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March 24th, 2010
09:34 PM ET

The Teaser

"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.

6:20AM Can cell phones eliminate poverty? Economist Jeffrey Sachs says yes – and will explain why in a special edition of Minding Your Business.

6:30AM Demographer James Vaupel joins us – he says if trends continue – most children born since the year 2000 will live to see 100 candles on their birthday cake. What's behind their longer lives – and how does this affect society?

7:30AM Death threats, racist slurs, a brick thrown through the window of a Congresswoman's district office. What is going on? Representative Steny Hoyer on the threats since Sunday's health care vote.

7:50AM On the path to obesity – Dr. Elise Tavers will explain how an infant’s eating habits can set them on an unhealthy course.

8:30AM Representative Tom Perriello on why he thinks health care opponents have crossed the line. In addition to receiving death threats – Perriello says his own brother has been seriously harassed.

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Filed under: The Teaser
March 24th, 2010
01:00 PM ET

Are You Smart? College essays via YouTube videos

Editor's Note: Think you're smart? That depends on what it means to be smart. And how do you become smart – if you're not there yet? This week, in our special series "Are You Smart?" our Alina Cho takes an in-depth look at all aspects of intelligence.

By Alina Cho, CNN

(CNN) – We all know that the college admissions process is competitive. You have to be smart, have good grades, good SAT scores, and if you're applying to Tufts University – a personal video can help too. It's actually part of the application.

So does a YouTube video measure a different kind of smart? You be the judge.

Tufts University near Boston is now accepting personal videos as part of the application process, among the first in the nation to do so. The videos do not replace essays, grades or SATS, but are meant as a supplement. The videos are not required, but students are getting into it.

Already almost 1,000 students have taken part out of the 15,000 applications submitted. Some on YouTube have been viewed by thousands. The videos demonstrate creativity in animation, wilderness survival skills, and in Rhaina Cohen's case, a twist on a familiar phrase: "walk a mile in my shoes."


Filed under: Are You Smart?
March 24th, 2010
12:00 PM ET

Meals get bigger in 52 'Last Supper' works

(CNN) – Has the meal in the "Last Supper" reached biblical proportions?

Two brothers, both college professors, think so. Using computer technology they compared the size of Jesus and his disciples to the size of their food.

And what they found is that in more than 50 of the paintings over the last 1,000 years the food got bigger and bigger with the main dish growing by 70-percent.

The study was published in April's International Journal of Obesity. Craig Wansink, the co-author of the study and a professor of religious studies at Virginia Wesleyan College, joined us on Wednesday's American Morning.

Filed under: U.S.
March 24th, 2010
11:00 AM ET

Obama, Netanyahu meet behind closed doors

(CNN) – It's being called a moment of truth for Mideast peace, a meeting that could set the tone for the next three years or more.

President Obama sat down for a long, hard talk with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Our Jill Dougherty reports on one of the most tense times between the two allies.

Filed under: World
March 24th, 2010
10:00 AM ET

Dr. Gupta answers your health care reform questions

(CNN) – It's not just President Obama's big idea anymore, it's the law. You have plenty of questions about health care reform and we have answers. Our Dr. Sanjay Gupta answered some of them on Wednesday's American Morning.

Filed under: Health
March 24th, 2010
09:00 AM ET

Toyota claims car software is 'bug free'

(CNN) – It's a burning question Toyota can't seem to escape: is it an electronic problem that's causing their cars to accelerate out of control?

The automaker denies it. Of course, if electronics are to blame, it could cost Toyota billions to repair every recalled vehicle. Our Deb Feyerick reports on the challenge of getting to the bottom of the sudden acceleration issue.

Filed under: Business
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