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The Mailbag: On Torture, Protesters and #$@&%!

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Torture joins post-Ferguson in debate over NewsHour coverage but something funny—not to everybody—breaks into the mix. Continue


2014 Holiday Reading List

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Washington Week
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It's that time of year again when we release our Winter/Holidays reading list with recommendations from the many great journalists that can be found sitting at the Washington Week roundtable on a Friday night. We have recommendations that will keep you warm through the winter Continue


Does Sony’s kibosh on ‘The Interview’ set a bad precedent?

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PBS NewsHour
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Sony’s self-censorship of “The Interview” -- which imagines the assassination of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un -- has launched debate on the collision of free speech and security. Hari Sreenivasan explores criticism and questions leveled at Sony Pictures with David Rothkopf of Foreign Policy and Sharon Waxman of The Wrap. Continue


News Wrap: Putin vows West won’t ‘defang’ Russia

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PBS NewsHour
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In our news wrap Thursday, Russian President Vladimir Putin expressed confidence that his nation’s economy and currency would recover in the next two years and vowed that the West would never “defang” Russia. Also, Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told The Wall Street Journal that recent airstrikes have killed senior leadership in the Islamic State group. Continue


Celebration and criticism for U.S. policy shift on Cuba

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PBS NewsHour
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After more than a year of secret negotiations, the U.S. will renew diplomatic ties with Cuba, easing economic and travel restrictions. While many celebrated the news, critics have said the deal doesn't improve the country’s democratic or human rights outlook. Hari Sreenivasan reports. Continue


Holiday gifts to curb bad habits

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PBS NewsHour
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Do you struggle with slouching, overeating or oversleeping? This holiday season, there’s a gift for that. Economics correspondent Paul Solman talks to Sendhil Mullainathan about consumer innovations that promise to improve your life through behavioral economics. Continue


Actress-filmmaker Angelina Jolie

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Tavis Smiley
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Jolie chronicles her second feature film directorial venture, "Unbroken," about World War II hero Lou Zamperini. Continue


PBS NewsHour full episode Dec. 17, 2014

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PBS NewsHour
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Tonight on the program, we take a look at a historic agreement between the United States and Cuba to restore diplomatic ties and swap prisoners and examine the effects of the talks. Also: Sony cancels release of "The Interview" after threats of attack, what a lapse in terrorism insurance means for businesses, body cameras on police uniforms, and a farewell to the 113th Congress. Continue


Sony cancels movie at the center of security worries

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PBS NewsHour
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Sony Pictures canceled the release of “The Interview,” a movie about an assassination plot against North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, after the nation's largest theater chains had said they wouldn't play the movie. Sony has been the target of a large-scale hack of its computer data, with a group calling itself the Guardians of Peace claiming responsibility for leaks. Jeffrey Brown reports. Continue


U.S. and Cuba restore diplomatic ties, swap prisoners

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PBS NewsHour
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The United States will re-establish diplomatic relations with Cuba after more than 50 years of hostility and isolation. President Obama announced a rapprochement between the two countries, which includes expanding economic ties and easing some conditions of the travel ban. Cuban President Raul Castro welcomed the thaw while cautioning there is more to resolve. Judy Woodruff reports. Continue


"Being Mortal" - Trailer

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FRONTLINE
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FRONTLINE follows renowned New Yorker writer and Boston surgeon Atul Gawande as he explores the relationships doctors have with patients who are nearing the end of life. In conjunction with Gawande's new book, "Being Mortal, the film explores how doctors—himself included—are often remarkably untrained, ill-suited and uncomfortable talking about chronic illness and death with their patients. Continue


White House, Hollywood respond to ‘Interview’ controversy

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PBS NewsHour
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The decision to cancel the release of Sony’s controversial comedy, "The Interview," due to threats of violence from an anonymous hacking group, has sparked angry reactions from celebrities and politicians alike. The White House said the hacking of Sony is being treated as “a serious national security matter.” Hari Sreenivasan reports. Continue


PBS NewsHour full episode Dec. 18, 2014

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PBS NewsHour
PBS


Thursday on the NewsHour, we examine the wider impact of President Obama’s move to thaw relations with Cuba. Also: Cyber threats and free speech in Hollywood, allegations of teen mistreatment at Rikers Island, how Congress is rolling back regulation for big banks on Wall Street and holiday gifts that encourage better habits. Continue


Is the 2015 spending bill a gift to big banks?

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PBS NewsHour
PBS


Tucked into the new federal spending bill that passed this week was a provision to loosen banking regulations on hedges known as derivatives or swaps, rolling back part of the Dodd-Frank Act that was enacted after the financial crisis. Dennis Kelleher of Better Markets and Mark Calabria of the Cato Institute join Hari Sreenivasan for a discussion on what the bill means for banks. Continue


American businesses eye Cuban opportunities

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PBS NewsHour
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As President Obama closes a door on Cold War hostilities between the U.S. and Cuba, American businesses wait in the wings for new opportunities to expand to the nation that has long been off-limits. Hari Sreenivasan talks to Marcelo Prince of The Wall Street Journal about which industries would be most affected if the embargo was lifted. Continue


How Obama can change U.S.-Cuba relations without Congress

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PBS NewsHour
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Chief foreign affairs correspondent Margaret Warner and political director Domenico Montanaro join Hari Sreenivasan to explore what it means in practical terms and political effort to reopen relations with Cuba. Continue


Guitarist-singer-songwriter Lindsey Buckingham

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Tavis Smiley
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The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer talks about reuniting with the iconic band, Fleetwood Mac, for its "On With The Show" concert tour. Continue


News Wrap: USAID chief announces resignation

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PBS NewsHour
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In our news wrap Wednesday, USAID administrator Rajiv Shah announced he’s stepping down hours before the diplomatic deal with Cuba was announced. Shah had overseen the agency’s involvement in secret programs in Cuba. Also, Pakistan mourned and buried victims of a Taliban attack on an army-run school. Continue


What a lapse in terrorism insurance means for businesses

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PBS NewsHour
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Since 9/11, businesses have been able to insure themselves against terrorist attacks through the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act. But for the first time in 13 years, Congress ended a session without renewing its funding, due to opposition from Sen. Tom Coburn. Judy Woodruff sits down with Leigh Ann Pusey of the American Insurance Association for how the move will affect businesses nationwide. Continue


Is it in America’s interest to have closer Cuban connection?

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PBS NewsHour
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For two views on the diplomatic reconnection with Cuba, Judy Woodruff turns to Maryland Rep. Chris Van Hollen, who supports the move and traveled from Cuba with released prisoner Alan Gross, and Roger Noriega, former assistant secretary of state, who says President Obama is “betting” on goodwill from the Castro regime. Continue


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