Wednesday, December 21, 2016

  • News Wrap: At Mar-a-Lago, Trump condemns Berlin attack
    In our news wrap Wednesday, President-elect Trump condemned the truck attack in Berlin. He spoke at his Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida, after meeting with Gen. Michael Flynn, his pick for national security adviser. Also, the death toll from Tuesday’s firework explosion near Mexico City rose to 32. It took place in a giant fireworks market, traditional in Mexico during the Christmas season.
    Original Air Date: December 21, 2016
    U.S. President-elect Donald Trump pauses as he talks to members of the media after a meeting with Pentagon officials at Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Florida, U.S., December 21, 2016. REUTERS/Carlos Barria - RTX2W338
  • The sacred and the scientific clash on Hawaii’s Mauna Kea
    Over a thousand years ago, Polynesians followed the stars in the Mauna Kea sky on their path to Hawaii. Those stars are now of interest to astronomers, who believe the mountain's summit is the perfect spot to build a giant, cutting-edge telescope. But native Hawaiians view that peak as a sacred space. Science correspondent Miles O’Brien reports for the second in our series about the controversy.
    Original Air Date: December 21, 2016
    USA - HAWAII STATE - BIG ISLAND - SEPTEMBER 21: The Mauna Kea Observatory is a set of independent telescopes, placed on the summit of Mauna Kea volcano on the island of Hawaii. The altitude in the middle of the Pacific Ocean and isolation make the Mauna Kea absolutely one of the best sites in the world for astronomical observation.(Photo by Andrea Franceschini/Corbis News via Getty Images)
  • In Liberia, sewing school uniforms with social consciousness
    Chid Liberty grew up in the U.S. as the son of a Liberian diplomat. After working in Silicon Valley, he returned to his family's country of origin with a plan to open a garment factory. When that business was devastated by the Ebola crisis, Liberty launched his next venture: a socially conscious clothing line that funds uniform production for schoolchildren. Fred de Sam Lazaro reports.
    Original Air Date: December 21, 2016
  • How Obama's unique background shaped his outlook on race
    The Atlantic's Ta-Nehisi Coates has criticized President Obama’s policies toward black Americans. Perhaps for that reason, he was invited to discuss such issues with Mr. Obama several times throughout the president's tenure. As part of a collaboration with The Atlantic, Coates speaks with Judy Woodruff about his new book, which considers Mr. Obama’s legacy and rare optimism through a racial lens.
    Original Air Date: December 21, 2016
    President Barack Obama in the Oval Office on his first day in office in 2009. Photo by Pete Souza/White House
  • What’s at stake in the fight over NC’s ‘Bathroom Bill’
    In North Carolina, lawmakers met in a special session to debate repealing HB2, the so-called “Bathroom Bill” they passed in March. The controversial law says transgender people must abide by the sex listed on their birth certificate, not their gender identity, when using restrooms in public schools and government buildings. Hari Sreenivasan speaks with Jeff Tiberii of WUNC for an update.
    Original Air Date: December 21, 2016
    North Carolina's House of Representatives convenes as the legislature considers repealing the controversial HB2 law limiting bathroom access for transgender people in Raleigh, North Carolina, U.S. on December 21, 2016. REUTERS/Jonathan Drake - RTX2W20Z

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

  • Investigations reveal startling scope of lead contamination
    On Tuesday, Michigan’s attorney general filed new criminal charges in Flint’s lead contamination case. But Flint is not alone. Reports from both USA Today and Reuters find that lead contamination is widespread, affecting some millions of Americans, usually in rural communities with small water systems. Judy Woodruff speaks with Laura Ungar, the lead reporter on the USA Today investigation.
    Original Air Date: December 20, 2016
    A woman with a "Flint Lives Matter" shirt walks toward a hearing room where Michigan Governor Rick Snyder and EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy will testify before a House Oversight and government Reform hearing on "Examining Federal Administration of the Safe Drinking Water Act in Flint, Michigan, Part III" on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, U.S. on March 17, 2016. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque/File Photo - RTX2PCS2
  • The music is medicine for Bruce Springsteen
    Bruce Springsteen finds a calm, safe place when he’s on stage. In the second part of our special interview with the legendary rock ‘n’ roller, Jeffrey Brown sits down with Springsteen to discuss the books that shaped him, how he’s coped with depression and how Americans can start to heal political divides.
    Original Air Date: December 20, 2016
    Recording artist Bruce Springsteen is shown driving his 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air Convertible in this undated photo, referenced in his iconic song "Born to Run" which is up for auction and is expected to fetch several hundred thousand dollars, provided December 15, 2016.    Courtesy Eric Meola/Handout via REUTERS  ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. EDITORIAL USE ONLY.  NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVE. - RTX2V8Y8
  • Conway: Russian interference claims are ‘pure politics’
    Kellyanne Conway, senior adviser to President-elect Donald Trump, joins Judy Woodruff to discuss the conclusion by the U.S. intelligence community that Russia tried to influence the election, the president-elect’s tweets in the wake of violence in Germany and Turkey, relations with the Obamas during the presidential transition and a move by President Obama to prevent offshore drilling.
    Original Air Date: December 20, 2016
    Kellyanne Conway, campaign manager and senior advisor to the Trump Presidential Transition Team, speaks to the media in the lobby of Trump Tower in Manhattan, New York. Photo by Shannon Stapleton/Reuters
  • PBS NewsHour full episode Dec. 20, 2016
    Tuesday on the NewsHour, the Islamic State claims responsibility for a Berlin truck attack that killed 12 people. Also: An update from Donald Trump's senior advisor, President Obama's final push to transfer Guantanamo prisoners, women scramble for contraceptives before the Trump administration, a boost for early education in Flint, finding toxic water in the U.S. and more with Bruce Springsteen.
    Original Air Date: December 20, 2016
    Members of the New York Police Department's Counterterrorism Bureau stand watch at the Union Square Holiday market following the Berlin Christmas market attacks in Manhattan, New York City, U.S., December 20, 2016. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly      TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY - RTX2VXNP
    December 20, 2016
  • How early education can counteract damaging lead exposure
    There is a well-established link between lead exposure and learning disabilities, but early childhood education has been shown to counteract the effects. In Flint, Michigan, where the youngest residents have been the most vulnerable to lead poisoning, the city has opened a free child care center in an attempt to counteract the harmful effects on developing brains. Hari Sreenivasan reports.
    Original Air Date: December 20, 2016
  • Worries about access fuel women’s rush to get contraception
    In the immediate aftermath of the election, concerns about access to birth control have spiked. For many women, there’s a fear that the incoming Trump administration will repeal the Affordable Care Act, and with it, access to free contraception. Lisa Desjardins visits with one couple in Baltimore, who took action to get an IUD before Inauguration Day.
    Original Air Date: December 20, 2016
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  • Inside Obama’s final push to transfer Guantanamo detainees
    According to a New York Times report, the Obama administration has notified Congress of its plans to transfer more than a dozen of the 59 prisoners who remain at the Guantanamo Bay detention center before President-elect Trump takes office. Charlie Savage of The New York Times joins Hari Sreenivasan to discuss how the president has chipped away at the prison population there.
    Original Air Date: December 20, 2016
    A guard opens the gate at the entrance to Camp VI, a prison used to house detainees at the U.S. Naval Base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, March 5, 2013.  REUTERS/Bob Strong/File Photo - RTX2P2D6
  • Is Berlin truck attack a turning point for Germany?
    Berlin’s normally bustling Christmas market was quiet Tuesday, as investigators searched for clues into a truck attack that killed a dozen people and injured 50. A suspect who was detained after the attack was released due to insufficient evidence, and the Islamic State later claimed responsibility. From Berlin, special correspondent Malcolm Brabant reports.
    Original Air Date: December 20, 2016
    Candles burn at a Christmas market at Breitscheidplatz in Berlin, Germany, December 20, 2016, to commemorate the 12 victims of a truck that ploughed into the crowded market.        REUTERS/Hannibal Hanschke - RTX2VWZB
  • News Wrap: Seven detained in Russian ambassador killing
    In our news wrap Tuesday, Turkish police detained seven people in connection to the assassination of Russia’s ambassador, Andrei Karlov, who was shot dead Tuesday at an art gallery. Also, in Syria, buses evacuated more people from east Aleppo, as the Syrian army warned that it’s about to enter the last rebel enclave.
    Original Air Date: December 20, 2016
    Flag-wrapped coffin of late Russian Ambassador to Turkey Andrei Karlov is carried to a plane during a ceremony at Esenboga airport in Ankara, Turkey, December 20, 2016.  Reuters/Umit Bektas  TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY   - RTX2VV2X
  • Watch: Bruce Springsteen, our complete interview
    Bruce Springsteen sat down with PBS NewsHour's Jeffrey Brown for a wide-ranging, 40-minute interview about his memoir, his approach to songwriting and how he now reflects back on his early life.
    Original Air Date: December 20, 2016

Monday, December 19, 2016

  • PBS NewsHour full episode Dec. 19, 2016
    Monday on the NewsHour, a truck plows into a Christmas market in Berlin, killing and wounding shoppers. Also: Evacuations resume in Eastern Aleppo, protests greet the Electoral College, Politics Monday on today's political significance, a memorial for victims of lynching and what makes Bruce Springsteen a rock legend.
    Original Air Date: December 19, 2016
    The destroyed windscreen of a polish truck is seen following an accident at a Christmas market on Breitscheidplatz square near the fashionable Kurfuerstendamm avenue in the west of Berlin, Germany, December 19, 2016.   REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch   TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY - RTX2VQWH
    December 19, 2016
  • News Wrap: Electoral College confirms election of Trump
    In our news wrap Monday, the Electoral College confirmed Donald Trump’s victory in the presidential race. Mr. Trump was on track for 304 electoral votes, losing two defectors in Texas. Hillary Clinton lost four in Washington state. Also, state legislators in North Carolina appear ready to repeal a law that curbs protections for transgender people.
    Original Air Date: December 19, 2016
    Protestors gather outside the chamber as Pennsylvania electors gather to cast their votes for U.S. President-elect Donald Trump at the Pennsylvania State Capitol in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, U.S. December 19, 2016. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst - RTX2VPWQ
  • What we know about the attacks in Germany and Turkey
    It’s been a day of terror, with attackers striking in Germany and Turkey. In Berlin, a truck drove into a crowd of Christmas shoppers, leaving the street full of dead and wounded. Hours earlier, the Russian ambassador to Turkey was assassinated by a Turkish policeman in civilian clothes. Judy Woodruff speaks with Ira Spitzer of Feature Story News for more on the attack in Germany.
    Original Air Date: December 19, 2016
    A German police officer secures the site of an accident with a truck at a Christmas market on Breitscheidplatz square near the fashionable Kurfuerstendamm avenue in the west of Berlin, Germany, December 19, 2016.   REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch     - RTX2VQWZ
  • Can UN monitors help protect Aleppo evacuees?
    Evacuations resumed overnight in Eastern Aleppo after days of delays, under terms of a fragile cease-fire. The UN Security Council unanimously voted to deploy monitors to Aleppo to ensure evacuees are unmolested. Judy Woodruff reports and speaks with David Miliband of the International Rescue Committee for more.
    Original Air Date: December 19, 2016
    People who fled the Shi'ite Muslim villages of al-Foua and Kefraya arrive in government controlled Jibreen area in Aleppo, Syria in this handout picture provided by SANA on December 19, 2016. SANA/Handout via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. EDITORIAL USE ONLY. REUTERS IS UNABLE TO INDEPENDENTLY VERIFY THIS IMAGE. - RTX2VPCM
  • How 2016 put pressure on the Electoral College
    On Monday, the 538 members of the Electoral College met in their respective states to cast votes to confirm Donald Trump as the next president of the United States. But this year, the presidential candidate who won the popular vote by a significant margin did not win the Electoral College, raising old questions about a system that’s usually taken for granted. William Brangham reports.
    Original Air Date: December 19, 2016
    North Carolina Electoral College representatives sign the Certificates of Vote after they all cast their ballots for U.S. President-elect Donald Trump in the State Capitol building in Raleigh, North Carolina, U.S., December 19, 2016.     REUTERS/Jonathan Drake - RTX2VQID
  • Why Russian election meddling is a partisan issue
    The Electoral College sealed the election of Donald Trump, despite protests and more on the day of the vote. Amy Walter of the Cook Political Report and NPR’s Tamara Keith join Judy Woodruff to discuss the latest political news, including the debate over the Electoral College, reports that Russia used cyber hacks to influence the election and Monday’s attacks in Germany and Turkey.
    Original Air Date: December 19, 2016
  • Lynching memorial aims to help U.S. acknowledge its history
    Lynchings -- unlawful executions used to terrorise and subdue black communities into passivity -- are perhaps one of the least discussed legacies of slavery and the Jim Crow South. A new memorial in Montgomery, Alabama, will commemorate victims of these acts of terror. Hari Sreenivasan speaks with Bryan Stevenson of the Equal Justice Initiative.
    Original Air Date: December 19, 2016
  • A holiday concert where tuba players don’t take a back seat
    In our NewsHour Shares moment of the day, a Christmas tradition shines a spotlight on an instrument usually relegated to the back of the orchestra: the tuba.
    Original Air Date: December 19, 2016
  • How Bruce Springsteen tackles truth, in song and memoir
    Bruce Springsteen has been an American icon for decades, a working-class rock ‘n’ roll hero whose songs speak to millions of devoted fans. Now he’s telling his own story, looking back at his young, struggling and once little-known self. Springsteen sits down with Jeffrey Brown in a special two-part interview to discuss his new memoir, “Born to Run,” and more.
    Original Air Date: December 19, 2016
    U.S. musician Bruce Springsteen performs on his "River Tour" at the Anoeta stadium in San Sebastian, northern Spain, May 17, 2016. REUTERS/Vincent West  - RTSEQMG
  • Watch Bruce Springsteen read from his autobiography
    Singer-songwriter Bruce Springsteen reads a selection from his autobiography "Born to Run."
    Original Air Date: December 19, 2016

Sunday, December 18, 2016

  • PBS NewsHour Weekend full episode Dec. 18, 2016
    On this edition for Sunday, Dec. 18, waging an information war, North Koreans who have escaped the country are smuggling media on USB sticks back to their homeland in hopes of helping others learn about life outside the country. Later, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention director Tom Frieden talks about new data on opioid overdoses. Alison Stewart anchors from New York.
    Original Air Date: December 18, 2016
    A soldier walks under portraits of North Korea's founder Kim Il-sung (L) and former leader Kim Jong-il at Pyongyang's main square October 11, 2015. Isolated North Korea marked the 70th anniversary of its ruling Workers' Party on Saturday with a massive military parade overseen by leader Kim Jong Un, who said his country was ready to fight any war waged by the United States.  REUTERS/Damir Sagolj - RTS3XF8
    December 18, 2016
  • Under Trump, White House staff shifts to right
    Since winning the election six weeks ago, Donald Trump has nominated most of his cabinet and picked top White House staff, all significant players in shaping U.S. policy. He’ll also have Republican majorities in both houses of Congress on his side. NewsHour Weekend’s Jeff Greenfield joins Alison Stewart to analyze the balance of power in Washington.
    Original Air Date: December 18, 2016
    Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump holds a campaign event at the Jacksonville Equestrian Center in Jacksonville, Florida U.S. November 3,  2016.   REUTERS/Carlo Allegri - RTX2RT6V
  • Heroin deaths exceeded gun homicides in 2015
    Last year, more than 30,000 people died from opioid overdoses, which cause almost two-thirds of all overdoses in the U.S., according to data released last week by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Those data also show that last year, heroin deaths went up 20 percent, exceeding gun homicides. Tom Frieden, director of the CDC, joins Alison Stewart.
    Original Air Date: December 18, 2016
    Gail Dufault, the Transitional Healthcare Coordinator at the Barnstable County House of Corrections, prepares a dose of Vivitrol at the prison in Buzzards Bay, Massachusetts September 2, 2014.  Barnstable is believed to be the first jail in the country to launch an intensive voluntary recovery program for opiate-addicted inmates with the use of Vivitrol, an injectable non-narcotic drug that blocks receptors in the brain and bars addicts from getting high off heroin and other opioids for about 25 days, at a cost of about $1,000 a shot. Picture taken  September 2, 2014.  To match Feature USA-HEROIN/PRISONS/    REUTERS/Brian Snyder (UNITED STATES - Tags: SOCIETY CRIME LAW DRUGS HEALTH) - RTR44U8Y