Friday, November 14, 2014

  • In ‘Rosewater,’ remembering humor and humanity after torture
    In 2009, journalist Maziar Bahari was held for months in solitary confinement in a Tehran prison after being charged with being a spy. He turned his real ordeal into a memoir, which has now been dramatized as "Rosewater," a new movie by Jon Stewart. Jeffrey Brown talks to Bahari and Stewart about appreciating how humor can humanize brutality and the importance of protecting press freedoms.
    Original Air Date: November 14, 2014
  • Shields and Brooks on the China carbon deal
    Syndicated columnist Mark Shields and New York Times columnist David Brooks join Hari Sreenivasan to discuss the week’s news, including the carbon deal between the United States and China, legislative action on the Keystone XL pipeline and how Republicans may respond if President Obama issues an executive action on immigration reform.
    Original Air Date: November 14, 2014
  • How should U.S. deal with decaying nuclear infrastructure?
    Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced a shake-up of the management of the American nuclear weapons stockpile after concluding that the country's aging nuclear infrastructure needs more support. Margaret Warner explores the some of the lapses, and Hari Sreenivasan discusses the potential overhaul with former Defense Department official David Trachtenberg and Bruce Blair of Princeton University.
    Original Air Date: November 14, 2014
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  • Atlantic City shuffles for business as casino luck runs out
    Casinos have been Atlantic City’s lifeblood. Now, they’re bottoming out at alarming rates -- four have already closed this year, leaving thousands unemployed. Economics correspondent Paul Solman explores the gamble that elevated Atlantic City in its prime, and how residents and businesses are trying to cope with its decline as a capital of the gambling industry.
    Original Air Date: November 14, 2014
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  • CDC director: We’re ‘nowhere near out of the woods’ on Ebola
    Hospital officials in Omaha, Nebraska, are preparing to treat a surgeon who was reportedly infected with the Ebola virus while treating patients in Sierra Leone, where the outbreak continues to be dire. In Liberia, infections rates seem to be slowing, but cases have emerged in Mali. Jeffrey Brown gets an update from CDC director Dr. Tom Frieden about Ebola in West Africa and the U.S.
    Original Air Date: November 14, 2014
  • Jon Stewart, Maziar Bahari on satire in the face of darkness
    "Rosewater," the screenwriting and directorial debut of "The Daily Show" host and executive producer Jon Stewart. follows Tehran-born Canadian-citizen Maziar Bahari as he returned to Iran in 2009 and was subsequently held captive. The two sat down with senior correspondent Jeffrey Brown to discuss their new film “Rosewater” and how humor can play a powerful role in handling adversity.
    Original Air Date: November 14, 2014
    Photo by Maria Bryk
  • How 'Rosewater' became Jon Stewart's directorial debut
    "Rosewater" marks the screenwriting and directorial debut of "The Daily Show" host and executive producer Jon Stewart. The film follows Tehran-born Canadian-citizen Maziar Bahari as he returned to Iran in 2009 to interview Mir-Hossein Mousavi, the chief challenger to incumbent president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. The two sat down with senior correspondent Jeffrey Brown to discuss how it all came about.
    Original Air Date: November 14, 2014
    Photo by Maria Bryk

Thursday, November 13, 2014

  • Aspiring filmmakers get kickstart for teen zombie movie
    Sam Suchmann and Mattie Zufelt are best friends. Three years ago, these teenagers with Down syndrome had the idea to make a zombie movie. Now, with help from their supporters, they have raised more than $50,000. The NewsHour's Mike Melia reports on their project and how it reflects a shift toward empowering people with developmental disabilities to express themselves creatively.
    Original Air Date: November 13, 2014
  • Sherpa deaths on Mt. Everest raise compensation questions
    In April, an avalanche on Mt. Everest killed 16 Nepalese mountain guides in the worst accident in the region’s history. Hari Sreenivasan talks to Chip Brown of National Geographic on how the deadly disaster has affected the Sherpa community and the climbing industry.
    Original Air Date: November 13, 2014
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  • Encouraging rural Alaska’s students to become teachers
    In Alaska, roughly three out of four teachers are from out of state, and more likely to stay for a shorter period of time than those who were born and raised there. The NewsHour’s April Brown reports from the town of Dillingham, where educators are trying to encourage local and Alaska Native students to consider teaching in communities where they are desperately needed.
    Original Air Date: November 13, 2014
  • Closing the book on the Amazon and Hachette feud
    The seven-month stand-off between Amazon and Hachette over the pricing and profits of ebooks has ended with a new agreement beginning in early 2015. Jeffrey Brown speaks with Jeffrey Trachtenberg of The Wall Street Journal about how the disagreement hurt both the retailer and authors, and whether the conflict could return.
    Original Air Date: November 13, 2014
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  • Newcomers learn to navigate life on Capitol Hill
    The newest members of Congress are in Washington for orientation ahead of the new session's start in January. Political director Domenico Montanaro meets up with two newly elected lawmakers as they learn to navigate their new positions on the Hill.
    Original Air Date: November 13, 2014
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  • Science is ‘bonus’ after ambitious but bouncy comet landing
    Why land on a comet at all if chance for error is so high? Science correspondent Miles O’Brien joins Judy Woodruff to explain what can be gained from the Rosetta spacecraft’s mission and what we can expect from its research.
    Original Air Date: November 13, 2014
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  • Should the U.S. change its Islamic State strategy?
    For a deeper look at the Obama administration’s strategy to defeat the Islamic State, as well as the regional challenges of implementing that strategy, Gwen Ifill talks to former U.S. Ambassador to Iraq James Jeffrey and Phyllis Bennis of the Institute for Policy Studies.
    Original Air Date: November 13, 2014
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Wednesday, November 12, 2014

  • High Court considers case on Alabama redistricting
    After the 2010 census, the Republican-led Alabama legislature redrew state legislative districts. But their plan was challenged for being a racial gerrymander and violating voting rights. To examine the case's move to the Supreme Court, Marcia Coyle of The National Law Journal joins Gwen Ifill.
    Original Air Date: November 12, 2014
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  • Answering health care FAQ, from penalties to changing plans
    Individuals can start to apply for health care coverage on state and federal exchanges starting Saturday. As a new open enrollment begins, many people have questions about signing up and the consequences of not signing up. Mary Agnes Carey of Kaiser Health News and health policy analyst Susan Dentzer join Judy Woodruff to answer questions from Americans around the nation.
    Original Air Date: November 12, 2014
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  • Rangers risk death to save Africa’s oldest national park
    Virunga National Park in Eastern Congo is the spectacular home to the only mountain gorillas left on the planet, and many other types of wildlife. A new documentary tells the story of a group of rangers working to protect the park from threats of civil war, poachers and oil exploration. Jeffrey Brown interviews filmmaker Orlando von Eisiedel.
    Original Air Date: November 12, 2014
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  • After midterm losses, what’s next for Democratic leadership?
    Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, chair of Democratic National Committee, says that American voters support Democrats on the issues, even if their candidates didn’t fare well in the midterm elections. As Congress gathers to begin the lame duck session, Gwen Ifill speaks with the congresswoman about the party’s assessment of election and plans for the future.
    Original Air Date: November 12, 2014
    The U.S. Capitol Building is reflected in the Senate reflecting pool while undergoing repairs in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2014. Republicans roared back in the midterm elections on Tuesday, capturing control of the Senate from Democrats, winning crucial governor races and solidifying their majority in the U.S. House. Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images
  • Scientists who dared to land on a comet score a touchdown
    The European Space Agency successfully landed a spacecraft the size of a washing machine on a moving comet -- a historic first for space exploration. Tom Clarke of Independent Television News reports on the Philae lander’s amazing touchdown.
    Original Air Date: November 12, 2014
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  • Could the U.S.-China climate deal be a turning point?
    How will deals on trade and climate change, struck during President Obama’s trip to China, affect relations between the United States and China? Susan Shirk of the University of California, San Diego, and author and lawyer Gordon Chang join Gwen Ifill to discuss the significance of the relationship and the pressure on Chinese President Xi Jinping to compromise.
    Original Air Date: November 12, 2014
    U.S. President Barack Obama (left) and Chinese President Xi Jinping at a press conference in Beijing, China, after the 22nd Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) leaders conference, on Nov. 12. Photo by Feng Li/Getty Images
  • Why U.S. and China agreed on climate change action
    The U.S. and China reached a historic agreement to drastically curb carbon emissions after months of secret talks. Will either side be able to deliver on the pledge? Michael Oppenheimer of Princeton University speaks with Gwen Ifill about the pressures that led to the landmark plan and which other countries may be influenced to address climate change.
    Original Air Date: November 12, 2014

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

  • Capturing the collision of war and the civilian world
    Some of the difficulties that veterans face when they return to civilian life often goes unseen by most Americans. Detroit Public Television reports on photographer Jennifer Karate’s attempt to capture the memories and experiences of veterans.
    Original Air Date: November 11, 2014
  • Are veterans’ skills under-employed in the workplace?
    A new book, "For Love of Country," argues that Americans are not truly honoring the newest generation of veterans for their contributions to post-combat life. Chief foreign affairs correspondent Margaret Warner talks to co-authors Howard Schultz, the CEO of Starbucks, and Rajiv Chandrasekaran of The Washington Post about what we don’t understand about these servicemen and women.
    Original Air Date: November 11, 2014
  • In Sierra Leone village, Ebola aid ‘too little, too late’
    While panic over Ebola has mostly faded in the U.S., communities in West Africa are still completely overwhelmed by the deadly epidemic. Alex Thompson of Independent Television News reports from Sierra Leone, visiting a village named Devil Hole where the disease has run rampant.
    Original Air Date: November 11, 2014
  • Answering health care questions as open enrollment nears
    Americans who don’t have health care coverage will have another chance to sign up under open enrollment. Meanwhile, the Supreme Court agreed to consider a legal challenge to some federal subsidies. Mary Agnes Carey of Kaiser Health News and health policy analyst Susan Dentzer join Judy Woodruff to answer common questions about enrollment and the health care law.
    Original Air Date: November 11, 2014
  • Mormon Church grapples with origins and polygamy
    Aspects of early Mormon history have been discussed and debated, but never officially by the church itself until now. The Mormon Church has been releasing essays that acknowledge that their founder, Joseph Smith, engaged in polygamy. Kristine Haglund, editor of “Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought,” joins Jeffrey Brown for a look at how the issue of polygamy factors in contemporary Mormonism.
    Original Air Date: November 11, 2014
  • Fewer veterans are serving in Congress than ever before
    Veterans used to make up a strong majority of Congress. In 1972, more than 70 percent of Congressional members had served in the military. But now, even with lawmakers who are veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, there will be fewer of them than at any time in at least the last 50 years -- just 18 percent. NewsHour political director Domenico Montanaro reports.
    Original Air Date: November 11, 2014
  • Bill Cosby on commissioning a sculpture in honor of his wife
    Bill Cosby shared the meaning behind the large Catlett sculpture commissioned in honor of his wife, Camille. Catlett is best known for her expressionistic sculptures and prints she produced in the 1960's and 1970's. Camille and Bill Cosby own one of the world's preeminent private collections of African American art, which is on display at Smithsonian's National Museum of African Art.
    Original Air Date: November 11, 2014
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