This program is 29 minutes long
(Kabul: Richard Engel) Senator Barack Obama's fact-finding trip to Afghanistan, where violence is increasing, featured; scenes shown of Obama with a local governor and with troops yesterday in Kuwait; details given about how the Pakistan border has become a safe haven for Al Qaeda and of Obama's call for more troops. [In Kuwait, OBAMA - calls for a clearer strategic vision.] [NATO spokesman Capt. Mike FINNEY- says there is more activity in Afghanistan's east.] [Afghan parliament MEMBER - notes the limited government control.]
(Studio: Lester Holt) Senator John McCain's criticism of Obama's war strategy noted.
(Baghdad: Andrea Mitchell) The issue of US troop withdrawal from Iraq, which is showing signs of progress politically and economically, examined; scenes shown from Baghdad neighborhoods; details given about the rising presence of Iran in Iraq. [Multinational forces-Iraq commander Gen. David PETRAEUS - talks about the positives; thanks the troops; cites the demand for electricity.] [Brigade commander Bill HICKMAN - lauds the intelligence.]
(White House: Patty Culhane) The latest negotiations with Iran about its nuclear program reviewed.
(Washington: Tom Costello) The promise and risk of atomic energy examined in light on the energy squeeze in the US; statistics on nuclear power cited. [Greenpeace founding member Patrick MOORE - says we made a mistake in lumping nuclear energy with nuclear weapons.] Diagram shown of how a nuclear reaction makes electricity. [Nuclear Energy Inst. Alex FLINT- says nuclear power plants are safe today.] [Greenpeace nuclear policy analyst Jim RICCIO- questions nuclear power.] The positions of presidential candidates Senators John McCain and Barack Obama on the nuclear issue noted.
(Studio: Lester Holt) Further coverage of alternative energy on "Meet the Press" previewed.
(New York: Michelle Franzen) The heat wave in the Northeast featured; temperature map and scenes from New York and Philadelphia shown. [Several PEOPLE - react to the heat.] [WeatherPlus.com Gary ARCHIBALD- sums up the weather.]
(Los Angeles: Peter Alexander) The problem of air pollution in Beijing for the Olympic Games and how American athletes are preparing featured; scenes shown of athletes training; details given of their plans to train in other Asian countries and Chinese cities. [American triathlete Jared SCHUMACHER, steeplechase competitor Anna WILLARD, preparing the athletes, David MARTIN- comment on the Beijing air.] [Beijing organizing committee Jeff RUFFALO - outlines what is being done to improve the air.]
(London: Dawna Friesen) The knife culture in Britain, where there is a surge in stabbings, examined; statistics on murders in England by stabbing cited; details given about the murder of actor Robert Knox outside a bar; scenes shown of a protest march and a church conference on the issue. [Former gang member Sheldon THOMAS- blames the loss of family values and discipline.] [Prime Minister Gordon BROWN- comments.]
(Raleigh: Ron Mott) The phenomenon of Startup Weekend to encourage and promote would-be businesses examined; scenes shown from Startup Weekend in Raleigh, North Carolina, to launch businesses overnight. [Startup Weekend organizer Jess MARTIN- says you can start something in a weekend.] [Intersouth Partners John GLUSHIK- lectures on business.] [Organizer Wayne SUTTON- comments.]