Sunday, December 18, 2016

  • Defectors lift curtain on North Korea’s information blackout
    North Korea’s totalitarian government exercises tight control of all media consumed within its borders to maintain power over nearly 25 million citizens. But some who have escaped the country are waging an information war, smuggling media on USB sticks in hopes of helping North Koreans learn about life outside the country. NewsHour Weekend Special Correspondent Karla Murthy reports.
    Original Air Date: December 18, 2016

Saturday, December 17, 2016

  • In North Carolina, new laws to limit governor’s power
    Last month, incumbent Republican Gov. Pat McCrory lost the governor's race to Democrat Roy Cooper. The election spurred Republican state lawmakers to call a special legislative session and pass laws that limit the power of the incoming governor. Michael Gerhardt, a professor at the University of North Carolina Law School in Chapel Hill, joins Alison Stewart.
    Original Air Date: December 17, 2016
  • As Aleppo lies in ruins, thousands wait to escape
    In Syria, the evacuation of civilians from Aleppo continues as thousands of people wait to leave the besieged city. Once the most populous city in the country, previously rebel-held Aleppo is now largely in ruins after a protracted assault by Syrian government forces. Anne Barnard, a reporter with The New York Times, joins Alison Stewart from Beirut for more.
    Original Air Date: December 17, 2016
  • In Cuba, American tourists increase demand for hotels
    Two years ago, President Barack Obama restored diplomatic relations with Cuba. Since then, Cold War-era travel restrictions that prohibited most Americans from visiting were lifted, leading to a surge of U.S. tourists and a scramble to accommodate them. NewsHour Weekend Special Correspondent Amy Guttman looks at the growing hospitality industry in Cuba.
    Original Air Date: December 17, 2016

Friday, December 16, 2016

  • The one place people ‘like’ the TSA
    In our NewsHour Shares moment of the day: A surprisingly popular Instagram account. The Transportation Security Administration is not typically considered a source of entertainment. But TSA’s social-media feed of photographs is attracting a huge following of people entranced by the mix of confiscated contraband and explosive-detecting dogs.
    Original Air Date: December 16, 2016
    Length: 148
  • Why college should be a journey of listening
    Recently, free speech and censorship on college campuses have been hotly debated. Nathan Heller of The New Yorker believes that the solution to this dilemma lies not in the way we speak, but in the way we listen. When people travel, Heller argues, they process their experiences with a fresh, open mind. This is Heller's humble opinion on listening as if you’re on a journey.
    Original Air Date: December 16, 2016
    Length: 148
  • Obama ties Putin to Russian cyberattacks
    On Friday, President Obama gave what is expected to be his final presidential press conference, during which he implied that President Vladimir Putin was behind Russian cyberattacks on Democratic Party targets. But he was careful when asked about President-elect Trump’s perceived close ties with Russia. He also said he still believes the U.S. took the right approach in Syria.
    Original Air Date: December 16, 2016
    Length: 148
  • News Wrap: In Pennsylvania, Trump thanks black voters
    In our news wrap Friday, President-elect Donald Trump visited Hershey, Pennsylvania, for the last stop on his victory tour. There, he thanked his African-American supporters -- albeit to a largely white audience -- touting his success with black voters in the election results. Also, bitter winter weather blasted the northeast, closing schools and roadways and causing perilous driving conditions.
    Original Air Date: December 16, 2016
    Length: 148
  • Black lung disease more common among miners than reported
    Lung disease is a well-known deadly consequence of working in the coal industry. But a new NPR study finds miners are suffering from the most advanced form of the disease at a rate ten times higher than the government has reported. Hari Sreenivasan speaks with NPR's Howard Berkes about the causes of this late-stage lung disease, possibilities for treatment and why it's been direly underestimated.
    Original Air Date: December 16, 2016
    Length: 148
    Coal waits to be among the last shipments to be loaded on train cars to depart the Hobet mine in Boone County, West Virginia. Picture taken in 2016. Photo by Jonathan Ernst/Reuters
  • The rise of Italy's 'rejectionist' Five Star Movement party
    The Five Star Movement, Italy’s fastest growing political party, is fully anti-establishment. Started by a foul-mouthed comedian named Beppe Grillo, the group believes the government has been overtaken by corruption and that immigration is to blame for the fact that this generation is less well off than its grandparents. Special correspondent Christopher Livesay reports from Rome.
    Original Air Date: December 16, 2016
    Length: 148
  • Shields and Ponnuru on 'dark cloud' of Russian cyberattacks
    Reports emerged this week that the CIA is confident Russia attempted to sway election results through cyberattacks. Syndicated columnist Mark Shields and Ramesh Ponnuru of the National Review join Judy Woodruff to discuss what Russia’s interference suggests about the future of our democracy, the president-elect's Cabinet picks of Rex Tillerson and Rick Perry and President Obama's legacy on Syria.
    Original Air Date: December 16, 2016
    Length: 148
  • A poetry publisher on the math of rejection
    Every year, Jeff Shotts, executive editor of Graywolf Press, sorts through thousands of poetry submissions -- and rejects about 99 percent of them. It’s not a success rate poets like to hear, he says, but it’s the reality in the poetry publishing industry. Jeffrey Brown speaks with Shotts about his company’s location in the small press “mecca” and why there’s never been a better time for poetry.
    Original Air Date: December 16, 2016
    Length: 148

Thursday, December 15, 2016

  • Will new tools help Facebook users get facts on fake news?
    During the last three months of the campaign, fake news headlines drew more engagement than real reporting, and social media platforms were criticized for not doing enough to dispute false information. Now Facebook is launching new tools to help identify dubious or made-up stories. Hari Sreenivasan talks to Slate’s Will Oremus about weeding out fake news.
    Original Air Date: December 15, 2016
    Length: 148
  • Can Trump ‘build a wall’ between presidency and business?
    Dec. 15 was supposed to be the day President-elect Donald Trump held a news conference to discuss how he would resolve future of his business empire to prevent conflicts of interest. The announcement has been postponed until January. Judy Woodruff speaks with Marilyn Geewax of NPR and Richard Painter of the University of Minnesota about what the president-elect needs to do.
    Original Air Date: December 15, 2016
    Length: 148
  • Did Putin have a hand in U.S. election disruption?
    A CIA investigation reportedly found that Russia tried to sway U.S. election results in President-elect Donald Trump’s favor. On Thursday, Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid said he believes Russian President Vladimir Putin was personally involved in efforts to disrupt the election. Judy Woodruff talks to Angela Stent of Georgetown University about Putin and the U.S. options for response.
    Original Air Date: December 15, 2016
    Length: 148
  • How prediction market prophets bet on the wrong president
    The election outcome shocked the world. Pollsters, pundits and prediction market traders overwhelmingly predicted a huge Clinton victory. There were, however, some dissenters. Economics correspondent Paul Solman explores how history and economic factors can shed light on the upset.
    Original Air Date: December 15, 2016
    Length: 148
  • How safe is super-concentrated marijuana?
    Now legal in eight states, there are unanswered questions about the impact of recreational marijuana on public health. To maximize potency, pot can be purified for maximum THC, its psychoactive ingredient. But a lack of research and restrictions on these very high concentrations is raising concerns. Special correspondent John Ferrugia of Rocky Mountain PBS reports.
    Original Air Date: December 15, 2016
    Length: 148
  • How this CEO invests in the dignity of others
    From a young age, Jacqueline Novogratz wanted to be a force for good in the world. Now she is combatting poverty by bringing business to communities that haven’t had access to banking. Instead of just giving away money or resources, Novogratz’s nonprofit invests in entrepreneurs with the goal of bettering people’s lives. This is Novogratz’s Brief But Spectacular take on the moral imagination.
    Original Air Date: December 15, 2016
    Length: 148

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

  • Raising interest rate, Fed sees stronger economy
    The Federal Reserve hiked a benchmark interest rate on Wednesday. Largely expected but only the second time since 2008, it was a big deal for Fed Chair Janet Yellen to make the announcement. Why now? Jeffrey Brown speaks with Diane Swonk of Diane Swonk Economics about the decision, as well as possible coming conflict with the Trump administration.
    Original Air Date: December 14, 2016
    Length: 148
  • Spicer: 'Zero evidence' Russian hacks had any impact
    With the choice of former Texas Gov. Rick Perry for the Energy Department of Energy and Exxon Mobil CEO Rex Tillerson for secretary of state, President-elect Donald Trump has named most of his cabinet. Judy Woodruff speaks with Sean Spicer, chief strategist for the Republican National Committee, about the latest administration picks, Mr. Trump’s climate change views and relationship to the press.
    Original Air Date: December 14, 2016
    Length: 148
  • How a white nationalist leader wants to go mainstream
    With the election of Donald Trump, racist groups of all stripes are hoping their message will be more widely accepted. But will they actually go mainstream? The NewsHour's PJ Tobia sits down with Richard Spencer, a leader of the so-called “alt-right” -- a mix of white nationalism, neo-Nazi beliefs and hard-edged populism -- who has energized a tiny group of passionate followers.
    Original Air Date: December 14, 2016
    Length: 148
  • Reconstructing the Russian hacks leading up to the election
    Reports that the CIA believes Russia sought to help the president-elect win the election by hacking Democratic political organizations has rocked the nation. Mr. Trump dismisses claims that Russia had any influence in the process or that it wanted him in office. Hari Sreenivasan examines what investigations have revealed with Dmitri Alperovitch of Crowdstrike and Eric Lipton of The New York Times.
    Original Air Date: December 14, 2016
    Length: 148
  • Sacred mountain is focal point in fight over giant telescope
    Astronomers believe that the perfect spot for the next big observatory is atop the summit of Mauna Kea in Hawaii. But the proposed location for the $1.4 billion project is on land sacred to the native Hawaiian culture, and a legal challenge over the project has halted construction. Science correspondent Miles O’Brien reports.
    Original Air Date: December 14, 2016
    Length: 148
  • Vilsack: Democrats have a messaging problem in rural America
    While President-elect Donald Trump is close to filling his cabinet, one crucial position left is the secretary of agriculture. Judy Woodruff speaks with outgoing Secretary Tom Vilsack -- the last remaining original member of the Obama Cabinet -- about his reactions so far to what he knows about a Trump agenda, the need for Democrats to reconnect with rural America and the Obama legacy.
    Original Air Date: December 14, 2016
    Length: 148

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

  • How the big biomedical bill advances U.S. mental health care
    Most of the attention around the biomedical bill President Obama signed on Tuesday has focused on faster drug approval and new money for research. But included within the massive piece of legislation are measures for mental health prevention and care. William Brangham speaks with Rep. Tim Murphy, R-Pa., about the state of mental health care in the U.S. and what this law attempts to accomplish.
    Original Air Date: December 13, 2016
    Length: 148
  • One painter on why understanding art is as simple as looking
    What do we see when we look at art? Many of us aren't sure what we're supposed to absorb. For artist David Salle, reading a painting should be natural, not intimidating. He believes that museum-goers should enjoy the act of looking and appreciate how art is made. He sits down with Jeffrey Brown to discuss his new book, “How to See: Looking, Talking, and Thinking about Art.”
    Original Air Date: December 13, 2016
    Length: 148
  • Trump’s secretary of state choice sets up possible fight
    President-elect Donald Trump chose Exxon Mobil CEO Rex Tillerson to be his secretary of state. Tillerson rose through the ranks of the oil and gas giant over four decades, and expanded its business overseas, including operations in Russia, as chief executive of the company. Meanwhile, former Gov. Rick Perry is expected to be the Trump administration’s energy secretary. Judy Woodruff reports.
    Original Air Date: December 13, 2016
    Length: 148
  • News Wrap: EPA finds fracking can contaminate water
    In our news wrap Tuesday, the Environmental Protection Agency released a report on the effects of fracking on drinking water. It found the drilling technique can contaminate underground water in some cases, but concluded there is not enough evidence to estimate the severity of the risk. Also, Ohio Gov. John Kasich rejected a bill that would ban abortion once the first fetal heartbeat is detected.
    Original Air Date: December 13, 2016
    Length: 148

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