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.
One day before U.S. President Barack Obama’s second inauguration, CNN & TIME’s Fareed Zakaria hosts an encore presentation of Memo to the President: The GPS Road Map for a 2nd Term – A Fareed Zakaria GPS Special .
Zakaria speaks to a dozen current and former advisors to American presidents about how to secure a successful second term in office and establish a lasting legacy in domestic and foreign affairs.
Featured in the program are: James Baker III, Chief of Staff to President Ronald Reagan (1981-1985); U.S. Secretary of the Treasury (1985-1988); U.S. Secretary of State (1989-1992); Mayor Michael Bloomberg, New York (I) (2001-present); Zbigniew Brzezinski, PhD, U.S. National Security Advisor to President Jimmy Carter (1977-1981); Elaine Chao, U.S. Secretary of Labor (2001-2009); Ken Duberstein, Chief of Staff to President Ronald Reagan (1988-1989); Senator Kay Bailey Hutchinson, (R-TX) (1993-2013); Paul O’Neill, U.S. Treasury Secretary (2001-2002); co-chairman, Alcoa (1987-1999); Peter Orzag, Director of the Office of Management and Budget (2009-2010); Director Congressional Budget Office (2007-2008); John Podesta, Chief of Staff to President Bill Clinton (1998-2001); Steven Rattner, former counselor to the U.S. Secretary of the Treasury (“car czar”) (2009); Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell (2003-2011); chairman, Democratic National Committee (1999-2001), and; Robert Rubin, U.S. Treasury Secretary (1995-1999); co-chairman, Council on Foreign Relations.
Memo to the President: The GPS Road Map for a 2nd Term – A Fareed Zakaria GPS Special will air on Saturday, Jan. 19 at 8:00pm, 11:00pm, and 2:00am on CNN/U.S.. All times are Eastern.
Reported by Quentin McDermott and produced by Four Corners originally for the Australian Broadcast Corporation, this riveting documentary debriefs how the case against cyclist Lance Armstrong, who has now admitted using illegal doping to enhance his athletic performances, compelled his apparent confession — after years of passionate denials.
McDermott reviews the origins of the suspicions of Armstrong’s usage of steroids, hormones, blood transfusions, and other performance enhancements - dating back to the 1990s, and punctuated with footage from Armstrong’s only ever on-camera deposition.
The testimony of former close friends, cycling teammates, reporters who have followed the sport for years, and those familiar with the science of doping and evading detection are all reflected with video of Armstrong’s own riveting 2005 videotaped deposition in which he denies using illegal substances and accuses the accusers. The World According to Lance Armstrong includes interviews with former Armstrong teammates Tyler Hamilton and Frankie Andreu, as well as other witnesses.
The World According to Lance Armstrong will air on CNN/U.S. on Saturday, Jan. 19 at 7:00pm, 10:00pm, and 1:00am ET & PT.
"I've never, in 26 years of forecasting, ever, seen anything like this," said Chad Myers, weather anchor and severe weather expert, while reporting on Superstorm Sandy.
Myers, along with CNN's Jason Carroll, Ed Lavandera, David Mattingly, Frederik Pleitgen, and John Zarrella, report for a new CNN documentary this weekend investigating the factors that made the impact of superstorm Sandy so devastating. The documentary also offers insights from researchers and scientists on climate change, potential solutions to limiting the impact of future storms on critical infrastructure like power grids, and the potential impact of reductions in the funding of satellite systems that aid meteorological storm predictions.
CNN Presents: The Coming Storms encores Saturday, Jan. 12 at 8:00pm and 11:00pm ET&PT on CNN/U.S.
CNN’s intrepid storm correspondents will report for a comprehensive investigation on the lessons learned by Superstorm Sandy – and what Americans need to do to prepare for the next inevitable weather test. The one-hour investigative documentary, The Coming Storms will debut Sunday, Jan. 06 at 8:00p.m. and 11:00p.m. ET & PT and replay on Saturday, Jan. 12 at 8:00p.m. and 11:00p.m. ET & PT.
CNN’s Jason Carroll investigates the impact of the storm surge and flooding, particularly to lower Manhattan, Staten Island, and New Jersey, in the wake of Superstorm Sandy. He also reports on climate change and how it may make storms more dangerous and more damaging. CNN’s David Mattingly reports from Breezy Point in Queens, New York on potential engineering solutions to address the powerful storm surges associated with superstorms, and investigate the vulnerability of the nation’s power grids, communications and transport systems – and what municipalities are and are not doing to safeguard our infrastructure from storm damage. CNN’s Ed Lavandera investigates what New Orleans has done in the deadly wake of Hurricane Katrina to make sure that city won’t go underwater again – and what we can learn from them. CNN’s John Zarrella reports on threats to our eyes in the sky, satellites which are crucial to warning people that a storm is coming. FULL POST
For her fifth exploration of African-American history, issues, and culture, CNN anchor and special correspondent Soledad O’Brien explores interpretations of race and identity for African Americans. The 2010 U.S. Census reported 15 percent of new marriages are interracial, and one in seven American newborns are of mixed race, yet racial identity is often complicated by perspectives of community acceptance.
O’Brien follows the journeys of two high school seniors as they explore their own senses of racial identity, expressing their feelings through a spoken word workshop in Philadelphia. O’Brien also interviews Drexel University professor Yaba Blay, spoken word artist Perry “Vision” DiVirgilio, anti-racism activist and author Tim Wise, and writer, speaker, and image activist Michaela Angela Davis about the historical roots of how race is often defined in America, the prejudicial concept of colorism, and discusses their reflections on categorizing people by race, and racial identity.
Who Is Black In America? encores on Saturday, Dec. 15 at 8:00pm ET & PT.