Full Program: PBS NewsHour full episode Aug. 21, 2017

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Monday on the NewsHour, the sun goes dark for a moment, leaving millions marveling at a sight not seen in almost a century. Also: President Trump is set to unveil a strategy in Afghanistan, the Navy wants answers on another warship accident, drought threatens to turn off the Eternal City's fountains, novelist Tom Perrotta captures the humor and drama of middle age.

Segments from Monday, August 21, 2017

  • WATCH: President Trump addresses the nation on Afghanistan
    President Trump laid out the reasoning behind his decision to not pull troops out of Afghanistan, while eschewing preset troop levels by declaring "America's enemies must never know our plans" and vowing that the U.S. would no longer engage in nation-building but suggesting a holistic approach and regional cooperation. The president also affirmed American values of tolerance and cohesion.
    Original Air Date: August 21, 2017
    Length: 1650
  • News Wrap: Barcelona attack suspect killed by police
    In our news wrap Monday, Spanish police shot and killed the fugitive suspected of plowing a van through a crowd in Barcelona last week. Also, the American Embassy in Moscow stopped issuing non-immigrant visas for eight days, while three consulates halted indefinitely, which could affect hundreds of thousand of Russian tourists.
    Original Air Date: August 21, 2017
    Length: 234
  • Do repeated Navy collisions suggest a systemic problem?
    After the Naval destroyer USS John S. McCain collided Monday with an oil tanker east of Singapore, the Navy’s top admiral ordered a one-day, worldwide safety review. Just two months ago, another deadly collision occurred between a destroyer and a cargo ship near Japan. John Yang talks with retired Cmdr. Bryan McGrath of the Hudson Institute.
    Original Air Date: August 21, 2017
    Length: 244
  • Did Charlottesville controversy damage Trump’s agenda?
    Amy Walter of The Cook Political Report and Tamara Keith of NPR join Judy Woodruff to discuss the week’s news, including the ongoing political ripple effects after President Trump’s reactions to a violent white supremacist rally in Charlottesville and the departure of White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon.
    Original Air Date: August 21, 2017
    Length: 427
  • Starved by drought, can Rome’s water supply spring eternal?
    A serious drought across Europe has wreaked havoc for Italy's agricultural industry, causing over $2 billion in damage. Even Rome, the city of aqueducts, has begun to turn off the spigot at dozens of its iconic fountains, and has warned it may have to ration water for its residents and tourists. Special correspondent Christopher Livesay and videographer Alessandra Pavone report.
    Original Air Date: August 21, 2017
    Length: 413
  • PBS NewsHour full episode Aug. 21, 2017
    Monday on the NewsHour, the sun goes dark for a moment, leaving millions marveling at a sight not seen in almost a century. Also: President Trump is set to unveil a strategy in Afghanistan, the Navy wants answers on another warship accident, drought threatens to turn off the Eternal City's fountains, novelist Tom Perrotta captures the humor and drama of middle age.
    Original Air Date: August 21, 2017
    Length: 3268
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  • 'Mrs. Fletcher' becomes an object of desire in a new novel
    Suburbia, sex and a touch of the supernatural are familiar themes for novelist Tom Perrotta, author of “Election,” “The Leftovers” and “Little Children.” In his new book “Mrs. Fletcher,” Perrotta offers a story about an empty-nester who adopts a new fascination and a new worldview. Jeffrey Brown sits down with Perrotta to discuss the ways his work borrows from his own life experience.
    Original Air Date: August 21, 2017
    Length: 385
  • What should be in Trump’s plan for America’s longest war?
    President Trump will address the nation Monday evening and reveal his changes to American policy on the war in Afghanistan. Special correspondent Nick Schifrin offers a look at the current state of the conflict and deteriorating security, then Judy Woodruff talks to Andrew Wilder of the United States Institute of Peace and journalist and author Ahmed Rashid about the challenges facing the U.S.
    Original Air Date: August 21, 2017
    Length: 898
    FILE PHOTO: U.S. troops walk outside their base in Uruzgan province, Afghanistan July 7, 2017. REUTERS/Omar Sobhani/File Photo - RTS1CL1M
  • Millions of skygazers marvel at a historic American eclipse
    With special eye glasses or homemade boxes, tens of millions of people looked to the sky above the United States to witness a sight not seen in a lifetime: a total eclipse of the sun visible from coast to coast. Science correspondent Miles O’Brien joins William Brangham from Idaho to describe the experience and the science.
    Original Air Date: August 21, 2017
    Length: 529
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