Saturday, May 23, 2015

  • Inside the crusade against Colorado’s marijuana laws
    Late last year, Nebraska and Oklahoma filed a federal lawsuit asking the Supreme Court to declare Colorado's marijuana law unconstitutional, due to an influx of pot illegally entering those states. Now, as the Supreme Court decides whether to take up the case, Colorado has filed a petition to withdraw the lawsuit. NewsHour's Alison Stewart reports.
    Original Air Date: May 22, 2015

Friday, May 22, 2015

  • Take an elevator ride back in time
    In our NewsHour Shares video of the day, The New York Times shows a World Trade Center elevator that takes you on an animated, time-lapse ride of Manhattan skyline has changed since 1500.
    Original Air Date: May 22, 2015
  • Famous commencement speakers crack jokes at graduation
    It’s commencement season for the class of 2015, and graduates and their families may be hearing a lot of speeches. Here are some of the funniest moments from a few of this year’s speeches.
    Original Air Date: May 22, 2015
  • Giving transgender youth a safe haven from the streets
    Homelessness is a reality for many young transgender Americans. In Washington, a row house has been turned into a safe haven for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth who have nowhere else to go. Hari Sreenivasan talks to the group home's founder about creating a space that is safe, fun and feels like home for those who may have been kicked out by their families for being different.
    Original Air Date: May 22, 2015
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  • Shields and Gerson on GOP’s Patriot Act rift
    Syndicated columnist Mark Shields and Washington Post columnist Michael Gerson join Judy Woodruff to discuss the week’s news, new doubts about the Obama administration’s strategy for fighting the Islamic State, the political divide on key provisions of the Patriot Act and the State Department’s release of emails by former Secretary Hillary Clinton emails.
    Original Air Date: May 22, 2015
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  • The number of hungry seniors has doubled since 2001
    Nearly one in six senior citizens face the threat of hunger in the United States. Charity and food stamps reach some of these vulnerable Americans, but limited resources and isolation mean many are struggling without receiving help. Special correspondent Sarah Varney reports.
    Original Air Date: May 22, 2015
    A couple walks along the Naples beach in Naples, Florida during the sunset on May 6, 2015. Photo by Ariel Min/PBS NewSHour
  • The Patriot Act’s strange divide
    On June 1, the NSA will lose legal authority to collect bulk phone records, as key provisions of the Patriot Act expire. The House has passed a new bill replacing bulk collection with more targeted searches. But some senators, including the majority leader, want to extend the Patriot Act, leaving lawmakers scrambling before the holiday. Judy Woodruff talks to Mike DeBonis of The Washington Post.
    Original Air Date: May 22, 2015
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  • Ireland holds vote on legalizing gay marriage
    The Irish went to the polls to Friday to vote on a referendum to legalize gay marriage, marking a key change in the country’s attitudes. Homosexuality in the Catholic country was only decriminalized in the early 1990s, and many still oppose same-sex marriage. Hari Sreenivasan learns more from Padraic Halpin of Reuters about what’s behind the changing views and why the vote drew a large turnout.
    Original Air Date: May 22, 2015
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Thursday, May 21, 2015

  • Ray Rice’s charges were dropped. How unusual is that?
    For knocking his then-fiancee unconscious, former Baltimore Ravens player Ray Rice was charged with aggravated assault. Today a New Jersey judge dismissed all charges against Rice, who completed a one-year program that included anger management. Did Rice get an unusual deal? Hari Sreenivasan gets reaction from Christine Brennan of USA Today and Debbie Hines, a former prosecutor.
    Original Air Date: May 21, 2015
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  • Photographers chase Yosemite’s rare moonlight rainbows
    On a clear night in Yosemite, only a few times each year, the full moon hits a misty spray of the highest waterfall in the park, creating a nighttime rainbow that is visible only through a camera lens. But this year, Yosemite Falls, which normally flows until August, will be dry by June, making more moonbow sightings uncertain. Special correspondent Sandra Hughes reports.
    Original Air Date: May 21, 2015
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  • Crowd-sourced timelapse images capture Vegas strip, Vatican
    In our NewsHour Shares video of the day, researchers from the University of Washington and Google sifted through 86 million photos posted on public photo sharing websites to create a new kind of time-lapse photography of sites like a Norwegian glacier, a New York skyscraper and Mount St. Helens.
    Original Air Date: May 21, 2015
  • Obama’s trade bill clears Senate, but hurdles remain
    In a key vote Thursday, the Senate advanced legislation that would strengthen the administration's hand in global trade. The president said the action to move toward a final vote was a big step forward. Political editor Lisa Desjardins joins Gwen Ifill to talk about that vote and the Patriot Act reauthorization bill.
    Original Air Date: May 21, 2015
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  • What can the U.S. do to stop the Islamic State?
    New victories by the Islamic State in Syria, Iraq and Libya are fueling debate and criticism in Washington over the U.S. strategy and reliance on airstrikes against the militant group. Gwen Ifill talks to David Ignatius of The Washington Post and Feisal Istrabadi, Iraq’s former deputy UN ambassador, about the complicated challenges facing the U.S.
    Original Air Date: May 21, 2015
    A view of vehicle wreckages after a suicide car bomber blew himself at a checkpoint near Mistrata
  • Meet China’s ‘left behind’ children
    In a small private kindergarten in China’s southern Fujian province, most of the students are actually American. Their parents are Chinese migrants working in the U.S. who have sent their children home to live with grandparents until they can earn enough money to support them. University of California student Leo Zou reports on this story of reverse migration.
    Original Air Date: May 21, 2015
  • Fishermen and farmers fight over water in California
    Facing a multi-year drought, California's rivers are too shallow and warm for salmon. Meanwhile, record production of thirsty nut crops like almonds and walnuts has diverted water from the river delta. But just as environmentalists blame nut farmers for bleeding the fish dry, the farmers are crying foul on the fish. Economics correspondent Paul Solman reports.
    Original Air Date: May 21, 2015
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  • Is Cuba ready to welcome U.S. business?
    U.S. and Cuban diplomats resumed talks to iron out details of normalizing relations after decades of hostility. Judy Woodruff learns more from senior correspondent Jeffrey Brown, reporting from Cuba, and chief foreign correspondent Margaret Warner, who has been following the talks in Washington.
    Original Air Date: May 21, 2015
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Wednesday, May 20, 2015

  • Morocco trains female spiritual guides to fight extremism
    In Morocco, a school that trains imams to lead prayers in the country's many mosques is at the center of a government program to provide "spiritual security." Here, female students are studying to become spiritual guides, on a mission to combat extremist thought and raise women's status in Moroccan society. Special correspondent Kira Kay reports.
    Original Air Date: May 20, 2015
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  • What can historically black colleges do to survive?
    Students graduating from South Carolina State are no different from most recent grads: diploma in hand, they look forward to a bright future. But their alma mater’s future is more uncertain. The historically black college is facing mounting financial troubles and falling enrollment. Gwen Ifill discusses these challenges with Johnny C. Taylor, Jr., president of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund.
    Original Air Date: May 20, 2015
    Graduates of the Class of 2015 prepare to set out into the world. Here's some advice they received this spring. Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images.
  • Will your job get outsourced to a robot?
    It's not just basic tasks anymore: Computers can now do work once deemed possible only by humans. And in some cases, the computers are doing it better. In an economy driven increasingly by intelligent automation, which jobs will survive? Hari Sreenivasan reports.
    Original Air Date: May 20, 2015
  • New science shows Gulf spill is still killing dolphins
    More than 1,000 bottlenose dolphins have died off the Gulf Coast since 2010, the year a massive Deepwater Horizon spill spewed millions of gallons of oil and chemicals. A new study by researchers at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration examines why. The NewsHour’s William Brangham joins Judy Woodruff to discuss the findings.
    Original Air Date: May 20, 2015
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  • Bin Laden bookshelf shows scholarship of American policy
    More than 100 papers and videos from Osama bin Laden were released by American officials today, offering new insight into what the terror leader read, wrote and envisioned for al-Qaida. Brian Fishman of the New America Foundation and Greg Miller of The Washington Post join Gwen Ifill to discuss what the documents reveal.
    Original Air Date: May 20, 2015
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  • DOJ punishes big banks, says cabal colluded to rig markets
    Five major banking institutions pleaded guilty to rigging currencies and manipulating the foreign exchange market in a case brought by the Department of Justice and other authorities. The banks were accused of manipulating the world's largest and least-regulated trading market, and have agreed to pay more than $5 billion in total. Judy Woodruff learns more from Keri Geiger of Bloomberg News.
    Original Air Date: May 20, 2015
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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

  • New book explores dark choices of American expansion
    Steve Inskeep, co-host of NPR's Morning Edition, explores a chapter of American history that isn't well known: how the United States expanded into the Deep South after the Revolutionary War. Inskeep joins Judy Woodruff to discuss his new book, "Jacksonland: President Andrew Jackson, Cherokee Chief John Ross and a Great American Land Grab."
    Original Air Date: May 19, 2015
  • How war has robbed Syria of its history
    There’s a battle being waged for Syria’s history, where four years of war have devastated cultural heritage sites and looting occurs by all sides of the conflict. Special correspondent Marcia Biggs reports on the flagrant destruction of relics, the big business of smuggling antiquities and what’s being done to stop it.
    Original Air Date: May 19, 2015
  • David Letterman says goodnight to late night
    In the fall, Stephen Colbert will take over the TV time slot that has belonged to David Letterman for 22 years. The host of CBS' Late Night with David Letterman influenced generations of comedians and brought a new voice to late night. He was silly with an edge, known for his engaged, and occasionally confrontational interviewing style. Jeffrey Brown looks back at Letterman’s career and legacy.
    Original Air Date: May 19, 2015
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  • Questions keep coming for Clinton about emails and money
    The wrangling over Hillary Clinton's emails as secretary of state has continued for months. After addressing the issue in March, Clinton hasn't discussed the matter or taken substantive questions until today. Gwen Ifill talks to Matea Gold of The Washington Post and Peter Nicholas of The Wall Street Journal about persistent questions Clinton faces over her emails and other issues.
    Original Air Date: May 19, 2015
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  • What the largest auto recall in U.S. history means for you
    Japanese airbag manufacturer Takata doubled its recall to nearly 34 million cars, making it one of the largest product recalls in U.S. history. The airbags can spew metal fragments when deployed, and have been linked to six deaths and more than 100 injuries. Gwen Ifill leans more Mark Rosekind of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
    Original Air Date: May 19, 2015
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  • Morocco trains Malian imams to fight extremism
    Morocco trains Malian imams to fight extremism
    Original Air Date: May 19, 2015
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