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Don't have time for a full news hour? Listen to the PBS NewsHour, segment by segment. Our full coverage of politics, science, arts, health, national and international news is included in this feed in easy-to-digest 5 to 10 minute segments. Segments are published each night by 9 p.m. Is this not what you're looking for? Don't miss our other podcasts for our full show, Shields and Brooks, Politics Monday, Brief but Spectacular, and more. Find them in iTunes or in your favorite podcasting app. PBS ...more

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  • News Wrap: New York sues NRA over alleged misuse of funds

    Aug 06 2020

    In our news wrap Thursday, New York state is going to court in a bid to dissolve the National Rifle Association. The civil suit accuses top executives of diverting millions of dollars of the charitable organization's funds for personal use. Also, the U.S. Senate voted unanimously to ban use of the video-sharing app TikTok from federally issued devices. The House had already approved the measure. PBS NewsHour is supported by - https://www.pbs.org/newshour/about/funders

  • Beirut authorities detain port employees amid explosion investigation

    Aug 06 2020

    Authorities in Beirut have detained 16 employees at the city's port as they investigate Tuesday's catastrophic explosion. The blast killed at least 135 people, injured more than 5,000 and fueled a new wave of public fury in a country already suffering from multiple crises. Special correspondent Jane Ferguson reports. PBS NewsHour is supported by - https://www.pbs.org/newshour/about/funders

  • How far apart are Democrats and Republicans on new coronavirus relief bill?

    Aug 06 2020

    A deal on a new coronavirus relief package seems distant and elusive, as congressional Democrats and Republicans remain at an impasse on key issues. Lisa Desjardins joins Judy Woodruff to discuss where negotiations stand and how far apart the two sides are both in terms of dollar figures and philosophy of funding distribution. PBS NewsHour is supported by - https://www.pbs.org/newshour/about/funders

  • Kudlow: Trump might use other funding to pay for federal unemployment

    Aug 06 2020

    As another 1.2 million Americans file for unemployment amid the pandemic's economic wreckage, Congress and the White House are still stalled on a deal for a new coronavirus relief package. President Trump's top economic adviser, Lawrence Kudlow, joins Judy Woodruff to discuss where negotiations stand as the two sides seek "compromises" and potential executive action Trump is prepared to take. PBS NewsHour is supported by - https://www.pbs.org/newshour/about/funders

  • Across the U.S., teachers and administrators scramble to adapt school plans

    Aug 06 2020

    U.S. schools are still struggling with questions about how to open for the new academic year. In some cases, districts have reversed course in just the past few weeks, based on changing coronavirus circumstances. How are teachers enduring this uncertainty -- and their own fear? We hear from some of them, and William Brangham talks to Aleesia Johnson, superintendent of Indianapolis Public Schools. PBS NewsHour is supported by - https://www.pbs.org/newshour/about/funders

  • Why Mississippi's top health official is warning against in-person school

    Aug 06 2020

    Mississippi is a coronavirus hot spot, with confirmed cases per 100,000 residents and positive test rates among the highest in the U.S. The state is seeing increased hospitalizations and deaths, too, at a time when schools are beginning the academic year. William Brangham talks to Dr. Thomas Dobbs, Mississippi's state health officer, about high levels of community spread and how to reduce them. PBS NewsHour is supported by - https://www.pbs.org/newshour/about/funders

  • In Japan, young people rush to document Hiroshima survivors' memories

    Aug 06 2020

    It has been 75 years since the United States dropped the world's first atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan, leveling the city and killing some 150,000 people. The horrifying aftermath of that attack, and one on Nagasaki three days later, has been described to the generations since -- now with special urgency as the population of survivors dwindles. Special correspondent Grace Lee reports. PBS NewsHour is supported by - https://www.pbs.org/newshour/about/funders

  • During economic collapse, business owners with criminal records are haunted by their past

    Aug 06 2020

    American businesses suffering through the pandemic's economic fallout have received hundreds of billions of dollars in federal loans since the Paycheck Protection Program opened this spring. But accessing that funding was challenging for business owners with criminal records. Economics correspondent Paul Solman reports as part of our new series, Searching for Justice. PBS NewsHour is supported by - https://www.pbs.org/newshour/about/funders

  • An essay on power and the police

    Aug 06 2020

    The killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis this past May sparked protests nationwide, and even across the globe, about racism and police brutality. But for many Black Americans, more frequent and mundane interactions cause a permanent sense of fear. In this essay, author Dawn Turner shares her humble opinion on why the incidents that don't make headlines need to be examined, too. PBS NewsHour is supported by - https://www.pbs.org/newshour/about/funders

  • Beirut blast means more suffering for a country on the brink of collapse

    Aug 05 2020

    Lebanon's capital city is suffering the aftermath of a cataclysmic explosion that killed at least 135 people and injured 5,000. On Tuesday, a fire started at Beirut's port -- followed by a detonation so powerful it sent a shockwave through the entire city. Hospitals already overwhelmed with coronavirus patients were flooded with bloodied bodies. Special correspondent Jane Ferguson reports. PBS NewsHour is supported by - https://www.pbs.org/newshour/about/funders

  • News Wrap: Former deputy AG denies Obama influenced Russia probe

    Aug 05 2020

    In our news wrap Wednesday, a former U.S. deputy attorney general denied that former President Obama and Vice President Biden tried to influence a probe of the 2016 Trump campaign. At a Senate hearing, Sally Yates said former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn aimed to neutralize sanctions against Russia. Also, reports from South Korea say deadly explosions occurred in North Korea on Monday. PBS NewsHour is supported by - https://www.pbs.org/newshour/about/funders

  • As pandemic upends presidential campaign, what issues matter most to voters

    Aug 05 2020

    The planned summer conventions of both parties have been reduced and reimagined due to the coronavirus pandemic, rendering this election year different from any other. And of course millions of American lives have been upended due to COVID-19 and the recession. The Washington Post's Gary Abernathy and freelance journalist Sarah Smarsh join Judy Woodruff to discuss what U.S. voters are thinking. PBS NewsHour is supported by - https://www.pbs.org/newshour/about/funders

  • Longtime GOP strategist says he'll 'work with Democrats' to defeat Trump

    Aug 05 2020

    Stuart Stevens is one of the Republican Party's most successful campaign strategists, with a career spanning decades. In his revealing new book, "It Was All a Lie: How the Republican Party Became Donald Trump," Stevens admits the GOP uses race as an issue to divide Americans and win elections -- and says the party has abandoned its principles in the Trump era. He joins Judy Woodruff to discuss. PBS NewsHour is supported by - https://www.pbs.org/newshour/about/funders

  • 75 years after Hiroshima, should U.S. president have authority to launch nuclear attack?

    Aug 05 2020

    On August 6, 1945, the United States dropped the first atomic weapon on Hiroshima, Japan. Seventy-five years later, the NewsHour revisits how the president became the sole authority on when nuclear weapons are used. Nick Schifrin reports and talks to former Secretary of Defense William Perry, co-author of "The Button: The New Nuclear Arms Race and Presidential Power from Truman to Trump." PBS NewsHour is supported by - https://www.pbs.org/newshour/about/funders

  • Minneapolis officials grapple with question of police reform -- or replacement

    Aug 05 2020

    The killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis in May prompted calls to change the policing structure there. On Wednesday night, the city's charter commission will decide whether to ask voters to begin the process of abolishing the police force -- and to clarify what would replace it. Special correspondent Fred de Sam Lazaro reports. PBS NewsHour is supported by - https://www.pbs.org/newshour/about/funders

  • 'Caste' author Isabel Wilkerson on America's race and class hierarchy

    Aug 05 2020

    Racism, both past and present, remains at the forefront of the American national conversation. Now, a new book by a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist examines how hierarchy and class are substantially intertwined with race in America. Jeffrey Brown talks to Isabel Wilkerson, author of "Caste: The Origins of Our Discontent," as part of our ongoing coverage of arts and culture, Canvas. PBS NewsHour is supported by - https://www.pbs.org/newshour/about/funders

  • A Brief But Spectacular take on surviving coronavirus at age 102

    Aug 05 2020

    Throughout the pandemic, Americans in elder care facilities have been at a high risk of contracting COVID-19. But there are also those residents of nursing homes who have survived the disease in spite of their age. Centenarian Grace Weissman-Spiegel-Davis is one of those. She shares her Brief But Spectacular take on her spectacular, but not brief, life. PBS NewsHour is supported by - https://www.pbs.org/newshour/about/funders

  • Pelosi says GOP still doesn't recognize 'gravity' of coronavirus crisis

    Aug 04 2020

    As the coronavirus pandemic continues to rage across the U.S., the Trump administration and Congress are still discussing another economic aid package. But on Tuesday, the White House and leading Democratic lawmakers gave different accounts of how much progress is being made. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, a central figure in those negotiations, joins Judy Woodruff to discuss where talks stand. PBS NewsHour is supported by - https://www.pbs.org/newshour/about/funders

  • News Wrap: Tropical Storm Isaias pummels East Coast

    Aug 04 2020

    In our news wrap Tuesday, Tropical Storm Isaias sped up the East Coast of the U.S., leaving a trail of damage. The storm was downgraded after coming ashore as a hurricane in North Carolina but spun off a deadly tornado and caused flash flooding. Also, firefighters in Southern California spent another day battling a wildfire east of Los Angeles. Authorities said it was originally sparked by a car. PBS NewsHour is supported by - https://www.pbs.org/newshour/about/funders

  • Mammoth explosions rock Beirut, killing at least 60 and injuring thousands

    Aug 04 2020

    In Lebanon, a monstrous explosion shook Beirut, shattering much of the city's port area. Video showed an enormous blast and shockwave that damaged buildings miles away. The health minister reported at least 70 people dead and more than 3,000 injured, while other officials said that 2,700 tons of ammonium nitrate had detonated. Special correspondent Rebecca Collard joins Judy Woodruff from Beirut. PBS NewsHour is supported by - https://www.pbs.org/newshour/about/funders

  • Why Jill Biden thinks the U.S. 'cannot wait' for her husband to be president

    Aug 04 2020

    Former Vice President Joe Biden's wife, Jill Biden, is among his closest advisors and an integral voice in his process of choosing a running mate. Her book "Where the Light Enters: Building a Family, Discovering Myself," first published in 2019, was issued in paperback Tuesday. Dr. Biden joins Judy Woodruff to discuss healing from heartbreak and why her husband would make a good president. PBS NewsHour is supported by - https://www.pbs.org/newshour/about/funders

  • How authoritarianism has spread since the coronavirus pandemic began

    Aug 04 2020

    According to pro-democracy institutions, authoritarianism was on the rise globally even before the coronavirus pandemic hit. But experts say the distraction of the crisis has allowed some leaders to indulge their dictatorial impulses without attracting much attention from the people they govern. Nick Schifrin reports and talks to The Atlantic's Anne Applebaum about this dangerous global dynamic. PBS NewsHour is supported by - https://www.pbs.org/newshour/about/funders

  • This college lowered tuition due to the pandemic -- and plans not to raise it again

    Aug 04 2020

    U.S. colleges have struggled with how to conduct the upcoming academic year amid the coronavirus pandemic. With many schools deciding to offer only remote classes but still charging full tuition, the pandemic has added a new urgency to questions about the cost and value of higher education. Hari Sreenivasan reports on one school that is cutting tuition -- and planning to maintain the reduction. PBS NewsHour is supported by - https://www.pbs.org/newshour/about/funders

  • Trump claims Florida is the only state that can vote by mail successfully

    Aug 04 2020

    President Trump held a press briefing at the White House on Tuesday evening, at which he discussed the massive explosions in Beirut and his objections to mail-in voting. Yamiche Alcindor was there, and she joins Judy Woodruff to discuss Trump's unsubstantiated claims about voter fraud related to mail-in ballots. PBS NewsHour is supported by - https://www.pbs.org/newshour/about/funders

  • Where Congress stands on a potential new pandemic relief bill

    Aug 03 2020

    COVID-19 continues to spread across the U.S., but children in some southern states returned to school Monday -- causing parents to worry about potential virus transmission. Meanwhile, negotiations over a new economic relief bill continued between the White House and Congress, with both sides reporting progress. Lisa Desjardins joins Judy Woodruff to discuss the numbers and when to expect a deal. PBS NewsHour is supported by - https://www.pbs.org/newshour/about/funders