Hari Sreenivasan

  • U.S.  President Barack Obama (R) meets with President-elect Donald Trump to discuss transition plans in the White House Oval Office in Washington, U.S., November 10, 2016. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque  - RTX2T2TS
    December 27, 2016  

    The period since Election Day has been characterized by major policy decisions on the part of President Obama and an unconventional transition for President-elect Trump. To discuss these active few weeks and provide context, Hari Sreenivasan is joined by presidential historian Michael Beschloss and April Ryan of American Urban Radio Networks. Continue reading

  • A research assistant works on a vaccine for Ebola at The Jenner Institute in Oxford, southern England January 16, 2015. Photograph taken January 16, 2015.    REUTERS/Eddie Keogh (BRITAIN - Tags: SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY HEALTH) - RTR4M5YI
    December 23, 2016  

    On Thursday, results from the World Health Organization’s two-year trial studying the Ebola virus were published. They indicate that the vaccine is effective — but it still needs to be approved by regulatory agencies. Hari Sreenivasan speaks with Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the NIH’s National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, about promising early results and remaining challenges. Continue reading

  • North Carolina's House of Representatives convenes as the legislature considers repealing the controversial HB2 law limiting bathroom access for transgender people in Raleigh, North Carolina, U.S. on December 21, 2016. REUTERS/Jonathan Drake - RTX2W20Z
    December 21, 2016  

    In North Carolina, lawmakers met in a special session to debate repealing HB2, the so-called “Bathroom Bill” they passed in March. The controversial law says transgender people must abide by the sex listed on their birth certificate, not their gender identity, when using restrooms in public schools and government buildings. Hari Sreenivasan speaks with Jeff Tiberii of WUNC for an update. Continue reading

  • Coal waits to be among the last shipments to be loaded on train cars to depart the Hobet mine in Boone County, West Virginia, U.S. May 12, 2016.  Picture taken May 12, 2016.    To match Special Report USA-COAL/HOBET   REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst - RTSL7QO
    December 16, 2016  

    Lung disease is a well-known deadly consequence of working in the coal industry. But a new NPR study finds miners are suffering from the most advanced form of the disease at a rate ten times higher than the government has reported. Hari Sreenivasan speaks with NPR’s Howard Berkes about the causes of this late-stage lung disease, possibilities for treatment and why it’s been direly underestimated. Continue reading

  • Inez Willis, a senior citizen, sorts her daily medical prescriptions at her independent living apartment in Silver Spring, Maryland April 11, 2012. REUTERS/Gary Cameron   (UNITED STATES - Tags: SOCIETY HEALTH) - RTR30N4W
    December 6, 2016  

    In Congress, lawmakers are close to passing a major bill that would increase funding for the FDA, the NIH and the effort to fight opioid abuse. The measure would also introduce more flexible standards for drug approvals, reducing the need for costly clinical trials. Lisa Desjardins reports and Hari Sreenivasan speaks with Sydney Lupkin of Kaiser Health News and Ed Silverman of STAT News for more. Continue reading

  • Close up of woman using cell phone touch screen
    December 6, 2016  

    While many parents worry about how much time their children spend glued to computers, tablets and televisions, a new study reveals the adults themselves spend more than nine hours a day in front of screens. Hari Sreenivasan talks to Jim Steyer, CEO of Common Sense Media, about parental hypocrisy over media use, different cultural perspectives toward technology and ensuring screen-free time. Continue reading

  • The caravan carrying the ashes of Fidel Castro pass along a street on the way to the eastern city of Santiago, in Colon, Cuba, November 30, 2016.  REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins - RTSU3D0
    November 30, 2016  

    Fidel Castro’s ashes began a lengthy procession through Cuba on Wednesday, mirroring the legendary leader’s post-revolution journey in 1959. At the time, Castro depicted himself as a national savior — a view some Cubans still hold today. Hari Sreenivasan speaks with special correspondent Nick Schifrin in Havana for a report on the response to Castro’s death and hopes for the country’s future. Continue reading

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    November 30, 2016  

    On Wednesday, President-elect Donald Trump announced billionaire investor Wilbur Ross as his choice to head the Department of Commerce. Hari Sreenivasan asks Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.), a leading Senate Republican, about how Ross’ business dealings will be evaluated for potential conflicts of interest, Mr. Trump’s approach to trade policy and the expected economic priorities of the new government. Continue reading

  • High school students gather in front of the Arizona Capitol in protest against the election of Republican Donald Trump as the president of the United States in Phoenix, Arizona, U.S. November 9, 2016.  REUTERS/Ricardo Arduengo - RTX2SWZK
    November 11, 2016  

    In the wake of the election, schools across the country are reporting heightened anxiety and disappointment, incidents of bullying, vandalism and harassment and even walkouts protesting the president-elect. Our student reporting labs have gathered a variety of reactions, and Hari Sreenivasan speaks with Education Week’s Kavitha Cardoza and Mariama Richards of Friends’ Central School for more. Continue reading

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    October 14, 2016  

    As smoking rates have fallen in the U.S. and Europe, tobacco companies have focused their advertising elsewhere, especially Asia. In the Philippines, 25 percent of the population smokes, and cigarettes are a leading cause of death. But one former smoker is cultivating a grassroots campaign to influence legislation and publicize the dangers — especially to children. Hari Sreenivasan reports. Continue reading

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