August 27, 2014PBS NewsHour full episode

Wednesday on the NewsHour...

Tonight on the program, we take a look at the Islamic State and examine why foreign fighters join the group. Also: looking at U.S. ransom policy in the wake of American hostages, Margaret Warner reports from Iraq, a "mind-boggingly expensive" race in Florida, whether online college courses can replace a campus education and Misty Copeland talks her life as an "unlikely" ballerina.

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