Saturday, March 18, 2017

  • Documentary 'Newtown' examines a town’s lasting trauma
    The documentary "Newtown" explores the aftermath of the 2012 mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, where a gunman killed 20 children and six adults. The documentary, which weaves together the experiences of those affected by the tragedy, will premiere April 3 on the PBS program Independent Lens. NewsHour Weekend's Saskia de Melker reports.
    Original Air Date: March 18, 2017

Friday, March 17, 2017

  • How powerful stories can change the world for the better
    Stories are weapons, for good or ill, says writer Derek Thompson. Society is bound by the common stories we tell, whether it’s about who we should trust and admire, or who we should fear and look down on. Thompson, author of the recent book “Hit Makers: How Things Become Popular,” offers his humble opinion on the powerful stories we need to be passing on.
    Original Air Date: March 17, 2017
  • First Trump-Merkel meeting reflects different views, styles
    German Chancellor Angela Merkel and President Trump met for the first time Friday, a meeting that might have smoothed relations after a rocky start. Though they exchanged compliments, Mr. Trump pressed Merkel on NATO defense spending as well as trade issues, and the chancellor was asked to comment on the president's combative style. Chief foreign affairs correspondent Margaret Warner reports.
    Original Air Date: March 17, 2017
  • Why a top physicians' group opposes the GOP health care plan
    Although leading Republicans are pushing to pass their Obamacare replacement bill next week, its impact on millions of Americans remains a point of worry. Some prominent interest groups directly involved in health care are expressing opposition to the plan. Jeffrey Brown talks to Dr. Andrew Gurman, president of the American Medical Association, about the group’s concerns.
    Original Air Date: March 17, 2017
  • Shields and Brooks on GOP health care bill pushback
    Syndicated columnist Mark Shields and New York Times columnist David Brooks join Judy Woodruff to discuss the week’s news, including the conundrum for Republicans trying to pass a health care bill to replace the Affordable Care Act in the face of different factions of opposition, the White House budget blueprint offering sweeping cuts, plus the continuing allegation of a Trump Tower wiretap.
    Original Air Date: March 17, 2017
  • From Neil Gaiman, tales of Thor and Odin for modern ears
    Famed fantasy writer Neil Gaiman read and absorbed the stories of the Norse gods when he was young. In a new book, "Norse Mythology," he retells them for a new generation. Gaiman sits down with Jeffrey Brown to discuss the importance of keeping the stories -- and the gods in them -- alive.
    Original Air Date: March 17, 2017
  • Artist fills his poems with things he absolutely must say
    Growing up, rule number one was to always know when it was time to go home before it got too late; vigilance and wariness about one’s environment were instilled in artist Jive Poetic him from an early age. He gives his Brief But Spectacular take on expressing himself through poetry.
    Original Air Date: March 17, 2017

Thursday, March 16, 2017

  • Why is job opportunity scarce for people with disabilities?
    The unemployment rate for people with a disability is more than double than for those without. Even though the law bars such discrimination, it can be difficult for these Americans to get hired. But that’s not the full story: Some employers are seeing how the special abilities of workers on the autism spectrum can boost their bottom lines. Economics correspondent Paul Solman reports.
    Original Air Date: March 16, 2017
  • Novel 'Exit West' explores what makes refugees leave home
    In "Exit West," a city in the Muslim world is plunged into violence and two lovers join the mass migration of our time. Mohsin Hamid's story about refugees is a novel, not journalism, but it combines the surreal with the very real. Hamid sits down with Jeffrey Brown to discuss what inspired him and why he says he’s seeing a "failure of imagination" around the world.
    Original Air Date: March 16, 2017
  • Revised travel ban fight hinges on ‘Muslim ban’ question
    A federal judge in Hawaii on Wednesday blocked parts of President Trump's revised executive order that would have barred refugees as well as nationals from six Muslim-majority countries from entering the U.S. Hours later, a federal judge in Maryland issued his own block. Devlin Barrett of The Washington Post joins Hari Sreenivasan to explore those rulings and what’s next for the embattled order.
    Original Air Date: March 16, 2017
  • Trump budget prizes military buildup and sweeping cuts
    Unveiled today, President Trump's first federal budget embodies stark changes in federal spending priorities. The more-than $1.1 trillion proposal would cut funding to the EPA and the State Department by almost a third, while boosting spending for the Pentagon, Department of Homeland Security and Veterans Affairs. John Yang takes a closer look.
    Original Air Date: March 16, 2017
    White House Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney speaks about U.S. President Donald Trump's budget Mar. 16 in the briefing room of the White House in Washington, D.C. Photo by REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque.
  • News Wrap: Trump wiretap claim dismissed by more lawmakers
    In our news wrap Thursday, leaders of the Senate Intelligence Committee said they've seen no indications to prove President Trump's claim that he was wiretapped by former President Obama. Also, the House Budget Committee narrowly approved the Republicans’ replacement bill for the Affordable Care Act. House Speaker Paul Ryan acknowledged that parts of the legislation are subject to change.
    Original Air Date: March 16, 2017
  • What to expect from Trump-Merkel meeting on Russia, NATO
    German Chancellor Angela Merkel will meet President Trump for the first at the White House on Friday. What’s at the top of the agenda? NATO’s response to a resurgent Russia and the stability of the European Union after Brexit. Judy Woodruff speaks with Peter Wittig, Germany’s ambassador to the United States, about what to expect from Friday’s meeting.
    Original Air Date: March 16, 2017
  • Does Trump’s budget defend America or erode American power?
    From strong support to condemnation, President Trump’s new budget proposal has garnered an array of reactions on Capitol Hill. Judy Woodruff gets two views from Sen. Chris Van Hollen, D-Md., and Rep. Todd Rokita, R-Ind., who both sit on congressional budget committees.
    Original Air Date: March 16, 2017

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

  • Erdogan opponents fear historic vote threatens liberty
    Turkish citizens will vote next month on a referendum that would grant President Recep Tayyip Erdogan controversial new powers. The referendum is happening at a time of heightened political tension, with an ongoing purge of tens of thousands of government employees and concern that secularism is being threatened. Special correspondent Malcolm Brabant reports from Istanbul.
    Original Air Date: March 15, 2017
  • Why Americans want answers on Trump's wiretap claims
    How important is it to get to the bottom of President Trump’s allegation that his predecessor wiretapped Trump Tower? Matt Schlapp of the American Conservative Union and Democratic strategist Karine Jean-Pierre join Judy Woodruff to discuss the state of investigations related to Russia, as well as political friction for the Republican health care bill and Mr. Trump’s 2005 tax return revealed.
    Original Air Date: March 15, 2017
    President Donald Trump delivers remarks Mar. 15 at the American Center for Mobility for American Manufactured Vehicles in Ypsilanti Township, Michigan. Photo by Jonathan Ernst/Reuters
  • Why the Fed raised rates and how it affects consumers
    After years of holding interest rates at a near-zero level, the Federal Reserve has entered a new phase of confidence in the "robustness of the economy and its resilience to shocks," according to Fed Chair Janet Yellen. Jeffrey Brown takes a closer look at what the Fed is seeing with David Wessel of the Brookings Institution.
    Original Air Date: March 15, 2017
  • How typing sentences by simply thinking is now possible
    For decades, researchers have worked to find and create more direct connections between the human brain and computers. New groundbreaking technology may now help improve the lives of people who are paralyzed or experience severe limb weakness due to illness such as ALS. Special correspondent Cat Wise reports.
    Original Air Date: March 15, 2017
  • This artist brings dinosaurs back to life
    In our NewsHour Shares moment of the day, a childhood love of prehistoric creatures inspired a unique and prolific career for artist Julius Csotonyi, who uses his skills to bring fossilized bones back to life.
    Original Air Date: March 15, 2017

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

  • Freedom Caucus member thinks health bill will get amended
    From both sides of Pennsylvania Avenue came talk of amending the GOP health care bill on Tuesday. New estimates released Monday from the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office bolstered opposition from Democrats and had some Republicans warning that the bill needs work. Judy Woodruff speaks with Rep. Ted Yoho, R-Fla., a member of the House Freedom Caucus, about his reservations.
    Original Air Date: March 14, 2017
  • Dutch election will test far-right ardor in Europe
    One of Europe’s most divisive politicians is hoping to emulate President Trump’s anti-establishment victory at the polls in the Netherlands on Wednesday. Geert Wilders is an ardent nationalist running on anti-immigrant agenda who’s hoping to lead the way for others in France and Germany. Special correspondent Malcolm Brabant reports from Amsterdam.
    Original Air Date: March 14, 2017
  • This classic play about discrimination finds renewed purpose
    It's the story of a real-life murder trial and the so-called Zoot Suit Riots, set amid rampant discrimination in 1940s Los Angeles. A play called "Zoot Suit" was a cultural phenomenon in the 1970s and ‘80s, launching the careers of many Chicano actors. Now it's in revival at the theater where it all began. Jeffrey Brown reports talks to writer and director Luis Valdez.
    Original Air Date: March 14, 2017
  • How the school voucher debate is playing out in Indiana
    Indiana is one of nearly 30 states that offer vouchers or similar programs with the goal of allowing parents to use public funds for private schooling. When the state launched the program, it was designed for low-income students. But enrollment skyrocketed when the program was dramatically broadened by then-Gov. Mike Pence. Special correspondent Lisa Stark of Education Week reports.
    Original Air Date: March 14, 2017
  • Frozen chicken? Not with these handknit sweaters
    In our NewsHour Shares moment of the day, a group of plucky individuals in the town of Milton, Massachusetts, help some shivering chickens feel at home in New England weather with special handknit sweaters.
    Original Air Date: March 14, 2017

Monday, March 13, 2017

  • Why is Rex Tillerson keeping a low profile?
    Rex Tillerson is the lowest-profile secretary of state in modern times. As he prepares for high-stakes visits to Asian nations, there's news that he won't be taking press corps, one of a number of unusual changes in how the State Department does business. Chief foreign affairs correspondent Margaret Warner joins Judy Woodruff to discuss his influence and whether he’s being sidelined.
    Original Air Date: March 13, 2017
  • Two views on the pros and cons of the GOP health care bill
    The Congressional Budget Office predicts that more people than who got health care under Obamacare will lose coverage under the repeal bill proposed by Republicans. But the bill also shows cuts in federal spending and a smaller deficit. John Yang gets reaction to the proposed law from Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel of the University of Pennsylvania and Lanhee Chen of the Hoover Institution.
    Original Air Date: March 13, 2017
  • News Wrap: Northeast hunkers down for late winter storm
    In our news wrap Monday, a blizzard watch is in effect for part of the Northeast, as New York City and other municipalities braced for a late storm that could bring up to 20 inches of snow. Also, Washington state went to federal court to stop President Trump's revised travel ban.
    Original Air Date: March 13, 2017
  • Gore: We need to restore our immunity to blatant falsehoods
    Former Vice President Al Gore is troubled by what he sees as an American vulnerability to false assertions driving political policy. Gore has just re-released his book “The Assault on Reason,” 10 years after its original publication with an update for the Trump era. Gore joins Judy Woodruff in a discussion about the state of democratic dialogue, as well as his interactions with President Trump.
    Original Air Date: March 13, 2017