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going into tuesday's voting. let's bring in cnn's jason carroll was at that rally, jason and trump is now saying he can change? what's that all about? >> well, you know, he said -- he cautioned the audience and said careful about changing. it seems like what he's been doing has been working out just fine for him and that's what the campaign is saying and that's what his supporters like, pamela. they like it when he's non-presidential and off-color. that's what seems to work and what we heard today he doesn't have plans to change any time soon. >> one of the smart pundits said, wait a minute, why would trump change? i'll do whatever. it is so much easier to be presidential because i don't have to use any energy. i can just walk out. so much easier. do you think this is easy? ranting and raving? >> so you see him there sort of joking about the whole
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situation. one part that he was not joking about and that's the delegate system. he was still very critical. still calling it a crooked system and a rigged system lashing out at ted cruz and ted cruz is bribing delegates in order to win them over. despite all of that trump looking well in all five states that are up for grabs on tuesday. pamela? >> it seems like ted cruz is trying hard to make sure donald trump doesn't reach that magic 1237 number, but how confident does donald trump seem in terms of getting the delegates needed come july? >> well, he does seem faurly confident and in fact, telling the crowd here who showed up that he expects to w s ts t s s that magic number of 1237 on the first round. >> jason carroll, thank you very much for bringing us the latest from hagerstown, maryland and ted cruz admits he may not be able to get the needed numbers for the domination and can kasich stop trump and force a
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contested convention? >> that is the big question and if so, is it fair? >> joining me now to discuss the washington correspondent for "the new yorker," the host of the bud sexton show" and bud sexton, both political commentators and politics reporter bob labianko. thank you for coming on the show. the delegate system is rigged and we've been hearing this for weeks now and his son said the same thing this morning on "state of the union." let's take a listen. >> the fact that the average voter doesn't even know that their vote may not matter or that, you know, their vote matters, but if you don't talk about the delegates. my father can do more wooing than anyone. he doesn't think that's right for the country, why should people get to be establishment elitists and over the 70-something delegates that are there you only get 17 and the other 50 and change, they're up for grabs for whoever bribes them. i mean, this isn't america.
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he's talking there about the pennsylvania primary where the majority of the delegates are bound regardless of how the voters decide come tuesday. buck, to you. does he have a point? >> pennsylvania does have kind of a strange system if you're going to look at it honestly. the fact that no one really knows how those delegates will vote on the first round until the actual convention happens does seem to open up the door pretty wide to criticism. this is a continuation of the trump campaign that ebbs and flows how it turns out for trump and the system is what it is in new york. he got many more in terms of delegates and the percentage was much higher than the percentage of the actual vote. so that's a case where all of a sudden the rules are great and the delegate system is fantastic and it's part of making america great again, i suppose, but when you look at pennsylvania and other states where it's not as useful of the trump campaign, and when you talk about stealing and bribery, now they're actually accusing people in some
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cases of malfeasance and crimes. this is a little bit beyond the pale, i would hope, and given the trump campaign so far it's not unusual. yes, you can criticize opinion pen, but take it up with the state gop and the delegates in pennsylvania and don't blame the cruz campaign for actually doing what's necessary to try to turn out their supporters and get it done. >> yet, i talked to an uncommitted republican delegate in pennsylvania yesterday and asked him if he felt committed to vote for the candidate who won the majority in his state. let's take a listen. >> that's going to be one input into my decision-making process. i have three things that i look at. i'll look at what the voters say. secondly, i'm going to talk to the business, political and civic leadership in the community and i am talking to all of the candidates and their surrogates about policies. i have some specific interests in urban policy, and i want to see where each one of them are on those issues and then
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ultimately i'll make my decision. >> so, in other words, tom. he's basically saying even if one of the candidates has a clean sweep in pennsylvania he's not necessarily committed to pledging to that candidate at the convention. is that a common sentiment among these unbound, uncommitted delegates? >> well, in some cases. you know, north dakota is similar in that you have these unbound delegates. you could call them free agents. a lot of them said they were uncommitted and they didn't want to say who they were supporting, but in a lot of cases, cruz has locked them up and at least early on and at least on the surface. we saw a little bit of this in colorado and wyoming, and when they signed those forms for cruz at the start of it, that kind of locks them in. pennsylvania and north dakota are a little bit different. what's interesting about this and i think this is why you can see the frustration from the trump campaign here is this is that buffer that trump needs.
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this goes on that buffer that he needs heading into july and heading into the convention. if he doesn't get to 1237. say he gets 1200 or say he gets 1150. he has ram to work with with these free agents to push him over the edge, mockingly, some of those republican opponent have said that he should use the art of the deal in this regard. >> right. exactly, but this goes -- pennsylvania is important because of that. that's that buffer that he has to work with. he really needs them. >> i was wondering, ryan, talking to this unpledged delegate, unbound delegate who claims he's uncommitted. these candidates have been campaigning for a year now. there's been debate after debate. are they really uncommitted or is there an incentive or leverage that they're hoping for by not coming out and throwing their support. i'm just curious from your reporting and experience.
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>> i was in florida and i was talking to a lot of delegates and i will tell you, to a fault i was impressed with how serious they take this process and how they realize that the eyes of the world will be on them in cleveland if there is an open convention and as your interview with the gentleman from pennsylvania suggested he's taking it very seriously and he's not discounting the will of the people in pennsylvania, but as he -- as basically, an elected representative and not much different than a member of the house and a member of the senate. he's taking all of the issues of his constituents into account when he makes that decision. i think that's when our system is all about in the republican small system that's what you want these delegates and these representatives to do, and you know, i think the way that trump talks about this system is as if he woke up yesterday and learned that this -- these were the rules. i mean, these rules were adopted
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and ratified and made clear to all of the campaigns back in early october of 2015. there's no mystery. i mean, i do think he's right and he has shown a light on this sort of strange system that we do use to nominate our presidential candidates, but it's transparent and it's the rules of the road. you understand when you join a party and run for the nomination. i do think he goes a little too far when he says it's rigged or he sort of questions the legitimacy of what's going on. so far that i've seen, and i've been reporting this pretty closely, i've not seen any rigging or illegal --? bribery. he's right, though, that it's not purely the small, democratic system and as buck pointed out he's benefited more than anyone from that because he's won 31% of the vote and he's won 45% of the delegates. if he loses he can say it's the system and it wasn't me and he
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can say i beat the system. i want to switch gears and talk about the koch brothers and the billionaires that have run several republican super pacs and i want to play you something that charles koch said about hillary clinton. let's listen. >> is it possible another clinton could be better than another republican? >> it's possible. it's possible. >> you couldn't see youshz supporting hillary clinton, could you? >> well, her -- her -- we would have to believe her actions would be quite different than her rhetoric. let me put it that way. >> all right. so, buck, you're a cruz supporter. what do you make of this? a guy who has given milons of dollars to support republicans saying that democrat hillary clinton could be a better president. >> when he said theoretically, he left the door open and it was hardly a ringing endorsement. >> it was not a ringing endorsement, but still. >> this is coming from somebody who also is very favorably disposed towards open borders or
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organizations, think tanks and other places that are for, if not open borders a sort of defacto open border state and legalization, a pathway, all of the things, by the way, that a trump campaign has been using from the very beginning in order to gain its seemingly unassa unassailable lead for the gop. it's not surprising that in koch would be somewhat open to a hill cree clinton presidency because on the core issue on the trump campaign about building a wall and securing borders and yes, even deporting large numbers of people mr. koch has a distinctive difference. so that's not surprising and the establishment, by the way, of the gop is increasingly, i think, uneasy with the fact that it might be will donald rump and therefore you will say we'll do anybody, but trump including perhaps, hillary which is not helpful to the whole notion of a unified ticket that will be needed after the convention. >> thank you so much for that. >> thanks, pam. >> thank you. on tuesday, voters in five more states head to the polls
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including the big delegate prize, pennsylvania. join us for all-day coverage on super tuesday. join us right here on cnn. looking back at the legacy of the music icon, prince. we'll go live to his home in paisley park. plus, the music industry has been rocked over his death. what legendary kiss frontman gene simmons has to say about who he was as a musician and as a man. later, is it the ultimate vacation? is space touring closer to being reality. your live in the newsroom. we'll be right back. stay with us.
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two places in minneapolis are purple-colored pilgrimage sites for music fans. the legendary first avenue club where prince first performed purple rain. they were dancing to the twin cities' famous son and crowds are still gathered outside prince's home and recording studio sharing their grief the best way they know how, by just being there. cnn's ryan young is there. what's the mood like there, ryan? >> you know, the mood is people are still coming. honestly, some with smiles in their faces and tears in their eyes. people have been partying there until 7:00 a.m. almost every single day since thursday and you can see the outpouring. if you look in this direction we'll walk down and show you how large the crowds are because we thought the rain would stop people from coming, but that did not happen. it's been a steady flow all day
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long and even when it was raining really hard people decided to stay here. some people were standing in the rain and you can hear people start singing "purple rain." how we met the people that decided to come together from all over the country to be here as friends so they can come and commemorate prince's life. you guys said you flew in from all different cities and what cities did you fly from to be here? >> we're from chicago? >> where else? >> charlotte, north carolina. >> chicago, as well. >> what made you guys want to come here as a group to be here for prince? >> because we come together to see him when he performs and we felt it just appropriate to be together to pay homage to him, to show our love and to be together and unite for his music and just to be together to support each other. it just felt appropriate. we have to be here. >> you were actually saying that you were at the last show, as well. >> i went to atlanta with my daughter last minute, and i have no regrets what so ever. >> you actually went to both of
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the last shows. >> both shows. >> what's that like knowing you saw one of his last shows? >> it's hurtful. it hurts. i'm grateful that i got to see him. i saw him here when he did his microphone and piano tour. the first show before it was even called a tour and then i saw him in atlanta, both shows. >> it's amazingly emotional and personal to all three of you. what did prince mean to your life and in terms of the music that he performed? >> his music -- he's incredible. he's a leader. my kids -- my kids, you know, they love prince, and just to see them, they're hurting also, you know? >> reporter: i'll leave you guys with this last question because a lot of people might not understand how large this is, when you see all of these people that are showing up here, how has that been to you guys?
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>> it is love. it's unbelievable and it is love and they're feeling the same thing that we're feeling. >> reporter: thank you guys so much for sharing that with us. as you can see as we walk this direction. so many people have stories where they wanted to come out here and experience this for themselves. they called each other as soon as they found out and they decided to get on a plan. we talked to a guy from japan and a guy from australia. you remember us standing here when the private memorial service was going and we saw the family members and band members coming out here. today it's been pretty quiet and the sheriff's office told us today they'll be opening this road back up tomorrow to normal traffic, so some of this will change. some of these people who are standing in the middle of the street won't be able to do that. we're not going to happen to the fence here and you can feel the emotion from people here as they talk about prince. >> yeah, i mean. the woman you talked to got teared up just talking about him and his legacy and so many
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people here paying tribute. ryan young, thank you so much for that. and musicians from every genre, jazz and classical, even country. they're telling us about the mastery of prince's art and the huge void left by his death. up next, one of america's hardest rockers tells me about the time he was floored watching prince on stage for the first time. (vo) whatever your perfect temperature... you'll enjoy consistent comfort with the heating and air conditioning systems homeowners rank number one.
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♪ ♪ >> a little while ago i talked to kiss co-founder gene simmons about the time he met prince backstage. it was right before prince really made it big. >> it was the early '80s. it was the beginning of his career. at the time i was with diana ross, so i told her let's go
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check this guy out. you're going to flip out. so we went to a small club in new york, maybe 400 people. we were just floored. we went backstage just to say a few hellos and i will tell you that the same person who was on stage who dominated everything, huge personality and charisma, backstage was shy, unassuming, no ego, could not look diana in the face when she was talking to him. i mean, this is a guy who didn't live in london, new york or -- he lived in minneapolis and stayed true to who he is all of the way until, unfortunately, his passing. very few -- very few people know who prince really was off stage. a very private, shy man. i got to see him a little bit off stage, but i can't really say i knew him all that well. i don't know that many people did. all of the way to the end, he was a very private person and again, lived in minneapolis from the beginning until the end.
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and one more thing that i want to say about his humanism, that very few people know that during his concert tours he asked his fans if you bought tickets to a prince concert i want you to bring canned goods and contribute to those less advantaged. come on. that's cooler than any rock star that gets up on stage and says look at me, look at me. this is a unique guy, and it would be a crime if the next generation of 14-year-olds don't look up and say, you know what? that's who i've got to emulate instead of the modern sort of pop artists who have producers and back -- remember, it's the guy who wrote, produced, arranged, engineered and did it all. >> my thanks to gene simmons. and the kiss frontman isn't the only celebrity paying tribut the to prince. others are pouring in who felt the electrifying touch of his music. ♪ ♪ >> it's a heartbreak to lose a
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member of that army of love. >> that's a loss. that's a major, major loss. >> it's a shock. it's a real blow to the family of music. what could we have done? what happened? >> i'm at a loss for words. >> this is really sad and the world is mourning an incredible audience. >> he was a genius. he was such a genius. ♪ ♪ >> on a stage, was there nobody who could compete with what prince could do. >> every iota of his life force was in making music and he just poured it out. he didn't make music. he didn't do music. music was just part of who he was. he could pick up any instrument and play it, but better play it better than you do. >> he truly is one of the greatest guitar players of all time. ♪ ♪ ♪ >> when i think about prince i think about liberation. >> he wanted to speak out as an artist. he was like a special effect.
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he was a beautiful mystery. >> he wasn't bound by time or race or gender or space. >> it was such an undeniable force because he didn't really have a color. >> i just hope that we celebrate his music and celebrate his purpose. >> the world needs to know that it wasn't just the music. the music was one way he tried to help the world, but he was helping every single day of his life. >> i'm just glad that i was able to say to him "i love you" the last time i saw him. >> i think the big guy in the sky that we call god i think he's putting together the most spectacular event that will ever, ever happen. >> thank you for all of the prince love. >> such a legend. >> after this break, police in ohio continue their man hunt after eight people were killed in four separate crime scenes.
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news on the urgent man hunt
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under way right now in ohio. ohio's attorney general now saying marijuana grow operations were found at three of the four locations where eight members of the same family were found killed. cnn has obtained photos of four of the victims. hannah rhoden was just 19 years old. clarence "frankie" rhoden was 20 years old and there was also dana rhoden. she was 37 years old and christopher rhoden, jr., was just 15 years old. authorities say the execution-style killings were pre-planned and that they've told surviving family members to use caution and, quote, be armed. >> cnn's nick valencia is following the investigation in pike county. >> we now have a potential clue in the investigation with the attorney general here in ohio, mike dewine and the local cherrive in pike county announcing that marijuana grow operations were found at three of the four crime scenes where the eight members of the rhoden family were shot in the head
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execution style. that has fueled speculation here by residents that these murders could have been dug-related though officials did not make that connection. they did receive more than 100 tips and interviewed between 50 and 60 people. they've gathered 18 pieces of crucial evidence some of which is being tested by dna. we have been talking to members of this community and they say that they are fearful. a local sheriff here tried to put some of those fears at ease saying that this was a pre-planned execution, a sophisticated operation specifically targeting the rhoden family. we have caught up with friends and family of the rhodens. the best friend of dana rhoden and we asked them directly if they had a connection to drugs or a nefarious underworld, she said everyone has skeletons in the closet, but overall they're good people. no suspect or suspects. a lot of people in this community still very fearful that they could be targeted next.
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>> nick valencia, thank you for that and by the way, we just learned that the marijuana discovery in the homicide investigation of the eight people in pike county was not for personal use and this was a quote. this operation was not for personal use. it was for something much bigger than that. that's according to an official with knowledge of the operation who alsos it wsays it was a sophisticated operation and the killings happened before dawn. we will continue to follow that story in piketon, ohio. president obama is on the right side of history. regarding angela merkel and a nowing her stance on immigrants in germany. >> i want to commend angela in her response to migrants desperately fleeing the syrian conflict and conflicts elsewhere in the region. perhaps because she once lived behind a wall herself. angela understands the
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aspirations of those who have been denied freedom and who seek a better life. >> mr. obama is in the european nation at least partly to drum up support for a free trade accord that he says could bring billions of dollars to both countries and some germans aren't so happy with this agreement and they say the partnership would take away jobs from their country and as you see here, they took to the streets to protest. straight ahead in the "newsro "newsroom." it's bringing the host in uncomfortable situations. >> this guy said he was coming alone. why did i believe him? camera crew or not, this seems like a bad idea. a rare inside look at the kkk in america. a preview of cnn's "united shades of america" with w.kama, bell. er it card, so we won't hike up your apr for paying late. that's great! it is great! (both simultaneously) thank you. at discover, we treat you like you'd treat you. get the it card with late payment forgiveness.
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"united shades of america" takes a look at the u.s. through an
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unexpected lens. in the first episode tonight w. kamau bell has a clandestine meeting with the leader of the ku klux klan. take a look. >> there say car with the headlights on. if that's him he'll blink his headlights. ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ >> let's go. this guy said he was coming alone. why did i believe him? camera crew or not, this seems like a bad idea. >> my voice is going to be disguised right? i'm the widz awiz art imperial wiz ar of the ku klux klan.
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>> yes, sir. i'm the president of the organization. first thanks for meeting with me. >> okay. >> klan historically, as you know has been a group associated with violence. >> i'm not associated with slielence. >> i know, but i'm saying historically. >> we have to look at the klan in the 21st century. >> don't you think that by wearing the same robes it's hard to separate those two different klans? >> i have an opportunity to wear a klansman robe. why? because i am right and i believe in the rituals and the beliefs of the ku klux klan. i was raised that way. this will always be klan regalia. no ifs ands or buts about it. >> i asked how this meeting came about and here's what he said. >> as a black man in america i have always been curious about the klan. i've done a lot of research and watched a lot of documentaries and i wasn't surprised by the thinges he said, i was just aware of the moment. it felt different than reading about it in a book or seeing it
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in a movie. as for the klan groups in the country and the producers reached out to a lot of them and three of them were interested in us sitting down with meeting with them. >> what is it like? take us inside and what's it like being a member of the kkk in 2016 and what has changed over the last several years and what hasn't changed? >> well, let's be straight. the kkk is one of america's homegrown terrorist groups from back of the end of the civil war until the modern day, but the new klan as they call themselves says that they don't hate black people. they just really love white people and they say they don't advocate violence. they just want to celebrate white supremacy, but that, of course, leads to the idea of having a whites-only country. they believe america was founded as a whites-only country which we know that's not true and they believe this is a white country. >> you studied the clan over the years and you were interested in them and did anything surprise you about the klan, just from doing the series?
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>> you know, we went to a cross burning and we were there for about three or four hours because we had to wait for it to get dark and they definitely were trying to intimidate me at first and after we were there for a while and it was a hot day in kentucky and while we weren't filming they would take their hoods off and it was about guys outside talking about the heat and that's what i think a lot of the show is about. you can feel however you want to feel about me. you can hate me and dislike me. i should be able to live my life and you should be able to live yours. it doesn't mean they like me anymore or i like them and this is a big country and we have to find a way to live together. >> you say humor is a big role in "united shades of america." >> you can talk to somebody and you can nod their head and you think they're listening, and if people are laughing you know they were paying attention and i
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also know they were hearing me. i also think about loster is powerful and people don't generally kill you while they're laughing at the things you say. so i think it sort of helps blunt the myth of white supreme see they believe. >> i'm excited to get past the klan episode and my twitter is blowing up and i'm fighting all day. >> we have an episode next week about san quentin and we have an episode after that where we'll be in portland and talking about hipsters and gentrification. and alaska, and that's a much-less contentious episode. >> kamau bell, thank you very much for that. >> you won't want to miss this new cnn original series "united shades of america" and it is it the 10:00 p.m. eastern and pacific only on cnn. pack your bags. it's a vacation to space? what are these systems going to be used for?
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is this a space hotel? is this going to be a space station? >> what we're doing is trying to create a sort of generic facility. a habitat. we want to be able to entertain entities, companies, space agencies. >> what you're describing sounds like a landlord. >> it is. it basically is. >> 60 days in space will cost you. you're watching cnn. we'll be right back. burning, pins-and-needles of beforediabetic nerve pain, these feet played shortstop in high school, learned the horn from my dad and played gigs from new york to miami.
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have you ever dreamed of traveling into space and maybe hanging out for a while? one real estate developer has set his sights on a space hotel that would actually float high above the earth much like the international space station. get this, he says it could be ready for visitors as early as 2018. cnn's rachael crane shows us how this would work. ♪ ♪
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>> reporter: space hotel, they're not something of science fiction anymore. you're saying in 2018? >> not really. theoretically, it could be done as early as that. meet robert bigelow, a real estate developer who made his fortune building a chain of low-cost motels. now he's looking to grow his real estate empire off earth. >> to imagine floating around in here, do you envision tourists also inhabiting these? >> absolutely. >> he believes his company bigelow aerospace may have a solution to our space housing problem. expandable habitats. >> all of this at one point when it's first launched will be compacted into this really small space and expanding into the structure. >> squeezing a core and now you have the shape of your spacecraft. >> how does this thing actually expand once it's launched into space. >> we just pump in gas. >> what kind of gas?
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>> nitrogen and oxygen. >> reporter: because they start out deflated and small it makes them easier and cheaper to launch than metal structures. >> the metal alternatives for iss have run into several billions of dollars and four or five years of construction. >> you can do it faster and cheap cheaper, you say. >> it's not just cheaper. the 18-inch walls will better protect us from space debris and radiation. once it expands, the b-330 prototype has the same volume as a small, three bedroom house and the largest model, the olympus is twice the size of the international space station. >> what are these going to be used for? is this a space hotel or a space station? >> what we're doing is trying to create a generic facility, a habitat. we want to entertain entities, companies, space agencies. >> what you're describing sounds like a landlord. >> it is. it basically is. >> the going rate to lease 110 cubic meters of volume for 60
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days? $25 million. that may sound pricey, but that's still a fraction of what it costs now and that is because there are only two habitable locations off earth, the international space station and china's space station. >> up until now space is characterized mostly by nations being only the ones to do the things and it's been prohibit e prohibitively expensive and we're trying to attack those things. >> bigelow isn't the only one trying to make space accessible. he's part of the weighty businessmen turning space entrepreneurs and unlike other tech-savvy moguls he's surprisingly old fashioned. >> do you use a laptop? >> no. >> do you use email? >> no, i don't. i don't want to bother with it. his fascination started as a young boy in nevada. after hearing that story a few times i realized tlfsz a tremendous amount of things we didn't know.
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>> when you're talking about things that we didn't know much about, are you talking about alien activity? >> if you bother to do the in-depth research you come away with un, givicly that that is the only answer for all of the various, vents that have occurred to people at very close range. >> and it's that belief in the impossible that drove bigelow to pursue his design. >> because the technology behind his inflatables is something nasa started toying with in the '60s. they dropped the idea because the materials they were using weren't strong enough. >> we are drawing to have the ecosystems for six people. he started his aerospace company. >> you've sunk about $200 million of your own money into this. >> actually, their 275, but who counting? >> why sink all of this money into this seemingly impossible task. >> we don't think it's impossible because if we did we wouldn't attempt it.
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we just think it's difficult. >> this isn't just an idea. his company has sent two prototypes into orbit and they have a contract with nasa to test one of the habitats in the iss. >> we're in that direction in space to do whatever we can. >> to get us there and keep us there? >> right. >> one of bigelow aerospace's modules was just attached to the international space station last week, meaning the international space station just got bigger. it just got another room. and that room was launched in just one launch which is absolutely incredible. this thing hasn't been inflated yet, and that won't happen for about another month, but once it is, astronauts will go inside once every couple of months for two years to test things like the structural integrity of the module, the temperature, radiation protection. how well does this thing
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withstand space debris? a very important thing on a module in space. you don't want a micrometeor on the traveling at 17,000 miles per hour to puncture a structure especially if there are people inside. bigelow has grand ambitions for his company and his modules. he even spoke to me about hopefully one day putting one of these modules on the moon. hopefully we'll be able to get a reservation at that space hotel. pamela? >> we'll have to wait and see. interesting stuff, rachel crane, thank you for that. >> coming up, it was a title no woman held until now. >> and i said i want to be a rabbi, and she said that's really not a good job for a nice jewish girl. >> and meet the female rabbi breaking barriers in the orthodox community. her remarkable story up next.
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♪ ♪ ♪ it is the third night of the jewish holiday of passover and in that spirit we want to introduce you to the very first woman to hold a title of rabbi for an orthodox jewish congregation. here's her story in this week's "american opportunity." ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ >> my name is rabbi lila cashtan and i'm the first woman to hold the title rabbi to serve in an orthodox synagogue. >> i have been dreaming of being a rabbi my entire life. when i was a little girl growing up in montreal, canada, my paternal grandmother, my bubby asked me what i wanted to be when i grew up and i said i want to be a rabbi and she said that
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wasn't a good job for a nice girl. they're used to seeing a bima at the pulpit. a rabbi is a spirive all leader and a rabbi is a teacher. i grew up in an orthodox home. my father was my greatest teacher and his message to me was to focus my education and that opportunities would hopefully present themselves if i was ready to accept them. i wasn't sure what community would hire me. while i do feel very well equipped to serve a community, was there some hesitation, maybe even some risk involved. ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ >> i think that we don't have the luxury of judaism to pass up any thoughtful, caring,
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sensitive leaders who are capable. there's 50% of the jewish community who should have the opportunity to serve. there is really very little in rabbinic literature that suggests that women cannot enter into religious leadership. >> how is everybody doing? >> i have always been considering the title, the title of rabbi. i didn't want to walk into a room or a space and have there be any ambiguity of what it is that i was there to do, what my training was and what my skill set was. i think putting women in leadership positions ensures that we will maintain tradition. ♪ ♪ ♪ >> we are in 2016, but misogyny is alive and well. we are really on the cusp of certain progress that we have to advocate for ourselves and advocate for our needs as women. women need to find support that they can so that they don't give up.
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in some ways women have to look at themselves in the mirror every morning knowing that what they're about to do is going to be very difficult and very challenging, but they're going to do it anyway. they're going to do it because of their call and their drive and because they are the best person for that position. ♪ ♪ >> and in addition to serving as a rabbi, she also works as a medicale ethecist and chaplain. i want to tell you about a brand new series of investigations kicking off on "new day" tomorrow morning on the girls kidnapped. our nima al bagger talks about how the government is slowly gaining ground in its fight against the terror group. >> two years ago when we visited after the mass abduction of the school girls, parents described to us how they followed the trail of their daughters to the front gates and to the entry point of the forest and were
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unable to move any further. this is the sambisa. the nigerian government has been able to start clawing back territory here from boko haram, but the sambisa fortress, the territory right in the center, that is still where they're moving towards. >> you won't want to miss this exclusive report starting at 6:00 a.m. eastern on "new day" only on cnn. >> tonight on cnn, anthony bourdain is back with all-new episodes of "parts unknown" and here is a sneak peek of the philippines. ♪ ♪ >> name of the band is -- >> keystone. >> keystone. >> yes. >> how long have you been playing together? >> five years. >> five years. >> all right, guys. >> a double is in the house! >> looking pretty. >> thank you. thank you. >> as one does i dragooned assuming correctly as it turns out that one of these young
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punks would know how to make a good adobo. >> is there a good authentic a dobo recipe. >> but the ingredients would remain the same. >> it's garlic, pork, we can now add the chicken, vinegar, peppercorns, bay leaf, soy sauce. ♪ ♪ >> this adobo is amazing. >> it is really good. >> thank you. thank you. >> where did you learn to cook adobo? >> i learned this from my mom. >> so the answer as to always who makes the best adobo is mom? >> it is. >> other than feeding people, what else do filipinos like? >> filipinos are hospitable. >> everybody knows how to sing.
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>> they don't inecessarily have to be in tune. they like to sing. >> we've been listening to music from a very young age. >> at 10:00, a original series, united shades of america and the premiere is tonight. i'm pamela brown. have a great week. delve into another subject? i was thinking about a show about topiary? i was thinking japanese flower arranging. watercolors. no, actually i wasn't thinking of anything. ♪ ♪ >> first order of business, dinner. ♪ ♪ >> oh, yeah.

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