Thursday, October 29, 2015

  • 2 false claims and a truth from the GOP debate in Boulder
    For the Republican presidential candidates who took the debate stage in Boulder, Colorado, each contender was seeking a breakout moment, and many took opportunities to jab at their opponents or the CNBC moderators. Angie Holan of Politifact joins Gwen Ifill to fact-check some of candidates’ claims.
    Original Air Date: October 29, 2015
    Republican U.S. presidential candidates (L-R) U.S. Senator Marco Rubio, businessman Donald Trump and Dr. Ben Carson applaud before the start of the 2016 U.S. Republican presidential candidates debate held by CNBC in Boulder, Colorado, October 28, 2015. REUTERS/Rick Wilking - RTX1TPVF
  • Deadly tide of migrant trafficking crashes on Greek shores
    A boat carrying an estimated 300 people capsized while crossing from Turkey to the Greek island of Lesbos -- just one of a series of deadly accidents involving traffickers’ boats on Wednesday. More than 240 passengers were saved, but the survivors are struggling with trauma and anger over the harrowing trip and the loss of loved ones. Special correspondent Malcolm Brabant reports.
    Original Air Date: October 29, 2015
    Refugees and migrants arrive at Lesbos island after crossing the Aegean sea from Turkey on October on October 29, 2015. At least seven children died when boats carrying migrants sank off Greece on October 28, as rescue workers battled to save more youngsters on the seashore in the latest desperate scenes in Europe's refugee crisis. Since the start of the year, 560,000 migrants and refugees have arrived in Greece by sea, out of over 700,000 who have reached Europe via the Mediterranean, according to the International Organization for Migration (IOM).AFP PHOTO / ARIS MESSINIS        (Photo credit should read ARIS MESSINIS/AFP/Getty Images)
  • Under new policy, will Chinese families want a second child?
    China will now allow families to have not one but two children, due to the nation’s economic needs. But has China’s policy change come too late? Judy Woodruff discusses the impacts of the old policy on both the country and for individual families with Mei Fong, author of "One Child."
    Original Air Date: October 29, 2015
    A family takes a "selfie" next to a boy in front of a giant basket of flowers on display at Tiananmen Square for the upcoming 65th National Day celebrations on Wednesday, in Beijing, September 29, 2014. REUTERS/Jason Lee (CHINA - Tags: POLITICS SOCIETY ANNIVERSARY) - RTR483MH
  • What to know about Obamacare costs during open enrollment
    The season of open enrollment is upon us: On Sunday Americans can shop for health care plans on the insurance marketplaces under the Affordable Care Act. Mary Agnes Carey of Kaiser Health News joins Judy Woodruff to answer real Americans’ questions and concerns about costs, coverage and penalties.
    Original Air Date: October 29, 2015
    The website is displayed on a laptop computer arranged for a photograph in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Monday, Nov. 4, 2013. Health care tax refunds prove to be for better or worse. Photo by Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images
  • The war over a tax break for hedge funds and money managers
    The so-called carried interest loophole is a tax break used by hedge funds and other investment groups that lets wealthy money managers pay a relatively low investment tax rate. Economics correspondent Paul Solman takes a close look at the controversial tax break.
    Original Air Date: October 29, 2015
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  • Donning his white coat, this doctor dances for dollars
    In our NewsHour Shares video of the day, Dr. Adnan Khera, a Boston anesthesiologist, is a dancing sensation who busts a move on the street for charity, according to this report from WGBH.
    Original Air Date: October 29, 2015
  • Sandra Cisneros looks back as a writer in search of home
    Writer Sandra Cisneros has spent her entire life searching for a sense of belonging, a search chronicled in a new essay collection, “A House of My Own: Stories From My Life.” She sits down with Jeffrey Brown at the Mexican Cultural Institute in Washington to discuss her book, her life as a writer and her journey to find home.
    Original Air Date: October 29, 2015

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

  • Traffickers’ trade turns to refugee tragedy off Greece
    A boat carrying hundreds of Syrian refugees capsized off the coast of the Greek island of Lesbos. Special correspondent Malcolm Brabant recounts the deadly scene, as doctors tried to revive and treat victims and boats went out in search of survivors amid the calmer waters.
    Original Air Date: October 28, 2015
    A volunteer carries a rescued child after a boat carrying more than 200 refugees and migrants sunk while crossing part of the Aegean sea from Turkey, on the Greek island of Lesbos, Oct. 28, 2015. Since the Nov. 13 attacks on Paris, several U.S. governors have made statements vowing to keep refugees from entering their states. Photo by Giorgos Moutafis/Reuters
  • Treasury Secretary Lew on how the budget got resolved
    The bipartisan budget deal passed by the House is the product of negotiations between Congressional leaders and the White House. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew sits down with Gwen Ifill to discuss how Congress achieved its moment of breakthrough, plus a rundown of some of the budget nuts and bolts.
    Original Air Date: October 28, 2015
    Treasury Secretary Jack Lew testifies before a House Financial Services hearing on "The State of the International Financial System" on Capitol Hill in Washington on March 17, 2015.   REUTERS/Joshua Roberts    (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS BUSINESS) - RTR4TPTP
  • Will Yahoo, Twitter find success in rebooting business?
    Yahoo is working on streamlining its strategy, while over at Twitter there's a new permanent CEO. What’s making these tech giants adjust how they do business? Hari Sreenivasan talks with Jon Kelly of Vanity Fair.
    Original Air Date: October 28, 2015
    An Apple Inc. iPhone 6 smartphone is held as a laptop screen shows the Twitter Inc. logo in this arranged photograph taken in London, U.K., on Friday, May, 15, 2015. Facebook Inc. reached a deal with New York Times Co. and eight other media outlets to post stories directly to the social network's mobile news feeds, as publishers strive for new ways to expand their reach. Photographer: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg via Getty Images
  • A cappella group Pentatonix goes back to basics on new album
    A cappella group Pentatonix burst onto the music scene on NBC’s reality competition “The Sing-Off,” eventually scoring a Grammy and a number one record. With their new album, they are going in a new direction with original songs and trying to express more artistry. Jeffrey Brown reports.
    Original Air Date: October 28, 2015
  • What happens when police become school disciplinarians?
    Yet another viral video has reignited the national conversation on the interaction between police and people of color, specifically within school. A South Carolina sheriff's deputy was fired after manhandling a teenager in a high school classroom. Gwen Ifill discusses police as disciplinarians with Susan Ferriss of the Center For Public Integrity and Shaun Harper of the University of Pennsylvania.
    Original Air Date: October 28, 2015
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  • Flying through an icy plume to test a moon’s hospitality
    In our NewsHour Shares video of the day, a NASA spacecraft flew into an icy spray coming off one of Saturn’s moon to figure out whether it has hydrothermal vents that could support life. A NASA video explains the science behind the theories.
    Original Air Date: October 28, 2015
  • Approving budget deal, House ties up loose ends
    Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan, the new GOP nominee to replace John Boehner as Speaker of the House, laid out his first policy position Wednesday: supporting the new bipartisan budget deal. The House passed the agreement, averting a looming federal default and a partial government shutdown in December. Gwen Ifill reports.
    Original Air Date: October 28, 2015
    Newly-elected House Speaker Paul Ryan arrives to talk to the media after being nominated for speaker of the House of Representatives on Capitol Hill in Washington October 28, 2015. Photo by REUTERS/Yuri Gripas -
  • What’s making the rural American West more diverse
    Wyoming is the least populated state in the country, and one of the whitest. But that could be changing slowly. Since 2010, the state's African-American population has nearly doubled, a demographic shift that's taking place all over the West, and likely driven by job opportunities in oil boomtowns. Special correspondent Leigh Paterson of Inside Energy reports.
    Original Air Date: October 28, 2015

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

  • Frontline’s visit to Syria reveals surprising contrasts
    What is it like inside Assad's Syria today? PBS Frontline filmmaker Martin Smith captured the country at war -- cities in ruins, looming danger and dashed hopes -- as well as some surprising discoveries. Smith joins Gwen Ifill to discuss the conflict and what he found on the ground.
    Original Air Date: October 27, 2015
  • Why dementia takes a huge financial toll on families
    Caring for patients with dementia and Alzheimer's disease is far more expensive -- 57 percent more -- than caring for those with illnesses like cancer or heart disease, according to a study from researchers at Mt. Sinai. William Brangham discusses the findings with Dr. Diane Meier of the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.
    Original Air Date: October 27, 2015
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  • Dalai Lama’s doctor wants more compassion in medicine
    Before he was a personal physician to the Dalai Lama, Dr. Barry Kerzin never imagined that a professional trip to Tibet would lead him down a decades-long path studying Buddhism and meditation. Special correspondent Fred de Sam Lazaro talks to Kerzin in India about his feeling that compassion and empathy are essential to medical training.
    Original Air Date: October 27, 2015
    The Dalai Lama, seen here during a 2010 visit to Washington, will meet with President Barack Obama Friday at the White House. Photo by Paul J. Richards/AFP/Getty Images
  • How Congressional leaders got past the budget crisis
    Trying the clear the deck for his replacement, outgoing Speaker of the House John Boehner announced a tentative two-year budget deal that would boost defense and domestic programs and lift the debt ceiling through the spring of 2017. Political director Lisa Desjardins takes a closer look at the deal with Judy Woodruff.
    Original Air Date: October 27, 2015
    Outgoing Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) (L) enters a news conference on the two-year budget deal with the White House in Washington, October 27, 2015. A two-year budget deal negotiated by the White House and U.S. congressional leaders will be rushed to the floor of the House of Representatives on Wednesday as lawmakers try to pass controversial measures before House Speaker John Boehner retires on Friday. "We have a budget agreement," Boehner said Tuesday. " He said he wanted to clear the decks for Rep. Paul Ryan who is expected to become the next Speaker of the House. "As I made it clear a month ago when I announced that I was leaving that I wanted to do my best to clean the barn. I didn't want him to walk into a dirty barn full of you know what," Boehner said. REUTERS/Gary Cameron - RTX1TGRU
  • Are we completely unprepared for a power grid cyberattack?
    We’re aware of the risk of hacks that result in theft and espionage, but what about a devastating cyberattack on the power grid? In his new book, “Lights Out,” Ted Koppel argues that not only is this a distinct possibility, but that America is totally unprepared. The author joins Gwen Ifill to discuss the frightening potential fallout.
    Original Air Date: October 27, 2015
  • The crumbling Italian town that’s making a comeback
    There are just seven year-round residents -- and who knows how many cats -- in the Medieval Italian town of Civita di Bagnoregio, also known as the dying city. The picturesque hilltop town, visited by droves of tourists, is built upon layers of rock and shifting clay, susceptible to weather and natural disaster. Jeffrey Brown reports on efforts to revive and reinforce the city.
    Original Air Date: October 27, 2015
    Civita di Bagnoregio, known as the “dying town,” is a small hilltop community in the Lazio province of Central Italy. Photo by Frank Carlson

Monday, October 26, 2015

  • Incident triggering anger from Palestinians and Israelis
    A 13-year-old Palestinian boy is accused of a stabbing attack on a 13-year-old Israeli boy, after which the Palestinian was then beaten and left bloody in the street before receiving medical treatment. Special correspondent Martin Seemungal returns to the scene to find out more about what happened and how it's fracturing an already fraught relationship between local Israelis and Palestinians.
    Original Air Date: October 26, 2015
  • The art hospital restoring the world's damaged treasures
    It's part museum, part workshop, part hospital for threatened treasures. At the Opificio delle Pietre Dure in Florence, Italy, conservators work to restore cultural and artistic masterpieces, some of which still bear the damage of a devastating flood nearly 50 years ago. Jeffrey Brown reports.
    Original Air Date: October 26, 2015
    Another restorer works on the central panel of Vasari’s “Last Supper.” The painting sat in storage for more than 40 years after the 1966 flood while experts developed the skills and confidence to restore it in one piece. Photo by Frank Carlson
  • Why eating a hot dog is not like smoking a cigarette
    Eating processed meats such as hot dogs, sausages, ham and bacon can cause colorectal cancer, says the World Health Organization. While the cancer risk in most cases is slight, it does increase with the amount of processed meats consumed, according to the WHO's investigation. William Brangham learns more from Dr. Jonathan Schoenfeld of Harvard Medical School.
    Original Air Date: October 26, 2015
    Individual packages of steak are shown with labels at a meat shop in San Francisco, California June 5, 2015.  REUTERS/Robert Galbraith - RTX1FBF3
  • Why is there no GOP establishment frontrunner?
    As Donald Trump ramp ups rhetoric against Ben Carson, Jeb Bush seems to be scaling down his campaign. Meanwhile, the Democratic field is down to three candidates. Gwen Ifill speaks to Amy Walter of the Cook Political Report and Tamara Keith of NPR about the current campaign landscape and Joe Biden’s decision not to run.
    Original Air Date: October 26, 2015
    According to the Monmouth University poll released Monday, Republican candidate Dr. Ben Carson moves ahead of Donald Trump in the Iowa caucuses. Trump has vowed to stay in the presidential race, despite losing his frontrunner status. Photo by Chris Keane/Reuters
  • Six years on, Arne Duncan says we're testing kids too much
    Standardized testing in schools has gotten out of hand, according to the Obama administration. After being supportive of testing and assessment, the White House has reversed policy and now recommends capping testing at 2 percent of class time. Gwen Ifill sits down with Education Secretary Arne Duncan and Michael Casserly of the Council of Great City Schools.
    Original Air Date: October 26, 2015
    U.S. President Barack Obama listens as U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan announces his resignation in the State Dinning Room of the White House in Washington October 2, 2015.      REUTERS/Joshua Roberts - RTS2T65

Sunday, October 25, 2015

  • Bishops endorse Pope Francis' call for more merciful church
    Pope Francis closed a three-week meeting of Catholic Bishops on Sunday that focused on the church's position on family issues. The Bishop's expressed a more tolerant view toward divorced Catholics, but blocked any reconsideration of the church's stance on gay marriage. Philip Pullella, the Vatican correspondent for Reuters, joins William Brangham to discuss.
    Original Air Date: October 25, 2015
    VATICAN CITY, VATICAN - OCTOBER 24:  Pope Francis, flanked by Archbishop of Bombay Cardinal Oswald Gracias and other bishops, arrives at the closing session of the Synod on the themes of family the at Synod Hall on October 24, 2015 in Vatican City, Vatican. Participants on Friday gave their reactions to a draft of the final document which is now being voted on by the bishops.  (Photo by Giulio Origlia/Getty Images)
  • What does Obama's testing plan mean for American students?
    President Obama on Saturday called on states to cut back on standardized testing for U.S. school kids, who, on average, take eight of them every year, from pre-K through 12th grade every year. The Obama administration also released a testing action plan with new guidelines. Kate Zernike of The New York Times joins William Brangham to discuss.
    Original Air Date: October 25, 2015
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