- Newsmaker: Stimulus Package Passes the House - As anthrax cleanup and investigative work continues in Washington, the House has narrowly passed an economic stimulus package to provide 100 billion dollars in tax relief and unemployment benefits. Bill Schneider, of CNN, has background on the "trickle-down" bill and on the House's apparent return to partisan politics.
- Reporter's Notebook: Death Toll Numbers Vary Widely In World Trade Center Attack - Five thousand to 6000 people are missing and presumed dead. The numbers have been etched onto our national psyche. But the numbers might be wrong. Eric Lipton, of The New York Times, offers an explanation for the puzzling discrepancy between official statistics and those of news organizations covering the World Trade Center tragedy.
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There's no denying that the mood of the country has changed dramatically since September 11. There's more patriotism, compassion, and kindness among strangers mixed with some ugly acts of racism, and lately, a growing sense of fear. America is changing, as is the definition of what it means to be American. A national crisis affords us the exceptional opportunity to create lasting change. We weigh the social changes taking place in the US and whether they will last, with sociologists, anthropologists, and a spokesman for the Islamic Center of Southern California. (Sara Terry, of The Christian Science Monitor guest hosts.)