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?

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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.

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soundoff (211 Responses)
  1. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Yes, we should boycott BP right now.

    May 17, 2010 at 10:18 pm |
  2. Kelly - Harrisburg, PA

    How much money does Palin get for these public appearances?

    May 17, 2010 at 10:18 pm |
  3. Renee

    @ Megan: I thought fired up Professor Brinkley just on was related to the famous newsman David Brinkley. I guess I am wrong on that one.

    May 17, 2010 at 10:18 pm |
  4. Brandon Boyd

    Brandon Boyd, Henderson North Carolina.. Please read this on the air! We must to something to save the Gulf!

    May 17, 2010 at 10:17 pm |
  5. Myles

    Since the Supreme Court recently ruled that a corporation enjoys First Amendment rights to free speech, essentially making the corporation an individual, shouldn't the corporation then be liable for criminal charges, prosecution, incarceration or even the death penalty. If Anderson dumped millions of gallons into the Gulf he would be jailed. Why can't we jail BP?

    May 17, 2010 at 10:17 pm |
  6. Stephanie

    The whole bp spin remainds me of "newspeak" in Orwell's 1984. So many lies, distortions, conflicting reports that no one knows what the truth is...except that it is a disaster!!

    May 17, 2010 at 10:17 pm |
  7. Bruce Ohms

    Easy to get through BP arrogance. We simply stop buying their products.

    May 17, 2010 at 10:16 pm |
  8. Sree Nanduru, Richmond, VA

    I am sure down the lane in the years to come she will become a good public speaker if not a president!!!

    May 17, 2010 at 10:16 pm |
  9. David, Indiana

    Good evenin Anderson, Isabel, Emily, Starr, Megan, everyone. Yes that is a good question, if BP is sucking up 1000 barrels a day, knowing how much oil contiues to pour from the well is needed to understand how the gulf continues to be impacted and how to plan dealing with the spill. I do think though that BP has sent representative to Lousiana and that there is, though it is sometimes hard to tell from some of their statements to the media a comprehensive effort to deal with the spill and cleanup. Douglas Brinkleys pt about speed drilling is important because there is some indication that maybe well pressures weren't being monitored closely enough prior to the explosion, though clearly that's not definitive at this pt. The insertion tube though is so far what has worked with at least a meausure of success.

    May 17, 2010 at 10:16 pm |
  10. Big Ray

    Can Anderson interview the Executives from the other Oil companys to see if they have any suggestions to help the situation???

    May 17, 2010 at 10:16 pm |
  11. Emily

    Wow, are people going to vote on what Sarah Palin has to say?!
    ...and she is not even on the ballot...I think that would be really sad...

    May 17, 2010 at 10:16 pm |
  12. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    What? OK, why pick those Palin sound bites? They were about nothing.

    May 17, 2010 at 10:16 pm |
  13. Brandon Boyd

    I believe this oil spill will be the "Enviromental" Katrina to the Gulf and the shores of the Gulf. Something must be done! Why doesn'y our government step in and make it clear to BP that we (the government of the US) are going to stop this and clean up the spill BUT you (BP) will be responsible for all charges! The longer we go without acting the worse it will be.. Ovbiously BP cannot handle this, it's only been 3 weeks!

    May 17, 2010 at 10:16 pm |
  14. John in Willits

    one thing that isn't being covered that needs to be addressed is the amount of natural gas being released.

    The current amount of natural gas streaming from this well, in addition to the oil is 2-5% of all u.s. residential natural gas use per day in september of last year.

    The amount of oil leaking into the gulf is 25,000 to 70,000 barrels.

    a 3000:1 ratio would mean 75 – 210 million cubic feet of gas per day being released.

    There is 5.64 cubic feet of gas per barrel.

    That would mean there is 13.3 to 37.2 million "barrels" of gas being released each day.

    There are 44,872 cubic feet of natural gas in one metric ton of gas (STP).

    That means 1,671 to 4,680 metric tons of gas released each day

    (75,000,000 divided by 44,872 = 1,671)

    May 17, 2010 at 10:16 pm |
  15. Delease

    The delayed information flow is most surprising to me. The video footage took to long to surface and that is shameful. But Anderson Cooper will continue to expose them and keep them honest. Great job!

    May 17, 2010 at 10:16 pm |
  16. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    No........ David Brinkley is not related Mr. Brinkley. 🙂

    May 17, 2010 at 10:14 pm |
  17. Stephanie

    I wish there were as strong demands for Sarah Palin to come on Anderson Cooper for an interview as there is for pb executives. Right now the news media is covering her outlandish statements with no demand for accountability.

    May 17, 2010 at 10:14 pm |
  18. Kelly - Harrisburg, PA

    We'll see if Senator Specter can stay in the race tomorrow... they've been running a really creepy tv ad against him the past couple of weeks.

    May 17, 2010 at 10:14 pm |
  19. Starr, formerly known as vincent

    Mr. Brinkley makes an excellent point about BP NOT allowing ANY other companies, etc to see or to help with the present situation.

    Why not?! More eyes Can't hurt the situation any more than it already has.

    The repercussions ecologically will be ongoing for years. BP has got to know that they can't Hide that anymore!

    May 17, 2010 at 10:14 pm |
  20. Sue R. Canton Mi.

    Good evening.

    It's hard enough trying to grasp at the magnitude of this disaster. I keep thinking that BP doesn't want us to know just how bad this situation really is.

    May 17, 2010 at 10:13 pm |
  21. Emily

    I wish that someone from BP would take AC up on his offer to go on the show to talk about what is going on!!!
    It's very frustrating this "not-knowing"...it would be to their benefit to disseminate the correct information!

    May 17, 2010 at 10:13 pm |
  22. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    When you have a casualty the first priority is to stop further destruction. In a way, calculating the rate og the leak IS a secondary issue. Stop it, don't measure it.

    May 17, 2010 at 10:13 pm |
  23. Sree Nanduru, Richmond, VA

    OH!!! Sarah Palin – cant wait to see what she has to say!!!

    May 17, 2010 at 10:11 pm |
  24. Paula, Colorado

    Hi! It's great to see you on tonight. I hope you had a great weekend.
    The childrens' study looks fascinating. I think kids need to be taught the difference between color in symbolism, and color attributed to race.

    May 17, 2010 at 10:11 pm |
  25. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    I think we should all boycott BP.

    May 17, 2010 at 10:11 pm |
  26. Bobby Hutchison

    I've yet to hear if anyone has asked BP how many barrels a day they were pumping before the explosion. That should let us know at least a "minimum" of what is "gushing out" today.....simple question I've yet to see asked or answered.

    May 17, 2010 at 10:11 pm |
  27. carolyn j

    Hello, Anderson, and staff, fellow bloggers.
    they need to bring in the engineers from DUBAI.. if you can build on the sea, you can close, and take off all that oil and residue.

    May 17, 2010 at 10:10 pm |
  28. Sharon Hastings

    @ Starr, I tried to find the Friday night blog but couldn't. Don't think there is one for Fridays now??? Anyone know? Anderson??

    May 17, 2010 at 10:10 pm |
  29. Kelly - Harrisburg, PA

    Aren't companies that can cause communities harm have to have emergency response plans? If a nuclear plant had a problem, they have to have plans in place, right? why not these guys? I don't get it.

    I've passed by several bp stations since this started. Not sure I will use bp again.

    May 17, 2010 at 10:10 pm |
  30. Starr, formerly known as vincent

    The BP story will go on for years now.

    They lied from the beginning and apparently see no benefit in telling the truth now.

    Words like "stunning" relative to this undescribable ecological event pale in comparison as to the reality of the amount of oil pouring into the gulf every minute since it happened.

    I don't know that there will Ever be any ustice in this situation. But, I do feel that our Gov. Needs to do Something of significance re: BP-put them out of business And Enforce regulations!!

    May 17, 2010 at 10:10 pm |
  31. Renee

    Loving Mr. Brinkley tonight. He is all fired up! Is he David Brinkley's son?

    May 17, 2010 at 10:10 pm |
  32. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    They can't educate people if they don't know what to do.

    May 17, 2010 at 10:09 pm |
  33. tanyia

    Jo Ann our government has been bought and paid for by the Oil industry.

    May 17, 2010 at 10:09 pm |
  34. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    No. It doesn't work at all. stll leaking right now.

    May 17, 2010 at 10:09 pm |
  35. Sree Nanduru, Richmond, VA

    I think MMS and its activities need to be studied...

    Most of the resources now are engaged in stopping the leak. One day it will stop *one way or the other* – but then who is trying to be active about the clean up???

    May 17, 2010 at 10:08 pm |
  36. Soledad Gomez

    Maybe it's because BP's objective is to contain the problem, investigating is something that can wait.

    May 17, 2010 at 10:08 pm |
  37. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    How could our government allow them to drill at that depth without having a way to stop a leak?

    May 17, 2010 at 10:07 pm |
    • Robin Johnson

      My thought exactly – it is inexcusable that they sold us on their technical knowledge to drlll and are now not able to handle the spill.....

      May 17, 2010 at 10:24 pm |
  38. Emily

    What does BP stand for again? Bad Planning?

    May 17, 2010 at 10:07 pm |
  39. tanyia

    The leak might be heading into the Gulf streams that will take it to the Florida keys and into the Atlantic.

    May 17, 2010 at 10:07 pm |
  40. Sree Nanduru

    In terms of how many barrels no one will know – its like trying to guess how much salt was mixed in the water to make it "salt water"

    May 17, 2010 at 10:06 pm |
  41. Cessy - Chicago

    stopping the leak: Will it really work?

    May 17, 2010 at 10:06 pm |
  42. Emily

    Has anyone heard or read yet just how much oil was in that oil well to start with?
    I've never heard or read that....

    May 17, 2010 at 10:05 pm |
  43. Cessy - Chicago

    Hello! and Happy Monday to you all!

    Hi Anderson 🙂

    May 17, 2010 at 10:05 pm |
  44. Emily

    Good evening Anderson, 360 Team, Jo Ann, Mike, David, Megan, Nancy, Starr, Gloria, Casey, Nicole & Bloggers!

    I've heard BP say that they are doing a better job, however, I've also heard that the oil is now making it into the Atlantic! Which one is true?

    May 17, 2010 at 10:04 pm |
  45. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    They will not stop the leak, and they will not let anyone else to try to stop the leak!

    May 17, 2010 at 10:04 pm |
  46. tanyia

    Good evening everyone

    BP cannot be trusted

    May 17, 2010 at 10:03 pm |
  47. Sharon Hastings

    Good evening Anderson and everyone. It's great to be here tonight with all of you. I am sick to see that there is some projection that the oil spill is headed around Florida and all the way to the Atlantic. Does anyone trust BP about these amounts of spill and whether or not their latest effort is working?

    May 17, 2010 at 10:03 pm |
  48. Starr, formerly known as vincent

    Good evening Anderson & entire Team 360.

    Hi, David, Isabele, Gabriela, Nichole, Nancy, Dulcie, Mike, Casey, Smith, Kim Emily, everyone....

    DId anyone else miss the blog on Friday?

    May 17, 2010 at 10:03 pm |
  49. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Helloooo Anderson, Megan, Joe, Jessica, Candy, David Gergen, Ed Henry, Martina, Nicole, Kim, Emily, Gloria, Dodie, Mike, Casey, Milan, Vivan, Gabriela, Cessy, Paula, Isabel, David-Indiana, JoAnn, Monica, Kathy, Gayle, Renee, Caroline, Danie, Lori, Adelaide, BettyAnn, Heather, Starr, Sharon, Casey, A. Smith, Devin, Karin, Dulcie, Michael, Karen, Miranda and my friend Twitter/Facebook Bloggers!!!!
    Thanks for coming in for join us tonight! 😀
    Hope you have great weekend! 🙂
    Happy Monday night!!!

    May 17, 2010 at 10:00 pm |
  50. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    Good Evening Everyone!

    Anderson, I enjoyed watching 360 Friday!

    May 17, 2010 at 10:00 pm |
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