Wednesday, August 3, 2016

  • Imagining the Underground Railroad as an actual train system
    Colson Whitehead’s new novel considers a startling premise: what if slaves had fled southern plantations via an actual subterranean train? Jeffrey Brown sits down with the author at BookExpo America in Chicago to discuss the challenge of blending fantasy with tragic historical truth and what made Whitehead ready to write this latest work.
    Original Air Date: August 3, 2016
    NEW YORK - OCTOBER 16:  Writer Colson Whitehead reads his work at The 2009 New Yorker Festival: Fiction Night at DGA on October 16, 2009 in New York City.  (Photo by Amy Sussman/Getty Images for The New Yorker)
  • Will Donald Trump reset his campaign?
    In the midst of recent blunders and increased Republican disillusionment, supporters and detractors alike are urging Donald Trump to adjust his campaign’s approach. Gwen Ifill speaks with WTMJ radio host Charlie Sykes and Matthew Dowd of ABC News about recent developments within the Trump campaign and what we can expect from it going forward.
    Original Air Date: August 3, 2016
  • The impact of recent court decisions on voter ID laws
    Voting rights supporters in North Carolina, North Dakota and Texas have triumphed this summer over what they consider discriminatory voter-identification laws. Since 2008, ten state legislatures have tightened such requirements or otherwise restricted how votes may be cast. William Brangham discusses the recent rulings with Rick Hasen, professor of law at University of California, Irvine.
    Original Air Date: August 3, 2016
    Flyers informing voters of the new voter ID law that will go into effect for the 2016 election are seen at the Mecklenburg County Board of Elections warehouse in Charlotte, North Carolina November 3, 2014. REUTERS/Chris Keane (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS) - RTR4CMY0
  • As GOP criticism mounts, Trump campaign goes on defensive
    Facing continued dissatisfaction within the GOP, Donald Trump and campaign manager Paul Manafort made public assurances on Wednesday, with Manafort asserting that the campaign is “moving forward in a positive way.” Meanwhile, Hewlett Packard CEO Meg Whitman became the highest-profile Republican to endorse Hillary Clinton. Gwen Ifill reviews the day’s events with Lisa Desjardins.
    Original Air Date: August 3, 2016
    Republican U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump's campaign manager Paul Manafort talks to the media from the Trump family box on the floor of  the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, U.S. July 18, 2016. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst - RTSIMJC
  • Presidential candidates to receive classified briefings
    Now that they are officially nominated by their respective parties, Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump and their VP picks are eligible to receive classified intelligence briefings. So how and where do those take place? Gwen Ifill speaks with Chief Foreign Affairs Correspondent Margaret Warner about the details, as well as the history and rationale behind granting presidential candidates such access.
    Original Air Date: August 3, 2016
    The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) flag is displayed on stage during a conference on national security entitled "The Ethos and Profession of Intelligence" in Washington October 27, 2015. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas - RTX1TGQJ
  • More DNC information to come, says WikiLeaks founder
    In the aftermath of a devastating email-hacking incident involving top Democratic party officials, WikiLeaks is preparing to release new information “on a range of important issues.” According to organization founder Julian Assange, WikiLeaks is now immersed in formatting the information to be easily accessible to journalists and the general public. Judy Woodruff interviews Assange for details.
    Original Air Date: August 3, 2016
    File photo of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange in front of the Ecuadorian Embassy in London. Photo by Peter Nicholls/Reuters
  • In the increasingly damaged sea, one animal is thriving
    Climate change, overfishing and pollution would naturally seem harmful for marine life. But one group of animals appears to be thriving: jellyfish. The blob-like creatures reproduce rapidly in higher temperatures and can prosper in waters tainted by human activity, such as the Gulf of Mexico’s oxygen-depleted “dead-zone.” Plus, declining fish populations mean reduced competition for food.
    Original Air Date: August 3, 2016
    A jellyfish is seen at the aquarium La Rochelle, France, February 12, 2016.  REUTERS/Regis Duvignau - RTX26P79

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

  • The facts behind Trump’s comments on Russia and Ukraine
    In our new series, we go beyond the headlines to take a closer look at the presidential candidates. On Sunday’s “This Week,” Donald Trump asserted that Russian President Vladimir Putin would not go into Ukraine — but Russia is already there. Lisa Desjardins reviews the recent history of Russia’s relationship with Ukraine and analyzes Trump’s previous statements on the subject.
    Original Air Date: August 2, 2016
  • Obama: Donald Trump ‘is unfit to serve as president’
    At Tuesday morning’s news conference, President Obama said he believes Donald Trump “is unfit to serve as president” and urged Republicans to reject their own nominee. Trump later responded that his opponent, Hillary Clinton, “has proven herself unfit to serve in any government office.” Meanwhile, Rep. Richard Hanna of New York became the first Republican congressman to endorse Clinton.
    Original Air Date: August 2, 2016
    Republican U.S. Presidential nominee Donald Trump attends a campaign event at Briar Woods High School in Ashburn, Virginia, U.S., August 2, 2016. REUTERS/Eric Thayer - RTSKRCO
  • Thinking about math in terms of literacy — not levels
    Algebra is a core subject for U.S. high school students. But should it be? Author Andrew Hacker believes we should reconsider how math is taught: only 5 percent of the American workforce actually uses math beyond arithmetic, though higher-level classes are widely required. But Hacker’s proposal to focus math instruction in a real-world context has drawn criticism from the education community.
    Original Air Date: August 2, 2016
  • A stretch of North Dakota highway watches oil boom and bust
    Oil prices have been dropping since the industry’s boom in 2014, and with that decline comes economic uncertainty for oil towns like Dickinson, North Dakota. Over 180 rigs drilled at the nearby Bakken oil field two years ago; only 27 remain active today. The slowdown has taken its toll on all sectors of business, from the housing market to hotel occupancy. Inside Energy’s Emily Guerin reports.
    Original Air Date: August 2, 2016
    Halliburton oil trucks drive near the company's yard in Williston, North Dakota April 30, 2016. Picture taken April 30, 2016.  REUTERS/Andrew Cullen - RTX2CC2M
  • How Gary, Indiana, is improving community-police relations
    Tonight is “National Night Out,” and police officers across the country are going into neighborhoods in an effort to connect with the people they serve. As part of our year-long Race Matters conversation, special correspondent Charlayne Hunter-Gault speaks with Gary, Indiana, Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson, who has been working to mend relations between the community and police in her city.
    Original Air Date: August 2, 2016
  • 4 days before the Olympics start, Rio seems far from ready
    With the Rio Olympics only days away, the city remains plagued by problems, including political unrest, infrastructure failures and heavy traffic. Jeff Brown speaks with Paulo Sotero of the Woodrow Wilson Center, “Brazilianaires” author Alex Cuadros and NPR’s Lulu Garcia-Navarro for a report on the city’s status just four days before the 2016 Summer Olympics are set to begin.
    Original Air Date: August 2, 2016
    Jesus Christ The Redeemer seen through Olympic Rings at Rodrigo de Freitas Lake, a rowing training session venue in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil August 2, 2016.   REUTERS/Ivan Alvarado FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS.   - RTSKQD4
  • What Miami-Dade County is doing about Zika
    With 12 confirmed cases of the Zika virus in Miami-Dade County, officials are asking residents to take part in mosquito-prevention efforts, including draining standing water and wearing insect repellent. Gwen Ifill speaks with Alina Hudak, Deputy Mayor of Miami-Dade County, for details on the identified cases, what containment measures are being utilized and the “many unknowns” about the disease.
    Original Air Date: August 2, 2016
    Mosquitos are bred inside Sun Yat-Sen University-Michigan State University Joint Center of Vector Control for Tropical Disease, the world’s largest "mosquito factory" which breeds millions of bacteria-infected mosquitoes, in the fight against the spread of viruses such as dengue and Zika, in Guangzhou, China July 28, 2016. Picture taken July 28, 2016.  REUTERS/Bobby Yip     TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY - RTSKMY8

Monday, August 1, 2016

  • The unprecedented aging crisis that’s about to hit China
    China has the largest Baby Boom generation in the world. But now just years away from a mass retirement, that country is headed toward a severe workforce crisis and retirement cost cash crunch. Due to the country’s one-child policy from 1978 until 2015, the younger generation poised to take over is relatively small. What’s the solution? Judy Woodruff reports in conjunction with the Atlantic.
    Original Air Date: August 1, 2016
    A boy sits on his father's shoulders as they pose for a photograph in front of the giant portrait of late Chinese chairman Mao Zedong on the Tiananmen Gate, in Beijing, China, October 2, 2011. China will ease family planning restrictions to allow all couples to have two children after decades of the strict one-child policy, the ruling Communist Party said on October 29, 2015, a move aimed at alleviating demographic strains on the economy. Picture taken October 2, 2011. REUTERS/Stringer   CHINA OUT. NO COMMERCIAL OR EDITORIAL SALES IN CHINA - RTX1TSTQ
  • Will Trump’s critique of regular Americans hurt with voters?
    How will Donald Trump’s recent criticism of Khizr and Ghazala Kahn’s speech and his comments on Russia and Ukraine affect his campaign? And as both candidates go after Rust Belt voters, whose strategy will prevail? Gwen Ifill talks with Tamara Keith of NPR and Amy Walter of The Cook Political Report.
    Original Air Date: August 1, 2016
  • What we can expect to see from Team U.S.A.
    It’s five days away from the opening ceremonies in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Christine Brennan of USA Today joins Jeffrey Brown to talk about Olympic medal hopes for the U.S. team, plus how the Russian doping scandal will affect the games.
    Original Air Date: August 1, 2016
    Rio Olympics - Olympic Park - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - 01/08/2016. A swimmer practices.             REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS. - RTSKKZ0
  • What Khizr and Ghazala Kahn have to say to Donald Trump
    Khizr and Ghazala Kahn, a Muslim-American couple whose 27-year-old son died as a soldier during the Iraq War, stood before the Democratic National Convention last week to share their loss and criticize Donald Trump. Lisa Desjardins recaps the political feud that ensued, then the Kahns sit down with Judy Woodruff to discuss Trump’s comments about Muslims, terrorism and immigration.
    Original Air Date: August 1, 2016

Sunday, July 31, 2016

  • What security measures are in place around voter data?
    This week, political fallout continued after hackers accessed an analytics program used by the Clinton campaign, along with emails and voicemails from the Democratic National Committee. The hacks have raised concerns over the security of other data from voters and donors. POLITICO national security reporter Bryan Bender joins Hari Sreenivasan.
    Original Air Date: July 31, 2016
    The headquarters of the Democratic National Committee is seen in Washington, U.S. June 14, 2016. Russian government hackers penetrated the computer network of the Democratic National Committee and gained access to all opposition research on Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, the committee and security researchers said on Tuesday. REUTERS/Gary Cameron - RTX2G8IO
  • Erdogan tightens control of Turkish armed forces
    Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan moved today to establish further control over the armed forces after a failed military coup. He has fired 1,400 soldiers, sailors and airmen for suspected links to U.S.-based cleric Fethullah Gulen. Dion Nissenbaum of the Wall Street Journal joins Hari Sreenivasan from Istanbul.
    Original Air Date: July 31, 2016
    Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan makes a speech during his meeting with mukhtars at the Presidential Palace in Ankara, Turkey May 4, 2016.   To match Special Report EUROPE-MIGRANTS/TURKEY-CHILDREN  REUTERS/Umit Bektas/File Photo - RTSJN5S
  • Inside Ohio’s fight over voting rules
    No Republican candidate, and no Democratic candidate since 1960, has won the White House without securing the majority of votes in Ohio. With the stakes so high, Ohio’s voting rules have come under scrutiny -- in particular, a state policy purging thousands of voters who, some officials say, do not vote frequently enough. NewsHour Weekend Special Correspondent Chris Bury reports.
    Original Air Date: July 29, 2016
    An Ohio voter receives the message that her vote has been counted on Super Tuesday in Parma, Ohio March 15, 2016.   REUTERS/Aaron Josefczyk - RTSALSE

Saturday, July 30, 2016

  • CDC confirms first local transmission of Zika in Florida
    Health officials have confirmed the first transmissions of the Zika virus by mosquitoes on the U.S. mainland. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said this week that four people have been infected in the Miami area, but no Zika-carrying mosquitoes have been found. CDC Director Dr. Tom Frieden joins Hari Sreenivasan from Atlanta with more.
    Original Air Date: July 30, 2016
    A woman looks at a Center for Disease Control (CDC) health advisory sign about the dangers of the Zika virus as she lines up for a security screening at Miami International Airport in Miami, Florida, U.S., May 23, 2016.  Photo by Carlo Allegri/REUTERS
  • How effective were the DNC and RNC?
    With the end of the DNC and RNC, a new stage in the presidential election is set to begin. NewsHour Weekend Special Correspondent Jeff Greenfield joins Hari Sreenivasan to recap the conventions and their effects on the campaigns for Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.
    Original Air Date: July 30, 2016
    Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton waves with her vice presidential running mate Senator Tim Kaine during the balloon drop after accepting the nomination on the fourth and final night at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. U.S. July 28, 2016. REUTERS/Rick Wilking - RTSK754
  • Native community in Louisiana relocates as land washes away
    Isle de Jean Charles in Louisiana has lost 98 percent of its land to coastal erosion caused by sinking land and exacerbated by rising seas and increased storm surges. The tribal community that lives there will be the first to receive federal tax dollars to help them relocate in response to climate change. Hari Sreenivasan reports.
    Original Air Date: July 30, 2016
    Chief Albert Naquin of the Biloxi Chitimacha Choctaw tribe on Isle de Jean Charles in Louisiana has been trying to find a new safe home for the community for years as subsidence, saltwater intrusion and sea-level rise have eroded the island and made it increasingly uninhabitable. Now he’s getting help from the federal government -- $48 million dollars to relocate to a 500 acre parcel of land on higher ground. And as other coastal communities face increasing threats from natural disasters exacerbated by climate change, all eyes are watching how this resettlement goes. Photo by PBS NewsHour

Friday, July 29, 2016

  • Archaeologists mine for history below new London skyline
    Where once stood a 16th Century theater that first staged Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, a new London complex, including a 37-story residential tower, is rising. As the skyline changes at a head-spinning clip, archaeologists, by law, are digging down, uncovering fascinating artifacts. The theater excavation will be part of the new development, aptly called, “The Stage.” Jeffrey Brown reports.
    Original Air Date: July 29, 2016
  • Shields and Brooks on which convention was more successful
    New York Times columnist David Brooks and syndicated columnist Mark Shields sit down with Judy Woodruff for a look at the conventions and agree the Democrats were more successful — even if Hillary Clinton failed to connect emotionally. “If we are in some Hobbesian state of nature, in which we want a strongman who has no compassion,” then Trump comes out ahead, says Brooks.
    Original Air Date: July 29, 2016
  • She’s been “schlepping” with Hillary Clinton for eight years
    New York Times political reporter Amy Chozick has been covering Hillary Clinton since her run in 2008. Through the good times and bad — from losing the Democratic primary in 2008 to becoming the first female presidential nominee for a major party in 2016. Chozick gives us an up-close-and-personal look at what it was like to be at the Democratic nominee’s side through it all.
    Original Air Date: July 29, 2016
  • Impact of court ruling against No. Carolina voter I.D. laws
    A federal appeals court has struck North Carolina’s stringent voting rules that, among other things, required voters to show I.D. before voting. “The new provisions target African Americans with almost surgical precision," the judges said. The Justice Department and the NAACP had sued the state’s legislature. William Brangham talks with Kareem Crayton, Professor of Law at Vanderbilt University.
    Original Air Date: July 29, 2016
    File photo of voting booths by Scott Olson/Getty Images