January 31st, 2008
10:55 PM ET

Life without the Internet

First story in Friday's show got us thinking about just that.  Oh sure, I remember being 'Netless for part of my childhood:  LOTS more work; lots less convenience.

For me, the Internet means event and movie tickets, travel info, weather reports, keeping up with people nationwide, TONS of work research, news, and of course, this here blog!  Could we live without it?  Literally speaking, yes.  But who would want to?

Carl Azuz, Anchor

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January 30th, 2008
08:22 PM ET

Expelled for Kissing?

The kissing controversy in Thursday's show is getting some serious attention.  What I'd like to know is where you stand on this and what you think of public displays of affection to begin with.  Are you uncomfortable if your friends kiss while you're hanging out?  Do you think there should be rules against smooching in public?  Pucker up and tell us where you stand...

Carl Azuz, Anchor

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January 29th, 2008
10:28 PM ET

Year of the WHAT?

So according to the Chinese calendar, we're just days away from the Year of the Rat.  An inspiring animal?  Not exactly, but then again, neither is the pig.  And it could always be worse; imagine if you were born in the Year of the Slug.

Fortunately, the slug doesn't exist on the Chinese calendar, but what if?  I'm trying to think of some animal names that would automatically make a year seem AWESOME.  "Year of the Bull" sounds kinda cool, but I'd be a little concerned about "Year of the Hippo."  What kind of year is this going to be for you?  If you could pick any animal to characterize it, which would you choose and why?

Carl Azuz, Anchor

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January 24th, 2008
08:30 PM ET

Well THAT struck a chord...

Today the Student News blog comment box was loaded with passionate responses on the "Learn to Earn" story. It's easily a new record, beating out posts on "Meanest Mom." Keep them coming! Getting paid to study sounds like a good deal, but what happens if the well dries up? Will the students go on strike and stop studying? Who wins then?

Jerry DeMink, VP CNN News Services

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January 23rd, 2008
07:45 PM ET

Getting Paid to Study?!


Students at two Atlanta-area schools are being paid to study with tutors. CNN's Josh Levs reports.

Forget bagging groceries or mowing lawns or ringing up customers.  In a new program being offered to some of Georgia's 8th and 11th graders, students can actually get paid $8 an hour to get tutored!

Now call me old-fashioned, but I remember when students actually had to pay for tutoring.  Imagine this:  going to school for eight hours, working for four hours, spending part of your paycheck on getting tutored for two hours.  Doesn't sound like as good a deal, does it?

Well, a Georgia county commissioner argued that the "Learn to Earn" program is an effective way for some students to get more involved in their studies, as it would help make learning a priority.  But an author featured on Thursday's show suggested that students who were paid to study now would lose interest in the future when they're expected to study without getting paid.

You're students, and you're the ones who matter in this debate.  We'd love to hear what you think.

Carl Azuz, Anchor

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January 22nd, 2008
08:45 PM ET

Market Mess!

...and I'm not just talking about what happens when the market is down.  I'm talking about covering this subject - it's definitely not an easy one!  We had a lot of discussion in our rundown meeting on how to approach this story, and we did our best to give you a basic but clear idea of what it means when the market is on the rise or on the slide.

One thing I really like is the report that follows it.  When the U.S. market suffers, officials from around the world pay close attention because international markets have a way of influencing each other.  It's a little like one bowling pin tumbling into another, though I bet my economics teacher would've explained that differently...

Carl Azuz, Anchor

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January 17th, 2008
08:58 PM ET

Co-ed Sports?

My high school, like every other one I knew, had separate basketball and soccer teams for guys and girls.  There were no guys on the women's volleyball team; there were no girls who played varsity football.

Whether it's rule or tradition that keeps most athletics separated by gender, it's generally accepted that they will be.  But what would school sports be like if they weren't?  Should women who want to be on men's football teams be allowed?  Do men have a place on women's volleyball teams?  I don't know the answers here; I'd just like to see what you think.

(Oh, and while you're thinking, have an awesome weekend!  We'll see you next Tuesday.)

Carl Azuz, Anchor

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January 16th, 2008
10:56 PM ET

Where's the Beef...from?

You'll never hear me complain about having to eat a steak; it's one of my favorite foods.  But steak from cloned cattle?  Should that even make a difference if the FDA says it's safe?

This is one of those technology-versus-psychology stories.  If the meat from a cloned animal is identical in taste and safety, then it pretty much comes down to how you feel about the idea.  Now I'm not sure I'll be the first guy to try it – who wants to be a guinea pig when it comes to stuff you eat? – but if cloning leads to better beef, who'd have a beef with the idea?

Carl Azuz, Anchor

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January 15th, 2008
08:47 PM ET

Talking Trash

Wednesday's first story wasn't the first time you've heard about waste disposal problems somewhere, but it might've been the first time you've seen the results in the street!  Naples has definitely seen better days.

I had a friend in college who had an ever-growing tower of fast-food bags in his kitchen garbage.  He and his roommate had a rule:  Whoever stacked the last bag that caused the whole pile to fall over had to take it all out.  Funny for them; gross for the rest of us.

But what would you do if your neighborhood were packed with stinking, sagging trash bags?  Virginia Beach managed to turn a trash heap into a skate park – Mount Trashmore Park.  Do you think something like that would be possible where you live?  What advice would you give the city of Naples, Italy?

Carl Azuz, Anchor

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January 14th, 2008
06:40 PM ET

Edible Art

Lisa Porterfield here - I write the daily curriculum materials and help put together the show. I just finished watching the Ramen noodle story and it got me thinking…. Sang Wook Lee’s sculpture is really cool, but I'm not sure if it’s art. What do you think? If you had to explain what art is to someone, what would you say? 

Lisa Porterfield, Curriculum Development Manager

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