Thursday, June 2, 2016

  • Obama to gun owners — I’m not looking to disarm you
    Wednesday night, the NewsHour hosted President Obama for a wide-ranging interview with Gwen Ifill, followed by a town hall meeting in Elkhart, Indiana. After the broadcast, Obama answered a few bonus questions for the audience, including one query regarding the contentious issue of gun control and Second Amendment rights.
    Original Air Date: June 2, 2016
    June 1, 2016; President Barack Obama holds a town hall discussion with the residents of Elkhart, Indiana, hosted by PBS NewsHour co-anchor Gwen Ifill at The Lerner Theatre, in Elkhart, Indiana.(Photo by Barbara Johnston)
  • Judy Collins still turn, turn, turning with new album at 77
    Folk legend Judy Collins, known for her critically acclaimed covers of Stephen Sondheim’s “Send in the Clowns” and Pete Seeger’s “Turn! Turn! Turn!” has been making music since the 1960s. Now, at the age of 77, she is still going strong, and is set to release yet another album, “Silver Skies Blue.” Jeffrey Brown charts Collins’ career from its award-winning heights to its tragic depths.
    Original Air Date: June 2, 2016
    Singer Judy Collins performs during the 2011 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York March 14, 2011.  REUTERS/Lucas Jackson (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT) - RTR2JWIZ
  • Artist’s ‘earth harp’ a site to behold — and hear
    In our NewsHour Shares moment of the day, installation artist William Close is creating a new kind of musical space with his invention, the earth harp. By fixing 1,000-foot strings to mountain peaks, arches, the tops of skyscrapers, canyon walls or the interior of the Kennedy Center, Close can turn any architectural or natural environment into a totally unique instrument.
    Original Air Date: June 2, 2016
    Musician Andrea Brook plays the Earth Harp, the longest stringed instrument in the world, at the Catrina Festival in Saltillo November 21, 2013. REUTERS/Daniel Becerril (MEXICO - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT SOCIETY) - RTX15OAD
  • Teens on being tethered to their phones and social media
    Teenagers today have never known a world without smartphones and social media, and most of them can’t even conceive of a time where people sat around the dinner table without checking their Instagram pages. We asked a handful of eighth-graders from a Los Angeles public school to give their Brief But Spectacular takes on what technology means to them.
    Original Air Date: June 2, 2016

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

  • Questions for President Obama: A Town Hall Special
    President Barack Obama joins Gwen Ifill for a town hall conversation in Elkhart, Indiana, on topics ranging from the economic recovery, education and student debt, political civility, Syrian refugees and more.
    Original Air Date: June 1, 2016
    PBS NewsHour co-anchor Gwen Ifill interviews President Barack Obama at a town hall in Elkhart, Indiana, on June 1. Photo by Barbara Johnston/University of Notre Dame
  • Why so many Americans in the middle class have no savings
    Could you come up with $2,000 in 30 days if you had to? As many as 40 percent of American families can’t, despite the improving economy. Among them is Neal Gabler, who is frequently broke despite his successful career as a writer. As part of a collaboration between The Atlantic and the PBS NewsHour, Judy Woodruff looks at why Gabler and so many other Americans are struggling with savings.
    Original Air Date: June 1, 2016
  • Nepal works to repair its cultural heritage after earthquake
    The massive earthquake that rocked Nepal a year ago killed thousands and displaced many more, but it also left an indelible mark on the nation’s cultural heritage, destroying centuries-old temples and monuments. As rebuilding efforts begin, conflicts are surfacing between the economic aesthetics of tourism and local religious priorities. Special correspondent Fred de Sam Lazaro reports.
    Original Air Date: June 1, 2016
    Family members work to rebuild their house a year after the 2015 earthquakes in Bhaktapur, Nepal, April 25, 2016. REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar - RTX2BJHN
  • Beam me up — NASA experiments with inflatable modules
    Over the weekend, astronauts aboard the orbiting International Space Station added a module like none other. Think an RV that expands out the back with extra space for sleeping quarters. In the case of the ISS, it was an inflatable Bigelow Expandable Activity Module (BEAM). It’s made of a material stronger than kevlar and could be a game-changer. Science correspondent Miles O’Brien reports.
    Original Air Date: June 1, 2016
    The Bigelow Expandable Activity Module (BEAM) is seen during a media briefing  at Bigelow Aerospace in Las Vegas, Nevada, January 16, 2013. Astronauts aboard the space station will inflate early on Thursday a prototype expandable module, which will be tested for two years as a possible habitat for crews on long-duration missions around the moon or to Mars.   Bill Ingalls/NASA/File Photo/Handout via Reuters  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 - RTSFWDP
  • Shields and Brooks on Obama’s NewsHour interview
    Syndicated columnist Mark Shields and New York Times columnist David Brooks join Hari Sreenivasan to discuss the week in politics and President Obama’s interview with Gwen Ifill, including the difference between factual analysis and political grandstanding, how effectively the president defended his economic legacy and the recent “Trump University” revelations.
    Original Air Date: June 1, 2016
  • Obama: America is not in decline
    Wednesday night, President Obama returned to Elkhart, Indiana -- the first city he visited after reaching the Oval Office -- for an exclusive interview with the NewsHour’s Gwen Ifill, followed by a PBS NewsHour town hall with Elkhart’s citizens. He defended his economic record and denied critics' claims that America is in decline in the wide-ranging interview.
    Original Air Date: June 1, 2016
    President Barack Obama talks with co-anchor Gwen Ifill at a town hall discussion in Elkhart, Indiana on June 1. Photo by Barbara Johnston/University of Notre Dame
  • Keeping your family safe and dealing with the ‘what ifs?’
    With horror stories of extremist violence dominating headlines around the globe, it’s easy to get worked up over the threat, however improbable, of domestic terrorism. National security analyst and mom Juliette Kayyem says there’s no such thing as perfect safety, but there are steps you can take to ensure your family makes it through times of crisis -- and it starts with being prepared.
    Original Air Date: June 1, 2016
    Well-wishers leave a shirt at a make-shift memorial on Boylston Street a day after two explosions hit the Boston Marathon in Boston, Massachusetts in this April 16, 2013 file photo. To match Feature BOSTON BOMBINGS-FILM/    REUTERS/Adrees Latif/Files - RTSE5P9

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

  • Trump attacks media for questioning his donations to vets
    Presumptive GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump took a rare defensive posture Tuesday against media inquiries into the money he raised for veterans after skipping a debate in January — but then quickly launched into a no-holds-barred assault on the “dishonest” press. Meanwhile, Hillary Clinton picked up California Gov. Jerry Brown’s endorsement. Political director Lisa Desjardins reports.
    Original Air Date: May 31, 2016
    Republican U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump addresses the media regarding donations to veterans foundations at Trump Tower in Manhattan, New York, U.S., May 31, 2016.  REUTERS/Lucas Jackson - RTX2F0UE
  • News Wrap: Terror fears stoke new warning for U.S. travelers
    In our news wrap Tuesday, the State Department warned Americans traveling in Europe this summer to watch out for terrorist attacks, saying that while there is no specific threat, upcoming events such as the Tour de France could be targets. Also, Iraqi forces held off a fierce counterattack by Islamic State militants in southern Fallujah a day after advancing into the city.
    Original Air Date: May 31, 2016
    UK Border control is seen in Terminal 2 at Heathrow Airport in London June 4, 2014.  REUTERS/Neil Hall  - RTX2EA7V
  • Violence flares in Rio’s slums months before Summer Olympics
    As Brazil prepares for its first Olympic Games, violence is flaring in the notorious favelas surrounding Rio de Janeiro. While a paramilitary policing initiative known as “pacification” stemmed the tide of drugs and crime for a while, economic downturn and widespread police brutality have once again turned the slum districts into war zones. Special correspondent Lulu Garcia-Navarro of NPR reports.
    Original Air Date: May 31, 2016
    Supporters of former Brazilian president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva confront police officers during a protest in front of Lula's apartment in Sao Bernardo do Campo, Brazil March 4, 2016. REUTERS/Paulo Whitaker - RTS9ADN
  • Obama to highlight economic progress in NewsHour town hall
    Elkhart, Indiana, was one of the cities hit worst by the financial crisis in 2009 and was the first city President Obama visited after taking office, though the city remains deeply divided along partisan lines. Obama will return to Elkhart Wednesday to review the city’s economic progress and participate in an interview and town hall moderated by the NewsHour’s Gwen Ifill. John Yang reports.
    Original Air Date: May 31, 2016
    U.S. President Barack Obama takes part in a town hall meeting at Concord Community High School in Elkhart, Indiana, February 9, 2009.    REUTERS/Jim Young    (UNITED STATES) - RTXBFGO
  • Vermont voters to decide on historic school merger plan
    In Vermont, voters will decide next week whether to okay the largest public school reorganization in 125 years. A new ballot measure would merge smaller schools and do away with perks that let parents use tax dollars to send their kids to private schools, even in Canada. Opposition is fierce, but advocates say it’ll cut costs and strengthen public schools. John Tulenko of Education Week reports.
    Original Air Date: May 31, 2016
    Vermont Education Secretary Rebecca Holcombe talks to elementary school students gathered for an announcement about community eligibility for free/reduced lunch for schoolchildren at the Barre City Elementary and Middle School in Barre, Vermont September 8, 2014. It's not often that the good folks who run the nation's state education departments are publicly praised for a job well done. But then there's Vermont Education Secretary Holcombe. A few weeks back, highly regarded education critic Diane Ravitch called Holcombe a "hero" in her blog for refusing the federal government's offer of a waiver under the No Child Left Behind Act. Specifically: publicly hammering U.S. education policy for the way it hammers teachers and students. Picture taken September 8, 2014.    REUTERS/Brian Snyder  (UNITED STATES - Tags: EDUCATION SOCIETY POLITICS) - RTR45KRV
  • An Abu Ghraib ‘enhanced’ interrogator has a change of heart
    The military’s use of “enhanced interrogation” techniques against suspected terrorists has always been a contentious topic, and now many of its former proponents are having second thoughts. Eric Fair served as an interrogator with a private contractor in Iraq, and his new book “Consequences” reflects on the work he has come to regret. Fair joins Judy Woodruff to explain his change of heart.
    Original Air Date: May 31, 2016
    District of Columbia Anti-War Network activists take part in a demonstration to oppose "American violations of international human rights" at the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq by U.S. military personnel in front of the U.S. Supreme Court in this February 9, 2005 file photo. Nearly two-thirds of Americans believe torture can be justified to extract information from suspected terrorists, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll, a level of support similar to that seen in countries like Nigeria where militant attacks are common. To match Exclusive USA-ELECTION/TORTURE  REUTERS/Larry Downing/Files - RTSCTAR
  • Interview and Town Hall with President Obama
    PBS NewsHour's Gwen Ifill will sit down for an exclusive interview with President Barack Obama on Wednesday, June 1 at , at 8/7c in Elkhart, Indiana. It will follow with a town hall, during which local residents will ask questions of the president.
    Original Air Date: June 1, 2016
    U.S. President Barack Obama takes part in a town hall meeting at Concord Community High School in Elkhart, Indiana, February 9, 2009.    REUTERS/Jim Young    (UNITED STATES) - RTXBFGO

Monday, May 30, 2016

  • Will Libertarian ticket impact the 2016 presidential race?
    Amy Walter of The Cook Political Report and Tamara Keith of NPR join John Yang to discuss the latest in politics, including how the Libertarian party ticket of Gary Johnson and Bill Weld can make a difference in the presidential race, the topsy-turvy internal divisions within the GOP, and what Sen. Bernie Sanders’ last stand in California means for Democrats.
    Original Air Date: May 30, 2016
  • The growing economic power of Latino-Americans
    While much of the rhetoric regarding Latinos this election cycle has focused on the divisive issue of immigration, a bipartisan group is out to change the narrative. The Latino Donor Collaborative aims to emphasize the growing economic power of Latino-Americans, and the potent political force they can become. John Yang talks to co-founders Henry Cisneros and Sal Trujillo for more.
    Original Air Date: May 30, 2016
    Protesters picket outside the event site before Republican U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump begins a rally with supporters in Albuquerque, New Mexico, U.S. May 24, 2016.  REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst - RTSFRWE
  • The high art of political stagecraft in the age of optics
    In this age of internet media and 24 hour news coverage, visuals can make or break a given political campaign, press conference or White House event. The latter is of special significance to former White House aide Josh King, whose new book “Off Script” is a personal narrative of the importance of imagery in an era of perpetual optics. Judy Woodruff talks to King for more.
    Original Air Date: May 30, 2016
  • Hulk Hogan, media ethics and the battling Internet moguls
    When Hulk Hogan won $140 million in court from millionaire Nick Denton’s Gawker Media after it published video of him having sex, the verdict raised serious questions about journalistic ethics. Hogan’s suit was funded by Peter Thiel, the billionaire founder of PayPal who Gawker outed as gay a decade earlier. Hari Sreenivasan talks to Wired’s Jason Tanz for more on the case and its implications.
    Original Air Date: May 30, 2016
    Terry Bollea, aka Hulk Hogan, sits in court during his trial against Gawker Media, in St Petersburg, Florida March 17, 2016.  New York based media company Gawker is being sued for $100 million by wrestling celebrity Hogan, who says the release of a sex tape violated his privacy.  REUTERS/Dirk Shadd/Tampa Bay Times/Pool via Reuters - RTSAY9R
  • Using poetry to shed light on the worst of memories
    Just over a century ago, the Armenian Genocide saw the expulsion and death of at least 1.5 million people in what was then the Ottoman Empire. Among those affected was Pulitzer-winning poet Peter Balakian’s family, which did its best to repress memories of the tragedy. Balakian used poetry to help him cope as he discovered the trauma of his history, and he joins Jeffrey Brown to explain how.
    Original Air Date: May 30, 2016
    Demonstrators attend a torch-bearing march marking the centenary of the mass killing of Armenians by Ottoman Turks in Yerevan, Armenia April 24, 2015. Armenia marked the centenary on Friday of a mass killing of Armenians by Ottoman Turks with a simple flower-laying ceremony attended by foreign leaders as Germany became the latest country to respond to its calls for recognition that it was genocide. Turkey denies the killing of up to 1.5 million Armenians in what is now Turkey in 1915, at the height of World War One, constitutes genocide and relations with Armenia are still blighted by the dispute. REUTERS/David Mdzinarishvili      TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY      - RTX1A6G8

Sunday, May 29, 2016

  • What to expect during the California primary
    The 475 pledged delegates at stake in the Democratic race for the presidential nomination in California will be awarded in proportion to the popular vote. But even if Hillary Clinton loses to Bernie Sanders, she is likely to clinch the nomination, since she only needs 73 to go over the top. Christina Bellatoni, L.A. Times’ assistant managing editor for politics, joins Lisa Desjardins to discuss.
    Original Air Date: May 29, 2016
    Voting machine operator Robin Coffee-Ruff hands a sticker to a voter who cast his ballot at West Philadelphia High School on U.S. midterm election day morning in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, November 4, 2014.  REUTERS/Mark Makela (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS ELECTIONS) - RTR4CT7R
  • How the Dutch are working to stop radicalization of Muslim youth
    Following recent attacks in Paris and Brussels, some European countries are backing initiatives by religious leaders, community organizations and law enforcement to prevent radicalization. NewsHour's Hari Sreenivasan reports on the Netherlands' efforts to stop Muslim youth from joining the Islamic State.
    Original Air Date: May 29, 2016
    Photo by PBS NewsHour Weekend
  • Drug tests present major hurdle for employers
    As the unemployment rate drops across the country, employers are running into another problem – finding potential job candidates who will take and pass drug tests. Even though the country is amid an opioid epidemic, employers say marijuana has been the biggest hurdle. New York Times reporter Jackie Calmes talks to Hari Sreenivasan about her reporting on the issue.
    Original Air Date: May 29, 2016
    Medical marijuana plants are pictured as they dry in the Los Angeles area. Photo by Mario Anzuoni/Reuters

Saturday, May 28, 2016

  • Iraqi forces fight to reclaim ISIS-held cities
    The Islamic State’s most recent advances in northern Syria are some of the group’s biggest in two years, according to human rights leaders. And for the sixth day in a row, Iraqi forces, backed by U.S. airstrikes, battled militants in and around Fallujah, less than 40 miles from Baghdad. For more on the situation on the ground in Iraq, Washington Post reporter Missy Ryan in Baghdad joins Lisa Desjardins to discuss.
    Original Air Date: May 28, 2016
    Shi'ite fighters and Iraqi security forces advance towards Falluja, Iraq, May 25, 2016.  REUTERS/Thaier Al-Sudani - RTSFX33
  • Alzheimer’s could be caused by past infections
    More than five million Americans live with Alzheimer’s, a degenerative brain disease, and it is also the fifth leading cause of death for people over 65 years old in the U.S. A new study suggests it may stem from the brain’s past attempts to fight off infections. Rob Moir, one of the study’s authors, joins Lisa Desjardins to discuss.
    Original Air Date: May 28, 2016
    Photo by Getty Images