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March 12th, 2010
10:41 PM ET

10 Questions: David Barton on the future of fitness

David Puente
AC360° Producer

A cross between the AC360° series "What's Next" and The Proust questionnaire, AC360° Producer David Puente asks newsmakers his own set of questions. If in The Proust Questionnaire – named for the writer Marcel Proust who popularized it – the individual responding reveals his or her true nature, then in this questionnaire we'll learn about the individual and about "what's next" in the coming century.
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Cutting-edge fitness guru David Barton, the man behind the massively successful DavidBartonGym health clubs (located in Miami, New York, Chicago, Seattle and soon in LA and Las Vegas), reveals more about his obsession with big muscles and sculpting bodies. The Ivy-league educated fitness and business expert also ponders his own tastes which he calls “outlandish” but not “extravagant.” You decide.

1. Will Michelle Obama's arms make a mark on the First Ladies of the future? Look for a future female President.

2. Is it possible for fitness to go out of fashion? When I started, this business wasn’t trendy. Now that I’m around, I’d hate to see a world of out of shape people.

3. What is your motto? Look better naked.

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Filed under: David Puente • What's Next
March 4th, 2010
11:47 PM ET

10 Questions: Lauren Bush on compassionate fashion

Lauren Bush at a benefit hosted by Vanity Fair in Los Angeles last week.

Lauren Bush at a benefit hosted by Vanity Fair in Los Angeles last week.

David Puente
AC360° Producer

A cross between the AC360° series "What's Next" and The Proust questionnaire, AC360° Producer David Puente asks newsmakers his own set of questions. If in The Proust Questionnaire – named for the writer Marcel Proust who popularized it – the individual responding reveals his or her true nature, then in this questionnaire we'll learn about the individual and about "what's next" in the coming century.

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Lauren Bush
Fashion Designer

As she visits stores across America this month to promote her fashion collaboration with African women, designer Lauren Bush takes some time to ponder the role of powerful dynasties, stylish First Ladies and the gadget that will make a man sexy in the future.

The niece of former President George W. Bush, and granddaughter, of former President George H. W. Bush, is hands-on when it comes to business, she hand-writes the labels for her very personal women’s ready-to-wear line herself. The dresses, on sale in Barneys nationwide, are part of her "Lauren Pierce" collection. They're made of fabrics hand-dyed by women in the war-torn Democratic Congo. Bush says she named the line “Lauren Pierce” not because she wanted to downplay her last name, but rather because Pierce is her brother's name and also the maiden name of her grandmother, Barbara Bush, a descendant of President Franklin Pierce. Take a look at some of her work here www.lauren-pierce.com.

1. Family dynasties often rule in Washington – why not as much in fashion? Politics and fashion aren’t necessarily congruent.

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Filed under: David Puente • What's Next
February 16th, 2010
01:58 PM ET

10 Questions: Carolina Herrera on What’s Next…in Style

Designer Carolina Herrera watches rehearsals before the Carolina Herrera Fall 2010 Fashion Show in New York City on Monday.

Designer Carolina Herrera watches rehearsals before the Carolina Herrera Fall 2010 Fashion Show in New York City on Monday.

David Puente
AC360° Producer

A cross between the AC360° series "What's Next" and The Proust questionnaire, AC360° Producer David Puente asks newsmakers his own set of questions. If in the The Proust Questionnaire – named for the writer Marcel Proust who popularized it – the individual responding reveals his or her true nature, then in this questionnaire we'll learn about the individual and about "what's next" in the coming century.

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Carolina Herrera
Fashion Designer

Taking time out from New York's Fashion Week, designer Carolina Herrera pondered what's next for the industry, male vanity and even Venezuela's strong-man President Hugo Chavez.

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Filed under: David Puente • What's Next
February 11th, 2010
03:30 PM ET

10 Questions: What’s Next…in Education, according to a 14-year-old

Zhuara Rivera, a 14-year-old student, reader and activist.

Zhuara Rivera, a 14-year-old student, reader and activist.

David Puente
AC360° Producer

A cross between the AC360° series “What’s Next” and The Proust questionnaire, AC360° Producer David Puente asks newsmakers his own set of questions. If in the The Proust Questionnaire – named for the writer Marcel Proust who popularized it – the individual responding reveals his or her true nature, then in this questionnaire we’ll learn about the individual and about “what’s next” in the coming century.
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Zhuara Rivera, teenage student, avid reader & activist

B. Dalton, the only bookstore in Laredo, Texas, offered a fairy tale world for 14-year-old Zhuara Rivera. She could get lost in all the stories on all those pages. But on January 16, Barnes & Noble, which owns B. Dalton, closed the bookstore. Now, Zhuara has to travel 150 miles to San Antonio to find a shop that sells books. So she and dozens of volunteers launched a grassroots organization called "Laredo Reads" collecting signatures to support a bookstore in Laredo. Zhuara has collected 2,500 signatures and counting. She says she won’t stop until a new bookstore opens in her city.

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Filed under: David Puente • Opinion • What's Next
February 2nd, 2010
05:23 PM ET

What’s Next…Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, Mental Health & the U.S. Military

Bonnie Carroll founded the advocacy group, TAPS.

Bonnie Carroll founded the advocacy group, TAPS.

David Puente
AC360° Producer

A cross between the AC360° series “What’s Next” and the famed Proust questionnaire, AC360° Producer David Puente has devised his own set of questions for newsmakers. The Proust Questionnaire is a list of questions about one's personality, named for the French writer Marcel Proust who popularized it at the end of the 19th century. Back then it was in fashion to answer questions that revealed one’s tastes and aspects of one’s work.

If in the Proust questionnaire the individual responding reveals his or her true nature, then in this questionnaire we’ll learn about the individual and about “what’s next” in the coming decade.
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While the battle over “Don’t ask, Don’t tell” captures national headlines again today, another battle within the U.S. Military is also on the minds of the country’s highest-ranking soldiers. The battle against suicide in the Military has prompted top Pentagon officials to call for a change in how the troops perceive mental health. The goal is to combat the stigma that therapy is shameful. But the fact that when a U.S. soldier commits suicide, the president doesn't send a condolence letter to the family, doesn’t help grieving relatives. It also doesn’t help de-stigmatize mental health issues in the Military.

Advocates for bereaved Military families like Bonnie Carroll say soldiers deserve better. Bonnie is a military widow who founded the advocacy group Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors. I talked to her about both “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” and the fight to prevent suicide, which took the lives of 160 active-duty Army soldiers in 2009 - up from 140 suicides in 2008.

1. How will mental health in the Military change? The stigma in seeking care will disappear.

2. The trait you most admire in the U.S. Military? Loyalty and selflessness.

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Filed under: David Puente • What's Next
January 29th, 2010
01:00 PM ET

What’s Next…on stage

David Puente
AC360° Producer

A cross between the AC360° series “What’s Next” and the famed Proust questionnaire, AC360° Producer David Puente has devised his own set of questions for newsmakers. The Proust Questionnaire is a list of questions about one's personality. Its name is owed to the French writer Marcel Proust who popularized it at the end of the nineteenth century. At that time, it was in fashion to answer questions that revealed one’s tastes, aspirations, and aspects of one’s work and personality.

If in the Proust questionnaire the individual responding reveals his or her true nature, then in this questionnaire we’ll learn about the individual and about “what’s next” in the coming decade.

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Now a divorced dad living in New York City, Will Swenson has come a long way from playing Jesus Christ in a promotional film for the Church of Latter Day Saints. Now Swenson gives life to ‘Berger’ in the Tony Award-winning revival of HAIR at Broadway’s Hirschfeld Theatre. And despite having grown up as a member of the conservative Mormon Church in Utah, he also reveals his support of gay marriage and his lack of patience for right-wing religious types, some of which he wants to excommunicate from the human race.

The HAIR New Broadway Cast Recording is Grammy nominated, and now re-released on vinyl.

1. What's better for the spirit, free love or the institution of marriage?

The best thing would be living in a society where anyone could live in the relationship of their choosing. Yes, anyone.

2. What is the trait you most deplore in hippies?

The female armpit hair thing. Sorry. Just being honest.

3. What is the trait you most deplore in yuppies?

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Filed under: David Puente • What's Next
January 8th, 2010
11:17 AM ET