Thursday, 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
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  • 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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  • Outgoing Sen. Chambliss on what’s next for Congress
    With a week to go until the new Congress arrives in Washington, we ask departing members to take stock of their legislative careers. Republican Sen. Saxby Chambliss of Georgia joins Judy Woodruff to discuss saying goodbye, how to make a dent in the federal debt, the future of immigration reform and whether the 114th Congress will be willing to reach across the aisle.
    Original Air Date: December 29, 2014
  • Website that kept watch on D.C. homicides shuts down
    “Homicide Watch,” an online database that records and tracks homicide cases, was created to document under-reported crimes in Washington, D.C. The site has been praised by law enforcement and the families of victims, but is shutting down in that city. Co-founder Laura Amico, a Boston Globe reporter, speaks with Jeffrey Brown about sharing violent crime information with the public.
    Original Air Date: December 29, 2014
  • Colombian civil war relief efforts face dangerous barriers
    A 50-year civil war between Colombia’s government and the leftist FARC rebels has claimed more than 200,000 lives and caused suffering for millions. The government has made steps to deliver reparations to those affected and support humanitarian zones, but the goal of helping victims is fraught with complication as conflict and violence continue. Special correspondent Fred de Sam Lazaro reports.
    Original Air Date: December 29, 2014
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  • How a viral fundraiser earned a cool $220 million for ALS
    This year, a challenge to Facebook users to douse themselves in ice water became an internet craze, raising millions for ALS, or Lou Gehrig’s disease. Gwen Ifill talks to Nancy Frates, the mother of the man who inspired the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, about the impetus for the viral fundraising campaign and how it has advanced awareness and research of the disease.
    Original Air Date: December 29, 2014
    Lt. Sean Flood, Ranger Deb McNamara, Ranger Ted Fusco and Capt. Stephen Owens, who help provide security at the Massachusetts State House, participate in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge on Aug. 7. Photo by David L. Ryan/The Boston Globe via Getty Images
  • Was weather to blame for AirAsia disappearance?
    Gwen Ifill interviews The Wall Street Journal’s Guarav Raghuvanshi from Singapore about the missing AirAsia jetliner, how monsoon season may factor into the disappearance and if there are similarities to Malaysia Airlines 370.
    Original Air Date: December 29, 2014
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Sunday, December 28, 2014

  • Did plunging gas prices boost holiday spending?
    Ever since oil prices started falling, experts have predicted that consumers would use the extra money saved to spend more on holiday gifts. Did that happen? Sara Germano of the Wall Street Journal joins Hari Sreenivasan from Albany, New York with more on that.
    Original Air Date: December 28, 2014
  • What we know (and don't) about the missing AirAsia jetliner
    As of Monday morning in Asia, the search for a missing AirAsia jetliner which disappeared carrying 162 people had resumed. The Airbus vanished from radar screens about 40 minutes after taking off from Indonesia en route to Singapore on Sunday. NewsHour's Zachary Green has more on the ongoing investigation.
    Original Air Date: December 28, 2014
    SURABAYA, INDONESIA - DECEMBER 28:  Relatives of missing Air Asia QZ8501 passengers cry at the crisis centre of Juanda International Airport Surabaya on December 28, 2014 in Surabaya, Indonesia. Air Asia announced the flight QZ8501 from Surabaya to Singapore, with 162 people on board, lost contact with air traffic control at 07:24 a.m. local time Sunday morning.  (Photo by Robertus Pudyanto/Getty Images)
  • A return to the debtors' prison?
    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?
    Original Air Date: December 19, 2014

Saturday, December 27, 2014

  • How will US and private sector combat cyberextortion?
    The recent hacking of Sony, which was widely blamed on North Korea, has caused the Obama administration to consider new steps to protect against cyber attacks. Carol Lee of the Wall Street Journal joins Hari Sreenivasan from Hawaii, where the president is vacationing, for more on that.
    Original Air Date: December 27, 2014
  • PBS NewsHour Weekend full episode Dec. 27, 2014
    Thousands attend the funeral of one of two New York City police officers murdered while on duty last weekend. The Vice President pays tribute to the officer and the NYPD. Later, North Korea ridicules President Obama and accuses the US of causing internet shortages in that country.
    Original Air Date: December 27, 2014
  • One family moves on from a sharecropping past
    In the second installment of "Flying Coach," special correspondent John Larson's series on people he encounters while traveling to report on other stories, we meet Donna, whose family were sharecroppers in Arkansas until they were driving out by the Ku Klux Klan.
    Original Air Date: December 27, 2014
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