Full Program: PBS NewsHour full episode Aug. 24, 2017

Thursday on the NewsHour, President Trump continues his attack on Republican leaders in Congress. Also: The Kurds' dual objective to defeat ISIS and gain independence, what it takes to launch a nuclear bomb, rebooting retail to appeal to online shoppers and a Brief but Spectacular take on finding courage after Ferguson.

Segments from Thursday, August 24, 2017

  • Fighting ISIS, Kurds seek chance to govern themselves
    Perhaps the most effective force in the battle to retake Raqqa from the Islamic State are the fighters without a home state. Ethnic Kurds, both men and women, form the backbone of the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces and see the war as an opportunity to gain independence to govern themselves after years without rights. Special correspondent Gayle Tzemach Lemmon reports.
    Original Air Date: August 24, 2017
    Length: 498
  • How a president decides to launch nuclear weapons
    There are many checks and balances built into the elaborate system to control America's nuclear weapons -- except when it comes to the sole decision-making of the president of the United States. Judy Woodruff speaks with Peter Feaver of Duke University about about the procedures for controlling the U.S. arsenal and who else is in the chain of command.
    Original Air Date: August 24, 2017
    Length: 422
  • How the USS Indianapolis was finally rediscovered
    In our NewsHour Shares moment of the day, after more than seven decades, the remains of one of the worst U.S. Naval disasters in history has been found, thanks to a wealthy philanthropist, historian and a state-of-the-art research vessel.
    Original Air Date: August 24, 2017
    Length: 195
  • It’s time to really get uncomfortable and talk about racism
    Filmmaker Damon Davis tells it straight: being black in America comes with anxiety. To survive, he says, you’re constantly walking on eggshells because the way you talk and the clothes on your back can be used as a weapon against you. Davis, co-director of the documentary “Whose Streets,” gives his Brief but Spectacular take on finding courage after the death of Mike Brown in Ferguson, Missouri.
    Original Air Date: August 24, 2017
    Length: 208
  • PBS NewsHour full episode August 24, 2017
    Thursday on the NewsHour, President Trump continues his attack on Republican leaders in Congress. Also: The Kurds' dual objective to defeat ISIS and gain independence, what it takes to launch a nuclear bomb, rebooting retail to appeal to online shoppers and a Brief but Spectacular take on finding courage after Ferguson.
    Original Air Date: August 24, 2017
    Length: 3276
    President Donald Trump announces his strategy for the war in Afghanistan during an address from Fort Myer, Virginia. Photo by Joshua Roberts/Reuters
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  • How retailers are banking on options and experiences
    Is traditional retail dead? There have been more store closings this year than any since the Great Recession, with retailers filing for bankruptcy at a record pace. And yet online retailers like Amazon and Warby Parker are adding brick-and-mortar stores. What’s the secret to keeping afloat as shopping evolves? Economics correspondent Paul Solman reports.
    Original Air Date: August 24, 2017
    Length: 529
  • News Wrap: Texas Gulf Coast braces for hurricane ‘Harvey’
    In our news wrap Thursday, the Texas Gulf Coast is bracing for a major hurricane. The storm, dubbed “Harvey," could have winds of up to 125 miles per hour when it comes ashore. Also, the California Supreme Court upheld a ballot measure approved by voters last year to expedite the legal process leading up to an execution.
    Original Air Date: August 24, 2017
    Length: 298
  • How attacking GOP leaders could be hurting Trump’s agenda
    President Trump lambasted Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Speaker Paul Ryan on Thursday, his latest attack aimed at his own political party. John Yang reports and Judy Woodruff discusses the growing rift with Michael Steel, former press secretary for House Speaker John Boehner, and Brian McGuire, former chief of staff for Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.
    Original Air Date: August 24, 2017
    Length: 635
  • Sessions is dramatically reshaping Justice Department policy
    Behind the scenes, Attorney General Jeff Sessions has been making a series of significant and controversial changes. Lisa Desjardins reports on how Sessions has been one of the key forces executing the president’s agenda and reversing the Obama legacy.
    Original Air Date: August 24, 2017
    Length: 320
    U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions speaks during a news conference announcing the takedown of the dark web marketplace AlphaBay, at the Justice Department in Washington, U.S., July 20, 2017. REUTERS/Aaron P. Bernstein TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY - RTX3CBGD
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