Thursday, September 17, 2015

  • Federal Reserve calls timeout on raising interest rates
    Interest rates will stay where they are for now, according to an announcement by the Federal Reserve. Jeffrey Brown speaks to Krishna Guha of Evercore ISI about why they came to that decision and what it could mean for the economy.
    Original Air Date: September 17, 2015
    Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen holds a news conference following the Federal Open Market Committee meeting in Washington September 17, 2015.  REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst - RTS1MDY
  • Testing the limits of saltwater intrusion
    A team of scientists describe a large-scale experiment, known as SaltEx, that examines the effects of saltwater intrusion on fresh-water marshes along the coast of Georgia.
    Original Air Date: September 17, 2015

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

  • An American trailblazer on losing future 'black pioneers'
    Clifton Wharton, an American trailblazer in international development and business, has led a storied life. In “Privilege and Prejudice: The Life of a Black Pioneer,” Wharton reflects on his successes, as well as his experiences with racism. He joins Judy Woodruff to discuss his life and race relations in the United States today.
    Original Air Date: September 16, 2015
  • Why the ancient art of calligraphy still enchants
    In our NewsHour Shares video of the day, artist Seb Lester shares his thoughts on the “ancient magic” of calligraphy.
    Original Air Date: September 16, 2015
  • Climate change is hurting the sex lives of sea turtles
    Sea turtles have been around for about 110 million years, but climate change may threaten their existence by threatening their nests and decreasing the number of potential male mates. NewsHour science producer Nsikan Akpan talks to Gwen Ifill about the turtle’s plight, and what is being done to help them.
    Original Air Date: September 16, 2015
    Photo by the University of Denver
  • An Indian medical chain makes heart surgery affordable
    Dr. Devi Prasad Shetty, one of the world's most prolific heart surgeons, is the founder of a for-profit medical chain in India that offers top-notch surgery at very low prices. It serves wealthy patients and some medical tourists, but their goal is to bring the latest advances to the poor. Special correspondent Fred de Sam Lazaro reports.
    Original Air Date: September 16, 2015
    Photo by Rakesh Nagar for the PBS NewsHour
  • Did U.S. intelligence officers downplay IS reports?
    A number of intelligence officers say that senior officials have been painting an overly optimistic picture of the fight against the Islamic State group. A Pentagon investigation is now underway, and the issue was the subject of a Capitol Hill hearing. Jeffrey Brown talks to Mark Mazzetti of The New York Times and retired Col. Derek Harvey, a former Army intelligence officer.
    Original Air Date: September 16, 2015
    WASHINGTON, USA - SEPTEMBER 16:  General Lloyd J. Austin III, Commander of  U.S. Central Command, takes his seat before testifying at a Senate Armed Service Committee hearing on U.S. Military Operations to Counter the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant with Under Secretary Of Defense For Policy Christine Worth in Washington, USA on September 16, 2015. (Photo by Samuel Corum/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
  • What made the West explode in flames
    The West’s potentially record-breaking wildfire season has burned more than 650,000 acres in California alone. Science correspondent Miles O’Brien joins Hari Sreenivasan to discuss the science behind the flames.
    Original Air Date: September 16, 2015
    Firefighters search for victims in the rubble of a home burnt by the Valley Fire in Middletown, California, September 14, 2015. The Northern California wildfire ranked as the most destructive to hit the drought-stricken U.S. West this year has killed one woman and burned some 400 homes to the ground, fire officials said on Monday, and they expect the property toll to climb.  REUTERS/David Ryder - RTS1494
  • Will personality or policy dominate at second GOP debate?
    Eleven Republican presidential hopefuls will take the debate stage during primetime in Simi Valley, California, while four lower-polling candidates will face off in an earlier round. Political director Lisa Desjardins joins Gwen Ifill to provide a preview of what we can expect to see.
    Original Air Date: September 16, 2015
    U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks on the USS Iowa in San Pedro, Los Angeles, California, United States September 15, 2015. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson - RTS1ATN
  • Shifts in Climate Shifting Sea Turtles
    The sex of sea turtles is determined by its environment. Hot weather produces more females, while cooler temperatures make more males. With global warming and more summers of droughts, scientists like Jeanette Wyneken are seeing a dangerous shift in the pattern toward females.
    Original Air Date: September 16, 2015

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

  • Killing of tourists highlights Egypt-U.S. tension over aid
    On Sunday, 12 tourists were accidentally killed by Egyptian government forces, who mistook the group for Islamist militants and fired on them with an Apache helicopter. Jeffrey Brown speaks to Michele Dunne of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace about the military aid Egypt receives from the United States and the tension over how it has been used.
    Original Air Date: September 15, 2015
    Four-wheel drive cars cross the Egyptian western desert and the Bahariya Oasis, southwest of Cairo in this picture taken May 15, 2015. Egyptian security forces killed 12 Mexicans and Egyptians and injured 10 "by accident" on Monday, mistaking a tourist convoy for militants they were chasing in the country's western desert, the ministry of interior said. Picture taken May 15, 2015. REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh - RTSYLJ
  • A doctor’s memoir shows race matters in the hospital room
    In medical school, Dr. Damon Tweedy says he learned about health problems being more common in the black community, but he didn’t hear the reasons why. In “Black Man in a White Coat,” Tweedy examines racial disparities in medicine, for both patients and medical professionals.
    Original Air Date: September 15, 2015
  • Teaching girls to write the rules at video game coding camp
    Video games are still largely aimed at a male audiences, which is no surprise since women make up a small portion of game designers and programmers. But that doesn't mean that girls aren't interested in playing and creating. Girls-only computer camps aim to balance the gender gap in the next generation of coders. Special correspondent Sandra Hughes reports.
    Original Air Date: September 15, 2015
  • What NASA’s twin tests will teach us about life in space
    What are the long-term effects of living in space? Astronaut Scott Kelly is now halfway through a year-long mission. NASA offers a progress report, comparing Scott with his twin brother, retired astronaut Mark Kelly, who remains on Earth.
    Original Air Date: September 15, 2015
  • To win with women, how can the GOP ramp up its appeal?
    The last time a majority of American women voted for a Republican presidential candidate was 1988. Since then, more women have chosen Democrats, often by double digits. Even at the state legislative and congressional levels, the majority of women serving are Democrats. Political director Lisa Desjardins reports on efforts to find, recruit and elect more Republican women to office.
    Original Air Date: September 15, 2015
    U.S. Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina poses for a photo with supporters before the start of the Milford Labor Day Parade in Milford, New Hampshire September 7, 2015.   REUTERS/Mary Schwalm - RTX1RJBI
  • Ambassador: Europe was ‘ill-prepared’ for refugee deluge
    German Chancellor Angela Merkel called for an emergency summit to deal with the refugee crisis, a day after Europeans ministers failed to reach a deal on resettlement quotas. German Ambassador to the U.S. Peter Wittig joins Gwen Ifill to discuss how his country and the continent are grappling with the crisis.
    Original Air Date: September 15, 2015
    German Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere stands with Chancellor Angela Merkel as they arrive for the special cabinet meeting on migrants' situation, in the Chancellery in Berlin, Germany, September 15, 2015. REUTERS/Hannibal Hanschke  - RTS1747

Monday, September 14, 2015

  • How should EU manage its borders amid the migrant crisis?
    As European governments gather to discuss a plan to set quotas, will the decisions made in Brussels help to ease the migrant crisis? Jeffrey Brown gets two perspectives from Ambassador Réka Szemerkényi of Hungary and David Miliband, CEO of the International Rescue Committee.
    Original Air Date: September 14, 2015
    Migrants wait in a makeshift camp outside the foreign office in Brussels, Belgium, September 14, 2015. Europe's migration crisis has spilled over into a muddy park in Brussels where hundreds of migrants are camping in tents not far from the European Union's headquarters in one of the most visible signs of the urgency facing the bloc's officials. REUTERS/Yves Herman - RTS10AA
  • Above the campaign noise, candidates talk issues
    Sen. Bernie Sanders brought his message on inequality to students at Liberty University, while Carly Fiorina turned comments by Donald Trump into a campaign ad about women’s empowerment. Susan Page of USA Today and Amy Walter of the Cook Political Report join Gwen Ifill for an update on the 2016 presidential race, plus what to watch for in the upcoming Republican
    Original Air Date: September 14, 2015
    U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) delivers an address to Liberty University students at the school in Lynchburg, Virginia, September 14, 2015. REUTERS/Jay Paul - RTS12T6
  • What we’ve learned about racial inequity in Ferguson
    A new report by the Ferguson Commission, appointed to respond to racial inequity, calls for 200 changes to policing, education, housing, health care access and more across St. Louis and Missouri. Gwen Ifill discusses the reform recommendations with Rev. Starsky Wilson of the Ferguson Commission and Maria Chappelle-Nadal, a Missouri state senator.
    Original Air Date: September 14, 2015
    Area residents talk to police after a shooting incident in St. Louis, Missouri August 19, 2015. Police fatally shot a black man they say pointed a gun at them, drawing angry crowds and recalling the racial tensions sparked by the killing of an unarmed African-American teen in nearby Ferguson, Missouri, just over a year ago.  REUTERS/Lawrence Bryant - RTX1OV2H
  • Why researchers are racing to test an Ebola vaccine for apes
    Over the years the Ebola virus has wiped out a significant number of great apes, threatening to reduce those populations to vulnerable levels. In Louisiana, a controversial effort is underway to conduct vaccine tests on captive chimpanzees in order to save wild chimps and gorillas against the deadly virus. Science correspondent Miles O'Brien reports.
    Original Air Date: September 14, 2015
  • Kentucky clerk Kim Davis promises not to interfere with gay marriage licenses
    Kim Davis, the defiant Kentucky clerk who was jailed for refusing to provide marriage licenses to same-sex couples, returned to work Monday morning. In a teary statement, Rowan County Clerk Davis said she would not interfere if her deputies issued licenses, but maintained her objection to authorize them.
    Original Air Date: September 14, 2015

Sunday, September 13, 2015

  • Smaller cities hit hardest by airline mergers
    Airline mergers over the last few years have resulted in fewer flights in the US, as well as a disparity in service and ticket prices between large cities and small ones. Jack Nicas of the Wall Street Journal has more on how smaller cities have been hit hardest by the mergers.
    Original Air Date: September 13, 2015
    U.S. officials want an international ban on rechargeable lithium batteries as cargo on passenger airplanes, the Associated Press reported Thursday. REUTERS/Mike Stone
  • How to protect Mexico's unhatched sea turtles? Drones.
    More commonly, aerial drones can be used by governments for spying on enemies. And now in Mexico, they're being used to keep an eye out for and protect unhatched sea turtles. Hari Sreenivasan reports.
    Original Air Date: September 13, 2015
  • Migrants find more safety but less certainty in Europe
    On Sunday, Germany blocked migrant-packed trains coming from Austria and announced new border checks, as migrants struggle to make their way from southern and eastern Europe to wealthier and more welcoming countries in the north and west. NewsHour's William Brangham follows several migrant families as they make their way through Europe.
    Original Air Date: September 13, 2015
    A migrant woman and a child rest at an improvised shelter in the underground parking of a train station in Salzburg, Austria September 13, 2015. As Germany announced it was re-imposing border controls in a bid to slow an influx of migrants, Austria, through which tens of thousands have passed on their way to Germany, was expecting a record number of arrivals on Sunday. More than a week after the two countries threw open their borders to the migrants, Germany said it was reversing course as a temporary measure. Austria's chancellor, however, was quoted as saying that his country would not immediately follow suit.REUTERS/Dominic Ebenbichler - RTSWI5
  • What effect would an interest rate hike have on US wallets?
    If and when the Federal Reserve Bank raises interest rates, which is widely expected, it would be the first such hike since the 2008 financial crisis. Raised rates will impact the cost of home mortgages and there will be consequences for corporations too. Eric Platt from the Financial Times joins Hari Sreenivasan with some insight to the possible raise.
    Original Air Date: September 13, 2015
    A customer opens his wallet at a Macy's cash register on Black Friday in New York November 26, 2010. Early-bird bargain-hunters scooped up "Black Friday" deals on everything from TVs to toys across the United States, but many said discounts were not as deep as those offered last year. REUTERS/Jessica Rinaldi (UNITED STATES - Tags: BUSINESS SOCIETY) - RTXV3GD
  • Museum exhibit celebrates America's sneaker culture
    A Brooklyn Museum exhibit explores the rise of sneaker culture in the U.S. and how the shoes, which were invented in the late 1800s, evolved into a $34 billion industry. NewsHour's Ivette Feliciano reports.
    Original Air Date: September 11, 2015
    A Nike Supreme Dunk High Pro SB is displayed during "The Rise of the Sneaker Culture" exhibit at the Brooklyn Museum in the Brooklyn borough of New York, July 8, 2015. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid 

Saturday, September 12, 2015

  • Could EU's central members derail unified migrant response?
    On Monday, the 28 nation European Union will hold an emergency summit in Brussels, Belgium to try to agree on how many asylum seekers each country will accept. The NewsHour's William Brangham has been reporting all week from Hungary. He is now in Vienna.
    Original Air Date: September 12, 2015
    A police officer and an army soldier watch as people walk from Serbia to a migrant collection point in Roszke, Hungary September 11, 2015.Hungary said on Thursday it expected to finish building a fence along its border with Serbia by early October, and indicated it would call a "state of crisis" next week as the right-wing government readies a clampdown on migrants and refugees streaming through the Balkans.   REUTERS/David Balogh
  • What is Germany doing to help migrants?
    Germany will take in more asylum seekers than any other country in Europe. The EU powerhouse expects to handle at least 800,000 migrants this year. On Saturday, as roughly 10,000 migrants are expected to arrive in Germany, Noah Barkin of Reuters joins Hari Sreenivasan via Skype from Berlin with more on what Germany is doing to help the migrant crisis.
    Original Air Date: September 12, 2015
    Migrants take selfies with German Chancellor Angela Merkel outside a refugee camp near the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees after their registration at Berlin's Spandau district, Germany September 10, 2015. REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch - RTSG30