Friday, December 20, 2013

  • Obama admits ups and downs of 2013, looks forward to 2014
    President Obama concluded his fifth year in office with an annual year-in-review press conference. Although the president saw sinking approval ratings in 2013, he suggested 2014 can be a "breakthrough year for America." Jeffrey Brown reviews the topics Mr. Obama covered, from the economy to the health care law.
    Original Air Date: December 20, 2013
  • Obama declares 2014 a year of action
    Citing strong progress on the economy, President Barack Obama said at his annual year-end news conference Friday that 2014 "can be a breakthrough year for America" after a long season of recession and slow recovery.
    Original Air Date: December 20, 2013

Thursday, December 19, 2013

  • Detroit considers putting a price on its priceless art
    The masterpieces housed at the Detroit Institute of the Arts have been valued in the hundreds of millions of dollars. While the collection is a major source of civic pride, it could soon be tapped as an essential source of income to help pay Detroit's debts. Jeffrey Brown talks to Mark Stryker of the Detroit Free Press.
    Original Air Date: December 19, 2013
  • What the budget deal means for Americans
    The bipartisan budget plan passed by Congress will avert another government shutdown, give the Pentagon some relief from automatic spending cuts and restore billions of dollars to domestic programs. Gwen Ifill talks to Lori Montgomery of The Washington Post about how most Americans will experience effects of the budget plan.
    Original Air Date: December 19, 2013
  • Are Putin's pardons public relations or real concessions?
    Was Russian President Vladimir Putin's amnesty announcement for some high-profile dissidents mostly a public relations tactic? To put Putin's move in perspective, Judy Woodruff talks to Angela Stent of Georgetown University and Dimitri Simes of the Center for the National Interest.
    Original Air Date: December 19, 2013
  • U.S. consumers have no guarantees against credit card fraud
    Retail giant Target announced that some 40 million credit and debit accounts were compromised when shoppers swiped their cards in stores from late November to mid-December. Steve Surdu of Mandiant joins Gwen Ifill to discuss how hackers may have committed the data theft and how companies attempt to protect customers.
    Original Air Date: December 19, 2013
  • For Baryshnikov, theater is a connection of 'heart and mind'
    Born in the then-Soviet Union, Mikhail Baryshnikov grew up reading the works of the Russian writer Anton Chekhov in school, but a few short stories particularly resonated with Baryshnikov beyond homework. Currently, the famed dancer is starring in an experimental play adapted from two of those stories. He spoke to Jeffrey Brown about "Man in a Case" in Washington D.C.
    Original Air Date: December 19, 2013

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

  • Tricking the brain with transformative virtual reality
    Want to have a just-like-real-life fantasy experience without leaving your living room? Virtual reality technology is already employed by certain industries, but economics correspondent Paul Solman considers the variety of applications it could have in the consumer market in the future.
    Original Air Date: December 18, 2013
  • Wave of Congressional retirements open up opportunities
    Three senior members of the House of Representatives have announced retirement plans, giving both parties possible openings for the 2014 midterm elections. Gwen Ifill talks to political editor Christina Bellantoni about races to watch, changing demographics and incumbents who are likely to face tough fights.
    Original Air Date: December 18, 2013
  • White House press corps pushes for more Obama photos
    The White House uses photography to document, convey messages and shape public perception. Kwame Holman reports on a dust up -- and possible truce -- between the Obama administration and the press, who complain their access to capture those moments of the presidency has been greatly limited.
    Original Air Date: December 18, 2013
  • Philippines disaster inspires 'typhoon' of aid activity
    Five weeks after Typhoon Haiyan, relief workers say there has been progress, even though it's hard to see at first glance. The city of Tacloban remains under a blanket of debris, but survivors' basic needs are now being met. Special correspondent Fred de Sam Lazaro looks at efforts to keep the aid process moving.
    Original Air Date: December 18, 2013
  • Would new NSA oversight recommendations affect intelligence?
    A review group appointed by the White House to assess the NSA's data-gathering practices is calling for new rules. Michael Leiter, former director of the National Counterterrorism Center, and Kate Martin, director of the Center for National Security Studies, discuss their views on the recommendations with Jeffrey Brown.
    Original Air Date: December 18, 2013
  • Federal Reserve announces pull back on stimulus
    The Federal Reserve announced it will begin to reduce its purchase of bonds and mortgage-backed securities in January. Judy Woodruff gets reaction to the Fed's decision from David Wessel of The Wall Street Journal, John Taylor of Stanford University and Adam Posen of the Peterson Institute for International Economics.
    Original Air Date: December 18, 2013
  • The Fed's Open Market Committee: Making Sense of the Sanctum
    In this March 23, 1994 segment, PBS NewsHour economics correspondent Paul Solman simulates a meeting of the Federal Reserve's Open Market Committee with former Fed members to discern how and why they make their policy decisions.
    Original Air Date: December 18, 2013

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

  • Living micro: Single residents embrace tiny apartments
    As more people across the country are living alone, the costs of rent and real estate are soaring in many urban areas. Cities like New York and Vancouver are trying to get the most out of available apartment space by creating "micro" apartments. Many of these apartments are smaller than what was previously allowed under the law.
    Original Air Date: December 17, 2013
  • Bringing British drama to American screens
    As executive producer of "Masterpiece" on PBS, Rebecca Eaton has been feeding America's appetite for British drama for the last 25 years. Jeffrey Brown talks to Eaton about her new book, "Making Masterpiece," and the decisionmaking process behind hits such as "Upstairs, Downstairs," "The Forsyte Saga" and "Downton Abbey."
    Original Air Date: December 17, 2013
  • Women suspected of abortion in El Salvador face jail time
    Since 1997, abortion has been illegal in El Salvador with no exceptions for cases of rape, incest or threat to the mother’s life. Dozens of women have been prosecuted for illegal abortions, in some cases for aggravated homicide. Fred de Sam Lazaro reports on the consequences of one of the world's most stringent abortion laws.
    Original Air Date: December 17, 2013
  • Ukraine tensions underscore rivalry between two ways of life
    The fate of Ukraine is not only the concern of President Viktor Yanukovych and the nation's citizens; Russia, the U.S. and other Western nations also have stakes in its future. Chief foreign correspondent Margaret Warner joins Gwen Ifill to discuss deep ties between Ukraine and Russia and factors behind Yanukovych's motivation.
    Original Air Date: December 17, 2013
  • Should doctors be paid to promote pharmaceutical drugs?
    GlaxoSmithKline has announced it will no longer pay doctors to promote its drugs, nor reward sales representatives based on how many prescriptions doctors write. Judy Woodruff gets views on the business and ethical issues at play from Dr. Jerry Avorn and Dr. Thomas Stossel, both of Harvard Medical School.
    Original Air Date: December 17, 2013
  • Tech titans visit White House to talk surveillance reform
    Executives from top U.S. technology companies, including Google, Yahoo, Facebook and Apple, visited the the White House to push for reforms to NSA's surveillance programs. Gwen Ifill talks to Margaret Talev of Bloomberg News about the tech giants' list of concerns about government spying.
    Original Air Date: December 17, 2013

Monday, December 16, 2013

  • How Johnny Cash spoke to the heart of America
    Longtime music writer Robert Hilburn was inspired to write his new book, "Johnny Cash: The Life," after finding that other biographies didn't tell the full story. Jeffrey Brown talks to Hilburn about the legendary musician's authenticity and gift for storytelling, as well as the well-known personal battles of the "Man in Black."
    Original Air Date: December 16, 2013
  • FDA examines safety and effectiveness of antibacterial soaps
    Recent research suggests that chemicals in antibacterials soaps can interfere with hormone levels and spur the growth of drug-resistant bacteria, prompting the FDA to propose new rules for manufacturers to prove their products are more effective than regular soap and water. Judy Woodruff talks to Elizabeth Weise of USA Today.
    Original Air Date: December 16, 2013
  • Is America making progress to stem gun violence?
    One year after the Sandy Hook tragedy, violent acts like the latest shooting at a Colorado high school remind the nation that the gun debate is not over. Gwen Ifill looks at efforts to curb violence in the U.S. with Dr. Jeffrey Lieberman of the American Psychiatric Association and Paul Barrett of Bloomberg Businessweek.
    Original Air Date: December 16, 2013

Sunday, December 15, 2013

  • Life in the cash economy for “underbanked” Americans
    Karla Murthy reports on the financial fringe. Nearly 20% of low income US households are "underbanked," according to the FDIC. But is providing access to traditional, mainstream financial services the best solution for everyone? A professor does double duty as a New York City check casher and discovers that banks might not be the best choice for everyone.
    Original Air Date: December 15, 2013

Saturday, December 14, 2013

  • Can we handle all the expected new drones?
    In just a few years, drone aircraft might be delivering orders from Amazon to your door -- at least, that's what Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos said. But first states and the federal government are wrestling with the implications of many new, pilotless aircraft -- how they might affect civil liberties -- and how to keep them out of the way of manned aircraft in skies that are already crowded.
    Original Air Date: December 14, 2013

Friday, December 13, 2013

  • Ann Patchett lets readers into personal life in new essays
    For author Ann Patchett, writing fiction is hard but non-fiction is easy. In a new collection of essays, "This is the Story of a Happy Marriage," Patchett reveals her personal side and reviews her education as a writer. Jeffrey Brown talks to Patchett about the themes she covers, from writing advice to relationships.
    Original Air Date: December 13, 2013
  • Sen. Ron Wyden on balancing security and liberty
    Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., believes that when it comes to government surveillance, security and liberty are not mutually exclusive. Margaret Warner talks to the NSA critic about why he thinks the administration needs to do a better job of striking a balance between protecting Americans while respecting their privacy.
    Original Air Date: December 13, 2013

Thursday, December 12, 2013

  • Newtown families make promise for change
    One year after the massacre at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Ct., parents of the young victims are struggling to make sense from a senseless act of violence. Hari Sreenivasan talks to two families who lost children in the shooting about their advocacy to prevent more tragic murders with the Sandy Hook Promise.
    Original Air Date: December 12, 2013