Monday, 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: And read more on the NewsHour’s website:
    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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  • Will Burkina Faso inspire more power shifts around Africa?
    In Burkina Faso, a people’s revolution unseated a president who had held power for nearly three decades. What effect will this transition of power have for the nation’s stability? Jeffrey Brown speaks with Nii Akuetteh of the African Immigrant Caucus about the ways African voters are asserting their political clout.
    Original Air Date: October 31, 2014
  • Go inside a U.S. hospital preparing for more Ebola cases
    In a special ward of Mount Sinai in Manhattan, doctors, nurses and security are prepping at top speed for a dreaded scenario: someone with Ebola walking through their doors. The NewsHour’s Megan Thompson reports from one of eight hospitals in the state of New York designated to respond to the disease.
    Original Air Date: October 31, 2014
    A healthcare worker at Mount Sinai Hospital  wears protective apparel similar to what staff must use if treating an Ebola patient. Mount Sinai Hospital is one of 35 hospitals that will house Ebola treatment centers nationwide.
  • Here's one voter's angry reaction to the midterm campaign
    The NewsHour captured this video of Georgeanne Sprinkle, who lives in Anchorage, responding viscerally to what she said was the fifth pro-Begich political canvasser to knock on her door. She says she supports Begich, but can't stand getting harassed by both campaigns.
    Original Air Date: October 31, 2014

Thursday, October 30, 2014

  • Apple’s CEO helps open the corporate closet
    Tim Cook, CEO of Apple, is the first Fortune 500 executive to come out. "I'm proud to be gay and I consider being gay among the greatest gifts God has given me," wrote Cook in an essay for Bloomberg Businessweek about his sexual orientation. Gwen Ifill speaks with Kara Swisher of re/code about the significance of Cook’s public acknowledgement.
    Original Air Date: October 30, 2014
  • Doctors face tough choices in the midst of the Ebola crisis
    Sheri Fink has been reporting on the human toll of the Ebola outbreak for The New York Times. Judy Woodruff talks to Fink from Monrovia about the tough decisions doctors must make in fighting the disease. Also from the New York Times, Ben Solomon offers a video report from inside an Ebola treatment center, where health care workers try to help their patients find hope.
    Original Air Date: October 30, 2014
  • Why aren’t voters embracing the economic upswing?
    The U.S. economy appears to be on the upswing, consumer confidence and growth are up and the jobless rate is down. But polls show that voters’ feelings about the economy lag behind the signs of improvement. Gwen Ifill talks to NewsHour political editor Domenico Montanaro about some of the races that will most affected by the economy.
    Original Air Date: October 30, 2014
  • Authenticity matters to voters deciding Alaska's Senate race
    One of the most competitive and consequential Senate races this year is in Alaska, where voters give more than lip service to state identity and their suspicion of outsiders -- and President Obama. Liz Ruskin of Alaska Public Media offers a look at the two candidates and the political lay of the land in America’s last frontier.
    Original Air Date: October 30, 2014
  • Are we seeing signs of a third intifada?
    As Israeli-Palestinian tensions bubble up over access to the holy site known as the Temple Mount, is the Middle East political conflict at risk of becoming a full-on religious conflict? Judy Woodruff gets background on the conflict from Hussein Ibish of the American Task Force in Palestine and David Makovsky of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy.
    Original Air Date: October 30, 2014
  • Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Galway Kinnell dies at 87
    American poet Galway Kinnell, whose work emphasized the ordinary over the fantastical, died from leukemia Tuesday at his home in Sheffield, Vermont. He was 87.When the NewsHour interviewed Kinnell in 2006, he read his poem “Why Regret?” a highlight from his last book of poetry, “Strong Is Your Hold,” released the same year.
    Original Air Date: October 30, 2014

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

  • Explosion raises questions about commercial space travel
    Seconds after launch, a privately owned, unmanned rocket contracted by NASA to deliver supplies to the International Space Station exploded. What went wrong? Science correspondent Miles O’Brien joins Judy Woodruff for an analysis of the accident and the privatization of the U.S. space program.
    Original Air Date: October 29, 2014
  • Red Cross defends response to Hurricane Sandy two years on
    After Hurricane Sandy devastated the northeast in 2012, the Red Cross supplied food, clothes and shelter to tens of thousands left homeless by the storm. But two years later, internal documents show logistical problems and communication snafus led to wasteful spending and unmet needs. Gwen Ifill turns to Suzy DeFrancis of the American Red Cross for the organization’s response.
    Original Air Date: October 29, 2014