Wednesday, June 29, 2016

  • Zika, security concerns overblown says Rio Olympics boss
    The Olympic games open in less than six weeks away and organizers insist that Rio is ready. The venues will be completed and concerns over Zika and security are overblown they say even as more high-profile athletes say they’re not going. John Yang talks to Sidney Levy, CEO of the Rio 2016 Committee​.
    Original Air Date: June 29, 2016
    The Rio 2016 Olympic medals are pictured at the  Casa da Moeda do Brasil (Brazilian Mint) in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, June 28, 2016.  REUTERS/Sergio Moraes      TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY   - RTX2ITPT

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

  • Top U.S. litigator reflects on Supreme Court wins, losses
    As the Supreme Court wraps up a very busy term, there’s a familiar face who won’t be returning to argue cases before the court next fall. Solicitor General Donald Verrilli, the Obama administration’s top lawyer who defended Obamacare and argued for immigration reform, sat down recently with Judy Woodruff for an exit interview.
    Original Air Date: June 28, 2016
    WASHINGTON - JANUARY 07: Attorney Donald B. Verrilli, Jr. speaks in front of the U.S. Supreme Court after arguments January 7, 2007 in Washington DC. The lethal injection protocol used to execute death-row inmates in the state of Kentucky is being challenged as cruel and unusual because it is potentially extremely painful if the first injection, sodium thiopental, wears off too quickly.  (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
  • Bringing diversity and brown faces to children’s books
    Celebrated writer Sherman Alexie has just published his first children’s book, “Thunder Boy Jr.” He talks with Jeffrey Brown as part of our series on great summer reads and makes the case that books for kids need to show more diverse faces — but are getting better.
    Original Air Date: June 28, 2016
    PORTLAND, OREGON - OCTOBER 11: Portrait of writer Sherman Alexie at the Wordstock literary festival on 11th October 2009 in Portland, Oregon, United States. (Photo by Anthony Pidgeon/Redferns)
  • Should a juvenile sex offender be locked up indefinitely?​
    Even when they serve their time, sex crime offenders in some states are being held years beyond their release date. The civil commitment laws that let jailers deem convicts too dangerous to walk free are facing increased scrutiny, especially in Minnesota, where even juvenile sex offenders grow old behind bars. William Brangham reports.
    Original Air Date: June 28, 2016
    This detention center in Racine, Wisconsin normally holds around 60 juveniles but currently holds 40.  On average, there are 6-8 girls in the unit.  Photo by Richard Ross.
  • Unique college program helps poor students make the grade
    For Georgia State’s Tyler Mulvenna, a $900 grant from an innovative retention program let him live on campus, work less and do what he came to do: study. The school, worried about abysmal graduation rates for poor students found, a full course load, commuting and holding a job was just too much for many. The NewsHour's April Brown takes a look at the program praised by President Barack Obama.
    Original Air Date: June 28, 2016
    An undocumented UCLA student attends a graduation ceremony for UCLA "Dreamers." In California, an estimated 1,100 undocumented students study here and at UC Berkeley, four times as many as before they qualified for state financial aid. Photo by Jonathan Alcorn/Reuters.
  • Remembering coach Pat Summitt, women’s sports pioneer
    "Pat Summitt is an unparalleled figure in collegiate sports,” a speaker said as President Barack Obama awarded the legendary Tennessee Lady Vols coach a Medal of Freedom four years ago. Summitt died Tuesday at age 64 after years of battling early onset dementia. John Yang takes a look back at the women’s sports pioneer’s life on and off the hardwood, a life of passion and true grit.
    Original Air Date: June 28, 2016
    U.S. President Barack Obama awards a 2012 Presidential Medal of Freedom to former University of Tennessee basketball coach Pat Summitt at the White House in Washington, DC, United States May 29, 2012.  REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque/File Photo - RTX2INQA
  • $7 million, 800-page GOP Benghazi report lands with a thud
    Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton loomed large in the House Republican probe of the deaths of the U.S. ambassador to Libya in the Benghazi attack. Hauled before a GOP panel, she was grilled for eight hours. On Tuesday, an 800-page report landed and House Benghazi Chairman Trey Gowdy, R-SC, denied the probe was ever about Clinton. Political director Lisa Desjardins joins Gwen Ifill.
    Original Air Date: June 28, 2016
    U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton comments on the just-released Benghazi report as she speaks at Galvanize, a learning community for technology, in Denver, U.S. June 28, 2016. REUTERS/Rick Wilking - RTX2IQ8L

Monday, June 27, 2016

  • The DisUnited Kingdom? Scotland renews push for ‘liberation’
    When Scottish voters decided two years ago to remain part of the United Kingdom, many thought the raucous independence drive was settled. Think again. Brexit has brought the push to break from London roaring back because the Scots very much want to stay with the EU. Could Brexit mean the final fracture of the once mighty British Empire? Special correspondent Malcolm Brabant reports from Edinburgh.
    Original Air Date: June 27, 2016
    Edinburgh Castle rock is illuminated with a sign to "Vote Remain" in a show of support for the campaign to remain in Europe ahead of Thursday's EU Referendum in Scotland, June 21, 2016. REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne - RTX2HHES
  • World leaders look to calm the Brexit jitters
    British Prime Minister David Cameron tried Monday to assure the world that Brexit isn’t the calamity it’s being made out to be. Despite Germany’s warning against long-term uncertainty, he said the UK is taking a go-slow approach to the divorce. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry also got into the act, saying it is important that “nobody loses their head.” Hari Sreenivasan reports from London.
    Original Air Date: June 27, 2016
    German Chancellor Angela Merkel (C), French President Francois Hollande (L) and Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi attend a news conference at the chancellery during discussions on the outcome of the Brexit in Berlin, Germany, June 27, 2016. REUTERS/Hannibal Hanschke  - RTX2IILV
  • The impact of the Supreme Court’s Texas abortion ruling
    Abortion rights groups say the Supreme Court’s ruling against Texas’ stringent restrictions on abortion doctors and clinics was a major blow against “sham” laws trying to take away a woman’s right to choose. Gwen Ifill gets reaction from Nancy Northup of the Center for Reproductive Rights and Steven Aden of the Alliance Defending Freedom, advocates on both sides of the court’s decision.
    Original Air Date: June 27, 2016
    Demonstrators hold signs outside the U.S. Supreme Court as the court is due to decide whether a Republican-backed 2013 Texas law placed an undue burden on women exercising their constitutional right to abortion in Washington, U.S.  June 27, 2016. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque - RTX2IGA2
  • Abortion rights activists hail Supreme Court ruling
    In the Supreme Court’s biggest abortion case in nearly 25 years, the justices voted 5-3 to strike down a Texas law — widely copied in other states — that imposed tight restrictions on family planning centers and doctors who perform the procedure. Abortion rights groups were ecstatic and both sides vowed to fight on. Marcia Coyle of The National Law Journal joins Gwen Ifill to dig into the ruling.
    Original Air Date: June 27, 2016
    Demonstrators hold signs outside the U.S. Supreme Court as the court is due to issue its first major abortion ruling since 2007 against a backdrop of unremitting divisions among Americans on the issue and a decades-long decline in the rate at which women terminate pregnancies in Washington, U.S. June 27, 2016. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque - RTX2IGAZ
  • News Wrap: Flood-ravaged West Virginia braces for more rain
    In our news wrap Monday, a new round of storms pounded West Virginia, where more than 20 counties braced for additional flooding. Since last week, floods have killed nearly two dozen people across the state. Also, a California wildfire consumed 250 homes and other buildings, stoked by record-breaking heat and ongoing drought.
    Original Air Date: June 27, 2016
    A damaged car is seen after the state was pummeled by up to 10 inches of rain on Thursday, causing rivers and streams to overflow into neighboring communities, in Elkview, West Virginia, June 24, 2016.  West Virginia Department of Transportation/Handout via Reuters  ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. EDITORIAL USE ONLY - RTX2I37P
  • The summer must-read books to bring to the beach
    It’s one of the great pleasures of lazy, hazy days on the beach or in the backyard: finally opening that book you’ve been meaning to get to. The Newshour kicks off a week’s worth of summer reading suggestions, starting with Emma Cline’s much-anticipated debut novel, the Charles Manson-themed “The Girls.” Jeffrey Brown speaks with the author.
    Original Air Date: June 27, 2016
  • Telling American history 140 characters at a time
    In our NewsHour Shares moment of the day, presidential historian and NewsHour regular Michael Beschloss provides a unique perspective on American history through his Twitter account. He shares some of his favorite digital insights.
    Original Air Date: June 27, 2016
    12/8/97 - photographer: Juana Arias TWP. 2611 31st St Nw. - Author Michael Beschloss, editor of 'Taking Charge', the Lyndon B. Johnson tapes. These are transcripts of tapes that Johnson made himself and are edited and explained by Beschloss. Beschloss at his home in DC  (Photo by Juana Arias/The Washington Post/Getty Images)
  • Elizabeth Warren gets under Donald Trump’s skin — again
    At a rally with Hillary Clinton, Democratic firebrand Sen. Elizabeth Warren proved once more that she knows how to get under Donald Trump’s skin, calling the Republican a “small insecure money-grubber.” Clinton was equally harsh but Trump’s rage was squarely aimed at “goofy” Warren. NPR’s Tamara Keith and Amy Walter from the Cook Political Report join Gwen Ifill to discuss the latest.
    Original Air Date: June 27, 2016

Sunday, June 26, 2016

  • Scottish leaders renew push to exit UK following Brexit vote
    In a 2014 referendum, Scotland decided to remain a part of the United Kingdom. But following the UK’s vote last week to leave the European Union, Scottish leaders are now renewing the push to exit the UK in order to preserve Scotland’s membership in the EU. NewsHour special correspondent Malcolm Brabant reports from Edinburgh.
    Original Air Date: June 26, 2016
    Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon leaves after voting in the EU referendum, at Broomhouse Community Hall in Glasgow, Scotland, Britain June 23, 2016.  REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne - RTX2HQEP
  • Foreign-born workers in the UK share their fears
    Uncertainty prevails in Britain after Brexit has left immigrants feeling vulnerable. The service sector, a large part of the British economy, is also a big employer of foreigners, which means these workers may be hit hard. Hari Sreenivasan reports from London about some of their worries.
    Original Air Date: June 26, 2016
  • Unexpected medical bills can cost Americans thousands
    It’s a growing frustration for many Americans: surprisingly high medical bills that they are struggling to pay. In some cases, patients are surprised to learn that they received care from an out-of-network doctor in an in-network hospital, long after an emergency room visit has passed. The NewsHour’s Megan Thompson looks at the problem and how some people are working to solve it.
    Original Air Date: June 25, 2016
    A person receives a test for diabetes at a free medical clinic in Los Angeles, California. Photo by Mario Anzuoni /Reuters

Saturday, June 25, 2016

  • What Brexit might do to the British economy
    Now that the UK has voted to leave the EU, one of the biggest remaining questions is how it will affect the British economy. Hari Sreenivasan sits down with London School of Economics professor Swati Dhingra, who has been studying the potential effects since the referendum was announced last year, to discuss.
    Original Air Date: June 25, 2016
    Arrangement of various world currencies including Chinese Yuan, US Dollar, Euro, British Pound, pictured January 25, 2011 REUTERS/Kacper Pempel/Illustration/File Photo - RTX2H49E
  • What impact will Brexit have on U.S. trade policy?
    Britain is the U.S.’s closest diplomatic and military ally and top economic partner in Europe. One-fifth of U.S. exports to Europe go to the UK and so do half a billion dollars in direct investments. Senior editor of Foreign Policy magazine Cameron Abadi joins Alison Stewart to discuss the effects Brexit might have on business relations in the UK and Europe.
    Original Air Date: June 25, 2016
    An employee holds British pounds and euro banknotes in Munich, Germany on June 24 after Britain voted to leave the European Union. Photo by Michaela Rehle/Reuters
  • Britain grappling with consequences of Brexit vote
    European Union officials on Saturday began meeting on how to handle the eventual departure of Britain with uncertainties looming over trade immigration and security agreements. More than two million people in the UK have signed a petition calling for a second referendum as fears over the economic impact of the original vote continue. NewsHour’s Hari Sreenivasan reports from London.
    Original Air Date: June 25, 2016
  • Why did the Panama Canal get a $5 billion facelift?
    The Panama Canal, a century-old shortcut connecting the Pacific and Atlantic oceans for global trade, carries a third of the trade from Asia to the Americas. Tomorrow, the 50-mile canal will open after nine years and a more than $5 billion effort to widen the waterway. David Brancaccio, host of The Marketplace Morning Report from American Public Media joins Alison Stewart to discuss.
    Original Air Date: June 25, 2016
    An aerial view of the new Panama Canal expansion project on the Atlantic side of the Panama Canal during an organized media tour by Italy's Salini Impregilo, one of the main sub contractors of the Panama Canal Expansion project, on the outskirt of Colon City, Panama May 11, 2016.  REUTERS/Carlos Jasso - RTX2DX2M

Friday, June 24, 2016

  • Shields and Brooks on global voter disenchantment
    Syndicated columnist Mark Shields and New York Times columnist David Brooks join Judy Woodruff to discuss the week in politics, including what Brexit might suggest about the upcoming presidential election, how frustrations with low-paying jobs and expensive education are influencing voters this year, President Obama’s “depleted” legacy and the prospects for new gun legislation.
    Original Air Date: June 24, 2016
  • Foreign policy experts anticipate Brexit’s global impact
    What does Great Britain’s impending exit from the European Union mean for the United States and other countries across the globe? Judy Woodruff poses the question to former U.S. ambassador to NATO Ivo Daalder, former U.S. diplomat Richard Haass and chief foreign affairs correspondent Margaret Warner.
    Original Air Date: June 24, 2016
    An employee of a foreign exchange trading company works between a British flag and an EU flag in Tokyo, Japan, June 24, 2016.   REUTERS/Issei Kato     TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY      - RTX2HXRM
  • Brexit, Cameron resignation signal momentous change for UK
    Great Britain voted 52 to 48 percent Thursday to become the first nation to leave the European Union. The vote prompted Prime Minister David Cameron -- a leading voice in the “Remain” camp -- to announce his resignation, though he will stay on until October to ensure a smooth transition. Special correspondent Malcolm Brabant takes a look at how Britain is readying itself for a post-EU paradigm.
    Original Air Date: June 24, 2016
    Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron speaks after Britain voted to leave the European Union, as his wife Samantha watches outside Number 10 Downing Street in London, Britain June 24, 2016.   REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth  - RTX2HXJ7
  • What motivations led British voters to choose Brexit?
    Thursday’s Brexit vote was largely a victory for right-wing British politics. But both “Leave” and “Remain” supporters had a plethora of political and emotional motivations. For a closer look at what drove the British majority to decide to exit the European Union, Judy Woodruff talks to former EU official Sir Michael Leigh and Tim Montgomerie of The Times of London.
    Original Air Date: June 24, 2016
    A workers counts ballots after polling stations closed in the Referendum on the European Union in Islington, London, Britain, June 23, 2016.        REUTERS/Neil Hall  - RTX2HVOB
  • Remembering Ralph Stanley and his 'God-given voice'
    After a long battle with skin cancer, bluegrass pioneer Ralph Stanley died overnight at the age of 89. Since forming his first band in 1946, Stanley’s haunting voice came to epitomize the bluegrass genre’s “High Lonesome” sound, and he won a Grammy for his performance of “O Death” in the film “O Brother, Where Art Thou?” The NewsHour looks back at Jeffrey Brown’s 2002 interview with Stanley.
    Original Air Date: June 24, 2016
    Ralph Stanley performs at a campaign event for former Sen. John Edwards at the University of South Carolina in 2008 in Lancaster, South Carolina. Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images
  • After Brexit, will other countries also shun globalization?
    Thursday’s successful Brexit vote holds great consequences for economies worldwide, with some analysts warning that departure from the EU could plunge Britain back into a recession that might in turn spread to other countries. For more on the financial implications of Brexit, Hari Sreenivasan talks to David Wessel of the Brookings Institution and Diane Swonk of DS Economics.
    Original Air Date: June 24, 2016
    Electronic boards display the days loss to the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJI) above the floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in New York, U.S., June 24, 2016.  REUTERS/Lucas Jackson  - RTX2I2UF