Full Program: PBS NewsHour full episode March 17, 2017

Friday on the NewsHour, German Chancellor Angela Merkel meets with President Trump, setting the tone for talks on trade, NATO and defense. Also: Secretary of State Tillerson's tough talk on North Korea, doctors speak out against the GOP health care plan, Shields and Brooks analyze the week's news, Neil Gaiman's Norse inspiration and the importance of storytelling.

Segments from Friday, March 17, 2017

  • PBS NewsHour full episode March 17, 2017
    Friday on the NewsHour, German Chancellor Angela Merkel meets with President Trump, setting the tone for talks on trade, NATO and defense. Also: Secretary of State Tillerson's tough talk on North Korea, doctors speak out against the GOP health care plan, Shields and Brooks analyze the week's news, Neil Gaiman's Norse inspiration and the importance of storytelling.
    Original Air Date: March 17, 2017
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    March 17, 2017
  • Will Tillerson’s tougher talk get Kim Jong-un to the table?
    In South Korea, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson declared “the policy of strategic patience has ended” and laid out the possibility of a pre-emptive military strike against North Korea. Hari Sreenivasan speaks with Kathleen Stephens, former U.S. ambassador to South Korea, about the significance of Tillerson’s words at a time of mounting tensions and uncertainty about leadership in the South.
    Original Air Date: March 17, 2017
  • How powerful stories can change the world for the better
    Stories are weapons, for good or ill, says writer Derek Thompson. Society is bound by the common stories we tell, whether it’s about who we should trust and admire, or who we should fear and look down on. Thompson, author of the recent book “Hit Makers: How Things Become Popular,” offers his humble opinion on the powerful stories we need to be passing on.
    Original Air Date: March 17, 2017
  • First Trump-Merkel meeting reflects different views, styles
    German Chancellor Angela Merkel and President Trump met for the first time Friday, a meeting that might have smoothed relations after a rocky start. Though they exchanged compliments, Mr. Trump pressed Merkel on NATO defense spending as well as trade issues, and the chancellor was asked to comment on the president's combative style. Chief foreign affairs correspondent Margaret Warner reports.
    Original Air Date: March 17, 2017
  • Why a top physicians' group opposes the GOP health care plan
    Although leading Republicans are pushing to pass their Obamacare replacement bill next week, its impact on millions of Americans remains a point of worry. Some prominent interest groups directly involved in health care are expressing opposition to the plan. Jeffrey Brown talks to Dr. Andrew Gurman, president of the American Medical Association, about the group’s concerns.
    Original Air Date: March 17, 2017
  • Shields and Brooks on GOP health care bill pushback
    Syndicated columnist Mark Shields and New York Times columnist David Brooks join Judy Woodruff to discuss the week’s news, including the conundrum for Republicans trying to pass a health care bill to replace the Affordable Care Act in the face of different factions of opposition, the White House budget blueprint offering sweeping cuts, plus the continuing allegation of a Trump Tower wiretap.
    Original Air Date: March 17, 2017
  • From Neil Gaiman, tales of Thor and Odin for modern ears
    Famed fantasy writer Neil Gaiman read and absorbed the stories of the Norse gods when he was young. In a new book, "Norse Mythology," he retells them for a new generation. Gaiman sits down with Jeffrey Brown to discuss the importance of keeping the stories -- and the gods in them -- alive.
    Original Air Date: March 17, 2017
  • News Wrap: Trump defends handling of wiretap claim
    In our news wrap Friday, President Trump defended White House press secretary Sean Spicer's handling of the claim that Trump Tower was wiretapped by President Obama, connecting his own claim to allegations that the Obama administration monitored the German Chancellor Merkel’s phone. Also, the Secret Service confirmed that someone stole a laptop from an agent's car in New York.
    Original Air Date: March 17, 2017
  • Artist fills his poems with things he absolutely must say
    Growing up, rule number one was to always know when it was time to go home before it got too late; vigilance and wariness about one’s environment were instilled in artist Jive Poetic him from an early age. He gives his Brief But Spectacular take on expressing himself through poetry.
    Original Air Date: March 17, 2017
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