May 29th, 2008
09:30 PM ET

The Price of Space

One [very unscientific] reason to send a robotic rover to Mars: It's cool. We're able to get a sense of what it's like on another planet - a place it takes a rocket 296 days to reach! NASA hopes the Phoenix Lander will help scientists figure out if life is possible on the Red Planet. But here's the hitch: Phoenix cost $557 million. And I don't mean the mission; I mean the robot alone.

We've learned a lot about our solar system by sending spacecraft into it, but space exploration has never come cheap. How valuable is it to you?

Carl Azuz, Anchor

Filed under: Feedback • News Coverage
May 26th, 2008
07:15 PM ET

Most Memorable Headlines

Today, our producer and I were discussing the headlines of the '07-'08 school year and wondering which ones really stood out to you.   From a show that has covered everything from natural disasters to on-campus hugs to the U.S. presidential race, what do you remember most?

Carl Azuz, Anchor

Filed under: Uncategorized
May 22nd, 2008
04:57 PM ET

...But We'll Be Back!

Thank you guys SO MUCH for writing that you'll miss us over summer break.  We'll still be doing updates at CNNStudentNews.com, and our daily show will be back on TV this August 18th.

So between June 6th and August 18th, please be sure to log on to check out our Web programs and to let us know how your summer's going!  We hope it's a great one.

Carl Azuz, Anchor

Filed under: Behind the scenes
May 21st, 2008
09:40 PM ET

Last Show of the Year

Our last daily show of the ‘07-'08 school year will be on Friday, June 6th. We promise we won't be slacking 'til then, though I remember doing that a bit when I was in high school. (Then, if I didn't do all my work, I risked losing a letter grade. Now, if I don't do all my work, I risk losing my job. I'll be working.)

After June 6th, though, we'll still be posting periodic programs on our Web site, so please please please stop by and say hello! And of course, you'll have this here blog to give your summer shoutouts...

Carl Azuz, Anchor

Filed under: Behind the scenes
May 19th, 2008
08:23 PM ET

Follow-Up: Getting Paid to Study

Before we asked you who your favorite teacher was, the blog post that got the most responses was a January entry about getting paid to study.  A few months later, we revisited the story with the opinions of the students who participated.

Now here's the deal:  Back in January, most of you thought the program was a bad idea.  (Click here to read what you had to say.)  Did Tuesday's report change your mind or reinforce the same opinion you had four months ago?

Carl Azuz, Anchor

Filed under: Feedback • News Coverage
May 18th, 2008
07:48 PM ET

Prom Night Rescue

How many people can show up a little late to prom with the excuse, "Oh, I had to help rescue someone on the way over"?  Sarah Ridgeway and Andrew Voiles could say that.  As Ridgeway pointed out, they were both EMT students, and they both got the opportunity to use what they'd learned in class to help someone in need.  The fact that they were on their way to prom makes this story even better:  It shows that nothing – not even prom – can stop some people from doing the right thing.  (Plus, they still made it to the dance, which is AWESOME.)

Carl Azuz, Anchor

Filed under: News Coverage
May 14th, 2008
05:21 PM ET


Whenever I speak in the metro-Atlanta area, that's one thing I say that always gets cheers AND boos.  I'm a University of Georgia grad, and that gets some Georgia Tech fans a-buzzin' with anger (or jealousy).  But consider this:  If a bulldog actually fought a yellow jacket, one gets stung, the other eaten.  My money's on the bulldog.

Looking around our staff this afternoon, I saw graduates of Shorter College, Loyola, William & Mary, Emory, Michigan State, Harvard... (Harvard, Shmarvard.  Nothing compares to UGA.)

But enough about us:  Where are you seniors thinking about going to college?  Where do you underclassmen and women dream of going, and most importantly, why do you want to go there?

Carl Azuz, Anchor

Filed under: Uncategorized
May 13th, 2008
08:55 PM ET

Free Game, Free Rice

In five minutes, I donated more than 2,000 grains of rice through the U.N. World Food Program and learned that pollinosis is hay fever.  The site is fun, the cause is great, and there's plenty to challenge you (unless you're a true fugleman when it comes to vocabulary).

To visit the "Free Rice" site we told you about in Wednesday's show, all you have to do is click here.  Good luck!

Carl Azuz, Anchor

Filed under: Uncategorized
May 12th, 2008
09:46 PM ET

Ever Used a Stamp?

Back when donkeys carried the mail and the best video game was rock-paper-scissors, stamps ruled the day.  If you wanted to communicate with a friend in another state, you had to send a stamped letter, shell out a few bucks for a long-distance call, or just let the friend wonder whether you were still alive.

Now, in terms of communication, there's very little you can't do with a computer.  I'd argue that a card in the mail is always better than e-mail.  But at a time when you can shoot, edit and send us iReports without ever leaving your classroom, it's tough to imagine a stamp-covered VHS tape arriving in the company mailbox.

So when we reported that the cost of postage stamps was going up a cent, did it matter to you at all?  (When was the last time you actually wrote someone a letter?  And how do you think snail mail compares to e-mail?)

Carl Azuz, Anchor

Filed under: Uncategorized
May 8th, 2008
07:14 PM ET

In Honor of Teachers

Want to thank you all for your comments on the "Best Teacher EVER" blog below.  An honorable mention goes to Mr. Langhorst's students, who sent in this photo earlier this week.  Their teacher wrote that they like the puns at the end of our show, "although they usually groan."  So do I.  (...But it's still kind-of fun to say 'em!)

We sincerely appreciate the work of our nation's teachers and everything they do to make our show possible.  They've certainly earned their own appreciation week.

Carl Azuz, Anchor

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