Wednesday, May 25, 2016

  • Why Clinton’s email woes are deemed worse than predecessors’
    The State Department’s report condemning Hillary Clinton has brought the debate over her conduct as Secretary of State back to the forefront of the political landscape, and throws the race for the White House into uncharted territory. Judy Woodruff talks to Rosalind Helderman of The Washington Post about the details of the report and and why Clinton’s violations are worse than her predecessors’.
    Original Air Date: May 25, 2016
    Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton testifies before the House Select Committee on Benghazi, on Capitol Hill in Washington October 22, 2015. The congressional committee is investigating the deadly 2012 attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, when Clinton was the secretary of state.         REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst - RTS5OT6
  • News Wrap: State Dept. watchdog slams Clinton over emails
    In our news wrap Wednesday, a leaked audit from the State Department’s inspector general concluded that Hillary Clinton violated federal standards by using a private email server during her tenure as Secretary of State. Also, eleven states filed suit against the Obama administration over its directive that public schools allow transgender students to use the bathroom that matches their identity.
    Original Air Date: May 25, 2016
    Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton testifies before the House Select Committee on Benghazi, on Capitol Hill in Washington October 22, 2015. The congressional committee is investigating the deadly 2012 attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, when Clinton was the secretary of state.          REUTERS/Gary Cameron  - RTS5NL3
  • Troubling details emerge in U.S. bombing of Afghan hospital
    Last October, U.S. forces bombed an Afghan hospital in Kunduz, killing 42 people. An Army inquiry last month found that the attack was an accident, but Matthieu Aikins of the Nation Institute blames Afghan troops who told the Americans that the hospital was a Taliban stronghold. Hari Sreenivasan talks to Aikins, Gary Solis of Georgetown University and Jeffrey Addicott of St. Mary’s University.
    Original Air Date: May 25, 2016
    Hospital beds lay in the Medecins Sans Frontieres hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan on April 26, 2016, about six months after an American airstrike killed dozens of patients, some of whom burned to death in their beds.  REUTERS/ Josh Smith     TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY      - RTX2C4NO
  • Why research for the pure sake of knowing is good enough
    Duke University biologist Sheila Patek has faced criticism from lawmakers over her research into mantis shrimp and trap-jaw ants, with some calling her government-funded studies a waste of taxpayer money. But according to Patek, not only do her findings have important practical applications, but scientific inquiry is most fruitful when knowledge is sought for its own sake, not to justify budgets.
    Original Air Date: May 25, 2016
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Tuesday, May 24, 2016

  • What firing of TSA security chief means for summer travel
    Security wait times at airports across the nation are soaring, leading to criticism of the TSA, which claims that budget cuts have left it understaffed. Now, with the number of airline passengers expected to soon reach all-time highs, embattled TSA security chief Kelly Hoggan has been fired after a controversial three-year tenure. Hari Sreenivasan talks to Bart Jansen of USA Today for more.
    Original Air Date: May 24, 2016
    Transportation Security Agency (TSA) officers work at Washington's Reagan National Airport outside Washington, February 25, 2013. The U.S. Department of Transportation announced the TSA will face financial disruptions if automatic government cuts go into effect March 1, 2013 due to sequestration.       REUTERS/Larry Downing  (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS BUSINESS TRANSPORT) - RTR3EACD
  • Cranes and cows — the debate over Oregon’s federal lands
    Oregon’s Malheur National Wildlife Refuge grabbed headlines earlier this year when it was seized by armed militants protesting federal control of local lands. But for the past decade, some local ranchers have been striving to find common ground with environmental groups and refuge officials, and important strides have been made for birds and cows. Special correspondent Cat Wise reports.
    Original Air Date: May 24, 2016
    A law enforcement checkpoint is shown near the Malheur Wildlife Refuge outside of Burns, Oregon February 11, 2016. The four holdouts in an armed protest at a federal wildlife refuge in Oregon surrendered on Thursday, with the last occupier repeatedly threatening suicide during an intense phone call with mediators before he finally walked out, ending the 41-day standoff with the FBI.  REUTERS/Jim Urquhart      TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY      - RTX26JY6
  • Trump teams with RNC for first official campaign fundraiser
    Presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump has spent much of the primary season railing against big money in politics and touting his self-funded campaign. But the real estate mogul is set to hold his first official fundraiser in Albuquerque on Tuesday night in conjunction with the RNC. Judy Woodruff talks to Matea Gold of The Washington Post for more on why Trump flipped and what he hopes to gain.
    Original Air Date: May 24, 2016
    Republican U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump poses for a photo after an interview with Reuters in his office in Trump Tower, in the Manhattan borough of New York City, May 17, 2016. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY - RTSEQ7L
  • Philadelphia plan to fund pre-K would tax soda by the ounce
    When other cities have proposed a tax on sugary soft drinks, it’s often sold as a plan to fight obesity. Not in Philadelphia, where a battle is brewing over the mayor’s 3 cents-per-ounce tax plan that would be used to fund citywide pre-K. The beverage industry opposes the tax and argues that if you’re going to tax them, then why not cakes and candy? Hari Sreenivasan reports.
    Original Air Date: May 24, 2016
    Mother and daughter shopping in market
  • What’s behind Congress’ biting infighting over Zika funding?
    In February, the White House issued a $1.9 billion plan for combating Zika virus in the U.S., including provisions for mosquito control, education and research into a vaccine. While GOP lawmakers opposed that plan, the Senate passed a bipartisan $1.1 billion compromise bill last week. Judy Woodruff talks to Rep. Bob Gibbs, R-Ohio, and Rep. Rosa DeLauro, D-Conn., for more on the funding debate.
    Original Air Date: May 24, 2016
    A sign warns residents their neighborhood will be sprayed with pesticide by a vector control team after increasing numbers of mosquitoes have tested positive for West Nile virus in San Diego, California, U.S. May 18, 2016.  REUTERS/Mike Blake  - RTSFJ93
  • The secret life of plants and ‘Lab Girl’ author Hope Jahren
    When geobiologist Hope Jahren sat down to describe the results of her research, she found that she couldn’t relate her findings without discussing the people who made them possible, herself especially. That revelation led to her new book “Lab Girl,” both an investigation into the complex and thrilling lives of plants and a deeply personal memoir. Jahren joins Jeffrey Brown to explain more.
    Original Air Date: May 24, 2016
    Young lettuce plants poke through holes cut in the foam lids of a hydroponic growing bed in a greenhouse, where the Chester County Food Bank grows seedlings and produce, on the Springton Manor Farm in suburban Philadelphia, Pennsylvania November 21, 2013. Chester County is among about 20 food banks across the country that have started their own farms to boost healthier eating by the needy. Picture taken November 21.  To match Feature USA-THANKSGIVING/FOODBANK  REUTERS/Tom Mihalek (UNITED STATES - Tags: FOOD AGRICULTURE HEALTH SOCIETY POVERTY) - RTX15QZM

Monday, May 23, 2016

  • The implications of officer’s acquittal in Freddie Gray case
    A Baltimore Circuit judge on Monday found police officer Edward Nero not guilty on all counts for his role in the arrest and death of Freddie Gray, a 25-year-old African-American whose alleged mistreatment in police custody prompted violent citywide protests in 2015. Hari Sreenivasan sits down with former Baltimore prosecutor Debbie Hines to discuss the case and its consequences.
    Original Air Date: May 23, 2016
    Sheriff deputies escort the family of police officer Edward Nero from the courthouse in Baltimore, Maryland, U.S., May 23, 2016. Nero was acquitted on Monday of four charges in the 2015 death of black detainee Freddie Gray. REUTERS/Bryan Woolston     - RTSFL88
  • In 2016 election, is it who you are for, or against?
    Amy Walter of The Cook Political Report and Tamara Keith of NPR join Judy Woodruff to discuss the latest in politics, including how the national unfavorability of Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton could affect the general election, Sen. Bernie Sanders’ recent efforts to strengthen ties with the Democratic party and what July’s party conventions might look like.
    Original Air Date: May 23, 2016
  • How new Vietnam is drawing back children of U.S. immigrants
    An estimated 1.5 million Vietnamese fled to the U.S. after the fall of Saigon in 1975, seeking a better life for their families. But as memories of the war fade and as business opportunities expand in the communist country, some children of those immigrants are moving back, drawn by Vietnam’s new economy and old culture. Special correspondent Mike Cerre reports.
    Original Air Date: May 23, 2016
    Children look at the motorcade transporting U.S. President Barack Obama before an arrival ceremony at the presidential palace in Hanoi, Vietnam May 23, 2016. REUTERS/Carlos Barria  - RTSFGKL
  • Malcolm Brabant reflects on Peabody-winning refugee series
    Over the weekend, the PBS NewsHour received the George Foster Peabody Award -- the highest honor in broadcast journalism -- for its coverage of the European migrant crisis with the “Desperate Journey” series. The award was accepted by special correspondent Malcolm Brabant, who joins Judy Woodruff to reflect on his own desperate journey from an insane asylum back to the heights of journalism.
    Original Air Date: May 23, 2016
    People attend the 75th Annual Peabody Awards in New York, U.S. May 21, 2016. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz  - RTSFCBL

Sunday, May 22, 2016

  • How Lebanon is coping with more than a million refugees
    Syria's 5-year-long civil war has killed more than 400,000 people and displaced eleven million more, 5 million of whom have become refugees. But as people flee the humanitarian crisis to places like Europe and Turkey, tiny Lebanon holds the distinction of hosting the most refugees per capita of any country in the world. NewsHour Weekend Special Correspondent Christopher Livesay reports.
    Original Air Date: May 22, 2016
    Syrian refugee children stand outside their tents during the visit of Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte to their camp in Zahrani village, southern Lebanon May 3, 2016. REUTERS/Ali Hashisho - RTX2CNIX
  • U.S. drone strike may have killed Taliban leader
    U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jey Johnson said “it appears likely” that a U.S. drone strike on Saturday killed the leader of the anti-government Taliban, Mullah Akhtar Mansour though it could be days before officials can confirm that. Jennifer Glasse, a freelance reporter now in the Afghanistan’s capital city of Kabul, joins Alison Stewart by Skype to discuss.
    Original Air Date: May 22, 2016
    U.S. soldiers from D Troop of the 3rd Cavalry Regiment walk on a hill after finishing with a training exercise near forward operating base Gamberi in the Laghman province of Afghanistan December 30, 2014. Photo by Lucas Jackson/Reuters
  • Obama expected to push for human rights in Vietnam
    President Barack Obama has begun a three-day visit to Vietnam, his first stop on a week-long trip in Asia. The president arrived in the Vietnam's capital city of Hanoi on Sunday in his first visit to the country. Vietnamese leaders want Obama to lift an embargo on selling weapons to Vietnam, while the president is expected to push the Southeast Asian country to improve its human rights record.
    Original Air Date: May 22, 2016
    U.S. President Barack Obama disembarks Airforce One as he lands at Hanoi 's Noi Bai International Airport May 22, 2016. REUTERS/Hoang Dinh Nam/Pool - RTSFE5B
  • Austria could soon elect the first far-right president
    A presidential runoff in Austria is pitting two men with with diametrically opposed views. Norbert Hoefer is running on an anti-immigration platform and could become the European Union’s first far-right head of state. His opponent, Alexander Van Der Bellen, supports admitting immigrants. Reporter Zeke Turner of The Wall Street Journal joins Alison Stewart from Vienna to discuss the race.
    Original Air Date: May 22, 2016
    Presidential candidate Norbert Hofer of the Austrian Freedom Party (FPOe) waves to supporters after Austrian presidential election in Vienna, Austria, May 22, 2016. REUTERS/Heinz-Peter Bader TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY - RTSFFHD

Saturday, May 21, 2016

  • What’s next for SF after its police chief’s resignation?
    Following a string of officer-involved fatal shootings and a racist text scandal within the police department, San Francisco Mayor Edwin Lee asked Police Chief Greg Suhr to step down. Suhr handed in his resignation on Thursday. San Francisco Chronicle reporter Vivian Ho joins Alison Stewart to discuss the next steps in police reform.
    Original Air Date: May 21, 2016
    FILE PHOTO: San Francisco Police Chief Greg Suhr speaks to members of the media after being asked about the fatal stabbing of a Los Angeles Dodgers fan after attending a baseball game against the San Francisco Giants in San Francisco, California September 26, 2013. REUTERS/Stephen Lam/File Photo - RTSF2S4
  • Research in North Carolina is raising ethical questions
    More than 12,000 residents from a former textile mill town in North Carolina are donating their blood and urine samples to a research campus. Scientists hope to use these specimens to find cures for diseases. But there are ethical concerns around what donors have given away and what, if anything, they will get back in return.Special Correspondent John Larson visited Kannapolis to find out more.
    Original Air Date: May 20, 2016
  • What to expect ahead of Obama’s visit to Japan
    On August 6, 1945, the U.S. dropped an atomic bomb on Hiroshima, killing 140,000 people. A second bomb was dropped on Nagasaki three days later, killing another 70,000. Japan surrendered. Since World War II, no sitting American president has visited Hiroshima -- until now. Alison Stewart reports on what to expect.
    Original Air Date: May 21, 2016
    U.S. President Barack Obama delivers a statement on the economy at the press briefing room at the White House in Washington, U.S. May 6, 2016. REUTERS/Carlos Barria - RTX2D5EQ
  • Prescriptions for opioids decline amid epidemic
    Nearly 30,000 deaths a year can be attributed to the abuse of heroin and prescription painkillers - opioids like oxycontin, vicodin, percocet, and methadone. But a new report indicates that opioid prescriptions in the last three years have declined. New York Times science correspondent Sabrina Tavernise joins Alison Stewart to discuss.
    Original Air Date: May 21, 2016
    A recent survey is shedding light on how patients who get perscription painkillers  — drugs such as OxyContin, methadone or Vicodin — sometimes share or mishandle them. Photo by Education Images/UIG via Getty Images

Friday, May 20, 2016

  • Shields and Brooks on the NRA’s endorsement of Donald Trump
    Syndicated columnist Mark Shields and New York Times columnist David Brooks join Judy Woodruff to discuss the week in politics, including what the NRA’s endorsement of Donald Trump means for GOP unity, whether Democrat Bernie Sanders still poses a serious threat to Hillary Clinton’s nomination and what will happen to his supporters if she wins it.
    Original Air Date: May 20, 2016
  • Meet bicycle diplomat Ted Osius, U.S. ambassador to Vietnam
    Ted Osius’ path to becoming U.S. ambassador to Vietnam began with bicycle diplomacy, soon after relations with Hanoi were restored in 1995. As a consular officer, he pedaled the countryside and endeared himself to the Vietnamese. Osius is gay and married, and represents a modern America: “I'm white, my husband's black and our kids are brown,” he says. Special correspondent Mike Cerre reports.
    Original Air Date: May 20, 2016
    U.S. Ambassador to Vietnam Ted Osius (C) chats with Vietnam's Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Ha Kim Ngoc (R) while posing for photos with attendees at a bilateral conference at the Government Guesthouse in Hanoi January 26, 2015. The conference is organised by Diplomatic Academy of Vietnam, US embassy,  the Center for Strategic & International Studies  and the Portland University in Hanoi as part of the 20th anniversary of the normalization relations between two former foes of Vietnam War which killed about three millions Vietnamese people and more than 58 thousand US servicemen. REUTERS/Kham (VIETNAM - Tags: POLITICS) - RTR4MW8D
  • NPR’s Bob Boilen writes book for you to consider
    Bob Boilen is known for being the host and creator of NPR’s popular “All Songs Considered” podcast. But Boilen is also a former musician -- his band was the first ever act to play D.C.’s famous 9:30 Club. Boilen’s new book, “Your Song Changed My Life,” recounts the history of modern music through the voices he has encountered, and he joins Jeffrey Brown at the 9:30 Club to share a few of them.
    Original Air Date: May 20, 2016
  • New food labels emphasize calories, amount of ‘added sugar’
    The FDA rolled out new rules for nutrition labels on packaged foods and drinks Friday, designed to highlight the amount of “added sugar” and calories in a given product. The measures, which take effect this summer, are part of a new effort to combat obesity and diabetes. William Brangham talks to Allison Aubrey of NPR for more on what the changes represent and whether they will make a difference.
    Original Air Date: May 20, 2016
    The Nutrition Facts label is seen on a box of Raisin Bran at a store in New York February 27, 2014. Packaged foods sold in the United States would display calorie counts more prominently and include the amount of added sugar under a proposal to significantly update nutritional labels for the first time in 20 years as health officials seek to reduce obesity and combat related diseases such as diabetes. The Food and Drug Administration said on Thursday its proposal would also ensure that the amount of calories listed per serving reflects the portions that people typically eat. That change may result in per-serving calorie counts doubling for some foods such as ice cream. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid (UNITED STATES - Tags: HEALTH POLITICS BUSINESS) - RTR3FSVG

Thursday, May 19, 2016

  • Helping baby boomers find a meaningful second act
    Millions of Baby Boomer bosses across the nation are nearing retirement age, but an innovative new fellowship program at Harvard Business School aims to give them a second act. The Advanced Leadership Initiative helps former executives bring their professional acumen to bear on a range of social issues, from affordable food to an ebola vaccine. Economics correspondent Paul Solman reports.
    Original Air Date: May 19, 2016
  • Our long and winding road to understanding ‘The Gene’
    The field of genetics has seen exponential growth in recent years,, and today may be on the verge of further breakthroughs that will radically change the way we function as a species. But to understand genetics now, one must first understand its complex past dating back to the 19th century, a past chronicled in Sid Mukerjee’s new book “The Gene.” Mukerjee joins Judy Woodruff for more.
    Original Air Date: May 19, 2016
    DNA is a long code of instructions to build every tissue in our body. But there are little markers along the way that tell cells how to read the DNA. And those markers turn genes on and off, which could affect disease or even your personal preferences. Image by Scott Tysick/Getty Images