Saturday, September 19, 2015

  • After a mother's death, a struggle to finish school in Kenya
    Since 2003, PBS has followed children from different countries as part of the documentary series "Time for School." In this first installment, hear the story of Joab Onyando from Kenya who struggled against grave odds, including the unexpected death of his 28-year-old mother, to get an education.
    Original Air Date: September 19, 2015

Friday, September 18, 2015

  • Baratunde Thurston on fighting racist absurdity with laughs
    When you're the one black friend, says Baratunde Thurston, you're kind of like a double agent trying to prevent thermonuclear war. The former Onion digital director, “Daily Show” producer and author of “How to Be Black,” gives his Brief but Spectacular take on humor as a tool for overcoming racism.
    Original Air Date: September 18, 2015
    Baratunde Thurston
  • An art collector with Broad influence opens his own museum
    Billionaire Eli Broad began his fortune building tract homes in the Detroit suburbs, and over the decades he and his wife also built an impressive art collection. Now the brand new Broad Museum is set to open in Los Angeles, part of his larger effort to make the city into an arts mecca. Jeffrey Brown reports.
    Original Air Date: September 18, 2015
    A general view of The Broad Museum prior to a dinner gala in Los Angeles, California, September 17, 2015. The new museum built by philanthropists Eli and Edythe Broad, featuring their collection of modern art, will open to the public on September 20. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni - RTS1O3T
  • Smartphone user? The 2016 candidates are watching you
    If you own a smartphone, you are already on the frontline of the 2016 presidential race. On the left and the right, campaigns are amassing information about you and figuring out how to influence you with individualized marketing. And that's not the only way that candidates have gone digital. Political director Lisa Desjardins reports.
    Original Air Date: September 18, 2015
    Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton takes a photo with a supporter after speaking at a town hall meeting in Las Vegas, Nevada August 18, 2015. REUTERS/David Becker - RTX1OPHZ
  • Elated to reach Greece, migrants face obstacles ahead
    On the Greek isle of Lesbos, thousands are coming to shore by boat every day; most are refugees from Syria and Afghanistan. Special correspondent Malcolm Brabant reports on how they are being greeted.
    Original Air Date: September 18, 2015
    Volunteers from Israeli and Danish NGO's pull a dinghy overcrowded with Syrian refugees at a beach on the Greek island of Lesbos after crossing a part of the Aegean Sea from Turkey  September 18, 2015. The dinghy lost its motor some one hundred meters from shore.  REUTERS/Yannis Behrakis  - RTS1SBM
  • What happened for two Syrian families who made it to Germany
    A week ago we followed two Syrian families along the grueling and unpredictable migration to Germany. Already, much has changed for the two families. William Brangham offers an update.
    Original Air Date: September 18, 2015
  • Shields and Brooks on GOP debate standouts
    Syndicated columnist Mark Shields and New York Times columnist David Brooks join Hari Sreenivasan to discuss the week’s news, including how the second Republican debate helped or hurt the candidates, why Donald Trump didn’t contradict bigoted remarks at a campaign rally and the significance of Pope Francis’ upcoming visit to the U.S.
    Original Air Date: September 18, 2015

Thursday, September 17, 2015

  • Why the law doesn't actually cover GM's deadly defects
    General Motors has agreed to pay $900 million in a settlement with the U.S. government over a deadly flaw in its ignition switches, after admitting it hid the problem for over a decade. In addition to the fine, an independent monitor will supervise GM’s compliance. But some critics say the deal is too lenient. Hari Sreenivasan talks to David Shepardson of The Detroit News.
    Original Air Date: September 17, 2015
    General Motors Co. headquarters is seen in Detroit, Michigan, September 17, 2015.   REUTERS/Rebecca Cook - RTS1MZT
  • Why Pope Francis wants us to stop worshipping capitalism
    Pope Francis has bluntly criticized global capitalism for causing environmental destruction and tragic consequences for world's poorest. Ahead of the pontiff's first visit to the United States, economics correspondent Paul Solman takes a closer look at his economic beliefs.
    Original Air Date: September 17, 2015
    Pope Francis attends a special audience with members of the Parish Evangelisation Cell System in Paul VI hall at the Vatican September 5, 2015. REUTERS/Tony Gentile - RTX1R7M6
  • How can we narrow divisions between police and community?
    High-profile incidents of police force against people of color have raised anger and protest across the country, but in some cases, law enforcement has maintained that officers were simply doing their job. How can the public and the police bridge the gap in understanding? Special correspondent Charlayne Hunter-Gault speaks to Brian Jackson of the RAND Corporation.
    Original Air Date: September 17, 2015
    LAPD information technology bureau officer Jim Stover demonstrates the use of the body camera during a media event displaying the new body cameras to be used by the Los Angeles Police Department in Los Angeles, California August 31, 2015.  REUTERS/Al Seib/Pool - RTX1QGCB
  • In Syria, Russia may fight a commander it's battled before
    Abu Omar al-Shishani, an Islamic State military commander in Syria, is an ethnic Chechen who fought against Russia as part of the Georgian army in 2008. How did he become one of the top figures in IS? Chief foreign affairs correspondent Margaret Warner speaks with Mitchell Prothero of McClatchy Newspapers, who has just written an exhaustive profile of Shishani.
    Original Air Date: September 17, 2015
  • Young Muslim inventor's arrest catches fire online
    The arrest of Texas teenager Ahmed Mohamed, a student who brought a homemade clock to school, has stirred a global social media frenzy. Hari Sreenivasan speaks to Nihad Awad of the Council on American-Islamic Relations about spreading Mohamed’s story and fighting Islamophobia.
    Original Air Date: September 17, 2015
    IRVING, TX - SEPTEMBER 16: 14-year-old Ahmed Ahmed Mohamed speaks during a news conference on September 16, 2015 in Irving, Texas. Mohammed was detained after a high school teacher falsely concluded that a homemade clock he brought to class might be a bomb. The news converence, held outside the Mohammed family home, was hosted by the North Texas Chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations. (Photo by Ben Torres/Getty Images)
  • At GOP debate, targeting Trump and trying to break through
    The 2016 Republican presidential candidates gathered for their second debate on Thursday, this time at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library. The candidates squared off on issues like immigration reform, the Iran nuclear deal, Planned Parenthood funding and each other. Gwen Ifill reports.
    Original Air Date: September 17, 2015
    Republican U.S. presidential candidates businessman Donald Trump (L) and former Florida Governor Jeb Bush shake hands during a commercial break at the second official Republican presidential candidates debate of the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California, United States, September 16, 2015. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson - RTS1HL5
  • Federal Reserve calls timeout on raising interest rates
    Interest rates will stay where they are for now, according to an announcement by the Federal Reserve. Jeffrey Brown speaks to Krishna Guha of Evercore ISI about why they came to that decision and what it could mean for the economy.
    Original Air Date: September 17, 2015
    Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen holds a news conference following the Federal Open Market Committee meeting in Washington September 17, 2015.  REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst - RTS1MDY
  • Testing the limits of saltwater intrusion
    A team of scientists describe a large-scale experiment, known as SaltEx, that examines the effects of saltwater intrusion on fresh-water marshes along the coast of Georgia.
    Original Air Date: September 17, 2015

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

  • An American trailblazer on losing future 'black pioneers'
    Clifton Wharton, an American trailblazer in international development and business, has led a storied life. In “Privilege and Prejudice: The Life of a Black Pioneer,” Wharton reflects on his successes, as well as his experiences with racism. He joins Judy Woodruff to discuss his life and race relations in the United States today.
    Original Air Date: September 16, 2015
  • Why the ancient art of calligraphy still enchants
    In our NewsHour Shares video of the day, artist Seb Lester shares his thoughts on the “ancient magic” of calligraphy.
    Original Air Date: September 16, 2015
  • Climate change is hurting the sex lives of sea turtles
    Sea turtles have been around for about 110 million years, but climate change may threaten their existence by threatening their nests and decreasing the number of potential male mates. NewsHour science producer Nsikan Akpan talks to Gwen Ifill about the turtle’s plight, and what is being done to help them.
    Original Air Date: September 16, 2015
    Photo by the University of Denver
  • An Indian medical chain makes heart surgery affordable
    Dr. Devi Prasad Shetty, one of the world's most prolific heart surgeons, is the founder of a for-profit medical chain in India that offers top-notch surgery at very low prices. It serves wealthy patients and some medical tourists, but their goal is to bring the latest advances to the poor. Special correspondent Fred de Sam Lazaro reports.
    Original Air Date: September 16, 2015
    Photo by Rakesh Nagar for the PBS NewsHour
  • Did U.S. intelligence officers downplay IS reports?
    A number of intelligence officers say that senior officials have been painting an overly optimistic picture of the fight against the Islamic State group. A Pentagon investigation is now underway, and the issue was the subject of a Capitol Hill hearing. Jeffrey Brown talks to Mark Mazzetti of The New York Times and retired Col. Derek Harvey, a former Army intelligence officer.
    Original Air Date: September 16, 2015
    WASHINGTON, USA - SEPTEMBER 16:  General Lloyd J. Austin III, Commander of  U.S. Central Command, takes his seat before testifying at a Senate Armed Service Committee hearing on U.S. Military Operations to Counter the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant with Under Secretary Of Defense For Policy Christine Worth in Washington, USA on September 16, 2015. (Photo by Samuel Corum/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
  • What made the West explode in flames
    The West’s potentially record-breaking wildfire season has burned more than 650,000 acres in California alone. Science correspondent Miles O’Brien joins Hari Sreenivasan to discuss the science behind the flames.
    Original Air Date: September 16, 2015
    Firefighters search for victims in the rubble of a home burnt by the Valley Fire in Middletown, California, September 14, 2015. The Northern California wildfire ranked as the most destructive to hit the drought-stricken U.S. West this year has killed one woman and burned some 400 homes to the ground, fire officials said on Monday, and they expect the property toll to climb.  REUTERS/David Ryder - RTS1494
  • Will personality or policy dominate at second GOP debate?
    Eleven Republican presidential hopefuls will take the debate stage during primetime in Simi Valley, California, while four lower-polling candidates will face off in an earlier round. Political director Lisa Desjardins joins Gwen Ifill to provide a preview of what we can expect to see.
    Original Air Date: September 16, 2015
    U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks on the USS Iowa in San Pedro, Los Angeles, California, United States September 15, 2015. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson - RTS1ATN
  • Shifts in Climate Shifting Sea Turtles
    The sex of sea turtles is determined by its environment. Hot weather produces more females, while cooler temperatures make more males. With global warming and more summers of droughts, scientists like Jeanette Wyneken are seeing a dangerous shift in the pattern toward females.
    Original Air Date: September 16, 2015

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

  • Killing of tourists highlights Egypt-U.S. tension over aid
    On Sunday, 12 tourists were accidentally killed by Egyptian government forces, who mistook the group for Islamist militants and fired on them with an Apache helicopter. Jeffrey Brown speaks to Michele Dunne of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace about the military aid Egypt receives from the United States and the tension over how it has been used.
    Original Air Date: September 15, 2015
    Four-wheel drive cars cross the Egyptian western desert and the Bahariya Oasis, southwest of Cairo in this picture taken May 15, 2015. Egyptian security forces killed 12 Mexicans and Egyptians and injured 10 "by accident" on Monday, mistaking a tourist convoy for militants they were chasing in the country's western desert, the ministry of interior said. Picture taken May 15, 2015. REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh - RTSYLJ
  • A doctor’s memoir shows race matters in the hospital room
    In medical school, Dr. Damon Tweedy says he learned about health problems being more common in the black community, but he didn’t hear the reasons why. In “Black Man in a White Coat,” Tweedy examines racial disparities in medicine, for both patients and medical professionals.
    Original Air Date: September 15, 2015
  • Teaching girls to write the rules at video game coding camp
    Video games are still largely aimed at a male audiences, which is no surprise since women make up a small portion of game designers and programmers. But that doesn't mean that girls aren't interested in playing and creating. Girls-only computer camps aim to balance the gender gap in the next generation of coders. Special correspondent Sandra Hughes reports.
    Original Air Date: September 15, 2015
  • What NASA’s twin tests will teach us about life in space
    What are the long-term effects of living in space? Astronaut Scott Kelly is now halfway through a year-long mission. NASA offers a progress report, comparing Scott with his twin brother, retired astronaut Mark Kelly, who remains on Earth.
    Original Air Date: September 15, 2015
  • To win with women, how can the GOP ramp up its appeal?
    The last time a majority of American women voted for a Republican presidential candidate was 1988. Since then, more women have chosen Democrats, often by double digits. Even at the state legislative and congressional levels, the majority of women serving are Democrats. Political director Lisa Desjardins reports on efforts to find, recruit and elect more Republican women to office.
    Original Air Date: September 15, 2015
    U.S. Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina poses for a photo with supporters before the start of the Milford Labor Day Parade in Milford, New Hampshire September 7, 2015.   REUTERS/Mary Schwalm - RTX1RJBI