The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer
Thursday, August 14, 1997
- India Turns 50
The world's most populous democracy celebrates five decades of independence. Now, India must overcome crippling violence and poverty.
- Political Wrap
Americans are more confident about the direction of the country, but less interested in Washington. Our political analysts discuss this trend, the budget, taxes, and the UPS strike.
- The King
With his swivel hips and quivering lip, Elvis Presley changed the look and sound of American music. Twenty years after his death, The King still reigns over contemporary culture.
- Strike Zone
It has been two weeks since the Teamsters went on strike against UPS, and there has been very little progress. Since the strike began, UPS has only been able to handle 10 percent of the 12 million packages it usually delivers everyday. As a result, UPS competitors are trying hard to carry the extra load.
- Downward Spiral
After the stock market dropped 247 points in the Dow Jones Idustrial Average, two chief economists explain why the sudden drop.
Wednesday, August 13, 1997
- Newsmaker: Samuel Berger
President Clinton's National Security Adviser has just returned from a three-day trip to China where he spoke to Chinese leaders about human rights, emerging markets, and military matters.
- Walking Back In Time
Why is a set of fossilized footprints in South Africa causing so much excitement? Because the human being who made them lived 117,000 years ago and looked a lot like us.
- Coming Apart?
While two Russian cosmonauts travelled back to Earth, the United States is trying to decide if it should stay on course with the Russian space station Mir.
- Invading India?
For years India pursued a socialistic economy, discouraging foreign investments, but since 1991 India has opened its economy to foreign markets. And a few small American bussiness are testing the foreign waters.
- Dance with the Devil
Essayist Ann Taylor Fleming discusses the difficulties women experience when dealing with breast cancer.
Tuesday, August 12, 1997
- Troubling Reports
A new study cites a 122 percent increase in the number of 12-year-old children who say they know a friend or classmate who has used narcotics. Where has the U.S. gone wrong?
- Casualties of the Drug War
The use of regular military units to patrol the U.S.-Mexico border has come under fire due to a recent controversy over the shooting of an American citizen by a Marine.
- Working Welfare?
It's been a year since President Clinton signed the welfare reform bill, and recipients are pleased with the results. Paul Solman talks with two people that have different perspectives about the workforce, and discusses the benefits.
Monday, August 11, 1997
- Costly Contest
On Day Nine of the UPS strike, the AFL-CIO has agreed to support strikers, and the two dueling sides held news conferences rather than talks. How does this affect business and labor?
- Cuauhtemoc Cardenas
Just over a month ago, Cuauhtemoc Cardenas became Mayor-Elect of Mexico City. Who's the man who toppled the long-standing PRI party from power? Charles Krause finds out.
- Higher Learning?
In an effort to increase test scores, the Chicago Public Schools are taking a hard look at the current curriculum. The mayor is concerned with skyrocketing dropout rates, and is looking into mandatory summer school to bring the scores up to par.
- Curses, Foiled Again!
Essayist Jim Fisher discusses the varied uses of aluminum foil.
- Strike Out
President Clinton exercised his new line-item veto power on three provisions of the balanced budget deal. It is the first time a president has used such power; will it be the last?
- Newsmaker: Richard Holbrooke
Having just returned from Bosnia, Richard Holbrooke, lead negotiator of the Dayton Agreement, reports on recent efforts to kick-start the peace process.
- Smoke Signals
Oregon launches a campaign to halt teenage smoking by using cigarette taxes and an anti-smoking ad campaign. Voters in the state approved a thirty cent per-pack tax increase to discourage smoking among youths.
- Man of Character
Author Joseph Ellis discusses the character of Thomas Jefferson, whom he describes as "the great sphinx of American history."
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