Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Meet Elizabeth Alexander, Obama's poet...a story you won't want to miss tonight on The CBS Evening News with Katie Couric



” Do not protect yourself by a fence, but rather by your friends.”
-Czech Proverb

It takes 17 muscles to smile --- 43 to frown.


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

Hi everyone,

The Midwest and Northern Plains are suffering through a one-two punch of wicked winter weather. First came blizzard conditions that brought up to a foot of snow. Now, a blast of freezing arctic air - with record low temperatures - is following on its heels. Dave Price has the story from Minnesota.

On Capitol Hill today, our correspondents are covering two important hearings. Sharyl Attkisson reported last night that billions of your tax dollars granted to banks as part of the financial bailout weren't used as legislators - and citizens - expected. Tonight, she'll follow up that report by explaining what's being done to assure more “transparency” for the second half of the bailout money. Also: Hillary Clinton, President-elect Barack Obama's choice for secretary of state, appeared for her confirmation hearing. While the tone of the hearing was friendly, Mrs. Clinton still faced serious questioning about possible conflicts of interest she could face in the position, Chip Reid reports.

Looking abroad, I'll have the very latest on the crisis in Gaza. Plus: when Gaza's borders are locked down, and sea ports closed, the only way in or out is … underground. It's an extensive web of 300 tunnels, but now about half are blocked or bombed out. Richard Roth shows us the hidden world deep below the troubled borders.

Also tonight: Disturbing new statistics show millions of Americans say they've been stalked. Sandra Hughes examines how roughly one out of every 100 people say they've become victims.

Finally, continuing our week-long series, Road to the Inauguration, Byron Pitts meets Elizabeth Alexander, the extraordinary American poet who's speaking at Barack Obama's Tuesday ceremony. And writing a poem for Mr. Obama brings her life full-circle. You won't want to miss her story.

See you tonight, Katie

For more on two of the stories noted above, please click on the following links

Sharp Cold Wave Shocks Midwest, Heads East
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Clinton Vows Renewal Of U.S. Leadership
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Here’s an early look at one of the stories we are working on for Wednesday’s broadcast of The CBS Evening News: Their application was a long shot...but a dozen boys from a school for troubled youth were chosen to march in the Inaugural Parade. Their inspiring story Wednesday night only on The CBS Evening News

If you would like more information on any of these stories or the broadcast, please click on the following address and e-mail us: evening@cbsnews.com


Join Dave tonight with Actress Salma Hayek and Actor Jimmie Walker!


Julie Chen, Maggie Rodriguez, Harry Smith, Russ Mitchell will anchor the EARLY SHOW from New York. Dave Price will bring us the weather from Minneapolis, Minnesota where frigid temperatures are hitting record lows.

In addition to the top news of the day, we will also feature the following stories

WINTER WEATHER WOES With temperatures expected to hit record lows the Midwest is bracing for a chill they won’t soon forget. Dave Price will bring us the chilly forecast from Minneapolis and why everyone on the East Coast should probably get their winter woolies out…’cause it’s coming this way.

OBAMA’S NEW RIDE We'll bring you an exclusive look at the Limo that has been made for President Barack Obama. You won’t want to miss some of the new features the car will be equipped with…like "rocket-resistant" armor and pop resistant tires...

PATTI STRANGER: MILLIONAIRE MATCHMAKER GIVES LOVE ADVICE - The Millionaire Matchmaker, Patti Stranger, has become one of the most well known matchmakers on television, for her blunt love advice and feisty attitude. She works with wealthy men, and this year, she has added wealthy women, who can’t seem to find true love. So far, she has been successful in making some lasting love connections. So, what’s her secret? Stranger will be live in our studio to give you some straight forward love advice for 2009!

INTERVIEW WITH ACTOR KEVIN JAMES - For nine seasons, Kevin James was TV's most recognizable delivery driver on The King Of Queens Now, with a film career well underway, James continues his streak of blue-collar heroes as Paul Blart: Mall Cop. He’ll join us in the studio on Wednesday to chat about his new comedy set to hit theatres on Friday.

EASY TIPS TO GET YOU ORGANIZED…IN JUST ONE MINUTE! Getting organized in the New Year doesn't have to take a lot of time or cost a lot of money. Donna Smallin is the bestselling author of The One-Minute Organizer Plain & Simple, Cleaning Plain & Simple. You won’t want to miss the easy and inexpensive ways that she can help you organize your belongings and make the best use of the storage space you already have in your own home.

WEDDINGS: NEW YORK IS THE NEW VEGAS - While tens of thousands of couples head to each year to City Hall in NYC to get married…it’s no matchup to Las Vegas which has always been the world’s wedding capitol…but as you’ll hear from Bianca Solorzano Vegas may have something to worry about. In an effort to boost tourism dollars, the Manhattan Marriage Bureau has built a new 24,000 square foot wedding palace just down the street from City Hall and the reviews have been nothing but positive. The new space is meant to make eloping to New York an attractive alternative for couples hesitant to make the cross-country trek. And for just $25, recession-wary couples won't have to sacrifice glamour with a wedding in the heart of New York City. This just may be the new destination wedding place…we’ll show you all the perks and why you might just want to figure this into your wedding plans.

BOOK: LIFE IN COLOR - When you are talking about fashion, there is nothing more basic then color. But how do you know what color palette will work for you? Joe Lupo and Jesse Garza, the "closet whisperers" and authors of the new book Life in Color will show you easy tips on their four basic palettes so that you can always look your best.

SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE DIRECTOR DANNY BOYLE - It seems British director Danny Boyle fell in love with the sites and sounds of Mumbai while he was there shooting his award-winning film Slumdog Millionaire. He’ll tell us why the City has left such a lasting impression that he is already planning another film shoot there. Boyle will also share some anecdotes about his experiences there, the success of his film, Slumdog and what his future plans are. By the way, if you haven’t seen the film, you should. It is absolutely fantastic…just a thought from the Scoop peanut gallery.

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