Friday, December 21, 2012

  • A Doubleheader Year in Review
    We take a look back at the year's best offerings of "the sport of politics and the politics of sport" from the Doubleheader, featuring Mark Shields, David Brooks, Hari Sreenivasan, and Christina Bellantoni.
    Original Air Date: December 21, 2012
    December 21, 2012

Thursday, December 20, 2012

  • Sen.-Elect Heidi Heitkamp on Gun Control, Keystone Pipeline
    Former North Dakota attorney general and the first female in that state elected to the Senate, Democratic Sen.-elect Heidi Heitkamp talks to Jeffrey Brown about how she might react as a legislator to the violent events in Newtown, Conn., her support for the Keystone Pipeline and what's ahead for budget negotiations in Congress.
    Original Air Date: December 20, 2012
  • 'Tis the Season to Save or Spend? A Holiday Money Conundrum
    Is saving money during the holidays smart or Scrooge-ish? Is shopping a way of forging social bonds and expressing your freedom or is it giving in to crass commercialism? Following the lessons of some "economist Christmas carols," economics correspondent Paul Solman weighs the economic and social theories of both sides.
    Original Air Date: December 20, 2012
  • Benghazi Hearings Focus on Painful Lessons, Party Politics
    Congress heard testimony on the "painful lessons" of the Sept. 11 attacks on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi after a report on systemic security failures made by State Department. Kwame Holman reports on the tough questions by Republicans on the early characterizations made by Susan Rice and other members of the administration.
    Original Air Date: December 20, 2012
  • Understanding Why Delivering Aid Can Be a Dangerous Endeavor
    While aid groups operate with apolitical, humanitarian intentions, workers trying to bring relief in the middle of conflicts often find themselves in danger. Ray Suarez talks to Joel Charny of InterAction about the recent deaths of health workers trying to eradicate polio in Pakistan and the "erosion of safety" for aid groups.
    Original Air Date: December 20, 2012
  • House GOP Opt for 'Plan B': Little Chance of Agreement
    Prospects for a budget agreement before Christmas looked slim as the House moved towards a vote on Speaker John Boehner's plan for limiting tax increases by raising rates only for those making more than $1 million. Jeffrey Brown talks to Norman Ornstein of American Enterprise Institute and political editor Christina Bellantoni.
    Original Air Date: December 20, 2012

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

  • Remembering Robert Bork: Conservative, Supreme Court Nominee
    Federal judge and former solicitor general Robert H. Bork died at age 85 of complications from heart disease. A World War II and Korean War veteran, he is best known for his failed nomination for a U.S. Supreme Court and his conviction that judges should interpret the Constitution with the founders' "original intent" in mind.
    Original Air Date: December 19, 2012
  • Sen. Lieberman Reflects on 24 Years in Senate, Sandy Hook
    Judy Woodruff talks to Sen. Joe Lieberman, I-Conn., who is retiring after 24 years in Congress. Lieberman reflects on the mass shooting at Sandy Hook and his proposals for a commission to review possible gun control laws and address mental health policy, as well as the budget deal negotiations and Washington partisanship.
    Original Air Date: December 19, 2012
  • In Damascus, Syrians Still Seek Sense of Normal Life
    While the U.N. estimates that 1 million Syrians will have fled their homeland by June 2013, many Syrians are attempting to stay within their communities in hopes of maintaining some sense of normality despite the losses and disruptions of civil war. Alex Thomson of ITN reports.
    Original Air Date: December 19, 2012
  • Appropriate Security and Preventing Future Attacks Abroad
    The State Department was held responsible for the lack of embassy security and accurately measuring risks that led to attacks on U.S. Consulate in Libya. Jeffrey Brown talks to Rep. Ed Royce, R-Calif., and Rep. Eliot Engel, D-N.Y., who say what's important is not who is to blame, but how to prevent such attacks in the future.
    Original Air Date: December 19, 2012
  • Examining the Efficacy and Limitations of Gun Control Laws
    While lawmakers discuss what legislation could help prevent mass shootings like the one at Sandy Hook Elementary, Ray Suarez talks with UCLA School of Law's Adam Winkler and economist John Lott for debate on what potential legislative action could make a real impact on rates of gun-related crimes and violence.
    Original Air Date: December 19, 2012
  • President Obama Declares Gun Control a 'Central Issue'
    The White House stepped up its response to Sandy Hook by planning to give Congress recommendations prevent mass shootings, from mental health services to gun control laws. Gwen Ifill talks to Gov. Pat Quinn, D-Ill., who is pushing for statewide bans in Illinois on assault weapons and high capacity ammunition magazines.
    Original Air Date: December 19, 2012
  • NewsHour Extended Interview with retiring Sen. Joe Lieberman
    Judy Woodruff chats with retiring Sen. Joe Leiberman about the Newton tragedy, prospects for gun control legislation and Washington, D.C. politics.
    Original Air Date: December 19, 2012
  • Pickering Commission: Benghazi Consulate Security Measures "
    Pickering commission leadership announces results of Benghazi inquiry.
    Original Air Date: December 19, 2012
  • President Obama Announces Gun Policies Task Force
    President Obama announced in a press briefing today that Vice President Biden will spearhead an inter-agency process to formulate gun policies in the aftermath of the Newtown, Conn., tragedy. Obama also took questions from the press on various topics including the fiscal cliff negotiations.
    Original Air Date: December 19, 2012

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

  • Words of Hope and Healing: Mr. Rogers Message Goes Viral
    After the shooting in Newtown, a tiny bit of hope was found in a message from children's advocate Fred Rogers via social media. Ray Suarez talks to Washington Post writer Maura Judkis whose father Jim Judkis photographed Rogers over his career, including the image published on Facebook along with words from the late Mr. Rogers.
    Original Air Date: December 18, 2012
  • Remembering Sen. Daniel Inouye, 88, Hawaii Statesman
    Since the state of Hawaii was admitted to the union in 1959, Daniel Inouye represented its constituents. A senator for nearly 50 years, Inouye died at the age of 88. Jeffrey Brown reports on the life and legacy of statesman, remembered as a life-long civil servant, World War II hero and consensus builder in Congress.
    Original Air Date: December 18, 2012
  • Polarizing Indian Political Figure Modi Seeks Re-Election
    Narendra Modi, chief minister of the Indian state of Gujarat, is running for a fourth term in elections, and many believe he will be India's next prime minister. A political darling to some, Kira Kay reports that Muslim residents of Gujarat are concerned that Modi has not stood up for the rights of religious minorities.
    Original Air Date: December 18, 2012
  • Newtown Community Seeks Meaning, Change After Mass Shooting
    With the tragic events of the mass shooting last week at Sandy Hook Elementary, residents of Newtown, Conn., wanted to create a coalition for substantial change. Hari Sreenivasan meets with community members of Newtown United to listen to their grief, their desire for change and what large-scale action they hope to inspire.
    Original Air Date: December 18, 2012
  • Pro Gun Rights Sen. Warner Says Tighter Firearms Laws Needed
    As funerals continued for shooting victims in Newtown, Conn., the White House and congressional leaders called for new gun legislation. Gwen Ifill speaks with Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., a strong supporter of the Second Amendment, who explained that while there may be no easy solution, "Enough is enough."
    Original Air Date: December 18, 2012
  • Budget Plan Offers Laid Out in Negotiations, Deal Elusive
    President Obama raised the threshold for higher tax rates to households making $400,000 annually and offered spending cuts, but Republicans held that the White House's plans don't go far enough on spending cuts. Judy Woodruff talks to The Wall Street Journal's Carol Lee and WNYC's Todd Zwillich about the battle for an agreement.
    Original Air Date: December 18, 2012

Monday, December 17, 2012

  • Honoring the Sandy Hook Shooting Victims
    In a special honor roll, we remember the 27 victims -- 20 children and seven adults -- of the mass shooting in Newtown, Conn.
    Original Air Date: December 17, 2012
  • Kids Need Sense of Normalcy, Reassurance in Time of Crisis
    As parents around the country nervously dropped their children off at school the week after a mass shooting at a Connecticut elementary school, Jeffrey Brown talks to psychaistrist Dr. Nancy Rappaport and psychologist Amy Smith about what to say and what not to say to children in times of crisis, and the importance of routine.
    Original Air Date: December 17, 2012
  • Memorials, Flags at Half-Staff Mark Mourning in Newtown
    Hari Sreenivasan reports from Newtown, Conn., as the town mourns its youngest victims and the fallen heroes at Sandy Hook Elementary who helped save the lives of students. Some residents try to describe what they knew about the shooter, while members of the close-knit community offer support and assistance to grieving families.
    Original Air Date: December 17, 2012
  • Revisiting Mental Health, Gun Control Policy After Tragedy
    In the aftermath of the Sandy Hook shootings, Americans are discussing national policy on guns and mental health. Judy Woodruff gets four perspectives from gun control advocate Dan Gross, gun rights supporter David Kopel, psychologist and mental health expert Dr. Katherine Nordal and Columbia University's Dr. Irwin Redlener.
    Original Air Date: December 17, 2012
  • News Wrap: Afghanistan, Two Dead, More Than a Dozen Wounded
    In other news Monday, Taliban officials claimed responsibility for a car bomb that exploded outside a U.S.-operated company compound in Kabul. Meanwhile, nine girls died in an explosion in an eastern province of Afghanistan that police say may have been triggered by a land mine left over from the time of the Soviet invasion.
    Original Air Date: December 17, 2012
  • Dianne Feinstein to Reintroduce Expired Assault Weapons Ban
    Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif, has pledged to revive a law banning assault weapons at the opening of the next session of Congress. Gwen Ifill talks to Feinstein about the chances a new ban will pass after its 2004 expiration, and how it might eventually make weapons like those used in the Sandy Hook shooting less available.
    Original Air Date: December 17, 2012
  • Funerals Begin for Shooting Victims of Sandy Hook
    Funerals have begun for victims of last week's shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. Ray Suarez reports on President Obama's visit to the community and vigil address over the weekend, new details revealed about shooter Adam Lanza and how this tragic event is shaping discussion in Washington.
    Original Air Date: December 17, 2012