The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer
Jan. 27-Jan. 31
Thursday, Jan. 23, 1997
- Affairs of State
We go first tonight to Secretary of State Albrightís meeting with the diplomatic press corps today at the State Department. She said she had been kept under wraps in the weeks before her confirmation but now had been let out to respond to questions from reporters. She was asked first about U.S. relations with Russia.
- Unclear Picture
Should women under the age of 50 routinely get mammograms for early detection of breast cancer? National experts conferred this week,but the cost/benefit debate remains unresolved.
- Sick with Super Bowl Fever
A look at what makes a football fan tick. Paul Solman of WGBH-Boston has a personal preview of Super Bowl XXXI.
- Political Wrap
The NewsHour's regulars discuss the vote to discipline Speaker Newt Gingrich, its affect on the Republican party, and campaign finance reform.
Wednesday, Jan. 22, 1997
- Canada's Foreign Minister on Cuba
The issue of how to deal with Fidel Castro has long been a source of tension between the United States and Canada. Canada has consistently opposed the U.S. economic embargo against Cuba and is the largest foreign investor in the island nation. Margaret Warner talks with Canadian Foreign Minister Axworthy about his visit to Cuba.
- Ebonics Debate Moves to Senate
Kwame Holman reports on the Ebonics debate, which has moved to the United States Senate.
- The Bard on the Big Screen
Although William Shakespeare died 380 years ago, Hollywood has produced no fewer than 10 films based on the bard's work in the last year.
- Uncovering Ancient Tools
Some tools that are 2.5 million years old were found in Ethiopia by a group of scientists from Rutgers University and reported on today in the journal Nature. Here to tell us about it is Richard Potts, director of the Human Origins program at the Smithsonian Institution.
Tuesday, Jan. 21, 1997
- Abortion Politics
Abortion Politics Day in Washington is first tonight. Both sides of the emotional issue marked the 24th anniversary of the Supreme Court decision to legalize abortion in Roe V. Wade. Elizabeth Farnsworth reports.
- Poisonous Politics?
A bipartisan look at the Washington atmosphere into which the abortion and other political and legislative debates must now exist. Before the House voted yesterday to punish Speaker Gingrich, Ethics Committee Chairman Nancy Johnson told her colleagues "If our action fails today to chasten this body and bring a halt to the crippling partisanship and animosity that has surrounded us, then we will have lost an opportunity to grow and learn from this solemn occasion. And that would be a tragedy."
- Cohen on the Fast-Track
Kwame Holman reports on the Senate confirmation of William Cohen, President Clinton's nominee for secretary of defense.
- Algerian Violence Continues
Violence sparked by a conflict between Muslim fundamentalists and the Algerian government, and problems stemming from France's colonial rule, continue to extract a price from this African nation. Charlayne Hunter-Gault speaks with two experts on the conflict and the nation's underlying history.
- Conversation: Anne Roiphe
Ever since the 1960's, feminists have been torn between their desire to have successful careers and successful family lives simultaneously, but achieving that balance has proven difficult. In a dialogue with David Gergen, editor-at-large of U.S. News and World Report, Anne Roiphe, author of Fruitful: A Real Mother In The Modern World, argues that a woman can be a feminist and a mother, but a re-evaluation of career goals, and the role of mother and father, may be in order.
Monday, Jan. 20, 1997
- Reprimanding Gingrich
The House of Representatives today overwhelmingly voted to formally reprimand and fine Speaker Newt Gingrich $300,000 for ethics violations. The rebuke was the most serious ever levied against a Speaker of the House. Following a background report on the debate by Kwame Holman, the chairman and ranking member of the subcommittee that investigated the allegations discuss the day's events with Jim Lehrer.
- Regional Views on Gingrich
Elizabeth Farnsworth leads a look at what our regional commentators think about the Gingrich ethics punishment and President Clinton's second inauguration.
- Picasso Revisited
Pablo Picasso, as portrayed in a new biography. Paul Solman of WGBH-Boston has that story.
- Remembering Curt Flood
Curt Flood, who died yesterday at the age of 59, was a star center fielder in his day. A three time all-star player, he set records for error-free fielding during his 12 years with the St. Louis Cardinals. But he will be most remembered for his challenge to the way the business of baseball operated. Margaret Warner discusses the impact of Flood on the game with sports author John Feinstein.
- Innauguration Day
President Clinton took the oath of office for a second term on Monday. Kwame Holman reports on the days events that comprised the nationís 53rd presidential inaugural.
- Thinking Back
Some perspectives on todayís events from three NewsHour regulars, Presidential Historians Doris Kearns Goodwin and Journalist and Author Haynes Johnson. Joining them tonight are Historians Roger Wilkins and Stephen Ambrose.
- Political Wrap
More analysis now by Shields & Gigot, syndicated columnist Mark Shields, and Wall Street Journal columnist Paul Gigot.
- Remembering Paul Tsongas
Paul Tsongas, the former Massachusetts Senator, in 1992 a presidential candidate, died over the weekend from liver failure and pneumonia. He was 55 years old.
- The Death of a Poet
James Dickey may have been best known for his novel "Deliverance" from which a popular film was made, but he was, above all, a poet.
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