CNN's Anna Coren (@amcoren) meets Naghma, a young Afghan girl married off last year by her father in order to cover a debt.
Naghma, whose story was picked up by the international community, was eventually released from her marriage to the moneylender's 19-year-old son after an anonymous donor paid off her father's $2,500 debt.
The now seven year old is trying to get into the Afghanistan National Institute of Music to pursue an education, the only chance she might get at changing the course of her life.
The spring finale of CNN's DEATH ROW STORIES, "Rough Justice in the Big Easy," debuts Sunday, April 6 at 9:00pmET/6:00pmPT. A prominent New Orleans businessman was killed outside of his apartment in December 1984. Police arrested a small-time drug dealer named John Thompson, and the office of District Attorney Harry Connick, Sr., sent Thompson to death row.
A powerful law firm from the Northeast was brought in for Thompson’s appeals, only to discover they are out of their league in The Big Easy. The firm hires Elisa Abolafia, a local private investigator, who knows “where the bodies are buried in this town.” Three weeks before Thompson is to be put to death, Abolafia surreptitiously discovers evidence that was covered up by New Orleans officials to give Thompson a fighting chance, and eventually, his day before the U.S. Supreme Court. “Rough Justice in the Big Easy” is produced and directed by Kenneth Levis.
This episode of DEATH ROW STORIES concludes the spring season of the series. DEATH ROW STORIES will resume Sundays in summer. Viewers can continue to connect with the series producers and participants between the series via social media by logging on Twitter and using #DeathRowStories and/or by following @CNNOrigSeries.
DEATH ROW STORIES is executive produced by Academy® Award-winner Alex Gibney of Jigsaw Productions, together with Academy® Award-winner Robert Redford and Laura Michalchyshyn of Sundance Productions; Academy® Award-winning actress Susan Sarandon narrates. Each episode of this 8-part series explores the fallibility in the application of the ultimate criminal penalty: capital punishment.
Today on CNN’s Reliable Sources hosted by Brian Stelter, former anchor of "The Today Show", and host of "Inside Edition", Deborah Norville, spoke to CNN about ABC's Good Morning America cast member Josh Elliott's decision to join arch rival NBC and the Late Show's David Letterman's retirement.
A transcript and video of the interview are available after the jump.
Today on CNN's State of the Union with Candy Crowley, House Minority Leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) spoke to CNN in an EXCLUSIVE interview about the Affordable Care Act, midterm politics, and the double standard for women in politics.
During the interview, Pelosi told Crowley, “Vice President Cheney set a tone and attitude for the CIA… I think he’s proud of it.”
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A transcript and video from the interview is available after the jump.
Today, Investigative Reporters & Editors unveiled the 2013 winners of the IRE Awards. Among the winners is CNN’s "Rehab Racket.”
CNN and The Center for Investigative Reporting won the award in the Broadcast Video/Large category.
“Rehab Racket” was a yearlong collaboration between CNN and The Center for Investigative Reporting (CIR) that aired as an exclusive investigative series on Anderson Cooper 360° last July, with follow-ups in September. This was the first partnership between the investigative unit and CIR.
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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 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.
The CNN Original Series Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown is a winner in the University of Georgia’s 73rd annual George Foster Peabody Awards competition, which recognizes excellence and meritorious work by radio and television stations, networks, webcasters, producing organizations and individuals.
In honoring the series, the judging panel noted, “Whether Bourdain’s tireless search for new taste experiences takes him to Myanmar or Detroit, he never fails to find great stories to go with the food.”
Today on CNN’s Reliable Sources hosted by Brian Stelter, national correspondent of the Atlantic, James Fallows, and media reporter at Poynter, Andrew Beaujon, discussed with Stelter what lessons are learned about the media and for the media from three weeks of missing plane coverage.
Alan Murray, president of the Pew Research Center, also spoke to Stelter about the demand for plane news, and how a new study by Pew Research Center shows 60 percent of people think news organizations are giving the proper amount of coverage of the missing plane, or should even be providing more coverage.
Additionally, Carreen Winters, executive vice president of MWW group, discussed the reaction of families who received a text message alerting them about the likely demise of their loved ones aboard flight 370. It is considered a case of crisis mis-management by Malaysia airlines. Winters comments on what has been done right, and what has been done wrong.
Transcript and videos from these discussions are available after the jump.