Monday, May 29, 2017

  • Is China still gathering organs from executed prisoners?
    Decades ago, China began harvesting organs from executed prisoners for the purpose of transplanting them into sick people, a practice condemned by human rights activists and medical ethicists. With patients flocking to China from around the world, the government says it now only recovers organs from volunteers, but that claim is disputed. Hari Sreenivasan reports.
    Original Air Date: May 29, 2017
    Length: 673
  • How Norway's government made electric cars irresistible
    Norway's vast wealth comes from decades of gas and oil production, yet its citizens are turning their backs on fossil fuels and embracing electric cars like nowhere else. In fact, the Norwegian government is planning to end sales of gasoline and diesel vehicles by 2025. Special correspondent Malcolm Brabant reports on the Scandinavian country’s investment in a greener future.
    Original Air Date: May 29, 2017
    Length: 557
  • Will a ‘war room’ for Russia probe help the White House?
    William Brangham talks to Amy Walter of The Cook Political Report and Tamara Keith of NPR about the allegations against Jared Kushner over his communications with Russian officials, the White House's handling of the Russia probe and takeaways from President Trump's first foreign trip.
    Original Air Date: May 29, 2017
    Length: 452
  • Ideas for summer reads you won’t want to put down
    Whether you open a book on a sunny beach, or prefer staying up late while glued to a page-turner, we tend to look forward to our summer reading. Jeffrey Brown gets suggestions from two writers who also own their own bookstores: Louise Erdrich, owner of Birchbark Books, and Emma Straub, owner of Books Are Magic.
    Original Air Date: May 29, 2017
    Length: 493

Sunday, May 28, 2017

  • Trump considering sending more troops to Afghanistan
    The U.S. invasion of Afghanistan after September 11 attacks has turned into the longest war in American history, having killed more than 170,000 people. Now, the Taliban has regained control of 40 percent of the country and the Trump administration may send more troops. Barnett Rubin, associate director of New York University's Center on International Cooperation, joins Hari Sreenivasan.
    Original Air Date: May 28, 2017
    Length: 298
    A soldier mans a gun at the back gate aboard the helicopter carrying Mattis as he arrives via helicopter at Resolute Support headquarters in Kabul
  • How 'Sgt. Pepper's' shaped a musical era
    "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band," one of the most influential albums of all time, turns 50 this week. Its 13 tracks, including "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds" and “A Day in the Life,” reinvented albums as works of art, marking a new experimental era for The Beatles. NewsHour Weekend Special Correspondent Alison Stewart spoke with music writer Anthony DeCurtis about the album.
    Original Air Date: May 28, 2017
    Length: 374
  • John F. Kennedy, symbol of a generation, left mixed legacy
    Monday marks the 100th birthday of John F. Kennedy, the nation’s 35th president, whose tenure was cut short by his assassination in 1963. His three years in office saw Cold War crises, the expansion of space exploration, the beginning of the Peace Corps and an emphasis on public service. NewsHour Weekend Special Correspondent Jeff Greenfield looks back at his legacy.
    Original Air Date: May 28, 2017
    Length: 285

Saturday, May 27, 2017

  • What fuels Islamic extremism in France?
    Since an attack at the magazine Charlie Hebdo in early 2015, more than 200 people have been killed in terror attacks by Islamic extremists in France. A new book, “Terror in France: The Rise of Jihad in the West,” by Gilles Kepel, discusses the roots of Islamic extremism there and unrest within French Muslim communities. Kepel, a professor at Paris Sciences et Lettres, joins Hari Sreenivasan.
    Original Air Date: May 27, 2017
    Length: 463
    People gather at Place de la Republique square to pay tribute to the victims of last year's shooting at the French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo, in Paris
  • Post reports that Kushner sought a back channel with Russia
    The Washington Post reported Friday that President Trump's son-in-law and adviser, Jared Kushner, proposed a secret, secure back channel to the Kremlin in a conversation with Russia’s ambassador to the U.S. The FBI is now investigating communications between Kushner and Russian officials. Greg Miller, one of the reporters who broke the story, joins Hari Sreenivasan to discuss it.
    Original Air Date: May 27, 2017
    Length: 344
    FILE PHOTO: White House Senior Advisor Kushner listens during President Trump's joint news conference in the East Room of the White House in Washington
  • Remembering Carter adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski
    President Jimmy Carter's national security adviser, Zbigniew Brzezinski, has died at the age of 89. For the past four decades, he has remained an influential voice in U.S. foreign policy. The NewsHour Weekend's Megan Thompson has more on his legacy.
    Original Air Date: May 27, 2017
    Length: 115
    Former U.S. National Security Advisor, Zbigniew Brzezinski, speaks at a forum hosted by the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington
  • Economist Tyler Cowen says Americans have lost their drive
    American economist and author Tyler Cowen says in his new book, “The Complacent Class: The Self-Defeating Quest for the American Dream,” that every available measure of productivity in this country shows that innovation is slowing down. Cowen says the book was inspired by conversations with people in China who described the U.S. as “sleepy.” NewsHour Weekend’s Christopher Booker has more.
    Original Air Date: May 27, 2017
    Length: 234
    Ford Highland, Complacent Class

Friday, May 26, 2017

  • Free from prison in Egypt, aid worker Aya Hijazi speaks out on her message for Sisi, meeting Trump
    In 2013, Aya Hijazi and her husband Mohammed founded an organization that helps impoverished children living in the streets of Cairo. But during a crackdown on civil groups in Egypt, Hijazi, an Egyptian-American, and her husband were detained, imprisoned and falsely accused crimes. In an exclusive interview, Hijazy, now released, joins Judy Woodruff to tell her story.
    Original Air Date: May 26, 2017
    Length: 682
  • W. Kamau Bell wants America to get awkward
    For W. Kamau Bell, awkward situations and challenging conversations can offer the best opportunities to grow as a person. And as a stand-up comedian and host of “United Shades of America,” he does the opposite of running from uncomfortable interactions. Bell, author of “The Awkward Thoughts of W. Kamau Bell,” joins Jeffrey Brown for a conversation.
    Original Air Date: May 26, 2017
    Length: 410
  • What it’s like to be a veteran of a war that never ends
    Sometimes author Brian Castner asks himself, “How many tours would have been enough to know, deep down in my bones, that I had done my part?” After three tours, Castner got home from Iraq a decade ago. But the war isn’t over; it’s just gone on without him. Castner gives his humble opinion on why being a veteran today feels like having unfinished business.
    Original Air Date: May 26, 2017
    Length: 183
  • That time Mister Rogers comforted me in real life
    In our NewsHour Shares moment of the day, in the aftermath of the terror attack in Manchester, writer Anthony Breznican took to Twitter to recount how the late television icon Fred Rogers of “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood” comforted him during a difficult period in his own life.
    Original Air Date: May 26, 2017
    Length: 209
  • Shields and Brooks on Trump’s trip, Montana press bashing
    Syndicated columnist Mark Shields and New York Times columnist David Brooks join Judy Woodruff to discuss President Trump’s first trip abroad and views on NATO, plus dramatic domestic cuts in the White House’s budget proposal, a new CBO assessment of the Republican health care bill and whether an alleged assault by a political candidate suggests growing hostility toward the press.
    Original Air Date: May 26, 2017
    Length: 731
  • Coptic Christians targeted by gunmen in a deadly assault
    Gunmen blasted an isolated bus packed with men, women and children in Egypt, killing at least 28. The victims were Coptic Christians who were making their way to a monastery along an unpaved desert road. Chief foreign affairs correspondent Margaret Warner reports that it was the latest in a series of attacks on the embattled Christian minority since late last year.
    Original Air Date: May 26, 2017
    Length: 0
  • World leaders try to bend Trump's ear on first trip abroad
    President Trump spent the final day of his first trip abroad in Sicily at a G-7 Summit, where he met with several world leaders to discuss issues such as climate change and trade. It wrapped up a busy week with stops in Saudi Arabia, Israel and the West Bank, the Vatican and the headquarters of the European Union and NATO. Hari Sreenivasan speaks with Margaret Talev of Bloomberg News.
    Original Air Date: May 26, 2017
    Length: 332

Thursday, May 25, 2017

  • Does an assault on a reporter reflect greater antipathy?
    Montana’s special election took a bizarre turn Wednesday, when GOP candidate Greg Gianforte was charged with assaulting a reporter. And there have been other recent incidents over press access, including the arrest of a West Virginia public media reporter in early May. John Yang talks to Howard Kurtz of Fox News and Tom Rosenstiel, executive director of the American Press Institute.
    Original Air Date: May 25, 2017
    Length: 570
  • When risk means reward, angry CEOs dominate
    The testosterone-endowed are at an advantage when risk-taking brings success. According to current research in both psychology and economics, physical attributes that correlate to higher levels of the hormone may suggest how likely someone is to be powerful. Economics correspondent Paul Solman explores what that means for the workplace and society.
    Original Air Date: May 25, 2017
    Length: 562
    Boss says, Put that stuff over there. Photo by Ed Hidden/E+ via Getty Images. Model released.
  • Trump calls out NATO allies on unpaid dues
    At his first meeting of NATO leaders, President Trump again criticized the allies for falling short on their share of defense spending. Mr. Trump was also the first U.S. president to not explicitly endorse NATO's collective dense clause. Special correspondent Ryan Chilcote, reporting from Brussels, joins Judy Woodruff to discuss the reactions from European leaders and more.
    Original Air Date: May 25, 2017
    Length: 471
    U.S. President Donald Trump delivers remarks at the start of the NATO summit at their new headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, May 25, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst - RTX37MLB
  • News Wrap: Pentagon confirms March airstrike killed civilians
    In our news wrap Thursday, the Pentagon has concluded that a U.S. airstrike that was originally intended to kill two Islamic State snipers led to the death of at least 105 civilians in Mosul, Iraq. Also, a federal appeals court in Richmond, Virginia, upheld a lower court ruling that blocked President Trump's revised travel ban.
    Original Air Date: May 25, 2017
    Length: 249
  • Sweden beefs up military defenses to face Russia threat
    Twelve years ago, Sweden demilitarized the strategic island of Gotland, deeming Russia a non-threat. But times have changed, and Sweden has been beefing up its defenses in the face of increasing Russian aggression. Special correspondent Malcolm Brabant reports.
    Original Air Date: May 25, 2017
    Length: 526
  • Will artificial intelligence help us solve every problem?
    Artificial intelligence is going to change how we live to such a degree, that when we look back at driving a car, it will seem to us the way the Middle Ages looks from today's perspective. That's according to Sebastian Thrun, who gives his Brief but Spectacular take on imagining the future and the way we'll all be transformed by the coming revolution.
    Original Air Date: May 25, 2017
    Length: 209

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

  • How a conspiracy theory grew around Seth Rich's murder
    The story of Seth Rich's death, and the baseless conspiracy that grew from it, is a story of how fake news spreads. From websites and online forums like Reddit to primetime cable TV, people claimed he was the source of the DNC emails about the Clinton campaign that WikiLeaks released last summer, giving Trump supporters fuel to discredit the investigation into Russian meddling. John Yang reports.
    Original Air Date: May 24, 2017
    Length: 319
  • Why it's so hard to protect 'soft targets'
    British security forces continue their hunt for the people responsible for a deadly bombing in the city of Manchester. What investigative capabilities do UK officials possess? William Brangham talks with former White House National Security official R.P. Eddy, co-author of “Warnings: Finding Cassandras to Stop Catastrophes.”
    Original Air Date: May 24, 2017
    Length: 322
  • Trump and the Pope trade gifts, not barbs, in first meeting
    President Trump met privately with Pope Francis on Wednesday, his first audience with the leader of the Catholic Church, and with whom he has clashed publicly in the past. Last year, the religious leader disavowed Candidate Trump’s pledge for a border wall, prompting Mr. Trump to dig back. Special correspondent Malcolm Brabant reports on their interaction at the Vatican.
    Original Air Date: May 24, 2017
    Length: 210
  • Less healthy, older Americans would pay more under GOP bill
    The Congressional Budget Office released its cost estimate for the American Health Care Act Wednesday, 20 days after the bill passed the Republican-led House of Representatives. The prognosis? About 23 million Americans are expected to lose their coverage by 2026. Lisa Desjardins joins Judy Woodruff to discuss the CBO’s projection.
    Original Air Date: May 24, 2017
    Length: 247