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CNN Radio News Day: October 1, 2012
U.S. Capitol Building, Washington D. C.
October 1st, 2012
04:30 PM ET

CNN Radio News Day: October 1, 2012

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(CNN) – Welcome to CNN Radio News Day.

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

  • The first presidential debate of the 2012 campaign takes place Wednesday as President Obama and  Mitt Romney try to convince voters they have what it takes to lead the nation.  But, there's another battle  going on, simultaneously for control of the Senate.  CNN's Barbara Hall reports on highly contested senate races.

[3:49]  “ A lot’s at stake in terms of how the President’s agenda, whoever that might be, will be pursued," says Patrick Griffin with American University.

  • Bacon lovers were in a panic as word spread over the internet that the popular pork product might be in short supply in coming months  CNN's Jim Roope  went on a fact-finding mission to get to the truth of the matter. Hog farmer Diana Prichard says in part the drought is to blame.

[12:06] "Most of the corn and soybeans which are the two main crops we use to feed the hogs have been damaged."

  • And,  Have you heard of Mac Miller?  Probably not, but you may soon.  He's a 20-year-old rapper whose album "Blue Slide Park" became the first independent record to hit number one on the Billboard Chart since 1995.  He tells CNN's Gavin Godfrey that's a good place to be in, but he says it comes with controversy because he's white.

[15:16] "'The only reason people listen to Mac is because he's white.' And then the next tweet will be like 'The only reason people don't listen to Mac is because he's white.' Man, I can't win over here."

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