This program is 29 minutes long
(New York: Rehema Ellis) Thanksgiving Day events reviewed; scenes shown of parades, dinners at soup kitchens, Turkey Trot races, a father-son football game; photo shown of President Obama on the phone with servicemembers overseas; the White House menu noted. [OBAMA – speaks of what we’re thankful for.] [New Yorker Rick McDOWELL- comments on eating at the Church of the Holy Apostles because of the economy.] [Philadelphia DAD – comments on the football game for charity.]
(Studio: Carl Quintanilla) Report introduced.
(Afghanistan: Lester Holt) Thanksgiving for US troops in Afghanistan featured; scenes shown from Camp Eggers in Kabul of the dinner, a run, a religious service. [S/Sgt. Travis POND- says going out every day is a normal thing.] [Capt. Shelly MACON- comments on being away from her son.] [Sgt. Kanessa GALLOWAY- comments on holiday mail.] [Lt. Col. Tim KIRK- comments on delivering items to an orphanage.] [Lt. Cmdr. Clay WIDDIFIELD- says he’s thinking about the other guys not in places that are safe and stable.]
(Studio: Carl Quintanilla) Thanksgiving dinner for troops in Iraq noted; scenes shown of dinner at Camp Taji and the presentation of Purple Hearts to Capt. Tony Smith and Pfc. Matthew Gray in Kirkuk.
(Yeonpyeong Island, South Korea: Ian Williams) The aftermath of North Korea’s attack on Yeonpyeong Island, South Korea featured; scenes shown of South Korean soldiers, damaged buildings.
(Studio: Carl Quintanilla; Incheon, South Korea: Richard Engel) Where this situation is headed and the pressure on China to rein in North Korea discussed; details given about dissatisfaction with South Korea’s government.
(Atlanta: Chris Warren) The storm moving toward the East and the holiday weekend forecast featured; maps/diagrams shown.
(Los Angeles: Lee Cowan) The Thanksgiving Day kick-off for holiday shopping featured; scenes shown of the pre-dawn line outside a K-Mart; online shopping figures cited. [2 SHOPPERS, Sears WORKER, WOMAN – comment.] [Retail analyst Dana TELSEY- says it pays for the stores to open.]
(Chicago: Kevin Tibbles) A Des Moines family that has 5 members deployed to Afghanistan, featured; photos shown. [Parents Maj. Linda PERDUE, Platt PERDUE; Iowa National Guard PV2 Nicholas VANDERPOOL, Spc. Nickoles JOHNSON, Pfc. Christopher JOHNSON, Anthony PERDUE, Janet JOHNSON – comment on serving together.]
(Los Angeles: George Lewis) The findings of a scientific study on what makes people kind and brings joy reviewed; scenes shown of Thanksgiving dinner at a Los Angeles mission. [Volunteers Carole MICHAUX, Levi Thompson- comment on helping.] [University of California at Berkeley professor Robb WILLER- says it’s compassion, generosity and empathy that pay.] [“Born to be Good” author Dacher KELTNER- says it’s survival of the kindest.] [Sociologist Christine CARTER- notes gratitude is closely associated with happiness.]