Monday, August 18, 2014

  • More emergency food assistance going to working Americans
    Roughly one in seven people in the United States rely on food banks or other charitable organizations for basic nutrition, according to a new study by the nonprofit Feeding America. That number includes 25 percent of active military families, and an increased number of adult college students. Deborah Flateman, executive director of the Maryland Food Bank, joins Jeffrey Brown to discuss the crisis.
    Original Air Date: August 18, 2014
  • Would greater teacher independence help student performance?
    In the face of a top-down hierarchy ruling many public schools these days, some teachers are taking back their classrooms by moving to schools where they create the curriculum and vote democratically on decisions. John Tulenko of Learning Matters reports from Boston on one of about 70 teacher-led schools that have cropped up around the country in recent years.
    Original Air Date: August 18, 2014
  • Capturing the Ebola outbreak in Liberia
    John Moore, a photographer with Getty Images, has been documenting the outbreak in Monrovia, Liberia. He witnessed a weekend attack on a quarantine center. He talks to Jeffrey Brown about what he observed, as well as how the disease is affecting Liberians and how he is protecting himself during his work.
    Original Air Date: August 18, 2014
    Photo by John Moore/Getty Images
  • What will it take to restore calm to the Ferguson community?
    The St. Louis-area community is struggling to keep order and heal divisions after more than a week of unrest over the shooting of an unarmed black teenager by a white police officer. Judy Woodruff gets an update from Yamiche Alcindor of USA Today about the deployment of the National Guard, plus reaction from former Ferguson Mayor Brian Fletcher and state senator Maria Chappelle-Nadal.
    Original Air Date: August 18, 2014

Sunday, August 17, 2014

  • Kurdish forces retake key dam from ISIS
    In what may be considered a strategic victory, Kurdish forces recaptured the area around the Mosul Dam in northern Iraq, with the help of repeated air strikes to the area on Sunday. PBS NewsHour Foreign Correspondent Margaret Warner joins Hari Sreenivasan via Skype from Irbil to discuss the latest developments.
    Original Air Date: August 17, 2014
  • Viewers respond to millennial-friendly museum tours
    Viewers respond to a story from Saturday, August 16 about a company that tries to attract millennials to museums by making the museum experience more fun and by linking high works of art to pop culture.
    Original Air Date: August 17, 2014
  • Inside the growing global market of organ trafficking
    Nearly 4,000 people die every year in the United States waiting for a kidney transplant. And while it's illegal almost everywhere, there is a thriving global market of organ trafficking. Kevin Sack of The New York Times, who’s been investigating the global organ trade, joins Hari Sreenivasan.
    Original Air Date: August 17, 2014
    Photo by BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/GettyImages

Saturday, August 16, 2014

  • New airstrikes target Islamic State fighters at Iraq dam
    American jets hit positions near a key dam in northern Iraq, which had been recently captured by Islamic extremists, a day after the extremists -- members of the Islamic State -- are said to have massacred dozens of Yazidis. Liz Sly of The Washington Post joins Hari Sreenivasan via Skype from Iraq.
    Original Air Date: August 16, 2014
  • What comes next after Gov. Perry's indictment?
    One day after a grand jury indicted Texas Gov. Rick Perry on two felony counts, charging that he abused the power of his office last year, questions remain about the governor's actions and what comes next. Tony Plohetski of the Austin American-Statesman newspaper joins Hari Sreenivasan from Austin.
    Original Air Date: August 16, 2014
    Texas Gov. Rick Perry, seen in this 2013 photo in Houston, . Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images
  • Amid tensions at Russia-Ukraine border, diplomats urge calm
    Tensions are high at the Russia-Ukraine border after reports that the Ukrainian military destroyed an armed Russian convoy that had entered Ukraine. James Marson from The Wall Street Journal joins Hari Sreenivasan via Skype from Moscow for the latest on the diplomatic push to calm the conflict before it escalates.
    Original Air Date: August 16, 2014
  • To woo Millennials, museum group taps into Digital Age
    Amid declining museum attendance by young people, a group in New York City, called Museum Hack, aims to attract Millennials by offering unconventional tours that tap into the outlook of Digital Age museum-goers. NewsHour Weekend's Hannah Yi reports.
    Original Air Date: August 16, 2014

Friday, August 15, 2014

  • How ‘bittersweet’ politics built the Panama Canal
    The Panama Canal, opened 100 years ago,, is lauded as an achievement for the U.S. But with the opportunity to unlock America’s economic power, came soaring costs, engineering problems and a steep death toll. Gwen Ifill talks to Orlando Pérez, author of "Political Culture in Panama" and Noel Maurer of Harvard University about the political will driving the canal, plus the Panamanian perspective.
    Original Air Date: August 15, 2014
    A tanker crosses through the Panama Canal's Miraflores locks on April 21, 2006. The locks are 110 feet wide, limiting the size of ships that can pass through. The allowable size is known as “Panamax.” The tolls for container ships to cross are about $50,000 to $250,000, cruise ships $80,000 to $300,000, and yachts and other small vessels $1,300 to $2,500. Photo by Teresita Chavarria/AFP/Getty Images
  • Fighting, waterborne disease plague displaced South Sudanese
    Eight months of civil war in South Sudan has forced more than 1.5 million people out of their homes. Even those who found shelter in United Nations camps around the country endure desperate living situations, made worse by the country’s rainy season. Special correspondent Nick Harper reports from the town of Malakal.
    Original Air Date: August 15, 2014
  • Brooks and Marcus on police power in Ferguson
    New York Times columnist David Brooks and Washington Post columnist Ruth Marcus join Hari Sreenivasan to discuss the week’s top news, including the response to the unrest in Ferguson, Missouri, by politicians and President Obama, as well as the political shift in Iraq and the prospect for additional American intervention.
    Original Air Date: August 15, 2014
  • Why it’s so difficult to retain a diverse police force
    The city of Ferguson, Missouri, is more than two-thirds African-American. But only three of its 53 police officers are black. Jeffrey Brown talks to Tracie Keesee of the UCLA Center for Policing Equity and Malik Aziz of the National Black Police Association to explore why so many communities across the nation face similar racial imbalances, and what can be done to fix it.
    Original Air Date: August 15, 2014
    On August 14, three police cars and four officers on foot led the way during a protest march. Photo by Scott Olson/ Getty Images
  • Beyond Einstein: Exhibit challenges scope of genius
    How common are geniuses? An exhibit on display at the Morgan Library in New York City features dozens of priceless manuscripts and artifacts -- all reflecting the idea of genius throughout world history. But experts say society may be returning to the idea that everyone has the capacity to be a genius. NewsHour Weekend Zachary Green reports.
    Original Air Date: August 15, 2014

Thursday, August 14, 2014

  • Why doesn't Ferguson's police force reflect the community?
    Judy Woodruff talks to Yamiche Alcindor of USA Today in for a closer look at the drama unfolding over the police killing of Michael Brown, as well as local reaction to the governor’s order for State Highway Patrol to take over security. Former Ferguson Mayor Brian Fletcher and Tony Messenger of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch weigh in on Ferguson’s disproportionately white police force.
    Original Air Date: August 14, 2014
  • Maliki resignation clears way for new government
    Chief foreign correspondent Margaret Warner joins Judy Woodruff, ahead of a reporting trip to Iraq, to discuss Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki’s resignation and the improved situation for stranded Yazidis on a mountaintop in Northern Iraq.
    Original Air Date: August 14, 2014
    President Obama Holds News Conference With Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Al-Maliki At The White House
  • Is Ferguson a bellwether for racial tensions nationwide?
    The killing of Michael Brown -- and the subsequent police response to protests and riots sparked by the lack of transparency -- has provoked reflection around the country about some of the deeper social and economic issues. Gwen Ifill gets reaction from Eric Liu of Citizen University and Jelani Cobb of the University of Connecticut.
    Original Air Date: August 14, 2014
    Outrage In Missouri Town After Police Shooting Of 18-Yr-Old Man
  • Why military equipment is in the hands of local police
    Violent clashes between local police and protesters in Ferguson, Missouri, has highlighted the distribution of military equipment to police departments around the country from the U.S. Defense Department. Hari Sreenivasan talks to Matt Apuzzo of The New York Times about the concerns over the militarization of domestic law enforcement.
    Original Air Date: August 14, 2014
    For days, police in the St. Louis suburb wore camouflage, riot gear and helmets and carried assault rifles and ammunition. Photo by Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images
  • Images of Ferguson confrontations resonate around U.S.
    A scene of chaos in Ferguson, Missouri, captured the nation’s attention when police officers unleashed a barrage of stun grenades and tear gas to dispel protests over the killing of an African-American teenager. Police said they used force when protesters started throwing rocks and firebombs. Judy Woodruff reports on the incident, and the pushback that followed.
    Original Air Date: August 14, 2014
    A child uses a rag to shield her face from tear gas being fired by police who used it to force protestors from the business district into nearby neighborhoods on August 11, 2014 in Ferguson, Missouri.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

  • Are we doing enough to safeguard drinking water?
    Recent cases of water contamination, including an algae bloom in Lake Erie and a chemical leak in West Virginia, has stirred new worries about the state of our drinking water. Hari Sreenivasan talks to David Beckman of the Pisces Foundation, who recently wrote an op-ed in The New York Times about drinking water threats.
    Original Air Date: August 13, 2014
  • Why 300,000 in the U.S. could lose health insurance
    The Obama administration warned that more than 300,000 people could lose health care coverage if they can’t show proof that they are U.S. citizens or legal residents. Judy Woodruff talks to The Wall Street Journal’s Louise Radnofsky about the long-standing glitch that prompted the warning, reaction from immigration activists and who has the best chances of getting their policies renewed.
    Original Air Date: August 13, 2014
    HEALTH CARE  UPDATE  monitor
  • Are U.S. efforts spread too thin to succeed in Afghanistan?
    James Dobbins has just ended his second stint as the U.S. special representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan. He joins chief foreign correspondent Margaret Warner for a conversation about the consequences of the deadlocked election in Afghanistan, the looming drawdown of American troops and lessons from the Iraq war and other conflicts in the Middle East.
    Original Air Date: August 13, 2014
    Suicide bomb attack in Kabul
  • Lauren Bacall lit up the screen with glamour and strength
    Actress Lauren Bacall, who leapt into fame alongside Humphrey Bogart at the age of 19, embodied flinty, female independence as well as old Hollywood glamour. Ann Hornaday of The Washington Post joins Jeffrey Brown to recall Bacall’s mature screen presence, her infamous romance with Humphrey Bogart and the roles and directors that shaped her career.
    Original Air Date: August 13, 2014
    American screen star Lauren Bacall, pictured here circa 1945, died Aug. 12, 2014. Photo via John Kobal Foundation/Getty Images
  • Snowden fears Americans will get ‘NSA fatigue’
    NSA leaker Edward Snowden discloses in an extensive profile in Wired magazine that the U.S. government ran a top secret cyber-war program, which he claims could accidentally start a war. Gwen Ifill gets an update on Snowden and his latest revelations from the man who interviewed him, James Bamford of Wired.
    Original Air Date: August 13, 2014

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

  • Robin Williams made transformation look effortless
    The death of Robin Williams, beloved American comedian and actor, has sparked an outpouring of shock and sadness. Jeffrey Brown joins A. O. Scott of The New York Times and Budd Friedman, founder of Improv Comedy Club, to look back at the “exuberance, sweetness and generosity” of William’s talent.
    Original Air Date: August 12, 2014
    Robin Williams was nominated for his role as the teacher who inspired his students at an upper class prep school in the 1950s in "Dead Poets Society" (1989). Photo by Touchstone Pictures/Getty Images
  • Family of slain Mo. teen call for calm after violent protest
    For a second night, protests boiled over into violence in Ferguson, Missouri, after the fatal police shooting of an unarmed African-American teenager on Saturday. In a statement, President Obama said pain over the killing should be expressed in a way “that heals, not in a way that wounds.” For a closer look at the unrest, Judy Woodruff talks to Jim Salter of the Associated Press.
    Original Air Date: August 12, 2014
    Outrage In Missouri Town After Police Shooting Of 18-Yr-Old Man