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Revealing investigations. Fascinating characters. Stories with impact. Don't miss an all new CNN Presents this Sunday at 8:00 pm ET.
October 23rd, 2011
02:12 PM ET

Homeless Veterans

With an estimated 107,000 homeless vets in the U.S., Dr. Sanjay Gupta explores their daily struggles and the legal battle over a plan to help them.

"Homeless Veterans" is one of four stories airing tonight on CNN Presents at 8:00 pm ET and re-airing at 11:00 pm ET and 2:00 am ET.


Filed under: Dr. Sanjay Gupta • homeless veterans
CNN Presents: Four stories. One great hour.
October 21st, 2011
04:28 PM ET

CNN Presents: Four stories. One great hour.

Exclusive photos of CNN’s Soledad O’Brien and Dr. Sanjay Gupta during the taping of CNN Presents in Atlanta, Georgia.

Four riveting stories this week – from the merchandise branding of legendary rockers KISS to a shocking alleged hate crime in Mississippi. Revealing investigations. Fascinating characters. Stories with impact.

It’s an hour of television you will be talking about.

CNN Presents airs this Sunday, October 23 at 8:00 pm ET and re-airs at 11:00 pm ET and 2:00 am ET.

Filed under: Dr. Sanjay Gupta • Soledad O'Brien
September 26th, 2011
01:43 PM ET

Jellyfish, currents cut short Cuba-to-Florida swim

Hindered by painful stings and strong currents, endurance swimmer Diana Nyad ended her latest attempt to swim from Cuba to Florida about two-thirds of the way through the crossing Sunday.

The 62-year-old Nyad suffered jellyfish and Portuguese man-of-war stings Saturday, while ocean cross-currents were pushing her off course, team captain Mark Sollinger said. She was pulled out of the water about 11 a.m. Sunday, about 67 nautical miles through the 103-nautical-mile passage.

Treading water before being helped out of the water, Nyad said the man-of-war stings had paralyzed some of the muscles in her back, given her chills and nausea. Doctors warned her she could suffer long-term health problems if she suffered another sting.

"I've never been in any pain, ever, like that in my whole life," she said, adding, "Now it's set me so far back, I just don't' have the lung capacity to swim the way I can."

It was her third attempt to make the swim from Cuba to Florida.  Her first, in 1978, was brought to an end by strong currents and bad weather after almost 42 hours in the water.

She made a second try in August, before she was pulled from the water after 60 miles and almost 29 hours of swimming.  She blamed a shoulder injury she suffered early in the journey, and an 11-hour-long asthma attack.

Her latest attempt, accompanied by shark divers, began just after 6 p.m. Friday from Havana's Hemingway Marina. The former world champion swimmer projected the swim would take close to 60 hours.

There was a bit of excitement early Saturday afternoon as an oceanic whitetip shark swam near Nyad, but a diver on her team faced it off and it meandered away.

The swimmer improved her performance late Saturday morning after struggling to maintain her usual stroke rate, her support team said. Fortified by chicken soup, Nyad was making good progress until the Saturday evening incident.

Nyad got back in the water at 12:20 a.m. Sunday and swam for nearly 11 hours before packing it in.

"But for each of us, isn't life about determining your own finish line?" she said in a statement on her website. "This journey has always been about reaching your own other shore no matter what it is, and that dream continues."

Chief medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta has followed Nyad's two-year journey for CNN Presents: “Diana Nyad Xtreme Dream.”

Filed under: Diana Nyad • Dr. Sanjay Gupta
September 16th, 2011
04:58 PM ET

Chasing the Xtreme Dream

Over 100 miles of open ocean – teeming with sharks and surging with strong currents – stretch between Cuba and Florida. 

In 1978, former Olympic swimmer Diana Nyad attempted the route, but failed, due to weather. 

In 2011, she tried again, at age 61, to conquer the dream that has eluded her. 

For two years, Nyad trained from the gym to the pool to the ocean. CNN followed her tenacious pursuit of what she called “The Xtreme Dream.” 

Chief medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta has followed Nyad's two-year journey and interviews Nyad about her grit and determination to hone her body into a machine, and prove that big dreams are within reach and at any age.

CNN Presents: Diana Nyad Xtreme Dream airs on Saturday, Sept. 17, at 8:00pm ET.


Filed under: Diana Nyad • Dr. Sanjay Gupta
August 19th, 2011
03:38 PM ET

Dr. Sanjay Gupta reports: “The Last Heart Attack”

This week on CNN Presents Dr. Sanjay Gupta investigates whether diet and modern medicine are enough to prevent every heart attack.

On this medical journal of discover, CNN Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta talks to Bill Clinton about his heart disease and the warning signs the former president missed.

Dr. Gupta also puts his own heart under the microscope, using the latest tests to see if he can make himself heart attack proof.  He also follows the surgery and painful complications of a Nebraska man who undergoes open heart surgery and an Ohio woman who turned down surgery and is using food as medicine.

Dr. Sanjay Gupta Reports “The Last Heart Attack,” this Sunday at 8:00 pm ET and 11:00 pm ET.

Filed under: Dr. Sanjay Gupta
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