On Friday’s NewsHour…


Here’s what’s coming up on Friday’s PBS NewsHour:

PAKISTAN VIOLENCE | A suicide bomb blast ripped through a sporting event in northwest Pakistan Friday, killing at least 75 people. After a report on the attack, Ray Suarez talks to two experts on the Afghan-Pakistan region for insight: Thomas Johnson of the Naval Postgraduate School and Christine Fair of Georgetown University.

ECONOMIC OUTLOOK | It was a year of twists and turns for the troubled U.S. economy in 2009. Ray Suarez talks to three economic writers — David Wessel of the Wall Street Journal, syndicated financial columnist Kathy Kristof and Jim Ellis of Bloomberg Businessweek Magazine — for reflections on 2009 and a look at what’s ahead.

ARAVIND EYE CLINIC | We return to a “good news” story from the past year with a look at Fred de Sam Lazaro’s report on a successful effort in India to bring sight to millions of poor people who suffer from eye disease.

SHIELDS AND BROOKS | We’ll wrap up this first broadcast of the new year with the political analysis of syndicated columnist Mark Shields and New York Times columnist David Brooks.

All that and Hari Sreenivasan will report the day’s other top stories from our newsroom. Hari will also tell you about some of the features on our Web site, including our Making Sen$e series on the economic year ahead, more from the WSJ’s David Wessel on the Rundown and a reporter’s notebook and online-only video from Fred de Sam Lazaro on the Aravind Eye Clinic in India.