Sunday, August 7, 2016

  • Bringing ballet to the townships of South Africa
    A sprawling township outside of South Africa's biggest city of Johannesburg has become synonymous with a continued struggle nearly two decades after the end of apartheid. But while many cultural divides still remain, some black South Africans are now turning to ballet, once reserved for wealthy whites. NewsHour Weekend Special Correspondent Martin Seemungal has the story.
    Original Air Date: August 5, 2016
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Saturday, August 6, 2016

  • Concerns grow as fentanyl fuels rise in opioid overdose deaths
    According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, overdose deaths involving prescription opioids have quadrupled since 1999. But amid growing concern over the country’s problem with heroin and prescription opioids, a lesser-known drug in that same group is just as lethal. David Armstrong of STAT joins Hari Sreenivasan from Boston to talk more about the threat posed by fentanyl.
    Original Air Date: August 6, 2016
    ST. JOHNSBURY, VT - FEBRUARY 06: Used syringes are discarded at a needle exchange clinic where users can pick up new syringes and other clean items for those dependent on heroin on February 6, 2014 in St. Johnsbury, Vermont. Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin recently devoted his entire State of the State speech to the scourge of heroin. Heroin and other opiates have begun to devastate many communities in the Northeast and Midwest leading to a surge in fatal overdoses in a number of states. As prescription painkillers, such as the synthetic opiate OxyContin, become increasingly expensive and regulated, more and more Americans are turning to heroin to fight pain or to get high. Heroin, which has experienced a surge in production in places such as Afghanistan and parts of Central America, has a relatively inexpensive street price and provides a more powerful affect on the user.  (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
  • On the ground in Brazil as Olympic Games begin
    The Olympic Games began in Rio de Janeiro yesterday and even though there are still problems with the economy and sewage where athletes swim or sail, the games may help restore national pride there after months of bad press. Dom Phillips of the Washington Post joins Hari Sreenivasan via Skype from Rio de Janeiro.
    Original Air Date: August 6, 2016
    Even though hundreds of thousands of people are expected to head to Rio for the Olympics, they represent only a small percentage of the overall travel to and from areas with Zika transmission, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Photo by Nacho Doce/REUTERS
  • How septic tanks may imperil this Florida ecosystem
    In Florida, one of the nation’s largest waterways is in danger as septic tanks are disrupting the fragile ecosystem of the state’s Indian River Lagoon. NewsHour Weekend special correspondent Lisa Desai has the story, which was supported by the Florida Center for Investigative Reporting, The Investigative Fund at The Nation Institute and the Economic Hardship Reporting Project.
    Original Air Date: August 20, 2016
    In Florida, one of the nation’s largest waterways is in danger as septic tanks are disrupting the fragile ecosystem of the state’s Indian River Lagoon. Photo by PBS NewsHour Weekend

Friday, August 5, 2016

  • One Syrian child soldier’s desperate struggle to escape ISIS
    Their faces are flooding the internet: the thousands of child soldiers fighting in Syria. Whether they join armed groups out of economic need or a sense of cultural obligation, these children become instruments of violence and propaganda, often witnessing -- and executing -- acts of sheer inhumanity. For those able to escape, like 15-year-old Ibrahim, the trauma proves difficult to overcome.
    Original Air Date: August 5, 2016
    Mohammad (R), a 13 year-old fighter from the Free Syrian Army, aims his weapon as he runs from snipers loyal to the Syrian regime in Aleppo's Bustan al-Basha district October 29, 2013. Mohammad joined the Free Syrian Army after his father died during clashes with the Syrian regime. The gun he is using was his father's.   REUTERS/Molhem Barakat (SYRIA - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY CONFLICT) - RTX14T0H
  • Jeffrey Toobin’s fresh look at the story of Patty Hearst
    In 1974, William Randolph Hearst’s granddaughter Patty was abducted from her California home by members of the radical Symbionese Liberation Army. After subsequent events suggested the teenager had joined the group, she was captured and sentenced -- but later pardoned. Jeffrey Toobin tells the story anew in “American Heiress: The Wild Saga of the Kidnapping, Crimes and Trial of Patty Hearst.”
    Original Air Date: August 5, 2016
    Patricia Hearst, after being released from federal prison in Pleasanton, Calif., waves her Presidential Clemency document.  (Photo by Joe Kennedy/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)
  • Brooks & Marcus on polls this week catching up with reality
    Judy Woodruff speaks with New York Times columnist David Brooks and Washington Post columnist Ruth Marcus about the week in politics, including how Donald Trump’s controversial behavior further boosted Hillary Clinton’s post-convention polls, the “exquisitely difficult” position of anti-Trump Republicans up for reelection and how Clinton consistently made her email-server situation worse.
    Original Air Date: August 5, 2016
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  • Former CIA director endorses Clinton over ‘dangerous’ Trump
    In the past week, Hillary Clinton has surged to a lead in national polls. But on Friday, while speaking to a group of black and Hispanic journalists, she acknowledged that many Americans still do not trust her. Meanwhile, former CIA director Mike Morell announced his support for Clinton -- and his distrust of Donald Trump -- in an endorsement that GOP VP nominee Mike Pence was quick to dismiss.
    Original Air Date: August 5, 2016
    WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 02:  Former Deputy CIA Director Michael Morell arrives for testimony before the House Select Intelligence Committee April 2, 2014 in Washington, DC. The committee heard testimony on the topic of "The Benghazi Talking Points and Michael J. Morell's Role in Shaping the Administration's Narrative."  (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
  • Clinton’s comments on classified emails are inconsistent
    In the latest in our series that looks at the presidential candidates behind the headlines, Lisa Desjardins analyzes Hillary Clinton’s varied statements on James Comey and her private email server. The candidate has previously denied any material was classified, and, in another instance, asserted it was not “marked” as classified. In fact, some of her private emails were both.
    Original Air Date: August 5, 2016
    Democratic U.S. presidential nominee Hillary Clinton arrives with Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) for a rally at the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW), Local 357, union hall in Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S. Thursday, August 4, 2016. REUTERS/Steve Marcus - RTSL3QO
  • Comparing the presidential candidates’ economic plans
    July saw 255,000 jobs created and unemployment flat at 4.9%. How would the candidates boost the economy? Clinton seeks major infrastructure projects and a higher minimum wage, while Trump wants business tax cuts to encourage companies to invest in employees. Judy Woodruff speaks to Stephen Moore, senior economic adviser to Donald Trump, and Jared Bernstein, economic adviser to Hillary Clinton.
    Original Air Date: August 5, 2016
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Thursday, August 4, 2016

  • Lose your job? It may pay to announce it
    When Sree Sreenivasan found himself out of a job, he did what he knows how to do best: broadcast the news on social media. The former Chief Digital Officer at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art now spends his days arranging coffee dates and networking meetings. Special correspondent Roben Farzad looks at what Sreenivasan's experience can teach us about finding employment in the digital age.
    Original Air Date: August 4, 2016
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  • Investigating Obama’s $400 million payment to Iran
    The Wall Street Journal revealed this week that in January, the Obama administration secretly airlifted $400 million in cash to Iran. The money was owed as part of a failed arms deal prior to the 1979 Islamic Revolution, but payment coincided with the release of four Americans held in Tehran. Hari Sreenivasan speaks with Jay Solomon, the Wall Street Journal reporter who broke the story.
    Original Air Date: August 4, 2016
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  • Trump visits Democratic stronghold, trails in key polls
    Donald Trump took his campaign to an unlikely location today: Maine. The historically dark blue state is not a battleground. Of the twelve states that appear to be up for grabs, Trump is polling far behind in Michigan, Pennsylvania and New Hampshire. Meanwhile, House Speaker Paul Ryan and other prominent Republicans vowed to push back on Trump behavior they consider out of line.
    Original Air Date: August 4, 2016
    Republican U.S. Presidential nominee Donald Trump attends a campaign event at the Merrill Auditorium in Portland, Maine August 4, 2016. REUTERS/Eric Thayer - RTSL3JY
  • Preserving what’s left of a Jewish community in India
    The coastal Indian city of Cochin was once home to a thriving Jewish community; immigrants came for the spice trade and ended up settling there. But in 1955, the community largely vanished as its residents departed en masse to the newly founded state of Israel. Now, it’s a struggle to preserve the structures and relics of Jewish heritage that remain.
    Original Air Date: August 4, 2016
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  • Behind the shocking USA Gymnastics sexual abuse allegations
    For years, executives in charge of gymnastics’ national governing body have been ignoring allegations of sexual abuse by coaches of young athletes, reported USA Today’s IndyStar on Thursday. Judy Woodruff speaks with investigative reporter Marisa Kwiatkowski and Nancy Hogshead-Makar, lawyer and CEO of Champion Women, about the shocking revelations and the extent of legal protection for victims.
    Original Air Date: August 4, 2016
    2016 Rio Olympics - Gymnastics training - Rio Olympic Arena - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - 04/08/2016. Close up of the feet of Rebecca Downie (GBR) of United Kingdom as she trains on the beam.  REUTERS/Dylan Martinez TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS.   - RTSL313
  • At Pentagon, Obama discusses plan for fighting ISIS in Libya
    President Obama spoke at the Pentagon Thursday about the U.S. plan for continued military action in Libya. His report came three days after the U.S. launched airstrikes in and around Cert, in an attempt to reclaim the Islamic State stronghold. Gwen Ifill speaks with Frederic Wehrey, senior associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, for more.
    Original Air Date: August 4, 2016
    Fighters of Libyan forces allied with the U.N.-backed government fire a rocket at Islamic State fighters in Sirte, Libya, August 4, 2016. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic - RTSL2UE
  • Alec Baldwin on why he was born to host a public radio show
    As host of WNYC’s “Here’s the Thing,” actor Alec Baldwin has been criticized for doing too much talking. He counters that he’s trying to push guests, such as Andrew Weiner, Chris Rock and Molly Ringwald, to share something the audience doesn’t already know about them. Baldwin offers his Brief but Spectacular take on why his show is about conversations, not interviews.
    Original Air Date: August 4, 2016
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  • A Nobel laureate writes about living under Soviet rule
    The Nobel Committee called Svetlana Alexievich's writing "a monument to suffering and courage in our time." In this new book, "Secondhand Time", the suffering is (mostly) psychological, as hope and promise at the end of Soviet era turns to despair and a sense of betrayal under Gorbachev, Yeltsin, and into the current rule of Vladimir Putin. Alexievich joins Jeffrey Brown in the studio.
    Original Air Date: August 4, 2016
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Wednesday, August 3, 2016

  • Imagining the Underground Railroad as an actual train system
    Colson Whitehead’s new novel considers a startling premise: what if slaves had fled southern plantations via an actual subterranean train? Jeffrey Brown sits down with the author at BookExpo America in Chicago to discuss the challenge of blending fantasy with tragic historical truth and what made Whitehead ready to write this latest work.
    Original Air Date: August 3, 2016
    NEW YORK - OCTOBER 16:  Writer Colson Whitehead reads his work at The 2009 New Yorker Festival: Fiction Night at DGA on October 16, 2009 in New York City.  (Photo by Amy Sussman/Getty Images for The New Yorker)
  • Will Donald Trump reset his campaign?
    In the midst of recent blunders and increased Republican disillusionment, supporters and detractors alike are urging Donald Trump to adjust his campaign’s approach. Gwen Ifill speaks with WTMJ radio host Charlie Sykes and Matthew Dowd of ABC News about recent developments within the Trump campaign and what we can expect from it going forward.
    Original Air Date: August 3, 2016
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  • The impact of recent court decisions on voter ID laws
    Voting rights supporters in North Carolina, North Dakota and Texas have triumphed this summer over what they consider discriminatory voter-identification laws. Since 2008, ten state legislatures have tightened such requirements or otherwise restricted how votes may be cast. William Brangham discusses the recent rulings with Rick Hasen, professor of law at University of California, Irvine.
    Original Air Date: August 3, 2016
    Flyers informing voters of the new voter ID law that will go into effect for the 2016 election are seen at the Mecklenburg County Board of Elections warehouse in Charlotte, North Carolina November 3, 2014. REUTERS/Chris Keane (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS) - RTR4CMY0
  • As GOP criticism mounts, Trump campaign goes on defensive
    Facing continued dissatisfaction within the GOP, Donald Trump and campaign manager Paul Manafort made public assurances on Wednesday, with Manafort asserting that the campaign is “moving forward in a positive way.” Meanwhile, Hewlett Packard CEO Meg Whitman became the highest-profile Republican to endorse Hillary Clinton. Gwen Ifill reviews the day’s events with Lisa Desjardins.
    Original Air Date: August 3, 2016
    Republican U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump's campaign manager Paul Manafort talks to the media from the Trump family box on the floor of  the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, U.S. July 18, 2016. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst - RTSIMJC
  • Presidential candidates to receive classified briefings
    Now that they are officially nominated by their respective parties, Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump and their VP picks are eligible to receive classified intelligence briefings. So how and where do those take place? Gwen Ifill speaks with Chief Foreign Affairs Correspondent Margaret Warner about the details, as well as the history and rationale behind granting presidential candidates such access.
    Original Air Date: August 3, 2016
    The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) flag is displayed on stage during a conference on national security entitled "The Ethos and Profession of Intelligence" in Washington October 27, 2015. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas - RTX1TGQJ
  • More DNC information to come, says WikiLeaks founder
    In the aftermath of a devastating email-hacking incident involving top Democratic party officials, WikiLeaks is preparing to release new information “on a range of important issues.” According to organization founder Julian Assange, WikiLeaks is now immersed in formatting the information to be easily accessible to journalists and the general public. Judy Woodruff interviews Assange for details.
    Original Air Date: August 3, 2016
    File photo of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange in front of the Ecuadorian Embassy in London. Photo by Peter Nicholls/Reuters
  • In the increasingly damaged sea, one animal is thriving
    Climate change, overfishing and pollution would naturally seem harmful for marine life. But one group of animals appears to be thriving: jellyfish. The blob-like creatures reproduce rapidly in higher temperatures and can prosper in waters tainted by human activity, such as the Gulf of Mexico’s oxygen-depleted “dead-zone.” Plus, declining fish populations mean reduced competition for food.
    Original Air Date: August 3, 2016
    A jellyfish is seen at the aquarium La Rochelle, France, February 12, 2016.  REUTERS/Regis Duvignau - RTX26P79

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

  • The facts behind Trump’s comments on Russia and Ukraine
    In our new series, we go beyond the headlines to take a closer look at the presidential candidates. On Sunday’s “This Week,” Donald Trump asserted that Russian President Vladimir Putin would not go into Ukraine — but Russia is already there. Lisa Desjardins reviews the recent history of Russia’s relationship with Ukraine and analyzes Trump’s previous statements on the subject.
    Original Air Date: August 2, 2016
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  • Obama: Donald Trump ‘is unfit to serve as president’
    At Tuesday morning’s news conference, President Obama said he believes Donald Trump “is unfit to serve as president” and urged Republicans to reject their own nominee. Trump later responded that his opponent, Hillary Clinton, “has proven herself unfit to serve in any government office.” Meanwhile, Rep. Richard Hanna of New York became the first Republican congressman to endorse Clinton.
    Original Air Date: August 2, 2016
    Republican U.S. Presidential nominee Donald Trump attends a campaign event at Briar Woods High School in Ashburn, Virginia, U.S., August 2, 2016. REUTERS/Eric Thayer - RTSKRCO
  • Thinking about math in terms of literacy — not levels
    Algebra is a core subject for U.S. high school students. But should it be? Author Andrew Hacker believes we should reconsider how math is taught: only 5 percent of the American workforce actually uses math beyond arithmetic, though higher-level classes are widely required. But Hacker’s proposal to focus math instruction in a real-world context has drawn criticism from the education community.
    Original Air Date: August 2, 2016
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