Wednesday, April 13, 2016

  • Candidates hope for home state advantage in New York
    Ahead of Tuesday’s delegate-rich New York primary, Sen. Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton spent the day courting labor unions, while Donald Trump lashed out at GOP rules that he claims are robbing him of delegates. John Yang wraps up the day’s campaign news and Judy Woodruff talks to Karen DeWitt of New York State Public Radio and Beth Fouhy of MSNBC.
    Original Air Date: April 13, 2016
    U.S. Democratic presidential candidate and U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders greets audience members as he takes the stage at a campaign rally in Syracuse, New York April 12, 2016.  REUTERS/Brian Snyder - RTX29NKI
  • Tech titan Sean Parker funds collaborative cancer research
    Sean Parker made his fortune as the co-founder of Napster and first president of Facebook. Now, the tech entrepreneur and billionaire hopes to change medicine by creating a new kind of research network. Parker gave out a $250 million grant Wednesday to six of the nation’s leading medical schools and cancer centers to fund collaborative immunotherapy research. Parker joins Judy Woodruff for more.
    Original Air Date: April 13, 2016
    Founders Fund Managing Partner Sean Parker attends the eG8 forum in Paris in this May 25, 2011 file photo. A $250 million grant from Silicon Valley billionaire Parker, announced on April 13, 2016, aims to speed development of more effective cancer treatments by fostering collaboration among leading researchers in the field.  REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes/Files - RTX29OXM
  • When your job is to be ready for nuclear war
    What would happen today if the president ever gave the order to unleash nuclear weapons? Granted rare access to America's nuclear war fighters, veteran correspondent Jamie McIntyre on special assignment for the NewsHour profiles the people and the fleet that would carry out such a mission, then joins John Yang to discuss what he’s learned about America’s aging arsenal.
    Original Air Date: April 13, 2016
  • Can water ATMs solve India's water crisis?
    About 76 million Indians don’t have regular access to clean drinking water, the most of any country in the world. But a new nationwide experiment aims to address the water crisis with “water ATMs,” machines that purify water on site and dispense it through prepaid card swipes, an idea that is gaining traction with the prime minister on down. Special correspondent Fred de Sam Lazaro reports.
    Original Air Date: April 13, 2016
  • Jacques Pépin says following a recipe can lead to disaster
    Have you ever had a dish turn out wrong no matter how closely you stick to the recipe? According to legendary chef Jacques Pépin, recipes describe a process that can never be duplicated exactly; what you need to understand is the “idea” behind the recipe, and use it as a point of departure.
    Original Air Date: April 13, 2016
  • A big technological step for paralysis research
    Five years ago, Ian Burkhart broke his neck at the beach, leaving him paralyzed from the chest down. Now he has regained some movement in his hands and fingers thanks to technology that communicates his thoughts directly to his muscles. Science correspondent Miles O’Brien joins Jeffrey Brown to discuss the big breakthrough in neural engineering.
    Original Air Date: April 13, 2016

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

  • ‘Count me out’: Ryan quells nomination talk
    House Speaker Paul Ryan tried to make clear he has no presidential ambitions this year, even if the nomination is up for grabs at the convention. Meanwhile, Donald Trump criticized the nomination process while stumping in upstate New York and Sen. Ted Cruz suggested delegate gains made by his campaign is proof of his better organization. Judy Woodruff reports.
    Original Air Date: April 12, 2016
    U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan says he is "just not ready" to support Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas
  • What happens if there’s no clear GOP nominee
    In the race for the White House, neither party has a candidate with enough delegates yet to clinch the nomination. Judy Woodruff examines the delegate dance on the Republican side with Benjamin Ginsberg, a partner at Jones Day and an NBC/MSNBC political analyst.
    Original Air Date: April 12, 2016
    Republican U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump reacts to the cheers of supporters at a campaign rally in Albany, New York, April 11, 2016.  REUTERS/Mike Segar - RTX29IUJ
  • News Wrap: NC governor moves to alter new LGBT law
    In our news wrap Tuesday, after a wave of criticism over last month’s LGBT rights law, North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory expanded protections for state employees based on sexual orientation and gender identity and asked lawmakers to restore the right to sue over discrimination. Also, the Taliban launched a spring offensive in Afghanistan, warning of “large-scale” suicide bombings and assassinations.
    Original Air Date: April 12, 2016
    Front from left, demonstrators Jess Jude, Loan Tran and Noah Rubin-Blose, sit chained together in the middle of the street during a protest against House Bill 2 on Thursday, March 24, 2016, outside of the Governor's Mansion on North Blount Street in downtown Raleigh, N.C. (Jill Knight/Raleigh News & Observer/TNS via Getty Images)
  • Does Denmark live up to its title as the happiest nation?
    Denmark tops a United Nations poll as the happiest nation on Earth. Is it because Danes pay taxes to get free health care, education and generous unemployment? Or is it a Scandinavian genetic predisposition? Or is it a myth? Special correspondent Malcolm Brabant reports.
    Original Air Date: April 12, 2016
    Cycling commuters in Copenhagen old town
  • Is Dodd-Frank missing some vital regulatory firewalls?
    Investment bank Goldman Sachs became this week the last big institution to settle with the federal government for its role in the 2008 financial crisis. But in an election cycle that has seen big banks under more scrutiny than ever before, there are worries that regulations against institutions like Goldman Sachs aren’t going far enough. Lynn Stout of Cornell Law School joins John Yang.
    Original Air Date: April 12, 2016
    A view of the Goldman Sachs stall on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange July 16, 2013. Goldman Sachs Group Inc said on Tuesday quarterly profit doubled, beating Wall Street estimates, boosted by returns from investing the bank's own money. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid (UNITED STATES - Tags: BUSINESS) - RTX11OFA
  • NYC community colleges invest in student support
    Can New York City dramatically increase graduation rates at its community colleges? That's the goal behind a support program for full-time students, which offers financial help, convenient schedules and the encouragement of an adviser. Hari Sreenivasan reports.
    Original Air Date: April 12, 2016
  • The overlooked history of women running for president
    With Hillary Clinton as front-runner for the Democratic nomination, the possibility of a female president is closer than ever. But Clinton is far from the first woman to shoot for the Oval Office. In her new book, “The Highest Glass Ceiling,” author Ellen Fitzpatrick charts the history of female presidential candidates and the odds they battled. Judy Woodruff talks to Fitzpatrick to learn more.
    Original Air Date: April 12, 2016
  • Sick of lawmakers’ empty talk? Let’s cut back the supply
    Does it seem these days that politicians are always speaking yet never really say anything? Give them a break, says Barton Swaim, former speechwriter for South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford. According to Swaim, we expect them to speak too often and about too many subjects.
    Original Air Date: April 12, 2016
  • Artist boosts declining population with cut-out villagers
    How do you save a fading rural village? An artist from Taylor, Nebraska, hatched an idea to recreate the town at its boom, when it had double its current population, to draw visitors. Special correspondent Mike Tobias of NET reports.
    Original Air Date: April 12, 2016

Monday, April 11, 2016

  • How geography changes life expectancy for America’s poorest
    America's poorest citizens have shorter lifespans than wealthier Americans, and new research finds that gap is growing. But the study also found that the poor who live in affluent and highly educated cities live longer than those who live in other areas. Judy Woodruff learns more from Raj Chetty of Stanford University.
    Original Air Date: April 11, 2016
    Couple looking worried, Photo by Image Source/Getty Images
  • War over delegates ramps up as White House race tightens
    Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is leading his party's race by about 200 delegates, but that hasn't stopped him from complaining that he should be getting even more. Adding to his frustration, Sen Ted Cruz swept all of Colorado's delegates over the weekend. John Yang reports.
    Original Air Date: April 11, 2016
    Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz greets supporters at the Colorado Republican state convention in Colorado Springs, Colorado April 9, 2016.  Photo by Rick Wilking/ Reuters
  • News Wrap: David Cameron defends family's finances
    In our news wrap Monday, British Prime Minister David Cameron rejected criticism of his family's finances and offshore holdings after the Panama Papers leak detailed his late father's investments. Also, a surge in fighting focused around Aleppo threatens to derail a month-old cease-fire in the Syrian conflict.
    Original Air Date: April 11, 2016
    Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron leaves Number 10 Downing Street in London, Britain April 11, 2016. REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth - RTX29GCV
  • Will delegate details undo Trump’s nomination hopes?
    Sen. Ted Cruz picked up delegates in Colorado, once again challenging Donald Trump’s hopes for an uncontested convention. Amy Walter of The Cook Political Report and Tamara Keith of NPR join Judy Woodruff to discuss how each candidate is following a different path to the convention and the rivalry between Sen. Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton ahead of the New York primary.
    Original Air Date: April 11, 2016
  • How widespread corruption is hurting Kenya
    In Kenya, corruption and bribery are commonplace in law enforcement and the government. Many police officers seem more interested in keeping citizens' cash than keeping the peace, allowing criminals to get off. Meanwhile, the government has "misplaced" $999 million. Special correspondent Nick Schifrin and producer Zach Fannin report in partnership with the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting.
    Original Air Date: April 11, 2016
  • Gathering evidence of Syria war crimes in ‘The Assad Files’
    Five years of brutal civil war in Syria have killed hundreds of thousands and displaced millions more. Now, a new journalistic project aims to document President Bashar al-Assad’s principal role in the systematic campaign of detention, torture and murder that has left his nation in the throes of chaos. Hari Sreenivasan sits down with Ben Taub of The New Yorker to discuss “The Assad Files.”
    Original Air Date: April 11, 2016
  • The long influence of Jackie Robinson, on and off the field
    A new PBS documentary produced by Ken Burns examines the struggles Jackie Robinson faced in breaking baseball’s color barrier -- and his achievements as a player on the diamond and as a civil rights activist in later life. John Yang talks to Dusty Baker, manager of the Washington Nationals, for a personal take on Robinson’s enduring legacy both on and off the field.
    Original Air Date: April 11, 2016
  • Playwright unravels different identities in a single life
    Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Tracy Letts has famously depicted family dysfunction, but his latest play, “Mary Page Marlowe,” is more concerned with questions of identity, examining the life of its protagonist from infancy to old age in non-linear fashion to find out what makes her herself. Jeffrey Brown takes a look at the play and Letts’s creative process.
    Original Air Date: April 11, 2016

Sunday, April 10, 2016

  • U.S. water systems repeatedly exceed federal lead standards
    Following the lead-tainted drinking water crisis in Flint, Michigan an Associated Press investigation into EPA records found nearly 1,400 water systems providing tap water to almost 4 million Americans exceeded acceptable levels of lead at least once between 2013 and 2015. AP Reporter Meghan Hoyer, who co-wrote a story on the investigation, joined Hari Sreenivasan to discuss the problem.
    Original Air Date: April 10, 2016
    The top of a water tower is seen at the Flint Water Plant in Flint, Michigan January 13, 2016.  Michigan National Guard members were set to arrive in Flint as soon as Wednesday to join door-to-door efforts to distribute bottled water and other supplies to residents coping with the city's crisis over lead-contaminated drinking water.     REUTERS/Rebecca Cook - RTX22AL4
  • Yazidis of Iraq turn to truffles for survival
    Yazidis, a religious minority in Iraq who have been persecuted by Islamic State militants, have turned to the dangerous job of searching for truffles for income. They earn about $8 on an average day for finding and selling about 6.5 pounds at the local market.
    Original Air Date: April 10, 2016
  • How ‘The Wire’ is inspiring new classroom curricula
    Columbia University this week held a conference on how lessons from ‘The Wire’ -- the critically acclaimed TV series on Baltimore’s inner-workings of gangs, media and government -- cut across academic disciplines. The show has become a popular talking point in many classrooms across the country. NewsHour’s Hari Sreenivasan reports.
    Original Air Date: April 10, 2016
  • How Al-Shabab is recruiting young men from Kenya
    Al-Shabab, an Al Qaeda-linked militant group based in Somalia responsible for a shopping mall attack in Kenya that killed 67 in 2013, is enlisting more recruits from Kenya than any other country. In the second part of the NewsHour series “Inside Kenya,” young men talk about why they joined.
    Original Air Date: April 9, 2016

Saturday, April 9, 2016

  • Sleep-deprived teens at greater risk for injuries, accidents
    A study by the Centers for Disease Control published this week shows sleep-deprived teenagers are more likely to receive sports injuries and become involved in automobile accidents. One of the study’s authors, Dr. Anne Wheaton, spoke with Hari Sreenivasan about what the research means.
    Original Air Date: April 9, 2016
    Teenage girl (13-14) asleep on sofa