Thursday, January 7, 2016

  • How do we solve stubborn segregation in schools?
    Despite a historic Supreme Court ruling outlawing segregated schools, today huge numbers of students remain in separate and unequal schools, most in inner cities. Special correspondent Charlayne Hunter-Gault talks with Pedro Noguera of the University of California, Los Angeles, about the consequences of such inequality and what can be done.
    Original Air Date: January 7, 2016
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  • U.S. revises advice on sugar, cholesterol and red meat
    There’s a new set of dietary guidelines from the federal government for the first time in five years, advising against eating too much sugar and red meat, while allowing moderate drinking of alcohol and coffee. Hari Sreenivasan talks to Allison Aubrey of NPR about how the government revised its recommendations.
    Original Air Date: January 7, 2016
    Photo of cupcakes by Doug Schneider Photography via Getty Images
  • Will big money spent on TV ads pay off for 2016 candidates?
    Political advertising could break records in 2016: some experts estimate Americans will see $4.4 billion spent on TV ads. But will all that spending pay off for presidential candidates trying to rise in the polls? Political director Lisa Desjardins offers a look at some of their strategies and Gwen Ifill learns more from Matea Gold of The Washington Post.
    Original Air Date: January 7, 2016
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  • What does the market crash say about China’s economy?
    The Chinese stock market dropped 7 percent in the first 29 minutes of trading, before shutting down to stem further losses. China’s second major crash in the past four days drove investor skittishness around the globe, including a Dow loss of nearly 400 points. Gwen Ifill learns more from David Wessel of the Brookings Institute.
    Original Air Date: January 7, 2016
    A pedestrian looks at an electronic board showing the stock market indices of various countries outside a brokerage in Tokyo, Japan, January 7, 2016. Japanese stocks fell on Thursday morning after China's central bank weakened the yuan - sparking a sharp strengthening of the yen, hurting exporters and tarnishing sentiment in a market already on edge over geopolitical tensions and signs that China's economy is slowing. REUTERS/Yuya Shino TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY      - RTX21CKS

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

  • How should the world respond to North Korea's h-bomb claim?
    Gwen Ifill talks with former Obama administration official Wendy Sherman and Siegfried Hecker, former director of the Los Alamos National Laboratory, about why we should be worried about North Korea’s purported test of a hydrogen bomb, how world powers should respond and possible motivations for Kim Jong Un.
    Original Air Date: January 6, 2016
    People take part in a mass rally at Kim Il Sung Square in Pyongyang to mark North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's New Year Address in this photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on January 5, 2016.     REUTERS/KCNA ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS PICTURE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. REUTERS IS UNABLE TO INDEPENDENTLY VERIFY THE AUTHENTICITY, CONTENT, LOCATION OR DATE OF THIS IMAGE. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS. THIS PICTURE IS DISTRIBUTED EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS. NO THIRD PARTY SALES. SOUTH KOREA OUT. NO COMMERCIAL OR EDITORIAL SALES IN SOUTH KOREA      TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY      - RTX214FG
  • A boom year for the auto industry also had some big busts
    In 2015, Americans spent roughly $570 billion dollars on more than 17 million cars and trucks, breaking a record set 15 years earlier. But it was also a year of automaker scandal, including a probe into GM's defective ignition switch problems, faulty airbags found in more than 19 million vehicles and Volkswagen's emissions cheating. Judy Woodruff talks with David Shepardson of Reuters.
    Original Air Date: January 6, 2016
    A General Motors Chevrolet dealership is shown April 24, 2014 in Royal Oak, Michigan. Photo by Bill Pugliano/Getty Images
  • Fighting the debt trap of triple-digit interest rate loans
    Payday loans are supposed to be a short-term quick fix for those who can't get traditional credit. But the loans are rarely actually short-term, and borrowers frequently need to take out a second loan to pay off the first. Special correspondent Andrew Schmertz reports from South Dakota, where some state lawmakers are trying to cap triple-digit interest rates that many struggle to pay.
    Original Air Date: January 6, 2016
    A payday loans sign is seen in the window of Speedy Cash in northwest London November 25, 2013. Britain is to cap the cost of payday loans, stepping up its controls over the industry only a month after the regulator said that enforced price controls would be "a very intrusive proposition". REUTERS/Suzanne Plunkett (BUSINESS POLITICS SOCIETY) - RTX15SRM
  • Left behind by banks, poor Americans pay more to borrow
    It’s expensive to be poor. Unable to maintain a minimum balance or provide the necessary ID to open a bank account, many low-income Americans rely on fringe financial services like check cashing stores and payday lenders, which charge interest rates that can reach the triple digits. Hari Sreenivasan learns more from Mehrsa Baradaran, author of "How the Other Half Banks."
    Original Air Date: January 6, 2016
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  • For disabled children, making the world a custom fit
    MacArthur fellow Alex Truesdell sees a world of possibilities in a simple piece of cardboard. At her Adaptive Design Association, cardboard furniture and learning tools are built for children with disabilities to help them realize their potential. Special correspondent Jackie Judd reports.
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  • A new map to unearth Alaska’s treasures
    In our NewsHour Shares moment of the day, the U.S. Geological Service released its first-ever digital map of Alaska, revealing thousands of geological details that can be used to contribute to new scientific assessments of the northern-most state.
    Original Air Date: January 6, 2016
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  • Young deportees start over after growing up in U.S.
    Even before recent raids by the Department of Homeland Security, hundreds of thousands of undocumented immigrants have been deported annually. And those who grew up in the U.S. have found themselves living in what feels like a foreign country. Special correspondent Fred de Sam Lazaro talks to some young people who are starting over and feeling culture shock after having to leave the U.S.
    Original Air Date: January 6, 2016
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Tuesday, January 5, 2016

  • A day of pride for Afghan girl grads amid growing threats
    It was a very special day for the Zabuli Education Center, located about 100 miles north of Kabul. For the first time, girls in that village graduated from high school. Special correspondent Beth Murphy of the Ground Truth Project reports on the hopes and challenges for students and educators there.
    Original Air Date: January 5, 2016
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  • Artist LaToya Ruby Frazier captures the town that survived
    Braddock, Pennsylvania, was once a thriving steel town before the town’s industry collapsed. It's where LaToya Ruby Frazier grew up, like her mother and grandmother before her, and it's where the visual artist and 2015 MacArthur fellow has returned to document the change her community has endured. Jeffrey Brown talks with Frazier about her art and activism.
    Original Air Date: January 5, 2016
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  • On the campaign trail in NH, heartbreak over heroin
    The easy availability of cheap heroin and other opiates has exploded in New Hampshire, where more than 300 people died of drug overdose deaths in 2015. The crisis has prompted state leaders to offer plans on how to improve addiction services, while presidential candidates, campaigning to win the first-in-the-nation primary, have also weighed in. Judy Woodruff reports.
    Original Air Date: January 5, 2016
    A New England Journal of Medicine review said those who abuse prescription painkillers are less likely than previously thought to use heroin as well.
  • A view from Iran on heightened conflict with Saudi Arabia
    As the diplomatic fallout continues over Saudi Arabia’s execution of a prominent Shiite cleric and the ensuing destructive protests, how does Iran see the crisis? William Brangham talks to Thomas Erdbrink of The New York Times.
    Original Air Date: January 5, 2016
    Iranian protesters chant slogans during a demonstration against the execution of Shi'ite cleric Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr in Saudi Arabia, at Imam Hussein square in Tehran January 4, 2016.  REUTERS/Raheb Homavandi/TIMA  ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY.       TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY      - RTX20Z00
  • News Wrap: Yemen fighting ramps up after shaky truce ends
    In our news wrap Tuesday, Shiite rebels in Yemen blasted a city with a rocket barrage, while Saudi Arabia launched new airstrikes just days after a shaky truce ended. Also, an American soldier died and two other U.S. service members were wounded in a firefight in Afghanistan's Helmand province. Several Afghan soldiers were also wounded.
    Original Air Date: January 5, 2016
    People gather at wedding hall after it was hit by a Saudi-led air strike in Yemen's capital Sanaa January 5, 2016. REUTERS/Khaled Abdullah - RTX2137X

Monday, January 4, 2016

  • Man Booker Prize winner Marlon James on the voice of reggae
    Marlon James, author of "A Brief History of Seven Killings," is the first Jamaican writer to win the Man Booker Prize. James sat down with Jeffrey Brown at the Miami Book Fair to discuss his story, set in the 1970s and '80s, of an attempted assassination of Bob Marley, and how reggae music influenced his writing.
    Original Air Date: January 4, 2016
    Marlon James, author of "A Brief History of Seven Killings", reacts after winning the Man Booker Prize for Fiction 2015 in London, Britain October 13, 2015. REUTERS/Neil Hall      TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY      - RTS4BXF
  • Wounded vets can’t get help with in vitro fertilization
    U.S. military veterans who are having trouble starting families due to combat injuries do not get financial assistance from the V.A. for in vitro fertilization, leaving couples to pay for the costly treatments themselves. Efforts made in Congress to change that rule have been blocked. William Brangham reports.
    Original Air Date: January 4, 2016
    This illustration shows in vitro fertilization, in which a single sperm is injected into the cytoplasm of an egg. Image by Brand X Pictures and Getty Images.
  • Sweden, Denmark move to tighten their borders
    Denmark is instituting ID checks on its frontier with Germany, just as Sweden has enacted a strict new border policy, steps that further erode the 20-year Schengen Agreement guaranteeing free movement across most of mainland Europe. Special correspondent Malcolm Brabant reports.
    Original Air Date: January 4, 2016
    Danish Police officers check vehicles at the bordertown of Krusa, Denmark January 4, 2016. Denmark imposed temporary identity checks on its border with Germany on Monday following a similar move by Sweden, dealing a double blow to Europe's fraying passport-free Schengen area amid a record influx of migrants. REUTERS/Palle Peter Skov/Scanpix Denmark  ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS. THIS PICTURE IS DISTRIBUTED EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS. DENMARK OUT. NO COMMERCIAL OR EDITORIAL SALES IN DENMARK. NO COMMERCIAL SALES. - RTX20YOT
  • Bill Clinton returns to the trail to campaign for Hillary
    Former President Bill Clinton made his first solo appearances on the campaign trail in New Hampshire to support his wife Hillary's 2016 campaign. Amy Walter of The Cook Political Report and Tamara Keith of NPR join Judy Woodruff to discuss the strategy behind Donald Trump’s first television ad, plus Gov. Chris Christie’s pitch to New Hampshire voters.
    Original Air Date: January 4, 2016
    Former U.S. President Bill Clinton addresses a campaign rally for his wife, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, in Nashua, New Hampshire January 4, 2016. REUTERS/Brian Snyder - RTX2101H
  • How does Iran-Saudi Arabia crisis affect Mideast diplomacy?
    Why did Saudi Arabia execute a prominent Shiite cleric if it knew that it would inflame tensions with Iran? Judy Woodruff gets analysis of what that rivalry means for the region from Vali Nasr of John Hopkins University and Randa Slim of the Middle East Institute.
    Original Air Date: January 4, 2016
    Supporters of Shi'ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr protest against the execution of Shi'ite Muslim cleric Nimr al-Nimr in Saudi Arabia, during a demonstration in Baghdad January 4, 2016. REUTERS/Thaier Al-Sudani - RTX20ZVM

Sunday, January 3, 2016

  • Oregon militiamen wanted to 'take back federal land'
    A group of protesters and purported militiamen occupied a federal building at an Oregon wildlife refuge late Saturday and vowed to stay there indefinitely to highlight rancher rights. Amelia Templeton, a reporter for Oregon Public Broadcasting, joins Hari Sreenivasan on the phone from Burns, Oregon, for more details.
    Original Air Date: January 3, 2016
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  • 'Downton Abbey' actors dish on their characters
    "Downton Abbey," the highly watched award-winning PBS drama, begins its sixth and final season Sunday. Before they say farewell, some of the cast members discuss the evolution of their characters over the years.
    Original Air Date: January 3, 2016
    NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 07:  (L-R) Allen Leech, Elizabeth McGovern, Hugh Bonneville, Michelle Dockery, Jim Carter, Phyllis Logan and Kevin Doyle attend "Downton Abbey" series season six premiere at Millenium Hotel on December 7, 2015 in New York City.  (Photo by Rob Kim/Getty Images)
  • Protests rage after Saudi Arabia's executes Shiite cleric
    Iran’s Supreme Leader warned on Sunday there would be divine retribution for Saudi Arabia’s rulers after the execution of a renowned Shiite cleric, as Iranian protesters ransacked the Saudi Embassy in Tehran in outrage. Liz Sly of The Washington Post joins Hari Sreenivasan via Skype from Beirut.
    Original Air Date: January 3, 2016
    People protest in front of Saudi Arabia's embassy during a demonstration in Tehran January 2, 2016. Iranian protesters stormed the Saudi Embassy in Tehran early on Sunday morning as Shi'ite Muslim Iran reacted with fury to Saudi Arabia's execution of a prominent Shi'ite cleric. REUTERS/TIMA/Mehdi Ghasemi/ISNA ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS PICTURE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. REUTERS IS UNABLE TO INDEPENDENTLY VERIFY THE AUTHENTICITY, CONTENT, LOCATION OR DATE OF THIS IMAGE. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS. NO THIRD PARTY SALES. NOT FOR USE BY REUTERS THIRD PARTY DISTRIBUTORS. THIS PICTURE IS DISTRIBUTED EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS    - RTX20U1H
  • Rural hospitals perform more surgeries -- but risks are high
    An investigation by The Wall Street Journal found that surgeries performed at so-called critical access hospitals in mostly rural areas carry a greater risk of complications than those at general hospitals. And financial incentives lead the small facilities to perform more surgeries. Christopher Weaver joins Hari Sreenivasan to discuss the findings.
    Original Air Date: January 3, 2016
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  • Oregon invests in the next generation of blue collar workers
    Over the next decade, economists and business leaders say America faces a shortage of millions of skilled workers for blue collar jobs as Baby Boomers retire. Now, Oregon is planning ahead by ramping up efforts to train Generation X'ers and Millennials to fill middle-skill job openings in technical fields. NewsHour's Christopher Booker reports.
    Original Air Date: January 3, 2016
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Saturday, January 2, 2016

  • Bad bargain? Mobile homeowners feel financial strain
    Twenty million Americans live in mobile, or manufactured, homes that offer affordable housing, particularly in rural parts of the country. Typically older and poorer than traditional homeowners, manufactured homeowners often face serious, unique financial difficulties that make it a bad bargain for some low-income Americans. NewsHour's Stephen Fee reports.
    Original Air Date: January 2, 2016
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  • What's in store for Congress in 2016?
    As President Obama enters the last full year of his presidency, he'll have to contend with a sixth straight year of working with a Republican-led Congress over key conflict points, such as Obamacare, the war on Islamic terrorism, Guantanamo Bay, and Syrian refugees. With a look ahead at 2016 on Capitol Hill, NewsHour Political Director Lisa Desjardins joins Hari Sreenivasan
    Original Air Date: January 2, 2016
    Congress passed several major bills in 2016, despite continue partisanship and a leadership shakeup in the House. Photo by Samuel Corum/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

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