This program is 28 minutes long
(State Department: Andrea Mitchell) President Obama’s videotaped message to Iran examined; scenes shown of Iranians buying flowers for Nowruz; message to Iran from Israeli President Shimon Peres quoted. [In video, OBAMA – says his administration is committed to diplomacy; says “Happy New Year” in Farsi.] [National Iranian American Council Trita PARSI- says this is a completely new tone.]
(White House: Chuck Todd) President Obama’s busy week ahead previewed; details given about the CBO’s projections for the deficit; CBO estimates cited.
(Washington: Tom Costello) The problems in AIG’s London office that led to the collapse of the insurance giant examined; details given about the role of London chief Joseph Cassano; AIG’s losses cited. [“House of Cards” investigative author William COHAN- comments on Cassano’s risky practices.] [Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management Russell WALKER- says AIG didn’t understand anything about the origination of the loans.] [Former AIG CEO Hank GREENBERG- says there were some foolish management decisions.] [Wednesday, current AIG CEO Edward LIDDY- says the people responsible for credit default swaps are gone.]
(Jordan, New York: Anne Thompson) The growing demand for geothermal heating and cooling systems featured; diagrams shown of how the system works; statistics cited. [Driller Rich MORAVEC- comments.] [Geothermal project manager David NEALE- says it’s using electricity to transfer energy from the ground into the house.] [Homeowner Joe FANTACEA- cites the savings on his utility bill.] [HeatSpring Learning Institute Brian HAYDEN- comments on the growth of his business training installers.]
(New York: Christopher Hansen) The fraudulent practices of People’s Choice mortgage lender examined; details given about stated income loans, in which lenders did not verify what borrowers made; results of an internal company survey cited; statement from former CEO Neil Kornsweet†† quoted. [Former People’s Choice COO James LaLIBERTE†– says the reputation of the company was a fraud factory.] [Day care worker Dolores Parker JACKSON††- comments on the loans she received.]
(Ellensburg, Washington: Chris Jansing) The resurgence of gardening featured; scenes shown from Irish Eyes Garden Seeds farm in Ellensburg, Washington; photos shown of World War II victory gardens; details given about the increase in community gardens. [Irish Eyes owners Greg and Sue LUTOVSKY- comment on the increase in business as the economy worsened.] [Home gardener Fatima SCHNAZZI- says you have less waste.]
(Boston: Rehema Ellis) Birthday Wishes, a Massachusetts organization that throws parties for homeless kids, featured; scenes shown of a party at a Boston shelter. [Birthday Wishes director Lisa VASILOFF†- explains how the idea came about.] [Mother Charlene ROBINSON†- says it’s hard to give her that special day.] [Dimock Center shelter worker Barbara WALKER†- says it’s like a cloud has been lifted.] [Volunteer Jenna ISAACSON†- says it’s more of a friendship than a community service project.]