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September 28th, 2010
01:44 PM ET

MISSION POSSIBLE: Re-opening of the Grand Ole Opry House

Dierks Bentley will perform at the Grand Ole Opry House tonight along with a host of other country music artists.  You can check out the concert live on the Great American Country (GAC) channel at 8pm CT.

To learn more about the Grand Ole Opry House, click here.

To check out Dierks Bentley, click here.


Filed under: Ali Velshi • Anchors • Mission Possible
September 27th, 2010
12:57 PM ET

Eatocracy: Mind, Body & Wallet

CNN is taking a cross-country food journey all this week.  We have sent reporting teams to every corner of America and beyond!  Our mission is to get fresh answers about how our food is grown, how the choices we make impact our health & our state of mind.  We're also talking about how food impacts our budgets as well as the just plain pure joy of eating.  We've teamed up with the new CNN.com food destination, Eatocracy for multiple segments this week on the show.

To check out Eatocracy, click here.


Filed under: Ali Velshi • Anchors • Chalk Talk • Mission Possible • Off the Radar • The Big I
September 27th, 2010
12:42 PM ET

MISSION POSSIBLE: Wounded Warrior Project

To find out more about the Wounded Warrior Project and how you can help, click here.

Wounded Warriors can also get to an internal site by clicking here.

For the Wounded Warrior Project Facebook site, click here.


Filed under: Ali Velshi • Anchors • Mission Possible
September 23rd, 2010
03:42 PM ET

Mission Possible: The Heinz Awards

The Heinz Awards were established by Teresa Heinz in 1993 to honor the memory of her late husband, U.S. Senator John Heinz.  The idea of the awards is to celebrate the accomplishments and spirit of her late husband. Each year 10 people are chosen by a jury from the Heinz foundation and receive a $100,000 unrestricted cash prize. The awards recognize outstanding individuals for their contributions in the areas of: Arts and Humanities, the Environment, the Human Condition, Public Policy, and Technology, the Economy and Employment. One of the recipients this year is James Balog for his incredible photography of glaciers around the world. You can read more about the Heinz awards here! Check out James Balog's photography here!


Filed under: Ali Velshi • Mission Possible
September 20th, 2010
01:07 PM ET

"No Child Born with HIV by 2015"

Looking for more info on today's Mission Possible segment? Check out ONE's campaign home page.


Filed under: Ali Velshi • Mission Possible
September 16th, 2010
01:58 PM ET

Blinded by Gang Violence

During today's Mission Possible, we told you about Lamont Levels.
He was only 12 when he started a gang.
By the time he was 23, his gang turned against him.
Gang members shot him in the head and left him blind.
That happened on January 2, 2001.
Levels is now trying to help at-risk kids in the Dallas area to see there's a better way to live their lives.
He's working with LaKerrie Owens, the founder and executive director of Dallas-based Youth Conversion.
Here's a link to her group.

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Filed under: Anchors • Mission Possible
September 14th, 2010
01:21 PM ET

More on "MOOZ-lum"

One of our guests today in the Newsroom: Qasim Basir, the writer/director of "MOOZ-lum". If you'd like more info on the movie, you can check out the official site.


Filed under: Ali Velshi • Mission Possible
September 8th, 2010
08:09 PM ET

Come Along For the Ride...

When Ali and I first met, we didn't like each other very much. He'll be the first to tell you that! As a newbie to CNN a couple of years ago, I didn't quite know how it worked so you could say I bent some rules and didn't exactly approach things in the usual fashion. With all things in this business though, our paths crossed often and a about a year and a half ago, I was sent on assignment to New York. I worked side by side with Ali for about 6 weeks and what was a head-banging relationship become one that would never be the same. (Translation: I wore him out!)

Truth is...we couldn't be more alike! We joke that we share a brain. I know what he's thinking 99% of the time now; he's the first person to email me in the morning and the last before I fall asleep; if we go too long without a chat, it's a problem; we have a "meeting maker" in our calendar each day to walk to make sure we spend 25 minutes getting lunch to regroup one on one pre-show; we still bang heads but contain it to email and closed doors and it's usually productive and passionate and all for the show; he brings me Coke Zero when it seems I need one; and I often quip when Ali is going a mile a minute and translation is needed that "I speak Ali".

Why does all this matter? Because now I am his Executive Producer and our relationship is representative of our amazing team and how we all do what we do every day. It's not an assembly line of wires and stories and dictation and regurgitation. If you scroll down this page, you can read more about who puts this show together...but each morning at 8am we get together and labor over what we are going to do with every block of the show because your time matters to us. Our time matters to us.

Ali and I revisit what we do every week. Do we matter? Are we relevant? Who are we doing this for? Does the viewer give a crap about what we are about to put on the air? Would we? So that's what we aim for. We want to take you on a news ride so to speak...a tour, if you will. Consider Ali your guide. Packed complete with information and ready to rock. We don't want to be your moral compass, your political compass or anything in between. We want to take you on a two hour hike through information mountain and  along the way if you are able to imagine, innovate and ideate -then all the better because our show doesn't want to be just access to today, if we're doing our jobs right...we want to be your access to tomorrow.


Filed under: Ali Velshi • Chalk Talk • Mission Possible • Off the Radar • Q&A • The Big I • The StakeOut with Ed Henry • The Stream Team • XYZ
September 2nd, 2010
01:51 PM ET

The Epitome of Mission Possible: Liz Murray

Homeless to Harvard. She is a made for TV movie, a book, a website...and it's all real. Liz Murray is a remarkable woman who could have just quit.  She spent a little time with us today and we were lucky to have her. You can learn all about her here.

She's got a new mission now, trying to feed children who go to school hungry. She's taking her success and creating opportunities for others. She calls it Blessings in a Backpack. You can buy her new book and you can learn all about this project here.


Filed under: Ali Velshi • Anchors • Mission Possible
September 1st, 2010
10:57 AM ET

On Today's Show: September 1, 2010

Our conversation continues on the state of education in our country with our Fix Our Schools theme week. Many of you have been very vocal on this blog and we really appreciate your comments. Please keep them coming. When this week ends, don't think this falls off our radar. Our show specifically, has a regular segment called CHALK TALK where we focus on education solutions and the people working to make them happen. Today we're talking about High Tech Education and a program in San Francisco that's not without controversy. You can read about the K to College program. Click Here.

Wondering how much you need to save to send your child to college. We have a calculator for that. Just click here!

Charter Schools are not without controversy either. No one seems to be in the middle on this topic. CEO of Explore Charter Schools Morty Ballen joins us today with a plan to take the charter school model into the public education system. How will he do this?

Read all about his program. Click here!


Filed under: Ali Velshi • Chalk Talk • Mission Possible
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