Friday, November 4, 2016

  • Shields and Brooks on the divided electorate and SCOTUS
    In their final Friday political analysis before the election, syndicated columnist Mark Shields and New York Times columnist David Brooks join Judy Woodruff to discuss Hillary Clinton’s shrinking lead, the rough language that has pervaded the campaign, the outlook for the congressional power dynamic, a year of 'irresponsibility' in government and prospects for filling the Supreme Court vacancy.
    Original Air Date: November 4, 2016

Thursday, November 3, 2016

  • The challenge of stabilizing a recaptured Mosul
    As the Iraqi military continues its push into the Islamic State-stronghold of Mosul, how are the disparate forces who make up the coalition working together, and how does Iraq plan to stabilize the city and prevent ethnic tensions? Special presidential envoy Brett McGurk talks with Hari Sreenivasan about the operation to retake the city and the coming fight against the militants in Raqqa.
    Original Air Date: November 3, 2016
  • Chicago raises the victory flag to celebrate its Cubs
    The World Series was destined for a dramatic finish: The Chicago Cubs finally ended their 108 year-long World Series drought in a hard-fought victory against the Cleveland Indians. In Chicago, fans who hadn’t seen a Fall Classic win in living memory were ecstatic. Hari Sreenivasan gets insight on the historic event from ESPN’s Lester Munson.
    Original Air Date: November 3, 2016
  • Questions of character dominate final campaign scramble
    Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton and their surrogates campaigned across the country with five short days to go. Clinton appeared in North Carolina and President Obama in Florida, trying to fire up student voters. Trump also campaigned in the Sunshine State, while Mike Pence in Iowa was joined by Ted Cruz, who was campaigning for his primary foe for the first time. Lisa Desjardins reports.
    Original Air Date: November 3, 2016
  • What we know about voter turnout so far
    In the final race to the White House, get-out-the-vote efforts are key. Judy Woodruff speaks with Cornell Belcher of Brilliant Corners Research & Strategies, Michael McDonald of the University of Florida and Mark Hugo Lopez of the Pew Research Center about the effectiveness of outreach efforts, particularly among minority voters.
    Original Air Date: November 3, 2016
  • Are the suburbs the next political battleground?
    America’s suburbs are undergoing a drastic demographic shift -- one that could have big implications on Election Day. Suburban areas that used to be reliably Republican are now steering Democratic. Judy Woodruff learns more from the NewsHour’s Dan Bush.
    Original Air Date: November 3, 2016
  • Has the election season hurt Trump the brand?​​
    In the past if you added the Trump name to any building, its value would have automatically increased, the effect of Donald Trump’s work to create a huge, global brand that includes products, real estate and, most recently, a campaign. But since the GOP nominee announced his candidacy back in 2015, there are signs that his brand has depreciated. Economics correspondent Paul Solman reports.
    Original Air Date: November 3, 2016
  • What it’s like to spend your teen years in jail
    As teenageers, Vaughn Brown and Ivan Mayo were incarcerated at Rikers Island, where they confronted danger from fellow inmates, solitary confinement and their own thoughts. The two have vowed to never go back to jail. But being branded a felon can make restarting one’s life a major challenge. Brown and Mayo give their Brief But Spectacular takes on being in jail and getting out.
    Original Air Date: November 3, 2016

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

  • Floating robots act like marine larvae to solve a mystery
    Many mysteries remain about life under the sea, like what happens to marine creatures between life stages of larvae and adulthood. These tiny creatures are extremely hard to track in the open ocean, so one marine ecologist is using robots to mimic the larvae’s motions in order to determine what control they have over their own fate. Special correspondent Cat Wise reports.
    Original Air Date: November 2, 2016
  • This year’s big ballot initiatives to watch
    There are more than 150 ballot initiatives this year at the state level, capable of creating huge change for voters. Nine states are voting on the legalization of recreational or medical marijuana. Other measures concern gun control, the minimum wage and the death penalty. John Yang learns more from John Myers of the Los Angeles Times and Josh Altic of Ballotpedia for more.
    Original Air Date: November 2, 2016
  • How Americans with disabilities see this election
    Unlike in past presidential contests, disability is something both campaigns have addressed this cycle, if sometimes inadvertently. More than 35 million Americans with disabilities will be eligible to vote, making up almost one-sixth of the electorate. Judy Woodruff gets views from both Clinton and Trump supporters on how they’re voting.
    Original Air Date: November 2, 2016
  • Obama and other surrogates fan out to election battlegrounds
    Donald Trump sounded newly confident during a campaign stop in Florida, where he is neck-and-neck in the polls with Hillary Clinton, who also started her day there before heading to Arizona. Meanwhile, their surrogates are crossing the country to campaign in the last days; in North Carolina, President Obama addressed the FBI’s review of emails possibly related to Clinton. Judy Woodruff reports.
    Original Air Date: November 2, 2016
  • Tensions escalating, Obama suggests Dakota Access reroute
    At least 140 people were arrested while occupying land in the path of the controversial Dakota Access pipeline in the past week. President Obama has urged peaceful protests and restraint from law enforcement. William Brangham speaks with Lynda Mapes of The Seattle Times about the extreme tension and fear of violence on the ground, reaction to the Oregon standoff acquittals and more.
    Original Air Date: November 2, 2016
  • Why congressional races matter this year
    Regardless of who wins the presidential election on Nov. 8, the party that controls the balance of power in the U.S. House and Senate will play a crucial role in determining what gets done. Judy Woodruff speaks with Norman Ornstein of the American Enterprise Institute and Gerald Seib of The Wall Street Journal.
    Original Air Date: November 2, 2016

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

  • Do politicians get their money’s worth from consultants?
    Political consultants have obtained an exalted status in contemporary politics. But for their sky-high fees, and in an era when Donald Trump won his party’s nomination without the help of experienced campaigners, what do consultants really offer a candidate? As part of a collaboration between The Atlantic and the PBS NewsHour, Judy Woodruff interviews journalist Molly Ball about what she found.
    Original Air Date: November 1, 2016
  • Why insured Americans struggle to get mental health care
    It’s the first day of enrollment season for the Affordable Care Act. But when it comes to mental health, even those with insurance struggle to get affordable care. Special correspondent April Dembosky and Sheraz Sadiq of KQED meets a mom who faces misinformation, long waitlists for therapists and prohibitively expensive care for her son with autism and herself.
    Original Air Date: November 1, 2016
  • Why red states depend on and distrust government the most
    Sociologist Arlie Russell Hochschild set out to explore what she saw as a paradox in American political life: red states depend the most on the federal government, but also distrust it the most. It’s the topic of her new book, “Strangers in Their Own Land: Anger and Mourning on the American Right,” for which she traveled to Louisiana to research the phenomenon. She sits down with Jeffrey Brown.
    Original Air Date: November 1, 2016
  • What voters still don’t know about Trump and Clinton
    With a week until Election Day there are still unanswered questions about the candidates -- from Hillary Clinton’s emails to Donald Trump’s taxes. Karen Tumulty of the Washington Post and Susan Page of USA Today join Judy Woodruff to discuss what we know and what we are still trying to find out about both candidates and whether recent developments will have an impact on turnout.
    Original Air Date: November 1, 2016
  • California ballot revives debate on bilingual education
    On Nov. 8, California voters will vote on a proposition that would make it easier for school districts to expand bilingual education. Critics say English-only instruction is crucial to assimilation, while supporters argue that it would be an opportunity to embrace the state’s multiculturalism and linguistic richness. Special correspondent Kavitha Cardoza of Education Week reports.
    Original Air Date: November 1, 2016
    Students exit a bus in Los Angeles. File photo by Jonathan Alcorn/Reuters
  • Candidates storm swing states as headlines swirl
    A week before Election Day, the candidates stumped in battleground states: Donald Trump took his campaign to Pennsylvania, while Hillary Clinton appealed to Florida voters. Their last leg of campaigning comes amid a flurry of headlines about a Trump tax scheme and a possible FBI inquiry into the former Trump campaign chair. Lisa Desjardins reports.
    Original Air Date: November 1, 2016

Monday, October 31, 2016

  • The nightmare zombie movie that started with a dream
    Two years ago, two best friends with Down syndrome came up with an idea that would change their lives. With the dream of making a zombie movie, Sam Suchmann and Mattie Zufelt raised nearly $70,000 in a Kickstarter campaign, and “Spring Break Massacre” was born. The NewsHour’s Mike Melia meets up with the creative duo to learn what they’re up to now.
    Original Air Date: October 31, 2016
  • FBI probe of private email server dogs Clinton in final week
    In the final days of the campaign, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton are talking about the same thing: the FBI probe into a new trove of emails possibly related to Clinton’s private server. In Michigan, Trump said the American people are the victims of a corrupt system, while in Ohio, Clinton criticized the FBI’s tactics, while continuing to state there is no case. John Yang reports.
    Original Air Date: October 31, 2016
  • Debunking the myth of the vampire bat
    In our NewsHour Shares moment of the day, vampire bats may be some of the spookiest species on earth. But the surprisingly social animals make sacrifices to save one another’s lives. We debunk some of the popular myths about these blood-thirsty animals.
    Original Air Date: October 31, 2016
  • Debating Comey's unprecedented reveal about Clinton probe
    FBI Director James Comey revealed last week there are new emails possibly related to Hillary Clinton’s private server. Judy Woodruff learns more about the investigation from The New York Times’ Michael Schmidt and Politico’s Josh Gerstein and then discusses Comey’s actions with Peter Zeidenberg of Arent Fox and Daniel Richman of Columbia Law School.
    Original Air Date: October 31, 2016
  • Days to go, voters explain their White House hopes
    Across the next-to-last weekend before the election, Judy Woodruff hit the campaign trail to see the candidates up close and speak with their supporters. She traveled from a Hillary Clinton appearance in Daytona Beach, Florida, to a Donald Trump speech in Las Vegas to hear what voters have to say about their chosen candidate and the opponent they’re hoping to defeat.
    Original Air Date: October 31, 2016
  • Can Colombia revive its FARC peace deal?
    Colombia was on the verge of ending one of the most violent civil wars in Latin America just slightly more than a month ago, when the deal was narrowly rejected by a voter referendum. President Juan Manuel Santos now faces the challenge of re-writing the deal to make it favorable to those who voted against it while still keeping it agreeable to FARC. Special correspondent Nadja Drost reports.
    Original Air Date: October 31, 2016
  • How the Clinton email probe seems to be motivating voters
    Amy Walter of The Cook Political Report and Yamiche Alcindor of the The New York Times join Judy Woodruff to discuss the latest political news, including the FBI investigation’s influence on voters how Donald Trump has made use of the news, subtle changes in Hillary Clinton’s campaign approach and how the election discourse has shifted.
    Original Air Date: October 31, 2016

Sunday, October 30, 2016

  • James Bond inspires Dia de los Muertos in Mexico City
    Last year’s James Bond movie, “Spectre,” opened with a Day of the Dead parade featuring floats, puppets, and skeletons. The sequence, filmed in Mexico City, became the inspiration for an annual parade, where ancient Aztec tradition intermingled with Halloween. Alison Stewart has more.
    Original Air Date: October 30, 2016