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January 21st, 2013
09:21 PM ET

Stevie Wonder on the future of America: "We can really come together"

After a day which saw the eyes of America focused squarely on Washington, DC for the 57th Presidential Inauguration, tonight Piers Morgan is on the ground in the nation's capital, helping to host CNN's special coverage of the Inaugural Balls.

Due to perform later this evening, Stevie Wonder set aside a few moments to chat with Morgan, reflecting upon the significance of the day. As this years occasion falls on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, an official holiday that the legendary musician campaigned hard to help create, Wonder offered a nod to the progress the country's made:

"I feel like there's so many things that I envisioned, that I saw, and those things are happening, coming true," said the 62-year-old, 22-time Grammy Award winner. "The only thing I'm hoping for is that we truly will get people together. You know, sometimes I wish we could have even more than a Democratic Party and Republican Party, a united party, where people come together, but I think that if we just get people thinking that way, we can really come together."
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January 21st, 2013
03:00 PM ET

Naomi Judd on those that feel more guns equals less crime: "Ignorance is my least favorite thing ... I really think it's at the core of all our problems"

As the gun debate continues to hold an important place within the political and emotional landscape of the nation, "Piers Morgan Tonight" welcomed Naomi Judd to share her thoughts on the polarizing issue.

"I'm a registered, vetted gun owner, but that's because I live way out in the country, like way out in the middle of nowhere," said the musician and actress who most-recently appeared in "Nearlyweds" on the Hallmark Channel. "We just had a rabid skunk, we have coyotes, that get to the chicken and the sheep."

"Is that why you keep them?" asked Morgan, talking about Judd and her husbands firearms. "To protect yourself against animals, mainly?"

"Of course," replied the matriarch of the famed country music singing duo "The Judds." "I would never do an AR-15."

After explaining the prevailing gun lobby theory that more guns translates into less crime and violence, Piers Morgan paused and waited for his guest to react: FULL POST

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January 21st, 2013
02:47 PM ET

Charlie Sheen on guns, goddesses and the good advice from his father Martin Sheen

On Friday evening, "Piers Morgan Tonight" welcomed the always candid and unpredictable Charlie Sheen to the program.

The star of FX's "Anger Management" and one-time infamous monologist on topics such as "warlocks," "tiger blood" and "Vatican assassins" showed a less frenetic and more thoughtful side to his personality as he conversed with Piers Morgan during the hour-long program.

On the issue of gun control and gun ownership Sheen gave his thoughts on the semi-automatic rifle used during the Sandy Hook Elementary school shooting. "We're not supposed to bury our children," said Sheen. "And it wouldn't have happened if that weapon wasn't involved."

Sheen also talked about some changes in his life since his last interview with Morgan including his parting of ways with the "Goddesses," his simultaneous co-habitation and relationships with model Natalie Kenly and adult film actress, Bree Olsen.

"It gets complicated," explained Sheen. FULL POST

January 21st, 2013
02:35 PM ET

Tyler Hamilton on the doping culture in professional cycling and his reaction to the Armstrong/Oprah interview

In the aftermath of part one of Lance Armstrong's interview with Oprah Winfrey, Piers Morgan sat down with Tyler Hamilton. The former professional cyclist and former teammate of Armstrong talked about the doping culture in professional cycling during his time as a young racer.

"It was almost like being accepted into a fraternity," said Hamilton. "Originally I was just pledging the fraternity and once they thought I was good enough, they kinda brought me in."

Hamilton also shared with Morgan his feelings upon hearing Armstrong publicly confess to using performance enhancing drugs during this professional career.

"I never expected this day would come," said Hamilton.

As to whether Armstrong was completely transparent and honest during his interview, Hamilton said the following: FULL POST

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Need to Know News: Crowd of 800,000 to welcome Obama to second half of his presidency; Grim tolls, more questions in Algeria hostage standoff
January 21st, 2013
10:28 AM ET

Need to Know News: Crowd of 800,000 to welcome Obama to second half of his presidency; Grim tolls, more questions in Algeria hostage standoff

Each day, we here at "Piers Morgan Tonight" put together the news you need to know – from what happened last night to what will happen today.

For January 21, 2013 – Crowd of 800,000 to welcome Barack Obama to second half of his presidency, grim tolls, more questions in Algeria hostage standoff and baseball great Stan 'The Man' Musial dies at 92...

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