This program is 29 minutes long
(Pentagon: Jim Miklaszewski) A look back at the war presented; details given about President Obama’s decision to increase troop strength and his plan to withdraw by 2014; casualty figures and financial cost cited. [Gen. Karl EIKENBERRY- notes intelligence assets and special forces were in Iraq.] [Secretary of Defense Leon PANETTA – says we’ve got to continue on this path.] [Gen. David BARNO- comments on the need to put pressure on the Taliban.] [NBC military analyst retired Gen. Barry McCAFFREY- comments on the lack of public support for Afghanistan.]
(Studio: Brian Williams) Report introduced.
(Logar, Afghanistan: Jim Maceda) The story of Capt. Matilda Howe, a Navajo single mother and grandmother who commands a supply base in Afghanistan, featured. [HOWE – says she was the first in her family to break away from the reservation and graduate from high school and college; talks about her kids and the support from her mother and sisters.]
(Steele, Alabama: Kerry Sanders) The impact of Alabama’s tough new immigration law featured; details given about fear among schoolchildren. [2 STUDENTS – react to the principal’s call for the Mexicans to come to the library.] [Jamison Middle School assistant principal David SEALE- says a quarter of our Hispanic population indicates they will be leaving soon.] [Farmers Brian ALEXANDER, Keith SMITH- comment on the loss of workers.] [State senator Scott BEASON- says Alabamians will take these jobs.]
(Studio: Chris Jansing) The growing Occupy Wall Street protests against economic and social inequality featured; scenes shown of demonstrations in several cities; map shown; details given about the online fund raising effort. [Manhattan protestor Buddy BOLTON- says the system is in need of repair.] [Georgetown University Michael KAZIN- says it could become a mass movement.] [Occupy Wall Street finance committee Victoria SOBEL- says the burden of responsibility is now on us.]
(Washington: Andrea Mitchell) The accomplishments of Nobel Peace Prize winners Yemeni Tawakkol Karman, Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and Liberian Leymah Gbowee, who led a women’s movement against rape and violence, presented. [In interview, GBOWEE – says we had gotten to a place where death was better than life and we needed to change.]
(Los Angeles: Jeff Rossen) The trial of Dr. Conrad Murray for his role in the death of Michael Jackson updated; scenes shown from the courtroom; audiotapes played from Murray’s interview with police in which he claimed that Jackson begged for sleep medication.
(Palo Alto, California: Kristen Dahlgren) The impact of the commencement speech given by Jobs at Stanford University in 2005 on Camille Sigrim, who was in the audience, featured; details given about her decision to travel to India and start Empowering, which provides kids with cell phones and a way to earn benefits for their families; scenes shown of Jobs speaking. [SIGRIM – says she jumped off the cliff to do what she loves; says we have a grand dream that we can end poverty.]