Monday, December 8, 2014

  • White House defends deadly Yemen hostage mission
    The White House said American officials had not known about efforts to win the freedom of South African school teacher Pierre Korkie before a failed U.S. commando raid to rescue Korkie and the American photographer Luke Somers from al-Qaida captors in Yemen. Judy Woodruff reports.
    Original Air Date: December 8, 2014
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  • News Wrap: Six Guantanamo detainees resettled in Uruguay
    In our news wrap Monday, six detainees who have been held for more than a decade at Guantanamo without being charged have arrived in Uruguay to be resettled as refugees. Also, the Justice Department released new guidelines on federal law enforcement profiling that builds on an existing policy barring racial profiling.
    Original Air Date: December 8, 2014
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Sunday, December 7, 2014

  • PBS NewsHour Weekend full episode Dec. 7, 2014
    On this edition for Sunday, Dec. 7, six Guantanamo detainees are released for resettlement. Later, a closer look at the failed attempt to rescue hostages in Yemen. And, assessing one of North Korea's most powerful weapons: the cyber attack.
    Original Air Date: December 7, 2014
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  • Sony hack stirs concern over North Korea cyberwarfare​
    Investigators have called the pre-Thanksgiving cyber attack on Sony Pictures “unprecedented”. The attack knocked out most of Sony’s network and while the culprits remain unknown, some are considering North Korea as a possible suspect. Reuters reporter James Pearson joins Hari Sreenivasan via Skype from Seoul, South Korea.
    Original Air Date: December 7, 2014
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  • Why did Luke Somers's rescue attempt go so wrong?
    U.S. special forces tried to rescue photojournalist Luke Somers from al-Qaida militants on Saturday, but the kidnappers shot Somers and another hostage, South African teacher Pierre Korkie, before the soldiers could get to them. Both hostages died. Adam Entous of the Wall Street Journal joins Hari Sreenivasan from Washington to discuss the failed mission.
    Original Air Date: December 7, 2014
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Saturday, December 6, 2014

  • PBS NewsHour Weekend full episode Dec. 6, 2014
    On this edition for Saturday, Dec. 6, an American photojournalist and a South African aid worker held captive by al-Qaida in Yemen die during a U.S. rescue mission. Also, examining a fragmented system: are killings by police being undercounted? And, in our signature segment, preparing for the inevitable: estate planning for your online life.
    Original Air Date: December 6, 2014
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  • Behind the failed rescue effort of Luke Somers in Yemen
    American photojournalist Luke Somers and South African aid worker Pierre Korkie died during a U.S. rescue mission in Yemen on Saturday. Both men had been held hostage by al-Qaida militants since 2013. Eric Schmitt of the New York Times joins Hari Sreenivasan from Bahrain via Skype with more on that.
    Original Air Date: December 6, 2014
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  • Is the FBI underreporting killings by police?
    As the nation focused on Staten Island, Ferguson, and Cleveland in the last few weeks and the relationship between citizens and law enforcement, a recent Wall Street Journal investigation revealed that federal accounting for killings by police may be grossly miscalculated. Wall Street Journal reporter Rob Barry joins Hari Sreenivasan for more on that investigation.
    Original Air Date: December 6, 2014
    Police block the West Florissant Avenue, where protesters and looters rampaged businesses following the grand jury decision in the fatal shooting of a 18-year-old black teenager Michael Brown, in Ferguson, Missouri, on November 25, 2014.  Photo by Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty Images
  • Crowdfunding still beyond reach for many entrepreneurs
    Raising a large pool of money from many small contributions online, known as crowdfunding, was supposed to be an option for startup business to raise money when President Obama signed the 2012 JOBS Act into law. But today, that method of raising investment capital from ordinary investors still remains out of reach for many entrepreneurs. NewsHour special correspondent Karla Murthy reports.
    Original Air Date: December 6, 2014
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  • Dead yet online: How to manage a loved one's digital estate
    Because social media, email and bank accounts can remain active even after their owner dies, valuable information can become vulnerable when the people in charge of managing the owner's estate can't access it. NewsHour's Hari Sreenivasan reports on the complications surrounding digital estate planning after death and the drive to increase awareness through legislative action.
    Original Air Date: December 5, 2014
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Friday, December 5, 2014

  • PBS NewsHour full episode Dec. 5, 2014
    Tonight on the program, we examine November's job numbers that showed higher wages, more jobs and changes that may be felt by most Americans. Also: A look at Secretary of State nominee Ash Carter, Shields and Brooks analyze the week's news, debate on restoring a plane from Pearl Harbor, and whether the unraveling of Rolling Stone's UVa sexual assault story will make victims reluctant to speak out.
    Original Air Date: December 5, 2014
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    FULL PROGRAM
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  • Remembering a last-of-its-kind survivor of Pearl Harbor
    Seventy-three years ago, an attack on Pearl Harbor catapulted the U.S. into World War II. National Air and Space Museum curator Jeremy Kinney shows off a rare survivor from that day -- a military seaplane -- and explains how specialists agonize over how to keep it in tact.
    Original Air Date: December 5, 2014
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  • Shields and Brooks on who gets credit for jobs growth
    Syndicated columnist Mark Shields and New York Times columnist David Brooks join Judy Woodruff to discuss the week’s news, including the better-than-expected jobs report, the nomination of Ash Carter for secretary of defense and the aftermath of the grand jury decision on the killing of Eric Garner.
    Original Air Date: December 5, 2014
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  • How Rolling Stone’s UVa sexual assault story unraveled
    After reporting on a horrific case of sexual assault at the University of Virginia, Rolling Stone magazine acknowledged discrepancies in the victim’s story, saying their trust in her was “misplaced.” Judy Woodruff speaks with T. Rees Shapiro of The Washington Post for more on the revelations that have cast doubt on the account.
    Original Air Date: December 5, 2014
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  • Hiring revs up with more than 300,000 new jobs
    Job growth surged last month, with more than 300,000 new positions added. Hourly wages increased, too. Is there a catch? Diane Swonk of Mesirow Financial joins Hari Sreenivasan to discuss how the economy took a step in the right direction and where it can still improve.
    Original Air Date: December 5, 2014
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  • How Ash Carter differs from Obama’s past defense secretaries
    President Obama announced that Pentagon veteran Ash Carter will be his nominee to succeed Chuck Hagel as secretary of defense. From the White House, Carter pledged his “most candid” strategic and military advice if he is confirmed. Judy Woodruff gets reaction from retired Brig. Gen. David McGinnis, a former Defense Department official, and Foreign Policy’s David Rothkopf.
    Original Air Date: December 5, 2014
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  • News Wrap: Crowds turn out to protest police conduct
    In our news wrap Friday, protests over the Eric Garner case and police conduct overall continued across the U.S. with no sign of abating. The NYPD launched a program to train its officers to use body cameras. Also, the International Criminal Court dropped charges of crimes against humanity against Kenya’s president today for lack of evidence.
    Original Air Date: December 5, 2014
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  • Why 'Survivor' trumps 'The Apprentice' in Russia
    Peter Pomerantsev, a Russian-born British author who had been hired to go to Moscow to help create and produce Western-style reality TV shows in the 2000s, shares his observations about why knock-offs of some Western Reality TV hits flopped and why others were successful.
    Original Air Date: December 5, 2014
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  • Why adults want Samuel L Jackson to read to them at bedtime
    Adam Mansbach, author of “Go the F*ck to Sleep," explains why Samuel L Jackson was his first choice for the audio book in this online exclusive.For more Art Beat: newshour.pbs.org/art
    Original Air Date: December 5, 2014
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  • Can humans become a multi-planet species?
    NASA astrobiologist Chris McKay studies the most extreme parts of Earth to understand how life might survive in other perts of the universe. But he's also studying another life form living in space: humans.
    Original Air Date: December 4, 2014
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Thursday, December 4, 2014

  • PBS NewsHour full episode Dec. 4, 2014
    Thursday on the NewsHour, we look at the reactions to the grand jury verdict on the death of Eric Garner in Staten Island and across the nation. Also: Reports of sexual assaults in the military on the rise, how the Kremlin uses reality TV in Russia to promote politics, startups replace surf shops in Venice Beach and poet Claudia Rankine offers urgent verse on race and power.
    Original Air Date: December 4, 2014
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    FULL PROGRAM
    December 4, 2014
  • Hagel: Rise in reporting of sexual assault ‘good news’
    While the estimated number of cases of sexual assault are down 25 percent from two years ago, actual reports of assault have increased 8 percent in the past year. Secretary of Defence Chuck Hagel said the findings are both a sign of progress and a need for greater reform. Hari Sreenivasan reports on continuing concern over retaliation for and how lawmakers are responding.
    Original Air Date: December 4, 2014
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  • Will outrage for grand jury verdicts trigger changes?
    For a broader look at how the Eric Garner case and the intersection of race and justice are resonating with Americans, Gwen Ifill gets perspectives from Candace McCoy of City University of New York and Jelani Cobb of The New Yorker.
    Original Air Date: December 4, 2014
    Grand Jury Declines To Indict NYPD Officer In Eric Garner Death
  • Using poetry to uncover the moments that lead to racism
    Poet and playwright Claudia Rankine says that the small moments that carve gaps of misunderstanding between Americans lead to big, national moments of misunderstanding, like events in Ferguson and New York. Rankine explores these disruptions and how they lead to conflict in her new book, “Citizen.”
    Original Air Date: December 4, 2014
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  • How the Kremlin uses TV to shape Russian political ‘reality'
    President Vladimir Putin gave his state of the nation speech, trumpeting Russia’s incursions into Ukraine and the annexation of Crimea. A new book, “Nothing Is True and Everything Is Possible,” examines how the Kremlin uses television to promote Putin’s views and influence its citizens through reality TV. Chief foreign affairs correspondent Margaret Warner interviews author Peter Pomerantsev.
    Original Air Date: December 4, 2014
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  • Opinions split over Eric Garner ruling on Staten Island
    Staten Island is whiter and more conservative than the rest of New York City, and it’s home to a large number of active and retired firefighters and police officers. It’s also where Eric Garner died in a fatal incident with a police officer, as well as where members of the grand jury who ruled on Garner’s death reside. How are people there responding? The NewsHour’s William Brangham reports.
    Original Air Date: December 4, 2014
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  • How will NYPD handle minor offenses after Eric Garner?
    Following the choking death of Eric Garner, New York police commissioner Bill Bratton promised an overhaul of the police training program, and, with the mayor, addressed how officers should react to minor offenses. For the perspective from City Hall, Gwen Ifill speaks with Zachary Carter, legal adviser to Mayor Bill de Blasio.
    Original Air Date: December 4, 2014
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  • Tech startup boom makes waves in bohemian Venice Beach
    Some high tech entrepreneurs have started trading in the high costs of the San Francisco Bay Area for the sunnier skies of Venice Beach in Los Angeles. But with the benefits of the boom, like high-paying jobs, also come problems, especially for the longtime residents of the famously artistic, bohemian neighborhood. Special correspondent Steve Goldbloom reports.
    Original Air Date: December 4, 2014
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