January 30th, 2009
12:37 AM ET

Cloning Your Pet

I don't know about this one; to me, something about it just doesn't seem right.  I had a GREAT dog growing up - the kind you wish would live for 100 years - and I'd give almost anything to see her ears flattened and tail wagging when I walk through the front door today.  But she was one of a kind, and I'd want to keep it that way.  Just because scientists CAN do something doesn't necessarily mean they should...

On the other hand, maybe you have a pet you can't imagine life without, and maybe it's unlike any animal you've known before.  Assuming you had $150,000 lying around, would you consider ordering up a clone?

Carl Azuz, Anchor

Filed under: Uncategorized
January 28th, 2009
10:09 PM ET

Concerned about Concussions?

I'm pretty sure the concussion I got while riding a bike as a kid could've been prevented if I'd been wearing a helmet.  Fortunately, the concussion wasn't severe, and I don't TOUCH my mountain bike today without putting the helmet on first. 

But I was pretty surprised by one of the facts you hear in Thursday's show:  that once you have had a concussion, doctors say another is more likely.  Does this make you more concerned about these injuries?  I know a lot of you football players have taken a few (or many) hits, and that's part of the game.  But did seeing Thursday's report make you any more likely to take time to heal afterward, or are you still going to hit the field ASAP?

Carl Azuz, Anchor

Filed under: News Coverage
January 26th, 2009
09:34 PM ET

Job Hunt Haircuts

Would you cut your hair to help land a job?

I can't remember whether I got a haircut for my very first job interview back in high school, but I do recall wearing a pair of khakis, button-down shirt and tie. Within a week or two, I was proudly earning my first paycheck. And then, like now, I spoke to hundreds of people in a single shift - only my talking in that job was usually limited to one question: "Paper or plastic?"

You've probably been told that when you go for a job interview, you want to look your best. So in an increasingly competitive market, how far would you go to clean up? Would you change your style, your hair, your attitude, or nothing at all?

Carl Azuz, Anchor

Filed under: Uncategorized
January 25th, 2009
06:31 PM ET

73-Year-Old Basketball Player

More than five decades after he first played college ball, Ken Mink is back on the court, shooting hoops with guys young enough to be his grandchildren.  It's cool enough to look at, but what we'd like to find out is how you athletes would play him.  Would you take him on like any opponent, or would you go a little easier on him because of his age?  What if you had the chance to deny him a shot:  Would you flat-out reject him, or would you let him take it?

What's the right thing to do when you're on the court with a 73-year-old?

Carl Azuz, Anchor

Filed under: Uncategorized
January 22nd, 2009
11:43 PM ET

New Year, New Producer!

Jeremy Dunn, Producer, CNN Student News

Jeremy Dunn, Producer, CNN Student News

Ladies and gentlemen, I give you Jeremy Dunn, our new CNN Student News producer. A fellow graduate of the University of Georgia, Mr. Dunn brings a great deal of intelligence, enthusiasm and creativity to our program. (What else would you expect from a UGA grad?)

And this isn't Dunn's first time working with the show. As our video editor a couple years ago, he was partially responsible for that embarrassing footage of me dancing on the HLN set.

...which suddenly makes me very concerned about what's coming in the days ahead...

Got any words of wisdom for Mr. Dunn?

Carl Azuz, Anchor

P.S. Jeremy's one of the folks who'll be working behind the scenes; I'll still be the guy bringing you the news.

Filed under: Behind the scenes
January 20th, 2009
09:25 PM ET

What Should Obama Do First?

What issue should President Obama tackle first?

Wednesday will be President Obama's first full day on the job. Like Sen. John McCain, Obama covered A LOT of ground on the campaign trail - both in traveling and the issues he addressed. So here's your chance to tell us what issue the new president should focus on first.

And if you don't see the issue that's most important to you in this Quick Vote, leave us a comment below and tell us what you think the new president's top priority should be!

Carl Azuz, Anchor

Filed under: Uncategorized
January 19th, 2009
10:25 PM ET

Inauguration of the 44th President

For some of you, this will be the first inauguration you'll remember.  Others will compare this one to your memories of President Bush's inauguration of 2005, following his re-election, or of his first oath of office eight years ago.  What are you thinking as you hear the history discussed in Tuesday's show and see the history made in Tuesday's inauguration of President-elect Barack Obama?  What are your impressions of this event?  We'd love to get your thoughts in an iReport.

And of course, you're always welcome to tell us right here!

Carl Azuz, Anchor

Filed under: Uncategorized
January 15th, 2009
10:19 PM ET

14,528 Texts in a Month

The 13-year-old responsible for that said it could be called "excessive."

EXCESSIVE?  It's mind-blowing!

According to recent study I just read about, the average cell phone user sends less than 400 texts a month.  Even if you sent 400 texts a DAY, you'd only rack up 12,400 by the end of January.  What else in the world would you have time for?

You can all probably remember the days before texting; it didn't really catch on until a few years ago.  We had to make phone calls back then.  Now I'm not saying texting's not fun or useful - I send and receive around 400 texts a month - but I could certainly live without it.

Could you?

Carl Azuz, Anchor

Filed under: Uncategorized
January 14th, 2009
09:44 PM ET

Racism an Issue?

Is racism an issue in America today?

Nobody in Tony Harris' report on Thursday said America is beyond race.  But most seemed to agree that the country had moved beyond the racism of the 1960s. And when you compare today's diversity of our government and our corporations and our schools to how it was back then, it's easy to see how things have changed.

The question isn't whether racism still exists - it clearly does in all races of today's society. But we'd like you to vote and comment on whether it's still a major issue in today's America, versus the America of your grandparents.

Carl Azuz, Anchor

Filed under: Uncategorized
January 13th, 2009
09:49 PM ET

Roads without Cell Phones

It's hard to imagine, considering the number of people I pass on a daily basis who are driving and talking on the phone.  Today, I asked a group of folks - all daily commuters - to raise a hand if they'd never used a cell phone while driving.  Not one hand (including mine) went up.

Is talking on a phone while driving more dangerous?  Sure.  Are some people better at it than others?  Yes.  But the interesting question here is whether the government can outlaw an action that we're already used to living with - and more than 80 percent of Americans say they've done.

Could you drive without EVER using the phone?

Carl Azuz, Anchor

Filed under: Uncategorized
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