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Sunday Playlist: Debate-o-rama
John F. Kennedy and Richard Nixon at the first televised presidential debate, before either were presidents.
September 30th, 2012
06:00 AM ET

Sunday Playlist: Debate-o-rama

By Dan Szematowicz, CNN

(CNN) – The first of this election season's three presidential debates takes place on Wednesday night in Denver, CO.

In this week's Sunday Playlist, we're looking forward to the debates and all the much-deserved hoopla that surrounds them.

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CNN Radio News Day: September 28, 2012
Retiring Atlanta Braves third baseman Chipper Jones waves to fans and well wishers
September 28th, 2012
04:30 PM ET

CNN Radio News Day: September 28, 2012

CNN Radio News Day is an evening news program that gives you informative, thoughtful and creative news stories Monday through Friday at 4:30 pm ET.

You don’t have to be at this blog to listen, we want you to take us with you! Click the download button in the SoundCloud player and put us on your smart phone or tablet and bring us with you in the car, on the train, while you’re working out, or just chilling on the couch.

(CNN) – Welcome to CNN Radio News Day.

Here are some of the stories we cover in today's edition:

  • The presidential election is just 39 days away.   Campaigning is intensifying as President Obama and Republican hopeful, Mitt Romney prepare for their first debate, next Wednesday. Each side is playing up the other candidate's debating skills.   CNN  Political Editor, Paul Steinhauser says:

[1:26] " It's basically lowering the bar and campaigns have been doing this for years and we're seeing boththe Romney and Obama campaigns doing it now."

  • A cyber-attack shut down the websites of some of the biggest banks in the United states over the past week, including Bank of America, JPMorgan Chase, Wells Fargo and PNC.  An Islamic militant group is claiming responsibility, although security experts aren't too sure about that claim.  CNN Money's David Goldman says the hackers managed to swamp the websites with so much traffic they crashed:

[6:42]"It was twice as large as anything  that we've ever seen.   It's ten to twenty times larger than the average attack on a bank.  And, that's what led these sites to essentially collapse and not be reachable for users."

  • And, it's truly  an end of an era in baseball. This is the final season for Atlanta Braves third baseman, Chipper Jones. CNN's Edgar Treiguts sat down with the likely Baseball Hall of Fame inductee to ask about his place in baseball history.

[14:40] "I want to be remembered as a winner...I want to be remembered as a mentor and a good teammate.."

My freedom vs. your freedom
Sammy Kadassi emigrated to the US from Yemen. His ideas about freedom evolved after the move.
September 28th, 2012
12:56 PM ET

My freedom vs. your freedom

By Steve Kastenbaum, CNN

(CNN) – Freedom of speech, freedom of religion, freedom of the press… these ideas are at the core of the American perception of freedom.

President Barack Obama told the United Nations General Assembly this week that promoting those freedoms around the world is the key to peace.

However, perceptions of what freedom actually is differs from culture to culture.

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Chipper Jones' last hurrah
Chipper Jones of the Atlanta Braves waves to the fans during a standing ovation as he steps to the plate at Turner Field.
September 28th, 2012
11:11 AM ET

Chipper Jones' last hurrah

By Edgar Treiguts, CNN

Editor's Note: Listen to the complete interview above and join the conversation below.

(CNN) – Very few pro athletes are afforded the type of farewell sendoff that Atlanta Braves' veteran third baseman Chipper Jones has been getting this season, his 19th in the major leagues.

Not only has he been feeling the love from his hometown fans, but also those in opposing cities.

[:26] "The gifts and the ovations have just been at times really overwhelming. Certainly unexpected."

It's respect for a player who has Hall of Fame-worthy credentials.

He's played the game the right way and honored its history. That combination means more than anything to baseball fans – whether its your own team's player or not.

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More controversy over drones
A new report on drone strikes in Pakistan argues they have a devastating effect on local peoples' lives. But some Pakistan experts say they don’t find the report reliable.
September 28th, 2012
10:36 AM ET

More controversy over drones

By Libby Lewis, CNN

(CNN) – A new report this week on the effect of drone strikes in Pakistan has only raised new questions.

The report features rare dramatic interviews with citizens of Pakistan’s tribal areas, the focus of the secret, yet not-so-secret, U.S. drone program.

Like Farhim Qureshi, who was 14 when he was caught in a drone strike in 2009.

[:34] “I was injured in the drone attacks. I lost my eye…I lost my eyesight on the left side and my entire left side of my body was injured because of the bullets from the missile attack.”

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