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Cuba Looks Forward

December 23, 2014
On December 17, 2014, President Obama announced plans to restore full diplomatic relations with Cuba and to open an embassy in Havana after more than 50 years. NPR National Security Correspondent Tom Gjelten, author of "Bacardi and the Long Fight for Cuba: A Biography of a Cause," looks ahead at the changes facing the island nation. How will the changing relationship with the U.S. affect the political and cultural landscape? And as Raul Castro announces his plans to step down in 2018, who will lead the country into the future?

The Backstory: 25 Years After the Fall of the Berlin Wall

November 10, 2014
Former Washington Post Moscow Bureau Chief and current New York Times White House Correspondent Peter Baker reflects on the fall of the wall in 1989 and the current state of the East/West divide. As Baker argues, the wall is now virtual and has shifted east to Ukraine where "divisions we thought were ending 25 years ago have reared their head again." As tensions rise between the United States and Russia over Ukraine, are we seeing a new Cold War emerge?

15 Years of News: A Look Back

October 8, 2014
How much has the world changed since Gwen Ifill became the moderator of Washington Week? That is the question she tackles with TIME Magazine's Michael Duffy, who was a panelist on her first show on October 1, 1999. From the impeachment of President Clinton to the consequences of September 11th to the 2008 election of President Barack Obama, they traverse the key historical news moments of the last 15 years.

Roadmap to 2016

July 3, 2014
While the 2016 presidential election is two year away, there is plenty of buzz now about who will decide to run. Gwen Ifill talks to Washington Post Chief Correspondent Dan Balz about what to look for as the race starts to take shape including how Hillary Clinton has frozen the field for other potential Democrats.

The Backstory | Civil Rights, Healthcare & Presidential Legacies

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.

The Backstory | Secretary of State: Kerry vs. Clinton

December 26, 2013
In this Washington Week backstory, Lakshmanan discusses the different approaches undertaken by Clinton and the present Secretary of State John Kerry in that role.

The Backstory: Reflections on 48-years of Washington Week

February 22, 2013
Washington Week announcer Paul Anthony remembers 47 years on the air.

The Backstory: Evolution of the Obama Presidency

November 27, 2012
As President Obama prepares to take the oath of office for the second time, Gwen Ifill talks with Helene Cooper, White House Correspondent for The New York Times to get the backstory on how President Obama has grown and evolved during his first term, how the American public's perception of him has changed over time, and his interesting relationship with journalists.

The Backstory: The Untold Military Stories

November 20, 2012
Martha Raddatz, ABC News' Senior Foreign Affairs Correspondent, discusses the military stories that have been overlooked during her time covering the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. These include the stresses on the generals, the post-deployment crises, like rising suicide and divorce rates, and the waning interest of the American people in the wars.
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