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Surviving a Plane Crash; Jeff Bridges for No Kid Hungry; Racism, Bigotry Draws "Big Brother" Backlash; Royal Baby Expected Any Day

Aired July 9, 2013 - 08:30   ET



CHRIS CUOMO, CNN ANCHOR: Finally, the Killers, ladies and gentlemen. One of my favorite bands. Welcome back to NEW DAY, everybody. It is Tuesday, July 9th. I'm Chris Cuomo.

KATE BOLDUAN, CNN ANCHOR: I'm Kate Bolduan. Hello, everyone. We're joined by news anchor Michaela Pereira. Coming up right now, the George Zimmerman trial getting back under way any moment. The judge is expected to rule on the use of a computer model of the deadly shooting.

CUOMO: And also coming, yes, we've been telling you that the chance of being in a plane crash is 1 in 45 million. But still, even though these jets are built safer than ever, there are things you can do to increase your odds of getting out alive. God forbid should anything should ever happen. So we'll tell you about that.

But first, Michaela Pereira, the five things you need to know.



PEREIRA: All right, here we go. Number one, calling the crash of Asiana Flight 214 the result of pilot error is premature. But the NTSB says the plane approached the runway slower than the recommended speed.

The three women held captive in a Cleveland home for a decade releasing a beautiful thank you on video. Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus, and Michelle Knight expressing gratitude for all the support they received.

Vice President Joe Biden will attend a memorial service today in Prescott, Arizona, honoring 19 firefighters killed in last month's Yarnell Hill wildfire.

The Senate Judiciary Committee holding confirmation hearings today for James Comey, the FBI director nominee. He's likely to face questions about surveillance.

And at numero cinco, Jay-Z's highly anticipated album "Magna Carta Holy Grail" goes on sale for everybody today. It was first available to Samsung users last week. They got a bit of a jump.

And you know we're always updating those five things you need to know. So go to for the very latest.

BOLDUAN: All right, thank you so much, Michaela. In the aftermath of Asiana Airlines crash, many people are likely wondering how to stay safe in the event that the worst that happens. But luckily recent upgrades to planes may help prevent the worst.

But John Berman is here to explain how there are other ways that you can also increase your chances of survival. I hate that we even have to talk about it, but we are.

JOHN BERMAN, CNN CORRESPONDENT: You know, there have been huge advances in technology, but Kate, you're right. You can't just leave it to science here. There are very simple things that every passenger can and should do to stay safe while flying.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Look at that one.

BERMAN (voice-over): It's a moment no flier wants to experience, a moment the surviving passengers on board Asiana Flight 214 will not soon forget.


BERMAN: But there's a reason most escaped unharmed -- major equipment upgrades to planes like the Boeing 777. Aviation experts credit fireproof materials in the cabin with preventing it from immediately catching fire. Improved exits and evacuation slides helped passengers evacuate within 90 seconds. And more secure seats kept buckled up passengers anchored.

Experts say surviving a crash also relies on the human factor. This video shows many Asiana passengers carrying their luggage as they escape the crashed plane. Experts say that's a big no-no.

PROFESSOR CYNTHIA BIR, USC KECK SCHOOL OF MEDICINE: It's a natural reaction, but it's always, obviously, going to impede the progress of people getting off the plane. You know, those items can be replaced. Human lives can't.

BERMAN: This video taken when the Discovery Channel crashed a jet liner on purpose shows how passengers should also tighten seat belts before landing, a simple move that could have helped prevent spinal injuries for some of the 181 passengers injured in Saturday's crash.

DR. MARGARET KNUDSON, SFGH CHIEF OF SURGERY: Almost 50 percent of the people that we admitted to the hospital have at least one spinal fracture. Not all of them are paralyzed, but some of them are.

BERMAN: The Asiana passengers say they were not given a warning before the crash.

The Discovery Channel's experiment shows just how much bracing for impact can help.

BIR: It prevents you from flexing forward quickly. From what I'm hearing, there were a lot of individuals who were taken to the hospital who did have spinal fractures.


BERMAN (on-camera): So 95 percent of crashes, as we say, happen on takeoff and landing, so passengers need to stay alert during those crucial moments. Keep your seat belt fashioned the whole time. You know, you were saying, Michaela, this flight's 11 hours long. It's hard to be vigilant that whole time, it's almost over, but buckle that seat belt, pull it tight.

BOLDUAN: Clearly after a ten-hour flight, it can still happen or whatever so you gotta be careful. All right, Berman, thanks.

CUOMO: Good advice from John Berman. A not too bad segue to "The Good Stuff".

Today's edition, doing the right thing. Wiltandra Campbell of Oak Grove, California, and her daughter were driving in their van when their dashboard started sparking. That's bad. But wait, in moments the electrical fire had engulfed the entire van. That's bad.

But wait -- luckily, the pair escaped, but they could not escape the tow truck bill. The two truck driver wanted $165. That's his job, but they didn't have it. They were stranded, no money, no car. That was until a passerby with a little bit of the good stuff stepped in. Take a listen.


WILTANDRA CAMPBELL, STRANDED BY CAR FIRE: A man out of nowhere came. He was like, "Here's $200." So I gave it to the tow man and said, "Well, you can give him back the change, because he just gave me the $200."

He's like, "I'll just take $100 of it." And I gave back -- I was giving this guy back his other $100. He's like, "No, baby, you keep that, you need that."


CUOMO: See what I'm saying? They were charging her $165, the guy gives her $200. The tow truck driver then reduces the amount. He now wants to do the good thing, but this man would not take the money back.

A local TV station caught up with him. He said he didn't want any attention; he just did the right thing. He added he doesn't normally carry that much cash, but when he happened to have on it that day, he saw it as a sign from God to do the right thing, so he gave it to her and that is why it is the good stuff.

BOLDUAN: That is a great story. PEREIRA: You're making us cry.

BOLDUAN: Right place at the right time. He doesn't normally carry that much cash, not many people do, and he was there to help at that right moment.

CUOMO: No matter why he had the cash, the fact he saw people in need and he took that step. He didn't know them, but now has a connection with them, as we all have with each other.

And that's why I'm asking you to send us your good stuff, people in your community who distinguish themselves, stories like that we can keep telling. Tweet us, Facebook us, hash tag us. NEW DAY, the Web site, I'm not allowed to joke around about not knowing it anymore. Of course I know it. So please, give us the stories so we can keep giving you the good stuff.

BOLDUAN: You are the good stuff, even though you're silly stuff. You just work on that. I'll continue.

From the good stuff to changing the world, also very good stuff. According to the USDA, millions of children across America are considered "food insecure," that's what they call it. And Oscar- winning actor Jeff Bridges is using his talents to try and change that with -- this is your "Impact Your World."


JEFF BRIDGES, ACTOR: Hi, I'm Jeff Bridges, and we can make an impact on ending childhood hunger here in America. According to the USDA, we currently have over 60 million children who are struggling with hunger, 1 in 5 of our kids.

Any of you kids see "Surf's Up?" I'm Big Z!

We think one of the most important things that we can do to end childhood hunger is to have universal breakfast in schools. Another thing that is very important is that there are summer meal programs that are available to kids. No Kid Hungry is all about making people aware of programs that are in the state.

It affects me on a personal way thinking about what that would feel like if I wasn't able to provide for my kids. But also even on a patriotic way, we can't compete with the rest of the world if our kids aren't in shape.

Join the movement, impact your world. Go to


CUOMO: Thank you very much, Mr. Jeff Bridges, with the right message, the right intention. Definitely the best way to impact your world.

BOLDUAN: That's right.

CUOMO: Good stuff. All right, coming up on NEW DAY, we are monitoring the George Zimmerman trial. It's going to begin in moments because there's some early argument that's going on there. We'll bring you any developments as they happen.

BOLDUAN: And also this story we're going to bring to you, racist and homophobic slurs on TV. They've translated into some big ratings for one reality show, but now some repulsed viewers are fighting back.

CUOMO: That's an interesting one.

Plus, anticipation in the UK. The next king or queen could be born today. That's what they tell us. Then again, maybe tomorrow. The suspense is definitely killing us right now.


CUOMO: Welcome back to NEW DAY, everybody. Controversy this morning over the reality show, "Big Brother." The latest episode featured racist and homophobic slurs by some contestants. Comments were first heard on an Internet-only live feed of the show. Now viewers and fans are outraged.

CNN's Nicshelle Turner is here with much more on this.

NISCHELLE TURNER, CNN SHOWBIZ CORRESPONDENT: Well, Chris, Kate, Michaela, you know this show is supposed to be a social experiment about how people act when they're cut off from the real world, but this season is fast turning into an experiment in race relations.


TURNER (voice-over): Reality racist. CBS's reality competition "Big Brother" has seen big ratings after exposing racist and homophobic comments made by some of the contestants.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: No one is going to vote for whoever that queer puts up.

TURNER: The show first came under fire last week when viewers heard hateful comments on the show's 24/7 Internet feeds. Close observers of the show took to Twitter in a backlash against Spencer Clauson after he reportedly praised Hitler and used a homophobic slur.

GinaMarie Zimmerman is being blasted for her derogatory comments and there's a petition to remove the most controversial cast member, 22- year-old Aaryn Gries.

AARYN GRIESE, CAST MEMBER: He'll probably look (ph) a squinty Asian right now.

TURNER: Sunday night's episode incorporated the racism drama and featured an entire montage of Griese's comments. Here she's talking about her Asian-American housemate.

GRIESE: Shut up. Go make some rice. TURNER: CBS released a statement saying, quote, "At times, the Houseguests reveal prejudices and other beliefs that we do not condone."

But others point out the drama does seem to be drawing viewers.

LYNETTE RICE, WEST COAST EDITOR, "ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY": When reality television works best is when the viewer feels better than those on the shows. "Big Brother" is just operating on all cylinders here. I mean they are really hitting those great points that a reality show should hit. And we're talking about it, which is what they want to see happen.

TURNER: It may be a game, but with mikes and cameras picking up their every action, the "Big Brother" contestants are proving reality can be really ugly.


TURNER: Now both Aaryn Gries and GinaMarie Zimmerman's employees (SIC) have fired them. Spencer Clawson's employer issued a statement condemning his actions on the show. Now keep in mind, guys, these competitors are locked away on a Hollywood lot in a house. They don't know what's going on in the real world. So they have no idea they are being talked about and they likely don't realize the drama that they are causing for themselves.

BOLDUAN: And to make sure people know we're talking about employers in the real world.


BOLDUAN: Not in the -- they are not kicked out of this crazy house.

TURNER: No they haven't been kicked out, because CBS says this is a show, we are showing what exactly happens and they are not going to pick a side either way, but in the real world, their employers have said we're not having this kind of talk by people --

CUOMO: Are they showing what really happens they don't edit?

TURNER: Well they have a 24/7 live stream on the show that's on the Internet. That's where all of these comments were seen.

CUOMO: Well that's important, that's important.

TURNER: So they -- right. They've got all these cameras all over the house that show every move these people make. They are all miked up. Nothing apparently is hidden. So that's where we saw this originally.

BOLDUAN: All right. Nischelle.

CUOMO: Thank you Nischelle. Appreciate it.

BOLDUAN: Thanks so much Nischelle. So here is the big question of the day, could this be the day? Royal baby watchers in London and around the world are holding their breaths this morning. It seems everyone is on pins and needles waiting for the arrival of the future queen or king of England.

Max Foster is waiting on pins and needles, as well, I hope you're not holding your breath, but what do we know, my friend?

MAX FOSTER, CNN ROYAL CORRESPONDENT: They are just not telling us. They are just keeping the due date absolutely secret all of the betting though is on Tuesday or Wednesday next week. So you still got time to get here. We have heard today some clarity of what the baby -- the baby's title will be.

So once you have the name, for example, if it's girl, Charlotte, the title will be "Her royal highness, Princess Charlotte of Cambridge." So we have got a bit of information out of them. And we also know that the couple are living separately at the moment. William is down in Wales at work, that's too far away from the hospital in London for Kate, so she's staying with her mother currently in Berkshire. So they are living separate lives, will come together for the baby if it happens before the weekend.

Meanwhile, businesses trying to make the most of this commercial opportunity, let's say. Lots of baby products hitting the shelves here. I have to say Kate let me introduce you to a commemorative children's tableware set celebrating the royal baby, we love to make China for any occasion, but quite why you would give this to your toddler, I don't know. They could ruin that $100 worth of China very quickly.

BOLDUAN: Right exactly.

FOSTER: This is made by the royal household.


FOSTER: It's a Guardsman outfit.

PEREIRA: Now that's adorable. Now that's adorable.

FOSTER: So that's ready for the baby. And bibs, lots and lots of bibs, "I love my Uncle Harry", "I love my Auntie Pippa". And finally, the one we really have to show you, because this is extraordinary, a potty with regal credentials.

BOLDUAN: Oh there you go. Max Foster you know you'd never thought you'd be able to do that on live TV, right?

FOSTER: Right.

BOLDUAN: Yes exactly.

CUOMO: A truly royal throne.

BOLDUAN: Oh yes, that's good. And by the way, Max, this is how rumors were started. You were playing around if the baby is possibly named Charlotte. Chris looked at me, and he goes oh we already know the baby is going to be named Charlotte? So there you go.

FOSTER: This is how things start.

BOLDUAN: Exactly.

FOSTER: Yes unconfirmed.

BOLDUAN: Unconfirmed, we will wait, watch, and be very excited with you. Max Foster in London. Thanks so much Max.

CUOMO: All right let's take a break here on NEW DAY.

When we come back, it's the only way to travel, especially if you hit the ball in the water all the time, a hover golf cart.

John Berman will be able to tell you where you can take a ride.


CUOMO: I love this song so much, I almost don't want to interrupt it, but I must. John Berman is here with his award of the day the NEW DAY award of the day award.

BERMAN: It's all for good reason. All right, remember this, remember when Bubba Watson showed off to the world his hovercraft golf cart? This is supposed to be the next generation in golf carts, it sort of combines an everglades alligator feel with a -- with a Star Wars land speeder.

When this video came out everyone thought it was just a novelty thing Bubba being Bubba he's a colorful golfer. You saw him there with his you know his pink driver there. Well now we learned that it's not just a Bubba thing. The Windy Knowles Golf Club in Springfield, Ohio will become the first course in the United States to have two hovercraft carts available for use.


BERMAN: Anyone can use them at that club. So if you're keeping score here at home, in the last 50 years, mankind, we've gone to the moon, we've mapped the human genome, we've cloned cows and sheep and any number of exciting things.

PEREIRA: It's nice.

BERMAN: And we've invented a hovercraft golf cart right. This isn't about avoiding walking it's about not even touching the ground here. This is serious innovation here.

BOLDUAN: Does it drive as well? I have no idea. I feel like --


BERMAN: I think it's just the level of innovation that's remarkable. So I'm giving the Windy Knowles Golf Club an award as a Priorities Award. Because you know what could be more important than floating down the fairway, folks?

PEREIRA: If you ask the groundskeeper, he'll say "hear, hear".

BERMAN: And for $58,000 a piece, they'll say "hear, hear" right.

PEREIRA: He'll say give me some of that.

BOLDUAN: All right, thank you, John Berman.

CUOMO: I like two of it.

BOLDUAN: We'll be back right after a break. Priorities.

CUOMO: It's like flying.


CUOMO: It is just before 9:00 a.m., but that's it for NEW DAY, for Michaela and Kate and I. Thank you very much for being with us.

We're going to stick with CNN for a live coverage of the George Zimmerman trial. Special edition of "CNN NEWSROOM" with the one and only Wolf Blitzer begins right now. Hello, Wolf.

BOLDUAN: Hey Wolf.

WOLF BLITZER, CNN HOST, "THE SITUATION ROOM": Hey guys. I've been watching all three of you doing an excellent, excellent job. It's a new day and I'm ready to go. Are you happy over there, everything working out OK?

BOLDUAN: It's Tuesday and we are ready to go. We're just happy to see you.

CUOMO: What's not to like, Wolf?

BLITZER: Kate, you're feeling -- I hope, Kate, you're feeling very strong, right?

BOLDUAN: I am feeling strong. I've learned over the years the answer to that question is always feeling strong. Yes Wolf.

BLITZER: And Chris, Michaela, everybody is strong.

BOLDUAN: Say yes.

PEREIRA: Here I'll show him right here.

BOLDUAN: You got it.

BLITZER: All right, guys, thanks very much.

BOLDUAN: Thanks, Wolf.

BLITZER: "CNN NEWSROOM" starts right now.