On Thursday’s NewsHour…

BY Simon Marks  December 10, 2009 at 9:34 PM EDT

Coming up on the PBS NewsHour tonight: PEACE PRIZE: We’ll have full coverage of President Obama’s acceptance speech at the Nobel ceremony in Oslo, Norway today. We’ll follow that by a discussion about the speech, and some perspective on American values. Expected guests include presidential historian Michael Beschloss, Rev. James Forbes, Jr. Senior Minister Emeritus of The Riverside Church, and Joseph Bottum, the former literary editor at “The Weekly Standard,” now editor of “First Things,” a magazine about religion and public life.
PAKISTAN ARRESTS: We’ll report the latest developments in Pakistan, where five American Muslims were arrested yesterday. Then we’ll hear more about the background to the case from Josh Meyer of the Los Angeles Times, and Nihad Award from the Council on American-Islamic Relations.
MCCHRYSTAL INTERVIEW: Gen. Stanley McChrystal discussed the military situation in Afghanistan last night on PBS’ Charlie Rose program. We’ll have excerpts from that conversation.
OLDER WORKERS: New claims for unemployment benefits rose faster than expected after Thanksgiving. Economics Correspondent Paul Solman talks to older Americans who are looking for work.
PATCHWORK NATION: Ray Suarez continues our special series on the economy….reporting tonight on the plight of one of the country’s ‘boom towns’: Eagle, Colorado.
WEB-ONLY: At the end of the program, Hari Sreenivasan takes us through new posts on the site including:

  • Video of the president’s speech in Oslo
  • An interview with the winner of this year’s international children’s peace prize, 16-year-old Baruani Ndume, whose radio show from a Tanzania refugee camp gives voice to refugee children across Africa
  • A Paul Solman web-only video on whether retirement is good or bad for your health
  • And a conversation with author Rick Moody and editor Andy Hunter about the future of reading.

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