Wednesday, December 10, 2014

  • PBS NewsHour full episode Dec. 10, 2014
    Wednesday on the NewsHour, we get debate on the effectiveness of harsh interrogation tactics on terror suspects. Also: Can Congress make a budget deal, how U.S. and Iraq can partner in combating the Islamic State group, giving people on Medicaid more choices for long-term care and profane bedtime stories find popularity with parents.
    Original Air Date: December 10, 2014
    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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  • Kurdish deputy prime minister on fighting Islamic State
    While Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel visited Baghdad to meet with Iraq's new prime minister, Kurdish Deputy Prime Minister Qubad Talabani came to Washington in hopes of shoring up support for the fight against the Islamic State. Chief foreign affairs correspondent Margaret Warner talks to Talabani about battling the militants and political divisions in Iraq.
    Original Air Date: December 10, 2014
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  • News Wrap: Detroit emerges from bankruptcy
    In our news wrap Wednesday, a federal judge approved plans for the city of Detroit to shed $7 billion of its $18 billion in debt, clearing the way for an end to the largest municipal bankruptcy in history. Also, a national Brazilian commission released a report on systematic torture and killings committed during nearly two decades of military dictatorship.
    Original Air Date: December 10, 2014
  • Report on CIA interrogations draws global criticism
    Fallout from the Senate Intelligence Committee’s report on CIA interrogation tactics has gone global. The new Afghan president called the findings "shocking," while in Poland, where there had been a secret CIA prison, the former president denied knowledge of the particulars of the program. The White House conceded the U.S. will have to rebuild its moral authority. Gwen Ifill reports.
    Original Air Date: December 10, 2014
  • 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
    TRILLION DOLLAR  DEAL monitor capitol dome money
  • 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

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

  • PBS NewsHour full episode Dec. 9, 2014
    Tuesday on the NewsHour, the Senate Intelligence Committee releases an executive summary of a five-year investigation into the CIA’s interrogation tactics used on terror suspects after 9/11. Also: An investigation examines who gets to argue before the Supreme Court, scientists develop technology to communicate with dogs and rock star Melissa Etheridge talks about life, love and music.
    Original Air Date: December 9, 2014
    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
  • Senate report graphically details CIA interrogation tactics
    A Senate Intelligence Committee report on the CIA’s post-9/11 interrogation tactics accuses the agency of deceiving the White House, Congress and the American people. Chairwoman Sen. Dianne Feinstein called the revelations "a stain" on U.S. history. Gwen Ifill details the Senate’s findings, which suggest the enhanced interrogation program was “far more brutal” than previously disclosed.
    Original Air Date: December 9, 2014
    Sen. Feinstein Accuses CIA Of Ease-Dropping On Senate Panel Computers
  • News Wrap: Congress hammers out federal funding bill details
    In our news wrap Tuesday, negotiators worked out differences on a $1.1 trillion federal spending bill that would fund the government through September 2015 and avert a shutdown. Also, Secretary of State John Kerry called on lawmakers to authorize new war powers for President Obama to combat the Islamic State group.
    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
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Monday, December 8, 2014

  • PBS NewsHour full episode Dec. 8, 2014
    Tonight on the program, we examine the failed rescue mission in Yemen of a hostage American journalist and the risks involved in such missions. Also: why young protesters march, two young refugee girls working to support their families in Lebanon, tent cities rise amid housing shortage in Silicon Valley, the new college football playoff, and an interview with music icon Al Green.
    Original Air Date: December 8, 2014
    December 8, 2014
  • Kennedy Center honors Al Green for soul and staying power
    Al Green was one of five artists honored at the Kennedy Center this year. Jeffrey Brown talks to the singer, whose iconic voice has stirred souls with pop music and gospel for decades, about a life of making music and preaching.
    Original Air Date: December 8, 2014
  • Sorting out the college football playoff selections
    The first-ever college football championship playoffs will kick-off on New Year’s Day. But there’s been confusion about and criticism for the semifinal selection process. Judy Woodruff turns to Mike Pesca of Slate to sort out the new system.
    Original Air Date: December 8, 2014
  • Tent cities rise amid housing shortage in Silicon Valley
    Silicon Valley, the epicenter of the tech industry, is one of the wealthiest and fastest-growing regions in the country. But the rapid development and influx of tech workers has revved up competition for housing and a growing income divide. Special correspondent Scott Shafer of KQED reports on the demolition of a notorious homeless encampment in San Jose.
    Original Air Date: December 8, 2014
  • Syrian child refugees work to support their families
    A million children have been forced to flee Syria’s civil war. Special correspondent Marcia Biggs profiles two young girls, 12-year-old Iman and 14-year-old Bushra, best friends who must work in the fields to support their families now living in Lebanon. But they are the lucky ones: A local organization has set up a school with afternoon shifts for working children.
    Original Air Date: December 8, 2014
  • Why do you march? Young protesters explain what drives them
    Many of the now-daily protests on race and justice are being led by young people frustrated by recent grand jury decisions in Ferguson and New York City. Gwen Ifill gets perspectives from protester Molly Greiber, Tory Russell of Hands Up United and Jessica Pierce of the Black Youth Project on what’s driving them personally and the movement at large.
    Original Air Date: December 8, 2014