Monday, August 25, 2014

  • Immigration lawyer helps detainees know their rights
    A group of lawyers filed a lawsuit against the federal government on Friday, charging immigration officials with violating the due process rights of detainees held at a New Mexico detention center. Special correspondent Kathleen McCleery talked Laura Lichter -- with one of the attorneys who offers free legal services at the facility -- about her experience and interaction with detainees.
    Original Air Date: August 25, 2014
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  • What should the U.S. do about the Islamic State?
    Islamic State fighters captured the last major military base in northeastern Syria on Sunday, bolstering its influence in the already unstable region. The U.S. kept up airstrikes against the group over the weekend, amid growing talk of an expanding ai campaign into Syria. Jeffrey Brown gets analysis on the threat from retired Army Col. Peter Mansoor and Stephen Walt of Harvard University.
    Original Air Date: August 25, 2014
    Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel (left) and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey at a press briefing at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., on Aug. 21. Photo by Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images
  • Napa Valley picks up after earthquake
    Northern California’s Napa Valley began to assess the damage caused by a 6.0 earthquake on Sunday -- the largest quake to rock the region since 1989. At least 90 homes and buildings were deemed unsafe for occupancy, while the wine industry suffered losses from broken bottles, barrels and lost tourism dollars. Special correspondent Spencer Michels reports.
    Original Air Date: August 25, 2014
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  • After funeral, how does Ferguson begin repair?
    While mourners lay Michael Brown to rest, the meaning and impact of the death of the unarmed African-American teenager continues to provoke discourse around the nation. For insight on the debate over criminal justice and race, Gwen Ifill talks to Rev. Starsky Wilson of St. John's United Church of Christ, Fredrick Harris of Columbia University and Tracie Keesee of the Center for Policing Equity.
    Original Air Date: August 25, 2014
    Michael Brown's mother Lesley McSpadden is comforted during the funeral services for her son inside Friendly Temple Missionary Baptist Church in St. Louis. Photo by Robert Cohen-Pool/Getty Images

Sunday, August 24, 2014

  • Ebola tensions ease in Liberia, but panic lingers
    There are now more than 2,600 confirmed or suspected cases of Ebola, and more than 1,400 deaths resulting from the virus. All of the cases have originated in West Africa. For the latest on the global health crisis, Drew Hinshaw of the Wall Street Journal joins Hari Sreenivasan via Skype from Ghana.
    Original Air Date: August 24, 2014
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  • US attitude over Syria involvement shifts after Foley death
    The execution of journalist James Foley by the Islamic State has shifted the U.S. administration's attitude toward involvement in Syria. Dion Nissenbaum of The Wall Street Journal joins Hari Sreenivasan from Washington, D.C. to discuss what options the U.S. has in Syria.
    Original Air Date: August 24, 2014
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  • Birth control access roils Philippines amid population boom
    In the Philippines, amid a population explosion and staggering birth rate, caused partly by limited access to contraception or family planning advice, NewsHour Special Correspondent Mark Litke follows mothers and newborns from one of the busiest maternity wards in the world to the overcrowded slums where families live in poverty.
    Original Air Date: August 22, 2014
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  • Can online courses replace a campus education?
    Massive, open, online courses, or MOOCs, are the future of higher education or the vehicle of its demise, depending on your perspective. Hari Sreenivasan talks with the man who first created the MOOC, professors who say they undermine the goals of a college education and others who see a way the college classroom and the new online format can be blended.
    Original Air Date: August 22, 2014
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Saturday, August 23, 2014

  • What will shape Poroshenko and Putin's upcoming meeting?
    On Tuesday, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and Russian President Vladimir Putin will meet for the first time since June. Steve Sestanovich, a senior fellow from the Council on Foreign Relations in Washington, D.C., joins Hari Sreenivasan to provide input on what may shape that conversation.
    Original Air Date: August 23, 2014
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  • More than 191,000 have died from conflict in Syria
    A new United Nations report says that more than 191,000 people have died during the conflict in Syria. Douglas Ollivant, a senior national security studies fellow at the New America Foundation, joins Hari Sreenivasan from Washington to discuss the situation as the United States considers its options against the Islamic State.
    Original Air Date: August 23, 2014
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  • Mistaken identity can cost applicants job offers
    Today, nearly 90 percent of employers run a check on at least some of their applicants. As more employers throughout the country use background checks to review job applicants, NewsHour Weekend's Megan Thompson takes a look at the job-screening process, which has recently come under fire for inaccurate reports that can cost people jobs. 
    Original Air Date: August 23, 2014
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Friday, August 22, 2014

  • How will ALS ice bucket challenge money be spent?
    From George W. Bush to Kermit the Frog, scores of celebrities and thousands of others have posted videos of ice water being dumped over their heads. It’s all to raise money to battle ALS, a disease that destroys nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord, for which there is no cure. Judy Woodruff talks to Barbara Newhouse, president and CEO of the ALS Association, the charity at the center.
    Original Air Date: August 22, 2014
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  • Marcus and Gerson on the Islamic State threat
    Washington Post columnists Ruth Marcus and Michael Gerson join Judy Woodruff to discuss the week’s top news, including the legacy of mistrust that laid the groundwork for unrest in Ferguson, Missouri, as well as the shifting U.S. stance on pursuing the Islamic State group after the murder of American journalist James Foley.
    Original Air Date: August 22, 2014
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  • Turning parents into teachers to fight the ‘summer slide’
    As the new school year approaches, teachers know that their students may have regressed over the summer. But one program has made strides in preventing summer learning loss by enlisting parents as partners to help teach children. Special correspondent for education John Merrow reports on Springboard Collaborative, a non-profit organization that makes parents and teachers into partners.
    Original Air Date: August 22, 2014
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  • What Kurdish forces lack in fight against Islamic State
    Why has the famed Peshmerga army in Iraq, considered one of the best in the region, fallen back at several points along its internal frontier against the Islamic State? To investigate, chief foreign affairs correspondent Margaret Warner spent the day with Kurdish military leaders as they traveled to the town of Jalawla. She joins Judy Woodruff for an update.
    Original Air Date: August 22, 2014
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  • Entertainment and activism of ‘Orange Is the New Black’
    Piper Kerman, whose memoir, "Orange is the New Black: My Year in a Women's Prison,” inspired a hit series on Netflix, joins Hari Sreenivasan to discuss the prevalence of mental illness, sexual abuse and inequality in the American justice system, as well as how the Emmy-nominated show compares to real life.
    Original Air Date: August 22, 2014
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  • Piper Kerman answers your questions
    Piper Kerman, author of "Orange is the New Black: My Year in a Women's Prison," sat down with Hari Sreenivasan to answer your questions about the awarding-winning Netflix series adaptation by the same name.
    Original Air Date: August 22, 2014
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  • Explore higher education's future with Hari Sreenivasan
    Declining graduation rates, skyrocketing student debt and a paltry job market for graduates has many in the education community looking for new ideas to restart America’s colleges and universities. Join PBS NewsHour Weekend anchor Hari Sreenivasan as he explores innovative approaches that are changing the way higher education works around the nation.
    Original Air Date: August 22, 2014
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  • Colleges emphasize student 'stickiness' to boost graduations
    In Tennessee, a disturbingly high dropout rate at public universities prompted the state to change how they fund schools: the more students graduate, the more a school gets paid. Hari Sreenivasan reports on the rise of performance-based funding and innovations by schools to keep students invested.
    Original Air Date: August 22, 2014
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  • Grad rates double after reinvention of Chicago City Colleges
    Just 20 percent of community college students complete a degree in the U.S. Cheryl Hyman, chief of City Colleges of Chicago, is reshaping her school system to not only provide wide access to higher education, but to put students on the fastest track to relevant credentials. Hari Sreenivasan talks to Hyman, whose reforms have come with critique for making major cuts.
    Original Air Date: August 22, 2014
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  • Group wants to turn student borrowers into activists
    Through the recession, college tuition skyrocketed at public universities to make up for flagging state funding. Some students who borrowed to keep up with rising costs face crushing debt repayments. Hari Sreenivasan travelled to Wisconsin to report on one group hoping to turn the state’s student borrowers into a powerful voting bloc.
    Original Air Date: August 22, 2014
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  • Online university skips class to be more accessible
    College for America, an online degree program, has no classes, professors or credit hours. It's been cited as an innovative way to make college more affordable. But how do its students qualify for a degree? Hari Sreenivasan reports from New Hampshire on a university that gives credit based on competency at the student's own pace.
    Original Air Date: August 22, 2014
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Thursday, August 21, 2014

  • Killing of three leaders deals demoralizing blow to Hamas
    Following this week’s cease-fire collapse, Israeli airstrikes killed multiple Hamas leaders in Gaza. The Associated Press’s Josef Federman, reporting from Jerusalem, talks to Hari Sreenivasan about news that a member of Hamas has claimed responsibility for the kidnapping and killing of three Israeli teens, plus the prospects of either side returning to the negotiating table.
    Original Air Date: August 21, 2014
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  • Bank of America to pay nearly $17B over housing crisis
    Bank of America will pay nearly $17 billion for its role in writing and securitizing risky home loans in the run up the housing crisis. For a closer look at the Justice Department deal, and the impact it and earlier bank settlements might have on Wall Street and across the U.S., Hari Sreenivasan talks to Dennis Kelleher of Better Markets and Lynn Stout of Cornell University.
    Original Air Date: August 21, 2014
    The Fed policies of Ben Bernanke and Janet Yellen, who begins her term Feb. 1, are making former Harvard economist Terry Burnham withdraw his money from Bank of America. Photo by Davis Turner/Getty Images.
  • How is Islamic State different from other extremist groups?
    Shadi Hamid of the Brookings Institution and Steven Simon of the Middle East Institute join Judy Woodruff to discuss the threat the Islamic State poses and how they’re recruiting members, including westerners.
    Original Air Date: August 21, 2014
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  • More details emerge on failed mission to rescue James Foley
    Judy Woodruff talks to The Washington Post’s Karen DeYoung about the U.S.’ attempt to rescue American journalist James Foley before his murder, and the country’s policy not to pay ransoms to terrorists.
    Original Air Date: August 21, 2014
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  • U.S. vows killers of James Foley will be ‘held accountable’
    The Justice Department opened a criminal investigation into the murder of American journalist James Foley in Syria. That news came after word that earlier this summer a U.S. raid targeted an Islamic State site in Northern Syria in hopes of rescuing the reporter and other captives. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel defended the mission, saying it was not an intelligence failure. Judy Woodruff reports.
    Original Air Date: August 21, 2014
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  • McDonnell uses broken marriage to fight corruption charges
    Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell returned to the stand in his public corruption trial, describing in detail how relations with his wife had broken down in order to show that the couple could not have jointly engaged in a criminal conspiracy. If convicted, the one-time rising star in GOP politics could face as much as 20 years in prison. Judy Woodruff learns more from Craig Carper of WCVE.
    Original Air Date: August 21, 2014
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