Tuesday, October 6, 2015

  • 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
  • What it takes to make a great political ad
    Political consultant Fred Davis has had no shortage of notable clients, from Arnold Schwarzenegger to Carly Fiorina to John McCain. Davis gives his Brief but Spectacular take on how to captivate and convince viewers with an advertisement they will always remember.
    Original Air Date: October 5, 2015
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  • What Detroit’s golden years gave America
    Detroit once seemed a city that stood on the threshold of unlimited possibilities. Washington Post and Detroit native David Maraniss examines that creative and booming metropolis of 50 years ago in his new book, "Once in a Great City." Maraniss joins Jeffrey Brown to discuss that golden era and the signs of troubled times to come.
    Original Air Date: October 5, 2015
  • Will Bernie Sanders’ gun rights record help Hillary Clinton?
    Hillary Clinton laid out a plan for greater gun control at a town hall meeting in New Hampshire, days after a massacre at an Oregon community college. Gwen Ifill talks to Tamara Keith of NPR and Amy Walter of the Cook Political Report about how the politics of gun control are playing out in the race for the White House, plus Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy’s comments affect the race for Speaker of the House.
    Original Air Date: October 5, 2015
    Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks to supporters at the Human Rights Campaign Breakfast in Washington, October 3, 2015. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts - RTS2V3Q
  • In size and stakes, Trans-Pacific Partnership is a big deal
    The U.S. and 11 other Pacific Rim nations have struck the largest trade deal in a generation. The wide-ranging Trans-Pacific Partnership sets new rules for labor and environmental standards and reduces and phases out thousands of tariffs on American producers, among other provisions. But there's substantial opposition to the accord. Jeffrey Brown learns more from Greg Ip of The Wall Street Journal.
    Original Air Date: October 5, 2015
    Ships sit offshore in the Singapore Strait in this aerial photograph taken above Singapore, on Thursday, July 2, 2015. Singapore's economy contracted more than analysts predicted last quarter, underscoring the weakening outlook for Asian nations amid sluggish global growth. The local dollar weakened to its lowest level in more than a month. Photographer: Darren Soh/Bloomberg via Getty Images
  • Historic flooding inundates South Carolina
    More than 16 inches of rain fell near Columbia, South Carolina, on Sunday -- the most rain in one spot, on one day, anywhere in the U.S. in 16 years. Days of nonstop rain have killed nine people and closed 550 roads and bridges. Officials warned it could take weeks to reopen everything and Gov. Nikki Haley said it would be a long recovery. William Brangham reports.
    Original Air Date: October 5, 2015
    Children ride their bikes through flood waters on Rosewood Drive in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina October 5, 2015. Torrential rainfall that South Carolina's governor called a once-in-a-millennium downpour triggered flooding in the southeastern U.S. state on Sunday, causing at least eight deaths in the Carolinas. REUTERS/Randall Hill - RTS35F2
  • Poet Lisa Yankton reads 'Ma-Ka-To'
    Lisa Yankton, a poet and member of the Spirit Lake Dakota, reads her poem "Ma-Ka-To" at the 2015 AWP Conference and Bookfair in Minneapolis.
    Original Air Date: October 5, 2015
    Poet Lisa Yankton at the 2015 AWP Conference and Bookfair in Minneapolis. Photo by Victoria Fleischer

Sunday, October 4, 2015

  • Behind the new climate plans in the U.S., China and India
    This week, the EPA unveiled new rules to reduce polluting gasses emitted by U.S. factories and cars; India announced a $2 trillion plan to reduce its carbon emissions over the next 15 years; and China also released a new plan. Naveen Sadasivam of Inside Climate News joins Hari Sreenivasan to discuss the developments.
    Original Air Date: October 4, 2015
    Coal-fired power plant and white steam against dark sky.
  • What led to the Afghan hospital bombing?
    Doctors Without Borders called for an independent investigation of Saturday's airstrike of a hospital that killed at least 22 people in Kunduz, Afghanistan. New York Times reporter Alissa Rubin joins Hari Sreenivasan from Kabul to discuss.
    Original Air Date: October 4, 2015
    Doctors Without Borders, MSF, staff are seen after a U.S. airstrike on a MSF hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan on Oct. 3, 2015. A U.S. commander said Monday that Afghan officials requested the U.S. airstrike Saturday morning that destroyed a Kunduz hospital and killed 22 people. Monday's statement retracted the U.S. military's initial report that a strike was launched because American forces were under attack. Photo by MSF/Pool/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images
  • 'Know before you owe' mortgage rules may ease homebuyers
    New rules for home mortgages, designed to make lenders more transparent to borrowers, took effect Saturday. The so-called "know before you owe" rules are meant to protect home buyers from surprises at their closing. Wall Street Journal Reporter Joe Light joins Hari Sreenivasan to discuss.
    Original Air Date: October 3, 2015
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Saturday, October 3, 2015

  • Wildfires in Russia scorch world's largest freshwater lake
    Raging wildfires this season in Russia have turned the shores of the world's largest and deepest freshwater lake in Siberia into an inferno. NewsHour's Stephen Fee reports.
    Original Air Date: October 3, 2015
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  • Airstrike hits Doctors Without Borders hospital
    A hospital run by Doctors Without Borders in Kunduz, Afghanistan, was damaged early Saturday after being hit by an American airstrike, which appears to have accidentally caused significant civilian casualties. Executive Director for Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières Jason Cone joins Hari Sreenivasan via Skype form Tokyo.
    Original Air Date: October 3, 2015
    Doctors Without Borders, MSF, staff are seen during a surgery after a U.S. airstrike on MSF hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan on Oct. 3, 2015. A top U.S. general said Tuesday that the U.S. strike, which killed 22 people Saturday morning, was a mistake. Photo by MSF/Pool/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images
  • Inside North Carolina's battle over voter ID laws
    After the Supreme Court's decision to overturn a key part of the Voting Rights Act, North Carolina's Republican-led state legislature passed a law instituting voter ID and overturning many of the voting procedures civil rights leaders spent years trying win. Now, the law is being challenged in federal court. NewsHour's Jeff Greenfield reports.
    Original Air Date: October 3, 2015
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  • How a Boston program is helping teachers make an impact
    The Boston Teacher Residency, an AmeriCorps service program that recruits future teachers and places them in schools for practical experience is being heralded as a model for training teachers. And other cities have begun to take notice. NewsHour's Christopher Booker reports.
    Original Air Date: October 3, 2015
  • In customized classrooms, at-risk students thrive
    At a New York City high school, a technique called blended learning replaces a portion of traditional face-to-face instruction with online learning. The computerized curriculum has been shown to help at-risk students learn at the own pace. NewsHour's Hari Sreenivasan reports.
    Original Air Date: October 3, 2015

Friday, October 2, 2015

  • Free Syrian Army fighters say Russia targets Assad opponents
    As Russia launched more airstrikes in Syria, President Obama announced that the U.S. would not use the Syrian conflict as a superpower proxy war. Overnight, the U.S.-led coalition demanded that Russia stop targeting groups other than the Islamic State. Chief foreign affairs correspondent Margaret Warner reports that fighters with the Free Syrian Army say they are being attacked.
    Original Air Date: October 2, 2015
    US President Barack Obama speaks during a press conference at the White House on October 2, 2015, in Washington, DC. Obama warned Friday that Russia's military engagement in Syria in support of strongman Bashar al-Assad is a "recipe for disaster," though Washington could still work with Moscow on reducing tensions.    AFP PHOTO/JIM WATSON        (Photo credit should read JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)
  • Why the U.S. has done almost nothing to stop mass shootings
    The violence in Oregon is one of nearly a thousand mass shootings to have taken place since the Newtown shooting in 2009. For all of the discussion of what can be done to prevent future tragedies, little has changed. What can be done to stop the violence? Judy Woodruff talks with Todd Clear of the Rutgers School of Criminal Justice and Jeffrey Swanson of Duke University.
    Original Air Date: October 2, 2015
    People take part in candle light vigil following a mass shooting at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon October 1, 2015. A gunman opened fire at a community college in southwest Oregon on Thursday, killing nine people and wounding seven others before police shot him to death, authorities said, in the latest mass killing to rock an American campus. REUTERS/Steve Dipaola - RTS2OMI
  • Cleveland program trains steelworkers of tomorrow
    In Cleveland, a special school-to-work program leads community college students to jobs at a local steel plant where hundreds of workers are expected to start retiring. Special correspondent Amy Hansen from WVIZ/PBS Idea Stream reports in a preview of American Graduate Day on PBS.
    Original Air Date: October 2, 2015
  • Back in the kitchen, Ruth Reichl tastes lifesaving comfort
    Ruth Reichl, one of the country's most prominent food writers since the 1970s, was editor of the nation's oldest food and wine magazine for a decade. Then in 2009, Gourmet was abruptly shut down by the publisher. Out of a job, what did Reichl do? She hunkered down and started cooking. She talks to Jeffrey Brown about her new book, "My Kitchen Year."
    Original Air Date: October 2, 2015
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  • Brooks and Dionne on mass shooting frustration
    New York Times columnist David Brooks and Washington Post columnist E.J. Dionne join Judy Woodruff to discuss the week’s news, including the national reaction to a mass shooting in Oregon, a speaking gaffe by the potential next Speaker of the House Kevin McCarthy and impressive fundraising by Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders.
    Original Air Date: October 2, 2015

Thursday, October 1, 2015

  • Why the Prophet Muhammad cartoon fury still haunts Europe
    Ten years ago deadly riots broke out across the Muslim world as word spread of several cartoons published in a Danish newspaper depicting the Prophet Muhammad. Today the former editor and some of the artists still live in fear of attacks. Special correspondent Malcolm Brabant reports that free expression is at the heart of a debate about the clash of Western values and a changing Europe.
    Original Air Date: October 1, 2015