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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.

Wednesday's Connector: Chace Crawford

April 9th, 2010
02:24 PM ET

He's probably one of the biggest teen heart-throb around the world at the moment and he's lucky because he's also on one of the most popular television shows as well.

What would you ask Chace Crawford?

What would you ask Chace Crawford?

Chace Crawford plays the Nate Archibald on the hit show "Gossip Girl" which is centered around a group of upscale New Yorkers who are at university.

The show has been noted for its sometimes racy content - from threesomes, drug use and adultery - not to mention everyone was still only in highschool at the time.

The 24-year-old Crawford was born in Lubbock, Texas and originally studied broadcast journalism at Pepperdine University and didn't try his hand at acting until he was pressured by his mother while he was in his second year of university.

Crawford has appeared in a number of films including "The Covenant", but it wasn't until his role in "Gossip Girl" that he became a household name for millions of screaming teens.

Tune in on Wednesday night at 2100 London time to watch the full interview on Connect the World.

Friday's Connector: Sendhil Ramamurthy and Gurinder Chadha

April 9th, 2010
01:22 PM ET

Sendhil Ramamurthy and Gurinder Chadha are a powerhouse team when it comes to film and television.

What would you ask this pair?

What would you ask this pair?

Many will recognize Ramamurthy as the face of Mohinder Suresh in the American television series, "Heroes."

Born in Chicago to Tamil parents, Ramamurthy initially studied at university to be a medical doctor, but after taking a number of acting classes, he found his new calling.

Ramamurthy appeared in a number of west end productions in London before getting his big break on "Heroes."

While you may not recognize the name Gurinder Chadha, you'll probably recognize many of her movies.

The British film director is responsible for hit films including "Bend it Like Beckham" and "Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging."

Ramamurthy and Chadha have joined forces in the new film "It's a wonderful Afterlife" which is based on an Indian mother who takes her obsession with marriage into the world of murder.

Should the National Enquirer win a Pulitzer Prize?

April 9th, 2010
11:28 AM ET

The National Enquirer – a tabloid newspaper more famous for breaking stories on 300-pound babies and alien abductions has been nominated for journalism’s most prestigious award – the Pulitzer Prize.

Should the National Enquirer be considered a mainstream newspaper?

Should the National Enquirer be considered a mainstream newspaper?

The announcement came to many in the media world as a shock, as the newspaper was up for an award in both investigative reporting category and national news reporting.

The National Enquirer was given the prestigious honour for breaking the story of ex-presidential candidate John Edwards’ affair with a mistress as well as uncovering that they had a child together.

It was a revelation that destroyed the marriage of one of America’s most popular politicians and caused shock waves across the country.

“It’s a great day at the National Enquirer for us to be in the running for a Pulitzer Prize and I think that the mainstream media will never again take the Enquirer and dismiss us out of whole cloth,” Barry Levine, executive editor of the tabloid told CNN.

“The mainstream media for the most part avoided our reporting on this story during this past election and I think next time around if we break a significant story you will see the mainstream media all over it.”

The tabloid first broke news of Edwards’ affair in October 2007, but it wasn’t until August 2008 that Edwards would admit the rumours were true.

The mainstream media largely questioned the accuracy of the reports given the long history of sensational and sometimes inaccurate reporting – it’s a sentiment that Levine hopes to change.

Levine wants to take his paper from a tabloid to a mainstream publication.

“Something that we are seriously considering doing right now is opening up a Washington report bureau to specifically uncover political scandals in our nation’s capital,” Levine said.

We’d like to know what you think.

Should the National Enquirer win a Pulitzer Prize? If it wins do you think the prize will change perceptions of the tabloid?

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