Wednesday, July 2, 2014

  • Kurdish Foreign Minister Defends Independence Vote
    Kurdish Foreign Minister Falah Mustafa Bakir told the PBS NewsHour on Wednesday that his region of Iraq is "determined to go ahead with the referendum" for independence because Iraq has failed politically.
    Original Air Date: July 2, 2014
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  • Mapping the circuitry of a fish's brain
    At the National Institutes of Health, Chris Harris and Kevin Briggman are working on mapping the circuitry of a living fish's brain, watching the neurons fire in real time. The goal is to understand how the brain takes information and acts on it.
    Original Air Date: July 2, 2014
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Tuesday, July 1, 2014

  • PBS NewsHour - Tuesday July 1, 2014
    On tonight’s program, Iraq lawmakers walk out of parliament in a standoff over their leadership and demonstrators flood Hong Kong demanding democracy. Fred de Sam Lazaro travels to Vietnam to investigate human trafficking, Jeffrey Brown uncovers Facebook’s massive user experiment and our roundtable of Marcia Coyle, Erin Murphy and Neal Katyal consider the year at the Supreme Court.
    Original Air Date: July 1, 2014
    An Iraqi woman holds her child outside of a displacement camp for those escaping the fighting in and around the city of Mosul on June 28 in Khazair, Iraq. Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images
    FULL PROGRAM
    July 1, 2014
  • As term ends, Supreme Court characterized by disagreement
    While the Supreme Court united on cases concerning presidential appointments and mobile phone searches, there was stark division on issues like campaign finance, contraception and religion. Jeffrey Brown looks back at the big decisions at the court this year with Marcia Coyle of The National Law Journal, Constitutional lawyer Erin Murphy and former acting Solicitor General Neal Katyal.
    Original Air Date: July 1, 2014
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  • Pro-democracy demonstrators rally in Hong Kong
    Tens of thousands of pro-democracy demonstrators marched through the streets of Hong Kong Tuesday on the anniversary marking the region’s handover to the People’s Republic of China. The protesters are calling for greater autonomy and the right to select who governs them. John Sparks of Independent Television News reports from Hong Kong.
    Original Air Date: July 1, 2014
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  • How ISIL's bid for a new caliphate taps historical yearning
    How does ISIL's declaration of a new Islamic state complicate the military and political problems already challenging the Iraqi government? Chief foreign correspondent Margaret Warner joins Judy Woodruff to examine the history of the term “caliphate” and what threats ISIL poses across the region.
    Original Air Date: July 1, 2014
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  • News Wrap: Fighting resumes in Eastern Ukraine
    In our news wrap Tuesday, fighting resumed in Eastern Ukraine a day after President Petro Poroshenko ended a ceasefire with pro-Russian rebels. Also, a car bomb killed at least 56 people in Nigeria in the northeastern state where more than 200 girls were abducted in April.
    Original Air Date: July 1, 2014
    Ukrainian troops stand guard at the headquarters of the Ukrainian army's Anti-Terrorist Operation, ATO, near the eastern Ukrainian city of Izyum, near Donetsk, on June 20, 2014. Photo by Sergey Bobok/AFP/Getty Images
  • Can China assuage Hong Kong's discontent over autonomy?
    Nearly two decades after China took control of Hong Kong from the United Kingdom, the rules governing the city-state’s autonomy remain undefined. The New Yorker ‘s Evan Osnos, author of "Age of Ambition: Chasing Fortune, Truth, and Faith in the New China," joins Jeffrey Brown to discuss the frustrations fueling the protests.
    Original Air Date: July 1, 2014
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  • Facebook’s psychological study ends up testing users’ trust
    Many Facebook users were upset by news that the social media network manipulated incoming content for hundreds of thousands of people without telling them. The manipulation was conduction for a study -- published in a respected scientific journal -- measuring how attitudes were affected by either positive or negative posts. Judy Woodruff learns more from Reed Albergotti of The Wall Street Journal.
    Original Air Date: July 1, 2014
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  • Iraqi parliament seeks unity while insurgency advances
    Minority Sunni and Kurdish lawmakers walked out of a meeting of the new Iraqi parliament after majority Shiites failed to select a replacement for Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, escalating fears among citizens as Sunni insurgents advance on the Baghdad. Chief foreign correspondent Margaret Warner reports.
    Original Air Date: July 1, 2014
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  • Vietnam battles sex trafficking along China’s border
    China is like a giant magnet to neighboring Vietnam, luring workers with higher wages and transportation to other countries. But many women are taken to China involuntarily to be sold into marriage or to work in brothels. Special correspondent Fred de Sam Lazaro reports on the human trafficking across the long land border and the efforts to stop it.
    Original Air Date: July 1, 2014
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  • Breaking stereotypes of Native American artists
    "Cross Currents," an exhibit traveling around Colorado, features works by nine Native American artists who challenge our notion of what that means. Rocky Mountain PBS went inside to see what they could learn.
    Original Air Date: July 1, 2014
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Monday, June 30, 2014

  • Monday, June 30, 2014
    Monday on the NewsHour, the Supreme Court ruled in favor of Hobby Lobby, rejecting a contraceptives mandate for some corporations. Also: another Supreme Court ruling on organized labor, GM’s pricey plan to compensate its victims, what pediatric cancer survivors have to go through and President Obama’s announcement to push immigration reform without Congress.
    Original Air Date: June 30, 2014
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    FULL PROGRAM
    June 30, 2014
  • President Obama says that until Congress does something
    President Obama says that until Congress does something about immigration reform, he will pursue the matter on his own. The president said he was directing more agents to the U.S. border to respond to a flood of Central American migrant children arriving without parents, and would seek more recommendations from his advisors. Judy Woodruff talks to Julia Preston of the New York Times.
    Original Air Date: June 30, 2014
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  • Court rules public unions can't make nonmembers pay fees
    The Supreme Court delivered a setback to organized labor with a 5-4 decision on whether public sector home-health workers have to pay union dues. Marcia Coyle of The National Law Journal analyzes the arguments and implications with Judy Woodruff.
    Original Air Date: June 30, 2014
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  • Exploring GM’s payout plan for ignition switch victims
    To compensate victims of its deadly ignition switch problems, General Motors will pay at least $1 million for each death, plus $300,000 to surviving family members. Kenneth Feinberg, who has previously run high-profile funds for victims, will administer the GM program. He joins Jeffrey Brown to discuss the settlement.
    Original Air Date: June 30, 2014
    Its a gloomy day for General Motors, who has been fined $35 million for failing to quickly report defects in the ignition switches of 2.6 million cars. Photo by Flickr user Ahren
  • Pediatric cancer survivors face additional health challenges
    Thanks to better treatments, more people are surviving cancer. But those treatments come with a downside: Survivors, especially those who got sick as children, are at greater risk for other health issues later. The NewsHour's Cat Wise profiles a clinic at the University of California, San Francisco that specializes in caring for survivors of pediatric cancer and studying their long-term health.
    Original Air Date: June 30, 2014
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  • Supreme Court limits health care law’s contraception mandate
    The Supreme Court ruled that family-owned corporations with religious objections are not required to pay for the contraceptive coverage of employees or their dependents. Marcia Coyle of The National Law Journal offers background on the case and Judy Woodruff gets debate on the potential fallout from Elizabeth Wydra of the Constitutional Accountability Center and attorney Kevin Baine.
    Original Air Date: June 30, 2014
    Lori Windham, senior counsel for The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, joins supporters in front of the Supreme Court after the decision in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores June 30, 2014 in Washington, DC. Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images
  • News Wrap: ISIL declares new Islamic state
    In our news wrap Monday, there was celebration and and condemnation for the announcement of a new Islamic state, or caliphate, in Iraq and Syria, declared by ISIL on Sunday. Also, President Obama formally announced his nominee to replace former Secretary Eric Shinseki at the Department of Veterans Affairs. Robert McDonald is a former Proctor and Gamble executive and Army captain.
    Original Air Date: June 30, 2014
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  • Obama taps business executive to oversee troubled VA
    President Barack Obama nominated former Procter & Gamble executive Robert McDonald on Monday to lead the troubled Veterans Affairs department.
    Original Air Date: June 30, 2014
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  • Obama to take executive action on immigration reform
    President Barack Obama announced Monday that he would try to fix the nation’s immigration system on his own, taking executive action to advance long-stalled immigration reform.
    Original Air Date: June 30, 2014
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Sunday, June 29, 2014

  • Sunday, June 29, 2014
    On Sunday’s program, President Barack Obama will seek more than $2 billion to respond to the recent surge in illegal immigration. Later, we look at how rap music is playing an increasingly prominent role in criminal cases across the country.
    Original Air Date: June 29, 2014
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    FULL PROGRAM
    June 29, 2014
  • Administration will try Benghazi attack suspect in D.C.
    The suspect in the 2012 attack in Benghazi, Libya, appeared in U.S. District Court on Saturday in the nation’s capitol. Yesterday, the suspect, Ahmed Abu Khatallah, plead not guilty. Representative Mike Rogers said he is being “compliant, but not cooperative” with interrogators. Hari Sreenivasan speaks with Michael Schmidt, who is covering the case for the New York Times in D.C.
    Original Air Date: June 29, 2014
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  • Hospitals turning to data brokers for patient information
    A new report from Bloomberg News this week describes how hospitals are buying information about you in order to determine how likely you are to get sick and what it may cost to treat you. For more on this Shannon Pettypiece of Bloomberg News joins Hari Sreenivasan in New York.
    Original Air Date: June 29, 2014
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  • Should rap lyrics be used as evidence in court?
    Based largely on a rap he wrote, and accounts of two witnesses given years after the shooting, rapper Antwain Steward was arrested and charged with double murder. Critics contend rap is a musical art form that should not be taken as evidence of criminal behavior. But some prosecutors say they don't buy the argument that the work is all fiction.
    Original Air Date: June 28, 2014
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Saturday, June 28, 2014

  • Search for the missing Nigerian school girls continues
    The search for more than 200 missing schoolgirls seized two months ago continues in Nigeria. There have also been recent reports that more and more girls have been kidnapped from different locations. Hari Sreenivasan speaks with Michelle Faul, the Nigeria bureau chief for the Associated Press, to discuss the latest news about the situation.
    Original Air Date: June 28, 2014
    A screen grab from a video obtained by the AFP reportedly shows the nearly 300 girls kidnapped by Boko Haram in Nigeria.
  • 'Degenerate Art' exhibit explores Nazi assault on modern art
    An exhibit called ‘Degenerate Art’ on display until September at the Neue Galerie in New York offers a new look at the assault on modern art by the Nazis. The exhibit juxtaposes the classical 19th century paintings and sculptures that Hitler loved and accepted, with the abstract modern art that he hated and labeled "degenerate."
    Original Air Date: June 28, 2014
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  • Are generic drugs being delayed to market?
    Are less-expensive generic drugs being delayed to market by so-called "pay for delay" deals between drug companies? The deals happen after generic drug companies challenge the patents on brand-name drugs. The settlements include a date that the generic drug can enter the market, and in some cases, a payment from brand company to the generic company.
    Original Air Date: June 28, 2014
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