Wednesday, January 1, 2014

  • Burke and Paine on roots of political division in America
    How and where did partisanship -- now prevalent in American politics -- originate? Judy Woodruff talks to Yuval Levin about his new book, "The Great Debate: Edmund Burke, Thomas Paine, and the Birth of Right and Left," early instances of the divide between right and left and how we can apply lessons of history to debates today.
    Original Air Date: January 1, 2014
  • Calif. law sparks debate over flame retardants in furniture
    Flame retardants are commonplace in most upholstered furniture to help prevent house fires. But studies have linked the chemicals to cancer and fertility problems, prompting California to change the state's furniture flammability standards. Hari Sreenivasan reports on how the move could have a ripple effect across the country.
    Original Air Date: January 1, 2014
  • How Colorado is regulating its retail pot sales
    The new year ushered in Colorado's first day of legal retail sales of pot. Ricardo Baca, the first ever marijuana editor at the Denver Post, joins Hari Sreenivasan to discuss the details of the law, how its measures are -- or are not -- being enforced and what it means for the culture at large.
    Original Air Date: January 1, 2014
  • Colorado becomes first state to allow marijuana retail sales
    On the first of the new year, Colorado residents lined up at specialty shops across the state to legally purchase marijuana for recreational use for the first time. Buyers, age 21 and older, can only purchase small amounts of the retail pot at a time and can not consume it in public. Hari Sreenivasan reports.
    Original Air Date: January 1, 2014
  • News Wrap: Celebrations around the world usher in 2014
    In our news wrap Wednesday, the first day of 2014 was marked by a papal address, mayoral inaugurations and a series of bowl games for football fans. Also, Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor temporarily blocked a health care law mandate that some church-affiliated groups provide coverage for birth control.
    Original Air Date: January 1, 2014
  • Malala hopes to see 'every child to go to school'
    Pakistani school girl Malala Yousafzai, 16, rose to international fame when she was shot in the head last October for speaking out against the Taliban's ban on girl's education. Malala made a remarkable recovery, becoming the youngest nominee for the Nobel Peace Prize. Margaret Warner talks to Yousafzai about her mission.
    Original Air Date: October 11, 2013

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

  • Scholar reflects bringing medieval Persian verse to the West
    The works of 14th century Persian poet Hafez are iconic in Iran. Poet and scholar Dick Davis has spent years bringing the medieval writer's words to the West. Jeffrey Brown talks to Davis about his experiences with Persian culture, the challenges of translating and his new book, "Faces of Love: Hafez and the Poets of Shiraz."
    Original Air Date: December 31, 2013
  • Former university chancellor offers memoir of Ole Miss
    During his time as chancellor of the University of Mississippi, also known as Ole Miss, Robert Khayat made moves to repair the university's segregated past, drawing backlash for his efforts. Judy Woodruff talked to Khayat about his memoir, "The Education of a Lifetime," and what he learned about human nature along the way.
    Original Air Date: December 31, 2013
  • What challenges will Syria face in removing chemicals?
    Although Syria missed a key year-end deadline in the process of eliminating their chemical weapons stockpile, UN High Representative for Disarmament Affairs Angela Kane says progress has still been made. Hari Sreenivasan talks to Kane about the risks and challenges that lie ahead in transporting dangerous chemicals out of Syria.
    Original Air Date: December 31, 2013
  • Wall Street completes the year with record-breaking gains
    2013 was a big year on Wall Street. The Dow Jones Industrial Average, S&P 500 and Nasdaq indexes broke records. But do these gains reflect wider gains in the economy? Jeffrey Brown talks to Roben Farzad of Bloomberg Businessweek, Harry Holzer of Georgetown University and financial advisor Hugh Johnson.
    Original Air Date: December 31, 2013
  • Watch Dubai's record-breaking New Year's fireworks
    Dubai set the world record for the largest fireworks display in history with its New Year's celebration that saw 500,000 fireworks erupt over the city. 200 technicians worked for 5,000 hours to ensure that the show went off without a hitch in order to beat Kuwait's 2012 world record launch of 77,282 fireworks.
    Original Air Date: January 31, 2014

Monday, December 30, 2013

  • What the 2012 election can teach us about 2014 and beyond
    As the first year of President Obama's second term draws to a close, Gwen Ifill talks to Mark Halperin of Time magazine and John Heilemann of New York magazine about their new book, "Double Down: Game Change 2012," for insight into the people who shaped the 2012 election and what that election says about races to come.
    Original Air Date: December 30, 2013
  • How 2013 held progress and pitfalls for science
    Concerns about energy, climate change and warmer oceans creating stronger storms moved front and center in 2013. Science correspondent Miles O'Brien joins Judy Woodruff to review the year's big developments and science headlines, including new ways to attack cancer, the latest in space exploration and the impact of funding cuts.
    Original Air Date: December 30, 2013
  • GMO seeds grow into big fight on Kauai
    Seeds are big business in Hawaii, where large biotech companies develop genetically modified crops. Megan Thompson reports on a battle being waged on the island of Kauai by residents who say growing practices like pesticide use are hazardous to public health.
    Original Air Date: December 30, 2013
  • How Iranians perceive the interim nuclear deal and future
    David Ignatius of The Washington Post recently traveled to Iran where he talked to both sides of the debate on the country's negotiations with the West. He joins Jeffrey Brown to discuss the perceptions of hard-liners, pragmatists and the general public, plus what challenges lie ahead for crafting a comprehensive deal.
    Original Air Date: December 30, 2013
  • How Russia plans to protect Olympics in wake of bombings
    Low-level insurgencies in the northern Caucasus region are nothing new, but Russia faces the international spotlight ahead of the Sochi Winter Olympics. Hari Sreenivasan talks to Andrew Weiss of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and Brian Jenkins of the Rand Corporation about protection measures for the games.
    Original Air Date: December 30, 2013

Sunday, December 29, 2013

  • Is the postal service going the way of the pony express?
    The U.S. Post Office announced that the price of a first class stamp will rise from 46 to 49 cents in late January. Rising costs and diminishing usage may endanger future of mail delivery in this country. Canada is phasing out urban delivery service in the next few years. For more, we are joined from Bradley Klapper of the Associated Press has been covering the story.
    Original Air Date: December 29, 2013
  • Contrasting rulings could take the NSA to the Supreme Court
    On December 27, 2013 a federal judge ruled that the government's collection of phone records is constitutional. This, in contrast to another federal judge's ruling just 11 days earlier that said it likely wasn't. The case ultimately might be headed to the Supreme Court. Adam Liptak, the supreme court reporter for the New York Times talks about what might come next.
    Original Air Date: December 29, 2013
  • Web only: The author of 'A Deadly Mix in Benghazi'
    A lengthy investigation by The New York Times finds no evidence that al Qaeda was involved in the 2012 attack in Benghazi, Libya. The report also finds that the attack on the mission was fueled largely by anger over anti-Islam video. The author of "A Deadly Mix in Benghazi," David A. Kirkpatrick, spoke with Hari Sreenivasan about the story that's dominating the Sunday news shows.
    Original Air Date: December 29, 2013
  • NYPD program offers last chance justice by monitoring teens
    NewsHour Weekend takes a look at an NYPD program called the Juvenile Robbery Intervention Program (JRIP). Its aim is to mentor and monitor teens who have been arrested for a robbery. The report's focus is on two New York City neighborhoods.
    Original Air Date: December 29, 2013

Saturday, December 28, 2013

  • How to track the lost unemployment dollars
    Extended unemployment benefits expire for some 1.3 million Americans after Congress fails to extend a recession-era program that steps in after state benefit limits are reached. Brenda Cronin has been covering the story for The Wall Street Journal.
    Original Air Date: December 28, 2013
  • The art is in the truth-telling of 'The Strangers Project'
    The first exhibition of "The Strangers Project" features a selection of anonymous journal entries written by strangers around New York and around the world. People are asked to write about whatever they want - as long as it's true.
    Original Air Date: December 28, 2013
  • Can the Lower Ninth Ward ever recover from Katrina?
    Years after Hurricane Katrina devastated the Lower 9th Ward of New Orleans, a debate now rages in the city; with so few residents returning to the Lower Ninth, does it even make sense to redevelop the community at all?
    Original Air Date: December 28, 2013

Friday, December 27, 2013

  • Rokia Traoré's mix of music on 'Beautiful Africa'
    Not even a ban on music could stop Mali-born Rokia Traoré from telling her stories through song. On her new album "Beautiful Africa," Traoré pays tribute to her native continent as well as other musical styles and languages from around the world. Jeffrey Brown talks to the singer-songwriter about inspiration and influences.
    Original Air Date: December 27, 2013
  • Shields and Gerson on the political lessons of 2013
    Syndicated columnist Mark Shields and Washington Post columnist Michael Gerson join Judy Woodruff to discuss the week's top political news, including the factors that fuel economic inequality in the U.S., how Edward Snowden used technology to decentralize government power and the lessons they hope politicians learned in 2013.
    Original Air Date: December 27, 2013
  • How should the U.S. address economic inequality?
    Despite a stubborn unemployment rate, benefits will soon end for the 1.3 million who have been jobless for more than six months. A political battle over those benefits reflects a broader conversation about U.S. inequality. Hari Sreenivasan talks to Scott Winship of the Manhattan Institute and former Labor Secretary Robert Reich.
    Original Air Date: December 27, 2013
  • What's behind the government corruption scandal in Turkey
    Once regarded as the model for successful Muslim democracy, Turkey is now facing corruption allegations that go right to the heart of the government. Chief foreign correspondent Margaret Warner joins Judy Woodruff to discuss how Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan is attempting to fight back.
    Original Air Date: December 27, 2013
  • Syria conflict is spreading division and violence in Lebanon
    While the powerful political parties in Lebanon have talked about trying to keep things calm in their country, they support opposing sides of the Syrian civil war. Hari Sreenivasan talks to Anne Barnard of The New York Times about the symbolism of the bombing in the center of Beirut that killed a prominent political figure.
    Original Air Date: December 27, 2013

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