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>> i've spiralled into some identity crisis. inadvertently making out with ernest borgnine, i'd like to say. it was very dramatic. i need to go to a strip club, and watch a football game, mow the lawn and barbecue all at the same time. i'll mow somebody else's lawn. and i don't mean that in a figurative way. i can't talk. >> people are very concerned and interested in the state of my lower gastrointestinal system. they ask, are you sick all the time? do you ever get sick? how bad was it? another common area of interest, or, i guess an assumption is
that i am somehow helicoptered from location to location, or carried aloft on a gilded litter by robot butlers or something. actually, the best parts of the show for me are the spaces between here and there. >> i feel it, like looking over a precipice, like that one, i feel it in my knees. cool. you know, like, if my knees could vomit with terror, they would be. they'd be vomiting with terror right now. they should have underwear stops on this road where you could, like, get a fresh pair. every couple of miles, it's like, that was scary. >> squeeze your cheeks tight and close your eyes. >> oh, the enchantment of india. ♪
>> the night train to st. petersburg is one of the great fun things to do in russia. >> did you put on your jammies? >> i just want to state for the record, just because you're in the top bunk, that's no indication of anything relationship that we may or may not have. >> you and me have to be very careful in public, and if we bring up subjects like this, there could be some different repercussions. tolerance never existed in russia. that's why just recently people started to come out in russia, like lesbians and gays, they were either fired from their jobs or were given hard time to exist. >> what about tchaikovsky? >> they try not to acknowledge it by saying he was a great musician. >> he was a great musician who liked to have sex with other men. >> that's what people are not meant to learn in school. ♪ >> the roaring of a powerful
engine, the screech of rubber, and off we go, kings of the road in our two horsepower classic. >> no power steering, huh? >> no kidding. >> it's like a toy car. ♪ [ cranking the engine ] ♪ [ laughter ] >> a brief respite by the side of the road and some passers by are apparently less appreciative of final automobiles than we are. [ horns honking ] >> all aboard. ♪
>> this is going to be sub optimal seating. yeah, i don't think this reclines. >> thank god they have relaxed attitudes towards prescription drugs. before you enter the gateway to the himalayas, you better self-medicate. >> truth be told, i'm an angry, bitter man when i board. but as my brightly colored little train heads up into the hills, the gateway of the himalayas, my world view starts to improve. ♪ the unnaturally bright colors of india start to pleasurably saturate my brain. the views from the window of ridiculously deep valleys, 100-year-old bridges, it's, well, breath-taking.
♪ >> do you ever vomit? is that that interesting? answer, no, it's been like 14 years of this, and, you know, twice. that's a pretty good average. here it means more than lines or pictures on a page. it's a way of life. it's music and color. the more we give in to the magic of this place, the more we'd like to stay. oaxaca. live it to believe it.
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♪ one of the things i'm proudest of about this show is that we are able to move very freely from serious subjects to sort of silly subjects, from very personal ones, to political ones. things i want you, if at all possible, to enjoy the way i enjoyed them. things i'd like you to see the way i saw them.
>> so we were supposed to be dining at another restaurant this evening. when they heard that you would be joining me, we were uninvited. should i be concerned about having dinner with you? >> this is a country of corruption. if you have business, you are in a very unsafe situation. everybody can press you and destroy your business. that's it. this is a system. >> critics of the government, critics of putin, bad things seem to happen to them. >> yes. unfortunately existing power represent, let me say, russia of 19th century, not of 21st. ♪ >> sitting here, the booths, the curtains, the whole ring bell for service thing, it seems lost in time. >> we have a long and ugly history. but one of the things i love about this place, you can't deny the burden of the past. it's right there. america chooses to deny its problems, in many ways.
it declares itself a post racial society. that shit doesn't fly in mississippi. you can't claim that. >> i'm not here on this planet to do the same thing every week. given the opportunity. i had 30 years of doing the same thing every day. eggs benedict, eggs benedict, eggs benedict. so given the opportunity to tell different stories in different ways and in different styles, i'm going to do that. and the freedom to do that is a fantastic privilege that i'm grateful for. very aware of and very grateful for. but what that means, maybe you really liked last week's episode and maybe this week, you will be deeply offended by my half-formed point of view. the week after that, you might agree with me completely. this bus makes many stops. you don't have to enjoy all of them. >> under former president felipe
calderon, mexico launched a concerted war on drugs. ostensibly against the notorious and seemingly untouchable cartels. absolutely no one can say with any credibility by the way, that mexico's war, or our trillion-dollar war, has had any effect in diminishing the flow of drugs into our country. one very brave journalist has uncovered exactly how deep the rot of corruption and dirty money has penetrated into every level of mexican institutions. >> do you think there was ever a minute when the calderon war on drugs -- >> yeah. >> was it ever genuine? >> no. who really start the war against the cartels was vincent fox. felipe calderon followed that instruction.
but he didn't really do anything new. he just did it worst. since the beginning, the plan of the government was protect the sinaloa cartel and fight against the enemies of the sinaloa cartel. >> of the seven major mexican cartels, the sinaloa cartel is considered the most powerful, with the farthest-reaching and most pervasive tentacles, extending deep into every corner of government, banking, and private industry. it's rivals, the tijuana cartel, the gulf cartel, the juarez cartel, the beltran leyva, la familia michoacana and the particularly murderous los zetas. >> in your work, you've uncovered what had to be some very embarrassing and incriminating associations and connections between very high elected officialings --
officials, presidents and entire administrations and acts of incredible criminality. how did that change your life? >> well, when i start to make this investigation in 2005, and i really understand that it would be very dangerous, i have to say that it wasn't really a surprise for me what happened after i publish my book. what i didn't expect is that the threats came from the federal government. >> anabell says that one of her sources warned her that the biggest threat was from within. that one of the most highly placed, most senior law enforcement officials in mexico, had ordered her killed. >> because in my book, i put his name. and also showed some documents that proves that he was involved, that he was in the payroll of the sinaloa cartel. >> to me, the weak link are the bankers.
a banker launders money, he's got a family, he's got a reputation, he gives money to charity. his neighbors think he's great. his kids think he's wonderful. he's got something to lose. so i wouldn't be prosecuting drug dealers. i'd be prosecuting bankers. >> the name of my book is -- [ speaks spanish ] that's because they're not only a book with the leaders of the cartels, no. it's also these, the politicians and bankers and the businessmen. the people have to know who are these people, name by name. >> you've been a journalist for how long? >> 20. >> 20 years. your father was killed, kidnapped and killed in 2000? >> my father was a businessman. in that year, many gangs used to kidnap the businessmen just for money. so, when we went to the police
and ask them to investigate, they said, well, if you pay us, we will make the investigation. so, as family, we decide to pay, because you cannot buy the justice. since that, i really tried to fight against corruption. that's why i'm doing what i do. because i think that corruption is the worst problem in mexico. the drug cartels are maybe the worst face of the problem. but the problem in the deep is the corruption. the corruption is the mother of all our problems in mexico. >> it should be pointed out that 88 journalists -- how many journalists have been killed in this country? >> 90 now. >> 90 journalists have been killed or disappeared over the last few years. >> yeah. >> here, you can kill a journalist and get away with it. why are you still here? >> i have lost many things in my life.
my father was the most important person in my life. i already lost everything, i don't have any life anymore. i don't have a social life. i don't have a sentimental life. i don't have anything. i just got my work and my family. and my work of journalist is everything for me. i really believe that good journalists can change the world. i have received many offers to go outside, to france, to sweden and other countries. i don't want to leave. it's my choice. my choice is fight. take 6 tylenol in a day or just 2 aleve for all day relief. onward!
you eat roughly 400 meals during the course of a season of production. do you have a top five list? >> i eat a lot of meals off and on camera. many of those meals are good. many are really bad. a few are epic. truly epic. they do come along probably with more regularity in my life than in yours. and i will gloat about that on
instagram whenever possible, by the way. ♪ >> when you have a dish this legendary, this iconic, there's no escaping it. >> it's all about the technique. the moment you put the fish on the pan, the sauce, it's very important. to you, take about one minute. one minute is a time to have it perfect. >> perfect. >> simple and delicious. >> it's really one of the great ideas of the 20th century. ♪ ♪ >> look at that. awesome. it's like a dream sandwich. >> what you go for here are smokes. smoked sausage sandwiches. and these magnificent beauties, pig ear sandwiches, called ears. >> everything we love, the texture, it makes a fatty lean -- oh, that's good. man, that is just hard to beat.
♪ >> see tony eat vegetables, and like it. chick peas. i'll take that, yeah, right here, my good man. >> that's good. >> if this was what vegetarianism meant in most of the places that practiced it in the west, i'd be at least half as less a [ bleep ] about the subject. ♪ >> so what did you order? >> grilled pig tail. >> i'm on that. >> so pig's brain. >> not a fan. >> then we ordered raw blood soup. >> you're not kidding. that looks like a horror movie. actually, that's completely delicious. let's see if we can change your mind about brains. >> delicious. i'm not lying. best meal i've ever had in thailand.
if you look at the meal with that, i am on the verge of tears. i am utterly intimidated. i am paralyzed with fan boyitis. there's real hero worship going on there. absolute unapologetic hero worship. he's a titan. a true living giant, an institution, a hero. >> if you could just see how honored and grateful i am to be here. this is a dream come true. [ speaking foreign language ] ♪ >> it is and was a part of the system. he came up with his own cruel and terrifying masters, and their faces are here. [ speaking french ]
>> this was all the gang of the nouveau cuisine up there. '60s in new york. >> every great chef i've ever met has nightmares of when they're still a young man, back in a kitchen and a chef is yelling at them. who are his masters? >> a woman. >> really? ♪ >> truffle soup. i can't tell you how many hours i stared at photos of this dish, how pathetically i tried to replicate it. never, ever did i think i'd get to try it. much less, like this. sea bass with a tomato bearnaise sauce baked in a meticulously crafted crust. >> this is a great moment. >> you only have sweet caviar? >> the fish is filled with a
delicate lobster mousse, and wrapped carefully in pastry. notice, please, the careful and expert tableside carving and service. >> he has been making the same thing for 50 years. he has an amazing respect for classic. >> the peasant classic. >> tony, get closer. >> you are totally sending me every one of those pictures, by the way. >> wow, look at that. this style of dish goes back long before cameras. but it's perfect. is there a more perfect assortment of colors and textures? >> in this one, a more luxurious version. beef shanks, flank steak, ox tail, veal shanks, chicken, marrow bones, leeks, carrots, turnips, fennel and parsnips.
all stewed long and at low temperature, then served with his own deeply rich broth. >> you think it's enough for the two of us? >> and then this. [ speaking foreign language ] >> as if the chef had been listening to my deepest, darkest, secret yearnings, the legendary dish, almost completely disappeared incredibly difficult preparation of wild hare. the animal is slowly cooked, then coated by a sauce of its own heart, liver, and lungs that's been thickened with its own blood. after six hours of preparation, it's served as the chef prefers, whole on the bone. the rich glorious sauce finished with truffles, over and over until it coats like richest chocolate. absolutely the lost ark of the covenant. >> everything great about cooking is encapsulated in this dish.
[ speaking foreign language ] >> many generations come forever. >> i will never eat like this again in my life. chef, merci. the meal of my life. >> today i was treated to the greatest hits of a glorious and fabled career. for the first and probably the last time i sat next to the great man himself, and daniel and i were served a menu that chefs will look back on in a hundred years and smile at appreciatively, respectfully, and sentimentally. my doctor said, "let's try lyrica." lyrica has helped relieve my pain. it's known that diabetes damages nerves lyrica is fda-approved to treat diabetic nerve pain. lyrica is not for everyone. it may cause serious allergic reactions, or suicidal thoughts or actions. tell your doctor right away if you have these, new or worsening depression, or unusual changes in mood or behavior.
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>> i've been really fortunate in that over the years i've gotten to know a lot of very interesting people. people very like me and people very different from me. people with similar experiences, people with very different experiences. exactly the sort of people who are enormously helpful in introducing me to new cultures and new places. michael ruhlman is one of those. michael's probably as different from me as anyone could be. i think he's a little more buttoned up than me, he's more sensible. he's all of those things i don't like. but i like him. and he knows a lot. ♪ ♪ >> there are places in vegas where the available rooms are not listed on any websites. places reserved for the whales, the high rollers, the 10 million a night gamblers who arrive by private plane.
♪ ♪ >> bobby flay probably lives like this all the time. >> i honestly never thought it would have come to this. >> i was dunking fries 14 years ago. >> you've made some steps up. >> making me better about all this luxury looking back at that. victory in our time. ♪ ♪ >> the villa at caesar's palace. how did i get it? i told the casino that wolf blitzer was coming, that he was expected any minute. i suggested that wolf might be hungry, and they sent up food. fortunately he doesn't watch a
lot of television, and i plan to live large until they figure out that wolf ain't coming. >> i'll deal with the fall-out later. but for now, we live. >> so, gentlemen, this is caviar. everything is in layers. from the bottom of the glass, vinaigrette, tucked with cream of caviar, then with puree, and caviar and with your finishing the dish with more caviar. >> ah, beautiful. look at that. >> it's rare that i say it's too beautiful to eat. >> i was just thinking that. oh, speaking of fantastically luxurious. >> this is the artichoke soup with fresh black truffle and shaved parmigiana cheese. >> oh, man. that's truffle. >> mmm.
>> this is a combination of peasant and duck. cabbage. please enjoy. >> wow, look at this. that is beautiful. >> do you feel guilty eating this well? >> i do. >> you do? >> i do. >> wow. do you feel enlightened, and inspired by this meal? >> what are you asking? what are you getting at here? trying to get at something. >> trying to make myself feel better, trying to prove that i'm down with the feel, i'm still cool. >> this guilt keeps coming back. you keep bringing up the guilt. >> you're right, i feel guilty. >> then don't use the showers. what are you doing here if you feel so guilty about it? >> i don't, i don't. i feel guilty about not feeling guilty. >> that's more to the point. being honest with yourself. >> right. >> and then of course there's zamir, what can i say about zamir, there's always alcohol involved.
lots of alcohol, way more than i should drink. he's a complicated man, i'm not sure who understands him. he's not just my comedy sidekick. this is a very accomplished guy who survived and landed on his feet through soviet times. you put the two of us together and let the weirdness begin. >> russia is full of characters with murky pasts and shadowy connections. but one of them i've called a friend for more than a decade. >> tony? >> wow. >> i guess i'm switching to vodka. >> zamir. how are you, brother? ♪ >> now, my concern is that back in the day, this place was famous for all of the rooms were bugged. >> not anymore, i'm sorry. >> oh, really? >> no.
times change. >> as a born moscowite, want you to tell me frankly, in a week from now, zamir, now i understand why stereotypes sometimes send a bad message about russia. >> i have an open mind. everything's great. russia does anything they want. >> why don't we just taste the awesomeness. welcome to russia. >> i'm trying to be kind of sober. >> united we stand. >> i prepare this special for you. russian tapas. >> special for vodka drinking. >> small pancakes, then blintz. caviar. looks like winter. and this is white fish with salt and a little bit of pepper. >> thank you. >> i'm hitting the caviar. >> some more vodka.
>> what do you think? what is the perception of mr. putin these days after 14 years he's in power? >> my perception? do you really want to hear it? >> i'm not sure, but let's see. >> short. i think that's very important. he likes to take his shirt off a lot. >> let's be serious. >> he strikes me as a businessman. >> he is. >> a businessman with an ego, okay, so he's like donald trump but shorter. >> i think my friend needs some kind of booze. to you, comrade. ♪ >> like this. >> you can have that one. i'll get the next one. ♪ >> ooh. i'm serious about your one-week stay in russia. i want you to enjoy every minute of it.
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wow. i like music. it's an important part -- very important part of the show. it's a very important part of the preproduction of the show, as we're figuring out what we're figure to do, i'll spend a lot of time talking about the soundtrack. plus, i really and truly believe that whenever possible, less me, more beat. the less i have to be on camera jabbering witlessly to the lens, the better. ♪ >> come ye lords and princelings of douche dom. hear my clarion call. anointed thyself with gel. and hench -- heavenly body
spray. let there be high-fiving and hugging of many bros. for this is the kingdom and the power. now frolic and maketh it to rain. ♪ what's rock'n'roll supposed to be about, other than cars and girls and aggression? about dissent, about rebellion, right? in russia, where everything is supposed to be just fine, that could be a dangerous position. >> uh-oh. >> and then, there will be, yes, singing. and no doubt, the telling of lusty jokes, followed by serious official business. ♪ [ singing in foreign language ] >> karaoke scene in the thailand episode, we're referencing a very obscure film called "city of ghosts" that just had a very
things go just a little wrong, i go off the rails, that would be all too attractive. i could well see myself singing happy birthday in german to tourists at a hotel bar in jakarta or bangkok. ♪ ♪ ♪ all bets are off ♪ ♪ i'm through talking ♪ never going to fall for my spider move ♪ ♪ you should be thankful the party's not over ♪ we won the race i'm over here cooking victory ♪ ♪ you want a taste >> he's a proud son. and resident of mississippi. a youth mentor in jackson's church and public school systems, owner of a marketing agency and hip-hop artist. >> any movement in the world has a soundtrack.
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>> this coming season will be a mix of very personal shows, really personal shows. others are going to be controversial and timely. this season, like every other season, it's how do we do something different than the week before? let's do that. whatever it was last week, let's just do the opposite of that. let's always push forward. let's always challenge ourselves. let's always do the hard thing, even the stupid thing, as long as it's a different thing. ♪ ♪ shanghai.
whatever you think of china, whatever you think you think of china, there's no way around it. it's one of the most dynamic, exciting, fast-changing places on earth. ♪ >> i'd like to know a lot about china. i'd like to know everything about china. if i've learned anything, it's that there's not enough time to be reasonably conversational on the subject. >> i've already learned something important here. >> it's just too big, too old, too deep. when you're confronted with this impossibly steep learning curve, that's fun. oh, and the food. did i mention the food? what do i know about chinese food? really? i know nothing. other than it's really, really tasty. delicious. and i want more of it. lots more. >> this is the bronx. you've probably heard about it. you may even have a pretty solid
image in your head of what it looks like, what it is like, or maybe you can't picture it at all. certainly the south bronx sounds familiar. as a dangerous place. for the most part, the bronx is overlooked, the never visited borough in new york city. which is a shame. because the bronx is a magical place with its own energy, its own food, vibe, and rhythm. you've been to brooklyn. maybe it's time you took a look at the bronx. >> i can't lay off this pork. it's insane. ♪ ♪ >> when we talk about africa, we sadly tend to think of it as a country. africa is not a country. africa is a continent, an
incredibly diverse and complicated one. whatever image we have of africa, tends to be formed by whatever films we've seen. ♪ ♪ all of those romantic notions of, i want to see magnificent landscapes, incredible animals, and extraordinary vistas, and magnificent people, the other in all of its diversity and beauty and strangeness. tanzania has got that. all that stuff you thought you wanted, the most jaw-dropping moments, it's here. ♪ ♪ >> iran. finally. i've been trying to get in this country five years now. it's been the big blank spot on
my things to do list. ♪ ♪ >> the iran i've seen on tv and read about in the papers, it's a much bigger picture. let's put it this way. it's complicated. and i think it's going to shock the hell out of you. ♪ ♪ >> at the end of a shooting day, what do you like to do? >> i like to sleep. my favorite thing to do, and i don't know whether this is tragic or not, sit down with people who make the show and
talk about what we're going to do on the next show. we'll have a few beers and we'll talk about music, movies we love, and what's the most [ muted ] thing we can do next week. trucked up. did i say trucked up? protesters in hong kong face a government ultimatum. disperse by monday or else. we're live from the scene where crowds remain camped out, some for over a week. remembering a man known as a selfless aid worker, killed by isis. we visit alan henning's hometown where community leaders and friends are numb with grief. and later this hour, brick by toy brick, life-sized artistic masterpieces, all created with legos. hello and welcome to our viewers in the u.s. and around the world. you're watching cnn. i'm natalie