CNN Radio News Day: September 17, 2012
Occupy Wall Street protesters gather at New York's Zuccotti Park on the one-year anniversary of the "Occupy" movement
September 17th, 2012
04:30 PM ET

CNN Radio News Day: September 17, 2012

By CNN Radio, CNN

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(CNN) – Welcome to CNN Radio News Day.

Here are some of the stories we cover in today's edition:

  • The Occupy movement is celebrating its first birthday. CNN's Steve Kastenbaum caught up with two of the original Occupy protesters in New York's  Zuccotti Park today.

[1:31] "I thought surely the police were going to shut us down", says Marissa Holmes, one of about 100 people who "occupied" New York's Zuccotti Park a year ago today.


OPINION: Three hurdles for Obama, Romney
September 17th, 2012
03:25 PM ET

OPINION: Three hurdles for Obama, Romney

Editor's note: Julian Zelizer is a professor of history and public affairs at Princeton University. He is the author of "Jimmy Carter" and of the new book "Governing America."

(CNN) – Now that the conventions are over, CNN Contributor Julian Zelizer says the final phase of campaign begins. Given how close this race is, and the handful of states that will determine the outcome, each of these three challenges has the capacity to produce a significant swing in November:

1. The advertising wars:

[0:33] "Whether voters like it or not, the truth is that much of the fall revolves around character assassination on television and the radio, and now the Internet."

2. The presidential debates:

[1:30] "It will be a high visibility moment when both candidates can shine or stumble as a result of their physical actions and rhetorical skills."

3. The "ground game":

[2:19] "Even in an age of the Internet and smart phones, have dedicated people working to get out the vote in communities throughout the country can have a huge impact."

Meet the original 'Occupiers'
Marisa Holmes and Richard Machado were among the original Occupy protesters. Before sleeping out in Zuccotti Park on that first night they took part in weeks of planning.
September 17th, 2012
08:10 AM ET

Meet the original 'Occupiers'

By Steve Kastenbaum, CNN

(CNN) – The movement may not have changed the world, but ‘Occupy’ started a conversation.

On the one year anniversary of the start of the protests, the original organizers say that's all they wanted to do.

Marisa Holmes took part in the early planning for the protest. She was among the 100 or so people who 'occupied' New York's Zuccotti Park by sleeping there that first night.

[3:34] "Most of us didn't think that the 17th would amount to anything. I certainly didn't think that it would amount to anything. I mean I had all these hopes and dreams that it would. But I thought surely the police were going to shut it down immediately."


OPINION: Don't let dreams end with the Summer
The Dantes, an Ohio band, in 1965, when they were aspiring to big things. Lead singer, Barry Hayden, is at left holding tambourine.
September 17th, 2012
06:00 AM ET

OPINION: Don't let dreams end with the Summer

Editor's note: CNN Contributor Bob Greene is a best-selling author whose 25 books include "Late Edition: A Love Story" and the novel "All Summer Long." He appears on "CNN Newsroom" Sundays during the 5 p.m. ET hour. The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of Bob Greene.

(CNN) – CNN Contributor Bob Greene reminisces about a rock singer originally from "The Dantes" who never made it big, but still rocks out today and reminds people to keep doing what they love.

[0:23] "One band - the Dantes– had something special. The lead singer, 18-year-old Barry Hayden, possessed the onstage electricity of a Midwestern Mick Jagger. The Dantes had a record– "Can't Get Enough of Your Love"– that went straight to No. 1 on the hometown rock station, WCOL."

[2:41] "You shouldn't put off doing the thing you love.  If you wait, if you think you'll get around to it someday, someday may never come. We're into the last week of summer now.  Next weekend autumn arrives. And opportunities for joy, like summer nights, are fleeting and finite."

See all of Bob Greene's columns at CNN Opinion