Friday, 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
  • Amid Arab League's Monitoring Attempts, What's Next for Syria?
    Arab League peace monitors arrived in Syria's embattled city of Homs Tuesday, where up to 70,000 protesters turned out. Gwen Ifill discusses the situation in Syria with The Wall Street Journal's Matt Bradley.
    Original Air Date: December 27, 2011

Monday, December 26, 2011

  • How the Iraq War Changed a Generation of Veterans
    After the withdrawal of the last U.S. combat troops, four Iraq war veterans share their experiences and reflect on the personal impact of the nine-year war. Jeffrey Brown leads the conversation.
    Original Air Date: December 26, 2011
  • In 'Man Seeks God,' Author Eric Weiner Hunts for Divine Meaning
    Former NPR reporter Eric Weiner's new book, "Man Seeks God: My Flirtations with the Divine," recounts his voyage around the world to discover more about his own beliefs. During a season that, for many, centers on religion and spirituality, Ray Suarez and Weiner discuss the quest for God and personal faith.
    Original Air Date: December 26, 2011
  • In Face of Holiday Sales, Colorado Students Begin to Learn Financial Discipline
    A Colorado law that went into effect this fall requires schools to teach public school students about financial responsibility -- from drawing coins and bills to deducting purchases from their classroom bank accounts. Correspondent Tom Bearden reports.
    Original Air Date: December 26, 2011
  • After Deadly Church Attacks in Nigeria, What Do Boko Haram Extremists Want?
    At least 39 people were killed in Christmas Day attacks on Christian churches in Nigeria. Margaret Warner discusses the bombings and the Boko Haram extremist group that claimed responsibility with Paul Lubeck, a sociology professor at the University of California, Santa Cruz.
    Original Air Date: December 26, 2011
  • Romney Focuses More on Iowa, Hoping to Become 'Unstoppable Force' in Primaries
    In a flurry of bus touring, pheasant hunting and endorsement courting, GOP presidential candidates are honing and sharing their last-minute campaign messages before next week's Iowa Caucuses. Gwen Ifill discusses the race and year in politics with The Rothenberg Political Report's Stuart Rothenberg and USA Today's Susan Page.
    Original Air Date: December 26, 2011
  • Reddit Hopes to Unwrap Guinness World Record for World's Largest Secret Santa
    With almost 40,000 people participating from 114 countries, the online community Reddit is attempting to claim the Guinness World Record for world's largest secret santa exchange, organized through it's gift-exchange site RedditGifts. Hari Sreenivasan speaks with Erik Martin, General Manager of Reddit, to discuss the quest for the record and the scope of their undertaking.
    Original Air Date: December 26, 2011
  • Weekly Poem: 'Rime Riche'
    Monica Ferrell is the author of the collection of poems "Beasts for the Chase" (2008, Sarabande Books) and the novel, "The Answer Is Always Yes" (2008, Dial Press).
    Original Air Date: December 26, 2011
    December 26, 2011

Friday, December 23, 2011

  • Minn. Church Recalls How Christmas Carols Saved Some U.S. Lives in World War II
    A Minnesota congregation celebrated Christmas this year by retelling the true story of a Christmas Eve attack on the SS Leopoldville troop-transport ship during World War II's Battle of the Bulge. Special correspondent Fred de Sam Lazaro reports on the unusual holiday tale as part of the Under-Told Stories Project.
    Original Air Date: December 23, 2011
  • Author Daniel Yergin on U.S. Need for a 'Diversified Energy Portfolio'
    Amid concern over tensions and violence in Iraq and Syria, oil prices rose to nearly $100 a barrel Friday. Jeffrey Brown discusses the ongoing hunt for untapped reserves of energy and how the demand for energy has shaped political and economic change around the globe with Daniel Yergin, author of "The Quest" and "The Prize."
    Original Air Date: December 23, 2011

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