The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer
March 31-April 4
Thursday, April 3, 1997
- Ups & Downs
Itís been a hectic week for financial markets and those who watch them. We're joined by representatives from four key industries to hear their views, and then by two economists to build a larger picture of the economy.
- Top Gun
The Air Force says it needs the F-22, a new air superiority fighter, for the dogfights of the next century. But critics, including some in Congress, ask if the multi-million dollar F-22, first designed to go against the Soviet Union's best aircraft, is a plane in want of a mission.
- Political Wrap
Shields & Gigot dissect the revelation that key White House staffers helped Webster Hubbell find work, and review Newt Gingrich's trip to China.
Wednesday, April 2, 1997
- Heart Disease Discovery
Harvard scientists have found ordinary inflammation of the blood vessel walls may be as an important a risk factor for heart attacks and strokes as high blood pressure and cholesterol.
- TV Goes Digital
The FCC has adopted a plan to have digital TV signals in use within two years. The plans makes current analog signals obsolete in nine years, ushering in the new generation of "smart" TVs. A background report is followed by an interview by Elizabeth Farnsworth with FCC commissioner, Reed Hundt.
- Hanging Tough
Two years ago the Oklahoma City bombing brought much attention to the various anti-government, paramilitary organizations operating throughout the country. We have an update on the present state of the militia movement.
Tuesday, April 1, 1997
- Tangled Webb
With the release of new White House documents, Webster Hubbell, the man who President Clinton once described as his closest friend, appears to be increasingly at the center of political scandals that dog the White House. Margaret Warner takes a closer look with two reporters covering the issue.
- America's Wordsmith
In a discussion with Elizabeth Farnsworth, America's newest Poet Laureate, Robert Pinsky, discusses the state of poetry in America, his new job and poetry in cyberspace.
- Bad Berries
Federal officials said today schools in six states may have received strawberries contaminated with the Hepatitis A virus. Federal officials are now attempting to determine how many people may have been exposed and how to respond. The director of Centers for Disease Control & Prevention in Atlanta, Dr. David Satcher, tells us the story.
- Charity Care.
How hospitals and their patients are coping with managed health care and the poor. Tom Bearden reports from Denver.
- Free TV.
TV advertising has become the most expensive part of running for political office. We look at free TV time for political candidates in our continuing look at campaign finance reform.
Monday, March 31, 1997
- Newsmaker with Doris Meissner
Tuesday, new and stricter immigration laws took effect despite efforts to delay their enactment. Doris Meissner, Commissioner of the INS, explains the new regulations.
- Defusing Terror
The Oklahoma City bombing trial underway in Denver has refocused attention on domestic terrorism. One city that has had more than its share of bomb attacks recently is Atlanta. Betty Ann Bowser reports.
- Crisis in Albania
The small eastern European nation of Albania has been wracked by violence. The NewsHour gets an update on the political situation and on the rising tide of refugees to Italy.
- Gergen Dialogue.
David Gergen, editor-at-large of "U.S. News & World Report," engages Shelley Fisher Fishkin, a professor of American studies in English at the University of Texas at Austin, author of Lighting out for the Territory: Reflections on Mark Twain and American Culture.
- Bring 'Em Back.
The Yankees belong in the Bronx; the Mets belong in Queens, and the Dodgers belong in Brooklyn. On this opening day of the Major League Baseball season essayist Roger Rosenblatt speaks to us from Brooklyn.
- Setting the Stage
The Oklahoma City bombing trial began with jury selection in Denver Monday. The NewsHour takes a look at what we can expect in the months ahead.
- Different Tracks
The very different tale of two railways; Conrail carries freight and is prospering; Amtrak carries people and is failing.
- Psycho Stocks
On the stock market last Tuesday the Federal Reserve Board raised short-term interest rates for the first time in two years. That sent shudders through Wall Street, and today the Dow Jones Industrial Average was down again 157 points. Our economics correspondent Paul Solman of WGBH-Boston looks at what makes the market move.
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