October 10th, 2013
10:43 AM ET

CNN FILMS Broadcasts ‘Blackfish’ and ‘Pandora’s Promise’ in October, November

Network to offer dynamic second screen experiences to enhance television event for viewers

As the weather cools, CNN Films’ fall schedule heats up with two, new-to-television documentaries that examine the relationship between humans and nature.  On Thursday, Oct. 24 from 9:00pm to 11:00pm and 12:00am to 2:00am, CNN will air BLACKFISH, the story of a performing orca, connected to the deaths of several people while in captivity.  And, on Thursday, Nov. 7, CNN will air PANDORA’S PROMISE from 9:00pm to 11:00pm and 12:00am to 2:00am, a film that explores the personal journeys of several environmental experts who evolved from being strongly against to being strongly in favor of nuclear energy.  All broadcast times are Eastern.

“Both of these special films represent exactly the type of engaging, thought-provoking content that is the mission of CNN Films,” said Jeff Zucker, president of CNN Worldwide, when the documentaries were announced as part of the 2013 fall slate of the network’s documentary presentations.  “Through our acquisitions and commissions of exceptional factual content, we aim to encourage dialogue on the issues raised in the films with our filmmakers, experts, and other stakeholders via our robust television, digital and social platforms,” he said. FULL POST

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.

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Topics: CNN • CNN International • Crossfire • Newt Gingrich • Van Jones
October 9th, 2013
09:01 PM ET

CNN Announces Top 10 Heroes Of 2013

WORLDWIDE VOTING FOR “CNN HERO OF THE YEAR” BEGINS TODAY ON CNNHEROES.COM AND ON MOBILE

CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute, Hosted By Anderson Cooper, Airs Sunday, December 1

Collaboration with the Annenberg Foundation will Continue to Provide Hands-On Support to the 2013 Top 10 Heroes

CNN, the worldwide leader in news, today announced the Top 10 Heroes of 2013, recognizing everyday people who are changing the world. The network also announced that online voting for the “CNN Hero of the Year” opened today, October 10 at 8am ET and will run through Sunday, November 17 at 11:59pm PT. Voters can log on to CNNHeroes.com to cast ballots for their favorite Top 10 Heroes once a day, every day. Votes can also be shared on Facebook and Twitter.

CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute will air on Sunday December 1 at 8:00pm ET, and will be simulcast on CNNI and CNN Espanol. Returning to New York City this year and hosted by Anderson Cooper from the American Museum of Natural History, CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute will honor individuals who are making extraordinary contributions to help improve the lives of others.  Since its inception, CNN Heroes has received over 50,000 submissions from more than 100 countries and profiled over 200 heroes.

“I've long admired the CNN Heroes tribute, but even more, the heroes themselves. We are proud to share the stories of these 10 exceptional individuals, and to continue one of CNN’s most important traditions,” said Jeff Zucker, President of CNN Worldwide. FULL POST

October 7th, 2013
02:49 PM ET

Exclusive: Wife of captured al Qaeda operative speaks to CNN

CNN's Jomana Karadsheh (@jomanacnn) talks exclusively to Umm Abdul Rahman, wife of recently captured terror suspect Abu Anas al Libi. Wanted for his possible role in the 1998 US embassy bombings in Kenya and Tanzania, al Libi was captured early Saturday morning by U.S. forces in Tripoli, Libya. Rahman, who witnessed her husband’s capture, maintains his innocence.

On her husband’s role in 1998 US embassy bombings:
"I am sure of what I am saying - he did not take part in any bombing anywhere in the world. He participated in the jihad in Afghanistan...He was a member of al-Qaeda and he was personal security for (Osama) bin Laden - that's true - but he did not take part in any operation." FULL POST


Topics: CNN
October 6th, 2013
05:36 PM ET

Anderson Cooper Special Report–"The Pizza Bomber" airs Sunday, Oct. 6

On Sunday, Oct. 6, CNN will present an Anderson Cooper Special Report–"The Pizza Bomber", an exclusive look at America's most bizarre bank robbery and the incredible cast of criminal misfits who planned and attempted to bring off one of the nation's most unusual crimes.

CNN investigative correspondent Drew Griffin will take viewers behind the scenes of a four year long FBI investigation into an incident that began a decade ago in Erie, Pennsylvania.  On a hot August afternoon, a 41 year old pizza delivery man named Brian Wells walked into a small branch bank wearing what he said was a bomb underneath his white tee shirt.   He gave tellers a note demanding $250,000.   He escaped with a little more than $8,000 and was quickly cornered by police in a parking lot less than a mile away from the bank. A half an hour later, surrounded by police and television cameras, the bomb Brian Wells was wearing detonated, instantly killing him. FULL POST

October 6th, 2013
11:34 AM ET

Iran's Foreign Minister on the state of the P+5 negotiations

The following transcript is of an exclusive interview with Javad Zarif, Foreign Minister of Iran about his nation’s nuclear ambitions, Israel, and Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu’s remarks before the United Nations General Assembly. CNN’s Fareed Zakaria spoke with Mr. Zarif exclusively on Thursday, October 03, 2013, in New York and will air on Sunday, October 06, 2013 at 10:00am and 1:00pm ET.

A full transcript and videos are available after the jump.

FULL POST


Topics: CNN
October 6th, 2013
11:19 AM ET

Lew: 'Congress is playing with fire' on debt ceiling

Today on CNN's State of the Union with Candy Crowley, Treasury Secretary Jack Lew spoke about the government shutdown, the debt ceiling, and the economy.

A transcript and videos are available after the jump.

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Topics: CNN
October 2nd, 2013
08:13 PM ET

CNN's Dana Bash asks Sen. Harry Reid about the government shutdown's effect on kids' cancer trials

During a press conference on Capitol Hill, CNN's Dana Bash asked Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) about the government shutdown's effect on kids' cancer trials.
When asked about the back and forth by CNN's Jake Tapper, Bash replied, "I have covered Harry Reid for a very long time.  That is sort of classic Reid and it's kind of the kind of response that sometimes gives his staffers and those who are here and those who have been here before a little bit of heartburn. But I think big picture, what you are seeing is Democrats trying to stay on message, trying to stay firm with their insistence that they will not pass anything except for one big bill that funds the entire government and nothing else.  And the reason is obvious, because they know once they agree to chip away at some of those agencies, even those that many people care about, then they are giving up some of their leverage. Part of the reason why I asked him that question is because he says we don't pick and choose.  Well, they already did in some sense pick and choose in that Congress passed a bill, the president signed it into law, making sure that men and women of the military get their salaries.So they are, you know, playing some favorites here, and that's just the reality."
A transcript of the question by Bash and the answer by Sen. Reid is after the jump. FULL POST
CNN Political Ticker: Reid gets fiery over question about shutdown's effect on clinical trials for kids
CNN Wins Three News and Documentary Emmy Awards
October 1st, 2013
11:01 PM ET

CNN Wins Three News and Documentary Emmy Awards

EMMYAWARDS

CNN Worldwide was awarded with three Emmy Awards at the 34th Annual News and Documentary Awards. CNN’s diverse recognitions of its journalism include:

Outstanding Live Coverage of a Current News Story – Long Form

Election Night in America

Seven CNN control rooms in three separate cities with hundreds of staffers worked together to tell the story of the election in a blockbuster broadcast symphony. In addition to getting the votes first, CNN also got the analysis right, with John King at the "Magic Wall" to put reporting expertise on display with a visual tool that out each precinct's fight in geographic and political perspective.

Outstanding News Discussion and Analysis

Anderson Cooper 360 – Kids On Race: The Hidden Picture

Race is one of the most explosive issues in America, and for many adults the most taboo to talk about. But simply not talking about it does not solve any of the issues and that is what the project aimed to do - get kids and their parents to talk about race and to look to this younger generation to see how far we've really come.

Outstanding Writing

Nick Paton Walsh: Reports from Syria and Afghanistan

Nick Paton Walsh's poetic writing contrasts with the sobering environments from which his stories are usually drawn. His reports punch through the daily accounts of wounded and dead, and give us a fresh way to see the grinding pitilessness of war, and its quirky inconsistencies.

In addition to these News and Documentary Emmy Awards, Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown was awarded with two Primetime Creative Arts Emmys in a ceremony in Los Angeles last month.

FULL POST


Topics: AC360 • Anderson Cooper • Awards • CNN • Nick Paton Walsh • Wolf Blitzer
October 1st, 2013
09:59 PM ET

Jay Carney "What [Obama] won't do is negotiate under threat of shutdown"

Tonight, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney talks with CNN's Piers Morgan about the government shutdown and President Obama's stance on negotiations:

"What he won't do is negotiate under threat of shutdown or threat of default. The Republicans are engaging in a practice here that's bad for the economy and bad for the middle class, and they're doing it all because they want to get this political victory of undermining or defunding or dismantling Obamacare."

Watch more here.


Topics: CNN
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