Saturday, June 21, 2014

  • 'Right to try' law gives terminal patients access to non-FDA
    In May, Colorado became the first state to pass a so-called 'right to try' law, allowing terminal patients access to experimental drugs without FDA approval -- and Missouri is about to follow suit. NewsHour Weekend examines the issue by speaking with the Missouri bill's sponsor and his daughter, who is suffering from terminal cancer.
    Original Air Date: June 21, 2014

Friday, June 20, 2014

  • GOP presidential hopefuls address religious right
    New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio and Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul were among the speakers at a gathering of religious conservatives in Washington. Judy Woodruff reports that the Faith and Freedom Coalition's "Road to Majority" conference provided a chance to try out possible 2016 campaign messages.
    Original Air Date: June 20, 2014
  • Shields and Brooks on U.S. intervention in Iraq
    Syndicated columnist Mark Shields and New York Times columnist David Brooks join Judy Woodruff to discuss the week’s top news, including the current political agenda of religious conservatives in America, the election of Rep. Kevin McCarthy to be House majority leader, new poll numbers for President Obama and the murky goals for U.S. military intervention in Iraq.
    Original Air Date: June 20, 2014
  • Struggle by ‘Central Park 5’ ends in $40 million settlement
    New York City will pay $40 million to five black and Latino men who 25 years ago were wrongly convicted of raping and beating a woman in Central Park. Their conviction was vacated in 2002, but it took until now to close the book on the decade-long civil rights lawsuit. Jeffrey Brown talks to Craig Steven Wilder of Massachusetts Institute of Technology for more on the legacy of the infamous crime.
    Original Air Date: June 20, 2014
  • Why so many migrant kids are coming to the U.S. alone
    Hoping to stop the surge of unaccompanied minors arriving in the U.S., Vice President Biden visited Guatemala to get support from Central American leaders. The NewsHour’s P.J. Tobia reports on why kids are coming and what happens to these child migrants when they arrive.
    Original Air Date: June 20, 2014
  • Who holds the cards to Iraq's political future?
    Pressure is mounting for Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki as ISIL advances toward that nation’s capital. Judy Woodruff talks to Rod Nordland of The New York Times from Baghdad about the future of Iraq’s government and reaction to President Obama’s announcement that he’s sending up to 300 military advisors to Iraq.
    Original Air Date: June 20, 2014

Thursday, June 19, 2014

  • Medal of Honor awarded for marine’s selfless action
    In November 2010, Lance Cpl. Kyle Carpenter’s battalion was tasked with taking over a compound in Afghanistan, when a grenade landed on the roof where he was standing. He dove on it to save the life of a fellow marine, absorbing much of the blast that seriously wounded him. He was awarded the Medal of Honor on Thursday. Carpenter recalls his story and what followed to Jeffrey Brown.
    Original Air Date: June 19, 2014
  • Why the tide is turning in support of same-sex marriage
    An opposition rally against same-sex marriage in Washington came on the heels of news that President Obama will sign an executive action banning federal contractors from discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation. Judy Woodruff discusses the fight over gay rights and the shifting tide of public opinion with Edward-Isaac Dovere of POLITICO and David Crary of the The Associated Press.
    Original Air Date: June 19, 2014
  • Closing the racial divide in Wisconsin’s capital
    Wisconsin has the worst rankings for African American children in the country for basic factors like education, income, health and home stability, and that statistic has real long-term consequences. Hari Sreenivasan reports on a new effort in the city of Madison to bridge the extreme racial disparity — an effort that leaders hope will provide a template to communities across the country.
    Original Air Date: June 19, 2014
  • Would quasi-professional student athletes harm NCAA sports?
    A class-action lawsuit by former UCLA basketball player Ed O'Bannon contends that the NCAA should permit former and current college basketball and football players to profit from the use of their names, images, or likenesses in media like video games or TV broadcasts. Judy Woodruff talks to Michael McCann of the University of New Hampshire School of Law for a closer look at the arguments.
    Original Air Date: June 19, 2014
  • Can Iraq be united under Maliki?
    Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has been faulted by some for deepening sectarian divisions now roiling the country. Gwen Ifill talks to Charles Duelfer, former UN and U.S. weapons inspector in Iraq, Abbas Kadhim of Johns Hopkins University and Feisal Istrabadi of Indiana University about what’s undermining Iraq’s stability and best possible outcomes.
    Original Air Date: June 19, 2014
  • ‘They can’t all come here’
    In this clip, Mark Krikorian, executive director of the Center for Immigration Studies, talks the limits of bringing migrant children into the U.S.
    Original Air Date: June 19, 2014
  • Child migrants slipping through the cracks
    Jennifer Podkul, senior program officer for the Migrant Rights and Justice Program, talks the need of getting migrant children into immigration courts.
    Original Air Date: June 19, 2014
  • President Obama announces deployment of up to 300 military adviers to Iraq
    After a long afternoon meeting with his national security team, President Obama announced plans to send up to 300 military personnel to Iraq to provide support to the Iraqi military. The U.S. will establish joint operations centers to share intelligence with Iraqis in an effort to push back ISIL forces.
    Original Air Date: June 19, 2014
  • Marine who took grenade hit receives Medal of Honor
    President Barack Obama is presenting the Medal of Honor to a veteran who took the blow from a grenade to protect a fellow Marine in Afghanistan, sustaining major wounds, including the loss of his right eye. Retired Cpl. William
    Original Air Date: June 19, 2014

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

  • Sens. Kaine and McCain discuss the Iraq crisis
    Pressure is mounting for the U.S. to come up with a course of action against the uprising of ISIL in Iraq. Judy Woodruff talks to Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., who says reforms have to happen in Iraq before the U.S. decide what kind of assistance to provide. Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., says the U.S. should launch airstrikes and put some boots on the ground to oppose the extreme elements in Iraq.
    Original Air Date: June 18, 2014
  • Lawmakers skeptical that GM can remodel its leadership
    General Motors CEO Mary Barra returned to address Congress about an internal company report on the ignition switch defect that has been linked to at least 13 deaths. Barra announced a new campaign to reward employees who report safety concerns, but lawmakers remained skeptical that the corporate culture could be changed. Gwen Ifill gets more detail from David Shepardson of The Detroit News.
    Original Air Date: June 18, 2014
  • Searching for the holy grail of snake bite antidotes
    Although snake bites are rarely fatal in the United States, every year about 100,000 people die worldwide after being bitten by venomous snakes. A California doctor has developed a nasal spray treatment that may be able to help some snake bite victims halt paralysis before they reach a hospital. Special correspondent Spencer Michels has the story.
    Original Air Date: June 18, 2014
  • Debating President Obama’s reach of power
    Facing partisan gridlock, President Obama has bypassed Congress by using executive actions on issues like equal pay, student loans and carbon pollution. But each order faces backlash that the president has overstepped his power. Jeffrey Brown gets debate from Jonathan Turley of The George Washington University and Michael Waldman of the Brennan Center for Justice.
    Original Air Date: June 18, 2014

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

  • Revisiting Nixon’s fall in ‘Washington Journal’
    In the 1975 book “Washington Journal: Reporting Watergate and Richard Nixon’s Downfall,” author Elizabeth Drew examined the players and the political upheaval behind Nixon’s fall from power. Now nearing the 40th anniversary of Nixon’s resignation, this classic piece of political journalism is being re-released. Judy Woodruff talks to Drew about the politician at the center of the infamous scandal.
    Original Air Date: June 17, 2014
  • What Iraq’s violent sectarian split means for its neighbors
    The insurgency by Sunni militants in Iraq, known as ISIL or ISIS, adds conflict to an already volatile region. Gwen Ifill talks to Hisham Melhem of Al Arabiya News and Mary-Jane Deeb of the Library of Congress about the failure to stifle ISIL’s growth in Syria, the prospect of U.S. collaboration with Iran and the divergent agendas of Iraq’s other neighboring nations.
    Original Air Date: June 17, 2014
  • Helping homeless students reach graduation from Skid Row
    Finishing high school can be an uphill battle; for homeless students, it can be like facing a mountain of challenges. The Los Angeles County Unified School District’s Homeless Education Program is designed to provide assistance to students who don’t have a place to live. David Nazar of PBS SoCal reports on efforts to help LA’s homeless youth reach graduation.
    Original Air Date: June 17, 2014
  • The value and the price of creating a Pacific sanctuary
    President Obama launched a plan to create the world's largest marine preserve by adding to the existing national monument in the Central Pacific. Drilling, fishing and other activities would be off limits. Joshua Reichert of the Pew Charitable Trusts and Juliet Eilperin of The Washington Post join Jeffrey Brown to discuss the impetus and potential opposition for the proposed expansion.
    Original Air Date: June 17, 2014
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  • Why did it take so long to capture key Benghazi suspect?
    U.S. special forces, with the help of the FBI, apprehended Abu Khattala, one of the suspected ring leaders of the 2012 embassy attack in Benghazi, Libya. Khattala is the first accused perpetrator of the attacks to be taken into U.S. custody. Jeffrey Brown discusses the details of the capture with The Washington Post’s Karen DeYoung, who first broke the story.
    Original Air Date: June 17, 2014

Monday, June 16, 2014

  • Why a victim of attempted murder tried to save his attacker
    If you could face the man who tried to kill you, what would you do? A new book, “The True American: Murder and Mercy in Texas,” tells the story of Raisuddin Bhuiyan, a U.S. immigrant from Bangladesh, who was shot in the face in Texas by a man trying to avenge the 9/11 attacks. Hari Sreenivasan talks to author Anand Giridharadas about Bhuiyan’s campaign to save Mark Stroman from execution.
    Original Air Date: June 16, 2014
  • What’s fueling and funding ISIL?
    The Sunni militants known as ISIL or ISIS continue to broaden their control over the northern Iraq. What are their origins and how does the group compare to other insurgencies? Gwen Ifill learns more from journalist Rania Abouzeid and Brian Fishman of the New America Foundation.
    Original Air Date: June 16, 2014
  • Striking up a jazz conversation to enthrall more listeners
    Jason Moran, one of today's best-known younger jazz musicians, is a true believer that his art form can transport and transform an audience. Newly named the artistic director for jazz at the Kennedy Center in Washington, the musician now has a public platform to share his passion. Chief arts correspondent Jeffrey Brown interviews Moran about his work to bring the jazz experience to more people.
    Original Air Date: June 16, 2014
  • High hopes for a budding cannabis industry
    Recreational marijuana is legal in Colorado and Washington state, and though it’s still illegal under federal law, more states are considering the move, setting the stage for a potential gold rush that could conceivably rival the repeal of prohibition. Economics correspondent Paul Solman talks to entrepreneurs looking to cash in on the cannabis industry.
    Original Air Date: June 16, 2014