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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.

Friday 8:00 PM et/pt on PBS
17 Seasons, 431 Episodes
February 1, 1972
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  • Government shutdown has no end in sight as challenges mount for Trump administration.

  • Shutdown stalemate.

  • Power shifts as the government remains shutdown.

  • The government shutdown continues as Democrats refuse to approve the $5 billion in funding that President Donald Trump is demanding for a border wall. While the debate over the border wall was unfolding, DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen traveled to Texas following the death of a second migrant child in border patrol custody, and the president and First Lady made a surprise visit to troops in Iraq.

  • The clock is ticking as lawmakers on Capitol Hill scramble to prevent a government shutdown. Plus, a cabinet shakeup after the president decides to withdraw U.S. troops from Syria, sending shock waves throughout Washington and the market into a tailspin.

  • President Donald Trump is in damage control, facing a barrage of investigations and political challenges ahead of a divided government next year, as a partial government shutdown looms over Washington.

  • As President Donald Trump appears on the world stage at the G20 summit in Argentina, the cloud of special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia probe hangs over Washington. Panelists discuss the latest reporting and what this week’s developments mean for the ongoing investigation.

  • A divided Congress in the age of President Trump.

  • What’s next for the Russia probe?

  • An Attorney General shakeup, Democrats rising, and Washington divided.

  • A mass shooting inside a Pittsburgh synagogue leaves a community and country shaken. President Donald Trump makes his final midterm push, hammering a hard line on immigration, in an effort to rally Republican voters. Panelists discuss the key races and issues shaping the closing days of the midterm campaign.

  • A series of suspicious packages sent to high-profile figures critical of President Donald Trump puts the nation on edge just 10 days before the midterms. Panelists discuss the latest in the ongoing investigation and look at key issues looming over the upcoming elections.

  • Saudi Arabia confirms the death of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi, saying he died in a fight at the country’s consulate in Istanbul. How will this impact the U.S.-Saudi relationship? Plus, the countdown to the midterm elections continues.

  • An international mystery over a missing American-based journalist.

  • Brett Kavanaugh's SCOTUS journey.

  • A dramatic twist for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

  • What is the status of Brett Kavanaugh's SCOTUS nomination?

  • Bob Woodwards latest book, Fear: Trump in the White House," depicts a White House in chaos, and an embattled president at odds with his own advisers. Moderator Robert Costa talks with Woodward about his search for truth, his hundreds of hours of recorded interviews with witnesses and participants in the Trump administration, and why he thinks America should wake up to the president's behavior.

  • President Donald Trump’s Turmoil.

  • Staff shake ups, legal turmoil and the Russia Probe.

  • The legal and political dilemmas facing the Trump administration.

  • Former CIA director's security clearance revoked.

  • A nail biter in Ohio has Republicans on edge.

  • The Trump administration confronts Russian election interference as a showdown with special counsel Robert Mueller looms. Panelists also discussed former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort’s trial for tax and bank fraud.

  • After the Commerce Department announced Friday that the economy grew at a rate of 4.1%, the panelists discussed the impact of the president’s trade policies on the economy. The conversation also turned to the freeze on U.S.-EU trade tensions and the bombshell claims made by former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen. Plus, leaders of the House Freedom Caucus call for the impeachment of AG Rod Rosenstein.

  • The White House faced a week of contradictions and clarifications following President Donald Trump’s meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki. The panelists discussed the summit's backlash, including DNI chief Dan Coats' comments and the reaction on Capitol Hill.

  • A dozen Russian nationals are indicted days before President Donald Trump meets with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Trump also made global headlines during his international trip this week. Panelists discussed his time at the NATO summit and comments about British Prime Minister Theresa May.

  • President Donald Trump is expected to announce his new Supreme Court nominee on Monday. The panelists discussed the leading contenders who could replace retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy and the confirmation battle brewing on Capitol Hill. Conversation also turned to the resignation of EPA administrator Scott Pruitt and the trade war between the United States and China.

  • An already historic week of decisions that reflected the Supreme Court’s conservative leanings was punctuated by the announcement that “swing” Justice Anthony Kennedy will retire in July. The panelists discussed the impact of the announcement, including Kennedy's legacy and potential replacements.

  • President Trump reverses course on separating families at the border and the political, social, and ethical ramifications continue to reverberate. After a turbulent week, the panelists discussed the immigration crisis and the challenges ahead.

  • 12 Russian nationals are indicted for 2016 DNC hacking.

  • President Trump meets with world leaders at the G-7 summit in Canada

  • North Korean and American leaders plan to meet June 12.

  • A massive snag in the pursuit of peace on the Korean peninsula.

  • Russia probe enters its second year.

  • After a week dominated by foreign policy headlines, the panelists recapped the release of three Americans by North Korea, the president’s upcoming meeting with Kim Jong Un, and the United States’ move to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal.

  • The panelists discussed President Trump’s shifting defense against the Russia probe, the scandal surrounding adult film star Stephanie Clifford, and the escalating confrontation with the Justice Department.

  • The panelists recapped the historic steps taken by Korean leaders towards denuclearization, turmoil within President Donald Trump's cabinet, and the president's meetings with the leaders of France and Germany and the latest updates in the Iran nuclear deal.

  • Latest updates in the Russia probe, North Korea announces plans to suspend nuclear missile tests. And, the addition of former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani to President Donald Trump’s personal legal team.

  • On Washington Week (formerly Washington Week with Gwen Ifill) guest journalists weigh in on issues of the week in this venerable roundtable, the first program ever fed by PBS.

  • On Washington Week (formerly Washington Week with Gwen Ifill) guest journalists weigh in on issues of the week in this venerable roundtable, the first program ever fed by PBS.

  • Staff shakeups hit the White House.

  • Just 14 months into office, President Trump is looking to reshape his administration.

  • President Trump to meet with North Korea’s Kim Jung Un.

  • After the shooting in Florida, the panelists discussed the country’s next steps in the debate over guns. The table also recapped the latest developments in the Russia probe.

  • Latest school shooting reignites the gun control debate.

  • Topics include the Senate's bipartisan budget deal, which may have difficulties in the House; and the resignation of White House staff secretary Rob Porter.

  • Topics include the Russia probe; Nunes memo; and President Trump's State of the Union address.

  • President Trump touts “America First” at Davos, latest developments in the Russia probe.

  • It’s a government on the brink. As the Senate approaches a late Friday night vote to stop a potential government shutdown at midnight, the panelists discussed the ongoing talks and how lawmakers got to this point.

  • President Donald Trump denied he used a vulgar phrase to describe Haiti and African nations during talks with lawmakers inside the Oval Office earlier this week, but the remarks have created an international controversy. The panelists discussed if the White House made a shift to damage control mode and the possible long-term effects of the remarks.

  • Steve Bannon took aim at President Trump in comments in a new book out this week. The panelists discussed the aftermath of "Fire and Fury," along with the retirement of Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch from Utah.

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