Thursday, August 4, 2016

  • Investigating Obama’s $400 million payment to Iran
    The Wall Street Journal revealed this week that in January, the Obama administration secretly airlifted $400 million in cash to Iran. The money was owed as part of a failed arms deal prior to the 1979 Islamic Revolution, but payment coincided with the release of four Americans held in Tehran. Hari Sreenivasan speaks with Jay Solomon, the Wall Street Journal reporter who broke the story.
    Original Air Date: August 4, 2016
  • Trump visits Democratic stronghold, trails in key polls
    Donald Trump took his campaign to an unlikely location today: Maine. The historically dark blue state is not a battleground. Of the twelve states that appear to be up for grabs, Trump is polling far behind in Michigan, Pennsylvania and New Hampshire. Meanwhile, House Speaker Paul Ryan and other prominent Republicans vowed to push back on Trump behavior they consider out of line.
    Original Air Date: August 4, 2016
    Republican U.S. Presidential nominee Donald Trump attends a campaign event at the Merrill Auditorium in Portland, Maine August 4, 2016. REUTERS/Eric Thayer - RTSL3JY
  • News Wrap: Gaza charity worker charged with funding Hamas
    In our news wrap Thursday, Mohammed El-Halabi, the head of a Christian charity’s operations in Israel, was accused of diverting donations to Hamas to build tunnels and buy weapons. He appeared in court on charges he siphoned up to $50 million over ten years. Also, a shocking report of persistent, disregarded sexual abuse complaints within USA Gymnastics cast a shadow as the Rio Olympics approach.
    Original Air Date: August 4, 2016
    Palestinian Mohammad El Halabi (C), a manager of operations in the Gaza Strip for U.S.-based Christian charity World Vision, accused by Israel of funnelling millions of dollars in aid money to Hamas in Gaza, a charge denied by the Islamist militant group, is seen before a hearing at the Beersheba district court in southern Israel August 4, 2016. REUTERS/Dudu Grunshpan ISRAEL OUT. NO COMMERCIAL OR EDITORIAL SALES IN ISRAEL.      TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY      - RTSL0MC
  • PBS NewsHour full episode Aug. 4, 2016
    Thursday on the NewsHour, Donald Trump makes a surprising visit to Maine as swing-state polls show him trailing. Also, allegations of sexual abuse within USA Gymnastics, Obama speaks at the Pentagon about fighting ISIS in Libya, the remnants of a Jewish community in India, details behind the $400 million American payment to Iran, job hunting in the digital age and Alec Baldwin talks public radio.
    Original Air Date: August 4, 2016
    Republican U.S. Presidential nominee Donald Trump attends a campaign event at the Merrill Auditorium in Portland, Maine August 4, 2016. REUTERS/Eric Thayer - RTSL3JV
    August 4, 2016
  • Preserving what’s left of a Jewish community in India
    The coastal Indian city of Cochin was once home to a thriving Jewish community; immigrants came for the spice trade and ended up settling there. But in 1955, the community largely vanished as its residents departed en masse to the newly founded state of Israel. Now, it’s a struggle to preserve the structures and relics of Jewish heritage that remain.
    Original Air Date: August 4, 2016
  • Behind the shocking USA Gymnastics sexual abuse allegations
    For years, executives in charge of gymnastics’ national governing body have been ignoring allegations of sexual abuse by coaches of young athletes, reported USA Today’s IndyStar on Thursday. Judy Woodruff speaks with investigative reporter Marisa Kwiatkowski and Nancy Hogshead-Makar, lawyer and CEO of Champion Women, about the shocking revelations and the extent of legal protection for victims.
    Original Air Date: August 4, 2016
    2016 Rio Olympics - Gymnastics training - Rio Olympic Arena - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - 04/08/2016. Close up of the feet of Rebecca Downie (GBR) of United Kingdom as she trains on the beam.  REUTERS/Dylan Martinez TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS.   - RTSL313
  • At Pentagon, Obama discusses plan for fighting ISIS in Libya
    President Obama spoke at the Pentagon Thursday about the U.S. plan for continued military action in Libya. His report came three days after the U.S. launched airstrikes in and around Cert, in an attempt to reclaim the Islamic State stronghold. Gwen Ifill speaks with Frederic Wehrey, senior associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, for more.
    Original Air Date: August 4, 2016
    Fighters of Libyan forces allied with the U.N.-backed government fire a rocket at Islamic State fighters in Sirte, Libya, August 4, 2016. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic - RTSL2UE
  • Alec Baldwin on why he was born to host a public radio show
    As host of WNYC’s “Here’s the Thing,” actor Alec Baldwin has been criticized for doing too much talking. He counters that he’s trying to push guests, such as Andrew Weiner, Chris Rock and Molly Ringwald, to share something the audience doesn’t already know about them. Baldwin offers his Brief but Spectacular take on why his show is about conversations, not interviews.
    Original Air Date: August 4, 2016
  • A Nobel laureate writes about living under Soviet rule
    The Nobel Committee called Svetlana Alexievich's writing "a monument to suffering and courage in our time." In this new book, "Secondhand Time", the suffering is (mostly) psychological, as hope and promise at the end of Soviet era turns to despair and a sense of betrayal under Gorbachev, Yeltsin, and into the current rule of Vladimir Putin. Alexievich joins Jeffrey Brown in the studio.
    Original Air Date: August 4, 2016

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

  • PBS NewsHour full episode Aug. 3, 2016
    Wednesday on the NewsHour, more prominent Republicans disavow Donald Trump, but his campaign pushes back. Also, a primary loss for the House GOP, a Trump “intervention,” the WikiLeaks founder promises new releases, classified briefings for presidential candidates, recent voter-ID court rulings, the creature thriving in a compromised ocean and a novel’s unique take on the Underground Railroad.
    Original Air Date: August 3, 2016
    Meg Whitman, Chief Executive Officer of Hewlett-Packard gives an interview to CNBC on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange November 2, 2015. Shares of HP Inc., the legacy printer and PC business of the former Hewlett-Packard Co, soared as much as 11 percent in early trading on Monday, outpacing those of Hewlett Packard Enterprise Co, the new company that holds the tech pioneer's corporate hardware and services division.  REUTERS/Brendan McDermid  - RTX1UFZD
    August 3, 2016
  • Imagining the Underground Railroad as an actual train system
    Colson Whitehead’s new novel considers a startling premise: what if slaves had fled southern plantations via an actual subterranean train? Jeffrey Brown sits down with the author at BookExpo America in Chicago to discuss the challenge of blending fantasy with tragic historical truth and what made Whitehead ready to write this latest work.
    Original Air Date: August 3, 2016
    NEW YORK - OCTOBER 16:  Writer Colson Whitehead reads his work at The 2009 New Yorker Festival: Fiction Night at DGA on October 16, 2009 in New York City.  (Photo by Amy Sussman/Getty Images for The New Yorker)
  • Will Donald Trump reset his campaign?
    In the midst of recent blunders and increased Republican disillusionment, supporters and detractors alike are urging Donald Trump to adjust his campaign’s approach. Gwen Ifill speaks with WTMJ radio host Charlie Sykes and Matthew Dowd of ABC News about recent developments within the Trump campaign and what we can expect from it going forward.
    Original Air Date: August 3, 2016
  • The impact of recent court decisions on voter ID laws
    Voting rights supporters in North Carolina, North Dakota and Texas have triumphed this summer over what they consider discriminatory voter-identification laws. Since 2008, ten state legislatures have tightened such requirements or otherwise restricted how votes may be cast. William Brangham discusses the recent rulings with Rick Hasen, professor of law at University of California, Irvine.
    Original Air Date: August 3, 2016
    Flyers informing voters of the new voter ID law that will go into effect for the 2016 election are seen at the Mecklenburg County Board of Elections warehouse in Charlotte, North Carolina November 3, 2014. REUTERS/Chris Keane (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS) - RTR4CMY0
  • News Wrap: Kansas incumbent loses House GOP primary
    In our news wrap Wednesday, Rep. Tim Huelskamp (R-Kan.) lost the GOP primary on Tuesday. During his three terms, he repeatedly conflicted with party leaders, a pattern that cost him his seat on the House Agricultural Committee. Also, President Obama commuted 214 prison sentences, mostly for nonviolent drug offenders. In total, he’s pardoned more prisoners than the last nine presidents combined.
    Original Air Date: August 3, 2016
    UNITED STATES - MARCH 3: Rep. Tim Huelskamp, R-Kan., speaks with reporters as he leaves the House Republican Conference meeting at the Capitol Hill Club in Washington on Tuesday, March 3, 2015. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)
  • As GOP criticism mounts, Trump campaign goes on defensive
    Facing continued dissatisfaction within the GOP, Donald Trump and campaign manager Paul Manafort made public assurances on Wednesday, with Manafort asserting that the campaign is “moving forward in a positive way.” Meanwhile, Hewlett Packard CEO Meg Whitman became the highest-profile Republican to endorse Hillary Clinton. Gwen Ifill reviews the day’s events with Lisa Desjardins.
    Original Air Date: August 3, 2016
    Republican U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump's campaign manager Paul Manafort talks to the media from the Trump family box on the floor of  the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, U.S. July 18, 2016. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst - RTSIMJC
  • Presidential candidates to receive classified briefings
    Now that they are officially nominated by their respective parties, Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump and their VP picks are eligible to receive classified intelligence briefings. So how and where do those take place? Gwen Ifill speaks with Chief Foreign Affairs Correspondent Margaret Warner about the details, as well as the history and rationale behind granting presidential candidates such access.
    Original Air Date: August 3, 2016
    The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) flag is displayed on stage during a conference on national security entitled "The Ethos and Profession of Intelligence" in Washington October 27, 2015. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas - RTX1TGQJ
  • More DNC information to come, says WikiLeaks founder
    In the aftermath of a devastating email-hacking incident involving top Democratic party officials, WikiLeaks is preparing to release new information “on a range of important issues.” According to organization founder Julian Assange, WikiLeaks is now immersed in formatting the information to be easily accessible to journalists and the general public. Judy Woodruff interviews Assange for details.
    Original Air Date: August 3, 2016
    WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange makes a speech from the balcony of the Ecuadorian Embassy, in central London, Britain February 5, 2016. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls/File Photo - RTSFTLP
  • In the increasingly damaged sea, one animal is thriving
    Climate change, overfishing and pollution would naturally seem harmful for marine life. But one group of animals appears to be thriving: jellyfish. The blob-like creatures reproduce rapidly in higher temperatures and can prosper in waters tainted by human activity, such as the Gulf of Mexico’s oxygen-depleted “dead-zone.” Plus, declining fish populations mean reduced competition for food.
    Original Air Date: August 3, 2016
    A jellyfish is seen at the aquarium La Rochelle, France, February 12, 2016.  REUTERS/Regis Duvignau - RTX26P79

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

  • PBS NewsHour full episode Aug. 2, 2016
    Tuesday on the NewsHour, President Obama declares Donald Trump “unfit” to be president, and Trump blasts Hillary Clinton. Also, what Miami-Dade County is doing about Zika, our new series “Candidates in Context,” a debate over how mathematics should be taught, the oil town experiencing economic upheaval, efforts to improve community-police relations and a report on Rio as the Olympics approach.
    Original Air Date: August 2, 2016
    U.S. President Barack Obama answers a question as he and Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong hold a joint news conference at the White House in Washington, U.S. August 2, 2016.  REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst - RTSKQU3
    August 2, 2016
  • The facts behind Trump’s comments on Russia and Ukraine
    In our new series, we go beyond the headlines to take a closer look at the presidential candidates. On Sunday’s “This Week,” Donald Trump asserted that Russian President Vladimir Putin would not go into Ukraine — but Russia is already there. Lisa Desjardins reviews the recent history of Russia’s relationship with Ukraine and analyzes Trump’s previous statements on the subject.
    Original Air Date: August 2, 2016
  • Obama: Donald Trump ‘is unfit to serve as president’
    At Tuesday morning’s news conference, President Obama said he believes Donald Trump “is unfit to serve as president” and urged Republicans to reject their own nominee. Trump later responded that his opponent, Hillary Clinton, “has proven herself unfit to serve in any government office.” Meanwhile, Rep. Richard Hanna of New York became the first Republican congressman to endorse Clinton.
    Original Air Date: August 2, 2016
    Republican U.S. Presidential nominee Donald Trump attends a campaign event at Briar Woods High School in Ashburn, Virginia, U.S., August 2, 2016. REUTERS/Eric Thayer - RTSKRCO
  • News Wrap: Obama renews case for TPP; more DNC resignations
    In our news wrap Tuesday, President Obama renewed his case for the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a trade deal both presidential candidates have disavowed. Also, the Associated Press reports that the Democratic National Committee’s chief executive has resigned and that other staff members will follow suit in the wake of an email-hacking incident that revealed a DNC preference for Hillary Clinton.
    Original Air Date: August 2, 2016
    U.S. President Barack Obama and Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong (not pictured) speak during a press conference at the White House in Washington, U.S., August 2, 2016.      REUTERS/Joshua Roberts - RTSKQH3
  • Thinking about math in terms of literacy — not levels
    Algebra is a core subject for U.S. high school students. But should it be? Author Andrew Hacker believes we should reconsider how math is taught: only 5 percent of the American workforce actually uses math beyond arithmetic, though higher-level classes are widely required. But Hacker’s proposal to focus math instruction in a real-world context has drawn criticism from the education community.
    Original Air Date: August 2, 2016
  • A stretch of North Dakota highway watches oil boom and bust
    Oil prices have been dropping since the industry’s boom in 2014, and with that decline comes economic uncertainty for oil towns like Dickinson, North Dakota. Over 180 rigs drilled at the nearby Bakken oil field two years ago; only 27 remain active today. The slowdown has taken its toll on all sectors of business, from the housing market to hotel occupancy. Inside Energy’s Emily Guerin reports.
    Original Air Date: August 2, 2016
    Halliburton oil trucks drive near the company's yard in Williston, North Dakota April 30, 2016. Picture taken April 30, 2016.  REUTERS/Andrew Cullen - RTX2CC2M
  • How Gary, Indiana, is improving community-police relations
    Tonight is “National Night Out,” and police officers across the country are going into neighborhoods in an effort to connect with the people they serve. As part of our year-long Race Matters conversation, special correspondent Charlayne Hunter-Gault speaks with Gary, Indiana, Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson, who has been working to mend relations between the community and police in her city.
    Original Air Date: August 2, 2016
  • 4 days before the Olympics start, Rio seems far from ready
    With the Rio Olympics only days away, the city remains plagued by problems, including political unrest, infrastructure failures and heavy traffic. Jeff Brown speaks with Paulo Sotero of the Woodrow Wilson Center, “Brazilianaires” author Alex Cuadros and NPR’s Lulu Garcia-Navarro for a report on the city’s status just four days before the 2016 Summer Olympics are set to begin.
    Original Air Date: August 2, 2016
    Jesus Christ The Redeemer seen through Olympic Rings at Rodrigo de Freitas Lake, a rowing training session venue in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil August 2, 2016.   REUTERS/Ivan Alvarado FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS.   - RTSKQD4
  • What Miami-Dade County is doing about Zika
    With 12 confirmed cases of the Zika virus in Miami-Dade County, officials are asking residents to take part in mosquito-prevention efforts, including draining standing water and wearing insect repellent. Gwen Ifill speaks with Alina Hudak, Deputy Mayor of Miami-Dade County, for details on the identified cases, what containment measures are being utilized and the “many unknowns” about the disease.
    Original Air Date: August 2, 2016
    Mosquitos are bred inside Sun Yat-Sen University-Michigan State University Joint Center of Vector Control for Tropical Disease, the world’s largest "mosquito factory" which breeds millions of bacteria-infected mosquitoes, in the fight against the spread of viruses such as dengue and Zika, in Guangzhou, China July 28, 2016. Picture taken July 28, 2016.  REUTERS/Bobby Yip     TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY - RTSKMY8

Monday, August 1, 2016

  • Remembering the mass shooting that changed campus security
    Fifty years ago today, a former Marine and engineering student opened fire from atop the clock tower at University of Texas, Austin. Charles Whitman killed more than a dozen and wounded many more. William Brangham speaks with Gregory Fenves, president of University of Texas at Austin, about a new memorial, as well as Texas’ new campus concealed carry law.
    Original Air Date: August 1, 2016
    A stone memorial to the 16 people and one fetus who died in the August 1, 1966 mass shooting is seen ahead of it being officially delegated at a ceremony on August 1, 2016 to mark the 50th anniversary of the killing at the University of Texas in Austin, Texas, U.S. on July 27,2016. The monument sits near the tower on the university campus from which Charles Whitman perched in an observation deck near the top and shot more than 40 people.     REUTERS/Jon Herskovitz - RTSKEK5