September 7th, 2012

CNN Weekend Programming Information: Saturday, Sept 08 and Sunday, Sept 09

As of Friday at 1:30PM


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SATURDAY, September 08, 2012

SANJAY GUPTA, MD – Airs Saturday 4:30PM – 5:00PM

This week on Sanjay Gupta MD, more than 3,000 former NFL players and their families are suing the league over head injuries. Sanjay looks at evidence and discusses the side effects of concussions. In addition, Sanjay speaks to a mother whose daughter was killed while texting and driving, one day before high school graduation. Finally, Sanjay will be looking at the “Surrogate Sisters” to explain how surrogacy works.



Topic: Economics, New Jobs Numbers

Guest: Stephen Moore, Sr. Economics Writer, Wall Street Journal

Topic: Economics, New Jobs Numbers

Guest: Neera Tanden, President, Center for American Progress

Topic: What’s To Come in Race for White House

Guest: Ryan Lizza, CNN Contributor/Washington Correspondent, The New Yorker

Topic: What’s To Come in Race for White House

Guest: Jeff Zeleny, National Political Correspondent, The New York Times

Anchor: Wolf Blitzer

CRISIS IN SYRIA: Inside Aleppo – Airs Saturday 7:30PM – 8:00PM

CNN’s Nick Paton Walsh takes us on a journey to see what people living in the most populated Syrian city, Aleppo, are facing day to day.  As the death toll from the civil war continues to climb, danger and many times death seem inevitable.  In this rebel held territory, the sounds of gunfire and bombs haunt the streets.  It’s hard to sleep at night when you don’t know when the next attack is coming or whom the next victim may be.  And for those suffering with injuries, the hospitals seem ill-equipped to handle their wounds.  This is their new reality.  This is life inside Aleppo.


FOOTNOTES OF 9/11 – Airs Saturday 8:00PM – 10:00PM and 11:00PM – 12:00AM (Sunday 2:00AM)

CNN investigative correspondent Drew Griffin reports on the people who went to work on 9/11 – and unexpectedly became part of history.  Each of the eight people profiled by investigative correspondent Drew Griffin for this documentary is mentioned in The 9/11 Commission Report – their unique experiences are drawn from the 1,742 footnotes of that report and offer critical detail to the tragic events of that day – they are literal and figurative footnotes to one of America’s darkest days.  They include ticket agents who checked in some of the terrorists, a maintenance technician who answered a call from one of the planes under attack, and the Lt. Col. in the Massachusetts Air National Guard – also a United Airlines pilot – who scrambled to provide defense to New York, and faced possibly having to shoot down a passenger plane.



SUNDAY, September 09, 2012

SANJAY GUPTA, MD – Airs Sunday 7:30AM – 8:00AM

This week on Sanjay Gupta MD, more than 3,000 former NFL players and their families are suing the league over head injuries. Sanjay looks at evidence and discusses the side effects of concussions. In addition, Sanjay speaks to a mother whose daughter was killed while texting and driving, one day before high school graduation. Finally, Sanjay will be looking at the “Surrogate Sisters” to explain how surrogacy works.



Topic:      Debriefing the DNC

Guest:     Gov. Jerry Brown, D-CA State of the Union exclusive

Topic:      The role of government in American life

Guest:     Newt Gingrich, former GOP presidential candidate State of the Union exclusive

Topic:      Building the economy

Guest:     Carlos Guiterrez, former U.S. Secretary of Commerce (George W. Bush Administration)

Guest:     Austin Ligon, co-founder / former CEO, CarMax, Inc. and private equity investor

Topic:      This week’s DNC – and looking ahead to the November elections

Guest:     Peter Baker, The New York Times

Guest:     A.B. Stoddard, The Hill

Anchor:   Candy Crowley

FAREED ZAKARIA GPS – Airs 10:00AM – 11:00AM and 1:00PM – 2:00PM  

Topic:      Foreign policy panel: What does the green on blue violence mean in Afghanistan?  What should the U.S. and the international community do about Syria?  Will Israel strike Iran?  Will Iran submit to comprehensive nuclear inspections?  Is Iran aiding the Syrian regime?

Guest:     Richard Haass, PhD, president of the Council on Foreign Relations

Guest:     Ambassador Martin Indyk, PhD, vice president and director, foreign policy program, Brookings Institution

Guest:     Anne-Marie Slaughter, D.Phil, dean of the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, PrincetonUniversity, former Director of Policy Planning for the U.S. State Department of State (Barack Obama Administration)


Topics:    Economics panel: will Americans be better off four years from now?  Is the economy on the upswing?

Guest:     Roger Altman, American private equity investor

Guest:     Niall Ferguson, D.Phil, professor, Harvard University; Newsweek columnist

Topic:      Red and Blue math: which party will prevail in the U.S. elections this November?  What are the determining factors?

Guest:     Nate Silver, political statistician

Anchor:   Fareed Zakaria




Topics:    Convention Coverage – including how President Obama’s speech played out in the media

Guest:     Bob Cusack, managing editor, The Hill

Guest:     Jane Hall, associate professor, American University School of Communications

Guest:     Jackie Kucinich, political reporter, USA Today

Topic:      Convention Coverage – political angles

Guest:     Matt Lewis, senior contributor,

Guest:     Michelle Cottle, Washington correspondent, Newsweek/The Daily Beast

Topic:      Are campaign reporters becoming to whiny?

Guest:     Lois Romano, Politico

Guest:     Erik Wemple, The Washington Post

Host:       Howard Kurtz

THE NEXT LIST –  Sunday 2:00PM – 2:30PM

This week on “The Next List”: Brian O’Hanlon, Founder and President of Open Blue. The lure of the open ocean has long been the stuff of poetry.  For Brian O’Hanlon, it led to his life’s work. Open Blue is the largest open ocean fish farm in the world. In fact, O’Hanlon is a pioneer in raising fish far out at sea.  O’Hanlon believes that the depth of the water and swift currents make for a much healthier environment to raise fish than traditional farms near shore or on land.


ROMNEY REVEALED: FAMILY, FAITH AND THE ROAD TO POWER – Airs Sunday 8:00PM – 9:30PM and 11:00PM – 12:30AM (Monday 2:00AM)

CNN chief political analyst Gloria Borger reports for Romney Revealed, speaking with Ann and Mitt Romney, and eldest son, Tagg, exploring the lessons Mitt Romney learned while growing up in a family that has been in the public eye for the last 50 years – and the 2012 presidential candidate.  George Romney was a three-term Republican governor of Michigan who ran unsuccessfully for the presidency in 1968.  Romney’s mother, Lenore, ran for the U.S. Senate in 1970, with the young Mitt Romney by her side.  Borger looks beyond Mitt Romney’s political biography into the key chapters of his personal and business life, speaking with Romney’s childhood friends, traveling to France to retrace his days as a Mormon missionary, and to Belmont, Massachusetts, where he was a church leader.  In additional interviews, she speaks with fellow 2002 Olympics organizers and former Bain colleagues, such as Fraser Bullock, an early member of Bain and COO of the Salt Lake City games, and to Beth Myers, Romney’s chief of staff during his tenure as Massachusetts governor, the head of his 2008 campaign, and the person who vetted his vice-presidential pick.  Also interviewed are current and former political figures such as former U.S. Rep. Patrick Kennedy (D-RI), who discusses Romney’s 1994 U.S. Senate challenge to his father, Ted Kennedy.  Discussing Romney’s presidential races are 2012 senior campaign adviser Eric Fehrnstrom, 2008 campaign media adviser and CNN contributor Alex Castellanos, and CNN contributor Erick Erickson, among others.


OBAMA REVEALED: The Man, The President – Airs Sunday 9:30PM – 11:00PM and 12:30AM – 2:00AM (Monday 3:30AM)

When President Barack Obama came into office he faced towering expectations, a severe economic crisis, and a bitterly divided nation.  Obama Revealed, reported by CNN chief White House correspondent Jessica Yellin, looks at the pros and cons of President Obama’s cool demeanor and what happened when his lofty goals met the realities of Washington.  In an exclusive interview, Yellin speaks with President Barack Obama about his time in office, the challenges he faced, and his ambitions for a second term.  Included are interviews with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, former White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel, former director of the White House Economic Council Dr. Larry Summers, and former chairs of the President’s Council of Economic Advisers Austan Goolsbee and Dr. Christina Romer.  Yellin also interviews members of the president’s inner circle of confidantes including senior campaign strategist David Axelrod, senior adviser Valerie Jarrett, and long-time personal aide Reggie Love.  These voices tell the inside story behind the president’s efforts to solve the nation’s economic crisis, push for health care reform, and kill Osama bin Laden.  In separate exclusive interviews, House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) and U.S. Senator Olympia Snowe (R-ME) offer their sharp perspectives on working with the president and the failure to bring Republicans and Democrats together in Washington.  Obama biographer and Washington Post associate editor David Maraniss, Rice University professor and historian Douglas Brinkley, and New York Times chief White House correspondent David Sanger add independent insights from their research.