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March 16th, 2009
06:00 AM ET

What's On Tap – Monday March 16, 2009

Hello everyone!

Today kicks off CNN's week-long special report on the economy – Road To Rescue. We are explaining this economic crisis to you in a way only CNN can do. We are cutting out the partisan noise and giving you the information and knowledge needed to successfully navigate these times of uncertainty. Road To Rescue begins on American Morning today and here is some of what we have in store for you:

  • Outrage over AIG distributing 165 million dollars in bonuses to its executives.
  • Bernanke on 60 mins. For the first time in 20 years, a sitting Federal Reserve chairman is interviewed about the nation’s economy.
  • Many unemployed workers looking for a career change are turning to the trucking industry. Because truck driving jobs can pay around $30 thousand to start, and require only three weeks of training, these jobs are now in high demand. Truck driving schools across the nation are seeing an increase in applicants and the American Trucking Association says they are getting some much needed help in finally filling some long-time employment gaps.
  • Craigslist is a mirror of these tough economic times. It started out as a place for people to list the things they wanted to sell or places they had for rent. Now, the ads reflect just how hard the recession has hit home. FULL POST

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March 16th, 2009
06:00 AM ET

amFIX: A quick tour

Hi everyone,

Welcome to amFIX. Let me give you a quick tour.

We’ve tried to keep the design as clean as possible. Each blog post has an avatar next to the byline at the top so you can easily identify who it was posted by. That way if you only want to read a post by a certain reporter, just scroll down until you see their face.

Each day starts off with What’s on Tap, which gives you a rundown of who and what you can see on the show.

That is followed up by Fast Forward, a look at the stories that will be making news later in the day. It’s kind of like a cheat sheet for what will be news in the hours ahead.

Business Correspondent Christine Romans blogs each morning about the latest financial and economic news in Minding Your Business. The rest of the AM reporters will post throughout the day with news and commentary on the stories they are following.

We want as much feedback from you as possible. So now we have a toll-free phone number for you to call and leave your voice comments/questions. 1-877-MY-AM-FIX. We will pick some of these and air them on the show each day. We’ll even take some of them that we don’t air and post them in a daily blog called We Listen, along with your feedback from Facebook, Twitter, email and the amFIX blog comments. It’s a daily round-up of the best feedback from you. Because honestly, we do listen. Oh and just a note about comments: Please keep them brief and free of any profanity. That includes using characters to m@sk w0rd$. We will not approve them.

So the long and short of it – we have a ton of ways for you to reach out to us. There’s no excuse not to!

And stay tuned. We have some more exciting things planned for the future.


Filed under: American Morning
March 16th, 2009
05:30 AM ET

Welcome from John and Kiran

 Get your daily amFIX at cnn.com/am.

Get your daily amFIX at cnn.com/am.

Welcome to our new blog! It’s called amFIX and we hope you get hooked!

We’ve replaced the old American Morning show page with amFIX because we wanted a way to better communicate with YOU, our viewers. So communicate away, folks! Post comments to the blog, follow us on Twitter, become a fan on Facebook, or send us an iReport or email.

Whatever method you choose, we promise to read them all and we’ll even share some of them on-air and on the blog each day!

At amFIX you will find stories and video from American Morning reporters and producers and behind the scenes blogs from the both of us. We’ll keep you updated on the stories we’re following and give you advance notice when we have guests we think you’ll find interesting.

This is just the beginning and we welcome your feedback so make sure you tell us what you like (and don’t like) and what you want to see more of.

And don’t forget, each day, get your amFIX!

John and Kiran


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