CNN Radio News Day: November 2, 2012
Amusement park rides in Seaside Heights, New Jersey were mangled by Superstorm Sandy.
November 2nd, 2012
04:30 PM ET

CNN Radio News Day: November 2, 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 U.S. Presidential election is Tuesday.  And today voters got yet another piece of information to mull over before casting their ballots.  The Labor Department's jobs report for October shows the unemployment rate ticked up one-tenth of a percent to 7.9 percent, though the economy did add 171,000 jobs.  CNN chief political correspondent Candy Crowley says the numbers fit right in to the narrative for both camps:

“I think it's a wash.  It's just another log on the fire that has been burning for two years, essentially."


Memories of the Jersey Shore
David Vigilante and his brother in Wildwood, 1969.
November 2nd, 2012
04:29 PM ET

Memories of the Jersey Shore

(CNN) - Among the areas hardest hit by Hurricane Sandy is a stretch of coast known simply as the Jersey Shore.

Before this area became synonymous with a hard-partying reality show, it was a place where countless families made memories. One  of those families was David Vigilante's:

[1:19] "The shore was more than just a beach. It was carnival rides and boardwalks and the remnants of what entertainment looked like in the Victorian era. It was the birthplace of Miss America and the land of Springsteen."


CNN Profiles: Sandy's Nantucket Warrior
Folgers Marsh in Nantucket Harbor, October 28, 2012, helped protect nearby buildings from the surge caused by Hurricane Sandy.
November 2nd, 2012
09:30 AM ET

CNN Profiles: Sandy's Nantucket Warrior

By Michael Schulder, CNN

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(CNN) - The next Sandy is coming. Not tomorrow. But sooner and more often than we’d hope, say the experts, at least in part because of climate change.

So the question for us as a nation now becomes, if we can’t stop future Sandys, can we better protect ourselves from them?

With that critical question we reached out to a woman of the sea: Nantucket oceanographer Sarah Oktay.

She was able to safely watch Sandy arrive from the University of Massachusetts Field Station in Nantucket which she runs, even though it’s just 50 feet from Nantucket Harbor.

What provided that safety was a barrier between the energy of Sandy and her building. The barrier was not concrete. It was nature-made, one that, like the martial art Tai Chi, absorbs the energy of an attack rather than blocks it.

And when you listen to Sarah Oktay on this CNN Profile, you’ll know how imperative it is to create more of these natural barriers along the U.S. coast if we are to become more resilient to the Sandys in our future.

Anyone living near the coast or planning to move to a coastal area must get familiar with what Nantucket oceanographer Sarah Oktay is about to teach us.

It could make the difference between absorbing the blows of a future Sandy with minimal pain, or getting knocked out.

Editor's Note: Listen to the complete interview in the player above.

R.L. Stine's weird mind
November 2nd, 2012
08:53 AM ET

R.L. Stine's weird mind

By Gavin Godfrey, CNN

(CNN) – He's been dubbed "the Stephen King of children's literature."

After selling more than 350 million children's books worldwide, author R.L. Stine recently released his first novel for adults, "Red Rain."

The novel comes on the heels of the 20th Anniversary of his popular "Goosebumps" series. It's a sort of dedication to his readers who are now grown up and, via social media, begged Stine to write a more mature novel.


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