richest n.f.l. footballer who is worth 600 million. a dozen rare 1894 dimes, or one of them was sold for just under two million dollars. it is one of 24 minuted. the buyer i can't say anonymous. only nine other coins are believed to exist. i'm david shuster. thanks for thanks for >> david, thank you. we begin with an ambush on a police officer. an execution attempt on behalf of i.s.i.l. he pledged his allegiance to i.s.i.l, what he did why he did it. john terret is here. john. >> police in philadelphia says it's a miracle that the officer survived the ambush, callings his actions a true testament to his bravery in what they said was a chilling attack. surveillance video captured the attack. a man in a long white robe
walked up to a police cruiser and fired shots at jesse hartnet. he was wearing a bullet proof vest was wounded three times in his left arm, still he managed to fire back hitting the suspect twice. >> the bravery he demonstrated was absolutely remarkable. his will to live, undoubtedly, saved his life. and we're ever so thankful to god that he's here today because this could have easily been a police funeral. >> hartnet's father robert says he is doing as good as is possible, concerning the circumstances. >> i love him and am very proud of him. >> the suspect was caught nearby, 30-year-old edward archer confessed to the crime and why he did it. >> he pledges his allegiance to the islamic state and a allah ad
why he did this. >> according to what he said, police defend laws that are contrary to the koran. >> the city's new mayor says the shooting has nothing to do with islam or the islamic faith. >> in no way shape or form, do s islam or the teaching of islam has anything to do with what you see on that screen. that is abhorrent, terrible and doesn't represent the religion in any way shame or form or its teachings. >> the fbi is trying to determine if he has been communicating with i.s.i.l. in any way, he has been arrested before on aggravated assaults and firearms violations. mother had repeate resaid he hag
been hearing voices and the family urged him to get psychiatric help john. >> thank you john. screening refugees from iraq and syria. asmahad al jaeb is from california accused of traveling to syria and lying to investigators. omar al hardin is accused of providing support to the group. no attacks in the u.s., house republicans are using the arrest to call on the senate to provide expanded background checks. >> we have two iraqis that came through refugee program now indicted for providing material support to i.s.i.s. one actually traveled to syria, to train and come back as a foreign fighter. if this is not enough evidence as to why we need this
legislation passed, then i don't know what more is necessary. >> republican presidential candidate ted cruz wants further step. he calls for a review of all refugees already in the u.s. to see if there's any evidence of ties to i.s.i.l. the police chief criticized for how he handled an outbreak of violence on new year's eve in cologne germany has been fired. emma hayward has more. >> it was supposed to be a night to celebrate. instead, new year's eve in cologne turned into one of chaos and violence. with allegations of serious sexual assault, rockery and threats by groups -- robbery and threats by groups of men against dozens of women close to the cathedral. an internal police report said officers were not under control. >> translator: i thought to smief that imyself if we stay hy
could kill us rape us and nobody would notice. >> i wasn't in control of myself. where to go or how to defend myself. >> translator: they felt in power and could do anything with the women in the street partying. >> reporter: protestors say the police could and circulate have done more. what happened more than a week ago is fueling the debate in germany about immigration. witnesses said many of the suspects looked like they were arab or north african. more than 30 suspects have now been identified by german police. some of them are asylum seekers but they aren't being connected to the sexual assault allegation but face violence and robbery charges. chancellor angela merkel has demanded a far-reaching investigation. >> translator: the feeling women have in this case of being completely defense less and at
their mercy is for me intolerable. it's important that everything that happened must come out in the open. >> cologne is home of a large ethnic community, many who have lived there for decades. those who are pointing the fingers to muslims and north africans when the facts are not clear. >> it has nothing to did with the religion, it is about the individual. lack of respect of the woman is not a religious problem. >> everyone says this has something to do with muslims. i've been here for 30 years myself and i've never seen anything like this. >> reporter: the german chancellor has warned that any foreigners who were involved in the crimes could now face deportation. emma hayward, al jazeera. >> the red cross says it hopes to deliver food soon to syrians facing star vaing in three stare
towns. towns have been under siege, forces loyal to the syrian government. rob mathison reports. >> one of thousands of people trapped by blockades. he says he has been forced to eat grass. >> translator: i was brought here because i got poisoned. i was eating herbs from the ground. >> in the mid winter, madaya is one of three opportunities to cut off, armed groups are carrying on their own blockades. in madaya salt is handed identity in a desperate attempt to provide any sort of sustenance. >> are we not airbus a arabs as? i swear to god we are arabs. this child, what wrong did he commit? >> reporter: united nations says hundreds of thousands of
people are being prevented from getting humanitarian aid in syria. aid organizations have been allowed by the government to deliver supplies to some of the besieged towns. the international committee of the red cross said the trucks for madaya could arrive soon. >> we expect the joint operation of the ayc and the u.n. should take place in the coming day. >> meanwhile, in madaya, a plea to the world. >> that the world should know this and know that people are dying of starvation. >> for those trapped in the besieged towns, the hope is that whatever hope they get won't be the last. rob mathison, al jazeera. >> and joining us to talk about the food convoy heading to madaya is rob burke, in our studio, jerald, welcome, good to
see us. they see pictures like this and say how can this happen? any answers? >> it's a terrible situation, tens of thousands of starving people. very unfortunately, they are caught in the middle of the war and in fact they are not the only ones, 400,000 inside syria in a similar predicament. >> what's gone on to get permission to get this food convoy in? because it's a multi-agency effort right? >> correct. we have been working very hard with our u.n. partners with ngos with our implementing partners on the ground to get permission from the government and from other fighting factions to access these areas, including madaya. we have had several requests to get into madaya in the course of 2015. we did get permission in mid october, we sent in a convoy for one convoy mid october, enough
food to support 20,000 people for a month. but subsequent requests have either gone unanswered or been denied. >> how do you know that that food actually goes to the people that need it and isn't being taken away by the armed forces? >> because we've got partners on the ground, local community organizations, ngos we have a very good partnership with the syrian red crescent which has very good access and we have a monitoring regime. we have requirements that must be met. we have reporting requirements. >> when you look at it you think that these people are literally being starved. sand that the intent to starve -- and is this the intent to starve this group of people near damascus? >> very unfortunately, in this war and as in other wars starvation is a weapon and being used by all sides in the conflict. >> so -- i mean will this, how long will this convoy get these people through?
i mean, another month, another two months? >> basically, what we have loaded up now are rations for 40,000 people essentially, the population residing in madaya for a full month for four weeks. but other agencies are working to supply medical equipment, kitchen sets. all kinds of other needs to satisfy all kinds of other needs. subsequent to that. and of course, we will continual. i mean, basically -- we will continue. basically you need to eat every day so we need consistent regular access to madaya and other besieged areas and we are working to that end. >> tell us how dangerous this work is? >> it is very dangerous. basically the people on the ground who are negotiating that access they are heroes and heroines, it can take weeks or
months to negotiate the movement of a truck or a convoy of trucks across battle lines in syria. you have to negotiate with the government. you have to negotiate with the fighting factions who control parts of the route and if the front lines change, and we're talking about crossing battle lines, if those lines change you may have to start negotiating all over again. >> do you get a sense of how many people may have already starved to death in this conflict? >> we don't know. we're hearing reports that the people have and are, but we're not in there. but when that convoy moves in we will have our people on the ground and will be able to do a degree of assessment of conditions. >> jerald burke, good luck. thank you very much for talking to us. >> thank you. >> the last kuwaiti has been released from the u.s. prison at guantanamo bay. fayez al candari has been held 14 years without charge. he has been sent to his home
country to await ar rehabilitat. labor department says employers added just under 300,000 jobs last month. the unemployment rate held steady at 5%, which is a seven and a half year low. now despite the positive news about jobs, stocks continue to fall. the dow lost 167 points. investors continue to worry about the global economy. for the week the dow fell more than 6%, the worst five-day period ever to start a year. get ready to dream, saturday's record powerball jackpot has climbed to a stunning $800 million. hundreds of people waited online in prim, nevada to buy tickets. that's quite a line. the jackpot has climbed some $300 million just since wednesday when the drawing failed to produce a winner.
if you take the lump sum, it could be close to $5 million before taxes of course. coming up, captured, the hunt is over for el chapo. we'll have the latest on the drug kingpin's arrest. and hillary clinton, campaign mission could it back fire? plus, jeff koons, a master of art and marketing. an interview with this american original.
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>> democratic presidential candidate hillary clinton hopes to break the glass ceiling and become the first woman to become president of the united states. natural support base she may have more work to do to win over young women. libby casey is in washington. libby. >> reporter: john, good evening. young women voters will be key to successful democratic run, because they tend to turn out in larger numbers. for hillary clinton, getting young women to trust her and believe she has what it makes to be present, showing them she's authentic. women in iowa, with their own opinions and points of view about a hillary clinton presidency. >> i think she would be awesome.
>> i'm not completely sold. >> the clinton campaign is eager for women's vote but it is hard to be all things to all people. >> honestly, i just get more of a solid feeling about bernie, but he has got a lot of people, got that burn, got that fire ignited for people. >> clinton's main dre democratic rival, bernie sanders. rutgers university kellie ditmar says hillary clinton has a particular challenge for young women. >> looking at women voters as a sort of monolithic block is very dangerous. >> women more likely than men to back clinton and more supportive of her over 45 than younger women. young women tend to vote
democratic. >> you are going to need to reach out to these voters pnd ad you might see those more likely to turn out in november, an important voting block to her success. >> to appeal to those younger voters, clinton has sur has surs out on the campaign trail like her daughter. >> don't let anyone silence your voice. >> and using socia social media. she has to be careful not to be too calculating. >> she is going to need to appear approachable and yet authentic. there have been some places where hillary clinton has tried too hard and come off sort of corny so she is going to have to figure out where her stride is. >> likability, relatability. but for most, who is going to be best at president. >> it's a campaign, no one's authentic, there's the job interview.
no one's their true self when they're trying to get a job. >> a job interview lasting ten more months during which hillary clinton will try to persuade voters that she is speaking to them. this weekend the clinton campaign is deploying popular surrogates, lina dunham and abby wambach. reaching out to voters. >> thank you libby. broad influence how women are changing the way america works, in washington. okay jay, you write about women cracking the glass ceiling. no bigger boys than when it comes to the president and the white house in this country. so what is hillary clinton's strategy here? >> it's really striking john, this time around i covered her campaign in 2008 and i'm covering her now again in 2016.
it's striking that this time around the whole strategy is appealing to women, underlining to women that she is a woman and will be the first female president, that would be the change she brought to the white house. last time around she almost hid the fact that she was a woman, the last speech she gave conceding, seeing there were 18 million cracks in the gas ceiling and that was the number of people who had voted for her. that's because she really had to prove how tough she was. there was a sense that women have to prove how tough they are to be commander in chief. she's proven that already, and now she's running for a woman for the first time. >> there's a real question about younger voters. take a look at this new poll, the harvard institute of politics survey of young american attitudes towards candidates. it was in december. sanders, 41, hillary clinton,
35%. has she got a problem with younger voters? >> she definitely has a problem with young women voters, that's for sure. that last time around in 2008, she actually lost 16 contests to barack obama because she lost younger women, that's because in 2008 she ran on this whole platform of experience. and young women want to see change. they want to see innovation and that's why they voted for obama. this time she's making her whole case on the idea she is change and she is nakedly appealing to younger women. typically. >> i want to read a quote from your interview with hillary clinton. i do think there is something in the governing or organizing approach. i just think women in general are better listeners more cleej collegial, more open to new ideas and how to make things work in a way that looks for
win-win outcomes. that's been my experience. so is she saying she'd make a better president i guess because she's a woman right? >> absolutely. she said she would govern differently as a woman than any other male president has in history. women equal change and therefore she equals change. >> it's hard to believe that women don't appreciate the fact that if hillary clinton hadn't done many of the things she's done in her life that they wouldn't have the opportunities they have today. is that not something that's appealing to younger voters or not? >> well, younger -- keep in mind, younger voters don't remember a lot of this stuff. a lot of millennials weren't alive during the clinton administration, hillary clinton forged the right for women to wear pants into the workplace. 20 years ago, women couldn't wear pants to the workplace until hillary clinton wore them to the white house.
women don't remember that. millennials are born assuming equality of women that is one of the hallmarks of their generation. maybe this time, maybe next tyke the women will be in the office, they don't have the sense of urgency. >> thank you so much jay. >> thank you. >> on saturday night we'll take a deeper look at muslims in u.s. politics. how antimuslim politics is impacting traditionally conservative u.s. voters. the governor of maine is apologizing for injecting race into a discussion of the state's growing heroin epidemic. paul le page was talking about people coming into maine. >> these are guys that are named d money smoothy shifty these
type of guys that come from connecticut and new york.they come up here they sell their heroin and go back home. incidentally they half the time impregnate a young white girl before they leave. >> today he issued an apology. >> so if i slipped up and used the wrong word, i apologize to all the maine women. because it was not meant to isolate any one person. >> le page did not apologize for the names he gave drug dealers. he says he doesn't know whether they are white, black or asian. the two convicts plampsed in particularized in the netflix series, make a murderer, will not receive pardon. white house says it can't do
that because the men were convicted of state crimes not federal crimes. coming up next on the broadcast, el chapo captured after six months on the run. the mexican drug kingpin is back behind bars. and deportations on hold. the court ruling this could ultimately allow some undocumented immigrants to stay in the u.s.
>> hi everyone, this is al jazeera america, i'm john siegenthaler. kingpin captured. the arrest of el chapo, what this means for here and in mexico. rounded up. the controversial are immigration raids that put scores of women and children in custody. jake ward on the new additions to the periodic table and the unscientific approach to naming them. >> the supreme court is temporarily halted the deportation of a dozen peams from centrafamiliesfrom central. homeland security said they are all in the country illegally. but activists say the families have legitimate asylum claims. heidi zhou-castro has more. >> reporter: two weeks after celebrating christmas, when the one gift she'd hoped for was asylum in the united states, gloria diaz and her 12-year-old
daughter are back in detention, awaiting deportation to el el salvador. the pair had claimed the texa texas-mexico border last summer. we talked with diaz from inside the detention center in texas. her daughter was not safe in el salvador, she said. she couldn't go to school because gangs would attack the school bus. the family had to pay extortion fees and whether the money ran out, diaz says, the gang killed an uncle and said the others were next. that's when they fled. once in the u.s., an asylum officer determined there was enough evidence for the mother and daughter to pursue their claim in court. they were released on bond to stay here with diaz's sister in atlanta. diaz's sister says they had
salvadorian police reports to prove the pair were in danger but an immigration judge denied the case and on the 2nd of january diaz's nephew woke to five ice agents pounding at the door. >> we're like okay we're going to come through and look for her right? >> diaz wasn't there, the daughter says she was at work. it was at the hotel where she was working as a maid where she was arrested. the room they had still has their things. they weren't allowed to pack. diaz's sister says she understands when ice targets immigrants who are drunk drivers or delinquents. but why a mother and child trying to live a normal life? >> the scenes wee that have been described are no more than awful. >> ice has arrested 121 women
and children. jeh johnson says the raids targeted border-crossers who exhausted their appeals. temporarily halted the deportation he of at least 12 families including diaz and her daughter. >> the board of immigration appeals has stayed the deportation of every woman on whose request we have filed a request. which is a message to immigration that they are wrong, these women have options and do have rights. >> the government says it is doing its rights by enforcing the country's laws and values. meanwhile, diaz says if she is sent oback to el salvador, they have no future. heidi zhou-castro, al jazeera, atlanta. the mexican drug lord known as el chapo is back in custody tonight. after six months out of custody,
he was recaptured. courtney kealy has details. >> reporter: mexico's president celebrated the recapture of joaquin el chapo guzman. >> this morning, members of government security achieved the capture of joaquin guzman guerrero, this morning. >> president enrique pena nieto broke the news earlier, with this tweet, mission accomplished, we have him. six months earlier, he staged odaring escape from one of mexico's most secure prisons. he slipped into a small hole in the floor that led to a mile long tunnel that ended in a construction site. >> the tunnel has pvc pipes and
motorcycle on a rail. >> some say it took a year to build and cost around $1 million. similar to drug cartels tunnels under the border of the u.s. an anonymous phone call tipped the government. under guzman's leadership the sisin lowesin lowsinsisinaloa c. >> marriage, methamphetamine, even designer drugs, those drugs are connected to el chapo.
>> 17 mexican states and as many as 50 countries. the united states had issued a formal request for his extradition less than three weeks before guzman's prison break last summer. guzman's notorious career has become the stuff of legends in mexico. a movie about his escape, el chapo the escape of the century is scheduled to debut at mexican theaters next week. courtney kealy, al jazeera. the dark art, my undercover life in global narco-terrorism. in st. louis. given the fact that he's escaped so many times how significant is this capture? >> today is a day that should be highly celebrated both 50 republic of mexico and the united states. and particular jointly the law
enforcement community in mexico and courageous men and women of the drug enforcement administration cmentd who >> i understand extreme celebration but forgive me if i'm a bit skeptical, given the fact that the mexican government doesn't seem to be able to keep him behind bars. >> that might be true and in fact it is true, the two separate occasions, the last escape was wholly elaborate, something of a modern thriller. but we need to remember that stopping in the fight will do nothing more than a surrender to relinquish all to those who have nothing more in their sight than to advance the business of drug trafficking and, as you're seeing more and more today, terrorism. narco-terrorism is a threat that
we now face around the globe. and cartels like the si sin sina cartel are a phenomenon towards this narco-terrorism. >> if there's demand in the united states won't somebody else just take his place? >> the demand is there and it will never be satiated, i agree. but to relinquish both those people, those yet to be abusers of drugs as well as to constantly embolden the lobbyists and different division of parties in the united states, say, who believe that we've lost the fight, that is a fight that cannot be lost. sure. it's an unending fight. but really, be honest. is there ever a time when criminality, international drug trafficking, terrorism are just evil which is a threat to the entire globe, will ever be
stemmed? will it ever reach conclusion? no. no. >> i got to ask you. i mean, in my lifetime, it doesn't seem that this fight has been won, this fight against drug trafficking, especially coming in from mexico. it seems to have just gotten worse, right? >> i don't think it's gotten worse, i think it's become more emboldened with the power of crude, yes you're right with the money that's generated. different strategies, different approaches, differently tenures of enforcement people, different administrations of the various countries that are in this global fight. but that difficult balance of liberty and strong policing of government enforcement to protect the various countries that are in this global fight, is a place of contention, and just extreme, extreme competing or conflicting principles as
well as desired outcomes. tough road to walk. >> so you take him off the street. does that mean that fewer drugs are going to get into the united states as a result or not? >> i don't think we could quantify this success as a distinct diminishment of drugs that will be smuggled into the united states and end up in the consumers of the united states hands or notices or veins. no. but it definitively demonstrates to those who we are in this unending battle with that no one's given up, the pursuit is on and there maybe a day, i don't know if this isa altruistc or not. that there may be a day when the dent the influence the fight that we bring to them will diminish their cause sufficiently enough that it will be felt as i said around the world. because this is the global fight. narco-tromp is nothing but a global fight. >> ed, it is great to see you. thanks for joining us tonight.
we appreciate it. >> thank you. >> president obama vetoed a bill aimed at repealing the affordable care act. republicans have tried to get rid of obamacare dozens of times, the measure which was vetoed also called for defunding planned parenthood. this is the eighth time president obama has vetoed legislation during his presidency. when president obama delivers his final state of the union address on tuesday, the white house says a seat will be left empty in the first lady's guest box. for victims of gun violence. the president defended his executive actions on gun control at a televised town meeting last night in virginia on cnn. among those in the audience former congresswoman gabby giffords. today is the fifth anniversary of the shooting that left six people dead 13 injured including giffords. mr. obama said he had to act to prevent similar shootings. >> all of us can agree that it amakes sense to do everybody we
we -- everything we can to keep guns out of the hands of people who try to do others harm or do themselves harm. because every year we are losing 30,000 people to gun violence. >> many in the audience disagreed with the president's gun policies. the nra was invited to attend but declined the offer. baltimore county police chief jim johnson met with president obama earlier there week to talk with ways to reduce gun violence then he sat down with our adam may. >> there you are in the center. >> that's correct. >> what was that hearing like? >> it was very, very challenging. >> jim johnson not only takes on the national rifle association, he oversees the 18th largest police department in america. baltimore county in maryland. >> there's a picture of you and the president. you have advised the president on this issue? >> i've had the opportunity to sit with the president several times along with the vice president. >> jofns wajohnson was a key ado
president obama during white house meetings on how to tackle gun violence and change gun laws. johnson chairs the national partnership to prevent gun violence speaking on behalf of ten of the largest police organizations from across america. >> does this large group have a position on gun safety laws in this country? >> we have stayed the course. through many, many year. s demanding a national background check for all gun sales. we know that across america, nearly 40% of all guns are bought, sold, traded through gun shows, internet sales which have grown dramatically. >> chief johnson was also in the room at the white house when the president was overcome by emotion recalling incidents of gun violence. >> every time i think about those kids it gets me mad. and by the way, it happens on the streets of chicago every
day. frs. >> the passion is real.he's thee communities after tragedy and listens carefully day after day, and ponders and considers and debates the various opinions on this topic. >> this is where we examine firearms and rounds recovered from crime scenes. >> johnson says the problem of illegally obtained guns is very real. this lab is full of guns purchased without a background check which were used in crime. and this is another room inside baltimore county police headquarters. it's full of weapons that have been seized. and many of the gungs wer guns d to end a life. this is just one county in one state in america. >> i think we've got it right. again i believe the american public has it right. >> you believe the momentum is swinging the other direction now? >> i do.
in fact no matter who acquires the president's role as we go into the future, i think they'll come to realize that this was the will of the american public and this will, in fact, help save lives in the united states. >> adam may, al jazeera, towson, maryland. >> you can see more of adam may's report on "america tonight." one giant leap for mankind. a look at several new elements added to the periodic table. and my conversation with jeff koons about his inspiration and the controversy surrounding his work.
people eat can be influenced by politics. >> they say americans should take in not more than 10% of daily calories in sugars. >> the guidelines influence the foods chosen for school lunch programs feeding 30 million children a day. >> we're out of milk. >> are you kidding me? >> they still recommend low fat dairy products even though some studies show that americans might be better off with whole milk products. >> we have had these guidelines that push people away from eggs and butter and milk and so forth then they come back and say we are wrong, you know. my question for both of you, what are we going to do to make sure that doesn't happen in the future? >> with the exception of cholesterol ingredients, their
recommendations haven't changed but they may not be the most healthy and they allege the guidelines often tiptoe around the agricultural industry. >> we hear more cryptic biochemical components, reduce major transfatty acids. how about eat less cheese or a guideline like drink less soda or eat less meat, particularly processed meat? >> an advisory committee suggested cutting back on red or processed meats. but instead, teen boys and adult men are consuming too much protein and advises them to reduce the overall intake of meat poultry and eggs. ines ferre, al jazeera. >> the periodic table of elements has a few more additions. tonight the scierveg group with which manages the table has formally recognized elements 113, 115, 118, more now from our
science and technology editor jacob ward. are. >> this is a pretty elemental place, earth air and sort of the fundamental stuff life. well, a chemist looking at this environment sees a complicated imings of the true elements the parts of the periodic table. now the periodic table is essentially a list of those elements and the study of chemistry is the study of how those elements come together to form the kind of stuff you see all around me. hydrogen and oxygen come together to form water. by the 1970s, we have encountered things that are on earth, like gold and helium and iron. but the kinds of elements that we would not be able to otherwise see ourselves.
creating nuclear weaponry was creating conditions inside a star, creating ploo plutonium, yoournuranium, and these four nw elements are very unusual. first of all they live very temporary and violent lives. they last for seconds at a time. and they really only ever occur inside distant stars, stars that doesn't even take place inside our solar system. they are not used for something truly practical, to make earth or air or water around me. they are instead a way of doing research into the stuff that makes up the universe around us. >> that's jake ward recording. now tonight "ali velshi on target" has a special report on haiti's earthquake in 2010. ali. >> john, the haitian people were desperate for help. six months after that massive earthquake, the u.n. stepped
right in building temporary homes and schools. with that came violence and sexual indignity. part 2 of our special report haiti on shaky ground "on target" tonight at 9:00 eastern. john. >> ali thank you. california was pounded for most of the week with el nino fueled storms. it made life miserable for most everyone except big wave surfers. san mateo county, the mavericks, area, one surfer was injured riding them. coming up, my conversation with jeff koons, what about that ten foot tall balloon dog?
>> artist jeff koons. his work is unusual and eclectic, giving new respect to unusual objects. thought provoking conversations. from the whitney to the guggenheim, making the man and hiss creations contemporary classics. he's in such high demand that his ten foot tall balloon dog sold for $58 million at auction. it set the record for most expensive work sold by a living artist. the genius is in his technique. he told us he discovered his talent mr. a very simple way. >> do you remember when you were first drawn to art, you first
thought i want to be an artist? >> you know i do. it's kind of funny john because i was around 3. and i remember sitting at a desk, and making a drawing. and i think it was probably like a sword fish jumping out of the water. i remember both my parents coming up behind me saying jeff, that's kind of really special, really nice, you can draw. and finally i had something, art, that gave me a sense of self. i didn't know what it was. i didn't know what it could become. but art was something that gave me an identity. >> jeff koons career has been nothing shored of extraordinary. his meteoric rise in the art world began in the 1980s. surrounded by people like andy warhol, keith herring and jan paul basquiat. >> what was the art world like? >> it was like this. like this room, right now, i think this is very metaphysical
work. i think my work in the '80s was quite metaphysical. i was part of my own generation, i was growing up, we're all trying to think about what our shared interests are. and then going out and making these kind of gestures of what we think, you know, art should be or what it can be. >> where do you get your inspiration? >> the everyday world, the world around me. and you know john, i've thought about it a lot over the years. it's the only place that you can get your inspiration, is to trust in yourself, and to follow your interests. >> koons work is unique and innovative. he puts no boundaries on his creations. from a sculpture of michael jackson to painting colorful tulips on a canvas. to converting a pipe organize began into the hulk. for the number of critics who
phrase koons, the equal number have dismisshis work. he has been sued for copyright infringement as recently as 2015. when asked for a comment, in 1992 he lost a case over copying a photographer's image in his sculpture string of puppies. the original image is on the left and koons sculpture is on the left. >> do you like critics? do you like to read what they say about your work? >> i try not to be naive about the perception of my work in the world. but you have to always strife to lead people. and i always try to lead people at least to the context i see the work and i always try have the work performing in that arena. >> in 2014 pop star lady gaga introduced koons to another group of fans. her album art pop and she
featured him in her song applause. >> how did lady gaga get a jeff koons ball on her album? >> she asked me a couple of years ago if i would be interested in creating an album cover for her and it was around the time i was thinking about working with the gazing ball and i had already created some sculptures of the gazing ball. >> koons is overseeing the most iconic portraits. >> i got to say i'm drawn to the telecommunications. it's very interesting. i see the painting but i hadn't seen it from the ball, this up close, with light behind it and that sort of thing. it's amazing. >> you know, this is informing you, that this is about you. this experience is -- >> that's what you said and suddenly i'm looking at it.
>> this is something that's so accessible. it's a gazing ball, it's a lawn ornament. at the same time it becomes so vast, it becomes the universe. >> as a young man koons revered salvador dali. but a whole generation of artists is looking up to koons as an inspiration. >> you've had success. what do you tell young artists? >> first of all if i can do it, they can do it. i come from a really average background. i had a public education. at a certain point in my life i realized that i had interest in more. that i wanted to participate more as a human being within, you know, my generation so i think i really became self-educated. and i embraced life around me. i wanted to be part of a group. i wanted to be part of the avant garde. and then within my work to the best of my ability to lead to
set an example. first for my children and then for the community. >> jeff's work really has gone global. he has exhibits right now in italy and austria. that's our broadcast. thanks for watching. see you back here on monday. ali's next. >> sex, violence and disease. it's the seedy underbelly of the united nations effort in haiti. nearly six years after an earthquake rocked the country, i'm ali velshi, welcome to a special edition of "on target," haiti on shaky ground. the unitat