Change
Station

News & Public Affairs

Filter topics
The Mailbag: Discord Yields to Discussion

PBS Ombudsman
PBS


Independent Lens and POV stay put, at least for four months, as controversial decision to move their home and time slots in New York gets a second look. Continue


What we know (and don't) about the missing AirAsia jetliner

Image of What we know (and don't) about the missing AirAsia jetliner
PBS NewsHour
PBS


As of Monday morning in Asia, the search for a missing AirAsia jetliner which disappeared carrying 162 people had resumed. The Airbus vanished from radar screens about 40 minutes after taking off from Indonesia en route to Singapore on Sunday. NewsHour's Zachary Green has more on the ongoing investigation. Continue


Did plunging gas prices boost holiday spending?

Image of Did plunging gas prices boost holiday spending?
PBS NewsHour
PBS


Ever since oil prices started falling, experts have predicted that consumers would use the extra money saved to spend more on holiday gifts. Did that happen? Sara Germano of the Wall Street Journal joins Hari Sreenivasan from Albany, New York with more on that. Continue


PBS NewsHour Weekend full episode Dec. 27, 2014

Image of PBS NewsHour Weekend full episode Dec. 27, 2014
PBS NewsHour
PBS


Thousands attend the funeral of one of two New York City police officers murdered while on duty last weekend. The Vice President pays tribute to the officer and the NYPD. Later, North Korea ridicules President Obama and accuses the US of causing internet shortages in that country. Continue


December 26, 2014

Image of December 26, 2014
Charlie Rose The Week
PBS


In this special holiday episode of CHARLIE ROSE THE WEEK, we focus on music. Featuring songs by Idina Menzel, Annie Lennox and John Mellencamp, along with interviews with Neil Young and more. Continue


News Wrap: Southeast Asia marks 10 years since tsunami

Image of News Wrap: Southeast Asia marks 10 years since tsunami
PBS NewsHour
PBS


In our news wrap Friday, nations around the rim of the Indian Ocean marked the 10th anniversary of a devastating tsunami that led to the deaths of almost 230,000 people. Also, activists and witnesses reported that the Syrian government dropped barrel bombs on two towns near Aleppo which are now held by the Islamic State. Continue


Readers relate to Roz Chast’s personal book on aging parents

Image of Readers relate to Roz Chast’s personal book on aging parents
PBS NewsHour
PBS


Known for her dry wit, cartoonist Roz Chast finds humor in caring for aging parents in her first graphic memoir, "Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant?" Jeffrey Brown speaks with the New Yorker artist about taking on more personal subject matter and how cartooning became a tool in remembering her late parents. Continue


PBS NewsHour full episode Dec. 26, 2014

Image of PBS NewsHour full episode Dec. 26, 2014
PBS NewsHour
PBS


Friday on the NewsHour, we look back at the banner year in corporate mergers and the effect on the economy. Also: Deteriorating conditions for people living in Islamic State territory, the Affordable Care Act’s impact on hospitals, restoring a Rothko mural with digital technology, Mark Shields and Michael Gerson on the week’s news and a cartoonist makes fun of caring for aging parents. Continue


Conservators shine new light on irreplaceable art

Image of Conservators shine new light on irreplaceable art
PBS NewsHour
PBS


A series of paintings created by Mark Rothko for Harvard University was thought irreparably damaged by years of sun exposure and removed from view. Thirty-five years later, the paintings have returned, thanks to art historians and curators using digital projection, which offers viewers the appearance of restoration for works too fragile to touch. Special correspondent Jared Bowen of WGBH reports. Continue


Banning ‘the box’ to help ex-convicts find jobs

Image of Banning ‘the box’ to help ex-convicts find jobs
PBS NewsHour
PBS


Many employers require job applicants to disclose any criminal history, often preventing those with a record from reentering the workforce. But Illinois is one of a number of states working to change this, with a new law prohibiting employers from asking about convictions on initial applications. Special correspondent Brandis Friedman of WTTW reports on the “ban the box” movement. Continue


"Being Mortal" - Trailer

Image of "Being Mortal" - Trailer
FRONTLINE
PBS


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


PBS NewsHour Weekend full episode Dec. 28, 2014

Image of PBS NewsHour Weekend full episode Dec. 28, 2014
PBS NewsHour
PBS


On this edition for Sunday, Dec. 28, a commercial airliner carrying 162 people vanishes in Southeast Asia -- we'll have the latest on the search. Later, as the holiday shopping season draws to a close, how did retailers across the nation do? And, in our signature segment, people sent to jail because they can't pay fines. Continue


One family moves on from a sharecropping past

Image of One family moves on from a sharecropping past
PBS NewsHour
PBS


In the second installment of "Flying Coach," special correspondent John Larson's series on people he encounters while traveling to report on other stories, we meet Donna, whose family were sharecroppers in Arkansas until they were driving out by the Ku Klux Klan. Continue


How will US and private sector combat cyberextortion?

Image of How will US and private sector combat cyberextortion?
PBS NewsHour
PBS


The recent hacking of Sony, which was widely blamed on North Korea, has caused the Obama administration to consider new steps to protect against cyber attacks. Carol Lee of the Wall Street Journal joins Hari Sreenivasan from Hawaii, where the president is vacationing, for more on that. Continue


Shields and Gerson on cyber-attacks after Sony

Image of Shields and Gerson on cyber-attacks after Sony
PBS NewsHour
PBS


Syndicated columnist Mark Shields and Washington Post columnist Michael Gerson join Judy Woodruff to discuss this week’s news, including the state of race relations in America in the wake of continuing protests and the killing of two New York police officers, what the hacking of Sony Pictures means for cyber-security in the future and the balance of power between Congress and the president. Continue


Civilian suffering, sliding morale in IS territory

Image of Civilian suffering, sliding morale in IS territory
PBS NewsHour
PBS


The Islamic State has tried to paint an idealized portrait of life under its governance. But according to The Washington Post, the people who live in militant-controlled territory face failing infrastructure, power cuts, skyrocketing prices for basic goods and hunger. Liz Sly, Washington Post bureau chief in Lebanon, joins Judy Woodruff to discuss the reality. Continue


Why was 2014 a year of mergers and mega deals?

Image of Why was 2014 a year of mergers and mega deals?
PBS NewsHour
PBS


2014 has been a banner year for corporate mergers, with more than $3 trillion in deals announced worldwide. What kind of impact do these deals have on the companies, employees and the economy? Hari Sreenivasan learns more from Andrew Ross Sorkin of The New York Times. Continue


How a state’s choice on Medicaid expansion affects hospitals

Image of How a state’s choice on Medicaid expansion affects hospitals
PBS NewsHour
PBS


In negotiating the creation of the Affordable Care Act, hospitals took a big gamble, with the expectation that they would soon have millions of new Medicaid customers. Sarah Varney of Kaiser Health News reports on financial gains made by some hospitals as more patients are able to pay their bills, and the heavy price being paid by hospitals in states that opted against expansion. Continue


PBS NewsHour full episode Dec. 25, 2014

Image of PBS NewsHour full episode Dec. 25, 2014
PBS NewsHour
PBS


Thursday on the NewsHour, we get a glimpse of the push to bring “The Interview” to movie theaters. Also: A movement to prevent employers from asking about criminal convictions, how Pope Francis cultivated his populist appeal, the Ukraine-Russia conflict divides Ukraine’s religious community and states pick and choose what elements of Common Core to keep. Continue


How Pope Francis’ upbringing shaped his role as reformer

Image of How Pope Francis’ upbringing shaped his role as reformer
PBS NewsHour
PBS


From his simple lifestyle to his active engagement in diplomacy, Pope Francis has distinguished himself as the leader of the Catholic Church. Jeffrey Brown talks to Austen Ivereigh, author of a new biography, “The Great Reformer,” about the ways the pope’s upbringing in Argentina informed his papal priorities, and his efforts to clean up the Vatican. Continue


Providing Support for pbs.org Learn More
Sponsored Links