On Wednesday’s NewsHour…
PAKISTAN’S GOVERNMENT AND FLOODS | Flooding has displaced 12 percent of Pakistan’s population so far and at least 1,500 people have died. As the need for aid worsens, new questions are being raised on whether the government can handle a crisis of this magnitude. Gwen Ifill talks to Shuja Nawaz, director of the Southeast Asia Center at the Atlantic Council, and Moeed Yusuf, the director of the Pakistan program at the U.S. Institute of Peace.
DYNAMICS OF JURY DELIBERATION | Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich was found guilty on one of 24 charges Tuesday, but the jury was just one vote shy of convicting him on some of the more serious charges. Jim Lehrer talks to law professor Valerie Hans, co-author of the book, “American Juries: The Verdict,” about the dynamics of a jury’s deliberations.
ALZHEIMER’S RESEARCH | An effort to develop a treatment for Alzheimer’s disease was halted after finding out that a new drug was doing more harm than good to patients. Judy Woodruff discusses the findings with Dr. Paul Aisen of the University of California, San Diego.
DRINKING WATER SHORTAGE IN ETHIOPIA | Clean drinking water may be considered a commodity for some Ethiopians. Fred De Sam Lazaro reports on the continued shortage.
MOSQUE NEAR GROUND ZERO: IS IT THE RIGHT THING TO DO? | The debate on whether or not a mosque should be built near Ground Zero continues. President Obama backed his comments on the controversy Wednesday saying he had “no regrets” for weighing in. Jeffrey Brown gets perspectives from two columnists Eugene Robinson and Ross Douthat.
Wednesday’s anchors are Gwen Ifill and Jim Lehrer. Hari Sreenivasan will have the day’s other top news stories and a look at Web features. On The Rundown, Margaret Warner checks in from Iraq and gives a preview of her report on the country’s problems with its electricity grid. Plus, a follow up to Spencer Michel’s cybersecurity series on radio frequency identification technology. Does it infringe on digital privacy? Also, on Art Beat, watch a profile of singer-songwriter Ray Lamontagne.
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