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April 23rd, 2010
02:00 PM ET

'The pill' turns 50: Changed women socially, medically

(CNN) – Fifty years ago, a reproductive revolution began when the FDA patented "the pill." The contraceptive has spawned debates about morality, its social effects and its impact on women's health.

It certainly has influenced American history, but by how much? This week's Time magazine cover story about the pill's 50th anniversary examines that question.

Time's executive editor Nancy Gibbs wrote the article and she joined us on Friday's American Morning, along with our chief medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta.

Filed under: Health • Women's Rights
April 23rd, 2010
01:00 PM ET

Motor City back from the brink?

(CNN) – After some rough times, things are looking up in Detroit. GM says it's repaid the billions it borrowed from Uncle Sam, five years ahead of schedule. Chrysler is announcing a first quarter profit this year and Ford has been on a tear for months.

Is it as good as it looks or just better than it was? Rick Newman covers the auto industry for US News and World Report and he joined us on Friday's American Morning to share his take.

Filed under: Business
April 23rd, 2010
12:30 PM ET

Counting Down Cady: Astronaut vs. volcano

Editor's Note: Cady Coleman, Ph.D. is a NASA astronaut – a veteran of two space missions, who has logged over 500 hours in space. She is assigned to the Expedition 26 crew and is scheduled to fly to the International Space Station aboard the Russian Soyuz 25 in late 2010. Below is a blog written by Cady exclusively for CNN via NASA's Astronaut Office.

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Astronaut Cady Coleman stranded at an empty airport terminal in Frankfurt, Germany."]

By Cady Coleman, Special to CNN

Planes, Trains and Automobiles vs. The Space Shuttle

It turned out to be easier for the crew of Discovery to undock from the International Space Station and land the space shuttle than for me to fly home to the United States after my training trip to Europe this past week! Just when you think you have it all figured out, Mother Nature throws a curve ball that forces us to reevaluate our place here on the planet.

Volcanic ash from an erupting volcano in Iceland caused most European airspace to be closed because of the potential for ingesting volcanic ash into aircraft engines. The space shuttle landed smoothly at the Kennedy Space Center on Tuesday, but getting home from Frankfurt was a completely different story!

We had just finished a week of training at the European Space Agency, when Flight Director Bob Dempsey and I found ourselves stranded along with thousands of other passengers in Frankfurt. As more news about the nature of the cloud and our inability to predict or control it became clear, I realized that I needed to make more drastic backup plans if I wanted to salvage precious school vacation time with Jamey and Josh.


Filed under: Counting Down Cady • NASA
April 23rd, 2010
12:00 PM ET

Study: Memory increases when you dream

(CNN) – Did you know your brain is actually still learning while you sleep? According to a new study, your memory could be boosted almost 10-fold when you dream. Our chief medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta has the details.

Filed under: Health
April 23rd, 2010
11:00 AM ET

Building Up America: Cessna rises above recession

(CNN) – Hit hard by the recession, the aviation giant Cessna was forced to reexamine the way it did business and it's helped them soar to new heights in hard times. Our Tom Foreman reports from Wichita, Kansas for today's "Building Up America" report.

Full coverage: Building Up America

Filed under: Building Up America
April 23rd, 2010
10:00 AM ET

Coast Guard: No crude oil leaks in Gulf rig accident

(CNN) – Authorities are fearing a potential environmental disaster after an oil rig burning out of control in the Gulf of Mexico sank yesterday. Right now there's a five-mile slick of crude 40 miles off shore.

A number of specialized boats are heading to the area with skimmers and other equipment to minimize the impact. Rear Admiral Mary Landry, commander for the Coast Guard's 8th district, joined us on Friday's American Morning to discuss their efforts.

Filed under: Environment • Gulf Oil Spill • U.S.
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