Saturday, September 3, 2016

  • Turkey moves tanks into Syria in fight against ISIS
    Turkey deployed tanks inside Syria on Saturday to target positions held by Islamic State militants. The new operation marks an attempt to secure Turkey's border and push back against Kurdish militias. Turkey's deputy prime minister, Numan Kurtulmus, joins Hari Sreenivasan.
    Original Air Date: September 3, 2016
  • Could California’s drought make residents sick?
    As California's five-year drought continues, the community of East Porterville has become an epicenter for the state's water shortage. Of the 1,800 homes located in the town, nearly 500 have lost wells that provided water for bathing and washing food. Officials worry the predicament will take a toll on the health of the community’s 7,000 residents. NewsHour's Hari Sreenivasan reports.
    Original Air Date: September 3, 2016

Friday, September 2, 2016

  • Aboard a boat that ferries scientists to Alaskan wildlife
    Every summer, the federal research vessel Tiglax travels along the chain of Alaska’s Aleutian Islands, ferrying scientists to remote locations to study wildlife. The Aleutian archipelago is 1600 miles in length and constitutes an ecosystem of stunning diversity. Tiglax’s captain talks about life aboard the boat, the animals he’s seen, the passion of his passengers and why he’s ‘hopeful.’
    Original Air Date: September 2, 2016
  • Shields and Brooks on immigration and if Clinton can lay low
    This week, Donald Trump took a surprise trip to Mexico before his landmark immigration speech. But are his views too radical for the electorate? Meanwhile, Hillary Clinton is hitting a fundraising stride, though her email scandal remains in the headlines. Hari Sreenivasan speaks with syndicated columnist Mark Shields and New York Times columnist David Brooks for analysis of the week in politics.
    Original Air Date: September 2, 2016
  • Fame offers athletes like Kaepernick a platform for dissent
    San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick made headlines this week when he refused to stand for the national anthem, in protest against injustice he perceives in the U.S. What is the significance of Kaepernick’s actions, and how do they fit within the legacy of athletes taking a political stance? Hari Sreenivasan discusses with William Rhoden, former sports columnist for The New York Times.
    Original Air Date: September 2, 2016
  • News Wrap: Lower August job creation keeps unemployment flat
    In our news wrap Friday, August job growth was lower than expected, with 151,000 new positions created. As a result, the nation's unemployment rate remained at 4.9 percent for the third consecutive month. Also, the government of Uzbekistan confirmed that its president, Islam Karimov, died of a stroke. Karimov was known for brutal repression of dissent during more than 25 years in power.
    Original Air Date: September 2, 2016
  • A rebuilt Joplin thrives, but emotional damage lingers
    The tornado that struck Joplin, Missouri, in May 2011 was one of the most destructive in U.S. history. Five years later, the city seems to be thriving -- possibly even better off than it was before. One key to its success? Getting residents to stay, says Jane Cage, chair of the Citizens Advisory Recovery Team. But the emotional trauma from that day still lingers. Hari Sreenivasan reports.
    Original Air Date: September 2, 2016
  • Why Hermine is the first hurricane to hit the U.S. in years
    Early Friday morning, Hurricane Hermine hit Florida’s Big Bend region on the Gulf Coast, causing major damage and a state of emergency for more than 50 counties. Climate Central’s Sean Sublette joins William Brangham to consider what Hermine tells us about weather patterns, why it’s the first hurricane to make landfall in the U.S. in over a decade and what we might expect from future storms.
    Original Air Date: September 2, 2016
  • We now know what Clinton told the FBI -- but should we?
    On Friday, the FBI released two key documents from its investigation into the private email server Hillary Clinton used as secretary of state. One file contains the FBI’s notes from its interviews with Clinton; the other summarizes the agency’s findings. Hari Sreenivasan speaks with NPR’s Carrie Johnson about what new information these materials reveal and why their publication is controversial.
    Original Air Date: September 2, 2016

Thursday, September 1, 2016

  • Interpreting Donald Trump’s tough immigration proposals
    Talk of a Mexican border wall and fighting illegal immigration were big applause lines for Donald Trump in his Wednesday night speech in Arizona. Lisa Desjardins recaps his remarks and Gwen Ifill gets perspectives from Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, Marielena Hincapié of the National Immigration Law Center and Karthick Ramakrishnan of the University of California, Riverside.
    Original Air Date: September 1, 2016
  • Georgetown tries to make amends for profiting from slavery
    Georgetown University is taking an unprecedented step to respond to and apologize for its ties to slavery. The university will give special preference to applicants who are descendants of Georgetown’s slaves, plans to rename a building in honor of one of the slaves and will create an institute to study slavery. For greater context, Hari Sreenivasan speaks with the MIT’s Craig Steven Wilder.
    Original Air Date: September 1, 2016
  • How Lemony Snicket channels his bewilderment into words
    You may not have heard of Daniel Handler, but you’ve probably heard of his pen name: Lemony Snicket. Handler, author of the children’s book series “A Series of Unfortunate Events,” says much of children's’ literature is about “enforced morality,” but he focuses on the bewildering nature of childhood. Handler gives his Brief but Spectacular take on putting his bewilderment into words.
    Original Air Date: September 1, 2016
  • What would trade policy look like in a Clinton White House?
    Hillary Clinton, long associated with free trade agreements, has made a big switch this election. Economics correspondent Paul Solman sits down with Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown, a leading progressive lawmaker and one of Clinton’s supporters, for a discussion of her views on America’s role in the global economy.
    Original Air Date: September 1, 2016
  • What veterans think of their options for president
    Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump brought their campaign messages to the American Legion this week. So what do veterans think of the two candidates? Polls show Trump leading the veteran vote by double digits, but when veterans are asked who they feel would be most supportive of them, the candidates are even. Hari Sreenivasan reports.
    Original Air Date: September 1, 2016

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

  • An author’s eulogy for ‘White Christian America’
    The demographic makeup of America is undergoing a visible change, and with it, America’s culture -- dominated by White Christian culture -- and power structures are shifting, too. That’s the premise of Robert Jones’ new book, “The End of White Christian America.” Judy Woodruff speaks with Jones for more.
    Original Air Date: August 31, 2016
  • Trump talks of building a wall and a relationship in Mexico
    Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump met with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto Wednesday ahead of a speech on immigration. In the past, Trump has spoken of Mexican immigrants as rapists and criminals; Peña Nieto has compared Trump to Hitler. How did this meeting come to be? Gwen Ifill talks to Roger Noriega of the American Enterprise Institute and The Arizona Republic’s Dan Nowicki.
    Original Air Date: August 31, 2016
  • What those on the border think about building a bigger fence
    Donald Trump’s talk of building a wall between the U.S. and Mexico has been one of the most-repeated tropes of his campaign. Currently, there stands a 652-mile-long wall running across the almost 2,000 mile border. It stretches not just along deserted areas, but also along bustling cities like Nogales, Arizona. Special correspondent Angela Kocherga gives us a glimpse of life at the border.
    Original Air Date: August 31, 2016
  • Turning student inventions into the next big thing
    It’s back-to-school season, but these students have taken their brainstorming outside the classroom to solve pressing, real-life problems. Visit a competition where teams of student inventors pitch their entrepreneurial ideas to guests posing as investors, who vote on the best startup ideas. Special correspondent Cat Wise reports from Portland, Oregon.
    Original Air Date: August 31, 2016
  • An accusation comes to light against filmmaker Nate Parker
    A new film, “The Birth of a Nation,” tells the story of Nat Turner, a historic figure who led a bloody slave rebellion in 1891. But lately this highly anticipated movie has been in the news because of revelations that Nate Parker, writer and lead actor, was accused of rape in college. Jeffrey Brown talks to Roxane Gay of Purdue University and Mike Sargent, chief film critic for Pacifica Radio.
    Original Air Date: August 31, 2016

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

  • For travel memories, Russell Banks prefers words to images
    Novelist and poet Russell Banks used to feel guilty about not taking pictures to document his trips. Now, he doesn't even bring a camera with him, believing that visually recording an experience would effectively remove him from it. In contrast, describing sights in writing imprints images upon his memory. Banks shares an essay on how a camera can distinguish between a traveler and a tourist.
    Original Air Date: August 30, 2016
  • EU: Apple owes Ireland nearly $15 billion in back taxes
    After uncovering an illegal deal, the European Union ruled that Apple pay over $14.5 billion in back taxes to Ireland. The EU’s antitrust regulator found that the country and the tech giant had made an agreement that allowed Apple to pay less than 1 percent in corporate tax for over a decade. Apple plans to appeal the decision. Hari Sreenivasan speaks with EU Commissioner Margrethe Vestager.
    Original Air Date: August 30, 2016
  • Mass graves of ISIS victims discovered across Iraq and Syria
    Documenting atrocities committed by the Islamic State can seem impossible. A new report from the Associated Press, however, catalogs 72 mass graves around Syria and Iraq -- including one site that held 1,700 bodies. Gwen Ifill speaks with the AP's Lori Hinnant about the locations of these burial sites, what happened to the victims entombed within them and whether anyone is being held responsible.
    Original Air Date: August 30, 2016
  • Preparing Chicago teachers for high-need urban classrooms
    Preparing Chicago teachers for high-need urban classrooms.
    Original Air Date: August 30, 2016
  • How Donald Trump’s ground strategy ‘defies convention’
    Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton have very different ground strategies in key states. While Clinton has devoted substantial resources to establishing local campaign offices and on-the-ground personnel, Donald Trump has defied this standard practice, keeping field operations much more limited. Hari Sreenivasan speaks with Lisa Desjardins, who co-authored a report on the subject with Daniel Bush.
    Original Air Date: August 30, 2016
  • Tourism in Iceland is booming -- but it's not all good news
    As war, terrorism and uncertainty pervade the globe, travelers are flocking to Iceland -- regarded as one of the safest nations on the planet. Fishing used to be the country’s most profitable industry, but in recent years, tourism has claimed the top spot. Still, the buzz and the economic benefits it delivers are accompanied by challenges. Malcolm Brabant reports Iceland's tourism 'growing pains.'
    Original Air Date: August 30, 2016

Monday, August 29, 2016

  • Clinton & Trump are talking about minorities -- but to whom?
    As summer winds down, the presidential campaign ramps up. Both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton highlighted racial issues this week, while Trump appeared to soften on immigration. Meanwhile, some swing states may be out of contention. For political analysis, Gwen Ifill speaks with Amy Walter of the Cook Political Report and Stuart Rothenberg of the The Rothenberg & Gonzales Political Report.
    Original Air Date: August 29, 2016
  • An extremist’s path to academia -- and fighting terrorism
    Jesse Curtis Morton begins work as a counterterrorism researcher at George Washington University this fall. But his path to the position was highly unconventional: until 2012, Morton was Younus Abdullah Muhammad, a Muslim extremist who founded a radical Islamist website. His decision to go undercover and assist in counterterrorism efforts while in prison changed his trajectory profoundly.
    Original Air Date: August 29, 2016
  • News Wrap: U.S. tells Turkey to focus on ISIS, not Kurds
    In our news wrap Monday, top American officials accused Turkey of focusing on Kurdish groups in their military campaign against Syria, instead of on ISIS. Also, in Yemen, a suicide truck bomb tore into a gathering of military recruits, leaving at least 54 dead and 70 wounded. ISIS claimed responsibility for the attack, which took place in the southern city of Aden, near two schools and a mosque.
    Original Air Date: August 29, 2016

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