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October 1st, 2010
02:53 AM ET

The Teaser for Friday, October 1, 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 Parry Aftab, Ex. Dir., and Sela Gaglia, Director of training, Challenge Day, on the recent suicide of Rutgers University student Tyler Clementi, who authorities believe jumped off the George Washington Bridge after his roommate posted a video stream of Clementi's sexual encounter with another boy. Aftab and Gaglia discuss the wider issue of cyber-bullying amongst young Americans.

7:20AM Patricia Sellers, Editor-at-Large, Fortune, on her exclusive interview with and cover story on Oprah, inside info about the troubled launch of OWN (the Oprah Winfrey Network), and what's next for the media icon.

7:40AM Tyler and Cameron Winklevoss claim Mark Zuckerberg stole the idea for Facebook from them. They join American Morning to discuss the new film "The Social Network," the real legal battle the film portrays, and Facebook's effect on social fabric of the country.

8:10AM Andy Card, Former White House Chief of Staff and Candy Crowley, Host, "State of the Union", on Rahm Emanuel's expected resignation from his position as White House Chief of Staff to run for Mayor of Chicago.

8:40AM Derrick Pitts, Chief Astronomer, Franklin Institute Science Museum, on the discovery of a rocky planet in a nearby solar system with the most basic and essential conditions needed to support extraterrestrial life – the first of its kind ever detected.

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August 3rd, 2010
08:00 AM ET

The journey home begins for injured soldiers

(CNN) – It seems that the more the war in Iraq winds down the deadlier the conflict in Afghanistan becomes. We're losing American lives there every day, sometimes every hour. Thankfully, many of our wounded warriors are now surviving battlefield injuries that would have killed them decades ago. Our Pentagon correspondent Barbara Starr has the story of their journey home in this CNN exclusive report. Watch Video

Filed under: Exclusive • Military
July 21st, 2010
10:00 AM ET

Exclusive look at Navy airship aiding Gulf cleanup effort

A U.S. Navy MZ-3A manned airship provides logistical support for the Gulf of Mexico oil spill. (U.S. Navy photo via Getty Images)

(CNN) – Rough seas, high winds and thunderstorms are the last thing cleanup crews in the Gulf of Mexico need right now. It's challenging enough to spot oil slicks and skim them off the ocean surface in calm conditions. But a new tool is helping crews put a small dent in this enormous disaster. It's a blimp, and we have been granted exclusive access to climb aboard. Our Rob Marciano and Amber Lyon report. Watch Video


Filed under: Exclusive • Gulf Oil Spill
July 20th, 2010
10:00 AM ET

USDA employee says statements on white farmer misconstrued

(CNN) – A black Agriculture Department employee who resigned after a video clip showed her talking about a white farmer said Tuesday her remarks were taken out of context.

Shirley Sherrod, the department's former state director of rural development for Georgia, told CNN on Tuesday the incident she discusses in the clip took place more than two decades ago - and she recounted it to an audience to make the point that people should move beyond race.

"I was speaking to that group, like I've done many groups, and I tell them about a time when I thought the issue was race and race only," Sherrod told CNN's "American Morning" from her home in Albany, Georgia. The incident took place in 1986, while she worked for a nonprofit and before she worked for the USDA, she said. "I was telling the story of how working with him helped me to see the issue is not about race. It's about those who have versus those who do not have."

Sherrod resigned Monday after conservative media outlets aired the video, in which she says she did not give the white farmer "the full force of what I could do" to help him avoid foreclosure.

James Peterson, assistant professor of English and Africana Studies at Bucknell University, also joined Tuesday's American Morning to discuss Sherod's resignation. Peterson says this is especially ironic given the recent controversy surrounding the NAACP and the Tea Party. Although he condemns Sherrod’s statements, he believes that the video was likely taken out of context. Watch Video


Filed under: Controversy • Exclusive • NAACP
June 10th, 2010
11:00 AM ET

BP exec answers tough questions from John Roberts

(CNN) – BP COO Doug Suttles has been one of the corporate faces of the Gulf oil disaster. Making the media rounds several times a week, he has been on the receiving end of some very tough questions about what BP did and is doing.

At the moment, Doug Suttles is not exactly the most popular man in America. In an exclusive interview aboard the rig drilling the first relief well, our John Roberts asked Suttles some tough questions about the hatred for BP and the constant criticism he and the company faces.

Full coverage: Gulf Coast oil disaster

Filed under: Exclusive • Gulf Oil Spill
June 10th, 2010
10:00 AM ET

Exclusive: John Roberts tours BP's 'kill well' rig

(CNN) – We have seen the pictures from the ocean floor of the underwater volcano of oil erupting for 52 days now. But you may not know what's going on at the surface to stop this leak. It is incredible, unprecedented, very risky – and it has to work.

Our John Roberts saw the effort with his own eyes yesterday when he went out to ground zero, 40 miles off shore, with the man in charge of this effort, BP Chief Operating Officer for Exploration and Production Doug Suttles.

An army of oil workers, many who live along the coast they're working to save, are trying to hit something smaller than a basketball hoop five miles down and on the first shot. It's the closest BP has allowed anyone to get to their operations to kill the well. It's something only seen on American Morning.

Filed under: Exclusive • Gulf Oil Spill
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