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You ask, CNN answers. In hourlong, in-depth explorations CNN hosts examine extraordinary individuals, unexpected events and controversial subjects through interviews, stories, images and videos.

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Fareed Zakaria explores a country where women are property and music and movies are evil, until a new crown prince brings unimaginable freedoms, but there is a dark side.
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Ten years after her mysterious disappearance from a family vacation, the world still wonders what happened to Madeleine McCann; Randi Kaye returns to the scene of the crime for the latest on the search.
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Fareed Zakaria addresses what he sees as the real reasons for North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's sudden transformation; stories of Kim Jong Un's father and grandfather; how the fearsome North Korean propaganda machine was developed.
aired 27 days ago
Laurie Segall explores how Facebook has changed over the past 15 years, and what may be in store for the future of the social network giant.
aired 33 days ago
Randi Kaye looks at the history of the storied White House Briefing Room; he discusses the impact it has on coverage of the Trump administration as well as what it could mean for media coverage of future U.S. presidents.
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Examining the history of impeachment, originally meant to be a last-resort measure, and how it has become a political weapon during the last few decades.
aired 37 days ago
Inside the life of Mexican drug lord Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán whose road to riches is littered with drugs, bodies and jailhouse escapes; Guzmán has been found guilty in a narcotics smuggling trial and will spend the rest of his life behind bars.
aired 77 days ago
An in-depth look at the tragic and gruesome fraternity death of 19-year-old Penn State University student Tim Piazza; his murder leads to one of the largest criminal indictments in history against a fraternity and its members.
aired 80 days ago
All the best and worst moments from the year 2018.
aired 84 days ago
All the best moments and all the worst moments from the year 2017.
aired 87 days ago
A look back at the crimes of John Wayne Gacy, one of America's most notorious serial killers, and the cold case investigation opened 30 years after his conviction to identify eight of his victims.
aired 91 days ago
A collection of compelling, independent stories that go behind-the-scenes of some of the world's most popular online videos; a discussion with the people who were involved and see how their lives were changed forever.
aired 139 days ago
Examining what potential Supreme Court decisions regarding voter rights could mean for upcoming midterm elections and 2020.
aired 144 days ago
James Duncan maintains his innocence even after a judge sentences him to 70 years in prison for abusing his newborn son, Kody; the emotional journey of James Duncan and his son Kody, now in his 20s and fighting for his father's release.
aired 176 days ago
Two months before her 20th birthday, Jessica Chambers is left for dead on the side of the road.
aired 182 days ago
An in-depth look at conditions in Puerto Rico one year after it was pummeled by Hurricane Maria, including the ongoing human toll, the continuing challenges to rebuild communities, and the successes and failures of government agencies.
aired 194 days ago
Jake Tapper speaks with George Papadopoulos about his role in the Trump campaign, the Mueller investigation, and Papadopoulos' guilty plea.
aired 203 days ago
John McCain's life and legacy are remembered; Dana Bash anchors.
aired 210 days ago
Fareed Zakaria searches to find the true nature of the relationship between President Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin, and the implications of their relationship for the world.
aired 245 days ago
Donald Trump is taking over TV. Not just the daily news cycle, but prime time, scripted television. CNN examines the impact of Trump on TV, and the blurred lines between entertainment and reality.
aired 250 days ago
Ten years after the shocking death of 2-year-old Caylee Anthony captures the attention of the nation, journalist Randi Kaye travels back to Orlando, Fla., to speak with the key figures who took part in the subsequent investigation and trial.

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Host, columnist, and best-selling author Fareed Zakaria offers insightful analysis and interviews world leaders, artists, scientists, business leaders, global affairs analysts, and other cultural observers for the "Global Public Square." Zakaria is also a syndicated columnist for The Washington Post, a contributing editor for The Atlantic magazine, and hosts in-depth, prime-time specials for CNN Worldwide. "Fareed Zakaria GPS" was launched in 2008 and each week's program airs worldwide on CNN, from New York or other locations around the world. The program is characterized by smart debate and discussion on world events and public affairs, designed to help viewers understand the world around them and the newest thinking on the globe's biggest challenges.
Former House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers hosts this CNN original series, an eight-part look at complex true stories of America's covert operations. The newly declassified missions are recounted firsthand by agents from all 16 U.S. intelligence bureaus, providing viewers with unprecedented access to a secret world of espionage. The missions span time periods from Cold War-era Moscow to modern-day Iran, from the streets of 1980s Cuba to Beijing of today. Among the stories covered are the military's hunts for Iraq dictator Saddam Hussein and al-Qaida leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi.
Tom Hanks executive produces this series "The Nineties" with Gary Goetzman and Mark Herzog. "The Nineties" delves deeply into the decade that brought about the rise of the internet -- it may have been dial-up but it still brought great joy and frustration -- and many other technological advancements such as DVDs --the VHS became a dying breed once DVDs came about -- and stepping stones in culture, politics, fashion, and music. The decade also saw the rise of six famous friends living in Manhattan and a young man in brightly colored cardigans, suspenders, and glasses.