Friday, May 13, 2016

  • Civil rights lawyer says prison reforms are falling short
    The Equal Justice Initiative’s Bryan Stevenson has become a leading voice for criminal justice reform, and blames the U.S.’s world-leading incarceration rate on deep-seated institutional racism that goes back to slavery. As some states move to increase probation and parole supervision, Stevenson tells Jeffrey Brown why these measures fall short of the reforms that are truly needed.
    Original Air Date: May 13, 2016
  • Genetic sequencing unlocks DNA mutations and saves lives
    Every year, thousands of young people who seemed otherwise healthy die suddenly. The reason sometimes is long-rooted, secret gene mutations passed down through the generations. Doctors at the Scripps Translational Science Institute are using gene sequencing and “molecular autopsies” to uncover these hidden mutations and allow patients to take preventative action. David Wagner of KPBS reports.
    Original Air Date: May 13, 2016
    A computer screen displays the genetic sequence of the H1N1 swine flu virus at the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene in Baltimore, September 3, 2009. The new H1N1 virus has killed 36 U.S. children, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported on Thursday.   REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst    (UNITED STATES HEALTH) - RTR27EPI
  • Hezbollah's top military leader assassinated in Syria
    Thousands took to the streets of Beirut Friday to mourn the killing of Mustafa Badreddine, the commander of Hezbollah’s military forces in Syria and a key supporter of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in that nation’s civil war. An enemy of the U.S., Israel and ISIS, it is not yet clear who is responsible for Badreddine’s death. Special correspondent Jane Ferguson reports.
    Original Air Date: May 13, 2016
    Brothers of top Hezbollah commander Mustafa Badreddine, who was killed in an attack in Syria, mourn over his coffin during his funeral in Beirut's southern suburbs, Lebanon, May 13, 2016. REUTERS/Jamal Saidi - RTX2E7JC
  • Shields and Gerson on the Obama transgender decree
    Syndicated columnist Mark Shields and Washington Post columnist Michael Gerson join Judy Woodruff to discuss the week in politics, including the Obama administration’s new transgender restroom directive, Donald Trump’s latest attempts to unify the Republican party and what Sen. Bernie Sanders’ victory in West Virginia means for the Democratic race.
    Original Air Date: May 13, 2016
  • Transgender bathroom battle explodes with U.S. school decree
    Amid the national furor over North Carolina’s bathroom bill, the Departments of Justice and Education on Friday issued a joint directive to all public schools to allow transgender students the use of restrooms that match their gender identity. Although noncompliance could cost states billions in federal aid, some conservative lawmakers have already vowed to defy the order. Judy Woodruff reports.
    Original Air Date: May 13, 2016
    A sign protesting a recent North Carolina law restricting transgender bathroom access adorns the bathroom stalls at the 21C Museum Hotel in Durham, North Carolina May 3, 2016. The hotel installed the restroom signage designed by artist Peregrine Honig last month after North Carolina's "bathroom law" gained national attention, positioning the state at the center of a debate over equality, privacy and religious freedom.   REUTERS/Jonathan Drake - RTX2D195
  • Lines drawn in U.S. debate over transgender bathroom access
    The Obama administration’s new directive that all public schools should allow transgender students access to restrooms that correspond with their gender has intensified a nationwide fight over the issue. For more on the reaction to the order and its possible impact, Hari Sreenivasan talks to Jeremy Tedesco of the Alliance Defending Freedom and Alex Myers of Phillips Exeter Academy.
    Original Air Date: May 13, 2016
    File photo by Carlo Allegri/Reuters

Thursday, May 12, 2016

  • News Wrap: Ruling hands major setback to Obamacare
    In our news wrap Thursday, a federal judge struck down the Obama administration’s $175 billion spending plan to subsidize health care for low-income Americans, agreeing with Congressional Republicans that the government was spending the money without Congress’ approval. Also, Islamic State suicide bombers struck again in Iraq, killing 17 soldiers in Ramadi and five more civilians in Baghdad.
    Original Air Date: May 12, 2016
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  • Trump and Ryan hail ‘great conversation’ but unity elusive
    The Republican presidential drama shifted to Capitol Hill Thursday, as presumptive nominee Donald Trump met with party leaders, including House Speaker Paul Ryan, behind closed doors. Trump and Ryan issued a joint statement calling the sitdown a “great conversation” — but there was no endorsement. John Yang reports.
    Original Air Date: May 12, 2016
    U.S. Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-WI) takes questions at a news conference after his meeting with Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump in Washington, US, May 12, 2016.     REUTERS/Jim Bourg - RTX2E1K5
  • New details revealed in Russian Olympics doping scheme
    New revelations emerged Thursday regarding state-sponsored doping at the 2014 Winter Olympics. The head of Russia’s anti-doping lab during the competition told the New York Times that he created a cocktail of performance-enhancing drugs at the behest of the Russian government, which was then administered to 15 eventual medalists. Judy Woodruff talks to Rebecca Ruiz of the New York Times for more.
    Original Air Date: May 12, 2016
    Russian gold medalist Alexander Legkov celebrates with silver medalist Maxim Vylegzhanin and bronze medalist Ilia Chernousov after they recieved their medals for the men's cross-country 50-kilometer mass start race during the closing ceremony for the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, February 23, 2014.    REUTERS/Marko Djurica (RUSSIA  - Tags: SPORT OLYMPICS)   - RTX19DDU
  • Scientist chases waterfalls in depths of vast glaciers
    In our NewsHour Shares moment of the day, most scientists expect to travel to the ends of the Earth in the name of research, but few ever set foot in the heart of a glacier. That’s exactly what Ph.D. student Kiya Riverman’s work entails. We spoke with her about exploring ice caves and their subrosa waterfalls on the Icelandic islands of Svalbard — and what she hopes to learn there.
    Original Air Date: May 12, 2016
  • What quality do the most successful people share? True grit
    What makes a person successful? For Professor Angela Duckworth, the answer is grit, an intangible trait that motivates passion and perseverance. In a study at West Point, Duckworth found that grit mattered more for success than leadership ability, intelligence and physical fitness. Now, she hopes to introduce grit to classrooms across the country. Economics correspondent Paul Solman reports.
    Original Air Date: May 12, 2016
  • Middle class shrinks as income inequality grows, study finds
    The middle class has taken center stage in this election cycle, and it turns out there are increasingly fewer Americans who qualify. A new Pew analysis finds their ranks have shrunk since 2000 and that in at least 160 metro areas there’s been a rise in both lower and upper class families. Hari Sreenivasan talks to Marketplace’s Kai Ryssdal for more on why the middle class is shrinking.
    Original Air Date: May 12, 2016
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  • Dad of Aspergers boy learns to 'Love That Boy'
    Being a father is never easy, especially when your son is diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome. That’s the situation National Journal columnist Ron Fournier faced with his son Tyler. In his new book, “Love that Boy,” Fournier recounts what his relationship with Tyler taught him about parents’ expectations and the role of a father in his son’s life. Fournier joins Judy Woodruff to share his insights.
    Original Air Date: May 12, 2016
  • On the front line of Puerto Rico’s war on Zika
    As if a crumbling economy and crippling debt weren’t enough to handle, Puerto Rico is also in the throes of a new looming crisis: the mosquito-borne Zika virus is gaining ground. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control predicts an astounding 20 percent of the island’s 3.5 million people will likely contract Zika this year alone. Jeffrey Brown goes to the front line of the battle against the virus.
    Original Air Date: May 12, 2016
    File photo of Aedes aegypti mosquito by Daniel Becerril/Reuters
  • Concerts for Cats? Dances for dogs? Yes, it’s come to this
    Humans tend to view animals as a source of entertainment, but anthropologist Laurel Braitman is more concerned with entertaining them. That’s why she started putting on music concerts for everything from wolves to miniature donkeys. The only rules: no people, and no food bribes for attention. Braitman gives her Brief But Spectacular take on non-human entertainment and animal madness.
    Original Air Date: May 12, 2016

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

  • The Taliban resurge in Afghanistan — and ISIS also moves in
    Fifteen years since the start of the American intervention in Afghanistan, Islamic extremism is resurging in the region. The Taliban is slowly regaining ground, especially in the valuable poppy fields of the south, and now ISIS is making its presence felt too. Hari Sreenivasan talks to special correspondent Jennifer Glasse for more on the escalating state of hostilities on the ground.
    Original Air Date: May 11, 2016
    An Afghan man walks through a poppy field in the Gereshk district of Helmand province, Afghanistan April 8, 2016. REUTERS/Abdul Malik - RTX2A21J
  • L.A. to San Francisco in 30 minutes? A pipe dream indeed
    What if you could make a train trip from Los Angeles to San Francisco in half an hour? It may sound farfetched, but a group of MIT students are developing a new form of transportation to bring that dream to life: the supersonic hyperloop, a pneumatic train powered by magnetism that would put the fastest high speed rail lines to shame. Science correspondent Miles O’Brien reports.
    Original Air Date: May 11, 2016
  • Transgender soldiers gain ground in U.S. military transition
    Last July, Defense Secretary Ash Carter ended the policy of discharging soldiers who change their gender identity, and began drafting a plan for transgender soldiers to serve openly. With a greater proportion of transgender people in the armed forces as compared to the general public, supporters and critics alike are preparing for big changes. The NewsHour’s William Brangham and P.J. Tobia report.
    Original Air Date: May 11, 2016
  • Uber hits major speed bumps across the U.S.
    The meteoric rise of ride-sharing services like Uber and Lyft is hitting speed bumps across the country: legal settlements with drivers in California and Massachusetts; a decision to suspend services in Austin, Tex.; and now, a union in New York City. Hari Hari Sreenivasan talks to Mike Isaac of the New York Times for more.
    Original Air Date: May 11, 2016
    The Uber logo is seen on a vehicle near Union Square in San Francisco, California, U.S. May 7, 2015.    REUTERS/Robert Galbraith/File Photo - RTX2C0YV
  • A modern retelling of Jane Austen’s ‘Pride and Prejudice
    Jane Austen’s “Pride and Prejudice” is one of the most celebrated novels in the English language, but time may have diluted its impact for modern audiences. Author Curtis Sittenfeld set out to update the classic work to 21st century Cincinnati in her new book “Eligible,” and joins Jeffrey Brown to discuss the universal themes of the story and her admiration for the original.
    Original Air Date: May 11, 2016

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

  • Why the Amazon milk frog is the world’s greatest gymnast
    In our NewsHour Shares moment of the day, a German research team from Kiel University used high speed cameras to capture the incredible gymnastic feats of the Amazon milk frog in slow motion. The NewsHour’s Julia Griffin explains how this tiny creature puts mankind’s best athletes to shame.
    Original Air Date: May 10, 2016
    An Amazon Milk Frog (Trachycephalus resinifictrix), native to the rain forests of South and Central America, sits atop a branch in a display at the American Museum of Natural History's "A Chorus of Colors" live frog exhibit in New York City, June 10, 2009. More than 200 live frogs from around the world are on display at the Museum through January 3, 2010.   REUTERS/Mike Segar   (UNITED STATES ANIMALS ENTERTAINMENT ENVIRONMENT) - RTR24J3F
  • Cruz forces still question Donald Trump’s conservative cred
    He may be the GOP’s presumptive nominee, but Donald Trump still faces an uphill battle to bring party leaders around to his side before the general election. Judy Woodruff talks to Sen. Ted Cruz’s former delegate operations director Ken Cuccinelli and Corey Stewart, the Trump campaign’s Virginia state chairman, for more on Trump’s chances of unifying the party behind his candidacy.
    Original Air Date: May 10, 2016
    Former Republican presidential candidate Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) arrives to talks to the media outside of his Senate office on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., May 10, 2016. REUTERS/Carlos Barria  - RTX2DPT2
  • News Wrap: Deadly heartland tornadoes pummel Oklahoma
    In our news wrap Tuesday, Oklahoma began recovery operations after a barrage of tornadoes ripped through the central and southern parts of the state, devastating homes and killing at least two people. Also, the Alberta wildfire that forced nearly 90,000 to flee Fort McMurray has moved away from the city, allowing repairs to begin; officials said it will take weeks before evacuees can return.
    Original Air Date: May 10, 2016
  • A nursing home and day care share a roof — and it’s magic
    What can a 5-year-old learn from a 95-year-old? At Seattle’s Providence Mount St. Vincent nursing home, that question is answered daily. You see, “The Mount” also houses a child care center of 125 tots. And the full cycle of life on display is magic. Special correspondent Cat Wise reports.
    Original Air Date: May 10, 2016
  • The battle for Minnesota’s $1 trillion mining jackpot
    Minnesota’s Arrowhead region sits atop a trove of precious metals: mining companies say the area holds four billion tons of raw material like copper and nickel, a haul worth $1 trillion. But local residents and activists are taking a stand against encroaching mining operations, citing the potentially disastrous environmental consequences. Josh Buettner of Iowa Public Television reports.
    Original Air Date: May 10, 2016
  • Understanding racism in the 21st century
    At the Library of Congress’ annual Jefferson Lecture on Monday, documentarian Ken Burns highlighted the U.S.’s long history of institutionalized racism and its present-day ramifications. For more on the problems surrounding race in America, and some possible solutions, special correspondent Charlayne Hunter-Gault talks to Rev. David Billings of the People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond.
    Original Air Date: May 10, 2016
    Protestors carry signs during a demonstration by "Black Lives Matter" in Los Angeles, California August 11, 2015. In Los Angeles on Tuesday, a group of protesters from the movement disrupted a police commission meeting on the one-year anniversary of the shooting death of unarmed black man Ezell Ford, who was killed during a struggle with a police officer. REUTERS/Phil McCarten - RTX1NZJC
  • How the 'Southwest Airlines of Europe' makes a profit
    Sometimes called "the Southwest Airlines of Europe," Norwegian Airlines makes a profit even though it undercuts prices of U.S. and foreign competitors. Economics correspondent Paul Solman reports from the islands of Guadeloupe on how the low-cost airline took a risk that the bigger carriers wouldn't touch.
    Original Air Date: May 10, 2016
    A Norwegian aircraft makes its final approach to land at Malta International Airport at dusk as another plane leaves contrails while flying overhead, outside Valletta September 28, 2013.  Picture taken September 28, 2013.

Monday, May 9, 2016

  • NC governor: We need clarity on bathroom law
    The fight over North Carolina’s controversial bill to restrict restroom access by biological gender intensified Monday. The state’s governor and legislature filed suit against the federal government, rejecting the Justice Department’s assertion that the law violates transgender people’s civil rights. North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory talks with Judy Woodruff.
    Original Air Date: May 9, 2016
    A bathroom sign welcomes both genders at the Cacao Cinnamon coffee shop in Durham, North Carolina May 3, 2016. The shop installed the signs after North Carolina's "bathroom law" gained national attention, positioning the state at the center of a debate over equality, privacy and religious freedom.   REUTERS/Jonathan Drake        - RTX2CPEL