Tuesday, December 9, 2014

  • Former CIA official rejects interrogation report findings
    Robert Grenier, former director of the CIA Counterterrorism Center, joins Judy Woodruff to offer a rebuttal to the charges made in a Senate Intelligence report on the harsh physical and mental techniques the CIA used on scores of terror detainees after 9/11.
    Original Air Date: December 9, 2014
  • Feinstein: ‘Torture doesn’t work’ is takeaway of CIA report
    A five-year examination into CIA interrogation tactics authorized by the Bush administration has resulted in an extensive executive summary on so-called “enhanced techniques,” including rectal forced feeding and hypothermia. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee and the leading force in the release of the report, discusses the significance with Judy Woodruff.
    Original Air Date: December 9, 2014
  • Translating canine communication with computer science
    Researchers at North Carolina State University are inventing technology to decode dog talk. Hari Sreenivasan visits a computer science lab that has designed a harness to monitor physiological and emotional changes and send wireless commands through vibrations, which could be used with guide animals or search and rescue dogs.
    Original Air Date: December 9, 2014
  • ‘This is M.E.’ embraces Melissa Etheridge’s musical spectrum
    Singer-songwriter Melissa Etheridge has been known for her country and rock hits, but on her new album, "This Is M.E.," she also adds R&B and soul to the mix. Gwen Ifill sits down with the veteran musician to discuss her artistic evolution and the realities of making an album today.
    Original Air Date: December 9, 2014
  • Why do the same lawyers get to argue Supreme Court cases?
    Cases that make it to the Supreme Court are often argued by a relatively tight circle of lawyers who are well-known to the justices, and more likely to share educational backgrounds and private firm pedigrees. Reuters examined 17,000 filed petitions, uncovering an unusually insular world at the nation's top court. Reuters legal editor Joan Biskupic joins Gwen Ifill to discuss the findings.
    Original Air Date: December 9, 2014
  • Inside Melissa Etheridge's guitar case
    Rock singer-songwriter Melissa Etheridge shows the NewsHour's Gwen Ifill her extensive collection of guitars and told the story behind a few special instruments.
    Original Air Date: December 9, 2014
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Monday, December 8, 2014

  • Kennedy Center honors Al Green for soul and staying power
    Al Green was one of five artists honored at the Kennedy Center this year. Jeffrey Brown talks to the singer, whose iconic voice has stirred souls with pop music and gospel for decades, about a life of making music and preaching.
    Original Air Date: December 8, 2014
  • Sorting out the college football playoff selections
    The first-ever college football championship playoffs will kick-off on New Year’s Day. But there’s been confusion about and criticism for the semifinal selection process. Judy Woodruff turns to Mike Pesca of Slate to sort out the new system.
    Original Air Date: December 8, 2014
  • Tent cities rise amid housing shortage in Silicon Valley
    Silicon Valley, the epicenter of the tech industry, is one of the wealthiest and fastest-growing regions in the country. But the rapid development and influx of tech workers has revved up competition for housing and a growing income divide. Special correspondent Scott Shafer of KQED reports on the demolition of a notorious homeless encampment in San Jose.
    Original Air Date: December 8, 2014
  • Syrian child refugees work to support their families
    A million children have been forced to flee Syria’s civil war. Special correspondent Marcia Biggs profiles two young girls, 12-year-old Iman and 14-year-old Bushra, best friends who must work in the fields to support their families now living in Lebanon. But they are the lucky ones: A local organization has set up a school with afternoon shifts for working children.
    Original Air Date: December 8, 2014
  • Why do you march? Young protesters explain what drives them
    Many of the now-daily protests on race and justice are being led by young people frustrated by recent grand jury decisions in Ferguson and New York City. Gwen Ifill gets perspectives from protester Molly Greiber, Tory Russell of Hands Up United and Jessica Pierce of the Black Youth Project on what’s driving them personally and the movement at large.
    Original Air Date: December 8, 2014
  • Understanding the risks of rescuing hostages
    In the wake of the failed mission to rescue American photojournalist Luke Somers and South African teacher Pierre Korkie, Brian Jenkins of the RAND Corporation joins Judy Woodruff to explore the risks of such raids, as well as what other alternative options the U.S. has to consider.
    Original Air Date: December 8, 2014

Sunday, December 7, 2014

  • Sony hack stirs concern over North Korea cyberwarfare​
    Investigators have called the pre-Thanksgiving cyber attack on Sony Pictures “unprecedented”. The attack knocked out most of Sony’s network and while the culprits remain unknown, some are considering North Korea as a possible suspect. Reuters reporter James Pearson joins Hari Sreenivasan via Skype from Seoul, South Korea.
    Original Air Date: December 7, 2014
    Photo by Frederic J Brown/AFP/Getty Images
  • Why did Luke Somers's rescue attempt go so wrong?
    U.S. special forces tried to rescue photojournalist Luke Somers from al-Qaida militants on Saturday, but the kidnappers shot Somers and another hostage, South African teacher Pierre Korkie, before the soldiers could get to them. Both hostages died. Adam Entous of the Wall Street Journal joins Hari Sreenivasan from Washington to discuss the failed mission.
    Original Air Date: December 7, 2014

Saturday, December 6, 2014

  • Behind the failed rescue effort of Luke Somers in Yemen
    American photojournalist Luke Somers and South African aid worker Pierre Korkie died during a U.S. rescue mission in Yemen on Saturday. Both men had been held hostage by al-Qaida militants since 2013. Eric Schmitt of the New York Times joins Hari Sreenivasan from Bahrain via Skype with more on that.
    Original Air Date: December 6, 2014
    Photo from Luke Somers' Facebook
  • Is the FBI underreporting killings by police?
    As the nation focused on Staten Island, Ferguson, and Cleveland in the last few weeks and the relationship between citizens and law enforcement, a recent Wall Street Journal investigation revealed that federal accounting for killings by police may be grossly miscalculated. Wall Street Journal reporter Rob Barry joins Hari Sreenivasan for more on that investigation.
    Original Air Date: December 6, 2014
    Police block the West Florissant Avenue, where protesters and looters rampaged businesses following the grand jury decision in the fatal shooting of a 18-year-old black teenager Michael Brown, in Ferguson, Missouri, on November 25, 2014.  Photo by Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty Images
  • Crowdfunding still beyond reach for many entrepreneurs
    Raising a large pool of money from many small contributions online, known as crowdfunding, was supposed to be an option for startup business to raise money when President Obama signed the 2012 JOBS Act into law. But today, that method of raising investment capital from ordinary investors still remains out of reach for many entrepreneurs. NewsHour special correspondent Karla Murthy reports.
    Original Air Date: December 6, 2014
  • Dead yet online: How to manage a loved one's digital estate
    Because social media, email and bank accounts can remain active even after their owner dies, valuable information can become vulnerable when the people in charge of managing the owner's estate can't access it. NewsHour's Hari Sreenivasan reports on the complications surrounding digital estate planning after death and the drive to increase awareness through legislative action.
    Original Air Date: December 5, 2014

Friday, December 5, 2014

  • Remembering a last-of-its-kind survivor of Pearl Harbor
    Seventy-three years ago, an attack on Pearl Harbor catapulted the U.S. into World War II. National Air and Space Museum curator Jeremy Kinney shows off a rare survivor from that day -- a military seaplane -- and explains how specialists agonize over how to keep it in tact.
    Original Air Date: December 5, 2014
  • Shields and Brooks on who gets credit for jobs growth
    Syndicated columnist Mark Shields and New York Times columnist David Brooks join Judy Woodruff to discuss the week’s news, including the better-than-expected jobs report, the nomination of Ash Carter for secretary of defense and the aftermath of the grand jury decision on the killing of Eric Garner.
    Original Air Date: December 5, 2014
  • How Rolling Stone’s UVa sexual assault story unraveled
    After reporting on a horrific case of sexual assault at the University of Virginia, Rolling Stone magazine acknowledged discrepancies in the victim’s story, saying their trust in her was “misplaced.” Judy Woodruff speaks with T. Rees Shapiro of The Washington Post for more on the revelations that have cast doubt on the account.
    Original Air Date: December 5, 2014
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  • Hiring revs up with more than 300,000 new jobs
    Job growth surged last month, with more than 300,000 new positions added. Hourly wages increased, too. Is there a catch? Diane Swonk of Mesirow Financial joins Hari Sreenivasan to discuss how the economy took a step in the right direction and where it can still improve.
    Original Air Date: December 5, 2014
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  • How Ash Carter differs from Obama’s past defense secretaries
    President Obama announced that Pentagon veteran Ash Carter will be his nominee to succeed Chuck Hagel as secretary of defense. From the White House, Carter pledged his “most candid” strategic and military advice if he is confirmed. Judy Woodruff gets reaction from retired Brig. Gen. David McGinnis, a former Defense Department official, and Foreign Policy’s David Rothkopf.
    Original Air Date: December 5, 2014
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  • Why 'Survivor' trumps 'The Apprentice' in Russia
    Peter Pomerantsev, a Russian-born British author who had been hired to go to Moscow to help create and produce Western-style reality TV shows in the 2000s, shares his observations about why knock-offs of some Western Reality TV hits flopped and why others were successful.
    Original Air Date: December 5, 2014
  • Why adults want Samuel L Jackson to read to them at bedtime
    Adam Mansbach, author of “Go the F*ck to Sleep," explains why Samuel L Jackson was his first choice for the audio book in this online exclusive.For more Art Beat: newshour.pbs.org/art
    Original Air Date: December 5, 2014
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  • Can humans become a multi-planet species?
    NASA astrobiologist Chris McKay studies the most extreme parts of Earth to understand how life might survive in other perts of the universe. But he's also studying another life form living in space: humans.
    Original Air Date: December 4, 2014

Thursday, December 4, 2014

  • Hagel: Rise in reporting of sexual assault ‘good news’
    While the estimated number of cases of sexual assault are down 25 percent from two years ago, actual reports of assault have increased 8 percent in the past year. Secretary of Defence Chuck Hagel said the findings are both a sign of progress and a need for greater reform. Hari Sreenivasan reports on continuing concern over retaliation for and how lawmakers are responding.
    Original Air Date: December 4, 2014
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  • Will outrage for grand jury verdicts trigger changes?
    For a broader look at how the Eric Garner case and the intersection of race and justice are resonating with Americans, Gwen Ifill gets perspectives from Candace McCoy of City University of New York and Jelani Cobb of The New Yorker.
    Original Air Date: December 4, 2014
    Grand Jury Declines To Indict NYPD Officer In Eric Garner Death