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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: Pet Shop Boys

February 15th, 2010
04:51 PM ET

They're one of the most popular musical duos in the world - selling more than 100 million records over the past two decades - and it doesn't look like the Pet Shop Boys are ready to slow down anytime soon.

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Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe make up the British electro-pop duo whose list of hits include "West End Girls", "It's a Sin" and "Always on my Mind".

The pair are one of the most successful pop groups in history and they have had a startling 42 top 30 singles in the UK alone.

They're musical style is a unique mix of electronic rhythms, synthetic beats and vocals and keyboard.

They've been called by some artists as one of the most influential musical acts of the 20th century and have helped to define a generation of electronic music.

The duo have also become somewhat of an icon in the gay world - Neil Tennant came out of the closet during a magazine interview in 1994 and Chris Lowe has not publicly said whether he is straight or gay.

In March 2009, the pair released their album "Yes" to rave reviews and just this month they released a live CD and DVD collection from a concert in London in late 2009.

Here's your chance to ask these iconic musicians your questions.

What was it like using electronic influences at such an early stage? Do you have any favorite artists you like to work with? What's your favorite song? What's it like being somewhat of a gay icon?

Tuesday's Connector: Patti Smith

February 15th, 2010
12:07 PM ET

American Patti Smith is often referred to as the "Godmother of Punk" - an influential figure in the rise of the punk rock movement during the 1970s in the U.S.

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Some of her most memorable albums include her 1975 debut album "Horses" and her hit song "Because the Night", which was co-written by rocker Bruce Springsteen.

Although Smith is well regarded in the music industry, the 63-year-old is also well known for her political activism on a variety of issues.

She was an open supporter of the Green Party in the U.S. and threw her weight behind the 2000 presidential candidate, Ralph Nader.

Smith also helped organize some of the first series of protests against the U.S. led invasion of Iraq.

In 2007, Smith was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and rock stars including Michael Stipe of R.E.M and KT Tunstall have all openly said Smith was a source of inspiration.

Today, Smith has a new book out called "Just Kids" which chronicles her life in New York City during the 1970s and her relationship with Robert Mapplethorpe.

And the Documentary “Patti Smith: Dream of Life” by Steven Sebring, had its national broadcast premiere on the POV (Point of View) www.pbs.org/pov/pattismith series on PBS last December.

Here's your chance to ask Patti Smith a question.

Vancouver Olympics in total chaos?

February 12th, 2010
12:58 PM ET

It's only the third time that Canada has been lucky enough to host the Olympics and the host cities of Vancouver and Whistler are gearing up for what is promising to be an electrifying games.

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The western Canadian cities are expecting an influx of nearly a million visitors, athletes and journalists from around the world during the 17 days of competition.

Unfortunately though, the situation hasn't been perfect.

The security bill for the games has skyrocketed to nearly a billion dollars and the weather is also proving to be a problem for skiers and snowboarders at Cypress Mountain.

Traditionally, the winter Olympic Games are also a much smaller affair compared to their Summer Olympic counterparts - many countries in warmer climates simply don't take part.

We want to know what you think. Are you excited about this year's Winter Olympics? Do you think Canada will do a good job as hosts?


Filed under:  General

Fashion world mourns McQueen death

February 11th, 2010
05:10 PM ET

Top fashion designer Alexander McQueen was found dead in his London, England, home Thursday, a spokesman for his company said.

The designer, born Lee McQueen, had a reputation for controversy that earned him the titles "enfant terrible" and "the hooligan of English fashion."

Asked about reports of McQueen's death, London's Metropolitan Police said a 40-year-old man was found dead at an address in Green Street, central London.

His death comes just a week before the opening of the famed London Fashion Week.

"We are deeply shocked and saddened at the news of Alexander McQueen's untimely death. He was a unique talent and one of the world's greatest designers. Our thoughts are with his friends and family at this sad time," said a statement on the London Fashion Week's Web site.

Please leave your comments on how you think McQueen will be remembered. Was he an icon of British fashion? How will the fashion world remember him?


Filed under:  General

Friday's Connector: Naomi Campbell

February 11th, 2010
02:48 PM ET

Naomi Campbell is one of the most well known supermodels in the world - joining the ranks alongside others including Cindy Crawford, Elle Macpherson and Gisele Bundchen.

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Although she is a familiar face in magazines and fashion shoots, Campbell is also well known for her public bursts of anger that have gotten the model into trouble.

She has been arrested a number of times - mainly on charges of assault - and has spent time serving out her sentence through community service and anger management classes.

Most recently, Campbell was arrested in April 2008 at London's Heathrow airport on suspicion of assaulting a police officer after one of her bags went missing.

Although the super model has had a history of run-ins with the law, Campbell has also been a force for good.

Campbell is currently working with the fashion world to help raise money as part of the Haiti earthquake relief effort.

There will be a charity catwalk show with top designers and models in Bryant Park at New York Fashion Week on February 12 and in London on February 18.

Previously, Campbell has raised money for the relief effort after Hurricane Katrina, in Tanzania and Mumbai, India.

"Everyone else is trying to help Haiti, and we wanted to do our part on the fashion side of things," Campbell told Bloomberg. "The response has been overwhelming. No one has said `no' - which means a lot because it's such a busy time with designers preparing their fall collections."

Here's your chance to ask Naomi Campbell a question. Do you want to know about her upcoming charity project or maybe you're more interested in her legal problems?

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