Thursday, December 1, 2016

  • Is crumbling infrastructure limiting American productivity?
    In recent decades, American productivity growth has slowed. Yale University's Jacob Hacker has a possible explanation: the country’s outdated and deteriorating infrastructure. Hacker, co-author of “American Amnesia,” argues the U.S. has forgotten the role government plays in engineering prosperity, and that public investment got us where we are today. Economics correspondent Paul Solman reports.
    Original Air Date: December 1, 2016
  • Lingering challenges in the global fight against AIDS
    On World AIDS Day, we take a look at efforts being made to improve prevention and treatment of the virus. While encouraging advancements have been achieved, AIDS is still the number one killer of women ages 18 to 55. William Brangham speaks with Jon Cohen of Science magazine about recent developments, why adolescents present a particular challenge and securing global funding to fight the disease.
    Original Air Date: December 1, 2016
  • Analyzing the long-term value of Trump’s Carrier agreement
    President-elect Donald Trump’s deal with United Technologies will preserve 1,100 jobs in the state of Indiana, thus appearing to validate a central promise of his campaign. But questions remain: Is this sort of agreement viable? What is the future of American manufacturing? Judy Woodruff speaks with Greg Ip of the The Wall Street Journal and Scott Paul of the Alliance for American Manufacturing.
    Original Air Date: December 1, 2016
  • A history of the American war on weed
    On November 8, multiple states legalized marijuana for medical or recreational purposes -- so Joe Dolce’s new book on the substance's history in the U.S. is timely. Dolce argues marijuana's bad reputation is a result of political demonization, including an intentional name change and association with hippies and disorder. This is his Brief but Spectacular take on the past and future of cannabis.
    Original Air Date: December 1, 2016
  • News Wrap: Tennessee wildfire recovery efforts increase
    In our news wrap Thursday, the smoke is clearing from days of wildfires in Tennessee’s Great Smoky Mountains, and recovery efforts are in full swing. The blazes in and around the eastern city of Gatlinburg left 10 people dead before 24 hours of rain quenched the flames. Also, French President Francois Hollande said he will not seek a second term, citing his historically low approval ratings.
    Original Air Date: December 1, 2016
  • These volunteers risk their lives to save Mosul's injured
    On the front lines of Mosul, Iraq, two young American volunteers aid those injured in battle. Pete Reed and Derek Coleman treat Iraqi soldiers and civilians right in the path of fire, far closer than other medical providers. Without their proximity to the fighting, many more wounded would die. But their location also means they are at enormous risk. Special correspondent Jane Ferguson reports.
    Original Air Date: December 1, 2016
  • Trump lauds exchange of tax breaks for Carrier jobs
    President-elect Donald Trump traveled to Indianapolis on Thursday, touting a jobs deal he said made good on a campaign promise. In the agreement, Carrier's parent company, United Technologies, will receive $7 million in state tax breaks over 10 years, in exchange for investing $16 million in its Indiana operations. The package will save 1,100 jobs; however, 600 jobs will be outsourced to Mexico.
    Original Air Date: December 1, 2016

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

  • News Wrap: No criminal charges in fatal Scott shooting
    In our news wrap Wednesday, the North Carolina police officer who fatally shot Keith Lamont Scott in September will not face criminal charges. The prosecutor said there was evidence that Scott, a black man, was holding a gun and ignored repeated requests to disarm. Also, the death toll from wildfires in Tennessee’s Great Smoky Mountains rose to seven; dozens more have been injured.
    Original Air Date: November 30, 2016
  • Castro’s funeral procession retraces Revolution’s route
    Fidel Castro’s ashes began a lengthy procession through Cuba on Wednesday, mirroring the legendary leader's post-revolution journey in 1959. At the time, Castro depicted himself as a national savior -- a view some Cubans still hold today. Hari Sreenivasan speaks with special correspondent Nick Schifrin in Havana for a report on the response to Castro’s death and hopes for the country’s future.
    Original Air Date: November 30, 2016
  • Sen. Thune on Wilbur Ross, Trump trade policy, entitlements
    On Wednesday, President-elect Donald Trump announced billionaire investor Wilbur Ross as his choice to head the Department of Commerce. Hari Sreenivasan asks Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.), a leading Senate Republican, about how Ross’ business dealings will be evaluated for potential conflicts of interest, Mr. Trump’s approach to trade policy and the expected economic priorities of the new government.
    Original Air Date: November 30, 2016
  • California’s ‘Salad Bowl’ is cultivating more than crops
    In California's Salinas Valley, known as the "Salad Bowl of the World,” a push is underway to expand agriculture's adoption of technology. The mobile app Heavy Connect, for example, enables farm managers to track personnel and equipment efficiently. Special correspondent Cat Wise reports on how such innovation is providing new opportunities for the Valley's largely Hispanic population.
    Original Air Date: November 30, 2016
  • Carmen Maria Machado on marrying after your parents divorce
    Writer Carmen Maria Machado wasn't totally surprised when her parents informed her, 31 years into their marriage, that they were planning to divorce. But the news did produce a wave of anxiety over her own upcoming wedding. She shares how she and her fiancee are moving forward, keeping in mind her parents’ mistakes, as part of our re-launched “Essay” series -- now called “In My Humble Opinion.”
    Original Air Date: November 30, 2016
  • Can a high-profile task force spark Middle East change?
    As chairs of the Middle East Strategy Task Force, former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright and former National Security Adviser Stephen Hadley are leading a bipartisan effort to stabilize one of the world's most volatile regions. Albright and Hadley join Judy Woodruff to discuss the task force's report and recommendations, American ‘humility’ and their expectations of President-elect Trump.
    Original Air Date: November 30, 2016
  • Wall Street veterans compose Trump’s economic team
    President-elect Donald Trump announced two more Cabinet picks on Wednesday: Goldman Sachs veteran Steven Mnuchin for treasury secretary and billionaire investor Wilbur Ross for commerce secretary. He also chose a deputy for Ross: Chicago Cubs co-owner Todd Ricketts. On Twitter, Mr. Trump said he would stay “completely out of business operations” to focus on the presidency. Lisa Desjardins reports.
    Original Air Date: November 30, 2016

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

  • Trump announces administration health officials
    President-elect Donald Trump chose orthopedist and six-term Rep. Tom Price (R-Ga.) as secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services, and health policy expert Seema Verma to head Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Meanwhile, Mr. Trump’s pick for secretary of state is still in question: Mitt Romney and Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) appear to be contenders. John Yang reports.
    Original Air Date: November 29, 2016
  • Will Price take a ‘surgical approach’ to revising Obamacare?
    Rep. Tom Price (R-Ga) is an orthopedic surgeon and a vocal critic of the Affordable Care Act. He's also President-elect Donald Trump's choice to head the Department of Health and Human Services. Hari Sreenivasan speaks with Sabrina Corlette of Georgetown University, Robert Moffit of The Heritage Foundation and Sarah Kliff of Vox about Price's background and how he might shape health care policy.
    Original Air Date: November 29, 2016
  • Relentless bombing kills dozens in Aleppo
    In rebel-held Aleppo, the violent fight against the Islamic State is escalating, with 50 people killed and another 150 injured on Tuesday. Though Secretary of State John Kerry has been pushing for a cease-fire in the city, administration officials suspect Russia wants to cement a victory before President-elect Donald Trump takes office. Chief foreign affairs correspondent Margaret Warner reports.
    Original Air Date: November 29, 2016
  • In the black community, a division over charter schools
    With the election of Donald Trump, a big proponent of school choice, and his like-minded pick for secretary of education, Betsy DeVos, the topic of charter schools is likely to attract more attention. But among African-American parents and the NAACP, the debate over school choice and its impact on public education is already a heated one. From Memphis, Education Week’s Lisa Stark reports.
    Original Air Date: November 29, 2016
  • How Trump's trade policy could affect jobs in U.S., abroad
    A central tenet of President-elect Donald Trump’s campaign platform was reclaiming American jobs that have moved overseas. But how might the disruption of existing international trade agreements affect companies -- and the American consumer? In the second of a series on U.S.-Mexico relations, special correspondent Nick Schifrin reports in collaboration with the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting.
    Original Air Date: November 29, 2016
  • For kids too sick to play, a chance to join the team
    In our NewsHour Shares moment of the day, a program that enables critically and chronically ill children to be part of a sports team. Seven-year-old Ava loves to play soccer. When she was diagnosed with leukemia, she was sidelined from the game. But thanks to Team IMPACT, Ava is now an honorary member of Babson College’s women's soccer team. From WGBH in Boston, Tina Martin reports.
    Original Air Date: November 29, 2016

Monday, November 28, 2016

  • In 1985 interview, Castro spoke of fearing U.S. invasion
    In our NewsHour Shares moment of the day, an excerpt from a 1985 interview with Fidel Castro conducted by our own Robert MacNeil. During the conversation, Castro describes the origin of the Cuban Missile Crisis, asserts that after the Bay of Pigs incident in 1961, Cuba and the Soviet Union feared additional attempts by the U.S. to invade Cuba and denies responsibility for approaching nuclear war.
    Original Air Date: November 28, 2016
  • France’s far-right National Front party is on the rise
    In France, right-wing populist party National Front continues to garner support, despite critics who say it punishes detractors and silences the press. The party tailors its ideology to fit different populations; in the French Rust Belt, it has gained favor with the traditionally socialist working class by promising to push back against global elites. Special correspondent Malcolm Brabant reports.
    Original Air Date: November 28, 2016
  • How Fidel Castro’s death marks a new era for Cuba
    A 21-gun salute launched Cuba’s week of mourning for Fidel Castro, who passed away Friday night at 90. But in Miami, it was a day of celebration for the many who see the former leader’s death as the conclusion of a violent and oppressive era. Jeffrey Brown talks to Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) and The Heritage Foundation’s Ana Quintana about what’s next for Cuba and its relationship with the U.S.
    Original Air Date: November 28, 2016
  • Trump’s transition drama over recounts and Cabinet picks
    More than two weeks after Election Day, the legitimacy of its results are being questioned, both by Green Party candidate Jill Stein and by the president-elect himself, who asserts that “millions of people” voted illegally. Amy Walter of the Cook Political Report and NPR’s Tamara Keith join John Yang to discuss that controversy, how Trump's team is communicating and more possible Cabinet picks.
    Original Air Date: November 28, 2016
  • Why cleaning up abandoned coal mines is so important
    With coal production at its lowest level in 30 years, abandoned mines around the country are causing major environmental problems. They can catch fire, and debris from them can contaminate the water supply. But mine cleanup is an effort difficult to fund, since many of the coal companies responsible for them are claiming bankruptcy. Inside Energy’s Leigh Paterson reports from western Pennsylvania.
    Original Air Date: November 28, 2016
  • Is there a line between Trump’s businesses and politics?
    Donald Trump’s business dealings with companies around the world have raised questions of possible conflicts of interest once he takes office. The New York Times recently published a lengthy piece on potential issues; William Brangham speaks with one of the investigation's reporters, Eric Lipton, for details on separating political and economic power, Trump-branded properties and more.
    Original Air Date: November 28, 2016

Sunday, November 27, 2016

  • With recount efforts brewing in three states, what now?
    While they do not anticipate the outcome of the election will change, Hillary Clinton’s campaign has agreed to participate in an effort to recount ballots in states that were crucial to President-elect Donald Trump’s win. NPR’s political reporter Tamara Keith joins Alison Stewart for more analysis.
    Original Air Date: November 27, 2016
  • Texas judge issues injunction, blocking overtime pay law
    A federal judge in Texas has issued a preliminary injunction on a new nationwide rule that would nearly double the salary cap for workers eligible to receive overtime pay to $47,476 a year. The rule was supposed to take effect on Dec. 1. Yuki Noguchi, business desk reporter for NPR, joins Alison Stewart.
    Original Air Date: November 27, 2016

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