Monday, December 24, 2012

  • Congressional Seats Go Up for Grabs Soon After 2012 Election
    Death, resignation and high-profile jobs have resulted in an unusual number of newly competitive Senate openings. Roll Call's Shira Toeplitz and NewsHour political editor Christina Bellantoni walk through the political cause and effect of congressional vacancies in Massachusetts, Hawaii and South Carolina.
    Original Air Date: December 24, 2012
  • Oakland Dispensary Takes Leading Role in Pot Showdown
    In California, the battle between federal and state authorities over legal marijuana is coming to a head in a high-profile legal challenge. Our report comes from special correspondent Jake Schoneker of Media Enterprise Alliance, a PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Lab based in Oakland, Calif.
    Original Air Date: December 24, 2012
  • ElBaradei: Constitution Will 'Institutionalize Instability'
    In Egypt, citizens are still awaiting official results of the country’s constitutional referendum even though one side seems to have won the clear majority. Jeffrey Brown speaks to McClatchy Newspapers’ Nancy Youseff from Cairo. Then, Gwen Ifill speaks with opposition leader Mohamed ElBaradei of the National Salvation Front.
    Original Air Date: December 24, 2012
  • Spate of Attacks Recharge Conversation on Gun Violence
    Gunfire tore at the nation’s holiday mood again Monday with the emotional wounds from a school massacre still fresh. There were more fatal shootings, including one in Rochester, N.Y., where an attacker lay in wait for a fire crew, and in Houston, where a gunman killed a police officer and another man before being captured.
    Original Air Date: December 24, 2012

Friday, December 21, 2012

  • Honor Roll for December 20, 2012
    We end the NewsHour with the latest military deaths, a part of our ongoing honor roll of the American service personnel killed in the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts.
    Original Air Date: December 21, 2012
  • Student Reporting Labs React to Newtown
    As young people across the country began to mourn and process the mass shooting in Newtown, Conn., the NewsHour asked students from the 45 schools participating in its Student Reporting Labs to talk with their classmates about their initial reactions. Here are some of their stories.
    Original Air Date: December 21, 2012
  • Sec. Duncan on Finding Community Solutions to Gun Violence
    A special PBS broadcast called "After Newtown" will air Friday at 8 p.m. ET, continuing a national dialogue about the issues raised by the tragedy in Newtown, Conn. As part of the collaboration, Gwen Ifill spoke with Education Secretary Arne Duncan. Here is the broadcasted excerpt of their conversation.
    Original Air Date: December 21, 2012
  • Shields and Gerson on Cabinet Noms, Gun Laws, John Boehner
    Syndicated columnist Mark Shields and Washington Post columnist Michael Gerson discuss the week's top political news with Judy Woodruff, including the president's second-string Secretary of State John Kerry, House Speaker John Boehner's fledgling following and the NRA press conference.
    Original Air Date: December 21, 2012
  • Congress Goes Home After House GOP Spurns Boehner's Plan
    Congress broke for Christmas after conservative House Republicans spurned Speaker John Boehner's so-called "Plan B" budget deal. Boeher's plan would have raised tax rates for households making more than $1 million. Congressional correspondent Kwame Holman reports on efforts to resolve the fiscal crisis before the new year.
    Original Air Date: December 21, 2012
  • NRA Rejects Calls for New Gun Laws, Advocates Armed Guards
    Since the mass shooting in Newtown, Conn., the NRA has been the subject of criticism, but its leaders hadn't made any public statement. The group broke its silence in Washington when NRA leader Wayne LaPierre reacted to the attack. Ray Suarez gets a response to the NRA's address from Mark Glaze of Mayors Against Illegal Guns.
    Original Air Date: December 21, 2012
  • News Wrap: Opponents Clash in Alexandria
    In other news Friday, the streets of Egypt's Alexandria were filled with clashing Islamists and their opponents. It was the eve of a final-round vote on a draft constitution that's backed by Islamists and President Mohammed Morsi. Also, North Korea has detained an American citizen and says he confessed to unspecified crimes.
    Original Air Date: December 21, 2012
  • Remaking of Foreign Policy Team: Kerry Up for Sec. of State
    President Obama nominated Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., to replace Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State. The announcement came after U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice withdrew her name after some political contention. Jeffrey Brown discusses the upcoming Cabinet changes with journalist James Mann and The Washington Post's David Ignatius.
    Original Air Date: December 21, 2012
  • Education Secretary Arne Duncan on Newtown, Gun Violence
    Earlier this week, correspondent Gwen Ifill sat down with Secretary of Education Arne Duncan for the PBS special report "After Newtown," which airs 8 p.m. ET Friday, one week after the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School.
    Original Air Date: December 21, 2012
  • What Immigrants Can Teach the Rest of America
    Journalist Claudia Kolker talks with Ray Suarez about her recent book, "The Immigrant Advantage: What We Can Learn from Newcomers to America about Health, Happiness and Hope."
    Original Air Date: December 21, 2012
  • How To Make Sure Online Students Don't Cheat
    Jarrod Morgan, VP of ProctorU demonstrates how his company checks and proctors an online exam for massive open online courses (MOOCs).
    Original Air Date: December 21, 2012
  • One Professor's Approach to Online Learning
    UC Berkeley professor Dan Garcia teaches an online course -- not free -- and is learning from it valuable lessons on how to teach in the classroom. He demonstrates for Spencer Michels of the NewsHour his technique, and quizzes he includes in his lectures.
    Original Air Date: December 21, 2012
  • Watch President Obama Nominate Sen. Kerry for Sec. of State
    President Obama formally nominated Senator John Kerry of Massachusetts to replace current Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who is stepping down for the president's second term.
    Original Air Date: December 21, 2012
  • Greek Poet Titos Patrikios Reads 'Molyvos'
    Greek poet Titos Patrikios reads "Molyvos."
    Original Air Date: December 21, 2012
  • Greek Poet Titos Patrikios Reads 'Lionsgate'
    Greek poet Titos Patrikios reads "Lionsgate."
    Original Air Date: December 21, 2012
  • Poet A.E. Stallings Reads 'On a Greek Proverb'
    Poet A.E. Stallings reads "On a Greek Proverb."
    Original Air Date: December 21, 2012
  • Extended Interview: Poet Christian Wiman
    More of Jeffrey Brown's conversation with Christian Wiman, editor of Poetry magazine.
    Original Air Date: 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
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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