If you are not watching ROCK CENTER WITH BRIAN WILLIAMS each week, you are missing out on some truly amazing stories. Check out some exclusive clips below from this week’s episode! Be sure not to miss ROCK CENTER WITH BRIAN WILLIAMS airs on Thursdays at 10pm/9c.
Making a Difference: Turning jailed teens into model students
There are tens of thousands of juveniles now incarcerated in correctional facilities around the country. Chelsea Clinton visits the Maya Angelou Academy in Laurel, Maryland, a school within a correctional facility, where the District of Columbia sends high-risk youth and tries to prepare them to make better choices.
Babies born in withdrawal
There is a new epidemic in America: babies born addicted to the prescription painkillers their mothers abuse while pregnant. The symptoms are heartbreaking to watch: they have tremors, digestive problems and cry inconsolably. There’s little doctors and nurses can do to comfort them as they slowly wean them off of these drugs. Kate Snow reports on the shocking increase in the number of babies born addicted.
Great Beyond: ALMA Scientists hope to unlock space secrets
In northern Chile, at 16,500 feet above sea level, scientists from around the world are building the world’s largest radio telescope. When completed in 2013, sixty-six huge antennas–some weighing 115 tons–will stretch across a 10 square mile area of desert, point at the stars and try to unlock the secrets of the universe. The research there has already started; Harry Smith takes a rare trip to this remarkable and unearthly place.
Women’s Tennis: Too Loud?
High volume grunts, screams and shrieks during a tennis match have become part of the game. But now, the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) is trying to do something about the excessive noise. Does this say anything about our culture? Brian Williams offers his voice.
Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks
It takes a year to plan and it’s over in 30 minutes. “Rock Center” goes behind the scenes with Gary Souza, the master mind behind the Macy’s 4th of July firework extravaganza.