Monday, July 20, 2015

  • Search for life in the universe gets a $100 million boost
    Are we alone in the universe? A new project called the Breakthrough Initiative may help scientists like Stephen Hawking get closer to the answer. Tech investor Yuri Milner pledged $100 million to help survey one million of the closest stars to Earth for signals from other forms of intelligent life. Gwen Ifill discusses the project with Andrew Siemion, director of the Berkeley SETI Research Center.
    Original Air Date: July 20, 2015
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  • Free dance lessons teach NYC students to think on their feet
    The National Dance Institute has been sending dance instructors into New York City schools for nearly 40 years, teaching kids who would otherwise have little access to arts education. Jeffrey Brown reports on how founder Jacques d’Amboise grew the institute into a city-wide force that continues to give children new confidence and ease.
    Original Air Date: July 20, 2015
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  • Flying eye hospital delivers new outlooks around the world
    Since 1982, the Orbis Flying Eye Hospital has traveled from country to country, performing surgeries and training local medical staff. Special correspondent Fred de Sam Lazaro meets up with the flying hospital in Vietnam.
    Original Air Date: July 20, 2015
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  • Gangs and guns fuel Chicago’s summer surge of violence
    In Chicago, the number of shooting deaths has climbed in 2015 after falling the last two years. Vonzell Banks was one of the victims -- a 17-year-old church choir drummer, who got caught in the crossfire during a family outing over the July 4th weekend. Special correspondent Chris Bury reports on what’s driving the violence.
    Original Air Date: July 20, 2015
    People gather for a candlelight vigil against gun violence in the Englewood neighborhood in Chicago, Illinois, United States, July 3, 2015. Extra police patrols and long shifts were not enough to prevent nine deaths and about 50 injuries from gun violence in Chicago over the Fourth of July weekend, when homicides jump almost every year. Chicago, with 2.7 million people, is the most violent large city in the United States, with poverty, segregation, dozens of small street gangs, and a pervasive gun culture all contributing to the problem. Picture taken July 3, 2015.   REUTERS/Jim Young    - RTX1JA3U
  • Is Trump's rapid rise headed for a reverse?
    Stuart Rothenberg of The Rothenberg & Gonzales Political Report and Susan Page of USA Today join Gwen Ifill to discuss the campaign disruption of Donald Trump, who offered controversial remarks about Sen. John McCain and religion over the weekend, plus demonstrators disrupt Democratic candidates speaking at the Netroots Nation conference.
    Original Air Date: July 20, 2015
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  • After decades of hostility, what’s next for U.S. and Cuba
    Now that relations have been officially normalized, what’s next for diplomacy between Cuba and the United States? Judy Woodruff gets insight from María de los Angeles Torres of the University of Illinois at Chicago.
    Original Air Date: July 20, 2015
    Cuban and American flags are straightened during the re-opening ceremony for the Cuban embassy in Washington July 20, 2015. The Cuban flag was raised over Havana's embassy in Washington on Monday for the first time in 54 years as the United States and Cuba formally restored relations, opening a new chapter of engagement between the former Cold War foes.  REUTERS/Chip Somodevilla/Pool - RTX1L46F

Sunday, July 19, 2015

  • Startup helps families send money back to their home country
    How has technology changed our ability to send cash to loved ones abroad? One financial tech startup in New York is hoping to change how immigrant families support one another. Stephen Fee reports.
    Original Air Date: July 19, 2015
  • How is ISIS recruiting the next generation of fighters?
    As the Islamic State militant group captures cities in Syria and Iraq, it is also working to build a new generation of jihadist fighters. A report in the Associated Press sheds new light on how ISIS is indoctrinating young boys in schools and mosques and training them with weapons. Reporter Zeina Karam joins Hari Sreenivasan via Skype from Beirut with the details.
    Original Air Date: July 19, 2015
    A member loyal to the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) waves an ISIL flag in Raqqa June 29, 2014. The offshoot of al Qaeda which has captured swathes of territory in Iraq and Syria has declared itself an Islamic "Caliphate" and called on factions worldwide to pledge their allegiance, a statement posted on jihadist websites said on Sunday. The group, previously known as the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), also known as ISIS, has renamed itself "Islamic State" and proclaimed its leader Abu Bakr al-Baghadi as "Caliph" - the head of the state, the statement said. REUTERS/Stringer (SYRIA - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST )  BEST QUALITY AVAILABLE - RTR4BHO3
  • Here's what you should know about choosing the right surgeon
    A new report by ProPublica sheds light on the importance of choosing the right surgeon, especially when it comes to elective surgery. The non-profit news organization analyzed the complication rates of 17,000 surgeons nationwide and released its findings to the public. Olga Pierce of ProPublica joins Hari Sreenivasan for more detail.
    Original Air Date: July 19, 2015
    AURORA, CO - MARCH 25: Dr. Peter Witt, University of Colorado neurosurgeon who specializes in spinal surgeries, center, performs a percutaneous endoscopic lumbar discectomy, a surgery to repair a ruptured disc on patient Dean Hogsett at the University of Colorado Hospital on the Anschutz Medical Campus March 25, 2015. (Photo by Andy Cross/The Denver Post)
  • Advocates warn genital cutting may increase during summer
    Female genital mutilation is thought of as something affecting women in countries halfway around the world. But advocates in the U.S. say many women who have immigrated here may have been subjected to the painful procedure or could still be at risk. That risk, advocates say, can go up during summer, when girls go back to their home countries to visit family. NewsHour's Megan Thomson has the story.
    Original Air Date: July 19, 2015
    A mother carrying an infant on her back attends a meeting of women from several communities eradicating female genital mutilation, in the western Senegalese village of Diabougo, September 10, 2007. Tostan, a small Senegalese aid group credited with launching a grass roots campaign to abolish female circumcision in West Africa, will be awarded the $1.5 million Hilton Prize in New York on Wednesday. Picture taken September 10, 2007. To match feature SENEGAL-MUTILATION/CAMPAIGN    REUTERS/Finbarr O'Reilly (SENEGAL) - RTR1TR55

Saturday, July 18, 2015

  • Viewers sound off on plot twist in Harper Lee’s new novel
    Viewers weigh in on the recent revelation that Harper Lee's beloved character from "To Kill A Mockingbird," Atticus Finch, holds racist views. Hari Sreenivasan reads your comments.
    Original Air Date: July 18, 2015
    Pulitzer Prize winner and "To Kill A Mockingbird" author Harper Lee smiles before receiving the 2007 Presidential Medal of Freedom in the White House Nov. 5, 2007. Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images
  • Report: At least 70k rape kits untested in U.S. police depts
    A new investigation by the USA Today Media Network shows that at least 70,000 rape kits remain untested in 1,000 U.S. police departments. The report discovered police departments in 34 states have never taken an inventory of evidence lying untested on shelves, and police in 44 states lack guidelines of when to test rape kits. Reporter Steve Reilly from USA Today joins Hari Sreenivasan with more.
    Original Air Date: July 18, 2015
  • Can an all-star karate class bridge the Arab-Israeli divide?
    There’s an effort underway in Israel to bridge the divide between Jews and Arabs with a more disciplined form of fighting: the martial arts. NewsHour’s Martin Fletcher has the story.
    Original Air Date: July 18, 2015
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  • How U.S. policy is keeping money from some Somali families
    According to community leaders in Minneapolis-St. Paul, 80 percent of the Somali-Americans send money back to East Africa. Aid groups say 40 percent of Somalia’s population relies on those dollars -- known as remittances -- to survive. But recently, strict regulations meant to prevent that money from falling into the hands of terrorists have compromised that vital flow of dollars.
    Original Air Date: July 18, 2015
    Somali families receive an Iftar (breaking of fast) meal from a Qatari charity organization during the holy Muslim month of Ramadan in Mogadishu, June 22, 2015. Photo by Feisal Omar/Reuters

Friday, July 17, 2015

  • How studying insects may lead to smarter drones
    When you watch an insect fly in slow motion, you get a whole new perspective on the complexity of movement and engineering. A new collaborative research project, funded by the U.S. Air Force, is devoted to studying how insects and animals fly so that humans can build smarter, more efficient aircraft. Hari Sreenivasan reports.
    Original Air Date: July 17, 2015
  • Undercover Planned Parenthood video stokes abortion debate
    A hidden camera video showing a Planned Parenthood staff member discussing the transfer of fetal tissue has enflamed the longstanding abortion debate; conservative lawmakers have called for investigations. Political director Lisa Desjardins reports, offering a look at the unedited version of the video.
    Original Air Date: July 17, 2015
  • Shields and Brooks on striking a deal with Iran
    Syndicated columnist Mark Shields and New York Times columnist David Brooks join Judy Woodruff to discuss the week’s news, including reactions to the Iran nuclear agreement, recent controversy over Planned Parenthood, the entrance of Gov. Scott Walker into the 2016 presidential campaign and more.
    Original Air Date: July 17, 2015
  • Running and leaping through life at full speed
    In this video produced by young journalists in the NewsHour’s Student Reporting Labs program, Justin Frevert, a parkour artist, explains how the sport has helped him overcome obstacles and embrace life’s challenges.
    Original Air Date: July 17, 2015
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  • Kerry: Iran nuclear deal deserves 'responsible' analysis
    Three days since the announcement of the Iran nuclear agreement, Secretary of State John Kerry joins Judy Woodruff to discuss why he believes the deal will stand up to scrutiny by Congress and prevent Iran from gaining a nuclear weapon.
    Original Air Date: July 17, 2015
  • 'Very few red flags' to tip off authorities to Tennessee attack
    Officials are describing their case on the shooting rampage by Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez on members of the U.S. military as a terror investigation. Hari Sreenivasan speaks to Michael Leiter, former director of the National Counterterrorism Center, about what we know about the shooter and whether he may have been influenced by groups like the Islamic State, which has called for lone wolf attacks.
    Original Air Date: July 17, 2015
    American flags line a memorial as FBI agents continue their investigation at the Armed Forces Career Center in Chattanooga, Tennessee July 17, 2015. Four U.S. Marines were killed on Thursday by a suspected gunman the FBI has confirmed as Mohammod Youssuf Abdulazeez, who opened fire at two military offices in Chattanooga before being fatally shot by police.   REUTERS/Tami Chappell - RTX1KQYT

Thursday, July 16, 2015

  • TV creator Jill Soloway on breaking barriers in Hollywood
    As a little kid who watched TV, writer and director Jill Soloway says she wanted to be on "the other side of the glass." Now she's the creator of "Transparent," a show based on her personal experience having a parent come out as transgendered. Soloway offers her Brief But Spectacular take on the evolution in Hollywood toward embracing more diverse stories and perspectives.
    Original Air Date: July 16, 2015
  • Crime novelist of 'The Cartel' calls for end to war on drugs
    The escape of Mexican drug lord Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán felt to novelist Don Winslow like it came straight out of the pages of his new book, "The Cartel." Winslow has been writing about the drug wars for years, sharing observations of devastating brutality through his fiction. He joins Jeffrey Brown to discuss the challenge of conveying violence to readers and the futility of our war on drugs.
    Original Air Date: July 16, 2015
  • Study: Good social skills shape kids into successful adults
    In a report released today, researchers found that kindergarteners’ social skills, like cooperation, listening to others and helping classmates, provided strong predictors of how those children would fare two decades later. Judy Woodruff speaks to Damon Jones of Pennsylvania State University about the findings.
    Original Air Date: July 16, 2015
  • The economic options for combatting climate change
    As greenhouse gases accumulate and global temperatures slowly rise, what can we do to insure against the catastrophes of climate change? Economics correspondent Paul Solman talks to the authors of
    Original Air Date: July 16, 2015
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  • IMF chief: Europe must do much more to reduce Greek debt
    Even as Greece moves closer to a new European bailout deal, the International Monetary Fund has been pushing for debt relief for the struggling nation, adding tension to an already fraught situation. Gwen Ifill speaks to managing director Christine Lagarde about the IMF’s stance.
    Original Air Date: July 16, 2015
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  • Criminal justice reform gains bipartisan momentum
    On Thursday, President Obama became the first sitting president to visit a federal prison, part of his larger campaign to encourage reform of the American criminal justice system. Political director Lisa Desjardins reports he’s not the only politician pushing for reform: both Republican and Democratic lawmakers are speaking out and offering proposals on Capitol Hill and the campaign trail.
    Original Air Date: July 16, 2015
    U.S. President Barack Obama is shown the inside of a cell as he visits the El Reno Federal Correctional Institution in El Reno, Oklahoma July 16, 2015. Obama is the first sitting president to visit a federal prison.      REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque  - RTX1KKVP
  • Outside political groups rewire 2016 campaign fundraising
    Wednesday was the deadline for presidential campaigns to declare how much money they’ve raised. However, those numbers don’t tell the full story, as outside political groups now raise the most money. Judy Woodruff speaks to Matea Gold of the Washington Post, and Sasha Issenberg of Bloomberg about what these numbers actually mean.
    Original Air Date: July 16, 2015
    Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush departs following an appearance at Thumbtack, a consumer service connecting experienced professionals, in San Francisco, California July 16, 2015. REUTERS/Robert Galbraith - RTX1KL7G
  • Samantha Bee’s typical family movies? ‘Kill Bill’ and ‘Jaws’
    While speaking with Samantha Bee for an upcoming segment, we asked her what family movies she watches with her kids. Her answer was
    Original Air Date: July 16, 2015
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