Wednesday, 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 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

  • Paul Salopek Answers Viewer Questions About 'Eden Walk'
    Journalist Paul Salopek responds to viewer questions about his upcoming 21,000-mile, 7-year hike around the globe to trace the history of human migration.
    Original Air Date: December 10, 2012
  • Paul Salopek Aims to Walk Around the Globe in 7-year Journey
    Hari Sreenivasan sat down with Paul Salopek to discuss his upcoming 21,000-mile, 7-year hike across the globe.
    Original Air Date: December 10, 2012
  • Making Work Safety a Priority in Bangladesh Apparel Industry
    Bangladesh has one of the fastest growing apparel industries with exports estimated to triple by 2020, reaching as much as $42 billion. Hari Sreenivasan talks to Steven Greenhouse of the New York Times about why safety conditions are not improving for workers even as profits increase in nations such as Bangladesh and Pakistan.
    Original Air Date: December 10, 2012
  • Industrial Residue From Sandy Flood Waters Raise Concerns
    New York's waterways, like the Gowanus Canal, are home to major industry and major pollution. For homes and businesses near the coast, flooding from Hurricane Sandy left greasy residue and worries about long term risks and effects. Special correspondent Rick Karr reports on how officials are testing to check for safety concerns.
    Original Air Date: December 10, 2012
  • Janet Napolitano Discusses Immigration Agenda
    President Obama and Congress have stated immigration reform will be a top priority in the president's second term. Ray Suarez speaks with Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano about border security, comprehensive immigration reform and the role of Homeland Security to shape political agenda and legislation in Congress.
    Original Air Date: December 10, 2012
  • Lawmakers Consider Cutting Tax Deductions to Cut Deficit
    While tax breaks are popular, their future may be limited. Congressional leaders are deliberating on how they can increase revenue in order to bring down the deficit, and deductions may be on the chopping block. Paul Solman explores write-offs for charitable donations, mortgage interest and state and local taxes.
    Original Air Date: December 10, 2012
  • Michigan 'Right-to-Work' Laws Spark Debate on Labor Unions
    In a lame-duck session, Michigan Republicans approved a pair of bills that would make the Great Lakes State into a "right to work" state. Organized labor was furious, accusing politicians of pushing through legislation with no opportunity for public comment. Gwen Ifill talks to two Michigan lawmakers with differing views.
    Original Air Date: December 10, 2012
  • Obama Makes Tax Hike Appeal in Detroit After Budget Talks
    The president and House Speaker Boehner met face-to-face to discuss budget plans, saying "lines of communication" would remain open. Judy Woodruff talks to Washington Post reporter Lori Montgomery, who explains why politicians have chosen to keep deliberations private and what kind of deal may be forming behind closed doors.
    Original Air Date: December 10, 2012
  • Excerpt: Ai Weiwei's 'Caonima Style'
    An excerpt of Ai Weiwei's "Caonima Style," a parody of PSY's "Gangnam Style."
    Original Air Date: December 10, 2012
  • Extended Interviews: 'Ai Weiwei: According to What?'
    More from interviews with Chinese artist Ai Weiwei; Kerry Brougher, chief curator at the Hirshhorn Museum; and Alison Klayman, filmmaker of "Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry."
    Original Air Date: December 10, 2012
  • Weekly Poem: Sally Keith Reads 'Providence'
    Sally Keith reads "Providence'," a poem from her recent book, "The Fact of the Matter."
    Original Air Date: December 10, 2012

Friday, December 7, 2012

  • Sharing American History Lessons in 140 Characters or Less
    How does modern technology allow us to engage in conversations about the past? Gwen Ifill talks to presidential historian Michael Beschloss about how the Twitter-verse has opened up new ways to view history in the digital age.
    Original Air Date: December 7, 2012
  • Shields & Brooks on Jobs Report, 'Fiscal Cliff' Negotiations
    Judy Woodruff and NewsHour political analysts Mark Shields and David Brooks discuss the week's top political news, including the November jobs report, the U.S. budget negotiations and Sen. Jim DeMint's resignation for a job at the Heritage Foundation.
    Original Air Date: December 7, 2012
  • Shields and Brooks on Pot Laws, RGIII and Heisman Picks
    Syndicated columnist Mark Shields and New York Times columnist David Brooks tackle the sport of politics and the politics of sport with correspondent Hari Sreenivasan. They discuss the fact that three states, by popular vote, have made marijuana more legal or less illegal, depending on how you look at it. In sports, the guys talk about RG III, the dazzling Washington Redskins quarterback.
    Original Air Date: December 7, 2012
  • Supreme Court to Review Laws Banning Same-Sex Marriage
    The Supreme Court announced plans to review challenges to two laws regarding same-sex marriage: a California state law and the federal Defense of Marriage Act's provision, which both define marriage as between a man and a women. Margaret Warner looks at what's at stake with National Law Journal's Marcia Coyle.
    Original Air Date: December 7, 2012
  • News Wrap: Boehner, 'No Progress to Report' on Fiscal Deal
    In other news Friday, Washington's stalemate continues. House Speaker John Boehner announced that no noteworthy progress had been made in negotiations for a deal between House Republicans and the Obama administration to reduce America's long-term deficit before automatic tax hikes and spending cuts kick in come January.
    Original Air Date: December 7, 2012
  • Extend Unemployment Insurance Amid Fiscal Uncertainty?
    Businesses added 146,000 jobs in November, but Paul Solman reports the 7.7 percent unemployment rate was partially driven by Americans leaving the workforce. Jeffrey Brown talks to National Employment Law Project's Judy Conti and Heritage Foundation's Bill Beech, who debate the pros and cons of extending unemployment insurance.
    Original Air Date: December 7, 2012

Thursday, December 6, 2012

  • With Assad a 'Dead Man Walking,' Efforts Look to Transition
    Jeffrey Brown talks to Atlantic Council's Fred Hof who explains the potentially important role that the U.N., the U.S. and Russia to end Syria's war and inspire a transition of leadership. He says President Assad is a "dead man walking," and without a doubt his regime will come to an end, hopefully sooner rather than later.
    Original Air Date: December 6, 2012
  • Norfolk Readies for Future Storms, Sea Level Rise
    When Hurricane Sandy hit a week before Election Day, it helped surface the issue of rising sea levels and resulting vulnerability of coastal cities to flooding. In conjunction with WHRO, Mike Melia travels to Norfolk, Va., where the mayor must decide whether or not to rebuild parts of the city that may be unlivable in 15 years.
    Original Air Date: December 6, 2012