Effective this Thursday, MacNeil/Lehrer Productions (producer of PBS NewsHour) will team up with Al-Monitor.com to produce web specials on the Middle East titled “Trendlines.” The debut PBS NewsHour/Al-Monitor “Trendlines,” dealing with “Syria After Geneva 2,” will examine the prospects of ending the country’s civil war after an historic but largely non-beneficial meeting of the Syrian government and opposition leaders. Hosted by PBS NewsHour Chief Foreign Affairs Correspondent Margaret Warner, the program will be streamed on the websites of both organizations on Feb. 13 at 7 p.m. EST. It will run 15 to 18 minutes in length and will feature columnists, writers and other guests.
Viewers can join the conversation about “Syria After Geneva 2” in a live Twitter chat hosted by @NewsHour on Feb. 13 at 1 p.m. ET using #newshourchats.
“We are extremely excited to partner with Al-Monitor and their wide network of journalists and sharp columnists in one of the most important regions of the world,” said Foreign Editor/Senior Producer Justin Kenny who oversees international coverage for the PBS NewsHour and digital platforms. “Our web audience will get a very smart, substantive, lively, deep dive into some of the most vexing foreign policy issues of our day.”
“We want to bring our American and worldwide web audiences insights they don’t usually hear, from observers living on the front lines in this tumultuous region,” added host Margaret Warner. “Al-Monitor has shown an ability to get at the trends in the region, and tapping the diverse Al-Monitor family of columnists there, as well as some of America’s top thinkers about the Middle East, will give us that.”
After the episodes will be streamed, all specials will be posted on the PBS NewsHour (www.pbs.org/newshour) and Al-Monitor (www.al-monitor.com) websites and other platforms including You Tube, Facebook and Roku.