Saskia de Melker

Saskia de Melker

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  • April 23, 2017

    Some of the fiercest political battles are taking place between Democratic-controlled cities and Republican-led state legislatures over issues like minimum wage and plastic bag bans. Increasingly, those issues are decided through a political maneuver called preemption, when state lawmakers write laws that prevent cities from enforcing their local ordinances. NewsHour Weekend Special Correspondent Chris Bury reports from Missouri. This is part of an ongoing series of reports called ‘Chasing the Dream,’ which reports on poverty and opportunity in America. Continue reading

  • March 18, 2017

    The documentary “Newtown” explores the aftermath of the 2012 mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, where a gunman killed 20 children and six adults. The documentary, which weaves together the experiences of those affected by the tragedy, will air April 3 on the PBS program Independent Lens. NewsHour Weekend’s Saskia de Melker reports. Continue reading

  • February 12, 2017

    Groups in Denmark and the U.S. are choosing to live in intentionally intergenerational communities, which emerged to strengthen social ties between aging seniors and their younger counterparts who are balancing work and family. People living in them say the model fosters an interdependent environment and helps everyone feel more comfortable with the process of getting older. NewsHour Weekend’s Saskia de Melker reports. Continue reading

  • January 15, 2017

    The national epidemic of opioid abuse has claimed more than 300,000 lives in the U.S. over the last 16 years — and some researchers claim that kratom, an herbal psychoactive drug that is currently unregulated, could help people struggling with addiction. But federal drug policy-makers may classify kratom as an illegal drug, which would slow down its sale, research and development. NewsHour Weekend Special Correspondent Mike Taibbi reports. Continue reading

  • December 11, 2016

    In the U.S. today, wind power accounts for about five percent of all electricity generation, but a new project aims to change that. A $300 million installation off the coast of Block Island, Rhode Island, takes the renewable energy technology out to sea. Gov. Gina Raimondo anticipates the project is the beginning of a new industry, but some locals are skeptical. Mike Taibbi reports. Continue reading