Monday, January 5, 2015

  • Edward Brooke broke barriers and embraced bipartisanship
    Edward Brooke, a former Massachusetts senator who broke racial barriers, hoped not to be remembered as a “first,” but for his real political accomplishments. Presidential historian Richard Norton Smith and Adrian Walker of The Boston Globe join Gwen Ifill to discuss Brooke’s legacy and whether his moderate politics could have succeeded today.
    Original Air Date: January 5, 2015
  • What to expect as a new GOP-controlled Congress kicks off
    When the 114th Congress convenes on Tuesday, Republicans will control both the House and the Senate for the first time in nearly a decade. What will this mean for the national political agenda? Judy Woodruff gets two perspectives from Arkadi Gerney of the Center for American Progress and David Boaz of the Cato Institute.
    Original Air Date: January 5, 2015
    A general view of the US Capitol in Washington, DC, December 30, 2014.       AFP PHOTO/JIM WATSON        (Photo credit should read JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)
  • Will falling euro end up boosting Europe’s economy?
    One reason for the euro’s drop in value is the anticipation that the European Central Bank is going to enact some stimulus effort, along the lines of the U.S. Federal Reserve’s quantitative easing. Jeffrey Brown learns more from Jacob Kirkegaard of the Peterson Institute for International Economics and Kenneth Rogoff of Harvard University.
    Original Air Date: January 5, 2015
    The Word Euro On A Euro Coin.
  • Will new Lebanese border rules discourage refugees?
    Lebanon is imposing new rules on who can cross its border as the country strains to cope with the world's worst refugee crisis. Humanitarian groups are worried the policy with trap Syrians in a war zone with no way out. Chief foreign affairs correspondent Margaret Warner joins Gwen Ifill to discuss the conditions in Lebanon and how the restrictions will affect refugees.
    Original Air Date: January 5, 2015
  • View of death penalty is key to jury selection for Tsarnaev
    More than 1,200 possible jurors will be winnowed down to just 12 for the trial of suspected Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. What questions are lawyers using to screen potential jurors? Judy Woodruff gets an update on the court proceedings and the mood around the city of Boston from Phillip Martin of WGBH-FM.
    Original Air Date: January 5, 2015

Sunday, January 4, 2015

  • What can we expect from Congress in 2015?
    Members of Congress are set to return to work on Tuesday with Republicans in charge of both the House and Senate. What will be on the agenda and what can we expect from lawmakers in 2015? For more, Niels Lesniewski of Roll Call joins Hari Sreenivasan from Washington.
    Original Air Date: January 4, 2015
    Congress Returns To Work As Fiscal Cliff Deadline Looms
  • Site-specific theater immerses audiences, cuts costs
    Site-specific theater, a growing art form that immerses audiences into productions, has become a tool for some producers to save money by defraying pricey staging. NewsHour Weekend's Zachary Green reports on a particularly unconventional site in Brooklyn, New York.
    Original Air Date: January 4, 2015

Saturday, January 3, 2015

  • Can US drones find the missing Nigerian schoolgirls?
    In the more than eight months since more than 200 schoolgirls were captured by Islamic militants in Nigeria, most are still missing, despite periodic reports about their imminent release. For the latest on the search and the increasing tensions between Nigeria and the United States, Drew Hinshaw of the Wall Street Journal joins Hari Sreenivasan via Skype from Ghana.
    Original Air Date: January 3, 2015
  • Why Congress may abandon No Child Left Behind law
    When Congress returns to work next week, Republicans will have substantial majorities in the House and the Senate. Republican leaders have promised they will initiate new legislation, and one of their first efforts may be to roll back parts of No Child Left Behind, the education law passed under President George W. Bush. Politico's Stephanie Simon joins Hari Sreenivasan from Boston.
    Original Air Date: January 3, 2015
    Fifth grade science and math teacher Stephen Pham helps a student at Rocketship SI Se Puede, a charter, public elementary school, on February 18, 2014 in San Jose, California. (Photo by Melanie Stetson Freeman/The Christian Science Monitor
  • Viewers respond to jail time for people unable to pay fines
    Cities across the country are increasingly turning to what are known as private probation companies to collect unpaid fines. But are indigent people ending up in jail because they can't afford to pay? Hari Sreenivasan reads viewer comments to a recently aired story on NewsHour Weekend.
    Original Air Date: January 3, 2015
  • More states, Native American tribes mimic Colorado pot laws
    This past November, Oregon and Alaska voted to legalize the possession and sale of recreational marijuana, and the Department of Justice last month said it would allow Native American tribes to make their own decisions on the sale of pot. Each follows Colorado's footsteps in the new process of marijuana legalization. NewsHour's Rick Karr reports.
    Original Air Date: January 3, 2015

Friday, January 2, 2015

  • Shields and Gerson on Mario Cuomo’s legacy
    Syndicated columnist Mark Shields and Washington Post columnist Michael Gerson join Hari Sreenivasan to discuss 2015’s most pressing foreign and domestic policy issues and the political legacy former New York Governor Mario Cuomo leaves behind.
    Original Air Date: January 2, 2015
  • Drama and debate on the 2015 political scene
    With the 114th Congress in place, Obamacare and the Keystone Pipeline are expected to be two of the hottest issues in 2015. Political director Domenico Montanaro reports on what to expect as the GOP takes over the Senate and who to look out for on this year’s political scene.
    Original Air Date: January 2, 2015
    Capitol Hill Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony
  • Luck, not lifestyle, may be to blame for some cancers
    A combination of luck, hereditary and lifestyle choices have all been linked to cause cancer. But a new study finds that luck, or random DNA mutation during cell division, is the primary factor behind more cancers than previously thought. Jeffrey Brown speaks with Cristian Tomasetti of Johns Hopkins University about why this news supports healthy lifestyle choices more than ever.
    Original Air Date: January 2, 2015
    Pancreatic cancer cells seen through a scanning electron micrograph. Researchers at Johns Hopkins have found that tissues such as these have a higher probability for cancer instances based on the number of times its cells divide. Photo by Getty Images
  • Schools learn to cope with influx of undocumented teens
    Ever since a surge of unaccompanied minors crossed the U.S. border last year, many California schools have seen a flood of undocumented teens. Special correspondent Spencer Michels reports on how one school is learning to adapt to their new students and how Obama’s immigration announcement may change education systems nationwide.
    Original Air Date: January 2, 2015
  • Who is responsible when a ship is abandoned at sea?
    A ship filled with refugees heading toward Italy was abandoned by its crew before making it to shore, the most recent case in an uptick in human smuggling. Hari Sreenivasan talks to Daryl Grisgraber of Refugees International about why human smuggling has become such a lucrative business option and who is responsible when hundreds of migrants are left at sea.
    Original Air Date: January 2, 2015
  • Scalia, Cuomo broke barriers as 'Italian Americans'
    In this clip from PBS' "The Italian Americans," Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia and former New York Governor Mario Cuomo describe what achieving positions of power as Italian-Americans meant in breaking the barriers of the time.
    Original Air Date: January 2, 2015
    Mario Cuomo
  • Remembering former New York Gov. Mario Cuomo
    Former New York governor Mario Cuomo died at his home in New York City Thursday at the age 82. The NewsHour reflects on the life of Cuomo, a son of Italian immigrants and a champion for liberal causes and social justice.
    Original Air Date: January 2, 2015

Thursday, January 1, 2015

  • Bishops Consider Stance of Catholic Politicians
    Jeffrey Brown talks with two prominent Catholics -- former New York Gov. Mario Cuomo and American Enterprise Institute fellow Michael Novak -- about the stances of Catholic bishops on politicians, abortion and the church's teachings.
    Original Air Date: June 14, 2004
  • Journalist given exclusive access shares stories of trapped Chilean miners
    The 2010 Chilean mine collapse attracted attention far beyond South America, but only one journalist was given exclusive rights to their story. Jeffrey Brown speaks with Hector Tobar, author of “Deep Down Dark: The Untold Stories of 33 Men Buried in a Chilean Mine, and the Miracle That Set Them Free” about the experiences the miners found underground and the difficulties faced after their rescue.
    Original Air Date: January 1, 2015
  • In Soweto Gold beer, a taste of economic freedom
    Soweto, an enduring symbol of apartheid discrimination and impoverishment, is now home to the first microbrewery built in a black township. Special correspondent Martin Seemungal offers a look at South Africa's rising black middle class and what it means for that country's transformation.
    Original Air Date: January 1, 2015
  • What 2014 challenges will carry over into the new year?
    In 2014, ISIS, Boko Haram and Crimea became household names and Ebola re-entered the scene as a medical crisis. Gwen Ifill speaks with Indira Lakshmanan of Bloomberg News, David Ignatius of the Washington Post and David Miliband of the International Rescue Committee about this past year’s biggest global challenges, and what conflicts to expect in the coming year.
    Original Air Date: January 1, 2015
  • How to keep your New Year’s resolutions
    We make New Year's resolutions, and then we break them. Why are resolutions so hard to keep? Economics correspondent Paul Solman talks to psychologist Walter Mischel and behavioral economist Dean Karlan for their self-control strategies to help you conquer your goals.
    Original Air Date: January 1, 2015
    Confetti flies around the New Year's Eve Ball Drop, after midnight, during New Year's eve celebrations in Times Square, New York
  • Do minimum wage increases actually help the poor?
    In 2015, 29 states will have minimum wages above the federal minimum of $7.25. While supporters herald the move as a victory for low-wage workers, critics argue that the policy “squeezes out” people who lack certain skill sets. Hari Sreenivasan speaks to Diana Furchtgott-Roth of the Manhattan Institute and Jared Bernstein of the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities on whom the minimum wage actually benefits.
    Original Air Date: January 1, 2015
  • How three ‘ordinary journalists’ were caught between Egypt and Qatar
    After a year in jail, three Al Jazeera journalists accused of aiding the Muslim Brotherhood could be released after Egypt’s highest court accepted requests for an appeal and granted all three a retrial. Hari Sreenivasan talks to Borzou Daragahi of the Financial Times about the political and financial reasons behind the jailings and how soon a possible release would be.
    Original Air Date: January 1, 2015

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

  • Two film critics take a look at 2014’s best movies
    What movies are likely to be remembered long after 2014 ends? From a cinematic meditation on growing up, to a stirring portrait of the civil rights movement, film critics Dana Stevens of Slate and Mike Sargent of Pacifica Radio join Jeffrey Brown to discuss their personal picks for the best films of the year.
    Original Air Date: December 31, 2014
    The nominations for the 2015 Academy Awards were announced this morning. "Boyhood" received a total of six nominations, including best picture, best actor in a supporting role (Ethan Hawke), best actress in a supporting role (Particia Arquette, best directing and best original screenplay.
  • How one doctor is prescribing data to improve healthcare
    Despite a wealth of medical resources available, simple and accessible answers are often unavailable. To change this, two doctors are using big data to find and share information about illnesses and treatment effectiveness. Special correspondent Jackie Judd reports on the unconventional approach and how their website is changing doctor and patient relationships.
    Original Air Date: December 31, 2014
  • More detainees freed, but closing Guantanamo still far off
    Five more Guantanamo prisoners have been released after being held for more than a decade. All told, 28 were moved out of the detention center in 2014, as part of the Obama administration’s push to close Guantanamo, but 127 detainees remain. Gwen Ifill speaks with Miami Herald reporter Carol Rosenberg about the difficulties of finding a destination for cleared prisoners.
    Original Air Date: December 31, 2014
    Detainees in orange jumpsuits sit in a holding area under the watchful eyes of military police during in-processing to the temporary detention facility at Camp X-Ray of Naval Base Guantanamo Bay in this January 11, 2002 Photo by Reuters