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In Ukraine, will a propaganda war turn into civil war?

April 16, 2014
Gwen Ifill talks to Independent Television News correspondent Lindsey Hilsum, who reports from the ground in Eastern Ukraine on the special operation launched by military forces against pro-Russian separatists. They also discuss how Russian and Ukrainian media may be helping fuel the confrontation.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Why was USAID involved in creating a Twitter-style platform in Cuba?

April 4, 2014
An investigation by The Associated Press suggests that the USAID developed a bare-bones text messaging system called ZunZuneo, similar to a Twitter-style social media platform, to offer Cubans a system of free communication and encourage democracy. Thousands of private cellphone numbers were used to circumvent tight government controls. Gwen Ifill learns more from the AP’s Jack Gillum.
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Disavowing GM decisions of the past, CEO Barra offers apology and further investigation

April 2, 2014
Senior lawmakers made clear they want answers for why General Motors took years to fix vehicles with faulty ignition switches, linked to at least 13 deaths. GM CEO Mary Barra acknowledged the company's recalls came too late for some and vowed to get to the bottom of the cause. Gwen Ifill talks to David Shepardson of the Detroit News and Joan Claybrook, former president of Public Citizen.
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What’s behind Russia’s spending promises for Crimea

April 1, 2014
Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev promised increased money for infrastructure and higher pensions and salaries during a visit to Crimea. Meanwhile, Russia withdrew one battalion from the border region, but Secretary of State John Kerry insisted that the U.S. is looking for more. Chief foreign correspondent Margaret Warner joins Gwen Ifill for an update after a reporting trip to Ukraine.