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April 16, 2014
Gwen Ifill talks to Michael Duffy of TIME Magazine and co-author of the bestselling book "The Presidents Club" about how history remembers President Lyndon B. Johnson's time in office.
Gwen's NewsHour Reports

Pulitzer winner dug beyond politics to explore impact of food stamps on American families

April 16, 2014
Forty-seven million Americans rely on government assistance to feed their families each month. Washington Post reporter Eli Saslow set out to trace this lifeline in a series of stories that transcend the typical Washington debate. Gwen Ifill talks to Saslow, whose series won him the 2014 Pulitzer Prize in Explanatory Reporting.
Gwen's NewsHour Reports

Feds classify Kansas shootings as hate crimes

April 15, 2014
Federal authorities confirmed that they believe shootings at two Jewish community sites in Kansas were motivated by hate. Gwen Ifill talks to Mark Potok of the Southern Poverty Law Center to learn more about the 73-year-old suspect, Frazier Glenn Cross, who faces first-degree murder charges for the deaths of three people.
Gwen's NewsHour Reports

Pulitzer Prize renews debate over controversial NSA surveillance reporting

April 15, 2014
Journalism's highest honor was awarded to The Washington Post and The Guardian U.S. for reporting that raised questions about privacy, surveillance and security, despite criticism about whether they should have published the stories in the first place. Gwen Ifill discusses this year’s Pulitzer Prize winners with Geneva Overholser of the USC Annenberg Center on Communication Leadership & Policy.
Gwen's NewsHour Reports

How the Civil Rights Act pioneered anti-discrimination laws in America

April 11, 2014
President Lyndon Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act into law 50 years ago. Gwen Ifill examines its legacy and unfinished business with President Johnson’s daughter, Lynda Johnson Robb, Shirley Franklin, the former mayor of Atlanta, Ranjana Natarajan of the University of Texas School of Law, and former House Republican aide Robert Kimball.
April 11 2014
Webcast Extra

Webcast Extra: Medicare Payouts to Doctors & HHS Nominee Sylvia Mathews Burwell's Background

April 11, 2014
Doctor's compensation from Medicare and Sylvia Mathews Burwell's experience

Sebelius Resigns, Civil Rights Summit, Income Inequality, Clinton & Bush Political Dynasties

April 11, 2014
Sebelius steps down, pay inequality, political dynasties and the Civil Rights Act
Gwen's NewsHour Reports

Do death row inmates have the right to know origins of lethal injection drugs?

April 10, 2014
As foreign supplies have dwindled, traditional lethal injection drugs are being replaced with others manufactured in the U.S. But inmates and lawyers are questioning whether these new drugs will result in death without undue pain and suffering. Gwen Ifill takes a closer look at the issue with Megan McCracken of the University of California, Berkeley and Joel Zivot of Emory University.
Gwen's NewsHour Reports

Why Afghans felt their vote for president mattered in 2014

April 8, 2014
Chief foreign correspondent Margaret Warner joins Gwen Ifill for a closer look at the historic 2014 presidential election in Afghanistan, including the role of Afghan security forces in keeping polling safe, rumors of voting fraud, whether the United States favors a candidate, as well as what distinguished this election for average citizens.