October 17, 2003
Three U.S. soldiers and two Iraqi police officers were killed
in an overnight firefight with Shiite Muslims in the holy city
of Karbala. Ray Suarez speaks with Newsweek correspondent Christian
Caryl from Karbala about the rising religious tensions in that
central Iraqi city.
The Senate provided a setback for the Bush administration's
Iraq reconstruction plan yesterday when it narrowly approved an
amendment that would require the new Iraqi government to repay
approximately $10 billion of the $20 billion American reconstruction
grant. Today, the House of Representatives cleared a more generous
bill, which would give the entire $20 billion to Iraq as a grant.
Kwame Holman reports on efforts to reach a compromise between
the two plans.
Margaret Warner talks to syndicated columnist Mark Shields
and New York Times columnist William Safire about appropriations
for Iraqi reconstruction, and the new United Nations Security
Council resolution, which calls for more international support
for the rebuilding effort.
China's mammoth Yangtse River will soon be controlled by the
largest dam ever built, but the edifice is still not strong enough
to quell the tide of corruption. Ian Williams of Independent Television
News reports on some of the human consequences of the immense
engineering and construction project.
The Food and Drug Administration approved the German medication
memantine today to help ease the severe symptoms of an estimated
one-million Americans who suffer from the late stages of Alzheimer's
disease. Ray Suarez discusses the possible impact of the drug
with Dr. Paul Aisen, a geriatrician at Georgetown University Medical
of an Icon
The Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra has a new home this
month, which some say is as beautiful as its sounds. Architect
Frank Gehry designed Disney Hall, which has been in construction
October 16, 2003
Kwame Holman reports on today's vote on the latest U.S.-sponsored
resolution at the United Nations. Then, Margaret Warner follows
up with Munir Akram, Pakistan's ambassador to the United Nations,
and Wolfgang Ischinger, Germany's ambassador to the United States.
Spencer Michels reports on the new wireless technology used to connect
computers to the Internet.
Ray Suarez gets perspective on the controversial decision
by an FDA advisory panel to recommend the use of silicone breast implants. He
speaks to Dr. Scott Spear, chief of plastic surgery at Medstar-Georgetown University
Hospital, and Diana Zuckerman, president of the National Center for Policy Research
for Women and Families.
Jeffrey Brown talks to author Jhumpa Lahiri about her
book, "The Namesake."
October 15, 2003
A bomb exploded under a U.S. convoy in the Gaza Strip this
morning, killing three American envoys. Hamas, Islamic Jihad and the Popular Front
for the Liberation of Palestine all denied responsibility for the blast, which
was the first attack against Americans in Israel since the most recent renewal
of Israeli-Palestinian violence in 2000. Ray Suarez speaks with New York Times
reporter John Burns in Jerusalem about the attack.
Four decades after the height of the space race between
the United States and the Soviet Union, today China became only the third country
to launch a person into orbit. Chinese Air Force pilot Yang Liwei told to his
wife and son, "I feel good," as he looked down on his homeland from space. Ian
Williams of Independent Television News reports on the Chinese entry into the
'Times': The Money Trail
Money is the lifeblood of the modern American
political campaign, and tonight is the deadline for President Bush and his nine
Democratic opponents to submit their third-quarter fundraising reports to the
Federal Election Commission. Margaret Warner crunches the latest numbers with
two New York Times reporters who follow the money trail, Glenn Justice and Richard
The news media use public polls so frequently in their reporting
that some journalism ethicists have begun to question whether the polls accurately
portray public opinion, or if news reports are merely reflected back in the polls.
Additionally, more media organizations are surveying their audience with decidedly
unscientific online surveys and the questionable "question of the day" splashed
across the television screen just before a commercial break. Terence Smith examines
the prevalence of polling in contemporary journalism.
The Essential Conversation
Although parents and teachers are arguably
the two most important influences in any American child's life, they normally
only meet a few times each year. This week, as millions of American families prepare
for their annual parent-teacher conferences, Jeffrey Brown gets some advice on
what they should ask from Harvard education professor Sara Lawrence-Lightfoot,
who recently wrote "The Essential Conversation: What Parents and Teachers Can
Learn From Each Other."
Essayist Roger Rosenblatt visits the words of a man
who helped change America.
October 14, 2003
The United States is seeking international cooperation in
its reconstruction efforts in Iraq. Spencer Michels updates the status of the
current U.S. resolution before the United Nations, and Jim Lehrer follows up in
a conversation with New York Times U.N. correspondent Felicity Barringer.
Margaret Warner takes a look inside the U.S. Naval base
in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, where the U.S. military is detaining "enemy combatants"
in the war against terrorism. New York Times correspondent Neil Lewis narrates
the images photographer Angel Franco took when the two traveled to Guantanamo
Bay last week.
The U.S. Air Force is struggling to change what some have
called a culture of complacency that allowed a string of sexual assaults against
women cadets at its elite academy in Colorado Springs. Tom Bearden visited the
Air Force Academy for a progress report.
The U.S. Supreme Court said today it would not hear a
case about whether doctors can talk to patients about medical marijuana. The decision
allows existing laws that recognize the medicinal benefits of marijuana to stand
in Alaska, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Maine, Nevada, Oregon and Washington,
even though federal law still prohibits marijuana's use. Gwen Ifill gets two perspectives
on the controversial decision from Rob Kampia, executive director of the Marijuana
Policy Project, and Dr. Andrea Barthwell, deputy director of the White House Office
of National Drug Control Policy.
Latinos have quickly become America's largest minority population,
and the Pew Hispanic Center reported today that Latino births in the United States
are outpacing even the rate of Latino immigration. Terence Smith discusses the
unique American experience of second-generation Latino citizens with Roberto Suro,
director of the Pew Hispanic Center and co-author of the report.
October 13, 2003
The American-led occupation of Iraq continues to be threatened
by attacks against U.S. troops and the Iraqis who are cooperating with the coalition
transitional authority. Gwen Ifill discusses the recent rise in tensions with
Rajiv Chandrasekaran, the Washington Post's Middle East bureau chief, who was
inside the Baghdad Hotel when one of the fatal devices detonated last weekend.
Last week's new Bush administration public relations offensive
and the centralization of authority under National Security Adviser Condoleezza
Rice has done little to quell the fire the president has taken for his management
of postwar Iraq. Jim Lehrer explores the current situation in a conversation with
Richard Clarke, the top-ranking National Security Council counterterrorism official
until earlier this year, and Ivo Daalder, who served on the National Security
Council during the first term of the Clinton administration and now observes the
NSC for the Brookings Institution and the University of Maryland.
Increasing numbers of Americans are turning their radio
dials to the right. Conservative commentators dominate the airwaves and strikingly
outnumber their liberal counterparts. Terence Smith reports on the rise of right-wing
radio and its influence over its audience in America.
After several court delays, the Federal Trade Commission's
nationwide Do-Not-Call list was officially implemented on Saturday. Ray Suarez
discusses the new registry with Federal Trade Commission Chairman Timothy Muris.
Memoriam: Bill Shoemaker
Bill Shoemaker died in his sleep yesterday
at his home near Los Angeles. The legendary jockey weighed only 2.5 pounds at
birth in 1931 and was not expected to survive his first night, but Shoemaker lived
on to win 8,833 horse races, including 11 Triple Crown events. Jay Hovdey, columnist
for the Daily Racing Form and friend of Shoemaker, remembers the remarkable career
of a man who helped make the heydays of horse racing.