Thursday, December 13, 2012

  • Dr. Thomas Kosten on the Cocaine Vaccine
    Dr. Thomas Kosten explains how his team is working on a vaccine that would prevent cocaine users from feeling high off of the drug.
    Original Air Date: December 13, 2012

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

  • Miles O'Brien Raises a Glass for Science
    To get to the bottom of the connection between alcohol and genes, NewsHour's Miles O'Brien participated in a study at the University of California San Diego, where he drank 30 grams of ethanol mixed with Diet Coke. Watch his response to the cocktail and how it affects him.
    Original Air Date: December 12, 2012
  • Shankar, 92, Popularized Indian Music for Western Audiences
    Virtuoso sitar player, Ravi Shankar inspired a new fascination with and appreciation for classical Indian music in Western popular culture. Judy Woodruff remembers the man who tutored Beatles guitarist George Harrison, performed at Woodstock and won three Grammy awards. Shankar passed away at the age of 92.
    Original Air Date: December 12, 2012
  • Alan Simpson's Social Media Appeal for Budget Discussion
    Gwen Ifill talks to the Daily Download's Howard Kurtz and Lauren Ashburn about news via social media, including a video by Alan Simpson calling on Americans to use social media to express their views on budget deal negotiations. Plus the Pope -- someone with a lot of followers even before joining Twitter -- starts tweeting.
    Original Air Date: December 12, 2012
  • Science and Politics of North Korea's Long-Range Missile
    Though Kim Jong-Il passed away in December 2011, his son Kim Jong Un continues his father's policies with the latest rocket launch. Margaret Warner talks to David Wright of Union of Concerned Scientists and Han Park of University of Georgia about the politics and consequences for the launch, including proliferation concerns.
    Original Air Date: December 12, 2012
  • Grover Norquist on Balanced Approach to 'Pink Unicorns'
    Since 1986, the Taxpayer Protection Pledge has been signed by politicians promising to oppose increases to the marginal income tax rate. But some Republicans say they may be willing to break the pledge to avoid the fiscal cliff. Judy Woodruff talks to pledge creator Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform.
    Original Air Date: December 12, 2012
  • Will Syrian Rebels Also Receive Military Assistance?
    While the endorsement of the Syrian National Council could pave the way for more international aid, questions remain over whether countries such as the U.S. will provide military assistance to rebels. Gwen Ifill talks to Atlantic Council's Fred Hof and National Defense University's Murhaf Jouejati about what's next for Syria.
    Original Air Date: December 12, 2012
  • In 'Pullman Porter Blues,' a Family's Trip Through Time
    "Pullman Porter Blues," which took playwright Cheryl L. West almost five years to complete and is one of her more personal works, tells the story of three generations of Pullman train porters from the Sykes family who are struggling to come to terms with each other, racial tensions and an uncertain future.
    Original Air Date: December 12, 2012

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

  • How to Protect Against Mobile Apps That Gather Kids' Data
    Investigations are underway to see if companies that make apps are violating the privacy rights of kids by collecting personal data and sharing it with advertisers. Ray Suarez talks to Jessica Rich of the Federal Trade Commission and the Association for Competitive Technology's Morgan Reed on how to ensure privacy for children.
    Original Air Date: December 11, 2012
  • Art, China and Censorship According to Ai Weiwei
    Ai Weiwei has spent his career creating art with a direct social and political message. His photos, sculptures and installations highlight issues like Chinese censorship and corruption. Jeffrey Brown reports on Ai's artistic career and "According to What?," an exhibition of his work at the Hirshhorn Museum in Washington.
    Original Air Date: December 11, 2012
  • British Bank HSBC Makes $2 Billion Settlement
    British bank HSBC is expected to pay $2 billion in a settlement over charges of laundering money on behalf of sanctioned nations such as Iran, Sudan and Cuba, and criminal Mexican drug cartels. Judy Woodruff talks to Wall Street Journal's Devlin Barrett on whether this $2 billion settlement will prove a valuable lesson to HSBC.
    Original Air Date: December 11, 2012
  • Rep. Allyson Schwartz Discusses Budget Options
    Socially liberal and fiscally conservative, Rep. Allyson Schwartz, D-Penn., leads the centrist New Democratic Coalition, serving as a go-between between House leaders and moderate lawmakers. Gwen Ifill talks to the congresswoman for an update on budget negotiations and finding a solution before Christmas.
    Original Air Date: December 11, 2012
  • Egypt Military Calls for Dialogue Between Polarized Groups
    Facing heightened tensions between pro- and anti-Morsi supporters in Cairo, the Egyptian military called for unity talks before a draft constitution goes to national referendum. Ray Suarez talks to Financial Times' Borzou Daragahi about unprecedented polarization between rival groups that have different ideas for Egypt's future.
    Original Air Date: December 11, 2012
  • 'Right-to-Work' Law in Michigan Points to Weak Labor Union
    What will the passage of 'right to work' laws in Michigan mean for unions in what had once been a stronghold for organized labor? Judy Woodruff talks to contributor Micheline Maynard in Ann Arbor and Bill Ballenger of Inside Michigan Politics, who explain why unions' political power has weakened.
    Original Air Date: December 11, 2012
  • Jodie Wu of Global Cycle Solutions
    Jodie Wu of Global Cycle Solutions describes her group's work.
    Original Air Date: December 11, 2012
  • In His Own Words: Dissident Artist Ai Weiwei
    Ai Weiwei, arguably one of the most well known artists and dissidents in the world, told the PBS NewsHour that he will "never be optimistic" about the new Chinese leadership announced in November.
    Original Air Date: December 11, 2012

Monday, December 10, 2012

  • Paul Salopek Answers Viewer Questions About 'Eden Walk'
    Journalist Paul Salopek responds to viewer questions about his upcoming 21,000-mile, 7-year hike around the globe to trace the history of human migration.
    Original Air Date: December 10, 2012
  • Paul Salopek Aims to Walk Around the Globe in 7-year Journey
    Hari Sreenivasan sat down with Paul Salopek to discuss his upcoming 21,000-mile, 7-year hike across the globe.
    Original Air Date: December 10, 2012
  • Making Work Safety a Priority in Bangladesh Apparel Industry
    Bangladesh has one of the fastest growing apparel industries with exports estimated to triple by 2020, reaching as much as $42 billion. Hari Sreenivasan talks to Steven Greenhouse of the New York Times about why safety conditions are not improving for workers even as profits increase in nations such as Bangladesh and Pakistan.
    Original Air Date: December 10, 2012
  • Industrial Residue From Sandy Flood Waters Raise Concerns
    New York's waterways, like the Gowanus Canal, are home to major industry and major pollution. For homes and businesses near the coast, flooding from Hurricane Sandy left greasy residue and worries about long term risks and effects. Special correspondent Rick Karr reports on how officials are testing to check for safety concerns.
    Original Air Date: December 10, 2012
  • Janet Napolitano Discusses Immigration Agenda
    President Obama and Congress have stated immigration reform will be a top priority in the president's second term. Ray Suarez speaks with Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano about border security, comprehensive immigration reform and the role of Homeland Security to shape political agenda and legislation in Congress.
    Original Air Date: December 10, 2012
  • Lawmakers Consider Cutting Tax Deductions to Cut Deficit
    While tax breaks are popular, their future may be limited. Congressional leaders are deliberating on how they can increase revenue in order to bring down the deficit, and deductions may be on the chopping block. Paul Solman explores write-offs for charitable donations, mortgage interest and state and local taxes.
    Original Air Date: December 10, 2012
  • Michigan 'Right-to-Work' Laws Spark Debate on Labor Unions
    In a lame-duck session, Michigan Republicans approved a pair of bills that would make the Great Lakes State into a "right to work" state. Organized labor was furious, accusing politicians of pushing through legislation with no opportunity for public comment. Gwen Ifill talks to two Michigan lawmakers with differing views.
    Original Air Date: December 10, 2012
  • Obama Makes Tax Hike Appeal in Detroit After Budget Talks
    The president and House Speaker Boehner met face-to-face to discuss budget plans, saying "lines of communication" would remain open. Judy Woodruff talks to Washington Post reporter Lori Montgomery, who explains why politicians have chosen to keep deliberations private and what kind of deal may be forming behind closed doors.
    Original Air Date: December 10, 2012
  • Excerpt: Ai Weiwei's 'Caonima Style'
    An excerpt of Ai Weiwei's "Caonima Style," a parody of PSY's "Gangnam Style."
    Original Air Date: December 10, 2012
  • Extended Interviews: 'Ai Weiwei: According to What?'
    More from interviews with Chinese artist Ai Weiwei; Kerry Brougher, chief curator at the Hirshhorn Museum; and Alison Klayman, filmmaker of "Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry."
    Original Air Date: December 10, 2012
  • Weekly Poem: Sally Keith Reads 'Providence'
    Sally Keith reads "Providence'," a poem from her recent book, "The Fact of the Matter."
    Original Air Date: December 10, 2012

Friday, December 7, 2012