Saturday, March 12, 2016

  • Disparity in the life spans of the rich and poor is growing
    Research has long established that wealthy people tend to live longer than the poor, but despite advances in medicine, technology and education, the economic ladder has been widening dramatically. Dr. Lisa Berkman, the director of Harvard's Center for Population and Development Studies, joins Hari Sreenivasan to discuss the implications of this gap.
    Original Air Date: March 10, 2016
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Friday, March 11, 2016

  • Surrounded by violence, Syrians seek solace in art
    As the fighting in Syria approaches a fifth year, leaving hundreds of thousands dead and displaced, the nation’s artists have sought ways to respond to the destruction of their homeland. Some try to tell the stories of their fellow Syrians, while others seek to document the conflict through films and artwork. But no matter the medium, they all share a desire for peace. Jeffrey Brown reports.
    Original Air Date: March 11, 2016
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  • GOP contenders choose substance over squabbling
    Republican candidates past and present were out on the stump today, as Dr. Ben Carson threw his support behind former rival Donald Trump. Carson’s endorsement followed an unusually civil GOP debate Thursday night. Meanwhile, Sen. Marco Rubio doubled down on campaigning efforts in his home state of Florida while Hillary Clinton left the trail to attend Nancy Reagan’s funeral.
    Original Air Date: March 11, 2016
    Republican U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump (2nd from L) looks up as rival candidates Marco Rubio (L), Ted Cruz and John Kasich (R) bow their heads for a moment of silence for former first lady Nancy Reagan at the start of  the Republican U.S. presidential candidates debate sponsored by CNN at the University of Miami in Miami, Florida March 10, 2016. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri - RTSAA1J
  • News Wrap: Severe southern floods; crisis in South Sudan
    In our news wrap Friday, residents of the flood-stricken South faced overnight downpours that brought total rainfall to two feet in some places, uprooting trees and collapsing roads--with more rain expected this weekend. Also, the UN issued a warning that the civil war in South Sudan has left the central African nation with “one of the most horrendous human rights situations in the world.”
    Original Air Date: March 11, 2016
    A car lies submerged in the Tall Timbers subdivision after flooding near Shreveport, Louisiana March 9, 2016, in a photo provided by the Bossier Parish Sheriff's Office. Picture taken March 9, 2016. REUTERS/Deputy Josh Cagle/Bossier Sheriff's Office/Handout via Reuters   FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS. THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. IT IS DISTRIBUTED, EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS - RTSA71P
  • Shields and Brooks on the surprisingly tranquil GOP debate
    Hari Sreenivasan joins syndicated columnist Mark Shields and New York Times columnist David Brooks to discuss the week in politics, including Nancy Reagan’s legacy, a surprisingly tranquil GOP debate, what’s at stake for trailing candidates in Ohio and Florida, the chances that a brokered RNC convention could stymie Trump and how Bernie Sanders is still hanging tough against Hillary Clinton.
    Original Air Date: March 11, 2016
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  • Nation says goodbye to iconic first lady in CA ceremony
    Former first lady Nancy Reagan was laid to rest at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley Friday morning, in a carefully choreographed ceremony attended by friends, family and first ladies past and present. Judy Woodruff reports on the day’s somber events, and syndicated columnist Mark Shields and New York Times columnist David Brooks offer their takes on Reagan's legacy.
    Original Air Date: March 11, 2016
    Family members surround the casket after attending the funeral services for former first lady, Nancy Reagan, at her late husband's presidential library in Simi Valley, California March 11, 2016.   REUTERS/Mike Blake - RTSAF5O
  • An exclusive look at the world’s largest nuclear cleanup
    Five years ago, an epic tsunami off the coast of Japan triggered a triple-reactor nuclear meltdown at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant. Ever since then, 7,000 workers have been laboring round-the-clock on a massive, and unprecedented, cleanup effort. Science correspondent Miles O’Brien takes an exclusive look at ground zero of the greatest nuclear disaster since Chernobyl.
    Original Air Date: March 11, 2016
    Employees of Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO), the operator of the tsunami-crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, take part in a moment of silence at 2:46 p.m. local time (0546 GMT) at TEPCO's headquarters in Tokyo, Japan, March 11, 2016, to mark the five-year anniversary of the earthquake and tsunami that killed thousands. Japan on Friday mourned the thousands who lost their lives in the massive earthquake and tsunami on March 11, 2011 that turned towns to matchwood and triggered the world's worst nuclear disaster since Chernobyl in 1986. REUTERS/Yuya Shino - RTSAAKA

Thursday, March 10, 2016

  • Are Ohio & Florida final frontiers for trailing candidates?
    Ohio and Florida have constituted critical battlegrounds in recent election cycles -- a trend that promises to continue even in a 2016 election that is breaking all kinds of rules. Hari Sreenivasan joins Michelle Everhart of the Columbus Dispatch and Adam Smith of the Tampa Bay Times for more on the unfolding contests in their states and which candidates seem to have the edge.
    Original Air Date: March 10, 2016
    Democratic U.S. presidential candidate Bernie Sanders and his wife Jane arrive at a campaign rally in Kissimmee, Florida March 10, 2016. REUTERS/Scott Audette  - RTSA9EX
  • The Atlantic examines Obama’s foreign policy legacy
    What is President Obama’s real foreign policy legacy? Through a series of interviews with the commander in chief, Jeffrey Goldberg of the Atlantic set out to determine an answer -- one divorced from the partisan rhetoric that tends to dominate such discussions. As part of a collaboration between The Atlantic and the PBS NewsHour, Judy Woodruff joins Goldberg to find out what he learned.
    Original Air Date: March 10, 2016
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  • Eastern Europe’s migrant crisis is causing political turmoil
    As thousands of refugees huddle stranded on the borders of Greece, many eastern European nations are pushing for the continent to seal its borders, a stance that puts them at odds with their western compatriots and could potentially destabilize the European Union. In Poland, pro-migrant demonstrations are spreading against the right-wing government. Special correspondent Malcolm Brabant reports.
    Original Air Date: March 10, 2016
    Migrants scuffle as they try to get products from a truck, at a makeshift camp on the Greek-Macedonian border near the village of Idomeni, Greece March 10, 2016. REUTERS/Stoyan Nenov - RTSA8JX
  • How does a singer-songwriter deal with self-doubt on stage?
    Singer-songwriter Josh Ritter has been performing music for nearly 20 years. But even today, he sometimes finds himself gripped by self-doubt -- both on and off stage. He copes by remembering the relationships he’s developed and the possibilities that lie ahead of him. Ritter shares his approach to building self-confidence in a new essay.
    Original Air Date: March 10, 2016
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  • Cruz receives Lee endorsement; vehement criticism from Trump
    Sen. Ted Cruz landed his first senatorial endorsement Thursday, as Utah Sen. Mike Lee threw his support behind the trailing presidential contender. The move could potentially cut into frontrunner Donald Trump’s lead. Trump, meanwhile, blasted Cruz as “unelectable” and turned his sights on a familiar target in Islam, as Hillary Clinton and Sen. Bernie Sanders traded barbs in Wednesday’s debate.
    Original Air Date: March 10, 2016
    Republican presidential hopeful Sen. Ted Cruz said it is time for law enforcement to "patrol and secure Muslim neighborhoods before they become radicalized." Photo by Jason Miczek/Reuters
  • How long will the Fed have to "fiddle" with interest rates?
    Money manager turned country crooner Merle Hazard has made a name for himself singing about fiscal policy. His latest tune considers whether the Federal Reserve will raise interest rates -- and according to one of the world’s leading investment experts, it’s brilliant, especially since the nation’s economic future hinges on the central bank’s decision. Economics correspondent Paul Solman reports.
    Original Air Date: March 10, 2016
    The United States Federal Reserve Building, Washington D.C., United States of America, North America Photo by Mark Chivers/Getty Images

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

  • Pediatric guidelines now urge holistic health checks
    New guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatrics released Wednesday recommend that, during routine checkups, physicians also screen children for signs of poverty. The move is part of a larger effort to improve mental health and physical development in adolescents. Hari Sreenivasan talks to Dr. Renee Jenkins, former president of the American Academy of Pediatrics, for more.
    Original Air Date: March 9, 2016
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  • After tragic mistake, rural hospital transforms itself
    Since 2010, more than 50 rural hospitals have closed across the country, and hundreds more are at risk. But Hill County Memorial Hospital in Fredericksburg, Texas, is surviving -- and thriving. Prompted by a tragic medical failure seven years ago, Hill County has become one of the nation’s top hospitals and a model for others. Special correspondent Sarah Varney of Kaiser Health News reports.
    Original Air Date: March 9, 2016
    BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 16:  A nurse tends to recovering patients on a general ward at The Queen Elizabeth Hospital on March 16, 2010 in Birmingham, England.  As the UK gears up for one of the most hotly contested general elections in recent history it is expected that that the economy, immigration, industry, the NHS and education are likely to form the basis of many of the debates.  (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
  • Eyes on Democratic debate after Sanders triumphs in Michigan
    Tuesday night’s primary contests drew even more attention to Wednesday’s Democratic debate, as Sen. Bernie Sanders pulled off a close and hard-fought upset over Hillary Clinton in Michigan -- though Clinton secured Mississippi. Meanwhile, some Republican figures urged their party and supporters to join frontrunner Donald Trump, while others called for opposition to the controversial contender.
    Original Air Date: March 9, 2016
    Democratic U.S. presidential candidate Bernie Sanders (R) waves to the crowd as his rival Hillary Clinton gathers her papers at the conclusion of the Democratic U.S. presidential candidates' debate in Flint, Michigan, March 6, 2016. REUTERS/Jim Young  - RTS9L21
  • What lies ahead after yet another round of primary twists?
    After a surprise win by Sen. Bernie Sanders in Michigan, and an equally surprising surge of support for Donald Trump in the GOP, Judy Woodruff sits down with Reid Wilson of Morning Consult and Susan Page of USA Today to discuss new twists in a topsy-turvy election cycle.
    Original Air Date: March 9, 2016
    Democratic U.S. presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders thrusts his fist in the air as he speaks to supporters on the night of the Michigan, Mississippi and other primaries at his campaign rally in Miami, Florida March 8, 2016.   REUTERS/Carlo Allegri  - RTS9X2Z
  • Trump U students describe lofty promises, paltry results
    On the campaign trail, Donald Trump often touts his business record as a presidential qualification. But one of the real estate mogul’s ventures has come under harsh scrutiny recently, as former participants in his Trump University online education company have filed class-action lawsuits against him, alleging fraud. John Yang talks to Michael Isikoff of Yahoo News for more.
    Original Air Date: March 9, 2016
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  • News Wrap: Special forces capture IS weapons chief
    In our news wrap Wednesday, U.S. special forces captured the Islamic State group’s chemical weapons chief in a raid in northern Iraq last month, while recent follow-up airstrikes destroyed IS chemical facilities. Also, U.S. and Somali forces are reported to have killed 10 Al-Shabaab militants in a joint overnight raid west of Mogadishu.
    Original Air Date: March 9, 2016
    Brett McGurk, President Barack Obama's envoy to the U.S.-led coalition fighting the Islamic State group, speaks to during news conference at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, Iraq, March 5, 2016. REUTERS/Hadi Mizban/Pool - RTS9ETA

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

  • Not all forgotten American cities are struggling
    It’s called flyover country -- low-profile parts of the U.S. the news media often forgets. But to husband-and-wife journalists James and Deborah Fallows, these areas are home to ‘cities that work,’ thriving communities that buck this election’s narrative of national pessimism. As part of a collaboration between The Atlantic and the PBS NewsHour, Judy Woodruff joins the couple to learn more.
    Original Air Date: March 8, 2016
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  • How do Americans become enemies of their own state?
    In the wake of the Boston Marathon bombings and San Bernardino mass shooting, homegrown Islamic extremism has become one of the country’s most pressing national security concerns. Author Peter Bergen set out to document how and why Americans become enemies of their own state in his book, “United States of Jihad.” Chief foreign affairs correspondent Margaret Warner joins Bergen to learn more.
    Original Air Date: March 8, 2016
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  • As the SAT evolves, so do opinions on its value
    On Saturday, college hopefuls took a brand new SAT, marking the first time in over a decade the test curriculum has undergone major changes. While scores will still be submitted with many an application, there is growing skepticism of their value as predictors of college success. April Brown of the American Graduate program reports.
    Original Air Date: March 8, 2016
    The ACT announced Friday that computer-based testing will be available next year in the 18 states.
  • In Israel, Biden aspires to push peace talks forward
    On Tuesday, Vice President Joe Biden visited Israel to begin two days of meetings with Israeli and Palestinian leaders currently mired in a deep and violent impasse. Biden also hopes to mend the relations between the Obama White House and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Judy Woodruff talks to Tom Friedman of the New York Times for his take on why the peace talks won’t work.
    Original Air Date: March 8, 2016
    U.S Vice President Joe Biden (L) stands next to former Israeli President Shimon Peres during their meeting at the Peres Center for Peace in Jaffa, near Tel Aviv, Israel March 8, 2016. REUTERS/Amir Cohen  - RTS9USR
  • Another important Tuesday arrives for primary contests
    Four states are holding primary votes Tuesday -- both parties in Michigan and Mississippi, plus the GOP in Idaho and Hawaii. While trailing Republican candidate Gov. John Kasich was stumping in Michigan to drum up support, Sen. Ted Cruz looked ahead to future contests. Gwen Ifill talks to Kathy Gray of the Detroit Free Press for more on the back-and-forth fight in her state.
    Original Air Date: March 8, 2016
    Republican U.S. presidential candidate John Kasich addresses supporters during a campaign stop in the gymnasium of University Liggett School in Grosse Pointe Woods, Michigan, March 7, 2016.  REUTERS/Rebecca Cook  - RTS9QOU

Monday, March 7, 2016

  • A chronicle of Afghanistan's modern-day Romeo and Juliet
    Zakia and Ali are Afghanistan’s Romeo and Juliet -- with all the heartache that description implies. Separated by religion, ethnicity and their own families, the young couple defied them all by eloping. Rod Nordland of the New York Times chronicles their remarkable odyssey in his book, “The Lovers,” and joins Jeffrey Brown to discuss the intersection of romance and religion in the Muslim world.
    Original Air Date: March 7, 2016
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  • Wi-Fi on wheels leaves no child offline
    The digital divide and lack of reliable Internet access at home can put low-income and rural students at a real disadvantage. So when superintendent Darryl Adams took over one of the poorest school districts in the nation, he made it a top priority to help his students get online 24/7. Special correspondent David Nazar of PBS SoCal reports with PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Labs.
    Original Air Date: March 7, 2016
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  • Students running small-town market know business
    As a sparsely populated Nebraska town in an equally sparsely populated county, Cody is not where one might expect to find a thriving retail business. But the Circle C Market has been making a (small) profit there for the last three years. Its secret? It’s run by students from a nearby school, who work at the store as part of their curriculum. Mike Tobias of Harvest Public Media reports.
    Original Air Date: March 7, 2016
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  • Can GOP and Democratic maintain traction?
    Hari Sreenivasan sits down with Amy Walter of the Cook Political Report and Tamara Keith of NPR to discuss the latest in politics, including last night’s Democratic debate, Donald Trump’s slowing momentum, the possibility of a GOP restructure and the stakes for Tuesday’s Michigan primary.
    Original Air Date: March 7, 2016
    U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders greets supporters at a campaign rally in Dearborn, Michigan, March 7, 2016.     REUTERS/Jim Young  - RTS9Q4B

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