a real look at the american dream hard earned only on al jazeera america fireworks a massive blaze and a wise sky scraper with tens of thousands nearby for new year's eve celebrations. midwest floods. as rivers crest at record highs. tonight the threat is far from over. puerto rico is expected to pay back most, but not all the debt due this week, why some say the long term outlook remains grim. plus, the count down, we go
live to time square, where security is high, and so are the spirits of new years rev hers. people around the world have been welcoming 2016 with fireworks and celebrations. but in dubai, a different show. the new year began with a towering inferno in the heart of the city. at least 16 people have been reported hurt. the blaze of a luxury sky scraper is nearly contained. but the fire, did not stop the middle eastern city from celebrating. >> flames broke out at the address downtown dubai about two hours before 2016 began. authorities say it started outside the 20th floor. >> everything is quartered off, and then we saw the flames on the other side of
the building, but they were coming around this side, and there was two particular areas one about the 8th floor, and then there's another fire further up, about 25, 30 floors up. >> nearly 1,000-foot tall sky scraper, parent apartments and part hotel was evacuated. on the ground, thousands of people that gathered to ring in the new year, started running. as flames raged above them. explosions were heard from the tower. officials say the fire extinguishers prevented the flames from spreading to the interior. >> the most important thing the fire department could have done is support that system, putting more water into it, because it was, in fact, protecting best possible the spread of the fire from the outside to the inside of the building. >> the sky scrapers located the word's tallest building and the dubai mall, one of the world's largest shopping centers.
the dubai media office says the tourism department would give evacuated guests other accommodations. this was the second sky scraper fire in the past year, in february, flames broke out in an 86 story building in the marina district. no one there was killed or injured. >> the fire did not stop dubai from welcoming in 2016. hundreds of thousands of people watched the show, as the sky scraper burned nearby. >> baher good to talk with you, if you can, describe for us what you saw? >> we were having dinner, outside on the terrace, and we looked behind us and we noticed there was a small amount of flames that were building behind us, and then we thought the fire looks like it is going to be
contained and enthis it started to grow and then debris starting falling and then we thought we need to get out of here. they blocked it out, they wouldn't let anybody to go back in, and the staff were unbelievable. they knew exactly what what to do. they escorted us out, they got everybody out. and we saw the building just continue to engulf in flames all the fire trucks police, immediately were on the scene, and they kept on moving everybody out, so that people moved into -- as if they had done this 100 times. >> could you tell where the fire was? was it burning up the exterior? >> it looks like it was someone's room. it looked like it was some people were having a party outside on the balcony, and then it just -- the flames started to grow. it looked very small, and then quickly just started to spread. >> how quickly did it start to spread? >> within five, or six minutes.
we were out of there and it was going all the way up. we were going down the stairs we looked and it was starting to go up the building very fast. >> you are talking about debris, what is that like. >> we saw personas' when we started to panic. just falling on the side of the building. >> to be clear, were you actually in the building the address that was burning or were you in a restaurant? >> yes. >> you were inside the building as it is burning? >> yes. so the hotel, has rest restaurants outside, that are are part of the hotel, we were at the restaurant outside the hotel on the terrace. >> i am assuming this is high up on an upper floor? >> it is an upper floor, we were contemplated for a minute, but it was too far to jump down. it was -- it wasn't something you could jump, it wasn't a ground floor terrace where you can just get off. >> talking to us from dubai, we appreciate your time
tonight. >> thank you. have a good night. >> you too. >> police and munich say there's an eminent threat of attack at one of the train stations. the main station along with a second station are both shut down. according to serious situation there will be an attack tonight. five men are in custody tonight in alleged with a plot to stage an attack in brussells, some of the men have been linked to the group, which the country has now designated a terrorism organization. at least one is suspected of supporting isil. it prompted brussells to cancel it's annual firework show. puerto rico is set to default on it's debt for the second time in five months. but the governor insists it will pay back most of the $1 billion due on monday. robert ray joins us now live, where people are looking to washington for help, robert?
>> indeed, happy new year. if you talk to two media, they think the government here hasn't done enough. the island paradise, puerto rico, has run out of time and money, ringing in the new year with a default on $37 million of it's debt payments. >> what we are asking is to stop the debt. >> in a rare one on one interview, the governor alejandro garcia patilla spoke to al jazeera. >> we have been answering every distress call from congress. there's people in congress that believe that puerto ricans -- there's also people there that think that we
deserve to have the tools not a bail out, the tools for us to solve our problems. trying to pay down debt, it has slashed transportation services let go of workers, closed over 100 schools and increased the sales tax by more than 50%. outspoken attorney says the puerto rican government is miss handles the situation, and that the governor doesn't grasp how bad it is. get levels expanded from $25 billion to $73 billion today. the poverty rate is a staggering 45%, last year
alone, over 80,000 people left for the mainland u.s. if you talk to them and ask them what is the reason for the recession, and the massive debt, almost all of them will point to a 1996 act of congress that cut corporate tax incentives and by the time 2006 came along, most of those big companies left the island. washington is to plame. >> ramon louise neves, a member of the senate, says the island cannot stop the crisis without help from congress. >> it is not surprising that the currents migration, massive migration, started precise live in 2006.
this is a distress call, we have run out of cash. >> he says he has done all he can, and there are no more options. >> there are many people who have criticized the way you have handled this, your reaction? >> this is not political. this is not politics. this is mathematics. they just need to look at the numbers. and are ready to start lawsuits against puerto rico, trying to seize their accounts. >> we are puerto ricans, and we want to remain. but we are citizens. >> as for congress and a path toward economic restructure in puerto rico, only time will tell as the people here pray for a prosperous went 16. now this coming tuesday, speaker of the house paul ryan will meet with members of congress to try and hash
out a potential plan, he is going to try to convince them that puerto rico needs some sort of path to a restructuring of the economy. in the mean time, people here are hoping for a better year coming up in 2016. you could say from our team here, photographer, producer, a happy new year to not only you and everyone in the studio, and everyone in the control room, but everyone working on the desk tonight. a happy and peaceful year to everyone in at al jazeera america. >> well, that is great to here, and to you as welt. thank you for your work tonight. let's turn now so the historic flooding there this area, which shows few signs of letting up. parts of the state are under water. some parts are at levels they have not seen in decades. this is one of dozens of roads that are still partially closed is that correct, andy? >> it is, jonathon.
the southbound leaps are still closed. this is a major thorough fair, south out of st. louis, and crews are trying to get the river off their roads. now, the mir mac has at least started receding and left in it's fake, frustration, devastation. this man told his rescuers that he and his dog spent the night on the roof, and whoever lived under this, now has no roof at all. adam jones and his wife, realized they are very lucky, home sweet home for the couple and their daughter, and another three-year-old relative, is a very cramped hotel room. he never bought flood insurance, because he was told he didn't need it. i figures we are it sate add little bit, what are the odds of it happening again. >> it has chased hundreds of people in the area just west
of st. louis into their homes and into hotels. >> very cramped. obviously you are used to a whole house by yourself, and now you come to this room and it is hectic trying to get in and out of here. it has been receding in some places and rising in others. daylight reveals areas where floodwaters may not recede for another 24 hours. and travel is a nightmare, at least 40 roads and two interstates are shut down. south of the city, but the effort failed, and they didn't even bother on, i 44 west of the city, which is still swamped. >> it is probably four hours to go 40 miles. >> james hill had the miss fortune of getting stuck, just as the water started coming up. >> both james and adam know
they at least have their own beds. >> i just feel bad for the people. i have to bless everybody that lost their home. >> while plenty of others are still wondering how they will ever be able to put their lives back tot. >> the mir mac crested at 47 feet today. that's 43 feet above flood stage. possibly reaching record levels over the next couple of days. a difficult start to the new year, thank you. still ahead, heightens state of security in new york, and around the world, on this new years, will go live to time square. also the political surprises of 2015, and what to expect in 2016.
gathered at the arctic in paris, to mark the new year as well, in the wake of terror attacks and it was a subdued affair. the city canceled it's annual show. >> the imperial temple provided the back drop for the new year celebration, thousands turned down for the light and dance show there. >> well, security is extra tight this year, in new york's time square, that's where al jazeera is tonight, john, security is -- yes, hello, john, security is always a concern, but especially this year, so what's the police presence like? you know what, jonathon, it is happy new year to you, from the cross worlds of the world, the issue is that new york city is target number one, it just is, there are a lot of targets here as you
well know, but new york is top of the list and people are taking that extremely seriously. so they have lined up 6,000 officers on duty here, where i am, many of them we are told have long guns, radiation detectors and sniffer dogs, there are 500 members of an elite count terrorism unit, which was only foured two months ago, and on top of that 200 rookies. but they are here helping out tonight, and on top of that 1,000 cameras peering down on us, there are multiple check points, i know this because i nearly didn't make it into time square this evening. it was difficult for even me to get in, and then over and above that, there are about 65 pens here, where guests in time square are enjoying a six hour entertainment show, so at the moment, we are told by the authorities no, significant eminent threat to new york city, but you can see, jonathon, they are not taking any chances. >> absolutely, and that is encouraging news.
but there was also developments today, in rochester, where a potential attack was foiled today. so what can you tell us about that? >> so we are told, according to the authorities 25-year-old emanuel is a self-professed muslim convert, and according to them, allegedly, he wanted to kill patrons in a bar and restaurant on new year's eve, in rochester, in upstate new york, which is where kodak, the technology company is based you will know that city from their charges alone. apparently according to the theaters he joined an fbi informant to buy a machete and fives but already questions are being asked who are they. and those who might end up in court defending him, are already asking what was the true.
on previous occasions, jonathon? >> let's get to the fun, because that is what is tonight is about. tell us what the line sup like? >> well, they record there's 1 million people here, i don't know if that's true. but there are certainly hundreds of thousands and they are here to enjoy music by day, the pittsburgh singer and songwriter, the lovely song she has about new york, danny la have had doe is here. she is here, luke brian the country star is here, he just tweeted out this year has flown by, excited for another one, he is clearly been drinking jonathon. and the two big stars kerry underwood and jesse jane, performing john lennon's imagine on the anniversary of his seventy-fifth birthday. >> all right. all the stars are out font. happy new year, john we will see you tonight. >> bye bye. >> let's turn now to the
presidential elections, several top aids have resigned. comes after dispute over the strategy and direction. 20 staffers left the team, this shake up comes a month before the iowa caucus. the campaign kicked off in earnest, and i turned expectations upside down, david schuster reports. >> 2015 is the year when wisdom, and the politic establishment got crushed. >> we are led by very very stupid people. >> not over did billionaire developer defy expectations his popularity only seemed to grow with every claim they called fatal, on undocumented immigrants. >> they are bringing drugs,
and crime, they are rapists, and some i assume are good people. >> he is a war hero ever because he was captured. i like people that weren't captured. >> unstopping isil. >> a total and complete shut down of muslims entering the united states, until our country's representatives can figure out what the held is going on. >> throughout the summer, rival candidates repeatedly opened fire. >> just stop being a jack ass. >> but trump's counter punches were devastating. 202. >> and republican may have suffered the most, was former florida governor jeb bush, once harolded as a republican front runner, trump ridiculed bush as low energy. polls now indicate bush is is in fifth place nationally and struggling in the early
caucus. trump tops the polls, and his rival now seems to be texas senator ted cruz, a man overly scorned by some of his own republican congressional colleagues. do you like green eggs and ham? i do not like them sam i am. >> cruz is known for shutting down the government, and for his own over the top rhetoric. >> we will carpet bomb them into oblivion. i don't know if sand can glow in the dark, but we will find out. >> in the domic race, 2015 was supposed to be a cake walk for former secretary of state but in the spring, clinton acknowledged using a private email for government business did you wipe the server. >> with a cloth or something? >> i don't know. >> stories also emerged with bill clinton receiving speaking fees.
and they women captivated by bernie sanders. >> let's have the courage not to beat up on mexicans or muslims but to take on the billionaire class. sanders drew tens of thousands of people to rally after rally. and his speeches and late night clips went viral. feel the burn. polls suggest sanders is nearly even with clinton in iowa, but far behind nationally. however, some say if sanders wins the first two contests will it be 2008 all over again, when barack obama defied expectations beat hillary clinton, and captured the nomination. >> whoa. >> the big question in both the democratic and republican race is whether the passion for outsiders will actually
translate into votes. in 2015, the political world was put on notice, 2016, will determine whether the revolution is real. al jazeera. >> well the syrian war will likely play a big role this election season. one activist has a better program to expose young refugees the director of me, we, syria he gives cameras to the youngest to help share they voices and a vision for a better tomorrow, it is the first person report. me, we, syria, is creative enterprise initiative that is completely led by young refugees who are a passionate about being ats of change. >> it is not coming out with a hollywood quality video, it is about them actually practicing cognitive empathy, about practicing problem
solving and working in teams. >> until the process we find the elements of peace, without self-expression, without these things being taught by syria's youth, you will just have a camp filled with young children that are going fourther and further into isolation, and further into extremism. when we look at the word, we see a world on fire. they have the control of the stage, and if we let this continue to happen if we let those with evil intentions have the microphone, control the video, we will lose and miss out on supporting and valuing young change makers and and enterprise that exists. >> there are so many things
that i want the american public to take, in we, me, syria, i hope they see the smiles they see the invasion, they see the passion, for peace, and development through the messages and the faces and the creative capitol in these videos that are made, let's not forget, the reason are these youth are refugees is because they stood up for vallonias we in the west are founded upon. that is why they are refugees. that is why they are displaced. edge of 18 marathon.
i'm not sure anyone has asked me what it took to get a president to open up. >> they really do the record to be clear tonight the personal stories behind their best-selling books. >> thank you for having me and i can explain myself i'm john seigenthaler. we hope you're enjoying the holidays. a special ed addition. we take a look back at some of our interviews with authors who had the biggest books of the year. patricia cornwell has sold more than a hundred million books. her famous character, the medical examiner, is back working on another mysterious crime. i started by asking patricia how she does her research >> i go out and explore. i am a combination of a journalist and an investigator. what i do is if i want to learn about a certain type of firearm
i will go to texas and practice with that gun. you're using experts to learn about the physicss of it. if it is a certain type of case, i need to go to the lab or morgue, or i'm seeing thousands of autopsys you had a fascination with the morgue, the job of a medical examiner? >> i didn't. i was intrigued because when i was a police reporter at the charge lot observer-- charlotte observer, they would never answer map phone calls. they were people who didn't call you. i decided to write crime fix, to get started in that, i said i don't know what the medical examiner would do here. i will have to research this because i didn't get to as a journalist. i got permission to go to a medical examiner's office, it got a tour. one of the few people who would do such a thick and then i said i want to stay here and learn all this.
let me do anything to just hang out. i want to - they were talking about d.n.a. and laser's and all the labs upstairs. i thought, wow, this is a universe nobody knows about. so i decided to tackle it is true crime stranger than fix some snichlt yes. true crime is superannuationer than-- stranger than fix. i've seen things in the real world that i won't write because bus they're horrible. some are so strange, you don't want to laugh, but they're so absurd. somebody who leaves the pub drunk and are hit by a car. there will be an encounter that will change the course of your life. you don't know whether to laugh or to cry. they had an encounter but not the one they wanted. you're looking at each other and you said this is an absurd moment. if i put this in a novel people
might not believe it. i've seen the wrong dentures in the wrong mouth, and glasses put on the wrong body. all kinds of weird stuff go on this book flows so well and i wondered as i read it, how you write dialogue and where does that come from. you? >> that's such a great question. i'm not sure anyone has asked me that. here is my dirty little secret. i would travel alone and sit in restaurants alone and i would eavesdrop not because i cared about their stories, but their dialogue. if you listen to the way people talk, they don't talk in complete sentences. reading hemmingway, he has beautiful dialogue. that sounds hue people talk and you have to listen. it's not about construction of sentences but recreakeding what people do and then it's believable if you do it it's also the detail. the detail that is clear that you know the subject you're talking about. how deep do you go?
>> goy as deep as i need to go-- i go as deep as i need no go. as long as it's okay, i don't go around killing people to see what it's like, or at least i wouldn't admit to if, by i drill into it, put on those boots because when i come back i'm like the hunter and gatherer, i will bring in my booty from what i've done for the day and then i want you to have the experience what are your goals in terms of writing in the next 10 years? >> the last book i wrote is going to work a crime scene on the moon. i don't know if i want to go there though. i'm thinking of landing on the moon. we don't have a shuttle, but there is the possibility of down the road because it's not really joking, if you did something to astronauts on the moon, scarpetta would have to go through here her. >> i was a lonely little kid
when i grew up. i've made up imaginary friends and i have done it again. she sends me omissions only i don't ride bicycles any more you for that >> thank you now to john meechan. he has written about presidents like jefferson and jackson. george hw bush is the new one. the former president allowed meechan exclusive access to his material. >> the reason he cooperated with this, the reason he gave me his diaries and mrs bush gave me his diaries, is they do want the record to be clear. he wasn't attacking his son. he thought his son used rhetoric that was too hot, but-- that's a criticism of his son >> yes
of another president of the united sthats and his son, right >> it is. it is striking that he articulated it, but i think he had reached a point where me wanted to make the point for history that diplomacy in force are not competitive but complementary. i think that's what it was the striking thing about this book, which there are so many, but the striking thing to me is that the father and son never had this discussion . >> no. i think you and i have, but this is the odd intersection of two forces. one is the senior about bush's reflectionive deference to the presidency. whoever was president, bush thought the duty of a citizen was to do what that president thought was best for that citizen to do. intersecting with george w bush's not particularly
welcoming posture for advice. that's a diplomatically as i can put it. they talked a lot about family, ignore the new yorke times, screw cbs news, whatever it would be he calls his son out for the rhetoric he used, access of evil, but he talked about evil when he was president. >> that's right. there was a george bush who was willing to risk impeachment for going to war, but another. the distance is not as great. what has happened, i think, is the passions of the reaction against george w bush in his two terms after the glow of 9/11 faded. the fer onsity of that-- ferocit drecks have looked back,
forgetting parts of him that he could be stubborn, he was determined to go into and free kuwait almost immediately. he too had a unilateral streak but he did produce two sons who were incredible leaders, whether you agree with them or not >> sure in this country. one of the president of the united states, another one eight governor. he-- a governor. he must have said these things about george w bush and the war and his advisers before jeb decided to run, but he must have also known it could have a big impact on jeb's political career, right? >> what he says? yes. >> i'm still resisting that. maybe i'm just being obtuse. jeb bush has a problem with a person called donald, and it's not rumsfeld. now jeb is liberated to pick sides. i just
don't really see that. i think george hw bush told me some things about cheney, rumsfeld, about his son, about disagreements he had. these are big, big boys managing massive world problems at the pin axle of power and-- pinnacle of power, and it's not as though he said something that a lot of us didn't suspect he thought. i don't see how it complicates jeb's life. i think he has can complicatess in his life but i don't think his father has complicated it it is the talk of the town. this book called designee in power, the american odyssey of george bush. thank you. >> thank you. i appreciate it coming up next on our program. >> we had doesn't cause rape. rape causes rape how surviving a brutal climb
welcome back. tonight we continue our look back at some of our conversations with 2015's best-selling authors. a young woman with an incredible story. her story is girl in the woods. it tells how she took a 3,000 mile journey up the pacific coast in order to reclaim her body and her mind after being raped on the second night of college. i asked her about the challenges she faced reliving that book. >> i feel like in a
way it was harder because i had to not only, like, reexperience the smell of his skin or sort of relive appeared return to these moments in order to write them, but i also had to make sense of them good you think that if you took this journey that your focus-- did you think - on what had happened to you would slip away, that you wouldn't have to concentrate or think about it? >> it was only after my belief in the infrastructure that i'd believed in for so long that i had always been told to put my faith in, in the u.s. college education, until it failed me. my college found the boy who had raped me to be innocent and that meant that i was guilty of
lying. i had no more reason to stay what was that like? how tough was that? >> it was devastating. again, i put my faith in a system. i went through the college's conflict mediation process, which in retrow speck expect is-- absurd. they said you could go to the police but you have no evidence but nothing will really come of it because you've waited more than 72 hours, so it is too long to perform a rape kit, or you could go through the college's mediation process or you could do nothing. they were the three options presented to movement obviously, the first was presented in a very bad light and doing nothing is doing nothing. the rape response coordinator, who i went to, told me we will get a conviction and he will be
expelled. again, in retrospect, how absurd that, you know, the punishment, even if this were the case, even if she were correct and this were true, the punishment for sexual assault, a violent felony, is you have to leave this school. but, in fact, that isn't what happened. i wrote my testimony and he wrote his testimony and i remember when the mediator handed me his testimony and i read it, he did not claim that we had had consensual sex. he simply wrote that we had had not sex and that absolutely blew my mind. so they found him to be innocence.
they allowed him to remain on campus, which really upset me. i remember the mediator said to me, "well, you know, if he is accused of raping another girl we will take it very seriously" they told you, going through this process, you don't get any justice in the process and they say maybe the next time >> yeah. so when he potentially ruins someone else's life then we will take it seriously all of these things you've done takes tremendous occur age. >> thank you. couragen in the face of people who say you are lying. what would you say to other women who have endured sexual assault and go through similar things. what would you want to say? >> this was not your fault. short shorts don't cause rape, weed doesn't cause rape, vodka doesn't cause rape. rapests cause rape. no-one
causes rapes but rapists. you have to know that and really know that. let yourself know that. any shame you're feeling is misplaced shame. it is not shame on you; it's shame on him an important and powerful story. it is called girl in the woods. thank you. >> thank you so much we continue our program now with a trip to the city of detroit. author david maraniss is known for the research he puts into his work and in his latest book he dives into the glory days of detroit, his home town. it is called once in a great city. a detroit city. although it detailed the peak in the city, it says signs of a decline were already there. i asked him what inspired him to write the book >> i wasn't expecting to write a book about detroit until the bowl in 2011, during half-time watching the super bowl, and it
saw a-- i saw a commercial. first i saw the highway sign that said detroit and that made me pay attention and then all of these iconic images of detroit, the joe illegal use, the-- lewis, heavy weight champ, murals of detroit history, and eminem, walking into the gloryous faction theatre, a black rising, and eimen pointing and saying this is the motor city. this is what we do. i choked up. they were just selling chryslers, but it meant a lot to me t i thought about what it gave america and what i could write you focused on the year, 1963. tell us why. >> this was a period when detroit was booming. there are four main themes or threads of the books.
automobiles, music, motown, the sown track of my generation, the labor movement in america, the united auto workerss was really the heart of the labor movement and civil rights. detroit was key to civil rights during that period of the 60s. so that period allowed me to focus intensely on those four themes. i use the metaphor of my work where i set up an oil rig somewhere and dig as deeply as i can. that period allowed me to show what detroit gave america, but also the seats of its own collapse this was the golden year, or one of the golden year for detrots, but the cracks were beginning even then. >> absolutely. a socialist that said detroit was on its way by losing half a million people by the end of 1960s and that depopulation would continue for the foreseeable future stripping the city of its tax base.
part of it was the auto industry, a one-company town, the auto industry moving away from the city, the racial tension of the city and the unwitting negative aspects of urban renewal was called knee grow removal. some parts were already showing the signs of weakness what happened to the auto industry? what did the awe move by the auto industry to leave leave to get out of detroit, what did it do to that city? >> it was devastating and it was short-sighted in many ways. the movement of the auto industry out of detroit had begun before 63. in the 1950s they started moving to the suburbs, plants to different cities and states and really into the world, but also more importantly, leaving detroit emotionally. that was really the key. so when i talked to auto executives today, more than a half century later, they all
regret that they left behind the heart of detroit. the people that built the auto industry really living in detroit and they were sort of left behind just to sort of sink or swim and they sank. detroit has a long ongoing collapse and the leaving the auto industry was the key to that we've all seen the pictures of the city, the houses that had been abandoned and the damage done by the recession and the auto industry leaving. is detroit back on a road to recovery or not? >> you know, i think it is. i'm a journalist and historian so i'm sceptical but optimistic, but since the book came out, i was back to detroit four times and every time i've seen more energy this book is called once a great city, a detroit story by david maraniss. thank you for being with us. we appreciate it >> >> thank you john coming up next on our program >>
mostly everybody i know, i would say 93% never got paid rock and roll little anthony tells us his stories behind his biggest hit. >> elderly americans addicted to painkillers prescribed by doctors. >> have you ever thought about going off of your painkiller dosage? >> no. i don't know if i'd have the courage to stop it. >> but is it leading to abuse more than it's helping. >> he would prescribe what he felt was appropriate... the result, she died. >> faultlines checks into rehab to investigate who's responsible for the hidden epidemic. >> i was just doin' what the doctor's told me to do.
welcome back. i'm john seigenthaler. tonight we continue with little anthony. you know his name and his music. a remarkable voice and entertainer. his songs like tears on my pillow and going out of my head defined a decade. i talked to him about his new mom ewer and memoir and how he got his nickname >> they took the tears on my
pillow to the winds at that time. it was a huge disc jockey and they played it for him. he said wow, that's a great voice for that girl. that girl can sing. that's not a girl. that's a guy. he said, "well, he must be awfully little. what's his name? ". his name is anthony. little anthony tears on my pillow, hurt so bad. going out of my head. >> did you ever imagine that those sings you helped make famous would live for five decades and beyond? -- songs. >> that i did.
tears on my pillow. i was young and i didn't know, but there was something about going out of my head meant it was something special here. >> i'm reaching so badly, i can't think of anything but you you say in this book when you were younger the imperials squandered, were ripped off and got caught up in our own celebrity. how did that happen? >> that's wait it was. you've got kids out of brooklyn. none of those would be rocket scientists. we didn't have proper representation. 90% didn't get paid as much as they were supposed to when you read this book, you talk about things that are very
personal, not always flattering. >> no was that tough to do? >> yes. i told a story about my son casey. for 26 t-- a 26 year old kid that about died that got mixed up. he played football and he got injured a lot and so he started taking the pain pills and all that kind you stuff. i remember that he had a child. he tried to hide from my wife and i and we found out about it. the little child ration about two years-- was about two years old at that point. what's going on? what is this? i'm getting on him to be that typical father, i'm going to be very wise, show him how you do things and i remember he ran up the stairs and he turned around to me and he says, why can't you just love me? larking back now i wish i could do it again, bah i can't. i can't do it. many stories like that, my time
with the civil rights movement, and being down at a time when you're 18, i had to go down there and see colored white, this, that you were going through your exciting career when the country was going through a revolution >> yes. absolutely in civil rights >> right in the middle of it you experienced it first hands. how much was de-- first how much. how much was race infected into yours? >> yes. it was very difficult for me in the south. i was way out of my element. i go back to south today, it is a new south. the same place where i felt humiliated, now i'm accepted the book is called little anthony, my journey, my designee.
it is a pleasure to meet you >> it is my pleasure. thank you for having me so i can explain myself that's our program. thanks to all the authors who have shared their story. we would like to wish everyone a happy holiday. thank you for watching. i'm john seigenthaler. see you back here next time. i'm ali velshi "on target" >> other than target tonight, recruited for cash, american heroes handing over hard earned g.i. bill money for college degrees that employers don't respect. is keeping rail roads installing technology that could save lives few industries in america had a worse year than for-profit colleges. ha