Tuesday, August 9, 2016

  • ‘Patient H.M.,’ the man who couldn’t make memories
    His story is a staple in psychology classes, but his identity wasn’t known for years: Henry Molaison, the man who lost his ability to form new memories after a lobotomy. In “Patient H.M.: A Story of Memory, Madness, and Family Secrets,” Luke Dittrich paints a picture of the scientific legend. Dittrich discusses his book and personal connection to Molaison in a conversation with Jeffrey Brown.
    Original Air Date: August 9, 2016
  • The man who mows grass masterpieces
    In our NewsHour shares moment of the day, Roger Baker creates his art using an unusual tool: a lawnmower. He started with the Statue of Liberty but since then has mowed Albert Einstein, Jimi Hendrix, a purple heart and now, Ludwig van Beethoven.
    Original Air Date: August 9, 2016
  • GOP defections grow a day after Trump campaign reset
    Facing more defections from the Republican ranks -- including Sen. Susan Collins and 50 national security officials -- Donald Trump used a North Carolina rally to go after Hillary Clinton on gun rights. Meanwhile, Clinton, campaigning in Florida, has agreed to three scheduled debates. Her opponent has not yet formally signed on, saying he may wish to renegotiate the terms. Judy Woodruff reports.
    Original Air Date: August 9, 2016
    Republican U.S. presidential nominee Donald Trump speaks to the Trask Coliseum at University of North Carolina in Wilmington, North Carolina, U.S., August 9, 2016. REUTERS/Eric Thayer - RTSM61Q
  • Why Republican Sen. Susan Collins won’t be voting for Trump
    Maine Sen. Susan Collins declared that she will not be voting for Donald Trump in a Washington Post op-ed Tuesday, citing his “constant stream of cruel comments.” Collins joins Gwen Ifill to discuss her decision not to support him, and why she will not be voting for Hillary Clinton either.
    Original Air Date: August 9, 2016
  • Giving adults with autism skills to build independent lives
    Before Josh, 36, arrived at First Place Transition Academy, he had never taken public transportation on his own, much less held down a paying job. But a new pilot program is empowering adults with autism to overcome hurdles to independence. Special correspondent John Donovan, co-author with Caren Zucker of “In a Different Key: The Story of Autism,” reports from Phoenix.
    Original Air Date: August 9, 2016
  • What we can learn from a day in the life of a student
    Karen Ritter, an assistant principal at a high school just outside of Chicago, wanted to see her school through a student’s eyes. So she decided to follow 9th grader Alan Garcia, who came to her asking to be switched out of the many remedial classes in which he is enrolled, hoping to get a clear view of his experience in the classroom. Special correspondent John Tulenko of Education Week reports.
    Original Air Date: August 9, 2016

Monday, August 8, 2016

  • Trump proposes 3-tier income tax, regulation freeze
    Donald Trump laid out his economic plan today in Detroit, proposing an across-the-board income tax reduction as well as a freeze on agency regulations. Trump also attacked Hillary Clinton’s policy approach, arguing it “punishes" workers and business owners in the U.S. Meanwhile, former CIA. official Evan McMullin, a Republican, said he is planning to launch an independent bid for president.
    Original Air Date: August 8, 2016
    File photo of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump by Eric Thayer/Reuters
  • Alabama lawyer reminds police that students are children
    Last September, a federal court in Alabama ruled that the disciplinary practices used by the Birmingham Police Department toward high school students were unconstitutional. The police department’s appeal will be heard next month. Ebony Howard, the lawyer who filed the class-action suit, speaks with special correspondent Charlayne Hunter-Gault about the specific police conduct and the settlement.
    Original Air Date: August 8, 2016
  • 3 solo artists on the ‘exercise’ of musical collaboration
    They were used to being in charge of their own voices, their own lyrics, their own paths. But recently, singers Neko Case, K.D. Lang and Laura Veirs put autonomy aside to form a single group. The goal was to create a new album containing only songs they wrote together. Though the collaboration proved challenging, it has paid off with a successful tour, critical praise and an artistic “family.”
    Original Air Date: August 8, 2016
  • Syrian refugees adjusting to U.S. bring unique health needs
    Refugees arriving in upstate New York in recent years have increasingly come from active conflict zones, including Syria and Iraq -- many fleeing with injuries of war and deep emotional scars. As the refugee populations in places like Buffalo change, the health care systems and cultures of U.S. cities welcoming these populations have been changing, too. Special correspondent Sarah Varney reports.
    Original Air Date: August 8, 2016
  • Team USA hits the mark in Rio -- and hits back at doping
    Team USA has been living up to expectations during the first few days in Rio de Janeiro. Judy Woodruff speaks with USA Today's Christine Brennan about initial U.S. achievements, criticism of Russian athletes in response to the doping scandal, how the city is handling the Games so far and what else we can expect from superstars such as Michael Phelps, Katie Ledecky and Simone Biles.
    Original Air Date: August 8, 2016
    2016 Rio Olympics - Swimming - Victory Ceremony - Men's 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay Victory Ceremony - Olympic Aquatics Stadium - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - 08/08/2016. Michael Phelps (USA), Ryan Held (USA), Caeleb Dressel (USA) and Nathan Adrian (USA) of USA pose with their medals  REUTERS/David Gray  FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS.   - RTSLPQQ
  • In a fluctuating race, will Donald Trump’s reset succeed?
    In light of his dip in the polls last week, Donald Trump attempted to reset his campaign on Monday by talking about economic policy. Meanwhile, both candidates have taken to questioning each other’s mental health, and a new competitor is poised to enter the race. Gwen Ifill speaks with Amy Walter of The Cook Political Report and NPR’s Tamara Keith for their analysis on the latest in the campaign.
    Original Air Date: August 8, 2016

Sunday, August 7, 2016

  • How the Green Party plans to compete in 2016
    The Real Clear Politics National Average of polls for the general election has Green Party candidate Jill Stein in fourth place with just four percent support. But that isn’t preventing her party from trying to have an impact in November. For more, NPR’s Jessica Taylor, who has been covering the Green Party convention, joins Hari Sreenivasan from Washington.
    Original Air Date: August 7, 2016
    Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein arrives on the second day of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in July. Photo by Dominick Reuter/Reuters
  • Inside America’s 18-page drone strike ‘playbook’
    The Obama administration has declassified a previously secret document, often referred to as the drone strike “playbook” that outlines how drone targets are chosen and approved. For more on what’s in the 18-page document and what it reveals, Charlie Savage of the New York Times joins Hari Sreenivasan from Washington.
    Original Air Date: August 7, 2016
    A model of a military drone is seen in front of an U.S. flag as protesters rally against climate change, ahead of the Democratic National Convention, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S., July 24, 2016. REUTERS/Dominick Reuter - RTSJG0T
  • Bringing ballet to the townships of South Africa
    A sprawling township outside of South Africa's biggest city of Johannesburg has become synonymous with a continued struggle nearly two decades after the end of apartheid. But while many cultural divides still remain, some black South Africans are now turning to ballet, once reserved for wealthy whites. NewsHour Weekend Special Correspondent Martin Seemungal has the story.
    Original Air Date: August 5, 2016

Saturday, August 6, 2016

  • Concerns grow as fentanyl fuels rise in opioid overdose deaths
    According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, overdose deaths involving prescription opioids have quadrupled since 1999. But amid growing concern over the country’s problem with heroin and prescription opioids, a lesser-known drug in that same group is just as lethal. David Armstrong of STAT joins Hari Sreenivasan from Boston to talk more about the threat posed by fentanyl.
    Original Air Date: August 6, 2016
    ST. JOHNSBURY, VT - FEBRUARY 06: Used syringes are discarded at a needle exchange clinic where users can pick up new syringes and other clean items for those dependent on heroin on February 6, 2014 in St. Johnsbury, Vermont. Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin recently devoted his entire State of the State speech to the scourge of heroin. Heroin and other opiates have begun to devastate many communities in the Northeast and Midwest leading to a surge in fatal overdoses in a number of states. As prescription painkillers, such as the synthetic opiate OxyContin, become increasingly expensive and regulated, more and more Americans are turning to heroin to fight pain or to get high. Heroin, which has experienced a surge in production in places such as Afghanistan and parts of Central America, has a relatively inexpensive street price and provides a more powerful affect on the user.  (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
  • On the ground in Brazil as Olympic Games begin
    The Olympic Games began in Rio de Janeiro yesterday and even though there are still problems with the economy and sewage where athletes swim or sail, the games may help restore national pride there after months of bad press. Dom Phillips of the Washington Post joins Hari Sreenivasan via Skype from Rio de Janeiro.
    Original Air Date: August 6, 2016
    Even though hundreds of thousands of people are expected to head to Rio for the Olympics, they represent only a small percentage of the overall travel to and from areas with Zika transmission, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Photo by Nacho Doce/REUTERS
  • How septic tanks may imperil this Florida ecosystem
    In Florida, one of the nation’s largest waterways is in danger as septic tanks are disrupting the fragile ecosystem of the state’s Indian River Lagoon. NewsHour Weekend special correspondent Lisa Desai has the story, which was supported by the Florida Center for Investigative Reporting, The Investigative Fund at The Nation Institute and the Economic Hardship Reporting Project.
    Original Air Date: August 20, 2016
    In Florida, one of the nation’s largest waterways is in danger as septic tanks are disrupting the fragile ecosystem of the state’s Indian River Lagoon. Photo by PBS NewsHour Weekend

Friday, August 5, 2016

  • One Syrian child soldier’s desperate struggle to escape ISIS
    Their faces are flooding the internet: the thousands of child soldiers fighting in Syria. Whether they join armed groups out of economic need or a sense of cultural obligation, these children become instruments of violence and propaganda, often witnessing -- and executing -- acts of sheer inhumanity. For those able to escape, like 15-year-old Ibrahim, the trauma proves difficult to overcome.
    Original Air Date: August 5, 2016
    Mohammad (R), a 13 year-old fighter from the Free Syrian Army, aims his weapon as he runs from snipers loyal to the Syrian regime in Aleppo's Bustan al-Basha district October 29, 2013. Mohammad joined the Free Syrian Army after his father died during clashes with the Syrian regime. The gun he is using was his father's.   REUTERS/Molhem Barakat (SYRIA - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY CONFLICT) - RTX14T0H
  • Jeffrey Toobin’s fresh look at the story of Patty Hearst
    In 1974, William Randolph Hearst’s granddaughter Patty was abducted from her California home by members of the radical Symbionese Liberation Army. After subsequent events suggested the teenager had joined the group, she was captured and sentenced -- but later pardoned. Jeffrey Toobin tells the story anew in “American Heiress: The Wild Saga of the Kidnapping, Crimes and Trial of Patty Hearst.”
    Original Air Date: August 5, 2016
    Patricia Hearst, after being released from federal prison in Pleasanton, Calif., waves her Presidential Clemency document.  (Photo by Joe Kennedy/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)
  • Brooks & Marcus on polls this week catching up with reality
    Judy Woodruff speaks with New York Times columnist David Brooks and Washington Post columnist Ruth Marcus about the week in politics, including how Donald Trump’s controversial behavior further boosted Hillary Clinton’s post-convention polls, the “exquisitely difficult” position of anti-Trump Republicans up for reelection and how Clinton consistently made her email-server situation worse.
    Original Air Date: August 5, 2016
  • Former CIA director endorses Clinton over ‘dangerous’ Trump
    In the past week, Hillary Clinton has surged to a lead in national polls. But on Friday, while speaking to a group of black and Hispanic journalists, she acknowledged that many Americans still do not trust her. Meanwhile, former CIA director Mike Morell announced his support for Clinton -- and his distrust of Donald Trump -- in an endorsement that GOP VP nominee Mike Pence was quick to dismiss.
    Original Air Date: August 5, 2016
    WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 02:  Former Deputy CIA Director Michael Morell arrives for testimony before the House Select Intelligence Committee April 2, 2014 in Washington, DC. The committee heard testimony on the topic of "The Benghazi Talking Points and Michael J. Morell's Role in Shaping the Administration's Narrative."  (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
  • Clinton’s comments on classified emails are inconsistent
    In the latest in our series that looks at the presidential candidates behind the headlines, Lisa Desjardins analyzes Hillary Clinton’s varied statements on James Comey and her private email server. The candidate has previously denied any material was classified, and, in another instance, asserted it was not “marked” as classified. In fact, some of her private emails were both.
    Original Air Date: August 5, 2016
    Democratic U.S. presidential nominee Hillary Clinton arrives with Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) for a rally at the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW), Local 357, union hall in Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S. Thursday, August 4, 2016. REUTERS/Steve Marcus - RTSL3QO
  • Comparing the presidential candidates’ economic plans
    July saw 255,000 jobs created and unemployment flat at 4.9%. How would the candidates boost the economy? Clinton seeks major infrastructure projects and a higher minimum wage, while Trump wants business tax cuts to encourage companies to invest in employees. Judy Woodruff speaks to Stephen Moore, senior economic adviser to Donald Trump, and Jared Bernstein, economic adviser to Hillary Clinton.
    Original Air Date: August 5, 2016

Thursday, August 4, 2016

  • Lose your job? It may pay to announce it
    When Sree Sreenivasan found himself out of a job, he did what he knows how to do best: broadcast the news on social media. The former Chief Digital Officer at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art now spends his days arranging coffee dates and networking meetings. Special correspondent Roben Farzad looks at what Sreenivasan's experience can teach us about finding employment in the digital age.
    Original Air Date: August 4, 2016
  • Investigating Obama’s $400 million payment to Iran
    The Wall Street Journal revealed this week that in January, the Obama administration secretly airlifted $400 million in cash to Iran. The money was owed as part of a failed arms deal prior to the 1979 Islamic Revolution, but payment coincided with the release of four Americans held in Tehran. Hari Sreenivasan speaks with Jay Solomon, the Wall Street Journal reporter who broke the story.
    Original Air Date: August 4, 2016
  • Trump visits Democratic stronghold, trails in key polls
    Donald Trump took his campaign to an unlikely location today: Maine. The historically dark blue state is not a battleground. Of the twelve states that appear to be up for grabs, Trump is polling far behind in Michigan, Pennsylvania and New Hampshire. Meanwhile, House Speaker Paul Ryan and other prominent Republicans vowed to push back on Trump behavior they consider out of line.
    Original Air Date: August 4, 2016
    Republican U.S. Presidential nominee Donald Trump attends a campaign event at the Merrill Auditorium in Portland, Maine August 4, 2016. REUTERS/Eric Thayer - RTSL3JY
  • Preserving what’s left of a Jewish community in India
    The coastal Indian city of Cochin was once home to a thriving Jewish community; immigrants came for the spice trade and ended up settling there. But in 1955, the community largely vanished as its residents departed en masse to the newly founded state of Israel. Now, it’s a struggle to preserve the structures and relics of Jewish heritage that remain.
    Original Air Date: August 4, 2016