October 31, 2003
Cooler temperatures and dense fog brought encouragement to
Californians today after a week of wildfires that have killed
20 people, destroyed more than 2,800 homes and burned nearly 750,000
acres. Jeffrey Kaye reports from the Cedar Fire outside San Diego,
which has consumed 275,000 acres on its way to becoming the largest
wildfire in California history.
Syndicated columnist Mark Shields joins Jim Lehrer from the
campaign trail in New Hampshire, and William Safire of The New
York Times shares his perspective from Washington, D.C. The pair
of political analysts discuss the week's developments in the reconstruction
of Iraq and the optimistic economic news.
The first week in the Muslim holy month of Ramadan was rocked
with violence in Iraq. Ray Suarez discusses the deadly week for
Americans and Iraqis with Rashid Khalidi of the Columbia University
Middle East Institute, Richard Perle of the American Enterprise
Institute in Washington and Amatzia Baram, professor at the University
of Haifa in Israel.
In the recently recorded "Randy Newman Songbook," the famous
musician provides listeners a fresh, stripped-down perspective
on his songs, played only on piano. Jeffrey Brown spoke with Newman
about his comprehensive career, which has earned him acclaim as
first a grassroots singer and now a Hollywood songwriter.
October 30, 2003
The U.S. economy surged ahead in the third quarter of this
year at its fastest pace in nearly 20 years. Jim Lehrer crunches
the numbers with Maria Fiorini Ramirez, a Wall Street economic
consultant; Lynn Reaser, chief economist for Bank of America Capital
Management; and William Spriggs, director of research and public
policy at the National Urban League Institute for Opportunity
More temperate temperatures and some light rain moved into
the San Bernadino Mountains and eastern San Diego County today,
but firefighters face flames fanned by winds that are still gusting
to 40 miles per hour. Spencer Michels reports from California,
and Ray Suarez follows up in a conversation with Jerry Williams,
director of fire and aviation management for the U.S. Forest Service,
and Jim Purpura, meteorologist in charge of the National Weather
Service San Diego office.
As fires rage in California, the Senate is poised to pass
a bill which would approve more extensive logging on more than
20 million acres of federal forests. Meanwhile, the House of Representatives
is considering legislation that would devote a record $2.9 billion
for firefighting and proactive programs to reduce fire risks.
Kwame Holman reports on the land management debates on Capitol
Democratic presidential candidate and retired four-star Gen.
Wesley Clark speaks with Margaret Warner about leadership and
foreign policy with a focus on the postwar reconstruction in Iraq.
The Last Word
Essayist Roger Rosenblatt finishes the program with an
essay about famous last words from Hamlet to Bob Hope.
October 27, 2003
A weekend assault on the Al-Rashid Hotel, which houses American
administrators in Iraq, was followed today by a string of car bomb attacks against
the International Red Cross headquarters in Baghdad and three Iraqi police stations.
Dozens of people, including three American soldiers, died in the violence, and
more than 200 others were injured. Terence Smith speaks with New York Times correspondent
Dexter Filkins in Baghdad about the increased resistance to the coalition occupation.
of the Attacks
Margaret Warner discusses the developments in Iraq
and their impact on Bush administration policy with Col. Bing West, former assistant
secretary of Defense; Col. W. Patrick Lang, a former Middle East analyst at the
Defense Intelligence Agency; Adeed Dawisha, professor of political science at
Miami University of Ohio; and Feisal Istrabadi, vice president of the Iraqi Forum
Several southern regions of the Golden State continue to burn red hot
today as vicious wildfires, which have already taken 13 lives and destroyed more
than 850 homes, rage out of control. Ray Suarez speaks with San Diego Mayor Dick
Murphy about the battle against the fires in his part of Southern California.
The nine Democrats in contention for their party's 2004 presidential
nomination met at a debate in Detroit last night sponsored by the Congressional
Black Caucus Institute and Fox News Channel. Gwen Ifill, who moderated the debate,
reviews the highlights.
Art of Romare Bearden
Artist Romare Bearden drew on his interests
in religious ritual and classic literature to create beyond what the camera could
capture in his depictions of urban African-American life in the 20th century.
Jeffrey Brown reviews the artistic achievements of Bearden, which are celebrated
in an exhibition at the Smithsonian's National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C.