Wednesday, March 9, 2016

  • Trump U students describe lofty promises, paltry results
    On the campaign trail, Donald Trump often touts his business record as a presidential qualification. But one of the real estate mogul’s ventures has come under harsh scrutiny recently, as former participants in his Trump University online education company have filed class-action lawsuits against him, alleging fraud. John Yang talks to Michael Isikoff of Yahoo News for more.
    Original Air Date: March 9, 2016
  • News Wrap: Special forces capture IS weapons chief
    In our news wrap Wednesday, U.S. special forces captured the Islamic State group’s chemical weapons chief in a raid in northern Iraq last month, while recent follow-up airstrikes destroyed IS chemical facilities. Also, U.S. and Somali forces are reported to have killed 10 Al-Shabaab militants in a joint overnight raid west of Mogadishu.
    Original Air Date: March 9, 2016
    Brett McGurk, President Barack Obama's envoy to the U.S.-led coalition fighting the Islamic State group, speaks to during news conference at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, Iraq, March 5, 2016. REUTERS/Hadi Mizban/Pool - RTS9ETA

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

  • Not all forgotten American cities are struggling
    It’s called flyover country -- low-profile parts of the U.S. the news media often forgets. But to husband-and-wife journalists James and Deborah Fallows, these areas are home to ‘cities that work,’ thriving communities that buck this election’s narrative of national pessimism. As part of a collaboration between The Atlantic and the PBS NewsHour, Judy Woodruff joins the couple to learn more.
    Original Air Date: March 8, 2016
  • As the SAT evolves, so do opinions on its value
    On Saturday, college hopefuls took a brand new SAT, marking the first time in over a decade the test curriculum has undergone major changes. While scores will still be submitted with many an application, there is growing skepticism of their value as predictors of college success. April Brown of the American Graduate program reports.
    Original Air Date: March 8, 2016
    The ACT announced Friday that computer-based testing will be available next year in the 18 states.
  • In Israel, Biden aspires to push peace talks forward
    On Tuesday, Vice President Joe Biden visited Israel to begin two days of meetings with Israeli and Palestinian leaders currently mired in a deep and violent impasse. Biden also hopes to mend the relations between the Obama White House and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Judy Woodruff talks to Tom Friedman of the New York Times for his take on why the peace talks won’t work.
    Original Air Date: March 8, 2016
    U.S Vice President Joe Biden (L) stands next to former Israeli President Shimon Peres during their meeting at the Peres Center for Peace in Jaffa, near Tel Aviv, Israel March 8, 2016. REUTERS/Amir Cohen  - RTS9USR
  • Another important Tuesday arrives for primary contests
    Four states are holding primary votes Tuesday -- both parties in Michigan and Mississippi, plus the GOP in Idaho and Hawaii. While trailing Republican candidate Gov. John Kasich was stumping in Michigan to drum up support, Sen. Ted Cruz looked ahead to future contests. Gwen Ifill talks to Kathy Gray of the Detroit Free Press for more on the back-and-forth fight in her state.
    Original Air Date: March 8, 2016
    Republican U.S. presidential candidate John Kasich addresses supporters during a campaign stop in the gymnasium of University Liggett School in Grosse Pointe Woods, Michigan, March 7, 2016.  REUTERS/Rebecca Cook  - RTS9QOU

Monday, March 7, 2016

  • A chronicle of Afghanistan's modern-day Romeo and Juliet
    Zakia and Ali are Afghanistan’s Romeo and Juliet -- with all the heartache that description implies. Separated by religion, ethnicity and their own families, the young couple defied them all by eloping. Rod Nordland of the New York Times chronicles their remarkable odyssey in his book, “The Lovers,” and joins Jeffrey Brown to discuss the intersection of romance and religion in the Muslim world.
    Original Air Date: March 7, 2016
  • Wi-Fi on wheels leaves no child offline
    The digital divide and lack of reliable Internet access at home can put low-income and rural students at a real disadvantage. So when superintendent Darryl Adams took over one of the poorest school districts in the nation, he made it a top priority to help his students get online 24/7. Special correspondent David Nazar of PBS SoCal reports with PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Labs.
    Original Air Date: March 7, 2016
  • Students running small-town market know business
    As a sparsely populated Nebraska town in an equally sparsely populated county, Cody is not where one might expect to find a thriving retail business. But the Circle C Market has been making a (small) profit there for the last three years. Its secret? It’s run by students from a nearby school, who work at the store as part of their curriculum. Mike Tobias of Harvest Public Media reports.
    Original Air Date: March 7, 2016
  • Can GOP and Democratic maintain traction?
    Hari Sreenivasan sits down with Amy Walter of the Cook Political Report and Tamara Keith of NPR to discuss the latest in politics, including last night’s Democratic debate, Donald Trump’s slowing momentum, the possibility of a GOP restructure and the stakes for Tuesday’s Michigan primary.
    Original Air Date: March 7, 2016
    U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders greets supporters at a campaign rally in Dearborn, Michigan, March 7, 2016.     REUTERS/Jim Young  - RTS9Q4B
  • For both parties, weekend results slow frontrunner momentum
    This weekend’s voting saw Sen. Ted Cruz playing catch-up with Donald Trump. Scoring large margins, the Texas senator won as many states as the GOP frontrunner and closed the gap between them to less than a hundred delegates. Meanwhile, Sen. Bernie Sanders won three states to Clinton’s one and hammered her in Sunday’s debate, but momentum still seems to be in her favor.
    Original Air Date: March 7, 2016
    U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump looks down as he leaves a campaign event in Concord, North Carolina March 7, 2016. REUTERS/Chris Keane - RTS9PNC
  • Can security forces screen refugees arriving in Europe?
    As more and more Middle Eastern refugees look to an increasingly overwhelmed Europe for asylum, concerns over terrorist infiltration are growing. Human rights activists say such worries are nothing more than xenophobic scaremongering, while military officials and counterterrorism experts contend that the threat is real -- and spreading like a cancer. Special correspondent Malcolm Brabant reports.
    Original Air Date: March 7, 2016
    Migrants and refugees arrive in a refugee camp with wood humanitarian-standard shelters in Grande-Synthe, near Dunkerque, northern France, March 7, 2016.   REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol  - RTS9NSI

Sunday, March 6, 2016

  • Clinton, Trump show strong leads ahead of Michigan primary
    Both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump show strong poll numbers in Michigan, leading up to the state's presidential primary elections on Tuesday. At stake are 147 delegates for the Democrats and 59 for the Republicans. Michigan Public Radio reporter Rick Pluta joins Hari Sreenivasan from Ann Arbor to discuss.
    Original Air Date: March 6, 2016
    U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks at a mass at the Russell Street Baptist Church during a campaign stop in Detroit, Michigan, March 6, 2016. REUTERS/Carlos Barria - RTS9JX0

Saturday, March 5, 2016

  • Could Clinton reverse the Louisiana losing streak?
    No Democratic presidential candidate has won Louisiana since Bill Clinton in 1996. If Hillary Clinton becomes the Democratic nominee, she could reverse that losing streak. Elizabeth Crisp of the Baton Rouge Advocate joins Hari Sreenivasan to discuss the race in the state.
    Original Air Date: March 5, 2016
    U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks to a grassroots organizing meeting at the Louisiana Leadership Institute in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, September 21, 2015.  REUTERS/Lee Celano - RTX1RRCZ

Friday, March 4, 2016

  • Shields and Brooks on the GOP push to stop Trump
    Judy Woodruff joins syndicated columnist Mark Shields and New York Times columnist David Brooks to discuss the week in politics, including takeaways from Thursday’s contentious GOP debate, the mainstream Republican revolt against Donald Trump, Sen. Bernie Sanders’ chances to upset the Democratic race and the fallout from the FBI’s investigation of Hillary Clinton’s email server.
    Original Air Date: March 4, 2016
  • How a professional film critic competes with social media
    A.O. Scott has been the New York Times’ film critic since 2000, so it’s safe to say he knows his craft. But in a world dominated by social media, where anyone with an Internet connection can become a self-styled critic, what separates a professional from a wannabe? That’s one of the issues Scott tackles in his new book, “Better Living Through Criticism.” Jeffrey Brown talks to Scott for more.
    Original Air Date: March 4, 2016
  • Pair tackles 59 national parks in 59 weeks
    Last year, 30-year-old Darius Nabors decided to quit his job and embark on the journey of a lifetime: a tour of all 59 of the country’s national parks in 59 weeks. Nabors was inspired by his father, a former park ranger, and his trip is timed to celebrate the centennial anniversary of the National Park Service. So far, he’s visited 34 parks across the nation and shows no sign of slowing down.
    Original Air Date: March 4, 2016
  • Corruption allegations stagger troubled Brazil
    As Brazil reels from an economic recession and the Zika virus epidemic, new troubles have emerged regarding one of the nation’s most popular political figures. Luis Inacio Lula da Silva, president of Brazil from 2003 to 2010, was detained by police Friday morning as part of a wide-ranging probe into government corruption. Hari Sreenivasan talks to Simon Romero of the New York Times for more.
    Original Air Date: March 4, 2016
    A man shouts during a protest against former Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva following his brief detention for questioning in a federal investigation of a corruption scheme, in front of Planalto Palace in Brasilia, Brazil, March 4, 2016. REUTERS/Ueslei Marcelino - RTS9DFK
  • Rubio, moderators push back on Trump’s policy assertions
    Thursday’s debate saw the last vestiges of civility stripped away from the GOP race, with the night’s rhetoric ranging from personal slights to outright vulgarity. Sen. Marco Rubio and Sen. Ted Cruz attacked Donald Trump for alleged fraud and for financing Hillary Clinton in 2008; moderators pushed him for policy details. Nevertheless, all four candidates pledged to support the eventual nominee.
    Original Air Date: March 4, 2016
    Republican U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump gestures between rival candidates Marco Rubio (L) and Ted Cruz (R) at the U.S. Republican presidential candidates debate in Detroit, Michigan, March 3, 2016. REUTERS/Jim Young      TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY      - RTS97XQ
  • Small towns watch aging hospitals shutter
    In rural communities across the country, health care is becoming an increasingly scarce commodity. More than 50 rural hospitals have closed nationwide since 2010, and hundreds more teeter on the brink of bankruptcy. It’s a trend driven by falling revenues and decreased federal funding, and it could have dire implications for small-town America’s future. Sarah Varney of Kaiser Health News reports.
    Original Air Date: March 4, 2016
  • Facing mounting GOP opposition, Trump withdraws from CPAC
    Republican frontrunner Donald Trump has canceled his scheduled appearance at the ongoing Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington, D.C., following concerted efforts by establishment GOP figures to rally the electorate against him. But even when he’s absent, Trump is still front and center in the minds of conference attendees.
    Original Air Date: March 4, 2016
    Supporters reach out to touch U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump at a campaign rally in Cadillac, Michigan, March 4, 2016.     REUTERS/Jim Young  - RTS9D4M
  • In new exhibit, Chicago museum reinstates old sculptures
    In a new exhibit, Chicago's Field Museum has revived elements from it's controversial 1933 show, "Races of Mankind," consisting of 104 bronze statues that depict races from around the world. Most of the statues were banished by 1969 as public opinion on race evolved. NewsHour's Megan Thompson reports on the return of the dubious display.
    Original Air Date: March 2, 2016

Thursday, March 3, 2016

  • GOP schism deepens after Trump’s Super Tuesday wins
    The increasingly pronounced fracturing of the Republican party was on full display Thursday, as mainstream leaders rallied against presumptive nominee Donald Trump. Judy Woodruff talks with former Republican Utah governor Michael Leavitt and Stephen Moore of the conservative political group Freedomworks to explore the growing rifts within the GOP.
    Original Air Date: March 3, 2016
    A protestor holds up a "Dump Trump" sign in the middle of Republican U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump's campaign rally in Portland, Maine March 3, 2016. REUTERS/Joel Page - RTS96VO
  • Diane Rehm shares the painful story of her husband’s death
    After her husband starved himself to death over the course of nine days rather than continue living with Parkinson’s disease, NPR’s Diane Rehm found herself plagued with questions and fears. She channeled her struggles into “On My Own,” an evocative and incisive memoir. Jeffrey Brown sits down with Rehm to discuss what the book means for her and her ongoing advocacy for assisted suicide.
    Original Air Date: March 3, 2016
  • Music enables singer-songwriter to reveal “the beast within”
    Growing up as an Asian-American woman, Thao Nguyen didn’t have many opportunities to express her feral side. Now, as singer-songwriter for the group Thao & The Get Down Stay Down, she can display the primal aspects of her personality onstage. Thao Nguyen offers her Brief But Spectacular take on self-expression and “the beast within.”
    Original Air Date: March 3, 2016
  • ISIS is recruiting more children to carry out massacres
    A new report found there were three times as many suicide attacks in the Middle East committed by children this year compared to last. Experts blame Islamic State propaganda that glorifies martyrdom for indoctrinating orphaned and disaffected children to extremist views. Hari Sreenivasan talks to Mia Bloom of Georgia State University for more on the changing face of Islamic terrorism.
    Original Air Date: March 3, 2016
  • Can mutant mosquitoes fight Zika & dengue fever?
    As mosquito-borne diseases such as dengue fever and Zika virus continue to ravage Brazil, scientists are racing to fight back. Their latest tactic: genetically engineered mosquitoes that will pass along fatal mutations to their offspring, destroying mosquito populations from within. But some researchers worry our limited knowledge of Zika could throw a wrench into this plan. Miles O’Brien reports.
    Original Air Date: March 3, 2016
    (FILES) A file picture taken on August 9
  • Women escrhew Wall Street’s boys’ club and its glass ceiling
    Wall Street has long been considered a men’s-only club -- so what is it like for a woman there, when only 15 percent of traders are female? According to Maureen Sherry, a former Bear Stearns director turned author, the problem goes beyond frat-boy antics and sexual harassment. Economics correspondent Paul Solman talks to Sherry about how the glass ceiling is repelling women from Wall Street.
    Original Air Date: March 3, 2016
    Fed Meets As Speculation Builds On Possible Rate Cut