Saturday, August 13, 2016

  • Why jury trials are becoming less common
    A new analysis of federal court cases published last week by The New York Times shows that jury trials are becoming increasingly less common. In 1997, 3,200 out of 63,000 federal defendants were convicted in jury trials. But by 2015, even as the number of defendants grew to 81,000, jury convictions dropped to 1,650. Benjamin Weiser of The New York Times joins William Brangham from Maine.
    Original Air Date: August 13, 2016
    A view of the jury box inside Courtroom 201, where jury selection in the trial of Aurora movie theater shootings defendant James Holmes is to begin on Jan. 20, 2015, at the Arapahoe County District Court in Centennial, Colorado,  January 15, 2015. Jury selection is expected to take several weeks to a few months.  REUTERS/Brennan Linsley/Pool  (UNITED STATES - Tags: CRIME LAW) - RTR4LLZO
  • What happened to 10,000 boys kidnapped by Boko Haram?
    While the Islamic terrorist organization Boko Haram gained global infamy in 2014 for kidnapping nearly 300 female students in Nigeria, the group has also abducted 10,000 boys in the last three years. Wall Street Journal reporter Drew Hinshaw, who wrote this week about what happens to these boys after their capture, joins William Brangham in New York.
    Original Air Date: August 13, 2016
    A boy plays atop firewood before women and children rescued from Boko Haram in Sambisa forest by Nigeria Military arrive at the Internally displaced people's camp in Yola, Adamawa State, Nigeria, May 2, 2015. REUTERS/Afolabi Sotunde  - RTX1BAE9
  • High rents force some in Silicon Valley to live in vehicles
    Faced with some of the most expensive rental housing in the nation, some Bay Area residents are feeling priced out and are seeking low-cost alternatives. In Silicon Valley, a hub of computer and technology companies, some people are even turning to cars, vans and RVs for housing. NewsHour Weekend Special Correspondent Joanne Elgart Jennings has the story.
    Original Air Date: August 20, 2016

Friday, August 12, 2016

  • Brooks and Dionne on the GOP dilemma and ‘common decency’
    Donald Trump made more controversial statements this week and remains behind in polls. But it was not a great week for Hillary Clinton, either: more emails were leaked that could prove damaging. Judy Woodruff speaks with David Brooks of The New York Times and E.J. Dionne Jr. of The Washington Post about Republicans' quandary, the characters of the candidates and “unimaginative” tax plans.
    Original Air Date: August 12, 2016
  • Though trailing in key states, Trump expresses optimism
    Another bad week for Donald Trump concluded with the GOP nominee down by double digits in key states. He received support from RNC chairman Reince Priebus Friday at a campaign event in Pennsylvania, but top Republicans continued to express concern over the candidate’s viability. Judy Woodruff speaks with Washington Post reporter Robert Costa for analysis of Trump’s position within his own party.
    Original Air Date: August 12, 2016
    Republican U.S. presidential nominee Donald Trump visits McLanahan Corporation headquarters in Hollidaysburg, Pennsylvania August 12, 2016. REUTERS/Eric Thayer - RTSN1NV
  • Explaining Middle East conflicts through individuals' eyes
    In an article that consumes the entirety of this week’s New York Times Magazine, Scott Anderson aims to tell a story of great breadth and timeliness: how the current conflicts in the Middle East arose, and how they might evolve from here. Hari Sreenivasan discusses with Anderson how the writer leveraged six individual voices to illustrate the narrative of these immensely complex hostilities.
    Original Air Date: August 12, 2016
  • Refugee team wins hearts, if not medals, at Rio Olympics
    They may not be winning gold, but their stories are certainly medal worthy. The first-ever Refugee Olympic Team is competing in Rio, stacked with athletes like 18-year-old Yusra Mardini, who saved herself and other Syrians stranded during a dangerous Aegean crossing. Filippo Grandi, UN High Commissioner for Refugees, says that the team aims to counteract negative global sentiment toward refugees.
    Original Air Date: August 12, 2016
    2016 Rio Olympics - Swimming - Preliminary - Women's 100m Freestyle - Heats - Olympic Aquatics Stadium - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - 10/08/2016. Yusra Mardini (SYR) of Refugee Olympic Athletes competes.    REUTERS/Dominic Ebenbichler FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS.   - RTSMEOB
  • For a photojournalist, risking your life to make an impact
    Lynsey Addario has been kidnapped three times in international battle zones while photographing the horrors of war. She has witnessed the loss of lives -- and has feared losing her own. Addario acknowledges that her job requires “great sacrifice.” But when she sees the impact of her work, she finds it impossible to stop doing it. Here’s her Brief but Spectacular take on life as a photojournalist.
    Original Air Date: August 12, 2016
  • 1 stunning defeat, but also historic victories for Team USA
    The U.S. women’s soccer team suffered a shocking defeat in an Olympic quarterfinal match on Friday. In better news for Team USA, Simone Biles triumphed in the gymnastics all-around competition, Michael Phelps earned a historic 26th career Olympic medal and Simone Manuel became the first black swimmer to win gold. Jeffrey Brown speaks with USA Today’s Christine Brennan.
    Original Air Date: August 12, 2016
    2016 Rio Olympics - Soccer - Quarterfinal - Women's Football Tournament Quarterfinal - Mane Garrincha Stadium - Brasilia, Brazil - 12/08/2016.   Elin Rubensson (SWE) of Sweden (L) and Carli Lloyd (USA) of USA compete. REUTERS/Ueslei Marcelino FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS. - RTSMYZC

Thursday, August 11, 2016

  • Candidate tax plans highlight different economic priorities
    Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump both spoke about their intended tax policies this week. On Monday, Trump proposed tax cuts for all, while on Thursday, Clinton pledged to increase taxes on the wealthy and use that money for the middle and lower classes. Judy Woodruff speaks with Neil Irwin of the The New York Times and David Wessel of the Brookings Institution for analysis of both plans.
    Original Air Date: August 11, 2016
  • Why southern China is a hotbed for disease development
    Pandemics like Zika and Ebola can originate in one continent and quickly spread to another. To stop outbreaks before they start, scientists are trying to identify regions conducive to the development of new disease. One target is southern China, where factors such as daily wildlife trade and sewage-filled rivers have repeatedly led to the rise of new viruses. Hari Sreenivasan reports.
    Original Air Date: August 11, 2016
  • Trump attempts to tie Clinton and Obama to rise of ISIS
    In the last 24 hours, Donald Trump has focused on tying Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama to the rise of the Islamic State. In Fort Lauderdale last night, the GOP nominee referred to Obama as the “founder” of the terrorist organization. The Clinton campaign dismissed the comments as more trash talk and blasted Trump’s economic proposals, calling them “fearful” and “outlandish.”
    Original Air Date: August 11, 2016
    Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton speaks at Futuramic Tool & Engineering in Warren, Michigan. Photo by Chris Keane/Reuters
  • Above Manhattan's bustle, a reshaped public space
    In the mid-20th century, it was a railroad; now it’s a public park. Built in the 1930s, 30 feet above the streets of Manhattan, The High Line was crucial for transporting cargo. But with the decline of rail transportation, it closed in 1980 and was abandoned. Almost three decades later, it opened again -- this time, as a shared space for greenery, art and leisure. Jeffrey Brown reports.
    Original Air Date: August 11, 2016
    People enjoy mild temperatures along the The High Line park, an elevated section of converted New York Central Railroad spur called the West Side Line on Manhattan's West Side in New York City, December 15, 2015. REUTERS/Mike Segar - RTX1YUIY
  • This Olympian and poet on “freedom within boundaries”
    On Friday, long-distance runner Alexi Pappas will compete in Rio in her first-ever Olympic race. But unlike many of her Olympic peers, Pappas does not put all her talent in one basket. In addition to training as a world-class runner, she is also a filmmaker, actress and poet, and she writes about what she knows: track. “As a storyteller, I want to tell stories that I can uniquely tell,” she says.
    Original Air Date: August 11, 2016

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

  • How Phoenix became the most autism-friendly city
    Matt Resnik has helped changed the face of autism in his hometown. When he was diagnosed as a child, his parents poured their hearts into getting him therapy, even launching an organization, in hopes he would outgrow his challenges and find his place as an independent adult in the world. Instead, they’ve helped shape the world around him. Special correspondent John Donvan reports.
    Original Air Date: August 10, 2016
  • South Korean soldiers dance off stress
    In our NewsHour Shares moment of the day, a division of the South Korean army is turning out pirouettes and tendus. Weekly ballet classes provide these soldiers, who guards the zone at the demilitarized zone along the border of North Korea, with a way to de-stress, and also helps with muscle strength, flexibility and posture.
    Original Air Date: August 10, 2016
  • Trump on defensive after comment on Clinton and gun rights
    Donald Trump shifted from his normal large rallies to holding a small discussion with coal executives in Virginia, and later, giving a measured speech on jobs. The Republican candidate is on the defensive after a comment Tuesday about Second Amendment-rights activists and Hillary Clinton. In Des Moines, Iowa, Clinton condemned Trump’s remarks for crossing the line. Lisa Desjardins reports.
    Original Air Date: August 10, 2016
    Republican U.S. presidential nominee Donald Trump attends a campaign rally in Abingdon, Virginia, U.S. August 10, 2016. REUTERS/Eric Thayer - RTSMGYR
  • Baltimore mayor reacts to DOJ report on policing
    The Justice Department released a blistering report Wednesday, spelling out a long pattern of racial discrimination by the Baltimore Police Department. An investigation of policing from 2010 to 2015 has revealed an unmistakable picture of disparities. Gwen Ifill gets reaction to the report from Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake.
    Original Air Date: August 10, 2016
  • Is Donald Trump fit to be president?
    As controversy continues to follow Donald Trump, many have questioned whether he has the temperament and character to be president, or if he simply has a more bombastic stage persona. Judy Woodruff speaks with Gen. Michael Hayden, the former NSA and CIA director who opposes Trump’s candidacy, and Kris Kobach, Kansas secretary of state who is one of Trump’s supporters.
    Original Air Date: August 10, 2016
  • Migrants to Australia by sea may face harsh conditions
    It is the policy of the Australian government to not accept immigrants and refugees coming to the continent by boat. But those who do are sent to an island off the coast, Nauru, where they face nightmarish conditions, untreated disease and what Anna Neistat of Amnesty International calls “deliberate, systematic abuse.” Neistat joins Hari Sreenivasan to discuss their plight.
    Original Air Date: August 10, 2016
    Protesters from the Refugee Action Coalition hold placards during a demonstration outside the offices of the Australian Government Department of Immigration and Border Protection in Sydney, Australia, April 29, 2016.  REUTERS/David Gray - RTX2C4Q5
  • How machines are learning to read your mood
    Can artificial intelligence be emotionally intelligent? In Boston, researchers have programed BB-8, the little droid from “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” to detect expressions and determine how people are feeling. And that technology is being adapted for marketing, video games, even therapy for children diagnosed with autism. The NewsHour’s April Brown reports.
    Original Air Date: August 10, 2016

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

  • ‘Patient H.M.,’ the man who couldn’t make memories
    His story is a staple in psychology classes, but his identity wasn’t known for years: Henry Molaison, the man who lost his ability to form new memories after a lobotomy. In “Patient H.M.: A Story of Memory, Madness, and Family Secrets,” Luke Dittrich paints a picture of the scientific legend. Dittrich discusses his book and personal connection to Molaison in a conversation with Jeffrey Brown.
    Original Air Date: August 9, 2016
  • The man who mows grass masterpieces
    In our NewsHour shares moment of the day, Roger Baker creates his art using an unusual tool: a lawnmower. He started with the Statue of Liberty but since then has mowed Albert Einstein, Jimi Hendrix, a purple heart and now, Ludwig van Beethoven.
    Original Air Date: August 9, 2016
  • GOP defections grow a day after Trump campaign reset
    Facing more defections from the Republican ranks -- including Sen. Susan Collins and 50 national security officials -- Donald Trump used a North Carolina rally to go after Hillary Clinton on gun rights. Meanwhile, Clinton, campaigning in Florida, has agreed to three scheduled debates. Her opponent has not yet formally signed on, saying he may wish to renegotiate the terms. Judy Woodruff reports.
    Original Air Date: August 9, 2016
    Republican U.S. presidential nominee Donald Trump speaks to the Trask Coliseum at University of North Carolina in Wilmington, North Carolina, U.S., August 9, 2016. REUTERS/Eric Thayer - RTSM61Q
  • Why Republican Sen. Susan Collins won’t be voting for Trump
    Maine Sen. Susan Collins declared that she will not be voting for Donald Trump in a Washington Post op-ed Tuesday, citing his “constant stream of cruel comments.” Collins joins Gwen Ifill to discuss her decision not to support him, and why she will not be voting for Hillary Clinton either.
    Original Air Date: August 9, 2016
  • Giving adults with autism skills to build independent lives
    Before Josh, 36, arrived at First Place Transition Academy, he had never taken public transportation on his own, much less held down a paying job. But a new pilot program is empowering adults with autism to overcome hurdles to independence. Special correspondent John Donovan, co-author with Caren Zucker of “In a Different Key: The Story of Autism,” reports from Phoenix.
    Original Air Date: August 9, 2016
  • What we can learn from a day in the life of a student
    Karen Ritter, an assistant principal at a high school just outside of Chicago, wanted to see her school through a student’s eyes. So she decided to follow 9th grader Alan Garcia, who came to her asking to be switched out of the many remedial classes in which he is enrolled, hoping to get a clear view of his experience in the classroom. Special correspondent John Tulenko of Education Week reports.
    Original Air Date: August 9, 2016

Monday, August 8, 2016

  • Trump proposes 3-tier income tax, regulation freeze
    Donald Trump laid out his economic plan today in Detroit, proposing an across-the-board income tax reduction as well as a freeze on agency regulations. Trump also attacked Hillary Clinton’s policy approach, arguing it “punishes" workers and business owners in the U.S. Meanwhile, former CIA. official Evan McMullin, a Republican, said he is planning to launch an independent bid for president.
    Original Air Date: August 8, 2016
    File photo of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump by Eric Thayer/Reuters