Melanie Saltzman

About Melanie

Melanie Saltzman is an Associate Producer at PBS NewsHour Weekend.

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Nation Oct 08

In Kentucky, jail is becoming an addict’s last-resort rehab

Despite high levels of drug abuse among the jail population nationwide, few facilities offer drug treatment programs. They don’t have the funds or the physical space. But the Kentucky Department of Corrections reports that statewide, half the people who went…

Health Oct 07

Ohio sues big pharma over increase in opioid-related deaths

In May, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine, citing the rising death toll from opioid overdoses in his state, sued five pharmaceutical companies, accusing them of playing down the risks of painkiller addiction. Ohio is the largest of 10 states that…

Science Jul 02

‘Chasing Coral’ documents destruction of coral reefs

In the new documentary “Chasing Coral,” a team of photographers, divers and scientists analyze more than 650 hours of underwater footage to illustrate the real-time effects warming seas. The film will premiere on Netflix on July 14. NewsHour Weekend’s Saskia…

World Jun 25

Fighting for freshwater amid climate change

President Donald Trump has said he is withdrawing the U.S. from the Paris climate accords, rejecting that wealthier nations, which have the biggest carbon footprints, should help poorer nations vulnerable to climate changes. One such place is the Marshall Islands,…

World May 20

Kenya races toward goal of electrifying every household

Kenya has made rapid gains in connecting households across the country to the electrical grid, as part of a goal to achieve universal access to power by 2020. Over the past three years the East African country has connected 12.4…

World Apr 30

Drones keep elephants away from people in Tanzania

In the Serengeti region in Tanzania, conflict can arise between humans and the elephants that graze on their crops. The U.S.-based nonprofit RESOLVE is testing a new way to reduce these clashes while protecting both elephants and humans: drones. NewsHour…

World Apr 08

Group gives cash aid to rural Kenyans, then studies its effects

Since it was founded in 2011, U.S.-based nonprofit GiveDirectly has given cash unconditionally to villagers in eastern Africa, particularly Kenya and Uganda. The nonprofit’s most recent project involves providing a basic income consisting of cash payments to every adult in…

Health Feb 12

Cohousing communities help prevent social isolation

Groups in Denmark and the U.S. are choosing to live in intentionally intergenerational communities, which emerged to strengthen social ties between aging seniors and their younger counterparts who are balancing work and family. People living in them say the model…

Nation Jan 15

If kratom helps opioid addicts, why might DEA outlaw it?

The national epidemic of opioid abuse has claimed more than 300,000 lives in the U.S. over the last 16 years -- and some researchers claim that kratom, an herbal psychoactive drug that is currently unregulated, could help people struggling with…

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