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A message of fitness from on high
James Mills of Expedition Denali, the first team of black climbers to attempt to reach the summit of Alaska's Mount McKinley.
June 19th, 2013
05:59 PM ET

A message of fitness from on high

By Edgar Treiguts, CNN

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(CNN) – Right now, there's a group of people tackling the highest mountain in North America – Mount McKinley in Alaska, also known as Mount Denali.

Expedition Denali is made-up of nine members, ranging in age from 18-56, coming from varied professional and career backgrounds. A week and a half into their climb, the group is set to hit the summit very soon. One other note about the group – all of its members are African-American. The team is attempting to become the first group of black men and women to stand atop North America's highest mountain – 20,156 feet high

The makeup of the expedition was by design. It was organized by the National Outdoor Leadership School, with an aim to stir young people, in particuar minorities, to see the value of outdoor recreation and preservtion. James Mills is part of the effort, an African-American who's been an avid outdoor athlete most of his life:

           [1:36] "Our goal is to let people of color, especially young people, know that it's cool to spend time outdoors in nature. It's fun to spend time outdoors in nature."

James Mills is also a freelance journalist. The climb is for his effort The Joy Trip Project, and he's documenting it for National Geographic.

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CNN Radio Music Notes: Movie composing's 'Man of Steel'
June 14th, 2013
05:17 PM ET

CNN Radio Music Notes: Movie composing's 'Man of Steel'

By Edgar Treiguts, CNN

Editor's Note:  Welcome to CNN Radio Music Notes – your backstage pass to all things music!  From intimate conversations with headliners to the latest scoop on your favorite Indie band, hang out with us to find out what's happening in the world of music.  Listen to the full story in our player above, and join the conversation in our comments section below.

(CNN) – The latest Superman movie, Man of Steel, is now in theatres. Its soundtrack music was scored by Hans Zimmer, one of the top movie composers in Hollywood. He's one of the busiest, honored, and well-known in the business. Zimmer has scored music for more than 100 movies. That list includes Inception, Gladiator, Crimson Tide, Pearl Harbor, The Lion King, and the three most recent Batman movies – two of which he co-composed with James Newton Howard. But it's not just the high-octane action movies – Zimmer's also written music for romantic comedies, like As Good As It Gets and Something's Gotta Give. .

Zimmer says before he starts a new movie, he has to fight through the same process:   .

[3:14] "The blinding fear of the blank page. There was a lot of procrastination and re-evaluating one's self worth and all that." FULL POST

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CNN Radio Music Notes: A street-inspired symphony
Composer Michael Kurth
May 26th, 2013
06:00 AM ET

CNN Radio Music Notes: A street-inspired symphony

By Edgar Treiguts, CNN

Editor's Note:  Welcome to CNN Radio Music Notes – your backstage pass to all things music!  From intimate conversations with headliners to the latest scoop on your favorite Indie band, hang out with us to find out what's happening in the world of music.  Listen to the full story in our player above, and join the conversation in our comments section below.

(CNN) – Michael Kurth lives in one of Atlanta's intown neighborhoods. On his way to work, he often builds time into his drive to pass through a particular street tunnel about 10 minutes away. He says the graffiti-laden walls of the Krog Street tunnel on Atlanta's eastside provide entertainment. But more than that, he says the artwork reflects an energy of the neighborhood and the city.

[1:06] "It's so active, it's so evolving. In almost everything you see painted there or plastered there or expressed there, you sense that these are people doing something for their community out of love."

Kurth is a musician with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. He's also a composer. From this tunnel and it's designs and slogans, he was moved to write a piece of music. One of those inspirations came from the spray-painted slogan 'We Have All the Time in the World', which fueled the closing movement of his three-part symphony:

[8:35] "To me that spoke of our hope as humans, as society, as individuals that we can create something that at least makes an impact on the space that we occupy in the time that we have."

Michael Kurth's ASO colleagues debuted his 12-minute symphony, "Everything Lasts Forever", last month. Kurth has composed other music, which can be heard online on Facebook at "Michael Kurth, Composer."

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Derby's forgotten history rekindled
Jimmy Winkfield, the last black jockey to win the Kentucky Derby, atop his horse in Chicago, 1901.
May 3rd, 2013
05:33 PM ET

Derby's forgotten history rekindled

By Edgar Treiguts, CNN

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

(CNN) –  Saturday afternoon, 21 horses will go to post at the famed Churchill Downs in Louisville.

Atop those horses will be their jockeys, looking to ride them to victory in the sport's crown jewel – the Kentucky Derby. But the appearance of one of those riders will shake back to life a largely forgotten time in horse racing's history when African-American jockeys dominated.

Kevin Krigger could become the first black jockey to win the Derby since 1902. He understands the historic significance, but also wants to win to validate his talent:

[4:02] "It's everything that I want to say that I stand for if I get to win the Kentucky Derby...and that is a major goal of mine."

Krigger is the second African-American jockey to compete in the Kentucky Derby since 1921.

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CNN Radio News Day: May 1, 2013
A collection of fireworks found inside a backpack that belonged to Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.
May 1st, 2013
04:43 PM ET

CNN Radio News Day: May 1, 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's some of the stories we are covering in today's show:

  • Three more people are behind bars today, in connection with the Boston Marathon bombings. All are 19-year-old males – Dias Kadyrbayev, Azamat Tazhayakov, and Robel Phillipos. Charges against the teens suggest they helped the accused bombers and obstructed justice by throwing-out evidence. CNN's Brian Todd that evidence included a backpack filled with fireworks, a jar of vaseline, and a homework assignment:

"They removed that (backpack), at least one of them, put that in a black trash bag and into a dumpster, and that was then taken to a landfill. Investigators later found that backpack in the landfill with those items in it." FULL POST

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