Tuesday, August 30, 2016

  • Mass graves of ISIS victims discovered across Iraq and Syria
    Documenting atrocities committed by the Islamic State can seem impossible. A new report from the Associated Press, however, catalogs 72 mass graves around Syria and Iraq -- including one site that held 1,700 bodies. Gwen Ifill speaks with the AP's Lori Hinnant about the locations of these burial sites, what happened to the victims entombed within them and whether anyone is being held responsible.
    Original Air Date: August 30, 2016
  • Preparing Chicago teachers for high-need urban classrooms
    Preparing Chicago teachers for high-need urban classrooms.
    Original Air Date: August 30, 2016
    The National Housing Conference analyzed 210 metro areas to see whether workers in public education could afford to buy or rent a home.
  • How Donald Trump’s ground strategy ‘defies convention’
    Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton have very different ground strategies in key states. While Clinton has devoted substantial resources to establishing local campaign offices and on-the-ground personnel, Donald Trump has defied this standard practice, keeping field operations much more limited. Hari Sreenivasan speaks with Lisa Desjardins, who co-authored a report on the subject with Daniel Bush.
    Original Air Date: August 30, 2016
    ARLINGTON, VA - AUGUST 27: Hillary Clinton supporters and volunteers work at the Virginia Victory Coordinated Campaign Field Office August 27, 2016 in Arlington, Virginia.  (Photo by Leigh Vogel/Getty Images)
  • Tourism in Iceland is booming -- but it's not all good news
    As war, terrorism and uncertainty pervade the globe, travelers are flocking to Iceland -- regarded as one of the safest nations on the planet. Fishing used to be the country’s most profitable industry, but in recent years, tourism has claimed the top spot. Still, the buzz and the economic benefits it delivers are accompanied by challenges. Malcolm Brabant reports Iceland's tourism 'growing pains.'
    Original Air Date: August 30, 2016
    Iceland's national flag and a church are seen in the town of Vik, Iceland April 22, 2010.  REUTERS/Lucas Jackson/File Photo - RTSFTO2

Monday, August 29, 2016

  • Clinton & Trump are talking about minorities -- but to whom?
    As summer winds down, the presidential campaign ramps up. Both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton highlighted racial issues this week, while Trump appeared to soften on immigration. Meanwhile, some swing states may be out of contention. For political analysis, Gwen Ifill speaks with Amy Walter of the Cook Political Report and Stuart Rothenberg of the The Rothenberg & Gonzales Political Report.
    Original Air Date: August 29, 2016
  • An extremist’s path to academia -- and fighting terrorism
    Jesse Curtis Morton begins work as a counterterrorism researcher at George Washington University this fall. But his path to the position was highly unconventional: until 2012, Morton was Younus Abdullah Muhammad, a Muslim extremist who founded a radical Islamist website. His decision to go undercover and assist in counterterrorism efforts while in prison changed his trajectory profoundly.
    Original Air Date: August 29, 2016
  • News Wrap: U.S. tells Turkey to focus on ISIS, not Kurds
    In our news wrap Monday, top American officials accused Turkey of focusing on Kurdish groups in their military campaign against Syria, instead of on ISIS. Also, in Yemen, a suicide truck bomb tore into a gathering of military recruits, leaving at least 54 dead and 70 wounded. ISIS claimed responsibility for the attack, which took place in the southern city of Aden, near two schools and a mosque.
    Original Air Date: August 29, 2016
    A Turkish soldier on an armoured personnel carrier waves as they drive from the border back to their base in Karkamis on the Turkish-Syrian border in the southeastern Gaziantep province, Turkey, August 27, 2016. REUTERS/Umit Bektas  - RTX2N8Z1
  • Did outcry on social media lead to Mylan’s generic EpiPen?
    After news broke that the price of EpiPen injectors has skyrocketed, the allergy medicine’s maker, Mylan, announced its intention to offer a generic version of the product, to be sold at half the market price of the original. The New York Times’ Andrew Pollack and the University of Minnesota's Stephen Schondelmeyer talk with Gwen Ifill about the role public outcry played in the company's decision.
    Original Air Date: August 29, 2016
    There are some competitors to EpiPen, but they haven’t caught on. Photo by Greg Friese/via Flickr
  • Chicago gun violence is ‘clear failure’ of criminal justice
    Nykea Aldridge was walking her baby in a park on Chicago's South Side when she was killed in crossfire. The tragedy has sparked a conversation about rising gun violence in the city, where homicides exceed those in New York and Los Angeles combined. John Yang speaks with Chicago Life's Rev. Jedidiah Brown and Lori Lightfoot, president of the Chicago Police Board, for more on the crisis.
    Original Air Date: August 29, 2016
    CHICAGO, IL - AUGUST 28: People attend a prayer vigil for Nykea Aldridge outside Willie Mae Morris Empowerment Center on August 28, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois. Nykea Aldridge, a cousin of NBA star Dwyane Wade, was shot in the head and killed when a stray bullet struck her while she was pushing her baby in a stroller Friday afternoon near an elementary school on Chicago's south side. (Photo by Joshua Lott/Getty Images)
  • A vibrant picture of Brooklyn in the tumultuous 1970s
    “Another Brooklyn,” by Jacqueline Woodson, is not a typical coming-of-age novel. It takes place in Brooklyn in the 1970s, an environment in which drugs were ubiquitous, white flight was on the rise and young girls of color relied on each other for support. Woodson grew up in that era herself, and Jeffrey Brown meets with her in Brooklyn to discuss how she sees writers as 'history keepers.'
    Original Air Date: August 29, 2016
    NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 19:  Jacqueline Woodson attends 2014 National Book Awards on November 19, 2014 in New York City.  (Photo by Robin Marchant/Getty Images)

Sunday, August 28, 2016

  • Philippines groups condemn extrajudicial killings
    In the two months since President Rodrigo Duterte took office in the Philippines with a promise to crack down on illegal drugs, police said they have gunned down more than 700 suspected dealers and users who resisted arrest. For more on the drug war, Paul Henson, the North America bureau chief of ABS-CBN International The Filipino Channel, joins Hari Sreenivasan.
    Original Air Date: August 28, 2016
    Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte speaks at the wake of a soldier killed in an encounter with communist rebels at a military Camp Panacan in Davao city, in southern Philippines August 7, 2016. REUTERS/Lean Daval Jr - RTSLIJ7
  • How should media decide to publish controversial images?
    When the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten published cartoons of the prophet Muhammad in 2005, protesters set fire to Danish embassies. Flemming Rose, the paper’s culture editor at the time, was the target of an assassination plot. More than 10 years later, Rose sits with Hari Sreenivasan in New York to talk about freedom of expression around the world.
    Original Air Date: August 28, 2016
    Islamabad, PAKISTAN:  Activists of Pakistani Islamic party Jamaat-e-Ahle Sunnat hold placards and banners during an anti-cartoon protest rally in Islamabad, 13 March 2006.  Some 1,000 protesters marched on the streets to protest against the controversial publication of cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed. Twelve cartoons depicting the Prophet Mohammed were first published in Denmark's Jyllands-Posten newspaper in September 2005 and have since been reprinted elsewhere, igniting demonstrations throughout much of the Islamic world.             AFP PHOTO/Aamir QURESHI  (Photo credit should read AAMIR QURESHI/AFP/Getty Images)

Saturday, August 27, 2016

  • Italy marks national day of mourning after quake
    As Italy held a national day of mourning, rescue workers spent a fourth day searching for survivors of a devastating earthquake that killed at least 291 since it struck on Wednesday. For the latest, NewsHour Weekend Special Correspondent Christopher Livesay joins Hari Sreenivasan from Amatrice, Italy.
    Original Air Date: August 27, 2016
    Firefighters stand next to a collapsed house following an earthquake in Amatrice, central Italy, August 27, 2016. REUTERS/Ciro De Luca - RTX2NABM
  • Obama to make marine preserve largest in the world
    An executive order issued Friday by President Barack Obama will make the Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument the largest ecological preserve in the world, at more than 580,000 square miles. Matt Rand, director of the Pew Charitable Trust’s Global Ocean Legacy Project, joins Hari Sreenivasan to discuss.
    Original Air Date: August 27, 2016
    A green sea turtle is seen off the coast of Oahu, Hawaii April 8, 2006. U.S. First Lady Laura Bush on Friday dedicated the Hawaiian name "Papahanaumokuakea" to the Northwest Hawaiian Islands National Marine Monument, home to more than seven thousand species of animals, including turtles like the one shown, during her visit to Honolulu. Photo taken on April 8, 2006.  REUTERS/Hugh Gentry (UNITED STATES) - RTR1N17V
  • Why some manufacturers are returning to the U.S.
    Both presidential nominees Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump pledged to bring manufacturing jobs back to American shores as the economy became a central theme in this year’s presidential elections. But some jobs, once thought to be forever lost to cheaper labor overseas, have already started to return. NewsHour Weekend’s Christopher Booker has the story.
    Original Air Date: August 27, 2016
    The Bollman Factory in Adamstown, Pennsylvania. Photo by Christopher Booker/PBS NewsHour

Friday, August 26, 2016

  • Six Virginia voters share their election impressions
    Virginia is one of the most highly contested states in this year’s presidential election. For an inside look at the choice facing voters there, Judy Woodruff speaks with six Northern Virginia residents. The group’s topics include perceptions of Donald Trump as a 'great communicator' and a 'bully,' the sincerity of Hillary Clinton and whether the country can come together after a divisive campaign.
    Original Air Date: August 26, 2016
  • Shields and Brooks on racism and Clinton's trustworthiness
    In the presidential election arena this week, the two major-party candidates called each other racists, and questions arose over Donald Trump's support among alt-right enthusiasts. As for Hillary Clinton, she seems to be focusing on casting herself as the lesser-of-two-evils option. For analysis, we turn to syndicated columnist Mark Shields and New York Times columnist David Brooks.
    Original Air Date: August 26, 2016
  • Devastated Italian towns receive global support
    Three days after the devastating earthquake in Italy, the death toll has climbed to 281. At this point, rescuers are not expecting to discover any survivors, says special correspondent Christopher Livesay, who is on the ground in hard-hit Amatrice. But people from all over Italy -- and the world -- have come to help. Hari Sreenivasan speaks with Livesay about the recovery and plans to rebuild.
    Original Air Date: August 26, 2016
    A resident helps a firefighter to set down a crucifix from San Lorenzo e Flaviano church following an earthquake in San Lorenzo, central Italy, August 26, 2016. REUTERS/Max Rossi - RTX2N7EN
  • Victims of Syrian war find help in a home away from home
    Now five years old, the war in Syria has taken an immense emotional and physical toll on those close to the fighting. Nisreen Katbi fled from Syria to Jordan four years ago and now runs a center that helps fellow refugees experiencing physical and psychological trauma. The center provides full-time care, free of charge. University of California, Berkeley, journalism students report from Jordan.
    Original Air Date: August 26, 2016
  • How scientists aim to combat the invasive lionfish
    The lionfish has always been a relentless predator. When it lived only in the Indo-Pacific, its ferocity and aggression were contained. But since the species has expanded to the Atlantic, its overpopulation is threatening fellow aquatic creatures. So scientists are developing a robot to hunt the predator, thinking that killing mass numbers of lionfish may be the only way to combat the problem.
    Original Air Date: August 26, 2016
    A lionfish is seen on the reefs off Roatan, Honduras in this picture taken May 5, 2010. Native to Indo-Pacific waters, lionfish have invaded the Caribbean because of the
 aquarium trade and are gobbling up native species but have no predators 
in the region, so their population is exploding. Picture taken May 
  • Visitor to all 59 national parks touts their beauty
    Last June, Darius Nabors embarked upon a journey: in honor of the National Park Service's 100th birthday, he would explore the country’s 59 national parks in 59 weeks. “I traded the modern conveniences of life...for beautiful sunrises, beautiful sunsets and just beautiful views of our country,” he says. We followed up with him as he set out for his last destination: Maine’s Acadia National Park.
    Original Air Date: August 26, 2016
    ACADIA NATIONAL PARK, ME - JUNE 28: The view from "Raven's Nest" a secluded spot on the Schoodic Peninsula side of Acadia National Park, seen on a gray day, Tuesday, June 28, 2016. (Photo by Gabe Souza/Portland Press Herald via Getty Images)

Thursday, August 25, 2016

  • A psychologist on ‘making disability sexy’
    Dr. Danielle Sheypuk is attempting to derail the stigma around sex and people with physical disabilities. Born with Spinal Muscular Atrophy Type 2, Sheypuk knows what it’s like to have a disability -- and a sex life. But she worries that popular culture tends to show only able-bodied individuals having sex in traditional ways. This is her Brief but Spectacular take on how “anything can be sexy.”
    Original Air Date: August 25, 2016
    NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 10:  Disability-rights advocate and fashion model, Dr. Danielle Sheypuk attends the "A Whole Lott More" screening reception at JCC in Manhattan on March 10, 2014 in New York City.  (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images)
  • Colombian deal with FARC would end decades of conflict
    Colombia’s president delivered a historic peace deal with FARC rebels on Wednesday. The agreement outlines a timetable for the leftist group to disarm and re-enter society -- thus concluding one of the world’s longest-running conflicts, which resulted in some 220,000 deaths. But the Colombian people still must approve. Hari Sreenivasan discusses the accord with The Wilson Center’s Cindy Arnson.
    Original Air Date: August 25, 2016
    Colombia's President Juan Manuel Santos (L) and Colombian First Lady Maria Clemencia de Santos arrives at congress to present the FARC peace accord to the Colombian Congress in Bogota, Colombia,  August 25, 2016. REUTERS/John Vizcaino - RTX2N2VC
  • Why the ‘alt-right’ is coming offline to support Trump
    Donald Trump is appealing to voters who reject mainstream conservative ideals. These members of the so-called "alt-right" have typically taken their frustrations to the internet, rather than to the polls. John Yang interviews the Washington Free Beacon's Matthew Continetti and The Washington Post’s David Weigel about the alt-right's "hierarchical" tendencies and potential impact on conservatism.
    Original Air Date: August 25, 2016
    Supporters cheer as Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump takes the stage during a campaign rally in Jackson, Mississippi, U.S., August 24, 2016.   REUTERS/Carlo Allegri - RTX2MYAH
  • For Trump, China is at the heart of U.S. economic problems
    This year’s presidential election has emphasized the trio of trade, globalization and jobs. For the next three weeks, Making Sen$e’s Paul Solman will dive into the candidates’ perspectives on these issues. He starts with Donald Trump, whose trade rhetoric tends to focus on China. We speak with one of his economic advisers about “unfair trade practices” and China's influence on the U.S. economy.
    Original Air Date: August 25, 2016
    File photo of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump by Carlo Allegri/Reuters
  • At the pool with freestyle phenom Katie Ledecky
    Katie Ledecky was one of the most triumphant athletes of the Rio Olympics. The 19-year-old swimmer overwhelmed her competition; in the 800-meter race, she finished nearly a pool length ahead of second place. Known for relentless training and humility, she will forego endorsement deals to attend Stanford University this fall. Margaret Warner met her in Bethesda, Maryland, at her high school pool.
    Original Air Date: August 25, 2016
    Katie Ledecky, Stone Ridge Academy, August 25, 2016, photo by Abbey Oldham
  • At age 100, how the national parks grant 'breathing space'
    One hundred years ago today, President Woodrow Wilson signed the Organic Act, creating the National Park Service. To reflect, Jeffrey Brown takes his Bookshelf segment outdoors to Virginia's Great Falls Park. He's joined by Terry Tempest Williams to discuss her new book, which narrates the stories of America's "sacred lands," the power they offer visitors and the challenges of maintaining them.
    Original Air Date: August 25, 2016
    Horseshoe Bend on the Colorado River is located just north of the Grand Canyon. Photo by Crystal Brindle

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

  • In Iceland, refugees help yield diversity, economic growth
    As refugees from war flee across continental Europe, a few have found safety in an unlikely place: Iceland. New legislation there relaxes immigration controls, worrying some residents -- but more citizens favor diversifying their mostly white and Christian nation. In fact, the country’s economy may rely on population growth. Malcolm Brabant recounts the Icelandic experience of one Syrian family.
    Original Air Date: August 24, 2016