Monday, January 26, 2015

  • Virtual reality bursts through the movie screen at Sundance
    What if watching a movie was more like being inside the movie? With virtual reality, your brain can be tricked into believing that you’re flying or in a different country -- a powerful creative tool for storytellers. Jeffrey Brown visits the Sundance Film Festival to witness how filmmakers are beginning to use the burgeoning technology.
    Original Air Date: January 26, 2015
  • 2016 hopefuls aim for early buzz at GOP meetings
    Republicans tried to woo voters and donors at two major conservative events in Iowa and California over the weekend. Amy Walter of The Cook Political Report and Nia-Malika Henderson of The Washington Post join Judy Woodruff to discuss why so many are trying to get an early start on the 2016 presidential race.
    Original Air Date: January 26, 2015
  • Why alienation drives extremism among European Muslims
    Nearly a third of the 15,000 foreign fighters for Islamic State are Muslims from Western Europe, seeking an alternative to the alienation some feel here at home. Chief foreign affairs correspondent Margaret Warner reports from London on how cultural isolation and discrimination can help drive young Western recruits to embrace radicalism.
    Original Air Date: January 26, 2015

Sunday, January 25, 2015

  • Vaccine could have saved victims from measles outbreak
    U.S. health officials say the recent measles outbreak that began at Disneyland in Southern California continues to ripple across the nation with approximately 100 cases reported so far. How great a risk does this pose and how can people protect their children? Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Dr. Anthony Fauci joins Hari Sreenivasan for more.
    Original Air Date: January 25, 2015
    A health worker prepares a vaccine against measles at the Benito Juarez international airport in Mexico City in July 2011.   Image by Reuters/Bernardo Montoya
  • Will 'world's loneliest orca' be released into the wild?
    NOAA is set to decide soon on whether to put a killer whale named, Lolita, dubbed "the world's loneliest orca," on the endangered species list. While her group of whales was already considered endangered, her status hasn't change because she is living in captivity. But now, researchers disagree over whether to give her that protection since she'll most likely be released into the wild.
    Original Air Date: January 25, 2015
    Lolita the Killer Whale is seen between shows at the Miami Seaquarium
  • Greek anti-austerity party claims decisive victory
    In an election watched closely throughout Europe, Greece's left-wing, anti-austerity party won a decisive victory over the ruling center-right party. The impact of today's vote in Greece is likely to affect people around the world. For more, John Authers of the Financial Times joins Hari Sreenivasan.
    Original Air Date: January 25, 2015
    A supporter of opposition leader and head of radical leftist Syriza party Alexis Tsipras waits outside his campaign headquarters in Athens, January 25, 2015. Greeks are voting in a historic election expected to bring in a government led by the leftwing Syriza party which has promised to take on international lenders and roll back painful austerity measures imposed during years of economic crisis. REUTERS/Marko Djurica (GREECE - Tags: POLITICS ELECTIONS)
  • Are Narendra Modi's plans a path out of poverty?
    India Prime Minister Narendra Modi has amassed many supporters in the country who praise his economic vision by creating jobs and improving the country's infrastructure. But staunch critics argue many states, whose residents live below the country's poverty line, are still lacking in education and health care, and that his election has emboldened Hindu extremists. Fred de Sam Lazaro reports.
    Original Air Date: January 25, 2015

Saturday, January 24, 2015

  • Viewers respond to report about Belgium's euthanasia law
    Hari Sreenivasan reads viewer comments about a recent NewsHour Weekend segment on Beligum's euthanasia law, the least restrictive law governing physician-assisted suicide in the world.
    Original Air Date: January 23, 2015
    Graphic credit: Lisa Overton/NewsHour Weekend
  • Japan striving to rescue second hostage from Islamic State
    After the recent execution of a Japanese hostage by the Islamic State, the clock is ticking yet again to rescue the second hostage in Syria. Hajime Ozaki, the New York bureau chief at Kyodo News Agency, joins Hari Sreenivasan to discuss Japan's next steps.
    Original Air Date: January 24, 2015
    Japan's PM Abe speaks to the media at his official residence in Tokyo
  • Despite ceasefire, military conflict escalates in Ukraine
    A shelling attack that killed dozens of people Saturday in eastern Ukraine today was only the latest sign of the deteriorating situation there. Even though a ceasefire was signed in September, fighting between pro-Russian rebels and Ukrainian government troops once again has intensified. And on Friday, the rebels launched a new offensive.
    Original Air Date: January 24, 2015
    Photo by Oleksandr Klymenko/Reuters
  • How past crimes are driving job seekers into poverty
    Even years after they've served time for past criminal infractions, those applying for jobs are often unable to find work -- especially in a climate of extreme job competition. And amid the Recession and grindingly slow economic recovery, applicants with criminal backgrounds are increasingly being driven into poverty. NewsHour's Stephen Fee reports.
    Original Air Date: January 23, 2015

Friday, January 23, 2015

  • Sleater-Kinney returns with new songs to fight stereotypes
    Indie-rock band Sleater-Kinney, part of the ‘90s riot grrrl movement, has released its first album, “No Cities to Love,” in nearly a decade. Hari Sreenivasan asks the band what led to their surprise reunion.
    Original Air Date: January 23, 2015
  • When four historic events happened over three days in 1973
    In our NewsHour Shares moment of the day, a historian’s tweet points to four major events that happened within 72 hours this week in 1973.
    Original Air Date: January 23, 2015
  • Why Europe and the U.S. have a lot riding on Greek elections
    The results of upcoming elections in Greece could be critical to all of Europe, potentially setting up a showdown between a leftist Greek government and the German-led E.U. Hari Sreenivasan speaks with former U.S. Ambassador Nicholas Burns about the state of the Greek economy and the potential ramifications for both sides of the Atlantic.
    Original Air Date: January 23, 2015
    Critical Election greece monitor
  • Will regional turmoil encourage stability in Saudi Arabia?
    Former National Security Advisor Stephen Hadley and former Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta join Judy Woodruff to discuss the many regional crises at play as Saudi Arabia moves to new leadership.
    Original Air Date: January 23, 2015
  • Shields and Brooks on inviting Netanyahu
    Syndicated columnist Mark Shields and New York Times columnist David Brooks join Judy Woodruff to discuss the week’s news, including President Obama’s State of the Union agenda, a controversial invitation to the Israeli prime minister to address Congress and a fight among Republicans over a new abortion bill.
    Original Air Date: January 23, 2015
  • Sleater-Kinney on how they kept their new album a secret
    Hari Sreenivasan talks to Sleater-Kinney about how they kept their new album, "No Cities to Love," a secret.
    Original Air Date: January 23, 2015

Thursday, January 22, 2015

  • Is ‘The Test’ failing American schools?
    As Congress considers revisions to the No Child Left Behind education law, there’s a larger debate about the role and efficacy of using standardized tests as assessment. Anya Kamenetz, author of “The Test: Why Our Schools Are Obsessed With Standardized Testing, But You Don't Have To Be,” joins Hari Sreenivasan to discuss the evolving role of testing and the “big, unintended consequences.”
    Original Air Date: January 22, 2015
  • Interactive media helps Obama connect with the country
    In a social media push by the White House, three popular YouTube users were invited to interview President Obama following the State of the Union. Brian Donahue of CRAFT Media/Digital, William Powers of the MIT Media Lab and YouTube entrepreneur Hank Green discuss with Judy Woodruff how social media and platforms like YouTube may affect the reach and effectiveness of the president’s message.
    Original Air Date: January 22, 2015
    President Barack Obama speaks with GloZell Green.
  • The White House made this year’s SOTU a social media affair
    The number of television viewers of the State of the Union address has shrinking, but online, there’s a growing interest. How is the Obama administration tapping into social media to keep the American public engaged? Judy Woodruff speaks with the Kori Schulman, director of online engagement at the White House, about reaching new audiences and the political benefits of speaking with YouTube stars.
    Original Air Date: January 22, 2015
  • Defeating Islamic State by arms and by argument
    British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond says there are two parts to the mission of defeating the Islamic State: it’s not just a military operation, but also a challenge of stemming the group’s growing appeal. Chief foreign affairs correspondent Margaret Warner interviews Hammond about the flow of foreign fighters and whether the Paris attacks have changed the discussion.
    Original Air Date: January 22, 2015
  • In U.S., support for paid family leave but no one to pay
    The United States and Papua New Guinea are the only countries in the world that do not provide any paid time off for new mothers. Why haven’t maternity leave laws kept pace with the increase of working parents? Economics correspondent Paul Solman explores the debate on whether time off for new parents is also good for business.
    Original Air Date: January 22, 2015
  • Why Yemen’s political implosion is dangerous for the U.S.
    Yemen's government collapsed Thursday as the U.S.-backed President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi and cabinet stepped down, allowing Shiite rebels to effectively take over the capital. Gwen Ifill talks to Gregory Johnsen, author of , "The Last Refuge: Yemen, al-Qaeda, and America's War in Arabia" about the roots of the “slow-motion” collapse and what it means for Western counterterrorism efforts.
    Original Air Date: January 22, 2015
    YEMEN COLLAPSE monitor

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

  • Did the Patriots cheat with underinflated footballs?
    The NFL is investigating the New England Patriots for using underinflated footballs during their final blowout victory game against the Indianapolis Colts before the Super Bowl. Hari Sreenivasan talks to Ben Volin of The Boston Globe about past cheating allegations against the team’s coach and why referees didn’t catch the violation before the game.
    Original Air Date: January 21, 2015
    AFC Championship - Indianapolis Colts v New England Patriots
  • Ebola doctor: ‘Tremendous strides’ in stemming the outbreak
    Dr. Pranav Shetty, global emergency health coordinator for International Medical Corps, was hailed by President Obama in his State of the Union address as an embodiment of the effort to roll back the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. In August, Shetty went to Liberia to help establish and oversee two treatment units and a training center for health workers. He joined Jeffrey Brown for a conversation.
    Original Air Date: January 21, 2015
  • Housing discrimination case could have broad implications
    A case between a Texas state housing agency and an advocacy organization asks the Supreme Court to decide whether unintentional discrimination over federal tax credits violates the Fair Housing Act. The results could have repercussions beyond both the state of Texas and the housing industry. Marcia Coyle of The National Law Journal helps outline the case with Judy Woodruff.
    Original Air Date: January 21, 2015
    Supreme Court Blocks Virginia Gay Marriages
  • Facing resistance from Capitol Hill, U.S. opens Cuba talks
    The United States and Cuba have commenced talks aimed at normalizing long-strained relations, but support for this turning point is not universal. Gwen Ifill talks to Indira Lakshmanan of Bloomberg News from Havana about opposition from Capitol Hill and the long process of reestablishing the relationship after 53 years.
    Original Air Date: January 21, 2015
  • What did U.S. mayors hear in Obama’s State of the Union?
    Gridlock in Washington has left much of the heavy lifting of governance to states, cities and towns. What do city leaders think about President Obama's State of the Union proposals? Judy Woodruff asks Mayor Stephen Benjamin of Columbia, South Carolina, and Mayor Richard Berry of Albuquerque, New Mexico what they hope to see materialize.
    Original Air Date: January 21, 2015