Wednesday, May 31, 2017

  • Celebrities and leaders share life lessons with 2017 grads
    In our NewsHour Shares moment of the day, if it's graduation season, then it means that politicians, actors and industry leaders are imparting sage advice and some humor to college grads around the country. We listen in to commencement speeches from Will Farrell, Mike Pence, Helen Mirren, Octavia Butler, Hillary Clinton and more.
    Original Air Date: May 31, 2017
    Length: 232
  • The science of nurturing and its impact on premature babies
    A long-term study on helping preterm babies, using the simplest of interventions, is showing signs of promise. In part two of our story, William Brangham explores the study's outcomes, as well as questions about the complex past of the doctor behind it.
    Original Air Date: May 31, 2017
    Length: 566
  • German amb.: ‘So important’ for U.S. to stay in Paris pact
    In the aftermath of President Trump’s meetings with the G-7, NATO and European Union conferences, German Chancellor Angela Merkel has expressed notes of concern over the U.S. president’s stance on climate change, the Paris Agreement and other key issues. Judy Woodruff discusses possible divergences with German Ambassador Peter Wittig.
    Original Air Date: May 31, 2017
    Length: 538
  • What leaving the Paris Accord could mean for U.S., the world
    President Trump tweeted Wednesday that his decision on the Paris Accord will come “over the next few days,” an announcement that arrives after weeks of signaling he may walk away from the deal. The pact was signed in 2015 in order to reduce carbon emissions. William Brangham speaks with Princeton University's Michael Oppenheimer and Phil Kerpen of American Commitment about what's at stake.
    Original Air Date: May 31, 2017
    Length: 726
  • Suicide bomber strikes heart of highly secured Kabul
    A massive bomb hidden in a septic cleaning truck devastated part of Kabul Wednesday during the height of morning rush hour, killing at least 90 and wounding 400 more. The incident is yet another in a string of attacks that have wracked the Afghan capital. Chief foreign affairs correspondent Margaret Warner reports.
    Original Air Date: May 31, 2017
    Length: 282

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

  • News Wrap: U.S. military stops missile in simulated attack
    In our news wrap Tuesday, the U.S. military successfully launched a missile interceptor from an air base on the California coast to hit a mock warhead in mid-air, launched from over 4,000 miles away. Also, South Korea's president charged that the U.S. delivered more anti-missile launchers to his country without his approval and he demanded an investigation.
    Original Air Date: May 30, 2017
    Length: 274
  • White House fends off questions on Kushner, Germany
    Even after two weeks since the last on-camera White House briefing, the main topic was the same: the connection between Russia and the Trump campaign, specifically reports that Jared Kushner sought to set up a direct line to Russia's President Putin outside normal diplomatic channels. Meanwhile, President Trump tweeted about fake news and criticism of Germany. John Yang reports.
    Original Air Date: May 30, 2017
    Length: 147
  • Clapper: Kushner's alleged back channel to Russia ‘curious’
    When it comes to the Russia investigations, former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper asks: “Why all the cloak-and-dagger secrecy?” In a wide-ranging interview with Judy Woodruff, Clapper discusses the probe into Jared Kushner’s alleged secret back channels with Russia, along with North Korea’s nuclear program and the recent terrorist attack in Manchester.
    Original Air Date: May 30, 2017
    Length: 627
  • Can the Trump administration advance its agenda amid turmoil?
    What effects are the Russia investigations and other well-publicized turmoil inside the White House having on the president's agenda? Gerald Seib of The Wall Street Journal and Christopher Ruddy of Newsmax Media join Judy Woodruff to discuss how the Trump administration is responding and how that compares to past administrations.
    Original Air Date: May 30, 2017
    Length: 474
  • Are Baghdad bombings a sign of ISIS strength or weakness?
    Twin bombings rocked Baghdad Tuesday in attacks, days after the start of Ramadan and just as the Islamic State is losing ground in Mosul, its last foothold in the country. One bomb hit just after midnight at a popular ice cream parlor, killing 15, while another happened during morning rush hour, leaving at least 14 dead. Jeffrey Brown learns more from Susannah George of the Associated Press.
    Original Air Date: May 30, 2017
    Length: 289
    A wreckage of a car is seen at the site of car bomb attack near a government office in Karkh district in Baghdad, Iraq May 30, 2017. REUTERS/Khalid al-Mousily - RTX386SI
  • Using simple acts of care to heal trauma of premature birth
    Can the most basic nurturing techniques help heal the traumas of premature birth? Leaving the womb too early puts babies at a higher risk for emotional, behavioral and developmental changes later in life. William Brangham reports on one research effort in New York aimed at minimizing those impacts by strengthening the emotional connection between mother and child.
    Original Air Date: May 30, 2017
    Length: 492
  • Hutchinson: States need more flexibility in health care
    As the Senate begins to write its own health care reform bill, it’s finding some crucial differences of opinion over the legislation passed by the House to replace the Affordable Care Act. As part of our conversations about what’s at stake for those closest to the problem, Lisa Desjardins speaks with Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson about what he’s looking for to fix health care in his state.
    Original Air Date: May 30, 2017
    Length: 336
  • How Chicago students are finding their voice through verse
    More than 50 people were shot during the holiday weekend in Chicago. Often, when we talk about the city — and its school system — we hear about too much violence and too little money. Jeffrey Brown talks to poet laureate Juan Felipe Herrera about his new project, which teaches Chicago students the opportunity to create meaningful works about their lives and the challenges they face.
    Original Air Date: May 30, 2017
    Length: 454

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