NewsHour Weekend

  • People sort through belongings found in Hurricane Harvey flood damage in Houston, Texas, U.S. September 2, 2017. Photo By Rick Wilking/Reuters
    September 2, 2017  

    More than a week after Hurricane Harvey hit Texas, Houston is shifting to recovery mode and surveying the damage. The Federal Emergency Management Administration has already granted $83 million in aid to survivors of the storm, including funding for housing and other critical needs, as thousands of people remain in shelters. NewsHour Weekend Special Correspondent Marcia Biggs reports from Houston. Continue reading

  • September 2, 2017  

    Since it was introduced eight years ago, the digital currency Bitcoin has drawn attention for its rise in value. Like other digital currencies, it uses “blockchain” technology, which helps conduct transactions without using banks or credit card companies as conduits. Hari Sreenivasan spoke with Don Tapscott, co-author of “Blockchain Revolution,” about the technology’s potential. Continue reading

  • Muslim pilgrims gather on Mount Mercy on the plains of Arafat during the annual haj pilgrimage, outside the holy city of Mecca Saudi Arabia
    September 2, 2017   BY  

    Millions of Muslims from around the world retrace the steps of the Prophet Muhammad’s first pilgrimage to the city of Mecca, which he is believed to have traveled in the year 628 AD. Continue reading

  • Flooded downtown is seen from a high rise along Buffalo Bayou after Hurricane Harvey inundated the Texas Gulf coast with rain causing widespread flooding, in Houston
    August 27, 2017  

    Houston’s mayor on Sunday urged his constituents in the nation’s fourth-largest city to stay off roadways as the state of Texas continues to contend with unprecedented flooding from Hurricane Harvey, now classified as a tropical storm. Officials said rising waters would reach catastrophic proportions, with more than 2,500 emergency calls made overnight in Houston alone. Hari Sreenivasan has more. Continue reading

  • Texas National Guardsmen aid residents flooded by Hurricane Harvey in Houston, Texas, on Aug. 27. Photo by Lt. Zachary West, 100th MPAD/Texas Military Department/Handout via Reuters
    August 27, 2017  

    With the potential for storm totals to reach 50 inches of rain this week, residents of Houston and parts of southeast Texas are experiencing some of the most extreme flooding ever seen in the state, according to the National Weather Service. Houston Chronicle Metro Editor Dianna Hunt joins Hari Sreenivasan via Skype from downtown Houston to describe the scene. Continue reading

  • A stranded motorist escapes floodwaters on Interstate 225 after Hurricane Harvey inundated the Texas Gulf coast with rain causing mass flooding
    August 27, 2017  

    “Hell or High Water,” a report published last year by ProPublica and the Texas Tribune, says that officials in Houston failed to adequately heed a warning from a hurricane that nine years ago caused $30 billion in damage. Texas Tribune reporter Kiah Collier, who co-authored the report on the aftermath of Hurricane Ike, joins Hari Sreenivasan via Skype from Houston. Continue reading

  • A sign warning against alligators is seen in a flooded street during Hurricane Harvey in Seadrift
    August 26, 2017  

    As Hurricane Harvey bears down on Texas, Houston — the state’s most populous city, with a population of more than 2 million people — could face 15 to 30 inches of rain, according to the National Weather Service. To discuss how the city is coping, Dianna Hunt, metro editor of the Houston Chronicle, joins Hari Sreenivasan via Skype. Continue reading

  • A man walks past a business which was left damaged after Hurricane Harvey hit Rockport
    August 26, 2017  

    Hurricane Harvey made landfall as a Category 4 hurricane near the city of Corpus Christi in southeastern Texas on Friday, cutting power to at least two-thirds of its 325,000 residents and damaging buildings in its path. Natalia Contreras, reporter for the Corpus Christi Caller Times, joins Hari Sreenivasan via Skype to describe the scene. Continue reading

  • Business owner and resident clears debris from outside his shop which was hit by Hurricane Harvey in Rockport, Texas
    August 26, 2017  

    Hurricane Harvey is weakening and drifting slowly along the Texas coast as forecasters warn of the storm’s continued potential to generate catastrophic flooding as far as 100 miles inland. Officials began surveying the damage on Saturday following the most powerful storm to hit Texas in more than 50 years. The NewsHour Weekend’s Hari Sreenivasan has the latest on the storm. Continue reading

  • Craig "Cajun" Uggen, 57, nearly floods his truck as Hurricane Harvey comes ashore in Corpus Christi
    August 26, 2017  

    About 130 miles inland from Corpus Christi lies Texas’ second-most populous city of San Antonio. On Saturday, after Hurricane Harvey ravaged sections of the Texas coast, residents and emergency workers were caring for a surge of evacuees from surrounding areas. NewsHour Weekend’s Christopher Booker traveled there to speak with survivors of the storm. Continue reading