Tuesday, May 31, 2016

  • Violence flares in Rio’s slums months before Summer Olympics
    As Brazil prepares for its first Olympic Games, violence is flaring in the notorious favelas surrounding Rio de Janeiro. While a paramilitary policing initiative known as “pacification” stemmed the tide of drugs and crime for a while, economic downturn and widespread police brutality have once again turned the slum districts into war zones. Special correspondent Lulu Garcia-Navarro of NPR reports.
    Original Air Date: May 31, 2016
    Supporters of former Brazilian president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva confront police officers during a protest in front of Lula's apartment in Sao Bernardo do Campo, Brazil March 4, 2016. REUTERS/Paulo Whitaker - RTS9ADN
  • Obama to highlight economic progress in NewsHour town hall
    Elkhart, Indiana, was one of the cities hit worst by the financial crisis in 2009 and was the first city President Obama visited after taking office, though the city remains deeply divided along partisan lines. Obama will return to Elkhart Wednesday to review the city’s economic progress and participate in an interview and town hall moderated by the NewsHour’s Gwen Ifill. John Yang reports.
    Original Air Date: May 31, 2016
    U.S. President Barack Obama takes part in a town hall meeting at Concord Community High School in Elkhart, Indiana, February 9, 2009.    REUTERS/Jim Young    (UNITED STATES) - RTXBFGO
  • Vermont voters to decide on historic school merger plan
    In Vermont, voters will decide next week whether to okay the largest public school reorganization in 125 years. A new ballot measure would merge smaller schools and do away with perks that let parents use tax dollars to send their kids to private schools, even in Canada. Opposition is fierce, but advocates say it’ll cut costs and strengthen public schools. John Tulenko of Education Week reports.
    Original Air Date: May 31, 2016
    Vermont Education Secretary Rebecca Holcombe talks to elementary school students gathered for an announcement about community eligibility for free/reduced lunch for schoolchildren at the Barre City Elementary and Middle School in Barre, Vermont September 8, 2014. It's not often that the good folks who run the nation's state education departments are publicly praised for a job well done. But then there's Vermont Education Secretary Holcombe. A few weeks back, highly regarded education critic Diane Ravitch called Holcombe a "hero" in her blog for refusing the federal government's offer of a waiver under the No Child Left Behind Act. Specifically: publicly hammering U.S. education policy for the way it hammers teachers and students. Picture taken September 8, 2014.    REUTERS/Brian Snyder  (UNITED STATES - Tags: EDUCATION SOCIETY POLITICS) - RTR45KRV
  • An Abu Ghraib ‘enhanced’ interrogator has a change of heart
    The military’s use of “enhanced interrogation” techniques against suspected terrorists has always been a contentious topic, and now many of its former proponents are having second thoughts. Eric Fair served as an interrogator with a private contractor in Iraq, and his new book “Consequences” reflects on the work he has come to regret. Fair joins Judy Woodruff to explain his change of heart.
    Original Air Date: May 31, 2016
    District of Columbia Anti-War Network activists take part in a demonstration to oppose "American violations of international human rights" at the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq by U.S. military personnel in front of the U.S. Supreme Court in this February 9, 2005 file photo. Nearly two-thirds of Americans believe torture can be justified to extract information from suspected terrorists, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll, a level of support similar to that seen in countries like Nigeria where militant attacks are common. To match Exclusive USA-ELECTION/TORTURE  REUTERS/Larry Downing/Files - RTSCTAR
  • Interview and Town Hall with President Obama
    PBS NewsHour's Gwen Ifill will sit down for an exclusive interview with President Barack Obama on Wednesday, June 1 at , at 8/7c in Elkhart, Indiana. It will follow with a town hall, during which local residents will ask questions of the president.
    Original Air Date: June 1, 2016
    U.S. President Barack Obama takes part in a town hall meeting at Concord Community High School in Elkhart, Indiana, February 9, 2009.    REUTERS/Jim Young    (UNITED STATES) - RTXBFGO

Monday, May 30, 2016

  • Will Libertarian ticket impact the 2016 presidential race?
    Amy Walter of The Cook Political Report and Tamara Keith of NPR join John Yang to discuss the latest in politics, including how the Libertarian party ticket of Gary Johnson and Bill Weld can make a difference in the presidential race, the topsy-turvy internal divisions within the GOP, and what Sen. Bernie Sanders’ last stand in California means for Democrats.
    Original Air Date: May 30, 2016
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  • The growing economic power of Latino-Americans
    While much of the rhetoric regarding Latinos this election cycle has focused on the divisive issue of immigration, a bipartisan group is out to change the narrative. The Latino Donor Collaborative aims to emphasize the growing economic power of Latino-Americans, and the potent political force they can become. John Yang talks to co-founders Henry Cisneros and Sal Trujillo for more.
    Original Air Date: May 30, 2016
    Protesters picket outside the event site before Republican U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump begins a rally with supporters in Albuquerque, New Mexico, U.S. May 24, 2016.  REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst - RTSFRWE
  • The high art of political stagecraft in the age of optics
    In this age of internet media and 24 hour news coverage, visuals can make or break a given political campaign, press conference or White House event. The latter is of special significance to former White House aide Josh King, whose new book “Off Script” is a personal narrative of the importance of imagery in an era of perpetual optics. Judy Woodruff talks to King for more.
    Original Air Date: May 30, 2016
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  • Hulk Hogan, media ethics and the battling Internet moguls
    When Hulk Hogan won $140 million in court from millionaire Nick Denton’s Gawker Media after it published video of him having sex, the verdict raised serious questions about journalistic ethics. Hogan’s suit was funded by Peter Thiel, the billionaire founder of PayPal who Gawker outed as gay a decade earlier. Hari Sreenivasan talks to Wired’s Jason Tanz for more on the case and its implications.
    Original Air Date: May 30, 2016
    Terry Bollea, aka Hulk Hogan, sits in court during his trial against Gawker Media, in St Petersburg, Florida March 17, 2016.  New York based media company Gawker is being sued for $100 million by wrestling celebrity Hogan, who says the release of a sex tape violated his privacy.  REUTERS/Dirk Shadd/Tampa Bay Times/Pool via Reuters - RTSAY9R
  • Using poetry to shed light on the worst of memories
    Just over a century ago, the Armenian Genocide saw the expulsion and death of at least 1.5 million people in what was then the Ottoman Empire. Among those affected was Pulitzer-winning poet Peter Balakian’s family, which did its best to repress memories of the tragedy. Balakian used poetry to help him cope as he discovered the trauma of his history, and he joins Jeffrey Brown to explain how.
    Original Air Date: May 30, 2016
    Demonstrators attend a torch-bearing march marking the centenary of the mass killing of Armenians by Ottoman Turks in Yerevan, Armenia April 24, 2015. Armenia marked the centenary on Friday of a mass killing of Armenians by Ottoman Turks with a simple flower-laying ceremony attended by foreign leaders as Germany became the latest country to respond to its calls for recognition that it was genocide. Turkey denies the killing of up to 1.5 million Armenians in what is now Turkey in 1915, at the height of World War One, constitutes genocide and relations with Armenia are still blighted by the dispute. REUTERS/David Mdzinarishvili      TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY      - RTX1A6G8

Sunday, May 29, 2016

  • What to expect during the California primary
    The 475 pledged delegates at stake in the Democratic race for the presidential nomination in California will be awarded in proportion to the popular vote. But even if Hillary Clinton loses to Bernie Sanders, she is likely to clinch the nomination, since she only needs 73 to go over the top. Christina Bellatoni, L.A. Times’ assistant managing editor for politics, joins Lisa Desjardins to discuss.
    Original Air Date: May 29, 2016
    Voting machine operator Robin Coffee-Ruff hands a sticker to a voter who cast his ballot at West Philadelphia High School on U.S. midterm election day morning in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, November 4, 2014.  REUTERS/Mark Makela (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS ELECTIONS) - RTR4CT7R
  • How the Dutch are working to stop radicalization of Muslim youth
    Following recent attacks in Paris and Brussels, some European countries are backing initiatives by religious leaders, community organizations and law enforcement to prevent radicalization. NewsHour's Hari Sreenivasan reports on the Netherlands' efforts to stop Muslim youth from joining the Islamic State.
    Original Air Date: May 29, 2016
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  • Drug tests present major hurdle for employers
    As the unemployment rate drops across the country, employers are running into another problem – finding potential job candidates who will take and pass drug tests. Even though the country is amid an opioid epidemic, employers say marijuana has been the biggest hurdle. New York Times reporter Jackie Calmes talks to Hari Sreenivasan about her reporting on the issue.
    Original Air Date: May 29, 2016
    Medical marijuana plants are pictured as they dry in the Los Angeles area. Photo by Mario Anzuoni/Reuters

Saturday, May 28, 2016

  • Iraqi forces fight to reclaim ISIS-held cities
    The Islamic State’s most recent advances in northern Syria are some of the group’s biggest in two years, according to human rights leaders. And for the sixth day in a row, Iraqi forces, backed by U.S. airstrikes, battled militants in and around Fallujah, less than 40 miles from Baghdad. For more on the situation on the ground in Iraq, Washington Post reporter Missy Ryan in Baghdad joins Lisa Desjardins to discuss.
    Original Air Date: May 28, 2016
    Shi'ite fighters and Iraqi security forces advance towards Falluja, Iraq, May 25, 2016.  REUTERS/Thaier Al-Sudani - RTSFX33
  • Alzheimer’s could be caused by past infections
    More than five million Americans live with Alzheimer’s, a degenerative brain disease, and it is also the fifth leading cause of death for people over 65 years old in the U.S. A new study suggests it may stem from the brain’s past attempts to fight off infections. Rob Moir, one of the study’s authors, joins Lisa Desjardins to discuss.
    Original Air Date: May 28, 2016
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  • How South Dakota is luring attorneys to remote areas
    As more and more states struggle with declining rural populations, these areas are experiencing an acute challenge in hiring and retaining lawyers. PBS NewsHour Weekend correspondent Christopher Booker travels to South Dakota to find out about a state program that is offering money to attract attorneys to more remote parts of the state.
    Original Air Date: May 28, 2016
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Friday, May 27, 2016

  • Shields and Brooks on Obama’s historic Hiroshima visit
    Syndicated columnist Mark Shields and New York Times columnist David Brooks join Judy Woodruff to discuss the week in politics, including President Obama’s groundbreaking visit to Hiroshima and subsequent call for nuclear disarmament, Donald Trump’s rapidly-normalizing relations with the GOP and how Hillary Clinton can use Elizabeth Warren to counter Trump’s vitriolic rhetoric.
    Original Air Date: May 27, 2016
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  • News Wrap: G-7 leaders hit Beijing on South China Sea spat
    In our news wrap Friday, the G-7 summit in Japan ended with world leaders calling for peaceful resolutions to territorial disputes, a clear warning against China’s bid to expand its reach in the South China Sea by building man-made islands. Also, the UN Nuclear Agency reported Iran is honoring all its major obligations under the nuclear deal it signed with world powers last year.
    Original Air Date: May 27, 2016
    Chinese dredging vessels are purportedly seen in the waters around Fiery Cross Reef in the disputed Spratly Islands in the South China Sea in this still image from video taken by a P-8A Poseidon surveillance aircraft provided by the United States Navy May 21, 2015. U.S. Navy/Handout via Reuters/File Photo ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS PICTURE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. EDITORIAL USE ONLY.     TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY      - RTX2DL2O
  • A look at world’s nuclear reality, 70 years after Hiroshima
    President Obama used his unprecedented visit to Hiroshima to call attention to the grave threat nuclear weapons still pose to the world. Judy Woodruff talks to former Assistant Secretary of State Stephen Rademaker and Rachel Bronson of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists about that threat — and the president’s own nuclear legacy.
    Original Air Date: May 27, 2016
    The gutted Hiroshima Prefectural Industrial Promotion Hall, currently known as Atomic Bomb Dome or A-Bomb Dome, is seen after the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, Japan, on August 6, 1945, in this handout photo taken by U.S. Army in November, 1945, and distributed by the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum. Mandatory credit REUTERS/U.S. Army/Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum/Handout via Reuters  ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVE. MANDATORY CREDIT. SEARCH "HIROSHIMA ARCHIVE" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "THE WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES    TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY - RTSF5GY
  • ‘Top Chef’ Tom Colicchio on staggering U.S. food waste
    The United States wastes roughly 70 billion pounds of food every year, an estimated quarter of all food produced in the country. Now, TV “Top Chef” Tom Colicchio aims to bring the issue to the highest levels of government with his “Food Policy Action” group. Political director Lisa Desjardins talks to Colicchio about how he plans to end American food wastage.
    Original Air Date: May 27, 2016
    Head judge Tom Colicchio poses at the A Night with "Top Chef" presented by Watch What Happens Live! at the Leonard H. Goldenson Theatre in North Hollywood, California May 1, 2014. REUTERS/Danny Moloshok (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT HEADSHOT) - RTR3NHFU
  • 'Courtroom dogs' help child crime victims tell their stories
    Getting child crime victims to open up is never easy for investigators and asking them to tell their stories to a jury can be brutally traumatizing. To help these kids overcome their fears, some courtrooms across the country are employing comfort dogs, canine companions who take the stand alongside them to calm and bolster their spirits. Special correspondent Kathleen McCleery reports.
    Original Air Date: May 27, 2016
    Patient Isabelle Stadella hughs Joca, a therapeutically trained dog, during a therapy session at Hospital Infantil Sabara in Sao Paulo October 18, 2013. A therapy dog is a dog trained to provide affection and comfort to patients in hospitals. Picture taken October 18, 2013. REUTERS/Nacho Doce (BRAZIL - Tags: ANIMALS HEALTH SOCIETY TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY) - RTX155V1

Thursday, May 26, 2016

  • Trump, Obama trade barbs as GOP billionaire nails nomination
    On the day Donald Trump appeared to have clinched the number of pledged delegates required for the GOP nomination, he delivered a major energy address that criticized President Obama as much as it did Hillary Clinton. Obama returned the favor, telling the international media that world leaders are afraid of a “President Trump.” John Yang reports.
    Original Air Date: May 26, 2016
    U.S. President Barack Obama attends a news conference during the 2016 Ise-Shima G7 Summit in Shima, Japan May 26, 2016. REUTERS/Carlos Barria - RTX2EA7I
  • Ecuador looks to rebuild after devastating earthquake
    It’s been just over a month since a deadly earthquake devastated Ecuador’s Pacific coast, destroying thousands of buildings and impacting at least a quarter-million people. As the government struggles with recovery costs and moves to rebuild, the disaster has also highlighted the need for tougher buildings codes — and enforcement. Special correspondents Bruno Frederico and Nadja Drost report.
    Original Air Date: May 26, 2016
    A man observes a building, that had been severely damaged in a magnitude 7.8 earthquake last month, but suffered more damages after two tremors struck Ecuador's coast in Manta, Ecuador, May 18, 2016. REUTERS/Patricio Ramos EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVES. - RTSEXB2
  • U.S. innovators dogged by money-grubbing ‘patent trolls’
    The U.S. economy is driven by innovation, but unwelcome “patent trolls” are gunking up the system. Patent reform bills sit idle in Congress as the “trolls” set up companies for the sole purpose, critics say, of shaking down inventors while never creating anything. “We just have to write 'em a check so they'll go away,” says one disgusted app maker. Economics correspondent Paul Solman reports.
    Original Air Date: May 26, 2016
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  • New ‘superbug’ becomes first drug-proof bacteria to hit U.S
    A 49-year-old Pennsylvania woman has been found carrying a strain of E. coli that is resistant to last-resort antibiotics, which researchers say marks the first appearance of a drug-proof bacteria on U.S. soil. Scientists in Pennsylvania are working with the Centers for Disease Control to find a way to fight the superbug. Hari Sreenivasan talks to Dr. Beth Bell of the CDC for more.
    Original Air Date: May 26, 2016
    MRSA (Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus) bacteria strain is seen in a petri dish containing agar jelly for bacterial culture in a microbiological laboratory in Berlin March 1, 2008. MRSA is a drug-resistant "superbug", which can cause deadly infections.    REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch (GERMANY) - RTR1XRUZ
  • World leaders wary of a Donald Trump presidency
    Donald Trump’s rise to the top of the Republican party has perturbed many observers in the U.S., but how is the international community reacting to the New York billionaire? Judy Woodruff talks to Geoff Dyer of the Financial Times, Joyce Karam of Al-Hayat and Alan Gomez of USA Today for more on how the GOP nominee is perceived around the globe.
    Original Air Date: May 26, 2016
    (From L) Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, French President Francois Hollande, US President Barack Obama, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker , European Council President Donald Tusk, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and British Prime Minister David Cameron walk out to the family photo event during the first day of the Group of Seven (G7) summit meetings in Ise Shima, Japan, May 26, 2016. REUTERS/Jim Watson/Pool - RTX2E9NR
  • D.C.’s music scene goes ‘Live at 9:30’
    For more than 30 years, D.C.’s 9:30 Club has been widely acclaimed as one of the best music venues in the country, topping Billboard’s annual club rankings an unprecedented 11 times. Now, the new PBS show “Live at 9:30” sets out to give viewers a firsthand look at great performances past and present, while also hearkening back to the golden era of variety television. Jeffrey Brown reports.
    Original Air Date: May 26, 2016
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  • Funnyman Tim Heidecker wants you to stop stealing content
    Comedian Tim Heidecker’s style has been described by critics as absurd, offensive, disgusting anti-comedy, but Heidecker politely disagrees. What he considers not funny, however, is the theft of his and other performers’ content. Illegal downloads makes it tougher for him and his team to make more comedy. Heidecker gives his Brief But Spectacular take on why people should pay for things.
    Original Air Date: May 26, 2016
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