Thursday, August 17, 2017

  • What Calvin Trillin learned from his college writing course
    As a longtime writer for The New Yorker, Calvin Trillin was less interested in directly explaining why what he was writing was important than in just telling a good story. Trillin offers his Brief but Spectacular take on some of the best lessons he learned on writing and why he always shared his rough drafts with his wife, Alice.
    Original Air Date: August 17, 2017
    Length: 219
  • WWII veteran returns a fallen soldier’s family keepsake
    In our NewsHour moment of the day, a 93-year-old World War II veteran traveled more than 5,000 miles from his Montana home this month to return a treasured keepsake to a grateful Japanese family
    Original Air Date: August 17, 2017
    Length: 147
  • Why are more American women dying after childbirth?
    Doctors and nurses have worked hard to reduce the U.S. infant mortality rate, and yet there’s been a rise in maternal mortality in recent decades, a trend that is less understood. Judy Woodruff sits down with Renee Montagne of NPR and Nina Martin of ProPublica to discuss their collaboration on this topic.
    Original Air Date: August 17, 2017
    Length: 519
  • How cities prepare for tensions over Confederate statues
    Statues of Confederate leaders have been removed in the night, torn down by protesters and seen as a flash point for communities, especially in the South. What challenges do cities face when trying to deal with controversial memorials, as well as the backlash? Hari Sreenivasan talks with Lt. Ryan Lee of the Portland Police Bureau and Mayor Jim Gray of Lexington, Kentucky.
    Original Air Date: August 17, 2017
    Length: 669
  • PBS NewsHour full episode August 17, 2017
    Thursday on the NewsHour, a van plows through a busy tourist area of Barcelona, killing more than a dozen. Also: City officials grapple with what to do about Confederate monuments, Steve Bannon speaks out, what online shopping means for the millions of workers, what’s behind maternal mortality rates in the U.S., Calvin Trillin's take on writing and more.
    Original Air Date: August 17, 2017
    Length: 3302
    August 17, 2017
  • Barcelona tourist area targeted in deadly vehicle attack
    An attack in Barcelona killed 13 and wounded scores more when a speeding van vaulted into a crowd on the city’s iconic La Rambla boulevard, a bustling area that attracts pedestrians and tourists. Police have made two arrests and are treating the incident as a terrorist attack. Hari Sreenivasan learns more from Lorenzo Vidino of George Washington University.
    Original Air Date: August 17, 2017
    Length: 311
  • News Wrap: North Korea military response still an option
    In our news wrap Thursday, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson insisted that a potential response to North Korea is still on the table, despite President Trump’s Chief Strategist Steve Bannon’s comments to The American Prospect that there is no military solution to the problem. Also, in Hong Kong, a court sentenced three activists up to eight months for leading pro-democracy protests in 2014.
    Original Air Date: August 17, 2017
    Length: 149
  • Bannon gives ‘astonishing’ interview to liberal magazine
    Stephen Bannon has an outsized influence yet is rarely heard from in the press. This week, journalist Robert Kuttner of The American Prospect got an unexpected phone call from the embattled White House chief strategist, during which he contradicted the president’s North Korea strategy and more. John Yang talks with Kuttner and Joshua Green, author of "Devil's Bargain," about Bannon’s interview.
    Original Air Date: August 17, 2017
    Length: 462
  • Can online shopping absorb traditional retail workers?
    The growth of e-commerce continues to wreak havoc on traditional retail and its workforce, with 5,300 store closings announced in the first half of 2017 and 64,000 job cuts expected. What will become of the 16 million Americans who work in the retail industry as current trends toward online shopping continue? Economics correspondent Paul Solman reports.
    Original Air Date: August 17, 2017
    Length: 592

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

  • Does Trump’s Charlottesville response drive division?
    Editor Chris Buskirk of American Greatness and Karine Jean-Pierre of join John Yang to discuss the national reaction to the violence in Charlottesville during a white nationalist rally, President Trump’s controversial responses to the incident and signs of political fallout.
    Original Air Date: August 16, 2017
    Length: 511
  • Syrians try to salvage life from the wreckage of Raqqa
    At the outskirts of Raqqa, amid death and destruction, there are signs of life -- and hope. Tens of thousands of Syrian families are living in rubble, forced to flee the grueling fight against the Islamic State in the militant group's de facto capital. Special correspondent Gayle Tzemach Lemmon and producer Jon Gerberg report on how Syrians are surviving and preparing for a future after ISIS.
    Original Air Date: August 16, 2017
    Length: 626
  • Why this total eclipse is a bright opportunity for science
    A dazzling spectacle will grace the United States from coast to coast on Monday, when the moon passes between the sun and earth, climaxing with momentary darkness. Science correspondent Miles O’Brien joins Hari Sreenivasan to discuss the science and what to expect as millions plan to witness a out-of-this-world eclipse.
    Original Air Date: August 16, 2017
    Length: 340
  • Trump faces CEO backlash for Charlottesville comments
    President Trump's ricocheting response to the violent Charlottesville confrontation spread a political firestorm as more CEOs quit the president's advisory councils and lawmakers spoke out. Meanwhile, hundreds of people gathered to remember Heather Heyer, who was killed as she protested Saturday's white nationalist rally. John Yang reports.
    Original Air Date: August 16, 2017
    Length: 204
  • How a secessionist and a black nationalist started talking
    In light of tensions and violence in Charlottesville, a secessionist and a black nationalist from Charleston, South Carolina, came together to make sure that what happened is not repeated in their hometown. Jonathan Thrower of the Charleston Black Nationalist Movement and James Bessenger of the South Carolina Secessionist Party join Hari Sreenivasan to discuss what led them to open a dialogue.
    Original Air Date: August 16, 2017
    Length: 545
  • News Wrap: Trump praises Kim Jong Un for not firing at Guam
    In our news wrap Wednesday, President Trump welcomed a gesture by North Korea to ease tensions. Mr. Trump tweeted that Kim Jong Un’s decision not to fire toward Guam was “very wise and well-reasoned.” Also, the people of Sierra Leone continued searching for survivors from Monday’s deadly mudslide. More than 300 are confirmed dead while 600 are still missing.
    Original Air Date: August 16, 2017
    Length: 306
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  • What Trump said about Charlottesville vs. what we saw
    President Trump made a series of statements at Trump Tower about the participants in the deadly weekend protests in Charlottesville. The NewsHour's P.J. Tobia, who was at the protests, offers a fact check on the president's account.
    Original Air Date: August 16, 2017
    Length: 260
  • Poll: Trump Charlottesville words not in line with majority
    As politicians and influential business leaders weigh in on President Trump’s comments on Charlottesville, how is the American public responding? Political correspondent Lisa Desjardins joins Hari Sreenivasan to discuss a new PBS NewsHour/NPR/Marist poll about the clashes and the president’s comments, how lawmakers of his own party are speaking out, plus Confederate statues at the Capitol.
    Original Air Date: August 16, 2017
    Length: 249
  • PBS NewsHour full episode Aug. 16, 2017
    Wednesday on the NewsHour, President Trump ends two business councils following Charlottesville backlash from a slew of executives. We get a reality check about what happened on the ground. Also: A secessionist and a black nationalist come together, results from our latest poll, fighting ISIS for Raqqa and an out-of-this-world solar eclipse.
    Original Air Date: August 16, 2017
    Length: 3251
    August 16, 2017

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

  • PBS NewsHour full episode Aug. 15, 2017
    Tuesday on the NewsHour, President Trump doubles down on blaming both neo-Nazi groups and protesters for violence in Charlottesville. Also: Analyzing clues to Kim Jong Un's intentions, the growing trend of outdoor preschools, Taylor Swift's sexual assault court victory and a former FBI counterterrorism agent on the changing shape of terror.
    Original Air Date: August 15, 2017
    Length: 3306
    August 15, 2017
  • News Wrap: Sierra Leone rescue crews battle mudslide
    In our news wrap Tuesday, the death toll from a devastating mudslide in Sierra Leone has surged to more than 300. The Red Cross estimates another 600 people are still missing. Also, the president of Argentina became the latest South American leader to speak against the prospect of U.S. military action in Venezuela.
    Original Air Date: August 15, 2017
    Length: 228
  • Is Kim Jong Un signalling he's open to diplomacy?
    Fiery rhetoric between North Korea and the U.S. seems to be cooling down, if temporarily. While Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Tuesday the U.S. is “interested” in dialogue, analysts believe Kim Jong Un’s latest propaganda statement may offer a hint of de-escalation. Special correspondent Nick Schifrin reports.
    Original Air Date: August 15, 2017
    Length: 299
  • New book traces the evolution of terrorism since bin Laden
    Ali Soufan, a former FBI counterterrorism agent who identified the 9/11 hijackers, felt both joy and worry the night Osama bin Laden was killed. He worried that the U.S. didn't have a strategy to combat bin Laden's message, which lived on even though the al-Qaida leader was dead. The evolution of terrorism is the subject of his new book, "The Anatomy of Terror.” Soufan joins Margaret Warner.
    Original Air Date: August 15, 2017
    Length: 427
  • Taylor Swift wins legal victory for sexual assault case
    When a radio host sued pop star Taylor Swift for defamation, Swift sued him back, winning $1 in damages. But there’s a greater victory: having a jury affirm her claim as a victim of sexual assault. Lisa Desjardins talks about the case and its impact with Judy Vredenburgh, president of Girls Inc. and Maya Raghu of National Women's Law Center.
    Original Air Date: August 15, 2017
    Length: 639
  • Trump backtracks to blame both sides in Charlottesville
    President Trump defended the timing and content of his initial statements on the violence in Charlottesville at an impromptu news conference Tuesday -- seeming to backtrack on remarks he made Monday -- after reportedly being frustrated at the coverage of his response. John Yang joins Hari Sreenivasan to discuss the president’s remarks.
    Original Air Date: August 15, 2017
    Length: 495
    President Donald Trump answers questions about his responses to the violence, injuries and deaths at the "Unite the Right" rally in Charlottesville as he talks to the media in the lobby of Trump Tower in Manhattan, New York. Photo by Kevin Lamarque/Reuters
  • Charlottesville invokes racist legacy in the present day
    The violent events in Charlottesville, where white supremacist groups came out of the shadows, seem to have brought rising American tensions over race and racism to a head. Hari Sreenivasan gets perspectives from Leonard Pitts Jr. of The Miami Herald, Carol Anderson of Emory University and Mark Potok, a former senior fellow at the Southern Poverty Law Center.
    Original Air Date: August 15, 2017
    Length: 622
  • B is for bug when preschoolers make nature their classroom
    In the age of standardized testing, screen time and what some see as a generation of excessively coddled children, a new movement of preschools is pushing kids outdoors, come rain or shine, heat or cold, to connect with nature and learn to take measured risks, in addition to math and the ABCs. Jeffrey Brown reports from Midland, Michigan.
    Original Air Date: August 15, 2017
    Length: 414

Monday, August 14, 2017

  • White nationalists see Charlottesville rally as success
    The national fallout continues after three people died and multiple people were injured in the chaos of a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, on Saturday. The NewsHour’s PJ Tobia and Mark Scialla join Hari Sreenivasan to discuss why many see the rally as a turning point, as well as to offer a look at the “antifa” counter-protesters.
    Original Air Date: August 14, 2017
    Length: 542
  • PBS NewsHour full episode Aug. 14, 2017
    Monday on the NewsHour, President Trump calls out the violence in Charlottesville after criticism that his initial reaction wasn't strong enough. We take a deeper look at the nation's racial divide. Also: Indications that North Korea might have obtained rocket engines from Ukraine, Politics Monday on the president's response to threats abroad and at home, unearthing an ancient Roman town and more.
    Original Air Date: August 14, 2017
    Length: 3259
    U.S. President Donald Trump delivers a statement on the deadly protests in Charlottesville, at the White House in Washington, U.S. August 14, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst - RTS1BS7L
    August 14, 2017
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