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May 25, 2010

Tonight on Larry King Live!

Posted: 08:02 PM ET

Philippe Cousteau takes us under oil-slicked waters to see what's really happening in the Gulf. He'll share his shocking footage with you.  BP is preparing another attempt at stopping the flow of oil. The question is: What if the “Top Kill” technique doesn’t work?

The White House says this is the worst spill in U.S. History.  Is this environmental disaster becoming an even bigger political and economic disaster?

Actor Ted Danson, member of the board of the environmental organization Oceana, and Captain Keith Colburn from "Deadliest Catch" are among our guests.

We want to hear from YOU! Answer tonight’s question:

Is President Obama doing enough to stop the oil leak?

Filed under: BP Gulf Oil Spill • Larry King Live


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LKL 25 – Larry gives his thoughts on your top 5 moments!!

Posted: 05:50 PM ET

'Right now on CNN.com, viewers can vote for the top 5 moments in "Larry King Live" history, as part of the show's 25th anniversary celebration. Here, Larry King admits he's surprised by the way the voting is going so far. Later in the week Larry will offer his personal top 5 moments.'

By Larry King - I never thought that this show would last 25 years - I didn't even know it would be a success.

I took it on kind of a dare. There was a three-year deal with Ted Turner, but I had an option to get out after a year.

I never thought I'd be on worldwide, or we'd have the kind of impact we've had on elections and cable in general.

Now, we're the longest-running show ever on the same network, at the same time, with the same host. And now you guys are picking the top moments in our shows history. Here's what I think of the results so far, with a week to go in the voting.

CLICK HERE TO READ LARRY'S THOUGHTS ON YOUR TOP 5 MOMENTS ON LKL!!

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The Shadow Effect

Posted: 04:32 PM ET

by Debbie Ford, special to LKL blog

Debbie Ford is the author of eight books including the New York Times best-sellers The Dark Side of the Light Chasers, The Secret of the Shadow, Why Good People Do Bad Things and her latest book The Shadow Effect: Illuminating the Hidden Power of Your True Self, co-authored with Deepak Chopra and Marianne Williamson.  She is the founder of The Ford Institute for Transformational Training.  To learn more about her, to go her website: www.DebbieFord.com.

The Shadow Effect is everywhere.  Evidence of its pervasiveness can be seen in every aspect of our lives. We read about it online. We watch it on TV, and this week we can examine it in the behavior of Sarah Ferguson, Lindsay Lohan, and Jesse James.

Why would the Duchess of York try to sell out her relationship with her children’s father? Why would Lindsay Lohan, after many warnings and consequences, continue to disobey the law for one more night of partying?  Why would Jesse James, the man that some of us would have deemed the luckiest guy in the world, do so many stupid things and throw it all away?

We can label it addiction or pathology, corruption or revenge. But we must dig deeper into what causes a person to do bad things and destroy their lives and the lives of those they love. When does the impulse arise to hurt oneself or another? When do the decisions get made that drive people to do inexplicable things?  Remember the old radio show adage, “The shadow knows.” Well maybe this is the truth.  The great Swiss psychologist Carl Jung called our darker side “the shadow,” the hidden, denied, and often feared parts of ourselves, the parts of ourselves that have been wounded and buried deep within our unconscious minds.  The birth of our shadow occurs when we are very young, before our logical thinking minds are developed enough to filter the messages we receive from parents, caregivers and the world at large.

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Taylor Hicks on life after “American Idol”

Posted: 03:37 PM ET

Ok, Idol fans…we’re nearing the end.   You’re new "American Idol" will be revealed Wednesday night.  Before we get there, LKL blog wanted to take a trip down memory lane and talked to previous "Idol" winner, Taylor Hicks. 

Hicks won the fifth season of "Idol" and hasn’t slowed down since.  For the past two years, he has played the role of Teen Angel in the Broadway musical “Grease” both in New York and with the traveling show.  In between performances, he’s been playing clubs and making music.  More information about Taylor, his live DVD, “Whomp at the Warfield” and his latest album, “The Distance” is available at his website, TaylorHicks.com

Taylor chatted with us about his advice for this week’s "American Idol" winner, what he’s been up to, and why "Idol" will survive after Simon.

LKL Blog:  So you’ve been on the road with “Grease” –

Taylor Hicks:  Grease is the word!

LKL blog:  How long have you been doing it?  

Hicks:  All in all with the record and the Broadway show, its been two years.

LKL blog:  And what’s that been like for you?

Hicks:  It’s been a major success actually.  With the success of the role of Teen Angel on Broadway, we decided to integrate [Hicks’ latest record], “The Distance,” within the encore of every “Grease” show and decided to take it on the road for 18 months.

LKL blog:  This was your Broadway debut right?

Hicks:  This was. Yes.

LKL blog:  In terms of performing a musical on Broadway versus what you would do on a regular stage show – I’m wondering what the differences are.

Hicks:  Well obviously you’re playing off of personalities of the actors as opposed to playing off of instruments with musicians.  And I think one of the really cool things about this particular run and this role is I’ve never had any musical training or acting training and so I’ve learned first hand which has been such a blessing to be able to learn to do a brand new craft with a role like Teen Angel.

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Here's an explanation of what 'top kill' means

Posted: 02:12 PM ET

As BP gets ready to attempt to cap off the oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico, here's an explanation of what 'top kill' means:

Filed under: Environment


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Philippe Cousteau on LKL tonight after diving in the oil spill

Posted: 12:04 PM ET

Philippe Cousteau will join us TONIGHT from the Gulf Coast – he went in to the oil spill in a hazmat suit and will tell us about what he saw beneath the surface!

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We want to hear your thoughts about the oil spill – Is enough being done to stop the leak?  Who is to blame? Let us know what you think!!

Filed under: Larry King Live • Philippe Cousteau


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The end is here – 'Dancing with the Stars' to crown winner tonight

Posted: 08:19 AM ET

via USAToday

Going in to Monday's Dancing With The Stars finals, ESPN's Erin Andrews was the long shot to win. Now she's tied for first place with Pussycat Doll Nicole Scherzinger. Olympian Evan Lysacek is lagging behind.

All three celebs performed two dances, one of which was the freestyle – the time to pull out all the stops. Erin started with a samba and then chose a sultry barefoot dance involving a bed for her freestyle. While the judges weren't crazy about it, she wound up with a 55 for the night.

Nicole danced a rumba but it included a lift which nicked her score a bit. Her zippy freestyle wowed the judges enough to get her a 55 for the night.

Evan waltzed through his first dance, but was off a little bit on his high-energy freestyle. He's got a 52 going into Tuesday's finale, which will include Kate Gosselin, Jake Pavelka dancing with fiancee Vienna Girardi and Pamela Anderson. The three celebs will dance an Argetine Tango and someone will go home with a lovely mirror ball trophy.

(Read More from USAToday)

Who do you think will win?  Let's start the conversation going!

Filed under: Dancing With The Stars • Entertainment • Hollywood


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May 24, 2010

Tonight on Larry King Live!

Posted: 07:00 PM ET

Duchess Sarah Ferguson caught in a video
sting selling access to the royal family!
Will Buckingham Palace bail
her out – or brush her off?

Plus

Lindsay Lohan ordered to
wear an alcohol-monitoring bracelet
and have weekly drug tests.
Can Lohan shape up, or is jail next?

And

Brittany Murphy’s husband found
dead in the same house the actress
died in just a few months earlier.
What happened?

DO YOU THINK LINDSAY LOHAN SHOULD GO TO JAIL?

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Iman: I am hopeful that one day we will eliminate AIDS in Africa

Posted: 03:18 PM ET

Editors note:  Model & actress Iman spoke to the Larry King Live blog about her support of “The Lazarus Effect” campaign and documentary.  More than 20 million people have died of HIV/AIDS in Africa, despite the fact it is now a preventable and treatable disease.  “The Lazarus Effect” campaign features dozens of celebrity artists helping to raise awareness of the value of 40 cents – the cost of antiretroviral medicine needed for people with HIV/AIDS in Africa to survive – by comparing trivial items worth the same amount (a stick of gum, a smear of lipstick, etc).    For a preview of "The Lazarus Effect" documentary, click here

What is “The Lazarus Effect” – tell us about the documentary and (RED) campaign?

THE LAZARUS EFFECT is a beautiful film by (RED), directed by Lance Bangs, executive produced by Spike Jonze, that illustrates the incredible transformative effect of ARV (antiretroviral) medicine on people living with HIV in Africa.  

Just eight years ago, this medicine, that was broadly available in the west, cost over $10,000 a year and was out of reach of most people in Africa who make less than $2 a day.  Today, ARVs – two pills a day -  cost just 40 cents and can bring someone from near death to health in as little as 40 days. 

This life-restoring medicine is provided through organizations like the Global Fund and PEPFAR to more than 3 million people across Africa today.  The film shows the incredible human impact of this investment - just 40 cents to bring someone back from death’s door – it’s incredible.

The PSA campaign I’m involved in for (RED) is designed to help raise awareness of this film and get as many people as possible to tune in and take action.   We want people to watch the film on HBO on May 24th or catch it on YouTube.com starting that same day at 9:30 PM EST.

Some 20 million people have died of AIDS in Africa since 1981…and 67 percent of all people living with HIV worldwide are in Sub-Sarahan Africa.  It’s the leading cause of death in that part of the world.  Why have they been hit so hard?

ARV treatment was available much later in Africa than it was in the rest of the world.  It was just a few years ago that the Global Fund and PEPFAR began to make ARV treatment available to millions who needed it.  Before this time, few people would get tested for HIV because it was simply a death sentence.  They could not afford the medicine the needed to stay alive.  Today, increased access to ARV medicine brings people into the clinics, they can get tested – know their status – and either take the measures necessary to stay healthy if they are positive or make educated decisions to stay negative. 

A lot has obviously changed in the past 5 to 10 years – it now only costs 40 cents a day for the necessary antiretroviral (ARV) medication to keep a person with HIV alive in Africa.  How far has the world come in helping and treating those with HIV in Africa?  

There has been incredible progress in treatment over the past ten years.  Just eight years ago, when this treatment cost as much as $15,000 a year, there were only 50,000 people on the continent who were on treatment.  Today, thanks to the efforts to bring that cost down and to organizations like the Global Fund, PEPFAR and (RED), to help fund this medicine there are now more than three million people on treatment.

Still, there are millions more who need access and there are still 3,800 people who die a day from this preventable, treatable disease.  So, while we have made great progress, there is still much more to be done and we need to continue our commitment and our fight to ensure the momentum doesn’t wane. 

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Filed under: Africa • LKL Web Exclusive


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Hayden Christensen on “The Lazarus Effect”

Posted: 02:31 PM ET

By Hayden Christensen

Editors note: More than 20 million people have died of HIV/AIDS in Africa, despite the fact it is now a preventable and treatable disease.  “The Lazarus Effect” campaign features dozens of celebrity artists helping to raise awareness of the value of 40 cents – the cost of antiretroviral medicine needed for people with HIV/AIDS in Africa to survive – by comparing trivial items worth the same amount (a stick of gum, a smear of lipstick, etc).  

I recently went on a trip to Africa and came back with the need to get involved and help raise awareness about AIDS.  I was familiar with the (RED) campaign and the remarkable work they have done and are currently doing and wanted to be a part of it.  One of our initiatives is to raise AIDS awareness through “The Lazarus Effect.”  This inspiring documentary airs tonight on HBO. If you miss it there, you can see it on YouTube afterwards.

“The Lazarus Effect” addresses one of the world’s worst epidemics—AIDS in Africa. It focuses on the transformative effect of antiretroviral medicine and shows us how someone who is severely suffering from AIDS can regain their health in as little as 40 days by simply taking two pills a day that only cost 40 cents. The narrative of the documentary is told from the perspective of patients and doctors who are battling AIDS in their every day life. The story that unfolds in this documentary does not focus on the devastation and despair, but on survival. It shows what the human impact of smart aid programs has been.  

Just eight years ago there were only 50,000 people across the continent who could access ARV (antiretroviral) treatment as it cost over $10,000 a year. Treatment was virtually impossible since the majority of people living in Africa make less than $2 a day.  At that time, AIDS was a death sentence and more than 6,000 people were dying each day from a preventable and treatable disease. Today, that number has been nearly cut in half. Thanks to the efforts of global health organizations the cost of these pills is less than $158 a year. This means that programs offering aid can afford to get them to the millions of people who are in need.

Three million people are on ARV treatment today in Africa, but there are still millions of people across the continent who don’t have access to the basic treatment needed to fight AIDS. They are dying, and the worst part is that treatment is available. This documentary shows what is possible when there is access to treatment.  

I hope people watch the documentary and are inspired to help raise funds to support the incredible programs that ultimately save lives. I urge people to visit JOINRED.COM and learn how they can get involved.

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