Friday, November 28, 2014

  • News Wrap: Black Friday inspires shopping, protests
    In our news wrap Friday, about 140 million people in the U.S. were expected to shop between Thanksgiving and the end of the holiday weekend. Meanwhile, workers picketed at some Walmart stores demanding more full-time jobs. Also, a gunman in Austin, Texas, shot up the courthouse and police headquarters and tried to set the Mexican consulate on fire overnight. The suspect died on the scene.
    Original Air Date: November 28, 2014
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  • Sherlock's Benedict Cumberbatch on his most challenging role
    Benedict Cumberbatch tells Jeffrey Brown about upcoming role as Richard III and how real Sherlock Holmes is to him.
    Original Air Date: November 28, 2014
    Benedict Cumberbatch stars as in "Sherlock," the BBC/Masterpiece's 21st century reinterpretation of the Arthur Conan Doyle stories. Photo by BBC Worldwide/MASTERPIECE.

Thursday, November 27, 2014

  • PBS NewsHour full episode Nov. 27, 2014
    Tonight on the program, we take a look at the latest Taliban attacks in Afghanistan and what is unusual about them. Also: A promising vaccine for Ebola, how teachers can talk to students about the situation in Ferguson, how the music industry uses big data to create the next big hit, breaking the gridlock in Congress, and how to stop illegal fish dumping in Montana before it's too late.
    Original Air Date: November 27, 2014
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    FULL PROGRAM
    November 27, 2014
  • Stopping illegal fish dumping in Montana
    In Montana, illegal fish dumping of non-native species is threatening the state’s native trout. In a segment for Student Reporting Labs, Meri DeMarois and her mentor Anna Rau of MontanaPBS report on how conservation organizations are working to protect the indigenous fish population.
    Original Air Date: November 27, 2014
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  • Using a numbers-based approach to end political gridlock
    Numbers and politics are the focus of “Moneyball for Government,” a new book written by a bipartisan group of authors. Gwen Ifill interviews two of the contributors, John Bridgeland, former domestic policy adviser for George W. Bush, and former National Economic Council director Gene Sperling on why a numbers-based approach may be the answer to solving political gridlock.
    Original Air Date: November 27, 2014
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  • How the music industry uses big data to create a hit
    Is big data killing good music? As part of a collaboration between The Atlantic and PBS NewsHour, Judy Woodruff speaks with Derek Thompson, whose piece in this month’s magazine featured how data collected by Shazam and other music apps is not just predicting the next hit but influencing today’s music as well.
    Original Air Date: November 27, 2014
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  • How teachers can talk to students about Ferguson
    The events in Ferguson have sparked discussions in homes and communities, including schools. Correspondent Jeffrey Brown speaks with #FergusonSyllabus creator Marcia Chatelain of Georgetown University and Liz Collins of Washington Latin Public Charter School on how teachers can use Missouri history and the role of the media to teach and discuss what is happening in Ferguson.
    Original Air Date: November 27, 2014
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  • Is an Ebola vaccine on the horizon?
    For the first time, an experimental vaccine taken by 20 healthy adults is successfully and safely stimulating an immunity against Ebola. Judy Woodruff talks to Anthony Fauci of the National Institutes of Health on how the vaccine was developed and when we might see protection from the disease.
    Original Air Date: November 27, 2014
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  • What’s behind the Taliban’s latest attacks in Kabul?
    Four attacks on foreigners took place in Afghanistan on Thursday, the latest in a string of bombings by the Taliban. Speaking from Kabul, New York Times foreign correspondent Rod Nordland tells Judy Woodruff what is unusual about the most recent attacks and how President Ashraf Ghani’s relationship with the U.S. will affect the Taliban.
    Original Air Date: November 27, 2014
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  • News Wrap: Thanksgiving Day celebrated at home and abroad
    In other news Thursday, Americans celebrated the holiday with parades like the annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in Manhattan while U.S. forces in Afghanistan enjoyed turkey with all the trimmings even as Taliban attacks rocked Kabul. Also, 600 migrants fleeing violence in Syria and Iraq successfully make it to shore in Greece after the ship’s engine failure left them adrift since Wednesday.
    Original Air Date: November 27, 2014
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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

  • PBS NewsHour full episode Nov. 26, 2014
    Wednesday on the NewsHour, we examine differences in Americans’ perceptions of race and justice. Also: bad weather snarls Thanksgiving travels, fires and floods endanger Native American lands, the economics of raising free-range turkeys, big data problems for one of the country’s biggest public school districts and the history behind the president’s turkey pardon.
    Original Air Date: November 26, 2014
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    FULL PROGRAM
    November 26, 2014
  • Who started the presidential turkey pardon?
    President Obama used his executive authority to pardon Mac and Cheese, the two birds who were saved from the Thanksgiving table this year. Who was the first president to give flight to this holiday amnesty? Political director Domenico Montanaro looks back at the tradition.
    Original Air Date: November 26, 2014
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  • Bridging the divide among Americans over race and justice
    How does race affect justice and how it’s applied in America? The death of Michael Brown has prompted fresh debate on that question. Gwen Ifill speaks with Carroll Doherty of Pew Research Center, Judith Browne Dianis of the Advancement Project and journalist Isabel Wilkerson about the way young protesters have mobilized after Ferguson and what that says about the future.
    Original Air Date: November 26, 2014
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  • Storm serves up tricky travel weather for Thanksgiving
    The Northeast was hit with a mix of rain, snow and sleet on one of the busiest travel days of the year. Many travelers tried to re-arrange travel plans, both on the road and in the air, in order to get a headstart on the storm. Hari Sreenivasan talks to Scott Mayerowitz of the Associated Press about why airlines are preemptively canceling flights.
    Original Air Date: November 26, 2014
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  • After fire and floods, restoring a sacred New Mexico canyon
    For more than 1,200 years, Native Americans have called Santa Clara Pueblo home. But in 2011, a devastating fire blasted through the canyon they consider sacred, setting the stage for destructive floods. Now repairs have gone on for years, and there’s constant worry of more damage when it rains. Special correspondent Kathleen McCleery reports.
    Original Air Date: November 26, 2014
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  • How do small farms stay in the turkey business?
    How do small farms, competing against factory farms, gobble up their share of business? The family-run Ekonk Hill Turkey Farm in Connecticut relies on Thanksgiving sales for nearly half of their yearly income, selling high-quality birds raised in a free-range environment. Economics correspondent Paul Solman looks at how small businesses struggle in an economy dominated by big business.
    Original Air Date: November 26, 2014
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  • News Wrap: Cleveland police release video of fatal shooting
    In our news wrap Wednesday, the Cleveland police released a surveillance video showing Tamir Rice, a 12-year-old boy, being shot by an officer. The child appeared to be brandishing a gun before being shot. There was no audio track on the recording. Also, police in Hong Kong arrested 150 people in a crackdown on pro-democracy protesters.
    Original Air Date: November 26, 2014
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  • More officers called in to guard St. Louis City Hall
    One hundred additional officers were called in to protect St. Louis City Hall, where protesters gathered to continue demonstrations over the decision not to indict Ferguson police office Darren Wilson. Judy Woodruff offers a look at the day’s protests around the country.
    Original Air Date: November 26, 2014
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  • Lessons from Los Angeles’ school records disaster
    A new student record system adopted by the Los Angeles Unified School District has caused chaos for kids, teachers and administrators. Kindergarteners were accidentally enrolled at high schools, while hundreds of older students spent weeks without class schedules. Judy Woodruff learns more from Howard Blume of the Los Angeles Times.
    Original Air Date: November 26, 2014
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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

  • PBS NewsHour full episode Nov. 25, 2014
    Tuesday on the NewsHour, what’s next for Ferguson after the grand jury decision not to indict officer Darren Wilson for the death of Michael Brown. Also: the FDA’s new mandatory calorie counts, scientists looking for photographic evidence of a black hole, chasing fortune, truth and ambition in the new China and a city that was once synonymous with violence turns a corner.
    Original Air Date: November 25, 2014
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    FULL PROGRAM
    November 25, 2014
  • Telescopes may capture first glimpse of a black hole
    Even though black holes are vital to our understanding of the universe, no one has ever seen one -- yet. To change this, a team of scientists in northern Chile, is using a network of telescopes around the globe to capture an image of a black hole for the first time to prove Einstein’s Theory of General Relativity. Rebecca Jacobson reports.
    Original Air Date: November 25, 2014
    Three antennas await repair at ALMA's low site. Each antenna seen here is designed by a different collaborator -- be it Europe, North America or South Asia -- while Chile's involvement in this worldwide astronomical project cannot be understated; ALMA's array of 66 antennas rest in the country's Atacama Desert. Photo by Joshua Barajas/PBS NewsHour
  • New leadership turns around former ‘world murder capital’
    Less than two decades ago Medellin, Colombia, was known as the world’s murder capital. But ever since new political leadership and a push to increase public spaces, Medellin has seen a sharp drop in violence and drug use and an influx of new businesses. In his Agents of Change series, Fred de Sam Lazaro looks at how the city was able to make such a strong comeback.
    Original Air Date: November 25, 2014
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  • ‘Age of Ambition’ author on rapid changes underway in China
    What began as reporting for the New Yorker turned into “Age of Ambition: Chasing Fortune, Truth and Faith in the New China,” an in-depth look at China’s recent changes by Evan Osnos. Jeffrey Brown speaks with this year’s winner of the National Book Award for Non-Fiction at the Miami Book Fair about the “Chinese Dream” and the changes the Chinese are still undergoing.
    Original Air Date: November 25, 2014
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  • Will labeling calorie counts on menus curb obesity rates?
    Food chains, including restaurants, cafes and even some vending machines, will soon be required to list calorie counts clearly on their menus. Margaret Hamburg of the FDA, the group responsible for the new law, speaks with Judy Ifill on the organization’s goal to reduce obesity and the restaurant industry’s responses.
    Original Air Date: November 25, 2014
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  • Ferguson reeling from the effects of grand jury decision
    The decision that Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson would not be charged by a grand jury for the shooting of unarmed black teen Michael Brown sparked riots and protests in Ferguson and major cities last night. Gwen Ifill reports on the reactions by protesters and law enforcement after the decision was announced.
    Original Air Date: November 25, 2014
    Police guard the Ferguson police department as rioting erupts following the grand jury announcement in the Michael Brown case on November 24.  Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images
  • What’s next for the city of Ferguson?
    Just a day after the grand jury announced not to indict police officer Darren Wilson, the city of Ferguson remains tense. Gwen Ifill speaks with Christina Swarns, Litigation Director for the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund and Susan McGraw of St. Louis University, on the grand jury’s role in the legal system and what’s next for the city of Ferguson.
    Original Air Date: November 25, 2014
    A woman holds a child before the verdict was announced in the shooting death of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown, at Union Square in New York November 24, 2014.  Photo by Shannon Stapleton/Reuters
  • News Wrap: Suicide bombing in Nigeria kills at least 30
    In our NewsWrap Tuesday, a suicide bombing by two teenage girls left at least 30 dead in Nigeria, possibly the work of Boko Haram. Also, Michele Flournoy has removed herself from the running to replace Chuck Hagel as the next Secretary of Defense.
    Original Air Date: November 25, 2014
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  • Turning yarn into graphic design on a chain-link fence
    A graphic designer by trade, Eric Rieger, better known as HOTTEA, uses the inherent grid of chain-link fence as the backbone for his non-destructive, yarn-based instillation art. Rieger shares his history with the art form and explains how he became HOTTEA.Eric Rieger, or HOTTEA, ties yarn to chain link fences to create street art installations.
    Original Air Date: November 25, 2014
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