Sunday, August 30, 2015

  • Woman completes solar-powered bike ride across US
    Last week 34-year-old Marissa Muller completed a solo, cross country bicycle ride in 80 days. Her custom bike was powered in part by solar energy, and the impetus for her trip was to show Americans the possibilities of solar power. NewsHour’s Saskia de Melker has the story.
    Original Air Date: August 30, 2015
  • Spotlighting the black lesbian experience in South Africa
    South African photographer and activist Zanele Muholi is on a mission to bring black lesbians in her home country to the forefront, as many members of the community face high rates of violence, including so-called “corrective rape.” Muholi's work is on display at the Brooklyn Museum through November. NewsHour's Tracy Wholf reports.
    Original Air Date: June 12, 2015
  • Study finds PTSD may linger in chemistry of next generation
    New research on survivors of the Holocaust shows how catastrophic events can alter our body chemistry, and how these changes can transmit to the next generation. The result? Our children may suffer the effects of a traumatic event they never witnessed. NewsHour’s Stephen Fee has the story.
    Original Air Date: August 29, 2015

Saturday, August 29, 2015

  • What you should know about the national labor ruling on subcontractors
    This week, the National Labor Relations Board made a ruling that could play an important role in holding companies legally responsible for employees hired through subcontractors or by independently-owned franchises. Melanie Trottman of the Wall Street Journal joins Hari Sreenivasan from Washington with more.
    Original Air Date: August 29, 2015
    Customers are served at a McDonald's in Times Square in New York July 23, 2015.  McDonald's Corp's new chief executive expects global sales at established restaurants to grow in the current quarter, reversing more than a year of declines, and said his turnaround plan is showing early signs of taking hold. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid  - RTX1LJSK
  • How has FEMA changed since Hurricane Katrina?
    In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, the Federal Emergency Management Agency -- FEMA -- was widely blamed for a lack of preparedness and an inadequate response. FEMA was slow to deliver food and supplies and housed displaced residents in toxic trailers. Since Katrina, the agency has undergone many reforms.
    Original Air Date: August 29, 2015
    Robert Young is helped through a window by members of the FEMA Urban Search and Rescue Missouri task force while searching through homes during their door to door search for survivors or human remains near Lake Pontchartrain in New Orleans, September 17, 2005. REUTERS/J.P. Moczulski  JPM/PN - RTROF4R
  • Legendary New Orleans chef rebuilds neighborhood institution
    When Hurricane Katrina struck, Leah Chase was the chef and co-owner of the legendary New Orleans restaurant “Dooky Chase’s,” a landmark in the city’s oldest black neighborhood. Chase saw her business, home and virtually everything she owned wash away, but resolved to start over. Louisiana Public Broadcasting has tracked Chase’s comeback for 10 years. Shauna Sanford has the story.
    Original Air Date: August 29, 2015
  • 'I just miss home': Two stories of life after Katrina
    Hurricane Katrina displaced hundreds of thousands of residents of New Orleans and many never returned. For the past decade, filmmaker Rennik Soholt has followed the lives of several families who fled. This video was produced by Soholt, the director of the forthcoming documentary feature, “Forced Change.”
    Original Air Date: August 29, 2015
    Only the rooftops of houses are seen with the skyline in the background in flooded New Orleans August 30, 2005. Floodwaters engulfed much of New Orleans on Tuesday as officials feared a steep death toll and planned to evacuate thousands remaining in shelters after the historic city's defenses were breached by Hurricane Katrina. REUTERS/Rick Wilking  RTW/PN - RTRLZED
  • How Katrina changed the laws about evacuating pets
    It's estimated that thousands of people refused to evacuate New Orleans in advance of Hurricane Katrina for one reason: they weren't willing to leave their dogs or cats behind.
    Original Air Date: August 29, 2015
    Two dogs sit atop an SUV in the Gentilly neighborhood of New Orleans, Louisiana September 6, eight days after Hurricane Katrina struck the region. Several private boats manned with New Orleans police, military police and medical personnel scoured the flooded streets in search of stranded residents. The White House is preparing a new emergency budget request for funding recovery efforts from Hurricane Katrina likely to be $40 billion to $50 billion, Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid of Nevada said on Tuesday. PP05090090 REUTERS/Lee Celano  ljc/JJ - RTRMUKS

Friday, August 28, 2015

  • Wiped out by Katrina, church carries on in a living room
    The Mount Nebo Bible Baptist Church in the Lower Ninth Ward of New Orleans was destroyed by Hurricane Katrina. As members of the neighborhood slowly return, Rev. Charles Duplessis leads church services and bible study in his own living room, hoping someday to rebuild.
    Original Air Date: August 28, 2015
  • Shields and Brooks on Biden’s presidential pondering
    Syndicated columnist Mark Shields and New York Times columnist David Brooks join Judy Woodruff to discuss the week’s news, including whether Vice President Joe Biden will join the 2016 presidential race, whether Hillary Clinton has stumbled as a frontrunner and why Sen. Bernie Sanders still seems like a long shot despite drawing huge crowds.
    Original Air Date: August 28, 2015
  • Prep school rape trial raises questions about teen consent
    Nineteen-year-old Owen Labrie, a former student at a prep school in New Hampshire, was accused of raping a freshman girl in 2014, but a jury cleared him of felony rape, convicting him on other lesser charges. Jeffrey Brown discusses the case and the idea of sexual consent with Deborah Tuerkheimer of Northwestern University School of Law and Emily Bazelon of The New York Times Magazine.
    Original Air Date: August 28, 2015
  • Have charter schools left out some New Orleans students?
    Ten years ago, New Orleans public schools were headed for academic rock bottom. And then Hurricane Katrina came, a disaster so devastating that it offered the rare opportunity to start over. Charter schools, empowered to take over, have raised test scores and graduation rates. But some say that success comes from bending the rules. Special correspondent John Tulenko of Education Week reports.
    Original Air Date: August 28, 2015
  • George W. Bush honors New Orleans educators
    Former President George W. Bush returned to New Orleans, 10 years after Hurricane Katrina, to praise the city's recovery and resilience in a speech at a charter school. Judy Woodruff reports.
    Original Air Date: August 28, 2015

Thursday, August 27, 2015

  • Slain journalist’s father vows to work for stricter gun control
    WDBJ in Roanoke, Virginia, paused for a moment of silence a day after cameraman Adam Ward and reporter Alison Parker were gunned down by a former co-worker who had been fired in 2013. As memorials pour into the station, Parker’s father vowed to lobby for tighter gun control. Gwen Ifill reports.
    Original Air Date: August 27, 2015
    Flowers are seen at a memorial outside of the offices for WDBJ7 where slain journalists Alison Parker and Adam Ward worked in Roanoke, Virginia August 27, 2015. Parker, 24, and Ward, 27, were shot dead on Wednesday during a live segment for the CBS affiliate in Roanoke, Virginia, at a local recreation site about 200 miles (320 km) southwest of Washington. Another woman was wounded. The suspected gunman, 41-year-old Vester Flanagan, later died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, authorities said. REUTERS/Chris Keane - RTX1PVGV
  • Court overturns minimum wage exclusion for SeaTac workers
    In SeaTac, Washington, home of the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, citizens voted in 2013 to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour. But airport businesses challenged the law in court, excluding 5,000 or so workers from receiving the increased benefits. Now the state Supreme Court has ruled in favor of the employees. Economics correspondent Paul Solman reports.
    Original Air Date: August 27, 2015
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  • When a shooter's violent video goes viral
    A shocking, televised murder in Virginia has provoked a wide array of questions about the shooter and how horrific images go viral online. Gwen Ifill speaks with Deborah Potter of NewsLab, Lance Ulanoff, chief correspondent and editor-at-large at Mashable, and Barry Rosenfeld of Fordham University.
    Original Air Date: August 27, 2015
    Chris Hurst (R), a journalist at the station and boyfriend of slain journalist Alison Parker, pauses for a moment as Jeff Marks (L), general manager for WDBJ7, looks on while they speak with NBC's Today Show outside of the offices for WDBJ7, where slain journalists Parker and Adam Ward worked in Roanoke, Virginia August 27, 2015. Parker, 24, and Ward, 27, were shot dead on Wednesday during a live segment for the CBS affiliate in Roanoke, Virginia, at a local recreation site about 200 miles (320 km) southwest of Washington. Another woman was wounded. The suspected gunman, 41-year-old Vester Flanagan, later died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, authorities said. REUTERS/Chris Keane - RTX1PVIO
  • Rwandan tech startup helps farmers get their milk to market
    Twenty years since a genocide devastated the country, Rwanda has made a remarkable recovery and a new generation sees entrepreneurship, empowered by technology, as its patriotic duty. The NewsHour’s P.J. Tobia reports in collaboration with the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting.
    Original Air Date: August 27, 2015
  • Wendell Pierce helps rebuild his New Orleans neighborhood
    Wendell Pierce is perhaps best known for his acting roles on “The Wire” and “Treme.” Lately, he’s taken on a different kind of role, as community rebuilder. In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, Pierce invested time, money and art into to bringing back the neighborhood where he grew up. Ten years later, Jeffrey Brown accompanies Pierce for a look at his home that has not only survived but thrived.
    Original Air Date: August 27, 2015
  • Is it still too early to raise interest rates?
    Will the Federal Reserve raise interest rates next month? It's a much debated question amid some good U.S. economic news, as well as the Chinese market turmoil. As the Fed meets for its annual retreat, Judy Woodruff takes a closer look with Greg Ip of The Wall Street Journal.
    Original Air Date: August 27, 2015
    Photo by Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

  • Smart cane may help visually impaired navigate more terrain
    A high-tech upgrade to the traditional white cane may help blind and visually impaired people be more confident about navigating the world independently. The NewsHour's April Brown reports from France.
    Original Air Date: August 26, 2015
  • Sonia Manzano on becoming Sesame Street’s ‘Maria’
    Writer and actor Sonia Manzano played the character of Maria on “Sesame Street” for 44 years before announcing her retirement. In her new memoir, “Becoming Maria,” Manzano recounts her tough childhood in the South Bronx and how she used her experiences to help other children. Jeffrey Brown speaks with Manzano about her journey to playing a beloved role model.
    Original Air Date: August 26, 2015
    LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 30:  Actress Sonia Manzano performs with 'Big Bird onstage during the 36th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards at The Orpheum Theatre on August 30, 2009 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by John Shearer/FilmMagic for ATI)
  • Is China in the midst of major economic transformation?
    How should we interpret China’s market turmoil? Judy Woodruff talks to Nicholas Lardy of the Peterson Institute for International Economics and Evan Osnos of The New Yorker.
    Original Air Date: August 26, 2015
    An investor looks at an electronic board showing stock information of Shanghai Stock Exchange Composite Index at a brokerage house in Beijing, August 26, 2015. Asian shares struggled on Wednesday as investors feared fresh rate cuts in China would not be enough to stabilise its slowing economy or halt a stock collapse that is wreaking havoc in global markets. REUTERS/Jason Lee  - RTX1PNY9
  • Planned Parenthood funding fight fires up the campaign trail
    Undercover videos by anti-abortion activists have ignited a campaign among Republican lawmakers and presidential candidates to defund the women's health organization Planned Parenthood. Political director Lisa Desjardins reports.
    Original Air Date: August 26, 2015
    Protesters stand on a sidewalk outside a Planned Parenthood clinic in Vista, California August 3, 2015. Planned Parenthood will be the focus of a partisan showdown in the U.S. Senate on Monday, as abortion foes press forward a political offensive against the women's healthcare group over its role in fetal tissue research. Congressional Republicans are trying to cut off Planned Parenthood's federal funding, reinvigorating America's debate about abortion as the 2016 presidential campaign heats up.     REUTERS/Mike Blake - RTX1MWIP
  • Will new New Orleans hospital meet needs of most vulnerable?
    After Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans’ much-loved state-run hospital was declared unfit to reopen. A new medical center, a decade in the making and costing in excess of $1 billion, has now opened its doors. While many are thrilled with the new facility, others fear that it does not share the mission of serving patients no matter the cost. Special correspondent Jackie Judd reports from New Orleans.
    Original Air Date: August 26, 2015
  • New Orleans recovery is a continuation, not a celebration
    Ten years since Hurricane Katrina brought tragedy to the city of New Orleans, the story of its recovery can read like a tale of two cities. Marc Morial, Urban League CEO and former mayor, joins Gwen Ifill to take stock of the school system, the need for affordable housing and the enormous task of rebuilding and recovering.
    Original Air Date: August 26, 2015
    NEW ORLEANS, LA - AUGUST 24:  The Mercedes-Benz Superdome stands (Top R) downtown near the abandoned Charity Hospital (Lower L), which was flooded during Hurricane Katrina and never re-opened, on August 24, 2015 in New Orleans, Louisiana. The Superdome site was used as a 'shelter of last resort' during Hurricane Katrina. The tenth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, which killed at least 1836 and is considered the costliest natural disaster in U.S. history, is August 29.  (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
  • Sonia Manzano names her favorite muppet
    Sonia Manzano, who will leave Sesame Street after playing Maria for more than 40 years, talks about who her favorite muppet is -- and why.
    Original Air Date: August 26, 2015
    Sonia Manzano during an interview with Jeffrey Brown. Photo by Frank Carlson

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

  • Oil innovators see opportunity amid record low prices
    As oil prices have dropped, energy companies have been looking for ways to save money. For innovators, this cost-cutting can actually present an opportunity. Special correspondent Leigh Paterson of Inside Energy reports from Wyoming.
    Original Air Date: August 25, 2015
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  • How widespread are U.S. births by foreigners?
    Some GOP presidential candidates have decried birthright citizenship and so-called “anchor babies” -- children born in the U.S. to parents in the country illegally. There’s also talk of “maternity tourism,” when foreigners arrive to give birth before returning home. Judy Woodruff learns more from Doris Meissner of the Migration Policy Institute and Susan Berfield of Bloomberg Businessweek.
    Original Air Date: August 25, 2015
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