Wednesday, August 6, 2014

  • How Rosetta can help decipher a comet’s secrets
    After a 10-year journey, the space probe Rosetta is orbiting a comet 250 million miles away from Earth. The spacecraft is slated to follow the comet for more than a year on its way toward the sun. Hari Sreenivasan talks to Mark McCaughrean, senior scientific advisor of the European Space Agency, about sifting through a cosmic “garbage pile” in hopes of learning about the building blocks of life.
    Original Air Date: August 6, 2014
    An artist rendition of the European Space Agency's Rosetta spacecraft approaching comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. Photo courtesy of the ESA
  • Return to Fukushima with Miles O'Brien
    Three years after the disaster at Fukushima, science correspondent Miles O'Brien returned to the Daiichi nuclear plant for an exclusive look at the site. Follow Miles on a never-before-seen tour of Daiichi's sister site, Fukushima Daini, which narrowly avoided a meltdown during the Tohoku earthquake. As the country debates turning its reactors back on, Miles asks: will Japan have a nuclear future?
    Original Air Date: August 6, 2014
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  • Drawing Lines from World War I
    Authors Margaret MacMillan, John Mearsheimer and Jack Beatty describe the lasting effects of World War I in today's world.
    Original Air Date: August 6, 2014
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Tuesday, August 5, 2014

  • Report: Adolescents at Rikers Island face excessive force
    Teen inmates at one of the country’s largest municipal jails are routinely subjected to excessive force resulting in injuries like broken jaws and bone fractures, according to a U.S. attorney report. Staff at Rikers Island were found to over-rely on solitary confinement and to not report violent incidents. Judy Woodruff talks to Benjamin Weiser, who covered the story for The New York Times.
    Original Air Date: August 5, 2014
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  • Fund seeks share of prosperity for female-focused firms
    One of the major causes of the financial crash of 2008 was the insularity of the “good old boys” network on Wall Street, says Sallie Krawcheck. The former Citigroup CFO has started a socially responsibly stock mutual fund that promotes the world’s 400 most female-focused firms. Economics correspondent Paul Solman reports.
    Original Air Date: August 5, 2014
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  • Turning a narrative of struggle into success story in Africa
    President Obama announced billions of dollars in new public and private investment in Africa’s rapidly growing markets -- on everything from construction to banking to clean energy infrastructure -- at the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit in Washington. Gwen Ifill talks to Chris Fomunyoh of the National Democratic Institute and Torek Farhadi International Trade Centre about the growing partnership.
    Original Air Date: August 5, 2014
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  • Finding a long-term cease-fire formula in the Middle East
    Judy Woodruff talks to Aaron David Miller of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and Hussein Ibish of the American Task Force on Palestine about the prospects of a lasting cease-fire between Israel and the Palestinians, what each side stands to gain, as well as how the U.S. can play a role.
    Original Air Date: August 5, 2014
    Palestinians relieving war wounds during 72-hour ceasefire
  • Troubled teens find 'a New Light' with nature photography
    Photographer and counselor Ben Thwaits takes young people from the Northwest Passage treatment center into the wild armed with cameras, as part of a program called “In a New Light.” Wisconsin Public Television spoke to Thwaits to learn more about helping teens gain confidence through art.Photographer and counselor Ben Thwaits arms troubled teens with cameras to help teens gain confidence
    Original Air Date: August 5, 2014
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Monday, August 4, 2014

  • Reagan press secretary and activist James Brady dies at 73
    James Brady, the White House press secretary who became a gun control activist after being wounded in a Reagan assassination attempt, has died at the age of 73. Judy Woodruff remembers him with another former White House press secretary, Joe Lockhart, as well as writer and Brady biographer Mollie Dickenson.
    Original Air Date: August 4, 2014
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  • How human rights factor into African economic advancement
    Will the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit offer opportunities for change beyond trade? Judy Woodruff talks to Nicole Lee, former president of policy organization TransAfrica, about the human rights issues that will affect the ability of some countries to grow and become more prosperous.
    Original Air Date: August 4, 2014
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  • U.S.-Africa summit resets focus on burgeoning markets
    As the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit kicks off at the White House, the Obama administration hopes to begin catching up to China, the biggest trading partner of a continent that boasts many of the world's fastest-growing economies. Michael Bloomberg, former mayor of New York, and Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker join Judy Woodruff to discuss Africa’s economic promise and challenges.
    Original Air Date: August 4, 2014
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  • Nutrient pollution creates fertile ground for algae blooms
    In Toledo, Ohio, Mayor Michael Collins ended a three-day ban on public water due to high toxin levels, likely caused by a massive algae bloom on Lake Erie. This year’s algae build-up came earlier than usual and officials warn it won’t be the last. Gwen Ifill talks to Marlene Harris-Taylor of The Toledo Blade and Anna Michalak of the Carnegie Institution for Science about the contamination.
    Original Air Date: August 4, 2014
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Sunday, August 3, 2014

  • Israeli army removes bulk of troops from Gaza
    The majority of Israeli ground troops have left Gaza, with the army sighting major gains in destroying the border tunnel network. But the violence continues, as a UN school in Gaza was attacked by Israel, drawing condemnation from the United States. Josef Federman of the Associated Press joins Hari Sreenivasan via Skype from Jerusalem for more on the Israel-Hamas conflict.
    Original Air Date: August 3, 2014
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  • Islamic State makes new gains in Iraq
    The Sunni insurgent group known as the Islamic State made new gains in Iraq Sunday, including seizing the northern Iraqi town of Wana near Mosul Dam, the largest dam in the country. For the latest, Nour Malas of the Wall Street Journal joins Hari Sreenivasan via Skype from Baghdad.
    Original Air Date: August 3, 2014
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  • Colorado issues licenses to drivers who lack legal residency
    This week, Colorado became the most recent state to begin issuing drivers licenses to people regardless of their immigration status - joining eleven other states and Washington D.C. Ivan Moreno of the Associated Press joins Hari Sreenivasan via Skype from Denver.
    Original Air Date: August 3, 2014
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  • To amplify message, Israel and Hamas fire up social media
    Temporary cease-fires have come and gone between Israel and Hamas, but the online battle between the two sides has been fought non-stop, as both turn to social media in an attempt to control the message behind the fighting. NewsHour's P.J. Tobia has the story.
    Original Air Date: August 3, 2014
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  • Upwardly mobile: Paraclimbers overcome limits of disability
    Last month in Atlanta, 39 competitors took part in the first ever National Paraclimbing Championships sponsored by USA Climbing, the governing body of competitive climbing in the United States. NewsHour Weekend visited with some of the athletes in Brooklyn as they trained for the event.
    Original Air Date: August 3, 2014
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Saturday, August 2, 2014

  • Senate committee to release declassified CIA report
    The Senate Intelligence Committee will soon release a declassified version of a 6,000-page report examining the CIA's rendition, detention and interrogation program. For more on this Siobhan Gorman of the Wall Street Journal joins Hari Sreenivasan from Washington.
    Original Air Date: August 2, 2014
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  • What's next for people caught entering the US illegally?
    The fate of tens of thousands of people, many of them children, who entered the United States illegally remains unresolved. The Republican-led House passed a measure to speed deportations, the Democrat-led Senate has yet to take up the bill. Roll Call's Christina Bellantoni joins Hari Sreenivasan from Washington to discuss what happens next.
    Original Air Date: August 2, 2014
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  • Viewers Like You|Saturday, August 2, 2014
    Previous signature stories about a ban on commercial fishing by the president of the Pacific island nation of Kiribati and a profile of Garrison Keillor's "A Prairie Home Companion" prompted both positive and negative feedback from viewers around the country.
    Original Air Date: August 2, 2014
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  • Violence in Gaza muddles long-term peace talks
    After an Egypt-arranged cease-fire between Israel and Hamas broke down after only hours on Friday, it was unclear Saturday if or when a longer resolution might play out -- especially as violence on the ground intensified during one of the most aggressive assaults yet in the conflict. Jodi Rudoren of The New York Times joins Hari Sreenivasan via Skype from Jerusalem
    Original Air Date: August 2, 2014
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  • Ebola-infected Americans to return to U.S. for treatment
    Two American aid workers infected with Ebola in Liberia will be sent back for care at Emory University hospital in Atlanta -- the first time any Ebola patient has been transferred to the U.S. for treatment. Hari Sreenivasan talks to Dr. Tom Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control, about containing the worst outbreak of the disease in known history.
    Original Air Date: August 1, 2014
    A colorized, magnified electron microscope image of the Ebola virus grows out of an  infected VERO 46 cell. Image by NIAID
  • Clothing for gender non-conforming people on the rise
    Companies that offer custom-made clothing for transgender and gender non-conforming people are coming to the forefront, as more diverse models gain visibility in the fashion industry – and redefine the parameters of gender identity. Ivette Feliciano reports.
    Original Air Date: July 25, 2014
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Friday, August 1, 2014

  • Shields and Brooks on finding a GOP ‘anti-Cruz’
    Syndicated columnist Mark Shields and New York Times columnist David Brooks join Judy Woodruff to discuss the week’s top news, including the struggle on Capitol Hill to find a resolution to the political division on the border crisis before Congress leaves for August recess, as well as how these events will affect the November election, plus the outlook for ending the war between Israel and Hamas.
    Original Air Date: August 1, 2014
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  • Did NFL fumble on Rice’s punishment for domestic violence?
    NFL commissioner Roger Goodell has defended the two-game punishment of Baltimore Ravens’ Ray Rice for domestic abuse. The case, and its aftermath, have sparked a firestorm of public criticism that the penalty was too lenient. Jeffrey Brown talks to Christine Brennan of USA Today/ABC News about the pushback, and how the case fits into larger problems for the sport.
    Original Air Date: August 1, 2014
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  • Why does Hamas deny abducting an Israeli soldier?
    Israel and Hamas are disputing responsibility for how a three-day cease-fire broke down in just the first few hours, while Hamas is also denying that it captured a missing Israeli soldier. Chief foreign affairs correspondent Margaret Warner joins Judy Woodruff to explore what might be happening behind the scenes and what comes next if Israel can’t find the missing soldier.
    Original Air Date: August 1, 2014
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  • Drilling underground to quench California’s thirst
    California is facing its worst drought in generations -- bad news for the state where nearly half of the nation's fruits and vegetables are grown. With water from rivers and reservoirs in short supply, attention has turned to how to manage the state's groundwater. How much can be safely pumped from underground? Special correspondent Spencer Michaels reports on the competing concerns.
    Original Air Date: August 1, 2014
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  • Jobs rise in July, but low 'quit rate' tells another story
    July was the sixth month in a row that the economy expanded by more than 200,000 jobs, with growth in a variety of sectors. But despite the good news, there may be other trends that tell a more troubling story, like the low number of people quitting jobs to find better ones -- a possible factor in U.S. wage stagnation. Economics correspondent Paul Solman reports.
    Original Air Date: August 1, 2014
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