PBS NewsHour

February 25, 2024 - PBS News Weekend full episode

Sunday on PBS News Weekend, we look at the state of health care for children of low-income families in Florida, and what a federal lawsuit could mean there and the rest of the country. Then, how vaccine hesitancy and misinformation are playing into rising rates of measles and COVID. Plus, the story of a Black midwife who served the community where she had been enslaved.

What a federal lawsuit means for kids health care in Florida

8m 20s

The end of pandemic-era protections has meant the end of Medicaid coverage for more than 17 million low-income Americans so far. Now, Florida is considering other changes to how it provides health insurance to children from low- to moderate-income families, expanding access for some and limiting it for others. KFF Health News correspondent Daniel Chang joins Ali Rogin to discuss what’s happening.

Previews + Extras

  • How vaccine hesitancy is playing into rising measles rates: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    How vaccine hesitancy is playing into rising measles rates

    S2024 E57 - 5m 17s

    Vaccines have been proven to be an effective weapon against many diseases. Measles, for instance, was declared eliminated from the U.S. in 2000, and more recently, vaccines helped curb the spread of COVID. But both of those diseases are on the rise in 2024. PBS NewsHour digital health reporter Laura Santhanam joins John Yang to discuss why cases are climbing.

  • The story of Granny Hayden, a Black midwife and former slave: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    The story of Granny Hayden, a Black midwife and former slave

    S2024 E57 - 3m 5s

    Mary Stepp Burnette Hayden was born into slavery on a plantation in Black Mountain, North Carolina. She remained there after being freed in 1865, going on to become a midwife. In this animated feature from our partners at StoryCorps, Hayden’s granddaughter Mary Othella Burnette tells her great-granddaughter, Debora Hamilton Palmer, about their family matriarch.

  • A look at what might be the brightest object in the universe: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    A look at what might be the brightest object in the universe

    S2024 E57 - 1m 9s

    According to a paper published this past week in the journal Nature Astronomy, scientists found what could be the brightest known object in the universe: a quasar produced by a massive and voracious black hole. It’s estimated to be emitting light that’s 500 trillion times more intense than Earth’s sun. John Yang has more.

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