PBS NewsHour

September 22, 2023 - PBS NewsHour full episode

Friday on the NewsHour, the United Auto Workers expands its strike to dozens more facilities. Also: Congress in gridlock as a government shutdown nears, the first federal office of gun violence prevention, new reporting on Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas’ connections to powerful people, Ukraine’s national security adviser, Brooks and Capehart and blues rock duo Tedeschi Trucks Band.

New investigation links Thomas to Koch Network fundraisers


Another new investigation by Pro Publica raises serious questions over undisclosed connections between Justice Clarence Thomas and powerful people who have brought cases before the Supreme Court. William Brangham talks to ProPublica’s Joshua Kaplan about Thomas’ attendance at a Koch Network fundraiser that attracts wealthy, conservative donors.

Previews + Extras

  • Menendez indictment, shutdown scramble roil Capitol Hill: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Menendez indictment, shutdown scramble roil Capitol Hill

    S2023 E276 - 6m 47s

    On Capitol Hill, the fact that Congress is facing a looming government shutdown was perhaps not Friday’s biggest news headline; New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez, a Democrat and powerful committee chair, was indicted on federal corruption charges. William Brangham talks to congressional correspondent Lisa Desjardins about that case, as well as how lawmakers got around a block on military promotions.

  • What to know about the new federal gun safety office: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    What to know about the new federal gun safety office

    S2023 E276 - 5m 37s

    President Joe Biden on Friday announced the creation of the first-ever federal office of gun violence prevention, which will be overseen by Vice President Kamala Harris and aimed at curbing the national epidemic of firearm violence. William Brangham talks to White House correspondent Laura Barrón-López about why this issue means so much to young voters, and what the office is designed to do.

  • How lockdown helped inspire the Tedeschi Trucks Band: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    How lockdown helped inspire the Tedeschi Trucks Band

    S2023 E276 - 9m 6s

    The husband-and-wife creative duo behind the 12-member Tedeschi Trucks Band have been called two of the best roots musicians of their generation. But after a decade of success and touring, they hit a rough period after the death of a bandmate. Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks sit down with William Brangham to explain how the COVID lockdown helped them reset creatively and write new albums.

  • Brooks and Capehart on the shutdown countdown: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Brooks and Capehart on the shutdown countdown

    S2023 E276 - 10m 25s

    New York Times columnist David Brooks and Washington Post associate editor Jonathan Capehart join William Brangham to discuss the week in politics, including House Speaker Kevin McCarthy’s scramble to avoid a government shutdown, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s visit to Washington and more.

  • Ukraine’s national security adviser on vital U.S. aid: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Ukraine’s national security adviser on vital U.S. aid

    S2023 E276 - 5m 16s

    After Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy met with U.S. leaders this week to urge them to continue sending aid to help fight the war against Russia, Nick Schifrin sat down in Kyiv with Oleksiy Danilov, National Security and Defense Council secretary, to discuss the state of the counter-offensive and the possibility that Congress might not approve a vital aid package.

  • Auto workers expand strike nationwide: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Auto workers expand strike nationwide

    S2023 E276 - 3m 51s

    The United Auto Workers expanded its strike to 38 more facilities in 20 different states on Friday. PBS NewsHour’s Ali Rogin reports on why more workers are joining the picket line, what they’re seeking and how it might affect consumers.

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