Press Releases: 06/03/11

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Fareed Zakaria Talks to America’s Top Innovators About the Best Way Forward in New Primetime Special

Restoring the American Dream: How to Innovate – A FAREED ZAKARIA GPS Special debuts Sunday and is featured in TIME magazine

In 2011, for the first time in history, China is on track to outpace the United States in patent filings. From the political right to the political left, nearly everyone agrees that innovation is key to American job growth. CNN and TIME magazine’s Fareed Zakaria interviews America’s top innovation experts for their best ideas on how to fuel creativity and the U.S. economic recovery for a new special, CNN Presents: Restoring the American Dream: How to Innovate, debuting Sunday, June 5 at 8:00p.m. and 11:00p.m. ET/PT. Fareed Zakaria’s TIME magazine story, “Innovate Better” is featured in the June 13th issue, currently on newsstands.

But just what is “innovation” and who is good at it? If America is falling behind, how can the U.S. rebound? Should government or the private sector take the lead? And, who are the winners and losers if America can get back to innovating?

To answer these questions, @FareedZakaria speaks with:

Silicon Valley venture capitalist Len Baker, who has grown businesses such as Shutterfly®, FaceTime® software, Openwave, and pharmaceutical and medical device companies.

Dr. Regina Dugan, Director of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), the federal agency that developed GPS technology – and over 40 years ago, the development of the internet.

Steven Johnson, author of Where Good Ideas Come From: The Natural History of Innovation

Innovation strategist and author of Innovation Nation, Dr. John Kao

Google, Inc. executive chairman, Eric Schmidt

Paul Romer, economist and visiting professor at New York University’s Stern School of Business

Zakaria points out that China and South Korea have the world’s fastest-growing economies and are leveraging heavy government investment to promote innovation and infrastructure development. Dr. Kao warns that America may be in danger of leaving some American workers behind and “becoming a nation of innovation haves and have-nots,” since jobs leveraging new technologies and science will follow the availability of a skilled labor force.

Schmidt strikes a note of optimism: he feels there are industries that are likely to be “born in America” first – including innovations in plastics that move in response to human touch, and innovations in nanotechnology, the engineering science of very small things. “This research was done in American universities,” Schmidt says, “the manufacturing plants for that need to be where the research is done.”

The special replays Saturday, June 11 at 8:00p.m. and 11:00p.m. ET/PT. For more on Fareed Zakaria’s insights on innovation and the economy, please visit:


Candidates Announced for First New Hampshire GOP Primary Debate

Presidential Hopefuls Will Gather in the Nation’s First Primary State for June 13 Debate

CNN, Hearst Television’s WMUR, and the New Hampshire Union Leader will present a Republican Presidential primary debate at Saint Anselm College in Manchester, New Hampshire on Monday, June 13 at 8 p.m. ET. It will be the first debate in the “First in the Nation” primary state of New Hampshire. CNN anchor and chief national correspondent John King will moderate the debate, with questions from WMUR-TV’s Jean Mackin, Josh McElveen and Jennifer Vaughn and New Hampshire Union Leader’s John DiStaso and Tom Fahey.

The following Republican candidates will participate in the debate: Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachmann, businessman Herman Cain, former Speaker Newt Gingrich, Texas Congressman Ron Paul, former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty, former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney and former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum.

Criteria for candidates participating in the CNN/WMUR-TV/New Hampshire Union Leader debate on June 13, 2011 can be found on Leading candidates set to meet in first New Hampshire debate.

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