Friday, December 23, 2011

  • The Year in Film
    Jeffrey Brown talks to the New York Times' A.O. Scott about the films of 2011.
    Original Air Date: December 23, 2011
    December 23, 2011

Thursday, December 22, 2011

  • Fearing Bioterrorism, Government Panel Asks: What Research Should Be Secret?
    How much research about the deadly bird flu virus should be available to the public? Ray Suarez discusses the question that many in the science, bioterrorism and national security fields are considering with Dr. Anthony Fauci of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and Bruce Alberts of the journal Science.
    Original Air Date: December 22, 2011
  • Making Sen$e: Rich Shopper, Poor Shopper
    As part of his series on Making Sen$e of financial news, business and economics correspondent Paul Solman explores how retailers are faring in an economy that's increasingly divided between the haves and the have-nots.
    Original Air Date: December 22, 2011
  • Will Pentagon's Errors Admission in Deadly Pakistani Airstrike Smooth Relations?
    A Pentagon inquiry released Thursday conceded that some mistakes were made in a November airstrike on two Pakistani outposts near the Afghan border that killed 24 troops. Margaret Warner discusses the Pentagon's expressed regret for the loss of life and strained U.S.-Pakistani ties with The Wall Street Journal's Adam Entous.
    Original Air Date: December 22, 2011
  • In Face of Coordinated Attacks in Iraq, Should U.S. Have Stayed Put?
    The capital of Iraq was plunged back into chaos Thursday when at least 16 bombings shook Baghdad. Jeffrey Brown discusses the attacks' connection to a long debate about what the U.S. gained from its nearly nine years in Iraq, with Meghan O'Sullivan of Harvard's Kennedy School and John Mearsheimer of the University of Chicago.
    Original Air Date: December 22, 2011
  • Boehner on Payroll Tax Cut Deal: 'Our Members Waged a Good Fight'
    House Speaker John Boehner announced late Thursday that he reached agreement with the Senate to pass an extension of the payroll tax cut before its Dec. 31 expiration date.
    Original Air Date: December 22, 2011
  • House GOP Agrees to Tax Cut Deal, but Is Another Showdown Just 2 Months Away?
    Breaking an impasse Thursday afternoon, House GOP leaders set a vote on a stopgap Senate bill that extends the payroll tax cut and long-term unemployment benefits for another two months. Judy Woodruff discusses the latest developments in Washington with Todd Zwillich of WNYC's "The Takeaway."
    Original Air Date: December 22, 2011
  • Students Size Up Nevada's High Dropout Rates
    Students from Desert Pines High School in Las Vegas examine why their state has the highest dropout rates in the nation and what can be done about it.
    Original Air Date: December 22, 2011
  • Author Eric Weiner Explores Reasons Why Some Americans Switch Religions
    Nearly one in three Americans will change religions sometime in their lives. Author Eric Weiner, who previously wrote "The Geography of Bliss," looks at how religious preferences play out in the United States in his new book, "Man Seeks God: My Flirtations With the Divine." In a conversation with Ray Suarez, Weiner says there is more tolerance for religious diversity than studies might suggest.
    Original Air Date: December 22, 2011
  • Participation in Sports Keeps Kids in School
    Students from Desert Pines High School in Las Vegas report on why extracurricular activities such as athletics help kids stay in school.
    Original Air Date: December 22, 2011
  • The Year in Music
    As 2011 draws to a close, Jeffrey Brown talks to the Los Angeles Times' Randall Roberts about the year in music.
    Original Air Date: December 22, 2011
    December 22, 2011

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

  • Poet Mark Doty Reflects on Community Bonds Forged by Handel's 'Messiah'
    Poet Mark Doty, winner of the National Book Award, reflects on one of the great traditions of the holiday season: Handel's "Messiah."
    Original Air Date: December 21, 2011
  • For Egyptian Women, 'a March of Anger' and More Calls for Protests, Protection
    Ten-thousand women marched Tuesday in Tahrir Square after brutal attacks of women were reported during protests in Cairo. Margaret Warner discusses Egypt's political struggles with corporate executive May Nabil, who participated in Tuesday's demonstrations.
    Original Air Date: December 21, 2011
  • In Morocco, 20,000 Imams Trained to Teach HIV/Aids Awareness, Compassion
    The taboo topic of HIV, particularly how to prevent it and treat it, rarely surfaces in public ways in Muslim societies, but religious leaders across Morocco are trying to change that. Ray Suarez reports.
    Original Air Date: December 21, 2011
  • New EPA Rules Target Power Plants' Toxic Mercury Emissions
    The Environmental Protection Agency unveiled new standards Wednesday to curb mercury emissions from coal- and oil-fueled power plants around the country. Gwen Ifill discusses the announcement with the Electric Reliability Coordinating Council's Scott Segal and the Natural Resources Defense Council's John Walke.
    Original Air Date: December 21, 2011
  • Democrats Pressure House GOP to Back Down on Payroll Tax Cut
    Republicans and Democrats mired in a stalemate over extending the payroll tax cut Wednesday. Judy Woodruff reports on House Speaker John Boehner's call to President Obama, and the White House's use of Facebook and Twitter to leverage support for extending the tax break.
    Original Air Date: December 21, 2011
  • News Wrap: Syrian Dissidents Report More Than 100 Killed by Government Forces
    In other news Wednesday, Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki demanded that Kurdish authorities hand over Vice President Tariq Al-Hashemi, who fled to the Kurdish North this week to escape an arrest warrant. In Syria, dissidents reported government forces killed more than 100 people in an organized massacre.
    Original Air Date: December 21, 2011
  • Bank of America to Pay $335M to Settle Countrywide Case of Alleged Racial Bias
    Bank of America agreed to pay a $335 million settlement Wednesday over alleged claims of racial bias in home mortgage lending involving Countrywide Mortgage, which the bank bought in 2008. Jeffrey Brown discusses the investigation and settlement with Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan.
    Original Air Date: December 21, 2011
  • Poet Mark Doty Reflects on a Community Uniting to Peform Handel's Messiah
    Poet Mark Doty reads a piece that looks upon a great Christmas tradition that comes in the form of a community coming together to sing Handel's 'Messiah'.
    Original Air Date: December 21, 2011
  • Poet Mark Doty Reads 'A Display of Mackerel'
    Mark Doty reads his poem, "A Display of Mackerel."
    Original Air Date: December 21, 2011
  • The Year in Fiction
    Jeffrey Brown talks to book critic Ron Charles of the Washington Post about the year in fiction.
    Original Air Date: December 21, 2011
    December 21, 2011

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

  • Film Tells Story of Warlord-Turned-Evangelist Known as General Butt Naked
    The film "The Redemption of General Butt Naked" follows a brutal African warlord who has renounced his violent past and reinvented himself as a Christian evangelist. This excerpt is part of The Economist Film Project series of independently produced films aired in partnership between The Economist and the NewsHour.
    Original Air Date: December 20, 2011
  • How Does North Korea Stay So Secretive?
    The fact that U.S. intelligence apparently didn't notice the death of Kim Jong-il for 48 hours is a demonstration of how impenetrable North Korea continues to be. Margaret Warner discusses the mysterious nation with former senior CIA and State Department intelligence analyst Robert Carlin, now at Stanford University.
    Original Air Date: December 20, 2011
  • Does Maliki Want to Become Unchallenged Ruler of Iraq?
    The last U.S. convoy had hardly crossed into Kuwait on Sunday when Iraq was thrust into new and potentially dangerous political turmoil. Judy Woodruff discusses the country's latest political crisis with the Naval Postgraduate School's Abbas Kadhim and Feisal Istrabadi of Indiana University.
    Original Air Date: December 20, 2011
  • Ahead of Iowa Caucuses, Gingrich's Momentum Fades as Criticism Mounts
    The Republican presidential race has turned into a national dead heat, especially in Iowa where the first votes will be cast in two weeks. Gwen Ifill discusses the candidates' momentum with Stuart Rothenberg of the Rothenberg Political Report and USA Today's Susan Page.
    Original Air Date: December 20, 2011
  • In Washington, a Familiar Showdown, but 'People Are Dug in Much Deeper'
    President Obama and House Speaker John Boehner dug in their heels Tuesday and refused to break a stalemate over extending a payroll tax cut after the House balked at approving a two-month extension. Jeffrey Brown discusses the latest back-and-forth between Democrats and Republicans with Todd Zwillich of WYNC's "The Takeaway."
    Original Air Date: December 20, 2011

Monday, December 19, 2011

  • Protestors and Police Clash Anew in Cairo
    A police crackdown on protestors in Cairo, during the second stage of Egypt's election, led to the most-violent episodes yet in the post-Mubarak era. Margaret Warner gets the latest from The New York Times' David Kirkpatrick, who has been covering the unrest on Egypt's streets.
    Original Air Date: December 19, 2011
  • Madeleine Albright on Vaclav Havel's 'Massive Moral Authority, Great Courage'
    Thousands of Czechs braved the freezing cold Monday in Prague to pay their respects to former President Vaclav Havel, who died Sunday at age 75. Judy Woodruff discusses the extraordinary life of the writer, dissident and president with former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright.
    Original Air Date: December 19, 2011