This program is 29 minutes long
(Kabul: Jim Miklaszewski) The Taliban’s influence and the Afghans’ lack of confidence in the Americans assessed.
(Studio: Brian Williams) Report introduced.
(White House: Savannah Guthrie) The strategy meeting about Afghanistan at the White House reviewed; details given about President Obama’s dilemma over sending more troops; photo shown.
(Supreme Court: Pete Williams) The church vs. state case in the Supreme Court involving a cross in the desert meant to honor veterans featured; scenes shown from the Mojave National Preserve of the cross, which is now enclosed in plywood; details given of the Congressional order for the land to be sold to the VFW. [Suit filer Frank BUONO††- says he doesn’t want the cross on federal or public land.] [VFW Joe DAVIS†- says do not tear this cross down.]
(Chicago: Kevin Tibbles) Attorney General Eric Holder’s trip to Chicago to talk about youth violence in the wake of the beating death of honor student Derrion Albert reviewed; scenes shown of parents marching outside Fenger High School; statistics on youth violence nationwide cited. [Student Montrell TRUITT, mom Toya TRUITT- comment on the danger in going to school.] [Education Secretary Arne DUNCAN- says it’s heartbreaking that it takes a death on video to wake the country.] [HOLDER – notes what is missing is the freedom to be kids.] [Northwestern University John MARQUEZ- says these are the acts of people who are powerless.] [3 former Fenger STUDENTS – comment on the violence.]
(Studio: Robert Bazell) Problems with the vaccine against the swine flu in 1976 that may be prompting fears about the vaccine for today’s outbreak featured; details given about the link between the vaccine and Guillain-Barre syndrome. [In 1976, President Gerald FORD – says we cannot afford to take a chance with the health of our nation.] [Institute of Medicine Dr. Harvey FINEBERG- says it was a problem of not allowing themselves to examine new evidence.]
(Emporia, Kansas: Tom Brokaw) The tough decisions for Chris and Ashley Walker, who run the family-owned “Emporia Gazette” in Kansas, featured; details given about the beginnings of the paper, which was founded by William Allen White, and the Walkers’ decision to outsource the printing. [WALKERS – comment.] [Employee Scott THOMAS- jokes about being scrapped along with the printing press.]
(Studio: Brian Williams) The next stop in this series noted.