Tuesday, November 4, 2014

  • What the election means for the future of immigration reform
    One of the major national policy issues that lost political momentum going into the 2014 election is immigration reform. What’s next for reform if Republicans take the Senate? Did the stalemate demobilize voters? Gwen Ifill gets debate from Cristina Jimenez of United We Dream and Brad Botwin of Help Save Maryland.
    Original Air Date: November 4, 2014
  • One photographer captures the character of NM's buildings
    For 40 years, New Mexico photographer Robert Christensen has captured portraits of buildings that reflect the rugged and independent spirit of New Mexico.For more Art Beat: newshour.pbs.org/art
    Original Air Date: November 4, 2014
    Robert Christensen
  • What McConnell would as Senate majority leader
    What would a Mitch McConnell-led Senate look like? The Kentucky lawmaker met with PBS NewsHour’s Judy Woodruff just days before the midterm election.
    Original Air Date: November 4, 2014

Monday, November 3, 2014

  • The record-setting money behind this year’s midterm TV ads
    This election has seen more ads than any other midterm election in history. From President Obama to health care, ads from both Democrats and Republicans are crowding the airwaves. NewsHour’s political editor Domenico Montanaro takes a tour through the most telling political ads of the season.
    Original Air Date: November 3, 2014
  • Will rocket accidents slow the business of space tourism?
    A co-pilot on an Atlantic Galactic test flight died in a crash days after a commercial rocket, bound for the International Space Station, exploded. Are government-sponsored space programs safer? Science correspondent Miles O’Brien joins Gwen Ifill to discuss how the disasters will affect the development of space tourism and whether the industry could eventually offer any scientific advancements.
    Original Air Date: November 3, 2014
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  • Ukrainian separatist rebels elect new leaders
    Separatists held an election in the breakaway regions of Eastern Ukraine on Sunday, asserting their independence from Kiev. Ukrainian officials denounced the vote, saying it was in direct violation of an agreement with Russia. Judy Woodruff gets views on the potential fallout from Andrew Weiss of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and Stephen Cohen of New York University.
    Original Air Date: November 3, 2014
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  • This West Virginia candidate has never voted in an election
    The front-runner in one of West Virginia’s state delegate race is a college freshman who won her primary while still in high school. Meet Saira Blair, an 18-year-old Republican and the daughter of a state senator, who says she wants to get into politics to encourage her generation to stay in-state and grow the economy. Political editor Lisa Desjardins reports.
    Original Air Date: November 3, 2014
  • Dylan’s complete ‘Basement Tapes’ surface for the first time
    In the late '60s, Bob Dylan retreated to upstate New York to recover from a motorcycle accident and the exhaustion of touring. In the basement of a house called Big Pink, he recorded a session with the musicians who would form The Band. Known as "The Basement Tapes," only a limited number of cuts have been available until now. Jeffrey Brown learns more from Anthony DeCurtis of Rolling Stone.
    Original Air Date: November 3, 2014
  • Will focusing on the president pay off for Republicans?
    In some midterm Senate races, Republicans have tried to leverage negative public opinion of the president against their Democratic challengers. Stuart Rothenberg of The Rothenberg Political Report and Amy Walter of The Cook Political Report join Gwen Ifill to discuss the strategies behind some of the tight races and what to watch on Election Night.
    Original Air Date: November 3, 2014
    Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell Campaigns Ahead of Election Day
  • Kentucky's McConnell paints Grimes as an Obama supporter
    Kentucky's Senate race pits the second most powerful Republican in Washington against a hard-charging 35-year-old Democratic challenger. Five-time incumbent Mitch McConnell stands to become the next majority leader, but he's also unpopular in his home state. Meanwhile, Democrat Alison Grimes has had to keep her distance from another unpopular politician, President Obama. Judy Woodruff reports.
    Original Air Date: November 3, 2014
  • What makes Mitch McConnell smile?
    While incumbents usually have the advantage in elections, this midterm season has been a boon for Republican challengers. The most competitive Senate races are being run in blue or purple states that voted for Gov. Mitt Romney in the last presidential election. NewsHour’s political editor Domenico Montanaro breaks down the Republican advantage for Tuesday.
    Original Air Date: November 3, 2014
  • Why you probably didn’t vote today
    Forty percent of eligible voters vote in the midterm elections, down from 56 percent who vote in presidential elections. Instead of a showdown between two big personalities, voters are presented with more than 500 candidates for governor, U.S. Senate and House. Domenico Montanaro presents the key differences between the two races and a breakdown of who actually ends up voting.
    Original Air Date: November 3, 2014
  • What could you buy instead of an election?
    Nearly $4 billion dollars has been spent on this election -- more than any other midterm in history. To give you an idea how much money that is, NewsHour’s political editor Domenico Montanaro breaks down what you could buy with the amount that was spent for Tuesday’s races.
    Original Air Date: November 3, 2014
  • Why do we vote on the first Tuesday of November?
    While it might not be the most convenient day in present time, November Tuesdays were the best day to vote in the 1880s. NewHour’s political editor Domenico Montanaro charts the history of election day and explains modern efforts to change it.See PBS NewsHour’s 2014 midterm election coverage: to.pbs.org/1xtJgAH And read more on the NewsHour’s website: www.pbs.org/newshour
    Original Air Date: November 3, 2014
  • What happens if the Senate is tied?
    Republicans need six seats to claim the Senate majority. If they win five, the Senate will be tied for only the fourth time in history. While Vice President Joe Biden can break the tie, his vote might not be enough to move bills past a filibuster. NewsHour’s political reporter Lisa Desjardins digs into past tied sessions and breaks down the numbers the Senate needs to pass legislation.
    Original Air Date: November 3, 2014
  • Why 2014 is the year of women voters and candidates
    Women voters turn out for midterm elections at a higher rate than men. Taking the hint, politicians from both sides are heavily targeting women by supporting women candidates and airing ads relating to “women’s issues.” But women don’t all vote alike. NewsHour political reporter Lisa Desjardins explains why more female candidates won’t balance out the gender balance in the Senate.
    Original Air Date: November 3, 2014
  • What the ‘Obama factor’ means for Democrats
    When presidential approval ratings drop, congressional midterms usually serve as an accurate “report card” for the president. This year, with President Obama’s ratings at 40 percent, Democrats are actively distancing themselves from his policies. NewsHour political reporter Lisa Desjardins explains why this strategy that has worked in the past.
    Original Air Date: November 3, 2014
  • Three advantages that Democrats have this midterm
    There’s much talk of the Republican advantage this midterm, as the balance of power in the Senate is expected to favor the GOP. But Democrats can claim a few advantages themselves, including family ties, their clever spending tactics and Independents who are challenging Republican candidates and. NewsHour political reporter Lisa Desjardins explains.
    Original Air Date: November 3, 2014

Sunday, November 2, 2014

  • How politicians target voters with digital ads
    Much of the analysis after the 2012 presidential election focused on how the Obama campaign had made better use of technology than the Romney campaign to get its supporters to the polls. So how are both major parties doing this time around in the days leading up to Tuesday's midterm elections? Journalist Ashley Parker joins Hari Sreenivasan from Washington.
    Original Air Date: November 2, 2014
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  • Photographer documents uneven Hurricane Sandy recovery
    This week marked the second anniversary of Hurricane Sandy. The recovery in New York City has been very uneven, which photographer Nathan Kensinger documented in a series of photo essays. Hari Sreenivasan reports.
    Original Air Date: November 2, 2014
  • Alexander Calder's sculpture continues to captivate
    Alexander Calder was one of the modern masters of art -- breaking the mold on sculpture in the 20th century. Nearly 40 years after his death, Calder's work continues to captivate. WGBH's Arts Editor Jared Bowen sat down recently with the Chief Curator of the Peabody Essex Museum in Boston to discuss Calder and his creations.
    Original Air Date: November 2, 2014
  • Brittany Maynard case revives national right-to-die debate
    While assisted suicide is legal in only three states, the story of 29-year-old Brittany Maynard, who moved to Oregon so she could legally end her own life, has brought the issue back into the national spotlight. NewsHour Weekend's Stephen Fee reports on how this renewed debate may affect end-of-life care and the momentum for the assisted suicide movement.
    Original Air Date: October 31, 2014
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Saturday, November 1, 2014

  • What's behind the latest surge on Wall Street?
    Stock prices continue going up, as the Dow Jones Industrial Average and the S&P 500 closed at record highs on Friday. To explore what's pushing the numbers higher, Roben Farzad, host of the radio show,
    Original Air Date: November 1, 2014
    Terry Burnham remains confident the bubble will burst and that Dow 5,000 is more likely than Dow 20,000. Photo by Flickr user ecstaticist.
  • Political family ties may nudge wins in battleground states
    How much does a having a popular family name matter in politics? At least three dozen members of Congress have had family members who've held office before them. And as numerous incumbents see their political futures in jeopardy, NewsHour's Jeff Greenfield explores whether the family business of American politics -- especially in key battleground states -- helps candidates today.
    Original Air Date: October 31, 2014

Friday, October 31, 2014

  • Shields and Brooks on the midterm mood
    Syndicated columnist Mark Shields and New York Times columnist David Brooks join Judy Woodruff to preview the next week’s midterm elections and discuss the current mood and priorities of American voters.
    Original Air Date: October 31, 2014
  • Taylor Swift shakes up a slowing music industry
    Taylor Swift's new album is on track to sell a million copies in its first week, a milestone that will make it the only record this year to go platinum. Jeffrey Brown looks at how the young singer mastered marketing and social media, and why some stars still sell big despite a changing music industry.
    Original Air Date: October 31, 2014
  • Missing students underscore dangerous corruption in Mexico
    More than 50 arrests have been made in connection to the disappearance of 43 college students in the Guerrero province of Mexico, but authorities still don’t know where to find the missing young men five weeks since their disappearance. Hari Sreenivasan speaks with Dudley Althaus of The Wall Street Journal from Mexico City about the greater political ramifications of this case.
    Original Air Date: October 31, 2014
  • CIA and Senate battle over a report on interrogation tactics
    In 2009, the Senate Intelligence Committee launched an investigation of the CIA's interrogation tactics. Though the committee finalized its report in 2009, the CIA has disputed some of the conclusions and insisted on more redactions to protect agency secrets. Judy Woodruff gets perspective from Oregon Sen. Ron Wyden, as well as John Rizzo, former acting general counsel of the CIA.
    Original Air Date: October 31, 2014
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