Monday, August 4, 2014

  • How human rights factor into African economic advancement
    Will the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit offer opportunities for change beyond trade? Judy Woodruff talks to Nicole Lee, former president of policy organization TransAfrica, about the human rights issues that will affect the ability of some countries to grow and become more prosperous.
    Original Air Date: August 4, 2014
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  • U.S.-Africa summit resets focus on burgeoning markets
    As the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit kicks off at the White House, the Obama administration hopes to begin catching up to China, the biggest trading partner of a continent that boasts many of the world's fastest-growing economies. Michael Bloomberg, former mayor of New York, and Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker join Judy Woodruff to discuss Africa’s economic promise and challenges.
    Original Air Date: August 4, 2014
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  • Nutrient pollution creates fertile ground for algae blooms
    In Toledo, Ohio, Mayor Michael Collins ended a three-day ban on public water due to high toxin levels, likely caused by a massive algae bloom on Lake Erie. This year’s algae build-up came earlier than usual and officials warn it won’t be the last. Gwen Ifill talks to Marlene Harris-Taylor of The Toledo Blade and Anna Michalak of the Carnegie Institution for Science about the contamination.
    Original Air Date: August 4, 2014
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Sunday, August 3, 2014

  • Israeli army removes bulk of troops from Gaza
    The majority of Israeli ground troops have left Gaza, with the army sighting major gains in destroying the border tunnel network. But the violence continues, as a UN school in Gaza was attacked by Israel, drawing condemnation from the United States. Josef Federman of the Associated Press joins Hari Sreenivasan via Skype from Jerusalem for more on the Israel-Hamas conflict.
    Original Air Date: August 3, 2014
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  • Islamic State makes new gains in Iraq
    The Sunni insurgent group known as the Islamic State made new gains in Iraq Sunday, including seizing the northern Iraqi town of Wana near Mosul Dam, the largest dam in the country. For the latest, Nour Malas of the Wall Street Journal joins Hari Sreenivasan via Skype from Baghdad.
    Original Air Date: August 3, 2014
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  • Colorado issues licenses to drivers who lack legal residency
    This week, Colorado became the most recent state to begin issuing drivers licenses to people regardless of their immigration status - joining eleven other states and Washington D.C. Ivan Moreno of the Associated Press joins Hari Sreenivasan via Skype from Denver.
    Original Air Date: August 3, 2014
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  • To amplify message, Israel and Hamas fire up social media
    Temporary cease-fires have come and gone between Israel and Hamas, but the online battle between the two sides has been fought non-stop, as both turn to social media in an attempt to control the message behind the fighting. NewsHour's P.J. Tobia has the story.
    Original Air Date: August 3, 2014
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  • Upwardly mobile: Paraclimbers overcome limits of disability
    Last month in Atlanta, 39 competitors took part in the first ever National Paraclimbing Championships sponsored by USA Climbing, the governing body of competitive climbing in the United States. NewsHour Weekend visited with some of the athletes in Brooklyn as they trained for the event.
    Original Air Date: August 3, 2014
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Saturday, August 2, 2014

  • Senate committee to release declassified CIA report
    The Senate Intelligence Committee will soon release a declassified version of a 6,000-page report examining the CIA's rendition, detention and interrogation program. For more on this Siobhan Gorman of the Wall Street Journal joins Hari Sreenivasan from Washington.
    Original Air Date: August 2, 2014
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  • What's next for people caught entering the US illegally?
    The fate of tens of thousands of people, many of them children, who entered the United States illegally remains unresolved. The Republican-led House passed a measure to speed deportations, the Democrat-led Senate has yet to take up the bill. Roll Call's Christina Bellantoni joins Hari Sreenivasan from Washington to discuss what happens next.
    Original Air Date: August 2, 2014
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  • Viewers Like You|Saturday, August 2, 2014
    Previous signature stories about a ban on commercial fishing by the president of the Pacific island nation of Kiribati and a profile of Garrison Keillor's "A Prairie Home Companion" prompted both positive and negative feedback from viewers around the country.
    Original Air Date: August 2, 2014
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  • Violence in Gaza muddles long-term peace talks
    After an Egypt-arranged cease-fire between Israel and Hamas broke down after only hours on Friday, it was unclear Saturday if or when a longer resolution might play out -- especially as violence on the ground intensified during one of the most aggressive assaults yet in the conflict. Jodi Rudoren of The New York Times joins Hari Sreenivasan via Skype from Jerusalem
    Original Air Date: August 2, 2014
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  • Ebola-infected Americans to return to U.S. for treatment
    Two American aid workers infected with Ebola in Liberia will be sent back for care at Emory University hospital in Atlanta -- the first time any Ebola patient has been transferred to the U.S. for treatment. Hari Sreenivasan talks to Dr. Tom Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control, about containing the worst outbreak of the disease in known history.
    Original Air Date: August 1, 2014
    A colorized, magnified electron microscope image of the Ebola virus grows out of an  infected VERO 46 cell. Image by NIAID
  • Clothing for gender non-conforming people on the rise
    Companies that offer custom-made clothing for transgender and gender non-conforming people are coming to the forefront, as more diverse models gain visibility in the fashion industry – and redefine the parameters of gender identity. Ivette Feliciano reports.
    Original Air Date: July 25, 2014
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Friday, August 1, 2014

  • Shields and Brooks on finding a GOP ‘anti-Cruz’
    Syndicated columnist Mark Shields and New York Times columnist David Brooks join Judy Woodruff to discuss the week’s top news, including the struggle on Capitol Hill to find a resolution to the political division on the border crisis before Congress leaves for August recess, as well as how these events will affect the November election, plus the outlook for ending the war between Israel and Hamas.
    Original Air Date: August 1, 2014
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  • Did NFL fumble on Rice’s punishment for domestic violence?
    NFL commissioner Roger Goodell has defended the two-game punishment of Baltimore Ravens’ Ray Rice for domestic abuse. The case, and its aftermath, have sparked a firestorm of public criticism that the penalty was too lenient. Jeffrey Brown talks to Christine Brennan of USA Today/ABC News about the pushback, and how the case fits into larger problems for the sport.
    Original Air Date: August 1, 2014
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  • Why does Hamas deny abducting an Israeli soldier?
    Israel and Hamas are disputing responsibility for how a three-day cease-fire broke down in just the first few hours, while Hamas is also denying that it captured a missing Israeli soldier. Chief foreign affairs correspondent Margaret Warner joins Judy Woodruff to explore what might be happening behind the scenes and what comes next if Israel can’t find the missing soldier.
    Original Air Date: August 1, 2014
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  • Drilling underground to quench California’s thirst
    California is facing its worst drought in generations -- bad news for the state where nearly half of the nation's fruits and vegetables are grown. With water from rivers and reservoirs in short supply, attention has turned to how to manage the state's groundwater. How much can be safely pumped from underground? Special correspondent Spencer Michaels reports on the competing concerns.
    Original Air Date: August 1, 2014
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  • Jobs rise in July, but low 'quit rate' tells another story
    July was the sixth month in a row that the economy expanded by more than 200,000 jobs, with growth in a variety of sectors. But despite the good news, there may be other trends that tell a more troubling story, like the low number of people quitting jobs to find better ones -- a possible factor in U.S. wage stagnation. Economics correspondent Paul Solman reports.
    Original Air Date: August 1, 2014
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Thursday, July 31, 2014

  • Bluegrass festival keeps Colorado town afloat after flood
    Lyons, Colorado, was cut off from the world for three days when it suffered devastating floods that damaged hundreds of houses and killed one. Nearly a year later, Lyons celebrates its survival with the return of the RockyGrass Festival, one of the nation’s leading bluegrass events. Jeffrey Brown tells the story of a community uniting over music and their remaining struggles in rebuilding.
    Original Air Date: July 31, 2014
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  • Pushing back on campus sexual assault legislation
    Senators have proposed bipartisan legislation with steeper penalties for educational institutions that fail to investigate reports of sexual assault -- and some voices in higher ed are pushing back. Anne Neal of the American Council of Trustees and Alumni joins Hari Sreenivasan to discuss why the burden should fall on the criminal justice system, not colleges and universities.
    Original Air Date: July 31, 2014
    A newly released Justice Department report says about 20 percent of all instances of sexual assault on college campuses is reported to police. Many victims do not think that what happened them is important enough to file a report, the Justice Department said. Photo by Getty Images
  • Are Israel and Hamas violating international laws of war?
    The UN human rights commissioner accused both Israel and Hamas of committing war crimes in their ongoing conflict. Judy Woodruff gets debate on the lawfulness of their tactics from retired Lt. Col. Gary Solis of the George Washington University and retired Lt. Col. Geoffrey Corn of South Texas College of Law.
    Original Air Date: July 31, 2014
    A missile is launched by an "Iron Dome" battery, a short-range missile defence system designed to intercept and destroy incoming short-range rockets and artillery shells, on July 15, 2014 in southern Israeli. Photo by David Buimovitch/AFP/Getty Images
  • Divided GOP delays recess to find agreement on border bill
    House GOP members were called back for another day in hopes of passing a bill, but the divided Congress will likely leave Washington without an agreement on addressing the tens of thousands of migrant children arriving at the southern border. NewsHour Capitol Hill producer Quinn Bowman reports on the political seesaw and Judy Woodruff gets an update from Ed O'Keefe of The Washington Post.
    Original Air Date: July 31, 2014
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  • Holder: DOJ needs Congress' support on immigration backlog
    Attorney General Eric Holder sits down with Gwen Ifill to discuss the House vote to allow the speaker to sue President Obama, the backlog of immigration cases and the political fight over border crisis, death penalty reforms, voting rights and more in an exclusive interview.
    Original Air Date: July 31, 2014
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  • Watch Secretary Kerry announce 72-hour Gaza ceasefire
    Secretary of State John Kerry announced a 72-hour ceasefire between Israel and Hamas Thursday.
    Original Air Date: July 31, 2014
  • Holder: Big data is leading to unfairness in drug sentencing
    Attorney General Eric Holder told PBS NewsHour's Gwen Ifill that he's worried about the criminal justice system relying on big data, in some states, for its drug sentencing. Holder said states should base a sentence on a person's conduct and not on factors such as education level as a predictor to determine a person's likelihood to repeat a crime.
    Original Air Date: July 31, 2014
    A White House official has announced that Attorney General Eric Holder will resign Thursday. Video still by PBS NewsHour

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

  • Comedian finds humor and substance in talking about race
    Comedian Hari Kondabolu has made a name for himself by speaking honestly -- and humorously -- about race. Kondabolu sits down Hari Sreenivasan at the Aspen Ideas Festival to discuss why colonialism can be a ripe subject for humor, and why comedians can say things that the rest of us can’t.
    Original Air Date: July 30, 2014
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  • Plastic microbeads pile up into problems for the Great Lakes
    Scientists are investigating a surprising new pollutant in the country’s waterways: the tiny plastic beads found in common cosmetic products. Illinois has become the first state to ban these synthetic microbeads. Brandis Friedman of WTTW Chicago reports on the potential hazards.
    Original Air Date: July 30, 2014
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