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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

  • The coronavirus' human and economic toll continue to expand

    May 28 2020

    The U.S. death toll from coronavirus is a number of epic proportions: more than 100,000. But health officials believe that even that staggering number may be an undercount due to testing shortages and incomplete reporting of cases. Meanwhile, the pandemic's economic fallout continues to grow, with another 2.1 million Americans filing for unemployment in the past week. John Yang reports. PBS NewsHour is supported by - https://www.pbs.org/newshour/about/funders

  • 'We want justice' for George Floyd, local activist says as violence erupts in Minneapolis

    May 28 2020

    Communities in Minneapolis are reeling from the death of George Floyd, the bitter dynamic many residents feel with law enforcement and how protests have changed over the past day. Minnesota's governor called in the National Guard Thursday to help quell demonstrations that left one person dead. Yamiche Alcindor reports, and Amna Nawaz talks to Tyrone Terrill, a Minneapolis community leader. PBS NewsHour is supported by - https://www.pbs.org/newshour/about/funders

  • News Wrap: House Democrats shelve FISA bill after Trump's veto threat

    May 28 2020

    In our news wrap Thursday, House Democratic leaders shelved a bill to renew government surveillance tools. The move followed President Trump's promise to veto, after which congressional Republicans "abandoned their commitment to security," according to Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Meanwhile, Trump signed an executive order aimed at social media companies, accusing them of bias against conservatives. PBS NewsHour is supported by - https://www.pbs.org/newshour/about/funders

  • Why U.S. economic policy needs to support all Americans to be successful

    May 28 2020

    The economic toll of the pandemic and the ensuing shutdowns continues to grow, with more than 40 million people losing jobs so far. Although economic activity will pick up as businesses reopen, there is growing debate about how government policy can support struggling Americans and a fragile economy. Judy Woodruff talks to Mary Daly, president of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco. PBS NewsHour is supported by - https://www.pbs.org/newshour/about/funders

  • What China's move to crack down on Hong Kong means for city's autonomy

    May 28 2020

    China's National People's Congress has created a legislative process to criminalize certain behavior in Hong Kong. Pro-democracy advocates in Hong Kong, as well as the Trump administration, have criticized the move, arguing it erodes the city's freedoms and goes against Beijing's prior promises to respect its autonomy. Nick Schifrin reports on the reaction from Hong Kong and Washington, D.C. PBS NewsHour is supported by - https://www.pbs.org/newshour/about/funders

  • What Americans are looking for from leaders at a time of extraordinary loss

    May 28 2020

    More than 100,000 Americans have died from COVID-19 so far -- a number unimaginable before the pandemic began. The U.S. has nearly 30 percent of reported deaths worldwide. How does this tragic moment fit into American historical context? Judy Woodruff talks to Andy Slavitt, former acting administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, and presidential historian Michael Beschloss. PBS NewsHour is supported by - https://www.pbs.org/newshour/about/funders

  • Could the pandemic usher in a new era of working from home?

    May 28 2020

    Many Americans are working from home during the coronavirus pandemic, and it's unclear when people will or should return to the workplace. The shift toward more remote work could have significant repercussions for employees, companies and the marketplace. Economics correspondent Paul Solman explores these transformations -- and their advantages and drawbacks -- in a two-part series. PBS NewsHour is supported by - https://www.pbs.org/newshour/about/funders

  • A young black pastor's Brief But Spectacular take on preaching with hope

    May 28 2020

    Todd Johnson is the youngest pastor in Warren, Ohio, and preaches at the oldest black Baptist congregation in Trumbull County. He says he has always felt driven to help the people he serves, especially during difficult times -- such as when a community member was killed by police in January 2019. Pastor Todd Johnson offers his Brief But Spectacular take on ministering in the city that raised him. PBS NewsHour is supported by - https://www.pbs.org/newshour/about/funders

  • U.S. coronavirus death toll passes 100,000 milestone

    May 27 2020

    The coronavirus pandemic has reached a fearsome new milestone as of Wednesday night -- 100,000 U.S. lives lost. That number exceeds all the American dead in the Korean and Vietnam Wars combined. Although the House of Representatives made history by allowing proxy votes for the first time to avoid travel amid the pandemic, businesses across the country continued to reopen. Lisa Desjardins reports. PBS NewsHour is supported by - https://www.pbs.org/newshour/about/funders

  • Dr. Fauci on the 'terrible hit' of 100,000 deaths and being realistic about the fall

    May 27 2020

    The American death toll from the COVID-19 pandemic passed the 100,000 milestone on Wednesday. Dr. Anthony Fauci is one of the country's leading public health officials and a key member of President Trump's Coronavirus Task Force. He joins Judy Woodruff to discuss the country's "terrible ordeal," how we can contain the virus moving forward and why he is cautiously optimistic about a vaccine. PBS NewsHour is supported by - https://www.pbs.org/newshour/about/funders

  • Pelosi on COVID-19 testing, FISA bill and whether to hold in-person convention

    May 27 2020

    Lawmakers agree struggling Americans need another economic relief package due to the pandemic's fallout. But congressional Republicans and Democrats differ over who should receive that assistance. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi joins Judy Woodruff to discuss a new House proposal for COVID-19 testing, being more "prescriptive" about how federal aid is spent and whether to hold an in-person convention. PBS NewsHour is supported by - https://www.pbs.org/newshour/about/funders

  • News Wrap: NASA scrubs rocket launch due to storms

    May 27 2020

    In our news wrap Wednesday, NASA had to scrub the first launch of astronauts from U.S. soil in nearly a decade due to bad weather. Storms kept the SpaceX rocket stalled at Kennedy Space Center in Florida, but the crew will try again Saturday. Also, Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden has stepped up criticism of President Trump for refusing to wear a mask in public, calling Trump a "fool." PBS NewsHour is supported by - https://www.pbs.org/newshour/about/funders

  • Remembering influential AIDS activist Larry Kramer

    May 27 2020

    Playwright and pioneering AIDS activist Larry Kramer has died of pneumonia at age 84. He fought for greater resources and awareness of HIV, as well as for gay rights, during the 1980s and 1990s. Kramer was also a novelist and nonfiction writer who was taking on the topic of the coronavirus pandemic at the time of his death. Jeffrey Brown looks back at Kramer's life. PBS NewsHour is supported by - https://www.pbs.org/newshour/about/funders

  • Why George Floyd's death feels like 'a knee on the neck of black America'

    May 27 2020

    It has been a painful two days in Minneapolis following the death of George Floyd in police custody. The incident, captured on video, raises questions about the conduct of the specific police officers involved, as well as the department's broader relationship with citizens of color. Yamiche Alcindor reports, and Amna Nawaz talks to Andrea Jenkins, vice president of the Minneapolis city council. PBS NewsHour is supported by - https://www.pbs.org/newshour/about/funders

  • As China tightens its grip on Hong Kong, how will the U.S. respond?

    May 27 2020

    In Hong Kong, demonstrations have intensified as the threats from China mount. Beijing said recently it would make behavior that it deems anti-Chinese illegal, in a move that is prompting the Trump administration to consider rescinding certain trade and travel privileges for the territory. But how far will the U.S. go? Nick Schifrin joins Judy Woodruff to discuss what's next for Hong Kong. PBS NewsHour is supported by - https://www.pbs.org/newshour/about/funders

  • Many child care facilities remain closed. Who will watch kids as parents return to work?

    May 27 2020

    Who will care for the children of working parents when they return to their jobs, if schools and many child care providers remain closed? The CARES Act allocated $3.5 billion to support child care programs, but a national organization says many providers have yet to receive any funding. Special correspondent Cat Wise reports from Oregon, where a shortage of child care slots preceded the pandemic. PBS NewsHour is supported by - https://www.pbs.org/newshour/about/funders

  • Tayari Jones answers your questions about 'The Street'

    May 27 2020

    Author Tayari Jones wrote the introduction to a new edition of Ann Petry's 1946 novel "The Street," our May pick for the NewsHour-New York Times book club, Now Read This. Jones joins Jeffrey Brown to answer reader questions about the "The Street," and Jeff announces the June book selection. PBS NewsHour is supported by - https://www.pbs.org/newshour/about/funders

  • Meat-processing plants remain source of concern for new COVID-19 outbreaks

    May 26 2020

    The pace of new U.S. fatalities from COVID-19 has been slowing as the pandemic's toll nears a milestone of 100,000 deaths. Still, restrictions are being lifted, and more economic activity is resuming. On Tuesday, the trading floor of the New York Stock Exchange was partially opened for the first time since March. But concerns remain, especially around meat-packing facilities. Stephanie Sy reports. PBS NewsHour is supported by - https://www.pbs.org/newshour/about/funders

  • News Wrap: Afghan government begins releasing Taliban prisoners

    May 26 2020

    In our news wrap Tuesday, the government of Afghanistan began releasing Taliban prisoners, simultaneously urging the militant group to extend a three-day cease-fire. Dozens of inmates walked out of a jail near Kabul as part of the deal the U.S. signed with the Taliban in February. Also, Hong Kong's chief executive, Carrie Lam, has dismissed fears that mainland China is moving to snuff out dissent. PBS NewsHour is supported by - https://www.pbs.org/newshour/about/funders

  • 'Not the America that we want to live in,' says St. Paul mayor of George Floyd's death

    May 26 2020

    An African American man in Minneapolis died Monday night after a police officer kneeled on his neck while apprehending him. Echoing the 2014 Eric Garner case, George Floyd told the officer, "I can't breathe." The incident, captured on video, prompted outrage in the Twin Cities and beyond -- and led to the dismissal of four police officers involved. Amna Nawaz talks to St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter. PBS NewsHour is supported by - https://www.pbs.org/newshour/about/funders

  • COVID-19 has made life much harder for family caregivers. Here are some of their stories

    May 26 2020

    The number of Americans providing unpaid care for loved ones has been rising in recent years. The coronavirus pandemic and the associated shutdowns have made these difficult roles that much harder, increasing isolation and limiting resources. We hear stories from some of these caregivers, and Judy Woodruff talks to C. Grace Whiting, president and CEO of the National Alliance for Caregiving. PBS NewsHour is supported by - https://www.pbs.org/newshour/about/funders

  • How Elon Musk's SpaceX is changing American space flight

    May 26 2020

    It has been nearly a decade since an American space crew last lifted off from U.S. soil in a spacecraft built here. That's expected to change Wednesday afternoon with the relaunch of manned space flight. But the occasion will be very different from past launches, as this time, a private company is leading the way as a NASA partner. Miles O'Brien reports on the potentially "revolutionary" moment. PBS NewsHour is supported by - https://www.pbs.org/newshour/about/funders

  • How Trump leverages Twitter to spread misinformation

    May 26 2020

    President Trump's messages to his more than 80 million Twitter followers can carry a lot of weight -- but don't always represent the truth. Controversy recently erupted over a Trump tweet that had no basis in fact. Now, the social media platform is applying a note to it that directs users to more information. Yamiche Alcindor reports and speaks with Craig Silverman, media editor for BuzzFeed News. PBS NewsHour is supported by - https://www.pbs.org/newshour/about/funders

  • The potential of convalescent plasma therapy for COVID-19 patients

    May 26 2020

    With researchers around the world racing to develop a vaccine for COVID-19, attention is increasingly turning to a potential stop-gap measure - convalescent plasma. The yellowish gold part of our blood that contains antibodies to help fight viruses is the focus of research in labs and hospitals and shows early signs of promise. John Yang reports. PBS NewsHour is supported by - https://www.pbs.org/newshour/about/funders

  • A shopkeeper's humble opinion on when to reopen for business

    May 26 2020

    U.S. cities and states are trying to balance economic activity and public health. The consequences of those decisions fall squarely on small businesses, with almost half of their owners saying the pandemic is having a large negative impact on business. Anna Kahoe owns a furniture and clothing store in Washington, D.C., and she shares her humble opinion on determining the right time to reopen. PBS NewsHour is supported by - https://www.pbs.org/newshour/about/funders