Thursday, August 24, 2017

  • How attacking GOP leaders could be hurting Trump’s agenda
    President Trump lambasted Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Speaker Paul Ryan on Thursday, his latest attack aimed at his own political party. John Yang reports and Judy Woodruff discusses the growing rift with Michael Steel, former press secretary for House Speaker John Boehner, and Brian McGuire, former chief of staff for Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.
    Original Air Date: August 24, 2017
    Length: 635
  • Sessions is dramatically reshaping Justice Department policy
    Behind the scenes, Attorney General Jeff Sessions has been making a series of significant and controversial changes. Lisa Desjardins reports on how Sessions has been one of the key forces executing the president’s agenda and reversing the Obama legacy.
    Original Air Date: August 24, 2017
    Length: 320
    U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions speaks during a news conference announcing the takedown of the dark web marketplace AlphaBay, at the Justice Department in Washington, U.S., July 20, 2017. REUTERS/Aaron P. Bernstein TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY - RTX3CBGD

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

  • Trump attacks critics and threatens shutdown in Phoenix
    President Trump delivered a freewheelin speech Tuesday night in Phoenix, where he mocked critics of his reaction to the violence in Charlottesville, heavily criticized the media, as well as fellow Republicans. Mr. Trump also met with Border Patrol officers along the Mexican border and later declared he will do whatever necessary to achieve one of his signature campaign promises. John Yang reports.
    Original Air Date: August 23, 2017
    Length: 299
  • News Wrap: Clinton describes ‘uncomfortable’ Trump debate
    In our news wrap Wednesday, former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton says then-candidate Donald Trump made her skin crawl during a debate last year. Clinton recalls the incident during the second general election face-off in 2016 in her new book, “What Happened.” Also, the U.S. Navy has relieved the commander of the seventh fleet after four ship collisions in Asian waters this year.
    Original Air Date: August 23, 2017
    Length: 252
  • Rep. Hurd: Technology more cost-effective than border wall
    What do Republican lawmakers think about President Trump’s threat to shut down the government if Congress doesn’t fund a border wall? Rep. Will Hurd, R-Texas, who serves on the House Homeland Security Committee, joins Judy Woodruff to offer his reaction to President Trump’s comments at a raucous rally in Phoenix.
    Original Air Date: August 23, 2017
    Length: 424
  • Does Trump’s divisive Phoenix rhetoric help his agenda?
    President Trump’s expansive and divisive campaign-style speech in Phoenix drew cheers from his supporters but did nothing to reach more skeptical Americans. Judy Woodruff sits down with Matt Schlapp of the American Conservative Union and Karine Jean-Pierre of to discuss how his remarks on Charlottesville, the news media and fellow Republicans affect his own agenda.
    Original Air Date: August 23, 2017
    Length: 559
  • North Korean advances add urgency to U.S.-South Korea drills
    The U.S. and South Korea are conducting joint military exercises, drills the U.S. says are designed to “enhance readiness” and “maintain stability.” But what the U.S. deems defensive, North Korea calls provocative, with Pyongyang claiming the exercises are driving the Peninsula to war. Special correspondent Nick Schifrin reports.
    Original Air Date: August 23, 2017
    Length: 313
  • A Charlottesville witness becomes a target of threats
    Brennan Gilmore filmed the moment when a car plowed into a crowd of protesters in Charlottesville, killing one woman and injuring 19 others. When he made his video public and spoke out to the news media, he became the target of death threats and conspiracy theories. A former foreign service officer and a Democratic campaign aide, Gilmore joins Judy Woodruff to recount his experience.
    Original Air Date: August 23, 2017
    Length: 450
  • Academic study finds Exxon Mobil misled on climate change
    Exxon Mobil has been criticized for allegedly hiding what it knew about the perils of climate change. Now researchers from Harvard University have published a study alleging that the oil and gas giant tried to systematically mislead the public about climate change for 40 years. William Brangham learns more from science correspondent Miles O’Brien.
    Original Air Date: August 23, 2017
    Length: 426
  • How old-timey ‘skiffle’ music liberated British rock
    Singer/songwriter Billy Bragg gained fame as a punk rock and folk musician in the 1980s. Now nearing 60, he’s still singing songs of protest and passion, but also singing the gospel of skiffle, a folk and blues-inspired genre that helped propel a generation of British rockers. Jeffrey Brown sits down with Bragg to discuss his new book, “Roots, Radicals and Rockers.”
    Original Air Date: August 23, 2017
    Length: 397

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

  • Rethinking student debt, Purdue invests in its students
    College graduation can be a time of financial anxiety. But Purdue University is offering students a new way to pay for their degrees: Students get funding when they agree to pay back the university a percentage of their future earnings, which Purdue's president sees as an investment. Hari Sreenivasan reports as part of our Rethinking College series.
    Original Air Date: August 22, 2017
    Length: 434
  • Why tensions are flaring over Trump's Phoenix rally
    President Trump hold his first campaign-style rally since the tragic events in Charlottesville, Virginia, on Tuesday in Phoenix. But as he addresses some of his most faithful supporters, Arizona officials are bracing for thousands of protesters outside. Lisa Desjardins learns more from Vanessa Ruiz of Arizona PBS.
    Original Air Date: August 22, 2017
    Length: 437
  • How the world is reacting to Trump’s speech on Afghanistan
    U.S. military and diplomatic leaders are moving ahead on the Afghanistan strategy President Trump outlined Monday during an address to the nation. Mr. Trump’s new policy hinges on a regional approach and includes a deployment of more U.S. troops without a specific end date. Critics say the president’s plan is a rehashing of already failed strategies. Nick Schifrin reports.
    Original Air Date: August 22, 2017
    Length: 235
  • News Wrap: Tillerson heralds easing of North Korea tensions
    In our news wrap Tuesday, tensions seem to have slightly eased between the U.S. and North Korea, as Secretary of State Rex Tillerson noted that Pyongyang is showing signs of restraint. Also, Navy divers found human remains in the U.S. destroyer that was damaged off the coast of Singapore when it collided with an oil tanker.
    Original Air Date: August 22, 2017
    Length: 235
  • How can U.S. get Pakistan’s cooperation on Afghanistan?
    Laying out several new approaches to the conflict in Afghanistan, President Trump singled out Pakistan's support for the Taliban as particularly problematic. What was new in the president’s speech and what are the real-world effects of his strategy? Former State Department official Laurel Miller and Husain Haqqani, a former ambassador to Pakistan, join Judy Woodruff.
    Original Air Date: August 22, 2017
    Length: 489
  • Detroit's tiny houses give residents a chance to rebuild
    Tiny houses have become trendy in recent years, as people trade in traditional consumer lifestyles for a simpler option -- a living space that’s no more than 400 square feet. But in Detroit, these diminutive dwellings have a lofty goal: giving homeless and low-income people a chance at homeownership. Jeffrey Brown reports.
    Original Air Date: August 22, 2017
    Length: 455
  • Why CEOs will still come to the table to work with Trump
    President Trump has repeatedly positioned himself as the kind of leader who would have a unique connection with the corporate world. But several CEOS publicly broke with him in the past week after his remarks about the violence in Charlottesville. What’s happening with Mr. Trump’s relationship with the business community? William Brangham speaks with Andrew Ross Sorkin of The New York Times.
    Original Air Date: August 22, 2017
    Length: 419
  • The U.S.-China rivalry through the lens of ancient Greece
    Harvard professor Graham Allison ponders the conflict between the world’s two greatest powers in his new book, "Destined for War: Can America and China Escape Thucydides' Trap?" Allison joins Margaret Warner to discuss what happens when a rising power threatens to displace a ruling power.
    Original Air Date: August 22, 2017
    Length: 406

Monday, August 21, 2017

  • WATCH: President Trump addresses the nation on Afghanistan
    President Trump laid out the reasoning behind his decision to not pull troops out of Afghanistan, while eschewing preset troop levels by declaring "America's enemies must never know our plans" and vowing that the U.S. would no longer engage in nation-building but suggesting a holistic approach and regional cooperation. The president also affirmed American values of tolerance and cohesion.
    Original Air Date: August 21, 2017
    Length: 1650
  • News Wrap: Barcelona attack suspect killed by police
    In our news wrap Monday, Spanish police shot and killed the fugitive suspected of plowing a van through a crowd in Barcelona last week. Also, the American Embassy in Moscow stopped issuing non-immigrant visas for eight days, while three consulates halted indefinitely, which could affect hundreds of thousand of Russian tourists.
    Original Air Date: August 21, 2017
    Length: 234
  • Do repeated Navy collisions suggest a systemic problem?
    After the Naval destroyer USS John S. McCain collided Monday with an oil tanker east of Singapore, the Navy’s top admiral ordered a one-day, worldwide safety review. Just two months ago, another deadly collision occurred between a destroyer and a cargo ship near Japan. John Yang talks with retired Cmdr. Bryan McGrath of the Hudson Institute.
    Original Air Date: August 21, 2017
    Length: 244
  • Did Charlottesville controversy damage Trump’s agenda?
    Amy Walter of The Cook Political Report and Tamara Keith of NPR join Judy Woodruff to discuss the week’s news, including the ongoing political ripple effects after President Trump’s reactions to a violent white supremacist rally in Charlottesville and the departure of White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon.
    Original Air Date: August 21, 2017
    Length: 427
  • Starved by drought, can Rome’s water supply spring eternal?
    A serious drought across Europe has wreaked havoc for Italy's agricultural industry, causing over $2 billion in damage. Even Rome, the city of aqueducts, has begun to turn off the spigot at dozens of its iconic fountains, and has warned it may have to ration water for its residents and tourists. Special correspondent Christopher Livesay and videographer Alessandra Pavone report.
    Original Air Date: August 21, 2017
    Length: 413
  • 'Mrs. Fletcher' becomes an object of desire in a new novel
    Suburbia, sex and a touch of the supernatural are familiar themes for novelist Tom Perrotta, author of “Election,” “The Leftovers” and “Little Children.” In his new book “Mrs. Fletcher,” Perrotta offers a story about an empty-nester who adopts a new fascination and a new worldview. Jeffrey Brown sits down with Perrotta to discuss the ways his work borrows from his own life experience.
    Original Air Date: August 21, 2017
    Length: 385
  • What should be in Trump’s plan for America’s longest war?
    President Trump will address the nation Monday evening and reveal his changes to American policy on the war in Afghanistan. Special correspondent Nick Schifrin offers a look at the current state of the conflict and deteriorating security, then Judy Woodruff talks to Andrew Wilder of the United States Institute of Peace and journalist and author Ahmed Rashid about the challenges facing the U.S.
    Original Air Date: August 21, 2017
    Length: 898
    FILE PHOTO: U.S. troops walk outside their base in Uruzgan province, Afghanistan July 7, 2017. REUTERS/Omar Sobhani/File Photo - RTS1CL1M
  • Millions of skygazers marvel at a historic American eclipse
    With special eye glasses or homemade boxes, tens of millions of people looked to the sky above the United States to witness a sight not seen in a lifetime: a total eclipse of the sun visible from coast to coast. Science correspondent Miles O’Brien joins William Brangham from Idaho to describe the experience and the science.
    Original Air Date: August 21, 2017
    Length: 529

Sunday, August 20, 2017

  • Survivors recount atrocities of ISIS occupation in Mosul
    More than 1 million people once lived in Mosul, Iraq, a city reduced to rubble after three years of ISIS occupation and a brutal nine-month battle to take it back. An estimated 700,000 civilians were displaced during the conflict, most dispersed to 20 refugees camps outside the decimated city. NewsHour Weekend Special Correspondent Marcia Biggs reports on what survivors of the siege have endured.
    Original Air Date: August 20, 2017
    Length: 603
  • Making sense of a chaotic week at the White House
    It was another turbulent week at the White House, featuring the departure of President Trump's senior strategist Steve Bannon, who promised to wage "war" at figures inside the White House and Republicans from his Breitbart website, and the collapse of several advisory panels. PBS NewsHour Special Correspondent Jeff Greenfield joins Hari Sreenivasan from New York to put the chaos in context.
    Original Air Date: August 20, 2017
    Length: 228
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