Wednesday, November 30, 2016

  • News Wrap: No criminal charges in fatal Scott shooting
    In our news wrap Wednesday, the North Carolina police officer who fatally shot Keith Lamont Scott in September will not face criminal charges. The prosecutor said there was evidence that Scott, a black man, was holding a gun and ignored repeated requests to disarm. Also, the death toll from wildfires in Tennessee’s Great Smoky Mountains rose to seven; dozens more have been injured.
    Original Air Date: November 30, 2016
    Keith Scott looks over to police with hands by his sides just before he was shot four times by Charlotte police in Charlotte, North Carolina, U.S. in this September 20, 2016 still image from video released by Charlotte police.  Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department/Handout via Reuters/File Photo  ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. EDITORIAL USE ONLY - RTSU17H
  • Castro’s funeral procession retraces Revolution’s route
    Fidel Castro’s ashes began a lengthy procession through Cuba on Wednesday, mirroring the legendary leader's post-revolution journey in 1959. At the time, Castro depicted himself as a national savior -- a view some Cubans still hold today. Hari Sreenivasan speaks with special correspondent Nick Schifrin in Havana for a report on the response to Castro’s death and hopes for the country’s future.
    Original Air Date: November 30, 2016
    The caravan carrying the ashes of Fidel Castro pass along a street on the way to the eastern city of Santiago, in Colon, Cuba, November 30, 2016.  REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins - RTSU3D0
  • Sen. Thune on Wilbur Ross, Trump trade policy, entitlements
    On Wednesday, President-elect Donald Trump announced billionaire investor Wilbur Ross as his choice to head the Department of Commerce. Hari Sreenivasan asks Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.), a leading Senate Republican, about how Ross’ business dealings will be evaluated for potential conflicts of interest, Mr. Trump’s approach to trade policy and the expected economic priorities of the new government.
    Original Air Date: November 30, 2016
  • California’s ‘Salad Bowl’ is cultivating more than crops
    In California's Salinas Valley, known as the "Salad Bowl of the World,” a push is underway to expand agriculture's adoption of technology. The mobile app Heavy Connect, for example, enables farm managers to track personnel and equipment efficiently. Special correspondent Cat Wise reports on how such innovation is providing new opportunities for the Valley's largely Hispanic population.
    Original Air Date: November 30, 2016
  • Carmen Maria Machado on marrying after your parents divorce
    Writer Carmen Maria Machado wasn't totally surprised when her parents informed her, 31 years into their marriage, that they were planning to divorce. But the news did produce a wave of anxiety over her own upcoming wedding. She shares how she and her fiancee are moving forward, keeping in mind her parents’ mistakes, as part of our re-launched “Essay” series -- now called “In My Humble Opinion.”
    Original Air Date: November 30, 2016
  • Can a high-profile task force spark Middle East change?
    As chairs of the Middle East Strategy Task Force, former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright and former National Security Adviser Stephen Hadley are leading a bipartisan effort to stabilize one of the world's most volatile regions. Albright and Hadley join Judy Woodruff to discuss the task force's report and recommendations, American ‘humility’ and their expectations of President-elect Trump.
    Original Air Date: November 30, 2016
  • Wall Street veterans compose Trump’s economic team
    President-elect Donald Trump announced two more Cabinet picks on Wednesday: Goldman Sachs veteran Steven Mnuchin for treasury secretary and billionaire investor Wilbur Ross for commerce secretary. He also chose a deputy for Ross: Chicago Cubs co-owner Todd Ricketts. On Twitter, Mr. Trump said he would stay “completely out of business operations” to focus on the presidency. Lisa Desjardins reports.
    Original Air Date: November 30, 2016
    U.S. President-elect Donald Trump stands with Todd Ricketts, co-owner of the MLB baseball team the Chicago Cubs, following their meeting at the main clubhouse at Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey, U.S., November 19, 2016.  REUTERS/Mike Segar - RTSSFPL

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

  • Trump announces administration health officials
    President-elect Donald Trump chose orthopedist and six-term Rep. Tom Price (R-Ga.) as secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services, and health policy expert Seema Verma to head Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Meanwhile, Mr. Trump’s pick for secretary of state is still in question: Mitt Romney and Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) appear to be contenders. John Yang reports.
    Original Air Date: November 29, 2016
    NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 22: Seema Verma, president and founder of SVC Inc., gets into an elevator as she arrives at Trump Tower, November 22, 2016 in New York City. President-elect Donald Trump and his transition team are in the process of filling cabinet and other high level positions for the new administration. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
  • Will Price take a ‘surgical approach’ to revising Obamacare?
    Rep. Tom Price (R-Ga) is an orthopedic surgeon and a vocal critic of the Affordable Care Act. He's also President-elect Donald Trump's choice to head the Department of Health and Human Services. Hari Sreenivasan speaks with Sabrina Corlette of Georgetown University, Robert Moffit of The Heritage Foundation and Sarah Kliff of Vox about Price's background and how he might shape health care policy.
    Original Air Date: November 29, 2016
    File photo of Rep. Tom Price, R-Ga., by Joshua Roberts/Reuters
  • Relentless bombing kills dozens in Aleppo
    In rebel-held Aleppo, the violent fight against the Islamic State is escalating, with 50 people killed and another 150 injured on Tuesday. Though Secretary of State John Kerry has been pushing for a cease-fire in the city, administration officials suspect Russia wants to cement a victory before President-elect Donald Trump takes office. Chief foreign affairs correspondent Margaret Warner reports.
    Original Air Date: November 29, 2016
    Syrian government soldiers walk amid rubble of damaged buildings, near a cloth used as a cover from snipers, after they took control of al-Sakhour neighborhood in Aleppo, Syria in this handout picture provided by SANA on November 28, 2016. SANA/Handout via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. EDITORIAL USE ONLY. REUTERS IS UNABLE TO INDEPENDENTLY VERIFY THIS IMAGE. - RTSTSGL
  • In the black community, a division over charter schools
    With the election of Donald Trump, a big proponent of school choice, and his like-minded pick for secretary of education, Betsy DeVos, the topic of charter schools is likely to attract more attention. But among African-American parents and the NAACP, the debate over school choice and its impact on public education is already a heated one. From Memphis, Education Week’s Lisa Stark reports.
    Original Air Date: November 29, 2016
    A preschool student reaches for the hand of his teacher, Dasarie Forde, at P.S. 3 in Brooklyn. Photo by Jamie Martines
  • How Trump's trade policy could affect jobs in U.S., abroad
    A central tenet of President-elect Donald Trump’s campaign platform was reclaiming American jobs that have moved overseas. But how might the disruption of existing international trade agreements affect companies -- and the American consumer? In the second of a series on U.S.-Mexico relations, special correspondent Nick Schifrin reports in collaboration with the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting.
    Original Air Date: November 29, 2016
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  • For kids too sick to play, a chance to join the team
    In our NewsHour Shares moment of the day, a program that enables critically and chronically ill children to be part of a sports team. Seven-year-old Ava loves to play soccer. When she was diagnosed with leukemia, she was sidelined from the game. But thanks to Team IMPACT, Ava is now an honorary member of Babson College’s women's soccer team. From WGBH in Boston, Tina Martin reports.
    Original Air Date: November 29, 2016

Monday, November 28, 2016

  • In 1985 interview, Castro spoke of fearing U.S. invasion
    In our NewsHour Shares moment of the day, an excerpt from a 1985 interview with Fidel Castro conducted by our own Robert MacNeil. During the conversation, Castro describes the origin of the Cuban Missile Crisis, asserts that after the Bay of Pigs incident in 1961, Cuba and the Soviet Union feared additional attempts by the U.S. to invade Cuba and denies responsibility for approaching nuclear war.
    Original Air Date: November 28, 2016
  • France’s far-right National Front party is on the rise
    In France, right-wing populist party National Front continues to garner support, despite critics who say it punishes detractors and silences the press. The party tailors its ideology to fit different populations; in the French Rust Belt, it has gained favor with the traditionally socialist working class by promising to push back against global elites. Special correspondent Malcolm Brabant reports.
    Original Air Date: November 28, 2016
  • How Fidel Castro’s death marks a new era for Cuba
    A 21-gun salute launched Cuba’s week of mourning for Fidel Castro, who passed away Friday night at 90. But in Miami, it was a day of celebration for the many who see the former leader’s death as the conclusion of a violent and oppressive era. Jeffrey Brown talks to Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) and The Heritage Foundation’s Ana Quintana about what’s next for Cuba and its relationship with the U.S.
    Original Air Date: November 28, 2016
    HAVANA, CUBA -  FEBRUARY 3:  Fidel Castro speaks during the ceremony in which President of Venezuela Hugo Chavez was given the UNESCO Jose Marti award  for his efforts in education February 3, 2006 in Havana, Cuba.   (Photo by Sven Creutzmann/Mambo Photography/Getty Images)
  • Trump’s transition drama over recounts and Cabinet picks
    More than two weeks after Election Day, the legitimacy of its results are being questioned, both by Green Party candidate Jill Stein and by the president-elect himself, who asserts that “millions of people” voted illegally. Amy Walter of the Cook Political Report and NPR’s Tamara Keith join John Yang to discuss that controversy, how Trump's team is communicating and more possible Cabinet picks.
    Original Air Date: November 28, 2016
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  • Why cleaning up abandoned coal mines is so important
    With coal production at its lowest level in 30 years, abandoned mines around the country are causing major environmental problems. They can catch fire, and debris from them can contaminate the water supply. But mine cleanup is an effort difficult to fund, since many of the coal companies responsible for them are claiming bankruptcy. Inside Energy’s Leigh Paterson reports from western Pennsylvania.
    Original Air Date: November 28, 2016
    Coal sits inside a barge during transport down the Monongahela River by the Consol Energy Champion Coal tow boat outside Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S, on Wednesday, May 15, 2013. Coal’s prospects are improving after its share of U.S. power generation fell last year to 34 percent, the lowest since at least 1973, Energy Department data show. Hotter temperatures this summer that prompt American households to use more air conditioning will boost demand for coal and the railroads that ship it. Photographer: Ty Wright/Bloomberg via Getty Images
  • Is there a line between Trump’s businesses and politics?
    Donald Trump’s business dealings with companies around the world have raised questions of possible conflicts of interest once he takes office. The New York Times recently published a lengthy piece on potential issues; William Brangham speaks with one of the investigation's reporters, Eric Lipton, for details on separating political and economic power, Trump-branded properties and more.
    Original Air Date: November 28, 2016
    The residence tower of Trump Towers Istanbul is pictured in Istanbul, Turkey, December 10, 2015. REUTERS/Murad Sezer  - RTX1Y1V6

Sunday, November 27, 2016

  • With recount efforts brewing in three states, what now?
    While they do not anticipate the outcome of the election will change, Hillary Clinton’s campaign has agreed to participate in an effort to recount ballots in states that were crucial to President-elect Donald Trump’s win. NPR’s political reporter Tamara Keith joins Alison Stewart for more analysis.
    Original Air Date: November 27, 2016
    A man casts his vote into a mock ballot box at an election event hosted at the U.S. ambassador's residence in Kathmandu, Nepal November 9, 2016. REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar - RTX2SO5H
  • Texas judge issues injunction, blocking overtime pay law
    A federal judge in Texas has issued a preliminary injunction on a new nationwide rule that would nearly double the salary cap for workers eligible to receive overtime pay to $47,476 a year. The rule was supposed to take effect on Dec. 1. Yuki Noguchi, business desk reporter for NPR, joins Alison Stewart.
    Original Air Date: November 27, 2016
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  • With ‘Day Breaks,’ Norah Jones builds on signature sound
    This week, just back from Europe, singer and songwriter Norah Jones begins the East Coast leg of her concert tour to promote her latest album, “Day Breaks.” The album builds on the style of her 2002 debut “Come Away With Me,” with an emphasis on piano and a jazz ensemble. The NewsHour’s Jeffrey Brown reports on Jones’ career.
    Original Air Date: November 27, 2016

Saturday, November 26, 2016

  • Fidel Castro, who led Cuba for a half-century, dies at 90
    Communist leader Fidel Castro ruled the island of Cuba with an iron fist for almost half a century until he handed over power to his brother eight years ago. Hari Sreenivasan reports on his life and times and his ongoing discord with the U.S.
    Original Air Date: November 26, 2016
    Fidel Castro attends manoeuvres during the XX anniversary of his and his fellow revolutionaries arrival on the yacht Granma,  November 1976.  REUTERS/Prensa Latina (CUBA) - RTR1HSBF
  • How Fidel Castro maintained a communist stronghold
    Fidel Castro was the father of a revolution that delivered healthcare and education, but repressed dissidents and political freedoms over the course of nearly 50 years of rule. Adjunct senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations Carla Robbins and William LeoGrande, professor of government focusing on Latin American politics at American University, join Lisa Desjardins.
    Original Air Date: November 26, 2016
    A woman walks in front of a mural of the Cuban flag in Havana, Cuba, November 26, 2016. REUTERS/Enrique de la Osa - RTSTFYL
  • World reacts to death of Communist leader Fidel Castro
    Fidel Castro’s death provoked mixed reactions from Cubans and political leaders around the world, including President Barack Obama, President-elect Donald Trump and Russian President Vladmir Putin. Castro was both reviled and revered, making Saturday a day of celebration and mourning. Lisa Desjardins reports.
    Original Air Date: November 26, 2016
    Freshly printed newspapers with a frontpage of late former Cuban leader Fidel Castro are seen at a printer of the local daily PM in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, November 26, 2016. REUTERS/Jose Luis Gonzalez          FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVES. - RTSTGQ7

Friday, November 25, 2016

  • What challenges will Trump’s White House counsel face?
    President-elect Donald Trump has announced that his campaign attorney, Donald McGahn, will serve as White House counsel. To examine the responsibilities of the counsel’s role as an adviser on ethics, public appearance and judgement, as well as the challenges McGahn may face, John Yang speaks with Jack Quinn, who held the position under President Bill Clinton.
    Original Air Date: November 25, 2016
    U.S. President-elect Donald Trump gestures from the front door at the main clubhouse at Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey, U.S., November 20, 2016.  REUTERS/Mike Segar
  • What’s next for marijuana legalization
    On November 8, multiple states legalized the use of marijuana for either recreational or medicinal purposes -- thus marking a major shift in U.S. drug policy. William Brangham speaks with Taylor West of the National Cannabis Administration and Jonathan Hudak of the Brookings Institution about marijuana law and how it might evolve under President-elect Donald Trump’s upcoming administration.
    Original Air Date: November 25, 2016
    Marijuana is seen under a magnifier at the medical marijuana farmers market at the California Heritage Market in Los Angeles, California July 11, 2014.  REUTERS/David McNew/File Photo - RTX2SH68
  • The cheaper and faster way to become a teacher
    Emily Feistritzer has come a long way from her first entrepreneurial endeavor: going door to door selling glow-in-the-dark statues of the Virgin Mary. After a long career in education, she founded Teach-Now, a global company that provides online teaching degrees for $6,000 in just nine months -- a cheaper and faster alternative to what most traditional universities offer. William Brangham reports.
    Original Air Date: November 25, 2016