Thursday, July 2, 2015

  • How the proposed BP oil spill settlement will be spent
    In the nation’s worst oil disaster, 134 million gallons of crude gushed into the Gulf of Mexico, coating beaches and barrier islands, killing thousands of animals and decimating fisheries. Now nearly five years later, oil giant British Petroleum is facing a record settlement of $18.7 billion. Judy Woodruff discusses the deal with Rep. Garret Graves, R-La.
    Original Air Date: July 2, 2015
    A double layer of oil booms are set up around one of the Chandeleur Islands, Louisiana May 7, 2010 as seen from a plane used by the environmental group Mobile Baykeeper and Southwings to look at the damage caused by the oil spill.  Oil workers, volunteers and the military have been battling to shut off a gushing oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico and stop the huge spreading slick from reaching major ports, tourist beaches, wildlife refuges and fishing grounds.     REUTERS/Brian Snyder    (UNITED STATES - Tags: DISASTER ENERGY ENVIRONMENT) - RTR2DLJ9

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

  • The unfolding detective story of dwarf planet Ceres
    NASA’s Dawn spacecraft set out in 2007 to explore Ceres and Vesta, the two largest objects in our solar system’s asteroid belt. What has Dawn discovered so far? Judy Woodruff sits down with NewsHour’s senior online editor Jenny Marder, who recently visited the Jet Propulsion Laboratory to explore Dawn’s mission and the mysteries of Ceres.
    Original Air Date: July 1, 2015
    This image was taken by NASA's Dawn spacecraft of dwarf planet Ceres on Feb. 19 from a distance of nearly 29,000 miles. It shows that the brightest spot on Ceres has a dimmer companion, which apparently lies in the same basin. Image courtesy of NASA/JPL-Caltech/UCLA/MPS/DLR/IDA
  • Some big liberal wins, but it’s still a conservative court
    From legalizing gay marriage to upholding the Affordable Care Act, the Supreme Court has just finished up a momentous term. Jeffrey Brown speaks to Marcia Coyle of The National Law Journal, Joan Biskupic of Reuters and Amy Howe of about the high-profile liberal victories this term, the colorful rhetoric used in justices’ dissents and what big cases to expect next year.
    Original Air Date: July 1, 2015
    A man wears a t-shirt showing U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg as "Notorious R.B.G." at a celebration rally in West Hollywood, California, United States, June 26, 2015. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled on Friday that the U.S. Constitution provides same-sex couples the right to marry in a historic triumph for the American gay rights movement. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson  - RTX1I0IG
  • What’s next for Obamacare coverage and cost?
    Since the Supreme Court upheld the Affordable Care Act, what’s next for ensuring the health of the health reform law? Judy Woodruff speaks to Secretary of Health and Human Services Sylvia Burwell about its successes and what can be improved.
    Original Air Date: July 1, 2015
  • Teachers tap into brain science to boost learning
    Research on the brain and how we think and act is influencing the way some teachers teach. Special correspondent John Tulenko of Learning Matters goes into a classroom where the instructor uses different methods to engage different parts of the students’ brains, then checks with a neuroscientist about whether that strategy actually works.
    Original Air Date: July 1, 2015
  • Greek PM urges defiance after creditors reject late offer
    The scene in Greece has become one of desperation and chaos after the country defaulted on its bailout debt, and European creditors rebuffed a late request by Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras. Special correspondent Malcolm Brabant reports from Athens on how tensions are flaring over tight limits on banking and pensions, and the upcoming referendum on Greece’s fate and Tsipras’ political future.
    Original Air Date: July 1, 2015
    Anti-EU protesters hold a burned and torn European Union flag during a protest at the northern city of Thessaloniki, Greece July 1, 2015. A defiant Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras urged Greeks on Wednesday to reject an international bailout deal, wrecking any prospect of repairing broken relations with EU partners before a referendum on Sunday that may decide Greece's future in Europe. REUTERS/Alexandros Avramidis - RTX1INYK
  • IS militants launch coordinated assault on Egyptian forces
    Islamic State militants and Egyptian troops clashed for hours in the Northern Sinai Peninsula. The lengthy battle began after the militants launched a massive, coordinated assault. Judy Woodruff learns more from Yara Bayoumy of Reuters.
    Original Air Date: July 1, 2015
    Smoke rises in Egypt's North Sinai as seen from the border of southern Gaza Strip with Egypt July 1, 2015.  Islamic State militants launched a wide-scale coordinated assault on several military checkpoints in Egypt's North Sinai on Wednesday in which 50 people were killed, security sources said, the largest attack yet in the insurgency-hit province.  REUTERS/Ibraheem Abu Mustafa          TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY           - RTX1IMV7
  • James Taylor sings 'Shower the People'
    James Taylor has continued performing over the past decade, but it’s been 13 years since he released an album of all new material. “Before This World” dropped in June and “Sweet Baby James” fans responded; the album hit No. 1 on the Billboard 200 recently and, as Taylor told the NewsHour’s Jeffrey Brown, his audience is still very important to him.
    Original Air Date: July 1, 2015
    James Taylor rehearses "Shower the People" for PBS NewsHour
  • James Taylor sings 'Angels of Fenway'
    James Taylor's new song, "Angels of Fenway," is an ode to his beloved Boston Red Sox. “In the case of 'Angels of Fenway,’ I knew I wanted to write about that series against the Yankees in 2004 when we were down three and couldn’t afford to lose one game out of the next four and then went on to sweep the cards."
    Original Air Date: July 1, 2015
    James Taylor rehearses "Angels of Fenway" for PBS NewsHour

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

  • Why you should always skip your kids' baseball games
    America has a problem with youth sports, says author Daniel Pink, and that problem is the parents. In our NewsHour Essays series, Pink shares his solution.
    Original Air Date: June 30, 2015
  • Why James Taylor is still ‘endlessly interested’ in music
    "Before This World," James Taylor's first album of all new material in 13 years, is the veteran songwriter's first-ever chart-topping record. Jeffrey Brown talks to Taylor, now 67, about wearing his heart on his sleeve in his songs and finding satisfaction in his life and career.
    Original Air Date: June 30, 2015
  • In Angola, corruption has deadly consequences for children
    Angola is a country of extreme wealth, thanks to oil and diamonds. Yet, it has the highest child-mortality rate in the world. Rampant corruption accounts for a large part of this contradiction. Nicholas Kristof, an op-ed columnist for The New York Times, joins Gwen Ifill to discuss the country’s disheartening situation.
    Original Air Date: June 30, 2015
  • Brain stent offers new treatment option for stroke victims
    In the United States, strokes are the fifth leading cause of death. Most strokes are caused by a blood clot in the brain, which can be treated with a time-sensitive medicine, but few get to the hospital in time. Now, the American Heart Association is recommending a special stent to remove clots. Judy Woodruff talk to Dr. William J. Powers of the University of North Carolina School of Medicine.
    Original Air Date: June 30, 2015
  • What new overtime pay rules mean for workers and employers
    President Obama is calling for a substantial expansion of who’s eligible to earn overtime pay. His proposal would the lift the salary cap to $50,000 for all workers, even managers and executives. But many businesses have said the president’s idea will backfire. Judy Woodruff talks to Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez about the plan and the opposition.
    Original Air Date: June 30, 2015
    Labor Secretary Thomas Perez
  • Access is sticking point as Iran nuclear talks are extended
    Representatives from Iran and other world powers who are negotiating the country's nuclear program have missed another deadline. The announcement of a week-long extension came from Vienna, where Secretary of State John Kerry is meeting with his international counterparts. Jeffrey Brown talks to Indira Lakshmanan of Bloomberg, reporting from Vienna.
    Original Air Date: June 30, 2015
    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry (L)  meets with Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif at a hotel in Vienna, Austria June 30, 2015.  Kerry and  Zarif held a "productive" meeting in Vienna on Tuesday, the State Department said, as negotiations on curbing Iran's nuclear program were extended. REUTERS/State Department/Handout  FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS. THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. IT IS DISTRIBUTED, EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS - RTX1IHEE
  • Chris Christie announces his candidacy for U.S. president
    New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie announced Tuesday that he was running for U.S. president in the 2016 election. What does Chris Christie believe? Read more here:
    Original Air Date: June 30, 2015
    Republican presidential candidate and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie formally announces his campaign for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination at Livingston High School in Livingston, New Jersey, Tuesday. Photo by Brendan McDermid/Reuters

Monday, June 29, 2015

  • World Cup match against Germany will test U.S. Women’s team
    Four teams are left as the Women's World Cup nears its climax. Germany, the number one team in the world, will face off against the U.S., the team with the top defense currently. Jeffrey Brown learns more about the matchup and key players from Christine Brennan of USA Today.
    Original Air Date: June 29, 2015
    Jun 26, 2015; Ottawa, Ontario, CAN; United States midfielder Carli Lloyd (10) celebrates her goal with teammates against China during the second half in the quarterfinals of the FIFA 2015 Women's World Cup at Lansdowne Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Marc DesRosiers-USA TODAY Sports - RTX1I031
  • Why GOP candidates will be talking about the Supreme Court
    Judy Woodruff talks to Stuart Rothenberg of the Rothenberg & Gonzales Political Report and Tamara Keith of NPR about Republican reactions to the Supreme Court rulings on Obamacare and same-sex marriage, plus a look at new presidential candidate Gov. Bobby Jindal and expected presidential candidate Gov. Chris Christie.
    Original Air Date: 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

  • 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
    Poet Dan Chelotti

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
    ISIS arrests
  • 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