Friday, December 12, 2014

  • Beyond Little House, the unvarnished life of a literary icon
    Laura Ingalls Wilder is known for the “Little House” series, based her family’s journey across the American plains. But until now, Wilder’s autobiography, “Pioneer Girl,” has never been published. Jeffrey Brown speaks with Pamela Smith Hill, author of “Laura Ingalls Wilder: A Writer’s Life,” on the details Wilder saved for her more mature account.
    Original Air Date: December 12, 2014
  • Hackers leak Hollywood salaries, embarrassing emails
    The cyber hack of Sony Pictures Entertainment has exposed salaries, sensitive personal e-mails, Social Security numbers and health records of employees. Who’s the lead suspect in the attack and how does it affect business in Hollywood? Hari Sreenivasan gets background from James Lewis of the Center for Strategic & International Studies and Sharon Waxman of The Wrap.
    Original Air Date: December 12, 2014
  • Shields and Brooks on the CIA interrogation report
    Syndicated columnist Mark Shields and New York Times columnist David Brooks join Judy Woodruff to discuss the week’s news, including the $1.1 trillion spending bill to fund the government and the Senate’s investigation of the CIA’s interrogation methods.
    Original Air Date: December 12, 2014
  • For LA’s homeless, housing could be cure for chronic illness
    Los Angeles' homeless residents often struggle with chronic physical and mental illnesses -- health crises made worse by life on the streets. Hari Sreenivasan explores a Medicaid-funded initiative that aims to provide 10,000 of L.A.’s sickest homeless people with permanent housing -- perhaps the most basic way to improve health and reduce medical costs.
    Original Air Date: December 12, 2014
  • Starting the road to recovery after 12 years in Guantanamo
    Abu Wa'el Dhiab is one of six former Guantanamo detainees who were resettled in Uruguay this week, after being held for more than a decade without being charged. Cori Crider, lawyer for the former prisoner, talks to Judy Woodruff about life for the men after Guantanamo.
    Original Air Date: December 12, 2014
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  • How do you stop dangerous college drinking?
    More than 1,800 students die each year in the U.S. from alcohol-related incidents, and nearly 100,000 sexual assaults have been reported that were linked to intoxication. How do we address the dark consequences of excessive drinking on college campuses? Gwen Ifill talks Jonathan Gibralter of Frostburg State College and Beth McMurtrie of The Chronicle of Higher Education.
    Original Air Date: December 12, 2014

Thursday, 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

Wednesday, 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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  • 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
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  • 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. Photo by REUTERS/Brennan Linsley.

Tuesday, 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
  • Why do the same lawyers get to argue Supreme Court cases?
    Cases that make it to the Supreme Court are often argued by a relatively tight circle of lawyers who are well-known to the justices, and more likely to share educational backgrounds and private firm pedigrees. Reuters examined 17,000 filed petitions, uncovering an unusually insular world at the nation's top court. Reuters legal editor Joan Biskupic joins Gwen Ifill to discuss the findings.
    Original Air Date: December 9, 2014
  • Inside Melissa Etheridge's guitar case
    Rock singer-songwriter Melissa Etheridge shows the NewsHour's Gwen Ifill her extensive collection of guitars and told the story behind a few special instruments.
    Original Air Date: December 9, 2014
    Melissa Etheridge guitars

Monday, December 8, 2014