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Friday, November 30, 2012

This Weekend's Programming 12/1/12

SATURDAY, December 1, 2012

SANJAY GUPTA, MD – Airs Saturday 4:30PM – 5:00PM
This week on Sanjay Gupta MD, Sanjay reports on a new study to treat severe complex post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) with MDMA – ecstasy – coupled with talk therapy.  Dr. Sanjay Gupta was the first to report on psychiatrist Michael Mithoefer’s groundbreaking approval of his first study using MDMA to treat PTSD… and now Gupta is getting exclusive access to Mithoefer’s patients & therapy sessions, allowing for a closer look at MDMA therapy & whether the promise is real.  Also, Sanjay explains how you can extend your life expectancy by eliminating meat from your diet this one particular day of the week.

THE SITUATION ROOM WITH WOLF BLITZER – Airs Saturday 6:00PM – 7:00PM

Topic:   Mexico
Guest:  Enrique Pena Nieto, President-Elect of Mexico

Topic:   Pakistan
Guest:  Hamid Mir, Pakistani Journalist

Anchor: Wolf Blitzer

DEADLY DOSE – DR SANJAY GUPTA REPORTS - Airs Saturday 8:00PM – 9:00PM and 11:00PM
Every 19 minutes someone dies of a drug overdose in America.  That U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) statistic refers to legal and illegal drug use, but most overdose deaths are due to legal prescription drugs.  CNN chief medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta interviews former President Bill Clinton about the death of a son of a friend.  The  father and brother of that young man speak movingly about their loss and hopes to educate other families facing the problem of prescription drug misuse.  Dr. Gupta also speaks with a survivor, and takes viewers to the front lines of the crisis – riding along with paramedics, interviewing emergency room doctors, and listening to panicked calls to a poison response center – witnessing first-hand, the too-often deadly consequences of drug overdoses.

SUNDAY, December 2, 2012
 
SANJAY GUPTA, MD – Airs Sunday 7:30AM – 8:00AM
This week on Sanjay Gupta MD, Sanjay reports on a new study to treat severe complex post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) with MDMA – ecstasy – coupled with talk therapy.  Dr. Sanjay Gupta was the first to report on psychiatrist Michael Mithoefer’s groundbreaking approval of his first study using MDMA to treat PTSD… and now Gupta is getting exclusive access to Mithoefer’s patients & therapy sessions, allowing for a closer look at MDMA therapy & whether the promise is real.  Also, Sanjay explains how you can extend your life expectancy by eliminating meat from your diet this one particular day of the week.

STATE OF THE UNION WITH CANDY CROWLEY – Airs LIVE Sunday 9:00AM – 10:00AM and NOON

Topic:    Fiscal Cliff
Guest:   Tim Geithner, Treasury Secretary

Topic:    Fiscal Cliff; Benghazi Investigation
Guest:   Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA)
Guest:   Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-NH)

Topics:   Fiscal Cliff: What’s at Stake
Guest:    Gov. Brian Schweitzer (D), Montana
Guest:    Carly Fiorina, former CEO, HP
Guest:    Susan Page, Washington bureau chief, USA Today
Guest:    A.B. Stoddard, associate editor, The Hill

Anchor:  Candy Crowley

FAREED ZAKARIA GPS – Airs 10:00AM – 11:00AM and 1:00PM – 2:00PM     
Topic:      Egypt: Is Morsy betraying the revolution?
Guest:     Tarek Masoud, PhD, assistant professor of public policy, Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government
Guest:     Richard Stengel, managing editor of TIME

Topic:      China: what will follow the leadership transition?
Guest:     Evan Osnos, Beijing-based New Yorker correspondent
Guest:     Elizabeth Economy, director for Asia Studies, Council on Foreign Relations

Topics:    Democratic Republic of Congo: the civil war and the M23 rebels
Guest:     Jeffrey Gettleman, East Africa bureau chief for The New York Times

Topic:      How volatility and stress may be good for the economy
Guest:     Nassim Taleb, author: Antifragile (2012) & The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable (2010)

Anchor:   Fareed Zakaria

RELIABLE SOURCES – Airs LIVE Sunday 11:00AM – NOON

Topics:   Jeff Zucker Comes to CNN
Guest:    David Zurawik, TV critic, The Baltimore Sun
Guest:    Frank Sesno, director, The George Washington School of Media & Public Affairs
Guest:    Fred Francis, former NBC News Pentagon correspondent

Topics:   The Leveson Inquiry Releases Findings
Guest:    Emily Bell, director, Tow Center for Digital Journalism, Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism

Topics:   Negative Tweeting about High Profile Personalities
Guest:    Lola Ogunnaike, cultural commentator; former New York Times reporter

Topics:   Politics: Susan Rice; the Fiscal Cliff; Romney-Obama Lunch
Guest:    Ramesh Ponnuru, senior editor, The National Review
Guest:    Keli Goff, political correspondent, The Root.com

Host:      Howard Kurtz
THE NEXT LIST –  Sunday 2:00PM – 2:30PM
This week The Next List profiles Max Little, applied mathematician and project director of the Parkinson’s Voice Initiative.  Little's bold idea is this: What if doctors could detect Parkinson’s Disease simply by the sound of your voice? He’s close to proving just that. Little says he can determine if a person has Parkinson's simply if a person says "ahhhhhh" into a phone for 10 seconds. You don't have to have symptoms for it to work. The magic of the diagnosis is in the algorithms.

CNN HEROES: AN ALL-STAR TRIBUTE – Airs LIVE Sunday at 9:00PM
Hosted by Anderson Cooper, "CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute" celebrates the year's top 10 CNN Heroes, who each receive a $50,000 grant for their extraordinary efforts to improve the lives of others. At the end of the show, Cooper will announce the CNN Hero of the Year. That person, one of the top 10 Heroes, has been selected by a public vote that ended Wednesday on CNN.com. He or she will receive an additional $250,000 to continue their work. Many celebrities will be joining CNN to help tell these Heroes' remarkable stories at Sunday's show. This year's celebrity presenters include movie stars Susan Sarandon, Adrien Brody, Maria Bello, Viola Davis, Harvey Keitel and Josh Duhamel; athletes Jeff Gordon and Cullen Jones; and hip-hop artist 50 Cent. Television stars Rainn Wilson ("The Office"), Rico Rodriguez ("Modern Family"), Jane Lynch ("Glee"), Miranda Cosgrove ("iCarly") and David Spade ("Rules of Engagement") will also be in attendance. During the show, three-time Grammy Award winner Ne-Yo will be performing, as will "American Idol" winner Phillip Phillips.




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Thursday, November 29, 2012

Phil Kent Announces Jeff Zucker New President of CNN




Jeff Zucker Named President of CNN Worldwide


Jeff Zucker will join CNN Worldwide as president of the multi-platform global news enterprise, it was announced today by Phil Kent, chairman and CEO of CNN parent company Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.  In January 2013, Zucker will assume executive oversight of a portfolio of 23 branded news and information businesses that includes CNN/U.S., CNN International, CNN.com and HLN and reaches more than 2 billion people in some 200 countries around the world.  Zucker will report to Kent and will be based at CNN in New York.

Zucker started his 25-year career with NBC as a researcher for NBC Sports’ coverage of the 1988 Summer Olympic Games and rose to president and chief executive officer of NBC Universal.  He was named executive producer of Today in January 1992; under his eight-year leadership, the program was the most-watched morning news show and the most profitable program on television.  Zucker went on to executive-produce NBC Nightly News with Tom Brokaw and the network’s coverage of the Persian Gulf War, the 1993 and 1997 presidential inaugurations and the 2000 elections.  He was promoted to president of NBC Entertainment, president of the NBC Entertainment, News & Cable group and president and CEO of the NBC Universal Television Group.  Currently, Zucker is executive producer of the syndicated daytime show Katie.

“Jeff’s experience as a news executive is unmatched for its breadth and success,” said Kent.  “He built and sustained the number-one brand in morning news, and under his watch NBC’s signature news programming set a standard for quality and professionalism.  As a programmer, a brand-builder and a leader, he will bring energy and new thinking to CNN.  I couldn’t be happier to welcome him or more excited about what he’ll accomplish here.” 

“I am thrilled to join the distinguished team of journalists across the worldwide platforms of CNN,” said Zucker.  “The global reach and scale of the CNN brand is unparalleled in all of news.  Outside of my family and the Miami Dolphins, there is nothing I am as passionate about as journalism.  I spent the most rewarding years of my career as a journalist, and it’s where I look forward to spending many more.  I am grateful to Phil Kent for this opportunity, and I’m excited to return to daily newsgathering and compelling storytelling in a place that values those above all else.”


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Wednesday, November 28, 2012

CNN RATINGS – End of November 2012

CNN RATINGS – End of November 2012

HIGHLIGHTS:

  • CNN has best monthly performance in total day in over a year among both total viewers and in the key demo 25-54 and in M-F prime among 25-54
  • CNN has substantial growth vs. a year ago in both total day and weekday primetime
  • In the key demo 25-54, CNN grew more than the cable competition in both total day and M-F primetime vs. a year ago
  • Starting Point with Soledad O’Brien has its best month since launch
  • Erin Burnett Outfront has best month since launch
  • AC 360 has best month since launching at 8pm
  • Piers Morgan Tonight has best month in over a year (since March 2011)
  • All three hours of The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer have substantial growth in November
  • CNN dayside tops MSNBC in both total viewers and the key demo 25-54

CNN had substantial growth in November increasing +59% in total day/total viewers (652k vs. 409k) and +98% in total day/demo 25-54 (241k vs. 122k) vs. a year ago.  In weekday primetime, delivery increased by even more robust margins -- +72% in total viewers (1.254m vs. 729k) and +131% in the key demo 25-54 (494k vs. 214k).  This represents CNN’s best monthly performance in total day in over a year among both total viewers and in the key demo 25-54 and in M-F prime among 25-54.

Starting Point with Soledad O’Brien had its best month since launching in January, growing double digits from a year ago.  In total viewers the morning program was up +36% (393k vs. 290k) and increased 44% in the key demo 25-54 (164k vs. 114k).

Erin Burnett Outfront also had its strongest month since launch (October 2011) in both total viewers and in the key demo.  The show had the most growth in total viewers compared to the competition, increasing +52% (774k vs. 510k) and also increased +81% in the key demo (254k vs. 140k).

AC360 at 8pm had its best month since launching in August 2011.  Versus a year ago, AC 360 was up +41% among total viewers (914k vs. 650k) and +63% in the key demo (313k vs. 192k).  AC at 10pm also had solid gains vs. a year ago, increasing +20% in total viewers and +34% in the key demo 25-54.

At 9pm Piers Morgan Tonight had its best performance in both total viewers and in the key demo since March 2011 (Japan earthquake).  In November, PMT increased +44% in total viewers (905k vs. 629k) and +73% in the key demo (271k vs. 157k). 

The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer had substantial growth in November, with all three hours increasing among total viewers and in the key demo vs. a year ago. Situation Room at 6p saw the most sizeable increases in total viewers compared to the competition, increasing +83% (938k vs. 512k) and also increased +169% in the key demo (326k vs. 121k).

During dayside (weekdays 9a-5p) CNN topped MSNBC in November in both total viewers (701k vs. 687k) and in the key demo (233k vs. 206k).

Now that all the final data is in from Election Day, CNN was:

#1 on cable news during election night (7p-2a) in total viewers, 25-54 and younger viewers (18-34)
#1 on all of television for election night (7p-2a) in younger viewers 18-34 (topping all the networks, NBC, ABC, CBS, FNC and MSNBC)
#1 on cable television in total day among 25-54 key demo
CNN topped CBS and Fox broadcast in primetime among both total viewers and 25-54 on election night

CNN also had more African-American, Hispanic and Asian/Pacific Islander viewers than the cable competition on election night.  CNN had more than FNC and MSNBC combined for each demographic.  Compared to the broadcast networks, CNN also led in African-American viewers in each demographic (total viewers, 25-54 and 18-34).


CNN Digital on Election Day:

November 2012 hosted a number of records for CNN Digital. Earning more than 46 million page views on November 6th, CNN Mobile experienced its highest traffic in history - more than three times higher than its previous record. On Election Day CNN.com shattered a four-year traffic high, delivering 203 million page views and reaching more than 23 million unique visitors.  CNN also earned the title of most-cited TV news brand in measured social media on November 6th, more than doubling that of second place – Fox News (Source: Sysomos).


In November, CNN reached an average monthly cumulative audience of 106.5 million, FNC had 93.0m and MSNBC averaged 78.4m.

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Jeff Zucker Announcement Imminent?


TVNewser is reporting that Jeff Zucker is the final stages of negotiations to become the new President of CNN.  An announcement could come as early as this afternoon when Time Warner CEO Jeff Bewkes speaks at the Ignite media conference.
The New York Times offered more details into why Zucker and what CNN needs to return to it's past success.  We'll keep you posted.

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Friday, November 23, 2012

SNL Does Wolf Blitzer 11/17/12




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This Weekend's Programming 11/24/12

SATURDAY, November 24, 2012

SANJAY GUPTA, MD – Airs Saturday 4:30PM – 5:00PM
In a candid and revealing interview, former President Bill Clinton, who needed emergency bypass surgery just a few years out of office, discusses the warning signs he feels he missed, and the major life change he made that he credits with his present good health. Although Clinton recalls symptoms he now recognizes as warning signs, most people who have heart attacks experience no symptoms at all. Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn, Jr., Director of the Cardiovascular Prevention & Reversal Program at The Cleveland Clinic Wellness Institute explains, “We’re never going to end the epidemic with stents, bypasses, or drugs – because none of it is treating the causation of the illness.” Cardiologist Dr. Arthur Agatston (author of “The South Beach Diet” books), says that conventional guidance on HDL (“good”) cholesterol vs. LDL (“bad”) cholesterol no longer applies.

THE SITUATION ROOM WITH WOLF BLITZER – Airs Saturday 6:00PM – 7:00PM
Best of “The Situation Room” from the week of Nov. 19.

Anchor: Wolf Blitzer

DEADLY DOSE – DR SANJAY GUPTA REPORTS – Airs Saturday 8:00PM – 9:00PM, 11:00PM (Sunday 2:00AM)
Every 19 minutes someone dies of a drug overdose in America.  That U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) statistic refers to legal and illegal drug use, but most overdose deaths are due to legal prescription drugs.  CNN chief medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta interviews former President Bill Clinton about the death of a son of a friend.  The  father and brother of that young man speak movingly about their loss and hopes to educate other families facing the problem of prescription drug misuse.  Dr. Gupta also speaks with a survivor, and takes viewers to the front lines of the crisis – riding along with paramedics, interviewing emergency room doctors, and listening to panicked calls to a poison response center – witnessing first-hand, the too-often deadly consequences of drug overdoses.

SUNDAY, November 25, 2012
 
SANJAY GUPTA, MD – Airs Sunday 7:30AM – 8:00AM
In a candid and revealing interview, former President Bill Clinton, who needed emergency bypass surgery just a few years out of office, discusses the warning signs he feels he missed, and the major life change he made that he credits with his present good health. Although Clinton recalls symptoms he now recognizes as warning signs, most people who have heart attacks experience no symptoms at all. Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn, Jr., Director of the Cardiovascular Prevention & Reversal Program at The Cleveland Clinic Wellness Institute explains, “We’re never going to end the epidemic with stents, bypasses, or drugs – because none of it is treating the causation of the illness.” Cardiologist Dr. Arthur Agatston (author of “The South Beach Diet” books), says that conventional guidance on HDL (“good”) cholesterol vs. LDL (“bad”) cholesterol no longer applies.

STATE OF THE UNION WITH CANDY CROWLEY – Airs LIVE Sunday 9:00AM – 10:00AM and NOON

Topics:   Retiring Members of Congress Reflect on their Careers, Discuss Issues of the Day
Guest:    Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA)
Guest:    Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX)
Guest:    Sen. Jon Kyl (R-AZ)
Guest:    Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-CT)

Anchor:  Candy Crowley

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

Topics:    What it takes to have a successful second presidential term
Guest:     Robert Caro, author of The Passage of Power: The Years of Lyndon Johnson, Volume 4 (2012)
Guest:     John Meacham, contributing editor, TIME, author of Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power (2012)

Topic:      Geography & destiny: what maps can tell us about looming food, fuel, and political crises
Guest:     Robert Kaplan, Center for a New American Security, author of The Revenge of Geography: What the Map Tells US about Coming Conflicts and the Battle against Fate

Anchor:    Fareed Zakaria

RELIABLE SOURCES – Airs LIVE Sunday 11:00AM – NOON

Topics:   Fiscal Cliff and Petraeus Scandal Coverage; Pundit Predictions of Presidential Election
Guest:    Jane Hall, Associate Professor, American University’s School of Communications
Guest:    Bob Cusack, Managing Editor, The Hill
Guest:    Amy Argetsinger, co-author of the Reliable Source column, The Washington Post

Topics:   Covering Petraeus
Guest:    Thomas Ricks, author; Pentagon reporter

Topics:   New Book
Guest:    Eric Deggans, media critic, Tampa Bay Times; author, “Race Baiter: How the Media Wields Dangerous Words to Divide a Nation”

Topics:   Jezebel’s Decision to Notify School Administrators of Teens Racist Tweets
Guest:    Jessica Coen, editor-in-chief, Jezebel.com

Host:      Howard Kurtz

CNN PRESENTS: WACO – FAITH, FEAR, AND FIRE – Airs Sunday 8:00PM – 9:00PM, 11:00PM (Monday 2:00AM)
CNN investigative correspondent Drew Griffin reports on the events in Waco, Texas, that led to a 51-day standoff between the Branch Davidian Christian sect and law enforcement authorities, including the ATF and the FBI.   Almost two decades later, a handful of Branch Davidians still believe their spiritual leader, David Koresh, will be resurrected as a messiah.  Griffin speaks with survivors and other witnesses from both sides of the confrontation that ended with 82 Branch Davidians (including 24 children) and four federal agents losing their lives.

TERROR IN MUMBAI – Airs Sunday 9:00PM – 10:30PM (Monday 12:00AM, 3:00AM)
Narrated by CNN’s Fareed Zakaria and produced for HBO, this documentary chronicles the three bloody days across the metropolis of Mumbai, India, in November 2008 when a band of several young Pakistani men associated with the militant organization, Lashkar-e-Taiba, made coordinated attacks including several hotels, a Jewish community center, a hospital, and a cinema, leaving more than 150 people dead.  


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Thursday, November 22, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving


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Wednesday, November 21, 2012

CNN scoops three Foreign Press Association Media Awards


Nick Robertson (center) joined by Ken Shiffman of CNN and Sara Ryan of Vodafone. 

CNN scoops three Foreign Press Association Media Awards
 
Last night, the combined efforts of CNN Digital and CNN International saw the network triumph at the Foreign Press Association Media Awards, winning three categories: ‘Print & Web Feature’, ‘Arts & Culture’ and ‘Story of the Year by a Full Member of the FPA awards.’

The CNN documentary World’s Untold Stories: Secrets of the Belfast Project won News Story of the Year by a full FPA member. The judges described the documentary as “absolute dynamite, a terrific story and a fine piece of journalism". 

The Arts & Culture award was given to Leonardo – The Lost Painting, a documentary that explored the story behind the recent discovery of a Leonardo da Vinci painting. Judges praised the “love and lingering interest” that had gone into the piece, describing it as “a very well done cultural story.”

The Print & Web Feature award was clinched by Mauritania: Slavery’s Last Stand – a CNN Digital feature that revealed the shocking extent of slavery in modern Mauritania. The judges remarked that the piece was “in some ways the most convincing and best edited of all the categories.”

Tony Maddox, Executive Vice President of CNN International, said: "It is a significant honor for us at CNN to have our journalism recognized so comprehensively by the FPA. I couldn't be more proud of this testament to the expert story telling of our reporters."

Peter Bale, VP & General Manager, CNN Digital, said: “Mauritania: Slavery’s Last Stand” was part of CNN’s commitment to the Freedom Project, in which the network has been prepared to be an advocate, not just a reporter. It’s led to thousands being freed from slavery and raised awareness that this is very much a modern problem.” 

CNN was also nominated in the TV News category for its Syria: Inside Aleppo feature, and in the Digital Innovation category, for Open Story.

The global FPA Media Awards recognize excellence in print, web, radio and television journalism.

Full details of CNN’s winning entries:
 
Story of the Year by a Full Member of the FPA
World’s Untold Stories: Secrets of the Belfast Project
Nic Robertson, Ken Shiffman, and Samantha Weihl

Print & Web Feature
Mauritania: Slavery’s Last Stand
John Sutter, Edythe McNamee

Arts & Culture
Leonardo – The Lost Painting
Nick Glass, Tom Bouchier Hayes & Team

Nominations:

TV News
Syria: Inside Aleppo
Nick Paton Walsh, Ricardo Garcia Vilanova, Joe Duran, Natasha Maguder

Digital Innovation
Open Story
CNN Digital Staff

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CNN Reporters & Anchors Assigned to Crisis Coverage


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Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Piers Morgan Tonight, Blitzer, Cooper & Wedeman Reporting


Tonight Wolf Blitzer, Anderson Cooper and Ben Wedeman talked with Piers Morgan about the days events in the Middle East.

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Ratings for the Week of November 12 - 16, 2012





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Sunday, November 18, 2012

Blitzer & Cooper Travel to Middle East

Blitzer, Cooper Travel to Middle East to Report on Israel-Gaza Conflict
                As tensions rise in the escalating conflict between Israel and Hamas, anchors Wolf Blitzer and Anderson Cooper will broadcast live from the region beginning Monday. Blitzer will report live from Jerusalem while Cooper will report live from Gaza. Their programs, The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer and Anderson Cooper 360°, will air live from their respective locations.
                CNN continues to cover the deadly attacks in Israel and Gaza with reporters positioned all around the Middle East, including Christiane Amanpour, who will anchor Amanpour from Jerusalem on Monday for CNN International. Additional deployments include:
·         Sara Sidner in Jerusalem
·         Ben Wedeman in Gaza
·         Arwa Damon in Gaza
·         Anderson Cooper in Gaza
·         Wolf Blitzer in Jerusalem
·         Christiane Amanpour in Jerusalem
·         Fred Pleitgen in southern Israel
·         Nick Paton Walsh in Beirut
·         Reza Sayah in Cairo
·         Jose Levy in Jerusalem
                The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer airs weekdays 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. ET. Anderson Cooper 360° airs weekdays 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. and 10 p.m. ET. On CNN International, Amanpour airs 3 p.m. to 3:30pm and 5 p.m. to 5:30pm ET. For additional information on CNN’s coverage of the conflict, including recent video of correspondent reports, please visit www.CNNPressroom.com.



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Dr. Sanjay Gupta, President Bill Clinton Discuss No. 1 Accidental Killer
Deadly Dose: Dr. Sanjay Gupta Reports debuts Sunday, Nov. 18, 8:00pm ET
Every 19 minutes, someone dies of a drug overdose in America.  That U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) statistic refers to legal and illegal drug use, but most of those overdose deaths are due to legal prescription drugs. 
Accidental prescription drug overdoses in the United States now kill more people than heroin, crack, and methamphetamines combined.  And, also according to the CDC, accidental prescription overdoses now kill more Americans than do car crashes. 
In a compelling new documentary, Deadly Dose: Dr. Sanjay Gupta Reports, CNN chief medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta reports how prescription drug misuse has become an epidemic.  He speaks with a survivor, and takes viewers to the front lines of the crisis – riding along with paramedics, interviewing emergency room doctors, and listening to panicked calls to a poison response center – witnessing, first-hand, the too-often deadly consequences of drug overdoses. 
Deadly Dose will debut on Sunday, Nov. 18 at 8:00pm and 11:00pm ET & PT on CNN/U.S.  The network will encore the one-hour documentary on Saturday, Dec. 1 at 8:00pm and 11:00pm ET & PT.
Deadly Dose also features an interview with former President Bill Clinton, who speaks movingly about the death of Benjamin Gupta (no relationship to Dr. Sanjay Gupta), the son of a campaign donor, who died after mixing a prescription pain reliever with alcohol.  Benjamin’s father, Vinod Gupta, and brother, Alex Gupta, talk about the emotional toll of their loss and their commitment to educating other families facing the problem of prescription drug misuse.
Former President Clinton spoke with Dr. Gupta in Arkansas in mid-November: 
“It is a good thing to have a medicine that will ease your pain.  It is not a good thing to take more of them than you need.  It is not a good thing to get even one (sic) to someone who does not need it.  And it is playing with life and death to give these medicines to people who have imbibed any kind of alcohol, because if you go to sleep, the medicine might tell your brain to quit breathing.  Most people don’t know these basic things,” says Clinton to Gupta in an interview exclusively conducted for the documentary. 
Dr. Gupta stresses that the epidemic of prescription drug abuse and accidental overdose knows no geographic boundaries.  It is a growing epidemic in urban, suburban, and rural populations.  According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, the misuse and abuse of prescription painkillers were responsible for more than 475,000 emergency room visits in 2009, a figure which doubled compared to the number of hospital emergency visits just five years prior.
“The people that have this problem are your friends and neighbors – and you don’t know about it,” Clinton says in the documentary.  
Deadly Dose explores how this crisis has risen to epidemic proportions in the United States, and examines potential solutions for reversing the epidemic.
Digital resources with more information on prescription drug misuse in the U.S. may be found at www.cnn.com/health.  Articles about the epidemic, including an editorial by Dr. Sanjay Gupta will also appear in the health section of www.cnn.com.  An excerpt from Dr. Gupta’s interview with former President Clinton will accompany his editorial.
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Saturday, November 17, 2012

James Carville on Bill Maher Real Time 11/9/12

Here are a few clips from last weekend's Realtime with Bill Maher.  James Carville was on the panel along with roundtable panelists S.E. Cupp and Andrew Sullivan. The interview guest was Samuel L. Jackson.

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