Thursday, March 31, 2016

  • Oil-rich Venezuela suffers as global prices plummet
    Falling oil prices around the world are usually considered a good thing. But for countries whose economies depend on oil exports, the price drop means impending catastrophe. Scott Tong of Marketplace recently traveled to Venezuela, where 96 percent of all export revenue comes from oil and import prices are skyrocketing. Tong joins Jeffrey Brown to discuss the country’s economic freefall.
    Original Air Date: March 31, 2016
    A gas station attendant piles up coins on top of a fuel dispenser at a gas station of state oil company Petroleos de Venezuela (PDVSA) before the government raised the price for fuel, in Caracas, February 16, 2016.  REUTERS/Marco Bello   - RTS95DB
  • Trump rivals zero in on controversial comments
    Damage control was in the air for the Donald Trump campaign on Thursday. Earlier, the Republican presidential candidate had refused to rule out a nuclear strike against the Islamic State militants in the MIddle East or in Europe. At the same event, Trump said women who have abortions should be punished if they're ever made illegal. Judy Woodruff reports on how the other candidates responded.
    Original Air Date: March 31, 2016
    File photo of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump waving to onlookers. Photo by Jonathan Ernst/Reuters
  • What the ‘women’s vote’ means in 2016
    What the ‘women’s vote’ means in 2016 Blurb: Women made up more than half of all voters in 2012. What's winning over this diverse and crucial bloc of voters in 2016? Judy Woodruff explores how women see this year’s candidates with Rebecca Traister, author, "All the Single Ladies," Ann Selzer of Selzer & Company and Kelly Dittmar of the Center for American Women and Politics.
    Original Air Date: March 31, 2016
    Voters cast electronic votes during the
  • Signs of growing discontent for Xi Jinping in China
    Pressure has been mounting between the U.S. and China on issues ranging from Chinese military activity to reining in North Korea's nuclear efforts. But tensions are also rising within that country, due to economic instability and a crackdown on dissent. Christopher Johnson of the Center for Strategic and International Studies and Andrew Nathan of Columbia University join Hari Sreenivasan for more.
    Original Air Date: March 31, 2016
    A diplomatic delegation waits for China's President Xi Jinping to arrive on his official plane to attend the upcoming Nuclear Security Summit meetings in Washington, on the tarmac at Joint Base Andrews, Maryland March 30, 2016. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst - RTSCX29

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

  • What peace in Colombia would mean for the drug trade
    As Colombian officials negotiate with FARC rebels to end the country’s 50-year civil war, the illegal drug trade -- used by the rebels to help finance their insurgency -- has become a major point of debate. Special correspondents Bruno Federico and Nadja Drost travel to the heart of coca production in Colombia to examine how the drug market works and the impact of a potential peace deal.
    Original Air Date: March 30, 2016
    A Colombian Army soldier stands next to packages of seized cocaine during a press conference at a Military Base in Bahia Solano, department of Choco, Colombia, on March 14, 2015. A joint operation between Colombia's Army and Air Force, intercepted a boat near the municipality of Nuqui, west of the country, with 583 kilos of cocaine which, according to authorities, belonged to the criminal gang "Clan Usuga" and was going to be sent to Central America. AFP PHOTO / LUIS ROBAYO        (Photo credit should read LUIS ROBAYO/AFP/Getty Images)
  • Trump touts voter appeal as Kasich doubts delegate outcome
    A day after Republican presidential candidates took back their pledges at a CNN town hall to support the nominee, Donald Trump seemed to warn party leaders not to block his nomination. Meanwhile Sen. Ted Cruz campaigned in Madison for a "celebration of women," Gov. John Kasich stumped in New York state and Hillary Clinton blasted Trump for “bluster and bigotry.” John Yang reports.
    Original Air Date: March 30, 2016
    Republican U.S. Presidential candidate John Kasich (R-OH) speaks at the CNN Town Hall at Riverside Theater in Milwaukee, Wisconsin March 29, 2016. REUTERS/Ben Brewer - RTSCRO6
  • News Wrap: Newark to reform policing under DOJ agreement
    In our news wrap Wednesday, the city of Newark, New Jersey, agreed to reform the way its police officers treat minorities under a settlement with the Justice Department. Also, President Obama commuted prison sentences for 61 drug offenders.
    Original Air Date: March 30, 2016
    Police walk through Terminal A at Newark Liberty Airport shortly after reopening it to passengers in Newark, New Jersey December 20, 2010. Security forces began allowing passengers back into Newark Airport's Terminal A after the terminal was shut for more than half an hour early on Monday because of a suspicious package, a Reuters witness said. Officials determined the suspicious package contained a computer monitor, 1010 WINS radio reported. REUTERS/Jessica Rinaldi (UNITED STATES - Tags: SOCIETY CRIME LAW TRANSPORT CIVIL UNREST) - RTXVWNH
  • Balancing conservation and development in Coachella Valley
    Southern California’s tranquil Coachella Valley has long been an environmental battleground. Home to 27 endangered and threatened species, the valley has also seen enormous population growth, with residents projected to double in the next 20 years. But a government plan 10 years in the making aims to balance conservationism with urban development. Special correspondent Cat Wise reports.
    Original Air Date: March 30, 2016
  • How Donald Trump turned media spectacle into campaign wins
    Donald Trump, front-runner for the GOP nomination, has been able to turn celebrity and controversy into nearly $2 billion in free media attention this election cycle. What’s driving his appeal and how has the electorate changed? Gwen Ifill talks to Stuart Stevens, former chief strategist for Mitt Romney, McKay Coppins of BuzzFeed News and Kathleen Hall Jamieson of the University of Pennsylvania.
    Original Air Date: March 30, 2016
    Republican U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump arrives to address the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) afternoon general session in Washington March 21, 2016. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts      TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY      - RTSBJSC
  • Seeing Holocaust survivors' stories in the books left behind
    In 1942, Jews from then-Czechoslovakia were taken to the Auschwitz death camp. A window into their lives before the deportation can be found in a new book, "Last Folio," and a traveling exhibition at the Woodrow Wilson International Center in Washington. Jeffrey Brown examines how photographer Yuri Dojc rediscovered their story, and his own.
    Original Air Date: March 30, 2016
  • Task force tackles how to support vulnerable Middle East
    There have been tectonic and tragic shifts across the Middle East and North Africa in the five years since the beginning of the Arab Spring movement, with hundreds of thousands dead and millions more displaced. To examine America’s role, in the region, Judy Woodruff talks to former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright and former National Security Adviser Stephen Hadley.
    Original Air Date: March 30, 2016
    Shahda, 8, stands at the impoverished Zhor neighborhood of Kasserine, where young people have been demonstrating for jobs since last week, January 28, 2016. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra - RTX24F7E

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

  • Iraqi Christians face choice of flight or fight
    For Christians in Iraq, driven from their ancestral lands by the Islamic State, Easter celebrations were overshadowed by the feeling that they might never see home again. Now a small band of the displaced are taking up arms in order to defend their fellow Christians. Special correspondent Jane Ferguson reports.
    Original Air Date: March 29, 2016
  • How this former foster youth defied the odds
    Only about half of all youth in foster care in the U.S. graduate from high school, and just one in 10 enroll in college. But 19-year-old James Turner, raised in foster care since he was 18 months old and now a college student, is not only defying the odds -- he wants to use his education to help other foster youth overcome the same hurdles he did. The NewsHour’s April Brown reports.
    Original Air Date: March 29, 2016
    James Turner, a freshman at Florida State University and a foster youth, sits on the bleachers at his former high school in Orlando, Fla.  Photo by Mike Fritz
  • No wave of compassion when addicts were hooked on crack
    Faced with a rising national wave of opioid addiction and its consequences, families, law enforcement and political leaders around the nation are linking arms to save souls. But 30 years ago, it was a different story. Ekow Yankah, a Cardozo School of Law professor, reflects on how race affects our national response to drug abuse.
    Original Air Date: March 29, 2016
  • A big endorsement, a criminal charge on the campaign trail
    The presidential candidates turned their attention to Wisconsin, site of the primary season's best big contest. Gov. Scott Walker endorsed Sen. Ted Cruz, who in turn launched another round of criticism against Donald Trump. But recent polling shows that Trump and Ohio Gov. John Kasich are in a statistical tie. Gwen Ifill reports.
    Original Air Date: March 29, 2016
    Republican Presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Tx., speaks to the crowd at the Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts in Brookfield, Wisconsin March 29, 2016. Cruz's rally came minutes after Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker (R) announced his support of the Cruz campaign. REUTERS/Ben Brewer - RTSCP15
  • What the immigration debate means for the White House race
    Immigration reform is one of the biggest issues of this year’s presidential race, and every contender has their own take. Judy Woodruff talks to Mark Krikorian of the Center for Immigration Studies, Frank Sharry of America’s Voice and Brittney Parker of the Commonwealth Foundation for more on where the candidates stand on the issue and the role of Latino voters in this election.
    Original Air Date: March 29, 2016
    Latino leaders and immigration reform supporters gather at Farrand Field on the campus of the University of Colorado to launch "My Country, My Vote," a 12-month voter registration campaign to mobilize Colorado's Latino, immigrant and allied voters October 28, 2015. The rally was held ahead of a forum held by CNBC before the U.S. Republican presidential candidates debate in Boulder. Photo by Evan Semon/Reuters
  • Without Scalia, Supreme Court splits on union fees case
    The Supreme Court split 4-4 on a case on whether unions can collect fees from government employees who choose not to join. The outcome was an unlikely win for unions and a stark example of the impact of Justice Antonin Scalia's death. Marcia Coyle of The National Law Journal joins Judy Woodruff to discuss the new dynamics of the divided court.
    Original Air Date: March 29, 2016
    People line up to visit the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington March 29, 2016. The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday split 4-4 for the first time in a major case since the death of Justice Antonin Scalia on a conservative legal challenge to a vital source of funds for organized labor, affirming a lower-court ruling that allowed California to force non-union workers to pay fees to public-employee unions.   REUTERS/Gary Cameron - RTSCOTR
  • FBI cracks the locked iPhone, but legal questions remain
    A conflict between tech giant Apple and the FBI over the encrypted iPhone of one of the San Bernardino shooters came to a moot point when Justice Department officials announced they had cracked the phone’s security without Apple’s help. Gwen Ifill talks to Devlin Barrett of The Wall Street Journal and Fred Kaplan of Slate for more on how the FBI got what it wanted and what happens now.
    Original Air Date: March 29, 2016
    People gather at a small rally in support of Apple's refusal to help the FBI access the cell phone of a gunman involved in the killings of 14 people in San Bernardino, in Santa Monica, California, United States, February 23, 2016.  REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson - RTX28AJM

Monday, March 28, 2016

  • Long-awaited battle for Mosul will be toughest yet
    Since the Islamic State forces overran the city nearly two years ago, Mosul in Iraq has become a vital hub for ISIS’s operations in the region. Now the Iraqi army, supported by Kurdish and American forces, has launched a long-awaited counterattack to reclaim the city -- but will it be successful? Special correspondent Jane Ferguson reports from the front lines.
    Original Air Date: March 28, 2016
    An Iraqi soldier takes part during a military operation on the outskirt of the Makhmour south of Mosul, Iraq, March 25, 2016.  REUTERS/Azad Lashkari - RTSC878
  • Remembering author Jim Harrison in his own words
    Jim Harrison, a prolific and influential writer of fiction and poetry, was known for his preoccupation with rural American life and his eclectic professional pursuits: he’d been everything from a Hollywood screenwriter to a food writer for Esquire Magazine. Harrison died over the weekend at age 78. Jeffrey Brown looks back on his 2009 interview with Harrison at his home in Montana.
    Original Air Date: March 28, 2016
  • Inside the manhunt for Balkan war criminals
    Former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic is the latest perpetrator to be convicted of war crimes committed during the 1990s Balkan wars. In "The Butcher's Trail," author Julian Borger examines how tough it was to hunt down those responsible for the most grotesque atrocities of the conflict. Borger sits down with chief foreign affairs correspondent Margaret Warner.
    Original Air Date: March 28, 2016
  • Turning poop into power, not pollution
    Move over solar and wind power, there’s another renewable energy source: poop. Thanks to rapidly advancing “digester” technologies, it’s possible to extract and refine natural gas from the methane in human and animal waste, generating power rather than polluting greenhouse gases. Special correspondent Dan Boyce of Inside Energy and Rocky Mountain PBS reports.
    Original Air Date: March 28, 2016
  • Sanders’s three-state sweep doesn’t change delegate math
    Sen. Bernie Sanders made a sweep of three states in primary contests over the weekend. Amy Walter of The Cook Political Report and NPR’s Tamara Keith join Gwen Ifill to discuss why Sanders has a “math problem” despite his wins, Hillary Clinton’s enthusiasm gap among younger voters, the GOP’s war of words over wives and whether Donald Trump is making headway with the Republican establishment.
    Original Air Date: March 28, 2016

Sunday, March 27, 2016

  • Tennessee lawmakers vote to discontinue 'fetal assault' law
    Tennessee representatives voted to discontinue a controversial law that explicitly allowed prosecutors to charge a mother with fetal assault for using drugs while pregnant. NewsHour's Megan Thompson reports.
    Original Air Date: March 27, 2016
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  • Utah sets up first-of-its-kind white-collar crime registry
    In an attempt to combat high levels of fraud, Utah has taken inspiration from the sex offender list, becoming the first state in the US to establish a white-collar felon registry for financial crimes. The Wall Street Journal's Jean Eaglesham joins Megan Thompson to discuss.
    Original Air Date: March 27, 2016
  • Are foreign recruits causing idealogical rifts in ISIS?
    The U.S. Director of National Intelligence says the number of men who have traveled from their home countries to join ISIS now exceeds 36,000. The influx of foreign fighters may now be causing ideological discord in its ranks. Wall Street Journal reporter Matt Bradley joins Megan Thompson via Skype to discuss.
    Original Air Date: March 27, 2016
    An undated photograph of a man described as Abdelhamid Abaaoud that was published in the Islamic State's online magazine Dabiq and posted on a social media website. A Belgian national currently in Syria and believed to be one of Islamic State's most active operators is suspected of being behind Friday's attacks in Paris, acccording to a source close to the French investigation. "He appears to be the brains behind several planned attacks in Europe," the source told Reuters of Abdelhamid Abaaoud, adding he was investigators' best lead as the person likely behind the killing of at least 129 people in Paris on Friday. According to RTL Radio, Abaaoud is a 27-year-old from the Molenbeek suburb of Brussels, home to other members of the militant Islamist cell suspected of having carried out the attacks.  REUTERS/Social Media Website via Reuters TVATTENTION EDITORS - THIS PICTURE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. REUTERS IS UNABLE TO INDEPENDENTLY VERIFY THE AUTHENTICITY, CONTENT, LOCATION OR DATE OF THIS IMAGE. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. THIS PICTURE WAS PROCESSED BY REUTERS TO ENHANCE QUALITY. - RTS7CLF
  • The Cherokee Nation wants to reverse hepatitis C
    The Cherokee Nation, one of the largest Native American tribes, has become the first community in the U.S. to set a goal of eliminating hepatitis C from its population. Tribe officials plan to screen 300,000 members, whose prevalence of infection for the virus is five times the national rate, and treat them with drugs that have proven 90 percent effective. NewsHour’s Stephen Fee reports.
    Original Air Date: March 25, 2016

Saturday, March 26, 2016

  • Rethinking wages for tipped workers
    Due to low federal minimum wages for tipped workers, many grapple with poverty rates. Seven states, however, pay tipped workers full minimum wage before tips. And with minimum-wage hikes looming, some restaurants are pioneering no-tipping policies, eliminating gratuities in favor of higher hourly wages for workers. NewsHour's Alison Stewart reports.
    Original Air Date: March 26, 2016
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