A look at what led 53-year-old Joe Stack to fly his small plane into the IRS building in Austin on Feb. 18, 2010. Included: the manifesto he left behind; interviews with people who knew him as well as with victims of the assault. Abbie Boudreau reports.
The opulent lifestyles led by some Wall Street insiders, including Lehman Brothers chairman and CEO Richard S. Fuld Jr., are explored. Also: an interview with one-time stockbroker Jordan Belfort ("The Wolf of Wall Street"); who racked up millions---and served time for securities fraud and stock manipulation; a Wall Street cigar party; the reactions of middle-class Americans.
Dr. Sanjay Gupta reports on the toll that serving as president has taken on the health of past commanders in chief. Also: what the medical records of John McCain and Barack Obama reveal about their readiness to serve as president. Included: interviews with former White House press secretaries Ari Fleischer, Joe Lockhart, Jody Powell and Ron Nessen; former Reagan White House chief of staff Kenneth Duberstein; and former White House physicians Rob Darling, Burton Lee and Connie Mariano.
Christiane Amanpour reports on Buddhists at the forefront of political struggle in Tibet and Myanmar. Included: the roots of the conflict between China and ethnic Tibetans; interviews with the Dalai Lama and exiled Tibetan activists; the September 2007 Saffron Revolution in Myanmar.
Christiane Amanpour travels to North Korea with the New York Philharmonic for its February 2008 performance in Pyongyang. Included: a tour of a nuclear facility; a visit with a North Korean family; and interviews with Christopher Hill, the lead U.S. negotiator with North Korea; North Korean deputy foreign minister Kim Gye Gwan; Madeleine Albright; former defense secretary William Perry; and the Philharmonic's Lorin Maazel and South Korean-born violinist Lisa Kim.
The safety measures colleges have implemented to prevent further campus rampages are examined. Included: whether students should be permitted to have guns on campus; the Northern Illinois University tragedy; a young man whose planned assault on his high school was stopped by his mother. Abbie Boudreaureports.
The reasons for the housing crisis are investigated in this collaborative effort with "Fortune" magazine, which features "Fortune" managing editor Andy Serwer, CNN's Gerri Willis, New York Times columnist Paul Krugman, securities expert Janet Tavakoli, investment strategist Peter Dunay and Lenox Financial CEO Jon Shibley. Included: insights from former Federal Reserve chairman Alan Greenspan and former Treasury Secretary Larry Summers.
A look at what's known about Iran in light of the NIE report about its nuclear capabilities. Included: remarks from former secretary of state Madeleine Albright; former Afghanistan special envoy James Dobbins; former presidential adviser David Gergen; former UN chief weapons inspector David Kay; and American Enterprise Institute vice president Danielle Pletka. Campbell Brown and Frank Sesno report.
Problems facing the Veterans Administration are examined via the experiences of Iraq War veteran Tammy Duckworth, a former Blackhawk pilot and double amputee, who is the director of the Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs. Dr. Sanjay Gupta reports.
An interview with WWE chairman Vince McMahon accents this look at pro wrestling, whose participants are more likely to die young than their counterparts in other professional sports. Drew Griffin reports.
Kyra Phillips reports on an upsurge in incidents in which nooses are displayed in an attempt to intimidate black people. Included: the historical significance of the noose; insights from historian James Allan and the Southern Poverty Law Center's Mark Potok; investigating hate crimes in Nassau County, N.Y.; what Philadelphia educators teach students about racial intolerance in America's past.
Soledad O'Brien examines the Beltway sniper case that terrorized the mid-Atlantic region in October 2002. Included: comments from the families of convicted snipers John Allen Muhammad and Lee Boyd Malvo, and Charles A. Moose, former chief of the Montgomery County (Md.) Police Department; an interview with Muhammad.
Kyra Phillips reports on the “Jena 6” case, in which six black Jena, La., high-school students are being prosecuted for injuring a white classmate during a schoolyard brawl, while none of the white youths involved were charged.
Dr. Sanjay Gupta examines diet's impact on the brain and the rest of the body. Included: Dr. Mark Jacobsen (Center for Science in the Public Interest); Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa); LaDonna Redmond, a Chicago agriculture activist; and psychiatrist Joseph Hibbeln.
In this powerful follow-up to the 2001 “CNN Presents” episode “Beneath the Veil,” about life for Afghan women under the Taliban, Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy traversed Afghanistan to see whether conditions have improved since the Taliban were ousted. She discovered that while some hope exists, change has been slow. For example, though the government no longer requires women to wear burqas, their husbands and families do. Included: women who committed self-immolation; a girls' school.
Anderson Cooper reports on Afghanistan, where the Taliban is using profits from the poppy trade to fuel its resurgence. Included: efforts by NATO and U.S. forces to eradicate the drug trade; a visit to a Taliban-controlled area.
CNN's Soledad O'Brien and Spike Lee help 11 Gulf Coast teens tell their Katrina-recovery stories in video-diary form. Filmed between January and August 2007, the entries detail their hopes, as well as challenges they continue to face.
Soledad O'Brien examines Princess Diana's early years. Included: inside her childhood home; where she and Prince Charles first met; how her parents' divorce impacted her; and remarks from family members, friends and a childhood nanny.
Soledad O'Brien reports on criminally insane felons and why the warning signs in individuals are sometimes missed. Included are interviews with Lionel Dahmer, serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer's father; and David Kaczynski, brother of the Unabomber, Ted Kaczynski.
John King reports on the unintended consequences of the Iraq War, which include more than 3500 American dead; a cost of some $500 billion; and the fact that two-thirds of the Army's 42 active brigades aren't battle ready. Included: comments from Sen. Jack Reed (D-R.I.); and Stephen and Kay Castner, whose son Stephen died in Iraq.
Dr. Sanjay Gupta investigates the safety of the nation's food supply, which the CDC estimates is responsible for causing some 76 million people to become sick every year, with an approximate 325,000 requiring hospitalization and 5,000 dying. Included: an interview with Dr. Robert E. Brackett, the director of the FDA's Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition; the experiences of a family who became ill after eating E. coli-contaminated greens.