This week on NOW:
After 11 years in network television, Chuck Lewis founded the Center for Public Integrity, the non-partisan organization whose mission is to provide the American people with the findings of their investigations and analyses of public service, government accountability and ethics related issues. Bill Moyers interviews Chuck Lewis on the Patriot Act and the balance of security and liberty in our government.
As the government begins its campaign to administer smallpox vaccinations to millions, the killer disease that was officially declared eradicated more than 20 years ago has returned to the forefront of public health concerns. While some government officials fear that samples of this virus may have fallen into the hands of countries like Iraq and North Korea, many wonder if the threat is great enough for the United States to commit substantial resources to combat the potential outbreak of this deadly plague. NOW analyzes the threat of smallpox as a bio-weapon, examines the safety concerns over the Presidentís three-phase vaccination proposal, and looks at the human and financial cost of protecting the United States against this virulent disease.
Frank Rich is theater critic turned op-ed columnist and now Associate Editor at THE NEW YORK TIMES. Starting in March, Rich will have an essay in every Sundayís Arts & Leisure section. Heís a man of many words and he doesnít mince them. Bill Moyers talks to Rich about his new role and his excitement over the nexus where politics meets culture.