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Washington Week With Gwen Ifill And National Journal

Airs Fridays at 8 p.m. & Sundays at 10:30 a.m. on KPBS TV

Above: WASHINGTON WEEK features Washington's top journalists analyzing the week's top news stories and their effect on the lives of all Americans. Gwen Ifill (pictured) hosts.

WASHINGTON WEEK, PBS' longest-running public affairs series, features Washington's top journalists analyzing the week's top news stories and their effect on the lives of all Americans. Gwen Ifill hosts.


Have you visited the new WASHINGTON WEEK website? This week we proudly unveiled a redesigned and improved on-line experience with all your favorite features like the Webcast Extra, Top Stories, and Gwen’s Take plus some new elements.


If you miss the program or want to hear it a second time, download the podcast and listen to both the show and the Webcast Extra.

Meet The Panelists

Get to know the panelists who join Gwen around the table each week.

Topics for Oct. 17 (encore Oct. 19):

Congressional lawmakers grilled health officials from Texas and the federal government about the U.S. response to Ebola, possible travel bans, and whether current protocols need to be changed during a combative hearing on Capitol Hill today. Meanwhile, two nurses who wore protective gear while caring for Ebola patient Thomas Duncan before he died at a Dallas hospital have contracted the virus. One is now being treated at a specialized quarantine facility in Georgia. The other is expected to be moved to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Maryland by the end of the day.

President Obama is directing his cabinet to aggressively work to contain the threat of a wider outbreak of Ebola in this country while also urging world leaders to make a more significant commitment to stop the epidemic. Josh Gerstein, Senior White House Correspondent for POLITICO will have the latest on the national and global efforts to contain Ebola.

U.S. airstrikes have helped Kurdish forces drive out Islamic State terrorists (ISIS) in the northern Syrian town of Kobane, but militant fighters are not retreating from other areas in Syria and Iraq. On Wednesday, Great Britain announced that it will begin providing drone surveillance support to the Iraqi military and U.S.-lead coalition. Mr. Obama met with the heads of foreign militaries this week to discuss a coordinated effort against ISIS. But is the president also considering a change in the U.S. airstrike strategy to destroy the militant ISIS? Hannah Allam, National Correspondent for McClatchy Newspapers will update us on the coalition fight as well as American efforts to persuade Turkey to partner with the U.S. and allies battling the jihadist group.

Eamon Javers, Washington Correspondent for CNBC will explain why the U.S. economic recovery remains strong despite some mixed signals about the stock market, global instability and the spread of Ebola.

And with just three weeks left until Americans cast their ballots, John Dickerson, Chief Political Correspondent for Slate Magazine and Political Director for CBS News will explain why some debates between Senate candidates this election season are not serving voters very well.

Plus, Gwen Ifill sorts through some of the anxiety, uncertainty and disconnect among Americans regarding Ebola, the volatile stock market and other world events in this week’s Gwen’s Take.

And don’t forget you can follow WASHINGTON WEEK on Facebook and Twitter to keep up with daily developments. Past episodes of WASHINGTON WEEK are available for online viewing.


Secret Service Failures, Ebola in America and Midterm Preview

Above: October 3, 2014: The alarming revelations about recent Secret Service failings and the concerns of agency's ability to protect the presidency; a Liberian man being treated in Dallas became the first case of Ebola in the U.S.; and in our new feature “Friday Focus with John Harwood”, we look at the political campaign landscape in Colorado as we start the countdown to the midterm elections.

Obama's Strategy to Combat ISIS and Immigration Reform Delay

Analysis of President Obama's anti-terror strategy, Congress' outlook, and the U.S. public opinion toward the threat from ISIS. Also, why has Obama put immigration reform on the backburner? Joining Gwen Ifill: James Kitfield; National Journal; Ed O'Keefe, The Washington Post; Molly Ball, The Atlantic; and Carrie Budoff Brown, POLITICO.


NATO Summit & U.S. Strategy to Combat ISIL and Contain Ukraine-Russia Crisis


Washington Week: Islamic State; Russia-Ukraine crisis; Fleeing Taxes

Above: The growing ISIL threat and the Obama administration’s strategy to diminish the terror group. U.S. response to Russian troops entering southeastern Ukraine. Also, why U.S. companies, like Burger King, are heading abroad. Plus, a preview of the races to watch and the top issues in the midterm elections.


Washington Week: Missouri Teen Shooting, Upheaval in Iraq, Obama-Hillary Relationship

Above: The investigation into the shooting death of an unarmed Missouri teen, the fast-changing developments in Iraq and the status of the U.S. humanitarian rescue mission, and the reported rift between Hillary Clinton and President Obama over U.S. foreign policy. Joining Gwen: Yochi Dreazen, Foreign Policy Magazine; Carrie Johnson, NPR; Jeff Zeleny, ABC News


Washington Week: Congress: Action & Inaction; Israel-Gaza, Ukraine And U.S. Diplomacy

Above: Analysis of the politics and pitfalls Congress faced this week trying to address critical domestic issues and the ongoing diplomatic efforts by the U.S. and European nations to find lasting solutions to the Ukraine and Israel-Gaza crises despite global instability.Joining Gwen: Molly Ball, The Atlantic; Robert Costa, Washington Post; Yochi Dreazen, Foreign Policy magazine; Elise Labott, CNN.


Washington Week: Crises in Ukraine & the Middle East and Immigration Challenge


Washington Week: Global Flashpoints and U.S. Foreign Policy Dilemma

Above: July 18, 2014: The multiple foreign policy challenges facing the Obama administration including the Israeli-Palestinian crisis, the conflict between Russia and Ukraine, and negotiations on Iran's nuclear program. Also, the latest on the investigation into the Malaysian Airlines crash. Joining Gwen Ifill: John Harwood, CNBC and New York Times, Alexis Simendinger, Real Clear Politics; Yochi Dreazen, Foreign Policy; Michael Crowley, TIME


Washington Week: Immigration Crisis, Middle East Tensions, U.S.-Germany Spying

Above: July 11, 2014: President Obama proposed a $3.7 billion plan to address the surge of illegal immigrants, the escalating conflict between Israel and Hamas, and Germany's decision to expel a CIA station chief in Berlin in response to more cases of U.S. Joining Gwen Ifill: Ed O'Keefe, Washington Post; Fawn Johnson, National Journal; Mark Mazetti, New York Times; Indira Lakshmanan, Bloomberg News