Episodes and Videos | Washington Week

Washington Week

Award-winning reporting and analysis

Episodes and Videos

Gwen's NewsHour Reports

Faith, politics and business converge in debate over Religious Freedom laws

April 2, 2015
After the uproar over Indiana’s Religious Freedom act, lawmakers in that state and Arkansas worked to revise or create new legislation to prove the laws do not allow discrimination. Gwen Ifill talks to Pastor Tim Overton of Halteman Village Baptist Church, Micheline Maynard of Arizona State University and Ron Brownstein of National Journal about the crossroads of business, religion and politics.
Gwen's NewsHour Reports

Why al-Shabab is trying to inspire Muslim backlash against Kenya

April 2, 2015
Al-Shabab, a Somali-based terror group, claimed responsibility for today’s siege on a Kenyan university. The militants began cross-border strikes after Kenya sent its military into Somalia four years ago. Gwen Ifill talks to Kenneth Menkhaus of Davidson College about the group’s motivations for attacking Kenya.
Gwen's NewsHour Reports

Is the nuclear deal ‘too big to fail’ for both the U.S. and Iran?

April 1, 2015
No deal was reached over Iran’s nuclear program on Wednesday, but talks seemed to be headed into yet another day, with Iran and the U.S. each indicating it’s up to the other to bridge the gap. Gwen Ifill gets an update on the negotiations from Indira Lakshmanan of Bloomberg News.
Gwen's NewsHour Reports

Sen. Menendez traded political favors for patron’s gifts, says Justice Department

April 1, 2015
Sen. Bob Menendez, D-N.J., was indicted late Wednesday by the Justice Department on federal bribery charges. Gwen Ifill talks to Matt Apuzzo of The New York Times about the allegations that Menendez turned his Capitol Hill office into a criminal enterprise.
Gwen's NewsHour Reports

Why Scott Simon shared his mother’s death with an unseen audience

March 31, 2015
Scott Simon is known as the voice of NPR’s Weekend Edition Saturday, but he also gained an audience when he used Twitter to document his mother’s final days. His 140-character observances of the life and death of his mother led to a new book, “Unforgettable: A Son, A Mother and the Lessons of a Lifetime.” Simon joins Gwen Ifill for a conversation.
Reps. Nancy Pelosi and John Boehner
Gwen's NewsHour Reports

House approves permanent fix for Medicare doctor payment

March 26, 2015
For more than a decade, doctors who treat Medicare patients have been threatened with pay cuts due to a faulty formula of how doctors are reimbursed. But in a rare bipartisan agreement, the House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed a deal to permanently end the problem and reward quality of care, not quantity. Gwen Ifill learns more from Mary Agnes Carey of Kaiser Health News.
Gwen's NewsHour Reports

Supreme Court tests EPA’s limits on mercury air pollution

March 25, 2015
The Supreme Court heard arguments over federal pollution mandates. The EPA says its limits on toxic contaminants like mercury in power plant emissions are vital to human health, but energy producers are arguing the EPA didn’t take costs into consideration when the limits were created. Gwen Ifill gets debate from Vickie Patton of the Environmental Defense Fund and David Rivkin of BakerHostetler.
Supreme Court
Gwen's NewsHour Reports

Supreme Court weighs in on accommodations for pregnant workers, Alabama redistricting

March 25, 2015
The Supreme Court released two significant decisions on Wednesday. In one, the court revived a lawsuit by a UPS worker who sued her employer after she was put on unpaid leave when she could not perform normal duties because she was pregnant. In another, the justices split 5-4 over voter redistricting in Alabama. Marcia Coyle of The National Law Journal joins Gwen Ifill to discuss the cases.
Gwen's NewsHour Reports

Afghan President Ghani: Partnership with U.S. ‘revitalized’

March 24, 2015
President Obama announced that the U.S. would scale back the pace of its promised troop pullout from Afghanistan, retaining current forces this year. Gwen Ifill interviews President Ashraf Ghani about thawing relations with the U.S., potential changes in how Pakistan differentiates between terror groups and whether the threat of the Islamic State might drive the Taliban to the negotiating table.