Full Program: PBS NewsHour full episode Aug. 31, 2017

Thursday on the NewsHour, as flood waters recede in Houston, rescue crews go door-to-door and a chemical plant explosion fuels fears of challenges ahead. Also: Texans begin the long road to recovery, how robots are reshaping the U.S. economy, a young girl's quest for a mother figure in county prison and making scientific tools more accessible.

Segments from Thursday, August 31, 2017

  • Hurricane Harvey leaves Houston with Texas-sized problems
    In the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, Houston is facing catastrophic housing loss and the dangers of damaged chemical plants. As the waters begin to recede, rescue crews are going door-to-door, hoping they won't discover more bodies, while evacuees began to return home to assess what's left. William Brangham joins Miles O’Brien from Houston to discuss what he’s seen.
    Original Air Date: August 31, 2017
    Length: 379
  • ‘I’ve never seen this much water,’ says La. congressman
    Louisiana Rep. Clay Higgins joins Miles O’Brien to discuss the impact of Tropical Storm Harvey on his district and the challenge of coordinating rescue efforts to support those impacted by flooding.
    Original Air Date: August 31, 2017
    Length: 252
  • Destruction in Houston raises chemical health concerns
    Two chemical explosions at a chemical plant in Houston adds to the list of hazards brought about by Hurricane Harvey. Science producer Nsikan Akpan explains the cause of these explosions and the concerns it raises and Miles O’Brien speaks with Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, about the health implications of these chemical exposures.
    Original Air Date: August 31, 2017
    Length: 627
  • What it’s like to go home after Hurricane Harvey
    Thousands of storm victims are making their way back home as the skies in Houston clear and the water recedes. Assessing the damage will be the start of a long road toward recovery. William Brangham takes us into the homes of families trying to rebuild after Tropical Storm Harvey.
    Original Air Date: August 31, 2017
    Length: 251
  • New Orleans mayor on Harvey: ‘We’re all in the same boat’
    Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans 12 years ago this week, and lessons from past disasters will be needed to overcome the fallout of Hurricane Harvey. New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu joins Miles O’Brien to discuss how federal and state governments can work together to help communities bounce back.
    Original Air Date: August 31, 2017
    Length: 406
  • Houston chefs deliver meals to shelters, first responders
    The outpouring of help in Houston has been enormous, including from a group of restaurateurs and chefs who got together to supply food for hurricane victims and first responders. Miles O’Brien learns more from Tomeka Weatherspoon of Houston Public Media.
    Original Air Date: August 31, 2017
    Length: 233
  • PBS NewsHour full episode Aug. 31, 2017
    Thursday on the NewsHour, as flood waters recede in Houston, rescue crews go door-to-door and a chemical plant explosion fuels fears of challenges ahead. Also: Texans begin the long road to recovery, how robots are reshaping the U.S. economy, a young girl's quest for a mother figure in county prison and making scientific tools more accessible.
    Original Air Date: August 31, 2017
    Length: 3302
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  • News Wrap: Russian diplomatic sites ordered closed
    In our News Wrap Thursday, the Trump administration ordered the Russian consulate in San Francisco and two sites in Washington and New York to close in retaliation for Moscow cutting U.S. diplomatic presence in Russia. Also, forecasters are watching a growing hurricane in the Atlantic. Hurricane Irma is expected to reach the eastern Caribbean by early next week.
    Original Air Date: August 31, 2017
    Length: 266
  • Are we on the brink of a jobless future?
    Futurologists have been predicting the automation armageddon -- robots replacing human workers -- for decades. Has the future finally arrived? Economics correspondent Paul Solman visits Silicon Valley to talk with leading tech thinkers and computer scientists about whether humanity is at a tipping point.
    Original Air Date: August 31, 2017
    Length: 553
  • Every kid can afford a microscope. Here's how.
    Manu Prakash has always loved science, but as a child in India, couldn't afford the traditional tools that would have empowered him to explore his passion. Now he's making sure children all around the world don't go without, by inventing and distributing low-cost, low-tech tools that are accessible to everyone. Prakash gives his Brief but Spectacular take on frugal science.
    Original Air Date: August 31, 2017
    Length: 211
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