Friday, October 9, 2015

  • Extracting gold with mercury exacts a lethal toll
    In Indonesia, the use of mercury in small-scale gold mining has tragic health consequences for those living near mining operations. Toxic plumes and other forms of exposure cause neurological problems, bone deformities, vision loss, deafness and even death. The NewsHour's P.J. Tobia reports in collaboration with photographer Larry C. Price and the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting.
    Original Air Date: October 9, 2015
  • Ending rebel training, what's next for U.S. in Syria?
    The Pentagon is canceling a program to train and equip moderate rebels fighting the Islamic State in Syria, after their efforts only produced a handful of fighters. Judy Woodruff discusses the decision with former State Department officials P.J. Crowley and David Kramer.
    Original Air Date: October 9, 2015
    Defense Secretary Ash Carter speaks at a news conference at the Pentagon in Washington on May 7, 2015. Carter said Sunday that he will find out who was responsible for mistaken shipments of live anthrax  and will "hold them accountable." Photo by Yuri Gripas
  • Shields and Brooks on the GOP speaker struggle
    Syndicated columnist Mark Shields and New York Times columnist David Brooks join Judy Woodruff to discuss the week's news, including the Republican search for a new Speaker of the House and Hillary Clinton’s coming out against the Trans-Pacific Partnership.
    Original Air Date: October 9, 2015
  • Fight over leashing dogs is no walk in the national park
    The urban, 80,000-acre Golden Gate National Recreation Area is unlike all other national parks: For 14 years, it's been the site of a war over dogs, and whether they can run leash-free in certain areas. Special correspondent Spencer Michels reports.
    Original Air Date: October 9, 2015
    SAN FRANCISCO, CA - DECEMBER 14: The Golden Gate Bridge can be seen behind Crissy Field as people walk their dogs along the beach on December 14, 2009 in San Francisco, California. Crissy Field was originally an airfield that was part of the Presidio Army Base before it closed in 1974. (Photo by Jason Andrew/Getty Images)
  • Scrambling for a speaker, Republicans appeal to Paul Ryan
    With Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy dropping out of the running for Speaker of the House, focus has landed on Rep. Paul Ryan. Though the congressman has rejected the idea, moderate Republicans have come out to say they would support him. Political director Lisa Desjardins reports.
    Original Air Date: October 9, 2015
    Reconciliation Act of 2010

Thursday, October 8, 2015

  • McCarthy stepping back, who can step up to lead the House?
    Judy Woodruff speaks to former Rep. Vin Weber, R-Minn., and Mike DeBonis of The Washington Post about what prompted Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy’s withdrawal from the speaker’s race and who might step up to unify the Republican party.
    Original Air Date: October 8, 2015
    House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, a Republican from California, prepares to speak to the media on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Thursday, Oct. 8, 2015. McCarthy dropped out of the race for U.S. House speaker on the day his party was poised to nominate him to replace John Boehner, as an internal Republican feud erupted into open warfare on Capitol Hill. Photographer: Drew Angerer/Bloomberg via Getty Images
  • What it was like to head the Fed during the 2008 meltdown
    In “The Courage to Act,” former Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke writes that the global economic collapse of 2008 could have resulted in a crisis akin to 1929 had he, his colleagues and policymakers around the world acted differently. He joins Judy Woodruff to discuss his memoir of that turbulent time and its aftermath.
    Original Air Date: October 8, 2015
    Bernanke Presents Semiannaul Monetary Policy Report To Senate
  • In a game of wealth, fat cats who don't share keep winning
    An online game asks players to share some of their wealth on faith that the others will reciprocate. But each player has the option of choosing not to share, amassing more and more wealth. In designing a game to test human behaviors that fuel economic inequality, Yale University researchers are finding that the poor stay poor and the rich stay rich. Economics correspondent Paul Solman reports.
    Original Air Date: October 8, 2015
    Girl with chocolate coins
  • Lynch: U.S. at a unique time in history for justice reform
    As attorney general, Loretta Lynch leads the Justice Department amid a spike in violent crime in several major U.S. cities, as well as national outcry over police-involved shootings. Gwen Ifill sits down with Lynch to discuss better transparency on law enforcement data, finding solutions for reducing mass incarceration and the national conversation about race and police-involved shootings.
    Original Air Date: October 8, 2015
  • McCarthy: To unite GOP, House needs ‘a new face’
    House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, once favored to become Speaker of the House after John Boehner, abruptly withdrew from the competition, explaining that he believed Republicans should unite behind “a new face.” Political director Lisa Desjardins explores the fallout with Judy Woodruff.
    Original Air Date: October 8, 2015
  • Migrant-magnet Sweden strains to shelter unexpected influx
    Amid a major migration crisis, Sweden has received more refugees per capita than any other European country, and is proud of its open door policy. But the welcoming nation's immigration system is straining to meet the demand, which far exceeds what the government anticipated. Special correspondent Malcolm Brabant reports.
    Original Air Date: October 8, 2015
  • For Gates, better training for front line workers key
    Following their conversation for last night’s PBS NewsHour, Gwen Ifill continued to talk with Bill and Melinda Gates about lessons learned from their decade plus in philanthropy -- especially their reflections on work to end the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.
    Original Air Date: October 8, 2015

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

  • Josh Groban indulges his inner theater geek with 'Stages'
    Multi-platinum artist Josh Groban is on tour for his latest album, “Stages,” which features covers of Broadway songs. He joins Jeffrey Brown to discuss how he picks his songs, the influence of early arts exposure in shaping his love of performance and what he sees for his future of music-making.
    Original Air Date: October 7, 2015
  • As drought-desperate California sinks, risk of flood rises
    California is sinking, and sinking fast. As desperate farmers have turned to drilling to keep their crops green, the removal of groundwater is making the land settle inches lower at a sharp pace. In the Central Valley, that geological drop is actually increasing the flood risk. Nathan Halverson of Reveal for the Center of Investigative Reporting reports in conjunction with KQED.
    Original Air Date: October 7, 2015
  • House GOP faces a math problem in picking a new speaker
    Republicans are preparing for a closed-door vote on whom they would like to be the next Speaker of the House. How will the decision affect the direction of Congress? Hari Sreenivasan takes a look at the contenders with political director Lisa Desjardins.
    Original Air Date: October 7, 2015
    House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, October 7, 2015. As McCarthy is the current front runner for the upcoming vacancy for Speaker of the House, after John Boehner, R-Ohio, announced that he would resign at the end of October, conservatives are trying to stop him. Photo By Al Drago/CQ Roll Call
  • Bill and Melinda Gates on political debate over Common Core
    Bill and Melinda Gates, two of the world’s leading philanthropists, sit down with Gwen Ifill in Seattle to discuss their efforts to support education reform and the political battles over the Common Core standards.
    Original Air Date: October 7, 2015
  • Full Interview: Hillary Clinton on trade pact doubts
    Hillary Clinton says she's "worried" about the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal, and that she can't support it given what she knows at this point. The former secretary of state and Democratic presidential candidate sits down with Judy Woodruff to discuss the major Asian trade pact, gun control, Vladimir Putin and her email.
    Original Air Date: October 7, 2015
  • Hillary Clinton says she does not support TPP
    Just days after the U.S. and 11 nations released a monumental trade deal that still faces a fight in Congress, Hillary Clinton says she does not support the Trans-Pacific Partnership.
    Original Air Date: October 7, 2015
  • Clinton on emails: ‘I did it for convenience’
    In an interview with PBS NewsHour's Judy Woodruff Wednesday, Hillary Clinton reiterated that she has been cooperating fully with the ongoing investigation into the security of her emails while she was serving as Secretary of State. Speaking at Cornell College in Mount Vernon, Iowa, the Democratic candidate for president said she chose to use her own personal server out of convenience.
    Original Air Date: October 7, 2015

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

  • Why divisive Donald Trump still appeals to voters
    What's driving strong support for Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump? Political director Lisa Desjardins talks with Judy Woodruff about what’s kept anti-establishment Trump at the top of the field.
    Original Air Date: October 6, 2015
    Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks to the media during the National Federation of Republican Assemblies at Rocketown in Nashville, Tennessee August 29, 2015.  REUTERS/Harrison McClary  - RTX1Q7TE
  • Dalai Lama calls for universal teaching of compassion
    The Dalai Lama had long kept up a demanding schedule, crossing the globe for speaking engagements until doctors recently told him to slow down. Special correspondent Fred de Sam Lazaro sits down with the 80-year-old spiritual leader to discuss his hopes for spreading peace and winning autonomy for Tibet, as well as why he says he’s not sure there’s a need for a next Dalai Lama.
    Original Air Date: October 6, 2015
  • Ann Romney on her battle with multiple sclerosis
    Ann Romney, wife of former governor and Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, had what appeared to be the perfect life. In her new memoir, "In This Together: My Story," she writes about what it was like grappling her identity after being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. She talks with Judy Woodruff about health care, her treatments and the 2016 race for the White House.
    Original Air Date: October 6, 2015
  • DOJ aims to release 6,000 nonviolent drug offenders
    The Justice Department announced a plan for the largest ever one-time release of federal prisoners. Jeffrey Brown speaks to Maurice Chammah of The Marshall Project about the decision to set free some 6,000 inmates, part of a broader push to provide relief to individuals hit with harsh sentences and to reduce overcrowded prisons.
    Original Air Date: October 6, 2015
    A congressional task force recommended several changes to the Justice Department on Tuesday, addressing how it could overhaul its corrections system, including urging Congress to repeal mandatory minimum penalties for drug offenses, and for judges to have more discretion to impose shorter sentences. Photo by Halfdark/Getty Images.
  • Should the U.S. keep many troops in Afghanistan?
    With a surge by the Taliban and the Islamic State's entry into Afghanistan, does the future role of the U.S. military in that country need to evolve? Judy Woodruff talks to Scott Smith of the United States Institute of Peace and retired Lt. Gen. David Barno, former commander of Coalition Forces in Afghanistan, about keeping troops on the ground and the strike on Doctors Without Borders.
    Original Air Date: October 6, 2015
  • Why 'Over the Rainbow' takes us to a magical, musical place
    What makes the song "Over the Rainbow" an indelible classic? Jeffrey Brown talks to composer and musician Rob Kapilow, who helps explain why we love the story of a girl caught yearning for both home and adventure.
    Original Air Date: October 6, 2015

Monday, October 5, 2015

  • ‘Brave Man’s’ glass bridge offers vertigo-inducing views
    In our NewsHour Shares moment of the day, China's first high-altitude glass-bottomed suspension bridge, spanning the length of three football fields, has opened.
    Original Air Date: October 5, 2015
  • Why it's hard to find the missing among unidentified dead
    There are more than 10,000 bodies -- Jane and John Does -- waiting for identification in city morgues and cemeteries in the U.S. With no national law requiring agencies share information on missing people and unknown bodies, many families are left in the dark about their loved ones' fates. Michael Schiller of Reveal for the Center for Investigative Reporting has the story.
    Original Air Date: October 5, 2015
  • Why the Supreme Court may swing right this session
    With the start of the Supreme Court’s new term, Marcia Coyle of the National Law Journal joins Judy Woodruff to talk about some of the issues to be tested, including affirmative action, voting rights and unions.
    Original Air Date: October 5, 2015
    File photo of the Supreme Court by Al Drago/CQ Roll Call