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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 8th, 2012
04:14 PM ET

The business of making saints

It’s the highest honor in the Catholic Church, but what does it take to become a saint? The mysterious saint-making tradition that started in the Middle Ages is still alive and well today. But these days, you not only need a couple of miracles—you need power, influence, and lots of money.

Drew Griffin examines the business of making saints, one of three in-depth stories in one riveting hour hosted by CNN’s Randi Kaye and Dr. Sanjay Gupta. Don't miss CNN Presents this Saturday at 8pm ET, re-airing at 11pm and 2am ET.

Filed under: Drew Griffin • saint
February 3rd, 2012
02:17 PM ET

Exclusive: Doctor cheating warnings expand to dermatology

Doctors studying to become dermatologists have, for years, shared exam questions by memorizing and writing them down after the test to become board certified, CNN has confirmed.

Reports of the use of what are known as "airplane notes" comes after revelations last month that radiology residents around the country for years also have used what are known as "recalls" to prepare for the written exam, which is one step in becoming certified by the American Board of Radiology.

In the wake of the CNN story, the group that oversees 24 medical specialties issued a statement condemning the use of the recalls.

The American Board of Medical Specialties said on its website that, "It should be made abundantly clear that recalling and sharing questions from exams violates exam security, professional ethics and patient trust in the medical profession. When it happens, the practice should be addressed swiftly and decisively. Whether someone is providing or using test questions, ABMS Member Boards enforce sanctions that may include permanent barring from certification, and/or prosecution for copyright violation."

CNN has confirmed the practice also exists with dermatology, where the recalls are known as "airplane notes," because residents write down as much as they can remember on the plane after taking the test.


Filed under: Drew Griffin
January 13th, 2012
01:26 PM ET

Exclusive: Doctors cheated on exams

Have radiologists routinely cheated for years on medical exams to get board-certified by getting the actual answers in advance? That’s what a doctor at renowned military hospital alleges has been going on for at least a decade. He provided CNN with several years of what’s known as “recalls” – the actual questions and answers from real exams.

Here’s how it works – right after the test is completed, the test taker immediately writes down the questions and answers. These are compiled and shared with other residents who will be taking the test.

CNN's Drew Griffin investigates the use of “recall exams” by radiology residents – a practice the American Board of Radiology calls cheating.

One of three riveting stories airing on CNN Presents Saturday at 8:00 pm ET, reairing at 11:00 pm ET and 2:00 am ET.


Filed under: Drew Griffin
October 20th, 2011
01:22 PM ET

Mississippi Burning

CNN’s Drew Griffin has been following the case of a brutal killing allegedly fueled by racism.

Deryl Dedmon, a 19 –year old teenager from Brandon, Mississippi, faces charges of capital murder and a hate crime in the death of James Craig Anderson, stemming from an incident involving a gang of white teenagers who attacked Anderson early in the morning of June 26. Dedmon has pled not guilty, and in court his attorney said he saw nothing in the incident that suggests racism.

“Mississippi Burning” is one of four riveting stories you won’t want to miss this Sunday on CNN Presents, hosted by Soledad O’Brien and Dr. Sanjay Gupta at 8:00 pm ET, re-airing at 11:00 pm ET and 2:00 am ET.

Filed under: Drew Griffin • James Craig Anderson
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