Thursday, January 19, 2017

  • Trump’s National Security transition is off to a rocky start
    A day before inauguration, the incoming Trump administration was forced to defend the pace of its staffing for important national security and diplomatic jobs. Judy Woodruff talks with Roger Cressey, a former National Security Council staff member, and Mark Landler of The New York Times about the factors behind the upheaval and what it says about the incoming administration and its challenges.
    Original Air Date: January 19, 2017
    A Capitol Police officer stands guard at the U.S. Capitol before the inauguration of U.S. President Elect Donald Trump in Washington, DC, U.S., January 19, 2017.   REUTERS/Brian Snyder - RTSWB73
  • PBS NewsHour full episode Jan. 19, 2017
    Thursday on the NewsHour, on the eve of Donald Trump's inauguration, the nation prepares for a new leader. Also: The president-elect's picks for Treasury and Energy face Senate scrutiny, a rocky presidential transition on national security, one woman's story about losing it all, Josh Earnest's years in the briefing room and a film explores the poetry of everyday life.
    Original Air Date: January 19, 2017
    U.S. President-elect Donald Trump and his wife Melania Trump arrive aboard a U.S. Air Force jet at Joint Base Andrews, Maryland, U.S. January 19, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst - RTSWB7N
    January 19, 2017
  • News Wrap: Obama issues hundreds of commutations on last day
    In our news wrap Thursday, President Obama shortened the prison sentences of 330 federal inmates convicted of drug crimes on his last fill day in office. That's the most ever in a single day. Also, the Pentagon says it targeted Islamic State militants who were actively planning attacks in Europe, striking ISIS campaigns in Libya in an overnight bombing raid.
    Original Air Date: January 19, 2017
    Birds fly over the White House in Washington, U.S., January 19, 2017. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas - RTSWCIA
  • The hidden insecurity of older middle-class Americans
    Elizabeth White has been on the edge of the financial cliff for years, but you'd never know it from outside appearances. "Everybody is pretending," she says. In her self-published book "Fifty-Five, Unemployed, and Faking Normal" she painfully chronicles the crash of a flourishing career and upper-middle class lifestyle -- and she's not alone. Economics correspondent Paul Solman reports.
    Original Air Date: January 19, 2017
  • How Josh Earnest made sure he knew what Obama was thinking
    Josh Earnest, White House press secretary since 2014, was there when Barack Obama was running for president, and he'll be there when the lights go out on the Obama White House. As he prepares to leave the podium, Earnest sits down with John Yang to discuss the role of being the gatekeeper between the press and the president.
    Original Air Date: January 19, 2017
    U.S. President Barack Obama appears at a press briefing to thank White House Spokesman Josh Earnest for his work during Earnest's last briefing at the White House in Washington, U.S., January 17, 2017.   REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque      TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY - RTSVXZK
  • Jim Jarmusch's new film asks where poetry comes from
    As movies seem to keep getting bigger and louder, filmmaker Jim Jarmusch still sets his own pace. In his latest, a bus driver makes his daily route through the streets of Paterson, New Jersey, taking in the stuff of everyday life to write poems. Jeffrey Brown talks with Jarmusch and poet Ron Padgett, who composed poems for the film.
    Original Air Date: January 19, 2017
  • Mnuchin defends record; Perry says his attitude has changed
    In another day of contentious confirmation hearings, the most dogged questioning came for Treasury Secretary nominee Steven Mnuchin, a billionaire banker who worked at Goldman Sachs owned a hedge fund. Meanwhile, former Texas Gov. Rick Perry, nominee for energy secretary, walked back comments he had made about abolishing the Energy Department. Lisa Desjardins talks with Judy Woodruff.
    Original Air Date: January 19, 2017
    Steven Mnuchin testifies before a Senate Finance Committee confirmation hearing on his nomination to be Treasury secretary in Washington, U.S., January 19, 2017.      REUTERS/Joshua Roberts - RTSWB3V
  • Reports of transition delays as Trump readies to take office
    President-elect Donald Trump arrived in Washington a day before he will take the oath of office. But there were reports that the national security transition had been slow because of delays by the Trump Team. Meanwhile, incoming White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer criticized Senate Democrats for slowing Cabinet confirmations. John Yang reports.
    Original Air Date: January 19, 2017
    U.S. President-elect Donald Trump (C) and Vice President-elect Mike Pence (R) depart after laying a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia, U.S. January 19, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst - RTSWCLG
  • Why we need to ask questions now about our high-tech future
    Your phone probably knows more about the intimate details of your life you than your lover, says futurist Amy Webb. And you better get used to it -- we'll be spending the rest of our lifetimes in a world shaped by artificial intelligence. Webb gives her Brief But Spectacular take on the future.
    Original Air Date: January 19, 2017

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

  • Reassessing the value of care for chronic health conditions
    Surgeon Atul Gawande says we need to reconsider health care’s focus on generously rewarding physicians who practice heroic interventions, rather than those who practice incremental medicine for chronic conditions. Gawande talks with William Brangham about the value of that kind of care, and the potential effects of a Republican repeal of the Affordable Care Act.
    Original Air Date: January 18, 2017
  • PBS NewsHour full episode Jan. 18, 2017
    Wednesday on the NewsHour, President Obama gives his final news conference, addressing the release of Chelsea Manning and his role in a new era of politics. Also: The Senate grills the president-elect's Cabinet picks, exciting yet elusive possibilities of nuclear fusion, gridlock around Trump Tower and the importance of long-term care for health problems.
    Original Air Date: January 18, 2017
    U.S. President Barack Obama holds his final press conference at the White House in Washington, U.S., January 18, 2017.   REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque - RTSW55T
    January 18, 2017
  • At final White House press conference, Obama looks ahead
    In two days his time in the Oval Office will be over. President Obama on Wednesday held his final news conference before the White House Press Corps, defending his decision to commute Chelsea Manning’s prison sentence and looking back at how the nation has changed. But most of the time was spent looking ahead at political challenges and his own role in politics going forward. John Yang reports.
    Original Air Date: January 18, 2017
    U.S. President Barack Obama holds his final news conference at the White House in Washington, U.S., January 18, 2017.   REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque      TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY - RTSW4QU
  • News Wrap: Global temperatures hit record high in 2016
    In our news wrap Wednesday, data from NASA, NOAA and others show that 2016 was the hottest year since records have been kept, making it the third record-breaking year in a row. Also, South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, nominee to be the next U.N. ambassador, said in her confirmation hearing that Russia committed war crimes in Syria and cannot be trusted.
    Original Air Date: January 18, 2017
    A field of dead almond trees is seen in Coalinga in the Central Valley, California, United States May 6, 2015. Almonds, a major component of farming in California, use up some 10 percent of the state's water reserves according to some estimates. California ranks as the top farm state by annual value of agricultural products, most of which are produced in the Central Valley, the vast, fertile region stretching 450 miles (720 km) north-sound from Redding to Bakersfield. California water regulators on Tuesday adopted the state's first rules for mandatory cutbacks in urban water use as the region's catastrophic drought enters its fourth year. Urban users will be hardest hit, even though they account for only 20 percent of state water consumption, while the state's massive agricultural sector, which the Public Policy Institute of California says uses 80 percent of human-related consumption, has been exempted. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson - RTX1BWM5
  • Where things stand for Trump’s Cabinet amid hard questioning
    Several of President-elect Donald Trump's Cabinet nominees have faced tough questioning. At Rep. Tom Price's hearing, the spotlight fell on the fate of the Affordable Care Act and his own history. Lisa Desjardins and Jeffrey Brown report on the scrutiny placed on Price, EPA nominee Scott Pruitt and Education Secretary nominee Betsy DeVos by the Senate.
    Original Air Date: January 18, 2017
    Rep. Tom Price (R-GA) testifies before the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee on his nomination to be Health and Human Services secretary in Washington, U.S., January 18, 2017.      REUTERS/Joshua Roberts - RTSW3S9
  • Is fusion energy possible in our lifetime?
    Limitless power with virtually no greenhouse gases or radioactive waste. If that sounds too good to be true, that's because it is. For decades, researchers have looked for ways to control, confine and sustain fusion as an energy source. But there has been a lot of progress on a small scale, building on years of physics understanding and progress. Science correspondent Miles O’Brien reports.
    Original Air Date: January 18, 2017
  • The towering challenge of protecting the Trumps in New York
    When Donald Trump moves into the White House, Trump Tower will still be a home of the first family. Securing the skyscraper presents unprecedented challenges, not to mention traffic gridlock, a hardship on nearby businesses and a fight over who should be paying the sky-high costs. The NewsHour’s Rhana Natour reports.
    Original Air Date: January 18, 2017
    A New York City Police (NYPD) car is parked outside the security perimeter for the Trump Tower following President-elect Donald Trump's election victory, in New York City, U.S., November 10, 2016.  REUTERS/Brendan McDermid - RTX2T3Q9

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

  • PBS NewsHour full episode Jan. 17, 2017
    Tuesday on the NewsHour, outgoing U.N. Ambassador Samantha Power discusses the crisis in Syria, the threat of Russia and more. Also: Donald Trump's choice for education secretary faces the Senate, reducing health care costs by focusing on the sickest patients and how the first black president changed our views on race.
    Original Air Date: January 17, 2017
    United States Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power addresses media following a United Nations Security Council vote, aimed at ensuring that U.N. officials can monitor evacuations from besieged parts of the Syrian city of Aleppo, at the United Nations in Manhattan, New York City, U.S., December 19, 2016. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly - RTX2VOHF
    January 17, 2017
  • What will be Obama’s legacy on race?
    What did the election of America’s first black president mean for the United States? And how did President Obama’s policies and rhetoric advance issues important to the black community? Rael Nelson James of the Bridgespan Group, James Peterson of Lehigh University and Sherrilyn Ifill of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund join Judy Woodruff to discuss the impact of the Obama years.
    Original Air Date: January 17, 2017
    U.S. President Barack Obama poses with children during a visit to a Boys and Girls Club in Northeast Washington December 21, 2009. Obama read the Christmas story "Polar Express" and gave holiday cookies to the children during his visit.   REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque   (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS SOCIETY) - RTXS2R8
  • Ambassador Power warns against historical amnesia on Russia
    Outgoing U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Samantha Power used her final speech to focus on Russia as a major threat. Judy Woodruff sits down with Power during her last days in office to discuss troubling actions by Russia and the future of Russian relations under the Trump administration, as well as the Obama administration’s complicated decision not to intervene militarily in Syria.
    Original Air Date: January 17, 2017
  • What will DeVos’ focus on choice mean for public education?
    Education secretary nominee Betsy DeVos has neither taught nor worked in a school system, but she and her family have used wealth and influence to create more charter schools and champion vouchers. As educators watch her hearing for an understanding of her views, William Brangham talks to Frederick Hess of American Enterprise Institute and Randi Weingarten of American Federation of Teachers.
    Original Air Date: January 17, 2017
    U.S. President-elect Donald Trump looks on as his choice for U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos speaks at a "Thank You USA" tour rally in Grand Rapids, Michigan, U.S. December 9, 2016.  REUTERS/Mike Segar - RTX2UD61
  • News Wrap: Obama commutes sentence for Chelsea Manning
    In our news wrap Tuesday, President Obama commuted the prison sentence of Chelsea Manning, a former U.S. Army intelligence analyst who is serving 35 years for passing classified files to WikiLeaks. Also, Russian President Vladimir Putin accused the Obama administration of trying to sabotage President-elect Donald Trump.
    Original Air Date: January 17, 2017
    FILE PHOTO --  People hold signs calling for the release of imprisoned wikileaks whistleblower Chelsea Manning while marching in a gay pride parade in San Francisco, California June 28, 2015. REUTERS/Elijah Nouvelage/File Photo - RTX2TO3X - RTSVZ3Q
  • Half of all health costs is spent on a fraction of patients
    Health care “super-utilizers” make up just 5 percent of the U.S. population but they account for 50 percent of health care spending. As health care costs continue to rise, providers are trying to figure out how to find these patients and get to the root of their problems. But the looming repeal of the Affordable Care Act may disrupt those efforts. Special correspondent Sarah Varney reports.
    Original Air Date: January 17, 2017
    File photo by Jack Wild via Getty Images

Monday, January 16, 2017

  • Political, legal opposition adds obstacles to Brexit
    The mechanics of executing Brexit, the move to get Britain out the of European Union, are causing tensions inside the British government, and with opponents who would like to stop it from happening at all. Special correspondent Jennifer Glasse reports.
    Original Air Date: January 16, 2017
    A cyclist wears a pro-Brexit badge on her Union flag themed helmet outside the Supreme Court on the first day of the challenge against a court ruling that Theresa May's government requires parliamentary approval to start the process of leaving the European Union, in Parliament Square, central London, Britain December 5, 2016. REUTERS/Toby Melville  - RTSUQYZ
  • Why students from for-profit schools are left in debt limbo
    Students who attend for-profit college and training programs are more likely to borrow, borrow more and struggle to repay their loans. Not only that, but the overall graduation rate at for-profit institutions is just 27 percent. Meanwhile, a number of schools have shuttered, leaving former attendees with debt and no way to pay it back. Special correspondent Lizzie O’Leary reports.
    Original Air Date: January 16, 2017
    The Chantilly Campus of ITT Technical Institute sits closed and empty on Tuesday in Chantilly, VA. Photo by Jahi Chikwendiu/The Washington Post via Getty Images
  • Don't wait till your dying words to say what's important
    "Should I plan out my last words?" As a hospice chaplain, Kerry Egan hears that question sometimes. But death isn't so easy to predict. Instead, Egan suggests making sure you ask forgiveness or share your wisdom now.
    Original Air Date: January 16, 2017
  • News Wrap: Martin Luther King's son meets with Trump
    In our news wrap Monday, President-elect Donald Trump invited Martin Luther King III to a meeting at Trump Tower amid a very public feud with civil rights hero Rep. John Lewis. Also, Mr. Trump criticized the CIA and its outgoing director on Twitter after John Brennan told FOX News that the president-elect must do more on national security than "talk and tweet."
    Original Air Date: January 16, 2017
    U.S. President-elect Donald Trump shakes hands with Martin Luther King III, an American human rights advocate, at Trump Tower in Manhattan, New York City, U.S., January 16, 2017. REUTERS/Alex Wroblewski - RTSVSHH
  • Why is Trump criticizing key allies to U.S. security?
    European officials are digesting new comments by President-elect Trump, who told two newspapers that NATO is obsolete, suggested the U.S. might drop sanctions on Russia and said he is indifferent about the future of the EU. John Yang gets reaction from Heather Conley of the Center for Strategic and International Studies and Nicholas Burns, the former U.S. ambassador to NATO.
    Original Air Date: January 16, 2017
    NATO defence ministers attend a meeting at the Alliance headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, October 26, 2016. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir - RTX2QJO0
  • PBS NewsHour full episode Jan. 16, 2017
    Monday on the NewsHour, Donald Trump makes waves overseas, calling NATO obsolete and signaling that the U.S. may ease sanctions on Russia. Also: A preview of Inauguration week on Politics Monday, lessons on race from a city that once forced out its black residents, the difficult task of making Brexit a reality and students who leave for-profit colleges with no degree and a mountain of debt.
    Original Air Date: January 16, 2017
    U.S. President-elect Donald Trump at Trump Tower in Manhattan, New York City, U.S., January 16, 2017. REUTERS/Alex Wroblewski - RTSVSHF
    January 16, 2017
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