Sunday, August 21, 2016

  • California wildfires take a toll on firefighters
    A fire that burned through 58 square miles and destroyed 103 residences in southern California last week is now 83 percent contained, even as six other wildfires continue burning around the state. NewsHour Weekend Correspondent Mori Rothman reports the toll that the constant alarms are taking a toll on firefighters.
    Original Air Date: August 21, 2016
    Photo by Mori Rothman/PBS NewsHour
  • How Florida is handling invasive lionfish
    Florida's southern coast is one of the most popular dive spots in the world, home to the only tropical coral reef in the continental U.S. But hundreds of fish species here are in danger from the worst-known case of an invasive species: lionfish. NewsHour Weekend Special Correspondent Yasmeen Qureshi has the story.
    Original Air Date: August 21, 2016
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  • Brazil’s president to begin impeachment trial
    As the summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro end, Brazilians will turn their attention to the start of an impeachment trial Thursday of the nation’s suspended President Dilma Rousseff, who stands accused of violating budget laws. Wall Street Journal reporter Paolo Trevisani joins Allison Stewart.
    Original Air Date: August 21, 2016
    Suspended Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff (C) addresses the audience after the Brazilian Senate voted to impeach her for breaking budget laws, at Planalto Palace in Brasilia, Brazil, May 12, 2016.      REUTERS/Adriano Machado  - RTX2E1P4
  • Black-and-white portraits from apartheid-era South Africa
    South Africa’s apartheid era -- when segregation was legal and the white minority ruled -- is remembered as a time of rampant violence and divisiveness. But a photo exhibit this summer showcases the private lives that some South Africans carved out amid this environment.
    Original Air Date: August 20, 2016
    Photo courtesy of The Walther Collection. Copyright, S.J. Moodley Family

Saturday, August 20, 2016

  • Why so many gay and bisexual men can’t donate blood in the U.S.
    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is asking for new scientific research as it reevaluates a controversial policy banning men from donating blood if they admit to having had sex with another man in the past year. Gay rights advocates say the rules are not based in science, but on decades of stigma regarding gay men and AIDS. NewsHour Weekend’s Ivette Feliciano reports.
    Original Air Date: August 20, 2016
    Sam Brinton appears in Washington, D.C. Photo by Ivette Feliciano and Zachary Green/PBS NewsHour
  • Justice Department will not renew contracts with private prisons
    Twelve percent of inmates serving sentences for federal crimes in the U.S. are located in private prisons. This week, the Justice Department announced it would phase out its contracts with those prisons, following findings that they are less safe and more expensive than government-run prisons. NPR justice correspondent Carrie Johnson joins Allison Stewart to discuss.
    Original Air Date: August 20, 2016
    A protester displays a placard reading "Stop corporate greed. Close private prisons" as he takes part in an Occupy Phoenix demonstration in Phoenix, Arizona October 17, 2011. Occupy Phoenix is part of the Occupy Wall Street movement that began in New York last month with a few people and expanded to protest marches and camps across the US and abroad. REUTERS/Eric Thayer (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST) - RTR2SRW7
  • Aetna announces it will leave health care markets in 11 states
    Since the Affordable Care Act took effect three years ago, more than 20 million more Americans have obtained health coverage. But this week, Aetna -- one of the nation's largest private insurers -- decided to drop out of Affordable Care Act markets next year in 11 states, leaving consumers there with fewer options. Bloomberg healthcare reporter Zach Tracer joins Allison Stewart.
    Original Air Date: August 20, 2016
    Photo by  Brendan McDermid/REUTERS

Friday, August 19, 2016

  • Shields and Rubin on Trump's staff and Clinton's ethics
    This week, the Trump campaign underwent possibly its biggest overhaul yet -- the candidate made major staffing changes and publicly said he regrets some past comments. Meanwhile, Hillary Clinton is excelling in the polls, but her emails and foundation still haunt her. For the political scoop, Judy Woodruff speaks with syndicated columnist Mark Shields and The Washington Post’s Jennifer Rubin.
    Original Air Date: August 19, 2016
  • State Department admits Iran payment was used as ‘leverage’
    In January, Iran released American hostages in a development coinciding with a U.S. payout of $400 million -- money that had been owed for decades. The Obama administration previously denied a connection between the two events, but on Friday, the State Department modified its response, saying the money was used as “leverage.” Judy Woodruff talks to department spokesman Adm. John Kirby for more.
    Original Air Date: August 19, 2016
  • A portrait of turmoil in South Sudan, from behind the lens
    South Sudan, the world’s newest country, is again on the brink of a civil war. Photographer Sebastian Rich has covered the conflict in the country for more than four decades, and he is there now on a mission with UNICEF, documenting the turmoil and the toll it has taken on civilians. The area is plagued by malnutrition and the lowest education levels in the world. John Yang speaks with Rich.
    Original Air Date: August 19, 2016
  • TV ads, resignation and ‘regret’ for shifting Trump campaign
    On Friday, Paul Manafort became the second head of Donald Trump's campaign to resign. The Republican nominee was in Baton Rouge surveying the damage from devastating flooding this past week. As for Hillary Clinton, the New York Times reported she told FBI investigators that Colin Powell had advised her to use a private email account for unclassified information. Lisa Desjardins has more.
    Original Air Date: August 19, 2016
    When reached by the New York Times reporter, Trump denied the charges. Photo by Carlo Allegri/Reuters
  • News Wrap: CDC warns pregnant women to avoid Miami Beach
    In our news wrap Friday, the CDC warned pregnant women to avoid traveling to Florida’s Miami Beach in light of the recent Zika outbreak there. Officials say mosquitoes are now transmitting the virus in the tourist destination; five local cases have been reported. Also, 86,500 people have filed for federal aid in the wake of the Louisiana floods, and many remain without power or in shelters.
    Original Air Date: August 19, 2016
    The $1.1 billion to battle the Zika virus is long overdue and has been held up by a series of battles and setbacks. Photo by Kevin P. Coughlin/Office of the Governor/Handout via REUTERS
  • Lochte scandal casts shadow over Rio, but Bolt still shines
    The Olympics conclude this weekend, but the news coming out of Rio is still nonstop. Four U.S. swimmers who said they had been robbed now admit fabricating their story, while Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt could earn his ninth career gold. Also, the Paralympics are in jeopardy due to budgetary issues. Jeffrey Brown speaks to Christine Brennan of USA Today and NPR’s Lulu Garcia-Navarro for details.
    Original Air Date: August 19, 2016
    2016 Rio Olympics - Athletics - Final - Men's 200m Final - Olympic Stadium - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - 18/08/2016. Usain Bolt (JAM) of Jamaica tears off his number tags from his shorts and throws them to the ground after winning the gold.    REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson  TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS.   - RTX2LYCQ
  • Legendary filmmaker explores the internet and human nature
    In his newest film, Werner Herzog is again asking existential questions -- this time, about the internet. In “Lo and Behold: Reveries of the Connected World,” released in theaters on Friday, Herzog analyzes this ever-expanding fortress of information, and how it promises possibilities of both progress and catastrophe. Jeffrey Brown speaks with Herzog about his latest inquiry into human nature.
    Original Air Date: August 19, 2016
    German film director Werner Herzog speaks during a meeting of film lovers in La Paz April 10, 2015. Herzog is in Bolivia to shoot a film in locations such as the Uyuni salt flat, according to local media. REUTERS/David Mercado   - RTR4WVTF

Thursday, August 18, 2016

  • In Aleppo, the fight to survive can begin even before birth
    In Aleppo, Syria's largest city and a stronghold of the Islamic State, warfare usually means an end to life, not its beginning. Recently, a woman nearing labor and walking to the hospital was seriously injured in a bombing. But after an emergency cesarean section and a long struggle to help the infant breathe, a cry was heard. Filmmaker Waad Al-Kateab documents this dual fight for life.
    Original Air Date: August 18, 2016
    A woman stands along a damaged street in Manbij, Aleppo Governorate, Syria, August 16, 2016. REUTERS/Rodi Said - RTX2LBQT
  • 2016 Hutchins Forum: Race & the Race to the White House
    Join us for a discussion on Race and the White House, moderated by Henry Louis Gates Jr. and Charlayne Hunter-Gault. Featuring Charles Blow, Donna Brazile, Armstrong Williams and Leah Wright-Rigueur. Additional remarks by Lawrence D. Bobo.
    Original Air Date: August 18, 2016
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  • The editor of The New Yorker helps writers find their voice
    David Remnick has been a writer for The New Yorker since 1992 and its editor since 1998. In the age of modern media, his job requires not only producing a quality magazine, but also keeping up financially and technologically. One of his favorite experiences is encountering a young writer with something new to say. Here he shares his Brief but Spectacular philosophy on editing -- and being edited.
    Original Air Date: August 18, 2016
  • Wall Street millionaire shares healthy food with the needy
    Sam Polk was making millions on Wall Street when he had a life-changing revelation: he wanted to help those in need. His focus became so-called "food deserts," regions with limited access to healthy food. Polk founded Everytable to serve nutritious meals at minimal prices for low-income populations, but higher prices for customers who can afford them. Economics correspondent Paul Solman reports.
    Original Air Date: August 18, 2016
  • In an unconventional race, even the electoral map surprises
    During most election years, the electoral map is fairly predictable, except for ten or twelve swing states. But in this year's highly unorthodox race, Hillary Clinton has taken a substantial lead in five of these battlegrounds and is pursuing states that are typically solid red. Judy Woodruff talks to Ohio Public Radio’s Karen Kasler, Tampa Bay Times’ Adam Smith and Lisa Desjardins for analysis.
    Original Air Date: August 18, 2016
    Delegates point to an electoral map at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. U.S. July 27, 2016.  REUTERS/Charles Mostoller - RTSJYXU
  • News Wrap: California fire advances; Syrian prison horrors
    In our news wrap Thursday, the fast-moving fire just 60 miles east of Los Angeles flared even more; 1500 firefighters are battling flames only 4 percent contained. The inferno has charred nearly 50 square miles since Tuesday and forced 82,000 to evacuate. Also, Amnesty International reports that 18,000 detainees have died in Syrian government prisons, while others suffered torture and disease.
    Original Air Date: August 18, 2016
    Hotshot firefighters build a fire line after the fire jumped Lytle Creek Road during the Blue Cut fire in San Bernardino County, California, U.S. August 17, 2016.  REUTERS/Patrick T Fallon - RTX2LPBH
  • How Louisiana plans to rebuild after damaging floods
    As the Louisiana flooding begins to subside, the state looks toward rebuilding. The disaster affected over 20 parishes, including areas outside flood zones -- meaning residents there do not have flood insurance. William Brangham speaks with Billy Nungesser, Louisiana's lieutenant governor, about how the state is planning to use FEMA funds, the help of volunteers and Red Cross shelters to recover.
    Original Air Date: August 18, 2016
    Contaminated floodwaters impact a neighborhood as seen in an aerial view in Sorrento, Louisiana, U.S. August 17, 2016. Louisiana Environmental Action Network/© Jeffrey Dubinsky/Handout via Reuters  ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVE. MANDATORY CREDIT.  - RTX2LNV6

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

  • The NSA code breach in the context of overall cybersecurity
    On Saturday, programming code for National Security Agency hacking tools was shared online. The content appears to be legitimate, but it is not clear if it was intentionally hacked or accidentally leaked. Hari Sreenivasan speaks with The Washington Post’s Ellen Nakashima and Paul Vixie of Farsight Security about where this development fits in the context of other recent cybersecurity breaches.
    Original Air Date: August 17, 2016
  • On the longest-flowing volcano, searching for future clues
    Hawaii’s Kilauea has been erupting for over 30 years, making it the longest-flowing volcano on earth. Because of this remarkable activity, it is also currently the most researched. Geologist Mike Garcia has studied Kilauea for decades and believes that analyzing the chemical composition of pieces of the volcano may yield clues to its future behavior. Science correspondent Miles O'Brien reports.
    Original Air Date: August 17, 2016
    A fallen tree leaves a hole in the lava flow from the Kilauea volcano near the village of Pahoa, Hawaii in this handout picture from the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) taken October 31, 2014. The lava flow from the Kilauea volcano has been slithering toward the Big Island village of Pahoa for weeks, although it slowed to a turtle's pace on Thursday and at last watch had advanced only a few feet (meters) over several hours, said Darryl Oliveira, director of Hawaii County Civil Defense. Picture taken October 31, 2014.    REUTERS/USGS/Handout via Reuters  (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENVIRONMENT DISASTER) THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. IT IS DISTRIBUTED, EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - RTR4CFEE
  • Trump reworks his team; Clinton tries to grow lead in Ohio
    Trailing in polls, Donald Trump is rethinking his campaign strategy. In Wisconsin Tuesday night, he asked for the African-American vote and slammed recent violence in Milwaukee. On Wednesday, he overhauled his team, appointing a new campaign CEO and manager. Meanwhile, Hillary Clinton spoke in Ohio on tax policy, also saying that despite her opponent's staff shakeup, "there is no new Trump."
    Original Air Date: August 17, 2016
    Republican U.S. presidential nominee Donald Trump looks out at Lake Michigan during a visit to the Milwaukee County War Memorial Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin August 16, 2016. REUTERS/Eric Thayer     TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY      - RTX2LC44
  • News Wrap: Turkey reshuffles prisons to house coup arrests
    In our news wrap Wednesday, Turkey announced plans to release nearly 40,000 prison inmates to clear space for a similar number detained over last month’s coup attempt. Depending on their remaining sentences, prisoners may qualify for early release, although the most violent criminals will not be eligible. Also, the White House pledged $17 million to help combat opioid and heroin abuse.
    Original Air Date: August 17, 2016
    Major Sukru Seymen (C), one of the military personnel suspected of being involved in the coup attempt, is brought to a court house as he is accompanied by police officers and other detaniees in Mugla, Turkey, August 17, 2016. REUTERS/Kenan Gurbuz     TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY      - RTX2LGHG
  • Trump’s new campaign manager challenges Clinton on policy
    For the second time this summer, Donald Trump has made major changes to senior campaign staff, hiring Stephen Bannon as CEO and promoting Kellyanne Conway to manager. Judy Woodruff speaks with Robert Costa of The Washington Post about what the campaign must do to rally suburban voters in swing states, and with Conway about health care policy and the candidate’s desire for "warriors" he can trust.
    Original Air Date: August 17, 2016
    Campaign Manager Kellyanne Conway (L) and Paul Manafort, staff of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, speak during a round table discussion on security at Trump Tower in the Manhattan borough of New York, U.S., August 17, 2016. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri     TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY      - RTX2LL8F
  • Why Brexit may boost Britain's fishing industry
    The world was shocked when, in June, the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union. Many believe the severance will negatively affect Britain's economy, but the fishing industry expects benefits -- including increased profitability, poverty relief and elimination of what some fishermen see as harmful restrictions. From southwest England, special correspondent Jennifer Glasse has the story.
    Original Air Date: August 17, 2016
    Fish is seen on display at Billingsgate Market in London, Britain, July 6, 2016. Picture taken July 6, 2016.   REUTERS/Martinne Geller - RTSH57M

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

  • The origin of ‘white trash,’ & why class is still an issue
    In “White Trash,” Nancy Isenberg delves into the history of class in America, starting with British colonization. At that time, America was seen as a wasteland -- a place to discard the idle poor. The agrarian communities they subsequently formed often remained poor due to a phenomenon Isenberg calls “horizontal mobility.” Jeffrey Brown speaks with the author about how we can evolve past class.
    Original Air Date: August 16, 2016