Monday, December 30, 2013

  • GMO seeds grow into big fight on Kauai
    Seeds are big business in Hawaii, where large biotech companies develop genetically modified crops. Megan Thompson reports on a battle being waged on the island of Kauai by residents who say growing practices like pesticide use are hazardous to public health.
    Original Air Date: December 30, 2013
  • How Iranians perceive the interim nuclear deal and future
    David Ignatius of The Washington Post recently traveled to Iran where he talked to both sides of the debate on the country's negotiations with the West. He joins Jeffrey Brown to discuss the perceptions of hard-liners, pragmatists and the general public, plus what challenges lie ahead for crafting a comprehensive deal.
    Original Air Date: December 30, 2013
  • How Russia plans to protect Olympics in wake of bombings
    Low-level insurgencies in the northern Caucasus region are nothing new, but Russia faces the international spotlight ahead of the Sochi Winter Olympics. Hari Sreenivasan talks to Andrew Weiss of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and Brian Jenkins of the Rand Corporation about protection measures for the games.
    Original Air Date: December 30, 2013

Sunday, December 29, 2013

  • Is the postal service going the way of the pony express?
    The U.S. Post Office announced that the price of a first class stamp will rise from 46 to 49 cents in late January. Rising costs and diminishing usage may endanger future of mail delivery in this country. Canada is phasing out urban delivery service in the next few years. For more, we are joined from Bradley Klapper of the Associated Press has been covering the story.
    Original Air Date: December 29, 2013
  • Contrasting rulings could take the NSA to the Supreme Court
    On December 27, 2013 a federal judge ruled that the government's collection of phone records is constitutional. This, in contrast to another federal judge's ruling just 11 days earlier that said it likely wasn't. The case ultimately might be headed to the Supreme Court. Adam Liptak, the supreme court reporter for the New York Times talks about what might come next.
    Original Air Date: December 29, 2013
  • Web only: The author of 'A Deadly Mix in Benghazi'
    A lengthy investigation by The New York Times finds no evidence that al Qaeda was involved in the 2012 attack in Benghazi, Libya. The report also finds that the attack on the mission was fueled largely by anger over anti-Islam video. The author of "A Deadly Mix in Benghazi," David A. Kirkpatrick, spoke with Hari Sreenivasan about the story that's dominating the Sunday news shows.
    Original Air Date: December 29, 2013
  • NYPD program offers last chance justice by monitoring teens
    NewsHour Weekend takes a look at an NYPD program called the Juvenile Robbery Intervention Program (JRIP). Its aim is to mentor and monitor teens who have been arrested for a robbery. The report's focus is on two New York City neighborhoods.
    Original Air Date: December 29, 2013

Saturday, December 28, 2013

  • How to track the lost unemployment dollars
    Extended unemployment benefits expire for some 1.3 million Americans after Congress fails to extend a recession-era program that steps in after state benefit limits are reached. Brenda Cronin has been covering the story for The Wall Street Journal.
    Original Air Date: December 28, 2013
  • The art is in the truth-telling of 'The Strangers Project'
    The first exhibition of "The Strangers Project" features a selection of anonymous journal entries written by strangers around New York and around the world. People are asked to write about whatever they want - as long as it's true.
    Original Air Date: December 28, 2013
  • Can the Lower Ninth Ward ever recover from Katrina?
    Years after Hurricane Katrina devastated the Lower 9th Ward of New Orleans, a debate now rages in the city; with so few residents returning to the Lower Ninth, does it even make sense to redevelop the community at all?
    Original Air Date: December 28, 2013

Friday, December 27, 2013

  • Rokia Traoré's mix of music on 'Beautiful Africa'
    Not even a ban on music could stop Mali-born Rokia Traoré from telling her stories through song. On her new album "Beautiful Africa," Traoré pays tribute to her native continent as well as other musical styles and languages from around the world. Jeffrey Brown talks to the singer-songwriter about inspiration and influences.
    Original Air Date: December 27, 2013
  • Shields and Gerson on the political lessons of 2013
    Syndicated columnist Mark Shields and Washington Post columnist Michael Gerson join Judy Woodruff to discuss the week's top political news, including the factors that fuel economic inequality in the U.S., how Edward Snowden used technology to decentralize government power and the lessons they hope politicians learned in 2013.
    Original Air Date: December 27, 2013
  • How should the U.S. address economic inequality?
    Despite a stubborn unemployment rate, benefits will soon end for the 1.3 million who have been jobless for more than six months. A political battle over those benefits reflects a broader conversation about U.S. inequality. Hari Sreenivasan talks to Scott Winship of the Manhattan Institute and former Labor Secretary Robert Reich.
    Original Air Date: December 27, 2013
  • What's behind the government corruption scandal in Turkey
    Once regarded as the model for successful Muslim democracy, Turkey is now facing corruption allegations that go right to the heart of the government. Chief foreign correspondent Margaret Warner joins Judy Woodruff to discuss how Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan is attempting to fight back.
    Original Air Date: December 27, 2013
  • Syria conflict is spreading division and violence in Lebanon
    While the powerful political parties in Lebanon have talked about trying to keep things calm in their country, they support opposing sides of the Syrian civil war. Hari Sreenivasan talks to Anne Barnard of The New York Times about the symbolism of the bombing in the center of Beirut that killed a prominent political figure.
    Original Air Date: December 27, 2013
  • Malian singer-songwriter Rokia Traoré plays 'Sikey'
    Award-winning Malian singer-songwriter Rokia Traoré plays "Sikey" off her new album "Beautiful Africa."For more Art Beat:
    Original Air Date: December 27, 2013
  • Malian singer-songwriter Rokia Traoré plays 'Sarama'
    Award-winning Malian singer-songwriter Rokia Traoré plays "Sarama" off her new album "Beautiful Africa."For more Art Beat:
    Original Air Date: December 27, 2013

Thursday, December 26, 2013

  • Returning dignity to those who were forgotten in life
    At a former mental institution cemetery in Faribault, Minn., graves are marked with numbers rather than names. But one disability rights group is working to return dignity back to the forgotten departed. Special correspondent Fred de Sam Lazaro reports on efforts to remember those who spent their lives on the margins of society.
    Original Air Date: December 26, 2013
  • Tracking the "Unwinding" of American social institutions
    Have the institutional fabrics that used to ensure average citizens a secure place in American society come unraveled in the last few decades? Jeffrey Brown talks to George Packer about his award-winning book, "The Unwinding: An Inner History of the New America," and the growing social stratification in the U.S.
    Original Air Date: December 26, 2013
  • How has surveillance impacted cyber security agenda?
    To review what we've learned about the National Security Agency's spying practices -- and the ramifications of those revelations -- since leaks began in the summer, Judy Woodruff consults James Bamford, author of "The Shadow Factory," retired Gen. Michael Hayden, former director of the NSA, and Dmitri Alperovitch of CrowdStrike.
    Original Air Date: December 26, 2013
  • Lake Tahoe community battles over future of development
    Lake Tahoe, straddling the border of California and Nevada, attracts 3 million visitors each year. But decades of economic development and climate change are now putting the lake's famously blue waters in danger. Gabriela Quiros of KQED reports on the conflict between development and protecting the lake for generations to come.
    Original Air Date: December 26, 2013
  • U.S. rushes to bolster Iraq in fight against militants
    The UN estimates more than 8,000 people have been killed in the latest surge of violence in Iraq, prompting the Pentagon to bolster the country's ability to battle the al-Qaida militants behind many of the attacks. Hari Sreenivasan talks to Michael Gordon of The New York Times.
    Original Air Date: December 26, 2013
  • George Packer talks economic forces in political discourse
    Jeffrey Brown talks with New Yorker staff writer George Packer, author of "The Unwinding," in an online extra where Packer discusses the way inequality, economic forces and what's happening to some American institutions are rising front and center again in the political discourse -- as well as how he went about picking people to profile for his book.
    Original Air Date: December 26, 2013

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

  • Writer Jay Parini considers 'human face of God'
    A writer rather than a religious scholar, Jay Parini has written a new book, "Jesus: The Human Face of God," that explores how Jesus not only created a world religion but changed history. Jeffrey Brown talks to Parini about his different take on the story of Jesus.
    Original Air Date: December 25, 2013
  • What lies ahead for the Indian economy?
    India has one of the world's largest economies, but growth for the advancing country has slowed to less than 5 percent a year since 2011. With the value of the rupee dropping and inflation surging, how is India's central bank prepared to cope? Hari Sreenivasan interviews Raghuran Rajan, governor of the Reserve Bank of India.
    Original Air Date: December 25, 2013
  • Reviewing 2013's foreign policy challenges
    In 2013, the U.S. opted to negotiate rather than use force in Syria and Iran, but did these efforts lead to a loss of credibility? Anne-Marie Slaughter of the New America Foundation, international consultant John Negroponte, David Ignatius of The Washington Post and Trudy Rubin of The Philadelphia Inquirer join Judy Woodruff.
    Original Air Date: December 25, 2013
  • Parini talks the 'spiritual journey' of writing about Jesus
    Jay Parini, author of the new book "Jesus: The Human Face of God," talks about how he came to write about Jesus' life instead of his usual novels. He sat down with Jeffrey Brown for an online extra diving into "re-mythologizing" Jesus and how the latest discoveries in material have changed how the story needed to be written.
    Original Air Date: December 25, 2013

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

  • Will new Common Core standards centralize student learning?
    One of the most significant and controversial changes in U.S. education this year was the growing adoption of new academic standards known as the Common Core. Jeffrey Brown talks to Claudio Sanchez of NPR, Amanda Ripley, author of "The Smartest Kids in the World," and NewsHour Special Correspondent for Education John Merrow.
    Original Air Date: December 24, 2013