This program is 27 minutes long
(Studio: Dan Rather) USSR general secretary Mikhail Gorbachev reported arriving in New York City. Defense minister Dmitri Yazov reported possibly resigning if Gorbachev proposes drastic arms reductions. Reports introd.
(New York City: Bob Schieffer) Mikhail and Raisa Gorbachev shown arriving. [GORBACHEV - (thru translator) comments on meeting with President Reagan.] [USSR spokesperson Gennady GERASIMOV - comments.] Gorbachev aides quoted with regard to United Nations address and visit to New York City.
(New York City: Barry Petersen) Preparations for Gorbachevs' visit featured; details given, scenes shown. Gorbachev's itinerary outlined; President Reagan and Vice President George Bush mentioned.
(Studio: Dan Rather; New York City: Barry Petersen) Possible Soviet proposal for troop reductions in Europe discussed. Issues of United States-USSR trade, USSR economy, human rights and Cuba mentioned.
(Studio: Dan Rather) Landing of shuttle Atlantis at Edwards Air Force Base in California discussed; details given, scenes shown. Challenger disaster recalled.
(Studio: Dan Rather) President-elect George Bush reported naming Michael Boskin as his chief economy advisor Boskin noted creating Bush's flexible freeze economy plan. Bush noted also appointing Robert Mosbacher as Commerce Secretary- designate and Carla Hills as special Trade Representative William Webster reported asked to remain as CIA Director while Thomas Pickering noted selected as ambassador to UN.
(Studio: Dan Rather) First lady Nancy Reagan shown accepting White House Christmas tree; details given. [REAGAN - comments on Raisa Gorbachev.]
(Studio: Dan Rather) Report introduced.
(NYC: Richard Roth) "Gorbachev gridlock," traffic congestion caused by USSR general secretary Mikhail Gorbachev's visit, featured; details given, scenes shown. [PEOPLE - comment on situation.] [Mayor Ed KOCH - comments on Gorbachev.]
(Studio: Dan Rather) Undercover drug agents noted recently busting Colombian drug ring by issuing members beepers. Beepers noted actually homing devices; details given, scenes shown.
(Studio: Dan Rather) PLO (Palestine Liberation Organization) leader Yasir Arafat reported meeting with American Jewish delegation in Stockholm, Sweden. Israeli diplomacy quoted.
(Studio: Dan Rather) Raisa Gorbachev reported visiting NYC's finest stores. Econ. problems faced by Mikhail Gorbachev noted. Report introduced.
(Moscow, USSR : Anthony Mason) Sovs. reported celebrating new year by exchanging gifts. Moscow toy store owner Erina Vakolina quoted re: perestroika. [Shopper "ALEKZANDR" - (thru translator) says perestroika hasn't changed anything.] Sovs. noted fearing that Gorbachev will fail. Scientist Ludmilla Chebrova featured. [CHEBROVA - (thru translator) comments on perestroika.] Sparse food selections in stores noted. [Shopper Antonina PETROVNA - (thru translator) criticizes perestroika.] Women (named) shown swimming in outdoor pool and quoted with regard to economy conds. in USSR . "Anya" and "Yuri" quoted with regard to glasnost.
(Studio: Dan Rather) Food shortages reported in Kabul, Afghanistan. USSR 's failed war effort against Afghan rebels discussed; details given, scenes shown of fighting around Kabul. No. of USSR casualties given. Supplies into Kabul noted transported by plane or truck. Life in Kabul featured; details given, scenes shown. [MAN - comments on leaving cntry.] USSR major Vitaly Budakov shown telling his unit that they will leave Afghanistan in January