August 17th, 2014
01:12 PM ET

Ferguson's Congressman Rep. Clay on State of the Union with Candy Crowley: Ferguson police were way too heavy-handed in the way they interacted with peaceful demonstrators."

Today on CNN’s State of the Union with Candy Crowley, Ferguson’s Congressman William Lacy Clay (D-MO) and former NYPD Chief Bernard Kerik spoke to Crowley about the militarization of police in quelling protests. In an exclusive interview with CNN, Representative Clay stressed the need for the demilitarization of police forces. While former NYPD Chief Kerik diverged from this view, both agreed that police must undergo adequate training to properly use law enforcement equipment.

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Rep. Clay on the militarization of local police forces: “Well, and the scenes that we saw in Ferguson, Missouri, this past week, with a militarized police force facing down innocent protesters with sniper rifles and machine guns is totally unacceptable in America. Now, I have gotten word that some of these police departments who have received this equipment have not been properly - properly trained in its use by the military.”

Rep. Clay on lack of diversity within the police force: “a bigger problem here in Ferguson and across this region and across America are that police forces who are in African-American communities are not diverse enough. They do not have enough diversity within their force. They do not have a healthy relationship with the African-American community that they are supposed to police.”

 A full transcript of the interview is available after the jump.
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Topics: CNN
August 17th, 2014
12:00 PM ET

Leslie Dewan on CNN's Fareed Zakaria GPS: “I think that for now, the U.S. is still leading the world in nuclear technology. But one of my biggest concerns is that that won't always be the case.”

CNN’s FAREED ZAKARIA GPS features an interview with Co-founder & CEO of the Transatomic Power Corporation, Leslie Dewan. Dewan speaks to Fareed about her aspirations to build a carbon-free, sustainable, and scalable nuclear reactor to generate great quantities of electricity.

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Dewan on the repercussions of conventional nuclear power: “So each conventional nuclear power plant in the U.S. today produces about 20 metric tons of high-level waste that's radioactive for hundreds of thousands of years.”

Dewan on government funding of nuclear technology: “I think that for now, the U.S. is still leading the world in nuclear technology. But one of my biggest concerns is that that won't always be the case.”

A full transcript of the interview is available after the jump
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Topics: CNN
August 17th, 2014
10:22 AM ET

Missouri Governor Nixon on CNN's State of the Union "...across the country, these are deep wounds. And when you scratch them again, they hurt"

Today on CNN’s State of the Union with Candy Crowley, Missouri Governor Jay Nixon, spoke to Crowley about the response to the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. Governor Nixon discussed the rationale behind the state imposed curfew in Ferguson, investigations into Michael Brown’s death, and institutional racism.

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Gov Nixon on the curfew: “…we knew we had to keep people's property safe and peace in order to get justice here. We can't be distracted from the longer pitch here, and the longer is to make sure that these dual investigations, the Justice Department and the local prosecutor, to get to justice, that they are thorough and done. And I thought that this distraction and folks not feeling safe in their own homes, while protecting the rights of people to protest, was important.”

Gov Nixon on the developing investigation: “I talked to - just the other day to - a long talk with General Holder. Based on that, they put 40 FBI agents working in Saint Louis yesterday in this region yesterday to accelerate that process for that parallel investigation”

Gov Nixon on racism: “We all know there's been a long history of challenges in these areas. And our hope is that, with the help of the people here, that we can be an example of getting justice and getting peace and using that to move forward.  But it's a challenge. It's - there are deep, long-term wounds, and we're hopeful that when justice is had, that this entire process and the folks who have spoken out will be part of an effort to help bridge those gaps.”

 

A full transcript of the interview is available after the jump
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Topics: CNN
August 16th, 2014
10:50 PM ET

Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown Wins Outstanding Info Series in Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards

Award Marks Second Consecutive Win for Series in Category

CNN’sphoto popular original series Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown was honored with the award for Outstanding Informational Series, for the second consecutive year, during the 2014 Creative Arts Primetime Emmy presentation at the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles earlier tonight.

The award was presented to Anthony Bourdain, executive producer/host; Christopher Collins, executive producer; Lydia Tenaglia, executive producer; Sandra Zweig, executive producer; Jared Andrukanis, producer, Nick Brigden, producer; Michael Steed, producer, Tom Vitale, producer.

Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown, which begins it’s fourth season on CNN this fall, follows the world-renowned chef, bestselling author and Peabody/multiple-Emmy award winning television personality as he travels across the globe to uncover little-known – and sometimes seemingly familiar – areas of the world, in a celebration of its diverse food and culture. The series is produced by Zero Point Zero Production with executive producers Chris Collins, Lydia Tenaglia and Sandra Zweig.

About Zero Point Zero Production Inc.:
Zero Point Zero Production, Inc. is an Emmy and Peabody Award winning television and digital production company founded in 2003 by Executive Producers Chris Collins and Lydia Tenaglia, with partner and Managing Director Joe Caterini coming aboard in 2009. Since its inception, the company has produced hundreds of hours of television in over 100 countries around the world, including the critically acclaimed, award winning series Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown (CNN) and The Mind of a Chef (PBS). In 2009 Zero Point Zero began an expansion into other content platforms including interactive entertainment and publishing. In 2012 they released Pat LaFrieda’s Big App for Meat, an interactive encyclopedia chosen as Apple’s “App of the Week” and then named Apple’s “Best APPS of 2012”. In 2013 ZPZ acquired The Food Republic website, one of the launch properties in a new ZPZ-owned digital publishing venture. ZPZ is currently in production on Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown season 3 (CNN); The Hunt with John Walsh (CNN); City.Ballet season 2 (a co-production with Sarah Jessica Parker for AOL On Originals); The Mind of a Chef season 3 (PBS); the award winning series, MeatEater with Steven Rinella season 4 (Sportsman Channel); The Getaway season 2 (Esquire/NBC); and Phil Rosenthal, The Lucky Bastard (PBS).

About CNN Worldwide:
CNN Worldwide is a portfolio of two dozen news and information services across cable, satellite, radio, wireless devices and the Internet in more than 200 countries and territories worldwide. Domestically, CNN reaches more individuals on television, the web and mobile devices than any other cable TV news organization in the United States; internationally, CNN is the most widely distributed news channel reaching more than 271 million households abroad; and CNN Digital is a top network for online news, mobile news and social media. Additionally, CNN Newsource is the world’s most extensively utilized news service partnering with hundreds of local and international news organizations around the world. CNN is division of Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., a Time Warner Company.

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August 14th, 2014
03:27 PM ET

THE SIXTIES series finale: Sex, Drugs, and Rock n' Roll airs tonight at 9pm Eastern

The final episode of the now Emmy® award-nominated THE SIXTIES explores the counterculture, the legendary music, and the sweeping political change that ushered out the decade.

The fundamental changes in American culture in the 1960s influenced global changes in the ways people viewed authority, war, societal norms, and the practice of populist politics. Tom Wolfe, Jann Wenner, Grace Slick, Graham Nash, Michael Butler and James Rado, Douglas Brinkley, Mark Kurlansky, Ric Burns, Vincent Bugliosi, and others review how the beatniks and folk music scene of the early ‘60s evolved to the hippies and psychedelic rock of the later years. They also explore how Haight-Ashbury, “the Summer of Love” and Woodstock, Andy Warhol, Timothy Leary, Ken Kesey, Yippies, Dead-Heads, Charles Manson, and Hell’s Angels became enduring counter-cultural touchstones.

THE SIXTIES: Sex, Drugs, and Rock n' Roll debuts Thursday, Aug. 14 at 9:00pm Eastern.

During the broadcast, former U.S. Congressman Barney Frank and rock journalist David Wild will answer viewers' questions via Facebook.   Viewers can also interact with the series producers via Twitter by following @TheSixtiesCNN and @HerzogCo and using #TheSixtiesCNN.

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Preview: CNN International Programme Information Weeks 36 & 37
Jodie Kidd presents ‘CNN Equestrian’s first half-hour special in September on CNN International.
August 14th, 2014
11:35 AM ET

Preview: CNN International Programme Information Weeks 36 & 37

CNN Equestrian

Jodie Kidd hosts ‘CNN Equestrian’

Jodie Kidd hosts ‘CNN Equestrian’

 
Saturday 13 September 1830 BST/ 1930 CET
Duration: 30 minutes
 

‘CNN Equestrian’ offers viewers an event-side seat at the world's premier equestrian events, across the various disciplines of the FEI (Fédération Equestre Internationale) – jumping, dressage, eventing, driving, endurance, vaulting and reining  –  presented by television personality, international fashion model and equestrian expert Jodie Kidd. FULL POST


Topics: CNN
August 13th, 2014
11:39 AM ET

Her new mission: retired U.S. Navy SEAL fights for transgender acceptance in new CNN Film

World television premiere of LADY VALOR: The Kristin Beck Story is Thursday, Sept. 4

Despite 20 years as a U.S. Navy SEAL, including 13 tours of combat service in Iraq and Afghanistan, Kristin Beck says that her struggles for acceptance and respect as a transgender American represent her most difficult mission.  Beck is a highly-decorated veteran who once stood atop Saddam Hussein’s palace, trained in special tactical warfare, and served on SEAL Team 1, SEAL Team 5, and SEAL Team 6 as senior chief Christopher Beck of the U.S. Navy.

Executive produced by Herzog & Company (HCO) in association with Easy Day Media Group, LADY VALOR: The Kristin Beck Story, is produced by Mark Herzog and Christopher G. Cowen and directed by Sandrine Orabona and Mark Herzog.  The two-hour film will premiere on CNN/U.S. on Thursday, Sept. 4, at 9:00pm and 11:00pm Eastern.

In 2013, approximately 18 months after her retirement from active service, Beck was the first person to come out publicly as a transgender former Navy SEAL in an extended profile on CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360° – surprising friends, colleagues, and family.  She also disclosed her identity on LinkedIn.   While many around her have been supportive, some have expressed more bigotry than she ever expected.

“CNN Films is proud to have commissioned such a unique and important film.  LADY VALOR is a powerful statement on our preconceived notions and prejudices of transgender Americans.  Kristin Beck is a dynamic individual, whose outspoken voice allows us a deeper understanding of such an emotionally intense, personal transformation,” said Vinnie Malhotra, senior vice president of development and acquisitions for CNN Worldwide. FULL POST

August 10th, 2014
01:53 PM ET

Neil deGrasse Tyson on CNN's Fareed Zakaria GPS: “…there's talk of getting private enterprise to serve our needs getting back and forth to station…It should have been going on decades ago.”

CNN’s FAREED ZAKARIA GPS features an interview with, astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson.  Tyson speaks to Fareed about why it's important to study science and the origin of the universe. In addition, Tyson outlines NASA plans for further space missions even when earthly worries like Russia's actions in Ukraine affect space cooperation.

“There's a whole universe. And, I as an astrophysicist, see the universe, feel the universe, smell the universe every day.  Every day.  And for people to say, I'm cool, I'm right here, it's all I need.  Now let's live.  I say that's how to die.  That's not how to live.  .” Neil deGrasse Tyson

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Tyson on International Cooperation: “And typically, when you conceive of such a plan, different countries and different organizations would be responsible for different links in the chain of getting from Earth's surface to wherever you will go. And on the surface, that sounds great. The costs are shared. It promotes international relations. But wisdom derived from human conduct tells us that this is not always a harmonious world. And politics can force you to behave in ways that maybe you don't want to behave because you have other interests...”

Tyson on exploration: ”When you stop moving a frontier, you forget what's on the other side of that frontier that could titillate explorers, the explorer gene built within us.”

A full transcript of the interview is available after the jump.

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Topics: CNN
August 10th, 2014
12:28 PM ET

Amb. Zalmay Khalilzad and Gen. James Jones on CNN's State of the Union // Jones: "...they (Iraqis) need to come up with a new prime minister very quickly, and hopefully it should not be al-Maliki..."

Today on CNN’s State of the Union with Candy Crowley, General James L. Jones, former National Security Advisor (President Barack Obama Administration), and Zalmay Khalilzad, former US Ambassador to Iraq (2005-07) and Afghanistan (2003-05) (President George W. Bush Administration), spoke to Crowley about the effect of US airstrikes on ISIS, the reconstruction of Iraq, and the Kurdish question.

Both agree that without assistance from the US and the international community, the Iraqi citizens will perish and ISIS will continue to terrorize the region.  Khalilzad and Jones support providing the Kurdish army with weapons to combat ISIS. Yet, both share skepticism about whether the Iraqi government can reconcile the nation’s conflicting ethnic and religious divisions. FULL POST

August 10th, 2014
12:21 PM ET

Senator John McCain on State of the Union with Candy Crowley: "I would be launching airstrikes not only in Iraq, but in Syria against ISIS."

Today on CNN’s State of the Union with Candy Crowley, Senator John McCain (R-AZ), Member of the Senate Committee on Armed Services, spoke to Crowley about US airstrikes in Iraq, ISIS’ threat to national security, and Obama’s leadership and strategy in the Middle East.

“While the president has continued to say this is an Iraqi problem, this is an Iraqi problem, but it's a United States problem and it is a threat to our national security.” Senator John McCain FULL POST

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