Saturday, May 9, 2015

  • Can Atlanta's poor neighborhoods be lifted out of poverty?
    In Atlanta, certain neighborhoods suffer from what’s known as concentrated poverty, where poor individuals and families live near one another, resulting in more crime, underperforming public schools, poor housing and health conditions, and limited job opportunities. And the problem is getting worse. But strategies to turn these areas around may be on the horizon.
    Original Air Date: May 8, 2015

Friday, May 8, 2015

  • Unflinching novel pokes fun at how we talk about race
    Paul Beatty’s new book “The Sellout” offers a satirical skewering of racial politics in America. Jeffrey Brown speaks with the author about not being afraid to say taboo things and the ways the U.S. is still segregated.
    Original Air Date: May 8, 2015
  • How smart is today's artificial intelligence?
    Artificial intelligence is creeping into our everyday lives through technology like check-scanning machines and GPS navigation. How far away are we from making intelligent machines that actually have minds of their own? Hari Sreenivasan reports on the ethical considerations of artificial intelligence as part of our Breakthroughs series.
    Original Air Date: May 8, 2015
  • Not Trending: Trailer park residents face harsh evictions
    When we only pay attention to the things that are trending in our social networks, we may be missing some compelling stories. Carlos Watson, CEO of website Ozy, joins Gwen Ifill to share a story about some vulnerable residents of trailer parks who are being evicted for the land they live on.
    Original Air Date: May 8, 2015
  • Brooks and Marcus on Cameron’s victory
    New York Times columnist David Brooks and Washington Post columnist Ruth Marcus join Judy Woodruff to discuss the week’s news, including the British election and its implications for the United States, the latest Republican candidates to launch 2016 campaigns, Hillary Clinton’s stance on immigration and the Senate’s passage of a bill requiring congressional review of an Iranian nuclear deal.
    Original Air Date: May 8, 2015
  • See photos of President Obama visiting the 50 states
    In our NewsHour Shares moment of the day, President Obama's trip to South Dakota means he's now visited all 50 states since entering office. We share images by the White House photographer who has documented those moments. Also, dozens of WWII military planes flew over the National Mall in Washington to make the 70th anniversary of the end of the conflict in Europe.
    Original Air Date: May 8, 2015
  • Who's really paying the price for those beautiful nails?
    In New York City, manicures are inexpensive for customers but come at a high price for workers. The New York Times found that nail salon employees work for very low wages or for nothing, usually after paying a fee to be hired. Sarah Maslin Nir, who spent a year investigating the story, talks to Judy Woodruff about how nail salons have gotten away with illegal and unhealthy working conditions.
    Original Air Date: May 8, 2015
  • What battles lie ahead for Cameron’s second turn as PM?
    David Cameron may have held on to power after British elections, but he'll face a number of challenges, including the rising power of the Scottish National Party and a referendum on whether the UK should stay in the European Union. Judy Woodruff talks to Robin Niblett of Chatham House about the election results and how the new lineup affects relations with the U.S.
    Original Air Date: May 8, 2015
    Workers applaud as Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron and his wife Samantha return to Number 10 Downing Street in London

Thursday, May 7, 2015

  • Fateful mistakes that led to Iraq’s ‘Unraveling’
    In "The Unraveling: High Hopes and Missed Opportunities in Iraq," Middle East expert Emma Sky explores the mistakes that were made in trying to rebuild Iraq after the U.S. invasion in 2003. Chief foreign affairs correspondent Margaret Warner talks to Sky about what drove her to volunteer, her experience advising and living with the U.S. military and how she see’s Iraq’s future.
    Original Air Date: May 7, 2015
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  • This tractor-trailer drives itself
    In our NewsHour Shares moment of the day, a self-driving 18-wheeler has been approved for test-drives on public roads in Nevada. The goal of the semi-autonomous vehicle is to reduce driver fatigue on long-haul trips.
    Original Air Date: May 7, 2015
  • Senators explain why Congress should have a say on Iran deal
    Voting 98 to 1, the Senate passed the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act, a bill that would give Congress up to 52 days to review any proposed nuclear agreement with Iran, during which President Obama would be barred from reducing imposed sanctions. Gwen Ifill gets two views on the overwhelming support for the measure from Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., and Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va.
    Original Air Date: May 7, 2015
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  • Student filmmakers try to fix chaotic school safety drills
    As schools around the country work to ramp up safety, a high school in Phoenix has enlisted journalism students to create a helpful video for their peers on what to do during emergencies. The NewsHour's April Brown reports in collaboration with our Student Reporting Labs.
    Original Air Date: May 7, 2015
  • How does Baltimore’s economy recover after the riots?
    Business owners, investors and even churches have seen their livelihoods crippled by the riots that plagued Baltimore this past week, following news of the death of a black man while in police custody. Now they are trying to piece back together Baltimore’s precarious economy. Economics correspondent Paul Solman reports from Charm City.
    Original Air Date: May 7, 2015
    Local resident stands in front of a reopened store at the corner of North Avenue and Pennsylvania Avenue in Baltimore
  • The end of NSA’s bulk data collection?
    The government program that collects the phone data of millions of Americans is illegal and not sanctioned by the Patriot Act, according to a ruling by a U.S. appeals court. Gwen Ifill discusses the case with former Homeland Security Department official Stewart Baker and Kate Martin of the Center for National Security Studies.
    Original Air Date: May 7, 2015
    An undated aerial handout photo shows the National Security Agency headquarters building in Fort Meade, Maryland.
  • Destruction of Nepal temples puts spiritual culture at risk
    Since a massive earthquake struck last month, Nepal has been overwhelmed by the unfolding humanitarian crisis, as well as a culture crisis. Home to a rich heritage of art and architecture, the mountainous, remote country has suffered significant damage to its many temples and historic sites. Jeffrey Brown reports on how the physical destruction has deeper implications for Nepal’s people.
    Original Air Date: May 7, 2015
    Remains of a collapsed temple are pictured at Bashantapur Durbar Square
  • Emma Sky's rise in Iraq, in an all-male sea of military men
    British Middle East scholar Emma Sky was an early opponent of the Iraq invasion but nonetheless volunteered to work for the U.S. and British-led Coalition Provisional Authority to stand up a post-Saddam government. Sky lays this all out in her new book: “The Unraveling: High Hopes and Missed Opportunities in Iraq.”
    Original Air Date: May 7, 2015

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

  • Why U.S. rules aren’t stopping illegal ivory trade at home
    Much of the money made from the illegal global ivory trade funds global terrorism and criminal networks. Judy Woodruff talks to the NewsHour’s P.J. Tobia about illicit ivory sales in the U.S. and how hard it is to regulate.
    Original Air Date: May 6, 2015
    African elephants walk with their young on the Serengeti. Image by Cathy Hart/ Design Pics
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  • Will water-wasting penalties help California conserve?
    California's efforts to get residents and businesses to voluntarily use less water have not been enough in the face of a historic and ongoing drought. Now mandatory emergency rules that come with penalties have been enacted, requiring towns and cities to cut use from 8 to 36 percent. Gwen Ifill learns more from Felicia Marcus, chair of the California State Water Resources Control Board.
    Original Air Date: May 6, 2015
    A garden hose lies on a lawn during the drought in Los Angeles
  • Why Starbucks is offering workers a college education
    More than ever, the challenge for low-income students is not getting into college, but finishing. Last year, employees of the coffee chain Starbucks were given the chance to benefit from a unique financial aid: if they work at least 20 hours a week, they are eligible for a four-year free education. Judy Woodruff reports as part of a collaboration between The Atlantic and the PBS NewsHour.
    Original Air Date: May 6, 2015
    A Starbucks cafe is seen in Los Angeles
  • Does vaping save smokers or create new nicotine addicts?
    E-cigarettes, which produce vapor instead of smoke, are supposed to be a safer nicotine option. But the product is completely unregulated by the federal government, and there’s been little research on its long-term effects. The industry, too, faces uncertainty, as small companies fear big tobacco will put them out of business. Special correspondent John Larson reports.
    Original Air Date: May 6, 2015
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  • What Deflategate means for Tom Brady’s legacy
    An NFL investigation has concluded that the New England Patriots likely deflated footballs used during playoffs before the Super Bowl, violating league rules. Quarterback Tom Brady, who denied knowing how the balls got deflated, was at least “generally aware,” according to the report. Jeffrey Brown discusses the implications with Mike Pesca of Slate's
    Original Air Date: May 6, 2015
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  • Why the UK elections matter to the United States
    Why are Britain’s voters and political parties so divided ahead of Thursday’s election? And what’s at stake for that country and for the U.S.? Hari Sreenivasan talks to Dan Balz of The Washington Post, reporting from London.
    Original Air Date: May 6, 2015
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  • News Wrap: Baltimore mayor asks for federal review of police
    In our news wrap Wednesday, Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake asked the Justice Department to investigate the city’s police department following the death of Freddie Gray. She said a review would show if the case is part of a pattern of police bias and excessive force. Also, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reached a last-minute deal to form a coalition government.
    Original Air Date: May 6, 2015
    Police officers march at North Ave and Pennsylvania Ave in Baltimore, Maryland

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

  • Fiery eruptions on Earth and in space caught on camera
    In our NewsHour Shares video of the day, a look at two fiery explosions -- one on earth and one in space. Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano sent molten lava, rocks and gas flying hundreds of feet into the air on Sunday. Meanwhile, a NASA observatory team released images of a massive, snake-like eruption of solar material.
    Original Air Date: May 5, 2015
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  • Elizabeth Alexander remembers her husband in new memoir
    In a new memoir, “The Light of the World,” Elizabeth Alexander writes of love and catastrophe -- falling in love with the man who would become her husband and the father of her sons, and his sudden death at age 50. Jeffrey Brown talks to Alexander, a poet and professor, about sharing his passions and capturing his absence.
    Original Air Date: May 5, 2015
  • Worst U.S. bird flu outbreak hurts Midwest farmers
    The growing outbreak of bird flu is now the largest ever seen in the U.S. Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin have declared states of emergency and another 11 states have found cases of the virus. The federal government has added another $330 million to the $84 million in emergency funds already pledged to help cover claims by farmers. Gwen Ifill learns more from Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack.
    Original Air Date: May 5, 2015
  • Holy Land tour guides bridge the Israeli-Palestinian divide
    Two women from different sides of the long and bitter Israeli and Palestinian conflict are trying to make a difference in their own way. Breaking Bread Journeys offers guided tours of the Holy Land and a variety of perspectives on daily life there. Special correspondent Martin Seemungal reports from the West Bank.
    Original Air Date: May 5, 2015
  • Why African-American seniors are less likely to use hospice
    Black seniors are more likely than whites and Latinos to forgo hospice care. Due to deeply felt religious beliefs and a long history of discrimination in the U.S., African-American patients are often reluctant to plan for the end of their lives, and more skeptical when doctors suggest stopping treatment. Special correspondent Sarah Varney reports on efforts to change some of those beliefs.
    Original Air Date: May 5, 2015