Tuesday, October 20, 2015

  • To kick off our fifth decade, watch how NewsHour has evolved
    In our NewsHour shares moment of the day, we celebrate the NewsHour’s 40th birthday with look at how we’ve evolved since that very first broadcast.
    Original Air Date: October 20, 2015
  • What the return of football means to an oil boom town
    Like so many small towns on the Great Plains, Alexander, North Dakota, had been shrinking as more and more young people moved away. But for the first time in 28 years, Alexander has a football team, thanks largely to an oil field that has drawn workers and families from around the country. Emily Guerin of public media reporting project Inside Energy reports.
    Original Air Date: October 20, 2015
  • Why are we still raising girls to avoid science?
    Women in the U.S. receive less than 20 percent of Bachelor's degrees in computer science, engineering and physics. Eileen Pollack, one of the first two women to receive an undergraduate degree in physics at Yale, offers a solution to getting more women into science.
    Original Air Date: October 20, 2015
    Girl in science class
  • In ‘M Train,’ Patti Smith journeys to where art comes from
    Poet and performer Patti Smith crashed onto the rock scene 40 years ago, and made a splash in the literary world five years ago with an award-winning memoir, "Just Kids." Her newest book, "M Train," takes a trip through time to visit the writers and artists who’ve influenced her, as well as her own loved ones now gone. Smith sits down with Jeffrey Brown to discuss her latest work.
    Original Air Date: October 20, 2015

Monday, October 19, 2015

  • Volkswagen owners left in limbo after emissions revelations
    Last month, some 500,000 U.S. owners of Volkswagen and Audi's so-called "clean diesel" cars learned they had been duped. Hundreds of lawsuits have been filed against the company and more are likely as states, car dealers and consumers grapple with the long-term implications of the fraud. Special correspondent Cat Wise reports on the reaction from VW owners in Portland, Oregon.
    Original Air Date: October 19, 2015
    A new diesel Volkswagen Golf TDI drives in Huntington Beach, California, United States, September 19, 2015. Volkswagen shares plunged more than 20 percent on Monday, their biggest one-day fall, after the German carmaker admitted it had rigged emissions tests in the United States, and U.S. authorities said they would widen their probe to other manufacturers. Germany, alarmed at the potential damage the scandal could inflict on its world-beating car industry, urged Volkswagen to fully clear up the matter and said it would investigate whether emissions data had also been falsified in Europe. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) said on Friday Europe's biggest carmaker had used software for diesel VW and Audi branded cars that deceived regulators measuring toxic emissions and could face penalties of up to $18 billion. Picture taken September 19, 2015. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson - RTX1RQTO
  • Will he or won’t he? That’s the question for Biden and Paul
    Will Joe Biden jump into the 2016 election? Will Rep. Paul Ryan enter the competition for House speaker? Gwen Ifill talks to Amy Walter of the Cook Political Report and Tamara Keith of NPR about Ryan and Biden anticipation, Hillary Clinton’s upcoming Benghazi hearing, campaign battles between Jeb Bush and Donald Trump and Larry David’s show-stealing impression of Sen. Bernie Sanders.
    Original Air Date: October 19, 2015
    A combination photograph shows U.S. Vice President Joe Biden waving as he arrives with his family to vote in Greenville, Delaware, and Republican vice-presidential nominee Paul Ryan waving as he walk off campaign plane in Cleveland, Ohio respectively on election day, November 6, 2012.    REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque (Biden), Brian Snyder (Ryan)  (UNITED STATES - - Tags: POLITICS ELECTIONS USA PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION) - RTR3A2TT
  • What Yo-Yo Ma is learning about life and music at 60
    Yo-Yo Ma has been on stage from an early age, turning out some 90 albums and performing for eight presidents. At 60, the classical music star is taking a step back to reflect on life. On his new album, "Songs from the Arc of Life," he and a longtime collaborator use the music of cherished composers to create a soundtrack of change, love and loss. Jeffrey Brown reports.
    Original Air Date: October 19, 2015
  • Seeking the missing children of Argentina's ‘disappeared’
    During Argentina's military dictatorship, as many as 30,000 people simply “disappeared,” including some young, pregnant women, whose babies were then given to couples deemed sympathetic to the regime. What happened to those children, who are now adults? Retro Report, distributed by The New York Times, offers a look at efforts by desperate grandparents to find their family members.
    Original Air Date: October 19, 2015
  • How a police officer helped save NBA’s Caron Butler
    To see Caron Butler on the basketball court today, you'd have little sense of how far this NBA player has come. As a young boy, he had the dream and the skills, but nearly threw it away for a life of violence, drug dealing and prison. William Brangham talks with Butler and retired Sgt. Rick Geller -- the police officer who helped turn him around -- about Caron’s book, "Tuff Juice."
    Original Air Date: October 19, 2015

Sunday, October 18, 2015

  • No viral testing of sewage-filled Olympic waters in Rio
    The organizers of the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, said this week they do not plan to test the human sewage-laden waterways that will be home to aquatic events for viruses that athletes fear could make them sick. NewsHour's Megan Thompson reports.
    Original Air Date: October 18, 2015
    SAO GONCALO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 13:  Birds are perched along a fisherman's community on a polluted inlet flowing to the polluted Guanabara Bay, the Rio 2016 Olympic Games sailing venue, on August 13, 2015 in Sao Goncalo, Brazil. Following sicknesses to U.S. athletes during a recent rowing event and a study showing dangerous amounts of viral levels in all Rio Olympic water venues, the IOC has controversially ruled out the possibility of viral testing of the sewage-laden waters ahead of the Olympics.  (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
  • It's launch time for the Iran nuclear deal
    Iran's agreement to roll back its nuclear weapons program officially took effect Sunday, but country officials said it would begin dismantling uranium-enrichment centrifuges only when the U.S. confirmed the lifting of economic sanctions. David Albright, President of the Institute for Science and International Security, joins Hari Sreenivasan to discuss.
    Original Air Date: October 18, 2015
    Iranians celebrate on the streets following a nuclear deal with major powers, in Tehran July 14, 2015. Iran's president Hassan Rouhani said on Tuesday a nuclear deal with major powers would open a new chapter of cooperation with the outside world after years of sanctions, predicting the "win-win" result would gradually eliminate mutual mistrust.  REUTERS/TIMA
  • Israel announces new steps to curb deadly knife attacks
    Israeli officials announced new steps to curb a rash of deadly stabbings on its citizens, including enforcing roadblocks in Arab East Jerusalem. Eight Israelis have died in Palestinian stabbings and police have shot and killed 40 Palestinians in clashes. NewsHour Special Correspondent Martin Seemungal joins Hari Sreenivasan via Skype from Jerusalem.
    Original Air Date: October 18, 2015
    Israeli border policemen stand guard at a bus stop in the east Jerusalem Jewish settlement of Armon Hanatsiv, adjacent to the Palestinian neighbourhood of Jabal Mukaber, on October 18 2015. Israel pressed ahead with major security measures after five more stabbing incidents. Israel has set up checkpoints in Palestinian areas of east Jerusalem, where many of the knife attackers have come from, and hundreds of soldiers have reinforced their patrols, but frustrated youths have defied efforts to prevent violence. AFP PHOTO / THOMAS COEX        (Photo credit should read THOMAS COEX/AFP/Getty Images)

Saturday, October 17, 2015

  • How widening the Panama Canal set off an environmental fight
    A number of port cities on the East Coast are taking steps to deepen their harbors, in an effort to attract big cargo container ships expected to come next year with the expansion of the Panama Canal. But in Jacksonville, Florida, the move has prompted a fierce debate between officials and environmental activists. NewsHour's Megan Thompson reports.
    Original Air Date: October 17, 2015
  • How ISIS makes more than a million dollars a day
    In Iraq and Syria, the Islamic State finances much of its military from siphoning and selling oil, amounting to more than a million dollars a day, according to estimates. Erika Solomon, a reporter for the Financial Times, joins Hari Sreenivasan from Chicago to discuss.
    Original Air Date: October 17, 2015
    Tanks belonging to Syrian government forces are positioned near the Jazel oil field, near the ancient city of Palmyra in the east of Homs province after they retook the area from Islamic State (IS) group fighters on March 9, 2015. Recent US-led coalition air strikes have frequently targeted oil facilities run by the IS group jihadists, who according to some estimates earn more than $1 million per day from oil sales. AFP PHOTO/ STR        (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images)
  • New imagery from Pompeii reveals surprising discoveries
    Researchers in Italy are now using modern medical technology to shed more light on the ancient mystery of the volcanic eruption that destroyed Pompeii. NewsHour's Megan Thompson reports.
    Original Air Date: October 17, 2015
    POMPEII, NAPLES, ITALY - 2015/09/29: (EDITORS NOTE: Image contains graphic content.) A working team appointed by the Archaeological Superintendence of Pompeii performs a CAT (Computerized Axial Tomography) scan on one of thirty casts of the victims of the eruption of Vesuvius in 79 AD in Pompeii. (Photo by Ciro De Luca/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images)
  • Why Kentucky agriculture is banking on hemp
    A Farm Bill passed by Congress last year included an amendment granting states and universities the right to research hemp. Several states have since started research projects, but Kentucky is at the forefront, experimenting with creating a new industry around this plant. NewsHour's Christopher Booker reports.
    Original Air Date: October 17, 2015
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  • With Afghanistan decision, what happens now for U.S. troops?
    President Obama announced this week that 10,000 U.S. troops will remain deployed for another year in Afghanistan to help quell the resurgent Taliban and keep training the country's police force. Austin Long, a professor of international and public affairs at Columbia University, joins Hari Sreenivasan to discuss.
    Original Air Date: October 17, 2015
    WASHINGTON DC - OCTOBER 15:  U.S. President Barack Obama (C) speaks about Afghanistan troop withdraws in the Roosevelt Room of the White House as U.S. Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter (L) and U.S. Vice President Joe Biden look on October 15, 2015 in Washington, DC. Obama announced that he would slow the withdrawal of U.S. Troops from Afghanistan, with levels staying the same through 2016, citing the unreadiness of Afghan forces. (Photo by Ron Sachs-Pool via Getty Images)

Friday, October 16, 2015

  • In Copenhagen, an ambassador who is also a reality TV star
    U.S. Ambassador to Copenhagen Rufus Gifford has an unusual side job: he’s the star of his own reality TV show in Denmark. As special correspondent Malcolm Brabant reports, this, combined with his unique brand of diplomacy, is raising eyebrows among traditionalists.
    Original Air Date: October 16, 2015
  • If you can wager on them, are fantasy sports gambling?
    Regulators in Nevada have become the first to rule that betting on daily fantasy sports sites like FanDuel and DraftKings are gambling. They have ordered the companies to cease operating in the state until they obtain gambling licenses. In our NewsHour shares of the day, a look at one student at Depauw University says he makes six-figures by betting on daily fantasy sports.
    Original Air Date: October 16, 2015
    Fantasy sports sites DraftKings FanDuel attract players to games that pay out millions of dollars in cash prizes in daily contests. Photo by Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images
  • Can a pilot program keep prisoners from going back to jail?
    In the second part of our series looking at how prison recidivism can be reduced, NewsHour follows three inmates, Jordan Taylor, Carlos Colon and Ashley Wilson as they move from prison back to everyday life, in our series “Broken Justice.” William Brangham reports.
    Original Air Date: October 16, 2015
  • Journalist Mohamed Fahmy on his time in an Egyptian prison
    Before his release in September, Al Jazeera journalist Mohamed Fahmy had been in jail in Egypt for more than 400 days. Chief foreign correspondent Margaret Warner speaks to Fahmy about his release, and what he is planning to do next.
    Original Air Date: October 16, 2015
    Mohamed Fahmy attends a news conference with his wife Marwa Omara, hosted by Canadian Journalists for Free Expression (CJFE) at the Ryerson University School of Journalism in Toronto October 13, 2015.   REUTERS/Fred Thornhill  - RTS4AP6
  • Shields and Brooks on campaign finance and debate season
    Syndicated columnist Mark Shields and New York Times columnist David Brooks join Hari Sreenivasan to discuss the week’s news, including a look at the Democratic debate, campaign fundraising, and troop withdrawal in Afghanistan.
    Original Air Date: October 16, 2015
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  • U.S. sending troops to Cameroon to monitor Boko Haram
    A series of suicide bombings rocked Nigeria today. They come as the Obama administration announced 300 U.S. soldiers would be sent to neighboring Cameroon. For more on the situation, Hari Sreenivasan speaks to Peter Pham of the Atlantic Council.
    Original Air Date: October 16, 2015
    Boko Haram Militants
  • Yo-Yo Ma plays 'Louange à l'éternité de Jésus'
    Yo-Yo Ma played a section of "Louange à l'éternité de Jésus," a movement from Olivier Messiaen's "Quartet For The End Of Time," for the NewsHour.
    Original Air Date: October 16, 2015
    Yo-Yo Ma performs a song for the NewsHour.

Thursday, October 15, 2015

  • New suspects identified in Lockerbie bombing case
    Scottish prosecutors say they have identified two suspects in the 1988 Lockerbie bombing, and are asking the Libyan government to allow them to be interviewed. That comes just two days after the final episode of Frontline's “My Brother’s Bomber,” which reexamined the case in search for new information. Jeffrey Brown speaks to filmmaker Ken Dornstein, whose brother was killed in the bombing.
    Original Air Date: October 15, 2015
    Emergency service workers are seen next to the wreckage of Pan Am flight 103, in a farmer's field east of Lockerbie, Scotland in this December 23, 1988  file photograph. The twentieth anniversary of the bombing of the jumbo jet flight from London to New York will be marked on December 21, 2008.      REUTERS/Greg Bos/Files  (BRITAIN) - RTR22QNB
  • What influenced the decision to keep troops in Afghanistan
    The longest-running war in American history will go on even longer than expected. Hari Sreenivasan speaks to the Washington Post’s Greg Jaffe about what prompted President Obama to change course and decide to leave troops in Afghanistan.
    Original Air Date: October 15, 2015
    U.S. Defense Ash Carter (L) listens as President  Barack Obama (R) announces plans to slow the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan,  in the Roosevelt Room at the White House in Washington October 15, 2015. The plan would keep the current force of 9,800 through most of 2016 before beginning to trim levels. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst - RTS4MBW
  • Do we overestimate how much sleep we need?
    By studying the habits of three hunter-gatherer groups who live much the way humans have for thousands of years, a team of scientists is challenging conventional wisdom about how much sleep we need. Hari Sreenivasan goes to UCLA to learn more about getting enough rest and to do something he's never done on assignment before: falling asleep while on the job.
    Original Air Date: October 15, 2015
    Young man sleeping in bed
  • How social entrepreneurs are changing the world
    In “Getting Beyond Better,” Sally Osberg, president and CEO of the Skoll Foundation, explores how social entrepreneurs can confront the status quo to improve the lives of others in real, measurable ways. She sits down for a conversation with economics correspondent Paul Solman.
    Original Air Date: October 15, 2015