Saturday, December 6, 2014

  • Behind the failed rescue effort of Luke Somers in Yemen
    American photojournalist Luke Somers and South African aid worker Pierre Korkie died during a U.S. rescue mission in Yemen on Saturday. Both men had been held hostage by al-Qaida militants since 2013. Eric Schmitt of the New York Times joins Hari Sreenivasan from Bahrain via Skype with more on that.
    Original Air Date: December 6, 2014
    Photo from Luke Somers' Facebook
  • Is the FBI underreporting killings by police?
    As the nation focused on Staten Island, Ferguson, and Cleveland in the last few weeks and the relationship between citizens and law enforcement, a recent Wall Street Journal investigation revealed that federal accounting for killings by police may be grossly miscalculated. Wall Street Journal reporter Rob Barry joins Hari Sreenivasan for more on that investigation.
    Original Air Date: December 6, 2014
    Police block the West Florissant Avenue, where protesters and looters rampaged businesses following the grand jury decision in the fatal shooting of a 18-year-old black teenager Michael Brown, in Ferguson, Missouri, on November 25, 2014.  Photo by Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty Images
  • Crowdfunding still beyond reach for many entrepreneurs
    Raising a large pool of money from many small contributions online, known as crowdfunding, was supposed to be an option for startup business to raise money when President Obama signed the 2012 JOBS Act into law. But today, that method of raising investment capital from ordinary investors still remains out of reach for many entrepreneurs. NewsHour special correspondent Karla Murthy reports.
    Original Air Date: December 6, 2014
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  • Dead yet online: How to manage a loved one's digital estate
    Because social media, email and bank accounts can remain active even after their owner dies, valuable information can become vulnerable when the people in charge of managing the owner's estate can't access it. NewsHour's Hari Sreenivasan reports on the complications surrounding digital estate planning after death and the drive to increase awareness through legislative action.
    Original Air Date: December 5, 2014
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Friday, December 5, 2014

  • Remembering a last-of-its-kind survivor of Pearl Harbor
    Seventy-three years ago, an attack on Pearl Harbor catapulted the U.S. into World War II. National Air and Space Museum curator Jeremy Kinney shows off a rare survivor from that day -- a military seaplane -- and explains how specialists agonize over how to keep it in tact.
    Original Air Date: December 5, 2014
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  • Shields and Brooks on who gets credit for jobs growth
    Syndicated columnist Mark Shields and New York Times columnist David Brooks join Judy Woodruff to discuss the week’s news, including the better-than-expected jobs report, the nomination of Ash Carter for secretary of defense and the aftermath of the grand jury decision on the killing of Eric Garner.
    Original Air Date: December 5, 2014
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  • How Rolling Stone’s UVa sexual assault story unraveled
    After reporting on a horrific case of sexual assault at the University of Virginia, Rolling Stone magazine acknowledged discrepancies in the victim’s story, saying their trust in her was “misplaced.” Judy Woodruff speaks with T. Rees Shapiro of The Washington Post for more on the revelations that have cast doubt on the account.
    Original Air Date: December 5, 2014
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  • Hiring revs up with more than 300,000 new jobs
    Job growth surged last month, with more than 300,000 new positions added. Hourly wages increased, too. Is there a catch? Diane Swonk of Mesirow Financial joins Hari Sreenivasan to discuss how the economy took a step in the right direction and where it can still improve.
    Original Air Date: December 5, 2014
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  • How Ash Carter differs from Obama’s past defense secretaries
    President Obama announced that Pentagon veteran Ash Carter will be his nominee to succeed Chuck Hagel as secretary of defense. From the White House, Carter pledged his “most candid” strategic and military advice if he is confirmed. Judy Woodruff gets reaction from retired Brig. Gen. David McGinnis, a former Defense Department official, and Foreign Policy’s David Rothkopf.
    Original Air Date: December 5, 2014
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  • Why 'Survivor' trumps 'The Apprentice' in Russia
    Peter Pomerantsev, a Russian-born British author who had been hired to go to Moscow to help create and produce Western-style reality TV shows in the 2000s, shares his observations about why knock-offs of some Western Reality TV hits flopped and why others were successful.
    Original Air Date: December 5, 2014
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  • Why adults want Samuel L Jackson to read to them at bedtime
    Adam Mansbach, author of “Go the F*ck to Sleep," explains why Samuel L Jackson was his first choice for the audio book in this online exclusive.For more Art Beat: newshour.pbs.org/art
    Original Air Date: December 5, 2014
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  • Can humans become a multi-planet species?
    NASA astrobiologist Chris McKay studies the most extreme parts of Earth to understand how life might survive in other perts of the universe. But he's also studying another life form living in space: humans.
    Original Air Date: December 4, 2014
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Thursday, December 4, 2014

  • Hagel: Rise in reporting of sexual assault ‘good news’
    While the estimated number of cases of sexual assault are down 25 percent from two years ago, actual reports of assault have increased 8 percent in the past year. Secretary of Defence Chuck Hagel said the findings are both a sign of progress and a need for greater reform. Hari Sreenivasan reports on continuing concern over retaliation for and how lawmakers are responding.
    Original Air Date: December 4, 2014
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  • Will outrage for grand jury verdicts trigger changes?
    For a broader look at how the Eric Garner case and the intersection of race and justice are resonating with Americans, Gwen Ifill gets perspectives from Candace McCoy of City University of New York and Jelani Cobb of The New Yorker.
    Original Air Date: December 4, 2014
    Grand Jury Declines To Indict NYPD Officer In Eric Garner Death
  • Using poetry to uncover the moments that lead to racism
    Poet and playwright Claudia Rankine says that the small moments that carve gaps of misunderstanding between Americans lead to big, national moments of misunderstanding, like events in Ferguson and New York. Rankine explores these disruptions and how they lead to conflict in her new book, “Citizen.”
    Original Air Date: December 4, 2014
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  • How the Kremlin uses TV to shape Russian political ‘reality'
    President Vladimir Putin gave his state of the nation speech, trumpeting Russia’s incursions into Ukraine and the annexation of Crimea. A new book, “Nothing Is True and Everything Is Possible,” examines how the Kremlin uses television to promote Putin’s views and influence its citizens through reality TV. Chief foreign affairs correspondent Margaret Warner interviews author Peter Pomerantsev.
    Original Air Date: December 4, 2014
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  • Opinions split over Eric Garner ruling on Staten Island
    Staten Island is whiter and more conservative than the rest of New York City, and it’s home to a large number of active and retired firefighters and police officers. It’s also where Eric Garner died in a fatal incident with a police officer, as well as where members of the grand jury who ruled on Garner’s death reside. How are people there responding? The NewsHour’s William Brangham reports.
    Original Air Date: December 4, 2014
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  • How will NYPD handle minor offenses after Eric Garner?
    Following the choking death of Eric Garner, New York police commissioner Bill Bratton promised an overhaul of the police training program, and, with the mayor, addressed how officers should react to minor offenses. For the perspective from City Hall, Gwen Ifill speaks with Zachary Carter, legal adviser to Mayor Bill de Blasio.
    Original Air Date: December 4, 2014
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  • Tech startup boom makes waves in bohemian Venice Beach
    Some high tech entrepreneurs have started trading in the high costs of the San Francisco Bay Area for the sunnier skies of Venice Beach in Los Angeles. But with the benefits of the boom, like high-paying jobs, also come problems, especially for the longtime residents of the famously artistic, bohemian neighborhood. Special correspondent Steve Goldbloom reports.
    Original Air Date: December 4, 2014
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  • Protests, largely peaceful, continue over killings by police
    A new round of protests began across the nation in response to a grand jury decision to not indict a police officer in the death of Eric Garner. While the head of New York's police union called the chokehold used by officer Daniel Pantaleo a “textbook” maneuver, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio called for retraining for the city's police. Gwen Ifill reports.
    Original Air Date: December 4, 2014
    A police officer stands over activists, demanding justice for the death of Eric Garner, as they stage a 'die-in' during rush hour at Grand Central Terminal in the Manhattan borough of New York
  • Claudia Rankine's poem 'Stop and Frisk'
    Poet and playwright Claudia Rankine and her husband John Lucas create “situation videos,” short films illustrating Rankine's poetry. This video, called "Stop and Fisk," featured Rankine's poem about “policing of the black body.”
    Original Air Date: December 4, 2014
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  • Holder: Cleveland PD engaged in pattern of excessive force
    After a 22-month long investigation into the Cleveland Police Department's practices, the Justice Department said that it found reason to believe the city's police engages in a "pattern or practice of using excessive force," Attorney General Eric Holder said Thursday.
    Original Air Date: December 4, 2014
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Wednesday, December 3, 2014

  • Restructuring schools to nurture Native American students
    The high school graduation rate for Native Americans is the lowest of any ethnic or racial group in the United States. How can the government assist reservation schools while respecting autonomy of tribes? Judy Woodruff talks to Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell about a series of initiatives announced by the president on how to undo deep-seated education challenges for Native Americans.
    Original Air Date: December 3, 2014
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  • Before NASA pioneers to Mars, Orion spacecraft faces tests
    NASA envisions a human presence on Mars in 20 years. But how will we get there? The Orion spacecraft, an unmanned capsule, will launch on its maiden voyage as an important test for future missions. Science correspondent Miles O’Brien reports on the engineering hurdles as well as the budgetary ones.
    Original Air Date: December 3, 2014
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  • Court weighs special considerations for pregnant workers
    The Supreme Court heard a case of a former UPS driver who claims the company discriminated against her while she was pregnant. Marcia Coyle of the National Law Journal offers some background on the case and Gwen Ifill gets analysis from Marcia Greenberger of the National Women’s Law Center and Karen Harned of the National Federation of Independent Business’ Small Business Legal Center.
    Original Air Date: December 3, 2014
    Supreme Court Hears Pregnancy Discrimination Case Involving UPS
  • Takata fights nationwide recall for exploding airbags
    Japanese manufacturer Takata is fighting demands by Congress for a nationwide recall of defective airbags linked to at least five deaths. The company maintains that the request is not supported by evidence and that Washington does not have the legal authority to make a parts maker enforce a recall. Judy Woodruff reports.
    Original Air Date: December 3, 2014
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  • How will NYPD respond to the Eric Garner grand jury verdict?
    A white policeman in New York City will not be charged in the choking death of Eric Garner, an unarmed black man, which was caught on videotape. Hari Sreenivasan learns more about the decision and how New York has been planning for the verdict from Pervaiz Shallwani of The Wall Street Journal.
    Original Air Date: December 3, 2014
    Demonstrators Call For Resignation Of NYPD Chief Bratton
  • Watch NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio speak on Eric Garner decision
    New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio spoke Wednesday on a New York grand jury’s decision not to indict NYPD police officer Daniel Pantaleo in the death of unarmed, 43-year-old Eric Garner."This is a national moment of grief," de Blasio said, "and a national moment of frustration."
    Original Air Date: December 3, 2014
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