Friday, December 12, 2014

  • News Wrap: Computer failure shuts down London airspace
    In our news wrap Friday, British officials demanded an investigation of an incident that brought Europe’s busiest airport to a standstill. Also, the Pew Research Center found that the wealth gap between white Americans and minorities is growing.
    Original Air Date: December 12, 2014
  • The Senate report compared to President Bush's 2006 Speech
    President George W. Bush, in a 2006 speech, outlined the U.S.’s successes in capturing and questioning high-level terrorists involved with the 9/11 attacks. But according to the Senate report, some of the intelligence the president referenced was based on false information provided by the CIA.
    Original Air Date: December 12, 2014
    U.S. President George W. Bush delivered a speech on the CIA's program hold and interrogate terrorism detainees on September 6, 2006. The Senate's 2014 Intelligence report has called many of Bush's statements into question.  Photo by Jim Young/Reuters

Thursday, December 11, 2014

  • PBS NewsHour full episode Dec. 11, 2014
    Tonight on the program, we examine CIA Director John Brennan's response to the Senate's interrogation report. Also: How can police cool down confrontations before they turn deadly, Peru's indigenous people call for protections against environmental threats, how the economy is affecting the American dream, this year's elevated flu threat, and true crime podcast sensation "Serial."
    Original Air Date: December 11, 2014
    December 11, 2014
  • Peru’s indigenous people call for environmental protections
    As delegates from around the world gather in Lima, Peru, to work on a framework on climate change, thousands of Peruvians flocked to the capital to demand better protection for their lands and cultures. As part of our Culture at Risk series, Jeffrey Brown reports from Lima on the struggle to balance the protection of remote indigenous communities with industry and growth.
    Original Air Date: December 11, 2014
  • How police can cool down conflicts before they turn deadly
    The ways police are trained to use force and to work in communities of color are being scrutinized in the wake of shootings in Ferguson and Cleveland, as well as the death of Eric Garner in New York. Judy Woodruff discusses training with New Haven Police Chief Dean Esserman, David Klinger of the University of Missouri and Ronald Hampton, former head of the National Black Police Association.
    Original Air Date: December 11, 2014
    Arrests Made For Alleged Plans To Disrupt Macy's 2014 Thanksgiving Day Parade Over Ferguson Decision
  • Brennan strikes back at scathing CIA interrogation report
    In a rare news conference, CIA Director John Brennan defended the agency’s record on so-called enhanced interrogation techniques and conceded abuses. While Brennan said that in some cases harsh tactics led to or confirmed important information, he admitted the cause-and-effect “is unknown and unknowable.” Gwen Ifill learns more from Siobhan Gorman of The Wall Street Journal.
    Original Air Date: December 11, 2014
  • What ‘Serial’-mania says about the popularity of podcasts
    A weekly podcast has riveted millions with its exploration of a true crime story and its questions about whether the man at its center is guilty or innocent. "Serial" probes the 1999 conviction of a high school senior who was charged with the murder of his ex-girlfriend. Hari Sreenivasan talks to Slate’s David Haglund about the runaway success of the show, now the most popular podcast in history.
    Original Air Date: December 11, 2014
  • What you need to know about this year’s elevated flu threat
    ‘Tis the season to be sick in households across America, and this year’s flu shot may not save you. Doctors are warning that the season could be more severe than they thought because a strain of the virus is not responding to the vaccine. Gwen Ifill gets tips for how to prepare from L.J. Tan of the Immunization Action Coalition.
    Original Air Date: December 11, 2014
  • Is economic reality wiping out the American dream?
    The U.S. economy has been showing signs of more robust recovery, but many Americans say they're not feeling it. A new poll by The New York Times found the public is more pessimistic than it was right after the financial collapse. Andrew Ross Sorkin of The New York Times joins Judy Woodruff to discuss American perceptions of economic mobility and inequality.
    Original Air Date: December 11, 2014
  • News Wrap: Police clear Hong Kong protest site
    In our news wrap Thursday, two months of pro-democracy demonstrations in Hong Kong ended after police cleared the main protest site. Also, a powerful storm was expected to dump up to 8 inches of rain on the West Coast, knocking out power, disrupting flights and raising fears of landslides.
    Original Air Date: December 11, 2014

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

  • PBS NewsHour full episode Dec. 10, 2014
    Wednesday on the NewsHour, we get debate on the effectiveness of harsh interrogation tactics on terror suspects. Also: Can Congress make a budget deal, how U.S. and Iraq can partner in combating the Islamic State group, giving people on Medicaid more choices for long-term care and profane bedtime stories find popularity with parents.
    Original Air Date: December 10, 2014
    December 10, 2014
  • Profane picture books make fun out of a parent’s pains
    Picture books are usually kid-oriented, but two expletive-laden tales, written like traditional bedtime stories, are parents-only hits. “You Have To F**king Eat” and “Go The F**k To Sleep” have become best-sellers, with audiobooks voiced by Samuel L. Jackson and Bryan Cranston -- two actors well-versed in the art of swearing. Jeffrey Brown interviews author Adam Mansbach.
    Original Air Date: December 10, 2014
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  • Kurdish deputy prime minister on fighting Islamic State
    While Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel visited Baghdad to meet with Iraq's new prime minister, Kurdish Deputy Prime Minister Qubad Talabani came to Washington in hopes of shoring up support for the fight against the Islamic State. Chief foreign affairs correspondent Margaret Warner talks to Talabani about battling the militants and political divisions in Iraq.
    Original Air Date: December 10, 2014
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  • News Wrap: Detroit emerges from bankruptcy
    In our news wrap Wednesday, a federal judge approved plans for the city of Detroit to shed $7 billion of its $18 billion in debt, clearing the way for an end to the largest municipal bankruptcy in history. Also, a national Brazilian commission released a report on systematic torture and killings committed during nearly two decades of military dictatorship.
    Original Air Date: December 10, 2014
  • Report on CIA interrogations draws global criticism
    Fallout from the Senate Intelligence Committee’s report on CIA interrogation tactics has gone global. The new Afghan president called the findings "shocking," while in Poland, where there had been a secret CIA prison, the former president denied knowledge of the particulars of the program. The White House conceded the U.S. will have to rebuild its moral authority. Gwen Ifill reports.
    Original Air Date: December 10, 2014
  • Using Medicaid dollars to expand long-term care choices
    Most Medicaid funds for long-term care go to nursing homes, but waiver programs give low-income seniors and younger adults with disabilities alternative options to get care in more home-like settings. The NewsHour's Cat Wise reports on a program in Michigan called MI Choice, which aims to empower participants and their families to make decisions about the services they want.
    Original Air Date: December 10, 2014
  • Is torture effective for gathering intelligence?
    While the CIA says the use of enhanced interrogation led to key insights on Osama bin Laden, critics argue that the same information can be obtained with non-abusive tactics. Does torture work as an intelligence gathering tool? Gwen Ifill gets views from former CIA official Bill Harlow and former Guantanamo prosecutor David Iglesias.
    Original Air Date: December 10, 2014
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  • On eve of deadline, Congress has a trillion-dollar divide
    House Speaker John Boehner announced a budget deal just a day before the deadline for a possible federal government shutdown. The Republican-written bill has no sign of past shutdown flashpoints, but it doesn't mean everyone is happy. Political editor Lisa Desjardins joins Judy Woodruff to take a look at the fine print and the political wrangling over the more than $1 trillion package.
    Original Air Date: December 10, 2014
    TRILLION DOLLAR  DEAL monitor capitol dome money
  • Myanmar's jade miners suffer rampant heroin addiction
    In northern Myanmar, there's an epidemic of heroin addiction and HIV infection among workers who pull mine for jade. Some believe the government is encouraging the use of drugs as a weapon against their people. Hari Sreenivasan talks to Dan Levin of The New York Times about China’s role in the industry and how the epidemic spread.
    Original Air Date: December 10, 2014
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  • Watch Malala Yousafzai's Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech
    Watch an excerpt of Malala Yousafzai's Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech
    Original Air Date: December 10, 2014
    Malala Yousafzai, a teenage education advocate, was co-winner of the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize. Screen image by PBS NewsHour
  • Watch Kailash Satyarthi's Nobel Peace Prize speech
    Watch an excerpt of Kailash Satyarthi's Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech
    Original Air Date: December 10, 2014
    Children's rights advocate Kailash Satyarthi was co-winner of the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize. Screen image by PBS NewsHour
  • Kate Davis isn't all about that bass
    Kate Davis, a 23-year-old multi-instrumentalist, vocalist and an ASCAP award-winning songwriter debuted her artistry in a recently released EP. Davis explains her relationship with the upright bass, where the inspiration for writing her own music comes from and what she plans to do next.
    Original Air Date: December 10, 2014
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  • When does tough interrogation cross the line?
    When does tough interrogation of U.S. prisoners around the world cross the line into torture and run afoul of international law? And even when there’s no disagreement on what constitutes torture, does it work? Ray Suarez speaks with former intelligence officer Neil Livingstone and former FBI interrogator Jack Cloonan. (Airdate: December 2, 2005)
    Original Air Date: December 5, 2005
    Leg shackles are seen on the floor at Camp 6 detention center, at the U.S. Naval Base, in Guantanamo Bay

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

  • PBS NewsHour full episode Dec. 9, 2014
    Tuesday on the NewsHour, the Senate Intelligence Committee releases an executive summary of a five-year investigation into the CIA’s interrogation tactics used on terror suspects after 9/11. Also: An investigation examines who gets to argue before the Supreme Court, scientists develop technology to communicate with dogs and rock star Melissa Etheridge talks about life, love and music.
    Original Air Date: December 9, 2014
    December 9, 2014
  • Former CIA official rejects interrogation report findings
    Robert Grenier, former director of the CIA Counterterrorism Center, joins Judy Woodruff to offer a rebuttal to the charges made in a Senate Intelligence report on the harsh physical and mental techniques the CIA used on scores of terror detainees after 9/11.
    Original Air Date: December 9, 2014
  • Feinstein: ‘Torture doesn’t work’ is takeaway of CIA report
    A five-year examination into CIA interrogation tactics authorized by the Bush administration has resulted in an extensive executive summary on so-called “enhanced techniques,” including rectal forced feeding and hypothermia. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee and the leading force in the release of the report, discusses the significance with Judy Woodruff.
    Original Air Date: December 9, 2014
  • Translating canine communication with computer science
    Researchers at North Carolina State University are inventing technology to decode dog talk. Hari Sreenivasan visits a computer science lab that has designed a harness to monitor physiological and emotional changes and send wireless commands through vibrations, which could be used with guide animals or search and rescue dogs.
    Original Air Date: December 9, 2014
  • ‘This is M.E.’ embraces Melissa Etheridge’s musical spectrum
    Singer-songwriter Melissa Etheridge has been known for her country and rock hits, but on her new album, "This Is M.E.," she also adds R&B and soul to the mix. Gwen Ifill sits down with the veteran musician to discuss her artistic evolution and the realities of making an album today.
    Original Air Date: December 9, 2014