Thursday, January 21, 2016

  • What the Litvinenko accusation means for the Kremlin
    A British investigation is pointing the finger at the Russian state and President Vladimir Putin for the 2006 assassination of a former spy and defector. Hari Sreenivasan talks to Steven Lee Myers of The New York Times and Michael McFaul, former U.S. ambassador to Russia.
    Original Air Date: January 21, 2016
    Photo by Aleksey Nikolskyi/Sputnik/Kremlin/via Reuters
  • Rand Paul shares his secret to winning Iowa
    With a two-week countdown to the first voting in Iowa, Republican presidential candidate Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., joins Gwen Ifill to discuss which special group of voters he’s working to win over, breaking through the Donald Trump media domination, plus why he thinks the GOP front-runner shouldn’t be the next president.
    Original Air Date: January 21, 2016
    Republican presidential candidate Senator Rand Paul (R-TX) speaks at Crossroads Shooting Sports in Johnston, Iowa, January 17, 2016. REUTERS/Aaron P. Bernstein - RTX22SJA
  • What are the ingredients for genius?
    What kind of environment spawns genius? That’s the question Eric Weiner tackles in his latest book, “The Geography of Genius,” in which Weiner journeys around the world and through time, from Plato’s Athens to Leonardo da Vinci’s Florence, to find the secret ingredients behind some of the greatest minds in history, and what it means for America today. Economics correspondent Paul Solman reports.
    Original Air Date: January 21, 2016
    ITALY - JANUARY 20:  Ancient painting of Florence. The burial place of Leonardo Da Vinci's Mona Lisa located in the Florence's former Convent of Saint Orsola now abandoned and derelict. An Italian art historian Giuseppe Pallanti found a death notice in the archives of a church in Florence that referred to "the wife of Francesco del Giocondo, deceased July 15, 1542, and buried at Sant'Orsola, where she spent her final days, at age 63." Lisa Gherardini, as Leonardo's model was called in real life, was the wife of Florentine tradesman Francesco del Giocondo. Sant'Orsola, now disused and in ruins, is near the San Lorenzo basilica at the heart of the Tuscan metropolis. Another researcher urged a search at the site for Lisa Gherardini's remains. "Thanks to modern techniques, scientists can determine her physical aspect, maybe even her face and thereby make an important contribution" to establishing her identity.  (Photo by Eric VANDEVILLE/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images)
  • Why these anti-smoking TV ads are working
    Five years ago, the Centers for Disease Control launched the first federal education campaign against smoking. Today the government says it has helped 400,000 smokers quit for good. In a series of TV ads called "Tips From Former Smokers," Americans have shared personal stories of the consequences of smoking. Jeffrey Brown examines the campaign with CDC director Dr. Thomas Frieden.
    Original Air Date: January 21, 2016
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  • Women and girls caught in refugee crisis lack protection
    More than 1 million refugees and migrants entered Europe in 2015. For those fleeing brutal wars and violence at home, the perilous journey can be often most dangerous for women. Sarah Costa of the Women's Refugee Commission talks with Hari Sreenivasan about the heightened risks of gender-based violence and exploitation and how women could be better protected.
    Original Air Date: January 21, 2016
    A migrant holds her baby as they wait for a train to depart to Croatia at train station in Presevo, Serbia, January 19, 2016. REUTERS/Marko Djurica - RTX2315V

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

  • PBS NewsHour full episode Jan. 20, 2016
    Wednesday on the NewsHour, a water crisis in Flint, Michigan, has the governor on the defensive and residents outraged. Also: A warning for pregnant women about the Zika virus, rethinking what’s important on the college application, reporters on the campaign trail to go beyond the polls in Iowa and New Hampshire, telling the story of autism and a tribute young photographer killed in Burkina Faso.
    Original Air Date: January 20, 2016
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  • Remembering Leila Alaoui, photographer who crossed borders
    When al-Qaida militants attacked a hotel in Burkina Faso, killing 30, one of the victims was an Amnesty International worker and photographer named Leila Alaoui. Aida Alami, a close friend, talked to the NewsHour from Alaoui's funeral.
    Original Air Date: January 20, 2016
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  • Inside the battle for Iowa and New Hampshire
    With less than two weeks before early voting starts in the 2016 race, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin officially endorsed Donald Trump in Iowa Tuesday night, attacking the Republican establishment in the process. Gwen Ifill talks to Paul Steinhauser of the NH1 News Network in New Hampshire and O. Kay Henderson of Radio Iowa for more on the battle for those key states.
    Original Air Date: January 20, 2016
    Photo by Mark Kauzlarich/Reuters
  • Telling the story of autism acceptance
    The story of autism is many stories -- from doctors, to parents, to the afflicted themselves. Journalists Caren Zucker and John Donvan examine that history in their new book, "In a Different Key: The Story of Autism." Jeffrey Brown sits down with the authors to discuss the evolving definition of the diagnosis and the constant of parental love.
    Original Air Date: January 20, 2016
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  • Toxic water crisis poisons public trust in Flint
    In Flint, Michigan, toxic drinking water has become a federal emergency. For a year and a half, residents were consuming water contaminated by lead, despite repeated claims from state health officials that everything was fine. That revelation has led to a chorus of outrage, particularly for the young children who have suffered irreversible damage. William Brangham reports.
    Original Air Date: January 20, 2016
    The Flint Water Plant in Michigan is pictured on Jan. 13. Photo by Rebecca Cook/Reuters
  • Harvard report reevaluates college application priorities
    Do colleges put too much pressure on students to impress admissions committees with achievements and accolades? A new report from the Harvard Graduate School of Education recommends limiting the number of advanced placement classes and extracurricular activities that students can list on applications. Judy Woodruff learns more from Richard Weissbourd.
    Original Air Date: January 20, 2016
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Tuesday, January 19, 2016

  • Fate of Obama’s immigration actions goes to Supreme Court
    The Supreme Court will consider whether President Obama overstepped his authority by deferring deportation and securing work rights for 4 million undocumented immigrants, an action opposed by 26 states. Marcia Coyle of The National Law Journal offers background, while Judy Woodruff gets views from the Immigration Law Center’s Marielena Hincapie and Josh Blackman of the South Texas College of Law.
    Original Air Date: January 19, 2016
    Immigrants and community leaders rally in front of the U.S. Supreme Court to mark the one-year anniversary of President Barack Obama's executive orders on immigration in Washington, November 20, 2015. The Obama administration on Friday asked the U.S. Supreme Court to revive President Barack Obama's executive action to protect millions of illegal immigrants from deportation, saying Republican-led states had no legal basis to challenge it. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque - RTS85Q6
  • How home visits for vulnerable moms boost kids' brainpower
    A rapidly expanding medical program for low-income first-time mothers combines social services with the latest in brain science. The Nurse-Family Partnership provides in-home advice on health and parenting, which can lead to improved cognitive development and language skills for their children, who are showing up to school better prepared for learning. Special correspondent Cat Wise reports.
    Original Air Date: January 19, 2016
  • Author explores life on the expanding autism spectrum
    The rate of diagnosed cases of autism has more than doubled since 2000 and researchers have spent millions looking for causes and cures. In "NeuroTribes," author Steve Silberman explores the history behind this dramatic increase, arguing it's just always been much more common than we realized. William Brangham sits down with Silberman to discuss his work.
    Original Air Date: January 19, 2016
  • Can China use the slowdown to change its economy?
    China's economy grew last year at the slowest pace since 1990, at a lower-than-expected rate of 6.9 percent. Jeffrey Brown talks to Ken Lieberthal of the Brookings Institute and Cornell economist Eswar Prasad about what that means for China and global economic stability.
    Original Air Date: January 19, 2016
    An investor walks past an electronic screen showing stock information at a brokerage house in Nanjing, Jiangsu province, January 19, 2016. China stocks rebounded roughly 3 percent on Tuesday, as weak quarterly economic data strengthened market expectations the government will unveil more stimulus moves. REUTERS/China Daily ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS PICTURE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. THIS PICTURE IS DISTRIBUTED EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS. CHINA OUT. NO COMMERCIAL OR EDITORIAL SALES IN CHINA. - RTX23088

Monday, January 18, 2016

  • Hear Martin Luther King Jr.’s Nobel speech
    In our NewsHour Shares moment of the day, the Nobel Prize Foundation released the full audio recording of Martin Luther King Jr.'s 1964 Peace Prize acceptance speech.
    Original Air Date: January 18, 2016
    A general view of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial on the U.S. national holiday in his honor, in Washington, January 20, 2014. King, the civil rights leader who 50 years ago received the Nobel Peace Prize, was assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee in 1968. He was born on January 15, 1929, and the holiday commemorating his birth was enacted in the mid 1980s.  REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst    (UNITED STATES - Tags: ANNIVERSARY POLITICS) - RTX17N5S
  • The invisible catastrophe sickening families in California
    Porter Ranch seems like a picturesque Southern California town, but an environmental disaster has been unfolding there for several months. Natural gas has been spewing from an underground storage facility, causing health issues for residents and forcing temporary relocations for thousands of households. Special correspondent Cat Wise reports.
    Original Air Date: January 18, 2016
    Crews from Southern California Gas Company and outside experts work on a relief well at the Aliso Canyon gas field above the Porter Ranch section of northwest Los Angeles, California. Photo by  in this December 9, 2015 Dean Musgrove/REUTERS
  • Democrats define themselves, damage opponents in last debate
    With the Iowa caucuses coming up, Democratic presidential nominees Hillary Clinton, Sen. Bernie Sanders and Martin O’Malley faced off Sunday night for the final time before voting starts, bringing both substance and swipes. Political director Lisa Desjardins reports on the Democratic debate, and Judy Woodruff gets analysis from NPR’s Tamara Keith and Susan Page of USA Today.
    Original Air Date: January 18, 2016
    Democratic U.S. presidential candidates (L-R) former Governor Martin O'Malley, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Senator Bernie Sanders pose together before the start of the NBC News - YouTube Democratic presidential candidates debate in Charleston, South Carolina January 17, 2016. REUTERS/Randall Hill - RTX22T3D
  • Pardoned Iranian-American prisoner plans to stay in U.S.
    Seven Iranians who have been held in the U.S. are being released by the Justice Department in a prisoner exchange for Americans imprisoned in Iran. Jeffrey Brown talks to Joel Androphy, attorney for Bahram Mechanic, a dual U.S.-Iranian citizen who was accused of selling electronics that aided Iran’s nuclear program.
    Original Air Date: January 18, 2016
    U.S. President Barack Obama delivers a statement on Iran at the White House in Washington, January 17, 2016. Obama signed an executive order on Saturday lifting sanctions on Iran related to its nuclear program after Tehran fulfilled requirements under a nuclear agreement with world powers, the White House said. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas       TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY      - RTX22RFG
  • After years in Iranian jail, Americans ready to restart life
    The deal to release Americans imprisoned in Iran included Amir Hekmati, a former U.S. Marine who was held for more than four years. Jeffrey Brown talks to Rep. Dan Kildee, D-Mich., the congressman who represents Hekmati's home district in Michigan and has long worked for his release.
    Original Air Date: January 18, 2016
    Amir Hekmati (3rd from L) poses with (L to R) family members Ramy Kurdi, Sarah Hekmati, U.S. Congressman Dan Kildee and Leila Hekmati after meeting for the first time since his release at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Landstuhl, Germany January 18, 2016. Hekmati, a former U.S. Marine from Flint, Michigan was released by Tehran with Jason Rezaian and Saeed Adedini and flown to Geneva on Sunday before leaving for Landstuhl military base.  REUTERS/The Hekmati Family/Handout via Reuters  ATTENTION EDITORS - FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS. THIS PICTURE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. REUTERS IS UNABLE TO INDEPENDENTLY VERIFY THE AUTHENTICITY, CONTENT, LOCATION OR DATE OF THIS IMAGE. THIS PICTURE IS DISTRIBUTED EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVE - RTX22Y62
  • Do breakthroughs mean the U.S. can do business with Iran?
    What do major breakthroughs with Iran mean for its relationship with the U.S. and the power dynamics of the Middle East? Judy Woodruff talks to Robin Wright of The New Yorker, former State Department official Ray Takeyh, former CIA officer Reuel Gerecht and Karim Sadjadpour of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.
    Original Air Date: January 18, 2016
    An Iranian flag flutters in front of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) headquarters in Vienna, Austria, January 15, 2016.   REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger - RTX22IVA

Sunday, January 17, 2016

  • Behind the economic impact of the Iran deal
    On Sunday, the Treasury Department announced new sanctions on 11 foreign companies or individuals supplying parts for Iran's ballistic missile program. Bloomberg News White House correspondent Angela Greiling Keane joins Hari Sreenivasan from Washington to discuss the economic impact of the Iran deal.
    Original Air Date: January 17, 2016
    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry signs a series of documents, including the certification to the U.S. government that International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) had certified Iran's compliance in their report and waivers to implement the lifting of the U.S. Congressional nuclear-related sanctions as outlined in the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), in Vienna January 16, 2016.  REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque - RTX22P86
  • How the titanosaur discovery exhibits modern paleontology
    Starting this weekend, visitors to New York's American Museum of Natural History can get close up view of what scientists believe may be the biggest creature to have ever walked the earth. The discovery represents huge gains for modern paleontology. Ivette Feliciano reports.
    Original Air Date: January 17, 2016
  • Syrian refugees in Turkey suffer harsh living conditions
    More than 2 million refugees and migrants that crossed into Europe last year, fleeing Syria's civil war, currently live in Turkey. Nearly 90 percent of those refugees are now living outside of traditional refugee camps, presenting a whole new set of challenges for international relief agencies. NewsHour Special Correspondent Mike Cerre reports.
    Original Air Date: January 17, 2016
    HATAY, TURKEY - OCTOBER 28:  Children are seen in a Syrian family's makeshift tent in Reyhanli district of Hatay Province in southern Turkey on October 28, 2015. Syrian families who fled the war in their country and took shelter in Turkey live in rental houses, tents set up by the volunteers or derelict buildings in Hatay's districts. The number of Syrians in Hatay's Reyhanli has reached 95,000 as the Syrian civil war continues in its 5th year. (Photo by Burak Milli/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
  • Staff from The Washington Post react to Rezaian's return
    The Washington Post's executive editor Marty Baron and foreign editor Douglas Jehl join Hari Sreenivasan over the phone to discuss the return of the paper's former Tehran bureau chief Jason Rezaian.
    Original Air Date: January 17, 2016
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Saturday, January 16, 2016

  • Inside the prison swap with Iran which freed WaPo reporter
    Iran freed five Americans, including "Washington Post" reporter Jason Rezaian, who has been jailed for 18 months on espionage charges. The Post said it "couldn't be happier" about his release. Emad Kiyaei, Executive Director of the American Iranian Council, a non-profit educational organization, joins Hari Sreenivasan for more analysis.
    Original Air Date: January 16, 2016
    Ali Rezaian looks at a picture of his brother, Washington Post Tehran bureau chief Jason Rezaian, after a news conference at the National Press Club July 22, 2015 in Washington, DC. The news conference was to give an update on the case of Jason Rezaian, who is being held in Evin Prison in Iran since July 22, 2014.  Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images
  • Tech giant Google working to diversify staff
    American technology companies like Apple, Facebook and Google are striving to improve gender and racial diversity in their workforce. Having revealed their staffs are predominantly white men, the companies are spending furiously to recruit and keep people who aren’t. Hari Sreenivasan reports.
    Original Air Date: January 16, 2016
    A man walks past a lit sign and balloons that were used for the unveiling of Google's new Canadian engineering headquarters in Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario January 14, 2016. REUTERS/Peter Power - RTX22G62
  • Tackling open arrest warrants for ‘quality-of-life’ crimes
    There are more than 1.4 million outstanding arrest warrants in New York City stemming from lapsed summonses for "quality-of-life" crimes - things like biking on the sidewalk or being in a park after closing. Critics say they burden the court system and police, who must arrest anyone they find with a warrant, and add to the distrust and fear of police, especially in minority communities.
    Original Air Date: January 16, 2016