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June 26th, 2014
11:53 PM ET

RidicuList: An ode to "Older Ladies" and "saggy breasts that droop from my chest..."

"I got saggy breasts that droop from my chest..."

If it's song lyrics like these that speak to you, then Thursday evening's edition of "The RidicuList" likely struck a chord.

Introducing viewers to a tune entitled "Older Ladies," by a woman named Donnalou Stevens, host Anderson Cooper dedicated the segment to an anthem for the aged, in part paying homage to the postmenopausal set.

During the piece, Cooper even found a way to work in America's favorite 50-plus foursome, rolling footage of an old "The Golden Girls" episode.

Watch the above clip for the host's ode to "Older Ladies," and to see this, and any past edition of "The Ridiculist" in full, follow this link.

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June 26th, 2014
10:46 PM ET

"I thought I was going to die, I thought I saw death" – Rep. John Lewis on his fight for Civil Rights

In advance of a forthcoming CNN documentary dedicated to the Civil Rights movement of the 1960's, on Thursday evening Anderson Cooper welcomed Georgia Congressman John Lewis.

Featured in the film, Lewis fought to end segregation and racial discrimination in the South. Recalling days of hate and injustice, Lewis spoke earnestly about a battle he knew might cost him his life:

"I thought I was going to die, I thought I saw death," Lewis told Cooper. "But I was prepared, and I was ready."

Watch the above clip for more of Lewis' powerful first hand perspective, and tune to CNN television as "The Sixties" continues.

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June 26th, 2014
10:41 PM ET

The tragic danger of creating a "false memory"

Amidst the aftermath of a 22-month-old boy dying as a result of being left inside a car on a sweltering Georgia day, on Thursday evening Anderson Cooper welcomed a pair of guests uniquely qualified to share insight on the harrowing story.

A busy working mother, Lyn Balfour inadvertently left her son in a car after creating a "false memory" of bringing him to daycare. When her childcare provider alerted her to the tragic accident, it was too late:

"Finally, after the third time, she's trying to explain to me, she said 'No Lyn, you didn't drop him off.'"

Now an advocate for those dealing with the very tragedy that still haunts her, Balfour points parents to the child safety group kidsandcars.org.

Meanwhile, as the man who penned The Washington Post's award-winning article "Fatal Distraction," Gene Weingarten's research has taught him that such tragedies are more a result of something mental, and tied less to anything emotional:

"This turns out to be a failure of memory, not of love, not of bad parenting," he told Cooper. "It's something that happens under a certain set of circumstances, they tend to be the same."


Filed under: Crime & Punishment
June 26th, 2014
09:21 PM ET

Retracing the steps of Justin Harris, the Georgia father who fatally left his toddler in a hot car

Roughly one week since a toddler died after being left inside a vehicle on a hot Georgia day, on Thursday evening Martin Savidge joined Anderson Cooper live with details from that fateful day.

As part of an in-depth look at the events of June 18th, Savidge retraced the steps of Justin Harris' route to work, in the process shedding light on an event that is at best a tragedy, and at worst, murder.

Watch the above video as the CNN correspondent paints a grim picture of the final day in 22-month-old Cooper Harris' life.


Filed under: Crime & Punishment • Martin Savidge
June 26th, 2014
01:13 AM ET

U.S. struggles to handle unaccompanied children from Central America crossing border

As many as 400 minors are entering Texas each day without a parent - most of them from Central and South America. Where to put them is the question. Tens of thousands are being housed in overcrowded facilities. The House held a hearing Tuesday on the crisis, with some lawmakers placing the blame on the Obama administration. Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson has ordered five dozen criminal investigators to Texas to prosecute human smugglers. But what should the federal government do with the children who are already here - amnesty, deportation. Anderson discusses the issue with CNN Contributor Dan Restrepo, who served as senior director for Western Hemisphere Affairs on the National Security Council and former Custom Border Patrol Commissioner Ralph Basham.


Filed under: Hispanic • Immigration
June 26th, 2014
12:51 AM ET

Expert: Highly unlikely Iraqi military will recapture ground lost to ISIS

As the conflict in Iraq continues, both Syria and Iran are reportedly increasing their involvement in the fighting across the border. Syria is allegedly bombing border towns. Iran is flying drones over Iraq and providing guns to the Iraqi government. In an interview with Anderson Cooper, counter-insurgency expert, David Kilcullen, who was advised General David Petraeus in Iraq and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice - says it's "highly unlikely that Iraqi military can recapture a lot of the ground lost" to ISIS - Islamic State of Iraq and Syria.

Watch the video for more, as Kilcullen explains why he believes the Iraqi military and government will not be able to roll back ISIS' advances.


Filed under: Iraq • ISIS
June 26th, 2014
12:26 AM ET

RidicuList: Flight attendant brings sass to the sky

A Southwest flight attendant working a trip from San Francisco to Chicago took a unique and funny approach to his pre-flight speech. In this edition of the RidicuList, Anderson sends best wishes to the 'best Flight Attendant ever'.


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June 25th, 2014
11:24 PM ET

Michael Jackson's death five years later: Where are they now?

Five years ago today, the world was coming to grips with the death of Michael Jackson. It would be months before details of what exactly led to his death emerged. Many of those facts came to light at the trial of Jackson's private doctor Conrad Murray. He was convicted of involuntary manslaughter and went to jail. The disgraced physician is not out of prison. It's hard to believe that five years have passed. Jackson's youngest child, Blanket is now almost a teenager. CNN's Randi Kaye looks at what's happened to the people in Jackson's life since he died.


Filed under: Michael Jackson
June 25th, 2014
10:45 PM ET

Tragic accident or murder? Father charged after son dies in hot car

Tragic accident or murder in hot-car toddler death? What sounded like the most tragic of accidents - a dad absentmindedly leaving his toddler in the car on a scorching Georgia day - is now being treated by police as a horrific crime. CNN's Victor Blackwell has more on the story.

June 24th, 2014
11:27 PM ET

RidicuList: "I'm no expert on vaginas...but I know enough to know that you are not supposed to go in feet first"

In an edition of "The RidicuList" that had the host struggling to keep a straight face, Anderson Cooper tells the tale of an American exchange student who got stuck in a sculpture of ... yep ... a vagina.

Ever the hard news aficionado, the "Anderson Cooper 360" host did take a moment to plant tongue inside of cheek and poke some fun at himself:

"I'm certainly no expert on the topic of vaginas," he giggled. "They really aren't my wheelhouse, so to speak. But I know enough to know that you are not supposed to go in feet first."

Smiling throughout, the host continued:

"Apparently this whole incident was part of a dare gone wrong," he noted. "A local German paper even made a forceps joke, which is always a nice touch, I think, in any language."

To see this, and any past edition of "The Ridiculist" in full, follow this link.

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