The August shooting of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown by white police officer Darren Wilson stirred up conversations about race and justice across the nation. PBS NewsHour’s Gwen Ifill recently moderated a packed town hall meeting at the University of Missouri at St. Louis on the subject. She spoke with law enforcement and government officials, faith leaders and civil rights activists about what happened in Ferguson that day and in the days that followed along with the many questions raised by Brown’s death. On Friday, from 8-9 p.m. EDT, PBS will air the discussion, called America After Ferguson, produced by WGBH Boston in partnership with the Nine Network/KETC in St. Louis and WETA in Washington.
Almost immediately after the first reports of Attorney General Eric Holder’s impending resignation surfaced today, his detractors did too. “Eric Holder is the most divisive U.S. Attorney General in modern history,” Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) – with whom Holder often clashed – tweeted. “The nation deserves an attorney general whose loyalty to the justice system will trump loyalty to a political party,” said Sen. John Cornyn (R-Tex.), who had called for Holder’s resignation. Holder, who gained something of a reputation for his impatience with his critics, dismissed them again today.
PBS has set a 7 p.m. Friday air date for "America After Ferguson," the town hall meeting taped Saturday and moderated by Gwen Ifill. More than 400 people attended the session Sunday at the University of Missouri-St. Louis to talk about issues raised by the death of Michael Brown and its aftermath. PBS station WGBH in Boston produced the program in partnership with KETC (Channel 9) in St. Louis and WETA in Washington, D.C. "To help foster a national dialogue, PBS and its member stations will, for the first time, incorporate live tweets during the (7 p.m. Central) broadcast, as well as the West Coast feed," the announcement said.