This program is 29 minutes long
(Porto Santo Stefano, Italy: Michelle Kosinski) The admission by the Costa ship owners of the likelihood of human error by Capt. Francesco Schettino in the ship accident examined; scenes shown of a sea rescue, new video from inside the ship and of the listing ship. [Passengers Alex BEACH, Blake MILLER, Debbie CDEBACA- describe what happened on the ship.]
(Studio: Lester Holt) Report introduced.
(Miami: Mark Potter) The questions about the safety of cruise ships examined; details given about prior cruise ship accidents with video shown and about the regulations for cruise ships. [TRAVELLER, Coast Guard Lt. Cmdr. Dan BREHM- comment on ship safety.] [Several PASSENGERS - complain about lack of direction.]
(Myrtle Beach: Ron Mott) The conservative opposition in the Republican race in South Carolina to leader Mitt Romney featured; scenes shown from the campaign trail. [Texas Governor Rick PERRY; at prayer breakfast, Rick SANTORUM; Jon HUNTSMAN - campaign.] [On "Meet the Press," Representative Tim SCOTT - says if Romney wins South Carolina the game is over.] [On "Meet the Press," former Speaker of the House Newt GINGRICH - comments on Romney.] Representative Ron Paul mentioned.
(White House; Mike Viqueira) President Obama's campaign featured; Pew Research Center numbers on Obama's standing versus Republicans; details given about Obama fund raising and of his coming battles with Congress. [Obama strategist David AXELROD - criticizes Romney, the businessman.] [OBAMA - criticizes the Republicans.] [Senator Harry REID - calls for a balance in government.]
(Cairo: Ayman Moheddin) The increasing isolation of Syrian President Bashir al-Assad by the international community reviewed; details given about the numbers killed in the Syrian uprising; inset video shown.
(Studio: Lester Holt) The coming reports from Syria previewed.
(Highland Park, Michigan: John Yang) The extreme steps being taken by cities in Michigan to stay afloat in hard economic times examined; scenes shown from Pontiac, where city buildings are for sale; details given about the general urban downsizing due to the recession. [Pontiac Mayor Leon JUKOWSKI- says everything's for sale with these buildings.] [National League of the Cities research director Chris HOENE- says 2012 will be the worst year for city revenue.] [Greater St. Matthew Baptist church Rev. David Alexander BULLOCK- talks about the lights turned off.]
(Silver Spring, Maryland: Craig Melvin) Creative ways to make money in this down economy by sharing examined; details given about the Airbnb Website that connects travellers and people opening their homes for collaborative consumption. [Washington, DC, homeowners Irene and Mike BEARD, guest Emily STOVALL- comment.] [Shareable.net publishers Neal GORENFLO- talk about the sharing concept.] [In Los Angeles, Chris DOBBINS, Website's Mickey KRIMMEL- talk abut borrowing between neighbors.]
(London: Duncan Golestani) The controversy over the portrayal of British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in the film "the Iron Lady" examined; details given about her conservative rule in Britain in the 1980s and the movie's depiction of Thatcher in old age. [THATCHER - speaks against terrorism.] ["The Iron Lady" actress Meryl STREEP - talks about depicting the toll of decision-making.] [Former defence secretary Michael PORTILLO- talks about the loneliness for a woman like Thatcher in a man's world.]