Episodes and Videos | Washington Week

Washington Week

Award-winning reporting and analysis

Episodes and Videos

Gwen's NewsHour Reports

Japan surrenders part of its nuclear stockpile for disposal

March 25, 2014
Japan said it would relinquish a large cache of weapons-grade plutonium and highly enriched uranium -- enough to build dozens of nuclear weapons -- to the U.S. for disposal, just as a nuclear security summit opens at The Hague. Gwen Ifill assesses the deal with Matthew Bunn of Harvard University.
Gwen's NewsHour Reports

Why Democrats are worried about the midterm map

March 21, 2014
The sluggish health care rollout, a president with struggling approval ratings and the influence of outside money all have Democrats worried about midterm elections. They could have a tough time taking back control of the House in November, while their hopes of holding onto their advantage in the Senate have dimmed. Gwen Ifill gets analysis from Amy Walter and Stuart Rothenberg.
Gwen's NewsHour Reports

New lead, new challenges: How weather, deep water and confusion may factor in search for Malaysian jet

March 21, 2014
Satellite cameras recorded two objects about 1,400 miles off the coast of Perth, Australia, in the Southern Indian Ocean, raising the possibility that they may be part of the missing Malaysian Airlines jet. But even with a more targeted area to focus on, the challenges of locating the aircraft are daunting. Gwen Ifill learns more from Andy Pasztor of The Wall Street Journal.
Gwen's NewsHour Reports

What Toyota’s $1.2 billion settlement means for the auto industry

March 20, 2014
The Justice Department announced a record $1.2 billion dollar penalty leveled at automaker Toyota. A four-year criminal investigation determined the car company had concealed unintended acceleration issues, a serious safety concern. That case could serve as a warning to General Motors, now facing its own federal investigation. Gwen Ifill talks to David Shepardson of the Detroit News and Joan Claybrook, president emeritus of Public Citizen.
Gwen's NewsHour Reports

Despite dip in unemployment, Yellen says Fed will hold low short-term interest rates for now

March 20, 2014
In her first news conference, Janet Yellen announced that the Federal Reserve will continue its suppression of short-term interest rates. Yellen, who was the Fed’s vice-chair under Ben Bernanke, also discussed how her role has changed. Gwen Ifill gets an assessment of Yellen’s remarks from David Wessel of the Brookings Institution.
Gwen's NewsHour Reports

What’s Russia’s ambition in Eastern Europe?

March 12, 2014
What are the boundaries of Vladimir Putin’s ambitions? Gwen Ifill talks to Janusz Bugajski of the Center for Strategic and International Studies and Nadia Diuk of the National Endowment for Democracy about the historical precedent for Russia trying to destabilize or partition countries that have ethnic Russian populations.
Gwen's NewsHour Reports

Safety advocates question delay in recall by General Motors

March 11, 2014
Ten years ago, drivers of some older General Motors models began complaining of ignition problems, including stalling, that have been linked to 13 deaths and 31 crashes. But it wasn’t until January 2014 that GM decided to recall 1.6 million cars. Gwen Ifill talks to David Shepardson of The Detroit News about new scrutiny for the company and government regulators on why it took so long.
Gwen's NewsHour Reports

UN Ambassador Power: 'Russia is looking at the path of political and economic isolation'

March 7, 2014
UN ambassador Samantha Power points to the hope of greater economic ties as a critical leverage point for the United States in persuading Russia "pull back from the brink." She joins Gwen fill to discuss the new sanctions announced by President Obama against Russia and how giving that country an "off-ramp" to deescalate the Ukraine conflict could be more appealing than the cost of economic and political isolation.
Gwen's NewsHour Reports

Leading coal producer agrees to pay record fine to clean polluted waters across Appalachia

March 6, 2014
In the largest fine ever for water pollution permit violations, Alpha Natural Resources, one of the largest coal producers in the nation, agreed to pay $27 million in fines and spend another $200 million to clean up its toxic discharges in five Appalachian states. Gwen Ifill talks to Dina Cappiello of The Associated Press to discuss the EPA settlement.