Episode Number: 1017
Synopsis: Meet a woman who spent most of her life totally blind, but now can see. Then, an unlikely partnership is fighting AIDS and infanticide in India. Finally, Argentina's regime kidnapped tens of thousands of men and women in the '70s and '80s and almost all were executed. But many of their children were spared, and stolen by military officials and the well-connected. Now, a new law requires them to take DNA tests to determine who they really are.
Episode Number: 1016
Synopsis: In an amazing transformation, Belfast is re-imagining what were once the architectural ruins of the conflict between Protestants and Catholics, turning them into tourist destinations. Then, the once high-flying Republic of Ireland is trying to turn around its moribund economy by launching a tourist initiative meant to draw millions to the Emerald Isle-especially the Irish from America. Finally, dogs are helping everyone from injured soldiers to autistic kids to domestic violence victims lead happier, more productive lives.
Episode Number: 1015
Synopsis: The two Koreas are bitter enemies, split by politics, mutual distrust and the most militarized border in the world. Yet the people on each side consider those living on the other to be family. This paradox complicates the million-dollar Korean question of unification. Then, in pop music, television is full of singing competitions promising fame and fortune. In opera, it's the Central City Opera's young musician program. Win here and doors open to some of the biggest opera stages in the world.
Episode Number: 1014
Synopsis: The Arab Spring brought dreams of reform and democracy to many countries in the Middle East. But it also saw a backlash against Christian minorities. One Christian's quest to help his fellow believers escape persecution. Then, one master chef from India's highest caste has broken the rules and is feeding and housing people at the bottom of society. Finally, how do you teach poor peasant children in Colombia to read when they have no books or teachers? You bring the books to them-by burro.
Episode Number: 1013
Synopsis: Could a water crisis curtail the revolution's promise for a better, brighter Egypt? Water, not politics, might be the key to Egypt's survival. Then, is a church the stone, steel and, wood of its construction? Or is it something more? The people of Christchurch, New Zealand, are about to find out as they embark on replacing their famous cathedral with an architectural marvel made out of cardboard. Also, World Report takes on the heat and isolation of Death Valley and discovers an idiosyncratic vitality.
Episode Number: 1012
Synopsis: Burma just held elections for parliament, the latest sign the once-closed, military-ruled country is moving toward democracy and freedom. Even so, citizens worry the dark past could return. Then, ten thousand people have fled Christchurch, New Zealand, after a series of non-stop earthquakes, including two massive ones, destroyed much of the city. Residents who stayed are rebuilding Christchurch into a quirky new place to live.
Episode Number: 1011
Synopsis: Geert Wilders' strident anti-Islam views have made him one of Europe's most prominent and controversial politicians and he might have inspired the man responsible for killing 77 people, mostly teenagers, in Norway last year. Next, imagine going to bed a farmer and waking up a judge. It happens in about 30 rural states, where citizen judges rule the bench in small towns. But critics complain that lay judges are not prepared to mete out justice. Then, one Chinese-American pulls back the curtain on China.
Episode Number: 1010
Synopsis: Fearsome wild animals and glitzy Las Vegas shows have a long history. But when one Vegas magician realized his act was exploiting big cats, he started a wild animal sanctuary. Now retired and injured show animals have a safe, cruelty-free place to live. Then, how do you teach poor peasant children in Colombia how to read when they have no books or teachers? You bring the books to them by burro. One man's selfless commitment to children and education.
Episode Number: 1009
Synopsis: Cruise vacations are supposed to be dreams of sun, sand and sea. But now, cruise ships are a hotbed of theft, assault and worse. Crimes, even murders, are rarely investigated and often go unpunished. Then, the Arab Spring brought dreams of reform to the Middle East also saw the rise of Islamists and a backlash against Christian minorities. Finally, a high, remote mountain valley in Colorado is home to dozens of religious and New Age spiritual centers. How one woman created a sacred sanctuary.
Episode Number: 1008
Synopsis: Japan is still recovering from the tsunami and nuclear disaster that rocked the country a year ago. Homelessness, fear of radiation contamination and distrust of the government prevail. Then, a health clinic on wheels in Appalachia and a program to encourage medical students to practice in small towns. Finally, a World Report Viewfinder: Witnesses to Disaster. Honest voices of heartbreak and misgiving in Japan.
Episode Number: 1007
Synopsis: World Report spends a week on the front lines in the battle for control of Homs, the anti-government stronghold leading the fight against the regime of Syrian president Bashar al-Assad. Then, Saddam Hussein perverted science for his own political purposes. Now that he is gone and the war is over, science is making a comeback in Iraq and the very first archaeology dig in Iraq in over two decades is on the vanguard of revitalizing science in Iraq.
Episode Number: 1006
Synopsis: Iran continues its nuclear program, defying the international community. Now Israel is threatening military action. Then, India's caste system means privilege for some, poverty and hardship for most. One master chef, from India's highest caste, has broken the rules, and is feeding and housing people at the bottom of society, even bathing them with his own hands. Caring about people, not about class.
Episode Number: 1005
Synopsis: China's government is suspicious of a growing Christian community. Authorities are cracking down on unofficial churches, sending the faithful underground. Then, The Silverton Standard became the country's first non-profit newspaper, the brainchild of the paper's reporter, editor, photographer and op-ed columnist, who all happen to be the same guy. In the digital age, how one mountain town newspaper thrives.
Episode Number: 1004
Synopsis: Thirty years after England and Argentina went to war over the Falkland Islands, they're again making rival claims of sovereignty. England has deployed Prince William there to serve his first overseas military tour, a move the Argentine government calls a "provocation." Could another real war be around the corner? Then, with more than 250,000 Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans unable to find jobs, Veterans Farm in Florida offers a simple solution: make farmers out of soldiers.
Episode Number: 1003
Synopsis: Under constant threat from Taliban and al Qaeda insurgents, coalition forces in Afghanistan are using a controversial shoot first, ask questions later policy. Could this tactic endanger soon-to-start peace talks with the Taliban? Then, World Report goes on a road trip with post office aficionado Evan Kalish, who visits thousands of out-of-the-way post offices around the country. Kalish is on a one-man mission to save every post office he can from closing, even if Congress has other ideas.
Episode Number: 1002
Synopsis: The reach of American justice now extends to countries like Cambodia, where American pedophiles travel to score underage sex. World Report takes an extended ride along on Operation Twisted Traveler, Immigration and Customs Enforcement's ambitious effort to track down and arrest American sexual predators abroad.
Episode Number: 1001
Synopsis: The withdrawal of US forces from Al Asad Airbase marked the end of American combat forces' eight years stationed in Al Anbar, Iraq's most violent province. World Report, with the only American journalists positioned at Al Asad and in Al Anbar, follows the US Army's 4th Battalion, 6th Infantry Regiment out of Iraq, part of the largest vehicle movement since WWII. Then, Dave Roever nearly lost his face when a grenade exploded in his hand in Vietnam. Now Roever uses his scars to show severely wounded vets from Iraq and Afghanistan that there is life after injury.
Episode Number: 0936
Synopsis: The death of the Dear Leader is not likely to change the dire conditions inside North Korea. Refugees risk their lives to escape, only to find that life in neighboring China is not much better. Then, tear gas is the weapon of choice for authoritarian security forces fighting pro-democracy demonstrators in places like Egypt and Syria. Much of it coming from American manufacturers. World Report investigates. Finally, a World Report Viewfinder: 365 days of discovery-in a backyard.
Episode Number: 0935
Synopsis: When Andy Moyer died in a ski accident on Christmas Eve almost 20 years ago, his family decided to donate his organs and tissues. Now at least three people are alive because of this unselfish act. Then, decades after US warplanes dumped their excess bombs over their country, Laotians are being killed by unexploded ordnance in their fields and rice paddies. Remember Ralphie from A Christmas Story? His look-alike, Cy Magee, doesn't want a BB gun for Christmas. Instead, his humble venture to raise money to feed his adopted donkey has captured the hearts of his hometown.
Episode Number: 0934
Synopsis: Backed by billions in US military aid, Pakistan is fighting both the Taliban and al Qaeda on its home turf. For its cooperation with the United States, Pakistan pays a high price. More than 25,000 civilians have been killed in terrorist acts over the last three years. Islamabad, Pakistan's capital, is ground zero for bombings, murder and kidnappings. World Report goes for a year-long ride-along with the Islamabad police.
Episode Number: 0933
Synopsis: In a massive air-to-sea fight, US fighter planes sank Japanese warships in a decisive WWII battle, creating a divers' paradise. Now, the South Pacific's Chuuk Lagoon is threatened as oil is starting to leak from the rusted hulls.
Episode Number: 0932
Synopsis: Before chopper pilots deploy to the war in Afghanistan, they make a stop in the mountains of Colorado where they learn high-altitude flying skills. Then, after years of grueling civil war, South Sudan gained its independence. But the new country is threatened by internal conflict, desperate poverty and clashes with the North. Finally, a high, remote mountain valley in Colorado is home to dozens of religious and New Age spiritual centers. How one woman created a sacred sanctuary.
Episode Number: 0931
Synopsis: The Mekong is about to be transformed by hydro-electric dams in Laos and Cambodia. The electricity promises development for these poor nations, but could wipe away the livelihoods of millions of peasants and fishermen. Then, farm subsidies have been part of the American landscape for years. Congress is now considering whether to kill the payments, some of which go to gentleman farmers living big in the big city. Finally, World Report goes to Newfoundland, where moose are on the loose.
Episode Number: 0930
Synopsis: Egypt's euphoria at ousting Hosni Mubarak is eroding from fears that the replacement leadership is no better. Can Egypt recapture the ideals of the Arab Spring? Then, Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi is resigning. Economic crisis is bringing him down, but he will be remembered for allegations of corruption and a playboy lifestyle. Finally, he went from military colonel in China's army to fame as a dancer and choreographer. But the biggest change is that Jin Xing went from a he to a she.
Episode Number: 0929
Synopsis: Decades ago, despite its grim history with the atom bomb, Japan bought into a promising nuclear-energy future. More than 50 reactors later, the nuclear present in Japan is a nightmare, brought on by the meltdowns at the Fukushima nuclear power plant earlier this year. Then, since the Cuban revolution, buying and selling real estate in Cuba has been illegal. That is about to change. And Americans might be able to get in on the action.
Episode Number: 0928
Synopsis: When a massive earthquake rocked Haiti almost two years ago, death and despair became a blur of grim, somber numbers. But when 22-month-old Landina Seignon was pulled from the rubble severely burned and injured, she became the face of hope. Under the care of a rules-breaking British doctor, Landina received treatment in London and survived. But the question is, should Landina be returned to her destroyed homeland, where desperate living conditions will make her full recovery nearly impossible?
Episode Number: 0925
Synopsis: How would you cope if you and 32 co-workers were trapped underground with little food, hardly any water and little hope of rescue? A year ago, 33 Chilean miners endured this horrible torture for 69 days, only to be saved in a dramatic rescue that captured the hearts of people around the world. World Report has first-hand accounts from the miners themselves as they tell their tale of hope against the odds.
Episode Number: 0924
Synopsis: Vladimir Putin wants to be President again, and Putin gets what he wants. Many are describing Russia as 'post-democratic;' that while there are elections and the surfeit of democracy, one man really controls everything. World Report is in Russia for a revealing look. Next, we are with a Libyan rebel as he fights his way across the country to Tripoli. What makes a prosperous mild-mannered, middle- aged man take up arms against his country's leader?
Episode Number: 0923
Synopsis: Scientology is either a religion or a cult or a Hollywood insiders' club. Former high-ranking Scientologists fold back the curtain of secrecy, revealing how Scientology works from the inside. The Hole takes us to a part of Brooklyn where seeing a real cowboy on a horse is not an only-in-New York moment.
Episode Number: 0922
Synopsis: Many tourists no longer want to visit Mexico because of drug violence. It might be time to cross another nearby country off the list, because Mexico's ruthless cartels are going international. Next, while their husbands are deployed, military wives earn extra money for their families by bearing other people's children. Should taxpayers be paying the tab? Finally, they are typical New Yorkers: they live in close quarters, create a big buzz, and can sting. They also require special handling, which can be challenging during a hurricane!
Episode Number: 0921
Synopsis: A sun storm erupts, and the resulting electromagnetic pulse hits Earth, knocking out the whole electrical grid. Electricity is gone, with no way to restore it quickly. It may sound like something out of science fiction, but NASA says the threat is very real - and the consequences could be devastating. With the sun going into a very active phase, we ask, are we ready? And, an intimate view of a teeming refugee camp for hundreds of thousands who have fled ethnic violence and famine.
Episode Number: 0920
Synopsis: Health officials in the U.S. have consistently denied that there is any link between childhood vaccines and autism. So why is the government quietly doling out big settlements to families who say just such a link harmed their children? Then, if you have an extra million dollars and you're going to die, what do you do? One man decided to create a treasure hunt with a twist
Episode Number: 0919
Synopsis: Egypt may no longer be in the mainstream headlines, but a new post-Mubarak country is taking shape, and so far, the results are unsettling. Correspondent Maura Axelrod reports that sectarian violence, in which Christians are being targeted, is worsening. And for women, the clock may be turning backwards. The revolution was inspiring, but what will the aftershocks be?
Episode Number: 0918
Synopsis: Daniel Kish is blind, but he can ride a bike and hike in the woods without a guide. He can describe his surroundings in precise detail. He's an extraordinary man, and wants to share his gift with others who lack sight. Why aren't organizations advocating for the blind more supportive? Next, hundreds of thousands are now getting high on medicinal marijuana legally, and they are on the roads. We put some users' driving skills to the test. Finally, a visual tribute to the space shuttle program.
Episode Number: 0917
Synopsis: World Report is inside the secretive world of the infamous Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Ousted members reveal their stories, and they indicate the power structure, led by jailed 'prophet' Warren Jeffs, may be unraveling. Then we're in Cape Canaveral for the launch of Space Shuttle Atlantis. Finally, our series Viewfinder is in Medellin, Colombia, where dazzling new architecture dots the skyline. Many of the high-style buildings house programs for the poor.
Episode Number: 0916
Synopsis: After a grueling civil war, South Sudan is on the verge of independence, but the new country is threatened by internal conflict, desperate poverty, and clashes with the North. Can Africa's youngest nation survive? Then, the final installment of our 3-part series, "The Stem Cell Revolution." Stunning advances in the treatment of horses can heal injuries that were devastating not long ago, with exciting implications for human medicine. Finally, a first-hand account of the bloody crackdown in Syria, where children inspired an uprising and paid the price.
Episode Number: 0915
Synopsis: In the second installment of our series on advances in medicine facilitated by the use of adult stem cells, we meet a woman who spent most of her life totally blind, but now can see. Next, we're in Beijing to meet the people the Chinese call "Ants." They're young college graduates living underground in bomb shelters and in massive, dilapidated slums. Finally, we meet some entrepreneurs who are trying to create super-stores for marijuana.
Episode Number: 0914
Synopsis: In the first of a three part series, we meet patients whose lives have been transformed, or saved, by cutting edge stem cell treatments. A woman who couldn't walk now plays tennis, a man has his damaged heart healed, and one doctor is even printing new organs! Next, we're in Pakistan, where a moderate, mystical and peaceful brand of Islam called Sufism is under attack by the Taliban.
Episode Number: 0913
Synopsis: Murchison Falls National Park in Uganda is one of the most spectacular places in the world to see wildlife. It's now threatened by an oil company with free rein from a government eager to reap oil royalties. Next, Rosarno, Italy, is a town controlled almost completely by the Calabrian mafia. Nothing happens there without their say-so, including the employment of illegal African immigrants at near-slave wages and no benefits. Finally, a major university sues a toilet paper company for clogged pipes!
Episode Number: 0912
Synopsis: Hundreds of thousands are now getting high on medicinal marijuana legally, and they are on the roads. We put some users' driving skills to the test. Next, Aubrey de Grey looks like Methuselah and says there is a way to make people live as long as the Biblical character. He's at the cutting edge of a scientific movement that seeks to stop or radically slow aging, and says that we are closer than you think to living for centuries. Finally, Space Shuttle Endeavour's final flight. This mission is the second to last ever for NASA's shuttle program.
Episode Number: 0911
Synopsis: World Report is on the ground in Abbottabad, Pakistan, the town where Osama bin Laden was hiding for years. Did the locals know? What about the nearby Pakistan Army base? Next, as the Jasmine Revolution continues in North Africa, Europe is dealing with a flood of Tunisian and Libyan refugees coming into their countries. Now it is causing a public row between two allies - France and Italy. Finally, a revolutionary database finds matches for kidney transplant patients far faster than traditional methods. So why do some major hospitals resist it?
Episode Number: 0910
Synopsis: Just as NASA shuts down the Shuttle, private companies are in a headlong rush to make space more accessible to scientists and thrill-seekers. They are closer than you think to providing (relatively) affordable space travel to the general public. Next, he's a man who "once had an awkward moment, just to see what it was like... he wouldn't be afraid of showing his feminine side, if he had one ... sharks have a week, dedicated to him.' He's The Most Interesting Man in the World, the center of one of the most successful ad campaigns in recent memory. Jennifer London introduces us to Jonathan Goldsmith, who plays TMIMITW, and is almost as interesting in real life as he is in the commercials!
Episode Number: 0909
Synopsis: World Report is in China talking to workers who say that making iPhones makes them sick. It may make you think about your gadgets a little differently. Next, Paul Beban visits some brothels in Nevada after Senator Harry Reid's speech decrying legalized prostitution. Then, we are back overseas, this time in Afghanistan, to introduce you to a unique sport that involves horses, a dead goat, some whips, and lots of gambling.
Episode Number: 0908
Synopsis: The British Government is making cuts in defense, healthcare, schools to combat a budget deficit. At the same time, the country is about to spend tens of millions on the "Wedding of the Century." Many are asking if the monarchy is really worth it. Next, as the FLDS Mormon splinter group expands and builds new compounds for its followers, we ask, where does the money come from? Finally, a Viewfinder about a place where women who have worked in a brutal industry can find sanctuary.
Episode Number: 0907
Synopsis: The ruling class in Morocco is watching nervously as its North African neighbors face revolution. With massive poverty, a repressive regime and Islamic extremism in its midst, might Morocco be the next country to face an uprising? Next, Gospel music was not only a soundtrack to the Civil Rights movement in the '50s and '60s ... it was inspiration. But many of the most influential recordings have been lost or damaged; we meet one man who is trying to save this historic music, one record at a time. Finally, back in North Africa, a Viewfinder - Benghazi, Libya through a rebel's eyes.
Episode Number: 0906
Synopsis: Maybe the best part of being a dictator is that you can become very, very rich. Jennifer London looks into where Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi puts his billions, and what the West can do to reclain some of that money for the Libyan people. Next, we meet an Iranian-American who thought she knew her mother, until she found a mysterious photograph that was the key to a secret, and shocking, personal history. Then, the latest on Space Shuttle Discovery's last mission.
Episode Number: 0905
Synopsis: Something's happening around the country that will go a long way in deciding who controls the next Congress. The way one expert put it, 'it's politicians choosing their voters.' Next, the Sultanate of Oman, where women are encouraged to start businesses, become doctors and lawyers; in short, they are equal citizens. Some say Oman is stable and growing fast because of this 'liberal' attitude. Finally, if your whole town was declared a Superfund site, you'd probably want to leave. But you're not from Picher, Oklahoma, the nation's most toxic town.
Episode Number: 0904
Synopsis: Despite the conviction of their leader, the FLDS polygamist Mormon splinter group seems to be thriving. As they expand and build new compounds for their followers, we ask, where does their money come from? Next, correspondent Willem Marx has been on the ground in Cairo all week, as a once peaceful revolution has turned deadly. He introduces us to some ordinary Egyptians doing extraordinary things. Then, the latest in our "Mavericks" series: neuroscientist Jim Fallon studies what makes psychopaths tick, and through his research discovered some disturbing truths about his own brain.
Episode Number: 0903
Synopsis: Argentina's brutal military regime kidnapped tens of thousands of men and women in the '70s and '80s, almost all were executed. But many of their children were spared, and stolen by military officials and the well-connected. Now a new law requires the so-called 'Children of the Disappeared' to take DNA tests to determine who they really are. Next, artists enjoy prestige in China and a degree of free speech, but a real estate boom is forcing them out of their homes to make way for luxury developments. Finally, Buford, Wyoming is a town like no other. Its population? One.
Episode Number: 0902
Synopsis: It is pirating season off the coast of Somalia, and World Report correspondent Paul Beban is on board a warship as it patrols dangerous waters. Next, emergency rooms are becoming more and more dangerous, as attacks on nurses become more and more common. Many times, the attackers aren't even prosecuted. Finally, as part of our ongoing series on faith, a candid interview with an Army chaplain serving in Afghanistan.
Episode Number: 0901
Synopsis: Mexico has long been a major exporter of oil, but now their main supply is running dry. So they are drilling deeper and deeper in the Gulf of Mexico, and some worry that a catastrophic oil spill could occur, even worse than the BP spill last year. Correspondent Greg Dobbs is in Mexico to investigate. Then, correspondent Maura Axelrod introduces us to a unique hospital in Afghanistan, where American doctors and nurses are trying to bring modern medicine to a place that badly needs it.
Episode Number: 0839
Synopsis: The extraordinary stories you didn't see anywhere else this year, from the chaos of combat in Kandahar to advocating for soldiers back home; from terror threats in Kenya to America's home-grown jihadists. A hopeful but arduous search for World War II heroes, legal battles and fist-fights over photographers' rights, and appeals from Venezuela to protect a Jewish haven - these stories and more, as we look back on the unforgettable people and pictures of 2010.
Episode Number: 0838
Synopsis: World Report is on a harrowing journey with 3 North Korean refugees. After escaping their country's brutal regime, they are sold into virtual slavery, and must attempt a dangerous escape for freedom. Why aren't countries doing more to help them? Then, preparing for the worst. There's big money to be made in building survival shelters for people who, for different reasons, think the end might be near. We take you inside their lives, and bunkers. It's Cribs for survivalists!
Episode Number: 0837
Synopsis: Correspondent Maura Axelrod and cameraman Lucian Read spent three weeks embedded with the 1-75 Widowmakers as they fought their way through an area around Kandahar, Afghanistan, that's been called 'The Green Hell.' Then, a Texas high school football team that never has a home game - because their 'home' is behind the wire.
Episode Number: 0836
Synopsis: Whistleblowers we talked to say that the military is handing out pills like candy to help stressed combat troops cope, with sometimes catastrophic results. Next, we meet a high school football star who'd like to be known for what he can do, not what he's missing. He's an extraordinary kid. Finally, we're in a place where the family car has only two wheels, and just crossing the street is a delicate dance.
Episode Number: 0835
Synopsis: With an out of control drug war raging in nearby Mexico, residents of Ft. Hancock, Texas, are afraid that it will spread across a totally open border to their quiet town. Next, many public schools in Maine are desperate for money as the economy falters and enrollment drops. So some schools are turning to an unlikely source for students and money: China. Finally, the amazing work of Mother Maria Louisa, a Spanish nun devoted to serving the desperate children of a notorious Venezuelan slum.
Episode Number: 0834
Synopsis: NASA's shuttle program is shutting down soon. What will that do to the civilians on the 'space coast' in Florida - where thousands of jobs depend on NASA? Next, correspondent Paul Beban retraces the steps of an extraordinary rendition gone wrong, and talks with Abu Omar, the alleged terrorist at the center of it all. And finally, on a lighter note, a Denver restaurant combines cannabis with the culinary arts. It's a World Report Viewfinder.
Episode Number: 0833
Synopsis: A revolutionary database finds matches for kidney transplant patients far faster than traditional methods. So why do some major hospitals resist it? Then, entrepreneur and activist Richard Lee built a business empire out of medical marijuana. Now he's leading the charge to pass California's Prop 19, which would make it legal to smoke pot for fun.
Episode Number: 0832
Synopsis: If your whole town was declared a Superfund site, you'd probably want to leave. But you're not from Picher, Oklahoma, the nation's most toxic town. Next, the FBI just rounded up dozens of allegedly corrupt cops in Puerto Rico, the latest salvo in the island's drug war. Maura Axelrod is with the dealers, the users, and law enforcement to get an up-close look at the island's drug crisis. And Greg Dobbs gives us a sneak peek at the vehicles NASA hopes to drive on an asteroid, Mars, or beyond.
Episode Number: 0831
Synopsis: In 1942, a Coast Guard plane went down in Greenland while on a daring rescue mission. Nearly 70 years later, the Coast Guard is on another daring mission, searching for the lost crew on the ice cap so they can be brought home and buried with full military honors. Next, we meet a photographer who is documenting the rapid melting of glacial ice in some of the world's most remote areas. Finally, an emotional story of a man with a dark past who is now working tirelessly for peace.
Episode Number: 0830
Synopsis: Iran, long been suspected of meddling in Iraqi affairs, is now actually bombing Iraqi territory. Correspondent Willem Marx is near the volatile Iran-Iraq border to investigate reports of civilians being targeted. Then, entrepreneur and activist Richard Lee built a business empire out of medical marijuana. Now he's leading the charge to pass California's Prop 19, which would make it legal to smoke pot for fun. And finally, a Denver restaurant combines cannabis with the culinary arts.
Episode Number: 0829
Synopsis: Emergency rooms are becoming more and more dangerous, as attacks on nurses become more and more common. Many times, the attackers aren't even prosecuted. We'll tell you why, and what some nurses are doing to protect themselves. Next, Jeffrey Kaye takes us inside a most unusual airline - ICE Air. Every trip is one-way. And finally, a disturbing but poignant World Report Viewfinder - the voices of African child soldiers who made it home.
Episode Number: 0828
Synopsis: Rosarno, Italy is a town controlled almost completely by the Calabrian mafia, the 'Ndrangheta. Nothing happens there without their say-so; including the employment of hundreds of illegal African immigrants at near-slave wages and no benefits. It was all going smoothly for the mafia, until the immigrants fought back. And, a World Report Viewfinder - a Detroit native has taken over two crumbling city blocks with his homegrown art project, giving new life to the roughest part of the city.
Episode Number: 0827
Synopsis: Newly released data shows alarming numbers of our soldiers are taking psychiatric drugs, sometimes in cocktails of ten prescriptions or more. Whistleblowers we talked to say that the military is handing out pills like candy to help stressed combat troops cope, with sometimes catastrophic results. Then, Uganda's Friendship Village, a one-of-a-kind success story. Here, women lead their families out of destitution and into self-sufficiency with help from an American non-profit.
Episode Number: 0826
Synopsis: The government videotapes us all the time, but what happens when we videotape them? People are being prosecuted for taping their encounters with police, often when the police are behaving badly. Greg Dobbs asks why. Next, we're in Afghanistan with the women of the 101st Air Combat Brigade. They're elite helicopter pilots, some of the very few females allowed to engage in direct combat. Finally, a World Report "Viewfinder" from inside the tunnels that connect blockaded Gaza to the outside world.
Episode Number: 0825
Synopsis: CIA renditions were carried out in secret until a Muslim cleric was snatched off the streets of Milan in broad daylight. Italy has convicted CIA agents of kidnapping and sentenced them to prison. Correspondent Paul Beban retraces the steps of an extraordinary rendition gone wrong, and talks with Abu Omar, the man at the center of it all. Then, neuroscientist Jim Fallon studies what makes psychopaths tick, and through his research discovered some disturbing truths about his own brain.
Episode Number: 0824
Synopsis: Iran has long been suspected of meddling in Iraqi affairs, but now they are actually bombing Iraqi territory. Correspondent Willem Marx is near the volatile Iran-Iraq border to investigate reports of civilians being targeted. Next, the latest in our series on faith, Jennifer London examines pro athletes' very public displays of faith - are these simply individual acts, or is there something deeper and more organized happening?
Episode Number: 0823
Synopsis: We go inside the elite "Task Force Shadow" in Afghanistan. Part of the 101st Airborne, its pilots and medics fly unarmed helicopters into active combat zones to evacuate seriously injured soldiers. World Report goes along with them for a first-hand look at the horror and heroism of war. Then, Greg Dobbs takes a drive on the 'Loneliest Road in America' - Highway 50 in Nevada. It's the middle of nowhere, but it's the center of the universe for the surprising people who choose to live alongside it.
Episode Number: 0822
Synopsis: We are in South Africa during the World Cup to examine the successes, and failures, of post-apartheid efforts to equalize opportunities for blacks. Also from South Africa, an interview with Archbishop Desmond Tutu. Next, an investigation - are American kids being recruited to fight with a fundamentalist Islamic terror group in Africa? Finally, corespondent Paul Beban introduces us to a unique church that combines body blows and biblical passages.
Episode Number: 0821
Synopsis: The French Foreign Legion, famous from movies, is alive and well and training in a remote African country for their next mission. Correspondent Michael Davie goes inside. Then Greg Dobbs talks with Richard Land, a Southern Baptist opposing immigration hardliners - many of them Christian conservatives like himself. And finally, the latest in our Viewfinder series: the amazing work of Mother Maria Luisa, a Spanish nun devoted to serving desperate children in a Venezuela slum.
Episode Number: 0820
Synopsis: The NFL has recently made high-profile announcements about the treatment and prevention of concussions and head injuries in their players after years of denial and obstruction. But what about the players who built the league? Next, the latest in Hugo Chavez's bid to control all information in Venezuela - 'Hugowood.' It's his very own movie studio. Plus, a 'Viewfinder' which features incredible new pictures of the erupting volcano in Iceland.
Episode Number: 0819
Synopsis: Richard O'Barry has spent his entire adult life looking after dolphins. He says his whole outlook changed when one committed suicide, dying in his arms. Next, we're in Oklahoma City, one of the fattest places in the country. Mayor Mick Cornett has put the whole town on a diet. Also, our new series, "Inside Daily Lives." We gave regular people in Afghanistan cameras and they told us their stories.
Episode Number: 0818
Synopsis: Colombia, supported by billions in military aid from the United States, and Venezuela, supported by billions from Russia, Cuba and even Iran, are in the midst of a tense stand-off. Many worry this could go from cold war to shooting war ... with American prestige and power at stake. Greg Dobbs reports from South America. Also, a World Report Viewfinder about the battle between Amsterdam's prostitutes, artists and city council.
Episode Number: 0817
Synopsis: An exclusive interview with Sinead O'Connor and an investigation into 'Ireland's Shame,' sexual abuse in the Catholic Church. Then, food allergies in the U.S. have exploded, but now one research scientist may have the key to a cure. It's worms. Finally, our "Education on the Edge" series is from Cambodia, where a generation ago genocide all but wiped out the educated, including teachers. Now, with few resources, the country is trying to build a school system from scratch.
Episode Number: 0816
Synopsis: Kenya's image as an oasis of stability on a tumultuous continent was shattered when long-simmering ethnic resentments exploded into violence two years ago. Will it become the world's latest failed state? Next, Jeffrey Kaye takes us inside a most unusual airline - ICE Air. Every trip is one-way. And we are on the Gulf Coast, talking to some of the real men and women who will be most affected by the calamitous oil spill. You'll want to hear what they have to say.
Episode Number: 0815
Synopsis: Venezuela's Hugo Chavez is well known for his hostility to the U.S. and capitalism. What you may not know is that he is hostile to some of his own people - Venezuelan Jews. It appears that he's trying to drive them from his country, and he's succeeding. Next, an interview with Diane Ravitch, the intellectual force behind No Child Left Behind and charter schools. Now she's changed her mind! Finally, a Viewfinder from Afghanistan, where a brutal outlaw sport is popular once again.
Episode Number: 0814
Synopsis: Kenya faces a serious threat to its security and stablity from an al-Qaeda affiliate from neighboring Somalia called al-Shabaab. Paul Beban reports on what needs be done to stop the insurgency there. Next, an effort to translate the Bible into every language on Earth.Finally, a World Report Maverick: Tom Ryan is a fast-food genius, and thinks he knows why you eat what you eat. He has a new plan to give you what you crave.
Episode Number: 0813
Synopsis: Hundreds of thousands of U.S. troops are returning from war with Traumatic Brain Injury - many with little hope of returning to normal lives. Why has the U.S. Army resisted a promising new treatment? Then, billions of dollars in U.S. loans and investments are guided by what some consider a higher authority than the U.S. government: Islam. Finally, our series 'Viewfinder' is in Colorado's high desert to document the tough, lonely life of America's shepherds.
Episode Number: 0812
Synopsis: Militias are on the rise: the FBI just arrested 9 members of an armed group in the Midwest that was allegedly plotting against the government. Correspondent Carol McKinley is on the inside with one militia group to find out what might make them pull the trigger on violence. Next, Paul Beban introduces us to a unique church that combines body blows and biblical passages. Finally, an Italian town tries to recover from the devastation of a deadly earthquake.
Episode Number: 0811
Synopsis: Rio de Janiero, where verdant mountains meet legendary beaches, has been awarded the 2016 Olympic Summer Games. But there is another Rio, where a war is raging and claiming 5,000 lives a year. Correspondent Maura Axelrod investigates. "Education on the Edge" continues from Cambodia, where a generation ago genocide all but wiped out the educated, including teachers. Now, with few resources, the country is trying to build a school system from scratch, in time to serve its newest generation.
Episode Number: 0810
Synopsis: Divorce proceedings have a new twist: record numbers of ex-wives are writing the alimony checks instead of receiving them. World Report looks at the new downside for women who out-succeed their ex-husbands. Then, how small villages in Egypt are giving girls something their mothers and grandmothers never had: a chance to go to school. And, we meet OG's -- original gang members -- trying to keep the gang friendships but leave the gang crime. Can it be done? Police have their doubts.
Episode Number: 0809
Synopsis: The U.S. is the only country in the world where kids as young as 13 can be sentenced to life in prison without parole. A group of law students in Florida is aiming to change that. Next, you'd think that after winning 14 NCAA National Championships, a team could get a little respect. But the champions we will introduce you to don't even get funding from their own school! Finally, a World Report Viewfinder about the battle between Amsterdam's prostitutes, artists and city council.
Episode Number: 0808
Synopsis: Kenya's image as an oasis of stability on a tumultuous continent was shattered when long-simmering ethnic resentments exploded into violence two years ago. Can Kenya weather another storm, or will it become Africa's latest failed state? Next, Nick Vujicic proves that life is what you make of it. Correspondent Greg Dobbs introduces us to an extraordinary, inspiring World Report Maverick.
Episode Number: 0807
Synopsis: In just a generation, the number of food allergies in the U.S. has exploded, affecting millions of children, but now one research scientist may have the key to a cure. The drawback: the very idea of taking this medicine can turn your stomach. Then, how one church throws open its doors to a group society shuns: sex offenders. Finally, one of the world's oldest living cities and a group of young men who are trying to save it.
Episode Number: 0806
Synopsis: Rio de Janiero, a place of singular beauty where verdant mountains meet legendary beaches, has been awarded the 2016 Olympic Summer Games. But there is another Rio, where a war is raging and claiming 5,000 lives a year. Correspondent Maura Axelrod investigates. Next, Shuttle Endeavour takes flight in the final nighttime launch of the space shuttle program, as NASA's future remains very much up in the air. Finally, a 'Viewfinder' from Afghanistan.
Episode Number: 0805
Synopsis: Some see Chinese investment in Africa as economic bridge-building, others as a grab for the continent's resources. World Report explores how China's growing focus affects stability, human rights, and U.S. interests. Then, we're inside the halls of a California high school where young refugees from war-torn countries strive for an education, and a chance at the American Dream. Finally, the latest World Report Viewfinder: a voice from the inner city -- eloquent, angry, hopeful. You'll be amazed whose it is.
Episode Number: 0804
Synopsis: Kenya faces a serious threat to its security and stablity from an al-Qaeda affiliate from neighboring Somalia called al-Shabaab. Paul Beban reports on what needs be done to stop the insurgency there. Next, a World Report Maverick: Tom Ryan is a fast-food genius, and thinks he knows why you eat what you eat. He has a new plan to give you what you crave. Finally, a great Buddhist lama dies, and a search begins for his reincarnation. It's a World Report Viewfinder from India.
Episode Number: 0803
Synopsis: Dr. Lee Carhart has one of the most dangerous jobs in the world, one of only ten doctors in the country that will do late-term abortions. Jennifer London has an exclusive interview. Next, to the island of Puerto Rico, which is awash in drugs and is a major transit point for traffickers on their way to the U.S. mainland. We go inside the shooting galleries and the drug busts to investigate. And finally, a World Report Maverick -- Rusty Haight, a human crash test dummy. He's been in over 1,000 car wrecks and counting.
Episode Number: 0802
Synopsis: Greg Dobbs investigates American kids recruited to fight with a fundamentalist Islamic terror group. Next, Dr. Peter Pronovost has come up with a brilliantly simple, but incredibly effective, checklist that can save thousands of lives a year. So why are so many other doctors refusing to follow his prescription? Finally, a World Report Viewfinder: 'Shooting Sumatra' -- battling climate change, one picture at a time.
Episode Number: 0801
Synopsis: Militias are on the rise in the U.S., arming themselves to the teeth against what they say is a government growing too big. Correspondent Carol McKinley is on the inside with one militia group to find out what might make them pull the trigger on violence. Next, one country has discovered a way to provide insurance for all with private companies. How do they do it? Finally, poignant personal stories about heathcare in America.
Episode Number: 0741
Synopsis: From human trafficking in South Africa to Agent Orange in Vietnam; from a fast-growing Christian movement to Iraq's rapid-fire transition, and a string of killings connected to one U.S. army base, this is a look back at World Report's most extraordinary stories of 2009. The unforgettable people and places we featured this year.
Episode Number: 0740
Synopsis: War in the Democratic Republic of the Congo has left millions dead; millions more have been displaced, raped, or tortured. UN troops are there to try to stop the killing, but the mission is difficult, and has repercussions not only for central Africa, but for peacekeeping missions around the world. Then, we're inside the halls of an Oakland, California high school, where young refugees from war-torn countries strive for an education, and a chance at the American Dream.
Episode Number: 0739
Synopsis: Chinese investment in Africa is rising exponentially. Some see it as economic bridge-building, others as a grab for the continent's resources. World Report travels throughout Africa to explore how China's growing focus affects stability, human rights, and U.S. interests in the Sub-Saharan continent. Then, people suffering from debilitating or terminal illnesses travel to a clinic in Switzerland because that nation has some of the most liberal assisted suicide laws in the world. A court case in Montana may make it a constitutional right there, too.
Episode Number: 0738
Synopsis: An encore presentation of our undercover investigation into human trafficking. South Africa is a center for the trade but there is still no plan to stop or even police it, even as the country plans for the World Cup. Correspondent Paul Beban captures human traffickers on film and nearly completes a purchase to "acquire" ten women. Then, a World Report Viewfinder about an innovative program in Wisconsin that links struggling local farmers and school cafeterias. Goodbye mystery meat ... hello vegetables?
Episode Number: 0737
Synopsis: Dr. Lee Carhart is an abortion doctor, one of the most dangerous jobs in the world, one of only ten in the country that will do late-term abortions. Jennifer London has an exclusive interview. Then, born into India's lowest caste, she's rising up on behalf of her country's most vulnerable population, at great personal cost. Then, a World Report Viewfinder. Inside Afghanistan, where the cost of drug abuse is measured in American and Afghan lives.
Episode Number: 0736
Synopsis: People suffering from debilitating or terminal illnesses travel to a clinic in Switzerland because that nation has some of the most liberal assisted suicide laws in the world. A court case in Montana may make it a constitutional right there, too. Next, a journey to Siberia, where a reclusive mystic claims he is Jesus Christ. Finally, for Veterans' Day, a special group of veterans who make sure that their brothers-in-arms from World War II get burials befitting heroes.
Episode Number: 0735
Synopsis: NASA is testing the new Ares rocket, designed to bring us back to the Moon and on to Mars. But can we really afford to explore anymore? Next, to the island of Puerto Rico, which is awash in drugs. Addiction is at epidemic levels, and it is a major transit point for traffickers on their way to the U.S. mainland. We go inside the shooting galleries and the drug busts to investigate. Finally, a great Buddhist lama dies, and a search begins for his reincarnation. The search ends in Washington DC, and with the enthronement of 'The Littlest Tulku.'
Episode Number: 0734
Synopsis: The French Foreign Legion, famous from movies, is alive and well and training in a remote African country for their next mission: Afghanistan. It is brutal desert training, trying to turn men of questionable pasts into elite soldiers. Correspondent Michael Davie goes inside. In the latest edition of our ongoing series on faith, we're inside the growing Quiverfull Movement, where families have as many children as possible. Is eight enough? Not necessarily, say these families!
Episode Number: 0733
Synopsis: The debate on healthcare reform centers on the controversial 'public option' -- the creation of a government-run health insurance program to help achieve universal coverage. But one country has discovered a way to provide insurance for all with private companies. How do they do it? Next, Carol McKinley examines a growing phenomenon -- child preachers. She meets kids as young as two who preach to adoring and believing congregants. Finally, poignant personal stories about heathcare in America.
Episode Number: 0732
Synopsis: Hundreds of thousands of people gathered in Havana's Revolution Square a few weeks ago for a concert featuring an artist based in Miami, it was the latest sign that Cuban - U.S. relations are undergoing big changes. But not everyone is happy about this, not by a long shot. Paul Beban reports from Havana. Next, we meet ex-convicts who are cashing in on their dark pasts. And finally, a World Report Maverick -- Rusty Haight, a human crash test dummy. He's been in over 1,000 car wrecks and counting.
Episode Number: 0731
Synopsis: Militias are on the rise in the U.S., arming themselves to the teeth against what they say is a government growing too big. Correspondent Carol McKinley is on the inside with one militia group, to find out what might make them pull the trigger on violence. Then, born into India's lowest caste, she's rising up on behalf of her country's most vulnerable population, at great personal cost. And finally, for some Californians, surfing has literally become a religious experience.
Episode Number: 0730
Synopsis: Special Correspondent Tamara Banks embeds with U.S. and Iraqi soldiers and interviews CENTCOM Commander, General David Petraeus. Banks was given extraordinary access and examines all aspects of the transition, from special forces training to a new CSI team in Baghdad. Gen. Petraeus discusses the transition, our continuing fight in Afghanistan, President Obama, and rumors that he will run against his boss in 2012.
Episode Number: 0729
Synopsis: Nick Vujicic was born with no arms and no legs. Yet Vujicic has turned his disability into living proof that limits aren't always what they seem. Correspondent Greg Dobbs introduces us to an extraordinary World Report Maverick. Then, in China, whistleblowers, dissidents, and ordinary people seeking justice declared mentally ill, hospitalized, then medicated against their will and often beaten. Finally, a World Report Viewfinder -- children who literally have to do a high-wire act, just to get to school.
Episode Number: 0728
Synopsis: The French Foreign Legion, famous from movies, is alive and well and training in a remote African country for their next mission. Correspondent Michael Davie goes inside. Next, even during a recession, there's one business that is booming -- Cooperstown Dreams Park. How one man is capitalizing on our enduring love of baseball by giving kids and their families a week they'll always remember.
Episode Number: 0727
Synopsis: In the latest edition of our ongoing series on faith, we're inside the growing Quiverfull Movement, where families have as many children as possible. Next, food security. Within the next few decades, India will become the most populous country in the world. How will they feed 1.5 billion people when fewer and fewer are farming, and farms are less and less productive? Finally, meet real-life 'Nacho Libres,' every-day guys who at night turn into masked heroes of Latino wrestling.
Episode Number: 0726
Synopsis: The U.S. is the only country in the world where kids as young as 13 can be sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. A group of law students in Florida is aiming to change that. Next, scientists say that the volcano that destroyed Pompeii is getting ready to explode again. Finally, a "Viewfinder" from behind the scenes of the preparation of one of the world's most bizarre dinners.
Episode Number: 0725
Synopsis: In China, speaking truth to power has never been easy. But now, a disturbing trend: whistleblowers, dissidents, and ordinary people seeking justice declared mentally ill, hospitalized, then medicated against their will and often beaten. Victims say it is a way for Chinese officials to silence dissidents. Next, the latest in our continuing series on faith, Beyond Belief. Carol McKinley examines a growing phenomenon -- child preachers. She meets kids as young as two who take the pulpit to preach to adoring and believing congregants. Finally, NASA finally gets Shuttle Endeavour off the ground, and gets ready for a planned crash landing into the moon.
Episode Number: 0724
Synopsis: Chesapeake Bay, where watermen in small boats harvest the legendary blue crab, is dying. It's a victim of massive suburban growth and industrial pollution. Scientists say the bay can be saved, but do we have the will to do it? Next, a World Report Viewfinder from the African nation of Sudan. Filmmaker Tamara Banks traveled there to witness men, women, and children being released from slavery. Finally, a journey into the wilds of Siberia, where a reclusive mystic claims he is Jesus Christ.
Episode Number: 0723
Synopsis: War in the Democratic Republic of the Congo has left millions dead; millions more have been displaced, raped, or tortured. UN troops are there to try to stop the killing, but the mission is difficult, and has repercussions not only for central Africa, but for peacekeeping missions around the world. Then, we are in Los Angeles with a group of taggers who use the whole city as a canvas for their graffiti. They call themselves artists, the police call them criminals. Who wins this battle will go a long way in determining what L.A. will look like in the future.
Episode Number: 0722
Synopsis: When a woman is sexually assaulted, she is generally asked to submit to a so-called 'rape kit,' a process that aims to extract any DNA that the attacker has left behind. But despite the promise of justice, thousands of rape kits, possibly hundreds of thousands, sit on shelves, untouched, untested. World Report investigates. Next, we visit Angola State Penitentiary in Louisiana, where the warden is resorting to unusual methods to keep the inmates in line. It's necessary, he says, when so many of the prisoners are serving life, and getting so old. Finally, a NASA launch that takes the first step toward man's return to the moon.
Episode Number: 0721
Synopsis: This week, an undercover investigation into the brutal world of human trafficking. South Africa is a center for the trade but there is still no plan to stop or even police it, even as the country plans for the World Cup next year. Correspondent Paul Beban captures human traffickers on film and nearly completes a purchase to "acquire" ten women. Next, in Italy, high fashion isn't only for the elite. You won't believe how good cops can look, and what they drive. Finally, a World Report Viewfinder -- children who literally have to do a high-wire act, just to get to school.
Episode Number: 0720
Synopsis: There is a bloody war going on in Mexico, a war that is spilling over the border into the American Southwest. This war, waged by drug cartels against each other and Mexico's government, is fought with American guns. Tens of thousands flow south in what is called the 'Iron River.' Next, Tatarstan, a republic in the heart of Russia where Christians and Muslims live in harmony. Oil wealth makes it extremely important to Moscow, but now there are many there who think that the Republic should break away. What's next for Tatarstan, Russia's jewel? Finally, a 'Viewfinder' featuring one of the world's oldest living cities and a group of young men who are trying to save it.
Episode Number: 0719
Synopsis: A string of 15 murders and attempted homicides have been committed by soldiers currently (or formerly) based at Fort Carson, CO. What is causing these men to kill? Critics say that veterans are coming home with mental problems caused by combat stress, but the Army isn't doing enough to ease them back into civilian life. Correspondent Carol McKinley obtained an exclusive jailhouse interview with one of the men convicted of taking part in a murder, who says he returned from the war in Iraq with PTSD but was offered little, if any, help by the Army. Also, the Army's new efforts to help returning soldiers cope with battle stress.
Episode Number: 0718
Synopsis: World Report continues its series on migration, 'Moving Millions.' Globalization has sparked an enormous movement of people and companies from one country to another, creating migration issues on a whole new scale. This week, "Race to the Bottom" examines what happens as big employers move in search of ever-cheaper labor. How does a place change when big companies move in? And what becomes of the communities left behind? And, NASA's high-risk mission to fix the Hubble Space Shuttle is underway; worries over a debris strike, five straight spacewalks, and a rescue crew still standing-by.
Episode Number: 0717
Synopsis: As Shuttle Atlantis races to repair the Hubble Space Telescope, World Report examines the dangers of what might be the riskiest Shuttle flight ever. Next, in a personal journey, correspondent Jeffrey Kaye examines Europe's new efforts to control illegal immigration, from its own neighborhood all the way to the shores of Africa. Finally, in anticipation of Memorial Day, a World Report Viewfinder about a special group of veterans who make sure that their brothers-in-arms from World War II get burials befitting heroes.
Episode Number: 0716
Synopsis: Soccer is in the blood of every Italian. But now, an inordinate number of professional players are being struck down in their prime by ALS, better known as Lou Gehrig's disease. Doctors are scrambling to figure out why. Next, Greg Dobbs is in Indonesia, where 20% of child deaths are blamed on contaminated water. Now, a western initiative is trying to bring clean water to more people in Indonesia, but to work, the effort must overcome poverty, corruption, and a resistant culture. Finally, a World Report Viewfinder, a look at the world through the lenses of independent filmmakers. This week, wrestling alligators in Colorado.
Episode Number: 0715
Synopsis: When a woman is sexually assaulted, she is generally asked to submit to a so-called "rape kit," a highly invasive and laborious process that aims to extract any DNA that the attacker has left behind. But despite the promise of justice, thousands of rape kits, possibly hundreds of thousands, sit on shelves, untouched, untested. World Report investigates. Next, in Italy, high fashion isn't only for the elite. You won't believe how good cops can look, and what they drive. Next, where oil wealth has led, ironically, to big deficiencies in the food supply. We'll tell you why. Then, NASA's preparing a mission to extend the life of the Hubble Telescope, but it will put astronauts in danger. So the space agency's has a daring rescue plan. Finally, stunning new pictures of Saturn from the Cassini spacecraft.
Episode Number: 0714
Synopsis: World Report reveals the ghost that the United States left behind when our troops left Vietnam -- Agent Orange. Greg Dobbs traveled to Vietnam and was allowed exclusive access to "hot zones" for a report that reveals hundreds of people -- especially children born years after the war - suffer from debilitating deformities, mental retardation, and cancer. Many believe these conditions are a direct result of Agent Orange. Should the U.S. be doing more to help? Then, a journey into the wilds of Siberia, where a reclusive mystic claims he is Jesus Christ ... 5,000 people believe, and have given up everything to follow him. What is going on up there?
Episode Number: 0713
Synopsis: For every one percent increase in the unemployment rate, over a million people lose their health insurance. This means huge increases in ER visits to public hospitals, which treat everyone regardless of their ability to pay. This safety net is fraying, and hospitals are scrambling to figure out ways not to cut care, while staying solvent. Next, we travel to Tatarstan, a republic in the heart of Russia. Unlike Chechnya, Tatarstan is a place where Christians and Muslims live in harmony. Oil wealth makes Tatarstan extremely important to Moscow, but now there are many who think that the Republic should breakaway from mother Russia. What's next for Tatarstan, Russia's jewel? Finally, the extraordinary words of a young woman who was, like so many women in Africa and Asia, the victim of an acid attack. She redefines hope and beauty.
Episode Number: 0712
Synopsis: When NASA's Space Shuttle program is retired next year, the U.S. will be relying on the Russian space agency to get into space and to the International Space Station for the next five years. What happens if the Russians use access to space as a diplomatic bargaining chip? Next, an encore presentation of our story "Bill Gates and the Indian Eunuchs," which was honored with a National Headliner Award. It's about an unlikely partnership fighting AIDS and infanticide in India. And finally, our World Report team is on a tiny island of free-roaming monkeys, devoted to primate research. The only problem is, some of the monkeys bite and carry a virus that's deadly to humans.
Episode Number: 0711
Synopsis: In the midst of a global recession, the world's economic recovery largely depends on what the U.S. and China do next. World Report explores 'Chimerica,' the interconnection between two economic superpowers, and the urgent solutions that are called for. Then, as millions migrate around the globe in search of opportunity, some are finding only exploitation. Correspondent Jeffrey Kaye is in Dubai, where an over-the-top luxurious skyline is under construction. But some of the foreign workers who make it possible are trapped in jobs that offer far less than promised, with no way to get home. And finally, our series Beyond Belief is in Nigeria, where one church combines two religions: they call it "Chrislam."
Episode Number: 0710
Synopsis: Australia is suffering through a drought the likes of which have never been seen before. "The Big Dry," as they call it, is threatening its entire agricultural way of life. Some say global warming, coupled with bad farming practices, are to blame, and Australia may be the first developed country to face massive upheaval because of climate change. Next, we are in Los Angeles with a group of taggers who use the whole city as a canvas for their graffiti. They call themselves artists, the police call them criminals. Who wins this battle will go a long way in determining what L.A. will look like in the future. And an update on the launch of Space Shuttle Discovery.
Episode Number: 0709
Synopsis: Greg Dobbs is in Indonesia, where 20% of child deaths are blamed on contaminated water. Now, a western initiative is trying to bring clean water to more people in Indonesia, but to work, the effort must overcome poverty, corruption, and a resistant culture. Then, meet real-life 'Nacho Libres,' every-day guys who at night turn into masked heroes of Latino wrestling. Finally, a fascinating story about wild mustangs, taken from federal lands, trained by hardened criminals, then ridden by officers of the U.S. Border Patrol protecting some of our most rugged border areas. They even marched in the inaugural parade. Correspondent Carol McKinley explains.
Episode Number: 0708
Synopsis: World Report reveals the ghost that the United States left behind when our troops left Vietnam - Agent Orange. Greg Dobbs traveled to Vietnam for a report that reveals hundreds of people - especially children born years after the war - suffer from grotesque, debilitating deformities, mental retardation and cancer. Many Vietnamese believe these conditions are a direct result of Agent Orange. Should the U.S. be doing more to help the children who are still suffering over 30 years after the war? Next, meet the women of Uganda's Friendship Village. With hard work and help from an American non-profit, these women have lifted themselves out of utter poverty and created a self-sustaining, hopeful community.
Episode Number: 0707
Synopsis: As millions migrate around the globe in search of opportunity, some are finding only exploitation. Correspondent Jeffrey Kaye is in Dubai, where an over-the-top luxurious skyline is under construction. But some of the foreign workers who make it possible are trapped in jobs that offer far less than promised, with no way to get home. Next, correspondent Paul Beban sits down with Pastor Joel Hunter. He draws over 10,000 to his sermons every week, and thousands more online. But he also draws fire from his allies in the evangelical movement for working with Democrats. He's a World Report Maverick. Then our series Beyond Belief is in Nigeria, where one church combines two religions: they call it "Chrislam."
Episode Number: 0706
Synopsis: 200 million people now live outside the countries of their birth. As Americans know well, this puts big strains on the countries they travel to. Europe is now struggling with this phenomenon, too, and launching unprecedented efforts to keep 'undesirable' migrants out. Correspondent Jeffrey Kaye travels to England, Poland, and the African nation of Senegal to see these efforts first hand. It's the second installment of our series on global migration, 'Moving Millions.' Next, we examine the cutting-edge technology in prosthetics -- scientists are literally creating bionic men and women, many of whom lost limbs in Iraq.
Episode Number: 0705
Synopsis: World Report begins its 3-part series, "Moving Millions." Globalization has sparked an enormous movement of people and companies from one country to another, creating migration issues on a whole new scale. This week, "Race to the Bottom" examines what happens as big employers move in search of ever-cheaper labor. How does a place change when big companies move in? And what becomes of the communities left behind? Then, our World Report team is on a tiny island of free-roaming monkeys, devoted to primate research. The only problem is, some of the monkeys bite and carry a virus that's deadly to humans.
Episode Number: 0704
Synopsis: For-profit clinical pharmaceutical trials have become a big business, and are almost totally unregulated. This has led to a new profession -- human "guinea pigs" who allow themselves to be poked and prodded in the name of science. But big questions are being raised about ethics and safety. Then, tiny Denmark is making billions selling green technologies around the world. They've replaced dying industries with cutting edge, environmentally friendly manufacturing. They're now a world leader, and the U.S. is lagging far behind. How did this happen, and what can be done?. Finally, Sacramento, California, is the most likely American city to suffer a Katrina-like flood. In fact, this state capital may be more exposed than New Orleans ever was. Correspondent Marla Tellez looks at the risks, and what's being done to minimize them.
Episode Number: 0703
Synopsis: World Report presents, unedited, the inauguration of Barack Obama. We will air the oath of office, and the entire inaugural address, without interruption or commentary. Next, correspondent Paul Beban sits down with Pastor Joel Hunter. He draws over 10,000 to his sermons every week -- and thousands more online. But he also draws fire from his allies in the evangelical movement for working with Democrats. He's a World Report Maverick. Finally, a fascinating story about wild mustangs, taken from federal lands, trained by hardened criminals, then ridden by officers of the U.S. Border Patrol in some of our most rugged areas. They'll also be marching in the inaugural parade. Correspondent Carol McKinley explains.
Episode Number: 0702
Synopsis: In the midst of a global recession, the world's economic recovery largely depends on what the U.S. and China do next. World Report explores 'Chimerica,' the interconnection between two economic superpowers, and the urgent solutions that are called for. Then, correspondent Greg Dobbs looks at what will be a tumultuous and important year for NASA. In the midst of international competition, budget pressures and a new administration, what's ahead for the space agency? And lastly, meet the women of Uganda's Friendship Village. With hard work and help from an American non-profit, these women have lifted themselves out of utter poverty and created a self-sustaining, hopeful community.
Episode Number: 0701
Synopsis: Pleasant Grove, a small town in Utah, and an obscure religion called Summum, are in a battle that's gone all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court. Correspondent Jennifer London reports on the controversy that pits the Ten Commandments against the 'Seven Aphorisms.' Next, an unlikely partnership is fighting AIDS and infanticide in India. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is funding a group of 'Aravani' -- Indian men who undergo ritual castration -- to work in the rural Indian countryside. Correspondent Paul Beban leads us on an unusual journey. Finally, a WR Index -- which celebrities give the most to charity? There's a big surprise in the top 5 ... and Greg Dobbs has a rare interview with him.
Episode Number: 0639
Synopsis: After presenting 38 episodes, visiting 34 countries and 7 continents, World Report presents the very best of 2008. From Hugo Chavez's black magic in Venezuela, to a 'miracle' in Malawi; from the front lines of the war between Russia and Georgia, to the battle here at home for better medical treatment for our veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan. The most compelling stories and people of 2008.
Episode Number: 0638
Synopsis: World Report correspondent Mick Davie travels to the slums where dozens of suicide bombers -- who have struck around the world, from Madrid to Baghdad -- were raised and recruited by an Al Qaeda affiliate. Next, during the Vietnam War, the Ho Chi Minh Trail allowed the North Vietnamese and the Viet Cong to secretly supply millions of soldiers with guns and ammo to fight American soldiers. Now, the Trail is crawling with Americans ... playing golf! It is a unique strategy to lure tourists to the new Vietnam. Finally, new gear for NASA's coming trips to the moon.
Episode Number: 0637
Synopsis: To many, polygamy conjures images of secluded compounds with women in 19th century prairie dresses. But that's not how many polygamists live. World Report was allowed rare access into the lives of "independent" polygamist families who lead outwardly normal lives in quiet suburban communities. Enticed by booming markets in India's cities, The Coca-Cola Company has pumped more than a billion dollars into the country in recent years. But in rural India, farmers say Coke factories are soaking up a precious resource: water. World Report travels to India to explore the real cost of bottling The Real Thing. Finally, on the 40th anniversary of the Tet Offensive, we examine the evolving Vietnam and its relationship with the U.S.
Episode Number: 0636
Synopsis: World Report explores a twist in the events that threatened to ignite a new Cold War: what looked like Russian aggression against Georgia this summer may have been something very different. We were in Georgia when the fighting started, and take a fresh look at a foreign policy quandary that's still unfolding. Then, correspondent Greg Dobbs gets behind the wheel and under the hood of a natural gas car. It runs cheaper and burns cleaner, but does one belong in your garage? Finally, we're in Haiti to catch up with a World Report Maverick, a Minnesota retiree whose desire to help hungry kids will lead to 40 million meals delivered around the world this year alone.
Episode Number: 0635
Synopsis: For profit clinical pharmaceutical trials have become a big business, and are almost totally unregulated. This has led to a new profession -- human "guinea pigs" who travel all over the country, allowing themselves to be poked and prodded in the name of science. But big ethical questions are being raised, as are questions about safety. Paul Beban goes inside with the "guinea piggers." Next, Greg Dobbs has the latest on Shuttle Endeavour's 15 day mission to the International Space Station. And finally, Leslie Boghosian is in the perennially impoverished African nation of Malawi, where the government has launched a program that, despite initial opposition from the World Bank and many industrialized nations, seems to be highly effective. They are now not only feeding their own people, but they're exporting food, too. What's their secret?
Episode Number: 0634
Synopsis: For Veteran's Day, Greg Dobbs continues his reporting about the epidemic of post traumatic stress disorder and suicide in our armed forces. The Defense Department has initiated an aggressive new program to help the huge numbers of soldiers who come back from Iraq and Afghanistan with PTSD. Next, we are in the Santa Barbara Channel off the coast of California. Offshore drilling was a big campaign issue, and will be one of the first big issues confronting the new Obama administration. Oil men say new technology has made drilling safer than ever before. Finally, a World Report Viewfinder, inside the tunnels that the Viet Cong used during the Vietnam war to move supplies and launch attacks.
Episode Number: 0633
Synopsis: To many, polygamy conjures images of Warren Jeffs and secluded compounds with women in 19th century prairie dresses. But that's not how many polygamists live. World Report was allowed rare access into the lives of "independent" polygamist families who lead outwardly 'normal' lives in quiet suburban communities, ordinary people with an extraordinary secret. Next, we are back in Haiti, which was pummeled this year by four hurricanes. A group of volunteers is trying to stave off a humanitarian catastrophe and Haiti's president is pleading for help. Finally, Paul Beban introduces us to a political maverick, a candidate in Kansas who has changed the way local campaigns are run -- with a cartoon!
Episode Number: 0632
Synopsis: Leslie Boghosian is in the perennially impoverished African nation of Malawi, where the government has launched a program that, despite initial opposition from the World Bank and many industrialized nations, seems to be highly effective. They are now not only feeding their own people, but they're exporting food, too. What's their secret? Then, World Report travels to a safe-house in the hills above Beirut, to talk exclusively with a notorious Arab militant who was recently released from an Israeli jail. Who is he, why was he released, and is he still a threat? On a lighter note, we visit with an extraordinary young man named Ross Ching, who is making beautiful films in his spare time between classes. It's a World Report 'Viewfinder.'
Episode Number: 0631
Synopsis: With keen and poetic insight, author Alexandra Fuller confronts escalating energy development in Wyoming, her adopted home state. Oil and gas is booming in cowboy country, with consequences for towns, wildlife and tradition. Fuller, originally from Africa, is leading a movement to preserve a uniquely American way of life. Then, World Report is in the back alleys of Thailand, a country that depends on the billions that sex tourism brings in every year. Now, some sex workers are fighting back in ways you wouldn't expect. And first-ever views of the planet closest to the sun, Mercury.
Episode Number: 0630
Synopsis: An unlikely partnership is fighting AIDS and infanticide in India. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is funding a group of 'Aravani' -- Indian men who undergo ritual castration -- to work in the rural Indian countryside. Correspondent Paul Beban leads us on an unusual journey. Next, we visit three towns in remotest Alaska. Home to native Alaskan tribes for centuries, these towns are now literally disappearing due to climate change. The residents want to move to higher ground, but need someone else to pay the billions it will take to do so. Finally, on the 40th anniversary of the Tet Offensive, we examine the evolving Vietnam, and its relationship with the U.S.
Episode Number: 0629
Synopsis: The town of La Oroya, high in the Peruvian Andes, is one of the most polluted places in the world. The town is dominated by a massive metal processing plant; 97% of the children have lead poisoning, and twice the arsenic and 6 times the cadmium than the average American child. The landscape, scoured by toxic rain, looks like a moonscape. Who is responsible for the reprehensible conditions? Correspondent Mick Davie traveled to Peru to find out, and learned that the metal processing plant is owned by an American billionaire who promised to clean up the factory, but who many say has only made things worse.
Episode Number: 0628
Synopsis: Enticed by booming markets in India's cities, The Coca-Cola Company has pumped more than a billion dollars into the country in recent years. But in rural India, farmers say Coke factories are soaking up a precious resource: water. World Report travels to India to explore the real cost of bottling The Real Thing. Then, Arizona has passed a slew of tough new laws that target illegal immigrants and the employers that hire them. But now, an unlikely coalition of business leaders and immigrant rights groups are now fighting for a change to the laws. And finally, World Report gets behind the wheel and under the hood of a natural gas car. It runs cheaper and burns cleaner, but does one belong in your garage?
Episode Number: 0627
Synopsis: World Report was inside Georgia as Russian tanks battered the U.S. ally; this week we tell the real story of what was happening there in the days and hours before fighting broke out. Next, a lighter turn as correspondent Paul Beban takes a look at the business of "green" in the latest edition of the World Report Index. Paul's gone searching for cooler, more cutting-edge stuff than recycled paper and Priuses, and crowns the top-5 green innovations. Finally, a World Report Viewfinder -- the series that looks at the world through the eyes of HD filmmakers. This week, we visit an extraordinary young man named Ross Ching, who is making beautiful films in his spare time between classes.
Episode Number: 0626
Synopsis: World Report travels to a safe-house in the hills above Beirut, to talk exclusively with a notorious Arab militant who was recently released from an Israeli jail as part of a prisoner swap with Hezbollah. Who is Samir Kantar, why was he released, and is he still a threat? Next, Paul Beban introduces us to a political maverick, a candidate in Kansas who has changed the way local campaigns are run -- with a cartoon! Finally, a World Report Index. During the Vietnam War, the Ho Chi Minh Trail allowed the North Vietnamese and the Viet Cong to secretly supply millions of soldiers with guns and ammo to fight American soldiers. Now, the Trail is crawling with Americans ... playing golf! It is a unique strategy to lure tourists to the new Vietnam.
Episode Number: 0625
Synopsis: World Report is inside Georgia before and during the Russian onslaught, with exclusive access inside disputed territories. We look beyond the military story, at the roots of this conflict, America's involvement, and whether it might lead to a bigger, more dangerous fight. Next, American Indians are at war with the federal government over billions of dollars in oil and gas revenue. They say they're the victims of government mismanagement and fraud. A federal judge has now ruled for the Indians, but will they ever see any money? Finally, with the Olympics in full-swing, and Muslim separatists in Western China stepping up attacks against the government, we take a look at Islam in China. It is the latest installment of our 'Beyond Belief: The Changing Face of Religion' series.
Episode Number: 0624
Synopsis: Michael Vick, the former NFL star quarterback, is now behind bars for operating a brutal dogfighting ring. What happened to the dogs that survived the beatings, torture and fights? Then, the first of our series 'Mavericks.' This week, Bob Barr, the former right-wing Republican firebrand who is running for president ... as a Libertarian. World Report contributor Jennifer London talks exclusively with this 'Maverick.' Finally, how do you move penguins, ants, sharks, and thousands of other animals and biological specimen? Carefully, very carefully. That's what the California Academy of Science is doing as they move into their stunning new home in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park
Episode Number: 0623
Synopsis: American patients are racing to China for a therapy they can't get in the U.S.: stem cell treatments for everything from MS to Alzheimers to blindness. Some say they get revolutionary treatment and can be cured. Others say it is all hype, and not science. World Report weighs the costs, the hopes, the risks as we join patients on a medical odyssey. Then, Operation Purple. Help for soldiers' kids whose parents are sent to fight in Iraq or Afghanistan: a special summer camp, where they learn key coping skills, and find a unique camaraderie. Finally, the debut of the "World Report Index". This week: which countries top the list for life expectancy? And what's the secret to staying vibrant and healthy well past 100?
Episode Number: 0622
Synopsis: World Report is in the back alleys of Thailand, a country that depends on the billions that sex tourism brings in every year. Now, some sex workers are fighting back in ways you wouldn't expect. Then, can Sweden's open door immigration policy survive a new wave of Muslim immigration? An influx of war refugees is transforming the country, and the economic and political strains are causing Swedes to rethink the generous welcome they give newcomers. Finally, we visit three towns in remotest Alaska. Home to native Alaskan tribes for centuries, these towns are now literally disappearing due to climate change. The residents want to move to higher ground, but need someone else to pay the billions it will take to do so.
Episode Number: 0621
Synopsis: Correspondent Greg Dobbs presents a powerful and disturbing report about the suicide epidemic in the U.S. military. Snce the Iraq war began there has been a six-fold increase in suicide attempts. Experts say that Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is a major cause, and that soldiers in crisis aren't getting the help that they need from the military or the VA, but the Pentagon argues that PTSD isn't a major factor in the rising suicide rates. Then, it's called the Silent Killer, because the disease wreaks medical havoc before patients know they have it. Now, diabetes is striking unprecedented numbers of Americans, and most troubling, record numbers of kids.
Episode Number: 0620
Synopsis: Arizona has passed a slew of tough new laws that target illegal immigrants and the employers that hire them. But now, an unlikely coalition of business leaders and immigrant rights groups are now fighting for a change to the laws. Next, correspondent Paul Beban takes us on a harrowing journey to a massive slum called Payatas that is dependent on the detritus of humanity. Thousands live, work, play, and pray in a sprawling garbage dump. Is this what upward mobility looks like? Finally, a potentially huge discovery by NASA's Phoenix spacecraft. While digging on the 'Red Planet,' it has discovered what scientists believe to be ice!
Episode Number: 0619
Synopsis: India's rapid economic growth has led to a huge increase in their middle class. In 1980 there were 65 million middle class Indians. Today, 300 million (as many as the entire population of the U.S.). By 2020 that number could double to 600 million. All of those consumers will be buying cars, houses, using fuel; in other words, living like Americans. In a word of limited resources, what does that mean for us? Many think higher prices and possibly a lower standard of living. What can be done? Next, how will the rise of millions of new leisure travelers affect popular tourist destinations? Finally, new gear for NASA's coming trips to the moon.
Episode Number: 0618
Synopsis: Will Beijing's smog cloud the Summer Olympics? Elite athletes adjust expectations and training - some even drop their signature events - to compete in some of the worst air pollution on earth. The International Olympic Committee and the Chinese say the air will be clean enough. But are they telling the truth? Then, the rich and beautiful have found a new home: Moscow. World Report follows the unexpected rise of the Russian Minigarchs, and looks at how they wield power in a re-emerging superpower. Finally, Jeffrey Kaye is on the front-lines of the War on Drugs, with armed eradication teams in remote mountains destroying millions of dollars worth of marijuana plants. Incredibly, these plants are being grown in our national forests!
Episode Number: 0617
Synopsis: American patients are racing to China for a therapy they can't get in the US: stem cell treatments. World Report joins these patients through a medical odyssey to assess the costs, the hopes, the risks. Then, a video diary like no other: astronaut Garrett Reisman takes us behind the scenes in high definition at the International Space Station. And finally, while Space Shuttle Discovery launches, NASA's Phoenix has landed, beginning an extraordinary exploration of Mars.
Episode Number: 0616
Synopsis: Reno, Nevada has been rocked by a series of earthquakes for the last few weeks. Thankfully, they've been small, but residents are rattled, and scientists aren't sure if these quakes are a lead-up to a big one, or just a seismic nuisance. Some people aren't taking any chances. Next, we visit Angola State Penitentiary in Louisiana, where the warden is resorting to unusual methods to keep the inmates in line. It's necessary, he says, when so many of the prisoners are serving life, and getting so old. Finally, an encore presentation: a modern-day medicine man high atop the Andes, searching for a little-known, powerful plant. It's been farmed by Peruvians for thousands of years, and may prove to be the next billion-dollar "miracle cure."
Episode Number: 0615
Synopsis: President Bush believes that a peace deal between Israel and the Palestinians can be accomplished before he leaves office. As the President travels to Israel, we ask, does his hope have any basis in reality? Then, Paul Solman examines the weakness of the American dollar. It is hitting historic lows against the Euro and other currencies; it's worth even less than the Canadian Loonie! What does it mean for the health of our economy? Finally, an encore presentation of Beyond Belief: The Funky Friars. It's a look at a group of men breathing new life into a 2,000 year-old church.
Episode Number: 0614
Synopsis: This week, correspondent Greg Dobbs presents a powerful and disturbing report about the suicide epidemic in the U.S. military. It has become a terrible trend -- suicides up some 20% last year; since the Iraq war began, a six-fold increase in suicide attempts. Experts say that Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is a major cause, and that soldiers in crisis aren't getting the help that they need from the military or the VA. Dobbs talks to two soldiers who attempted suicide, and the family of a marine reservist who took his own life. They say he was denied treatment for what was obviously PTSD. The Pentagon argues that PTSD isn't even a major factor in the rising suicide rates. These men and women are the 'untreated casualties' of war. On a lighter note, we visit with an extraordinary young man named Ross Ching, who is making beautiful films, in his spare time between classes. It's a World Report 'Viewfinder.'
Episode Number: 0613
Synopsis: An Earth Day report: Tiny Denmark is making billions selling green technologies around the world. They've replaced dying industries with cutting edge, environmentally friendly manufacturing. They're now a world leader, and the U.S. is lagging far behind. How did this happen, and what can be done? Next, the mayor of London has imposed a big (some say draconian) tax on the use of SUVs in the central city. It is in the name of clean air, but is it fair? Next, concussions in kids' sports. It's happening more and more, and the consequences can be devastating. But many schools aren't equipped to handle them. An innovative new program is aiming to change that. Finally, an Earth Day Viewfinder -- extraordinary new images of our planet in HD, as captured by NASA astronauts.
Episode Number: 0612
Synopsis: Enough trash to fill the Louisiana Superdome many times over -- some of it's toxic, and dangerously close to New Orleans' water supply. World Report investigates the noxious threat from post-Katrina cleanup. Then, boys cast out from their polygamous sect. What were their lives like inside this closed world, and who will help them now? Finally, we meet a man who in many ways made Tiger Woods possible. Charlie Sifford is for golf what Jackie Robinson was in baseball. He broke the color barrier, but only at great personal cost. As all eyes turn to Augusta, Georgia, for the Masters, we have a candid interview with Charlie Sifford about race, sports and what can and can't be forgiven.
Episode Number: 0611
Synopsis: Michael Vick, the former NFL star quarterback, is now behind bars for operating a brutal dogfighting ring. What happened to the dogs that survived the beatings, torture and fights? Some say they should be put to sleep, but families we met say adoption is the better option. Is that safe? Next, Iraqis who supported US goals for their homeland, and helped Americans, are now being hunted down by insurgents. They're pleading for asylum in the United States, but the vast majority are finding the doors to the U.S. shut tight. Finally, the 'Funky Friars.' How one religious order is breathing new life into a 2000 year-old church.
Episode Number: 0610
Synopsis: World Report's Michael Davie joins a modern-day medicine man high atop the Andes, to search for a little-known, powerful plant. It's been farmed by Peruvians for thousands of years, and may prove to be the next billion-dollar miracle cure. Then, Greg Dobbs reports from the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota, where elders banned liquor because of an epidemic of alcoholism. Trouble is, they can't stop white store owners from selling 6-packs right across the border. And finally, it is a powerful explosive, that is completely unregulated and available, with no background check, on the internet. How is this possible in this day and age?
Episode Number: 0609
Synopsis: It is a recurring theme throughout history -- one group killing thousands, millions, because of their religion or ethnicity. Always necessary are the silent onlookers, who do little to stop it. Why are we so slow to react to genocide? Why don't we care? One scientist is trying to answer that question, and figure out what to do about it. Next, HDNet World Report takes viewers deep inside a secret world in Venezuela showing how President Hugo Chavez mixes a brew of government handouts, superstition and religion to extend his anti-US influence throughout Latin America.
Episode Number: 0608
Synopsis: A special 90-minute World Report, with an encore presentation of our two National Headliner Award winners. For "The Forgotten War: Fighting Terror in the Philippines," World Report is in the remote jungles of the southern Philippines to look at the Philippine military's war against Abu Sayyaf guerrillas. American Special Forces are there, quietly but effectively supporting their mission, against a reputed Al-Qaeda affiliate. We have unprecedented access inside the "forgotten front." Next, in "A Silent War, A Violent Peace: Uganda's Child Soldiers," World Report correspondent Kira Kay and producer Jason Maloney examine how the decades-long civil war in Uganda has brutalized children, who are often kidnapped and forced to fight as mercenaries.
Episode Number: 0607
Synopsis: More than a million Americans will have heart attacks this year, and half of them will die -- many unnecessarily. This must-see World Report provides a proven checklist, and shocking information, that may save your life. Then, New Orleans' critical housing shortage has pushed thousands of families onto the streets. The homeless population is now double what it was before Hurricane Katrina, but even as the crisis grows, it sparks innovative, promising solutions that could prove a beacon to other cities. Then, the rise of the Mexican dentistas: Americans are running for the border in record numbers-for dental care, but 'is it safe?'
Episode Number: 0606
Synopsis: With homelessness on the rise, and thousands still displaced from the ravages of Katrina, why would New Orleans demolish homes that residents still want to live in? And where will those residents go? Then, in the American West, there is a new rush -- this time for uranium rather than gold. The push for nuclear energy is making uranium precious, and as the price rises, efforts to get it out of the ground intensify. That's where the trouble starts. Many are saying, 'Not in my backyard!' But what some people are discovering is they don't have a say, even if it is literally in their backyards.
Episode Number: 0605
Synopsis: This week, we update our investigation into the US military's procurement system. Last year, Paul Solman examined the huge delays soldiers face in getting vital equipment at the front -- why does it take years to get critical big and small-ticket items? We examined the case of the MRAP, an armored troop carrier. Now, a new Pentagon study says that the delay we reported on cost many American lives. Plus, how residents of one town, in the shadows for centuries, made their long winter just a little more bearable.
Episode Number: 0604
Synopsis: World Report has rare access inside 'Nashi,' a nationalist youth group intensely loyal to Russian President Vladimir Putin, and decidedly anti-American. Just what are these kids learning, and what are they willing to do for Mother Russia? Next, World Report is on the Golden Gate Bridge as a young person takes his own life... we ask, why do so many teens commit suicide? One U.S. Senator, touched by tragedy, is hoping to help combat what experts say is an epidemic.
Episode Number: 0603
Synopsis: The tiny nation of Denmark is making billions selling wind turbines and other green technologies to the U.S. and around the world. They've replaced old, dying industries with cutting edge, environmentally friendly manufacturing. They're now a world leader, and the U.S. is lagging far behind. How did this happen, and what can be done? Next, the mayor of London has imposed a big (some say draconian) tax on the use of SUVs in the central city. It is in the name of clean air, but is it fair? Will U.S. cities follow suit? Finally, with Fidel Castro ailing, and Cuba's economy failing, what is next for America's nemesis in the Caribbean? A World Report 'Timeline.'
Episode Number: 0602
Synopsis: Correspondent Paul Beban takes us on a harrowing journey to a massive slum that is dependent on the detritus of humanity. Thousands live, work, play, and pray in a sprawling garbage dump. As third-world cities experience explosive growth, sub-cultures sprout up on their edges, living on the remains. But this may be what upward mobility looks like. Next, the latest technology designed to help ease the seemingly endless delays and cancellations by airlines. Finally, Barack Obama and Mike Huckabee, "In Their Own Words."
Episode Number: 0601
Synopsis: HDNet World Report takes viewers deep inside a secret world in Venezuela showing how President Hugo Chavez invokes superstition and religion to extend his anti-US influence throughout Latin America. World Report received unprecedented access to these never-before-filmed rituals. Mick Davie also speaks to the recipients of Chavez's aid programs including clinics served by "imported" Cuban doctors. Davie also speaks with voices of the opposition in Caracas, providing a look into a Venezuela that few outsiders have seen before.
Episode Number: 0541
Synopsis: Despite all the recalls, there are still lead-laden products on the shelves, primarily because, critics say, the Consumer Product Safety Commission is woefully understaffed and underfunded. There also may be other toxins in toys besides lead that no one is looking for because they are totally unregulated and therefore "legal," even though they may be just as harmful as lead. Next, as 2007 winds down, we present the 'Best of World Report' from the past year. From South Dakota to the Southern Philippines, from Morocco to Moscow, the most compelling stories of 2007.
Episode Number: 0540
Synopsis: Boys cast out from their polygamous sect. What were their lives like inside this closed world, and who will help the Lost Boys now? Then, World Report goes to Kosovo, eight years after NATO strikes put a stop to ethnic cleansing. Today, violence and poverty are still a way of life. Now Kosovars demand independence from Serbia--will new borders mean a new start, or a new war? Finally, our series, On the Trail 2008. This week, Hillary Clinton, in her own words and unfiltered.
Episode Number: 0539
Synopsis: World Report has rare access inside 'Nashi,' a nationalist youth group intensely loyal to Russian President Vladimir Putin, and decidedly anti-American. Just what are these kids learning, and what are they willing to do for Mother Russia? Then, a Des Moines high school auditorium becomes a world stage, as the eight Democratic hopefuls gather to spar at The Iowa Brown and Black Forum.
Episode Number: 0538
Synopsis: Can Sweden's open door immigration policy and nanny state survive a new wave of muslim immigration? An influx of war refugees is transforming the country, and the economic and political strains are causing Swedes to rethink the generous welcome they give newcomers. Then, on the eve of a new round of Mideast talks, World Report returns to Israel, where an unexpected peace and prosperity have taken hold. Ironically, the policies that created this newfound calm are targeted for debate. Will Israel have to endanger this hard won security to create a lasting peace? And finally, a preview of The Iowa Brown and Black Presidential Forum that will air live on HDNet December 1. The Democratic candidates take on issues of race in America, just one month before Iowa's first-in-the-nation caucus.
Episode Number: 0537
Synopsis: World Report's Paul Beban is in the remote jungles of the southern Philippines to look at the Philippine military's war against Abu Sayyaf guerrillas. American Special Forces are there, quietly but effectively supporting their mission against what some call an Al-Qaeda affiliate. It is one place where 'the war on terror' seems to be working. We have unprecedented access in an extraordinary place where poverty and violence meet natural beauty. And later, our series, "On the Trail 2008". This week, Rudy Giuliani, in his own words and unfiltered.
Episode Number: 0536
Synopsis: In commemoration of Veterans Day, World Report presents soldiers' harrowing, emotional, and surprising stories of the war in Iraq, in their own words. These same soldiers are now fighting at home -- some for the war, some against, all passionately. They have so much in common, but now are on opposing sides. Next, the latest from space, where a tear has been discovered on the solar array of the International Space Station. The shuttle crew is scrambling to find ways to fix it. Finally, on our series 'Viewfinder,' we travel to New Mexico for a colorful, historic and bizarre festival.
Episode Number: 0535
Synopsis: Genarlow Wilson has been ordered free by the Georgia Supreme Court; his punishment called 'cruel and unusual.' World Report has been covering this story for over a year, and is there as Genarlow comes home. Then, it is a powerful explosive, that is completely unregulated and available, with no background check, on the internet. How is this possible in this day and age? Finally, Americans remember Ethiopia mostly from the horrific famine in the 1980s. But now, Ethiopia is a front in the war on terror. And NASA's new toys, for the next trip to the moon.
Episode Number: 0534
Synopsis: Lebanon may be the Middle East's best chance for a stable Arab democracy, and the West sees Lebanon as an example for Iraq. But now, as the country struggles to choose a new president, political and sectarian in-fighting threaten to once again tear Lebanon apart. Will Lebanon's choice of a new leader signal compromise, or chaos? Next, we examine the cutting-edge technology in prosthetics -- scientists are literally creating bionic men and women, many of whom lost limbs in Iraq. Finally, NASA's got some cool new toys to bring to the moon. World Report takes a test-drive. Also, Space Shuttle Discovery blasts-off.
Episode Number: 0533
Synopsis: Destitution and disease rock South Africa, and a new kind of segregation has emerged in the wake of apartheid. Yet South Africans are hopeful that they can come together and strengthen their fragile nation. World Report highlights the tragedy and triumph of this African jewel. Then, a new series "On the Trail 2008: Their Own Words," provides an unfiltered look at the presidential candidates from both parties. Tonight, a New Hampshire Town Hall, with Democrat John Edwards. Finally, on the anniversary of the San Francisco earthquake, we ask when the next big one will hit.
Episode Number: 0532
Synopsis: Iraqis who supported US goals for their homeland, and helped Americans, are now being hunted down by insurgents. They're pleading for asylum in the United States, but the vast majority are finding the doors to the U.S. shut tight. Why aren't we helping them? Then, boys cast out from their polygamous sect. What were their lives like inside this closed world, and who will help the Lost Boys now?
Episode Number: 0531
Synopsis: American Indians are at war with the federal government over billions of dollars in oil and gas revenue. They say they're the victims of government mismanagement and fraud. A federal judge has agreed, calling this a story "shot through with bureaucratic blunders, flubs, goofs and foul-ups, and peppered with scandals, deception, dirty tricks and outright villany -- the end of which is nowhere in sight." Then, reknowned for its symbiosis with the water, the City of Canals is now threatened by rising tides. World Report looks at how historic Venice is facing what may be a grave future. Finally, meet a teenage driver with hair-raising skills. We get behind the wheel with 17-year-old Joey Logano, professional car racing's legend-in-the-making.
Episode Number: 0530
Synopsis: Correspondent Mick Davie brings us a scintillating interview with a former Iraqi spy Ali Hili, who was forced by Saddam's Intelligence Service, the Mukhabarat, to spy on his friends, diplomats, the media. He was saved by an American and got out of Iraq. But now he is on a mission to save people still inside Iraq who are suffering now, more than ever. There are now threats to his life, too. Next, our investigation into the US military's procurement system continues. This week, Paul Solman examines 'The Need for Speed, and the Lack Thereof.' Why does it take years to get vital big and small-ticket items to the front? Finally, our series 'Viewfinder' -- in which we go 'behind the lens' to hear stories from filmmakers, in their own words -- takes us in search of the elusive 'Moonbow.' What is it? Watch and find out!
Episode Number: 0529
Synopsis: Correspondent Paul Solmon digs into the bureaucracy of military procurement, to find out why US troops are fighting a difficult war with outdated weapons. Next, Jeffrey Kaye is on the front-lines of the War on Drugs, with armed eradication teams in remote mountains destroying millions of dollars worth of marijuana plants. Incredibly, these plants are being grown in our national forests! Finally, what Holland, a nation that is almost entirely below sea-level, can teach the US about protecting against killer floods.
Episode Number: 0528
Synopsis: In his World Report debut, award-winning correspondent/filmmaker Mick Davie travels to the slums where dozens of suicide bombers -- who have struck around the world, from Madrid to Baghdad -- were raised and recruited by an Al Qaeda affiliate. Next, Paul Beban brings us inside a very bitter battle between men who were instrumental in the miraculous clean-up after 9/11 and the government that once called them heroes. They are so sick from their work at Ground Zero, they can't work and need constant medical care. Why are they getting so little help? Finally, our ongoing coverage of Genarlow Wilson. Greg Dobbs talks exclusively with Genarlow's mother as she and her son await a decision from the Georgia Supreme Court, and the father of one of the other young men who was there on the night in question.
Episode Number: 0527
Episode Number: 0526
Synopsis: In the wake of the fatal bridge collapse in Minneapolis, World Report investigates whether other bridges may suffer the same fate. We ride along with one state's officials on a frantic inspection tour. Shuttle Endeavour is almost a week into its mission, and teacher turned astronaut Barbara Morgan is ready to tell students just what it feels like in space. The Episcopal Church in the United States is for the first time being led by a woman, and she has a crisis on her hands. A splinter group is trying to become the 'true' church -- at stake are money, real estate, and millions of parishioners. Finally, is it possible to have too good a TV picture? Perhaps, if you happen to be watching porn in HD. TMI!
Episode Number: 0525
Synopsis: World Report examines a controversial program that lets babies and toddlers live in prison with incarcerated mothers. We watch a newborn come into the world inside the criminal justice system, and examine the raging debate: By committing a crime, does the mother forfeit the right to raise her child? And, a huge week for NASA. Shuttle Endeavour is readying for launch, as is Phoenix, a new mission to Mars. This Mars lander will be searching for life on the Red Planet. But NASA is now dealing with scandal -- astronauts flying drunk and possible sabotage by a subcontractor. Finally, World Report brings the latest in the Genarlow Wilson story. For Wilson, it will be day 886 in jail.
Episode Number: 0524
Synopsis: "Osprey, the Marines' New Warplane: Is It Battle-Ready, or Unfit to Fly?" World Report examines the new hybrid aircraft -- half airplane and half helicopter. It's headed to battle in Iraq, but some say it is unsafe and too vulnerable to be deployed. "High-School Wheelchair Athlete: Should She Count?" She won a gold medal in the Paralympics, but her results don't always count in her high-school meets. Now she's suing the school. "Crucial Turkish Elections Update." Will this week's election determine whether Turkey heads down an Islamist path? "The Latest on Genarlow Wilson." He's been in jail for over 870 days. What will the Georgia Supreme Court do now?
Episode Number: 0523
Synopsis: Turkey's Crossroads: Can a Secular Democracy Survive in the Mideast?; Genarlow Wilson Update: What Will the GA Supreme Court Do?; Gay and Religious: Why Belong to a Church That Doesn't Want You?
Episode Number: 0522
Synopsis: World Report is in Gaza and the West Bank as the fight for the future of a Palestinian state continues. The US is putting all of its eggs into the Fatah basket, but is this the right strategy? And why should Americans care? Then, we visit Storm Lake, Iowa to see what one rural town -- where the elementary school is almost half Hispanic now -- has to teach Washington (and the rest of us) about immigration -- legal and illegal. Also, a judge denies bond for Genarlow Wilson even though his sentence has been vacated. Why does the Georgia Attorney General want to keep him in jail? Wilson's mother speaks out. And can a group of millionaires help? Finally, are our brains hard-wired to love music? If so, why?
Episode Number: 0521
Synopsis: Mayor Gavin Newsom: Only in San Francisco!; The Dismal Science: The Real Cost of the Iraq War; Space Shuttle Atlantis Returns Home; Viewfinder: Indonesia.
Episode Number: 0520
Synopsis: Palestinian Chaos: Hamas vs. Fatah; Uranium Mining: Vital for the Future, But Not in My Backyard!; Title IV at 35: Are College Sports Being Ruined?
Episode Number: 0519
Synopsis: "Justice Served, or Justice Delayed?": There are big developments in the case of Genarlow Wilson, the young man featured extensively on World Report who was put in prison and labeled a sex offender at 17. In a dramatic ruling, a judge has ordered Genarlow Wilson free. However, the District Attorney is appealing this ruling, keeping Wilson in prison. World Report will have the latest. "Things Fall Apart -- The Episcopal Church Crumbles": The Episcopal Church in America is facing a painful split over the inclusion of gays and gay marriage. "Watch What You Eat": Disturbing questions about the safety of the nation's food supply. Finally, Space Shuttle Atlantis: The takeoff was nearly flawless, now the hard part.
Episode Number: 0518
Synopsis: Battles are raging in Lebanon between Islamic extremists and the Lebanese army. Many of these extremists sneaked into Lebanon from Iraq where they were fighting American soldiers. To the south, Islamic Jihad and other extremist groups are filling a Palestinian power vacuum in Gaza, bringing new violence with them. Is this the beginning of a blowback from the war in Iraq? World Report is one of the only Western news outlets on the ground in Tripoli and Beirut. World Report also meets three American heroes who served with distinction in Iraq. But they aren't welcome in the U.S. military because they are gay. With the armed forces stretched so thin, should we reconsider "Don't Ask, Don't Tell?" Finally, a battered space shuttle Atlantis readies for blast-off now that the hail damage to the external fuel tank has been repaired.
Episode Number: 0517
Synopsis: One thing is clear: border security will remain a vital and daunting challenge, but World Report found one enforcement strategy that seems to be working. It's just one spot on a long border, but perhaps it is a start. Next, the first in a World Report's series "Beyond Belief: The Changing Face of Religion," examining how modern pressures are affecting people's faith. This week, we look at the Roman Catholic church, where some Catholics are demanding change, insisting the church be more in touch with the way life is lived now. Finally, World Report visits Tijuana, Mexico. There's a movement afoot to clean the city up, making it a tourist destination. However, with drug cartels running rampant, a corrupt police force and crime out of control, is there any real possibility of that happening?
Episode Number: 0516
Synopsis: The Administration has rarely put an exact dollar figure on the total cost Iraq war. Paul Solman tries to do just that. Next, we travel south of the border to take a look at notorious Tijuana, long a haven for drugs, prostitution and gambling. There's a movement afoot by some residents to change the town's image. Can they be serious? Back in the U.S., Leslie Boghosian talks with Tatyana McFadden, a remarkable young woman who won silver and bronze medals in the 2004 Paraolympics in Athens. A high-school junior in Maryland, she's now embroiled in a lawsuit -- she wants the results of her races to count like any other athlete's. Next, a look at an extraordinary new ultra-modern, ultra-green building in San Francisco that's turning heads. You might be surprised who built it.
Episode Number: 0515
Synopsis: World Report examines a controversial program that lets babies and toddlers live in prison with incarcerated mothers. We watch a newborn come into the world inside the criminal justice system, and examine the raging debate: By committing a crime, does the mother forfeit the right to raise her child? Then, "Children of War:" Thousands of children were given up or stolen in the middle of a bloody civil war in El Salvador in the 1980s. Those children, many of whom ended up in the United States, are now demanding answers. And with the help of DNA, they are finding some.
Episode Number: 0514
Synopsis: American Indians are at war with the federal government over billions of dollars in oil and gas revenue. They say they're the victims of government mismanagement and fraud. A federal judge has agreed, calling this a story "shot through with bureaucratic blunders, flubs, goofs and foul-ups, and peppered with scandals, deception, dirty tricks and outright villany -- the end of which is nowhere in sight." Next, World Report takes a look at the 'Dream Team,' a history-making science team from Buffalo -- the first all-girl, all African-American team to compete in the national science championships in Washington. We'll also take a look at a rocket launching from New Mexico with the remains of James 'Scotty' Doohan of Star Trek fame, along with others who want to take that final 'beam-up.'
Episode Number: 0513
Synopsis: World Report examines the aftermath of the massacre at Virginia Tech through the lens of another shooting, 1999's tragedy at Columbine. What can they teach all of us about how to move on? We also examine why mass shootings are always perpetrated by boys or young men, never girls or women. Also, a critical look at the new Palestinian government. After Hamas was elected to run parts of the government, the U.S. withheld millions of dollars in support, because Hamas refuses to recognize Israel's right to exist and continues supporting terrorism. Finally, we travel into space for two stories. Conspiracy theorists, who say the moon landings were faked, got a huge boost recently when NASA admitted that they have 'lost' the videotapes from the moon landing. Plus, spectacular new 3D images of our sun from newly launched satellites.
Episode Number: 0512
Synopsis: Live from Blacksburg: The Shootings at Virginia Tech; Iran: What Can the U.S. Do To Deter a Rogue Regime?; Cloak and Dagger: A Modern Day Defector... to the NHL!
Episode Number: 0511
Synopsis: Government Outsourcing: A Good Deal for Taxpayers?; The Secret Lives of (Disappearing) Bees: A Mystery; From the Battlefield to the Ballfield: An Iraq Vet Takes the Mound.
Episode Number: 0510
Synopsis: As British sailors are held in Iran and paraded on Iranian TV, World Report visits the northern Persian Gulf to meet the American and coalition men and women patrolling the perilous Gulf waters. Next, we stay in the Middle East for a revealing report by Jeffrey Brown on the artistic voices that still are heard amid the din of violence and discord between Palestinians and Israelis. Finally, we shift gears and meet a man who in many ways made Tiger Woods possible. Charlie Sifford is for golf what Jackie Robinson was in baseball. He broke the color barrier, but only at great personal cost. As all eyes turn to Augusta, Georgia, for the Masters this week, we have a candid interview with Charlie Sifford about race, sports and what can and can't be forgiven.
Episode Number: 0509
Synopsis: The March: Inside the Massive Anti-War Demonstrations in Washington; Who's Crazy Enough to Join the Army Now?; An Ally Under Pressure: Jordan's Balancing Act; Update on Marine Company Fox 2-5: Just Days into Their Third Tour, the Company Commander is a Casualty.
Episode Number: 0508
Synopsis: The Redeployment: Fox 2/5 Returns to Iraq; The Lunsford Act: John Couey is Sentenced, But Do Florida's Sex Offender Laws Work?; Canal Sharks: What Do You Do When Sharks Get a Little Too Close for Comfort at Your Waterfront Home?
Episode Number: 0507
Synopsis: "A Silent War, A Violent Peace": Uganda's child soldiers; "Midshipmen on Defense": Building satellites that might save their own lives; "Tattoo You": The latest 'Ink' craze.
Episode Number: 0506
Synopsis: "The People v. U.S.: Residents of New Orleans Fight Back;" "Freedom & Hope Amid Poverty & Pain in an African Jewel: South Africa Now;" "TMI? Pornography in High-Definition"
Episode Number: 0505
Synopsis: "The Bridge: Teen Suicide Epidemic"; "Does Jesus Love Osama?"; "The Gulf Coast at Mardi Gras: One Story of Courage in New Orleans and Help Wanted (Desperately!)"; "NASA's Historic Launch -- Five for the Price of One!"; "The Daytona 500 -- NASCAR's Biggest Names Caught Cheating?"
Episode Number: 0504
Synopsis: As the United States launches a new effort to bring peace between Palestinians and Israelis, a bigger challenge has arisen: how to bring peace between Palestinians. Greg Dobbs reports. Closer to home, as NASCAR looks forward to the Daytona 500, it also braces for the arrival of a new player: Toyota. Leslie Boghosian is with the Toyota team and talks to fans who aren't too happy about the new competition from the world's number two automaker. Finally, with last year's E. coli outbreak, food safety is a vital concern to all Americans. One company tells Tom Bearden that they have the solution: irradiation. And they're willing to eat contaminated spinach tainted with a lethal dose of E. coli to prove it! But is it safe? All on World Report.
Episode Number: 0503
Synopsis: Genarlow Wilson, once a young man with the brightest of futures, is now behind bars for having consensual sex with a schoolmate. He was 17, she was 15. The state called it molestation, others call it a miscarriage of justice. Also, killer storm cells ripped across central Florida last week, killing 20. HDNet is there. Finally, how residents of one town, in the shadows for centuries, made their long winter just a little more bearable.
Episode Number: 0502
Episode Number: 0501
Synopsis: On this World Report, thousands of children who were given up or stolen in the middle of a bloody civil war. Those children are now demanding answers. And with the help of DNA, they are finding some. Plus, why do we love music? The answers one man found may surprise you. And, as the military effort continues unabated in Iraq, Greg Dobbs takes a look at some who gave all.
Episode Number: 0445
Synopsis: Chief Correspondent Greg Dobbs reviews the most compelling stories of 2006, all in high definition. From the Middle East, to Africa, to here at home, the characters and stories that touched us. And, a very special Christmas report from filmmaker Martin Himel from Bethlehem. He found a town besieged but still, miraculously, hopeful.
Episode Number: 0444
Synopsis: No would argue that things were better under apartheid, but conditions in today's South Africa are desperate for many of the country's residents. The AIDS epidemic is ravaging a nation already wracked by unemployment and poverty. Sights once unimaginable -- like African service workers demonstrating in the center of Johannesburg -- are now commonplace. Unfortunately, so are shanty towns and slums housing millions of the displaced. World Report's Greg Dobbs travels to South Africa to look at the proud nation and examine the challenges facing it and what it will take to overcome them.
Episode Number: 0443
Episode Number: 0441
Synopsis: World Report cameras are in Israel, after the war with Lebanon, to see how things have changed and how the country is recovering....but not fully. And we examine how produce growers are recovering after a spinach E. Coli scare caused costly economic losses, and how they are calling for more regulation, not less.
Episode Number: 0440
Synopsis: While world attention has largely focused on Iraq, Afghanistan's fragile democracy may be on the verge of unraveling and falling victim again to the terrorists. World Report cameras are there. And, are we any safer from terrorism in the U.S.? We go behind Homeland Security doors for a look at how protected, or unprotected, we really are. Plus, you'll see Americans who travel to Montana to deliberately expose themselves to Radon, searching for medical cures.
Episode Number: 0439
Synopsis: World Report cameras are in the Palestinian Territories as the peace process is splintered not just by the Palestinians' battles with Israel, but by battles between brothers. And, while U.S. troops continue their fights on the ground in Iraq and Afghanistan, World Report shows you another part of the war, the war at sea. Plus, how the major social issues played out nationwide on election day and an inside look at the next space shuttle flight, and the crew that blasts off aboard it.
Episode Number: 0438
Synopsis: World Report examines the changing mood of the electorate through the U.S. Senate race in Pennsylvania. And, as the debate of religion in politics once again heats up, World Report takes a look back at the New Life Church in Colorado Springs where a prominent pastor has now become the center of a controversy. Also, NASA's recent decision to fix the Hubble Telescope and why they think it's worth the expense.
Episode Number: 0437
Synopsis: World Report cameras are in Russia to see how the sudden shortage of a national treasure, vodka, is changing lives. And they look back at the Panama Canal after Panamanians voted to spend billions to expand it. Then, a heated debate about a new basketball in the NBA.
Episode Number: 0436
Synopsis: After a string of school shootings, World Report examines what happened and what is being done to prevent future attacks. And, World Report cameras take a look back at Dubai, to learn just who the people are who live there, and how they feel about the American response to the proposed Dubai Ports World deal.
Episode Number: 0435
Synopsis: World Report cameras take a look at bird flu. For a while we feared the worst. Were we wrong? Has the threat passed? And, Immigration is not just a hot topic in the U.S. Immigrants from Morocco and other third world nations no longer have easy access to economic opportunities in Spain and the rest of Europe.
Episode Number: 0434
Synopsis: World Report cameras follow a family of immigrants as they make the dangerous journey from Mexico into the U.S. Plus, extended highlights from the Funeral of President Gerald R. Ford. And a special farewell to the Godfather of Soul, James Brown.
Episode Number: 0433
Synopsis: World Report cameras visit Boston's Logan Airport five years after 9/11 to look at the advances in airport security training methods. And, World Report cameras are in Denver and Detroit with Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents, as they round up illegal immigrants to be deported.
Episode Number: 0432
Synopsis: World Report cameras return to Mississippi to look at the recovery and rebuilding one year after Hurricane Katrina. And medicine and ethics collide as parents from around the world visit labs in the U.S. to choose the gender of their baby.
Episode Number: 0431
Synopsis: World Report cameras cover the aftermaths of two historic calamities. We return to New Orleans, one year after Hurricane Katrina, to see what progress has, and hasn't, been made. And we are in Lebanon to see what it looks like after the destructive conflict between Hezbollah and Israel.
Episode Number: 0430
Synopsis: World Report cameras are in Thailand and Boulder to report on the latest developments in the unsolved murder of JonBenet Ramsey. Justice in that case appears as elusive as ever. And, a year after the ravages of Hurricane Katrina, World Report cameras are in New Orleans as some of the most serious charges surrounding the storm's fatalities are being examined in greater detail.
Episode Number: 0429
Synopsis: World Report cameras are in Mexico City where demonstrators have nearly brought a key part of the capitol city to a standstill. They are protesting the questionable and razor-thin margin of election victory for the latest leader of their nation. And, World Report cameras are also in America's oil fields, where the rising price of oil has once again made domestic natural gas a highly prized and priced resource.
Episode Number: 0428
Synopsis: World Report cameras are covering the Middle East conflict in Northern Israel, Southern Lebanon and Gaza. Though the active conflict seems to be over for now, the number of injured and dead hasn't stopped increasing. And, back in the United States, as the off-year election is nearing, one key issue looking for wide acceptance, is a raise in the minimum wage to help make it a "living wage."
Episode Number: 0427
Synopsis: World Report cameras visit the world of RFID or so-called identity chips. Once used primarily in pet identification, the chip technology is now used in inventory control, purchase preference detection and location technology. The question is: is this a seemingly harmless technology that can help commerce and information? Or, is it simply yet another step on the road to invasion of remaining privacy? And, with Cuban President Fidel Castro out of view, and allegedly on the mend, World Report cameras are in Miami as Cuban exiles react.
Episode Number: 0426
Synopsis: World Report cameras are in Gaza, where Israelis continue to battle Hamas-led Palestinians while the Israeli Defense Forces are also engaged in a major battle with Hezbollah in Lebanon. And, while the war in the Middle East continues, World Report cameras also visited with Muslim Americans across the country, learning if they feel threatened or accepted by their fellow Americans. And, with daily reports of violence and death coming from Iraq, as well as the renewed conflict between Israel and Hezbollah, Muslim Americans arguably now feel themselves the center of an increasing focus of attention here in the U.S.
Episode Number: 0425
Synopsis: World Report cameras continue their coverage in Afghanistan, where violence and insurgent attacks are on the rise. To show America's continuing commitment to the Karzai government and to the war on terrorism in Afghanistan, U.S. Secretary of Defense, Donald Rumsfeld paid a surprise visit to the country. And World Report will look back at Beirut before the latest attacks, to a city that had been rebuilt as an international travel and tourism destination following a decades long war. A city, potentially now in ruins again.
Episode Number: 0424
Synopsis: World Report cameras captured the events surrounding the launch of Shuttle Discovery back into space. It is now hoped that the Shuttle program will continue through its projected schedule of 2010. And World Report cameras are also in Mexico where the results of the election are being called into question because they are closer than any Mexican election in recent history. And, freedom of speech and common decency seem to be mutually exclusive as one family and its supporters chooses to protest at the funerals of America's fallen soldiers.
Episode Number: 0423
Synopsis: World Report cameras are once again at the Kennedy Space Center where Shuttle Discovery is set to return to space. NASA has worked hard to remedy the problems that Discovery encountered on its last launch. And, World Report cameras are also in Indonesia where the recent Earthquake has killed thousands of residents. Over-taxed world relief agencies are trying to help the people recover from this latest tragedy.
Episode Number: 0422
Synopsis: World Report cameras are in Georgia for a very unusual program that focuses on the fine points of a state's laws. Genarlow Wilson is in prison for doing something that other teenagers across this nation do with each other every day. Meet this former A-student, a boy on his way to college, who ended up with a mandatory sentence that can easily ruin his life forever. For more information on the state of his case, you can visit www.wilsonappeal.com.
Episode Number: 0421
Synopsis: World Report cameras have returned to New Orleans and the Gulf Coast for the start of the new Hurricane season. Repairs and Rebuilding are still the order of the day, while questions remain if the devastated areas are any safer if another big Hurricane strikes the Gulf Coast. And, World Report cameras provide an exciting first hand look at the violence on the streets of Kabul. Our man in Afghanistan was caught up in the street demonstrations by Afghanis protesting the death of their fellow citizens in an accident caused by an American Military vehicle. It is a compelling first-hand account.
Episode Number: 0420
Synopsis: World Report cameras are in Queensland, Australia, where a once nearly extinct reptile is threatening people there. The Saltwater Crocodile is one of Australia's most feared and unpredictable residents. And, World Report looks at potential problems from the threat of global warming. At this point, the question is: which perspective should be believed? A wrong answer could be very dangerous.
Episode Number: 0419
Synopsis: World Report cameras are at a very unique competition for Robots and their humans. Legendary inventor Dean Kamen, who developed the Segway personal transportation device, is hoping to use this competition as one way to encourage American students to have a more significant interest in science, so that the United States remains competitive in scientific endeavors in the future.
Episode Number: 0418
Synopsis: World Report cameras are in Florida for NASA's launch of the latest GOES weather satellite. The live coverage of the launch will be part of the new partnership between HDNet and NASA, but this World Report will explain precisely what this type of satellite does while in orbit, and how that can potentially affect this country's response to coming weather events, like Hurricanes. This World Report also includes an unusual report from Morocco on efforts in that country to end the production of marijuana.
Episode Number: 0417
Synopsis: World Report cameras are once again traveling half-way around the world. This time, they are in the Solomon Islands in the South Pacific where the results of a recent election will hopefully bring peace to the people who inhabit this seeming island paradise.
Episode Number: 0416
Synopsis: World Report cameras are once again on the streets of America for the latest demonstrations on behalf of illegal immigrants from Mexico. There are now serious questions if the continuing demonstrations will help their cause or create a significant backlash on future legislation. And, World Report cameras are also in Morocco where there is a similar border crossing problem. Immigrants from Morocco and other third world nations are now being prevented from easy access to Spain where economic opportunities are better.
Episode Number: 0415
Synopsis: World Report cameras are along the Mexican-American border where authorities seem unable to stop illegal immigrants from crossing. And, in Key West, authorities there are discussing the likelihood of having to round up the legendary free roaming Key West chickens, because of fears they could spread the Avian flu to residents and tourists, alike.
Episode Number: 0414
Synopsis: World Report cameras are in more than two dozen cities across America, covering immigration demonstrations. From major cities across the nation's southwest, to unexpected locales in the midwest, the presence and desires of Hispanics in America is bringing illegal immigration as a key topic for legislators and politicians. Also this week, an update on New Orleans levees.
Episode Number: 0413
Synopsis: Former FEMA Director Michael Brown sits down with World Report anchor Greg Dobbs for a candid conversation about the disastrous government response to Hurricane Katrina. This is the most comprehensive explanation so far, from Brown's perspective, of what went wrong and who is truly to blame. His uncensored comments provide new, and for critics of President Bush, disturbing explanations for the events of late August 2005.
Episode Number: 0412
Synopsis: World Report cameras are in Paris for the latest demonstration against a change in the country's employment laws. Across the world in Australia, Cyclone Larry has left parts of communities as ravaged as were American cities after Hurricane Katrina. Also, World Report cameras are in attendance at the International Space Symposium for an announcement that will affect HDNet viewers.
Episode Number: 0411
Synopsis: World Report cameras are in South Dakota where a new law restricting abortions has been signed by the governor. This new law is far less about abortion in South Dakota than it is a challenge to Roe v. Wade. And, in Afghanistan, American pressure to eliminate poppy fields is at a crossroads. The question is: Does Afghanistan control the poppy? Or, does the poppy control Afghanistan?
Episode Number: 0410
Synopsis: World Report cameras are once again in Ramallah where the Hamas victory in the Palestinian elections is causing continued concern and confusion. The historically powerful Fatah faction is now out of power and the world is learning who they now must deal with. And, in Alabama, suspects are in custody, charged with burning a number of rural churches. But the worst part of the church burnings seems to be a reawakening of the feelings from the racist church burnings of the past.
Episode Number: 0409
Synopsis: World Report cameras are along the route of a Peace March from Mobile to New Orleans, where participants voice their opposition to the policies and priorities of the Bush Administration. And, World Report cameras are also in Dubai to learn just who the people are who live there, and how they feel about the American response to the DP World ports deal.
Episode Number: 0408
Synopsis: Compton, California is a decaying city with a bad reputation, but some companies are now investing in the city to make it a better place to live. However, making it better also means, for the most part, making it more expensive. Also featured is a detailed follow-up on the levees in New Orleans. In response to a critical World Report and reviews in other media on slow repairs to the levees near New Orleans, the government is responding angrily that they remain on target. But will their repairs be on time and enough to protect the Crescent City?
Episode Number: 0407
Synopsis: World Report cameras travel behind the scenes of the world of domestic pornography to report on the latest developments in the ages-old industry in this special hour-long World Report. One major change that has caused enormous growth in the business is the personal privacy offered by the latest in portable video technology.
Episode Number: 0406
Synopsis: World Report cameras traveled to Detroit for the Super Bowl to take a look at the insidious side of marketing counterfeit sports memorabilia. Millions of dollars of illegal profits go beyond common criminals; and potentially into the hands of terrorists. And, in New Orleans, Mardi Gras traditions have a new feel this year, in the wake of the devastation from Hurricane Katrina.
Episode Number: 0405
Synopsis: World Report cameras returned to New Orleans, where fears are growing that whatever is being done to reinforce and repair the region's levee's will not be enough to assure residents' safety if another big hurricane comes. And, in Bolivia, U.S. experts were again surprised by the results of a free election. A former coca grower, Evo Morales became the country's President, pledging to eradicate less coca, the leaf from which cocaine is made, and spewing anti-American rhetoric throughout his campaign.
Episode Number: 0404
Synopsis: World Report cameras are in New Orleans as the city continues its struggle to be reborn, despite the maze of bureaucracy that is preventing things from getting done quickly. And, half way across the world in Ramallah, Palestinians and others throughout the world are learning the new realities of an election victory by a group designated "Terrorists" by many civilized nations.
Episode Number: 0403
Synopsis: World Report cameras travel to France in the aftermath of destructive Muslim demonstrations there, to see how the French people and their government plan to cope with their newly rising Muslim minority. And, World Report cameras are also in Detroit for the International Auto Show. This year there is a far different mood at the annual event, as it appears American car makers will soon lose their dominant position in the worldwide industry.
Episode Number: 0402
Synopsis: Significant parts of Pakistan have been completely devastated by the 2005 earthquake. And, as the population continues to recover and to prepare for the future, decisions must be made that will determine if the area can return to what it once was, or if the people and their remaining communities must be moved. In Holland, the residents have long ago learned how to exist safely in a nation that is partly below sea level, and there are lessons here that can be shared with experts in New Orleans who are deciding how repairs to the Crescent City will be undertaken.
Episode Number: 0401
Synopsis: World Report cameras traveled to Pakistan and once again to New Orleans to report on recovery efforts. Tens of thousands died in Pakistan from earthquakes, and resulting mud slides wiped away entire towns. In New Orleans, following the wind and flooding from hurricanes, the community is striving to rebuild one of America's landmark cities.
Episode Number: 0379
Synopsis: World Report cameras spent 2005 covering the globe. From the war and elections in Iraq to the change in Popes in Rome, and the return of Shuttle Discovery to space, to the death and destruction from tsunamis and hurricanes, 2005 brought major changes to the world.
Episode Number: 0378
Synopsis: World Report cameras are along the Mississippi Gulf Coast, where efforts are being made to tweak local laws to help protect the gambling industry from another blow from Mother Nature. And, in New Mexico, and various other states, prisons are becoming a source of unexpected employment for various industries, including telemarketing and other telephone services.
Episode Number: 0377
Synopsis: World Report cameras traveled from the top of North America to Central America to learn how Mother Nature is making significant changes to man's habitat. In Alaska, rising waters are bringing an end to some communities. And, in Guatemala, hurricane force winds and along with heavy rains have destroyed some towns and killed residents.
Episode Number: 0376
Synopsis: World Report cameras travel to St. Kitts to report on an unusual stem cell project that crosses species lines to achieve results. And, in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, the Gulf Coast shrimping industry has changed dramatically with the destruction of fishing vessels and all of the shore-based support industries. The key questions are now not just how and when it will recover, but if it will ever be the same.
Episode Number: 0375
Synopsis: World Report cameras have traveled across the country to take a critical look at two controversial elements within contemporary American society: nuclear power and video games. Both have spirited proponents, and both have passionate detractors. And both may soon play a greater role in the country's development.
Episode Number: 0374
Synopsis: World Report cameras are in the Far East, stopping in both China and Singapore. Singapore has been relatively authoritarian in dealing with its citizens, while China has been relatively repressive. Now, both nations are standing more firmly on the stage of international commerce, evaluating their next moves.
Episode Number: 0373
Synopsis: World Report cameras were in Liberia to cover the election there, and the participation of former President Jimmy Carter. Following the trip, President Carter sat down for an extended conversation with World Report's Greg Dobbs. The former President talks about his present role in the world, details from his own presidency, and evaluates the actions of President Bush.
Episode Number: 0372
Synopsis: World Report cameras traveled to the Arizona border with Mexico, where illegal immigration is once again a key focus. The new posturing in Washington may harm an unintended target: the littlest illegals. And, World Report cameras joined former President Jimmy Carter as he worked in "America's Little Brother," Liberia, to insure a fair and free election in the war-torn nation.
Episode Number: 0371
Synopsis: World Report cameras traveled great distances to gather two unusual reports on changes in long held beliefs. In India, the so-called "Untouchables" are less content with their role in Indian society and want change. In China, a blend of philosophical change from the people and from the government is pushing the nation further into a central role in the world's economy.
Episode Number: 0370
Synopsis: World Report cameras are in China and India, where challenges to American dominated business have become routine. While China endeavors to compete in mostly commercial enterprises, in India, one unique challenge comes from the international movie industry in "Bollywood."
Episode Number: 0369
Synopsis: World Report cameras look at two diverse changing concepts in today's America. With a major change in attitude regarding smoking and health, how are American tobacco farmers coping with the restriction on their crops. And, contemporary sexual offenders seem to be seeking out younger and more vulnerable victims, seemingly without consistent and serious consequences.
Episode Number: 0368
Synopsis: World Report cameras look at some of the more emotional moments as residents return to their damaged homes, following Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. A number of shortcomings in disaster planning were exposed by the storms that directly affected the residents of the Gulf Coast. And some levels of health care across America, with or without natural disasters, seemingly need attention and repair themselves.
Episode Number: 0367
Synopsis: World Report cameras have been working along the Gulf Coast since before Katrina's first winds struck. The death and destruction from the storm is ranking it near the top of the list of natural disasters in America. The damage is proving to be of such epic proportions that it will reshape both the people and the places that were legendary and traditional parts of this part of this country.
Episode Number: 0366
Synopsis: World Report cameras continue coverage of the people of the Gulf Coast coping with Hurricanes Rita and Katrina. Though Hurricane Rita reached Category Five status, it eventually weakened and caused far less damage than predicted. However, the people of Louisiana, especially New Orleans, endured more bad weather, flooding and other problems.
Episode Number: 0365
Synopsis: World Report cameras continue their coverage of the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Some residents of New Orleans headed back to the Crescent City at the urging of the Mayor to begin taking back their homes from Mother Nature. But, just as the early returnees were coming back, another Hurricane crossed into the Gulf, potentially threatening any progress in reclaiming the city.
Episode Number: 0364
Synopsis: World Report cameras continue their coverage of the events surrounding Hurricane Katrina. Unlike recent natural disasters that affected people of other nations, it seemed Americans were stunned to see their fellow countrymen in such serious peril for so long, on American soil.
Episode Number: 0363
Synopsis: World Report cameras continue their coverage of the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. As the waters are gradually being pumped out or receding from the city's neighborhoods, the true amount of death and destruction is being realized. The harsh reality of the storm's legacy tempers progress on the road to the city's recovery.
Episode Number: 0362
Synopsis: More than a year ago, World Report cameras were in New Orleans to examine flood potential in the city. Experts then feared a mythical hurricane of Katrina's dimensions. A look back at the details in this World Report reveals the events at the end of August 2005 were understood long before Katrina made landfall.
Episode Number: 0361
Synopsis: World Report cameras are in Biloxi, Mississippi, in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Death and destruction are everywhere, wiping out virtually everything but people's individual determination to overcome the tragedy.
Episode Number: 0360
Synopsis: World Report cameras are in Bosnia as a grim legacy of the war continues. Using the latest DNA technology, experts from around the globe are trying to identify the remains of those who perished in the war. It is an extremely difficult task, as graves have been moved and co-mingled. But the war's survivors still look for truth and for closure.
Episode Number: 0359
Synopsis: World Report cameras are in India to meet the real children in need, children who are presented in charitable solicitations across the country. Potential donors always want to know if their money actually helps these children, while cynics wonder if the children really exist.
Episode Number: 0358
Synopsis: World Report cameras are along the Louisiana coast, where America's shrimpers are facing a challenge to their way of life. Imports of cheaper shrimp are threatening the economics that have worked here for decades, as American diners don't discriminate in choosing the source of their shellfish.
Episode Number: 0357
Synopsis: HDNet and World Report cameras are at the Kennedy Space Center as Shuttle Discovery returns to space. Following the Columbia tragedy and more than two years of repair, retrofitting, and improving the Shuttle, NASA is back in the space business, though with some new and ongoing concerns.
Episode Number: 0356
Synopsis: World Report cameras are in California, where studies are underway to learn how man is adapting to man's own technological advances. Humans must now deal with chemicals that previously didn't exist, as well as exposure to more chemicals and heavier doses than ever before. The planet's environment is on an ever increasing path of change that requires increased tolerance and adaptation.
Episode Number: 0355
Synopsis: World Report cameras travel to military bases across the country. The United States military is facing one of its potentially toughest enemies: the federal budget. Once again, a number of military posts are in the crosshairs of a team looking to see if they can save the country money by closing down bases that may no longer be essential.
Episode Number: 0354
Synopsis: HDNet cameras are in Russia for the annual commemoration of Victory Day. In the past, the event featured the Soviet Union's military might. Now, as the world continues to change after the end of the Soviet Union, the event has changed dramatically as well.
Episode Number: 0353
Synopsis: World Report and HDNet cameras are at the Kennedy Space Center, in preparation for the return of the American shuttle program to space. For more than 2 years since the Columbia accident, NASA has been working to eliminate safety problems and return American astronauts to space in American spacecraft.
Episode Number: 0352
Synopsis: World Report cameras talk to prisoners and experts to learn what rehabilitation programs work best for the inmates. Recidivism is still a crucial problem in the American penal system, but there are now some programs that seem to have high rates of success.
Episode Number: 0351
Synopsis: World Report cameras are in New Orleans, but they are far from the only cameras there. Surveillance cameras are going up everywhere and the most obvious result is a lessening in crime that has most residents cheering. But certain critics say this is just the latest step on the road to an end to personal privacy.
Episode Number: 0350
Synopsis: World Report cameras look at prisons in America and the challenge to rehabilitate offenders. Though crime statistics in many areas are "down," the number of prisoners being held is still on the rise.
Episode Number: 0349
Synopsis: World Report cameras are in Washington State to learn about a new system of peer justice. Teenagers in school serve as judges, attorneys and jury. Defendants are students as well, but students who have broken the law, and are judged and punished by their peers.
Episode Number: 0348
Synopsis: World Report cameras are at MIT where technological advances are being used to improve techniques in familiar sports. From cycling to golf, high tech tweaks are helping players and participants improve their games.
Episode Number: 0347
Synopsis: World Report cameras are in Kentucky where small, family farms disappear each year, and none more so than those owned by black farmers. This is just the latest step in a centuries old battle by black farmers to overcome discrimination and to retain their farms and make them profitable.
Episode Number: 0346
Synopsis: World Report cameras take a look at one new phase of religion in America, the so-called Mega Church Phenomenon. These facilities regularly host thousands of the faithful on any Sunday, and are learning to use their numbers and their power to their greatest advantage.
Episode Number: 0345
Synopsis: World Report cameras visit a number of military recruiters to learn why enlistment numbers have plummeted. The conflict in Iraq has made it far harder for them to come up with the needed numbers of military trainees.
Episode Number: 0344
Synopsis: HDNet cameras are in Bolivia where rights for the indigenous majority of the population is a key issue in national politics. Though native residents make up a substantial majority, they are not in power in this land where unpopular governments fall very quickly.
Episode Number: 0342
Synopsis: World Report cameras are in Bolivia, delving deeply into the mines where many residents make their living. The health risks are high, but for many it is the only way to earn money. The key question is: how many generations are doomed to repeat this cycle of poverty and early death?
Episode Number: 0341
Synopsis: World Report cameras are in Venice, where the artistic and architecturally renowned city faces a serious threat from the sea. The water that brings Venice its unique place in the world is now threatening to overcome the city and its treasures.
Episode Number: 0340
Synopsis: World Report cameras are along the Arizona border with Mexico, where Project Minute Man is underway. Citizen volunteers have come to the border state to "help" authorities stop illegal immigrants from crossing into the United States. Critics contend the volunteers cause more problems than those they potentially help to solve.
Episode Number: 0339
Synopsis: HDNet cameras visit America's classrooms to observe the debate over the theory of evolution. Surprisingly to some, the theory of evolution is not accepted in all schools and classrooms. Instead, religious teachings have their fair share of advocates across the country who view creation as the answer to the question of "how did we all get here?"
Episode Number: 0338
Synopsis: World Report cameras are in Israel where some unique immigrants are joining the Jewish state. So-called black Jews from Ethiopia have been brought to Israel for many years, but now, Black Americans are also immigrating, but with their own style of faith.
Episode Number: 0337
Synopsis: World Report cameras are in London and New York, two capital cities of the world with a similar problem: too many cars. Drivers who travel each day to these cities have brought the streets to a virtual standstill. London has now instituted a daily tax for anyone who takes their car into the central city, and it seems to be easing the problem there. Would a plan like that work in New York or other American cities?
Episode Number: 0336
Synopsis: World Report cameras are in Florida to see the damage done to countless homes and buildings by small, but destructive, colonies of termites. Frequently, their work is concealed from homeowners until it is far too late to save the structure.
Episode Number: 0333
Synopsis: World Report cameras are in Iran for a unique program that looks at the evolution following the Islamic Revolution. What may seem to Western eyes to be little or no progress toward democracy, still seems hopeful to Iranians. They are able to see the slightest change in the nation's rulers that may lead to a more wordly, and less rigorous, Islamic state.
Episode Number: 0332
Synopsis: World Report cameras are in tsunami-ravaged Indonesia, where traditional fishermen are having a difficult time returning to their trade. Many have had to repair or re-build their fishing boats, or even buy new ones. They have also had to cope with a drop-off in the fish market because people fear many fish have been feeding on submerged bodies of tsunami victims. And some simply fear another tsunami from the sea.
Episode Number: 0331
Synopsis: World Report cameras are in Sumatra as the people recover from the affects of the tsunami. The Cash for Work program gives residents the tools they need to get back to work, and help their community recover. It is a part motivational, part common sense program that helps recovery at many levels.
Episode Number: 0329
Synopsis: World Report cameras are in Iraq following the national elections, where residents are hoping for stability and peace. There are still countless great challenges for the people of Iraq, but many are now seeing that maintaining their own security is the key to their own freedom.
Episode Number: 0327
Synopsis: World Report cameras travel to England where a long-time tradition is being legislated out of existence. Legal fox hunts on horseback with a pack of hunting dogs is now forbidden, and many who have hunted this way as a traditional part of their life are angry. The question, as always, is one where some people enjoy their "sport," and others consider it a form of animal cruelty.
Episode Number: 0325
Synopsis: World Report cameras travel to Honduras to observe a unique new program that provides hope to those in the deep cycle of poverty. Villagers are now able to get very small loans that allow them to develop their own small businesses. When it works, it's a rare ticket out of despair.
Episode Number: 0324
Synopsis: Long before the world focused its attention on tsunami relief in South Asia, charitable agencies worked to help Honduras following Hurricane Mitch. HDNet cameras traveled to the Central American nation to see how much has been accomplished, and how much remains to be done now that there are other nation's that need the world's help.
Episode Number: 0323
Synopsis: HDNet cameras traveled to the Middle East for the first summit of Israeli and Palestinian leaders following the death of Yasser Arafat. There is fresh hope that the peace process may finally move forward, as it seems all sides are interested in ending the decades of anger and violence.
Episode Number: 0322
Synopsis: World Report cameras are in Germany where local residents and members of the American military are learning to cope with a proposed change in foreign duty postings. The Pentagon is planning on closing many foreign bases, and ending tours where family members are brought along. Opinions are mixed, as a 60 year tradition seems to be in its closing stages.
Episode Number: 0321
Synopsis: World Report cameras travel to Phuket, where residents are experiencing a financial double hit. The tsunami damaged the area and killed hundreds of people. Then, just as the renowned tourist area is recovering, it finds itself a victim of the worst kind of publicity throughout the world, stopping needed tourism during the usual peak season.
Episode Number: 0320
Synopsis: World Report cameras look at the plight of veterans returning from war, hoping to pick up their lives just where they left them. Some employers follow the letter of the law, and have the same job available for the veteran. Other employers seem more focused on the company's bottom line, and try to skirt the law.
Episode Number: 0319
Synopsis: World Report cameras looks at the legal concept of "eminent domain." Properly used, eminentdomain helps keep cities vibrant and growing. But, the fear of being compelled to sell land you want to keep continues to grow as cities use their power of eminent domain merely to increase tax revenues.
Episode Number: 0318
Synopsis: HDNet cameras are in American military hospitals in Germany where wounded soldiers from Iraq are taken for advanced care. Many injured American troops now survive their injuries because of medical advances. But the question remains, are they ready for life with limitations and are other Americans ready to deal with them?
Episode Number: 0317
Synopsis: HDNet cameras travel to a small town in New Mexico that is attacked nearly every day by American soldiers. The attacks are always realistic, but they are not real. Instead, this locale provides the most authentic combat scenarios to help American soldiers deal with the reality that is the war in Iraq.
Episode Number: 0316
Synopsis: HDNet cameras are in post-tsunami Indonesia as the nation tries to recover from the widespread devastation. One key to limiting illness among the residents is the restoration of sources of pure water. Americans who have traveled to Indonesia to help, despite fears of American colonialism, have brought with them a new and portable water purification system that is making a significant difference for the people of Indonesia.
Episode Number: 0315
Synopsis: HDNet cameras are in the Ukraine as the population settles down after one of the strangest elections in the post Soviet Union era. There was the first election with voting irregularities, followed by a more believable re-vote, all complicated with charges of poisoning of one of the candidates.
Episode Number: 0314
Synopsis: HDNet cameras are in the Iraqi village of "Medina Jabal" where American troops train before being deployed to Baghdad, Falluja or other major Iraqi cities. The training is realistic, with Arabic-speaking Iraqi's at every turn. But the realism of Medina Jabal takes place in the shadow of Colorado's Rockies.
Episode Number: 0313
Synopsis: World Report cameras are in Iraq and America where military vehicles are getting extra layers of armor to make them more secure. One key question during the Presidential campaign was why every military vehicle in Iraq had not already been "armored up" before it got there.
Episode Number: 0312
Synopsis: HDNet cameras went to the polls in America, but not for an American election. Five cities in the United States were designated as absentee polling places for the Iraqi election. Expatriates from Iraq registered and voted to make sure that they had a voice in their homeland's future.
Episode Number: 0311
Synopsis: HDNet cameras are in Indonesia as the crippled nation works to recover from the destruction caused by the Indian Ocean tsunami. While aid is arriving daily from many nations, the task of restoring the once vital areas still seems overwhelming.
Episode Number: 0307
Synopsis: Over the past year, HDNet cameras were on the scene for major disasters. From forest fires and hurricanes to volcanoes and tornadoes. Mother Nature's fury is one of the most powerful forces on Earth. Technological advances allow man to understand these forces better every day, but the bigger problem is being able to do something about them.
Episode Number: 0306
Synopsis: World Report cameras are in Arizona along the border with Mexico, where authorities are finding significant evidence that illegal aliens from the Middle East are mingling with traditional illegal immigrants from the countries to the south of the United States. What no one can say, however, is if those long-distance immigrants are terrorists.
Episode Number: 0305
Synopsis: World Report cameras are in Egypt, home to the cradle of civilization and the pyramids. These days, Egypt is a secular country, despite a large Islamic population, that finds itself having to fight terrorism to retain its life-blood of tourism.
Episode Number: 0304
Synopsis: HDNet cameras are in Russia as that country experiences serious acts of domestic terrorism. In the wake of the attacks, the key question for most Russians seems to be, will they lose their recently restored freedom in the government's efforts to combat the terrorists?
Episode Number: 0303
Synopsis: World Report cameras are along America's southern border with Mexico where countless illegals transit North to the United States. Despite an increased awareness of the border's weakness caused by the war on terror, local residents are frequent victims of those who come across illegally, apparently seeking a better life.
Episode Number: 0302
Synopsis: World Report cameras are in Beirut, the capital of Lebanon. A few decades ago, Beirut was, arguably, one of the most dangerous places in the world, not unlike today's Baghdad. Take a look at the new and rebuilt Beirut and see how things have changed.
Episode Number: 0301
Synopsis: World Report cameras return to Florida in the winter, following the record Hurricane damage. Despite the best government plans and programs, it is still taking longer than anyone would like to restore the hardest hit areas of the state.
Episode Number: 0297
Synopsis: World Report cameras are in Puerto Rico as the island decides its plan for the immediate future. Though Puerto Ricans are already American citizens, they do not have the right to vote. Potential statehood seems to be one eventual goal... but it's not a goal for everyone on the island.
Episode Number: 0296
Synopsis: The war in Iraq has changed the view of Americans by many across the globe. World Report cameras are in a number of countries to hear the views of the people,not their leaders, as the U.S. is evaluated for its post 9/11 actions.
Episode Number: 0295
Synopsis: World Report cameras are in the Middle East following the death of Yasser Arafat, where hope and cynicism continue their holy-land partnership. Arafat's departure may provide an opportunity for a change in the previously frustrating attempts to forge a lasting peace for perpetual enemies.
Episode Number: 0294
Synopsis: World Report cameras are along the border between North and South Korea at the De-Militarized Zone. The relationship between South Korea and the United States has changed little in the past half century. But now, with demands for the U.S. military in other countries, the long-standing heavy deployment of American forces in Korea may soon be changing.
Episode Number: 0293
Synopsis: HDNet cameras talk to overweight Americans trying to cope with their obesity. The latest and most popular surgery, gastric bypass, offers a quicker fix, but at a far greater risk.
Episode Number: 0292
Synopsis: World Report cameras are on the Seminole Reservation in Florida, where gambling insures every member of the tribe a substantial annual income. The casinos are so successful that others who have no connection to the Seminoles are looking for a share of the lucrative gambling payout.
Episode Number: 0291
Synopsis: World Report cameras are in Haiti as the island nation tries to recover from rain and floods of Tropical Storm Jean. Because Haitians have been chopping down countless trees for fuel, the Island is more vulnerable to extreme weather than ever before. There are now conservation efforts under way to offer Haitians viable alternatives to this destruction.
Episode Number: 0290
Synopsis: HDNet cameras travel across America to interview soldiers who are having difficulty adjusting to life after their service in the war in Iraq. Post traumatic stress disorder is having a significant affect on America's veterans who were in harms' way in the Middle East.
Episode Number: 0289
Synopsis: HDNet has captured the only high-def footage of the now famous mob scene in Ramallah when the body of Palestinian leader was returned for burial. In this HDNet exclusive, correspondent Greg Dobbs and the World Report crew were there to capture this historic event.
Episode Number: 0288
Synopsis: World Report cameras traveled the American West, to understand the plight of the wild horse. Though plentiful in the past, both the horses and their habitat continue to disappear as they are potentially "managed to extinction".
Episode Number: 0287
Synopsis: HDNet cameras are at the headquarters for both the Kerry campaign and the Bush campaign as the results come in. Throughout the closing weeks of the contest, it seemed to draw statistically closer and closer, but now, the results are in.
Episode Number: 0286
Synopsis: World Report cameras are in Haiti as the poorest nation in the Western Hemisphere tries to recover from the effects of Tropical Storm Jean. Though hundreds were killed, the biggest problem for the island nation is finding pure water for people to drink.
Episode Number: 0284
Synopsis: World Report cameras are in Florida, where the Presidential election was finally decided four years ago. The state is once again a "battleground state," and history could potentially repeat itself here on the day of the election.
Episode Number: 0283
Synopsis: World Report cameras travel with Vice President Dick Cheney as he campaigns for re-election. Though second on the Republican ticket, many view this Vice President as the most important in his office in history.
Episode Number: 0282
Synopsis: World Report cameras are in the "battleground state" of Pennsylvania where the national candidates are after every vote. The number of electoral college votes from every state are crucial in this, the closest of any Presidential election.
Episode Number: 0281
Synopsis: World Report cameras are in Austin, Texas, for textbook hearings. In many ways, Texas sets the standards for many American textbooks. This year, the key debate for some textbooks centers on abstinence as the key concept in sex education.
Episode Number: 0280
Synopsis: World Report cameras are in Maine, where a community is learning to accept its most recent immigrants, a substantial number of Somalis who have traveled across the globe. A one-time Mayor of the community, however, has asked them not to invite their friends to join them.
Episode Number: 0279
Synopsis: HDNet's cameras are on the Democratic Presidential campaign trail as it moves across America. Travel along with World Report on the busses and planes that make up Senator John F. Kerry's campaign for the White House.
Episode Number: 0278
Synopsis: HDNet cameras are in the American West, reporting on the latest developments in fighting wildfires. The latest high tech developments in the battle focus on the prediction of wildfires...something that would have seemed impossible a few years ago.
Episode Number: 0277
Synopsis: HDNet cameras hit the campaign trail across America. Travel along with World Report on the buses and the planes that make up President George W. Bush's re-election campaign in 2004.
Episode Number: 0276
Synopsis: HDNet cameras are in Colorado Springs for the start of the new class year at the United States Air Force Academy. In 2003, the Academy spent a substantial amount of time responding to and confirming the fact that sexual assaults among cadets were going unreported. Now, following a widespread change in Academy leadership, there is a new and deliberate change in the student program.
Episode Number: 0275
Synopsis: Since 9/11, security checks at America's airports have made flying more pain than pleasure. Now, World Report cameras are at the airport to observe the fine points of a new pilot program that trades personal information for easier access for flyers.
Episode Number: 0274
Synopsis: HDNet cameras travel to Maine to observe a multi-media experiment focused on the quality of air in the world. New science proves that all pollution is related and is never a local problem. Instead, it flows from every country on the globe and can only be bettered by international cooperation.
Episode Number: 0273
Synopsis: World Report focuses on earth-friendly solutions to transportation pollution and building design, examining new choices available to consumers such as hybrid electric cars, clean-burning biodiesel, hydrogen fuel cells of the future and energy-efficient home designs.
Episode Number: 0272
Synopsis: World Report cameras covered both national political conventions this year. Delegates, protestors and some everyday Americans look back at the events to see if either or both had the desired effects, both on the faithful party members as well as on undecided voters.
Episode Number: 0271
Synopsis: World Report cameras joined Democratic Vice Presidential candidate Senator John Edwards on his campaign. Our high definition cameras bring a unique perspective to the candidate's style and substance.
Episode Number: 0270
Synopsis: World Report cameras were in Florida for the arrival of Hurricane Frances. In a seemingly endless parade of major storms in the summer of 2004, Frances was unique in both her size and her speed. She spent days rather than hours in her slow and soggy march across the state.
Episode Number: 0269
Synopsis: World Report cameras attended the 2004 Republican National Convention, inside for the sessions, as well as outside with the delegates and the protestors. Now that the convention is over, we hear first hand how the people who were there feel about the convention and the campaign.
Episode Number: 0268
Synopsis: HDNet cameras were in Venezuela, one of the biggest oil suppliers to the United States, for the recall election of President Hugo Chavez. He promotes himself as an ally of Cuba and a champion of the poor, but his opposition says he is pitting them against the nation's poor, and that the United States should care because democracy is the big loser.
Episode Number: 0267
Synopsis: HDNet cameras are in New York for the 2004 Republican National Convention, recording a Republican Party determined to retain the Presidency.
Episode Number: 0266
Synopsis: HDNet cameras are in New York City to see the security preparations and plans for the Republican National Convention which will include appearances by the President and Vice President. Since the attacks of 9/11, security measures throughout America have been given greater focus and support, especially in New York City, ground zero for the attacks. Authorities are taking this convention very seriously as a potential target for terrorists.
Episode Number: 0265
Synopsis: World Report takes a close look at a key medical ethics issue that is also becoming an important part of the Presidential campaign. Stem cell research is at the edge of a potential breakthrough in human medicine. But, to many Americans, the very use of human stem cells is abhorrent.
Episode Number: 0264
Synopsis: World Report cameras in America visit reservists, many of whom thought their military obligation time had passed. But the needs of the war in Iraq and the continuing conflict in Afghanistan have stretched the limit of active duty troops. Many reservists are having to dust off their uniforms once again to respond to the call of active duty.
Episode Number: 0263
Synopsis: World Report cameras are in "The Sunshine State" for an unusual situation where a popular diet is putting Orange Juice "on the outs." The South Beach Diet, named after the Florida locale, bans O.J. in its early stages and that ban seems to be having a dramatic, negative effect on the sale of Orange Juice.
Episode Number: 0262
Synopsis: HDNet cameras were in Florida as Hurricane Charlie crossed the state. The damage is astounding, as entire communities were turned into rubble. The key remaining question centers on the warnings that were issued and the reliance people place on them to determine precisely what they will do in the face of an advancing storm.
Episode Number: 0261
Synopsis: World Report cameras travel off the East coast of the United States with the U.S. Coast Guard. The latest effort to ensure Homeland Security involves the Coast Guard intercepting ships headed for the United States, and boarding them to make sure they have nothing on board that threatens the safety of the country.
Episode Number: 0260
Synopsis: World Report cameras look at a very unusual concept and product. During the Cold War, personal bomb shelters became popular as a way to "survive the big blast." Now, following the attack of 9/11, people are once again looking at the shelters as a way to protect themselves.
Episode Number: 0259
Synopsis: World Report cameras attended the Democratic Convention, both inside for the sessions, as well as outside with the delegates and others interested in the process. Now that the convention is over, we hear first hand how the people there feel about the people, the platform and the politics that made up the event.
Episode Number: 0258
Synopsis: World Report cameras take a look at the nation's largest retailer. Wal-Mart uses a unique system to keep their prices low, but there are critics who think lower prices cost workers too much.
Episode Number: 0257
Synopsis: HDNet World Report is in Boston for the Democratic Convention, a convention Democrats hope to make the most unified in years. In addition to presenting the Democratic message, the convention is an opportunity to introduce all of America to the Democratic presidential candidate: Senator John Kerry.
Episode Number: 0256
Synopsis: HDNet cameras are in Boston to see the security preparations and plans for the Democratic National Convention. Since the attack of 9/11, security measures throughout America have advanced substantially, with this convention being taken very seriously as a potential target for terrorists.
Episode Number: 0255
Synopsis: World Report cameras are in Jamaica, which is becoming a more popular tourism destination for American vacationers who are staying closer to home. Jamaica is making plans to prevent terrorism even as the island's residents are looking more closely at their biggest neighbor.
Episode Number: 0254
Synopsis: World Report cameras travel to the American heartland to learn about alternative methods of farming. Science is now helping America's farmers use improved techniques to help provide greater yields and better crops.
Episode Number: 0253
Synopsis: World Report cameras visit California to look at the problem of underfunded schools. Parents in the Richmond school district are doing everything they can to improve their schools in the face of serious state budget cuts. The students, however, are the ones who will suffer now and in the future.
Episode Number: 0252
Synopsis: World Report cameras are traveling throughout America to learn more about the differing viewpoints being expressed by senior members of the Catholic Church, regarding Holy Communion and political candidates. In the past, most candidates scrupulously avoided any appearance that their religion might affect their decisions, but times may be changing.
Episode Number: 0251
Synopsis: World Report cameras are in Afghanistan as the country is moving from the repression of the Taliban to a new level of freedom. Nowhere is that more obvious than in the changing role of women who are emerging from under their restrictive Burkhas to a new respected role in Afghan society.
Episode Number: 0250
Synopsis: World Report cameras are in the American Mid-West, with storm chasers seeking to learn more about the destructive tornadoes that seem to be striking more often. New technology is helping to prepare for the storms as well as find them as they hit.
Episode Number: 0249
Synopsis: World Report cameras are in Afghanistan to see how the country is recovering and changing following the departure of the Taliban. The American presence in Afghanistan also seems more stable than the American presence presently in Iraq.
Episode Number: 0248
Synopsis: World Report cameras are in Siberia as a new lifestyle is emerging among the former prison camps of the old Soviet Union. The change from Gulag to capitalism is being fueled in significant part by expatriate Americans.
Episode Number: 0247
Synopsis: World Report cameras are in Ohio for the rare cicada infestation. Literally billions of these bugs emerge from the ground in a 17 year cycle. In addition to the problems they cause, they are becoming a "marker" for man's advances and changes.
Episode Number: 0246
Synopsis: World Report travels to the coffee fields of Nicaragua to meet the coffee workers there. As coffee prices and styles have changed dramatically in the West, the question remains: Have the new economic realities of the coffee industry changed the lives of the coffee workers for the better?
Episode Number: 0245
Synopsis: World Report travels to Florida to learn how the voting process has changed since the "hanging chads" of 2000. Surprisingly, there may still be problems for Florida voters, four years later.
Episode Number: 0244
Synopsis: World Report cameras are in Panama to look at the limitations of the present canal, and the potential for widening it. Some ocean going vessels are bigger than ever before, and therefore too wide to fit through the present canal. So... what is a small Central American country to do without ruining its economy?
Episode Number: 0243
Synopsis: World Report cameras come to the homes of American veterans of Iraq who were injured in the conflict. Some have lost limbs and others have debilitating physical injuries. They have all made physical sacrifices, and we see their struggle to simply get on with their lives and how they hope to one day learn to thrive in today's America.
Episode Number: 0242
Synopsis: World Report cameras travel to Africa, along the Sudan-Chad border to observe the refugee crisis there. Poverty and tribal and cultural differences are once again bringing fears of genocide to a remote region, while the world's attention is focused almost exclusively on the Middle East and the War on Terrorism.
Episode Number: 0241
Synopsis: World Report travels to Washington, D.C. for a look at the new memorial dedicated to members of the military who served in World War II. The memorial will be formally unveiled on Memorial Day, and honors those who previously had no special monument in the nation's capitol.
Episode Number: 0240
Synopsis: World Report travels to the small and patriotic town of Dubois, Wyoming where the residents are dealing with the loss of one of their native sons to the conflict in Iraq. The marine who was killed comes from a family that is known to nearly the entire town, and everyone in town took time to honor him at his funeral.
Episode Number: 0239
Synopsis: World Report cameras in Iraq look at the changing role of reporters in the conflict there. No longer are journalists viewed as impartial observers to the evolution of post-Saddam Iraq. Bombings, kidnappings and other threats have changed the way that they must gather the news. Journalists now find themselves far deeper "In Harm's Way."
Episode Number: 0238
Synopsis: As Americans seek a better quality of life, and continue to experience a substantial growth in population, wildlife habitat disappears. In the desert southwest, the wildlife is small and deadly and seems to fight back. See an unusual presentation of scorpions and Africanized bees and other desert dangers that threaten man's expansion in the warmer climates.
Episode Number: 0237
Synopsis: World Report cameras are in Minnesota to see the funerals of a number of Marines who have been killed in action in Iraq. Many families in the American heartland remain supportive of both the troops and the American mission...but the ultimate price paid by some families with the loss of their loved ones hits hometowns in a devastating fashion.
Episode Number: 0236
Synopsis: World Report cameras travel to the Badlands of South Dakota, where there is still a conflict between the United States and the Sioux. Angry tribal members have taken complete control of part of the Badlands National Park, trying to solve grievances dating back to the Indian Wars.
Episode Number: 0235
Synopsis: World Report cameras were among the first to enter Libya with the easing of U.S. travel restrictions. The world is now coming to Libya, seeking to learn more about the mysterious country. One of the more interesting concepts in the nation ruled by Qadaffi is the liberated view of women in this society.
Episode Number: 0234
Synopsis: World Report continues its coverage from Iraq with a look at the past year of United States involvement there. The first year anniversary of Coalition Force battle has just passed, and now it seems those forces have little to look forward to than yet another year of duty in that Middle East nation.
Episode Number: 0233
Synopsis: World Report cameras have traveled across the American West as summer approaches. It will no doubt be hot and dry, and once again water is the key component in short supply...as communities prepare for potential fires and home preservation.
Episode Number: 0232
Synopsis: HDNet cameras were among the first to be admitted to Libya this year, where isolation from the rest of the world is ending, due to changes in the policies of Strongman Muammar Qadaffi. Surprisingly, the people of Libya are welcoming American businessmen and tourists to their mysterious land.
Episode Number: 0231
Synopsis: World Report cameras were among the first from the United States to be allowed into the "New Libya." The former "Terrorist State" is now opening its borders to foreigners and Americans after decades of isolation.
Episode Number: 0230
Synopsis: HDNet cameras were in Russia for the unusual re-election of Vladimir Putin. Some uniquely Russian moves preceded the day of the election, leaving Russians to wonder what is in store for them in the near future.
Episode Number: 0229
Synopsis: HDNet cameras traveled along the deadliest stretch of Iraqi Roadway. Highway One north of Baghdad is home to crime, injuries, bombings and murders. It is one place that will need to be put under control before any peace will be able to take hold.
Episode Number: 0227
Synopsis: HDNet World Report visits the concept of alternative energy, focusing on some traditional alternatives for gas and electricity, like solar and wind, and taking a look at some new, unlikely alternatives as well.
Episode Number: 0226
Synopsis: World Report cameras travel across America to learn about some of the newest security techniques being taught in the wake of the 9-11 attacks. Terrorism has now become a fact of life in this country, and ways of fighting back and avoiding further attacks are being refined and taught by experts here every day.
Episode Number: 0225
Synopsis: HDNet World Report looks at the controversy surrounding gay marriage in America. Are the ceremonies merely civil disobedience, or could they eventually threaten the family fiber in this country?
Episode Number: 0224
Synopsis: HDNet World Report travels to Yellowstone National Park where the battle over winter snowmobile use continues. Less polluting and quieter machines have been introduced, and area merchants are hoping for their acceptance, but the other side wants an absolute ban, hoping to focus purely on the Park's winter animal habitat.
Episode Number: 0223
Synopsis: World Report looks at the fortune and failure of the United States Space program, and the direction it will take in the future. From the death of the astronauts in the shuttle disaster to the success of the Mars rovers, join HDNet World Report for the clearest look at your world...from high Earth orbit in high definition.
Episode Number: 0222
Synopsis: HDNet World Report travels to North Carolina to hear first hand from members of the American military and their families, about their feelings on service in Iraq. Listen to those who have just arrived home from long tours, and those who are about to be on their way.
Episode Number: 0221
Synopsis: World Report travels to Middle America to see towns in the nation's breadbasket that are being threatened...not with violence, but with extinction. The farming business isn't what it used to be, and technical advances are making family farms and the towns nearby almost unnecessary.
Episode Number: 0220
Synopsis: HDNet World Report travels to one of America's most unique cities; New Orleans, where the city's very existence is being threatened by slowly...but persistently rising waters.
Episode Number: 0219
Synopsis: HDNet World Report cameras were in Karbala, Iraq, for celebrations of the holiest day of the Shiite calendar. That day also presented a tragic opportunity for the enemies of the new Iraq. Witness the attacks first hand through the high definition camera of the World Report crew on the streets of Karbala.
Episode Number: 0218
Synopsis: HDNet World Report is in Iraq for an unusual story on the lesser publicized parts of freedom. Along with the right to vote and freedom of speech come literature, videos and DVD's of previously prohibited material.
Episode Number: 0217
Synopsis: HDNet World Report travels across the American West for a look at the damage done by forest fires. From the fires in Yellowstone to the 2003 fires in California, recovery from the damage is a prolonged, dangerous and sometimes surprising process.
Episode Number: 0216
Synopsis: HDNet World Report travels to the rainforest of Peru to see how indigenous people are learning to use the rainforest without destroying it. Rehabilitation and marketing are now replacing "slash and burn" destruction.
Episode Number: 0215
Synopsis: HDNet World Report was embeded with Centcom Commander General John P. Abizaid when his military convoy came under direct attack by insurgents. Hear the sounds and witness the attack in high definition, and hear exclusively what General Abizaid had to say immediately after the attack.
Episode Number: 0214
Synopsis: HDNet travels to America's ranches and feedlots to learn what problems are ahead for Cattle Ranchers and their herds, now that Mad Cow disease has been discovered. Health concerns and Economic concerns are at the center of the methods of dealing with this disease.
Episode Number: 0213
Synopsis: HDNet World Report travels to the rainforests of Peru to meet a unique character who is helping local natives. "Amazon John" has brought a contemporary look at the ages-old natural medicines deep in the rainforest, and is helping bring the best out to 21st century populations.
Episode Number: 0212
Synopsis: World Report travels to Israel for the latest news on the never-ending story of religious violence. The latest Israeli attempt to improve their security is a barrier wall being constructed between Arab and Jewish areas. Sadly, It has become more a symbol of strife than of safety.
Episode Number: 0211
Synopsis: HDNet World Report travels to Key West, Florida for a conflict between long-time residents and new arrivals. It's status quo versus nouveau, with a free ranging chicken at the center of the struggle.
Episode Number: 0210
Synopsis: HDNet World Report cameras travel to two cities in the former Soviet Union to see first-hand how freedom has changed them. And, most importantly how their people have adjusted to new capitalist attitudes.
Episode Number: 0209
Synopsis: HDNet World Report cameras travel to Mount Kilimanjaro in Africa. The mountain is big enough to develop and preserve its own weather, but world environmental changes may put that to an end.
Episode Number: 0208
Synopsis: HDNet World Report cameras travel to Vatican City to report on the procedures that must be followed by the Catholic Church when it is time to elect a new Pope. World Report goes inside the rooms where the Conclave of Cardinals will vote on the eventual successor to Pope John Paul II.
Episode Number: 0207
Synopsis: HDNet World Report travels to Iraq where American and Coalition forces use more than muscle to help restore the nation. "Psyops" are an ever-increasing part of the Coalition's efforts to restore order in Iraq.
Episode Number: 0206
Synopsis: They are called nature's biggest storms. Join HDNet World Report as it investigates what is known about tracking hurricanes, the damage they can do, and what should be done about people who build in the path of the storm.
Episode Number: 0205
Synopsis: World Report travels to war-torn Liberia to witness the devastation of that Nation's war, and the efforts being made to put the country and the country's families back together.
Episode Number: 0204
Synopsis: HDNet World Report travels to Africa to experience an extremey visual annual event. The migration of animals across the Serengeti is striking in its clarity and an overpowering experience to witness. But climactic and population changes may now be putting it at risk, and with it the volumes of animals that traditionally take part in this ritual of survival.
Episode Number: 0203
Synopsis: HDNet World Report continues its coverage of Iraq with a program focused on the RPG (Rocket Propelled Grenade). This low-tech weapon, used mostly by so-called insurgents in Iraq is having a devastating effect on some of America's high tech weaponry. Take an up-close look at the enemy's weapon of choice to combat the Coalition.
Episode Number: 0202
Synopsis: World Report visits the people of Italy to learn first hand their views of the World Economy... and the United States wars in the Middle East. This traditional U.S. ally recently suffered their most serious loss of soldiers... since World War II.
Episode Number: 0201
Synopsis: 50 years after the death of Stalin, HDNet World Report takes a rare trip to Magadan in the Russian Far East - once the administrative center of the infamous prison camp system known as the Gulags. Today, the children of prisoners live side-by-side with the children of prison guards, and the region struggles to overcome its brutal past.
Episode Number: 0168
Synopsis: HDNet World Report travels to Churchill, Manitoba in Northern Canada where the annual change in seasons brings an unusual migration to town. Polar Bears, the Kings of the North, move through Churchill every year. But global warming may soon bring a change to what has been a peaceful and predictable migration.
Episode Number: 0167
Synopsis: HDNet World Report was at the recent FTAA trade conference in Miami where demonstrators from around the country came to protest potential international agreements that could mean the removal of countless jobs from the United States. Miami authorities were ready, but the demonstrators took to the streets to be heard anyway.
Episode Number: 0166
Synopsis: World Report traveled to Vatican City for an unusual collection of religious events. There were special ceremonies to commemorate the 25th year of Pope John Paul II's reign, as well as the elevation of 31 new Cardinals. Also, hundreds of thousands were in attendance to personally witness the beatification of Mother Theresa...the first step toward her becoming a Saint.
Episode Number: 0165
Synopsis: HDNet's World Report takes a rare view behind the military checkpoints in the new Liberia. Following 20 years of hostilities and bloodshed, the shooting has finally eased in this African nation. Liberians are now trying to put their once-prosperous nation back in order, looking to America, their traditional supporter, for help, while soldiers of other African nations guard their city streets.
Episode Number: 0164
Synopsis: HDNet World Report takes a look back at an icon of American military history. The Tomb of the Unknowns in Washington is in need of some repairs, and the source for that one-of-a-kind marble can only be found in the mountains of Colorado. See what it takes to bring that pristine white marble all the way to Washington to fix a grateful nation's memorial to its fallen sons and daughters.
Episode Number: 0163
Synopsis: Since the end of the war, Baghdad has become a hub for lawlessness. The murder rate is soaring. Iraqi citizens are afraid to leave their homes at night. HDNet World Report goes inside Baghdad to explore how coalition forces are working with Iraqi groups to create a new system of law and order.
Episode Number: 0162
Synopsis: When Saddam Hussein was forced from power, his army was dismantled. Today, a new Iraqi defense force must be created to protect the country and keep the peace. HDNet World Report goes to boot camp inside Iraq to follow the new Iraqi recruits and the US soldiers who train them.
Episode Number: 0159
Synopsis: African elephants, whose numbers are just recovering, may soon be at severe risk again if sales of ivory are allowed again. But it's not the legal sales that are the problem, rather, it's the work of poachers that wantonly kill elephants and then transport the ivory to legal sale countries. HDNet World Report goes to Kenya to learn if once again, elephants will be "under the gun."
Episode Number: 0156
Synopsis: In September, 7 of 10 candidates for the Democratic nomination for President gathered on an Iowa balloon field to fry up some steak and carve out support for their run for the White House. What made this event unusual was that they would share the stage with an old friend of the Democrats, President Bill Clinton. Each candidate shook hands, kissed babies, and spoke from the stump, but no one captured more attention from the 9500-plus attendees than Bill Clinton.
Episode Number: 0155
Synopsis: World Report takes you to the geysers near "Old Faithful." But after years and years of predictability there are changes in and under the park. Learn first hand what could happen to change things in the very near future.
Episode Number: 0149
Synopsis: In the American West, the wolf was virtually eliminated by 1940. Man had trapped, shot, poisoned and killed-off the species. Re-introduction programs using captured Canadian wolves have been very successful, but not without criticism. Now these wolves are breeding in the wild and expanding their territories into states that have no programs to either preserve or prevent their presence, where some residents may soon be surprised to find "The Wolf At The Door!"
Episode Number: 0144
Synopsis: HDNet World Report's cameras take viewers to the Olympic training fields in Iraq. Former Iraqi Olympians explain the harsh treatment and torture at the hands of Udai Hussein, the leader of Iraq's Olympic Committee and Saddam Hussein's son.
Episode Number: 0141
Synopsis: The tourist guides describe the Northwest region of Spain as Spain's best-kept secret. However, it recently had one of the worst oil spills in history. World Report will follow the efforts to deal with the ecological disaster that affected the area's rich seafood industry as well as tourism and the Galician people's usually quiet and happy life.
Episode Number: 0140
Synopsis: A 300 year old conflict between Spain and Britain that has yet to be resolved, the strategic location of Gibraltar on the south of Spain at the meeting point of the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean sea is the last British colony in the world. World Report explores the uniqueness of the Gibraltarian history and way of life; its people, mixture of cultures and the uncertainty of its future and identity.
Episode Number: 0139
Synopsis: As Iraq struggles toward a new governing body, various interests, most notably Sunni and Shia Muslims are vying for public support as simmering tensions threaten to erupt into civil war.
Episode Number: 0138
Synopsis: The fall of the Baathist Regime created unexpected violence and looting in Baghdad. HDNet reveals American soldiers' efforts to keep the peace.
Episode Number: 0137
Synopsis: HDNet reports from the streets and outskirts of Baghdad, ravaged by war. Most public works are either shut down or destroyed. Now Iraqis and American forces face the burden of establishing systems and bringing order back to this city.
Episode Number: 0136
Synopsis: Follow the 4th Light Armored Battalion as they leave home and family to face whatever awaits them in Al Kut, Iraq.
Episode Number: 0135
Synopsis: For more than half a century, the people of North and South Korea have been divided by mutual hostility and suspicion. HDNet examines efforts to overcome the antagonisms and reunify the Korean penionsula.
Episode Number: 0134
Synopsis: HDNet goes inside the world of military logistics by visiting the 437th Airlift Wing, based in Charleston, South Carolina. Their current assignment: to provide supplies ranging from toilet paper to tanks to the troops in Iraq.
Episode Number: 0133
Synopsis: Will America's next war be fought on the Korean peninsula? HDNet examines the diplomatic and military crises in this troubled corner of Asia, and the United States' preparation for a possible war there.
Episode Number: 0132
Synopsis: More than 20 different empires have fought for and conquered the Kurdish lands at the northern tip of Mesopotamia's Fertile Crescent throughout history. Today, the battle for control simmers just beneath the surface. For the Turks and the native Kurds, the outcome of the conflict in Iraq threatens the tenuous peace of their shared and contested homeland.
Episode Number: 0131
Synopsis: Jessica Lynch
Episode Number: 0130
Synopsis: On the eve of war between the US and Iraq, Israelis and Palestinians contemplate their position in their struggles to coexist.
Episode Number: 0129
Synopsis: Avalanche deaths in the U.S. have doubled in the past 10 years. In this HDNet World Report we travel to Colorado, the state that has the highest number of avalanche deaths in the nation. Up to seven feet of new snow in the Rocky Mountains this spring pushed avalanche danger to its highest level in years - extreme. We'll look at what causes snow slides and hear from those who've lived through their devastating force. We'll travel with ski patrollers who use explosives to manage avalanche danger and we'll watch a chocolate lab sniff out victims buried beneath the snow.
Episode Number: 0128
Synopsis: Demonstrators stage Die-In on Manhattan's Fifth Avenue to protest the war.
Episode Number: 0127
Synopsis: The Kingdom is desperate to remain neutral but many on the streets in Jordan feel that the conflict will spark a revitalized extremist faith and wake what they call the sleeping dragon of Islam.
Episode Number: 0126
Synopsis: Lots of topics were on the agenda, but pro and con discussions of the war in Iraq dominated an Arvada, Colorado town hall meeting sponsored by two local congressmen: Mark Udall and Bob Beauprez.
Episode Number: 0125
Synopsis: HDNet explores the two sides of protest - for and against the impending war in Iraq.
Episode Number: 0124
Synopsis: For half a century, Guantanamo has been a front line of the Cold War, but that's changed since Sept 11th. It's now the Alcatraz of the war on terrorism, the place where hundreds of Al Quaeda suspects are being held in detention. Examine life on Guantanamo from the perspective of guards and prisoners who live on the only military base on communist soil.
Episode Number: 0123
Synopsis: Cougars are beautiful and legendary creatures, known for their grace, independence and wild nature. Stuck in a collision of three worlds, the predator's resurgence has created controversy on how they should be managed, harvested, and how people can live among them.
Episode Number: 0122
Synopsis: On September 27th, 2002, 10,500 West Coast International Longshore Warehouse Union workers were locked out of their jobs by their employer the Pacific Maritime Association. Go dockside onto the 3rd largest port in the world to see how a port terminal is worked and why an agreement was so difficult.
Episode Number: 0121
Synopsis: Struggling to find a new identity, avant-garde artists from Brooklyn and Williamsburg have formed a new underground movement called Electroclash. Electroclash is a fusion of 80's new wave music and fashion the artists hope will be the next big thing.
Episode Number: 0120
Synopsis: More than a dozen years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, tour a reunified Germany. Find out whether there are still divisions between the two halves of the formerly divided country and how the inhabitants of the formerly Communist East are living with their new freedoms.
Episode Number: 0119
Synopsis: Explore Al Qaeda's European roots, where German security forces fear the terror organization could still be operating. Visit Hamburg, home to 3 of the 9/11 hijackers and look at the efforts to bring Al Qaeda's operatives there under control.
Episode Number: 0118
Synopsis: With US President George Bush and German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder no longer speaking to one another following a dispute over US policy towards Iraq, HDNet reports from Berlin on the chilly relationship between the USA and Germany.
Episode Number: 0117
Synopsis: On The Road to Congress, get a look at a day in the life of a policital campaign just days before the election.
Episode Number: 0116
Synopsis: HDNet explores life today in modern Moscow. A decade after the fall of the Soviet Union, we'll find out how individual Russians are faring, and hear their views on capitalism, democracy, and the USA.
Episode Number: 0115
Synopsis: From melting glaciers and buckling highways to dying forests, explore the wondrous beauty of the Alaskan wilderness and the environmental danger of global warming.
Episode Number: 0112
Synopsis: HDNet explores the beauty and tragedy of Kashmir. Once one of the world's most exotic vacation destinations, today the potential of war between India and Pakistan is keeping foreign visitors away.
Episode Number: 0111
Synopsis: HDNet explores the new relationship between Washington and New Delhi. Once overshadowed by Indian support for the USSR during the Cold War, today a new relationship is blooming, driven by big business.
Episode Number: 0110
Synopsis: HDNet reports from both sides of the Line of Control that separates Indian and Pakistani troops, and explores the struggle over Kashmir, one of the most dangerous places on earth.
Episode Number: 0109
Synopsis: Since September 11th, 2001, Pakistan has emerged as America's most important ally in the war on terrorism. Pakistan's General Pervez Musharraf, once criticised by the US for subverting democracy, is today praised by officials in Washington. But now, General Musharraf finds himself facing critics in Pakistan who are becoming bolder than ever before in expressing their opposition to him.
Episode Number: 0108
Synopsis: The government of Mexico is trying to undo decades of official corruption and indifference toward drug trafficking. Find out how poverty and corruption are intertwined, and see the steps they're taking combat these problems and the violence they cause.
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