Monday, March 6, 2017

  • Students devise science experiment that will really take off
    Students from 21 schools across the U.S. and Canada competed for the chance to have their science experiments sent to the International Space Station. One of the student teams selected, from East High School in Rochester, New York, designed an experiment on the process of photosynthesis. Special correspondent Sasha-Ann Simons from PBS station WXXI reports.
    Original Air Date: March 6, 2017
  • How Republicans are planning to replace the ACA
    Republican lawmakers released their bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act on Monday evening. Proposed changes include ending direct government subsidies in favor of tax credits, ending penalties of the individual mandate and phasing out the expansion of Medicaid in 2020. Lisa Desjardins talks with John Yang from Capitol Hill.
    Original Air Date: March 6, 2017

Sunday, March 5, 2017

  • Washington reacts to Trump’s claims of secret surveillance
    On this edition for Sunday, March 5, the fallout continues after President Donald Trump claimed without evidence that he was a victim of wiretapping during his campaign. Later, a new national park honors the life and legacy of leading abolitionist Harriet Tubman. Hari Sreenivasan anchors from New York.
    Original Air Date: March 5, 2017
  • Flint water cost to rise as state ends subsidy
    In Flint, Michigan, residents still must use a filter to drink tap water, but the cost of that water will soon increase. The state is ending a subsidy program that reduced customers’ water bills after Flint's water was contaminated with lead in 2014. Michigan Radio reporter Steve Carmody joins Hari Sreenivasan from Flint to discuss.
    Original Air Date: March 5, 2017
    The Flint Water Plant tower is seen in Flint, Michigan, U.S. on February 7, 2016.   Photo by Rebecca Cook/REUTERS
  • New national park celebrates Harriet Tubman's legacy
    After Harriet Tubman, famed conductor of the Underground Railroad, rescued dozens of people from slavery and served in the Civil War, she settled down in the small city of Auburn in upstate New York and continued a life of service. The National Park Service recently made her property a national park, celebrating the later chapters of her life. NewsHour Weekend's Megan Thompson reports.
    Original Air Date: March 5, 2017

Saturday, March 4, 2017

  • FCC may scale back net neutrality
    The Federal Communications Commission has outlined a list of proposals it will discuss at a meeting later this month that span from ending the use of cellphones in prison to blocking robocalls -- one of the biggest issues for consumers. Washington Post reporter Brian Fung joins Hari Sreenivasan to talk about potential policy changes.
    Original Air Date: March 4, 2017
    Then-FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai (L) testifies at a House Appropriations Financial Services and General Government Subcommittee hearing on Capitol Hill in 2015. Photo by Kevin Lamarque/Reuters
  • U.S. warplanes bombard al-Qaida in Yemen
    The American military is ramping up operations in the war-torn country of Yemen, where a Saudi-led coalition of mostly Sunni countries supports Yemen’s president. Since Thursday, the U.S. has carried out more than 30 air strikes in Yemen, targeting the Islamic militant group al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula. Wall Street Journal reporter Gordon Lubold joins Hari Sreenivasan with analysis.
    Original Air Date: March 4, 2017
  • In ‘The Future of Cities,’ responses to urban issues
    More than 31 cities around the globe with populations of more than 10 million people are considered megacities. As the number of city dwellers increases, so do problems like overcrowding, pollution, housing and aging infrastructure. The online mini-documentary, “The Future of Cities,” explores the ways citizens are mobilizing to address these issues. NewsHour Weekend’s Ivette Feliciano reports.
    Original Air Date: March 4, 2017

Friday, March 3, 2017

  • Shields and Brooks on Russia investigation questions
    Syndicated columnist Mark Shields and New York Times columnist David Brooks join Judy Woodruff to discuss the week’s news, including revelations about Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ meeting with the Russian ambassador and the core question of the Trump administration’s connections to Russia, plus takeaways from President Trump’s address to a joint session of Congress.
    Original Air Date: March 3, 2017
  • New book revisits murder and racial injustice of Emmett Till
    In “The Blood of Emmett Till,” author Timothy Tyson revisits the history of a notorious killing by revealing new details from the woman at the center of the allegations that led to Till’s murder and the acquittal of his murderers. Tyson sits down with Jeffrey Brown for a book conversation.
    Original Air Date: March 3, 2017
  • How millennials are looking for new centers of spirituality
    Millennials are turning away from religion faster than any other age group, yet the majority still believe in god or a universal spirit and are hungry for meaningful connection. Casper ter Kuile, a researcher at Harvard University, shares his humble opinion on the changing shape of American religion and how millennials are creating new forms of spiritual community.
    Original Air Date: March 3, 2017
  • GOP lawmakers try to rein in protests with new state laws
    In many state capitals, lawmakers are targeting protesters’ tactics amid a renewed wave of large-scale demonstrations, sparking debates over the question of free speech versus public safety. John Yang speaks with Christopher Ingraham of The Washington Post about how far the new laws go and how civil liberties advocates are reacting.
    Original Air Date: March 3, 2017

Thursday, March 2, 2017

  • How American artists captured the Great War up close
    It was a cataclysmic, world-shattering and shaping event. Today we can relive the visceral human effects of World War I through a new exhibition at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, which showcases a myriad of iconic images and art for and against the divisive conflict. Jeffrey Brown reports.
    Original Air Date: March 2, 2017
  • Why Sessions’ Russian meetings are raising questions
    What are the stakes behind Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ move to recuse himself of any possible investigation into the Trump campaign’s contact with Russia amid worries of election interference? Hari Sreenivasan speaks with John McLaughlin, a former deputy director of the CIA, and Michael Mukasey, who served as President George W. Bush’s attorney general.
    Original Air Date: March 2, 2017
  • News Wrap: Trump touts plan for naval expansion
    In our news wrap Thursday, President Trump carried his call for a major military build up aboard a newly built aircraft carrier, where he spoke to a U.S. Navy audience. Also, the U.S. struck hard at al-Qaida militants in Yemen with more than 20 airstrikes, targeting fighters, weapons and equipment in a remote region.
    Original Air Date: March 2, 2017
  • Trump’s agenda is fueling investor confidence. Will it last?
    The Dow Jones and other indexes were already doing well when Donald Trump won the presidential election. And the overall jump of recent weeks has accelerated mightily, rising from just above 18,000 on election day to breaking 21,000 this week. For analysis of what’s happening with the markets, William Brangham speaks with Neil Irwin of The New York Times.
    Original Air Date: March 2, 2017
  • Blumenthal: Sessions needs to give ‘credible explanation’'
    Critics say Attorney General Jeff Sessions' announcement to recuse himself from any investigations related to the Trump campaign doesn't go far enough. Hari Sreenivasan speaks with Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Ct., one of those critics, about what he thinks Sessions needs to do now.
    Original Air Date: March 2, 2017
  • Zappos is a weird company -- and it's happy that way
    At Zappos, an engaging work culture comes first; the company lavishly invests in morale. But what's the business rationale for spending generously to make employees happy? Economics correspondent Paul Solman visits the eccentric Las Vegas headquarters of Zappos, a company that's known for its devoted customer service and philosophy of self-management rather than hierarchy.
    Original Air Date: March 2, 2017
  • Sessions says he never meant to mislead on Russia meetings
    Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced at a press conference Thursday that he would recuse himself from any investigations into the Trump campaign. That decision came after a Washington Post report that Sessions met with the Russian ambassador to the U.S. twice last, during the period he was a senator and Trump campaign adviser. Lisa Desjardins reports.
    Original Air Date: March 2, 2017
  • Stop asking this comedian about being a woman in comedy
    Michelle Collins finds it annoying that funny women always have to talk about being a funny woman. "We're not charity cases; we're talented," she said. Collins gives her Brief But Spectacular take on being tall, makeup, white men on late night TV and why you should stop asking her what it feels like to be a woman in comedy.
    Original Air Date: March 2, 2017

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

  • How did the Yemen raid decision-making work?
    What level of planning did the Obama administration take on ahead of a deadly U.S. military raid in Yemen carried out under President Trump? Hari Sreenivasan talks to former Defense Department official Andrew Exum and Colin Kahl, former national security advisor to the vice president, two men with intimate knowledge of the Obama administration’s process for authorizing the use of military force.
    Original Air Date: March 1, 2017
  • Questions persist about deadly Yemen raid and its results
    More than a month after a controversial U.S. Special Operations raid in Yemen -- during which Navy SEAL Ryan Owens was killed -- there are still questions about how the mission was authorized, what it accomplished and more. Chief foreign affairs correspondent Margaret Warner looks at competing claims and Judy Woodruff gets the perspective of Sebastian Gorka, deputy assistant to President Trump.
    Original Air Date: March 1, 2017
  • After confident speech, which priorities can Trump achieve?
    President Trump's address to Congress promised action on a long list of priorities he’s stressed before, but in a more disciplined and upbeat tone. Lisa Desjardins offers a recap of reactions to the president’s speech from both sides of the aisle, then Judy Woodruff talks to Dan Balz of The Washington Post and Susan Davis of NPR about the realities of enacting the agenda he proposed.
    Original Air Date: March 1, 2017
  • Overdose antidote saves lives but doesn’t cure opioid crisis
    With overdose deaths from opioids on the rise across the country, Baltimore has begun training everyday citizens to use a life-saving antidote as one tool to combat the crisis, and the approach is catching on. But while many more states and municipalities have moved to make Naloxone more accessible, not everyone believes this is the right strategy. The NewsHour’s Pamela Kirkland reports.
    Original Air Date: March 1, 2017
  • Why Snapchat and Uber are under intense scrutiny over values
    Snapchat is about to sell its stock to the public for the first time. Is the app, used by 160 million people each day, really worth $24 billion? Meanwhile, popular transportation app Uber has been flung into the spotlight amid claims of sexual harassment and a video showing CEO Travis Kalanick in a contentious exchange with an Uber driver. Hari Sreenivasan talks to The New York Times' Mike Isaac.
    Original Air Date: March 1, 2017
  • Human moon missions could be on the horizon under Trump
    Is there renewed focus inside the Trump administration, NASA and the private sector to revive travel to the moon? There are signs, like a single reference in President Trump's address to Congress, that seem to suggest that a space journey may be sooner than we might think. Science correspondent Miles O’Brien joins Judy Woodruff to discuss what we could learn and why it’s back on the table.
    Original Air Date: March 1, 2017
  • Special Report: President Trump's address to Congress
    Watch PBS NewsHour's complete coverage of President Donald Trump's first address to Congress. Following the speech, stay tuned for analysis from Mark Shields, David Brooks, Amy Walter, Matt Schlapp and Karine Jean-Pierre.
    Original Air Date: February 28, 2017
  • Despite protests, Dakota Access Pipeline nears completion
    Last year, the Obama administration froze the Dakota Access Pipeline, designed to carry North Dakota oil to Illinois. But President Trump has rebooted construction, which is now near completion. Public media's "Inside Energy" in conjunction with Rocky Mountain PBS produced a documentary called "Beyond Standing Rock" set to air on PBS stations in March. Reporter Leigh Paterson has this story.
    Original Air Date: March 1, 2017

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