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i was still coming down. >> you are still coming down , that is your testimony? mark: his ex-girlfriend took the stand saying she had , seen him use drugs like math -- like marijuana meth and k2 on , many occasions. >> he was a completely different person. hallucinate a lot and a lot of paranoia. mark: polsen also faces drug charges. the jury will have to decide if he was too intoxicated and even had the intent to kill. kevin: meanwhile, in federal court here in des moines testimony from former state , senator kent sorenson today in the trial of two former ron paul campaign aides. jesse benton and dmitri kesari are accused of making hidden payments to sorenson in 2012,
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just before the iowa caucuses. sorenson switched to ron paul's campaign. sorenson says in december 2011 kesari gave his wife a check for , $25,000. the check was from kesari's organization, designer goldsmith incorporated, and made out to sorenson's corporation, grass roots strategies. sorenson says at the time he told kesari that he wasn't sure he wanted to switch to paul's campaign, but he says he was conflicted because he was facing financial issues. testimony resumes tomorrow morning at 9:00. you can always trust kcci for complete coverage throughout the day. stacey: a change of plans from president obama. he had vowed to end the war in afghanistan before leaving office, but now he says there will still be 5500 troops there when he leaves. right now, there are nearly 10,000 u.s. troops in the country. the president says the afghan forces need more help from the u.s. the announcement is garnering -- is getting mixed opinions. kcci's ryan smith is in studio with reaction from a local national guardsman. ryan: lieutenant colonel mike
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wunn served in afghanistan at the height of the u.s. troop surge back in 2010. you see him in this picture here. tonight, he weighs in on the president's decision to delay the withdrawal, meeting thousands of soldiers will remain in the country through 2017. lieutenant colonel mike wunn was part of a 2800 troop deployment to afghanistan in july 2010. it marked the largest sendoff of iowa national guard soldiers since world war ii. >> a lot of the forces were involved in combat operations and it was a counter-insurgency mission. ryan: wunn's unit oversaw security in three provinces, working directly with the afghan national army. he knew then keeping the middle east country secure would be a long road. >> there just are a lot of challenges and it's going to take time for them to be able to build up their nation, to build up their security forces. ryan: today, president obama says even though afghan forces are fighting for the stability
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of their country, the security situation remains fragile. president obama: my approach is to assess the situation on the ground, figure out what's working, figure out what's not working, make adjustments where necessary. ryan: the president initially planned to leave about 1000 troops. the revised strategy eventually drops the force level to 5500 troops by december next year and they'll stay through at least the start of 2017. >> based on my personal experience from the time that i was in afghanistan, i'm not surprised that we would continue to see additional u.s. forces there to serve alongside and with the afghan security forces. ryan: i checked in with local military officials. the iowa national guard does not currently have a unit deployed in afghanistan. the u.s. army reserves reports it has between ten and 20 iowa reservists serving their right now. in the studio, ryan smith, kcci 8 news, iowa's news leader. stacey: protesters gathered in windsor heights to confront carly fiorina tonight.
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the republican presidential candidate spoke at a fundraiser hosted by the polk county republican women. the former hewlett-packard ceo touted her problem-solving abilities as an executive. ms. fiorina: every time i ran to a problem, i knew, i discovered that we actually knew how to solve the problems but we had to challenge the status quo and produce results and solve the problem and we haven't had that in washington in a long time. stacey: fiorina showing up at the middle of the pack in the latest fox news national poll. her support at about half of what it was after september's republican debate. fiorina continues campaigning in iowa tomorrow with stops in pleasant hill and grinnell. kevin: republican presidential candidate rand paul under attack tonight for a comment he made against gay rights at drake university yesterday. was at the olmsted center, paul when hewas at the olmsted center, paul was asked, should an employer be able to fire an employee because that employee is lgbt? a local group that supports full equality for lesbian and gays is expressing its outrage at his response.
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take a listen. sen. paul: i think really the things you do in your house, you can leave them in your house and they wouldn't have to be part of the workplace, to tell you the truth. it sets up a class of people who can now sue. if you are gay there are plenty of places that will hire you. >> i thought, what century does this guy live in? he exhibited such bias, it horrifies me and tells me we still have a lot of work to do. kevin: later today, paul clarified his statements, saying he does not think anyone should be fired for being gay, and your personal life should have no bearing on your work. stacey: tonight, the state capital is hosting international visitors from around the world for the world food prize laureate awards ceremony. >> as we present the foremost international award for combating hunger and promoting food security. stacey: it is the world food prize annual laureate award ceremony.
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this year's winner is sir fazle hasan abed from bangladesh. visitors from around the world are in des moines this week for the annual event. >> we have done it three years before, we will do it again. stacey: outside the world food prize event, about 20 protesters showed up. they say the event is owned and controlled by the corporate food system that promotes genetically modified crops. four protesters were arrested by state troopers when they attempted to enter the capitol and refused to leave. >> the corporate model is feed the world, but from the standpoint of the farmers of the world, that means overproduction and cheap prices. our view is pay the world, pay them a fair farm price. stacey: this is the third year protesters have shown up at the world food prize. kevin: 200 sex offenders will be transferred to the newton correctional facility in the months to come. all inmates will come from the mount pleasant correctional facility. the newton prison will allow for individual, multiple-occupancy
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a less open environment. and it will be better equipped for treatment with more security. the move will happen in phases and it could take up to a year. stacey: now let's take a live look outside from our downtown skycam are. beautiful pictures as always from that camera. kevin: frank, how long is this gorgeousness going to continue? frank: is that a word? we will say it is and it is going to last until tonight. waking up tomorrow morning, the gorgeousness is gone in terms of temperatures. 50 degrees right now in des moines. when set dialback out of the northwest at six. if you look off to the north, it is starting to cool down even more than here in the metro. 47 in mason city. definitely one of those evenings
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you have to grab the jacket or the light sweatshirt. tomorrow morning, very chilly. in northern iowa, probably the mid-30's. our temperature not getting up there like it did today. 1:00, only 52 degrees. much cooler tomorrow than it was today. i will have your 8 day forecast coming up. stacey: next on kcci, historic performance. the political punch behind the music filling the white house halls today. kevin: plus, some inspiring illustrations. how a boone teenager is battling back against bullies. stacey: double every.
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announcer: this is iowa's news leader. this is kcci 8 news at 10:00 with kevin cooney, stacey horst, chief meteorologist john mclaughlin, and iowa's sportscaster of the year andy garman. kevin: that is the sound of the buena vista social club. it was -- it buzzed club.
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-- it's buzzed through the white house today, the first time a cuban-based musical act performed there in more than 5 decades. president obama: for nearly two decades, this group has been a between the american and cuban people. kevin: the orchestra is on its farewell tour of the united states. the white house event was in celebration of national hispanic heritage month. stacey: back in the metro, a major expansion project for broadlawns medical center. crews broke ground today. plans call for a 72,000 square foot medical clinic building, a 15-unit residency apartment building, and remodeling its inpatient behavioral health area. that expansion is expected to be complete by early 2017. new tonight, a boone teenager with disabilities illustrates books about inspiring children to just be themselves. kevin: haley anderson's mom tells us she's found her own voice through the books. kcci's vanessa peng shows us how. it is new tonight. >> that is my favorite page.
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let bullying hold her back. >> kids would be -- kids would refuse to take her hand and refuse to sit next to her on the bus. vanea: haley was born with a condition that affects the development of facial bone and tissue. she is 15 now. >> i was born without ears -- i still have ears but they weren't very -- i have missing bones somewhere in here. so a lot of surgeries in my , life. vanessa: haley is finding her voice through artistic hands and markers. >> she probably doesn't even understand how empowered she has become. vanessa: she has illustrated two books, wade the turtle and justine the cat. they tell stories of people with disabilities and the daily challenges they face. the stories are told through animal characters followed by a biography of the person behind the story.
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the -- vanessa: the message of the fish series is to inspire children to be who they are. >> i am hoping that when they will rally around their friends instead of bully their friends and that will carry up through high school and up through life. vanessa: haley said that she is proud of her work and she hopes her new voice helps others, especially those with special needs, find theirs. vanessa: vanessa peng, kcci 8 news, iowa's news leader. kevin: you can find the books online at amazon.com. if you like a direct link, check out our website kcci.com. ,stacey: lots of fun today at the blank park zoo. it was the night eyes of event. kcci a proud sponsor of the event featuring plenty of sweet treats. it features magical characters. it continues tomorrow from 5:30 until 8:00 and saturday and
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sunday from 1:00 until 8:00. kevin: lot of gorgeousness out there. frank: a perfect night to be outside. thankfully, at 5:00 and 6:00 i got to be out at night eyes and that was a lot of fun. this was the gang tonight. it was the last night for bocce ball. tonight was the tournament. grandma and grandpa a little bit. it was a lot of fun. they had a great night. i'm glad to see the sick -- i'm glad the season is over and i don't have to get beat anymore. still, a great night to be outside playing bocce ball. 71 in des moines, 70 14 ottumwa.
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still a very nice fall day across the state. the winds a little gusty. audubon and webster city about 30 miles per hour. in terms of the winds, we will be dialing those back. look at your 11:00 temperature. when set dialback out of the northwest at five miles per hour. no rain in the forecast. tomorrow morning, you are going to need a jacket. 1:00, low 50's. mid-50's by 4:00 and we don't look any more than that. big-time cool blast on the way just in time for the weekend. all the rain down to the south. high pressure going to stay in control. really cooling things down. high pressure remains in control.
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it won't be has gusty tomorrow like they were today but still a little noticeable out of the north and west. clear skies will help to coolest down. tomorrow, 11:00 a.m., a very nice day. as long as you can handle those cooler temperatures, i think you will really like your friday. really until sunday. saturday another cool day. 34 out in western iowa. they had a frost advisory west of highway 71. we will call it the upper 30's here in des moines. winds quieting down a little bit out of the northwest. tomorrow a lot cooler than it was today. kind of a shock for you there. saturday morning, 33 degrees. could be a little bit below freezing in northern iowa waking up on saturday.
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low 70's by monday and tuesday. >> if you still have plants or flowers outside, cover them up tonight and wake up tomorrow if we got our first frost. will also meet some of the people running the des moines marathon sunday. that's amazing. it's amazing. this is amazing. that's amazing! real people are discovering surprising things at chevy. we're sold. it's so pretty. beautiful. it feels great. perfect. this is not what i would expect from a chevy at all. get more than you expect for less than you imagined. the 2015 models are going fast. find your tag and get cash back for 15% of the msrp on select 2015 vehicles in stock. or, get 0% financing for 72 months on these remaining 2015 chevy vehicles.
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kevin: some days we just don't feel like going to work. stacey: but do you call in sick? kevin: a new survey says the number of people calling in sick when they are in sick is going up. this is data from careerbuilder.com that shows 38% of employees have called in sick when they were feeling just fine. that's up from 28% last year. stacey: it sounds like a fake illness isn't the only lie people tell to get the day off. the survey found some outrageous excuses. kevin: there is the guy that told his manager he broke his arm reaching to grab a falling sandwich. had to save the sandwich. stacey: another claimed his grandmother poisoned him with ham. we asked you on our facebook page if you've ever used some crazy excuses to take a sick day. amber says she had a guy call in
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eye and couldn't see to drive. olivia says, "i used an unscheduled vacation day to see cher, well worth it." and mike says, "i had an employee say his mother died. twice." kevin: remember, lying can be risky. about 1 in 5 employers say they've fired a worker for calling in sick with a fake excuse. stacey: new at 10:00 a bizarre , coincidence gives a pair of wisconsin twins something else in common. the due dates for fraternal twins angel owen and kaye henn were two weeks apart. when kaye went into labor sunday, angel was right by her side. >> i thought ok, i am having a couple of contractions. we are just going to wait it out because i wanted my sister to go first since she started first. kevin: per contractions didn't stop either. angel went into labor at the same time as her twin sister.
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baby boy named cruze around 5:00 p.m. that night. kaye finally delivered about 8 hours later. both moms and babies are healthy and happy tonight. kevin: that is a nice story. twins can kind of reach others minds sometimes. some good news for the cyclones. scott: it is looking really good for iowa state, at least that is what the coaches around the nation inc..
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scott: back-to-back big 12 tournament champs. and the nation's coaches out there expect another banner season from the cyclones. prior to this year the cyclones highest preseason ranking ever was 9th. that was in the ap poll back in the 1996-1997 season. well, the first usa today cocahes poll of the season has the clones checking in at seven. in the big 12 coaches poll, the
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expectations coach steve prohm is afraid of. >> keep working so that come march, we are very efficient basketball team. i don't need to think about the expectations right now. >> when you're coach has that swagger about himself believing the hype, you tend to believe it, too. scott: friday, november 6 is the team's first exhibition game. if the cubs advance to the world series, it will have to be without starting shortstop addison russel. the team announced thursday that russell will miss the entire nlcs with a hamstring injury he suffered monday in game 3. javier baez, another former i-cub, will take his spot in the lineup. who will the cubs face? that will be determined by tonight's dodgers-mets game. the dodgers andre ethier letting his skipper happened in the
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tied at 2. murphy connects. that gives the mets a 3-2 lead. the next win -- the mets win 3 -2. game one with the cubs coming up saturday night in new york. speaking of celebration it is , another postseason party for kansas city. last year's american league champs are back-to-back in the alcs thanks to last night's game 5 win over houston. this team will leave you on the edge of your seats. all three of their victories in the series were come from behind wins. now it is time for the blue jays. >> we know it is going to be a hard-fought battle just like this series but if there is a group that is up for the challenge, it is this one. scott: last night in the power and light district, they partied with some of the players.
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first game is friday night at 7:30. hawkeyes quarterback cj beathard is a bit banged up but he will have to find a playing -- find a way to play his best. wildcats are ninth in the nation in total defense. they only gave up 12 points per game, eight in the nation in scoring defense. on third down, they are seventh in the nation. >> two very prominent wins beating stanford and duke. ,both of those teams, those are the only losses they have on their resume. >> we are definitely preparing to play a really good team and we know they are a solid, experience group on defense.
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stacey: .welcome stephen colbert! ( band playing intro music ) ( cheers and applause ) captioning sponsored by cbs >> stephen: hey, welcome to theshow, everybody! (cheers and applause) >> stephen, stephen, stephen! stephen, stephen, stephen! >> stephen: that's very nice.thanks, everybody. hey, thank you so much.
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man, a guy could get used to that. welcome to the late show, i'm stephen colbert. i hope you don't mind that this is the late show with stephen colbert and stephen colbert is standing in front of you and that i prefer to refer to myself in the third person. but that is just what stephen colbert does. and i'm so excited that you're all here. because i really need somebody to talk to tonight. i was alone this afternoon when i found out one of my heroes isn't the man i thought he was. his name,-- a little late on that. (laughter) a lot of responsibility. a lot of responsibility being a live audience. the name of this man, bond, daniel craig bond. here's what happened. d craig on craggy d as he likes his friends to not call him, he's on the circuit right now
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movie "spectre" an when one asked if he considered doing another jaimsz bond movie he pointed to the wine glass an said i what rather break this glass and slash my wrists. that was much better. i say come on, danny, yeah, being james bond is such a tough gig. driving sports cars, kissing exotic women, crushing the skull of bad guys between your die mongd hard butt cheeks? try tarring a roof for a living. and hey, if you done want the bond gigk well, i know a guy who would be willing to step in and drink the par tinies an bed the babes, a guy's whose british accent has been called almost not insulting guf nah. (applause) consider yourself james bond
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mi-6 i've got a license to kill i kill where i will and it really is such a thrill off (cheers and applause) >> stephen: that was right, ihave never heard the lyrics. i assume those are the lyrics. i never heard the lyrics to that song. supercallifragilistic extra ami danger. pow pow. but until i am the next james bond i am happy doing this right here. and i'm happy because we have we've got a great show for you tonight. my first guest is oprah-- (cheers and applause) win-- hold on.
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you didn't let me finish. you didn't let me finish. winfree. -- winfrey i just want to make sure you're applauding for the right open are, there are a lot of oprahs out there. then i'll be talking to joseph fink and jeffery cranor of the hit podcast welcome to night vale. (cheers and applause). >> stephen: this' a hip crowd.the podcast takes place in a mysterious place where monsters are real and every crazy story is true. so florida. (laughter) and we'll have a musical performance from judith hill. (applause) lovely, lovely. she got her big break on "the voice" and she is so great that when she sings i might even turn my chair to face her. oh. you hear that?
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that is either the world's sexiest smoke alarm or that is jon batiste and stay human. say hi, everybody. before they play tonight's theme, one more thing. jeb bush's presidential campaign raised $13 million in the third quarter. meanwhile, lincoln chafee's campaign has raised its third quarter. >> tonight, stephen welcomes oprah winfrey. from welcome to nightvale, joseph fink and jeffery cranor. and a musical performance by
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batiste and stay human. and now it's time for the late show with stephen colbert! (cheers and applause) >> stephen: thanks, everybody.yeah, yeah. what's happening? everybody is very. >> stephen, stephen, stephen! >> stephen: thank you very much,you're very kind. there is a lot of excitement in the room, jon is very excited over there. everybody is excited because as i said before, oprah will be joining me in just a little bit. (cheers and applause) pretty cool, right? you have ever met oprah? cuz i've met oprah. i spent like a whole day with her once.
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>> stephen: it's not a contest. >> jon: well, ifs ifs it was acontest then you'd winning but it's not. >> stephen: so if i had made ita contest i would have won the oprah contest. >> jon: right. >> stephen: but have you mether? >> jon: yeah, i met oprah. >> stephen: the hype is really. >> jon: the hype is really,really. >> stephen: people say oh, she'slike, when are you with oprah you feel good. and she is sort of like glows. >> jon: right, like an angel. >> stephen: a little bit like anangel, right. >> jon: yeah. now? do you think-- . >> jon: no, i don't think so. >> stephen: i don't think soeither. >> jon: cuz she owns it. >> stephen: yes, she does.she totally owns it. did she give you a-- she is famous for giving em presents, did she give you anything? >> jon: no, she didn't give meanything. you didn't have anything under
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>> stephen: she gave me a basketof avocados. >> jon: really? >> stephen: and she gave me likea set of kitchen knives. >> jon: wow, wow. >> stephen: i regifted them. idid. don't tell oprah. >> jon: who did you give themtoo? >> stephen: my brother-in-law. he loved them. i had to fly. i couldn't take them on the plane with me. they frown on that. anyway, i'm excited. >> jon: cool. >> stephen: she's saving itsworld, a little bit. she's trying to, to make the world a better place. >> jon: right, just like you! >> stephen: a little bit.just 1 inch at a time am 1 inch at a time. oprah isn't the only one trying to make the world a better place. i am too. i drive a tesla, all right. that is my contribution. okay. global warming. i love my tesla. it's so fast. it's all electric. it's like a golf cart had sex with a pegasu s. and here's a really cool thing. because basically it's like a laptop computer with wheels. they're always upgrading the software gifg you these cool new
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features. like last year they made it possible to name your tesla. i named mine vingalot and if you understand that reference, i'm sorry you also had such a tough time in middle school. and one of the coolest things about the tesla software updates is they happen automatically overnight through the car's wifi system. you turn it on in the morning and the screen tells you all the new stuff it can do. like new and a half gaition features, or updated menus. there are so many sudden changes overnight with your car. it's like your car is going through peub ert.-- pu berty which might be why sometimes it locks itself in the garage an blasts mus you can at itself. yesterday, this is true, there was a particularly exciting upgrade. >> this morning tesla owner s owners are waking up to a new feature, autopilots. >> it essentially allows you to do sem aye autonomous driving when you're behind the wheel. >> stephen: that's right, teslaowners woke up to find their
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cars could drive themselves. finally a high-tech alternative to jamming a brick on the gas pedestrian all and jumping in the backseat. i had to do that for too long. and people have been posting individual ya with-- videos of the self-driving feature all over the internet. >> the car is watching, it sees, oh my gosh. oh pie gosh, this is so-- i'm not touching it at all. and it's driving. oh pie gosh, it's changing lanes. oh my gosh, it's changing lanes on its own. >> stephen: yes, a tesla can nowchange lanes on its own. although i had a pinto that used to do that too. (laughter) true. my first car. that is my first car. now i can see request some people out there wouldn't want a car that drives it self. some people don't want to lose what they call the joy of the road. that uniquely american feeling of independence when you got one arm out the window, you know,
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your knee on the wheel right here with your eyes scanning the horizon for cheap fireworks. but as a man, as a man who drives into manhattan every day, let me tell you, there is no joy of the road. my commute is more like cormack mccarthy's the road. many times while i was stuck in the lincoln tunnel i have considered going can i balance. that is why i never-- cannibal that is why i never car pool, not any more. (applause) so personally can i not wait for self-driving cars. no more road rage. just kick back and relaxment you can watch movies. you can take a nap. and if you really miss driving you can always play mario cart. now while you don't have to keep your eyes on the road, legally you are required to keep one hand on the wheel at all times.
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really only need one hand to enjoy all the porn you'll be watching. now most importantly,-- (applause). >> stephen: i don't know whatthat is. no proof he's watching porn. importantly, self-driving cars will be a lot safer. in fact, some researchers estimate they could save 300,000 lives per decade. yes, it will definitely save lives. not only will the cars never get distracted reducing fatal accidents but my tesla isn't going to suddenly yank the wheel into a wendy's at midnight to order a bigie fries. beside, this technology is self-driving towards us whether we like it or not. i've had 6 billionaires on this show so far and three of them are working on self-driving cars. and later tonight i've got my 7th billionaire, oprah winfrey, i'm going to ask her. i'm going to ask her if she is
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because if so, you get a self-driving car, you get a self-driving car, you get a self-driving car! (cheers and applause) whooo! whooo! yes! z i assume. it would be disa poanting if not. of course the most famous name in self-driving cars is goggle. they've already got proto types of their goggle cars driving all over the place and they think you'll have one soon. just listen to the director of their auto auto program. >> how soon can we bring it out? well, it's hard to say because it's a really complicated problem. but these are my two boys, my oldest son is 11. and that means in four and a half years, he's going to be able to get his drivers' license. my team and i are committed to making sure that doesn't happen.
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>> stephen: wow.that is uncool, man. what else are you working on, self-drinking alcohol and pants that dry hump themselves? whatever. point is, i'm on board with the self-driving thing. i'm ready to hit the car pool lane with my two buddies, george rr and jack. we'll be right back with oprah winfrey. (cheers and applause)
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where am i? and t.v. spokesperson. that's my line. i got it. with u.s. cellular, you can do all the things you like, from the middle of anywhere. that is my line! >> stephen: welcome back,everybody. my first guest tonight needs no introduction.
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(cheers and applause) >> hi, everybody! thank you. thanks, jon, thank you, guys. wow. >> stephen: people are prettyexcited that you are here. (cheers and applause) >> you changed the place. >> stephen: we have, we changedit a little bit. >> reed it. i just remodeled my house. i can imagine what this cost. >> stephen: yeah.we had to take a loan out. >> i see am i can see that. >> stephen: well, thanks forbeing here. >> i'm excited to celebrate you. >> stephen: to sell brailt me?excited. >> stephen: tonight i celebratemy love. >> for you. this is the thing, i was saying to your team that i have never seen in my life a greater marketing campaign. were you on the back of every bus.
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we couldn't get away from you. you are driving down the street. >> stephen: if you are slammingtoo an abutment in your car, your air bag would eck pload and my face would be right on there, it was everywhere. >> you were everywhere. >> stephen: no pressure.that is a lot of pressure. an i remember when is with moving from nashville to baltimore as a young reporter. i had a smaller campaign but i was on billboards and buses. this is like 1976. and the campaign was, what is an oprah? and are on everything, on the bus. and then when i came on the air t was just me, and people are like that's oprah? so it's a hard thing to live up to when you have shall it-- but you did it. >> stephen: i don't have to liveup to oprah. >> no, no, but-- . >> stephen: i would love mypicture and then what is an oprah would be great? >> but you stepped into it. congratulations. >> stephen: thank you, thankyou. thank you very much. (cheers and applause).
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>> that was a high bar. >> stephen: well, thank you forbeing here, that is all i needed. oprah winfrey, everybody. >> that is a high bar. >> stephen: i want to talk aboutsomething you stepped into. the series is called belief. >> yes. >> stephen: it's going to be onown. >> yes, starting sunday. >> stephen: it's about a varietyof world religions and what they mean to individual people's lives. how they have changed their lives, to make their lives better and how people use them to seek love, friendship, peace. why did you want to make this series now? >> well, it's actually bigger than religion. it's about the heart of people opening up and yerning for something that is deeper and greater. and so some of the people are religious and some of the people are just seeking in their own way. cuz in one part of the series we had this wonderful rock climber named alex who says he is an atheist and doesn't believe in
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any diety but his devotion and his passion for life is something that you see threaded through all of the stories. so i wanted to do this because in one of my darkest moments when i was forming the network and i would run into lorne michaels who said oh, baby, you're going to be in for a huge learning curve, it will take you five years, it will be harder than anything you have ever done. i said i'll be okay. and then learned that you know, developing a network from scratch is harder than i thought, imagined. so when i was in the heat of the crisis, when everybody was saying i done know, you should have kept your day job. i can see that you were some of the people saying that. thank you, all, frenlds. but anyway, when people were saying those kinds of things, i tend to go-- when you are challenged in life, i find that going deeper inside yourself, to ask the question, what do i really want.
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and i had seen a planet earth done by the great discovery channel. and i wanted to create something that spoke to the spirit of us all. >> stephen: that's what-- that'smy impression having watched it. st like. >> well, i will tell you what. we'll get into the details and some of the stories that meant the most to you. we'll be right back. we'll continue talking about the things most important in the
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>> stephen: welcome back.we're here with oprah winfrey. now were talking before about the series called belief. , is there a difference for you between faith and belief. >> yeah, there is. because there are a lot of people who don't think that they are faithful people but have beliefs. you know, you can to the be in the world without believing in something. even if you don't call it a diety. so there are people who believe in working hard and strifing for their best, and, but don't call that, don't have a necessary religious belief. and faith is very different, i think. faith is knowing that no matter what, you are going to be okay. and i've always been a part of that faithful. i used to be a little preparer. >> stephen: how little, like howlittle are we talking here? >> i'm talking like seven, eight, nine, 12, 15. and then, yeah, when i was in third grade people used to call me, here come that preparer girl again. >> stephen: were you preparingthe gospel. >> i was preparing the gospel, yes, i was.
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