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CNN Radio News Day: March 15, 2013
Former US Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Maryland, on March 15, 2013
March 15th, 2013
04:34 PM ET

CNN Radio News Day: March 15, 2013

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(CNN) – Welcome to CNN Radio News Day.

  • Drones. You've probably heard a lot about them in the news lately, with congressional hearings, reports, and a presidential nominee's confirmation delayed over questions – about drones. Their use has long been a controversial part of America's fight against terror. CNN recently had exclusive access to a fact-finding trip by a United Nations human rights official who's investigating the human toll of drone strikes in Pakistan. CNN's Saima Mohsin is in Islamabad and sat-in on meetings with drone victims:

""What struck me the most during this time spent with the drone effectees and victims, was how far-reaching the impact of this drone campaign has been. People haven't been just physically affected, but psychologically affected." FULL POST

CNN Profiles: Jodi Picoult on the dark side
March 15th, 2013
12:24 PM ET

CNN Profiles: Jodi Picoult on the dark side

Hosted by Michael Schulder

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

(CNN) - Before you click play on our conversation with best-selling author Jodi Picoult, ask yourself this: Would you forgive Ieng Sary?

I never heard of Ieng Sary either until I stumbled upon his obit on CNN's website:

"It was one of the worst genocides since the Nazi era. The brutal Khmer Rouge took over Cambodia in 1975 and terrorized the population for four years, killing more than one million people. One of its infamous leaders died Thursday, escaping judgment for war crimes at the hands of a U.N. tribunal. He was the foreign minister under, and the brother-in-law-of, Khmer Rouge dictator Pol Pot." FULL POST

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March 15th, 2013
09:18 AM ET

A child of war practices peace in the DRC

By Emma Lacey-Bordeaux, CNN

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Vianney Bisimwa was just 11 years old when his country was plunged into war.

[0:09] "My father he had a good job and when the war happened in 1996 he lost his job and we went through a really difficult situation into poverty."

Bisimwa is now 27 but fighting continues in his country, the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Five million have lost their lives, millions displaced in a struggle between rebel factions and the government. Growing up, Bisimwa says he often felt he'd take revenge if he had a chance. Revenge for all he'd lost. But then, he started talking to other young people and his perspective changed.

[1:50] "You have a choice to make to forgive and work with others or take up arms and I said let me try the non-violence.

So now Bisimwa works with an NGO called Search for a Common Ground. The NGO works with radio stations that broadcast a soap opera all about how soldiers can reintegrate into civilian life.

Bisimwa travels around his country showing a film about sexual violence and facilitating discussions about how it can be prevented. That's a big deal in a country the United Nations once called the rape capital of the world.

The conversations are intense.

Bisimwa recalls one time a group of teenage boys started yelling criticism after the film. They finally quieted down when a woman covered in bandages got up and told her story:

[3:52] "She said, look at me, I'm full of casts because I was raped by militias or soldiers she didn't know...and she said, 'I'm not standing here so you guys can feel pity,' she said, 'I'm standing here so this won't happen to other girls, so their lives won't be destroyed like mine was destroyed.'"

A powerful moment for a country struggling to escape the grip of war.

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March 15th, 2013
06:00 AM ET

President Obama has left the building

By Lisa Desjardins, CNN

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Capitol Hill (CNN) – Leaving the Capitol after a week of meetings that reached out to every member of Congress, President Obama said, “We had a good conversation.”

OK. Leaders talking? Check. Next question. Will it matter?

[2:26] Rep. Matt Salmon, R-Arizona, paused when asked. Then he responded, “Just like any relationship, you can’t get anywhere if you don’t talk. My wife tells me that all the time.”

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