April 17th, 2014
04:10 PM ET

Chicagoland goes to the 'Back of the Yards'

Tonight on CNN's CHICAGOLAND, a mass shooting leaves 13 wounded and makes national headlines just as Mayor Rahm Emanuel goes on a public relations campaign to bolster Chicago’s image.  The shooting galvanizes the city and community activists, including Sally Hazelgrove, Rob and Amy Castaneda, Father Michael Pfleger, and stars of the Chicago Bulls – who join together in an emotional plea for peace.

Fenger High celebrates homecoming, but Principal Liz Dozier fears violence may become an unwelcome focus of the festivities. Meanwhile, the Mayor and Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy campaign for stricter gun laws while pursuing the shooters in a citywide manhunt.

Viewers can join the live social media dialogue with the series producers and participants featured in CHICAGOLAND, by logging into Twitter this evening during the broadcast and using #Chicagoland, by following @CNNOrigSeries, or by visiting www.cnn.com/chicagoland.

Executive produced by Robert Redford and Laura Michalchyshyn of Sundance Productions, and Marc Levin and Mark Benjamin of the Peabody Award-winning team that created BRICK CITYCHICAGOLAND explores where politics and policy meet real people’s lives in the beloved heartland American city of Chicago.  The series airs each Thursday evening on CNN/U.S. at 10:00pm ET and PT.

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April 10th, 2014
06:03 PM ET

CHICAGOLAND: see a whole city come together – 10pmET

Mayor Rahm Emanuel, determined to keep Chicago a world-class city, launches a number of risky and ambitious public works projects.  Richard M. Daley reflects on his own time as a crime-battling mayor.  Community leaders are hard at work to help their neighborhoods.  Roseland community activist and former gangbanger Eric Wilkins works to combat violence and inspire change.  Principal Liz Dozier fears a brewing gang war outside of Fenger High will threaten the safety of her students.  The Cook County Sheriff’s Department’s director of medical operations and trauma surgeon Dr. Andrew Dennis struggles to give one young patient a second chance.

Executive produced by Robert Redford and Laura Michalchyshyn of Sundance Productions, and Marc Levin and Mark Benjamin of the Peabody Award-winning team that created BRICK CITYCHICAGOLAND explores where politics and policy meet real people’s lives in the beloved heartland American city of Chicago.

CHICAGOLAND airs Thursdays at 10:00pm ET and PT on CNN/U.S.  For more information on the series, please visit www.cnn.com/chicagoland, or connect with the series creators via social media by using #Chicagoland.

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April 10th, 2014
11:30 AM ET

MIKE ROWE BRINGS ORIGINAL SERIES TO CNN

Series To Launch this Fall 

 For more than a decade, Mike Rowe has been nationally known as the “dirtiest man on TV,” as host and the executive producer of the Discovery Channel’s Dirty Jobs (2005-2012).  He traveled to all 50 states and completed 300 different jobs, transforming cable television into a landscape of swamps, sewers, ice roads, coal mines, and oil derricks.  He initiated a hands–on way to pay tribute to a nation of unsung heroes, conclusively demonstrating that fun and hard work are two sides of the same coin and confirmed the value of delayed gratification, sacrifice, hard work, good humor and optimism.  He is now on a brand new mission and he will bringthat mission to CNN beginning this fall.

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April 6th, 2014
09:31 PM ET

#DeathRowStories Spring Season Finale Begins 9:00pmET/6:00pmPT

The spring finale of CNN's DEATH ROW STORIES, "Rough Justice in the Big Easy," debuts Sunday, April 6 at 9:00pmET/6:00pmPT.  A prominent New Orleans businessman was killed outside of his apartment in December 1984.  Police arrested a small-time drug dealer named John Thompson, and the office of District Attorney Harry Connick, Sr., sent Thompson to death row.

A powerful law firm from the Northeast was brought in for Thompson’s appeals, only to discover they are out of their league in The Big Easy. The firm hires Elisa Abolafia, a local private investigator, who knows “where the bodies are buried in this town.” Three weeks before Thompson is to be put to death, Abolafia surreptitiously discovers evidence that was covered up by New Orleans officials to give Thompson a fighting chance, and eventually, his day before the U.S. Supreme Court. “Rough Justice in the Big Easy” is produced and directed by Kenneth Levis.

This episode of DEATH ROW STORIES concludes the spring season of the series.  DEATH ROW STORIES will resume Sundays in summer. Viewers can continue to connect with the series producers and participants between the series via social media by logging on Twitter and using #DeathRowStories and/or by following @CNNOrigSeries.

DEATH ROW STORIES is executive produced by Academy® Award-winner Alex Gibney of Jigsaw Productions, together with Academy® Award-winner Robert Redford and Laura Michalchyshyn of Sundance Productions; Academy® Award-winning actress Susan Sarandon narrates. Each episode of this 8-part series explores the fallibility in the application of the ultimate criminal penalty: capital punishment.

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April 3rd, 2014
12:04 PM ET

CHICAGOLAND: 1871 tech challenge and Mayor's 'Safe Passage' program put to the test tonight at 10pET/9pCT

All of Chicago is on edge as a new school year begins.  Mayor Rahm Emanuel hits the streets as his controversial ‘Safe Passage’ program is put to the test.  Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy patrols the city with help from Chicago Fire Department Captain Joel Burns, hoping that the first day of school will happen without a hitch.  Fenger High Principal Liz Dozier welcomes her students back to school, but is confronted by an unexpected crisis.  Simultaneously, downtown, the venture capitalists at the technology entrepreneur incubator named ‘1871,’ including 1871 founder J.B. Pritzker, host Chicago’s “Demo Day” where young tech stars compete for venture capital.

Executive produced by Robert Redford and Laura Michalchyshyn of Sundance Productions, and Marc Levin and Mark Benjamin of the Peabody Award-winning team that created BRICK CITYCHICAGOLAND explores where politics and policy meet real people’s lives in the beloved heartland American city of Chicago.

CHICAGOLAND airs Thursdays at 10:00pm ET and PT on CNN/U.S.  For more information on the series, please visit www.cnn.com/chicagoland, or connect with the series creators via social media by using #Chicagoland.

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March 29th, 2014
09:55 AM ET

Death Row Stories reveals justice denied with life in the balance: Sunday at 9pmET

Although the death penalty is intended to be applied only after exhaustive, rigorous application of the law, it is not infallible, and some people have unjustly paid the ultimate price. The producers of the CNN Original Series DEATH ROW STORIES crisscrossed the country to bring to light eight cases of justice deferred.

In some cases, the accused may have been sentenced to die for crimes they didn’t commit – others may be clever killers, but trial errors, their own capacities, or even corruption limited the fair application of the law. In the next two upcoming episodes, the human lives of the convicted weigh in the balance. Desperate detectives search for clues, angry attorneys fight for justice, and victims’ families yearn for answers.

EPISODE FOUR: “KILLER COP”
Episode four reveals the story of former Mascotte, Florida, police officer James Duckett, who was convicted of the sexual assault and murder of 11-year-old Tessa McAbee. McAbee’s body was found discarded in a central Florida lake. Duckett has always claimed his innocence and spoke for his first television interview after spending more than 25 years on death row, to director and producer, Ivy Meeropol, whose grandparents Ethel and Julius Rosenberg were executed by the federal government. Also for the first time on television, Duckett’s main accuser, Gwen Gurley, discusses her controversial eyewitness testimony that has proven central to Duckett’s case.

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CHICAGOLAND Tweetchat at 1pm on March 28 explores how to improve our communities
March 27th, 2014
04:18 PM ET

CHICAGOLAND Tweetchat at 1pm on March 28 explores how to improve our communities

The Thursday, March 27th episode of CHICAGOLAND explores the challenges facing the city's youth and neighborhoods as community leaders come together to inspire and encourage young people to make choices that will enrich their futures.

CNN and The Urban Institute have partnered for a dynamic social media discussion on the challenges in education, jobs, and public safety faced by many communities around the country.

Susan Popkin (@SJpopkin), senior fellow of The Urban Institute who studies neighborhoods and youth development, and Jocelyn Fontaine (@jocefontain), senior research associate of The Urban Institute who studies community-based crime reduction programs, will lead the online dialogue on these vital issues on Friday, March 28, at 1:00p.m. ET.  The discussion will explore social policy ideas for improving education and public safety on the local level.

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March 27th, 2014
01:03 PM ET

CHICAGOLAND's episode 4, 'Second Chances' debuts at 10pET and PT

In tonight's CHICAGOLAND, Mayor Rahm Emanuel recruits Common, Dwayne Wade, and Magic Johnson to help him promote the city’s youth programs.  After meeting a promising young man at Windy City Hoops, a community basketball program, Mayor Emanuel decides to mentor young Martell Cowan and offers him an internship in his office.  Another young Chicagoan with promise, Chance the Rapper, makes his Lollapalooza music festival debut in front of the biggest crowd of his life, but remains haunted by the murder of his friend, Columbia College student Kevin Ambrose, from earlier in the summer.  Principal Liz Dozier helps former Fenger High School student Jason Barrett secure an early release from prison – and a second chance – but with old temptations looming outside of the prison walls, which path will he take?

Executive produced by Robert Redford and Laura Michalchyshyn of Sundance Productions, and Marc Levin and Mark Benjamin of the Peabody Award-winning team that created BRICK CITY, CHICAGOLAND explores where politics and policy meet real people’s lives in the beloved heartland American city of Chicago.

CHICAGOLAND airs Thursdays at 10:00pm ET and PT on CNN/U.S.  For more information on the series, please visit www.cnn.com/chicagoland, or connect with the series creators via social media by using #Chicagoland.

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March 23rd, 2014
06:09 PM ET

Death Row Stories Episode 3: Blood and Water debuts tonight at 9 p.m. ET and PT

Death Row Stories tonight features the case of U.S. Army veteran Joseph D'Ambrosio in Cleveland, Ohio.  In the shortest death penalty trial in modern Ohio history, the then 28-year old D'Ambrosio was convicted in 1989 after only three days of proceedings for the murder of 19-year old Tony Klann.  For over a decade, no one listened to Joe’s pleas of innocence until a lawyer-turned-priest, Father Neil Kookoothe, began investigating his case.  Father Neil faced a years-long uphill battle to convince others – including state and federal courts – that there very well might be an innocent man on death row.

DEATH ROW STORIES is executive produced by Academy® Award-winner Alex Gibney, Dave Snyder, Stacey Offman and Brad Hebert of Jigsaw Productions, and Academy® Award-winner Robert Redford and Laura Michalchyshyn of Sundance Productions.  Each episode in this 8-part series is narrated by Academy® Award-winning actress Susan Sarandon.

DEATH ROW STORIES airs Sundays at 9:00pm and 12:00amET.  Viewers can connect with the series via social media by using #DeathRowStories and by following @CNNOrigSeries.

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March 20th, 2014
07:30 PM ET

CHICAGOLAND Episode 3: Fireworks debuts tonight at 10pET and PT

As the 4th of July approaches, Mayor Emanuel presides over the naturalization of new citizens and reflects on his own heritage as the son of immigrants.  At the Albany Park Theater Project, Lilia Escobar and JP Marquez perform in “Homeland,” a play about their immigrant experiences – taking their work to the big stage at the Goodman Theater.  Fenger High School Principal Liz Dozier takes one of her culinary graduates to meet award-winning chef Grant Achtaz at his renowned restaurant, Alinea, where he gets a life-changing opportunity.  An explosion of holiday shootings keeps the pressure on Superintendent Garry McCarthy, while trauma surgeon Dr. Andrew Dennis struggles to save a young gunshot victim – only to discover his real story.

Executive produced by Robert Redford and Laura Michalchyshyn of Sundance Productions, and Marc Levin and Mark Benjamin of the Peabody Award-winning team that created BRICK CITY, CHICAGOLAND explores where politics and policy meet real people’s lives in the beloved heartland American city of Chicago.

CHICAGOLAND airs Thursdays at 10:00pm ET and PT on CNN/U.S.  For more information on the series, please visit www.cnn.com/chicagoland, or connect with the series creators via social media by using #Chicagoland.

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