Friday, May 20, 2016

  • New food labels emphasize calories, amount of ‘added sugar’
    The FDA rolled out new rules for nutrition labels on packaged foods and drinks Friday, designed to highlight the amount of “added sugar” and calories in a given product. The measures, which take effect this summer, are part of a new effort to combat obesity and diabetes. William Brangham talks to Allison Aubrey of NPR for more on what the changes represent and whether they will make a difference.
    Original Air Date: May 20, 2016
    The Nutrition Facts label is seen on a box of Raisin Bran at a store in New York February 27, 2014. Packaged foods sold in the United States would display calorie counts more prominently and include the amount of added sugar under a proposal to significantly update nutritional labels for the first time in 20 years as health officials seek to reduce obesity and combat related diseases such as diabetes. The Food and Drug Administration said on Thursday its proposal would also ensure that the amount of calories listed per serving reflects the portions that people typically eat. That change may result in per-serving calorie counts doubling for some foods such as ice cream. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid (UNITED STATES - Tags: HEALTH POLITICS BUSINESS) - RTR3FSVG

Thursday, May 19, 2016

  • Helping baby boomers find a meaningful second act
    Millions of Baby Boomer bosses across the nation are nearing retirement age, but an innovative new fellowship program at Harvard Business School aims to give them a second act. The Advanced Leadership Initiative helps former executives bring their professional acumen to bear on a range of social issues, from affordable food to an ebola vaccine. Economics correspondent Paul Solman reports.
    Original Air Date: May 19, 2016
  • Our long and winding road to understanding ‘The Gene’
    The field of genetics has seen exponential growth in recent years,, and today may be on the verge of further breakthroughs that will radically change the way we function as a species. But to understand genetics now, one must first understand its complex past dating back to the 19th century, a past chronicled in Sid Mukerjee’s new book “The Gene.” Mukerjee joins Judy Woodruff for more.
    Original Air Date: May 19, 2016
    DNA is a long code of instructions to build every tissue in our body. But there are little markers along the way that tell cells how to read the DNA. And those markers turn genes on and off, which could affect disease or even your personal preferences. Image by Scott Tysick/Getty Images
  • Crimean Muslim refugees feel welcome but it’s not home
    Ukraine’s Crimean Tatar Muslims have persevered through centuries of persecution, including a alleged Soviet-sponsored genocide in 1944. With Russia’s 2014 annexation of the Crimea, the Tatars are now facing renewed persecution in the form of government crackdowns and forced exile. Special correspondent Kira Kay reports in partnership with the Bureau for International Reporting.
    Original Air Date: May 19, 2016
    Crimean Tatars attend a Friday prayer at the mosque in Bakhchisaray March 14, 2014. Earlier this month, Tatars of Ukraine's Crimea came out in their thousands, chanting Allahu Akbar in a show of loyalty to the new authorities in Kiev and opposition to separatist demands by the region's Russian ethnic majority. But now, with Moscow's military forces having unexpectedly seized control, the indigenous Muslim people of the isolated Black Sea peninsula have all but vanished from the public square, keeping their heads down to avoid being sucked into war. REUTERS/David Mdzinarishvili (UKRAINE - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST RELIGION) - RTR3H3W0
  • PBS NewsHour full episode May 19, 2016
    Thursday on the NewsHour, EgyptAir Flight 804 disappears en route to Cairo, prompting an international search and speculation of terrorist involvement. Also: What a prolonged Democratic primary means for the general election, Harvard helps Baby Boomers find a second act, Crimean Muslims face Russian persecution, an intimate history of genetics and how life experiences influence Pell’s music.
    Original Air Date: May 19, 2016
    The EgyptAir plane scheduled to make the following flight from Paris to Cairo,  after flight MS804 disappeared from radar, taxies on the tarmac at Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris, France, May 19, 2016.    REUTERS/Christian Hartmann - RTSF09G
    May 19, 2016
  • News Wrap: LGBT worker protections lose by one vote in House
    In our news wrap Thursday, the fight for gay rights hit the House and failed by one vote. A scuttled amendment would have protected LGBT employees from discrimination by federal contractors. Democrats cried “shame!” and accused Republican leaders of delaying the vote until they knew they had enough “no” votes. Also, the Senate approved a bipartisan, $1.1 billion plan to fight the Zika virus.
    Original Air Date: May 19, 2016
    [UNVERIFIED CONTENT] Gay-rights activists gathered outside of the Supreme Court on the morning when the Court handed down its decision to overturn the Defense of Marriage Act.
  • An airliner lost, 66 people missing, and a hunt for clues
    EgyptAir Flight 804 was on a routine trip from Paris to Cairo when something went horribly wrong over the Mediterranean Sea. As it approached Egyptian airspace, the plane suddenly began flying erratically before disappearing altogether, prompting an international search effort Wednesday and speculation of terrorist involvement. John Yang reports.
    Original Air Date: May 19, 2016
    Egypt's Civil Aviation Minister Sherif Fathy speaks, after an EgyptAir plane vanished from radar en route from Paris to Cairo, during a news conference at headquarters of ministry in Cairo, Egypt May 19, 2016. REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El Ghany - RTSEZUU
  • Solving the mystery of vanished EgyptAir Flight 804
    The mysterious disappearance of EgyptAir Flight 804 and its 66 passengers somewhere over the Mediterranean Sea has left the international community scrambling for answers. For more on what could have happened to the flight, Hari Sreenivasan talks to former National Transportation Safety Board chair Deborah Hersman and former Deputy National Security Adviser Juan Zarate.
    Original Air Date: May 19, 2016
    The EgyptAir plane making the following flight from Paris to Cairo,  after flight MS804 disappeared from radar, takes off from Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris, France, May 19, 2016.    REUTERS/Christian Hartmann - RTSF0H5
  • ‘I will be the nominee for my party,’ says Hillary Clinton
    The Democratic race may still be ongoing, but Hillary Clinton doesn’t harbor much doubt about its outcome. In an interview with CNN, the front-runner declared that she will be the party’s nominee, though rival Sen. Bernie Sanders has given no sign of backing down. For more on what a prolonged primary fight means for Democrats in the fall, Judy Woodruff talks to Democratic strategist Bob Shrum.
    Original Air Date: May 19, 2016
    Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton greets supporters at Transylvania University in Lexington, Kentucky. Photo by Aaron P. Bernstein/Reuters
  • How ‘experimental soul’ has become artist’s guiding force
    Recording artist and producer Pell began making music to identify himself in a new place, as his family was forced to flee to Mississippi after Hurricane Katrina. That’s why he believes the goal of an artist is to tell their own story and define their own themes. Pell gives his Brief But Spectacular take on how life experience influences his music in a genre he calls “experimental soul.”
    Original Air Date: May 19, 2016

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

  • From Mt. St. Helens' volcanic ashes, Mother Nature rebuilds
    Wednesday marks the 36th anniversary of the deadliest volcanic event in U.S. history: the eruption of Mount St. Helens, which killed every living thing in a 230 mile radius. But the slopes around the volcano are now beginning to repopulate with plant and animal life, giving biologists a unique opportunity to watch an ecosystem develop in real time. Science correspondent Miles O’Brien reports.
    Original Air Date: May 18, 2016
  • Step aside Seinfeld — meet Mark Twain, the standup comic
    Mark Twain once said that “hunger is the handmaid of genius,” and he was speaking from personal experience. By 1894, Twain was an esteemed writer, an international celebrity -- and dead broke thanks to a few bad investments. To stave off debt, he embarked on the world’s first stand-up comedy tour, chronicled in Richard Zacks’ new book, “Chasing the Last Laugh.” Zacks joins Jeffrey Brown for more.
    Original Air Date: May 18, 2016
  • Primary drama overshadows congressional contests
    With so much airtime devoted to Donald Trump and the bruising Democratic drama, it’s easy to forget that November will also see pivotal battles for seats in Congress, battles a given presidential nominee could tip one way or the other. Judy Woodruff talks to Stuart Rothenberg of The Rothenberg & Gonzales Political Report and David Wasserman of The Cook Political Report for more.
    Original Air Date: May 18, 2016
    Speaker Paul Ryan announced late Tuesday an agreement between congressional leaders and the White House on a year-end tax and spending package that would fund the government through the 2016 budget year, raise domestic and defense spending, and increase the deficit by hundreds of billions of dollars by extending numerous popular tax credits without paying for them. Photo by Gary Cameron/Reuters
  • U.S. will help Libyans beat back Islamic State fighters
    Chaos has reigned in Libya since the deposition of Muammar Gaddafi in 2011, with multiple factions vying for power in the North African nation, including the Islamic State. Now, the U.S. has agreed to provide arms to the Libyan government to help it drive ISIS from the region. Judy Woodruff talks to Frederic Wehrey of the Carnegie Endowment for Peace for more on the situation in Libya.
    Original Air Date: May 18, 2016
    A member of the force assigned to protect Libya's unity government stands on a road leading to where the government has their offices, in Tripoli, Libya March 31, 2016. REUTERS/Ismail Zitouny       TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY - RTSCYLD
  • PBS NewsHour full episode May 18, 2016
    Wednesday on the NewsHour, the Obama administration orders sweeping overtime reforms. Also: The battle to drive the Islamic State from Libya, the new Veterans Affairs Department is plagued by old problems, what the presidential race means for November’s Congressional elections, why the Mount St. Helens eruption was a boon for biologists and how Mark Twain pioneered stand-up comedy.
    Original Air Date: May 18, 2016
    Dark office with many computers, one lit up
    May 18, 2016
  • When you work extra, you should be paid extra’ — Labor Dept.
    The White House pushed back Wednesday against critics who say its expansion of overtime eligibility could backfire and lead to wage stagnation and job loss. Instead, says Labor Secretary Thomas Perez, it will lift more Americans into the middle class. William Brangham talks with Perez for more.
    Original Air Date: May 18, 2016
    Woman handing man money
  • Veterans Affairs Dept. reformers find the fix is not in
    Two years ago, the Department of Veterans Affairs was rocked by scandal, thanks to reports of poor care and months-long wait periods in VA hospitals that led to VA Secretary Eric Shinseki’s resignation and sweeping reforms. But recent reports indicate that the same problems are emerging once more. Hari Sreenivasan talks to Quil Lawrence of NPR about why the new system is plagued by old issues.
    Original Air Date: May 18, 2016
    The sign of the Department of Veteran Affairs is seen in front of the headquarters building in Washington, May 23, 2014.      REUTERS/Larry Downing   (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS MILITARY) - RTR3QKNG
  • News Wrap: Trump reveals his prospective Supreme Court picks
    In our news wrap Wednesday, presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump worked on his conservative credentials by issuing a list of 11 prospective Supreme Court nominees — three women and eight men, all white. Also, National Intelligence Director James Clapper revealed that the presidential candidates have already been the targets of sophisticated hack attacks and foreign cyber espionage.
    Original Air Date: May 18, 2016
    U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump arrives for a meeting with former US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger in New York City, U.S. May 18, 2016.  REUTERS/Brendan McDermid - RTSEWH3
  • Obama Labor decree makes millions more eligible for overtime
    For the first time since 2004, the federal government is changing the earnings threshold that governs who is eligible for overtime pay. Some Republicans and business advocates warn that the rules change could turn out to be a job killer. Judy Woodruff reports.
    Original Air Date: May 18, 2016
    U.S. dollar bills are seen on a light table at the Bureau of Engraving and Printing in Washington, November 14, 2014.    REUTERS/Gary Cameron/File Photo - RTX2BDR2

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

  • Strides made, but black-white equality chasm remains — study
    The title of the Urban League’s 40th annual "State of Black America" report is as stark as some of its numbers: "Locked Out: Education, Jobs & Justice." While much has changed, the report finds disparities between blacks and whites have barely budged. Hari Sreenivasan talks to the league’s Marc Morial about why its “equality index” for blacks stands at just 72% of that of whites.
    Original Air Date: May 17, 2016
    A large crowd marches from Baltimore City Hall to the scene of unrest earlier in the week, in Baltimore, Maryland May 2, 2015. Thousands of people took to the streets of Baltimore on Saturday as anger over the death of young black man Freddie Gray turned to hopes for change following swift criminal charges against six police officers. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson - RTX1BA9P
  • Endangered butterfly finds salvation in a women’s prison
    You may have heard about how the honey bee’s decline is threatening the world’s food crops. Well they’re not the only pollinators in trouble. The Taylor’s checkerspot butterfly was also facing extinction in the face of its shrinking prairie habitat. But thanks to an innovative breeding program at a women’s prison outside Seattle, it’s making a comeback. Special correspondent Cat Wise reports.
    Original Air Date: May 17, 2016
    This Baltimore checkerspot butterfly was the only one to be released after it was gently blown on and hand-warmed, June 23, 2011 in Batavia, Illinois. Seventy-nine imperiled Baltimore checkerspot butterflies were set to be released in the natural prairie and marsh area on the grounds of the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory. Cool and windy weather prevented the release because of the danger of wet butterflies not surviving. (Chuck Berman/Chicago Tribune/MCT via Getty Images)
  • Teaching ‘different is okay’ to combat Islamophobia
    According to a new study, some 50 percent of all Muslim students in the U.S. have been bullied by their peers. In mostly-white St. Cloud, Minnesota — where thousands of east African refugees have relocated — the problem got so bad that Muslim students walked out of the city’s high school en masse. John Tulenko of Education Week takes a look at the intersection of education and Islamophobia.
    Original Air Date: May 17, 2016
  • PBS NewsHour full episode May 17, 2016
    Tuesday on the NewsHour, a string of deadly terror attacks leave Baghdad reeling. Also: A fight at Nevada’s Democratic convention between Clinton and Sanders loyalists may signal a greater divide, when education and Islamophobia collide, a look at the state of black America, the Episcopal Church faces change, the checkerspot butterfly’s comeback and scuba divers make an an incredible discovery.
    Original Air Date: May 17, 2016
    Members of the Sinjar Resistance Units (YBS), a militia affiliated with the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), detonate improvised explosive devices captured from Islamic State fighters near village of Umm al-Dhiban, northern Iraq, April 30, 2016. They share little more than an enemy and struggle to communicate on the battlefield, but together two relatively obscure groups have opened up a new front against Islamic State militants in a remote corner of Iraq. The unlikely alliance between the Sinjar Resistance Units, an offshoot of a leftist Kurdish organisation, and Abdulkhaleq al-Jarba, a Arab tribal militia is a measure of the extent to which Islamic State has upended the regional order. Across Iraq and Syria, new groups have emerged where old powers have waned, competing to claim fragments of territory from Islamic State and complicating the outlook when they win. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic SEARCH "YBS TOMASEVIC" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "THE WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES - RTX2DRS6
    May 17, 2016
  • News Wrap: Senate okays bill to let 9/11 families sue Saudis
    In our news wrap Tuesday, the Senate passed legislation opposed by the White House that would let the families of 9/11 victims sue Saudi Arabia’s government for alleged complicity in the 2001 terror attacks. Also, the NTSB found operator error — a distracted driver — is to blame for last year’s deadly Amtrak crash in Philadelphia.
    Original Air Date: May 17, 2016
    A group of firefighters walk amid rubble near the base of the destroyed
south tower of the World Trade Center in New York in this file photo
from September 11, 2001. This year's anniversary of the September 11
attacks in New York and Washington will echo the first one, with
silence for the moments the planes struck and when the buildings fell,
and the reading of 2,792 victims' names. REUTERS/Peter Morgan-Files

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  • Was Nevada Democratic party fight sign of trouble to come?
    Tuesday saw Democrats in Kentucky and Oregon go to the polls, but the real electoral drama unfolded over the weekend, as Hillary Clinton’s and Bernie Sanders’ supporters clashed at the Nevada state Democratic convention, possibly signaling a greater divide within the party. Hari Sreenivasan talks to Susan Page of USA Today and Jon Ralston of Ralston Live for more.
    Original Air Date: May 17, 2016
    Supporters cheer for U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders at a campaign rally in Stockton, California, United States, May 10, 2016. REUTERS/Max Whittaker - RTX2DPLB
  • Divers find ancient Roman shipwreck off Israel’s coast
    In our NewsHour Shares moment of the day, two scuba divers made the find of a lifetime — a 1,600-year-old Roman shipwreck off the coast of Israel and a cache of ancient artifacts inside. It was the largest discovery of its kind in three decades. Also, the world’s longest-performing symphony musician, Jane Little, died at age 87 after collapsing on stage during a show.
    Original Air Date: May 17, 2016
  • New Episcopal church leader reflects on church challenges
    Last November, the Most Reverend Michael Curry became presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church, one of the oldest Christian denominations in the U.S. Curry’s ascension comes at a time of crisis and change, and the church, like most mainline Protestant congregations, is facing declining membership. Judy Woodruff talks to Curry about how he plans to tackle these challenges.
    Original Air Date: May 17, 2016
    The Rev. Michael Bruce Curry (facing camera) prepares for his Installation Ceremony, by Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori, at the Washington National Cathedral, in Washington, November 1, 2015. Curry becomes the first African-American Episcopal presiding bishop, after previoulsy serving as Bishop of North Carolina.               REUTERS/Mike Theiler - RTX1UA4Y
  • ISIS bombings in Baghdad a new challenge for Iraq’s military
    State fighters unleashed a new wave of bombings Tuesday in Baghdad, attacks that have turned the Iraqi capital into a killing field. The casualties -- at least 200 civilians dead in the last week alone -- have put a new strain on the military, which has recaptured vast swathes of territory from ISIS but now may have to pull units back to secure the city. William Brangham reports.
    Original Air Date: May 17, 2016
    Iraqi security forces and people gather at the site of a car bomb attack in Baghdad's mainly Shi'ite district of Sadr City, Iraq, May 17, 2016. REUTERS/Khalid al Mousily - RTSENY2