This program is 28 minutes long
(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Report introduced.
(White House: David Gregory) President Bush’s return to the White House to face disquieting news about the economy featured; details given about the climbing unemployment rate and criticism of his tax cut; unemployment figures cited; scenes shown of a protest in Washington against the tax cuts. [Economist Bill SULLIVAN- comments on joblessness.] [Political analyst Stuart ROTHENBERG- comments on the voters’ view of the tax cuts.] [Presidential candidate Representative Richard GEPHARDT- says it’s time for the president to admit the program is not working.]
(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Stock Market Report.
(New York: Anne Thompson) The new boom in the economy, job retraining, featured; details given about enrollment increases at trade schools & community colleges. [Former manufacturing worker Kenny INNES- comments on his training for a new career.] [Everett Community College president Charlie EARL- comments on what unemployed workers are looking for.] [Challenger, Gray & Christmas, Inc. John CHALLENGER- says health care jobs are in great demand.]
(Studio: Tom Brokaw) The Pentagon’s dispute of media reports of a 2002 military analysis concluding that Iraq had no chemical weapons; the arrival in Baghdad of a team of U.N. nuclear inspectors to assess the damage from looters at a nuclear research facility and the death of an American soldier from an accidental explosion in Iraq noted.
(Chicago: Jim Avila) Military families’ concern that the soldiers still dying in Iraq will be forgotten examined; details given about deaths of Americans since President Bush announced the end of combat, including Maj. Matthew Schram, Sgt. Thomas Broomhead, S/Sgt. Michael Quinn, and Spec. Jose Perez; scenes shown from the funerals for Schram and Perez. [US Army Material Command Gen. Richard HACK- eulogizes Schram.] [Schram’s sister Carol BARR, Perez’s cousin Candice BENAVIDES- comment.] [On May 1, BUSH – says the major combat operations have ended.] [Sniper victim’s mother Leslie SANDERS- says if we don’t recognize them, they’ll be forgotten.]
(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Report introduced.
(Baghdad: John Irvine) A look at another example of the secret life of former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein presented; scenes shown from a compound of seven palaces and the underground tunnel system.
(Studio: Tom Brokaw) The Supreme Court case on the admissions policy at the University of Michigan, presented; details given about the policy, which awards points to minorities; excerpts from “Tom Brokaw Reports: A Question of Fairness” shown. [Plaintiff Jennifer GRATZ- says the University of Michigan is using a preference based on skin color.] [In January, President BUSH - says the Michigan policies amount to a quota system.] [University of Michigan president Mary Sue COLEMAN- says we disagree with the president on how to achieve diversity.] [University of Texas at Austin Director of Admissions Bruce WALKER, Harvard Civil Rights Project Gary ORFIELD – talk about a plan to admit the top percentage of high school students to their state universities.]
(Studio: Tom Brokaw) More about affirmative action on msnbc.com noted.
(Studio: Tom Brokaw) New evidence about the cause of the space shuttle Columbia disaster reported; scenes shown of a test in which foam was fired into a wing section.
(Studio: Tom Brokaw) A federal appeals court’s ruling that consumers should be allowed to keep their phone numbers when they switch cellular service providers noted.
(Studio: Tom Brokaw) The eight-game suspension of Chicago Cubs baseball player Sammy Sosa for using an illegal, corked bat reported.
(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Announcement that NBC has won the broadcast rights for the 2010 and 2012 Olympics noted.
(Studio: Tom Brokaw) The 2003 graduates saluted; scenes shown from several ceremonies. [At Rutgers University, actress Sheryl Lee RALPH; at Trinity College, cartoonist Garry TRUDEAU; at The College of Wooster, columnist Mary SCHMICH; at the University of Georgia, US Supreme Court Associate Justice Clarence THOMAS; at Mount Holyoke College, author Judy BLUME; at Yale University, columnist/author Thomas FRIEDMAN; at Spelman College, playwright Suzan-Lori PARKS; at Villanova University, NBC News Brian WILLIAMS; at the University of Southern California, Brown University president Ruth SIMMONS; at Tougaloo University, former President Bill CLINTON - address graduates.]