This program is 29 minutes long
(Waukesha, Wisconsin: John Yang) The impact of the storm reviewed; scenes shown of traffic accidents, a closed interstate in Missouri, a Red Cross shelter, the Christmas tree at the capitol in Nashville that was brought down by wind, snow in Hartford, Connecticut and Worcester, Massachusetts, a snowball fight at the University of Wisconsin in Madison. [Several PEOPLE - comment.]
(Studio: Brian Williams) Report introduced.
(Johnston, Iowa: Mike Seidel) The freezing temperatures and the weather forecast featured; maps and graphics shown.
(Capitol: Kelly O’Donnell) A Senate compromise on health care reform that does not create a government-run insurance plan featured; details given about agreements on administration, Medicare and requirements for private companies.
(Washington: Pete Williams) The arrest in Sargodha, Pakistan of 5 Americans possibly connected to an extremist group featured.
(Copenhagen: Anne Thompson) The political debate over global warming updated; a “Washington Post” article by former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin quoted. [In Copenhagen, EPA administrator Lisa JACKSON – says we’ve been hard at work confronting climate change; responds to Palin.] [In October 2008, PALIN – says we know it is real.] [Former Vice President Al GORE – says the leadership of the modern Republican Party has gotten into a global warming denier posture.]
(Bethesda, Maryland: Robert Bazell) A breakthrough in the treatment of sickle cell anemia in adults featured; details given about experimental transplants using stem cells performed by an NIH team. [Patient Lester FLEMING – comments.] [NIH Dr. John TISDALE- notes patients are free of sickle cell disease now.]
(Samburu, Kenya: Martin Fletcher) The impact of 9 years of drought in Kenya featured; scenes shown of dead and dying cows and goats, villagers digging for water, “environmental refugees” at the Kakuma refugee camp, herdsmen driving cattle into Nairobi in search of grass; details given about conflicts over land and rising food prices. [Villager Jeremiah LaMORENI- recounts an attack by rival tribesmen.] [Refugee “ENWIRLI”– says we are begging for water.] [World Food Programme spokesperson Gabrielle MENEZES- says this is the worst situation people have seen for the last 10 years.]
(Alexandria, Virginia: Norah O’Donnell) The boat building program in Virginia for high-risk teens started by Joe Youcha and the Alexandria Seaport Foundation featured; scenes shown of the boats on the Potomac River; details given about the program that also helps the youths get their GEDs. [YOUCHA - says we take knuckleheads and turn them into carpenters; explains the cost-effectiveness of the program for juveniles.] [Participants Jerome CARPENTER, Rashia LEWIS- comment.] [Teacher Esteban RODRIGUEZ- says we teach hands-on learning, hands-on math.]