Friday, December 5, 2014

  • Why 'Survivor' trumps 'The Apprentice' in Russia
    Peter Pomerantsev, a Russian-born British author who had been hired to go to Moscow to help create and produce Western-style reality TV shows in the 2000s, shares his observations about why knock-offs of some Western Reality TV hits flopped and why others were successful.
    Original Air Date: December 5, 2014
  • Why adults want Samuel L Jackson to read to them at bedtime
    Adam Mansbach, author of “Go the F*ck to Sleep," explains why Samuel L Jackson was his first choice for the audio book in this online exclusive.For more Art Beat:
    Original Air Date: December 5, 2014
    Samuel L Jackson
  • Can humans become a multi-planet species?
    NASA astrobiologist Chris McKay studies the most extreme parts of Earth to understand how life might survive in other perts of the universe. But he's also studying another life form living in space: humans.
    Original Air Date: December 4, 2014

Thursday, December 4, 2014

  • Hagel: Rise in reporting of sexual assault ‘good news’
    While the estimated number of cases of sexual assault are down 25 percent from two years ago, actual reports of assault have increased 8 percent in the past year. Secretary of Defence Chuck Hagel said the findings are both a sign of progress and a need for greater reform. Hari Sreenivasan reports on continuing concern over retaliation for and how lawmakers are responding.
    Original Air Date: December 4, 2014
    ASSAULT IN THE RANKS monitor military sexual assault
  • Will outrage for grand jury verdicts trigger changes?
    For a broader look at how the Eric Garner case and the intersection of race and justice are resonating with Americans, Gwen Ifill gets perspectives from Candace McCoy of City University of New York and Jelani Cobb of The New Yorker.
    Original Air Date: December 4, 2014
    Grand Jury Declines To Indict NYPD Officer In Eric Garner Death
  • Using poetry to uncover the moments that lead to racism
    Poet and playwright Claudia Rankine says that the small moments that carve gaps of misunderstanding between Americans lead to big, national moments of misunderstanding, like events in Ferguson and New York. Rankine explores these disruptions and how they lead to conflict in her new book, “Citizen.”
    Original Air Date: December 4, 2014
    Claudia Rankine
  • How the Kremlin uses TV to shape Russian political ‘reality'
    President Vladimir Putin gave his state of the nation speech, trumpeting Russia’s incursions into Ukraine and the annexation of Crimea. A new book, “Nothing Is True and Everything Is Possible,” examines how the Kremlin uses television to promote Putin’s views and influence its citizens through reality TV. Chief foreign affairs correspondent Margaret Warner interviews author Peter Pomerantsev.
    Original Air Date: December 4, 2014
    RUSSIAN REALITY monitor putin TV
  • Opinions split over Eric Garner ruling on Staten Island
    Staten Island is whiter and more conservative than the rest of New York City, and it’s home to a large number of active and retired firefighters and police officers. It’s also where Eric Garner died in a fatal incident with a police officer, as well as where members of the grand jury who ruled on Garner’s death reside. How are people there responding? The NewsHour’s William Brangham reports.
    Original Air Date: December 4, 2014
  • How will NYPD handle minor offenses after Eric Garner?
    Following the choking death of Eric Garner, New York police commissioner Bill Bratton promised an overhaul of the police training program, and, with the mayor, addressed how officers should react to minor offenses. For the perspective from City Hall, Gwen Ifill speaks with Zachary Carter, legal adviser to Mayor Bill de Blasio.
    Original Air Date: December 4, 2014
  • Tech startup boom makes waves in bohemian Venice Beach
    Some high tech entrepreneurs have started trading in the high costs of the San Francisco Bay Area for the sunnier skies of Venice Beach in Los Angeles. But with the benefits of the boom, like high-paying jobs, also come problems, especially for the longtime residents of the famously artistic, bohemian neighborhood. Special correspondent Steve Goldbloom reports.
    Original Air Date: December 4, 2014
    SILICON BEACH monitor  venice beach
  • Protests, largely peaceful, continue over killings by police
    A new round of protests began across the nation in response to a grand jury decision to not indict a police officer in the death of Eric Garner. While the head of New York's police union called the chokehold used by officer Daniel Pantaleo a “textbook” maneuver, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio called for retraining for the city's police. Gwen Ifill reports.
    Original Air Date: December 4, 2014
    A police officer stands over activists, demanding justice for the death of Eric Garner, as they stage a 'die-in' during rush hour at Grand Central Terminal in the Manhattan borough of New York
  • Claudia Rankine's poem 'Stop and Frisk'
    Poet and playwright Claudia Rankine and her husband John Lucas create “situation videos,” short films illustrating Rankine's poetry. This video, called "Stop and Fisk," featured Rankine's poem about “policing of the black body.”
    Original Air Date: December 4, 2014
    Claudia Rankine "Stop and Frisk"
  • Holder: Cleveland PD engaged in pattern of excessive force
    After a 22-month long investigation into the Cleveland Police Department's practices, the Justice Department said that it found reason to believe the city's police engages in a "pattern or practice of using excessive force," Attorney General Eric Holder said Thursday.
    Original Air Date: December 4, 2014

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

  • Restructuring schools to nurture Native American students
    The high school graduation rate for Native Americans is the lowest of any ethnic or racial group in the United States. How can the government assist reservation schools while respecting autonomy of tribes? Judy Woodruff talks to Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell about a series of initiatives announced by the president on how to undo deep-seated education challenges for Native Americans.
    Original Air Date: December 3, 2014
  • Before NASA pioneers to Mars, Orion spacecraft faces tests
    NASA envisions a human presence on Mars in 20 years. But how will we get there? The Orion spacecraft, an unmanned capsule, will launch on its maiden voyage as an important test for future missions. Science correspondent Miles O’Brien reports on the engineering hurdles as well as the budgetary ones.
    Original Air Date: December 3, 2014
  • Court weighs special considerations for pregnant workers
    The Supreme Court heard a case of a former UPS driver who claims the company discriminated against her while she was pregnant. Marcia Coyle of the National Law Journal offers some background on the case and Gwen Ifill gets analysis from Marcia Greenberger of the National Women’s Law Center and Karen Harned of the National Federation of Independent Business’ Small Business Legal Center.
    Original Air Date: December 3, 2014
    Supreme Court Hears Pregnancy Discrimination Case Involving UPS
  • Takata fights nationwide recall for exploding airbags
    Japanese manufacturer Takata is fighting demands by Congress for a nationwide recall of defective airbags linked to at least five deaths. The company maintains that the request is not supported by evidence and that Washington does not have the legal authority to make a parts maker enforce a recall. Judy Woodruff reports.
    Original Air Date: December 3, 2014
    RECALL  monitor  air bag
  • How will NYPD respond to the Eric Garner grand jury verdict?
    A white policeman in New York City will not be charged in the choking death of Eric Garner, an unarmed black man, which was caught on videotape. Hari Sreenivasan learns more about the decision and how New York has been planning for the verdict from Pervaiz Shallwani of The Wall Street Journal.
    Original Air Date: December 3, 2014
    Demonstrators Call For Resignation Of NYPD Chief Bratton
  • Watch NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio speak on Eric Garner decision
    New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio spoke Wednesday on a New York grand jury’s decision not to indict NYPD police officer Daniel Pantaleo in the death of unarmed, 43-year-old Eric Garner."This is a national moment of grief," de Blasio said, "and a national moment of frustration."
    Original Air Date: December 3, 2014

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

  • Syrian refugees poised to lose food aid as UN funds run out
    A severe cash shortage has forced the UN’s World Food Program to suspend food vouchers, immediately affecting 1.7 million Syrian refugees who are reliant on them for survival. Gwen Ifill spoke with Muhannad Hadi of the World Food Program about what the organization needs to provide December’s vouchers and why providing debit cards for groceries better serves some refugee populations.
    Original Air Date: December 2, 2014
  • Can innovative schools be all-inclusive in Philadelphia?
    Can schools that enroll students of all skill levels use the same methods as more academically selective programs? In the second half of our report on Philadelphia’s public schools, special correspondent for education John Merrow reports on the city’s U School, a neighborhood school that’s copying the project-based learning curriculum of some of the city’s more exclusive charter schools.
    Original Air Date: December 2, 2014
  • New book stresses importance of disaster prep, not recovery
    Only communities that prepare for the unpredictable -- from health scares to cyber attacks -- can quickly bounce back. But how can we flip the paradigm for dealing with disaster? Author Judith Rodin joins Gwen Ifill for a conversation about her book “The Resilience Divided,” on what defines resilience and how cities can move their focus from relief and recovery to preparedness and readiness.
    Original Air Date: December 2, 2014
  • Cozy relationship between Fed and big banks draws scrutiny
    While monitoring Goldman Sachs, New York Federal Reserve supervisor Carmen Segarra made secret recordings that suggested the Fed was too soft on the big bank. She was fired a few months later, for reasons the Fed claimed were unrelated. Judy Woodruff speaks with Jake Bernstein of ProPublica about how these issues are being investigated.
    Original Air Date: December 2, 2014

Monday, December 1, 2014

  • ‘Happy Valley’ examines aftermath of Sandusky scandal
    In 2012, Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky was convicted for sexually assaulting children. Joe Paterno, the beloved head coach, was fired for failing to report the crime. Jeffrey Brown speaks with Amir Bar-Lev, director of a new documentary, “Happy Valley,” that examines the immediate aftermath of the scandal and how Penn State’s football-first community recovered.
    Original Air Date: December 1, 2014
  • Can Philadelphia schools innovate to escape crisis?
    Philadelphia public schools are facing serious funding troubles, as well as overcrowding and other issues. But the city’s competitive Science Leadership Academy, where the curriculum is based on student-driven project learning, is a great success. Special correspondent for education John Merrow reports on a superintendent’s effort to use the SLA as a model for reforming traditional schools.
    Original Air Date: December 1, 2014
  • Can technology and training strengthen community policing?
    President Obama called for $260 million in response funds to build trust between police and minorities, including purchasing body cameras for officers. Judy Woodruff talks to former New York City Police commissioner Raymond Kelly and Malik Aziz of the National Black Police Association about whether more technology will help prevent another Ferguson-style showdown and what training is most needed.
    Original Air Date: December 1, 2014
  • Supreme Court tests limits of free speech online
    Is an angry online post a real threat or an exercise of free speech? The Supreme Court will determine whether a man’s violence-filled rants on Facebook about his ex-wife -- posts that led to his arrest -- are protected by the First Amendment. Jeffrey Brown takes a look at the case with Marcia Coyle of The National Law Journal.
    Original Air Date: December 1, 2014
    SUPREME COURT monitor
  • The Pulitzer Poet
    The award for poetry this year went to Mark Strand for his book “Blizzard of One.” It’s Strand’s ninth book of poetry. He has also published several books of translations, edited poetry anthologies, and written books for children. A former US Poet Laureate, Strand now teaches at the Committee on Social Thought at the University of Chicago.
    Original Air Date: April 15, 1999
    Mark Strand interview
    April 15, 1999