It is the end of an era as we say farewell to the venerable children’s show “Reading Rainbow.” Some say the show is ending because during the Bush administration funding was redirected from shows that emphasize the joy of reading toward shows that teach children more basic reading tools like phonics and spelling. What role, if any, does teaching children to truly love reading play in America’s schools and on television?
For years, leading pharmaceutical companies like Pfizer concentrated their research in the areas of chronic diseases like hypertension. But now with recent advances showing the potential for new anti-cancer drugs, these companies are investing millions of dollars in research and development; Pfizer has around 1,000 researchers working in a facility near San Diego on new cancer treatments. These drugs carry some very high price tags, and their ability to extend life may be quite limited; is this the best way to invest healthcare dollars?
Broadcasting live from the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina, we check up on how President Obama's speech checks out. And Hollywood's been at the DNC – actors Richard Schiff and Beau Bridges riff on that enduring connection. Also, Comedy Congress’ big wrapup in Charlotte – Diane Sawyer talks about her age and Mike Dukakis talks about what ifs.
It’s old home day at the Democratic Convention... that is, if your home is California. The Golden State’s Attorney General Kamala Harris, southern California Congresswoman Judy Chu, and actor Richard Schiff, he is of "The West Wing" and a new political show called "Chasing the Hill." Plus, a post game analysis of former President Bill Clinton’s address to the Democratic troops.
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