Monday, January 13, 2014

  • Closing the digital divide by helping seniors get online
    It's estimated that about half of Americans over the age of 65 use the Internet. But for the other half, increasing societal dependence on digital technology threatens to leave behind those who don't go online. NewsHour correspondent Mary Jo Brooks reports on efforts to teach elders how to stay connected through computers.
    Original Air Date: January 13, 2014
  • Supreme Court considers definition of 'recess' appointments
    Can the president bypass the Senate in making temporary appointments? Gwen Ifill talks to Marcia Coyle of the National Law Journal about how a local labor dispute transformed into a debate of presidential power and the Supreme Court's first time considering the Constitution's recess appointments clause.
    Original Air Date: January 13, 2014
    Presidential Power SCOTUS
  • Will W.Va. water emergency spur greater oversight?
    West Virginians received hopeful news about the chemical spill that contaminated their water supply. Authorities announced they would begin to lift the ban on tap water for residents in certain areas. Judy Woodruff talks to Ashton Marra of West Virginia Public Broadcasting and Coral Davenport of The New York Times.
    Original Air Date: January 13, 2014
    Photo by Ty Wright/The Washington Post

Sunday, January 12, 2014

  • Viewers sound off on NewsHour Weekend stories
    On a new segment called "Viewers like You," NewsHour Weekend fans have the opportunity to sound off on stories and share their opinions with anchor Hari Sreenivasan.
    Original Air Date: January 12, 2014
  • Many West Virginians still without tap water
    An estimated 300,000 West Virginians still have little or no tap water after a major chemical spill in the capital city of Charleston. State officials say up to 7,500 gallons of an industrial chemical spilled into the drinking water supply on December 9. Ashton Marra, statehouse reporter for West Virginia Public Broadcasting, speaks with Hari Sreenivasan about the crisis situation.
    Original Air Date: January 12, 2014
  • What’s the state of smoking in America?
    It’s been 50 years since the first Surgeon General’s report on the hazards of smoking. Smoking rates in the U.S. have dropped from 43 percent of all adults to 18 percent and smoking is banned in many public places. What’s the state of smoking in America today? Acting United States Surgeon General Boris Lushniak provides perspective on this major American health initiative.
    Original Air Date: January 12, 2014

Saturday, January 11, 2014

  • Stagnant wages imperil financial security
    Wages in the U.S. have been largely stagnant over the past 45 years, but during the same time span consumer prices have risen dramatically. Hari Sreenivasan discusses this trend and its effect on poverty with Bloomberg BusinessWeek reporter, Roben Farzad.
    Original Air Date: January 11, 2014
  • Poverty rates surge in American suburbs
    When President Johnson declared a “War on Poverty” fifty years ago, images of the American poor focused on the inner-city and rural poor. What is the state of American poverty today? Megan Thompson reports on the less visible but growing number of poor in America’s suburbs.
    Original Air Date: January 11, 2014
  • Reflecting on the life and legacy of Ariel Sharon
    Former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon died Saturday. He was 85 years old and had been in a coma since 2006. NewsHour's Margaret Warner reflects on the legacy of a man whose career spanned the entirety of Israel’s 65-year history.
    Original Air Date: January 11, 2014

Friday, January 10, 2014

  • Shields and Brooks on Christie's scandal, Gates' war stories
    Syndicated columnist Mark Shields and New York Times columnist David Brooks join Judy Woodruff to discuss the week's top news, including the possible fallout of the "cheap political trick" that shut down traffic in New Jersey, a new memoir by former Defense Secretary Gates and lessons from the nation's 50 year war on poverty.
    Original Air Date: January 10, 2014
  • 'No end in sight' for W.Va. water emergency?
    The mayor of Charleston, W.Va., says the water emergency has been "nothing but bad news" for residents who are still awaiting a timeline for when they'll be able to resume normal life. Hari Sreenivasan talks to Mayor Danny Jones about how the chemical spill is affecting his community.
    Original Air Date: January 10, 2014
  • December jobs growth weakest in three years
    The December jobs report showed a gain of just 74,000 jobs, while the drop in unemployment was due largely to people leaving the workforce. Economics correspondent Paul Solman reviews the numbers and Judy Woodruff talks to Dean Baker of the Center for Economic and Policy Research and Robert Shapiro of Sonecon.
    Original Air Date: January 10, 2014
  • News Wrap: Up to 110 million affected in Target data breach
    In our news wrap Friday, retail giant Target said that up to 110 million customers could have been affected in the holiday data breach. The latest disclosure includes phone numbers, email and mailing addresses. Also, the House of Representatives voted to set new data security requirements for the new health care law.
    Original Air Date: January 10, 2014
  • Kate DiCamillo wants to spread the joy of reading
    Kate DiCamillo wasn't always a writer. She didn't actually start writing until she was 30 years old. It took six years before she was published, but it was her dream and so she kept trying. Now, DiCamillo is the author of children’s books “Because of Winn-Dixie” and “Tale of Despereaux" and she was recently appointed the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature.
    Original Air Date: January 10, 2014

Thursday, January 9, 2014

  • Examining the Arab Spring's uncertain future
    Marwan Muasher, the former deputy prime minister of Jordan, thinks it was too simplistic for the world to expect that the Arab Spring would so quickly evolve autocracies into democracies. Margaret Warner sits down with Muasher to discuss his new book, "The Second Arab Awakening: And the Battle for Pluralism."
    Original Air Date: January 9, 2014
  • Health care sign up improves, but tech issues remain
    The process of enrolling in health care coverage appears to be going smoother, but problems persist for some state-run exchanges and consumers. Judy Woodruff gets an update from Sarah Kliff of The Washington Post, who also discusses an effort by the GOP to put a spotlight on security issues facing
    Original Air Date: January 9, 2014
  • Student physicians embrace poetry to hone art of healing
    Doctor and poet Rafael Campo thinks medical school distances doctor and patient at the cost of human understanding. A possible cure? He uses poetry to help close the gap. Jeffrey Brown and Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey continue to seek "Where Poetry Lives" by visiting Campo's reading and writing workshop for medical students.
    Original Air Date: January 9, 2014
    Doctor/Poet Rafael Campo uses the stethoscope to explore rhythms of poetry
  • Is NFL's head trauma settlement sufficient for ex-players?
    The NFL went to court to file the details of a $760 million settlement over the impact of concussions and head injuries for retirees. Hari Sreenivasan discusses the details of the how the league came up with various values to offer different players -- and whether players are satisfied -- with Mike Pesca of NPR.
    Original Air Date: January 9, 2014
  • Vermont gov. confronts deadly heroin crisis
    Gov. Peter Shumlin devoted his entire State of the State address to a "full-blown heroin crisis" ravaging Vermont. Shumlin joins Judy Woodruff to discuss his shift in focus on the issue of opiate addiction and Ryan Grim of the Huffington Post offers context on why heroin has made a major comeback in the United States.
    Original Air Date: January 9, 2014
  • Can Christie's damage control protect his political future?
    New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has tried to distance himself from the scandal over the Fort Lee traffic shutdowns and combat characterizations of him as a bully. What's the impact for Christie's political future? Gwen Ifill gets analysis from Stu Rothenberg of the Rothenberg Political Report and Michael Scherer of Time magazine.
    Original Air Date: January 9, 2014
  • For Baryshnikov, theater is a connection of 'heart and mind'
    Born in the then-Soviet Union, Mikhail Baryshnikov grew up reading the works of the Russian writer Anton Chekhov in school, but a few short stories particularly resonated with Baryshnikov beyond homework. Currently, the famed dancer is starring in an experimental play adapted from two of those stories. He spoke to Jeffrey Brown about "Man in a Case" in Washington D.C.
    Original Air Date: December 19, 2013
    Video shot by Victoria Fleischer and Rebecca Jacobson and edited by Victoria Fleischer.

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

  • LaHood, Rendell make push to revitalize US infrastructure
    A bipartisan group of former lawmakers is making a push to revitalize America's roads and bridges. Judy Woodruff talks to the co-chairs of Building America's Future, former Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell and former Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood, about the advantages of investing in the nation's infrastructure.
    Original Air Date: January 8, 2014
  • What strides have we made in the war on poverty?
    In 1964, President Lyndon Johnson launched a broad platform to abolish American poverty. Fifty years later, Kwame Holman looks back on the historic legislation, while Jeffrey Brown talks to presidential historian Robert Dallek, Angela Glover Blackwell of PolicyLink and Glenn Hubbard of Columbia University about our progress.
    Original Air Date: January 8, 2014
  • Are some U.S. school discipline policies too punitive?
    The Education and Justice Departments released new guidelines on school discipline, urging schools to ensure that punishments comply with civil rights laws. Hari Sreenivasan gets debate on the recommendations from Sherrilyn Ifill of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund and Chester Finn of the Thomas B. Fordham Institute.
    Original Air Date: January 8, 2014
  • Syria security conditions unknown for weapons removal
    For Syria, a country at war with itself, the process of removing and destroying its dangerous arsenal comes with great and evolving challenges. Gwen Ifill talks to Sigrid Kaag of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons about the logistical, diplomatic and security complications at play.
    Original Air Date: January 8, 2014
  • Robert Gates critiques Obama, Congress in new war memoir
    As former defense secretary for both the Bush and Obama administrations, Robert Gates oversaw wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, testified before Congress and grieved the deaths of his troops. Judy Woodruff talks to Greg Jaffe of The Washington Post for a preview of Gates' new book, "Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War."
    Original Air Date: January 8, 2014
  • Mill Town USA
    Fort Mill, S.C. was a thriving mill town manufacturing the popular SpringMaid brand sheets and towels for over 100 years, however in the late 1980s much of the manufacturing was moved overseas and many mills were forced to shut down. Though the town went through a period of transition — the city is now welcoming new businesses and a resurgence of textile manufacturing.
    Original Air Date: January 8, 2014
    January 8, 2014

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

  • Yellen is interested in the 'human face' of economics
    The economic impact of unemployment in the United States is among the chief concerns of the next chair of the Federal Reserve, Janet Yellen. Judy Woodruff talks to Michael Hirsh of National Journal and Gillian Tett of Financial Times about how that and other challenges may shape her approach.
    Original Air Date: January 7, 2014