Saturday, January 31, 2015

  • Viewers respond to report on background checks
    Hari Sreenivasan reads viewer comments about a NewsHour Weekend signature segment describing employers doing background checks and the effect that has on people with a criminal record who struggle to find work.
    Original Air Date: January 31, 2015
  • How extensive is the official crackdown on China's internet?
    Jonathan Landreth, managing editor of ChinaFile, the Asia Society's online magazine, joins Hari Sreenivasan to discuss the Chinese crackdown on the country's access to the Internet this week.
    Original Air Date: January 31, 2015
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  • How did Burlington achieve 100 percent renewable energy?
    Burlington, Vermont, the state's largest city, recently became the first in the country to use 100 percent renewable energy for its residents' electricity needs. In a state known for socially conscious policies, the feat represents a milestone in the growing green energy movement. NewsHour's William Brangham reports on the implications for the country's green movement.
    Original Air Date: January 30, 2015
    SOUTH BURLINGTON, VERMONT - OCTOBER 31: An array of 366 solar tracking devices stand in a field October 31, 2014 in South Burlington, Vermont. Claire Solar Partners, LLC company, a Vermont company, installed the 2.2 megawatt tracker solar farm on a 30-acre parcel of agricultural land that went on-line in September, 2014. The Chinese-made panels and Vermont-made solar units will produce enough electricity to power approximately 400 residential homes. (Photo by Robert Nickelsberg/Getty Images)

Friday, January 30, 2015

  • Checking a daughter’s health three times a night
    In our NewsHour Shares video of the day, a short documentary from The New York Times explores a family’s daily struggles monitoring and managing their daughter’s Type 1 diabetes.
    Original Air Date: January 30, 2015
  • Shields and Brooks on Kochs’ near-billion spending plan
    Syndicated columnist Mark Shields and New York Times columnist David Brooks join Judy Woodruff to discuss the week’s news, including Mitt Romney’s decision not to make a third presidential run, the Koch brothers’ plan to spend $889 million on the next election, plus predictions for the Super Bowl game between the Seattle Seahawks and the New England Patriots.
    Original Air Date: January 30, 2015
  • NFL’s image takes a hit in a season of scandal
    From domestic violence to deflated footballs, this NFL season has been rife with scandal, and yet its viewership has remained loyal. Ahead of Sunday’s Super Bowl, Hari Sreenivasan takes stock of the year in pro-football with Kevin Blackistone of ESPN and Christine Brennan of USA Today.
    Original Air Date: January 30, 2015
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  • What an indie movie deal means in the age of on-demand
    The Sundance Film Festival is both celebration and marketplace for those who love, create and deal in independent cinema, making it a touchstone for the health of the industry. While technology has made it cheaper and easier to make a film, it can be harder than ever to break through to audiences. Jeffrey Brown reports from Utah.
    Original Air Date: January 30, 2015
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  • A push to use the human genome to make medicine more precise
    President Obama introduced a new plan to create a database of genetic information of a million Americans in order to better tailor medical treatments for groups of patients. Science correspondent Miles O’Brien interviews Francis Collins, director of the National Institutes of Health, about the potential of precision medicine, privacy concerns and political roadblocks.
    Original Air Date: January 30, 2015
  • How do you count the homeless population in one night?
    Nearly 300 volunteers had until 2 a.m. to find and and survey every homeless person they can find on the streets of Washington, D.C., one of 18 assigned areas nationwide. It’s part of Department of Housing and Urban Development’s annual point-in-time count of the homeless. Last year, HUD counted a nationwide total of 578,424 homeless, 7,748 of whom lived in the District.
    Original Air Date: January 30, 2015

Thursday, January 29, 2015

  • Bookies bank on sports fans who bet with their hearts
    Economics correspondent Paul Solman visits Las Vegas, the global epicenter of sports gambling, to learn how research and analytics separates the sports betting pros from the average joes.
    Original Air Date: January 29, 2015
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  • ‘American Sniper’ provokes debate on Iraq, depictions of war
    "American Sniper" has been nominated for six Academy Awards and is on track to be the biggest box-office war film ever. But the drama based on the life of a late Navy Seal, said to be the most lethal sharpshooter in U.S. military history, has rekindled debate about the Iraq war and the glorification of killing, as well as the veracity of Chris Kyle's own account. Jeffrey Brown reports.
    Original Air Date: January 29, 2015
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  • Commission offers major reforms for soldiers’ pay, benefits
    In light of soaring health and benefit costs for members of the armed forces, a committee created to offer reforms is calling for big changes. Hari Sreenivasan examines the recommendations with Alphonso Maldon, chair of the Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission.
    Original Air Date: January 29, 2015
  • Why keeping young offenders out of jail could reduce crime
    Juvenile offenders kept under supervision close to home, rather than in secure, state-run facilities, are significantly less likely to be arrested again or commit more serious crimes, according to a new study. Judy Woodruff discusses the findings with Xavier McElrath-Bey of the Campaign for the Fair Sentencing of Youth and Michael Thompson of the Council of State Governments Justice Center.
    Original Air Date: January 29, 2015
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  • Deaf since birth, artist explores the social rules of sound
    Christine Sun Kim is a sound artist who has been deaf since birth. Art Beat met up with her at Artisphere in Virginia to learn more about her installations and her explorations of the social rules governing sound.For more Art Beat:
    Original Air Date: January 29, 2015
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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

  • Library social worker helps homeless seeking quiet refuge
    Meet the nation's first full-time library social worker. Instead of trying to keep homeless residents from taking shelter in the urban haven of public libraries, San Francisco has adopted a new approach: employing a trained professional to address the needs of these visitors. The NewsHour’s Cat Wise reports.
    Original Air Date: January 28, 2015
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  • How a new generation of vets wants to shape military policy
    The new Congress has the fewest military veterans since World War II, but recent veterans from the Iraq and Afghanistan wars are on the rise. What priorities do they bring to Capitol Hill? Judy Woodruff talks to Rep. Martha McSally, R-Ariz., a former Air Force colonel and pilot, and Rep. Seth Moulton, D-Mass., a retired Marine captain.
    Original Air Date: January 28, 2015
  • Is it time to open the door to better relations with Iran?
    Historian Robert Kaplan says that geo-political necessities have given longtime enemies, the United States and Iran, some pressing common interests. Is it time to open the door to a working relationship? As part of a collaboration between The Atlantic and the PBS NewsHour, Judy Woodruff interviews Kaplan and others about the complexities of warming relations.
    Original Air Date: January 28, 2015
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  • How the Koch brothers turned into political power brokers
    Potential presidential candidates for 2016 have started to court donors -- and vice versa. Charles and David Koch, influential libertarian billionaires, plan to spend nearly a billion dollars in the next election cycle. Matea Gold of The Washington Post joins Gwen Ifill to discuss their sway over American politics.
    Original Air Date: January 28, 2015
    Brothers David Koch, left, and Charles Koch.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

  • What does the world lose when a language dies?
    “Language Matters,” a new PBS documentary, explores how linguistic heritage and traditional cultures around the world are at risk of being lost forever. Jeffrey Brown talks to the show’s host, poet Bob Holman, about the fight to revive languages on the brink.
    Original Air Date: January 27, 2015
  • Is the U.S. pushing Saudi Arabia enough on human rights?
    Saudi Arabia is an important Western ally in an increasingly tumultuous region, but the country has a mixed record on human rights, including restrictions on the rights of women and harsh punishment for those who speak out. Has the U.S. struck the right balance between its interests and concerns? Judy Woodruff talks to Tom Porteous of Human Rights Watch and Gary Sick of Columbia University.
    Original Air Date: January 27, 2015
    Photo by Jim Bourg/Reuters Saudi Arabia's King Salman gestures to the media as he sits with U.S. President Barack Obama at Erga Palace in Riyadh, Jan. 27. A court testimony by Zacharias Moussaoui, a former al-Qaida member serving life in federal prison, has renewed questions of a link between the government of Saudi Arabia and the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. While some American officials urge for the release of 28 pages of classified documents relating to Saudi Arabia from a joint congressional inquiry into the attacks, others say no such link exists and making the material public would serve no purpose.
  • U.K. struggles to stop Islamic radicalization spike
    British authorities say that hundreds of Muslims have left the United Kingdom to join jihadist groups in Syria. As counterterrorism officials try to track the flow of potential fighters in and out of the country, some in the British Muslim community are working to help young people resist the call of radicalization. Chief foreign affairs correspondent Margaret Warner reports from London.
    Original Air Date: January 27, 2015
  • North Dakota’s oil boom braces for a winter cooldown
    With oil prices plummeting, North Dakota’s drilling industry is starting to feel the slowdown. And it's not just oil companies -- it’s hitting their contractors and suppliers, too. Special correspondent Emily Guerin of Inside Energy reports on how businesses are preparing for slower demand this winter.
    Original Air Date: January 27, 2015
  • Why open Atlantic offshore drilling now?
    Not even 48 hours since announcing a plan to block drilling in Alaska’s arctic wildlife refuge, the Obama administration rolled out a plan to open up parts of the southern Atlantic coast for oil and gas exploration. While lawmakers from Virginia to Georgia support the move, politicians in the North worry about safety standards. Judy Woodruff learns more from Amy Harder of The Wall Street Journal.
    Original Air Date: January 27, 2015
  • 500 photographs of Detroit in 500 days
    Photographer Amy Sacka captures the beauty and stories of Detroit in daily pictures. Video produced by Detroit Public Television.
    Original Air Date: January 27, 2015
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Monday, January 26, 2015

  • Virtual reality bursts through the movie screen at Sundance
    What if watching a movie was more like being inside the movie? With virtual reality, your brain can be tricked into believing that you’re flying or in a different country -- a powerful creative tool for storytellers. Jeffrey Brown visits the Sundance Film Festival to witness how filmmakers are beginning to use the burgeoning technology.
    Original Air Date: January 26, 2015
  • 2016 hopefuls aim for early buzz at GOP meetings
    Republicans tried to woo voters and donors at two major conservative events in Iowa and California over the weekend. Amy Walter of The Cook Political Report and Nia-Malika Henderson of The Washington Post join Judy Woodruff to discuss why so many are trying to get an early start on the 2016 presidential race.
    Original Air Date: January 26, 2015
  • Why alienation drives extremism among European Muslims
    Nearly a third of the 15,000 foreign fighters for Islamic State are Muslims from Western Europe, seeking an alternative to the alienation some feel here at home. Chief foreign affairs correspondent Margaret Warner reports from London on how cultural isolation and discrimination can help drive young Western recruits to embrace radicalism.
    Original Air Date: January 26, 2015

Sunday, January 25, 2015

  • Vaccine could have saved victims from measles outbreak
    U.S. health officials say the recent measles outbreak that began at Disneyland in Southern California continues to ripple across the nation with approximately 100 cases reported so far. How great a risk does this pose and how can people protect their children? Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Dr. Anthony Fauci joins Hari Sreenivasan for more.
    Original Air Date: January 25, 2015
    A health worker prepares a vaccine against measles at the Benito Juarez international airport in Mexico City in July 2011.   Image by Reuters/Bernardo Montoya