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October 21st, 2010
10:39 PM ET

The Teaser for Friday, October 22, 2010

"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.

6:40AM Frank Sesno, director of the School of Media and Public Affairs at George Washington University and William McGowan, author of the forthcoming book "Gray Lady Down: What the Decline and Fall of The New York Times Means for America", on NPR firing Juan Williams and whether journalists have boundaries they must adhere to when it comes to free speech.

7:40AM Melissa Henson with the Parents Television Council and Robert Thompson, pop culture expert with Syracuse University, on the controversy over a "racy" photo spread of "Glee" castmembers in the latest issue of GQ Magazine.

8:40AM Sir Richard Branson, founder of Virgin Galactic, on the commemoration of the completion of the runway at SpacePort America.

8:50AM Dr. Laura Jana, pediatrician, on the rising number of deaths due to whooping cough in California, and what you need to know to protect you and your family from it.

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Filed under: American Morning • The Teaser
October 21st, 2010
05:48 PM ET

Team Coco webcam goes viral

Conan O'Brien set up a 24-hour webcam at his headquarters in anticipation for the premeire of "Conan" on TBS Nov. 8.

Did you watch?

Filed under: American Morning
October 21st, 2010
01:46 PM ET

Gene to protect against alcoholism?

Feeling more drunk after a few drinks than your friends? It might not just be in your head. It could be your genes, and understanding it could help prevent alcoholism.

Dr. Kirk Wilhelmsen, professor of genetics and neurology with the University of North Carolina, spoke with John Roberts this morning about his new study that identified an alcoholism gene that could protect someone from developing the disease.

Would you get tested to see if you had the gene?

Filed under: Alcoholism
October 21st, 2010
10:28 AM ET

Do people see dead loved ones when they die?

Director Clint Eastwood's newest movie, "Hereafter", starring Matt Damon, is getting a lot of buzz for it's supernatural subject matter. The movie, which opens nationwide on Friday, tries to explore the question "what happens after we die?"

Author David Kessler's latest book, "Visions, Trips, and Crowded Rooms: Who and What You See Before You Die," attempts to address some of the similarities in visions that people report before they die. His syndicated column on, titled "Do the dead greet the dying?", has also gotten a lot of people talking on this subject.

Kessler spoke with John and Kiran about the similarities in people's last moments and people's fascination with the afterlife on today's American Morning.

Filed under: American Morning • Entertainment • Pop Culture
October 21st, 2010
10:16 AM ET

Kathleen Parker: GOP has 'most colorful characters in politics'

Kathleen Parker, host of CNN's "Parker Spitzer", talks Tea Party candidates, Sarah Palin and how they all fit into the Republican Party this election season with Kiran Chetry on this morning's  American Morning.

Also, check out her recent column on how women lawmakers are impacting the dynamic of politics. She gives her view on the women of the 2010 campaign after Maureen Dowd of the New York Times calls them  “mean girls" .

Filed under: American Morning • Midterm elections • Politics
October 21st, 2010
08:52 AM ET

Lt. Dan Choi to Obama on 'Don't Ask Don't Tell' latest: 'You have lost my trust '

Lt. Dan Choi, the Army National Guard discharged for being gay, and spokesman for Knights Out, reacts on American Morning to the Obama Administration’s blocking of a court decision that would allow gays and lesbians to serve openly.

Watch what he has to say about senior White House adviser Valerie Jarrett's comments earlier on American Morning.

What do you think of the military's  "Don't Ask Don't Tell" policy?

Filed under: American Morning • Gay Rights • Military
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