Friday, October 16, 2015

  • Yo-Yo Ma plays 'Louange à l'éternité de Jésus'
    Yo-Yo Ma played a section of "Louange à l'éternité de Jésus," a movement from Olivier Messiaen's "Quartet For The End Of Time," for the NewsHour.
    Original Air Date: October 16, 2015
    Yo-Yo Ma performs a song for the NewsHour.

Thursday, October 15, 2015

  • New suspects identified in Lockerbie bombing case
    Scottish prosecutors say they have identified two suspects in the 1988 Lockerbie bombing, and are asking the Libyan government to allow them to be interviewed. That comes just two days after the final episode of Frontline's “My Brother’s Bomber,” which reexamined the case in search for new information. Jeffrey Brown speaks to filmmaker Ken Dornstein, whose brother was killed in the bombing.
    Original Air Date: October 15, 2015
    Emergency service workers are seen next to the wreckage of Pan Am flight 103, in a farmer's field east of Lockerbie, Scotland in this December 23, 1988  file photograph. The twentieth anniversary of the bombing of the jumbo jet flight from London to New York will be marked on December 21, 2008.      REUTERS/Greg Bos/Files  (BRITAIN) - RTR22QNB
  • What influenced the decision to keep troops in Afghanistan
    The longest-running war in American history will go on even longer than expected. Hari Sreenivasan speaks to the Washington Post’s Greg Jaffe about what prompted President Obama to change course and decide to leave troops in Afghanistan.
    Original Air Date: October 15, 2015
    U.S. Defense Ash Carter (L) listens as President  Barack Obama (R) announces plans to slow the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan,  in the Roosevelt Room at the White House in Washington October 15, 2015. The plan would keep the current force of 9,800 through most of 2016 before beginning to trim levels. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst - RTS4MBW
  • Do we overestimate how much sleep we need?
    By studying the habits of three hunter-gatherer groups who live much the way humans have for thousands of years, a team of scientists is challenging conventional wisdom about how much sleep we need. Hari Sreenivasan goes to UCLA to learn more about getting enough rest and to do something he's never done on assignment before: falling asleep while on the job.
    Original Air Date: October 15, 2015
    Young man sleeping in bed
  • How social entrepreneurs are changing the world
    In “Getting Beyond Better,” Sally Osberg, president and CEO of the Skoll Foundation, explores how social entrepreneurs can confront the status quo to improve the lives of others in real, measurable ways. She sits down for a conversation with economics correspondent Paul Solman.
    Original Air Date: October 15, 2015
  • Wisdom from four decades of education reporting
    Special correspondent John Merrow has reported on education for more than four decades, and for the PBS NewsHour since the 1980s. Now retiring, he joins Judy Woodruff to talk about what he’s observed over the years.
    Original Air Date: October 15, 2015
    John Merrow
  • Getting prisoners life-ready to prevent a return to crime
    How do you make sure prisoners who are released back into society won't commit more crimes? Meet three people living behind bars who are part of a pilot program that tries to prevent recidivism. William Brangham reports.
    Original Air Date: October 15, 2015

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

  • How the Sartorialist makes street style click
    Scott Schuman, better known as the Sartorialist, captures examples of street style around the world to post on his popular blog. He’s not documenting not fashion trends exactly, but something more individual and personal. Jeffrey Brown talked to the photographer, author of the upcoming "The Sartorialist X," during New York Fashion Week.
    Original Air Date: October 14, 2015
    Schuman said what strikes him most about this shot is the "androgynous" look of the subject. "The hair is great, the way that she looks directly at you, and it’s not a judgmental way, it’s not. There’s something about the gaze in her eye that really connects, I think, with the viewer, but in a way that you’re able to look back at her." Photo by Scott Schuman
  • California's water-starved sequoias show signs of stress
    California's giant sequoias are special. These massive trees stretch hundreds of feet and live for thousands of years. But they are also being stressed: requiring an enormous amount of water, they are showing signs of suffering through the state's historic drought. Special correspondent Scott Shafer and producer Gabriela Quiros of KQED report.
    Original Air Date: October 14, 2015
  • Protecting Virunga Park and seeing Congo's rich potential
    Emmanuel de Merode -- anthropologist, Belgian prince and chief warden of the Virunga National Park -- has dedicated his life to the rich wildlife found within the precious and contentious national park in the Democratic Republic of Congo. That has meant actually risking his life; more than 100 of his rangers have died. He joins contributing editor Soledad O’Brien to discuss Congo’s future.
    Original Air Date: October 14, 2015
  • What a more interconnected world means for the Supreme Court
    The Supreme Court is often the final say on major domestic conflicts of our time. But what about when foreign law crosses paths with our legal system? Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer joins Judy Woodruff to discuss his new book, "The Court and the World: American Law and the New Global Realities."
    Original Air Date: October 14, 2015
    The Supreme Court issued two decisions on Thursday that  targeted different issues of free speech.
  • Clinton and Sanders dominate policy-deep Democratic debate
    The first Democratic debate between five presidential candidates sharpened into a two-person heavyweight match between between Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton over capitalism and gun control. Political director Lisa Desjardins reports.
    Original Air Date: October 14, 2015
    U.S. Democratic presidential candidates Senator Bernie Sanders and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton laugh together before the start of the first official Democratic candidates debate of the 2016 presidential campaign in Las Vegas, Nevada October 13, 2015.  Photo by REUTERS/Mike Blake
  • Coates: ‘We made that decision’ to have mass incarceration
    Ta-Nehisi Coates, newly named MacArthur fellow who has been shortlisted for the National Book Award, speaks to Gwen Ifill about his writings on the “gray waste” of mass incarceration and racial inequality, and why he makes the case for reparations for Black Americans.
    Original Air Date: October 14, 2015
  • Palestinian fury fuels random attacks and skirmishes
    In another day of violence, Israeli police reported that an Arab attacker stabbed a 70-year-old woman at a bus station, while in Bethlehem, dozens of Palestinian protesters clashed with Israeli troops. Gwen Ifill gets an update from special correspondent Martin Seemungal, who is in Jerusalem, about the high tensions over the unorganized, random attacks and Israel’s punishing security response.
    Original Air Date: October 14, 2015
    A Palestinian protester uses a sling to hurl stones towards Israeli troops during clashes near the Jewish settlement of Beit El, near the West Bank city of Ramallah October 14, 2015. Seven Israelis and 31 Palestinians, including children and assailants, have been killed in two weeks of bloodshed in Israel, Jerusalem and the occupied West Bank. The violence has been partly triggered by Palestinians' anger over what they see as increased Jewish encroachment on Jerusalem's Al-Aqsa mosque compound, also revered by Jews as the site of two destroyed Jewish temples.  REUTERS/Mohamad Torokman - RTS4GX1

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

  • Why tech companies may be winning the encryption argument
    Ever since Edward Snowden released information about the extent of secret U.S. surveillance, a battle has been growing between tech companies and the government over access to data. New reports suggest the Obama administration may be backing down on its demands over encryption. William Brangham speaks to David Sanger of The New York Times.
    Original Air Date: October 13, 2015
    An illustration picture shows a projection of binary code on a man holding a laptop computer, in an office in Warsaw June 24, 2013. REUTERS/Kacper Pempel (POLAND - Tags: BUSINESS TELECOMS TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY) - RTX10ZB5
  • Biden won’t be on the stage, but will he impact the debate?
    Will Joe Biden join the presidential race? That’s been a lingering question for weeks, especially going into the first Democratic debate. Political director Lisa Desjardins talks with Judy Woodruff about the man who’s not going to be on the debate stage, as well as what to expect from the five candidates who will be in Las Vegas.
    Original Air Date: October 13, 2015
    Photo of CNN's October debate preparations by Mike Blake/Reuters
  • Students seek a place to watch their movies in Congo
    Filmmaker Petna Ndaliko still remembers sneaking into the movie theater as a boy in the Democratic Republic of Congo. But in the wake of turbulence and civil war, the cinema in the city of Goma has long been closed. Now, Ndaliko is trying to bring the magic of movies back to his country through a film school and an annual arts festival. Contributing editor Soledad O’Brien reports.
    Original Air Date: October 13, 2015
  • New book sheds light on Nixon’s vulnerability, motivation
    In “The Last of the President’s Men,” journalist Bob Woodward offers a whole new understanding of Richard Nixon. Using interviews with Nixon’s deputy assistant, Alexander Butterfield, and thousands of documents, Woodward reveals previously unexplored sides of the president. Woodward and Butterfield discuss with Judy Woodruff the Nixon we didn’t see.
    Original Air Date: October 13, 2015
  • How investigators traced the MH17 missile back to its source
    Dutch investigators say evidence from the blast that brought down Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 points to a Russian-built missile. Judy Woodruff discusses the findings with Peter Goelz, former managing director of the NTSB.
    Original Air Date: October 13, 2015
  • Ellen Bryant Voigt reads 'Apple Tree'
    Poet Ellen Bryant Voigt, a recipient of one of this year's MacArthur fellowships, reads her poem 'Apple Tree.'
    Original Air Date: October 13, 2015
    Poet Ellen Bryant Voigt reads her poem "Apple Tree." Photo by Mary Jo Brooks
  • Ellen Bryant Voigt reads 'Storm'
    Poet Ellen Bryant Voigt, who was awarded one of this year's MacArthur fellowships, reads her poem "Storm."
    Original Air Date: October 13, 2015
    Poet Ellen Bryant Voigt reads her poem "Storm." Photo by Mary Jo Brooks
  • Ellen Bryant Voigt reads 'Geese'
    Poet Ellen Bryant Voigt, who won a MacArthur fellowship this year, reads her poem "Geese" for the NewsHour.
    Original Air Date: October 13, 2015
    Poet Ellen Bryant Voigt reads her poem "Geese." Photo by Mary Jo Brooks

Monday, October 12, 2015

  • How Sanders, O'Malley will try to stand out in the debate
    President Obama weighed in on Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server, while a former GOP staffer came out to say that the Benghazi Committee was politically motivated against Clinton. Will those issues start to fade? Judy Woodruff talks with Amy Walter of the Cook Political Report and Tamara Keith of NPR about the upcoming Democratic debate and the the GOP House speaker saga.
    Original Air Date: October 12, 2015
    Photo by Jay Paul/Reuters
  • NBA’s Bismack Biyombo goes home to Congo to help
    Bismack Biyombo, a 22-year-old basketball center who recently signed with the Toronto Raptors, grew up in the Democratic Republic of Congo, dreaming about playing in the NBA. Contributing editor Soledad O’Brien follows him on a trip back to his home country to see how new initiatives and investments are helping transform the lives of the Congolese.
    Original Air Date: October 12, 2015
  • Is Iran leveraging Jason Rezaian for a prisoner swap?
    Jason Rezaian was convicted by an Iranian court, but little else is known about the ruling or the fate of the Washington Post journalist who has been held for over a year on espionage and other charges. Jeffrey Brown learns more from Washington Post foreign editor Douglas Jehl.
    Original Air Date: October 12, 2015
    Jailed journalist Jason Rezaian is pictured here in a 2013. He and at least three other Americans would be released in a prison exchange with Iran. Photo  By Zoeann Murphy/The Washington Post via Getty Images
  • Is kindergarten too young to suspend a student?
    At the largest charter school network in New York City, strict academic and behavior standards set the stage for learning. That doesn't exclude children as young as 5 or 6 years old, who can be given out-of-school suspensions if they don't follow the rules. Special correspondent for education John Merrow explores what that policy means for both the child and the school.
    Original Air Date: October 12, 2015
  • Why more Syrian refugees are leaving Jordan than arriving
    In Jordan, there's intense sympathy for the thousands of refugees who have landed there. But it's illegal for most Syrians to work in that nation, and limited food aid doesn't go very far. So refugees are increasingly making the dangerous journey to Europe, or even back home, because they are struggling to survive in countries that neighbor their own. Special correspondent Jane Arraf reports.
    Original Air Date: October 12, 2015
  • Nobel laureate hopes prize will spur more inequality debate
    The Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences was awarded to Angus Deaton, a Scottish-born scholar at Princeton University who has analyzed spending, poverty and welfare. The Nobel laureate joins Judy Woodruff to discuss his work and insight into inequality and society.
    Original Air Date: October 12, 2015
    PRINCETON, NJ - OCTOBER 12:  Princeton Professor Angus Deaton speaks about winning the Nobel Prize in Economics at a press conference on October 12, 2015 in Princeton, New Jersey. The Nobel Committee said: "To design economic policy that promotes welfare and reduces poverty, we must first understand individual consumption choices. More than anyone else, Angus Deaton has enhanced this understanding." (Photo by Jessica Kourkounis/Getty Images)