Friday, December 5, 2008

On the CBS Evening News with Katie Couric -- The new job reports are out... Plus...New websites that allow patients to learn about new treatments...



Quote Of The Day 

"Science fiction films are not about science. They are about disaster, which is one of the oldest subjects of art."
- Susan Sontag

Did You Know

Dr. Seuss wrote "Green Eggs and Ham" after his editor dared him to write a book using fewer than 50 different words.

Tonight On 48 Hours 

Here’s a look at what’s coming up on Saturday’s 48 HOURS MYSTERY, The Guessing Game:

In Katy, TX, near Houston, David Temple was a gifted athlete. He won a football scholarship to play at Stephen F Austin University and on the field, he was known as “The Temple of Doom.” Off the field, he was a bit of a romantic - especially when it came to an attractive physical education major, Belinda Lucas. Not long after, the two married and settled into careers in education, both ended up working with children.

By all accounts, the Temples were both devoted to their son Evan… and three years later, the birth of their daughter was just a few weeks away. But on January 11th, 1999, all that would change. David arrived home to find Belinda slumped on the floor of her closet… but as he made a desperate call to 911 for help, he knew his wife had no chance. . . she’d been shot in the head. And there was also no hope for the baby she was expecting.

In the days that followed, detectives began canvassing the neighbors. . . Everyone pretty much agreed that the Temples seemed like a happy couple. But the police would soon that one young neighbor lied about his whereabouts that day. . . and he had a run-in with Belinda before. . . Did he have something to do with her murder? And was David Temple hiding something of his own? Richard Schlesinger has an EXCLUSIVE with David Temple - his first network interview - in this week’s 48 Hours Mystery.

48 HOURS MYSTERY airs Saturday at 10pmET/9CT


Tonight On The CBS Evening News

Here’s an early look at what we are working on for tonight’s broadcast from Anchor and Managing Editor, Katie Couric:

Hi everyone,

The November jobs report is out, and it’s not good. Employers cut 533,000 jobs last month, bringing the unemployment rate to 6.7 percent, the highest rate in 34 years. The number of jobs lost in this economy has now declined for 11 straight months. Anthony Mason will crunch the numbers, while Cynthia Bowers reports on the fallout of these hard times: more men and women are opting to re-enlist in the military when their tours are finished, rather than enter the tough U.S. job market.

Meanwhile, the Big Three CEOs are back on Capitol Hill, but it’s still not clear if they’ll receive any of the $34 billion bailout that they’re asking for from Congress. Sharyl Attkisson is covering the hearings.

Next: OJ Simpson is going to prison. More than a decade ago, he was acquitted of murder in what was perhaps the most-watched trial of the 20th century. But today, the former football great was sentenced to as much as 33 years for armed robbery. John Blackstone has the story.

Doctors know best when it comes to disease, but patients know what it’s like to actually live with an illness. Tonight, Dr. Sanjay Gupta reports on new websites that allow patients to join forces online to discuss options and to learn about new treatments. It’s part of our series, Second Opinion: Medicine Online.

In Iraq, terrorist groups are increasingly using women as suicide bombers, because they’re rarely checked for weapons. In an exclusive report, Elizabeth Palmer interviews a 15-year-old who says she was almost tricked into becoming a human bomb. It’s a harrowing story you won't want to miss.

Finally, at one small company in the Midwest, employees expected to lose their jobs. Instead, they got a great big surprise. Steve Hartman reports, in tonight’s Assignment America.

Have a great weekend!

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Biggest Monthly Job Loss In 34 Years
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O.J. Simpson Gets Up To 33 Years In Prison
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Tonight On David Letterman

Join Dave tonight with Senator Barack Obama and NBA player Lebron James!

Tomorrow On The Saturday Early Show 

This will be a special edition of The Early Show live from FAO Schwartz!

Retail Sales: A look at the first full week of the holiday shopping season.

FAO Schwartz / Behind the Scenes: Chris Wragge roams the world's most famous toy store.

Muppet Factory: Our anchors, along with Chef Bobby Flay, will have Muppets made in their likeness.

HealthWatch: Sharing - In the season of giving, how do you raise a generous child who willingly shares their toys and enjoys giving to others? Some tips from Victoria Pericon of

Green Santa - The CEO of FAO Schwartz will tell us why Santa is wearing green, and he'll show us some examples of toys that are free of any dyes or chemicals that have caused health concerns in recent years.

Old & New Toys: We'll check out the hottest new toys, as well as some classics, and learn where to find toys for disabled children. Chris Byrne of will be here Saturday to chat with us.

Piano Dancers: Saturday, we will teach our anchors to play a giant piano like the one made famous in the movie Big.

Grown-up Toys: Natali Del Conte of CNET will show us the latest tech gadgets and gizmos for adults.

Second Cup Cafe: Mary Haskell performs songs from her holiday album, Just In Time For Christmas. 

Books for Kids: Mrs. P the Magic Librarian will tell us about some of the best new books to give children

Chef on a Shoestring: Bobby Flay makes a three-course meal for four that kids will enjoy. Menu: Turkey Sausage & Thick Cut Bacon; Cinnamon & Sugar, Banana, Mixed Berry & Granola Waffles; and Homemade Hot Chocolate

Here's What We've Planned For Sunday Morning 


STOP LOSS: The current conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan are stressing America’s all-volunteer Armed Forces like never before, forcing thousands of personnel to remain in the military well past their terms of enlistment. The demands of fighting two wars simultaneously with an all-volunteer force have blurred the meaning of the word "volunteer": thousands of soldiers have been ordered to fight on even after their term of enlistment has expired, a policy known as "stop-loss". It's often frustrating to the soldiers, agonizing to their families, and, in the military's view, absolutely necessary. Tracy Smith reports on the policy.

SUNDAY ALMANAC: A page from our Sunday Morning Almanac ... December 7th, 1863. . . 145 years ago. . . a day made to order for folks who order from catalogues.

THE SINGING PRIESTS: Three Irish Catholic priests are unlikely candidates to make a hit record, but that is just what has happened. Father’s Tom and Martin O’Hagan, and Father David Delargy each have their own parishes in Northern Ireland, where they tend to the needs of their congregation - offering Masses, performing weddings and funerals.

These days, they are on tour worldwide, promoting their hit record on the Sony label - entitled, fittingly, the Priests. An album full of the religious songs they have sung together since they were boy, and which have been sung in churches around the world for hundreds of years. This Sunday Morning, Allen Pizzey will introduce you to with Fathers David, Martin and Tom in Rome, at the Vatican’s beautiful Capella Guilia chapel, where they cut their first CD with the Vatican choir.

THE ASTORS: The legendary Brooke Astor died last year at the remarkable age of 105. Until the end, the socialite was one of the country’s most generous philanthropists. As her grave stone puts it best, she led a “wonderful life.” For four decades, she was a Patron Saint of New York - revitalizing the city, giving generously to the New York Public Library, the Metropolitan Museum, and the Bronx Zoo, and helping to renovate housing in Harlem. But in her later years, even her immense wealth and kindness could not protect her from personal tragedy. Brooke Astor’s only son, Tony Marshall, is slated to stand trial next month for allegedly stealing from his mother while she suffered from Alzheimer’s disease. Mr. Marshall, along with his attorney, is accused of coercing Mrs. Astor into changing her will that left the bulk of her money to charity.

This Sunday Morning, Erin Moriarty reports on the life of Brooke Astor and the family feud that led to a court battle over her fortune. We’ll talk to friends and family; interview the author of a new book that explores what went wrong at the end of Mrs. Astor’s life; and we’ll hear from Mrs. Astor herself, as she described her world more than twenty years ago to Mike Wallace.

FROST/NIXON: It was a monumental time in television history, both for what transpired on-camera, and off… When disgraced former President Richard Nixon sat-down for a series of interviews with British talk show host David Frost in May of 1977, few anticipated the result - least of all, David Frost himself. It was a sort of televised trial, one in which Nixon showed the American public more candor than anyone had thought possible - reaching an unprecedented 45 million viewers. The drama of how these interviews came into-being is the subject of the film “Frost/Nixon,” released this week by director Ron Howard and starring Frank Langella as Richard Nixon - a role that won him a Tony award on Broadway and is expected to garner an Oscar nomination this year. This Sunday Morning, Anthony Mason sits down with Sir David Frost for a probing interview of his own - and gets the real story-behind-the-story.

ENCHANTED: Harry Smith speaks with actress Amy Adams, star of the Disney hit “Enchanted,” about her dramatic turn in the big screen adaptation of the Tony-winning play, “Doubt.”

OPINION: Mo Rocca on presidential pets.

HIGH SEAS: Jerry Bowen on Larry Ellison and the America’s Cup.

NATURE: Kittiwakes in Glacier Bay Alaska.


Sunday On Face The Nation 


The auto companies have their backs against the wall. Again. They came to Capitol Hill this week to ask for even more money -- 34 Billion -- to help get back on track. Should they be given the money? What will happen if they go under? We'll talk with the head of the Senate Banking Committee, Democrat Chris Dodd of Connecticut, who is trying to work out a compromise, and Senator Jeff Sessions, Republican of Alabama, who's steadfastly opposed to a bailout. Then we'll talk about the plight of the automakers, the economy in general and the India/Pakistan situation with Tom Friedman, columnist for the New York Times. There will be, as always, a final word. That's all on Face the Nation, this Sunday, with Bob Schieffer


Sunday 60 Minutes 

THE OIL KINGDOM - Despite the pledge of President-elect Barack Obama and others to lessen America’s use of foreign oil, Saudi Arabia - the world’s largest oil supplier --isn’t worried. That’s what Saudi officials told Lesley Stahl when she visited the oil kingdom and toured its vast petroleum facilities, which are gearing up to produce even more. This is a double length segment.

SCHNABEL - His painting took the art world by storm in the 1980s and then Julian Schnabel reinvented himself as a film director to more kudos. Morley Safer profiles this titan of art and film.

Monday Morning On The Early Show 

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

MAGNIFICENT MIND AT ANY AGE - It all starts with your brain: how you think, how you feel, how you interact with others, and how well you succeed in realizing your goals and dreams. When your brain works right, so do you. When it’s out of balance, you feel frustrated, or worse. Yet amid all the advice about how to keep the rest of our body strong and healthy, we hear very little about how to keep the most complex organ of all-the human brain-in top working order. Based on the most up-to-date research, Magnificent Mind at Any Age does exactly that. Dr. Amen shows how many of the traditional approaches to overcoming the mind-centered challenge is that hold us back. The true key to satisfaction and success at any age is a healthy brain. We’ll meet the author of this new ground-breaking book.

BEHIND THE SCENES AT THE KENNEDY CENTER HONORS - This Sunday is the 31st annual Kennedy Center Honors ceremony on Washington, DC. Recipients to be honored at the 31st annual national celebration of the arts are: actor Morgan Freeman, Barbara Streisand, singer George Jones, and many others…Julie had the chance to sit down with a few of the stars, and she will bring us those interviews plus a behind the scenes look at the Kennedy center honors event!

AMAZING RACE 13 WINNERS! - The hit CBS Reality competition show - The Amazing Race - is wrapping up its 13th season, and Sunday, the pair of winners will be announced on CBS. Monday, we will have the winners live in our studio to talk about how they are going to spend the million-dollar prize!

HOLIDAY FASHIONS FOR THE EXPECTANT MOTHER - Pregnant women can dress up for the holidays without creating undue discomfort, or dipping into the baby savings. The best fashion accessories for pregnant women during the holidays are the accessories that don't come in different sizes. They can be worn at any stage of pregnancy, and well into your motherhood years. We’ll bring you the best fashions for women of all sizes and shapes…that are especially festive for the holiday season!

THE PERFECT GIFT: TIPPING - In this morning's Perfect Gift- holiday tipping. For some a holiday tip is a good way to show folks you appreciate how much they do for you during the year. But what do you do when money is tight? Etiquette expert Jodi R.R. Smith, president of Mannersmith Etiquette Consulting, has a few ideas on the best way to handle year end tipping during this holiday season.

ROBIN THICKE PERFORMS LIVE! - Grammy award winning singer/songwriter Robin Thicke made a huge splash on the music scene back in 2006 with his breakthrough R&B album “The Evolution of Robin Thicke”. And now he's garnering rave reviews for his latest CD called “Something Else.” He’ll be performing live in our studio on Monday!


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