Wednesday, December 30, 2015

  • Cosby’s own words helped prosecutors build sex assault case
    Comedian Bill Cosby has been charged with sexual assault in connection to allegations that he drugged and fondled Andrea Constand in 2004. That comes after dozens of accusations made by other women. William Brangham learns more from Maryclaire Dale of the Associated Press.
    Original Air Date: December 30, 2015
    Actor and comedian Bill Cosby (C) arrives with attorney Monique Pressley (R) for his arraignment on sexual assault charges at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Elkins Park, Pennsylvania on Dec. 30, 2015. George Washington University announced Monday that it was rescinding an honorary doctoral degree that was given to Cosby in the 1990s. Photo by Mark Makela

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

  • Poet evokes the black female form across history
    "Voyage of the Sable Venus," the first collection from Robin Coste Lewis, is the winner of this year's National Book Award for poetry. Lewis discussed her debut, her readers and her influences with Jeffrey Brown at the Miami Book Festival.
    Original Air Date: December 29, 2015
    Robin Coste Lewis
  • How Puerto Rico is coping with the worst drought in decades
    The tropical island of Puerto Rico has been scrambling for a precious resource: clean, fresh water. Puerto Ricans have faced the worst drought in more than 20 years and the most stringent water rationing ever imposed. Special correspondent Chris Bury reports.
    Original Air Date: December 29, 2015
    A dead fish lies on the dry shores of the almost empty La Plata reservoir in Toa Alta, Puerto Rico, June 20, 2015. A drought due to subnormal rainfall in several areas has forced the local government to interrupt water supply on several days of the week in most of the metropolitan area of San Juan, affecting over 400,000 homes and businesses, according to local media. Picture taken June 20, 2015. REUTERS/Alvin Baez-Hernandez  - RTX1HI5L
  • Will a new cybersecurity law make us safer?
    Folded into the massive spending and tax cut bill was a significant and controversial new law on cybersecurity. The act encourages private companies to share data about hacks with the government, but it's raising questions among security advocates and privacy groups alike. Jeffrey Brown talks to James Lewis of the Center for Strategic and International Studies and Elissa Shevinsky of JeKuDo.
    Original Air Date: December 29, 2015
    An illustration picture shows a projection of binary code on a man holding a laptop computer, in an office in Warsaw June 24, 2013. REUTERS/Kacper Pempel (POLAND - Tags: BUSINESS TELECOMS TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY) - RTX10ZB5
  • Guinea reaches Ebola-free milestone
    Guinea, the first country hit with the deadly Ebola outbreak nearly two years ago, is now free of the disease, according the the World Health Organization. More than 2,500 people died in that nation before the virus was fully contained. William Brangham talks with Sheri Fink of The New York Times.
    Original Air Date: December 29, 2015
    A health worker checks the temperature of a fan of Guinea at Malabo Stadium, ahead of their Group D soccer match against Ivory Coast in the African Cup of Nations, in Malabo January 20, 2015.  REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh (EQUATORIAL GUINEA - Tags: SPORT SOCCER HEALTH) - RTR4M6XG

Monday, December 28, 2015

  • 2015 was a year of campaign surprises
    The 2016 race for the White House has taken some surprising turns, and 2016 hasn’t even started yet. What have we learned about the candidates and their campaigns across the past year? Tamara Keith of NPR and Amy Walter of The Cook Political Report join Jeffrey Brown for a look back and new year predictions.
    Original Air Date: December 28, 2015
    U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump greets supporters and signs autographs after a campaign stop in Spencer, Iowa December 5, 2015. REUTERS/Mark Kauzlarich - RTX1XCP2
  • No charges in Tamir Rice case, new anger for Chicago police
    There will be no charges filed in the shooting death of 12-year-old Tamir Rice in Cleveland. That decision follows yet another weekend of tension over police shootings in Chicago, where two black residents were killed Saturday by officers, amid a city-wide uproar over the department's practices. William Brangham talks with Kris Wernowsky of and Eddie Arruza of WTTW.
    Original Air Date: December 28, 2015
    A protester chants slogans for the resignation of Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel as they march down Chicago's Michigan Avenue during a protest march against police violence in Chicago, Illinois December 24, 2015. Several hundred protesters against police killings of black men marched on Thursday along Chicago's Michigan Avenue, calling for Emanuel to step down and aiming to disrupt Christmas Eve shopping in a glittering, upscale commercial area.  REUTERS/Frank Polich - RTX200GI
  • Is it really gluten-free? You could soon test it table-side
    For people with food allergies or sensitivities, the pleasure of dining out can be dampened by the stress of not knowing exactly what goes into what you're ordering. Now a San Francisco startup wants to take away the uncertainty with a small, portable gluten-detecting device. Special correspondent Cat Wise reports.
    Original Air Date: December 28, 2015
    Waiter holding plate
  • Remembering arts greats Ellsworth Kelly, Haskell Wexler
    Haskell Wexler, 93, was a giant in the world of cinematography in the 1960s and '70s. The Oscar-winner helped create new looks for films like "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" and "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" Ellsworth Kelly, 92, was one of America's leading abstract artists. Jeffrey Brown looks back at their distinguished careers.
    Original Air Date: December 28, 2015
    A visitor walks towards Ellsworth Kelly's "Sculpture For a Large Wall" of anodized aluminum (1957) in the newly renovated Museum of Modern Art in New York City, November 15, 2004. The new museum, which stands between 53rd and 54th streets in Midtown Manhattan, was designed by Japanese architect Yoshio Taniguchi and nearly doubles the capacity of the former building. The Museum encompasses 630,000 square feet on six floors and cost $425 million to build. The reopening of the Museum to the public on November 20 will commemorate its 75th anniversary. - RTXN1TF
  • What’s stirring up this winter’s extreme storms?
    Violent weather has battered the South and Midwest in recent days, bringing the death toll from up to 45. On Saturday, at least nine tornadoes swept through the Dallas area, blasting neighborhoods with winds of about 200 miles an hour. In other states, snow and ice caused power outages and heavy rain triggered deadly flooding. Jeffrey Brown talks to Bob Henson of Weather Underground.
    Original Air Date: December 28, 2015
    Damaged cars sit amidst the debris at the tornado-damaged Landmark at the Lake Village West apartment complex in Garland, Texas, December 28, 2015. In Texas, at least 11 people were killed in the Dallas area over the weekend by tornadoes, including one packing winds of up to 200 miles per hour (322 km per hour). The twister hit the city of Garland, killing eight people and blowing vehicles off highways.  REUTERS/Todd Yates - RTX20BX8

Sunday, December 27, 2015

  • One in 10 people fatally shot by police in 2015 were unarmed
    A year-long investigation published by the Washington Post this weekend takes an in-depth look at the nearly 1,000 people fatally shot by police in 2015. The report found one in ten people shot and killed by police were unarmed. Kimbriell Kelly of the Washington Post joins Megan Thompson for more insight.
    Original Air Date: December 27, 2015
    Black Lives Matter protesters gather in Westlake Park near Westlake Mall during Black Friday in Seattle, Washington November 27, 2015. REUTERS/David Ryder - RTX1W6LF
  • In Mongolia, rock 'n' roll with a historical perspective
    In Mongolia, rock 'n' roll music symbolized the revolution of the early 1990s that broke the country free from six decades of Communism. Now, more than 20 years later, the first generation to grow up in the new society is making its own music. In an excerpt of the documentary "Live from Ub," filmmaker Lauren Knapp's reports about young Mongolians using modern music to explore their own heritage.
    Original Air Date: December 20, 2015
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Saturday, December 26, 2015

  • Will 2016 bring more company defaults across the globe?
    Around the world, companies have defaulted on at least 95 billion dollars worth of debt this year -- the highest numbers of Business Defaults since 2009, according to Standard and Poor’s. For perspective into what happened in 2015 and a look at what to expect next year, NewsHour’s Hari Sreenivasan speaks with Financial Times reporter Eric Platt.
    Original Air Date: December 26, 2015
  • A tribute to a pioneering woman war correspondent
    In 1965, photographer and writer Dickey Chapelle was killed in Vietnam, becoming the first female American journalist to be killed covering a war. In the new book, "Dickey Chapelle Under Fire", author John Garofolo talks about Chapelle's work, influence, and career choice at a time when few women entered the profession. NewsHour's Megan Thompson interviews Garofolo.
    Original Air Date: November 13, 2015
    Dickey Chapelle. Photos courtesy of the Wisconsin Historical Society & the Meyer Family collection.
  • How L.A. is trying to get veteran homelessness down to zero
    In September, Los Angeles Mayor Garcetti allocated an additional $13 million dollars in city funds to expand subsidies for homeless people. And in November the L.A. City Council declared a “shelter crisis” which provides expanded access to temporary shelters as the weather gets colder and with the onset of the rainy ‘el-Niño’ season.
    Original Air Date: December 26, 2015

Friday, December 25, 2015

  • What Santa does on his day off
    In our NewsHour Shares moment of the day, we explore in photos how various countries and cultures recognize — and embrace — the jolly old man with the white beard.
    Original Air Date: December 25, 2015
    A Santa Claus walks through a toy store in Lille, northern France. According to a new poll, a majority of non-religious Americans say they partake in gift-giving over the holidays. Photo Philippe Huguen/AFP/Getty Images
    December 25, 2015
  • Shields and Gerson on Bernie Sanders’ debate influence
    Syndicated columnist Mark Shields and Washington Post columnist Michael Gerson join Judy Woodruff to discuss takeaways from the most recent Democratic debate, how Donald Trump’s popularity defies traditional political wisdom, plus special holiday gifts for President Obama and the Republicans.
    Original Air Date: December 25, 2015
  • Will highway bill lead to funding problems down the road?
    The scope of the $300 billion highway bill recently passed by Congress will touch roads and bridges in every state and most counties for a half decade. Since 2009, there has been no long-term or stable federal funding to address needed transportation fixes. But critics question where that funding for the new bill is coming from. Political director Lisa Desjardins reports.
    Original Air Date: December 25, 2015
    Vehicles are seen driving in traffic on the Long Island Expressway in the Queens borough of New York December 23, 2015.   REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton
  • How drug companies are gaming an old law for greater profits
    In the 1980s, a law was passed to persuade pharmaceutical companies to develop drugs for small populations, but now that rule is being used to reclaim old "orphaned" drugs in order to raise prices and profits. Gwen Ifill learns more from Sabrina Tavernise of The New York Times.
    Original Air Date: December 25, 2015
    Woman reading prescription bottle label at laptop. Related words: medication, meds, drugs, pills. Photo by Hero Images/Getty Images
  • News Wrap: Pope calls for an end to terror at Christmas
    In our news wrap Friday, Pope Francis spoke out against atrocities by radical Islamists in his Christmas message, while Queen Elizabeth took note of the hardships suffered by millions and President Obama urged Americans to come together as one family of all faiths. Also, at least 14 people have been confirmed dead from storms that caused tornadoes in the South.
    Original Air Date: December 25, 2015

Thursday, December 24, 2015

  • If Santa's workshop was run by behavioral economists
    A pebble that reminds your daughter to take a shorter shower. A device to remind your dad to get up off the couch. Economics correspondent Paul Solman revisits ideas42, a behavioral economics consultancy, to get more gift ideas that could help your loved ones adopt better habits in the new year.
    Original Air Date: December 24, 2015
    Stack of five wrapped christmas gifts on wooden floor
  • Hear a Christmas poem from troops overseas
    ‘Twas the night before Christmas, and all through the world, military men and women were serving, so we thought we'd give this a twirl: Hear the classic tale of "A Visit From St. Nicholas," recited by troops who are currently overseas.
    Original Air Date: December 24, 2015
    Seaman James Hunt with the U.S. Navy reads part of the holiday poem, "A Visit from St. Nicholas," by Clement Clarke Moore
  • No one dreamed of a 'White Christmas' before this song
    "White Christmas," the holiday classic penned by Irving Berlin and most famously crooned by Bing Crosby, helped to create the very idea of the American holiday we hold dear today. Composer and pianist Rob Kapilow joins Jeffrey Brown to examine the song that became the best-selling single of all time.
    Original Air Date: December 24, 2015
    Academy Award for Best Original Song in 1942 for the film, "White Christmas" The title song is sung by Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye and Rosemary Clooney. (Photo by: Universal History Archive/UIG via Getty images)
  • Students face high stakes in post-communist Romania
    In Romania, 8-year-old Raluca's family does not take economic security or education for granted. WNET's documentary series "Time for School" visits Bucharest to examine how opportunities have changed for young people in the post-communist era.
    Original Air Date: December 24, 2015
  • Why it took 36 years to compensate Iran hostage victims
    In 1979, the U.S. Embassy in Tehran was overrun by militant Iranian students who took 53 people captive for 444 days. The ordeal left a long-lasting toll and no chance of Iranian compensation. Now Congress has changed that under the new massive spending legislation: Survivors or their families will get up to $4.4 million each. Gwen Ifill learns more from David Herszenhorn of The New York Times.
    Original Air Date: December 24, 2015
    NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 28: A crowd cheers the return of the American hostages from Iran January 28, 1981 at a ceremony in New York City's City Hall. (Photo by Yvonne Hemsey/Getty Images)
  • What can the U.S., Afghanistan do to counter Taliban gains?
    Why has security in Afghanistan deteriorated so much over the past year? Former Defense Department officials David Sedney and Barnett Rubin join Judy Woodruff to discuss.
    Original Air Date: December 24, 2015
    Afghan policemen stand guard at a checkpoint in the Deh Sabz district of Kabul, Afghanistan on Oct. 14, 2015. File photo by Omar Sobhani/Reuters
  • Afghan forces battle Taliban with help from U.S. airstrikes
    Fighting spiked this week in Afghanistan's Helmand province, where Taliban insurgents have taken a strategically important area under siege, part of a larger offensive that's testing U.S. strategy. Judy Woodruff reports.
    Original Air Date: December 24, 2015
    HELMAND, AFGHANISTAN - DECEMBER 23:  Afghan security forces stand guard at a check point as  military unit deployed to Sargin during an ongoing battle with Taliban militants, in Afghanistan on December 23, 2015. (Photo by Abdul Hadi Roshan/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
  • News Wrap: Killer storms blast the South with tornadoes
    In our news wrap Thursday, tornadoes touched down across five states on Wednesday evening. In Mississippi, which saw the worst of the extreme weather, a state of emergency was declared across seven counties. Also, a record number of people are expected to travel at some point between Christmas and New Year’s.
    Original Air Date: December 24, 2015
    The remains of the Beverly Chapel CME Church on old Highway 4 are seen after a tornado struck Holly Springs, Mississippi, in this National Weather Service picture taken December 24, 2015.  Southern U.S. states began digging out on Thursday after severe storms including some 20 tornados killed at least 10 people and Mississippi delared a state of emergency.  REUTERS/National Weather Service Memphis/Handout via Reuters THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. IT IS DISTRIBUTED, EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - RTX2009L