Friday, December 26, 2014

  • How a state’s choice on Medicaid expansion affects hospitals
    In negotiating the creation of the Affordable Care Act, hospitals took a big gamble, with the expectation that they would soon have millions of new Medicaid customers. In states that expanded Medicaid, the bet paid off. Sarah Varney of Kaiser Health News reports on financial gains made by some hospitals as more patients are able to pay their bills, and why some states said no to expansion.
    Original Air Date: December 26, 2014
  • Why was 2014 a year of mergers and mega deals?
    2014 has been a banner year for corporate mergers, with more than $3 trillion in deals announced worldwide. What kind of impact do these deals have on the companies, employees and the economy? Hari Sreenivasan learns more from Andrew Ross Sorkin of The New York Times.
    Original Air Date: December 26, 2014
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Thursday, December 25, 2014

  • How Pope Francis’ upbringing shaped his role as reformer
    From his simple lifestyle to his active engagement in diplomacy, Pope Francis has distinguished himself as the leader of the Catholic Church. Jeffrey Brown talks to Austen Ivereigh, author of a new biography, “The Great Reformer,” about the ways the pope’s upbringing in Argentina informed his papal priorities, and his efforts to clean up the Vatican.
    Original Air Date: December 25, 2014
  • What will survive as states test Common Core?
    In 2008, a set of academic standards for U.S. public schools called the Common Core was created for states to voluntarily implement. Intended to raise the bar for American students and teachers, many states that originally signed on are now rewriting the standards or opting out altogether. Special correspondent John Tulenko of Learning Matters reports.
    Original Air Date: December 25, 2014
  • Banning ‘the box’ to help ex-convicts find jobs
    Many employers require job applicants to disclose any criminal history, often preventing those with a record from reentering the workforce. But Illinois is one of a number of states working to change this, with a new law prohibiting employers from asking about convictions on initial applications. Special correspondent Brandis Friedman of WTTW reports on the “ban the box” movement.
    Original Air Date: December 25, 2014
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  • Ukraine-Russia conflict doesn’t stop at the church door
    In Western Ukraine, religion is another battlefront in the conflict between pro-Russia and pro-Ukraine supporters. Special correspondent Kira Kay reports on the political pressures that have divided congregations.
    Original Air Date: December 25, 2014
  • Independent theaters rally behind ‘The Interview’
    Moviegoers lined up at independent theaters to see “The Interview,” a comedy about a CIA plot to assassinate Kim Jong-un. After criticism from President Obama and others, Sony Pictures reinstated the release of the film in some theaters and via on-demand. Hari Sreenivasan talks to Russ Collins of the Art House Convergence about the effort to bring the movie to audiences.
    Original Air Date: December 25, 2014
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    Original Air Date: December 25, 2014

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

  • Sparking love for science by studying Christmas trees burn
    A group of high school students in Maryland aren’t just playing with fire -- they are gathering and studying the data as well. The NewsHour’s April Brown reports on a fire science class at the University of Maryland for local high schoolers, in which students burn Christmas trees and other objects, and use their physics and chemistry skills to measure the results.
    Original Air Date: December 24, 2014
  • Minerva Schools offers online alternative to college
    There are no lectures allowed at San Francisco’s Minerva Schools, an innovative college with a curriculum specifically designed to improve knowledge retention for students. Professors hold their seminar-style classes online, allowing Minerva students to move around the globe each semester, from Berlin to Buenos Aires. Science correspondent Miles O’Brien reports.
    Original Air Date: December 24, 2014
  • Family political fights don’t have to ruin Christmas
    The holiday season is a time of joy, love and the occasional family brawl over politics. Steven Petrow of The Washington Post joins Hari Sreenivasan to discuss how to make it through the big family dinner while staying on speaking terms.
    Original Air Date: December 24, 2014
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  • German writer spends 10 days with the Islamic State
    German author Jürgen Todenhöfer spent 10 days with Islamic State group fighters inside Syria and Iraq after securing a safety guarantee from its leadership. He tells Gwen Ifill what he saw and what he thinks about the militant group’s capability.
    Original Air Date: December 24, 2014
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  • Will leadership shakeup help Takata tackle safety concerns?
    More than 24 million vehicles have been recalled in the U.S. and around the world this year due to a defect in airbags manufactured by Takata. The Japanese company has resisted calls to do more, and today its president stepped down. Hari Sreenivasan learns more from David Shepardson of The Detroit News.
    Original Air Date: December 24, 2014
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Tuesday, December 23, 2014

  • Will American baseball get more Cuban imports?
    How will opening the door to normal relations with Cuba affect the world of professional baseball, a game that so many Cubans love? Hari Sreenivasan speaks with Jim Litke of the Associated Press to understand the possible implications.
    Original Air Date: December 23, 2014
  • Soldiers find special bond with dogs trained for war
    Some 2,500 dogs have accompanied American warriors on patrol and in close combat in Iraq and Afghanistan. Tasks like bomb detection and protection demand dedication to their human handlers, with whom they often form a special bond in the face of danger. Margaret Warner talks to Rebecca Frankel, author of "War Dogs: Tales of Canine Heroism, History and Love."
    Original Air Date: December 23, 2014
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  • FDA plans to end prohibition on blood donation by gay men
    The FDA is set to ease a 31-year ban on blood donations by gay men, put in place in the early days of the AIDS crisis. The policy revision will allow gay men to donate blood one year after their last sexual contact, which could free hundreds of thousands of pints a year. I. Glenn Cohen of Harvard Law School joins Gwen Ifill to discuss the change in donor requirements and how the FDA move came about.
    Original Air Date: December 23, 2014
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  • Peru shields an ancient city of sand from strong storms
    In northern Peru, workers are fortifying of the ancient site of Chan Chan, once the largest city in the Americas and the largest adobe city on the world. Climatologists have predicted strong El Nino weather effects for this winter and spring, threatening rain in a desert climate that rarely gets any. Jeffrey Brown reports on the efforts to preserve and protect Peru’s heritage from the elements.
    Original Air Date: December 23, 2014
  • Debating North Korea’s involvement in the Sony hack
    Some cyber security experts are skeptical of assertions that North Korea is responsible for a massive hack on Sony. To examine the debate, Gwen Ifill gets assessment from Dmitri Alperovitch of CrowdStrike and Marc Rogers of CloudFlare.
    Original Air Date: December 23, 2014
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  • Can the U.S. economy sustain its surprising momentum?
    The U.S. economy’s summer surge was even stronger than first estimated, expanding at an annual rate of 5 percent from July to September -- the best performance since the summer of 2003. Judy Woodruff talks to Nariman Behravesh, chief economist at IHS, about the impressive recent growth and whether it will last.
    Original Air Date: December 23, 2014
  • Turning plywood into dynamic sculptures
    Using a self-taught technique, David Knopp carves plywood laminate into fantastically abstract shapes, imbuing the rigid nature of wood with the fluidity of water.For more Art Beat:
    Original Air Date: December 23, 2014
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  • What happens to a war dog if his handler is killed?
    War dogs play a key role in Afghansitan where they help sniff out IEDs. What happens when a dog's handler is killed while on duty?
    Original Air Date: December 23, 2014

Monday, December 22, 2014

  • Giving America a microphone and the chance to tell a story
    Get two people together with a microphone and let them talk and listen to each other. That's the premise of the Storycorps Project, which has recorded and archived more than 50,000 stories told by Americans so far. Now creator Dave Isay has been awarded $1 million and a chance to continue expanding. Hari Sreenivasan talks to Isay about what brings people to the mic and the goals of Storycorps.
    Original Air Date: December 22, 2014
  • Why changes in health care costs vary widely around the U.S.
    More than 2.5 million people have selected a health care plan through the federal health exchange so far in the new enrollment season. This year, signing up on has been easier, but how easy will it be to pay for coverage? Mary Agnes Carey of Kaiser Health News joins Judy Woodruff to discuss why some are seeing changes in premiums and out-of-pocket costs.
    Original Air Date: December 22, 2014
  • Pope chides Curia for greed, gossip and getting ahead
    In remarks for Christmas before the Roman Curia, Pope Francis delivered a scathing review of the behavior of Vatican officials, decrying the "spiritual Alzheimers" that makes them forget their real purpose. Gwen Ifill talks to Kevin Eckstrom of the Religion News Service about the pope’s latest effort at spurring reform in the Catholic church.
    Original Air Date: December 22, 2014
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  • 13-year-old builds a printer for the blind with Lego blocks
    A simple question -- how do blind people read? -- inspired a middle-schooler’s transformation into a tech entrepreneur. Using Lego blocks, 13-year-old Shubham Banerjee created a low-cost braille printer to improve access and literacy for the visually impaired. Special correspondent Jackie Judd reports as part of our Breakthroughs series.
    Original Air Date: December 22, 2014
  • What turned off the Internet in North Korea?
    A massive Internet failure in North Korea has many wondering if retaliation for the Sony hack is underway. Just days after President Obama warned that the U.S. would respond "proportionally" to a cyber-attack on the entertainment company, The New York Times reported that nation's links to the Internet went completely dark this morning. Judy Woodruff talks to David Sanger of The New York Times.
    Original Air Date: December 22, 2014
  • NY police killings raise questions of cause and effect
    The murder of two New York City police officers has ignited a volley of blame and exposes the deep rifts dividing a city in mourning. Gwen Ifill gets two perspectives from Patrick Colligan of the New Jersey State Policemen's Benevolent Association and Mark Levine of the New York City Council.
    Original Air Date: December 22, 2014
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Sunday, December 21, 2014

  • Shock, frustration surround shootings of NYPD officers
    As the investigation into the two New York Police Department officers who were fatally shot over the weekend unfolds, shock and frustration prevail. The incident tops off months of nationwide demonstrations against police and a public fallout between New York City's mayor and the police union. NewsHour's William Brangham reports.
    Original Air Date: December 21, 2014