You are used to seeing Anderson Cooper telling other people's stories on AC360, now he is telling his own. Anderson has been tracing his family's roots and uncovered remarkable secrets that he never imagined.
For the first time, Anderson learns that his ancestors who fought on opposite sides of the Civil War nearly met on the same battlefield. He also learned about a distant relative who was killed by a slave that he owned.
That's not all Anderson found when he traveled to trace his roots in Mississippi and Louisiana.
You can learn more about Anderson's journey along with those of other CNN anchors at CNN.com/Roots
Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. shared new information for Anderson about the slaves owned by his distance ancestor. Professor Gates traced Anderson's family tree for a recent episode of "Finding Your Roots" on PBS.
Some find ventriloquism dummies to be creepy. It might be even creepier if that dummy looks just like you. Anderson checks out the "Mini Cooper" on eBay. He also tries to say the word ventriloquism, and that’s where things kind of go off the rails.
The AC360 Later panel digs into Fmr. Defense Secy. Robert Gates' new memoir, which heaps scathing criticism on the Obama administration. The Dish founder, Andrew Sullivan, says "it’s not what I would expect from Bob Gates. I would expect it from other people. But this man?...the fact that he was enraged the entire time, I find it hard to understand."
A police union in Omaha, Nebraska posted a home video of an African American toddler swearing at a roomful of adults, who egg him on. The AC360 Later panel weighs in on the outrage the union has sparked with its remarks about the video.
Some substance abuse experts are afraid that Colorado's new marijuana law will lead to a rise in addiction. Gary Tuchman reports.
Plus, Dr. Drew and Carl Hart, Columbia University psychology professor and author of "High Price", debate whether pot is a gateway drug.
Anderson takes a look back at politics and power in 2013 from the U.S. government shutdown to the Affordable Care Act and everything in between.
Join us and watch Anderson Cooper and Kathy Griffin ring in the New Year live from Times Square on CNN. Tune in Tuesday, Dec. 31, from 9 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. ET.
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And don't miss the Anderson Cooper 360° special at 8 p.m. ET, “All the Best, All the Worst 2013,” to relive the ups and downs from the past year in politics, pop culture, the economy, and entertainment.
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