Wednesday, June 22, 2016

  • Could the United States finally adopt the metric system?
    The United States, Liberia and Myanmar are the only countries in the world that do not officially use the metric system for weights and measurements. On the brink of Thursday’s Brexit vote, author Daniel Pink wonders when, if ever, the U.S. might join the rest of the metric world.
    Original Air Date: June 22, 2016
    Elementary student takes a math test
  • In Southern schools, segregation & inequality aren’t history
    Last month, a Mississippi judge ordered the state’s public schools to desegregate, illuminating the ongoing struggle to comply with the Supreme Court’s 1954 Brown v. Board of Education ruling. Special correspondent Charlayne Hunter-Gault talks to Maureen Costello of the Southern Poverty Law Center for insight into how Southern schools can move race relations forward.
    Original Air Date: June 22, 2016
    Freedom school student Cynthia Perteet (left) and volunteer Beth More (right) in Hattiesburg, Mississippi during Freedom Summer, 1964.  More was a teacher in the Freedom School hosted by Mt. Zion Baptist Church.  Photo by Herbert Randall from Herbert Randall Freedom Summer Photographs collection, McCain Library and Archives, The University Southern Mississippi.
  • Rep offers very personal rebuke of Stanford rape sentence
    While the Capitol Hill debate over gun control has dominated headlines since the Orlando shooting, it’s hardly the only issue on lawmakers’ minds. The light sentence Stanford swimmer Brock Turner received for raping an unconscious woman has also struck a chord, especially with Rep. Ann McLane Kuster, D-N.H., who took to the floor Tuesday night to share her own experience with sexual assault.
    Original Air Date: June 22, 2016
    Democratic congressional candidate for New Hampshire's second district Ann McLane Kuster (C), speaks with Nan Stearns (R) and Ann Logan (L) while campaigning at a fair in Amherst, New Hampshire September 25, 2010. In New Hampshire, the Republican Party's renewed focus on fiscal matters could prove fruitful after a devastating decade that saw them lose a Senate seat, both House seats and control of the state legislature. Republicans aim to win back that lost ground this year and win the governorship as well. Picture taken September 25, 2010. REUTERS/Joel Page  (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS ELECTIONS) - RTXSTBE
  • Teen scientist’s device may grant speech to the voiceless
    At age nine, Arsh Shah Dilbagi asked his parents for a puppy; they gave him a Lego kit instead. Undeterred, Arsh used it to construct a dog. Now 17, the tech prodigy is still building his dreams from scratch. His latest project is a smartphone-sized device called “Talk” that converts breath into speech, a boon for the developmentally disabled. Special correspondent Fred de Sam Lazaro reports.
    Original Air Date: June 22, 2016
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  • News Wrap: House Democrats hold sit-in on gun control vote
    In our news wrap Wednesday, after Republican lawmakers rejected four gun control proposals on Monday, nearly 100 Congressional Democrats staged a sit-in, refusing to leave until they secured a vote on gun legislation. Also, the Department of Justice announced it has charged 300 people, including doctors and other health care professionals, with allegedly defrauding Medicare for $900 million.
    Original Air Date: June 22, 2016
    A photo tweeted from the floor of the U.S. House by Rep. Donna Edwards (R) shows Democratic members of the U.S. House of Representatives, including herself and Rep. John Lewis (L) staging a sit-in on the House floor "to demand action on common sense gun legislation" on Capitol Hill in Washington, United States, June 22, 2016.  REUTERS/Rep. Donna Edwards/Handout - RTX2HMOJ
  • Congress, Obama agree on rules for household chemicals
    President Obama reached a rare agreement with Congress on a new law to regulate toxic household chemicals. The legislation, signed Wednesday, will give the EPA the authority to vet and ban tens of thousands of substances potentially harmful to humans, including chemicals in detergents, cleaners and furniture. Gwen Ifill learns more from political director Lisa Desjardins.
    Original Air Date: June 22, 2016
    Tide detergent, a Procter & Gamble product, is displayed on a shelf in a store in Alexandria, May 28, 2009. Procter & Gamble forecast fiscal 2010 earnings way below Wall Street estimates, as it invests in international markets and new products, but its shares fell only slightly as analysts said the investments were needed for future growth.  REUTERS/Molly Riley (UNITED STATES BUSINESS) - RTXOWGC

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

  • News Wrap: Boeing to sell passenger aircraft to Iran
    In our news wrap Tuesday, Boeing announced it has signed an agreement to sell commercial jets to Iran’s main airline, representing the largest business deal Iran has made with an American company in over three decades. Also, Attorney General Loretta Lynch traveled to Orlando as the Department of Justice pushed ahead with its investigation into the mass shooting there.
    Original Air Date: June 21, 2016
    A Boeing 737 MAX sits outside the hangar during a media tour of the Boeing 737 MAX at the Boeing plant in Renton, Washington December 8, 2015. REUTERS/Matt Mills McKnight - RTX1XRU8
  • Prisoners with disabilities lack ‘scaffolding for success’
    According to a new report, more than 750,000 people with disabilities are currently imprisoned in the United States. Advocates say that children born with physical or intellectual disabilities are far more likely to end up in prison than their able-bodied peers, due in part to a lack of support systems. Judy Woodruff talks to Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi from RespectAbility for more on the problem.
    Original Air Date: June 21, 2016
    Two wheelchairs are lined against a wall in the East Block for condemned inmates during a media tour of California's Death Row at San Quentin State Prison in San Quentin, California December 29, 2015. Picture taken December 29, 2015. REUTERS/Stephen Lam - RTX20KMN
  • In education, ‘doing science’ rather than just memorizing it
    The battle over Common Core education standards is playing out across the country, but a new set of requirements for teaching science is creeping into curricula without the same fanfare. Some states are voluntarily adopting the practices, which emphasize more consistent science instruction as well as hands-on experimentation. Special correspondent John Tulenko of Education Week reports.
    Original Air Date: June 21, 2016
    Science class in Wyoming
  • Smelling doesn’t just perceive a scent -- it changes it
    Scientists are discovering more about normal human biology every day. Case in point: the sense of smell, which everyone utilizes constantly, but few understand in depth. Science producer Nsikan Akpan takes a look at how smells work, how they move and how every sniff we take changes the odor itself.
    Original Air Date: June 21, 2016
  • Why Cole Porter’s melodies and lyrics produce musical magic
    The sophisticated rhymes and erudite imagery of Cole Porter’s lyrics made him one of the nation’s preeminent songsmiths. But an overlooked element of Porter’s legacy is the music underlying those lyrics, which Rob Kapilow argues is essential to understanding the work’s genius. In honor of the composer’s 125th birthday this month, Kapilow joins Jeffrey Brown to offer his take on Cole Porter.
    Original Air Date: June 21, 2016
    Cole Porter
  • Venezuelans face collapsing economy, starvation and crime
    Plummeting worldwide fuel prices have damaged several economies, but perhaps no country has been hit harder than Venezuela. Once flush with oil money, the nation now faces a collapsing economy, skyrocketing inflation and a wave of looting and crime driven by mass food shortages. For more on the dire situation in Venezuela, Gwen Ifill talks to Nicholas Casey of The New York Times.
    Original Air Date: June 21, 2016
    An armed special police officer stands guard next to a security tape at the main entrance of the Venezuela's Central Bank building in Caracas, Venezuela June 20, 2016. An armed man opened fire inside Venezuela's central bank on Monday, wounded two people and was shot dead, sources at the institution said. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins - RTX2H9MJ
  • Is Putin responsible for the IOC’s banned-athlete loophole?
    Last week, the IAAF voted to ban Russia’s track and field team from competing at the Rio Olympics because of a widespread doping program. Tuesday, the International Olympic Committee upheld the ban, but added a loophole of sorts: the banned athletes can be reinstated if they pass follow-up drug tests administered in other countries. John Yang talks to Christine Brennan of USA Today for more.
    Original Air Date: June 21, 2016
    Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a session of the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum 2016 (SPIEF 2016) in St. Petersburg, Russia, June 17, 2016.   REUTERS/Grigory Dukor/File Photo - RTX2H4NL
  • Trump says he'll match donations to overcome $40 million gap
    The summer presidential campaign kicked off with a striking fundraising gap between the two presumptive nominees -- not only does Hillary Clinton lead Donald Trump in national polls, but she has raised over $40 million more. For a closer look at Trump’s finances and what they could mean for his chances in November, Gwen Ifill talks to Matea Gold of The Washington Post and Susan Page of USA Today.
    Original Air Date: June 21, 2016
    Republican U.S. Presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally in Phoenix, Arizona, June 18, 2016. REUTERS/Nancy Wiechec - RTX2GZ65

Monday, June 20, 2016

  • Dire circumstances for Iraqis fleeing Fallujah fighting
    The campaign to drive the Islamic State from Fallujah is advancing much more swiftly than anticipated, with much of the city already retaken. But this success offers little comfort to the tens of thousands of residents who have been forced into the desert by the fighting and live without basic amenities. Special correspondent Jane Arraf joins Judy Woodruff to describe their situation.
    Original Air Date: June 20, 2016
    Iraqi soldiers help civilians, who fled from Falluja because of Islamic State violence, during a dust storm on the outskirts of Falluja, Iraq, June 18, 2016. REUTERS/Stringer - RTX2H08I
  • What a Trump staff shakeup means for his election strategy
    Amy Walter of The Cook Political Report and Tamara Keith of NPR join Gwen Ifill to discuss the latest in politics, including what Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski’s ousting means for the presumptive GOP nominee, Trump’s unconventional June advertising strategy, Hillary Clinton’s $23 million swing state blitz and whether mainstream Republicans will try to dump Trump at the RNC.
    Original Air Date: June 20, 2016
  • Tough times for towns powered by fossil fuel energy jobs
    Plummeting fuel prices are usually considered a good thing, but in rural Wyoming -- where fossil fuels like coal employ 10 percent of the state’s private sector workforce -- they can spell disaster. For the people of Gillette, dropping coal costs mean layoffs, a disappearing identity and struggles to adapt to the changing face of American industry. Special correspondent Leigh Paterson reports.
    Original Air Date: June 20, 2016
    Coal trains approach Norfolk Southern's Williamson rail yard in Williamson, West Virginia at the border of Pike County, Kentucky May 13, 2015. Picture taken May 13, 2015. For use with Insight COAL-USA/KENTUCKY REUTERS/Valerie Volcovici - RTX1F315
  • At Tate Modern, more space for underrepresented artists
    London’s Tate Modern has become the most visited modern art museum in the world since its grand opening in 2000, drawing 5 million visitors a year. Renowned for its innovative architecture and use of interior spaces, Tate Modern is putting the finishing touches on a new wing that doubles as a work of art on its own. Jeffrey Brown reports.
    Original Air Date: June 20, 2016
    A man stands outside the Switch House during the unveiling of the New Tate Modern in London, Britain, June 14, 2016.    REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth - RTX2G5RC
  • Gun ownership debate reemerges in Congress, courts
    In Congress and the courts, gun control took center stage Monday. There was a partisan showdown in the Senate over four different measures. Meanwhile, the Supreme Court declined an appeal of semi-automatic weapons bans. Gwen Ifill talks to political director Lisa Desjardins, Marcia Coyle of The National Law Journal and Evan Osnos of The New Yorker about the debate on gun laws and gun ownership.
    Original Air Date: June 20, 2016
    A plane pulls a banner that reads "#End Gun Violence" flies over a vigil for the Pulse night club victims following last week's shooting in Orlando, Florida, U.S., June 19, 2016.  REUTERS/Carlo Allegri - RTX2H2S8
  • Cavaliers win Cleveland its first sports title in 52 years
    For the first time since 1964, Cleveland, Ohio, has claimed a major sports title. The Cavaliers defeated the reigning Golden State Warriors Sunday night to cap an unprecedented Finals comeback and secure the first NBA Championship in its franchise history. John Yang talks to Greg Swartz of Bleacher Report and Kevin Blackistone of The Washington Post for more on the historic win.
    Original Air Date: June 20, 2016
  • Gay Beiruti musician: Islamophobia harms the LGBT community
    Hamed Sinno, vocalist for the Beiruti indie-pop band Mashrou' Leila, is more than a soulful crooner -- he's an advocate for LGBT rights in the Middle East and around the world. That's why the mass shooting in Orlando affected him personally, because it left him feeling ostracized within queer circles for his skin color. Warning: this video contains language some viewers might find objectionable.
    Original Air Date: June 20, 2016
    Hamed Sinno, the lead singer of Lebanese alternative rock band Mashrou' Leila performs with his band during a concert in Beirut, Lebanon, August 6, 2015. Picture taken August 6, 2015. REUTERS/Mohamed Azakir - RTX1NFKW

Sunday, June 19, 2016

  • Britain debates membership in EU before Brexit vote
    The potential consequences of a so-called Brexit – the British exit from the European Union -- on the nation’s economy, immigration, and sovereignty are deeply dividing British voters, with the latest polls very close. Special Correspondent Patricia Sabga in England explores both sides of the debate.
    Original Air Date: June 19, 2016
    Two activists with the EU flag and Union Jack painted on their faces kiss each other in front of Brandenburg Gate to protest against the British exit from the European Union, in Berlin, Germany, June 19, 2016. REUTERS/Hannibal Hanschke      - RTX2H0CQ
  • GOP has nominated an 'outsider' for president before
    If New York businessman Donald Trump, having never held office, secures the Republican nomination for presidency at the national convention in Cleveland next month, he won’t be the first political “outsider” to lead a major party. Special correspondent Jeff Greenfield reports on the history of U.S. presidential campaigns.
    Original Air Date: June 19, 2016
    Republican U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump smiles as he speaks at the start of a campaign victory party after rival candidate Senator Ted Cruz dropped after the race for the Republican presidential nomination, at Trump Tower in Manhattan, New York, U.S., May 3, 2016.  REUTERS/Lucas Jackson
  • What we know one week after Orlando massacre
    One week ago today, a shooting rampage at the gay nightclub Pulse in Orlando killed 49 people, and 18 of those who survived still remain hospitalized. The shooting has shaken the country and provoked another debate on gun control. For the latest in Orlando, reporter Paul Brinkmann from the Orlando Sentinel joins Hari Sreenivasan to discuss.
    Original Air Date: June 19, 2016
    People take part in a candlelight memorial service the day after a mass shooting at the Pulse gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida on June 13. Photo by Carlo Allegri/Reuters
  • Led Zeppelin faces copyright case for ‘Stairway to Heaven’
    This week in Los Angeles federal court, a jury began hearing evidence and testimony on whether rock band Led Zeppelin may have lifted part of their iconic song, “Stairway to Heaven.” At stake is the band’s reputation and millions of dollars. NewsHour Weekend’s Phil Hirschkorn reports.
    Original Air Date: June 19, 2016

Saturday, June 18, 2016

  • After assassination, reassessing what’s at stake with Brexit
    The suspected murderer of the British member of parliament appeared in court today. Authorities say his motive was the member’s position on whether the U.K. should stay with the European Union, which is why campaign rallies on the so-called Brexit debate have been suspended. For more Wall Street Journal reporter Jenny Gross joins Hari Sreenivasan to discuss.
    Original Air Date: June 18, 2016
    Anti-government demonstrators hold placards reading "No Brexit" during a protest outside the parliament in Athens, Greece June 15, 2016. REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis - RTX2GFHW
  • What will happen in Afghanistan as Obama leaves office?
    There is still a debate about how many U.S. troops should remain in Afghanistan 15 years after 9/11. President Barack Obama plans to cut the number of troops by almost half. Reuters reporter Phil Stewart joins Hari Sreenivasan to discuss what to expect as Obama’s term comes to an end.
    Original Air Date: June 18, 2016
    U.S. General John Campbell, commander of international forces in Afghanistan, arrives for a change of command ceremony for the 438th Train, Advise, Assist Command-Air (TAAC-Air) at Oqab base, in Kabul, Afghanistan, July 27, 2015. REUTERS/Omar Sobhani - RTX1LXBO
  • World’s largest Syrian refugee camp develops its own economy
    Zataari in Jordan, the largest Syrian refugee camp in the world with 80,000 people, was supposed to provide temporary housing when the government and United Nations opened it in 2012. But since residents have not been able to leave, they have started 3,000 businesses and cities nearby have loosened employment restrictions.
    Original Air Date: June 18, 2016