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On Wednesday’s NewsHour…

From the snowbound headquarters of the PBS NewsHour, a look ahead to tonight’s broadcast:

HISTORIC STORM: We’ll have full coverage of the historic winter storm that is paralyzing the nation’s capital, and causing chaos throughout the NorthEast and the MidAtlantic. Ray Suarez braved the streets of Washington DC today, and reports on what he found there. Gwen Ifill interviews Gov. Martin O’Malley, Democrat of Maryland. Gwen also talks to Maj. John Winkler of the Virginia National Guard, and Robert Ficano, the County Executive of Wayne County, MN.

MENTAL ILLNESS: For the first time in 16 years, the American Psychiatric Association is proposing to revise its diagnostic manual – literally, the book that determines how mental illness is diagnosed in the United States. Judy Woodruff will explore the debate of the proposals with a panel of guests.

TALKING TO THE TALIBAN: Next, should the US and Afghan governments engage in talks with elements of the Taliban, even while their armies are fighting them on the battlefield? Margaret Warner examines that question with Zalmay Khalilzad, the former US Ambassador to Afghanistan; and regional specialist Michael Semple.

RUBEN BLADES: Finally tonight, a profile of Panamanian salsa star-turned politician Ruben Blades. Jeffrey Brown’s story includes some tropical music, for a cold snowy night.

Our anchors tonight are Gwen Ifill and Judy Woodruff, and Hari Sreenivasan will bring you the rest of the day’s news. We hope you’ll pour yourselves a cup of hot chocolate and join us

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