Full Program: PBS NewsHour full episode March 31, 2017

Friday on the NewsHour, what we know and don't know about Russia's influence in the 2016 election. Also: The potential human toll of looser restrictions on airstrikes abroad, Trump supporters grade the president’s performance so far, Shields and Brooks analyze the week's news, the search for what triggers PTSD and one person’s take on why affirmative action could be hurting Asian Americans.

Segments from Friday, March 31, 2017

  • PBS NewsHour full episode March 31, 2017
    Friday on the NewsHour, what we know and don't know about Russia's influence in the 2016 election. Also: The potential human toll of looser restrictions on airstrikes abroad, Trump supporters grade the president’s performance so far, Shields and Brooks analyze the week's news, the search for what triggers PTSD and one person’s take on why affirmative action could be hurting Asian Americans.
    Original Air Date: March 31, 2017
    FULL PROGRAM
    March 31, 2017
  • Shields and Brooks on Trump’s conservative confrontation
    Syndicated columnist Mark Shields and New York Times columnist David Brooks join Judy Woodruff to discuss the week’s news, including the continuing revelations from the investigation into Russian election meddling, President Trump’s Twitter attacks on the House Freedom Caucus and the battle over Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch.
    Original Air Date: March 31, 2017
  • Trump supporters in Mich. confident their votes will pay off
    President Trump wasn't expected to win in Michigan, but his supporters there aren't surprised that he took the state back in November. Now two months into the new administration -- and on the heels of a failed effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act -- how do pro-Trump voters assess his presidency so far? William Brangham reports.
    Original Air Date: March 31, 2017
  • Is there a connection between PTSD and blast exposure?
    As a combat photographer in the army, Jacob Fadley spent time close to heart-thumping blasts, yet he came home without a scratch -- at least on the outside. In part three of our series War on the Brain, special correspondent Soledad O’Brien reports on how talks to a neuropathologist who is studying the brains of people who suffered traumatic brain injuries and the possible connection to PTSD.
    Original Air Date: March 31, 2017
  • Should affirmative action be based on socioeconomic status?
    Colleges' intentions are good when they use affirmative action, says doctor and author Andrew Lam. But seeing Asian-American kids fear they will be disadvantaged because of race has made him think we can make the system better. Lam offers his humble opinion on giving truly disadvantaged but accomplished kids greater opportunity.
    Original Air Date: March 31, 2017
  • The biggest questions yet to be answered in the Russia probe
    New developments on the connections between the Trump White House and the Russian government seem to emerge every day. To help you keep it straight, Lisa Desjardins and John Yang join Judy Woodruff to walk through what we know and what we don't about the alleged ties and what they mean.
    Original Air Date: March 31, 2017
  • News Wrap: Trump signs orders on U.S. trade policy
    In our news wrap Friday, President Trump moved to reshape American trade policy with a pair of executive orders, initiating a review of trade deficits and increasing the collection of duties on imports. Also, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson warned NATO allies to boost their defense spending within the next two months during his first meeting with his alliance counterparts in Brussels.
    Original Air Date: March 31, 2017
  • Trump gives military more latitude to strike terror targets
    On the campaign stump, Donald Trump promised to give the U.S. military more freedom to strike terrorist targets around the world. Now the president has approved the Pentagon’s plan to intensify its targeting of al-Shabab strongholds in Somalia. Hari Sreenivasan speaks with former State Department official Sarah Sewall about the new changes for military operations.
    Original Air Date: March 31, 2017
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