PBS will air a series of special programs Feb. 18-22 tied to last year's tragedy in Newtown, Conn.
Details are below, but I wanted to call special attention to a Feb. 22 episode of PBS Newshour that will look at gun violence in Chicago. Details on that are in bold.
Here's the line-up, from PBS:
In the wake of the Newtown tragedy, PBS will broadcast a series of specials February 18-22 (Check local listings) as part of its "After Newtown" initiative. The specials will include news reports from PBS NEWSHOUR, a two-part documentary from FRONTLINE (in a special collaboration with The Hartford Courant), a science-based special on NOVA, analysis on WASHINGTON WEEK, a human interest report on NEED TO KNOW, plus two independent documentaries. PBS is harnessing its science, documentary and public affairs units - with a tradition of unbiased reporting that makes it America's most trusted source of news - to provide in-depth reporting on the myriad issues related to gun violence, including gun laws, mental health support and availability, and school safety.
AFTER NEWTOWN: GUNS IN AMERICA (GUSA)
Tuesday, February 19, 2013, 9:00-10:00 p.m. ET; rpt. Thursday, February 21, 10:00-11:00 p.m. ET
GUNS IN AMERICA is an unprecedented exploration of America's enduring relationship with firearms. From the first European settlements in the New World to frontier justice; from 19th-century immigrant riots to gangland violence in the Roaring Twenties; from the Civil War to civil rights, guns have been at center of our national narrative. Americans have relied on guns to sustain communities, challenge authority and keep the peace. Efforts to curtail their distribution and ownership have triggered epic political battles. This program traces the evolution of guns in America, their frequent link to violence and the clash of cultures that reflect competing visions of our national identity.
FRONTLINE "Raising Adam Lanza" (FRON #3106)
Tuesday, February 19, 2013, 10:00-11:00 p.m. ET; rpt. Thursday, February 21, 2013, 9:00-10:00 p.m. ET
In the wake of the mass killings at Sandy Hook Elementary School, FRONTLINE investigates a young man and the town he changed forever. Adam Lanza's motives, and his life, remain largely a mystery. With The Hartford Courant, FRONTLINE looks for answers to the central -- and so far elusive -- question: Who was Adam Lanza? Also this hour: In the aftermath of the tragedy, President Obama called for a national conversation about guns. Nowhere is that conversation more intense than in Newtown, where FRONTLINE finds a town divided and explores how those closest to the tragedy are wrestling with our nation's gun culture and laws.
NOVA "Mind of a Rampage Killer" (NOVA #4008)
Wednesday, February 20, 2013, 9:00-10:00 p.m. ET
What makes a person walk into a theater or church or classroom and open fire? What combination of circumstances compels a human being to commit the most inhuman of crimes? As the nation tries to comprehend the tragic events in Newtown, NOVA correspondent Miles O'Brien investigates theories into what drives rampage killers. Could suicide -- and the desire to go out in a media-fueled blaze of glory -- be their main motivation? How much can science tell us about a brain at risk for violence? Most important, can we recognize dangerous minds in time to stop the next Newtown?
THE PATH TO VIOLENCE (PATV)
Wednesday, February 20, 2013, 10:00-11:00 p.m. ET
Psychologists, working with law enforcement officers, have devised tools to prevent violent attacks. THE PATH TO VIOLENCE details a powerfully effective Secret Service program -- the Safe School Initiative -- that's helped schools detect problem behavior. However, shooters like Adam Lanza, Jared Loughner and allegedly James Holmes all executed their attacks after they'd left school. Can the gains made by psychologists and law enforcement be extended to encompass parents -- terrified of their own children and inadequately helped by mental health and legal systems -- and families of violent individuals? Is the country ready for a national conversation about the balance between school safety and civil liberties that interventions, including gun control, require?
WASHINGTON WEEK WITH GWEN IFILL (WWIR)
Friday, February 22, 2013, 8:00-8:30 p.m. ET
Managing Editor Gwen Ifill moderates a segment discussing how Washington lawmakers are addressing the issue of gun control.
NEED TO KNOW (NETK)
Friday, February 22, 2013, 8:30-9:00 p.m. ET
In the wake of the Newtown tragedy, NEED TO KNOW retraces an earlier shooting incident, exploring the ripple effects that continue to reverberate years later. The program takes an in-depth look at the traumatic results on the victim's family, the killer and the killer's family, others wounded that day and on the community at large.
PBS NEWSHOUR (MLNH)
Monday, February 18, 2013 - Friday, February 22, 2013, 6:00-7:00 p.m. ET
Each newscast will include a segment exploring issues surrounding the Newtown tragedy.
Monday, February 18: A report on how the community of Aurora, Colorado (the site of the Columbine High School shootings) is reacting to the national debate stirred by Newtown and the recommendations for reducing violence proposed by the Biden task force.
Tuesday, February 19: Senior Correspondent Jeffrey Brown reports on the ongoing debate about the connections--or lack of connections--between violent video games and violent behavior.
Wednesday, February 20: Science Correspondent Miles O'Brien explores what scientists know, and don't know, about adolescent brain development, and what risk factors may lead a young person to violent behavior.
Thursday, February 21: A report from Florida, the first state to record more than one million requests for permits to carry concealed weapons. PBS NewsHour explores the increase in requests for gun licenses in the wake of Newtown, and the arguments for and against concealed-carry laws in the state where Trayvon Martin's killing is still a fresh memory.
Friday, February 22: From Chicago, a look at gun violence as a public health issue. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan recently shared that many more children die of gunshot wounds every day in Chicago than are killed by mass murderers in a year.