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.
CNN Profiles Founder on Sunday, Nov. 17 at 7:00pm & 1:00amET on CNN/U.S.
Special airs at 9:00pmET on CNN International
Innovator, visionary, trailblazer, humanitarian – Cable News Network founder, Ted Turner, is the subject of a 60-minute profile encompassing his remarkable life and achievements. Reported by CNN anchor Wolf Blitzer, TED TURNER: THE MAVERICK MAN premieres Sunday, November 17 at 7:00pm and 1:00am on CNN/U.S. and at 9:00pm on CNN International. All times Eastern. The special explores his difficult early years, his extraordinary career, his legendary America’s Cup win, Turner’s historic humanitarian and cable television legacies – and everything in between.
Blitzer traveled to Atlanta, Georgia, and outside of Bozeman, Montana – to Turner’s Flying D Ranch – where Turner works to preserve bison and land and water reserves for future generations – for the exclusive profile as Turner approaches his 75th birthday in 2013. During revealing interviews with Blitzer, Turner opens up about his successes and failures, both personal and in business. Intimate interviews with Turner’s five children and key figures in his life, including ex-wife Jane Fonda, President Jimmy Carter, broadcaster Larry King, MLB players Phil Niekro and Dale Murphy, and former U.S. Senator Sam Nunn, add additional layers to the complex portrait.
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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
New Special Debuts Friday, August 30 at 10:00pm ET&PT
Journalist and Producer, Soledad O’Brien, reports from the front lines of the education achievement gap in the latest edition of the award winning franchise, “Black in America.” The documentary explores why so many black children are failing in reading and math at dramatic levels, compared to their white counterparts.
In Great Expectations: A Black in America Special, O’Brien follows at risk students for a year along with their parents, and educators. The documentary explores the best ways to educate children of color who are living in poverty. The new, one-hour documentary will debut Friday, August 30, at 10:00pm and 1:00am. All times Eastern. FULL POST
As the nation prepares to reflect upon the 50th anniversary of the historic March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, CNN will premiere a new documentary that captures the first-hand accounts of people who witnessed the momentous event. We Were There: The March on Washington – An Oral History will be hosted by CNN’s Don Lemon and will debut on Friday, August 23 at 10:00p.m., 1:00a.m., and 4:00a.m. on CNN/U.S. All times Eastern.
Of the leaders of the “Big Six” civil rights organizations who spoke at the original event on August 28, 1963, only U.S. Rep. John Lewis (D-GA), then-chair of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), remains alive. In his extended interview for the documentary, Lewis recounts details of a White House meeting including African American labor union president A. Philip Randolph, the leader of the March on Washington, then-President John F. Kennedy and Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy. Randolph announced the effort for a national nonviolent demonstration – as the Deep South convulsed during the hot 1963 summer of segregationist turmoil and violence. FULL POST
This week marked one month since the tragic bombings at the 2013 Boston Marathon. CNN's Anderson Cooper and Randi Kaye host an evocative documentary look at the iconic still photographs that vividly captured the unexplainable – images that portraying the horror and the heroism of the events.
Kaye meets the photographers of the most memorable images and interviews them about the stories behind the images and the people who they have immortalized on film.
Anderson Cooper Special Report: Back to Boston – Moments of Impact debuts Friday, May 17 at 10:00pm and 1:00am. It encores Saturday, May 18 at 8:00pm and 11:00pm. All times Eastern.
Nearly four years after the world lost Michael Jackson, his family members are facing off against concert promoter AEG in a wrongful death civil case. CNN anchor Don Lemon reports on the latest trial developments, interviews the lawyers on both sides of the case, and – through an exclusive jailhouse interview with Jackson’s last physician Dr Conrad Murray – asks who is responsible for the death of the ‘King of Pop.’
The Anderson Cooper 360° Special Report: Michael Jackson – The Final Days debuts Friday, April 5 at 10:00pmET&PT and encores on Saturday, April 6 at 9:00pmET&PT.
As two billion Christians worldwide celebrate Easter, CNN examines archeological evidence and insights from renowned authorities on the ancient church to explore how a faith challenged by the martyrdom of its earliest followers and apostles, could also survive controversy and vigorous debate over its orthodoxy, to become the world’s largest religion. Narrated by Liam Neeson, After Jesus explores the sometimes surprising early history of Christianity, and the challenges and struggles of the early church.
The two-hour documentary After Jesus: The First Christians encores Sunday, March 31 at 8:00pm & 11:00pm. All times Eastern.
Photographer Ernest Withers documented the struggles and the victories of the U.S. Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s and 1960s through shocking and inspiring images that evoke the injustice and the rage of that history even today. Along the way, he himself became an icon.
When Withers photographed the grotesquely mutilated body of Emmett Till, slain for allegedly whistling at a white woman, the photos rocketed across the country and around the world in magazines and newsprint – notably in JET and LIFE magazines, and the Chicago Defender – forcing the nation to focus on that amplified vision of injustice. Withers himself was so moved that he vowed to attend each day of the trial and photograph those accused of the lynching.
After Withers died in 2007, documents secured through a Freedom of Information Act request, submitted by journalists the Memphis Commercial Appeal, revealed that in addition to taking photographs, Withers was also a paid informant for the FBI. A paper trail later emerged suggesting Withers gave the FBI sensitive information on leaders of the Movement, their meetings, and their activities – as part of the FBI’s official, “Ghetto Informant Program.”
CNN anchor and special correspondent Soledad O’Brien tells the story of the secret life of Ernest Withers in Pictures Don’t Lie, which encores on CNN/U.S on Sunday, Feb. 10 at 8:00p.m. and 11:00p.m. ET and PT.
Gloria Steinem, an icon of the feminist movement for over 40 years, tells the story of her life and life's work as an activist and pivotal force behind the modern Women’s Liberation Movement.
Steinem today remains one of the most outspoken and visible symbols of the women’s movement. This biographical documentary is told in Steinem's own words, as she describes her life's mission to fight for equal rights for women in America and around the world.
'Gloria: In Her Own Words' was produced by HBO Documentary Films. The 90-minute presentation will air on CNN/U.S. on Sunday, February 9 at 7:30pm and 10:30pm ET & PT.