Thursday, April 14, 2016

  • The stories behind Canada’s assisted suicide battle
    Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau introduced legislation Thursday that would legalize physician-assisted suicide across the nation. Trudeau’s decision comes a year after the Canadian Supreme Court overturned a criminal ban against the practice. For more on the issue, we look back at special correspondent John Larson’s report last year on the patient at the center of the Supreme Court case.
    Original Air Date: April 14, 2016
    File photo by Portra Images via Getty Images
  • Health advocates score a major victory with folic acid
    The Food and Drug Administration announced Thursday that it would allow folic acid to be added to corn flour in order to prevent certain types of birth defects. The decision was a major victory for health advocates around the nation, who credit the additive with preventing some 1,300 birth defects per year. Judy Woodruff sits down with Dr. Jose Cordero of the University of Georgia for more.
    Original Air Date: April 14, 2016
    A new study suggests that babies are more likely to learn when an object acts in a way that surprises them. That may be why games like peekaboo hold an infant's attention. Photo courtesy of Brian Warren/Flickr.
  • Inside the Chicago Police Department’s race problem
    An accountability task force appointed by Mayor Rahm Emanuel found that the Chicago Police Department has engaged in a long pattern of institutionalized racism that has alienated black and Hispanic residents. For more on what the report means for Chicago, and how officials are planning to reform the city’s law enforcement services, John Yang talks to Lori Lightfoot of the Chicago Police Board.
    Original Air Date: April 14, 2016
    Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel (L) listens to Eddie Johnson (R) after introducing him as the Interim Superintendent of the Chicago Police Department, during a news conference in Chicago, March 28, 2016. REUTERS/Kamil Krzaczynski - RTSCKAB
  • PBS NewsHour full episode April 14, 2016
    Thursday on the NewsHour, how the media is shaping the 2016 presidential race. Also: Why the Chicago Police Department has a race problem, all the financial advice you need on one index card, health advocates score a major victory with folic acid, the stories behind Canada’s assisted suicide battle, the Golden State Warriors make history and Danny Strong says write what you don’t know.
    Original Air Date: April 14, 2016
    U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders speaks to the press after a campaign rally in Keene, New Hampshire February 2, 2016.   REUTERS/Rick Wilking - RTX2569D
    April 14, 2016
  • News Wrap: U.S. military announces South China Sea patrols
    In our news wrap Thursday, in response to Chinese military buildup in the contested South China Sea, the U.S. military announced that joint patrols with the Philippine Navy are under way to tamp down tensions in the region. Also, China agreed to end some of its export subsidies that the U.S. claimed were flooding the market with cheaply priced goods.
    Original Air Date: April 14, 2016
    An MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter prepares to land on the flight deck of aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman during a vertical replenishment in the Arabian Gulf in this U.S. Navy picture taken April 6, 2016. The U.S. Navy is leading a 30-nation maritime exercise across Middle Eastern waters which it says will help protect international trade routes against possible threats, including from Islamic State and al Qaeda. Picture taken April 6, 2016.  REUTERS/U.S. Navy/Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Justin R. Pacheco/Handout via Reuters   THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. IT IS DISTRIBUTED, EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - RTX298A2
  • All the financial advice you’ll ever need on an index card
    At first glance, fiscal planning can seem more complex and time-consuming than it’s worth. But according to Professor Harold Pollack of the University of Chicago, you can fit all the financial advice you’ll ever really need on a single index card. Economics correspondent Paul Solman takes a look at Pollack’s ten easy tips for simple and sensible money management.
    Original Air Date: April 14, 2016
  • How the media has shaped the 2016 presidential race
    The 2016 presidential race is rewriting the political rulebook, and nowhere is this more apparent than in the case of advertising. Judy Woodruff talks to Elizabeth Wilner of Kantar Media and Ken Goldstein of the University of San Francisco to examine how both paid and free media attention has shaped this election cycle.
    Original Air Date: April 14, 2016
    U.S. Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz waves to a supporter as he arrives for a campaign stop at the Sabrosura restaurant in the Bronx borough of New York City, April 6, 2016.  REUTERS/Mike Segar - RTSDVZC
  • ‘Empire’ writer says write what you don’t know
    New writers are often told, “write what you know.” But according to actor and writer Danny Strong, professional writers shouldn’t shy away from the unfamiliar -- they should write what they’re passionate about. Strong gives his Brief But Spectacular take on writing what you don’t know.
    Original Air Date: April 14, 2016

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

  • News Wrap: Verizon workers protest expired contracts
    In our news wrap Wednesday, nearly 40,000 Verizon employees across nine states walked off the job to protest the company’s alleged attempts to freeze pensions, make layoffs easier and hire more contract workers. Also, the CDC reported that Zika virus is confirmed to cause microcephaly in babies, and evidence also links it to other severe brain disorders.
    Original Air Date: April 13, 2016
    Communications Workers of America (CWA) workers striking against Verizon cheer as U.S. Democratic presidential candidate and U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders speaks to them in Brooklyn, New York April 13, 2016.  REUTERS/Brian Snyder - RTX29SS7
  • Candidates hope for home state advantage in New York
    Ahead of Tuesday’s delegate-rich New York primary, Sen. Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton spent the day courting labor unions, while Donald Trump lashed out at GOP rules that he claims are robbing him of delegates. John Yang wraps up the day’s campaign news and Judy Woodruff talks to Karen DeWitt of New York State Public Radio and Beth Fouhy of MSNBC.
    Original Air Date: April 13, 2016
    U.S. Democratic presidential candidate and U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders greets audience members as he takes the stage at a campaign rally in Syracuse, New York April 12, 2016.  REUTERS/Brian Snyder - RTX29NKI
  • Tech titan Sean Parker funds collaborative cancer research
    Sean Parker made his fortune as the co-founder of Napster and first president of Facebook. Now, the tech entrepreneur and billionaire hopes to change medicine by creating a new kind of research network. Parker gave out a $250 million grant Wednesday to six of the nation’s leading medical schools and cancer centers to fund collaborative immunotherapy research. Parker joins Judy Woodruff for more.
    Original Air Date: April 13, 2016
    Founders Fund Managing Partner Sean Parker attends the eG8 forum in Paris in this May 25, 2011 file photo. A $250 million grant from Silicon Valley billionaire Parker, announced on April 13, 2016, aims to speed development of more effective cancer treatments by fostering collaboration among leading researchers in the field.  REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes/Files - RTX29OXM
  • When your job is to be ready for nuclear war
    What would happen today if the president ever gave the order to unleash nuclear weapons? Granted rare access to America's nuclear war fighters, veteran correspondent Jamie McIntyre on special assignment for the NewsHour profiles the people and the fleet that would carry out such a mission, then joins John Yang to discuss what he’s learned about America’s aging arsenal.
    Original Air Date: April 13, 2016
  • Can water ATMs solve India's water crisis?
    About 76 million Indians don’t have regular access to clean drinking water, the most of any country in the world. But a new nationwide experiment aims to address the water crisis with “water ATMs,” machines that purify water on site and dispense it through prepaid card swipes, an idea that is gaining traction with the prime minister on down. Special correspondent Fred de Sam Lazaro reports.
    Original Air Date: April 13, 2016
  • PBS NewsHour full episode April 13, 2016
    Wednesday on the NewsHour, Democratic candidates court labor unions as Donald Trump lambasts the GOP’s delegate rules ahead of the New York primary. Also: A major windfall for cancer research from Sean Parker, neural engineering works to mend paralysis, a look at America’s nuclear warriors, water ATMs may solve India’s water crisis and Jacques Pépin explains why cooking is all about context.
    Original Air Date: April 13, 2016
    U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at a campaign event in an airplane hanger in Rome, New York April 12, 2016. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri - RTX29OIC
    April 13, 2016
  • Jacques Pépin says following a recipe can lead to disaster
    Have you ever had a dish turn out wrong no matter how closely you stick to the recipe? According to legendary chef Jacques Pépin, recipes describe a process that can never be duplicated exactly; what you need to understand is the “idea” behind the recipe, and use it as a point of departure.
    Original Air Date: April 13, 2016
  • A big technological step for paralysis research
    Five years ago, Ian Burkhart broke his neck at the beach, leaving him paralyzed from the chest down. Now he has regained some movement in his hands and fingers thanks to technology that communicates his thoughts directly to his muscles. Science correspondent Miles O’Brien joins Jeffrey Brown to discuss the big breakthrough in neural engineering.
    Original Air Date: April 13, 2016

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

  • ‘Count me out’: Ryan quells nomination talk
    House Speaker Paul Ryan tried to make clear he has no presidential ambitions this year, even if the nomination is up for grabs at the convention. Meanwhile, Donald Trump criticized the nomination process while stumping in upstate New York and Sen. Ted Cruz suggested delegate gains made by his campaign is proof of his better organization. Judy Woodruff reports.
    Original Air Date: April 12, 2016
    U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan makes a statement to the media on Capitol Hill in Washington ruling himself out as a potential 2016 presidential candidate April 12, 2016. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas - RTX29NUJ
  • What happens if there’s no clear GOP nominee
    In the race for the White House, neither party has a candidate with enough delegates yet to clinch the nomination. Judy Woodruff examines the delegate dance on the Republican side with Benjamin Ginsberg, a partner at Jones Day and an NBC/MSNBC political analyst.
    Original Air Date: April 12, 2016
    Republican U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump reacts to the cheers of supporters at a campaign rally in Albany, New York, April 11, 2016.  REUTERS/Mike Segar - RTX29IUJ
  • News Wrap: NC governor moves to alter new LGBT law
    In our news wrap Tuesday, after a wave of criticism over last month’s LGBT rights law, North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory expanded protections for state employees based on sexual orientation and gender identity and asked lawmakers to restore the right to sue over discrimination. Also, the Taliban launched a spring offensive in Afghanistan, warning of “large-scale” suicide bombings and assassinations.
    Original Air Date: April 12, 2016
    Front from left, demonstrators Jess Jude, Loan Tran and Noah Rubin-Blose, sit chained together in the middle of the street during a protest against House Bill 2 on Thursday, March 24, 2016, outside of the Governor's Mansion on North Blount Street in downtown Raleigh, N.C. (Jill Knight/Raleigh News & Observer/TNS via Getty Images)
  • Does Denmark live up to its title as the happiest nation?
    Denmark tops a United Nations poll as the happiest nation on Earth. Is it because Danes pay taxes to get free health care, education and generous unemployment? Or is it a Scandinavian genetic predisposition? Or is it a myth? Special correspondent Malcolm Brabant reports.
    Original Air Date: April 12, 2016
    Cycling commuters in Copenhagen old town
  • Is Dodd-Frank missing some vital regulatory firewalls?
    Investment bank Goldman Sachs became this week the last big institution to settle with the federal government for its role in the 2008 financial crisis. But in an election cycle that has seen big banks under more scrutiny than ever before, there are worries that regulations against institutions like Goldman Sachs aren’t going far enough. Lynn Stout of Cornell Law School joins John Yang.
    Original Air Date: April 12, 2016
    A view of the Goldman Sachs stall on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange July 16, 2013. Goldman Sachs Group Inc said on Tuesday quarterly profit doubled, beating Wall Street estimates, boosted by returns from investing the bank's own money. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid (UNITED STATES - Tags: BUSINESS) - RTX11OFA
  • NYC community colleges invest in student support
    Can New York City dramatically increase graduation rates at its community colleges? That's the goal behind a support program for full-time students, which offers financial help, convenient schedules and the encouragement of an adviser. Hari Sreenivasan reports.
    Original Air Date: April 12, 2016
  • The overlooked history of women running for president
    With Hillary Clinton as front-runner for the Democratic nomination, the possibility of a female president is closer than ever. But Clinton is far from the first woman to shoot for the Oval Office. In her new book, “The Highest Glass Ceiling,” author Ellen Fitzpatrick charts the history of female presidential candidates and the odds they battled. Judy Woodruff talks to Fitzpatrick to learn more.
    Original Air Date: April 12, 2016
  • Sick of lawmakers’ empty talk? Let’s cut back the supply
    Does it seem these days that politicians are always speaking yet never really say anything? Give them a break, says Barton Swaim, former speechwriter for South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford. According to Swaim, we expect them to speak too often and about too many subjects.
    Original Air Date: April 12, 2016
  • Artist boosts declining population with cut-out villagers
    How do you save a fading rural village? An artist from Taylor, Nebraska, hatched an idea to recreate the town at its boom, when it had double its current population, to draw visitors. Special correspondent Mike Tobias of NET reports.
    Original Air Date: April 12, 2016
  • PBS NewsHour full episode April 12, 2016
    Tuesday on the NewsHour, House Speaker Paul Ryan rejects the idea that he will seek the GOP presidential nomination. Also: Inside the 2016 delegate dance, how Dodd-Frank isn’t going far enough, why Denmark is the happiest place on Earth, NYC colleges invest in student support, the history of female presidential candidates, art boosts a town’s falling population and the case for political silence.
    Original Air Date: April 12, 2016
    U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan makes a statement to the media on Capitol Hill in Washington ruling himself out as a potential 2016 presidential candidate April 12, 2016. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas      TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY      - RTX29NSA
    April 12, 2016

Monday, April 11, 2016

  • How geography changes life expectancy for America’s poorest
    America's poorest citizens have shorter lifespans than wealthier Americans, and new research finds that gap is growing. But the study also found that the poor who live in affluent and highly educated cities live longer than those who live in other areas. Judy Woodruff learns more from Raj Chetty of Stanford University.
    Original Air Date: April 11, 2016
    Couple looking worried, Photo by Image Source/Getty Images
  • War over delegates ramps up as White House race tightens
    Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is leading his party's race by about 200 delegates, but that hasn't stopped him from complaining that he should be getting even more. Adding to his frustration, Sen Ted Cruz swept all of Colorado's delegates over the weekend. John Yang reports.
    Original Air Date: April 11, 2016
    Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz greets supporters at the Colorado Republican state convention in Colorado Springs, Colorado April 9, 2016.  Photo by Rick Wilking/ Reuters