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CNN Radio Music Notes: The "Heart" of Cuba
Cuban Artist Yosvany Terry
March 31st, 2013
06:00 AM ET

CNN Radio Music Notes: The "Heart" of Cuba

By Pat St.Claire, CNN

Editor's Note:  Welcome to CNN Radio Music Notes – your backstage pass to all things music!  From intimate conversations with headliners to the latest scoop on your favorite Indie band, hang out with us to find out what's happening in the world of music.

 Listen to the full story in our player above, and join the conversation in our comments section below.

(CNN) – Cuba! Mysterious, musical, exotic.  It's the largest island in the Caribbean and perhaps the least known -  to Americans anyway, thanks of course, to the U.S. embargo of Cuba.  But, music has a way of traveling across the seas (or any barrier for that matter)  and straight to the heart.  Gema Corredera and Yosvany Terry are two of  the most renowned Cuban artists in the world as well as  friends and colleagues. FULL POST

CNN Radio News Day: March 29, 2013
South Korean soldiers ride on a military truck in the border city of Paju on March 29, 2013.
March 29th, 2013
04:28 PM ET

CNN Radio News Day: March 29, 2013

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.

  • North Korea says it has put rockets on standby to strike at U.S. targets, including the American mainland. According to state-run media Leader Kim Jong Un is accusing Washington of reckless provocation. This latest threat comes after U.S. B-2 stealth bombers took part in military exercises in South Korea. Journalist Andrew Salmon wrote an article for CNN.com envisioning a hypothetical, worst-case scenario of potential conflict on the Korean peninsula:

"Most of the wars we're fighting today are wars against terrorism, small wars, counterinsurgency wars.  If we went to war with North Korea this would be a very, very big scale old-fashioned war of the worst kind of 20th century-style disruptiveness."

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March 29th, 2013
12:48 PM ET

Distinguished WWII spy honored at Arlington

By Jonathan Binder, CNN

Follow on Twitter: @jbinder

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

(CNN) – On Friday Rene Joyeuse's ashes will be placed in Arlington National Cemetery after a ceremony held by his family.

For much of his life, Joyeuse hadn't told many people about his time in the military and the dangerous missions that he went on during WWII. He was a Swiss-born spy for the U.S. Office of Strategic Services or OSS, which was the precursor to the CIA.

But his achievements were so great that  General Dwight D. Eisenhower personally gave him  the Distinguished Service Cross.

In 2002, Joyeuse  invited author and combat historian Patrick O'Donnell into him home to have dinner with his family. O'Donnell has written eight books, all focusing on the heroism of the U.S. Military throughout history. It was that night when Rene shared with O'Donnell his incredible stories from WWII. Rene recalled a near-death escape from the Nazi forces in northern France.  Listen to the full account of that story in the player above.

After hearing Joyeuse's story and later writing about it, O'Donnell believes Joyeuse  is one of the greatest spys to come out of the OSS:

[3:20] "His contributions are extraordinary. He provided actual intelligence on a V1 jet propulsion rocket factory that was bombed by the Allies – variou units that were heading toward the Normandy Beach, he identified."

Joyeuse even created an underground railroad network to help guide close to 300 downed airmen to safety. And the list of his achievements continues.

O'Donnell and Joyeuse's  family believed this incredible spy would be put to rest at Arlington National Cemetery, but that almost didn't happen. At first, the request was denied. But over the course of several months O'Donnell, the family and many other supports made the case for Joyeuse's urn to be placed in Arlington, and eventually the board at Arlington approved.

Joyeuse's son, Remi, remembers his father telling him when he was a child that he would end up in Arlington National Cemetery. And when Rene died in 2012, the family had him cremated, but didn't hold any ceremony. Remi Joyeuse said they would wait until it could be done at Arlington.

[4:25] "He is I'm sure honored to be buried with his comrades, and the fact that his achievements are being recognized and of all places Arlington National Cemetery – it's about as big an honor as you could ever imagine. We're just blessed and thankful for all those that have put their time and effort to make this happen."

For more on what it is like to be a professor falsely attached to a hoax for 13 years, listen to our story above. Subscribe to this podcast on iTunes or Stitcher. And listen to CNN Soundwaves on our SoundCloud page.

 

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CNN Radio News Day: March 28, 2013
Pope Francis washes the feet of a prisoner at the Casal Del Marmo Youth Detention Centre during the mass of the Lord's Supper on March 28, 2013 in Rome, Italy.
March 28th, 2013
04:37 PM ET

CNN Radio News Day: March 28, 2013

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.

  • This is Holy Week for the Catholic Church. It's the time when the faithful mark the last days of Jesus' life on Earth and his resurrection from the dead. Today Pope Francis marked Holy Thursday with a mass at the Vatican. But then, he broke with tradition, by presiding over a service at a juvenile detention center on the outskirts of Rome. EWTN News Director and CNN Contributor Raymond Arroyo explains the significance of the visit:

"He wants priests, he's trying to show them by example, you need to go and touch the people who are hurting, who are suffering, who are in the thrall of evil and try to break that pattern. And you can't do it from afar. You can't do it through a proxy. You have to go do it yourself, which is the way Christ did it."

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March 28th, 2013
01:45 PM ET

Atheism finding its way

By Libby Lewis, CNN

Follow on Twitter: @LibbyLewisCNN

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

(CNN) – This is the 50th anniversary of the American Atheists – that’s the hard-line atheist group with those in-your-face billboards that show Jesus in the manger with the words "You Know It's a Myth."

It's coming at a time when the number of non-believers is growing in America – especially among the ones under 35 – according to the Pew Research Center.

Tomorrow, the American Atheists are meeting to note their half-century mark and to talk about the future. So, which way is this movement headed?

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