This program is 29 minutes long
(White House: Savannah Guthrie) President Obama's trip to Philadelphia to make an impassioned plea for health care reform reviewed; details given about his criticism of insurance companies, Republicans and Washington. [OBAMA - says let’s seize reform.] [Pennsylvania Governor Ed RENDELL- says it was a dramatic presentation.] [Senator John CORNYN- notes the impact on Democrats running for re-election.] [Former White House press secretary Dee Dee MYERS- says he’s going to have to personally make the appeal.]
(Supreme Court: Pete Williams) The free speech case in the Supreme Court case involving protests at the funerals of fallen soldiers reviewed; footage shown of the protest at the funeral for Matthew Snyder by followers of Fred Phelps, who claim that military deaths are punishment against gay servicemembers. [In 2007, PHELPS – says we’re getting more appropriate news coverage.] [Snyder’s father Al SNYDER- says his son’s funeral is tarnished.]
(Baghdad: Richard Engel) A possible turning point with this election examined; scenes shown of celebrations, the crowded Baghdad streets; details given about the lack of American help with security. [Iraqi STUDENT – says it’s going to get better and better.] [BUSINESSMAN – says we don’t need American troops any more.] [US troops commander Gen. Ray ODIERNO- says the Iraqi people refuse to be deterred.] The underlying sectarian tension discussed.
(Studio: Robert Bazell) The controversy over taxing soft drinks to prevent childhood obesity featured; details given from a study finding that if drinks cost more, people will drink less and about the success of the effort to get sugary drinks out of schools; ads for and against the tax in New York shown. [EXPERT – cites weight loss and reduced risk of diabetes.] [American Beverage Assn. president Susan NEELY- says the tax won’t work.] [2 WOMEN – react to the tax.] The findings about alcohol in the Harvard Nurses' Health Studies discussed.
(Los Angeles: Lee Cowan) Last night's Academy Awards presentations reviewed; film clips from "Avatar" shown; scenes shown from the ceremonies, including history-making winners director Kathryn Bigelow and screenwriter Geoffrey Fletcher. [Oscar winners FLETCHER, actor Jeff BRIDGES, actress Sandra BULLOCK – comment.]
(Chicago: John Yang) The MusicianCorps program, in which musicians get a paycheck and health insurance for teaching music to children in cash-strapped schools in 4 cities, featured; scenes shown from Chicago. [MusicianCorps fellow Cyndy FIKE- says this is every one of my passions pulled into one.] [MusicianCorps founder Kiff GALLAGHER- says it enables young people to develop the skills of connectivity, teamwork, discipline, perseverance; talks about the service impulse.] [MusicianCorps fellow Vernon LLOYD- states we need these programs so kids can forget about the gang barriers.] [Band members Jesse MACIAS, Rubie GUADALUPE- comment.]