Since the 1982 launch of CNN's Crossfire, there have been plenty of unforgettable moments, including some memorable faces. Thirty-one years later, we recount nine of our favorite Crossfire moments, from passionate debates to settled bets.
Crossfire returns to CNN on Monday, September 9 at 6:30 p.m. ET.
1. Frank Zappa on dirty song lyrics (1986)
As we count down to Monday's launch of Crossfire, we're taking a look back at some memorable moments in Crossfire history. As you’ll see in today’s Crossfire Classic clip, we’ve had our share of debates that aren’t strictly “political.” Van Jones presents a moment from 1986 where musician Frank Zappa engages in a fiery debate about dirty song lyrics.
Crossfire returns to CNN Monday at 6:30pm ET.
Originally posted on the CNN Living section.
(CNN) - "Crossfire" is back, and just look how much life has changed since that first show in 1982. The clothes. The hair. The music.
Yeah, we love the '80s, too.
In the early years, the political debate show was all about the Cold War, Reagan administration, death penalty, sex education - and bow-ties, big glasses and tweed blazers with diagonally striped ties. The first show on June 25, 1982, focused on Alexander Haig's resignation as secretary of state.
These days, 31 years later, we're just as diverse on the daily commentary. Syria is weighing heavily on our minds, but then we just can't seem to stop talking about Miley Cyrus' over-the-top twerking performance at the MTV Video Music Awards.
Culturally so much has changed.
With "Crossfire's" return, CNN iReport invited CNN readers to dish on life in the '80s. Many readers talked about coming of age and finding themselves during that era, with a little help from heavy metal, hairspray and MTV. These are some of our favorite takeaways:FULL STORY
Author, documentary filmmaker, historian, Speaker of the House (1995-1999), and 2012 Republican presidential candidate
Fmr. Obama Deputy Campaign Mgr. and W.H. Sr. Adviser, founder of Precision Strategies, fmr. Sr. Adviser to Maj. Leader Reid and Sen. Kennedy
Conservative columnist for New York Daily News, contributing editor at Townhall Magazine, commentator and author
Former Special Adviser for Green Jobs under President Obama, co-founder of Rebuild the Dream, author and attorney
Crossfire hosted by Newt Gingrich, Stephanie Cutter, SE Cupp, and Van Jones airs weeknights at 6:30 pm ET on CNN.
The classic debate program resembles the show's original format with passionate conversation and focus on topical events on the day. The daily, 30-minute program features two hosts and guests each night, discussing a range of issues from all sides of the political and cultural spectrum. In addition to the weekday show the Crossfire co-hosts appear across the network's programming.