'NBC Nightly News' examines America's changing economy

By Nbc 10 News

The following is a press release from NBC News.

"NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams" will feature a six-part series on our country's changing economy called "America at the Crossroads."

Each evening from Monday, February 28 through Saturday, March 5, the newscast will air a segment identifying and illustrating the seismic shifts in America's competitiveness in the global marketplace.

On Monday, Tom Costello asks: What will it take for America to reinvent itself and keep its competitive edge? Some of the best minds in the country are tackling that problem, and we look at some of the innovators who are trying to develop "the next big thing."

Tom Brokaw presents Tuesday's focus on skill sets needed for success. Even in this time of high unemployment, millions of jobs are going begging because there aren't enough workers with the right skills: the so-called STEM skills in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. What's the best way to close the gap?

In Wednesday's segment, Tom Brokaw gives us a snapshot of Reading, PA, which is emblematic of many struggling cities. Not long ago, Reading was humming with factories and bursting with retail stores. Now factories have shut down; jobs are scarce; families are moving to the suburbs. What is the impact of all of this, and are there any solutions for cities like Reading?

For Thursday, Tom Brokaw addresses the concern that America is losing its best and brightest immigrants because of visa restrictions. From 1995 to 2005, a quarter of start-up technology or engineering companies had at least one immigrant founder. How do we keep immigrants, many of whom were educated here, from leaving?

On Friday, Kate Snow explores how women are changing the marketplace because they hold more college degrees and are taking over the labor force. Young, single women are out-earning their male counterparts in many of the country's top cities. How will this trend change the dynamics in the workplace, and how will men adapt to it?

Saturday's broadcast features Lester Holt reporting from the University of Georgia on the ways boys and men are falling behind women, setting the stage for what one author calls "a tsunami" that will change the way Americans live in the next decade. We will look at the implications of these trends, and what is being done -- especially in schools -- to level the playing field.

Bob Epstein is the executive producer of "NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams." Aurelia Grayson and Jamie Kraft are the senior broadcast producers and ML Flynn is the senior producer of the series.