Friday, December 26, 2008

An inspiring story you won't want to miss...tonight on The CBS Evening News with Katie Couric



“No man is justified in doing evil on the ground of expediency.”
- Theodore Roosevelt

Bullet proof vests, fire escapes, windshield wipers and laser printers were all invented by women.


Here’s an early look at what we are working on for tonight’s broadcast of The CBS Evening News from Early Show Anchor Russ Mitchell, in for Anchor and Managing Editor, Katie Couric

Good afternoon, this is Russ Mitchell in tonight for Katie Couric

Coming up on tonight’s broadcast. . . bargain-hunters hit the stores early to take advantage of drastic price cuts offered by retailers desperate to get rid of old merchandise Michelle Miller will have that part of the story. But, do retailers actually make money when they cut prices 50, 60, 70 percent? Bill Whitaker will examine how they can afford to stay in business with such big discounts.

Next, we turn to the winter weather. Another storm is blanketing the west with up to twenty inches of snow. Bianca Solorzano will take a look.

Also tonight, the Pentagon says one in five service members who return from Iraq or Afghanistan suffer from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. But even more troubling is the number of suicides: Last year, alone, 115 service members committed suicide. What does the military need to do to reverse this trend? Kimberly Dozier reports.

Plus, technology 101. Daniel Sieberg gets in touch, literally, with the hottest tech toys of 2008.

Finally, he lost his legs...and portions of both arms when he was just a little boy, but that hasn't stopped a very determined young man from becoming a top wrestler and one of the best high school athletes you've ever seen. Steve Hartman will bring us an encore of an inspiring Assignment America.

I’ll see you tonight. And have a great weekend,


And here’s an early look at one of the stories we are working on for next week’s broadcast of The CBS Evening News In a down economy, bartering is way up. And more people are finding something to swap to keep their businesses afloat. Could it work for you? That story next week only on The CBS Evening News.

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SATURDAY: Jeff Glor anchors from New York. In addition to the latest news, here are some of the stories we are working on:

CHARTER MODEL Charter schools like Chicago’s Rauner Prep have shown incredible results. 90% of students graduate and 8 out of 10 go on to higher education. It’s the kind of success that has many advocates encouraging traditional public schools to adopt them as a model. Are they the solution to fixing America’s ailing education system? Cynthia Bowers reports.

LONGEST RUN Ever go to a musical and get a song from the show stuck in your head? What if you'd been playing the same songs every night -- and if the play was the longest running musical on Broadway? Russ Mitchell has an exclusive look inside the pit at "The Phantom of the Opera."

SUNDAY: Due to Sports Programming, there is only a West Coast edition of the Sunday Evening News. Priya David anchors from New York.
PEER-TO-PEER Internet-based peer-to-peer lending sites match people who need a loan with dozens or hundreds of strangers willing to lend amounts as small as $50. The sites have become even more popular as credit has dried up for small borrowers. There are no guarantees that loans will be paid back, but the sites claim good returns with low default rates. Priya David reports.

CHINA LUXURYFor the world’s luxury brands the show must go on... even in the midst of a global recession. The economic downturn that has hit China hard did nothing to dim the sparkle at Versace's first Chinese runway show. High-end dealers are still peddling diamond-encrusted pots and custom cars, hoping shoppers from Beijing to Shanghai will carry luxury labels through a global recession. Celia Hatton reports.

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Join Dave tonight with Actor Tracy Morgan and comedian Matt Braunger!


Chris Wragge, Erica Hill, anchor Priya David reports the news and Ira Joe Fisher brings us the weather.

NEXT YEAR IN HOUSING: Early Show contributor Vera Gibbons gives her predictions for the 2009 housing market. Following one of the most tumultuous years on record, analysts predict 2009 will be another difficult year with more mortgage defaults. The silver lining though may exist in a lowered interest rate, which will allow some people to refinance or invest their money into real estate.

JOB PROSPECTS ON THE HORIZON FOR NEXT YEAR 2009 will be a difficult year for the American economy, especially tough for American workers. We'll talk to employment expert John Challenger, of Challenger, Gray & Christmas Inc. from Chicago. John expects up to a million job cuts next year before the government's stimulus package has a chance to get off the ground. He’ll give us his outlook and offer advice for those seeking employment in '09.

NEXT YEAR IN HEALTH: Every year we hear about amazing medical breakthroughs that help improve and save lives. 2009 will be no different. Frances Largeman Roth, Senior Editor at Health Magazine, will tell you what you can expect in health and medicine in 2009.

NEXT YEAR BARGAINISTA: In this Saturday's bargainista, we'll get a sneak peak at the best shopping deals of 2009. Laura Rowley, a Yahoo! Financial Expert, will tell you the best travel, automobile and electronic deals you can look forward to in the new year and where to find them.

NEW TRENDS IN TECHNOLOGY: Every year technology grows by leaps and bounds, and 2009 will be no different! Natali Del Conte from CNET will tell you all about the new and cool gadgets you can expect to see in 2009.

NEW MOVIES-OUT IN 2009: With every new year comes a fresh batch of Hollywood blockbusters. 2009 is already shaping up to be a big year at the box office. Russ Leatherman, also known as Mr. Moviephone, joins us from Los Angeles to tell us what to look forward to on the silver screen.

CELEBRITY GOSSIP: Here's something we can definitely expect to get a lot of in 2009- celebrity gossip! US Weekly Editor Ian Drew tells us what and who will be making headlines in the new year.

SECOND CUP CAFE: Singer/Songwriter Simon Collins, son of the legendary Phil Collins, performs for us in our Second Cup Cafe. Collins says his father inspired him to become a musician, but he's not afraid he will be overshadowed by his dad's legacy.

FASHION FORWARD We'll take a look at the hottest trends in fashion coming up in 2009. With the help of a few models, Anya Sarre from ET and The Insider will show us the trendy new looks.

CHEF ON A SHOESTRING: Chef Chris Santos from the popular New York restaurant “Stanton Social" joins us to prepare a menu filled with great cocktail party options to help ring in the New Year. Santos says the biggest food trend in 2009 will be a return to comfort foods. We gave him 80 dollars and asked him to prepare a menu to bring us into the New Year.

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CBS News 48 HOURS presents a special holiday broadcast of The Lord’s Boot Camp. Through a unique collaboration with Loki Films, producers of the Academy Award-nominated documentary Jesus Camp, the program takes an unprecedented look at three teenagers training to become Christian missionaries while also dealing with the pressures that teens face daily. This marked the first time a camera crew had been allowed to document the teens’ experiences at camp, their missions and their returns home.

This special holiday broadcast of 48 HOURS airs at 8pmET/7CT

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CONDOLEEZA RICE: Rita Braver interviews outgoing Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice about the state of the world and her personal journey to becoming America’s top diplomat.

BEST OF 2008: We’ll take a look back at the best of 2008 in sights and sounds.

MICHAEL FEINSTEIN: Singer Michael Feinstein rings in the New Year with some old favorites. Russ Mitchell reports.

ESTELLE PARSONS: Tracy Smith profiles the award-winning actress.

OBITUARIES: Charles Osgood looks back at the accomplished people who we lost in 2008.

DARE DEVIL DINING: Bill Geist scales the culinary heights to eat with some dare-devil diners.

NATURE: Enjoy the Polar bears.

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Face the Nation this week will look at three issues: the situation with the Illinois Governor's office, the economy, and the incoming Obama administration. Our guests: the Lt. Gov of Illinois, Pat Quinn, Obama Senior Advisor David Axelrod, and Nobel Prize winning economist and Author (“The Return of Depression Economics”) Paul Krugman. That's all on Face the Nation this Sunday.

60 MINUTES devotes its entire hour to Barack Obama’s historic journey to the White House - a journey 60 MINUTES cameras and Steve Kroft have chronicled for nearly two years. The most complete picture of the Obamas to date, BARACK OBAMA: Road to the White House, includes never-before-seen footage and the best moments from highly acclaimed 60 MINUTES segments and interviews with his family and closest advisors, including his first post-election sit-down with Kroft. See the long-shot candidate making sandwiches for his young daughters, the rising political superstar on the campaign trail, the confident candidate poised for victory, and the president-elect with his future first lady reflecting publicly for the first time on the fact that they will be the first African American couple to occupy the White House. Those interviews, plus private and public moments from the campaign and elections make BARACK OBAMA: Road to the White House a thoughtful and complete account of perhaps the biggest story in American political history. We hope you’ll join us.


Julie Chen, Maggie Rodriguez, Harry Smith, Russ Mitchell will anchor the EARLY SHOW from New York. Dave Price will bring us the weather.

Here’s an early look at some of the stories we are working on for Monday’s broadcast of The Early Show.

GARBAGE GUY- Dave Chameides makes his trash and then saves it. Since January, he's storing all of the garbage he creates in his tiny LA basement. He's out to show people how little trash they can produce if they think about reusing and reducing waste. He'll have a few easy pointers on how you can do the same with very few adjustments in your life.

KENNEDY CENTER HONORS: MORGAN FREEMAN A look at the career of one of the recipients of the 2008 Kennedy Center Honors, Morgan Freeman. Our Julie Chen got the chance to sit down with the legendary actor, to talk about the honor, his long list of award-winning roles, and about what he has planned for the future of his career.

THE BEST CHAMPAGNE AT EVERY PRICE - In just a couple of days we'll be toasting in the New Year. What to toast with...maybe bubbly on a budget? Kim Haasarud, author of: 101 champagne cocktails calls herself a liquid chef. She'll have some terrific ideas on how to choose the right champagne for the right price.

BEST TRAVEL WEBSITES - Planning a vacation? Before you book, you'll want to watch our report Monday that will detail which travel websites offered the best deals in 2008.

BATTERIES NOT INCLUDED- Our technology series Batteries Not Included, has already shown you some great accessories for your computer, your cell phone and your camera, but what about for your home entertainment system? Monday we will be showing you the greatest games, the best universal remotes, and some of the best game console accessories. Natali Del Conte, Senior Editor at CNET, will break down the best ways to use your small screen this holiday.

COLLEGE APPLICATIONS ADVICE It’s that time of year; your kids may be beginning the college application process for colleges for the 2009 school year. We'll give you and your teens some valuable tools and tips on what you need to do to provide the best application possible: writing great essays, interviewing at colleges, asking for recommendations, and much more.

HOW TO THROW A NEW YEARS EVE PARTY ON A BUDGET - Throwing a New Year ’s Eve party can be an expensive occasion…but it may not have to be. We’ll give you some great ideas on how to substitute the expensive food, drinks and decorations, for some cheaper items and bring your party in on a manageable budget.

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