with insects
    In Europe, adventurous eaters are calling crickets, mealworms and grasshoppers a new “super food” due to their high levels of essential amino and fatty acids. Eating insects also has ecological benefits because they can be easier to farm than other animals. But they are still uncommon in food throughout Europe and the U.S. NewsHour Weekend Special Correspondent Amy Guttman reports.
    Original Air Date: December 25, 2016
  • Preserving the history of America’s first black filmmakers
    In the early part of the 20th century, black filmmakers were forced to work outside the white Hollywood mainstream -- and produced around 500 films, mainly for black audiences. To preserve this history, the company Kino Lorber released a five-disc collection this year containing 20 hours of these films. Executive producer Paul Miller joins NewsHour Weekend Special Correspondent Karla Murthy.
    Original Air Date: December 25, 2016

Saturday, December 24, 2016

  • Iconic Portland skate park on front lines of gentrification
    When skaters built a park in an industrial area of Portland beneath the Burnside Bridge 25 years ago without the city’s permission, they did not anticipate the major housing developments that are taking shape there today. Now, what has become a subculture cornerstone is now under pressure -- even as developers say they will respect that history. NewsHour Weekend’s Christopher Booker reports.
    Original Air Date: December 24, 2016
  • ‘Othello: The Remix’ gives Shakespeare the hip-hop treatment
    At the Westside Theatre in New York City, audiences are watching "Othello: the Remix," a retelling of William Shakespeare's classic play that transforms the protagonist into a rising hip-hop star. NewsHour Weekend's Ivette Feliciano sits down with the Q Brothers, the rap and theater artists who created the show, and other cast members.
    Original Air Date: December 24, 2016

Friday, December 23, 2016

  • Holiday music from U.S. military around the world
    From around the world, members of the United States military sing the classic Christmas carol, “The Twelve Days of Christmas.” The segment was done in collaboration with the Pentagon.
    Original Air Date: December 23, 2016
  • Donald Trump’s fighting words are worrying to some
    President-elect Trump tweeted this week that the U.S. needs to build up its nuclear arsenal. He also declared that should an arms race occur, the U.S. would triumph over any adversary. John Yang talks to Joseph Cirincione of the Ploughshares Fund and Matthew Kroenig of Georgetown University about the reaction to Mr. Trump’s words and the status of American weaponry.
    Original Air Date: December 23, 2016
  • Why didn’t the US veto the UN’s rebuke of Israel?
    The United States has broken with decades of diplomacy by abstaining on a U.N. rebuke of Israel, rather than vetoing it in support of its longtime ally. The Security Council voted 14 to 0 that Israel is committing a “flagrant violation” of international law by building settlements on land Palestinians want. Judy Woodruff speaks with Ben Rhodes, deputy national security adviser, about the decision.
    Original Air Date: December 23, 2016
  • News Wrap: FBI says ISIS is urging holiday attacks on U.S.
    In our news wrap Friday, the FBI is warning that Islamic State supporters are urging attacks on holiday gatherings and churches in the U.S. Also, the suspect who plowed a truck into a Berlin Christmas market has been shot dead. Anis Amri was killed by a police officer after an early-morning shootout in Milan.
    Original Air Date: December 23, 2016
  • Tijuana welcomes Haitian immigrants stuck at U.S. border
    In the wake of late September’s Hurricane Matthew, Haitians are increasingly desperate to reach the United States, which has recently reinstated deportations to Haiti for the first time since 2010's earthquake. But residents of Tijuana, Mexico, are showing an unusual amount of hospitality to Haitian immigrants stuck at the border. Special correspondent Jean Guerrero from KPBS Fronteras reports.
    Original Air Date: December 23, 2016
  • Shields and Brooks on Trump’s unprecedented transition
    President-elect Donald Trump made headlines this week for his reference to a possible arms race and his involvement in U.S. foreign policy prior to taking office. Judy Woodruff speaks with syndicated columnist Mark Shields and New York Times columnist David Brooks about whether Mr. Trump’s strategy is to keep people “off balance,” as well as potential conflicts of interest within his Cabinet.
    Original Air Date: December 23, 2016
  • Ebola vaccine results are encouraging -- but preliminary
    On Thursday, results from the World Health Organization's two-year trial studying the Ebola virus were published. They indicate that the vaccine is effective -- but it still needs to be approved by regulatory agencies. Hari Sreenivasan speaks with Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the NIH's National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, about promising early results and remaining challenges.
    Original Air Date: December 23, 2016

Thursday, December 22, 2016

  • Graphic novelist urges kids to reach beyond the comfort zone
    Graphic novelist Gene Luen Yang wrestled with his identity growing up, but he’s made the Chinese-American experience one of the main subjects of his critically acclaimed work. One of this year’s MacArthur Fellowship winners and the national ambassador for young people’s literature, Yang sits down with Jeffrey Brown to discuss his childhood, his love of coding and the feeling of being an outsider.
    Original Air Date: December 22, 2016
  • Security company releases new evidence in DNC hack
    U.S. intelligence agencies have concluded Russia was behind the hack of the DNC and others, but haven't made the evidence public. The private cyber security company that uncovered the hack has unveiled new details it says confirms Russian military intelligence service was behind the breach. Judy Woodruff speaks with Dmitri Alperovitch of Crowdstrike and Thomas Rid of King's College, London.
    Original Air Date: December 22, 2016
  • Why Germany failed to stop the Berlin attack suspect
    The man suspected of carrying out an attack on a Christmas market was well known to German authorities. Anis Amri was under surveillance for six months and slated for deportation, but his home country refused to accept him. Hari Sreenivasan speaks with Peter Neumann of King’s College about how German authorities could have missed the signals.
    Original Air Date: December 22, 2016
  • Why covering Trump is a 'unique challenge' for the press
    During the campaign and after, President-elect Donald Trump voiced his distrust of the media and held the press at arms-length. On Thursday, he announced his communications team, including RNC strategist Sean Spicer as press secretary. Brian Stelter of CNN and Jeff Mason of Reuters join Judy Woodruff to discuss what to expect about press relations once the president-elect takes office.
    Original Air Date: December 22, 2016
  • The debate on DC’s new paid family leave policy
    The District of Columbia just passed one of the leading paid family leave laws in the country: D.C. parents who work in the private sector can now take eight weeks off at up to 90 percent of their pay. But opinions differ on the law’s economic impacts. Economics correspondent Paul Solman reports.
    Original Air Date: December 22, 2016
  • Why shopping on Sunday is so controversial in Greece
    Americans take shopping on a Sunday for granted. But Greece, a heavily religious country, has been reluctant to embrace the concept. Now, seven years into a financial crisis, the International Monetary Fund is insisting that the government allow Sunday shopping, in an effort to kickstart the economy. Special correspondent Malcolm Brabant reports.
    Original Air Date: December 22, 2016

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

  • Unveiling the long-hidden story of the Attica prison riot
    In September 1971, Attica Correctional Facility in upstate New York became the site of a bloody uprising that would shock the nation. Over several days, some 1,300 inmates seized parts of the prison, demanding better living conditions. Heather Ann Thompson documents the untold story in her new book, “Blood in the Water,” and joins Jeffrey Brown to discuss the truth about the riot's violent end.
    Original Air Date: December 21, 2016