This program is about 1 hour long
(Studio: Aaron Brown) The death of comedian Johnny Carson over the weekend noted; scenes shown of flowers on his star in Hollywood; film clips shown from "The Tonight Show," including the Ed Ames tomahawk throw, some monologue jokes, Bette Midler singing the farewell.
(Hollywood: Jeff Greenfield) Carson's "perfect pitch" on TV over 30 years examined; show clips shown.
(Studio: Aaron Brown) Live discussion held with actor Charles Grodin & comedian Dick Cavett about the late comedian Johnny Carson. [In studio, GRODIN - talks about Carson, his demeanor on the show, why Johnny quit when he did.] [From Park City, Utah, CAVETT - recalls what it was like writing for Carson; talks about Carson off the show.]
(Studio: Aaron Brown) Live discussion held with director/comedian David Steinberg & "Esquire" contributing editor Bill Zeme† about the late comedian Johnny Carson. [On "Larry King Live," sidekick Ed McMAHON - talks about Carson.] [From Los Angeles, STEINBERG - talks about Johnny's satirical view of everything, that he wanted to retire at the top of his career; explains how Johnny "ordained the culture" by creating success for comedians.] [From Chicago, ZEME - recalls his "Esquire" interview with Carson.]
The latest American casualties in Iraq listed on screen.
(Studio: Aaron Brown) President Bush's request this week for more funds for the wars in Iraq & Afghanistan; a suicide car bombing in Baghdad; insurgent attacks on polling stations in Iraq; US consideration of doubling the bounty on Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden & the arrest in Iraq of an aide to terrorist leader Abu Mussab al-Zarqawi noted.
(Baghdad: Christiane Amanpour) The tense mood in Iraq as the elections near featured; scenes shown from Tikrit, where the US military has set up security, the training of Iraqi forces, a group of captured insurgents; details given of the people's view on voting & former President Saddam Hussein; the threats against the police & the difficulties in campaigning due to the security problems in this "stealth election." [Army Capt. Aaron COOMBS - talks about the graffiti.] [1st Infantry Div. Gen. John BATISTE- says the insurgency is more organized now.] How success in the elections will be judged discussed.
(Studio: Aaron Brown) U.N. General Assembly session commemorating the liberation of the Nazi death camps in Europe; the first official meeting of new Ukraine President Viktor Yushchenko with Russian President Vladimir Putin & the aftermath of the weekend snowstorms in the northeast reported; scenes shown.
(Studio: Aaron Brown) Supreme Court ruling in the bitter legal family fight over the fate of Terri Schiavo, who has been in a vegetative state for 12 years, reported. [Terri's father Bob SCHINDLER- says his daughter is awake.]
(Studio: Aaron Brown) Report introduced.
(Washington: Candy Crowley) The 32nd anniversary of the Roe v. Wade abortion ruling featured; scenes shown of demonstrations in Washington, DC. [Black anti-abortion activist Alveda KING- states her position on Roe v. Wade; expresses her regrets over how own abortion.] [Via phone, President BUSH - talks about the culture of life.] "Washington Times" ad listing Catholic Congress people who support abortion rights shown. [American Life League president Judy BROWN- says those Catholics should not be receiving communion.] [NARAL Pro-Choice American President Nancy KEENAN- responds.]
(Studio: Aaron Brown) The story of one survivor of the school shootings at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado, presented. [Student Pat IRELAND- recalls what happened when he was shot & his long recovery, including his graduations as valedictorian & from Colorado State University.]
(Studio: Aaron Brown) The headlines of today's & tomorrow's morning newspapers presented; front pages shown from the papers from Minneapolis, Palm Beach, "USA Today"; northern New Jersey; "Quad Cities Times" on Johnny Carson's death; Washington, DC, Philadelphia, & Chicago.