Wednesday, August 27, 2014

  • Misty Copeland makes a point of dancing for unlikely fans
    Misty Copeland is only the second African-American woman ever to reach the level of soloist at American Ballet Theatre. Now the author of a new memoir, “Life in Motion: An Unlikely Ballerina,” she shares the story of her improbable rise from poverty to the spotlight, as well as her desire to open the artform to more dancers from all economic backgrounds and races.
    Original Air Date: August 27, 2014
  • Former and current governors go head-to-head in Florida race
    With a resounding Democratic primary victory and a critical party switch, former Florida Gov. Charlie Crist moved a step closer to winning back his old job. His Republican challenger, Gov. Rick Scott, scored his own big win. The Sunshine State matchup is expected to be one of the most expensive and negative of the cycle. Adam Smith of The Tampa Bay Times joins Gwen Ifill to discuss the race.
    Original Air Date: August 27, 2014
  • Fearing massacre, Iraqis ask U.S. for additional support
    In the town of Iraqi town of Amirli, 15,000 Shiite Turkmen civilians have been under siege by Islamic State militants for more than 70 days without adequate food, water or medicine. Hari Sreenivasan gets an update from chief foreign affairs correspondent Margaret Warner on what the Iraqi military is asking the United States to provide in order to stave off a potential massacre.
    Original Air Date: August 27, 2014
  • What does it take to free a captured American?
    A wave of American hostages held by Islamic extremists has raised questions about the U.S. policy not to pay ransoms. Jeffrey Brown talks to David Rohde of Reuters and Brian Jenkins of RAND Corporation for views on the divergence between the United States and other countries on this issue.
    Original Air Date: August 27, 2014
  • Why do foreign fighters join the Islamic State?
    Douglas McAuthur McCain, an American man who was killed while fighting for the Islamic State in Syria, is not the first U.S. citizen to die as an Islamic militant in the war-torn country, and the FBI warns there are dozens more still fighting. For more on why Americans and others are joining terror groups abroad, Gwen Ifill talks to Humera Khan of Muflehun and Jessica Stern of Harvard University.
    Original Air Date: August 27, 2014

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

  • Arizona rancher on border enforcement in rural U.S.
    Rancher and veterinarian Gary Thrasher has lived for more than four decades on the southern U.S. border, where rugged, remote landscape is a major corridor for immigration and drug smugglers. Jeffrey Brown talks to Thrasher about variation in border security, threats posed by traffickers and prospects for enforcement.
    Original Air Date: August 26, 2014
  • Will Iraqi factions reconcile in face of extremist threat?
    The Obama administration has repeatedly stated that it will provide additional military support against the Islamic State militant group only when Iraqis form an inclusive government that can deliver national unity. But can the political system in Baghdad heal the mutual distrust among the Shiites, Sunnis and Kurds? Chief foreign affairs correspondent Margaret Warner reports from Iraq.
    Original Air Date: August 26, 2014
  • American companies change address to avoid corporate taxes
    In the past three years, 22 American companies have relocated outside U.S. borders, usually through mergers with or purchases of a foreign company. That move, known as a tax inversion, means corporations are no longer subject to American corporate taxes. Jeffrey Brown learns more about the strategy and its effect on the economy from Roberton Williams of the Tax Policy Center.
    Original Air Date: August 26, 2014
    Burger King To Buy Tim Hortons Chain For About $11.4 Billion
  • Will Mideast cease-fire deal offer a sustainable truce?
    The war between Israel and Hamas, which took thousands of lives this summer, appeared to be at an end with the announcement of a new cease-fire. Gwen Ifill talks to Dennis Ross of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy and Shibley Telhami of the Brookings Institution about the prospects of enduring calm, the emergence of Egypt as lead negotiator and the rebuilding process ahead.
    Original Air Date: August 26, 2014
    Palestinians celebrate Gaza ceasefire

Monday, August 25, 2014

  • Immigration lawyer helps detainees know their rights
    A group of lawyers filed a lawsuit against the federal government on Friday, charging immigration officials with violating the due process rights of detainees held at a New Mexico detention center. Special correspondent Kathleen McCleery talked Laura Lichter -- with one of the attorneys who offers free legal services at the facility -- about her experience and interaction with detainees.
    Original Air Date: August 25, 2014
  • What should the U.S. do about the Islamic State?
    Islamic State fighters captured the last major military base in northeastern Syria on Sunday, bolstering its influence in the already unstable region. The U.S. kept up airstrikes against the group over the weekend, amid growing talk of an expanding ai campaign into Syria. Jeffrey Brown gets analysis on the threat from retired Army Col. Peter Mansoor and Stephen Walt of Harvard University.
    Original Air Date: August 25, 2014
    Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel (left) and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey at a press briefing at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., on Aug. 21. Photo by Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images
  • Napa Valley picks up after earthquake
    Northern California’s Napa Valley began to assess the damage caused by a 6.0 earthquake on Sunday -- the largest quake to rock the region since 1989. At least 90 homes and buildings were deemed unsafe for occupancy, while the wine industry suffered losses from broken bottles, barrels and lost tourism dollars. Special correspondent Spencer Michels reports.
    Original Air Date: August 25, 2014
  • After funeral, how does Ferguson begin repair?
    While mourners lay Michael Brown to rest, the meaning and impact of the death of the unarmed African-American teenager continues to provoke discourse around the nation. For insight on the debate over criminal justice and race, Gwen Ifill talks to Rev. Starsky Wilson of St. John's United Church of Christ, Fredrick Harris of Columbia University and Tracie Keesee of the Center for Policing Equity.
    Original Air Date: August 25, 2014
    Michael Brown's mother Lesley McSpadden is comforted during the funeral services for her son inside Friendly Temple Missionary Baptist Church in St. Louis. Photo by Robert Cohen-Pool/Getty Images

Sunday, August 24, 2014

  • Ebola tensions ease in Liberia, but panic lingers
    There are now more than 2,600 confirmed or suspected cases of Ebola, and more than 1,400 deaths resulting from the virus. All of the cases have originated in West Africa. For the latest on the global health crisis, Drew Hinshaw of the Wall Street Journal joins Hari Sreenivasan via Skype from Ghana.
    Original Air Date: August 24, 2014
  • US attitude over Syria involvement shifts after Foley death
    The execution of journalist James Foley by the Islamic State has shifted the U.S. administration's attitude toward involvement in Syria. Dion Nissenbaum of The Wall Street Journal joins Hari Sreenivasan from Washington, D.C. to discuss what options the U.S. has in Syria.
    Original Air Date: August 24, 2014
  • Birth control access roils Philippines amid population boom
    In the Philippines, amid a population explosion and staggering birth rate, caused partly by limited access to contraception or family planning advice, NewsHour Special Correspondent Mark Litke follows mothers and newborns from one of the busiest maternity wards in the world to the overcrowded slums where families live in poverty.
    Original Air Date: August 22, 2014
  • Can online courses replace a campus education?
    Massive, open, online courses, or MOOCs, are the future of higher education or the vehicle of its demise, depending on your perspective. Hari Sreenivasan talks with the man who first created the MOOC, professors who say they undermine the goals of a college education and others who see a way the college classroom and the new online format can be blended.
    Original Air Date: August 22, 2014

Saturday, August 23, 2014

  • What will shape Poroshenko and Putin's upcoming meeting?
    On Tuesday, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and Russian President Vladimir Putin will meet for the first time since June. Steve Sestanovich, a senior fellow from the Council on Foreign Relations in Washington, D.C., joins Hari Sreenivasan to provide input on what may shape that conversation.
    Original Air Date: August 23, 2014
  • More than 191,000 have died from conflict in Syria
    A new United Nations report says that more than 191,000 people have died during the conflict in Syria. Douglas Ollivant, a senior national security studies fellow at the New America Foundation, joins Hari Sreenivasan from Washington to discuss the situation as the United States considers its options against the Islamic State.
    Original Air Date: August 23, 2014
  • Mistaken identity can cost applicants job offers
    Today, nearly 90 percent of employers run a check on at least some of their applicants. As more employers throughout the country use background checks to review job applicants, NewsHour Weekend's Megan Thompson takes a look at the job-screening process, which has recently come under fire for inaccurate reports that can cost people jobs. 
    Original Air Date: August 23, 2014

Friday, August 22, 2014

  • How will ALS ice bucket challenge money be spent?
    From George W. Bush to Kermit the Frog, scores of celebrities and thousands of others have posted videos of ice water being dumped over their heads. It’s all to raise money to battle ALS, a disease that destroys nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord, for which there is no cure. Judy Woodruff talks to Barbara Newhouse, president and CEO of the ALS Association, the charity at the center.
    Original Air Date: August 22, 2014
  • Marcus and Gerson on the Islamic State threat
    Washington Post columnists Ruth Marcus and Michael Gerson join Judy Woodruff to discuss the week’s top news, including the legacy of mistrust that laid the groundwork for unrest in Ferguson, Missouri, as well as the shifting U.S. stance on pursuing the Islamic State group after the murder of American journalist James Foley.
    Original Air Date: August 22, 2014
  • Turning parents into teachers to fight the ‘summer slide’
    As the new school year approaches, teachers know that their students may have regressed over the summer. But one program has made strides in preventing summer learning loss by enlisting parents as partners to help teach children. Special correspondent for education John Merrow reports on Springboard Collaborative, a non-profit organization that makes parents and teachers into partners.
    Original Air Date: August 22, 2014
  • What Kurdish forces lack in fight against Islamic State
    Why has the famed Peshmerga army in Iraq, considered one of the best in the region, fallen back at several points along its internal frontier against the Islamic State? To investigate, chief foreign affairs correspondent Margaret Warner spent the day with Kurdish military leaders as they traveled to the town of Jalawla. She joins Judy Woodruff for an update.
    Original Air Date: August 22, 2014
  • Entertainment and activism of ‘Orange Is the New Black’
    Piper Kerman, whose memoir, "Orange is the New Black: My Year in a Women's Prison,” inspired a hit series on Netflix, joins Hari Sreenivasan to discuss the prevalence of mental illness, sexual abuse and inequality in the American justice system, as well as how the Emmy-nominated show compares to real life.
    Original Air Date: August 22, 2014
  • Piper Kerman answers your questions
    Piper Kerman, author of "Orange is the New Black: My Year in a Women's Prison," sat down with Hari Sreenivasan to answer your questions about the awarding-winning Netflix series adaptation by the same name.
    Original Air Date: August 22, 2014
  • Explore higher education's future with Hari Sreenivasan
    Declining graduation rates, skyrocketing student debt and a paltry job market for graduates has many in the education community looking for new ideas to restart America’s colleges and universities. Join PBS NewsHour Weekend anchor Hari Sreenivasan as he explores innovative approaches that are changing the way higher education works around the nation.
    Original Air Date: August 22, 2014
  • Colleges emphasize student 'stickiness' to boost graduations
    In Tennessee, a disturbingly high dropout rate at public universities prompted the state to change how they fund schools: the more students graduate, the more a school gets paid. Hari Sreenivasan reports on the rise of performance-based funding and innovations by schools to keep students invested.
    Original Air Date: August 22, 2014