Thursday, March 2, 2017

  • Why Sessions’ Russian meetings are raising questions
    What are the stakes behind Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ move to recuse himself of any possible investigation into the Trump campaign’s contact with Russia amid worries of election interference? Hari Sreenivasan speaks with John McLaughlin, a former deputy director of the CIA, and Michael Mukasey, who served as President George W. Bush’s attorney general.
    Original Air Date: March 2, 2017
  • News Wrap: Trump touts plan for naval expansion
    In our news wrap Thursday, President Trump carried his call for a major military build up aboard a newly built aircraft carrier, where he spoke to a U.S. Navy audience. Also, the U.S. struck hard at al-Qaida militants in Yemen with more than 20 airstrikes, targeting fighters, weapons and equipment in a remote region.
    Original Air Date: March 2, 2017
  • Trump’s agenda is fueling investor confidence. Will it last?
    The Dow Jones and other indexes were already doing well when Donald Trump won the presidential election. And the overall jump of recent weeks has accelerated mightily, rising from just above 18,000 on election day to breaking 21,000 this week. For analysis of what’s happening with the markets, William Brangham speaks with Neil Irwin of The New York Times.
    Original Air Date: March 2, 2017
  • Blumenthal: Sessions needs to give ‘credible explanation’'
    Critics say Attorney General Jeff Sessions' announcement to recuse himself from any investigations related to the Trump campaign doesn't go far enough. Hari Sreenivasan speaks with Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Ct., one of those critics, about what he thinks Sessions needs to do now.
    Original Air Date: March 2, 2017
  • Zappos is a weird company -- and it's happy that way
    At Zappos, an engaging work culture comes first; the company lavishly invests in morale. But what's the business rationale for spending generously to make employees happy? Economics correspondent Paul Solman visits the eccentric Las Vegas headquarters of Zappos, a company that's known for its devoted customer service and philosophy of self-management rather than hierarchy.
    Original Air Date: March 2, 2017
  • Sessions says he never meant to mislead on Russia meetings
    Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced at a press conference Thursday that he would recuse himself from any investigations into the Trump campaign. That decision came after a Washington Post report that Sessions met with the Russian ambassador to the U.S. twice last, during the period he was a senator and Trump campaign adviser. Lisa Desjardins reports.
    Original Air Date: March 2, 2017
  • Stop asking this comedian about being a woman in comedy
    Michelle Collins finds it annoying that funny women always have to talk about being a funny woman. "We're not charity cases; we're talented," she said. Collins gives her Brief But Spectacular take on being tall, makeup, white men on late night TV and why you should stop asking her what it feels like to be a woman in comedy.
    Original Air Date: March 2, 2017

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

  • How did the Yemen raid decision-making work?
    What level of planning did the Obama administration take on ahead of a deadly U.S. military raid in Yemen carried out under President Trump? Hari Sreenivasan talks to former Defense Department official Andrew Exum and Colin Kahl, former national security advisor to the vice president, two men with intimate knowledge of the Obama administration’s process for authorizing the use of military force.
    Original Air Date: March 1, 2017
  • Questions persist about deadly Yemen raid and its results
    More than a month after a controversial U.S. Special Operations raid in Yemen -- during which Navy SEAL Ryan Owens was killed -- there are still questions about how the mission was authorized, what it accomplished and more. Chief foreign affairs correspondent Margaret Warner looks at competing claims and Judy Woodruff gets the perspective of Sebastian Gorka, deputy assistant to President Trump.
    Original Air Date: March 1, 2017
  • After confident speech, which priorities can Trump achieve?
    President Trump's address to Congress promised action on a long list of priorities he’s stressed before, but in a more disciplined and upbeat tone. Lisa Desjardins offers a recap of reactions to the president’s speech from both sides of the aisle, then Judy Woodruff talks to Dan Balz of The Washington Post and Susan Davis of NPR about the realities of enacting the agenda he proposed.
    Original Air Date: March 1, 2017
  • Overdose antidote saves lives but doesn’t cure opioid crisis
    With overdose deaths from opioids on the rise across the country, Baltimore has begun training everyday citizens to use a life-saving antidote as one tool to combat the crisis, and the approach is catching on. But while many more states and municipalities have moved to make Naloxone more accessible, not everyone believes this is the right strategy. The NewsHour’s Pamela Kirkland reports.
    Original Air Date: March 1, 2017
  • Why Snapchat and Uber are under intense scrutiny over values
    Snapchat is about to sell its stock to the public for the first time. Is the app, used by 160 million people each day, really worth $24 billion? Meanwhile, popular transportation app Uber has been flung into the spotlight amid claims of sexual harassment and a video showing CEO Travis Kalanick in a contentious exchange with an Uber driver. Hari Sreenivasan talks to The New York Times' Mike Isaac.
    Original Air Date: March 1, 2017
  • Human moon missions could be on the horizon under Trump
    Is there renewed focus inside the Trump administration, NASA and the private sector to revive travel to the moon? There are signs, like a single reference in President Trump's address to Congress, that seem to suggest that a space journey may be sooner than we might think. Science correspondent Miles O’Brien joins Judy Woodruff to discuss what we could learn and why it’s back on the table.
    Original Air Date: March 1, 2017
  • Special Report: President Trump's address to Congress
    Watch PBS NewsHour's complete coverage of President Donald Trump's first address to Congress. Following the speech, stay tuned for analysis from Mark Shields, David Brooks, Amy Walter, Matt Schlapp and Karine Jean-Pierre.
    Original Air Date: February 28, 2017
  • Despite protests, Dakota Access Pipeline nears completion
    Last year, the Obama administration froze the Dakota Access Pipeline, designed to carry North Dakota oil to Illinois. But President Trump has rebooted construction, which is now near completion. Public media's "Inside Energy" in conjunction with Rocky Mountain PBS produced a documentary called "Beyond Standing Rock" set to air on PBS stations in March. Reporter Leigh Paterson has this story.
    Original Air Date: March 1, 2017
  • Watch Trump's address to Congress in 7 minutes
    President Donald Trump delivered an hour-long speech to Congress Tuesday night, surprising pundits who expected him to clock in with a shorter address. If you don't have an hour to spare, watch our version, whittled down to a svelte 7 minutes. Find all of our coverage of the joint address to Congress at http://www.pbs.org/newshour
    Original Air Date: March 1, 2017

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

  • Trump to lay out priorities like immigration to Congress
    It’s President Trump’s biggest moment in the spotlight since the inauguration. On Tuesday night, he’ll give Congress and the country his take on various issues, and lay out plans for the future, including the possibility of immigration reform, investment in infrastructure and beefing up the military. John Yang reports and Lisa Desjardins offers an update from Capitol Hill.
    Original Air Date: February 28, 2017
  • News Wrap: Trump followed generals' advice on Yemen raid
    In our news wrap Tuesday, President Trump said in an interview on FOX News that he followed his generals' advice in ordering a U.S. military raid that left a Navy SEAL dead. Also, billionaire investor Wilbur Ross was sworn-in by Vice President Pence after winning confirmation in the Senate last night.
    Original Air Date: February 28, 2017
  • Trump administration freezes Obama rule on water protection
    EPA chief Scott Pruitt recently promised an aggressive rollback of regulations that had been put in place by former President Obama, and President Trump made good on Pruitt’s promise with an order to dismantle a rule about smaller bodies of water. William Brangham learns more from Juliet Eilperin of The Washington Post about what today’s move means for water regulations.
    Original Air Date: February 28, 2017
  • This school welcomes families who live across the border
    As anxiety increases within the immigrant community over stepped-up enforcement along the U.S.-Mexican border, one small bi-national community in New Mexico is working hard to keep families connected through education and schooling. Special correspondent Simon Thompson reports from public media’s Fronteras Desk and PBS station KRWG.
    Original Air Date: February 28, 2017
  • Photos show undeniable history of the civil rights movement
    Historically black colleges and universities are the focus of President Trump's new executive order, which will move the government's program for coordinating HBCUs back directly to the White House. Hari Sreenivasan speaks with Johnny Taylor, president and CEO of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund, and journalist Sophia Nelson about how Mr. Trump’s plans for HBCUs.
    Original Air Date: February 28, 2017
  • What the White House can do to help HBCUs thrive
    Historically black colleges and universities are the focus of President Trump's new executive order, which will move the government's program for coordinating HBCUs back directly to the White House. Hari Sreenivasan speaks with Johnny Taylor, president and CEO of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund, and journalist Sophia Nelson about how Mr. Trump’s plans for HBCUs.
    Original Air Date: February 28, 2017
  • How scientists brought bison back to Banff
    In our NewsHour Shares moment of the day, bison have returned to Canada's Banff National Park after being wiped out more than a century ago. A biologist explains the efforts to help anchor a herd to its new home.
    Original Air Date: February 28, 2017

Monday, February 27, 2017

  • Female hockey player from UAE scores respect
    In our NewsHour Shares moment of the day, a female hockey player travels all the way to Washington from Abu Dhabi to meet her favorite NHL team.
    Original Air Date: February 27, 2017
  • Why we’re overdue to know Africa’s great civilizations
    Archeologists and scholars are learning more about Africa than ever before, from the digitization of records and the unearthing of ancient treasures. Audie Cornish talks with Henry Louis Gates Jr. of Harvard University about Africa’s rich but overlooked history and how his six-part PBS series “Africa’s Great Civilizations” took shape.
    Original Air Date: February 27, 2017
  • Can Democrats find a winning strategy under a new DNC chair?
    Tom Perez was elected as the new head of the Democratic National Committee over the weekend. Amy Walter of The Cook Political Report and Tamara Keith of NPR join Judy Woodruff to talk about President Trump’s budget blueprint, why the Democrats need to figure out how to win elections from the bottom up, plus voter reactions to the Trump administration so far.
    Original Air Date: February 27, 2017
  • News Wrap: New bomb threats target Jewish community centers
    In our news wrap Monday, Jewish community centers and day schools in at least 12 states received more bomb threats, all of which appeared to be hoaxes. Over the weekend, more than 100 headstones were destroyed at a Jewish cemetery in Philadelphia. Also, the Senate moved to confirm the president's nominee for commerce secretary, Wilbur Ross.
    Original Air Date: February 27, 2017
  • Trump's budget blueprint boosts defense spending
    President Trump outlined a spending plan on Monday to fulfill his campaign promise to dramatically beef up defense spending by 10 percent, and to cut spending by federal agencies by $54 billion. Budget officials said proposals for taxes and programs like Social Security and Medicare will come later. John Yang reports.
    Original Air Date: February 27, 2017

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