Monday, January 25, 2016

  • An ancient Greek art form, preserved by catastrophe
    Fewer than 200 bronze sculptures from the Hellenistic era -- a period that began more than 2,000 years ago -- survive today. About a quarter of those are gathered in an exhibit at the National Gallery of Art called "Power and Pathos," which offers a view into the spread of ancient Greek culture around the world, and the rise of a new art form. Jeffrey Brown reports.
    Original Air Date: January 25, 2016

Sunday, January 24, 2016

  • Photos reveal that protecting animal habitats is working
    For nearly a decade, scientists have used motion-triggered cameras to capture animals living in protected areas around the world. Researchers from the Tropical Ecology Assessment and Monitoring Network have sifted through those pictures, which show that efforts to preserve habitats worldwide may be paying off. Lydia Beaudrot joins NewsHour's Stephen Fee to discuss.
    Original Air Date: January 24, 2016
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  • The legal, logistical obstacles of closing Guantánamo Bay
    Since the beginning of his presidency, President Barack Obama has vowed to close the prison at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, which he says is expensive, unnecessary and serves as a recruitment tool for America's enemies. Miami Herald reporter Carol Rosenberg joins Hari Sreenivasan to discuss the legal and logistical obstacles of President Obama's goal.
    Original Air Date: January 24, 2016
    The Exercise yard at Camp 6 is pictured at the Camp Delta detention center for terrorism suspects at Guantanamo Bay

Saturday, January 23, 2016

  • U.S., Turkey prepared for military solution ISIS in Syria
    Vice President Joe Biden says the United States and Turkey are prepared for a military solution in Syria if a political settlement is not possible. On Saturday, 45 opposition groups issued a statement saying they support a political process but the biggest players are still at odds. New York Times reporter Anne Barnard joins Alison Stewart via Skype from Beirut.
    Original Air Date: January 23, 2016
  • U.S. tightens Visa Waiver Program in wake of terror attacks
    As more radicalized foreigners join ISIS militants, U.S. officials this week tightened the Visa Waiver Program, which allows visitors from 38 countries to enter the U.S. for 90 days without a visa. This week, anyone from a Visa Waiver country who also has dual citizenship with Iran, Iraq, Syria or Sudan was forbidden from entering visa-free. The Washington Post's Karoun Demirjian discusses.
    Original Air Date: January 23, 2016
    WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 09:  (L-R) Deputy Assistant Homeland Security Secretary Kelli Burriesci of the Office of Policy's Screening Coordination Office, Deputy Assistant Commissioner in Customs and Border Protection's Office of Field Operations John Wagner, Principal Deputy Coordinator for Counterterrorism in the State Department's Bureau of Counterterrorism Justin Siberell, Senior Director of Steptoe & Johnson LLP and former Director of the Homeland Security Department's Visa Waiver Program Marc Frey testify during a hearing before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee December 9, 2015 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. The committee held a hearing on "Roundtable - Strengthening the Visa Waiver Program After the Paris Attacks."  (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Friday, January 22, 2016

  • Why activists are fighting over feral felines
    With an estimated 80 million feral cats in communities across the United States, there is growing a controversy on how to deal with them. Euthanizing cats has been the traditional approach, but many animal rights activists believe that approach is cruel and inhumane. Adithya Sambamurthy of Reveal for the Center for Investigative Reporting has the story.
    Original Air Date: January 22, 2016
    BEIJING, CHINA - FEBRUARY 12: (CHINA OUT) A stray cat looks out of a slot at a little animal protection base on February 12, 2007 in Beijing, China. Beijing Little Animal Protection Association, the only government-approved animal protection institute in the city, estimated that Beijing has more than 400,000 stray cats scattered across the city's 2,400 communities. Beijing and neighbouring Hebei Province are establishing more homes for the increasing number of stray and illegal animals. (Photo by China Photos/Getty Images)
  • Police use new training tactics to avoid deadly shootings
    Following two years of highly publicized deadly shootings by police officers, some police departments around the country are looking into new training methods they hope will not only reduce the number of officer-involved shootings, but also keep their officers in the field safer. NewsHour Special Correspondent Chris Bury reports.
    Original Air Date: January 22, 2016
  • Wi-Fi-enabled school buses leave no child offline
    The digital divide and lack of reliable Internet access at home can put low-income and rural students at a real disadvantage. So when superintendent Darryl Adams took over one of the poorest school district in the nation, he made it a top priority to help his students get online 24/7. Special correspondent David Nazar of PBS SoCal reports with PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Labs.
    Original Air Date: January 22, 2016
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  • Why the world could use a Muslim jedi
    How can we relieve anti-Muslim discrimination? Haroon Moghul says that adding a Muslim character to a certain science fiction franchise might go a long way in changing perceptions and offering a vision of a more united future.
    Original Air Date: January 22, 2016
  • We can't see this possible 9th planet, but we feel it
    Most of us grew up thinking there were nine planets in the solar system, but that changed when Pluto got downgraded in 2006. Now there's news that there might be a ninth planet after all. Researchers have found evidence of a planet with a mass 10 times that of Earth. Jeffrey Brown talks to Mike Brown of the California Institute of Technology.
    Original Air Date: January 22, 2016
  • In both parties, 2016 front-runners go on the attack
    As voting draws near, Republican front-runners Donald Trump and Sen. Ted Cruz escalated their rivalry by questioning one another’s conservative credentials, while the GOP establishment railed against both. Meanwhile, Democrat Hillary Clinton went after Sen. Bernie Sanders over Obamacare, and Sanders faced criticism over the lack of diversity in a new ad. Political director Lisa Desjardins reports.
    Original Air Date: January 22, 2016
    U.S. Republican presidential candidate and businessman Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally at the South Point Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada January 21, 2016. REUTERS/David Becker - RTX23GJU
  • Brooks and Marcus on GOP backlash to Trump and Cruz
    New York Times columnist David Brooks and Washington Post columnist Ruth Marcus join Judy Woodruff to discuss the week’s news, including a new divide opening up between American conservatives over the popularity and electability of Donald Trump and Sen. Ted Cruz, plus former Gov. Sarah Palin’s Trump endorsement and a new campaign ad from Sen. Bernie Sanders.
    Original Air Date: January 22, 2016
  • The end of bananas as we know them?
    A deadly fungus, known as Panama disease, is decimating banana plantations around the world and threatens to wipe out the most common species, the Cavendish banana. Scientists in Honduras are working to create a resistant banana before the disease hits Latin America, where the majority of the fruit is grown. NewsHour's Mori Rothman reports.
    Original Air Date: January 22, 2016

Thursday, January 21, 2016

  • Human guinea pig explains why you should experiment in life
    Journalist and author A.J. Jacobs has been called a “human guinea pig,” a title he’s earned by diving into his subjects and radically changing his lifestyle: he once spent a month without telling a single lie, and a year obeying every rule in the Bible. He offers his Brief But Spectacular take on his immersive brand of journalism.
    Original Air Date: January 21, 2016
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  • The NFL’s newest coach, a game-changing hire for women
    The Buffalo Bills announced Wednesday that they have hired the first full-time female coach in NFL history. Kathryn Smith is the team’s new special teams quality control coach, and comes to the job with 13 years of NFL experience with the Bills and the New York Jets. Hari Sreenivasan talks to Christine Brennan of USA Today for more on the groundbreaking hire and its implications.
    Original Air Date: January 21, 2016
    Jan 3, 2016; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Buffalo Bills outside linebacker Manny Lawson (91) celebrates his interception with defensive back Nickell Robey (37) and defensive back Mario Butler (39) during the second half against the New York Jets at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Bills beat the Jets 22 to 17.  Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports - RTX20WG9
  • What the Litvinenko accusation means for the Kremlin
    A British investigation is pointing the finger at the Russian state and President Vladimir Putin for the 2006 assassination of a former spy and defector. Hari Sreenivasan talks to Steven Lee Myers of The New York Times and Michael McFaul, former U.S. ambassador to Russia.
    Original Air Date: January 21, 2016
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  • Rand Paul shares his secret to winning Iowa
    With a two-week countdown to the first voting in Iowa, Republican presidential candidate Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., joins Gwen Ifill to discuss which special group of voters he’s working to win over, breaking through the Donald Trump media domination, plus why he thinks the GOP front-runner shouldn’t be the next president.
    Original Air Date: January 21, 2016
    Republican presidential candidate Senator Rand Paul (R-TX) speaks at Crossroads Shooting Sports in Johnston, Iowa, January 17, 2016. REUTERS/Aaron P. Bernstein - RTX22SJA
  • What are the ingredients for genius?
    What kind of environment spawns genius? That’s the question Eric Weiner tackles in his latest book, “The Geography of Genius,” in which Weiner journeys around the world and through time, from Plato’s Athens to Leonardo da Vinci’s Florence, to find the secret ingredients behind some of the greatest minds in history, and what it means for America today. Economics correspondent Paul Solman reports.
    Original Air Date: January 21, 2016
    ITALY - JANUARY 20:  Ancient painting of Florence. The burial place of Leonardo Da Vinci's Mona Lisa located in the Florence's former Convent of Saint Orsola now abandoned and derelict. An Italian art historian Giuseppe Pallanti found a death notice in the archives of a church in Florence that referred to "the wife of Francesco del Giocondo, deceased July 15, 1542, and buried at Sant'Orsola, where she spent her final days, at age 63." Lisa Gherardini, as Leonardo's model was called in real life, was the wife of Florentine tradesman Francesco del Giocondo. Sant'Orsola, now disused and in ruins, is near the San Lorenzo basilica at the heart of the Tuscan metropolis. Another researcher urged a search at the site for Lisa Gherardini's remains. "Thanks to modern techniques, scientists can determine her physical aspect, maybe even her face and thereby make an important contribution" to establishing her identity.  (Photo by Eric VANDEVILLE/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images)
  • Why these anti-smoking TV ads are working
    Five years ago, the Centers for Disease Control launched the first federal education campaign against smoking. Today the government says it has helped 400,000 smokers quit for good. In a series of TV ads called "Tips From Former Smokers," Americans have shared personal stories of the consequences of smoking. Jeffrey Brown examines the campaign with CDC director Dr. Thomas Frieden.
    Original Air Date: January 21, 2016
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  • Women and girls caught in refugee crisis lack protection
    More than 1 million refugees and migrants entered Europe in 2015. For those fleeing brutal wars and violence at home, the perilous journey can be often most dangerous for women. Sarah Costa of the Women's Refugee Commission talks with Hari Sreenivasan about the heightened risks of gender-based violence and exploitation and how women could be better protected.
    Original Air Date: January 21, 2016
    A migrant holds her baby as they wait for a train to depart to Croatia at train station in Presevo, Serbia, January 19, 2016. REUTERS/Marko Djurica - RTX2315V

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

  • PBS NewsHour full episode Jan. 20, 2016
    Wednesday on the NewsHour, a water crisis in Flint, Michigan, has the governor on the defensive and residents outraged. Also: A warning for pregnant women about the Zika virus, rethinking what’s important on the college application, reporters on the campaign trail to go beyond the polls in Iowa and New Hampshire, telling the story of autism and a tribute young photographer killed in Burkina Faso.
    Original Air Date: January 20, 2016
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  • Remembering Leila Alaoui, photographer who crossed borders
    When al-Qaida militants attacked a hotel in Burkina Faso, killing 30, one of the victims was an Amnesty International worker and photographer named Leila Alaoui. Aida Alami, a close friend, talked to the NewsHour from Alaoui's funeral.
    Original Air Date: January 20, 2016
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  • Inside the battle for Iowa and New Hampshire
    With less than two weeks before early voting starts in the 2016 race, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin officially endorsed Donald Trump in Iowa Tuesday night, attacking the Republican establishment in the process. Gwen Ifill talks to Paul Steinhauser of the NH1 News Network in New Hampshire and O. Kay Henderson of Radio Iowa for more on the battle for those key states.
    Original Air Date: January 20, 2016
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  • Telling the story of autism acceptance
    The story of autism is many stories -- from doctors, to parents, to the afflicted themselves. Journalists Caren Zucker and John Donvan examine that history in their new book, "In a Different Key: The Story of Autism." Jeffrey Brown sits down with the authors to discuss the evolving definition of the diagnosis and the constant of parental love.
    Original Air Date: January 20, 2016
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  • Toxic water crisis poisons public trust in Flint
    In Flint, Michigan, toxic drinking water has become a federal emergency. For a year and a half, residents were consuming water contaminated by lead, despite repeated claims from state health officials that everything was fine. That revelation has led to a chorus of outrage, particularly for the young children who have suffered irreversible damage. William Brangham reports.
    Original Air Date: January 20, 2016
    The Flint Water Plant in Michigan is pictured on Jan. 13. Photo by Rebecca Cook/Reuters
  • Harvard report reevaluates college application priorities
    Do colleges put too much pressure on students to impress admissions committees with achievements and accolades? A new report from the Harvard Graduate School of Education recommends limiting the number of advanced placement classes and extracurricular activities that students can list on applications. Judy Woodruff learns more from Richard Weissbourd.
    Original Air Date: January 20, 2016
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Tuesday, January 19, 2016

  • Fate of Obama’s immigration actions goes to Supreme Court
    The Supreme Court will consider whether President Obama overstepped his authority by deferring deportation and securing work rights for 4 million undocumented immigrants, an action opposed by 26 states. Marcia Coyle of The National Law Journal offers background, while Judy Woodruff gets views from the Immigration Law Center’s Marielena Hincapie and Josh Blackman of the South Texas College of Law.
    Original Air Date: January 19, 2016
    Immigrants and community leaders rally in front of the U.S. Supreme Court to mark the one-year anniversary of President Barack Obama's executive orders on immigration in Washington, November 20, 2015. The Obama administration on Friday asked the U.S. Supreme Court to revive President Barack Obama's executive action to protect millions of illegal immigrants from deportation, saying Republican-led states had no legal basis to challenge it. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque - RTS85Q6
  • How home visits for vulnerable moms boost kids' brainpower
    A rapidly expanding medical program for low-income first-time mothers combines social services with the latest in brain science. The Nurse-Family Partnership provides in-home advice on health and parenting, which can lead to improved cognitive development and language skills for their children, who are showing up to school better prepared for learning. Special correspondent Cat Wise reports.
    Original Air Date: January 19, 2016