This program is 29 minutes long
(Miami: Kelly Cobiella) The falling gas prices featured; average prices cited. [Business owner Nancy VIRGA, 2 DRIVERS – comment.] [Oppenheimer and Co. Fadel GHEIT- assesses the issue of demand.]
(Studio: Katie Couric) Statistics on worldwide consumption and production cited.
(Los Angeles: Bill Whitaker) The debate over offshore oil drilling examined; Energy Department statement quoted. [President BUSH – cites predicted production from the outer continental shelf.] [Santa Barbara, California, resident Sean SCOTT- supports drilling.] [University of California at Berkeley Severin BORENSTEIN- says it is unlikely we’ll get back to 3 or 2 dollars a gallon.]
(Washington: Chip Reid) Senator John McCain’s new campaign ad targeting Senator Barack Obama’s popularity by comparing him to celebrities Britney Spears and Paris Hilton featured; McCain ad and Obama’s response shown. [Voice of McCain advisor Steve SCHMIDT- asks if Americans want to elect a celebrity or a hero.] [Politico.com David MARK- predicts the ad will backfire.] [In Missouri, OBAMA – says he doesn’t pay attention to McCain’s ads.]
(Los Angeles: Ben Tracy) The state of preparedness for a major quake examined; predictions on casualties and damage cited; details given of improvements since the 1994 Northridge quake. [USGS Lucy JONES- says we are not as prepared as we should be.] [Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center Irwin HURN- comments on the cost of reinforcements for his hospital.]
(London: Richard Roth) The rise in female suicide bombers in Iraq examined; figures cited. [The Investigative Project on Terrorism Steven EMERSON- notes the difficulty in inspecting a Muslim woman due to cultural sensitivities.]
(Minerva, New York: Seth Doane) The impact of high gas prices on home health aides and their patients featured; scenes shown of North Country Home Services health aide Mary Goralczyk with patients Ray Dennis and Steven Gonyo. [GORALCZYK - comments on cutting back.] [Patient’s wife Juanita GONYO- notes if the health aide doesn’t come, she can’t work.] [North Country Home Services aide Judy GATES- comments on cutting back her visits.]
(Chicago: Cynthia Bowers) The findings of "The Journal of Happiness" study on the happiness levels of women and men reviewed; graph shown. [“Chicago Tribune” Ask Amy columnist Amy DICKINSON- comments on the decline in women’s happiness as they age.] [University of Chicago Tom SMITH- comments on the findings.]
(Studio: Katie Couric) Abraham Lincoln quoted.