Monday, February 23, 2015

  • Alan Turing’s family fights to correct historical injustice
    The 2015 Oscar winner “The Imitation Game” tells the story of British mathematician Alan Turing, whose early computer helped the allies win World War II. But the movie also brings attention to the anti-sodomy laws that drove Turing to suicide. Jeffrey Brown speaks with Peter Tatchell of the Peter Tatchell Foundation about getting justice for others convicted under the same laws.
    Original Air Date: February 23, 2015
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  • Gazans suffer as post-war rebuilding lags
    More than six months since the war between Israel and Hamas, parts of Gaza look as if the conflict ended yesterday. Many who lost their homes still live in tents. Despite billions of dollars pledged to aid the reconstruction, little has actually reached Gaza so far. Special correspondent Martin Seemungal reports.
    Original Air Date: February 23, 2015
    A building in the town of Beit Lahia in the Gaza Strip that was destroyed by Israeli shelling during a 51-day war in summer 2014, is seen here on Feb. 19, 2015. Photo by Mohammed Abed/AFP/Getty Images
  • Why American students are struggling with small debts
    Student loan balances climbed to $1.2 trillion at the end of 2014, and delinquencies are rising even as they fall for most other types of debt. In fact, students with the smallest balances are most likely to default. Judy Woodruff learns more from Megan McClean of the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators and William Elliott of the University of Kansas.
    Original Air Date: February 23, 2015
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Sunday, February 22, 2015

  • What will Wal-Mart's minimum wage hike mean for workers?
    Wal-Mart made news this week by announcing that it is raising the wages for its employees above the federal minimum wage of $7.23 an hour to $9 an hour and to $10 an hour next February. To discuss the broader implications, Shelly Banjo, a reporter for Quartz, joins Hari Sreenivasan.
    Original Air Date: February 22, 2015
    Wal-Mart Announces Wage Increases
  • Millions of low-income people burdened by fuel insecurity
    During this time of year, millions of people across the country struggle to pay their heating bills. But how widespread is the issue of fuel insecurity, and what assistance is available? Mark Wolfe, Executive Director of the National Energy Assistance Directors Association, joins Hari Sreenivasan from Washington.
    Original Air Date: February 22, 2015
    Pedestrians walk along snow covered, MBTA subway rails on Commonwealth Avenue in Boston

Saturday, February 21, 2015

  • Viewers respond to lawsuits aimed at Colorado's legal pot
    Hari Sreenivasan reads viewer comments in response to last Saturday’s signature segment on the state of Nebraska suing the state of Colorado over the legalization of marijuana, which has increased the costs of law enforcement in the Cornhusker State.
    Original Air Date: February 21, 2015
  • What do new nutrition recommendations mean for consumers?
    A government advisory committee made a series of recommendations this past week about what Americans should and shouldn't eat and drink, which will help shape the official guidelines being drawn by the Departments of Agriculture and Health and Human Services. For more about this, Alice Lichtenstein, a professor of nutrition science and policy at Tufts University joins Hari Sreenivasan.
    Original Air Date: February 21, 2015
    Thousands of Sodexo college cafeteria workers will regain their health benefits. Archive photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images
  • How difficult will it be to recapture Mosul from ISIS?
    At a briefing this week, a U.S. official announced plans to take back Iraq’s second biggest city, Mosul, from Islamic State fighters who captured it last june. What are the chances that the operation will succeed? Douglas Ollivant, a military planner in Iraq who served on the National Security Council joins Hari Sreenivasan from Washington D.C. with the latest.
    Original Air Date: February 21, 2015
  • Low-income families struggle to cope with cool temperatures
    As the brutal winter drags on for parts of the country, many low-income families are struggling to pay their energy bills. In North Carolina, local governments are increasingly partnering with private nonprofit organizations to try to find new ways to help poor families stay warm in the winter. NewsHour's Stephen Fee reports.
    Original Air Date: February 21, 2015
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  • Will Amazon threaten the future of French bookstores?
    In France, even though the price of books was fixed years ago to prevent price differentiation, some worry the country's thousands of bookstores may now be in jeopardy as more customers flock to online retailers, such as Amazon. The online giant has come under fire by French booksellers who believe the way it sells books is threatening their business and even undermining French culture.
    Original Air Date: February 21, 2015

Friday, February 20, 2015

  • Shields and Brooks on fighting Islamic extremism
    Syndicated columnist Mark Shields and New York Times columnist David Brooks join Judy Woodruff to discuss the week’s news, including the White House summit on fighting extremism, Jeb Bush’s foreign policy platform, Rudy Giuliani’s comments about President Obama’s upbringing and patriotism, as well as the Clintons’ foreign financial ties.
    Original Air Date: February 20, 2015
  • How poet W.S. Merwin found paradise by planting palm trees
    In the late 1970s, the renowned poet W.S. Merwin bought three acres of an old pineapple plantation in Hawaii - a “paradise lost,” where little would grow due to deforestation and chemicals leftover in the soil. Little by little, he and his wife began planting trees, and the garden grew into a whole forest of palms from seeds collected around the world. Jeffrey Brown visits Merwin’s garden in Maui.
    Original Air Date: February 20, 2015
  • Police use of force not always black and white
    In recent days, two incidents have added to national concern about excessive police force against minorities. Police shot and killed a hispanic man in Washington state, and in Alabama, an Indian man was partially paralyzed after an officer knocked him down. Judy Woodruff talks to Suman Raghunathan of South Asian Americans Leading Together and David Klinger of the University of Missouri-St. Louis.
    Original Air Date: February 20, 2015
    Los Angeles County Sheriff's deputies stand near the scene where a pedestrian was killed in a hit-and-run crash reportedly involving rap mogul Marion "Suge" Knight, in Compton, California
  • Not Trending: Commuting stress, rediscovering Dr. Seuss
    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 few overlooked items, including a commuter's counter-argument to the "Lean In" campaign and rediscovering unpublished works by Dr. Seuss.
    Original Air Date: February 20, 2015
  • EU deal averts Greek economic crisis for now
    Greece received a four-month bailout aid extension deal, easing some worries about the global economy after tense negotiations over austerity measures and giving the Greek economy some temporary breathing room. Judy Woodruff speaks with David Wessel of the Brookings Institution about the terms of the agreement and which side has more leverage.
    Original Air Date: February 20, 2015
    Greece's Finance Minister Varoufakis gives a news conference after an extraordinary euro zone finance ministers meeting in Brussels
  • How one Egyptian youth became a violent radical
    The Islamic State has drawn recruit from around the world. Some of these fighters started off as ordinary, middle-class youth. A new short documentary by The New York Times traces the path of one young man in Egypt from being a bodybuilder to becoming joining the Islamic State.
    Original Air Date: February 20, 2015

Thursday, February 19, 2015

  • Yazidi girls who escaped Islamic State are trapped by trauma
    Last summer, militants from the Islamic State group attacked a small ethnic group called the Yazidis, executing men and taking thousands of women and girls as slaves. Special correspondent Marcia Biggs reports from Northern Iraq on the rape, violence, threats and harrowing escapes that some young women endured and their continuing struggles with psychological trauma and stigma.
    Original Air Date: February 19, 2015
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  • What's the price of paying for hostages?
    Hostage-taking has become an important moneymaker for terror groups including the Islamic State. Economics correspondent Paul Solman looks at the larger price of paying ransom and cost-effective ways of fighting terror.
    Original Air Date: February 19, 2015
    People holding placards take part in a vigil in front of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's official residence in Tokyo,
  • A look at the challenges threatening the health of Obamacare
    More than 11 million people have enrolled for health insurance in the second year of the new marketplaces, and more than 80 percent of enrollees have been eligible for subsidies. The Supreme Court will soon decide whether states can provide those subsidies sold through the federal exchange. Gwen Ifill speaks with Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell.
    Original Air Date: February 19, 2015
  • Ban Ki-moon on preventing terror by protecting human rights
    In an interview with Judy Woodruff, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says that military action cannot be not the sole response to extremism, and stresses the importance of protecting the rights of marginalized people. They also discuss Syria's President Bashar al-Assad, the crisis in Ukraine and worries about the relevancy and transparency of the United Nations.
    Original Air Date: February 19, 2015
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Wednesday, February 18, 2015

  • What can the U.S. do to stop radicalization at home?
    With growing concern over global extremism, the question of how to counter and prevent radicalization is the focus of a three-day summit at the White House. Judy Woodruff talks to Zainab Al-Suwaij of the American Islamic Congress and Matthew Levitt of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy about tailoring strategies to American communities.
    Original Air Date: February 18, 2015
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  • Why photojournalist Lynsey Addario chose war as her subject
    Photojournalist Lynsey Addario has traveled the world, capturing images of war, famine, brutality and displacement, from Darfur to Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya. She joins Jeffrey Brown to discuss her career, how she managed her fear and a new memoir, "It's What I Do."
    Original Air Date: February 18, 2015
    Kahindo, 20, sits in her home with her two children born out of rape in the village of Kayna, North Kivu, in Eastern Congo, April 12, 2008. Kahindo was kidnapped and held for almost three years in the bush by six interhamwe, who she claims were Rwandan soldiers.  They each raped her repeatedly, and she had one child in the forest, and was pregnant with the second by the time she escaped.  An average of 400 women per month were estimated to be sexually assaulted in the autumn of 2007 in eastern Congo, while in the first months of 2008, the figure dropped to an average of 100 women per month. Still, many women never make it to treatment centers, and are not accounted for in these statistics. Photo by Lynsey Addario
  • What the defeat at Debaltseve means for Ukraine
    The loss of the key hub town Debaltseve to Russian-backed separatists is a significant strategic and morale setback for Ukraine. Chief foreign correspondent Margaret Warner joins Gwen Ifill to discuss potential response to the latest military action.
    Original Air Date: February 18, 2015
    Photo by Volodymyr Shuvayev/AFP/Getty Images
  • Boston struggles to weather a relentless string of storms
    Cold, snowy winters are well-known to Bostonians. But this year, there's been so much snow, coming so fast and with no end in sight. Since the end of January, the city has received almost 100 inches, with no thaws and now no place to put more of it. Special correspondent Emily Rooney of WGBH reports on the messy trouble it’s caused.
    Original Air Date: February 18, 2015
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  • Why we pick and choose which science to believe
    Climate change, vaccines, genetically modified foods -- those topics are ripe for debate and disbelief among people of every political persuasion who aren’t convinced by scientific evidence. What accounts for the rift between scientists and the public? Gwen Ifill talks to Joel Achenbach of the Washington Post and Cary Funk of the Pew Research Center about whether the divide is here to stay.
    Original Air Date: February 18, 2015

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

  • Growing up in Africa inspires a ‘very honest’ divorce memoir
    Alexandra Fuller’s childhood in Southern Africa was the inspiration for two past memoirs. In her third, “Leaving Before the Rains Come,” she writes about moving to the U.S. and the collapse of her decades-long marriage. Fuller joins Jeffrey Brown for a conversation.
    Original Air Date: February 17, 2015
  • Scientists hope to protect the piping plover’s winter home
    A remote island in the Bahamas is home to dozens of species of native and migratory birds, including one that has been on the endangered species list for decades. Scientists would like to see the area known as the Joulter Cays turned into a national park, but not everyone agrees. The NewsHour’s Cat Wise follows a group of researchers as they track and study the piping plover in its winter habitat.
    Original Air Date: February 17, 2015
  • Hot flashes can strike for more than a decade, study finds
    Four out of five middle-aged women cope with hot flashes, night sweats and other uncomfortable consequences of menopause. Now, the largest study of its kind has shown that those symptoms can last much longer than previously thought, and are worse for some women of color. Judy Woodruff learns more from Dr. Nancy Avis of Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center.
    Original Air Date: February 17, 2015