CNN Radio News Day: October 1, 2012
U.S. Capitol Building, Washington D. C.
October 1st, 2012
04:30 PM ET

CNN Radio News Day: October 1, 2012

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(CNN) – Welcome to CNN Radio News Day.

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

  • The first presidential debate of the 2012 campaign takes place Wednesday as President Obama and  Mitt Romney try to convince voters they have what it takes to lead the nation.  But, there's another battle  going on, simultaneously for control of the Senate.  CNN's Barbara Hall reports on highly contested senate races.

[3:49]  “ A lot’s at stake in terms of how the President’s agenda, whoever that might be, will be pursued," says Patrick Griffin with American University. FULL POST

October 1st, 2012
10:14 AM ET

Mac Miller: Hip-hop's answer to the Beatles?

By Gavin Godfrey, CNN

Editor's Note: Listen to the complete interview above and join the conversation below.

(CNN) – Mac Miller just might be the biggest recording artist you've never heard of. At just the age of 20, the Pittsburgh native has a number one debut album under his belt and he recently made the Forbes list of top hip-hop earners in the last year, netting $6.5 million.

Even though Miller's first album, "Blue Slide Park," was the first independent debut to hit No. 1 on the Billboard 200 since 1995, there are some critics who questioned whether his being white can make or break his success.


Bringing home the bacon to cost more
The high cost of raising hogs is causing a bacon shortage and higher bacon prices.
October 1st, 2012
09:34 AM ET

Bringing home the bacon to cost more

By Jim Roope, CNN

(CNN) – The price of bacon is about to go up. Say it isn’t so!

Though the industry warning first came out of Europe, hog farmer Diana Prichard of Michigan’s Olive Hill Farm says that it’s true here in the U.S. too.

There are three factors contributing to the impending shortage. According to Prichard, the first is the drought:

[1:24] “Most of the corn and soy beans, which are the two major crops that we use to feed hogs have been damaged or some of them lost entirely this year.”


OPINION: The past debates that never happened
October 1st, 2012
06:00 AM ET

OPINION: The past debates that never happened

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 says although presidential debates are now a big part of politics, that wasn't always the case. It took a while for the process to catch on after the first debate in 1960.

[1:47] "Kennedy vs. Nixon was the first– and for a while it seemed it would be the only.  In 1964, President Lyndon Johnson, well ahead in the polls, decided that there was no good reason for him to debate.  He sent word to his Republican opponent, Barry Goldwater, that he would not be participating.  And he didn't."

[2:35] "It wasn't until 1976 that President Gerald Ford broke the lull– he debated his challenger, Jimmy Carter.  Since then, every election year, the candidates have debated.  A candidate would be seen as chicken for not showing up."

See all of Bob Greene's columns at CNN Opinion