July 24th, 2014
03:57 PM ET

THE SIXTIES: The Space Race debuts tonight on CNN at 9:00pmET and PT

In fewer than 10 years, America rocketed from launching rudimentary satellites to landing a man on the Moon.

Pioneers like Werner Von Braun and heroes like Alan Shepard, John Glenn, and Neil Armstrong, pushed the boundaries of U.S. space exploration to literally unprecedented heights. Throughout the decade, the rivalry between America and the Soviet Union raised the stakes on the competition that went even beyond the “giant leap for mankind” and led to astonishing technological inventions. Astronaut and NASA Administrator Charles Bolden, and astronauts Buzz Aldrin, Mike Massimino and Dave Scott, along with Tom Wolfe, Andy Chaikin, Walter Isaacson, Douglas Brinkley, and Tom Hanks describe one of the greatest real-life adventure stories of all time.

THE SIXTIES: The Space Race debuts Thursday, July 17 at 9:00pm and encores at 12:00am.  All times Eastern.

During the broadcast, NASA engineer Bobak Ferdowsi will answer viewers' questions about America's space program – past and present – via Facebook.   Viewers can also interact with the series producers via Twitter by following @TheSixtiesCNN and @HerzogCo and using #TheSixtiesCNN.


July 16th, 2014
02:21 PM ET

THE WAR COMES HOME – A Soledad O’Brien Report Premieres Aug. 12 at 9:00pm on CNN/U.S.


Moving new CNN Special Presentation Explores Hope for Vets Struggling with Post Traumatic Stress

Delon Beckett and Garrett Combs came home from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan ready to resume the lives of promise they had left behind. For both veterans, within months of coming home, their relationships were crumbling, their children were frightened of their rages, and suicide became a choice they both thought could be a solution for their anguish. Then, a new program that treats post traumatic stress gave them hope. Produced by Soledad O'Brien’s Starfish Media Group in association with MediaStorm, THE WAR COMES HOME, follows the journeys of these two young men who came home from war, and their personal battles to recover from the effects of the wars that came home with them.

The one hour special, THE WAR COMES HOME, debuts Tuesday, Aug. 12 at 9:00pm and will encore at 12:00am, and on Sunday, Aug. 17 at 7:00pm. All times Eastern on CNN/U.S.


July 15th, 2014
12:45 PM ET

CNN Honored with 11 News and Documentary Emmy Nominations

CNN Worldwide has been honored with eleven nominations for the 35th Annual News and Documentary Awards. CNN’s diverse nominations include:

Outstanding Continuing Coverage of a News Story in a Regularly Scheduled Newscast

Anderson Cooper 360

Boston Bombing Victim Vows to Dance Again


Outstanding News Discussion and Analysis

Anderson Cooper 360 

Guns Under Fire: An AC360 Town Hall


Outstanding Live Coverage of a Current News Story

CNN Newsroom

CNN's Coverage of Typhoon Haiyan


Outstanding Science and Technology Programming

CNN Films

Escape Fire


Best Story in a Regularly Scheduled Newscast

Anderson Cooper 360

Rehab Racket


Outstanding Cinematography: Documentary and Long Form

CNN Films

Girl Rising


Outstanding Video Journalism: News

Mark Phillips, CNN – Reporting from Afghanistan and the Philippines


Outstanding Lighting Directions & Scenic Design

CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute


Outstanding Newscast or News Magazine in Spanish

CNN en Español

Panorama Mundial


Outstanding Coverage of a Breaking News Story in Spanish

CNN en Español

Pope Election


Outstanding Promotional Announcement – Episodic

CNN Films: Blackfish 

In addition to these eleven News and Documentary Emmy nominations, Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown and The Sixties: The Assassination of President Kennedy have been nominated for a combined nine Primetime and Creative Arts Emmy Awards. FULL POST

July 10th, 2014
02:57 PM ET

The British are coming...tonight at 9pmET on THE SIXTIES on CNN

When Ed Sullivan uttered, “Ladies and gentlemen, the Beatles,” the “lads from Liverpool” and their thrilling performance on Sullivan’s eponymous variety show enthralled millions and launched a reciprocal exchange of influences with American artists. The music was a revelation – and, inspired a revolution in fashion, hairstyles, advertising, politics, and sexual mores that influenced nearly every aspect of American life. Smokey Robinson, Michelle Phillips, Graham Nash, Eric Bourdon, Dave Clark, Mickey Dolenz and others recall what it was like to make the music that mirrored the souls of the young and the restless. Jann Wenner, Mikal Gilmore, Patrick Goldstein, Nelson George, Bill Janovitz, John Heilemann, Tom Hanks, David Wild, and musicians Eric Burdon, Paul Schaffer, andQuestlove describe how this legendary music era did so much more than provide a soundtrack for the generation of change.

THE SIXTIES: The British Invasion debuts tonight, Thursday, July 10 at 9:00pm and encores at 11:00pm and 1:00am Eastern.

During the broadcast, music journalist David Wild and rock artist Susanna Hoffs will answer viewers' questions about music from the era via Facebook.   Viewers can also interact with the series producers via Twitter by following @TheSixtiesCNN and @HerzogCo and using #TheSixtiesCNN. FULL POST

CNN Original Series Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown and The Sixties: The Assassination of President Kennedy Honored with Nine Combined Emmy Award Nominations
July 10th, 2014
11:00 AM ET

CNN Original Series Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown and The Sixties: The Assassination of President Kennedy Honored with Nine Combined Emmy Award Nominations

The highly-rated CNN Original Series Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown and The Sixties: The Assassination of President Kennedy received nine combined nominations in the 66th Primetime Emmy Award competition.

“We are extremely proud of the superb storytelling, highest-level production and singular voices of CNN’s Original Series. They’ve clearly connected with viewers and critics alike and we are honored that the Television Academy has recognized their work,” said Jeff Zucker, President, CNN Worldwide.

CNN Original Series’ nominations include:

Outstanding Informational Series or Special

Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown

Outstanding Documentary or Nonfiction Special

The Sixties: The Assassination of President Kennedy

Outstanding Cinematography for Nonfiction Programming

Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown – Tokyo and Punjab episodes

Outstanding Picture Editing for Nonfiction Programming

The Sixties: The Assassination of President Kennedy

Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown – Tokyo episode

Outstanding Sound Editing for Nonfiction Programming

Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown – Punjab episode

Outstanding Sound Mixing for Nonfiction Programming

Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown – Tokyo episode

Outstanding Writing for Nonfiction Programming

Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown – Congo episode


July 3rd, 2014
08:42 AM ET

DOCUMENTED encores Saturday, July 5 at 9:00pmET

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Jose Antonio Vargas outed himself as an undocumented immigrant in a 2011 essay for The New York Times Magazine, “My Life as an Undocumented Immigrant.”  Vargas had come to the U.S. at the age of 12 when he was sent from the Philippines to live with his grandparents in Mountain View, Calif.  He attended San Francisco State University, and pursued a career in print journalism, working at newspapers in San Francisco, Philadelphia, New York City, and Washington, DC – all the while, managing to keep his citizenship status secret. 

In his emotional journey he chronicles in his film DOCUMENTED, Vargas describes his legal struggles, his new role as an activist to raise awareness to immigrant rights, and his complicated reconnection with his mother, half a world away.

DOCUMENTED encores on Saturday, July 5 at 9:00pm Eastern on CNN/U.S.


July 2nd, 2014
08:36 AM ET

THE SIXTIES swings a holiday weekend marathon on July 3 and July 6

War.  Peace.  Pop culture.  Politics.  Encore in Back-to-Back Episodes

The first five episodes of CNN's provocative and compelling Original Series THE SIXTIES will encore in two holiday weekend marathons on Thursday, July 3 and Sunday, July 6.

Executive produced by Tom Hanks and Gary Goeztman for Playtone, and Mark Herzog for Herzog & Co., these first five episodes of THE SIXTIES tell the stories of the golden age of television, the rise of the Berlin Wall, the assassination President Kennedy, Civil Rights, and the war in Vietnam, in back-to-back episodes: FULL POST

July 1st, 2014
10:09 AM ET

New Summer Season of ‘DEATH ROW STORIES’ Bows Sunday, July 13

Riveting series about capital murder cases returns Sundays at 10:00pm & 1:00am ET

Executive produced by Academy® Award-winner Alex Gibney of Jigsaw Productions, together with Academy® Award-winner Robert Redford and Laura Michalchyshyn of Sundance Productions, the thought-provoking CNN Original Series DEATH ROW STORIES examining the justice delivered for those who face the ultimate criminal penalty will return for a summer season on Sunday, July 13 at 10:00pmET and 1:00amET.  The first five episodes of the series successfully debuted in early March; the summer season will offer three new episodes on successive Sundays, to be followed by encores of the five spring season episodes.

Redford and Gibney released the following statement as the summer premiere approached: “We are pleased to return to CNN with original episodes of DEATH ROW STORIES.  Since our original premiere in spring of 2014, the country has been confronted with questions about the true meaning of justice and punishment.  Our hope and expectation is that these episodes, all dealing with cases yet to be resolved, will further the discussion about what is working, and what is not, within our justice system and the death penalty.” FULL POST

June 26th, 2014
05:42 PM ET

THE SIXTIES: A Long March to Freedom (1960 – 1968)

The moral mission of the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s is re-examined by eyewitnesses at the forefront to history in tonight's edition of THE SIXTIES: A Long March to Freedom.  Describing their experiences during the Movement are SNCC co-founders and former student activists Diane Nash, U.S. Rep. John Lewis, and U.S. Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton.  Rev. James Lawson, Rev. C.T. Vivian, and Bob Moses also discuss first-hand accounts of the lunch counter sit-ins, Freedom Rides, the state university integration efforts, and more – all led by the Children’s Crusade in Birmingham.

Taylor Branch, Dave Garrow, Gene Roberts, Isabel Wilkerson, and Diane McWhorter give historical context to “Bloody Sunday,” the march from Selma to Montgomery, Freedom Summer, the murder of three civil rights workers in Mississippi, the passage of the Civil Rights and Voting Rights acts, and the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.

THE SIXTIES: A Long March to Freedom debuts tonight, Thursday, June 26 at 9:00pm and encores at 11:00pm and 1:00am Eastern.

Via Facebook, viewers can also interact with presidential historian Tim Naftali and CNN's Don Lemon about the topics raised in tonight's episode during the premiere broadcast.  Viewers can also interact with the series producers via Twitter by following @TheSixtiesCNN and using #TheSixtiesCNN. FULL POST

June 19th, 2014
02:33 PM ET

THE SIXTIES: The War in Vietnam (1961 – 1968)

The escalation of the war in Vietnam meant troop levels soared from just several hundred advisors at the beginning of the decade, to hundreds of thousands of American troops by the end of it. The mounting casualties, and the stories reported from the warfront from the troops who did the fighting and the dying, influenced social and political polarization around the war back home. The war’s increasing unpopularity altered how Americans viewed their government – and authority in general. The publicly-touted optimism veiled the private doubts of presidents Kennedy and Johnson – and their Defense Secretary Robert McNamara. Vietnam veterans Karl Marlantes, Philip Caputo, and Tim O’Brien, historians Fredrik Logevall, Robert Dallek, George Herring, Andrew Bacevich, and journalists Neil Sheehan and Marvin Kalb discuss one of the most complex of American stories.

More information about THE SIXTIES may be found by visiting www.cnn.com/sixties.

In addition to the unique Facebook engagement, viewers can also interact with producers and people who appear in THE SIXTIES via Twitter by following @TheSixtiesCNN and using #TheSixtiesCNN. FULL POST

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