Friday, May 19, 2017

  • How Iran’s presidential election could bring more change
    Iranians went to the polls by the tens of millions Friday to cast their votes in a hotly contested presidential election. Steve Inskeep of NPR, reporting all week from Iran, talks to Judy Woodruff about what this election means for Iran’s path ahead and how freedoms have slightly loosened under incumbent President Hassan Rouhani.
    Original Air Date: May 19, 2017
    Length: 333

Thursday, May 18, 2017

  • Sen. Angus King on getting the facts on Russia meddling
    Sen. Angus King, I-Maine, joins Judy Woodruff to discuss revelations from a full-Senate briefing by the Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein on the firing of FBI Director James Comey, and the ongoing congressional investigations into Russia's role in the election and relationship with the Trump campaign.
    Original Air Date: May 18, 2017
    Length: 455
  • What white Americans hear in the word ‘race’
    “Can we challenge the forces of unconscious white privilege and implicit bias, to come out of the closet and be held accountable?” Georgetown professor Michael Eric Dyson says asking that question is his job. Dyson gives his Brief but Spectacular take on white privilege and the American amnesia over race.
    Original Air Date: May 18, 2017
    Length: 199
  • The rarity of being a male elementary school teacher
    Men are a rarity in early education, a fact of which second grade teacher Harold Johnson has taken full advantage: In a job traditionally held by women, Johnson’s gender has been an asset. Economics correspondent Paul Soloman talks to him about why he became an elementary school teacher despite the cultural stigma.
    Original Air Date: May 18, 2017
    Length: 431
  • Welcoming new communities revitalizes Georgia neighborhood
    During the segregated Jim Crow-era, an area of Athens, Georgia, known as the “Hot Corner” fostered African-American entrepreneurship and catered to the black community. But after flourishing, many businesses moved out or died. Special correspondent Charlayne Hunter-Gault reports on what happened when an anchor of the community rolled out the welcome mat for a white business owner.
    Original Air Date: May 18, 2017
    Length: 253
  • The possibilities and pitfalls of Trump’s first trip abroad
    President Trump leaves Friday for his first overseas trip, with visits planned for Saudi Arabia, Israel, the West Bank, the Vatican for an audience with the pope and to Sicily for a G7 Summit. Judy Woodruff gets perspectives from former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright and Stephen Hadley, a former national security advisor, on how the president plans to tackle policy on the world stage.
    Original Air Date: May 18, 2017
    Length: 588
    President Donald Trump boards Air Force One upon his departure from Joint Base Andrews in Maryland. Photo by Kevin Lamarque/Reuters
  • Trump rejects need for special counsel on Russia probe
    President Trump expressed displeasure at the naming of a special counsel during a news conference at the White House, saying he believes “it divides the country.” William Brangham reports on the fallout of the Justice Department announcement, then John Yang and Lisa Desjardins join Judy Woodruff to discuss the latest from Capitol Hill and the White House.
    Original Air Date: May 18, 2017
    Length: 535
  • News Wrap: Chaffetz announces upcoming resignation
    In our news wrap Thursday, Rep. Jason Chaffetz, chair of the House Oversight Committee, announced he’s resigning at the end of June. His announcement comes as the committee continues its investigation into the Trump campaign’s connections with Russia. Also, FOX News founder Roger Ailes died Thursday in Florida, several days after hitting his head in a fall at home.
    Original Air Date: May 18, 2017
    Length: 310

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

  • Sen. Ben Sasse on Trump turmoil, building kids’ character
    Sen. Ben Sasse, R-Neb., joins John Yang to discuss the latest turmoil surrounding President Trump and various pathways for investigating Russian election meddling, the necessity of protecting institutions like the FBI from politicization, what’s lacking in today’s policy discussions in Congress, as well as the mission of his new book, “The Vanishing American Adult.”
    Original Air Date: May 17, 2017
    Length: 410
  • Did President Trump’s reported actions obstruct justice?
    James Comey's reported disclosure that President Trump allegedly asked him to drop an FBI investigation has raised the question of -- and plenty of disagreement over -- whether that request may constitute obstruction of justice. John Yang gets reaction to that and the naming of a special counsel from William Jeffress of Baker Botts LLP and Robert Ray of the Brennan Center for Justice.
    Original Air Date: May 17, 2017
    Length: 463
    FILE PHOTO: FBI Director James Comey testifies before a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on "Oversight of the Federal Bureau of Investigation" on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., May 3, 2017. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque/File Photo - RTS15WUW
  • Israel investigates possibility Trump shared intelligence
    The New York Times reported Tuesday that Israel was the source of the classified intelligence about the Islamic State group that President Trump allegedly divulged to Russian diplomats. What are the ramifications for relations between the U.S. and Israel if the reports are confirmed? William Brangham speaks with Ronen Bergman of Yedioth Ahronoth about the scramble to contain possible damage.
    Original Air Date: May 17, 2017
    Length: 316
  • Justice Department names Russia probe special counsel
    As President Trump spoke about being scrutinized as a politician in an address at a graduation ceremony, there was no escape from growing political pressure on Capitol Hill. Late Wednesday, the Justice Department announced it was naming a former FBI director as a special counsel to lead the investigation into Russian election meddling and possible Trump ties. Lisa Desjardins joins John Yang.
    Original Air Date: May 17, 2017
    Length: 498
  • What Robert Mueller brings to the Russia probe
    Former FBI Director Robert Mueller was named as a special counsel to lead the investigation into Russian election interference. John Yang gets reaction from John Carlin, a former assistant attorney general for national security, Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Ill., and Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., plus what precipitated the decision by the Justice Department from Matt Zapotosky of The Washington Post.
    Original Air Date: May 17, 2017
    Length: 1218
    Former FBI Director Robert Mueller testifies at a 2011 Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. Photo by Jason Reed/Reuters

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

  • How could Russian disclosure affect intelligence sharing?
    What are the wider effects of President Trump's apparent disclosure of highly classified information to Russian diplomats? John Yang discussed information gathering and sharing with former Defense Department official Andrew Exum and James Woolsey, a former CIA director who was a senior advisor to the Trump transition team.
    Original Air Date: May 16, 2017
    Length: 445
  • White House in damage-control mode over Russia disclosure
    The White House is standing its ground amid an uproar revolving around allegations that President Trump made a damaging disclosure to Russian diplomats last week. William Brangham recaps what’s been reported and how lawmakers have responded, while John Yang gets an update from Lisa Desjardins and Olivier Knox of Yahoo News.
    Original Air Date: May 16, 2017
    Length: 452
    White House national security advisor H.R. McMaster speaks to reporters in the White House briefing room in Washington, U.S., May 16, 2017. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY - RTX363RM
  • Report: Trump urged Comey to drop Flynn probe
    The New York Times reported Tuesday that President Trump in February urged then-FBI Director James Comey to drop the investigation of one of his campaign aide's connections to Russia, in a meeting a day after the president fired National Security Adviser Michael Flynn for lying about his contacts with Russians. John Yang learns more about the revelation from Matt Apuzzo of The New York Times.
    Original Air Date: May 16, 2017
    Length: 244
  • Sen. Risch: Trump fully entitled to declassify information
    Sen. James Risch, R-Idaho, joins John Yang to discuss allegations that President Trump passed classified intelligence from another nation to the Russians, and why he sees the president as having an obligation to declassify information, as well as his concerns about how the story was leaked to the press.
    Original Air Date: May 16, 2017
    Length: 355
  • Hickenlooper: GOP health care bill would be a ‘disaster’
    Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper says the current version of the Republican bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, now bound for the Senate, “in no way improves the health care system.” William Brangham speaks with Hickenlooper about what’s at stake for health care in the U.S., as well as his reactions to the latest reported revelations coming out of the White House.
    Original Air Date: May 16, 2017
    Length: 366
  • Should seat belts on school buses be required?
    Millions of American children take a school bus to school each day, and statistically it's the safest option. But could school buses be even safer? Special correspondent Lisa Stark of Education Week reports that a record number of states are considering legislation to require seat belts and other safety upgrades, but for many school districts it may not necessarily pay to have students buckle up.
    Original Air Date: May 16, 2017
    Length: 442
    File photo of school buses by Getty Images.
  • News Wrap: Syria denies concealing mass prisoner executions
    In our news wrap Tuesday, Syria denied U.S. claims that the regime is using a crematorium to incinerate corpses in order to conceal mass executions of thousands of prisoners. Also, North Korea has become the prime suspect in a global cyber attack. A growing number of cybersecurity experts now say lines in the ransomware code are identical to ciphers used by previous hackers linked to the country.
    Original Air Date: May 16, 2017
    Length: 152

Monday, May 15, 2017

  • When should the government reveal cyber flaws to companies?
    If the government can detect that there is a hole in a company's software that makes it vulnerable to attack, do they have an obligation to tell that company, even if it gives away the government's tool for conducting surveillance? William Brangham speaks with Eric Geller of POLITICO about that tension and what consumers need to know when it comes to cybersecurity and how to protect themselves.
    Original Air Date: May 15, 2017
    Length: 316
  • Is White House drama hurting Trump’s agenda?
    Amy Walter of The Cook Political Report and Tamara Keith of NPR join Judy Woodruff to examine how tumultuous news -- like the firing of FBI Director James Comey or a report released Monday by The Washington Post that President Trump may have shared classified information with Russian officials during a White House meeting -- affects the future of the Trump administration’s agenda.
    Original Air Date: May 15, 2017
    Length: 465
  • Latest North Korean missile test shows new design expertise
    North Korea tested a new intermediate-range missile Sunday, claiming it can now hit U.S. bases in the Pacific with a nuclear warhead. What does this breakthrough mean for the North Korea’s nuclear capabilities? Judy Woodruff speaks with Jeffrey Lewis of the Middlebury Institute of International Studies about the heightened threat.
    Original Air Date: May 15, 2017
    Length: 318
  • What happens when Tunisian-born ISIS fighters return home
    As the Islamic State group faces serious losses in Syria and Iraq, some foreign fighters are returning home. Many come from Tunisia, which has a fragile democracy and very real security concerns. What fate do they face, and what does their return mean for the country and their families? Jeffrey Brown reports from Tunis.
    Original Air Date: May 15, 2017
    Length: 528
  • Trump expands foreign aid limits over abortion services
    President Trump majorly expanded the so-called "Mexico City policy" -- or as critics call it, the "gag rule" -- in a new executive order Monday. The rule has blocked international assistance to any programs that mention or provide abortions. In the past, the policy has affected about $600 million in funding; today's expansion will affect $9 billion. Reuters' Yeganeh Torbati joins William Brangham.
    Original Air Date: May 15, 2017
    Length: 375
  • News Wrap: White House interviews FBI director candidates
    In our news wrap Monday, President Trump announced the White House is “moving rapidly” to replace former FBI director James Comey. At least eight candidates were interviewed over the weekend. Also, the United Nations is nearly doubling its appeal for humanitarian aid in South Sudan, a country facing brutal civil war and famine.
    Original Air Date: May 15, 2017
    Length: 252
  • Report: Trump revealed highly classified material
    The Washington Post reported Monday that President Trump may have jeopardized a secret source of intelligence regarding the Islamic State group by discussing highly sensitive information during a White House meeting with the Russian foreign minister and ambassador last week. Judy Woodruff speaks with The Washington Post’s Greg Jaffe, one of the reporters who helped break the story.
    Original Air Date: May 15, 2017
    Length: 312
    File photo of White House by Zach Gibson/Reuters

Sunday, May 14, 2017

  • What’s behind America’s rising maternal mortality rate
    The U.S. has the highest rate of mothers dying during pregnancy, childbirth and postpartum of any developed country -- 26 women for every 100,000 live births. Last week, NPR and ProPublica published a joint investigation into the reasons why mothers are dying. ProPublica reporter Nina Martin joins Hari Sreenivasan from Oakland, California, to discuss what the investigation found.
    Original Air Date: May 14, 2017
    Length: 226
    Photo by Geoff Manasse via Getty Images