Friday, August 5, 2016

  • Clinton’s comments on classified emails are inconsistent
    In the latest in our series that looks at the presidential candidates behind the headlines, Lisa Desjardins analyzes Hillary Clinton’s varied statements on James Comey and her private email server. The candidate has previously denied any material was classified, and, in another instance, asserted it was not “marked” as classified. In fact, some of her private emails were both.
    Original Air Date: August 5, 2016
    Democratic U.S. presidential nominee Hillary Clinton arrives with Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) for a rally at the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW), Local 357, union hall in Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S. Thursday, August 4, 2016. REUTERS/Steve Marcus - RTSL3QO
  • Comparing the presidential candidates’ economic plans
    July saw 255,000 jobs created and unemployment flat at 4.9%. How would the candidates boost the economy? Clinton seeks major infrastructure projects and a higher minimum wage, while Trump wants business tax cuts to encourage companies to invest in employees. Judy Woodruff speaks to Stephen Moore, senior economic adviser to Donald Trump, and Jared Bernstein, economic adviser to Hillary Clinton.
    Original Air Date: August 5, 2016

Thursday, August 4, 2016

  • Lose your job? It may pay to announce it
    When Sree Sreenivasan found himself out of a job, he did what he knows how to do best: broadcast the news on social media. The former Chief Digital Officer at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art now spends his days arranging coffee dates and networking meetings. Special correspondent Roben Farzad looks at what Sreenivasan's experience can teach us about finding employment in the digital age.
    Original Air Date: August 4, 2016
  • Investigating Obama’s $400 million payment to Iran
    The Wall Street Journal revealed this week that in January, the Obama administration secretly airlifted $400 million in cash to Iran. The money was owed as part of a failed arms deal prior to the 1979 Islamic Revolution, but payment coincided with the release of four Americans held in Tehran. Hari Sreenivasan speaks with Jay Solomon, the Wall Street Journal reporter who broke the story.
    Original Air Date: August 4, 2016
  • Trump visits Democratic stronghold, trails in key polls
    Donald Trump took his campaign to an unlikely location today: Maine. The historically dark blue state is not a battleground. Of the twelve states that appear to be up for grabs, Trump is polling far behind in Michigan, Pennsylvania and New Hampshire. Meanwhile, House Speaker Paul Ryan and other prominent Republicans vowed to push back on Trump behavior they consider out of line.
    Original Air Date: August 4, 2016
    Republican U.S. Presidential nominee Donald Trump attends a campaign event at the Merrill Auditorium in Portland, Maine August 4, 2016. REUTERS/Eric Thayer - RTSL3JY
  • Preserving what’s left of a Jewish community in India
    The coastal Indian city of Cochin was once home to a thriving Jewish community; immigrants came for the spice trade and ended up settling there. But in 1955, the community largely vanished as its residents departed en masse to the newly founded state of Israel. Now, it’s a struggle to preserve the structures and relics of Jewish heritage that remain.
    Original Air Date: August 4, 2016
  • Behind the shocking USA Gymnastics sexual abuse allegations
    For years, executives in charge of gymnastics’ national governing body have been ignoring allegations of sexual abuse by coaches of young athletes, reported USA Today’s IndyStar on Thursday. Judy Woodruff speaks with investigative reporter Marisa Kwiatkowski and Nancy Hogshead-Makar, lawyer and CEO of Champion Women, about the shocking revelations and the extent of legal protection for victims.
    Original Air Date: August 4, 2016
    2016 Rio Olympics - Gymnastics training - Rio Olympic Arena - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - 04/08/2016. Close up of the feet of Rebecca Downie (GBR) of United Kingdom as she trains on the beam.  REUTERS/Dylan Martinez TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS.   - RTSL313
  • At Pentagon, Obama discusses plan for fighting ISIS in Libya
    President Obama spoke at the Pentagon Thursday about the U.S. plan for continued military action in Libya. His report came three days after the U.S. launched airstrikes in and around Cert, in an attempt to reclaim the Islamic State stronghold. Gwen Ifill speaks with Frederic Wehrey, senior associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, for more.
    Original Air Date: August 4, 2016
    Fighters of Libyan forces allied with the U.N.-backed government fire a rocket at Islamic State fighters in Sirte, Libya, August 4, 2016. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic - RTSL2UE
  • Alec Baldwin on why he was born to host a public radio show
    As host of WNYC’s “Here’s the Thing,” actor Alec Baldwin has been criticized for doing too much talking. He counters that he’s trying to push guests, such as Andrew Weiner, Chris Rock and Molly Ringwald, to share something the audience doesn’t already know about them. Baldwin offers his Brief but Spectacular take on why his show is about conversations, not interviews.
    Original Air Date: August 4, 2016
  • A Nobel laureate writes about living under Soviet rule
    The Nobel Committee called Svetlana Alexievich's writing "a monument to suffering and courage in our time." In this new book, "Secondhand Time", the suffering is (mostly) psychological, as hope and promise at the end of Soviet era turns to despair and a sense of betrayal under Gorbachev, Yeltsin, and into the current rule of Vladimir Putin. Alexievich joins Jeffrey Brown in the studio.
    Original Air Date: August 4, 2016

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

  • Imagining the Underground Railroad as an actual train system
    Colson Whitehead’s new novel considers a startling premise: what if slaves had fled southern plantations via an actual subterranean train? Jeffrey Brown sits down with the author at BookExpo America in Chicago to discuss the challenge of blending fantasy with tragic historical truth and what made Whitehead ready to write this latest work.
    Original Air Date: August 3, 2016
    NEW YORK - OCTOBER 16:  Writer Colson Whitehead reads his work at The 2009 New Yorker Festival: Fiction Night at DGA on October 16, 2009 in New York City.  (Photo by Amy Sussman/Getty Images for The New Yorker)
  • Will Donald Trump reset his campaign?
    In the midst of recent blunders and increased Republican disillusionment, supporters and detractors alike are urging Donald Trump to adjust his campaign’s approach. Gwen Ifill speaks with WTMJ radio host Charlie Sykes and Matthew Dowd of ABC News about recent developments within the Trump campaign and what we can expect from it going forward.
    Original Air Date: August 3, 2016
  • The impact of recent court decisions on voter ID laws
    Voting rights supporters in North Carolina, North Dakota and Texas have triumphed this summer over what they consider discriminatory voter-identification laws. Since 2008, ten state legislatures have tightened such requirements or otherwise restricted how votes may be cast. William Brangham discusses the recent rulings with Rick Hasen, professor of law at University of California, Irvine.
    Original Air Date: August 3, 2016
    Flyers informing voters of the new voter ID law that will go into effect for the 2016 election are seen at the Mecklenburg County Board of Elections warehouse in Charlotte, North Carolina November 3, 2014. REUTERS/Chris Keane (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS) - RTR4CMY0
  • As GOP criticism mounts, Trump campaign goes on defensive
    Facing continued dissatisfaction within the GOP, Donald Trump and campaign manager Paul Manafort made public assurances on Wednesday, with Manafort asserting that the campaign is “moving forward in a positive way.” Meanwhile, Hewlett Packard CEO Meg Whitman became the highest-profile Republican to endorse Hillary Clinton. Gwen Ifill reviews the day’s events with Lisa Desjardins.
    Original Air Date: August 3, 2016
    Republican U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump's campaign manager Paul Manafort talks to the media from the Trump family box on the floor of  the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, U.S. July 18, 2016. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst - RTSIMJC
  • Presidential candidates to receive classified briefings
    Now that they are officially nominated by their respective parties, Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump and their VP picks are eligible to receive classified intelligence briefings. So how and where do those take place? Gwen Ifill speaks with Chief Foreign Affairs Correspondent Margaret Warner about the details, as well as the history and rationale behind granting presidential candidates such access.
    Original Air Date: August 3, 2016
    The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) flag is displayed on stage during a conference on national security entitled "The Ethos and Profession of Intelligence" in Washington October 27, 2015. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas - RTX1TGQJ
  • More DNC information to come, says WikiLeaks founder
    In the aftermath of a devastating email-hacking incident involving top Democratic party officials, WikiLeaks is preparing to release new information “on a range of important issues.” According to organization founder Julian Assange, WikiLeaks is now immersed in formatting the information to be easily accessible to journalists and the general public. Judy Woodruff interviews Assange for details.
    Original Air Date: August 3, 2016
    WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange makes a speech from the balcony of the Ecuadorian Embassy, in central London, Britain. Photo by Peter Nicholls/Reuters
  • In the increasingly damaged sea, one animal is thriving
    Climate change, overfishing and pollution would naturally seem harmful for marine life. But one group of animals appears to be thriving: jellyfish. The blob-like creatures reproduce rapidly in higher temperatures and can prosper in waters tainted by human activity, such as the Gulf of Mexico’s oxygen-depleted “dead-zone.” Plus, declining fish populations mean reduced competition for food.
    Original Air Date: August 3, 2016
    A jellyfish is seen at the aquarium La Rochelle, France, February 12, 2016.  REUTERS/Regis Duvignau - RTX26P79

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

  • The facts behind Trump’s comments on Russia and Ukraine
    In our new series, we go beyond the headlines to take a closer look at the presidential candidates. On Sunday’s “This Week,” Donald Trump asserted that Russian President Vladimir Putin would not go into Ukraine — but Russia is already there. Lisa Desjardins reviews the recent history of Russia’s relationship with Ukraine and analyzes Trump’s previous statements on the subject.
    Original Air Date: August 2, 2016
  • Obama: Donald Trump ‘is unfit to serve as president’
    At Tuesday morning’s news conference, President Obama said he believes Donald Trump “is unfit to serve as president” and urged Republicans to reject their own nominee. Trump later responded that his opponent, Hillary Clinton, “has proven herself unfit to serve in any government office.” Meanwhile, Rep. Richard Hanna of New York became the first Republican congressman to endorse Clinton.
    Original Air Date: August 2, 2016
    Republican U.S. Presidential nominee Donald Trump attends a campaign event at Briar Woods High School in Ashburn, Virginia, U.S., August 2, 2016. REUTERS/Eric Thayer - RTSKRCO
  • Thinking about math in terms of literacy — not levels
    Algebra is a core subject for U.S. high school students. But should it be? Author Andrew Hacker believes we should reconsider how math is taught: only 5 percent of the American workforce actually uses math beyond arithmetic, though higher-level classes are widely required. But Hacker’s proposal to focus math instruction in a real-world context has drawn criticism from the education community.
    Original Air Date: August 2, 2016
  • A stretch of North Dakota highway watches oil boom and bust
    Oil prices have been dropping since the industry’s boom in 2014, and with that decline comes economic uncertainty for oil towns like Dickinson, North Dakota. Over 180 rigs drilled at the nearby Bakken oil field two years ago; only 27 remain active today. The slowdown has taken its toll on all sectors of business, from the housing market to hotel occupancy. Inside Energy’s Emily Guerin reports.
    Original Air Date: August 2, 2016
    Halliburton oil trucks drive near the company's yard in Williston, North Dakota April 30, 2016. Picture taken April 30, 2016.  REUTERS/Andrew Cullen - RTX2CC2M
  • How Gary, Indiana, is improving community-police relations
    Tonight is “National Night Out,” and police officers across the country are going into neighborhoods in an effort to connect with the people they serve. As part of our year-long Race Matters conversation, special correspondent Charlayne Hunter-Gault speaks with Gary, Indiana, Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson, who has been working to mend relations between the community and police in her city.
    Original Air Date: August 2, 2016
  • 4 days before the Olympics start, Rio seems far from ready
    With the Rio Olympics only days away, the city remains plagued by problems, including political unrest, infrastructure failures and heavy traffic. Jeff Brown speaks with Paulo Sotero of the Woodrow Wilson Center, “Brazilianaires” author Alex Cuadros and NPR’s Lulu Garcia-Navarro for a report on the city’s status just four days before the 2016 Summer Olympics are set to begin.
    Original Air Date: August 2, 2016
    Jesus Christ The Redeemer seen through Olympic Rings at Rodrigo de Freitas Lake, a rowing training session venue in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil August 2, 2016.   REUTERS/Ivan Alvarado FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS.   - RTSKQD4
  • What Miami-Dade County is doing about Zika
    With 12 confirmed cases of the Zika virus in Miami-Dade County, officials are asking residents to take part in mosquito-prevention efforts, including draining standing water and wearing insect repellent. Gwen Ifill speaks with Alina Hudak, Deputy Mayor of Miami-Dade County, for details on the identified cases, what containment measures are being utilized and the “many unknowns” about the disease.
    Original Air Date: August 2, 2016
    Mosquitos are bred inside Sun Yat-Sen University-Michigan State University Joint Center of Vector Control for Tropical Disease, the world’s largest "mosquito factory" which breeds millions of bacteria-infected mosquitoes, in the fight against the spread of viruses such as dengue and Zika, in Guangzhou, China July 28, 2016. Picture taken July 28, 2016.  REUTERS/Bobby Yip     TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY - RTSKMY8

Monday, August 1, 2016

  • The unprecedented aging crisis that’s about to hit China
    China has the largest Baby Boom generation in the world. But now just years away from a mass retirement, that country is headed toward a severe workforce crisis and retirement cost cash crunch. Due to the country’s one-child policy from 1978 until 2015, the younger generation poised to take over is relatively small. What’s the solution? Judy Woodruff reports in conjunction with the Atlantic.
    Original Air Date: August 1, 2016
    A boy sits on his father's shoulders as they pose for a photograph in front of the giant portrait of late Chinese chairman Mao Zedong on the Tiananmen Gate, in Beijing, China, October 2, 2011. China will ease family planning restrictions to allow all couples to have two children after decades of the strict one-child policy, the ruling Communist Party said on October 29, 2015, a move aimed at alleviating demographic strains on the economy. Picture taken October 2, 2011. REUTERS/Stringer   CHINA OUT. NO COMMERCIAL OR EDITORIAL SALES IN CHINA - RTX1TSTQ
  • Will Trump’s critique of regular Americans hurt with voters?
    How will Donald Trump’s recent criticism of Khizr and Ghazala Kahn’s speech and his comments on Russia and Ukraine affect his campaign? And as both candidates go after Rust Belt voters, whose strategy will prevail? Gwen Ifill talks with Tamara Keith of NPR and Amy Walter of The Cook Political Report.
    Original Air Date: August 1, 2016
  • What we can expect to see from Team U.S.A.
    It’s five days away from the opening ceremonies in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Christine Brennan of USA Today joins Jeffrey Brown to talk about Olympic medal hopes for the U.S. team, plus how the Russian doping scandal will affect the games.
    Original Air Date: August 1, 2016
    Rio Olympics - Olympic Park - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - 01/08/2016. A swimmer practices.             REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS. - RTSKKZ0
  • What Khizr and Ghazala Kahn have to say to Donald Trump
    Khizr and Ghazala Kahn, a Muslim-American couple whose 27-year-old son died as a soldier during the Iraq War, stood before the Democratic National Convention last week to share their loss and criticize Donald Trump. Lisa Desjardins recaps the political feud that ensued, then the Kahns sit down with Judy Woodruff to discuss Trump’s comments about Muslims, terrorism and immigration.
    Original Air Date: August 1, 2016