Change
Station

National Security

Filter topics
"American Terrorist" - Preview

Image of "American Terrorist" - Preview
FRONTLINE
PBS


In this update to "A Perfect Terrorist," premiering April 21 on PBS, FRONTLINE and ProPublica investigate David Coleman Headley, the American-born terrorist who helped plan the Mumbai attacks -- revealing how secret electronic surveillance missed catching the Mumbai plotters, and how Headley planned a Charlie Hebdo-like assault against a Danish newspaper. Continue


Pray the Devil Back To Hell Trailer

Image of Pray the Devil Back To Hell Trailer
Women War and Peace
PBS


Pray the Devil Back to Hell is the astonishing story of the Liberian women who took on the warlords and regime of dictator Charles Taylor in the midst of a brutal civil war, and won a once unimaginable peace for their shattered country in 2003. Featuring Nobel Peace Prize Winner Leymah Gbowee. Continue


Rising Hate Crimes; Challenged CEOS, Minority Women in STEM

Image of Rising Hate Crimes; Challenged CEOS, Minority Women in STEM
To The Contrary
PBS


Rising Hate Crimes: 5 transgender women of color are recent victims of social injustice. Targeted Women CEOS: certain companies have proven itself biased as more female CEOs get challenged by investors than males. Diversifying STEM: Women hold 46% of degrees in STEM fields, but less than 30% maintain a career. PANEL: Danielle Moodie-Mills, Rina Shah Bharara, Avis Jones-DeWeever, Patrice Lee Continue


What lawmakers think of Obama’s Islamic State resolution

Image of What lawmakers think of Obama’s Islamic State resolution
PBS NewsHour
PBS


President Obama formally asked Congress for military authorization to fight the Islamic State, triggering the first war powers vote since 2002 with the invasion of Iraq. The proposal rules out "enduring offensive combat operations" and calls for a three-year time limit on the authorization. Jeffrey Brown gets reaction to the request from Sen. Deb Fischer, R-Neb., and Sen. Tim Kaine, D.-Va. Continue


Sen. Gillibrand Questions Sec. of Defense Nominee Carter

Image of Sen. Gillibrand Questions Sec. of Defense Nominee Carter
To The Contrary
PBS


Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand questions Sec. of Defense Nominee Ashton Carter on sexual assault in the military and women's opportunities in combat. Continue


TTC Extra: Michelle Obama Forgoes Headscarf in Saudi Arabia

Image of TTC Extra: Michelle Obama Forgoes Headscarf in Saudi Arabia
To The Contrary
PBS


First Lady Michelle Obama ignited controversy and praise over her decision not to wear a headscarf on an official visit to Saudi Arabia. She has not publicly stated whether her intent was political, but it reignited debate over the role of a first lady in the United States. PANEL: Anushay Hossain, Rina Shah, Patricia Sosa, Amber Smith Continue


Terrorism; Transgender Discrimination; Domestic Trafficking

Image of Terrorism; Transgender Discrimination; Domestic Trafficking
To The Contrary
PBS


Terrorism: Why women and girls join terrorist organizations like ISIS. Transgender Discrimination: The policies surrounding discrimination of transgender people. Domestic Trafficking: The story of one survivor of whose sex trafficking was inter-generational. PANEL: Sam Bennett; Darlene Kennedy; Aisha Moodie-Mills; Sabrina Schaeffer Continue


Abortion Debate; Involved Fathers; UN Women: Beijing+20

Image of Abortion Debate; Involved Fathers; UN Women: Beijing+20
To The Contrary
PBS


Abortion Debate: A Texas law requiring clinic upgrades reignites debate. Involved Fathers: Involved dads are more satisfied with their jobs than involved moms. Beijing+20: UN Women Executive Dir. Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka discusses the progress made towards empowerment. PANEL: Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton; Genevieve Wood; Erin Matson; Rina Shah Continue


TTC Extra: Normalizing Relations With Cuba

Image of TTC Extra: Normalizing Relations With Cuba
To The Contrary
PBS


President Barack Obama has announced his intentions to normalize relations with Cuba. The US has not had formal diplomatic relations with and had maintained an embargo against the island nation since the Cold War. We take a look back at a discussion on To The Contrary from 2002 which discusses Cuban-American relations. Continue


Sony cancels movie at the center of security worries

Image of Sony cancels movie at the center of security worries
PBS NewsHour
PBS


Sony Pictures canceled the release of “The Interview,” a movie about an assassination plot against North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, after the nation's largest theater chains had said they wouldn't play the movie. Sony has been the target of a large-scale hack of its computer data, with a group calling itself the Guardians of Peace claiming responsibility for leaks. Jeffrey Brown reports. Continue


Opposition Party Circumvents President's Foreign Policy

Image of Opposition Party Circumvents President's Foreign Policy
Washington Week
PBS


Shortly after becoming Speaker of the House in 2007, Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) traveled to Syria to meet with President Bashar al-Assad against the wishes of President George W. Bush. His administration was trying to isolate the Syrian regime for allegedly aiding Iraqi insurgents in the ongoing Iraq War. Continue


Singer-songwriter Melissa Manchester

Image of Singer-songwriter Melissa Manchester
Tavis Smiley
PBS


The legendary singer-songwriter discusses her highly anticipated new album, "You Gotta Love the Life." Continue


2002 Authorization for Military Force in Iraq

Image of 2002 Authorization for Military Force in Iraq
Washington Week
PBS


President Obama is officially asking Congress to authorize military action against the Islamic State militant group. Obama's three-year proposal would limit the use of ground troops in the fight. This is the first formal request for military force by President Obama and the first since the 2002 resolution that gave President George W. Bush the authority to invade Iraq. Continue


Army Rangers; Vatican & Women; Cultures Without Borders

Image of Army Rangers; Vatican & Women; Cultures Without Borders
To The Contrary
PBS


Army Rangers: Women make steps towards becoming Rangers. Vatican & Women: The Holy See tries to appeal to female Catholics. Cultures Without Borders: Former UN official May Rihani says Islam, the west, and other cultures are more similar than many realize. PANEL: Megan Beyer, Anushay Hossain, Mercedes Viana Schlapp, Genevieve Wood Continue


Sound of Torture

Image of Sound of Torture
AfroPop
PBS


Since Europe closed its borders in 2006, thousands of Eritrean refugees have fled their military dictator-ruled country towards Israel. The only way out is across the Sinai desert in Egypt. There, many are kidnapped by Bedouin smugglers and taken to camps where they are tortured and raped as they are forced to call their relatives begging for ransom for their release. Continue


White House Pay Gap; Microcredit & Poverty; Anonymous

Image of White House Pay Gap; Microcredit & Poverty; Anonymous
To The Contrary
PBS


White House Pay Gap: Are women in the White House paid fairly? Microcredit & Poverty: Is microcredit living up to expectations as a tool for poverty reduction? Anonymous: Does the secretive hacking group help or hurt women? PANEL: Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, Sabrina Schaeffer, Debra Carnahan, Francesca Chambers Continue


TTC Extra: Agent Carter

Image of TTC Extra: Agent Carter
To The Contrary
PBS


ABC's attempt towards making the superhero genre more woman-friendly. PANEL: Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton; Genevieve Wood; Erin Matson; Rina Shah Bharara Continue


Gwen's Take: Ping-Pong Politics

Image of Gwen's Take: Ping-Pong Politics
Washington Week
PBS


"So here we are. No matter how trivial or horrific, it seems we have reached a stage in our national and international debates where no event is allowed to rise or fall on its own merit any more." Continue


What a lapse in terrorism insurance means for businesses

Image of What a lapse in terrorism insurance means for businesses
PBS NewsHour
PBS


Since 9/11, businesses have been able to insure themselves against terrorist attacks through the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act. But for the first time in 13 years, Congress ended a session without renewing its funding, due to opposition from Sen. Tom Coburn. Judy Woodruff sits down with Leigh Ann Pusey of the American Insurance Association for how the move will affect businesses nationwide. Continue


Extreme Realities: Program Preview

Image of Extreme Realities: Program Preview
Journey to Planet Earth
PBS


In the wake of recent political conflicts and severe weather events, we ask these fundamental questions: (1) are we merely experiencing once in a hundred year weather events or are they early warning signals of a new normal; (2) have we already reached a tipping point pushing our planet towards an environmental cliff; and (3) are there ways to mitigate or adapt to these newly emerging threats? Continue


Providing Support for pbs.org Learn More
Sponsored Links