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CNN Radio News Day: June 18, 2013
circa 1960: American labor leader Jimmy Hoffa (1913 - c.1975). FBI agents search a field outside Detroit today for the remains of the former Teamster's union president.
June 18th, 2013
04:27 PM ET

CNN Radio News Day: June 18, 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) – Today was a day of secrets revealed and secrets searched for. Here's what's waiting for you in today's News Day:

  • The NSA gives us a peek

We got a look under the nation's cloak of secrecy today. General Keith Alexander, head of the recently much-talked-about National Security Agency, appeared before a House committee today to answer questions about its surveillance programs . He didn't give up the whole hog, but he did serve up some bacon. Alexander said that more than 50 terror plots were thwarted by electronic surveillance.

  • Diplomatic trafficking in focus

It's a story that has had too many chapters. Today, we look at the world of diplomats who bring domestic workers to the US, and then treat them like slaves. CNN's Libby Lewis goes inside the world of diplomatic trafficking and meets one of the women who was held against her will.

  • Jimmy Hoffa is more difficult to find than Jimmy Hoffa

It's been a bad 38 years to be a field in Michigan. In 1975, former Teamsters kingpin Jimmy Hoffa disappeared outside a Detroit-area diner, kicking off an extremely persistent search. It seems that every year or two a new tip surfaces, causing investigators to dig up this field or under that barn. Now, a new "highly credible" tip about Hoffa's whereabouts has surfaced from alleged mobster Tony Zerilli, and a new round of Michigan field digging is underway.

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CNN Radio News Day: June 17, 2013
European Council President Herman Van Rompuy, President Barack Obama, European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso, and Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron at the G8 summit today in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland.
June 17th, 2013
04:39 PM ET

CNN Radio News Day: June 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) – It's a new week and a new CNN Radio News Day. Here's what we have for you on today's show:

  • On the front lines of Syria

News Day takes you to the heart of the fighting as host Tommy Andres debriefs CNN's Frederik Pleitgen in Damascus. Pleitgen is just back from having spent time on the front lines with pro-Assad soldiers where he gained a unique and rare perspective.

  • Pandora on your radio dial?

Internet radio giant Pandora has bought an honest-to-goodness terrestrial radio station in North Dakota. What's behind the move? CNN's Jonathan Binder explains.

  • Recycling the Big Apple's rotten cores

Rule factory cum Mayor of New York Michael Bloomberg wants to make mandatory a program that would force New Yorkers  to recycle their food waste. We sent  CNN's Steve Kastenbaum on a stinky journey to find out how all that rotting food is made useful again (you're welcome Steve).

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CNN Radio News Day: June 14, 2013
A Syrian young boy runs holding an old rifle as he helps fighters belonging to the 'Martyrs of Maaret al-Numan' battalion on June 13, 2013.
June 14th, 2013
04:35 PM ET

CNN Radio News Day: June 14, 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) – Happy Friday and welcome to today's CNN Radio News Day. On today's show:

  • Domestic surveillance...how did we get here?

 The law that allows that monitoring was actually put in place to limit the government’s ability to spy on its citizens. CNN’s Lisa Desjardins looks at how FISA was born as well as how, and why, it changed to grant more sweeping secret powers.

  • Over the "red line" in Syria

The White House says it will increase the "scale and scope" of its support for the Syrian opposition after concluding that Syria has crossed a "red line" with its use of chemical weapons against its own people. What does that mean? Host Tommy Andres finds out from Andrew Parasiliti, Editor of Al-Monitor and member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

  • Your morning news show, explained

Ahead of CNN's news morning show "New Day," CNN's Steve Kastenbaum explores why morning TV news show are what they are, and why they're so popular.

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CNN Radio News Day: June 13, 2013
Supporters of Iranian advisor to the supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and hopeful conservative presidential candidate, Ali Akbar Velayati during his campaign rally in Tehran, on June 12, 2013.
June 13th, 2013
04:32 PM ET

CNN Radio News Day: June 13, 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:

  • Pope Francis says a "gay lobby" exists inside the Vatican

Religion can be a tricky topic  for gays and lesbians, but this week the Pope put both religion and homosexuality in the news when he acknowledged there is a "gay lobby" within the Catholic Church. Tommy Andres spoke with CNN Vatican expert and  EWTN News Director, Raymond Arroyo who says: "I think he's using this loose handle of 'gay lobby' as a way to sort of get at the corruption that he says at the heart of the Curia."

  • The Supreme Court rules human genes cannot be patented

Legal and medical experts believe the decision will have a lasting impact on genetic testing. CNN's Lisa Dejardins says analysts believe other labs will likely formulate their own BRCA tests and bring down the price, "so many more women will have access to this and know what their risks are for breast and ovarian cancer. That's a pretty big deal."

  • Iran prepares for presidential elections: Does it matter?

More than 50 million Iranian voters are eligible to go to the polls Friday to pick a new president. But some analysts believe elections won't make a difference. Patrick Clawson with the Washington Institute for Near East Policy tells CNN's Barbara Hall that's because the supreme leader has the real power: "He is the commander-in-chief, he appoints the intelligence minister, he controls the judiciary and he has the constitutional authority to override any law whatsoever."

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CNN Radio News Day: June 12, 2013
U.S. Senate Minority Leader Senator Mitch McConnell speaks as Senate Minority Whip Senator John Cornyn looks on after a Republican Policy Luncheon June 11, 2013 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. Senator McConnell spoke on various topics including immigration reform.
June 12th, 2013
04:46 PM ET

CNN Radio News Day: June 12, 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:

  • It's not always easy to see when something has changed. But in the immigration debate, yesterday's vote in the U.S. Senate gives us a pretty clear picture. Senators voted 82-15 to allow the so-called "Gang of Eight" bipartisan proposal to come up for debate. Activists on both sides of the immigration debate are hard at working pushing their message. Mark Krikorian has served as executive director of the Center for Immigration Studies since 1995. It firmly opposes legalization for undocumented workers:

"We have to prepare for this sort of thing for years – and have. Because at some point it was gonna come up." FULL POST

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