Here’s what you may have missed from NewsHour Weekend in 2014

As NewsHour Weekend wraps the first weekend of 2015, here’s a look back at some of what you may have missed from the program’s first full calendar year on air.

What can the Dutch teach the U.S. about selling pot?
March 22, 2014

In 2014, as Colorado began selling legal recreational marijuana, NewsHour Weekend traveled to the Netherlands — the one nation that’s been openly selling pot for over 40 years — to see what might be in store for the United States as marijuana policies shift across the nation. Correspondent William Brangham reports.


‘Breaking Bad’ star Bryan Cranston steps into LBJ’s shoes on Broadway
May 3, 2014

Actor Bryan Cranston is best known for his role on the award-winning AMC drama, “Breaking Bad.” But in 2014 he played President Lyndon B. Johnson in the Broadway show, “All the Way.” In a candid interview, NewsHour’s Jeffrey Brown sat down with Cranston to discuss the actor’s transition from portraying the chemistry teacher turned drug lord, Walter White, to an American president in his first year in office.


Are generic drugs being delayed to market?
June 28, 2014

Are 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. NewsHour Weekend’s Megan Thompson reports.


The right to be handsome’: Clothing for gender non-conforming people on the rise
Aug. 2, 2014

Companies that offer custom-made clothing for transgender and gender non-conforming people are coming to the forefront, as more diverse models gain visibility in the fashion industry – and redefine the parameters of gender identity. NewsHour Weekend’s Ivette Feliciano reports. 


A new anti-Semitism? Why thousands of Jewish citizens are leaving France
Sept. 14, 2014

Some Jewish citizens in France say there is a rising tide of a new, more dangerous anti-Semitism in the country. In turn, thousands are leaving for Israel and other countries. In an effort to reassure Jewish people in France that they are safe, the government has taken strict measures against anti-Semitic demonstrations. Special correspondent Martin Seemungal reports.


Tactic of terror: What’s behind the gruesome strategy of the Islamic State?
Sept. 14, 2014

The global community was shocked in 2014 as the Islamic State released several videos online depicting the group beheading foreign hostages. What’s behind this gruesome strategy? Tom Sanderson from the Center for Strategic and International Studies joined Hari Sreenivasan to discuss the issue.


Is soccer safe for kids? Amid concussion fears, a parent searches for answers
Oct. 25, 2014

Youth soccer has become one of the leading causes of concussions for kids in America, sending an estimated 10,000 kids to the E.R. every year. NewsHour Weekend correspondent William Brangham, whose three kids all play soccer, weighs the risks and the benefits of the sport. Brangham also reports on a fledgling movement led by a prominent neurosurgeon and World Cup champion Brandi Chastain advocating taking headers out of youth soccer.


What’s in a name? Political family ties may nudge wins in battleground states
Nov. 1, 2014
How much does having a popular family name matter in politics? At least three dozen members of Congress have had family members who’ve held office before them. And as numerous incumbents see their political futures in jeopardy, NewsHour’s Jeff Greenfield explores whether the family business of American politics — especially in key battleground states — helps candidates today.


Beyond Oregon: Should terminally ill patients be allowed to choose death? 
Nov. 2, 2014

While assisted suicide is legal in only three states, the story of 29-year-old Brittany Maynard, who after being diagnosed with terminal brain cancer moved to Oregon so she could legally end her own life, brought the issue back into the national spotlight in 2014. NewsHour Weekend’s Stephen Fee reports on how this renewed debate may affect end-of-life care and the momentum for the assisted suicide movement.


Who’s to blame for El Salvador’s gang violence?
Nov. 8, 2014

During El Salvador’s brutal civil war 30 years ago, hundreds of thousands of people fled to the United States, where some joined dangerous Latino gangs for protection and a livelihood. Soon after, many of these gang members were deported back to El Salvador, establishing a new and threatening presence in their home country. NewsHour Special Correspondent John Carlos Frey reports from El Salvador.


‘A long way from zero’: NYC takes on traffic fatalities
Nov. 23, 2014

Although New York City streets over the past few years have been the safest in decades, traffic accidents and pedestrian fatalities have recently started to tick back up. Now, city officials are looking to “Vision Zero,” an initiative based on a model from Sweden. The plan hinges on expanded enforcement, new street designs and legislation to increase penalties for dangerous drivers. NewsHour’s Hari Sreenivasan reports.


Two years after Sandy Hook, how have gun laws changed?
Dec. 14, 2014

In the two years since the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School, the state of Connecticut adopted some of the most restrictive gun policies in the country, including a controversial law enacted last year to keep weapons out of the hands of the mentally ill. NewsHour’s John Carlos Frey reports.


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