About 9 million tons of plastic are dumped into the world’s oceans every year — enough to fill a football stadium 23 miles high. But a project dubbed the Ocean Cleanup aims to eliminate it with a method that researchers are testing in the North Sea.
Isle de Jean Charles in Louisiana has lost 98 percent of its land to coastal erosion caused by sinking land and exacerbated by rising seas and increased storm surges. The tribal community that lives there will be the first to receive federal tax dollars to help them relocate in response to climate change.
Producer/Writer: Saskia de Melker Associate Producer: Melanie Saltzman Camera: Saskia de Melker and Melanie Saltzman Editor: Steve Thompson Correspondent: Hari Sreenivasan
This spring, 20,000 public high school students from low-income neighborhoods in New York City will get the opportunity to see “Hamilton,” the Broadway smash hit nominated this week for a record 16 Tony Awards. Students can see the show as part of a new classroom curriculum designed around the show to encourage creativity and foster student interest in history.
Producer/Writer: Saskia de Melker Associate Producer: Saskia de Melker Camera: Saskia de Melker and Melanie Saltzman Editor: Judith Wolff Correspondent: Saskia de Melker
Due to low federal minimum wages for tipped workers, many grapple with poverty rates. Seven states, however, pay tipped workers full minimum wage before tips. And with minimum-wage hikes looming, some restaurants are pioneering no-tipping policies, eliminating gratuities in favor of higher hourly wages for workers.
Producer: Saskia de Melker Associate Producer: Melanie Saltzman Camera: Saskia de Melker and Melanie Saltzman Editor: David Kreger Correspondent: Alison Stewart
The risk for overdose from opioid painkillers and heroin among women, including pregnant women, has skyrocketed, which means a growing number of babies are born dependent on opioids. NewsHour Weekend Special correspondent Alison Stewart reports on the challenges for pregnant women struggling with addiction.
Short-term housing rental industry giant Airbnb now lists more than 1 million rooms available in 192 countries. The platform’s largest market is in New York City, with more than 25,000 listings per night, but it’s also where the debate over how to regulate short-term rentals is the most contentious. In light of a new report by the NY Attorney General that says nearly three-quarters of Airbnb’s listings in the city are technically illegal, the city is cracking down.
Producer/Writer: Saskia de Melker Correspondent: Hari Sreenivasan Camera: Saskia de Melker and Sam Weber Editor: David Kreger
“Who here has been in love?” Anniek Pheifer asks a crowd of Dutch elementary school students.
It’s a Spring morning in Utrecht, and the St. Jan de Doper elementary school gym is decked in heart-shaped balloons and streamers. Pheifer and Pepijn Gunneweg are hosts of a kids television program in the Netherlands, and they’re performing a song about having a crush.
Kids giggle at the question. Hands — little and bigger — shoot up.
Welcome to “Spring Fever” week in primary schools across the Netherlands, the week of focused sex ed classes… for 4-year olds.