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27/09/2009

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Sunday 27 September 2009

Kevin Connolly talks to veteran CBS journalist and anchorman Bob Shieffer about how President Obama and his predecessors have trimmed their foreign policy initiatives to better suit cold reality.

Imagine Mayor Luke Ravenstahl's delight when he got a call from President Obama's office asking whether the city of Pittsburgh could host the 2009 G20 summit. Kevin Connolly talks to the mayor about how this former steel town is handling the influx of guests while emerging from a collapsed economy.

President Barak Obama, along with Prime Minister Gordon Brown and President Nicolas Sarkozy has acted swiftly to let Iran know that the hiding of nuclear weapons would not be tolerated. Josh Tyrangiel, of TIME had an exclusive interview with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmajinedad. Host Kevin Connolly talks with Tyrangiel and with humorist and best-selling Iranian-American author Firoozeh Dumas about how relations between Iran and the United States may proceed.

American folk culture is about apple pie, grilled cheese sandwiches and how to pack a suitcase. That's according to The Old Farmer's Almanac, anyway. Inside its covers are scarily accurate weather reports as well as tips, tricks and legends which could make toes curl. Kevin Connolly picks up some age-old wisdom from Almanac's editor, Janice Stillman.

Kevin Connolly takes a stroll among the war memorials of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, to sample American views on the war in Afghanistan. Is the president is on the right track, or could the conflict become the next Vietnam?

  • Does Reality Impinge on Every President's Foreign Policy Ambitions?

    Kevin Connolly talks to veteran CBS journalist and anchorman, Bob Shieffer, about how President Obama - and his predecessors - have trimmed their foreign policy initiatives to better suit cold reality.

  • Guest: Bob Schieffer

    Bob Schieffer is the CBS network's chief Washington correspondent and serves as anchor and moderator of Face The Nation. Schieffer has covered Washington for more than 30 years and has covered all four major beats in the nation's capital - the White House, the Pentagon, the State Department and Capitol Hill. Schieffer is a member of the Broadcasting/Cable Hall of Fame.

    Bob Schieffer biography (from CBS News)
  • Useful Links: Face the Nation

    Face the Nation is one of the longest-running news programs in the history of television, having premiered on CBS on Nov. 7, 1954. Each Sunday, CBS News Chief Washington Correspondent Bob Schieffer interviews newsmakers on the latest issues.

    Face The Nation
  • A Fresh Face hosts the G20 Leaders

    Imagine Mayor Luke Ravenstahl's delight when he got a call from President Obama’s office asking whether the city of Pittsburgh could host the 2009 G20 Summit. Kevin Connolly talks to the Mayor about how this former steel town is handling the influx of guests and emerging from a collapsed economy.

  • Guest: Luke Ravenstahl

    Luke Ravenstahl became the 59th Mayor of the City of Pittsburgh on September 1, 2006, upon the untimely death of Mayor Bob O'Connor. At the time he was just 26 years old. After serving only two years on council Ravenstahl was unanimously voted in as City Council President, a post he held for only 8 months before being sworn in as Mayor O'Connor's successor. Ravenstahl was officially elected Mayor of the City of Pittsburgh, "America's Most Livable City," in a special election in November of 2007. The 29-year-old Pittsburgh native still holds the distinction of being the youngest mayor of any major U.S. city.

    Mayor Luke Ravenstahl
  • Useful links: Pittsburgh

    City of Pittsburgh Website
  • Useful Links: G-20 Pittsburgh

    "Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania is host to the G-20 Summit being held September 24-25, 2009. President Obama is chairing this meeting of leaders from countries around the world that represent 85 percent of the world’s economy. At the Pittsburgh G-20 Summit, leaders are reviewing the progress made since the Washington and London Summits and together they are discussing further actions to assure a sound and sustainable recovery from the global financial and economic crisis."

    The G-20 at Pittsburgh
  • Iran and America

    President Barak Obama, along with Prime Minister Gordon Brown and President Nicolas Sarkozy acted swiftly this week to tell Iran that the hiding of nuclear weapons would not be tolerated by the west. Josh Tyrangiel, of TIME had an exclusive interview with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmajinedad. Host Kevin Connolly talks with Tyrangiel and with humourist and best-selling Iranian-American author Firoozeh Dumas about how relations between Iran and the United States may proceed.

  • Guest: Josh Tyrangiel

    Josh Tyrangiel is the Deputy Managing Editor of TIME and Managing Editor of TIME.com.

  • Guest: Firoozeh Dumas

    Firoozeh Dumas is the best-selling author of Funny in Farsi and Laughing Without an Accent. Born in Abadan, Iran, she moved to California at a young age and has toured extensively discussing identity, gender and the commonalities among people from all nations.

    Firoozeh Dumas
  • American Folk Wisdom

    American folk culture is about apple pie, grilled cheese sandwiches…..and how to pack a suitcase. That's according to The Old Farmer’s Almanac, anyway. Inside its covers, you'll find scarily accurate weather reports as well as tips, tricks and legends which would make your toes curl. Kevin Connolly picks up some age-old wisdom from Almanac Editor, Janice Stillman.

  • Guest: Janice Stillman

    Janice Stillman became editor of The Old Farmer’s Almanac in 2000. She is the 13th editor in the Almanac's 217 year history but the first female to hold the position. Stillman divides her time between the Almanac's offices in Dublin, New Hampshire during the week and southern Massachusetts on weekends.

    The Old Farmer’s Almanac
  • Voices of Pittsburgh

    Kevin Connolly takes a stroll among the war memorials of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, to sample American views on the war in Afghanistan, whether the President is on the right track - or whether this conflict could become the next Vietnam.

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