This program is 29 minutes long
(White House: Chuck Todd) Signs of hope in the jobs report featured; scenes shown of President Obama in Allentown, Pennsylvania; details given about his jobs plan, which will be paid for with bailout money. [OBAMA – says we’ve still got a long way to go; responds to a student advocating the legalization of prostitution, gambling and drugs to stimulate the economy.] [CNBC’s Steve LIESMAN – says the job market is still very tough.] [Allentown business leader Susan KENNEDY – states banks need to make loans.]
(Studio: Brian Williams) The unemployment rate for blacks vs. whites cited.
(New York: Ron Allen) The employment gap between blacks and whites examined; graph shown of unemployment among college graduates by race; details given about the lack networks to provide connections for minority professionals. [At a job fair, lawyer Shirette SMITH- wonders about the role of race in hiring.] [Economic Policy Institute Algernon AUSTIN- comments on a test in which “Emily” and “Greg” résumés got more positive responses than “Lakeisha” and “Jamal” résumés.] [Management for Leadership Tomorrow Amanda ROBERTS- says we focus on providing access and opportunities.] [Unemployed Andre McNAIR- comments.]
(Perugia, Italy: Keith Miller) The guilty verdict in Italy for American student Amanda Knox and her ex-boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito for the murder of Meredith Kercher reviewed; photos and scenes shown; details given of questions about police procedures and the evidence. [“Newsweek” reporter Barbie NADEAU- notes the impact on the city of Perugia.] [Courtroom journalist Nick PISA- comments on Knox’s and Sollecito’s insistence on their innocence.]
(New York: Anne Thompson) The "climategate" scandal involving stolen e-mails about global warming featured; details given of claims that scientists from Britain’s University of East Anglia massaged data. [Representative Jim SENSENBRENNER- says it’s part of a massive international scientific fraud.] [Cato Institute Patrick MICHAELS- says there are clear problems with these records that deserve investigation.] [Princeton University professor Michael OPPENHEIMER- says the scandal is being used to deflect interest in dealing with climate change.] [NOAA administrator Jane LUBCHENCO- says climate change is a documented set of observations.]
(National Zoo: Andrea Mitchell) The upset over the impending move to China for the panda Tai Shan, who was born at the National Zoo in Washington, DC, featured; scenes shown of Tai Shan. [Acting zoo director Steve MONFORT†- says we understand this is traumatic.] [WOMAN, Secretary of State Hillary CLINTON, 2 GIRLS – react.] [Chinese Embassy press counselor WANG Baodong†- comments.]
(Centennial, Colorado: Michael Okwu) Project C.U.R.E., which collects surplus medical supplies from hospitals and ships them to poor clinics and hospitals worldwide, featured; scenes shown from the organization’s warehouse in Colorado; video from the Children’s Heart Fund of Ethiopia shown. [Founder Jim JACKSON- recalls his first delivery to a hospital in Brazil.] [Volunteer Millie TRUITT- comments.]