Sunday, September 3, 2017

  • Surveying toxic waste sites flooded by Harvey
    The Associated Press this weekend found in the Houston area that seven Superfund sites -- areas designated by the Environmental Protection Agency as the country’s most contaminated -- had flooded. Associated Press reporter Michael Biesecker, who co-authored the initial report, joins Megan Thompson to discuss the environmental implications.
    Original Air Date: September 3, 2017
    Length: 239
    Residents move through flood waters brought by Tropical Storm Harvey in Northwest Houston

Saturday, September 2, 2017

  • Gas prices surge after Harvey strikes refineries
    Gas prices have jumped in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, with about 20 percent of refinery capacity along the Texas Gulf Coast offline. The national average for regular gas is now $2.59 a gallon, 23 cents higher than a week ago. Travis Bubenik of Houston Public Media joins Nick Schifrin for more on how the storm has affected the energy industry.
    Original Air Date: September 2, 2017
    Length: 235
  • As flooding lingers, Houston begins clean-up
    More than a week after Hurricane Harvey hit Texas, Houston is shifting to recovery mode and surveying the damage. The Federal Emergency Management Administration has already granted $83 million in aid to survivors of the storm, including funding for housing and other critical needs, as thousands of people remain in shelters. NewsHour Weekend Special Correspondent Marcia Biggs reports from Houston.
    Original Air Date: September 2, 2017
    Length: 326
    A family that wanted to remain anonymous moves belongings from their home flooded by Harvey in Houston
  • Major companies try Bitcoin technology
    Since it was introduced eight years ago, the digital currency Bitcoin has drawn attention for its rise in value. Like other digital currencies, it uses “blockchain” technology, which helps conduct transactions without using banks or credit card companies as conduits. Hari Sreenivasan spoke with Don Tapscott, co-author of "Blockchain Revolution," about the technology's potential.
    Original Air Date: September 2, 2017
    Length: 447

Friday, September 1, 2017

  • After Harvey, undocumented immigrants face added uncertainty
    For Houston's undocumented immigrant community, some 600,000 people, Hurricane Harvey has turned anxiety about immigration raids and deportations into a visceral fear to seek shelter. In addition, many who have been impacted by the storm are unable to qualify for government disaster relief. P.J. Tobia reports on how undocumented families are overcoming Harvey.
    Original Air Date: September 1, 2017
    Length: 394
  • As Harvey clean-up begins, some communities still immersed
    Even as waters in Houston start to recede and the clean up begins, the devastating effects of Harvey are piling up. The city of Port Arthur is still under water, and Beaumont, Texas, lacks drinking water. Miles O’Brien reports on how things stand, William Brangham goes on a mission with the National Guard and Port Arthur Police Chief Patrick Melvin offers an update on his city’s recovery efforts.
    Original Air Date: September 1, 2017
    Length: 757
  • Offa Rex revives centuries-old folk songs with new sound
    Offa Rex -- a transatlantic collaboration of the English singer Olivia Chaney and the American indie rock band The Decemberists -- is putting a modern twist on traditional folk songs that were previously revived in the 1960s and ‘70s. Jeffrey Brown reports.
    Original Air Date: September 1, 2017
    Length: 299
  • Mental illness consumed my marriage -- until this epiphany
    Family members and caregivers are often the ones on the front lines of mental illness: helping loved ones cope with a diagnosis, taking them to appointments and managing medications. Mark Lukach says his wife’s bipolar disorder consumed his life, until they had an epiphany about managing the illness together. Lukach offers his humble opinion on why we should elevate the voice of caregivers.
    Original Air Date: September 1, 2017
    Length: 207
  • Shields and Brooks on Hurricane Harvey unity
    Syndicated columnist Mark Shields and New York Times columnist David Brooks join Miles O’Brien to discuss the week’s news, including how Hurricane Harvey might redirect Republicans’ fall agenda, the Trump administration’s response to the emergency, how the government will pay for the long and arduous recovery, whether the storm will shift political discourse about climate change and more.
    Original Air Date: September 1, 2017
    Length: 870
  • A summer colony where seabirds and science nest
    In our NewsHour Shares moment of the day, an island six miles off the coast of Portsmouth, N.H., is home to a colony of terns — a species of seabirds whose numbers are quickly dwindling worldwide. Every summer, the island becomes a nesting place, but predators and lack of food pose a challenge to their survival.
    Original Air Date: September 1, 2017
    Length: 203

Thursday, August 31, 2017

  • Hurricane Harvey leaves Houston with Texas-sized problems
    In the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, Houston is facing catastrophic housing loss and the dangers of damaged chemical plants. As the waters begin to recede, rescue crews are going door-to-door, hoping they won't discover more bodies, while evacuees began to return home to assess what's left. William Brangham joins Miles O’Brien from Houston to discuss what he’s seen.
    Original Air Date: August 31, 2017
    Length: 379
  • ‘I’ve never seen this much water,’ says La. congressman
    Louisiana Rep. Clay Higgins joins Miles O’Brien to discuss the impact of Tropical Storm Harvey on his district and the challenge of coordinating rescue efforts to support those impacted by flooding.
    Original Air Date: August 31, 2017
    Length: 252
  • Destruction in Houston raises chemical health concerns
    Two chemical explosions at a chemical plant in Houston adds to the list of hazards brought about by Hurricane Harvey. Science producer Nsikan Akpan explains the cause of these explosions and the concerns it raises and Miles O’Brien speaks with Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, about the health implications of these chemical exposures.
    Original Air Date: August 31, 2017
    Length: 627
  • What it’s like to go home after Hurricane Harvey
    Thousands of storm victims are making their way back home as the skies in Houston clear and the water recedes. Assessing the damage will be the start of a long road toward recovery. William Brangham takes us into the homes of families trying to rebuild after Tropical Storm Harvey.
    Original Air Date: August 31, 2017
    Length: 251
  • New Orleans mayor on Harvey: ‘We’re all in the same boat’
    Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans 12 years ago this week, and lessons from past disasters will be needed to overcome the fallout of Hurricane Harvey. New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu joins Miles O’Brien to discuss how federal and state governments can work together to help communities bounce back.
    Original Air Date: August 31, 2017
    Length: 406
  • Houston chefs deliver meals to shelters, first responders
    The outpouring of help in Houston has been enormous, including from a group of restaurateurs and chefs who got together to supply food for hurricane victims and first responders. Miles O’Brien learns more from Tomeka Weatherspoon of Houston Public Media.
    Original Air Date: August 31, 2017
    Length: 233
  • News Wrap: Russian diplomatic sites ordered closed
    In our News Wrap Thursday, the Trump administration ordered the Russian consulate in San Francisco and two sites in Washington and New York to close in retaliation for Moscow cutting U.S. diplomatic presence in Russia. Also, forecasters are watching a growing hurricane in the Atlantic. Hurricane Irma is expected to reach the eastern Caribbean by early next week.
    Original Air Date: August 31, 2017
    Length: 266
  • Are we on the brink of a jobless future?
    Futurologists have been predicting the automation armageddon -- robots replacing human workers -- for decades. Has the future finally arrived? Economics correspondent Paul Solman visits Silicon Valley to talk with leading tech thinkers and computer scientists about whether humanity is at a tipping point.
    Original Air Date: August 31, 2017
    Length: 553
  • Every kid can afford a microscope. Here's how.
    Manu Prakash has always loved science, but as a child in India, couldn't afford the traditional tools that would have empowered him to explore his passion. Now he's making sure children all around the world don't go without, by inventing and distributing low-cost, low-tech tools that are accessible to everyone. Prakash gives his Brief but Spectacular take on frugal science.
    Original Air Date: August 31, 2017
    Length: 211

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

  • Erdogan's crackdown targets every aspect of Turkish society
    A failed military coup in Turkey last July served as a turning point for government efforts to crack down on opposition groups. The coup prompted Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to declare a state of emergency and since then thousands of civil service members have been put on trial and government employees fired for being critical. Special correspondent Nick Schifrin reports.
    Original Air Date: August 30, 2017
    Length: 549
    Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan attends a ceremony in Istanbul, Turkey, August 25, 2017. REUTERS/Murad Sezer
  • How will Trump handle long Hurricane Harvey recovery?
    John Yang sits down with Karine Jean-Pierre of and Matt Schlapp of the American Conservative Union to discuss President Trump’s visit to Texas on Tuesday and the perils of leading a government response to a major natural disaster, plus the Republican push for a tax overhaul.
    Original Air Date: August 30, 2017
    Length: 444
  • How Harvey evacuees are coping in shelters
    The record-setting flood has forced tens of thousands from their homes and into shelters. P.J. Tobia joins Miles O’Brien from Houston to report what he heard from those displaced in Houston.
    Original Air Date: August 30, 2017
    Length: 147
  • For Houston dialysis patients, treatment is life or death
    The Houston health care system is under strain from the fallout from Hurricane Harvey. Aside from those who have been injured, patients with chronic diseases still need their life-saving treatments. Miles O’Brien talks to Tomeka Weatherspoon of Houston Public Media.
    Original Air Date: August 30, 2017
    Length: 220
  • News Wrap: Trump turns focus to hurricane victims
    In our news wrap Wednesday, President Trump visited Missouri to discuss tax reform and the recovery efforts he saw underway in his visit to Texas yesterday. Also, as tensions with North Korea intensify after the firing of a missile over Japan on Tuesday morning, the president and Secretary of Defense James Mattis proposed contrasting approaches to the crisis.
    Original Air Date: August 30, 2017
    Length: 325
  • Did climate change make recent extreme storms worse?
    Nature is taking a devastating toll in both the U.S. mainland and in countries like India, Bangladesh and Nepal, where monsoons rains are causing floods and hundreds of casualties. Directly attributing these individual weather events to global warming is a tricky undertaking for scientists. Science correspondent Miles O'Brien reports on what data suggests about the connection.
    Original Air Date: August 30, 2017
    Length: 392
  • National Guard’s Harvey rescues haven’t ‘slowed down’
    Still in the search and rescue phase, some 24,000 National Guard troops are deployed to assist local and state responders in Texas. Miles O’Brien talks to Col. Steven Metze of the Texas Military Department Hurricane Harvey Response about their mission.
    Original Air Date: August 30, 2017
    Length: 321
  • Sun returns to Houston, but 'worst is not yet over'
    After five days of record rain, the Houston area finally saw sunlight again, but the danger and rescue operations are far from over. Meanwhile, the storm made landfall again near Cameron, Louisiana, dropping more rain on the border region of both states. William Brangham reports and Miles O’Brien talks to Officer Haley Morrow of the Beaumont Police Department about the toll on first responders.
    Original Air Date: August 30, 2017
    Length: 561

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

  • Artists remake the world’s wonders in lilliputian scale
    In our NewsHour Shares moment of the day, a team of 600 artists from eight countries have teamed up for an exhibit in Times Square that displays the world’s most iconic landmarks in miniature. Gulliver’s Gate is an interactive exhibit where guests can experience everything from India’s Taj Mahal to Stonehenge.
    Original Air Date: August 29, 2017
    Length: 220