Sunday, August 9, 2015

  • Idaho mountains declared federal wilderness area
    A big swath of Idaho wilderness will now be protected from development, thanks to legislation passed by Congress and signed into law by President Obama on Friday. The law ended a 40-year effort that was supported by environmentalists, ranchers, recreation groups and Idaho's Congressional delegation. Idaho Public Television's Rocky Barker reports.
    Original Air Date: August 9, 2015
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Saturday, August 8, 2015

  • PBS NewsHour Weekend full episode August 8, 2015
    On this edition for Saturday, August 8th, 2015, reaction to the life sentence for the Aurora, Colorado, movie theater gunman, and in our signature segment, facing life or death decisions with your doctor and your family. Hari Sreenivasan anchors from New York.
    Original Air Date: August 8, 2015
    Colorado shooting suspect James Holmes (C) and his public defenders Tamara Brady (L) and Daniel King (R) are pictured in a courtroom sketch during a hearing in Centennial, Colorado April 1, 2013. Prosecutors in Colorado will seek the death penalty for accused movie theater gunman James Holmes for killing 12 people at a midnight showing of the Batman film, "The Dark Knight Rises" in 2012. Photo by Bill Robies/Reuters
  • ISIS reportedly holding Christian civilians captive
    The U.S.-led coalition is carrying out more air strikes on the Islamic State’s positions in Syria and Iraq. In Homs province, ISIS is said to be holding more than 200 residents captive, most of which are believed to be from Christian families. For more on the conflict and kidnappings, New York Times reporter Ben Hubbard joins Hari Sreenivasan via Skype from Turkey.
    Original Air Date: August 8, 2015
    A member loyal to the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) waves an ISIL flag in Raqqa June 29, 2014. The offshoot of al Qaeda which has captured swathes of territory in Iraq and Syria has declared itself an Islamic "Caliphate" and called on factions worldwide to pledge their allegiance, a statement posted on jihadist websites said on Sunday. The group, previously known as the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), also known as ISIS, has renamed itself "Islamic State" and proclaimed its leader Abu Bakr al-Baghadi as "Caliph" - the head of the state, the statement said. REUTERS/Stringer (SYRIA - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST )  BEST QUALITY AVAILABLE - RTR4BHO3
  • NRA-backed bill aims to keep guns from the mentally ill
    On the cusp of James Holmes's life sentence, Texas Republican Sen. John Cornyn is sponsoring a bill to help states better report people known to be mentally ill to the FBI database of individuals prohibited from buying guns. The bill has garnered support from several organizations, including the National Rifle Association. Washington Post reporter Mike DeBonis joins Hari Sreenivasan to discuss.
    Original Air Date: August 8, 2015
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  • New guidelines may encourage end-of-life discussions
    A national movement to normalize end-of-life discussions among family and friends is on the rise. With Medicare planning to cover these conversations with physicians, The Conversation Project, a Boston-based non-profit, is highlighting the importance of talking openly about dying. Special Correspondent Lynn Sherr reports.
    Original Air Date: August 8, 2015
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Friday, August 7, 2015

  • PBS NewsHour full episode August 7, 2015
    Friday on the NewsHour, how Ferguson has changed in the year since the death of Michael Brown. Also: hundreds of thousands of refugees and migrants flee violence to Europe, Shields and Brooks analyze the GOP debate and other news, a stroke of gold for American swimmer Katie Ledecky and lifting the curtain on diversity in film.
    Original Air Date: August 7, 2015
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  • News Wrap: U.S. economy adds 215,000 jobs
    In our news wrap Friday, the Labor Department's July jobs report revealed another solid month. Employers added a net of 215,000 new jobs and the unemployment rate held steady. Also, Kabul was rocked by bombings that killed scores of people. A massive truck bomb flattened an entire city block and a suicide bomber blew himself up at a police academy.
    Original Air Date: August 7, 2015
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  • Why do most movies still fail to reflect U.S. diversity?
    In a survey of the 100 top grossing films between 2007 and 2014, 30 percent of all speaking or named characters were women; less than 30 percent of such roles went to actors who were not white. Jeffrey Brown talks to Dylan Marron, blogger for "Every Spoken Word," and Ann Hornaday of The Washington Post about the widespread lack of diversity in Hollywood.
    Original Air Date: August 7, 2015
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  • Seeking refuge in UK, migrants get stuck in Calais
    The French port of Calais has been inundated with thousands of migrants seeking ways to reach the United Kingdom. Blocked from transportation across the English Channel, the migrants have established a squalid camp, while residents of Calais feel the crisis is hurting the town. Special correspondent Malcolm Brabant reports.
    Original Air Date: August 7, 2015
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  • Ferguson takes steps toward change
    It’s nearly a year since Michael Brown, an 18-year-old black man, was shot and killed by a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, setting off a firestorm of protest and political activism around aggressive law enforcement and race. Hari Sreenivasan talks to community members about how the events have set changes in motion.
    Original Air Date: August 7, 2015
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  • Shields and Brooks on GOP debate standouts
    Syndicated columnist Mark Shields and New York Times columnist David Brooks join Judy Woodruff to discuss the week’s news, including the first Republican presidential debate, whether Vice President Joe Biden is considering a 2016 run and Sen. Chuck Schumer’s announcement that he won’t support the Iran nuclear deal.
    Original Air Date: August 7, 2015
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  • How Katie Ledecky is dominating distance swimming
    Swimmer Katie Ledecky has been blowing by the competition and setting records at the world championships in Russia. She’s currently on pace to sweep the 200, 400, 800 and 1,500 meter freestyles at a single world championship. To find out more about Ledecky’s incredible feats, Hari Sreenivasan speaks to sports commentator and former Olympic gold medalist Summer Sanders.
    Original Air Date: August 7, 2015
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  • Why alcohol and America go hand in hand
    Alcohol has played a large role in the history of the United States, including being made illegal for a short time. Derek Brown, chief spirits advisor for the National Archives, describes how the histories of the U.S. and alcohol have been tied together tightly.
    Original Air Date: August 7, 2015
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  • Poet Wang Ping reads 'Syntax'
    Poet Wang Ping read 'Syntax' to us at the Association of Writers & Writing Programs conference in Minneapolis in April.
    Original Air Date: August 7, 2015
    Poet Wang Ping read "Syntax" at the Association of Writers & Writing Programs conference in Minneapolis in April.
  • Young opera singer speaks about growing up in Ferguson
    Melvin Bozeman, an opera singer from Ferguson, spoke with Nine Network about his experience growing up in Ferguson and how his passion for music was a driving force for his education.
    Original Air Date: August 7, 2015
    Melvin Bozeman, a young opera singer from Ferguson, speaks to Nine Network about his experience growing up there and staying positive in the face of adversity.

Thursday, August 6, 2015

  • PBS NewsHour full episode August 6, 2015
    Thursday on the NewsHour, the stage is set in Cleveland for the first Republican debate. Also: New challenges 50 years since the Voting Rights Act, a grocery store chain devises a business model for food deserts, a deadly outbreak of pneumonia in NYC, Jon Stewart says farewell to The Daily Show and Michael Lewis’s brief but spectacular take on the failings of Wall Street.
    Original Air Date: August 6, 2015
    Republican presidential candidate Dr. Ben Carson answers questions in the "Facebook Lounge" at the site of the first official Republican presidential candidates debate of the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign in Cleveland, Ohio, August 6, 2015.  REUTERS/Brian Snyder - RTX1NCTP
  • How funny man Jon Stewart became a serious influence
    Called the nation's "satirist in chief," Jon Stewart’s comedic rants and skewering of the daily news have had far-reaching influence on media and politics. Now he's leaving The Daily show after 16 years. Jeffrey Brown looks back at Stewart’s impact.
    Original Air Date: August 6, 2015
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  • Republican candidates share debate prep rituals
    n our NewsHour Shares video of the day, a humorous look at how the Republican candidates are preparing for the first presidential debate.
    Original Air Date: August 6, 2015
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  • Why we’re still fighting over voting rights, 50 years on
    Fifty years ago, the Voting Rights Act outlawed discriminatory practices used to stop Americans from casting a ballot. President Obama marked the occasion with civil rights leaders, cautioning that those rights are still at risk. Gwen Ifill talks to Imani Clark, a student at Prairie View A&M University, voting rights scholar Kareem Crayton and Zoltan Hajnal of University of California, San Diego.
    Original Air Date: August 6, 2015
    U.S. President Barack Obama (L-R), Representative John Lewis (D-GA) and Attorney General Loretta Lynch participate in a conference to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act at the White House in Washington August 6, 2015.  REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst - RTX1NDA9
  • Author Michael Lewis on what execs and elites often overlook
    Michael Lewis, author of “Liar’s Poker,” “Moneyball” and “The Big Short” went from working on Wall Street to becoming one of its biggest critics. Lewis offers his Brief But Spectacular take on what the wealthy elite often overlook.
    Original Air Date: August 6, 2015
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  • GOP candidates prepare to stand out in crowded debate
    The 17 Republican presidential candidates will square off tonight in two rounds of debate in Cleveland. With so many candidates, not to mention leading candidate and wildcard Donald Trump, curiosity about the debate is high. To discuss what we can expect, Gwen Ifill speaks with NewsHour political director Lisa Desjardins.
    Original Air Date: August 6, 2015
    Republican presidential candidate and U.S. Senator Ted Cruz talks to reporters in the media center at the site of the first official Republican presidential candidates debate of the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign in Cleveland, Ohio, August 6, 2015.  REUTERS/Brian Snyder - RTX1ND9E
  • News Wrap: Pennsylvania AG charged for grand jury leak
    In our news wrap Thursday, Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane was charged with obstruction of justice and perjury, connected to the leaking of grand jury information to damage opponents. Also, a massive California wildfire known as the Rocky Fire is now 40 percent contained.
    Original Air Date: August 6, 2015
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  • What caused the Legionnaires’ disease outbreak in NYC?
    New York is facing the largest outbreak of Legionnaires' disease in its history: eight people have died from the respiratory illness since early July, and nearly 100 cases have been reported. Hari Sreenivasan learns more from Dr. Anne Schuchat of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
    Original Air Date: August 6, 2015
    Dr. Anne Schuchat of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • Building an oasis in a Philadelphia food desert
    In Philadelphia, a fourth-generation supermarket owner has gone where others have feared to tread: food deserts, low-income neighborhoods that have no direct access to a real grocery store. The small chain has given these communities a place to get nutritious food, health services and maybe most important, hundreds of new jobs. Economics correspondent Paul Solman reports.
    Original Air Date: August 6, 2015
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  • How a grocery store job turned a former inmate's life around
    While reporting on a chain of successful, family-owned supermarkets in Philadelphia food deserts, economics correspondent Paul Solman met ex-offender Anthony Brown who discussed his path from prison to frozen food manager.
    Original Air Date: August 6, 2015
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Wednesday, August 5, 2015

  • PBS NewsHour full episode August 5, 2015
    Wednesday on the NewsHour, President Obama stepped up his full court press against critics of the Iran nuclear deal. Also: GOP candidates prepare to take the debate stage in Cleveland, violent backlash against foreigners living in South Africa, providing generous parental leave to employees and making a new opera inspired by the bestselling novel, “Cold Mountain.”
    Original Air Date: August 5, 2015
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  • New Netflix policy highlights lack of U.S. parental leave
    Netflix has announced that it will be offering employees unlimited paid parental leave of up to a year after one gives birth to or adopts a child. Netflix joins other tech companies that offer generous family leave packages, in stark contrast to what most American workers receive from employers. Hari Sreenivasan learns more from Sarah Jane Glynn of the Center for American Progress.
    Original Air Date: August 5, 2015
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  • Civil War tragedy 'Cold Mountain' inspires opera
    "Cold Mountain," the bestselling Civil War novel by Charles Frazier, tells the story of a Confederate soldier who decides he has had enough and walks away in search of the woman he left behind. Now that epic has been distilled into a work of opera, created by celebrated composer Jennifer Higdon. Jeffrey Brown reports from Santa Fe, New Mexico.
    Original Air Date: August 5, 2015
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