Saturday, April 23, 2016

  • Should the private sector rebuild American infrastructure?
    As the U.S. grapples with a growing list of transportation infrastructure needs and limited public funds, more states are looking to public-private partnerships as a means of fixing and replacing aging bridges, tunnels and roads. But is there a downside for taxpayers? NewsHour Weekend's Christopher Booker reports.
    Original Air Date: April 23, 2016
  • Jon Cleary on 'trying to find the funkiest music I could'
    New Orleans is the birthplace of American jazz, and one fixture in the city’s music scene is piano player and singer Jon Cleary. Cleary, who recently won a Grammy award, is one of the headliners playing New Orleans Jazz Fest this week. NewsHour’s Mori Rothman has this profile.
    Original Air Date: April 23, 2016
    MANCHESTER, TN - JUNE 13:  Musician Jon Cleary of Jon Cleary and the Absolute Monster Gentlemen performs onstage at That Tent during Day 3 of the 2015 Bonnaroo Music And Arts Festival on June 13, 2015 in Manchester, Tennessee.  (Photo by FilmMagic/FilmMagic for Bonnaroo Arts And Music Festival)

Friday, April 22, 2016

  • Propaganda is effective weapon as al-Shabab makes resurgence
    More than 100 Kenyan troops died in a January attack by terror group al-Shabab. Last week, the group released a video of the operation. As al-Shabab makes gains, is it also winning the propaganda war? Special correspondent Nick Schifrin takes a closer look at the group’s messaging in cooperation with the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting.
    Original Air Date: April 22, 2016
  • Va. governor: Felons who've paid their debt deserve to vote
    Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe signed a sweeping order Friday to restore voting rights to more than 200,000 convicted felons within the state. McAuliffe described the action as an effort to reverse decades of voter repression, but state Republicans accused the governor of abusing his powers to help Hillary Clinton win a valuable swing state. McAuliffe joins Judy Woodruff for more.
    Original Air Date: April 22, 2016
    COLUMBIA, SC - APRIL 25:  Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe delivers remarks at the South Carolina Democratic Party state convention April 25, 2015 in Columbia, South Carolina. Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley, former Sen. Lincoln Chafee, and Sen. Bernie Sanders also spoke to the convention.  (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
  • News Wrap: Nations sign Paris Agreement on climate change
    In our news wrap Friday, more than 170 countries signed the landmark Paris Agreement on climate change at the United Nations headquarters in New York. Also, the official death toll from last week’s earthquake in Ecuador climbed again, reaching 587. And as aid workers warn of delays in distributing supplies to the survivors, a new threat has emerged in the form of mosquito-borne illness.
    Original Air Date: April 22, 2016
    Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General of the United Nations, delivers his opening remarks at the Paris Agreement signing ceremony on climate change at the United Nations Headquarters in Manhattan, New York, U.S., April 22, 2016.  REUTERS/Mike Segar   - RTX2B74X
  • What’s causing a rising rate of suicide?
    The national suicide rate has hit its highest point since 1986, according to statistics released by the Centers for Disease Control. Among middle-aged Americans, the gender gap narrowed between men and women who took their own lives. For 10 to 14-year-old girls, the rate has tripled in the past 15 years. Hari Sreenivasan learns more from Katherine Hempstead of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
    Original Air Date: April 22, 2016
    A depressed young woman sits alone against a concrete pillar. Denmark
  • Shields and Brooks on Va. voting rights for felons
    Syndicated columnist Mark Shields and New York Times columnist David Brooks join Judy Woodruff to discuss the week in politics, including Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s move to reinstate voting rights to former felons, whether Donald Trump has been putting on an act as a presidential candidate and whether Sen. Bernie Sanders will stay in the Democratic race.
    Original Air Date: April 22, 2016
  • Push for a national park in Alabama is an upstream battle
    Southern Alabama’s Mobile-Tensaw River Delta is one of the most biologically diverse spots in North America. Some environmental activists, among them E.O. Wilson, are pushing for a new national park in the area to protect the delta’s biodiversity from development. But support is limited in a state that views federal interference with suspicion. Jeffrey Brown reports.
    Original Air Date: April 22, 2016

Thursday, April 21, 2016

  • Can a tax help cut down greenhouse gas pollution?
    Is making pollution expensive the best way to combat climate change? Economist Yoram Bauman thinks so -- he’s spearheading a campaign for a carbon tax in Seattle. But the proposal is raising opposition, and has brought together some unlikely bedfellows on both sides of the debate. Economics correspondent Paul Solman reports.
    Original Air Date: April 21, 2016
  • Envisioning a future where everything is internet
    In the 30 years since Steve Case co-founded AOL, the global tech landscape has seen immense growth and change. What new developments wait in the near future, and what does the rapidly expanding online world mean for human life? Case explores those issues in his new book, “The Third Wave.” Case joins Judy Woodruff to discuss his vision of the future.
    Original Air Date: April 21, 2016
  • Why trade, globalization concerns are resonating with voters
    The issue of trade, and whether our deals are helping or hurting American workers, is resonating with many prospective voters this election season. For a closer look at how U.S. trade policy is playing out in the presidential race, Hari Sreenivasan talks to Thea Lee of the AFL-CIO and Matthew Slaughter of Dartmouth University.
    Original Air Date: April 21, 2016
    Cargo containers at a port in New Orleans. File photo by Paul Taggart/Bloomberg via Getty Images
  • Talk of rules dominates the campaign trail
    Rules took center stage in the election cycle Thursday, as Donald Trump and Sen. Ted Cruz clashed over rules regulating transgender people’s access to restrooms. Meanwhile, RNC officials left the Republican party’s rules unchanged going into July’s convention, and Bernie Sanders decried New York rules that may have disenfranchised thousands of voters. John Yang reports.
    Original Air Date: April 21, 2016
    U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump arrives for a town hall meeting on NBC's "Today" show in New York, April 21, 2016. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid - RTX2B0XW
  • Watch Prince wail on ‘While My Guitar Gently Weeps’
    Prince, the legendary musician and songwriter, has died at the age of 57. At his 2004 induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the artist played a guitar solo during a rendition of “While My Guitar Gently Weeps,” alongside Steve Winwood and Tom Petty.
    Original Air Date: April 21, 2016
    U.S. musician Prince performs for the first time in Britain since 2007 at the Hop Farm Festival near Paddock Wood, southern England July 3, 2011. Photo by Olivia Harris/Reuters
  • What Md. and Penn. can offer the presidential candidates
    Though front-runners Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton picked up big wins in New York’s delegate-rich primary, there are still key upcoming contests that could make a difference in the presidential race, especially Maryland and Pennsylvania. John Fritz of the Baltimore Sun and Kate Langley of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette join John Yang to discuss the battle for those states.
    Original Air Date: April 21, 2016
    Democratic U.S. presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks during a campaign event at The Fillmore in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S., April 20, 2016. REUTERS/Charles Mostoller - RTX2AX9V

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

  • Harriet Tubman kicks Andrew Jackson off the face of the $20​
    For the first time in over 100 years, famous American women will appear on U.S. paper currency. Harriet Tubman will replace Andrew Jackson on the front of the $20 bill, a group of suffragists will be added to the $10 bill and the $5 bill will show Eleanor Roosevelt and singer Marian Anderson at the Lincoln Memorial. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew joins Judy Woodruff to discuss the changes.
    Original Air Date: April 20, 2016
  • Memphis tries rooting out childhood trauma to improve health
    Childhood trauma such as abuse, neighborhood violence or the death of a parent has been found to lead to dire health and social problems later in life. How can communities intervene to spare future generations the same pain and illness? Special correspondent Sarah Varney reports in collaboration with Kaiser Health News on how the city of Memphis, Tennessee, is tackling the problem.
    Original Air Date: April 20, 2016
  • How do you beat a midlife slump?
    While the stereotypical “midlife crisis” is not that common, feelings of midlife malaise are very, very common, says NPR's Barbara Bradley Hagerty. In "Reimagined: The Science, Art, and Opportunity of Midlife," Hagerty examines what causes this existential slump and offers her own experience. The author joins Jeffrey Brown for a book conversation.
    Original Air Date: April 20, 2016
  • Can police penalize drivers who refuse sobriety tests?
    At least a dozen states have made it a crime for suspected drunk drivers to refuse a chemical sobriety test. But some opponents say these laws violate the Fourth Amendment, and are taking their complaints to the high court. The Supreme Court considered three related cases from North Dakota and Minnesota on Wednesday. Hari Sreenivasan talks to Marcia Coyle of The National Law Journal for more.
    Original Air Date: April 20, 2016
    A worker is testing an electronic breathalyser in a simulator at the "Objectif pr?vention" (Prevention purpose) plant, in Sartilly, western France, on March 2, 2012. All vehicles in France have to be equipped with a breathalyser (French ethylotest) from July 1, 2012. According to the authorities in charge of road security, alcohol is responsible for 31% of car crashes.  AFP PHOTO DAMIEN MEYER (Photo credit should read DAMIEN MEYER/AFP/Getty Images)
  • How the AP uncovered slavery in the seafood industry
    An 18-month investigation into the use of slave labor in southeast Asia to bring seafood to American restaurants and supermarkets earned the Associated Press a Pulitzer Prize for Public Service. Since the report was made public, more than 2,000 slaves have been freed. For more on the daring expose, Hari Sreenivasan talks to Martha Mendoza of the Associated Press.
    Original Air Date: April 20, 2016
    SONGKHLA, THAILAND - FEBRUARY 2:  Fishing boat workers help to sort fish after it was unloaded from a  boat at the  port in Songkhla on February 2, 2016. Around 100 people have been arrested by authorities in a recent crackdown on abuses involving Thailand's multi-billion dollar seafood industry.  The deep-rooted problem caused  the huge global brand, Nestle in 2015 to admit that it had discovered clear evidence of slavery at sea in parts of the Thai supply chain. Thailand  is the world's third largest exporter of seafood.  (Photo by Paula Bronstein/ Getty Images )
  • After New York, the path ahead to claim the nominations
    Though front-runners Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton picked up big wins in New York, both parties’ contests for the presidential nomination are far from over. For more on where the candidates go from here, Judy Woodruff talks to Susan Page of USA Today and Reid Wilson of Morning Consult.
    Original Air Date: April 20, 2016
    Donald Trump speaks at a campaign event at the Indiana State Fairgrounds in Indianapolis, Indiana on April 20. Photo by Aaron P. Bernstein/ Reuters
  • Sanders, Cruz fight on despite New York losses
    After a landslide victory in New York, Donald Trump adopted a more restrained tone, suggesting he’s beginning to look toward the general election. But trailing rival Sen. Ted Cruz signaled he isn’t backing down, suggesting a contested RNC convention is inevitable. Meanwhile, Sen. Bernie Sanders vowed to remain competitive despite his double-digit loss to Hillary Clinton. Judy Woodruff reports.
    Original Air Date: April 20, 2016
    Democratic U.S. presidential candidate Bernie Sanders waves after speaking on the campus of Penn State University in State College, Pennsylvania, U.S., April 19, 2016. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson - RTX2AQQ8

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

  • Inside the Pulitzer-winning project on police shootings
    The Washington Post picked up two Pulitzer Prizes on Monday, including one for national reporting on police shootings of civilians. According to an innovative new database compiled by the Post, 990 civilians were fatally shot by police last year. For more on the groundbreaking report, Judy Woodruff talks to Wesley Lowery of The Washington Post.
    Original Air Date: April 19, 2016
    The largest-ever gathering of Pulitzer Prize recipients gather for a celebration honoring the centennial of the Pulitzer Prize at the Newseum in Washington DC January 28, 2016. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts - RTX24HGQ
  • How the U.S. military is supporting Iraq against ISIS
    Secretary of Defense Ash Carter announced Monday that the U.S. will be sending 217 more soldiers into Iraq, bringing total American strength there over 4,000. The news comes as Iraqi forces begin their advance on the Islamic State-held city of Mosul, a campaign supported and funded by the U.S. Judy Woodruff talks to presidential envoy Brett McGurk for more on the struggle to drive ISIS from Iraq.
    Original Air Date: April 19, 2016
    U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter and Iraqi Defense Minister Khalid al-Obeidi stand for their country's national anthems as Carter arrives at the Ministry of Defense in Baghdad, Iraq, April 18, 2016. REUTERS/Stringer  EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVE. - RTX2AI2G
  • Why safe drinking water is no safe bet for some U.S. schools
    It's not just Flint, Michigan. Over the past few decades, school districts in Los Angeles, New York City, Seattle, Washington and elsewhere have found higher than acceptable lead levels in their students’ drinking water due to old plumbing systems. The NewsHour's April Brown reports on how schools in cities like Ithaca, New York, are confronting the crisis of lead contamination.
    Original Air Date: April 19, 2016
  • Lesbos braces for hardship as tourism declines
    The island of Lesbos is one of the Aegean’s most idyllic locales, and long a destination for tourism in Greece. But local residents and businesses are bracing for potential economic catastrophe, as tens of thousands of vacationers are staying away because of the island’s new role as a landing zone for refugees. Special correspondent Malcolm Brabant reports on efforts to reinvigorate tourism.
    Original Air Date: April 19, 2016
    A Red Cross volunteer carries a Syrian refugee baby off an overcrowded raft at a beach on the Greek island of Lesbos November 16, 2015. Of the 660,000 refugees and migrants who have reached Greece this year, more than half have landed at Lesbos. So far this year, some 3,460 lives have been lost crossing the Mediterranean, 360 in the last four weeks alone with 250 of these in Greek territorial waters, UNHCR spokesperson Adrian Edwards told a news briefing in Geneva on November 13.  REUTERS/Yannis Behrakis      TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY      - RTS7BGP
  • Will the White House race change in a New York minute?
    Tuesday’s primary in New York represents one of the most significant delegate prizes left in the presidential race, and a victory there could shape the electoral landscape. For more on the contest in the Empire State, Hari Sreenivasan talks to Tamara Keith of NPR and Karen DeWitt of New York State Public Radio.
    Original Air Date: April 19, 2016
    Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump lifts his ballot while voting for the New York primary election in the Manhattan borough of New York City, U.S., April 19, 2016.  REUTERS/Andrew Kelly  - RTX2AO0M
  • Is the Taliban growing stronger?
    A Tuesday morning suicide attack in Kabul killed 28 people and wounded hundreds more, part of an ongoing surge of Taliban-driven violence in Afghanistan. Judy Woodruff talks to Seth Jones of the RAND Corporation, former advisor to U.S. special forces in the region, for more on the bombing and what it says about the country’s stability and security after 15 years of American involvement.
    Original Air Date: April 19, 2016
    Afghan quick reaction forces arrive at the site of a suicide car bomb attack in Kabul, Afghanistan April 19, 2016. REUTERS/Omar Sobhani - RTX2AL6U

Monday, April 18, 2016

  • Is a perfect storm of Zika conditions coming to the U.S.?
    In the wake of the CDC’s revelation that Zika virus causes microcephaly in infants, doctors are grappling with the thorny issue of whether they should recommend that women in high-risk areas avoid getting pregnant this summer. Hari Sreenivasan talks to Dr. Peter Hotez of Baylor College for more on how medical experts are confronting the prospect of Zika in the U.S.
    Original Air Date: April 18, 2016
    Mosquito. Photo by Janos Csongor Kerekes/via Getty Images