Saturday, August 29, 2015

  • Legendary New Orleans chef rebuilds neighborhood institution
    When Hurricane Katrina struck, Leah Chase was the chef and co-owner of the legendary New Orleans restaurant “Dooky Chase’s,” a landmark in the city’s oldest black neighborhood. Chase saw her business, home and virtually everything she owned wash away, but resolved to start over. Louisiana Public Broadcasting has tracked Chase’s comeback for 10 years. Shauna Sanford has the story.
    Original Air Date: August 29, 2015
  • 'I just miss home': Two stories of life after Katrina
    Hurricane Katrina displaced hundreds of thousands of residents of New Orleans and many never returned. For the past decade, filmmaker Rennik Soholt has followed the lives of several families who fled. This video was produced by Soholt, the director of the forthcoming documentary feature, “Forced Change.”
    Original Air Date: August 29, 2015
    Only the rooftops of houses are seen with the skyline in the background in flooded New Orleans August 30, 2005. Floodwaters engulfed much of New Orleans on Tuesday as officials feared a steep death toll and planned to evacuate thousands remaining in shelters after the historic city's defenses were breached by Hurricane Katrina. REUTERS/Rick Wilking  RTW/PN - RTRLZED
  • How Katrina changed the laws about evacuating pets
    It's estimated that thousands of people refused to evacuate New Orleans in advance of Hurricane Katrina for one reason: they weren't willing to leave their dogs or cats behind.
    Original Air Date: August 29, 2015
    Two dogs sit atop an SUV in the Gentilly neighborhood of New Orleans, Louisiana September 6, eight days after Hurricane Katrina struck the region. Several private boats manned with New Orleans police, military police and medical personnel scoured the flooded streets in search of stranded residents. The White House is preparing a new emergency budget request for funding recovery efforts from Hurricane Katrina likely to be $40 billion to $50 billion, Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid of Nevada said on Tuesday. PP05090090 REUTERS/Lee Celano  ljc/JJ - RTRMUKS

Friday, August 28, 2015

  • Wiped out by Katrina, church carries on in a living room
    The Mount Nebo Bible Baptist Church in the Lower Ninth Ward of New Orleans was destroyed by Hurricane Katrina. As members of the neighborhood slowly return, Rev. Charles Duplessis leads church services and bible study in his own living room, hoping someday to rebuild.
    Original Air Date: August 28, 2015
  • Shields and Brooks on Biden’s presidential pondering
    Syndicated columnist Mark Shields and New York Times columnist David Brooks join Judy Woodruff to discuss the week’s news, including whether Vice President Joe Biden will join the 2016 presidential race, whether Hillary Clinton has stumbled as a frontrunner and why Sen. Bernie Sanders still seems like a long shot despite drawing huge crowds.
    Original Air Date: August 28, 2015
  • Prep school rape trial raises questions about teen consent
    Nineteen-year-old Owen Labrie, a former student at a prep school in New Hampshire, was accused of raping a freshman girl in 2014, but a jury cleared him of felony rape, convicting him on other lesser charges. Jeffrey Brown discusses the case and the idea of sexual consent with Deborah Tuerkheimer of Northwestern University School of Law and Emily Bazelon of The New York Times Magazine.
    Original Air Date: August 28, 2015
  • Have charter schools left out some New Orleans students?
    Ten years ago, New Orleans public schools were headed for academic rock bottom. And then Hurricane Katrina came, a disaster so devastating that it offered the rare opportunity to start over. Charter schools, empowered to take over, have raised test scores and graduation rates. But some say that success comes from bending the rules. Special correspondent John Tulenko of Education Week reports.
    Original Air Date: August 28, 2015
  • George W. Bush honors New Orleans educators
    Former President George W. Bush returned to New Orleans, 10 years after Hurricane Katrina, to praise the city's recovery and resilience in a speech at a charter school. Judy Woodruff reports.
    Original Air Date: August 28, 2015

Thursday, August 27, 2015

  • Slain journalist’s father vows to work for stricter gun control
    WDBJ in Roanoke, Virginia, paused for a moment of silence a day after cameraman Adam Ward and reporter Alison Parker were gunned down by a former co-worker who had been fired in 2013. As memorials pour into the station, Parker’s father vowed to lobby for tighter gun control. Gwen Ifill reports.
    Original Air Date: August 27, 2015
    Flowers are seen at a memorial outside of the offices for WDBJ7 where slain journalists Alison Parker and Adam Ward worked in Roanoke, Virginia August 27, 2015. Parker, 24, and Ward, 27, were shot dead on Wednesday during a live segment for the CBS affiliate in Roanoke, Virginia, at a local recreation site about 200 miles (320 km) southwest of Washington. Another woman was wounded. The suspected gunman, 41-year-old Vester Flanagan, later died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, authorities said. REUTERS/Chris Keane - RTX1PVGV
  • Court overturns minimum wage exclusion for SeaTac workers
    In SeaTac, Washington, home of the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, citizens voted in 2013 to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour. But airport businesses challenged the law in court, excluding 5,000 or so workers from receiving the increased benefits. Now the state Supreme Court has ruled in favor of the employees. Economics correspondent Paul Solman reports.
    Original Air Date: August 27, 2015
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  • When a shooter's violent video goes viral
    A shocking, televised murder in Virginia has provoked a wide array of questions about the shooter and how horrific images go viral online. Gwen Ifill speaks with Deborah Potter of NewsLab, Lance Ulanoff, chief correspondent and editor-at-large at Mashable, and Barry Rosenfeld of Fordham University.
    Original Air Date: August 27, 2015
    Chris Hurst (R), a journalist at the station and boyfriend of slain journalist Alison Parker, pauses for a moment as Jeff Marks (L), general manager for WDBJ7, looks on while they speak with NBC's Today Show outside of the offices for WDBJ7, where slain journalists Parker and Adam Ward worked in Roanoke, Virginia August 27, 2015. Parker, 24, and Ward, 27, were shot dead on Wednesday during a live segment for the CBS affiliate in Roanoke, Virginia, at a local recreation site about 200 miles (320 km) southwest of Washington. Another woman was wounded. The suspected gunman, 41-year-old Vester Flanagan, later died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, authorities said. REUTERS/Chris Keane - RTX1PVIO
  • Rwandan tech startup helps farmers get their milk to market
    Twenty years since a genocide devastated the country, Rwanda has made a remarkable recovery and a new generation sees entrepreneurship, empowered by technology, as its patriotic duty. The NewsHour’s P.J. Tobia reports in collaboration with the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting.
    Original Air Date: August 27, 2015
  • Wendell Pierce helps rebuild his New Orleans neighborhood
    Wendell Pierce is perhaps best known for his acting roles on “The Wire” and “Treme.” Lately, he’s taken on a different kind of role, as community rebuilder. In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, Pierce invested time, money and art into to bringing back the neighborhood where he grew up. Ten years later, Jeffrey Brown accompanies Pierce for a look at his home that has not only survived but thrived.
    Original Air Date: August 27, 2015
  • Is it still too early to raise interest rates?
    Will the Federal Reserve raise interest rates next month? It's a much debated question amid some good U.S. economic news, as well as the Chinese market turmoil. As the Fed meets for its annual retreat, Judy Woodruff takes a closer look with Greg Ip of The Wall Street Journal.
    Original Air Date: August 27, 2015
    Photo by Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

  • Smart cane may help visually impaired navigate more terrain
    A high-tech upgrade to the traditional white cane may help blind and visually impaired people be more confident about navigating the world independently. The NewsHour's April Brown reports from France.
    Original Air Date: August 26, 2015
  • Sonia Manzano on becoming Sesame Street’s ‘Maria’
    Writer and actor Sonia Manzano played the character of Maria on “Sesame Street” for 44 years before announcing her retirement. In her new memoir, “Becoming Maria,” Manzano recounts her tough childhood in the South Bronx and how she used her experiences to help other children. Jeffrey Brown speaks with Manzano about her journey to playing a beloved role model.
    Original Air Date: August 26, 2015
    LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 30:  Actress Sonia Manzano performs with 'Big Bird onstage during the 36th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards at The Orpheum Theatre on August 30, 2009 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by John Shearer/FilmMagic for ATI)
  • Is China in the midst of major economic transformation?
    How should we interpret China’s market turmoil? Judy Woodruff talks to Nicholas Lardy of the Peterson Institute for International Economics and Evan Osnos of The New Yorker.
    Original Air Date: August 26, 2015
    An investor looks at an electronic board showing stock information of Shanghai Stock Exchange Composite Index at a brokerage house in Beijing, August 26, 2015. Asian shares struggled on Wednesday as investors feared fresh rate cuts in China would not be enough to stabilise its slowing economy or halt a stock collapse that is wreaking havoc in global markets. REUTERS/Jason Lee  - RTX1PNY9
  • Planned Parenthood funding fight fires up the campaign trail
    Undercover videos by anti-abortion activists have ignited a campaign among Republican lawmakers and presidential candidates to defund the women's health organization Planned Parenthood. Political director Lisa Desjardins reports.
    Original Air Date: August 26, 2015
    Protesters stand on a sidewalk outside a Planned Parenthood clinic in Vista, California August 3, 2015. Planned Parenthood will be the focus of a partisan showdown in the U.S. Senate on Monday, as abortion foes press forward a political offensive against the women's healthcare group over its role in fetal tissue research. Congressional Republicans are trying to cut off Planned Parenthood's federal funding, reinvigorating America's debate about abortion as the 2016 presidential campaign heats up.     REUTERS/Mike Blake - RTX1MWIP
  • Will new New Orleans hospital meet needs of most vulnerable?
    After Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans’ much-loved state-run hospital was declared unfit to reopen. A new medical center, a decade in the making and costing in excess of $1 billion, has now opened its doors. While many are thrilled with the new facility, others fear that it does not share the mission of serving patients no matter the cost. Special correspondent Jackie Judd reports from New Orleans.
    Original Air Date: August 26, 2015
  • New Orleans recovery is a continuation, not a celebration
    Ten years since Hurricane Katrina brought tragedy to the city of New Orleans, the story of its recovery can read like a tale of two cities. Marc Morial, Urban League CEO and former mayor, joins Gwen Ifill to take stock of the school system, the need for affordable housing and the enormous task of rebuilding and recovering.
    Original Air Date: August 26, 2015
    NEW ORLEANS, LA - AUGUST 24:  The Mercedes-Benz Superdome stands (Top R) downtown near the abandoned Charity Hospital (Lower L), which was flooded during Hurricane Katrina and never re-opened, on August 24, 2015 in New Orleans, Louisiana. The Superdome site was used as a 'shelter of last resort' during Hurricane Katrina. The tenth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, which killed at least 1836 and is considered the costliest natural disaster in U.S. history, is August 29.  (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
  • Sonia Manzano names her favorite muppet
    Sonia Manzano, who will leave Sesame Street after playing Maria for more than 40 years, talks about who her favorite muppet is -- and why.
    Original Air Date: August 26, 2015
    Sonia Manzano during an interview with Jeffrey Brown. Photo by Frank Carlson

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

  • Oil innovators see opportunity amid record low prices
    As oil prices have dropped, energy companies have been looking for ways to save money. For innovators, this cost-cutting can actually present an opportunity. Special correspondent Leigh Paterson of Inside Energy reports from Wyoming.
    Original Air Date: August 25, 2015
    oil drill
  • How widespread are U.S. births by foreigners?
    Some GOP presidential candidates have decried birthright citizenship and so-called “anchor babies” -- children born in the U.S. to parents in the country illegally. There’s also talk of “maternity tourism,” when foreigners arrive to give birth before returning home. Judy Woodruff learns more from Doris Meissner of the Migration Policy Institute and Susan Berfield of Bloomberg Businessweek.
    Original Air Date: August 25, 2015
    USA, Texas, Williamson county, Newborn baby in hospital crib
  • How should Europe deal with the deluge of refugees?
    A surge of refugees hit Hungary’s southern border this week, many fleeing the war in Syria. Most of the refugees are seeking asylum in Northern Europe. Gwen Ifill talks to David Miliband, CEO of the International Rescue Committee, about how nations are handling the refugee crisis.
    Original Air Date: August 25, 2015
    A migrant child is seen through a bus window as the Eleftherios Venizelos passenger ship is reflected on it following its arrival at port of Piraeus near Athens, Greece, August 25, 2015. Greece said on Monday its infrastructure was insufficient to cope with the waves of refugees flowing into the country in one of the worst humanitarian crises Europe has faced since the World War Two.  REUTERS/Stoyan Nenov       TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY      - RTX1PLP9
  • Are newcomers a mixed blessing for the Lower Ninth Ward?
    With so many residents gone since Hurricane Katrina, can the Lower Ninth Ward of New Orleans ever bounce back? William Brangham reports on the historically black neighborhood’s struggle to sustain and rebuild community while lacking sources of economic development and facing signs of gentrification.
    Original Air Date: August 25, 2015
    Empty lots are seen scattered throughout the Lower Ninth Ward neighborhood of New Orleans, Louisiana, August 25, 2015. REUTERS/Jonathan Bachman - RTX1PM2X
  • Will Turkish elections affect the fight against extremism?
    New parliamentary elections will be held in Turkey later this fall. Since President Tayyip Erdogan’s ruling party lost its majority in June, efforts to produce a coalition government have failed. Chief foreign affairs correspondent Margaret Warner joins Judy Woodruff to discuss that country’s political uncertainty and the campaign against the Islamic State.
    Original Air Date: August 25, 2015
  • What’s driving the global glut of oil
    A year ago, crude oil was trading at more than $100 a barrel. Now, the price of oil is down more than 60 percent from its peak. Gwen Ifill speaks to The Wall Street Journal’s Russell Gold to understand the drop and how it affects the U.S. economy.
    Original Air Date: August 25, 2015
    A trader works at the trading floor of KBC bank in Brussels, Belgium August 25, 2015. Volatile global markets got some respite from the latest blood-letting on Tuesday as bargain hunters nudged up Asian and European stocks, though China, at the center of the rout, was smashed again. REUTERS/Yves Herman - RTX1PKZI

Monday, August 24, 2015

  • Writer Jesmyn Ward reflects on survival since Katrina
    After writer and Tulane University professor Jesmyn Ward survived Hurricane Katrina while staying at her grandmother’s house, she wrote “Salvage the Bones,” an award-winning novel about a Mississippi family in the days leading up to the devastating storm. She joins Gwen Ifill to discuss how the storm affected the rural poor who could not escape, and now, who may not be able to return.
    Original Air Date: August 24, 2015
    Jesmyn Ward