Rolling Stone Magazine just released their Top 500 Albums list... let the debates begin! Brooke speaks with Rolling Stone editor Christian Hoard, who helped put the list together. Hoard fields a few criticisms from skeptical readers and discusses the process by which the controversial list was compiled.
Brooke chats with David Childs, the lead designer of New York's Freedom Tower. Childs discusses the work that has gone into designing and erecting the Freedom Tower, which officially became New York's tallest building Monday at 1,271 feet. The completed tower will eventually become the tallest building in all of the United States at 1,776 feet.
Brooke interviews Frans Hofmeester, who shot and edited a time lapsed video of his daughter as she grew up. As Frans explains, he filmed his daughter standing in the same spot every week so that he could document the changes in how she looked from one week to the next. The remarkable video has gotten millions of clicks in the short time that it's been online, and Frans hopes that it will be featured in a museum someday.
Brooke addresses the alarming trend of American soldiers in Afghanistan filming videos of themselves in the heat of battle with insurgents, later uploading the videos to YouTube. Brig. Gen Mark Kimmitt joins to discuss military policy concerning this practice, and the risks that are run in posting such videos. Kimmitt also addresses the photographs that recently surfaced depicting American soldiers posing with the bodies of suicide bombers.
Brooke is joined by Florida Rep. Corrine Brown to discuss the controversy surrounding the death of Trayvon Martin. Brown expresses frustration with both the Sanford Police Department and the media's coverage of the Trayvon Martin case. She also addresses recent developments in the story that suggest that the police initially wanted to charge George Zimmerman in the case, but were stopped by the district attorney. Brown says this is not about race, and hopes the new developments don't represent an attempt at a "cover-up" on the behalf of the Sanford Police Department.
Programming note: Be sure to tune in for CNN's special town hall event, hosted by CNN's Soledad O'Brien. "Beyond Trayvon" airs Friday night at 8:00 pm ET!
Brooke speaks with David Klemencic, a small business owner and one of the plaintiffs in the ongoing Supreme Court case against the enaction of the Affordable Care Act. Klemencic explains that buying health insurance is too expensive and not something that fits his needs. He claims that being forced to purchase such insurance by the government would cause harm to him and his business.
Turner Clayton, longtime resident of Sanford, Florida and NAACP leader in that community, joins Brooke. Clayton discusses an NAACP gathering in Sanford the previous night in which several citizens voiced their complaints with the Sanford Police Department. He goes on to describe several complaints from citizens regarding killings that were improperly investigated and unprosecuted.
The highly anticipated HBO film "Game Change", premiering March 10th, portrays Sarah Palin's meteoric and controversial rise in the intense atmosphere of the 2008 election. Brooke is joined by the film's screenwriter and co-executive producer Danny Strong, who discusses his approach to making the movie. Strong discusses the rushed and top-secret vetting of Sarah Palin by McCain campaign officials, and how that ultimately wound up backfiring for the McCain team in the 2008 election.
Mexican scrambled eggs? Sweet and sour chicken? Mango peach smoothies? This ain't your granddaddy's astronaut food! CNN's Chad Myers teams up with Brooke to sample a smorgasbord of new foods that NASA is working on to provide better dining options for astronauts on long-term missions to Mars.
Nurse practitioner Jane Harper joins Brooke by phone. Harper was working her shift at Illinois' Harrisburg Medical Center when a tornado slammed into the building, completely destroying one wall of the hospital. She describes what the harrowing experience was like and the staff's efforts to protect the patients amidst the chaos.