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On Friday night, Piers Morgan signed off as "Piers Morgan Live" host for the final time.
Nearly forty months since the show first launched, we thank you all for watching, and in the words of our fearless leader, "even those who implacably disagreed with me, or just found my funny accent annoying."
Thank you, and goodnight.
During the course of more than 39 groundbreaking months inside a trademark blue-green studio, Piers Morgan welcomed a diverse combination of headline-grabbing newsmakers, influential religious leaders and political power players.
But as multi-faceted as was his collection of guests, the host's goals always reflected a singular approach: ask thought-provoking questions, tell great stories and share unique perspective.
As such, CNN's 9 p.m. primetime hour regularly made viewers think, occasionally made guests cry and always made for good television.
Now, in honor of his final hours anchoring the show as only he could, it is with great pride and pleasure that we share some of Piers Morgan's most iconic and symbolic interviews.
From Oprah to Charlie Sheen, as well as Betty White, Tom Hanks and Ricky Gervais, "Piers Morgan Live" has been a regular stomping ground for names that resonate across households and Hollywood.
In his more than three years as host of CNN's premier interview program, Piers Morgan deftly navigated the fine line between invasive and inquisitive, keeping his A-List guests on their toes, while keeping America on the edge of its proverbial seat.
Now, with no more questions about "proper love" left to be asked, we proudly present a collection of some of his most entertaining and endearing celebrity conversations.
In his more than three years as host of a primetime program on CNN, Piers Morgan never shied away from controversy, never dodged a critique, never sidestepped an emotional exchange.
And as a result, for 39 months, the coveted nine o'clock time slot was home to jaw-dropping explosions, passionate outbursts and raw, powerful questions and confrontations.
Now, as Morgan prepares to leave his iconic blue and green studio behind, we proudly present a collection of some of his most fiery moments.
If Jerry and George were still meeting at the diner, would social media mess with their marble rye?
CNN host Piers Morgan sat down with actor Jason Alexander, the man who brought the character George Constanza to life, and before long the Twitter account @SeinfeldToday found its way into the conversation.
Dedicated to bringing the characters of television’s most successful American comedy series into the twenty-first century, "Modern Seinfeld" looks to stay true to the show, while using current pop culture references and scenarios.
Sharing some favorites with his guest, Morgan sought Alexander's response.
"One reads: ‘George promises not to watch 'House of Cards' without his girlfriend, but can't help himself. She dumps him when he badly pretends to be surprised.’ Another reads: ‘George's ex changes her HBO Go password, George tries to reconcile with her just long enough to get the new one.’"
Alexanders enjoys the reference, but questions the originality of the author.
“That's Bosco,” Alexander told Morgan. “That's the big - it's a rehash of the Bosco...”
In addition to suggesting themes, "Modern Seinfeld" also often tweets nuances of the show’s characters. FULL POST
It's not every day a former President of the United States stops by the "Piers Morgan Live" studio.
But that is precisely what happened in March, as Jimmy Carter joined Piers Morgan to discuss the seemingly unaddressed human rights abuses that he hopes his new book will help reverse.
“It's very similar to the racial discrimination I knew when I was a boy, uh, living on the farm when the same thing happened just to black people in particularly the South and some other parts of the world,” said Carter, speaking of gender inequalities impacting women. “The white people deplored it, but they didn't do anything about it, most of them, because it really was beneficial to them to be given the best jobs and the best education and all the advantages over our black neighbors.”
The 39th President of the United States, whose time in office was marked by global humanitarian efforts, is the author of over 30 books ranging from global policy and presidential power to personal journeys in his faith and family. He is a man with an endless list of accomplishments, however the collection of goals he's yet to tackle may be more lengthy. At the top of his list today is helping to promote and create the fair and equal treatment of women.
“In our American universities, there is horrible sexual violence, very seldom reported,” said the author of "A Call to Action: Women, Religion, Violence and Power", his newest work. “The same thing happens in the U.S. military, as you know.” FULL POST
As the search for debris in the Indian Ocean continues, the families of the passengers of Flight 370 find themselves in a difficult position. While they remain desperate for answers, confirmation of aircraft wreckage would almost certainly mean the loss of loved ones.
Eleven years ago Joe Padilla went through a similar ordeal, as the plane his brother boarded went missing in May of 2003. It hasn't been heard from since.
Joining "Piers Morgan Live" Thursday evening, Padilla shared a bit of his story.
"All I know is the FBI had told me in the beginning, when this happened, that my brother was on a plane," Padilla told Bill Weir, who reprised his role as guest host for a fourth straight evening. "He boarded this plane and then it took off. And no one knows what happened to it."
As the mystery surrounding missing Flight 370 moves into its second full week, theories continue to pour in, while data analysis becomes increasingly more critical.
As "Piers Morgan Live" continues its coverage, on Monday evening Guest Host Bill Weir will welcome Radar Expert Greg Charvat for a live, face to face primetime interview.
In advance of his appearance, the author of “Small and Short-Range Radar Systems” took some time to delve into his area of expertise, in the process posing – and then answering – some questions geared toward radars, with the entire experience being presented on the backdrop of the on-going investigation.
1. We've all seen it in our favorite World War Two movies, in laymen's terms, how does radar work?
Radar is a WW2 acronym that stands for Radio Direction And Ranging (RADAR). A radar consists of a radio transmitter and a radio receiver.
Imagine that we can turn on and off a radio transmitter at will. The radar simply measures the time it takes for the transmitted signal to travel from the transmitter, scatter off the target and travel back to the receiver:
The total time measured is proportional to range because the speed of radio waves in air is approximately the speed of light. Range proportional to time.
Conventional radar as we may think of it provides a round image and 'blips' representing all targets within view, angle vs. range. To do this, the radar uses a directional antenna shaped like a parabola (just like a flashlight's reflector). This antenna rotates, thereby 'sweeping' the horizon. Any targets within line of sight are ranged and plotted on a screen as the antenna rotates, mapping these targets and their associated antenna angles onto a screen, providing an image of all targets around the radar:
2. We've all been pulled over once or twice. What is the difference between air traffic control radar, military radar and the radars used by law enforcement?
An air traffic control radar, such as the ASR-9, operates out to ranges of approximately 60 nmi. It's job is to locate and track commercial and civil aircraft. It follows a similar architecture to the figure above.
By contrast, a law enforcement radar is a small short-range device operating out to 100-200m that simply provides the velocity of anything within its field of view. You point it like a flashlight beam, the speed of the fastest and brightest target within that invisible radar beam is displayed. These radars are not capable of ranging nor do they rotate around and plot positions of targets. They are very simple.
Military air search radars are a lot like the air traffic control radars, except that they must work out to significantly longer ranges, must be portable and often meet more rigorous specifications. Published specifications of some older military radar devices (for large aircraft) are on the order of 150 to 200 nautical miles or greater.
There are many more radar types. As many radar types as there are radar engineers, but these are the most common.
3. Can a large aircraft like a 777 really 'fall off the radar'?
Conventional radars only detect targets within direct line of sight. Imagine placing a straight edge ruler on a basketball. Where the ruler meets the ball is the radar location. As you get further from this, the distance between the ruler and the ball surface increases. This area is where you can 'fly below the radar.' The further you are from the radar the higher you can fly to be 'below the radar.'
If the ruler is elevated slightly above the basketball, then the area below the radar is reduced to the ruler's height and where a straight line from that hits the basketball. So when installing an air-search radar sensor, be sure to place it as high as you can.
4. What limits a radar's maximum range on land?
Take a flashlight, place it on your head and turn off the lights in a room. Rotate your body. Whatever you see bouncing off that light beam is within your line of site, this is similar to how a radar 'sees' the world. What if there is a large sofa or other obstacle in the way, can you see around it? No. In fact, there is a shadow behind that object. This is the shadow zone. Radars can be shadowed by obstacles too, like mountains, buildings, etc. It takes planning to locate radar sensors in the right locations for optimum coverage. If blind spots exist, you must add more radar sensors or be willing to work with the blind spots.
Tune in this evening at 9 for Charvat's full interview with Weir. And, for more of the work presented by tonight's guest, check out his book, and follow "Mr. Vacuum Tube" on twitter.
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As the mystery surrounding missing Flight 370 passes the one week mark, information and data continues to trickle in. As such, theories and hypotheticals continue to mount up.
On Friday evening Piers Morgan welcomed David Soucie and, as the host was heading to the first commercial break, his guest presented a unique possibility, one that for the first time thus far takes the emphasis off of the cockpit, and re-positions it onto the aircraft's cabin.
As "Piers Morgan Live" returned for its second block, Morgan asked Soucie to further elaborate.
"There's a hatch that goes down into the equipment area which is the Avionics Bay, or E & E, is what it's referred to as. With a special screwdriver – what it takes – you can open the hatch, you can crawl down into this area, and from inside of there is where all the circuit breakers are for all of the equipment that we've been talking about that's turned off, and even more could be turned off from down there. So that's the access," explained the author of "Why Planes Crash." "Finally I have an answer in my head as to why and how this could have occurred. Now, why it occurred I don't know, but I can tell you how." FULL POST
With an entertainment career that has spanned more than half a century, an Academy Award on his mantle and a place in pop culture lore for his iconic portrayal of "the Dude" in the famed 1998 film "The Big Lebowski," actor Jeff Bridges has shown a voracious appetite for the movie business. However, off camera, the 64-year-old is making sure everyone eats, in particular children.
In 1984, Bridges joined forces with others in the industry, founding the "End Hunger Network," and in 2010 he became the official spokesman for the "No Kid Hungry" campaign.
Check out the above video as Bridges joins Piers Morgan to speak further about the cause that's been close to his heart for more than 30 years, including the forthcoming “Breakfast After the Bell” initiative which is designed to give children more nutrition in the morning, so as to help them better learn in the classroom.
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