Sunday, September 4, 2016

  • What caused Mexico’s drug war?
    Mexico's government has been waging a war against the country's drug cartels, whose territorial fights have left tens of thousands dead. "Kingdom of Shadows," a POV documentary that comes out this month, looks at the root causes of the violence and the effects of the drug war. NewsHour Weekend Correspondent Ivette Feliciano spoke with director Bernardo Ruiz.
    Original Air Date: September 4, 2016
    Still from "Kingdom of Shadows." Photo courtesy of Participant Media
  • Why urban beekeeping is a rising trend in major cities
    Bees are critical to agricultural production, but beekeeping is actually increasing in cities like Los Angeles and New York City, where restrictions on the practice were recently lifted. In Philadelphia, where there are thousands of abandoned lots to forage, both hobbyists and commercial beekeepers are introducing hives to their backyards, roofs and gardens. Hari Sreenivasan has the story.
    Original Air Date: September 4, 2016
    Urban beekeeping is on the rise in major cities. Photo by Laura Fong/PBS NewsHour Weekend
  • Commercial airlines begin flights to Cuba
    This week, for the first time in 55 years, a commercial passenger jet flew from the U.S. to Cuba, and eight airlines are approved to run flights between the two countries. The breakthrough is part of President Barack Obama’s effort to normalize relations with Cuba. Carla Robbins, an adjunct senior fellow with the Council of Foreign Relations, joins Hari Sreenivasan.
    Original Air Date: September 3, 2016
    Ground crew hold U.S. and Cuban flags near a recently landed JetBlue aeroplane, the first commercial scheduled flight between the United States and Cuba in more than 50 years, at the Abel Santamaria International Airport in Santa Clara, Cuba, August 31, 2016. REUTERS/Alexandre Meneghini     TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY      - RTX2NQB5

Saturday, September 3, 2016

  • Turkey moves tanks into Syria in fight against ISIS
    Turkey deployed tanks inside Syria on Saturday to target positions held by Islamic State militants. The new operation marks an attempt to secure Turkey's border and push back against Kurdish militias. Turkey's deputy prime minister, Numan Kurtulmus, joins Hari Sreenivasan.
    Original Air Date: September 3, 2016
    Turkish army tanks and military personal are stationed in Karkamis on the Turkish-Syrian border in the southeastern Gaziantep province, Turkey, August 25, 2016. REUTERS/Umit Bektas/File Photo - RTX2NUZK
  • Could California’s drought make residents sick?
    As California's five-year drought continues, the community of East Porterville has become an epicenter for the state's water shortage. Of the 1,800 homes located in the town, nearly 500 have lost wells that provided water for bathing and washing food. Officials worry the predicament will take a toll on the health of the community’s 7,000 residents. NewsHour's Hari Sreenivasan reports.
    Original Air Date: September 3, 2016
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Friday, September 2, 2016

  • Aboard a boat that ferries scientists to Alaskan wildlife
    Every summer, the federal research vessel Tiglax travels along the chain of Alaska’s Aleutian Islands, ferrying scientists to remote locations to study wildlife. The Aleutian archipelago is 1600 miles in length and constitutes an ecosystem of stunning diversity. Tiglax’s captain talks about life aboard the boat, the animals he’s seen, the passion of his passengers and why he’s ‘hopeful.’
    Original Air Date: September 2, 2016
  • Shields and Brooks on immigration and if Clinton can lay low
    This week, Donald Trump took a surprise trip to Mexico before his landmark immigration speech. But are his views too radical for the electorate? Meanwhile, Hillary Clinton is hitting a fundraising stride, though her email scandal remains in the headlines. Hari Sreenivasan speaks with syndicated columnist Mark Shields and New York Times columnist David Brooks for analysis of the week in politics.
    Original Air Date: September 2, 2016
  • Fame offers athletes like Kaepernick a platform for dissent
    San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick made headlines this week when he refused to stand for the national anthem, in protest against injustice he perceives in the U.S. What is the significance of Kaepernick’s actions, and how do they fit within the legacy of athletes taking a political stance? Hari Sreenivasan discusses with William Rhoden, former sports columnist for The New York Times.
    Original Air Date: September 2, 2016
    San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick (7) walks into the tunnel after the game against the San Diego Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium. Photo by Orlando Ramirez/USA Today Sports via Reuters
  • News Wrap: Lower August job creation keeps unemployment flat
    In our news wrap Friday, August job growth was lower than expected, with 151,000 new positions created. As a result, the nation's unemployment rate remained at 4.9 percent for the third consecutive month. Also, the government of Uzbekistan confirmed that its president, Islam Karimov, died of a stroke. Karimov was known for brutal repression of dissent during more than 25 years in power.
    Original Air Date: September 2, 2016
    FILE PHOTO --  A man rubs his eyes as he waits in a line of jobseekers, to attend the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. career fair held by the New York State department of Labor in New York April 12, 2012.    REUTERS/Lucas Jackson/File Photo - RTX2NWJ6
  • A rebuilt Joplin thrives, but emotional damage lingers
    The tornado that struck Joplin, Missouri, in May 2011 was one of the most destructive in U.S. history. Five years later, the city seems to be thriving -- possibly even better off than it was before. One key to its success? Getting residents to stay, says Jane Cage, chair of the Citizens Advisory Recovery Team. But the emotional trauma from that day still lingers. Hari Sreenivasan reports.
    Original Air Date: September 2, 2016
    Volunteers cut wood floor planks for a house under construction in Joplin, Missouri May 16, 2012. May 22 marks the one year anniversary of a deadly EF-5 tornado that ripped through the town, killing 161 people. The tornado damaged or destroyed about 7,500 homes and 500 other buildings, but the city is now well into a recovery mode that has spurred some segments of the local economy. REUTERS/Eric Thayer (UNITED STATES - Tags: DISASTER ENVIRONMENT) - RTR326HP
  • Why Hermine is the first hurricane to hit the U.S. in years
    Early Friday morning, Hurricane Hermine hit Florida’s Big Bend region on the Gulf Coast, causing major damage and a state of emergency for more than 50 counties. Climate Central’s Sean Sublette joins William Brangham to consider what Hermine tells us about weather patterns, why it’s the first hurricane to make landfall in the U.S. in over a decade and what we might expect from future storms.
    Original Air Date: September 2, 2016
    A huge pine tree is shown after falling through a home from the wind and rain damage of Hurricane Hermine in Tallahassee, Florida September 2, 2016.  REUTERS/Phil Sears REUTERS/Phil Sears - RTX2NW00
  • We now know what Clinton told the FBI -- but should we?
    On Friday, the FBI released two key documents from its investigation into the private email server Hillary Clinton used as secretary of state. One file contains the FBI’s notes from its interviews with Clinton; the other summarizes the agency’s findings. Hari Sreenivasan speaks with NPR’s Carrie Johnson about what new information these materials reveal and why their publication is controversial.
    Original Air Date: September 2, 2016
    Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton testifies before the House Select Committee on Benghazi in Washington, D.C., on Oct. 22. The congressional committee is investigating the deadly 2012 attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, when Clinton was the secretary of state. Photo by Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

Thursday, September 1, 2016

  • Interpreting Donald Trump’s tough immigration proposals
    Talk of a Mexican border wall and fighting illegal immigration were big applause lines for Donald Trump in his Wednesday night speech in Arizona. Lisa Desjardins recaps his remarks and Gwen Ifill gets perspectives from Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, Marielena Hincapié of the National Immigration Law Center and Karthick Ramakrishnan of the University of California, Riverside.
    Original Air Date: September 1, 2016
    Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump addresses the National Convention of the American Legion in Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S., September 1, 2016. REUTERS/Bryan Woolston - RTX2NS34
  • Georgetown tries to make amends for profiting from slavery
    Georgetown University is taking an unprecedented step to respond to and apologize for its ties to slavery. The university will give special preference to applicants who are descendants of Georgetown’s slaves, plans to rename a building in honor of one of the slaves and will create an institute to study slavery. For greater context, Hari Sreenivasan speaks with the MIT’s Craig Steven Wilder.
    Original Air Date: September 1, 2016
    The campus of Georgetown University, top right, is seen past the Potomac River in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Thursday, Aug. 15, 2013. President Barack Obama and Republican congressional leaders are staking out positions ahead of next month's budget battle, setting up their sixth showdown over how to avoid defaulting on the U.S. debt and shutting down the government. Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images
  • How Lemony Snicket channels his bewilderment into words
    You may not have heard of Daniel Handler, but you’ve probably heard of his pen name: Lemony Snicket. Handler, author of the children’s book series “A Series of Unfortunate Events,” says much of children's’ literature is about “enforced morality,” but he focuses on the bewildering nature of childhood. Handler gives his Brief but Spectacular take on putting his bewilderment into words.
    Original Air Date: September 1, 2016
  • What would trade policy look like in a Clinton White House?
    Hillary Clinton, long associated with free trade agreements, has made a big switch this election. Economics correspondent Paul Solman sits down with Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown, a leading progressive lawmaker and one of Clinton’s supporters, for a discussion of her views on America’s role in the global economy.
    Original Air Date: September 1, 2016
    Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton addresses the National Convention of the American Legion in Cincinnati, Ohio. Photo by Bryan Woolston/Reuters
  • What veterans think of their options for president
    Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump brought their campaign messages to the American Legion this week. So what do veterans think of the two candidates? Polls show Trump leading the veteran vote by double digits, but when veterans are asked who they feel would be most supportive of them, the candidates are even. Hari Sreenivasan reports.
    Original Air Date: September 1, 2016
    Members of the Veterans of Foreign Wars salute as they recite the pledge of allegiance during their convention in Charlotte, North Carolina, U.S. July 26, 2016. REUTERS/Chris Keane - RTSJQG7

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

  • An author’s eulogy for ‘White Christian America’
    The demographic makeup of America is undergoing a visible change, and with it, America’s culture -- dominated by White Christian culture -- and power structures are shifting, too. That’s the premise of Robert Jones’ new book, “The End of White Christian America.” Judy Woodruff speaks with Jones for more.
    Original Air Date: August 31, 2016
  • Trump talks of building a wall and a relationship in Mexico
    Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump met with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto Wednesday ahead of a speech on immigration. In the past, Trump has spoken of Mexican immigrants as rapists and criminals; Peña Nieto has compared Trump to Hitler. How did this meeting come to be? Gwen Ifill talks to Roger Noriega of the American Enterprise Institute and The Arizona Republic’s Dan Nowicki.
    Original Air Date: August 31, 2016
    U.S. Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump and Mexico's President Enrique Pena Nieto arrive for a press conference at the Los Pinos residence in Mexico City, Mexico, August 31, 2016. REUTERS/Henry Romero - RTX2NQQW
  • What those on the border think about building a bigger fence
    Donald Trump’s talk of building a wall between the U.S. and Mexico has been one of the most-repeated tropes of his campaign. Currently, there stands a 652-mile-long wall running across the almost 2,000 mile border. It stretches not just along deserted areas, but also along bustling cities like Nogales, Arizona. Special correspondent Angela Kocherga gives us a glimpse of life at the border.
    Original Air Date: August 31, 2016
    A child looks at U.S. workers building a section of the U.S.-Mexico border wall at Sunland Park, U.S. opposite the Mexican border city of Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, August 26, 2016. Picture taken from the Mexico side of the U.S.-Mexico border. REUTERS/Jose Luis Gonzalez - RTX2N89F
  • Turning student inventions into the next big thing
    It’s back-to-school season, but these students have taken their brainstorming outside the classroom to solve pressing, real-life problems. Visit a competition where teams of student inventors pitch their entrepreneurial ideas to guests posing as investors, who vote on the best startup ideas. Special correspondent Cat Wise reports from Portland, Oregon.
    Original Air Date: August 31, 2016
  • An accusation comes to light against filmmaker Nate Parker
    A new film, “The Birth of a Nation,” tells the story of Nat Turner, a historic figure who led a bloody slave rebellion in 1891. But lately this highly anticipated movie has been in the news because of revelations that Nate Parker, writer and lead actor, was accused of rape in college. Jeffrey Brown talks to Roxane Gay of Purdue University and Mike Sargent, chief film critic for Pacifica Radio.
    Original Air Date: August 31, 2016
    LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 11:  Vanguard Award recipient Nate Parker speaks onstage at the Sundance Institute NIGHT BEFORE NEXT Benefit at The Theatre at The Ace Hotel on August 11, 2016 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/WireImage)

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

  • For travel memories, Russell Banks prefers words to images
    Novelist and poet Russell Banks used to feel guilty about not taking pictures to document his trips. Now, he doesn't even bring a camera with him, believing that visually recording an experience would effectively remove him from it. In contrast, describing sights in writing imprints images upon his memory. Banks shares an essay on how a camera can distinguish between a traveler and a tourist.
    Original Air Date: August 30, 2016
  • EU: Apple owes Ireland nearly $15 billion in back taxes
    After uncovering an illegal deal, the European Union ruled that Apple pay over $14.5 billion in back taxes to Ireland. The EU’s antitrust regulator found that the country and the tech giant had made an agreement that allowed Apple to pay less than 1 percent in corporate tax for over a decade. Apple plans to appeal the decision. Hari Sreenivasan speaks with EU Commissioner Margrethe Vestager.
    Original Air Date: August 30, 2016
    European Commissioner Margrethe Vestager gestures during a news conference on Ireland's tax dealings with Apple Inc at the European Commission in Brussels, Belgium August 30, 2016. REUTERS/Eric Vidal - RTX2NKZR
  • Mass graves of ISIS victims discovered across Iraq and Syria
    Documenting atrocities committed by the Islamic State can seem impossible. A new report from the Associated Press, however, catalogs 72 mass graves around Syria and Iraq -- including one site that held 1,700 bodies. Gwen Ifill speaks with the AP's Lori Hinnant about the locations of these burial sites, what happened to the victims entombed within them and whether anyone is being held responsible.
    Original Air Date: August 30, 2016
  • Preparing Chicago teachers for high-need urban classrooms
    Preparing Chicago teachers for high-need urban classrooms.
    Original Air Date: August 30, 2016
    The National Housing Conference analyzed 210 metro areas to see whether workers in public education could afford to buy or rent a home.
  • How Donald Trump’s ground strategy ‘defies convention’
    Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton have very different ground strategies in key states. While Clinton has devoted substantial resources to establishing local campaign offices and on-the-ground personnel, Donald Trump has defied this standard practice, keeping field operations much more limited. Hari Sreenivasan speaks with Lisa Desjardins, who co-authored a report on the subject with Daniel Bush.
    Original Air Date: August 30, 2016
    ARLINGTON, VA - AUGUST 27: Hillary Clinton supporters and volunteers work at the Virginia Victory Coordinated Campaign Field Office August 27, 2016 in Arlington, Virginia.  (Photo by Leigh Vogel/Getty Images)
  • Tourism in Iceland is booming -- but it's not all good news
    As war, terrorism and uncertainty pervade the globe, travelers are flocking to Iceland -- regarded as one of the safest nations on the planet. Fishing used to be the country’s most profitable industry, but in recent years, tourism has claimed the top spot. Still, the buzz and the economic benefits it delivers are accompanied by challenges. Malcolm Brabant reports Iceland's tourism 'growing pains.'
    Original Air Date: August 30, 2016
    Iceland's national flag and a church are seen in the town of Vik, Iceland April 22, 2010.  REUTERS/Lucas Jackson/File Photo - RTSFTO2