Friday, July 3, 2015

  • ‘Amazing Grace,’ a song of suffering to pull us together
    At the funeral for Reverend Clementa Pinckney, a South Carolina state senator who was killed in the church shooting in Charleston, President Obama broke from his eulogy to sing ‘Amazing Grace,’ a song that exemplifies human vulnerability and redemption. Special correspondent John Larson explores the song’s history, and why it resonates so widely.
    Original Air Date: July 3, 2015
    U.S. President Barack Obama  leads mourners in singing the song "Amazing Grace" as he delivers a eulogy in honor of the Rev. Clementa Pinckney during funeral services for Pinckney in Charleston, South Carolina June 26, 2015. Pinckney is one of nine victims of a mass shooting at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church.   REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst - RTX1HZDH
  • Team USA hits its stride for finals and ratings rise, too
    On Tuesday, the U.S. women’s soccer team scored a 2-0 victory against Germany to advance to the World Cup finals against Japan. Christine Brennan of USA Today and former U.S. goalkeeper Briana Scurry join Judy Woodruff to discuss the upcoming match, why the team has seemed to improve so much recently, and whether the league should reevaluate its policies on head injuries.
    Original Air Date: July 3, 2015
    Jun 30, 2015; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; United States team members wave to the crowd after the semifinals against Germany in the FIFA 2015 Women's World Cup at Olympic Stadium. United States defeated Germany 2-0. Mandatory Credit: Jean-Yves Ahern-USA TODAY Sports - RTX1IIMN
  • Yes or no on bailout referendum, how should Greece vote?
    On Sunday, Greece will vote on whether to accept Europe’s latest bailout package and tougher austerity measures, and polls show the public closely divided. Special correspondent Malcolm Brabant reports from Athens. Judy Woodruff discusses possible outcomes with Jacob Kirkegaard of the Peterson Institute for International Economics and Mark Weisbrot of the Center for Economic Policy and Research.
    Original Air Date: July 3, 2015
    A referendum campaign poster that reads 'Yes (Nai)' is seen on a bus stop with a graffiti that reads 'No (Oxi)' on it in Athens, Greece, July 3, 2015. An opinion poll on Greece's bailout referendum published on Friday pointed to a slight lead for the Yes vote, on 44.8 percent, against 43.4 percent for the No vote that the leftwing government backs.    REUTERS/Christian Hartmann  - RTX1IUFD
  • Law enforcement on alert for Fourth of July security threats
    As the Fourth of July approaches, security officials are on a heightened state of alert. What’s behind the warnings? Hari Sreenivasan talks to Daniel Benjamin, former coordinator for counterterrorism at the State Department.
    Original Air Date: July 3, 2015
    Police officers patrol Times Square in New York, United States, July 3, 2015. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo on Friday ordered heightened security measures across the state over the U.S. July Fourth holiday weekend in response to a call for vigilance by the federal government. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly - RTX1IYAD

Thursday, July 2, 2015

  • Ta-Nehisi Coates on discussing racism directly, honestly
    How should the U.S. address problems of violent policing? As a nation, we may be asking the police to do certain things that they shouldn't, says Ta-Nehisi Coates. The Atlantic correspondent offers his brief but spectacular take on the legacy of white supremacy in America today.
    Original Air Date: July 2, 2015
  • More LGBT weddings? More wedding cakes!
    After the Supreme Court decision legalizing gay marriage in America, cake decorator Jan Kish's phone began to ring off the hook. She's one of a new group of wedding specialists who cater to the LGBT community. And it's not just the wedding industry that can benefit financially from same-sex marriage. Economics correspondent Paul Solman reports from Ohio.
    Original Air Date: July 2, 2015
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  • Grateful Dead’s Mickey Hart plays the rhythm of the universe
    Mickey Hart, a founding drummer for the Grateful Dead, has collaborated with astrophysicists on music that reflects the origins of the universe, and with neuroscientists to figure out how music stimulates different parts of damaged brains. Special correspondent Mike Cerre follows Hart’s exploration of music and the universe, and our human response to rhythm.
    Original Air Date: July 2, 2015
  • How New York and Charleston are planning for rising seas
    While New York City is taking aggressive action to prevent future catastrophes like Hurricane Sandy, other vulnerable cities, such as Charleston, South Carolina, are not tackling the threat of rising sea level and climate change with the same urgency. Special correspondent Jackie Judd reports.
    Original Air Date: July 2, 2015
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  • Why has labor participation hit a 38-year low?
    In June, the U.S. economy added 223,000 jobs and unemployment fell to its lowest rate in seven years. But the proportion of Americans working or looking for work is now the smallest it’s been in nearly four decades, and wages remain flat. For an in-depth outlook on employment, Judy Woodruff speaks to Harry Holzer of Georgetown University.
    Original Air Date: July 2, 2015
  • Did airlines coordinate to limit capacity?
    The Justice Department has begun to investigate several major airlines for possible collusion over keeping fares high. For insight, Hari Sreenivasan turns to Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., who asked the DOJ to investigate airlines last month.
    Original Air Date: July 2, 2015
    An American Airlines plane pulls up to a gate at Logan Airport in Boston, Massachusetts, United States June 13, 2015. Outdoor scenes in Boston show local residents enjoying balmy weather amid lush greenery as the summer solstice approaches on 21 June. The very same locations suffered heavy snowstorms last winter, with snow ploughs, skiers and snowboarders battling the drifts. Boston got 275.8 cm of snow over the winter, the most since 1872, when records began. A few months after the snowstorms, Brian Snyder revisited the same places and shot pictures at exactly the same locations. REUTERS/Brian SnyderPICTURE 30 OF 30 FOR WIDER IMAGE STORY "WINTER FREEZE, SUMMER SOLSTICE" SEARCH "BRIAN SOLSTICE" FOR ALL IMAGES - RTX1H85Y
  • How the proposed BP oil spill settlement will be spent
    In the nation’s worst oil disaster, 134 million gallons of crude gushed into the Gulf of Mexico, coating beaches and barrier islands, killing thousands of animals and decimating fisheries. Now nearly five years later, oil giant British Petroleum is facing a record settlement of $18.7 billion. Judy Woodruff discusses the deal with Rep. Garret Graves, R-La.
    Original Air Date: July 2, 2015
    A double layer of oil booms are set up around one of the Chandeleur Islands, Louisiana May 7, 2010 as seen from a plane used by the environmental group Mobile Baykeeper and Southwings to look at the damage caused by the oil spill.  Oil workers, volunteers and the military have been battling to shut off a gushing oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico and stop the huge spreading slick from reaching major ports, tourist beaches, wildlife refuges and fishing grounds.     REUTERS/Brian Snyder    (UNITED STATES - Tags: DISASTER ENERGY ENVIRONMENT) - RTR2DLJ9

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

  • The unfolding detective story of dwarf planet Ceres
    NASA’s Dawn spacecraft set out in 2007 to explore Ceres and Vesta, the two largest objects in our solar system’s asteroid belt. What has Dawn discovered so far? Judy Woodruff sits down with NewsHour’s senior online editor Jenny Marder, who recently visited the Jet Propulsion Laboratory to explore Dawn’s mission and the mysteries of Ceres.
    Original Air Date: July 1, 2015
    This image was taken by NASA's Dawn spacecraft of dwarf planet Ceres on Feb. 19 from a distance of nearly 29,000 miles. It shows that the brightest spot on Ceres has a dimmer companion, which apparently lies in the same basin. Image courtesy of NASA/JPL-Caltech/UCLA/MPS/DLR/IDA
  • Some big liberal wins, but it’s still a conservative court
    From legalizing gay marriage to upholding the Affordable Care Act, the Supreme Court has just finished up a momentous term. Jeffrey Brown speaks to Marcia Coyle of The National Law Journal, Joan Biskupic of Reuters and Amy Howe of about the high-profile liberal victories this term, the colorful rhetoric used in justices’ dissents and what big cases to expect next year.
    Original Air Date: July 1, 2015
    A man wears a t-shirt showing U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg as "Notorious R.B.G." at a celebration rally in West Hollywood, California, United States, June 26, 2015. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled on Friday that the U.S. Constitution provides same-sex couples the right to marry in a historic triumph for the American gay rights movement. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson  - RTX1I0IG
  • What’s next for Obamacare coverage and cost?
    Since the Supreme Court upheld the Affordable Care Act, what’s next for ensuring the health of the health reform law? Judy Woodruff speaks to Secretary of Health and Human Services Sylvia Burwell about its successes and what can be improved.
    Original Air Date: July 1, 2015
  • Teachers tap into brain science to boost learning
    Research on the brain and how we think and act is influencing the way some teachers teach. Special correspondent John Tulenko of Learning Matters goes into a classroom where the instructor uses different methods to engage different parts of the students’ brains, then checks with a neuroscientist about whether that strategy actually works.
    Original Air Date: July 1, 2015
  • Greek PM urges defiance after creditors reject late offer
    The scene in Greece has become one of desperation and chaos after the country defaulted on its bailout debt, and European creditors rebuffed a late request by Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras. Special correspondent Malcolm Brabant reports from Athens on how tensions are flaring over tight limits on banking and pensions, and the upcoming referendum on Greece’s fate and Tsipras’ political future.
    Original Air Date: July 1, 2015
    Anti-EU protesters hold a burned and torn European Union flag during a protest at the northern city of Thessaloniki, Greece July 1, 2015. A defiant Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras urged Greeks on Wednesday to reject an international bailout deal, wrecking any prospect of repairing broken relations with EU partners before a referendum on Sunday that may decide Greece's future in Europe. REUTERS/Alexandros Avramidis - RTX1INYK
  • IS militants launch coordinated assault on Egyptian forces
    Islamic State militants and Egyptian troops clashed for hours in the Northern Sinai Peninsula. The lengthy battle began after the militants launched a massive, coordinated assault. Judy Woodruff learns more from Yara Bayoumy of Reuters.
    Original Air Date: July 1, 2015
    Smoke rises in Egypt's North Sinai as seen from the border of southern Gaza Strip with Egypt July 1, 2015.  Islamic State militants launched a wide-scale coordinated assault on several military checkpoints in Egypt's North Sinai on Wednesday in which 50 people were killed, security sources said, the largest attack yet in the insurgency-hit province.  REUTERS/Ibraheem Abu Mustafa          TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY           - RTX1IMV7
  • James Taylor sings 'Shower the People'
    James Taylor has continued performing over the past decade, but it’s been 13 years since he released an album of all new material. “Before This World” dropped in June and “Sweet Baby James” fans responded; the album hit No. 1 on the Billboard 200 recently and, as Taylor told the NewsHour’s Jeffrey Brown, his audience is still very important to him.
    Original Air Date: July 1, 2015
    James Taylor rehearses "Shower the People" for PBS NewsHour
  • James Taylor sings 'Angels of Fenway'
    James Taylor's new song, "Angels of Fenway," is an ode to his beloved Boston Red Sox. “In the case of 'Angels of Fenway,’ I knew I wanted to write about that series against the Yankees in 2004 when we were down three and couldn’t afford to lose one game out of the next four and then went on to sweep the cards."
    Original Air Date: July 1, 2015
    James Taylor rehearses "Angels of Fenway" for PBS NewsHour

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

  • Why you should always skip your kids' baseball games
    America has a problem with youth sports, says author Daniel Pink, and that problem is the parents. In our NewsHour Essays series, Pink shares his solution.
    Original Air Date: June 30, 2015
  • Why James Taylor is still ‘endlessly interested’ in music
    "Before This World," James Taylor's first album of all new material in 13 years, is the veteran songwriter's first-ever chart-topping record. Jeffrey Brown talks to Taylor, now 67, about wearing his heart on his sleeve in his songs and finding satisfaction in his life and career.
    Original Air Date: June 30, 2015
  • In Angola, corruption has deadly consequences for children
    Angola is a country of extreme wealth, thanks to oil and diamonds. Yet, it has the highest child-mortality rate in the world. Rampant corruption accounts for a large part of this contradiction. Nicholas Kristof, an op-ed columnist for The New York Times, joins Gwen Ifill to discuss the country’s disheartening situation.
    Original Air Date: June 30, 2015
  • Brain stent offers new treatment option for stroke victims
    In the United States, strokes are the fifth leading cause of death. Most strokes are caused by a blood clot in the brain, which can be treated with a time-sensitive medicine, but few get to the hospital in time. Now, the American Heart Association is recommending a special stent to remove clots. Judy Woodruff talk to Dr. William J. Powers of the University of North Carolina School of Medicine.
    Original Air Date: June 30, 2015
  • What new overtime pay rules mean for workers and employers
    President Obama is calling for a substantial expansion of who’s eligible to earn overtime pay. His proposal would the lift the salary cap to $50,000 for all workers, even managers and executives. But many businesses have said the president’s idea will backfire. Judy Woodruff talks to Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez about the plan and the opposition.
    Original Air Date: June 30, 2015
    Labor Secretary Thomas Perez
  • Access is sticking point as Iran nuclear talks are extended
    Representatives from Iran and other world powers who are negotiating the country's nuclear program have missed another deadline. The announcement of a week-long extension came from Vienna, where Secretary of State John Kerry is meeting with his international counterparts. Jeffrey Brown talks to Indira Lakshmanan of Bloomberg, reporting from Vienna.
    Original Air Date: June 30, 2015
    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry (L)  meets with Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif at a hotel in Vienna, Austria June 30, 2015.  Kerry and  Zarif held a "productive" meeting in Vienna on Tuesday, the State Department said, as negotiations on curbing Iran's nuclear program were extended. REUTERS/State Department/Handout  FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS. THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. IT IS DISTRIBUTED, EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS - RTX1IHEE
  • Chris Christie announces his candidacy for U.S. president
    New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie announced Tuesday that he was running for U.S. president in the 2016 election.What does Chris Christie believe? Read more here:
    Original Air Date: June 30, 2015
    Republican presidential candidate and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie formally announces his campaign for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination at Livingston High School in Livingston, New Jersey, Tuesday. Photo by Brendan McDermid/Reuters

Monday, June 29, 2015

  • World Cup match against Germany will test U.S. Women’s team
    Four teams are left as the Women's World Cup nears its climax. Germany, the number one team in the world, will face off against the U.S., the team with the top defense currently. Jeffrey Brown learns more about the matchup and key players from Christine Brennan of USA Today.
    Original Air Date: June 29, 2015
    Jun 26, 2015; Ottawa, Ontario, CAN; United States midfielder Carli Lloyd (10) celebrates her goal with teammates against China during the second half in the quarterfinals of the FIFA 2015 Women's World Cup at Lansdowne Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Marc DesRosiers-USA TODAY Sports - RTX1I031
  • Why GOP candidates will be talking about the Supreme Court
    Judy Woodruff talks to Stuart Rothenberg of the Rothenberg & Gonzales Political Report and Tamara Keith of NPR about Republican reactions to the Supreme Court rulings on Obamacare and same-sex marriage, plus a look at new presidential candidate Gov. Bobby Jindal and expected presidential candidate Gov. Chris Christie.
    Original Air Date: June 29, 2015