Thursday, August 25, 2016

  • 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
  • Turkish, U.S. forces launch major operation in Syria
    Backed by U.S. forces, the Turkish military has launched a major operation inside Syria, sending warplanes and ground troops to retake territory held by the Islamic State. Vice President Joe Biden also called upon Kurdish rebels in the area to stop advances into Turkey, saying they would not receive U.S. support otherwise. Judy Woodruff speaks with the Atlantic Council’s Aaron Stein for more.
    Original Air Date: August 24, 2016
    Smoke rises from the Syrian border town of Jarablus as it is pictured from the Turkish town of Karkamis, in the southeastern Gaziantep province, Turkey, August 24, 2016. REUTERS/Umit Bektas - RTX2MVAL
  • Four light years away, a planet may be hospitable to life
    Scientists have discovered a potentially habitable new world, a mere four light years away from Earth. They call the planet “Proxima b,” and it may feature characteristics that are just right for human life. Nonetheless, it has some major differences from Earth -- a year on the planet lasts only 11 days. Hari Sreenivasan speaks with science correspondent Miles O'Brien for background.
    Original Air Date: August 24, 2016
  • A glimpse inside operations at the Clinton Foundation
    The Clinton Foundation has been subject to increasing scrutiny in the presidential race, as its funding and Hillary Clinton’s role as secretary of state appear ever more intertwined. Clinton vowed this week to change donor restrictions if she wins. Hari Sreenivasan speaks with James V. Grimaldi of the Wall Street Journal, Columbia University's Doug White and foundation president Donna Shalala.
    Original Air Date: August 24, 2016
    Clinton Foundation iPad covers are seen for sale at the Clinton Museum Store in Little Rock, Arkansas, United States April 27, 2015. The Clinton Foundation's acting chief executive admitted on Sunday that the charity had made mistakes on how it listed government donors on its tax returns and said it was working to make sure it does not happen in the future. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson - RTX1AJQI
  • Price of EpiPens spikes, causing major health concerns
    Nearly everyone knows someone who carries an EpiPen due to a severe allergy. Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn) is no different -- as a child, her daughter almost died from a reaction to nuts. But Mylan, the company that produces EpiPens, has quintupled their price since 2003, making it harder for people with allergies to stay safe. John Yang asks Klobuchar about her legislative efforts to intervene.
    Original Air Date: August 24, 2016
    EpiPen auto-injection epinephrine pens manufactured by Mylan NV pharmaceutical company for use by severe allergy sufferers. Photo by Jim Bourg/Reuters

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

  • Why we should think of sexual intimacy in terms of pizza
    In her new book “Girls & Sex,” Peggy Orenstein suggests that we re-think sexual intimacy, in both education and our everyday lives. While she acknowledges the importance of the national debate on campus sexual assault, Orenstein also urges us to broaden our definition of "sex" and talk candidly about what happens after consent -- arguing that if we don't guide our teenagers, pop culture will.
    Original Air Date: August 23, 2016
    BERKELEY, CA JAN. 20, 2011 Author Peggy Orenstein, shown at her Berkeley home, has a new book––"Cinderella Ate My Daughter". The acclaimed author of the groundbreaking bestseller Schoolgirls reveals the dark side of pink and pretty in this wake–up call to parents: the rise of the girlie girl is not that innocent. As a new mother, Peggy Orenstein was blindsided by the persistent ultra–feminine messages being sent to a new generation of little girls–from "princess–mania" to endless permutations of pink. How many times can you say no when your daughter begs for a pint–sized wedding gown, she wondered.  (Photo by Allen J. Schaben/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)
  • These scientists are turning harmful excess CO2 into rock
    Carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is a major contributor to global warming. But what if there were a way to turn that gas into rock and store it safely, thousands of feet underground? One power plant in Iceland is attempting to do just that, through a process called “Carbfix.” Special correspondent Malcolm Brabant reports, in the first of his “Breakthrough” series.
    Original Air Date: August 23, 2016
  • News Wrap: 1st U.S. combat death in Afghanistan in 7 months
    In our news wrap Tuesday, an American soldier died in Afghanistan -- the first U.S. combat death in the country since January. The soldier’s patrol in the Helmand province triggered a roadside bomb that also wounded another U.S. service member and six Afghan soldiers. Also, UNICEF reports staggering new numbers on the flow of unaccompanied minors making the journey from Central America to the U.S.
    Original Air Date: August 23, 2016
    A U.S. soldier keeps watch at a security tower at their base in Helmand, Afghanistan September 28, 2015. REUTERS/Omar Sobhani  - RTS5LO0
  • Why is WikiLeaks publishing individuals' private details?
    WikiLeaks has revealed classified information to the public for over a decade. A new Associated Press report found that the website has also published personal details about private citizens, including the names of two teenage rape victims and a Saudi citizen arrested for being gay. Some of the leaks have the potential to endanger lives. William Brangham speaks with AP’s Raphael Satter for more.
    Original Air Date: August 23, 2016
    A supporter of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange holds a copy of The WikiLeaks Files outside the Ecuadorian embassy in central London, Britain February 5, 2016. Assange should be allowed to go free from the Ecuadorian embassy in London and be awarded compensation for what amounts to a three-and-a-half-year arbitrary detention, a U.N. panel ruled on Friday.     REUTERS/Peter Nicholls   - RTX25L5E
  • Jill Stein on political corruption in Washington
    Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton are two of the most unpopular presidential candidates in American history. But are they so disliked that Green Party nominee Jill Stein could become a viable contender in this election? Judy Woodruff speaks with Stein about her qualifications for the presidency, her economic, environmental and foreign policy proposals and which candidate's votes she might attract.
    Original Air Date: August 23, 2016
  • Does corporal punishment help students, or hurt them?
    Corporal punishment is still used in 21 states' public schools. Proponents say the method can motivate children to behave, but research suggests otherwise. Trey Clayton, for instance, was paddled repeatedly in school as a teenager, ultimately suffering a broken jaw and dropping out. Jeffrey Brown sits down with Education Week's Sarah Sparks for our weekly education segment, “Making the Grade.”
    Original Air Date: August 23, 2016

Monday, August 22, 2016

  • Meet the couple on a mission to end hunger in their town
    The idea started at David and Alicia Blais’ dinner table: what if they could end hunger in their town? Their traveling trailer delivers meals to 200-300 people a night, motivated by the memory of their son, Daniel. Special correspondent Tina Martin of WGBH reports from Framingham, Massachusetts.
    Original Air Date: August 22, 2016
  • Normal rules of campaign spending don’t apply to Trump
    Hillary Clinton’s campaign spending has massively exceeded Donald Trump’s. What does that mean for the race? Judy Woodruff speaks with Amy Walter of The Cook Political Report and NPR’s Tamara Keith about campaign cash, why the Republican nominee is saying he will be “firm but fair” in his deportation policy and a new round of questions and perceptions about Clinton’s email.
    Original Air Date: August 22, 2016
  • Clinton is vastly outspending Trump on ads
    To date, the Clinton campaign has spent $319 million, while the Trump campaign has spent $89.5 million. That’s according to new Federal Election Commission reports that spell out how much each candidate has raised and spent. Judy Woodruff learns more the current campaign spending and the role of money in the race from The Washington Post’s Matea Gold.
    Original Air Date: August 22, 2016
    U.S. Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton waves as she departs a gathering of law enforcement leaders outside of John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York, U.S., August 18, 2016.  REUTERS/Lucas Jackson  - RTX2LV7K
  • The Syrian volunteers who risk their lives to save others
    Once tailors, bakers, pharmacists, some 3,000 ordinary Syrians are now the unwitting heroes of the Syrian war. Nicknamed "the White Helmets," members of the Syrian Civil Defense work under the harshest conditions to claw through the remains of buildings flattened by barrel bombs, the Syrian regime's weapon of choice. Special correspondent Marcia Biggs reports from Turkey.
    Original Air Date: August 22, 2016
    ATTENTION EDITORS - VISUALS COVERAGE OF SCENES OF INJURY A civil defence member transports an injured girl into an ambulance after an airstrike in the rebel-controlled city of Idlib, Syria June 15, 2016. REUTERS/Ammar Abdullah TEMPLATE OUT - RTX2GCL2
  • How legal questions about transgender rules affect schools
    Just in time for the start of school, a federal judge in Texas has blocked the Obama administration's directive regarding transgender bathrooms and locker rooms. That rule said that students should be able to choose the facilities that match their gender identity. William Brangham talks with Education Week’s Evie Blad about how schools are responding.
    Original Air Date: August 22, 2016
    A gender-neutral bathroom is seen at the University of California, Irvine in Irvine, California September 30, 2014. The University of California will designate gender-neutral restrooms at its 10 campuses to accommodate transgender students, in a move that may be the first of its kind for a system of colleges in the United States.  REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson (UNITED STATES - Tags: EDUCATION SOCIETY POLITICS) - RTR48EXM

Sunday, August 21, 2016

  • California wildfires take a toll on firefighters
    A fire that burned through 58 square miles and destroyed 103 residences in southern California last week is now 83 percent contained, even as six other wildfires continue burning around the state. NewsHour Weekend Correspondent Mori Rothman reports the toll that the constant alarms are taking a toll on firefighters.
    Original Air Date: August 21, 2016
    Photo by Mori Rothman/PBS NewsHour
  • How Florida is handling invasive lionfish
    Florida's southern coast is one of the most popular dive spots in the world, home to the only tropical coral reef in the continental U.S. But hundreds of fish species here are in danger from the worst-known case of an invasive species: lionfish. NewsHour Weekend Special Correspondent Yasmeen Qureshi has the story.
    Original Air Date: August 21, 2016
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  • Brazil’s president to begin impeachment trial
    As the summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro end, Brazilians will turn their attention to the start of an impeachment trial Thursday of the nation’s suspended President Dilma Rousseff, who stands accused of violating budget laws. Wall Street Journal reporter Paolo Trevisani joins Allison Stewart.
    Original Air Date: August 21, 2016
    Suspended Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff (C) addresses the audience after the Brazilian Senate voted to impeach her for breaking budget laws, at Planalto Palace in Brasilia, Brazil, May 12, 2016.      REUTERS/Adriano Machado  - RTX2E1P4
  • Black-and-white portraits from apartheid-era South Africa
    South Africa’s apartheid era -- when segregation was legal and the white minority ruled -- is remembered as a time of rampant violence and divisiveness. But a photo exhibit this summer showcases the private lives that some South Africans carved out amid this environment.
    Original Air Date: August 20, 2016
    Photo courtesy of The Walther Collection. Copyright, S.J. Moodley Family

Saturday, August 20, 2016

  • Why so many gay and bisexual men can’t donate blood in the U.S.
    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is asking for new scientific research as it reevaluates a controversial policy banning men from donating blood if they admit to having had sex with another man in the past year. Gay rights advocates say the rules are not based in science, but on decades of stigma regarding gay men and AIDS. NewsHour Weekend’s Ivette Feliciano reports.
    Original Air Date: August 20, 2016
    Sam Brinton appears in Washington, D.C. Photo by Ivette Feliciano and Zachary Green/PBS NewsHour
  • Justice Department will not renew contracts with private prisons
    Twelve percent of inmates serving sentences for federal crimes in the U.S. are located in private prisons. This week, the Justice Department announced it would phase out its contracts with those prisons, following findings that they are less safe and more expensive than government-run prisons. NPR justice correspondent Carrie Johnson joins Allison Stewart to discuss.
    Original Air Date: August 20, 2016
    A protester displays a placard reading "Stop corporate greed. Close private prisons" as he takes part in an Occupy Phoenix demonstration in Phoenix, Arizona October 17, 2011. Occupy Phoenix is part of the Occupy Wall Street movement that began in New York last month with a few people and expanded to protest marches and camps across the US and abroad. REUTERS/Eric Thayer (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST) - RTR2SRW7
  • Aetna announces it will leave health care markets in 11 states
    Since the Affordable Care Act took effect three years ago, more than 20 million more Americans have obtained health coverage. But this week, Aetna -- one of the nation's largest private insurers -- decided to drop out of Affordable Care Act markets next year in 11 states, leaving consumers there with fewer options. Bloomberg healthcare reporter Zach Tracer joins Allison Stewart.
    Original Air Date: August 20, 2016
    Photo by  Brendan McDermid/REUTERS

Friday, August 19, 2016

  • Shields and Rubin on Trump's staff and Clinton's ethics
    This week, the Trump campaign underwent possibly its biggest overhaul yet -- the candidate made major staffing changes and publicly said he regrets some past comments. Meanwhile, Hillary Clinton is excelling in the polls, but her emails and foundation still haunt her. For the political scoop, Judy Woodruff speaks with syndicated columnist Mark Shields and The Washington Post’s Jennifer Rubin.
    Original Air Date: August 19, 2016
  • State Department admits Iran payment was used as ‘leverage’
    In January, Iran released American hostages in a development coinciding with a U.S. payout of $400 million -- money that had been owed for decades. The Obama administration previously denied a connection between the two events, but on Friday, the State Department modified its response, saying the money was used as “leverage.” Judy Woodruff talks to department spokesman Adm. John Kirby for more.
    Original Air Date: August 19, 2016
  • A portrait of turmoil in South Sudan, from behind the lens
    South Sudan, the world’s newest country, is again on the brink of a civil war. Photographer Sebastian Rich has covered the conflict in the country for more than four decades, and he is there now on a mission with UNICEF, documenting the turmoil and the toll it has taken on civilians. The area is plagued by malnutrition and the lowest education levels in the world. John Yang speaks with Rich.
    Original Air Date: August 19, 2016