Employers and screeners say the checks are an important tool for reducing liability for negligent hiring. But the practice has come under fire from those who say it can lead to discrimination and decreased job opportunities for the 70 million Americans who have some type of criminal conviction. What’s your view of this issue? Take NewsHour Weekend’s poll and sound off. Continue reading
Tonight on the program, we look into Iraq and why Kurdish fighters lack the military might to fight against the Islamic State. Also: “Orange is the New Black” author Piper Kerman talks the American justice system and the Netflix adaptation, turning parents into teachers to battle “summer slide,” the analysis of Ruth Marcus and Michael Gerson and a look behind the ALS ice bucket challenge. Continue reading
From George W. Bush to Kermit the Frog, scores of celebrities and thousands of others have posted videos of ice water being dumped over their heads. It’s all to raise money to battle ALS, a disease that destroys nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord, for which there is no cure. For a look at the charity at its center, Judy Woodruff talks to Barbara Newhouse, president and CEO of the ALS Association. Continue reading
Piper Kerman, author of “Orange is the New Black: My Year in a Women’s Prison,” answers your questions, submitted through Twitter and Reddit. Continue reading
PBS NewsHour’s Hari Sreenivasan traveled the country this year to explore the state of higher education. He will share five of stories he found as part of a week-long look at how America is rethinking the college experience. The series comes at a time when many believe higher education is at a crossroads. Continue reading
Piper Kerman, whose memoir, “Orange is the New Black: My Year in a Women’s Prison,” inspired a hit series on Netflix, joins Hari Sreenivasan to discuss the prevalence of mental illness, sexual abuse and inequality in the American justice system, as well as how the Emmy-nominated show compares to real life. Continue reading
In our news wrap Friday, a stream of Russian trucks crossed the Ukrainian border without Kiev’s approval under the claim of sending humanitarian aid to separatists and after more than a week of waiting. Ukraine’s government has charged that Russia is lying about the purpose. Meanwhile, the U.N. human rights office now estimates more than 191,000 people have died in Syria’s civil war. Continue reading
In Tennessee, a disturbingly high dropout rate at public universities prompted the state to change how they fund schools: the more students graduate, the more a school gets paid. Hari Sreenivasan reports on the rise of performance-based funding and innovations by schools to keep students invested.
Just 20 percent of community college students complete a degree in the U.S. Cheryl Hyman, chief of City Colleges of Chicago, is reshaping her school system to not only provide wide access to higher education, but to put students on the fastest track to relevant credentials. Hari Sreenivasan talks to Hyman, whose reforms have come with critique for making major cuts.
Massive, open, online courses, or MOOCs, that anyone can take from anywhere in the world are the future of higher education or the vehicle of its demise, depending on your perspective. Hari Sreenivasan talks with the man who first created the MOOC, professors who say they undermine the goals of a college education and others who see a way the college classroom and the new online format can be blended.