Thursday, October 22, 2015

  • A shelter for Central American migrants on a perilous path
    Immigrants aren't coming from Mexico as much as through that country in recent years. Special correspondent Fred de Sam Lazaro visits a migrant shelter in Northern Mexico, where people from Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador take respite near the end of their long, dangerous journey in hopes of illegally crossing into the U.S.
    Original Air Date: October 22, 2015

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

  • This search engine could help unlock autism’s secrets
    Scientists have long known that genetics play a role in autism, but now they may be able to actually pinpoint the specific gene variants, which could help doctors diagnose and treat the neurodevelopmental disorder from birth. Special correspondent Jackie Judd explores a project from Autism Speaks and Google that harnesses a powerful search engine to find new answers.
    Original Air Date: October 21, 2015
  • Sobering stories of drug addiction in West Virginia
    In our NewsHour Shares video of the day, high schoolers from one of our Student Reporting Labs attended a community forum in West Virginia on drug addiction. They share some personal stories from community members on how addiction has affected their lives.
    Original Air Date: October 21, 2015
  • How the Benghazi attacks sparked a political war of words
    Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton goes before a congressional committee Thursday to offer testimony on the attacks that killed four people at the U.S. consulate and CIA compound in Benghazi, Libya. Chief foreign affairs correspondent Margaret Warner reviews the details of the attack and the subsequent investigations.
    Original Air Date: October 21, 2015
    U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton responds forcefully to intense questioning on the September 2012 attacks on U.S. diplomatic sites in Benghazi, Libya, during a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on Capitol Hill Jan. 23, 2013. Jason Reed/Reuters
  • Will House Republicans line up behind Paul Ryan?
    Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan says he’s willing to step up as Speaker of the House, but only if divided groups of conservatives back him first. Political director Lisa Desjardins joins Judy Woodruff from Capitol Hill to discuss how members of the House GOP are reacting to Ryan’s requests.
    Original Air Date: October 21, 2015
  • Why we need poetry to slow us down
    For MacArthur fellow Ellen Bryant Voigt, nature has always served as an inspiration for her poetry. She speaks about her love for natural beauty and need for solitude, as well as poetry’s gift for slowing us down.
    Original Air Date: October 21, 2015
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  • Is arresting drug users the wrong cure for low-level crime?
    More than 130 law enforcement officials from around the country have gathered in Washington to push for reform. Chicago Police Department Superintendent Garry McCarthy and Benjamin David, district attorney from New Hanover and Pender Counties in North Carolina, talk with Judy Woodruff about whether there are better strategies for dealing with non-violent offenders.
    Original Air Date: October 21, 2015
  • Why Biden’s 2016 campaign window has closed
    Vice President Joe Biden will not join the presidential race, despite months of pondering the possibility. What drove his decision and how does it affect the other candidates in the race? Gwen Ifill gets perspective from Glenn Thrush of Politico.
    Original Air Date: October 21, 2015
    U.S. Vice President Joe Biden announces he will not seek the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination with President Barack Obama and his wife Jill at his side during an appearance in Rose Garden of the White House in Washington October 21, 2015. REUTERS/Carlos Barria  - RTS5HXA

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

  • What drove Canada’s Liberal Party election upset
    Canadians woke up to a new political era, leaving behind nearly a decade of Conservative leadership. The Liberals won a resounding majority, ushering in Justin Trudeau as the next prime minister. Judy Woodruff learns more from John Northcott of the CBC.
    Original Air Date: October 20, 2015
    Liberal Party leader Justin Trudeau gives his victory speech after Canada's federal election in Montreal, Quebec, on Oct. 19, 2015. Photo by Chris Wattie/Reuters
  • Balancing drug and talk therapy in treating schizophrenia
    More than 2 million Americans have schizophrenia, a chronic brain disorder that can causes hallucinations, delusions, memory problems and depression. A new landmark study finds that high levels of potent antipsychotic drugs is not as effective a treatment as lower doses combined with therapy and support. Gwen Ifill talks to Dr. Robert Heinssen of the National Institute of Mental Health.
    Original Air Date: October 20, 2015
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  • How to make sense of the new mammogram guidelines
    The American Cancer Society has revised its mammogram guidelines, recommending that women with an average risk of cancer start screenings at age 45, not 40. Judy Woodruff examines the guidelines and the debate with Dr. Richard Wender of the American Cancer Society.
    Original Air Date: October 20, 2015
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  • Why this Seattle teacher opposes Common Core testing
    In Seattle, protest against the Common Core test is catching on. Meet one high school teacher who has led a boycott against standardized tests as educational assessment, and who educates his students on their right to opt out. Gwen Ifill reports.
    Original Air Date: October 20, 2015
  • To kick off our fifth decade, watch how NewsHour has evolved
    In our NewsHour shares moment of the day, we celebrate the NewsHour’s 40th birthday with look at how we’ve evolved since that very first broadcast.
    Original Air Date: October 20, 2015
  • What the return of football means to an oil boom town
    Like so many small towns on the Great Plains, Alexander, North Dakota, had been shrinking as more and more young people moved away. But for the first time in 28 years, Alexander has a football team, thanks largely to an oil field that has drawn workers and families from around the country. Emily Guerin of public media reporting project Inside Energy reports.
    Original Air Date: October 20, 2015
  • Why are we still raising girls to avoid science?
    Women in the U.S. receive less than 20 percent of Bachelor's degrees in computer science, engineering and physics. Eileen Pollack, one of the first two women to receive an undergraduate degree in physics at Yale, offers a solution to getting more women into science.
    Original Air Date: October 20, 2015
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  • In ‘M Train,’ Patti Smith journeys to where art comes from
    Poet and performer Patti Smith crashed onto the rock scene 40 years ago, and made a splash in the literary world five years ago with an award-winning memoir, "Just Kids." Her newest book, "M Train," takes a trip through time to visit the writers and artists who’ve influenced her, as well as her own loved ones now gone. Smith sits down with Jeffrey Brown to discuss her latest work.
    Original Air Date: October 20, 2015

Monday, October 19, 2015

  • Volkswagen owners left in limbo after emissions revelations
    Last month, some 500,000 U.S. owners of Volkswagen and Audi's so-called "clean diesel" cars learned they had been duped. Hundreds of lawsuits have been filed against the company and more are likely as states, car dealers and consumers grapple with the long-term implications of the fraud. Special correspondent Cat Wise reports on the reaction from VW owners in Portland, Oregon.
    Original Air Date: October 19, 2015
    A new diesel Volkswagen Golf TDI drives in Huntington Beach, California, United States, September 19, 2015. Volkswagen shares plunged more than 20 percent on Monday, their biggest one-day fall, after the German carmaker admitted it had rigged emissions tests in the United States, and U.S. authorities said they would widen their probe to other manufacturers. Germany, alarmed at the potential damage the scandal could inflict on its world-beating car industry, urged Volkswagen to fully clear up the matter and said it would investigate whether emissions data had also been falsified in Europe. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) said on Friday Europe's biggest carmaker had used software for diesel VW and Audi branded cars that deceived regulators measuring toxic emissions and could face penalties of up to $18 billion. Picture taken September 19, 2015. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson - RTX1RQTO
  • Will he or won’t he? That’s the question for Biden and Paul
    Will Joe Biden jump into the 2016 election? Will Rep. Paul Ryan enter the competition for House speaker? Gwen Ifill talks to Amy Walter of the Cook Political Report and Tamara Keith of NPR about Ryan and Biden anticipation, Hillary Clinton’s upcoming Benghazi hearing, campaign battles between Jeb Bush and Donald Trump and Larry David’s show-stealing impression of Sen. Bernie Sanders.
    Original Air Date: October 19, 2015
    A combination photograph shows U.S. Vice President Joe Biden waving as he arrives with his family to vote in Greenville, Delaware, and Republican vice-presidential nominee Paul Ryan waving as he walk off campaign plane in Cleveland, Ohio respectively on election day, November 6, 2012.    REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque (Biden), Brian Snyder (Ryan)  (UNITED STATES - - Tags: POLITICS ELECTIONS USA PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION) - RTR3A2TT
  • What Yo-Yo Ma is learning about life and music at 60
    Yo-Yo Ma has been on stage from an early age, turning out some 90 albums and performing for eight presidents. At 60, the classical music star is taking a step back to reflect on life. On his new album, "Songs from the Arc of Life," he and a longtime collaborator use the music of cherished composers to create a soundtrack of change, love and loss. Jeffrey Brown reports.
    Original Air Date: October 19, 2015
  • Seeking the missing children of Argentina's ‘disappeared’
    During Argentina's military dictatorship, as many as 30,000 people simply “disappeared,” including some young, pregnant women, whose babies were then given to couples deemed sympathetic to the regime. What happened to those children, who are now adults? Retro Report, distributed by The New York Times, offers a look at efforts by desperate grandparents to find their family members.
    Original Air Date: October 19, 2015
  • How a police officer helped save NBA’s Caron Butler
    To see Caron Butler on the basketball court today, you'd have little sense of how far this NBA player has come. As a young boy, he had the dream and the skills, but nearly threw it away for a life of violence, drug dealing and prison. William Brangham talks with Butler and retired Sgt. Rick Geller -- the police officer who helped turn him around -- about Caron’s book, "Tuff Juice."
    Original Air Date: October 19, 2015

Sunday, October 18, 2015

  • No viral testing of sewage-filled Olympic waters in Rio
    The organizers of the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, said this week they do not plan to test the human sewage-laden waterways that will be home to aquatic events for viruses that athletes fear could make them sick. NewsHour's Megan Thompson reports.
    Original Air Date: October 18, 2015
    SAO GONCALO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 13:  Birds are perched along a fisherman's community on a polluted inlet flowing to the polluted Guanabara Bay, the Rio 2016 Olympic Games sailing venue, on August 13, 2015 in Sao Goncalo, Brazil. Following sicknesses to U.S. athletes during a recent rowing event and a study showing dangerous amounts of viral levels in all Rio Olympic water venues, the IOC has controversially ruled out the possibility of viral testing of the sewage-laden waters ahead of the Olympics.  (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
  • It's launch time for the Iran nuclear deal
    Iran's agreement to roll back its nuclear weapons program officially took effect Sunday, but country officials said it would begin dismantling uranium-enrichment centrifuges only when the U.S. confirmed the lifting of economic sanctions. David Albright, President of the Institute for Science and International Security, joins Hari Sreenivasan to discuss.
    Original Air Date: October 18, 2015
    Iranians celebrate on the streets following a nuclear deal with major powers, in Tehran July 14, 2015. Iran's president Hassan Rouhani said on Tuesday a nuclear deal with major powers would open a new chapter of cooperation with the outside world after years of sanctions, predicting the "win-win" result would gradually eliminate mutual mistrust.  REUTERS/TIMA
  • Israel announces new steps to curb deadly knife attacks
    Israeli officials announced new steps to curb a rash of deadly stabbings on its citizens, including enforcing roadblocks in Arab East Jerusalem. Eight Israelis have died in Palestinian stabbings and police have shot and killed 40 Palestinians in clashes. NewsHour Special Correspondent Martin Seemungal joins Hari Sreenivasan via Skype from Jerusalem.
    Original Air Date: October 18, 2015
    Israeli border policemen stand guard at a bus stop in the east Jerusalem Jewish settlement of Armon Hanatsiv, adjacent to the Palestinian neighbourhood of Jabal Mukaber, on October 18 2015. Israel pressed ahead with major security measures after five more stabbing incidents. Israel has set up checkpoints in Palestinian areas of east Jerusalem, where many of the knife attackers have come from, and hundreds of soldiers have reinforced their patrols, but frustrated youths have defied efforts to prevent violence. AFP PHOTO / THOMAS COEX        (Photo credit should read THOMAS COEX/AFP/Getty Images)

Saturday, October 17, 2015

  • How widening the Panama Canal set off an environmental fight
    A number of port cities on the East Coast are taking steps to deepen their harbors, in an effort to attract big cargo container ships expected to come next year with the expansion of the Panama Canal. But in Jacksonville, Florida, the move has prompted a fierce debate between officials and environmental activists. NewsHour's Megan Thompson reports.
    Original Air Date: October 17, 2015
  • How ISIS makes more than a million dollars a day
    In Iraq and Syria, the Islamic State finances much of its military from siphoning and selling oil, amounting to more than a million dollars a day, according to estimates. Erika Solomon, a reporter for the Financial Times, joins Hari Sreenivasan from Chicago to discuss.
    Original Air Date: October 17, 2015
    Tanks belonging to Syrian government forces are positioned near the Jazel oil field, near the ancient city of Palmyra in the east of Homs province after they retook the area from Islamic State (IS) group fighters on March 9, 2015. Recent US-led coalition air strikes have frequently targeted oil facilities run by the IS group jihadists, who according to some estimates earn more than $1 million per day from oil sales. AFP PHOTO/ STR        (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images)
  • New imagery from Pompeii reveals surprising discoveries
    Researchers in Italy are now using modern medical technology to shed more light on the ancient mystery of the volcanic eruption that destroyed Pompeii. NewsHour's Megan Thompson reports.
    Original Air Date: October 17, 2015
    POMPEII, NAPLES, ITALY - 2015/09/29: (EDITORS NOTE: Image contains graphic content.) A working team appointed by the Archaeological Superintendence of Pompeii performs a CAT (Computerized Axial Tomography) scan on one of thirty casts of the victims of the eruption of Vesuvius in 79 AD in Pompeii. (Photo by Ciro De Luca/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images)
  • Why Kentucky agriculture is banking on hemp
    A Farm Bill passed by Congress last year included an amendment granting states and universities the right to research hemp. Several states have since started research projects, but Kentucky is at the forefront, experimenting with creating a new industry around this plant. NewsHour's Christopher Booker reports.
    Original Air Date: October 17, 2015
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