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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.

Thursday's Connector: Morgan Freeman

May 31st, 2010
03:46 PM ET

With one of the most distinctive and recognizable voices in Hollywood, actor Morgan Freeman is no stranger to the big screen and Hollywood success.

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Born in 1937 in Memphis Tennessee, Freeman had his acting debut at the young age of only nine-years-old, playing the lead in his school play.

From there, his acting experience only grew. At the age of 12, Freeman won a statewide drama competition and even hosted his very own radio show from his local high school.

After performing in a number of other school plays, Freeman was offered a partial drama scholarship from Jackson State University, but ultimately turned it down to take a job as a mechanic with the U.S. Air Force.

Although Freeman had a brief absence from the acting world, he quickly returned and ultimately made his off-Broadway debut in 1967 and his Broadway debut in 1968.

During the 1970's and 1980's, Freeman acted in a number of films and television shows, but it wasn't until his role in "Driving Miss Daisy" that he became a bona fide Hollywood celebrity.

Freeman went on to have leading roles in some of America's most memorable films including "Shawshank Redemption," "Seven," "Bruce Almighty," and even narrated one of the most successful documentaries of all time - "March of the Penguins."

In 2004, Freeman won an Academy Award for his supporting role in "Million Dollar Baby."

Today, Freeman is working with the Science Channel on a new show called "Through the Wormhole" which is a new series on outer space.

iPad mania: Will it save the newspaper industry?

May 28th, 2010
01:06 PM ET

Hundreds of shoppers lined up for hours in nine countries around the world as Apple's new iPad became available for sale on Friday.

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The iPad, which beat industry expectations by selling 1 million tablets in the first month of sales in the U.S., was released in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Spain, Switzerland and the U.K.

Market researcher IDC estimates that nearly six million iPads will be shipped by the end of 2010.

The sale of the iPad is only days before two major news sites in the U.K. began to charge readers for viewing content online.

"The Times of London" and "Sunday Times" will begin to charge readers $1.43 for a one day subscription or $2.87 per week to access both sites.

The iPad is unique, analysts say, because it is creating a new market segment in between mobile phones and computer laptops.

How much this new segment becomes a "game changer" is still to be seen, analysts say, but it is generating excitement among a diverse set of industries, including application designers, book publishers and news media organizations.

Many are even saying that the iPad could be seen as the saviour of the newspaper industry.

We want to know what you think.

Do you think that iPad will change the way you consume media? Will it help newspapers? Are you going to buy one?

Filed under:  General

Monday's Connector: Llewellyn Sanchez Werner

May 28th, 2010
12:44 PM ET

After years of being ravaged by war, the Iraqi capital of Baghdad is finally getting a bit of pizzaz back in its step as the city's symphony orchestra begins drawing in big name musical guests to its concert halls.

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Llewellyn Kingman Sanchez Werner is a 13-year-old music prodigy from Los Angeles and recently brought an Iraqi audience to their feet after performing with the national symphony orchestra.

The concert comes as the city struggles to revive its once bustling cultural scene.

Llewellyn studies at the acclaimed Julliard School of Music in New York City and played Gershwin's "Rhapsody in Blue" to the crowd of more than 250 guests.

The American began learning piano at the age of two and composed his very first piece at the age of five.

When Llewellyn was only six years old, he already was a full-time college student studying music and today is studying for his second degree.

He currently studies piano with Yoheved Kaplinsky and Ilya Itin in New York


Friday's Connector: Paris Hilton

May 27th, 2010
09:53 AM ET

Paris Hilton was infamously dubbed the celebrity that became famous by simply doing nothing, but after a few years in the limelight, the hotel heiress hasn't let her fame go to waste.

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Since breaking out as a target for photographers and magazine editors, the 29-year-old American has already had the opportunity to star in her very own television series, create her own line of perfume and even record an album.

Part of the famed family that founded Hilton hotels, Paris has been no stranger to the spotlight.

At an early age, Paris was friends with socialites including Nicole Richie and Kim Kardashian - one of which she later starred in a reality show called "The Simple Life."

Paris has also had the opportunity to star in films including "House of Wax" and "The Hilz".

But while Paris has been a well-known personality on the celebrity circuit, she has shifted her focus from the red carpe to working with charitable organizations.

Most recently, Paris has teamed up with a charity called "Songs for Soldiers" which aims to provide every American service member in active duty in Afghanistan or Iraq, with a MP3 music player.

Paris was named the celebrity ambassador for the organization and said that once the goal is reached that she hopes to be part of a trip overseas to deliver the music players.

Each player will be pre-loaded with a number of songs from artists that have donated their music.

Thursday's Connector: Philippe Cousteau Jr

May 26th, 2010
06:40 PM ET

As the Gulf of Mexico continues to be battered by the effects of the largest oil spill in US history, one conservationist with a famous family name is warning that the permanent effects could last a lifetime.

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Philippe Cousteau Jr, the grandson of famous explorer, Jacques Cousteau, recently scuba dived into an area of the Gulf that was affected by the spill and said it was an "absolute nightmare".

Cousteau also said that a chemical dispersant being used to absorb the oil wasn't effective.

"We were about 15 to 20 feet down and it was dispersed into smaller and smaller particles throughout the water column in these billowing clouds that were just circling us, encompassing us in this toxic soup," Cousteau told CNN.

"It was very, very alarming."

Cousteau also wrote on his blog that his grandfather, Jacques would have been "horrified" by the spill.

"I know that my father and grandfather would have been doing this if they were alive and that they would have been just as horrified by what they saw as I was."

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