April 7th, 2016
12:15 PM ET

‘#WhyTheyHateUs’ – Fareed Zakaria Explores What Drives the Rage - PREMIERES MONDAY, MAY 23

New Fareed Zakaria Primetime Special Premieres on CNN/U.S. and CNN International at 9:00pm ET


“Why do they hate us?” has been the question asked since the 9/11 attacks 15 years ago – and again in the wake of terrorist attacks in Boston, Brussels, Beirut, Paris, Mumbai, Ft Hood, San Bernardino, and beyond.  CNN’s Fareed Zakaria explores what is fueling the rage – and challenges intelligence experts, religious scholars, policy influencers, and even the very men who want to kill us – for answers to whether America and the rest of the West can do anything to stop the bloodshed.  He looks at one Muslim community in the U.S. for what makes America’s challenges different from Europe’s and those in the Middle East.

A new hour-long primetime special, WHY THEY HATE US, will premiere Monday, May 23 on CNN/U.S. and CNN International at 9:00pm Eastern.

What makes seemingly ordinary people turn against their own countrymen to commit murderous attacks?  Zakaria challenges violent jihadis about the reasons why they hate the West – and gets rarely heard answers.

Why do others committing this carnage come from nations once thought to be allies of the West?  Zakaria details the unlikely origins of this searing anti-Western hatred to Greeley, Colorado in 1949.  Sayyid Qutb, a puritanical, conservative Muslim was so horrified by his experience in America he returned to Egypt to advocate a return to Sharia law by Arab nations, the rejection of modernization and democracy – and violent retaliation against America and the West for ‘corrupting’ the Arab World.

Is Islam an inherently violent religion?  Zakaria seeks answers for what attracts extremists to the medieval, barbaric terror of a violent interpretation of Islam from author and scholar Reza Aslan (No God But God: The Origins, Evolution, and Future of Islam and Beyond Fundamentalism: Confronting Religious Extremism in the Age of Globalization); neuroscientist and chief executive of Project Reason, Sam Harris; anti-Western British cleric Anjem Choudary; Columbia University professor and Co-Director for the Center for Palestine Studies, Rashid Khalidi, DPhil.; and author and Muslim reformer Irshad Manji (Trouble with Islam Today: A Muslim’s Call for Reform in Her Faith and Allah, Liberty, and Love).  Astonishingly, Manji describes the scholarship behind the true meaning of a widely popularized mistranslation of the afterlife promise of “72 virgins” to actually be a reference to…“raisins.”

Though dead for decades, Qutb’s violent admonitions inspired Osama bin Laden, today’s radical clerics from Saudi Arabia to Pakistan, and even an influential American cleric whose seductive sermonic fragments were found scrawled inside the boat where one of the Boston Marathon bombers was found, as well as in messages exchanged by the San Bernardino jihadis.  Zakaria concludes with proposed solutions to defeat this infectious ideology currently posing a global security threat – and even shaping the most controversial points of debates for the U.S. elections, and influencing European and American policy on refugees, immigration, privacy, and the rules for armed conflict.

During the broadcast, producers of WHY THEY HATE US will interact with viewers via Twitter, using the hashtag #WHYTHEYHATEUS with user questions and comments about the special.

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March 17th, 2014
12:41 PM ET

“CNN Special Report: The Survivor Diaries” An Exclusive look at Boston Bombing Amputee’s Journey to Dance Again – Airing April 8th

 “CNN Special Report: The Survivor Diaries” premiering Tuesday, April 8th at 10pm ET on CNN, follows the journey of  professional dancer Adrianne Haslet-Davis, a Boston Marathon bombing survivor who had her lower left leg amputated after shrapnel tore through it. Haslet-Davis agreed not only to allow CNN to follow her journey to recovery, but also agreed to film her everyday life in video diaries. The exclusive videos she shared with CNN paint a raw, honest and at times heart-breaking picture of a woman battling extreme physical and emotional challenges.

The riveting one-hour documentary, hosted by Anderson Cooper, will take viewers through Adrianne’s journey from her tentative first steps in a prosthetic leg to her making good on her promise of a dance lesson for Anderson Cooper. Cooper first met Adrianne in her hospital room just one week after the tragedy and during their interview she vowed that she would dance again. Cooper was inspired by her resilience in the face of such adversity. “From the first time I met her, I knew that if anyone could overcome such huge odds and dance again after such a traumatic injury, it was her,” said Cooper. He was also heartened, but a bit intimidated, by another promise Adrianne made. “She told me once she was dancing again, that she’d give me a dance lesson. I’m a horrible dancer so I need the help,” said Cooper. FULL POST

May 17th, 2013
05:06 PM ET

Anderson Cooper Special Report: Back to Boston – Moments of Impact

This week marked one month since the tragic bombings at the 2013 Boston Marathon.  CNN's Anderson Cooper and Randi Kaye host an evocative documentary look at the iconic still photographs that vividly captured the unexplainable – images that portraying the horror and the heroism of the events.

Kaye meets the photographers of the most memorable images and interviews them about the stories behind the images and the people who they have immortalized on film.

Anderson Cooper Special Report: Back to Boston – Moments of Impact debuts Friday, May 17 at 10:00pm and 1:00am.  It encores Saturday, May 18 at 8:00pm and 11:00pm.  All times Eastern.


May 15th, 2013
10:15 PM ET

Boston's Adrianne Haslet-Davis on dancing again and giving Anderson Cooper dance lessons

Adrianne Haslet-Davis lost her foot in the Boston bombings. A month later, she can envision returning to the dance floor – and having Anderson join her there!

May 15th, 2013
10:07 PM ET

AC360 – Boston dancer Adrianne Haslet-Davis on her road to recovery

A month after Adrianne Haslet-Davis' foot was amputated, the Boston bombing survivor talk to Anderson Cooper and describes the challenges she faces.

May 1st, 2013
12:12 PM ET

Nada Bakos, Seth Jones discuss terror watch lists with CNN's Erin Burnett

In the wake of the bombings at the Boston Marathon, CNN's Erin Burnett discussed the nation's process of developing, vetting, and utilizing terror watch lists.  Burnett spoke with Seth Jones of the Rand Corporation and former CIA officer Nada Bakos.

Bakos is also featured in the HBO documentary Manhunt which debuts Wednesday, May 1 at 9:00pm ET.  Manhunt is based upon the best-selling book by CNN terrorism analyst Peter Bergen, Manhunt: The Ten-Year Search for Bin Laden from 9/11 to Abbottabad (2012), and features the riveting tales from the actual CIA insiders who led the search for Osama bin Laden.

Erin Burnett Outfront airs nightly on CNN at 7:00pm and 11:00pm ET.


April 25th, 2013
01:21 PM ET

Zubeidat Tsarnaev speaks to CNN's Nick Paton Walsh

Zubeidat Tsarnaev, the mother of the Boston bombing suspects, tells CNN's Nick Paton Walsh (@npwcnn) she's not sure what to think of the attack that left three people dead last week.

“I saw a very, very interesting video last night that they – the marathon was something like a really big play," says Tsarnaev. "There is like, paint instead of blood, like it is made-up something.”


April 24th, 2013
11:27 PM ET

AC360 Video: Anderson speaks w/man who knew Boston suspect and victim

Tonight on AC360°, Anderson spoke to Marvin Salazar, who knew a bombing suspect and a victim.

In middle school he played soccer and walked home from school with Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. Marvin also knew Krystle Campbell, the 29-year-old woman who died in the attack. They worked together at a local restaurant for two years.

April 24th, 2013
11:02 AM ET

Khozhgov: I didn't suspect Tamerlan of being connected to terror groups

Today on a special edition of CNN Newsroom, Wolf Blitzer spoke with the former brother-in-law of the Boston bombing suspects. Elmirza Khozhgov spoke specifically about the older brother (Tamerlan) relationship with his siblings, Tamerlan's friend Misha and when Tamerlan begin to change.

April 23rd, 2013
02:08 PM ET

CNN's David Mattingly reports how a pressure cooker bomb works for Erin Burnett OutFront

On the trail of reporting more details about how the pressure cooker bombs that exploded near the finish line of last week's Boston Marathon worked, CNN's David Mattingly traveled to New Mexico for an Erin Burnett OutFront investigation to meet with Van Romero of New Mexico Tech.  Romero's team replicated a bomb designed to be similar to the two that exploded in Boston.

Even before seeing the white smoke, Mattingtly reporting feeling the shockwaves emitted from the blast over a quarter mile away – faster than the speed of sound.  It would have been likely that survivors and victims in Boston were injured before they ever heard the explosions.  In addition, the flying hot shrapnel from the device strewed out radially in the form of thousands of weapons that would have been destructive to flesh and tissue.

Romero also had an additional warning for first responders: "unexploded ordinance...parts of the bomb that didn't explode ...that could go off at any time."

ERIN BURNETT OutFront airs weeknights at 7:00pm ET.


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