Friday, December 16, 2016

  • News Wrap: In Pennsylvania, Trump thanks black voters
    In our news wrap Friday, President-elect Donald Trump visited Hershey, Pennsylvania, for the last stop on his victory tour. There, he thanked his African-American supporters -- albeit to a largely white audience -- touting his success with black voters in the election results. Also, bitter winter weather blasted the northeast, closing schools and roadways and causing perilous driving conditions.
    Original Air Date: December 16, 2016
    U.S. President-elect Donald Trump speaks during a USA Thank You Tour event at Giant Center in Hershey, Pennsylvania, U.S., December 15, 2016. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson - RTX2V9HJ
  • Black lung disease more common among miners than reported
    Lung disease is a well-known deadly consequence of working in the coal industry. But a new NPR study finds miners are suffering from the most advanced form of the disease at a rate ten times higher than the government has reported. Hari Sreenivasan speaks with NPR's Howard Berkes about the causes of this late-stage lung disease, possibilities for treatment and why it's been direly underestimated.
    Original Air Date: December 16, 2016
    Coal waits to be among the last shipments to be loaded on train cars to depart the Hobet mine in Boone County, West Virginia, U.S. May 12, 2016.  Picture taken May 12, 2016.    To match Special Report USA-COAL/HOBET   REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst - RTSL7QO
  • The rise of Italy's 'rejectionist' Five Star Movement party
    The Five Star Movement, Italy’s fastest growing political party, is fully anti-establishment. Started by a foul-mouthed comedian named Beppe Grillo, the group believes the government has been overtaken by corruption and that immigration is to blame for the fact that this generation is less well off than its grandparents. Special correspondent Christopher Livesay reports from Rome.
    Original Air Date: December 16, 2016
    Leader of the Five Star Movement and comedian Beppe Grillo speaks during an election campaign rally for European parliament elections in Rome, Italy May 23, 2014. REUTERS/Remo Casilli/File Photo - RTX2G6BF
  • Shields and Ponnuru on 'dark cloud' of Russian cyberattacks
    Reports emerged this week that the CIA is confident Russia attempted to sway election results through cyberattacks. Syndicated columnist Mark Shields and Ramesh Ponnuru of the National Review join Judy Woodruff to discuss what Russia’s interference suggests about the future of our democracy, the president-elect's Cabinet picks of Rex Tillerson and Rick Perry and President Obama's legacy on Syria.
    Original Air Date: December 16, 2016
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  • A poetry publisher on the math of rejection
    Every year, Jeff Shotts, executive editor of Graywolf Press, sorts through thousands of poetry submissions -- and rejects about 99 percent of them. It’s not a success rate poets like to hear, he says, but it’s the reality in the poetry publishing industry. Jeffrey Brown speaks with Shotts about his company’s location in the small press “mecca” and why there’s never been a better time for poetry.
    Original Air Date: December 16, 2016

Thursday, December 15, 2016

  • Will new tools help Facebook users get facts on fake news?
    During the last three months of the campaign, fake news headlines drew more engagement than real reporting, and social media platforms were criticized for not doing enough to dispute false information. Now Facebook is launching new tools to help identify dubious or made-up stories. Hari Sreenivasan talks to Slate’s Will Oremus about weeding out fake news.
    Original Air Date: December 15, 2016
    A man is silhouetted against a video screen with a Facebook logo as he poses with a Samsung S4 smartphone in this photo illustration taken in the central Bosnian town of Zenica, August 14, 2013. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/File Photo - RTSUXXI
  • Can Trump ‘build a wall’ between presidency and business?
    Dec. 15 was supposed to be the day President-elect Donald Trump held a news conference to discuss how he would resolve future of his business empire to prevent conflicts of interest. The announcement has been postponed until January. Judy Woodruff speaks with Marilyn Geewax of NPR and Richard Painter of the University of Minnesota about what the president-elect needs to do.
    Original Air Date: December 15, 2016
    U.S. President-elect Donald Trump speaks to members of the news media in the main lobby at Trump Tower in Manhattan, New York City, U.S., December 6, 2016. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid - RTSUY59
  • Did Putin have a hand in U.S. election disruption?
    A CIA investigation reportedly found that Russia tried to sway U.S. election results in President-elect Donald Trump’s favor. On Thursday, Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid said he believes Russian President Vladimir Putin was personally involved in efforts to disrupt the election. Judy Woodruff talks to Angela Stent of Georgetown University about Putin and the U.S. options for response.
    Original Air Date: December 15, 2016
    A woman walks past a mural of U.S. president-elect Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin in Belgrade, Serbia, December 4, 2016. The text on the mural reads in Russian, Serbia and English "Kosovo is Serbia".  REUTERS/Marko Djurica - RTSUKLY
  • How prediction market prophets bet on the wrong president
    The election outcome shocked the world. Pollsters, pundits and prediction market traders overwhelmingly predicted a huge Clinton victory. There were, however, some dissenters. Economics correspondent Paul Solman explores how history and economic factors can shed light on the upset.
    Original Air Date: December 15, 2016
  • How safe is super-concentrated marijuana?
    Now legal in eight states, there are unanswered questions about the impact of recreational marijuana on public health. To maximize potency, pot can be purified for maximum THC, its psychoactive ingredient. But a lack of research and restrictions on these very high concentrations is raising concerns. Special correspondent John Ferrugia of Rocky Mountain PBS reports.
    Original Air Date: December 15, 2016
    People smoke marijuana joints at 4:20 p.m. as thousands of marijuana advocates gather in Golden Gate Park in San Francisco, California April 20, 2012. Supporters of a drive to legalize recreational marijuana for adults in California said on Wednesday they had collected more than enough signatures to qualify the measure for the November ballot, formally launching their campaign to win over voters. REUTERS/Robert Galbraith/File photo - RTX2CVU9
  • How this CEO invests in the dignity of others
    From a young age, Jacqueline Novogratz wanted to be a force for good in the world. Now she is combatting poverty by bringing business to communities that haven’t had access to banking. Instead of just giving away money or resources, Novogratz’s nonprofit invests in entrepreneurs with the goal of bettering people’s lives. This is Novogratz’s Brief But Spectacular take on the moral imagination.
    Original Air Date: December 15, 2016

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

  • Raising interest rate, Fed sees stronger economy
    The Federal Reserve hiked a benchmark interest rate on Wednesday. Largely expected but only the second time since 2008, it was a big deal for Fed Chair Janet Yellen to make the announcement. Why now? Jeffrey Brown speaks with Diane Swonk of Diane Swonk Economics about the decision, as well as possible coming conflict with the Trump administration.
    Original Air Date: December 14, 2016
    Federal Reserve  Chair Janet Yellen holds a news conference following day two of the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) meeting in Washington, U.S., December 14, 2016.  REUTERS/Gary Cameron  - RTX2V2E6
  • Spicer: 'Zero evidence' Russian hacks had any impact
    With the choice of former Texas Gov. Rick Perry for the Energy Department of Energy and Exxon Mobil CEO Rex Tillerson for secretary of state, President-elect Donald Trump has named most of his cabinet. Judy Woodruff speaks with Sean Spicer, chief strategist for the Republican National Committee, about the latest administration picks, Mr. Trump’s climate change views and relationship to the press.
    Original Air Date: December 14, 2016
  • How a white nationalist leader wants to go mainstream
    With the election of Donald Trump, racist groups of all stripes are hoping their message will be more widely accepted. But will they actually go mainstream? The NewsHour's PJ Tobia sits down with Richard Spencer, a leader of the so-called “alt-right” -- a mix of white nationalism, neo-Nazi beliefs and hard-edged populism -- who has energized a tiny group of passionate followers.
    Original Air Date: December 14, 2016
    Richard Spencer of the National Policy Institute arrives on campus to speak at an event not sanctioned by the school, at Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas, U.S. December 6, 2016. REUTERS/Spencer Selvidge - RTSV02H
  • Reconstructing the Russian hacks leading up to the election
    Reports that the CIA believes Russia sought to help the president-elect win the election by hacking Democratic political organizations has rocked the nation. Mr. Trump dismisses claims that Russia had any influence in the process or that it wanted him in office. Hari Sreenivasan examines what investigations have revealed with Dmitri Alperovitch of Crowdstrike and Eric Lipton of The New York Times.
    Original Air Date: December 14, 2016
    Photo illustration by REUTERS/Kacper Pempel
  • Sacred mountain is focal point in fight over giant telescope
    Astronomers believe that the perfect spot for the next big observatory is atop the summit of Mauna Kea in Hawaii. But the proposed location for the $1.4 billion project is on land sacred to the native Hawaiian culture, and a legal challenge over the project has halted construction. Science correspondent Miles O’Brien reports.
    Original Air Date: December 14, 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)
  • Vilsack: Democrats have a messaging problem in rural America
    While President-elect Donald Trump is close to filling his cabinet, one crucial position left is the secretary of agriculture. Judy Woodruff speaks with outgoing Secretary Tom Vilsack -- the last remaining original member of the Obama Cabinet -- about his reactions so far to what he knows about a Trump agenda, the need for Democrats to reconnect with rural America and the Obama legacy.
    Original Air Date: December 14, 2016
    U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack speaks after meeting European Union Agriculture Commissioner Dacian Ciolos (unseen) at the EU Commission headquarters in Brussels June 17, 2014. A planned EU/U.S. trade deal needs to sweep away "non-scientific barriers" that prevent U.S. farmers from selling many genetically modified crops and some chemically treated meats in Europe, Vilsack said on Tuesday.   REUTERS/Francois Lenoir (BELGIUM  - Tags: AGRICULTURE POLITICS BUSINESS) - RTR3U9T5

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

  • How the big biomedical bill advances U.S. mental health care
    Most of the attention around the biomedical bill President Obama signed on Tuesday has focused on faster drug approval and new money for research. But included within the massive piece of legislation are measures for mental health prevention and care. William Brangham speaks with Rep. Tim Murphy, R-Pa., about the state of mental health care in the U.S. and what this law attempts to accomplish.
    Original Air Date: December 13, 2016
  • One painter on why understanding art is as simple as looking
    What do we see when we look at art? Many of us aren't sure what we're supposed to absorb. For artist David Salle, reading a painting should be natural, not intimidating. He believes that museum-goers should enjoy the act of looking and appreciate how art is made. He sits down with Jeffrey Brown to discuss his new book, “How to See: Looking, Talking, and Thinking about Art.”
    Original Air Date: December 13, 2016
  • Trump’s secretary of state choice sets up possible fight
    President-elect Donald Trump chose Exxon Mobil CEO Rex Tillerson to be his secretary of state. Tillerson rose through the ranks of the oil and gas giant over four decades, and expanded its business overseas, including operations in Russia, as chief executive of the company. Meanwhile, former Gov. Rick Perry is expected to be the Trump administration’s energy secretary. Judy Woodruff reports.
    Original Air Date: December 13, 2016
  • News Wrap: EPA finds fracking can contaminate water
    In our news wrap Tuesday, the Environmental Protection Agency released a report on the effects of fracking on drinking water. It found the drilling technique can contaminate underground water in some cases, but concluded there is not enough evidence to estimate the severity of the risk. Also, Ohio Gov. John Kasich rejected a bill that would ban abortion once the first fetal heartbeat is detected.
    Original Air Date: December 13, 2016
    People protest against fracking and neighborhood oil drilling in Los Angeles, California, U.S., May 14, 2016. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson - RTSEBLP
  • Tillerson for State: What we know and why some are concerned
    President-elect Donald Trump has tapped the head of the world’s largest publicly traded oil and gas company to lead the State Department. Who is Rex Tillerson and what does the choice tell us about the Trump agenda? Judy Woodruff speaks with Steve Coll of Columbia University, John Hamre of the Center for Strategic and International Studies and former State Department official Nicholas Burns.
    Original Air Date: December 13, 2016
    FILE PHOTO -  Chairman and chief executive officer Rex W. Tillerson speaks at a news conference following the Exxon Mobil Corporation Shareholders Meeting in Dallas, Texas, May 28, 2008.  REUTERS/Mike Stone/File Photo - RTX2UQYG
  • What international teens think about school in America
    International education tests offer one measure for how countries around the world compare academically. But test scores aside, how do academic approaches differ in America compared to the rest of the world? Special correspondent Kavitha Cardoza of Education Week speaks with foreign students now living in the U.S. about how they see the differences.
    Original Air Date: December 13, 2016
    Student test scores  are just one component of the data school districts collect and report to states and the federal governments. Photo: timlewisnm.

Monday, December 12, 2016

  • HHS secretary warns of ‘repeal and replace’ risks
    During the presidential campaign, President-elect Donald Trump promised to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, also known as “Obamacare.” But undoing the law and creating a new one may be more difficult than his campaign rhetoric suggested. Judy Woodruff speaks with President Obama’s Secretary of Health and Human Services Sylvia Burwell about the future of the health care law.
    Original Air Date: December 12, 2016
    File photo of patient and health care worker by Chris Hondros/Getty Images
  • What we don’t know in the debate on Russian interference
    The CIA has concluded that pre-election Russian hacking was aimed to sway the vote in President-elect Donald Trump's favor. What could we learn from serious investigations? Hari Sreenivasan gets reactions from two men who have extensive experience in intelligence and diplomacy: Michael McFaul, former U.S. ambassador to Russia, and former CIA director James Woolsey.
    Original Air Date: December 12, 2016
  • When will Trump address possible conflicts of interest?
    President-elect Donald Trump had said he would address his plan to resolve his business conflicts of interests, but then he canceled his news conference, with the promise of an announcement for January. Amy Walter of the Cook Political Report and NPR’s Tamara Keith join Judy Woodruff to discuss that, plus CIA revelations on Russia and potential confirmation hearing drama.
    Original Air Date: December 12, 2016
  • Nashville’s storied music spaces threatened with silence
    Downtown Nashville has been a backbone of the nation’s music industry for more than six decades, giving the nation stars such as Willie Nelson and Dolly Parton. But the increasing demand for new apartments and office buildings is threatening its historic music spaces. Jeffrey Brown reports on the city’s struggle to find a balance between preserving history and making room for the future.
    Original Air Date: December 12, 2016
    Nashville's Music Row
  • Sen. Reed: To deny Russian involvement is to deny fact
    Amid growing concerns about Russian influence in the election -- including a conclusion by the CIA on Russia’s motivations -- a bipartisan group of senators has called for a serious congressional investigation into the cyberattacks. Judy Woodruff speaks with Sen. Jack Reed (D-R.I.), a member of the Senate Armed Services committee, about the CIA’s findings and next steps.
    Original Air Date: December 12, 2016
    Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John McCain (R-AZ) (2ndL) and ranking member Senator Jack Reed (D-RI) (2ndR) listen to testimony by U.S. Secretary of Defense Ash Carter (C) about operations against the Islamic State, on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., April 28, 2016. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst - RTX2C2J5