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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.

Connector of the day: Alexandra Reeve

October 9th, 2009
07:11 PM ET

This weekend marks the fifth anniversary of the death of one of the acting world's most popular characters.

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Christopher Reeve was known by millions of fans around the world for his portrayal of Superman, but his off-screen battles won him even more admirers.

In 1995, Reeve was left quadriplegic after being thrown from a horse.

Despite being wheelchair-bound and relying on breathing apparatus, he lobbied vigorously on behalf of people in the same predicament as well as for greater funding for research into stem cell treatments for those suffering from spinal cord injuries and degenerative conditions.

Before he passed away he and his wife started the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation which is dedicated to researching and curing injuries of this nature.

On Monday we talk to his daughter Alexandra about her father, his legacy and the continuing work of the foundation.

To ask her a question please fill in the form below and we'll try and use as many as possible on the show.

Does Obama deserve Nobel Peace Prize?

October 9th, 2009
11:21 AM ET

U.S. President Barack Obama failed in his bid to win the Olympics for Chicago when he traveled to Denmark last week. But Scandinavia gave him an unexpected consolation prize Friday - the Nobel Peace Prize.

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The Norwegian Nobel Committee announced that Obama had won the illustrious award for "his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples."

Obama is the first sitting U.S. president to win the award since Woodrow Wilson in 1919 and only the third occupant of the White House to be recognized with the award. But Obama has only held the presidency since January this year - just eight months. Already the award has drawn both praise and criticism from around the world.

Click here to read more about Obama's award

The Nobel Peace Prize has been awarded 89 times to 119 Nobel Laureates between 1901 and 2008 – 96 times to individuals and 23 times to organizations.

In his last will and testament, Alfred Nobel, who invented dynamite,  indicated that the prize for peace should be dedicated to "the person who shall have done the most or the best work for fraternity between nations, for the abolition or reduction of standing armies and for the holding and promotion of peace congresses."

What do you think? Are Obama's attempts to change U.S. political direction and renew diplomatic engagement enough to merit award of the prize?

What is "extraordinary" about Obama's efforts for peace since the start of the year?

Or is awarding a prize to a leader who has yet to reach the end of his first year simply too premature?

Let us know what you think and we will use some of your comments in the show.

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