Wednesday, September 23, 2015

  • Congress doesn’t want another shutdown but has no plan yet
    The clock is ticking for a divided Congress to come together and avoid a government shutdown: another funding deadline is just one week away. Political director Lisa Desjardins joins Judy Woodruff to explain where the situation stands.
    Original Air Date: September 23, 2015
    Photo by Astrid Riecken/Getty Images
  • Can Europe balance the migrant crisis with countries' needs?
    European leaders are meeting in Brussels to work on a unified response to the migrant crisis. Hari Sreenivasan talks to William Swing of the International Organization for Migration and European Union Ambassador David O'Sullivan about the contentious negotiations and the enormous challenge ahead.
    Original Air Date: September 23, 2015
    Migrants disembark from a train after arriving at the station in Botovo, Croatia September 23, 2015, before walking to the Hungarian border. Hungarian leader Viktor Orban said on Wednesday he would propose that European Union states pay more into the EU budget to help cope with the refugee crisis and that Greece should allow other countries to defend its borders to slow the influx. Hungary lies in the path of the largest migration wave Europe has seen since World War Two and has registered more than 220,000 asylum-seekers this year.  REUTERS/Antonio Bronic - RTX1S22R
  • Pope Francis draws big crowds and high spirits in Washington
    Thousands turned out Wednesday to experience Pope Francis' visit to Washington. At the White House and at Mass held at the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, the pontiff addressed the urgency of global warming, respect for traditional marriage and the burden of sexual abuse within the church. William Brangham talks to Judy Woodruff about the controversial canonization of Junipero Serra.
    Original Air Date: September 23, 2015
    Pope Francis reaches for a child during a parade in Washington, D.C., on Sept. 23. Photo by Alex Brandon/Pool  via Reuters
  • Full video: Pope Francis speaks at the White House
    In his first speech on his historic U.S. tour, Pope Francis doubled down on his environmental concerns Wednesday that climate change "can no longer be left to a future generation." Speaking from the White House South Lawn, the pope's speech emphasized the global need to protect the planet from the impacts of climate change. President Barack praised the pope's ‘generosity of spirit.’
    Original Air Date: September 23, 2015
  • Pope: Climate change can't "be left to a future generation'
    To the discomfort of conservatives, Pope Francis doubled down on his environmental concerns Wednesday that climate change "can no longer be left to a future generation." Speaking from the White House lawn, the pope's speech emphasized the global need to protect the planet from the impacts of climate change. The pope will also give a speech to Congress on Thursday.
    Original Air Date: September 23, 2015

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

  • Sex abuse scandals haunt American Catholics
    Thirty years ago, American church officials were warned of the coming consequences of the sexual molestation of children by priests and clerics. Over the decades, revelations of abuse and subsequent cover-ups have erupted across the country. As Pope Francis arrives in the U.S., special correspondent Chris Bury offers an update on the attempts to reform, as well as the pain many still endure.
    Original Air Date: September 22, 2015
    Protestor Donald L. Kohles recites the rosary outside the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels in Los Angeles July 15, 2007. The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles has agreed to pay $660 million to 500 victims of sexual abuse dating back as far as the 1940s in the largest compensation deal of its kind, the plaintiffs' lawyers said on July 14. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni (UNITED STATES) - RTR1RW6B
  • Marines shouldn't bar women from combat, says Navy secretary
    The U.S. Army, Air Force and Navy are expected to allow women to serve in all combat roles starting next year. But the Marine Corps commandant has asked that Marines be excluded from the new rule. Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus joins Gwen Ifill to explain why he feels that gender should not bar servicewomen from Marine combat roles.
    Original Air Date: September 22, 2015
    PARRIS ISLAND, SC - FEBRUARY 25:  Marine recruit Cora Ann Lacher from Manuet, NY fires on the rifle range during boot camp February 25, 2013 at MCRD Parris Island, South Carolina. All female enlisted Marines and male Marines who were living east of the Mississippi River when they were recruited attend boot camp at Parris Island. About six percent of enlisted Marines are female.  (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
  • Why it’s hard for girls in rural India to stay in school
    Fifteen years ago, the UN set a goal that by 2015 there would be universal free primary education. Although the number of children out of school has been cut almost in half, getting them to stay in school has proved more challenging. The WNET series “Time for School” travels to India to see whether education has improved for young girls in the country.
    Original Air Date: September 22, 2015
  • How Gershwin captured the essence of summer in a lullaby
    On the last day of summer, we share an ode to “Summertime,” the George Gershwin lullaby. Jeffrey Brown talks with composer and musician Rob Kapilow.
    Original Air Date: September 22, 2015
    circa 1925:  Portrait of American composer George Gershwin (1898 - 1937) seated at a piano in a pinstriped suit.  (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
  • Volkswagen comes clean on emissions cheating
    German automaker Volkswagen has revealed that as many as 11 million of its diesel-powered cars worldwide could be affected by software designed to dupe emissions tests. The software, which only switches on during emissions tests, leaves the cars emitting up to 40 times the legal pollution limits. Judy Woodruff speaks to John Stoll of The Wall Street Journal.
    Original Air Date: September 22, 2015
    General view of the Volkswagen power plant in Wolfsburg, Germany September 22, 2015. The Justice Department and the Environmental Protection Agency filed a lawsuit against Volkswagen on Monday over the automaker's emissions-cheating software in 600,000 diesel cars.
Photo by Axel Schmidt/Reuters
  • How Cuba Skate is connecting skaters from Cuba and the U.S.
    The nonprofit organization Cuba Skate aims to achieve what they call “global skateboard diplomacy” -- meaning, the process of improving relations between the U.S. and Cuba through skateboarding across cultures.
    Original Air Date: September 22, 2015
    Raciel Pereda Bernet skates at the "Finding a Line" festival at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. on Sept. 10, 2015. Photo by Alexandra Hall

Monday, September 21, 2015

  • One Syrian refugee family’s experience in the U.S.
    The Obama administration plans to settle as many as 10,000 Syrian refugees in the U.S. within a year. Special correspondent Marcia Biggs meets a refugee family who fled in 2012 and have begun life over in New Jersey.
    Original Air Date: September 21, 2015
  • Greek election gamble pays off for Tsipras
    Alexis Tsipras was sworn in as Greece’s prime minister a month after he had resigned as the country’s leader. His leftist Syriza party won enough parliamentary seats in a snap election to form a coalition government. Special correspondent Malcolm Brabant gets reaction in crisis-weary Greece.
    Original Air Date: September 21, 2015
    Former Greek prime minister and leader of leftist Syriza party Alexis Tsipras waves to supporters after winning the general election in Athens, Greece, September 20, 2015. Greek voters returned Tsipras to power with a strong election victory on Sunday, ensuring the charismatic leftist remains Greece's dominant political figure despite caving in to European demands for a bailout he once opposed. REUTERS/Michalis Karagiannis - RTS21SF
  • U.S. considers Russian intentions, involvement in Syria
    The conflict in Syria has become ever more complicated as factions have splintered. As Russia steps up its military support of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, Moscow is calling for greater coordination with the U.S. against the common threat of the Islamic State. Gwen Ifill speaks to chief foreign affairs correspondent Margaret Warner.
    Original Air Date: September 21, 2015
    ORENBURG, RUSSIA- SEPTEMBER 19: Russian President Vladimir Putin talks to officers as he is visiting the Center -2015 Military Drills at Donguzsky Range in Orenburg, Russia, September,19,2015. Putin said this week that it's impossible to defeat Islamic State group without support of the government of Syria and that Moscow has provided military assistance to President Bashar al-Assad's regime and will continue to do so. (Photo by Sasha Mordovets/Getty Images)
  • In turbulent year for race relations, has anything changed?
    Following the mass shooting at a church in Charleston, where do race relations stand in America? A new PBS NewsHour/ Marist poll found that a majority feel that race relations have gotten worse in the past year. Gwen Ifill traveled to South Carolina for a special town hall meeting airing on PBS called “America After Charleston.”
    Original Air Date: September 21, 2015
  • What Walker’s campaign bow out means for the GOP race
    Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker announced he was dropping out of the presidential race after falling behind in the polls. Gwen Ifill discusses Walker’s decision with Susan Page of USA Today and Amy Walter of the Cook Political Report, plus Ben Carson’s comments on whether a Muslim should be president, scrutiny of Carly Fiorina’s career and whether Hillary Clinton is hitting her stride.
    Original Air Date: September 21, 2015
    U.S. Republican presidential candidate and Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker waves as he is announced during the Heritage Action for America presidential candidate forum in Greenville, South Carolina September 18, 2015. REUTERS/Chris Keane - RTS1TJM
  • Scott Walker drops out of 2016 presidential race
    Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker on Monday announced he was dropping out of the pool of GOP contenders for the 2016 presidential race.
    Original Air Date: September 21, 2015

Sunday, September 20, 2015

  • Japan enacts controversial law to nix military limits
    This weekend, Japan gave the green light to its military to deploy troops abroad to help allies fight in the name of collective self-defense, removing a limitation on troops engaging only in self-defense were Japan to be attacked. Peter Landers, the Tokyo bureau chief for The Wall Street Journal, joins Hari Sreenivasan via Skype to discuss the reasons and implications for the policy change.
    Original Air Date: September 20, 2015
    A protester holds a placard as police officers stand guard during a rally against Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's security bill and his administration in front of the parliament in Tokyo, September 19, 2015. The upper house of Japan's parliament approved security bills on Saturday clearing the way for a policy shift that could allow troops to fight overseas for the first time since 1945, a milestone for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's agenda of loosening the limits of the pacifist constitution on the military. The placard reads, "Don't break (Japan's war-renouncing) Article 9". REUTERS/Issei Kato - RTS1SF2
  • After long journey to Germany, a new challenge for refugees
    For the tens of thousands of migrants and refugees from Africa and the Middle East who have made it to Europe this summer, the relief of escaping war and enduring the long wait to get to a safe place with their children is all that matters. NewsHour's Saskia DeMelker reports on on Syrian family now settling in Germany.
    Original Air Date: September 20, 2015
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  • Shadowed by fear: One student's story from a Rio favela
    Since 2003, PBS has followed children from different countries as part of the documentary series "Time for School." In this second installment, hear the story of Jefferson from Rocinha, one of Rio de Janeiro's poorest and violent neighborhoods. Shy and smart, Jefferson embarks on a journey to a better life through education that is plagued by the fears of others.
    Original Air Date: September 19, 2015
    Image via PBS.

Saturday, September 19, 2015

  • 10 years on, Gulf residents continue to rebuild after Rita, the 'forgotten storm'
    10 years later, the hurricane season of 2005 is unforgettable. First, Hurricane Katrina hit the Louisiana and Mississippi Gulf Coast in August. Then in September, an even stronger storm made landfall: Hurricane Rita. Charlie Whinham, from Louisiana Public Broadcasting, reports from Cameron Parish in Southwestern Louisiana with this look back.
    Original Air Date: September 19, 2015
    A church with a cemetery in the background is damaged in the aftermath of Hurricane Rita in Cameron, Louisiana, September 24, 2005. Hurricane Rita left the U.S. Gulf Coast reeling on Saturday from two powerful storms in less than a month, with renewed flooding in New Orleans, widespread power outages and roads across hundreds of miles closed by debris, although damage was less than feared. REUTERS/David L. Ryan/Pool - RTRPAWG
  • What's next for talks between the U.S. and Russia?
    The United States is calling on Russia to discuss a political settlement to the Syrian civil war. New York Times correspondent Michael Gordon is traveling with Secretary of State John Kerry and joins Hari Sreenivasan via Skype from London for the latest on the talks.
    Original Air Date: September 19, 2015
    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry (R) answers a question about the ongoing crisis in Syria during a news conference with British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond in London September 19, 2015.   REUTERS/Evan Vucci/Pool - RTS1WJI
  • Artist Alex Katz's work spotlighted in summer retrospectives
    Alex Katz is considered one of the most prominent and prolific American artists of the past 50 years. Best known for his bright, billboard-sized portraits, Katz's work has been the subject of two museum retrospectives this year. NewsHour's Phil Hirschkorn, who spoke with Katz at his summer home in Maine, has the story.
    Original Air Date: September 19, 2015
  • After a mother's death, a struggle to finish school in Kenya
    Since 2003, PBS has followed children from different countries as part of the documentary series "Time for School." In this first installment, hear the story of Joab Onyando from Kenya who struggled against grave odds, including the unexpected death of his 28-year-old mother, to get an education.
    Original Air Date: September 19, 2015

Friday, September 18, 2015

  • Baratunde Thurston on fighting racist absurdity with laughs
    When you're the one black friend, says Baratunde Thurston, you're kind of like a double agent trying to prevent thermonuclear war. The former Onion digital director, “Daily Show” producer and author of “How to Be Black,” gives his Brief but Spectacular take on humor as a tool for overcoming racism.
    Original Air Date: September 18, 2015
  • An art collector with Broad influence opens his own museum
    Billionaire Eli Broad began his fortune building tract homes in the Detroit suburbs, and over the decades he and his wife also built an impressive art collection. Now the brand new Broad Museum is set to open in Los Angeles, part of his larger effort to make the city into an arts mecca. Jeffrey Brown reports.
    Original Air Date: September 18, 2015
    A general view of The Broad Museum prior to a dinner gala in Los Angeles, California, September 17, 2015. The new museum built by philanthropists Eli and Edythe Broad, featuring their collection of modern art, will open to the public on September 20. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni - RTS1O3T
  • Smartphone user? The 2016 candidates are watching you
    If you own a smartphone, you are already on the frontline of the 2016 presidential race. On the left and the right, campaigns are amassing information about you and figuring out how to influence you with individualized marketing. And that's not the only way that candidates have gone digital. Political director Lisa Desjardins reports.
    Original Air Date: September 18, 2015
    Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton takes a photo with a supporter after speaking at a town hall meeting in Las Vegas, Nevada August 18, 2015. REUTERS/David Becker - RTX1OPHZ
  • Elated to reach Greece, migrants face obstacles ahead
    On the Greek isle of Lesbos, thousands are coming to shore by boat every day; most are refugees from Syria and Afghanistan. Special correspondent Malcolm Brabant reports on how they are being greeted.
    Original Air Date: September 18, 2015
    Volunteers from Israeli and Danish NGO's pull a dinghy overcrowded with Syrian refugees at a beach on the Greek island of Lesbos after crossing a part of the Aegean Sea from Turkey  September 18, 2015. The dinghy lost its motor some one hundred meters from shore.  REUTERS/Yannis Behrakis  - RTS1SBM