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CNN Radio News Day: March 8, 2013
A 'Hiring Now' sign is posted in front of a Pennzoil Speed Oil Change shop on March 8, 2013 in El Cerrito, California.
March 8th, 2013
05:04 PM ET

CNN Radio News Day: March 8, 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.

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(CNN) – Welcome to CNN Radio News Day.

  • There were plenty of economy watchers surprised by what they saw in today's new government jobs report. 236,000 jobs were added last month – tens of thousands more than expected. The U.S. unemployment rate is also down to 7.7 percent, the lowest level in more than four years. But Diane Swonk, chief economist for Mesirow Financial, says the lower jobless rate still includes troubling factors:

"Fewer people actually throwing their hat into the ring.  And that sign of hope, you really look for, when people are really feeling good about the labor force... we really want to see an increase in the participation rate." FULL POST

CNN Profiles: Bully Proof 2013
A still from "The Bully," a 1952 instructional film about how to handle bullying. Sixty years since, Emily Bazelon writes that we need to redefine what bullying really is to better deal with it.
March 8th, 2013
11:11 AM ET

CNN Profiles: Bully Proof 2013

Hosted by Michael Schulder

Follow Michael at: www.wavemaker.me

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

(CNN) - When the CNN Profiles guest booking producers recommended we interview Emily Bazelon about her new book on bullying I was reluctant.

Sure, Bazelon is a household name to those of us who read Slate – which is not a household name.

And she has great credentials, not limited to her law degree from Yale.

But I have bully fatigue. There has been so much news coverage of the issue these past few years.

Nevertheless, I read Bazelon's "Sticks and Stones" and it changed my perspective on bullying, whether it's encountered  in person or online.

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Filed under: Behavior • CNN Profiles • Culture • Education • Voices
March 8th, 2013
10:35 AM ET

Congressional bonuses in a time of cuts

By Lisa Desjardins, CNN

Follow on Twitter: @LisaDCNN

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

Capitol Hill (CNN) – A CNN analysis of thousands of pages of Congressional expense reports shows that in the months leading up to the fiscal cliff (and potential, sharp budget cuts), nearly a quarter of the lawmakers in the House of Representatives gave their own office staff bonuses.

Click here to see the list of how much each member of Congress spent and which lawmakers gave their staff what appear to be bonuses.

That money is itemized as “Other Compensation” in the more than 2000-page report.

Only a handful of members of Congress gave us statements defending the bonuses last quarter.

Rep. Mike Thompson, D-CA, wrote, “have a hard working, dedicated team… and I want to pay a salary that reflects their service.”

He said he only gives bonuses if there is “money left over” at the end of the year.

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March 8th, 2013
10:06 AM ET

Prepping for NYC’s ban on large sugary drinks

By Steve Kastenbaum, CNN

Follow on Twitter: @SKastenbaumCNN

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

(CNN) – The term 'nanny state' can be heard echoing throughout New York City as the ban on large size sugary soft drink goes into effect next week.

Some businesses are figuring out ways to work around the ban.

[1:08] “What I don’t understand is this, they don’t want me to put a carafe of let’s say tonic or ginger ale, unless it’s diet, out which a carafe is a liter. But I can have ten 16 ounce bottles of it out on the same table,” said Paul Seres who runs the DL Restaurant and Lounge in New York City.

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