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September 6th, 2013
08:03 PM ET

Changing faces of Crossfire

See who you can spot as we take a look at some of the changing faces through the decades of debate in Crossfire's iconic history.

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9 favorite Crossfire moments
September 6th, 2013
03:19 PM ET

9 favorite Crossfire moments

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)

Musician Frank Zappa, cleaned up in a suit and tie, engaged in a fiery debate about dirty song lyrics.

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September 6th, 2013
01:29 PM ET

Crossfire Classic: Frank Zappa on dirty lyrics

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.

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Cabbage Patch craziness
September 6th, 2013
10:30 AM ET

Life in the 1980s: a look back to the first Crossfire era

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:

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