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Drawing the line between being sick and being human
May 17th, 2013
06:05 PM ET

Drawing the line between being sick and being human

By Libby Lewis, CNN

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(CNN) – It used to be, if you were gay, you were considered mentally ill.

It’s a good example of how the lines are drawn between what we decide is illness, and what we decide is just being human.

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CNN Radio News Day: May 17, 2013
Former Acting Commissioner of the IRS Steve Miller testifies during a hearing before the House Ways and Means Committee.
May 17th, 2013
04:20 PM ET

CNN Radio News Day: May 17, 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. Here are some of the stories we're covering in today's show:

  • The acting commissioner of the IRS, already on his way out, got a grilling at a congressional hearing today. Steven Miller told a Republican-led panel that conservative groups seeking tax-exempt status were not deliberate targets of the agency. Instead, he said a huge increase in workload at the IRS led to "foolish mistakes." Miller was also quick to point-out Friday that President Obama had nothing to do with the goings-on at the IRS. Regardless, it's been a tough week for Mr. Obama, between this and other controversies taking-up his time. But Presidential historian Allan Lichtman puts it all into context:

 "What was certainly one of the worst weeks for the Obama administration, but not the worst week Presidents have ever had." FULL POST

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The Tao of Jen Lancaster
Blogger and author Jen Lancaster spent a year trying to raise her living standards to Martha Stewart-levels.
May 17th, 2013
01:53 PM ET

The Tao of Jen Lancaster

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) - Dear Fellow Parents who are worried about what college their children will get into and, after those children graduate from college, what will become of them in their professional and personal lives.

Please – before your next bout of worrying – listen to the story of Jen Lancaster.

Jen Lancaster does not have a roadmap for you to follow. And it’s not the path you probably have in mind for your children.

Because what parent would ever design a roadmap for their child that includes 11 years to complete an undergraduate degree? That’s how long it took Jen Lancaster to get her degree from Purdue University. FULL POST

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A mother's daily fear in the land of opportunity
Undocumented immigrants with US-born children worry that deportations will break up their families.
May 17th, 2013
12:18 PM ET

A mother's daily fear in the land of opportunity

By Jim Roope, CNN

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(CNN) - A quarter of the estimated 11-million illegal immigrants in the U.S. live in California. That's according to a recent study from the University of Southern California. The study also shows that in some parts of Los Angeles, one in three people have no legal right to be there.

[1:10] “When you are so poor and you don’t even have three meals a day, the only thing you think about is going to a place where you’ll be able to feed your kid. You don’t even realize that there is a border to cross. You don’t know that.”

Isabel Medina crossed into the U.S. from Mexico illegally in 1996, with her husband Felipe and then 1-year-old child. Since arriving 17 years ago, she’s had two other children who are lawfully U.S. citizens. Her family receives no government subsidies; no welfare, no food stamps, nothing. They do take advantage of the public school system. She lives with the daily fear of her family being broken up. FULL POST

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Radio's last stand
Rachel Gordon on air during the Big Room concert at CD102.5 in Columbus, Ohio.
May 17th, 2013
08:36 AM ET

Radio's last stand

By Gavin Godfrey, CNN

Columbus, Ohio (CNN) - Columbus, Ohio's WWCD-FM is a throwback. It's one of just a handful of independent, major-market commercial music stations left in America.

If the state of radio in the country seems bleak, that's not something you can sense when speaking to the staff at WWCD, dubbed, "The Alternative Station."

I traveled with CNN.com writer Todd Leopold for his story on the state of commercial music radio in the United States and we wanted to capture a day in the life of one the last truly unique stations left.

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