Monday, January 16, 2017

  • How a Georgia county became a site of racial cleansing
    In 1912, news of a violent sexual assault enraged the residents of Georgia's Forsyth County and led to a lynching and the execution of two African American teens, as well as a campaign of terror to drive out the entire black community. Special correspondent Duarte Geraldino talks with Patrick Phillips, author of “Blood at the Root,” about healing from a history of racial cleansing.
    Original Air Date: January 16, 2017

Sunday, January 15, 2017

  • Officers are less willing to use force, survey shows
    “Behind the Badge,” a survey of 8,000 officers released by the Pew Research Center last week, found that 76 percent of respondents have become more reluctant to use force following several high-profile police shootings. It also found that 72 percent were less likely to stop and question someone they found “suspicious.” Co-author of the report Kim Parker joins Alison Stewart to discuss the trends.
    Original Air Date: January 15, 2017
  • Why 100 days is a benchmark for presidential performance
    While a presidential term lasts four years, the accomplishments of a president’s first 100 days have become the measure of a successful start. The tradition, which dates back to Franklin D. Roosevelt’s presidency, has been extended to President-elect Donald Trump, who laid out a 100-day action plan in October. NewsHour Weekend Special Correspondent Jeff Greenfield has more.
    Original Air Date: January 15, 2017
  • If kratom helps opioid addicts, why might DEA outlaw it?
    The national epidemic of opioid abuse has claimed more than 300,000 lives in the U.S. over the last 16 years -- and some researchers claim that kratom, an herbal psychoactive drug that is currently unregulated, could help people struggling with addiction. But federal drug policy-makers may classify kratom as an illegal drug. NewsHour Weekend Special Correspondent Mike Taibbi reports.
    Original Air Date: January 19, 2017

Saturday, January 14, 2017

  • Why Obama failed to close Guantanamo
    In his 2008 run for the White House, President Barack Obama promised to shut down the prison for suspected terrorists in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and on his second full day as president he issued an executive order to close it within a year. Eight years later, that has not happened, though the number of people imprisoned there has dropped from 242 to 55. Carol Rosenberg of the Miami Herald joins Alison Stewart.
    Original Air Date: January 14, 2017
  • Sadiq Khan, London’s first Muslim mayor, on connecting citizens
    Sadiq Khan worked as a human rights lawyer and as a member of the British Parliament before he was elected mayor of London in May, making history as the first Muslim to serve in the position. Khan is also the first Muslim to lead any Western capital city. NewsHour Weekend Special Correspondent David Tereshchuk interviewed Khan for the PBS program
    Original Air Date: January 14, 2017
  • Homeless veterans take refuge at Arizona encampment
    A camp in Tucson, Arizona, serves about 20 homeless people, the majority of them U.S. military veterans seeking shelter, food, camaraderie and refuge from the streets. The camp, run by the group Veterans on Patrol, has grown with the help of donations from local companies and residents. Mitchell Riley reports for Arizona Public Media.
    Original Air Date: January 14, 2017

Friday, January 13, 2017

  • What we don’t know after week dominated by Russia questions
    Russia loomed over this week’s congressional hearings. What kind of investigation is needed to look into unverified reports that Russia has information on the president-elect? And why didn’t the White House do more early on to stop Russian hacking? Steve Inskeep speaks with David Ignatius of The Washington Post, who has been compiling unanswered questions about each of the players.
    Original Air Date: January 13, 2017
  • How a veteran at retelling true stories made ‘Patriots Day’
    “Patriots Day” recounts the 2013 Boston marathon bombing and subsequent manhunt. Although the film is not a documentary, it aims to stay very true to the real events. For director Peter Berg, it’s his third film based on a story ripped from the headlines. Jeffrey Brown talks to Berg about the responsibility to get it right.
    Original Air Date: January 13, 2017
  • Obama leaves complicated legacy in the Middle East
    President Obama came into office with a desire to wind down America’s wars overseas. Today the Middle East is a far more volatile place than it was. Chief foreign affairs correspondent Margaret Warner reports and Judy Woodruff gets an assessment from Gen. David Petraeus, former Assistant Secretary of State Philip Gordon, and Eric Edelman, former State and Defense Department official.
    Original Air Date: January 13, 2017
  • Shields and Brooks on Russian intrigue in American politics
    It was a packed week of congressional hearings for President-elect Donald Trump’s Cabinet nominees, with inauguration days away. Judy Woodruff speaks with syndicated columnist Mark Shields and New York Times columnist David Brooks about the Russian intrigue in U.S. politics, the future of Mr. Trump’s relationship to his business and saying goodbye to President Obama.
    Original Air Date: January 13, 2017

Thursday, January 12, 2017

  • In hearings, Mattis and Pompeo differ on Iran nuclear deal
    Gen. James Mattis was well received by the Senate Armed Services Committee, with whom he discussed threats from China and the Islamic State, as well as women in combat roles. In front of the Senate Intelligence Committee, Mike Pompeo disavowed "enhanced interrogation” techniques. Both nominees also addressed the Iran nuclear deal. Chief foreign affairs correspondent Margaret Warner reports.
    Original Air Date: January 12, 2017
  • Is Obama’s economic legacy one of missed chances or success?
    What is President Obama’s economic legacy? Did his efforts to turn the country around after the 2008 financial crisis constitute a robust recovery, or too little, too late? Economics correspondent Paul Solman assembled a panel of economic experts to discuss employment across racial groups, the types of jobs created and the obstacles the president faced in enacting his economic agenda.
    Original Air Date: January 12, 2017
  • What kind of threat does Russia pose to the U.S.?
    President-elect Trump has said he would like to improve relations with Russia. But his choice for defense secretary, Gen. James Mattis, views Russia as America’s number one threat. What’s the reality of the White House-Kremlin dynamic? Steve Inskeep discusses with Evelyn Farkas, a former Defense Department official, and Michael McFaul, former U.S. ambassador to Russia.
    Original Air Date: January 12, 2017
  • How a senior Obama adviser views his record
    Continuing in our series of meetings with top officials in the Obama administration as it comes to a close, Judy Woodruff sits down with Valerie Jarrett, senior adviser to the president. She discusses his agenda successes and failures, her criticism that Republicans fell short in engaging in compromise, the new president-elect, the Obama presidential library and more.
    Original Air Date: January 12, 2017
  • Depicting globalization through art 'full of contradiction'
    A “Wind Sculpture” by visual artist Yinka Shonibare MBE was recently installed in front of the National Museum of African Art in Washington, D.C. It’s the seventh in Shonibare's series of vibrantly colored and patterned public artworks that are made of fiberglass, but look like cloth. Jeffrey Brown talks to Shonibare about his interest in depicting globalization and what he asks of his viewers.
    Original Air Date: January 12, 2017
  • What this classical pianist learned from Ray Charles
    “Music entered my life before I knew it,” says classical pianist Jean Stark. Stark grew up in Belgium during what she calls a “golden time” for classical music and was granted a scholarship by the queen herself, who recognized Stark’s enormous potential. This is her Brief But Spectacular take on playing, listening and what she learned from Ray Charles.
    Original Air Date: January 12, 2017

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

  • Are reports of an alleged Russian dossier on Trump credible?
    On Tuesday evening, CNN reported unsubstantiated claims that Russian intelligence compiled a dossier on the president-elect during his visits to Moscow; BuzzFeed later published 35 pages of content from the alleged dossier. But Mr. Trump dismissed the developments as “fake news.” Judy Woodruff speaks with former NSA lawyer Susan Hennessey and former CIA officer John Sipher for analysis.
    Original Air Date: January 11, 2017
  • Can Trump keep his company without conflicts of interest?
    President-elect Trump says he’s going above and beyond in mitigating potential conflicts between his government office and his private interests. But is his plan for his sons to manage his company while he retains ownership sufficient? Steve Inskeep discusses with Norman Eisen, former special counsel to President Obama, and Richard Painter, former associate counsel to President George W. Bush.
    Original Air Date: January 11, 2017
  • In news conference, Trump talks health care, Russia rumors
    On Wednesday, the president-elect gave his first news conference in six months, from New York. During the session, he described his intention to quickly repeal and replace Obamacare, blasted reports that Russia has compromising intelligence on him and dismissed CNN as a source of “fake news.” John Yang provides an on-the-ground perspective from Trump Tower.
    Original Air Date: January 11, 2017
  • Tillerson says U.S., Russia can have warmer relationship
    ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson, the president-elect’s nominee for secretary of state, appeared before the Senate Wednesday for the start of his confirmation hearings. Senators quickly focused on Russia, questioning if Tillerson had too cozy a relationship with the Kremlin; he countered that his business experience and familiarity with the country offer a strategic advantage. Margaret Warner reports.
    Original Air Date: January 11, 2017
  • Obama’s ‘bold, yet fragile’ climate legacy
    President Obama is passionate, and vocal, about combating climate change. As his tenure draws to a close, science correspondent Miles O’Brien reviews the administration's environmental policy -- from the 2009 “cap-and-trade” climate bill, to the 2015 Paris accord, to executive orders on greenhouse gas emissions -- in assessing the president's legacy.
    Original Air Date: January 11, 2017

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

  • Watch President Barack Obama's full farewell speech
    President Barack Obama delivered his farewell address Tuesday from Chicago, where he launched his political career eight years ago. NewsHour's Judy Woodruff is joined by syndicated columnist Mark Shields, Chairman of the American Conservative Union Matt Schlapp, and Harvard University historian Annette Gordon-Reed for analysis of the outgoing president's speech.
    Original Air Date: January 10, 2017
  • Struggling schools benefit from adding art to learning
    At Renew Cultural Arts Academy, students put their multiplication tables to song, while eighth graders use the musical “Hamilton” to study debate. The public charter school’s curriculum is a product of a federal effort to use arts education to boost achievement in the nation’s lowest performing schools. Jeffrey Brown reports.
    Original Air Date: January 10, 2017
  • Can a president’s farewell speech help write history?
    President Obama will deliver a farewell address to the nation in Chicago on Tuesday evening. Why do presidents give goodbye remarks? Judy Woodruff gets historical context on past speeches and the shaping of political legacy from presidential historian Michael Beschloss and Annette Gordon-Reed of Harvard University Law School.
    Original Air Date: January 10, 2017
  • How Obama left his mark on the criminal justice system
    President Obama has commuted the sentences of more federal prisoners than any other president, and he’s on track to leave far fewer federal inmates in federal prison since the 1960s. Hari Sreenivasan offers a look through the life of a former prisoner. Then William Brangham gets an assessment from Wesley Lowery of The Washington Post and former Florida attorney general Bill McCullum.
    Original Air Date: January 10, 2017
  • In hearing, Sessions says he’ll put law above his own views
    It’s the first day of confirmation hearings for President-elect Donald Trump’s Cabinet. Attorney general nominee Republican Sen. Jeff Sessions spent the day before the Senate Judiciary Committee defending his views on race and civil rights and separating himself from the president-elect’s campaign statements. Lisa Desjardins reports from Capitol Hill and joins Judy Woodruff for more.
    Original Air Date: January 10, 2017
  • Intelligence chiefs offer case on Russian hacking at Senate
    The nation’s top intelligence officials appeared publically before the Senate Intelligence Committee, days after the release of a report on the alleged role of Russian influence during the presidential election. Chief foreign affairs correspondent Margaret Warner reports.
    Original Air Date: January 10, 2017

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