April 24th, 2014
08:07 PM ET

Series finale of CHICAGOLAND airs TONIGHT at 10pmET and PT

For tonight's exciting conclusion of CHICAGOLAND, Mayor Rahm Emanuel lays out his vision for Chicago’s future – both in his annual budget address and at Chicago Ideas Week, where celebrated chef Mario Batali and renowned artist Hebru Brantley are also featured.  The pension crisis is the next great challenge for the Mayor – and, also for public employees like Chicago Fire Department’s Captain Joel Burns.  Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy and the CPD have reduced homicides significantly, but now have to ensure the public’s safety during the city’s marathon – in the wake of the tragic events in Boston.

Early childhood and charter education advocate Dr. Diane Rauner, president of Ounce of Prevention, assists the Mayor’s efforts to expand access to education for young children.  First Lady Michelle Obama shares some wisdom with a young Chicago student getting ready for college.  Meanwhile, Fenger High Principal Liz Dozier receives a helping hand with a fundraiser shepherded by local entrepreneurs Billy Dec and Juanita Jordan.

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

CHICAGOLAND is 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 a beloved heartland American city.

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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 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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March 10th, 2014
05:22 PM ET

CNN Original Series: Death Row Stories #1 in Cable News Last Night at 9pm

According to Nielsen Fast National data, the premiere of CNN Original Series: Death Row Stories  was #1 in cable news last night (9-10:00pm) averaging 255k in the key demo adults 25-54 rating, outperforming the combined delivery of MSNBC (117k) and FOX (103k).  In total viewers, CNN placed second with 719k, a +196% advantage over MSNBC’s 243k.  FOX averaged 990k in total viewers at 9pm.

CNN also showed the most growth at 9pm vs. the prior four Sundays, increasing +99% among adults 25-54 (255k vs. 128k).  MSNBC declined 19% (117k vs. 145k) and FOX was off 9% (103k vs. 113k).

In prime time (8-11:00pm) last night, CNN was also top-rated in the key demo 25-54 with 201k, while MSNBC placed second with 175k and FOX was third with 139k. FULL POST

CNN Exclusive: Tracking a Cyber Criminal
February 5th, 2014
02:50 PM ET

CNN Exclusive: Tracking a Cyber Criminal

CNN's Drew Griffin reports on Ukraine's Maksym Yastremsky, who has stolen over 40 million cards from mostly U.S.-based retailers and who cost credit card companies over $11 million. Up until the most recent Target Store breach, Yastremsky was the most prolific credit card hacker in the world who organized and operated a worldwide credit theft ring that hacked into nine major retailers.

In a CNN exclusive interview, Griffin talked with the secret service agent who was posing as a new partner in the criminal ring. Ultimately, the agent helped to nab the cyber criminals at the heart of this hacking underworld.

 

Read exclusive story here: Busting a credit card hacker

‘THE SIXTIES - The British Invasion’ Executive Produced by Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman Premieres Jan. 30
January 14th, 2014
11:29 AM ET

‘THE SIXTIES - The British Invasion’ Executive Produced by Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman Premieres Jan. 30

Extraordinary series THE SIXTIES from Playtone, Herzog & Company begins May 2014

Multiple Emmy® Award-winning executive producers Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman (HBO’s John Adams and The Pacific), and Emmy® Award-winning producer Mark Herzog (History’s Gettysburg) of Herzog & Company (HCO), will reignite the landmark musical revolution of 1964 in this special presentation from their CNN Original Series.  The one-hour special, THE SIXTIES: The British Invasion will premiere on CNN/U.S. on Thursday, Jan. 30 at 9:00pmET and PT.  The full 10-part episode CNN Original Series THE SIXTIES will begin in May 2014.

The British Invasion begins with the breakthrough performance of The Beatles on The Ed Sullivan Show, which was watched by a record-setting 73 million viewers, blazing a culture-changing path through America fifty years ago next month.   The Beatles’ success was quickly followed by other British bands hoping to conquer the hearts of American teens.  Those siren calls of The Animals, The Kinks, The Hollies, The Dave Clarke 5, The Who, and The Rolling Stones are all revisited in this paean to the power of the music that defined a generation – and remain vital and relevant today. FULL POST

December 8th, 2013
07:04 PM ET

PREVIEW: Global Lessons on Guns – A Fareed Zakaria Special

 Global Lessons on Guns – A Fareed Zakaria GPS Special debuts TONIGHT Sunday, Dec. 8, at 7:00pm ET

Tonight, CNN's Fareed Zakaria takes viewers to Colombia, Switzerland, Japan, Israel, and Australia for policy lessons from other mass gun murders, and suicide prevention – which may work in the U.S..

Here in a video preview to the special, Gen. (ret.) Peter Chiarelli discusses the U.S. Army’s efforts to reduce suicides by firearms.  Gen. Chiarelli cautions:

“I would be very, very careful in not underestimating the impact of 13 years of war, on an all-volunteer force.  I think we were seeing, in those [high] suicide numbers, some of the effect of high stress and trauma,” Gen. Chiarelli says in the documentary, recalling his service as the number two ranking officer assigned to suicide prevention.  “This is an area that we, in fact, have to attack.”

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December 6th, 2013
01:03 PM ET

'Paul Walker: A Life in the Fast Lane' debuts FRIDAY, Dec. 6 at 10:00pmET and PT

Millions will remember actor Paul Walker as a racer and a movie star, known for his on-screen swagger and his love of speed.  But he was also a man as committed to wildlife and oceans, humanitarian relief and fatherhood, as he was to cars and career.  From surfing the soothing oceans of California to Walker’s personal and professional turns on the racetrack, CNN's Nischelle Turner spoke to those who knew him for this comprehensive portrait of this uncommon star.

"He didn't just talk the talk, he walked the walk.  He cared about people and tried to help them," said Grady Smith, of Entertainment Weekly.

The 30-minute special, PAUL WALKER: A LIFE IN THE FAST LANE, will air on CNN/U.S. on Friday, Dec. 6 at 10:00pm and 1:00am Eastern.

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August 23rd, 2013
04:07 PM ET

New CNN Special Report: The Rescue of Hannah Anderson airs Saturday at 8pm & 11pm ET&PT

In a special hosted CNN’s Anderson Cooper, CNN’s Miguel Marquez reports on the harrowing ordeal suffered by the family of teenager Hannah Anderson.  The now-deceased suspect in her kidnapping, James DiMaggio is suspected of also having murdered her mother and 8-year-old brother, and then burning down his own home with their bodies inside.  DiMaggio himself has an unusual family history, which Marquez explores, in the effort to try to understand how a man who used to be a family friend to the Andersons, betrayed them and took her from her hometown of San Diego to a remote area of Idaho.

CNN Special Report: Kidnapped – The Rescue of Hannah Anderson airs Saturday, Aug. 25 at 8:00pm, 11:00pm, and 2:00am.  All times Eastern.

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August 17th, 2013
06:46 PM ET

Kidnapped: The Rescue of Hannah Anderson Saturday & Sunday at 6:30pET

In a special hosted CNN’s Anderson Cooper, CNN’s Miguel Marquez reports on the harrowing ordeal suffered by the family of kidnapped teenager Hannah Anderson.

The now-deceased suspect in her kidnapping, James DiMaggio, is suspected of also having murdered her mother and 8-year-old brother, and burning down his own home with their bodies inside.  DiMaggio himself has an unusual family history.  His father, an abusive methamphetamine addict, committed a crime that suggests unusual similarities to this month's odd odyssey.  Marquez explores both DiMaggios stories, in the effort to try to understand how a James DiMaggio, a man who at one time was a very close family friend to the Andersons, betrayed the family and took Hannah Anderson on the run from San Diego to the deadly final confrontation with law enforcement in a remote area of Idaho.

Anderson Cooper Special Report: Kidnapped – The Rescue of Hannah Anderson debuts Saturday, August 17 at 6:30pm and encores on Sunday, August 18 at 6:30pm.  All times Eastern.

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