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Live from Abu Dhabi Connect the World takes you on a journey across continents, investigating the stories that are changing our world.

Live from Abu Dhabi Connect the World takes you on a journey across continents, investigating the stories that are changing our world.

Tuesday's Connector: Kelle Hampton

March 10th, 2010
05:43 PM ET

Kelle Hampton is a mother, photographer and blogger who has documented her life nearly every day online by writing entries and including photographs on a variety of subjects.

What question do you want to send to Kelle Hampton?

What question do you want to send to Kelle Hampton?

The 31-year-old has also used her blog to document the birth of a new baby girl this January.

But when the baby, Nella was born, Kelle and her husband were stunned to learn that she had Down Syndrome.

On her blog, Kelle shares how she felt the moment she saw Nella for the first time and how she's adjusted to having a child with special needs.

Her words and photos that are posted nearly every day online have resonated around the world, with thousands of messages and gifts flooding in from strangers from places as far as Saudi Arabia, New Zealand and Brazil.

According to the U.S. National Institutes of Health, Down Syndrome is a chromosomal disorder that causes a range of mental disabilities and health problems, including hearing loss and heart disease.

In the general population, about 1 in 800 babies are born with Down Syndrome, though the rate increases dramatically in older mothers.

A woman Kelle's age has about a 1 in 900 chance of having a baby with Down Syndrome. For a 40-year-old mother, the rate jumps to 1 in 100.

We want to know what you think.

Do you want to ask Kelle what life is like living with a child with Down Syndrome? If you knew your child had Down Syndrome what would you do? Would you document your child's life online?

Please leave your questions and comments below and tune in on Tuesday March 16 at 2100 GMT to watch the interview.

And please let us know from where you are writing.

Friday's Connector: Jesse Jackson

March 10th, 2010
02:15 PM ET

The Rev. Jesse Jackson has been one of the most influential civil rights leaders in the United States for nearly five decades and he continues to be a big influence in black politics.

Jesse Jackson takes your questions

Jesse Jackson takes your questions

Jackson started his activism alongside the late Martin Luther King, participating in the Salem to Montgomery marches in 1965.

After King's death in 1968, Jackson continued his prominent role in the civil rights movement in the U.S. and subsequently helped create the Rainbow Coalition which later merged with the Push Operation.

Both organizations were founded on the beliefs of civil rights and political activism.

In 1984, Jackson became the second African American to mount a campaign for the Presidency of the United States as a Democrat.

Although he failed to be a serious contender, Jackson still managed to get 21 per cent of the popular vote during the primary season.

Jackson decided to run four years later and was considered to be a far more credible candidate. He went on to capture 6.9 million votes and win 11 primary battles in states like Georgia and Virginia.

The Baptist minister never won the candidacy of the Democratic party to run as president, but he still maintains an influential position within the party and the country decades later.

Here's your chance to ask Jesse Jackson a question.

Do you want to know what he thinks of Barack Obama? Maybe you want his views on race relations in 2010?

Please post your questions and comments below and also tell us where you're writing from so we can include that in the show.

Monday's Connector: Black Eyed Peas

March 10th, 2010
01:23 PM ET

They're one of the most celebrated hip hop dance acts on the planet and their songs which include "My Humps", "Where is the Love" and "I Gotta Feeling" have all gone platinum.

The Black Eyed Peas take your questions.

The Black Eyed Peas take your questions.

The "Black Eyed Peas" are made up of notable personalities including Will.I.Am, Taboo, Apl.De.Ap and of course, Fergie.

The band which formed in 1995 has already sold more than 25 million albums worldwide and have racked up six Grammy awards.

Their first worldwide hit was "Where is the Love" and it soon became the biggest selling single of 2003 in many countries, including the UK.

Their next album called "Monkey Business" was certified triple platinum in the U.S. and included the two hits "My Humps"and "Don't Phunk With My Heart".

The group continued its worldwide success and in 2009 it released another album called "The E.N.D." which according to Will.I.Am stands for "The Energy Never Dies".

"Boom Boom Pow" - the first single from the album remained at the top of the Billboard 100 charts for 12 straights weeks.

Subsequent songs from the album including "I Gotta Feeling" and "Meet me Halfway" all became stand out hits for the group.

Although members of the band have all tried various solo projects in both film and music, the group has remained together and continues to tour as the "Black Eyed Peas".

They're currently involved in a project with Samsung to promote a new range of 3D television sets that will be released to the public next month.

Here's your chance to ask all four members of the band a question.

Do you want to know any inside secrets of the group? Perhaps you want to know what song they enjoy performing the most?

Please leave your questions and comments below and let us know where you are writing from.

Is the Catholic Church doing enough?

March 10th, 2010
12:37 PM ET

The Catholic Church in Germany has been hit by new allegations of child sexual abuse at Catholic institutions.

In an interview with CNN, Norbert Denef said that the child abuse started when he was 10 years old and that it continued until he was 18.

Is the Catholic Church doing enough?

Is the Catholic Church doing enough?

More than 100 cases of child abuse in Catholic institutions in Germany have come to light over the past two months, but Denef is one of the few victims speaking out publicly.

Under fire from victims and politicians, the church has said it will revise the guidelines for dealing with cases of sexual abuse.

"I apologize in the name of the church in Germany to all those who became victims of such crimes," Robert Zollitsch, the archbishop of Freiburg and highest-ranking Catholic in Germany, said recently.

Some have accused the Vatican of trying to cover up the scandal in the homeland of the pope.

On Tuesday the pope's spokesperson issued a rebuttal.

"The main ecclesiastical institutions concerned - the German Jesuit Province, the German Episcopal Conference, the Austrian Episcopal Conference and the Netherlands Episcopal Conference - have faced the emergence of the problem with timely and decisive action," the pope's spokesman, Frederico Lombardi, said in a statement.

The Catholic church has also been rocked by recent allegations of sexual abuse in Austria and Ireland.

We want to know what you think.

Do you think the Catholic Church in Germany is doing enough to investigate the claims? Should there be more transparency in the investigations? Is the Vatican not talking a hard enough stance?

And please let us know from where you are writing.


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Six Degrees: Jesse Jackson to Sharon Osbourne

March 10th, 2010
12:32 PM ET
Can you connect Sharon Osbourne to Jesse Jackson?

Can you connect Sharon Osbourne to Jesse Jackson?

Here's our latest six degrees of separation challenge - it's your chance to link up two of our connectors of the day - Jesse Jackson to Sharon Osbourne.

All you have to do is connect them through six steps which means that you need to find five people between the two.

There's no correct answer and we're just looking for the most creative connection you can make.

We'll have a look at all of your answers and read the best one on Friday's show.