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World Leaders Meet at Camp David; Woman Adopts Children from China; Jamie Oliver Discusses Food Revolution Day; New Documentary Focuses on Anti-Gay Bullying; Howard Stern Judge on "America's Got Talent"
Aired May 19, 2012 - 10:00 ET
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RANDI KAYE, CNN ANCHOR: From CNN world headquarters in Atlanta this is CNN SATURDAY MORNING. A bride stabbed to death in her bathtub, the suspect her new husband. Now an international manhunt as the FBI follows leads to Mexico.
And it's a multimillion dollar business -- international baby adoption. A heart-wrenching story sheds light on the struggle of overseas adoptions. We put the baby business in focus.
And nearly half of college students could be alcoholics, that according to the newest definitions by psychiatrics. Celebrity addiction expert Bob Forest joins us live.
And it's food revolution day -- 58 countries have pledged to work toward a healthier diet. We have the naked chef himself, Jamie Oliver, live.
And good morning, everyone. I'm Randi Kaye. It is 10:00 on the east coast, 7:00 on the west. A lot to tell you about this morning.
First, rolled up sleeves and high stakes diplomacy underway at Camp David right now. President Obama is hosting world leaders at the Group of Eight summit. Taking center stage at their roundtable, Europe's economic woes, which sent the U.S. stock market tumbling this past week. Mr. Obama welcomed leaders just a short time ago and says it's all about the global economy.
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BARACK OBAMA, (D) PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES: This morning, we're going to be spending a lot of time on economic issues. Obviously, the Eurozone will be one topic. And all of us are absolutely committed to making sure that both growth and stability and fiscal consolidation are part of an overall package that all of us have to pursue.
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KAYE: CNN White House correspondent Brianna Keilar is at Camp David. Brianna, the Eurozone crisis now entering year three. You can see watching the arrival of these leaders last night how serious they all agree this problem is.
BRIANNA KEILAR, CNN CORRESPONDENT: That's right, Randi. There was this one moment I thought was pretty telling as German chancellor Angela Merkel walked up to President Obama for the traditional greeting moment. He basically asked her how she is doing, and she kind of shrugged. And he said something to the effect you have a lot on your mind. And that's because Europe is very much at a crossroads. This is the third year of this crisis. The 17 nations in the Eurozone have done a lot of belt tightening, cutting government spending, and they are not doing so great. Their economies are not growing by and large. They need to do something else, and the solutions are really kind of long term.
But as you'll notice looking at the leaders at the summit, there are new faces coming from Europe and that's because many leaders in Europe have or potentially will pay the political price for governing over such a tough economic situation. And especially, Randi, a lot of weight on the shoulders of Angela Merkel because Germany is the largest economy in the Eurozone and set the pace for what will be the solution.
KAYE: No question about that. You mentioned new players on the scene, but there is one leader missing, Vladmir Putin. Is this a snub or what that he's a no-show?
KEILAR: This is seen by a lot of people that this is a snub. President Vladmir Putin, who just came in again as president again here this month says he's not coming because he's formalizing his cabinet. He did send Prime Minister Dmitri Medvedev. I liken this if you were on a date and you said, no, I'm washing my hair. I can't go. This is the snub a lot of people are seeing. And president Obama made an announcement in September that he's not going to the APAC summit in Russia. Sort of maybe some mutual snubbery going on there, and a sign of really frosty relations, and at a time, Randi, when Russia is very key to dealing with very important issues. Iran and Syria -- Russia has resisted attempts by the U.S. and other U.N. Security Council nations to put pressure on those governments. So there are some really tough things that they really did need to discuss.
KAYE: No question. They need a little bonding time. Brianna Keilar, thank you very much.
Also this morning, a blind Chinese activist is on his way to the U.S. Chen Guangcheng, his wife and two children, have been cleared by U.S. authorities. Their flight out of Beijing was delayed a couple of hours, but is now headed to Newark. Last month, Chen escaped house arrest and found his way to the U.S. embassy. After a lot of diplomatic back and forth, China agreed to let Chen to study abroad. He's been invited to study at New York University.
The hunt for a man accused of killing his pride on their wedding night has moved to Mexico. That's where the FBI believes Renaldo Jiminez has now fled. It's been exactly a week since police say Jiminez stabbed his new bride in their Illinois apartment. She was found to in the bathtub. Jiminez's phone was tracked to Texas-Mexico border. He is charged with first degree murder.
A delay this morning for what was supposed to be a historic launch from Cape Canaveral. (BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Four, three, two, one, zero, and liftoff. We've had a cutoff.
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KAYE: Yes, that was a no-go. The computers found a problem with in one of the falcon rocket's nine engines just a half second before that launch. The rocket carrying the Dragon space draft was supposed to carry cargo to the International Space Station. It would have been the first private mission of its kind. They are now shooting for a Tuesday launch.
The much anticipated Facebook IPO couldn't pull the stock market out of its week-long slide. In fact Facebook didn't really wow investors at all. After an early jump, the stock finished up just 23 cents. It still netted Facebook around $18 billion. All three major indices notched their first week of the year. The Dow closed out the week down 3.5 percent.
Opening your home and your heart -- we've been focusing this morning on international adoptions. I'll introduce you to a woman who went the extra 8,000 miles three times.
But, first, a very good morning to Washington, D.C.
KAYE: Welcome back. All morning, we've been putting international adoption in focus. Many of the stories have involved the enormous obstacles American parents must overcome to adopt children overseas, and sometimes with tragic conclusions to their efforts. But there are a lot of happy adoption stories as well, and we don't think you hear enough of those. So we are joined by Rebecca Gray and her three beautiful daughters, Jasmine, Kennedy, and Gracie Jane. Good morning to you. I guess, first of all, introduce me to your girls here.
REBECCA GRAY, ADOPTED THREE GIRLS FROM CHINA: This is Gracie Jane. She is eight years old, and she has been home with us for one year. This is Jasmine. Jasmine we brought home when she was eight months old, and she's seven now. And then Kennedy Jean Faye is six years old and came home when she was two years old.
KAYE: Wow, look at them. They are getting a kick of seeing themselves on the monitors in the studio. You adopted from China?
GRAY: We did.
KAYE: Why China?
GRAY: We had traveled around the world and previously been in India, and at mother Teresa's home for the destitute and dying and found some women outside the home and my husband and I were there together, and we saw a woman laying on a mat, and she was teaching her baby to roll. And it was at that moment that we had an epiphany we wanted to adopt internationally. And shortly after that, we were in China, visited two orphanages and when we came back to Atlanta, we applied, which we didn't know at the time, for Jasmine.
KAYE: So you just kept going back and getting another one. They are so cute. Explain the process, though. It was complicated? I guess -- give me an idea of what's involved?
GRAY: First you have to select an agency. And that's probably most important. You really need to connect with the agency, with its mission and culture, because you're going to be working with them for a long period of time. And then the second would be to determine what country you are interested in adopting through, if you decide to go through internationally. There are different rules and requirements for that.
KAYE: I'm just watching them, the two of them. What do you look for in an agency? We've heard some horror stories, talking about some of them this morning. How do you know it's the right agency and you really will connect with them?
GRAY: I think you need to look at their mission, their culture, you need to see what responsiveness is to e-mails, phone calls, to make sure you feel comfortable with that, and the number of adoptions they do from that country, so you understand their level of expertise in working with that country.
KAYE: I wanted to -- can I talk to your girls for just a second. I'll start with Gracie Jane. Gracie Jane, hello.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Hello.
KAYE: So obviously, you've told the girls they are adopted. They understand that. Do you understand that you were brought here from China, and what do you think about that?
GRAY: What do you think? What do you like about having a mommy and daddy? What do you like? What do you like doing together as a family?
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Eat.
GRAY: Eat. Gracie was in an orphanage for seven years, so this is a big transition, as you can imagine.
KAYE: And she has been here how long?
GRAY: One year this month.
KAYE: Wow, congratulations.
GRAY: Thank you.
KAYE: And then we have Jasmine. Jasmine, I know are you busy watching yourself on TV over there. What do you like about having a mommy and a daddy?
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Kisses.
KAYE: Kisses. Oh, that's so nice. Do you -- how long have you been here?
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: I don't know.
GRAY: She doesn't know.
KAYE: How long has she been here?
GRAY: She was adopted at eight months and now she's seven.
KAYE: OK. Do they get strange questions when are you out as a family? Have you noticed, do they ask where you are from, where do your parents look that way, and you don't?
GRAY: We get a lot of those questions, Randi. A lot of questions where are you from? And Jasmine has the best answer. She says I'm from Atlanta.
KAYE: That is great. I guess my question is, why wouldn't -- a lot of people wondering, so many babies and so many orphans here in the U.S. do you know why parents like yourself would consider going out of this country instead of adopting here at home?
GRAY: I think that's a question I get asked a lot over the course of the past several years, and I haven't really always understood the question, quite frankly, because I think it's such a personal decision to how you want to create a family, and I've never asked a biological mother, well, was that through in vitro or insemination or was there a donor? And so to me, I never understand why domestic versus international, and there is just -- it's a very personal decision.
KAYE: You know, are you certainly as we've been saying, one of the lucky families. It went well, and it's gone right. But as you know, you are probably familiar with the Hague convention, which is really designed to help prevent babies from being stolen in some of these countries and then sold to international agencies who then adopt them out to families here in the U.S. I mean, that's certainly an ugly side of the baby business as well.
GRAY: Yes, it is. And I think going with an a country that's Hague accredited and going with an agency that's Hague accredited will help prevent those issues.
KAYE: Have there been any challenges for you and the girls?
GRAY: Of course.
KAYE: I'm sorry. I think they are so funny.
GRAY: It's a big transition, a big transition to adopt children, a transition for the child to change their diet, to change the language, to change manners and just culture. So that's very hard on the family to have the patience to work through that and for the child to experience it.
KAYE: What do they all like to do together?
GRAY: What do you like to do together?
KAYE: Play with the birds, our parakeets.
KAYE: Oh, have you parakeets. Two parakeets.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: And one name is Star and the other is named Sunshine.
KAYE: Star and sunshine. And are you responsible for feeding them? Yes, you take care of them?
So when you -- when you continue to adopt, did you talk to them about you are getting a new sister, we're going back to China?
GRAY: We did. And Jasmine and Kennedy were obviously very young when we adopted them. When we decided to adopt Grace, we talked with Jasmine and Kennedy and said mommy and daddy would like another daughter, and another sister, and they requested that we adopt an older child. That wasn't our plan initially, but when the adoption agency called us about a seven-year-old and I thought isn't that interesting, that the other two wanted a big sister. So they got a big sister.
KAYE: I think it's wonderful what you've done. Girls, thank you for coming in. Rebecca Gray, thank you very much.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Thank you, ma'am.
KAYE: Thank you.
Now to this. Sam, a six-year-old golden retriever thought he was just having fun when he ran away from his owner.
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UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Sam, Sam, look at me.
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KAYE: But Sam got swept away in a strong current. Thankfully a brave firefighter jumped in and saved his life. We have it all on video.
KAYE: It's never too early to start surfing there in L.A., a lovely shot of the coast. People waking up early with us. Reynolds and I are watching the surf in the distance, aren't we?
REYNOLDS WOLF, AMS METEOROLOGIST: It's a great day from here to Huntington Beach, swells coming in in two sets. It's going to be nice, especially this afternoon. Good for surfers, go long borders.
KAYE: Hang 10 a little bit?
WOLF: Hang 10 a little bit.
KAYE: We want to talk about some of the stories that caught our eye this morning. We have a few. Shall we start? A lot to choose from. This one, we showed you a shot of Sam. A golden retriever, it really caught our eye, because apparently he decided to get off his leash and he jumped into a -- the current there, a very cold current. A golden retriever, he's six-years-old, and I guess he couldn't get out of the current and his owner didn't know what to do. So --
WOLF: The thing is -- I know how much you love dogs and I know you are an animal lover. Would you have jumped in after the dug.
KAYE: In a minute. In a second actually.
WOLF: You wouldn't have thought twice.
KAYE: I wouldn't. It's probably not the smartest thing to do. Firefighters came, tried to coax him to shore, but there look. They got him. They got him in the boat. He's pretty cute.
WOLF: Wagging his tail too. You have to like that.
KAYE: All is well for Sam.
So another story that we have, which is actually a pretty good one, getting shipwrecked on an island, can you imagine? Probably one of the scariest things. I don't know what I would wish for?
WOLF: A cooler full of beer and -- oh, that was the truth. Funny how the truth comes out in a situation like that.
KAYE: You would save the sinking cooler before anything else probably, wouldn't you?
WOLF: We all have our priorities. Come on.
KAYE: You would do pretty well on the island, because you would know the weather and know when it was safe. But three fishermen didn't know the weather as well as you do, Reynolds. They had to be resourceful. They were stranded for ten days after their boat capsized, stuck on Banks Island off central British Columbia. And they used their raft as shelter, pretty smart. And you know what they ate?
WOLF: Seafood. Seaweed and clams, which sound like it should be on the menu at a restaurant, especially if you are into sushi. They were seen by a sailor sailing north along the coast. A 70-year-old sailor, who saw them, picked them up. They are very fortunate. It could have had a different outcome.
KAYE: I'm not sure about that diet, might have to check that out. Clams for dinner, sounds kind of yummy. Well, that was some of the great video we thought we'd share with you this morning. Meanwhile, this week's CNN hero is bringing this hidden population, under the age of 18 but caring for an aging or ill family member. You will meet a woman for children who are caring for others.
But, first, the Great Wall of China may be one of the places to visit on your bucket list. Rob Marciano shows us where we can walk the wall on this week's "On the Go."
ROB MARCIANO, AMS METEOROLOGIST: The Great Wall of China, more than 5,500 miles long and originally built to keep invaders out. Today, it attracts 10 million visitors a year.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Actually being able to stand on the wall, to look out over the mountains, to realize that parts of this wall were built over 2,000 years ago and still standing. That's something that will take your breath away.
MARCIANO: If you start in Beijing, you're within driving distance to the five main sections of the wall open to the public.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: If you want to say you saw the great wall, go to the Juyonguan sections, close toast Beijing. Badaling is one of the best preserved sections, wheel share accessible. Very crowded and full of vendors. Mutianyu in one of the most beautiful stretches of mountains you can imagine. Two other sections, Simatai and Jinshanling, are original, unrestored sections of the wall.
KAYE: If you can, pick a weekday to climb in wonder of the world if you can.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I think you will find it's probably one of the most memorable experiences of your lifetime.
KAYE: Welcome back, everyone. I'm Randi Kaye. Bottom hour, let's get straight to the news. Time now to get you caught up on some of the morning's headlines.
World leaders are getting work at Camp David as the latest G-8 summit under way. On the agenda, Syria, Iran, and North Korea, along with the number one issue, the European debt crisis.
All systems were not a go at the Kennedy Space Center this morning where engine problems forced Space X to scrap its space launch. It was supposed to carry cargo to the International Space Station. It would have been the first private mission of its kind. They may try again on Tuesday.
A blind Chinese activist who asked President Obama and Congress for help is on his way to the U.S. The state department confirming Chen Guangcheng, his wife and two children, due to arrive in New York later today. Chen hid in the U.S. embassy in Beijing several days last month after fleeing house arrest. Well, in case you did check the calendar this morning, it is food revolution day. Friends, family, and food lovers all over the world are taking steps toward a healthier life-style. So far 58 countries, a total of 641 cities, are signed up. And the man who started this whole movement, well, you may recognize him. Check this out.
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JAMIE OLIVER, CHEF: The solutions are there if we all do a little bit, we can definitely make a difference. You know what? You are probably going to have a really good time doing it too. So get started. Go on, you can do it. This is how it works. You go to an event or host one yourself where you can pass your knowledge to your friends, family, community.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Everyone worked together.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: In cities and schools.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Governments.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Parents.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: And kids.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Then nothing would stop us.
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KAYE: It is a huge movement. Joining me now to get us motivated this morning is the man himself, celebrity chef Jamie Oliver. Good morning to you.
OLIVER: How you doing?
KAYE: I'm doing well, thank you. I went to your website this morning, got signed on for the food revolution petition.
OLIVER: Bless you. That's what we want.
KAYE: I want to talk to you about your passion about this. For the last eight or nine years, you've been such a passionate advocate for schools and really trying to raise awareness about obesity which say huge problem. What is the goal for food revolution day?
OLIVER: Food revolution day is really to celebrate the joy of cooking, farmers, producers, getting people in the communities closer to what is already beautiful and on their doorstep. That's why it's a global event. That's why it's relevant in my country and in America and some incredible countries that I never thought would get involved.
Really, I think part of the problem has to be about, you know, these occasions whether they are at school or at home or, food revolution day, just getting kids enthusiastic about food and everything around it, really. So the hope is, we get a lot of people involved today and thinking a bit differently. KAYE: How do you go about getting kids passionate about food? What is the problem with kids and even with adults today?
OLIVER: Well, it's very, very simple. I mean, life has changed a lot in the last 40 years. Our priorities have changed a lot in the last 40 years, regardless of whether people are wealthy or poor. And really it's about exposure. I've never, ever met a child from any community, whether poor or rich that doesn't love food and gets excited about it when they are involved in planting it, growing it, and of course, eating it. And they are willing to if they get involved in the other bits. So I think it's just a little reminder, personally, we've been very separated from food.
When we did food revolution in the U.K. and USA over the past few years, the amount of children, would you hold a tomato or tomato, and they wouldn't know what it was. What's that? They would say French fries. And what's that? It got so bad, my passion is that we bring it all up a little bit. And, of course, let's not forget, the biggest killer in this country today is not homicide, not car crashes or anything like that, not war. It's actually diet-related disease.
KAYE: That is amazing. Incredible some kids don't know what a tomato is, a vegetable is. I want to talk to you about how do you get kids interested in cooking? I think that would help. I know you struggled young in terms of academics and just developed this natural talent for cooking?
OLIVER: Well, my belief, whether it's England or America, that our governments today owe it to us to make sure that schools, whether it's elementary or high school, are teaching young people, kids, about food, where it comes from, and how it affects their body. And the great thing about cooking is it can wrap around any subject. If you are a math teacher, the most dynamic way to teach math, certainly in the beginning, is subtracting, pie-charts, and actually making a cake or beautiful dish. I have only ever found that schools benefit from teaching food because it allows many other things, whether it's science, biology, art. It allows it to really come to life.
KAYE: What do you think the biggest problem is in terms of obstacles that you faced in dealing with school's food systems?
OLIVER: I think the reality is you've got 40 years of noninvestment in the school service and in education in school. Once you have had that, it's going to be easily pushed aside, even though the biggest issue for America right now is health, the cost of health, and how bad health is getting.
But I think -- I guess food revolution day is kind of admitting that I really think government is disempowered and not that powerful in the first place. You saw what happened at the beginning of the year, the reauthorization of the child nutrition bill, and within months, the frozen food industry got French fries back on the list as a vegetable and frozen pizza as a vegetable and that's how powerful those kind of elements can be. So for me, really, what I'm focusing on now is the public, the kids and I'm hoping that businesses will follow and then probably way behind that, government might do something. KAYE: What about schools, though? Even if you want the schools, we hear so much about school lunches that aren't healthy. But schools are facing huge budget issues. What is the answer? Is the answer to get parents to start making healthy lunches?
OLIVER: Well, you know, schools see this very differently. Of course you can send your kids to school with lunch. But to be honest, I've seen more problems in packed lunches than in schools to be honest. The things I've seen regularly in past lunches around the globe is phenomenal.
KAYE: Like what are some of the mistakes?
OLIVER: We're talking about cans of energy drinks. We're talking about some of the most famous cold fast food burgers, nuggets. We're talking about all carbohydrates, no veggies, no fruit, and time and time and time again.
The one thing to remember, American kids go to school 180 days a year from five to 18. Half of the whole nutrition happens at school. So the government is incredibly responsible for how that kid looks, feels, and physically is after that time.
So, you know, I'm really passionate about it. I think when you see a school that's really beautifully run, I mean, funny enough, I was in Soweto in South Africa not so long ago, and I saw one of the very best school lunches I've seen in a long, long time in an orphanage in a shanty town looking after AIDS kids. And so my point is, is they are in a shanty town, they have no electric, but yet they manage to feed the kids beautifully.
So I think it comes down to priorities. I mean, we've had Harvard and all of the big universities tell us that food, you know, allows your brain to grow and operate 10 percent more efficiently, even more slightly. So I just think that the problem is that food and food education isn't at the heart of schools. And I believe that right now, it should be, because the statistics of bad health sort of command that. In 2012 this is the first generation of young Americans that are expected to live a shorter life than their parents.
KAYE: Yes, it's heartbreaking really. Jamie Oliver, I love what are you doing about food and trying to get everybody to eat healthier and bringing the fork to us it. I'm a big supporter to that. Happy food revolution day.
And if you'd like to get involved, create an event, and sign Jamie Oliver's petition, go to his website, visit jamie'sfoodrevolution.com.
It is being called a powerful documentary, one that tackles bullying and something that parents and students are encouraged to see. I'll talk with the man behind it.
KAYE: Good morning, New York city. Lovely shot of Lady Liberty, waking up with us this morning on CNN SATURDAY MORNING. Glad you're with us.
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UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I didn't choose a lifestyle where I know I'm going to get ridiculed, I know I'm going to be discriminated against, I know there will be a lot of prejudice against me. I didn't choose that. It's just who I am.
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KAYE: It is a powerful new documentary about bullying in our nation's schools. It's called "Teach your Children Well," and it's getting a lot of praise. The film focuses specifically on anti-gay bullying, the kind the director calls the very worst form of bullying. Emmy Award winning actress Lily Tomlin narrates the documentary. Joining me now to talk more about this is director Gary Takesian. Gary, thank you so much for being here.
GARY TAKESIAN, DOCUMENTARY FILMMAKER: Randi, good to be with you.
KAYE: Thank you. You say anti-gay bullying is the worst of its kind. Why is that?
TAKESIAN: Well, you know, if a young person is bullied because of a racial issue or because of an ethnic issue, they can go home to their family and they can talk about it and they will get support. But if you're gay, and your family happens to be homophobic, then you run into a situation where you don't have anywhere to turn. You have no support. And these are the situations where we see so often where when the person has nowhere to turn, they become very lonely, and these are when suicides happen. This is an incredible issue, and it's so needed to bring the awareness up on this.
KAYE: And you say bullying is the effect of bigotry and homophobia. Can you explain that a little bit and how that fits into the title of your documentary, "Teach our Children Well."
TAKESIAN: The original focus was to bring the issue of homophobia to the screen. And our feeling is nobody is born with prejudice, nobody is born with those preconceived notions. Those are learned behaviors. And so our feeling is that if they are learned, they can be unlearned. And the goal of our film is to raise the awareness of people so that those kinds of situations don't happen, because it really is the adults that are around the children that create the environment for the kid to thrive or to fail. And those beliefs are passed on through all of the different adults who deal with these kids. So really our film is aimed at the adults who teach their children. And we're really hoping they teach them well and that they -- this whole thing of homophobia can be eradicated.
KAYE: I do want to share some statistics with LGBT, the gay lesbian straight network. And 84.6 percent of LGBT students reported being verbally harassed, 40.1 percent reported physically harassed, and 18.8 percent report being physically assaulted in the past year because of their sexual orientation. In the film, you actually use the word "bully-cide." What do you mean by that? TAKESIAN: It's interesting you bring that up, but where I first heard that term was when Anderson Cooper held his town hall meetings in September. That was following the suicides of Tyler Clemente and Seth Walsh, whose mother Wendy Walsh is in our film. And he used that term, and I thought this is a great term to describe it. When are you talking about somebody who is bullied to the point where they can't take it anymore, it is not -- you can't look at that as a simple, ordinary suicide. This is somebody who was tortured to the point where they saw no other way out. And when you get to that point, I thought the word "bullycide" so succinctly describes what they were going through.
KAYE: That's part of why we wanted have you on, because I've covered so many of these stories. And it really does need to stop. There has to be some better education and help for these children. But in terms of the documentary, what made you want to make this? Why is this such an issue near and dear to you?
TAKESIAN: I think part of the comes from the fact that I'm also a licensed science and mind practitioner, and part of our belief is that we create our own lives and in that process, we know that we can change the outcomes of our lives by simply changing what we believe. So we wanted to get this particular message out to change -- the overall conversation around homophobia, and, of course, the manifestation of that, which is bullying.
KAYE: I think it's important to not only change the conversation, but just to have the conversation about it, so it gets some attention. Thank you so much.
TAKESIAN: My pleasure. Glad to do it, Randi. Thank you for taking on this subject.
KAYE: Thank you. And if you'd like to sound off on stories about bully, I'd love to know what you think. You can tweet me now. Use the hashtag-bullyingstopshere, or @randikaye.
She was the voice of an era, the queen of disco. Donna Summers died of lung cancer this week. But did the 9/11 attack play a role in her death?
KAYE: Donna Summer's family wants to clear the air about the singer's death. Her family says that she died of lung cancer, but not from smoking. Sources close to her publicists tell TMZ that the five-time Grammy winner believes she became ill after inhaling dust particles from the 9/11 attacks. Our chief medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta takes a closer look.
DR. SANJAY GUPTA, CNN CHIEF MEDICAL CORRESPONDENT: Randi, Donna Summer wouldn't be the only one who was concerned about a potential link between all that air, and all that toxic air as some have called it at ground zero and cancer down the line. There has been -- we've been doing a lot of reporting on this as you may know, Randi, one of the more significant reports came out right around the 10-year mark of 9/11, came out last year, looking at fire department workers in New York, first responders, finding a 19 percent increase in all types of cancers among that specific population. So this was obviously of great interest to a lot of people trying to figure out if it did cause cancer, how it was causing cancer and should there be health care benefits as a result of all of that?
With lung cancer in particular, and this is important, Randi, you have to look at what is known as the latency. There was an exposure, someone developed cancer, how long in between? Typically with lung cancer, latency is 20 years. We don't know when Donna Summer specifically developed lung cancer, but that is something that people will look at from a scientific perspective.
There were all sorts of different chemicals in the air, Randi, at that point, an amalgamation of chemicals that very few people had seen before -- mercury, bromine, lead, a plume of smoke over ground zero for quite some time after those attacks. We may never know the answer what caused the lung cancer in Donna Summer and others, but this is where a lot of research specifically is headed. Randi, back to you.
KAYE: Sanjay, thank you very much.
On a lighter note -- shoes that tone or claim they did, Kim Kardashian famously wore them. Comedian Bill Santiago is going to weigh in.
KAYE: It is not necessarily the contestants, but the new judge on NBC's "America's Got Talent" that has people talking, not surprising considering that judge is shock jock Howard Stern.
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UNIDENTIFIED MALE: That's what it's all about.
HOWARD STERN, RADIO SHOW HOST: Thank you for that. Thank you to that. I'm afraid to be myself. Every time I'm myself I get in trouble. So thank you for that.
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KAYE: For this, I have to bring in comedian and Huffington Post blogger Bill Santiago. Bill, good morning to you.
BILL SANTIAGO, COMDIAN: Good morning. How are you?
KAYE: I'm good. Who had their hand closer to that "x" buzzer, stern or the FTC?
SANTIAGO: I watched it. I think Howard stern totally pulled it only another person. He was like family friendly raunchy, you know, and I think he wants to take out this family friendly thing all the way. I think he wants to be the next Mr. Rogers, which is really going to be a switch. Like imagine him taking off his shoes instead of asking guests to take off their clothes.
KAYE: Speaking of celebrity judges, "Forbes" named Jennifer Lopez the most powerful woman in the world, beating out Oprah. I don't know, but what exactly do you have to do to claim that top spot?
SANTIAGO: She is at the top of the pinnacle. I think all she had to do is stop referring to herself as "Jenny from the block." That was sort of a mental thing for her. Once she got over that and embraced, and allowed her to be jenny the power-hungry diva that can get any song on the radio, no matter how bad it is, that really freed her up.
KAYE: Let's talk about another pretty powerful celebrity, Kim Kardashian, number seven on the list. I know you remember her, her sketchers shapeup commercial. Let's play a little bit.
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UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: I found something else. Bye-bye, trainer. Hello Shapeups.
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KAYE: Yes, hello Shapeups, good-bye Shapeups, right, because the FTC did not like that ad and finding those shoes won't give you the famous Kardashian backside apparently. So, now, Bill, Sketchers has agreed to pay out like $40 million or something like that in refunds. What do you think? Is this fair?
SANTIAGO: I have to tell you, personally, I have a pair of these shoes and they work for me. I use them in conjunction with a pogo stick. It's very aerobic, the benefits are amazing, I'm ready for the beach.
KAYE: I don't think that's how they are supposed to be used.
SANTIAGO: Well, the name of the company is Sketchers. They are making a very sketchy claim. If you are dumb enough to fall for it, you don't get your money back. What will they do when they get their money back? These people are so gullible, they will turn around and give it to the first Nigerian banker that sends them an email.
KAYE: I don't get it. Why would a company go out and do that and say, yes this is going to work for you, give you the Kardashian backside?
SANTIAGO: Look, it's a class action suit. What is this class? Very sedentary people who believe you can do nothing and get that body that they are looking for. They're preying on the idiots. P.T. Barnum said there is a sucker born every minute, and I think he woefully underestimated the rate.
KAYE: You bought them, so I'll leave it at that.
(LAUGHTER) SANTIAGO: You should see me. It's fantastic.
KAYE: Bill, nice to see you.
SANTIAGO: Nice to see you, bye-bye.
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