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a new herman cain accuser speaking out. we hear from the woman who claims she carried on a 13-year affair with the republican presidential hopeful. a texas teenager takes his own life. why his family says his immigration status pushed him over the edge. strained ties between the united states and pakistan, this after a deadly nato air strike. now the country's prime minister has a warning for the united states. good morning to you.
this is your "a.m. wake-up call" for tuesday, november 29th. i'm carol costello. here are your morning' top stories. a new twist in the herman cain saga, a third woman has come forward claiming she had a 13-year-long affair with the gop presidential hopeful. atlanta business woman ginger white says the affair ended only eight months ago. cain denies any sexual relationship. general motors in damage control. the auto giant is reaching out to every owner of the chevy volt and assuring them the car is safe. the volt is under federal investigation after the batteries caught fire during crash tests. winter is coming a little early in the south. it's wet and snowy in parts of tennessee. winter storm warnings are in effect until later today. forecasters predict some areas could see up to four inches of snow. one of those forecasters is jacqui jeras in atlanta this morning. that's just weird, jacqui. >> weird?
it happens almost every year. it's not an everyday thing and certainly not the end of november. usually more of a january or february kind of thing. we do have some of that snow out there. if you saw the picture, by the way, did you notice the streets didn't look that bad. our ground temperatures are so warm because it's been in the 60s across the deep south, so much of it is melting on contact. bridges and overpasses could be slick because they'll ice up first. memphis you had about a half inch of rain or snow, excuse me. a little snow into northern mississippi as well as alabama and maybe a few flakes sneaking into the atlanta area as well. the northern tee, talking all rain here, for detroit over towards indianapolis and the northeast most of the morning is dry, but the rain moving in by the afternoon. that's going to cause some travel trouble, carol. we'll talk more about the cities that could be impacted the worst because of weather today cog up when i see you again. >> i hate those words, travel
troubles. >> yeah, part of life. >> i know it is, especially this time of year. thanks, jacqui, we'll get back to you. another bombshell against republican presidential hopeful herman cain, a new accuser has come forward with her story, this time a store rye of infidelity. atlanta business woman ginger white claim she and cain had a 13-year affair. >> -- not a fun thing. >> reporter: i asked ginger white why she decided to come forward with her story about an affair with herman cain now. >> there were leaks. there were people. there were threats of people coming out with their version. not that any version is really pretty, but i thought that it was important to at least come out with my story and my side of the story. >> reporter: she tells me sharing details of something she's not proud of has been hard
on her family. she also says she's sorry for any pain the story has caused cain's family. white says she had an affair with cain for more than a decade. that's a claim cain is denying. >> he's saying it was not in response to a sexual relationship in response to you saying it was a sexual affair for 13 years. he's denying that. are you sticking by your original story that it was a sexual relationship? >> absolutely. i can only imagine -- i can't imagine him actually confirming. it's the name of the game i guess. >> reporter: white went on to say to anyone questioning her credibility that she has no reason to lie. she also said this was not something she wanted to do. >> i couldn't imagine anyone coming out and lying about this. who would want this. it's really not been fun. >> cain admits to knowing ginger white, but tells cnn's wolf
blitzer there was no sexual relationship. >> tell us about the nature of your relationship with this woman. >> friend and trying to help a friend because, not having a job, et cetera, and this sort of thing. that's all there is to the relationship. and here again, i don't know what's going to be claimed in the story. it was someone who was supposed to be a friend, but obviously they didn't see it as a friendship. >> when you say friend, i'm asking -- these are awkward questions, but i'll ask you the questions you will be asked. was this an affair? >> no, it was not. >> there was no sex? >> no. >> none? >> no. >> cain went on to say his wife supports him and he has no plans to drop out of the presidential race. new developments in the syracuse sexual abuse scandal. former coach bernie fine will become the center of an investigation. three accusers in pittsburgh came forward with claims that fine arrested them. in the meantime fine's wife plans to make a statement about a taped conversation she
reportedly had with one of the accusers where it appeared she knew about the abuse all along. cnn's gary turk mgary tuchman c up with lori fine. >> i was hoping i can ask you, your nephew has a statement. >> we have no statement. >> you have no statement? >> no. >> is the tape misinterpreted? >> no comment. >> fine was fired from his coaching job on sunday. former penn state football coach jerry sandusky is turning the tables, hired his own private investigations to look into sexual abuse allegations against him. the lawyer says he's on a quest to prove his innocence. the long-time coach is charged with 40 counts related to alleged sexual abuse of eight young boys over a 14-year period. sandusky claims he only horsed around with the boys.
it's sentencing day for dr. conrad murray. michael jackson's mom is speaking out. katherine jackson says she hopes murray will get the harshest sentence possible, that's four years in prison. jail overcrowding could land him a shortened sentence. murray was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter three weeks ago. prosecutors say his inappropriate use of propofol led to jackson eels death. the prime suspect in the case of the missing american woman in aruba, gary giordano is expected to be released, he spent more than 100 days in an aruban jail. he's been grilled about the disappearance of robyn gardner who went missing in august. tomorrow a three-judge panel will meet to discuss the decision to release him. pakistan's prime minister tells cnn its country is re-evaluating its relationship
with the united states. the u.s. is investigating an incident. a cnn pentagon reporter barbara starr reports, tensions on both sides remain high. >> reporter: the death of two dozen pakistani soldiers in a u.s. air strike along the pakistan-afghanistan border is the most serious cross border incident since u.s. troops were sent to afghanistan a decade ago. a senior u.s. official tells cnn the situation with the pakistanis is so sensitive public comments from the administration are limited to announcing an investigation and offering condolences. >> we mourn the brave pakistani service members who lost their lives. >> reporter: with anti-u.s. demonstrations already under way in pakistan, the u.s. military hopes an investigation into what happened may ease pakistan's anger. but that's not likely. >> business as usual will not be
there. >> reporter: pakistan holds a vital card, access into landlocked afghanistan. the pakistanis quickly shut down two border crossings, about 30% of the supplies for the war into afghanistan come through the check point. >> if they hold it for more than a week or two to have a notable impact on u.s. operations in both eastern and southern afghanistan. >> but the u.s. has longstanding alternate routes, about 40% of supplies come through russian and central asian rail and truck routes. pakistan also called for the u.s. to leave an air base where cia drone operations targeting al qaeda and tall pan in pakistan have taken place in the past. with billions of dollars in aid and military sales, senior u.s. lawmakers are also warning they're out of patience with pakistan. >> they need to understand our support for them financially is dependent upon their cooperation
with us. >> reporter: the fear now is either side may miss calculate as pakistan vows to protect its sovereignty. pakistan's radars on the border are focussed on any threats. >> i would suspect there's popular support now for a pakistan retail tore strike. this is a very, very dangerous period we're at between the united states and pakistan. >> reporter: all of this may have more direct security implications for the united states which has been trying to get pakistan to crack down on al qaeda and taliban militant groups for some time. don't expect to see pakistan rush to do that any time soon. barbara starr, cnn, the pentagon. he's prom meant, outspoken and one of congress's most liberal voices. now representative barney frank is about to retire. the 16-term democrat from massachusetts says he will not seek re-election on 2012. so what's next for the 71-year-old?
>> there is no way i would be a lobbyist. look, i will miss this job, and i'll have twinges of regret when the new congress is signed up, but i will tell you this and maybe you're going to laugh, but one of the advantages of me not running to office is i don't even try to pretend to be nice to people i don't like. some of you may not think i've been good at it, but i've been trying. >> the veteran congressman says he'd always planned on retiring by 2014. america's toughest sheriff will give his nod to texas governor rick perry. joe arpaio is set to endorse him in new hampshire today. arpaio is known for his crackdown on illegal immigrants. in the past arpaio has -- perry rather has come under fire by republicans for not taking a hand enough stance on border security and illegal
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it is 15 minutes past the hour. here is what we're following this morning. republican presidential candidate herman cain slapped with a new sex allegation. an atlanta woman says she had an affair with cain that lasted 13 years. in fact, it ended she says just eight months ago. cain is denying the accusation. texas teenager commits suicide, worried over his illegal immigration status. 18-year-old joaquin luna revealed his frustrations in a suicide note. he was counting on the passage of the dream act which would provide residency to illegal
immigrants who arrived in the yuntsd states as minors. general motors is working to stop fears over the volt after the volt's batteries caught fire in several crash tests. gm says the car is safe to drive but it's offering loner cars. big sports for the buckeyes. ohio state university has a new football coach. urban meyer is expected to head back to his alma mater. the two-time national championship winner began his career there. meyer says he's honored and humbled to return. let's check in with jacqui jeras. >> i'm humbled to be here. it's a snowy start in the south, carol. people in places like memphis and huntsville alabama. it happens usually a couple times a year. about a half inch in memphis. very little accumulation can be
expected with this. it's going to kind of linger through a good part of the day as this is a slow-moving system. as you take a look at the northern tier. this is rain for you, indianapolis, up towards detroit, into cleveland. we could see that change over snow later today. look at some of the totals we've seen so far, up to five inches in denmark, tennessee. all in the tri-state area between tennessee, arkansas, missouri, in that area. delays expected at the airports. clouds this morning, rain moves in this afternoon for new york, philly and d.c. cleveland and detroit and atlanta due to that rain as well. so there's a big picture for today. new storm in the pacific northwest doesn't hit until late today, the rest of the country is pretty quiet. can't complain about that. >> at least about the quiet parts. thank you, jacqui. time now to check on stories making headlines around the world. egyptians are headed to the polls for a second day of historic elections. zain verjee live in london with more. it's a complicated process,
isn't it? >> it's a long process, and this is going to be the first stage of it. they're basically voting in parliamentary elections, and this round is for the lower house of parliament. it's important for two reasons. first of all, many egyptians who are voting have never voted before, so it's a really big deal. also, it's the lower house of parliament that's actually going to be drafting the new constitution for egypt. there have been some observations of irregularities, carol, things like logistical problems, delays in ballots. observers are saying generally the process has been relatively organized. a lot of women, carol, have turned out to vote in this election round. one of the reasons is because they don't want the islamists, the muslim brotherhood to get too much power because they feel it may become an issue for the future rights and the liberal values. there has been a little violence where 25 people have been injured. carol?
>> let's switch our attention to china now because it's ordering a ban on advertisements during tv dramas. why? >> no ads during tv dramas about 45 minutes long. they're starting this on the 1st of january. why? the communist party it says wants to develop a socialist culture. that was a quote from an official. a lot of people don't really know exactly what that means. another opinion was because they wanted to conform to public interests and aspirations. this is going to kick in. a lot of the tv stations in china, a lot of the executives are really upset because that means they'll take a big hit on revenue. carol? >> what's a drama on television like in china anyway? >> i guess it's kind of like a soap opera or just some kind of a tv show. you remember there was the reality tv shows like "super girl," singing contests and things like that that they
wanted to ban in china. one of the reasons many people said was because they don't want a situation in china where too many people are voting freely and democratically on tv shows like that because it's such a state-controlled environment. that's an issue. perhaps it's being -- this is being extended to gaining more control over television stations in china and what they can and cannot show and what they can do or cannot do. >> total control over tv content. zain verjee, thanks as always. still ahead on "a.m. wake-up call," fitch ratings allows the united states to keep its aaa credit rating, but there's another story when it comes to rating outlook. plus, we're getting preliminary numbers of how cyber monday added up for online retailers. it's 20 minutes past the hour. is your "a.m. wake-up call." of any small business credit card. it's hard for my crew to keep up with 2% cash back
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consumers spent nearly $1 billion. another rating agency, fitch ratings, deciding the u.s. can keep its aaa credit rating, but its rating outlook is another story. christine romans joins us to explain what the heck that means. what does it mean? >> it means all three credit rating agencies on the u.s. has a negative outlook. meaning there's more than a 50/50 chance that there could be a downgrade from fitch or another downgrade from any of the others. so i remember it was s&p that so famously downgraded the u.s. from aaa, that stellar gold quality credit rating after congress basically punted to the super committee on its debt issues. the super committee has been a super failure. here we go, major debt and deficit issues in this country that rah still unresolved. over all the debt and deficit issues in europe are more unresolved at this point. that's where the focus is. it's why you see the stocks up 300 points one day and today we
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lori fine is expected to release a statement soon. the wife of former syracuse basketball coach bernie fine may be gearing up to discredit the taped conversation she reportedly had with one of her husband's accusers nearly nine years ago. good morning to you. this is your a.m. wake-up call for tuesday, november 29th from the time warner center in new york, i'm carol costello. here are this morning's top stories. more problems for herman cain. an atlanta woman says she and cain had a 13-year sexual affair. ginger white said it ended as cain was preparing to announce his run for the white house. cain says he knows white but denies any sexual ar fair. pakistan's prime minister has a warning for united states. no more business as usual. in an exclusive interview with cn n, yousef ghailani says
pakistan is re-evaluating its relationship with the united states. this comes after a nato air strike killed 24 pakistani trups on saturday. yes, that is the south and that is snow. a large swath of snow is winding its way through the region. winter storm warnings are up for parts of tennessee and mississippi. yes, some school districts are closed this morning. let's head to atlanta and jacqui jeras to find out what the heck is going on. what the heck is going on? >> we've got this big cold pool of air that's kind of wedged itself into the southeast. it's stuck there. believe it or not, carol, it's not going to make it your way. it's going to be concentrated in this area. much of the wintery precip will be done by the noon hour. that's the good news. the ground temperature is so warm, much of it will be melting on the roadways. it's bridges and overpasses you need to look out for and also grassy areas will see maybe little accumulation. a half inch in memphis, snow coming down in huntsz veil, alabama, at this hour. this is going to start to lift
off to the north a little more quickly than it has in the last two days. rain on the northern tier now and windy in chicago, detroit. you'll see a transition over to some snow later today. there you can see the northeast, the moisture starting the pull in. we don't start to see the rain develop until later this after nan. flood watches in effect across parts of the ohio river valley. widespread river flooding could be expected in indiana by thursday, the wabash river is of concern. a new storm hits the pacific northwest by late today. look at the temperatures, carol. 43 in atlanta for a high today and 63 in new york. boo. >> sounds perfect to me though. >> i'm coming to visit. >> please do. you can run through central park with me later this afternoon. >> ooh, i would love it. >> i'll be waiting. >> only five miles, though, that's it. >> that's good. that's perfect.
another bombshell against republican presidential hopeful herman cain. a new accuser has come forward with her story. this time it's a story of infidelity. atlanta business woman ginger white claim she and cain had a 13-year affair. reporter amy napier with our atlanta affiliate wsb caught up with white. >> my heart goes out to many people. this was not something that i wanted to hurt anyone, not a fun thing. >> reporter: i asked ginger white why she decided to come forward with her story about an affair with gop presidential candidate herman cain now. >> there were leaks. there were people -- there were threats of people coming out with their version. not that any version is really pretty, but i thought that it was important to at least come out with my story, my side of the story. >> reporter: she tells me
sharing details of something she's not proud of has been hard on her family. she also says she's sorry for any pain the story caused cain's family. she says she had an affair with cain for more than a decade. a claim he's denying. >> he's saying it's not a sexual relationship in response to you saying it was a sexual affair for 13 years. he's denying that. are you sticking by your original story that it was a sexual relationship? >> absolutely. i can only imagine -- i can't imagine him actually confirming. it's the name of the game i guess. >> reporter: white went to say to anyone questioning her credibility she has no reason to lie. she also said this was not something she wanted to do. >> i couldn't imagine anyone coming out and lying about this. who would want this? it's really not been fun. >> cain admits to knowing ginger white, but tells cnn's wolf
blitzer there was no sexual relationship. >> tell us about the nature of your relationship with this woman. >> friend, and trying to help a friend because not having a job, et cetera, and this sort of thing. that's all there is to the relationship. and here again, i don't know what's going to be claimed in the story. there was someone who was supposed to be a friend, but obviously they didn't see it as a friendship. >> when you say friend, i'm asking -- these are awkward questions, i'll ask you the questions you're going to be asked. was this an affair? >> no, it was not. >> there was no sex? >> no. >> none? >> no. >> cain went on to say that his wife supports him and he has no plans to drop out of the presidential race. so what will these new allegations mean for cain's presidential campaign? let's bring in "washington post" political reporter nia-malika henderson on the phone from washington. good morning. >> reporter: good morning. >> so cain says he will not drop out of the presidential race.
but will he soon have a choice? >> reporter: you know, he can stay in this presidential race as long as he wants to. i think one of the things this cycle has proven is that you can be in this race and not really be running and not really doing the traditional things you do to run for president, which is go to iowa, go to new hampshire. he will today -- i talked to his advisors yesterday. they obviously want to turn the page on this. he's going to make a major foreign policy address today at 6:30 in michigan. he was down in atlanta this weekend meeting with about 30 policy advisors, domestic policy, foreign policy, energy policy. he is trying to make a turn in his campaign and get serious. i think one of the things that we've seen over the last couple weeks is that the allegations of sexual harassment that he faced for the last two, three, four weeks certainly hurt him, but also what hurt him was his apparent lack of command of the facts in terms of libya,
uzbekistan, all sorts of areas of foreign policy and some of his seeming flip-flops on issues really important to conservatives, seeming to articulate a case for abortion rather than the typical anti-abortion stance of republicans. i think obviously he's going to try to move forward. i think one of the things this cycle has taught us political reporters is that it isn't a wise thing to make a prediction about the death of someone's campaign given what we've seen from newt gingrich who has risen. he's on top of the polls in your recent poll, the poll we have. he's on top at this point. i think herman cain is about third at 17%. it's obviously going to be up to the voters which is something that his aide told me last night. i think particularly the iowa voters, again, we know the folks are very socially conservative. his lawyer has made this argument that, hey, nobody cares about the private alleged sexual activities of people, of
candidates. but i think again we know that oftentimes those socially conservative voters in iowa do their circulating -- there's one group out there circulating a campaign ad about newt gingrich that says, listen, if we can't trust this guy to be faithful to his wife, how can we trust him to be faithful on these issues that are important to us? i think cain might be faced with those same claims. >> not only that, nia, newt gingrich's -- that was in his distant past. if this woman's story is true, this cain accuser is true, this affair only ended eight months ago. doesn't that make a difference? >> i think it might make a difference. i think also what will make a difference is that gingrich has been talking about this. he gave an interview to the christian broadcasting network about three, four, five months ago about this, saying he's sorry. he's been talking about hills faith, something that has
resonated with these voters and seemingly they may have forgiven him. obviously cain has not really done that. he's pretty much said none of this has ever happened, from the sexual allegations to this recent allegation of having an inappropriate relationship outside of his marriage. but we'll just have to say. he's going to plug along again. i think he can stay in this thing. he'll obviously probably be in every daeb bate. he's got until january 3rd to limp along in this thing. and we'll just have to see. >> nia-malika henderson from "the washington post." thanks for joining us this morning. he's prom meant, outspoken, now representative barney frank is about to retire. the 16-term democrat from massachusetts says he will not seek rae election, blaming his retirement partially on redistricting. so what's next for the 71-year-old? >> there is no way i would be a lobbyist. i will miss this job and have
twinges of regret when the new congress is signed up. i will tell you this and maybe you're going to laugh. one of the advantages to me of not running for office is i don't even have to pretend to try to be nice to people i don't like. some of you may not think i've been good at it. but i've been trying. >> the veteran congressman says he had always planned on retiring by 2014. america's toughest sheriff will give his nod to texas governor rick perry. arizona sheriff joe arpaio is set to endorse the gop presidential candidate in new hampshire today. arpaio is known for his crackdown on illegal immigrants. this could be the boost perry's campaign needs. in the past he's come under fire by republicans for not taking a hard enough stance on boarder security and illegal immigration. new developments in the syracuse university sex abuse scandal. former associate men's basketball coach bernie fine will become the center of a second investigation, this time in pittsburgh.
three accuseers have now come forward with claims that fine molested them. in the meantime fine's wife plans to make a statement about a taped conversation she reportedly had with one of fine's accusers where it appeared she knew about the abuse all along. cnn's gary tuchman caught up with lori fine. listen. >> i'm gary tuchman with cnn. i'm sorry to bother you. >> you're not bothering me. >> there is no commented. >> your nephew is saying you might have a statement? >> no comment. >> you're not going to make a statement? >> not today. >> is the tape misinterpreted, though? >> i have no comment. >> how come you can't comment? >> i cannot comment. >> fine was fired from his coaching job on sunday. let's get a check of what's coming up at the top of the hour on "american morning." christine romans is here. >> coming up in about 20 minutes, the sex abuse scandal now rocking syracuse university
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herman cain slapped with a new sex allegation. an atlanta woman says she had an affair with cain that lasted 13 years ending just eight months ago. cain is denying the accusation. a texas teenager commits suicide worried over his illegal immigration status. 18-year-old joaquin luna revealed his frustrations in a suicide note. he was counting on the passage of the dream act which would provide residency to illegal immigrants who arrived in the united states as minors. general motors is working to ease fears over its electric car, the chevy volt. the volt is under federal investigation after its batteries caught fire in several crash tests. gm says the car is safe to drive but is offering free loner cars to concerned volt owners. let's head to atlanta and check in with jacqui jeras. >> reverse logic this morning, carol. snow in the south and rain in the north. how about that for you? we have a little accumulation to talk about, kind of slick on bridges an overpasses.
those will be the areas of big concern in memphis, tupelo, huntsville and birmingham, and even atlanta maybe a few flakes. you'll have to really look for it mixed in with the rain today. heavy rain at times for detroit, cleveland and cincinnati should get some later today as well. as we take a look at the advisories, a good two to four inches expected in parts of western tennessee. memphis a little less. about half an inch already. most of that will be done by noon if you're traveling the airways today, expecting delays in the northeast by this afternoon. everybody else could start out pretty early today, carol. >> thank you, jacqui. time for a check on what's making headlines around the world. rival brigades clash in libya posing a challenge for the nigs's security. zain verjee is live for us in london. good morning, zain. >> good morning, carol. i was looking at the u.n. reports on libya. one of the biggest fears are the rival brigades fighting each
other, responsible for the security of the country. the other thing the report says is the former rebels are holding about 7,000 prisoners in different make hit kind of jails all across the country. what the u.n. is saying, there are a lot of reports being heard of torture, the prisoners have no due process because frankly there are no courts or police or a system even functioning in libya. you've got the mercenaries brought over by colonel gadhafi and his family also being held. one other thing they say is a big fear, too, is weapons that are flowing so easily into the country. it says it has some of the biggest surface-to-air missiles, the portable ones being used in libya, and that in order to get control of the weapons, libya needs to create some kind of a future for those fighters. carol? >> let's switch to australia. this is a strange story. a passenger is sitting on a plane and their iphone just
catches on fire. >> hasn't that ever happened to you, carol? yeah, that's basically what happens. the iphone 4 was one of the hottest phones in the world but wasn't supposed to be that hot. only one incident here. apparently there was a red glow and all this smoke started to emit from the plane when it landed in sydney. this actually happened on the tarmac. now, apple is investigating, and the guilty iphone 4 is in custody and going through all sorts of forensic tests. the australian spokes people are saying that there's never been this kind of an incident where an iphone undergoes spontaneous self ignition. the good news is a flight attendant, carol, reacted quickly, grabbed an extinguisher and doused the iphone. everyone was safe. >> spontaneous self-ignition? >> you know what? what someone else was saying was that you have to be careful. the question now is was it a
real iphone 4 or a bake one? were the batteries fake? it's creating a whole mystery and fear of iphone travel. >> i don't think that passenger turned off the iphone while the plane was in flight. so there's an added infraction there. thank you, zain. >> yeah, it's just weird to thing it just starts glowing red in the middle of things. >> oh, well, whatever. thank you, zain. appreciate it. when we come back, some are saying computer programming will be the next blue collar job. one company is willing to make a bet on its big idea. it's 50 minutes past the hour. this is your "a.m. wake-up call." it fits you so perfectly... it fits you. you wake up and you're revived and rejuvenated. it's just like wow! tempur-pedic the most highly recommended bed in america. tempur-pedic is rated #1 in
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a new tech startup is aiming to teach everyone basic remember programming skills. code academy is betting those skills will be a part of every major employment field in the near future and that you're going to want in. cnn money's lori segal is hear to tell us more. how does this work? >> it's very, very easy. it's an online course. it's free. you can go on and take basic programming classes. it sounds geek i can. i tried it out. they're very interactive. you earn badges and are able to tell your friends about what
you're doing. it works well. the idea is that coding and programming, they do sound kind of geeky. it's the language behind all the apps on your iphone and the web. employers are getting smart and saying we want people who know how to do even these basic skills. i spoke to the founder and he said coding and programming is going to be the 21st century literacy. it's something we really are going to want to know. that's why they built this service to help us figure that out. >> sort of like the factory work of the future i guess you could call it. what kind of people are signing up? >> carol, that's a great way of putting it. you think about programming and you think something like mark zuckerberg, "the social network" and their take of geeks in a room pounding out code on what essentially be a multimillion dollar company. unemployment among younger people is really high. people out of college want to
get a job. knowing these skills can also save you a lot of money. we spoke to an opera singer, a woman named miriam, she's using codecademy. listen to her take. ♪ >> i know opera singers that code and design and do a little bit of everything. every artist has to have their own website. everybody has to constantly update it with performances and reviews. if you can update yourself, if you can create your own, nobody has the money to hire somebody to do that. >> in hiring a developer to help update your resume, that's so expensive. being able to do that can help you out. miriam is also a communications student at columbia university. she said every time she sends out a resume, people are looking for someone with basic programming skills. no a days you don't want someone that can send out a press release. you want someone that can update the site and keep it up to date. >> i totally understand that.
so let's think big. some day, will just the common person be able to build the next facebook or twitter by using this service? >> okay. so i don't want to get ahead of myself. i tried it out. carol, i'm still sitting here without a multimillion dollar company, right? i think it's at those beginning statements. what they're trying to do is say, here are the basic courses. what they're saying is they'll put out more advanced courses and one day, this is how they're hoping to make money, they'll connect people with organizations looking for people who can program. it's a win-win situation for everybody, carol. >> it's a great skill to have. that's the way the world is going as you well know. thank you, laurie segall. you can follow lori on twitter. that's it for this tuesday edition of "a.m. wake-up call." "american morning" continues right after the break. make it a great day.
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