This program is 29 minutes long
(Studio: Robert Bazell) The rapid spread of the virus in the US featured; scenes shown of parents picking up kids from P.S. 177 in Queens, New York, people wearing masks at Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson airport; map shown of hospitalizations; details given of the obstacles to developing a vaccine. [PARENT – reacts to the school closing.] [FRIEDEN – says severe illness is what we’re looking for.] [CDC Dr. Richard BESSER- predicts there will be deaths in this country.] [California Governor Arnold SCHWARZENEGGER- issues an emergency proclamation.] [National Institutes of Health Dr. Anthony FAUCI- comments on this brand new virus.] [Homeland Security Secretary Janet NAPOLITANO – says we’re in this for the long haul.]
(Studio: Brian Williams) The confirmation of Kathleen Sebelius as HHS Secretary reported.
(Mexico City: Kerry Sanders) The epidemic in Mexico featured; details given about the halt of group activities in Mexico City, the cancellation of cruise ship stops and flights and about the first young victim, who lived near a pig farm owned by Smithfield Farms and a Mexican company.
(Studio: Brian Williams) Report introduced.
(Commerce, Texas: Janet Shamlian) Planning for the outbreak in rural Commerce, Texas, featured; details given of concerns about college students at the Texas A and M University branch. [Emergency management Coordinator Richard HILL, Hunt County judge John HORN, Mayor Quay THROGMORTON- comment on preparedness.]
(Capitol: Kelly O'Donnell) The announcement from Senator Arlen Specter that he is switching parties to the Democrats featured; details given of his political motives and the impact on the balance of power. [SPECTER – says he is not prepared to have his political record decided by the Pennsylvania Republican primary electorate.]
(White House: Chuck Todd) Findings of an NBC News/"Wall Street Journal" poll on President Obama’s first 100 days in office examined. [Respondents retiree Ed WAGNER, Sharon HARRIS, evangelical minister Lydia CHAPMAN, Geneva HARNEDGE, Jimmy WARDRET- comment.] Poll results on Congress and a criminal investigation into interrogation techniques during the Bush administration cited.
(Studio: Brian Williams) Coverage of Obama’s press conference tomorrow night noted.
(Los Angeles: Lee Cowan) The annual list from the National Trust for Historic Preservation of threatened American places reviewed; scenes shown of the hangar that housed the Enola Gay, Frank Lloyd Wright’s Unity Temple, the Memorial Bridge between New Hampshire and Maine, the Miami Marine Stadium and the Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles. [National Trust’s Richard MOE- says losing them is unthinkable.] [Actress Diane KEATON – says the Century Plaza is sexy.]
(New York: Amy Robach) Girls Write Now, a program that pairs professional female writers with underserved high school girls, featured. [17-year-old Tashi SANGMO, mentor Nancy SHAPIRO- explain how the program helps.] [Founder Maya NUSSBAUM- says writing is life.]