Friday, December 23, 2016

  • Holiday music from U.S. military around the world
    From around the world, members of the United States military sing the classic Christmas carol, “The Twelve Days of Christmas.” The segment was done in collaboration with the Pentagon.
    Original Air Date: December 23, 2016
  • Donald Trump’s fighting words are worrying to some
    President-elect Trump tweeted this week that the U.S. needs to build up its nuclear arsenal. He also declared that should an arms race occur, the U.S. would triumph over any adversary. John Yang talks to Joseph Cirincione of the Ploughshares Fund and Matthew Kroenig of Georgetown University about the reaction to Mr. Trump’s words and the status of American weaponry.
    Original Air Date: December 23, 2016
  • Why didn’t the US veto the UN’s rebuke of Israel?
    The United States has broken with decades of diplomacy by abstaining on a U.N. rebuke of Israel, rather than vetoing it in support of its longtime ally. The Security Council voted 14 to 0 that Israel is committing a “flagrant violation” of international law by building settlements on land Palestinians want. Judy Woodruff speaks with Ben Rhodes, deputy national security adviser, about the decision.
    Original Air Date: December 23, 2016
    FILE PHOTO:  A construction site is seen in the West Bank Jewish settlement of Givat Zeev, near Jerusalem, October 17, 2013. REUTERS/Baz Ratner/File Photo - RTX2WC0Q
  • News Wrap: FBI says ISIS is urging holiday attacks on U.S.
    In our news wrap Friday, the FBI is warning that Islamic State supporters are urging attacks on holiday gatherings and churches in the U.S. Also, the suspect who plowed a truck into a Berlin Christmas market has been shot dead. Anis Amri was killed by a police officer after an early-morning shootout in Milan.
    Original Air Date: December 23, 2016
    Italian Police officers work next to the body of Anis Amri, the suspect in the Berlin Christmas market truck attack, in a suburb of the northern Italian city of Milan, Italy December 23, 2016.   REUTERS/Stringer  FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVES - RTX2WA23
  • Tijuana welcomes Haitian immigrants stuck at U.S. border
    In the wake of late September’s Hurricane Matthew, Haitians are increasingly desperate to reach the United States, which has recently reinstated deportations to Haiti for the first time since 2010's earthquake. But residents of Tijuana, Mexico, are showing an unusual amount of hospitality to Haitian immigrants stuck at the border. Special correspondent Jean Guerrero from KPBS Fronteras reports.
    Original Air Date: December 23, 2016
    Haitian migrants wait outside Migrant Care office after leaving Brazil, where they relocated to after Haiti's 2010 earthquake, in Tijuana, Mexico, October 4, 2016. REUTERS/Edgard Garrido - RTSQSVR
  • Shields and Brooks on Trump’s unprecedented transition
    President-elect Donald Trump made headlines this week for his reference to a possible arms race and his involvement in U.S. foreign policy prior to taking office. Judy Woodruff speaks with syndicated columnist Mark Shields and New York Times columnist David Brooks about whether Mr. Trump’s strategy is to keep people “off balance,” as well as potential conflicts of interest within his Cabinet.
    Original Air Date: December 23, 2016
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  • Ebola vaccine results are encouraging -- but preliminary
    On Thursday, results from the World Health Organization's two-year trial studying the Ebola virus were published. They indicate that the vaccine is effective -- but it still needs to be approved by regulatory agencies. Hari Sreenivasan speaks with Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the NIH's National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, about promising early results and remaining challenges.
    Original Air Date: December 23, 2016
    A research assistant works on a vaccine for Ebola at The Jenner Institute in Oxford, southern England January 16, 2015. Photograph taken January 16, 2015.    REUTERS/Eddie Keogh (BRITAIN - Tags: SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY HEALTH) - RTR4M5YI

Thursday, December 22, 2016

  • Graphic novelist urges kids to reach beyond the comfort zone
    Graphic novelist Gene Luen Yang wrestled with his identity growing up, but he’s made the Chinese-American experience one of the main subjects of his critically acclaimed work. One of this year’s MacArthur Fellowship winners and the national ambassador for young people’s literature, Yang sits down with Jeffrey Brown to discuss his childhood, his love of coding and the feeling of being an outsider.
    Original Air Date: December 22, 2016
  • Security company releases new evidence in DNC hack
    U.S. intelligence agencies have concluded Russia was behind the hack of the DNC and others, but haven't made the evidence public. The private cyber security company that uncovered the hack has unveiled new details it says confirms Russian military intelligence service was behind the breach. Judy Woodruff speaks with Dmitri Alperovitch of Crowdstrike and Thomas Rid of King's College, London.
    Original Air Date: December 22, 2016
    Shortwave is a podcast. That you listen to. With your ears.
  • Why Germany failed to stop the Berlin attack suspect
    The man suspected of carrying out an attack on a Christmas market was well known to German authorities. Anis Amri was under surveillance for six months and slated for deportation, but his home country refused to accept him. Hari Sreenivasan speaks with Peter Neumann of King’s College about how German authorities could have missed the signals.
    Original Air Date: December 22, 2016
    Police secures the area near the Schoenhauser Allee shopping mall in Berlin, Germany, December 22, 2016.     REUTERS/Pawel Kopczynski - RTX2W5ZP
  • Why covering Trump is a 'unique challenge' for the press
    During the campaign and after, President-elect Donald Trump voiced his distrust of the media and held the press at arms-length. On Thursday, he announced his communications team, including RNC strategist Sean Spicer as press secretary. Brian Stelter of CNN and Jeff Mason of Reuters join Judy Woodruff to discuss what to expect about press relations once the president-elect takes office.
    Original Air Date: December 22, 2016
    FILE PHOTO - Chief Strategist & Communications Director for the Republican National Committee Sean Spicer arrives in the lobby of Republican president-elect Donald Trump's Trump Tower in New York, New York, U.S. November 14, 2016.  REUTERS/Carlo Allegri/File Photo - RTX2W7UI
  • The debate on DC’s new paid family leave policy
    The District of Columbia just passed one of the leading paid family leave laws in the country: D.C. parents who work in the private sector can now take eight weeks off at up to 90 percent of their pay. But opinions differ on the law’s economic impacts. Economics correspondent Paul Solman reports.
    Original Air Date: December 22, 2016
  • Why shopping on Sunday is so controversial in Greece
    Americans take shopping on a Sunday for granted. But Greece, a heavily religious country, has been reluctant to embrace the concept. Now, seven years into a financial crisis, the International Monetary Fund is insisting that the government allow Sunday shopping, in an effort to kickstart the economy. Special correspondent Malcolm Brabant reports.
    Original Air Date: December 22, 2016

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

  • Unveiling the long-hidden story of the Attica prison riot
    In September 1971, Attica Correctional Facility in upstate New York became the site of a bloody uprising that would shock the nation. Over several days, some 1,300 inmates seized parts of the prison, demanding better living conditions. Heather Ann Thompson documents the untold story in her new book, “Blood in the Water,” and joins Jeffrey Brown to discuss the truth about the riot's violent end.
    Original Air Date: December 21, 2016
  • The sacred and the scientific clash on Hawaii’s Mauna Kea
    Over a thousand years ago, Polynesians followed the stars in the Mauna Kea sky on their path to Hawaii. Those stars are now of interest to astronomers, who believe the mountain's summit is the perfect spot to build a giant, cutting-edge telescope. But native Hawaiians view that peak as a sacred space. Science correspondent Miles O’Brien reports for the second in our series about the controversy.
    Original Air Date: December 21, 2016
    USA - HAWAII STATE - BIG ISLAND - SEPTEMBER 21: The Mauna Kea Observatory is a set of independent telescopes, placed on the summit of Mauna Kea volcano on the island of Hawaii. The altitude in the middle of the Pacific Ocean and isolation make the Mauna Kea absolutely one of the best sites in the world for astronomical observation.(Photo by Andrea Franceschini/Corbis News via Getty Images)
  • In Liberia, sewing school uniforms with social consciousness
    Chid Liberty grew up in the U.S. as the son of a Liberian diplomat. After working in Silicon Valley, he returned to his family's country of origin with a plan to open a garment factory. When that business was devastated by the Ebola crisis, Liberty launched his next venture: a socially conscious clothing line that funds uniform production for schoolchildren. Fred de Sam Lazaro reports.
    Original Air Date: December 21, 2016
  • How Obama's unique background shaped his outlook on race
    The Atlantic's Ta-Nehisi Coates has criticized President Obama’s policies toward black Americans. Perhaps for that reason, he was invited to discuss such issues with Mr. Obama several times throughout the president's tenure. As part of a collaboration with The Atlantic, Coates speaks with Judy Woodruff about his new book, which considers Mr. Obama’s legacy and rare optimism through a racial lens.
    Original Air Date: December 21, 2016
    President Barack Obama in the Oval Office on his first day in office in 2009. Photo by Pete Souza/White House
  • What’s at stake in the fight over NC’s ‘Bathroom Bill’
    In North Carolina, lawmakers met in a special session to debate repealing HB2, the so-called “Bathroom Bill” they passed in March. The controversial law says transgender people must abide by the sex listed on their birth certificate, not their gender identity, when using restrooms in public schools and government buildings. Hari Sreenivasan speaks with Jeff Tiberii of WUNC for an update.
    Original Air Date: December 21, 2016
    North Carolina's House of Representatives convenes as the legislature considers repealing the controversial HB2 law limiting bathroom access for transgender people in Raleigh, North Carolina, U.S. on December 21, 2016. REUTERS/Jonathan Drake - RTX2W20Z

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

  • Investigations reveal startling scope of lead contamination
    On Tuesday, Michigan’s attorney general filed new criminal charges in Flint’s lead contamination case. But Flint is not alone. Reports from both USA Today and Reuters find that lead contamination is widespread, affecting some millions of Americans, usually in rural communities with small water systems. Judy Woodruff speaks with Laura Ungar, the lead reporter on the USA Today investigation.
    Original Air Date: December 20, 2016
    A woman with a "Flint Lives Matter" shirt walks toward a hearing room where Michigan Governor Rick Snyder and EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy will testify before a House Oversight and government Reform hearing on "Examining Federal Administration of the Safe Drinking Water Act in Flint, Michigan, Part III" on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, U.S. on March 17, 2016. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque/File Photo - RTX2PCS2
  • The music is medicine for Bruce Springsteen
    Bruce Springsteen finds a calm, safe place when he’s on stage. In the second part of our special interview with the legendary rock ‘n’ roller, Jeffrey Brown sits down with Springsteen to discuss the books that shaped him, how he’s coped with depression and how Americans can start to heal political divides.
    Original Air Date: December 20, 2016
    Recording artist Bruce Springsteen is shown driving his 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air Convertible in this undated photo, referenced in his iconic song "Born to Run" which is up for auction and is expected to fetch several hundred thousand dollars, provided December 15, 2016.    Courtesy Eric Meola/Handout via REUTERS  ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. EDITORIAL USE ONLY.  NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVE. - RTX2V8Y8
  • Conway: Russian interference claims are ‘pure politics’
    Kellyanne Conway, senior adviser to President-elect Donald Trump, joins Judy Woodruff to discuss the conclusion by the U.S. intelligence community that Russia tried to influence the election, the president-elect’s tweets in the wake of violence in Germany and Turkey, relations with the Obamas during the presidential transition and a move by President Obama to prevent offshore drilling.
    Original Air Date: December 20, 2016
    Kellyanne Conway, campaign manager and senior advisor to the Trump Presidential Transition Team, speaks to the media in the lobby of Trump Tower in Manhattan, New York. Photo by Shannon Stapleton/Reuters
  • How early education can counteract damaging lead exposure
    There is a well-established link between lead exposure and learning disabilities, but early childhood education has been shown to counteract the effects. In Flint, Michigan, where the youngest residents have been the most vulnerable to lead poisoning, the city has opened a free child care center in an attempt to counteract the harmful effects on developing brains. Hari Sreenivasan reports.
    Original Air Date: December 20, 2016
  • Worries about access fuel women’s rush to get contraception
    In the immediate aftermath of the election, concerns about access to birth control have spiked. For many women, there’s a fear that the incoming Trump administration will repeal the Affordable Care Act, and with it, access to free contraception. Lisa Desjardins visits with one couple in Baltimore, who took action to get an IUD before Inauguration Day.
    Original Air Date: December 20, 2016
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  • Inside Obama’s final push to transfer Guantanamo detainees
    According to a New York Times report, the Obama administration has notified Congress of its plans to transfer more than a dozen of the 59 prisoners who remain at the Guantanamo Bay detention center before President-elect Trump takes office. Charlie Savage of The New York Times joins Hari Sreenivasan to discuss how the president has chipped away at the prison population there.
    Original Air Date: December 20, 2016
    A guard opens the gate at the entrance to Camp VI, a prison used to house detainees at the U.S. Naval Base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, March 5, 2013.  REUTERS/Bob Strong/File Photo - RTX2P2D6
  • News Wrap: Seven detained in Russian ambassador killing
    In our news wrap Tuesday, Turkish police detained seven people in connection to the assassination of Russia’s ambassador, Andrei Karlov, who was shot dead Tuesday at an art gallery. Also, in Syria, buses evacuated more people from east Aleppo, as the Syrian army warned that it’s about to enter the last rebel enclave.
    Original Air Date: December 20, 2016
    Flag-wrapped coffin of late Russian Ambassador to Turkey Andrei Karlov is carried to a plane during a ceremony at Esenboga airport in Ankara, Turkey, December 20, 2016.  Reuters/Umit Bektas  TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY   - RTX2VV2X
  • Watch: Bruce Springsteen, our complete interview
    Bruce Springsteen sat down with PBS NewsHour's Jeffrey Brown for a wide-ranging, 40-minute interview about his memoir, his approach to songwriting and how he now reflects back on his early life.
    Original Air Date: December 20, 2016

Monday, December 19, 2016

  • How 2016 put pressure on the Electoral College
    On Monday, the 538 members of the Electoral College met in their respective states to cast votes to confirm Donald Trump as the next president of the United States. But this year, the presidential candidate who won the popular vote by a significant margin did not win the Electoral College, raising old questions about a system that’s usually taken for granted. William Brangham reports.
    Original Air Date: December 19, 2016
    North Carolina Electoral College representatives sign the Certificates of Vote after they all cast their ballots for U.S. President-elect Donald Trump in the State Capitol building in Raleigh, North Carolina, U.S., December 19, 2016.     REUTERS/Jonathan Drake - RTX2VQID
  • Why Russian election meddling is a partisan issue
    The Electoral College sealed the election of Donald Trump, despite protests and more on the day of the vote. Amy Walter of the Cook Political Report and NPR’s Tamara Keith join Judy Woodruff to discuss the latest political news, including the debate over the Electoral College, reports that Russia used cyber hacks to influence the election and Monday’s attacks in Germany and Turkey.
    Original Air Date: December 19, 2016