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>> CHARLOTTE IS SO COMPETITIVE. >> SHE TRIES TO BOSS ME AROUND. >> MY BROTHER IS ALWAYS TAKING MY STUFF. >> HE TOOK MY FAVORITE SHOES. >> I'M GONNA TELL DAD ON YOU. >> I WAS PROBABLY A LITTLE BIT MORE OF THE SNITCH. >> HE'LL JUST, LIKE, SIT ON TOP OF ME. >> HE'S STANDING THERE MOONING ME. >> MY FRIENDS WERE LIKE... >> HE'S JUST REALLY ANNOYING. >> male announcer: THIS IS NICK NEWS WITH LINDA ELLERBEE. "IF ONLY I WERE AN ONLY CHILD: THE TOP TEN ANNOYING THINGS MY SIBLINGS DO." NOW FROM NEW YORK, HERE IS LINDA ELLERBEE. >> Ellerbee: GRINDING YOUR GEARS, RUFFLING YOUR FEATHERS, WHATEVER YOU CALL IT-- THE ART OF ANNOYING IS ALIVE AND WELL, AND YOUR SIBLINGS HAVE MASTERED THIS ART. SO WHEN THE ANNOYED GET STEAMED, THEY START TO VENT. AND, WOW, DO YOU HAVE SOME TALES TO TELL. WE ASKED AND YOU OPENED UP ABOUT THE VARIOUS WAYS YOUR SIBLINGS MAKE YOU CRAZY. THEN YOU RANKED THE CATEGORIES. HERE NOW, KIDS AND SOME FAMOUS FORMER KIDS GET THEIR RANT TIME AS WE COUNT DOWN THE TOP TEN ANNOYING THINGS YOUR SIBLINGS DO. >> I THINK THAT EVEN SHE WILL ADMIT THAT SHE DOES NOT SHARE ANYTHING--LIKE, NOTHING. >> AND DO YOU WANT TO KNOW WHY? I DON'T SHARE MY CLOTHING WITH YOU BECAUSE EVERY TIME I DO, IT EITHER GETS, LIKE, A HOLE IN IT OR IT GETS A STAIN ON IT. AND THAT'S WHY I DON'T SHARE MY STUFF WITH HER. >> MY SISTER DOESN'T SHARE THE BATHROOM WITH ME WHEN I REALLY NEED TO GO PEE. >> YOU'RE CONSTANTLY ON THE COMPUTER, AND THEN WHEN I-- >> THAT'S NOT MY FAULT. >> WHEN I ASK TO GET ON, YOU LET ME ON FOR, LIKE, 30 MINUTES, AND THEN YOU GET BACK ON FOR HOURS. >> HE'LL PUT SOME SPORTS CHANNEL, LIKE ESPN, AND I'LL BE LIKE, "I WAS JUST WATCHING TV. WHY DON'T YOU GO DOWNSTAIRS?" AND HE'S LIKE, "WHY DON'T YOU GO DOWNSTAIRS?" >> THE REMOTE CONTROL WAS SUCH A--WAS SUCH A, UM-- AN OBJECT OF--OF JUST, LIKE, BRUTAL WARS BETWEEN US. AND WE'D GET INTO-- IT WOULD STAR OFF YELLING, THEN IT WOULD GET PHYSICAL, AND WE'D WRESTLE, 'CAUSE BACK THEN YOU ONLY HAD, LIKE, ONE REMOTE CONTROL. >> JUST YESTERDAY, MY SISTER HAD, LIKE, A BAG OF CANDY, AND IT WAS A BIG BAG OF CANDY, SO I ASKED, "COULD I HAVE SOME?" SO SHE REACHED IN THERE AND PULLED OUT THE SMALLEST PIECE SHE COULD FIND--ONE PIECE OF CANDY--AND GAVE IT TO ME. >> I CAN SHARE WITH PEOPLE THAT AREN'T HIM. >> EVERYTHING IN MY ROOM IS MINE. >> NO, IT'S MINE. REMEMBER, DAD SAID, "SHARE." >> YOU DON'T SHARE. >> SO WHAT? IT'S MY STUFF. >> EXACTLY! >> CHARLOTTE IS SO COMPETITIVE. I MEAN, IF I GET A GOOD GRADE, AND THEN EVERYBODY'S SAYING, "CONGRATULATIONS, ANNA," THEN SHE'S LIKE, "WHAT ABOUT ME?" >> I'M BETTER THAN YOU AT SOCCER. >> NO, YOU'RE NOT. >> I'M FASTER THAN YOU. >> NO, YOU'RE NOT. >> EVERY TIME WE RACE, YOU MIGHT BEAT ME, BUT I'M QUICKER. >> WHEN WE PLAY BASKETBALL AT MY HOUSE, HE'LL CALL A FOUL ON ME WHEN THERE'S NO FOUL AT ALL. >> I GREW UP A PITTSBURGH STEELER FAN. MY LITTLE BROTHER GREW UP A DALLAS COWBOY FAN. AND I WAS A DODGERS FAN, AND HE WAS AN OAKLAND "A" FAN. SO THE DODGERS PLAYED THE "A"s WHEN WE WERE KIDS IN THE WORLD SERIES, AND THE STEELERS PLAYED THE COWBOYS IN THE SUPER BOWL. AND ON BOTH OCCASIONS WE HAD KNOCK-DOWN, DRAG-OUT FIGHTS. IN FACT, I HAVE A LITTLE SCAR ON ONE OF MY EYEBROWS HERE. >> WE WENT OUTSIDE TO PLAY MONOPOLY, LIKE, ON THIS LITTLE PICNIC BENCH THING THAT WE HAVE, AND I WON BY A LOT, AND SO HE JUST, LIKE, SLAMS THE ENTIRE THING OVER, AND ALL THE MONEY'S, LIKE, FLYING AROUND, 'CAUSE IT'S WINDY. AND THEN HE'S LIKE, "I DON'T WANT TO PLAY ANYMORE." >> MY BROTHER WENT AND TOOK THIS I.Q. TEST WHEN HE WAS REALLY YOUNG, AND HE SCORED 149. A COUPLE DAYS LATER, I WENT AND I TOOK THE I.Q. TEST, AND I SCORED 150. AND SO MY BROTHER, NOT TO BE OUTDONE--HE WANTED TO BE ON TOP, SO HE WENT AND TOOK THE I.Q. TEST AGAIN, AND HE GOT 151. SO I'M THINKING ABOUT GOING BACK AND MAYBE SCORING 152. >> MY SISTER, SHE'S JUST PERFECT IN EVERY SINGLE WAY PRETTY MUCH, TAKING FOUR HONORS CLASSES AND DOING NINE DIFFERENT AFTER-SCHOOL ACTIVITIES. IT REALLY ANNOYS ME. >> I'M IN, LIKE, ACCELERATED MATH AND ACCELERATED LANGUAGE ARTS, AND SHE IS NOT. >> YOU KNOW, THERE'S ALWAYS A LITTLE RIVALRY OR COMPETITION. WHO WANTS TO DO THE BEST IN SCHOOL OR WHO WANTS TO BE MOM'S FAVORITE? UNFORTUNATELY, I WIN. I WAS ALWAYS MOM'S FAVORITE. >> I WOULD SAY WE WERE MOST COMPETITIVE OVER OUR MOTHER'S AFFECTIONS. AND SO, LIKE, HER BIRTHDAY WILL COME UP, AND I'LL ASK HIM WHAT HE'S GETTING HER, AND HE'LL SAY HE'S GETTING HER FLOWERS, SO I'LL ALSO GET HER FLOWERS, BUT THEN I'LL FIND OUT THAT HE GOT HER, LIKE, AN IPAD. SO, LIKE, HE TRICKS ME INTO GETTING A LESSER GIFT. >> MY LITTLE SISTER, SHE WANTS LONG HAIR JUST LIKE ME. SHE'LL WANT TO WEAR MAKEUP WHEN I WEAR MAKEUP. MY SISTER'S LIKE, "AW, KELLY, ISN'T THIS SO SWEET? YOU HAVE A LITTLE MINI ME." I'M LIKE, "BUT I DON'T WANT A MINI ME." >> MY SISTER, SIDNEY, WILL BE LIKE, "GUESS WHAT I'M WEARING." AND THEN I'LL TURN AROUND AND I'LL SEE HER WEARING THE EXACT SAME OUTFIT AS ME. >> MY BROTHER, LIKE, DID-- LIKE, I WISH HE COPIED ME. INSTEAD, HE DID EVERYTHING I DID BETTER. >> I WAS THE ONE WHO COPIED MY BROTHER. WHATEVER HE WAS INTO, THAT'S WHAT I WAS TRYING TO DO, AND THAT'S WHY I STARTED SKATING. I THINK HE MIGHT'VE BEEN ANNOYED WITH ME WHEN I STARTED GETTING BETTER THAN HIM. >> WHEN I START TO LIKE A CERTAIN BAND THAT HE LIKES, SUDDENLY HE HATES THAT BAND AND PRETENDS THAT HE'S NEVER LISTENED TO IT. >> THE YOUNGER ONES, THEY THINK IT'S KIND OF FUNNY TO MIMIC YOU IN FRONT OF EVERYBODY. >> I WENT TO SCHOOL. I CAME BACK. AND SHE JUST COPIED ME THE WHOLE DAY. >> I SAID, "YASMIN, CAN YOU PLEASE LEAVE ME ALONE?" AND SHE GOES, "YASMIN, CAN YOU PLEASE LEAVE ME ALONE?" >> I SAID, "I'M NOT JOKING." SHE GOES, "I'M NOT JOKING." >> both: SO, UM... I'LL BE TALKING, AND HE TALKS JUST LIKE THIS. AND YOU'RE REALLY ANNOYING. [both laugh] YOU SEE? [both laugh] >> SHE ALWAYS PICKED ON ME. >> HE PICKED ON ME ALL THE TIME. >> YEAH. >> YEAH. >> ALL THE TIME. >> ALL THE TIME. >> ALL THE TIME. >> SO HE PICKS ON ME A LOT. HE GIVES ME A LOT OF BRUISES TOO. HE LIKES TO PUNCH ME. >> YOU START PUNCHING ME FOR SOME REASON. >> IT'S MY JOB. >> I FELL ASLEEP ON THE COUCH, AND SHE GOT ALL HER MAKEUP AND PAINTED ME. SHE CUT OFF SOME OF MY HAIR TOO. >> MY SISTER AND I, BOTH OF US REALLY LIKED TO SING AS KIDS. AND OUR FAVORITE WAS THE LITTLE MERMAID. AND I WAS ALWAYS LIKE, "I AM ARIEL, AND YOU'RE URSULA." AND SHE WOULD GET SO ANGRY THAT I WANTED TO BE ARIEL EVERY TIME, AND SHE HAD TO BE UGLY, FAT, LIKE, URSULA, THE, YOU KNOW, SCARY OCTOPUS LADY. >> HE GIVES ME DEAD LEGS IN BOTH OF MY LEGS, SO I CAN'T FEEL. >> WHEN I DO PICK ON HER, I MAKE SURE THAT IT'S NEVER ABOUT HER PHYSICAL APPEARANCE. I'VE ALWAYS BEEN VERY CONSCIOUS OF THAT. >> OH, THANKS. YOU'RE SO CONSIDERATE. >> I HAD, LIKE, TWISTS WHEN I WAS YOUNGER: BRAIDS, AFROS, PONYTAILS. AND MY SISTERS WOULD MAKE FUN OF ME AND MY BROTHER BECAUSE OUR HAIR WAS, LIKE, LONGER THAN THEIRS. >> MY BIG SISTERS, THEY STILL TREAT ME LIKE I'M THREE. >> HE SEES ME AS THE LITTLER ONE, THE ONE THAT HE CAN PUSH AROUND, AND THERE WAS ONE TIME WHERE HE PUSHED ME, LIKE, AND HE KNOCKED ME TO THE GROUND. >> AND THEN HE BENDS MY PINKIE ALL THE WAY BACK. >> I REMEMBER ONE TIME MY MOM WAS IN THE KITCHEN, AND I LOOKED TO THE LAUNDRY ROOM, AND HE'S STANDING THERE MOONING ME. AND I STARTED CRYING. AND MY MOM IS LOOKING AT ME IN THE HALLWAY CRYING-- "WHAT'S WRONG WITH YOU? WHAT'S WRONG?" "STEVE IS DOING THE..." [mumbling] AND BY THE TIME THAT SHE FIGURES OUT ANYTHING'S WRONG, HE'S GOT HIS PANTS UP AND HE'S WALKING OUT, LIKE, "I DIDN'T DO ANYTHING." [chuckles] >> HE LIKES TO TAKE MY CLOTHES. >> I "BORROW" THEM. >> AND THEN PUT THEM IN YOUR ROOM. >> MY BROTHER IS ALWAYS TAKING MY STUFF, WHETHER HE THINKS IT'S COOL OR IF HE THINKS IT'S VALUABLE AND HE WANTS TO SECRETLY SELL IT WITHOUT ME KNOWING. >> MY SISTER--THEY CAN JUST, LIKE, TAKE MY LIP GLOSS OR MY PERFUME AND SHE'LL SPRAY IT AS MUCH AS SHE CAN BEFORE I CAN COME BACK. >> HE TAKES MY PHONE ALL THE TIME, AND HE KNOWS MY PASSWORD, SO HE'LL, LIKE, GO IN IT AND, LIKE, LOOK THROUGH MY TEXTS AND JUST, LIKE, PLAY ALL MY GAMES AND ANSWER MY PHONE. >> I--I SWEAR I'VE ONLY DONE THAT ONCE. >> SHE SAYS, "SO, ARCHIE, WHO'S THIS GUY?" AND I SAY, "WHAT GUY?" AND SHE SAYS, "OH, I DON'T KNOW. THE GUY IN YOUR DIARY." >> I TOOK HER KEY AND OPENED THE LOCK AND READ HER SECRETS. >> SOMETIMES I CATCH HER TAKING SOME OF MY MONEY. >> I DON'T TAKE YOUR MONEY. >> YEAH, YOU DID. >> I DON'T TAKE YOUR MONEY. >> SAM--SAM, YOU TAKE MY MONEY-- >> I TOOK YOUR MONEY ONCE. >> I'VE TAKEN A BITE OF EVERY SANDWICH MY BROTHER'S EVER MADE. LIKE, WE CALL IT THE SANDWICH TAX. SO, LIKE, HE'LL MAKE A SANDWICH AND SIT DOWN, AND, LIKE, BEFORE HE CAN EVEN, LIKE, PICK IT UP, I'VE ALREADY LEANED OVER AND TAKEN A BITE OF IT. >> YOU TAKE, LIKE, MY GOOD CLOTHES. HE TAKES IT WITHOUT PERMISSION. HE SHOULD ASK FIRST. >> THERE WAS A CUT RIGHT HERE, LIKE, A V-NECK CUT IN IT, AND, LIKE, THE SIDES WERE CUT ALSO, AND I'M LIKE, "TEAGAN, WHAT DID YOU DO WITH MY SHIRT?" >> I REMEMBER I HAD MY FAVORITE SHOES. I WAS, LIKE, A LITTLE EIGHT-YEAR-OLD KID, AND MY OTHER BROTHER WAS SIX AT THE TIME. AND HE TOOK MY FAVORITE SHOES. AND I HAD THIS GIRL THAT I LIKED AT SCHOOL, AND I WAS SO PUMPED UP TO WEAR THESE SHOES. I WAS GONNA SEE HER IN MY ENGLISH CLASS, AND I HAD TO WEAR MY ALL-BLACK REGULAR SHOES. SO THANK YOU, LITTLE BIG BROTHER, FOR ALWAYS TAKING MY SHOES THAT'S NOT YOURS. [laughs] >> GROWING UP, I LOVED PLAYING WITH G.I. JOES, AND I HAD THEM ALL IN MY ROOM. AND I HAD THIS BIG, LIKE, AIRCRAFT CARRIER, AND IT WAS, LIKE SIX FOOT LONG. I'LL NEVER FORGET IT. AND I WAS A LITTLE OBSESSIVE-COMPULSIVE AS A CHILD, SO, LIKE, EVERYTHING ALWAYS HAD TO BE A CERTAIN WAY. AND THEY WOULD COME AND, LIKE, KNOCK THEM OVER AND RUIN THEM. >> WE'LL BE TALKING ABOUT SOMETHING IN THE CAR ON THE WAY TO SOMEWHERE, AND SHE'LL JUST START ASKING A MILLION QUESTIONS, JUST ONE AFTER ANOTHER AND FORCE ME TO ANSWER THEM. >> SO I HAVE THIS MASK... >> HE'LL SNEAK UP BEHIND ME AND SCARE ME WITH IT. HE'LL DO IT CONSTANTLY, AND IT GETS ME EVERY TIME. [screams] >> IT'S SO EASY. >> HE'LL BE DOING SOMETHING, AND I'M WALKING BY, AND HE'LL JUST STICK HIS FOOT OUT AND TRIP ME. >> WE HAD A POOL, AND I USED TO LOVE TO THROW HER IN IT, ESPECIALLY AFTER SHE GOT READY. SHE HATED THAT. I REMEMBER IN HER QUINCEAÑERA, SHE GOT ALL READY, AND SHE WAS ALL MADE UP--AND THAT WAS ONE THING. AND I GOT HER AND I THREW HER IN THE POOL. >> WE DID A SHOW--I THINK WE STARTED IN 1975, WASN'T IT? I'M RIGHT. IT'S CALLED THE DONNY AND MARIE SHOW, AND I REMEMBER DOING ONE THING TO YOU ONSTAGE. THERE'S A PITCH CHANGER THING THAT I HAD. >> OH. >> AND SHE STARTED SINGING, AND I JUST VARIED THE PITCH A LITTLE BIT SO SHE WAS, LIKE, FLAT THE WHOLE TIME. OUT IN THE AUDIENCE, IT'S LIKE, "SHE CAN'T SING." >> YEAH, I USED TO TAKE MY MICROPHONE, AND EVERY TIME YOU'D TRY TO SING A SONG, I'D STICK THE MICROPHONE IN THE TOILET AND KEEP FLUSHING IT. >> FLUSHING IT. >> SO ALL WE'D HEAR IS THE TOILET FLUSHING. >> SO I'D SING, ♪AND THEY CALLED IT ♪ [making flushing sounds] >> I DON'T HAVE A LOCK ON MY DOOR, SO SHE LIKES TO COME IN, AND SO-- >> I KNOCK SOMETIMES...MOSTLY. >> NOT REALLY. >> MAYBE. >> together: NOT REALLY. >> MY BROTHER WILL COME IN, AND WHATEVER I'M DOING HE'LL TRY TO MESS UP, SO HE'LL, LIKE, DELETE SOMETHING OFF MY--MY COMPUTER. >> SOMETIMES IF SHE'S JUMPING ON THE COUCH, FOR INSTANCE, AND SHE ISN'T SUPPOSED TO, AND I'M SITTING ON THE COUCH, AND I'M TRYING TO WRITE SOMETHING-- >> HEY, THAT DOES NOT COUNT. >> AND SHE JUMPS UP AND DOWN. I SAY, "CHARLOTTE, STOP." AND THEN-- >> YEAH. >> NO! JUMP, JUMP, JUMP. >> I HAVE A FRIEND WHO'S A BOY, WHICH SHE BUGS ME ABOUT, AND SO SOMETIMES I'LL BE, LIKE, VIDEO CHATTING WITH HIM, AND SHE'LL, LIKE, COME IN AND BE LIKE, "HI! HI! HI!" >> AND YOU'LL BE LIKE, "ERIK, ERIK, ERIK." AND I'LL BE LIKE, "WHAT?" AND SHE'LL BE LIKE, "HI." >> OH, YEAH. HE'S ANNOYING. >> YOU'RE MORE ANNOYING. >> THAT'S ANOTHER ANNOYING THING YOU DO. YOU DO THIS SASSY GIRL THING. LIKE THAT. EXACTLY. >> BUDDY, YOU GOT TO GO TAKE YOUR SHOWER. DID YOU BRUSH YOUR TEETH? YOU KNOW, DID YOU DO THIS? DID YOU DO THAT? >> CAN YOU MAKE ME THIS? CAN YOU MAKE ME THAT? >> MAKE ME CEREAL. GET ME SOME OREOS. >> CLEAN UP THE ROOM. >> GET ME SOME SODA. BRING ME MY DINNER. >> GO TO SLEEP. >> IF HE DOESN'T FEEL LIKE FEEDING THE CAT OR CLEANING ITS LITTER BOX, HE MAKES ME DO IT. >> HE'S LAYING ON THE COUCH, LIKE, "I'M SO TIRED! APRIL, CAN YOU PLEASE GET ME A GLASS OF WATER?" >> SHE'S ALWAYS BOSSING ME AROUND. >> WHAT? >> YES! >> YOU'RE ALWAYS BOSSING ME AROUND. >> OH, REALLY? >> YEAH. >> MM-HMM? >> YEAH. >> MM-HMM? >> MY SISTER AND BROTHER COULDN'T BOSS ME AROUND. I--I HAD THE, UH-- I HAD THE LEAD ON THAT. >> HE THINKS HE'S SECOND IN CHARGE RIGHT UNDER MY MOM. >> SHE WANTS TO BE THE OTHER MOM. >> I'M ON THE COMPUTER, AND SHE GOES, "OKAY, I'M GONNA SET THE TIMER FOR 20 MINUTES, AND WHEN THAT 20 MINUTES IS OVER, I WANT YOU OFF." >> YOU'VE HAD ENOUGH TV. DO YOUR HOMEWORK. >> YOU KNOW, YOU NEED TO START BEHAVING. IT'S NOT GOOD. >> SHE DOES THE SAME THING. >> WHO'S BOSSIER OUT OF THE TWO OF US? ME. >> YOU. >> HONESTLY, I DO DO THE BOSSING AROUND THING BECAUSE, YOU KNOW, OLDER BROTHERS TEND TO DO THAT. >> YOU DO DUMB THINGS. >> I DON'T DO DUMB THINGS. >> IT'S MY JOB AS HER OLDER SISTER TO MAKE SURE THAT SHE DOESN'T DO DUMB THINGS. IT'S OUT OF LOVE. >> UNLESS SHE HAS A COLLEGE DEGREE, I WILL NEVER LISTEN TO YOU, EVER. EVER, EVER. >> HAVING A LOT OF BROTHERS AND SISTERS IN YOUR FAMILY, THE BLAME GAME IS, LIKE, AT THE TOP OF THE LIST. >> MY BROTHER WOULD TAKE MONEY OUT OF MY MOM'S WALLET AND THEN BLAME IT ON ME, WHETHER IT'S $5, $10, $20. DOESN'T REALLY MATTER TO HIM, 'CAUSE HE'S NOT GONNA BE THE ONE PAYING HER BACK. >> ONE TIME, WE WERE KICKING THE SOCCER BALL IN THE HOUSE, AND I KICKED IT, AND I BROKE A VASE IN OUR HOUSE. AND I BLAMED IT ON KYLE. >> A LOT OF THE TIME MY BROTHER PRETENDS LIKE I DO SOMETHING, LIKE I HIT HIM, BUT HE JUST HITS HIMSELF, AND THEN SCREAMS, "TARA HIT ME!" >> SO HE GOES LIKE... "OW! APRIL JUST HIT ME!" AND THEN HE KEEPS ON DOING THAT, AND THEN I GET SENT TO MY ROOM FOR NO APPARENT REASON. >> SHE, LIKE, TRIPS OVER SOMETHING. SHE--AND MY MOM'S WALKING BY-- SHE'LL JUST SAY, "MOM, HE PUSHED ME." >> NO. IT'S BECAUSE HE ACTUALLY DOES TRIP ME. >> ONE TIME, THE BACK OF THE TV REMOTES, LIKE, GOT LOST, AND EVERYBODY ASSUMED IT WAS ME BECAUSE USUALLY I TAKE THE BATTERIES OUT OF THE TV REMOTES TO PUT THEM INTO MY GAME CONTROLLERS, BUT I-- BUT I ALWAYS PUT THEM BACK. AND THEN SHE RUNS TO MOM, LIKE, "I KNOW WHO DID IT. I KNOW WHO DID IT." >> ME AND MY FRIENDS, WE ARE WALKING, PLAYING BASKETBALL, WHEN SHE WALKED IN, AND SHE SAID, "OH, MY HONEY-BOO, MY BABY." AND ALL--EVERY--THE WHOLE DAY, EVERY OF MY FRIENDS KEPT ON SAYING, "OOH, YOU'RE HER BABY." >> MY LITTLE HONEY-BOO. >> UH-- DUDE, DON'T. >> MY SISTER LOVED TO EMBARRASS ME IN FRONT OF MY FRIENDS. >> both: NEVER. >> UH-HUH, NEVER. >> NEVER, NEVER. >> HE'LL COME UP TO MY LUNCH TABLE, AND HE'LL JUST, LIKE, SIT ON TOP OF ME, AND SAY, "HEY, GIRLIE, HOW YOU DOING?" >> WHEN I WAS LITTLE, I USED TO LIKE TO RUN AROUND THE HOUSE WITH UNDERWEAR ON MY HEAD, AND, LIKE, EVERYONE SHE MEETS, SHE'LL TELL THEM THAT STORY, AND IT'S TERRIBLE. >> WELL, AT SCHOOL, EVERY TIME HE SEES ME--IT DOESN'T MATTER WHERE HE'S GOING--HE'S ALWAYS GOT TO RUN UP BESIDE ME, BE LIKE, "BROTHER! BROTHER! BROTHER!" >> "OH, DEAR SISTER!" AND HUG ME AT SCHOOL AND... >> YEAH, I TRY TO EMBARRASS HER. >> SHE TRIES VERY HARD. >> I DO. >> I HAD A "CRUSH" ON THIS BOY, AND, LIKE, MY SISTER TOLD THE WHOLE THIRD GRADE CLASS THAT I LIKED HIM, AND, LIKE, I WENT OFF CRYING. THAT WAS, LIKE, THE MOST ANNOYING-EST THING SHE EVER DID. >> Ellerbee: AND WHAT IS THE NUMBER ONE THING SIBLINGS DO TO ANNOY YOU? WHAT REALLY GETS YOU GOING MOST, MAKES YOU THINK OF HOW NICE IT WOULD BE TO BE AN ONLY CHILD? DRUMROLL, PLEASE. [drumroll trills] >> MY SISTER TELLS ON ME A LOT ABOUT, YOU KNOW, PRETTY MINOR STUFF, AND IT'S REALLY ANNOYING. >> IT WAS IMPOSSIBLE FOR HER TO KEEP A SECRET, SO IF I TOLD HER ANYTHING, SHE WOULD GO STRAIGHT TO MY PARENTS. >> ONE DAY, I BROKE A GLASS BY ACCIDENT. MY SISTER JUST STRAIGHT UP JUST SAID, "I'M GONNA TELL DAD ON YOU." I'M LIKE... >> SHE WENT STRAIGHT TO MY MOTHER AND SAID, "MOM, ANNA ATE A PIECE OF CANDY!" >> IF I DON'T CLEAN MY ROOM, SHE'LL TAKE A PICTURE AND JUST SHOW IT TO MY MOM. >> I HAD BRACES, AND I HAD TO WEAR HEADGEAR EVERY NIGHT BUT I WOULD NEVER WEAR IT, SO MY DAD CAME UP WITH A SYSTEM WHEREIN IF MY BROTHER COULD CATCH ME NOT WEARING MY HEADGEAR, I WOULD HAVE TO PAY 50¢ OF MY ALLOWANCE TO MY BROTHER. HE WAS LIKE THE JAMES BOND OF CATCHING ME WITHOUT MY HEADGEAR. HE WOULD, LIKE, GO UP TO BED AN HOUR BEFORE ME AND JUST, LIKE, HIDE AND WAIT IN MY CLOSET. AND THE DEAL WAS, IF MY HEAD HIT THE PILLOW WITHOUT MY HEADGEAR, HE WOULD JUMP OUT AND YELL, "HEADGEAR!" AND JUST RUN TO MY PARENTS' ROOM. >> I SCARE HIM AND SAY, "OH, I'M GONNA CALL DAD" OR "I'M GONNA CALL MOM." HE GETS--HE JUMPS AND GRABS THE PHONE AND SAYS, "NO, NO, NO! NO, IT'S OKAY." >> I'D CRAWL UP IN THIS CRAWL SPACE UNDER THE HOUSE, AND I HAD THESE LITTLE PLASTIC ARMY MEN. AND I TOOK A BOX OF KITCHEN MATCHES, AND I WOULD SET THEM ON FIRE. AND IT WAS ALL SAND UNDER THERE, AND WHEN IT WOULD DRIP, IT WOULD MAKE THIS DISTINCT NOISE--"DOO! DOO!"-- WHEN IT WOULD DRIP, AND MY SISTER BUSTED ME. AND SHE SAT AND WATCHED ME DO TWO OR THREE AND THEN WENT AND TOLD ON ME. AND I GOT A SPANKING FROM MY MOM AND THEN I GOT A SPANKING FROM MY DAD WHEN HE GOT HOME. >> WELL, TELL YOU THE TRUTH, IF ANYBODY, I WAS PROBABLY A LITTLE BIT MORE OF THE SNITCH BECAUSE I WAS THE BABY, AND MY MOM USED TO HAVE--PLAY A GUILT TRIP ON ME. AND SHE USED TO SAY TO ME, "YOU KNOW, BUDDY, REMEMBER, GOD'S WATCHING. YOU CAN'T LIE TO ME. DID YOUR SISTERS HAVE PEOPLE OVER AND HAVE A PARTY?" AND I WOULD SAY, "I CAN'T LIE, MA. YEAH, THEY DID." AND THAT'S TRUTH. >> Ellerbee: WHEN I WAS GROWING UP, I DIDN'T GET BOSSED AROUND OR BLAMED FOR STUFF I DIDN'T DO. I DIDN'T HAVE TO SHARE MY TOYS OR MY CLOTHES, BUT NOT BECAUSE I HAD THE PERFECT SIBLINGS. I DIDN'T HAVE SIBLINGS. SURE, SIBLINGS CAN BE REALLY ANNOYING. YOU'VE PROVEN THAT. BUT I ENVY YOU. FOR ONE THING, I COULD NEVER BLAME ANYTHING I DID ON A BROTHER OR SISTER. FOR ANOTHER, ONLY CHILDREN ARE OFTEN STEREOTYPED AS SPOILED, SELFISH, SOLITARY MISFITS. OKAY, SOMETIMES I WAS-- AM. BUT MAINLY I ENVIED YOU THEN AND ENVY YOU NOW BECAUSE YOU HAD AND HAVE EACH OTHER. EVEN AT THOSE TIMES WHEN ALL YOU WANT TO DO IS WRING EACH OTHER'S NECK. >> NO MATTER HOW ANNOYING THEY CAN BE, I LOVE THEM. AND I TELL THEM THAT, THAT I LOVE THEM NO MATTER WHAT. >> YEAH, WE'RE, LIKE, EACH OTHER'S BEST FRIEND. WHAT CAN I SAY? >> [laughing] >> I THINK IT'S NICE TO HAVE ANNA AS AN OLDER SISTER 'CAUSE I CAN KIND OF RELY ON HER, AND SHE CAN COMFORT ME. >> HE'S ALMOST ALWAYS THERE FOR ME. >> MOST OF THE TIME, HE'S, LIKE, THE BEST BROTHER IN THE WORLD. >> HE'S MY FAVORITE PERSON TO BE AROUND. >> WE'RE LIKE PARTNERS IN CRIME. >> HE INTRODUCED ME TO SKATEBOARDING. I MEAN, IF IT WEREN'T FOR HIM, I PROBABLY WOULDN'T BE WHERE I AM. >> WE'RE STRONGER BECAUSE OF EACH OTHER. WE HOLD EACH OTHER UP AND PICKED EACH OTHER UP. >> IN A WAY, HER PUNCHES MAKE ME STRONGER. >> SOMETIMES HE'S FUN-- SOME OF THE TIME. >> SOME. >> MAYBE, LIKE... 52% OF MY LIFE. >> AWW. >> OKAY, JUST FOR A SECOND. >> mwah! >> WE GOT ALONG REALLY GOOD YESTERDAY. >> NO, WE DIDN'T. [percussive marimba music] ♪ >> [speaking foreign language] >> I WAS VERY YOUNG AT THE TIME THEY CAME TO GET ME TO START FISHING. >> [speaking foreign language] >> ALL I EVER DID WAS WORK AND WAS BEATEN UP WHENEVER I REFUSED TO DO ANYTHING I WAS INSTRUCTED TO DO. I'M NOT REALLY SURE WHY BOTH MY PARENTS ASKED ME TO GO. >> male announcer: THIS IS NICK NEWS WITH LINDA ELLERBEE. NOW, FROM NEW YORK, HERE IS LINDA ELLERBEE. >> Ellerbee: HUMAN TRAFFICKING HAS GONE BY OTHER NAMES IN OTHER TIMES. IT USED TO BE CALLED THE SLAVE TRADE. NO MATTER WHAT YOU CALL IT, THE PRACTICE HAS ALWAYS INCLUDED THE SALE OF KIDS. IT STILL DOES. CHILD TRAFFICKING IS AN INTERNATIONAL PROBLEM AFFECTING MILLIONS OF PEOPLE AND MANY COUNTRIES AROUND THE WORLD. THIS SHOW IS ABOUT SHINING A LIGHT ON A HUGE ISSUE BY FOCUSING ON ONE PLACE, ONE PARTICULAR SITUATION, SOME REMARKABLE AMERICAN KIDS, AND EQUALLY REMARKABLE FORMER CHILD SLAVES TRYING TO MAKE IT BETTER. THIS SHOW IS ABOUT A RESCUE MISSION. THE JOURNEY REALLY STARTED WHEN TYLER, A 15-YEAR-OLD BOY FROM BRENTWOOD, CALIFORNIA, SAW A SHOW ON TELEVISION BACK WHEN HE WAS NINE YEARS OLD. >> THEY WERE FEATURING A STORY ON CHILD TRAFFICKING IN GHANA, AFRICA, AND THESE KIDS WERE BEING SOLD INTO TRAFFICKING BY THEIR OWN PARENTS FOR AS LITTLE AS $20, AND THEY'RE FORCED TO FISH 14 HOURS A DAY WITH ONLY ONE MEAL, AND I FELT HORRIBLE FOR THESE KIDS, AND I COULDN'T BELIEVE THAT THESE KIDS WERE BEING TREATED THIS WAY. I THOUGHT EVERYONE WAS TREATED AS GREAT AS I WAS. >> WHEN TYLER CAME TO ME AND ASKED TO DO A FUNDRAISER FOR CHILDREN HE HAD LEARNED WERE IN TRAFFICKING ON LAKE VOLTA IN GHANA, AFRICA, I KIND OF THOUGHT HE WAS CRAZY. HE WAS NINE. HE WAS LITTLE, AND I DIDN'T THINK IT WOULD ACTUALLY REALLY HAPPEN. MY NAME IS LAURA, AND I'M TYLER'S MOM. >> WE'VE DONE THOUSANDS OF LEMONADE STANDS, CAR WASHES, CELEBRITY FUNDRAISERS, AND JUST ANYTHING WE COULD DO TO RAISE MONEY TO SAVE CHILDREN OUT OF TRAFFICKING. >> THE KIDS ARE SOLD INTO TRAFFICKING BY THEIR PARENTS NOT HAVING ENOUGH MONEY TO SUPPORT THE REST OF THEIR FAMILY, SO THEY THINK THAT IT'S OKAY TO GET A LITTLE MONEY, AND THE PARENTS ARE TOLD THAT THEY WILL LEARN A CERTAIN SKILL SET, AND THEN THEY WILL BE ABLE TO COME BACK TO THEIR HOME AND PROVIDE FOR THEIR FAMILIES. >> TETTEH IS A 22-YEAR-OLD YOUNG MAN WHO WAS FORMERLY TRAFFICKED AND WAS RESCUED SIX YEARS AGO, AND HE NOW WORKS WITH ERIC TO RELATE TO THE CHILDREN THAT WE'RE RESCUING SO THAT THEY CAN LOOK AT HIM AND SEE HOPE AND NOT FEEL SCARED. >> MADISON, ONE OF THE GIRLS WITH ME ON THIS TRIP, HAS BEEN A GOOD FRIEND OF MY FAMILY'S FOR A LONG TIME, AND SHE GOT REALLY INVOLVED WHEN I TOLD HER WHAT WE DO, AND SHE LOVED THE IDEA AND WANTED TO HELP OUT. >> BEFORE WE CAME, I MEAN, I KNEW THAT THE KIDS WERE IN HARSH CONDITIONS. I DIDN'T REALLY KNOW HOW MUCH THEY GOT HURT BY THE FISHERMEN, NECESSARILY, OR HOW THEY WERE TAKEN AWAY FROM WHERE THEY LIVED. MY NAME IS MADDIE, I'M 15 YEARS OLD, AND I'M FROM WALNUT CREEK, CALIFORNIA. >> HE DESCRIBED IT, "BY THE TIME I COULD WALK, BY THE TIME I COULD TALK, BY THE TIME I KNEW WHAT I WAS DOING, I WAS FISHING." HE GREW UP, AND THAT WAS ALL HE KNEW. HE WAS TAKEN AWAY WHEN HE WAS FIVE. HE SPENT TEN YEARS IN SLAVERY, AND DURING THAT TIME, HE WAS HIT, HE WAS HURT, AND SO HE WENT THROUGH A LOT. >> SO TODAY, WE'RE GOING TO THE VILLAGE WHERE NEVER LIVES. IT'S CRAZY, I MEAN, TO THINK I WAS JUST NINE WHEN I SAW HIM ON TV, AND NOW I'M HERE MEETING HIM. >> NEVER, THIS IS TYLER. >> HI. >> TYLER. >> NICE TO MEET YOU. >> VERY NICE MEETING YOU. >> WELCOME TO GHANA. >> THANK YOU. >> YOU'RE WELCOME. >> SO YOU GUYS WILL HAVE FUN. >> OKAY. >> YOU INSPIRED ME TO RAISE MONEY TO HELP SAVE THE KIDS OUT OF TRAFFICKING. >> YES. >> AND I'VE BEEN DOING IT FOR FIVE YEARS, AND NOW-- >> FIVE YEARS? >> MM-HMM. >> YOU SEE, THIS FISHING STORY IS A STORY-- >> YEAH, IT'S A VERY LONG STORY. >> YES, IT'S A LONG STORY. IT'S A STORY WHERE WHEN YOU START--BEFORE YOU FINISH, YOUR HEART WILL MELT LIKE SNOW. FISHING... [chuckles] IS VERY DIFFICULT. THE CONDITION THERE IS NOT-- IT'S NOT GOOD AT ALL. >> IT MAKES ME SAD WHEN I HEAR THE STORIES. IT MAKES ME FEEL LIKE ALL THE BAD THINGS IN MY LIFE REALLY AREN'T THAT BAD, AND THEY COULD BE A LOT WORSE, AND IT DRIVES ME. THE TRIP FROM ACCRA TO HERE HAS BEEN A LONG JOURNEY, BUT WE'RE FINALLY HERE. I CAN'T FEEL MY LEGS. [laughs] STAYING AT THE MOTEL LAST NIGHT WAS PRETTY HARD. IT WAS INCREDIBLY HOT, BUT YOU GOT TO PUSH THROUGH AND THINK THAT THE KIDS HAVE IT WORSE, SO I SHOULD BE ABLE TO DO THIS. THIS MORNING, WE ARE AT LAKE VOLTA, AND WE'RE ABOUT TO GO ON OUR FIRST RESCUE MISSION. MY GOAL FOR THE NEXT FIVE DAYS IS TO GET AT LEAST FIVE KIDS OUT OF FISHING TRAFFICKING. [all speaking foreign language] [all speaking foreign language] [all laugh] NOW, THIS IS A MAN WE SAW HERE WHO SAID HE HAD SOME CHILDREN; HE WANTED TO LET THEM GO. >> THE PROCESS OF GETTING KIDS IS, WE PAY THE FISHERMEN, AND THEY SIGN A DOCUMENT SAYING THAT THEY WILL NEVER TRAFFIC ANOTHER KID AGAIN. IF THEY SIGN THE DOCUMENT AND THEN THEY TRAFFIC ANOTHER CHILD, THEY WILL BE ARRESTED. WE GIVE THE FISHERMEN MOSTLY MONEY, BUT SOMETIMES, WE GIVE THEM SUPPLIES, AND THEN SOMETIMES, WE'LL BUILD, LIKE, A FISH POND FOR THEM OR JUST OTHER THINGS THAT MIGHT HELP THEIR BUSINESS. >> WE HAVE ONE NEGOTIATION WHERE IT'S A MUTUAL AGREEMENT THAT THEY HAVE PRETTY MUCH TOLD US THEY WILL RELEASE THE CHILD, BUT WE HAVE NOT TAKEN HIM YET. WE'RE IN OUR SECOND VILLAGE. WE ARE GOING IN TO SEE IF THERE ARE SOME CHILDREN IN THERE THAT WE CAN RESCUE FOR TRAFFICKING. >> [speaking foreign language] >> I DID FEEL HELPLESS DURING THE NEGOTIATIONS, BECAUSE I COULDN'T UNDERSTAND WHAT PEOPLE WERE SAYING. I COULDN'T PUT MY INPUT TO THE SITUATION. I COULDN'T REALLY DO ANYTHING, JUST SIT AND WATCH. >> WHEN I SEE THEM ON THE BOAT, YOU KNOW, FEEL THE TENSION FROM THE FISHERMEN, IT'S ALL THE SENSORY DETAILS THAT REALLY HELPED ME UNDERSTAND WHAT EXACTLY THEY'RE GOING THROUGH AND HOW ROUGH THE SITUATION REALLY IS. >> [speaking foreign language] >> [crying] [both speaking foreign language] >> THERE WAS DEFINITELY THAT FEELING OF DISAPPOINTMENT FOR ALL THE KIDS WE HAD TO LEAVE BEHIND LIKE ALEX. YOU KNOW, HE HAD COME ON THE BOAT WITH US. I WAS KIND OF ESTABLISHING A SMALL CONNECTION AT LEAST, AND THAT'S DEVASTATING, EMOTIONALLY. >> [speaking foreign language] >> THE JOB I DO HERE IS VERY DIFFICULT, AND WE WORK FOR LONG HOURS. WHENEVER IT GOT WINDY WHILE WE WERE FISHING, I WOULD JUST KEEP PRAYING OVER AND OVER THAT NOTHING BAD HAPPENED TO US. WE SOMETIMES GET LOST AND END UP SPENDING LONG HOURS BEFORE WE FIND OUR WAY BACK. >> [shouts in foreign language] >> MY MOM ALLOWED HIM TO BRING US HERE SO WE CAN LEARN HOW TO WORK AS FISHERBOYS. I WAS VERY YOUNG WHEN I WAS TAKEN AWAY FROM MY MOTHER SO I WOULD NOT BE ABLE TO RECOGNIZE HER. >> [speaking foreign language] [boat engine roaring] >> IT'S ABSOLUTELY WORTH TO RESCUE--ONE LIFE IS WORTH ANYTHING. WE DON'T KNOW WHAT KOJO WILL BECOME. KOJO COULD BE PRESIDENT OF GHANA ONE DAY. [rooster caws] [percussive music] ♪ >> THE DANCE LAST NIGHT WAS REALLY COOL. IT HAS A GOOD BEAT. THE CONDITIONS ARE A BIT HARD, AND IT'S NOT WHAT WE'RE USED TO. STAYING IN THE VILLAGE HAS BEEN--NOT MANY PEOPLE GET TO DO IT IN THEIR LIFETIME, SO IT WAS GREAT TO EXPERIENCE IT. TETTEH DECIDED TO GO WITH US ON THE RESCUE MISSION AND GO BACK TO HIS OLD VILLAGE TO HELP AND MAKE AN IMPACT. >> [speaking foreign language] >> SINCE HIS UNCLE HAS ALLOWED HIM TO GO... >> [speaking foreign language] >> I THINK IT WAS HARD FOR TETTEH TO GO BACK TO HIS OLD VILLAGE. I DON'T KNOW IF I WOULD HAVE GONE BACK. >> [speaking foreign language] >> TETTEH WAS ONE OF MY WORKERS, BUT I SUPPORTED THE IDEA OF GOING TO SCHOOL. THAT'S WHY I ALLOWED HIM TO LEAVE. I WON'T MAKE ENOUGH PROFIT IF I SHOULD HIRE ADULTS TO WORK FOR ME. I CAN STOP EMPLOYING YOUNG CHILDREN AS WORKERS, HOWEVER, I DON'T KNOW IF THE OTHERS CAN. I DON'T THINK BRINGING THE POLICEMEN TO ARREST FISHERMAN WHO ENGAGE YOUNG CHILDREN IN THEIR BUSINESS WILL PUT A STOP TO THIS. THE PARENTS DON'T HAVE THE MONEY TO SUPPORT THEMSELVES OR THEIR KIDS. THAT'S WHY THEY GIVE THEM AWAY TO WORK. >> RIGHT NOW, I FEEL STICKY, DIRTY, EXHAUSTED, BUT ACCOMPLISHED. WE'VE DONE SO MANY FUNDRAISERS, AND IT'S ALL JUST PAID OFF TODAY. >> [speaks foreign language] >> I MEAN, WE SAVED FOUR KIDS. IN THE END, WE DID A GOOD THING. >> THE TRANSITION FOR THESE KIDS MUST BE EXTREME. I MEAN, THEY'VE NEVER USED UTENSILS BEFORE. THEY'VE NEVER OPENED A DOOR BEFORE. >> [speaks foreign language] >> THEY DON'T KNOW HOW TO USE A LOCK. THEY'VE NEVER SLEPT IN BUNK BEDS. >> [speaking foreign language] >> WE USED TO SLEEP ON MATS ON THE BARE FLOOR AND THEN COVER OURSELVES WITH A PIECE OF CLOTH. HERE, I CAN SLEEP ON THE MATTRESS AND LAY MY HEAD ON A PILLOW AS WELL. EVERYTHING IS BEAUTIFUL. >> [speaks foreign language] [all chanting] >> TETTEH, HE'S COME HERE, SO NOW HE'S LIVING WITH THE KIDS AT THE CENTER TO TAKE THEM THROUGH THIS PROCESS, AND HE'S, YOU KNOW, THEIR FRIEND BUT ALSO THEIR TEACHER, AND HE'S REALLY GIVING BACK A LOT. >> THE BALL IS ON THE-- >> [speaking foreign language] >> GOING TO SCHOOL GIVES ME HOPE AND MAKES ME BELIEVE I HAVE A BETTER FUTURE. >> SO WE ARE GOING TO SING-- >> IT DOES FEEL LIKE THEY'RE AT A BETTER PLACE. I MEAN, THEY'RE COMING FROM THESE HORRIBLE, INTENSE LIVES AND COMING INTO THE COMFORT OF LOVING ARMS, AND THEY'RE GONNA GO TO SCHOOL AND PLAY WITH FRIENDS, AND IT'S A MUCH BETTER LIFE FOR THEM. >> [speaking foreign language] >> I JUST CAN'T EXPRESS HOW HAPPY I AM TO BE LIVING HERE NOW. I DON'T WANT TO LIVE WITH ANY MASTER AGAIN. >> IF SOME KIDS ARE OUT THERE, AND THEY'RE VERY INTERESTED IN MAKING A DIFFERENCE, JUST DO IT. DON'T DOUBT YOURSELF. ASK AS MANY PEOPLE FOR HELP-- I MEAN, JUST A LITTLE BIT CAN CHANGE A PERSON'S LIFE, AND AS LONG AS YOU HAVE THE DRIVE, YOU CAN DO ANYTHING. >> Ellerbee: AS WE LIKE TO SAY ON NICK NEWS, WHEREVER YOU FIND BAD THINGS HAPPENING, YOU ALWAYS FIND GOOD PEOPLE TRYING TO MAKE IT BETTER, KIDS INCLUDED. THIS SHOW PROVES THAT POINT. KOFI ANNAN FROM GHANA, DIPLOMAT, NOBEL PEACE PRIZE WINNER, AND FORMER SECRETARY GENERAL OF THE UNITED NATIONS ONCE SAID, "YOU'VE TAUGHT YOUNG PEOPLE THAT THEY DO HAVE THE POWER TO CHANGE THE WORLD." HE SAID THAT TO BONO OF THE BAND U2. TODAY, HE MIGHT SAY THE SAME THING TO TYLER, AND TYLER MIGHT RESPOND WITH A PROVERB FROM GHANA: ACT AS IF IT'S IMPOSSIBLE TO FAIL. I'M LINDA ELLERBEE. GOOD-BYE FOR NICK NEWS. >> announcer: TO FIND OUT HOW >> MY PARENTS ARE FROM SAMOA AND SRI LANKA. >> MY PARENTS ARE FROM INDIA. >> MY FAMILY IS FROM CHINA, AND I WAS BORN IN AMERICA. >> MY PARENTS ARE FROM THE PHILIPPINES. >> I'M A BANGLADESHI AMERICAN. >> CAMBODIAN AMERICAN. >> TAHITIAN AMERICAN. >> TIBETAN AMERICAN. >> JAPANESE AMERICAN. >> INDONESIAN AMERICAN. >> KOREAN AMERICAN. >> male announcer: THIS IS NICK NEWS WITH LINDA ELLERBEE. WHO AM I? ASIAN PACIFIC AMERICAN AND PROUD. NOW FROM NEW YORK, HERE IS LINDA ELLERBEE. >> Ellerbee: ASIAN PACIFIC AMERICAN IS A BLANKET TERM THAT LUMPS TOGETHER A MULTITUDE OF HERITAGES, RELIGIONS, LANGUAGES, AND ETHNICITIES. 15 MILLION PEOPLE IDENTIFY THEMSELVES AS ASIAN PACIFIC AMERICAN. THEY COME FROM ALL PARTS OF ASIA AND THE PACIFIC ISLANDS, NEARLY 50 COUNTRIES IN ALL. THEY DO NOT ALL LOOK ALIKE, SOUND ALIKE, OR SHARE THE SAME BELIEFS, AND YET, OTHERS TEND TO SEE THEM ALL AS THE SAME, CALLING KOREAN AMERICAN CHINESE AND CHINESE AMERICANS JAPANESE; CONFUSING INDIANS WITH PAKISTANIS, HAWAIIANS WITH FILIPINOS WITH MALAYSIANS. MAY IS ASIAN PACIFIC AMERICAN HERITAGE MONTH IN THE U.S., WHICH MEANS IT'S A GOOD TIME TO GET TO KNOW AND TO CELEBRATE ASIAN PACIFIC AMERICANS. >> I DON'T THINK PEOPLE ALWAYS THINK OF INDIA WHEN THEY THINK OF ASIA, EVEN THOUGH IT'S GOT THE SECOND MOST POPULATION IN ASIA. PEOPLE THINK OF COUNTRIES LIKE CHINA OR JAPAN. I'M MAHEEMA. I'M 13, AND I'M FROM WOODBURY, MINNESOTA. I'M A FIRST GENERATION INDIAN AMERICAN BECAUSE MY PARENTS BOTH WERE BORN AND BROUGHT UP IN INDIA, AND THEY CAME HERE, AND THEN THEY HAD ME. MY FAMILY IS MAINLY DIFFERENT, I GUESS, BECAUSE WE FOLLOW A LOT OF TRADITIONS FROM INDIA. WE EAT INDIAN FOOD ALMOST EVERY DAY. WE DO CELEBRATE A LOT OF THE INDIAN HOLIDAYS. ALMOST EVERY STATE IN INDIA HAS SOMEWHAT OF A DIFFERENT LANGUAGE. HINDI IS ONE OF THE MOST USED LANGUAGES. [speaking Hindi] I SPEAK MAINLY HINDI AND ENGLISH. I GUESS YOU COULD SAY I SPEAK HINGLISH. WE USUALLY TAKE TRIPS TO INDIA EVERY OTHER YEAR, AND THEY'RE ANYWHERE FROM, LIKE, THREE WEEKS TO THREE MONTHS. INDIA IS REALLY, REALLY DIFFERENT, ESPECIALLY FROM AMERICA. I THINK IT'S REALLY FUN. I THINK IT'S REALLY IMPORTANT FOR ME TO MAINTAIN MY INDIAN HERITAGE, BECAUSE IT'S WHO I AM, AND WHO MY PARENTS ARE EVEN MORE. I THINK IT KEEPS ME GROUNDED. THERE ARE, LIKE, ONLY TWO INDIAN KIDS IN MY SCHOOL, BUT I DON'T FEEL DIFFERENT. I FEEL I FIT IN AS MUCH AS ANYONE ELSE. THE THINGS I HAVE IN COMMON WITH MY SCHOOL FRIENDS ARE MORE THE CLASSES WE TAKE. WE'RE KIND OF WEIRD, AND WE'RE ALL NERDY, WHICH, BASICALLY, IS HOW WE BECAME ALL FRIENDS. I BASICALLY HAVE TWO GROUPS. ONE FOR ME AND MY AMERICAN FRIENDS, AND THEN MY SILC FRIENDS. SILC STANDS FOR SCHOOL OF INDIA FOR LANGUAGES AND CULTURE. [singing Hindi] IT'S BASICALLY WHERE KIDS GO FOR ABOUT THREE OR FOUR HOURS EVERY WEEKEND. THEY HAVE HINDI, WHICH IS WHAT I'VE BEEN TAKING. >> [speaking Hindi] >> WE LEARN MAINLY ABOUT THE HISTORY OF INDIA, LIKE, THE INDEPENDENCE, WHICH I THINK IS REALLY COOL. THE BIGGEST THING THAT I HAVE IN COMMON WITH MY SILC FRIENDS IS THAT WE'RE ALL INDIAN. AND I'VE KNOWN THEM FOR YEARS, SO I'M REALLY CLOSE WITH THEM. WITH MY SCHOOL FRIENDS, YOU HAVE TO LOOK MORE TO FIND THINGS IN COMMON. IT'S NOT AS EASY. THERE'S BASICALLY JUST TWO DIFFERENT PARTS OF MY LIFE. I REALLY JUST LOVE MY AMERICAN CULTURE AND MY INDIAN CULTURE. AND I'M NOT SURE EVERYONE GETS THE OPPORTUNITY TO BE THAT CLOSE TO THEIR HERITAGE. >> I FEEL A CONNECTION TO MY HERITAGE WHEN I'M DOING A LION DANCE BECAUSE IT'S A PART OF MY CULTURE AND IT'S ALSO SOMETHING THAT I LOVE TO DO. MY NAME IS JUSTIN. I AM 13 YEARS OLD. I LIVE IN NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA. SOME PEOPLE MAY NOT THINK OF NEW ORLEANS WHEN THEY THINK OF VIETNAMESE AMERICANS, BUT THERE'S A LOT OF VIETNAMESE AMERICANS THAT LIVE DOWN HERE. MY PARENTS WERE ABOUT MY AGE WHEN THEY CAME FROM VIETNAM TO THE UNITED STATES AS A RESULT OF THE VIETNAM WAR. >> [speaking Vietnamese] AT HOME I MOSTLY SPEAK ENGLISH, BUT ON SOME OCCASIONS MY MOM AND MY DAD TALK TO US IN VIETNAMESE TO TEACH US NEW WORDS. DURING THE DAY I FEEL MORE AMERICAN BECAUSE I'M MAINLY AT SCHOOL. EVEN THOUGH THERE'S NOT A LOT OF VIETNAMESE AMERICANS AT MY SCHOOL, I FEEL LIKE I CAN FIT IN WITH THEM AND, LIKE, EVEN THOUGH I'M DIFFERENT, I HAVE A LOT OF SIMILARITIES. VERSAILLES IS A NEIGHBORHOOD IN NEW ORLEANS, AND IT HAS AN ABUNDANT POPULATION OF VIETNAMESE AMERICANS. IT'S LIKE A MINIATURE VERSION OF VIETNAM. MY BROTHER AND I ARE BOTH ON THE VIETNAMESE LION DANCE TEAM. IT'S LIKE DRAGON DANCE FROM THE CHINESE CULTURE, BUT IN OUR VERSION THERE'S A STORY. THERE WAS AN EVIL SPIRIT THAT USED TO HAUNT A VIETNAMESE VILLAGE, AND WHEN THEY FOUGHT BACK USING THE LION DANCE, THE EVIL SPIRIT WENT AWAY FOREVER. SOME PEOPLE ARE SURPRISED WHEN THEY SEE A LION DANCE PERFORMANCE, BECAUSE IT'S REALLY MORE ATHLETIC THAN YOU WOULD EXPECT. WHEN I'M UP IN THE AIR, IT MAKES ME FEEL LIKE I CAN FLY. LIKE, IT MAKES ME FEEL LIKE I'M LITERALLY GLIDING IN THE AIR. WHEN I PERFORM, I FEEL GOOD BECAUSE I'M BRINGING JOY TO MY NEIGHBORS AND TO MY OTHER FAMILY MEMBERS. IT MAKES ME FEEL LIKE I'M RESPONSIBLE FOR THE VIETNAMESE CULTURE, AND I'M REPRESENTING EVERYONE THAT'S VIETNAMESE AMERICAN. >> BEING AMERICAN, TO ME, IS ACCEPTING THAT WE ALL CAME FROM SOMEWHERE AND WE ALL DESERVE EQUAL OPPORTUNITY. MY NAME IS RIKI. I'M 14 YEARS OLD, AND I'M FROM SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA. I AM YONSEI, WHICH MEANS FOURTH GENERATION JAPANESE AMERICAN. MY GREAT-GREAT-GRANDPARENTS CAME HERE FROM JAPAN FOR EQUAL OPPORTUNITY AND A BETTER LIFE. THERE'S A DIFFERENCE BETWEEN SOMEONE WHOSE PARENTS ARE FROM JAPAN, AND SOMEONE, LIKE ME, WHO, MY PARENTS AND THEIR GRANDPARENTS HAVE BEEN LIVING IN AMERICA. PEOPLE WHOSE PARENTS ARE FROM JAPAN, THEIR PARENTS TRY TO INSTILL THE JAPANESE IN THEM. THEY USUALLY SPEAK JAPANESE TO THEIR PARENTS AND GRANDPARENTS AND FRIENDS, AND I SPEAK ENGLISH. >> NOW, THIS PICTURE HERE IS INTERESTING. >> I FEEL MORE CONNECTED TO MY JAPANESE HERITAGE WHEN I'M ACTUALLY WITH MY GRANDPARENTS. MY GRANDPARENTS AND THE REST OF THEIR FAMILY WERE SENT TO INTERNMENT CAMPS. THE INTERNMENT CAMPS WERE BASICALLY, LIKE, SIMILAR TO PRISONS. IN 1941, JAPAN ATTACKED THE UNITED STATES. >> SINCE THE UNPROVOKED AND DASTARDLY ATTACK BY JAPAN, A STATE OF WAR HAS EXISTED BETWEEN THE UNITED STATES AND THE JAPANESE EMPIRE. >> THE U.S. GOVERNMENT SAW PEOPLE OF JAPANESE DESCENT, OR JAPANESE AMERICANS, WHETHER OR NOT THEY WERE CITIZENS, AS THE ENEMY. THEY SAW THEM AS A THREAT TO THE UNITED STATES, SO PRESIDENT ROOSEVELT GAVE EXECUTE ORDER 9066 TO PUT THEM INTO INTERNMENT CAMPS, OR AS MY GRANDFATHER LIKES TO SAY, INCARCERATION. >> IT'S AWFULLY TOUGH TO LOOK UP AT THE FENCE THERE AND SEE A GUY WITH A MACHINE GUN... >> both: POINTED AT YOU. >> YEAH. IT'S AWFULLY HARD TO TAKE. >> I'M REALLY INTERESTED IN TALKING TO MY GRANDPARENTS ABOUT INTERNMENT CAMP. IT AFFECTS ME BECAUSE I TREAT PEOPLE DIFFERENTLY THAN HOW I WOULD IF I WASN'T JAPANESE OR IF MY GRANDPARENTS DIDN'T GO TO INTERNMENT CAMPS. I TRY TO TREAT PEOPLE WITH A LOT OF RESPECT, AND I TRY TO TREAT MYSELF WITH A LOT OF RESPECT. I PERSONALLY CELEBRATE MY HERITAGE EVERY DAY IN THE LITTLE THINGS THAT I DO AND JUST BEING MYSELF. >> I AM ABSOLUTELY PROUD TO BE FILIPINO AMERICAN. I AM ASHLEY ARGOTA. I AM AN ACTRESS. I PLAY KELLY ON BUCKET AND SKINNER'S EPIC ADVENTURES, AND I AM FILIPINO AMERICAN. I FEEL SO BLESSED TO LIVE IN AMERICA. I MEAN, I HAVE SO MUCH FREEDOM HERE, AND I HAVE SO MANY OPPORTUNITIES THAT I WOULDN'T GET IF I LIVED IN THE PHILIPPINES, BUT I ALSO GET TO KEEP THE VALUES AND THE CULTURE THAT MY FAMILY HAS TAUGHT ME. BEING FILIPINO, WE ARE VERY HOSPITABLE, VERY RESPECTFUL OF OUR ELDERS. MY HOUSEHOLD IS THE KIND OF PLACE, LIKE, IF YOU COME TO OUR HOUSE, WE HAVE FOOD LAID OUT FOR YOU. IT'S A PLACE TO STAY. WE ACTUALLY CALL EVERYBODY--PRETTY MUCH ALL OF OUR CLOSE FRIENDS AND FAMILY--WE CALL THEM AUNTS AND UNCLES, SO WHEN I WAS LITTLE I DIDN'T REALLY KNOW, LIKE, WHO MY ACTUAL AUNT AND UNCLES WERE. I ASSUMED THAT EVERYBODY WAS FAMILY TO ME. FILIPINOS PRIMARILY SPEAK TAGALOG, WHICH, UNFORTUNATELY, I CAN'T SPEAK, BUT I UNDERSTAND A LOT OF IT. I GET MESSAGES FROM FILIPINO KIDS ALL THE TIME. THEY'RE ALWAYS LIKE, FIRST QUESTION OUT OF THEIR MOUTH WILL BE, "ARE YOU FILIPINO?" AND WHEN I SAY, "YES," THEY IMMEDIATELY FLIP OUT, AND THEY GET SO EXCITED. I'VE NEVER HAD A FILIPINO ROLE MODEL TO LOOK UP TO, SO FOR ME TO KIND OF BE THAT PERSON IS REALLY A BLESSING. >> I WISH THAT KIDS UNDERSTOOD HOW HARD IT IS TO BE AN ASIAN AMERICAN, ESPECIALLY FIRST GENERATION. I FEEL LIKE I'M IN TWO DIFFERENT WORLDS. MY NAME IS MELISSA. I'M 15 YEARS OLD, AND I'M LAOTIAN AMERICAN. LAOS IS IN THE BORDER OF CHINA, THAILAND, CAMBODIA, AND VIETNAM. IT'S A BEAUTIFUL COUNTRY, AND IT HAS A RICH CULTURE, MY PARENTS CAME HERE TO SEARCH THE AMERICAN DREAM AND EARN ENOUGH MONEY TO HAVE A GOOD LIFE. I FEEL MORE LAOTIAN WHEN I'M HOME BECAUSE WE USUALLY EAT ON THE FLOOR, AND WE ALSO EAT TRADITIONAL LAO FOOD. [speaking Lao] >> MY PARENTS SPEAK A MIX OF LAO AND ENGLISH TO TALK TO ME, AND I REPLY BACK IN ENGLISH. I DON'T HAVE ANY HOMEWORK, I JUST HAVE PROJECTS. IT'S A BARRIER WITH THE LANGUAGE DIFFERENCE BECAUSE WE CAN'T SAY A LOT OF THINGS TO EACH OTHER WITH THE WORDS WE USE. THE MINUTE I START GETTING READY FOR SCHOOL I FEEL MORE AMERICAN. AROUND MY FRIENDS I CAN SPEAK OUT MY THOUGHTS. I'M LESS SURROUNDED BY THE CULTURE, AND I'M JUST TALKING ENGLISH, AND LAO ISN'T IN MY HEAD. WHEN I WAS LITTLE, IT WAS HARD GROWING UP WITH BULLYING BECAUSE OF MY RACE. I'M USUALLY THE ONLY ASIAN IN MY CLASS. IT MAKES ME FEEL MORE UNIQUE, BUT IT'S ALSO HARD BECAUSE I CAN'T RELATE TO ANYBODY IN MY CLASS. IN ASIAN AMERICAN CLUB, WE TRY TO BRING OUR CULTURE INTO THE SCHOOL. IT'S A SMALL CLUB, BUT IT'S ALSO DIVERSE. THE FRIENDS IN OUR CLUB, THEY KNOW THAT WE'RE DIFFERENT AND UNIQUE. I REALLY WANT TO DO FASHION, BE A DESIGNER, BUT MY PARENTS WOULD LIKE ME TO BE A DENTIST, A LAWYER, OR A DOCTOR. EVERY TIME THEY SEE MY GRADES SLIPPING, THEY REALLY WANT ME TO GET BACK TO AN "A" OR A A-PLUS. THEY EXPECT ME TO COME BACK AFTER COLLEGE. THEY WANT ME TO TAKE CARE OF THEM AND HELP THEM. IT'S A LOT OF PRESSURE. IT'S IMPORTANT TO EMBRACE THE LAOTIAN SIDE OF ME, SINCE I AM THE FIRST GENERATION OF MY FAMILY TO BE IN AMERICA. IF I KEEP BECOMING AMERICAN, I'M GONNA LOSE MY BACKGROUND AND SO ARE MY CHILDREN AND THEIR CHILDREN. >> Ellerbee: MUSIC PRODIGIES, SMART AND HARDWORKING, GREAT AT MATH, BAD AT SPORTS, QUIET AND SHY, COMPUTER GEEKS: ASIAN PACIFIC AMERICAN KIDS ARE NO STRANGERS TO STEREOTYPES AND PREJUDICE. THEY DEAL WITH STEREOTYPES ON A REGULAR BASIS, OFTEN FIGHTING A PERSONAL BATTLE TO DISPROVE SOME OF THEM AND LIVE UP TO OTHERS. HERE, NOW ASIAN PACIFIC AMERICANS SET US STRAIGHT ABOUT WHAT'S TRUE, WHAT'S NOT, AND HOW IT FEELS WHEN PEOPLE MAKE SILLY JUDGMENTS ABOUT THEM. >> SOME KIDS THINK THAT BECAUSE I'M FILIPINO THAT I EAT FOOD WITH MY HANDS OR THAT I EAT DOGS. >> PEOPLE AUTOMATICALLY THINK THAT WE'RE CANNIBALS OR SAVAGES. >> THEY WOULD ASK FOR KARATE LESSONS. THEY WILL ALSO CALL ME A NINJA. >> INDIAN PEOPLE ARE REALLY CHEAP. WE SPEAK WITH A FUNNY ACCENT. >> BEING CALLED A DIRTY JAP. >> CHINKY EYES OR SQUINTY EYES. >> THEY AUTOMATICALLY ASSUME THAT I'M A SUPER GENIUS. >> KIDS SOMETIMES MAKE FUN OF THE ASIAN LANGUAGE, SAYING, "CHING, CHANG, CHUNG." I WOULD PREFER KIDS TO TREAT ME JUST LIKE THEM, NO STEREOTYPES, NO RACIST COMMENTS, NO, JUST FRIENDS. >> WHEN I HEAR STEREOTYPES AGAINST INDIANS OR INDIAN AMERICANS, IT MAKES ME FEEL THAT THEY'RE IGNORANT, AND THEY DON'T KNOW MUCH ABOUT MY CULTURE AND THAT WE HAVE TO TEACH THEM. >> PEOPLE SAY THAT WE ARE GOOD AT MATH, AND THEY JUST ASSUME THAT WE'RE NOT GOOD AT SPORTS. >> WHEN PEOPLE THINK OF PROFESSIONAL ATHLETES, THEY DON'T REALLY THINK OF SOMEBODY THAT LOOKS LIKE ME. IT JUST URGES ME TO PLAY BASKETBALL MORE AND PRACTICE MORE, SO THEY JUST THINK, LIKE, OH, I WAS WRONG ABOUT THAT KID. I'M MATTIE. I'M 11, AND I'M FROM SAN JOSE, CALIFORNIA. WHEN PEOPLE ASK ME WHAT I AM, I'D SAY I'M HALF JAPANESE AND HALF CHINESE. MY MOM CAME TO AMERICA FROM JAPAN, AND MY DAD CAME FROM CHINA TO AMERICA. I'M THE FIRST IN OUR FAMILY TO BE BORN IN AMERICA, WHICH MAKES ME THE FIRST GENERATION. I'M GRATEFUL THAT MY PARENTS CAME TO AMERICA BECAUSE IT MADE LIFE EASIER ON ME. BEING THE FIRST GENERATION MEANS THAT I CAN HAVE A DIFFERENT EXPERIENCE AND KIND OF PASS THAT DOWN TO DIFFERENT GENERATIONS. PEOPLE ASSUME THAT, LIKE, IF YOU'RE AN ASIAN AMERICAN, YOU'RE NOT GONNA BE GOOD AT A CERTAIN SPORT, 'CAUSE YOU DON'T HAVE THE ATHLETIC ABILITY OR SOMETHING. I'M PRETTY ATHLETIC, AND I'M PRETTY COMPETITIVE. YOU KNOW, I DON'T LIKE TO LOSE. I'M ON THE SAN JOSE NINJAS, WHICH IS AN ASIAN AMERICAN TEAM THAT GOES FROM SIXTH GRADE TO SENIOR YEAR. YOU KNOW, ASIAN AMERICAN PEOPLE SOMETIMES GET LEFT OUT A LOT IN SPORTS, SO THEY MADE THE ASIAN AMERICAN LEAGUE TO HELP SUPPORT THESE KIDS. IT'S IMPORTANT, BECAUSE IT COULD HELP KIDS, YOU KNOW, KIND OF BOND WITH OTHER PEOPLE THAT HAVE GONE THROUGH WHAT THEY'VE GONE THROUGH. I FEEL MORE COMFORTABLE PLAYING AGAINST THESE PLAYERS BECAUSE YOU FIT IN MORE. LIKE, YOU'RE NOT GONNA BE THE ONLY PERSON ON THE TEAM THAT'S ASIAN AMERICAN. EVERYBODY IS USUALLY THE SAME HEIGHT AND THE SAME STRENGTH AND ALL THAT. PLAYING ON THE NINJAS IS JUST A REALLY BIG HONOR BECAUSE ONLY SO MANY PLAYERS GET PICKED TO THESE TEAMS, SO IT WAS PRETTY ELITE. MY CHANCES OF MAKING PROFESSIONAL BASKETBALL IS NOT THAT BIG, BUT, STILL, IF YOU KEEP ON TRYING AND PRACTICING AND WORKING AT IT, YOU STILL ALWAYS HAVE A CHANCE TO MAKE PROFESSIONAL. I KNOW I'M GONNA HAVE TO DODGE A LOT OF WORDS AND STEREOTYPES, BUT IF I KEEP ON WORKING AT IT AND KEEP ON PRACTICING AT THE SPORT, THEN I HAVE A PRETTY DECENT CHANCE. >> I WISH THERE WERE MORE CHINESE AMERICANS IN MOVIES OR ON TV. >> ON TV, I VERY RARELY SEE PEOPLE THAT LOOK LIKE ME AT ALL. >> WHEN I WAS GROWING UP, I NEVER REMEMBER SEEING INDIAN PEOPLE ON TV, UNLESS, LIKE, A CHARACTER WENT TO INDIA OR IT WAS, LIKE, JAMES BOND AND HE WAS IN INDIA, OR, LIKE, THERE WAS, LIKE, GANDHI FOOTAGE. MY NAME IS AZIZ ANSARI. I'M A COMEDIAN AND ACTOR, AND I'M INDIAN AMERICAN. I WAS BORN IN SOUTH CAROLINA. THERE'S DEFINITELY NOT A LOT OF INDIANS IN SOUTH CAROLINA. THAT'S NOT, LIKE, THE GO-TO HOT SPOT FOR INDIAN PEOPLE IN AMERICA. WHEN I FIRST STARTED ACTING, INITIALLY THE ROLES I GOT OFFERED WERE VERY STEREOTYPICAL, YOU KNOW, GUY AT THE GAS STATION, CAB DRIVER, ALL THAT STUFF, BUT I ALWAYS TURNED THOSE ROLES DOWN, AND I WOULD JUST PLAY CHARACTERS THAT I THOUGHT WERE FUNNY, WHOSE HUMOR DIDN'T RELY JUST ON ETHNIC STEREOTYPE JOKES. IN MY STAND-UP, I DON'T LIKE TO WRITE ABOUT, LIKE, OH, AND THEN I SLIPPED ON SOME CURRY AND LANDED ON A CHAPATI. YOU KNOW, LIKE, THAT IS BORING TO ME. YOU SHOULD WRITE A CHARACTER THAT'S JUST FUNNY AND LET AN INDIAN PERSON PLAY IT. DON'T WRITE A FUNNY INDIAN CHARACTER. >> BEING FILIPINO, BEING ASIAN, IT IS A LITTLE BIT HARDER TO GET ROLES IN HOLLYWOOD. THEY DON'T OFFER A LOT OF ROLES TO ASIANS. I MEAN, A LOT OF TIMES YOU'LL GET CASTING BREAKDOWN SHEETS, AND THEY'LL GIVE YOU THE DESCRIPTION FOR A ROLE, AND I CAN SEE IT, AND I'M LIKE, "OH, I CAN TOTALLY DO THAT." AND THEN YOU KEEP LOOKING, AND IT SAYS, "WE'RE LOOKING FOR CAUCASIAN ACTRESSES," WHICH IS JUST WHITE ACTRESSES, WHICH I THINK IS KIND OF UNFAIR 'CAUSE SOME ROLES I'D REALLY LIKE TO AUDITION FOR AND I THINK THAT THEY SHOULD BRANCH OUT AND GIVE OTHER PEOPLE SOME CHANCES. >> EVERY YOUNG ACTOR TRYING TO MAKE IT IN HOLLYWOOD FACES ALL KINDS OF BARRIERS, BUT FOR ASIAN AMERICANS, IT'S PARTICULARLY CHALLENGING. I'M GEORGE TAKEI, A JAPANESE AMERICAN, AND I'M AN ACTOR. WHEN I STARTED OUT IN HOLLYWOOD, THERE WERE VERY FEW OPPORTUNITIES. SOMETIMES I WAS REJECTED BECAUSE I WAS TOO ASIAN. OR OTHER TIMES I'M REJECTED BECAUSE I'M NOT ASIAN ENOUGH. I TRY TO AVOID REALLY OFFENSIVE KIND OF ROLES, AND I WAS FAIRLY LUCKY IN THAT RESPECT. WE STILL HAVE A LONG WAYS TO GO, BUT WE HAVE COME A LONG WAYS TO THIS POINT. >> Ellerbee: BEING AMERICAN MEANS MORE THAN BEING A U.S. CITIZEN. BEING AMERICAN IS ABOUT SEEING OURSELVES REFLECTED IN THE FACES OF PEOPLE WHO MAY LOOK DIFFERENT AND SPEAK DIFFERENT LANGUAGES, WHO MAY PURSUE DIFFERENT DREAMS. THAT TOO IS BEING AMERICAN. AND ASIAN PACIFIC AMERICAN HERITAGE MONTH GIVES ALL OF US ANOTHER CHANCE TO BE PROUD OF ALL OF US. >> I'M INDONESIAN AMERICAN, AND IT MAKES ME FEEL SPECIAL BECAUSE I'M THE ONLY ONE WHO IS INDONESIAN AMERICAN AT MY SCHOOL, AND IT'S KIND OF LIKE THERE'S JUST, LIKE, A PART OF ME THAT, LIKE, NO ONE ELSE CAN TOUCH, 'CAUSE THEY CAN'T, LIKE, DECLINE MY HERITAGE. >> I'M PROUD TO BE SAMOAN AND SRI LANKAN BECAUSE I HAVE GOT TO EXPERIENCE ALL THESE DIFFERENT THINGS IN AMERICA, BUT MY MOM AND DAD HAVE DEFINITELY EXPOSED ME TO THAT KIND OF CULTURE. AND SO IT'S A GREAT EXPERIENCE FOR ME. >> I'M PROUD TO BE A FILIPINO BECAUSE, BEING A FILIPINO, IT'S LIKE YOU'RE FAMILY WITH OTHER FILIPINOS. LIKE, WHEN YOU MEET SOMEONE, IT'S LIKE, "OH, HEY, YOU'RE FILIPINO? I'M FILIPINO TOO." IT JUST GIVES YOU A SENSE OF PRIDE. >> I FEEL A CONNECTION TO INDIA, 'CAUSE THAT'S MY HERITAGE. THAT'S MY CULTURE, AND I'M PROUD OF IT. >> IT'S IMPORTANT TO REMEMBER WHO YOU ARE TODAY AND WHO YOU WERE WHERE YOU ARE FROM. I'M AN AMERICAN, AND I'M FROM PAKISTAN. THAT'S WHO I AM. >> I DON'T THINK I'VE EVER HEARD OF ASIAN HERITAGE MONTH BEFORE, WHICH I THINK IS REALLY COOL, 'CAUSE THERE ARE A LOT OF ASIANS HERE NOW. >> IT MEANS TO ME THAT ASIAN AMERICANS ARE RECOGNIZED, AND THEY'RE NOT LEFT OUT. >> WE HAVE MONTHS FOR ALMOST ALL HERITAGES AND BACKGROUNDS, SO I THINK IT'S IMPORTANT TO CELEBRATE EACH ONE SO THAT WE LIFT UP ALL PEOPLE. AND WHEN WE LIFT UP ALL PEOPLE, >> BAN FRACKING NOW! BAN FRACKING NOW! >> PUT NEW YORK! >> crowd: BACK TO WORK! >> PUT NEW YORK! >> crowd: BACK TO WORK! >> Ellerbee: WHAT'S ALL THE FUSS ABOUT FRACKING? >> I'VE HEARD THAT PEOPLE CAN SET THEIR WATER ON FIRE, AND ANIMALS HAVE BEEN DYING FROM DRINKING WATER AND CONTAMINATED GRASS. >> WE HAVE TWO WELLS ON OUR PLACE. WE'VE NEVER HAD A PROBLEM WITH THE DRILLING OR THE FRACKING. >> I'M TERRIFIED ABOUT WHAT WE DON'T KNOW ABOUT HYDROFRACKING. >> male announcer: THIS IS NICK NEWS WITH LINDA ELLERBEE. NOW FROM NEW YORK, HERE IS LINDA ELLERBEE. >> Ellerbee: FRACKING. EVEN THE WORD SOUNDS WEIRD. BUT FRACKING IS SOMETHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT. ACTUALLY, IT'S A PROCESS. HYDRAULIC FRACTURING, OR FRACKING, IS A CONTROVERSIAL BUT SUCCESSFUL TECHNIQUE TO GET NATURAL GAS AND OIL OUT OF UNDERGROUND ROCK FORMATIONS. THOSE IN FAVOR OF FRACKING SAY IT'S A SAFE PROCESS THAT'S BRINGING JOBS AND ENERGY INDEPENDENCE TO AMERICA. THOSE AGAINST SAY OUR AIR AND DRINKING WATER ARE GETTING CONTAMINATED, AND IT JUST ISN'T WORTH THE RISK TO THE ENVIRONMENT. SEE WHAT YOU THINK. [soft instrumental music] ♪ >> WHEN YOU'RE DRIVING AROUND TOWN, YOU JUST SEE ROWS OF FRACKING DRILLS, AND THERE ARE MANY TANKS THAT HAVE BEEN FENCED OFF, AND THEY HAVE THE DANGER SIGNS. NO ONE KNOWS WHAT'S IN THEM. IT'S JUST ANGERING TO SEE HOW WE'RE DESTROYING THE LAND WITH THIS. MY NAME IS KELSEY. I'M 13 YEARS OLD, AND I LIVE IN WELD COUNTY, COLORADO. >> I THINK FRACKING'S GOOD FOR THE COUNTRY. INSTEAD OF HAVING TO IMPORT OIL FROM COUNTRIES LIKE IRAQ, WE HAVE IT HERE IN AMERICA. WE'RE BECOMING ENERGY INDEPENDENT. MY NAME IS PEYTON. I'M 13, AND I LIVE IN WELD COUNTY. WELD COUNTY IS FARMLAND. IT'S OIL LAND AND GAS LAND. MY DAD, HE HAULS WATER IN A WATER TANKER TO THE FRACKING SITES. BY MY HOUSE, THERE IS THREE NATURAL GAS WELLS. >> Ellerbee: THAT'S 3 OF ABOUT 20,000 OIL AND NATURAL GAS WELLS IN WELD COUNTY, COLORADO, WHERE THERE ARE MORE WELLS THAN ANY OTHER COUNTY IN THE U.S. THAT'S BECAUSE BELOW WELD IS THE NIOBRARA SHALE FORMATION, WHICH IS BEING TAPPED FOR ITS RICH SUPPLY OF NATURAL GAS AND OIL. >> I THINK THAT'S COOL THAT WE'VE FRACKED THAT MUCH AND WE'RE PRODUCING THAT MUCH OIL AND NATURAL GAS. IT'S MAKING THE ECONOMY BETTER BY LOWERING NATURAL GAS PRICES. I LIKE TO SEE HOW FAR TECHNOLOGY HAS COME. >> Ellerbee: FRACKING IS NOT NEW, BUT THE WAY THEY'RE FRACKING IS. A WELL IS DRILLED, FIRST DOWN, THEN SIDEWAYS THROUGH SHALE, A FORM OF ROCK. A PERFORATING GUN CRACKS THE SHALE. NEXT, MILLIONS OF GALLONS OF WATER, SAND, AND CHEMICALS ARE PUMPED INTO THE SHALE AT HIGH PRESSURE, FURTHER FRACTURING THE ROCK IN ORDER TO RELEASE OIL AND NATURAL GAS TRAPPED IN THE SHALE FOR MILLIONS OF YEARS. >> THE DEBATE THAT'S GOING ON IN THIS COUNTRY RIGHT NOW WITH RESPECT TO SHALE GAS AND SHALE OIL IS VERY SIMPLE. IT'S A LOT OF MONEY RELATIVELY QUICKLY FOR A RELATIVELY SMALL NUMBER OF PEOPLE VERSUS THE RISK TO THE ENVIRONMENT, THE RISK TO HUMAN HEALTH, AND RISK TO THE CLIMATE. MY NAME IS TONY INGRAFFEA, AND I'M A PROFESSOR OF CIVIL ENGINEERING AT CORNELL UNIVERSITY IN ITHACA, NEW YORK. THE RISKS WE KNOW ABOUT FOR SURE THAT HAVE BEEN DOCUMENTED BY VARIOUS STATE AGENCIES ARE SPILLS OF THE CHEMICALS AND OF THE WASTE FLUID THAT CAN BACK UP FROM THE FRACKING PROCESS. PRIVATE WATER WELLS HAVE BEEN RUINED, AND RIVERS AND CREEKS HAVE BEEN RENDERED UNDRINKABLE FOR SOME PERIODS OF TIME. THERE'S ALSO LEAKAGE OF THE NATURAL GAS, CALLED METHANE. AND METHANE, LIKE CARBON DIOXIDE, IS ALSO A GREENHOUSE GAS, WHICH MAKES CLIMATE CHANGE WORSE. >> Ellerbee: THAT'S WHAT ONE SIDE SAYS. HERE'S WHAT THE OTHER SIDE SAYS. >> OFFICIALS HAVE BEEN UNSUCCESSFUL IN FINDING CHEMICALS IN WATER THAT WERE PUT THERE AS A RESULT OF FRACKING. MY NAME IS TERRY ENGELDER. I'M A PROFESSOR OF GEOSCIENCES AT THE PENNSYLVANIA STATE UNIVERSITY. BASICALLY, WHAT THAT MEANS IS, I'M A GEOLOGIST. WE ENJOY HEAT. WE ENJOY ELECTRICITY. WE ENJOY BEING ABLE TO DRIVE VEHICLES. ALL OF THOSE PROCESSES REQUIRE ENERGY, AND THAT ENERGY HAS TO COME FROM SOMEPLACE. THE DRILLING AND FRACKING PROCESS WILL ALWAYS HAVE A RISK INVOLVED. IN MY VIEW, THEN THE BIGGEST CHALLENGE--THE BIGGEST RISK IF YOU LIKE--IS THE LEAKING OF METHANE INTO THE ATMOSPHERE DURING THE DRILLING PROCESS. AND THERE IS ROOM FOR THE INDUSTRY TO LEARN HOW TO DO THIS BETTER. THEY CAN AND WILL, I HAVE NO DOUBT, DO THAT. >> FROM OUR SCHOOL, YOU CAN JUST LOOK OUT THE WINDOWS AND SEE THE WELLS. AND I AM WORRIED ABOUT THE FACT THAT THEY ARE VERY CLOSE TO HOMES. I'M SCARED ABOUT THE ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT. I'M MOST AFRAID OF THE POLLUTANTS. >> LIVING SO CLOSE TO WELD COUNTY HAS REALLY SCARED ME, AND I DON'T WANT THAT TO HAPPEN IN MY COMMUNITY. I'M MOLLY. I'M 13, AND I LIVE ON A FARM ON THE BORDER OF WELD COUNTY IN LONGMONT, COLORADO. THEY PUSH THE WATER DOWN INTO THE GROUND, AND THEY MIX IT WITH SAND AND CHEMICALS, AND SO THAT WATER IS RUINED, AND WE CAN'T USE IT ANYMORE. AND I THINK ONE OF THE THINGS THAT PEOPLE DON'T REALIZE IS THAT OIL AND GAS PRODUCTION HAPPENS NEAR FARMS WHERE FOOD IS GROWN, AND IF THOSE THINGS EVER HAPPENED TO CROSS PATHS, THAT COULD REALLY AFFECT THE FOOD THAT WE EAT, NOT JUST THE ANIMALS BUT US TOO. OUR COMMUNITY DIDN'T WANT FRACKING TO COME HERE, SO WE FOUGHT TO GET IT BANNED. I'VE GONE TO SOME OF THE COUNTY COMMISSIONERS' MEETINGS, PROTEST RALLIES, AND I FEEL LIKE I DID MY PART BECAUSE WE DID GET IT BANNED. LONGMONT SAID, "YOU KNOW WHAT? THIS ISN'T OKAY. WE DON'T WANT THE OIL AND GAS PEOPLE TO COME HERE." >> WITHOUT FRACKING, NOT MUCH NATURAL GAS OR OIL WOULD BE PRODUCED FROM THE GROUND. I'M BEN. I'M 14 YEARS OLD. I LIVE IN CENTENNIAL, COLORADO, WHICH IS ABOUT 20 MILES AWAY FROM WELD COUNTY. I WOULD SUPPORT FRACKING OR DRILLING FOR NATURAL GAS IF IT CAME HERE TO CENTENNIAL. I THINK IT'S A COMPLETE WASTE NOT TO FRACK OR DRILL FOR NATURAL GAS BECAUSE WE HAVE THAT RESOURCE HERE, AND I THINK WE SHOULD GET AS MUCH OF IT AS WE CAN. OIL, NATURAL GAS, AND COAL ARE ALL EXAMPLES OF FOSSIL FUELS, BUT NATURAL GAS IS A LOT CLEANER. IT HAS LESS EMISSIONS INTO THE ATMOSPHERE. >> NATURAL GAS MIGHT BE THE CLEANEST COMPARED TO THE OTHER FOSSIL FUELS, BUT THAT DOESN'T MEAN IT'S CLEAN. IT JUST MEANS IT'S CLEANER, AND THAT'S THE CATCH. [soft instrumental music] ♪ >> WHEN I WAS IN SIXTH GRADE, THEY STARTED THE GAS WELL ON OUR PLACE. AT FIRST, WE WERE A LITTLE NERVOUS AT THE TIME, BUT IT WAS A NEW KIND OF ADVENTURE. I'M JENNY. I'M 15 YEARS OLD, AND I'M FROM MONTROSE, PENNSYLVANIA. [machine clicks and hisses] WE HAVE TWO WELLS ON OUR PLACE. THE GAS COMPANY WANTED TO DRILL HERE BECAUSE WE HAVE A LOT OF MARCELLUS SHALE AROUND HERE. >> Ellerbee: SOME EXPERTS SAY THE MARCELLUS SHALE FORMATION HOLDS SO MUCH NATURAL GAS IT COULD BECOME THE SECOND LARGEST NATURAL GAS FIELD IN THE ENTIRE WORLD. >> WE'RE FIRST-GENERATION DAIRY FARMERS. THERE'S QUITE A BIT OF LAND. MY DAD SIGNED A LEASE FOR THE GAS PEOPLE TO DRILL ON OUR FARM. LEASING IS KIND OF LIKE RENTING. IT'S BEEN GOOD FOR OUR FAMILY BECAUSE WE FEEL LIKE WE HAVEN'T BEEN STRUGGLING AS MUCH AS WE DID. WE JUST GOT A NEW ROOF, AND ALSO WE'VE PAID OFF DEBT FOR OUR FARM. >> FRACKING'S IMPORTANT BECAUSE RIGHT NOW WE HAVE A LOT OF DEPENDENCY ON FOREIGN OIL, AND, LIKE, THAT GIVES THE OTHER COUNTRIES POWER OVER US, AND ALSO OUR ECONOMY'S NOT DOING WELL, AND IT CAN HELP GIVE MONEY TO PEOPLE WHO REALLY NEED IT AND PRODUCE JOBS, WHICH WE NEED. I'M JOSH, AND THIS IS MY SISTER, KAYLA, AND WE LIVE IN VESTAL, NEW YORK. WE LIVE ABOUT FIVE TO TEN MILES FROM THE PENNSYLVANIA BORDER. >> WELL, IT'S FRUSTRATING LIVING IN NEW YORK SO CLOSE TO PENNSYLVANIA BECAUSE THEY'RE FRACKING THE SAME NATURAL GAS DOWN THERE THAT WE HAVE UP HERE, BUT IN NEW YORK, FRACKING ISN'T ALLOWED RIGHT NOW. >> RIGHT NOW MY FAMILY'S STRUGGLING TO PAY THE BILLS. IF OUR FAMILY LEASED OUR LAND, WE COULD POTENTIALLY MAKE AN ESTIMATED $187,000 BEFORE TAXES. >> IN NEW YORK, THERE'S A MORATORIUM ON FRACKING, WHICH IS A TEMPORARY BAN, AND CURRENTLY THE FRACKING PROCESS IS UNDER REVIEW TO SEE IF IT WILL HAPPEN IN THIS STATE. I'M EMMA. AND THIS IS MIRA. WE LIVE IN ITHACA, NEW YORK, AND WE DO NOT WANT FRACKING IN OUR STATE. >> I LIVE IN AN AREA WHERE THERE'S A LOT OF WOODS. THERE'S A LOT OF NATURE, AND IT'S KIND OF HARD TO IMAGINE IT BEING DESTROYED BECAUSE OF FRACKING. >> THERE'S A LOT MORE THAN JUST ONE PROBLEM WITH FRACKING, SO... WE ARE A PART OF THE GROUP NEW YORK YOUTH AGAINST FRACKING. RECENTLY, OUR GROUP WENT TO ALBANY DURING THE GOVERNOR'S STATE OF THE STATE ADDRESS TO ATTEND A RALLY. >> ONE OF THE MAIN GOALS IS TO SHOW THE GOVERNOR AND OTHER PEOPLE THAT THE YOUTH HAVE A VOICE IN THIS. >> IT SEEMS TO ME THAT IT'S FAIRLY OBVIOUS THAT THERE'S A LOT THAT CAN AND WILL GO WRONG WITH THIS PROCESS. FOR ONE, SHOOTING A MIXTURE OF PRESSURIZED CHEMICALS AND WATER AND SAND INTO THE GROUND NEAR GROUNDWATER SEEMS VERY RISKY TO ME. PEOPLE'S HEALTH AND THE ENVIRONMENT SHOULD GO FIRST. >> SOMETIMES I FEEL LIKE PEOPLE AGAINST IT ARE JUST, LIKE, "HE DOESN'T CARE ABOUT ANYTHING WITH THE ENVIRONMENT. HE JUST WANTS MONEY. THAT'S ALL THEY WANT." IT IS NOT TRUE BECAUSE WE DO CARE ABOUT THE ENVIRONMENT, BUT WE HONESTLY BELIEVE THAT FRACKING IS SAFE. >> IN NEW YORK CITY, WE GET OUR WATER FROM RESERVOIRS IN UPSTATE NEW YORK. IF THEY DRILL NEAR THAT AREA, THEY COULD CONTAMINATE OUR WATER SUPPLY. I'M TONI. I LIVE IN THE BRONX. I'M NOT AGAINST HYDROFRACKING ALTOGETHER BECAUSE NATURAL GAS DOES PROVIDE US WITH A CLEANER SOURCE OF ENERGY, BUT IT HAS TO BE TAKEN OUT OF THE GROUND WITH MORE CARE. >> I WISH THAT FRACKING HAD NEVER CAME ANYWHERE NEAR ME OR ANYBODY ELSE FOR THAT MATTER. I'M GRANT, AND I LIVE IN SMITHFIELD, PA. WE ARE RIGHT OVER THE MARCELLUS. MY PARENTS FOUND THIS LAND, FELL IN LOVE WITH IT, AND BOUGHT IT TO BUILD A HOUSE ON AND RETIRE. BEFORE WE EVEN BUILT THE HOUSE, WE CAME OVER, AND THEY WERE BULLDOZING ROADS THROUGH OUR FIELDS. THE WELLS JUST CAME IN EXTREMELY FAST ONE AFTER THE OTHER. THERE IS FOUR SHALLOW WELLS AND ONE MARCELLUS. THEY'RE ALLOWED TO DRILL HERE BECAUSE WE DON'T OWN THE RIGHTS TO THE NATURAL GAS, SO WE DON'T HAVE ANY SAY OVER WHAT'S HAPPENING. I WOULD JUST DESCRIBE IT AS A BIG GREEN UGLY MESS. >> IN ANY ONE STATE, THERE COULD BE HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF WELLS, AND THAT MEANS THAT THIS IS AN INDUSTRY THAT WANTS US TO LIVE INSIDE THEIR INDUSTRIAL PARK. IN THE U.S., WE TRADITIONALLY HAVE ALWAYS DONE SCIENTIFIC INVESTIGATION BEFORE WE DEVELOP AND SELL A PRODUCT. THAT'S NOT THE CASE WITH OIL AND GAS INDUSTRY. IT'S THE REVERSE. IN MANY CASES, BEFORE THEY DID THE STUDIES, THEY STARTED DRILLING AND PRODUCING. >> YOU CANNOT PREDICT BY STUDY AHEAD OF TIME WHAT IS GOING TO HAPPEN. YOU HAVE TO GO OUT IN THIS VERY COMPLEX PROCESS AND DISCOVER WHAT THE PROBLEMS ARE, AND THEN YOU ACT TO FIX THEM. >> IN MY OPINION, THE PROBLEM IS THAT WE DON'T HAVE VERY, VERY TOUGH REGULATIONS. THE OIL AND GAS INDUSTRY GENERALLY GETS A PASS AT THE FEDERAL LEVEL. AND SO WE'RE RELYING ON THE STATES TO DO WHAT IN OTHER CIRCUMSTANCES THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT WOULD DO TO PROTECT US. AND SOME STATES REGULATE VERY CLOSELY. OTHER STATES, NOT SO CLOSELY. >> THE COMMON NOTION IS THAT THE OIL AND GAS INDUSTRY IS EXEMPT FROM THE CLEAN WATER AND CLEAN AIR ACT. THE REALITY IS THAT WHEN INDUSTRY SPILLS SOMETHING, AND THAT SPILL ENTERS INTO A POND OR A STREAM, THEN THAT INDUSTRY IS IMMEDIATELY SUBJECTED TO THE LAWS AND REGULATIONS OF THE CLEAN WATER ACT. >> IF THEY WANT TO SEE PROBLEMS, THEY CAN COME VISIT MY LAND. WITHIN THE LAST YEAR, WE STARTED BECOMING MORE AWARE OF ALL THE PROBLEMS WITH THE WELLS. I REALLY STARTED TO BECOME ALARMED. RECENTLY, MY MOTHER HAS BEEN DIAGNOSED WITH ASTHMA. MY LITTLE BROTHER HAS HAD TERRIBLE STOMACHACHES THAT DOCTORS CAN'T EXPLAIN. FOR ME, IT WAS TERRIBLE SKIN RASHES. HONESTLY, I BELIEVE IT IS THE GAS WELLS. ANOTHER THING I'M CONCERNED ABOUT IS METHANE GAS. IT COULD ESCAPE TO THE ENVIRONMENT WHEN THEY FRACK. WE HAVE A NATURAL SPRING. IT WAS JUST A SPRING BEFORE WHERE ANIMALS WOULD DRINK OUT OF IT, BUT AFTER THEY FRACTURED THESE WELLS, IT STARTED BUBBLING AND ANY KIND OF STRIKE OF A MATCH OR ANYTHING COULD SET IT OFF. I THINK FRACKING SHOULD BE A LOT MORE HEAVILY REGULATED, AND I BELIEVE THAT THEY SHOULD GIVE YOU A LIST OF WHAT IS IN THE CHEMICALS THAT GOES INTO THE FLUID. THAT'S WHY I FEEL SUSPICIOUS. IF THERE'S NOTHING WRONG LIKE THEY PUT IT OUT TO BE, WHY HIDE WHAT'S IN IT? >> WHEN I HEAR ABOUT PEOPLE HAVING TROUBLES WITH THEIR WELLS, LIKE, I THINK THAT'S JUST PRETTY MUCH BAD LUCK, BECAUSE WE'VE NEVER HAD A PROBLEM WITH OUR WATER. I'VE NEVER BEEN NERVOUS ABOUT SPILLING THE NATURAL GAS OR HAVING IT IN THE AIR, AND I'VE NEVER SEEN BUBBLING WATER ON MY PROPERTY. I THINK A LOT OF PEOPLE DON'T UNDERSTAND THAT FARMERS NEED THE MONEY. WE PROVIDE FOOD, AND WHEN THE FARMERS ARE DOING WELL, THAT MEANS EVERYONE ELSE IS DOING WELL. WE TRUST THE GAS COMPANIES AROUND HERE. THEY'VE NEVER REALLY GIVEN US A REASON NOT TO TRUST THEM. WE DON'T HAVE TO STRESS FINANCIALLY AS MUCH AS WE USED TO. >> I WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT PEOPLE KNOW THAT IT'S NOT AS SAFE AS THE INDUSTRY PUTS IT OUT TO BE. WHAT GOOD IS THE MONEY THAT YOU GET AND THE GAS IF YOU CAN'T BREATHE YOUR AIR OR DRINK YOUR WATER? >> Ellerbee: IN SOME PARTS OF THE COUNTRY, IT'S OIL THEY'RE AFTER WITH FRACKING. WILLISTON, NORTH DAKOTA, LIES ABOVE THE BAKKEN, A GIANT UNDERGROUND SHALE ROCK FORMATION LOADED WITH OIL AND NATURAL GAS. THE BAKKEN WAS DISCOVERED 60 YEARS AGO, BUT UNTIL RECENTLY, THE OIL AND GAS WERE UNREACHABLE. >> WITHOUT FRACKING HERE IN WILLISTON, OIL PRODUCTION WOULD BE BASICALLY USELESS. WE WOULD BE ABLE TO RECOVER ANY OIL. >> Ellerbee: NOW 700,000 BARRELS OF OIL ARE BEING PUMPED OUT OF THE BAKKEN EVERY DAY, MAKING NORTH DAKOTA THE SECOND LARGEST OIL-PRODUCING STATE IN AMERICA. ONLY TEXAS PRODUCES MORE. >> WILLISTON USED TO BE SUCH A SMALL TOWN, MOSTLY A FARMING CITY, YOU KNOW? BUT A LOT OF THINGS HAVE CHANGED. >> Ellerbee: THE BUSINESS OF FRACKING FOR OIL HAS TURNED SLEEPY WILLISTON INTO A BOOMTOWN WITH THE LOWEST UNEMPLOYMENT RATE IN THE COUNTRY. >> IT'S DEFINITELY CHANGED MY LIFESTYLE. >> WE ARE JORDAN, TY, TESSA, ANTHONY, AMY, AND COLTON, AND WE LIVE IN WILLISTON, NORTH DAKOTA. >> WE LIVE ON A 100-ACRE FARM. THERE WAS A LOT OF WIDE, OPEN SPACE BEFORE THIS, AND IT SEEMS LIKE IT'S JUST STARTING TO CLOSE IN. FROM MY HOUSE, I CAN SEE THE WELLS PUMPING. I CAN SEE DRILLING. ALL THE TIME, THERE'S PIPES BANGING TOGETHER. TRUCKS ALL NIGHT. IT SEEMS LIKE ALL THE ANIMALS ARE JUST LEAVING 'CAUSE OF ALL THE PEOPLE, ALL THE TRAFFIC, ALL THE NOISE. THERE IS A MASSIVE FLARE, HUGE, HALF A MILE AWAY FROM MY HOUSE. CAN'T BE GOOD. THIS IS ALL THE NATURAL GAS BURNING OFF. WHEN THEY FIRST DRILL FOR OIL, IT PUNCTURES THE NATURAL GAS, SO IT COMES OUT. THEY'RE JUST BURNING IT OFF IN HUGE AMOUNTS. ON A CLOUDY DAY, IT FILLS MY BEDROOM WITH LIGHT. MY FAMILY OWNS ALL THE LAND OUR FARM'S ON, BUT UNDERNEATH THE LAND--IT'S CALLED THE MINERAL RIGHTS, AND WE DON'T OWN THAT. SO NOW WHEN AN OIL COMPANY WANTS TO COME PUT A WELL ON OUR FARM, IT ONLY HAS TO BE 500 FEET AWAY FROM OUR HOUSE. THEY WOULD PAY US A CERTAIN AMOUNT OF MONEY. THE WAY I FEEL ABOUT THAT IS, I DON'T LIKE IT, AND I DON'T WANT IT HERE. >> MY DAD HADN'T BEEN WORKING FOR A YEAR IN KALISPELL, MONTANA, SO WE DECIDED TO GO TO WILLISTON WHERE A LOT OF MONEY WAS BEING MADE. A LOT OF PEOPLE MOVE HERE FOR JOBS. >> PEOPLE ARE COMING HERE IN WILLISTON, NORTH DAKOTA, THE LAST PLACE YOU'D EXPECT ANYTHING, TO GET A JOB. AND OUR COMMUNITY IS GROWING AND THRIVING. THEY'RE THINKING ABOUT BUILDING A MALL. IT'S INCREASING THAT MUCH. WILLISTON NEVER THOUGHT WE'D GET A MALL. >> WE'VE BUILT A LOT MORE HOTELS AND A LOT MORE APARTMENTS, AND THERE'S STILL SOME GOING UP, BUT THERE'S STILL NOT ENOUGH FOR EVERYBODY. PEOPLE ARE LIVING IN CAMPERS. >> WE WERE NOT READY FOR SO MANY PEOPLE THAT IT'S JUST-- IT'S OVERWHELMING. >> THE CLASSES ARE MORE CROWDED. THERE'S MORE DISTRACTIONS, AND WE ACTUALLY HAVE TO SHARE LOCKERS. FOR LUNCH, WE HAVE TO HAVE TWO SEPARATE CAFETERIAS 'CAUSE THERE'S SO MANY PEOPLE. WE HAVE THE ORIGINAL CAFETERIA FOR ONE TEAM, AND THEN WE HAVE TO USE HALF THE GYM FOR THE OTHER TEAM. IT'S CRAZY. >> THERE'S A LOT OF MONEY FOR PEOPLE WHO WORK FOR THE OIL INDUSTRY. MY FATHER WORKS IN AN OIL WELL SERVICE SUPERVISING THE WELLS. THIS IS DEFINITELY ONE OF THE BIGGEST OPPORTUNITIES OF HIS LIFE. WE JUST BUILT A NEW HOUSE NOT EVEN A YEAR AGO, WHICH BECAUSE OF HIS JOB, HE'S GOTTEN MORE MONEY, ABLE TO PAY THAT. WE'VE GOTTEN A NEW TRUCK FOR THE WINTER, 'CAUSE HARSH WINTERS UP HERE IN NORTH DAKOTA. >> MY STEPDAD WORKS IN THE OIL FIELD. EVER SINCE THE BOOM, WE'VE BEEN TAKING MORE TRIPS, AND THAT'S BEEN GOOD FOR MY FAMILY. >> BEFORE THE BIG OIL BOOM HAPPENED, IT WAS VERY CALM AND PEACEFUL, NOT AS MUCH CAR ACCIDENTS OR CRIMES, AND IT WAS EASY TO GET AROUND. BUT THESE PAST COUPLE OF YEARS, THERE IS A LOT MORE NOISE BECAUSE OF THE TRAFFIC, AND THERE'S A LOT MORE LITTER TOO. >> WHAT I MISS ABOUT WILLISTON IS THAT YOU COULD JUST WALK AROUND TOWN AND KNOW EVERYBODY. >> NOW IT'S JUST LIKE, "WHO ARE YOU?" >> Ellerbee: FRACKING IS CHANGING NEIGHBORHOODS FOR BETTER OR FOR WORSE. MORE WELLS, MORE RISK, THE BIGGEST BEING THAT WE DON'T KNOW THE LONG-TERM EFFECTS. >> ONE OF THE MOST WORRISOME THINGS IS THAT THERE'S NO WAY TO REALLY KNOW WHAT'S GOING TO HAPPEN, BECAUSE ANYTHING COULD HAPPEN. >> IF SOMETHING DOES COME UP, WE'LL DEAL WITH IT THEN. WE DON'T REALLY NEED TO WORRY ABOUT IT NOW. >> THERE ARE RISKS. BUT JUST WITH ABOUT ALMOST EVERY ENERGY SOURCE, THERE ARE RISKS. BUT I BELIEVE THAT THE BENEFITS OUTDOES THOSE RISKS. >> WHAT HAPPENS WHEN ALL OF THAT OIL AND GAS GETS USED UP? WHAT DO WE DO NEXT? WE'RE TOTALLY UNPREPARED. >> WE SHOULD TRY TO INVEST IN RENEWABLE SOURCES AS FAST AS WE CAN. >> NATURAL GAS IS TEMPORARILY THE BEST SOURCE OF ENERGY WE HAVE RIGHT NOW. >> I'M ALL FOR NATURAL GAS AND USING OUR OWN RESOURCES, BUT THERE'S GOT TO BE A SAFER, MORE PRACTICAL, LESS HAZARDOUS WAY TO DO IT. >> Ellerbee: SO WOULD FRACKING DO MORE HARM THAN GOOD, OR ARE THE BENEFITS GREATER THAN THE RISKS? AS YOU'VE SEEN, IT DEPENDS ON WHOM YOU ASK AND WHOM YOU BELIEVE. A LOT OF PEOPLE HAVE STRONG FEELINGS ABOUT FRACKING. BUT WHAT ABOUT THE PEOPLE WHO, IN THE END, WILL BE MOST AFFECTED? THAT WOULD BE YOU. NOW WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT FRACKING? SIMPLE IS NEVER THE SAME AS EASY, IS IT? I'M LINDA ELLERBEE. >> SOMETIMES PEOPLE WILL SAY, "SINCE YOU ARE, UH, UH--" AND I GO, "BLIND?" AND THEY GO, "YEAH. YEAH, I WASN'T GONNA PUT IT THAT WAY, BUT YEAH." >> WHEN I HEAR MY FRIENDS TALK ABOUT, LIKE, "OH, WHEN I TURN 16, I'M GONNA GET A CAR," AND MY THING IS, I'M GONNA TURN 16, AND I'M GONNA GET A GUIDE DOG. >> SIGHTED PEOPLE CHOOSE THEIR CLOTHES BY USING THEIR VISION. FOR ME, I USE AN APPLICATION ON MY PHONE, WHICH TELLS ME THE COLOR OF CLOTHES. >> SOMETIMES I WISH I COULD SEE. IT WOULD BE NICE TO SEE WHAT MY FAMILY, FRIENDS, AND I LOOK LIKE. >> I THINK BEING BLIND IS AN ADVANTAGE, BECAUSE I DON'T NEED TO SEE SOMETHING TO BELIEVE IN IT. >> male announcer : THIS IS NICK NEWS WITH LINDA ELLERBEE. NOW FROM NEW YORK, HERE IS LINDA ELLERBEE. >> Ellerbee: IF YOU WANT TO MAKE SOMETHING HARDER, TRY DOING IT WITH YOUR EYES CLOSED. WALKING, RUNNING SEEM ALMOST IMPOSSIBLE. NOW TRY PICKING OUT AN OUTFIT, CHECKING YOUR E-MAIL, FINDING YOUR WAY TO SCHOOL. TRY FINDING YOUR LOCKER, YOUR CLASSROOM, YOUR DESK. TRY MAKING FRIENDS. AND THEN TRY TO IMAGINE THIS EVERY DAY FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIFE. THERE ARE APPROXIMATELY 60,000 KIDS IN THE U.S. WHO ARE NOT TRYING IT AND DON'T GET TO STOP BEING BLIND WHEN THEY'RE TIRED OF IT. WE'RE ABOUT TO MEET SOME OF THESE KIDS. GET READY FOR SOME SURPRISES. >> WHEN I LOST MY SIGHT, I STARTED TO FEEL DEPRESSED. I WAS BUMPING INTO STUFF. I DIDN'T REALIZE WHERE STUFF WAS. I FELT LIKE I COULDN'T DO ANYTHING ANYMORE. MY NAME IS SANTIAGO, AND I'M FROM HOLLISTER, CALIFORNIA. WHEN I WAS YOUNGER, I HAD MORE VISION THAN I DO NOW. A COUPLE OF YEARS AGO, I GOT AN INFECTION, WHICH BASICALLY MADE ME LOSE ALL OF MY VISION. RIGHT NOW I SEE TOTAL DARKNESS. >> SOME PEOPLE ASK ME, "WHAT DOES DARKNESS LOOK LIKE?" OR "DO YOU MIND NOT SEEING ANYTHING BUT JUST SEEING THE DARK?" AND I HAVE NO IDEA WHAT DARK IS. I HAVE NO IDEA WHAT DARKNESS LOOKS LIKE, AND I GET AROUND LIKE THAT EVERY DAY. MY NAME IS XIN JU, BUT SOME PEOPLE CALL ME CAITLYN, AND I LIVE IN WISCONSIN. >> I REALLY DON'T KNOW WHAT I SEE. I GUESS IT'S JUST NOTHING. MY NAME IS CHRIS, AND I LIVE IN MARYLAND. WHEN A SIGHTED PERSON FIRST ENCOUNTERS A BLIND PERSON, IT CAN BE VERY AWKWARD. SOMETIMES PEOPLE WILL SAY, "SINCE YOU ARE, UH, UH--" AND I GO, "BLIND?" AND THEY GO, "YEAH. YEAH, I WASN'T GONNA PUT IT THAT WAY, BUT YEAH." I DON'T HAVE A PROBLEM WITH SOMEBODY USING THE WORD "BLIND." >> I'M VERY COMFORTABLE WITH BEING BLIND, SO I EXPRESS THAT, AND PEOPLE CAN TELL, SO IT MAKES THEM COMFORTABLE TOO. MY NAME IS BRITTANY, AND I LIVE IN VENTURA, CALIFORNIA. WHEN I WAS BORN, I WAS COMPLETELY BLIND, BUT I WENT THROUGH SEVERAL SURGERIES. NOW I CAN SEE SHAPES AND COLORS, AND THAT'S ABOUT IT. IF I AM ABOUT 1 TO 2 INCHES AWAY FROM AN OBJECT, I CAN SEE A LITTLE BIT OF THE DETAILS IN THE OBJECT. >> MAYBE I'LL FIND YOU A PUPPY DOG. I WAS BORN BLIND, WHICH I SEE AS A BLESSING. I MEAN, I CAN NEVER MISS WHAT I'VE NEVER HAD. MY NAME IS SOPHIE, AND I LIVE IN MANDEVILLE, LOUISIANA. I WAS BORN WITH A RARE GENETIC DISORDER CALLED FRASER SYNDROME. I LITERALLY WAS BORN WITH NO EYES. WE HAD TO CREATE EYE SOCKETS AND PUT IN THE ACRYLIC EYES. [dogs barking] I WAS IN A NICE KIND OF SMALLER TOWN. I HAVE A WONDERFULLY SUPPORTIVE FAMILY. MY PARENTS HAVE NEVER TREATED ME DIFFERENTLY. I AM RESPONSIBLE FOR FEEDING THE DOGS EVERY DAY AND, YOU KNOW, BRINGING MY DISHES TO THE SINK, STUFF LIKE THAT. >> WHAT ARE YOU EATING? >> TUNA SANDWICH. CAN I HAVE ONE? I LIVE WITH MY MOM, MY DAD, AND MY SISTER. THANK YOU. I USUALLY SPEND MOST OF MY TIME READING, WRITING, DOING SOME CHORES, AND LIKE, PLAYING WITH MY SISTER. >> THAT WAS YOUR SECOND PARAGRAPH. >> YOU GOT TO DO THREE. I FEEL THAT I CAN USE MY IMAGINATION TO UNDERSTAND THINGS IN MY OWN WAY. HE DIDN'T GET ANYTHING TO ME, BUT I GOT A GOOD KICK IN. SHE'LL HELP ME UNDERSTAND WHAT'S AROUND ME AND WHAT TO DO, AND I JUST FEEL SO GRATEFUL, BECAUSE SHE HAS SO MUCH PATIENCE FOR ME. [bright percussive music] I'M IN FIFTH GRADE AT SCHOOL. IN THE PAST, IT HAS BEEN HARD TO ADAPT TO WHAT THEY DO, BUT OVER THE YEARS, I'VE GOTTEN USED TO IT. I SOMETIMES FEEL LIKE KIDS KNOW MORE THAN ME BECAUSE THEY CAN SEE, AND I'LL HAVE TO ASK, AND I DON'T MIND ASKING, BUT SOMETIMES I JUST KIND OF FEEL LIKE THE ODDBALL. >> I ATTEND MANDEVILLE HIGH SCHOOL. GETTING AROUND IS A BIT OF A CHALLENGE. THAT'S WHY I HAVE AN AIDE AT SCHOOL. I ATTEND THE SAME CLASSES AS SIGHTED KIDS. I READ THE SAME BOOKS AS THEM, AND I ENJOY THE SAME ACTIVITIES AS THEM. >> OKAY, TURN LEFT. FIND THE DOORWAY. FIND THE DOORWAY. >> LAST YEAR, WHEN I WENT TO HIGH SCHOOL, I OVERHEARD PEOPLE SAYING, YOU KNOW, "HE'S GOING TO HAVE A HARD TIME, A VERY DIFFICULT TIME, AND POSSIBLY EVEN FAIL IN NAVIGATION AND ACADEMICS." I STARTED TO LOSE HOPE, AND I WAS ACTUALLY CONSIDERING GOING TO A SCHOOL FOR THE BLIND. AND LUCKILY, I DECIDED NOT TO GO THERE, BECAUSE HONESTLY, I THINK THE SCHOOL FOR THE BLIND, IT TEACHES BLIND PEOPLE, BUT IT ALSO ISOLATES THEM FROM THE REST OF THE WORLD. AN ACTOR. >> AN ACTOR. EXCELLENT. >> I WANT TO LIVE IN THE SIGHTED WORLD, NOT A SEPARATE, YOU KNOW, SPECIALIZED BLIND WORLD. >> OH, ONE PIN! >> I HANG OUT WITH FRIENDS AT LUNCH. YOU KNOW, SOMETIMES WE'LL SMALL TALK BEFORE CLASS. I'M FORTUNATE THAT THE KIDS IN MY SCHOOL TREAT ME VERY WELL. I'VE HEARD OF BULLY BECAUSE OF BLINDNESS, BUT THAT HAS NEVER HAPPENED TO ME. >> SOMETIMES I EXPERIENCE MEANNESS, BULLYING FROM PEOPLE. I THINK SOME PEOPLE SEE MY BLINDNESS AS AN EASY TARGET FOR BULLYING, FOR RIDICULE, FOR, YOU KNOW, TAKING ADVANTAGE OF MY BLINDNESS. >> IN MIDDLE SCHOOL, KIDS WOULD TEASE ME. LIKE, THEY WOULD TAKE MY PENCILS AND HIDE THEM, 'CAUSE THEY KNOW I COULDN'T SEE THEM. ONE KID CALLED ME "CYCLOPS" ONCE. ALSO, ANOTHER KID SAID I WAS FAKE BEING BLIND, BECAUSE I'M NOT COMPLETELY BLIND. >> SOME COMMENTS ARE, "OH, LOOK AT THE BLIND GIRL. SHE CAN WALK." AND I FIND THAT, LIKE, TOTALLY RIDICULOUS. AND SO I WANT TO PROVE MYSELF TO THEM. I WANT TO PROVE TO THEM THAT I CAN DO ANYTHING THEY CAN DO AND THAT I WILL NOT TOLERATE ANY OF THIS NONSENSE THAT'S BEEN SPOKEN ABOUT BLIND PEOPLE. >> I'M THE ONLY BLIND STUDENT IN MY SCHOOL. EVERY YEAR I TRY TO MAKE IT A POINT TO SPEAK TO THE WHOLE CLASS ABOUT MY BLINDNESS. YES, I'M TOTALLY BLIND. I WAS BORN BLIND. BUT YOU KNOW, IT'S NOT THE END OF THE WORLD. >> HAVE YOU EVER, LIKE, BEEN UPSET ABOUT BEING BLIND? >> NOT REALLY. I MEAN, I'VE ALWAYS BEEN BLIND, SO IT'S ALWAYS KIND OF BEEN A FACT OF LIFE FOR ME. WHAT I REALLY WANT OTHER KIDS TO KNOW ABOUT ME IS, I'M BLIND, AND I'M NOT ASHAMED OF IT AND THAT BLIND PEOPLE ARE PRETTY MUCH NORMAL PEOPLE, JUST LIKE ANYBODY ELSE. BUT WE JUST MIGHT DO THINGS A LITTLE DIFFERENTLY. >> I DON'T BELIEVE THAT BEING VISUALLY IMPAIRED LIMITS ME IN ANY WAY. FOR INSTANCE, I CAN'T DRIVE, SO I JUST HAVE TO TAKE THE BUS. IT DOESN'T MAKE ME SAD THAT I CAN'T DRIVE. WHEN I HEAR MY FRIENDS TALK ABOUT, LIKE, "OH, WHEN I TURN 16, I'M GONNA GET A CAR." AND MY THING IS, I'M GONNA TURN 16, AND I'M GONNA GET A GUIDE DOG. >> SIGHTED PEOPLE CHOOSE THEIR CLOTHES BY USING THEIR VISION. FOR ME, I USE AN APPLICATION ON MY PHONE, WHICH TELLS ME THE COLOR OF CLOTHES. >> GREY. >> I CAN KNOW WHAT COLOR MY CLOTHES ARE, BECAUSE MY CLOSET IS DIVIDED INTO DIFFERENT SECTIONS INDICATED BY A COAT HANGER WITH A BRAILLE LABEL ON IT. SO I KNOW THAT EVERYTHING TO THE RIGHT OF THE HANGER LABELED "PURPLE" IS PURPLE. I WORK WITH A CANE, BECAUSE I CAN DETECT OBSTACLES IN FRONT OF ME, AND I CAN FEEL, LIKE, WHEN THE SIDEWALK IS TURNING. >> WALKING AROUND, ESPECIALLY CROSSING STREETS, IT CAN BE SCARY. I HAVE A MOBILITY INSTRUCTOR, AND HE SHOWS ME HOW TO NAVIGATE. >> YEAH, WE'RE GONNA BE LISTENING FOR THE AUDIBLE SIGNAL AGAIN AS WELL AS LISTENING TO PARALLEL TRAFFIC. >> YOU USE YOUR OTHER SENSES FOR A REPLACEMENT FOR YOUR EYESIGHT. FOR EXAMPLE, IF YOU'RE CROSSING THE STREET, YOU HAVE TO HEAR TO KNOW WHERE THE CARS ARE. >> MY FAVORITE SPORT IN THE WHOLE WIDE UNIVERSE IS SNOW SKIING. I HAVE AN INSTRUCTOR, WHO HAS A LONG BAMBOO POLE. I HOLD ON TO ONE END OF THE POLE, AND MY INSTRUCTOR HOLDS ON TO THE OTHER END. >> LEFT TURN. >> HE'LL VERBALLY TELL ME, "TURN LEFT, TURN RIGHT." AND MY SKIS ARE VERY ATTUNED TO THE WAY THE SNOW FEELS, SO I CAN KIND OF READ THE SNOW AND TELL WHICH WAY TO TURN. >> I DO USE A LAPTOP COMPUTER, WHICH IS JUST A STANDARD LAPTOP COMPUTER, BUT IT ALSO HAS A SCREEN READER SOFTWARE BUILT INTO IT. [indistinct electronic speech] I USE E-MAIL AND ALL THAT ONLINE STUFF. >> I WOULD SAY-- >> I TAKE IN INFORMATION MOSTLY VERBALLY, BUT ALSO, IF I DO NEED TO SEE SOMETHING, I HAVE TO USE A MACHINE CALLED A CCTV, AND IT ENLARGES THINGS ON A TV. I ONLY WISH I HAD FULL SIGHT WHEN I'M DOING HOMEWORK AND IT'S TAKING ME WAY TOO LONG. >> I USE A DEVICE CALLED A BRAILLENOTE. INSTEAD OF A MONITOR ABOVE THE KEYBOARD LIKE Y'ALL ARE USED TO SEEING, MY COMPUTER HAS A STRIP RUNNING ALONG THE BOTTOM, AND THAT STRIP IS CALLED A REFRESHABLE BRAILLE DISPLAY. AND WHEN I READ OR WRITE OR INPUT A COMMAND, BRAILLE APPEARS ON THAT DISPLAY. BRAILLE IS MADE UP OF DOTS, AND THOSE DOTS CAN BE FORMED INTO MANY COMBINATIONS. EACH COMBINATION OF DOTS REPRESENTS A LETTER OR SYMBOL. MANY PEOPLE ASK ME, "OH--" THEY SAY, "OH, WOW. HOW DO YOU LEARN BRAILLE? THAT SOUNDS SO HARD." AND MY FAVORITE RESPONSE TO THAT QUESTION IS, "HOW DID YOU LEARN PRINT? THAT SOUNDS SO HARD. LIKE, THOSE SQUIGGLY LINES, CRAZINESS. HOW DO YOU READ THAT?" >> MOM INCOMING. MOM-- >> THANK GOD I WAS BORN IN MODERN TIMES. WITH ALL THIS NEW TECHNOLOGY THAT'S BEEN COMING OUT, MANY DOORS ARE OPENING. >> SINCE I LOST MY SIGHT COMPLETELY, THERE HAS BEEN A LOT OF LEARNING INVOLVED, A LOT OF OBSTACLES, A LOT OF CHANGES, AND A LOT OF THINGS TO GET USED TO. >> SOMETIMES IT IS FRUSTRATING WHEN PEOPLE OOH AND AH AT SOMETHING AND I CAN'T SEE IT. AND THEN WHEN I ASK, THEY TRY TO EXPLAIN, AND IT'S USUALLY NO HELP. >> PEOPLE WILL BE LAUGHING BECAUSE OF FACIAL EXPRESSIONS OR, YOU KNOW, A JOKE, BUT IT WAS A VISUAL JOKE, AND SITTING THERE AND HEARING EVERYONE LAUGH IS KIND OF DIFFICULT, 'CAUSE YOU'RE LIKE, "WELL, I WANT TO LAUGH TOO, BUT I DON'T KNOW WHAT I'M LAUGHING AT." >> ONE TIME I WAS IN THE NAIL SALON WITH MY MOM, AND THE WOMAN WAS TALKING TO HER LIKE I WASN'T EVEN THERE ASKING HER WHAT I WANTED. THAT'S SO FRUSTRATING. IT MADE ME REALLY ANGRY. >> PEOPLE MIGHT SEE ME, AND THEY'LL SEE THE CANE, AND THEY'LL BE LIKE, "OH, BLIND PERSON." AND THEY HAVE A LOT OF ASSUMPTIONS. AND AS A RESULT OF THAT, THEY HAVE A LOT OF MISCONCEPTIONS ABOUT BLINDNESS. WELL, THE CLASSIC ONE IS WHEN YOU'RE IN THE AIRPORT AND THE AIRPORT EMPLOYEE COMES RUNNING UP TO YOU AND GOES, "DO YOU NEED A WHEELCHAIR? LET ME GET YOU A WHEELCHAIR." AND YOU'RE LIKE, "HOW DO YOU THINK I GOT OFF THE PLANE?" YOU KNOW, BLIND PEOPLE, WE'LL TALK AMONGST OURSELVES OR GET ON LISTSERVS AND THEN START LAUGHING AT WHAT WE CALL SUPERHELPERS AND HOW THEY JUST WON'T TAKE NO FOR AN ANSWER. >> ACTUALLY, MY PROBLEM IS PEOPLE NOT HELPING ENOUGH. THEY OVERESTIMATE HOW MUCH I CAN SEE, SO I'LL ASK FOR HELP AND LIKE, "OH, CAN YOU PLEASE SHOW ME WHERE THE PUNCH IS?" OR I MIGHT BE AT A PARTY, AND THEY'LL POINT, AND I CAN'T, YOU KNOW, SEE THEIR HANDS INSTEAD OF THEM, YOU KNOW, GUIDING ME OVER TO THE PUNCH BOWL >> ONE THING THAT BLIND PEOPLE WILL FREQUENTLY ASK FOR, A SIGHTED GUIDE. SIGHTED GUIDE IS WHEN THERE'S A SIGHTED PERSON WITH YOU AND YOU WOULD HOLD THEIR WRIST, AND THEY WOULD WALK IN FRONT OF YOU AND GUIDE YOU AND MAKE SURE YOU DON'T RUN INTO ANYTHING AND MAKE SURE YOU'RE GOING THE RIGHT DIRECTION. OTHERWISE, BLIND PEOPLE ARE VERY INDEPENDENT, BUT IF A BLIND PERSON ASKS FOR HELP, THEN YOU CAN GIVE IT IF YOU WANT TO, BUT IF THEY DON'T ASK FOR HELP, THEN YOU SHOULD PROBABLY WAIT FOR THEM TO ASK FOR HELP. >> Ellerbee: THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT SIGNED INTO LAW IN 1990 PROHIBITS DISCRIMINATION AGAINST PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES AND GUARANTEES THEM EQUAL OPPORTUNITIES AND ACCESS. BUT THERE ARE TIMES WHEN THE SIGHTED WORLD LEAVES THE BLIND BEHIND, AND THERE ARE KIDS DETERMINED TO DO SOMETHING ABOUT THAT. >> THIS WEBSITE LOOKS TO BE REALLY INACCESSIBLE. >> A BIG PROBLEM THESE DAYS FOR BLIND PEOPLE IS TO ACCESS SOCIAL MEDIA SITES ON THEIR COMPUTERS. SO WHAT ME AND A GROUP OF COMPUTER PROGRAMMERS HAVE DONE IS CREATE AN APPLICATION THAT ALLOWS BLIND PEOPLE TO ACCESS THE SAME SOCIAL NETWORK SITES THAT SIGHTED PEOPLE USE. WITHOUT OUR APPLICATION, THESE SITES ARE EXTREMELY DIFFICULT TO NAVIGATE FOR A BLIND PERSON. THIS APPLICATION OF OURS JUST MAKES IT WAY EASIER FOR BLIND PEOPLE TO BE A PART OF THE REST OF THE WORLD. >> YOU KNOW, THERE'S A SAYING IN THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT THAT GOES, "NONE OF US ARE FREE UNTIL ALL OF US ARE FREE." IF ONE BLIND PERSON IS DISCRIMINATED AGAINST, THAT'S A PROBLEM FOR ALL BLIND PEOPLE. I'M A MEMBER OF THE NATIONAL FEDERATION OF THE BLIND. I JUST WANTED TO CALL YOU. WE WORK TO EDUCATE THE PUBLIC ABOUT WHAT BLINDNESS IS AND WHAT BLINDNESS ISN'T. BUT THE PROBLEM WITH THEM IS THAT THEY'RE INACCESSIBLE TO BLIND PEOPLE. >> ACCESSIBILITY IS A BIG ISSUE FOR THE BLIND COMMUNITY. BLIND PEOPLE WANT TO BE AS INDEPENDENT AS POSSIBLE. THAT'S KIND OF HARD TO DO WHEN YOU WALK INTO A RESTAURANT AND DISCOVER, "I CAN'T EVEN ORDER WITHOUT HELP." MY DAD AND I CAME UP WITH THE IDEA OF TRANSLATING PRINT MENUS INTO BRAILLE. I GOT A GREAT AMOUNT OF SUPPORT FOR IT. RESTAURANTS SENT ME THEIR MENUS AS AN E-MAIL ATTACHMENT, AND I TRANSLATED IT INTO BRAILLE. WHEN I GO TO THE RESTAURANTS TO USE BRAILLE MENUS, IT'S REALLY EMPOWERING. >> GETTING HUNGRY? >> I MEAN, THAT'S ONE MORE THING I CAN DO INDEPENDENTLY. >> ♪ ENERGY ♪ AND YOUR FACE I DON'T BELIEVE THAT YOU HAVE TO GIVE UP YOUR DREAMS BECAUSE YOU'RE VISUALLY IMPAIRED OR BLIND. ♪ CLOSE MY EYES ♪ AND DARE TO FIGHT ONE OF MY DREAMS IS TO BE A SINGER/SONGWRITER. >> I THINK COMPUTER PROGRAMMING WILL BE MY FUTURE, YOU KNOW, MAYBE EVEN MAKE A GOOD ENOUGH APPLICATION TO OPEN UP MY OWN COMPANY. >> I'D LIKE TO HAVE SOME KIND OF CAREER WHERE I'M HELPING OTHER PEOPLE. ONE OF THE BIG THINGS I'M THINKING ABOUT IS BEING A TEACHER. >> "PEOPLE FROLIC IN THE MEADOWS AND GENTLE HILLS. MANY OF THEM ARE CHILDREN." WRITING IS TRULY MY PASSION. I MEAN, THAT'S WHAT I WANT TO DO WHEN I GROW UP. I DON'T WANT TO BE KNOWN AS THE BLIND GIRL. I WANT TO KNOWN AS THAT COOL WRITER WHO, OH, HAPPENS TO BE BLIND. >> I THINK BEING BLIND IS AN ADVANTAGE, BECAUSE I DON'T NEED TO SEE SOMETHING TO BELIEVE IN IT. WE USE OUR HEARTS AND OUR IMAGINATIONS. >> [speaking indistinctly] >> BEING BLIND ISN'T A SAD THING FOR ME. IT'S REALLY NOT AS BAD AS SIGHTED PEOPLE MAKE IT OUT TO BE. SOMETIMES I WISH I COULD SEE. IT WOULD BE NICE TO SEE WHAT MY FAMILY, FRIENDS, AND I LOOK LIKE. I WOULD LIKE TO SEE FOR ONE DAY, AND THEN THAT WOULD BE GOOD FOR ME. >> Ellerbee: WE'VE MET SOME EXTRAORDINARY KIDS, AND WE'VE LISTENED TO WHAT THEY WANT SIGHTED KIDS TO KNOW ABOUT THEM, WHICH IS, IN MOST CASES, THAT THEY'RE JUST REGULAR KIDS. AND WHAT'S MORE, HAVING LOST THEIR SIGHT, THEY TRY TO GIVE US SOME INSIGHT. GET TO KNOW THEM. THEN YOU'LL SEE. I'M LINDA ELLERBEE. >> I'M RUNNING FOR PRESIDENT TO HELP CREATE A BETTER FUTURE. >> WE LEAVE NO ONE BEHIND. WE PULL EACH OTHER UP. >> Ellerbee: IF IT'S OCTOBER 2012, IT'S TIME FOR KIDS TO PICK THE PRESIDENT. >> male announcer: THIS IS NICK NEWS WITH LINDA ELLERBEE. NOW FROM NEW YORK, HERE IS LINDA ELLERBEE. >> Ellerbee: AS YOU KNOW, THE LAW SAYS YOU MUST BE 18 TO VOTE FOR PRESIDENT. NATURALLY, THIS DOESN'T APPLY HERE ON NICKELODEON, WHERE YOU DO GET TO VOTE. AND AT THE END OF THIS PROGRAM, WE'LL TELL YOU HOW. WHY VOTE? WELL, ONE, IT'S GOOD PRACTICE, AND TWO, YOUR VOTE REALLY DOES COUNT, BECAUSE ADULTS, INCLUDING THE MEDIA, WILL PAY ATTENTION TO HOW YOU VOTE. AFTER ALL, IN FIVE OF THE LAST SIX PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS, YOU'VE PICKED THE WINNER, AND YOU'VE DONE IT A COUPLE OF WEEKS BEFORE THE ADULTS VOTED. BUT, FIRST, LET'S REVIEW WHO THESE MEN ARE, OR AT LEAST WHO THEY WANT US TO BELIEVE THEY ARE. WE BEGIN WITH THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY CANDIDATE, THE CURRENT PRESIDENT, BARACK OBAMA. >> MADAM CHAIRWOMAN, DELEGATES, I ACCEPT YOUR NOMINATION FOR PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES. [cheers and applause] >> Ellerbee: PRESIDENT OBAMA SAYS HE WANTS FOUR MORE YEARS TO FINISH THE JOB HE STARTED. FIRST LADY MICHELLE OBAMA AND THEIR DAUGHTERS MALIA AND SASHA ARE BY HIS SIDE. AND ONCE AGAIN, HIS VICE PRESIDENTIAL RUNNING MATE IS JOE BIDEN. BARACK OBAMA WAS BORN IN HONOLULU, HAWAII, IN 1961. AND HIS MOTHER WAS FROM KANSAS. HIS FATHER, BARACK OBAMA, SR., WAS AN ECONOMIST FROM KENYA. AT AGE 10, OBAMA WAS ACCEPTED BY PUNAHOU ACADEMY ON SCHOLARSHIP. HE PLAYED FOOTBALL, SANG IN THE SCHOOL CHORUS, WROTE FOR THE HIGH SCHOOL JOURNAL, AND PLAYED BASKETBALL. IN HIS SENIOR YEAR, HE AND HIS TEAMMATES WON THE STATE CHAMPIONSHIP. OBAMA GOT HIS COLLEGE DEGREE FROM COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY. HE ENROLLED AT HARVARD LAW SCHOOL IN 1988, AND WHILE WORKING A SUMMER JOB AT A CHICAGO LAW FIRM, HE MET MICHELLE ROBINSON, HIS FUTURE WIFE. BEFORE ENTERING POLITICS, OBAMA ALSO WORKED AS A COMMUNITY ORGANIZER, A CIVIL RIGHTS ATTORNEY, AND HE TAUGHT CONSTITUTIONAL LAW AT THE UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO. IN 1996, 35-YEAR-OLD BARACK OBAMA WAS ELECTED TO THE ILLINOIS STATE SENATE. EIGHT YEARS LATER, WHILE CAMPAIGNING FOR A SEAT IN THE UNITED STATES SENATE, OBAMA WAS INVITED TO SPEAK AT THE 2004 DEMOCRATIC NATIONAL CONVENTION-- A HUGE HONOR. >> THERE IS NOT A LIBERAL AMERICA AND A CONSERVATIVE AMERICA. THERE IS THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. >> Ellerbee: OBAMA WON THE RACE FOR U.S. SENATE BY A LARGE MAJORITY OF VOTES, BUT HE HAD BIGGER ASPIRATIONS. AND ON JANUARY 20, 2009, THE FIRST BLACK AMERICAN PRESIDENT WAS SWORN INTO OFFICE. >> SO HELP ME GOD. >> CONGRATULATIONS, MR. PRESIDENT. [cheers and applause] >> Ellerbee: PRESIDENT OBAMA SAYS THE ACCOMPLISHMENTS HE'S MOST PROUD OF DURING HIS LAST FOUR YEARS INCLUDE RESCUING THE AMERICAN AUTOMOBILE INDUSTRY, ENDING THE WAR IN IRAQ, OVERHAULING THE HEALTHCARE SYSTEM, AND ORDERING THE SUCCESSFUL MISSION TO KILL TERRORIST OSAMA BIN LADEN. PRESIDENT OBAMA SAYS THAT IF REELECTED, HE PLANS TO BUILD ON THE PROGRESS THAT HAS BEEN MADE OVER THE LAST FOUR YEARS. >> IF YOU BELIEVE IN A COUNTRY WHERE EVERYONE GETS A FAIR SHOT AND EVERYONE DOES THEIR FAIR SHARE AND EVERYONE PLAYS BY THE SAME RULES, THEN I NEED YOU TO VOTE THIS NOVEMBER. >> Ellerbee: WE WENT AROUND THE COUNTRY VIDEOTAPING KIDS, ASKING YOU WHAT YOU WOULD ASK BOTH CANDIDATES IF YOU HAD THE CHANCE. ON SEPTEMBER 19, PRESIDENT OBAMA SAT DOWN WITH US AT THE WHITE HOUSE, WATCHED THOSE TAPES, AND ANSWERED YOUR QUESTIONS. HERE IS WHAT YOU AND HE HAD TO SAY. >> MY NAME IS VAN, AND I LIVE IN OMAHA, NEBRASKA. I WAS VERY SHOCKED ABOUT THE SHOOTING IN THE MOVIE THEATER IN AURORA, COLORADO, SO I'D LIKE TO ASK YOU, WHAT IS YOUR OPINION ON GUN CONTROL AND THE EASY ACCESSIBILITY TO THE PUBLIC FOR OWNING SEMI-AUTOMATIC WEAPONS? >> IT'S A GREAT QUESTION, VAN, AND OBVIOUSLY I WAS REALLY UPSET, TOO, AS A PARENT. MALIA AND SASHA, THEY GO TO THE MOVIES ALL THE TIME. YOU KNOW, WE DON'T NEED AUTOMATIC WEAPONS ON OUR STREETS THAT ARE DESIGNED FOR SOLDIERS. AND SO I'VE BEEN IN FAVOR OF AN ASSAULT WEAPONS BAN. WE ALSO HAVE TO MAKE SURE THAT WE'RE DOING A BETTER JOB ON BACKGROUND CHECKS SO THAT FIREARMS ARE NOT GETTING INTO THE HANDS OF PEOPLE WHO ARE MENTALLY ILL OR HAVE CRIMINAL RECORDS. THAT'S GONNA BE A CONTINUED PRIORITY FOR ME AS PRESIDENT. >> MY NAME IS AISHA, I'M 15 YEARS OLD, AND I'M FROM BOLIVAR, TENNESSEE. A COUPLE OF MONTHS AGO, I WAS AT SCHOOL. I WAS WALKING DOWN THE HALLWAY AND RAN STRAIGHT INTO A WALL. IT WAS REALLY EMBARRASSING. WHAT WAS YOUR MOST EMBARRASSING MOMENT, AND WHAT DID YOU LEARN FROM IT? >> WELL, I HAVE EMBARRASSING MOMENTS ALL THE TIME. SO RUNNING INTO THE WALL, THAT'S PAR FOR THE COURSE FOR ME. I'M RUNNING INTO DOORS AND DESKS ALL THE TIME. BUT PROBABLY THE MOST RECENT EMBARRASSING MOMENT THAT I HAD WAS, THERE WAS A BIG AWARDS CEREMONY HERE. AND AFTER I GAVE MY SPEECH, WHICH I THOUGHT WAS REALLY GOOD, I WALKED OFF THE STAGE AND TOOK MICHELLE'S HAND AND STARTED LEADING HER OUT OF THIS BALLROOM, AND IT TURNS OUT THAT I WAS SUPPOSED TO STAY THERE AND WAIT FOR ALL THE AWARDEES TO SPEAK ALSO. [laughter] SO I HAD TO ACTUALLY WALK BACK INTO THE ROOM AND STAND THERE. AND MICHELLE THOUGHT I WAS AN IDIOT. >> MY NAME IS BLAKE, I'M 14 YEARS OLD, AND I'M FROM HOUSTON, TEXAS. MY FAMILY IS MIDDLE CLASS, AND TIMES HAVE BEEN HARD. WHAT CAN YOU DO TO HELP FAMILIES LIKE MINE? >> THE GOOD NEWS IS THAT WE'RE STARTING TO BOUNCE BACK. WE'VE BEEN CREATING A LOT MORE JOBS, AND, YOU KNOW, INDUSTRIES LIKE THE AUTO INDUSTRY THAT ARE SO IMPORTANT TO OUR ECONOMY ARE IMPROVING. THE MOST IMPORTANT THING FOR YOU GUYS IS MAKING SURE YOU'VE GOT A GREAT EDUCATION, 'CAUSE IF YOU DO, THEN YOU'RE GONNA BE ABLE TO DO REALLY WELL. AND WE'VE DONE A LOT TO PROVIDE AN EASIER TIME FOR YOUNG PEOPLE TO GET GRANTS AND LOANS SO THAT THEY CAN GO TO COLLEGE. AND THEN WE'VE GOT TO MAKE SURE THAT MIDDLE CLASS FAMILIES AREN'T GETTING TAXED AT TOO HIGH A RATE. THE ONLY WAY WE CAN MAKE SURE WE DO THAT IS IF PEOPLE WHO ARE DOING BETTER ARE WILLING TO DO A LITTLE BIT MORE. >> I'M JOSEPH, I'M 14 YEARS OLD, AND I'M FROM NASHUA, NEW HAMPSHIRE. SOMETIMES I HAVE A HARD TIME KNOWING WHAT'S RIGHT OR WRONG. WHEN I DO SOMETHING, AND I THINK IT'S RIGHT, SOME OTHERS THING IT'S WRONG. DO YOU EVER HAVE A HARD TIME DECIDING WHAT'S RIGHT OR WRONG? DOES IT MATTER WHAT OTHERS THINK? >> WELL, THAT'S A GREAT QUESTION. AND I THINK NO MATTER HOW OLD YOU ARE, SOMETIMES YOU'RE GONNA HAVE QUESTIONS ABOUT THESE ISSUES. UM, YOU KNOW, MOST OF YOU GUYS HAVE HEARD OF THE GOLDEN RULE. THAT'S A PRETTY GOOD RULE TO LIVE BY. USUALLY, IF YOU'RE DOING SOMETHING OR INTERACTING WITH SOMEBODY IN A WAY THAT IS RESPECTFUL TO THEM AND IS THE WAY YOU WOULD WANT TO BE TREATED, THEN YOU'RE PROBABLY DOING OKAY. AND YOU SHOULD ALWAYS STAND UP FOR THOSE VALUES, EVEN IF SOME PEOPLE AROUND YOU ARE NOT. >> MY NAME IS KATHLEEN, AND I'M FROM FREEMONT, CALIFORNIA. I HAVE A LOT OF GAY FRIENDS, AND THERE ARE A LOT OF GAY PEOPLE IN THE AREA THAT I LIVE IN. I'M WONDERING WHAT YOU WILL DO TO INSURE THAT THEY ARE TREATED EQUALLY. >> WELL, YOU KNOW, I'VE GOT A LOT OF GAY FRIENDS, TOO, AND IT'S PART OF THE REASON WHY THIS HAS BEEN SUCH AN IMPORTANT ISSUE FOR ME. ULTIMATELY, I THINK IT'S THE RIGHT THING TO DO AND THE FAIR THING TO DO TO ALLOW GAY COUPLES TO MARRY. NOW, YOU KNOW, THIS IS A CONTROVERSIAL ISSUE FOR A LOT OF PEOPLE, AND WE HAVE TO BE RESPECTFUL OF GENUINE DIFFERENCES THAT PEOPLE HAVE. BUT WHEN IT COMES TO SORT OF THE CIVIL LAW, YOU BEING ABLE TO JOIN WITH YOUR PARTNER AND TRANSFER PROPERTY AND BE RECOGNIZED AND HAVE ALL THE RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES AS OTHER COUPLES DO, I THINK THAT'S THE RIGHT THING TO DO. >> MY NAME IS FERNANDO, AND I'M FROM BAKERSFIELD, CALIFORNIA. SOME OF MY FRIENDS ARE AND FAMILY ARE ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS. THEY ARE GOOD PEOPLE AND PRODUCTIVE MEMBERS OF SOCIETY WHO WANT NOTHING MORE THAN TO BE A U.S. CITIZEN. IS THERE ANYTHING YOU COULD DO TO MAKE BECOMING A CITIZEN EASIER FOR THESE PEOPLE? >> WHEN FOLKS HAVE COME HERE NOT THROUGH THE LEGAL PROCESS, IT IS IMPORTANT THAT WE RECOGNIZE THAT A LAW HAS BEEN BROKEN, BUT AS YOU SAID, THEY'RE GOOD PEOPLE WHO ARE JUST TRYING TO MAKE A BETTER LIFE FOR THEMSELVES. THIS IS WHY I THINK IT'S SO IMPORTANT FOR US TO PASS WHAT I CALL COMPREHENSIVE IMMIGRATION REFORM, WHERE THEY HAVE A CHANCE TO EARN THEIR CITIZENSHIP OVER TIME. AND THAT'S ESPECIALLY TRUE FOR YOUNG PEOPLE. YOU KNOW, WHAT I'VE DONE IS TO ADMINISTRATIVELY SAY THAT WE'RE NOT GONNA KICK THESE KIDS OUT OF THE COUNTRY. AND WHAT I NOW WANT TO DO IS TO GET CONGRESS TO WORK WITH US SO THAT WE CAN GIVE THEM A PATHWAY TO CITIZENSHIP SO THAT THEY CAN CONTRIBUTE TO THIS GREAT COUNTRY AND CONTINUE THIS TRADITION OF IMMIGRATION THAT'S ALWAYS MADE US STRONGER, NOT WEAKER. >> I'M LUCIANA, AND I'M 15. I'VE BEEN HEARTBROKEN BEFORE. HAVE YOU EVER BEEN? AND WHAT DID YOU LEARN ABOUT YOURSELF FROM IT? >> I PROMISE YOU THAT HAPPENS TO ALL OF US. THAT HAPPENED TO ME, WHERE YOU GET A GIRLFRIEND OR A BOYFRIEND, AND SOMEHOW IT DIDN'T TURN OUT THAT WELL. YOU KNOW, I THINK THE MAIN THING THAT YOU LEARN IS THAT, YOU KNOW, LIFE GOES ON. AND, YOU KNOW, AT A YOUNG AGE, EVERY LITTLE RELATIONSHIP THAT YOU HAVE MAY SEEM LIKE THIS IS GONNA BE THE LAST ONE. I PROMISE YOU IT WON'T BE. >> Ellerbee: ALTHOUGH IT WAS APRIL WHEN WE BEGAN REQUESTING THAT FORMER GOVERNOR ROMNEY ANSWER YOUR QUESTIONS, HIS TEAM HAS TOLD US HE'S BEEN "UNABLE TO FIT IT IN." BUT WE KNOW THAT BEFORE YOU VOTE, YOU DESERVE INFORMATION ABOUT BOTH CANDIDATES. SO WE'RE GONNA DO OUR BEST UNDER THE CIRCUMSTANCES. WHAT FOLLOWS IS THE STORY OF THE REPUBLICAN PARTY CANDIDATE FOR PRESIDENT, FORMER MASSACHUSETTS GOVERNOR MITT ROMNEY. WE'VE TRIED WHERE POSSIBLE TO INCLUDE FORMER GOVERNOR ROMNEY'S OWN WORDS ON THE SAME ISSUES THAT PRESIDENT OBAMA WAS ASKED ABOUT. >> NOW IS THE MOMENT WHEN WE CAN DO SOMETHING, AND WITH YOUR HELP, WE WILL DO SOMETHING. [cheers and applause] >> Ellerbee: FORMER GOVERNOR ROMNEY SAYS HE WANTS TO LEAD THIS NATION AS ITS 45TH PRESIDENT. ROMNEY AND ANN, HIS WIFE, HAVE FIVE SONS AND 18 GRANDCHILDREN. FOR HIS VICE-PRESIDENTIAL RUNNING MATE, ROMNEY HAS CHOSEN U.S. CONGRESSMAN PAUL RYAN FROM WISCONSIN. WILLARD MITT ROMNEY WAS BORN TO GEORGE AND LENORE ROMNEY IN 1947 IN DETROIT, MICHIGAN. THE YOUNGEST OF FOUR, HE PREFERRED HIS MIDDLE NAME, MITT, WHICH WAS THE NAME OF HIS COUSIN, A FORMER QUARTERBACK FOR THE CHICAGO BEARS. MITT ROMNEY'S MOTHER WAS BORN IN UTAH. HIS FATHER WAS BORN TO AMERICAN PARENTS WHO LIVED IN MEXICO. >> MY FATHER NEVER GRADUATED FROM COLLEGE. HE APPRENTICED AS A LATH AND PLASTER CARPENTER. BUT DAD ALWAYS BELIEVED IN AMERICA, AND IN THAT AMERICA, A LATH AND PLASTER MAN CAN GROW UP AND WORK HIS WAY TO RUN A LITTLE CAR COMPANY CALLED AMERICAN MOTORS. >> Ellerbee: WHEN MITT WAS SIX, HIS FAMILY MOVED TO A SUBURB OF DETROIT, WHERE YOUNG ROMNEY ATTENDED PUBLIC ELEMENTARY SCHOOL AND THEN, BEGINNING IN THE SEVENTH GRADE, WENT TO CRANBROOK, A PRIVATE BOY'S SCHOOL. HE WAS A MANAGER OF HIS HIGH SCHOOL'S ICE HOCKEY TEAM, A MEMBER OF THE PEP SQUAD, AND RAN CROSS COUNTRY TRACK. ROMNEY WAS INTRODUCED TO POLITICS AT AGE 14 WHEN HIS FATHER WAS ELECTED GOVERNOR OF MICHIGAN. AT AGE 19, AFTER ONE YEAR AT STANFORD UNIVERSITY, MITT ROMNEY MOVED TO FRANCE TO DO MISSIONARY WORK FOR THE MORMON CHURCH, OF WHICH HE AND HIS FAMILY ARE MEMBERS. AT 22, ROMNEY MARRIED ANN DAVIES, HIS HIGH SCHOOL SWEETHEART. THEY HAD THEIR FIRST CHILD WHILE ATTENDING BRIGHAM YOUNG UNIVERSITY, WHERE ROMNEY FINISHED COLLEGE WITH A DEGREE IN ENGLISH. ROMNEY WENT ON TO GRADUATE SCHOOL AT HARVARD, WHERE HE STUDIED BUSINESS AND LAW. I GREW UP IN DETROIT IN LOVE WITH CARS AND WANTED TO BE A CAR GUY LIKE MY DAD, BUT BY THE TIME I WAS OUT OF SCHOOL, I REALIZED THAT I HAD TO GO OUT ON MY OWN, THAT IF I STAYED AROUND MICHIGAN IN THE SAME BUSINESS, I'D NEVER REALLY KNOW IF I WAS GETTING A BREAK BECAUSE OF MY DAD. I WANTED TO GO SOMEPLACE NEW AND PROVE MYSELF. >> Ellerbee: IN 1984, ROMNEY COFOUNDED BAIN CAPITAL, AN INVESTMENT COMPANY THAT BECAME VERY PROFITABLE. >> LIKE MANY OF YOU, IT'D BEEN A DREAM OF MINE TO TRY AND BUILD A BUSINESS FROM THE GROUND UP. WE STARTED IN A LITTLE OFFICE A COUPLE OF HOURS FROM HERE, AND OVER THE YEARS WE WERE ABLE TO GROW FROM OUR FIRST TEN EMPLOYEES TO HUNDREDS. >> Ellerbee: WHEN HE WAS 52, MITT ROMNEY WAS HIRED TO MANAGE THE 2002 OLYMPIC GAMES IN SALT LAKE CITY, WHICH HELPED LAUNCH HIS POLITICAL CAREER IN ANOTHER STATE. >> WITH MY AFFECTION FOR THE PEOPLE OF MASSACHUSETTS, WITH THE SUPPORT OF MY FAMILY AROUND ME, MOST OF THEM, I AM A CANDIDATE FOR THE GOVERNORSHIP OF THE COMMONWEALTH OF MASSACHUSETTS. [cheers and applause] >> Ellerbee: ROMNEY SERVED FOUR YEARS AS GOVERNOR OF MASSACHUSETTS. WE BALANCED EVERY BUDGET, RESTORED A $2 BILLION RAINY DAY FUND, AND KEPT OUR SCHOOLS FIRST AMONG ALL 50 STATES, AND I AM PROUD OF THAT RECORD. >> Ellerbee: MITT ROMNEY WANTED TO BE PRESIDENT IN 2008, BUT WHEN HE LOST IN THE PRIMARIES, HE TURNED HIS FOCUS AHEAD TO THE 2012 PRESIDENTIAL RACE. >> I'M MITT ROMNEY, AND I'M RUNNING FOR PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES. [cheers and applause] >> Ellerbee: HE DID GET THE NOMINATION. HE IS THE REPUBLICAN CANDIDATE FOR PRESIDENT, AND HE BELIEVES HE IS THE RIGHT MAN FOR THE JOB. [cheers and applause] >> I'M RUNNING FOR PRESIDENT TO HELP CREATE A BETTER FUTURE, A FUTURE WHERE EVERYONE WHO WANTS A JOB CAN FIND A JOB, WHERE NO SENIOR FEELS FOR THE-- FEARS FOR THE SECURITY OF THEIR RETIREMENT, AN AMERICA WHERE EVERY PARENT KNOWS THAT THEIR CHILD WILL GET AN EDUCATION THAT LEADS THEM TO A GOOD JOB AND A BRIGHT HORIZON. >> Ellerbee: WHAT FOLLOWS ARE SOME OF FORMER GOVERNOR ROMNEY'S VIEWS ON SOME OF THE ISSUES YOU ASKED PRESIDENT OBAMA ABOUT AND HE ANSWERED. WE BEGIN WITH THE SUBJECT OF JOBS FOR THE MIDDLE CLASS. >> I'VE GOT FIVE THINGS I'M GONNA DO, FIVE THINGS I'M GONNA DO, IN MY PLAN TO HELP GET THE MIDDLE CLASS WORKING AGAIN WITH MORE JOBS AND MORE TAKE-HOME PAY. FIVE THINGS. THOSE FIVE THINGS: ENERGY, EDUCATION, THE SKILLS WE NEED TO SUCCEED, TRADE, BALANCING OUR BUDGET, AND CHAMPIONING SMALL BUSINESS. THEY'RE GONNA CAUSE THIS ECONOMY TO COME ROARING BACK. PEOPLE AROUND THE WORLD ARE GONNA BE SURPRISED TO SEE AMERICA LEAD THE WORLD AGAIN WITH ECONOMIC GROWTH AND VITALITY. >> Ellerbee: ON THE SUBJECT OF IMMIGRATION, THIS IS WHAT GOVERNOR ROMNEY BELIEVES. >> I WILL PRIORITIZE EFFORTS THAT STRENGTHEN LEGAL IMMIGRATION AND MAKE IT MORE TRANSPARENT AND EASIER. AND I'M GONNA ADDRESS THE PROBLEM OF ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION IN A CIVIL AND RESOLUTE MANNER. IT'S CRITICAL THAT WE REDOUBLE OUR EFFORTS TO SECURE THE BORDERS. THAT MEANS BOTH PREVENTING ILLEGAL BORDER CROSSINGS AND MAKING IT HARDER TO ILLEGALLY OVERSTAY A VISA. WE SHOULD FIELD ENOUGH BORDER PATROL AGENTS, COMPLETE A HIGH-TECH FENCE, AN IMPLEMENT AN IMPROVED EXIT VERIFICATION SYSTEM. WE MUST ALSO MAKE LEGAL IMMIGRATION MORE ATTRACTIVE THAN ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION. AS PRESIDENT, I WILL STAND FOR A PATH TO LEGAL STATUS FOR ANYONE WHO IS WILLING TO STAND UP AND DEFEND THIS GREAT NATION THROUGH MILITARY SERVICE. [applause] AND IF YOU GET AN ADVANCED DEGREE HERE, WE WANT YOU TO STAY HERE. SO I'D STAPLE A GREEN CARD TO THE DIPLOMA OF SOMEONE WHO GETS AN ADVANCED DEGREE IN AMERICA. >> Ellerbee: HERE'S WHAT MITT ROMNEY HAS TO SAY ABOUT GUNS. >> WE NEED A PRESIDENT WHO WILL ENFORCE CURRENT LAWS, NOT CREATE NEW ONES THAT ONLY SERVE TO BURDEN LAWFUL GUN OWNERS. PRESIDENT OBAMA HAS NOT. I WILL. WE NEED A PRESIDENT WHO STAND UP FOR THE RIGHTS OF HUNTERS AND SPORTSMEN AND THOSE WHO SEEK TO PROTECT THEIR HOMES AND THEIR FAMILIES. PRESIDENT OBAMA HAS NOT. I WILL. AND IF WE'RE GONNA SAFEGUARD OUR SECOND AMENDMENT, IT'S TIME TO ELECT A PRESIDENT WHO WILL DEFEND THE RIGHTS PRESIDENT OBAMA IGNORES OR MINIMIZES. >> Ellerbee: FINALLY, GAY RIGHTS IS ONE OF THE MOST CONTROVERSIAL ISSUES IN THIS ELECTION. WHERE DOES MITT ROMNEY STAND? >> STATES ARE ABLE TO MAKE DECISIONS WITH REGARDS TO DOMESTIC PARTNERSHIP BENEFITS, SUCH AS HOSPITAL VISITATION RIGHTS. BENEFITS AND SO FORTH OF VARIOUS KINDS COULD BE DETERMINED STATE BY STATE, BUT MY VIEW IS THAT MARRIAGE ITSELF IS A RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN A MAN AND A WOMAN, AND THAT'S MY OWN PREFERENCE. I KNOW OTHER PEOPLE HAVE DIFFERING VIEWS. THIS IS A VERY TENDER AND SENSITIVE TOPIC, AS ARE MANY SOCIAL ISSUES. BUT I HAVE THE SAME VIEW THAT I'VE HAD SINCE-- WELL, SINCE RUNNING FOR OFFICE. >> Ellerbee: WE'RE SORRY FORMER GOVERNOR ROMNEY WAS UNABLE TO ANSWER YOUR QUESTIONS. HOWEVER, THERE'S NO SHORTAGE OF KIDS WHO SUPPORT ROMNEY OR KIDS WHO SUPPORT OBAMA. HERE ARE SOME OF YOU NOW. >> THIS YEAR, I'M VOTING FOR MITT ROMNEY BECAUSE HE GREW UP IN A TIGHT-KNIT FAMILY AND HE'S A FAMILY MAN, AND I CAN APPRECIATE THAT IN A PRESIDENT. >> THIS YEAR, I'M GONNA BE VOTING FOR BARACK OBAMA BECAUSE HE HAS INTEGRITY AND HE CARES ABOUT ALL AMERICANS. >> I AM VOTING FOR MITT ROMNEY BECAUSE HE BELIEVES IN A SMALLER GOVERNMENT AND MORE POWER SHOULD BE LEFT FOR THE STATES. >> I AM VOTING FOR OBAMA BECAUSE I THINK IT'S GOOD THAT HE SUPPORTS GREEN ENERGY. >> I'M VOTING FOR ROMNEY BECAUSE MY FAMILY OWNS A SMALL BUSINESS, AND HE WILL MAKE IT EASIER FOR BUSINESSES TO DO WHAT THEY WANT. >> I'M VOTING FOR PRESIDENT OBAMA BECAUSE I LOVE THE WAY HE'S CONDUCTED HIMSELF DURING HIS PRESIDENCY, AND I THINK HE REPRESENTS GREATER UNITY FOR AMERICA. >> I THINK WE'VE COME SO FAR IN THE LAST FOUR YEARS, BUT WE'RE NOT DONE YET, AND WE NEED ANOTHER FOUR TO FINISH WHAT WE STARTED. >> I AM VOTING FOR MITT ROMNEY BECAUSE I BELIEVE HE IS TRUSTWORTHY AND HE WILL KEEP HIS PROMISES. >> I'M VOTING FOR MITT ROMNEY BECAUSE HE BELIEVES THAT MARRIAGE IS BETWEEN A MAN AND A WOMAN, AS DO I. >> I BELIEVE THAT ALL PEOPLE SHOULD BE ENTITLED TO LOVE WHO THEY WANT TO LOVE AND MARRY WHO THEY WANT TO MARRY. AND THAT'S WHY THIS YEAR I'M VOTING FOR BARACK OBAMA. >> I HAVE NOT DECIDED WHO I'M GOING TO VOTE FOR, BUT I'M DEFINITELY GOING TO VOTE. >> Ellerbee: NOW IT'S TIME FOR YOU TO VOTE FOR THE NEXT PRESIDENT. BEFORE YOU DO, HERE'S SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT WHEN YOU DECIDE WHO GETS YOUR VOTE. IT'S SAID THAT A POLITICIAN THINKS OF THE NEXT ELECTION, BUT A STATESMAN THINKS OF THE NEXT GENERATION. YOU ARE THAT NEXT GENERATION. SO VOTE FOR THE POLITICIAN YOU THINK IS MOST LIKELY TO TURN INTO A STATESMAN-- A PRESIDENT WHO WILL WORK TO REPRESENT US ALL. I'M LINDA ELLERBEE FOR NICK NEWS. OH, AND ONE MORE THING: HERE'S HOW YOU CAN VOTE. >> narrator: STARTING RIGHT NOW, YOU CAN CAST YOUR VOTE FOR PRESIDENT BY LOGGING ON TO: VOTING WILL LAST UNTIL MONDAY, OCTOBER 22, WHEN THE WINNER OF THE KIDS PICK THE PRESIDENT ELECTION WILL BE ANNOUNCED
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