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November 17th, 2010
01:22 PM ET

AM's green living series recap

If you missed any part of American Morning's green living series, here's your chance to catch up.

Monday: What motivates Americans to go green?
Do you buy recyclable items because you know it will benefit the planet, or because you want to keep up with the neighbors?
CNN's Deb Feyerick takes a look at why people decide to go green.

Tuesday: How your family can go green
Paper or plastic? Does it matter? It’s drilled into consumers to help the environment but its confusing knowing what will really make a difference. CNN's Jason Carroll talks with Erin Bernard Benson, a new mother who has made it her mission to make her family’s lifestyle more eco-friendly. To read more about Erin and her adventures in first-time eco-baby life, visit her blog "A Mom's Writing."

Wednesday: What does the future hold for eco-friendly homes?
The GreenBuild Expo takes place in Chicago this week where they will be talking about the “greening” of American homes, including both new homes and retrofitted homes. Jason Carroll talks to a family in upstate New York who give us a tour of their affordable eco-family modular home.

Filed under: Environment • Going Green
November 17th, 2010
08:11 AM ET

Last-minute Thanksgiving deals could get you home for holidays

Already stressed out just thinking about Thanksgiving?

Forgot to book and think you’re out of luck?

Travel expert Genevieve Shaw Brown, senior editor at Travelocity, eases some of that travel tension this morning on American Morning. She tells you where to score last-minute deals, and how you can prepare now to take some of the stress out of next week’s shuffle.

Filed under: Airlines • American Morning • Travel
November 17th, 2010
07:31 AM ET

Prince William will do royal marriage 'his way,' interviewer says

We’re royal watching in London this morning, and bringing you all the inside engagement scoop from the UK reporter who spoke with the couple first hand.

Today on American Morning, we talk to Tom Bradby, political editor for ITV news, who sat down with Prince William and his princess-to-be Kate Middleton, for the exclusive first interview that aired yesterday.

Bradby shares what it was like to talk to Kate, who previously has not spoken to the press. And, he tells us why he thinks the couple will never get divorced.

Filed under: American Morning • Pop Culture • World
November 17th, 2010
06:00 AM ET

Gut check: Is prime-time entertainment partisan?

If Bristol Palin's presence on "Dancing with the Stars" proved anything, it showed how partisan we've become.

Some believe the only reason she remained on the show for so long is because of a Tea Party or Republican conspiracy. Seneca Doane wrote on the liberal "She (Bristol Palin) is evidently clearly inferior to the other contestants, but Sarah Palin fans keep on voting her in not because of her greater talent but as a tribute to her grifter mom. Evidently, they're making a political point."

Bristol and her dance partner Mark Ballas insist that's not true. Ballas insists, "I've had loads of people come up to me, especially out here in LA and say I’m 100% Democrat, but I vote for you guys every week - because I have a normal life, I’m a normal family. I come home to my normal TV set and tune in and I think to myself if I was on that show that's exactly how I would be and I enjoy watching the journey and it's inspiring."

The funny thing – or the sad thing – is just how much we've politicized everything in country. The headline in "The Hollywood Reporter" describes "The Reign of Right-Wing Primetime." In a new study, media research company Experian Simmons came up with a list of shows favored by Republicans and by Democrats. Among the shows Republicans watch: “Dancing with the Stars,” “Modern Family,” and “Big Bang Theory.” Democrats apparently watch shows about "damaged characters" like “Mad Men,” “30 Rock” and “Dexter” – all shows with much lower ratings. Republicans it seems are more devoted to their favorites and watch in greater numbers.

This supposed partisan divide in TV viewing habits has erupted over Bristol Palin. Kim Serafin, who worked in politics with Rudy Giuliani and is now senior editor of In Touch Weekly, put it this way: "It's kind of funny but not entirely surprising. Because people do politicize everything. They politicize TV shows, they politicize movies, they politicize celebrities. Everything that people do these days is politicized."

Gut check: Many of us expect our politicians to reach across the aisle – but do we really mean that? We're so partisan there are Republican and Democratic TV shows – can't we just enjoy the show?

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