Thursday, July 7, 2016

  • For tiny Estonia, deterring Russia requires major backup
    Estonia is one of the smallest countries in NATO, and one of its most committed members. And it needs that alliance now more than ever. After 25 years of independence, Estonians have watched in horror as Russian soldiers helped destabilize Eastern Ukraine, fearing their country will be next. Special correspondent Nick Schifrin reports in partnership with the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting.
    Original Air Date: July 7, 2016
    Locals look on as Estonian army soldiers perform during the Spring Storm military exercise near the country's eastern border in Rapina, Estonia, May 13, 2016. REUTERS/Ints Kalnins - RTX2E6MY
  • Did Clinton get off easy? House committee grills FBI’s Comey
    James Comey appeared before the House Oversight Committee, where Republicans pressed the FBI chief on the investigation of Hillary Clinton’s email use and private servers as secretary of state. While Comey said Clinton’s actions might have deserved some kind of punishment, it did not warrant criminal prosecution. Lisa Desjardins reports.
    Original Air Date: July 7, 2016
    Director James Comey is sworn in before testifying at a House Oversight and Government Reform Committee on the "Oversight of the State Department" in Washington U.S. July 7, 2016.  REUTERS/Gary Cameron - RTX2K5VV
  • News Wrap: House GOP put off gun control legislation
    In our news wrap Thursday, House Republicans put off any vote on their gun and anti-terrorism bill. Democrats spoke one-by-one on the floor and demanded a vote on tightening background checks. Also, the fourth trial of a police officer connected to the death of Freddie Gray began in Baltimore.
    Original Air Date: July 7, 2016
    Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-WI) speaks during a media briefing on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., July 7, 2016. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts - RTX2K6ME

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

  • Can Ukraine save itself from widespread corruption?
    Ukraine is waging two wars: one against Russian-backed separatists in the East and one against its own internal corruption. Special correspondent Nick Schifrin, in partnership with the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, begins his report in Odessa, where there have been efforts to clean up a police force with ties to the mafia.
    Original Air Date: July 6, 2016
    Police officers attend an oath-taking ceremony for a new police patrol service, part of the Interior Ministry reform initiated by Ukrainian authorities, in Lviv, Ukraine, August 23, 2015. The new service, which includes road, transport and foot patrols, is expected to replace the traffic police, widely associated with disrepute and corruption, according to local media. REUTERS/Roman Baluk - RTX1P9YD
  • Why America’s longest war is getting longer
    The Obama administration revised up the number of troops it plans to keep in Afghanistan by the end of the year. With a current force of 10,000 there, President Obama said he will reduce the number to only 8,400 in order to respond to increased threats from the Taliban, breaking plans to pull out thousands more. Hari Sreenivasan learns more from Seth Jones of the RAND Corporation.
    Original Air Date: July 6, 2016
  • 2 takes on the law used to judge Clinton’s email use
    Both FBI Director James Comey and Attorney General Loretta Lynch said they would not recommend or pursue charges against Hillary Clinton for her email practices as secretary of state. To examine the law they used to make that decision, Judy Woodruff talks to Shannen Coffin, former counsel to Vice President Dick Cheney, and Stephen Vladeck of the University of Texas School of Law.
    Original Air Date: July 6, 2016
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  • Struggles for power plant raise concerns about clean coal
    Clean coal technology is key to the Obama administration’s plans for combating climate change. But a high-profile power plant, once a poster child for clean coal’s promise, has run billions over budget in construction costs, faces federal investigations and allegations of fraud. William Brangham talks with Ian Urbina, who investigated the story for The New York Times.
    Original Air Date: July 6, 2016
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  • Clinton goes on offense, hoping to leave email story behind
    Hillary Clinton campaigned on the the Jersey shore Wednesday, confronting Donald Trump’s business record and unveiling a plan to make public universities tuition free for most American families. But Republicans continued to raise concerns about her use of email as secretary of state, a day after FBI Director James Comey said he wasn’t recommending criminal charges. Lisa Desjardins reports.
    Original Air Date: July 6, 2016
    U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton delivers a campaign speech outside the shuttered Trump Plaza in Atlantic City, New Jersey, July 6, 2016.  REUTERS/Brian Snyder - RTX2K08L
  • What we know about the Alton Sterling shooting and his life
    Another police shooting has spurred a civil rights investigation by the Justice Department. In Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Alton Sterling was shot by an officer responding to a disturbance call. A cellphone video led many to ask whether the shooting was justified. Judy Woodruff gets an update on the shooting and Sterling’s life from Kevin Litten of The Times-Picayune.
    Original Air Date: July 6, 2016
    People protest after Alton Sterling, 37, was shot and killed during an altercation with two Baton Rouge police officers in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, U.S. on July 5, 2016.  REUTERS/Bryn Stole - RTX2JZKY
  • News Wrap: GOP gun and anti-terror bill faces opposition
    In our news wrap Wednesday, members of the Freedom Caucus came out against a Republican bill that would bar gun sales to those on a terror watchlist. That leaves House Speaker Paul Ryan without the votes to pass the measure. Also, a long-awaited report on Britain’s march to battle with Iraq painted a damning picture of the decision to join the war effort.
    Original Air Date: July 6, 2016
    Firearms are shown for sale at the AO Sword gun store in El Cajon, California, January 5, 2016. President Barack Obama said on Monday his new executive actions to tighten gun rules were "well within" his legal authority and consistent with the U.S. right to bear arms, a warning to opponents who are likely to challenge them in court. REUTERS/Mike Blake - RTX2167B
  • Patients frustrated by medical marijuana research roadblocks
    Lenny and Amy’s 5-year-old son has epilepsy. When conventional medications caused terrible side effects, they started giving him a daily drop of cannabis oil, with dramatic results. But it’s a calculated risk: While there is anecdotal evidence of cannabis’ effectiveness, scientists face research roadblocks because it’s a schedule 1 controlled substance. Science correspondent Miles O’Brien reports.
    Original Air Date: July 6, 2016
    People look at jars of marijuana at the medical marijuana farmers market at the California Heritage Market in Los Angeles, California July 11, 2014.  REUTERS/David McNew/File Photo - RTX2IS58

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

  • Will Clinton face political consequences for email scandal?
    Despite the finding by investigators that Hillary Clinton’s emails were handled in an extremely careless way, FBI director James Comey said they wouldn't recommend a criminal prosecution. Judy Woodruff talks with Carrie Johnson of NPR, then gets reaction on the political fallout from Sean Spicer, chief strategist of the Republican National Committee, and Rep. Xavier Becerra, D-Calif.
    Original Air Date: July 5, 2016
    Secretary of State Hillary Clinton checks her PDA on a flight from Malta to Tripoli, Libya October 18, 2011. Photo by Kevin Lamarque/Reuters
  • Desire to break free keeps Donetsk fighting​
    In Eastern Ukraine, there’s supposed to be a cease-fire, but the fighting starts again every night. For two years, soldiers for the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic -- with the backing of Russia -- have fought the Ukrainian government to gain autonomy. Special correspondent Nick Schifrin reports from the front lines, in partnership with the Pulitzer Center for Crisis Reporting.
    Original Air Date: July 5, 2016
    A member of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic forces aims his weapon at a checkpoint at the frontline with the Ukrainian armed forces near the town of Avdiivka, outside Donetsk, Ukraine, March 17, 2016. REUTERS/Alexander Ermochenko - RTSAX0D
  • FBI lifts legal threat over Clinton email server
    In investigating Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server during her tenure as secretary of state, the FBI found no wanton wrongdoing to make criminal charges stick. FBI director James Comey made that announcement today, chastising the Democratic presidential candidate and former top diplomat. Judy Woodruff reports.
    Original Air Date: July 5, 2016
    The FBI headquarters building is viewed on July 5, 2016 in Washington, DC.
The FBI said Tuesday it will not recommend charges over Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server as secretary of state, but said she had been "extremely careless" in her handling of top secret data. The decision not to recommend prosecution will come as a huge relief for the presumptive Democratic nominee whose White House campaign has been dogged by the months-long probe.
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  • Police convictions elude prosecutors in Freddie Gray case
    After Freddie Gray broke his neck and died in a police van in 2015, six Baltimore police officers were charged. His death prompted dramatic unrest in his home city, but prosecutors have not secured convictions in three trials so far. Jeffrey Brown talks with Lawrence Brown of Morgan State University and former Baltimore prosecutor Debbie Hines.
    Original Air Date: July 5, 2016
    Police observe a protest on June 23 in Baltimore over the death of Freddie Gray while he was in police custody. Photo by Andrew Kelly/Reuters
  • How much playtime should the youngest students get?
    As kindergarten and pre-k have become more academically rigorous, some worry that the very youngest students may be missing out on crucial development through abundant playtime. But other educators believe setting high expectations for achievement helps kids, especially low-income students, excel. Special correspondent Cat Wise reports.
    Original Air Date: July 5, 2016
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  • Bringing magic to the theater with a new Harry Potter play
    At London’s Palace Theater, fans of J.K. Rowling can leap back into her now-familiar magical world of a certain boy wizard. In “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child,” a new stage play told in two parts, Harry is back, but older and with children of his own. Jeffrey Brown reports.
    Original Air Date: July 5, 2016
    Author J.K. Rowling poses for a portrait while publicizing her adult fiction book "The Casual Vacancy" at Lincoln Center in New York October 16, 2012. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT PROFILE SOCIETY MEDIA PORTRAIT) - RTR398FL

Monday, July 4, 2016

  • The history of politicians going way beyond the facts
    Political candidates’ rhetoric often gets heated, even inflammatory on the campaign trail. But when does it cross the line into the offensive or fear-mongering? Hari Sreenivasan gets a historical perspective from presidential historian Michael Beschloss and Beverly Gage of Yale University.
    Original Air Date: July 4, 2016
  • Writing is his redemption after spending time behind bars
    By the age of 19, Shaka Senghor was behind bars after his teen years as a drug dealer ended with a death on his hands. Senghor says his story is all too familiar for many young black men. The author of “Writing My Wrongs: Life, Death, and Redemption in an American Prison” sits down with Jeffrey Brown.
    Original Air Date: July 4, 2016
    The front gate is pictured at the Taconic Correctional Facility in Bedford Hills, New York April 8, 2016. Inmates at Taconic Correctional Facility, a medium security women's prison in suburban Bedford Hills near New York City, are reading the classic works of Homer, Euripides and Virgil. The Columbia University course, organised by the non-profit Hudson Link for Higher Education in Prison, aims to boost employment for convicts after release and reduce rates of reoffending. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri SEARCH "TACONIC ALLEGRI" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "THE WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES  - RTX29LD5
  • Defeated on the battlefield, ISIS steps up terror attacks
    There's no coincidence that the number and ferocity of ISIS terror attacks have increased in recent weeks as their losses on the battlefield mount. John Yang discusses the significance of the timing with Joby Warrick, author of "Black Flags: The Rise of ISIS," and Rukmini Callimachi of The New York Times.
    Original Air Date: July 4, 2016
    Members of Iraqi government forces celebrate on a street in Falluja after government forces recaptured the city from Islamic State militants, Iraq, June 27, 2016. REUTERS/Thaier Al-Sudani - RTX2IH5Z
  • For some NFL players, ban on medical marijuana is real pain
    Percocet or pot? An increasing number of Americans are choosing to use legalized cannabis instead of highly addictive opioids to control chronic pain but not in the NFL where a blanket ban is still in place. A group of retired players are working toward changing that, knowing firsthand what it's like to live on pills. Katie Couric of Yahoo News reports.
    Original Air Date: July 4, 2016
    Marijuana plants are seen at Ganja Farms marijuana store in Bogota, Colombia, February 10, 2016. To match COLOMBIA-CANNABIS/MEDICAL   REUTERS/John Vizcaino - RTSAEKT
  • Rediscovering how slaves transformed the Southern kitchen
    The recipe for the bestselling brand of American whiskey wasn’t simply the invention of its founder — it was greatly influenced by a slave who worked for the distiller. That public acknowledgment by Jack Daniel’s helps raise broader questions about America’s culinary heritage and the underappreciated contributions of African-Americans. John Yang talks to culinary historian Michael Twitty for more.
    Original Air Date: July 4, 2016
    Bottles of various brands of Jack Daniel's whiskey sit on a bar counter during a media preview of the Jack Daniel's Lynchburg Barrel House, an official bar operated by maker Brown-Forman Corp., in Tokyo, Japan, on Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014. While demand for alcohol in Japan is dropping, worldwide sales of whiskey and other spirits are projected to climb an average of 4.9 percent each year through 2017, data compiled by Bloomberg show. Photographer: Yuriko Nakao/Bloomberg via Getty Images
  • On Fourth of July, celebrate heroes who fight for others
    Every Fourth of July, author Sebastian Junger says he thinks about what America means to military servicemen who came as emigrants to the U.S. What motivates them to fight and risk their lives in a country where they might be discriminated against when they’ve returned from duty? Junger considers our ordinary heroes who serve the greater good and not just themselves.
    Original Air Date: July 4, 2016
    Sebastian Junger, the director of the film "Which Way Is The Front Line From Here? The Life and Time of Tim Hetherington", poses for a portrait during the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, January 21, 2013.  REUTERS/Jim Urquhart (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT MEDIA HEADSHOT) - RTR3CRIG
  • More Twitter trouble dogs Trump, Clinton’s FBI interview
    It started as a really bad weekend for Hillary Clinton after her husband’s tarmac meeting with Attorney General Loretta Lynch and word that Mrs.. Clinton was to be interviewed by federal a Donald Trump stepped all over that with a tweet that some considered anti-SemitJc. ohn Yang talks to Tamara Keith of NPR and Stu Rothenberg of The Rothenberg & Gonzales Political Report.
    Original Air Date: July 4, 2016

Sunday, July 3, 2016

  • What’s behind Venezuela’s economic crisis?
    Venezuelans are struggling with shortages of food, medicine and other necessities, with increasing finger-pointing at the leadership of President Nicolas Maduro. For more on the challenges facing the country. Nicholas Casey of The New York Times joins Hari Sreenivasan from Caracas.
    Original Air Date: July 3, 2016
    People line up to buy food and other staple goods inside a supermarket in Caracas, Venezuela June 30, 2016. REUTERS/Mariana Bazo - RTX2J3C0
  • Small towns join forces to bridge the digital divide
    Original Air Date: July 3, 2016
  • Can studying sewage reveal new insights about public health?
    Big data, which is usually used by organizations to find order within an expanding digital world, is coming to city planning. As part of our Urban Ideas series, the NewsHour’s Christopher Booker takes us under the streets of Cambridge, Massachusetts to learn about a new public health effort: mining data about infectious diseases from sewer waste.
    Original Air Date: June 25, 2016

Saturday, July 2, 2016

  • The enduring legacy of Elie Wiesel
    Elie Wiesel, the Nobel laureate who spent decades teaching tolerance and whose writing illuminated the horrors of the Holocaust, died on Saturday at 87. Sara Bloomfield, Director of the Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, joins Hari Sreenivasan by phone to discuss Wiesel’s legacy.
    Original Air Date: July 2, 2016
    U.S. President Barack Obama hugs Nobel Laureate and Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel after Wiesel introduced him to speak at the United States Holocaust Museum in Washington, April 23, 2012. Obama delivered remarks on future holocaust prevention at the museum.    REUTERS/Jason Reed   (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS) - RTR3146J