Tuesday, January 20, 2015

  • Obama: U.S. will assist those who oppose 'violent extremism'
    Saying his "first duty as Commander-in-Chief is to defend the United States of America," President Barack Obama told the nation and the world that his country "reserves the right to act unilaterally" to thwart terrorists. He also applauded a thaw in U.S.-Cuba relations, chastised Russia's aggression against the Ukraine and encouraged Congress to pass legislation that improves cybersecurity.
    Original Air Date: January 20, 2015
    President Barack Obama laid out his plan for free community college in his State of the Union address.  Photo by Mandel Ngan/Reuters
  • Obama wants U.S. to 'win the race' on science and technology
    In Tuesday's State of the Union address, President Barack Obama promised protecting free and open Internet, as well as creating more opportunities to "win the race" for scientific and technology discoveries that would "unleash new jobs."
    Original Air Date: January 20, 2015
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  • Obama spotlights middle class plight, vows to help
    In Tuesday’s State of the Union address, President Barack Obama celebrated “middle-class economics” and laid out a series of additional proposals to ensure the working class is included in the economic recovery.Most significant among them is his plan to raise taxes and fees for the wealthy in order to give working families a break.
    Original Air Date: January 20, 2015
    President Obama highlights "middle-class economics" in his State of the Union speech. Photo by Larry Downing/Reuters
  • Case on judges’ campaign fundraising divides Supreme Court
    The Supreme Court heard a case that could unravel state laws on judicial candidates asking for campaign donations. Marcia Coyle of The National Law Journal joins Judy Woodruff to explain the arguments in the Florida case, take a look at a unanimous decision to allow a prisoner to grow a beard for religious reasons and offer an update on legal action over military burn pits.
    Original Air Date: January 20, 2015
    A general view of the U.S. Supreme Court building is seen in Washington
  • Why is the Islamic State targeting Japan for ransom?
    The Islamic State released a video ransom vote that threatened to kill two Japanese hostages unless Tokyo pays $200 million. Jeffrey Brown speaks with former CIA officer Bob Baer about why the militant group is targeting that country.
    Original Air Date: January 20, 2015
  • Connecting the classroom to promising health careers
    Students at Oakland’s Life Academy are getting a head start on health science careers by integrating academics with career-based training and a workplace environment. The high school, which serves low-income and minority students, also has the city’s second highest rate of graduates who go on to college. The NewsHour’s April Brown reports on making the benefits of learning clear to students.
    Original Air Date: January 20, 2015
  • In Aurora, whittling down 7,000 potential jurors to 24
    Jury selection began in the trial of James Holmes, the man charged with killing 12 and wounding 70 at a movie theater in Aurora, Colorado. Holmes has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity. If convicted, he could face the death penalty. Gwen Ifill speaks with Mary MacCarthy of Feature Story News about the monumental task of picking jurors and the suspect’s appearance in court.
    Original Air Date: January 20, 2015
    James Holmes and his defense attorney Daniel King sit in court for an advisement hearing at the Arapahoe County Justice Center in Centennial
  • Dr. on Ebola: How the world can reach 'zero new infections'
    Dr. Pranav Shetty, the global emergency health coordinator for the nonprofit International Medical Corps, explains why he’s “cautiously optimistic” about the current international response to the Ebola crisis and shares his ideas on how the world can achieve “zero new infections” in the coming months.
    Original Air Date: January 20, 2015
  • Columbus photographer manipulates images with her smartphone
    Amy Leibrand, an environmental researcher by day, spends her free time creating art and manipulating images with her smartphone. Since 2009, she has become a leader in the global mobile-photography movement.
    Original Air Date: January 20, 2015
    Amy Leibrand

Monday, January 19, 2015

  • How John Cleese got his accidental start in comedy
    Known for his work in Monty Python, on “Fawlty Towers” and in various movies, comedian and writer John Cleese was originally on a path to becoming a lawyer before finding himself “accidentally” in a comedy troupe. Jeffrey Brown talks with the British performer about early influences, advice for young comedians and his new memoir, “So, Anyway”.
    Original Air Date: January 19, 2015
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  • Eisenhower held first televised news conference 60 years ago
    Monday marks the 60th anniversary of the first televised presidential news conference. In our NewsHour Shares video of the day, President Dwight Eisenhower proves that not much has changed since 1955.
    Original Air Date: January 19, 2015
  • Spotting the fakes among the five-star reviews
    Online reviews of businesses, from your corner coffee shop to your airport cab ride, are now ubiquitous. But fraudulent consumer reviews are also on the rise. Special correspondent Jackie Judd meets a fake review writer, as well as the people who are working to crackdown on reviewers for hire.
    Original Air Date: January 19, 2015
  • Political divide on immigration looms over Nevada families
    In Nevada, the debate on immigration reform has consequences beyond the political. Facing a mixed bag of law and executive action, many live with the fear that their families will be divided by deportation. Gwen Ifill reports on personal stakes at the heart of the political fight.
    Original Air Date: January 19, 2015
    Gwen Ifill examines the impact that the immigration debate is having on one family in Las Vegas.
  • Tweaking tax code to put more money in middle class pockets
    President Obama’s new tax code proposal calls for tax increases for higher-income earners and more tax benefits for low- and middle-income earners. Jeffrey Brown learns more from Neil Irwin of The New York Times about what the plan says about the state of the economy and potential political ramifications.
    Original Air Date: January 19, 2015
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  • Heightened anxiety and vigilance in U.K. after Paris attacks
    For the British people, the proximity of the Paris attacks seems to make the chance of another terror attack in their country more likely. How is the British government addressing the threat? Chief foreign affairs correspondent Margaret Warner talks to Judy Woodruff while on assignment in London.
    Original Air Date: January 19, 2015
    Armed police stop traffic during a vehicle search on London Bridge in London
  • Students lend their small voices to King's big dream
    In honor of Martin Luther King Jr., students from Washington, D.C.'s Watkins Elementary gathered Friday to celebrate what has become an annual tradition. Each year the fifth grade students study and reenact the "I Have a Dream" speech the late Civil Rights leader gave during the March on Washington in 1963.
    Original Air Date: January 19, 2015

Sunday, January 18, 2015

  • Inside Obama's middle class tax plan
    President Obama will reportedly unveil a plan to offer tax relief for the middle class during his State of the Union address on Tuesday night. The plan would be paid for by increasing taxes the rich pay on investments and inherited property. For more, Carol Lee of the Wall Street Journal joins Hari Sreenivasan from Washington.
    Original Air Date: January 18, 2015
    President Obama Delivers State Of The Union Address At U.S. Capitol
  • More students living in poverty strains education system
    A newly released report by the Southern Education Foundation says the majority of all public school students across the United States come from low-income families. Experts say that could have important implications for the nation's education policies. Washington Post reporter Lyndsey Layton joins Hari Sreenivasan from Washington to discuss the issue.
    Original Air Date: January 18, 2015
    Sophomores in Jennifer Litzen's world literature class at Northern Durham High School use laptops from the school's mobile computer lab for a class project Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2003, in Durham, N.C. The school has a wireless mobile computer lab which brings laptops to classrooms so students can learn to use multi-media applications and use the internet. (AP Photo/Jeffrey A. Camarati)
  • Project aims to count Africa's shrinking elephant population
    The Great Elephant census, an ambitious two-year initiative funded by an American philanthropist, aims to count all of the elephants in Africa to save the species. But as numbers continue dwindle, due in large part to poaching, researchers -- already faced with a herculean task and countries resistant to join the census -- must first establish how many they are trying to save.
    Original Air Date: January 17, 2015
    An Elephant herd the Great Elephant Census team counted during one flyover. Credit: Frankfurt Zoological Society

Saturday, January 17, 2015

  • Amid terror threats, European cities bolster security
    In the wake of last week's shootings in Paris and a sweeping Belgian counter-terror operation this week that left two suspects dead, security has been bolstered as countries throughout Europe scramble to handle growing threats. For the latest about stepped-up security in Belgium, Matthew Dalton, a reporter with the Wall Street Journal, joins Hari Sreenivasan via Skype from Brussels.
    Original Air Date: January 17, 2015
  • Viewers comments about police and minorities relationship
    Hari Sreenivasan reads viewer comments about to two previously aired conversations between former police officers and community leaders regarding their ongoing tense relationship.
    Original Air Date: January 17, 2015

Friday, January 16, 2015

  • Will DOJ’s civil forfeiture reform mean more accountability?
    The Justice Department is changing the federal rules on civil forfeiture. Local police departments around the country have used the controversial practice to raise nearly $3 billion by seizing property from people who are suspected but not convicted of a crime. Hari Sreenivasan talks to Sarah Stillman of The New Yorker about the rise of civil forfeiture and the first signs of reform.
    Original Air Date: January 16, 2015
    MAJOR SHIFT holder justice department seal
  • Shields and Brooks on same-sex right to marry
    Syndicated columnist Mark Shields and New York Times columnist David Brooks join Judy Woodruff to discuss the week’s news, including the Supreme Court’s move to consider same-sex marriage, next steps for Republican congressional leaders, emerging GOP candidates for the next presidential race, plus thoughts on the NewsHour’s decision to not show the post-attack cover of Charlie Hebdo.
    Original Air Date: January 16, 2015
  • How an EPA plan to cut emissions is playing out in Wyoming
    In Wyoming, people care about issues that affect their land and energy resources. A recently announced EPA initiative to cut carbon emissions, the Clean Power Plan, aims to move American electricity generation away from coal -- the economic lifeblood for that state. Special correspondent Leigh Paterson of Inside Energy looks at both sides of the fight.
    Original Air Date: January 16, 2015
    POWER STRUGGLE monitor Wyoming
  • Only a little bit hotter, but 2014 record continues trend
    2014 was the hottest year in recorded history, even despite below-average temperatures in the Eastern U.S. Judy Woodruff speaks with Gavin Schmidt of NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies about the human impact on global warming.
    Original Air Date: January 16, 2015
    HEATING UP monitor oceans
  • Supreme Court will consider nationwide same-sex marriage
    Same-sex marriage is now legal in 36 states, so should gay couples be allowed to marry nationwide? Having considered aspects of the debate before, the Supreme Court will consider that question directly this spring. Marcia Coyle of The National Law Journal joins Judy Woodruff to look back at past rulings explain the timing behind the move.
    Original Air Date: January 16, 2015
    Photo of U.S. Supreme Court building in Washington, D.C., by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images
  • In Belgium, terminally ill children have the right to die
    More than a decade after Belgium became the second country in the world to legalize euthanasia, it once again made headlines in early 2014 when it became the first country to lift any age restrictions associated with the procedure. Terminally ill children can request euthanasia if they are near death, and suffering “constant and unbearable physical” pain with no available treatment.
    Original Air Date: January 16, 2015

Thursday, January 15, 2015

  • Europe’s porous borders pose problems in hunt for terrorists
    The attacks in Paris and today's raids against militants in Belgium highlight the trend of European Muslims traveling to Syria and Iraq to fight. Gwen Ifill talks to Lorenzo Vidino of the European Foundation for Democracy about Europe’s porous borders and the challenge of monitoring possible suspects.
    Original Air Date: January 15, 2015
    Belgian police block a street in central Verviers where Belgian counter-terrorist police raided an apartment