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October 21st, 2010
03:45 PM ET

The Big I: Ending World Poverty with $100!

This week we talked about a really Big Idea called Financial Access at Birth.  The idea? Give every baby born in the world $100 in an online bank account. This concept is the brainchild of BHAGWAN CHOWDHRY, finance professor and a faculty director at UCLA Anderson School of Management . He says not only will such an account help end poverty, it can also help give every child a unique identification, a savings account, help get them aid if disaster strikes their area, vaccines, and education assistance. Interesting concept huh? You can read all about it right here.

Filed under: Ali Velshi • Anchors • The Big I
October 21st, 2010
01:36 PM ET

Long-Distance Doctoring

Ali talks about telemedicine's boom - and its benefits - with Jon Linkous, CEO of the American Telemedicine Association. If you'd like more information, check out the group's website.

Filed under: Ali Velshi
October 21st, 2010
01:34 PM ET

Unemployed Graphic Artist Gives His :30 Pitch

Our 30-second pitch…a half-minute for a jobseeker to sell himself or herself to a potential employer who may be watching. Thursday's guest came to our attention not because he needed us, but because we all need more people like him.

Warren Miller is an unemployed graphic designer who's putting this "down-time" to good use. He's creating beautiful artwork and volunteering his time. He helps out at his daughter's school, in the community, and for groups that help people with disabilities. You see Warren is deaf, but don't think for a second that is disability. Warren’s ability to see things differently, not only makes him a gifted artist, but an incredibly talented graphic designer. CNN’s Kyra Phillips talks with him and he gives his: 30-second pitch.

Filed under: :30 Second Pitch • CNN Newsroom • Kyra Phillips
October 21st, 2010
12:20 PM ET

The Perceptions of Islam

Today on the show, we talked about the perceptions of Islam.  To check out the complete Pew Research Center study on the public perceptions of Islam, click here.

Filed under: Ali Velshi • Anchors
October 21st, 2010
11:52 AM ET

THE BIG I: Controlling Games & Movies with your Body

Today's Big I is all about a revolution in video gaming systems.  Imagine being able to play games WITHOUT  a controller.  It's happening.  It's here.

The new Kinect for Microsoft Xbox 360 allows you to do just that.  But there are also big implications for the movie and music industry as well as business and medicine.

To check out the Kinect system, click here.

To see video of the technology, check out the report by CNN's by clicking here.

Also Microsoft announced 17 new games that will debut with the Kinect.  Check them out here.

And to see the live segment as it aired with Ali Velshi on CNN, click here.

Filed under: Ali Velshi • Anchors • The Big I
October 21st, 2010
07:11 AM ET

Gay Scout Leader Removed

From Producer Vish Mapara

The father of a 9-year-old Cub Scout says he’s been forced out of a leadership role with the organization and ordered not to wear the uniform, because he’s gay.  Jon Langbert was part of the organization in Dallas, Texas.  The openly gay father says the scouts gave him the shirt to wear last year until other parents complained.  He was then asked to stop wearing the shirt and give up his leadership role position.  A representative from the Scouts says they have a policy that gays and atheists are not allowed to be leaders, so Langbert was never a leader in the first place.  The Scouts welcomed Langbert to volunteer his time, though not as a leader.

We want to hear from you.  Should the scouts take away Langbert’s role after parents complained, or should he be allowed to remain in the position?  Tell us what you think. Kyra Phillips may read some of your comments during the 10 o’clock hour of CNN Newsroom.

Filed under: Kyra Phillips