Wednesday, August 26, 2015

  • New Orleans recovery is a continuation, not a celebration
    Ten years since Hurricane Katrina brought tragedy to the city of New Orleans, the story of its recovery can read like a tale of two cities. Marc Morial, Urban League CEO and former mayor, joins Gwen Ifill to take stock of the school system, the need for affordable housing and the enormous task of rebuilding and recovering.
    Original Air Date: August 26, 2015
    NEW ORLEANS, LA - AUGUST 24:  The Mercedes-Benz Superdome stands (Top R) downtown near the abandoned Charity Hospital (Lower L), which was flooded during Hurricane Katrina and never re-opened, on August 24, 2015 in New Orleans, Louisiana. The Superdome site was used as a 'shelter of last resort' during Hurricane Katrina. The tenth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, which killed at least 1836 and is considered the costliest natural disaster in U.S. history, is August 29.  (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
  • Sonia Manzano names her favorite muppet
    Sonia Manzano, who will leave Sesame Street after playing Maria for more than 40 years, talks about who her favorite muppet is -- and why.
    Original Air Date: August 26, 2015
    Sonia Manzano during an interview with Jeffrey Brown. Photo by Frank Carlson

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

  • Oil innovators see opportunity amid record low prices
    As oil prices have dropped, energy companies have been looking for ways to save money. For innovators, this cost-cutting can actually present an opportunity. Special correspondent Leigh Paterson of Inside Energy reports from Wyoming.
    Original Air Date: August 25, 2015
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  • How widespread are U.S. births by foreigners?
    Some GOP presidential candidates have decried birthright citizenship and so-called “anchor babies” -- children born in the U.S. to parents in the country illegally. There’s also talk of “maternity tourism,” when foreigners arrive to give birth before returning home. Judy Woodruff learns more from Doris Meissner of the Migration Policy Institute and Susan Berfield of Bloomberg Businessweek.
    Original Air Date: August 25, 2015
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  • How should Europe deal with the deluge of refugees?
    A surge of refugees hit Hungary’s southern border this week, many fleeing the war in Syria. Most of the refugees are seeking asylum in Northern Europe. Gwen Ifill talks to David Miliband, CEO of the International Rescue Committee, about how nations are handling the refugee crisis.
    Original Air Date: August 25, 2015
    A migrant child is seen through a bus window as the Eleftherios Venizelos passenger ship is reflected on it following its arrival at port of Piraeus near Athens, Greece, August 25, 2015. Greece said on Monday its infrastructure was insufficient to cope with the waves of refugees flowing into the country in one of the worst humanitarian crises Europe has faced since the World War Two.  REUTERS/Stoyan Nenov       TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY      - RTX1PLP9
  • Are newcomers a mixed blessing for the Lower Ninth Ward?
    With so many residents gone since Hurricane Katrina, can the Lower Ninth Ward of New Orleans ever bounce back? William Brangham reports on the historically black neighborhood’s struggle to sustain and rebuild community while lacking sources of economic development and facing signs of gentrification.
    Original Air Date: August 25, 2015
    Empty lots are seen scattered throughout the Lower Ninth Ward neighborhood of New Orleans, Louisiana, August 25, 2015. REUTERS/Jonathan Bachman - RTX1PM2X
  • Will Turkish elections affect the fight against extremism?
    New parliamentary elections will be held in Turkey later this fall. Since President Tayyip Erdogan’s ruling party lost its majority in June, efforts to produce a coalition government have failed. Chief foreign affairs correspondent Margaret Warner joins Judy Woodruff to discuss that country’s political uncertainty and the campaign against the Islamic State.
    Original Air Date: August 25, 2015
  • What’s driving the global glut of oil
    A year ago, crude oil was trading at more than $100 a barrel. Now, the price of oil is down more than 60 percent from its peak. Gwen Ifill speaks to The Wall Street Journal’s Russell Gold to understand the drop and how it affects the U.S. economy.
    Original Air Date: August 25, 2015
    A trader works at the trading floor of KBC bank in Brussels, Belgium August 25, 2015. Volatile global markets got some respite from the latest blood-letting on Tuesday as bargain hunters nudged up Asian and European stocks, though China, at the center of the rout, was smashed again. REUTERS/Yves Herman - RTX1PKZI

Monday, August 24, 2015

  • Writer Jesmyn Ward reflects on survival since Katrina
    After writer and Tulane University professor Jesmyn Ward survived Hurricane Katrina while staying at her grandmother’s house, she wrote “Salvage the Bones,” an award-winning novel about a Mississippi family in the days leading up to the devastating storm. She joins Gwen Ifill to discuss how the storm affected the rural poor who could not escape, and now, who may not be able to return.
    Original Air Date: August 24, 2015
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  • What a Warren campaign endorsement would mean for Biden
    A meeting with Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren turned attention back to the question of whether Vice President Joe Biden will run for president in 2016. Amy Walter of the Cook Political Report and Tamara Keith of NPR join Judy Woodruff to discuss a Biden bid, whether Sen. Bernie Sanders is lacking support among African-Americans, plus how the Trump “bump” is affecting GOP candidates.
    Original Air Date: August 24, 2015
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  • Are New Orleans’ post-Katrina flood defenses strong enough?
    Ten years ago, the levees and flood walls meant to protect New Orleans failed against the force of Hurricane Katrina. Since the catastrophe, roughly $14 billion have been spent to upgrade the city's storm defenses. But is that sufficient? William Brangham reports.
    Original Air Date: August 24, 2015
  • National Zoo helps a panda mom care for twins
    It was a big birthday weekend for giant pandas at the National Zoo in Washington. While Bao Bao marked her second birthday, her mother Mei Xiang gave birth to two cubs. Panda twins aren’t uncommon, but they do pose a special challenge for the mother. Jeffrey Brown learns more from Dr. Pierre Comizzoli of the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute.
    Original Air Date: August 24, 2015
    One of the giant panda cubs born on at the Smithsonian's National Zoo in Washington, DC is being examines by veterinarians in this image taken on August 22, 2015. A artificially inseminated giant panda took U.S. zoo officials by surprise on Saturday when she gave birth to twins - more than four hours apart. Picture taken on August 22, 2015.  REUTERS/Smithsonian's National Zoo/Handout     FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS. THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY.  THIS PICTURE WAS PROCESSED BY REUTERS TO ENHANCE QUALITY - RTX1PB2O
  • Why China sent the global markets spiraling
    A stunning selloff in China rippled across Europe and triggered a frenzy on Wall Street. At the closing bell, American traders cheered, glad that the day was over. Judy Woodruff discusses the recent global market volatility with David Lampton of Johns Hopkins University and Mohamed El-Erian of Allianz.
    Original Air Date: August 24, 2015
    Traders exit the trading floor after the closing bell at the New York Stock Exchange August 24, 2015. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid  - RTX1PIT3
  • Poet Lauren Haldeman reads 'Jealous'
    Poet Lauren Haldeman reads her poem “Jealous” at the 2015 AWP Conference and Bookfair in Minneapolis.
    Original Air Date: August 24, 2015
    Poet Lauren Haldeman read her poem "Jealous" at the 2015 AWP Conference in Minneapolis.

Sunday, August 23, 2015

  • What we know about the foiled France rail attack
    French officials confirmed the identity of the would-be mass shooter who terrorized a passenger train in Europe on Friday night as Ayoub El-Khazzani, a 26-year-old from Morocco who lived in Spain until last year. Adam Nossiter of the New York Times joins John Larson via Skype from Paris for more detail on El-Khazzani and his possible motivations for the attack.
    Original Air Date: August 23, 2015
    French investigating police in protective clothing films inside the Thalys high-speed train where shots were fired in Arras, France, August 21, 2015. Three people were wounded in a shooting incident on high-speed train between Amsterdam and Paris on Friday, the French Interior Ministry said. A man was arrested when the train stopped at Arras station in northern France but his motives were not yet known, a ministry spokesman said.  REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol - RTX1P4TU
  • Viewers respond to report on Puerto Rico’s debt crisis
    John Larson reads viewer comments about PBS NewsHour Weekend's recent story from Puerto Rico, where crippling debt and increasing healthcare costs have contributed to the island's historic financial crisis.
    Original Air Date: August 23, 2015

Saturday, August 22, 2015

  • ISIS-destroyed artifacts get new life with 3D reconstruction
    To date, Islamic State militants have damaged 200 historic sites in the Middle East, according to the United Nations, and destroyed hundreds of artifacts. Now a pair of cyber-archaeologists are trying to put these ruined ancient works back together. NewsHour’s Ivette Feliciano reports.
    Original Air Date: August 22, 2015
  • North and South Korea hold talks amid military standoff
    North and South Korea entered into last-minute talks on Saturday for the first time in nearly a year to try to defuse mounting tensions that have pushed the two rivals closer to military confrontation. Jean Lee, a fellow at the Wilson Center and former Associated Press bureau chief in the North Korean capital of Pyongyang, joins John Larson, via Skype from Seoul, South Korea, to discuss.
    Original Air Date: August 22, 2015
    South Korean soldiers walk by barricades at a checkpoint on the Grand Unification Bridge which leads to the truce village Panmunjom, just south of the demilitarized zone separating the two Koreas, in Paju, South Korea, August 22, 2015. South Korea stands ready to respond to further provocations from North Korea, the presidential Blue House said on Saturday, as an ultimatum loomed for Seoul to halt anti-Pyongyang propaganda broadcasts by late afternoon or face military action.   REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji - RTX1P5HM
  • Dependent on imports, Puerto Rico's food eyes local rebirth
    A growing number of farmers in Puerto Rico are trying to reclaim the island's farming industry after decades of industrialization and stigma shrunk its agriculture. Even as Puerto Rico imports 80 percent of its food supply, the culinary scene eyes a local rebirth. NewsHour's Ivette Feliciano reports.
    Original Air Date: August 22, 2015
    Roadside fruit stand in Puerto Rico
  • Amid new austerity, a push to restructure Puerto Rico's debt
    As Puerto Rico continues to struggle under crippling debt, a push within the territory to amend U.S. bankruptcy laws to allow the commonwealth to restructure its debt is underway. Meanwhile, Puerto Ricans are searching for new areas of economic growth to ease its financial crisis. Special correspondent Chris Bury reports.
    Original Air Date: August 22, 2015
    A Puerto Rico flag hangs from a building in Old San Juan, Puerto Rico, on Friday, August 14, 2015. Photographer: Derick E. Hingle/Bloomberg

Friday, August 21, 2015

  • ASU opens its doors to more low-income students
    Under its current president, Arizona State University has increased its student population to 84,000, making it the largest university in America. In particular, the focus has been on boosting the number of low-income students. Hari Sreenivasan reports on how ASU transformed itself, and why some are questioning the outcomes of its rapid expansion.
    Original Air Date: August 21, 2015
  • Shields and Gerson on Trump’s immigration politics
    Syndicated columnist Mark Shields and Washington Post columnist Michael Gerson join Judy Woodruff to discuss the week’s news, including the response to Donald Trump’s immigration policy and his effect on Republican race, whether Hillary Clinton can defuse the attention paid to the investigation into her handling of email, plus bad health news from former President Jimmy Carter.
    Original Air Date: August 21, 2015
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  • Why this former Mossad chief supports the Iran nuclear deal
    Efraim Halevy, former director of Israel’s intelligence and special operations agency Mossad, is breaking with his country's government and public opinion to support the Iran nuclear agreement. He joins Judy Woodruff from Tel Aviv to discuss his stance.
    Original Air Date: August 21, 2015
  • Is the trail of secrets we leave online ever safe?
    Hackers dumped troves of personal information stolen from the adultery website Ashley Madison this week. Millions of names, email addresses and partial credit card numbers were released, raising alarms about how much privacy any of us enjoy online. Hari Sreenivasan discusses the fallout with Neil Richards of Washington University and Julia Angwin of ProPublica.
    Original Air Date: August 21, 2015
    A photo illustration shows the Ashley Madison website displayed on a smartphone in Toronto, August 20, 2015. Love lives and reputations may be at risk after the release of customer data from infidelity website Ashley Madison, an unprecedented breach of privacy likely to rattle users' attitudes towards the Internet. Hackers dumped a big cache of data containing millions of email addresses for U.S. government officials, UK civil servants and high-level executives at European and North America corporations late on Tuesday, the latest cyber attack to raise concerns about Internet security and data protection.   REUTERS/Mark Blinch  - RTX1OZ5D
  • Will Wall Street’s rough week prove an overdue correction?
    There was a global sell-off of stock today, as investors panicked in the wake of another Chinese stock crash. To understand Wall Street’s bad week, Judy Woodruff speaks to Liz Ann Sonders of Charles Schwab.
    Original Air Date: August 21, 2015
    Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange August 20, 2015. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid  - RTX1OY64

Thursday, August 20, 2015

  • Will 3D printing in space allow us to build new worlds?
    So far, space travel is limited because we have to transport everything we need using rockets. But what if we could build whatever we needed? Jason Dunn, whose company built the first 3D printer to operate in space, shares his Brief but Spectacular take on the future of self-sufficiency in space travel.
    Original Air Date: August 20, 2015
    Jason Dunn
  • How community colleges can help close graduation gap
    In Florida, a unique educational agreement is helping community college students reach graduation at a four-year university. The DirectConnect program allows those who earn a two-year community college degree to jump straight to a state school – thus saving thousands of dollars for low-income students who might not otherwise get that chance. Hari Sreenivasan reports.
    Original Air Date: August 20, 2015
  • Clothing company's anti-consumerist message boosts business
    High-end outdoor clothing company Patagonia outfits mountain climbers, snowboarders, surfers and trail runners -- athletes who subject their gear to abuse. Each day, some of that clothing makes its way back to the company's headquarters, where workers extend the life of their customers’ products by making free repairs. Economics correspondent Paul Solman reports on the company’s ethos.
    Original Air Date: August 20, 2015