Full Program: PBS NewsHour full episode July 31, 2017

Monday on the NewsHour, President Trump removes his controversial communications director on the day his new chief of staff takes over. Also: The expanding range of North Korean missiles, Russian sanctions prompt tit-for-tat from Putin, political stakes for the new White House chief of staff, surfer girls making waves in Bangladesh, lessons from Watergate and remembering Sam Shepard.

Segments from Monday, July 31, 2017

  • Will U.S. sanctions have an effect on Venezuela's turmoil?
    Today the United States Treasury Department issued financial sanctions on Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro a day after he won a sweeping victory in a nationwide referendum to rewrite the country's constitution.
    Original Air Date: July 31, 2017
    Length: 281
  • Putin retaliation for sanctions echoes Cold War tit-for-tat
    Russian President Vladimir Putin's demand that the U.S. reduce its staff in Russia by hundreds of personnel is the latest diplomatic flash point in a tense relationship that he and President Trump had sought to improve. Special correspondent Nick Schifrin reports.
    Original Air Date: July 31, 2017
    Length: 217
  • Another top Trump official is gone. Here’s how we got here
    Anthony Scaramucci, the newly installed White House communications director, was removed after 11 days on the job. The move comes as John Kelly began his first day as President Trump's chief of staff. Lisa Desjardins joins Judy Woodruff to discuss the latest exit in a series of shakeups in the Trump administration.
    Original Air Date: July 31, 2017
    Length: 169
  • News Wrap: U.S slaps Venezuela's Maduro with sanctions
    In the our news wrap Monday, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro celebrated the election of a new legislative body that would give him sweeping new powers. However, the U.S. slapped Maduro with financial sanctions, with President Trump calling the leader a “dictator” in a statement. Also, the Islamic State has claimed responsibility for an attack on the Iraqi embassy in Afghanistan.
    Original Air Date: July 31, 2017
    Length: 256
  • How should U.S. respond to North Korea’s missiles?
    North Korea launched an intercontinental ballistic missile on Friday that experts said could strike at least half of the continental U.S. Chief foreign affairs correspondent Margaret Warner reports on the response by the U.S. and allies and William Brangham examines options for dealing with the North with Robert Gallucci of Georgetown University and Michael Pillsbury of the Hudson Institute.
    Original Air Date: July 31, 2017
    Length: 665
  • PBS NewsHour full episode July 31, 2017
    Monday on the NewsHour, President Trump removes his controversial communications director on the day his new chief of staff takes over. Also: The expanding range of North Korean missiles, Russian sanctions prompt tit-for-tat from Putin, political stakes for the new White House chief of staff, surfer girls making waves in Bangladesh, lessons from Watergate and remembering Sam Shepard.
    Original Air Date: July 31, 2017
    Length: 3265
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  • Can John Kelly tame the tumult at the White House?
    Can John Kelly bring order to the White House? Stuart Rothenberg of Inside Elections and Tamara Keith of NPR join William Brangham to discuss the removal of Anthony Scaramucci as White House communications director, whether the Republican effort to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act is dead, plus the Alabama special election to fill Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ Senate seat.
    Original Air Date: July 31, 2017
    Length: 491
  • Bangladesh's surfer girls make waves
    In Bangladesh's only beach town, there are just a handful of girls who ride the waves. In fact, most people there frown upon seeing girl surfers, who have faced threats from conservative Muslims in the neighborhood. But surfing makes them feel empowered when they might otherwise be expected to assume traditional roles and marry before they become adults. Special correspondent Tania Rashid reports.
    Original Air Date: July 31, 2017
    Length: 452
  • What we can learn from Nixon’s ‘Saturday Night Massacre’
    Dubbed the "Saturday Night Massacre," the political drama that unfolded on October 20, 1973, pitted a president against the Justice Department and has drawn parallels to today. William Ruckelshaus is one of the officials who refused to carry out an order from President Nixon to fire a special prosecutor investigating Watergate. Ruckelshaus joins Judy Woodruff to look back at what happened.
    Original Air Date: July 31, 2017
    Length: 442
  • Sam Shepard gave voice to the drama of the heartland
    Sam Shepard, long considered one of America's great playwrights of the modern era, offered a powerfully American voice in works that portrayed the darker side of American family life. He was also a renowned actor, earning an Oscar nomination. Jeffrey Brown looks back at his life and work with playwright and actor Tracy Letts after Shepard’s death at age 73.
    Original Air Date: July 31, 2017
    Length: 407
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