Tuesday, February 7, 2017

  • The roots of the America's biggest domestic terror attack
    The 1995 Oklahoma City Bombing was the largest act of domestic terrorism in U.S. history. A new documentary on the PBS series American Experience takes a fresh look at the events and motivations that led to the attack by Timothy McVeigh, and finds resonance for today. Jeffrey Brown interviews director Barak Goodman.
    Original Air Date: February 7, 2017
  • Fact-check: Are terror attacks underreported by the media?
    President Trump and his team have repeatedly said that the news media either ignores or pays less attention to terrorist incidents, prompting White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer to release a list of past attacks. Judy Woodruff speaks with Philip Bump of The Washington Post to fact-check the accuracy of those claims, and to examine the possible strategy behind Spicer’s list.
    Original Air Date: February 21, 2017
  • How Betsy DeVos could reshape national education policy
    The Senate confirmed Betsy DeVos as as education secretary Tuesday, but not without significant political division and an outpouring of public opposition. Audie Cornish talks with Lisa Desjardins about the confirmation battle that DeVos faced, then discusses what her confirmation means for policymakers and schools with Emma Brown of The Washington Post.
    Original Air Date: February 7, 2017

Monday, February 6, 2017

  • Is there hope for threatened coral reefs in the deep ocean?
    A third of the planet’s coral reef ecosystems are at risk of being damaged by warming sea temperatures and subsequent coral bleaching. Is it possible for these sea creatures to survive and adapt? NewsHour’s science producer Nsikan Akpan and producer Matt Ehrichs investigate this question on a voyage deep below the Atlantic Ocean.
    Original Air Date: February 6, 2017
  • New England Patriots score an amazing comeback
    Football fans who went to bed early on Super Bowl Sunday probably assumed the Atlanta Falcons had it wrapped up. But the New England Patriots made a historic comeback, forcing the game into overtime and scoring the winning touchdown. Jeffrey Brown talks with Mike Pesca, host of Slate's "The Gist" podcast, about why the team’s fifth Super Bowl win had special significance.
    Original Air Date: February 6, 2017
  • How both sides see the Trump travel ban legal challenge
    A Constitutional showdown is underway over President Trump’s controversial executive order on immigration. In Seattle, a federal judge issued a temporary halt to Trump’s travel ban, resulting in an appeal from the Justice Department. John Yang gets two takes on the legal arguments from Washington state Attorney General Robert Ferguson and Rep. Ted Yoho, R-Fla.
    Original Air Date: February 6, 2017
  • Does this Obamacare experiment offer significant savings?
    One of the goals of the Affordable Care Act was to develop organizations that offer doctors and hospitals a deal: In exchange for more efficient care for Medicare recipients, providers receive a share of the savings as a bonus. Now that ACOs have become embedded in the health care system, are they really working? Special correspondent Jackie Judd reports.
    Original Air Date: February 6, 2017
  • Is the Trump administration struggling to get up to speed?
    Little more than two weeks into President Trump’s administration, there are reports of early struggles behind the scenes for the president and his staff. Amy Walter of The Cook Political Report, NPR's Tamara Keith and Glenn Thrush of The New York Times join John Yang to discuss the inner workings of the White House and the lag in hiring and confirmations for the Trump administration.
    Original Air Date: February 6, 2017
  • News Wrap: Trump visits CENTCOM, defends travel ban
    In our news wrap Monday, President Trump spoke about "radical Islamic" terror attacks on his first visit to U.S. Central Command, where he also criticized the press. On Twitter, he attacked the judge who halted key provisions of his travel ban. Also, in a showdown over nominee Betsy DeVos, Senate Democrats said they planned to hold the Senate floor overnight until tomorrow's confirmation vote.
    Original Air Date: February 6, 2017

Sunday, February 5, 2017

  • A look at the first two week’s of Trump’s presidency
    More than two weeks into his term, President Donald Trump has raised questions among some GOP members about his Republican beliefs and attacked a federal judge in Seattle over a ruling about Trump’s immigrant ban. To help analyze the latest political developments in the new administration, NewsHour Weekend Special Correspondent Jeff Greenfield joins Hari Sreenivasan.
    Original Air Date: February 5, 2017
  • Trump’s immigrant ban could lead to U.S. Supreme Court
    One federal appeals court has weighed in on the Trump administration’s immigration ban, and should another appeals court in another region of the country offer a competing view, it could send the debate to the U.S. Supreme Court. To discuss the legal ramifications of the immigration ban, University of Texas Law School Professor Steve Vladeck joins Hari Sreenivasan.
    Original Air Date: February 5, 2017
  • After court rulings, Syrian refugees board flights to U.S.
    Together, Syria’s immediate neighbors of Turkey, Lebanon and Jordan host the majority of Syrian refugees who have fled their war-torn homeland in the past six years. During the last 24 hours, refugees with approved visas to come to the U.S. have started boarding flights again. Reporter Jane Arraf in Jordan’s capital of Amman joins Hari Sreenivasan via Skype.
    Original Air Date: February 5, 2017
  • Allentown Syrians divided on Trump travel ban
    Allentown, Pennsylvania and surrounding Lehigh County are home to around 4,200 residents of Syrian descent -- one of the largest Syrian communities in the nation. They began arriving a century ago, with dozens more pouring in after the start of the Syrian civil war. NewsHour Weekend Correspondent Megan Thompson traveled to the region to report on their views of President Donald Trump’s immigration ban.
    Original Air Date: February 5, 2017
  • Employers can use FBI database for background checks
    Employers enrolled in federal and state “Rap Back” programs receive ongoing, real-time updates about their employees even after they are hired. They can keep tabs on things like encounters with law enforcement, even if those actions do not result in arrests, according to a report by The Intercept by Ava Kofman. Kofman joins Hari Sreenivasan with more details.
    Original Air Date: February 5, 2017

Saturday, February 4, 2017

  • Trump cabinet posts left vacant
    Entering President Donald Trump’s third week, only five members of his cabinet have been sworn in, including the secretaries of State, Defense, Homeland Security and Transportation. The heads of 15 other departments are awaiting Senate confirmation. In addition, hundreds of staff positions remain vacant. Roll Call Reporter Niels Lesniewski joins Alison Stewart from Washington to discuss.
    Original Air Date: February 4, 2017
  • Reassessing U.S. relations with Ukraine
    On President Donald Trump’s call list Saturday was Ukraine President Poroshenko. The conversation comes after a week of some of the worst fighting in the last two year between Ukrainian and pro-Russia separatist fighters killed 30 people. Alison Stewart is joined by Professor Timothy Frye, chair of the political science department at Columbia University, to talk about international relations.
    Original Air Date: February 4, 2017
  • Armed citizens patrol the Arizona-Mexico border
    President Donald Trump recently signed an executive order to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border as the first step to fulfill a campaign promise. Saying the U.S. government has failed to secure it, a group of armed citizens are patrolling a nearly 400-mile stretch of desert land that separates Arizona from Mexico. NewsHour Special Correspondent Nick Schifrin reports.
    Original Air Date: February 4, 2017

Friday, February 3, 2017

  • Areas of Mosul still under siege, but signs of life return
    Iraqi forces, backed by U.S. support, have retaken one side of the city of Mosul. Now a military offensive to recapture the rest of the city -- where hundreds of thousands of civilians are still trapped -- is expected to start at any time. And yet, a short distance away, signs of life are returning to the city. Special correspondent Jane Ferguson and videographer Alessandro Pavone report.
    Original Air Date: February 3, 2017
  • Why one Muslim Marine is inviting questions about his faith
    Standing on a city street, Mansoor Shams holds a sign that reads: “I’m a Muslim and a U.S. Marine. Ask anything.” The former Marine has been traveling around the nation, inviting those curious to ask him about his experiences. NewsHour joined Shams in Baltimore to listen in on his discussions and hear why he’s so eager to discuss his faith with strangers.
    Original Air Date: February 3, 2017
  • Trump and the GOP take aim at Obama-era regulations
    President Trump punctuated his first two weeks in office with a push to begin deregulating the financial industry. Meanwhile, Congress is using a seldom-used law to target recent rules set by the Obama administration, including environmental protections and gun control. William Brangham and Lisa Desjardins join Judy Woodruff for a closer look.
    Original Air Date: February 3, 2017
  • Will new sanctions, statements escalate tensions with Iran?
    New U.S. sanctions were applied to people and companies tied to Iran’s ballistic missile program. The National Security Adviser released a statement saying that the international community has been "too tolerant of Iran's bad behavior" and that the administration wouldn't tolerate "provocations." Hari Sreenivasan talks to Karim Sadjadpour of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.
    Original Air Date: February 3, 2017
  • News Wrap: Trump seeks rollbacks on financial regulations
    In our news wrap Friday, President Trump signed an executive order directing the Treasury Department to look for ways to roll back the Dodd-Frank Act's regulations, and signed a memorandum aimed at blocking a retirement savings regulation that makes brokers put clients' interests first. Also, the Labor Department reported that U.S. employers added 227,000 new jobs.
    Original Air Date: February 3, 2017
    A street sign for Wall Street is seen outside the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in Manhattan, New York City. Photo by Andrew Kelly/Reuters
  • Shields and Brooks on Democrats’ Gorsuch dilemma
    Syndicated columnist Mark Shields and New York Times Columnist David Brooks join Judy Woodruff to discuss the week’s news, including President Trump’s pick of Judge Neil Gorsuch for the Supreme Court, and the tough choice for Democrats on how to respond in light of GOP obstruction on Merrick Garland, plus the controversial refugee and travel ban and more.
    Original Air Date: February 3, 2017
  • New film brings prophecy of James Baldwin into today’s world
    James Baldwin was one of the nation’s most prominent novelists, social critics and civil rights activists of the 20th century. Now his critiques of racism and segregation are the subject of a new Oscar-nominated documentary titled, “I Am Not Your Negro.” Jeffrey Brown sits down with director Raoul Peck to discuss his tribute to a man he sees as a civil rights prophet.
    Original Air Date: February 3, 2017

Thursday, February 2, 2017

  • News Wrap: Tillerson urges State to put aside differences
    In our news wrap Thursday, newly sworn-in Secretary of State Rex Tillerson praised the work force at the State Department and said he understands their frustrations with the new administration, but urged employees to set aside any political differences with President Trump. Also, two more Cabinet nominees -- Mick Mulvaney and Scott Pruitt -- advanced to the full Senate for confirmation.
    Original Air Date: February 2, 2017
  • Trump vows to scrap rule on religious groups and campaigning
    President Trump used the annual National Prayer Breakfast to reignite an old campaign promise: to change the tax code to allow churches and other tax-exempt groups to openly campaign for political candidates. John Yang reports on that and more.
    Original Air Date: February 2, 2017
  • How this educator is guiding Liberian girls toward school
    Liberia has had more than its fair shares of challenges, and is trying to rebuild after enduring a devastating Ebola epidemic and civil war. Special correspondent Fred de Sam Lazaro meets an American woman who has made her home in Liberia, started her own school and now provides education and scholarships for girls.
    Original Air Date: February 2, 2017
  • How Warren Buffett’s fortune goes directly to those in need
    In our NewsHour Shares moment of the day, when billionaire businessman Warren Buffett announced he was giving away much of his fortune, letters began pouring in from people asking for help. His older sister has taken on responding to their pleas as part of the Letters Foundation.
    Original Air Date: February 2, 2017