Wednesday, January 18, 2017

  • Is fusion energy possible in our lifetime?
    Limitless power with virtually no greenhouse gases or radioactive waste. If that sounds too good to be true, that's because it is. For decades, researchers have looked for ways to control, confine and sustain fusion as an energy source. But there has been a lot of progress on a small scale, building on years of physics understanding and progress. Science correspondent Miles O’Brien reports.
    Original Air Date: January 18, 2017
  • The towering challenge of protecting the Trumps in New York
    When Donald Trump moves into the White House, Trump Tower will still be a home of the first family. Securing the skyscraper presents unprecedented challenges, not to mention traffic gridlock, a hardship on nearby businesses and a fight over who should be paying the sky-high costs. The NewsHour’s Rhana Natour reports.
    Original Air Date: January 18, 2017

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

  • What will be Obama’s legacy on race?
    What did the election of America’s first black president mean for the United States? And how did President Obama’s policies and rhetoric advance issues important to the black community? Rael Nelson James of the Bridgespan Group, James Peterson of Lehigh University and Sherrilyn Ifill of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund join Judy Woodruff to discuss the impact of the Obama years.
    Original Air Date: January 17, 2017
  • Ambassador Power warns against historical amnesia on Russia
    Outgoing U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Samantha Power used her final speech to focus on Russia as a major threat. Judy Woodruff sits down with Power during her last days in office to discuss troubling actions by Russia and the future of Russian relations under the Trump administration, as well as the Obama administration’s complicated decision not to intervene militarily in Syria.
    Original Air Date: January 17, 2017
  • What will DeVos’ focus on choice mean for public education?
    Education secretary nominee Betsy DeVos has neither taught nor worked in a school system, but she and her family have used wealth and influence to create more charter schools and champion vouchers. As educators watch her hearing for an understanding of her views, William Brangham talks to Frederick Hess of American Enterprise Institute and Randi Weingarten of American Federation of Teachers.
    Original Air Date: January 17, 2017
  • Half of all health costs is spent on a fraction of patients
    Health care “super-utilizers” make up just 5 percent of the U.S. population but they account for 50 percent of health care spending. As health care costs continue to rise, providers are trying to figure out how to find these patients and get to the root of their problems. But the looming repeal of the Affordable Care Act may disrupt those efforts. Special correspondent Sarah Varney reports.
    Original Air Date: January 17, 2017

Monday, January 16, 2017

  • Political, legal opposition adds obstacles to Brexit
    The mechanics of executing Brexit, the move to get Britain out the of European Union, are causing tensions inside the British government, and with opponents who would like to stop it from happening at all. Special correspondent Jennifer Glasse reports.
    Original Air Date: January 16, 2017
  • Why students from for-profit schools are left in debt limbo
    Students who attend for-profit college and training programs are more likely to borrow, borrow more and struggle to repay their loans. Not only that, but the overall graduation rate at for-profit institutions is just 27 percent. Meanwhile, a number of schools have shuttered, leaving former attendees with debt and no way to pay it back. Special correspondent Lizzie O’Leary reports.
    Original Air Date: January 16, 2017
  • Don't wait till your dying words to say what's important
    "Should I plan out my last words?" As a hospice chaplain, Kerry Egan hears that question sometimes. But death isn't so easy to predict. Instead, Egan suggests making sure you ask forgiveness or share your wisdom now.
    Original Air Date: January 16, 2017
  • Why is Trump criticizing key allies to U.S. security?
    European officials are digesting new comments by President-elect Trump, who told two newspapers that NATO is obsolete, suggested the U.S. might drop sanctions on Russia and said he is indifferent about the future of the EU. John Yang gets reaction from Heather Conley of the Center for Strategic and International Studies and Nicholas Burns, the former U.S. ambassador to NATO.
    Original Air Date: January 16, 2017
  • This inauguration, usually time for unity, defies precedent
    Tamara Keith of NPR and Susan Page of USA Today join Judy Woodruff to discuss what to expect from Donald Trump’s inauguration, a war of words between the president-elect and civil rights legend Rep. John Lewis, a growing inauguration boycott by Democrats and pushback by the African American community and Mr. Trump’s pledge for health care coverage for everyone.
    Original Air Date: January 16, 2017
  • How a Georgia county became a site of racial cleansing
    In 1912, news of a violent sexual assault enraged the residents of Georgia's Forsyth County and led to a lynching and the execution of two African American teens, as well as a campaign of terror to drive out the entire black community. Special correspondent Duarte Geraldino talks with Patrick Phillips, author of “Blood at the Root,” about healing from a history of racial cleansing.
    Original Air Date: January 16, 2017

Sunday, January 15, 2017

  • Officers are less willing to use force, survey shows
    “Behind the Badge,” a survey of 8,000 officers released by the Pew Research Center last week, found that 76 percent of respondents have become more reluctant to use force following several high-profile police shootings. It also found that 72 percent were less likely to stop and question someone they found “suspicious.” Co-author of the report Kim Parker joins Alison Stewart to discuss the trends.
    Original Air Date: January 15, 2017
  • Why 100 days is a benchmark for presidential performance
    While a presidential term lasts four years, the accomplishments of a president’s first 100 days have become the measure of a successful start. The tradition, which dates back to Franklin D. Roosevelt’s presidency, has been extended to President-elect Donald Trump, who laid out a 100-day action plan in October. NewsHour Weekend Special Correspondent Jeff Greenfield has more.
    Original Air Date: January 15, 2017
  • If kratom helps opioid addicts, why might DEA outlaw it?
    The national epidemic of opioid abuse has claimed more than 300,000 lives in the U.S. over the last 16 years -- and some researchers claim that kratom, an herbal psychoactive drug that is currently unregulated, could help people struggling with addiction. But federal drug policy-makers may classify kratom as an illegal drug. NewsHour Weekend Special Correspondent Mike Taibbi reports.
    Original Air Date: January 19, 2017

Saturday, January 14, 2017

  • Why Obama failed to close Guantanamo
    In his 2008 run for the White House, President Barack Obama promised to shut down the prison for suspected terrorists in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and on his second full day as president he issued an executive order to close it within a year. Eight years later, that has not happened, though the number of people imprisoned there has dropped from 242 to 55. Carol Rosenberg of the Miami Herald joins Alison Stewart.
    Original Air Date: January 14, 2017
    Pros and Cons
  • Sadiq Khan, London’s first Muslim mayor, on connecting citizens
    Sadiq Khan worked as a human rights lawyer and as a member of the British Parliament before he was elected mayor of London in May, making history as the first Muslim to serve in the position. Khan is also the first Muslim to lead any Western capital city. NewsHour Weekend Special Correspondent David Tereshchuk interviewed Khan for the PBS program
    Original Air Date: January 14, 2017
  • Homeless veterans take refuge at Arizona encampment
    A camp in Tucson, Arizona, serves about 20 homeless people, the majority of them U.S. military veterans seeking shelter, food, camaraderie and refuge from the streets. The camp, run by the group Veterans on Patrol, has grown with the help of donations from local companies and residents. Mitchell Riley reports for Arizona Public Media.
    Original Air Date: January 14, 2017

Friday, January 13, 2017

  • What we don’t know after week dominated by Russia questions
    Russia loomed over this week’s congressional hearings. What kind of investigation is needed to look into unverified reports that Russia has information on the president-elect? And why didn’t the White House do more early on to stop Russian hacking? Steve Inskeep speaks with David Ignatius of The Washington Post, who has been compiling unanswered questions about each of the players.
    Original Air Date: January 13, 2017
  • How a veteran at retelling true stories made ‘Patriots Day’
    “Patriots Day” recounts the 2013 Boston marathon bombing and subsequent manhunt. Although the film is not a documentary, it aims to stay very true to the real events. For director Peter Berg, it’s his third film based on a story ripped from the headlines. Jeffrey Brown talks to Berg about the responsibility to get it right.
    Original Air Date: January 13, 2017
  • Obama leaves complicated legacy in the Middle East
    President Obama came into office with a desire to wind down America’s wars overseas. Today the Middle East is a far more volatile place than it was. Chief foreign affairs correspondent Margaret Warner reports and Judy Woodruff gets an assessment from Gen. David Petraeus, former Assistant Secretary of State Philip Gordon, and Eric Edelman, former State and Defense Department official.
    Original Air Date: January 13, 2017
  • Shields and Brooks on Russian intrigue in American politics
    It was a packed week of congressional hearings for President-elect Donald Trump’s Cabinet nominees, with inauguration days away. Judy Woodruff speaks with syndicated columnist Mark Shields and New York Times columnist David Brooks about the Russian intrigue in U.S. politics, the future of Mr. Trump’s relationship to his business and saying goodbye to President Obama.
    Original Air Date: January 13, 2017

Thursday, January 12, 2017

  • In hearings, Mattis and Pompeo differ on Iran nuclear deal
    Gen. James Mattis was well received by the Senate Armed Services Committee, with whom he discussed threats from China and the Islamic State, as well as women in combat roles. In front of the Senate Intelligence Committee, Mike Pompeo disavowed "enhanced interrogation” techniques. Both nominees also addressed the Iran nuclear deal. Chief foreign affairs correspondent Margaret Warner reports.
    Original Air Date: January 12, 2017
  • Is Obama’s economic legacy one of missed chances or success?
    What is President Obama’s economic legacy? Did his efforts to turn the country around after the 2008 financial crisis constitute a robust recovery, or too little, too late? Economics correspondent Paul Solman assembled a panel of economic experts to discuss employment across racial groups, the types of jobs created and the obstacles the president faced in enacting his economic agenda.
    Original Air Date: January 12, 2017
  • What kind of threat does Russia pose to the U.S.?
    President-elect Trump has said he would like to improve relations with Russia. But his choice for defense secretary, Gen. James Mattis, views Russia as America’s number one threat. What’s the reality of the White House-Kremlin dynamic? Steve Inskeep discusses with Evelyn Farkas, a former Defense Department official, and Michael McFaul, former U.S. ambassador to Russia.
    Original Air Date: January 12, 2017
  • How a senior Obama adviser views his record
    Continuing in our series of meetings with top officials in the Obama administration as it comes to a close, Judy Woodruff sits down with Valerie Jarrett, senior adviser to the president. She discusses his agenda successes and failures, her criticism that Republicans fell short in engaging in compromise, the new president-elect, the Obama presidential library and more.
    Original Air Date: January 12, 2017
  • Depicting globalization through art 'full of contradiction'
    A “Wind Sculpture” by visual artist Yinka Shonibare MBE was recently installed in front of the National Museum of African Art in Washington, D.C. It’s the seventh in Shonibare's series of vibrantly colored and patterned public artworks that are made of fiberglass, but look like cloth. Jeffrey Brown talks to Shonibare about his interest in depicting globalization and what he asks of his viewers.
    Original Air Date: January 12, 2017
  • What this classical pianist learned from Ray Charles
    “Music entered my life before I knew it,” says classical pianist Jean Stark. Stark grew up in Belgium during what she calls a “golden time” for classical music and was granted a scholarship by the queen herself, who recognized Stark’s enormous potential. This is her Brief But Spectacular take on playing, listening and what she learned from Ray Charles.
    Original Air Date: January 12, 2017