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more desperate for the unvaccinated to drop their resistance and to get covid shots. even with the safe and effective vaccine available, coronavirus is making a dangerous comeback thanks mostly to americans who won't roll up their sleeves. half the states in the country are falling behind the national average for vaccinations with alabama at the bottom of the list. just a third of its residents are fully vaccinated and republican governor kate ivey has had enough. >> they're supposed to have common sense. but it's time to start blaming the unvaccinated folks, not the regular folks. it's the unvaccinated folks letting us down. >> the surge in cases has refueled the debate for mask mandates. discussing masks for the vaccinated. they announced the city will be instituting an indoor mask
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advisory for everyone amid its spike in cases. >> we know that masking works. we've seen this movie over and over again. and because we've seen this movie over and over again, what really gets me so riled up is the fact that cases that come and with the rapid pace that they're coming our way, in weeks' time they end up resulting in deaths in our community. and we have the power to prevent that from happening. >> masking works. so does vaccination. but it's important to note only 36% of people in louisiana have been fully vaccinated. so joining us now is dr. erik griggs, he's a community medicine director to access health louisiana. dr. griggs, it's good to talk to you. this new advisory comes just two months after nola lifted its mask mandate for those vaccinated. do you agree with the mayor's decisions here?
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>> first of all, good morning. >> good morning. >> and yes, and absolutely. here in new orleans, in louisiana, if you remember, we were one of the hottest spots in the world at one point, and we successfully flattened the curve. now, we've been following not only the data of the vaccinated, unvaccinated cases, but the science. the science says that this delta variant is 1,000 times more concentrated or the viral load is 1,000 times higher than the original virus. meaning that if i'm infected and i sneeze, where as i would have maybe ten viral particles out, if you can imagine para troopers in an elevator. where as normally it would be ten that would spread into the air everyone breathes, it's a thousand times that. the fact there's a thousand times concentration in the air everyone breathes, it makes sense to protect yourself and those around you. particularly with people that might be asymptomatic and
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spreading the virus to other people and not know it. >> it does certainly. we do need to say, though, the vast majority of folks who are at risk for this are the unvaccinated, and this is really the key thing, i think the reason there's controversy around this decision is masking everyone as opposed to getting even tougher on the folks who haven't been vaccinated. but this advisory we should say is not a mandate that will be enforced. it's actually just trying to encourage responsibility on the individuals themselves. so, is that enough? because the folks who are not vaccinated are also probably not going to wear a mask, doctor. >> the thing about it is the folks that are unvaccinated, what this does is it gives time for people to address their concerns. people that are vaccinated, again, you can be infected and not know it and still be breathing out that hyper concentrated, hyper concentrated amount of virus into the air that everyone else breathes. now, it's tough.
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if you're unvaccinated and you see that 97% of the hospitalizations and 99.5% of the deaths are in the unvaccinated, if that's not motivation enough and you need more time, you want to protect yourself. again, it's one of those things where it takes time. we're all afraid and anxious of the same things. this is something we've never dealt with before. and it's not punishment, it's protection. and it has to be done in a proper way following all of the tools available that we use to flatten the curve before. >> it's not punishment, it's protection is a very good line. but the bottom line still is, get vaccinated. there's no reason not to at this point. >> get vaccinated. >> dr. eric griggs, thank you very much. >> thank you. in los angeles county, 20% of the new cases are among fully vaccinated people, and cases are up a total of 80% from last week. this is news that is coming as just last weekend the county reinstated a mask mandate, which is now drawing backlash from
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some local officials. one of them joining us now, aurelio matucci from torrance a city within los angeles. councilmember, can you explain to us why? >> well, i think the bottom line is that this mask mandate is overstepping the boundaries of what government's role is in our lives. i understand a year and a half ago we had, you know, we had a very good reason to just follow, follow the science and see what would happen. we're a year and a half into it and i think the people, especially here in torrance, in the south bay area of los angeles, we're a completely different animal than the rest of the county. we are looking to be independent. so a group of us -- group of 11 elected officials, we joined in on a letter to the board of supervisors here in los angeles
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county demanding the reversal of what we find to be an order that is just unjust. >> what did you think about the mask mandate during the height of the biggest surge in los angeles? >> well, i think, you know, i mean -- >> did it make sense to you then? was that something you were in favor of? >> not necessarily because i really didn't feel like a piece of cloth would stop a virus. i don't think the virus is -- >> sir, it does. >> well -- >> in many cases. >> i'm sure it does in some cases. i really don't think a micro particle is going to be stopped by a piece of cloth like this. >> no, but it does. i'm just saying -- i mean, to a layperson that might not -- it may seem that way, but scientists say actually it does. >> i think it stops projectile
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of somebody sneezing and coughing, but everyday -- going about every day. again, that's not really the argument here. >> that's central to the argument here about masking. >> but we're a year and a half into it. people are kind of fed up with the government, with all these mandates. i mean, having a mask mandate is, in my opinion, government overstepping its boundaries. quite honestly, if they actually said we highly suggest that you wear a mask, i'd be okay with it. but, you know, there's businesses that have suffered, businesses that have closed down, and now they're suffering again because of this new mandate which, in my opinion, has no science to back the fact that we have to mask up when we're fully vaccinated. i mean, we were sold the idea of getting vaccinated because we could go back to our normal life. now we're just kind of repeating the never ending story. when is it going to stop? we're a year and a half into this. the numbers, especially here in
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torrance and the south bay of los angeles county, are actually pretty darn good compared to the rest of the county. so what we are looking for is, is the county supervisors to reverse this order which, by the way, it's one county out of, what is it, 58 counties in california that's doing this. there is really absolutely no reason to do this right now. >> i think your frustration about, you know, wearing a mask if you're vaccinated, i think there are probably a lot of people who echo that frustration. i've also heard from a lot of people who are frustrated and say, yeah, but i'm still going to wear a mask. i want to ask you because i know that you want the county to repeal this mask mandate. you are also exploring the idea of breaking away from l.a. county, of having torrance, which you know, it's kind of there in the middle of it -- south, you say, but still it's there landlocked in los angeles county, breaking away from the county when it comes to the
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health department. how would that work? how would that be effective if any direction you turn in torrance you're in redondo beach or gardena or some other place that wouldn't be governed by this small island of a health department? >> well, last year, last year i had asked for concurrence from my city council to seek, you know, the possibilities of possibly breaking away, not just as a city, but maybe as a regional approach, a south bay health district, or even what we call spa 8 service planning area 8, which is about a little over a million people. so, i mean, it's a pretty big area. keep in mind los angeles county has over 10 million people. it's a huge, huge area, and to kind of lump it up into one decision, i don't think, i don't think it's fair and it's not accurate. if we actually would follow the science and data, it would show that the whole south bay, possibly the whole spa 8 area doesn't require us to get masked
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up, especially when we're, when we're fully vaccinated. and i'm looking at it also from a personal choice standpoint. i mean, if they want to highly recommend -- if the county wants to come out and say we highly recommend you wear a mask while indoors, i'm perfectly fine with that. i'm just not okay with mandates. you know, what's more disturbing than anything else is the letter that we received from the board of supervisors in response to our letter. one of the sentences says, what i want to avoid is reinstating the restrictions on businesses that we had in place just months ago. to me that sounds like a threat, and it's either our way or the highway. i don't like that. i don't want government dictating whether we can make a living or not, you know. government should not get in the way of people earning a living. we've destroyed thousands of jobs, thousands of businesses just here in the south land, and quite honestly i think a year and a half later, the people are fed up with this. if you want to wear a mask, go
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ahead. you want to get vaccinated, go ahead. >> do you think the county would have more confidence in, you know, your leadership in torrance on this if you were actually committed to the science of masks? i mean, you're raising -- you're making points that actually are anti-science. >> well, actually, i think they're actually very pro science because if you actually look at the science and -- >> you said you don't think masks work. >> i personally don't think masks work. >> yes, that's -- that's anti-science. >> no, not necessarily, because -- >> no, necessarily absolutely. >> no, because we've been wearing masks for a year and a half, and it still spread. so you can't say that people haven't worn masks. i can't see anybody -- >> i'm not saying it's perfect nor does the science. but yes, it does still spread. it spreads much less often and much less rapidly and to many fewer people causing fewer deaths.
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they work. >> they might, they might slow down the spread and i get it, but you're still going to get it. >> not might. they do. >> well, i understand, but you're still going to eventually get covid-19. i mean, let's just face it. it's going to keep going around just like you're going to get the flu possibly next year. i mean, i'm not saying that it's the same or any different because i'm not a scientist. i'm not a doctor. i'm not even claiming to be a doctor. but i do believe in personal choice and fundamental constitutional rights that we make choices based on what we want for our bodies, you know. we're kind of demonizing people that don't want to get vaccinated and i don't think that's right. some counties, some cities are saying, you can't go to work unless you're vaccinated. i don't think that's right either. people need to make a choice for their own bodies. whether it's religious, physical or they want to wait and see, you know, what happens. right now i think what we're doing is we're punishing everybody saying, well, everybody mask up because 20,
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30% that didn't want to get vaccinated yet, at least in our area. some states are different, some counties are different. i get that. but really, in the end it's about personal choice. my body, my choice. i want to make -- i want to make choices based on what i want to do with my body. honestly, a year and a half into it, we know that these masks, they may have slowed it down, but you're not going to stop a virus. the virus is unstoppable. we know that. one person can infect 300 million people really in a short period of time. we've seen it happen over and over again. i just don't want this to become another political move. i think unfortunately -- unfortunately it's been politicized way too much. >> councilmember, i appreciate you coming on. i just need to be very clear with our viewers. i mean, i think they are pretty clear on this. masks do work. they slow the spread. they save lives. and we, while we may not be scientists, there is a difference between not being a
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scientist and listening to one or not being a scientist and not listening to one. council man mattucci, we appreciate you coming on. governor desantis is defiant as his state leads in cases. we'll have more on that next. end ron around mandatory vaccines, threatening forfeits for outbreaks instead. we'll ask the former player if it's the right play. the alabama lawmaker rejecting calls to resign over his use of a racial slur. among my patients i often see them have teeth sensitivity as well as gum issues. does it worry me? absolutely. sensodyne sensitivity and gum gives us a dual action effect that really takes care of both our teeth sensitivity as well as our gum issues. there's no question it's something that i would recommend. (sound of people returning to the workplace) (sound of a busy office) (phones ringing, people talking, meeting) the company we've trusted to keep us working remotely, is the same company we'll trust to bring us back together.
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florida is leading the country with the most new covid cases and a positivity rate of over 14%, the highest it's been in nearly a year. hospitalizations are also spiking. the orlando sentinel is now calling out governor ron desantis in a scathing editorial that reads, in part, "at the moment it's as if desantis has washed his hands of the matter and moved on to the boarders, critical race theory, fauci, whatever will get him a headline. as many people are dying from covid as died in the recent collapse in the condominium in south florida. to save lives he must start acting like florida's governor and less like he's auditioning for turning point usa or texas governor greg abbott or whatever fox news host comes calling." joining me is the orlando
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sentinel editor, mike lafferty. since it was published, governor desantis has resurfaced, returned to the state and this is what he had to say. >> if anyone is calling for lockdowns, you're not getting that done in florida. >> i have a 3-year-old son. you have people like fauci saying he should be muzzled, that you should be throwing masks on these 3-year-old kids. it's totally unacceptable. >> what's your response? >> well, you know, the point of our editorial was to try to get the governor back on track when it comes to vaccinations. you know, he was pretty aggressive earlier in the year when he was touting vaccinations for seniors all across the state. and what we wanted him to do, especially in light of these new and pretty alarming statistics, is to do that again, get out and
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start talking about vaccinations again. well, you know, after we published the editorial, i don't know if he did it because of that, but on wednesday he made one of the strongest statements that he's made in a long time in endorsing vaccines. but then yesterday, thursday, the governor was back at it, going after, i don't know, seemingly imaginary federal mask mandate. and so the response is the same as the editorial. we would love to see the governor take down the mission accomplished banner that he hung up and get back out in florida and start selling this vaccination, these effective vaccines to people so they will stop dying. >> and this is a matter of life or death. as you say, desantis was a real opponent of lockdowns and mask mandates, but was aggressive initially about vaccines.
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this week he did sort of double down and rejoin the ranks of many republican leaders who changed their tune. now touting the benefits of vaccines. a bit of a sea change. do you see that as a step in the right direction, or does he need to do more? and what can he do to convince these vaccine skeptics to get vaccinated? because this is a pandemic among the unvaccinated, full stop. >> he can do a lot more. you know, one of the points that the governor made -- it was an interesting point -- is that, you know, if you try to sell this to people who are hesitant in a way that, i don't know, makes them feel demeaned or stupid or something, that's probably not going to work. fine, fair enough. the governor knows how to talk to these people. he also knows how to run a campaign. he ran a successful campaign in the state of florida. he knows that a one-off message like he did on wednesday endorsing vaccines isn't enough. he needs to go from city to city to city -- and this is what we point out in the editorial.
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he needs to get people behind him like he has cops behind him when he signs crime bills. he needs to get seniors behind him who have been vaccinated. doctors, public health officials. they need to wage a full-on campaign. it needs to be through social media. needs to be through television. they know how to do this stuff. they just need to get out and do it. you know, this one-off statement on wednesday is just -- this is not going to save lives of floridians. >> no, and the lives of floridians are definitely being affected right now as we see numbers spike in the sunshine state. mike lafferty, thank you so much for joining us. >> you're welcome. up next, the alabama lawmaker who said the "n" word at a public meeting. why he says he's not going to quit. and the nfl threatening to make literal losers out of unvaccinated players.
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colleague using a racial slur. but tarrant city council man john tommy bryant says he's not going anywhere. cnn's ryan young is live in atlanta with more. ryan, tell us what happened here. >> reporter: well, it is 2021 so it all played out on video for the first part of this. when you watch how this happens, there was a discussion inside council chambers about tommy bryant's wife social media posting. once it got heated, there was an exchange, and then there was this moment that happened inside the council chambers. >> do we have a house [ bleep ] in here? >> yeah, me, [ bleep ]. >> do we? >> yeah. >> do we? >> reporter: you can hear how that played out. tommy bryant said he is only saying what he heard the mayor say. the mayor is an african-american mayor and his name is wayman newton. he was sitting there and looking at the other councilmember who actually got up and started crying after this all played out. we put the first screen up
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because the mayor obviously said, look, he doesn't -- he didn't ever say this, and he feels like this is some sort of political stunt. now, tommy bryant, you would think, after all the calls from the community, would step down. he says he's not stepping down. he's really not sorry for saying it. take a listen. >> no, absolutely not. absolutely not. i may consider running for mayor next time because i did what needed to be done. it needed to be brought to light what kind of a person the mayor is in the city of tarrant. >> reporter: so, if you're keeping score here, basically tommy bryant saying the mayor said this about the african-american council man and that he was just repeating it out loud. but, of course, he used the full language there. of course, there's a lot of people in that state who are upset about what they've seen. there have been calls for him to resign. you heard he may plan to run for mayor. that city, by the way, is 53% black. a lot of questions about this, but that video really strikes at a lot of people when you hear
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him use the n-word so clearly out in council meeting. >> yeah, and you see how hurtful it is just within the walls of that room as well as elsewhere. ryan young, thank you so much. >> reporter: thank you. up next, the nfl's new memo on covid and why some players think it's out of bounds. and as cnn celebrates the "history of the sitcom," we are joined by a, wait for it, mystery guest, one of brianna's favorites. >> who is it? >> you'll see. ♪ and along the ride, you'll have many questions. challenges. and a few surprises. but wherever you are on your journey. your dell technologies advisor is here for you with the right tech solutions. so you can stop at nothing for your customers. when subway® opened they changed the fast food game.
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arizona cardinals wide receiver deon dray hopkins treating this, then deleting it, never thought i would say this, but being put in a position to hurt my team because i don't want to partake in the vaccine is making me question my future in the nfl. let's talk about this now with retired nfl corner back, orlando scandrick. orlando, thank you so much for being with us. i wonder how you're watching all of this. what is your reaction to this memo from the commissioner? >> first of all, good morning, brianna. i think it's flat-out crazy. i think it's borderline unconstitutional. i'm flabbergasted. >> you're flabbergasted. tell us why. >> for me it's -- let's just put it in layman's terms. if player a is vaccinated and player b is unvaccinated, what happens if player a gets player b sick and brings the covid spike or the covid outbreak into the locker room? why is everyone punished in both
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teams? >> they're clearly trying to encourage people to take care of this kind of amongst themselves, right? if they won't do it for themselves, then do it for other players around you. you know, i wonder what you think about that. this is not me saying this, but i know that some who agree with this memo would say, this is covid, right? a personal choice isn't just about one person. it isn't a personal choice. it affects other people. what would you say to that? >> i would say the nfl is collective bargaining. it's a unique league. it's a league you can be drafted into and your pay can be slotted. i thought this would have been better served to be collectively bargained, but instead they're basically penalizing you for not being vaccinated instead of finding a way to incentivize you being vaccinated. >> you're saying they should have sat down with representatives for the players and figured out a way other than having this, in a way, a mandate. >> absolutely. i think so. i think that would have been a better way. i think that would have went over better. for me it's basically they're
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forcing it down your throat. me personally, i'm vaccinated. and i think that -- it was hard for me to get vaccinated. i had to do some more research. so i'm not against vaccination, but what i am against is people forcing vaccination down others. >> look, i find your perspective on that incredibly interesting, orlando, because you are someone who was vaccine hesitant, did research, and then decided, i am going to go ahead and get the vaccine. and clearly this wouldn't have worked well for you, you know, in the case of this memo. but i wonder if you think that players should threaten not to play. >> that's a fine line. the nfl, we always said the lights were bright before we all entered and they'll be bright when we all leave. i don't think we should walk the slippery slope. they should figure out a way to maybe give some people some incentive to become vaccinated and maybe educate them more so they can make a better choice. >> orlando, thank you so much for being with us. orlando scandrick.
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all right. the fbi is sounding the alarm hackers can find potential attacks to disrupt the tokyo olympics. this year the cyber security professionals are facing at least as much competition as the athletes. cnn's alex barcart joins me now. alex, what's the deal? >> reporter: john, as one expert put it, during the olympics we might be afraid about traditional terror attacks. now the real concern is cyber attacks. and there are plenty of reasons why. cyber attacks are on the rise around the world, both from criminals backed by nation states to either spy or cause chaos. and yet again, the primary suspect here is going to be russia, which has carried out attacks during the last two games. and because of a doping scandal, this year will not be allowed to fly their flag. it's a global spectacle unlike any other. for a few weeks every two years, billions around the world tune in to watch their countries
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compete for medals and national glory. that's what makes it such a ripe target for hackers. >> i am very confident that there will be some kind of cyberattack against these games. it may not be publicly visible, but you can bet that it's going to happen. that's the world we live in today. >> reporter: the fbi warned this week that malicious activity could disrupt multiple functions, including media broadcasting environments, hospitality, transit, ticketing or security. there is currently no known threat, but with no fans in the stands because of covid, the most obvious target is how we watch. >> with everything being remote and there being so few people in person, the place where a disruption would be most noticed would be in the broadcast. >> reporter: and when it comes to potential attackers, right at the top of the list is the country that has been banned, russia. after a doping scandal got them barred from flying their flag and singing their anthem for the next two olympics. russian leaders, including
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vladimir putin, are still extremely angry about the way they have been treated. they've called it unfair. russia has taken out their anger on the games before. three years ago, russian military hackers carried out an attack before the opening ceremony, targeting athletes, officials and citizens in the host country, south korea. they took down the game's website and deleted data from thousands of computers. they also tried to pretend they were north koreans. >> their cyber attacked combined the emotional maturity of a petulent child. >> reporter: they breached the world antidoping agency, the medical records of serena williams and simone biles were hacked and released along with those of around 250 other athletes from almost 30 countries. after the tokyo games were postponed last year, the uk accused russia of spying on tokyo olympic officials and organizations. experts say there's no reason
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they won't do something again. what have you seen in the way of indications that something may happen? >> we've seen sort of russian espionage groups be interested in japan over the last few years. they definitely still have the people that work for them. and if they made the decision this is something they want to do, they're able to do it. >> reporter: the tokyo organizing kmeel is going to be getting some help in fending off potential attacks this year. we are told the international olympics committee has worked with them to prepare and the u.s. cyber agency known as sisa has worked with japan cyber security center in the past and is standing by ready to help. john, it's situation like this with the whole world watching, it is all hands on deck. when it comes to russia, hell has no fury with vladimir putin scorned. >> fascinating stuff. next, the raging wildfires in the western u.s. are threatening to get even worse today. how they are now cause for concern even if you live nowhere near them. plus, our mystery guest is
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firefighters are struggling to contain wildfires raging across the western united states. take a look at this remarkable video from a california fire chief driving through the blazing tamarac fire. joining us is cnn chief climate reporter bill weir, host of a special report, heatineating pl earth, the future of your food. these fires affect a lot of people personally. they've affected our families. these aren't just a local issue. they are affecting air quality across the country. so, tell us about that. >> reporter: that is absolutely true, john. it's been said if you wanted to paint montana, you'd only need
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two colors. blue for the sky, gold for the wheat. these days you'd need browns and grays as the smoke travels far beyond here, though. they're seeing the results of this. the air quality all the way on the east coast, there's a big huge fire complexes out west are burning and putting up so much particulate matter. that gets into people's lungs. that's one effect of that. the root is the relentless drought out west. over 90% under severe drought conditions as well. they're expecting monsoon rains in arizona over the weekend which could cause flash flooding because the ground is so hard and doesn't absorb any more. it's just this knock-on effect, this domino effect. and, yes, tonight i decided to take a look at just one sector of our lives, a very important one to us as we discovered during the pandemic, food, where it comes from, what it costs to air and water and the climate as well. and did you know, if cows were a country, they would be the third
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largest emitter of greenhouse gases behind the u.s. and china. and so there is a boom right now of meat alternatives hoping to maybe sneak some things into your diet that are a little gentler on the planet. you know about beyond burger and impossible burger. they are about to get one huge new competitor, just got $350 million of funding, some of the top-line billionaires you've all heard about. and i decided to go take a look at what they say is a new form of perfect protein that doesn't come from plants or animals. ♪ in the 40 years after the civil war, around 400 million cows, hogs and sheep were butchered in the few hundred acres of chicago's union stock yards.
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my, how times change. >> when you're doing the construction, digging down the dirt, we found a meat hook. >> reporter: oh, that's a meat hook. but now in 2021, just a few blocks from mcdonald's headquarters, a start-up c.e.o. named thomas jonas has hooked me with a most amazing story. >> i was president of a large multinational company. everything from chanel number 5 to the windex. i found what i was doing was pitting plastic in the ocean. >> reporter: amid a nuclear crisis, he decided to start a company helping the planet by tricking our carnivorous taste buds in a way never before. wow, that's impressive. if you never heard of nature's find, i bet you a fake burger you'll never guess what kind of protein is in all of these dishes. here's a hint.
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does it need sunlight? >> it doesn't need sunlight. >> reporter: it can grow in the dark? >> it's not a plant. it's not an animal. >> reporter: still stumped? i'll give you another hint. this new miracle meat was discovered out west in yellowstone national park, america's first best idea. nature's find's property comes out of the geyser water at yellowstone. we'll explain the technology behind that. there are so many incredible ideas out there that could completely reshape the diet of our children and our grandchildren going forward. i hope you'll join us tonight if you can. >> fascinating stuff, bill weir. thank you so much for that. and you can check this out, eating planet earth, the future of your food. that will air tonight at 9:00 eastern only here on cnn. >> very cool. this week cnn heroes salutes
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ro rodney smith, jr., who created the 50 yard challenge and made a name for himself traveling the country mowing lawns and inspiring people one yard at a time. >> the 50-yard challenge is issued to kids nationwide to mow 50 free lawns in their community. they'll make a sign saying they accept the challenge and we'll send them a t-shirt with safety glasses and ear protection. once they mow 50 lawns, i drive there, present them a brand-new more, weed eater and blower. kids are responsible for finding their own lawns, so that's another way they can go in the community and meet people they probably normally wouldn't have met. at a young age, i used to mow lawns as a chore. i disliked it. i took something i disliked and turned it into something i love to do. every single day i get to mow free lawns and encourage kids around the world to get out there and make a difference one lawn at a time. >> how about that?
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change begins in your neighbor's lawn. to get the full story of rodney's journey, go to cnn while you're there, nominate someone you think should be a cnn hero. all right. up next, this person was a recurring character on one of brianna's all-time favorite sitcoms. so, can brianna guess this mystery guest? >> hmmm.
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"history of the sitcom" with all-new original series. we have another one of our special mystery guests this morning. this time for brianna. >> who is it going to be? >> one of her favorite shows. she has no idea. >> no idea. >> she has to guess before we reveal. i'm going to give you a bung much of clues and let's see how you do, okay. you hit the buzzer if it comes. classic '90s. tigers. teens. bay side. >> okay, well, so it's someone from saved by the bell. >> um-hmm. let's try to narrow this aperture here. it's an ensemble cast. a hang out. diner. >> oh, yes. >> magic tricks. >> is it -- wait, what was his name, max? >> max. >> are you serious? we have max? oh, my goodness. >> and alonso who played max. saved by the bell. i am so impressed. >> thank you. well, i was committed to this
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show. as you know, so many young people were. i have to be honest, ed. i would get home from school every day and that is what i would turn on. it's amazing to have you here. >> that's what i'm told. >> yeah, it's amazing to have you here. >> thank you so much. >> how do you -- on that show? >> well, it's easy to reflect on it because we're doing it again. and i was just in the studio yesterday shooting scenes for season 2. and, wow, who would have thought that 32 years later we'd be back doing the show with its original flavor and a bunch of new elements. and, wow. you know, what was a great show i think is really a really amazing show now with a brand-new cast and, of course, mario lopez and elizabeth berkeley, mark paul, tiffini are
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all coming back in and doing things. and, of course, when they hang out at the max, i was blessed by the sitcom gods to be brought back in. it was shocking. i was actually out of the country when i heard that they were going to do a reboot. and when i got back in town and started to get calls that they were interested, i was just -- >> oh, yeah. >> i was shocked and amazed. what a wonderful thing to come full circle again. >> so great. i wonder, what were some of your -- so many of the fun, fun moments of the show took place in the diner, and you were kind of there facilitating it as your character. >> absolutely. >> what were some of your favorite moments on "saved by the bell?" >> i think my favorite has to be an episode called "dancing to the max" which was a dance contest. >> i know that one. >> it was going to be held by casey casem. and growing up for me, casey
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casem with his american top 40 was -- i mean, it was golden. it was huge. he was probably one of the most famous people in the world. and to have casey come over to the studio in burbank and be on "saved by the bell" for me to even have contact with him and be in the same -- was incredible. that's got to be one of my favorite ones. and i got to do my casey casem impression on that. >> that's pretty good. >> made it a -- not bad for 32 years later. but i kind of surprised everyone at the table reading with that introduction because in the script it just said for max to introduce -- here's the one and only casey casem. i thought, wouldn't it be neat to go casey casem. >> yes. >> there we go. >> you put your flare in it. >> so many fun times. >> they're just reminding me in my ear, of course, we know you're a magician.
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he's reminded me that you toured with, among the big names you toured with, britney spears actually. >> yes. boy, was that great. >> amazing, right? we're actually watching a clip of you now. >> how about that. >> what was that like, especially as you were watching all of these developments with her right now as she's challenging her conservatorship? >> yeah, well, even back then britney was really on lockdown and she was always being watched closely on tour. and i think during -- you know, in 2009 when the tour was going on, it was probably important for her to have all of that extra protection so that she didn't go out and create any havoc in her life. but, you know, i feel that it's a time now, you know, i think she wants to move on with her life. she's an adult, and so she should be able to make her own
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decisions on a lot of things that they're shutting her down on. but, wow, it was an amazing tour to be on. we went all over the world. i did a number as you saw there just with her that i had put together where she was the magician's assistant. i was the magician. and, wow, it was just incredible. it was an amazing time. she was so fun and easy to work with. >> well, ed -- >> just crazy, yes. >> i love, i love talking to you. this is such a treat to get to talk with you on air today. ed alonso. >> am i done? >> sorry? sorry, ed. >> that's it? >> it is. there's a new show that started 20 seconds ago. ed, thank you so much for being with us. there's a new episode of "history of the sitcom." that is going to be sunday night at 9:00 only on cnn and cnn's coverage continues right now. that was very cool. >> that was fun. ♪


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