Play Voting protection bill blocked in Senate

As negotiations continued over President Biden’s infrastructure and social spending plans, a stalemate in the Senate blocked a Democrat-backed voting protection bill this past week. This comes as several states are changing laws to limit access to polls, reduce mail-in voting and redraw congressional maps. Judith Browne Dianis, executive director of Advancement Project, joins.

Play After a forced adoption, an Indigenous man on identity

Eric Wardell, an Indigenous man, was taken from his parents at just three weeks old, in what is known in Canada as the “sixties scoop.” In this first-person story, Wardell explores his identity—what it means to discover who you are, and how your past can shape your future. The story is part of the ‘Turning Point’ series: stories by Indigenous people in partnership with the Global Reporting Centre.

Play An effort to bridge the digital divide with low-cost WiFi

A new community-owned internet cooperative is helping to bridge the digital divide for underserved New Yorkers by providing low cost wifi systems. The People’s Choice cooperative has five hubs in the Bronx and may expand to more New York housing complexes soon. Laura Fong reports as part of our ongoing series, “Chasing The Dream: Poverty & Opportunity in America.”

Play News Wrap: Pfizer says vaccine 91% effective among kids 5-11

In our news wrap Friday, Pfizer announced that its low-dose COVID vaccine is nearly 91 percent effective in 5- to 11-year-olds. A federal jury in New York has convicted Lev Parnas, a former associate of Rudy Giuliani, of making illegal campaign contributions. Actor Alec Baldwin expressed shock and sadness after a fatal shooting on a movie set in New Mexico.

Play How Mariano Rodríguez's work honored his Cuban heritage

One of Cuba's most celebrated avant-garde painters, Mariano Rodríguez, was a prolific 20th century artist whose exposure in the U.S. was cut short after the Cuban Revolution. But now there’s a resurfacing of his work at the McMullen Museum of Art at Boston College. Special correspondent Jared Bowen of GBH Boston has the story for our arts and culture series, CANVAS.

Play Internal DHS documents show migrant abuse at southern border

Detentions and arrests at America’s southern border hit an all-time high in 2021, according to new federal documents. More than 1.7 million migrants were detained at the border, in the 2021 fiscal year 61% of those were expelled under Title 42. William Brangham discusses the issue with Gil Kerlikowske, who served as commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection under President Barack Obama.

Play What you need to know about mixing and matching COVID shots

Beginning Friday, COVID-19 booster shots for both Moderna and Johnson & Johnson are available to eligible populations. The CDC and FDA also authorized mixing and matching vaccines and boosters. Amna Nawaz discusses the latest with Dr. Leana Wen, an emergency physician and public health professor at George Washington University.

Play What to expect from Supreme Court hearing of TX abortion law

Texas' new abortion restrictions remains in effect Friday after the U.S. Supreme Court issued an order where the justices opted not to block the state's SB8 abortion law, although they did agree to hear a case challenging it. The law bans most abortions in the state after six weeks of pregnancy.

Play Group aims to reintroduce endangered Jaguars to Argentina

The Jaguar, the biggest cat in the Americas, was hunted and poached to extinction in parts of Argentina about 70 years ago. They are in critical danger of vanishing completely. Only a few hundred are left in the country. Rewilding Argentina, a conservation nonprofit, has embarked on an audacious plan to reintroduce the species to its long lost home. Science correspondent Miles O'Brien reports.

Play Uganda's Batwa tribe's struggles as conservation refugees

The Batwa people are one of the oldest surviving Indigenous tribes in Africa. They live high in the mountain forests, straddling several East African countries. The Batwa are now also called conservation refugees, as governments scramble to cope with the pressures of population growth and climate change. Special correspondent Fred de Sam Lazaro reports from western Uganda.

Play Here's what to expect after House contempt vote for Bannon

Thursday marked a critical step in the investigation into the Jan. 6 Capitol riot, as the U.S. House voted to hold former Trump aide Steve Bannon in criminal contempt for defying a congressional subpoena. Democrats' rebuke was joined by nine Republicans, with a final vote of 229-202. Judy Woodruff discusses the vote's implications with Josh Gerstein, senior legal affairs reporter for Politico.

Play How and why this 'vulture' hedge fund buys, guts newsrooms

The hedge fund Alden Global Capital has been acquiring scores of U.S. newspapers across the country — then gutting newsrooms and selling off assets. It’s part of a larger trend in the erosion of local news and related jobs in the last decade. A look at Alden Global Capital is the cover story of the latest issue of The Atlantic. Staff writer McKay Coppins joins John Yang with more.

Play News Wrap: Haitian kidnappers threaten to kill missionaries

In our news wrap Thursday, a Haitian gang is now threatening to kill 17 kidnapped members of a U.S. missionary group unless its random demands are met. Democrats are sending mixed signals on whether they'll agree on a giant social spending package by the weekend. Attorney General Merrick Garland insisted he is not out to silence parents who confront school boards over curricula and mask mandates.

Play A Brief But Spectacular take on disability rights movement

Since childhood, Judy Heumann has faced ableism — institutionally, socially, and personally. New York’s public school system prevented her from enrolling, and she was often bullied or excluded by her own peers. After a lifetime of activism, she is finally seeing a shift in how people with disabilities are viewed and treated. She gives us her Brief But Spectacular on the disability rights movement.

Play How climate change could be affected by Biden bill stalemate

The coming weeks will be pivotal for President Joe Biden's domestic agenda as Congress and the White House debate the trade-offs of a major bill that could affect the pocketbooks, working conditions and social safety net for Americans. William Brangham looks at what it could mean for coping with climate change with congressional correspondent Lisa Desjardins and ProPublica's Abrahm Lustgarten.

Play Idlib struggles to get lifesaving aid amid COVID spike

Government shelling killed a dozen people in Syria’s northwest Idlib province Wednesday. Idlib is the final stronghold for rebels still fighting the Assad regime. But the province is also under attack from a different threat — its most severe wave of COVID-19. The delta variant is hitting hospitals already weakened by war. Nick Schifrin reports.

Play Why Biden's approval rating is tanking according to new poll

A new national poll paints a troubling picture of an American electorate worried about the future of democracy, sharply divided on issues of personal freedom and dissatisfied with President Joe Biden's leadership. Judy Woodruff walks through the results with Ann Selzer, president of Selzer & Company, which wrote the poll in collaboration with Grinnell College.

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