Wednesday, December 23, 2015

  • 6 of the best books to curl up with from 2015
    What were the must-read books of 2015? Jeffrey Brown gets favorite picks from Daniel Pink, business writer and author of "Drive," and novelist Jennifer Close, author of "The Smart One."
    Original Air Date: December 23, 2015
    A customer shops at Amazon Books in Seattle, Washington, on Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2015. The online retailer Inc. opened its first brick-and-mortar location in Seattle's upscale University Village mall. Photographer: David Ryder/Bloomberg
  • New film tackles dangers of concussions in the NFL
    Dr. Bennet Omalu was working in a Pittsburg coroner's office when he was asked to examine the body of a local football hero. What he discovered would bring new attention to the hazards of head injuries. A new film, "Concussion," chronicles the NFL's early efforts to discredit the research. Jeffrey Brown reports.
    Original Air Date: December 23, 2015
    Actor Will Smith poses as he arrives for the New York premiere of the film "Concussion" in the Manhattan borough of New York City, December 16, 2015. "Concussion", which stars Smith portraying Dr. Bennet Omalu, the pathologist who a decade ago first linked brain damage to the deaths of National Football League (NFL) players, opens nationwide December 25.   REUTERS/Mike Segar - RTX1Z1BU
  • How do we reconcile today’s divergent voices of Islam?
    With the rise of the Islamic State group, there have been questions about just who speaks for Islam and what the message should be. Chief foreign affairs correspondent Margaret Warner talks with Manal Omar of the United States Institute of Peace and Asra Nomani, co-founder of the Muslim Reform Movement, about standing up to violent religious extremism.
    Original Air Date: December 23, 2015
    American Shia Muslims march to the White House to protest against Islamic State, in Washington DC December 6, 2015. REUTERS/James Lawler Duggan - RTX1XHQ7
  • Europe grapples with a desperate year for migrants
    More than 1 million migrants and refugees arrived in Europe in 2015, driven by violent conflict in Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere. The onslaught of people making the desperate journey shows little signs of abating, as Europe struggles with the massive influx. Special correspondent Malcolm Brabant, who has been documenting the crisis across the past year, looks back with Judy Woodruff.
    Original Air Date: December 23, 2015
    A Syrian refugee kisses his daughter as he walks through a rainstorm towards Greece's border with Macedonia, near the Greek village of Idomeni, September 10, 2015. Most of the people flooding into Europe are refugees fleeing violence and persecution in their home countries who have a legal right to seek asylum, the United Nations said on Tuesday.  REUTERS/Yannis Behrakis - RTSFW6
  • What a Ramadi victory means for the fight against ISIS
    The Iraqi military has been preparing for months to recapture Ramadi from the Islamic State group. As tanks and other vehicles rolled through the streets, state television reported the army chief has said his forces will finish taking back the vital city in the coming days. Gwen Ifill talks to Ayman Oghanna of VICE News and retired Army Col. Peter Mansoor about the significance of the battle.
    Original Air Date: December 23, 2015
    Iraqi security forces gather to advance towards the center of Ramadi city, December 22, 2015. Picture taken December 22, 2015. REUTERS/Stringer         EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVE - RTX1ZVJE
  • News Wrap: Survivor rescued from Shenzhen mudslide
    In our news wrap Wednesday, there was a miraculous rescue in Shenzhen, China, where a devastating mudslide buried part of an industrial park three days ago. Also, forecasters issued tornado warnings from Louisiana to Illinois just two days before Christmas.
    Original Air Date: December 23, 2015
    The 19-year-old survivor is carried on a stretcher after being pulled out by rescuers more than 60 hours after a landslide hit an industrial park on Sunday, in Shenzhen, Guangdong province, China, December 23, 2015. REUTERS/China Daily ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS PICTURE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. THIS PICTURE IS DISTRIBUTED EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS. CHINA OUT. NO COMMERCIAL OR EDITORIAL SALES IN CHINA.  - RTX1ZUI0

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

  • Lera Lynn makes her music dark with a Texas twang
    In our series My Music, singer-songwriter Lera Lynn talks about gaining fans from the HBO show "True Detective" and channeling her Texas roots.
    Original Air Date: December 22, 2015
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  • At the end of 2015, is U.S. national security better off?
    From a national security perspective, is the U.S. better off than it was a year ago? Judy Woodruff gets reflections on the year in foreign affairs from former State Department officials Wendy Sherman and Richard Haass.
    Original Air Date: December 22, 2015
    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry speaks during a news conference following a meeting with foreign ministers of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) in Doha, Qatar August 3, 2015. REUTERS/Brendan Smialowski/Pool - RTX1MVF4
  • Synthetic drugs, an unknown grab-bag of toxic chemicals
    The synthetic drug Spice is known as "fake pot," but its effects are completely different from marijuana. The hard-to-detect substances are often made in foreign facilities with an ever-changing cocktail of chemicals, meaning you can never be sure of what you're taking. This year, poison control hotlines have seen a record number of calls across the country. William Brangham reports.
    Original Air Date: December 22, 2015
    Packets of synthetic marijuana illegally sold in New York City are put on display at a news conference in August. Illegal synthetic marijuana is spreading across New York, particularly the city's homeless population in search of a cheap high but who often wind up hospitalized or dead, police say. Photo by Sebastien Malo/Reuters
  • How war and peace shaped the world in 2015
    2015 was not immune from conflict or bloodshed; there was the Syrian war, the fight against the Islamic State, terrorism on the African continent, the attack on Paris, combat in Eastern Ukraine. But there were major diplomatic agreements reached as well. Judy Woodruff looks back.
    Original Air Date: December 22, 2015
    Displaced people from the minority Yazidi sect, fleeing violence from forces loyal to the Islamic State in Sinjar town, walk towards the Syrian border on the outskirts of Sinjar mountain near the Syrian border town of Elierbeh of Al-Hasakah Governorate in this August 11, 2014 file photo. The Islamic State, which had declared a caliphate in parts of Iraq and Syria, prompted tens of thousands of Yazidis and Christians to flee for their lives during their push to within a 30-minute drive of the Kurdish regional capital Arbil. Photo by Rodi Said/Reuters
  • What a reusable rocket means for the future of spaceflight
    A SpaceX rocket made a historic landing Monday night. After taking off from Cape Canaveral, the rocket booster landed gently back on Earth, suggesting a possible future for reusable rockets. Science correspondent Miles O’Brien joins Judy Woodruff to discuss the significance.
    Original Air Date: December 22, 2015
    Composite image of the launch, re-entry, and landing burns for SpaceX's Falcon-9 rocket on December 21, 2015. The rocket's booster became the first to gently landed after delivering cargo to space. Photo by SpaceX
  • Why are indictments rare after deaths in police custody?
    A grand jury in Texas has decided to not indict anyone yet in connection with the death of Sandra Bland while in police custody, effectively clearing officials and jail employees of criminal wrongdoing. Jeffrey Brown discusses the case with Molly Hennessy-Fiske of the Los Angeles Times, then Heather Mac Donald of the Manhattan Institute and Brittany Packnett of Campaign Zero offer reactions.
    Original Air Date: December 22, 2015
    Texas state trooper Brian Encinia points a Taser as he orders Sandra Bland out of her vehicle, in this still image captured from the police dash camera video from the traffic stop of Bland's vehicle in Prairie View, Texas, July 10, 2015. A Texas lawmaker who met with the family of a black woman found dead in her jail cell after her arrest following a routine traffic stop said on July 21, 2015 she should never have been in police custody in the first place. Democratic State Senator Royce West told a news conference there would be no cover-up in the investigation of the death of Sandra Bland, a 28-year-old Chicago-area woman, three days after she was arrested in Prairie View, Texas, northwest of Houston.  REUTERS/The Texas Department of Public Safety/Handout via Reuters  

  • News Wrap: Iraqi forces advance on ISIS-held Ramadi
    In our news wrap Tuesday, Iraqi Army units advanced into Ramadi as part of a slow-moving offensive to recapture the key city from the Islamic State. Also, Afghan forces fought against Taliban fighters in a crucial southern province.
    Original Air Date: December 22, 2015
    An Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers drive at an outpost in Helmand province, December 20, 2015. REUTERS/Abdul Malik - RTX1ZGHB
  • What it's like to use synthetic marijuana
    Three youths describe their experiences using Spice, also known as synthetic marijuana.
    Original Air Date: December 22, 2015
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Monday, December 21, 2015

  • Lost history treasures revealed as waters recede in Nevada
    The devastating drought that has ravaged the West has had an upside: it has made never-before-seen sights accessible. At Lake Mead in Nevada, recreational history hunters can now dive to see a B-29 bomber, and as special correspondent Sandra Hughes reports, more evidence of a long-buried era may yet be uncovered.
    Original Air Date: December 21, 2015
    The depleted water level caused by a prolonged drought in the Western United States can be seen on Lake Mead in Nevada May 6, 2015.  REUTERS/Mike Blake  - RTX1BW0D
  • Democrats differ on Islamic State fight in third debate
    In our news wrap Monday, the man who allegedly bought the weapons used in the San Bernardino shootings that killed 14 was ordered held without bond. Also, President Obama said in a year-end interview with NPR that he's failed to keep the public fully informed about his efforts to battle the Islamic State group.
    Original Air Date: December 21, 2015
    Democratic U.S. presidential candidate former Governor Martin O'Malley (R) gestures towards U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders (L) and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (C) as he discusses the distraction of the campaign data breach scandal between their two campaigns during the Democratic presidential candidates debate at St. Anselm College in Manchester, New Hampshire December 19, 2015.  REUTERS/Brian Snyder - RTX1ZF6B
  • Steve Martin, Edie Brickell team up for Broadway musical
    "Bright Star," a new musical set in North Carolina in 1920s and '40s, involves hidden identities, tragedy, love lost and found and a bluegrass-style band, complete with banjo. Its creators, famed entertainer Steve Martin and veteran singer-songwriter Edie Brickell, join Jeffrey Brown to discuss collaboration and old fashioned sweetness.
    Original Air Date: December 21, 2015
    DETROIT, MI - JUNE 05: Edie Brickell (L) and Steve Martin perform with the Steep Canyon Rangers at The Soundboard, Motor City Casino on June 5, 2014 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Paul Warner/WireImage)
  • Popular health insurance co-ops 'orphaned by politics'
    As consumers rush to enroll in the insurance exchanges, one change that's complicating signups is that more than half of the state-run health co-ops -- an alternative to private insurers -- were forced to shut down this year. The government was supposed to offset the costs, but Congress sharply curtailed that money. Special correspondent Mary Jo Brooks reports on the effects in Colorado.
    Original Air Date: December 21, 2015
    Liz Carlson, a self-employed student, attends a health care enrolment fair co-sponsored by Planned Parenthood of Northern New England and the State Employees Association at Great Bay Community College in Portsmouth, New Hampshire November 9, 2013. Carlson was unable to create a user account on the Affordable Care Act website,, and left with a paper application.    REUTERS/Brian Snyder    (UNITED STATES - Tags: HEALTH) - RTX156WB
  • How a new U.S. law protects lions in Africa
    African lions are getting new protections from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Five months after an American hunter killed an animal named Cecil in Zimbabwe, a new classification will help prohibit imports of lion trophies from Central and West Africa. Dan Ashe, director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, joins Jeffrey Brown to discuss the change.
    Original Air Date: December 21, 2015
    Lions are pictured in Lion Park in Lanseria, northwest of Johannesburg, during a visit there by the members of the German national soccer team, June 25, 2010.  REUTERS/Markus Gilliar/Pool    (South Africa - Tags: SPORT SOCCER WORLD CUP SOCIETY) - RTR2FPLE
  • Why the kerfuffle over DNC voter information matters
    Sen. Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton addressed the Sanders’ campaign breach of DNC voter data during the third Democratic debate. Amy Walter of The Cook Political Report and Tamara Keith of NPR join Gwen Ifill to discuss why Martin O’Malley hasn’t gained much campaign traction, political divisions on regime change in Syria, plus a farewell to Sen. Lindsey Graham’s 2016 campaign.
    Original Air Date: December 21, 2015
    Democratic U.S. presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders shakes hands with rival Hillary Clinton at the conclusion of the Democratic presidential candidates debate at St. Anselm College in Manchester, New Hampshire December 19, 2015.  Photo by Brian Snyder/Reuters.
  • Bagram attack is strongest sign yet of a Taliban resurgence
    Six soldiers were killed and two wounded in the U.S. military's worst single day in Afghanistan in over a year. A suicide bomber drove a motorcycle into a joint U.S.-Afghan foot patrol near Bagram Airfield. That follows a retreat by Afghan forces in Helmand Province after the Taliban seized a strategic district Sunday night. Freelance journalist Sune Engel Rasmussen joins Judy Woodruff from Kabul.
    Original Air Date: December 21, 2015
    Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers stand at an outpost in Helmand province, December 20, 2015. REUTERS/Abdul Malik - RTX1ZGHJ
  • News Wrap: San Bernardino weapons suspect held without bond
    In our news wrap Monday, the man who allegedly bought the weapons used in the San Bernardino shootings that killed 14 was ordered held without bond. Also, President Obama said in a year-end interview with NPR that he's failed to keep the public fully informed about his efforts to battle the Islamic State group.
    Original Air Date: December 21, 2015
    Enrique Marquez (C), 24, is shown in this courtroom sketch as he appears with legal representatives during a hearing in federal court in Riverside, California, December 17, 2015.  Marquez , a former neighbor accused of supplying assault rifles to the couple who massacred 14 people in San Bernardino, California, is charged with conspiring to provide material support to terrorists.  REUTERS/Bill Robles - RTX1Z6VZ

Sunday, December 20, 2015

  • Fact-checking the third Democratic presidential debate
    The three major contenders for the Democratic Party's 2016 presidential nomination shared the stage on Saturday night for the final time this year. Politifact's Jon Greenberg joins Hari Sreenivasan from Washington to fact-check what they said.
    Original Air Date: December 20, 2015
    U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders appears on television screens in the media work-room during the Democratic presidential candidates debate at Saint Anselm College in Manchester, New Hampshire December 19, 2015.      REUTERS/Gretchen Ertl      TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY      - RTX1ZF8F
  • How personal data helps candidates predict your vote
    Based on massive amounts of information—from your party affiliation to your Amazon account—political campaigns can determine whether you may vote for their candidate and whether they should spend the resources to get you to do so. But will so-called “microtargeting” be a deciding factor in the 2016 presidential race or has its hype been overblown? NewsHour's Jeff Greenfield reports.
    Original Air Date: December 19, 2015
    Republican U.S. presidential candidates (L-R) Senator Ted Cruz, former Governor Jeb Bush and businessman Donald Trump talk at the end of the Republican presidential debate in Las Vegas, Nevada December 15, 2015.    REUTERS/Mike Blake - RTX1YVKG

Saturday, December 19, 2015

  • After San Bernardino, a call to block online al-Qaida works
    The FBI revealed this week that one of the San Bernardino shooters and an alleged co-conspirator were inspired by former al Qaeda leader Anwar al-Awlaki. The U.S. killed al-Awlaki in a drone strike four years ago, but his legacy lives on in hours of recordings. Scott Shane, a reporter for The New York Times and author of the book, Objective Troy, joins Hari Sreenivasan from Baltimore.
    Original Air Date: December 19, 2015
    Anwar al-Awlaki, a U.S.-born cleric linked to al Qaeda's Yemen-based wing, gives a religious lecture in an unknown location in this still image taken from video released by on September 30, 2011. Anwar al-Awlaki has been killed, Yemen's Defence Ministry said on Friday. A Yemeni security official said Awlaki, who is of Yemeni descent, was hit in a Friday morning air raid in the northern al-Jawf province that borders oil giant Saudi Arabia. REUTERS/ (OBITUARY CIVIL UNREST POLITICS) FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS. MANDATORY CREDIT - RTR2S19P
  • Inside Ralph Nader's American Museum of Tort Law
    The American Museum of Tort Law, which recently opened in Ralph Nader's hometown of Winsted, Connecticut, features exhibits on groundbreaking civil cases on auto safety, tobacco, asbestos, and many other issues. NewsHour's Phil Hirschkorn visited the museum to speak with Nader about his legacy and the how the American legal landscape has evolved.
    Original Air Date: December 19, 2015
    Consumer advocate Ralph Nader poses in front of a Chevrolet Corvair in The American Museum of Tort Law, Friday, Sept. 25, 2015, in Winsted, Conn. The museum, which opens Saturday, has been developed by the consumer advocate and two-time presidential candidate as a kind of ode to the jury system. Nader featured the Corvair in his 1965 book on the auto industry’s safety record, “Unsafe at Any Speed”. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)
  • In Boston, tracking data to score government progress
    Boston is using data and analytics to help improve operations, better measure performance and increase efficiency under a new initiative no other city has tried, called CityScore. A single number is issued daily, measuring how the city is meeting its goals on a variety of quality-of-life metrics. NewsHour's Megan Thompson reports on how it will work in our latest installment of Urban Ideas.
    Original Air Date: December 19, 2015
    Metro transportation control room, Boston, Massachusetts, USA

Friday, December 18, 2015

  • Shields and Brooks on Obama’s year-end assessment
    Syndicated columnist Mark Shields and New York Times columnist David Brooks join Judy Woodruff to discuss the week’s news, including President Obama’s year-end news conference, how presidential candidates of both parties are fielding issues of national security and the breach of a DNC voter database by the Bernie Sanders campaign.
    Original Air Date: December 18, 2015
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