Wednesday, November 5, 2014

  • Can Washington be productive in Obama’s final years?
    At the White House, President Obama addressed the midterm election setbacks for his party and the potential for working with Republicans. Judy Woodruff asks Republican Rep. David Schweikert of Arizona and Democrat Rep. Chris Van Hollen of Maryland whether they see potential for compromise and progress on controversial issues like immigration.
    Original Air Date: November 5, 2014
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  • RNC chair on GOP ground game, finding common ground
    The Republican party picked up Senate seats and other wins from coast to coast in the midterm election. Gwen Ifill sits down with Reince Priebus, chairman of the Republican National Committee, to discuss the outcome and what the GOP hopes to do with its new leverage.
    Original Air Date: November 5, 2014
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  • Obama to voters: 'I hear you'
    Following Republicans' big wins in the Senate and House on election night, President Barack Obama and incoming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said they would try to avoid the gridlock that has gripped the government lately."To everyone that voted -- I hear you," Obama said in news conference Wednesday. "To the two-thirds who didn't participate, I hear you too."
    Original Air Date: November 5, 2014
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Tuesday, November 4, 2014

  • How will environmental policy change under the next Congress?
    Energy and the environment have been core issues in Senate races in at least seven states. From oil and gas development, to the regulation of greenhouse gases and power plants, what's at stake as voters go to the polls? Judy Woodruff gets debate from Daniel Weiss of the League of Conservation Voters and Scott Segal of Bracewell & Giuliani.
    Original Air Date: November 4, 2014
    The People's Climate March organized more than 2,000 events in 166 countries last weekend. The central protest took place in New York City, where thousands gathered to urge international leaders at the United Nations' summit on climate change to take greater action. Photo courtesy Flickr user Light Brigading
  • Political advertisers take notice: Millennials are not impressed
    Younger voters made a big difference for President Obama twice, but their numbers drop in midterm elections. Political editor Lisa Desjardins asked participants of NewsHour’s Student Reporting Labs in Kentucky, Michigan and Colorado to watch and react to this year’s political ads and explain what motivates them politically. This piece was produced with mentor support from KET.
    Original Air Date: November 4, 2014
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  • What the election means for the future of immigration reform
    One of the major national policy issues that lost political momentum going into the 2014 election is immigration reform. What’s next for reform if Republicans take the Senate? Did the stalemate demobilize voters? Gwen Ifill gets debate from Cristina Jimenez of United We Dream and Brad Botwin of Help Save Maryland.
    Original Air Date: November 4, 2014
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  • One photographer captures the character of NM's buildings
    For 40 years, New Mexico photographer Robert Christensen has captured portraits of buildings that reflect the rugged and independent spirit of New Mexico.For more Art Beat: newshour.pbs.org/art
    Original Air Date: November 4, 2014
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  • What McConnell would as Senate majority leader
    What would a Mitch McConnell-led Senate look like? The Kentucky lawmaker met with PBS NewsHour’s Judy Woodruff just days before the midterm election.
    Original Air Date: November 4, 2014
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Monday, November 3, 2014

  • The record-setting money behind this year’s midterm TV ads
    This election has seen more ads than any other midterm election in history. From President Obama to health care, ads from both Democrats and Republicans are crowding the airwaves. NewsHour’s political editor Domenico Montanaro takes a tour through the most telling political ads of the season.
    Original Air Date: November 3, 2014
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  • Will rocket accidents slow the business of space tourism?
    A co-pilot on an Atlantic Galactic test flight died in a crash days after a commercial rocket, bound for the International Space Station, exploded. Are government-sponsored space programs safer? Science correspondent Miles O’Brien joins Gwen Ifill to discuss how the disasters will affect the development of space tourism and whether the industry could eventually offer any scientific advancements.
    Original Air Date: November 3, 2014
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  • Ukrainian separatist rebels elect new leaders
    Separatists held an election in the breakaway regions of Eastern Ukraine on Sunday, asserting their independence from Kiev. Ukrainian officials denounced the vote, saying it was in direct violation of an agreement with Russia. Judy Woodruff gets views on the potential fallout from Andrew Weiss of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and Stephen Cohen of New York University.
    Original Air Date: November 3, 2014
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  • This West Virginia candidate has never voted in an election
    The front-runner in one of West Virginia’s state delegate race is a college freshman who won her primary while still in high school. Meet Saira Blair, an 18-year-old Republican and the daughter of a state senator, who says she wants to get into politics to encourage her generation to stay in-state and grow the economy. Political editor Lisa Desjardins reports.
    Original Air Date: November 3, 2014
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  • Dylan’s complete ‘Basement Tapes’ surface for the first time
    In the late '60s, Bob Dylan retreated to upstate New York to recover from a motorcycle accident and the exhaustion of touring. In the basement of a house called Big Pink, he recorded a session with the musicians who would form The Band. Known as "The Basement Tapes," only a limited number of cuts have been available until now. Jeffrey Brown learns more from Anthony DeCurtis of Rolling Stone.
    Original Air Date: November 3, 2014
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  • Will focusing on the president pay off for Republicans?
    In some midterm Senate races, Republicans have tried to leverage negative public opinion of the president against their Democratic challengers. Stuart Rothenberg of The Rothenberg Political Report and Amy Walter of The Cook Political Report join Gwen Ifill to discuss the strategies behind some of the tight races and what to watch on Election Night.
    Original Air Date: November 3, 2014
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  • Kentucky's McConnell paints Grimes as an Obama supporter
    Kentucky's Senate race pits the second most powerful Republican in Washington against a hard-charging 35-year-old Democratic challenger. Five-time incumbent Mitch McConnell stands to become the next majority leader, but he's also unpopular in his home state. Meanwhile, Democrat Alison Grimes has had to keep her distance from another unpopular politician, President Obama. Judy Woodruff reports.
    Original Air Date: November 3, 2014
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  • What makes Mitch McConnell smile?
    While incumbents usually have the advantage in elections, this midterm season has been a boon for Republican challengers. The most competitive Senate races are being run in blue or purple states that voted for Gov. Mitt Romney in the last presidential election. NewsHour’s political editor Domenico Montanaro breaks down the Republican advantage for Tuesday.
    Original Air Date: November 3, 2014
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  • Why you probably didn’t vote today
    Forty percent of eligible voters vote in the midterm elections, down from 56 percent who vote in presidential elections. Instead of a showdown between two big personalities, voters are presented with more than 500 candidates for governor, U.S. Senate and House. Domenico Montanaro presents the key differences between the two races and a breakdown of who actually ends up voting.
    Original Air Date: November 3, 2014
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  • What could you buy instead of an election?
    Nearly $4 billion dollars has been spent on this election -- more than any other midterm in history. To give you an idea how much money that is, NewsHour’s political editor Domenico Montanaro breaks down what you could buy with the amount that was spent for Tuesday’s races.
    Original Air Date: November 3, 2014
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  • Why do we vote on the first Tuesday of November?
    While it might not be the most convenient day in present time, November Tuesdays were the best day to vote in the 1880s. NewHour’s political editor Domenico Montanaro charts the history of election day and explains modern efforts to change it.See PBS NewsHour’s 2014 midterm election coverage: to.pbs.org/1xtJgAH And read more on the NewsHour’s website: www.pbs.org/newshour
    Original Air Date: November 3, 2014
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  • What happens if the Senate is tied?
    Republicans need six seats to claim the Senate majority. If they win five, the Senate will be tied for only the fourth time in history. While Vice President Joe Biden can break the tie, his vote might not be enough to move bills past a filibuster. NewsHour’s political reporter Lisa Desjardins digs into past tied sessions and breaks down the numbers the Senate needs to pass legislation.
    Original Air Date: November 3, 2014
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  • Why 2014 is the year of women voters and candidates
    Women voters turn out for midterm elections at a higher rate than men. Taking the hint, politicians from both sides are heavily targeting women by supporting women candidates and airing ads relating to “women’s issues.” But women don’t all vote alike. NewsHour political reporter Lisa Desjardins explains why more female candidates won’t balance out the gender balance in the Senate.
    Original Air Date: November 3, 2014
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  • What the ‘Obama factor’ means for Democrats
    When presidential approval ratings drop, congressional midterms usually serve as an accurate “report card” for the president. This year, with President Obama’s ratings at 40 percent, Democrats are actively distancing themselves from his policies. NewsHour political reporter Lisa Desjardins explains why this strategy that has worked in the past.
    Original Air Date: November 3, 2014
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  • Three advantages that Democrats have this midterm
    There’s much talk of the Republican advantage this midterm, as the balance of power in the Senate is expected to favor the GOP. But Democrats can claim a few advantages themselves, including family ties, their clever spending tactics and Independents who are challenging Republican candidates and. NewsHour political reporter Lisa Desjardins explains.
    Original Air Date: November 3, 2014
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Sunday, November 2, 2014

  • How politicians target voters with digital ads
    Much of the analysis after the 2012 presidential election focused on how the Obama campaign had made better use of technology than the Romney campaign to get its supporters to the polls. So how are both major parties doing this time around in the days leading up to Tuesday's midterm elections? Journalist Ashley Parker joins Hari Sreenivasan from Washington.
    Original Air Date: November 2, 2014
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  • Photographer documents uneven Hurricane Sandy recovery
    This week marked the second anniversary of Hurricane Sandy. The recovery in New York City has been very uneven, which photographer Nathan Kensinger documented in a series of photo essays. Hari Sreenivasan reports.
    Original Air Date: November 2, 2014
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  • Alexander Calder's sculpture continues to captivate
    Alexander Calder was one of the modern masters of art -- breaking the mold on sculpture in the 20th century. Nearly 40 years after his death, Calder's work continues to captivate. WGBH's Arts Editor Jared Bowen sat down recently with the Chief Curator of the Peabody Essex Museum in Boston to discuss Calder and his creations.
    Original Air Date: November 2, 2014
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  • Brittany Maynard case revives national right-to-die debate
    While assisted suicide is legal in only three states, the story of 29-year-old Brittany Maynard, who moved to Oregon so she could legally end her own life, has brought the issue back into the national spotlight. NewsHour Weekend's Stephen Fee reports on how this renewed debate may affect end-of-life care and the momentum for the assisted suicide movement.
    Original Air Date: October 31, 2014
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Saturday, November 1, 2014

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