Wednesday, October 28, 2015

  • What’s making the rural American West more diverse
    Wyoming is the least populated state in the country, and one of the whitest. But that could be changing slowly. Since 2010, the state's African-American population has nearly doubled, a demographic shift that's taking place all over the West, and likely driven by job opportunities in oil boomtowns. Special correspondent Leigh Paterson of Inside Energy reports.
    Original Air Date: October 28, 2015

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

  • Frontline’s visit to Syria reveals surprising contrasts
    What is it like inside Assad's Syria today? PBS Frontline filmmaker Martin Smith captured the country at war -- cities in ruins, looming danger and dashed hopes -- as well as some surprising discoveries. Smith joins Gwen Ifill to discuss the conflict and what he found on the ground.
    Original Air Date: October 27, 2015
  • Why dementia takes a huge financial toll on families
    Caring for patients with dementia and Alzheimer's disease is far more expensive -- 57 percent more -- than caring for those with illnesses like cancer or heart disease, according to a study from researchers at Mt. Sinai. William Brangham discusses the findings with Dr. Diane Meier of the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.
    Original Air Date: October 27, 2015
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  • Dalai Lama’s doctor wants more compassion in medicine
    Before he was a personal physician to the Dalai Lama, Dr. Barry Kerzin never imagined that a professional trip to Tibet would lead him down a decades-long path studying Buddhism and meditation. Special correspondent Fred de Sam Lazaro talks to Kerzin in India about his feeling that compassion and empathy are essential to medical training.
    Original Air Date: October 27, 2015
    The Dalai Lama, seen here during a 2010 visit to Washington, will meet with President Barack Obama Friday at the White House. Photo by Paul J. Richards/AFP/Getty Images
  • How Congressional leaders got past the budget crisis
    Trying the clear the deck for his replacement, outgoing Speaker of the House John Boehner announced a tentative two-year budget deal that would boost defense and domestic programs and lift the debt ceiling through the spring of 2017. Political director Lisa Desjardins takes a closer look at the deal with Judy Woodruff.
    Original Air Date: October 27, 2015
    Outgoing Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) (L) enters a news conference on the two-year budget deal with the White House in Washington, October 27, 2015. A two-year budget deal negotiated by the White House and U.S. congressional leaders will be rushed to the floor of the House of Representatives on Wednesday as lawmakers try to pass controversial measures before House Speaker John Boehner retires on Friday. "We have a budget agreement," Boehner said Tuesday. " He said he wanted to clear the decks for Rep. Paul Ryan who is expected to become the next Speaker of the House. "As I made it clear a month ago when I announced that I was leaving that I wanted to do my best to clean the barn. I didn't want him to walk into a dirty barn full of you know what," Boehner said. REUTERS/Gary Cameron - RTX1TGRU
  • Are we completely unprepared for a power grid cyberattack?
    We’re aware of the risk of hacks that result in theft and espionage, but what about a devastating cyberattack on the power grid? In his new book, “Lights Out,” Ted Koppel argues that not only is this a distinct possibility, but that America is totally unprepared. The author joins Gwen Ifill to discuss the frightening potential fallout.
    Original Air Date: October 27, 2015
  • The crumbling Italian town that’s making a comeback
    There are just seven year-round residents -- and who knows how many cats -- in the Medieval Italian town of Civita di Bagnoregio, also known as the dying city. The picturesque hilltop town, visited by droves of tourists, is built upon layers of rock and shifting clay, susceptible to weather and natural disaster. Jeffrey Brown reports on efforts to revive and reinforce the city.
    Original Air Date: October 27, 2015
    Civita di Bagnoregio, known as the “dying town,” is a small hilltop community in the Lazio province of Central Italy. Photo by Frank Carlson

Monday, October 26, 2015

  • Incident triggering anger from Palestinians and Israelis
    A 13-year-old Palestinian boy is accused of a stabbing attack on a 13-year-old Israeli boy, after which the Palestinian was then beaten and left bloody in the street before receiving medical treatment. Special correspondent Martin Seemungal returns to the scene to find out more about what happened and how it's fracturing an already fraught relationship between local Israelis and Palestinians.
    Original Air Date: October 26, 2015
  • The art hospital restoring the world's damaged treasures
    It's part museum, part workshop, part hospital for threatened treasures. At the Opificio delle Pietre Dure in Florence, Italy, conservators work to restore cultural and artistic masterpieces, some of which still bear the damage of a devastating flood nearly 50 years ago. Jeffrey Brown reports.
    Original Air Date: October 26, 2015
    Another restorer works on the central panel of Vasari’s “Last Supper.” The painting sat in storage for more than 40 years after the 1966 flood while experts developed the skills and confidence to restore it in one piece. Photo by Frank Carlson
  • Why eating a hot dog is not like smoking a cigarette
    Eating processed meats such as hot dogs, sausages, ham and bacon can cause colorectal cancer, says the World Health Organization. While the cancer risk in most cases is slight, it does increase with the amount of processed meats consumed, according to the WHO's investigation. William Brangham learns more from Dr. Jonathan Schoenfeld of Harvard Medical School.
    Original Air Date: October 26, 2015
    Individual packages of steak are shown with labels at a meat shop in San Francisco, California June 5, 2015.  REUTERS/Robert Galbraith - RTX1FBF3
  • Why is there no GOP establishment frontrunner?
    As Donald Trump ramp ups rhetoric against Ben Carson, Jeb Bush seems to be scaling down his campaign. Meanwhile, the Democratic field is down to three candidates. Gwen Ifill speaks to Amy Walter of the Cook Political Report and Tamara Keith of NPR about the current campaign landscape and Joe Biden’s decision not to run.
    Original Air Date: October 26, 2015
    According to the Monmouth University poll released Monday, Republican candidate Dr. Ben Carson moves ahead of Donald Trump in the Iowa caucuses. Trump has vowed to stay in the presidential race, despite losing his frontrunner status. Photo by Chris Keane/Reuters
  • Six years on, Arne Duncan says we're testing kids too much
    Standardized testing in schools has gotten out of hand, according to the Obama administration. After being supportive of testing and assessment, the White House has reversed policy and now recommends capping testing at 2 percent of class time. Gwen Ifill sits down with Education Secretary Arne Duncan and Michael Casserly of the Council of Great City Schools.
    Original Air Date: October 26, 2015
    U.S. President Barack Obama listens as U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan announces his resignation in the State Dinning Room of the White House in Washington October 2, 2015.      REUTERS/Joshua Roberts - RTS2T65

Sunday, October 25, 2015

  • Bishops endorse Pope Francis' call for more merciful church
    Pope Francis closed a three-week meeting of Catholic Bishops on Sunday that focused on the church's position on family issues. The Bishop's expressed a more tolerant view toward divorced Catholics, but blocked any reconsideration of the church's stance on gay marriage. Philip Pullella, the Vatican correspondent for Reuters, joins William Brangham to discuss.
    Original Air Date: October 25, 2015
    VATICAN CITY, VATICAN - OCTOBER 24:  Pope Francis, flanked by Archbishop of Bombay Cardinal Oswald Gracias and other bishops, arrives at the closing session of the Synod on the themes of family the at Synod Hall on October 24, 2015 in Vatican City, Vatican. Participants on Friday gave their reactions to a draft of the final document which is now being voted on by the bishops.  (Photo by Giulio Origlia/Getty Images)
  • What does Obama's testing plan mean for American students?
    President Obama on Saturday called on states to cut back on standardized testing for U.S. school kids, who, on average, take eight of them every year, from pre-K through 12th grade every year. The Obama administration also released a testing action plan with new guidelines. Kate Zernike of The New York Times joins William Brangham to discuss.
    Original Air Date: October 25, 2015
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  • Afghanistan's first women studies program now in session
    Since the Taliban was ousted from power 14 years ago, Afghanistan's government has taken steps to improve the status of women, including in education. NewsHour's Megan Thompson reports.
    Original Air Date: October 25, 2015
    KABUL, AFGHANISTAN - AUGUST 31: College students search the internet August 31, 2015 on computers at the Afghanistan Center at Kabul University in Kabul, Afghanistan. (Photo by Robert Nickelsberg/Getty Images)
  • What can be done to stop gender violence in Honduras?
    A wave of immigrants to the U.S. from Honduras has been fueled largely by drug and gang-related violence and a surge of violence against women. They're all problems that Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez is trying to address. Special Correspondent John Carlos Frey reports.
    Original Air Date: October 25, 2015
    Members of the Military Police for Public Order (PMOP) patrol the impoverished Flor del Campo neighbourhood in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, April 29, 2015. Since taking office in January 2014, Honduras' President Juan Orlando Hernandez has delegated the intelligence and counternarcotics operations to the military, creating the Military Police for Public Order, a new force that patrols violent neighbourhoods, public schools and playgrounds to curb violence, amidst growing claims of human rights abuses. Picture taken April 29, 2015. REUTERS/Jorge Cabrera - RTX1IMAG
  • Art exhibit captures Dutch society in changing times
    A new art exhibit is being heralded as the first show ever to look at the Dutch masterworks for how the painters viewed society. The exhibit, “Class Distinctions: Dutch Painting in the Age of Rembrandt and Vermeer," recently opened at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. WGBH's Jared Bowen reports.
    Original Air Date: October 25, 2015
    A Lady Writing, c. 1665

Saturday, October 24, 2015

  • Israel and Jordan strike deal on Jerusalem holy site
    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry says Israel and Jordan have agreed on steps to curb a recent wave of violence between Palestinians and Israelis and announced there will be constant video monitoring around a sacred site in Jerusalem's Old City. Reuters correspondent Arshad Mohammed joins William Brangham via Skype from Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, to discuss.
    Original Air Date: October 24, 2015
    The Dome of the Rock is seen in the background as Palestinian men take part in Friday prayers on the compound known to Muslims as Noble Sanctuary and to Jews as Temple Mount in Jerusalem's Old City October 23, 2015. Palestinian factions called for mass rallies against Israel in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem in a "day of rage" on Friday, as world and regional powers pressed on with talks to try to end more than three weeks of bloodshed. Israeli authorities also lifted restrictions on Friday that had banned men aged under 40 from using the flashpoint al-Aqsa mosque compound in Jerusalem's Old City - a move seen as a bid to ease Muslim anger. REUTERS/Ammar Awad  - RTS5T92
  • Hong Kong's illegal ivory trade still alive, despite pledge
    The United States and China recently committed to nearly total bans of the ivory trade, hoping to curb the poaching of elephants who are killed for their tusks. But China still remains the world's biggest ivory consumer. NewsHour's Christopher Booker reports.
    Original Air Date: October 24, 2015
    HONG KONG - AUGUST 07:  Ivory tusks seized by Hong Kong customs officials are displayed during a press conference on August 7, 2013 in Hong Kong. Customs officials at the Kwai Chung cargo examination compound seized the HK$41 million haul containing  1,120 ivory tusks, 13 rhino horns and five pieces of leopard skin after searching a container declared as wood from Nigeria.  (Photo by Lam Yik Fei/Getty Images)
  • Why tech companies oppose the Senate's cybersecurity bill
    The U.S. Senate has scheduled final votes next week to pass a bill that would permit companies to share information about hacking attacks with each other and the government without fear of lawsuits. But several big tech companies, such as Apple and Twitter, say it does to little to protect individual privacy. Politico reporter Tim Starks joins William Brangham to discuss.
    Original Air Date: October 24, 2015
    Close up of silhouetted male hand typing on laptop keyboard
  • Inside the 'pure hell' of violence against women in Honduras
    In Honduras, poverty, gang violence and corruption are fueling a domestic-violence epidemic in the Central American country where on average, a woman is murdered every 13 hours. As a result, many Honduran women flee the country and become part of a wave of undocumented immigrants to the United States. Special Correspondent John Carlos Frey reports.
    Original Air Date: October 24, 2015
A woman and her daughter go to participate in a march against violence in the Estados Unidos neighborhood in Tegucigalpa on September 26, 2014. Evangelic churches launched a campaign to prevent violence in the Estados unidos neighborhood and another three municipalities in the Honduran capital, torn by the clashes between the Barrio 18 and Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13) gangs.  AFP PHOTO/Orlando SIERRA.        (Photo credit should read ORLANDO SIERRA/AFP/Getty Images)

Friday, October 23, 2015

  • How did Hurricane Patricia get so big so fast?
    Hurricane Patricia may be one of the most dangerous storms to ever hit the Western Hemisphere, with winds of 190 miles an hour. William Brangham learns more about the forecast from Bob Henson of Weather Underground.
    Original Air Date: October 23, 2015
    Hurricane Patricia, a category 5 storm, is seen approaching the coast of Mexico in a NOAA satellite image taken by GOES East at 10:45 ET (14:45 GMT) October 23, 2015. Patricia, one of the strongest storms ever recorded, bore down on Mexico's Pacific Coast, prompting the evacuation of thousands of tourists and residents and a mad rush for emergency supplies. The U.S. National Hurricane Center reported on Friday morning Patricia had maximum sustained winds of about 200 miles per hour (321 km per hour) as it moved north at 10 mph (16 kph).   REUTERS/NOAA/Handout via Reuters  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 - RTS5VCC
  • Is progress being made on a political solution in Syria?
    Secretary of State John Kerry met with counterparts from Russia, Turkey and Saudi Arabia to work on finding a political settlement for the Syrian conflict, following a Moscow meeting between Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and Russian President Vladimir Putin. Chief foreign affairs correspondent Margaret Warner joins Judy Woodruff to discuss the state of play between the U.S. and Russia.
    Original Air Date: October 23, 2015
  • In Newark school reform efforts, gains come at a price
    Five years ago, Gov. Chris Christie, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and former Mayor Cory Booker launched an ambitious plan to remake Newark’s schools by creating a network of charter schools that would operate almost like a business -- a model they hoped could be adopted nationally. William Brangham speaks to Dale Russakoff about her new book, “The Prize,” which chronicles the reform efforts.
    Original Air Date: October 23, 2015
  • Wind farm works to reduce eagle deaths from old turbines
    The Altamont Pass, east of San Francisco, is home to hundreds of bird species, as well as to 3,000 wind energy turbines. That's a deadly combination, especially for golden eagles. Special correspondent Scott Shafer and producer Gabriela Quirós of KQED report on a strategy to help save protected species.
    Original Air Date: October 23, 2015
  • Shields and Brooks on Clinton’s Benghazi testimony
    Syndicated columnist Mark Shields and New York Times columnist David Brooks join Judy Woodruff to discuss the week’s news, including Hillary Clinton’s testimony on Benghazi, Vice President Joe Biden’s decision not to run in 2016, Rep. Paul Ryan stepping into the race for Speaker of the House, and new higher poll numbers for Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson in Iowa.
    Original Air Date: October 23, 2015
  • How teaching your kids financial literacy can lead to them outsmarting you
    Original Air Date: October 23, 2015
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Thursday, October 22, 2015

  • The beer company that’s owned by its workers
    Colorado's New Belgium Brewing is known for its quirky culture, its Fat Tire beer and its distinction as a worker-owned business. Why did the founder of this successful craft brewery sell to her employees? Economics correspondent Paul Solman reports.
    Original Air Date: October 22, 2015