Thursday, August 28, 2014

  • Ukraine accuses Russian forces of invasion
    Ukraine claims Russian forces are on Ukrainian soil, and are helping rebels open a new front in the southeast. Kiev confirmed the rebels have captured the town of Novoazovsk, leaving the port city of Mariupol vulnerable to attack. At the U.N. Security Council, U.S. and European diplomats offered condemnation, while Russia dismissed but didn’t deny the accusations. Hari Sreenivasan reports.
    Original Air Date: August 28, 2014
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  • News Wrap: Islamic State executes captured Syrian fighters
    In our news wrap Thursday, Islamic State militants reportedly executed more that 150 Syrian soldiers taken during recent fighting. Meanwhile, President Obama tamped down expectations for military action in Syria, saying the U.S. priority is to fight Islamic State in Iraq. Also, JPMorgan Chase is investigating a possible cyberattack, the scope of which is unclear.
    Original Air Date: August 28, 2014
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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

  • PBS NewsHour | Full Episode | Wednesday, August 27, 2014
    Tonight on the program, we take a look at the Islamic State and examine why foreign fighters join the group. Also: looking at U.S. ransom policy in the wake of American hostages, Margaret Warner reports from Iraq, a "mind-boggingly expensive" race in Florida, whether online college courses can replace a campus education and Misty Copeland talks her life as an "unlikely" ballerina.
    Original Air Date: August 27, 2014
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  • Misty Copeland makes a point of dancing for unlikely fans
    Misty Copeland is only the second African-American woman ever to reach the level of soloist at American Ballet Theatre. Now the author of a new memoir, “Life in Motion: An Unlikely Ballerina,” she shares the story of her improbable rise from poverty to the spotlight, as well as her desire to open the artform to more dancers from all economic backgrounds and races.
    Original Air Date: August 27, 2014
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  • Former and current governors go head-to-head in Florida race
    With a resounding Democratic primary victory and a critical party switch, former Florida Gov. Charlie Crist moved a step closer to winning back his old job. His Republican challenger, Gov. Rick Scott, scored his own big win. The Sunshine State matchup is expected to be one of the most expensive and negative of the cycle. Adam Smith of The Tampa Bay Times joins Gwen Ifill to discuss the race.
    Original Air Date: August 27, 2014
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  • Fearing massacre, Iraqis ask U.S. for additional support
    In the town of Iraqi town of Amirli, 15,000 Shiite Turkmen civilians have been under siege by Islamic State militants for more than 70 days without adequate food, water or medicine. Hari Sreenivasan gets an update from chief foreign affairs correspondent Margaret Warner on what the Iraqi military is asking the United States to provide in order to stave off a potential massacre.
    Original Air Date: August 27, 2014
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  • U.S. considers Syria airstrikes, Iraq humanitarian aid
    After 100 airstrikes against the Islamic State in northern Iraq, U.S. officials are discussing the option to expand the mission into Syria. The Pentagon has already begun surveillance flights above the region in preparation, but White House spokesman Josh Earnest did not confirm any further decisions. Chief foreign affairs correspondent Margaret Warner has the report.
    Original Air Date: August 27, 2014
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  • What does it take to free a captured American?
    A wave of American hostages held by Islamic extremists has raised questions about the U.S. policy not to pay ransoms. Jeffrey Brown talks to David Rohde of Reuters and Brian Jenkins of RAND Corporation for views on the divergence between the United States and other countries on this issue.
    Original Air Date: August 27, 2014
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  • Why do foreign fighters join the Islamic State?
    Douglas McAuthur McCain, an American man who was killed while fighting for the Islamic State in Syria, is not the first U.S. citizen to die as an Islamic militant in the war-torn country, and the FBI warns there are dozens more still fighting. For more on why Americans and others are joining terror groups abroad, Gwen Ifill talks to Humera Khan of Muflehun and Jessica Stern of Harvard University.
    Original Air Date: August 27, 2014
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  • American hostages renew focus on U.S. ransom policy
    After 22 months in captivity, American journalist Peter Theo Curtis spoke publicly for the first time since his release from an al-Qaida affiliate in Syria. Meanwhile, Islamic State militants have threatened to kill journalist Steven Sotloff unless the U.S. stops airstrikes against their forces in Iraq. Reports also surfaced that the group is holding an American aid worker. Jeffrey Brown reports.
    Original Air Date: August 27, 2014
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  • News Wrap: UN accuses Syria of additional poison gas attacks
    In our news wrap Wednesday, an independent commission announced that there’s evidence that the Syrian military used chlorine gas at least eight times in April against villages in the northern part of the country -- territory where Islamic State fighters now hold control. Also, residents of Gaza streamed back to communities destroyed during fighting with Israel.
    Original Air Date: August 27, 2014
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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

  • PBS NewsHour | Full Episode | Tuesday, August 26, 2014
    Tonight on the program, we examine a truce and cease-fire between Hamas and Israel which opens more border crossings into Gaza. Also: how American companies change their address to avoid corporate taxes, a Wisconsin group trying to turn student borrowers into activists, whether Iraqi factions will reconcile in the face of extreme threat and an Arizona rancher's view on U.S. border enforcement.
    Original Air Date: August 26, 2014
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  • Arizona rancher on border enforcement in rural U.S.
    Rancher and veterinarian Gary Thrasher has lived for more than four decades on the southern U.S. border, where rugged, remote landscape is a major corridor for immigration and drug smugglers. Jeffrey Brown talks to Thrasher about variation in border security, threats posed by traffickers and prospects for enforcement.
    Original Air Date: August 26, 2014
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  • Will Iraqi factions reconcile in face of extremist threat?
    The Obama administration has repeatedly stated that it will provide additional military support against the Islamic State militant group only when Iraqis form an inclusive government that can deliver national unity. But can the political system in Baghdad heal the mutual distrust among the Shiites, Sunnis and Kurds? Chief foreign affairs correspondent Margaret Warner reports from Iraq.
    Original Air Date: August 26, 2014
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  • American companies change address to avoid corporate taxes
    In the past three years, 22 American companies have relocated outside U.S. borders, usually through mergers with or purchases of a foreign company. That move, known as a tax inversion, means corporations are no longer subject to American corporate taxes. Jeffrey Brown learns more about the strategy and its effect on the economy from Roberton Williams of the Tax Policy Center.
    Original Air Date: August 26, 2014
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  • Will Mideast cease-fire deal offer a sustainable truce?
    The war between Israel and Hamas, which took thousands of lives this summer, appeared to be at an end with the announcement of a new cease-fire. Gwen Ifill talks to Dennis Ross of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy and Shibley Telhami of the Brookings Institution about the prospects of enduring calm, the emergence of Egypt as lead negotiator and the rebuilding process ahead.
    Original Air Date: August 26, 2014
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  • Hamas and Israel agree to open-ended cease-fire
    Israel and Hamas accepted a cease-fire deal that opens more border crossings, allowing humanitarian aid and construction materials into Gaza. If the cease-fire holds, new talks on other issues would begin in a month. The U.S. State Department called the deal “an opportunity, not a certainty.” Gwen Ifill reports.
    Original Air Date: August 26, 2014
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  • News Wrap: Putin and Poroshenko meet over Ukraine conflict
    In our news wrap Thursday, Kiev released sound and video of what it said was a group of captured Russian soldiers, and charged that a Russian helicopter attacked a border post Monday. Meanwhile, the leaders of both countries met for the first time since June. Also, the White House confirmed that an American who was likely part of an Islamic militant group was killed in Syria.
    Original Air Date: August 26, 2014
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  • Valerie June sings an anthem for the 'Workin' Woman'
    Valerie June performs her song “Workin' Woman Blues” during the acoustic session at Pickathon 2014, a three day musical festival outside Portland. KEXP recorded her performance.For more Art Beat: newshour.pbs.org/art
    Original Air Date: August 26, 2014
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Monday, August 25, 2014

  • PBS NewsHour | Full Episode | Monday, August 25, 2014
    Monday on the NewsHour, mourners gather for the funeral of Michael Brown. We look for lessons from his death and the aftermath. Also: Assessing damage caused by a 6.0 magnitude earthquake in Napa, California, options for the U.S. if it decides to take on the Islamic State group, awarding college degrees for competency rather than credit hours and an immigration lawyer’s take on the border crisis.
    Original Air Date: August 25, 2014
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  • Immigration lawyer helps detainees know their rights
    A group of lawyers filed a lawsuit against the federal government on Friday, charging immigration officials with violating the due process rights of detainees held at a New Mexico detention center. Special correspondent Kathleen McCleery talked Laura Lichter -- with one of the attorneys who offers free legal services at the facility -- about her experience and interaction with detainees.
    Original Air Date: August 25, 2014
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  • What should the U.S. do about the Islamic State?
    Islamic State fighters captured the last major military base in northeastern Syria on Sunday, bolstering its influence in the already unstable region. The U.S. kept up airstrikes against the group over the weekend, amid growing talk of an expanding ai campaign into Syria. Jeffrey Brown gets analysis on the threat from retired Army Col. Peter Mansoor and Stephen Walt of Harvard University.
    Original Air Date: August 25, 2014
    Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel (left) and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey at a press briefing at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., on Aug. 21. Photo by Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images
  • Napa Valley picks up after earthquake
    Northern California’s Napa Valley began to assess the damage caused by a 6.0 earthquake on Sunday -- the largest quake to rock the region since 1989. At least 90 homes and buildings were deemed unsafe for occupancy, while the wine industry suffered losses from broken bottles, barrels and lost tourism dollars. Special correspondent Spencer Michels reports.
    Original Air Date: August 25, 2014
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  • After funeral, how does Ferguson begin repair?
    While mourners lay Michael Brown to rest, the meaning and impact of the death of the unarmed African-American teenager continues to provoke discourse around the nation. For insight on the debate over criminal justice and race, Gwen Ifill talks to Rev. Starsky Wilson of St. John's United Church of Christ, Fredrick Harris of Columbia University and Tracie Keesee of the Center for Policing Equity.
    Original Air Date: August 25, 2014
    Michael Brown's mother Lesley McSpadden is comforted during the funeral services for her son inside Friendly Temple Missionary Baptist Church in St. Louis. Photo by Robert Cohen-Pool/Getty Images
  • News Wrap: Baghdad mosque bombed in wave of attacks
    In our news wrap Monday, at least 58 people died in Iraq in a series of attacks that mostly targeted Shiite districts. At a mosque in Baghdad, a suicide bomber detonated a vest with explosives as worshippers were leaving after midday prayers. Also, Egypt pressed for new efforts to broker another truce between Israel and Hamas, but fighting continued with Israeli airstrikes and rocket attacks.
    Original Air Date: August 25, 2014
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Sunday, August 24, 2014

  • PBS NewsHour Weekend: Sunday, August 24, 2014
    On this edition, an American hostage is released in Syria. The strongest earthquake in 25 years rocks Northern California. And, in our signature segment, from the Philippines: will a new reproductive healthcare law slow down one of Asia's highest birth rates?
    Original Air Date: August 24, 2014
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  • Ebola tensions ease in Liberia, but panic lingers
    There are now more than 2,600 confirmed or suspected cases of Ebola, and more than 1,400 deaths resulting from the virus. All of the cases have originated in West Africa. For the latest on the global health crisis, Drew Hinshaw of the Wall Street Journal joins Hari Sreenivasan via Skype from Ghana.
    Original Air Date: August 24, 2014
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  • US attitude over Syria involvement shifts after Foley death
    The execution of journalist James Foley by the Islamic State has shifted the U.S. administration's attitude toward involvement in Syria. Dion Nissenbaum of The Wall Street Journal joins Hari Sreenivasan from Washington, D.C. to discuss what options the U.S. has in Syria.
    Original Air Date: August 24, 2014
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