Friday, January 22, 2016

  • News Wrap: States of emergency declared for coming blizzard
    In our news wrap Friday, millions across the eastern U.S. prepared for one of the worst snowstorms in the history of the Mid-Atlantic, which threatens to inflict more than $1 billion worth of damage nationwide. Also, bad weather off the Greek Islands caused the drowning of at least 46 people, who were trying to cross from Turkey in two wooden boats.
    Original Air Date: January 22, 2016
    Snowplow trucks work on the roads as the snow begins to fall in Washington January 22, 2016. The leading edge of a monster snowstorm arrived on Friday afternoon in Washington, D.C., threatening to dump as many as 30 inches (76 cm) of powder on parts of the Middle Atlantic region and bring record accumulations to the U.S. capital. After days of planning by emergency officials and a scramble by residents to stock up on supplies, the blizzard got underway in the nation's capital at about 1 p.m.  REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst  - RTX23LSX
  • We can't see this possible 9th planet, but we feel it
    Most of us grew up thinking there were nine planets in the solar system, but that changed when Pluto got downgraded in 2006. Now there's news that there might be a ninth planet after all. Researchers have found evidence of a planet with a mass 10 times that of Earth. Jeffrey Brown talks to Mike Brown of the California Institute of Technology.
    Original Air Date: January 22, 2016
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  • In both parties, 2016 front-runners go on the attack
    As voting draws near, Republican front-runners Donald Trump and Sen. Ted Cruz escalated their rivalry by questioning one another’s conservative credentials, while the GOP establishment railed against both. Meanwhile, Democrat Hillary Clinton went after Sen. Bernie Sanders over Obamacare, and Sanders faced criticism over the lack of diversity in a new ad. Political director Lisa Desjardins reports.
    Original Air Date: January 22, 2016
    U.S. Republican presidential candidate and businessman Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally at the South Point Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada January 21, 2016. REUTERS/David Becker - RTX23GJU
  • Brooks and Marcus on GOP backlash to Trump and Cruz
    New York Times columnist David Brooks and Washington Post columnist Ruth Marcus join Judy Woodruff to discuss the week’s news, including a new divide opening up between American conservatives over the popularity and electability of Donald Trump and Sen. Ted Cruz, plus former Gov. Sarah Palin’s Trump endorsement and a new campaign ad from Sen. Bernie Sanders.
    Original Air Date: January 22, 2016
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  • The end of bananas as we know them?
    A deadly fungus, known as Panama disease, is decimating banana plantations around the world and threatens to wipe out the most common species, the Cavendish banana. Scientists in Honduras are working to create a resistant banana before the disease hits Latin America, where the majority of the fruit is grown. NewsHour's Mori Rothman reports.
    Original Air Date: January 22, 2016
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Thursday, January 21, 2016

  • Human guinea pig explains why you should experiment in life
    Journalist and author A.J. Jacobs has been called a “human guinea pig,” a title he’s earned by diving into his subjects and radically changing his lifestyle: he once spent a month without telling a single lie, and a year obeying every rule in the Bible. He offers his Brief But Spectacular take on his immersive brand of journalism.
    Original Air Date: January 21, 2016
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  • The NFL’s newest coach, a game-changing hire for women
    The Buffalo Bills announced Wednesday that they have hired the first full-time female coach in NFL history. Kathryn Smith is the team’s new special teams quality control coach, and comes to the job with 13 years of NFL experience with the Bills and the New York Jets. Hari Sreenivasan talks to Christine Brennan of USA Today for more on the groundbreaking hire and its implications.
    Original Air Date: January 21, 2016
    Jan 3, 2016; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Buffalo Bills outside linebacker Manny Lawson (91) celebrates his interception with defensive back Nickell Robey (37) and defensive back Mario Butler (39) during the second half against the New York Jets at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Bills beat the Jets 22 to 17.  Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports - RTX20WG9
  • What the Litvinenko accusation means for the Kremlin
    A British investigation is pointing the finger at the Russian state and President Vladimir Putin for the 2006 assassination of a former spy and defector. Hari Sreenivasan talks to Steven Lee Myers of The New York Times and Michael McFaul, former U.S. ambassador to Russia.
    Original Air Date: January 21, 2016
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  • Russian security service blamed for defector’s death
    The findings of a British inquiry into the demise of former Russian spy and high-profile defector Alexander Litvinenko were released Thursday, concluding that Litvinenko’s 2006 death by polonium poisoning was the result of a Russian government operation, likely personally approved by President Vladimir Putin. Chris Ship of Independent Television News begins our coverage.
    Original Air Date: January 21, 2016
    The grave of murdered ex-KGB agent Alexander Litvinenko is seen at Highgate Cemetery in London, Britain, January 21, 2016. President Vladimir Putin probably approved a Russian intelligence operation to Alexander Litvinenko, a judge led-British inquiry into the 2006 killing in London concluded. There was personal antagonism between the men and Putin and members of his administration had motives for killing him, the inquiry said. The Kremlin has always denied any involvement. REUTERS/Toby Melville - RTX23F1F
  • Rand Paul shares his secret to winning Iowa
    With a two-week countdown to the first voting in Iowa, Republican presidential candidate Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., joins Gwen Ifill to discuss which special group of voters he’s working to win over, breaking through the Donald Trump media domination, plus why he thinks the GOP front-runner shouldn’t be the next president.
    Original Air Date: January 21, 2016
    Republican presidential candidate Senator Rand Paul (R-TX) speaks at Crossroads Shooting Sports in Johnston, Iowa, January 17, 2016. REUTERS/Aaron P. Bernstein - RTX22SJA
  • What are the ingredients for genius?
    What kind of environment spawns genius? That’s the question Eric Weiner tackles in his latest book, “The Geography of Genius,” in which Weiner journeys around the world and through time, from Plato’s Athens to Leonardo da Vinci’s Florence, to find the secret ingredients behind some of the greatest minds in history, and what it means for America today. Economics correspondent Paul Solman reports.
    Original Air Date: January 21, 2016
    ITALY - JANUARY 20:  Ancient painting of Florence. The burial place of Leonardo Da Vinci's Mona Lisa located in the Florence's former Convent of Saint Orsola now abandoned and derelict. An Italian art historian Giuseppe Pallanti found a death notice in the archives of a church in Florence that referred to "the wife of Francesco del Giocondo, deceased July 15, 1542, and buried at Sant'Orsola, where she spent her final days, at age 63." Lisa Gherardini, as Leonardo's model was called in real life, was the wife of Florentine tradesman Francesco del Giocondo. Sant'Orsola, now disused and in ruins, is near the San Lorenzo basilica at the heart of the Tuscan metropolis. Another researcher urged a search at the site for Lisa Gherardini's remains. "Thanks to modern techniques, scientists can determine her physical aspect, maybe even her face and thereby make an important contribution" to establishing her identity.  (Photo by Eric VANDEVILLE/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images)
  • Why these anti-smoking TV ads are working
    Five years ago, the Centers for Disease Control launched the first federal education campaign against smoking. Today the government says it has helped 400,000 smokers quit for good. In a series of TV ads called "Tips From Former Smokers," Americans have shared personal stories of the consequences of smoking. Jeffrey Brown examines the campaign with CDC director Dr. Thomas Frieden.
    Original Air Date: January 21, 2016
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  • PBS NewsHour full episode Jan. 21, 2016
    Thursday on the NewsHour, a British inquiry concludes that Russian President Vladimir Putin likely approved the killing of Alexander Litvinenko. Also: Sen. Rand Paul shares his secret to winning Iowa, the Buffalo Bills hire the NFL’s first female coach, an author examines the ingredients for genius, dangers for women on the refugee trail and TV ads that make smokers want to quit.
    Original Air Date: January 21, 2016
    Marina Litvinenko, (R) widow of murdered ex-KGB agent Alexander Litvinenko, poses with a copy of The Litvinenko Inquiry Report with her son Anatoly (L) during a news conference in London, Britain, January 21, 2016. President Vladimir Putin probably approved a Russian intelligence operation to Alexander Litvinenko, a judge led-British inquiry into the 2006 killing in London concluded. There was personal antagonism between the men and Putin and members of his administration had motives for killing him, the inquiry said. The Kremlin has always denied any involvement. REUTERS/Toby Melville - RTX23DOW
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    January 21, 2016
  • News Wrap: Washington braces for a blizzard
    In our news wrap Thursday, a blizzard is forecasted to hit the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast regions, with up to 2 feet of snow in the Washington, D.C., area. Before the big storm hit, the nation's capital was crippled overnight by a dusting of snow that turned to ice. Also, Secretary of State John Kerry acknowledged that Iran may use money from sanctions relief to support terror.
    Original Air Date: January 21, 2016
    Workers plow snow from the sidewalk in front of the White House in Washington January 21, 2016. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst - RTX23E70
  • Women and girls caught in refugee crisis lack protection
    More than 1 million refugees and migrants entered Europe in 2015. For those fleeing brutal wars and violence at home, the perilous journey can be often most dangerous for women. Sarah Costa of the Women's Refugee Commission talks with Hari Sreenivasan about the heightened risks of gender-based violence and exploitation and how women could be better protected.
    Original Air Date: January 21, 2016
    A migrant holds her baby as they wait for a train to depart to Croatia at train station in Presevo, Serbia, January 19, 2016. REUTERS/Marko Djurica - RTX2315V

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

  • PBS NewsHour full episode Jan. 20, 2016
    Wednesday on the NewsHour, a water crisis in Flint, Michigan, has the governor on the defensive and residents outraged. Also: A warning for pregnant women about the Zika virus, rethinking what’s important on the college application, reporters on the campaign trail to go beyond the polls in Iowa and New Hampshire, telling the story of autism and a tribute young photographer killed in Burkina Faso.
    Original Air Date: January 20, 2016
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    January 20, 2016
  • Remembering Leila Alaoui, photographer who crossed borders
    When al-Qaida militants attacked a hotel in Burkina Faso, killing 30, one of the victims was an Amnesty International worker and photographer named Leila Alaoui. Aida Alami, a close friend, talked to the NewsHour from Alaoui's funeral.
    Original Air Date: January 20, 2016
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  • Inside the battle for Iowa and New Hampshire
    With less than two weeks before early voting starts in the 2016 race, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin officially endorsed Donald Trump in Iowa Tuesday night, attacking the Republican establishment in the process. Gwen Ifill talks to Paul Steinhauser of the NH1 News Network in New Hampshire and O. Kay Henderson of Radio Iowa for more on the battle for those key states.
    Original Air Date: January 20, 2016
    U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump (R) as Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin endorses him at a rally at Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa January 19, 2016. REUTERS/Mark Kauzlarich - RTX2351E
  • News Wrap: Militants make deadly attack on Pakistan school
    In our news wrap Wednesday, four Islamist militants snuck into Bacha Khan University in northwestern Pakistan and started shooting, killing at least 18 students and two teachers before being cornered and killed by soldiers. Also, scientists at NASA and NOAA reported that 2015 was Earth's hottest year on record.
    Original Air Date: January 20, 2016
    A girl prays for the victims of a militant attack on the Bacha Khan University, during a candle light vigil in Peshawar, Pakistan January 20, 2016. REUTERS/Khuram Parvez      TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY - RTX2395R
  • If pregnant, beware of travel to countries with Zika virus
    Transmitted by mosquitos, the Zika virus can cause babies to be born with unusually small heads and brain damage. It has spread from Brazil to several countries and territories in the Americas, with a handful of cases confirmed in the U.S. Jeffrey Brown talks to Dr. Tom Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control, about an advisory that pregnant women avoid travel to affected areas.
    Original Air Date: January 20, 2016
    A health agent uses a new test kit that rapidly diagnoses three different mosquito-borne viruses in Sao Paulo, Brazil, January 18, 2016. Brazil said on Monday pregnant women should consult their doctors before traveling to the South American country but no other restrictions were necessary regarding the mosquito-borne Zika virus, eight months before the nation hosts the Olympic games.   REUTERS/Rodrigo Paiva FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVE.  - RTX22YG1
  • Telling the story of autism acceptance
    The story of autism is many stories -- from doctors, to parents, to the afflicted themselves. Journalists Caren Zucker and John Donvan examine that history in their new book, "In a Different Key: The Story of Autism." Jeffrey Brown sits down with the authors to discuss the evolving definition of the diagnosis and the constant of parental love.
    Original Air Date: January 20, 2016
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  • Toxic water crisis poisons public trust in Flint
    In Flint, Michigan, toxic drinking water has become a federal emergency. For a year and a half, residents were consuming water contaminated by lead, despite repeated claims from state health officials that everything was fine. That revelation has led to a chorus of outrage, particularly for the young children who have suffered irreversible damage. William Brangham reports.
    Original Air Date: January 20, 2016
    The top of a water tower is seen at the Flint Water Plant in Flint, Michigan January 13, 2016.  Michigan National Guard members were set to arrive in Flint as soon as Wednesday to join door-to-door efforts to distribute bottled water and other supplies to residents coping with the city's crisis over lead-contaminated drinking water.     REUTERS/Rebecca Cook - RTX22AL4
  • Harvard report reevaluates college application priorities
    Do colleges put too much pressure on students to impress admissions committees with achievements and accolades? A new report from the Harvard Graduate School of Education recommends limiting the number of advanced placement classes and extracurricular activities that students can list on applications. Judy Woodruff learns more from Richard Weissbourd.
    Original Air Date: January 20, 2016
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Tuesday, January 19, 2016

  • PBS NewsHour full episode Jan. 19, 2016
    Tuesday on the NewsHour, the Supreme Court will hear the case against President Obama’s executive action allowing 4 million undocumented immigrants to stay in the U.S. Also: U.S. Envoy Brett McGurk reflects on the prisoner exchange with Iran, China’s economy grows at its slowest rate in decades, an author explores the autism spectrum and a new nursing program is boosting kids’ brainpower.
    Original Air Date: January 19, 2016
    Anti-deportation demonstrators protest outside the White House in Washington, December 30, 2015. Immigrants and supporters rallied outside the White House in protest against the Obama administration's planned series of raids to remove hundreds of undocumented families as early as January in the first such large-scale effort targeting the recent flood of border crossers. REUTERS/Carlos Barria - RTX20JV6
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    January 19, 2016
  • Fate of Obama’s immigration actions goes to Supreme Court
    The Supreme Court will consider whether President Obama overstepped his authority by deferring deportation and securing work rights for 4 million undocumented immigrants, an action opposed by 26 states. Marcia Coyle of The National Law Journal offers background, while Judy Woodruff gets views from the Immigration Law Center’s Marielena Hincapie and Josh Blackman of the South Texas College of Law.
    Original Air Date: January 19, 2016
    Immigrants and community leaders rally in front of the U.S. Supreme Court to mark the one-year anniversary of President Barack Obama's executive orders on immigration in Washington, November 20, 2015. The Obama administration on Friday asked the U.S. Supreme Court to revive President Barack Obama's executive action to protect millions of illegal immigrants from deportation, saying Republican-led states had no legal basis to challenge it. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque - RTS85Q6
  • How home visits for vulnerable moms boost kids' brainpower
    A rapidly expanding medical program for low-income first-time mothers combines social services with the latest in brain science. The Nurse-Family Partnership provides in-home advice on health and parenting, which can lead to improved cognitive development and language skills for their children, who are showing up to school better prepared for learning. Special correspondent Cat Wise reports.
    Original Air Date: January 19, 2016
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  • U.S. envoy reflects on challenges of Iran prisoner swap
    For 14 months, a team of American officials met in secret with Iranian negotiators to work out an agreement releasing prisoners held by both countries. Special Presidential Envoy Brett McGurk sits down with Judy Woodruff to reflect on the difficult process and defend the deal.
    Original Air Date: January 19, 2016
    Jason Rezaian (L) is pictured with his wife Yeganeh Salehi (2nd R), mother Mary Rezaian and brother Ali Rezaian (R) in this January 18, 2016 handout photo taken in Landstuhl, Germany. Rezaian was one of four American prisoners released by Iran ahead of the lifting of international sanctions on Iran January 16, 2016 as part of a deal between major powers and Iran to curb Tehran's nuclear program. Photo by Martin Baron/The Washington Post/Handout via Reuters
  • Author explores life on the expanding autism spectrum
    The rate of diagnosed cases of autism has more than doubled since 2000 and researchers have spent millions looking for causes and cures. In "NeuroTribes," author Steve Silberman explores the history behind this dramatic increase, arguing it's just always been much more common than we realized. William Brangham sits down with Silberman to discuss his work.
    Original Air Date: January 19, 2016
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