Friday, October 30, 2015

  • News Wrap: Dozens of shipwrecked migrants drown off Greece
    In our news wrap Friday, 31 people, most of whom were children, drowned trying to cross from Turkey to Greece. On the island of Lesbos, bodies washed ashore including several babies. Also, President Obama says he's ready to sign a two-year federal budget deal that was approved by the Senate after passage in the House.
    Original Air Date: October 30, 2015
    A Greek fishing boat (R) sails next to a half-sunken catamaran carrying around 150 refugees, most of them Syrians arriving after crossing part of the Aegean sea from Turkey, on the Greek island of Lesbos, October 30, 2015. There were no casaulties amongst the refugees who were travelling on the catamaran, according to a Reuters witness. The death toll from drownings at sea has mounted recently as weather in the Aegean has taken a turn for the worse, turning wind-whipped sea corridors into deadly passages for thousands of refugees crossing from Turkey to Greece.  REUTERS/Giorgos Moutafis - RTX1TXDK
  • PBS NewsHour full episode October 30, 2015
    Friday on the NewsHour, the White House confirms they are sending a small number of troops into Northern Syria to help dismantle the Islamic State. Also: Candidates vie for union support despite waning influence, Mark Shields and David Brooks discuss the week’s news, a tax increase on Greece’s favorite liquor and the collapse of a health insurance alternative under the Affordable Care Act.
    Original Air Date: October 30, 2015
    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry walks to the Hotel Bristol for a meeting with the Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif in Vienna, Austria October 29, 2015.  REUTERS/Brendan Smialowski/Pool     TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY      - RTX1U17X
    October 30, 2015
  • Shields and Brooks on shifting strategy in Syria
    Syndicated columnist Mark Shields and New York Times columnist David Brooks join Judy Woodruff to discuss the week’s news, including the Obama administration’s announcement that it is putting boots on the ground in Syria, newly elected Speaker Paul Ryan’s goals for the House and takeaways from the GOP debate in Boulder.
    Original Air Date: October 30, 2015

Thursday, October 29, 2015

  • 2 false claims and a truth from the GOP debate in Boulder
    For the Republican presidential candidates who took the debate stage in Boulder, Colorado, each contender was seeking a breakout moment, and many took opportunities to jab at their opponents or the CNBC moderators. Angie Holan of Politifact joins Gwen Ifill to fact-check some of candidates’ claims.
    Original Air Date: October 29, 2015
    Republican U.S. presidential candidates (L-R) U.S. Senator Marco Rubio, businessman Donald Trump and Dr. Ben Carson applaud before the start of the 2016 U.S. Republican presidential candidates debate held by CNBC in Boulder, Colorado, October 28, 2015. REUTERS/Rick Wilking - RTX1TPVF
  • Deadly tide of migrant trafficking crashes on Greek shores
    A boat carrying an estimated 300 people capsized while crossing from Turkey to the Greek island of Lesbos -- just one of a series of deadly accidents involving traffickers’ boats on Wednesday. More than 240 passengers were saved, but the survivors are struggling with trauma and anger over the harrowing trip and the loss of loved ones. Special correspondent Malcolm Brabant reports.
    Original Air Date: October 29, 2015
    Refugees and migrants arrive at Lesbos island after crossing the Aegean sea from Turkey on October on October 29, 2015. At least seven children died when boats carrying migrants sank off Greece on October 28, as rescue workers battled to save more youngsters on the seashore in the latest desperate scenes in Europe's refugee crisis. Since the start of the year, 560,000 migrants and refugees have arrived in Greece by sea, out of over 700,000 who have reached Europe via the Mediterranean, according to the International Organization for Migration (IOM).AFP PHOTO / ARIS MESSINIS        (Photo credit should read ARIS MESSINIS/AFP/Getty Images)
  • Under new policy, will Chinese families want a second child?
    China will now allow families to have not one but two children, due to the nation’s economic needs. But has China’s policy change come too late? Judy Woodruff discusses the impacts of the old policy on both the country and for individual families with Mei Fong, author of "One Child."
    Original Air Date: October 29, 2015
    A family takes a "selfie" next to a boy in front of a giant basket of flowers on display at Tiananmen Square for the upcoming 65th National Day celebrations on Wednesday, in Beijing, September 29, 2014. REUTERS/Jason Lee (CHINA - Tags: POLITICS SOCIETY ANNIVERSARY) - RTR483MH
  • What to know about Obamacare costs during open enrollment
    The season of open enrollment is upon us: On Sunday Americans can shop for health care plans on the insurance marketplaces under the Affordable Care Act. Mary Agnes Carey of Kaiser Health News joins Judy Woodruff to answer real Americans’ questions and concerns about costs, coverage and penalties.
    Original Air Date: October 29, 2015
    The website is displayed on a laptop computer arranged for a photograph in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Monday, Nov. 4, 2013. Health care tax refunds prove to be for better or worse. Photo by Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images
  • The war over a tax break for hedge funds and money managers
    The so-called carried interest loophole is a tax break used by hedge funds and other investment groups that lets wealthy money managers pay a relatively low investment tax rate. Economics correspondent Paul Solman takes a close look at the controversial tax break.
    Original Air Date: October 29, 2015
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  • Donning his white coat, this doctor dances for dollars
    In our NewsHour Shares video of the day, Dr. Adnan Khera, a Boston anesthesiologist, is a dancing sensation who busts a move on the street for charity, according to this report from WGBH.
    Original Air Date: October 29, 2015
  • Facing a demographic crisis, China modifies one-child policy
    China’s Communist Party changed its longstanding one-child policy to allow couples to have two children. While the original policy was introduced in 1979 to curb a surging population, the country now faces a labor shortage and the needs of its rapidly aging citizens. Lucy Watson of Independent Television News reports.
    Original Air Date: October 29, 2015
    A boy sits on his father's shoulders as they pose for a photograph in front of the giant portrait of late Chinese chairman Mao Zedong on the Tiananmen Gate, in Beijing, China, October 2, 2011. China will ease family planning restrictions to allow all couples to have two children after decades of the strict one-child policy, the ruling Communist Party said on October 29, 2015, a move aimed at alleviating demographic strains on the economy. Picture taken October 2, 2011. REUTERS/Stringer   CHINA OUT. NO COMMERCIAL OR EDITORIAL SALES IN CHINA - RTX1TSTQ
  • Sandra Cisneros looks back as a writer in search of home
    Writer Sandra Cisneros has spent her entire life searching for a sense of belonging, a search chronicled in a new essay collection, “A House of My Own: Stories From My Life.” She sits down with Jeffrey Brown at the Mexican Cultural Institute in Washington to discuss her book, her life as a writer and her journey to find home.
    Original Air Date: October 29, 2015
  • News Wrap: House Speaker Paul Ryan takes the gavel
    In our news wrap Thursday, newly elected House Speaker Paul Ryan called for healing and greater transparency, as the outgoing speaker, John Boehner, made a teary goodbye. Also, U.S. and Chinese naval commanders met over video conference to discuss tensions in the South China Sea. U.S. officials said they agreed to follow existing protocols to avoid clashes.
    Original Air Date: October 29, 2015
    Newly elected Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Paul Ryan wields the speaker's gavel for the first time on Capitol Hill in Washington October 29, 2015. REUTERS/Gary Cameron       TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY      - RTX1TV2Z
  • PBS NewsHour full episode October 29, 2015
    Wednesday on the NewsHour, China changes their three decade-old policy limiting families to one child. Also: Fact-checking GOP debate talking points, migrants struggle to cope with a boat tragedy off Greece, answering FAQs about Obamacare enrollment, why some want to scrap a controversial tax loophole and writer Sandra Cisneros discusses her new collection of essays.
    Original Air Date: October 29, 2015
    Women hold childrens' hands as they wait to cross a street after school in downtown Shanghai September 12, 2014. REUTERS/Carlos Barria  (CHINA - Tags: SOCIETY POLITICS) - RTR494TM
    October 29, 2015

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

  • Traffickers’ trade turns to refugee tragedy off Greece
    A boat carrying hundreds of Syrian refugees capsized off the coast of the Greek island of Lesbos. Special correspondent Malcolm Brabant recounts the deadly scene, as doctors tried to revive and treat victims and boats went out in search of survivors amid the calmer waters.
    Original Air Date: October 28, 2015
    A volunteer carries a rescued child after a boat carrying more than 200 refugees and migrants sunk while crossing part of the Aegean sea from Turkey, on the Greek island of Lesbos, Oct. 28, 2015. Since the Nov. 13 attacks on Paris, several U.S. governors have made statements vowing to keep refugees from entering their states. Photo by Giorgos Moutafis/Reuters
  • Treasury Secretary Lew on how the budget got resolved
    The bipartisan budget deal passed by the House is the product of negotiations between Congressional leaders and the White House. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew sits down with Gwen Ifill to discuss how Congress achieved its moment of breakthrough, plus a rundown of some of the budget nuts and bolts.
    Original Air Date: October 28, 2015
    Treasury Secretary Jack Lew testifies before a House Financial Services hearing on "The State of the International Financial System" on Capitol Hill in Washington on March 17, 2015.   REUTERS/Joshua Roberts    (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS BUSINESS) - RTR4TPTP
  • Will Yahoo, Twitter find success in rebooting business?
    Yahoo is working on streamlining its strategy, while over at Twitter there's a new permanent CEO. What’s making these tech giants adjust how they do business? Hari Sreenivasan talks with Jon Kelly of Vanity Fair.
    Original Air Date: October 28, 2015
    An Apple Inc. iPhone 6 smartphone is held as a laptop screen shows the Twitter Inc. logo in this arranged photograph taken in London, U.K., on Friday, May, 15, 2015. Facebook Inc. reached a deal with New York Times Co. and eight other media outlets to post stories directly to the social network's mobile news feeds, as publishers strive for new ways to expand their reach. Photographer: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg via Getty Images
  • A cappella group Pentatonix goes back to basics on new album
    A cappella group Pentatonix burst onto the music scene on NBC’s reality competition “The Sing-Off,” eventually scoring a Grammy and a number one record. With their new album, they are going in a new direction with original songs and trying to express more artistry. Jeffrey Brown reports.
    Original Air Date: October 28, 2015
  • What happens when police become school disciplinarians?
    Yet another viral video has reignited the national conversation on the interaction between police and people of color, specifically within school. A South Carolina sheriff's deputy was fired after manhandling a teenager in a high school classroom. Gwen Ifill discusses police as disciplinarians with Susan Ferriss of the Center For Public Integrity and Shaun Harper of the University of Pennsylvania.
    Original Air Date: October 28, 2015
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  • Flying through an icy plume to test a moon’s hospitality
    In our NewsHour Shares video of the day, a NASA spacecraft flew into an icy spray coming off one of Saturn’s moon to figure out whether it has hydrothermal vents that could support life. A NASA video explains the science behind the theories.
    Original Air Date: October 28, 2015
  • Approving budget deal, House ties up loose ends
    Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan, the new GOP nominee to replace John Boehner as Speaker of the House, laid out his first policy position Wednesday: supporting the new bipartisan budget deal. The House passed the agreement, averting a looming federal default and a partial government shutdown in December. Gwen Ifill reports.
    Original Air Date: October 28, 2015
    Newly-elected House Speaker Paul Ryan arrives to talk to the media after being nominated for speaker of the House of Representatives on Capitol Hill in Washington October 28, 2015. Photo by REUTERS/Yuri Gripas -
  • What’s making the rural American West more diverse
    Wyoming is the least populated state in the country, and one of the whitest. But that could be changing slowly. Since 2010, the state's African-American population has nearly doubled, a demographic shift that's taking place all over the West, and likely driven by job opportunities in oil boomtowns. Special correspondent Leigh Paterson of Inside Energy reports.
    Original Air Date: October 28, 2015
  • News Wrap: Dennis Hastert pleads guilty to fraud
    In our news wrap Wednesday, former Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert pleaded guilty for evading federal banking laws in a hush money scheme. He said he did not want the FBI to know why he paid $3.5 million to an unnamed party. Also, the Nigerian army says it freed 338 captives held by Boko Haram.
    Original Air Date: October 28, 2015
    Former Speaker Dennis Hastert is surrounded by officers as he leaves federal court, regarding a hush-money case. Hastert, 73, told a judge Thursday that he intends to plead guilty for trying to evade detection of $3.5 million in payments he had promised to someone from his hometown of Yorkville, Illinois, to conceal past misconduct. Photo by Jim Young/Reuters
  • PBS NewsHour full episode October 28, 2015
    Wednesday on the NewsHour, a boat carrying hundreds of Syrian refugees capsizes. Also: the House of Representatives passes a budget deal and nominates a speaker, plus reaction from Treasury Secretary Jack Lew, combining law enforcement and school discipline, how the tech sector is reaching for a larger audience, shifting demographics in Wyoming and Petatonix discuss their new album.
    Original Air Date: October 28, 2015
    A volunteer escorts a rescued migrant girl after a boat carrying more than 200 refugees and migrants sunk while crossing part of the Aegean sea from Turkey, on the Greek island of Lesbos, October 28, 2015. According to the Greek Coast Guard, 3 bodies were recovered and 242 people were rescued, without clarifying how many people were onboard. REUTERS/Giorgos Moutafis - RTX1TOKW
    October 28, 2015

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

  • Frontline’s visit to Syria reveals surprising contrasts
    What is it like inside Assad's Syria today? PBS Frontline filmmaker Martin Smith captured the country at war -- cities in ruins, looming danger and dashed hopes -- as well as some surprising discoveries. Smith joins Gwen Ifill to discuss the conflict and what he found on the ground.
    Original Air Date: October 27, 2015
  • Why dementia takes a huge financial toll on families
    Caring for patients with dementia and Alzheimer's disease is far more expensive -- 57 percent more -- than caring for those with illnesses like cancer or heart disease, according to a study from researchers at Mt. Sinai. William Brangham discusses the findings with Dr. Diane Meier of the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.
    Original Air Date: October 27, 2015
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  • Dalai Lama’s doctor wants more compassion in medicine
    Before he was a personal physician to the Dalai Lama, Dr. Barry Kerzin never imagined that a professional trip to Tibet would lead him down a decades-long path studying Buddhism and meditation. Special correspondent Fred de Sam Lazaro talks to Kerzin in India about his feeling that compassion and empathy are essential to medical training.
    Original Air Date: October 27, 2015
    The Dalai Lama, seen here during a 2010 visit to Washington, will meet with President Barack Obama Friday at the White House. Photo by Paul J. Richards/AFP/Getty Images
  • How Congressional leaders got past the budget crisis
    Trying the clear the deck for his replacement, outgoing Speaker of the House John Boehner announced a tentative two-year budget deal that would boost defense and domestic programs and lift the debt ceiling through the spring of 2017. Political director Lisa Desjardins takes a closer look at the deal with Judy Woodruff.
    Original Air Date: October 27, 2015
    Outgoing Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) (L) enters a news conference on the two-year budget deal with the White House in Washington, October 27, 2015. A two-year budget deal negotiated by the White House and U.S. congressional leaders will be rushed to the floor of the House of Representatives on Wednesday as lawmakers try to pass controversial measures before House Speaker John Boehner retires on Friday. "We have a budget agreement," Boehner said Tuesday. " He said he wanted to clear the decks for Rep. Paul Ryan who is expected to become the next Speaker of the House. "As I made it clear a month ago when I announced that I was leaving that I wanted to do my best to clean the barn. I didn't want him to walk into a dirty barn full of you know what," Boehner said. REUTERS/Gary Cameron - RTX1TGRU
  • Are we completely unprepared for a power grid cyberattack?
    We’re aware of the risk of hacks that result in theft and espionage, but what about a devastating cyberattack on the power grid? In his new book, “Lights Out,” Ted Koppel argues that not only is this a distinct possibility, but that America is totally unprepared. The author joins Gwen Ifill to discuss the frightening potential fallout.
    Original Air Date: October 27, 2015