Tuesday, May 26, 2015

  • Will Cleveland’s police reform offer blueprint for others?
    After recurring instances of excessive force by Cleveland’s police force, the Department of Justice and city officials announced a sweeping legal agreement that rewrites the rules for the police department. Gwen Ifill learns more about the efforts to rebuild relations between police and the city from Ronnie Dunn of Cleveland State University.
    Original Air Date: May 26, 2015
    Cleveland policemen block the street outside the Justice Center following a not guilty verdict for Cleveland police officer Brelo on manslaughter charges in Cleveland
  • When the world started to see Vietnam’s contemporary art
    Suzanne Lecht moved to Hanoi after she read about a group of Vietnamese modern artists, making it her mission to find and help them emerge from the shadows of censorship and the American embargo. Since then she has opened a globally recognized art gallery and helped establish the international market for contemporary Vietnamese art. Special correspondent Mike Cerre reports.
    Original Air Date: May 26, 2015
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  • What galvanized standardized testing’s opt-out movement
    As the school year draws to a close, many students are taking standardized tests tied to the Common Core. But in some communities there has been a strong backlash, with parents deciding to opt out of having their children participate. The NewsHour’s William Brangham talks to special correspondent for education John Merrow and Motoko Rich of The New York Times.
    Original Air Date: May 26, 2015
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  • Tom Steyer on how he's different from the Koch brothers
    The amount of money spent in the 2016 election cycle is on track to double the roughly $2 billion spent in 2012. One reason is the rise of spending by millionaire and billionaire political activists on both sides of the aisle. Gwen Ifill talks to billionaire Tom Steyer of NextGen Climate, who has pledged millions on the issue of climate change.
    Original Air Date: May 26, 2015
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  • Washington Post reporter starts closed trial in Iran
    Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian went on trial in a closed Revolutionary Court today, after being locked up for nearly a year in Tehran. In April, Rezaian was reportedly charged with espionage and other crimes, including “propaganda against the establishment.” Judy Woodruff talks to his brother, Ali Rezaian, about the trial.
    Original Air Date: May 26, 2015
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Monday, May 25, 2015

  • What the end of the war means for Afghanistan’s future
    What will happen to Afghanistan when the United States finally exits its longest war? That’s the focus of “Foreverstan,” a reporting project on the impact for those living through the conflict and those still fighting. Charles Sennott of the GroundTruth Project joins William Brangham to discuss how Afghans see their future.
    Original Air Date: May 25, 2015
    Surrounded by Afghan police and neighbors, a man injured by an explosive device cries near the body of his sister-in-law who was killed in the same blast near Bayanzay in Zabul Province. Photo by Ben Brody/The GroundTruth Project
  • On Memorial Day, remembering the loved ones left at home
    While more than 2 million men and women serve in the American military, a new documentary, “The Homefront,” focuses on the additional 3 million husbands, wives and children who remain behind, waiting for their loved ones to return from deployment. Hari Sreenivasan talks to documentary host Bob Woodruff, an ABC correspondent who was severely wounded while covering the war in Iraq.
    Original Air Date: May 25, 2015
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  • How one veteran pays tribute to troops killed in Afghanistan
    In a personal tribute to those who died in the Afghanistan war, Navy veteran Ron White memorized every name and rank in order to write them in a single undertaking.
    Original Air Date: May 25, 2015
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  • Will hawkish Republican candidates resonate with voters?
    Amy Walter of the Cook Political Report and Tamara Keith of NPR join Judy Woodruff to discuss what Republican candidates are saying about U.S. surveillance rules and the strategy against the Islamic State, plus three more politicians plan to announce presidential candidacies this week.
    Original Air Date: May 25, 2015
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  • Why tech entrepreneurs are setting up shop in Pakistan
    After attending college in the U.S., Pakistani-born tech entrepreneur Umair Aziz returned to his home country to start one of Asia’s fastest-growing startups. Special correspondent Fred de Sam Lazaro reports from Karachi on how some are hoping to tap the labor potential of the country’s young population.
    Original Air Date: May 25, 2015
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  • What’s next for U.S. surveillance rules?
    The Senate failed to extend key provisions of the Patriot Act before the holiday recess, leaving little time before the expiration deadline for lawmakers to come to a consensus. Judy Woodruff talks to political editor Lisa Desjardins about what lies ahead.
    Original Air Date: May 25, 2015
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  • Are strained relations with Iraq hurting the IS fight?
    On Sunday, Defense Secretary Ash Carter blamed Iraqi soldiers for losing the key city of Ramadi to the Islamic State group. Iraqi leaders condemned the comments and a top Iranian commander charged that the U.S. is the one that lacks the will to fight. Judy Woodruff talks to Douglas Ollivant of the New America Foundation about U.S. relations with Iraq and the current strategy against the militants.
    Original Air Date: May 25, 2015
    Iraqi Army recruits take part in a live fire training at a military base on April 12 in Taji, Iraq. Photo by John Moore/Getty Images

Sunday, May 24, 2015

  • Saudi Arabia on edge after ISIS-claimed mosque attack
    This weekend, Islamic State militants claimed responsibility for a suicide bombing at a mosque in Saudi Arabia where at least 21 people were killed. The Saudi king later vowed to punish those involved. Erin Cunningham, a reporter for The Washington Post, joins Hari Sreenivasan via Skype from Cairo.
    Original Air Date: May 24, 2015
    A protester shout pro-Shi'ite slogans as she march in the village of Sanabis west of Manama, Bahrain, to show solidarity for victims of a suicide bomb attack in Saudi Arabia
  • Nash was 'genius of a different kind,' colleague says
    John Nash, the Nobel Prize-winning mathematician whose life story was the subject of the Academy Award-winning film "A Beautiful Mind" died Saturday in a taxi crash. Nash's colleague and friend Robbert Dijkgraaf, Director of the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton University in New Jersey, joins Hari Sreenivasan.
    Original Air Date: May 24, 2015
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Saturday, May 23, 2015

  • Protests simmer, but Cleveland calm after cop's acquittal
    Protesters marched in Cleveland Saturday after police officer Michael Brelo was found not guilty on all counts in the shooting of deaths of two black, unarmed suspects. Mark Naymik from The Plain Dealer joins Hari Sreenivasan via Skype.
    Original Air Date: May 23, 2015
    A protester with his hands up walks by a Cleveland police officer following a not guilty verdict for Cleveland police officer Michael Brelo on manslaughter charges, in Cleveland, Ohio, May 23, 2015.  Photo by U.S.  REUTERS/Aaron Josefczyk
  • What's life like for the residents of ISIS-held areas?
    While there is a lot of focus on the recent takeover of Palmyra in Syria by the Islamic State due to its UNESCO World Heritage Site status, less attention has been paid to the residents of those areas. Loveday Morris of the Washington Post joins Hari Sreenivasan from Baghdad, Iraq, via Skype.
    Original Air Date: May 23, 2015
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  • California farmers give up water to help fight drought
    A group of farmers in California are making an unprecedented offer to help the state fight a record-breaking drought. They've agreed to give up a quarter of their water this season. Dale Kasler from the Sacramento Bee joins Hari Sreenivasan from Sacramento with more on the crisis.
    Original Air Date: May 23, 2015
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  • New federal rules aim to tackle the safety of oil trains
    In North Dakota, nearly a million barrels of crude oil are extracted from the ground each day, and instead of pipelines, most of it is transported by rail. Now, prompted by a series of catastrophic accidents, the Department of Transportation has proposed a plan that could cost the industry $2.5 billion to phase out older cars they say are more prone to rupture. NewsHour’s Stephen Fee reports.
    Original Air Date: May 21, 2015
    Handout photo of smoke rising from fires caused by the derailment of a CN Railway train carrying crude oil near the northern Ontario community of Gogama
  • Inside the crusade against Colorado’s marijuana laws
    Late last year, Nebraska and Oklahoma filed a federal lawsuit asking the Supreme Court to declare Colorado's marijuana law unconstitutional, due to an influx of pot illegally entering those states. Now, as the Supreme Court decides whether to take up the case, Colorado has filed a petition to withdraw the lawsuit. NewsHour's Alison Stewart reports.
    Original Air Date: May 22, 2015
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Friday, May 22, 2015

  • Take an elevator ride back in time
    In our NewsHour Shares video of the day, The New York Times shows a World Trade Center elevator that takes you on an animated, time-lapse ride of Manhattan skyline has changed since 1500.
    Original Air Date: May 22, 2015
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  • Famous commencement speakers crack jokes at graduation
    It’s commencement season for the class of 2015, and graduates and their families may be hearing a lot of speeches. Here are some of the funniest moments from a few of this year’s speeches.
    Original Air Date: May 22, 2015
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  • Giving transgender youth a safe haven from the streets
    Homelessness is a reality for many young transgender Americans. In Washington, a row house has been turned into a safe haven for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth who have nowhere else to go. Hari Sreenivasan talks to the group home's founder about creating a space that is safe, fun and feels like home for those who may have been kicked out by their families for being different.
    Original Air Date: May 22, 2015
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  • Shields and Gerson on GOP’s Patriot Act rift
    Syndicated columnist Mark Shields and Washington Post columnist Michael Gerson join Judy Woodruff to discuss the week’s news, new doubts about the Obama administration’s strategy for fighting the Islamic State, the political divide on key provisions of the Patriot Act and the State Department’s release of emails by former Secretary Hillary Clinton emails.
    Original Air Date: May 22, 2015
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  • The number of hungry seniors has doubled since 2001
    Nearly one in six senior citizens face the threat of hunger in the United States. Charity and food stamps reach some of these vulnerable Americans, but limited resources and isolation mean many are struggling without receiving help. Special correspondent Sarah Varney reports.
    Original Air Date: May 22, 2015
    A couple walks along the Naples beach in Naples, Florida during the sunset on May 6, 2015. Photo by Ariel Min/PBS NewSHour
  • The Patriot Act’s strange divide
    On June 1, the NSA will lose legal authority to collect bulk phone records, as key provisions of the Patriot Act expire. The House has passed a new bill replacing bulk collection with more targeted searches. But some senators, including the majority leader, want to extend the Patriot Act, leaving lawmakers scrambling before the holiday. Judy Woodruff talks to Mike DeBonis of The Washington Post.
    Original Air Date: May 22, 2015
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  • Ireland holds vote on legalizing gay marriage
    The Irish went to the polls to Friday to vote on a referendum to legalize gay marriage, marking a key change in the country’s attitudes. Homosexuality in the Catholic country was only decriminalized in the early 1990s, and many still oppose same-sex marriage. Hari Sreenivasan learns more from Padraic Halpin of Reuters about what’s behind the changing views and why the vote drew a large turnout.
    Original Air Date: May 22, 2015
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Thursday, May 21, 2015

  • Ray Rice’s charges were dropped. How unusual is that?
    For knocking his then-fiancee unconscious, former Baltimore Ravens player Ray Rice was charged with aggravated assault. Today a New Jersey judge dismissed all charges against Rice, who completed a one-year program that included anger management. Did Rice get an unusual deal? Hari Sreenivasan gets reaction from Christine Brennan of USA Today and Debbie Hines, a former prosecutor.
    Original Air Date: May 21, 2015
    Former Baltimore Ravens NFL running back Ray Rice and his wife Janay arrive for a hearing at a New York City office building
  • Photographers chase Yosemite’s rare moonlight rainbows
    On a clear night in Yosemite, only a few times each year, the full moon hits a misty spray of the highest waterfall in the park, creating a nighttime rainbow that is visible only through a camera lens. But this year, Yosemite Falls, which normally flows until August, will be dry by June, making more moonbow sightings uncertain. Special correspondent Sandra Hughes reports.
    Original Air Date: May 21, 2015
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