The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer
April 7 - April 11
Thursday, April 10, 1997
- Auditing the IRS
Experts discuss why the GAO is calling the IRS a "high risk" agency, rife with waste, fraud, abuse, and mismanagement. What's more, employees have been caught snooping through files.
- Spring Siege
The Great Plains states of Minnesota, North, and South Dakota continue to experience the bite of a record-breaking winter. Our report from the towns along the Red and Minnesota Rivers is by Fred De Sam Lazaro of KTCA-St. Paul-Minneapolis.
- Political Wrap
The NewsHour's political analysts, syndicated columnist Mark Shields and Wall Street Journal columnist Paul Gigot, discuss the Federal Court ruling striking down the Presidential line-item veto, Newt Gingrich's image, and campaign finance reform.
- Memories of Summer
David Gergen, editor-at-large of "U.S. News & World Report," engages Roger Kahn, author of Memories of Summer: When Baseball was an Art and Writing about it a Game.
Wednesday, April 9, 1997
- Newsmaker: Robert Rubin
The Treasury Secretary's recent trip to Vietnam made him the highest ranking US official to visit that country since it fell to Communist forces in 1975. He discusses his impressions of Asia's newest economic tiger, as well as his trade talks in Japan and the Clinton administration's fiscal policy.
- Democracy in Danger
Charles Krause talks with Martin Lee, leader of Hong Kong’s Democratic Party and an outspoken advocate for human political rights in Hong Kong. In the United States and elsewhere Lee has become a symbol of what many expect to be a difficult transition from British to Chinese rule.
The cable television industry has dug up the streets and wired just about every community in America. 97 percent of homes with TV’s can get cable and about 64 million U.S. homes do subscribe to cable TV. But there are wireless ways to deliver TV signals, and those alternatives are trying to knock cable off its throne.
- Icy Moon
Galileo spacecraft passed within 363 miles of icy Europa, one of the sixteen moons of the planet Jupiter. Yesterday, scientists showed some of the pictures from that fly-by and said they may reveal a global ocean of water or slush lying under the broken ice that covers Europa’s surface. The scientists said where there is water, there could also be life.
Tuesday, April 8, 1997
- Zaire: End of an Era
In desperation, Pres. Mobutu has fired his new prime minister and replaced him with a general as rebels advance on Lubumbashi. World leaders unimpressed with Motubu's rule say, "it's over."
- Affirmative Action
Yesterday a federal appeals court panel in San Francisco upheld the constitutionality of a California measure outlawing state affirmative action programs. The measure known as Proposition 209, was adopted by California voters last November.
- It's A Smaller World
The new buzz word in the communications industry is "synergy." But what is the price of synergy, and is it good for the consumer? Jeffrey Kaye of KCET-Los Angeles reports on the shifting world of telecommunications and how media, mergers, and lots of money effect the way we are entertained.
- Jazzing the Pulitzer
35-year-old trumpeter Wynton Marsalis has won the first Pultizer Prize for jazz in a category usually reserved for classical music. His winning work, Blood on the Fields, is about slavery.
Monday, April 7, 1997
- Gingrich's Woes
In the past month, Speaker Newt Gingrich has come under fire from those in his own party. Is Newt Gingrich the leader or a casualty of the Republican revolution?
- Truth Telling
Charlayne Hunter-Gault discusses justice and truth with a man at the center of South Africa’s efforts to deal with the legacy of apartheid and to establish a new system of justice.
- Inside North Korea
The North Korean government is actively seeking aid as it engages in diplomatic discussions on a broad range of issues with the U.S. and South Korea. Last week, North Korean officials met in the capital city, Pyongyang, with five U.S. Senators. Two of those Senators are with us now.
- Peace in Jeopardy
With peace in the Middle East becoming increasingly fragile the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met with President Clinton to try and salvage what remains of the 1993 Oslo Agreement. Following a Margaret Warner backgrounder, Jim Lehrer talks to three journalists who cover the Middle East peace process.
- Credibility Matters
A recent national poll found a majority of Americans do not trust the people who bring them the news each day. We gathered a group of people together in Denver to discuss these negatives about American journalism with Charlayne Hunter-Gault. That's after a report on the poll by Kwame Holman.
- Ginsberg Remembered
Alan Ginsberg -- leader of the Beat movement, poet, anti-war activist, award winning author and buddhist -- passed away this weekend at the age of 70. Elizabeth Farnsworth looks back on the remarkable life of the man who penned the epic poem "Howl."
- Pulitzer Prize Winner Frank Mccourt
Frank McCourt won today’s Pulitzer Prize for Biography. He won for "Angela’s Ashes," a memoir of growing up amid punishing poverty in Limerick, Ireland, just before and during World War II.
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