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April 28th, 2010
08:47 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.

6:05AM/7:05AM  Independent on  independent- John Avlon's thoughts on Florida Gov. Charlie Crist's move to break away from the GOP for his bid for Senate.

6:30AM  Searching for E.T. – within our solar system. Dr. James Green on possible missions in the works at NASA.

7:30AM  Financial reform bill – what's next? We'll ask Republican Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison.

8:30AM  4 students, 1,500 miles walked – all to stop the detentions and deportations of undocumented students like them. We'll talk to the group about their mission, live.
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Filed under: American Morning
April 28th, 2010
12:00 PM ET

Sarah B. Wessling is Natl. Teacher of the Year

(CNN) – Headlines about schools in America too often involve budget cuts, kids dropping out, or teachers not doing their jobs. But there are educators out there, lots of them, doing an amazing job teaching your kids.

Sarah Brown Wessling is one of them. She teaches high school English in Johnston, Iowa. Tomorrow, President Obama will name her National Teacher of the Year. She joined us on Wednesday's American Morning.

Filed under: Education • U.S.
April 28th, 2010
11:00 AM ET

Building Up America: Turning biking into business

(CNN) – Our "Building Up America" series has profiled small business owners across the country who are succeeding in hard economic times. Today, we take you to Cleveland where our Deb Feyerick shows us the degree of difficulty for one man turning a dream into reality.

Filed under: Building Up America • Business
April 28th, 2010
10:00 AM ET

In defense of 'dirty girl' culture

Editor's Note: Jaclyn Friedman is the executive director of Women, Action & the Media and a charter member of CounterQuo, a national coalition challenging the way we respond to sexual violence. Her anthology, "Yes Means Yes: Visions of Female Sexual Power and a World Without Rape," was named one of Publishers' Weekly's Top 100 Books of 2009.

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Author Jaclyn Friedman says we should stop worrying about "bad girls" and focus on the men who put them in danger."]

By Jaclyn Friedman, Special to CNN

Last Friday, Carol Costello interviewed me for a story about what she called a "dangerous," "dirty girl" trend, (embodied by pop-star-come-lately Ke$ha) saying it involved girls being "rude, crude, and sometimes very, very drunk," and asking if mothers should worry.

While Carol and I agree about the importance of women's safety, watching the final edit of the piece made me realize how much we disagree about how to get there. Kindly, she's invited me to share my perspectives with you.

Now, I'm no Ke$ha fan. (I just cringed as I typed that ridiculous "$" in her name.) Her lyrics and videos embrace shock value for no reason beyond shock. But pop stars being blandly offensive are nothing new – Elvis was no different. Except for one tiny detail: Elvis was male.

And that's what's really at issue here. Bad boys make us shriek and faint. Bad girls make us worry. Don't they know that acting like that is dangerous?

Of course they do. That's why they're doing it. Know what else? All the girls dancing to their music know it's dangerous, too. That's why they like it.

Young adulthood has long been a time for rebelling against social norms, and that's not likely to change anytime soon. Want to keep girls safe while they figure out where their limits are? Don't ask them to be good girls in order to stay safe, when they can see that no one asks boys to do the same thing. That's not just unfair – it doesn't work.


Filed under: Gut Check • Opinion • Women's Rights
April 28th, 2010
09:00 AM ET

Prescription for Waste: Should states regulate hospital rates?

Editor's Note: Tomorrow on American Morning, we'll show you a medical clinic where a bold experiment is panning out. Doctors are happier and patients and bottom lines are healthier. Our Elizabeth Cohen profiles what could be the proto-type for health care of the future.

(CNN) – Would you shop in a store where they charge three times more than their cost for everything they sell? Not likely. But that's what thousands of Americans are doing every day when they check into a hospital.

Hospitals in this country, on average, charge 180% above cost for every procedure performed. Except in Maryland, where state regulation means patients pay a lot less, and often get more. Our senior medical correspondent Elizabeth Cohen reports for part three of our original series, "Prescription for Waste."

Sound off: Share your health care horror stories with us. Post your comments below.

April 28th, 2010
08:00 AM ET

New rules limit time on grounded planes

(CNN) – We've heard the horror stories of stranded airline passengers, babies screaming, travelers stuck in planes on the tarmac for hours without food or water. Starting tomorrow, it's three hours and you're out of a stuck airplane. Our Jeanne Meserve has the details of the new airline passenger bill of rights law.

Filed under: Business • Politics
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