Monday, August 17, 2015

  • Why poor students drop out even when aid covers the cost
    Among the many students heading off to college this fall, those from wealthier backgrounds are far more likely to graduate after four years. Hari Sreenivasan takes a look at why that occurs, and what one university is doing to combat this statistic.
    Original Air Date: August 17, 2015
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  • Why the electability equation isn’t yet on voters’ minds
    Are the summer surges enjoyed by Donald Trump and Sen. Bernie Sanders a sign of real political momentum, or just a passing fancy for voters? Judy Woodruff talks with Amy Walter of the Cook Political Report and Tamara Keith of NPR about Trump’s official stance on immigration and whether talk of Hillary Clinton’s emails is drowning out her campaign.
    Original Air Date: August 17, 2015
  • Camisha Jones reads 'Ode to a Chronically Ill Body'
    Poet Camisha Jones reads her piece "Ode to a Chronically Ill Body" on July 19, 2015, at Busboys and Poets in Washington, D.C.
    Original Air Date: August 17, 2015
    Poet Camisha Jones reads "Ode to a Chronically Ill Body" on July 19, 2015.

Sunday, August 16, 2015

  • What you should know about the legacy of Julian Bond
    Longtime civil rights leader and former NAACP president Julian Bond died Saturday in Florida, at age 75. Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton, a civil rights pioneer, joins Hari Sreenivasan via Skype from Martha's Vineyard, to discuss the legacy of Julian Bond.
    Original Air Date: August 16, 2015
    APRIL 09, 2014 -   discussion panel, Heroes of the Civil Rights Movement: Views from the Front Line, held at the the Civil Rights Summit at the Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum in Austin, Texas, on Wednesday, April 9, 2014.  The LBJ Library and Museum celebrated the fiftieth anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 passage.  (RODOLFO GONZALEZ / AMERICAN-STATESMAN)
  • Rooftop solar on the move again in Hawaii, but for how long?
    Rooftop solar is moving again in Hawaii, where many homeowners have installed rooftop panels to capitalize on federal and state tax credits for using solar energy. Approvals were stalled by the local utility company that worried the abundant users might threaten the safety and reliability of the power grid. How long will this last? NewsHour special correspondent Mike Taibbi reports.
    Original Air Date: August 16, 2015
  • Inside AT&T and the NSA's 'highly collaborative' partnership
    An article published jointly by The New York Times and Pro-Publica reports that AT&T demonstrated an "extreme willingness to help" the NSA, according to documents from Edward Snowden. Among other revelations, the article reports that AT&T forwarded a million emails and handed over a billion cell phone records to the NSA. Pro-Publica reporter Jeff Larson joins Hari Sreenivasan to discuss.
    Original Air Date: August 16, 2015
    DES PLAINES, IL - MAY 12:  The AT&T logo is seen atop a phone bill May 12, 2006 in Des Plaines, Illinois. The US National Security Agency began collecting information from phone records of millions of AT&T (until recently known as SBC), Verizon, and BellSouth customers shortly after the 2001 terror attacks. Questioning the legality, Qwest refused to comply with the agency's request for records.  (Photo Illustration by Tim Boyle/Getty Images)
  • Exposé reveals Amazon's punishing workplace culture
    According to a story in The New York Times, the success of, the world's largest retailer, is motivated by a data-driven workforce and a corporate culture where employees are pushed to the limit. David Streitfeld, one of the article's authors, joins Hari Sreenivasan from San Francisco.
    Original Air Date: August 16, 2015
    Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos discusses his company's new Fire smartphone at a news conference in Seattle, Washington June 18, 2014. Bezos unveiled a $200 "Fire" smartphone on Wednesday equipped with a 3D-capable screen and an ability to recognize music and TV shows, hoping to stand out in a crowded field dominated by Apple Inc and Samsung Electronics. REUTERS/Jason Redmond  (UNITED STATES - Tags: SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY BUSINESS TELECOMS) - RTR3UIDN
  • A personal perspective on the life of Julian Bond
    PBS Correspondent Charlayne Hunter Gault reflects on the life of Julian Bond, whom she knew as the first black student to attend the University of Georgia in 1961.
    Original Air Date: August 16, 2015
    4/10/98 - Dr. Julian Bond during part of his teaching day at UVA. Bond is the newly elected Chairman of the NAACP. Dr. Julian Bond checks the time and the hallway outside of his office for students that have made appointments with him concerning classwork and other academic issues. CREDIT: Dudley M. Brooks TWP.  (Photo by Dudley M. Brooks/The Washington Post/Getty Images)

Saturday, August 15, 2015

  • U.S. to block release of Guantanamo Bay detainee
    The U.S. government is opposing the release of Guantanamo Bay detainee Tariq Ba Odah, who has been on a hunger strike for eight years and is among the 52 who have been cleared for release from the prison. On Friday, the Justice Department filed a court order opposing his release, but a spokesperson said the Obama administration will still work on resettling him in another country.
    Original Air Date: August 15, 2015
    The exterior of Camp Delta is seen at the U.S. Naval Base at Guantanamo Bay, March 6, 2013. The facility is operated by the Joint Task Force Guantanamo and holds prisoners who have been captured in the war in Afghanistan and elsewhere since the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks. Photo by Bob Strong/Reuters
  • Florida schools get failing grade due to re-segregation
    This week, an investigation of five Florida elementary schools in low-income, predominantly black neighborhoods of St. Petersburg labeled the schools 'failure factories,' partially blaming racial re-segregation over the past eight years. Tampa Bay Times reporter Michael LaForgia joins Hari Sreenivasan to discuss.
    Original Air Date: August 15, 2015
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  • Washington lawmakers to address education funding
    The national debate over education quality is playing out in Washington state this week, where state leaders are set to begin addressing inequalities in public school funding next week. The meetings come on the heels of a state Supreme Court decision to impose a $100,000 fine per day to address K-12 school funding. Seattle Times reporter Joseph O'Sullivan joins Hari Sreenivasan to discuss.
    Original Air Date: August 15, 2015
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Friday, August 14, 2015

  • Does Sesame Street’s new address change its mission?
    Sesame Street, the beloved children's television series and PBS staple since 1969, will have a new address coming this fall. A five-year partnership with HBO means episodes will air first on the premium pay cable channel before appearing on public television nine months later. Judy Woodruff discusses the changes with Gary Knell, former CEO of Sesame Workshop.
    Original Air Date: August 14, 2015
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  • 'Straight Outta Compton' calls out lingering racial divide
    The album "Straight Outta Compton" by rap group NWA burst onto the hip hop scene in 1988, evoking the turmoil of gang violence, crack cocaine and poverty and the tension between young black Americans and the police. A new movie, borrowing the same name, details the rise of those musicians and resonates with ongoing struggles today. Jeffrey Brown reports.
    Original Air Date: August 14, 2015
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  • Brooks and Corn on Cuba as campaign issue
    New York Times columnist David Brooks and David Corn of Mother Jones join Judy Woodruff to discuss the week’s news, why Jeb Bush is calling out the Obama administration and Hillary Clinton for the rise of the Islamic State, including how 2016 candidates are responding to renewed relations with Cuba, whether Hillary Clinton is losing ground in the 2016 race, plus the appeal of Donald Trump.
    Original Air Date: August 14, 2015
  • U.S. restores embassy while pushing for changes in Cuba
    The U.S. Embassy has reopened in Cuba after 54 years. U.S. Marines raised the American flag and Secretary of State John Kerry called for change in a country where the Communist Party continues to rule unchallenged. Hari Sreenivasan talks to Indira Lakshmanan of Bloomberg News, reporting from Havana.
    Original Air Date: August 14, 2015
    The U.S. flag flies at the U.S. embassy in Havana, Cuba, August 14, 2015. Watched over by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, U.S. Marines raised the U.S. flag at the embassy in Cuba for the first time in 54 years on Friday, symbolically ushering in an era of renewed diplomatic relations between the two Cold War-era foes.    REUTERS/Yander Zamora   - RTX1OB9P
  • Thousands gather for a big flute blowout
    In our NewsHour Shares video of the day, more than 3,000 flutists gather for an annual conference, setting off a symphony of sound.
    Original Air Date: August 14, 2015
  • News Wrap: Islamic State leader raped hostage Kayla Mueller
    In our news wrap Friday, the family of American hostage Kayla Mueller says she was repeatedly raped by Islamic State leader Abu Bakr Baghdadi before her death, according to U.S. intelligence. Also, Kurdish officials say they're investigating chemical weapons attacks by Islamic State forces.
    Original Air Date: August 14, 2015
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Thursday, August 13, 2015

  • How Islamic State systematically turns girls into sex slaves
    The Islamic State militants have imposed a brutal, ritualistic sex slave trade on thousands of women and girls who belong to the Yazidi sect, a persecuted religious minority. Rukmini Callimachi of The New York Times joins Judy Woodruff from Northern Iraq to discuss her reporting on the human toll of the Islamic State’s rule.
    Original Air Date: August 13, 2015
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  • Understanding the two sides of Ronald Reagan
    How did Ronald Reagan, a seemingly ordinary man in many ways, become a president who dominated American politics and ideology in the second half of the 20th century? H.W. Brands offers his take on the politician and pragmatist in “Reagan: A Life.” Brands joins Jeffrey Brown for a conversation.
    Original Air Date: August 13, 2015
  • Perseid meteor shower offers a spectacular show
    In our NewsHour Shares moment of the day, stargazers catch a glimpse of the annual Perseid meteor shower. This year, the show is especially brilliant.
    Original Air Date: August 13, 2015
    The night sky is shown during the Perseid meteor shower in Ramona, California, August 13, 2015. Photo by Mike Blake/Reuters
  • Author Jennifer Senior on how we’ve redefined parenting
    A lot has changed about parenting since the first days of America, including our perceptions of what’s best for our children. Jennifer Senior, author of "All Joy and No Fun," offers her Brief but Spectacular take on the paradoxes of modern parenthood.
    Original Air Date: August 13, 2015
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  • Puerto Rico debt crisis drives exodus to U.S.
    New austerity measures are imposing more economic pain on U.S. territory Puerto Rico, which already has a poverty rate almost double that of America's poorest state. In turn, many are deciding to leave the island for better opportunity and pay in the states. Special correspondent Chris Bury reports on the human toll of the debt crisis.
    Original Air Date: August 13, 2015
    A woman carries bags while walking in a commercial area with stores either closed or offered for sale in San Juan, Puerto Rico, July 31, 2015. Puerto Rico will miss a payment on debt due August 1, the governor's chief of staff said on Friday, an event that will be considered a default by investors as the commonwealth lurches towards what could be one of the largest U.S. municipal debt restructurings in history. The island faces a number of debt payments that day but had signaled in recent weeks that it may miss the $58 million payment on Public Finance Corporation (PFC) bonds. REUTERS/Alvin Baez  - RTX1MMK6
  • Why California's fires are burning longer and harder
    High temperatures, unpredictable winds and extremely dry conditions caused by the relentless drought have made managing this summer's blazes particularly challenging and unpredictable in California. The NewsHour's Cat Wise reports from Lake County, one of the state's hardest hit areas.
    Original Air Date: August 13, 2015
    A firefighter keeps watch on flames from the Jerusalem Fire in Lake County, California August 13, 2015. Firefighters kept battling blazes across drought-parched California on Thursday, and thousands of them made solid progress against a wildfire that has forced 150 people to evacuate homes outside of San Francisco. Firefighters had drawn containment lines around about 33 percent of the so-called Jerusalem Fire, which grew overnight to cover 23,500 acres (9,510 hectares) by Thursday morning, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire).REUTERS/Robert Galbraith - RTX1O6T0
  • News Wrap: Death toll rises from China industrial blasts
    In our news wrap Thursday, the death toll from explosions at port facilities in Tianjin, China, rose to 50 and is still expected to increase. Also, China dismissed talk that it might allow a 10 percent currency decline after the yuan fell again for a third day.
    Original Air Date: August 13, 2015
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  • How a 1917 law limits commerce in Puerto Rico
    The Jones Act requires everybody in Puerto Rico to buy goods from an American made ship, with an American crew.
    Original Air Date: August 13, 2015
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Wednesday, August 12, 2015

  • Why the president of a group opposing the Iran deal quit
    Gary Samore helped establish the advocacy group United Against a Nuclear Iran in 2008, before serious negotiations began over the nation's nuclear program. When the nuclear deal was signed last month, the group offered a near-unanimous opposition to the pact. But Samore disagreed; satisfied with the agreement, he stepped down as the group's president. He joins Hari Sreenivasan for a conversation.
    Original Air Date: August 12, 2015
    It is likely that Iran, whose flag is pictured above, has violated a U.N. Security Council resolution by firing a ballistic missile.
  • How the ‘quietest’ drug epidemic has ravaged the U.S.
    Former Los Angeles Times reporter Sam Quinones examines the dramatic surge of heroin use in the U.S. in his new book, "Dreamland: The True Tale of America's Opiate Epidemic." Quinones paints a graphic portrait of the national problem in a conversation with Jeffrey Brown.
    Original Air Date: August 12, 2015
    A New England Journal of Medicine review said those who abuse prescription painkillers are less likely than previously thought to use heroin as well.
  • Transforming Boston's untapped talent into mini maestros
    If you take a look at orchestras around the country, you'll find a striking lack of black and Latino players. Changing the face of classical music is the mission of Project STEP, a Boston organization that for more than 30 years has been teasing talent out of kids who otherwise might be overlooked. Special correspondent Jared Bowen of WGBH reports.
    Original Air Date: August 12, 2015