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Washington Week is a weekly show devoted to a civil, in-depth discussion of the week's political news. The show is hosted by Gwen Ifill and sponsored, in part, by National Journal. It is produced by WETA-TV in Washington, D.C. and is broadcast on 90 percent of the nation's PBS stations and the American Forces Radio and TV Network. The show has a 30-minute run time and appears weekly.

The show's format is a roundtable discussion between two to four journalists, at least one of which is from National Journal, moderated by Ifill. The show has a stable of regular and occasional guests. Guests on the show are working journalists employed by magazines and newspapers around the world, including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and TIME Magazine.

Washington Week first aired in February 1967 under the name Washington Week in Review. It has been on the air ever since, seeing only minor changes in its over 40-year run. Over the years, it has been nominated for, and received, several awards for journalism including a George Foster Peabody Award for its 2008 election coverage.

The show has been moderated by several different hosts during its run, including John Davenport, Robert MacNeil and Ken Bode. Gwen Ifill had appeared on the show as a guest and occasional guest moderator for years before assuming the role of official moderator in 1999.

In 2006, National Journal became an official partner of the show. The partnership involves the sharing of resources between the two organizations, including access to local news reports and editorial staff. The name, "National Journal," was also added to the title, making the official listing Washington Week in Review with Gwen Ifill and National Journal.

Washington Week is a News series that is currently running and has 2020 seasons (522 episodes). The series first aired on February 1, 1972. It has moderate reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 7.2.

Washington Week is available for streaming on the PBS website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Washington Week on demand at PBS , PBS online.

Friday 8:00 PM et/pt on PBS
2020 Seasons, 522 Episodes
February 1, 1972
Cast: Gwen Ifill
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Washington Week Full Episode Guide

  • Much of the country is at a standstill as the federal government and states struggle to respond to the coronavirus pandemic. In Washington, President Donald Trump is eager to reopen the country but may be at odds with his own scientists about the timing. Congress girds for a showdown as the Trump administration presses for speedy approval of $250 billion in additional funds for small businesses, while Democrats push for more relief for hospitals and additional money for food stamps.

  • Super Tuesday and the South Carolina primary preview, featuring live reports from journalists around the country. In addition to addressing the news of the day, such as the recent downturn in the markets and the spread of the coronavirus, the special will explore the issues and candidates

  • Robert Costa and his team participate in roundtable discussions regarding major news events and public affairs.

  • Robert Costa and his team participate in roundtable discussions regarding major news events and public affairs.

  • Robert Costa and his team participate in roundtable discussions regarding major news events and public affairs.

  • Robert Costa and his team participate in roundtable discussions regarding major news events and public affairs.

  • This week, the House Judiciary Committee announced two articles of impeachment accusing President Trump of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress over his conduct regarding Ukraine. A vote is expected as soon as late Thursday. Shortly after the impeachment announcement, members of Congress announced a breakthrough on the USMCA trade deal, with both Democrats and Republicans claiming a win.

  • Robert Costa and his team participate in roundtable discussions of major news events and public affairs.

  • Washington Week full episode for Sept. 20, 2019

  • Recapping the September Democratic debate.

  • As congressional leaders return from their summer recess, the panelists previewed what lawmakers’ priorities could look like this fall, including funding for a border wall and a fight over firearms.

  • The panelists discussed President Donald Trump's battle over the border wall and his ongoing trade war with China. And after the Democratic presidential field narrowed this week, the conversation later turned to the latest developments in the 2020 presidential race.

  • As the trade war with China continues, the panelists discussed the latest developments with President Donald Trump and the economy. The conversation also looked ahead to what could come next in the gun control debate.

  • In the wake of bearish economic indicators, the panelists discussed President Donald Trump’s trade war with China, unrest in Hong Kong, and the implications of a potentially weakening economy on the 2020 presidential race. The panel then turned to the president's call on Israel this week to block a visit by two minority female lawmakers, saying it would show "great weakness."

  • After 31 people died in mass shootings in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio last weekend, the panelists discussed President Donald Trump's response, criticism from Democrats, and what type of gun control legislation could possibly come next. The conversation later turned to the shakeup with the administration's director of national intelligence.

  • After the 2020 Democratic candidates squared off on the debate stage over two nights in Detroit, the panelists shared insight and analysis on the contenders’ performances and the direction of the party. The conversation later turned to the impact of the latest economic news in the wake of interest rate cuts and ongoing trade wars.

  • The panelists recapped the latest developments with the ongoing crisis at the border, analyzed this week's Democratic presidential debates, and previewed President Donald Trump's weekend meeting with China's President Xi Jinping at the G20 summit.

  • Adam Savage and his team determine the danger of nitroglycerine.

  • A panel of journalists discusses major news events.

  • A team of journalists participates in a roundtable discussion of major news events and public affairs.

  • A team of journalists participates in a roundtable discussion of major news events and public affairs.

  • A discussion on the top news stories of the week.

  • Special counsel Robert Mueller spoke out to defend his team's work.

  • Partisan warfare.

  • New immigration plan, trade negotiations.

  • Some Democratic leaders declare that the country is in a "constitutional crisis."

  • Congressional confrontation.

  • High-stakes showdown.

  • Analyzing the Mueller report.

  • How far will Pres. Trump go to address the migrant surge?Immigration crackdown.

  • The panelists discussed President Donald Trump walking backing his threat to close border, the continued fallout surrounding the Mueller report, and allegations made against former Vice President Joe Biden.

  • Attorney General William Barr says Special Counsel Robert Mueller found no evidence of collusion between the campaign of now-President Donald Trump and Russia. The panelists discussed the fallout from the probe and what comes next. The conversation also turned to the current state of healthcare in America.

  • Hours after special counsel Robert Mueller completed his investigation and delivered his report to the Attorney General, the panelists discussed what information from the document could eventually be released to the public and other developments that could come next. The conversation also turned to President Donald Trump's recent attacks on the late Senator John McCain and the latest U.S. foreign

  • President Donald Trump signed his first veto Friday, rejecting a resolution that would have ended his national emergency. A dozen GOP senators broke ranks, supporting the measure that would have diverted federal money to a border barrier. The panelists discussed what it all means and what comes next.

  • As special counsel Robert Mueller's probe appears to be winding down, Democrats are stepping up their investigations into President Donald Trump. The panelists discussed the latest in the investigations, the resignation of White House communications director Bill Shine, the latest economic numbers, and the recently-passed congressional resolution denouncing bigotry.

  • President Trump returned from a summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to more challenges than when he departed. Panelists recapped the summit in that resulted in no deal, and the allegations by his former attorney Michael Cohen. Plus, the panelists discussed the New York Times report claiming the president ordered officials to grant his son-in-law a top security clearance.

  • Attorney General William Barr may announce as early as next week the end of special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation. The politically-charged probe into the Russian attack on the 2016 election has loomed over President Donald Trump for two years. The panelists discussed the potential impact of the report’s release, along with the investigations into President Donald Trump.

  • This week, President Donald Trump accepted a bipartisan spending deal allowing the government to stay open, and declared a national emergency to build on his border wall. What happens next? Panelists also discussed the confirmation of Attorney General William Barr and the latest investigation revelations.

  • This week, President Donald Trump delivered a sharp message to Democrats during his State of the Union address. Panelists recap the latest flash points in the Trump Administration’s face-off with the opposing party, including congressional investigations and the battle over the border.

  • Days after President Donald Trump lashed out at his Intelligence chiefs’ stark assessment of global threats, he downplayed disagreements saying they’re all on the same page. Plus, the partial government shutdown may be over, but how long will it last? The budget and border wall funding standoff continues as the February 15th deadline approaches.

  • Five weeks into the longest government shutdown in U.S. history, President Donald Trump announces a bipartisan deal to reopen the government until mid-February, while immigration and border wall funding negotiation continues. Panelists also discuss the latest development in the ongoing Russia probe- the indictment and arrest of longtime Trump ally Roger Stone.

  • Government shutdown has no end in sight as challenges mount for Trump administration.

  • Shutdown stalemate.

  • Power shifts as the government remains shutdown.

Washington Week Video Clips & Extras

Webcast: Benghazi Investigations and Climate Change Clip (11:02)