Wednesday, December 26, 2012

  • California Law Aspires to Improve Mental Health
    In the wake of several recent shootings, politicians and commentators have called for improved mental health screening and treatment. Spencer Michels reports on a program in California called "Laura's Law," an unfunded mandate that has proven difficult to implement and has drawn concern about involuntary treatment for patients.
    Original Air Date: December 26, 2012
  • Post-Holiday Storm Unleashed Tornadoes, Blizzard
    A massive winter storm that spawned tornadoes and record snow in some parts of the south and midwest caused the death of at least six people, fouled flight schedules and ruined road conditions. Gwen Ifill reports on the huge weather system now beating a destructive trail into the northeast.
    Original Air Date: December 26, 2012

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

  • Greek Poets Muse Austerity Measures
    We examine the Greek economic crisis from a different angle -- from the perspective of poets, and through the prism of history, modern and ancient. Jeffrey Brown talks to poet and classicist A.E. Stallings, a resident of Athens for more than a decade, and poet Titos Patrikios, who has seen other dark times in Greek history.
    Original Air Date: December 25, 2012
  • In China, Corruption Prompts Criticism From Police
    John Sparks of Independent Television News reports from Shandong province, south of Beijing, on complaints of government corruption that are coming from police officers, upset over the abuse of power wielded by superior officers, mirroring anger from the citizen protestors they are supposed to keep in check.
    Original Air Date: December 25, 2012
  • Protecting Civilians in a Conflict Zone With Eyes, Notepad
    Its lush, verdant fields act as food supplier for the Philippines, but Mindanao is also a tense, highly militarized place. Tens of thousands of residents have been forced to flee their homes for squalid camps. In our Agents for Change series, Fred de Sam Lazaro reports on a group of peacekeepers holding the fragile cease-fire.
    Original Air Date: December 25, 2012
  • Full Implementation a Ways Off for Affordable Care Act
    Americans won't see the full effect of the Affordable Care Act until 2014, when uninsured people will be eligible for new coverage or get insurance subsidies. But before that can happen, states must decide how they want to make that system happen and if they want federal assistance. Ray Suarez talks to NPR's Julie Rovner.
    Original Air Date: December 25, 2012
  • Annual Mammograms Necessary? Physicians Debate Prevention
    Annual mammograms have been seen as an important screening tool: They are very effective in helping find small, slow-growing cancers. But how good are they at finding fatal tumors? Health correspondent Betty Ann Bowser reports on a recent study published in the New England Journal of Medicine that has reignited the debate.
    Original Air Date: December 25, 2012
  • Possible Candidates Prime Up for House Races in Illinois
    In the second part of our look at 2013 congressional races, NewsHour political editor Christina Bellantoni and Roll Call's Shira Toeplitz parse politics in Illinois (where Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr.'s seat is up for grabs), South Carolina (where former Gov. Mark Sanford many face ex-wife Jenny in a race) and in New Jersey.
    Original Air Date: December 25, 2012
  • Calls for Peace Around the World on Christmas
    Pope Benedict greeted thousands of followers on Christmas Day, calling for an end to violence in Syria and better resources for the displaced and wounded. In Nigeria, in a region where a radical Islamic sect has previously staged attacks, gunmen killed five Christians. And in Newtown, Conn., worshippers marked a somber holiday.
    Original Air Date: December 25, 2012

Monday, December 24, 2012

  • 100 Years, 100 Poems: the Centennial for Poetry Magazine
    "Print the best poetry written today, in whatever style, genre or approach." Those were the ambitious words written 100 years ago by Harriet Monroe when she founded Poetry, now the oldest monthly journal devoted to verse. Jeffrey Brown speaks with the magazine's editor, poet Christian Wiman, about a new anniversary collection.
    Original Air Date: December 24, 2012
  • In Haiti, a Mission of Religion and Medicine for Father Rick
    Father Rick Frechette went to Haiti 25 years ago on a religious mission to shelter families "broken by tragedy." In his mid-40s, he decided to become a doctor, and then built a modern pediatric medicine facility Fred de Sam Lazaro reports as part of our Agents for Change series on the constant challenges Frechette has faced.
    Original Air Date: 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

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