Tuesday, January 3, 2012

  • Occupy Des Moines Steps Onto the Political Stage
    We've all seen the dramatic coverage of the Occupy Wall Street movement in cities across America in 2011. While OWS focused on income inequality and the power of money in politics as a corrupting influence, a frequent criticism of the movement is that it stands little chance of affecting change if it doesn't work within the political process.
    Original Air Date: January 3, 2012

Monday, January 2, 2012

  • It's Not Mind-Reading, but Scientists Exploring How Brains Perceive the World
    It's not mind-reading, but some cutting-edge scientific research could reconstruct brain activity. Jake Schoneker, a recent graduate of the University of California, Berkeley's School of Journalism, reports.
    Original Air Date: January 2, 2012
  • Why Is Egypt's Military Using Strong-Arm Tactics?
    Egyptian security forces last week raided the offices of human rights organizations, including several backed by the U.S. government, further straining relations between the countries. Jeffrey Brown discusses ongoing upheaval in Egypt with Georgetown University's Samer Shehata and The Council on Foreign Relations' Steven Cook.
    Original Air Date: January 2, 2012
  • LAPD Urge Ongoing Vigilance After Arrest in String of Arson Fires
    Another dozen fires erupted early Monday around Los Angeles, totaling more than 50 in at least four separate parts of the area over just four nights. Ray Suarez discusses the region's worst arson spree in two decades and the arrest of a suspect with Adam Nagourney, the Los Angeles bureau chief for The New York Times.
    Original Air Date: January 2, 2012
  • As Iowa Winnows the Republican Field, Who Will Survive for N.H. Primary Fight?
    In the final 24 hours of campaigning before Iowa's Caucuses, the pressure is on GOP presidential candidates to convince many undecided voters to caucus for them on Tuesday night. Gwen Ifill discusses what to expect coming out of the Caucuses with The Rothenberg Political Report's Stuart Rothenberg and USA Today's Susan Page.
    Original Air Date: January 2, 2012
  • Hours Before Caucuses, Many Iowan Voters Still Undecided Over GOP Contenders
    With just hours to go until Tuesday night's Iowa Caucuses, and with a new poll confirming four in 10 caucus-goers are either undecided or could change their minds, the pressure on Republican presidential candidates to close the deal with Hawkeye State voters was palpable. Judy Woodruff reports.
    Original Air Date: January 2, 2012

Friday, December 30, 2011

  • Why Are Fewer Americans Getting Married?
    Fewer and fewer Americans are tying the knot, according to a new Pew Research report that showed 51 percent of the adult population was married, compared to 1960 when 72 percent of the country was married. Ray Suarez discusses the changing demographics of marriage in the United States.
    Original Air Date: December 30, 2011
  • Suburb in Wealthy Illinois County Sees Unexpected Rise in Poverty
    A suburban neighborhood of one of the nation's wealthiest counties has experienced a surprising rise in the number of people living below the poverty line -- a trend that accelerated in suburbs across the country during the recession. Elizabeth Brackett of WTTW Chicago reports.
    Original Air Date: December 30, 2011
  • Shields and Brooks on Ron Paul's 'Authenticity,' Romney's Message, Iowa's Role
    Syndicated columnist Mark Shields and New York Times columnist David Brooks discuss the week's top political news, including the state of the GOP presidential race, what Iowans are considering ahead of Tuesday's Caucuses and how Iowa will shape the rest of the primary season for Republicans.
    Original Air Date: December 30, 2011
  • 'Need to Know' Explores Evangelical Voters' Sway Over GOP Candidates in Iowa
    Four years ago, Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee beat Mitt Romney and the other GOP candidates in the Iowa Caucuses with strong conservative evangelical support led by a man named Bob Vander Plaats. "Need to Know" correspondent Rick Karr reports on the power of Vander Plaats and the religious right in the Hawkeye State's elections.
    Original Air Date: December 30, 2011
  • How Will Undecided Iowa Caucus-Goers Decide?
    A new NBC-Marist poll showed Mitt Romney and Ron Paul leading the GOP field in Iowa Friday, but many likely caucus-goers said they're still trying to decide which candidate they'll ultimately support on Tuesday. Judy Woodruff spoke with five still-undecided Republican voters in Iowa.
    Original Air Date: December 30, 2011
  • Ahead of Tuesday's Vote, Another Poll Shows Romney, Ron Paul Ahead in Iowa
    Heading into the final stretch before Tuesday's first-in-the-nation Caucuses, the GOP contenders chatted up Iowan voters in cold and windy weather Friday. Judy Woodruff reports on the candidates' last-minute campaigning.
    Original Air Date: December 30, 2011

Thursday, December 29, 2011

  • Oakland Program Aims to Pique Girls' Interest in Science
    As part of the NewsHour's American Graduate series, correspondent Spencer Michels reports on Techbridge, an after-school program based in Oakland, Calif., that shows hundreds of female students a path to pursuing careers in science and technology, while also trying to minimize the chances of them dropping out of school.
    Original Air Date: December 29, 2011
  • Thousands of Iraqis Who Helped Americans in War Caught in Visa Holdup
    In 2008, Congress passed a law allowing up to 5,000 Iraqis who had helped Americans during the war to come to the U.S. with their families as refugees each year, but the visa process has been slowed. Jeffrey Brown discusses the holdups with the University of Minnesota's Eric Schwartz and The Philadelphia Inquirer's Trudy Rubin.
    Original Air Date: December 29, 2011
  • How the U.S. Economy, Americans Fared in 2011
    From the jobless rate to a discouraging housing market and an aggravated lot of indebted college graduates, the year's defining economic stories kept a downbeat theme. Ray Suarez discusses 2011's economic impact with The Atlantic's Don Peck, the University of Pennsylvania's Annette Lareau and The Chicago Sun-Times' Terry Savage.
    Original Air Date: December 29, 2011
  • Caucuses Seen as 'Very Important,' but 'You Have to Take Iowa in Context'
    Republican presidential hopefuls in Iowa shifted into campaign overdrive Thursday for the final leg before next week's first-in-the-nation Caucuses. Jeffrey Brown weighs the state's significance in the nominating process with Richard Norton Smith of George Mason University and Jeff Stein of the State Historical Society of Iowa.
    Original Air Date: December 29, 2011
  • Dropouts, Girls, and Science
    Spencer Michels sits down with Claude Steele, the dean of the School of Education at Stanford, to discuss the controversial stereotype that females don't perform as well in science, technology, engineering and math (known as STEM).
    Original Air Date: December 29, 2011
  • Oakland Superintendent on Dropout Rates: 'Most Serious Issue' We Face
    Oakland Schools Superintendent Tony Smith sits down with Spencer Michels to discuss graduation rates in his district and how it affects the rest of the city in terms of employment opportunities and crime statistics.
    Original Air Date: December 29, 2011

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

  • Book Critic Ron Charles Discusses Year's Best Works of Fiction
    Jeffrey Brown talks with book reviewer Ron Charles of The Washington Post about what he considers four of the best works of fiction in 2011.
    Original Air Date: December 28, 2011
  • Scientists in Kenya Try to Fend Off Disease Threatening World's Wheat Crop
    Scientists in Kenya's Rift Valley are taking part in a complicated and protracted global fight against Ug99, a fungal disease called wheat rust that could destroy 80 percent of all known wheat varieties. Special correspondent Fred de Sam Lazaro reports as part of the Under-Told Stories Project.
    Original Air Date: December 28, 2011
  • How 2011 Became a 'Mind-Boggling' Year of Extreme Weather
    From snowstorms to floods and tornadoes, severe weather wreaked havoc across the United States this year, with 2011 marking far more extreme weather events than a typical year. Hari Sreenivasan discusses the science behind this year of extreme weather with NOAA's Kathryn Sullivan and Weather Underground's Jeff Masters.
    Original Air Date: December 28, 2011
  • Could U.S. 'Start Fresh' With North Korea's New Leader?
    Mourners in North Korea said goodbye to Kim Jong-il Wednesday. The funeral procession, led by Kim's designated successor, signified the end of an era for an isolated nation. Gwen Ifill discusses how the leadership change could affect U.S. policy with Donald Gregg of The Korea Society and Georgetown University's Balbina Hwang.
    Original Air Date: December 28, 2011
  • In Iowa Ads, Candidates Stay Mostly Positive as Super PACs Do the Attacking
    Pushing closer to the Iowa Caucuses, GOP presidential candidates and the outside groups supporting them are pouring money into TV and radio ads -- spending more $10 million in December alone. Judy Woodruff and Ken Goldstein of the Campaign Media Analysis Group discuss the potential outcome of all this spending.
    Original Air Date: December 28, 2011
  • Economics Comedy in Beijing: Part Two
    The penultimate post from Our Man in Beijing, standup economist Yoram Bauman. This one chronicles a true test: doing jokes in front of a Chinese audience. The responses are instructive, as are Yoram's responses during the q-and-a. His answer about horses and Mercedes' alone is worth the price of watching.
    Original Air Date: December 28, 2011

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

  • Ondaatje Crafts Semi-Autobiographical Tale of Ocean Voyage in 'The Cat's Table'
    Michael Ondaatje's new novel "The Cat's Table" is a shipboard story about a boy's travel's from Ceylon to England. Jeffrey Brown and Ondaatje, author of "The English Patient," discuss the coming-of-age tale based in part on the writer's own past.
    Original Air Date: December 27, 2011
  • What's Next for Russia's Political Leadership?
    Amid election-fraud accusations and growing political turbulence, where are Russia and Prime Minister Vladimir Putin headed? Margaret Warner discusses the country's political upheaval with Stephen Sestanovich of the Council on Foreign Relations and Leon Aron of the American Enterprise Institute.
    Original Air Date: December 27, 2011
  • In Peru, Gold Rush Leads to Mercury Contamination Concerns
    In remote regions of the Peruvian Amazon, extensive gold-mining operations have stirred major environmental concerns over mercury contamination in fish, fish-eating wildlife and humans. In collaboration with the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, special correspondent Steve Sapienza reports.
    Original Air Date: December 27, 2011
  • A Week Before Caucuses, Iowa Republicans Taking Final Measure of Candidates
    Republican presidential candidates in Iowa are all smiles this week, shaking hands and corralling votes in anticipation of the upcoming Caucuses. Judy Woodruff discusses the GOP hopefuls' final push in the Hawkeye State with state Republican Chairman Matthew Strawn and Radio Iowa's O. Kay Henderson.
    Original Air Date: December 27, 2011