Monday, May 16, 2016

  • Trump’s teflon presents difficult challenge for Democrats
    Amy Walter of The Cook Political Report and Tamara Keith of NPR join Judy Woodruff to discuss the latest in politics, including the prospects for Democratic unity, Clinton’s enthusiasm problem, Trump’s teflon — and his new war on the New York Times after it dives into his checkered past with women.
    Original Air Date: May 16, 2016
  • Hillary Clinton barnstorms Kentucky, looking for big win
    As voters in Kentucky and Oregon prepare to go to the polls Tuesday, Hillary Clinton blitzed the Bluegrass State, hoping to end Sen. Bernie Sanders’ string of primary victories. Sanders himself was in Puerto Rico, where he decried Congress’ approach to the island’s debt crisis. Meanwhile, Donald Trump found himself in a war of words with British Prime Minister David Cameron. John Yang reports.
    Original Air Date: May 16, 2016
    U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks at La Gala in Bowling Green, Kentucky, U.S., May 16, 2016.  REUTERS/Aaron P. Bernstein - RTSEJRF

Sunday, May 15, 2016

  • Chicago’s murder rates drive exodus of black middle class
    Chicago is the nation’s third most populous city, but holds the unenviable title of being America’s murder capital, with 489 homicides documented last year. And since most of the victims are black, the high murder rates have provoked a gradual exodus of the black middle class. Correspondent Brandis Friedman reports from Chicago.
    Original Air Date: May 15, 2016
  • Why neighborhood demographics are shifting in Chicago
    How does gun violence and neighborhood policing impact life for residents living in Chicago? For more, USA Today reporter Aamer Madhani joins Hari Sreenivasan at WTTW in Chicago.
    Original Air Date: May 15, 2016
    People gather for a candlelight vigil against gun violence in the Englewood neighborhood in Chicago, Illinois, United States, July 3, 2015. Extra police patrols and long shifts were not enough to prevent nine deaths and about 50 injuries from gun violence in Chicago over the Fourth of July weekend, when homicides jump almost every year. Chicago, with 2.7 million people, is the most violent large city in the United States, with poverty, segregation, dozens of small street gangs, and a pervasive gun culture all contributing to the problem. Picture taken July 3, 2015.   REUTERS/Jim Young   - RTX1JA3N
  • How Amsterdam officials keep peace for sleeping residents
    For more than a decade Amsterdam has had a ‘nachtburgemeester’ or ‘Night Mayor,’ an official charged with being the bridge between the nightlife economy, city officials, and sleeping residents.
    Original Air Date: May 14, 2016

Saturday, May 14, 2016

  • Viewer comments on a program offering cash to reduce crime
    Viewers expressed both skepticism and hope regarding NewsHour Weekend’s report on “Operation Peacemaker,” the California program paying young men who have criminal records $1,000 per month to stay out of trouble. In the latest installment of “Viewers Like You,” Alison Stewart reads your comments.
    Original Air Date: May 14, 2016
  • To weaken ISIS, U.S. deploying special ops in Libya
    Summary: As part of a strategy to weaken the Islamic State and support a unity government, the U.S. is deploying a small number of special operations troops on the ground in Libya. Washington Post reporter Missy Ryan who has written about the operation joins Alison Stewart to discuss how the Obama administration came to this decision.
    Original Air Date: May 14, 2016
    Anti-Gaddafi Protests Continue To Grow In Libya
  • U.S. stepping up deportation of undocumented immigrants
    Responding to a surge of Central Americans coming to the U.S. in recent years, the Department of Homeland Security has planned a month of raids on immigrants found to have crossed the southwest border illegally. Reuters reporter Julia Edwards, who broke the story this week, joins Alison Stewart in New York to discuss.
    Original Air Date: May 14, 2016
    Central American immigrants ride north atop a freight train known as "La Bestia,"  or "The Beast," near Juchitan, Mexico. It is part of a long and perilous journey through Mexico to reach the U.S. border. Photo by John Moore/Getty Images
  • Beyond debt default and Zika, Puerto Rico struggles as trash piles up
    Original Air Date: May 14, 2016

Friday, May 13, 2016

  • Civil rights lawyer says prison reforms are falling short
    The Equal Justice Initiative’s Bryan Stevenson has become a leading voice for criminal justice reform, and blames the U.S.’s world-leading incarceration rate on deep-seated institutional racism that goes back to slavery. As some states move to increase probation and parole supervision, Stevenson tells Jeffrey Brown why these measures fall short of the reforms that are truly needed.
    Original Air Date: May 13, 2016
  • Genetic sequencing unlocks DNA mutations and saves lives
    Every year, thousands of young people who seemed otherwise healthy die suddenly. The reason sometimes is long-rooted, secret gene mutations passed down through the generations. Doctors at the Scripps Translational Science Institute are using gene sequencing and “molecular autopsies” to uncover these hidden mutations and allow patients to take preventative action. David Wagner of KPBS reports.
    Original Air Date: May 13, 2016
    A computer screen displays the genetic sequence of the H1N1 swine flu virus at the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene in Baltimore, September 3, 2009. The new H1N1 virus has killed 36 U.S. children, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported on Thursday.   REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst    (UNITED STATES HEALTH) - RTR27EPI
  • Hezbollah's top military leader assassinated in Syria
    Thousands took to the streets of Beirut Friday to mourn the killing of Mustafa Badreddine, the commander of Hezbollah’s military forces in Syria and a key supporter of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in that nation’s civil war. An enemy of the U.S., Israel and ISIS, it is not yet clear who is responsible for Badreddine’s death. Special correspondent Jane Ferguson reports.
    Original Air Date: May 13, 2016
    Brothers of top Hezbollah commander Mustafa Badreddine, who was killed in an attack in Syria, mourn over his coffin during his funeral in Beirut's southern suburbs, Lebanon, May 13, 2016. REUTERS/Jamal Saidi - RTX2E7JC
  • Shields and Gerson on the Obama transgender decree
    Syndicated columnist Mark Shields and Washington Post columnist Michael Gerson join Judy Woodruff to discuss the week in politics, including the Obama administration’s new transgender restroom directive, Donald Trump’s latest attempts to unify the Republican party and what Sen. Bernie Sanders’ victory in West Virginia means for the Democratic race.
    Original Air Date: May 13, 2016
  • Transgender bathroom battle explodes with U.S. school decree
    Amid the national furor over North Carolina’s bathroom bill, the Departments of Justice and Education on Friday issued a joint directive to all public schools to allow transgender students the use of restrooms that match their gender identity. Although noncompliance could cost states billions in federal aid, some conservative lawmakers have already vowed to defy the order. Judy Woodruff reports.
    Original Air Date: May 13, 2016
    A sign protesting a recent North Carolina law restricting transgender bathroom access adorns the bathroom stalls at the 21C Museum Hotel in Durham, North Carolina May 3, 2016. The hotel installed the restroom signage designed by artist Peregrine Honig last month after North Carolina's "bathroom law" gained national attention, positioning the state at the center of a debate over equality, privacy and religious freedom.   REUTERS/Jonathan Drake - RTX2D195
  • Lines drawn in U.S. debate over transgender bathroom access
    The Obama administration’s new directive that all public schools should allow transgender students access to restrooms that correspond with their gender has intensified a nationwide fight over the issue. For more on the reaction to the order and its possible impact, Hari Sreenivasan talks to Jeremy Tedesco of the Alliance Defending Freedom and Alex Myers of Phillips Exeter Academy.
    Original Air Date: May 13, 2016
    The Department of Justice (DOJ) logo is pictured on a wall after a news conference to discuss alleged fraud by Russian Diplomats in New York December 5, 2013.     REUTERS/Carlo Allegri (UNITED STATES - Tags: CRIME LAW) - RTX1657T

Thursday, May 12, 2016

  • News Wrap: Ruling hands major setback to Obamacare
    In our news wrap Thursday, a federal judge struck down the Obama administration’s $175 billion spending plan to subsidize health care for low-income Americans, agreeing with Congressional Republicans that the government was spending the money without Congress’ approval. Also, Islamic State suicide bombers struck again in Iraq, killing 17 soldiers in Ramadi and five more civilians in Baghdad.
    Original Air Date: May 12, 2016
    Illustration by Getty Images
  • Trump and Ryan hail ‘great conversation’ but unity elusive
    The Republican presidential drama shifted to Capitol Hill Thursday, as presumptive nominee Donald Trump met with party leaders, including House Speaker Paul Ryan, behind closed doors. Trump and Ryan issued a joint statement calling the sitdown a “great conversation” — but there was no endorsement. John Yang reports.
    Original Air Date: May 12, 2016
    U.S. Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-WI) takes questions at a news conference after his meeting with Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump in Washington, US, May 12, 2016.     REUTERS/Jim Bourg - RTX2E1K5
  • New details revealed in Russian Olympics doping scheme
    New revelations emerged Thursday regarding state-sponsored doping at the 2014 Winter Olympics. The head of Russia’s anti-doping lab during the competition told the New York Times that he created a cocktail of performance-enhancing drugs at the behest of the Russian government, which was then administered to 15 eventual medalists. Judy Woodruff talks to Rebecca Ruiz of the New York Times for more.
    Original Air Date: May 12, 2016
    Russian gold medalist Alexander Legkov celebrates with silver medalist Maxim Vylegzhanin and bronze medalist Ilia Chernousov after they recieved their medals for the men's cross-country 50-kilometer mass start race during the closing ceremony for the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, February 23, 2014.    REUTERS/Marko Djurica (RUSSIA  - Tags: SPORT OLYMPICS)   - RTX19DDU
  • Scientist chases waterfalls in depths of vast glaciers
    In our NewsHour Shares moment of the day, most scientists expect to travel to the ends of the Earth in the name of research, but few ever set foot in the heart of a glacier. That’s exactly what Ph.D. student Kiya Riverman’s work entails. We spoke with her about exploring ice caves and their subrosa waterfalls on the Icelandic islands of Svalbard — and what she hopes to learn there.
    Original Air Date: May 12, 2016
  • What quality do the most successful people share? True grit
    What makes a person successful? For Professor Angela Duckworth, the answer is grit, an intangible trait that motivates passion and perseverance. In a study at West Point, Duckworth found that grit mattered more for success than leadership ability, intelligence and physical fitness. Now, she hopes to introduce grit to classrooms across the country. Economics correspondent Paul Solman reports.
    Original Air Date: May 12, 2016
  • Middle class shrinks as income inequality grows, study finds
    The middle class has taken center stage in this election cycle, and it turns out there are increasingly fewer Americans who qualify. A new Pew analysis finds their ranks have shrunk since 2000 and that in at least 160 metro areas there’s been a rise in both lower and upper class families. Hari Sreenivasan talks to Marketplace’s Kai Ryssdal for more on why the middle class is shrinking.
    Original Air Date: May 12, 2016
    income inequality poster
  • Dad of Aspergers boy learns to 'Love That Boy'
    Being a father is never easy, especially when your son is diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome. That’s the situation National Journal columnist Ron Fournier faced with his son Tyler. In his new book, “Love that Boy,” Fournier recounts what his relationship with Tyler taught him about parents’ expectations and the role of a father in his son’s life. Fournier joins Judy Woodruff to share his insights.
    Original Air Date: May 12, 2016
  • On the front line of Puerto Rico’s war on Zika
    As if a crumbling economy and crippling debt weren’t enough to handle, Puerto Rico is also in the throes of a new looming crisis: the mosquito-borne Zika virus is gaining ground. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control predicts an astounding 20 percent of the island’s 3.5 million people will likely contract Zika this year alone. Jeffrey Brown goes to the front line of the battle against the virus.
    Original Air Date: May 12, 2016
    An edes aegypti mosquito is seen inside a test tube as part of a research on preventing the spread of the Zika virus and other mosquito-borne diseases at a control and prevention center in Guadalupe, neighbouring Monterrey, Mexico, March 8, 2016. REUTERS/Daniel Becerril/File Photo - RTX2DV6U
  • Concerts for Cats? Dances for dogs? Yes, it’s come to this
    Humans tend to view animals as a source of entertainment, but anthropologist Laurel Braitman is more concerned with entertaining them. That’s why she started putting on music concerts for everything from wolves to miniature donkeys. The only rules: no people, and no food bribes for attention. Braitman gives her Brief But Spectacular take on non-human entertainment and animal madness.
    Original Air Date: May 12, 2016

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

  • The Taliban resurge in Afghanistan — and ISIS also moves in
    Fifteen years since the start of the American intervention in Afghanistan, Islamic extremism is resurging in the region. The Taliban is slowly regaining ground, especially in the valuable poppy fields of the south, and now ISIS is making its presence felt too. Hari Sreenivasan talks to special correspondent Jennifer Glasse for more on the escalating state of hostilities on the ground.
    Original Air Date: May 11, 2016
    An Afghan man walks through a poppy field in the Gereshk district of Helmand province, Afghanistan April 8, 2016. REUTERS/Abdul Malik - RTX2A21J
  • L.A. to San Francisco in 30 minutes? A pipe dream indeed
    What if you could make a train trip from Los Angeles to San Francisco in half an hour? It may sound farfetched, but a group of MIT students are developing a new form of transportation to bring that dream to life: the supersonic hyperloop, a pneumatic train powered by magnetism that would put the fastest high speed rail lines to shame. Science correspondent Miles O’Brien reports.
    Original Air Date: May 11, 2016
  • Transgender soldiers gain ground in U.S. military transition
    Last July, Defense Secretary Ash Carter ended the policy of discharging soldiers who change their gender identity, and began drafting a plan for transgender soldiers to serve openly. With a greater proportion of transgender people in the armed forces as compared to the general public, supporters and critics alike are preparing for big changes. The NewsHour’s William Brangham and P.J. Tobia report.
    Original Air Date: May 11, 2016
  • Uber hits major speed bumps across the U.S.
    The meteoric rise of ride-sharing services like Uber and Lyft is hitting speed bumps across the country: legal settlements with drivers in California and Massachusetts; a decision to suspend services in Austin, Tex.; and now, a union in New York City. Hari Hari Sreenivasan talks to Mike Isaac of the New York Times for more.
    Original Air Date: May 11, 2016
    The Uber logo is seen on a vehicle near Union Square in San Francisco, California, U.S. May 7, 2015.    REUTERS/Robert Galbraith/File Photo - RTX2C0YV