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August 13, 2010
Posted: 1939 GMT

As you may have seen in our debut episode of "Q & A", CNN's Ali Velshi and Richard Quest battled it out to see who knew more about the all important commodity - wheat.

This was all part of a new segment on CNN that we're calling "Q & A" and where we are giving you - the viewer - the chance to have us answer questions on any topic that you want.

From pop culture, transportation, luxury living, finance, music - anything goes.

You choose the topics and in one minute, Richard and Ali will tell you everything you need to know.

BUT what happens when Ali and Richard go head to head? Who will win? Send us your questions and they’ll be quizzed – live on Q&A.

Here's your chance to test the experts and see if they really know their stuff.

Write in your suggestions of what topics you want covered.

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richard malisher   August 14th, 2010 6:53 pm ET



Treese   August 15th, 2010 12:54 am ET


Roy C. Brooks   August 15th, 2010 8:15 pm ET

No one disagrees that we have a race problem in this country. Recent CNN reports on childrren and race underscore this calamidy. Part of the problem is the media! Think about it: CNN and other major news outlets bombard us with negative images of African-Americans and other minorities daily. Yet, there is no significant corresponding reporting on positive features.

Our positive contributions to this country have been essentially left out of the text books. This sanitizing process further erodes our image in the broader society! Little wonder that the broader society, in general, are suspect of the black race!

WILLIAMS   August 15th, 2010 9:45 pm ET

Mr. Quest,

When we are talking about economy, What are the most significant differences between China and The United States ?

Marlin Vrbas   August 17th, 2010 6:14 pm ET

Where can I get more information, mainly contacts, for the microscope reported by Ali V on 8/17. I believe the guest was Professor Andy (?) from Rice University. Thanks.

Jim douglas   August 17th, 2010 8:43 pm ET

My comment is jour news updates flash by so fast i don,t have time to read them much less have a thought about what they mean. I am 68 years old and might be a little slow but i don,t think i am the only one. just slow the news updates down,please. Jim

Angela NC   August 18th, 2010 12:44 am ET

A serious financial question for you Ali.

I am on the cusp of the baby boomers. Wrong side!! My husband and I are are cutting back on our spending and adjusting to retirement. If, as we hear, the majority of the country is aging, how can we continue to rely on the country's spending to pull us out of recession?
Surely there is going to be a huge difference in the spending ability of the nation in the coming years, and how come noone is talking about it?

B. Jackson   August 19th, 2010 4:42 am ET

If everybody in the world with access to money went out and spent the equivilent of $1.00 could we affect the economy. Would it boost it world wide?

claude kagan   August 19th, 2010 5:31 pm ET

VP Humphrey at a conference of engineers prediccgted that the cost of manjufactured goods would keep going down till they would be given away, yet and that would create massive unemployment. His solution was to suggest that for instance you could create jobs in the service industry.... If all of you, he adressed the audience, when on a trip and stay in hotels and eat breakfast in the restuarent you order toast. If the toast is cold send it back to the kitchen, you will not eat reheated toast. 100000 new jobs from growingf wheat to seerving finished hot toast.

Robert Saberhagen   August 19th, 2010 5:31 pm ET

Since the financial meltdown began, an average of around 500,000 people per week have filed first time jobless benefit claims.

During the past 36 months that adds up to around 72 million unemployment claims.

Can you please explain how these numbers relate to overall job gain/loss figures?

Did many millions of these people miraculously find work?

Chris   August 19th, 2010 6:31 pm ET

Great Q & A today guys! You two are great together!

neinka lando   August 20th, 2010 12:47 am ET

Did you know that almost everyone uses the ten year area of the 50s as the description that all the world should live by. The people from that area are 1 the people getting the property tax credit and 2 are the ones that mostly vote down everything in the country that could move our country forward. and 3 are most of the ones retiring on supplemental social security disability income and not on social security income. and 4 are all the dead head fans who's lifestyles and beliefs sponged generation x. And 5 are the ones that caused the great ragon recession and 401 k boom. and 6 are the ones that lead to the state of our nation today other than the war and katrina: by way of their poisonous stagnant voting and their constant down voting. and 7 are most of the people who say one must go to jail get on drugs for years and then get out all on your own and better your life in order to actually know anything. And 8 are most of the ones that condemn united amnesty international the A.C.L.U. the national biogenis society the united nations and security council. And I could go on and on and on. I believe its high time to abandon all of that poison and get back to being good stewards to our world its people and animals by serving our land lord again.

dave   August 21st, 2010 12:24 pm ET

There are many reasons for the conflict in the Middle East. Each reason has a certain percent to predict why it happens. The many reasons for human behavior can probably be explained with math. Where all the reasons put together equals 100 percent.
The following may seem crazy; however, there may be an element of truth it this statement. How much does extreme summer heat contributes to major conflicts between people?
Of all the places with political instability (i.e. civil war): it is located in parts of the world with extreme heat. However I have no clue what percent extreme heat contributes to human conflict.
As part of any solution to peace in the Middle East: it should include installing “cooling stations” in many neighborhoods. Perhaps solar energy could be used to power these stations: especially in areas with no electricity.
These cooling stations may include fans with water mists to cool people.
I believe there is a certain percent of a math formula that can predict human conflict in an area: especially for areas of extreme heat. Installing many cooling stations in areas of conflict around the world could not hurt.
How do you feel about this concept?

Kathleen Watrous   August 21st, 2010 6:22 pm ET

Recently you spoke about raising the retirement age. That would be fine with me as long I as could find work. I was a very good technical assistant, with years of experience, but could not get hired. There is age discrimination in hiring. Will companies have incentives to hire people over 55? If not, I don't see what good raising the retirement age would be.

J Zamora   August 21st, 2010 6:31 pm ET

Ali I love how you basically stated how if your poor deal with it and if your rich keep endorsing foreign markets. the bit about or trade deficit with China very interesting how you presented it as a bad thing but in the same token told average investors to diversify themselves by buying stocks in foreign company's. Another proof of the rich taking advantage the poor. The cost to produce in another country is much cheaper however the inflation to buy the product here is astonishing. The same investor or company that outsources goods or service's then charges the domestic consumer a gigantic inflated price while also putting many of us out of work. We work eight hours to purchase a product or good that may only cost ten dollars to produce. Now that is how slavery and control works in the new world;)

Esther Maria Robles   August 21st, 2010 6:37 pm ET

A very good way for uor country to save LOTS OF MONEY would be if the president and his family will take LESS VACATIONS and throw LESS PARTIES @ the WHITE HOUSE!!! Especially while the public is SUFFERING ECONOMICALLY!!! It's OBSENE!!!!

Doris   August 23rd, 2010 6:34 pm ET

Ali: Think most of us would prefer to forget Obama was ever president, including those of us who voted for him. No, no, no don't put him on one of our pieces of currency that would make us remember everyday for the rest of our lives!!!

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