10:50 PM ET, August 16th, 2014

Award Marks Second Consecutive Win for Series in Category CNN’s 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, […] Full Post

August 13th, 2013
08:55 AM ET

CNN FILMS Acquires ‘SOLE SURVIVOR’ CNN Plans for Broadcast in 2014

CNN FILMS has acquired SOLE SURVIVOR, a new, feature-length documentary, examining the complicated emotional aftermath of survivors following commercial aviation disasters.  The film is written and directed by Ky Dickens.  It will premiere on CNN/U.S. in early 2014, following its theatrical debut.

There have been 14 major airplane crashes with a sole survivor in the history of commercial aviation.   Most of the lone survivors have never been interviewed, and many remain traumatized by survivor’s guilt.

Filmmaker Dickens understands well the emotional geography examined in her film.  As a young adult, Dickens herself became a survivor when she traded places in a car with a friend.  “Survivors are often considered lucky and the rescue is often considered the end to their story,” Dickens said.  “But the complexity of true survival is where our film – and the questions that it poses – begins.” FULL POST

August 13th, 2013
08:25 AM ET

‘Weed: Dr. Sanjay Gupta Reports’


Once considered a more underground activity, marijuana has become increasingly popular over the years, resulting in legalisation to grow, sell and smoke it in states like Colorado and Washington. Cannabis has become one of the most controversial topics in America, but just decades ago it was a legitimate medication on U.S. formulary. No matter the circumstance, the debate over marijuana still exists and one question remains the same: is marijuana bad for you or, could it actually be good for you?

In ‘Weed’, a one hour documentary, CNN’s chief medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta spends nearly a year traveling the globe to shed light on the debate.

While it is part of a lifestyle for some, it is a lifeline for others including five-year-old Charlotte Figi. Charlotte suffers from a rare condition called Dravet’s syndrome, making her prone to up to 300 seizures per week. Like many people who use marijuana for medicinal purposes, parents Paige and Matt Figi tried every other option before resorting to this type of prescription. Dr. Gupta follows their journey. FULL POST

Topics: CNN
August 11th, 2013
12:10 PM ET

Priebus on GOP approach to Obamacare: "I am not advocating for one tactic or the other"

Today on CNN's State of the Union with Candy Crowley, Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus spoke about Obamacare and the GOP divide over whether to shut down the federal government in a bid to end the health care law.  Priebus also discussed the RNC's planned debate boycott of NBC and CNN. Highlighted video excerpts are below, and a full transcript is after the jump.

Via the CNN Political Ticker:

RNC chair not picking sides on GOP Obamacare tactics

Priebus: It matters who airs Clinton films, not who makes them

MORE EMBEDDABLE VIDEO: Priebus: Networks promoting Hillary


Clyburn: No 'blank check' for the NSA

Baseball: The future of America's favorite pastime


August 8th, 2013
08:03 AM ET

Dr. Sanjay Gupta: "Why I changed my mind on weed"

(CNN) - Over the last year, I have been working on a new documentary called "Weed." The title "Weed" may sound cavalier, but the content is not.

I traveled around the world to interview medical leaders, experts, growers and patients. I spoke candidly to them, asking tough questions. What I found was stunning.

Long before I began this project, I had steadily reviewed the scientific literature on medical marijuana from the United States and thought it was fairly unimpressive. Reading these papers five years ago, it was hard to make a case for medicinal marijuana. I even wrote about this in a TIME magazine article, back in 2009, titled "Why I would Vote No on Pot."

Well, I am here to apologize.

I apologize because I didn't look hard enough, until now. I didn't look far enough. I didn't review papers from smaller labs in other countries doing some remarkable research, and I was too dismissive of the loud chorus of legitimate patients whose symptoms improved on cannabis.



Topics: CNN • Dr. Sanjay Gupta
August 7th, 2013
05:06 PM ET

State Dept. spokeswoman to Jake Tapper: "our relationship with Russia has been a roller-coaster ride at times"

Today on The Lead with Jake Tapper, State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki joined the program to discuss the latest on Yemen and Russia. A transcript of the interview is after the jump.

JAKE TAPPER:  What are the issues when the president is talking about, when he says that Putin still has a Cold War mentality?

JEN PSAKI:  Well, I think the point the president was making is that our relationship with Russia has been a roller-coaster ride at times.  There are places where we disagree.


August 6th, 2013
05:58 PM ET

"The Truth about Benghazi": An Erin Burnett OutFront Special Investigation airing Tuesday, 10p ET

Nearly a year after the attack on the U.S. embassy in Benghazi, CNN’s Erin Burnett looks back at the night that took the lives of four Americans including Ambassador Chris Stevens. With special reports from CNN senior international correspondent Arwa Damon and chief national correspondent John King, Burnett revisits the night of the attack, the U.S. military response, the latest on the investigation, and the political firestorm in Washington D.C.

Topics: CNN
August 6th, 2013
04:57 PM ET

FIRST ON CNN: First criminal charges filed in Benghazi attack probe

From CNN Justice Reporter Evan Perez: First criminal charges filed in Benghazi attack probe

"The Truth about Benghazi": An Erin Burnett OutFront Special Investigation airs TONIGHT at 10 p.m. ET

August 6th, 2013
09:25 AM ET

CNN to encore CNN Films presentation 'OUR NIXON'

CNN will encore the CNN Films presentation 'OUR NIXON' on Wednesday, Aug. 7 at 10:00pm and again on Saturday, Aug. 10 at 9:00pm and 12:00am.  All times Eastern.

OUR NIXON is an all-archival documentary presenting those home movies for the first time - along with other rare footage - creating an intimate and com­plex portrait of the Nixon presidency as never seen before.  Throughout Richard Nixon’s presidency, three of his top White House aides obsessively documented their experiences with Super 8 home movie cameras. This unique and personal visual record, created by H.R. Halde­man, John Ehrlichman and Dwight Chapin, was seized by the FBI during the Watergate investigation, then filed away and forgotten for almost 40 years.  OUR NIXON was co-produced by Penny Lane and Brian Frye.

Viewers can join the continuing conversation about this documentary on Twitter by using #OurNixon.


CNN to debut Crossfire, AC 360° Later on Monday, Sept. 16
August 6th, 2013
09:16 AM ET

CNN to debut Crossfire, AC 360° Later on Monday, Sept. 16

 Wolf Blitzer Adds Anchoring 1 p.m. Hour of CNN’s Newsroom to his Situation Room Role

 CNN today announced that Crossfire, hosted by Newt Gingrich, Stephanie Cutter, S.E. Cupp and Van Jones, will debut Monday, Sept. 16 at 6:30 p.m. ET. Also, AC 360° Later, a new prime time program, will air Monday through Thursday at 10 p.m. ET.

Crossfire, the classic debate program, will resemble the show’s original format with passionate conversation and focus on topical events of the day. The daily, 30-minute program will feature two hosts and guests each night, discussing a range of issues from all sides of the political and cultural spectrum. In addition to the weekday show, the Crossfire co-hosts will appear across the network’s programming.

The centerpiece of AC 360° Later will be a provocative and informed panel conversation, focusing on the day’s news and events. The program will be hosted by Anderson Cooper and will feature a range of opinions and points-of-view from guests and newsmakers. The show will also include CNN correspondents, analysts and commentators plus a special guest each night.

In addition to anchoring The Situation Room from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., Wolf Blitzer will add the 1 p.m. hour of Newsroom to his anchor responsibilities beginning Monday, Sept. 16.

Crossfire, which aired weeknights from 1982 to 2005, examined political and social issues in a televised debate. Conservative Pat Buchanan and liberal Tom Braden were the original hosts of the program, but over the years Crossfire featured various hosts from the right and from the left, including Robert Novak, Tucker Carlson, James Carville and Paul Begala. Guests on the program were frequently top lawmakers from across the political spectrum, but also included an eclectic mix of other personalities: Bob Hope, Rupert Murdoch, Charlton Heston, Kareem Abdul Jabbar, Dr. Jack Kevorkian, Rush Limbaugh, Christopher Reeve, Arianna Huffington and Howard Cosell. As the preeminent political talk program, Crossfire cemented its status in the political and cultural lexicon when President Bill Clinton joked during his remarks at the 1997 White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner that the newly opened Newseum featured an exhibit with “CNN’s very first Crossfire– from the left, Alexander Hamilton, from the right, Aaron Burr, topic, gun control.”

CNN Worldwide, a division of Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., a Time Warner Company, is the most trusted source for news and information. Its reach extends to nine cable and satellite television networks; one private place-based network; two radio networks; wireless devices around the world; CNN Digital Network, the No. 1 network of news Web sites in the United States; CNN Newsource, the world’s most extensively syndicated news service; and strategic international partnerships within both television and the digital media.



Topics: CNN • Press Releases
August 2nd, 2013
11:44 AM ET

CNN Exclusive: Dozens of CIA operatives on the ground during Benghazi attack

CNN's Drew Griffin reports on unprecedented CIA polygraphing that some say is an effort to silence Benghazi operatives.

TUNE IN: Was there a political cover up surrounding the Benghazi attack that killed four Americans? Watch a CNN special investigation — The Truth About Benghazi, Tuesday at 10 p.m. ET.

CNN Exclusive: Dozens of CIA operatives on the ground during Benghazi attack
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