Wednesday, October 08, 2014

Anderson Cooper on "Finding Your Roots"


Anderson's segments from the PBS program Finding Your Roots:

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8 comments:

Jaanza said...

Big big thanks for posting the "Finding Your Roots" videos. As I expected, more time was spent on the Cooper side instead of the more well-known Vanderbilt side.
In the second clip, Gates stated Anderson's great-grandfather William Preston Cooper and his family "...were part of a wave of settlers who migrated to the Deep South..." to cultivate cotton. Came from where? In the photo album, "Hinton Alabama" is beneath William Preston Cooper's photo but since that is also the deep South, I'm guessing the Cooper family migrated from somewhere other than the deep South. Northern U.S.? Europe?
Gates does point to other branches of Anderson's past who apparently were native Mississippians.

It was terrific to see this; Anderson's reactions are priceless. When Gates asked if Anderson could meet any of his ancestors, who would he choose, I knew he'd say his dad. For those of us who follow Anderson it was sort of a "well, duh!" moment.
The PBS show "Finding Your Roots" makes me wonder:
- how much paperwork is possibly available about my own family and how much is findable. One of my granadfathers was born as his parents trudged through Canada and later they simply guessed what his birthdate was.
- having already seen this, what's the point of watching the CNN special "Roots"? Although Blitzer's story might be worth watching, is anyone really interested in Christine Romans background?

Tuesday's 360 had a decent variety of stories but I still spent too much time with Hayes. 360's first segment started with more information about ebola-infected Thomas. Nope. Later, checking back from Hayes, I saw Anderson talk to Sanjay Gupta and David Quemmen.

The second segmetn began with a lengthy clip of Gloria Borger (I think that was her) interviewing former Sect. of Defense Leon Panetta about the fight against ISIS. I went back to Hayes and when I returned to 360, Jay Carney and Ari Fleischer were squabbling and sniping at each other.

I also spent little time on the 'American Jihadist' segment. The gist of it was that the FBI wants help in identifying a person on an ISIS video whom they think is American. Pamela Brown had this story.

The most interesting segment of the night, one that I wished had been longer, was about the Hammond IN police incident. A lawsuit has been filed against the Hammond police department. The case involves a traffic stop for not wearing a seatbelt. The police zeroed in on the guy in the passenger seat; they broke the car window and tasered the guy. The lawsuit states there was no reason for the police to do that.
After the video of the incident (another person in the car used a phone to tape the incident), the panel got to work. It was Sunny Hostin ("...the family was terrorized...", "...race had something to do with it...") and Paul Callan, a white guy ("I don't think this has anything to do with seatbelts or race" and many mentions of the "possibility" of a gun). It was a lively discussion and I wanted to see just how many apologies Callan was going to make for the police.

Last, a VA hosptital somewhere fired four officials. Time to bring back Drrew Griffin! Time to switch again to Hayes!

I'm bringing back the survey! Just one question: Do you think Anderson looks like Cornelius Vanderbilt?

aries moon said...

Looking back into the history of all the guests on this show was fascinating. Ken Burns actually being related to Abraham Lincoln was pretty amazing. Anna Deveare-Smith's relative's involvement in the Underground Railroad and AC's Cooper/Vanderbilt ancestry were all explored in depth. AC's reaction to his slave-owning relative's fate was priceless. This is a show I'm going to continue to watch.

Was distracted by TV issues last night during 360 but did catch a glimpse of Ari Fleischer on with Jay Carney for an Obama-bashing session, I was glad my TV was acting up and I couldn't watch.

Jaanza said...

Big big thanks for posting the "Finding Your Roots" videos. As I expected, more time was spent on the Cooper side instead of the more well-known Vanderbilt side.
It was terrific to see this; Anderson's reactions are priceless. When Gates asked if Anderson could meet any of his ancestors, who would he choose, I knew he'd say his dad. For those of us who follow Anderson it was sort of a "well, duh!" moment.
The PBS show "Finding Your Roots" makes me wonder:
- how much paperwork is possibly available about my own family and how much is findable. One of my granadfathers was born as his parents trudged through Canada and later they simply guessed what his birthdate was (his birthplace was stated as simply the next sizable town they came to).
- having already seen this, what's the point of watching the CNN special "Roots"? Although Blitzer's story might be worth watching, is anyone really interested in Christine Romans background?

Tuesday's 360 had a decent variety of stories but I still spent too much time with Hayes. 360's first segment started with more information about ebola-infected Thomas. Nope. Later, checking back from Hayes, I saw Anderson talk to Sanjay Gupta and David Quemmen.

The second segmetn began with a lengthy clip of Gloria Borger (I think that was her) interviewing former Sect. of Defense Leon Panetta about the fight against ISIS. I went back to Hayes and when I returned to 360, Jay Carney and Ari Fleischer were squabbling and sniping at each other.

I also spent little time on the 'American Jihadist' segment. The gist of it was that the FBI wants help in identifying a person on an ISIS video whom they think is American. Pamela Brown had this story.

The most interesting segment of the night, one that I wished had been longer, was about the Hammond IN police incident. A lawsuit has been filed against the Hammond police department. The case involves a traffic stop for not wearing a seatbelt. The police zeroed in on the guy in the passenger seat; they broke the car window and tasered the guy. The lawsuit states there was no reason for the police to do that.
After the video of the incident (another person in the car used a phone to tape the incident), the panel got to work. It was Sunny Hostin ("...the family was terrorized...", "...race had something to do with it...") and Paul Callan, a white guy ("I don't think this has anything to do with seatbelts or race" and many mentions of the "possibility" of a gun). It was a lively discussion and I wanted to see just how many excuses Callan was going to make for the police.

Last, a VA hosptital somewhere fired four officials. Time to bring back Drrew Griffin! Time to switch again to Hayes!

I'm bringing back the survey! Just one question: Do you think Anderson looks like Cornelius Vanderbilt?

The ATA Team said...

@ Aries Moon, We've got a post planned on the information in your unpublished comment coming up in the next day or two. If you don't mind we'll table the discussion until . Can't wait to hear your opinion!

aries moon said...

@ATA, sounds good! Looking forward to it.

Anonymous said...

While I am sympathetic to Eric Duncan and I grieve for his fiance and her children, isn't the CDC a little late in their detection and treatment of Ebola??
Again the US officials are to blame for NOT closing off the borders of those countries in Africa when they first learned of the extensive outbreak.
Africa is a huge Continent....with many countries.
If someone is headed to the US from Liberia, a country devastated by Ebola, it is in our best interest NOT TO ALLOW THEM IN. PERIOD.
When are we going to stop doing the "politcally correct" thing, and start PROTECTING OURSELVES??
WHEN??
@Jenn: Sorry for the negativity, but I'm right and I don't listen to Fox News.
360 led with this story....again.

Anonymous said...

There are a lot of sites you can check for free - the Ellis Island site is great. I checked a relatives name and it gave information about when he arrived there different from what he had been telling for years.

Anonymous said...

While I realize this is a stretch, as long as we're talking about going back to people's roots or origins, there was a very interesting discourse on Bill Maher's program Friday nite.
Ben Affleck was a guest, and to say that he came with a "chip on his shoulder," defending all Muslims including those that are radical, to Bill's dismay, is an understatement.
Perhaps Mr. Affleck read the NYT review of his acting in "Gone Girl" which was an excellent book, but you'd never know it, if you viewed the movie.
TVN has referenced this discussion.