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Episode #5342H

KQED 9: Fri, Apr 18, 2014 -- 7:30 PM

Diplomats from Russia, Ukraine, the US and European Union met in Geneva, Switzerland on Thursday to work on a plan to de-escalate the tense situation that has roiled Ukraine since the toppling of its pro-Moscow president in February. These were the first face-to-face meetings between Russian and Ukrainian diplomats since pockets of eastern Ukraine came under pro-Russian control. While Secretary of State John Kerry announced that the US and other Western nations are considering new economic sanctions to impose on Russia, the Obama administration is preparing to authorize a limited shipment of non-lethal aid to Ukrainian forces. Peter Baker of The New York Times will have the latest on the evolving role the US is playing in the high-level talks to find a diplomatic solution to end the deepening crisis in Ukraine.
This week Americans paused to honor and remember the victims of the Boston Marathon bombing one year later. Meanwhile, lawyers for alleged bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev were in court this week arguing that some of the federal charges against their client should be dropped. Pete Williams of NBC News will take a closer look at the issue of domestic terrorism and concerns within the law enforcement community that incidents like the Boston bombings or last weekends shooting rampage at two Jewish-run facilities in Kansas are an emerging threat.
The midterm elections may be seven months away but the fund-raising activities are in high gear. Matea Gold of The Washington Post will explain what's fueling the surge in political donations and why independent political groups could play a greater role in this year's midterm contests.
Plus Molly Ball of The Atlantic will explain how Senator Rand Paul is attempting to rally support for a potential 2016 White House run by satisfying the conservative grassroots while also calling for a broader Republican Party.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED World: Sun, Apr 20, 2014 -- 10:30 AM
  • KQED World: Sun, Apr 20, 2014 -- 4:00 AM
  • KQED World: Sat, Apr 19, 2014 -- 6:30 PM
  • KQED World: Sat, Apr 19, 2014 -- 9:00 AM
  • KQED 9: Sat, Apr 19, 2014 -- 1:30 AM

Episode #5341H

KQED 9: Fri, Apr 11, 2014 -- 7:30 PM

President Obama and 3 former presidents - Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush - commemorated the 50th anniversary of the passage of the Civil Rights Act during a 3-day summit at the Lyndon B. Johnson Presidential Library in Texas this week. The 1964 law prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex or national origin. Time Magazine's Michael Duffy, author of "The Presidents Club," will take a closer look at how the presidents honored President Johnson's landmark legislation and why half a century later they remain focused on the work that remains to be done to address civil rights issues in America. Gwen Ifill explores The Arc of History and the Civil Rights Law in this week's Gwen's Take. < br>Just one day after President Obama signed executive orders strengthening equal pay laws, Senate Republicans blocked a Democrat-sponsored bill aimed at closing the pay gap between men and women. Republicans say they object to the Paycheck Fairness Act because it would lead to government interference and substantial burdens on businesses. Alexis Simendinger of Real Clear Politics will examine the policy and politics at the center of the debate over income inequality.
Since immigration reform remains stalled on Capitol Hill, advocates are turning their attention to the White House demanding that the president push forward some type of action to address unauthorized immigrants' deportation and detention fears. Fawn Johnson of National Journal will explain why the pressure is mounting on the Obama administration to act before the November midterm elections.
Plus, Amy Walter of the Cook Political Report will explore the prospective candidacies of Hillary Rodham Clinton and Jeb Bush and the debate over political dynasties.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED World: Sun, Apr 13, 2014 -- 10:30 AM
  • KQED World: Sun, Apr 13, 2014 -- 4:00 AM
  • KQED World: Sat, Apr 12, 2014 -- 6:30 PM
  • KQED World: Sat, Apr 12, 2014 -- 9:00 AM
  • KQED 9: Sat, Apr 12, 2014 -- 1:30 AM

Episode #5340H

KQED 9: Fri, Apr 4, 2014 -- 7:30 PM

* The Supreme Court rejected the overall limits on how much individuals can donate; the implementation and politics of the Affordable Care Act; and why two powerful GOP congressmen, Rep. Mike Rogers and Rep. Dave Camp, have chosen not to seek re-election. Joining Gwen: Jeff Zeleny, ABC News; Matea Gold, The Washington Post; Pete Williams, NBC News; John Dickerson, Slate Magazine.
* Sen. Dianne Feinstein and the Senate Intelligence Committee are pushing to declassify a CIA report on the use of torture. And while Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid continues to attack conservative billionaires and Super PAC funders Charles and David Koch, The Washington Post's Matea Gold digs deeper into the Koch Brothers background and influence in the GOP. Plus, looking forward to the 2016 presidential election, is Jeb Bush the best choice for the Republican Party?

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED World: Sun, Apr 6, 2014 -- 10:30 AM
  • KQED World: Sun, Apr 6, 2014 -- 4:00 AM
  • KQED World: Sat, Apr 5, 2014 -- 6:30 PM
  • KQED World: Sat, Apr 5, 2014 -- 9:00 AM
  • KQED 9: Sat, Apr 5, 2014 -- 1:30 AM
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