tv CNN Newsroom With Poppy Harlow CNN January 24, 2016 3:00pm-4:01pm PST
screen-write, direct these movies, they could be up for an oscar in a year. this is a huge pipeline for that. >> no question. stephanie, have fun out there. it is certainly a gorgeous setting. enjoy it. >> reporter: thanks, poppy. >> all right. top of the hour. 6:00 p.m. here on east coast. i'm poppy harlow in new york. so glad you're with us. we're expecting a status update on a major transit headache affecting new york city right now. we're talking about the long island railroad as you see, no trains running in or out of new york city right now. 300,000 people in the greater new york area depending on that reopening for tomorrow's rush hour. the system is one of the last major pieces of the city's mass transit system that is not operational right now in the wake of the blizzard. rail yards still buried under about 2 feet of snow, stranded trains blocking some tracks and many switches still frozen. those still need to be thawed.
ryan young ask live inside penn station. i know we're waiting for a press conference at 6:00. any update on your end? >> reporter: not so far. but of course one of the things we're noticing poppy is all the people. it seems like every half hour more people are piling ine inin station. it's back to back upstairs. people are everywhere. one thing you talking about, the long island railroad, as you look here, you can see all the service suspended. that's all up there. they're saying, we're trying to get those rail lines back open. we know 2,000 people are at work. you have to think about historic snow, people being called in to work. they have to find a way to get to work. when they get there they have to get things working so people can travel into town. 300,000 people. you can see the tons of people piling into this place. we saw the roads were open from new jersey. the side streets had the issues. but think about that, historic storm and new yorkers already clamoring to get back to normal life here. we're talking about a transit system that services so many
people inside this city. an update hopefully coming within the hour and we'll bring it 0 you live as soon as we get more information. part of the city already back in service. we see the big trucks moving through town, people walking. now we have to figure out what's going to happen with this rail line. >> absolutely. as ryan said, we'll bring that to you live as soon as we do get that press conference and that update. ryan young, thank you so much. let's take you to washington, d.c., now, the nation's capital virtually paralyzed by deep snow and ice, even this sunday afternoon. even after the snow stopped. the first death in washington, d.c., being reported in the last hour, an 82-year-old man had a heart attack while shoveling snow outside of his home. elsewhere in the city, all metro airports shut down hundreds of flights canceled, crews scrambling to move piles and piles of snow and ice. all the schools there in washington, d.c., will be closed tomorrow. also, washington, d.c., government offices will be closed. only limited bus and subway service will resume in the morning.
do not expect major, major moves from congress. lawmakers there, the house has postponed votes scheduled this week due to this monster storm. senators delayed work until wednesday. we just heard from washington, d.c.'s mayor about this effort to clear all the snow off the roads. >> we're making a lot of progress. we are nearing the end of day one of the dig-out. our crews worked all night and all day, and we have deployed most of the 400 pienew pieces o equipment i mentioned to you this morning. while we have made progress, there is still a lot more to do, and we will work to continue to clear our major arteries. a lot of the black top you're seeing in many cases we still have restricted on those lanes so either we don't have the full number of laeb lanes that we should or we have some -- also some concerns about how we get
through intersections and turn their sections and sight lines and the rest. there's still a lot of work that has to be done. >> let's go straight to our meteorologist jennifer gray in washington for us. it is dark there, and it's cold. and it's go ae's going to get c. i know the concern tonight and tomorrow is black ice. >> reporter: absolutely. it is getting colder. you can definitely tell the difference from when the sun was out shining bright earlier this afternoon. it actually felt quite nice. of course, anything would feel nice compared to what we experienced in the last 48 hour ltz. but you're right, we had a little bit of melting going on today. now the sidewalks are getting very, very slick. theed roads are very, very slick. so we are going to be dealing with the possibility of that black ice tomorrow morning. but it's not just tomorrow. we'll have a little bit of melting tomorrow and then a re-freeze on monday night and again on tuesday night and wednesday night we're going to have this for several days on end. and i know a lot of people are itching to get outside, get back to work, the get on the roads, but it is going to be a
dangerous situation going into the early morning hours basically each morning throughout this week. we'll have a little melting throughout the day and then have the re-freee overnight. one thing to add to what you were saying about all of the offices being closed, we just heard word that the federal government will also be closed tomorrow as well. so that's one more thing to add. we are seeing quite a few people out and about, but we're still seeing plows go through. that's good news. we know the main roads are looking better and better, but it is the secondary roads that are still having quite a bit of trouble, poppy. but the city getting back on its feet little by little. next couple of days i'm sure it will be much better. >> thanks to everyone who makes that possible, all the people plowing and shoveling all that snow for us. jennifer gray live for us tonight in washington. thank you. if you are plannig to get on a plane tomorrow, you may want to bring your favorite book, something great to read, because right now all d.c. metro airports are still shut down, that is rippling throughout the country causing a lot of delays
and consolations. more than 3,500 flights are canceled in the u.s. today, nearly 4,000 more flights delayed. nearly 1,000 flights already canceled for tomorrow. 17.8 inches of snow fell at washington, d.c.'s reagan national airport, the fourth largest snowfall ever recorded there. 28.3 inches of snow falling at virginia's dulles international airport, the second largest snowfall they've seen. and at baltimore's airport, brand-new record 29.2 inches of snow. rene marsh live at reagan's national airport. do we know when things are going to be somewhat back to normal? >> reporter: yeah, poppy. we've been poking and poking because we want to know what the situation for the d.c. area will be. we have not received official word as yet. an update from here, flights are still grounded both at reagan
national as well as dulles in d.c. they are still shoveling. out there. i just peeked out there. we have been showing you this all day. it is absolutely abandoned here. no one is here besides us, pop y y. still waiting for official word for when it will change. however, things do look good at other airports, new york city airports having a limited number of flights going in and out tonight. of course, that continues tomorrow. same thing in philadelphia. they've resumed flights. baltimore have resumed flights as well. you know, what people want to know is, when will things get back to normal? it will take quite a few days, well into next week, before we are back to, quote unquote, normal. i can tell you in speaking with a lot of these airlines, they say they have been able to rebook a lot of these passengers. so if you're not someone who's getting on a flight heading to your destination on monday, you could be heading there on
tuesday, wednesday, thursday. this process will continue throughout the week, poppy. >> rene marsh, thank you so much. keeping an eye on it for us. a very empty reagan national airport. thank you. as we continue to talk about what was clearly an epic winter storm that affected 85 million people and brought really a lot of us on the east coast to a halt, what has now moved off the coast and out into the atlantic, take a look. this is dloen individurone vide what looks like a peaceful winter scene in staten island, but the weather is till a major factor, dangerous for millions of people. tom sater joins us now in the cnn weather center. the concern now, tom, if i'm right, you have that adorable little one in the screen next to you enjoying the snow, is the deep-freeze and the black ice and what comes with it, right? f >> right. poppy, the good news is we're not looking at a deep freeze where we're on a polar vortex
where pipes will break. sure, we'll see refreezes every niest. you look at the beautiful drone video from staten island, it is a beautiful site. however, it's only pretty until the lights start to flicker. and let's not forget the over 100,000 who lost power in the carolinas. if you're at the end of the power grid, it's going to take some time. i know they're working diligently to restore power, but again it could be several days. every area you see in pink has picked up over 2 to even 3 feet. that's a number of states right now. that will have the black ice in the morning. it's a different time, poppy, from when you and i went to elementary school. school right now are not going to take on that liability. i wouldn't be surprised and mainly in rarely areas from kentucky into west virginia, western parts of maryland, pennsylvania where schools are maybe closed for a week. and i understand that with that black ice because there will be hundreds and hundreds of more accidents and several of them with all the states. interesting to note we had 30 airports closed. the main ones are still open.
we did have an international flight this morning from dohah actually land in philadelphia. they had one runway open. but when you look at the totals and see jfk at 30.5 but reagan national 17.aitd. there's a discrepancy on the process they underwent to take the measurement because it was 25 a stone's throw over at arlingt arlington. that number could change. it will be interesting to see what comes up with that. it's hard to believe that new york city missed it by the hair on your chinny chin chin with a tenth of an inch. it's like training your whole life, poppy, to be a sprinter in the olympics and you miss out on the gold by a huth ndredth of a second. >> i'm fine with that. meteorologist tom saiter for us thank you. coming up next, an apology from the pennsylvania turnpike chairman for keeping people stranded in their cars in this blizzard for 24 hours. look at that.
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if you were in or around philadelphia last night during this blizzard, it was an absolute mess, especially on the pennsylvania turnpike. the chairman of the pennsylvania turnpike commission now offering a public apology for the seven-mile standstill during the blizzard. people stuck for 24 hours saying, i can promise you there
will be a thorough analysis of the events that led up to this incident as well as a review of what occurred over the course of the last 2 1/2 days. i want to be certain we do a better job the next time something like this occurs and that we can learn from this tragedy. sara ganim is live for us in philadelphia today. obviously people eeb jnjoying i people sledding behind you. you've got him calling this a tragedy, what happened. >> reporter: some of those people were stuck on the turnpike for 24 hours. thankfully today both lanes are reopened. people who were stuck for that day are on their way home or in a shelter. the national guard had to be called in to help rescue them. they were stuck on the turnpike near an interchange, really could not leave their vehicles. it was during a blizzard. and they had nothing -- nowhere to go, no one to help them for some period of time. now, it did take about 20 to 24 hours before they started to be rescued. the good news today is that everyone is on their way. you heard the apology from the
tu turnpike director. more good news, today is cleanup today in philadelphia. some trucks are hauling away snow. they brought in a snow melter to get rid of it for good. philadelphia schools will be closed tomorrow, which is good news probably for the kids who have been cooped up all weekend. as you can see behind me, they found a way to release some energysliding down the rocky steps at the philadelphia art muse museum. you can see a lot of people having fun. it's a good way to end a weekend that as you mentioned was pretty miserable as times. you know, we were out in it here in philadelphia. there were winds up to 40 miles an hour, 20 inches of snow ended up being the fourth largest storm. now, there were repercussions of that, of course. no major incidents in the city of philadelphia or around it, but in york, pennsylvania, an airport hangar roof collapsed under the weight of the snow. officials working to clean that up as we speak. that happened earlier today. but, for the most part, in
pennsylvania, now that the turnpike issue is cleaned up, now that we know that no one was injured in that incident and we know that there were no major incidents in philadelphia, everyone is kind of enjoying the relief of knowing it's all over here, poppy. i know that we are and i know these people are. >> as they should. looks like a very fun night there in philadelphia. sara ganim, thank you so much. appreciate it. coming up next, the presidential politics we go. and the big question, is the presidential race about to get a little bit of a spring surprise? >> i love the compression. it would be great if -- i would love blookberg love bloomberg to come in. >> so will former new york city mayor mike bloomberg jump into this race? that's marco rubio. we're talking about someone else. will mayor bloomberg jump into the race? we'll talk about it, next. (air horn, trap door opening) rootmetrics, in the nation's largest independent study, tested wireless performance across the country.
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ate 12%. rubio picked up an endorsement from the "des moines register" in iowa, but the question is, is it a little too late for rubio in iowa? let's talk about all of this and more. mark preston executive editor of c cnn politics is with me live from iowa. big night for the dems tomorrow night, the cnn town hall. but when you look at rubio on the republican side, the endorsement is a great thing, no question. can it really cut into the huge, huge lead trump now has in that state? >> you know, poppy, at this point i agree. i think it's a little bit too late for marco rubio to make a hard charge at winning the iowa caulk uz. uks. it has come down to trump and cruz. there had been criticism about rubio not doing much in iowa or the state of new hampshire but as establishment republicans are looking for someone to rally around, there's a lot of talk about rallying around marco rubio. i think that the point, though, what he's looking for is a strong showing perhaps a strong
third showing which he can maybe try to use to get a little momentum when he heads into new hampshire, poppy. talking about he democrats, when you look at them right now, they're preparing to make this final pitch to voters in iowa. interesting, we know from the latest krn krn poll, right, that 20% of iowa likely caucusgoers on the democratic side haven't made up their mind. give me your cheat sheet. what are the three things you'll be watching for? >> reporter: well, a couple of things. pragmatist versus the heart. this campaign is based upon ideas and ideals. hillary clinton has been making the case she's the most experienced, pragmatic, she's the one that can come back to washington and try to work with congress to get things done. meanwhile, you have bernie sanders talking about bringing on a political revolution to upend the political establishment. we heard him talk about that here on the campaign trail just today. as well as that you're going to see hillary clinton and bernie sanders and martin o'malley talking to iowa voters tomorrow.
the question is, will they go beyond the discussion of policy differences and will it get personal? this campaign which has been fairly tame on the democratic side. we've seen a lot of witt rey vi the republican side. it's starting to get personal. martin o'malley who spent an incredible time in iowa trying to drum up support for his campaign has never gotten out of the low single digits. can he do something tomorrow to at least have a strong enough showing that will keep his campaign moving forward beyond iowa into new hampshire and onward? i think those are three things we should be looking for tomorrow when they take the stage here at drake university. >> absolutely. 9:00 p.m. eastern only on cnn hosted by chris cuomo. you will be there, mark preston. busy man, thank you for taking the time. >> thanks, poppy. now to a possible shake-up that would make this presidential race a little more crowded, certainly interesting. sources telling us at cnn former mork city mayor michael
bloomberg is considering an independent run at president particularly if it looks like a general matchup between sanders and either will trump or cruz. trump and sanders already weighing in. >> i'd love to have him come in. i love the twecompetition. >> my reaction is that there will be -- if donald trump wins and mr. bloomberg gets in, you're going to have ftwo multibillionaires running for president of the united states against me. and i think the american people do not want to see our nation move toward an oligarchy where billionaires control the political process. >> joining me is a princeton university, author of "the fierce urgency of now." thanks for being with me. >> thanks for having me. >> it's interesting. when you look historically how a third party candidate can hurt one side or the other, it won't necessarily play out that way if bloomberg jumps in.
what happens this time? >> first ever all, we don't even know who's running at this point in either party. but certainly i do think many democrats are worried that a bloomberg candidacy, if it happens -- he's talked about this many times -- it would hurt hillary clinton a lot more than it would rurt donald trump or a ted cruz. it would be a little like 2000 where ralph nader ate away at some of the voting that would have gonnell toward al gore in places like florida. >> i will say what's different this time is he's actually commissioned last week a poll to be done to see how he would do and according to "new york times" he said that he's willing to spend a billion dollars of his own money to jump in. a billion dollars. >> yeah. i think he's looking at donald trump and there's part of him that is seeing right now a self-funded, not totally self-funded, self-started candidacy for someone with this much wealth could work. part of him is enticed i think
by the idea this time it's real. the way campaign finances changed has now opened up the playing field for someone with significant wealth to actually have an impact and even make a run for the presidency. >> i should note he did say back in 2010 on the record that he would not run. by, hey, everything changes in politics. that's for sure. let's move on. i want your take on another big topic of focus right now. a lot of reporting this week about these two factions in the gop right now, one trying to topple the front-runner donald trump, the other trying to stop ted cruz. can you remember -- you are a historian, a presidential historian -- any other time in american history when the gop was actively trying to take down its two front-runners? >> it's been a while. part of what's going on is the front-runners are not who a lot of the party supports. so usually the front-runners are lined up with what the party expected, and that's why this has become so topsy-turvy.
that's why you have journals like "the national review" making a big push to try to knock down these two candidates who have moved right to the forefront. so it is pretty different than what we've seen for a while. even in 1980, the insurgent then in some ways was ronald reagan. but the party was pretty much behind him by the time he ran. >> it's also interesting when you look at some of these new numbers out of pew research, right? they looked back at the job approval ratings for presidents all the way back to eisenhower and they found that over time the opposing party has become increasingly negative in how it proves a sitting president. when eisenhower a republican was in office, 49% of democrats approved of the job he was doing. if you compare that now julian to 14% of republicans, only 14%, who approve of president obama's performance. could trump's success as an outsider candidate be a symptom of that? >> sure. that's a symptom of the kind of
polarization we've all been talking about for a while with the intensity of the dislike for the incumbent in the white house really intensifies. and i think he is clearly playing on that. he's playing on other things. he's capitalizing on the role of television and the media, on the way campaign finance works as well. but certainly he is playing to a polarized electorate. that's part of why we have trump ascendant. >> it's been interesting to watch. it will get even more interesting if we see another like former mayor mike bloomberg jump into this race. exactly one week before iowa chooses. clinton, sanders, o'malley go face to face with voters. it's the last televised event before caucus night february 1st. our very own chris cuomo will moderate live tomorrow night from iowa, the democratic presidential town hall,
9:00 p.m. eastern here on cnn. up next, the storm may be over. travel, headaches, nightmares linger up and down the eastern seaboard, especially for the nation's capital. airports closed there. thousands of flights canceled. a live report next. also, a very important story, a chilling reminder of what flint, michigan, is facing in a catastrophic water crisis. >> reporter: one of the problems is the walters' house is one std further from the treatment facility. probably explains why the testing here was one of the highest. to give you some context, 5 parts per billion would be caused for concern. 5,000 would be toxic waste. this home? 13,000 parts per billion. >> a shocking statistic and one that suggests why this crisis is so deeply troubling for families in flint. our dr. sanjay gauupta is there
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all right, you are looking at live pictures this evening of a beautiful capital, washington, d.c., in the wake of a record-breaking blizzard in many parts of the east coast. federal officials announcing just moments ago all those offices, federal offices and d.c. government offices will be closed there tomorrow. schools closed as well. limited bus and subway service resuming in the morning, crews are scrambling right now to move piles of snow and ice. the mayor says she needs the public's help. >> we're still operating under an emergency in the district. and we will have to for anybody who impedes our ability to get plows down the street, if you come out and you get yourself stuck on one of our streets, i have to tell you we will aggressively ticket you and tow your vehicle. so it will not continue to
impede our snow operation. >> d.c.'s airports are shut down. thousands of flights are canceled. the numbers tell the story. 17.8 inches of snow falling at washington reagan national airport, the fourth largest snowfall ever there. 28.3 inches buried dulles international, the second largest snowfall there. in baltimore, a new record, 29.2 inches falling at bwi. neck valencia is live in virginia. pretty much a standstill, right, inside the beltway? >> reporter: it is. not very many vehicles moving along those interstates or thoroughfares. we are right in the middle of the cleanup effort. those thousands of vehicles that have been sent out on the roadways and heavy machinery helping along with the help. this mountain not necessarily created by a snowfall but by a snowplow, this was 34 hours of continuous snow here in fairfax,
virginia, more than 30 inches falling. it's going to be a very expensive storm to clean up. the governor of virginia spoke about that earlier today. >> this is a very expensive storm. it is costing the commonwealth $2 million to $3 million an hour. i believe that at the end of the day this will probably be our most expensive snow event ever, could top over $100 million. >> reporter: we did speak to the virginia state police earlier. they tell us there's been more than 1400 accidents on those roadways. the majority of those have been minor accidents. but the concern over the weekend were disabled vehicles, even some of those emergency vehicles got caught up in those treacherous, treacherous conditions here. the good news is, residents woke up this morning, the sun was out. degree temperature was about 53-degree difference from yesterday. it's starting to get chilly. virginia state police are concerned. even though the sun is supposed to be out, no more snowfall.
but the snowfall is expected to re-freeze. even if the roadways seem passable right now, tomorrow morning could be a different story. power companies of course worried that those trees could be saturated with water falling down into the power lines, creating even more of a mess for residents in this area that have already been through so much this weekend. poppy? >> no question. nick live for us in fairfax, virginia. thank you so much. coming up next, a very important story for you to see. our dr. sanjay gupta in flint, michigan, where frankly so many clues were there about the dangerous, undrinkable water in flint. >> looks like a pretty obvious clue. >> we. loud alarms should have been going off in people's brains. if it's corroding engine parts, what is it do to our system? >> what led to thousands drinking contaminated water, water with lead in it? we're talking about thousands of children as well. the effects of it irreversible.
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the federal government, the state government in michigan trying to fix the water crisis in flint. the epa admitting it failed the people there. on thursday, president obama pledged $80 million to improve the infrastructure there. at the same time, the epa's regional director susan headman resigned this week. the department reportedly knew for months that people in flint were at risk of drinking water with lead in it but did not alert the public soon enough. michigan's governor this week apologized for his handling the of the crisis on thursday and today republican presidential candidate jeb bush spoke about it specifically defending the governor on cnn's "state of the union" counting for more accountable, though, from washington. >> first of all, i think it's pretty clear when you have local, state and federal agencies not talking to each other, blaming each other, no one being held accountable, you get this result. it is a tragedy. i admire rick snyder for stepping unright now. he's going through the challenge and he's fired people and
accepted responsibility to fix this. this is going to be a long-term challenge. but it does point out that we have a 20th century regulatory system on a 21st century world. someone needs to change how we go about washington's role in this where there's more accountability and more transparency so that when reports are done, they're thoroughly vetted. you don't need an insular regulatory agencies blaming each other. that's what happened in this case, and it's just wrong. >> residents in flint right now living with the consequences of the failure of government agencies to protect them. our chief medical correspondent dr. sanjay gupta reports from flint. >> look right at me. >> reporter: when her son gavin started to become ill, it was subtle. so subtle, leanne waters wouldn't have been blamed for missing it. >> keep your head straight. >> one. >> good job. look up. look down. do your fingers feel numb at all?
>> reporter: but one day she looked at gavin and then looked at his twin brother garrett side by side. the difference was staggering. >> the size he is right now is pretty much the size he was last february, february 5th of 2015. >> reporter: almost a year ago. >> yes. >> reporter: how much does he weigh versus his twin? >> he's 35.8 pounds and his twin is 53 pounds. >> reporter: for months they were drinking the same water and gavin was showing the nature of lead poidzenning. it can affect people very differently, even twins. do you know what the number was? >> 6.5. >> reporter: what is normal? >> nothing. there's no safe exposure to led lead. >> reporter: it's a mantra repeated by doctors all over the world. no lead, not even a little bit, is acceptable. because we know more than ever what it does to the body. when lead is ingested or inhaled, no organ in the body is spared. lead even attacks the dna, affecting not just you but your future children.
all of it essentially irreversible. equally frustrating, the symptoms could show up now or years from now. >> wait, watch and see. how do you live like that? >> reporter: right. upsetting. >> he's 4. >> reporter: the lead was coming from the corroded pipes carrying water. the longer the water was in the pipes the more hazardous it became. one of the problems is the walters' house is one of the furthest from the treatment facility which explains why the testing was among the highest, 13,000 parts per billion. to give you some context, 5 parts would be cause for concern 5,000 parts per billion is associated with toxic waste. this home? 13,000 parts per billion. but it's not just one home it's an entire community. 100,000 people live here, 10%, 10,000 of whom, are under the age of 6. they're the ones who are most at risk.
>> when pediatricians hear anything about lead, we absolutely freak out. >> reporter: it wasn't a freak-out at first, but doctors in flint started hearing whispers about elevated lead levels in the water in 2014. so this doctor started looking at lead levels in her young patients. what she found was shocking. >> the percentage of children with lead poisoning doubled in the city of flint, and in some neighborhoods it actually tripled. >> reporter: she sounded the alarm to state officials as loudly as she could. but no one listened. instead -- >> we were attacked. so i was called an unfortunate researcher, that i was causing near hysteria and the state numbers were not consistent with our mindings. >> reporter: maybe denial was so easy because of this. flint, a city surrounded by some of the largest fresh water lakes in the world, was now delivering some of the world's most contaminated water to its citizens. october of 2014, general motors you say stopped using the water
because it was corroding their parts. >> right. >> reporter: that seems like a pretty obvious clue. >> yeah. so red flags like loud alarms should vb going on in people's brains. if it's corroding engine parts, what is it doing to our plumbing that is predominantly lead-based? >> reporter: water that could corrode engine parts. imagine what it was doing to the body and brain of gavin waurlte. >> these kids did nothing wrong except being poor. >> in may, professor mark edwards from virginia tech and dr. mona atishs sounded an alarm about lead in flint's water. >> the governor said, you can have anything you want. >> i want a rewind button to april 2014. that's what i want. because you can't undo this. you cannot undo this. >> reporter: if there's ever been a u.s. city in need of a rewind button, it's flint, michigan. more than a third of the people
here live in poverty. live expectancy is ten to 20 years shorter than the state. there's not a stull full-scale grocery store anywhere in sight. >> then we got lead? if you would think of something to put in a population to keep them in down for this generation or generations to come, it would be lead. it's just a loss of words. >> reporter: but dr. mona, leanne, the 100,000 citizens of flint have to believe that clean water will return. one day soon. do you know why people have been putting you on tv lately? >> yes. because they want to put this on tv so they could see us. >> reporter: because you're handsome. >> yeah. >> reporter: dr. sanjay gupta, cnn. >> thank you so much. we will stay on top of this story and bring you the latest out of flint as we have it. still to come, a touching tribute to the man who changed my colleague anderson cooper's life. >> he gave me the sense that i had value, that my ideas
mattered. that instilled in me a confidence i don't think i would have otherwise had. >> hear anderson's story about his father coming up next. boy: once upon a time, there was a nice house that lived with a family. one day, it started to rain and rain. water got inside and ruined everybody's everythings. the house thought she let the family down. but the family just didn't think a flood could ever happen.
tonight at 8:00 p.m. eastern in just over an hour's time, cnn journalists share the people who had such a profound impact on them that it affected the course of our lives. this is the culmination of our week-long series here on cnn called "the person who changed my life." here's anderson cooper's story. >> i was 10 years old when my father died, and, even though i didn't know him for very long, it changed my life in ways that no one else has. my dad's name was wyatt cooper. he was just 50 when he died. i used to think that was old, but now that i'm 48, 50 seems pretty young. i recently found a scrapbook my dad kept when he was a boy, gum wrappers and old newspaper
articles, the flotsam and jet sum of small-town life in the '30s. the scrapbook is full of movies and actors and ticket stubs of movies he went to see as a child. he went to ucla and worked as an actor for years most live on that's him in a cheesy movie with mario lanza called "the seven hills of rome." >> quiet. good luck tonight. sellout. i'll be in front leading the cheering section. >> thanks, wyatt. >> he wrote screen plays and magazine articles. when he married my mom in 1963, he moved to new york. our brother and i were born, we became the center of his world. he considered us his greatest achievements. >> i all my life wanted very much to have children and quite specifically i wanted to have sons. so i think i could reverse the roles and they become the s recipients of the kind of
fathering that i had wanted and hoped for. >> i've always looked a lot like my dad. that's one of the reasons i think i felt so connected to him. there was something about the way he talked with me, even when i was very little, that made a huge impact. he was always open and honest with my brother and me. he really listened to what we had to say. he gave me the sense that i had value. my ideas mattered. that instilled in me a confidence i don't think i would have otherwise had. >> we talk a great deal about moral and character values but also they ask me questions like, anderson, my youngest son asked, how much does a stockman make? because that's what we would like to be now. he can't make up his mind whether he wants to be a stuntman or policeman. >> my brother were included on nearly everything he and my mom did. people came to dinner, we sat at the table and were part of the conversation. that's me welcoming charlie
chaplain to our house when i was just 5 years old. when you grow up secure in the love of a parent, it gives you a foundation that can carry you through all sorts of events in your life. that feeling of security and confidence, i still carry that with me today. when someone dies, you think you'll never forget anything about them, but over time, memories fade. i can't remember what my dad smelled like or the sound he mde when he came through the front door. but there are things i'll never forget. laying with my head on his stomach as we watched tv together. i remember the rise and fall of his breath. the beat of his heart. i remember him typing on his old typewriter late into the night. i remember that feeling of having a father, being loved, and feeling safe.
person can change your life by the things they say and do, what they teach you, but they can also change your life by leaving. by their absence. and my dad's death changed me in ways that i'm just now starting to understand. >> how we are a minute away from 1978 and the giant ball has begun its descent. >> i remember new year's eve, 1977. i watched the ball drop in times square on television. >> happy new year, folks. >> my dad was in the hospital. i knew he was really sick. i was really scared what the new year would bring. he died just five days later. january 5th, while undergoing a heart operation. i'm not sure i understood the finality of his death at the time, but i began to retreat into myself. i became less outgoing, more introverted. i also became much more independent. hi, i'm anderson cooper. this is a special edition of channel 1 for wednesday may
11th. >> i began working to earn money, began learning to earnest how to take care of myself. loss changes you, particularly join lose a parent at a young age. the world suddenly seems a much different place. more dangerous. the person i was before my father's death, the person i was meant to be, was far more open, more interesting than the person i'd become. it wish it wasn't so, but the self-reliance i learned has also served me well. i often wonder what my father would think of me, what he would say to me, what advice he would give. i close my eyes and try to imagine him watching me on television or calling me on the phone to discuss a story i've written. i know he would be proud, but i wish i could hear him tell me so. >> my relationships with my sons is quite extraordinary, and i think extraordinarily close, and we unction each other in the most extraordinary kind of way.
♪ >> i heard his voice for the first time since i was 10 years old when a 1975 radio interview he gave was restored by the clock tower radio and put on their website. >> wyatt cooper, "families a memoir and a celebration." >> i wish he'd been able to hold on just a little bit longer. i do feel lucky i had my dad for as long as i did. his death changed me, but his life changed me more. for that, i'm forever grateful. >> my feelings about what i want my sons to be, i certainly want them to be, let's say, a better man than i. my sons are very aware that i have certain expectations of them. that is that they will behave with honor and with dignity. >> beautiful tribute there from anderson to his father. you can see all of our stories tonight in one hour, 8:00 p.m.
eastern. the special, "the person who changed my life" right hear on cnn. we also want to know who changed your life. you can tweet us wit with #mylifechangers. we'll show your responses at cnn.com/lifechangers. you can also find a lot of photos there, videos from all of us here at cnn about who those special people were for us. coming up next, the eastern seaboard digging out today after a storm of epic proportions, setting records, shutting down roads and airports. but there's hope for airports in one city. we'll tell you where that is, next.
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top of the hour, i'm poppy harlow in new york. thank you for being with us this sunday evens. the nation's capital trying to dig out from this weekend's monster blizzard. deep snow and ice covering most of washington, d.c., right now. we just learned limited flights will resume at d.c. metro airports tomorrow morning. the first storm-related death in washington also being reported tonight. an 82-year-old man had a heart attack while shoveling snow. elsewhere in the city crews are scrambling to move piles of snow and ice. all schools are closed tomorrow. all u.s. government offices will also be closed, only limited bus and subway service will resume in the morning. a short time ago, we got an update from washington, d.c.'s, mayor. >> we're making a lot of progress. we are nearing the end of day one of the dig-out. our crews worked all night and all day and we have deployed most of the 400 new pieces of equipment that i mentioned to