In Addition to the CNN Premiere of HBO Documentary Manhunt
CNN will begin its special Memorial Day weekend programming with the network’s premiere of the lauded HBO documentary Manhunt on Friday, May 24 at 9 pm, ET, and feature back-to-back airings of six episodes of the popular CNN Original series Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown. Additionally, there will be multiple airings of Beyond the Manhunts: How to Stop Terror – A Fareed Zakaria GPS Special, the HBO documentary There’s Something Wrong With Aunt Diane, and Anderson Cooper 360° Special Report – Back to Boston: Moments of Impact.
Below are descriptions of the documentaries, Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown episodes and the Anderson Cooper special report, followed by the full CNN Memorial Day weekend programing schedule.
From HBO Documentaries, Manhunt, is a riveting tale of espionage as revealed by the real insiders who led the CIA’s secret war against Osama bin Laden. This documentary is based upon CNN terrorism analyst Peter Bergen’s bestselling book, Manhunt: The Ten-Year Search for Bin Laden from 9/11 to Abbottabad (2012). FULL POST
Medea Benjamin, Activist, Code Pink told CNN's Carol Costello that she did not heckle the President. She did not hear the policy changes that had been predicted, so she waited until he was finished to voice her objections.
As the U.S. observes Memorial Day, CNN is honoring the fallen by spotlighting U.S. casualties from the Afghanistan and Iraq wars. Beginning this morning and over Memorial Day weekend, CNN.com’s homepage will feature a different member of the armed forces every hour in an interactive called 100 Hours, 100 Faces. The interactive compiles 100 of the more than 8,000 U.S. and coalition troops who have died in these conflicts. Among the 100 troops will be one from every state, as well as the youngest, the oldest, the first and some of the most recent casualties from both wars. 100 Hours, 100 Faces highlights information from CNN’s globally recognized Home and Away initiative, an extensive data visualization of those lost in Afghanistan and Iraq.
In June CNN International premieres the critically-acclaimed film, ‘Girl Rising’.
‘Girl Rising’, filmed before the well-known girls’ education campaigner Malala Yousafzai was shot by the Taliban on her way home from school in Pakistan’s Swat Valley, follows several girls across the globe as they pursue an education. Like Malala, these girls – who come from Afghanistan, Egypt, Ethiopia, Haiti, Nepal, Peru and Sierra Leone – fight to overcome impossible odds to realise their dreams.
Directed by Academy Award nominee Richard E. Robbins, the two-hour film features voice performances by Academy Award winners Cate Blanchett (Haiti), Anne Hathaway (Afghanistan) and Meryl Streep (Ethiopia), in addition to Salma Hayek (Peru), Chloë Moretz (Egypt), Selena Gomez (Sierra Leone) and Kerry Washington (Nepal).
"This film gives visual corroboration to knowledge we already have: Educating women and girls has the most optimistic, positive effects on families, communities, and economies worldwide. If to see it is to know it, this film delivers hope; reasonable, measurable, tangible hope that the world can be healed and helped to a better future!" – Meryl Streep
“Many women around the world continue to struggle for equality in education. I hope Girl Rising raises the visibility on a global level for this fundamental issue.” -Salma Hayek
“I not only believe in a girl’s right to an education, but I believe in the power of storytelling through film. I’m proud to be a part of Girl Rising.” – Cate Blanchett
Over the coming months, and leading up to the United Nations-declared International Day of the Girl, on 11 October, CNN International continues its focus on empowering girls with the launch of a distinctive new series, ‘A Girl’s World’, chronicling the lives of seven girls in seven countries.@10x10act www.CNN.com/girlrising #girlrising
Thursday 13 June at 0830 BST / 0930 CETFriday 14 June at 0530 BST / 0630 CET Saturday 15 June at 0730 BST / 0830 CET and 1630 BST / 1730 Duration: 30 minutes
‘CNN Business Traveller’ is in Cape Town this June to attend the annual IATA (International Air Transport Association) aviation conference, rubbing shoulders with the aviation elite as they share their insight on the future for the industry. Host Richard Quest (pictured) will interview some of the CEOs from major global airline and find out about the state of the global industry, with a particular focus on Africa aviation, its issues and potential solutions.
Interviews to look out for include: Quest’s one-on-one with struggling South African Airways newly appointed CEO, Monwabisi Kalawe. He discusses the challenges and opportunities ahead as he attempts to turn the embattled airline around. Quest will also be finding out about the newest low cost airline, Fastjet, when he meets its CEO to discuss whether the economy air travel model can work in Africa. CNN’s Johannesburg-based anchor and correspondent, Errol Barnett, gets to try out the low cost airline.
When it comes to air travel, no continent is more cumbersome than Africa. Getting from A to B takes more time, changes, money and patience than anywhere else. ‘CNN Business Traveller’ will offer step-by-step advice for making African business trips more efficient with information on the latest apps and the most comfortable travel clothing.
The programme’s ‘Road Warrior’ for June is Graham Hughes. Hughes is an adventurer, a film maker and he’s also a Guinness World Record holder for being the first person to travel to every country in the world, without getting on a plane. Hughes explains how he managed to criss-cross the planet’s second largest continent – on land alone.@RichardQuest @RosietomkinsCNN @MallikaCNN edition.cnn.com/businesstraveller Thursday 20 June at 1030 GMT / 1130 CET and 1730 GMT / 1830 CET Saturday 22 June at 0830 GMT / 0930 CET and 2200 GMT / 2300 CET Sunday 23 June at 1730 GMT / 1830 CET Duration: 30 minutes
In June, ‘Open Court’ previews one of the tennis calendar’s most prestigious events, the Wimbledon Championships. The event starts on 24 June and world number 2 seed, Andy Murray (pictured), is playing for more than his first Wimbledon title this year, being focused on his best friend Ross Hutchins’. Hutchins is a professional doubles player on the ATP tour, and a Davis Cup player, who went public with the news that he was battling Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
‘Open Court’ also checks in with Goran Ivanisevic in Zagreb, Croatia. The game’s most famous wildcard talks about what’s keeping him busy following his retirement from professional tennis. World number 1 doubles player Bob Bryan is responsible for a social network phenomenon. His one year-old, Micaela, is bringing the term “networking” to a whole new level. She has 10,000 followers on Twitter, who are eager to see her being photographed with some of the best players in the game. ‘Open Court’ reveals the story behind Ivan Lendl’s refusal to hold the “tennis Twitter baby”.cnn.com/opencourt
Tonight, "Piers Morgan Live" shared the story of tornado survivor Alex Barnett, who joined the program tonight with his emotional account of Monday's events.
Trapped beneath rubble in what remained of his home, Barnett was eventually rescued by two men who heard his screams. Tonight, Barnett recalled the moment the twister touched down:
"All I seen was the big cloud coming my way and I just went and grabbed my pillow and blanket and went straight to the bathroom," he said. "I no more than got in there just for a second or two, and what little rumbling I heard as it got louder it just, my ears popped, and it was there."
In an amazing display of raw emotion, Barnett then got a chance to meet Juan Olivo and Jerrel Brewer for the very first time. Embracing the men who found him, and sobbing heavily, the guest could only mumble "Thank you very much. God Bless you." Watch this reunion here.
CNN’s Brooke Baldwin talks to Jackie Sing, who was born and raised in Moore, Oklahoma. His house was severely damaged but is still standing. Sing said he’d gladly trade places with neighbors who lost homes, especially a young couple with a newborn baby.
CNN en Español will broadcast an exclusive interview with Michelle Gonzalez, a teacher who risked her own life to save the lives of three of her students during the tornado that occurred in Moore, Oklahoma this past week. The interview will be broadcast tonight on Conclusiones at 10 p.m. (ET), hosted by Fernando del Rincon.
Michelle Gonzalez, who taught at Plaza Towers Elementary, will talk about how she saved the lives of her three students and will describe the moments she spent underneath the debris while the children lay underneath her. FULL POST
New programming featuring inspiring stories of girls around the globe launches in June on CNN International
CNN International today announced a new slate of programming focused on the empowerment of young girls around the world with the premiere of critically-acclaimed film, ‘Girl Rising’ and launch of ‘A Girl’s World’, a distinctive new series chronicling the lives of seven girls in seven countries.
‘Girl Rising’, filmed before the well-known girls’ education campaigner Malala Yousafzai was shot by the Taliban on her way home from school in Pakistan’s Swat Valley, follows several girls across the globe as they pursue an education.
Like Malala, these girls – who come from Afghanistan, Egypt, Ethiopia, Haiti, Nepal, Peru and Sierra Leone – fight to overcome impossible odds to realise their dreams.
Directed by Academy Award nominee Richard E. Robbins, the two-hour film features voice performances by Academy Award winners Cate Blanchett (Haiti), Anne Hathaway (Afghanistan) and Meryl Streep (Ethiopia), in addition to Salma Hayek (Peru), Chloë Moretz (Egypt), Selena Gomez (Sierra Leone) and Kerry Washington (Nepal). FULL POST
From Moore, Oklahoma, CNN's Brian Todd spoke with CNN anchor Christiane Amanpour about why a lack of tornado safe rooms for public schools apparently has played a role in the casualties for some children.
Todd attended a press briefing with the Mayor of Moore earlier today who was asked to confirm that some of the children that perished did so in schools without safe rooms. Although schools do have drills for weather emergencies, the mayor acknowledged that funding played a role in recent years to not build safe rooms for public schools.
AMANPOUR airs daily on CNN International at 3:00pm and 5:00pm Eastern. The full transcript for this program may be found here.