The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer
March 24-March 28
Thursday, March 27, 1997
- Inside Heaven's Gate
Who were those 39 people who took their lives in a Southern California mansion, and why did they do it? Those questions are at the heart of our second-day look at the Heavenís Gate story that begins with an update by Charles Krause.
- March Madness
Every March college basketball embarks on an annual feast now known as March Madness--the National Collegiate Athletic Associationís championships tournaments for men and women. Elizabeth Farnsworth takes a closer look at the phenomenon with Perry Clark, head basketball coach at Tulane University in New Orleans, and author John Feinstein.
- Shields & O'Beirne
Syndicated columnist Mark Shields, and Washington editor for the National Review, Kate O'Beirne, discuss Al Gore's China trip and Newt Gingrich. At issue: most favored nation status vs. China's human rights record and Gingrich's leadership problems in Congress.
- Rethinking Jesus
Religious scholars from around the world are debating the history of Jesus. The question: should New Testament accounts of his life be taken literally or figuratively? Richard Ostling of Time Magazine reports.
Wednesday, March 26, 1997
- Cult Mentality
At a mansion outside San Diego, police found 39 bodies of cult members who apparently killed themselves to prepare for the arrival of an alien spaceship they say is hiding behind the Hale-Bopp comet. After a background report by Charles Krause, Jim Lehrer leads a discussion of the suicides with a panel of cult experts.
- Hale-Bopp Watch
The Hale-Bopp comet has become somewhat of a phenomenon. Jeffrey Kaye of KCET-Los Angeles reports.
- Newsmaker: Sandy Berger
In a Newsmaker interview with Margaret Warner, National Security Advisor Sandy Berger discusses the separation of the National Security Council from the White House's political wing, Vice President Al Gore's trip to China, and the conflict between the NSC and the FBI.
- Annual Exams
This week the American Cancer Society said women in their 40's should receive annual mammograms. And today the National Cancer Instituteís Advisory Board agreed. Charlayne Hunter-Gault reports.
Tuesday, March 25, 1997
- Capitalists at the Gates
Vice President Al Gore has wrapped up his visit to the People's Republic of China. He called on the communist leaders to allow more U.S. access to the huge Chinese market.
- As Goes Maine...
Hedrick Smith reports on one state's effort to change the way political campaigns are funded and run in the final installment of his three-part series.
- Organizing Genius: The Secrets of Creative Collaborations
David Gergen engages author Warren Bennis about group domination in future creative accomplishments.
- Symphony Survival
All across the country symphony orchestras are struggling to survive. Lee Hochberg of Oregon Public Television tells the Oregon Symphonyís story.
Monday, March 24, 1997
- Sugar Daddy
In the second installment of his three part series on money in politics, special correspondent Hedrick Smith looks at one groups efforts to protect their interests. The sugar producers have supplied millions of dollars to political campaigns to protect price supports they receive from the government.
- Never Too Old
Today former President George Bush fulfilled a promise he made to himself more than fifty years ago to skydive. Bush's feat, at the age of 72, is yet one more example of men and women staying active longer. Jim Lehrer leads a discussion on the changing mindset of people in their golden years.
- Raising Interest
Is the economy growing too fast? Is inflation just around the corner? The Federal Reserve apparently thinks the answer is yes to both these questions because it applied the brakes to the economy today by raising a key interest rate. Why are Alan Greenspan and the Fed back in anti-inflation mode, should they be, and how will the interest rate hike affect us?
- Partnership Ending?
Have the violent and divisive events of the past weeks in Israel and Palestine pushed a teetering peace agreement into the abyss?
- Whiff of Scandal
The campaign finance issue in Washington is turning public opinion in America against politicians more than ever. Special correspondent Hedrick Smith looks at the reasons.
- Taking Off
President Clinton today gave an emergency mediation board two more days to propose a settlement between American Airlines and its pilots. The board was created by the President when he stopped last monthís pilotsí strike. At issue is a major change affecting the entire airline industry. Tom Bearden reports.
- 1918 Flu
A closer look at the worst infectious disease outbreak in human history, the 1918 influenza outbreak that killed up to 50 million people worldwide.
- TB IN RETREAT
New treatments and declining numbers of victims give reason to hope that Tuberculosis, the most deadly infectious disease in the world, is in retreat.
Clarence Page of the "Chicago Tribune" considers the "X-Files."
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