This program is 29 minutes long
(Beijing; Celia Hatton) The call from Myanmar's opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi for democracy after her release from seven years of house arrest featured; scenes and photos shown from Burma of her and her followers; details given of the history of her campaign against the military rule.
(London: Charlie D'Agata) The release by Somali pirates of British hostages Paul and Rachel Chandler after a year in captivity reviewed; scenes shown of the Chandlers free and in captivity; details given about their capture off Somalia and the pirates' ransom efforts. [Rachel CHANDLER- pleads for help.] [British foreign secretary William HAGUE- says no government will pay ransom.]
(Washington: Wyatt Andrews) The new members of the 112th Congress featured; scenes shown of some of them in Washington for orientation; details given about the jobs, taxes and government issues. [Representatives-elect Scott TIPTON, Hansen CLARKE- comment.] The coming lame duck session and the influence of the new members discussed.
(Los Angeles: Bill Whitaker) The rising gasoline and food prices as the holiday shopping season starts examined; gas, food and cotton price statistics cited; details given about the problems with global cotton amidst middle class demands and the marketing of bamboo fabric clothes. [From China, Bamboo Textile owner Rich DELANO- says Chinese are buying up cotton yarn and designers are looking for alternative fabrics.]
(Brockton, Massachusetts: Bianca Solarzano) The academic turnaround for one large, urban Massachusetts high school led by principal Susan Szachowicz featured; scenes shown from the Brockton school; details given about the back to basics Literacy Initiative used by the school to raise test scores over a decade. [SzACHOWICZ - talks about the school, the kids, failing test scores and learning by writing in every class.] [Teacher Andrew DONOVAN, students Nephie MARSH, Taitana JEAN-NOEL- admit writing made a difference.]
(San Francisco: John Blackstone) The quest by outdoorsman Chris Brackett against the carp in the Illinois River featured; scenes shown of flying carp and "river rats" shooting them with bows and arrows. [BRACKETT - describes extreme aerial bow fishing.]