November 29, 1997

Host: Daniel Zwerdling
Newscaster: Nora Rahm

1. HAITI SECURITY - Next week, international troops which have been stationed in Haiti for three years will begin to leave as the UN mission there draws to a close. However, 300 international civilian police will be staying behind to keep an eye on security in the country. Daniel talks with Raymond Kelly, the former director of the international police monitors in Haiti. Kelly says the Haitian police force is greatly improved, but there is still room for improvment.(4:00)

2. COLEMAN YOUNG - Former Detroit mayor Coleman Young died today after a long illness. Young served as mayor of Detroit for 20 years...but he first became active years before that. He founded the National Negro labor council in 1951, a year later he was called before the House Un-American Committee. Roger Adams of member station WDET has a rememberance.(4:00)

3. NY SQUATTERS - Jon Kalish reports on David Pearlman and Betsy Terrell, a couple who live on a houseboat in New York City...they've raised six kids on different rafts, but now the state of New York wants them evicted as squatters. State officials say the raft is a threat to others, but Pearlman and Terrell say the real problem is there funky houseboat doesn't fit in with gentrification plans for the waterfront. (5:00)

4. FREDERICK WISEMAN - Daniel talks with director Frederick Wiseman about his new film, "Public Housing," which will be shown on public television Monday night. Wiseman filmed for more than five weeks at the Ida B. Wells public housing development on Chicago's South Side. The result is a 3-hour-and-20-minute cinema verite portrait of daily life there. (7:45)

5. PALESTINE PARTITION - Fifty years ago today, November 29, 1947, the United Nations approved a plan to partition Palestine into two separate terrorities--one Jewish and the other Arab. Daniel talks with journalist Milton Viorst, author of several books on Arab--Israeli conflicts, about the events leading up to the partition plan. (10:00)

6. GERMAN QUESTIONS - Richard von Weizaecker, former president of West German, and still a prominent political figure, has just released his memoirs. As a twenty-eight year old former soldier, von Weizaecker defended his father before the war-crimes tribunal. Von Weizaecker says he wrote of that trial because there was an attempt by too many Germans to ignore what happened. (5:30)

7. GEORGE WASHINGTON - Daniel talks with Willard Sterne Randall about his new biography, "George Washington: A Life" (Henry Holt, 1997). Randall tells us that George Washington at first sought economic independence from England, and only later came to embrace the idea of Democracy. During the American Revolution, General Washington was a harsh disciplinarian, but he was loyal to his troops and they were loyal to him. (9:30 )

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