Full Program: PBS NewsHour full episode Aug. 23, 2017

Wednesday on the NewsHour, President Trump defends his Charlottesville response while taking aim at the news media and fellow Republicans. Also: The president threatens to shut down the government over the border wall, U.S. and South Korea hold joint military exercises, how one man was wrongly blamed for the Charlottesville attack, Exxon allegations and Billy Bragg on his musical influences.

Segments from Wednesday, August 23, 2017

  • Trump attacks critics and threatens shutdown in Phoenix
    President Trump delivered a freewheelin speech Tuesday night in Phoenix, where he mocked critics of his reaction to the violence in Charlottesville, heavily criticized the media, as well as fellow Republicans. Mr. Trump also met with Border Patrol officers along the Mexican border and later declared he will do whatever necessary to achieve one of his signature campaign promises. John Yang reports.
    Original Air Date: August 23, 2017
    Length: 299
  • News Wrap: Clinton describes ‘uncomfortable’ Trump debate
    In our news wrap Wednesday, former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton says then-candidate Donald Trump made her skin crawl during a debate last year. Clinton recalls the incident during the second general election face-off in 2016 in her new book, “What Happened.” Also, the U.S. Navy has relieved the commander of the seventh fleet after four ship collisions in Asian waters this year.
    Original Air Date: August 23, 2017
    Length: 252
  • Rep. Hurd: Technology more cost-effective than border wall
    What do Republican lawmakers think about President Trump’s threat to shut down the government if Congress doesn’t fund a border wall? Rep. Will Hurd, R-Texas, who serves on the House Homeland Security Committee, joins Judy Woodruff to offer his reaction to President Trump’s comments at a raucous rally in Phoenix.
    Original Air Date: August 23, 2017
    Length: 424
  • Does Trump’s divisive Phoenix rhetoric help his agenda?
    President Trump’s expansive and divisive campaign-style speech in Phoenix drew cheers from his supporters but did nothing to reach more skeptical Americans. Judy Woodruff sits down with Matt Schlapp of the American Conservative Union and Karine Jean-Pierre of MoveOn.org to discuss how his remarks on Charlottesville, the news media and fellow Republicans affect his own agenda.
    Original Air Date: August 23, 2017
    Length: 559
  • North Korean advances add urgency to U.S.-South Korea drills
    The U.S. and South Korea are conducting joint military exercises, drills the U.S. says are designed to “enhance readiness” and “maintain stability.” But what the U.S. deems defensive, North Korea calls provocative, with Pyongyang claiming the exercises are driving the Peninsula to war. Special correspondent Nick Schifrin reports.
    Original Air Date: August 23, 2017
    Length: 313
  • A Charlottesville witness becomes a target of threats
    Brennan Gilmore filmed the moment when a car plowed into a crowd of protesters in Charlottesville, killing one woman and injuring 19 others. When he made his video public and spoke out to the news media, he became the target of death threats and conspiracy theories. A former foreign service officer and a Democratic campaign aide, Gilmore joins Judy Woodruff to recount his experience.
    Original Air Date: August 23, 2017
    Length: 450
  • Academic study finds Exxon Mobil misled on climate change
    Exxon Mobil has been criticized for allegedly hiding what it knew about the perils of climate change. Now researchers from Harvard University have published a study alleging that the oil and gas giant tried to systematically mislead the public about climate change for 40 years. William Brangham learns more from science correspondent Miles O’Brien.
    Original Air Date: August 23, 2017
    Length: 426
  • How old-timey ‘skiffle’ music liberated British rock
    Singer/songwriter Billy Bragg gained fame as a punk rock and folk musician in the 1980s. Now nearing 60, he’s still singing songs of protest and passion, but also singing the gospel of skiffle, a folk and blues-inspired genre that helped propel a generation of British rockers. Jeffrey Brown sits down with Bragg to discuss his new book, “Roots, Radicals and Rockers.”
    Original Air Date: August 23, 2017
    Length: 397
  • PBS NewsHour full episode Aug. 23, 2017
    Wednesday on the NewsHour, President Trump defends his Charlottesville response while taking aim at the news media and fellow Republicans. Also: The president threatens to shut down the government over the border wall, U.S. and South Korea hold joint military exercises, how one man was wrongly blamed for the Charlottesville attack, Exxon allegations and Billy Bragg on his musical influences.
    Original Air Date: August 23, 2017
    Length: 3276
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