This program is 29 minutes long
(Vatican: Anne Thompson) The coming election of a new pope to head the Catholic Church amidst a series of scandals examined; scenes shown of the chimney being put on the roof and from inside the Sistine Chapel; details given about the election process, of various security measures, the prospects for American Cardinal Sean O'Malley and the lack of a frontrunner. [Vatican historian Alberto MALONEY- says everybody will see what is going on.] [Word on Fire Catholic Ministries Father Robert BARRON- says an American, why not.]
(Vatican: Lester Holt) Live discussion held with Vatican analyst George Weigel about what the cardinals are talking about. [WEIGEL - says the cardinals take the matter seriously, how the world has different expectations of a pope these days and the idea of defending religious freedom.]
(Vatican: Lester Holt) NBC News coverage of the election of the next pope noted.
(Denver: Mike Seidel) The blizzard warning in Colorado, hail and winds after the Northeast was hit by snow and flooding featured; snow and eastern shore scenes shown. [Two COLORADANS - back snow.] [Massachusetts building inspector Sam JOSLIN- talks about houses damaged.] [Plum Island resident Kathy CONNORS, Weymouth snow SHOVELER - cite one storm after another.]
(Kabul: Mike Taibbi) A deadly suicide bomb attack in Afghanistan at the time of the visit by Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel featured; scenes shown from Kabul and of Hagel; details given about the issue of the training of the Afghan army and a meeting with Afghanistan's President Hamid Karzai about security problems.
(Johannesburg: Rohit Kachroo) The hospitalization of former South African President Nelson Mandela for routine scheduled tests examined.
(White House: Kristen Welker) The cancellation of tours of the White House due to the budget cuts of the sequester featured; details given about the political divisions, the president's dinner for Republicans, a party meeting about finances and more coming bipartisan meetings. [KID, MAN - question not doing the tours.] [In weekly address, President OBAMA - says compromise is possible.] [Senator Jeff SESSIONS - criticizes Obama.] [White House press secretary Jay CARNEY- speaks about Representative Paul Ryan.]
(Columbia, Missouri: Thahn Truong) The use of drone aircraft in businesses like news gathering and real estate examined; details given about a University of Missouri program to teach college journalism students how to fly drones and about privacy issues related to drone use; scenes shown shown from a nature reserve in Missouri. [Journalism professor Bill ALLEN - comments.] [KBIA radio content director Scott PHAM- talks about the new technology.] [Brookings Inst. Peter SINGER- talks about the future.]
(Antarctica: Kerry Sanders) The impact of global warming on the continent of Antarctica examined; scenes shown from "the bottom of the Earth," the last wilderness where the temperature is warming. [University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee ice expert Norm LASKO- says climate is changing.] [Antarctica wilderness guide Kevin SAMPSON- says oil drilling here will come eventually.]
(Vatican: Lester Holt) Further coverage of the Antarctica story on NBC News noted.
(Rome: Keir Simmons) The traditional attire of the next pope previewed; scenes shown of skilled artisans in Rome at work making the papal robes, the papal ring, the red shoes. [TAILOR, ring maker Claudio FRANCHI, shoemaker Adriano STEFANELLI- comment.]