News Wrap: Defying U.S., Gibraltar releases seized Iranian tanker
Aug 15, 2019 6:20
In our news wrap Thursday, Gibraltar has released the Iranian tanker it seized in July under suspicion of transporting oil to Syria, a violation of international sanctions. Authorities allowed the tanker to leave despite a last-minute effort by the U.S. to claim possession--a move Iran called a "piracy attempt." Also, the gunman in an hours-long standoff with Philadelphia police is now in custody.
Israel has welcomed other political critics. How Trump made Omar and Tlaib different
Aug 15, 2019 11:09
Israel says it will bar two U.S. congresswomen from entering the country. At President Trump's urging, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reversed his earlier decision to allow Reps. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota and Rashida Tlaib of Michigan, both Muslims critical of Israeli policies, to visit. Amna Nawaz talks to Danny Ayalon, former Israeli ambassador to the U.S., and Rep. Brad Sherman, D-Calif.
With buildup of forces on border, China displays waning tolerance for Hong Kong protests
Aug 15, 2019 3:51
Chinese military exercises Thursday near the border with Hong Kong reiterated the country's waning patience with months of pro-democracy demonstrations, some turning violent. Beijing officials have referred to the protests as "terrorism," and even some Hong Kong residents have grown weary of them -- but more are planned for the upcoming weekend. Special correspondent Bruce Harrison reports.
Why Guaido official believes regime change in Venezuela is non-negotiable
Aug 15, 2019 6:50
The governance of Venezuela appears to be in a deadlock. Opposition leader Juan Guaido, whom the U.S. recognizes as president, has been unable to oust President Nicolas Maduro. The two sides were negotiating until recently, when Maduro, who is supported by the military, left discussions in protest of new U.S. sanctions. Amna Nawaz talks to Amb. Carlos Vecchio, who represents Guaido in Washington.
Amid Newark's water crisis, questions about why it's taking so long to resolve
Aug 15, 2019 7:33
In Newark, New Jersey, worries and anger over contaminated drinking water are growing by the day. High lead levels have been found at many of Newark's homes, in a case echoing the 2014 water crisis in Flint, Michigan. City officials have distributed water filters, but now the EPA says they may not be enough. NJTV's Brenda Flanagan reports, and Lisa Desjardins talks to NJTV reporter Michael Hill.
2 faith leaders on Trump, racism and toning down incendiary rhetoric
Aug 15, 2019 7:13
In times of division, people often turn to faith leaders for guidance and support. Jeffrey Brown spoke to two such leaders, Rev. Mariann Budde, bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Washington, and Richard Land, president of the Southern Evangelical Seminary, about navigating the current landscape of polarized national politics, what they think of President Trump's rhetoric and how to promote unity.
An economist's analysis of data on parenting, from breastfeeding to co-sleeping
Aug 15, 2019 8:39
Raising a child is complicated and potentially confusing, with conflicting advice available everywhere a parent turns. Economist Emily Oster, a mother of two, dug into the data to help other parents make informed choices about managing their little ones -- and found some surprising results that challenge conventional parenting wisdom. Business and economics correspondent Paul Solman reports.
News Wrap: Details emerge about the night Jeffrey Epstein died
Aug 14, 2019 4:56
In our news wrap Wednesday, new reports allege the two guards tasked with monitoring accused sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein's jail cell fell asleep during their shift and later falsified records to cover up the failure to check on him regularly. Also, hundreds of child sex abuse lawsuits were filed in New York as the state opened a temporary window for adult victims to bring their cases to court.
Hong Kong demonstrations cool, but police, Beijing vow consequences
Aug 14, 2019 3:19
Although Hong Kong's airport is back up and running, the city's political unrest is far from settled. Local police and the Chinese government both condemned protesters Wednesday, saying they had "crossed the line" and would be prosecuted accordingly. Beijing also blamed the U.S. for the pro-democracy demonstrations, as President Trump tried to maintain neutral ground. Amna Nawaz reports.
Amid Hong Kong's unrest, how China is 'laying the groundwork' for intervention
Aug 14, 2019 7:40
After two days of heightened violence, demonstrations in Hong Kong partially receded Wednesday, and the city's airport resumed operations. Now questions are surfacing about whether Hong Kong will prosecute protesters it arrested -- and whether China itself intervene. Amna Nawaz talks to former National Security Council staffer Ken Lieberthal and Minxin Pei of Claremont McKenna College.
What's behind the recent stock market volatility?
Aug 14, 2019 5:31
Stocks went into a freefall Wednesday after the bond market stoked fresh fears of a recession. The Dow Jones plunged 800 points -- a sharp departure for a market that had very recently been hitting record highs. And the high level of volatility has investors on edge. Jeffrey Brown talks to Neil Irwin of The New York Times about how uncertainty is creating hesitation on the part of global business.
The danger of coal ash, the toxic dust the fossil fuel leaves behind
Aug 14, 2019 10:08
Coal ash is a particularly dangerous byproduct of our dependence on fossil fuels. In communities that have dealt with coal ash spills, the incidents sparked concerns about toxins potentially seeping into water. Utilities have been pushed to adopt tougher safety standards -- but activists say the companies are resisting rules necessary for public health. Science correspondent Miles O'Brien reports.
New analysis finds parts of the U.S. have already warmed close to critical 2-degree level
Aug 14, 2019 6:08
For years, scientists have warned that we need to stop the planet from warming an additional two degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels to avoid catastrophic problems. But a new analysis by The Washington Post finds many major areas across the U.S. have already reached that mark. The Post's Chris Mooney joins Amna Nawaz to discuss why some parts of the country are affected more than others.
How newly discovered audio is reviving debate over Reagan's legacy on race
Aug 14, 2019 7:54
Newly unearthed audio from a 1971 phone call between Ronald Reagan and Richard Nixon is raising new questions about Reagan's views on race. What additional context does the new audio offer to historians, as they continue to assess Reagan's record and legacy? Lisa Desjardins reports.
At Santa Fe's International Folk Art Market, culture is the commodity
Aug 14, 2019 6:09
Master artists from around the world gather in Santa Fe, New Mexico, each summer for the International Folk Art Market. The world's largest folk art market, it aims to preserve cultural traditions and foster economic opportunity. But it holds special significance for Native American artists whose people lived on the surrounding land for generations. Special correspondent Kathleen McCleery reports.
News Wrap: Hong Kong's airport again crippled by protests
Aug 13, 2019 6:33
In our news wrap Tuesday, chaos gripped Hong Kong again, as demonstrations crippled the city's busy airport for a second day in a row. Violent clashes broke out when riot police armed with pepper spray confronted pro-democracy protesters. Also, the U.S. announced it's delaying tariffs on some Chinese goods until December 15 and removing other items from the tariff list altogether.
What we know about deadly radiation explosion at Russian military site
Aug 13, 2019 10:55
An explosion at a Russian missile testing site last week killed at least seven people and caused widespread fears of a radiation leak. While officials offered little clarity, analysts believe the Russians were testing a nuclear-powered cruise missile - one President Vladimir Putin boasts can't be stopped by U.S. missile defenses. William Brangham talks to Angela Stent of Georgetown University.
Report suggests Placido Domingo's sexual impropriety was an 'open secret' in opera world
Aug 13, 2019 8:27
Placido Domingo has long been among the best-known names in opera. One of the Three Tenors, he currently conducts and directs the Los Angeles Opera. But a new Associated Press report reveals extensive accusations of sexual misconduct throughout his career, citing nine women who say Domingo pressured them into unwanted sexual contact. Amna Nawaz talks to The Washington Post's Peggy McGlone.
How social casinos leverage Facebook user data to target vulnerable gamblers
Aug 13, 2019 10:16
Every year, more people are playing games on their phones, and a category of apps called social casinos has quickly become a multi-billion dollar industry. But are game developers targeting vulnerable users, with Facebook's help and massive trove of personal data? Nate Halverson of Reveal at the Center for Investigative Reporting has the story of this treacherous platform for addiction.
Bill de Blasio on inequality, Eric Garner and his 2020 competitors
Aug 13, 2019 7:22
Bill de Blasio has been mayor of New York City since 2014. He is one of the latest entrants into the 2020 Democratic presidential contest but has been ramping up his campaign since, delivering one of the most memorable lines at the July debate. Judy Woodruff sits down with de Blasio to discuss running New York, what he thinks of his progressive competitors and his concerns about the party.
How southern black farmers were forced from their land, and their heritage
Aug 13, 2019 8:13
African Americans have lost millions of acres of farmland across the South during the last century, in a trend propelled by economic forces, racism and white economic and political power. Most of the losses occurred since the 1950s. John Yang talks to Vann Newkirk of The Atlantic, which highlights the story in its September issue, about the origins of what Newkirk calls "the great land robbery."
News Wrap: Typhoon kills 45, strands residents in eastern China
Aug 12, 2019 4:15
In our news wrap Monday, the death toll from a weekend typhoon in eastern China has risen to 45 people. Rescue workers are still evacuating residents stranded in buildings after their streets were submerged by floodwaters. Also, in southern India, torrential rain and mudslides have killed nearly 100 people and displaced 400,000 others. Flooded roads meant people had to evacuate by boat.
Amid paralyzing Hong Kong demonstrations, China threatens grave consequences
Aug 12, 2019 3:19
Violence is rising between protesters and police in Hong Kong, with China threatening to unleash retribution upon those who challenge its authority. Police attacked pro-democracy demonstrators Monday, severely injuring one, while media in Beijing warned it might send Chinese paramilitary forces. The escalation has Hong Kong feeling panicked. Jonathan Miller of Independent Television News reports.
Despite Jeffrey Epstein's death, how his accusers could still find a measure of justice
Aug 12, 2019 4:51
On Monday, Attorney General William Barr sharply criticized the management of the Manhattan federal prison where wealthy financier Jeffrey Epstein was found dead in his cell over the weekend. John Yang reports and talks to Cardozo Law School's Jessica Roth about how the investigation into Epstein's alleged sex-trafficking ring will continue and what other avenues his accusers have to seek justice.
Trump administration seeks to penalize immigrants for using public benefits
Aug 12, 2019 6:01
Recent immigration debates have focused on illegal entry into the U.S. But the Trump administration is issuing new rules to limit legal immigration, by penalizing green card seekers who use, or might eventually use, public benefits. Yamiche Alcindor talks to the Bipartisan Policy Center's Theresa Cardinal Brown about the public charge concept and who will feel the effects of the rule change.
News Wrap: Trump says McConnell 'on board' for stronger gun background checks
Aug 9, 2019 5:42
In our news wrap Friday, President Trump expressed optimism that congressional Republicans will back legislation strengthening background checks for gun purchases. He cited "tremendous support" for such action after speaking with lawmakers and NRA officials. Also, in Hong Kong, demonstrators descended on the international airport for the first of three days of planned anti-government protests.
Will acting top intelligence official speak truth to power?
Aug 9, 2019 6:20
The two top officials at the office of the director of national intelligence will soon leave their posts. The deputy director, Sue Gordon, resigned Thursday after nearly 30 years in the field. President Trump then named retired Adm. Joseph Maguire, formerly head of the National Counterterrorism Center, as the office's acting director. Nick Schifrin talks to Amna Nawaz about this critical role.
Ferguson residents have turned anger into action -- but say some wounds won't heal
Aug 9, 2019 7:01
Friday marks the fifth anniversary of the deadly Ferguson, Missouri, shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown Jr. by a white police officer. Protesters gathered in Ferguson after the incident to voice outrage, but the officer was never charged. Since then, activists including Brown's family have continued to push for change -- but say the trauma will never heal. Yamiche Alcindor reports.
What voters and 2020 Democrats are saying at the Iowa State Fair
Aug 9, 2019 5:36
Six months before the Iowa caucuses, nearly all the 2020 Democrats are visiting the state fair, considered a major venue for presidential candidates. Amid the fried food and festivities, they made their pitches to voters -- and broadly condemned President Trump's language on race. Lisa Desjardins talks to Amna Nawaz about which candidate names she's hearing most and fairgoers' feelings on Trump.
David Brooks and Jonathan Capehart on Trump's mass shooting response
Aug 9, 2019 13:15
New York Times columnist David Brooks and Washington Post columnist Jonathan Capehart join Amna Nawaz to discuss the week's political news, including whether there will be real momentum in Congress to enact stronger gun legislation, how President Trump conducted himself visiting shooting victims in El Paso and Dayton and what white supremacy means for our American national identity.
What this music revival means for Polish cultural identity
Aug 9, 2019 7:32
Young musicians in Poland are reviving what they are calling the country's golden era -- which was cut short by the Nazi invasion and World War II. Dances from the 1930s such as the foxtrot and tango are making a comeback as people of all ages flock to listen to ensembles playing songs that died along with many of those who used to perform them. Special correspondent Malcolm Brabant reports.
Remembering the 31 people killed in El Paso and Dayton mass shootings
Aug 9, 2019 5:29
American attention turned to gun violence this week after mass murders in El Paso and Dayton. But in the last 72 hours alone, at least 69 other people have been killed and 167 injured by gun violence in 32 states -- and that's excluding suicide, which makes up the largest proportion of gun deaths. The NewsHour concludes by remembering each of the 31 people killed in last weekend's mass shootings.
News Wrap: Guam's Catholic diocese sued over alleged sex abuse
Aug 8, 2019 2:55
In our news wrap Thursday, more than 200 people in Guam are suing the U.S. territory's Catholic diocese for sexual abuse dating back to the 1950s. The island's former archbishop was convicted of sex abuse and cover-up in 2016 but remains a bishop. Also, more than 200 U.S. mayors are urging senators to return to Washington and pass gun safety legislation after mass shootings in El Paso and Dayton.
How our food is grown and consumed is making climate change worse. What can we do?
Aug 8, 2019 8:17
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change is warning of a devastating global feedback loop around how humans produce and consume food. A new report urges immediate action on agricultural practices that contribute to greenhouse gas emissions, which exacerbate climate change and, in turn, make soil less productive. William Brangham talks to the World Resources Institute's Janet Ranganathan.
Why massive Mississippi ICE raids took communities by surprise
Aug 8, 2019 6:47
On Thursday, federal immigration officials released 300 of the nearly 700 people arrested Wednesday in Mississippi workplace sweeps believed to be the largest single-state action of the kind in U.S. history. The raids targeted immigrant workers in food processing plants. Jeffrey Brown reports and talks to Hamed Aleaziz of BuzzFeed News and Tony McGee, superintendent of Scott County Public Schools.
Why California is struggling to provide adequate mental health care
Aug 8, 2019 6:14
With more Americans seeking treatment for mental health issues, lawmakers and the U.S. health care system are having trouble keeping up. People with severe mental illnesses who don't find adequate health care often end up on the streets or behind bars. And the options for residential long-term care are dwindling. Byrhonda Lyons of CalMatters, a nonprofit, nonpartisan media organization, reports.
How India's revoking of autonomy for Kashmir could lead to increased violence
Aug 8, 2019 9:10
Government forces in riot gear are patrolling Kashmir, four days after India announced a change to the contested territory's political status. Until then, India's only Muslim-majority region had enjoyed a high degree of autonomy. Nick Schifrin talks to retired Amb. Frank Wisner about the decades-long dispute between India and Pakistan over Kashmir and what's at stake.
How composer Matthew Burtner is putting climate change into song
Aug 8, 2019 4:17
Matthew Burtner is a composer and "eco-acoustician," weaving sounds he finds in the Alaskan tundra into his musical compositions. With climate change headlining the news, he hopes artists documenting the glacial melting might awaken their audiences -- and contribute to discussions about solutions. Valerie Kern of Alaska Public Media joined Burtner on a recent sound collection trip.
Utkarsh Ambudkar's brief but spectacular take on avoiding ethnic stereotypes
Aug 8, 2019 3:11
Actor and singer Utkarsh Ambudkar has appeared in the movie "Pitch Perfect" and television's "The Mindy Project." This fall, he'll star on Broadway in Lin Manuel Miranda's "Freestyle Love Supreme." But despite these high-profile performances, Ambudkar, who is South Asian, hasn't found it easy to avoid casting cliches. He shares his brief but spectacular take on making up his career as he goes.
Trump met with mixed reactions during visits to grief-stricken El Paso and Dayton
Aug 7, 2019 3:57
President Trump traveled to Dayton and El Paso Wednesday in the wake of weekend mass shootings in the two cities. Protesters gathered in both stricken communities before he arrived, while other residents expressed appreciation for his presence. 2020 Democrats, meanwhile, were united in criticizing Trump's incendiary rhetoric -- and calling for tighter gun regulations. Yamiche Alcindor reports.
In Puerto Rico, Pierluisi is out, Vázquez is in -- and uncertainty reigns
Aug 7, 2019 3:36
Puerto Rico's political upheaval continued when the island's supreme court overturned the installation of Pedro Pierluisi as governor. Outgoing Gov. Ricardo Rossello had positioned Pierluisi to succeed him, but the high court found that process unconstitutional -- paving the way for Justice Secretary Wanda Vázquez to assume the post. Judy Woodruff talks to Frances Robles of The New York Times.
News Wrap: ICE arrests 680 undocumented workers in Mississippi
Aug 7, 2019 3:06
In our news wrap Wednesday, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement arrested 680 undocumented workers at Mississippi food plants. The raids were the largest in a decade, planned for months and involving 600 government agents. Also, 14 people were killed and nearly 150 wounded when a powerful car bomb exploded in Afghanistan's Kabul. The Taliban claimed responsibility, despite ongoing peace talks.
Dayton's mayor on her grieving community, gun control and Trump's visit
Aug 7, 2019 6:29
On Wednesday, President Trump traveled to Dayton, Ohio, where a gunman killed nine people and wounded 26 early Sunday morning. Ahead of his visit, Mayor Nan Whaley expressed concerns about the president's previous rhetoric and said she hoped his visit would "add value" to the grieving community. Whaley joins William Brangham to discuss what she told Trump about her stricken city and gun safety.
After mass shooting, fear remains for El Paso's Latino majority
Aug 7, 2019 5:29
El Paso's Latino community is continuing to live in fear after Saturday's mass shooting that killed 22 people. William Brangham talks to Iliana Holguin, an immigration lawyer and chairwoman of El Paso County's Democratic Party, about why people are scared to go about their everyday activities and why she believes Trump's rhetoric is partly to blame for her community's being targeted.
Why El Paso residents felt 'deeply divided' about Trump's visit
Aug 7, 2019 2:22
President Trump visited grieving El Paso Wednesday. An "El Paso Strong" rally was held to coincide with his arrival -- and protest his rhetoric on race and immigration. Judy Woodruff talks to Dan Bush, reporting from El Paso, about the mood in the "deeply divided" city, how residents felt about the president's visit, Trump's agenda while in town and what Sen. Ted Cruz said on the somber occasion.
How Tom Steyer would fight climate change, gun violence and corporate corruption
Aug 7, 2019 8:00
Tom Steyer is a billionaire philanthropist and 2020 Democratic presidential candidate. Perhaps best known for his efforts to impeach President Trump, Steyer sits down with Judy Woodruff to discuss why he believes government in Washington, D.C., is "broken," how to get corporate cash out of American democracy, criticism of his hedge fund history and the need for aggressive action on climate change.
How the Cayman Islands could become a new health care destination
Aug 7, 2019 7:26
As health care costs continue to rise, practitioners in India are working to lower prices -- and bring their innovations closer to American shores. Health City Cayman Islands is a new frontier for India's largest for-profit hospital chain. Focused on efficient health care delivery, its services are now drawing Americans to the Cayman Islands. Special correspondent Fred de Sam Lazaro reports.
Actor and director Ron Howard on the joy of being a storyteller
Aug 7, 2019 7:15
Ron Howard has cultivated a long, storied career in show business, beginning with "The Andy Griffith Show" in the 1960s and continuing to his present success as a director. His latest work is a documentary about opera legend Luciano Pavarotti. Jeffrey Brown caught up with Howard earlier this summer to discuss his professional evolution, his excitement about his newest subject and politics in film.
News Wrap: U.S., China exchange new threats on trade
Aug 6, 2019 4:37
In our news wrap Tuesday, China's central bank denied manipulating its currency to gain advantage in a trade fight with the U.S. Beijing urged Washington to pull back on trade aggression, but White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow countered that the economic burden is falling more heavily on China. Also, Defense Secretary Mark Esper warned Turkey not to attack Kurdish forces in Syria.
A year after outbreak, Ebola has killed hundreds in the DRC
Aug 3, 2019 8:53
It's been one year since the Ebola epidemic outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo. So far, more than 2,400 cases have been detected and over 1,700 people have died from Ebola. Richard Preston's new book "Crisis in the Red Zone" chronicles the epidemic and the challenges in containing it. He joins Hari Sreenivasan to discuss.
Multiple fatalities in El Paso shooting, suspect in custody
Aug 3, 2019 5:16
Authorities in El Paso, Texas, said a gunman opened fire Saturday morning inside a local Walmart, killing multiple people. A suspect is now in custody, and at least 22 people were injured during the attack. For more on the shooting, Dennis Woo, operations director at NPR affiliate KTEP, joins Hari Sreenivasan from El Paso.
U.S. withdrawal of nuclear treaty sparks arms race concerns
Aug 3, 2019 4:44
The Trump Administration on Friday formally withdrew from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, a Cold War-era arms pact with Russia that banned land-based missiles with ranges up to 3,410 miles. For years, the U.S. has accused Russia of violating the INF treaty, a claim Russia has denied. Jon Wolfsthal, director of the Nuclear Crisis Group, joins Hari Sreenivasan to discuss
With Ratcliffe withdrawal, yet another Trump nominee drops out
Aug 2, 2019 4:49
Another presidential nominee for a high-ranking administration role has dropped out. Rep. John Ratcliffe, R-Texas, withdrew from consideration for director of national intelligence after opponents criticized his level of experience and the way he represented his legacy as a federal prosecutor. Judy Woodruff speaks with The Washington Post's Greg Miller about the White House vetting process.
News Wrap: Trump, Beijing exchange more threats on trade
Aug 2, 2019 5:55
In our news wrap Friday, China and the U.S. exchanged jabs over trade, with Beijing warning it will retaliate if President Trump imposes 10 percent tariffs on all of China's remaining trade with the U.S. -- about $300 billion in goods. Also, Trump offered fresh praise for North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, despite a string of short-range missile tests launched by the country in the past week.
Why Puerto Rico's new governor is already controversial
Aug 2, 2019 8:42
Puerto Rican officials have had to scramble to replace Gov. Ricardo Rossello, who left office Friday after scandal engulfed his administration. Rossello's secretary of state, Pedro Pierluisi, was sworn in as the new governor -- but faces criticism over his involvement with the island's financial control board. Amna Nawaz talks to Jenniffer Gonzalez-Colon, Puerto Rico's representative in Congress.
What this summer's record-breaking heat means for global sea level rise
Aug 2, 2019 6:29
The scorching heat wave that stifled Europe recently is now moving north, but it continues to set alarming records. Temperatures in Greenland are running 15 to 20 degrees Fahrenheit above average -- melting about 10 billion tons of ice into the ocean daily. William Brangham talks to Ted Scambos of the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences about the frightening phenomenon.
In Ohio, do Republican voters care about Trump's remarks on race?
Aug 2, 2019 7:52
President Trump prompted more controversy this week by insulting a lawmaker of color, Rep. Elijah Cummings, and his Maryland district. Trump called Baltimore "filthy" and "infested," terms he has used before to refer to urban areas with majority black populations. Ahead of Trump's rally in southwestern Ohio, Yamiche Alcindor asked voters there what they think of the president's rhetoric on race.
Shields and Brooks on Trump and race, Democrats' 2020 values
Aug 2, 2019 13:21
Syndicated columnist Mark Shields and New York Times columnist David Brooks join Judy Woodruff to discuss the week's political news, including President Trump's personal attacks on Democratic Rep. Elijah Cummings of Maryland and other lawmakers of color, the significance of a wave of Republican congressional retirements and how the 2020 Democrats fared in the two-night debate in Detroit.
News Wrap: Trump announces new tariffs on Chinese goods
Aug 1, 2019 6:23
In our news wrap Thursday, the U.S. trade war with China has escalated further. President Trump announced that as of September 1, he will impose a new 10 percent tariff on about $300 billion of Chinese goods that hadn't already been taxed in prior tariffs. Also, explosions in the Yemeni city of Aden killed 51 people. The government there blamed the violence on Shiite rebels allied with Iran.
The long-term debt implications of Senate's new 2-year budget
Aug 1, 2019 5:01
The Senate passed a new budget bill Thursday, delivering a rare bipartisan legislative agreement. But critics say the spending it allocates and its temporary suspension of the debt ceiling represent runaway spending and fiscal irresponsibility. Lisa Desjardins joins Judy Woodruff to discuss the huge numbers at play, who opposed the new budget and the different types of spending it reflects.
With Biden and Harris on the defensive, where Detroit debates leave 2020 Democrats
Aug 1, 2019 14:55
Night two of the Detroit Democratic debate may have opened with a handshake between former Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Kamala Harris, but there was no shortage of attacks on either of them during the course of the evening. Judy Woodruff talks to Stuart Rothenberg of Inside Elections, Amy Walter of the Cook Political Report and Karine Jean-Pierre of MoveOn.org for highlights and analysis.
Newly naturalized Americans reflect on citizenship in a fraught political era
Aug 1, 2019 4:48
President Trump's language about immigration and lawmakers of color has sparked a national conversation about racism and xenophobia. But every year, hundreds of thousands make their way to the U.S. and begin the rigorous process of becoming citizens. We talk to newly minted Americans at a Virginia naturalization ceremony about what the milestone means during this politically charged time.
For Mothers/Men Against Senseless Killings, Chicago's violence strikes close to home
Aug 1, 2019 7:14
Every day, guns are used to kill roughly 100 Americans and injure hundreds more. Chicago has been a particular locus of gun violence; this past weekend, 48 people were shot there -- eight fatally. Among the dead were two young mothers supporting a community organization that strives to stop violence. John Yang talks to Tamar Manasseh of Mothers/Men Against Senseless Killings.
Can reparations help right the wrongs of slavery?
Aug 1, 2019 10:28
The first African slaves arrived in North America 400 years ago this month, landing at Jamestown in what's now Virginia. Recently, the idea of paying reparations for the atrocity of slavery has been earning new attention, even making its way into 2020 presidential debates. Economics correspondent Paul Solman examines the question of whether a debt might be owed to generations of slave descendants.
How collaborating with Idris Elba helped actor Aml Ameen connect with his roots
Aug 1, 2019 2:54
For Aml Ameen, entertaining was a passion from childhood. At his request, the English actor's father sent him to drama school for 10 years. But it was a chance encounter with movie star Idris Elba that opened a path to honoring his Jamaican heritage -- while further developing his career. Ameen shares his brief but spectacular take on finding his own identity while portraying a character.
Why Trump attacked his Fed chair after 1st interest rate cut in years
Jul 31, 2019 5:32
The Federal Reserve cut a key short-term interest rate for the first time in a decade, lowering the federal funds rate a quarter point. It had raised that rate, which reflects what banks charge each other for loans, in December. But the news didn't satisfy Wall Street, where stocks fell significantly -- or President Trump. Judy Woodruff talks to the Brookings Institution's David Wessel.
News Wrap: U.S.-China trade talks conclude with no visible progress
Jul 31, 2019 3:12
In our news wrap Wednesday, U.S. and Chinese officials have concluded their latest trade talks without visible signs of progress. A Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman called President Trump's Tuesday accusations that China had reneged on trade promises "laughable." Also, the U.S. Treasury Department announced financial sanctions against Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif.
What's at stake for 2020 Democrats during Detroit presidential debates
Jul 31, 2019 13:54
During the first night of the Democratic debates in Detroit, the ideological rift within the crowded field was on full display. Moderates challenged progressives as being unrealistic, while the more liberal candidates said the party should embrace "big ideas." Amna Nawaz talks to Stuart Rothenberg of Inside Elections, Amy Walter of the Cook Political Report and Karine Jean-Pierre of MoveOn.org.
Gen. John Hyten 'did something incredibly wrong to me,' says Col. Kathryn Spletstoser
Jul 31, 2019 13:12
Earlier this year, Gen. John Hyten was nominated by President Trump to become the next vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. But he's been accused of sexual assault by one of his former assistants, Col. Kathryn Spletstoser, who reiterated her allegations Tuesday after some members of the Senate Armed Services Committee had dismissed them. Judy Woodruff sits down with Spletstoser to discuss.
How scientists are harvesting fog to secure the world's water supply
Jul 31, 2019 6:59
The global water supply is constantly and increasingly threatened by climate change, overconsumption and poor management, among other forces. In an effort to bolster it, scientists around the world are leveraging familiar scientific principles with modern technology to capture water from the moisture in fog. John Yang reports on these innovative efforts to address the worsening water crisis.
How North Korea is 'posturing' with missile testing amid stalled nuclear talks
Jul 31, 2019 6:16
North Korea launched two short-range ballistic missiles Tuesday, marking its second such launch within a week. The action comes as talks between the U.S. and North Korea are at a standstill, with no visible progress since a June promise to restart the stalled dialogue. Nick Schifrin asks Gen. Vincent Brooks about what the recent missile testing means for nuclear talks between the two nations.
What Broadway legend Harold Prince meant to American theater
Jul 31, 2019 3:17
Broadway director and producer Harold Prince died Wednesday at age 91. Prince won an astonishing, record-breaking 21 Tony Awards with shows that became household names -- and whose popularity still endures decades later. Judy Woodruff reports on a theater legend who wasn't satisfied with merely entertaining his audiences but aspired to "provoke conversation" even after the curtain fell.
News Wrap: Trump claims broad support among black Americans
Jul 30, 2019 5:13
In our news wrap Tuesday, President Trump claimed widespread support from black Americans, who he says are "happy as hell" with his performance. He made the assertion as he defends his attacks on Rep. Elijah Cummings, the Baltimore congressman leading several investigations of Trump. Also, pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong clashed with police after 44 people were arrested for rioting Sunday.
As temperatures soar, a 'heat dome' is coming to the Arctic
Jul 28, 2019 3:14
After Europe experienced record-breaking temperatures this month, climate scientists are now concerned that a heat wave will settle farther north. This week, a so-called "heat dome" is expected to strike over the Arctic, causing worries about potential ice melt and rising sea levels. Washington Post reporter Andrew Freedman joins Hari Sreenivasan to discuss the causes and consequences.
Iraq's record crop yield threatened by suspicious fires
Jul 28, 2019 10:33
Iraq is nearing record wheat production this year, even as widespread fires have destroyed thousands of acres of farmland in minority Sunni Arab and Yazidi communities. The Islamic State once terrorized the region in northern Iraq, where disputes over land are common. Yet the government contends the fires were started by natural causes or by accident. Special correspondent Simona Foltyn reports.
What will a future with robots look like?
Jul 28, 2019 5:35
Automated technology already consumes much of society, from robotic arms working in factories to artificial intelligence used in homes. The next step could be programming ethics and morality into systems, creating a robot-human future. David Ewing Duncan, a science journalist and author, spoke with Hari Sreenivasan about his newest book, "Talking to Robots: Tales from Our Human-Robot Futures."
In 'Congo Tales,' a visual reimagining of local folklore
Jul 27, 2019 6:00
"Congo Tales" is a new multimedia project that explores the environment, culture and stories of the people of the Congo Basin. The series highlights the mythical histories of the Congolese through photography and film as a counter-narrative to the one-note story often associated with the Republic of the Congo. NewsHour Weekend's Ivette Feliciano reports.
Biometric data becomes new weapon in Hong Kong protests
Jul 27, 2019 3:19
As protests continued on the streets of Hong Kong on Saturday, authorities were using facial recognition and biometric data to identify protesters -- who were in turn using technology to track police officers. New York Times reporter Paul Mozur joins Hari Sreenivasan to discuss how faces and identities have become weaponized in the clashes.
British privacy groups say facial recognition ripe for abuse
Jul 27, 2019 8:28
British civil rights groups are calling on the government to suspend the use of facial recognition technology now being tested by police on the general public, claiming the technology is in a legal vacuum and could impact privacy. But some British law enforcement agencies contend the technology helps them find criminals wanted for serious offenses. Special correspondent Malcolm Brabant reports.
'Beyond the Streets' exhibit showcases street art
Jul 27, 2019 1:51
Graffiti is still often affiliated with blight on city streets. But a new exhibit in New York City called "Beyond the Streets" may help change some of those negative connotations, with work from more than 150 artists from across the globe showcasing their unique styles and interpretations of street art. Hari Sreenivasan has more.
News Wrap: Commerce Department says economic growth slowed in 2nd quarter
Jul 26, 2019 6:28
In our news wrap Friday, the U.S. economy is showing signs of losing some steam, with growth rate down sharply in the second quarter from its level in the first. White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow blamed Fed interest rate hikes. Meanwhile, in Hong Kong, pro-democracy protesters flooded the airport, trying to focus international attention on their cause. They plan another march Saturday.
Why House Democrats are choosing now to launch impeachment investigation
Jul 26, 2019 2:40
The House of Representatives began a six-week recess Friday, as questions swirl about whether Democrats will try to impeach President Trump. The issue arose again as former special counsel Robert Mueller testified before Congress on the Russia investigation. Lisa Desjardins joins Judy Woodruff to discuss why the official launch of an impeachment investigation is both "different and significant."
How dated voting equipment exposes elections to interference
Jul 26, 2019 6:32
Election security was in the news this week, as former special counsel Robert Mueller testified before Congress about the level to which Russia interfered in the 2016 election -- and plans to do it again. Now the Senate Intelligence Committee is releasing its own report on the problem. John Yang talks to the Democracy Fund's Tammy Patrick about whether U.S. election authorities are prepared.
Immigration battles play out in Congress, courts and communities
Jul 26, 2019 6:29
Although "build the wall" was one of President Trump's most-recognized campaign chants, he has found other ways to limit immigration and expand enforcement while in office. This past week included an ICE crackdown on undocumented immigrants who have removal orders, several court rulings about Trump's proposed changes to asylum rules and new headlines about detained migrants. Amna Nawaz reports.
Why Poland's conservative government is causing alarm at the EU
Jul 26, 2019 8:27
Former Soviet bloc nations are bracing for a fight with the European Union over how they govern. Recent behavior by Hungary and Poland concerns EU officials, who warn they will crack down on member states that fail to uphold modern European democratic values. But experts say Poland's special relationship with President Trump may induce it to resist. Special correspondent Malcolm Brabant reports.
How 2020 Democrats are challenging each other's policy records
Jul 26, 2019 3:19
Issues of criminal justice reform and systemic racism dominated the 2020 Democratic campaign conversation over the past week. Candidates appeared at the NAACP convention in Detroit to pitch related policy proposals -- and several demonstrated an increasing willingness to go after each other's political records. But they were united in criticizing President Trump. Lisa Desjardins reports.
Shields and Brooks on Mueller's testimony, election security
Jul 26, 2019 12:36
Syndicated columnist Mark Shields and New York Times columnist David Brooks join Judy Woodruff to discuss the week's political news, including the aftermath of Robert Mueller's congressional testimony, the current legislative landscape around election security, changing dynamics within the 2020 presidential race and the fiscal significance of the bipartisan budget deal.
How violinist Gaelynn Lea is redefining who can be a musician
Jul 26, 2019 8:05
Gaelynn Lea is transforming our cultural understanding of who can be a musician. A congenital disability called osteogenesis imperfecta caused her bones to break more than 40 times while she was in the womb. But the violinist is known for her haunting original songs, innovative interpretations of traditional folk music and growing role as an advocate for disability rights. Jeffrey Brown reports.
News Wrap: Trump slams court that blocked new asylum rules
Jul 25, 2019 5:35
In our news wrap Thursday, the White House accused a federal court of judicial "tyranny" for blocking new asylum rules for migrants. A San Francisco judge put on hold President Trump's proposed policy of denying legal asylum to people at the U.S.-Mexico border who pass through another country first. Also, record-breaking heat baked the United Kingdom and the rest of Europe for a second day.
With Rossello's resignation, Puerto Rico is at a 'critical juncture'
Jul 25, 2019 7:37
Puerto Ricans celebrated Thursday after embattled Gov. Ricardo Rossello announced Wednesday he'll resign August 2. Hundreds of thousands of people had protested after the release of insulting chat messages exchanged by Rossello and his associates. John Yang talks to The New York Times' Frances Robles about the corruption that helped spark the scandal and what could be next for the troubled island.
The 3 key points Rep. Jeffries took away from Mueller's testimony
Jul 25, 2019 6:28
The Wednesday testimony of former special counsel Robert Mueller disappointed some House Democrats. In the aftermath, they are considering options -- and remain divided on impeachment. New York Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, chair of the House Democratic Caucus, talks to Judy Woodruff about why the day was important, evidence of President Trump's obstruction of justice and where Democrats go from here.
How Rep. Collins interpreted what Mueller told Congress
Jul 25, 2019 6:40
With Robert Mueller's long-awaited appearance before the House Judiciary and Intelligence Committees concluded, we hear a Republican perspective on his testimony. Georgia Rep. Doug Collins, ranking member of the House Judiciary Committee, talks to Judy Woodruff about why he thinks the Mueller hearings were "terrible" for House Democrats and whether the party is now "rudderless" on legislating.
Federal executions to resume, despite falling public support for death penalty
Jul 25, 2019 5:46
Attorney General William Barr has announced that the federal government will resume enforcement of the death penalty. No federal executions have occurred since 2003, in the face of increasing litigation over the constitutionality of the punishment. Amna Nawaz talks to The Washington Post's Devlin Barrett about the lethal drugs involved, declining public support and ongoing legal challenges.
As bee populations decline, can technology help fill the gap?
Jul 25, 2019 8:22
Humans rely heavily on pollinator bees to sustain food production globally. But for decades, the insects' population has declined, in part because of pesticide use. If the die-off continues, it will have huge economic and public health consequences for people. William Brangham reports on groups that are working on innovative ways to save the world's jeopardized bee population -- or supplement it.
How Rotterdam became a center of architectural experimentation
Jul 25, 2019 7:56
In the Dutch city of Rotterdam, architectural experimentation has become a way of life. Unlike many cities that are characterized by a particular building style, Rotterdam cultivates and celebrates its variety and range of architectural themes. Jeffrey Brown visited Rotterdam earlier this year and reports on how the city's history and culture fostered its remarkable architectural diversity.
A brief but spectacular take on how animals and continents are interconnected
Jul 25, 2019 2:48
Although Prosanta Chakrabarty grew up in Queens, he always loved nature. The wonder of the world's creatures inspired him to study biology, a field that illuminates which of Earth's beings are related to one another -- and how an event in a single location of this interconnected planet can cause global repercussions. Chakrabarty offers his brief but spectacular take on life on Earth.
Partisan divide fuels Mueller hearings on a historic day
Jul 24, 2019 7:31
Robert Mueller testified Wednesday before the House Judiciary and Intelligence Committees. While many Republicans cast doubt upon the integrity of Mueller and his investigation, Democrats questioned the former special counsel about his decision not to subpoena President Trump and the influence of Justice Department policy against indicting a sitting president. William Brangham reports.
What Trump and members of Congress are saying about Mueller's testimony
Jul 24, 2019 8:12
President Trump was at the White House for most of Robert Mueller's testimony, tweeting reactions including a reference to the Russia investigation as a "ridiculous hoax." House Democrats seemed somewhat muted after the hearings, while congressional Republicans believe Mueller's appearance won't affect public opinion significantly. Judy Woodruff talks to Yamiche Alcindor and Lisa Desjardins.
In San Juan, a 'wide swath' of Puerto Ricans takes to the streets to demand Rossello resign
Jul 22, 2019 8:15
Massive protests filled San Juan's streets Monday, even as the heat index topped 100 degrees. Demonstrations have been growing for nearly two weeks since the release of damaging chat messages exchanged by Puerto Rican Gov. Ricardo Rossello and his inner circle. NPR's Adrian Florido talks to Amna Nawaz about the roiling political crisis, the territory's economic struggles and Rosello's response.
News Wrap: China condemns pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong
Jul 22, 2019 6:09
In our News Wrap Monday, China condemned pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong on Sunday night. More than 100,000 people marched in the streets, some vandalizing the Chinese government's office there. Beijing warned they are directly challenging the central government's authority. Meanwhile, Iran said it had arrested 17 Iranian nationals accused of spying for the CIA and sentenced several to death.
In Poland, simmering anti-LGBTQ sentiment boils over into violence
Jul 22, 2019 6:39
A mob of right-wing Poles has attacked a pride march in the town of Bialystok, one of several areas declaring themselves to be LGBTQ-free. The incident represents the realization of the fears of the U.S. ambassador to Poland, Georgette Mosbacher, who worried a conservative Polish newspaper's pledge to distribute anti-gay stickers would stoke violence. Special correspondent Malcolm Brabant reports.
Why former Sen. Al Franken says he regrets his resignation
Jul 22, 2019 7:32
In 2017, Leann Tweedon accused Minnesota Sen. Al Franken of forcing a kiss on her a decade before. Seven additional women soon came forward with allegations of unwanted contact. Many Democratic senators demanded his resignation, and he complied. Now, a new article revisits Franken's resignation, which he says he regrets. AEI's Norm Ornstein, a long-time Franken friend, joins Amna Nawaz to discuss.
Tamara Keith and Amy Walter on Trump's approval ratings, Mueller testimony
Jul 22, 2019 8:59
NPR's Tamara Keith and Amy Walter of the Cook Political Report join Amna Nawaz to discuss the latest political news, including current approval ratings for President Trump and poll numbers for 2020 Democrats, what voters want to see when it comes to health care, Trump's feud with four Democratic freshmen members of Congress and the upcoming testimony of former special counsel Robert Mueller.
George Will on American conservatism and Trump's 'lasting damage'
Jul 22, 2019 7:13
Longtime columnist George Will recently left the Republican Party in protest of what he sees as its shifting values. At the Aspen Ideas Festival, Will spoke with Judy Woodruff about his new book, "The Conservative Sensibility," his perspective on how American conservatism feels about change and government and the "lasting damage" he believes President Trump is doing to the country.
The Harlem Renaissance's cultural explosion, in photographs
Jul 22, 2019 4:24
At the turn of the last century, African Americans from across the country flooded New York City's Harlem, leading to an explosion of books, poetry and music that is now collectively known as the Harlem Renaissance. A photography exhibit currently on display traces the history of one of the nation's most recognized neighborhoods as it continues to evolve. Special correspondent Jared Bowen reports.
This Detroit nonprofit provides jobs, clothing and shelter all at once
Jul 22, 2019 2:28
Communities across the country are struggling to create jobs and reduce homelessness. In Detroit, a nonprofit called Empowerment Plan has found a way to address both problems. The organization helps people in need with a unique, multipurpose garment, employment and a path toward continuing education. Special correspondent Mary Ellen Geist reports.
Leaked text messages a 'tipping point' for Puerto Ricans
Jul 21, 2019 3:49
Thousands of Puerto Ricans have taken to the streets over the last week demanding Gov. Ricardo Rossello's resignation after hundreds of offensive and vulgar private messages between the governor and his inner circle were leaked to local media. Washington Post's Arelis Hernandez joins Hari Sreenivasan to explain.
Britain seeks diplomatic solution with Iran over Gulf crisis
Jul 21, 2019 5:55
In response to the seizure of an Iranian-flagged ship by the United Kingdom earlier this month, Iran on Friday took a British oil tanker and its 23 members. As tensions between the two countries rise, Britain is looking to de-escalate the Gulf crisis diplomatically. Jackie Northam, NPR's international affairs correspondent, joins Hari Sreenivasan to discuss.
Overlooked Americans: Scenes from the country's back row
Jul 21, 2019 8:03
After nearly 20 years on Wall Street, Chris Arnade left his high-paying career to document Americans living on the margins. Traveling all over the country, he took photographs and wrote about the America that is overlooked. Christopher Booker recently spoke to Arnade about his new book "Dignity: Seeking Respect in Back Row America," in which he documents people living in poverty and addiction.
NASA looks to return astronauts to the moon
Jul 20, 2019 10:25
Fifty years ago today, astronaut Neil Armstrong became the first person to walk on the surface of the moon. Now, for the first time since the Apollo program ended in 1972, NASA is planning an ambitious launch in 2024 to return astronauts to the moon, and to sustain a human presence there by 2028. Hari Sreenivasan reports from the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas.
NASA opens a new collection of moon rocks to researchers
Jul 20, 2019 4:04
Johnson Space Center in Houston houses more than 2,000 samples collected over six Apollo missions between 1969 and 1972 from various parts of the moon. The collection includes rocks, core samples, pebbles and dust that scientists are still learning from 50 years later. Hari Sreenivasan reports on the laboratory keeping these artifacts safe.
This retired astronaut captured hundreds of images in space
Jul 20, 2019 2:39
Retired astronaut Scott Kelly spent a record-setting 340 days on the International Space Station. And while he was there, he took hundreds of photographs that he compiled into a book: "Infinite Wonder: An Astronaut's Photographs From A Year In Space." He spoke with NewsHour Weekend about his experiences in space and the spectacular views of Earth.
News Wrap: Trump defends rally supporters, doubles down on Omar attacks
Jul 19, 2019 5:37
In our news wrap Friday, President Trump defended supporters at his North Carolina rally who chanted "Send her back!" about Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., an American citizen who was born in Somalia whom he attacked on Twitter earlier this week. Also, three white supremacists were sentenced to prison for attacking counter-protesters at a 2017 white supremacist rally in Virginia.
In U.S.-Iran conflict, Iranian foreign minister asks 'who's being provocative'
Jul 19, 2019 12:16
U.S.-Iran tensions have again escalated, amid reports Iran seized at least one tanker in the strategic Strait of Hormuz, while a U.S. ship apparently shot down an Iranian drone. Judy Woodruff sits down with Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif to discuss which country is "being provocative," how to end the war in Yemen and what Zarif wants the American people to know about the Iranian government.
With more extreme heat, air conditioning becomes a matter of life and death
Jul 19, 2019 4:50
According to NASA, last month was the hottest June documented in the past 139 years. And the National Weather Service forecasts record highs, at potentially deadly levels, through the coming weekend. How is climate change related to the extreme heat, and how can individuals and governments prepare for more days of it? William Brangham talks to Astrid Caldas of the Union of Concerned Scientists.
As Trump administration pushes for new space exploration, critics question its costs
Jul 19, 2019 7:35
The 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission is being commemorated extensively, including at the White House, where President Trump recognized the crew's two surviving members. Their conversation included discussion of a new push to travel to the far side of the moon and beyond. Science correspondent Miles O'Brien looks at NASA's ambitious agenda and how private companies might achieve it first.
On the 2020 campaign trail, Biden and Sanders clash over health care plans
Jul 19, 2019 3:04
On the 2020 campaign trail, former Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Bernie Sanders are at odds over their respective health care plans, with Biden proposing to build on the existing Affordable Care Act, while Sanders wants to move to a single-payer system. Meanwhile, fundraising numbers for April through June are out, and 20 candidates are preparing for the second debate. Lisa Desjardins reports.
Shields and Brooks on Trump's attacks, Biden vs. Sanders on health care
Jul 19, 2019 11:46
Syndicated columnist Mark Shields and New York Times columnist David Brooks join Judy Woodruff to discuss the week's political news, including President Trump's attack on four congresswomen of color, the Republican response to Trump's controversial rhetoric, whether race politics is smart election strategy and the battle over health care policy among 2020 Democrats.
What The Black Keys' Dan Auerbach is doing in Nashville
Jul 19, 2019 6:49
The Black Keys debuted its first album in five years at the top of the U.S. charts. But band vocalist and guitarist Dan Auerbach has been making a name for himself in another setting over the past few years. Jeffrey Brown visited him in Nashville to discuss his record label, Easy Eye Sound, the unique vintage studio in which he records and why he believes he's doing what he was meant to do.
Former Sen. Jeff Flake on why Republicans aren't disavowing Trump's 'awful' words
Jul 18, 2019 10:15
It's been a tumultuous week in Washington, amid fallout from President Trump's racist attacks on four members of Congress, all women of color. On Thursday, Trump held a rally in North Carolina, where his words -- and the crowd's -- took the controversy to a new level. Former Arizona Senator and CBS Contributor Jeff Flake joins Judy Woodruff to discuss what he calls Trump's "awful" rhetoric and the Republican response.
News Wrap: Trump says U.S. ship shot down encroaching Iranian drone
Jul 18, 2019 7:50
In our news wrap Thursday, President Trump said a U.S. warship destroyed an Iranian drone when it came too close to the vessel and ignored warnings to move off. He criticized "Iran's attempt to disrupt freedom of navigation and global commerce." Also, Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Kevin McAleenan drew fire from Congress over conditions for detained migrants at the U.S.-Mexico border.
The opioid industry fought hard to keep this database hidden. Here's what it shows
Jul 18, 2019 6:47
Over the past two decades, hundreds of thousands of Americans have died during a national opioid addiction crisis. As the drug manufacturers face a possible legal reckoning from multiple lawsuits, a newly uncovered database sheds more light on the scope of the disaster. William Brangham talks to Scott Higham, an investigative reporter for The Washington Post, about the "jaw-dropping" data.
How FaceApp highlights a gap in U.S. privacy protections
Jul 18, 2019 6:25
The growing popularity of FaceApp, a photo filter app that allows users to transform their features by adding or removing wrinkles, is sounding alarm bells among privacy advocates and lawmakers. There are questions about how the images of people's faces could be used, especially as the app's company is based in Russia. Amna Nawaz talks to the Center for Democracy & Technology's Joseph Jerome.
How Trump's controversial tweets are exposing a party divide on race
Jul 16, 2019 6:19
Lawmakers continue to react to racist tweets President Trump posted Sunday about four women of color in the House. So far, most Republicans have defended the president or tried to reframe the conversation as about ideology rather than race, but House Speaker Nancy Pelosi moved to officially condemn Trump's remarks. Lisa Desjardins reports and joins Judy Woodruff to discuss an ongoing divide.
News Wrap: Esper criticizes Turkey for purchase of Russian-made air defenses
Jul 16, 2019 5:08
In our news wrap Tuesday, Army Sec. Mark Esper criticized Turkey's purchase of Russian-made air defenses during his Senate confirmation hearing for defense secretary. Esper called the NATO ally's decision "very disappointing." Also, federally funded family planning clinics can no longer refer women for abortions. Courts ruled the administration's referral ban could proceed amid legal challenges.
What Eric Garner case says about federal prosecution of police officers on duty
Jul 16, 2019 6:49
Eric Garner's dying words, "I can't breathe," served as a rallying cry for protests against police brutality. But the Justice Department announced Tuesday it would not file charges against the officer involved in the incident. The decision closes the door on federal prosecution, as the statute of limitations expires Wednesday. Yamiche Alcindor talks to Katie Benner of The New York Times.
For Venezuelans fleeing chaos at home, Brazil offers temporary refuge -- and uncertainty
Jul 16, 2019 8:45
Over the past five years, Venezuela's combination of political instability, economic crisis and humanitarian disaster has driven record numbers of people out of the country to seek refuge elsewhere. The exodus is reshaping the entire continent of South America in unexpected ways. Amna Nawaz reports from the border between Venezuela and Brazil, where she met families making the desperate journey.
How Colombia's foreign minister sees chaos in Venezuela, fragile peace at home
Jul 16, 2019 8:39
It's been three years since a groundbreaking peace deal between the Colombian government and FARC rebels. The agreement opened the door for land reform, political participation for ex-rebels and a crackdown on drug trafficking. But most of those problems remain, amid a political transition and influx of Venezuelan refugees. Judy Woodruff talks to foreign minister Carlos Holmes Trujillo.
Author Colson Whitehead on 'The Nickel Boys' and fantasy vs. realism
Jul 16, 2019 7:11
Pulitzer-winning author Colson Whitehead's latest novel, "The Nickel Boys," is based on the true story of a boys' reform school in the Florida Panhandle that became notorious for horrific abuse. Jeffrey Brown sat down with Whitehead recently to discuss why the topic drew him in, the choice between realism and fantasy in his books, his evolving career and worries about the American cultural moment.
Why Puerto Rican governor's scandal jeopardizes the island's credibility
Jul 16, 2019 8:18
In Puerto Rico, demonstrators have gathered for days to demand the resignation of Governor Ricardo Rossello after hundreds of misogynistic, homophobic and crude text messages he exchanged with members of his inner circle were released. Targets included political opponents and the island's financial oversight board. William Brangham talks to Rep. Raul Grijalva, D-Ariz., about the fallout.
News Wrap: Border Patrol employees under investigation for Facebook posts
Jul 15, 2019 5:15
In our news wrap Monday, U.S. Customs and Border Protection confirmed that 70 current and former employees who belonged to a secret Facebook group are under investigation for offensive posts about migrants and lawmakers. Also, a Virginia state judge sentenced James Fields to life in prison plus 419 years for driving into a crowd of people protesting a white nationalist rally in 2017, killing one.
The political fallout from Trump's racist tweets
Jul 15, 2019 3:56
President Trump is defending racist tweets targeting four House freshmen, all women of color. Three of the four lawmakers had recently testified about their visits to crowded border detention facilities, lamenting what they saw there. But despite condemnation from congressional Democrats, some Republicans and even the British Prime Minister, Trump isn't expressing remorse. Yamiche Alcindor reports.
Why Rep. Gallego says Republicans should be 'ashamed' of silence over Trump tweets
Jul 15, 2019 6:21
A political firestorm has erupted over tweets from President Trump telling four American women of color in the House to "go back" to where they came from. Rep. Ruben Gallego, D-Ariz., joins Judy Woodruff to discuss what Trump is trying to achieve with his inflammatory rhetoric, why Republicans who don't condemn his tweets "should be ashamed" and how the president has "broken the border."
Trump's tweets aren't racist, argues Rep. Comer
Jul 15, 2019 5:54
Washington is reeling as a result of racist tweets President Trump made Sunday, in which he blasted four women of color in the House and said they should return to where they came from, although all four are American citizens. Rep. James Comer, R-Ky, joins Judy Woodruff to explain why a "frustrated" Trump's comments are "overblown" and how he knows his constituents aren't offended by them.
How immigrant communities are preparing for possible ICE raids
Jul 15, 2019 6:28
President Trump has said that major arrests and deportations of undocumented immigrants and migrants no longer eligible to remain in the country would begin this past Sunday. So far, the number of people detained appears to be small, but fear and trepidation are still reverberating through the targeted communities. Judy Woodruff talks to Shannon Camacho of Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights.
Huawei executive denies claim of ties to Chinese intelligence
Jul 15, 2019 5:42
For months, the Trump administration has accused Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei of being a threat to U.S. national security, warning that data could be channeled through the company's equipment to China's intelligence services. Huawei is effectively banned from U.S. networks. What does the company think of Trump's stance? Nick Schifrin talks to Huawei Senior Vice President Vincent Pang.
How Colorado's marijuana legalization strengthened the drug's black market
Jul 15, 2019 7:38
Some states that have legalized marijuana for recreational use have experienced a surge in the drug's black market activity. In particular, Colorado has become a haven for underground marijuana cultivation, sale and export, prompting questions about how legalization led to some unforeseen consequences. John Ferrugia of Rocky Mountain PBS has the story.
2020 Democrats remain divided on health care proposals
Jul 15, 2019 2:50
Candidates competing for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination continue to make health care a central focus of their platforms, with former Vice President Joe Biden releasing a new plan on the issue. Over the weekend, candidates campaigned in critical early states. They're facing harsh criticism from President Trump -- and some are responding. Lisa Desjardins reports.
Tamara Keith and Amy Walter on Trump's tweet storm, Biden's strategy shift
Jul 15, 2019 7:18
NPR's Tamara Keith and Amy Walter of the Cook Political Report join Amna Nawaz to discuss the latest in politics, including a "total shift" for the presidential campaign of former Vice President Joe Biden, what kind of change Democratic voters are seeking and which politicians represent it, the fallout from President Trump's recent tweets and why he likes talking about race and immigration.
Threat of immigration raids incites fears across U.S.
Jul 14, 2019 6:38
The Trump administration said Immigration and Customs Enforcement raids would begin Sunday in cities across the country, targeting undocumented immigrants who have received deportation orders. Immigrants and activists were prepared, but by the afternoon, there were no signs of a massive law enforcement operation. NewsHour Weekend's Ivette Feliciano reports from New York City amid ongoing protests.
Wisconsin dairy farmers are struggling to stay afloat
Jul 14, 2019 10:38
As Americans consume less milk and turmoil in international markets challenges the country's dairy industry, many dairy farmers are struggling to stay afloat. In 2018, more than 2,700 dairy farms in the U.S. went out of business, with nearly a third of those closures taking place in Wisconsin, long-known as "America's Dairyland." NewsHour Weekend's Hari Sreenivasan reports.
What Milwaukee means for Democrats in 2020 presidential race
Jul 14, 2019 5:52
Wisconsin was one of several battleground states in 2016 that helped Donald Trump capture the White House. Next July, the city of Milwaukee will host the 2020 Democratic National Convention to select the party's next presidential candidate. Hari Sreenivasan sat down with Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett to learn what the region means for Democrats on a national scale.
Barry makes landfall as Gulf Coast residents take shelter
Jul 13, 2019 4:50
Tropical Storm Barry briefly became a Category 1 hurricane on Saturday as it crossed over the Gulf of Mexico and made landfall in Louisiana, where some residents have evacuated. For more on the unfolding situation in the region, André Moreau, anchor and managing editor for Louisiana Public Broadcasting's news magazine show, "The State We're In," joins Hari Sreenivasan from Baton Rouge.
'Manhattanhenge' lights up New York City streets
Jul 13, 2019 1:47
In New York City, a modern-day version of Stonehenge is a delight for residents and visitors alike. It happens only four days a year, when the sunset aligns with Manhattan's street grid, turning high rises into canyon walls with a sunset perfectly in the center. It's called "Manhattanhenge," and lasts just a few minutes, when thousands try to capture the perfect photo. Hari Sreenivasan has more.
California startups are growing meat from animal cells
Jul 13, 2019 11:36
As concerns grow about the sustainability of meat production, some startup companies say they may have a solution: growing meat from animal cells in laboratories. NewsHour Weekend's Megan Thompson visited two startups in California producing "cell-based meat." This story is part of our "Future of Food" series, hosted by Mark Bittman and supported by the Pulitzer Center.
Trump administration's tumultuous week ends with Acosta resignation
Jul 12, 2019 6:43
Labor Sec. Alex Acosta has resigned over criticism of his 2008 prosecution of Jeffrey Epstein for sex crimes. Acosta joined President Trump to make the announcement to reporters, two days after the Cabinet secretary had held a news conference to address the issue. Meanwhile, Immigration and Customs Enforcement is again gearing up for deportation raids. Judy Woodruff talks to Yamiche Alcindor.
Tropical Storm Barry threatens New Orleans with significant rain, surge potential
Jul 12, 2019 7:19
Tropical Storm Barry is poised to strike New Orleans with significant rainfall, posing a serious flooding threat in an area where a wet spring has left the Mississippi River unusually high. State officials are urging residents to take precautions but to stay in one place and avoid high water. John Yang reports and Judy Woodruff talks to Ken Graham, director of the National Hurricane Center.
News Wrap: House committees consider delaying Mueller testimony
Jul 12, 2019 5:00
In our news wrap Friday, two House committees are considering delaying the planned testimony of former special counsel Robert Mueller on July 17, saying they want a longer hearing to give lawmakers more time for questioning. Also, the House approved a defense policy bill that includes limits on President Trump's authority to take military action against Iran. Trump has vowed to veto the measure.
How Alex Acosta explained his handling of controversial Epstein case
Jul 10, 2019 9:51
Labor Sec. Alex Acosta has publicly addressed his handling of a 2008 plea deal with sex offender Jeffrey Epstein. Then the top Florida federal prosecutor, Acosta has drawn criticism for Epstein's lax sentence, especially in light of stunning new charges against Epstein. Former federal prosecutor Jessica Roth and Yamiche Alcindor talk to Judy Woodruff about questions Acosta did and didn't answer.
News Wrap: Fed signals impending interest rate reduction
Jul 10, 2019 5:20
In our news wrap Wednesday, the Federal Reserve gave its strongest signal yet that an interest rate cut is coming. Fed Chair Jerome Powell said growing economic "uncertainty" makes the case for a rate reduction, which would be the first since 2008. Also, U.S. Customs and Border Protection reported the number of unaccompanied migrant children being held dropped from 2,700 in June to 200.
Fallout from leaked memos about Trump prompts UK ambassador to resign
Jul 10, 2019 8:57
Sir Kim Darroch, British ambassador to the United States since 2016, has resigned after diplomatic memos in which he criticized President Trump were leaked. Although Prime Minister Theresa May and other UK politicians expressed support for Darroch, Boris Johnson, the frontrunner to replace May, did not. Meanwhile, Trump volleyed insults back. Judy Woodruff talks to Ambassador Peter Westmacott.
Does marijuana hurt or help your brain? Scientists rush to study the drug's impact
Jul 10, 2019 9:20
As national attitudes and laws around cannabis use have evolved, so have the commercially grown strains of the plant. Some marijuana varieties today contain levels of THC, the drug's psychoactive compound, as high as 50 percent, compared to around 5 percent a generation ago. But as science correspondent Miles O'Brien reports, the effects of cannabis on the human brain are still relatively unknown.
How U.S. women's soccer is paving the way for pay equity in sports
Jul 10, 2019 7:38
Fans and players gathered in New York Wednesday to celebrate the World Cup title of the U.S. women's soccer team. The repeat champions received honorary keys to the city from Mayor Bill de Blasio and expressed gratitude to their supporters and hopes for the future. Amna Nawaz talks to USA Today's Christine Brennan about what this achievement means for the team, women's sports and the country.
Why it's 'staggering' that baseball hasn't done more to protect fans from foul balls
Jul 10, 2019 6:33
Baseball may be America's pastime, but it's facing renewed scrutiny over the safety of its spectators after recent incidents involving fans being hit by foul balls. Some professional teams are extending protective netting in response, but Major League Baseball itself has so far declined to change its requirements overall. John Yang talks to ESPN baseball columnist Jeff Passan for analysis.
Architectural design for buildings that create more energy than they consume
Jul 10, 2019 3:35
Heating and cooling buildings consumes 40 percent of energy used across the world. As climate change continues to threaten the planet, rising temperatures may only increase the usage. Now, an architect in Boston is trying to change not just how much energy temperature regulation in buildings requires, but how much it produces. Cristina Quinn of WGBH in Boston reports.
News Wrap: Judge says DOJ can't change lawyers for census fight
Jul 9, 2019 7:25
In our news wrap Tuesday, the Justice Department lost its bid to bring in new lawyers for the battle over adding a citizenship question to the 2020 census. A federal judge in New York called the request "patently deficient." Also, a federal appeals court says President Trump may not ban critics from his Twitter account on the grounds doing so violates the First Amendment rights of those blocked.
The Epstein case is not an outlier. Child sex trafficking is 'pervasive' in the U.S.
Jul 9, 2019 5:36
New charges against billionaire Jeffrey Epstein have brought renewed attention to the problem of sex trafficking in the U.S. What is the scope of this disturbing criminal underground, and how does it prey on marginalized children? Lisa Desjardins talks to Yasmin Vafa of Rights4Girls about how the Epstein case aligns with patterns she sees daily, in which powerful men exploit vulnerable youth.
Why current court battle represents existential threat to Obamacare
Jul 9, 2019 8:04
The Affordable Care Act is again facing a critical legal challenge, as a federal appeals court in New Orleans considers a lower court's ruling that the law is unconstitutional. The Justice Department isn't defending the law, but Democratic lawmakers and officials are. John Yang talks to Axios' Sam Baker about the legal test and how the law's provisions extend beyond individual health insurance.
How preparing for a devastating earthquake will help you survive it
Jul 9, 2019 6:28
Two major earthquakes have rocked Southern California in the past week, prompting questions about whether residents and the government are prepared for an even bigger one. Science reporter Jacob Margolis of KPCC public radio examines those questions in his podcast, "The Big One: Your Survival Guide," and explains to Judy Woodruff how to prepare for a potentially devastating earthquake.
What has changed in states that have legalized marijuana -- and what hasn't
Jul 9, 2019 5:33
Across the country, more state laws are aligning with voter attitudes about recreational use of marijuana. The wave of cannabis legalization has had a significant influence on individuals, communities and governments, and driven the development of a burgeoning commercial industry. William Brangham begins our series on marijuana with a look at what has changed in states that have legalized it.
Jim Lehrer remembers 'authentic' underdog Ross Perot
Jul 9, 2019 10:57
In the 1992 U.S. presidential election, Texas billionaire Ross Perot earned 19 percent of the popular vote, making him the most successful third-party candidate since Teddy Roosevelt in 1912. Perot died Tuesday at age 89 from leukemia. To remember him, Judy Woodruff talks to NewsHour co-founder Jim Lehrer about Perot's authenticity, passion for ideas and desire to use his own resources for good.
How the view of an ancient world landmark has sparked a modern legal battle
Jul 9, 2019 7:35
Greece's highest court is considering a case about Athenians' visual access to the landmark Acropolis. Its decision could set a precedent about preserving historic skylines -- and potentially ban construction of high-rise buildings. The matter prompts a fundamental question: is an unimpeded view of sites on the UN's World Heritage List a human right? Special correspondent Malcolm Brabant reports.
News Wrap: Iran exceeds allowed levels of uranium enrichment
Jul 8, 2019 6:16
In our news wrap Monday, Iran announced it has begun enriching uranium to levels higher than is allowed under the 2015 nuclear accord. The new level is still far below weapons-grade, but a foreign ministry spokesman threatened that it could continue to rise. Also, Attorney General William Barr says he believes there is a legal "pathway" to including a citizenship question on the 2020 census.
Southern Californians cope with earthquake anxiety as scientists assess the damage
Jul 8, 2019 7:14
Following two powerful earthquakes and many aftershocks in the past week, some California residents are returning home to evaluate damage. Scientists, meanwhile, are flocking to the area around the epicenters, hoping to gather information to predict future tectonic activity. Judy Woodruff talks to special correspondent Cat Wise about how locals are feeling "on edge" and what supplies they need.
The 'completely unprecedented' plea deal Jeffrey Epstein made with Alex Acosta
Jul 8, 2019 7:28
Politically connected financier Jeffrey Epstein is facing up to 45 years in prison on charges he ran a sex-trafficking ring in the early 2000s that included girls as young as 14. Lisa Desjardins talks to former federal prosecutor Elie Honig about how unusual it is to bring charges this old and why Epstein's previous plea deal with Alex Acosta, now labor secretary, was "completely indefensible."
How Obama's DHS head sees the detention of migrants at the U.S. border
Jul 8, 2019 7:51
Amid the immense controversy over immigration detention centers along the U.S.-Mexico border, supporters of the Trump administration say the facilities and their condition represent a continuation of policies that existed under former President Obama. Judy Woodruff talks to former Department of Homeland Security Sec. Jeh Johnson about whether conditions have deteriorated and how we should respond.
2020 field loses a contender as Swalwell drops out
Jul 8, 2019 3:05
As 2020 Democratic presidential candidates campaigned this weekend, issues of racial justice dominated the conversation. Former Vice President Joe Biden apologized for controversial comments about working with segregationists, while several other hopefuls outlined plans to boost the economic position of black Americans. And as Yamiche Alcindor reports, one candidate became the first to drop out.
Tamara Keith and Amy Walter on Biden's outlook, House Democratic divisions
Jul 8, 2019 7:57
NPR's Tamara Keith and Amy Walter of the Cook Political Report join Judy Woodruff to discuss the latest political news, including former Vice President Joe Biden's apology for his controversial segregationist comments, how 2020 Democrats are emphasizing opportunity for black voters and a possible generational shift between the party's moderates and progressives.
Why the reality of the Apollo 11 mission is 'much more complex' than the mythology
Jul 8, 2019 6:53
It's been 50 years since the groundbreaking moment the crew of the Apollo 11 mission landed a man on the moon for the first time. Now, a new six-hour documentary airing on PBS' "American Experience" aims to develop a richer and deeper portrait of the political and cultural context in which the mission took place. William Brangham has the story.
In Boston, a housing innovation that connects the generations
Jul 8, 2019 3:58
Although cities across the country are struggling with a shortage of housing, especially at a manageable cost, there are millions of bedrooms going unused. Now, technology is enabling homeowners with rooms to spare to connect with renters who can't afford their own place. Stephanie Leydon from PBS station WGBH reports on how Boston has become a launching pad for the website Nesterly.
Utah restaurateurs fight Trump cuts to national monument
Jul 7, 2019 6:14
In Boulder, Utah the co-owners of the Hell's Backbone Grill, a restaurant in the shadow of the Grand Staircase- Escalante National Monument, are fighting the recent Trump administration decision to remove almost one million acres from the monument. NewsHour Weekend's Mori Rothman spoke with the owners about why the monument is vital to their business and their way of life.
Rise of anti-Semitism elevates fears in France
Jul 7, 2019 8:13
France has the largest Jewish population outside of Israel and the U.S., with 500,000 Jewish people living there. And with several high-profile, anti-Semitic incidents in recent years, along with statistics showing a significant rise in anti-Semitic attacks, there are growing concerns among the Jewish community. Special correspondent Christopher Livesay and videographer Joan Martelli report.
The impact of the Islamic State in Afghanistan
Jul 7, 2019 4:41
An attack in Afghanistan Sunday that killed 12 people was claimed by the Taliban and came as the militant group met in Qatar for an all-Afghan peace conference, and as the U.S. and Taliban leaders prepare to resume talks this week. Thomas Gibbons-Neff, a reporter with The New York Times, joins Hari Sreenivasan to discuss the Taliban, U.S. strategy and the growing presence of the Islamic State.
BONUS Podcast Episode: 'Family Business' from Outside/ In
Jul 3, 2019 1:00:11
We have a very special bonus episode for you today from our friends at Outside/ In, a podcast from New Hampshire Public Radio about the natural world and how we use it. This episode looks at how Republicans have grappled with the issue of climate change through the story of one powerful New Hampshire family: the Sununus. Understanding the decisions the family made around climate change policy can help us understand how Republicans more broadly have shifted on climate change -- and how they haven't. You can find more episodes of Outside/ In in your favorite podcast app or online at outsideinradio.org.
News Wrap: Violence erupts in Israel after fatal shooting of an unarmed teenager
Jul 3, 2019 5:15
In our News Wrap Wednesday, Israeli officials urged calm after violent protests erupted over Sunday's fatal shooting of an unarmed Ethiopian-Israeli teenager by an off-duty police officer. Crowds blocked roads, clashed with police and lit cars on fire. Also, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani warned that his government will start enriching uranium to more concentrated levels beginning Sunday.
Trump rejects court decision on unconstitutional asylum detention
Jul 3, 2019 4:12
Although the Trump administration has faced criticism for overcrowded and unsanitary migrant detention facilities, the president seems to be sticking to his hardline stance on immigration. He rejected a federal court ruling that it's unconstitutional to hold asylum-seekers indefinitely without bail and insists a census citizenship question is moving forward. Yamiche Alcindor joins Judy Woodruff.
How violent political instability in Libya exacerbates migrants' 'living hell'
Jul 3, 2019 8:07
An airstrike on a migrant detention center in Libya has left at least 44 dead. The Libyan government blamed the so-called Libyan National Army, a group trying to seize Tripoli, for the deadly attack. John Yang reports and talks to Frederic Wehrey of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace about the "living hell" migrants languishing in Libya face and the dynamics of the recent conflict.
Why Navy SEAL Eddie Gallagher was found not guilty of murdering Iraqi captive
Jul 3, 2019 7:01
After two weeks of testimony, Chief Edward Gallagher was found not guilty of murdering a suspected ISIS prisoner in Iraq. The decorated Navy SEAL had been accused of stabbing the wounded teenage captive, as well as attempted murder of Iraqi civilians and obstruction of justice. William Brangham reports and talks to Steve Walsh of San Diego's KPBS public radio about how the dramatic case evolved.
After outcry, Alabama DA decides not to prosecute woman for endangering fetus
Jul 3, 2019 6:47
More than 35 U.S. states have laws classifying a fetus as a victim in a homicide or an assault. Those laws can result in criminal charges against pregnant women, as highlighted by a recent Alabama case involving a woman whose fetus died after she was shot. Lisa Desjardins talks to Mary Scott Hodgin of WBHM public radio about what happened and why the district attorney decided not to prosecute.
Democrats are fighting for the presidency in 2020. But can they win the Senate?
Jul 3, 2019 7:00
The 2020 Democratic presidential race seems to reflect an increasingly liberal party. But with the current Republican Senate majority, it would be nearly impossible for a Democratic president to enact such progressive legislation. Can Democrats actually gain Senate seats in 2020? Judy Woodruff talks to The Washington Post's Philip Bump about why the Senate should be a "huge concern" for Democrats.
Why Boeing's problem with the 737 MAX jet keeps getting worse
Jul 3, 2019 5:50
Boeing announced Wednesday a pledge of up to $100 million for families and communities affected by the two recent crashes of its 737 MAX planes. Both accidents were found to involve software and engineering problems the company is now struggling to solve. Jeffrey Brown talks to Miles O'Brien about the technical complexity, a "systemic" failure at Boeing over safety and the public relations impact.
How Brian Fies used art to process a devastating wildfire
Jul 3, 2019 5:52
For award-winning writer and cartoonist Brian Fies, life will forever be divided into before and after October 9, 2017 -- the date Northern California's devastating Tubbs Fire devoured his home. In its aftermath, Fies felt compelled to process the trauma he experienced by drawing it. The resulting illustrations became popular online and are now a hardcover book, "A Fire Story." John Yang reports.
News Wrap: Census forms won't include citizenship question
Jul 2, 2019 5:13
In our news wrap Tuesday, White House and Justice Department officials confirmed the U.S. Census Bureau will begin printing forms for the 2020 survey, without a citizenship question. Also, members of the European Union have broken a deadlock and chosen new leaders, including Belgium's Charles Michel to head the European Council and France's Christine Lagarde to lead the European Central Bank.
What it's like inside U.S. facilities where migrants are being held
Jul 2, 2019 4:12
The national firestorm over conditions for migrants in U.S. custody continues. Demonstrators gathered across the country Tuesday to protest after news of another migrant death broke. Meanwhile, a report from the Department of Homeland Security's inspector general referenced "dangerous overcrowding and prolonged detention" in U.S. immigration facilities. Lisa Desjardins reports.
Why Rep. Castro says Trump is making migrant detention centers worse
Jul 2, 2019 7:28
The circumstances for migrants held in U.S. custody continue to stir national controversy. Rep. Joaquin Castro, D-Texas, has visited detention facilities and was appalled by what he saw there. He joins Judy Woodruff to discuss why conditions have gotten worse for detained migrants, what should happen to Border Patrol officials implicated in a Facebook scandal and how he's pushing for change.
Pro-Beijing Hong Kong legislator on why protesters' 'voices have not been heard'
Jul 2, 2019 5:33
A day after protesters broke into government buildings in Hong Kong and trashed the legislative chamber, the Chinese government condemned their actions. But many people in Hong Kong feel frustrated with a lack of progress toward democratic reform, more than 20 years after the UK's handover to China. Nick Schifrin talks to Michael Tien, a Hong Kong legislative councilor, about should happen next.
Would eliminating this standardized test increase racial equity in elite NYC schools?
Jul 2, 2019 8:48
New York City's elite public high schools are being scrutinized for their admissions practices, which are yielding disproportionately low populations of black and Latino students. In response, the mayor and school chancellor want to eliminate a standardized test critics say is a barrier for low-income and minority applicants. But supporters of the test are pushing back. Hari Sreenivasan reports.
Legendary goalie Briana Scurry on World Cup and U.S. women's soccer
Jul 2, 2019 8:53
Briana Scurry was the starting goalkeeper for the U.S. women's national soccer team for years, including during its 1999 World Cup victory. She is also a two-time Olympic gold medalist. Scurry joins Judy Woodruff to discuss play so far at this year's World Cup, how social media and sponsorships have changed the landscape of women's sports and her hopes for U.S. women's soccer moving forward.
A memoir of musical reverence to A Tribe Called Quest
Jul 2, 2019 6:56
Pioneering hip-hop group A Tribe Called Quest crossed musical genres, influenced other artists and delivered social commentary. Their unique sound and chemistry earned them decades of commercial and critical success. A memoir by poet and cultural critic Hanif Abdurraqib reveals the "very personal" influence the group had on his own life. Abdurraqib sits down with Amna Nawaz to discuss.
Drag Queen Story Hour offers a different kind of page-turner
Jul 2, 2019 4:10
Children's story hours are intended to instill a love of reading in young kids. But one reading program also seeks to spread messages about self-love, acceptance of others and appreciation of diversity: Drag Queen Story Hour, a national organization that runs programs in Washington, D.C.'s Adams Morgan and cities across the country. Julia Griffin reports.
Hong Kong protesters storm government buildings, face off with police
Jul 1, 2019 2:47
Protests in Hong Kong again turned violent Monday, as people stormed government buildings, breaking windows and defacing walls, in a fiery denunciation of the city's chief executive, Carrie Lam, and her attempts to cede new power to mainland China. Some of the protesters insist they have already exhausted peaceful means in their effort to retain Hong Kong's independence. Nick Schifrin reports.
News Wrap: Sudan protesters killed in clash with security forces
Jul 1, 2019 4:26
In our news wrap Monday, activists in Sudan say at least 11 people were killed in Sunday clashes with security forces. Hundreds of protesters returned to the streets to grieve the dead, some carrying bodies. Meanwhile, at least six people died in the Afghan capital of Kabul when Taliban fighters detonated a powerful truck bomb. Police ultimately killed the attackers after a 10-hour gun battle.
Why Iran's uranium announcement reflects 'dangerous dynamic' with the U.S.
Jul 1, 2019 6:15
Iran says it now has more low-enriched uranium than the level agreed upon in the 2015 nuclear deal, from which the U.S. withdrew in 2018. In response, the White House says it will continue its "maximum pressure" campaign on Iran. William Brangham talks to the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace's Karim Sadjadpour about what the latest news means for tensions between the U.S. and Iran.
Are Trump's cozy relationships with foreign adversaries connected to a broader strategy?
Jul 1, 2019 10:09
President Trump has become the first sitting U.S. president to set foot in North Korea, joining the country's leader, Kim Jong Un, for a meeting, smiles and a handshake. Trump argues that his personal relationships with autocrats and the leaders of traditional American adversaries strengthen U.S. leverage. But do they? John Yang reports and William Brangham talks to Amb. William Burns.
After 1st debates, how 2020 Democrats positioned themselves on the campaign trail
Jul 1, 2019 3:24
After the first debates of the 2020 presidential campaign, candidates sought to build on their momentum or reposition themselves over the weekend. Sen. Kamala Harris fended off attacks from the Trump campaign, while other 2020 Democrats came to her defense. Meanwhile, immigration and conditions at U.S. detention centers continued to galvanize candidates who called the status quo "inhumane."
Tamara Keith and Carrie Budoff Brown on Trump targeting Kamala Harris
Jul 1, 2019 8:21
NPR's Tamara Keith and Politico's Carrie Budoff Brown join Yamiche Alcindor to discuss the latest political news, including post-debate poll numbers for 2020 Democrats, whether former Vice President Joe Biden's lead will be "durable," why racist attacks on Sen. Kamala Harris could mean she's a threat to Trump, Pete Buttigieg's fundraising milestone and Trump's upcoming Fourth of July celebration.
How to improve education and economic opportunity for black South Africans
Jul 1, 2019 6:13
It's been 25 years since the end of apartheid in South Africa, but parts of the brutal era's legacy still linger. Ensuring that all South Africans receive an equal education, for example, remains an elusive challenge. Special correspondent Fred de Sam Lazaro reports on two unusual efforts to improve education and economic opportunity for black students in South Africa.
Book recommendations for every kind of summer reader
Jul 1, 2019 7:04
This summer, many vacationers will be packing a good book along with their sunscreen and towels. NPR's Maureen Corrigan and The Washington Post's Carlos Lozada join Jeffrey Brown to review a collection of the season's best reads, including novels that touch on immigration and murder, analyses of American politics and history, mysteries, poetry and more.
How conditions in U.S. detention centers can affect children's health
Jun 26, 2019 9:51
The plight of migrant children held in U.S. detention centers continues to generate controversy. As Congress battles over emergency funding for care and resources at the border, medical professionals warn that even brief exposure to the current conditions could be damaging to children's health. William Brangham reports and talks to pediatrician Julie Linton, who has visited some of the facilities.
News Wrap: House subpoenas Conway over Hatch Act allegations
Jun 26, 2019 6:17
In our news wrap Wednesday, the House Oversight Committee issued a subpoena for Kellyanne Conway after the White House counselor failed to appear voluntarily over allegations she repeatedly violated the Hatch Act. Meanwhile, parts of Europe roasted in a record heat wave that showed no sign of breaking. In Madrid, temperatures topped 100 degrees and quieted the typical city bustle.
Which candidates are most likely to take a risk in 1st Democratic debate?
Jun 26, 2019 11:05
In Miami, a crowded stage is set for the first debate of the 2020 Democratic presidential primaries. With Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts the only participant polling in double digits, many candidates see the event as a public debut to Democratic voters, 84% of whom haven't yet chosen a candidate, according to polls. Lisa Desjardins and Stu Rothenberg of Inside Elections join Judy Woodruff.
With Mueller testimony, can Democrats expect a 'breakthrough moment'?
Jun 26, 2019 4:16
The debate over the Mueller report and its political fallout continue. More than three months after the investigation concluded, the former special counsel himself will testify before two congressional committees on July 17. Yamiche Alcindor joins Judy Woodruff to discuss the format of the appearances, why Democrats are hoping for a "breakthrough moment" and what Mueller won't be able to discuss.
How Palestinians in the West Bank are reacting to Trump's peace plan
Jun 26, 2019 12:58
The Israeli-Palestinian conflict has endured for over half a century, through violent eruptions and pushes for peace. A weak Palestinian government is grappling with economic crisis as Israel retains control of the West Bank. But Palestinians are not optimistic the Trump administration's new peace plan will yield a solution. Special correspondent Jane Ferguson reports and talks to Judy Woodruff.
At this D.C. jail, a book club offers a safe space
Jun 26, 2019 6:10
Reading and writing can provide a profession, a passion or an escape from reality. In Washington, D.C., the Free Minds Book Club positions the activities as mechanisms through which incarcerated people can express themselves in healthy and constructive ways. As Jeffrey Brown reports, inmates who participate in the organization have a much lower recidivism rate than the national average.
Pioneering journalist Lesley Stahl on breaking into a boys' club
Jun 26, 2019 1:53
Lesley Stahl is an Emmy-winning journalist who currently reports for the CBS News program "60 Minutes." During her long career, she has served as a White House correspondent and anchor of CBS' "Face the Nation." But she didn't have an easy start in the industry. For the NewsHour's "That Moment When," Stahl tells Steve Goldbloom what it was like to be the only woman in a 1970s Boston newsroom.
News Wrap: Trump and Rouhani trade barbs over new U.S. sanctions on Iran
Jun 25, 2019 6:15
In our news wrap Tuesday, President Trump and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani traded insults over new U.S. sanctions. Rouhani called them "outrageous and idiotic" and said the White House is "afflicted by mental retardation." Also, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo made an unannounced trip to Afghanistan. He met with President Ashraf Ghani in Kabul and said he hopes for a peace deal by September.
How political instability is making U.S. immigration situation worse
Jun 25, 2019 8:39
The U.S.-Mexico border continues to drive political turmoil. After reports of miserable conditions for detained migrant children, John Sanders, acting head of U.S. Customs and Border Protection, resigned. Meanwhile, Congress is scrambling to reach a border funding deal. Lisa Desjardins talks to reporter Bob Moore of the digital news organization El Paso Matters about the problem's origins.
50 years after Stonewall, why so many LGBTQ people are 'still grieving'
Jun 25, 2019 16:57
During the era of 1969's Stonewall Riots, police raids against LGBTQ establishments were common. But when Stonewall patrons fought back, the modern gay rights movement was launched. On Stonewall's 50th anniversary, Judy Woodruff gets perspective from Reverend Emma Chattin, activist and journalist George Johnson, The Anti-Violence Project's Beverly Tillery and Mark Segal of Philadelphia Gay News.
How access to period products removes a barrier to education
Jun 25, 2019 7:09
A growing number of states are exempting menstrual products from tax. Advocates for period equity argue taxing these supplies is unfair because periods are a necessity, not a choice. And some schools and universities are now opting to provide these products free in an effort to reduce absences and ensure that low-income students have access to them. Education Week's Kavitha Cardoza reports.
Why the latest assault allegation against Trump hasn't gotten more attention
Jun 25, 2019 6:15
Recently, another woman stepped forward to credibly accuse President Trump of a forcible, violent sexual assault -- one that meets the legal definition of rape. Why hasn't there been any political fallout, or even much discussion of the allegations made by E. Jean Carroll? William Brangham talks to The Guardian's Lucia Graves about the new accusation and the broader trend of which it's a part.
With new book on political divisiveness, former GOP official rings an 'alarm bell'
Jun 25, 2019 7:02
Peter Wehner served in three Republican White Houses. Now, he's written a book about the current state of national political discourse. In "The Death of Politics," Wehner analyzes the tone and rhetoric used by President Trump, and how it's fraying the American republic. Wehner sits down with Judy Woodruff to discuss tribalism, evangelical Christians and why his work is still a "book of hope."
Amid elevated tensions, Trump announces new sanctions on Iran
Jun 24, 2019 2:55
After tensions with Iran nearly resulted in U.S. airstrikes last week, President Trump has fired a different type of weapon, levying new economic sanctions specifically targeting the Islamic Republic's supreme leader. At the same time, top U.S. officials pursued diplomatic measures while visiting the Middle East. But Iran said the U.S. is the aggressor. Nick Schifrin reports.
News Wrap: Children being moved from El Paso detention center
Jun 24, 2019 3:00
In our news wrap Monday, there's word the U.S. government is moving most of the 300-plus children held at a Border Patrol station near El Paso, Texas. The Associated Press had reported kids were going without food, showers and care from adults. Also, an opposition victory in Istanbul's mayoral race prompted joy and hope that the rule of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan could be challenged.
Trump pushes for new transparency with health care prices -- but will it lower them?
Jun 24, 2019 5:59
Uncertainty around the costs of prescription drugs and health care in general is worrying Americans. A recent study found that one in six were surprised by a medical bill from a hospital treatment in 2017. On Monday, President Trump issued executive orders requiring greater transparency around medical costs. But will they help? Nick Schifrin talks to Elisabeth Rosenthal of Kaiser Health News.
Ahead of 1st Democratic debate, Paul Ryan on why the 2020 election is Trump's to lose
Jun 24, 2019 6:49
Republican Paul Ryan, former speaker of the house and congressman from Wisconsin, has kept a low profile since his departure from national politics earlier this year. Judy Woodruff sat down with Ryan during a Sunday event in Colorado to discuss which 2020 Democrat is the biggest threat to President Trump, why more Republicans don't challenge the president and the "polarized" state of the country.
How 2020 Democrats are trying to connect with black voters
Jun 24, 2019 3:23
Most of the contenders for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination attended South Carolina Democratic Rep. Jim Clyburn's weekend fish fry. Clyburn is the highest-ranking black member of Congress, and his event is perceived as critical for connecting with voters of color. Since then, several candidates released new policy proposals -- and yet another entered the race. Lisa Desjardins reports.
Tamara Keith and Thelisha Eaddy on South Carolina's significance for 2020 Democrats
Jun 24, 2019 8:19
NPR's Tamara Keith and Thelisha Eaddy of South Carolina Public Radio join Lisa Desjardins to discuss the latest political news, including Pete Buttigieg's response to a shooting in his city, how Joe Biden's comments about working with segregationists were received by black voters in South Carolina and reaction to another sexual assault allegation against President Trump.
What Palestinians want more than Trump's peace plan
Jun 24, 2019 7:04
The White House has unveiled part of its Israeli-Palestinian peace plan, a $50 billion economic blueprint designed to double Palestinian GDP and create a million jobs. Jared Kushner likened the proposal to the Marshall Plan, which revitalized Western Europe after World War II, but the response among Palestinians was not enthusiastic. Nick Schifrin talks to Gwyn Lewis and Mattias Schmale of UNRWA.
Why the Stonewall Riots represented a 'sea change' for LGBTQ rights
Jun 24, 2019 8:46
On a June night in 1969, patrons of a New York City gay bar called the Stonewall Inn battled with police and set in motion the modern movement for gay rights. Fifty years later, the milestone anniversary of the event has sparked observations and celebrations nationwide -- as well as reflections from LGBTQ Americans about what cultural acceptance has meant to them. John Yang reports.
Why 11 Oregon state senators aren't showing up for work
Jun 24, 2019 2:12
In Oregon, 11 important people are missing: Republican state lawmakers, who are nowhere to be found amid a partisan standoff now in its fifth day. The legislators walked out to stop the state Senate from acting on a contentious climate bill that would put in place a so-called cap-and-trade system to limit carbon emissions. As William Brangham reports, there's no end to the conflict in sight.
Why this Italian violin travels with its own security
Jun 24, 2019 3:34
In 2015, a delegation of city leaders from Columbus, Ohio, went to Italy's Genoa, where they heard a performance of the famed Paganini violin. The contingent spent the next four years working to arrange a visit for the violin to their city, and this spring, it finally arrived. WOSU's Jackie Shafer reports on the rare travel for the Italian national treasure, worth an estimated $35 million.
The race to develop quantum technology is getting crowded
Jun 23, 2019 8:19
Quantum mechanics looks at how particles smaller than atoms interact. At this minuscule scale, entirely different laws of physics apply. But in the global race to develop quantum technology, the U.S. is competing in an increasingly crowded field. NewsHour Weekend's Christopher Booker reports
Dems look for edge amid jam-packed presidential debate
Jun 23, 2019 9:46
This week the top 20 Democratic presidential candidates are facing off over two nights in Miami. It's the first official debate of the 2020 primary season. Special correspondent Jeff Greenfield talks with bipartisan strategists to learn what the candidates can do in such a big field, and joins Hari Sreenivasan to discuss whether a debate held months before the first votes can make a difference.
News Wrap: Hope Hicks appears before House Judiciary Committee
Jun 19, 2019 6:45
In our news wrap Wednesday, former White House Communications Director Hope Hicks was interviewed by the House Judiciary Committee--the first senior administration official cited in the Mueller report to appear before Congress. But Democrats said she refused to discuss her work or even where her office was. Also, Congress held its first hearing on reparations for slavery in more than a decade.
Why the Fed kept interest rates steady for now, despite pressure from Trump
Jun 19, 2019 5:12
The Federal Reserve says it's holding its benchmark interest rate steady, despite ongoing pressure from President Trump to reduce it. But Fed Chairman Jay Powell expressed openness to the idea of cutting rates if economic indicators warrant. He also recently said he intends to serve his full four-year term, despite Trump's criticism of him. Judy Woodruff talks to The Wall Street Journal's Greg Ip.
Khashoggi’s brutal murder was a ‘state killing,’ special rapporteur says
Jun 19, 2019 7:01
The brutal murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Turkey's Saudi consulate last October changed Saudi Arabia’s global image and tainted its relationship with the U.S. Now, a United Nations panel has released a report detailing how Khashoggi was killed and who knew about it. Nick Schifrin talks to the report’s author, Agnes Callamard, about why the "premeditated" crime wasn't a rogue operation.
Despite Trump’s more lenient emissions rules, coal industry faces uphill battle
Jun 19, 2019 5:45
President Trump is keeping a signature pledge to roll back environmental regulations as part of his goal of boosting the coal industry. His new Affordable Clean Energy rule favors incremental improvements and grants discretion to individual states to determine whether their coal-fired power plants require upgrades. Amna Nawaz talks to The Washington Post’s Juliet Eilperin about what happens next.
Why the race to stop the next flu outbreak starts at state fairs and the beach
Jun 19, 2019 8:25
Public health officials agree the constantly mutating influenza virus has the potential to cause a major outbreak and a deadly global crisis. For the second part of the NewsHour’s series on preparing for such a pandemic, we examine how research and testing depends on animals. William Brangham has the story of scientists looking for potential new flu strains in unexpected places, such as the beach.
How 2020 presidential candidates would address ‘albatross’ of student debt
Jun 19, 2019 8:00
Student debt affects millions of Americans and is an issue shaping the 2020 presidential race. On average, students leave college owing $29,600; for black students, the number is $34,000. Lisa Desjardins reports on candidate proposals to address the problem and talks to NPR education correspondent Anya Kamenetz about how they might work to reduce student debt and make college more affordable.
This musician is taking the sounds of the pipe organ on the road
Jun 19, 2019 7:11
Pipe organs are typically associated with churches and cathedrals. Their very size and complexity can render them intimidating. But one young organist, Cameron Carpenter, is reshaping the perception of the instrument. Special correspondent Cat Wise recently attended one of his Los Angeles concerts and talks to him about the physical challenges of playing organ and the digital version he created.
Reparations and why America’s past still shapes the present
Jun 19, 2019 3:20
A House subcommittee held hearings Wednesday morning to discuss paying reparations to African Americans for slavery. The idea is shaping up to be an issue with some of the candidates running for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination, too. Novelist Sarah Blake has considered why past attempts to secure reparations failed, and she shares her humble opinion on why this time is different.
Reports of domestic violence prompt Shanahan to step down
Jun 18, 2019 11:10
Another personnel disruption is rocking the White House, as Acting Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan withdrew from consideration for the permanent role Tuesday amid reports of domestic violence in his past. The Washington Post’s Aaron Davis spoke with Shanahan about the allegations. He joins Judy Woodruff to discuss, and Judy gets reaction to the news from Lisa Desjardins and Yamiche Alcindor.
Why Europe is caught in the middle of U.S.-Iran tensions
Jun 18, 2019 2:49
Although tensions between the U.S. and Iran are high, officials from both countries insist they don't want a military confrontation. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani says Iran will resist sanctions but not wage war, while Secretary of State Mike Pompeo called sending more U.S. troops to the region a "deterrent." Meanwhile, U.S. allies in Europe are sharply divided on Iran. Nick Schifrin reports.
News Wrap: Hong Kong’s leader apologizes — but doesn’t withdraw bill
Jun 18, 2019 7:38
In our news wrap Tuesday, Hong Kong's chief executive, Carrie Lam, issued an apology but did not withdraw the extradition bill that has sparked mass demonstrations. Millions have protested the proposal, which would allow China to extradite people from Hong Kong to the mainland for trial. Also, President Trump says he will hold trade talks with Chinese President Xi Jinping at Japan's G-20 summit.
Tim Kaine on Shanahan allegations, Mark Esper and tensions with Iran
Jun 18, 2019 6:25
President Trump announced Tuesday that Acting Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan will not seek confirmation for the permanent version of the role. Reports then surfaced about possible incidents of domestic violence in Shanahan’s past. Judy Woodruff talks to Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., about the “troubling” allegations, why not having a permanent Secretary of Defense is risky and tensions with Iran.
Former Bush Pentagon official on Iran, Shanahan and ‘terrible’ vetting process
Jun 18, 2019 4:16
Tensions between the U.S. and Iran are inflamed, with the U.S. sending more troops to the Mideast amid what it calls provocation by Iran. Now, a new disruption: Acting Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan is stepping down amid reports of domestic violence in his past. Former Pentagon comptroller Dov Zakheim of the Center for Strategic and International Studies joins Judy Woodruff to discuss.
ICE director on due process, rule of law and upcoming deportations
Jun 18, 2019 8:45
On Twitter Monday night, President Trump announced plans for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to step up removal of undocumented immigrants from the U.S. next week. How will these people be located and what happens to them next -- especially the families? Amna Nawaz talks to ICE Acting Director Mark Morgan, who served as chief of U.S. Border Patrol during the Obama administration.
With Florida rally, Trump aims for a 2020 campaign ‘reset’
Jun 18, 2019 5:07
Ahead of a Florida rally President Trump is calling the kickoff for his 2020 reelection campaign, live music, food trucks and Trump swag adjoined Orlando’s Amway Center. Some supporters waited in line overnight to get into the event. Meanwhile, undocumented workers once employed at Trump properties gathered to criticize his immigration stance. Yamiche Alcindor reports and updates Judy Woodruff.
Why another flu pandemic is likely just a matter of when
Jun 18, 2019 9:05
Despite the availability of vaccines, the flu still kills tens of thousands of people in the U.S. each year, and hundreds of thousands more worldwide. But public health officials fear that an even graver threat lies ahead: the emergence of a new, much more deadly flu virus. As William Brangham reports, the scenario has occurred before.
News Wrap: Iran warns it will soon exceed treaty’s uranium limits
Jun 17, 2019 5:06
In our news wrap Monday, Iran warns that it will exceed its limit on stockpiling uranium in the next 10 days. A spokesman for the country’s atomic energy agency said it is “suspending” the commitments established by the 2015 nuclear accord. Meanwhile, former Egyptian President Mohammad Morsi died after collapsing in court. The Muslim Brotherhood leader had been imprisoned since his 2013 ouster.
What Hong Kong’s backpedal on China extradition law means for Beijing
Jun 17, 2019 12:48
Huge demonstrations in Hong Kong protesting a proposed Chinese extradition law seem to have paid off, as the city’s chief executive has indefinitely suspended the controversial legislation. What does the backtracking mean for Hong Kong and Beijing? Nick Schifrin talks to Lee Cheuk Yan, a co-founder of Hong Kong’s Democratic Party, and Doug Paal of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.
Why cyber warfare represents diplomatic territory
Jun 17, 2019 6:13
The New York Times reported over the weekend on U.S. military attempts to infiltrate the Russian power grid. The effort represents the latest offensive in an increasingly digital conflict with Russia, whose 2016 election interference is well documented. John Yang talks to R.P. Eddy, a former National Security Council official and founder of an intelligence consulting firm, about this new frontier.
Across the country, 2020 Democrats focus on race and poverty
Jun 17, 2019 2:36
Several candidates for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination appeared at a forum in Washington, D.C., on Monday, to discuss issues of poverty, race and inequality. Raising the minimum wage was a high-profile topic there, as well as at other campaign events around the country. Meanwhile, candidates also emphasized voting rights and closing the racial wealth gap. Yamiche Alcindor reports.
Tamara Keith and Amy Walter on Trump campaign kickoff, Democratic debates
Jun 17, 2019 8:47
NPR’s Tamara Keith and Amy Walter of the Cook Political Report join Judy Woodruff to discuss the latest political news, including President Trump’s Tuesday rally in Florida, campaign stops and strategy among 2020 Democrats and what to expect from the first Democratic debates.
Why U.S. pedestrian deaths are at their highest level in almost 30 years
Jun 17, 2019 6:04
U.S. pedestrian deaths are at their highest level since 1990. Possible explanations include wider roads, sprawling cities, heavier traffic in residential areas due to navigation apps and increasing distractions from digital devices. And according to victims’ families and safety advocates, the problem is a crisis state and local governments have been slow to address. Arren Kimbel-Sannit reports.
Actress Maddie Corman on being ‘brave’ after a family ordeal
Jun 17, 2019 6:30
In 2015, actress Maddie Corman’s life became a nightmare when her husband was arrested for having child pornography on his computer. Now Corman has written an emotional play, "Accidentally Brave," about the harrowing experience. Hari Sreenivasan sits down with Corman to discuss how the ordeal affected her, whether she’s still with her husband and why she chose to write her story into a play.
2 gay veterans on their 25 years of love
Jun 17, 2019 3:04
The 1969 police raid at Stonewall Inn in New York City was a watershed moment in LGBTQ history. After years of police harassment and mistreatment, the bar’s patrons fought back. As part of the NewsHour’s coverage of the 50th anniversary, we share an animated StoryCorps conversation between two gay veterans about their 25 years of love. It's part of StoryCorps' “Stonewall Outloud” collection.
Mass protests over Hong Kong extradition law turn violent
Jun 12, 2019 2:25
Protesters in Hong Kong are promising more mass demonstrations after some erupted into violence. Police battled crowds in a growing crisis over Hong Kong officials’ granting mainland China greater control over the city -- including the power to extradite people from Hong Kong for trial in China. Debi Edward of Independent Television News reports on the “dogged determination” of the law’s critics.
News Wrap: Trump says U.S. to send more troops to Poland
Jun 12, 2019 8:13
In our news wrap Wednesday, President Trump hosted Polish President Andrzej Duda and announced plans to send 1,000 more U.S. troops to the former Soviet bloc state as part of a growing alliance. That’s on top of 4,500 Americans already stationed there. Also, Congo's Ebola outbreak has now claimed a life in Uganda, in addition to the nearly 1,400 people in Congo who have died since August.
What’s at stake in the battle over the 2020 census citizenship question
Jun 12, 2019 6:09
The House Oversight Committee voted Wednesday to hold Attorney General William Barr and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross in contempt of Congress for not turning over documents related to the decision to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census. While President Trump defends the question, critics say it's intended to benefit Republicans politically. Judy Woodruff talks to NPR’s Hansi Lo Wang.
On the U.S.-Mexico border, crowds of migrants and a ‘broken’ system
Jun 12, 2019 6:49
May saw the highest number of crossings at the U.S.-Mexico border since 2007. Due to the surge and a new Trump administration policy that keeps asylum seekers in Mexico until their claims are processed, communities on both sides of the divide are struggling to handle the population influx. Many asylum seekers are families fleeing instability and violence in their countries. Amna Nawaz reports.
Compensation for 9/11 first responders is running out. Will Congress act?
Jun 12, 2019 8:21
It’s been nearly two decades since the terrorist attacks of September 11th, and many first responders continue to suffer dire health consequences from exposure to hazardous materials at the disaster sites. Meanwhile, Congress still struggles with how to compensate them, as allocated funding runs dry. Lisa Desjardins talks to Michael McAuliff, a journalist who has covered the story for years.
Why survivors aren’t surprised by sexual abuse inside Southern Baptist churches
Jun 12, 2019 9:42
The Southern Baptist Convention is the largest Protestant denomination in the U.S., with nearly 15 million members. Now, it’s facing a reckoning over allegations of sex abuse and concealment revealed by a Houston Chronicle investigation. Judy Woodruff speaks to Rachael Denhollander, a survivor of sexual abuse both by the church and Larry Nassar, about her optimism for the forthcoming reforms.
Why ‘deepfake’ videos are becoming more difficult to detect
Jun 12, 2019 9:37
Sophisticated and inaccurate altered videos known as “deepfakes” are causing alarm in the digital realm. The highly realistic manipulated videos are the subject of a House Intelligence Committee hearing on Thursday. As Miles O’Brien reports, the accelerating speed of computers and advances in machine learning make deepfakes ever more difficult to detect, among growing fears of their weaponization.
Novelist Nathan Englander on how ritual fuels his writing
Jun 12, 2019 2:43
Novelist Nathan Englander grew up in a highly observant Jewish family. As such, he was accustomed to discipline and observing ritual. When he left his religious community, Englander landed as far away from Orthodox Judaism as he could -- and then was surprised to find the lessons of his faith coming back to him. Englander shares his humble opinion on the role of ritual in creativity.
News Wrap: House votes to let committees sue over subpoenas
Jun 11, 2019 6:42
In our Tuesday news wrap, the House voted to let committees sue agencies and witnesses who defy subpoenas, such as Attorney General William Barr and former White House counsel Don McGahn. Meanwhile, President Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden exchanged insults, with Trump referring to Biden as "weak mentally" and Biden calling the president "a threat to our core values."
Where do House Democrats stand on impeachment?
Jun 11, 2019 4:15
Congressional Democrats remain conflicted about whether to pursue impeachment against President Trump. When asked about her plans investigating the president, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi responded that “what we’re doing is winning in court.” Lisa Desjardins joins Judy Woodruff to discuss the latest from Capitol Hill and why “there is so much pressure” on Democratic lawmakers over this issue.
Why Seth Moulton thinks impeachment is the right thing to do
Jun 11, 2019 8:08
Rep. Seth Moulton, D-Mass., is a former Marine who served four tours of duty in Iraq. Now a candidate for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination, he's emphasizing his military service and national security credentials as he faces off against other Democrats. Moulton joins Judy Woodruff to discuss “doing the right thing” on impeachment and why calling the president names is a “waste of time.”
Abused nuns reveal stories of rape, forced abortions
Jun 11, 2019 10:06
Another scandal is engulfing the Catholic Church. At a time when the Vatican has taken its most concrete steps to address a long ordeal with sex abuse and coverups, a growing chorus of nuns is speaking out about the suffering they have endured at the hands of the priesthood, including rape, forced abortion, emotional abuse and labor exploitation. Special correspondent Christopher Livesay reports.
Why 36 million American adults can’t read enough to work — and how to help them
Jun 11, 2019 8:06
In the U.S., 36 million adults lack the basic literacy skills needed to sustain employment -- yet education programs for this group serve only about 1.5 million, and funding continues to be cut at state and federal levels. Meanwhile, stigma can keep adults from reconnecting with the classroom. Kavitha Cardoza reports from Maine, whose governor has pledged to increase funding for adult education.
The ruthless rise of North Korea’s Kim Jong Un
Jun 11, 2019 8:25
Life in North Korea is difficult for outsiders to imagine. A new book attempts to pull back the curtain of opacity as it examines the country’s leader, Kim Jong Un, who took over from his dictator father when his older brother fell out of favor. Nick Schifrin talks to The Washington Post's Anna Fifield, author of “The Great Successor: The Divinely Perfect Destiny of Brilliant Comrade Kim Jong Un.”
Which movies to see in the theater this summer
Jun 11, 2019 6:38
This summer, movie screens will feature a variety of long-awaited blockbusters, sequels and reboots, such as "Toy Story 4" and the live-action version of "The Lion King." But there will also be documentaries, independents and directorial debuts. Jeffrey Brown speaks to Ann Hornaday, The Washington Post’s chief film critic, about her favorites and how much the summer season matters to studios.
News Wrap: Justice Department agrees to release some Mueller evidence
Jun 10, 2019 5:25
In our Monday news wrap, House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler says the Justice Department has agreed to turn over some underlying evidence from the Mueller report. The move delays any House effort to hold Attorney General William Barr in criminal contempt. Also, Hong Kong says it’s moving forward with its proposed China extradition law, despite weekend protests that drew hundreds of thousands.
Will U.S.-Mexico deal reduce immigration? A report from 2 borders
Jun 10, 2019 9:32
President Trump announced Friday that he had struck a deal with Mexico both to stem the flow of immigrants from Mexico into the U.S. and to avoid levying tariffs on Mexican imports. Nick Schifrin talks to the NewsHour’s Amna Nawaz, reporting from El Paso, and James Frederick, a journalist based in Mexico City, about the details of the agreement and the outlook for meaningful change.
Why the NRA is facing new scrutiny of its financial affairs
Jun 10, 2019 6:26
The NRA, a powerful voice in the U.S. political battle over guns, is facing scrutiny of its financial affairs. Amid reports of lavish personal spending by CEO Wayne LaPierre, a new investigation finds significant payments and favors granted to members of the NRA's board of directors. John Yang talks to The Washington Post's Carol Leonnig about potential legal implications and member fallout.
Which 2020 Democrats are stepping up Iowa campaign efforts
Jun 10, 2019 3:20
Over the weekend, 2020 presidential campaigning in Iowa seemed to shift into a higher gear, as 19 Democratic hopefuls visited the state for its Democratic Party Hall of Fame dinner. Former Vice President Joe Biden was notably absent from the event. He leads recent state polls, but four other candidates have joined him in distinguishing themselves from the larger pack. Lisa Desjardins reports.
Tamara Keith and Amy Walter on Iowa 2020 poll, Mueller report hearings
Jun 10, 2019 7:35
NPR’s Tamara Keith and Amy Walter of the Cook Political Report join John Yang to discuss the top political news stories, including the latest Iowa poll numbers on 2020 Democratic candidates, potential “warning signs” for Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders and another round of Mueller report hearings on Capitol Hill, amid divided public sentiment over impeachment.
How these grieving mothers seek to stop the cycle of violence
Jun 10, 2019 5:27
A group of mothers whose children were murdered are taking their tragic stories to inmates imprisoned for committing violent crimes. The perspective shared by Mothers with a Message encourages prisoners, some of whom will never be released, to understand the painful consequences of violence -- and sometimes grants the grieving mothers new peace. Maya Trabulsi of San Diego’s KPBS reports.
How the U.S. women’s soccer team offers a cultural story, not just an athletic one
Jun 10, 2019 5:13
The women’s World Cup has kicked off in Paris, with the United States once again considered a leading contender. But there's tough competition, and this year, the U.S. team is playing against the backdrop of its lawsuit for alleged gender discrimination and equal pay violations. Lisa Desjardins talks to USA Today’s Christine Brennan about the athletic and cultural promise of this "veteran" team.
The painstaking process of repairing a damaged cathedral
Jun 10, 2019 8:00
The Washington National Cathedral in Washington, D.C., sustained major damage during a rare 2011 earthquake. Nearly eight years later, reconstruction is still underway at the country's second-largest church. Jeffrey Brown visited the landmark to learn more about the long and painstaking repair effort, including how it has been funded and what steps have been taken to avoid future disaster.
With rise in wildfires, prescribed burns may be a solution
Jun 9, 2019 6:07
One of the worst wildfire seasons in U.S. history took place in 2018, including catastrophic blazes in California that killed nearly 100 people. As this year's fire season ramps up, a new report shows how the use of prescribed fires are being underutilized in the western United States. Crystal Kolden, professor of fire science at the University of Idaho, joins Hari Sreenivasan to discuss.
In Britain, Trump combines ceremony with controversy
Jun 5, 2019 4:36
In Portsmouth, England, President Trump joined other world leaders to mark the anniversary of D-Day. Before he left London, Trump also sat down with British journalist Piers Morgan for a wide-ranging interview that touched on his failure to serve in the Vietnam War, why he banned transgender soldiers from the military and whether he wants to negotiate with Iran. Yamiche Alcindor reports.
News Wrap: U.S., Mexico hold trade talks amid looming tariff threat
Jun 5, 2019 5:04
In our news wrap Wednesday, U.S. and Mexican officials held trade talks as President Trump's threatened 5 percent tariff on all Mexican imports looms. Trump has said the tariffs will go into effect June 10 unless Mexico does more to stop illegal immigration. Also, the administration is canceling English classes, legal aid and recreational programs for unaccompanied minors in migrant centers.
In Normandy, gratitude and grief ahead of D-Day’s 75th anniversary
Jun 5, 2019 8:42
In 1944, thousands of Allied soldiers landed on five different beaches in Normandy. The operation set the stage for liberation of German-occupied France during World War II. For those who participated in the critical mission, the challenges they faced and the losses they suffered will never disappear. Special correspondent Malcolm Brabant speaks to veterans commemorating D-Day's 75th anniversary.
Why Bennet thinks Biden isn’t Democrats’ candidate of the future
Jun 5, 2019 7:30
Colorado’s Sen. Michael Bennet is one of 23 candidates vying for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2020 and the author of a recent book on restoring America’s “broken” politics. Bennet sits down with Judy Woodruff to discuss why doesn’t think Joe Biden is the candidate of the future that Democrats need, his plan for universal health care and repairing American alliances with Europe.
For farmers, record flooding and a wet spring mean many fields can’t be planted
Jun 5, 2019 5:23
In parts of America’s Heartland, prolonged wet weather and historic flooding are disrupting spring planting for many farmers. Nearly three months after waters washed over parts of Iowa, Missouri and Nebraska, some fields remain submerged -- and President Trump’s trade war with China isn’t making conditions for struggling farmers any easier. Jack Williams from Nebraska’s NET Television reports.
What the Mueller report says about Trump’s firing James Comey
Jun 5, 2019 5:10
In the NewsHour’s week-long series analyzing the details of the Mueller report, we turn to its second volume, which deals with the question of whether President Trump committed obstruction of justice. Specifically, how does the special counsel view Trump's firing of former FBI Director James Comey, and what prompted Trump to take that step? Lisa Desjardins and William Brangham report.
Is R. Kelly the ‘worst predator’ in the history of pop music?
Jun 5, 2019 7:20
R&B and pop music star R. Kelly is yet again facing charges of sexual abuse. He's also the subject of three federal investigations, including one about sex trafficking. Yamiche Alcindor talks to journalist Jim DeRogatis, author of “Soulless: The Case Against R. Kelly,” about how DeRogatis first uncovered the alleged abuse, how institutions failed Kelly's victims and his "masterful" manipulation.
News Wrap: Trump says tariffs on Mexican goods ‘likely’
Jun 4, 2019 7:31
In our news wrap Tuesday, President Trump said during his UK trip that he is “likely” to impose a 5 percent tariff next week on all Mexican imports to the U.S. Officials from both countries will hold trade talks at the White House on Wednesday. Meanwhile, China has issued warnings for people traveling to the U.S., claiming Chinese visitors have been interrogated and harassed by U.S. authorities.
How Trump’s ‘brash brand of politics’ is playing with British audiences
Jun 4, 2019 6:40
After Monday’s royal welcome of President Trump in the UK, Tuesday was reserved for business and a final meeting with outgoing British Prime Minister Theresa May. Trump took jabs at London Mayor Sadiq Khan and Jeremy Corbyn, leader of the Labour Party, and also said he didn’t see much in the way of crowds protesting his visit. Yamiche Alcindor reports and talks to Judy Woodruff from London.
Why ‘numerous links’ between Trump campaign and Russia didn’t add up to conspiracy
Jun 4, 2019 6:43
Robert Mueller’s report lays out scores of contacts between the Trump campaign and people connected to the Russian government. In the second of their series examining key parts of the special counsel’s report, Lisa Desjardins and William Brangham explain why Mueller didn’t believe these contacts added up to a conspiracy.
30 years later, the ‘lasting tragedy’ of Tiananmen Square
Jun 4, 2019 11:17
Tuesday marked 30 years since China's military suppressed a pro-democracy demonstration in Tiananmen Square with deadly force. But today, Chinese authorities made sure everything was normal at the site of the massacre. Remember the NewsHour's coverage of the tragedy, as Nick Schifrin talks to Minxin Pei of Claremont McKenna College and Orville Schell of the Asia Society about Tiananmen’s legacy.
Adm. William McRaven on the raid that killed Osama bin Laden
Jun 4, 2019 8:44
Adm. William McRaven oversaw the covert special operations team that stormed a compound in Pakistan in 2011 and killed Osama bin Laden. Now, the Navy veteran chronicles his 37-year military career in a new book, “Sea Stories: My Life in Special Operations.” Adm. McRaven talks to Judy Woodruff about his adventurous spirit, the one thing Navy SEALS must do to survive training and the value of NATO.
Where inmates and mothers of murder victims are coming together
Jun 4, 2019 3:19
Mothers with a Message is an organization of bereaved parents who have lost children to homicide. Members visit prisons to tell their stories of grief to inmates, with the goal of breaking down the walls between victim and offender. Maya Trabulsi of KPBS in San Diego reports on one group of inmates who were so moved by what they heard, they pooled their creativity into a compassionate response.
News Wrap: Mexican officials say tariffs won’t help immigration
Jun 3, 2019 3:53
In our news wrap Monday, Mexican officials say President Trump’s threat to impose tariffs on Mexican imports could actually hurt Mexico's efforts to curb illegal immigration to the U.S. by causing economic instability and reducing Mexico’s ability to address migration flows. Also, U.S. health officials warned the nation’s measles outbreak has grown, to a total of 981 cases so far this year.
How Trump’s UK state visit is breaking norms
Jun 3, 2019 4:48
Even before he landed at Buckingham Palace, President Trump had caused a stir in the United Kingdom. Crowds gathered to protest the state visit by Trump, who recently renewed his feud with London’s mayor, insulted a member of the royal family and shattered diplomatic protocol by weighing in on British politics. Yamiche Alcindor reports on political fragility in the UK during Trump's trip.
What makes the Virginia Beach shooting different from other massacres
Jun 3, 2019 6:43
In Virginia Beach, thousands of city employees gathered Monday to mourn friends and colleagues killed in Friday’s mass shooting at a government building. Police haven’t yet shared a motive for the attack but have revealed details about the shooter's weapon. Amna Nawaz talks to former Homeland Security official Juliette Kayyem about what made this shooting different and how the law should react.
Remembering those killed in the Virginia Beach massacre
Jun 3, 2019 3:53
An Army veteran and Red Sox fan. A soccer coach. A “prankster” who entertained his colleagues. A city veteran preparing to retire. Parents, grandparents, neighbors and friends. The 12 people killed in Friday’s shooting at a Virginia Beach government building were all these things, and so much more. We take a moment now to honor the victims, with memories and tributes from those who knew them best.
How California’s new earlier primary is drawing in 2020 Democrats
Jun 3, 2019 2:37
Over the weekend, California played host to 14 Democrats running for president in 2020. With its primary three months earlier than normal, the state is poised to play a bigger role in shaping the nominating process for the Democratic Party. Many candidates were warmly received at California’s Democratic convention, but some pushed back on the party’s most progressive ideas. Amna Nawaz reports.
Tamara Keith and Amy Walter on Trump’s tariffs and California campaigning
Jun 3, 2019 8:52
NPR’s Tamara Keith and Amy Walter of the Cook Political Report join Amna Nawaz to discuss the latest in politics, including how primary campaigning has become more national, the changing role of California, an interview with Jared Kushner and why President Trump’s trade war with Mexico could have such a big impact.
Inside the Mueller report, a sophisticated Russian interference campaign
Jun 3, 2019 6:17
The 448-page Mueller report contains copious detail about how Russia interfered in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, both by using social media to influence American voters with misinformation and by hacking into the Clinton campaign’s computers. Russian operatives also connected with WikiLeaks to release the stolen material. Lisa Desjardins and William Brangham share some of the key findings.
Months into civilian protests, Sudan’s military launches violent crackdown
Jun 3, 2019 4:21
Sudanese security forces attacked a protest camp in the country’s capital Monday, opening fire, torching tents and killing dozens of people. The months-old sit-in protest forced out Sudan’s ruler in April, but since then, negotiations around what government will succeed him have stalled. John Yang talks to Michael Georgy of Reuters about what sparked the crackdown and what’s at stake.
Author Esme Weijun Wang on prioritizing compliments over criticism
Jun 3, 2019 2:39
Esme Weijun Wang is the author of “The Collected Schizophrenias.” Although she was known as an overachiever growing up, Wang always focused on the mistakes she made rather than the successes and praise she accumulated. She offers her humble opinion on why we, especially women, should pay more attention to compliments compared to criticism.
Can tariffs and threats stem migration from Central America?
Jun 2, 2019 4:01
Mexican officials are in Washington D.C. preparing for talks later this week after the President Trump threatened to impose 5 percent tariffs if Mexico does not stem migration from Central America. On Sunday, acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney said that the president was “dead serious”. Washington Post reporter Kevin Sieff discusses developments from Mexico City.
How one utility powers its entire plant from wastewater
Jun 2, 2019 6:28
Between flushing the toilet, bathing, and washing dishes, the average person in the United States generates almost 100 gallons of wastewater each day. But one utility in the suburbs of Chicago is using the waste it extracts from that sewage to generate the energy that powers its entire plant. NewsHour Weekend's Christopher Booker reports.
Mueller breaks silence to say report doesn’t clear Trump
May 29, 2019 5:17
Special counsel Robert Mueller broke his silence Wednesday about his office’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. In a nine-minute statement, he reiterated that Justice Department policy prohibits charging a sitting president with a crime, and that his report did not clear President Trump of committing a crime. Judy Woodruff reports.
After Mueller statement, Trump and House Democrats dig in their heels
May 29, 2019 4:54
Special counsel Robert Mueller has finally addressed the findings of his investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. What is the political reaction to his remarks at the White House and on Capitol Hill? Yamiche Alcindor and Lisa Desjardins join Judy Woodruff to discuss why both sides say Mueller’s remarks support them and potential implications for the 2020 election.
Whether Mueller testifies to Congress ‘won’t be his choice,’ says Rep. Connolly
May 29, 2019 5:51
After special counsel Robert Mueller spoke out about his investigation, some Democrats felt they had new motivation for impeachment. Judy Woodruff talks to Rep. Gerry Connolly, D-Va., about Mueller's "consequential" remarks and how they differed from Attorney General William Barr’s, why Mueller should still testify before Congress and and whether Democratic opinion on impeachment is shifting.
The ‘key points’ Robert Mueller made in his public appearance
May 29, 2019 8:58
Special counsel Robert Mueller made it clear in his Wednesday statement that he wants his team’s lengthy report to speak for itself. NPR’s Carrie Johnson and former Justice Department official John Carlin join Judy Woodruff to revisit key sections of the report and discuss Mueller's approach to his first public appearance since his appointment two years ago.
News Wrap: Israel will hold unprecedented 2nd election
May 29, 2019 4:55
In our news wrap Wednesday, Israel will have to hold an unprecedented second election in September. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was unable to form a coalition government after 42 days of trying, despite his party's making a strong showing in April's election. Meanwhile, Iran’s supreme leader has again ruled out negotiations with the U.S., amid heightened tensions between the two countries.
What’s behind the recent rash of violent weather
May 29, 2019 7:24
Violent weather has tormented regions from the Rocky Mountains to the Mid-Atlantic in recent weeks. In Kansas Tuesday night, strong tornadoes tore houses apart, littered an airport runway with debris and hoisted a car onto a roof -- but widespread flooding may be the biggest and most prolonged threat. William Brangham talks to atmospheric scientist Victor Gensini about the brutal spring weather.
Will Mueller’s statement change public sentiment about impeachment?
May 29, 2019 7:38
Judy Woodruff talks to Chris Buskirk of American Greatness and Kent State University’s Connie Schultz about Robert Mueller’s first public statement in two years and whether it will increase momentum for impeachment, policy plans among 2020 Democratic presidential candidates and the top issues on voters’ minds.
In Miami, how art intersects with technology and climate change
May 29, 2019 6:44
In Miami’s famed mural district, Wynwood, a combination of art and technology is raising awareness about the threats of climate change. South Floridians are no strangers to stronger storms, so-called sunny day flooding and rising seas. These augmented reality murals aim to educate and inform through art. Special correspondent Alicia Menendez reports.
Overnight tornadoes devastate parts of Indiana and Ohio
May 28, 2019 3:18
A string of tornadoes cut a path of destruction across parts of Ohio and Indiana Monday night. The twisters, some with winds of 140 miles per hour, flattened entire neighborhoods, killing at least one person and wounding dozens more. Millions are without power as officials scramble to uncover the scope of the damage and encourage residents to check on their neighbors. Judy Woodruff reports.
News Wrap: Iran says ‘no prospect’ of nuclear negotiations with U.S.
May 28, 2019 3:07
In our news wrap Tuesday, a $19 billion disaster aid bill that would have brought much-needed assistance to storm-ravaged areas has stalled for a second time in the House. Republican Rep. Thomas Massie of Kentucky objected to the measure over its cost and lack of funds for the U.S.-Mexico border. Meanwhile, Iranian officials said they see “no prospect” of holding nuclear negotiations with the U.S.
With record rain, Oklahoma’s levee system is under extreme pressure
May 28, 2019 4:38
Severe weather is devastating the American Heartland. Spring storms have led to at least eight deaths in Oklahoma, which has been hit by tornadoes and record rain. With more precipitation expected, state officials are closely watching levee systems for signs of a potentially catastrophic failure. Judy Woodruff speaks by phone with Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt about managing the situation.
The radical approach these communities have taken to flood mitigation
May 28, 2019 6:57
The U.S. has experienced its wettest 12-month period on record. Scientists warn that climate change is causing more intense storms, resulting in increased flooding risk for millions of Americans living near rivers and along the coasts. How can vulnerable communities prepare? Special correspondent Cat Wise reports on a radical approach some are exploring: relocation of the towns themselves.
Europe at a crossroads as European Parliament elections reveal polarization
May 28, 2019 7:44
Europe has just concluded one of the world's largest elections, for members of the European Parliament, which oversees trade deals, funds defense and regulates the economy. The election revealed that Europe’s long-dominant centrist parties are losing ground. Nick Schifrin talks to Heather Conley of the Europe Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.
Why Supreme Court ruling on Ind. abortion law reflects deep division
May 28, 2019 6:02
The legal fight over abortion rights in the U.S. took a turn at the Supreme Court Tuesday. Justices ruled on an Indiana law stipulating how abortion providers dispose of fetal remains and prohibiting abortions performed on the basis of the gender, disability or race of the fetus. Lisa Desjardins talks to the National Law Journal’s Marcia Coyle about what the ruling might mean.
Can ‘cultural proficiency’ among teachers help close student achievement gap?
May 28, 2019 6:31
Racial disparity in academic achievement remains a leading problem in American education, both at the K-12 and the college levels. A number of studies show greater diversity in the teaching profession can address some of those concerns. Hari Sreenivasan has a look at a teacher training program that is aiming to increase diversity in the classroom and improve results all the way through college.
When the dream of summiting Everest becomes a nightmare
May 28, 2019 5:13
Mount Everest remains the ultimate achievement for many climbers, and the number of people attempting to conquer it continues to grow. May is a prime month for summit seekers. But at least 11 fatalities have already occurred on Everest this year, prompting questions about the volume and management of climbers. Amna Nawaz talks to Alan Arnette, a professional mountaineer and climbing coach.
Remembering Pulitzer-winning journalist and author Tony Horwitz
May 28, 2019 7:50
Pulitzer-winning journalist and author Tony Horwitz has died of apparent cardiac arrest. Best known for the book “Confederates in the Attic,” a look at modern-day southern attitudes about the Civil War and its reenactors, Horwitz also covered global conflicts for The Wall Street Journal. William Brangham had recently sat down with him to discuss his latest book, “Spying on the South.”
News Wrap: Trump dismisses concerns about North Korea missile tests
May 27, 2019 3:10
In our news wrap Monday, President Trump dismissed concerns about North Korea’s recent missile tests, publicly disagreeing with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. During a joint news conference with Abe, Trump said, “all I know is that there have been no nuclear tests,” while Abe called the tests “regrettable.” Meanwhile, on Memorial Day, Americans remembered those lost in U.S. military service.
After edited Pelosi video, how should social media companies respond?
May 27, 2019 7:23
A doctored video of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, slowed to make her appear to slur her words, continues to provoke controversy. While YouTube removed the video from its platform, both Facebook and Twitter left it up. The episode sparks questions about the role and responsibility of social media companies to police the truth. For more, Amna Nawaz talks to The Atlantic’s Franklin Foer.
How the 2020 Democrats observed this Memorial Day holiday
May 27, 2019 2:57
One month out from the first Democratic presidential debate, the crowded field of contenders spent much of the three-day weekend campaigning, as well as observing the Memorial Day holiday. With that somber military backdrop, candidates Pete Buttigieg and Beto O’Rourke were among those criticizing President Trump for increasing U.S. military presence in the Middle East. Lisa Desjardins reports.
Tamara Keith and Amy Walter on 2020 enthusiasm vs. electability
May 27, 2019 8:57
NPR’s Tamara Keith and Amy Walter of the Cook Political Report join Amna Nawaz to discuss the week in politics, including which Democrats are eligible to participate in debates so far, enthusiasm vs. electability for Joe Biden and other candidates and whom President Trump has been attacking lately.
Why many combat veterans are still suffering, years after the fight ended
May 27, 2019 9:50
On average, 20 U.S. military veterans daily die by suicide, and suicides among active duty personnel are increasing. A number of treatments for veterans with depression and post-traumatic stress disorder exist, but they have drawbacks. Special correspondent Mike Cerre looks at treatment options and follows up on U.S. Marines with whom he was embedded during the war in Iraq.
For Arlington’s Old Guard, the mission is to honor, and the standard is perfection
May 27, 2019 8:23
Arlington National Cemetery is well known as the final resting place for fallen U.S. soldiers. Less famous is the elite unit that performs the funerals for these military heroes: The Old Guard, the Army’s oldest active duty regiment. Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., who served in Afghanistan and Iraq as well as The Old Guard, covers it in his new book, “Sacred Duty,” and joins Judy Woodruff to discuss.
How Wyoming manages to keep its rural schools open
May 27, 2019 5:33
The one-room schoolhouse may seem like a distant memory from U.S. history, but about 200 of them still exist today, including Wyoming’s tiny Valley Elementary School. It has only six students, but in Wyoming, education funding is redistributed so that students can have access to similar resources, no matter how small or remote their location. Mason Baum of Student Reporting Labs has the story.
How Dartmouth College’s Hood Museum is telling a new ‘story of art’
May 27, 2019 4:22
Over the past three years, the Hood Museum of Art at Dartmouth College has undergone a major renovation -- and not just to the building itself. Director John Stomberg and Deputy Director Juliette Bianco reimagined everything about the museum, including the artworks it contains and the way it interprets them. Special correspondent Jared Bowen reports on Hood’s freedom to experiment with art.
Trump refuses to work with Democrats amid simmering impeachment debate
May 22, 2019 7:49
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi did not call for impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump on Wednesday, as some members of her party are increasingly urging. But her firm message for the president was met with a vow by Trump not to work with Democrats on infrastructure or anything else until investigations into him have ceased. Lisa Desjardins joins Judy Woodruff for more.
News Wrap: Oklahoma flooding threatens to wash away homes
May 22, 2019 3:54
In our news wrap Wednesday, surging rivers triggered new flooding and new evacuations warnings in Oklahoma, Kansas and Missouri. Also, the deaths of five migrant children at the U.S. border since December sparked a confrontation at a U.S. House hearing between Rep. Lauren Underwood, D-Ill., and Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Kevin McAleenan.
Trump defiance could push more Democrats into ‘impeachment camp,’ Connolly says
May 22, 2019 6:13
House Democrats are divided on the question of whether to begin impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump. Rep. Gerry Connolly, D-Va., says that while he thinks “we have seen a massive cover-up on so many fronts” by the president -- echoing House Speaker Nancy Pelosi -- he doesn’t believe Democrats need an impeachment inquiry to move forward. Connolly joins Judy Woodruff.
In besieged Idlib, young Syrians say Trump is the only person who can save them
May 22, 2019 5:31
In Syria’s Idlib province, residents fear the worst humanitarian crisis in eight years of war. A deal signed last year was supposed to make it a demilitarized buffer zone, but Syrian and Russian forces have unleashed an onslaught, catching millions in the crossfire. Nick Schifrin reports on how Idlib residents, U.S. interfaith leaders and lawmakers are pushing for President Trump to step in.
Morehouse grads just got a stunning gift. What can help more students of color?
May 22, 2019 8:10
Morehouse College's class of 2019 was stunned on Sunday when their commencement speaker, Robert F. Smith, promised to eliminate all of the graduates' student debt. But the generous pledge also highlights the distinct wealth gap for recent African American graduates. Amna Nawaz talks with Scott Jaschik of Inside Higher Ed and Mehrsa Baradaran of the University of Georgia School of Law.
How mental health checks may help restaurant workers temper destructive stress
May 22, 2019 7:43
After a series of high-profile suicides last year, one restaurant owner in Sacramento, California, decided to confront a problem plaguing kitchens around the country. The fast-paced, high-pressure environment and often low wages can take its toll on workers' mental health. His peer-to-peer counseling and support program, “I Got Your Back,” is now starting to spread. John Yang reports.
This Jewish-Palestinian couple offers a comedic cure for Middle East conflict
May 22, 2019 4:56
Jess Salomon and Eman El-husseini, a Jewish-Palestinian lesbian married couple who perform standup comedy together, have gained new audiences at a moment when the political debate in Washington over U.S. support for Israel has heated up. Hari Sreenivasan reports on how this couple is using humor to tackle conflict.
British artisans preach patience for France’s Notre Dame restoration
May 22, 2019 8:00
Like Notre Dame in Paris, Britain's York Minster cathedral has dominated its landscape for centuries, boasting similar architectural characteristics and offering hope for recovery from a devastating inferno. Special correspondent Malcolm Brabant visits York to see how artisans there rebuilt after a fire in 1984.
News Wrap: Severe storms cause flooding, damage in Southern Plains states
May 21, 2019 4:50
In our news wrap Tuesday, a severe weather front spawned new tornadoes and flash floods across the Southern Plains states. Near Oklahoma City, floodwaters engulfed homes and cars, while parts of the Lucas Oil Speedway in Wheatland, Missouri, were destroyed by a possible tornado. Meanwhile, abortion rights supporters staged rallies across the country to protest a wave of restrictive new state laws.
Why Rep. Raskin says he’s changed his mind on impeaching Trump
May 21, 2019 8:08
The showdown over the balance of power between the executive and legislative branches continued to play out Tuesday on Capitol Hill, as Congress again sought answers from the White House, and the Trump administration declined to provide them. Lisa Desjardins reports, and Judy Woodruff talks to Rep. Jamie Raskin, D-Md., a member of the House Judiciary Committee, about moving toward impeachment.
What 2 senators took away from intelligence briefing on Iran
May 21, 2019 11:30
Heightened tensions with Iran prompted a congressional intelligence briefing on Tuesday. As Nick Schifrin reports, senators attending the session came away with differing impressions of the situation, with Sen. Bob Menendez expressing concern about the Trump administration's "maximum pressure" campaign, while Sen. Jim Risch, R-Idaho, expressed "real confidence" in the U.S. strategy.
How this Greek island proves European migrant crisis isn’t over
May 21, 2019 9:08
Right-wing nationalists are expected to do well in upcoming elections for the European Parliament, in part due to voter weariness over mass immigration. The European Union says the migration crisis that began four years ago is over, as new arrivals have dwindled dramatically. But as special correspondent Malcolm Brabant reports, on the Greek island of Samos, the problem may be worse than ever.
What’s at stake in hearing for NYPD officer who caused Eric Garner’s death
May 21, 2019 7:13
Eric Garner’s 2014 death at the hands of New York City police sparked national outrage and helped fuel the Black Lives Matter movement. The police officer at the center of the case is now facing an administrative hearing, although it is not expected to call for significant penalties. Amna Nawaz reports and talks to Jim Dwyer of The New York Times, who has been following the story and the hearing.
Can the political divide be mended by bringing rural and urban students together?
May 21, 2019 7:23
In a country fractured by political polarization, an Illinois program is hoping college students can help mend the rift. The University of Chicago and Eureka College created Bridging the Divide to address the harsh rhetoric that emerged from the 2016 election and inspire a generation of leaders by encouraging urban and rural college students to discuss their differences. Hari Sreenivasan reports.
Poet Willie Perdomo on the value of writing letters in a digital world
May 21, 2019 3:07
Texting and emailing have revolutionized the way we communicate, enabling us to be more efficient and stay in touch more easily. But they have also altered the dynamics of some of our most important relationships. Within this new digital communication landscape, what have we lost? Poet Willie Perdomo, author of "The Crazy Bunch
," shares his humble opinion on how a handwritten letter expresses more than just words.
News Wrap: Trump trades verbal volleys with Tehran
May 20, 2019 6:04
In our news wrap Monday, the U.S. and Iran traded new verbal volleys, as tensions in the Persian Gulf region remain high. After President Trump tweeted that aggression from Iran would result in its “end,” Tehran’s foreign minister responded, “Try respect -- it works!” Meanwhile, Google confirmed that many services on its Android operating system will no longer be updated on Huawei smartphones.
As Barr looks into Trump Tower intelligence briefing, Clapper denies leaking its contents
May 20, 2019 9:52
Former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper saw some of the early evidence of Russian meddling in U.S. elections. Now a frequent critic and target of President Trump, Clapper has recently published a book, “Facts and Fears: Hard Truths from a Life in Intelligence.” Judy Woodruff talks to Clapper about Trump’s showdown with Iran, confidence in U.S. intelligence and the Mueller report.
Some ‘Dreamers’ face painful reality of no country to call home
May 20, 2019 8:44
The immigration policies of the Trump administration have dramatically changed life for young undocumented Mexicans who came to the U.S. as children. Under DACA, which President Obama implemented in 2012, they were protected from deportation. Now, many have been forced out of the U.S. or left out of fear of deportation, finding they belong in neither country. NPR’s Lulu Garcia-Navarro reports.
Congo’s Ebola crisis threatens to spiral out of control
May 20, 2019 7:50
More than 1,100 people have died from Ebola in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Despite information campaigns, new treatment facilities that reduce disease transmission and an effective new vaccine, the outbreak is spreading because of ongoing violence and residents’ deep distrust of government. Nick Schifrin talks to International Rescue Committee's David Miliband about the growing crisis.
How 2020 Democrats are reacting to state abortion restrictions
May 20, 2019 2:57
On the campaign trail, 2020 Democrats condemned a new Alabama law that bans abortion even in cases of rape and incest. Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., called the measure, as well as other recent state efforts to restrict abortion, “blatantly unconstitutional.” Many of the candidates vowed that if elected president, they would nominate only judges who would uphold Roe vs. Wade. Amna Nawaz reports.
Tamara Keith and Amy Walter on 2020 Rust Belt stakes, abortion laws
May 20, 2019 9:32
NPR’s Tamara Keith and Amy Walter of the Cook Political Report join Judy Woodruff to discuss the latest political news, including restrictive new state abortion laws and whether they align with public sentiment, evolution within the Democratic Party on education policy and Rust Belt campaign efforts by 2020 candidates.
This San Francisco art exhibit takes another look at trash
May 20, 2019 5:42
In San Francisco, art enthusiasts recently gathered for an exhibition of unusual pieces, in which every material used came from the nearby city dump. The works represented the culmination of an artist residency at Recology, San Francisco’s waste and recycling company. As special correspondent Cat Wise reports, artists hope the trash's transformation will also spark new ways of thinking.
Indian elections are a referendum on Modi’s politics
May 19, 2019 4:19
Voting concluded in India on Sunday in the final phase of a weeks-long election. With more than 900 million registered voters, the final results expected Thursday will decide if Prime Minister Narendra Modi stays in power. Jeffrey Gettleman, The New York Times South Asia bureau chief, joins Hari Sreenivasan to discuss India’s election process and the issues facing the world’s largest democracy.
State abortion laws open possible Roe v. Wade challenge
May 19, 2019 4:17
Alabama and Missouri enacted laws last week outlawing abortion under almost all circumstances, setting up a legal battle that may challenge Roe v. Wade, the 1973 landmark ruling on abortion. And in other political news this weekend, Michigan Republican Rep. Justin Amash accused President Trump of “impeachable conduct." Special correspondent Jeff Greenfield joins Hari Sreenivasan to discuss.
Little support in U.S. for college students raising children
May 19, 2019 9:59
There are nearly 4 million undergraduate students who are raising children, representing 22 percent of all students attending U.S. colleges. Yet only about 8 percent of single mothers in college will obtain associate's or bachelor's degrees within six years, while half of women without children finish their college programs in the same time frame. NewsHour Weekend's Christopher Booker reports.
News Wrap: Amid tensions with Iran, U.S. orders non-essential staff out of Iraq
May 15, 2019 4:36
In our news wrap Wednesday, tensions between the U.S. and Iran have prompted new diplomatic and military moves. The State Department ordered non-essential government staff out of neighboring Iraq, where Germany and the Netherlands also halted military training missions. Meanwhile, San Francisco became the first city in the U.S. to ban police from using facial recognition software.
Trump to propose overhaul of U.S. immigration system
May 15, 2019 2:57
President Trump is returning to a familiar issue: immigration. On Thursday, Trump is expected to deliver a speech in which he proposes an overhaul of the U.S. immigration system, including the number of immigrants accepted, development of a wall between the U.S. and Mexico and how visas are granted. Yamiche Alcindor talks to Amna Nawaz about the plan’s details and its likely reception by Congress.
With abortion measures, states see chance to challenge Roe v. Wade
May 15, 2019 11:28
With the Supreme Court's conservative makeup, more states are implementing legislation that tests the limits of Roe v. Wade. Alabama's governor has signed the most restrictive abortion law in the country, while Vermont aims to preserve abortion rights into the future. Amna Nawaz talks to The Montgomery Advertiser's Brian Lyman, VTDigger's Anne Galloway and Florida State University's Mary Ziegler.
Artists harness the power of fire and ice to shape attitudes on climate change
May 15, 2019 8:14
There's no shortage of powerful images and video when it comes to natural disasters like wildfires and melting glaciers. But a pair of artists are now using those images in new ways, as part of their mission to warn people about climate change and its devastating impact on familiar landscapes. Miles O'Brien takes a different look at fire and ice and the balance between horror and beauty.
Conn. attorney general calls generic drug makers a ‘private sector cartel’
May 15, 2019 5:44
Affordable health care is a persistent concern for Americans and a topic of great political debate. Typically, generic prescription drugs offer a cheaper alternative to name brands, but a new multi-state lawsuit alleges that their manufacturers have been artificially raising prices. John Yang talks to William Tong, attorney general of Connecticut, whose office has been leading the investigation.
How generic drug makers are responding to price-fixing lawsuit
May 15, 2019 4:20
U.S. consumers often turn to generic versions of prescription drugs to keep costs down, but dozens of states are now suing manufacturers of these drugs, saying they illegally fixed prices and divided up market share. Affected drugs include medicines used to treat everything from minor infections to HIV. John Yang gets reaction from Chip Davis, CEO of the Association for Accessible Medicines.
Former Justice Stevens on the 3 worst Supreme Court decisions of his tenure
May 15, 2019 7:49
Former Justice John Paul Stevens spent 35 years on the Supreme Court, writing some of its most important decisions. At age 99, he is still writing, including a new memoir, and weighing in on prominent U.S. issues today. Judy Woodruff sat down with Justice Stevens in April to hear his thoughts on everything from President Trump to how a childhood accident shaped his future views on gun ownership.
Can listening to classical music help kids keep calm?
May 15, 2019 5:25
Today’s fast-paced, on-demand world offers immense opportunity -- and plenty of distraction. Tuning out worries and remaining focused can be especially difficult for children, many of whom feel vulnerable due to circumstances at home and fears of violence at school. PBS station WVIZ/Ideastream profiles an educational program that combines classical music with meditation techniques to create calm.
News Wrap: Pompeo warns Russia over election interference
May 14, 2019 5:51
In our news wrap Tuesday, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo warned Russia over its interference in U.S. elections. Meeting in Sochi with Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, who again denied meddling in 2016, Pompeo called such intrusion “unacceptable.” Also, Florida's governor says Russian hackers breached voter databases in two counties before the 2016 election but did not compromise results.
U.S.-Iran tensions continue to rise after apparent attacks, military deployments
May 14, 2019 5:43
Over the past week, the difficult relationship between the U.S. and Iran has become even more strained. The Trump administration warned of severe consequences for any Iranian aggression, while Iran has threatened to exceed limits on its nuclear program. On Tuesday, Saudi Arabia said rebels in Yemen believed to be backed by Iran staged an attack. Judy Woodruff talks to Nick Schifrin for more.
Why the Trump administration is so concerned about Huawei
May 14, 2019 9:28
The Trump administration has urged other countries not to allow Chinese telecommunications company Huawei to build the next generation of mobile networks. But concerns about Chinese state influence on Huawei aren't necessarily shared by allies. Amna Nawaz reports and talks to Robert Strayer, deputy assistant secretary of state for cyber and international communications and information policy.
Why the Teamsters president supports Trump’s new tariffs
May 14, 2019 7:27
Workers, jobs and wages are central to the ongoing trade war between the U.S. and China, in which the two countries have exchanged tariffs and threats recently. Though many Americans fear that they will be the ones to pay the price for the friction, Judy Woodruff talks to James Hoffa Jr., president of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, about why he thinks the tariffs are a “good idea.”
Tim Ryan on China tariffs, environmental policy and immigration
May 14, 2019 7:43
Ohio Rep. Tim Ryan has long been considered a Democratic rising star. After unsuccessfully challenging Nancy Pelosi for her leadership role in 2016, he’s now running for president. In his platform, Ryan emphasizes the need to bring U.S. industry into the present and beyond, with sustainable energy sources and modern technology. Judy Woodruff talks to Ryan about why he's the right leader for 2020.
Many college students struggle to pass remedial math. Do they need to?
May 14, 2019 7:27
Colleges created remedial education classes to ensure students were sufficiently prepared for more advanced material. But increasingly, there’s a sense that remedial courses are hurting the prospects of the students they are intended to help. As a result, some California colleges and high schools are rethinking their approach to teaching math -- with encouraging results. Hari Sreenivasan reports.
Author Jared Diamond on the ‘breakdown’ of American democracy
May 14, 2019 7:15
Award-winning writer and historian Jared Diamond has spent his career studying the rise and fall of civilizations. In his latest book, “Upheaval: Turning Points for Nations in Crisis,” he examines major geopolitical events of recent decades, in search of lessons to navigate an uncertain future. William Brangham asks Diamond about whether the U.S. is in crisis now and how it can solve its problems.
News Wrap: After oil tankers damaged in Persian Gulf, Trump warns Iran
May 13, 2019 4:30
In our news wrap Monday, three oil tankers were reportedly sabotaged in the Persian Gulf, with suspicions that Iran may have been involved. In response, President Trump said of Iran, “We’ll see what happens.....it would be a very bad mistake if they do anything.” Meanwhile, the U.S. embassy in Iraq again warned Americans not to travel to that country amid unspecified threats from Iran.
What Trump’s trade war with China means for American consumers
May 13, 2019 7:00
The trade war between the world’s two biggest economies is escalating, as China announced it will raise tariffs on $60 billion worth of U.S. imports, in response to tariffs President Trump levied Friday. Trump remained confident about the U.S. economy’s overall strength, saying “I love the position we’re in.” But will American consumers? Judy Woodruff talks to The Wall Street Journal’s Greg Ip.
Why Trump’s meeting Hungary’s Orban is a ‘bit controversial’
May 13, 2019 8:20
President Trump welcomed controversial Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban to the White House Monday, breaking with recent presidents who shunned the right-wing nationalist. Like Trump, Orban has made restricting immigration a cornerstone of his agenda. William Brangham talks to Charles Kupchan of the Council on Foreign Relations and Georgetown University about the significance of the alliance.
How 2020 Democrats are balancing policy with personal connection
May 13, 2019 2:47
Former Vice President Joe Biden has built a sizeable lead over his 2020 Democratic counterparts. But his competition has been hitting the campaign trail hard as well, releasing policy proposals to address the opioid crisis and restructure public education, among other initiatives. One tactic the candidates have in common is contrasting themselves with President Trump. Judy Woodruff reports.
Tamara Keith and Amy Walter on 2020 Democrats’ policy proposals
May 13, 2019 8:16
NPR’s Tamara Keith and Amy Walter of the Cook Political Report join Judy Woodruff to discuss the latest in politics, including Sen. Warren’s campaign appearances in geographic areas that turned out for President Trump, how the candidates are balancing policy proposals with personal connections, the role of identity politics and whether Trump’s trade war with China will hurt him with voters.
In Syria, more than 100,000 have entered Assad’s prisons — and never returned
May 13, 2019 7:16
While one phrase of Syria's brutal nine-year civil war may be concluding, the systemic forced disappearance, torture and murder of hundreds of thousands of Syrians has not ceased. Amna Nawaz talks to Anne Barnard of the Council on Foreign Relations and formerly The New York Times about the staggering inhumanity of Bashar al-Assad's regime and what accountability, if any, it will face.
For these refugees, theater plays a ‘vital role’ in healing
May 13, 2019 7:25
In the aftermath of the Syrian conflict, millions of people fled their country, joining migrants and refugees from across the Middle East and Africa seeking better lives in Europe and the United States. Many gathered at an informal French refugee camp known as “The Jungle.” Jeffrey Brown reports on a new play that’s putting their stories in the spotlight.
John Urschel on why every child should play team sports
May 13, 2019 2:57
John Urschel is a mathematician who spends plenty of time alone in a room with his work. But before that, he played pro football for the Baltimore Ravens. One might think the two careers have nothing to do with each other, but Urschel has a different perspective. He shares his humble opinion on how playing sports taught him valuable lessons he applied both on the field and in the classroom.
Rising tensions between the U.S. and Iran
May 12, 2019 4:00
Tensions between the U.S. and Iran escalated over the Trump administration’s economic sanctions and Tehran’s threat of stepped-up uranium enrichment. This week, the U.S. sent aircraft carriers to the Persian Gulf. Suzanne Maloney, deputy director of the foreign policy program at the Brookings Institution, joins Hari Sreenivasan to discuss the standoff.
The fight to save an Italian forest prized by Stradivari
May 12, 2019 6:01
Perhaps no instruments are more sought after than those crafted by Antonio Stradivari, who died nearly 300 years ago. While a catastrophic storm recently wiped out a million trees in the forest where he found his prized lumber, modern instrument-makers and forest rangers are working to save "The Musical Woods.” Special correspondent Christopher Livesay reports from the Italian Alps.
Is showdown over Mueller report becoming a constitutional crisis?
May 8, 2019 9:17
The showdown between the White House and Congress over the Mueller report is escalating even further. House Democrats took initial steps to hold Attorney General William Barr in contempt Wednesday, with House Judiciary Committee Chair Jerry Nadler calling the decision "grave and momentous." Lisa Desjardins reports and joins Judy Woodruff and Yamiche Alcindor to discuss.
News Wrap: African National Congress faces challenge in South African election
May 8, 2019 4:26
In our news wrap Wednesday, elections were held in South Africa, where the ruling African National Congress faced strong challenges after 25 years in power. The country is contending with corruption and surging unemployment, but voter turnout appeared to be low. Meanwhile, more than 100,000 migrants were caught at the U.S.-Mexico border in April, the second month in a row to hit that milestone.
Iran’s ambassador to the UN blames ‘U.S. bullying’ for decision on nuclear treaty
May 8, 2019 6:30
Iran said it plans to cease complying with portions of the nuclear deal it signed with Western powers in 2015, though it didn't withdraw from the agreement altogether. But the announcement increases already escalating tensions with the U.S. Nick Schifrin talks to Takht Ravanchi, Iran’s ambassador to the UN, about why Iran made the decision now and whether it can trust President Trump.
State Dept. official says Iran engaging in ‘nuclear blackmail’
May 8, 2019
Iran announced its partial withdrawal from a 2015 nuclear treaty on Wednesday, citing the failure of other member nations to deliver promised economic relief after the U.S. pulled out of the deal a year ago. What does the development mean for the relationship between the U.S. and Iran, already tense? Judy Woodruff talks to Brian Hook, the State Department’s special representative for Iran.
U.S. negotiator on Iran nuclear deal says withdrawing from it made things worse
May 8, 2019 4:53
A year after the Trump administration withdrew from a 2015 nuclear deal with Iran, Iran itself warned that it will stop complying with the agreement unless it receives promised economic benefits. Judy Woodruff talks to Ambassador Wendy Sherman, who served as lead U.S. negotiator for the nuclear agreement with Iran during the Obama administration, about the impact of recent U.S. policy toward Iran.
What new financial details reveal about Trump’s business empire
May 8, 2019 5:42
Congressional Democrats are expected to decide Thursday whether to go to court to obtain President Trump’s recent tax returns. Though there has long been curiosity over Trump’s taxes, which he declined to release in 2016, interest in them resurfaced after a New York Times investigation uncovered past tax records and large business losses. William Brangham talks to Times reporter Ross Buettner.
Why John Delaney sees himself as the ‘most moderate’ 2020 Democrat
May 8, 2019 7:11
How scientists are trying to predict wildfire movement
May 8, 2019 8:56
It’s been six months since the most deadly and destructive wildfire in California history, the Camp Fire, which killed 85 people and burned 19,000 structures in November 2018. But even at the peak of the inferno, some scientists moved toward it, in an attempt to understand more about the intensity and spread of the flames. Science correspondent Miles O’Brien has the harrowing inside look.
BONUS: The Last Continent, Episode 1
May 8, 2019 16:06
We're bringing you the first episode of our first original podcast series: The Last Continent, a four-part journey to Antarctica. On a big white cruise ship, 140 tourists have paid thousands of dollars for a rare first-hand tour of Antarctica. Humans didn't set foot on the continent until about 200 years ago, but now, it draws more than 50,000 visitors a year. Why are people going today — and how does this journey compare to the famous "Heroic Age" trek by Ernest Shackleton about a century before?
News Wrap: White House tells Don McGahn to defy House subpoena
May 7, 2019 5:48
In our Tuesday news wrap, the Trump administration intensified its resistance to investigations by congressional Democrats, instructing former White House counsel Don McGahn to defy a subpoena. Meanwhile, uncertainty over U.S.-China trade negotiations sent Wall Street stocks plummeting. The Dow Jones Industrial Average posted its largest percentage decline since early January, falling 473 points.
Bernie Sanders on trade with China, health care and student debt
May 7, 2019 12:05
Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., became a household name in 2016 when he ran a progressive campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination -- and came close to securing it. He’s back in the 2020 race, but this time up against more than 20 other candidates. Sanders sits down with Judy Woodruff to discuss trade with China, health care, student debt, Russian election interference and more.
Why these reporters spent 18 months in a Burmese jail
May 7, 2019 7:52
After nearly 18 months, two Reuters journalists have left prison in Myanmar. The crime that put them there: Revealing information the country’s government wanted to suppress, about its persecution campaign against Myanmar's Rohingya Muslim minority. John Yang talks to Priscilla Clapp, a former U.S. diplomat who served as chief of mission in the American embassy in Myanmar, about the developments.
Why hundreds of former federal prosecutors disagree with Barr over Mueller report
May 7, 2019 7:28
The Mueller report continues to generate legal debate. Several hundred former federal prosecutors published a statement this week asserting that President Trump would have been charged with obstruction of justice, were he not the sitting president. William Brangham talks to Paul Rosenzweig, who worked with independent counsel Kenneth Starr on the Whitewater investigation of President Bill Clinton.
For these states and cities, funding college is money in the bank
May 7, 2019 7:34
A majority of American college graduates leave school with tens of thousands of dollars in student loans. The issue of paying for college is so concerning that several 2020 presidential candidates have proposed forgiving student debt or making public colleges free. But as Hari Sreenivasan reports, some states and cities aren't waiting, and are instead developing their own college funding plans.
What’s behind Trump’s trade war with China
May 7, 2019 9:48
Chinese and Trump administration officials are supposed to meet later this week to hammer out a trade agreement, but the challenge may be more difficult now that Trump has threatened to impose additional tariffs on Chinese goods. NPR’s Laura Sullivan talks to Yamiche Alcindor about how Trump’s more hawkish advisers are influencing his policy to depart from that of previous administrations.
News Wrap: Federal prosecutors believe Trump could have been charged with obstruction
May 6, 2019 5:51
In our Monday news wrap, a bipartisan group of more than 370 federal prosecutors signed a statement contending that, based on details from the Mueller report, President Trump would have been charged with obstruction of justice if he were not president. Also, Trump’s former personal lawyer Michael Cohen reported to federal prison in New York to begin a three-year sentence.
Humans pushing 1 million species to brink of extinction, says UN report
May 6, 2019 7:06
A new UN report reveals the extent to which mankind is changing life on Earth. Written by an international panel of experts, it concludes that nearly a quarter of animal and plant groups are at risk of extinction, some within decades. William Brangham talks to one of the report’s authors, the National University of Mexico's Patricia Balvanera, about what’s driving the changes and how to stop them.
U.S. reveals potential Iranian threat but downplays North Korean missile test
May 6, 2019 6:57
Somewhat ominous developments have occurred recently around two flashpoints of American foreign policy: Iran and North Korea. On Sunday, National Security Adviser John Bolton announced a carrier strike group was moving into the Persian Gulf because of unspecified threatening action, purportedly from Iran. Meanwhile, North Korea conducted a missile test. William Brangham talks to Nick Schifrin.
In early primary states, 2020 Democrats court black voters
May 6, 2019 2:49
The list of Democrats running for president now exceeds 20, and the crowded field hit early primary states over the weekend. Former Vice President Joe Biden and Mayor Pete Buttigieg were in South Carolina, while Sen. Bernie Sanders, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Sen. Amy Klobuchar and former Rep. Beto O’Rourke visited Iowa. As Yamiche Alcindor reports, race and gun control were prominent campaign topics.
Tamara Keith and Amy Walter on Democrats’ 2020 motivation
May 6, 2019 7:04
NPR’s Tamara Keith and Amy Walter of the Cook Political Report join Lisa Desjardins to discuss the latest in politics, including why so many Democrats are running for president, the importance of appealing to voters of color, which campaign issues are resonating and which aren’t and what to expect from the first debate.
Why immigration is a focal issue in South African election
May 6, 2019 6:18
In South Africa, voters will go to the polls Wednesday in an election that could present the strongest challenge to date for the ruling African National Congress. A recent wave of xenophobic attacks has put the issue of immigration front and center, amid growing frustration with high rates of unemployment and poverty. Special correspondent Fred de Sam Lazaro reports.
Melinda Gates on her foundation’s work and the need to ‘lift up women’ worldwide
May 6, 2019 8:00
The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is the world's largest private philanthropic organization, with an endowment of $50 billion. Melinda Gates plays a huge role in shaping its work, and her new book, "The Moment of Lift: How Empowering Women Changes the World," chronicles some of the inspiring men and women she has met through it. Judy Woodruff talks to Gates about politics and equality.
With East Village exhibition, the art of Jean-Michel Basquiat comes home
May 6, 2019 6:09
More than 30 years after his death, Jean-Michel Basquiat remains one of America's most influential contemporary artists. He carved a unique style that challenged traditional views of race, poverty and politics in the U.S. Now, his work has come home, to Basquiat’s old stomping grounds in New York's East Village, in a brand-new, private museum owned by the Brant Foundation. Jeffrey Brown reports.
Barr defends his handling of Mueller report, despite criticism from special counsel
May 1, 2019 6:52
Attorney General William Barr testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee Wednesday to explain his handling of the Mueller report. While Barr defended his actions, Democrats zeroed in on a newly discovered letter from Mueller criticizing Barr's summary of the report's “principal conclusions.” Meanwhile, Barr said he would not attend a planned House hearing Thursday. Judy Woodruff reports.
How Congress and the White House reacted to Barr’s testimony
May 1, 2019 4:31
It was a contentious day on Capitol Hill as Attorney General William Barr appeared before the Senate Judiciary Committee to discuss his handling of the Mueller report. Yamiche Alcindor and Lisa Desjardins join Judy Woodruff to analyze Barr’s testimony, including his explanation of why he determined President Trump hadn’t committed obstruction of justice.
Defending Barr, Rep. Collins calls House Democrats’ demands a partisan ‘stunt’
May 1, 2019 6:30
Rep. Doug Collins of Georgia is ranking Republican on the House Judiciary Committee, which planned to question Attorney General William Barr on Thursday. Judy Woodruff talks to Collins about Barr’s late-breaking decision not to attend the hearing, why Collins believes that Democrats are engaging in a partisan “stunt” over the Mueller report and what questions he would ask of the attorney general.
Why Rep. Lieu thinks Attorney General Barr should resign
May 1, 2019 6:39
When reports emerged Tuesday that special counsel Robert Mueller had sent Attorney General William Barr a letter expressing concern over Barr’s characterization of the Mueller report’s conclusions, several Democrats called for Barr to resign. Among them was California Rep. Ted Lieu, who joins Judy Woodruff to discuss that and his reaction to Barr's decision not to attend a House hearing Thursday.
News Wrap: Motive unclear in UNC Charlotte shooting that killed 2 students
May 1, 2019 7:12
In our Wednesday news wrap, police in Charlotte, North Carolina, are trying to determine a motive in Tuesday’s college campus shooting. A former student allegedly opened fire in a classroom at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, killing two and wounding four. Meanwhile, Florida's Republican-led state house gave final approval to expanding a program that allows teachers to carry guns.
In Venezuela, Maduro holds on to power as Guaido’s military support falters
May 1, 2019 2:44
After Tuesday’s violent clashes, Wednesday dawned quiet in Caracas but eventually grew chaotic again. Police threw tear gas at Venezuelans demonstrating in support of opposition leader Juan Guaido. Meanwhile, it was unclear why Guaido’s earlier talks with military leaders about joining his campaign to unseat President Nicolas Maduro appeared to have fallen through. William Brangham reports.
With proposed changes, is Facebook sincere about prioritizing privacy?
May 1, 2019 5:35
While Facebook remains one of the world's largest companies, it has lost some public trust in recent years, due to the Cambridge Analytica scandal, Russian influence campaigns during the 2016 election and privacy issues. Now, founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg is embarking upon a major shift to the platform’s basic design and approach. Jeffrey Brown talks to The Washington Post’s Elizabeth Dwoskin.
How a congressional freshman is learning to balance people and party
May 1, 2019 4:33
Freshman GOP Congressman Denver Riggleman is now four months into his new job. Between the government shutdown and hearings over the Mueller report, he’s learning to balance life on the Hill with the needs of his Virginia constituents. Lisa Desjardins caught up with Riggleman at home in Nelson County over the recess to talk about satisfying voters, attracting donors and navigating party lines.
How NASA is preparing to launch another mission to the moon
May 1, 2019 9:14
The Trump administration wants NASA to get back to the moon by 2024, using any means necessary. But will the money and the commitment be there to support the effort? Science correspondent Miles O’Brien talks to NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine about technical and political risk, international competition and his broader vision for the agency.
In Venezuela, Guaido calls for military to turn against Maduro
Apr 30, 2019 4:14
The political power struggle in Venezuela took a violent turn Tuesday, as opposition leader Juan Guaido appealed to the military to turn against President Nicolas Maduro’s regime, and for the public to take to the streets. Thousands turned out in support, but it was unclear whether the armed forces are indeed ready to shift allegiance. William Brangham reports on a volatile day in Venezuela.
News Wrap: Trump suggests charging U.S. asylum seekers a fee
Apr 30, 2019 3:30
In our news wrap Tuesday, President Trump has proposed charging a fee to process U.S. asylum applications. In a presidential memorandum signed Monday, he said the current system is plagued by “random abuse.” Meanwhile, the Department of Homeland Security asked for more money to handle the surge of migrants. Acting Secretary Kevin McAleenan said the need was due to "the scale of what we're facing."
How Venezuelan opposition envisions ousting Maduro from power
Apr 30, 2019 5:55
Although anti-Maduro protests exploded on the streets of Caracas Tuesday, by nightfall it was unclear if the Venezuelan military had heeded opposition leader Juan Guaido’s call to abandon President Maduro. William Brangham talks to Carlos Vecchio, U.S. representative of Venezuela’s opposition, about why he believes increasing the pressure on Maduro through a three-pronged approach will succeed.
Trump, Congress announce progress toward infrastructure deal, amidst Mueller standoff
Apr 30, 2019 6:43
Hints of bipartisanship emerged between congressional Democrats and the White House Tuesday as the two sides announced a $2 trillion general agreement to renew aging U.S. infrastructure. The apparent progress came despite a standoff over investigations related to the Mueller report. Lisa Desjardins reports and joins Judy Woodruff and Yamiche Alcindor to discuss the unusual episode of "good will."
What parents of dyslexic children are teaching schools about literacy
Apr 30, 2019 8:36
Fewer than 40 percent of fourth and eighth grade students nationwide are proficient readers. Now, led by parents of children with dyslexia, a learning disability that makes reading and spelling difficult, some states are trying to change how reading is taught. Special correspondent Lisa Stark reports from Arkansas, where a group of determined advocates have upended traditional reading instruction.
Amid rising attacks on places of worship, how religious leaders are responding
Apr 30, 2019 16:45
The deadly California synagogue shooting is the latest in a series of attacks that raise profound questions about keeping sacred spaces safe. Judy Woodruff talks to the Islamic Center of Greater Cincinnati's Shakila Ahmad, Rabbi Devorah Marcus from Temple Emanu-El of San Diego, Ted Elmore of the Southern Baptists of Texas Convention and Bishop Eugene Sutton of the Episcopal Diocese of Maryland.
‘Brotopia’ author Emily Chang answers your questions
Apr 30, 2019 6:21
Emily Chang, author of our April pick for the PBS NewsHour-New York Times book club, Now Read This, joins Jeffrey Brown to answer reader questions about “Brotopia.” Plus, Jeff announces the May book selection.
News Wrap: Catholic clergy in Sri Lanka demand crackdown on Islamic extremists
Apr 29, 2019 5:59
In our Monday news wrap, Catholic clergy in Sri Lanka are demanding a crackdown on Islamic extremists after the Easter bombings that killed more than 250 people. Security forces continued to search for suspects amid calls for tougher action. Also, the U.S. military has fired the commander overseeing terror detainees at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, citing a “loss of confidence in his ability to command.”
How the U.S. should respond to growing wave of domestic terror attacks
Apr 29, 2019 8:28
The deadly weekend shooting at a San Diego synagogue appears to be the latest in a series of hate-driven domestic terror attacks across the U.S. This time, the killer left a manifesto praising other recent assaults. How is the Trump administration responding, and is it enough to quell the growing threat? Amna Nawaz talks to Nick Rasmussen of the McCain Institute for International Leadership.
Across the country, 2020 Democrats appeal to working-class voters
Apr 29, 2019 3:10
On the 2020 presidential campaign trail, former Vice President Joe Biden gave his first speech as an official candidate, attempting to appeal to frustrated swing voters and contrast himself with President Trump. Meanwhile, an assortment of other candidates appeared at a union conference in Las Vegas, many of them touting new policy proposals. Lisa Desjardins reports.
How Cory Booker sees himself standing out from the crowded 2020 field
Apr 29, 2019 8:00
Sen. Cory Booker is just one of 20 Democratic presidential candidates so far. How does he distinguish himself from his robust competition? Judy Woodruff sits down with Booker to discuss his combination of executive and legislative political experience, being pragmatic when it comes to health care and tax policy, confronting American mass incarceration and the need for "courageous empathy."
Tamara Keith and Amy Walter on Booker’s background, Biden’s launch
Apr 29, 2019 7:11
NPR’s Tamara Keith and Amy Walter of the Cook Political Report join Judy Woodruff to discuss the latest news in politics, including an interview with 2020 candidate Sen. Cory Booker, current poll numbers, Joe Biden’s entrance into the presidential race and how Democrats on the campaign trail are characterizing strong economic numbers.
Families of Colombia’s disappeared endure ‘never-ending grief’ and a wrenching search
Apr 29, 2019 9:38
In Colombia, an estimated 83,000 people have been forcibly disappeared since 1958. But peace accords between the government and the FARC, the country’s largest guerrilla group, in 2016 mandated that finding the missing was a necessary step toward reconciliation. Special correspondent Nadja Drost reports from Colombia on how loved ones suffering a “never-ending grief” are searching for closure.
T Bone Burnett on making music and fighting ‘surveillance capitalism’
Apr 29, 2019 6:39
Between producing recordings for major music stars, writing soundtracks for films and TV and releasing a new album of his own, “The Invisible Light: Acoustic Space,” T Bone Burnett might be one of the busiest men in entertainment. Jeffrey Brown caught up with him at Austin’s recent South by Southwest to talk about artistic autonomy and why he has scorched Big Tech.
Remembering Oscar-nominated director John Singleton
Apr 29, 2019 3:08
Oscar-nominated film director John Singleton died Monday at age 51. He was taken off life support after suffering a stroke earlier in the month. Singleton's remarkable career launched with the critically acclaimed 1991 film “Boyz N the Hood,” about three teens growing up amid Los Angeles violence and gang culture. At the time, it was a world seldom portrayed by Hollywood. Jeffrey Brown reports.
Community rallies around Chabad synagogue after shooting
Apr 28, 2019 3:11
A day after a gunman stormed the Chabad of Poway synagogue outside San Diego, killing one woman and injuring three others, offerings of support from the community at large are pouring in. For the latest on the aftermath of the shooting, Steve Walsh, a reporter for San Diego public media station KPBS, joins Hari Sreenivasan.
News Wrap: Trump vows to resist congressional investigation ‘nonsense’
Apr 24, 2019 7:39
In our news wrap Wednesday, President Trump vowed to fight congressional Democrats all the way over the series of investigations and subpoenas targeting those in his close circle. He called the investigation efforts “nonsense.” Also, the UN reports that Afghan and International forces killed more Afghan civilians in the first three months of this year than insurgents did, reversing recent trends.
Sri Lanka remains on edge as authorities investigate bombing suspects
Apr 24, 2019 2:50
In Sri Lanka, investigators have learned more about the Islamist militants they blame for a series of Easter Sunday bombings. At least 58 people have been arrested, many of them from well-off Sri Lankan families whose neighbors expressed shock at their apparent involvement. The death toll from the attacks now stands at 359. Debi Edward of Independent Television News reports from Colombo.
After Mueller revelations, how to protect election integrity in 2020
Apr 24, 2019 8:42
Although the Mueller report concluded Russia intervened in the 2016 election in a “sweeping and systematic fashion," the Trump administration has at times downplayed the interference, as well as 2020 election security. Judy Woodruff asks former Homeland Security official Juliette Kayyem and Thomas Rid, author of a forthcoming book on influence campaigns, about what has and hasn't been done.
Facing Myanmar’s brutal persecution, Rohingya refugees still can’t return home
Apr 24, 2019 5:42
The Rohingya people of Myanmar have long been persecuted by their government, primarily for their Muslim faith amid a Buddhist majority. A million of them have fled the violence to camps in neighboring Bangladesh, which is tiring of their presence. Amna Nawaz talks to Refugees International's Dan Sullivan about genocide and the hostile conditions in Myanmar preventing Rohingya from returning home.
Here’s what voters are saying about 2020 election integrity
Apr 24, 2019 7:31
The Mueller report continues to make headlines in Washington, as some Democrats talk impeachment and battle the Trump administration over additional investigations and subpoenas, but how prominent is the subject among voters outside D.C.? Judy Woodruff talks to Chris Buskirk of American Greatness and Kent State University’s Connie Schultz about reactions to the report and election security fears.
How federal case against drug distributor could change opioid fight
Apr 24, 2019 6:14
Amid the ongoing opioid epidemic, drug manufacturers, doctors and pharmacists have all come under fire. But it's a drug distributor, a company called RDC, at the center of a new federal criminal case that equates its business operations with illegal drug trafficking. William Brangham talks to The Washington Post’s Lenny Bernstein about whether the new charges could change the opioid business.
Lawyer calls Boy Scouts’ response to sexual abuse scandal ‘grossly deficient’
Apr 24, 2019 6:14
For decades, the Boy Scouts of America maintained a confidential blacklist of staff and volunteers accused of sexual abuse. The magnitude of that list, known internally as the perversion files, is only now being realized. John Yang talks to Jeff Anderson, an attorney who represents abuse survivors, about the “grossly deficient” response from the Boy Scouts and why the files should be made public.
Can Antarctica remain a refuge for science and peace?
Apr 24, 2019 10:23
Antarctica is virtually uninhabited by people, without so much as a paved road to reflect a permanent human presence. But rules still apply here, such as those barring military activity and preserving scientific research. The continent's governance represents a successful international collaboration, proving that in extreme circumstances, even rivals can become partners. William Brangham reports.
As bombing death toll tops 300, grieving Sri Lanka looks for answers
Apr 23, 2019 3:29
The death toll from Sri Lanka's Easter massacre has risen to 321, as the country observed a national day of mourning Tuesday. Although the Islamic State made an unconfirmed claim of responsibility for the bombings, officials in Colombo blamed a local group and suggested the attacks might have been retaliation for the recent mass killing of Muslims in New Zealand. ITN's Debi Edward reports.
News Wrap: Saudi Arabia beheads 37 in mass execution
Apr 23, 2019 4:23
In our news wrap Tuesday, Saudi Arabia beheaded 37 people in the Kingdom’s largest mass execution since 2016. The Saudi government said those killed were found guilty of attacking security installations, killing security officers and cooperating with what it called “enemy organizations.” Meanwhile, the deadline set by Congress for President Trump to release his tax returns has come and gone.
Why census experts fear a citizenship question would jeopardize results
Apr 23, 2019 10:07
Counting the roughly 327 million people currently living in the U.S. is a massive effort. And this year, before the next census moves forward, the Supreme Court must decide whether the Trump administration should be allowed to add a citizenship question to it, over the concerns of census experts. Judy Woodruff talks to the National Law Journal’s Marcia Coyle and NPR’s Hansi Lo Wang for analysis.
How Trump’s advisers protected his presidency by saying no
Apr 23, 2019 7:16
Nearly half of the Mueller report focuses on whether President Trump obstructed justice. Though it does not reach a definitive conclusion, it makes clear that Trump was sometimes protected by his advisers’ unwillingness to yield to his demands. Yamiche Alcindor talks to The Washington Post's Carol Leonnig about who in the president’s orbit pushed back and the pressure they felt when they did.
On impeachment, Democrats weigh principle against popularity
Apr 23, 2019 6:53
Democrats in the House and on the 2020 campaign trail are divided on whether to initiate impeachment proceedings against President Trump. While many feel his actions warrant impeachment, there is concern that public sentiment wouldn't support it. But Rep. Jared Huffman, D-Calif., thinks refraining from impeachment would violate a fundamental responsibility of Congress, as he tells Judy Woodruff.
Journalist’s murder sparks fears of renewed violence in Northern Ireland
Apr 23, 2019 5:28
A young journalist was shot and killed during a riot in Northern Ireland last week, on the 21st anniversary of the Good Friday Agreement that ended decades of sectarian conflict there. After the riot, fears are mounting that dormant hostilities and violence could reappear. William Brangham talks to reporter Leona O’Neill about the New IRA and how Brexit could push tensions to the breaking point.
Why teachers are managing more student needs — and struggling to pay for their own
Apr 23, 2019 8:56
New teacher strikes and walkouts are making headlines this year, but the issues they are raising are familiar. Educators are especially concerned about pay, school resources, growing responsibilities, testing policies and the role of charter schools. John Yang talks to two of the 2016 Teachers of the Year, Nate Bowling and Shawn Sheehan, about challenges and frustrations facing their profession.
How the autobiography of a Muslim slave is challenging an American narrative
Apr 23, 2019 4:55
Omar Ibn Said was 37 years old when he was taken from his West African home and transported to Charleston, South Carolina, as a slave in the 1800s. Now, his one-of-a-kind autobiographical manuscript has been translated from its original Arabic and housed at the Library of Congress, where it “annihilates” the conventional narrative of African slaves as uneducated and uncultured. Amna Nawaz reports.
After deadly Easter attacks, Sri Lankan officials blame jihadists, admit they had warning
Apr 22, 2019 4:07
A wave of suicide bombings in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday has the country grieving, on edge and under a national emergency. At least 290 people died in the attack, which the government blamed on a little-known Jihadist group. Police arrested multiple suspects and worked to disarm additional bombs, as officials admitted they had ignored warnings of an attack weeks before. Judy Woodruff reports.
News Wrap: Countries buying Iranian oil to face U.S. penalties
Apr 22, 2019 4:23
In our news wrap Monday, five nations that buy Iranian oil risk losing their favored status with the U.S. unless they halt imports in a matter of weeks. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Monday the goal is to deprive Iran’s regime of critical revenue. Also, the Supreme Court will consider whether lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transsexuals are covered by federal law against sex discrimination.
In Ukraine, could a comedian’s landslide victory help reset relations with Russia?
Apr 22, 2019 9:14
Fed up with ongoing corruption, poverty and war, Ukrainians have elected a political newcomer to be their next president. Comedian and actor Volodymyr Zelenskiy defeated incumbent President Petro Poroshenko in a landslide. Can Zelenskiy's unconventional background and fresh perspective reset a tense relationship with Russia? Nick Schifrin talks to the Woodrow Wilson Center’s Matthew Rojansky.
Why Pelosi is trying to slow Democrats’ impeachment momentum
Apr 22, 2019 3:32
Although Congress is currently on spring break, there continues to be plenty of political activity in the wake of the release of a redacted version of the Mueller report. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi circled Democrats in a conference call Monday, to survey their opinions about how to react and potentially head off momentum around impeachment. Judy Woodruff talks to Lisa Desjardins.
What 2020 Democrats are saying about impeachment
Apr 22, 2019 3:20
The 2020 Democrats were on the campaign trail over the weekend, unveiling new policies and positions. Though Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts was the only contender to call for impeaching President Trump, Pete Buttigieg agreed that Trump “deserves to be impeached." Meanwhile, Rep. Seth Moulton entered the race, and former Vice President Joe Biden is expected to. Yamiche Alcindor reports.
Tamara Keith and Amy Walter on the impact of the Mueller report
Apr 22, 2019 9:03
NPR’s Tamara Keith and Amy Walter of the Cook Political Report join Judy Woodruff to discuss the week in politics, including how much appetite there is among House Democrats to begin impeachment proceedings, whether the findings of the Mueller report will affect public support for President Trump, the new candidacy of Democrat Seth Moulton and Sen. Warren’s proposal to cancel student debt.
Why we need to think about extremism differently in order to reduce it
Apr 22, 2019 7:41
As Sri Lanka reels from a series of deadly Easter Sunday attacks, the problem of violent extremism enters the spotlight once again. How can the U.S. and the world anticipate and counter the threat of terrorism, which experts agree cannot be addressed by military means alone? Amna Nawaz talks to former diplomat Farah Pandith, whose new book “How We Win” outlines a strategy for keeping us safe.
A photography exhibit of melting ice — and shifting consciousness
Apr 22, 2019 5:15
The melting of polar ice masses is a prominent topic in the news lately, but it’s difficult to imagine what the process would look like. In Austin, Texas, a recent photography exhibit aimed to make the concept of climate change both real and visible, with images embedded in ice that melted before the very eyes of passersby. Jeffrey Brown talks to photographer Louie Palu about “Arctic Passage.”
A French historian on how the Notre Dame fire should shape collective crisis response
Apr 22, 2019 3:45
Protesters took to the streets of Paris and other French cities over the weekend, asking why billionaires and the government have rushed to the aid of Notre Dame Cathedral instead of the millions of people confronting economic hardship. French historian Stephane Gerson shares his humble opinion on how the crisis should shape collective responses to environmental destruction and forced migration.
Amid the ashes, France vows ‘resurrection’ for Notre Dame
Apr 16, 2019 6:14
In Paris, the fire at Notre Dame Cathedral is extinguished, but devastating damage remains. Parisians stood alongside global travelers at the site Tuesday, paying tribute to the landmark of cultural achievement that has stood for nearly a millennium. Amid the ashes, the rescue of several of the most beloved artifacts seemed miraculous. Special correspondent Malcolm Brabant reports from Paris.
News Wrap: Trump to shift policy on assets seized by Cuba
Apr 16, 2019 4:20
In our news wrap Tuesday, it has been widely reported that a Trump administration policy will allow lawsuits over U.S. properties seized by Cuba after the 1959 revolution. The move would represent a shift from two decades of U.S. policy. Meanwhile, British protesters calling attention to climate change blocked key intersections and bridges across central London, bringing traffic to a standstill.
‘It’s all a lie,’ Russian billionaire Deripaska says of U.S. accusations in Mueller probe
Apr 16, 2019 9:56
A name that arose during special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election was that of Oleg Deripaska, a wealthy self-made businessman, and according to the U.S. government, an ally of Russian president Vladimir Putin. In a rare interview with Deripaska, special correspondent Ryan Chilcote asks the aluminum magnate about the Mueller report.
How drones are delivering lifesaving medical supplies in Rwanda
Apr 16, 2019 5:51
Getting medical supplies to where they are needed fast can mean the difference between life and death outcomes, but moving them efficiently across long distances to remote and rural areas can be difficult for traditional transportation. Special correspondent Fred de Sam Lazaro reports from Rwanda on how one innovative company is leveraging new technology to accelerate these critical deliveries.
In Niger, rising temperatures mean barren fields — but fertile ground for terrorism
Apr 16, 2019 7:23
In the African Sahel, located between the Sahara Desert and the equator, the climate has long been inhospitable. But now rising temperatures have caused prolonged drought and unpredictable weather patterns, exacerbating food shortages, prompting migration and contributing to instability in countries already beset by crisis. Special correspondent Mike Cerre reports from Niger.
David Brooks on emerging from loneliness to find ‘moral renewal’
Apr 16, 2019 7:01
In his new book, "The Second Mountain: The Quest for a Moral Life," New York Times columnist and NewsHour regular David Brooks explores the current American cultural moment, in which he argues we have become self-centered and cognitive at the expense of joy and community. Brooks sits down with Judy Woodruff to discuss his personal struggles with social isolation and his choice to be "broken open."
How landscape designer Piet Oudolf captures nature’s ‘emotion’
Apr 16, 2019 6:22
As spring takes hold, sparking thoughts of budding plants and new life, we explore how one of the world’s preeminent landscape designers approaches creating a garden. Piet Oudolf is perhaps best known for his work on New York City’s High Line, though he has designed gardens around the world. Jeffrey Brown met up with Oudolf at his home in the Netherlands to discuss the “emotion” of nature.
For these homeless individuals, comfort comes with a collar
Apr 16, 2019 3:33
An estimated 5 to 10 percent of the million homeless individuals across the U.S. have pets. For the first time, an Arizona survey of local homeless populations has begun to gather information about these animal companions as well as their humans. Samie Gebers of Arizona State University's Cronkite School of Journalism reports on the bond connecting person and pet when all they have is each other.
‘Catastrophic fire’ inflicts major damage on Notre Dame Cathedral
Apr 15, 2019 3:38
In Paris and across the globe, stunned spectators watched in horror as the Notre Dame Cathedral burned Monday. The fire started in the evening, shortly after the building was closed to the public, and appears to have caused “catastrophic” damage to one of the world’s most famous cultural and artistic landmarks. Judy Woodruff talks to Kate Moody of the French news channel France 24 for the latest.
Notre Dame fire prompts global grief for a landmark of civilization
Apr 15, 2019 6:50
A devastating fire consumed parts of the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris on Monday. While the biggest question is whether the structure itself will survive, there is no doubt that the artistic and historic landmark sustained losses that won’t be recoverable. Judy Woodruff talks to art historian Elizabeth Lev about the “shock” incurred by observing this “iconic monument” engulfed in flames.
Why Notre Dame is part of France’s national identity
Apr 15, 2019 5:32
Notre Dame Cathedral is a seminal touchstone of French history, art and culture, and seeing it sustain devastating damage in a huge fire on Monday sent shockwaves of grief throughout France and the world. Judy Woodruff talks to Gerard Araud, France’s ambassador to the U.S., about the structure’s role within French national identity and feeling as if a part of himself were burning.
More than a dozen tornadoes cut deadly path through the South
Apr 15, 2019 2:38
At least 16 tornadoes touched down over the weekend in parts of Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama, according to the National Weather Service. The twisters flattened several communities and the extreme weather caused at least eight deaths. Meanwhile, more dangerous weather fronts are expected to move across the country in the coming days. John Yang reports.
News Wrap: Redacted Mueller report coming Thursday, DOJ says
Apr 15, 2019 6:05
In our news wrap Monday, the Justice Department says a redacted version of the special counsel’s Russia report will be released Thursday morning. Democrats and some Republicans are still want the entire report to be made public. Also, a federal judge in Florida denied bail for a Chinese woman charged with illegally entering President Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort.
Trump escalates feud with Rep. Ilhan Omar
Apr 15, 2019 3:05
President Trump has again gone on the offensive toward Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn. On Friday, he Tweeted a 9/11 video alongside Omar’s comments about the terrorist attacks, which critics said downplayed them. Rep. Omar says she has since been threatened. As Yamiche Alcindor reports, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Democratic 2020 candidates criticized the president for his incendiary rhetoric.
Andrew Yang on how the U.S. can adapt to its new economic realities
Apr 15, 2019 7:51
Andrew Yang may not have the name recognition of his 2020 Democratic presidential competitors, but he has gained traction since announcing his campaign more than a year ago. Lisa Desjardins sits down with Yang to discuss the proliferation of combative political rhetoric in the U.S., how the country should confront its new economic realities, his proposal for taxes and guaranteed income and more.
Amy Walter and Lisa Lerer on Democrats’ 2020 fundraising rules
Apr 15, 2019 7:58
Amy Walter of the Cook Political Report and Lisa Lerer of The New York Times join Judy Woodruff to discuss the week in politics, including evaluating the rise of Democratic 2020 candidates Andrew Yang and Mayor Pete Buttigieg, and first-quarter fundraising results for the Democratic field.
The ‘fairy tale’ redemption of Tiger Woods
Apr 15, 2019 6:28
At age 43, Tiger Woods is now a Masters winner for the fifth time. On Sunday, the legendary golfer secured his 15th major tournament title, and his first since 2008. Nick Schifrin talks to Armen Keteyian, co-author of a book on Woods, for the story of the golf superstar’s early rise, catastrophic fall and triumphant return to the highest levels of his sport.
Yo-Yo Ma on the importance of telling each other our stories
Apr 15, 2019 3:43
Cellist Yo-Yo Ma has recorded more than 100 albums, performed in every marquee concert hall across the globe and played for eight U.S. presidents. This weekend, he gave two outdoor concerts along the U.S.-Mexico border, in an effort to highlight the connections that exist between people on either side. Ma offers his humble opinion on “how culture helps us to tell our story.”
Trump’s popularity with his base is giving him running room
Apr 14, 2019 4:53
Democrats and the White House continue battles over the release of President Trump’s taxes and his plans for the border, a growing field of Democratic presidential candidates highlights divisions in the party, and the arrest of Julian Assange sets up a debate around the First Amendment. Hari Sreenivasan speaks with special correspondent Jeff Greenfield to put the week in politics in perspective.
Small but mighty miniature horses offer therapy and hope
Apr 14, 2019 3:27
From dogs and rabbits, to guinea pigs and even birds, pet therapy animals come in all shapes and sizes. But volunteer-based organization Mane in Heaven keeps and trains miniature therapy horses, which they take to schools and hospitals to offer their therapeutic support. Nick Blumberg, from our partner station WTTW in Chicago, reports on the pint-sized equine mission.
Venezuelans facing tumult at home flood into Peru
Apr 14, 2019 8:55
Millions of Venezuelans have fled the country's economic and political crises in recent years, with an estimated 500,000 migrating to Peru in 2018 alone. Many have entered the country on work permits allowing them to stay for up to one year. But with the unending flow of Venezuelans, Peru stopped accepting work permit applications at the end of last year. Special Correspondent Kira Kay reports.
The hunt is on for the last slave ship to arrive in the U.S.
Apr 13, 2019 9:38
Archaeologists are analyzing data from a survey of Alabama’s Mobile River, looking for the Clotilda, the last known slave ship to arrive in America. The ship's survivors were enslaved for a few years before forming a unique community, Africatown. Clotilda descendants say its discovery would highlight their ancestors' story of strength and survival. NewsHour Weekend's Megan Thompson reports.
Pompeo pushes for Venezuelan sanctions in South America
Apr 13, 2019 3:15
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met with leaders in Paraguay and Peru on Saturday as part of a tour of four South American countries. Hari Sreenivasan spoke to Chris Sabatini of Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs and editor of TheGlobalAmericans.org for more on what issues Pompeo will face during his trip.
Broadway play reexamines the U.S. Constitution
Apr 13, 2019 6:10
A new Broadway production, "What the Constitution Means to Me," is taking a fresh look at the founding document: what it says, who it serves and who it doesn’t. The play’s author and lead actor reexamines the rights laid out in the Constitution and how her own life relates to it. NewsHour Weekend's Ivette Feliciano reports.
Mobile’s many shipwrecks help tell the area’s long history
Apr 13, 2019 1:50
During last year’s search in Alabama’s Mobile River for the Clotilda -- the last known slave ship to arrive in the U.S. -- archaeologists also gathered data on all kinds of other artifacts that shed light on the area's rich history. NewsHour Weekend's Megan Thompson reports.
News Wrap: Barr believes spying on Trump campaign ‘did occur’
Apr 10, 2019 6:24
In our news wrap Wednesday, Attorney General William Barr revealed during congressional testimony that he believes U.S. intelligence agencies spied on President Trump’s 2016 campaign. He also said he’s reviewing how the counterintelligence investigation into Russian collusion began. Meanwhile, the president again insisted that he can’t release his tax returns, saying he is under audit by the IRS.
What ‘total victory for Netanyahu’ means for Israel and beyond
Apr 10, 2019 4:49
Near final results in Israel’s elections show both the parties of Benjamin Netanyahu and his opponent, Benny Gantz, winning 35 seats in the national legislature, called the Knesset. But minor parties aligned with Netanyahu’s Likud give that party a majority. John Yang reports from Tel Aviv on how corruption charges weren’t enough to stop Netanyahu’s momentum and what his success means for peace.
What the first photograph of a black hole can reveal about space
Apr 10, 2019 6:57
A black hole is a cosmic abyss with gravity of such intensity that nothing, not even light, escapes it. Now, for the first time, a team of astronomers has released an image of the space anomaly, which is created when a star collapses. Professor Brian Greene of Columbia University and the World Science Festival provides context and talks to Judy Woodruff about this scientific breakthrough.
Antarctica is losing ice at an accelerating rate. How much will sea levels rise?
Apr 10, 2019 10:16
The frozen continent of Antarctica contains the vast majority of all freshwater on Earth. Now that ice is melting at an accelerating rate, in part because of climate change. What does this transformation mean for coastal communities across the globe? William Brangham reports from Antarctica on the troubling trend of ice loss and how glaciers can serve as a climate record from the past.
In Mozambique, Yemen and Venezuela crises, access for aid is hard to come by
Apr 10, 2019 7:14
Mozambique’s official death toll from a deadly cyclone in March has topped 1,000. In the storm’s aftermath, survivors face lack of power, food and supplies, plus deadly outbreaks of diseases like cholera and malaria. Amna Nawaz talks to David Beasley, executive director of the World Food Programme, about his organization's response to that catastrophe as well as those in Yemen and Venezuela.
Amid measles outbreak, NYC health officials strive to promote vaccination, dispel ‘myths’
Apr 10, 2019 6:32
The U.S. is battling one of the largest outbreaks of measles in decades, with 465 cases confirmed nationwide and 78 new cases in the last week alone. New York City alone has 285 confirmed cases since last fall. Dr. Oxiris Barbot, commissioner of its Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, talks to Judy Woodruff about efforts to work with the community to promote vaccination and dispel myth.
EU may offer a Brexit extension, but political complexities remain
Apr 10, 2019 5:13
With the United Kingdom’s initial extension for Brexit expiring Friday, the pressure is on for a gathering of European Union officials to come up with an alternative. Nick Schifrin talks to Amanda Sloat, senior fellow at the Brookings Institution and former deputy assistant secretary of state, about breaking news of a possible reprieve for the UK and which EU leaders are taking the hardest line.
Meet J.S. Ondara, the Kenyan folk singer hoping to revive the ‘American Dream’
Apr 10, 2019 4:33
J.S. Ondara grew up in Nairobi, Kenya, listening to American rock and roll. When he was 17, he stumbled upon Bob Dylan -- and his life’s ambitions. Nearly a decade later, Ondara lives in the U.S. and just released his debut album, ‘Tales of America.’ NewsHour Producer Frank Carlson met up with him from his tour in Washington, D.C., to discuss how he hopes to “breathe life” into the American dream.
News Wrap: New York City declares public health emergency over measles outbreak
Apr 9, 2019 6:59
In our news wrap Tuesday, New York City declared a public health emergency over a growing measles outbreak. City officials have confirmed 285 cases of the disease in Brooklyn and Queens since September, mostly among members of the Orthodox Jewish community. Also, President Trump insisted he does not plan to reinstate the policy of separating migrant children from parents at the U.S.-Mexico border.
Barr’s congressional appearance suggests parties are on a ‘collision course’ over Mueller
Apr 9, 2019 7:11
Attorney General William Barr appeared on Capitol Hill Tuesday to discuss his agency budget. With prompting from House Democrats, he also talked about when Congress and the public will see the Mueller report and how much of it Barr will have redacted. Lisa Desjardins joins Judy Woodruff with that update, plus fallout from the departure of DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen and immigration policy.
How Israel’s election represents a referendum on Benjamin Netanyahu
Apr 9, 2019 5:22
Israeli voters went to the polls Tuesday to choose a prime minister and 120 members of the legislature. With election results too close to call, both Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his Blue and White coalition opponent, Benny Gantz, are claiming victory. For more on Israel’s fractured politics, Nick Schifrin talks to John Yang, reporting from Netanyahu’s election headquarters in Tel Aviv.
U.S. laws aren’t keeping up with spread of hate online, says civil rights advocate
Apr 9, 2019 10:06
Violent hate crimes are on the rise in the U.S. and across the globe. As a result, the ways in which hate groups use social media to threaten, galvanize and radicalize are drawing new scrutiny, including from Congress on Tuesday. Amna Nawaz reports on the Capitol Hill discussion and talks to Kristen Clarke of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, a national civil rights organization.
The hidden risks of suicide and depression for seniors living in long-term care
Apr 9, 2019 10:23
By 2030, 20 percent of Americans will be senior citizens. Many will eventually enter long-term care, a move that presents tough choices and challenges for seniors and their families -- including risks of depression and suicide. In partnership with Kaiser Health News, special correspondent Cat Wise reports on how families and facilities are struggling to understand and manage these risks.
In the UK, Brexit supporters feel their will is being thwarted
Apr 9, 2019 7:06
Prime Minister Theresa May is seeking an extension for the United Kingdom’s departure from the European Union, after failing three times to get Parliament to agree to her proposal. Now some Brexit supporters are afraid their country’s separation from the EU will never happen. Special correspondent Malcolm Brabant reports on the mood in Gravesham, a district south of London, which voted to leave.
How the ’Hoos of Charlottesville could help heal their city
Apr 9, 2019 5:10
March Madness ended Monday with the University of Virginia Cavaliers cutting down the nets in Minneapolis after defeating Texas Tech. For the new champions of NCAA men's basketball, the victory represents a team's redemption and a city's recovery, coming a year and a half after the tragic Charlottesville riots. William Brangham reports.
Why Trump decided Nielsen wasn’t tough enough on immigration
Apr 8, 2019 7:57
On Sunday, President Trump announced the resignation of Homeland Security Sec. Kirstjen Nielsen, who reportedly was forced to step down amid Trump’s growing frustration with the growing number of migrants at the U.S.-Mexico border. Amna Nawaz reports and joins Judy Woodruff with Yamiche Alcindor to discuss why Nielsen fell out of favor with Trump and what the shakeup means for immigration policy.
News Wrap: 4 Americans killed by bomb in Afghanistan
Apr 8, 2019 4:50
In our news wrap Monday, three U.S. service members and an American contractor died in Afghanistan. Pentagon officials said they were killed by an improvised explosive device near Bagram Air Base, north of Kabul. The Taliban claimed responsibility. Also, activists in Sudan say attempts by security forces to quash a protest set off widespread violence, killing at least six people since Saturday.
Nielsen ‘failed’ as head of Homeland Security, Rep. Bennie Thompson says
Apr 8, 2019 5:48
The tenure of outgoing Homeland Security Sec. Kirstjen Nielsen was rife with controversy, from the separation of migrant children and parents to the attempt to keep asylum seekers in Mexico while their cases are processed. Judy Woodruff talks to Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, about her departure and President Trump’s outlook on immigration law.
The Trump administration’s unprecedented move on Iran
Apr 8, 2019 4:33
The Trump administration designated Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corps a foreign terrorist organization Monday, with the goal of rendering the IRGC “radioactive” to other countries and organizations. The unprecedented move represents one more step in the administration's ongoing “maximum pressure” campaign against Iran, but what does it mean for future attempts at diplomacy? Nick Schifrin reports.
Netanyahu faces tough political battle in competitive Israeli election
Apr 8, 2019 9:42
On Tuesday, Israel will hold hotly contested elections that will decide whether Benjamin Netanyahu wins another term as prime minister. He is facing his most serious challenger in his current 10-year tenure in Benny Gantz, a former Israeli military chief who previously served under Netanyahu. John Yang reports from Jerusalem on what’s at stake, both for the nation and for Netanyahu personally.
Growing 2020 Democratic field emphasizes unity, inclusion
Apr 8, 2019 2:50
In a growing 2020 Democratic field, candidates are crisscrossing the nation to pitch themselves as capable of defeating President Trump. The resignation of Homeland Security Sec. Kirstjen Nielsen and Trump’s fiery rhetoric on asylum seekers gave them plenty to talk about in recent days. Lisa Desjardins reports on Democratic reactions, plus campaign updates from Tim Ryan and Pete Buttigieg.
Tamara Keith and Amy Walter on Buttigieg’s values, Trump’s immigration strategy
Apr 8, 2019 7:38
NPR’s Tamara Keith and Amy Walter of the Cook Political Report join Judy Woodruff to discuss the week in politics, including Pete Buttigieg’s headline-making remarks on his religion and homosexuality, "revolution" vs. "restoration" within the 2020 field, the ouster of Homeland Security Sec. Kirstjen Nielsen and how President Trump’s desire to get even tougher on immigration might play with voters.
Biographer Robert Caro on why it’s taking decades to fully capture LBJ
Apr 8, 2019 7:32
Robert Caro is one of the nation’s preeminent biographers, known for meticulous research and taking his time with a subject. Indeed, he began his massive series "The Years of Lyndon Johnson" in 1977, but its final volume won't be published for at least another year. Meanwhile, Caro has written a memoir about how he does what he does, titled simply, "Working." Jeffrey Brown sits down with Caro.
Rwanda builds new national identity 25 years after genocide
Apr 7, 2019 9:03
The Rwandan genocide began 25 years ago today. In just 100 days, an estimated 800,000 Tutsi and moderate Hutu were killed. NewsHour Weekend Special Correspondent Benedict Moran and video journalist Jorgen Samso traveled to the east African country to speak with victims and perpetrators and to report on how Rwanda is overcoming ethnic differences and building a new national identity.
Can the Electoral College system be changed?
Apr 7, 2019 4:47
As the 2020 presidential campaigns get underway, the debate over the Electoral College system is starting again. In 2016, when Hillary Clinton lost the election despite winning the popular vote, there were new calls to abolish the electoral college. NPR reporter Miles Parks joins Hari Sreenivasan to discuss whether the constitutionally mandated system can be changed.
News Wrap: House Democrats authorize subpoenas over Mueller report
Apr 3, 2019 6:02
In our news wrap Wednesday, congressional Democrats are turning up the heat over special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia report. The House Judiciary Committee authorized subpoenas for the report and any related materials, while Republicans called the move reckless. Meanwhile, the Senate voted to limit debate on confirmations for many positions nominated by the president from 30 hours to two.
Turkish foreign minister slams U.S. for having ‘no clear strategy’ on Syria
Apr 3, 2019 12:34
How Mayor-Elect Lori Lightfoot plans to address Chicago’s gun violence ‘epidemic’
Apr 3, 2019 9:30
Democrat Lori Lightfoot was elected mayor of Chicago Tuesday, in a landslide victory that represented several historic milestones. Lightfoot, who is openly gay, will be the first black woman to lead the city. A relative outsider to Chicago’s political scene, she interprets her triumph as a "mandate for change" from its people. Lisa Desjardins talks to the mayor-elect about what comes next.
What controversy around Biden’s behavior says about shifting social norms
Apr 3, 2019 13:37
The past behavior of former Vice President Joe Biden toward women has sparked conversation around the boundaries governing physical contact and consent. Biden has said that norms have evolved since he entered the public sphere. To discuss how that may be true, Judy Woodruff turns to New York magazine’s Rebecca Traister, The Washington Post’s Karen Tumulty and Harvard University's Frank Dobbin.
Antarctic penguins have existed for 60 million years. Can they survive climate change?
Apr 3, 2019 9:26
Ron Naveen used to be a lawyer for the EPA, but he left government in the 1980s to start Oceanites, a nonprofit that tracks the health of penguins that breed on the Antarctic Peninsula. Now, that 800-mile stretch of land is warming faster than almost anywhere else in the world, and the changing climate is affecting the "glorious creatures" Naveen studies. William Brangham reports from Antarctica.
News Wrap: Trump says no ACA replacement until after 2020 elections
Apr 2, 2019 6:02
In our news wrap Tuesday, President Trump said Republicans will wait until after the 2020 elections to offer a replacement for the Affordable Care Act. For now, Trump will ask federal courts to strike down the existing law. Plus, Democrats on the House Oversight Committee moved to subpoena a former chief of White House security clearances, after claims that ineligible staffers received clearances.
How a rule change for Senate confirmation process could affect federal courts
Apr 2, 2019 9:17
The Senate is considering changing the confirmation process for some nominees to federal courts and administration roles. Republicans want to limit debate time to speed up approvals, while Democrats argue that would compromise senators’ ability to vet nominees. Judy Woodruff talks to Kristine Lucius of the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights and the Heritage Foundation's Tom Jipping.
Climate change is killing crops in Honduras — and driving farmers north
Apr 2, 2019 8:39
In rural Honduras, farming has been many residents’ livelihood for generations. But now, rising temperatures and declining rainfall are killing crops and jeopardizing the farmers’ very survival. Special correspondent Marcia Biggs and videographer Julia Galiano-Rios explore how climate change affects these rural populations, driving them into urban areas and ultimately, even out of the country.
Why federal aid for struggling Puerto Rico remains a political battle
Apr 2, 2019 8:38
A wide-ranging disaster relief bill failed in the Senate Monday due to a disagreement about federal aid for Puerto Rico. Meanwhile, the island territory is struggling to recover from Hurricane Maria's damaging blow a year and a half ago. Lisa Desjardins reports on the stalled legislation, and John Yang talks to Associated Press reporter Danica Coto about what’s at stake for Puerto Rico's people.
When a laundromat becomes a library
Apr 2, 2019 7:27
The first five years of a child’s life are critical for language exposure, but studies suggest children in lower-income families often don’t experience the rich literary environment wealthier kids do. A New York City initiative trying to close that gap encourages reading in a spot families visit every week -- but don't usually consider educational. Special correspondent Lisa Stark reports.
The staggering economics of Major League Baseball
Apr 2, 2019 5:51
A new season of Major League Baseball begins this week, after a busy and lucrative winter that saw just 10 players awarded a total of over $2 billion in contracts. What’s behind these huge numbers for superstars, and where does it leave the rest of the player population financially? Amna Nawaz talks to ESPN columnist Jeff Passan, author of a book about baseball players as commodities.
Pop-up pantries aim to reduce food insecurity for college students
Apr 2, 2019 4:27
Food pantries are appearing more frequently in a surprising type of location: colleges and universities. More than 700 educational institutions belong to a national nonprofit aiming to alleviate food insecurity among college students. From PBS station WTTW in Chicago, Brandis Friedman reports on how City Colleges and the Greater Chicago Food Depository are providing nutrition along with knowledge.
News Wrap: Parliament fails again to determine Brexit path
Apr 1, 2019 4:50
In our news wrap Monday, British lawmakers tried again to chart a path for leaving the European Union, but non-binding votes on alternatives to Prime Minister Theresa May’s proposal failed to achieve consensus. Some members of Parliament lamented the nation’s “entrenched positions.” Also, in Ukraine, a comic actor with no political experience is the frontrunner heading into a presidential runoff.
Why Trump wants to cut aid to El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras
Apr 1, 2019 4:29
Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen recently declared a "compact” with El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala, aiming to reduce their migration to the U.S. But since then, the Trump administration said it will cut aid to those countries, including to programs that seek to address the violence and poverty making their residents desperate to flee. John Yang talks to Nick Schifrin for more.
Honduran migrants deported from the U.S. often face a grim fate
Apr 1, 2019 10:27
The deadly stranglehold of gang violence in Honduras drives tens of thousands of desperate residents to flee north to request asylum in the U.S. But few receive it, often due to a lack of documentation of the persecution they faced at home. Special correspondent Marcia Biggs reports from San Pedro Sula with harrowing stories of the fates of migrants who made it to the U.S., only to be deported.
House committees to issue subpoenas over security clearances, Mueller report
Apr 1, 2019 3:08
Although it's the beginning of a new month, recent partisan tensions on Capitol Hill show no sign of subsiding. Democrats in the House Oversight Committee are investigating Trump administration practices around granting security clearances, while the House Judiciary Committee plans to authorize subpoenas related to the Mueller report. John Yang talks to Lisa Desjardins for details.
What Biden controversy could mean for a potential campaign
Apr 1, 2019 2:36
Although he has yet to declare whether he will launch a 2020 presidential campaign, former Vice President Joe Biden is facing a controversy that could potentially derail it. Two women have revealed past interactions with Biden in which his behavior made them uncomfortable; one of them, Lucy Flores, calls the experience “disqualifying” of Biden as a candidate. Lisa Desjardins reports.
Tamara Keith and Lisa Lerer on Biden behavior and 2020 fundraising
Apr 1, 2019 8:34
NPR’s Tamara Keith and Lisa Lerer of The New York Times talk to Lisa Desjardins about the week in politics, including complaints regarding former Vice President Joe Biden’s interactions with women and the “cultural moment” around sexual misconduct, fundraising for 2020 Democratic candidates so far and what voters are talking about on the campaign trail.
How rapper Nipsey Hussle gave back to the community that raised him
Apr 1, 2019 7:28
Grammy-nominated rapper Nipsey Hussle died Sunday after being gunned down in broad daylight in Los Angeles. In addition to his successful music career, the native of south L.A. was an entrepreneur and activist, dedicated to initiatives supporting youth and the black community, especially where he grew up. John Yang talks to The Undefeated’s David Dennis Jr. about Hussle’s life and legacy.
Book on conflict in Northern Ireland contains a plot twist that surprised the author
Apr 1, 2019 6:43
The book, "Say Nothing: A True Story of Murder and Memory in Northern Ireland," starts with the 1972 killing of Jean McConville, a widowed Belfast mother and one of roughly 3,500 people who died in brutal decades-long sectarian conflict over Northern Ireland. Author Patrick Radden Keefe sits down with William Brangham to discuss the "intense" experience of writing the book.
A Jewish comedian on why religious beliefs shouldn’t be fair game for derision
Apr 1, 2019 3:02
Comedian Ashley Blaker is an Orthodox Jew. Despite our politically correct modern society, he’s accustomed to strangers judging him by his appearance, making assumptions about his views on Israel and the size of his family. Blaker offers his humble opinion on why religious beliefs shouldn't be fair game for derision.
Climate change pushes Florida’s mangroves north
Mar 31, 2019 10:47
Mangroves are prevalent in tropical south Florida, but the plants have been moving farther north as climate change makes freezing weather less common. Hari Sreenivasan reports on the plant's encroachment and what it means for the future of coastal ecosystems. This story is produced in partnership with Climate Central, and is part of our series "Peril and Promise: The Challenge of Climate Change."
Migrant flow intensifies Border Patrol’s staffing crunch
Mar 31, 2019 3:55
In January 2017, President Trump signed an executive order to hire 5,000 additional border patrol agents. Two years later, only 118 have joined the agency. USA Today reporter Alan Gomez talks with Hari Sreenivasan about how changing schedules, remote locations with few amenities, increasing workloads and stress have made recruiting, deploying and retaining agents a challenge.
Sackler family faces continuing legal issues over OxyContin
Mar 31, 2019 9:33
The Sackler family, once known for philanthropy, has been embroiled in lawsuits and settlements to keep details of its pharmaceutical company's activities out of public view. Purdue Pharma is the maker of the highly addictive opioid OxyContin. Author and former New York Times reporter Barry Meier joins Hari Sreenivasan to discuss his reporting on the opioid epidemic and the Sacklers.
News Wrap: Non-binding House resolution opposes transgender military ban
Mar 28, 2019 5:54
In our Thursday news wrap, the House passed a non-binding resolution to oppose the Trump administration’s ban on transgender people serving in the military. Democrats called the policy “targeted discrimination.” Also, reporting that special counsel Robert Mueller’s findings exceed 300 pages sparked fresh criticism of Attorney General William Barr, who summarized them in a four-page letter.
Why current U.S. immigration challenge reflects ‘complete political failure’
Mar 28, 2019 8:33
Federal immigration officials in El Paso say they're overwhelmed by a massive influx of families seeking asylum. U.S. Customs and Border Protection has responded to the surge by moving personnel in from other areas, but that could exacerbate the problem by further slowing processing of asylum requests. Amna Nawaz reports and talks to Bob Moore of Texas Monthly about the ‘completely new’ situation.
The U.S. is trying to negotiate peace with the Taliban, but is Afghanistan ready?
Mar 28, 2019 5:37
The U.S. is serious about making peace with the Taliban, but some experts question whether Afghanistan is ready for the U.S. withdrawal that would accompany an accord. As Nick Schifrin reports, Afghanistan currently relies upon American firepower, training and financial support, and it faces risks of renewed violence, government collapse and loss of progressive gains if those resources disappear.
What New York state’s lawsuit against Purdue Pharma says about U.S. opioid battle
Mar 28, 2019 6:17
More than 400,000 people in the U.S. have died from opioid use in the past two decades. As the country tries to contain the crisis, many states and cities are challenging the drug manufacturers in court. The latest lawsuit, brought by New York against Purdue Pharma, comes as the company considers filing for bankruptcy. William Brangham talks to Barry Meier, author of a book about Purdue Pharma.
How Americans feel about Mueller, the media and health care
Mar 28, 2019 8:04
From the Mueller investigation's end to renewed debate about health care, it's been a busy week in Washington. But how are these political issues resonating outside the nation's capital? Judy Woodruff talks to Kent State University professor and columnist Connie Schultz and Chris Buskirk, editor of conservative journal and website American Greatness, about what the Americans they talk to think.
Anxious about debt, Generation Z makes college choice a financial one
Mar 28, 2019 7:59
The amount of student loan debt Americans hold is at a record high, and much of it is shouldered by Millennials--people in their late 20s and 30s. Now, children in Generation Z, the group born after 1996, are facing their own quandary about how to pay for college. As economics correspondent Paul Solman found, some are taking very seriously the prospect of being saddled with a lifetime of loans.
‘The Power’ author Naomi Alderman answers your questions
Mar 28, 2019 6:37
Naomi Alderman, author of our March pick for the PBS NewsHour-New York Times book club, Now Read This, joins Jeffrey Brown to answer reader questions about “The Power.” Plus, Jeff announces the April book selection.
A college student’s take on overcoming obstacles for family
Mar 28, 2019 3:13
Naomi De La Rosa was nine when her mother was deported from the U.S., after authorities learned she had entered the country illegally a decade earlier. Though she was thrust into a caregiver role for her younger brother and eventually her elderly father, De La Rosa still managed to excel at school. Now a freshman at the University of Arizona, she shares her brief but spectacular take on family.
News Wrap: Trump backs legal challenge to Affordable Care Act
Mar 27, 2019 6:02
In our Wednesday news wrap, the debate over health care is reigniting, as President Trump declares his support for a legal challenge to the Affordable Care Act, known as Obamacare, and intent to replace it with “a plan that is far better.” Meanwhile, Trump demanded that Russian troops who arrived in Venezuela over the weekend leave immediately, with “all options” on the table if they don’t.
Does handling of Boeing safety issue reveal ‘fundamental conflict’ for the FAA?
Mar 27, 2019 7:32
In the aftermath of a second deadly plane crash, Boeing is trying to reassure the U.S. government and the public that it is addressing the flight control system on its 737 MAX jets. The feature is suspected of a role in the fatal Ethiopian Airlines incident in March as well as an October Lion Air crash. Amna Nawaz reports and talks to science correspondent Miles O’Brien for technical details.
Awaiting full Mueller report, Washington turns to policy on health care, climate change
Mar 27, 2019 7:34
Yamiche Alcindor and Lisa Desjardins join Judy Woodruff to discuss upcoming high-profile policy debates in Washington, including President Trump’s desire to eliminate the Affordable Care Act and what he thinks should replace it, Republican and Democratic proposals for funding family leave and ideas for addressing climate change.
As planet warms, scientists explore ‘far out’ ways to reduce atmospheric CO2
Mar 27, 2019 8:56
The U.S. government estimates that the consequences of climate change are already costing the country hundreds of billions of dollars. But even if we stopped using fossil fuels immediately, the globe would continue to warm due to an existing buildup of carbon dioxide. Miles O’Brien reports on how some scientists are now exploring unorthodox means of actually removing the gas from our atmosphere.
On Brexit, Parliament’s only consensus comes as rejection
Mar 27, 2019 7:14
British Parliament voted Wednesday on eight proposals for how the United Kingdom should handle a stalled Brexit, yielding no consensus beyond disapproval for exiting the European Union without a deal. As a result, is the outlook brightening for Prime Minister Theresa May’s plan, which Parliament has rejected twice? Nick Schifrin talks to Allie Renison of the Institute of Directors for analysis.
The critical role of ‘guarded’ Chief Justice John Roberts
Mar 27, 2019 7:28
With the country feeling deeply polarized and a Supreme Court that has moved to the right under President Trump, the role of Chief Justice John Roberts is attracting increased interest and scrutiny, including in "The Chief," a new book by Joan Biskupic. Judy Woodruff talks to Biskupic about the pivotal justice's “guarded” personality, drive to achieve and hallmark judicial decisions.
How theater helps these Syrian refugees manage the trauma of war
Mar 27, 2019 7:09
How does one manage the trauma of war? A group of refugees from Syria, which has been consumed by fighting for eight years, is trying theater. In Glasgow, Scotland, a therapeutic drama program is staging an ancient play about the Trojan War by Euripides in an attempt to help the Syrian refugees reckon with their past, and improve their futures. Special correspondent Malcolm Brabant reports.
In Washington, perspectives on Mueller report diverge across party lines
Mar 26, 2019 3:35
The Mueller report remains the top story in Washington, but Republicans and Democrats are viewing it from two very different perspectives. Democrats are pressing for full disclosure of the special counsel's findings so they can make their own judgments of the facts, while President Trump and his allies insist the matter is concluded, with the president in the clear. Lisa Desjardins reports.
News Wrap: House fails to override Trump veto on emergency declaration
Mar 26, 2019 6:15
In our Tuesday news wrap, the House failed to override President Trump's veto of a bill to block his national emergency declaration. The 248 lawmakers voting to override fell 38 short of a required two-thirds majority. The declaration still faces legal challenges. Meanwhile, members of both parties denounced Pentagon plans to allocate military funds to pay for a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border.
Rep. Collins on ‘politicization’ of the Justice Department
Mar 26, 2019 5:43
A bipartisan effort from the House Judiciary Committee is pushing the Justice Department to explain why it began investigating President Trump for obstruction of justice. Judy Woodruff talks to the committee’s top Republican, Georgia Rep. Doug Collins, about whether he’s satisfied with the attorney general’s summary of the Mueller report and eradicating “corruption” within the Justice Department.
Preet Bharara on ‘troublesome language’ in Barr summary of Mueller report
Mar 26, 2019 6:45
Debate continues over the meaning of Attorney General William Barr’s summary of the Mueller report, with Democrats arguing it’s impossible to draw conclusions about President Trump’s culpability without a first-hand examination of the report. Judy Woodruff talks to former federal prosecutor Preet Bharara about the “troublesome language” in Barr’s letter and investigating for truth vs. retaliation.
What’s at stake in Supreme Court consideration of redistricting
Mar 26, 2019 4:59
Can electoral maps go too far in favoring one political party over the other? It’s a question the Supreme Court has previously left unresolved but is considering again as it takes up challenges to congressional maps drawn by North Carolina Republicans and Maryland Democrats. Amna Nawaz talks to National Law Journal’s Marcia Coyle about the challenge of a "manageable standard" for redistricting.
New treatments yield hope for stopping tuberculosis, world’s leading infectious killer
Mar 26, 2019 6:41
Sunday marked World Tuberculosis Day. While T.B. doesn’t attract the same attention as influenza, malaria or Ebola, it recently surpassed HIV/AIDS to become the globe's leading infectious killer. In 2018, there were more than 10 million new cases. There hadn’t been a treatment breakthrough for 40 years, but the tide is starting to turn. Hari Sreenivasan shares a story of hope from South Africa.
How the way we talk about suicide can prevent it from happening again
Mar 26, 2019 9:01
Two members of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas community have died by apparent suicide. One of them was a survivor of last year’s mass shooting who reportedly struggled with post-traumatic stress disorder. Dr. Kelly Posner Gerstenhaber of the Columbia Lighthouse Project and Ryan Petty, whose daughter was killed at Parkland, join William Brangham to discuss the troubling phenomenon of teen suicide.
Reba McEntire on women in country music and returning to her roots
Mar 26, 2019 9:06
She's a music and entertainment legend, star of movies, TV sitcoms and Broadway theater -- not to mention a retail mogul. Reba McEntire sits down with Amna Nawaz for a revealing chat about the changes she'd like to see in country music, how she achieved career success and why she’s now going back to her roots.
Republicans celebrate Barr’s summary, while Democrats insist on full report’s release
Mar 25, 2019 9:45
Attorney General William Barr’s summary of the Mueller report says the special counsel found no evidence that the president or his campaign colluded with Russia during the 2016 election. In response, the White House is claiming victory, while Democrats insist the full report be made public. Judy Woodruff talks to Yamiche Alcindor, Lisa Desjardins and NPR’s Carrie Johnson for more.
Will the Mueller report be made public?
Mar 22, 2019 8:49
Will the Mueller report be made public?
Blurb: The day has finally arrived for special counsel Robert Mueller to deliver his report on Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. Attorney General William Barr confirmed receipt of the final report late Friday afternoon. Yamiche Alcindor and Lisa Desjardins join Judy Woodruff to discuss what we know about it so far and what happens next, including the outlook for its public release.
How the Mueller report represents the beginning of ‘a new phase’
Mar 22, 2019 6:57
There are early indications that the Mueller report does not recommend any further indictments beyond those brought during the nearly two-year investigation. If true, does that mean President Trump is cleared of wrongdoing? Judy Woodruff talks to former federal prosecutor Amy Jeffress and former Justice Department official John Carlin about the “fact-gathering” nature of the investigation.
News Wrap: Trump withdraws North Korea sanctions imposed yesterday
Mar 22, 2019 7:10
In our news wrap Friday, President Trump announced that he is withdrawing sanctions his administration imposed on North Korea just yesterday. According to Trump’s press secretary, Sarah Sanders, the president “likes Chairman Kim” and “doesn’t think these sanctions will be necessary.” Also, New Zealand held a day of remembrance for the 50 people who were shot to death at two mosques last Friday.
Shields and Brooks on the Mueller report and what happens next
Mar 22, 2019 13:24
Syndicated columnist Mark Shields and New York Times columnist David Brooks join Judy Woodruff to analyze the impact of the Mueller report, with Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, participating by phone.
Roads, towns and livelihoods are washed away in Midwest floods
Mar 22, 2019 5:51
Ongoing flooding across the Midwest has left thousands of homes damaged and vast swaths of farmland underwater. Residents and public officials alike are trying to cope with washed-out roads, lost livestock, ruined crops, and a lack of supplies. Meanwhile, weather experts are predicting a “potentially unprecedented” flood season. Judy Woodruff speaks to Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts for more.
Why the caliphate’s fall is ‘a milestone’ but not the end for ISIS
Mar 22, 2019 5:16
After nearly five years of fighting in Iraq and Syria, the Trump administration signaled Friday that ISIS no longer controls any territory in Iraq or Syria. But despite a brutal bombardment, the final holdouts in Baghouz refuse to surrender. Special correspondent Jane Ferguson reports on why the extremist group’s tenacity could be an indicator of a different battle to come.
Though Mueller report is complete, investigation ‘offshoots’ continue
Mar 22, 2019 4:02
Although the Mueller report has been delivered to the attorney general, the public still knows little of what is contained within it. In addition, numerous other investigations sparked by Mueller’s work are ongoing. Judy Woodruff asks NPR’s Carrie Johnson about details of the report’s delivery, what the White House has seen of it and what happens next.
In Mozambique, cyclone survivors grow frantic amid shortage of food
Mar 21, 2019 2:49
As the death toll from a deadly tropical cyclone climbs to 550, Mozambique’s political situation is adding to the woes of its people. Survivors of the catastrophe are scrambling to find food and supplies, but there’s a sense more aid would be available if the country enjoyed stronger relationships with its neighbors. John Irvine of Independent Television News reports from Mozambique.
News Wrap: Dozens die when ferry capsizes in northern Iraq
Mar 21, 2019 8:00
In our news wrap Thursday, at least 94 people died after an overcrowded ferry sank in northern Iraq. Passengers were celebrating Kurdish holidays when the vessel capsized in the Tigris River near Mosul, where heavy rains and snowmelt fed a strong current. Also, the government of New Zealand banned sales of military-style semi-automatic guns and high-capacity ammunition magazines.
How ‘Brexit paralysis’ is damaging the British government
Mar 21, 2019 4:41
The political divide in the United Kingdom continues to grow fiercer as the deadline for Brexit nears. While Prime Minister Theresa May is seeking an extension for the UK to leave the European Union, every option the country currently has on the table is likely to exacerbate the tensions that have already boiled over. Nick Schifrin reports.
With Trump’s Golan Heights move, Netanyahu may be the biggest winner
Mar 21, 2019 6:19
President Trump announced Thursday that the U.S. will now recognize Israel’s sovereignty over the Golan Heights, a strategic 40-mile strip of land on the Syrian-Israeli border. The decision, which Trump announced via Tweet, overturns decades of U.S. policy in the Middle East. The Woodrow Wilson Center's Aaron David Miller joins Judy Woodruff to discuss the implications for both politics and policy.
Why Louisianans blame government, not corporations, for pollution problems
Mar 21, 2019 9:52
UC Berkeley sociologist Arlie Hochschild traveled to Louisiana, the second-poorest state, to explore why its neediest populations simultaneously rely on federal aid and reject the concept of “big government.” As Paul Solman reports, the author and professor discovered many residents feel betrayed by their state's government for failing to protect them from toxic pollution that risks their health.
How Trump’s executive order on campus free speech could affect colleges
Mar 21, 2019 12:53
President Trump signed an executive order Thursday requiring that U.S. colleges seeking federal research funding must certify that their policies support free speech in order to receive it. Amna Nawaz talks to Jerry Falwell Jr., and Georgetown University’s Sanford Ungar about how free expression is constrained on college campuses and what the president’s action will do to change that.
A culinary tradition for the Persian new year
Mar 21, 2019 6:23
Nowruz, the Persian holiday celebrating the new year, is observed in Iran and parts of Western and Central Asia. It marks the first day of the vernal equinox. Najmieh Batmanglij, author of eight cookbooks on Iranian cuisine that are widely celebrated among the Iranian diaspora, reminisces about her Iranian childhood while cooking Persian new year soup with Jeffrey Brown.
The blacklist that rising screenwriters want to be on
Mar 21, 2019 2:58
Franklin Leonard is the founder of The Black List, a website that aims to connect potential screenwriters with filmmakers. The site allows users to upload their screenplays and earn ratings from the site’s community, with the possibility of seeing their work actually produced into a movie. Leonard shares a brief but spectacular take on how the tool could help grow Hollywood inclusivity.
New Zealand mosque suspect embraced white supremacy, previous acts of hate
Mar 15, 2019 3:52
Christchurch, New Zealand’s second-largest city, was the site of horrific carnage Friday, as a gunman stormed two mosques during Friday prayers, killing at least 49 people and injuring dozens more. Police arrested the alleged shooter, who cited other mass killings as inspiration. Amna Nawaz reports on what New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern called one of the country’s “darkest days.”
Why alleged New Zealand mosque killer represents a broader ‘social movement’
Mar 15, 2019 11:31
Deadly terror attacks in New Zealand Friday caused global shock, but the extreme anti-immigrant, white supremacist ideology of the suspected Australian gunman is not new. Judy Woodruff talks to Humera Khan of Muflehun, a nonprofit fighting hate and extremism, University of Chicago’s Kathleen Belew and Matthew Knott of the Sydney Morning Herald about the scope of this malignant "social movement."
News Wrap: Trump issues first veto; North Korea warns it may restart missile testing
Mar 15, 2019 4:41
In our news wrap Friday, President Trump cast the first veto of his administration. The action was in response to Congress’ resolution to block Trump’s national emergency declaration over immigration at the U.S. border with Mexico. Meanwhile, North Korea is warning the U.S. that it may restart missile launches and nuclear tests in the wake of failed negotiations in Hanoi last month.
Big week for O’Rourke and Yang on the campaign trail — what about Biden?
Mar 15, 2019 2:35
A crowded field of Democratic 2020 presidential candidates now includes former Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke, who campaigned in Iowa this week, trying to appeal across party lines. Also in Iowa was entrepreneur Andrew Yang, who just became eligible to participate in Democratic debates. Still, a major question remains unanswered: will popular former Vice President Joe Biden run? Lisa Desjardins reports.
Shields and Brooks on New Zealand massacre, 2020 Democrats’ ideology
Mar 15, 2019 11:59
Syndicated columnist Mark Shields and New York Times columnist David Brooks join Judy Woodruff to analyze the week's news, including hate and tragedy in New Zealand, President Trump’s aggressive and “reckless” rhetoric and the latest updates from the field of 2020 Democratic presidential candidates.
Dawoud Bey on photography as a ‘transformative experience’
Mar 15, 2019 6:39
For decades, Dawoud Bey has been considered one of the country’s foremost street photographers, known for capturing the everyday lives of black Americans with a deep intimacy. Recently, Bey has shifted his focus to the historical, with an exploration of how the world might have appeared to fugitive slaves on the Underground Railroad. Jeffrey Brown talks to Bey about “making the invisible visible.”
How a scientific approach to crayons yields this artist’s photorealistic portraits
Mar 15, 2019 2:55
With his series of crayon works, Ohio artist Christian Faur is not only creating photorealistic portraits out of art supplies traditionally relegated to children, but he’s also making the crayons from scratch. Jackie Shafer of WOSU in Columbus has this look at the unique and “ridiculously labor-intensive” medium in which Faur does much of his work.
With blocked emergency declaration, Senate delivers Trump a ‘stunning rebuke’
Mar 14, 2019 6:57
The Senate defied President Trump on Thursday, with 12 Republicans helping form a decisive majority to block his declaration of a national emergency over immigration. But the 59-41 vote wasn't a large enough majority to overturn a veto, and Trump vowed immediately to use one--the first of his presidency. Judy Woodruff talks to Lisa Desjardins and Yamiche Alcindor about the "stunning rebuke."
News Wrap: House votes to release Mueller report publicly
Mar 14, 2019 8:35
The House voted unanimously Thursday that special counsel Robert Mueller's forthcoming report must be made public. The non-binding resolution is intended to pressure Attorney General William Barr to release as much information as possible, but it's unclear if the Senate will take it up. Also, former Rep. Beto O’Rourke, D-Texas, is officially running for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination.
Remembering former Sen. Birch Bayh, champion of Title IX
Mar 14, 2019 1:44
Former Sen. Birch Bayh, who served three terms as an Indiana Democrat, died Thursday at his home in Maryland. Bayh was the primary architect of Title IX, which bars sex discrimination in colleges, and the 25th Amendment, which empowers presidents to fill vice presidential vacancies and outlines a procedure for declaring sitting presidents unfit. John Yang remembers the influential legislator.
Parliament wants to delay Brexit, as May vows 3rd vote on proposed deal
Mar 14, 2019 4:02
The United Kingdom's political crisis over how to exit the European Union continues. This week, Parliament rejected the option to leave without an agreement, and on Thursday, it voted to delay Brexit for three months. If the EU grants the extension, will it offer Prime Minister Theresa May a "lifeline?" Foreign affairs correspondent Nick Schifrin talks to Peter Spiegel of the Financial Times.
Explosive cheating scandal illuminates hidden inequities of college admissions
Mar 14, 2019 8:27
An explosive scandal around bribery and cheating in college admissions has prompted new questions about access, race and inequality in elite higher education. Judy Woodruff explores some of them with Daniel Golden, senior editor at ProPublica and author of a book on the unfairness of college admissions, and Rashad Robinson, president of Color of Change, an organization focused on racial justice.
This free program trains people how to start a business —but without debt
Mar 14, 2019 8:20
It’s commonly believed that you need money to start a company, but a pair of British entrepreneurs are spreading a different message. Through their initiative PopUp Business School, Alan Donegan and his team train people with little capital, but a lot of ideas, how to turn their entrepreneurial visions into reality. Paul Solman reports on how the free program encourages aspiring innovators.
With ‘Mutual Air,’ this California artist leverages the sounds of science
Mar 14, 2019 5:12
Despite increasingly dire assessments about the outlook for climate change, it can be difficult to remain mindful of our environment’s health on a daily basis. Jeffrey Brown traveled to the Bay Area to meet Rosten Woo, a Los Angeles-based artist whose work offers an unexpected way to become more aware of pollution as we go about our lives: by listening to it.
The dangers of our ‘new data economy,’ and how to avoid them
Mar 14, 2019 3:15
Roger McNamee was an early investor in Facebook and still holds a stake in the social media giant--but he’s also become a vocal critic of its practices, especially around how it handles user data. McNamee offers his humble opinion on why as consumers, we need to stop being passive and take control of how we share our personal information.
What new information led FAA to ground Boeing’s 737 MAX jets?
Mar 13, 2019 6:30
Boeing’s 737 MAX jetliners are grounded across much of the globe -- including the U.S. Days after other nations banned the plane from flying in their airspace, the FAA, which had as recently as Tuesday night insisted the plane was safe, said new information about Sunday's Ethiopian Airlines crash led it to change course. John Yang reports, and Judy Woodruff talks to Miles O’Brien for analysis.
News Wrap: Cohen lawyer defends denials over presidential pardon
Mar 13, 2019 6:03
In our Wednesday news wrap, a lawyer for Michael Cohen defended Cohen’s denials that he had sought a presidential pardon. A letter to Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., chair of the House Oversight Committee, stated that Cohen hadn’t “personally” asked President Trump for a pardon. Also, Trump warned Republican senators not to oppose his national emergency over immigration at the U.S.-Mexico border.
After Manafort’s 2nd federal sentencing, NY prosecutor announces additional charges
Mar 13, 2019 8:10
Former Trump campaign chair Paul Manafort was sentenced Wednesday to three-and-a-half more years in prison for federal crimes related to foreign lobbying and witness tampering. After the hearing, a New York prosecutor revealed new state-level charges for Manafort, too. William Brangham, who was in the courthouse, reports, and Amna Nawaz talks to former federal prosecutor Jessica Roth for analysis.
The brutal push for peace in Afghanistan after almost 20 years of war
Mar 13, 2019 10:41
The highest level of talks yet between the U.S. and the Taliban concluded Tuesday in Qatar. With videographer Sebastian Rich's exclusive footage of American and Afghan operations in southern Afghanistan, Nick Schifrin reports on how both sides are trying to use battlefield gains to force peacemaking concessions, and gets insight from Nader Nadery, a senior adviser to Afghan President Ashraf Ghani.
The stunning truth about asbestos use in the U.S.
Mar 13, 2019 10:07
Asbestos is no longer ubiquitous in building materials, and since it's proven to cause cancer, many Americans likely assumed the substance had been banned entirely. But not only is asbestos a naturally occurring mineral, it is also still used to make some household products. Science correspondent Miles O’Brien reports on "broken" U.S. regulation and why we continue to import the carcinogen.
How donkeys are helping kids with autism process their feelings
Mar 13, 2019 3:13
Humans are accustomed to turning to dogs, cats and even horses for comfort and companionship. But now another type of livestock is becoming more popular for its therapeutic appeal: the donkey. As WGBH’s Cristina Quinn reports, equine therapy has branched out to include the smaller, less majestic relative of the horse, and it’s delivering relief for children with autism.
With May’s plan defeated, could a no-deal Brexit be ‘ruinous’ for the UK?
Mar 12, 2019 7:06
Britain's Parliament soundly rejected Prime Minister Theresa May’s revised Brexit plan. May had secured some concessions from the European Union over the most contentious parts of the agreement, but they weren’t enough for opponents. With less than three weeks until the scheduled date for Brexit, the UK’s trajectory remains unclear. Judy Woodruff talks to special correspondent Ryan Chilcote.
‘Political meltdown’ grips UK after Theresa May’s Brexit defeat
Mar 12, 2019 6:55
The United Kingdom continues to face political turmoil over Brexit, as Prime Minister Theresa May failed to find enough support in Parliament for her amended agreement with the European Union. Judy Woodruff talks to Sir Peter Westmacott, former British ambassador to the U.S., about the most likely courses of action now, May’s “extremely fragile” majority and why Brexit matters across the globe.
News Wrap: Venezuelan government blames Guaido, U.S. for power blackout
Mar 12, 2019 3:44
In our news wrap Tuesday, the Islamic State in Syria urged supporters via social media to launch vengeance attacks around the world. Several hundred die-hard fighters are under siege in the eastern part of the country. Plus, the Venezuelan government said it suspects opposition leader Juan Guaido and the United States are behind the power outage that has crippled the country for nearly a week.
It’s impossible to call Boeing 737 MAX 8 safe, says this aviation expert
Mar 12, 2019 8:13
U.S. aviation experts have convened at the crash site of Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 amid growing global concern about the safety of Boeing’s 737 MAX 8 jet. Although dozens of countries have grounded the planes, the FAA says they're safe. John Yang reports and discusses with Mary Schiavo, a former Transportation Department inspector general who represents the victims of airline accidents.
Water costs balloon in cities along the Great Lakes
Mar 9, 2019 4:42
The Great Lakes are an indispensable source of drinking water for more than 48 million people in the U.S. and Canada. But in six large cities on the shorelines, residents are facing a cost crisis. WBEZ reporter Maria Ines Zamudio discusses the findings of a nine-month investigation by American Public Media, Great Lakes Today and NPR with Hari Sreenivasan.
Human smuggling industry cashes in on U.S. asylum-seekers
Mar 9, 2019 15:34
Migrants seeking asylum at the U.S.-Mexico border are a money-making enterprise for smugglers and powerful cartels. It's the subject of “Border Hustle”, an investigation and short documentary from The Texas Tribune and Time magazine. Reporter Jay Root joins Hari Sreenivasan for a look inside the dangerous and expensive journeys.
News Wrap: Job creation, unemployment both drop in February
Mar 8, 2019 5:23
In our news wrap Friday, the Labor Department reported a net gain of 20,000 jobs in February, the smallest in nearly 18 months. Still, the unemployment rate fell, while average hourly pay rose more than 3 percent compared to last year. Also, President Trump and former lawyer Michael Cohen traded accusations over Twitter, with each saying the other was lying about discussions of a pardon for Cohen.
What Manafort’s light sentence says about criminal justice disparities
Mar 8, 2019 6:28
A federal judge in Virginia sentenced Paul Manafort to less than four years in prison for tax and bank fraud--far less than the roughly 20 years called for under federal guidelines. The sentence prompted outcry, with critics arguing Manafort’s punishment highlights disparities in our criminal justice system. Judy Woodruff talks to Kevin Sharp, a former federal judge, for an insider’s perspective.
In stunning lawsuit, U.S. women’s soccer team challenges pay, working conditions
Mar 8, 2019 6:08
The U.S. women's soccer team hopes to defend its World Cup title this year. But on Friday, International Women’s Day, all 28 team members filed a gender discrimination lawsuit against the U.S. Soccer Federation, arguing they suffered years of institutionalized gender discrimination--and lower pay. Elizabeth Mitchell of the New York Daily News and soccer star Julie Foudy join Amna Nawaz to discuss.
After failed summit, what’s next for U.S. policy on North Korea
Mar 8, 2019 5:01
A little over a week after the second summit between President Trump and Kim Jong Un ended early and without a deal, North Korea watchers have published satellite imagery indicating that a dismantled rocket launch facility is now being reassembled. What does this development mean for U.S. strategy on denuclearization? Nick Schifrin joins Judy Woodruff to discuss.
Shields and Gerson on Democrats’ bigotry resolution, Trump investigations
Mar 8, 2019 11:51
Syndicated columnist Mark Shields and Washington Post columnist Michael Gerson join Judy Woodruff to analyze the week in politics, including the House Democrats' resolution condemning hate and bigotry, congressional investigations of President Trump and the field of 2020 Democratic presidential candidates.
Embracing classical music and its potential for ‘sonic salvation’
Mar 8, 2019 6:06
Classical is a music genre hampered by a tendency to exclude or intimidate newcomers. But Clemency Burton-Hill, creative director at WQXR, a public classical radio station serving New York, wants to change that. An evangelist for art that leaves her “wonderstruck” but is limited by “barriers to entry,” Burton-Hill sits down with Jeffrey Brown to discuss music and her new book, “Year of Wonder.”
Why recreating ancient artifacts may be the future of archaeology
Mar 8, 2019 2:58
Have you ever heard of an archaeologist who burns, hammers or smashes artifacts? That’s what Metin Eren does, except it’s with replicas. Eren is a rising star in the field of experimental archaeology. In his lab at Kent State University, he tests recreations of early stone tools, trying to understand their purpose and design--and what those meant for human development. Nsikan Akpan reports.
News Wrap: Manafort sentenced to nearly 4 years in prison
Mar 7, 2019 5:27
In our Thursday news wrap, former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort was sentenced to 47 months in prison for bank and tax fraud. He could receive another 10 years in a separate case. Also, another firestorm has erupted around former Trump attorney Michael Cohen, who told Congress he hadn't sought a presidential pardon, but whose lawyer now says Cohen did discuss one with the president’s team.
What the firestorm over Rep. Omar’s remarks says about anti-Semitism in America
Mar 7, 2019 11:38
Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., faced a firestorm recently after suggesting political support for Israel might entail "allegiance to a foreign country." After critics slammed her remarks as anti-Semitic, the freshman congresswoman apologized, and House Democrats wrote a resolution condemning bigotry. Nick Schifrin talks to The Israel Project’s Josh Block and J Street’s Jeremy Ben-Ami.
Despite Trump’s tariffs, the U.S. trade deficit keeps growing
Mar 7, 2019 3:45
The economy, and the U.S. trade deficit specifically, is a major focus of President Trump’s agenda, driving his decision to impose tariffs on Chinese goods. But the latest data indicates the trade gap is actually growing, to its highest level in over a decade. Amna Nawaz talks to the Brookings Institution's David Wessel about rising American consumption and a healthy way to manage the deficit.
Will Brexit jeopardize 21 years of peace in Northern Ireland?
Mar 7, 2019 9:06
As the Brexit deadline looms, the United Kingdom and the European Union are both feeling uncertain. Ireland faces an especially complex dynamic: It will remain part of the EU, but it shares a border with the UK's Northern Ireland, which will not. Twenty-one years after the Good Friday Agreement, what does Brexit mean for peace in a fraught region? Special correspondent Jane Ferguson reports.
Spike in horse fatalities at Santa Anita Park casts shadow over racing industry
Mar 7, 2019 3:54
Santa Anita Park is one of the country’s most famous and storied horse racing venues, and this weekend it was due to host a major prep contest for May’s Kentucky Derby. But a spike in deaths among horses training there -- 21 have died since December 26 -- has prompted the track to close for testing, amid rising alarm from critics who fear the sport is too grueling to begin with. John Yang reports.
How kids are adapting to a cashless culture
Mar 7, 2019 7:14
A quarter of the U.S. population is made up of people born from the mid-1990s to around 2010, known as Generation Z. When it comes to making purchases, this group is accustomed to buying online and using credit cards, but less familiar with cash. How does the absence of tangible currency, and the constant exposure to digital advertising, affect their relationship with money? Paul Solman reports.
Why changing juvenile corrections is critical to American criminal justice
Mar 7, 2019 3:38
Prison reform is a major topic within the national political conversation. For many incarcerated people, the path to jail begins in the teen years; at any given time, roughly 50,000 young people are held in juvenile prisons. Johnnie McDaniels, former executive director of the Henley-Young Juvenile Justice Center, shares a brief but spectacular take on the "revolving door" of juvenile corrections.
News Wrap: Trump says ‘too early’ to determine if North Korea is rebuilding missile site
Mar 6, 2019 5:24
In our news wrap Wednesday, President Trump reacted cautiously to signs North Korea may be rebuilding a missile launch site. When asked about satellite images of new construction, Trump said “it’s too early to see” but that he would be “very disappointed” if the reports prove true. Also, House Democrats delayed a resolution that indirectly rebukes Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., for comments on Israel.
Sen. Lisa Murkowski on disagreeing with the president
Mar 6, 2019 8:27
Few Republicans disagree publicly with President Trump more than Alaskan Sen. Lisa Murkowski. She has diverged from the White House stance on health care, the environment and the Supreme Court, among other issues. Now Murkowski is bucking her party by refusing to support Trump’s national emergency declaration over funding for a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border. She talks to Judy Woodruff about why.
What a broad, bipartisan public lands bill means for the American wilderness
Mar 6, 2019 3:58
President Trump is expected to sign a sweeping bipartisan lands bill into law this week, with broad implications for development of wilderness areas, state conservation funding and hunting and fishing on public lands. Judy Woodruff sits down with Lisa Desjardins to discuss the details of the landmark legislation, including its unusually high level of support in both chambers of Congress.
These Saudi citizens in the U.S. criticized their government. Now they live in fear
Mar 6, 2019 9:45
As President Trump’s nominee to be ambassador to Saudi Arabia testified before the Senate on Wednesday, he faced questions from some senators about the Saudi pattern of cracking down on dissidents. Even in the United States, Saudi citizens, including students and scholars, have experienced threats and harassment in response to their public criticism of the Saudi government. Nick Schifrin reports.
How NIH plans to fight the sexual harassment that could drive women away from science
Mar 6, 2019 8:09
A milestone report on sexual harassment in science has identified pervasive problems and policy shortcomings at the field's highest levels. In response, NIH apologized for not addressing more quickly “the climate and culture that has caused such harm.” William Brangham talks to NIH's director, Dr. Francis Collins, about the risk of potentially driving women away from careers in scientific fields.
Novelist Valeria Luiselli on writing to document ‘political violence’
Mar 6, 2019 5:14
The U.S. is reportedly experiencing illegal immigration at the highest rates since 2007, with significant increases in the number of unaccompanied minors. It is these child migrants who are the subject of Valeria Luiselli’s book “Lost Children Archive.” Luiselli talks to Jeffrey Brown about her experience helping child asylum seekers, balancing truth and fiction and "political violence."
A humble opinion on accepting risk in order to choose joy
Mar 6, 2019 3:26
Hobbies can offer an amazing sense of purpose and fulfillment, and many of us acquire new ones as we grow older. But what happens when a pursuit of passion poses risk of physical harm? Novelist Jane Hamilton shares her humble opinion on being willing to accept danger in exchange for a life well lived.
In eastern Alabama, communities reel from tornado’s ‘annihilation’
Mar 5, 2019 5:48
Officials have released the names of 23 people confirmed dead from a tornado that hit Lee County, Alabama, on Sunday. Rescue efforts are winding down, though many residents will face a long road to recovery after losing homes and livelihoods to the 170 mile-per-hour winds. John Yang reports and Judy Woodruff talks to Mayor F.L. “Bubba” Copeland of Smiths Station, one of the hardest hit areas.
News Wrap: Trump blasts House investigations as ‘a disgrace’
Mar 5, 2019 5:50
In our news wrap Tuesday, President Trump blasted congressional Democrats over a series of new investigations into his administration. The House Judiciary Committee is seeking information from 81 people linked to the president, who calls the probes “a disgrace.” Also, House Democrats plan to vote Wednesday to condemn anti-Semitism, in an apparent rebuke to freshman Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn.
Trump invokes ‘socialist nightmare’ ahead of 2020
Mar 2, 2019 4:04
President Trump gave his longest speech ever on Saturday at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference, or CPAC, held in Maryland. Touting his 2016 victory, he said he will win 2020 presidential bid by an even a wider margin. He also railed against special counsel Mueller’s investigation and attacked Democrats as socialists. New Yorker reporter Osita Nwanevu joins Hari Sreenivasan.
What the SpaceX launch means for America’s space program
Mar 2, 2019 4:00
The SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule launched from Kennedy Space Center in Florida early Saturday on its way to the International Space Station. If the mission is successful, NASA astronauts could head into space from American soil later this year for the first time since 2011. Loren Grush, a senior science reporter with The Verge, joins Hari Sreenivasan, to talk about the launch's significance.
Libya’s political instability makes room for ISIS to regroup
Mar 2, 2019 9:34
This week Libya's prime minister and the a rival opposition leader agreed to hold nationwide elections in the war-torn country. A previous election attempt was delayed as territorial disputes and instability were allowing groups like ISIS to take advantage of the power vacuum. Christopher Livesay reported from inside Libya in October, 2018 with funding from the Pulitzer Center.
News Wrap: Somali siege ends with al-Shabab attackers dead
Mar 1, 2019 6:00
In our Friday news wrap, Somali forces battled al-Shabab militants in Mogadishu, killing the attackers to end a siege that left 29 civilians dead. Also, Otto Warmbier's parents rebuked President Trump for not holding North Korean leader Kim Jong Un responsible in their son's death. Otto Warmbier was detained in North Korea in 2016 and died after returning to the U.S. in a coma the following year.
Reports indicate Trump ordered Kushner’s security clearance, despite concerns
Mar 1, 2019 7:58
President Trump is again facing questions about the security clearance of son-in-law Jared Kushner. Multiple news outlets reported this week that the president ordered John Kelly, then his chief of staff, to grant Kushner’s clearance despite concerns from intelligence officials about his financial dealings and foreign contacts. Judy Woodruff talks to Bloomberg’s Caleb Melby for the details.
Why climate change is an ‘all-encompassing threat’
Mar 1, 2019 7:18
Although a candidate just entered the 2020 presidential race with a platform centered on climate change, some experts say Americans aren’t fully aware of the scope and seriousness of global warming. Among them is David Wallace-Wells, who argues in a new book that the severity of the climate crisis has not yet been acknowledged, let alone addressed. He sits down with William Brangham to discuss.
Shields and Brooks on Cohen testimony, North Korea summit
Mar 1, 2019 12:30
Syndicated columnist Mark Shields and New York Times columnist David Brooks join Judy Woodruff to analyze the week in politics, including reverberations from Michael Cohen’s appearance before the House Oversight Committee and conclusions from the Trump-Kim summit in Hanoi.
‘Leaving Neverland’ tells disturbing stories of child sex abuse
Mar 1, 2019 10:07
A new documentary is reigniting questions about pop icon Michael Jackson. Airing on HBO, “Leaving Neverland” profiles two men who say Jackson sexually abused them as children. One of them, Wade Robson, testified in Jackson's defense during a trial that saw him acquitted of child-molestation charges. John Yang talks to director Dan Reed about why he wanted to tell the troubling story.
‘True West’ stars Ethan Hawke and Paul Dano on Sam Shepard’s ‘profound sensibility’
Mar 1, 2019 6:36
The Sam Shepard play “True West” is a revival of an American theater classic. The play has been a magnet for great actors since it was written in 1980. In this contemporary version, it stars Ethan Hawke and Paul Dano, who sit down with Jeffrey Brown to discuss the “double natures” of their characters and the complex inspiration of playwright Shepard.
After months of buildup, Hanoi talks conclude early — with no deal
Feb 28, 2019 4:40
After 8,000 miles of travel and hours of high-stakes discussion, President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un walked away from the Hanoi summit without a deal. U.S. officials said that while North Korea agreed to reduce its nuclear facilities, their concessions didn't warrant the requested lifting of U.S. sanctions. Nick Schifrin reports on the much-anticipated meeting's abrupt conclusion.
News Wrap: Pakistan plans to release Indian pilot, with a warning
Feb 28, 2019 5:07
In our news wrap Thursday, Pakistan's prime minister, Imran Khan, said he will release a captured Indian pilot as a “peace gesture” but warned India against escalating the situation. Tensions over the disputed territory of Kashmir have reignited recently. Also, floodwaters in California are slowly receding after the Russian River burst its banks overnight, partly submerging homes and businesses.
How ‘overreach’ by Trump and Kim set summit up for failure
Feb 28, 2019 7:42
Talks fell apart between President Trump and Kim Jong Un at their second summit this week in Hanoi. Although Trump characterized the meeting’s tone as “very friendly” despite an early end, it nonetheless failed to achieve any of the administration’s stated goals. Judy Woodruff talks to Jung Pak of the Brookings Institution and Frank Jannuzi, president of the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Foundation.
The ‘stunning’ details Cohen offered about Trump’s business
Feb 28, 2019 7:29
During a public hearing before the House Oversight Committee, former Trump attorney Michael Cohen discussed the president’s personal, political and financial affairs. William Brangham talks to The Washington Post’s David Fahrenthold and Andrea Bernstein, co-host of the podcast "Trump, Inc.," about "startling" details of Trump's business and why Congress might want to talk to Allen Weisselberg.
Unprecedented Netanyahu indictment roils Israeli election
Feb 28, 2019 4:05
Israel’s attorney general has recommended indictment for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu over allegations of corruption. But Netanyahu is denying the accusations and characterizing the move as a political tactic timed to diminish his prospects in an upcoming election, which could grant him a fourth term. John Yang reports.
How the House passed the first major gun bill in a generation
Feb 28, 2019 4:57
The House has passed its first major gun control legislation in decades, as the Democratic majority sends two bills related to background checks for gun buyers on to the Senate. A Republican majority there is unlikely to approve either measure, but their progress to date reflects how Democrats are pushing for gun change in the wake of more mass shootings. Judy Woodruff talks to Lisa Desjardins.
Why these House Democrats think Medicare for All is the best path for U.S. health care
Feb 28, 2019 8:22
In the U.S., health care costs continue to rise, insurance is more difficult to obtain and millions lack access to care entirely. As a result, some House Democrats want to implement a single-payer, universal coverage system in which all costs are paid by the federal government. Rep. Pramila Jayapal, D-Wash., talks to Amna Nawaz about the benefits of expanding Medicare for all Americans.
How economic inequality might affect a society’s well-being
Feb 28, 2019 8:23
Economic inequality is a major theme in the American political dialogue. As the country’s wealthiest people continually become richer at the expense of the poor, some research suggests they may actually become less happy and healthy. Economics correspondent Paul Solman reports on the nuanced data and the challenges of evaluating a society’s well-being.
Remembering versatile musician Andre Previn
Feb 28, 2019 1:23
Andre Previn was a composer, conductor and performer who played jazz with greats Ella Fitzgerald and Benny Carter. He also earned Academy Awards for his musical contributions to films such as “Gigi” and “My Fair Lady.” Married five times, including to Mia Farrow, Previn died at age 89.
Cohen calls Trump ‘a conman’ and ‘a cheat’
Feb 27, 2019 3:18
In public testimony before the House Oversight Committee, former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen said some of his past offenses were “for the benefit of, at the direction of, and in coordination with” President Trump. He also called his former boss a conman, racist and cheat but said he had no "direct evidence" of Trump's campaign colluding with Russia.
Committee GOP say ‘pathological’ Cohen has no credibility
Feb 27, 2019 1:10
During Michael Cohen's public, televised congressional testimony Wednesday, Republicans were quick to attack his credibility. They questioned Cohen about his decade of loyalty to President Trump, whether he was disgruntled over not getting a White House job and why he submitted fraudulent documents. Rep. Paul Gosar, R-Ariz., said Cohen is “pathological" and that "no one should ever listen" to him.
What new information came out of Cohen hearing?
Feb 27, 2019 4:31
The testimony of former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen in front of the House Oversight Committee produced plenty of material. Lisa Desjardins, who attended the hearing, and Yamiche Alcindor join Judy Woodruff to discuss the day’s key takeaways, including House Republican and White House attacks on Cohen as not trustworthy and Cohen's argument that Trump ran for president solely to enrich himself.
Cohen accuses Trump of inaccurately reporting finances to IRS, banks
Feb 27, 2019 5:51
In his congressional testimony on Wednesday, Michael Cohen produced evidence of hush money paid to porn actress Stephanie Clifford, also known as Stormy Daniels, to keep her from revealing an affair with President Trump. Cohen also accused the president of inflating his financial assets during dealings with banks but under-reporting them to the IRS. Judy Woodruff talks to Lisa Desjardins for more.
Why Cohen’s answers on Russia could pose potential legal problems for Trump
Feb 27, 2019 4:17
During his appearance before the House Oversight Committee, Michael Cohen was questioned about possible ties between the president and Russia, as well as Trump’s relationship with Roger Stone. Yamiche Alcindor talks to Judy Woodruff about the significance of the information Cohen relayed and whether any of it could pose a potential legal problem for the president.
In Hanoi, Trump looks to develop a ‘phased’ North Korean denuclearization
Feb 27, 2019 5:45
Last June's summit between President Trump and Kim Jong Un marked the first time a sitting U.S. president met a North Korean leader. Now the two are convening in Vietnam, whose economic resurgence U.S. officials hope can serve as an incentive for North Korea to prioritize cooperation with the U.S. Judy Woodruff talks to Nick Schifrin, who is reporting from Hanoi, about the summit's policy goals.
News Wrap: Violence continues between India and Pakistan over Kashmir
Feb 27, 2019 4:45
In our news wrap Wednesday, Pakistan said it shot down two Indian warplanes and captured one pilot amid escalating tensions over Kashmir; India said it lost a single plane and pilot. Pakistan’s prime minister called for “dialogue” between the two nuclear-armed nations. Plus, Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari appealed for unity a day after winning a second term in Africa’s largest democracy.
Louis Armstrong archive brings musician’s influence into the modern era
Feb 24, 2019 11:29
Louis Armstrong, one of the most influential musicians of the 20th century, left behind a vast trove of materials including collages, scrapbooks, and audio recordings when he died in 1971. The Louis Armstrong House Museum in Queens digitized its archive and is building a new campus to make his materials more accessible and to carry the Armstrong legacy to new generations. Megan Thompson reports.
Mexico tries new approach to asylum-seekers at the border
Feb 24, 2019 3:28
On Tuesday, the U.S. House of Representatives plans to vote on a resolution to stop President Trump’s national emergency declaration to fund construction of walls and barriers on the border with Mexico. But what is actually happening at the border? Hari Sreenivasan spoke with Texas Tribune reporter Julián Aguilar about Mexico’s handling of asylum seekers and the much talked about caravans.
On Oscar day, science meets climate change at the movies
Feb 24, 2019 3:42
Disaster movies don’t often get Oscar nods, but they are getting attention from climate change scientists. Kate Marvel, an associate research scientist at Columbia University co-hosts a new podcast called ‘Anthropocinema’ where science meets movies. Marvel joins Hari Sreenivasan to discuss what Hollywood gets right and wrong about climate.
Nigerian nun rebukes Catholic Church during Vatican sex abuse summit
Feb 23, 2019 4:48
Strong criticism and admissions of cover-ups marked the third day of the Vatican summit on sexual abuse. Prominent Nigerian nun Veronica Openibo said the Catholic Church has reached a “disgraceful and scandalous place” and a German Cardinal admitted some files on abusers were destroyed. NewsHour Weekend Special Correspondent Christopher Livesay joins Hari Sreenivasan from Rome with reaction.
Violence at the Venezuelan border, humanitarian aid blocked
Feb 23, 2019 6:37
The Venezuelan National Guard clashed with protesters on Saturday and humanitarian aid was blocked from entering the country from Colombia and Brazil. For the latest on Venezuela's continuing political crisis, Hari Sreenivasan spoke with special correspondent Nadja Drost from Urena, Venezuela and The New York Times' Nicholas Casey from Cucuta, Colombia.
New York moves to regulate a ‘likely human carcinogen’ in drinking water
Feb 23, 2019 9:45
New York state is proposing the country’s first firm limit on a chemical found in drinking water in heavy concentrations in some Long Island, New York communities. 1,4-dioxane has been labeled a “likely human carcinogen” by the EPA, but is not currently regulated in drinking water at the federal level. Hari Sreenivasan reports in this follow-up to our 2017 story.
How the Pentagon plans to fund Trump’s border wall, as House tries to block it
Feb 22, 2019 3:40
On Friday, House Democrats took a first step toward terminating President Trump’s national emergency declaration. Some 226 representatives, including a Republican, signed onto a resolution from Rep. Joaquin Castro, D-Texas, to block the move. Meanwhile, Pentagon officials briefed congressional staffers on how they might implement the president’s wall order. Lisa Desjardins updates Judy Woodruff.
News Wrap: Trump to bar federally funded clinics from making abortion referrals
Feb 22, 2019 6:00
In our Friday news wrap, the Trump administration announced it will bar federally funded family-planning clinics from referring women for abortions. Abortion opponents applauded the move, while abortion rights advocates condemned it. Also, R&B star R. Kelly will face multiple counts of aggravated sexual abuse. He was charged in Chicago for crimes involving victims between 13 and 17 years old.
After announcing full withdrawal, Trump says U.S. will keep hundreds of troops in Syria
Feb 22, 2019 4:09
White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said Friday that a few hundred American troops may stay in Syria as a stabilizing force after the majority of U.S. forces withdraw. Still, American allies fear that ISIS will have the capability to create a powerful insurgency as U.S. presence in Syria recedes. Nick Schifrin talks to Judy Woodruff about President Trump's new plan and the reaction to it.
Why Venezuela’s Chavistas are fiercely loyal to Maduro, despite economic crisis
Feb 22, 2019 8:02
Violence has broken out in Venezuela as opposition groups, led by Juan Guaido, attempt to bring in foreign aid against the will of President Nicolas Maduro. Despite international support for Guaido, a fiercely loyal minority of Venezuelans known as Chavistas are determined to keep Maduro in power -- and the U.S. out. Special correspondent Nadja Drost and videographer Bruno Federico report.
Labor secretary under fire as disturbing Epstein details continue to emerge
Feb 22, 2019 6:54
A federal judge ruled Thursday that prosecutors led by current Labor Secretary Alex Acosta broke the law when he was U.S. attorney in Florida. Acosta's team allegedly concealed a plea agreement from more than 30 underage victims who had been sexually abused by billionaire Jeffrey Epstein. Amna Nawaz talks to Julie Brown of the Miami Herald about the troubling details she heard from victims.
Shields and Brooks on Trump declaration, Bernie Sanders’ 2020 bid
Feb 22, 2019 12:30
Syndicated columnist Mark Shields and New York Times columnist David Brooks analyze the week in politics, including how Congress is reacting to President Trump’s declaration of a national emergency over immigration, the 2020 candidacy of Bernie Sanders and whether democratic socialism is becoming mainstream.
‘Moonlight’ writer hopes audiences leave his new play ‘full of questions’
Feb 22, 2019 6:23
The hit Broadway play “Choir Boy” chronicles an African-American prep school and its star pupil, the choir boy, who happens to be gay. Written by Tarell McCraney, a MacArthur Fellowship recipient, the play explores themes not often addressed publicly within the black community or outside it. Jeffrey Brown sits down with McCraney to discuss what it means to bring important voices to the stage.
How The HistoryMakers strives to share the African-American experience
Feb 22, 2019 3:55
This weekend, many PBS stations will air “An Evening with Ken Chenault,” a special about the man who was chairman and CEO of American Express for 17 years. It was created by The HistoryMakers, a Chicago-based oral history project collecting the stories of African-Americans from all around the world. Jeffrey Brown previews the special with HistoryMakers founder Julieanna L. Richardson.
News Wrap: Pope Francis opens historic summit on sex abuse
Feb 21, 2019 4:53
In our news wrap Thursday, Pope Francis opened a landmark Vatican summit on the Catholic Church’s clerical sex abuse crisis. Some 190 bishops and other leaders listened as he shared 21 proposals for specific action. Meanwhile, a federal judge in Washington imposed a full gag order on Roger Stone in response to an Instagram photo he posted of the judge with apparent crosshairs next to her head.
Smollett case appears to unravel, as police file charges
Feb 21, 2019 8:07
Nearly three weeks after claiming he was the victim of a violent racist and homophobic attack, “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett has been charged with disorderly conduct and filing a false police report. If convicted, the 36-year-old actor faces up to three years in prison and could be forced to pay the cost of the nearly month-long investigation. Amna Nawaz talks to Derrick Clifton of NBC News.
‘Fantasies of violence’ motivated Coast Guard officer with weapons stockpile
Feb 21, 2019 5:22
Christopher Paul Hasson, a Coast Guard officer and self-proclaimed white supremacist, is facing drug and weapons charges after federal agents discovered a stockpile of firearms and ammunition at his Maryland home. Also found was a list of his apparent targets, including Democratic politicians and journalists. Amna Nawaz talks to the Anti-Defamation League's Oren Segal about the threat.
Do-over election in N.C. congressional district requires new primaries
Feb 21, 2019 4:14
A new election has been ordered in a North Carolina congressional race still contested after more than three months. The decision follows four days of hearings on alleged voting fraud by an operative working for Republican candidate Mark Harris. Numerous witnesses testified that McCrae Dowless illegally collected absentee ballots. Judy Woodruff talks to NPR's Miles Parks about what happens next.
Why Andrew McCabe sees the president as a threat
Feb 21, 2019 15:01
Former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe has published a new book that includes some stunning allegations about President Trump -- including that he is the "most prolific liar" McCabe has ever encountered, despite decades of dealing with sophisticated criminals. McCabe sits down with Judy Woodruff to discuss why FBI investigations aren't political and whether he plans to sue over his termination.
Wisconsin nonprofit seeks to better connect U.S. farmers with their Mexican employees
Feb 21, 2019 7:32
Mexicans who come to the U.S. seeking employment often leave their loved ones and culture behind. In Wisconsin, a nonprofit helps connect American farmers with their migrant employees through language and cultural education. Some of the farmers travel to Mexico to visit the families of their workers -- who can't risk the trip home themselves. Special correspondent Fred de Sam Lazaro reports.
Who holds the power in potential U.S.-China trade war?
Feb 21, 2019 5:25
With trade negotiations between the U.S. and China now in high gear, President Trump has suggested he might delay the latest round of tariffs on Chinese goods, currently scheduled to take effect March 1. Paul Solman reports on the disadvantages China faces in these trade negotiations, what options the country may have to retaliate and why trade wars can be "very, very stupid" maneuvers.
News Wrap: Mueller’s Russia investigation may be complete
Feb 20, 2019 6:34
In our news wrap Wednesday, various news organizations report that the special counsel’s office may be ready to present its findings in the Russia investigation. A report would go first to Attorney General William Barr, who would submit a summary to Congress. Democrats want the report made public. Meanwhile, Russian President Vladimir Putin warned the U.S. against deploying new missiles in Europe.
As historic summit on church sex abuse begins, critics say pope’s credibility is at risk
Feb 20, 2019 7:37
On Thursday, Pope Francis opens a historic four-day summit on clerical sex abuse in the Catholic Church, following a year of explosive allegations from Catholic dioceses around the world. Although the pope has vowed not to tolerate misconduct or its concealment moving forward, critics say he isn’t doing enough -- and that his legacy is at risk. Special correspondent Christopher Livesay reports.
Unanimous Supreme Court decision limits states’ ability to seize personal property
Feb 20, 2019 4:07
The Supreme Court ruled Wednesday to limit civil forfeiture laws allowing law enforcement to seize property from those suspected of committing a crime. In the unanimous decision, the high court sided with a low-level drug offender who argued that the seizure of his $42,000 Land Rover by law enforcement was an excessive fine. Amna Nawaz talks to the National Law Journal's Marcia Coyle for more.
Where Democratic presidential candidates stand on health care reform
Feb 20, 2019 7:51
Health care continues to be a major issue on Americans' minds, and as Democratic presidential candidates launch their campaigns, it's also a policy priority for them. Lisa Desjardins reports on the contenders' various proposals and talks to Dylan Scott of Vox about terminology and branding, political calculations and how Americans view an expanded government role in health care.
ISIS affiliate expands territory in West Africa
Feb 17, 2019 4:26
While President Trump is declaring military victory over ISIS in Syria, an Islamic terrorist group in West Africa is gaining territory in northeast Nigeria and surrounding countries. Wall Street Journal reporter Drew Hinshaw joins Hari Sreenivasan to discuss the how the Islamic State West Africa Province is growing as counter-terrorism efforts in the region decline.
How Venezuela’s political crisis began and what’s next
Feb 17, 2019 6:01
The U.S. and dozens of other countries are pressuring Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro to resign and allow Juan Guaido to take over. Monday, President Trump is expected to address the escalating political crisis in Venezuela during a speech in Florida. How did the crisis begin and what’s next in the region? Columbia University's Christopher Sabatini joins Hari Sreenivasan to discuss.
Academy Award-nominated film ‘End Game’ examines end-of-life care
Feb 17, 2019 6:45
The Academy Award-nominated documentary "End Game" looks at different approaches in palliative care for people with terminal illness. The film follows medical practitioners, patients, and their families, as they tackle the difficult questions that arise during end-of-life care. NewsHour Weekend's Hari Sreenivasan sat down with the film's directors, Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman, to learn more.
Pope sends ‘signal’ by defrocking ex-cardinal for sexual abuse
Feb 16, 2019 4:57
Pope Francis has defrocked ex-Cardinal and Archbishop Theodore McCarrick after officials at the Vatican found him guilty of sexually abusing both minors and adults.The announcement made Saturday comes less than a week before international church leaders meet to address the sexual abuse crisis in the church. Rev. James Martin, editor-at-large for America magazine, joins Hari Sreenivasan to discuss.
Violent protests in Haiti may mean a humanitarian crisis
Feb 16, 2019 4:32
Violent protests in Haiti against the government are threatening the country with a humanitarian crisis. President Jovenel Moïse is refusing to resign, there is mounting debt, and allegations of corruption. Both the U.S. and Canada are warning citizens not to travel to haiti and some tourists are stranded there. Miami Herald reporter Jacqueline Charles updates Hari Sreenivasan on the situation
On the front lines: One doctor’s decades-long fight to heal Haiti
Feb 16, 2019 10:12
A devastating 2010 earthquake in Haiti created an unprecedented health crisis that led the U.S. to grant Haitians Temporary Protected Status. But with the Trump administration's plan to eliminate TPS, 60,000 Haitians living in the U.S. may be deported. NewsHour Weekend's Ivette Feliciano reports on one doctor's efforts to confront Haiti's health challenges amid a possible influx of deportees.
Which funding sources does Trump plan to use for wall money?
Feb 15, 2019 6:05
President Trump declared a national emergency Friday over immigration at the U.S.-Mexico border, so he can redirect billions of dollars to build additional sections of wall there. Trump plans to take roughly $6 billion from the Defense Department and millions from other sources. Judy Woodruff talks to Yamiche Alcindor about expected legal challenges and why the president's data is problematic.
News Wrap: Upon court order, ICE stops force-feeding 2 detained asylum seekers
Feb 15, 2019 4:24
In our news wrap Friday, Immigration and Customs Enforcement has stopped force-feeding two asylum seekers at an El Paso detention center who had been on a hunger strike. Also, the top Pentagon official says the U.S. will not abandon the fight against ISIS, despite plans to leave Syria. In Germany, acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan said the U.S. will “continue to support” the coalition.
California attorney general calls Trump’s national emergency ‘reckless’
Feb 15, 2019 4:31
Several states and organizations are preparing legal challenges to President Trump’s national emergency declaration over immigration at the U.S.-Mexico border. One of them is California, whose attorney general, Xavier Becerra, talks to Amna Nawaz about why Trump’s “reckless” action inappropriately reallocates taxpayer money, is without precedent and could violate the Constitution.
Kobach: Illegal immigration constitutes emergency under ‘extraordinarily broad’ act
Feb 15, 2019 5:26
Although some Republicans have criticized President Trump's national emergency declaration, others endorse it. One of them is Kris Kobach, former Kansas secretary of state, who talks to Amna Nawaz about the “extraordinarily broad” nature of the National Emergencies Act, why a wall is a "force multiplier" and how we don’t know the true volume of illegal drugs coming across the U.S.-Mexico border.
What should happen to thousands of foreign ISIS fighters?
Feb 15, 2019 4:47
In Syria, U.S.-backed Kurdish forces are retaking the final territory of the Islamic State. As the caliphate dissolves, however, what will happen to the 40,000 foreign fighters who joined the terror group’s ranks over the past few years? Many of them have been detained, but the path for prosecuting them, and preventing them from driving an ISIS resurgence, remains unclear. Nick Schifrin reports.
Why Indiana mayor Pete Buttigieg believes he’d make a good president
Feb 15, 2019 7:41
Pete Buttigieg, Democratic mayor of South Bend, Indiana, recently announced he has formed an exploratory committee to consider a run for the presidency in 2020. Only 37 years old and with no federal government experience, Buttigieg might seem an unlikely candidate. He sits down with Judy Woodruff to discuss tax policy, his new book and why he believes his generation's voices aren't being heard.
Shields and Brooks on Trump’s national emergency, Democratic platform shift
Feb 15, 2019 11:28
Syndicated columnist Mark Shields and New York Times columnist David Brooks join Judy Woodruff to analyze the week in politics, including the president’s national emergency declaration, how congressional Republicans are reacting to it, the 2020 presidential field and whether Democrats are pushing their platform too far to the left.
Oscar nominee Regina King says ‘Beale Street’ a reminder of black resilience
Feb 15, 2019 6:32
Set in New York City in the 1970s, “If Beale Street Could Talk” is the film adaptation of a James Baldwin novel about Tish and Fonny, a devoted young couple almost torn apart by racism and wrongful imprisonment. Jeffrey Brown sits down with actress Regina King to discuss her Oscar-nominated performance as Tish's mother in the film, pledging to work with women and the hardest thing about parenting.
Trump and Congress gear up for a fight over national emergency plan
Feb 14, 2019 8:13
Congress is preparing to send a government funding package that contains a compromise on allocations for border security to President Trump, who has announced his intention to sign the bill. However, Trump also plans to declare a national emergency in order to access additional money for a border wall. Judy Woodruff talks to Lisa Desjardins and Yamiche Alcindor about what comes next.
News Wrap: Pence blasts European allies over Iran nuclear deal
Feb 14, 2019 5:53
In our news wrap Thursday, Vice President Pence criticized European allies for staying in the Iran nuclear deal, saying they were intending to break U.S. sanctions against Iran. His remarks came at a conference discussing peace and stability in the Middle East. Also, the Senate confirmed William Barr as attorney general. He previously served in the role under former President George H.W. Bush.
Why Trump’s national emergency plan could present a ‘major constitutional test’
Feb 14, 2019 7:51
After signing a congressional funding bill, President Trump plans to declare a national emergency to obtain additional money for a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. But would such an executive action be lawful? Judy Woodruff speaks with former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta about who decides what constitutes a national emergency and whether the president is attempting to circumvent Congress.
In upcoming interview, McCabe describes ‘panic’ at DOJ after Comey firing
Feb 14, 2019 6:38
Andrew McCabe, former acting FBI director, says in an upcoming interview he feared President Trump would undermine the investigation into Russian election interference once Trump fired FBI Director James Comey. John Yang talks to NPR’s Carrie Johnson about McCabe’s claims of “panic and alarm” in the Justice Department, Trump’s reaction and the latest revelations in the special counsel’s probe.
Parkland teacher who survived shooting calls arming faculty ‘asinine’
Feb 14, 2019 12:11
Thursday marked the first anniversary of a deadly shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. Across the country, Americans paused to observe a moment of silence in honor of the 17 lives lost in the tragedy. Amna Nawaz talks to Sarah Lerner, one of the teachers at school during the crisis, about how she has coped and why having a gun wouldn't have helped her.
Political, business dynamics prompt ‘stunning reversal’ on Amazon NYC headquarters
Feb 14, 2019 8:48
Amazon abruptly announced Thursday that it will not build a headquarters in New York, after some local politicians expressed strong opposition toward the company’s plan. The “stunning reversal” is a major blow to the politicians who helped broker the deal, including Gov. Andrew Cuomo and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio. Judy Woodruff talks to J. David Goodman of The New York Times.
On Valentine’s Day, a dating coach’s advice for modern love
Feb 14, 2019 2:46
Matthew Hussey is a dating coach, columnist and New York Times bestselling author. In today's world of apps and short attention spans, Hussey says being "more demanding" can actually lead to greater success. On this Valentine’s Day, Hussey shares his brief but spectacular take on modern love and romance.
Congress scrambles to iron out complicated funding legislation
Feb 13, 2019 7:38
Congressional negotiators revealed more about a proposed funding deal Wednesday, but President Trump has yet to indicate whether he'll sign it. With just two days left before a second government shutdown would take effect, the pressure is on to hammer out the legislation's details. Judy Woodruff talks to Lisa Desjardins and Yamiche Alcindor about potential sticking points and "political theater."
News Wrap: House votes to limit U.S. involvement in Yemen
Feb 13, 2019 6:21
In our news wrap Wednesday, the House rebuked President Trump by voting to limit U.S. involvement in the war in Yemen. The measure would end U.S. military assistance for a Saudi-led bombing campaign against Iranian-backed rebels. Plus, as President Trump seeks to up the pressure on Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, the House Foreign Affairs Committee chair criticized Trump's "saber rattling."
Senate Republican signals opening for contractor back pay, in critical hour of negotiation
Feb 13, 2019 7:30
While a tentative bipartisan agreement exists to fund the government and avoid a second shutdown, more work must be accomplished quickly to meet Friday's deadline. Senate Majority Whip John Thune, R-S.D., talks to Judy Woodruff about the outlook for President Trump to sign the bill if it passes and whether Republicans would support back pay for federal contractors affected by the shutdown.
Democrat-led cities and states move toward universal health care on their own terms
Feb 13, 2019 9:11
Health care continues to be a top political issue. While some congressional Democrats consider universal health coverage, state and local governments are already pushing ahead with proposals to corral costs and broaden access to care, including for the undocumented. Special correspondent Sarah Varney shares stories from California and New York, two states pursuing ambitious health care agendas.
Where the Democratic candidates stand in the race to 2020
Feb 10, 2019 4:02
NewsHour Weekend Special Correspondent Jeff Greenfield puts the week in politics into perspective -- from the lack of moderate or self-identified centrists in the Democratic presidential race so far, to what the blackface controversy in Virginia says about race relations in America. Also, one of the stories you might have missed--what the current farm economy may mean for President Trump.
Returning to the small town that Walmart left behind
Feb 10, 2019 8:05
For nearly 20 years retailers in downtown Winnsboro, South Carolina struggled to compete with Walmart's cheap products and one-stop shopping. As we reported in 2016, Walmart closed its supercenter there three years ago, one of 154 stores it shuttered across the country that year. NewsHour Weekend's Christopher Booker returned to see what life after Walmart is like for the small American town.
Consumers may lose protections in proposed payday lending changes
Feb 10, 2019 4:27
In a major win for the payday lending industry which gives quick loans at exorbitant interest rates, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is proposing changes to regulations that protect borrowers from being trapped in long-term debt. Ken Sweet, Associated Press’ business reporter, joins Hari Sreenivasan for more.
The tense U.S.-Iran relationship, 40 years after the Islamic Revolution
Feb 9, 2019 5:17
This month marks the 40th anniversary of the Iranian revolution when Ayatollah Khomeini returned to establish an Islamic republic and toppled the U.S.-backed regime of the Shah. Suzanne Maloney of the Brookings Institution joins Hari Sreenivasan to discuss the history of U.S.-Iran relations, Iran’s economy, and what’s next.
Border wall funds debated by Congressional committee
Feb 9, 2019 4:13
A bipartisan group of Congress members working on a deal to avoid another partial government shutdown next Friday are still negotiating some major issues including the funding amount for increased border security and number of detention beds. Annie Karni of the New York Times joins Hari Sreenivasan for an update on the talks.
Modern construction in Rome yields ancient discoveries
Feb 9, 2019 5:08
Work on Rome’s new state-of-the-art subway line near the Colosseum has been plagued by delays, but it’s also unearthed a surprise treasure trove of thousands of artifacts, including a Roman military barracks and an ancient home with more than a dozen rooms featuring frescoes, mosaic floors, and other decorations that are nearly intact. NewsHour Weekend Special correspondent Christopher Livesay reports.
Frustration erupts on both sides at Whitaker’s House testimony
Feb 8, 2019 1:59
Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker insisted Friday he hasn’t “interfered in any way” in special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation. His much-anticipated testimony came before a contentious hearing of the House Judiciary Committee, now led by Democrats. Lisa Desjardins reports.
News Wrap: Supreme Court blocks La. law restricting abortion providers
Feb 8, 2019 6:30
In our Friday news wrap, the Supreme Court has temporarily blocked a Louisiana law that would have required abortion providers to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals, which abortion rights advocates say is an effort to shut down clinics. Meanwhile, U.S. humanitarian aid headed for Venezuela arrived at a Colombian border city.
Why Bezos’ accusations against the National Enquirer are a ‘big deal’
Feb 8, 2019 7:42
Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos is accusing the National Enquirer of extortion and blackmail. Bezos says its parent company, AMI, tried to deter him from investigating how the tabloid obtained intimate photos of his extramarital affair. The New York Times' Jim Rutenberg tells Amna Nawaz about AMI CEO David Pecker's relationship with President Trump and how Bezos' ownership of the Washington Post factors in.
Remembering iconic Michigan lawmaker Rep. John Dingell
Feb 8, 2019 2:46
Rep. John Dingell, D-Mich., passed away Thursday at the age of 92. He was the longest-tenured member of Congress, serving for nearly 60 years before retiring in 2015. The son of a 12-term congressman, Dingell was known as a dealmaker particularly passionate about healthcare reform, which his father had proposed in the 1940s. Judy Woodruff looks back at his long and prolific career in the House.
Saudi crown prince threatened to harm Khashoggi in 2017, says New York Times
Feb 8, 2019 5:12
The New York Times reports U.S. intelligence recorded Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman saying in 2017 that he would “use a bullet” on Jamal Khashoggi if the journalist didn't stop criticizing the Saudi government. Meanwhile, Congress is "furious" over the Trump administration's response to Khashoggi's murder. Nick Schifrin talks to Lisa Desjardins and Times reporter Mark Mazzetti.
This grieving family wants pharmaceutical companies held accountable for opioid deaths
Feb 8, 2019 9:36
An estimated 400,000 Americans have died as a result of opioid use. But grieving families say the national response to the health crisis is inadequate. In her coverage of the epidemic, Associated Press reporter Claire Galofaro profiled Cheryl Juaire, who lost her son to a heroin overdose in 2011. Galofaro and Juaire talk to William Brangham about how they are trying to increase opioid awareness.
Shields and Brooks on Virginia turmoil, Supreme Court abortion ruling
Feb 8, 2019 11:21
Syndicated columnist Mark Shields and New York Times columnist David Brooks analyze the week in politics, including chaos at the highest levels of Virginia government, the effectiveness of congressional investigations, the Supreme Court’s abortion ruling and the legacy of Rep. John Dingell, D-Mich.
Singer-songwriter Kacey Musgraves on using music as an escape
Feb 8, 2019 7:25
Country music singer and songwriter Kacey Musgraves is nominated for four awards at this weekend's 61st annual Grammy Awards. Just 30 years old, the Texas-born musician is enjoying her journey in the music industry -- and doing it on her own terms. Jeffrey Brown sits down with Musgraves to discuss how she wants to defy expectations for both the country music genre and herself.
News Wrap: House panel debates forcing Trump to disclose his tax returns
Feb 7, 2019 6:27
In our news wrap Thursday, a House Oversight Panel is reviewing whether President Trump should be forced to disclose his tax returns. Meanwhile, the House Judiciary Committee approved a tentative subpoena for acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker after he said would not testify before Congress about the Russia probe unless the subpoena was dropped.
Virginia political turmoil leads to moment of reckoning for Democrats
Feb 7, 2019 10:03
With two Virginia state leaders admitting to wearing blackface and another accused of sexual assault, Democrats are debating not only a change in leadership but what their party stands for. Amna Nawaz is joined by Washington Post reporter Eugene Scott and Harvard University historian Leah Wright Rigueur to discuss this moment of reckoning in American politics.
Is the U.S. entering a new arms race with Russia?
Feb 7, 2019 8:42
The U.S. has withdrawn from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, saying Russia was violating the arms control deal that dates back to the Cold War. Now, Russia plans begin to building mid-range nuclear missiles. Nick Schifrin speaks with Under Secretary for Arms Control and International Security Andrea Thompson about whether the U.S. can avoid a new arms race.
Why Democrats say the U.S. needs a Green New Deal to combat climate change
Feb 7, 2019 6:40
Democrats on Thursday introduced what they are calling the Green New Deal. The plan would require the U.S. government to reduce carbon emissions by overhauling how we get around, how we power our buildings and how we grow our food. William Brangham speaks to Sen. Ed Markey, D-Mass., who is co-sponsoring the resolution with freshman Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-New York.
How an economist’s idea to create kidney transplant chains has saved lives
Feb 7, 2019 9:55
What happens if you need a kidney transplant and don’t know someone who is a biological match? A Nobel prize-winning economist has a solution: transplant chains. Donors agree to give to a stranger in exchange for a kidney for their loved one, but it has to start with someone willing to give without getting anything in return. Paul Solman has the story of two donors who volunteered to do just that.
How a culture of secrecy covered up the abuse of nuns in the Catholic Church
Feb 7, 2019 6:14
Pope Francis is publicly acknowledging for the first time that clergymen have sexually abused nuns. Private reports that were sent to top Vatican officials, but not publicly reported on until much later, indicate the abuse goes as far back as the 1990s. John Yang speaks to Associated Press reporter Nicole Winfield about why it took so long for the accusations to come to light.
Caroline Clark’s brief but spectacular take on using technology to speak
Feb 7, 2019 4:18
Caroline Clark was diagnosed as deaf at the age of two. Born into a hearing family, she reflects on her relationship to words and how she turned to technology to help her speak. Clark now works with the Baker Institute, providing speech therapy for children, and offers her brief but spectacular take on being deaf.
News Wrap: Iraqi president objects to Trump’s comments on monitoring Iran
Feb 4, 2019 4:24
In our Monday news wrap, Iraqi President Barham Salih slammed President Trump for suggesting U.S. troops might stay in Iraq to monitor Iran, saying Iraq had not been consulted about the possibility and that U.S. troops are in Salih’s country solely to fight extremist groups. Meanwhile, leaders from 10 European Union states backed opposition leader Juan Guaido as Venezuela's interim president.
The racist role of blackface in American society
Feb 4, 2019 12:07
Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam now says he is not pictured in a 1984 yearbook photo of people in blackface and Ku Klux Klan costumes, although he admits he wore blackface on a separate occasion. Regardless, he is facing calls to resign. Yamiche Alcindor talks to Duke University’s Mark Anthony Neal and The Atlantic's Vann Newkirk about the role of blackface in America's fraught racial history.
Scotland’s Sturgeon on why failure to reach a Brexit deal would be ‘catastrophic’
Feb 4, 2019 9:51
The United Kingdom is due to leave the European Union in just seven weeks but still has no plan for the departure. In fact, Nicola Sturgeon, Scotland's first minister, says the UK is “not remotely prepared” to extricate itself from the EU. Sturgeon sits down with Amna Nawaz to discuss the dire implications of a so-called hard Brexit and why she is advocating for a new Scottish independence vote.
Tamara Keith and Amy Walter on Northam scandal, State of the Union expectations
Feb 4, 2019 9:11
NPR's Tamara Keith and Amy Walter from the Cook Political Report join Lisa Desjardins to discuss the week’s political news, including a call from Democratic leaders for Gov. Ralph Northam to resign, the broader implications of the Northam scandal for our American conversation on race and what to expect from President Trump’s State of the Union address.
Why New England Patriots’ coach Bill Belichick is football’s ‘greatest tactician’
Feb 4, 2019 5:33
The New England Patriots have won their sixth Super Bowl. It was a contest between the oldest coach-quarterback duo, Bill Belichick and Tom Brady, and the youngest, the Los Angeles Rams’ Sean McVay and Jason Goff. It was also the lowest-scoring Super Bowl ever. John Yang talks to Washington Posts sports columnist Sally Jenkins about the detailed discipline of the Belichick-Brady "perfect storm."
At Washington’s Arena Stage, a dramatic interpretation of Vladimir Putin’s rise
Feb 4, 2019 5:44
A new play showing at the Arena Stage in Washington, D.C., chronicles the rise of a young Vladimir Putin to power in Russia after the fall of the Soviet Union. "Kleptocracy," written by Kenneth Lin, offers a glimpse into Putin’s confrontation with oligarch Mikhail Khodorkovsky and explores what might have happened if Russian power had fallen into different hands. Jeffrey Brown reports.
Author Dani Shapiro on the power and danger of family secrets
Feb 4, 2019 3:13
After taking a DNA test on a whim, author Dani Shapiro discovered that her beloved late father had not been, in fact, her biological parent. She had been conceived using a sperm donor, and as was common at the time, the real story of her conception was kept secret. Shapiro shares her humble opinion on why not knowing the truth can cause more pain, rather than less.
Calls for Virginia governor’s resignation grow
Feb 3, 2019 6:12
Two days after a racist yearbook photo emerged, Ralph Northam, Virginia’s Democratic governor, refuses to resign even as members of his own party demand he step down. In his press conference on Saturday, Northam denied being in the photo. Judith Browne Dianis of Advancement Project, a national civil rights organization and Richmond- based radio host Roben Farzad join Megan Thompson for discussion.
Earth’s most massive living thing is struggling to survive
Feb 3, 2019 5:42
What looks like 47,000 separate trees spread out over 106 acres in Utah are actually all offshoots from a single, massive Aspen tree root. It’s known as Pando and it is believed to be the largest living organism on Earth. But scientists say that overgrazing by deer and elk is now threatening Pando's survival. NewsHour Weekend's Christopher Booker reports.
As U.S. cedes leadership on climate, China steps up
Feb 3, 2019 4:51
Since taking office, President Trump has withdrawn the U.S. from the Paris accord, questioned climate science, and sought cuts to clean energy research. Meanwhile, China has become the world's biggest investor in green technology. In a new book, "Will China Save the Planet?" Natural Resources Defense Council's Barbara Finamore argues China could become the world's next leader climate change.
Virginia governor denies he is in racist photo, refuses to resign
Feb 3, 2019 4:37
Democratic Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam reversed course on Saturday and denied he is one of the people in a racist photo in his 1984 medical school yearbook. Despite demands for his resignation from members of his own party, Northam said he would not step down. Annie Linskey, a reporter for The Washington Post, joins Hari Sreenivasan from Richmond, Virginia to discuss.
As pressure mounts in Venezuela, military support helps Maduro hold power
Feb 2, 2019 4:45
Thousands of people took to the streets as president Nicolas Maduro and his rival and self-proclaimed leader of Venezuela, Juan Guaido, held competing rallies in Caracas. Even though Guaido enjoys support from countries including the U.S., the Venezuelan military continues to support Maduro. Joshua Goodman of the Associated Press joins Hari Sreenivasan.
Bringing new cuisines, building structures, refugees rebuild American cities
Feb 2, 2019 5:28
Throughout the country, refugees have rebuilt and revitalized many small cities and towns that are facing slowing economies and declining populations. Adam Bedient, whose film “Mahira Patkovich: A Refugee Rises” highlights the impact of Bosnian refugees in Utica, NY and Andrew Lim of New American Economy, a bipartisan research and advocacy organization for immigration reform join Hari Sreenivasan for more.
Italy’s government targets town known for taking in migrants
Feb 2, 2019 6:51
For 20 years, the small Italian town of Riace has been a beacon for several thousand immigrants from around the world. But Italy's new populist government has recently lodged charges against the town's longtime mayor for aiding illegal migration, and is cutting off funds to refugees who have bolstered Riace's population. NewsHour Weekend Special Correspondent Christopher Livesay reports.
News Wrap: Trump says ‘good chance’ of declaring emergency over border wall
Feb 1, 2019 5:28
In our Friday news wrap, President Trump says he’s closer to declaring a national emergency at the U.S.-Mexico border, a move that could let him use defense and other funds to build a physical wall there. Also, the Midwest's brutal cold blast has finally begun to subside. Weekend temperatures may rise 80 degrees from extreme recent lows, which caused widespread disruption and at least 25 deaths.
Critics say U.S. withdrawal from INF could spark a new arms race with Russia
Feb 1, 2019 5:01
The U.S. announced Friday it's withdrawing from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, or INF, due to Russia's alleged violation of its terms. Russia counters that the U.S. is the one breaking the pact. If the two countries can't come to an agreement, they risk backtracking on a deal that helped ease Cold War tensions. Nick Schifrin reports on whether the move could spark a new arms race.
How growth in manufacturing jobs drove January’s strong economic results
Feb 1, 2019 6:25
The U.S. economy added 304,000 jobs in January, according to new economic survey data. Although the government shutdown pushed the unemployment rate higher, the payroll report shows that hiring was much stronger than expected. John Yang talks to Neil Irwin of The New York Times and Danielle Paquette of The Washington Post about what the numbers mean and why manufacturing jobs are so important.
Sec. Azar on how new proposal ‘brings transparency’ to drug pricing
Feb 1, 2019 9:24
A new rule bans pharmaceutical companies from providing rebates to middlemen and insurers in exchange for choosing their drugs. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar also called on Congress to pass a new prescription drug discount plan that would apply to all patients, even those without government-funded coverage such as Medicare. Sec. Azar joins to Judy Woodruff to discuss the details.
How fallout over Colin Kaepernick’s protest still affects the Super Bowl
Feb 1, 2019 5:30
Two compelling NFL teams will face off in Sunday's Super Bowl, concluding a season that saw TV ratings rebound from several years of decline. But the fallout over Colin Kaepernick’s protests, and the league's response, still lingers. Amna Nawaz talks to Michael Fletcher of ESPN’s The Undefeated about the "troubling racial dynamic" between NFL owners and players and how it affects their fans.
Shields and Brooks on Northam photo scandal, abortion and border standoffs
Feb 1, 2019 13:27
Syndicated columnist Mark Shields and New York Times columnist David Brooks analyze the week in politics, including the uproar over a racist photo on the medical school yearbook page of Gov. Ralph Northam, D-Va., the furor erupting over state legislation related to third-trimester abortions, hope for resolving the border wall standoff and the widening 2020 field of presidential candidates.
How self-taught photographer Gordon Parks became a master storyteller
Feb 1, 2019 6:13
Photographer and journalist Gordon Parks used his camera as a tool to help the world understand the experience of African-Americans in the U.S. A current exhibition at the National Gallery of Art, titled "Gordon Parks: The New Tide," examines the first ten years of his career, and exhibit curator Philip Brookman sits down with Jeffrey Brown to share more about the artist's life and work.
Midwest sees all-time low temperatures due to polar vortex
Jan 31, 2019 2:53
Extreme winter weather in the Midwest has left at least 15 people dead. Power outages and extreme stress on utility systems added to worries in Chicago and Detroit, while in Wisconsin, emergency shelters sought to offer the homeless refuge from the cold. A respite from the record-breaking deep freeze is expected this weekend, as the cold air moves east. Amna Nawaz has more on the weather crisis.
News Wrap: At least 15 detained migrants staging hunger strikes, ICE confirms
Jan 31, 2019 4:33
In our Thursday news wrap, President Trump and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi faced off over funding for a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. Trump tweeted his frustration toward congressional Democrats, while Pelosi said determining border security policy requires a “cost-benefit analysis.” Also, at least 15 detained migrants are staging hunger strikes, with some being force-fed through nasal tubes.
Why the EU is helping Iran avoid U.S. sanctions
Jan 31, 2019 6:35
U.S. withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal in 2018 meant that Iran didn't receive some of the billions of dollars of economic benefits it was promised when it entered the agreement. Now, France, Germany and the U.K. have formed a company intended to direct funds and goods to Iran, bypassing U.S. sanctions. Nick Schifrin talks to David O’Sullivan, EU ambassador to the U.S., about their motivation.
Chris Christie on why he would have made a better president than Trump
Jan 31, 2019 8:24
Former Gov. Chris Christie, R-N.J., was one of many Republican candidates who ran for president in 2016. After pulling out of the race, Christie became a vocal supporter of President Trump, a longtime friend. Christie joins Judy Woodruff to discuss his new book, “Let Me Finish,” which Democratic adversary he thinks Trump should fear in 2020 and why he would have made a better president.
After shutdown, what’s next for border security negotiations
Jan 28, 2019 7:50
Thousands of federal employees went to work Monday for the first time since before Christmas. The 35-day partial government shutdown ended Friday after President Trump signed an agreement to fund closed government agencies for three weeks, while Congress continues to negotiate over border security. But will that be enough? Lisa Desjardins and Yamiche Alcindor join Amna Nawaz with the latest.
News Wrap: Chinese tech giant Huawei faces U.S. criminal charges
Jan 28, 2019 4:52
In our Monday news wrap, Matthew Whitaker, the acting attorney general, says special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation is close to completion. Whitaker said he’s been fully briefed and hopes to receive the final report as soon as possible. Also, Chinese tech giant Huawei now faces U.S. charges of stealing trade secrets from T-Mobile, as well as violating sanctions on Iran.
Rep says ‘it’s possible’ Democrats would support more than $5.7 billion on border security
Jan 28, 2019 6:22
Lawmakers have three weeks to devise a border security plan that will satisfy President Trump, who threatens to declare a national emergency or shut down the government again if they fail. A bipartisan group of 17 legislators will work to draft legislation. One of them, Rep. Pete Aguilar, D-Calif., joins Amna Nawaz to discuss evidence-based solutions, the asylum process and humanitarian aid.
U.S. and Taliban peace talks make progress toward ending war in Afghanistan
Jan 28, 2019 10:36
The draft framework of an Afghan peace deal: If the Taliban agree to a cease-fire, working directly with the Afghan government and preventing terror groups from using Afghanistan as a base for planning attacks, U.S. forces will withdraw. John Yang talks to the International Crisis Group’s Laurel Miller and the Center on International Cooperation’s Barnett Rubin about this "complicated" process.
Washington state’s measles outbreak coincides with low rates of immunization
Jan 28, 2019 6:38
Washington state is experiencing an outbreak of measles, with 35 confirmed cases in a single county. The disease's flare-up is reinforcing concerns about insufficient immunization in some communities. Hari Sreenivasan talks to Dr. Anthony Fauci of the National Institutes of Health about why measles remains a serious disease and how to address misinformation within the anti-vaccination movement.
For hundreds of thousands of U.S. asylum seekers, a ‘life in limbo’
Jan 28, 2019 3:38
The U.S. has a backlog of hundreds of thousands of immigration cases. José represents one of them: After fleeing violence in his birth country of Nicaragua, he requested U.S. asylum and passed a credible fear interview. But with a scheduled hearing in immigration court canceled due to the government shutdown, his future here is uncertain. Tomeka Weatherspoon of Houston Public Media has the story.
Tamara Keith and Amy Walter on shutdown fallout, 2020 presidential race
Jan 28, 2019 7:55
NPR’s Tamara Keith and Amy Walter from the Cook Political Report join Amna Nawaz to discuss the resolution of the partial government shutdown, what the latest polls show about support for President Trump, new entrants to the 2020 presidential race and Democratic congressional ambitions.
Cindi Leive’s brief but spectacular take on female power
Jan 28, 2019 3:38
Journalist and women’s advocate Cindi Leive was “Glamour” magazine’s editor in chief for 16 years. She reflects on the well-known phenomenon of men interrupting women and engaging in other dismissive treatment, at everyday places of work all the way to the Supreme Court. This is her brief but spectacular take on female power.
Last school year, 4 million students were on lockdown
Jan 27, 2019 4:38
During the last school year, more than 4 million students participated in at least one lockdown, most often in response to a perceived gun or violent threat, a Washington Post report found. And these perceived threats, psychologists say are causing students trauma. Reporter John Woodrow Cox joins Hari Sreenivasan for more.
In South Africa, tribal communities feel threat of titanium mine
Jan 27, 2019 10:06
In South Africa, tribal communities living on the country's famous strip at the Eastern cape called the Wild Coast worry that a proposed multi-million dollar titanium mine will trample their homes. NewsHour Weekend Special Correspondent Martin Seemungal reports.
Ebola patients stranded by violence in Democratic Republic of Congo
Jan 27, 2019 4:12
An Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo is growing, the World Health Organization said Friday, having killed 436 of more than 700 infected. This region also volatile, where health workers are attacked and armed conflict is preventing emergency responses for treatment. International Rescue Committee’s Stacey Mearns joins Hari Sreenivasan for more.
Venezuela spiraling with political, economic crises
Jan 26, 2019 4:31
As Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaidó continues to hold rallies across the nation after declaring himself ‘acting president,’ international pressure is mounting on Nicolás Maduro, who was sworn in for a second term after an election riddled with fraud. The New York Times reporter Ana Vanessa Herrero joins Hari Sreenivasan from Caracas for more.
What Roger Stone’s indictment could mean for Trump
Jan 26, 2019 4:38
President Trump’s long-term advisor Roger Stone was indicted Friday for allegedly coordinating with WikiLeaks to find damaging information about 2016 presidential competitor Hillary Clinton. New York University professor Ryan Goodman says it’s a move that could also implicate Trump himself, if federal investigators find that he encouraged the cover-up. Goodman joins Hari Sreenivasan.
Tattooed, Mexican-American and female: Classical maestra keeps symphony in tune
Jan 26, 2019 8:06
Among more than 20 of the major U.S. symphony orchestras, only one woman has the top job of principal conductor. But women are making better gains in the nation's smaller ensembles. Jessica Bejarano is leading the San Francisco Civic Symphony, as well as the path for other women like her trying to reconfigure gender roles. NewsHour Weekend Special Correspondent Joanne Elgart Jennings reports. This is part of an ongoing series of reports called “Chasing the Dream,” which reports on poverty and opportunity in America, and is supported in part by the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting.
Invasive Asian carp: an expensive menace but a surprising entrée
Jan 26, 2019 4:06
Asian carp are fast-growing invasive species that for decades have pushed out native marine life up and down the Mississippi watershed. But as state and federal officials spend hundreds of millions of dollars to stop Asian carp from entering the Great Lakes, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is serving them for dinner. NewsHour Weekend's Megan Thompson reports.
How ‘pressure mounting’ on Trump led him to make temporary deal
Jan 25, 2019 7:04
On Friday, President Trump announced a deal to reopen the government for three weeks. The funding plan does not include immediate money for a border wall. It will allow Democrats and Republicans to negotiate a longer-term solution without the shadow of the shutdown hanging over them -- in theory, at least. Lisa Desjardins and Yamiche Alcindor join Judy Woodruff with the latest.
Of temporary funding deal, Rep. Lujan says ‘we’re all moving forward’
Jan 25, 2019 5:35
After President Trump reached a deal with Congress to reopen the government and fund it for three weeks, “we’re all moving forward,” says Rep. Ben Ray Lujan, D-N.M. He talks to Judy Woodruff about what he sees as the administration’s “lack of empathy,” why the president should take responsibility for the shutdown and anticipating a “robust conversation” about border security.
After indictment, pressure on Stone is ‘significant,’ says former prosecutor
Jan 25, 2019 8:57
Former Trump adviser Roger Stone has been indicted by special counsel Robert Mueller on seven counts, including obstructing an investigation, making false statements and tampering with a witness. The indictment focuses on the relationship with WikiLeaks head Julian Assange and damaging emails released by WikiLeaks. Nick Schifrin reports and discusses with former federal prosecutor Renato Mariotti.
News Wrap: Trump administration’s new asylum policy takes effect
Jan 25, 2019 3:36
In our news wrap Friday, the Trump administration began returning Central American migrants seeking legal asylum to Mexico while their cases are processed. Because the U.S. has a backlog of 800,000 asylum cases, the process can take years. Plus, signs of progress toward peace emerged in Afghanistan, as the Taliban named one of its co-founders to join negotiations with the U.S.
For federal workers, temporary funding deal may yield only temporary relief
Jan 25, 2019 7:11
Although the government will reopen for at least three weeks, the shutdown’s economic consequences for federal workers, government contractors and businesses have already been felt around the country. For perspective on this enduring impact, Amna Nawaz is joined by LaJuanna Russell, whose human resources firm contracts with the government, and Brad Hufford, a grant manager at FEMA.
Shields and Brooks on shutdown resolution, Roger Stone indictment
Jan 25, 2019 11:56
Syndicated columnist Mark Shields and New York Times columnist David Brooks join Judy Woodruff to discuss the week in politics, including the deal to reopen the government temporarily, the president’s falling approval ratings and the indictment of former Trump adviser Roger Stone.
What’s next for popular podcast ‘Ear Hustle,’ now that co-host has left prison
Jan 25, 2019 7:39
In 2017, the NewsHour reported on the first podcast produced entirely from inside of a prison. “Ear Hustle” offers a rare look at inmate experiences, from race relations to sharing a tiny cell. One of the show’s co-hosts was released in November, and Jeffrey Brown went back to California to catch up with him and find out what’s next for the hit podcast.