Tuesday, December 30, 2014

  • Outgoing Rep. Miller on encouraging more voices in politics
    Rep. George Miller arrived in Washington in 1974, in the aftermath of Watergate, ready to change Congress. Now he is retiring after nearly four decades in the House of Representatives. Gwen Ifill asks the Democratic congressman if he accomplished what he hoped to during his years as a lawmaker and what he expects to see from his colleagues after he leaves.
    Original Air Date: December 30, 2014
  • What news stories mattered to students this year?
    A contest sponsored by PBS Newshour Extra and Google asked students to create a digital mash-up looking back at 2014. Judy Woodruff talks with three high schoolers who entered the #MyZeitgeist competition about deciding what events made their year-in-review videos and how their generation gets its news.
    Original Air Date: December 30, 2014
  • Bestselling authors share their favorite books of 2014
    What did our favorite authors read this year? Jeffrey Brown asks novelist Ann Patchett and business writer Daniel Pink for their top recommendations of 2014, including a young adult novel written in verse and a book about humanity’s place in the universe, plus other standout works.
    Original Air Date: December 30, 2014
  • Turning social media sharing into successful fundraising
    The viral ALS Ice Bucket Challenge was a watershed moment in the evolution of philanthropy, but using social media to raise money has not been a universally successful strategy. Stacy Palmer of The Chronicle of Philanthropy and Amy Sample Ward of the Nonprofit Technology Network join Hari Sreenivasan for a conversation about donating in the digital age.
    Original Air Date: December 30, 2014
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  • Will AirAsia crash lead to better tracking systems?
    Now that search teams have located wreckage and remains from the missing AirAsia flight, the mission shifts to retrieving more bodies and combing the underwater site for the plane’s black box recorders. Andy Pasztor of The Wall Street Journal talks to Hari Sreenivasan about the process of piecing together the cause of a plane crash.
    Original Air Date: December 30, 2014
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  • Ann Patchett and Daniel Pink talk what makes a great book
    Ann Patchett, author of "This is the Story of a Happy Marriage" and Daniel Pink, author of "To Sell is Human," discuss what each of them looks for in a great book.
    Original Air Date: December 30, 2014
  • Molding an identity for dinosaurs and human ancestors
    Equipped with data from dissections and the study of fossils, award-winning John Gurche reconstructs the identity of dinosaurs and human ancestors through art. His work has appeared in National Geographic, on postage stamps, in
    Original Air Date: December 30, 2014

Monday, December 29, 2014

  • Can Afghan forces hold their own?
    As the U.S. combat mission ends in Afghanistan, those Americans who are staying in the country will move to a role of training and supervision. Sean Carberry of NPR speaks with Jeffrey Brown about the capabilities of Afghanistan’s military forces, goals of the country’s new President Ashraf Ghani and how much life has changed for the citizens since the start of the war.
    Original Air Date: December 29, 2014
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  • Outgoing Sen. Chambliss on what’s next for Congress
    With a week to go until the new Congress arrives in Washington, we ask departing members to take stock of their legislative careers. Republican Sen. Saxby Chambliss of Georgia joins Judy Woodruff to discuss saying goodbye, how to make a dent in the federal debt, the future of immigration reform and whether the 114th Congress will be willing to reach across the aisle.
    Original Air Date: December 29, 2014
  • Website that kept watch on D.C. homicides shuts down
    “Homicide Watch,” an online database that records and tracks homicide cases, was created to document under-reported crimes in Washington, D.C. The site has been praised by law enforcement and the families of victims, but is shutting down in that city. Co-founder Laura Amico, a Boston Globe reporter, speaks with Jeffrey Brown about sharing violent crime information with the public.
    Original Air Date: December 29, 2014
  • Colombian civil war relief efforts face dangerous barriers
    A 50-year civil war between Colombia’s government and the leftist FARC rebels has claimed more than 200,000 lives and caused suffering for millions. The government has made steps to deliver reparations to those affected and support humanitarian zones, but the goal of helping victims is fraught with complication as conflict and violence continue. Special correspondent Fred de Sam Lazaro reports.
    Original Air Date: December 29, 2014
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  • How a viral fundraiser earned a cool $220 million for ALS
    This year, a challenge to Facebook users to douse themselves in ice water became an internet craze, raising millions for ALS, or Lou Gehrig’s disease. Gwen Ifill talks to Nancy Frates, the mother of the man who inspired the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, about the impetus for the viral fundraising campaign and how it has advanced awareness and research of the disease.
    Original Air Date: December 29, 2014
    Lt. Sean Flood, Ranger Deb McNamara, Ranger Ted Fusco and Capt. Stephen Owens, who help provide security at the Massachusetts State House, participate in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge on Aug. 7. Photo by David L. Ryan/The Boston Globe via Getty Images
  • Was weather to blame for AirAsia disappearance?
    Gwen Ifill interviews The Wall Street Journal’s Guarav Raghuvanshi from Singapore about the missing AirAsia jetliner, how monsoon season may factor into the disappearance and if there are similarities to Malaysia Airlines 370.
    Original Air Date: December 29, 2014
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Sunday, December 28, 2014

  • Did plunging gas prices boost holiday spending?
    Ever since oil prices started falling, experts have predicted that consumers would use the extra money saved to spend more on holiday gifts. Did that happen? Sara Germano of the Wall Street Journal joins Hari Sreenivasan from Albany, New York with more on that.
    Original Air Date: December 28, 2014
  • What we know (and don't) about the missing AirAsia jetliner
    As of Monday morning in Asia, the search for a missing AirAsia jetliner which disappeared carrying 162 people had resumed. The Airbus vanished from radar screens about 40 minutes after taking off from Indonesia en route to Singapore on Sunday. NewsHour's Zachary Green has more on the ongoing investigation.
    Original Air Date: December 28, 2014
    SURABAYA, INDONESIA - DECEMBER 28:  Relatives of missing Air Asia QZ8501 passengers cry at the crisis centre of Juanda International Airport Surabaya on December 28, 2014 in Surabaya, Indonesia. Air Asia announced the flight QZ8501 from Surabaya to Singapore, with 162 people on board, lost contact with air traffic control at 07:24 a.m. local time Sunday morning.  (Photo by Robertus Pudyanto/Getty Images)
  • A return to the debtors' prison?
    Cities across the country are increasingly turning to what are known as private probation companies to collect unpaid fines. But are indigent people ending up in jail because they can't afford to pay?
    Original Air Date: December 19, 2014

Saturday, December 27, 2014

  • How will US and private sector combat cyberextortion?
    The recent hacking of Sony, which was widely blamed on North Korea, has caused the Obama administration to consider new steps to protect against cyber attacks. Carol Lee of the Wall Street Journal joins Hari Sreenivasan from Hawaii, where the president is vacationing, for more on that.
    Original Air Date: December 27, 2014
  • PBS NewsHour Weekend full episode Dec. 27, 2014
    Thousands attend the funeral of one of two New York City police officers murdered while on duty last weekend. The Vice President pays tribute to the officer and the NYPD. Later, North Korea ridicules President Obama and accuses the US of causing internet shortages in that country.
    Original Air Date: December 27, 2014
  • One family moves on from a sharecropping past
    In the second installment of "Flying Coach," special correspondent John Larson's series on people he encounters while traveling to report on other stories, we meet Donna, whose family were sharecroppers in Arkansas until they were driving out by the Ku Klux Klan.
    Original Air Date: December 27, 2014
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Friday, December 26, 2014

  • Conservationists shine new light on irreplaceable art
    A series of paintings created by Mark Rothko for Harvard University was thought irreparably damaged by years of sun exposure and removed from view. Thirty-five years later, the paintings have returned, thanks to art historians and curators using digital projection, which offers viewers the appearance of restoration for works too fragile to touch. Special correspondent Jarred Bowen of WGBH reports.
    Original Air Date: December 26, 2014
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  • Readers relate to Roz Chast’s personal book on aging parents
    Known for her dry wit, cartoonist Roz Chast finds humor in caring for aging parents in her first graphic memoir, "Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant?" Jeffrey Brown speaks with the New Yorker artist about taking on more personal subject matter and how cartooning became a tool in remembering her late parents.
    Original Air Date: December 26, 2014
  • Shields and Gerson on cyber-attacks after Sony
    Syndicated columnist Mark Shields and Washington Post columnist Michael Gerson join Judy Woodruff to discuss this week’s news, including the state of race relations in America in the wake of continuing protests and the killing of two New York police officers, what the hacking of Sony Pictures means for cyber-security in the future and the balance of power between Congress and the president.
    Original Air Date: December 26, 2014
  • Civilian suffering, sliding morale in IS territory
    The Islamic State has tried to paint an idealized portrait of life under its governance. But according to The Washington Post, the people who live in militant-controlled territory face failing infrastructure, power cuts, skyrocketing prices for basic goods and hunger. Liz Sly, Washington Post bureau chief in Lebanon, joins Judy Woodruff to discuss the reality.
    Original Air Date: December 26, 2014
  • How a state’s choice on Medicaid expansion affects hospitals
    In negotiating the creation of the Affordable Care Act, hospitals took a big gamble, with the expectation that they would soon have millions of new Medicaid customers. In states that expanded Medicaid, the bet paid off. Sarah Varney of Kaiser Health News reports on financial gains made by some hospitals as more patients are able to pay their bills, and why some states said no to expansion.
    Original Air Date: December 26, 2014
  • Why was 2014 a year of mergers and mega deals?
    2014 has been a banner year for corporate mergers, with more than $3 trillion in deals announced worldwide. What kind of impact do these deals have on the companies, employees and the economy? Hari Sreenivasan learns more from Andrew Ross Sorkin of The New York Times.
    Original Air Date: December 26, 2014
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Thursday, December 25, 2014

  • How Pope Francis’ upbringing shaped his role as reformer
    From his simple lifestyle to his active engagement in diplomacy, Pope Francis has distinguished himself as the leader of the Catholic Church. Jeffrey Brown talks to Austen Ivereigh, author of a new biography, “The Great Reformer,” about the ways the pope’s upbringing in Argentina informed his papal priorities, and his efforts to clean up the Vatican.
    Original Air Date: December 25, 2014
  • What will survive as states test Common Core?
    In 2008, a set of academic standards for U.S. public schools called the Common Core was created for states to voluntarily implement. Intended to raise the bar for American students and teachers, many states that originally signed on are now rewriting the standards or opting out altogether. Special correspondent John Tulenko of Learning Matters reports.
    Original Air Date: December 25, 2014
  • Banning ‘the box’ to help ex-convicts find jobs
    Many employers require job applicants to disclose any criminal history, often preventing those with a record from reentering the workforce. But Illinois is one of a number of states working to change this, with a new law prohibiting employers from asking about convictions on initial applications. Special correspondent Brandis Friedman of WTTW reports on the “ban the box” movement.
    Original Air Date: December 25, 2014
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