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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 14th, 2010
10:17 PM ET

The Teaser for Friday, October, 15, 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 Robbie Vorhaus, Communications Strategist, Vorhaus & Company, on the media frenzy the miners are going through.  What's next and how are they going to handle the media attention?

7:40AM Ed Rollins, CNN Sr. Political Analyst and Republican Strategist and Kiki McLean, Democratic Strategist, with reaction on Thursday’s Senate debate between Harry Reid and Sharron Angle. Plus they weigh in on First Lady Michelle Obama’s religious reference telling radio host Tom Joyner that she's grateful for people's prayers and for their help in keeping "the spirits clean around us."

8:10AM Candy Crowley, Chief Political Correspondent and Host of CNN's State of the Union, with her reaction to the debate between Harry Reid and Sharron Angle, President Obama and VP Biden stumping in Delaware for Chris Coons and a preview of this Sunday's State of the Union.

8:40AM Joe Hagan, Contributing Editor, New York Magazine, on his latest article about the California gubernatorial race and why the rest of the country should care about this, not just Californians.

8:50AM Pauline Lachance, Historian and Archivist at the Liberace Museum, on the Liberace Museum closing its doors on October 17th  after 31 years in Las Vegas.  What are her favorite memories of the flamboyant pianist?

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Filed under: American Morning • Chilean Miners • Politics • Pop Culture
October 13th, 2010
10:09 PM ET

The Teaser for Thursday, October 14, 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.

Gloria Borger, CNN Senior Political Analyst, joins Kiran live from Delaware throughout the show to discuss the Senate debate between Christine O’Donnell and Chris Coons

6:10AM Dr. Jeffrey Lieberman, Chief of Psychiatry, NY Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia, now that all of the miners have been evacuated, what are the biggest physical and mental health concerns they will face? What will they need to do to stay mentally and physically healthy as they adjust to life above ground?

6:40AM Will Bunch,  Author,  "The Backlash"  and Senior Writer, Philadelphia Daily News, on Post-debate fallout between Senate Candidates Christine O'Donnell and Chris Coons and what to anticipate in the days leading up to the November 2 elections.

7:10AM Ambassador Arturo Fermandois, Chilean Ambassador to the U.S., on the Chilean government's success in carrying off the rescue operation and the need for mining reform in Chile.

7:40AM Candy Crowley, Chief Political Correspondent and Host of CNN's State of the Union, on the latest political news of the day including the CNN state polls out Wednesday and First Lady Michelle Obama on the campaign

8:10AM Chris Coons, Democratic Candidate for Senate in Delaware, with his reaction to Wednesday night’s Senate debate with Christine O’Donnell.

8:40AM Goldie Hawn, Academy Award winning actress and producer and Founder of The Hawn Foundation,  has assembled a team of neuroscientists, doctors, researchers, educators and psychologists to create a program called "MindUP", a curriculum that teaches children how to be in touch with their emotions and manage stress.  How does it improve education and other challenges kids face?

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Filed under: Chilean Miners • Politics
October 13th, 2010
12:16 AM ET

The Teaser for Wednesday, October 13, 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.

Join us for a supersized edition of “American Morning” while we continue to cover the Chilean mine rescue LIVE starting at 5:00AM ET.

Our guests include:

Dr. George Bonanno, Professor of Clinical Psychology, Columbia University and author of "The Other Side of Sadness".

Joe Sbaffoni, Director of Pennsylvania Bureau of Mine Safety.  He also coordinated the Quecreek Mine rescue in 2002.

Dr. Richard Kunkle, Founder, Pennsylvania Special Medical Response Team. He also assisted in medical response to Quecreek Mine incident.

Jeff Hart, Field Supervisor, Layne Christensen Co. who drilled the rescue shaft in the mine.

James Stefanic,  Operations Manager,  Geotec Boyles Bros.  He oversaw the drilling of the rescue shaft.

Doctors J.D Polk and Albert Holland, they were part of a four-person team from NASA who went to Copiapo, Chile to help with the rescue effort.

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Filed under: American Morning • Chilean Miners
October 12th, 2010
12:22 PM ET
October 11th, 2010
10:41 PM ET

The Teaser for Tuesday, October 12, 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 Dennis O’Dell, Safety and Health Administrator, United Mine Workers of America, on what physical, medical and emotional challenges the Chilean miners will face during and after rescue and what precautions are in place for the rescue.

7:40AM David Sirota, Syndicated columnist and Jane Hamsher, Founder, Firedoglake.com, on the growing feeling among the grassroots organizations that helped elect President Obama are disheartened and fear his standing could hurt Democrats as we head into the days following up to the midterm elections.

7:50AM Jacob Mayer, PhD, Director of the Jones Institute Embryology Laboratory and Professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Eastern Virginia Medical School, on a baby boy born from an embryo frozen for almost 20 years.  What are the concerns and how far does this push medical science?

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Filed under: Chilean Miners • Fertility & IVF • Politics