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CNN Radio News Day: May 22, 2013
Macie Thompson looks over damage at Briarwood Elementary School after a powerful tornado ripped through the area on May 21, 2013 in Moore, Oklahoma.
May 22nd, 2013
04:23 PM ET

CNN Radio News Day: May 22, 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. Here are some of the stories we're covering in today's show:

  • On May 22, 2011, the town of Joplin, Missouri changed forever. That's when a massive tornado flattened thousands of homes and killed 161 friends, neighbors and family members. Over two years' time, Joplin has been rebuilding, and on today's anniversary, its residents are holding a picnic at the city park to not only remember, but celebrate a rebirth. Contrast that to Moore, Oklahoma, which is only two days removed from its tornado disaster. Zach Wakefield is one of so many volunteers helping to remove debris. He tells CNN Radio that at this stage, he takes heart in small moments:

"It's overwhelming, but there's a patch of green grass over there, and it wasn't there 15 minutes ago."

  • One of the most important money men in Washington stopped-by the Capitol to give his annual forecast on the nation's economy. Federal Reserve chief Ben Bernanke pointed-out a number of clouds in the economic sky, but did acknowledge some sunshine –  like an improving  job market. But when taking the temperature of the country's fiscal health, PDFP is important. Jan Eberly, a former chief economist at the Treasury Department, says it's shorthand for a measure that shows what we're buying and using:

"If you're thinking about what's the underlying strength of the U.S. economy, then that's the measure you want to focus on."

  • Mali is a crazy place right now. Islamists last year led a coup and took over the northern part of the African country. Now, there's political crisis, which has led to an unlikely consequence of the recent political turmoil. Timbuktu is where some of the world's oldest documents are kept – ancient manuscripts that helped document Mali's history. Many people assumed the documents perished in the uprising, but it turns out many did not. CNN's Atika Shubert says the manuscripts are treasures:

"It really is an important part of the heritage and history not just of Mali, but all of Africa."

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