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‘We Hear You’ Is Not What Viewers Wanted to Hear

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Sometimes viewers complain that there is too much he said/she said on the NewsHour. But not Monday night, when an interview about who was to blame for faulty intelligence about ISIS had only one opinionated participant. Continue


Understanding the U.S. security agreement with Afghanistan

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After months of waiting through a contested election, the U.S. has settled with Afghanistan’s new leadership on a security agreement for the transition toward Afghan security self-reliance. Former State Department official Barnett Rubin talks to Jeffrey Brown about whether President Ashraf Ghani will prove a reliable ally, as well as what we’ve learned from American involvement in Afghanistan. Continue


U.S. and Afghanistan sign security agreement

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The United States and Afghanistan signed a bilateral security agreement, after months of uncertainty over what happens when the U.S.-led international mission officially ends at the end of the year. The deal will allow U.S. and NATO troops to carry out counterterrorism missions and support Afghan forces. Chief foreign affairs correspondent Margaret Warner reports. Continue


Violinist Joshua Bell turns train station into concert hall

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A superstar of classical music might normally draw a huge crowd, but that wasn’t the case when violin virtuoso Joshua Bell held an impromptu recital in a Metro station in 2007 -- largely ignored by a few thousand commuters. On Tuesday, Bell returned to give a performance at Washington's Union Station, and this time people paid attention. Jeffrey Brown sits down with Bell for an interview. Continue


Families of patients on life support face painful choice

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Special nursing home units are set up to care for people, both young and old, who depend on constant life support to survive, but whose families hope that someday they may recover. Joanne Faryon of inewsource, a San Diego-based journalism nonprofit, reports from California on the impossible choice that loved ones face, as well as the costs of keeping these patients alive. Continue


Peaceful protests in Hong Kong test China’s governance

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Parts of Hong Kong came to a standstill for a fifth day, with no sign that pro-democracy, student-led demonstrations will stop anytime soon. Lucy Watson of Independent Television News reports on the enthusiasm of the growing crowds and the question of what authorities will do in response. Continue


Journalist David Frum

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The senior editor of "The Atlantic" offers his thoughts on this year's midterm elections and what it will take for the Republicans to gain control of both houses of Congress. Continue


News Wrap: Afghanistan inaugurates President Ghani

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In our news wrap Monday, Ashraf Ghani appealed for peace and swore to make his political rival his chief executive at his presidential inauguration in Kabul. Ghani’s swearing in was marred by a suicide attack before the ceremony that killed seven people. Also, California Gov. Jerry Brown signed a law requiring colleges to define sexual consent. Continue


Secret Service under scrutiny for White House breach

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The intruder who jumped the fence and entered the White House made it much farther into the mansion than previously reported, according to The Washington Post. At the same time, new information has been revealed about the botched handling of a previous attack in 2011. Judy Woodruff reports. Continue


Authors take aim at Amazon over fight with publisher

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Philip Roth, Salman Rushdie, Ursula Le Guin and many other notable authors have joined a public fight against Amazon for wielding its commercial power against publisher Hachette in a dispute over the price of e-books. Jeffrey Brown discusses the writers’ concerns with novelist Roxana Robinson, president of the Author’s Guild. Continue


PBS NewsHour full episode Sept. 30, 2014

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Tonight on the program, we take a look at the continuing peaceful protests in Hong Kong and examine how China is likely to respond. Also: the U.S. and Afghanistan sign a new security agreement, fears of another volcanic eruption rattle Japan, violinist Joshua Bell turns a train station into a concert hall, a rift in the Mississippi GOP and the impossible choice concerning patients on life support. Continue


Will Hong Kong’s protests lead to violent crackdown?

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The blurred lines between Chinese authority and Hong Kong’s autonomy has set off pro-democracy demonstrations by protesters who don’t seem to be backing down. Judy Woodruff talks to Ian Bremmer of the Eurasia Group about what provoked these protests, how they have challenged Chinese President Xi Jinping and how authorities are likely to respond. Continue


Peaceful protests in Hong Kong test China’s governance

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PBS NewsHour
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Parts of Hong Kong came to a standstill for a fifth day, with no sign that pro-democracy, student-led demonstrations will stop anytime soon. Lucy Watson of Independent Television News reports on the enthusiasm of the growing crowds and the question of what authorities will do in response. Continue


Fears of another volcanic eruption rattle Japan

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In Japan, Saturday's surprise eruption of Mt. Ontake killed at least 36 people and covered the mountain in thick smoke and piles of ash. Since then, rescue efforts have been hampered by toxic gases and fears of another eruption. Science correspondent Miles O’Brien and NASA’s Thomas Wagner join Judy Woodruff to discuss the difficulty of predicting volcanic eruptions. Continue


News Wrap: First U.S. Ebola case has been diagnosed

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In our news wrap Thursday, a patient in Dallas is the first person to be diagnosed with the Ebola in the United States. Also, the head of the Secret Service said in a congressional hearing that she takes full responsibility for a security breach at the White House involving a man who jumped the fence and made it undeterred into the first family’s residence. Continue


Journalist Alex Tizon

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Tizon examines race and gender stereotypes from the Asian perspective, as detailed in his text, "Little Big Man." Continue


''Security Moms'' & ISIS; Money & Marriage; Wendy Davis

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To The Contrary
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"Security Moms" & ISIS: Women contribute to the struggle against ISIS. Money & Marriage: The correlation between the decline in marriages among young adults and their financial status. Wendy Davis: We speak to the woman running to become the first Democratic Governor of Texas in 20 years. PANEL: Debra Carnahan, Rina Shah, Danielle Moodie-Mills, Jennifer Marshall. Continue


Racing to save Kenya’s wild elephants from poachers

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For the African elephant, poaching has reached crisis levels, according to some advocates. Killed for their magnificent ivory tusks, activists worry that wild elephants could near extinction in a decade. Jeffrey Brown reports from Amboseli National Park in Kenya about the efforts underway to save the species and confront the poaching industry. Continue


Why did every security layer fail during White House breach?

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How was Omar Gonzalez, the man who jumped the White House fence and ran into the mansion, able to breach every layer of security designed to keep intruders out? Judy Woodruff speaks with Carol Leonnig of The Washington Post, who broke stories on the most recent threat, as well as how the Secret Service fumbled the investigation of a 2011 shooting at the White House. Continue


How the U.S. missed warning signs about the Islamic State

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President Obama acknowledged that the intelligence community underestimated the force of the Islamic State militants and overestimated the will of Iraq’s military. Frederick Kagan of the American Enterprise Institute joins Judy Woodruff to offer his perspective on what the intelligence community misjudged about the Islamic State. Continue


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