(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.
(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.
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.
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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.
(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
(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.