On Friday’s NewsHour…

BY Simon Marks  January 15, 2010 at 4:52 PM EDT

Three days after the devastating earthquake in Haiti, delivery of much needed international aid remains difficult. We’ll look at conditions on the ground and hear from the Haitian ambassador to the U.S., as well as the victims themselves. Also on the program, analysis of the surprisingly hot campaign in Massachusetts for Ted Kennedy’s Senate seat and the Friday night insights of columnists Mark Shields and David Brooks.

EARTHQUAKE AFTERMATH – We have two reports on the scene in Port-au-Prince on the plight of the victims and efforts to distribute aid.

AMERICAN AID EFFORTS – Kwame Holman looks at how the military, rescue groups and charities in the U.S. are pulling together personnel and medical supplies to join the international effort underway.

PORT-AU-PRINCE – Jeffrey Brown talks with Tina Susman of the Los Angeles Times about how the aid is being distributed and conditions on the ground.

INTERNATIONAL EFFORTS- The U.N. Undersecretary General for Peacekeeping, Alain le Roy describes the work being done by a U.N. force of 9,000 soldiers, led by Brazil.

HAITIAN VIEW – Then Judy Woodruff interviews Haiti’s ambassador to the U.S. Raymond Joseph about how the government–many of its officials among the victims and its main buildings severely damaged – is responding to the crisis.

MASSACHUSETTS SPECIAL ELECTION – Margaret Warner reports on Tuesday’s special senate election in Massachusetts: with four days of campaigning left, the Republican candidate is surging in the polls.

SHIELDS AND BROOKS – of course we have Friday’s political insights from syndicated columnist Mark Shields and The New York Times David Brooks.

HAITIAN DISASTER – We end the program with voices about the Haiti disaster as thousands try to cope with the trauma of the last few days.

WEB-ONLY- Hari Sreenivasan highlights new features on the website, including his Skype interview of Ansel Herz, who survived the earthquake and has been covering it every since; on our education site, NewsHour Extra, Student Voices from Haitians in American watching the crisis unfold; an update on the health care debate and prospects for a final bill from Health Correspondent Betty Ann Bowser; Chris Cillizza of the Washington Post on the unexpectedly competitive race to fill the Senate seat previously held by Ted Kennedy; and an online forum with the head of the National Endowment for the Arts, Rocco Landesman.