This program is about 1 hour long
NOTE: Taped special edition of "NewsNight" on New York City and the World Trade Center; several segments shown previously on 12/24/01.
(Studio: Miles O'Brien) The ongoing hunt in Afghanistan for Taliban leader Mullah Mohammed Omar in the Bagram region; the arrival of peacekeeping forces; the Pentagon's defense of a weekend air strike in eastern Afghanistan reviewed.
(Studio: Miles O'Brien) The rising tensions between India and Pakistan following the December 13 attack on the Indian parliament updated. [In Texas, President BUSH - calls for Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf to crack down on the terrorist network.]
(Studio: Miles O'Brien) Europe's conversion to the euro currency across 12 nations reported.
(Studio: Miles O'Brien) The countdown to the New Year in New York City shown and the end of Rudolph Giuliani's reign as mayor noted.
(Studio: Aaron Brown) Report introduced.
(New York: Deborah Feyerick) New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani profiled; scenes shown of the mayor in the street on September 11. [Giuliani communicators director Sunny MINDEL - recalls the mayor going up the street on 9/11; cites Rudy's commitment to his convictions.] [Deputy mayor Joe LHOTA - says Rudy deals with the "what if" scenario.] [September 11, GIULIANI - speaks out against terrorists.] The highs and lows of the mayor's two terms in office reviewed. ["Rudy Giuliani: Emperor of New York" author Andrew KIRTSMAN - cites Giuliani's feeling of "righteousness," which is his best and worst qualities.] [Former mayor Ed KOCH - cites Giuliani's insensitivity especially to minorities.] [Fire Department commissioner Tom VON ESSEN, former deputy mayor Pete POWERS - talk about Giuliani's commitment to the city.]
(Studio: Aaron Brown) The need for a new ending for a 14.5 hour documentary about New York City after September 11 noted; revised film clips shown with narration about the city.
(Studio: Aaron Brown) Interview held with filmmaker Ric Burns about "New York: A Documentary Film". [BURNS - recalls the original ending for the film before September 11.]
(Studio: Miles O'Brien) New Year's 2002 around the US; President Bush's appointment of special envoy to Afghanistan; the ongoing hunt in Afghanistan for Taliban leader Mullah Mohammed Omar in the Bagram region; the arrival of more peacekeeping troops in Kabul and Europe's adoption of the new euro currency reviewed; scenes shown from New York City. [Outgoing New York City Mayor Rudolph GIULIANI - speaks about what the city has gone through.]
(Studio: Aaron Brown) Live interview held with filmmaker Ric Burns about New York City and his work "New York: A Documentary Film". [BURNS - agrees that the city seems smaller after the attack; suggests New York is really the center of America; says all Americans seem wounded by the attack; notes that New York has a long history of the unprecedented--of being in the vanguard.]
(Studio: Miles O'Brien) Wounding of a United States special forces soldier in Afghanistan and the ongoing hunt in Afghanistan for Taliban leader Mullah Mohammed Omar in the Bagram region; scenes shown from New York City, London, England, Paris, France on New Year's Eve 2002.
(Studio: Aaron Brown) The Port Authority's 1970s industrial film on the building of the World Trade Center presented in its entirety; scenes shown of the building of the towers from 1966-1973.
(Studio: Aaron Brown) New Year's 2002 in New York City and the ending of New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani's term in office reported; scenes shown of ceremonies remembering the victims of the September 11 attack on the World Trade Center and the swearing in of new mayor Michael Bloomberg.