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April 15th, 2012
11:01 AM ET

Battery Powered Brain

CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta tells the story of a severely depressed patient, who
underwent an experimental surgery in which doctors drilled two
holes in her skull to implant a pair of battery-powered electrodes in her
brain.

A small electrical charge then stimulates a part of the brain known
as ³Area 25,² which is a junction box for the circuits that control our
moods. The patients who undergo this procedure have not been helped by
anything else. Not psychotherapy; not meds; not even electro-convulsive
shock therapy. But about two-thirds of the experimental subjects using Deep
Brain Stimulation have improved significantly.

Battery Powered Brain is one of three in-depth stories in one riveting hour hosted
by CNN's Randi Kaye and Drew Griffin. CNN Presents premieres an all-new show tonight at 8pm ET, re-airing at 11:00 pm and 2:00 am ET.


Filed under: depression • Dr. Sanjay Gupta
April 2nd, 2012
03:24 AM ET

The Scary Guy

He's a former tattoo artist who commands tens of thousands of dollars to speak to schoolchildren worldwide in the name of bullying prevention. While his tattooed face and outrageous tactics may capture the hearts and minds of kids, critics question whether he has a lasting impact.

CNN's Randi Kaye visits two Minnesota schools – one hoping the twenty thousand dollars the community paid Scary will help them solve the bullying problem, the other going a different route after a Scary experience.

The Scary Guy re-airs on CNN Presents this Saturday at 8:00 pm ET, 11:00 pm and 2:00 am ET.


Filed under: bullying • Randi Kaye
March 30th, 2012
05:45 PM ET

The Real March Madness

Just how far will a college go to win the NCAA tournament? For a few teams the Secretary of Education calls "bad apples," it may be too far. These schools are not putting true student athletes on the court.

A new study of graduation rates will show almost half of the African American student athletes who will play in the NCAA basketball tournament will not graduate. And at some schools, the graduation rate for basketball players -black and white- is abysmal.

At UConn for instance, over the last four years, an average of only 25% of its men's basketball players graduated and only 14% of its African American players got a degree. Kentucky had a 31% graduation average. At Syracuse it's just about half. CNN's Drew Griffin investigates.

Don't miss 'The Real March Madness' this Sunday during an all new CNN Presents at 8:00 pm ET, re-airing at 11:00 pm and 2:00 am ET.


Filed under: Drew Griffin
March 23rd, 2012
03:51 PM ET

Refund Robbery

Law enforcement says it's one of the biggest, most brazen crimes in the U.S. – criminals stealing your tax refund by stealing your identity, going online, and getting the refund money. Police even call it the new "crack cocaine of crime," and in some Florida neighborhoods, it's actually replaced street level drug dealing. Police officials and the Tampa mayor blame the IRS because it allows the refunds to be put on debit cards, and sends out the return before completely checking the information.

For the first time, our investigation shows the fraud as it's happening on the streets of North Miami Beach and Tampa, Florida, we interview two police detectives who are themselves victims, and talk to a police informant who teaches people how to do tax refund fraud. In an exclusive interview, the IRS deputy commissioner says it's a "balancing act" to get the returns out fast to legitimate taxpayers and keep fraudulent ones from going to criminals. The IRS has identified $6.5 billion in ID-related tax refund fraud last year, but does not know how much was going undetected.

"Refund Robbery" is one of four riveting stories you won't want to miss this Sunday on CNN Presents at 8:00 pm ET, replaying at 11:00 pm ET and 2:00 am ET


Filed under: Randi Kaye • refund robbery
March 22nd, 2012
05:05 PM ET

NFL flags Saints for "bounty hunting"

It's been said that while baseball may be America's favorite past-time, football is its passion. The mentality of the sport is violent by nature, but some players and coaches crossed a fine line that separates fierce competition from thuggery.

The NFL has concluded that the New Orleans Saints have been involved in what's been referred to as "Bounty Hunting," where payoffs were made for inflicting game-ending injuries on other teams' star players.

Just how did the bounty or incentive programs work?
And how prevalent are they in the NFL? CNN's Ed Lavandera investigates.

"Bounty Hunters" is one of four riveting stories you won’t want to miss this Sunday on CNN Presents at 8:00 pm ET, replaying at 11:00 pm ET and 2:00 am ET.


Filed under: bounty hunt • Ed Lavandera • New Orleans Saints • NFL
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