Monday, June 29, 2015

  • What the Supreme Court’s mercury ruling means for the EPA
    The Supreme Court ruled against the Environmental Protection Agency in a case on how federal regulators set limits on mercury emitted from power plants, finding that the EPA failed to take economic costs into account. Jeffrey Brown examines the implications with Dr. Lynn Goldman of the George Washington University and Jeffrey Holmstead of Environmental Strategies Group.
    Original Air Date: June 29, 2015
    NEWBURG, MD - JUNE 29:  Two white ducks walk along the beach at Aqualand Marina as emissions spew out of a large stack nearby at the coal-fired Morgantown Generating Station on the Potomac River on June 29, 2015 in Newburg, Maryland. Today the U.S. Supreme Court ruled against the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) effort to limit certain power plant emissions -- saying the agency "unreasonably" failed to consider the cost of the regulations.  (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
  • Uncertainty is certain as Greece grapples with debt crisis
    Greece is facing great uncertainty on the eve of a debt default and ahead of a national referendum next Sunday. Judy Woodruff talks to Greg Ip of The Wall Street Journal about the potential consequences for Greece and the Eurozone, plus a look at Puerto Rico’s financial troubles.
    Original Air Date: June 29, 2015
    A woman pulling a shopping cart reacts outside a closed Eurobank branch in Athens, Greece June 29, 2015. Greece closed its banks and imposed capital controls on Sunday to check the growing strains on its crippled financial system, bringing the prospect of being forced out of the euro into plain sight.   REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis      TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY      - RTX1I76A
  • Artists who have lived on the street get space to create
    In Denver, the RedLine gallery reaches out to people who have experienced homelessness to offer them an accessible artistic outlet. In their own words, some of the Reach Studio artists talk about how the program has transformed their lives.
    Original Air Date: June 29, 2015
  • Supreme Court ends term with EPA, death penalty rulings
    The Supreme Court ended a dramatic session with high-profile rulings on three issues: how the EPA regulates air pollution, how to map voting lines and the death penalty by lethal injection. Judy Woodruff learns more from Marcia Coyle of The National Law Journal.
    Original Air Date: June 29, 2015
    A news assistant runs to his co-workers with copies of court decisions past anti-death penalty demonstrators in front of the U.S. Supreme Court building in Washington June 29, 2015. The Supreme Court on Monday ruled that a drug used by Oklahoma as part of its lethal injection procedure does not violate the U.S. Constitution's ban on cruel and unusual punishment, dealing a setback to opponents of the death penalty.  REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst- RTX1IAAJ
  • Poem begins with grief, ends with the NewsHour
    We caught up with poet Dan Chelotti at the Association of Writers & Writing Programs conference in Minneapolis in April. Later we asked him what gave him inspiration for his poem "Grieving in the Modern World." Here's what he wrote to us: "I wrote this poem in between classes I was teaching at Elms College. I was sitting in my office and I was humming Billy Bragg and Wilco's version of Woody Guthrie's song for Ingrid Bergman. I started to write with an image of Ingrid Bergman in "For Whom the Bell Tolls" in my mind and I let the language lead me to the tiny heartbreaks of the end of the day, and how we cope with them. I love the feeling of not knowing where I am going when writing, of not knowing where or when the poem will end. I never thought I would end a poem with NewsHour, but it was what this poem needed."
    Original Air Date: June 29, 2015
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Sunday, June 28, 2015

  • California public school vaccination mandate sparks debate
    California is on the verge of requiring more children to get vaccinations, even if parents disagree. Wall Street Journal reporter Caroline Porter joins Hari Sreenivasan from Los Angeles with more on the divisive issue.
    Original Air Date: June 28, 2015
    Photo of vaccine by Lucy Nicholson/Reuters
  • Getting to the core of the al-Shabaab conflict with Kenya
    With its base in Somalia and links to al-Qaeda, al-Shabaab has carried out several attacks against neighboring Kenya that has made the militant group a potent threat in the region. NewsHour special correspondent Martin Seemungal reports from East Africa with an in-depth look at the roots of al-Shabaab's conflict with Kenya.
    Original Air Date: June 27, 2015
    Relatives hold portraits of those killed, as they wait to retrieve their bodies, at the Chiromo funeral parlor on April 9, 2015 in Nairobi. 148 people, mainly students, were killed during a dawn raid by Islamist-gunmen in an attack claimed by Somalia-based al-Shabab a week ago on the northeastern Kenyan Garissa University campus. The Kenyan government has started to release the bodies to their families. AFP PHOTO/STRINGER        (Photo credit should read -/AFP/Getty Images)
  • Greece closes banks and stock market
    The strongest signs yet of a possible economic collapse came out of Greece Sunday as the government announced banks and the stock market will be closed Monday and capital controls will be in place to limit massive money withdrawals. For more on the situation, Elena Becatoros of the Associated Press joins Hari Sreenivasan via Skype from Athens.
    Original Air Date: June 28, 2015
    People line up to withdraw cash from an automated teller machine (ATM) outside a National Bank branch in Iraklio on the island of Crete, Greece June 28, 2015. Greece's Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras on Sunday announced a bank holiday and capital controls after Greeks responded to his surprise call for a referendum on bailout terms by pulling money out of banks.  REUTERS/Stefanos Rapanis - RTX1I5SI

Saturday, June 27, 2015

  • What do accused ISIS supporters have in common?
    Monday marks the first full year since ISIS declared the "Caliphate" -- an Islamic State -- part of the justification for its terror campaign across the Middle East. A new study from Fordham University shows arrests in the U.S. for allegedly supporting ISIS are growing. The Director of Fordham's Center on National Security, Karen Greenberg, joins Hari Sreenivasan with more.
    Original Air Date: June 27, 2015
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  • What lies ahead for the Supreme Court?
    After a dramatic week at the Supreme Court, there are still three cases to be decided. Justices will rule on environmental regulations, redistricting and lethal injection in the week to come. Chief Washington correspondent for The National Law Journal Marcia Coyle joins Hari Sreenivasan from Washington with analysis on the decisions made and cases that lie ahead.
    Original Air Date: June 27, 2015
    Interns with media organizations run with the decision upholding the Affordable Care Act at the Supreme Court in Washington June 25, 2015. The U.S. Supreme Court has three more decisions to hand down before summer recess, and they are expected Monday. Photo by Joshua Roberts/Reuters
  • How does 'toxic stress' of poverty hurt the brain?
    A growing body of research shows that the stress of growing up in poverty can have long-term effects on children's brains and cognitive development. How can so-called “toxic stress” be prevented? NewsHour’s Megan Thompson reports in our latest story from the continuing public media series "Chasing the Dream.”
    Original Air Date: June 27, 2015
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Friday, June 26, 2015

  • When the government could destroy your life for being gay
    Today, gay rights activists celebrate a major milestone, as the Supreme Court declared that bans on gay marriage are unconstitutional. The federal government’s treatment of gays and lesbians has not always been accepting, however. In a new Yahoo! documentary, “Uniquely Nasty: The Government’s War on Gays,” Michael Isikoff explores this dark history.
    Original Air Date: June 26, 2015
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  • Shields and Gerson on Supreme Court’s gay marriage decision
    Syndicated columnist Mark Shields and Washington Post columnist Michael Gerson join Hari Sreenivasan to discuss the week’s news, including the historic Supreme Court overturning state bans on same-sex marriage, the Court’s ruling preserving the Affordable Care Act and the growing movement to remove the Confederate flag symbols from public spaces in South Carolina.
    Original Air Date: June 26, 2015
  • Obama: Out of tragic killing of Rev. Pinckney, we find grace
    Clementa Pinckney, a minister and South Carolina state senator who was gunned down in his church, was laid to rest today, with President Barack Obama delivering the eulogy at his funeral. Hari Sreenivasan looks at how Rev. Pinckney was remembered.
    Original Air Date: June 26, 2015
    U.S. President Barack Obama hugs Rev. Clementa Pinckney's daughter Eliana as her mother Jennifer (R) looks on after the president eulogized Rev. Pinckney during funeral services in Charleston, South Carolina June 26, 2015. Pinckney was among the nine people who died when a gunman opened fire in the mass shooting during bible study at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst  - RTX1HZHF
  • Terror strikes on three continents, can others be stopped?
    Three deadly attacks in France, Kuwait and Tunisia came just days after Islamic State militants urged followers to stage "calamities for non-believers" during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. William Brangham talks to Peter Neumann of the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation and Political Violence about the outbreak of violent assaults and how they may be connected.
    Original Air Date: June 26, 2015
    Police officers control the crowd (rear) while surrounding a man (front C) suspected to be involved in opening fire on a beachside hotel in Sousse, Tunisia, as a woman reacts(R), June 26, 2015. At least 27 people, including foreign tourists, were killed when at least one gunman opened fire on a Tunisian beachside hotel in the popular resort of Sousse on Friday, an interior ministry spokesman said. Police were still clearing the area around the Imperial Marhaba hotel and the body of one gunman lay at the scene with a Kalashnikov assault rifle after he was shot in an exchange of gunfire, a security source at the scene said. REUTERS/Amine Ben Aziza   TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY      - RTX1HXGI
  • Historic gay marriage ruling sparks celebration, debate
    For reaction to the Supreme Court’s decision legalizing gay marriage across the country, Jeffrey Brown talks to Bishop Harry Jackson of Hope Christian Church, Austin Nimocks of the Alliance Defending Freedom, Sarah Warbelow of Human Rights Campaign and Tevin Johnson-Campion, son of two of the plaintiffs in court today.
    Original Air Date: June 26, 2015
    Katherine Nicole Struck (holding sign) said she hoped the Supreme Court's marriage equality decision would be the first step in dismantling discrimination. (Photo by Corinne Segal)
  • Same-sex couples gain equal right to marry
    In a 5-4 ruling, the Supreme Court struck down all same-sex marriage bans in the country, thus legalizing marriage for all gay couples in the United States. Political director Lisa Desjardins reports from the steps of the high court, then Marcia Coyle of The National Law Journal joins Hari Sreenivasan to take a deeper look at the ruling.
    Original Air Date: June 26, 2015
    Ashby Hardesty (2nd L) and Rodrigo Zamora (C) hold hands as they wait with friends for their wedding ceremony at the New York City clerk's office in Manhattan in New York June 26, 2015. The Supreme Court ruled on Friday that the U.S. Constitution provides same-sex couples the right to marry, handing a historic triumph to the American gay rights movement. Hardesty and Zamora waited until the Supreme Court decision before getting married to each other. They were engaged two years ago at the Stonewall Inn the last time the U.S. Supreme Court decided on same sex marriage. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid - RTX1HZEL
  • News Wrap: Supreme Court rules in favor of gay marriage
    In our news wrap Friday, the Supreme Court ruled that marriage is a legal right for gay couples in the United States. Also, it was widely reported that police killed an escaped murderer in Northern New York state, three weeks after he broke out of prison with another inmate.
    Original Air Date: June 26, 2015
    Gay rights supporters celebrate after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the U.S. Constitution provides same-sex couples the right to marry, outside the Supreme Court building in Washington Friday. Photo by Jim Bourg/Reuters

Thursday, June 25, 2015

  • Will ruling lead to greater fair housing enforcement?
    The Supreme Court ruled today that housing discrimination doesn't have to be intentional for plaintiffs to be able to sue. Gwen Ifill gets background on the case from Marcia Coyle of The National Law Journal, then Hari Sreenivasan gets two views on the ruling from Ralph W. Kasarda of Pacific Legal Foundation and Olatunde Johnson of Columbia Law School.
    Original Air Date: June 25, 2015
    NEW YORK, NY - MAY 19:  An East Harlem public housing complex is viewed on May 19, 2015 in New York City. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced his 10-year approach to fixing New York City's ailing public housing authority in an appearance Tuesday at the at Johnson Houses Community Center in Harlem. The plan will call for exploring the development of underused housing sites with mixed-income development. In the plan, half of any new residential units would be for low-income families. The New York City Housing Authority has an annual budget of about $3 billion and provides housing for more than 400,000 residents.  (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
  • International Baccalaureate changes Seattle school’s outlook
    The International Baccalaureate program, once thought of as a college preparatory curriculum exclusively for the rich, may also help students at struggling schools. The NewsHour’s April Brown explores how the program has transformed one high school in Seattle.
    Original Air Date: June 25, 2015
  • How economists think differently from other humans
    In economics, a theory has long prevailed that markets are based on people making rational choices. But behavioral economist Richard Thaler is seeking to prove that there is far more randomness to our financial decisions. Economics correspondent Paul Solman talks to Thaler to find out why we buy and to discuss Thaler’s new book, “Misbehaving.”
    Original Air Date: June 25, 2015
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  • Is this the end of Obamacare legal challenges?
    The Supreme Court handed down a victory for the Affordable Care Act, ruling that people living in states with federal health exchanges are eligible for tax subsidies despite language in the law. Gwen Ifill looks at the ruling with Marcia Coyle of The National Law Journal, then gets reactions from Neera Tanden of the Center for American Progress and Michael Cannon of the Cato Institute.
    Original Air Date: June 25, 2015
    Supporters of the Affordable Care Act celebrate after the Supreme Court up held the law in the 6-3 vote at the Supreme Court in Washington June 25, 2015. The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday upheld the nationwide availability of tax subsidies that are crucial to the implementation of President Barack Obama's signature healthcare law, handing a major victory to the president.  REUTERS/Joshua Roberts - RTR4YXBA
  • Affordable Care Act subsidies survive high court challenge
    The Supreme Court ruled in favor of the Affordable Care Act for a second time, stating that states with federally run exchanges can still receive tax subsidies. Had the court ruled against subsidies, millions of Americans would have been left without means to pay their insurance premiums. The court also also sided with civil rights activists in a challenge to housing law. Gwen Ifill reports.
    Original Air Date: June 25, 2015
    Interns with media organizations run with the decision upholding the Affordable Care Act at the Supreme Court in Washington June 25, 2015. The U.S. Supreme Court has three more decisions to hand down before summer recess, and they are expected Monday. Photo by Joshua Roberts/Reuters
  • Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer recount rise of 'Broad City'
    Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer offer their brief but spectacular take on how they went from struggling for stage time in an improv group to creating their own cable comedy show, "Broad City."
    Original Air Date: June 25, 2015

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

  • China, U.S. wrap up talks amid growing distrust
    This week, high-level delegations from China and the U.S. met in Washington for their annual talks. Evan Osnos of The New Yorker joins Judy Woodruff to discuss the meeting and the tension between the two nations on issues like cyber espionage.
    Original Air Date: June 24, 2015
    U.S. President Barack Obama (4th R) and members of his cabinet welcome Strategic and Economic Dialogue principals, including China's Vice Premier Wang Yang (2nd L, with earpiece), Vice Premier Liu Yandong (3rd L, in blue) and State Councilor Yang Jiechi (4th L) in the Cabinet Room at the White House in Washington June 24, 2015. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst - RTR4YTA3
  • Why North Dakota’s oil fields are so deadly for workers
    When Brendan Wegner went to work in North Dakota's Bakken oil fields, his family had no idea it was so dangerous. On average, a worker dies every six weeks. On his first day on the rig, Wegner was killed by an explosion, and OSHA launched an investigation. Special correspondent Jennifer Gollan of Reveal from the Center for Investigative Reporting examines how employers avoid accountability.
    Original Air Date: June 24, 2015
  • Charleston’s mayor on confronting racism with honesty
    Long-serving Charleston Mayor Joseph Riley is leading his city through the tragedy and aftermath of the Emmanuel AME shootings. Special correspondent Charlayne Hunter-Gault interviews Riley about effective policing, race relations and reaching Americans who don’t think that racism is their problem.
    Original Air Date: June 24, 2015
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  • Former hostage: Refusing to pay ransom won’t stop kidnapping
    The White House cleared the path for the families of hostages to be able to pay ransom, and offered other changes for how the government handles hostage cases. Chief foreign affairs correspondent Margaret Warner gets reaction from Michael Scott Moore, a former hostage who was held in Somalia.
    Original Air Date: June 24, 2015
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