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CNN Radio News Day: October 16, 2012
October 16th, 2012
04:30 PM ET

CNN Radio News Day: October 16, 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 political campaigns, the pundits, the fact-crunchers and presumably the voting public will all be watching tonight as President Obama and his Republican challenger, Mitt Romney meet for the second of three debates before next month's presidential election.  The town hall format for the debate means this is the one and only chance that voters themselves will get to question both candidates at once.  We wanted to know who those voters are?  Our resident political expert, CNN's Lisa Desjardins was asking the same question:

"...I started wondering how'd those folks get in that group? Could my neighbor get a shot at being on stage?"

  • As Syria's civil war rages, Syrian-Americans have been watching the violence in their home country with alarm. But, many are afraid to speak out because of the possible consequences for their relatives still in Syria.  22-year-old Ahmad Faour is one of many young Syrians who recently gathered for a silent protest in Chicago.  He says it's time to take action:

"C'mon guys, what are you afraid from? There's kids in Syria that are getting his head chopped off, because they want to film and they asked for it.  So why are you afraid?"

  • The 1960's represented prime time for musicians to speak their minds – and speak out about a system they wanted to change.   Bob Dylan and Ray Charles are just two notables from that era.  But today, Allen Stone is one new voice looking to capture the same sentiment from years ago.   Stone says while he doesn't pretend to know everything about how to fix the country's ills, he does know this:

"...What I do understand though is life at 25 years old, and the people around me that receive life in that capacity."

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