Friday, January 14, 2011


SPECIAL EDITION - ANDERSON COOPER 360: Hope Survives: 30 Years of AIDS

Anderson opened this special edition of AC360 by telling us that this June will mark the 30th anniversary since the first case of AIDS was reported in the United States.

VIDEO: A LOOK BACK by Sir Elton John


SIR. ELTON JOHN, of the Sir. Elton John AIDS Foundation - lost 80 friends to AIDS within about 10 year period

MO'NIQUE, Actress/Activist - lost a family member to AIDS

PHILL WILSON, President/CEO, Black AIDS Institute - HIV positive

MONDO GUERRA, Fashion Designer - HIV positive

DR. ANTHONY FAUCI, Director NIAID - Doctor researching and treating AIDS/HIV patients

Interspersed throughout the hour various people shared their 'DECIDING MOMENT' concerning AIDS - including Jeanne White-Ginder , Ryan White's mom; Sharon Stone, Actor/Activist; Kareem Abdul Jabbar, NBA Hall of Famer; Mavelyn Brown, AIDS Activist; Pau Gasol, LA Laker; Maya Angelou, Poet/Author; Susan Sarandon, Actor/Activist; Margaret Cho, Actor/Activist

Anderson & Sir Elton John closed the hour

Sr. Elton said he would like to see a little more love and compassion ; and a little bit more education in the schools. Anderson ended the program saying: "In the span of 30 years HIV/AIDS has gone from a mysterious and certain killer to a chronic condition for a lot of Americans. It's a condition that no longer defines who they are; it's simply one more detail of their lives. They are our neighbors, our friends, our colleagues, our countrymen, fellow citizens, loved ones, living with HIV. Here's some of them. Thanks for watching." ~ Anderson Cooper



This was an hour of facts and personal stories of AIDS/HIV; well blended to bring awareness of how far we've come in 30 years and how far we still have to go. If you missed it, I suggest you try to catch a repeat. Well done, Anderson, the AC360 team and everyone involved. ~ Wonz.

ANDERSON COOPER 360: Politics & Tragedy

Anderson Cooper opened AC360 with a run down of tonight's headline stories: Playing Politics with Tragedy; Retracing His Steps; & Border Battle Boondoggle


FINGER POINTING & MISINFORMATION, Will politicians & pundits really tone it down?: A follow-up discussion with Ed Rollins, Maria Cardona & David Gergen


NEW DETAILS ON REP. GIFFOREDS' RECOVERY, Doctor: She's opening her eyes more frequently: Anderson Cooper and Dr. Sanjay Gupta

RETRACING LOUGHNER'S STEPS, Police: Suspect was up all night before Tucson shootings: A report by Randi Kaye and follow-up discussion with Anderson

Anderson announced that Christina-Taylor Green was an organ donor and her organs have already saved the life of a little girl in Boston

360 BULLETIN: Joe Johns

BORDER BATTLE BOONDOGGLE: A report by Anderson Cooper

VIRTUAL BORDER FENCE SCRAPPED, Tax payers have spent almost $1 billion on it: Anderson Cooper's discussion with Fran Townsend & Rep Loretta Sanchez (D) California

THE BIG 350 INTERVIEW, PEE-WEE'S BIG NEW ADVENTURES: Anderson's interview with Pee-Wee Herman



THE RidicuList: Nicole

"Have a good weekend. I'll see you Monday." ~


Isha Sesay Joins Anderson Cooper 360° Beginning Monday, January 17th

Isha Sesay is an anchor for CNN International based at the network’s global headquarters in Atlanta. Sesay joins the Anderson Cooper 360° team and will provide news updates throughout the hour. She is expected to appear on the program on a nightly basis while still continuing her duties at CNN International.

In addition to her role on AC360, Sesay anchors 10am ET edition of International Desk Monday through Thursday from Atlanta. She also hosts and reports for Inside Africa, CNN International’s award-winning, weekly program dedicated to providing viewers with an inside look at political, economic, social and cultural affairs and trends in Africa.

A seasoned journalist, Sesay has covered numerous breaking news and world news events such as the kidnapping of British toddler, Margaret Hill, in the Niger Delta; death of Slobodan Milosevic; Liberia’s historic election of Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf; the hospitalization of Ariel Sharon; the foiled transatlantic plane bomb plot; the Israeli-Hezbollah war; and the Live Earth concert in Johannesburg, South Africa.

While on assignment in South Africa in 2007, she covered the launch of ‘The Elders’- an initiative founded by Nelson Mandela to tackle the world’s intractable problems. Sesay also traveled to Nigeria to cover the country’s historic presidential elections in April 2007, which saw the transfer of power from one civilian government to another for the first time in the nation’s history. While there, she conducted one-on-one interviews with both the outgoing president Olusegun Obasanjo, and the new leader, Umaru Musa Yar’Adua.

Sesay joined CNN in November 2005 from the UK broadcaster ITN, where she anchored ITV’s Early Morning News programme, as well news bulletins for the UK’s most watched breakfast programme ‘GMTV.’Prior to this, Sesay spent over three years presenting ‘Good Morning Sports Fans’ for Sky Sports. From 1998-2001, Sesay presented a wide range of programmes across the BBC networks.

A Briton of Sierra Leonean parentage, Sesay holds a BA honours English degree from Trinity College, Cambridge University.

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ACAnderFan said...

The 360 AIDS special was really good, I enjoyed it. 360 should really think about doing more shows like that. It was nice to see them focus on one really interesting topic. Its a direction I'd like to see 360 go in more often.

The Peewee Herman interview was strangely amusing. I think Peewee is a disgusting creep, but he did bring out the Andergiggles and the interview was just so bizarre that it was amusing.

The RidicuList was snarky Anderson at his best. When he wants to be he can be hysterically funny. I love that he watches Toddlers and Tiaras. That has to be the weirdest show on TV. The parents are out of control.

So happy that Isha is going to be part of the AC360 team!!! I really like her and she seems to get along great with Anderson, as he seems to like her too.

judy said...

For James Carville fans, James was on Bill Maher's panel the first show of the new season.
Only caught the last segment of 360with Pee Wee Herman and find him creepy altogether, even if AC found him amusing.
Glad Isha is joining the 360 team, but would like to see her as a regular anchor, and take over Tony Harris' position since his departure.
She's seasoned enough to do this and that position still remains vacant and should be filled by a woman. She has just enough energy to give CNN daytime the needed bounce.

aries moon said...

The AIDS special was one of the best programs that 360 has done in a while--the discussions covered a lot of ground, from the medical aspect to the more emotional and personal impact. All of the guests were articulate and well-informed and AC was very engaged in the subject and I was able to come away from it having learned more about the current state of the disease. Well done, 360. Oh and I loved AC's comment to Mo'Nique about wanting her to call him "baby" and then hearing Elton call him that at the end of the segment, cute.

It was interesting to hear David Gergen admit that he may have misread the public's overall impression of the President's memorial speech--very few people agreed with him and I think he had to become aware of that. I never was a Peewee Herman fan, didn't watch the show, but I enjoyed the interview and AC's take on Toddlers and Tiaras, a show I was almost tempted to watch the other night, but I resisted. AC certainly had a good point about letting kids be kids--the whole kiddie pageant thing is so weird.
After a few months of wondering what happened to Isha Sesay and the 360 Bulletin, I was really happy to learn that she is returning--she has been the only person since Erica who had that kind of fun rapport with AC. If they have to have someone doing the bulletin, Isha would be my first choice.

Chi said...

Guess AC360 audience will be very happy to see Isha with Anderson. They get along really well. News of the day :)

Anonymous said...

Thought that the 9 PM hour was great. EJ is right there is still a stigma for anyone with AIDS, but we have come a long way since the book And the Band Played On came out in the late 80's. I really wish 360 would do more of these types of shows, maybe AC's new show will tackle issues like this - Donahue did it and it seemed to work, but today its more what can you say in 20 seconds to keep someone's interest.

As for the pageant mom well what can I say to me it's child cruelty. Most of those moms are living their lives through their children's and it really should stop. As Anderson said let kids be kids.