This program is 28 minutes long
(Studio: Kate Snow) Christmas from all corners of the world introduced.
(Washington: Lisa Stark) Christmas celebrations featured; scenes shown from Iraq, the Vatican, homeless shelters, toys for children in Washington, DC &, the National Christmas tree. [At Washington's National Cathedral, Rev. Samuel LLOYD- preaches.] [In Chicago, Sgt. Spiros TRAMBUKOS; in Toledo, Ohio, adoptive mother Wendy HOODLEBRINK; shelter guest James STOKES- comment.]
(Studio: Kate Snow) The day's casualties for US troops in Iraq noted.
(FOB Gator Swamp, Iraq: Terry McCarthy) Christmas in Iraq featured; scenes shown from Baghdad of the military on high alert, a forward operating base called Gator Swamp & troops on patrol. [On guard duty, Pfc. Logan GATMANN, commanding Maj. Gen. Joseph FIL; 1st Cavalry Div. Sgt. Shawn HOLMES, Sgt. Vince O'DONNELL- comment.]
(Studio: Kate Snow) Report introduced.
(New York: Nancy Cordes) Christmas for military families with an empty seat for those serving overseas this Christmas featured; photos shown. [Military wife Rosa BROWN- talks about her husband.] [In Afghanistan, Army S/Sgt. Antonio BROWN- misses his kids.] [Marine's mother Pat SMOLINSKI- comments.]
(Studio: Kate Snow; White House: Jessica Yellin) President Bush's working Christmas vacation at Camp David & Crawford, Texas, where he will finalize his strategy for US troops in Iraq discussed; photo shown; details given about how he will be joined by Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice & Vice President Dick Cheney.
(Studio: Kate Snow) The death of entertainer James Brown reported; President Bush quoted.
(Los Angeles: Miguel Marquez) Brown's musical career reviewed; performance scenes & album covers shown. [Chicago disc jockey Herb KENT- praises Brown.] [Brown's assistant Roosevelt JOHNSON- describes what happened to Brown.]
(Studio: Kate Snow) The fears of a religious war on the horn of Africa between Moslem Somalia & Christian Ethiopia reported; scenes shown.
(Studio: Kate Snow) Strong winds & rain in the Southeast reported; scenes shown of the damages in Lake City, Florida.
(Studio: Kate Snow) A closer look at what happens to clothing donated to charity introduced; IRS statistics cited.
(Accra, Ghana: Mike Lee) The controversy over donated clothing that is sold, not given, to poor people in the developing world examined; scenes shown from Africa where the money goes to local street vendors. [Four DONORS - comment on helping.] [In Ghana, street market accountant Ebenezer Ekye AMEYAW- admits he sells the clothes.] [International Labor Right Fund Bama ATHREYA- says local tailors are put out of business.] [Secondary Recycled Textiles Assn. Bernard BRILL- defends the system.]
(Studio: Kate Snow) A new surgical procedure for hysterectomies featured; scenes shown from Sioux Falls, South Dakota, of traditional & robotic procedures; details given about how the robot surgery works & of the high cost of the robot, [Patient Stella DIETRICH- says she needs to get back on her feet fast.] [Sioux Valley gynecologic oncologist Dr. Maria BELL- talks about robotic surgeries.] [Newark Beth Israel ob/gyn surgeon Dr. Michael PITTER- describes how the surgery process feels.] [St. Luke's Roosevelt Hospital gynecologist Dr. Jacques MORITZ- outlines the expense.]
(Studio: Kate Snow) Map shown of the biblical route for Mary & Joseph from Nazareth to Bethlehem.
(Bethlehem: Wilf Dinnick) The challenge of taking the same route in today's Middle East featured; scenes shown of the course of this incredible journey through several countries, including areas cut off by Israel soldiers. [Study of Early Christianity Center Stephen PFANN- cites the travel parallel today.] [Ecole Biblique-Jerusalem scholar Father Jerry MURPHY-O'CONNOR- comments on the truth.]