Friday, December 18, 2015

  • News Wrap: EU leaders vow to wage fight against terror
    In our news wrap Friday, European Union leaders agreed to beef up immigration controls, crack down on gun-running and freeze financial assets of extremist groups at a summit in Brussels. Also, Congress finished work on sweeping tax cut and government funding bills before heading home for the holidays.
    Original Air Date: December 18, 2015
    Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel leaves a European Union leaders summit in Brussels, Belgium, December 18, 2015. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir  - RTX1Z9H8
  • What’s the best gift you’ve ever received?
    As the popular British-drama ‘Downton Abbey’ begins its sixth and final season, we asked a few members of the cast to share their most memorable gifts with us, and their answers range from heartwarming to hilarious.
    Original Air Date: December 18, 2015
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  • 70 years after Nazi liberation, poets write about freedom
    Jeffrey Brown interviews Mark Ludwig, editor of the new collection "Liberation," and Rita Dove, former U.S. poet laureate who contributed to the book.
    Original Air Date: December 18, 2015
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Thursday, December 17, 2015

  • Music duo Pomplamoose take DIY to the next level
    Jack Conte and Nataly Dawn, who make up the musical duo Pomplamoose, explain in this ‎Brief But Spectacular take how they harness their fans' internet curiosity with their covers of Beyonce hits and behind-the-scenes videos.
    Original Air Date: December 17, 2015
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  • How a galaxy far, far away became an obsession on Earth
    "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" isn't just a movie. It's part of a universe, both imaginary and real, that has obsessed fans since the 1970s. Jeffrey Brown explores what’s made the enduring franchise a storytelling and moneymaking powerhouse.
    Original Air Date: December 17, 2015
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  • Why was a rape victim interrogated as a crime suspect?
    A woman reports she was raped at knifepoint in her apartment, but days later, after police question her about inconsistencies, she says she made the whole thing up. In "An Unbelievable Story of Rape," a project from the Marshall Project and ProPublica, reporters explore how two different police departments treated the investigation. Ken Armstrong of The Marshall Project joins Hari Sreenivasan.
    Original Air Date: December 17, 2015
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  • How this liberal arts college became a hothouse for startups
    Middlebury College, a liberal arts school in northern Vermont with just 2,500 students, has become an unlikely hothouse for cultivating entrepreneurs. Does using college to start a business help support the larger liberal arts mission? Economics correspondent Paul Solman reports.
    Original Air Date: December 17, 2015
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  • Facing migrant crisis, Lesbos fishermen now fish for people
    More than 800,000 migrants have arrived in Greece by sea during 2015, with most of them landing on the island of Lesbos. The crisis has had both economic and emotional impacts for the island inhabitants. Special correspondent Malcolm Brabant talks to local fishermen and others about the dangerous trafficking and offering hospitality.
    Original Air Date: December 17, 2015
    Refugees and migrants arrive on an overcrowded boat on the Greek island of Lesbos, November 10, 2015. Since the start of the year, over 590,000 people have crossed into Greece, the frontline of a massive westward population shift from war-ravaged Syria and beyond. REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis - RTS6BNB
  • The economic divide in parents’ worries and aspirations
    Lower-income parents tend to worry that their children might fall victim to violence, while parents with higher incomes worry their kids are burdened by busy schedules. That’s one finding of a major new survey on the ways socioeconomic divides affect parenting choices and concerns. Judy Woodruff talks to Kim Parker of the Pew Research Center and Lawrence Aber of New York University.
    Original Air Date: December 17, 2015
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  • News Wrap: Man who bought San Bernardino rifles arrested
    In our news wrap Thursday, the man who bought the rifles used in the San Bernardino shootings was arrested for conspiring to aid terrorists, among other federal charges. Also, the Republican-led House pushed through a huge tax cut bill, costing an estimated $680 billion over 10 years.
    Original Air Date: December 17, 2015
    People leave flowers at a makeshift memorial after last week's shooting in San Bernardino, California, on Dec. 7, 2015. Homeland Security said the department was reviewing its K-1 visa program, known as “fiancé visas,” after one of the two shooters in the San Bernardino shooting moved to the United States to marry Syed Farook, her husband and accomplice in the massacre last week. Photo by Patrick T. Fallon /Reuters
  • Fragile Yemen peace efforts affect the fight against ISIS
    In Yemen, there have been small signs of progress at peace negotiations between the government and Shiite Houthi rebels, but tanks are still blasting and gunfire still cracking despite a cease-fire. The conflict, which has ravaged the Arab world's poorest country, has also affected the fight against al-Qaida and the Islamic State group. Chief foreign affairs correspondent Margaret Warner reports.
    Original Air Date: December 17, 2015
    A Southern Popular Resistance fighter secures a street during fighting against Houthi fighters in the Dar Saad district of Yemen's southern port city of Aden May 9, 2015. REUTERS/Stringer - RTX1C93O

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

  • How will mistrial affect other Freddie Gray prosecutions?
    The trial for the first officer charged in the death of Freddie Gray has ended in a mistrial. The jury deliberated for 15 hours over three days before a judge in Baltimore declared a hung jury in the case against Officer William Porter. William Brangham joins Gwen Ifill from outside the courthouse in Baltimore for an update.
    Original Air Date: December 16, 2015
    Moments before his arrest, activist Darius Rosebrough (R) leads a protest in front of the courthouse in Baltimore, December 16, 2015. A Maryland judge declared a mistrial on Wednesday in the trial of the first of six Baltimore police officers charged in the death of Freddie Gray, whose killing sparked riots and arson in the city in April. The jury had deliberated for 16 hours on whether the officer, William Porter, was guilty of involuntary manslaughter in Gray's death from injuries suffered while in police custody. After it reported it was unable to reach a verdict, Baltimore City Circuit Court Judge Barry Williams issued his ruling. REUTERS/Bryan Woolston - RTX1Z0WR
  • Why we should embrace innovative fashion, not laugh at it
    Why do we elevate fancy cars but mock haute couture? Robin Givhan, fashion critic for The Washington Post, explores the sexism behind some critiques of runway styles.
    Original Air Date: December 16, 2015
    Models present creations by designer Iris van Herpen as part of her Haute Couture Fall Winter 2013/2014 fashion show in Paris July 1, 2013.  REUTERS/Charles Platiau  (FRANCE - Tags: FASHION) - RTX11922
  • What did GOP candidates get wrong in debate on national security?
    At the debate Tuesday night in Las Vegas, Republican presidential candidates competed to prove who would be best prepared as commander in chief to keep the country safe. Angie Holan of Politifact joins Gwen Ifill to examine some of the claims made by the candidates on vetting Syrian refugees and boosting border security.
    Original Air Date: December 16, 2015
    Photo of CNN's December debate by Mike Blake/Reuters
  • What the Fed’s interest rate hike means for your wallet
    The Federal Reserve is doing something it hasn't done since 2006: raising interest rates. The long-awaited announcement by Fed chair Janet Yellen hikes a key short-term rate from near zero. For a closer look at how the Fed made its decision, Gwen Ifill talks with David Wessel of the Brookings Institution and Tara Siegel Bernard of The New York Times.
    Original Air Date: December 16, 2015
    Photo by Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images.
  • News Wrap: LA students return to school after threat hoax
    In our news wrap Wednesday, public schools in Los Angeles reopened a day after officials canceled classes due to an email threat that cited bombs and guns. Also, schools all over Pakistan were closed in observance of the one year anniversary of an attack by the Taliban that killed 140 victims, most of whom were children.
    Original Air Date: December 16, 2015
    A student exits a bus as he arrives at Venice High School in Los Angeles, California December 16, 2015. Classes resume today in Los Angeles, the second largest school district in the United States,  after they were closed on Tuesday after officials reported receiving an unspecified threat to the district and ordered a search of all schools in the city. REUTERS/Jonathan Alcorn - RTX1YZEW
  • Black Violin wants to break your classical music stereotypes
    The members of Black Violin want to change perceptions about who can play what kind of music. Wil Baptiste on viola and Kev Marcus on violin met as high school orchestra nerds. Today they play genre-bending music, blending classical music with hip-hop. Jeffrey Brown talks to them about their new album, “Stereotypes.”
    Original Air Date: December 16, 2015
    Black Violin perform at the Kids Inaugural concert for children and military families, one of the events ahead of the second-term inauguration of U.S. President Barack Obama in Washington January 19, 2013.  REUTERS/Eric Thayer (UNITED STATES  - Tags: POLITICS ENTERTAINMENT)   - RTR3CNYZ
  • Both sides get a little something in bipartisan spending deal
    Members of Congress made a sweeping deal to fund government through next fall and extend dozens of tax cuts. Political director Lisa Desjardins discusses what went into the agreement with Gwen Ifill.
    Original Air Date: December 16, 2015
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  • Humans of New York gives U.S.-bound refugees a voice
    Brandon Stanton stops random people on the street, takes their photo and learns what about their personal stories makes them unique. He's the photographer behind Humans of New York, a blog and social media feeds seen by millions. Lately Stanton has traveled to Turkey and Jordan to visit refugees and share their accounts with his international audience. Hari Sreenivasan reports.
    Original Air Date: December 16, 2015
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  • Freddie Gray's stepfather: We are not upset with jury
    Flanked by Freddie Gray's mother and attorney Billy Murphy, Gray's stepfather Richard Shipley read a statement. "We are not at all upset with them, neither should the public be upset," he said. "They did the best they could." A judge declared a mistrial Wednesday after the jury in the trial of Officer William G. Porter, the first of six connected to Gray's death, said it was hung on all counts.
    Original Air Date: December 16, 2015
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  • Baltimore mayor responds to mistrial in first Gray case
    Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and Police Commissioner Kevin Davis hold a news conference Wednesday after a judge declared a mistrial in the first of six cases related to the April 19 death of Freddie Gray.
    Original Air Date: December 16, 2015
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  • Refugee's story reaches thousands on 'Humans of New York'
    Brandon Stanton, photographer of "Humans of New York" fame, recently traveled to Turkey and Jordan to document the lives of refugees from Syria who have been displaced. While he was there, he worked with Aya Abdullah, a young Iraqi refugee who was recently denied entry to the U.S. over undisclosed "security concerns." She joined the NewsHour's Hari Sreenivasan for a Skype conversation.
    Original Air Date: December 16, 2015
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Tuesday, December 15, 2015

  • What stagnant diversity means for America's newsrooms
    As racial concerns continue to rise to the surface across America, is the media doing enough to tell the stories of people of color? Special correspondent Charlayne Hunter-Gault speaks to Richard Prince of the Maynard Institute about the industry’s struggle with diversity.
    Original Air Date: December 15, 2015
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  • Terror threat shuts down schools across Los Angeles
    Public schools in Los Angeles -- 1,200 in all -- were closed after a threatening email from Germany warned of mass violence, from guns to bombs to nerve gas. Officials in New York say they received a similar message, but discounted it as a hoax, leaving schools open. Gwen Ifill reports.
    Original Air Date: December 15, 2015
    A sign announcing no school is pictured at Aldama Elementary School in the Highland Park neighborhood of Los Angeles, California December 15, 2015. All schools in Los Angeles, the second largest school district in the United States, were closed on Tuesday after officials reported receiving an unspecified threat to the district and ordered a search of all schools in the city. REUTERS/Jason Redmond - RTX1YUE7
  • National security focus puts GOP establishment in spotlight
    As the Republican presidential candidates prepare for their fifth debate, political director Lisa Desjardins reports on how the attacks in Paris and San Bernardino have fueled a new urgency for discussing national security on the campaign trail, and how that’s translated in the polls.
    Original Air Date: December 15, 2015
    Republican U.S. presidential candidate and former Governor Jeb Bush (L) speaks as U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R) looks on during the debate held by Fox Business Network for the top 2016 U.S. Republican presidential candidates in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, November 10, 2015. REUTERS/Jim Young - RTS6E9H
  • Baltimore braces as Freddie Gray jury wrestles with a deadlock
    The jury in the first trial on the death of 25-year-old Freddie Gray returned after two days of deliberations to say they are deadlocked. Gray’s fatal injuries while in Baltimore police custody exposed deep cracks in the city’s criminal justice system and sparked protests. Gwen Ifill speaks to Juliet Linderman of the Associated Press about the charges against Officer William Porter.
    Original Air Date: December 15, 2015
    Baltimore Police officer William Porter approaches the court House in Baltimore on Nov. 30. Porter is one of six Baltimore City police officer charged in connection with the death of Freddie Gray. Photo by Patrick Samansky/Pool via Reuters
  • Can you trust your financial adviser? Labor Department wants new rules
    A battle is brewing on Capitol Hill over the advice and fees financial advisers can use with their customers. The Department of Labor has proposed new rules to ensure that retirement experts have their clients' best interests at heart. William Brangham joins Gwen Ifill to discuss.
    Original Air Date: December 15, 2015
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  • How building a better battery would change the game for renewable energy
    Wind can be a bountiful resource in Tehachapi, California, but not necessarily at the right time. There turbines generate the most energy at night, when the wind blows hardest, and the demand is the lowest. Science correspondent Miles O’Brien reports on the wider push for electricity storage solutions that may enable renewables to have a greater impact on the grid.
    Original Air Date: December 15, 2015
    A section of the Tehachapi Pass Wind Farm is pictured in Tehachapi, California June 19, 2013.    REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni  (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENERGY) - RTX10UQR

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