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In our Big Interview tonight Anderson talks to Dennis Quaid who has made it his mission to raise awareness about the risks of medical errors. In 2007, his newborn twins almost died as a result of a medical error at a hospital when they were given an accidental overdose of a blood thinner.
Quaid has produced a documentary called “Chasing Zero: Winning the War on Healthcare Harm,” which airs on the Discovery Channel on April 24. He hopes that by sharing his story he can help prevent medical accidents from happening to others. What would you like to ask him?
Today is the 40th annual Earth Day and we’re taking an in-depth look at flashpoints around the globe where natural resources are caught in the crossfire of conflict. Don’t miss Anderson swim without a cage with Great White Sharks, meet a group of Mountain Gorillas never before seen by tourists and explore the next possible deadly pandemic with Dr. Sanjay Gupta. We put together a special Earth Day edition of our award-winning documentary, Planet in Peril, which will air tonight at 11 p.m. ET.
Reporter's Note: I’m writing from Kansas again, within a stone’s throw of the famous Boot Hill! Not that it really changes anything…but still, it’s interesting.
Tom Foreman | BIO
Dear Mr. President,
Here is what a guy in Dodge City said to me today about his town’s overwhelming success building up its local economy over the past ten years. “We just hope Washington doesn’t come along and mess it up.”
Now, I’m not talking about some anti-government hothead. This is not a malcontent who is never happy with the state of things. This is an involved, caring, community minded civic leader, who clearly believes in the power of government to do good. Just not the federal government. Not now.
Perhaps a little framing is in order. This is cattle country of course and that’s always been the big cornerstone industry. But after decades of stagnation in terms of local development, in 1997 city and civic leaders convinced local voters to approve a one cent sales tax increase. They promised that the money would go to creating an entertainment Mecca in their town with sports arenas, a race track, and a new multi-use convention center to host meetings, concerts, even ice hockey...which, as you may guess, is something of a rarity on the plains of Kansas. Like windless days.
Editor's Note: After last night's AC360°, many of you wrote in to give opinions on the new 'birther' move in Arizona. Many of you also thanked Anderson for “Keeping them honest.” The story of Abbie Dorn, the disabled mother of triplets who is fighting to have visitation rights to see them, received sympathy from some as well. What do you think? Let us know!
Cooper... You do realize that Obama could of had somebody hack into the Hawaii database and add his certificate in there??? There have been many conspiracies from the government in the past. You are basically saying that any information seen on the internet is true. Just because the state verified that the certificate existed doesn't mean they verified that the certificate was indeed not a forgery.
Pres. Obama holds a US Passport, the highest proof of birth and citizenship!!!!!!!
Though I came into the interview halfway through, kudos to Anderson on pressing his guest regarding the "birther movement". As a Canadian observer, and devotee of American politics, the controversy around Prez. Obama's birth place and the validity of his birth certificate is beyond ridiculous. So thank you Anderson for throwing some fairly obvious facts at your far inferior guest (the query as to where past Presidents were born was awesome) and for pressing him on simply pandering to the sadly misinformed electorate. I'm slowly losing faith in this American empire.
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