This program is 30 minutes long
(White House: Chuck Todd) The debate over how to spend President Obama's stimulus money examined; details given about the opposition of some Republican governors to the funds, Obama's Tuesday address to the Congress and his budget. [Governors Bobby JINDAL, Arnold SCHWARZENEGGER, Mitch DANIELS, Charlie CRIST - offer views on the stimulus money.] [In Web address, OBAMA - speaks about a fiscal summit on the budget; promises a sober budget for restoring fiscal discipline.] The two reasons why Obama feels he can cut the budget by the end of his term noted and a word on the tone of the Tuesday address to talk about the rest of his agenda beyond the economic crisis discussed.
(Studio: Lester Holt) NBC's week of special coverage called "Meltdown: Making Sense of It All" announced.
(Studio: Robert Bazell) Scientific research on a universal vaccine to combat all strains of influenza examined; details given about the limits on current flu virus vaccines and the latest research on mice. [Dana-Farber Cancer Inst. Dr. Wayne MARASCO- talks about a vaccine for broad immunity and the timetable for critical trials.] What the scientists have done so far in antibody research discussed.
(Los Angeles: Michael Okwu) The drought crisis in California for farmers featured; scenes shown of the fields of the central valley; details given about the impact on food prices and farm jobs. [Farmer Matt MEERING- worries about the feds cutting off water.] [California Farm Bureau Federation Paul WENGER- comments on the economic impact.]
(New York: Peter Alexander) The riveting nature of unsolved crimes examined; details given about the break involving imprisoned Ingmar Guandique in the Levy case and other cases, including the murders of JonBenet Ramsey and Adam Walsh. [In California, parent Robert LEVY - talks about solving his daughter's case.] [Former FBI profiler Clint VAN ZANDT- says tenaciousness leads to solutions; comments on the Levy homicide.] [Father Adam WALSH - says the journey is over.] [Former NYPD detective Gil ALBA- says the families have to push the cases.]
(Studio: Lester Holt) Holt's interview with Levy's parents and other Website stories mentioned.
(Baghdad: Richard Engel) The better conditions for women in Iraq due to improved security featured; scenes shown from a wedding in Baghdad's fashionable club, of women drivers, women on the street and a movie set. [ACTRESS - says she is free now.]
(Chicago: Kevin Tibbles) How the Oscar statue for the Academy Awards is made featured; scenes shown from the Chicago foundry. [R.S. Owens Noreen PROHASKA- talks about the polishing process.] [R.S. Owens president Scott SIEGEL- says he is the guy who manufacturers the Oscar.] [Two FANS, WORKER - react to Oscar.]