Tuesday, September 8, 2015

  • Salman Rushdie unleashes the genies in his new novel
    In "Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights," the genies are out of the bottle and on the loose in New York City. Author Salman Rushdie combines magic and reality, myth and history in his latest novel. Jeffrey Brown interviews the writer about storytelling and how some readers misperceive him.
    Original Air Date: September 8, 2015
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  • Classical guitar helps kids in trouble change their tune
    In Texas, a nonprofit partners with a juvenile justice center to help students finish their high school education by learning classical guitar. Student Reporting Labs special correspondent Kennedy Huff reports for KLRU in Austin.
    Original Air Date: September 8, 2015
  • The next food movement? Maybe garbage-to-plate dining
    What happens to the little ends of cucumber that get cut off by big-time food processors to make pickles? At the Michelin-starred Manhattan restaurant Blue Hill, chef Dan Barber has tried turning that food waste into cuisine, an experiment to encourage diners to rethink the distinction between what we eat and what we throw away. Special correspondent Allison Aubrey of NPR News
    Original Air Date: September 8, 2015

Monday, September 7, 2015

  • Will welcoming refugees actually put more at risk?
    Are the pledges being made by European countries to take in refugees sufficient to accommodate the massive flood of people trying to escape war and poverty? Judy Woodruff examines the migration crisis with Leonard Doyle of the International Organization for Migration.
    Original Air Date: September 7, 2015
  • How does the fight for $15 affect the labor market?
    Three years since a small group of fast-food workers began protesting in demand of higher pay and better conditions, a minimum wage of $15 an hour is becoming a reality for many across the country. Jeffrey Brown gets two perspectives from Michael Strain of the American Enterprise Institute and former Secretary of Labor Robert Reich.
    Original Air Date: September 7, 2015
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  • Not Trending: Inventors and innovators you’ve never heard of
    When we only pay attention to the things that are trending in our social networks, we may be missing some compelling stories. Carlos Watson, CEO of website Ozy, joins Gwen Ifill to share a few overlooked items, including efforts to create a working electronic model of the human brain, batteries that run on seawater that store clean energy and bending the rules of classical ballet.
    Original Air Date: September 7, 2015
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  • Can Denmark make energy demand follow renewable supply?
    By 2050, Denmark hopes to get 100 percent of its energy from renewable sources. One problem, however, is that the amount of energy available fluctuates constantly. So some innovators are trying to create a system where demand for energy follows supply, instead of the other way around. Special correspondent Stephanie Joyce of Inside Energy reports.
    Original Air Date: September 7, 2015
    DENMARK - MAY 27: Wind turbines dotted between cultivated fields, Aero island, Denmark. (Photo by DeAgostini/Getty Images)
  • Will 2016 candidates enter the migrant crisis debate?
    How will American politicians and presidential candidates address the migrant crisis going on in Europe? Judy Woodruff checks in with Amy Walter of the Cook Political Report and Tamara Keith of NPR about the state of the presidential race, including Sen. Bernie Sanders’ momentum in New Hampshire and Iowa and President Obama’s criticism of anti-union GOP candidates on Labor Day.
    Original Air Date: September 7, 2015
    U.S. President Barack Obama speaks at the Greater Boston Labor Council Labor Day Breakfast in Boston, Massachusetts September 7, 2015.  REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque  - RTX1RI3J

Sunday, September 6, 2015

  • What possible Russian backing of Assad could mean in Syria
    As one of the catalysts for the mass migration happening in Europe, Syria's civil war has displaced millions of people. If recent reports that Russia is stepping up support for Syria's Al-Assad are true, Secretary of State Kerry warns things could get a lot worse. Anthony Cordesman of the Center for Strategic and International Studies, joins Alison Stewart from Washington with more on the war.
    Original Air Date: September 6, 2015
    Free Syrian Army fighters fire rockets towards forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad in the northern countryside of Quneitra, Syria, June 17, 2015. Rebels in southern Syria announced a major offensive on Wednesday to capture remaining positions held by the Syrian military in Quneitra province, near the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, where bombardments could be seen a short distance away. REUTERS/Alaa Al-Faqir TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY - RTX1GWBT
  • SAT Scores: Why so low?
    The scores for the SAT, the standardized test many prospective college freshman take, were at the lowest they have been since the exam was overhauled a decade ago. Bloomberg education reporter Janet Lorin joins Alison Stewart for more on the dramatic dip in scores.
    Original Air Date: September 6, 2015
    NEWTON - MARCH 3:  A student pauses while taking a sample SAT test during his prep class in Newton, Massachusetts on March 3, 2005.  The class, taught at one of Kaplan's Test Prep and Admissions centers, helps prepare high school students for the SAT.   (Photo by John Nordell/The Christian Science Monitor via Getty Images)
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  • Pilot recalls childhood fascination with flying in memoir
    Pilot and author Mark Vanhoenacker's book "Skyfaring: A Journey with a Pilot" introduces readers to what it's like to pilot one of the largest commercial airliners: the 747. NewsHour's Stephen Fee has the story.
    Original Air Date: September 5, 2015
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  • Does extra reading time in low-performing schools work?
    Florida requires 300 low-performing elementary schools to add an hour of focused reading to their school day. Four years into the initiative, how effective has it been? Alison Stewart checks in for this update to a report that aired last September.
    Original Air Date: September 6, 2015
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Saturday, September 5, 2015

  • How are different countries reacting to the migrant crisis?
    This week, a Syrian refugee, now in Sweden, spoke to NewsHour special correspondent Malcolm Brabant about his journey across the Mediterranean sea and leaving his family behind. Brabant, who is covering the surge of migrants into Northern Europe, joins Alison Stewart via Skype from Copenhagen with the latest on how different countries are reacting to the migrant crisis.
    Original Air Date: September 5, 2015
    Migrants from Syria sit in front of riot police on a field after crossing into Hungary from the border with Serbia near the village of Roszke, September 5, 2015. Austria and Germany threw open their borders to thousands of exhausted migrants on Saturday, bussed to the Hungarian border by a right-wing government that had tried to stop them but was overwhelmed by the sheer numbers reaching Europe's frontiers.   REUTERS/Marko Djurica      TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY      - RTX1R9K4
  • Behind the dangerous trade of migrant smuggling
    A truck with 71 dead migrants found along an Austrian highway last week called attention to the dangers of smuggling. Washington Post reporter Michael Birnbaum has investigated the migrant smuggling trade and joins Alison Stewart via Skype from Brussels with the latest.
    Original Air Date: September 5, 2015
    A truck in which 71 dead migrants were found is parked at a customs building with refrigeration facilities in the village of Nickelsdorf, Austria, August 31, 2015. Austrian authorities toughened controls along the country's eastern borders on Monday, stopping hundreds of refugees and arresting five traffickers in a clampdown that followed last week's gruesome discovery of 71 dead migrants in a truck.    REUTERS/Heinz-Peter Bader  - RTX1QEEH
  • Prosecuting non-Natives for sexual assault on reservations
    Native American women are two and a half times more likely than their peers to experience sexual assault. Often the perpetrators aren't Native Americans, and because of a legal loophole, perpetrators have been able to get away with it. Now a new federal law gives tribal courts the ability to bring those perpetrators to justice. Stephen Fee updates this report that first aired in November 2014.
    Original Air Date: September 5, 2015
    MAHNOMEN, MN - FEBRUARY 4:   Lisa Brunner, a native american, has twice been the victim of domestic violence on the White Earth Indian Reservation in Mahnomen, MN on February 4, 2014.   She's now an advocated for victims rights   against their perpetrators on tribal lands.  The Obama administration pushed Congress to pass a law giving Tribal governments the authority to prosecute domestic violence cases against non-native americans on tribal land.  Before, non-native americans spouses or partners could assault or rape native american women on the reservation and neither the tribe nor the county had any juristiction to do so.  Though it's progress, it only covers domestic violence not crimes commited by strangers or acquaintances.      (Photo by Linda Davidson / The Washington Post)

Friday, September 4, 2015

  • Is the economy strong enough for an interest rate raise?
    Though unemployment fell to its best place since early 2008, the number of jobs created in August was quite modest, falling below expectations. Combined with the volatility of the market and worries over sluggish wage growth, how will the Federal Reserve take the latest labor report into consideration as they weigh raising interest rates? Diane Swonk of Mesirow Financial joins Hari Sreenivasan.
    Original Air Date: September 4, 2015
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  • Why humanity is essential to the future of A.I.
    As we advance toward increasingly sophisticated forms of artificial intelligence, John Markoff, author of “Machines of Loving Grace: The Quest for Common Ground Between Humans and Robots,” joins Jeffrey Brown to discuss our anxiety about autonomous technology and the human ethics that go into that invention.
    Original Air Date: September 4, 2015
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  • Why Guatemalans rose up against government corruption
    On Thursday, Guatemalan President Otto Perez Molina was forced to resign. By the afternoon, he was in court, accused of taking part in a multi-million dollar bribery operation, and then he spent the night in jail. Judy Woodruff takes a closer look at the dramatic turn of events with Adriana Beltrán from the Washington Office on Latin America.
    Original Air Date: September 4, 2015
    Former President Otto Perez leaves after a hearing at the Supreme Court of Justice in Guatemala City, Guatemala September 4, 2015. Fighting graft accusations, Perez said on Friday he could have made "10 or 15 times" the money he is accused of stealing if he had taken bribes offered by powerful Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman. REUTERS/Jose Cabezas - RTX1R6FM
  • Neighbors Sweden and Denmark split over taking refugees
    Two Scandinavian neighbors, Sweden and Denmark, are handling the European migrant crisis in vastly different ways. While Sweden has taken in the largest number of refugees in relation to its population of all EU nations, Denmark is implementing policies to discourage asylum seekers. Special correspondent Malcolm Brabant explores the two approaches.
    Original Air Date: September 4, 2015
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  • Shields and Gerson on refugee crisis responsibility
    Syndicated columnist Mark Shields and Washington Post columnist Michael Gerson join Judy Woodruff to discuss the week’s news, including Hillary Clinton’s latest interview on her use of a private email server, Donald Trump’s pledge not to run as a third-party candidate, plus who should be stepping up to address the refugee crisis in Europe.
    Original Air Date: September 4, 2015
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Thursday, September 3, 2015

  • Embattled Kentucky clerk draws outrage and support
    A Kentucky county clerk was arrested for refusing to issue marriage licenses to gay couples, citing religious belief. After this summer’s Supreme Court decision legalizing same-sex marriage across the country, Kim Davis had tried suing the state’s governor for religious discrimination, but her case was rejected. As William Brangham reports, her refusal has drawn both vocal critics and supporters.
    Original Air Date: September 3, 2015
    Lana Bailey holds a placard on the steps of the federal building in protest of Rowan County clerk Kim Davis' arrival to attend a contempt of court hearing for her refusal to issue marriage certificates to same-sex couples, at the United States District Court in Ashland, Kentucky September 3, 2015. REUTERS/Chris Tilley - RTX1R074
  • Tom Brady's court win takes the air out of NFL's punishment
    A federal judge overturned the NFL’s four-game suspension of New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady’s over what’s become known as “Deflategate.” What does the ruling mean for the league and commissioner Roger Goodell? Gwen Ifill speaks to Dan Shaughnessy of The Boston Globe and Kevin Blackistone of ESPN.
    Original Air Date: September 3, 2015
    New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady exits the Manhattan Federal Courthouse in New York, August 31, 2015. The National Football League and its players union failed to reach a settlement in their dispute over New England quarterback Tom Brady's four-game "Deflategate" suspension despite weeks of talks, leaving a federal judge to resolve the issue in the coming days. Following a final round of unsuccessful private discussions, U.S. District Judge Richard Berman said at a brief court hearing on Monday that he will likely decide whether to uphold or throw out the suspension within one or two days. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid - RTX1QGPG
  • Iran deal divides American Jewish community
    Among the American Jewish community, the Iran nuclear deal has triggered vigorous debate. While advocacy groups and politicians campaign for both sides of the issue, members of the Jewish community grapple with what’s best for Israel and for America. Chief foreign affairs correspondent Margaret Warner looks at why the deal has become such a contentious issue.
    Original Air Date: September 3, 2015
    DAVIE, FL - SEPTEMBER 03:  General view of protests outside the David Posnack Jewish Community Center where U.S. Vice President Joe Biden meeting with Jewish community leaders at the David Posnack Jewish Community Center to discuss the nuclear deal reached with Iran on September 3, 2015 in Davie, Florida.  (Photo by Johnny Louis/FilmMagic)
  • Will a photo of a drowned boy give Europe a political push?
    A photograph of a young boy whose drowned body washed up on Turkey’s shore after his family attempted to reach Greece has captured global attention. The image highlights the extreme risks many migrants are willing to take to reach Western countries. Judy Woodruff speaks to Steven Erlanger of The New York Times and NewsHour special correspondent Malcolm Brabant about responses in Europe.
    Original Air Date: September 3, 2015
    The front pages of some of Britain's daily newspapers showing an image of the body of Syrian three-year-old boy Aylan are pictured in London, on September 3, 2015. The image spread like lightning through social media and dominated front pages from Spain to Sweden, with commentators unanimous it had rammed home the horrors faced by those fleeing war and conflict in the Middle East and Africa. AFP PHOTO/JUSTIN TALLIS        (Photo credit should read JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP/Getty Images)
  • LA mayor says ‘drought shaming’ is our civic duty
    Droughts are here to stay, says Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, so his city is striving to employ sustainable practices to preserve water not just for the next two years, but decades beyond that. Garcetti offers his Brief but Spectacular take on California’s evolving relationship with water.
    Original Air Date: September 3, 2015

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

  • Why doctors are prescribing legal aid for patients in need
    Though lawyers are often the last people doctors want to see involved in patient care, across the country many medical systems have begun establishing special legal partnerships. Lawyers become allies for disadvantaged patients who need help navigating problems with landlords and insurers. Special correspondent Jackie Judd reports from Omaha, Nebraska
    Original Air Date: September 2, 2015
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  • Europe grapples with how to help refugees fleeing conflict
    The steady flow of desperate migrants and asylum seekers has sparked humanitarian and economic tensions in Europe. Gwen Ifill talks to Nancy Lindborg of the United States Institute of Peace and Astrid Ziebarth of the German Marshall Fund for a closer look at the crisis, including how different European governments are responding and whether the U.S. could take more refugees.
    Original Air Date: September 2, 2015
    Watched by Hungarian police, refugees enter a regional train supposed to carry them to a nearby refugee camp at a railways station in Budapest, Hungary September 2, 2015. Hundreds of migrants protest in front of Budapest's Keleti Railway Terminus for a second straight day on Wednesday, shouting "Freedom, freedom!" and demanding to be let onto trains bound for Germany from a station that has been closed to them by Hungarian riot police officers.  REUTERS/Bernadett Szabo   - RTX1QSF3
  • Palmyra, where East met West, is symbolic target for IS
    Satellite images released by the U.N. confirmed the destruction of the Temple of Bel in Palmyra by Islamic State forces, part of a pattern of targeting ancient sites in Syria and Iraq. Jeffrey Brown talks to Michael Danti of Boston University and Brenton Easter from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement about the losses at Palmyra and how authorities are tackling antiquities smuggling.
    Original Air Date: September 2, 2015
    Tourists walk in the historical city of Palmyra, April 14, 2007. Islamic State fighters in Syria have entered the ancient ruins of Palmyra after taking complete control of the central city, but there are no reports so far of any destruction of antiquities, a group monitoring the war said on May 21, 2015. Picture taken April 14, 2007. Photo by Nour Fourat/Reuters