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October 11th, 2011
12:50 PM ET

VH1's 'Pop-Up Video' is back!

It was a hit in the 90's and now VH1 is bringing back one of its most popular shows.

After a nearly decade-long hiatus, "Pop-Up Video" is making its re-debut, taking on today's music with the same snarky bubbles of trivia about their artists.

CNN's Christine Romans reports on the return of the beloved show.


Filed under: AM Fun
October 11th, 2011
11:43 AM ET

Co-editor of the "We Are the 99 Percent" blog discusses the Occupy Wall Street protests

In honor of the start of the Occupy Wall Street protests in September, the founder of the Tumblr site "We Are the 99 Percent" decided that creating the blog would be a good way to promote the event. He invited those who visited the site to submit their picture with a sign explaining how the financial times have been affected them and asked them to identify themselves at the "99 percent."

On the first day that submissions began to be published, there were five posts on the site. Less than a month later, the blog publishes nearly 100 posts a day from a range of Americans who have been struggling in this economy.

Today on American Morning, Ali Velshi speaks with Priscilla Grim, co-editor of the "We Are the 99 Percent" Tumblr and an occupier at the Occupy Wall Street protest. Grim discusses what type of submissions the blog has received and explains the message behind the movement.


Filed under: Occupy Wall Street
October 11th, 2011
11:20 AM ET

A year after their dramatic rescue, Chilean miners suffering financially and psychologically

A year after their miraculous rescue, many of the 33 rescued Chilean miners are still suffering and say that they feel abandoned, both financially and psychologically.

After being trapped underground for over two months, many of the miners suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and don't foresee being able to return to work for some time.

Jonathan Franklin, contributor for The Daily Beast, recently published a book, "33 Men," about the entrapment of the Chilean miners and their lives post-rescue. Franklin joins Ali Velshi on American Morning today to discuss how the miners are holding up both mentally and physically and to explain how the Chilean government is responding.

Click here to read Franklin's entire article on The Daily Beast about the miners.


Filed under: Chile Miners • Chilean Miners
October 11th, 2011
11:14 AM ET

When can fans expect the NBA to reach a labor agreement? Senior ESPN writer explains

The first two weeks of the NBA's regular season were canceled yesterday after basketball players and management failed to reach a deal on a new labor agreement. Less than a week ago, the NBA canceled its preseason, which meant the loss of about $200 million in revenue.

The league's owners began a lockout of its players in early July, saying that last season was not profitable for most of the owners and that the league lost as much as $300 million in the 2010-11 season. The owners want cost-cutting from players, while the players union is calling for an average $7 million player salary in the sixth year of a new labor deal.

Chris Broussard, senior NBA writer for ESPN the magazine, sits down with Carol Costello today on American Morning to explain what is keeping the owners and the players from reaching an agreement and to weigh in on when fans can expect a deal.


Filed under: Sports
October 11th, 2011
11:11 AM ET

Medical miracle: Four year old recovering after accident with a pencil

Four year-old Keegan Tinsdale was practicing writing his letters at a desk when he fell off his chair and the pencil he was holding went into his eye socket. Three inches of the pencil were stuck in Keegan's head, so far back that the writing utensil was not even visible anymore.

Doctors said that Keegan was about 1/16 of an inch away from death considering that the pencil went beside Keegan's eye, though the optic nerve canal and stopped just short of his internal carotid artery.

Keegan and his mother and father, Heather and Heath, sit down with Christine Romans on American Morning today to discuss the accident and to explain how Keegan is recovering.

CNN senior medical correspondent Elizabeth Cohen joins the conversation to discuss the surgery to remove the pencil and to discuss how the accident affected Keegan's vision.


Filed under: Health
October 11th, 2011
11:10 AM ET

Despite stock market surge, economic experts warn that some banks are teetering

Stock markets surged yesterday after French President Nicolas Sarkozy of France and German Chancellor Angela Merkel said over the weekend that they would reveal a plan for solving the Eurozone's debt crisis by the end of the month. The plan, which will include recapitalizing European banks, will be presented to world leaders at the G20 meeting in Cannes.

However, it's not just international banks or foreign countries that are in trouble. Bank of America is still dealing with mortgage loans they bought from Countrywide in 2008, and some analysts think they'll need $50 billion dollars to pay for fraud lawsuits.

Today on American Morning, Robert Kuttner, co-editor of American Prospect, sits down with Carol Costello to discuss both the global and American economies and to weigh in on whether or not Occupy Wall Street could influence economic policy.


Filed under: Economy
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