Friday, December 27, 2013

  • What's behind the government corruption scandal in Turkey
    Once regarded as the model for successful Muslim democracy, Turkey is now facing corruption allegations that go right to the heart of the government. Chief foreign correspondent Margaret Warner joins Judy Woodruff to discuss how Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan is attempting to fight back.
    Original Air Date: December 27, 2013
  • Syria conflict is spreading division and violence in Lebanon
    While the powerful political parties in Lebanon have talked about trying to keep things calm in their country, they support opposing sides of the Syrian civil war. Hari Sreenivasan talks to Anne Barnard of The New York Times about the symbolism of the bombing in the center of Beirut that killed a prominent political figure.
    Original Air Date: December 27, 2013
  • Malian singer-songwriter Rokia Traoré plays 'Sikey'
    Award-winning Malian singer-songwriter Rokia Traoré plays "Sikey" off her new album "Beautiful Africa."For more Art Beat: www.newshour.pbs.org/art
    Original Air Date: December 27, 2013
  • Malian singer-songwriter Rokia Traoré plays 'Sarama'
    Award-winning Malian singer-songwriter Rokia Traoré plays "Sarama" off her new album "Beautiful Africa."For more Art Beat: www.newshour.pbs.org/art
    Original Air Date: December 27, 2013

Thursday, December 26, 2013

  • Returning dignity to those who were forgotten in life
    At a former mental institution cemetery in Faribault, Minn., graves are marked with numbers rather than names. But one disability rights group is working to return dignity back to the forgotten departed. Special correspondent Fred de Sam Lazaro reports on efforts to remember those who spent their lives on the margins of society.
    Original Air Date: December 26, 2013
  • Tracking the "Unwinding" of American social institutions
    Have the institutional fabrics that used to ensure average citizens a secure place in American society come unraveled in the last few decades? Jeffrey Brown talks to George Packer about his award-winning book, "The Unwinding: An Inner History of the New America," and the growing social stratification in the U.S.
    Original Air Date: December 26, 2013
  • How has surveillance impacted cyber security agenda?
    To review what we've learned about the National Security Agency's spying practices -- and the ramifications of those revelations -- since leaks began in the summer, Judy Woodruff consults James Bamford, author of "The Shadow Factory," retired Gen. Michael Hayden, former director of the NSA, and Dmitri Alperovitch of CrowdStrike.
    Original Air Date: December 26, 2013
  • Lake Tahoe community battles over future of development
    Lake Tahoe, straddling the border of California and Nevada, attracts 3 million visitors each year. But decades of economic development and climate change are now putting the lake's famously blue waters in danger. Gabriela Quiros of KQED reports on the conflict between development and protecting the lake for generations to come.
    Original Air Date: December 26, 2013
  • U.S. rushes to bolster Iraq in fight against militants
    The UN estimates more than 8,000 people have been killed in the latest surge of violence in Iraq, prompting the Pentagon to bolster the country's ability to battle the al-Qaida militants behind many of the attacks. Hari Sreenivasan talks to Michael Gordon of The New York Times.
    Original Air Date: December 26, 2013
  • George Packer talks economic forces in political discourse
    Jeffrey Brown talks with New Yorker staff writer George Packer, author of "The Unwinding," in an online extra where Packer discusses the way inequality, economic forces and what's happening to some American institutions are rising front and center again in the political discourse -- as well as how he went about picking people to profile for his book.
    Original Air Date: December 26, 2013

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

  • Writer Jay Parini considers 'human face of God'
    A writer rather than a religious scholar, Jay Parini has written a new book, "Jesus: The Human Face of God," that explores how Jesus not only created a world religion but changed history. Jeffrey Brown talks to Parini about his different take on the story of Jesus.
    Original Air Date: December 25, 2013
  • What lies ahead for the Indian economy?
    India has one of the world's largest economies, but growth for the advancing country has slowed to less than 5 percent a year since 2011. With the value of the rupee dropping and inflation surging, how is India's central bank prepared to cope? Hari Sreenivasan interviews Raghuran Rajan, governor of the Reserve Bank of India.
    Original Air Date: December 25, 2013
  • Reviewing 2013's foreign policy challenges
    In 2013, the U.S. opted to negotiate rather than use force in Syria and Iran, but did these efforts lead to a loss of credibility? Anne-Marie Slaughter of the New America Foundation, international consultant John Negroponte, David Ignatius of The Washington Post and Trudy Rubin of The Philadelphia Inquirer join Judy Woodruff.
    Original Air Date: December 25, 2013
  • Parini talks the 'spiritual journey' of writing about Jesus
    Jay Parini, author of the new book "Jesus: The Human Face of God," talks about how he came to write about Jesus' life instead of his usual novels. He sat down with Jeffrey Brown for an online extra diving into "re-mythologizing" Jesus and how the latest discoveries in material have changed how the story needed to be written.
    Original Air Date: December 25, 2013

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

  • Will new Common Core standards centralize student learning?
    One of the most significant and controversial changes in U.S. education this year was the growing adoption of new academic standards known as the Common Core. Jeffrey Brown talks to Claudio Sanchez of NPR, Amanda Ripley, author of "The Smartest Kids in the World," and NewsHour Special Correspondent for Education John Merrow.
    Original Air Date: December 24, 2013
  • Why fewer monarch butterflies are surviving their migrations
    Monarch butterflies migrate to warmer regions each winter, but in recent years Mexico has seen far fewer monarch arrivals. Environmental changes have eliminated the butterflies' sources of food and shelter along the way. Independent video journalist Ross Velton reports on efforts to help monarchs survive their journey south.
    Original Air Date: December 24, 2013
  • Snowden 'vindicated' that NSA revelations raised questions
    Former NSA contractor Edward Snowden made headlines this year when he leaked classified documents about U.S. surveillance practices. In an extensive interview with Barton Gellman of The Washington Post, Snowden said he doesn't regret his actions. Jeffrey Brown talked to Gellman to review other highlights from their conversation.
    Original Air Date: December 24, 2013
  • UN Ambassador Power: 'Relentless' diplomacy in South Sudan
    As South Sudan battles a widespread and volatile rebellion, the U.S. has focused on securing American citizens and helping the U.N. to strengthen security forces in the region. Gwen Ifill talks to U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Samantha Power about the outlook for diplomacy in South Sudan, as well as the Central African Republic.
    Original Air Date: December 24, 2013
  • Dick Davis reads poems three short Persian poems
    Dick Davis, a preeminent scholar of medieval Persian literature, recently published "Faces of Love: Hafez and the Poets of Shiraz," a book of poems he translated from mid-14th century Iran. Here, he read three poems by Jahan Malek Khatun, an Inju Princess. Check out more Art Beat: http://www.pbs.org/newshour/art/
    Original Air Date: December 24, 2013
  • Dick Davis on "Faces of Love" and poetry in Iranian culture
    As a young man, Dick Davis fell in love with Iran and ever since he has dedicated his life to bringing its culture to the west. "Its been a wonderful odyssey." He recently published "Faces of Love: Hafez and the Poets of Shiraz." He spoke to chief arts correspondent Jeffrey Brown's about Hafez and the importance of poetry in Iranian culture.For more Art Beat: http://www.pbs.org/newshour/art
    Original Air Date: December 24, 2013

Monday, December 23, 2013

  • Will 2014 yield immigration reform?
    Despite a push from President Obama for immigration reform, 2013 failed to yield any sweeping legislation. Judy Woodruff talks to Mark Hugo Lopez of the Pew Research Center, Tamar Jacoby of ImmigrationWorks USA, Angela Maria Kelley of the Center for American Progress and Jessica Vaughan of the Center of Immigration Studies.
    Original Air Date: December 23, 2013
  • Your holiday spending may result in an economic loss
    When purchasing holiday gifts for your friends and family, is it really the thought that counts? Some economists argue that spending money on presents that don't produce the same amount of satisfaction from the receiver is a dead weight loss. Paul Solman explores this grinchy economic perspective on the holiday shopping season.
    Original Air Date: December 23, 2013
  • What policies could 'fine tune' U.S. surveillance practices?
    Recommendations by an advisory panel to review U.S. spying practices were released last week. The report, commissioned by President Obama, raised questions about the NSA's phone metadata collection program and surveillance on foreign leaders. Jeffrey Brown talks with two members of the panel: Geoffrey Stone and Peter Swire.
    Original Air Date: December 23, 2013
  • Feds extend health care sign up by one day
    The Obama administration pushed back the ACA enrollment deadline to Dec. 24, giving uninsured Americans one more day to sign up for health care coverage that begins Jan. 1. Officials say the extensions will also help HealthCare.gov deal with the last minute surge. Gwen Ifill talks to Alex Wayne of Bloomberg News.
    Original Air Date: December 23, 2013
  • Dick Davis reads 'I see no love in anyone'
    Dick Davis, a scholar of Persian literature and a poet himself, has translated the works of three poets from 14 century Iran. Here he reads "I see no love in anyone," composed by the renowned Persian poet Hafez.
    Original Air Date: December 23, 2013
  • Dan Ariely's New Evidence that People Don't Care about Taxes
    PBS NewsHour economics correspondent Paul Solman speaks with Duke psychologist and behavioral economist Dan Ariely about how tax rates affect worker performance.
    Original Air Date: December 23, 2013
  • Why Not Give Money Instead of a Gift?
    PBS NewsHour economics correspondent Paul Solman speaks with Duke psychologist and behavioral economist Dan Ariely about his new research on bonuses. Money doesn't necessarily confer the positive incentive to work that one might think, Ariely explains.
    Original Air Date: December 23, 2013

Sunday, December 22, 2013

  • How to choose a charity that really delivers
    Studies show that Americans are the most charitable people in the world, but a change to charitable deductions may reduce the overall amount given to charity by billions. Charity Navigator's CEO Ken Berger explains how to choose a charity which provides the best giving value per dollar.
    Original Air Date: December 22, 2013

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