CNN Presents "The First Time I Realized I was Black…”
February 10th, 2017
01:28 PM ET

CNN Presents "The First Time I Realized I was Black…”

In W.E.B Du Bois’ The Souls of Black Folk, he talks about the first time he realized his skin color made him different. CNN has turned that simple narrative into a powerful compilation of personal stories on race.

Featuring over 25 celebrities and artists like Doug E Fresh, Jason George, Montel Williams and CNN talent like Kamau Bell, Van Jones, Don Lemon, Sara Sidner and Stephanie Elam, the project showcases some of the most prominent voices and their stories about the moment they realized they were black – and how their skin color affected how people saw or treated them.

Explore the interactive featuring animated videos and opinion pieces online and across CNN’s television and social platforms.

Follow and join the conversation using the hashtag #realizediwasblack

CNN to Air The Messy Truth Hosted by Van Jones on Tuesday, Dec. 6
December 1st, 2016
01:15 PM ET

CNN to Air The Messy Truth Hosted by Van Jones on Tuesday, Dec. 6


WASHINGTON, D.C. – Dec. 1, 2016 – CNN will air The Messy Truth, a special program hosted by CNN Political Commentator Van Jones, at 9 p.m. EST Tuesday, Dec. 6.

One month after election night, Van Jones will explore how voters are feeling about the unprecedented election of Donald Trump. The program will include Van’s conversations with Americans from across the political spectrum and special guests including former presidential candidate Rick Santorum, documentary film maker Michael Moore, and CNN Political Commentator and republican strategist Ana Navarro.


January 24th, 2014
12:04 PM ET

CNN to Provide Comprehensive Coverage of the State of the Union Address and the GOP Response

Guests include Obama biographer David Maraniss, former speechwriter Jon Favreau, Bush adviser Karen Hughes, and Nobel winner Paul Krugman

CNN anchors Wolf Blitzer, Anderson Cooper and Jake Tapper will lead the network’s live, comprehensive coverage of President Barack Obama’s fifth State of the Union Address on Tuesday, Jan. 28, beginning at 7 p.m. ET. Guests joining the network’s special coverage will include Obama biographer and journalist David Maraniss, former Obama speechwriter Jon Favreau, former George W. Bush adviser Karen Hughes, and Nobel Prize winner and The New York Times op-ed columnist Paul Krugman.


October 18th, 2013
06:06 PM ET

Should the Washington Redskins change their name?

The Washington NFL team name enters the Crossfire tonight on CNN/U.S. and CNN International as hosts S.E. Cupp and Van Jones welcome Washington, D.C. Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton, who supports changing the team's name, and conservative talk radio host Larry Elder, who opposes it.

Viewers can weigh in on the Crossfire Talk Back question, "VOTE: Do you think the Washington Redskins should change their name?" using #Crossfire; results will be reported at 6:30pmET.

Crossfire airs weeknights at 6:30pmET and 11:30pmET on CNN/U.S. and CNN International.


Topics: CNN • CNN International • S.E. Cupp • Van Jones
October 10th, 2013
08:36 AM ET

U.S. Senators Ted Cruz and Sheldon Whitehouse join CNN's CROSSFIRE debate tonight

U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) and U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (R-X) will join Newt Gingrich and Van Jones today, Thursday, Oct. 10 at 6:30pmET on CNN’s CROSSFIRE.

The Senators and the hosts will debate the latest developments in the partial government shutdown and the looming Congressional battle over raising the federal debt ceiling.  Transcripts of this program and video will be available shortly after the live broadcast by request.

This program will encore at 11:30pmET on CNN/U.S. and CNN International.


Topics: CNN • CNN International • Newt Gingrich • Van Jones
Reps. Bachmann and Rangel join CROSSFIRE Thursday at 6:30 p.m. ET
September 19th, 2013
05:03 PM ET

Reps. Bachmann and Rangel join CROSSFIRE Thursday at 6:30 p.m. ET

CNN’s S.E. Cupp and Van Jones welcome two influential Congressional members to preview the contentious federal budget negotiations on the Thursday September 19th edition of CROSSFIRE.

Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) and Rep. Charlie Rangel (D-NY) will debate the looming government funding challenges – and whether the House of Representatives will send a budget to the President that strips funding from Obamacare and other programs.

CROSSFIRE airs each weeknight at 6:30pmET on CNN.  Transcripts will be available following the program here, or upon request.


Topics: CNN • S.E. Cupp • Van Jones
September 11th, 2013
06:17 PM ET

Santorum: U.S. has no national security interest to intervene in Syria

CNN's CROSSFIRE hosts Van Jones and S.E. Cupp talk with Joe Lieberman and Rick Santorum about U.S. involvement in Syria.  The former Senator from Pennsylvania, Santorum, declared that the U.S. has "no national security interest" to intervene in the Syrian crisis.  In this clip, he explains his views.

CROSSFIRE airs each weekday at 6:30pmET.  Tonight's topic will be gun policy, in the wake of two recall elections for Colorado state legislators who had supported policy reforms.


Topics: CNN • S.E. Cupp • Syria • Van Jones
September 11th, 2013
04:16 PM ET

Photos: Crossfire Returns

Premiere Week 

Topics: CNN • Newt Gingrich • S.E. Cupp • Van Jones
Join the Debate via Live Voting with CROSSFIRE’s Second-Screen Experiences
September 9th, 2013
01:34 PM ET

Join the Debate via Live Voting with CROSSFIRE’s Second-Screen Experiences


Users Join the Crossfire Tonight with Sen. Rand Paul and Sen. Robert Menendez

Keeping with its pioneering tradition of cross-platform programming, CNN will allow CROSSFIRE viewers to choose their interactive second-screen experience via Twitter, Facebook, or to vote via mobile, tablet, or desktop platform and weigh in on the issues debated on the program.  In a first for a television news program, CROSSFIRE will offer viewer voting using Poptip technology that tallies votes of CROSSFIRE’s daily debate question.  Via Twitter using #CrossfireReturns, on CNN’s live blog, or by commenting to CNN’s CROSSFIRE page on Facebook, users will be able vote in real time.  Results will be announced during the program. FULL POST

September 3rd, 2013
09:09 AM ET

CNN Moves Up Premieres of ‘CROSSFIRE,’ ‘AC360° Later’ to Sept. 9

CNN today confirmed it will accelerate the launch plans for two of its new fall programs, CROSSFIRE and AC360° Later.  In light of rapidly changing events impacting the American response to the Syrian humanitarian crisis, launches for both new shows have been moved forward to premiere on Monday, Sept. 9, 2013, on CNN/U.S.

CROSSFIRE, the 30-minute topical debate program, will air Mondays through Fridays at 6:30pm, with encores at 2:00am on CNN/U.S.  CROSSFIRE will also air each weeknight on CNN International at 11:30pm.  Episodes of AC360° Later, the 60-minute panel discussion program hosted by CNN’s Anderson Cooper, will focus on a range of news and pop culture topics with informed guests and correspondents, and will air Mondays through Thursdays on CNN/U.S. and CNN International at 10:00pm.  All times Eastern.

Hosted by S.E. Cupp, Stephanie Cutter, Newt Gingrich, and Van Jones, the network’s new edition of CROSSFIRE will reflect the format of the classic program, featuring two of its regular hosts, from different ideological perspectives, to discuss the key news and cultural issues of the day.  A guest with special insights on the topic central to that day’s debate will join in the discussion with the hosts, each of whom themselves have special areas of subject expertise.

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