Saturday, July 2, 2016

  • Antarctic ozone hole believed to be shrinking
    Scientists studying climate change in Antarctica reported this week that a hole in the protective ozone layer of the Earth’s atmosphere has shrunk. The discovery of the hole in the 1980s led to a worldwide phasing out of ozone-depleting chemicals once used in products from hairspray to air conditioners. Alexandra Witze, reporter for “Nature” Magazine, joins Hari Sreenivasan from Denver to discuss.
    Original Air Date: July 2, 2016
    Penguins can be seen next to the heritage-listed Mawson's Hut at Cape Denison, Commonwealth Bay, East Antarctica December 10, 2009. China and Russia have thwarted an international attempt to create the world?s largest ocean sanctuary in Antarctica as both nations eye the region?s rich reserves of fish and krill. The Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR) wound up a 10-day meeting in Hobart, Australia on October 31, 2014, without the consensus needed for a deal to conserve and manage the marine ecosystems in the Southern Ocean. While Russia blocked conservation proposals for a fourth consecutive time, China?s refusal to back the international plan came as a surprise to many delegates after previous statements of support for conservation and marine protection. Picture taken December 10, 2009.    REUTERS/Pauline Askin  (ANTARCTICA - Tags: ENVIRONMENT ANIMALS POLITICS) - RTR4CE19
  • A South Dakota town embraces new immigrant populations
    As rural America sees its populations shrink, one town in South Dakota is embracing new communities, including Karen people, an ethnic minority from Myanmar. Home to Dakota Provisions - a turkey processing plant that produces 200 million pounds of turkey meat annually - Huron, South Dakota is being revitalized by Asian and Latino workers. NewsHour Weekend Correspondent Christopher Booker reports.
    Original Air Date: July 2, 2016
  • These floating piers let visitors walk on water
    For the past two weeks in Italy, a lake has been transformed with floating piers that allow visitors to walk on water. The fanciful public installation comes courtesy of the renowned conceptual artist Christo. NewsHour Special Correspondent Christopher Livesay has the story.
    Original Air Date: July 2, 2016
    People walk on the installation 'The Floating Piers' by Bulgarian-born artist Christo Vladimirov Yavachev, known as Christo, at the installation's last weekend near Sulzano, northern Italy, July 2, 2016. REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay     TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY      - RTX2JDOF

Friday, July 1, 2016

  • There’s no shame in making summer reading fun
    Make sure you cover up this summer — with sunscreen. But your chick lit, schlocky novels, and frivolous fiction? No way, says writer Jennifer Weiner summer reading in her NewsHour essay. Embrace the F-word this Fourth of July, she says. Not just “freedom” but “fun.” Because there is no shame in making summer reading just that.
    Original Air Date: July 1, 2016
  • Obama order looks to curb civilian deaths in U.S. airstrikes
    For the first time, the Obama administration has released the number of enemy combatants and civilians killed in drone attacks and airstrikes in some countries. The President also issued an executive order aimed at reducing civilian casualties. John Yang talks with Naureen Shah of Amnesty International USA and Sarah Holewinski, former executive director of the Center for Civilians in Conflict.
    Original Air Date: July 1, 2016
    Civil defence members and rescuers push a car at a site hit by air strikes in Idlib city, Syria June 12, 2016. REUTERS/Ammar Abdullah     TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY      - RTX2FR21
  • Humanitarian crisis looms in Fallujah after ISIS defeat
    Displaced residents of Fallujah are finding little to celebrate after Iraqi forces finally ousted Islamic State fighters this week.The city is empty — tens of thousands who were held by ISIS as human shields fled to desolate camps — and there is no electricity or water. Refugee workers call the situation a “catastrophe” and are hoping for more aid. Special correspondent Jane Arraf reports.
    Original Air Date: July 1, 2016
    People displaced by violence from Islamic State militants, arrive at a military base in Ramadi, Iraq, Iraq, June 27, 2016. Picture taken June 27, 2016. REUTERS/Stringer - RTX2IM5Q
  • In post-Brexit Britain, xenophobic attacks are on the rise
    Immigrants and minorities in post-Brexit Britain are living in fear, reporting an uptick in xenophobic attacks that some are blaming on the immigrant scapegoating of the Leave movement. In Hammersmith, a Polish war memorial and a cultural center were vandalized and anti-Muslim pamphlets are making the rounds in Birmingham, where a Halal butcher was firebombed. Hari Sreenivasan reports from London.
    Original Air Date: July 1, 2016
    Demonstrators take part in a protest aimed at showing London's solidarity with the European Union following the recent EU referendum, inTrafalgar Square, central London, Britain June 28, 2016.       REUTERS/Dylan Martinez - RTX2IQ57
  • How sexual rivalry, other shenanigans drove Ernest Hemingway
    A photo of Ernest Hemingway sitting with a mischievous-looking group in Pamplona inspired Leslie M. M. Blume’s new book, “Everybody Behaves Badly.” It was 1925, a year before Hemingway’s “The Sun Also Rises,” hit. The group was a volatile mix, complete with fights and sexual rivalries that inspired his writing, Blume tells Jeffrey Brown, in the last of our series on summer reading suggestions.
    Original Air Date: July 1, 2016
    A life-size bronze statue of U.S. writer Ernest Hemingway at his regular spot at The Floridita bar stands beside a picture of former Cuban leader Fidel Castro and the writer taken when they met at a fishing competition in Havana on May 15, 1960, in Havana, July 1, 2010. REUTERS/Desmond Boylan (CUBA - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT SOCIETY TRAVEL) - RTR2FZVW
  • Shields and Ponnuru on new cloud over Clinton email probe
    Bill Clinton’s tarmac talk with Attorney General Loretta Lynch gave the GOP more ammo in their portrayal of Democrat Hillary Clinton as playing outside the rules, syndicated columnist Mark Shields and National Review senior editor Ramesh Ponnuru tell Judy Woodruff. It comes as the FBI decides whether to push for an indictment in the email probe. Also, a look at Donald Trump’s trade policies.
    Original Air Date: July 1, 2016

Thursday, June 30, 2016

  • What is the impact of ending ban on transgender soldiers?
    The Pentagon has lifted its ban on transgender troops. Defense Secretary Ash Carter announced the move Thursday and officials said health services for trans soldiers, including sexual reassignment surgery, will be covered in 90 days. Of the military’s 1.5 million active duty soldiers, an estimated 2,500 to 7,000 are trans. Hari Sreenivasan talks with John Yang about the historic change.
    Original Air Date: June 30, 2016
    File photo of Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter by Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images
  • How Shinola Turned Detroit Into a Luxury Brand
    When it comes to luxury items, consumer minds are likely to think about some of the world’s fashion meccas. Think Paris. Milan. New York. But Detroit? One growing company would like to think so. With its line of watches, bikes, bags and other items, Shinola is aiming to have the Motor City known for more than its cars and financial woes. Special correspondent Roben Farzad reports.
    Original Air Date: June 30, 2016
    Technician Willie Holley, 26, reworks the caliber movements of Shinola watches being assembled at its manufacturing location in the New Center Taubman building in Detroit, Michigan July 17, 2013. For nearly six decades Detroit's story has been one of relentless erosion of its once mighty manufacturing base, but even as the Motor City faces a long bankruptcy a clutch of small producers has moved in to rekindle the "Made in Detroit" brand. The largest of the city's small newcomers is a watch maker called Shinola, a Depression-era brand name purchased in 2011 when the company set up shop. Dallas-based Bedrock Manufacturing, a venture capital firm backed by Tom Kartsotis, founder of accessory firm Fossil Inc., decided to take advantage of Detroit's underutilized workforce and resonant Made-in-America mystique. Picture taken July 17, 2013. To match Feature DETROIT/MANUFACTURING       REUTERS/ Rebecca Cook  (UNITED STATES - Tags: BUSINESS SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY) - RTX127XI
  • Can Hillary Clinton convince voters that she’s trustworthy?
    From Whitewater to Benghazi and her secret speeches to Wall Streeters, Hillary Clinton has a trust problem, polls find. She admitted Monday that she has to do more to change the perception. Political director Lisa Desjardins reports and Judy Woodruff talks with Anne Gearan of The Washington Post; Peter D. Hart, founder of Hart Research Associates; and longtime Clinton supporter Ann Lewis.
    Original Air Date: June 30, 2016
    U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks at Galvanize, a learning community for technology, in Denver, U.S. June 28, 2016. REUTERS/Rick Wilking - RTX2IQ9I
  • Taking on the plight of refugees — and the misperceptions
    Samantha Power, the U.S. ambassador to the UN, says the tens of millions of refugees around the world should be embraced, not feared. But she also said it’s important for screening systems to be in place. She notes that more than 800,000 refugees have been taken in by the U.S. since the 9/11 attacks and none has been involved in domestic terrorism. Judy Woodruff sits down with Power.
    Original Air Date: June 30, 2016
    Syrian refugees wait to board a Jordanian army vehicle after crossing into Jordanian territory with their families, in Al Ruqban border area, near the northeastern Jordanian border with Syria, and Iraq, near the town of Ruwaished, 240 km (149 miles) east of Amman September 10, 2015. Picture taken September 10, 2015. REUTERS/Muhammad Hamed - RTX2II3C
  • The unsung women heroes of America’s space program
    They were living, breathing, walking, talking calculators who were key to America’s early space program. And they were women — and largely forgotten. At the time, the supercomputers that NASA now uses to crunch its numbers didn’t exist. Nathalia Holt looks to change the historic oversight in her new book, “Rise of the Rocket Girls.” Holt talked with Jeffrey Brown at the Los Angeles Book Festival.
    Original Air Date: June 30, 2016
  • Tig Notaro explains how to make breast cancer funny
    Comedian Tig Notaro lost her mother, ended a long-term relationship and got diagnosed with breast cancer all in the same year. It was, she says, more than she could handle, but it also spurred a writing spree that helped her cope with her illness. Notaro offers her Brief but Spectacular take on healing through comedy.
    Original Air Date: June 30, 2016

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

  • Turks feeling increasingly vulnerable after Istanbul attack
    For Turks, the Istanbul attack has left them feeling more vulnerable, especially since it was so indiscriminate. ISIS is believed to be behind the suicide bombing and has a strong network in the country. Judy Woodruff discusses the attack with Amberin Zaman of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and with special correspondent Jane Ferguson in Istanbul.
    Original Air Date: June 29, 2016
    Turkish flags, with the control tower in the background, fly at half mast at the country's largest airport, Istanbul Ataturk, following yesterday's blast in Istanbul, Turkey, June 29, 2016. REUTERS/Murad Sezer     TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY      - RTX2IUJC
  • CIA chief says U.S. not immune to Istanbul-like attacks
    CIA Director John Brennan sat down with Judy Woodruff to discuss the repercussions of the Istanbul attack and whether the U.S. was vulnerable to similar attacks. He was asked about Secretary of State John Kerry’s comments that Iran has been helpful in the fight against ISIS. “They need to do more,” he said. He also weighed in on the Benghazi report and the impact of Brexit on intel gathering.
    Original Air Date: June 29, 2016
    CIA Director John Brennan testifies before the Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on "diverse mission requirements in support of our National Security", in Washington, U.S., June 16, 2016. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas - RTX2GKRD
  • Sebastian Junger writes on the lessons of tribal societies
    The NewsHour continues our series on great summer reads with the latest from Oscar-nominated documentarian and “Perfect Storm” author Sebastian Junger. It’s called "Tribe: On Homecoming And Belonging." It's a modern take on what we can learn from tribal societies when it comes to loyalty, belonging and the quest for meaning. Jeffrey Brown talks to Junger.
    Original Air Date: June 29, 2016
    Director and journalist Sebastian Junger talks about the film "Which Way Is The Front Line From Here? The Life and Time of Tim Hetherington" during the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, January 21, 2013.  REUTERS/Jim Urquhart (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT MEDIA) - RTR3CRI8
  • NASA promising July 4 big bang as Juno probe reaches Jupiter
    On Independence Day NASA’s Juno spacecraft reaches the largest planet in our solar system and is expected to transmit pictures the 1.8 billion miles back to Earth. But even more interesting than pictures, scientists hope to collect tons of data to help them understand Jupiter’s formation — and our own. Science correspondent Miles O’Brien joins William Brangham.
    Original Air Date: June 29, 2016
    The planet Jupiter is shown with one of its moons, Ganymede (bottom), in this NASA handout taken April 9, 2007 and obtained by Reuters March 12, 2015. Scientists using the Hubble Space Telescope have confirmed that the Jupiter-orbiting moon Ganymede has an ocean beneath its icy surface, raising the prospects for life, NASA said on Thursday.  REUTERS/NASA/ESA and E. Karkoschka/Handout via Reuters  (OUTERSPACE - Tags: SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY) ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS PICTURE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. REUTERS IS UNABLE TO INDEPENDENTLY VERIFY THE AUTHENTICITY, CONTENT, LOCATION OR DATE OF THIS IMAGE. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS. THIS PICTURE IS DISTRIBUTED EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS - RTR4T501
  • Breaking the school-to-prison pipeline one class at a time
    In most states across America, education for teen offenders pales in comparison to what they'd receive on the outside. Just one third mandate that these kids meet the same standards as their public school counterparts. Massachusetts is one of them, and there the goal is to save these young offenders with vocational classes and good old reading, writing and arithmetic. Hari Sreenivasan reports.
    Original Air Date: June 29, 2016
    Suspected gang member Jose Cardenas waits to be booked inside the Hidalgo County Sheriff's Adult Detention Center after being arrested for possession of marijuana in Edinburg, Texas, in this April 14, 2009 file photo. Gangs and their culture of violence, drugs and crime are one of America's pressing social ills. But in the borderlands the problem has an urgency that has federal investigators worried. To match feature USA-GANGS/BORDER     REUTERS/Jessica Rinaldi/Files   (UNITED STATES CONFLICT SOCIETY POLITICS) - RTXE9Q8
  • Zika, security concerns overblown says Rio Olympics boss
    The Olympic games open in less than six weeks away and organizers insist that Rio is ready. The venues will be completed and concerns over Zika and security are overblown they say even as more high-profile athletes say they’re not going. John Yang talks to Sidney Levy, CEO of the Rio 2016 Committee​.
    Original Air Date: June 29, 2016
    The Rio 2016 Olympic medals are pictured at the  Casa da Moeda do Brasil (Brazilian Mint) in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, June 28, 2016.  REUTERS/Sergio Moraes      TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY   - RTX2ITPT

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

  • Top U.S. litigator reflects on Supreme Court wins, losses
    As the Supreme Court wraps up a very busy term, there’s a familiar face who won’t be returning to argue cases before the court next fall. Solicitor General Donald Verrilli, the Obama administration’s top lawyer who defended Obamacare and argued for immigration reform, sat down recently with Judy Woodruff for an exit interview.
    Original Air Date: June 28, 2016
    WASHINGTON - JANUARY 07: Attorney Donald B. Verrilli, Jr. speaks in front of the U.S. Supreme Court after arguments January 7, 2007 in Washington DC. The lethal injection protocol used to execute death-row inmates in the state of Kentucky is being challenged as cruel and unusual because it is potentially extremely painful if the first injection, sodium thiopental, wears off too quickly.  (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
  • Bringing diversity and brown faces to children’s books
    Celebrated writer Sherman Alexie has just published his first children’s book, “Thunder Boy Jr.” He talks with Jeffrey Brown as part of our series on great summer reads and makes the case that books for kids need to show more diverse faces — but are getting better.
    Original Air Date: June 28, 2016
    PORTLAND, OREGON - OCTOBER 11: Portrait of writer Sherman Alexie at the Wordstock literary festival on 11th October 2009 in Portland, Oregon, United States. (Photo by Anthony Pidgeon/Redferns)
  • Should a juvenile sex offender be locked up indefinitely?​
    Even when they serve their time, sex crime offenders in some states are being held years beyond their release date. The civil commitment laws that let jailers deem convicts too dangerous to walk free are facing increased scrutiny, especially in Minnesota, where even juvenile sex offenders grow old behind bars. William Brangham reports.
    Original Air Date: June 28, 2016
    This detention center in Racine, Wisconsin normally holds around 60 juveniles but currently holds 40.  On average, there are 6-8 girls in the unit.  Photo by Richard Ross.
  • Unique college program helps poor students make the grade
    For Georgia State’s Tyler Mulvenna, a $900 grant from an innovative retention program let him live on campus, work less and do what he came to do: study. The school, worried about abysmal graduation rates for poor students found, a full course load, commuting and holding a job was just too much for many. The NewsHour's April Brown takes a look at the program praised by President Barack Obama.
    Original Air Date: June 28, 2016
    An undocumented UCLA student attends a graduation ceremony for UCLA "Dreamers." In California, an estimated 1,100 undocumented students study here and at UC Berkeley, four times as many as before they qualified for state financial aid. Photo by Jonathan Alcorn/Reuters.
  • Remembering coach Pat Summitt, women’s sports pioneer
    "Pat Summitt is an unparalleled figure in collegiate sports,” a speaker said as President Barack Obama awarded the legendary Tennessee Lady Vols coach a Medal of Freedom four years ago. Summitt died Tuesday at age 64 after years of battling early onset dementia. John Yang takes a look back at the women’s sports pioneer’s life on and off the hardwood, a life of passion and true grit.
    Original Air Date: June 28, 2016
    U.S. President Barack Obama awards a 2012 Presidential Medal of Freedom to former University of Tennessee basketball coach Pat Summitt at the White House in Washington, DC, United States May 29, 2012.  REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque/File Photo - RTX2INQA
  • $7 million, 800-page GOP Benghazi report lands with a thud
    Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton loomed large in the House Republican probe of the deaths of the U.S. ambassador to Libya in the Benghazi attack. Hauled before a GOP panel, she was grilled for eight hours. On Tuesday, an 800-page report landed and House Benghazi Chairman Trey Gowdy, R-SC, denied the probe was ever about Clinton. Political director Lisa Desjardins joins Gwen Ifill.
    Original Air Date: June 28, 2016
    U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton comments on the just-released Benghazi report as she speaks at Galvanize, a learning community for technology, in Denver, U.S. June 28, 2016. REUTERS/Rick Wilking - RTX2IQ8L

Monday, June 27, 2016

  • The DisUnited Kingdom? Scotland renews push for ‘liberation’
    When Scottish voters decided two years ago to remain part of the United Kingdom, many thought the raucous independence drive was settled. Think again. Brexit has brought the push to break from London roaring back because the Scots very much want to stay with the EU. Could Brexit mean the final fracture of the once mighty British Empire? Special correspondent Malcolm Brabant reports from Edinburgh.
    Original Air Date: June 27, 2016
    Edinburgh Castle rock is illuminated with a sign to "Vote Remain" in a show of support for the campaign to remain in Europe ahead of Thursday's EU Referendum in Scotland, June 21, 2016. REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne - RTX2HHES