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PBS NewsHour

As news of the shooting in Newtown filtered into schools and homes, children and teenagers absorbed the tragedy in very different and personal ways. PBS NewsHour asked the 45 schools in its network of Student Reporting Labs to record interviews with young people about how they first heard about the shooting, their initial reactions and what kinds of conversations they’ve had since.

VIDEO: Hari Sreenivasan reports on media and social media in the wake of Newtown

Washington Week

Gwen Ifill sits down with Washington Week regulars to look at how Washington reacted to this crisis and others in the past. Peter Baker of the New York Times, Todd Purdum of Vanity Fair and Alexis Simendinger of RealClearPolitics discuss what may be different this time, for this President and this Congress.

BLOG: Gwen Ifill reflects on Sandy Hook and the politics of pain


Obama has expanded gun rights during his presidency so far. Will his new call to action bring any change?

PBS NEWSHOUR: The President declares gun control will be a ‘central issue’ of second term.

Need to Know

Larry Pratt, the head of Gun Owners of America wrote in USA Today that gun control advocates have “blood on th[eir] hands” for the Connecticut school massacre. Pratt believes that the solution is not fewer guns but more. John Larson sat down with him this week in Virginia.

PBS Special

Original Broadcast: 12/21/12 — Gwen Ifill anchors After Newtown, a PBS special the week following the Newtown, Connecticut, school shooting, featuring contributions from PBS NewsHour, FRONTLINE, Washington Week, NOVA and Need to Know. The show addresses such issues as access to guns and the politics of gun laws; mental illness in young adults; the science of detecting violent impulses; and how communities react to unspeakable tragedy. (more…)

WNET-Thirteen Presents

From WNET-Thirteen in New York, a Public Television special event continuing the coverage of the Newtown shootings: looking for long-term solutions and answers to the tragedy. Jeff Greenfield, Maria Hinojosa, Susie Gharib and Scott Simon host.

Join the conversation on Twitter at #AfterNewtown.

Need to Know

The tone and the message that came from the White House in the immediate aftermath of the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary was understated but clear: now is not the time to talk politics. That time will come later. However, that time may be here now, as policy and politics have begun to make their way into the conversation. Need to Know’s Jeff Greenfield notes that politicizing tragic events may actually be a good thing.

PBS Special
Social media users mourn and debate after the Newtown shooting. See more
Need to Know

In 2010, Need to Know reported from Chicago, where there has been an epidemic of gun violence for years. The show’s producers followed a program called CeaseFire (made famous by the documentary film, The Interrupters) that seeks to reduce gun violence through mediation on the streets. But CeaseFire can’t be everywhere: this year alone, there have been over 400 gun related homicides in Chicago.

PBS NewsHour

Authorities are wrestling to understand what drove Adam Lanza to commit the unthinkable massacre of 20 children and their guardians. While details of his mental state are still unclear, many have said that Lanza may have suffered from a mental illness like schizophrenia or a disorder like Asperger’s. But here’s the problem: these diagnoses are total speculation.