Wednesday, 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
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • 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.

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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • 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
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Saturday, May 14, 2016

  • Viewer comments on a program offering cash to reduce crime
    Viewers expressed both skepticism and hope regarding NewsHour Weekend’s report on “Operation Peacemaker,” the California program paying young men who have criminal records $1,000 per month to stay out of trouble. In the latest installment of “Viewers Like You,” Alison Stewart reads your comments.
    Original Air Date: May 14, 2016
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  • To weaken ISIS, U.S. deploying special ops in Libya
    Summary: As part of a strategy to weaken the Islamic State and support a unity government, the U.S. is deploying a small number of special operations troops on the ground in Libya. Washington Post reporter Missy Ryan who has written about the operation joins Alison Stewart to discuss how the Obama administration came to this decision.
    Original Air Date: May 14, 2016
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  • U.S. stepping up deportation of undocumented immigrants
    Responding to a surge of Central Americans coming to the U.S. in recent years, the Department of Homeland Security has planned a month of raids on immigrants found to have crossed the southwest border illegally. Reuters reporter Julia Edwards, who broke the story this week, joins Alison Stewart in New York to discuss.
    Original Air Date: May 14, 2016
    Central American immigrants ride north atop a freight train known as "La Bestia,"  or "The Beast," near Juchitan, Mexico. It is part of a long and perilous journey through Mexico to reach the U.S. border. Photo by John Moore/Getty Images
  • Beyond debt default and Zika, Puerto Rico struggles as trash piles up
    Original Air Date: May 14, 2016
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Friday, May 13, 2016

  • Civil rights lawyer says prison reforms are falling short
    The Equal Justice Initiative’s Bryan Stevenson has become a leading voice for criminal justice reform, and blames the U.S.’s world-leading incarceration rate on deep-seated institutional racism that goes back to slavery. As some states move to increase probation and parole supervision, Stevenson tells Jeffrey Brown why these measures fall short of the reforms that are truly needed.
    Original Air Date: May 13, 2016
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  • Genetic sequencing unlocks DNA mutations and saves lives
    Every year, thousands of young people who seemed otherwise healthy die suddenly. The reason sometimes is long-rooted, secret gene mutations passed down through the generations. Doctors at the Scripps Translational Science Institute are using gene sequencing and “molecular autopsies” to uncover these hidden mutations and allow patients to take preventative action. David Wagner of KPBS reports.
    Original Air Date: May 13, 2016
    A computer screen displays the genetic sequence of the H1N1 swine flu virus at the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene in Baltimore, September 3, 2009. The new H1N1 virus has killed 36 U.S. children, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported on Thursday.   REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst    (UNITED STATES HEALTH) - RTR27EPI
  • Hezbollah's top military leader assassinated in Syria
    Thousands took to the streets of Beirut Friday to mourn the killing of Mustafa Badreddine, the commander of Hezbollah’s military forces in Syria and a key supporter of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in that nation’s civil war. An enemy of the U.S., Israel and ISIS, it is not yet clear who is responsible for Badreddine’s death. Special correspondent Jane Ferguson reports.
    Original Air Date: May 13, 2016
    Brothers of top Hezbollah commander Mustafa Badreddine, who was killed in an attack in Syria, mourn over his coffin during his funeral in Beirut's southern suburbs, Lebanon, May 13, 2016. REUTERS/Jamal Saidi - RTX2E7JC
  • Shields and Gerson on the Obama transgender decree
    Syndicated columnist Mark Shields and Washington Post columnist Michael Gerson join Judy Woodruff to discuss the week in politics, including the Obama administration’s new transgender restroom directive, Donald Trump’s latest attempts to unify the Republican party and what Sen. Bernie Sanders’ victory in West Virginia means for the Democratic race.
    Original Air Date: May 13, 2016
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