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Tying up the Loose Ends of 2014

December 26, 2014
A rapid-fire update on 2014's other big stories.

The Stories That Shaped 2014

December 26, 2014
From good economic news to foreign policy challenges, 2014 was eventful.
Gwen's NewsHour Reports

FDA plans to end prohibition on blood donation by gay men, with conditions

December 24, 2014
The FDA is set to ease a 31-year ban on blood donations by gay men, put in place in the early days of the AIDS crisis. The policy revision will allow gay men to donate blood one year after their last sexual contact, which could free hundreds of thousands of pints a year. I. Glenn Cohen of Harvard Law School joins Gwen Ifill to discuss the change in donor requirements and how the FDA move came about.
Gwen's NewsHour Reports

Some experts question evidence North Korea is behind the Sony hack

December 24, 2014
Some cyber security experts are skeptical of assertions that North Korea is responsible for a massive hack on Sony. To examine the debate, Gwen Ifill gets assessment from Dmitri Alperovitch of CrowdStrike and Marc Rogers of CloudFlare.
Gwen's NewsHour Reports

New York police killings raise questions of cause and effect after weeks of protests

December 23, 2014
The murder of two New York City police officers has ignited a volley of blame and exposes the deep rifts dividing a city in mourning. Gwen Ifill gets two perspectives from Patrick Colligan of the New Jersey State Policemen's Benevolent Association and Mark Levine of the New York City Council.
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Cuba Looks Forward

December 23, 2014
On December 17, 2014, President Obama announced plans to restore full diplomatic relations with Cuba and to open an embassy in Havana after more than 50 years. NPR National Security Correspondent Tom Gjelten, author of "Bacardi and the Long Fight for Cuba: A Biography of a Cause," looks ahead at the changes facing the island nation. How will the changing relationship with the U.S. affect the political and cultural landscape? And as Raul Castro announces his plans to step down in 2018, who will lead the country into the future?
Gwen's NewsHour Reports

Pope Francis uses Christmas greeting to chide church officials for greed, gossip and getting ahead

December 23, 2014
In remarks for Christmas before the Roman Curia, Pope Francis delivered a scathing review of the behavior of Vatican officials, decrying the "spiritual Alzheimers" that makes them forget their real purpose. Gwen Ifill talks to Kevin Eckstrom of the Religion News Service about the pope’s latest effort at spurring reform in the Catholic church.
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Webcast Extra: Global Terror Threats and Cuba & Cold War Politics

December 19, 2014
The impact of year-end terror attacks in Australia & Pakistan and lingering Cold War feelings in Cuba.

North Korea's Sony Hack Attack, U.S.-Cuba Relations Thaw, and Bush, Clinton Political Dynasties

December 19, 2014
North Korea hacks Sony, Changing Cuba relations, and political dynasties