On Tuesday’s NewsHour: Egypt Unrest, ‘Dirty Bombs,’ Toyota Investigation

BY News Desk  February 8, 2011 at 5:41 PM EST

GOOGLE EXEC RELEASE BOOSTS CAIRO PROTESTS | An estimated 250,000 people gathered in Cairo’s Tahrir Square after a Google executive, who was released Monday after being detained for organizing recent protests via Facebook, re-energized anti-government demonstrations. Margaret Warner speaks with Ahmed Zewail, an Egyptian-American professor and Nobel laureate chemist who is serving as an unofficial mediator between the government and the protest’s organizers.

WHAT IS THE ROLE OF EGYPT’S ARMY? | As the Egyptian government continues negotiations with opposition leaders, the army remains the trump card in the transition of political power. Gwen Ifill speaks with former Pentagon official Matthew Axelrod and Shibley Telhami of the University of Maryland about the army’s evolving role in Egypt’s unrest.

‘DIRTY BOMBS’ | Science correspondent Miles O’Brien examines the threat that radioactive “dirty bombs”could pose to cities in the U.S.

TOYOTA INVESTIGATION | Jeffrey Brown speaks with Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood about the investigation into Toyota’s recalls of more than 12 million vehicles after thousands of drivers complained of unintended acceleration. Several deaths were thought to be linked to the problem.

MUNICIPAL BONDS | Wall Street investors and some in Congress recently have raised concerns about the risk of cash-strapped municipalities defaulting on bonds they issued. Judy Woodruff talks to the National League of Cities’ Chris Hoene and Richard Larkin of Herbert J. Sims and Company, an investment banking firm, about the risks of default and what governments are doing to avoid a crisis.

Gwen Ifill and Judy Woodruff anchor Tuesday night’s program. Hari Sreenivasan will have the day’s other top headlines and a look at features on our website.

We hope you’ll join us.