Saturday, December 19, 2015

  • Inside Ralph Nader's American Museum of Tort Law
    The American Museum of Tort Law, which recently opened in Ralph Nader's hometown of Winsted, Connecticut, features exhibits on groundbreaking civil cases on auto safety, tobacco, asbestos, and many other issues. NewsHour's Phil Hirschkorn visited the museum to speak with Nader about his legacy and the how the American legal landscape has evolved.
    Original Air Date: December 19, 2015
    Consumer advocate Ralph Nader poses in front of a Chevrolet Corvair in The American Museum of Tort Law, Friday, Sept. 25, 2015, in Winsted, Conn. The museum, which opens Saturday, has been developed by the consumer advocate and two-time presidential candidate as a kind of ode to the jury system. Nader featured the Corvair in his 1965 book on the auto industry’s safety record, “Unsafe at Any Speed”. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)
  • In Boston, tracking data to score government progress
    Boston is using data and analytics to help improve operations, better measure performance and increase efficiency under a new initiative no other city has tried, called CityScore. A single number is issued daily, measuring how the city is meeting its goals on a variety of quality-of-life metrics. NewsHour's Megan Thompson reports on how it will work in our latest installment of Urban Ideas.
    Original Air Date: December 19, 2015
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Friday, December 18, 2015

  • Shields and Brooks on Obama’s year-end assessment
    Syndicated columnist Mark Shields and New York Times columnist David Brooks join Judy Woodruff to discuss the week’s news, including President Obama’s year-end news conference, how presidential candidates of both parties are fielding issues of national security and the breach of a DNC voter database by the Bernie Sanders campaign.
    Original Air Date: December 18, 2015
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  • This Detroit family's life just changed
    After a recent report on how stress may be causing asthma among some kids, we share good news about one homeless Detroit family we profiled in partnership with The Detroit News.
    Original Air Date: December 18, 2015
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  • Finding the recipe for a fresh start in culinary training
    Blocks from the White House, DC Central Kitchen is the nation's largest community kitchen, putting out 5,000 meals a day to homeless shelters, schools, halfway houses and other nonprofits. But the kitchen's other output is training men and women who are working to turn their lives around with careers in the culinary arts. Jeffrey Brown reports.
    Original Air Date: December 18, 2015
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  • One last visit to Downton Abbey before fans say goodbye
    For the past five years, the Crawley family and their household of servants have entertained audiences with comedic one-liners from the Dowager Countess and dramatic calamity befalling nearly every character. Now the top-rated PBS drama of all time is drawing to a close. Judy Woodruff talks with creator Julian Fellowes, actress Elizabeth McGovern and others about the show.
    Original Air Date: December 18, 2015
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  • Assad future unclear under UN Security Council framework
    After nearly five years of brutal civil war, the United Nations Security Council voted to endorse an international framework for a peace process in Syria. Chief foreign affairs correspondent Margaret Warner joins Hari Sreenivasan to discuss the details, what's at stake and how we got here.
    Original Air Date: December 18, 2015
    Members of the security council voted at the United Nations Headquarters in Manhattan, New York, December 18, 2015.  REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz  - RTX1ZBN7
  • Obama makes fighting terror a priority for final year
    In his year-end news conference, President Obama promised to target terror at home and abroad during his final year in office. But he also made an upbeat assessment, claiming successes on job growth and health care coverage signups, and praising Speaker of the House Paul Ryan for his work crafting the 2016 budget compromise. Judy Woodruff reports.
    Original Air Date: December 18, 2015
    U.S. President Barack Obama gestures as he holds his end of the year news conference at the White House in Washington, December 18, 2015. REUTERS/Carlos Barria - RTX1ZBJ3
  • News Wrap: EU leaders vow to wage fight against terror
    In our news wrap Friday, European Union leaders agreed to beef up immigration controls, crack down on gun-running and freeze financial assets of extremist groups at a summit in Brussels. Also, Congress finished work on sweeping tax cut and government funding bills before heading home for the holidays.
    Original Air Date: December 18, 2015
    Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel leaves a European Union leaders summit in Brussels, Belgium, December 18, 2015. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir  - RTX1Z9H8
  • What’s the best gift you’ve ever received?
    As the popular British-drama ‘Downton Abbey’ begins its sixth and final season, we asked a few members of the cast to share their most memorable gifts with us, and their answers range from heartwarming to hilarious.
    Original Air Date: December 18, 2015
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  • 70 years after Nazi liberation, poets write about freedom
    Jeffrey Brown interviews Mark Ludwig, editor of the new collection "Liberation," and Rita Dove, former U.S. poet laureate who contributed to the book.
    Original Air Date: December 18, 2015
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Thursday, December 17, 2015

  • Music duo Pomplamoose take DIY to the next level
    Jack Conte and Nataly Dawn, who make up the musical duo Pomplamoose, explain in this ‎Brief But Spectacular take how they harness their fans' internet curiosity with their covers of Beyonce hits and behind-the-scenes videos.
    Original Air Date: December 17, 2015
  • How a galaxy far, far away became an obsession on Earth
    "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" isn't just a movie. It's part of a universe, both imaginary and real, that has obsessed fans since the 1970s. Jeffrey Brown explores what’s made the enduring franchise a storytelling and moneymaking powerhouse.
    Original Air Date: December 17, 2015
  • Why was a rape victim interrogated as a crime suspect?
    A woman reports she was raped at knifepoint in her apartment, but days later, after police question her about inconsistencies, she says she made the whole thing up. In "An Unbelievable Story of Rape," a project from the Marshall Project and ProPublica, reporters explore how two different police departments treated the investigation. Ken Armstrong of The Marshall Project joins Hari Sreenivasan.
    Original Air Date: December 17, 2015
  • How this liberal arts college became a hothouse for startups
    Middlebury College, a liberal arts school in northern Vermont with just 2,500 students, has become an unlikely hothouse for cultivating entrepreneurs. Does using college to start a business help support the larger liberal arts mission? Economics correspondent Paul Solman reports.
    Original Air Date: December 17, 2015
  • Facing migrant crisis, Lesbos fishermen now fish for people
    More than 800,000 migrants have arrived in Greece by sea during 2015, with most of them landing on the island of Lesbos. The crisis has had both economic and emotional impacts for the island inhabitants. Special correspondent Malcolm Brabant talks to local fishermen and others about the dangerous trafficking and offering hospitality.
    Original Air Date: December 17, 2015
    Refugees and migrants arrive on an overcrowded boat on the Greek island of Lesbos, November 10, 2015. Since the start of the year, over 590,000 people have crossed into Greece, the frontline of a massive westward population shift from war-ravaged Syria and beyond. REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis - RTS6BNB
  • The economic divide in parents’ worries and aspirations
    Lower-income parents tend to worry that their children might fall victim to violence, while parents with higher incomes worry their kids are burdened by busy schedules. That’s one finding of a major new survey on the ways socioeconomic divides affect parenting choices and concerns. Judy Woodruff talks to Kim Parker of the Pew Research Center and Lawrence Aber of New York University.
    Original Air Date: December 17, 2015
  • News Wrap: Man who bought San Bernardino rifles arrested
    In our news wrap Thursday, the man who bought the rifles used in the San Bernardino shootings was arrested for conspiring to aid terrorists, among other federal charges. Also, the Republican-led House pushed through a huge tax cut bill, costing an estimated $680 billion over 10 years.
    Original Air Date: December 17, 2015
    People leave flowers at a makeshift memorial after last week's shooting in San Bernardino, California, on Dec. 7, 2015. Homeland Security said the department was reviewing its K-1 visa program, known as “fiancé visas,” after one of the two shooters in the San Bernardino shooting moved to the United States to marry Syed Farook, her husband and accomplice in the massacre last week. Photo by Patrick T. Fallon /Reuters
  • Fragile Yemen peace efforts affect the fight against ISIS
    In Yemen, there have been small signs of progress at peace negotiations between the government and Shiite Houthi rebels, but tanks are still blasting and gunfire still cracking despite a cease-fire. The conflict, which has ravaged the Arab world's poorest country, has also affected the fight against al-Qaida and the Islamic State group. Chief foreign affairs correspondent Margaret Warner reports.
    Original Air Date: December 17, 2015
    A Southern Popular Resistance fighter secures a street during fighting against Houthi fighters in the Dar Saad district of Yemen's southern port city of Aden May 9, 2015. REUTERS/Stringer - RTX1C93O

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

  • How will mistrial affect other Freddie Gray prosecutions?
    The trial for the first officer charged in the death of Freddie Gray has ended in a mistrial. The jury deliberated for 15 hours over three days before a judge in Baltimore declared a hung jury in the case against Officer William Porter. William Brangham joins Gwen Ifill from outside the courthouse in Baltimore for an update.
    Original Air Date: December 16, 2015
    Moments before his arrest, activist Darius Rosebrough (R) leads a protest in front of the courthouse in Baltimore, December 16, 2015. A Maryland judge declared a mistrial on Wednesday in the trial of the first of six Baltimore police officers charged in the death of Freddie Gray, whose killing sparked riots and arson in the city in April. The jury had deliberated for 16 hours on whether the officer, William Porter, was guilty of involuntary manslaughter in Gray's death from injuries suffered while in police custody. After it reported it was unable to reach a verdict, Baltimore City Circuit Court Judge Barry Williams issued his ruling. REUTERS/Bryan Woolston - RTX1Z0WR
  • Why we should embrace innovative fashion, not laugh at it
    Why do we elevate fancy cars but mock haute couture? Robin Givhan, fashion critic for The Washington Post, explores the sexism behind some critiques of runway styles.
    Original Air Date: December 16, 2015
    Models present creations by designer Iris van Herpen as part of her Haute Couture Fall Winter 2013/2014 fashion show in Paris July 1, 2013.  REUTERS/Charles Platiau  (FRANCE - Tags: FASHION) - RTX11922
  • What did GOP candidates get wrong in debate on national security?
    At the debate Tuesday night in Las Vegas, Republican presidential candidates competed to prove who would be best prepared as commander in chief to keep the country safe. Angie Holan of Politifact joins Gwen Ifill to examine some of the claims made by the candidates on vetting Syrian refugees and boosting border security.
    Original Air Date: December 16, 2015
    Photo of CNN's December debate by Mike Blake/Reuters
  • What the Fed’s interest rate hike means for your wallet
    The Federal Reserve is doing something it hasn't done since 2006: raising interest rates. The long-awaited announcement by Fed chair Janet Yellen hikes a key short-term rate from near zero. For a closer look at how the Fed made its decision, Gwen Ifill talks with David Wessel of the Brookings Institution and Tara Siegel Bernard of The New York Times.
    Original Air Date: December 16, 2015
    Photo by Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images.
  • News Wrap: LA students return to school after threat hoax
    In our news wrap Wednesday, public schools in Los Angeles reopened a day after officials canceled classes due to an email threat that cited bombs and guns. Also, schools all over Pakistan were closed in observance of the one year anniversary of an attack by the Taliban that killed 140 victims, most of whom were children.
    Original Air Date: December 16, 2015
    A student exits a bus as he arrives at Venice High School in Los Angeles, California December 16, 2015. Classes resume today in Los Angeles, the second largest school district in the United States,  after they were closed on Tuesday after officials reported receiving an unspecified threat to the district and ordered a search of all schools in the city. REUTERS/Jonathan Alcorn - RTX1YZEW
  • Black Violin wants to break your classical music stereotypes
    The members of Black Violin want to change perceptions about who can play what kind of music. Wil Baptiste on viola and Kev Marcus on violin met as high school orchestra nerds. Today they play genre-bending music, blending classical music with hip-hop. Jeffrey Brown talks to them about their new album, “Stereotypes.”
    Original Air Date: December 16, 2015
    Black Violin perform at the Kids Inaugural concert for children and military families, one of the events ahead of the second-term inauguration of U.S. President Barack Obama in Washington January 19, 2013.  REUTERS/Eric Thayer (UNITED STATES  - Tags: POLITICS ENTERTAINMENT)   - RTR3CNYZ
  • Both sides get a little something in bipartisan spending deal
    Members of Congress made a sweeping deal to fund government through next fall and extend dozens of tax cuts. Political director Lisa Desjardins discusses what went into the agreement with Gwen Ifill.
    Original Air Date: December 16, 2015
  • Humans of New York gives U.S.-bound refugees a voice
    Brandon Stanton stops random people on the street, takes their photo and learns what about their personal stories makes them unique. He's the photographer behind Humans of New York, a blog and social media feeds seen by millions. Lately Stanton has traveled to Turkey and Jordan to visit refugees and share their accounts with his international audience. Hari Sreenivasan reports.
    Original Air Date: December 16, 2015
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  • Freddie Gray's stepfather: We are not upset with jury
    Flanked by Freddie Gray's mother and attorney Billy Murphy, Gray's stepfather Richard Shipley read a statement. "We are not at all upset with them, neither should the public be upset," he said. "They did the best they could." A judge declared a mistrial Wednesday after the jury in the trial of Officer William G. Porter, the first of six connected to Gray's death, said it was hung on all counts.
    Original Air Date: December 16, 2015