August 2013

PBS Newshour: 'Fruitvale Station' Recalls Real Life Drama of Oakland Man's Final Hours

"Fruitvale Station," a new film by Ryan Coogler, tells the story of Oscar Grant: a young, black Oakland man who was shot and killed on a train platform by a Bay Area Regional Transit police officer. Gwen Ifill speaks with writer and director Coogler on his motivation for making the film and coincidental timing of its release.

PBS Newshour: 'Our Future Is Digital': Don Graham Reflects on Washington Post's Turning Point

The purchase of The Washington Post by Internet mogul Jeff Bezos for $250 million will end nearly eight decades of that newspaper's ownership by the Graham family. Donald Graham, chairman and CEO of the Washington Post Company, joins Gwen Ifill to discuss the sale and the future of news media in an increasingly digital age.

PBS Newshour: How Does Latest Terror 'Chatter' Play Into Debate on U.S. Surveillance?

Gwen Ifill turns to Brian Jenkins of the Rand Corporation and Mark Mazzetti of The New York Times to discuss the broad and unspecified terrorist threat, what we know about who may be behind the chatter and how the alert is playing into a broader national conversation on America's surveillance efforts.

PBS Newshour: Sens. McCaskill, Ayotte: Keep Military Sexual Assault Cases in Chain of Command

The debate continues over the best and most effective ways to curb rampant sexual assault in the military. Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., and Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H. , back a plan that includes reform but keeps the adjudication of assault cases within the military chain of command. They join Gwen Ifill to discuss their stance.


PBS Newshour: Obama Administration Reveals Details of Secret NSA Phone Surveillance Program

The American public is learning more about the government's phone surveillance program, revealed by leaker Edward Snowden. The Obama administration released documents showing how the National Security Agency uses the data. Gwen Ifill is joined by Charlie Savage, who is covering the story for The New York Times.

Gwen’s Take: Making History – Turning a Page at the PBS NewsHour

Posted: Thu, 08/08/2013 - 2:18pm

Gwen Ifill and Judy Woodruff co-anchored all PBS NewsHour's  2012 special election coverage [Photo: PBS Newshour]. 

I am in the business of slapping together what we call the first draft of history every day, so it has been a little jarring to suddenly be making history myself.