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Special Assignment (Illiterate in America: Part I) #105166

ABC Evening News for Wednesday, Sep 03, 1986
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(Studio: Peter Jennings) Report introduced.

(NYC: Bill Blakemore) Illiteracy in US, its soc. and economy implications, examined; scenes shown. [Librarian of Congress Dan. J. BOORSTIN - considers illiteracy akin to blindness.] [Tim FISHELL, Mark LAWSON, Noreen ANDERSON, Mark SWEAZEY, Clay BAKER - describe their plight.] Related statistics outlined. ["Illiterate America" author Jonathan KOZOL - cites relationship between illiteracy and crime.] [Literacy Action Georgia spokesperson Vern PULLING - notes society's incrd. reading demands.] International literacy rate illustrated on map. [BOORSTIN, PULLING - discuss relationship between reading and culture's growth.] [Danny BARNETT, Marlyn STEPHENS - express desire to read.]

(Studio: Peter Jennings) "At a Loss for Words: Illiterate in America" special and Part II announced.

Blakemore, Bill;
Jennings, Peter

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