Friday, July 31, 2015

  • When Buckley and Vidal changed political discourse on TV
    The new documentary "Best of Enemies" pinpoints a key moment in broadcasting: a series of debates during the 1968 political conventions between two intellectual giants. William F. Buckley on the right and Gore Vidal on the left attracted a high national audience with intelligence and wit, as well as putdowns and insults. Filmmakers Morgan Neville and Robert Gordon join Jeffrey Brown.
    Original Air Date: July 31, 2015
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  • Georgia segregates kids with disabilities, behavior problems
    The Department of Justice has concluded that the state of Georgia is illegally segregating students with disabilities and behavioral issues. A two-year investigation found that some of the programs are even housed in dilapidated buildings once used as all black schools during the Jim Crow era. Judy Woodruff talks to Alan Judd of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
    Original Air Date: July 31, 2015
  • How many submarines does the U.S. really need?
    The Navy's formidable fleet of nuclear-armed submarines is approaching the end of its lifespan, and there’s growing debate over how many are needed and how to pay for them. Jamie McIntyre, national security correspondent for Al Jazeera America on special assignment for the NewsHour, got a rare behind-the-scenes look at one of the most powerful weapons ever built.
    Original Air Date: July 31, 2015
  • Can higher ed keep inmates from returning to prison?
    The phrase “school to prison pipeline” refers to the link between spending time in failing schools and landing time behind bars. A new pilot program aims to rewrite that saying by creating a “prison to college” pipeline. Special correspondent for education John Merrow reports.
    Original Air Date: July 31, 2015
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  • How long-lasting is promising Ebola vaccine protection?
    A clinical trial in Guinea found that an experimental vaccine was 75 to 100 percent effective in blocking new infections of the Ebola virus. Hari Sreenivasan speaks to Dr. Anthony Fauci of the National Institutes of Health about the vaccine.
    Original Air Date: July 31, 2015
    A nurse holds a syringe containing an experimental Ebola virus vaccine during a media visit at the Lausanne University Hospital (CHUV) in Lausanne November 4, 2014. A trial is being conducted with a vaccine from GlaxoSmithKline among 120 healthy volunteers with support from the World Health Organization (WHO). The participants will be monitored for six months to determine both the safety and efficiency of the vaccine in the fight against the worst outbreak of Ebola on record which has killed nearly 5,000 people.   REUTERS/Denis Balibouse (SWITZERLAND  - Tags: HEALTH SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY)   - RTR4CSBP
  • Can U.S. afford plan to buy 12 nuclear-armed subs?
    Naval historian and consultant Norman Polmar says buying new nuclear-armed submarines is necessary to replace the aging ones in today's arsenal, but not in as many numbers as the Navy plans. Polmar tells the PBS NewsHour alternatives must be explored.
    Original Air Date: July 31, 2015
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  • Critic: Navy’s plan to buy new nuclear-armed subs outdated
    The Navy blueprint calls for spending over $100 billion to replace 14 nuclear-armed submarines with 12 new ones. But Joseph Cirincione, president of the Ploughshares Fund, tells the PBS NewsHour buying so many new subs is overkill and not necessary.
    Original Air Date: July 31, 2015
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  • Top Navy commander: U.S. uses nuclear subs to deter foes
    Replacing America’s 14 nuclear-armed submarines with 12 new ones is said to be the Navy's highest priority. Vice Admiral Michael Connor tells the PBS NewsHour that buying too few new submarines could tempt adversaries to think if they struck America on the right day, they could succeed in delivering a knockout blow.
    Original Air Date: July 31, 2015
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  • Nuclear submarine captain: Nobody wants a launch to happen
    Onboard the USS Pennsylvania, one of 14 nuclear armed U.S. Navy subs, Commander John Cage talks With the PBS NewsHour about the challenges of captaining one of the most powerful weapon systems in America’s arsenal.
    Original Air Date: July 31, 2015
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Thursday, July 30, 2015

  • Cincinnati police chief: Body cameras should be required
    The killing of Sam DuBose in Cincinnati is not the first time the city has been rocked by an officer-involved shooting. Back in 2001, another event triggered five days of riots. Gwen Ifill speaks to Cincinnati police chief Jeffrey Blackwell about the city’s changes in policing and how the latest death has stirred up old feelings.
    Original Air Date: July 30, 2015
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  • States struggle with needed transportation fixes
    Potholes, vulnerable bridges, a lack of sidewalks -- following years of cutbacks in federal transportation funding, states are feeling the pinch. In Oregon, the NewsHour’s Cat Wise explores pressing infrastructure funding needs, like alternative forms of transportation, traffic reduction measures and preparing for a massive earthquake that many predict will hit in the state within 50 years.
    Original Air Date: July 30, 2015
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  • Rio’s waters could make Olympic athletes sick
    In the coming weeks, trials and test runs begin for the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. An investigation by the Associated Press has revealed that athletes will be swimming and boating in waters dangerously contaminated by sewage, viruses and fecal matter. William Brangham learns more from the AP’s Bradley Brooks.
    Original Air Date: July 30, 2015
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  • Marina Abramovic: Performance art can change your life
    Four years ago, artist Marina Abramovic sat in the Museum of Modern Art for 716 hours and 30 minutes for a work called “The Artist Is Present.” Abramovic offers her Brief but Spectacular take on the value of good performance art, personal reflection and finding your place in the world.
    Original Air Date: July 30, 2015
  • Do labor-saving robots spell doom for American workers?
    The onslaught of automation that's replacing human workers -- from golf caddies to bank tellers -- may be putting us on a path to humanitarian crisis, says Jerry Kaplan, author of "Humans Need Not Apply." As technology grows and jobs become obsolete, income inequality and poverty could follow for millions of Americans. Economics correspondent Paul Solman reports.
    Original Air Date: July 30, 2015
  • Rebel commander: U.S. calling in strikes on ground in Syria
    Special correspondent Jane Ferguson introduces us to a Free Syrian Army commander who has received training by the U.S. The injured rebel said he's eager to rejoin the fight after U.S. and Turkey intensify their efforts against the Islamic State.
    Original Air Date: July 30, 2015
    A Free Syrian Army fighter talks on a walkie-talkie near a rocket launcher during what they said was preparations for an operation to strike at forces loyal to Syria's president Bashar Al-Assad located in Daraa, July 27, 2015. Picture take July 27, 2015. REUTERS/Alaa Al-Faqir
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  • Will debris help narrow search for MH370?
    Even though it seems more and more likely that the debris recovered on the island of Reunion is part of the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370, many questions still remain. Judy Woodruff learns more from science correspondent Miles O’Brien and Van Gurley, whose company Metron helped investigators find Air France Flight 447 off the coast of South America.
    Original Air Date: July 30, 2015
    French gendarmes and police stand near a large piece of plane debris which was found on the beach in Saint-Andre, on the French Indian Ocean island of La Reunion, July 29, 2015. France's BEA air crash investigation agency said it was examining the debris,  in coordination with Malaysian and Australian authorities, to determine whether it came from Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370, which vanished last year in one of the biggest mysteries in aviation history. Picture taken July 29, 2015.     REUTERS/Zinfos974/Prisca Bigot  - RTX1MCP4
  • News Wrap: CDC finds 1 in 5 adults in U.S. has a disability
    In our news wrap Thursday, a new study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that 53 million Americans are living with a disability. Rates are highest in Southern states and higher among Black and Hispanic adults. Also, the Senate sent a bill to President Obama authorizing a three-month patch in funding for the nation’s highways and transit systems.
    Original Air Date: July 30, 2015
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  • How to resupply a nuclear submarine
    The USS Pennsylvania is a stealth warship on active patrol in the Pacific Ocean. Armed with up to 24 Trident D-5 nuclear missiles, the Ohio-class vessel is part of America’s fleet of 14 nuclear armed submarines. Resupplying a ship like this while at sea takes quite a bit of coordination. Luckily, a PBS NewsHour crew got to witness a rarely seen resupply of the secretive submarine.
    Original Air Date: July 30, 2015

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

  • How do we ensure Medicare and Medicaid longevity?
    Fifty years since Medicare and Medicaid were established, the programs cover the health care needs of more than 120 million Americans. But new projections underscore worries over long-term sustainability. Judy Woodruff speaks to two former secretaries of the Department of Health and Human Services, Kathleen Sebelius and Louis Sullivan, about the successes and challenges.
    Original Air Date: July 29, 2015
  • Treasure hunters strike gold off Florida coast
    In our NewsHour Shares video of the day, divers made the find of a lifetime in shallow waters of Florida’s Atlantic coast – more than $1 million worth of sunken Spanish coins and treasure.
    Original Air Date: July 29, 2015
  • How a student history project reunited a family
    Decades after losing touch, family members from two different continents were reunited at the American Cemetery in Normandy, France, to honor a World War II soldier who was killed in action just after the D-Day invasion. The NewsHour’s April Brown reports on the educational program that brought them together.
    Original Air Date: July 29, 2015
  • A Catholic enigma found in a grave at Jamestown
    In 2013 archaeologists discovered the remains of four early colony leaders buried 400 years ago at the Jamestown settlement in Virginia. On top of one of the graves was a silver box resembling a religious artifact, presenting a mystery for researchers. Jeffrey Brown learns more from James Horn of the Jamestown Rediscovery Foundation.
    Original Air Date: July 29, 2015
  • NATO Commander on the ‘major threat’ of Russia
    Gen. Philip Breedlove, NATO’s Supreme Allied Commander Europe, joins Gwen Ifill to discuss the alliance with Turkey against the Islamic State and why Russia poses a major threat in Europe today.
    Original Air Date: July 29, 2015
  • Why is word of Mullah Omar’s death coming out now?
    The Taliban's supreme leader Mullah Mohammad Omar was confirmed dead by a spokesman for Afghanistan's intelligence agency, which claims that he died two years ago at a hospital in Pakistan. Although Omar has not been seen publicly since 2001, the Taliban was issuing statements in his name as recently as two weeks ago. Judy Woodruff talks with Jessica Donati of Reuters.
    Original Air Date: July 29, 2015
    Syed Zafar Hashemi, a deputy spokesman for Afghanistan President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani,  speaks during a news conference in Kabul, Afghanistan July 29, 2015. The Afghan government is investigating reports that Mullah Omar, leader of the Afghan Taliban, is dead, a spokesman for the president's office said on Wednesday. REUTERS/Omar Sobhani  - RTX1M8TR
  • Footage of DuBose death contradicts indicted cop's claim
    Ray Tensing, a white police officer, was indicted on murder charges for killing Samuel DuBose, a black motorist, during a traffic stop for not having a front license plate. Tensing said he was dragged by the car and forced to shoot DuBose, but body camera footage revealed a different sequence of events. Gwen Ifill learns more from Sharon Coolidge of the Cincinnati Enquirer.
    Original Air Date: July 29, 2015
    University of Cincinnati police officer Ray Tensing's body camera shows driver Samuel Dubose pulled over during a traffic stop in Cincinnati, Ohio July 19, 2015, in a still image from video released by the Hamilton County Prosecutor's Office on July 29, 2015. A University of Cincinnati police officer who fatally shot an unarmed black man has been charged with murder after a grand jury investigation, the Hamilton County prosecutor said on Wednesday.  REUTERS/Hamilton County Prosecutor's Office/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 - RTX1MBHI
  • What was learned from the indictment of UC officer Ray Tensing?
    Original Air Date: July 29, 2015

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

  • What dropping the ban on gay leaders means for Boy Scouts
    Last night, the Boy Scouts of America voted to end a ban on leaders who are openly gay. The policy would allow exceptions for church-sponsored scout units, but several religious organizations are either apprehensive or in opposition. Gwen Ifill discusses the change with Zach Wahls, executive director of Scouts for Equality.
    Original Air Date: July 28, 2015
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  • Teens sing in support of Black Lives Matter
    In our NewsHour Shares moment of the day, a teen a capella group from Oakland, California, use the stage to pay homage to the Black Lives Matter movement.
    Original Air Date: July 28, 2015