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CNN Radio News Day: October 29, 2012
Waves crash over Winthrop Shore Drive as Hurricane Sandy comes up the coast on October 29, 2012 in Winthrop, Massachusetts
October 29th, 2012
04:30 PM ET

CNN Radio News Day: October 29, 2012

CNN Radio News Day is an evening news program providing an informative, thoughtful and creative look at the day's events. It's posted 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 or while you’re working out.

(CNN) – Welcome to CNN Radio News Day.

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

  • One-fifth of the United States is bracing for a gargantuan storm system hitting the East Coast.  Hurricane Sandy's tidal surge could top 12 feet in some coastal communities prompting evacuations from Delaware to Connecticut.  Professor Nicholas K. Coch, a coastal geologist at Queens College of the City University of New York, says there has never been a storm like this one:

“Just realize that no hurricane has hit a major American city directly. This is the first one that is doing it."

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Educators feel neglected by candidates
Before diving into academics, teacher Joe Marinelli gets the minds of his students warmed up with a thought-provoking quote.
October 29th, 2012
08:25 AM ET

Educators feel neglected by candidates

By Jim Roope, CNN

(CNN) – In the four debates this election year, three presidential and one vice presidential, the subject of education was mentioned but not discussed to the satisfaction of most educators.

[:04] “There’s an old saying, I think it was Ralph Waldo Emerson who said, ‘I can’t hear your words, your actions are too loud.’”

Joe Marinelli has been a substitute teacher in the Los Angeles Unified School District for 19 years.

[:17] “So the omission of education in the debates is very loud to teachers. By omission in the context of this debate I mean education was not a topic. It was brought up here and there but it was not addressed and had an intelligent discussion about. It just wasn’t there.”

Education was mentioned a few times in the debates but not in response to a direct question about education. President Obama brought up the federal education reform initiative ‘Race to the Top,’ but briefly.

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Sunday Playlist: Historic storms
A Department of Public Works employee hands over a sandbag at a distribution center near RFK Stadium in Washington DC on Saturday.
October 28th, 2012
12:27 AM ET

Sunday Playlist: Historic storms

By Dan Szematowicz, CNN

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(CNN) – As I write this post from Arlington, Virginia, just over the river from Washington, DC,  my neighbors and I are getting ready to experience the storm currently known as Hurricane Sandy.

I say 'currently' because it will soon lose its tropical characteristics as it merges with a cold front coming in from the west.

If that forecast continues to hold, Sandy will become a hybrid system. Many fear that combination will lead to the formation of a "superstorm."

Meteorologists are using words like 'unprecedented,' 'historic,' and 'record-setting' to describe what's about to happen to the US East Coast.

Unfortunately, in the world of weather, those adjectives are rarely used positively. FULL POST

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CNN Radio News Day: October 26, 2012
A boy points to Missouri on CSPAN's 2012 US Presidential election electoral map.
October 26th, 2012
04:30 PM ET

CNN Radio News Day: October 26, 2012

CNN Radio News Day is an evening news program providing an informative, thoughtful and creative look at the day's events. It's posted 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 or while you’re working out.

(CNN) – Welcome to CNN Radio News Day.

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

  • With the U.S. presidential election just over a week away, Republican candidate Mitt Romney gave a big speech on the economy today in the swing state of Iowa. The message wasn't so much about specific policy prescriptions, but rather a last-minute pitch to voters that he can do a better job of fixing the economy than President Barack Obama. CNN's Ali Velshi says:

“It had no new material in it... This was in fact, just an old-fashioned pep rally".

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African-American blazing a trail through chess
At a small chess tournament in New York this week, 17 Rochelle Ballantyne moved closer to her goal of becoming the first female African-American chess master in history.
October 26th, 2012
10:16 AM ET

African-American blazing a trail through chess

By Steve Kastenbaum, CNN

(CNN) – Rochelle Ballantyne plays chess the same way she walks through the streets of New York, determined to reach her goal without letting any obstacles slow her down.

The 17 year old from Brooklyn is just a few wins away from becoming the first female African-American to attain the ranking of chess master.

[:47] "I've never been the first anything so having that title next to my name is going to... it's going to feel amazing."

She crushes her opponents in a sport dominated by men.

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