This program is 29 minutes long
(Studio: Anthony Mason) Federal Reserve Board chairman Ben Bernanke’s assessment of the economy featured; scenes shown of job applicants at a casino in Battle Creek, Michigan; details given about Bernanke’s appeals for Congress to help. [Before Congress, BERNANKE – says the situation in Europe remains a risk.] [Senator Charles SCHUMER- says the Fed is the only game in town.] [Granite Investment Advisors Scott SCHERMERHORN- says CEOs are reluctant to start hiring given the uncertainties out there.] The Fed’s options discussed.
(Gonzales, Texas: Anna Werner) The impact of the drought on beef prices examined; details given about the dwindling number of cattle in the US; average ground beef prices cited. [Texas rancher Jim SELMAN- comments on selling off his herd.] [Purdue University economist Chris HURT- says we will see record beef prices for multiple years.] The drop in milk production from dairy cows noted.
(Capitol: Nancy Cordes) The issue of tax returns in the presidential election examined; ad from President Obama’s campaign shown; figures from Romney’s 2010 return cited; details given about how other presidential candidates addressed the issue. [In January, then-candidate Newt GINGRICH – says the idea that you could run for president and not release your taxes is an absurdity.] [Senator Richard LUGAR – says it would be prudent for Romney to release more.] [Senator John McCAIN – says the Obama campaign wants to create a distraction.] [Now, GINGRICH – supports Romney’s decision to release 2 years.] Romney’s father’s release of 12 years of tax returns noted.
(Washington: Bob Orr) The security breach at the St. George airport in Utah where pilot and murder suspect Brian Hedglin crashed a SkyWest Airlines commuter jet and shot himself in the head after scaling a fence reviewed; scenes shown of the wrecked plane; photo of Hedglin and animation of the incident shown. Why Hedglin did not get away discussed.
(Studio: Jon LaPook) An experimental drug called IVIG that has been shown to halt the progression of Alzheimer’s disease featured; animation shown of how the drug’s antibodies attack Amyloid; details given about the cost. [Patient Joice WILLIAMS and husband Sterling WILLIAMS- comment.] [Weill Cornell Medical College Dr. Norman RELKIN- says if it points the way to a less expensive and move available treatment we’ll be winning the battle against the disease.] The tests for finding high risk patients early on discussed.
(Qunu, South Africa: Mark Phillips) The celebrations in South Africa for Mandela’s 94th birthday featured; scenes shown of ceremonies in his ancestral village of Qunu with former President Bill Clinton in attendance, people singing Happy Birthday around the world, prisoners fixing up a school; details given about how people donated 67 minutes of time for good works projects. [CLINTON – says Mandela wanted to lead his country into freedom and unity.] [Convicted murderer Mzolisi NTAKUNA- notes Mandela has been an inspiration for him to change his life.] [Grandson Kweku MANDELA- comments on the sacrifice for the Mandela family.]