Thursday, May 14, 2015

  • Organic food pioneer shares life’s work, from farm to table
    From a farm in the Austrian Alps, to the first certified organic restaurant in the United States, chef and natural food advocate Nora Pouillon tells her life story in a new book, "My Organic Life." Jeffrey Brown offers a taste of Pouillon’s memoir and how she’s helped change food culture in America.
    Original Air Date: May 14, 2015
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  • See the world’s oldest-known parchment letter
    In our NewsHour Shares moment of the day, a business letter from 12th century, written on parchment, goes in view in London.
    Original Air Date: May 14, 2015
  • Do better-paid workers equal better business?
    Recently, insurance company Aetna voluntarily upped its minimum wage to $16 per hour, giving roughly 6,000 of its lowest-paid employees an average raise of 11 percent. Next year, the company also plans to offer lower-cost benefits to some workers. What’s behind the wage hike? Economics correspondent Paul Solman talks to Aetna's CEO about the investment.
    Original Air Date: May 14, 2015
  • Did the Gulf nations summit fall short of U.S. hopes?
    Before leaders from the Persian Gulf arrived for a summit at Camp David, tensions with the United States were clear. President Obama tried to provide reassurance, discussing the pursuit of a nuclear deal with Iran, the fight against the Islamic State and Syria's civil war. Judy Woodruff talks to chief foreign affairs correspondent Margaret Warner, reporting from Camp David.
    Original Air Date: May 14, 2015
  • Philadelphia residents pitch in to help train crash victims
    While investigators pore over the evidence of the Amtrak train that crashed Tuesday, regional Red Cross officials and Philadelphia residents have turned out to help victims and their families by donating their time, effort and even technological know-how to the recovery effort. The NewsHour’s Stephen Fee reports on how the city is earning its nickname as the “City of Brotherly Love.”
    Original Air Date: May 14, 2015
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  • Amtrak crash drives Capitol Hill debate over funding
    Shortly after the deadly Amtrak train crash in Philadelphia, a House committee voted to cut money for Amtrak’s capital investment program, sparking a debate over Amtrak’s funding and infrastructure. Gwen Ifill gets views from Rep. John Mica, R-Fla., and Rep. Chaka Fattah, D-Pa.
    Original Air Date: May 14, 2015
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Wednesday, May 13, 2015

  • Is gender identity biologically hard-wired?
    At an early age, 8-year-old Skyler Kelly began to let his parents know that what he looked like on the outside, a girl, is not how he felt on the inside. The science of gender identity isn't fully understood, but new research points to a complex set of factors, including biological ones. Special correspondent Jackie Judd talks to families and researchers who are working on these discoveries.
    Original Air Date: May 13, 2015
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  • Site of train disaster didn’t have speed control system
    Investigators says that the Amtrak train that derailed in Philadelphia was going more than twice the speed limit for that part of the rail before the engineer tried braking. Hari Sreenivasan talks to Robert Sumwalt of the National Transportation Safety Board about the monitoring system that helps stop trains traveling above the speed limit and what investigators are looking for.
    Original Air Date: May 13, 2015
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  • A life in news, translated into poetry
    NewsHour audiences know Jeffrey Brown for his reporting on breaking news, as well as on books, culture and poetry. Now he's the author of his own collection of poetry, aptly titled "The News." Gwen Ifill sits down with Jeff to discuss his work.
    Original Air Date: May 13, 2015
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  • Sen. Warren: Obama should make trade deal details public
    Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., is one of the more vocal opponents in the debate over granting President Obama fast-track authority on the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement. Judy Woodruff talks to Warren about her concerns about transparency and how American workers may be hurt.
    Original Air Date: May 13, 2015
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  • Hatch: Trade bill one of the most important in U.S. history
    Supporters of a proposed trade pact with Asia ran into a roadblock Tuesday when a test vote on giving President Obama fast-track authority failed in the Senate. Judy Woodruff talks to Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah, a co-sponsor of the fast-track legislation, about a new compromise reached by lawmakers and why he supports the Trans-Pacific Partnership.
    Original Air Date: May 13, 2015
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  • Philadelphia Mayor Nutter on derailed train rescue efforts
    Officials are still searching for passengers who may have been on an Amtrak train Tuesday night before it crashed in Philadelphia. Mayor Michael Nutter joins Judy Woodruff for an update on the deadly derailment that shut down a busy stretch of rail service in the Northeast corridor.
    Original Air Date: May 13, 2015
    Rescue workers search for victims in the wreckage of a derailed Amtrak train in Philadelphia Tuesday night. A passenger train with more than 200 on board derailed in north Philadelphia on Tuesday night, killing at least five people and injuring more than 100, several of them critically, authorities said. Authorities said they had no idea what caused the train wreck, which left some demolished rail cars strewn upside down and on their sides in the city's Port Richmond neighborhood along the Delaware River. Photo by Bryan Woolston/Reuters

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

  • Why labor unions oppose the Trans-Pacific Partnership
    Supporters of the Trans-Pacific Partnership say the deal would bring greater prosperity by opening trade, but opponents say it fails to include labor protections and could cost jobs. In the first in a series of conversations about what’s at stake, Gwen Ifill talks to Richard Trumka of the AFL-CIO about why he opposes the trade deal.
    Original Air Date: May 12, 2015
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  • Here's what's making America less religious
    While the U.S. is still an overwhelmingly Christian country, since 2007 there has been a notable drop in the number of Americans who call themselves such, and the number of people who don’t identify as any religion has risen dramatically. Jeffrey Brown talks to Alan Cooperman of the Pew Research Center, which conducted the latest survey, and Rev. Serene Jones of the Union Theological Seminary.
    Original Air Date: May 12, 2015
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  • Why we're teaching computers to diagnose cancer
    Every day, we depend on artificial intelligence to help us make sense of a steady deluge of information. AI helps the post office to sort its mail, Wall Street to make financial decisions and physicians to diagnose patients. Hari Sreenivasan reports on how tech firms are investing in the next generation of intelligent computer programs and in what ways the technology still lags behind humans.
    Original Air Date: May 12, 2015
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  • For relocated Afghan translators, U.S. offers new struggles
    Afghan interpreters who spent more than a year working for U.S. forces were allowed to apply for U.S. visas, but many endured years of bureaucratic limbo and personal risk before being able to leave. As difficult as that process was, the struggle to resettle in the U.S. might be even harder. Special correspondent Sean Carberry reports on the challenges they face and how one man is trying to help.
    Original Air Date: May 12, 2015
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  • Photographer looks for where Americans find community
    What does community look like in America today? Photographer Alec Soth spent two years crisscrossing the country, capturing images of Americans finding connection. Jeffrey Brown talks to the Minnesota photographer about his new book, titled “Songbook,” going back to his local newspaper roots and how community life has evolved.
    Original Air Date: May 12, 2015
  • Nepal suffers ‘carpeted destruction’ and lingering fear
    Freelance journalist Donatella Lorch was having lunch on the fifth floor terrace of a building in downtown Kathmandu, Nepal, when another major earthquake struck. Lorch talks to Gwen Ifill about the “utter destruction” and worsening landslides, as well as the renewed fear and anxiety that Nepalis must cope with.
    Original Air Date: May 12, 2015
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Monday, May 11, 2015

  • Can Denmark solve its Islamic extremist problem?
    Denmark, like other European nations, is struggling to stop its citizens from joining the Islamic State group and other terrorist organizations in Syria. Special correspondent Malcolm Brabant reports from Copenhagen on the story of a young man who left his home country to fight for the militant group, and how his mother is urging the government to do more to stem the tide of extremism.
    Original Air Date: May 11, 2015
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  • Retraining the body to lift a food allergy life sentence
    Exposing infants to certain foods early on could prevent them from developing life-threatening allergies, but what about about those who are already allergic? Special correspondent Cat Wise reports on promising new research that may help some diminish dangerous reactions.
    Original Air Date: May 11, 2015
  • How GOP 2016 contenders are vying for the evangelical vote
    Gwen Ifill talks to Amy Walter of the Cook Political Report and NPR’s Tamara Keith about the Republican feud for 2016 primary position and the evangelical vote, as well as the battle shaping up between President Obama and Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren over the Trans-Pacific Partnership.
    Original Air Date: May 11, 2015
  • Why did Saudi King Salman pull out of Camp David talks?
    Saudi Arabia's King Salman and the King of Bahrain won’t be attending President Obama’s summit of the Gulf Cooperation Council at Camp David, instead sending officials in their place.The State Department denied it's a snub, triggered by concerns about the U.S. pursuit of a nuclear deal with Iran. Chief foreign affairs correspondent Margaret Warner joins Gwen Ifill to discuss.
    Original Air Date: May 11, 2015
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  • How Ebola can hide in the bodies of survivors
    Liberia was declared Ebola-free this weekend, marking a major milestone in the fight against the epidemic in West Africa, where it killed more than 10,000. But for survivors, the disease can still wreak serious after-effects. Judy Woodruff learns more about those health complications from Ebola patient Dr. Ian Crozier, who nearly went blind from the virus after making a narrow escape from death.
    Original Air Date: May 11, 2015
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  • Obama administration clears hurdles for drilling off Alaska
    The Obama administration has essentially given oil company Royal Dutch Shell the go-ahead to start drilling off the coast of Alaska. Environmental groups have long warned of the dangers of doing so, but estimates show there may be as much as 22 billion barrels of oil and 93 trillion cubic feet of natural gas in the area. Judy Woodruff talks to Coral Davenport of The New York Times.
    Original Air Date: May 11, 2015
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  • 5 foods to put in your child’s diet to avoid food allergies
    Dr. Kari Nadeau, the Director of the Sean N. Parker Center for Allergy Research at Stanford University, says that by diversifying your child’s diet early on, under supervision of a doctor, you can try to prevent the consequence of having food allergies. She recommends different types of proteins, rice, wheat, a little bit of egg, and a little bit of nuts. PBS NewsHour’s Cat Wise reports.
    Original Air Date: May 11, 2015

Sunday, May 10, 2015

  • Impact of Illinois ruling against 2013 pension fix
    On Friday, the Illinois Supreme Court voted unanimously to strike down a law passed in December 2013 that was meant to rescue the state's pension system. For more on the implications of that decision Karen Pierog of Reuters joins Hari Sreenivasan from Washington.
    Original Air Date: May 10, 2015
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  • Avalanches and poor weather complicate missions in Nepal
    The death toll from the earthquake in Nepal has now surpassed 8,000. Rescuers called off their search for missing hikers due to avalanches and poor weather. Pamela Constable of the Washington Post just returned from the country and joins Hari Sreenivasan from Washington with more.
    Original Air Date: May 10, 2015
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  • After trauma of combat, soldiers heal through songwriting
    An Austin-based singer-songwriter founded Songwritingwith:Soldiers, a free program that pairs professional songwriters with veterans to craft original songs based on their experiences. For many of the 120 military members who have participated, songwriting begins the healing process.
    Original Air Date: May 10, 2015