Former digital editor at The Takeaway, former producer at The Brian Lehrer Show.
Arwa Gunja here with the night shift update.
We’ve booked P.J. Crowley, State Department Spokesperson, to discuss US aid efforts to Chile. Secretary of State Hilary Clinton visited Chile today with satellite phones in hand as she pledged more US support. Reports out of the country indicate that conditions are worsening. We’re aiming to get an update from a reporter on the ground in Concepción, one of the hardest hit cities.
We’ll also take a look at North Carolina public schools where there is a program in place to bus students based on their socio-economic background. The program has become very controversial and many parents are up in arms. There is a vote tonight to decide whether scrap the system, and tomorrow we’ll bring you the latest..
One other story likely to make headlines tomorrow is the status of marriage equality in Washington, D.C. Tomorrow will be the first day same-sex couples will be able to apply for marriage certificates. The co-chair of the DC for Marriage campaign will join us in the morning to discuss this victory for the gay community.
Finally, all day tomorrow we’re asking the question, what is one thing about your life that you want the world to know? And it seems to apply to so many of our segments tomorrow – from the survivors in Chile, to students in North Carolina being bussed based on their financial status, to the Americans living in some of America’s most depressed cities, and to the community in DC which will be adjusting to a landmark decision that will inevitably bring social change. For all our listeners, leave us a message here to tell us what we should know about your life. Or you can call us at 877-8-MYTAKE.
Jim (the web editor) here with a quick update on our planning for tomorrow.
We’ll focus on an aspect of the Chile earthquake that reaches close to home. Among the many roads battered by the 8.8-magnitude quake was the famed Pan-American highway, which stretches from the lower reaches of South America all the way to Alaska. Along with severing Chile’s main thoroughfare, Saturday’s quake struck at a cultural connection. We’ll hear from voices along different parts of the world’s longest road and hear how it’s affecting Chileans.
Tomorrow, we’ll also assess the aid effort to Chile, four days after the earthquake. Hillary Clinton had planned to travel to the region anyway, but she’ll bring word of help from the U.S. when she visits the country tomorrow. To start with, she’ll have 20 satellite phones and a technician in tow.
We talked this morning about how we understand the world through numbers (or not!). One number that caught our attention today is something called the Adversity Index. It’s released by Moody’s and it tries to calculate the economic picture of cities around the country. The current index says that nearly half of all metro areas are out of recession, but there’s still a full-fledged recession in Las Vegas. We’ll go live to Sin City to understand what’s happening.
And tomorrow’s question is your message to the globe: What is the one thing about your life that you want the world to know? We’re teaming up with the BBC World Service for a video project that asks for your perspective in a two-minute short film. They’ve been getting submissions from across the globe and we’ll hear from some of the contributors.