This program is 29 minutes long
(Washington: Tom Costello) NASA’s plan for astronauts to have snorkels inside their helmets during their spacewalk to repair the International Space Station due to the scare involving Luca Parmitano, whose helmet filled with water, featured; scenes shown of astronauts inspecting the space suits; photos shown of astronauts Rick Mastracchio & Mike Hopkins, who will attempt the repair; clip shown from the movie “Apollo 13.” [PARMITANO - describes what happened.] [Lead spacewalk officer Allison BOLINGER- describes the helmet fix.]
(Studio: Brian Williams; CNBC: Sue Herera) The impact of the Fed’s move on interest rates and the employment picture discussed; unemployment figures cited.
(White House: Chuck Todd) The White House decision that the US delegation will be led by former Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and include 2 gay former athletes - Caitlin Cahow & Billie Jean King – reviewed; details given about the tension between Obama & Russian President Vladimir Putin over Russia’s decision to provide asylum to NSA leaker Edward Snowden and its anti-gay laws. [White House press secretary Jay CARNEY – says this delegation brings attention to the remarkable diversity of the US.] [In August, OBAMA – says sexual orientation shouldn’t have anything to do with it.] [US Ambassador to Russia Michael McFAUL- says we want to protect the athletes’ right to express their views.] [CAHOW – says she will go to Russia gladly.] [NBC Olympics columnist Alan ABRAHAMSON- notes the signal that Obama is disrespecting the American athletes by not going.]
(White House: Chuck Todd) Recommendations on how to reform the NSA’s collection of phone and internet data reviewed.
(Damascus: Keir Simmons) The plight of Syrian refugees who have fled to Damascus featured; scenes shown of children waiting for food, lists of families needing help, the site where a mortar landed on a soccer field. [World Food Programme Matthew HOLLINGWORTH- comments on the humanitarian crisis.]
(Studio: Nancy Snyderman) New guidelines for the treatment of high blood pressure that raises the level for people over 60 to start taking medication reviewed; details given about the side effects from blood pressure medication. [University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics Dr. Paul JAMES- comments on problems with drugs.] [American Heart Assn. Dr. Elliot ANTMAN- says this is not the time to relax about this silent killer.]
(New York: Stephanie Gosk) The story of blind man Cecil Williams and his guide dog Orlando, who saved him when he fell onto the subway tracks in New York City, presented; details given about the outpouring of donations for Guiding Eyes for the Blind, which offered to pay for Orlando’s expenses. [WILLIAMS – says Orlando was there for him; says Orlando is a senior citizen.] [New York police officer Anthony DUNCAN- comments on what he saw.]