Thursday, June 30, 2016

  • The unsung women heroes of America’s space program
    They were living, breathing, walking, talking calculators who were key to America’s early space program. And they were women — and largely forgotten. At the time, the supercomputers that NASA now uses to crunch its numbers didn’t exist. Nathalia Holt looks to change the historic oversight in her new book, “Rise of the Rocket Girls.” Holt talked with Jeffrey Brown at the Los Angeles Book Festival.
    Original Air Date: June 30, 2016
  • Tig Notaro explains how to make breast cancer funny
    Comedian Tig Notaro lost her mother, ended a long-term relationship and got diagnosed with breast cancer all in the same year. It was, she says, more than she could handle, but it also spurred a writing spree that helped her cope with her illness. Notaro offers her Brief but Spectacular take on healing through comedy.
    Original Air Date: June 30, 2016

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

  • Turks feeling increasingly vulnerable after Istanbul attack
    For Turks, the Istanbul attack has left them feeling more vulnerable, especially since it was so indiscriminate. ISIS is believed to be behind the suicide bombing and has a strong network in the country. Judy Woodruff discusses the attack with Amberin Zaman of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and with special correspondent Jane Ferguson in Istanbul.
    Original Air Date: June 29, 2016
    Turkish flags, with the control tower in the background, fly at half mast at the country's largest airport, Istanbul Ataturk, following yesterday's blast in Istanbul, Turkey, June 29, 2016. REUTERS/Murad Sezer     TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY      - RTX2IUJC
  • CIA chief says U.S. not immune to Istanbul-like attacks
    CIA Director John Brennan sat down with Judy Woodruff to discuss the repercussions of the Istanbul attack and whether the U.S. was vulnerable to similar attacks. He was asked about Secretary of State John Kerry’s comments that Iran has been helpful in the fight against ISIS. “They need to do more,” he said. He also weighed in on the Benghazi report and the impact of Brexit on intel gathering.
    Original Air Date: June 29, 2016
    CIA Director John Brennan testifies before the Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on "diverse mission requirements in support of our National Security", in Washington, U.S., June 16, 2016. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas - RTX2GKRD
  • Sebastian Junger writes on the lessons of tribal societies
    The NewsHour continues our series on great summer reads with the latest from Oscar-nominated documentarian and “Perfect Storm” author Sebastian Junger. It’s called "Tribe: On Homecoming And Belonging." It's a modern take on what we can learn from tribal societies when it comes to loyalty, belonging and the quest for meaning. Jeffrey Brown talks to Junger.
    Original Air Date: June 29, 2016
    Director and journalist Sebastian Junger talks about the film "Which Way Is The Front Line From Here? The Life and Time of Tim Hetherington" during the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, January 21, 2013.  REUTERS/Jim Urquhart (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT MEDIA) - RTR3CRI8
  • NASA promising July 4 big bang as Juno probe reaches Jupiter
    On Independence Day NASA’s Juno spacecraft reaches the largest planet in our solar system and is expected to transmit pictures the 1.8 billion miles back to Earth. But even more interesting than pictures, scientists hope to collect tons of data to help them understand Jupiter’s formation — and our own. Science correspondent Miles O’Brien joins William Brangham.
    Original Air Date: June 29, 2016
    The planet Jupiter is shown with one of its moons, Ganymede (bottom), in this NASA handout taken April 9, 2007 and obtained by Reuters March 12, 2015. Scientists using the Hubble Space Telescope have confirmed that the Jupiter-orbiting moon Ganymede has an ocean beneath its icy surface, raising the prospects for life, NASA said on Thursday.  REUTERS/NASA/ESA and E. Karkoschka/Handout via Reuters  (OUTERSPACE - Tags: SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY) ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS PICTURE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. REUTERS IS UNABLE TO INDEPENDENTLY VERIFY THE AUTHENTICITY, CONTENT, LOCATION OR DATE OF THIS IMAGE. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS. THIS PICTURE IS DISTRIBUTED EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS - RTR4T501
  • Breaking the school-to-prison pipeline one class at a time
    In most states across America, education for teen offenders pales in comparison to what they'd receive on the outside. Just one third mandate that these kids meet the same standards as their public school counterparts. Massachusetts is one of them, and there the goal is to save these young offenders with vocational classes and good old reading, writing and arithmetic. Hari Sreenivasan reports.
    Original Air Date: June 29, 2016
    Suspected gang member Jose Cardenas waits to be booked inside the Hidalgo County Sheriff's Adult Detention Center after being arrested for possession of marijuana in Edinburg, Texas, in this April 14, 2009 file photo. Gangs and their culture of violence, drugs and crime are one of America's pressing social ills. But in the borderlands the problem has an urgency that has federal investigators worried. To match feature USA-GANGS/BORDER     REUTERS/Jessica Rinaldi/Files   (UNITED STATES CONFLICT SOCIETY POLITICS) - RTXE9Q8
  • Zika, security concerns overblown says Rio Olympics boss
    The Olympic games open in less than six weeks away and organizers insist that Rio is ready. The venues will be completed and concerns over Zika and security are overblown they say even as more high-profile athletes say they’re not going. John Yang talks to Sidney Levy, CEO of the Rio 2016 Committee​.
    Original Air Date: June 29, 2016
    The Rio 2016 Olympic medals are pictured at the  Casa da Moeda do Brasil (Brazilian Mint) in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, June 28, 2016.  REUTERS/Sergio Moraes      TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY   - RTX2ITPT

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

  • Top U.S. litigator reflects on Supreme Court wins, losses
    As the Supreme Court wraps up a very busy term, there’s a familiar face who won’t be returning to argue cases before the court next fall. Solicitor General Donald Verrilli, the Obama administration’s top lawyer who defended Obamacare and argued for immigration reform, sat down recently with Judy Woodruff for an exit interview.
    Original Air Date: June 28, 2016
    WASHINGTON - JANUARY 07: Attorney Donald B. Verrilli, Jr. speaks in front of the U.S. Supreme Court after arguments January 7, 2007 in Washington DC. The lethal injection protocol used to execute death-row inmates in the state of Kentucky is being challenged as cruel and unusual because it is potentially extremely painful if the first injection, sodium thiopental, wears off too quickly.  (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
  • Bringing diversity and brown faces to children’s books
    Celebrated writer Sherman Alexie has just published his first children’s book, “Thunder Boy Jr.” He talks with Jeffrey Brown as part of our series on great summer reads and makes the case that books for kids need to show more diverse faces — but are getting better.
    Original Air Date: June 28, 2016
    PORTLAND, OREGON - OCTOBER 11: Portrait of writer Sherman Alexie at the Wordstock literary festival on 11th October 2009 in Portland, Oregon, United States. (Photo by Anthony Pidgeon/Redferns)
  • Should a juvenile sex offender be locked up indefinitely?​
    Even when they serve their time, sex crime offenders in some states are being held years beyond their release date. The civil commitment laws that let jailers deem convicts too dangerous to walk free are facing increased scrutiny, especially in Minnesota, where even juvenile sex offenders grow old behind bars. William Brangham reports.
    Original Air Date: June 28, 2016
    This detention center in Racine, Wisconsin normally holds around 60 juveniles but currently holds 40.  On average, there are 6-8 girls in the unit.  Photo by Richard Ross.
  • Unique college program helps poor students make the grade
    For Georgia State’s Tyler Mulvenna, a $900 grant from an innovative retention program let him live on campus, work less and do what he came to do: study. The school, worried about abysmal graduation rates for poor students found, a full course load, commuting and holding a job was just too much for many. The NewsHour's April Brown takes a look at the program praised by President Barack Obama.
    Original Air Date: June 28, 2016
    An undocumented UCLA student attends a graduation ceremony for UCLA "Dreamers." In California, an estimated 1,100 undocumented students study here and at UC Berkeley, four times as many as before they qualified for state financial aid. Photo by Jonathan Alcorn/Reuters.
  • Remembering coach Pat Summitt, women’s sports pioneer
    "Pat Summitt is an unparalleled figure in collegiate sports,” a speaker said as President Barack Obama awarded the legendary Tennessee Lady Vols coach a Medal of Freedom four years ago. Summitt died Tuesday at age 64 after years of battling early onset dementia. John Yang takes a look back at the women’s sports pioneer’s life on and off the hardwood, a life of passion and true grit.
    Original Air Date: June 28, 2016
    U.S. President Barack Obama awards a 2012 Presidential Medal of Freedom to former University of Tennessee basketball coach Pat Summitt at the White House in Washington, DC, United States May 29, 2012.  REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque/File Photo - RTX2INQA
  • $7 million, 800-page GOP Benghazi report lands with a thud
    Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton loomed large in the House Republican probe of the deaths of the U.S. ambassador to Libya in the Benghazi attack. Hauled before a GOP panel, she was grilled for eight hours. On Tuesday, an 800-page report landed and House Benghazi Chairman Trey Gowdy, R-SC, denied the probe was ever about Clinton. Political director Lisa Desjardins joins Gwen Ifill.
    Original Air Date: June 28, 2016
    U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton comments on the just-released Benghazi report as she speaks at Galvanize, a learning community for technology, in Denver, U.S. June 28, 2016. REUTERS/Rick Wilking - RTX2IQ8L

Monday, June 27, 2016

  • The DisUnited Kingdom? Scotland renews push for ‘liberation’
    When Scottish voters decided two years ago to remain part of the United Kingdom, many thought the raucous independence drive was settled. Think again. Brexit has brought the push to break from London roaring back because the Scots very much want to stay with the EU. Could Brexit mean the final fracture of the once mighty British Empire? Special correspondent Malcolm Brabant reports from Edinburgh.
    Original Air Date: June 27, 2016
    Edinburgh Castle rock is illuminated with a sign to "Vote Remain" in a show of support for the campaign to remain in Europe ahead of Thursday's EU Referendum in Scotland, June 21, 2016. REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne - RTX2HHES
  • World leaders look to calm the Brexit jitters
    British Prime Minister David Cameron tried Monday to assure the world that Brexit isn’t the calamity it’s being made out to be. Despite Germany’s warning against long-term uncertainty, he said the UK is taking a go-slow approach to the divorce. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry also got into the act, saying it is important that “nobody loses their head.” Hari Sreenivasan reports from London.
    Original Air Date: June 27, 2016
    German Chancellor Angela Merkel (C), French President Francois Hollande (L) and Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi attend a news conference at the chancellery during discussions on the outcome of the Brexit in Berlin, Germany, June 27, 2016. REUTERS/Hannibal Hanschke  - RTX2IILV
  • The impact of the Supreme Court’s Texas abortion ruling
    Abortion rights groups say the Supreme Court’s ruling against Texas’ stringent restrictions on abortion doctors and clinics was a major blow against “sham” laws trying to take away a woman’s right to choose. Gwen Ifill gets reaction from Nancy Northup of the Center for Reproductive Rights and Steven Aden of the Alliance Defending Freedom, advocates on both sides of the court’s decision.
    Original Air Date: June 27, 2016
    Demonstrators hold signs outside the U.S. Supreme Court as the court is due to decide whether a Republican-backed 2013 Texas law placed an undue burden on women exercising their constitutional right to abortion in Washington, U.S.  June 27, 2016. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque - RTX2IGA2
  • Abortion rights activists hail Supreme Court ruling
    In the Supreme Court’s biggest abortion case in nearly 25 years, the justices voted 5-3 to strike down a Texas law — widely copied in other states — that imposed tight restrictions on family planning centers and doctors who perform the procedure. Abortion rights groups were ecstatic and both sides vowed to fight on. Marcia Coyle of The National Law Journal joins Gwen Ifill to dig into the ruling.
    Original Air Date: June 27, 2016
    Demonstrators hold signs outside the U.S. Supreme Court as the court is due to issue its first major abortion ruling since 2007 against a backdrop of unremitting divisions among Americans on the issue and a decades-long decline in the rate at which women terminate pregnancies in Washington, U.S. June 27, 2016. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque - RTX2IGAZ
  • News Wrap: Flood-ravaged West Virginia braces for more rain
    In our news wrap Monday, a new round of storms pounded West Virginia, where more than 20 counties braced for additional flooding. Since last week, floods have killed nearly two dozen people across the state. Also, a California wildfire consumed 250 homes and other buildings, stoked by record-breaking heat and ongoing drought.
    Original Air Date: June 27, 2016
    A damaged car is seen after the state was pummeled by up to 10 inches of rain on Thursday, causing rivers and streams to overflow into neighboring communities, in Elkview, West Virginia, June 24, 2016.  West Virginia Department of Transportation/Handout via Reuters  ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. EDITORIAL USE ONLY - RTX2I37P
  • The summer must-read books to bring to the beach
    It’s one of the great pleasures of lazy, hazy days on the beach or in the backyard: finally opening that book you’ve been meaning to get to. The Newshour kicks off a week’s worth of summer reading suggestions, starting with Emma Cline’s much-anticipated debut novel, the Charles Manson-themed “The Girls.” Jeffrey Brown speaks with the author.
    Original Air Date: June 27, 2016
  • Telling American history 140 characters at a time
    In our NewsHour Shares moment of the day, presidential historian and NewsHour regular Michael Beschloss provides a unique perspective on American history through his Twitter account. He shares some of his favorite digital insights.
    Original Air Date: June 27, 2016
    12/8/97 - photographer: Juana Arias TWP. 2611 31st St Nw. - Author Michael Beschloss, editor of 'Taking Charge', the Lyndon B. Johnson tapes. These are transcripts of tapes that Johnson made himself and are edited and explained by Beschloss. Beschloss at his home in DC  (Photo by Juana Arias/The Washington Post/Getty Images)
  • Elizabeth Warren gets under Donald Trump’s skin — again
    At a rally with Hillary Clinton, Democratic firebrand Sen. Elizabeth Warren proved once more that she knows how to get under Donald Trump’s skin, calling the Republican a “small insecure money-grubber.” Clinton was equally harsh but Trump’s rage was squarely aimed at “goofy” Warren. NPR’s Tamara Keith and Amy Walter from the Cook Political Report join Gwen Ifill to discuss the latest.
    Original Air Date: June 27, 2016

Sunday, June 26, 2016

  • Scottish leaders renew push to exit UK following Brexit vote
    In a 2014 referendum, Scotland decided to remain a part of the United Kingdom. But following the UK’s vote last week to leave the European Union, Scottish leaders are now renewing the push to exit the UK in order to preserve Scotland’s membership in the EU. NewsHour special correspondent Malcolm Brabant reports from Edinburgh.
    Original Air Date: June 26, 2016
    Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon leaves after voting in the EU referendum, at Broomhouse Community Hall in Glasgow, Scotland, Britain June 23, 2016.  REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne - RTX2HQEP
  • Foreign-born workers in the UK share their fears
    Uncertainty prevails in Britain after Brexit has left immigrants feeling vulnerable. The service sector, a large part of the British economy, is also a big employer of foreigners, which means these workers may be hit hard. Hari Sreenivasan reports from London about some of their worries.
    Original Air Date: June 26, 2016
  • Unexpected medical bills can cost Americans thousands
    It’s a growing frustration for many Americans: surprisingly high medical bills that they are struggling to pay. In some cases, patients are surprised to learn that they received care from an out-of-network doctor in an in-network hospital, long after an emergency room visit has passed. The NewsHour’s Megan Thompson looks at the problem and how some people are working to solve it.
    Original Air Date: June 25, 2016
    A person receives a test for diabetes at a free medical clinic in Los Angeles, California. Photo by Mario Anzuoni /Reuters

Saturday, June 25, 2016

  • What Brexit might do to the British economy
    Now that the UK has voted to leave the EU, one of the biggest remaining questions is how it will affect the British economy. Hari Sreenivasan sits down with London School of Economics professor Swati Dhingra, who has been studying the potential effects since the referendum was announced last year, to discuss.
    Original Air Date: June 25, 2016
    Arrangement of various world currencies including Chinese Yuan, US Dollar, Euro, British Pound, pictured January 25, 2011 REUTERS/Kacper Pempel/Illustration/File Photo - RTX2H49E
  • What impact will Brexit have on U.S. trade policy?
    Britain is the U.S.’s closest diplomatic and military ally and top economic partner in Europe. One-fifth of U.S. exports to Europe go to the UK and so do half a billion dollars in direct investments. Senior editor of Foreign Policy magazine Cameron Abadi joins Alison Stewart to discuss the effects Brexit might have on business relations in the UK and Europe.
    Original Air Date: June 25, 2016
    An employee holds British pounds and euro banknotes in Munich, Germany on June 24 after Britain voted to leave the European Union. Photo by Michaela Rehle/Reuters
  • Britain grappling with consequences of Brexit vote
    European Union officials on Saturday began meeting on how to handle the eventual departure of Britain with uncertainties looming over trade immigration and security agreements. More than two million people in the UK have signed a petition calling for a second referendum as fears over the economic impact of the original vote continue. NewsHour’s Hari Sreenivasan reports from London.
    Original Air Date: June 25, 2016