Friday, December 14, 2012

  • President Obama Mourns School Massacre
    A gunman entered Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., and opened fire, killing at least 27, among whom 20 were children. In a press conference at the White House, President Obama spoke emotionally of the nation's sorrow for the many victims of the deadly shooting and their families.
    Original Air Date: December 14, 2012
  • State Police Briefing on Newtown, Conn., School Shooting
    The State Police briefed the public about the deadly school shooting that occurred this morning at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. They confirmed that one of the shooters died within the building and reassured that the "scene is secure. Situation is secure. The public is not in danger."
    Original Air Date: December 14, 2012
  • Watch Conn. Gov. Dannel Malloy Speak on Shooting
    Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy addressed the press Friday evening, delivering his thoughts and prayers to the victims of Sandy Hook Elementary School's deadly shooting that claimed the lives of 27, including 20 children.
    Original Air Date: December 14, 2012

Thursday, December 13, 2012

  • Obama and Boehner Meet; Obama Disappointed By Rice Decision
    Judy Woodruff talks to Margaret Talev of Bloomberg News for an update from the latest stories breaking from the White House, including U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice's decision to remove her name from Secretary of State consideration, and White House budget discussions between President Obama and House Speaker Boehner.
    Original Air Date: December 13, 2012
  • Outgoing U.S. Envoy on Afghanistan and Pakistan Progress
    Two years ago, an Afghan peace process was not a realistic prospect for a region plagued by war. Margaret Warner talks to U.S. special envoy to Afghanistan and Pakistan Marc Grossman about his role in making contact and engaging in talks with Taliban officials, and what to expect as U.S. prepares to withdraw troops by 2014.
    Original Air Date: December 13, 2012
  • Bottoms Up to Finding Connection Between Genes and Addiction
    Scientists have not found one master alcoholism gene in DNA but rather several that may affect a person's susceptibility. Science correspondent Miles O'Brien goes under the influence to examine the genetic science behind alcoholism and other addictions, and how the answers point to great challenges in curing substance abuse.
    Original Air Date: December 13, 2012
  • Lawmakers Consider Raising Medicare Age of Eligibility
    Attempting to find a compromise for a budget deal, President Obama indicated he would be open to a GOP proposal to raise the Medicare eligibility age for future retirees from 65 to 67. Ray Suarez talks to Center for American Progress president Neera Tanden and Tevi Troy of the Hudson Institute, who debate the potential impact.
    Original Air Date: December 13, 2012
  • Poll Shows Obama Has Strong Hand for Budget Negotiations
    While Republicans hold fast to the conviction that spending cuts -- not tax increases -- will fix America's debt problems, new polls reveal the public strongly supports President Obama's approach to the budget. Ray Suarez talks to Pew Research Center's Andy Kohut who says what Americans want most is compromise and balance.
    Original Air Date: December 13, 2012
  • News Wrap: Susan Rice Withdraws for Secretary of State
    In other news Thursday, U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Susan Rice withdrew her name from consideration as a possible replacement for resigning Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Rice fell under criticism by leading Republicans in Congress for what they cited as her poor response to attacks on a U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya.
    Original Air Date: December 13, 2012
  • Russian Diplomat Urges Political Deal in Syria
    Having been an ally of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, Russia is now watching the leader lose ground to the rebels. Judy Woodruff talks to Vitaly Churkin, Russia's ambassador to the United Nations, who says that while Russia is not supporting Assad, it remains strong in its rejection of outside military intervention in Syria.
    Original Air Date: December 13, 2012
  • The Last Days of Mes Aynak
    When documentary filmmaker Brent Huffman first visited the Buddhist archaeological site of Mes Aynak in eastern Afghanistan in June 2011, he was awed by the 2,600-year-old city, how it stretches for 100 acres, encompassing artifacts, monasteries and more than 200 statues of Buddha. Now he's on his way back to bear witness to its last days.
    Original Air Date: December 13, 2012
    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 Forbes.com 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

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