Friday, May 20, 2016

  • New food labels emphasize calories, amount of ‘added sugar’
    The FDA rolled out new rules for nutrition labels on packaged foods and drinks Friday, designed to highlight the amount of “added sugar” and calories in a given product. The measures, which take effect this summer, are part of a new effort to combat obesity and diabetes. William Brangham talks to Allison Aubrey of NPR for more on what the changes represent and whether they will make a difference.
    Original Air Date: May 20, 2016
    The Nutrition Facts label is seen on a box of Raisin Bran at a store in New York February 27, 2014. Packaged foods sold in the United States would display calorie counts more prominently and include the amount of added sugar under a proposal to significantly update nutritional labels for the first time in 20 years as health officials seek to reduce obesity and combat related diseases such as diabetes. The Food and Drug Administration said on Thursday its proposal would also ensure that the amount of calories listed per serving reflects the portions that people typically eat. That change may result in per-serving calorie counts doubling for some foods such as ice cream. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid (UNITED STATES - Tags: HEALTH POLITICS BUSINESS) - RTR3FSVG

Thursday, May 19, 2016

  • Helping baby boomers find a meaningful second act
    Millions of Baby Boomer bosses across the nation are nearing retirement age, but an innovative new fellowship program at Harvard Business School aims to give them a second act. The Advanced Leadership Initiative helps former executives bring their professional acumen to bear on a range of social issues, from affordable food to an ebola vaccine. Economics correspondent Paul Solman reports.
    Original Air Date: May 19, 2016
  • Our long and winding road to understanding ‘The Gene’
    The field of genetics has seen exponential growth in recent years,, and today may be on the verge of further breakthroughs that will radically change the way we function as a species. But to understand genetics now, one must first understand its complex past dating back to the 19th century, a past chronicled in Sid Mukerjee’s new book “The Gene.” Mukerjee joins Judy Woodruff for more.
    Original Air Date: May 19, 2016
    DNA is a long code of instructions to build every tissue in our body. But there are little markers along the way that tell cells how to read the DNA. And those markers turn genes on and off, which could affect disease or even your personal preferences. Image by Scott Tysick/Getty Images
  • Crimean Muslim refugees feel welcome but it’s not home
    Ukraine’s Crimean Tatar Muslims have persevered through centuries of persecution, including a alleged Soviet-sponsored genocide in 1944. With Russia’s 2014 annexation of the Crimea, the Tatars are now facing renewed persecution in the form of government crackdowns and forced exile. Special correspondent Kira Kay reports in partnership with the Bureau for International Reporting.
    Original Air Date: May 19, 2016
    File photo of mosque by David Mdzinarishvili/Reuters
  • Solving the mystery of vanished EgyptAir Flight 804
    The mysterious disappearance of EgyptAir Flight 804 and its 66 passengers somewhere over the Mediterranean Sea has left the international community scrambling for answers. For more on what could have happened to the flight, Hari Sreenivasan talks to former National Transportation Safety Board chair Deborah Hersman and former Deputy National Security Adviser Juan Zarate.
    Original Air Date: May 19, 2016
    The EgyptAir plane making the following flight from Paris to Cairo,  after flight MS804 disappeared from radar, takes off from Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris, France, May 19, 2016.    REUTERS/Christian Hartmann - RTSF0H5
  • ‘I will be the nominee for my party,’ says Hillary Clinton
    The Democratic race may still be ongoing, but Hillary Clinton doesn’t harbor much doubt about its outcome. In an interview with CNN, the front-runner declared that she will be the party’s nominee, though rival Sen. Bernie Sanders has given no sign of backing down. For more on what a prolonged primary fight means for Democrats in the fall, Judy Woodruff talks to Democratic strategist Bob Shrum.
    Original Air Date: May 19, 2016
    Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton greets supporters at Transylvania University in Lexington, Kentucky. Photo by Aaron P. Bernstein/Reuters
  • How ‘experimental soul’ has become artist’s guiding force
    Recording artist and producer Pell began making music to identify himself in a new place, as his family was forced to flee to Mississippi after Hurricane Katrina. That’s why he believes the goal of an artist is to tell their own story and define their own themes. Pell gives his Brief But Spectacular take on how life experience influences his music in a genre he calls “experimental soul.”
    Original Air Date: May 19, 2016

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

  • From Mt. St. Helens' volcanic ashes, Mother Nature rebuilds
    Wednesday marks the 36th anniversary of the deadliest volcanic event in U.S. history: the eruption of Mount St. Helens, which killed every living thing in a 230 mile radius. But the slopes around the volcano are now beginning to repopulate with plant and animal life, giving biologists a unique opportunity to watch an ecosystem develop in real time. Science correspondent Miles O’Brien reports.
    Original Air Date: May 18, 2016
  • Step aside Seinfeld — meet Mark Twain, the standup comic
    Mark Twain once said that “hunger is the handmaid of genius,” and he was speaking from personal experience. By 1894, Twain was an esteemed writer, an international celebrity -- and dead broke thanks to a few bad investments. To stave off debt, he embarked on the world’s first stand-up comedy tour, chronicled in Richard Zacks’ new book, “Chasing the Last Laugh.” Zacks joins Jeffrey Brown for more.
    Original Air Date: May 18, 2016
  • Primary drama overshadows congressional contests
    With so much airtime devoted to Donald Trump and the bruising Democratic drama, it’s easy to forget that November will also see pivotal battles for seats in Congress, battles a given presidential nominee could tip one way or the other. Judy Woodruff talks to Stuart Rothenberg of The Rothenberg & Gonzales Political Report and David Wasserman of The Cook Political Report for more.
    Original Air Date: May 18, 2016
    Speaker Paul Ryan announced late Tuesday an agreement between congressional leaders and the White House on a year-end tax and spending package that would fund the government through the 2016 budget year, raise domestic and defense spending, and increase the deficit by hundreds of billions of dollars by extending numerous popular tax credits without paying for them. Photo by Gary Cameron/Reuters
  • U.S. will help Libyans beat back Islamic State fighters
    Chaos has reigned in Libya since the deposition of Muammar Gaddafi in 2011, with multiple factions vying for power in the North African nation, including the Islamic State. Now, the U.S. has agreed to provide arms to the Libyan government to help it drive ISIS from the region. Judy Woodruff talks to Frederic Wehrey of the Carnegie Endowment for Peace for more on the situation in Libya.
    Original Air Date: May 18, 2016
    A member of the force assigned to protect Libya's unity government stands on a road leading to where the government has their offices, in Tripoli, Libya March 31, 2016. REUTERS/Ismail Zitouny       TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY - RTSCYLD
  • When you work extra, you should be paid extra’ — Labor Dept.
    The White House pushed back Wednesday against critics who say its expansion of overtime eligibility could backfire and lead to wage stagnation and job loss. Instead, says Labor Secretary Thomas Perez, it will lift more Americans into the middle class. William Brangham talks with Perez for more.
    Original Air Date: May 18, 2016
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Tuesday, May 17, 2016

  • Strides made, but black-white equality chasm remains — study
    The title of the Urban League’s 40th annual "State of Black America" report is as stark as some of its numbers: "Locked Out: Education, Jobs & Justice." While much has changed, the report finds disparities between blacks and whites have barely budged. Hari Sreenivasan talks to the league’s Marc Morial about why its “equality index” for blacks stands at just 72% of that of whites.
    Original Air Date: May 17, 2016
    A large crowd marches from Baltimore City Hall to the scene of unrest earlier in the week, in Baltimore, Maryland May 2, 2015. Thousands of people took to the streets of Baltimore on Saturday as anger over the death of young black man Freddie Gray turned to hopes for change following swift criminal charges against six police officers. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson - RTX1BA9P
  • Endangered butterfly finds salvation in a women’s prison
    You may have heard about how the honey bee’s decline is threatening the world’s food crops. Well they’re not the only pollinators in trouble. The Taylor’s checkerspot butterfly was also facing extinction in the face of its shrinking prairie habitat. But thanks to an innovative breeding program at a women’s prison outside Seattle, it’s making a comeback. Special correspondent Cat Wise reports.
    Original Air Date: May 17, 2016
    This Baltimore checkerspot butterfly was the only one to be released after it was gently blown on and hand-warmed, June 23, 2011 in Batavia, Illinois. Seventy-nine imperiled Baltimore checkerspot butterflies were set to be released in the natural prairie and marsh area on the grounds of the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory. Cool and windy weather prevented the release because of the danger of wet butterflies not surviving. (Chuck Berman/Chicago Tribune/MCT via Getty Images)
  • Teaching ‘different is okay’ to combat Islamophobia
    According to a new study, some 50 percent of all Muslim students in the U.S. have been bullied by their peers. In mostly-white St. Cloud, Minnesota — where thousands of east African refugees have relocated — the problem got so bad that Muslim students walked out of the city’s high school en masse. John Tulenko of Education Week takes a look at the intersection of education and Islamophobia.
    Original Air Date: May 17, 2016
  • Was Nevada Democratic party fight sign of trouble to come?
    Tuesday saw Democrats in Kentucky and Oregon go to the polls, but the real electoral drama unfolded over the weekend, as Hillary Clinton’s and Bernie Sanders’ supporters clashed at the Nevada state Democratic convention, possibly signaling a greater divide within the party. Hari Sreenivasan talks to Susan Page of USA Today and Jon Ralston of Ralston Live for more.
    Original Air Date: May 17, 2016
    Supporters cheer for U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders at a campaign rally in Stockton, California, United States, May 10, 2016. REUTERS/Max Whittaker - RTX2DPLB
  • Divers find ancient Roman shipwreck off Israel’s coast
    In our NewsHour Shares moment of the day, two scuba divers made the find of a lifetime — a 1,600-year-old Roman shipwreck off the coast of Israel and a cache of ancient artifacts inside. It was the largest discovery of its kind in three decades. Also, the world’s longest-performing symphony musician, Jane Little, died at age 87 after collapsing on stage during a show.
    Original Air Date: May 17, 2016
  • New Episcopal church leader reflects on church challenges
    Last November, the Most Reverend Michael Curry became presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church, one of the oldest Christian denominations in the U.S. Curry’s ascension comes at a time of crisis and change, and the church, like most mainline Protestant congregations, is facing declining membership. Judy Woodruff talks to Curry about how he plans to tackle these challenges.
    Original Air Date: May 17, 2016
    The Rev. Michael Bruce Curry (facing camera) prepares for his Installation Ceremony, by Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori, at the Washington National Cathedral, in Washington, November 1, 2015. Curry becomes the first African-American Episcopal presiding bishop, after previoulsy serving as Bishop of North Carolina.               REUTERS/Mike Theiler - RTX1UA4Y

Monday, May 16, 2016

  • Bosnia struggles to hold back radical Islam
    International officials are convinced that Bosnia’s brand of Westernized, moderate Islam is the best possible bulwark against radicalization. The nation’s official Islamic Community is cracking down on rural mosques that it says are too in line with Islamists — but some say the true extremist threat lies in the heart of the capital itself. Special correspondent Malcolm Brabant reports.
    Original Air Date: May 16, 2016
    Thousands of Bosnian Muslims gather for an opening ceremony of the King Fahd Bin Abdul Aziz mosque in Sarajevo September 15, 2000. The Governor of Riyadh, Prince Selman Bin Abdul Aziz opened the mosque and Islamic complex, believed to be largest in the Balkans, crowing one billion German marks ($442.9 million) worth of Saudi aid to Bosnia during and after the country's war. Prince Selman is on a five-day visit to Bosnia.

  • Obama bestows Medal of Valor to 13 heroic police officers
    In our NewsHour Shares moment of the day, President Obama honored 13 law enforcement officers with the Medal of Valor. One of the honorees was not there to get his — a Philadelphia cop who was killed protecting shoppers during a video store robbery. The award is the highest decoration an American public safety officer can receive.
    Original Air Date: May 16, 2016
    U.S. President Barack Obama (R) honors Officer Donald Thompson (L) of the Los Angeles Police Department, who received first- and second-degree burns while pulling a motorist to safety moments before their car burst into flames, with the Medal of Valor at the White House in Washington, U.S. May 16, 2016.  REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst - RTSEJFP
  • Listening in on the ‘Black Hole Blues’
    February saw one of the most important astronomical breakthroughs of the decade, as a team of scientists “heard” gravitational waves -- a key postulate of Einstein’s theory of relativity -- for the first time in human history. Now, astrophysicist Janna Levin recounts that incredible discovery, and the human drama behind it, in her new book “Black Hole Blues.” Levin joins Jeffrey Brown for more.
    Original Air Date: May 16, 2016
  • Will Clinton and Sanders be able to put animosity aside?
    Although the deep divides within the GOP have taken center stage in this election cycle, the Democrats have seen their own fair share of schism. As front-runner Hillary Clinton and Sen. Bernie Sanders prepare to compete for Kentucky and Oregon Tuesday, Judy Woodruff talks to Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., and Rep. John Yarmuth, D-Ky., about what to expect post-primaries?
    Original Air Date: May 16, 2016
    U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders addresses the audience as followers cheer and take pictures with their mobile phones, in San Juan, Puerto Rico May 16, 2016. REUTERS/Alvin Baez       TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY      - RTSEK12
  • Supreme Court punts on Obamacare contraception fight
    Monday saw the evenly divided Supreme Court punt on two major cases, including a religious challenge to the Affordable Care Act’s contraception mandate. The no-decisions prompted President Obama to speculate the GOP’s refusal to consider Merrick Garland’s nomination might be having an effect. Marcia Coyle of The National Law Journal joins Hari Sreenivasan to discuss the supreme drama.
    Original Air Date: May 16, 2016
    Supporters of contraception rally before Zubik v. Burwell, an appeal brought by Christian groups demanding full exemption from the requirement to provide insurance covering contraception under the Affordable Care Act, is heard by the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, U.S., March 23, 2016.     REUTERS/Joshua Roberts/File Photo - RTSEJDO
  • Trump’s teflon presents difficult challenge for Democrats
    Amy Walter of The Cook Political Report and Tamara Keith of NPR join Judy Woodruff to discuss the latest in politics, including the prospects for Democratic unity, Clinton’s enthusiasm problem, Trump’s teflon — and his new war on the New York Times after it dives into his checkered past with women.
    Original Air Date: May 16, 2016
  • Hillary Clinton barnstorms Kentucky, looking for big win
    As voters in Kentucky and Oregon prepare to go to the polls Tuesday, Hillary Clinton blitzed the Bluegrass State, hoping to end Sen. Bernie Sanders’ string of primary victories. Sanders himself was in Puerto Rico, where he decried Congress’ approach to the island’s debt crisis. Meanwhile, Donald Trump found himself in a war of words with British Prime Minister David Cameron. John Yang reports.
    Original Air Date: May 16, 2016
    U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks at La Gala in Bowling Green, Kentucky, U.S., May 16, 2016.  REUTERS/Aaron P. Bernstein - RTSEJRF

Sunday, May 15, 2016

  • Chicago’s murder rates drive exodus of black middle class
    Chicago is the nation’s third most populous city, but holds the unenviable title of being America’s murder capital, with 489 homicides documented last year. And since most of the victims are black, the high murder rates have provoked a gradual exodus of the black middle class. Correspondent Brandis Friedman reports from Chicago.
    Original Air Date: May 15, 2016
  • Why neighborhood demographics are shifting in Chicago
    How does gun violence and neighborhood policing impact life for residents living in Chicago? For more, USA Today reporter Aamer Madhani joins Hari Sreenivasan at WTTW in Chicago.
    Original Air Date: May 15, 2016
    People gather for a candlelight vigil against gun violence in the Englewood neighborhood in Chicago, Illinois, United States, July 3, 2015. Extra police patrols and long shifts were not enough to prevent nine deaths and about 50 injuries from gun violence in Chicago over the Fourth of July weekend, when homicides jump almost every year. Chicago, with 2.7 million people, is the most violent large city in the United States, with poverty, segregation, dozens of small street gangs, and a pervasive gun culture all contributing to the problem. Picture taken July 3, 2015.   REUTERS/Jim Young   - RTX1JA3N
  • How Amsterdam officials keep peace for sleeping residents
    For more than a decade Amsterdam has had a ‘nachtburgemeester’ or ‘Night Mayor,’ an official charged with being the bridge between the nightlife economy, city officials, and sleeping residents.
    Original Air Date: May 14, 2016