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CNN Radio News Day: December 31, 2012
U.S. President Barack Obama delivers remarks about the fiscal cliff negotiations in Washington, DC.
December 31st, 2012
04:45 PM ET

CNN Radio News Day: December 31, 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 we go over the fiscal cliff.  On the final day of negotiations, Democrats and Republicans failed to reach an agreement in time to prevent nearly all Americans from facing big tax hikes.  A a bunch of automatic spending cuts will also kick in tomorrow. CNN's Lisa Desjardins has been covering the events on Capitol Hill:

"Congress clearly has gotten not just in the habit of punting things down the road.  But this seems to have become the new normal.  And I really don't want to say that, but I think that anyone covering Congress has to face that reality." FULL POST

The high price of 'cell' calls
High prison phone rates hurt families and can hamper rehabilitation, activists argue.
December 31st, 2012
09:47 AM ET

The high price of 'cell' calls

By Emma Lacey-Bordeaux, CNN

Follow on Twitter: @CNNEmma

Editor's Note: Listen to the full story in our player above, and join the conversation in our comments section below.

Foster Campbell remembers when he first heard about the high cost of calling home from prison:

[2:33] "It was the biggest rip off that I've ever seen. An absolute scam being put on in the jails."

Campbell serves on the Public Service Commission in Louisiana. Recently, he championed a measure that reduced the cost of a prison phone call by 25 percent. For him and other activists it's important that families can easily afford to keep in touch with their loved ones.

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Sunday Playlist: New Year's Resolve
Happy New Year 2013
December 30th, 2012
06:00 AM ET

Sunday Playlist: New Year's Resolve

By Pat St. Claire, CNN

(CNN) – Welcome to the Sunday Playlist, sounds and stories we've discovered from other audio producers and that we want to share with our listeners.

As another year draws to a close we start thinking about what the New Year will hold. In this edition of the Sunday Playlist, a few suggestions from around the Web to help you not only make some new resolutions, but hopefully to help you keep them.

  • The Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley suggests making new year's resolutions can be a fun and useful family affair. In its Happiness Matters Podcast sociologist Christine Carter and R.N. Rona Renna offer advice for helping your kids make resolutions that they can keep. They even provide a fun "habit tracker" tool you can download to help your children keep up with how well they're doing.

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CNN Radio News Day: December 28, 2012
A protest in Mumbai on December 27, 2012, for better safety for women following the rape of a student in the Indian capital
December 28th, 2012
04:27 PM ET

CNN Radio News Day: December 28, 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.

  • We've heard a lot about the fiscal cliff lately, but another potentially huge economic catastrophe was averted today – at least temporarily. Nearly 15,000 dock workers at ports from Boston to Houston had been threatening to strike. Jonathan Gold with the National Retail federation says it could have cost the economy a lot of money:

"When you take a look back at the last time we had a full shutdown of the coast-wide ports was back in 2002, when you had the entire West Coast that was shut down for 10 days for a lockout.  Most economists agree that cost the economy about a billion dollars a day." FULL POST

CNN Profiles: 'Bible Belt' meets 'Borscht Belt'
Religious blogger, Rachel Held Evans, and author of "A Year of Biblical Womanhood."
December 28th, 2012
11:05 AM ET

CNN Profiles: 'Bible Belt' meets 'Borscht Belt'

Hosted by Michael Schulder

Follow on Twitter: @MichaelSchulder

Editor's Note: Listen to the full interview in our player above, and join the conversation in our comments section below.

(CNN) - Something tells me if Rachel Held Evans were my childrens' Sunday School teacher they'd never want to miss a Sunday.

Evans is an evangelical Christian and my family is Jewish.

Evans lives in the town where the term Bible Belt was coined* and my father was a professional standup comic who worked the buckle of the Borscht Belt in New York's Catskill Mountains.

But Evans bridges the divide between the belts in her new book, The Year of Biblical Womanhood, the result of an experiment in which she lives the Old and New Testament's instructions for women as literally as possible for an entire year.

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