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August 10th, 2011
10:00 AM ET

In Depth: Minority unemployment in America

According to a report issued by the National Urban League at the end of July, the Great Recession and the subsequent recovery has pushed the black unemployment rate back close to levels recorded in the early 1980s, with 16.2% of African Americans unemployed in June.

In light of these staggering statistics, the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) kicked off a month long, five-city "For the People" job fair/town hall initiative on Monday. CBC Chairman Emanuel Cleaver hopes that the campaign will force Congress and the White House to recognize that at nearly double the national rate, unemployment in black communities has reached crisis level.

On American Morning today, Representative Cleaver and Bill Rodgers, a Rutgers University professor, weigh in on the minority unemployment in the U.S., discussing potential solutions and the disappointment many minorities feel toward President Obama about how he has approached the problem.

Filed under: In Depth • Unemployment
July 4th, 2011
09:32 AM ET

In Depth: Man walks across the U.S. to find out what it means to be an American

Constantino Diaz-Duran is working on a project, sponsored by the Arizona State University Center for Social Cohesion, to literally walk across the United States (from New York to LA) to seek out the answer to the question: Being American – what does it mean for you?

Setting out on his journey today, Diaz-Duran will walk across the U.S. over the next eight months to gauge people's thoughts about being an American today.

He joins American Morning this morning to talk about his trip and what it means to him from his starting off point, the First Avenue Coffee Shop on New York City's Upper East Side.

To follow his journey, visit WalkLikeAnAmerican.Org

Filed under: In Depth
June 28th, 2011
10:51 AM ET

In Depth: Managing your information and reputation online

Following the growth of electronic privacy concerns related to hacking and social media, CNN is featuring an "In Depth: End of Privacy" series all this week.

Mario Armstrong, host of SiriusXm's "Mario Armstrong's Digital Spin," joins Ali Velshi today on American Morning to explain how you can better manage your personal information and your reputation online.

In Mario's segment, he explained how you can change your privacy settings on Facebook to hide sensitive information from the public. In the segment, he showed how to change the most important settings, including:

1. Disable the "Include me in 'People here now' after I check in" feature
2. Disable "Friends can check me into places" feature
3. Change the setting next to your phone number to "Only me" – friends should not automatically be able to see it.
4. Disable "Suggest photos of me to friends" feature – the facial auto-recognition feature

Mario also explained how important it is to have a conversation with friends and family about your privacy concerns.

He also explained how you can see what is out on the web in terms of your "online reputation," or what others think of you. He suggested doing a search of your name on, to see what kind of details are available on the web about you. He also talked about the new crop of sites that offer services to better manage your online life, such as

See the rest of the interview at the top of this post.

Filed under: In Depth • Privacy
June 28th, 2011
09:59 AM ET

In Depth: What can you do to protect your info from hackers

Following the growth of electronic privacy concerns related to hacking and social media, CNN is featuring an "In Depth: End of Privacy" series all this week.

Mario Armstrong, host of SiriusXm's "Mario Armstrong's Digital Spin," joins Ali Velshi today on American Morning to explain what you can do to make your passwords difficult to hack.

In Mario's segment, he provided some ideas for making difficult but memorable passwords that will make it difficult for hackers to crack, including:

1. Make your password 12 characters long. The Georgia Institute could crack an 8 character password in 2 hours. Using the same concept to crack a 12-character password took 17,134 YEARS.

2. Don't use a word in a dictionary

3. Build a password from a sentence. For example, say you write something like "At 5 pm I like playing basket ball with 2 friends." That could turn in to a password that looks like this: A5p*Ilpbw2f!

4. Using uPPeR and LoWEr cAsE characters, plus numbers and symbols will make things even harder to hack.

Mario also talked about protecting your information in the 'cloud' or an online server. Mario suggested:

1. Password protect a file before you upload

2. For sensitive files, keep them on local machines or external drives

3. Put passcodes on any mobile devices

Mario also discussed keylogging programs, or programs that monitor everything you do on a computer and send a report to whomever installed the program. See the rest of the interview for more information.

Filed under: In Depth • Privacy
June 27th, 2011
03:24 PM ET

In Depth: How much of your personal info is now public and what can you do to protect your privacy?

Following the growth of electronic privacy concerns, US Senators Al Franken and Jay Rockefeller introduced bills last Wednesday aimed at protecting the privacy of mobile phone users and safeguarding the personal information of consumers stored online.

As a part of CNN's "In Depth: End of Privacy" series, privacy expert and a senior counsel for the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) John Verdi joins Ali Velshi on American Morning today to talk about safeguarding your personal information.

Filed under: In Depth
June 23rd, 2011
10:52 AM ET

In Depth: A personal story about the horrors of human trafficking

At age nine, Evelyn Chumbow was brought to America from Cameroon with the promise of a better education and a better life. Only a child herself, she was soon forced into babysitting, cooking and cleaning for her trafficker, becoming a modern-day slave for the next seven years until her eventual escape.

As a part of CNN's "Freedom Project," Evelyn joins Kiran Chetry on American Morning today to recount her incredible personal experience with human trafficking and forced servitude.

Filed under: In Depth
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