PBS NewsHour Weekend Previous Broadcasts

B Corps Gain Foothold (Episode #810H)

KQED 9: Sun, Jul 30, 2017 -- 5:30 PM

By law, American corporations must maximize profits and shareholder value. But in the past decade new models of corporate responsibility, known as Benefit Corporations and B Corps, have gained a growing foothold in the nation's business community. Believing business can function as a force for good, the Philadelphia-based "B Lab" certifies qualifying companies as B Corps after subjecting them to a 200-point assessment of their workforce, community impact, transparency, and environmental impact. Among the certified 2,200 companies worldwide are ice cream makers Ben & Jerry's, eyeglass manufacturer Warby Parker, and outdoor clothing giant Patagonia. NewsHour Weekend's Christopher Booker reports.

India's Biometric National ID (Episode #809H)

KQED 9: Sat, Jul 29, 2017 -- 5:30 PM

Since 2010, India has undertaken what is by far the largest citizen registration drive in history, by documenting most of its 1.3 billion people into a single national identification database. The system not only assigns everyone a number, like the Social Security number in the United States, but also records fingerprints and iris scans. On Saturday, NewsHour Weekend Special Correspondent Fred de Sam Lazaro reports how India succeeded in creating the biometric database and the privacy concerns it raises.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED Life: Sat, Jul 29, 2017 -- 5:30 PM

Art After Incarceration (Episode #808H)

KQED 9: Sun, Jul 23, 2017 -- 5:30 PM

Seven former prisoners received $20,000 in funding this year through a fellowship called "The Right To Return USA," allowing those who were once incarcerated to create original artworks with a message of pushing criminal justice reform. The fellows are a diverse group of emerging and established artists, with the inaugural class covering genres such as poetry, hip-hop, performance, and multimedia arts. The fellowship also aims to align the individual artists with advocacy groups on topics like the treatment of women in prisons, immigration, and drug use. NewsHour Weekend Special Correspondent Alison Stewart spoke with the fellows about their work, their pasts, and moving forward.

New Jersey Bail Reform (Episode #807H)

KQED 9: Sat, Jul 22, 2017 -- 5:30 PM

When a person is arrested, the idea behind bail is simple: someone who posts cash to get out of jail before trial is more likely to return to court, because otherwise, the money will be revoked. But critics of the cash bail system say it unfairly incarcerates too many non-violent defendants especially the poor before they are convicted of any crime. In New Jersey, after the discovery that almost 40 percent of its jail inmates were locked up because they couldn't pay bail, the state instituted some of the most sweeping bail reforms in the nation. NewsHour Weekend's Megan Thompson reports the story as part of our "Chasing the Dream" series on poverty and opportunity in America.

Puerto Rico Austerity (Episode #806H)

KQED 9: Sun, Jul 16, 2017 -- 5:30 PM

Puerto Rico remains an island of economic distress, with high unemployment, a poverty rate three times the U.S. mainland, and a per-capita income half that of the poorest state, Mississippi. Beyond its recession, Puerto Rico is saddled with a massive $72 billion debt. The worsening economic conditions have prompted the flight of more than 450,000 Puerto Ricans, who are U.S. citizens, for states like Texas and Florida in the last 10 years. On Sunday, just a month after Puerto Rico voted to become a full-fledged U.S. state, NewsHour Weekend's Ivette Feliciano reports on how new austerity measures imposed by Congress, and designed to reduce the debt, are being received.

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  • KQED Life: Sun, Jul 16, 2017 -- 5:30 PM

Russian Opposition (Episode #805H)

KQED 9: Sat, Jul 15, 2017 -- 5:30 PM

All week, the NewsHour, with the help of the Pulitzer Center for Crisis Reporting, is featuring stories "Inside Putin's Russia," underscoring the tension between Moscow and Washington. Vladimir Putin is now serving an unprecedented third term as Russia's president, and is expected to seek another six-year term in next year's presidential election. While Putin has been widely popular, this spring saw the largest anti-government demonstrations in years throughout Russia. One of its leaders is the vocal and frequently jailed opposition leader, Alexi Navalny. On Saturday, NewsHour Weekend Special Correspondent Nick Schifrin and producer, Zach Fannin, introduce us to Navalny and the growing opposition movement he represents.

Venezuelan Exodus (Episode #804H)

KQED 9: Sun, Jul 9, 2017 -- 5:30 PM

Despite having one of the biggest oil reserves in the world, Venezuela's economy is in a freefall, with triple-digit inflation and long lines for scarce food and medicine. For months, there have been violent protests against the government of President Nicolas Maduro in the Venezuelan capital of Caracas and an increasing number of Venezuelans are fleeing their homeland with tens of thousands trying to resettle in neighboring Colombia. With support from the Pulitzer Center for Crisis Reporting, NewsHour Weekend Special Correspondent Nadja Drost and videographer Bruno Federico, report on the growing exodus from Venezuela.

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  • KQED Life: Sun, Jul 9, 2017 -- 5:30 PM

Seattle Police Reforms (Episode #803H)

KQED 9: Sat, Jul 8, 2017 -- 5:30 PM

The U.S. Justice Department is currently overseeing reforms of 14 local police departments, including those in Baltimore, Chicago and Cleveland, that have been affected by police-involved shootings and complaints of racially biased policing. Legally binding agreements initiated by the Obama administration, known as "consent decrees," have compelled reforms. But this year, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions ordered a sweeping review of them, pointing to a potential rollback in federal oversight of police. One city fulfilling its obligations under a consent decree for the past five years is Seattle. NewsHour Weekend Special Correspondent Joanne Elgart Jennings reports on how reforms are being received and the challenges faced.

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  • KQED Life: Sat, Jul 8, 2017 -- 5:30 PM

Chasing Coral (Episode #802H)

KQED 9: Sun, Jul 2, 2017 -- 5:30 PM

A new documentary called "Chasing Coral" is now playing in select theaters across the country and will premiere on "Netflix" on July 14. The film tells the story of the effort to document in real time the destruction of the world's coral reefs by the sea temperature rise caused by climate change. NewsHour Weekend's Saskia de Melker talked to the film's director about the challenge of showing the public the unseen, underwater effects of global warming.

Doom Towns (Episode #801H)

KQED 9: Sat, Jul 1, 2017 -- 5:30 PM

Throughout the Cold War, the United States tested atomic weapons in the Nevada desert about 125 miles north of Las Vegas. Not only were the mushroom clouds from those tests visible from the Las Vegas strip, they also became an unlikely tourist attraction. A new graphic history called "Doom Towns" offers a look back at the people and landscapes from this era, as well as the fake "doom" towns built to test the effects of a nuclear blast. The book weaves together primary documents, photos and the stories of residents, scientists and soldiers. NewsHour Weekend's Ivette Feliciano reports.

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