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October 20th, 2010
09:47 PM ET

The Teaser for Thursday, October 21, 2010

"The Teaser” is a preview of the guests we have lined up for the next day – so you know when to tune in (and when to set your alarm!). Guests and times are always subject to change.

6:40AM Peggy Northrop, Editor in Chief, Reader’s Digest, on the magazine’s eye-raising cover story, “The 50 Secrets Your Pilot Won’t Tell You”.

7:30AM Valerie Jarrett, Senior White House Adviser, with an update on President Obama's campaign swing that will take him to 5 states and 6 cities this week. Will it help the Democrats in the midterms?

7:50AM Dr. Kirk Wilhelmsen, Genetics and Neurology Professor at the Univ. of North Carolina, on the discovery of a gene variant that may protect against alcoholism. People who have the variant feel more drunk from fewer drinks than people who have a different version of the gene.

8:10AM Kathleen Parker, Host, "Parker Spitzer" and Columnist, The Washington Post,  with a look at how the women of 2010: Christine O’Donnell, Sharron Angle and Carly Fiorina are making headlines.  Plus her reaction to New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd calling this group “Mean Girls”.

8:40AM David Kessler, author "Visions, Trips, and Crowded Rooms: Who and What You See Before You Die", on Clint Eastwood’s new movie “Hereafter” and exploring the question, “what happens after we die?”

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Filed under: Airline safety • Health • Politics
October 20th, 2010
12:07 PM ET
October 20th, 2010
10:06 AM ET

Pilot refuses full-body security scan, walks out of airport

Pilot Michael Roberts of ExpressJet Airlines refused to undergo the new body-scanning security equipment when he reported to work last week. Today he tells Kiran Chetry why the nude-like screenings are uncomfortable for him.


Filed under: Airline safety
October 20th, 2010
10:02 AM ET

‘Sesame Street’ writer devotes hair tribute to Ethiopian daughter

The Sesame Street video “I Love My Hair” teaches young black girls that their hair is beautiful just the way it is. This morning, Sesame Street writer Joey Mazzarino shares how his adopted Ethiopian daughter's curly hair inspired the now viral video.


Filed under: Parenting • Pop Culture • Race
October 20th, 2010
08:00 AM ET

Open enrollment: Choose wisely

Money Magazine's Amanda Gengler explained on American Morning this morning how you can choose the best healthcare plan for you and your family during this year's open enrollment.


Filed under: Health care • Health insurance
October 20th, 2010
07:34 AM ET

Hormone replacement therapy ups aggressive breast cancer risk

New evidence today adds to the belief that hormone replacement therapy may do more harm than good for many women after menopause, and it has many experts trying to figure out for which women the therapy is safe. Dr. Freya Schnabel of NYU’s Langone Medical Center breaks down the study’s findings this morning with John Roberts.


Filed under: Health
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