Sunday, December 28, 2008

Columbia University Event

The puzzle this week comes from one of the New Year's Eve promos.

Anderson Cooper Jigsaw PuzzleAnderson Cooper Jigsaw Puzzle

And for those of you looking for a challenge, here's the same puzzle in a 91 piece version:

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For those of you who will be in Times Square this New Year's Eve, the Times Square Alliance has posted a schedule of events. This one caught my eye:

9:58 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Hourly Countdown with Anderson Cooper

As we approach the New Year, Anderson Cooper will appear on the Nivea Countdown Stage to wish the Times Square revelers “Happy New Year”, read some of the confetti wishes to be mixed into the confetti release at midnight, share his personal wish for the New Year and lead the revelers in counting down to the end of the hour

On December 5, 2008, Anderson Cooper spoke at Columbia University. The audio from the event has been posted to the university's website. You will need to have Quicktime installed in order to listen to the audio program.


Anderson talks for about 20 minutes discussing his career and then the remaining 40 minutes is a Q & A. The beginning of the audio requires a four letter word warning - Anderson is a bit frank when referring to the impact of the fall of the Berlin Wall.

Some of the highlights from the Q & A include:

  • Handling trama as a correspondent
  • The elimination of the Science & Technology unit at CNN
  • The level of knowledge required for an anchor
  • Reporting from war zones (getting arrested in four different countries)
  • CNN's coverage of the Mumbai attacks
  • Coverage of Africa
  • Election coverage

No 360 in :60 review this week. Maybe better luck next week, but I'm not counting on it.

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ACAnderFan said...

I'll have to try listening to the interview on the computer. Quicktime on my laptop ins't working. The two things I am most interested in hearing him talk about are handling trama as a correspondent and the level of knowledge required for an anchor. Those two sound by far the most interesting.

Kristien said...

The entire time I was doing the puzzle, I was singing "I just called to say I love you..." in my head. Now, that's something to wish for in the new year, lol.

Thanks BA!

Anonymous said...

Quicktime doesn't work for me! :(
Does anyone know if there is any other way I can listen to the interview?

Gawker is trying to stir up a feud between Rachel Maddow and Anderson. Ugh.

Anonymous said...

"Gawker is trying to stir up a feud between Rachel Maddow and Anderson. Ugh."

I wonder of that 2 minutes off line in the interview the other day will surface.

Anonymous said...

Some thoughts on the Columbia appearance:
The question and answer section was interesting, moreso than the 20 minute re-telling of his unorthodox entry into the news world. If you've heard him talk before, you won't hear much new in the first part.
The audience questions were better than usual and got thorough answers from Anderson. It's obvious that he has thought through the topics presented in the questions. Suspect that is because the same ones come up most times.
Thanks for the link.
Gawker? Anything to get the you to click on the site... can you say "irrelevant"?

ACAnderFan said...

I finally got to listen to the interview and it is FANTASTIC. I love hearing Anderson speak and I love heairng him talk about his experiences. You can tell he's been affectd by all he has seen and reported on.

Em said...

Gotta say Anderson certainly didn't drop the F-bomb here in Utah! That's probably a good thing given the school was Rowland Hall St. Marks... a little different venue than Columbia!

Thanks for the audio. Even though Anderson tells pretty much the same story about Channel 1, Rwanda, Somalia etc, I find that he adds interesting little details each time I listen to him. In this case, the questions from the audience were very good and encouraged him to speak about what he knows a bit more than when I heard him speak.

Any chance of posting a few of the promo's for New Years Eve? I have been out of touch with CNN and haven't had a chance to see any. Just wondering if they are funny.

As for a feud between Anderson and Rachel, I thought he was very respectful of Racheal and her talent. I think the point was he doesn't want to be her anymore than he would be comfortable being Lou Dobbs!

After being gone for a few days, I came back and was surprised again at how many people are angry that Anderson hasn't been out in the field and that he actually took a vacation. Let's face it, the days of Anderson appearing all over the globe from night to night are probably over. He is the anchor of a top rated show. The definition of anchor is a broadcasting announcer on a news program, providing links between the studio and reporters on location. I love when Anderson is actually allowed to be the one on location and will probably always consider that to be Anderson at his best. However, IMHO that doesn't mean I should respect his talent less when he is performing the role of the traditional anchor. It amazes me when people say he isn't working. If you consider the non-stop political coverage, daily broadcasts, lectures, time on shows like Letterman, Leno, R&K, his 60 Minutes interview with Phelps, and putting out PIP can even imagine working the hours he must have worked in November? Honestly it's more amazing the man had time to spend a week in Egypt. I think even the most loyal Anderson fans probably got a tired of the political and economic panels and pundits but in retrospect we should probably remember what AC was covering. This year we had an amazing political event occurring right here at home. A women and a black man were actually cracking that seemingly impenetrable glass ceiling. Absolutely amazing! How could a person with a degree in Political Science from Yale not be turned on by this. Then there's the economy, the worst we have seen in most of our lifetimes with broad reaching consequences for all of us. I imagine if he had been reporting on anything else, people would have complained about that. I certainly let AC360 know I would like them to spend a little less time with Palin and Blagovich and a little more time with Mic and Nic but that certainly doesn't mean I don't think AC was working. JMHO for what it's worth.

Anonymous said...

"As for a feud between Anderson and Rachel, I thought he was very respectful of Racheal and her talent. I think the point was he doesn't want to be her anymore than he would be comfortable being Lou Dobbs!"

That's what I thought as well. He complimented her, even though he doesn't like doing or watching commentary he found her to be an "incredible talent". For as far as I know, which is the interview, there's no feud, yet several gossip sites and the Huffington Post report it as such and the comments are accordingly negative. I didn't get this from the interview at all and feel bad for him.

I agree with your last paragraph too, though my personal preference is still on-location-reporting Anderson, it's really up to him.

Anonymous said...

I don't make it a point of commenting on every 360 program, but tonite I have to make an exception. I thought I was going to say that it was one of the best and I was glad AC was back, and I am, the end of the last segment I thought his complete disregard for Randi Kaye was disgraceful. I know you will say it might not have been intended and I'd like to think it was not, but he still not only ignored her when she was smiling and quite willing to banter, taking Erica's place with the animal video, but she was ignored and then abruptly cut off by our noble anchor. Randi is a trooper and she's a highly competent professional. AC owes her an apology. He acted in a manner unbecoming to him as well as CNN.

OregonMJW said...

By some miracle I got my Blogger account to work. Hello, all.

Maren in Oregon