Monday, February 22, 2016

  • Supreme Court pays tribute to Antonin Scalia
    The Supreme Court returned to the bench Monday for the first time since Justice Antonin Scalia’s death. Chief Justice John Roberts paid tribute to the eloquent and often confrontational jurist, describing him as “our man for all seasons.” Gwen Ifill sits down with Marcia Coyle of the National Law Journal to discuss the atmosphere of the Court and the debate over Scalia’s successor.
    Original Air Date: February 22, 2016
    U.S. Supreme Court Justices Samuel Alito (L), Elena Kagan (Top-C) and Ruth Bader Ginsburg (C) depart fellow Associate Justice Antonin Scalia's funeral Mass at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, February 20, 2016.  REUTERS/Doug Mills/Pool via Reuters - RTX27UCM
  • Watch a 106-year-old woman bust a move with the president
    106-year-old Virginia McLaurin has lived through 18 different presidents, though she never thought she’d live to see an African-American in the White House, let alone meet him. But thanks to an online campaign, McLaurin was able to fulfill her dream and even bust a move with the president and first lady. The White House commemorated the meeting with a video released on social media.
    Original Air Date: February 22, 2016
  • Son’s poetic tribute to his father’s fight for civil rights
    Frank Espada was a man of many vocations: artist, photographer, community organizer, civil rights activist and father. As a Puerto Rican immigrant in 1960s America, he saw and documented first hand the social turbulence of the era. Though he died in 2014, his legacy lives on through his son, poet Martin Espada, whose latest collection celebrates his father’s life and works. Jeffrey Brown reports.
    Original Air Date: February 22, 2016
  • Elephant genes hold big hopes for cancer researchers
    Elephants have 100 times more cells in their bodies than humans, which should make them far more vulnerable to cancer than we are. But less than 5 percent of elephant deaths are linked to cancer, which researchers credit to the animals’ abundance of cell-suppressing genes -- genes that might represent the next step forward in the fight against cancer. Special correspondent Jackie Judd reports.
    Original Air Date: February 22, 2016
  • How did South Carolina and Nevada change the 2016 race?
    With one more contest down and one less contender in the 2016 race, Donald Trump celebrated his solid victory in South Carolina as the remaining GOP hopefuls prepared for new battlegrounds. Gwen Ifill joins Amy Walter of the Cook Political Report and Tamara Keith of NPR to talk the week in politics, including Jeb Bush’s failed campaign and the candidates’ strategies going forward.
    Original Air Date: February 22, 2016
    Republican U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump holds up a magazine handed to him from a supporter following a campaign rally at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, Georgia February 21, 2016. REUTERS/Tami Chappell - RTX27YM1

Sunday, February 21, 2016

  • 2016 race to White House enters new phase
    On the heels of the Nevada Democratic caucuses and the Republican primary in South Carolina, the 2016 race for the White House is entering a new, faster-paced phase. NewsHour Political Director Lisa Desjardins joins Alison Stewart from Columbia, South Carolina, to discuss what's next for the presidential candidates.
    Original Air Date: February 21, 2016
    Supporters of U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump celebrate the close of the polls as they watch election results at a rally in Spartanburg, South Carolina February 20, 2016. Photo By Jonathan Ernst/Reuters
  • Pope John Paul letters tell of friendship with married woman
    A new documentary, the subject of an upcoming PBS program, sheds light on a three-decade-long friendship between Pope John Paul II and a Polish-American philosopher, Anna Teresa Timenyeska. In this excerpt from "The Secret Letters of Pope John Paul II," researchers sift through 350 letters exchanged between the late pontiff and Timenyeska from 1973 to 2003.
    Original Air Date: February 21, 2016
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  • In Tornado Alley, forecasting severe weather with drones
    More than 100 tornadoes touched down in Oklahoma last year, and a new multi-million-dollar grant to four universities in the heart of Tornado Alley may lead to better information about where and when severe weather may strike. NewsHour's Stephen Fee reports from Oklahoma.
    Original Air Date: February 11, 2016
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Saturday, February 20, 2016

  • Nevada caucuses pit Clinton and Sanders in tight race
    Early exit polls from the Nevada caucuses on Saturday revealed the race between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders was too close to call. NPR reporter Tamara Keith, who is covering the caucuses, joins Alison Stewart over the phone from Las Vegas to discuss the results.
    Original Air Date: February 20, 2016
    U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton meets employees during a campaign stop on caucus day at Harrah's Las Vegas in Las Vegas, Nevada February 20, 2016. REUTERS/David Becker - RTX27UC9
  • When Wal-Mart leaves Small Town USA behind
    The Winnsboro, South Carolina, Wal-Mart Super Center was one of three in the state to shutter its doors last month, joining more than 150 stores nationwide. For 18 years it had served as the town’s center of commercial operations and employed over 160 people. NewsHour's Christopher Booker reports on the impact of Wal-Mart leaving town.
    Original Air Date: February 20, 2016

Friday, February 19, 2016

  • The sharp-edged politics that make South Carolina unique
    It’s a common refrain for GOP candidates in this year’s race: “South Carolina picks presidents.” The Palmetto State has chosen the eventual Republican nominee in nearly every election since 1980, and this year’s contenders are embracing the sharp-edged politics that make the state unique. Political director Lisa Desjardins reports on the final push for support in the battle for South Carolina.
    Original Air Date: February 19, 2016
    A supporter stands and cheers as U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump holds a rally with voters in Gaffney, South Carolina February 18, 2016. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst - RTX27M88
  • NATO and EU step up refugee rescue efforts in Aegean Sea
    Refugees from the Middle East continue to hazard the perilous crossing from Turkey to Greece, with an average of two children having drowned every day since September 2015. In response, NATO and the EU are increasing their border protection and naval rescue efforts in the Aegean Sea, despite conflicting ideas of how to deter the rising tide of asylum seekers. Malcolm Brabant reports.
    Original Air Date: February 19, 2016
    A Frontex helicopter patrols over a Syrian child that has just arrived at a beach at the Greek island of Lesbos August 10, 2015. Thousands of refugees and migrants are stranded on Greek islands -- in some cases for over two weeks -- waiting for temporary documents before continuing their travel to northern Europe. The United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) called on Greece to take control of the "total chaos" on Mediterranean islands, where thousands of migrants have landed. About 124,000 have arrived this year by sea, many via Turkey, according to Vincent Cochetel, UNHCR director for Europe. REUTERS/Antonis Pasvantis      TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY      - RTX1NQNO
  • Candidates make last pitches as voting in S.C., Nevada nears
    With less than 24 hours before Republican polls open in South Carolina, GOP frontrunner Donald Trump and Pope Francis rolled back on their rhetoric following tensions over Trump’s immigration policy. Meanwhile, Sen. Ted Cruz and Jeb Bush made last minute efforts to cut into Trump’s lead as Hillary Clinton picked up a critical endorsement in advance of the Nevada caucuses. Judy Woodruff reports.
    Original Air Date: February 19, 2016
    U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump holds an event with supporters at Pawleys Plantation Golf and Country Club in Pawleys Island, South Carolina February 19, 2016. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst - RTX27RGB
  • Remembering the life and legacy of Harper Lee
    Renowned author Harper Lee, whose debut novel “To Kill a Mockingbird” has become enshrined within the American literary canon, died early Friday morning at age 89. Jeffrey Brown sits down with bestselling novelist Allan Gurganus to discuss Lee’s works and enduring legacy.
    Original Air Date: February 19, 2016
    A customer reads a copy of Harper Lee's book "Go Set a Watchman" after purchasing it at a Barnes & Noble store in New York, July 14, 2015. "Go Set a Watchman," the much-anticipated second novel by "To Kill a Mockingbird" author Harper Lee, is the most pre-ordered print title on since the last book in the "Harry Potter" series, Amazon said. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson  - RTX1K9Y6
  • How will Iran choose its next Supreme Leader?
    Iranians will go to the polls next week to choose a new Parliament, as well as select the council that will in turn choose the country’s next Supreme Leader after Ayatollah Khamenei’s death. But how will the recent nuclear deal with the U.S. affect voting? William Brangham talks to NPR’s Steve Inskeep, who has just returned from a research trip in Iran, for more on the political scene there.
    Original Air Date: February 19, 2016
    Iranian women holding electoral signs attend a reformist campaign for upcoming parliamentary election, in Tehran February 18, 2016. REUTERS/Raheb Homavandi/TIMA  ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY.  - RTX27KCC
  • Shields and Brooks on Trump v. Pope, Scalia’s successor
    Syndicated columnist Mark Shields and New York Times columnist David Brooks join Judy Woodruff to discuss the week in politics, including Donald Trump’s war of words with Pope Francis, GOP candidates’ strategies in South Carolina, burgeoning support for Bernie Sanders in Nevada and the controversy over the late Antonin Scalia’s Supreme Court successor.
    Original Air Date: February 19, 2016
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Thursday, February 18, 2016

  • Donald Trump fires at Pope Francis over border wall remarks
    Pope Francis waded into American presidential politics on his return from a visit to Mexico, saying that "a person who thinks only about building walls…is not Christian." Republican frontrunner Donald Trump wasted no time in transforming the debate over Christian values into a fight about security. Political director Lisa Desjardins reports on the day’s campaign news.
    Original Air Date: February 18, 2016
    U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks to voters at a rally at the Turtle Point Golf Club in Kiawah Island, South Carolina, February 18, 2016.  REUTERS/Randall Hill - RTX27K43
  • Will dispute with Pope Francis hurt Donald Trump’s campaign?
    A heated battle of words has emerged between Pope Francis and Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump over the candidate’s immigration policy. Judy Woodruff discusses the controversy with Susan Page of USA Today and John Allen of The Boston Globe.
    Original Air Date: February 18, 2016
    Pope Francis addresses the audience during a meeting with youths at the Jose Maria Morelos y Pavon stadium in Morelia, Mexico, February 16, 2016.    REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins - RTX27A88
  • Something better than political polls? You bet!
    What’s the best way to predict who will win the 2016 election? The answer may not be polls or pundits, but market forces. Predictit is a website that allows people to buy shares in a given candidate’s support in a given state -- essentially a political stock market, and one that could prove more accurate than traditional polling methods. Economics correspondent Paul Solman reports.
    Original Air Date: February 18, 2016
  • How one chief tried to reverse past police injustices
    As a young officer in Montgomery, Alabama, Kevin Murphy wondered why no one had ever acknowledged past injustices committed by police against civil rights activists. Special correspondent Charlayne Hunter-Gault talks with Murphy about his initiatives as police chief to promote a more reflective police force and how those ideas can be applied to law enforcement around the country.
    Original Air Date: February 18, 2016
  • How TMZ is changing the business of celebrity gossip
    Of all the gossip sites, TMZ goes beyond many of the tabloids by offering documentary-based celebrity news, where claims are backed up by evidence like court documents and raw cellphone footage. The New Yorker's Nicholas Schmidle sits down with Jeffrey Brown to discuss what he learned about TMZ in investigating his recent feature, "The Digital Dirt."
    Original Air Date: February 18, 2016
    LAS VEGAS, NV - SEPTEMBER 30:  TMZ Executive Producer Harvey Levin unveils IGT's TMZ Video Slots at the Global Gaming Expo (G2E) 2015 at the Sands Expo and Convention Center on September 30, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Gabe Ginsberg/Getty Images)
  • What does Obama’s historic visit mean for Cuba and the U.S.?
    President Obama will be the first sitting U.S. president to visit Cuba since Calvin Coolidge, according to a Twitter announcement Thursday. Chief foreign affairs correspondent Margaret Warner reports on the latest in a series of moves to normalize relations with the Communist state, and Judy Woodruff talks with William LeoGrande of American University for more on the implications.
    Original Air Date: February 18, 2016
    Cuban flags fly near U.S flag beside the U.S embassy in Havana December 31, 2015. REUTERS/Enrique de la Osa - RTX20OVT
  • Why Danai Gurira writes complex stories about African women
    Danai Gurira is a playwright and performer who wants to make sure women of color don’t search in vain for stories they can relate to. Her latest play, "Eclipsed," is premiering on Broadway, and she also has a starring role in AMC's "The Walking Dead." Gurira offers her Brief but Spectacular take on growing up in Zimbabwe and telling African stories on American soil.
    Original Air Date: February 18, 2016
  • Peyton Manning under scrutiny over old sexual assault claims
    After his team’s Super Bowl 50 victory weeks ago, Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning seemed headed for a storybook finish to his career. But new scrutiny has brought attention to old allegations that he committed sexual assault as a student at the University of Tennessee. Hari Sreenivasan talks to Christine Brennan of USA Today.
    Original Air Date: February 18, 2016
    Feb 7, 2016; Santa Clara, CA, USA; Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning leaves the stadium after the game with his son Marshall Manning after the game against the Carolina Panthers in Super Bowl 50 at Levi's Stadium. The Broncos won 24-10. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports - RTX25X0B

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

  • A ruthless defender of Apartheid now seeks forgiveness
    In South Africa, thousands were killed and tens of thousands were detained under the watch of former Apartheid-era government official Adrian Vlok. Once seen by some as the regime’s “face of evil,” Vlok is now seeking redemption by reaching out to the people he helped to oppress. Special correspondent Martin Seemungal reports.
    Original Air Date: February 17, 2016
  • How this composer helped craft the love story of 'Carol'
    A movie score usually goes unnoticed, unless it’s very bad -- or very good. Composer Carter Burwell has written music for more than 80 films over a 30-year career, but his soundtrack for “Carol” is his first to be nominated for an Oscar. Jeffrey Brown sits down with Burwell to discuss his composing process and the proper use of music in films.
    Original Air Date: February 17, 2016
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  • GOP campaign attacks accelerate ahead of S.C., Nev. battles
    Four days before the South Carolina primary, the GOP contest has become a blur of blistering attacks, especially between Donald Trump, Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio and Jeb Bush. Political director Lisa Desjardins offers an update, and Jon Ralston of Ralston Live and Randy Covington of the University of South Carolina join Judy Woodruff to discuss the upcoming battles in their states.
    Original Air Date: February 17, 2016
    U.S. Republican presidential candidate Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) responds to a threatened law suit over campaign ads from U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump during a press conference in Seneca, South Carolina February 17, 2016. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts - RTX27EQQ
  • Judge's order over Apple encryption unlocks privacy concerns
    Since the San Bernardino attack, the FBI has been trying to read the contents of a cell phone used by attacker Syed Farook, made impossible by encryption. Now Apple CEO Tim Cook is rejecting a federal court order to create software to unlock the device. Gwen Ifill talks to Stewart Baker, former assistant secretary of Homeland Security, and Nate Cardozo of the Electronic Frontier Foundation.
    Original Air Date: February 17, 2016
    An iPhone 6S Plus is seen at the Apple retail store in Palo Alto, California. Photo by Robert Galbraith/Reuters