A new exam given to 15-year-olds around the world found American students scores were average in science and reading and below average in math. What's also troubling is America saw little or no gains in the last decade while other countries raced ahead. Anderson discussed what all of this means with Fareed Zakaria, host of Fareed Zakaria GPS and Amanda Ripley, author of "The Smartest Kids in the World–and How They Got That Way."
Not only was this man's survival amazing, but the rescue was difficult. Anderson discussed all of this with former Navy SEAL Brandon Webb.
There is a lot going on tonight, one of our favorite topics tonight is a new study suggesting some gender differences may be hardwired in our brains.
Anderson sat down with Chad Pregracke, of East Moline, IL, immediately after revealing his selection as 2013 CNN Hero of the Year.
Pregracke has dedicated his life to cleaning up the Mississippi River and other American waterways. Since 1998, nearly 70,000 volunteers have helped Pregracke and his non-profit remove more than 7 million pounds of garbage from 23 rivers across the country.
“CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute” re-airs this Saturday, Dec. 7 at 9pm ET/PT.
It has been more than two decades since basketball great Earvin Magic Johnson announced that he was H.I.V. positive and retiring from the L.A. Lakers. A lot has changed since then in the public education and perception of H.I.V. and AIDS and how it's treated medically. Anderson spoke with Johnson about the impact of his decision to go public with his H.I.V. status. They also talked about Johnson’s son, E.J., who came out as gay publicly this year.
Two Americans are living a cold war nightmare right now inside North Korea. More than a month ago, 85-year-old Korean War veteran Merrill Newman was dragged off his flight home from Pyongyang and arrested. North Korean authorities just released video of himapparently reading from a script, "confessing" to so-called war crimes. Kenneth Bae has been held in North Korea for more than a year and was sentenced to 15 years of hard labor. Steven Weber is a professor of International Relations at U.C. Berkeley.
Passengers on a U.S. Airways flight over the weekend were told they had been exposed to tuberculosis. When the plane landed in Phoenix, paramedics came on board and removed one passenger. Everyone else on board was advised to get tested for TB. So how concerned should these passengers be? How concerned should you be next time you fly? Anderson discussed this with Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta.
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Investigators say they are focusing on speed in the crash that killed "The Fast and the Furious" star Paul Walker. He was in the passenger seat and his race team partner Roger Rodas was behind the wheel. But were they racing at the time of the crash? Kyung Lah has the latest.
Anderson discussed all of this with Eddie Alterman, Editor-In-Chief of “Car and Driver” magazine.
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