Monday, April 11, 2016

  • Gathering evidence of Syria war crimes in ‘The Assad Files’
    Five years of brutal civil war in Syria have killed hundreds of thousands and displaced millions more. Now, a new journalistic project aims to document President Bashar al-Assad’s principal role in the systematic campaign of detention, torture and murder that has left his nation in the throes of chaos. Hari Sreenivasan sits down with Ben Taub of The New Yorker to discuss “The Assad Files.”
    Original Air Date: April 11, 2016
  • The long influence of Jackie Robinson, on and off the field
    A new PBS documentary produced by Ken Burns examines the struggles Jackie Robinson faced in breaking baseball’s color barrier -- and his achievements as a player on the diamond and as a civil rights activist in later life. John Yang talks to Dusty Baker, manager of the Washington Nationals, for a personal take on Robinson’s enduring legacy both on and off the field.
    Original Air Date: April 11, 2016
  • Playwright unravels different identities in a single life
    Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Tracy Letts has famously depicted family dysfunction, but his latest play, “Mary Page Marlowe,” is more concerned with questions of identity, examining the life of its protagonist from infancy to old age in non-linear fashion to find out what makes her herself. Jeffrey Brown takes a look at the play and Letts’s creative process.
    Original Air Date: April 11, 2016

Sunday, April 10, 2016

  • U.S. water systems repeatedly exceed federal lead standards
    Following the lead-tainted drinking water crisis in Flint, Michigan an Associated Press investigation into EPA records found nearly 1,400 water systems providing tap water to almost 4 million Americans exceeded acceptable levels of lead at least once between 2013 and 2015. AP Reporter Meghan Hoyer, who co-wrote a story on the investigation, joined Hari Sreenivasan to discuss the problem.
    Original Air Date: April 10, 2016
    The top of a water tower is seen at the Flint Water Plant in Flint, Michigan January 13, 2016.  Michigan National Guard members were set to arrive in Flint as soon as Wednesday to join door-to-door efforts to distribute bottled water and other supplies to residents coping with the city's crisis over lead-contaminated drinking water.     REUTERS/Rebecca Cook - RTX22AL4
  • Yazidis of Iraq turn to truffles for survival
    Yazidis, a religious minority in Iraq who have been persecuted by Islamic State militants, have turned to the dangerous job of searching for truffles for income. They earn about $8 on an average day for finding and selling about 6.5 pounds at the local market.
    Original Air Date: April 10, 2016
  • How ‘The Wire’ is inspiring new classroom curricula
    Columbia University this week held a conference on how lessons from ‘The Wire’ -- the critically acclaimed TV series on Baltimore’s inner-workings of gangs, media and government -- cut across academic disciplines. The show has become a popular talking point in many classrooms across the country. NewsHour’s Hari Sreenivasan reports.
    Original Air Date: April 10, 2016
  • How Al-Shabab is recruiting young men from Kenya
    Al-Shabab, an Al Qaeda-linked militant group based in Somalia responsible for a shopping mall attack in Kenya that killed 67 in 2013, is enlisting more recruits from Kenya than any other country. In the second part of the NewsHour series “Inside Kenya,” young men talk about why they joined.
    Original Air Date: April 9, 2016

Saturday, April 9, 2016

  • Sleep-deprived teens at greater risk for injuries, accidents
    A study by the Centers for Disease Control published this week shows sleep-deprived teenagers are more likely to receive sports injuries and become involved in automobile accidents. One of the study’s authors, Dr. Anne Wheaton, spoke with Hari Sreenivasan about what the research means.
    Original Air Date: April 9, 2016
    Teenage girl (13-14) asleep on sofa
  • Viewers respond to report on law enforcement unlocking smartphones
    Hari Sreenivasan reads viewer comments about PBS NewsHour Weekend's recent story about a Senate Bill that would require companies like Apple to assist law enforcement, after a judge grants a warrant, with unlocking encrypted smartphones for evidence.
    Original Air Date: April 9, 2016
    A worker tries to repair an iPhone in a repair store in New York, February 17, 2016.  A court order demanding that Apple Inc help the U.S. government unlock the encrypted iPhone of one of the San Bernardino shooters opens a new chapter in the legal, political and technological fight pitting law enforcement against civil liberties advocates and major tech companies. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz - RTX27FN5
  • Springsteen cancels North Carolina concert over LGBT rights
    Bruce Springsteen and his E-Street Band cancelled a concert planned for Saturday in Greensboro, North Carolina to protest a state law that blocks anti-discrimination measures for gay, lesbian and transgender people. His boycott is among many that have recently taken place in states that have passed similar laws. Politico's Kevin Robillard joins Hari Sreenivasan with the latest.
    Original Air Date: April 9, 2016
    Bruce Springsteen (C), Stevie Van Zandt (R) and Roy Bittan perform during The River Tour at the LA Memorial Sports Arena in Los Angeles, California March 17, 2016. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni - RTSB0L2
  • Kerry visits Kabul in effort to ease political tensions
    Secretary of State John Kerry made a surprise visit to Afghanistan on Saturday in an attempt to ease political tensions there and prolong a power-sharing agreement he brokered two years ago. Reuters State Department Correspondent Arshad Mohammed in Kabul joins Hari Sreenivasan via Skype to discuss.
    Original Air Date: April 9, 2016
    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry meets U.S. military personnel at Resolute Support Headquarters in Kabul April 9, 2016. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst - RTX297MQ
  • Texas tackles old convictions with new science
    Texas leads the U.S. in both incarceration rate and number of exonerations of people wrongfully convicted. But it's also the first state to implement a Junk Science Law, which provides defendants whose trials were prosecuted with flawed scientific evidence direct access to a retrial.
    Original Air Date: April 8, 2016

Friday, April 8, 2016

  • Brooks and Marcus on Democrats' clash over qualifications
    New York Times columnist David Brooks and Washington Post columnist Ruth Marcus join Judy Woodruff to discuss the week in politics, including escalating hostilities between Hillary Clinton and Sen. Bernie Sanders, Bill Clinton’s Black Lives Matter confrontation, questions about whether Donald Trump can clinch the GOP nomination and who stands to win big in New York.
    Original Air Date: April 8, 2016
  • Al-Shabaab exploits Kenya's divisions to wage war
    Kenya is the U.S.’s primary ally in the fight against east Africa’s deadliest terror group. Its long war against al-Shabaab has taken a heavy toll and there are fears that reprisals from Kenyan security forces against ethnic Somalis are only breeding more enemies. Special correspondent Nick Schifrin and producer Zach Fannin report in a collaboration with the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting.
    Original Air Date: April 8, 2016
  • Clinton-Sanders campaign combat cools off
    As Sen. Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton reached a kind of verbal truce over who's qualified to be president, the front-runner's camp also dealt with a confrontation that occurred between former President Bill Clinton and a protester over his and his wife’s record on crime and race. Judy Woodruff reports.
    Original Air Date: April 8, 2016
    U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks at a campaign rally at the Pierce Arrow Museum in Buffalo, New York, April 8, 2016. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton - RTSE82R
  • Will Pope Francis’s manifesto on family bring change?
    In a landmark manifesto on family life, Pope Francis called for Catholics to put conscience over dogma on critical moral issues. His statement also suggested a possible relaxing of the ban on divorced Catholics taking communion. Judy Woodruff gets reactions from Gloria Purvis of Global Catholic Network, Amanda June Gargus of Georgetown University and Marianne Duddy-Burke of DignityUSA.
    Original Air Date: April 8, 2016
    Pope Francis arrives to lead the weekly audience in Saint Peter's Square at the Vatican April 6, 2016.  REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi - RTSDSCW
  • Violent, overcrowded Alabama prisons hit a breaking point​​​
    Alabama has the most overcrowded prison system in the nation: More than 24,000 inmates are housed in a system designed for half that number. The violence, overcrowding and actions taken by the federal government pushed state government to action, passing a penal reform bill. But does it go far enough? Jeffrey Brown reports.
    Original Air Date: April 8, 2016
    What is the role of the U.S. criminal justice system, and how can prisons better serve its community and its inmates? Photo by Lucy Nicholson/Reuters
  • How robotics helped a paralyzed man cross the finish line
    In our NewsHour Shares moment of the day, a car accident severed Adam Gorlitsky’s spinal cord 10 years ago, paralyzing him from the waist down. But the former high school cross country and track athlete was back on his feet last weekend, finishing a 10K race with the help of a special robotic suit.
    Original Air Date: April 8, 2016

Thursday, April 7, 2016

  • This Rust Belt town is rebounding thanks to refugee
    In the midst of a campaign season filled with anti-migrant rhetoric, the once-downtrodden town of Utica in upstate New York has been more welcoming; one out of every four citizens there is a refugee. But Utica’s commitment to resettlement isn’t purely humanitarian -- its open door policy is also a pioneering economic tool for revitalizing the Rust Belt. Economics correspondent Paul Solman reports.
    Original Air Date: April 7, 2016
  • Anita Hill on the Thomas hearings: ‘I would do it again’
    Twenty-five years ago, Anita Hill testified about sexual harassment from then-nominee Clarence Thomas. Now a new HBO film dramatizes the high-profile political battle that captured the nation’s attention and changed Supreme Court confirmation hearings. Hill joins Gwen Ifill to look back at the case, her experience and how it would have been different today.
    Original Air Date: April 7, 2016
    Anita Hill, the subject of the film "Anita" poses for a photo during the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, January 21, 2013.  REUTERS/Jim Urquhart (UNITED STATES - Tags: PORTRAIT ENTERTAINMENT) - RTR3CT1R
  • Obama administration steps up to rein in big business
    The Obama administration has taken steps to rein in big businesses this week: New rules issued by the Treasury Department regarding tax loopholes ended a $160 billion deal between Pfizer and Allergan. Meanwhile, the Justice Department has filed an antitrust suit against a proposed oil giant merger, and more may follow. Gwen Ifill talks to Jim Tankersley of The Washington Post for more.
    Original Air Date: April 7, 2016
    A woman passes by the Pfizer World Headquarters building in the Manhattan borough of New York, November 23, 2015.  Pfizer Inc  on Monday said it would buy Botox maker Allergan Plc  in a record-breaking deal worth $160 billion to cut its U.S. tax bill by moving its headquarters to Ireland.   REUTERS/Brendan McDermid - RTX1VI00
  • Democrats swap shots over qualifications
    Sen. Bernie Sanders questioned Hillary Clinton's qualifications to be president, linking her to Wall Street, after Clinton suggested in interviews that Sanders "hasn't done his homework." Meanwhile, Sen. Ted Cruz swiped at Donald Trump for compromising on conservative values and Gov. John Kasich's campaign released a new ad in New York ripping on Cruz.
    Original Air Date: April 7, 2016
    Democratic U.S. presidential candidate Bernie Sanders speaks at the Pennsylvania AFL-CIO convention in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, April 7, 2016. REUTERS/Mark Kauzlarich - RTSE110
  • Mining conditions trap Indian workers with lung disease
    In India's Rajasthan desert, the work of mining sandstone can be lethal. Silicosis, a slow, irreversible loss of lung function, is easily preventable with masks, but workers wear little protection in the blazing heat. Special correspondent Fred de Sam Lazaro reports on how neglect, social indifference and poor education mean that laws for workers' safety are rarely enforced.
    Original Air Date: April 7, 2016
  • Padma Lakshmi on the best part of being a model
    As a professional model and television host, Padma Lakshmi can travel the world and live the glamorous lifestyle most people only dream about. But one of the best benefits of her fame is the ability to fight for women, especially against female-specific diseases like endometriosis, which she suffers. Lakshmi offers her Brief But Spectacular take on food, travel and celebrating all things female.
    Original Air Date: April 7, 2016
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Wednesday, April 6, 2016

  • Scientists search for El Niño secrets
    When weather events like El Niño impose themselves, everybody on the planet feels it. Scientists are getting better at predicting El Niño, but there is still a lot they don't know amid an absence of data. Science correspondent Miles O'Brien follows along as weather scientists gather information in Hawaii by air and by sea.
    Original Air Date: April 6, 2016
  • What does the Wisconsin primary mean for the road ahead?
    Tuesday’s primary contest in Wisconsin saw trailing presidential candidates Sen. Ted Cruz and Sen. Bernie Sanders pick up much-needed double-digits wins over their front-running rivals. For a closer look at what these victories could mean for the road ahead, Judy Woodruff talks to Ronald Brownstein of Atlantic Media and Dante Chinni of the American Communities Project.
    Original Air Date: April 6, 2016
    U.S. Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz arrives at his Wisconsin primary night rally in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States, April 5, 2016.     REUTERS/Jim Young  - RTSDRGN
  • Empowering India's street vendors as entrepreneurs
    In India, home to the world's fastest growing economy, most workers, from street vendors to rickshaw drivers, aren't on the books, making them vulnerable to harassment by corrupt officials and policemen. Special correspondent Fred de Sam Lazaro profiles one group trying to protect vendors and improve their lives and businesses.
    Original Air Date: April 6, 2016
    A roadside vendor arranges tomatoes on his handcart as he waits for customers under a flyover in Ahmedabad, India, March 8, 2016. REUTERS/Amit Dave - RTS9S9H
  • Why there’s been a dangerous diabetes spike around the globe
    According to a new study from the World Health Organization, diabetes cases have quadrupled over the last 40 years, mostly in poorer nations. Today, 8.5 percent of all adults worldwide suffer from the chronic disease, and 3.7 million deaths are linked every year. For more on the emerging health crisis, William Brangham talks to Dr. Etienne Krug of the World Health Organization.
    Original Air Date: April 6, 2016
    A person receives a test for diabetes during Care Harbor L.A. free medical clinic in Los Angeles, California September 11, 2014. The four-day clinic provides free medical, dental and vision care, prevention resources and follow-up care to thousands of uninsured, under-insured and at-risk individuals and families. Photo by Mario Anzuoni/Reuters