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Race Matters: America In Crisis: A PBS NEWSHOUR Special

Airs Friday, June 5, 2020 at 7 p.m. on KPBS 2 + June 5 at 9 p.m. on KPBS TV + PBS Video App + YouTube + Facebook

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Above: "Race Matters: America In Crisis" will focus on the frustration pouring out onto American streets, outrage about police brutality, and America’s deep systemic racial disparities in the economy, education, criminal justice system, and health care, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. The program will also include grassroots voices from around the country and roundtable conversations of thought leaders, newsmakers and experts.

The one-hour program will be anchored by managing editor Judy Woodruff with contributions from senior national correspondent Amna Nawaz, correspondent Yamiche Alcindor and special correspondent Charlayne Hunter-Gault.

"Race Matters: America In Crisis" will focus on the frustration pouring out onto American streets, outrage about police brutality, and America’s deep systemic racial disparities in the economy, education, criminal justice system and health care, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The program will also include grassroots voices from around the country and roundtable conversations with thought leaders and other newsmakers.

Ways To Watch:

In addition to broadcast, “Race Matters: America In Crisis” will also stream on pbs.org/newshour and pbs.org; on PBS NEWSHOUR’s Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter channels, and on the PBS Video App.

WATCH LIVE: PBS NewsHour Presents "Race Matters: America in Crisis"

“Race Matters: America in Crisis, A PBS NewsHour Special” will premiere on PBS stations nationwide on Friday, June 5, 2020. The program will focus on the frustration pouring out onto American streets, and outrage about police brutality. It will also explore America’s deep systemic racial disparities in education, the criminal justice system, the economy and health care, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. The program will also include grassroots voices from around the country and roundtable conversations with thought leaders, newsmakers and experts.

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