May 17th, 2010
09:45 PM ET

Kids, race and bias. Are children today really colorblind? Join the live chat

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We have our landmark pilot study on race and how children see skin color. Are kids today really colorblind? Plus, major new developments on the Gulf oil spill. And the Palin factor, how much with Sarah Palin's endorsements affect key Senate primary races tomorrow?

Want to know what else we're covering? Read EVENING BUZZ

Scroll down to join the live chat during the program. It's your chance to share your thoughts on tonight's headlines. Keep in mind, you have a better chance of having your comment get past our moderators if you follow our rules.

Here are some of them:

1) Keep it short (we don't have time to read a "book")
2) Don't write in ALL CAPS (there's no need to yell)
3) Use your real name (first name only is fine)
4) No links
5) Watch your language (keep it G-rated; PG at worst - and that includes $#&*)

Filed under: Live Blog
May 17th, 2010
09:21 PM ET

Evening Buzz: Oil Spill Accusations

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AC360° Writer

There are major new developments tonight in the Gulf oil disaster. According to an administration official, President Obama will sign an executive order establishing a presidential commission to investigate the oil spill.

Meantime, the federal official overseeing offshore drilling announced his departure amid criticism that regulators have been too cozy with the oil industry. He told colleagues unexpectedly that he’ll retire at the end of the month.

In recent days, Massachusetts congressman Ed Markey, whose committee is holding hearings on the spill, has lambasted BP, the owner of the ruptured well. Markey has accused BP officials of stonewalling him about the size of the spill and refusing to bring on independent experts to judge for themselves. Keeping Them Honest, we’ll take a hard look at those charges tonight and also at what’s happening below the water’s surface more than three weeks after the drilling rig blew up.

Also tonight, an update on a landmark pilot study on race and how children see skin color. Are young children today really colorblind when it comes to race, as many parents would like to believe? We commissioned a new pilot study by a team of child psychologists to measure kids’ beliefs about race. We’ll show you video from the interviews conducted for the study. The children are candid, sometimes painfully so. What they say may stun you.  

Another story we’re following tonight: primary anxiety. On the eve of some key Senate primary races, we’ll be looking at anti-incumbent fever and the Palin Factor. Sarah Palin has endorsed Rand Paul in Kentucky’s Republican Senate primary. Are her endorsements making a difference or is she just placing safe bets? Our political panel will zero in on the Kentucky race plus battles in Arkansas and Pennsylvania.

Join us for these stories and much more starting at 10 p.m. ET. See you then.

Filed under: Cate Vojdik • Gulf Oil Spill • Oil • The Buzz
May 17th, 2010
06:35 PM ET

Doll test study: Send us your iReports

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We want to hear from you. What do you have to say about the doll study results? Send us your iReports on our landmark doll study and you could be featured on AC360° this week.

You can submit your iReports here.

Don't miss AC360° at 10pm ET all week for more on the doll study.

Filed under: 360° Radar • Race in America
May 17th, 2010
05:57 PM ET

Beat 360° 5/17/10

Ready for today's Beat 360°? Everyday we post a picture you provide the caption and our staff will join in too. Tune in tonight at 10pm to see if you are our favorite! Here is the 'Beat 360°' pic:

MAY 15: Logan Heyne, 5, waits for workers to pass by as they search the beach for tar balls to be picked up as they wash ashore from the Deepwater Horizon site on May 15, 2010 in Dauphin Island, Alabama. Oil continues to leak out of the Deepwater Horizon wellhead as BP works on slowing the leak and containing the oil in the Gulf of Mexico. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Have fun with it. We're looking forward to your captions! Make sure to include your name, city, state (or country) so we can post your comment.

________________________________________________________________________________ Beat 360° Challenge

Filed under: Beat 360° • T1
May 17th, 2010
03:32 PM ET

Must-see 360 Friday video: What you missed

In case you missed the first ever 360° Friday, we've got you covered. In the clips below, you can see:

* An insightful discussion with CNN political contributor Donna Brazile and author Po Bronson on talking to kids about skin color. Don't forget to watch our series on CNN's landmark doll study all week on AC360° at 10pm ET.

* Our panel of celebrity guests discuss the big topics of the week. Actor John Leguizamo, actress/playwright Anna Deveare Smith and CNN political contributor Mary Matalin discuss the Gulf oil spill and the web video of 7-year-old girls dancing to Beyonce's "Single Ladies."

* Our very first 360° Challenge. How much do our celebrity panelists know about the news of the week? You'll have to watch to find out.

Filed under: 360° Radar
May 17th, 2010
01:17 PM ET

UPDATED: AC360 Series: Doll study research

This week, AC360° will air a four-part series on the results of a CNN pilot study examining how children view skin color. In tonight's first installment, find out how this pilot study was conducted and why parents find it hard to talk to their kids about race.

Read on to find the full doll study results and the original 1947 doll test results. Also check out more web videos of kids taking part in the study.

Check back here throughout the week for updated videos and information on this landmark pilot study.


Filed under: 360° Radar • Race in America
May 17th, 2010
12:20 PM ET

Interactive: Tracking the oil spill

As BP continues to work towards fixing the gushing oil well in the Gulf of Mexico, check out a video timeline tracking the oil spill as it spreads.

Filed under: 360° Radar
May 17th, 2010
09:48 AM ET

Teenage bandit strikes again?


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Gabriel Falcon
AC360° Writer

Did the “most wanted teen bandit in America” strike again? Maybe, authorities in Washington State said Sunday.

Colton Harris-Moore, 18, may have stolen a fishing boat that was reported missing Sunday Morning, the San Juan County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement. San Juan County is located in the San Juan Islands off the coast of Washington State.

At the same time the fishing boat was reported stolen, the abandoned vessel was located floating off nearby Camino Island, the statement said.


Filed under: Crime & Punishment • Gabe Falcon
May 17th, 2010
09:23 AM ET

Dear Mr. President #483 "Come see the new, New Mexico!"

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Tom Foreman | BIO
AC360° Correspondent

Reporter's Note: Oh, so the tables have turned! Now I’m the one traveling, and the President is stuck back in DC! (At least I think he is…hmm…better check that out.) Anyway, my letters this week will be from New Mexico.

Dear Mr. President,

Greetings from the Land of Enchantment! No, no, I’m not talking about Beyonce’s dance rehearsal studio. I’m in New Mexico!

Have you ever spent much time here? Having lived in Denver for 10 years, I can tell you that I roamed the countryside of my southern neighbor a good many times. This is a delightful place. Beautiful countryside. Rolling hills with scattered scrub oaks, sage, cacti and more. Pronghorn standing on the alert on distant ridges; prairie dogs skittering around; and a lovely assortment of birds…which, as you know, I always enjoy.

I am here for the next installment of our Building Up America series which will be airing all this week. (Btw, did you see my Building Up America special on Alabama this past weekend? You didn’t call, so I was wondering if you missed it. I can send over a DVD if you want…) I spent most of today hanging out in a fun little town called Santa Rosa with a pretty interesting guy named M.E. Sprengelmeyer. He used to be a big reporter for Denver’s Rocky Mountain News (which was a really good newspaper) until it went up in flames and sent everyone packing. He had every reason to give up on the west, on the economy, and certainly on the newspaper business. But instead he beat feet down to his old home state of New Mexico where he bought the Guadalupe County Communicator, a small local newspaper, and is now taking a swing at the publishing game.


May 17th, 2010
07:57 AM ET

Sound Off: Your comments 5/17/10

Editor's Note: You had mixed opinions of the Friday show format. Some of you enjoyed the live audience show, while others felt the format was more like an entertainment show and not a “real news” show. Many comments were also submitted about the “Black and White Study.” While most had their own theories about the study results, the majority agreed that it was an interesting topic and a “wonderful presentation.”

I like the new Friday format with the live show. However, where is the live blog? I will really miss posting with the regulars on the AC360 live blog. Are you going to include it? Please?

Tuned in to see the Anderson Cooper I like and respect. This FRIDAY format is not good. I was disappointed that we did not get the "real news" that I count on from AC360°.


Filed under: Behind The Scenes