After Words

After Words: Gwen Ifill, "The Break-Through: Politics and Race in the Age of Obama" interviewed by David Brooks, op-ed columnist for The New York Times

About the Program

Journalist Gwen Ifill examines a new generation of African-American politicians in “The Break-Through: Politics and Race in the Age of Obama.”   Ms. Ifill profiles Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick, Newark Mayor Cory Booker, Congressman Artur Davis, and President Barack Obama and presents her thoughts on the role that the Civil Rights movement played in their roads to office.  Gwen Ifill discusses her book with David Brooks, op-ed columnist for The New York Times.

About the Authors

Gwen Ifill

Gwen Ifill

Gwen Ifill is the managing editor and moderator of "Washington Week" and senior correspondent of "The News Hour with Jim Lehrer." She was formerly chief congressional correspondent for NBC News and was a reporter for The Washington Post, The New York Times, The Baltimore Sun, and the Boston Herald. Ms. Ifill moderated the 2004 and 2008 Vice Presidential debates.  Gwen Ifill is the author of The Breakthrough: Politics and Race in the Age of Obama.


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David Brooks

David Brooks is an op-ed columnist for The New York Times and a commentator on "The PBS Newshour." Mr. Brooks was formerly a contributing editor at Newsweek and the Atlantic Monthly and senior editor at The Weekly Standard.

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Past Airings

  • Sunday, February 8th at 12pm (ET)
  • Monday, February 2nd at 3 (ET)
  • Sunday, February 1st at 9pm (ET)
  • Sunday, February 1st at 6pm (ET)
  • Saturday, January 31st at 10pm (ET)
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