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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

Episodes

  • How Biden and Trump are talking about COVID as they campaign

    Oct 28 2020

    Americans again headed to the polls Wednesday, even as coronavirus continued its nationwide surge. On the campaign trail, President Trump and Sen. Kamala Harris visited Arizona, a state Trump won by 3.5 points in 2016. Current polls indicate the race in the battleground state could be closer this year. Meanwhile, Joe Biden cast his own ballot in his home state of Delaware. Lisa Desjardins reports. PBS NewsHour is supported by - https://www.pbs.org/newshour/about/funders

  • News Wrap: Mass protests in Poland against restrictive abortion ruling

    Oct 28 2020

    In our news wrap Wednesday, demonstrators in Poland gathered for a seventh straight day over a court ruling that banned abortions of fetuses, even ones with severe abnormalities. The nationwide strike is a rare show of opposition in a country long influenced by the Roman Catholic Church. Also, officials in France and Germany announced new restrictions in response to rising coronavirus infections. PBS NewsHour is supported by - https://www.pbs.org/newshour/about/funders

  • Partisan divisions on display as social media CEOs testify before Senate panel

    Oct 28 2020

    This election year is seeing increased attention and scrutiny regarding social media platforms -- and how they can be manipulated to spread misinformation. But the greater level of awareness hasn't stopped the practices, either. And the battles over content moderation and censorship are increasingly partisan, as demonstrated by Wednesday's highly charged Capitol Hill hearing. John Yang reports. PBS NewsHour is supported by - https://www.pbs.org/newshour/about/funders

  • Why we are so susceptible to misinformation

    Oct 28 2020

    Social media plays a major role in shaping current American political discourse. During a Senate hearing Wednesday, executives from leading online platforms were criticized by lawmakers for their companies' records on limiting the spread of misinformation. William Brangham explores how that misinformation can be easily transmitted online -- and how it can influence voters' thinking. PBS NewsHour is supported by - https://www.pbs.org/newshour/about/funders

  • DHS official says voters should be confident in election -- and patient for its results

    Oct 28 2020

    With only a few days remaining before Election Day, U.S. security officials anticipate that millions of Americans will be exposed to even more misinformation online than they already have. Christopher Krebs, director of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency at the Department of Homeland Security, joins William Brangham to discuss the effort to detect and mitigate misinformation. PBS NewsHour is supported by - https://www.pbs.org/newshour/about/funders

  • Why this career civil servant resigned over a Trump executive order

    Oct 28 2020

    President Trump has promised to dismantle the federal government's administrative state -- and made moves in that direction. Now, one of his political appointees has resigned in protest over an executive order that could strip protections from federal employees. Ron Sanders, who worked under presidents of both parties during decades as a civil servant, tells Amna Nawaz why he gave up his job. PBS NewsHour is supported by - https://www.pbs.org/newshour/about/funders

  • How Montana's Senate race became so competitive -- and costly

    Oct 28 2020

    In the battle to control the U.S. Senate, one of the competitive contests pits a Republican incumbent, Steve Daines, against a two-term Democratic governor, Steve Bullock. Montana's Senate race has become the most expensive campaign in the state's history. Anna Rau of Montana PBS reports on how Big Sky Country has become a center of big political spending -- and even bigger stakes. PBS NewsHour is supported by - https://www.pbs.org/newshour/about/funders

  • On the ground in swing states Florida, Michigan and Texas

    Oct 28 2020

    With Election Day in less than a week, how is the final campaign sprint playing out across the country -- especially in key battleground states? Judy Woodruff talks to Tom Hudson of WLRN Public Radio in Florida, Alex Samuels of The Texas Tribune and Zoe Clark of NPR member station Michigan Radio, about what issues are resonating with voters and the surge in early ballots cast. PBS NewsHour is supported by - https://www.pbs.org/newshour/about/funders

  • How this year's antiracism protests differ from past social justice movements

    Oct 28 2020

    Philadelphia protests over the killing of Walter Wallace Jr. represent only the latest in a year of nationwide demonstrations against racism and police violence. The ongoing movement has captured attention and provided political fodder -- but it also reflects a long American history of organizing against injustice. Amna Nawaz talks to author Peniel Joseph of the University of Texas at Austin. PBS NewsHour is supported by - https://www.pbs.org/newshour/about/funders

  • Candidates dash to swing states as millions of Americans cast their ballots

    Oct 27 2020

    It has been a long day on the campaign trail, with appearance after appearance for President Trump, former Vice President Joe Biden and their running mates. The candidates are in an all-out sprint to the finish line of Election Day next Tuesday. But record numbers of American voters have already cast their ballots, uneasy about the pandemic and electoral legal challenges. Yamiche Alcindor reports. PBS NewsHour is supported by - https://www.pbs.org/newshour/about/funders

  • What record early voting numbers tell us about the election -- and what they don't

    Oct 27 2020

    The country is seeing record turnout for early voting, as well as some late legal challenges around when -- and if -- all those votes get counted. Almost 70 million people have already cast their ballots, with Election Day still a week away. William Brangham reports and talks to the University of Florida's Michael McDonald, who runs the United States Election Project, about what the numbers show. PBS NewsHour is supported by - https://www.pbs.org/newshour/about/funders

  • News Wrap: Barrett formally sworn in to U.S. Supreme Court

    Oct 27 2020

    In our news wrap Tuesday, Amy Coney Barrett was formally sworn in as the newest member of the U.S. Supreme Court. Chief Justice John Roberts administered the oath in private, a day after Barrett's Senate confirmation. Also, firefighters in Southern California are making scant progress against wind-blown wildfires forcing thousands to flee. Gov. Gavin Newsom said the conditions are unprecedented. PBS NewsHour is supported by - https://www.pbs.org/newshour/about/funders

  • Another deadly police shooting of a Black man sparks Philadelphia protests

    Oct 27 2020

    The fatal shooting of a Black man by police in Philadelphia on Monday afternoon sparked large protests overnight. Walter Wallace Jr., whose family said he suffered from mental health issues, brandished a knife at officers Monday, refusing to obey their orders to drop it. They shot him multiple times. It's only the latest police killing in recent months to provoke public outrage. John Yang reports. PBS NewsHour is supported by - https://www.pbs.org/newshour/about/funders

  • Trump's domestic policy adviser on economic stimulus, replacing ACA

    Oct 27 2020

    With a week to go before Election Day, cases of COVID-19 are rising across the country, and economic stimulus talks appear to be stalled. Brooke Rollins is acting director of the White House Domestic Policy Council. She joins Judy Woodruff to discuss where negotiations stand on providing another round of federal pandemic relief and President Trump's plan to replace the Affordable Care Act. PBS NewsHour is supported by - https://www.pbs.org/newshour/about/funders

  • Lightfoot: Chicago's rising infections and falling revenues are of 'great concern'

    Oct 27 2020

    Chicago was hit hard by coronavirus earlier this year and is now suffering through a second surge. In addition, state and local budgets have fallen significantly due to the pandemic. With federal stimulus talks stalled, mayors like Lori Lightfoot are on their own. Lightfoot joins Judy Woodruff to discuss COVID-19 numbers, possible new state restrictions and her reaction to the federal response. PBS NewsHour is supported by - https://www.pbs.org/newshour/about/funders

  • Why Republican women are running for Congress in record numbers

    Oct 27 2020

    This year, more women are running for Congress than ever before, shattering records set in 2018. But this time, the increase in female candidates is driven in part by Republican women on the ballot. Lisa Desjardins reports on what the GOP has done to attract women -- and what they still need to do to close the wide gender gap in the House. PBS NewsHour is supported by - https://www.pbs.org/newshour/about/funders

  • China dominates the pandemic PPE market. What does that mean for U.S. as virus surges?

    Oct 27 2020

    During the coronavirus pandemic, the world has become reliant on personal protective equipment, or PPE. Most of this essential gear, from masks to gowns to goggles, comes from China -- and experts in the U.S. say this foreign dependence is problematic. Bur for now, the country where the virus originated is producing much of what's needed to fight it off. Special correspondent Patrick Fok reports. PBS NewsHour is supported by - https://www.pbs.org/newshour/about/funders

  • Program putting artists to work during pandemic takes leaf from the past

    Oct 27 2020

    The arts have been devastated by the pandemic, with consumer spending in the sector dropping significantly this year. Now, a pilot program in the mountains of western Massachusetts is looking to ideas from the past to ensure artists' futures. Special correspondent Jared Bowen of GBH reports as part of our American Creators series and ongoing coverage of arts and culture, Canvas. PBS NewsHour is supported by - https://www.pbs.org/newshour/about/funders

  • Author Paul Tough answers your questions about 'Helping Children Succeed'

    Oct 27 2020

    Paul Tough, author of our October pick for the NewsHour-New York Times book club, Now Read This, joins Jeffrey Brown to answer reader questions about "Helping Children Succeed: What Works and Why." PBS NewsHour is supported by - https://www.pbs.org/newshour/about/funders

  • Trump, Biden focus on Pennsylvania as race's final week dawns

    Oct 26 2020

    As President Trump and Joe Biden enter the final week of the presidential campaign, COVID-19 is roiling the race again. At least five of Vice President Mike Pence's staffers have tested positive for the virus, including one deemed a close contact of Pence's by the CDC. But Pence continues to hold rallies that, like many of Trump's, violate state health guidelines. Judy Woodruff reports. PBS NewsHour is supported by - https://www.pbs.org/newshour/about/funders

  • News Wrap: Crowds strike against Lukashenko in Belarus

    Oct 26 2020

    In our news wrap Monday, factory workers, students and businesses in Belarus staged a one-day national strike as President Alexander Lukashenko again defied calls to resign. Crowds filled the streets of Minsk in solidarity against Lukashenko and thousands of protester arrests in the past two months. Also, Armenia and Azerbaijan accused each other of violating a cease-fire in Nagorno-Karabakh. PBS NewsHour is supported by - https://www.pbs.org/newshour/about/funders

  • What addition of Barrett could mean for upcoming Supreme Court cases

    Oct 26 2020

    Amy Coney Barrett is poised to become the third Supreme Court justice chosen by President Trump, ensuring a judicial legacy that will be felt for years to come. And after her confirmation, Barrett will quickly have a chance to make her imprint on some important and timely issues, including voting access and the Affordable Care Act. John Yang reports on how Barrett could change the Supreme Court. PBS NewsHour is supported by - https://www.pbs.org/newshour/about/funders

  • Durbin: Senate should be delivering pandemic aid, not SCOTUS confirmation

    Oct 26 2020

    Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin is the Senate's second highest-ranking Democrat and a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, which supported the Supreme Court nomination of Amy Coney Barrett. Durbin joins Judy Woodruff to discuss why he has found the judicial confirmation process for Barrett "very troubling," what he expects from her on the court and the "desperate" need for more coronavirus relief. PBS NewsHour is supported by - https://www.pbs.org/newshour/about/funders

  • A Utah infectious disease doctor on his state's coronavirus crisis

    Oct 26 2020

    Coronavirus is spiking in parts of the U.S. spared the worst of the pandemic in its early days, as well as in states that already suffered. With an average of 75,000 new daily cases over the past week, hospital admissions are rising, straining health care systems and forcing very difficult decisions. William Brangham talks to Dr. Edward Stenehjem of the Intermountain Healthcare system in Utah. PBS NewsHour is supported by - https://www.pbs.org/newshour/about/funders

  • How Graham's support for Barrett affects his reelection bid

    Oct 26 2020

    South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, is himself in the political hot seat. His support for the nomination of Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court during an election year, after opposing Merrick Garland's nomination in 2016, has left many voters fed up. Gavin Jackson of South Carolina ETV reports on a close race with Democratic challenger Jaime Harrison. PBS NewsHour is supported by - https://www.pbs.org/newshour/about/funders