CNN Radio News Day: October 11, 2012
Anti-Taliban campaigner Malala Yousufzai remains in critical condition after being shot in the head earlier this week. Her struggle for gender equality is being higlighted on this International Day of the Girl.
October 11th, 2012
04:30 PM ET

CNN Radio News Day: October 11, 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 gloves come off tonight in Danville, Kentucky as Vice President Joe Biden and Republican vice presidential nominee, Paul Ryan square off in their one and only debate before next month's election The stakes are high for both men.  Biden hopes to stop some of the momentum gained by Governor Mitt Romney in last week's debate against President Obama.  CNN Senior Political analyst, Ron Brownstein says:

[2:02] "So much of the impact of debates is not what happens that night.  It's the coverage that follows it.  And certainly, you know, for the Democrats this has been a very rough week with a general sense that President Obama delivered perhaps the weakest performance ever by an incumbent president... in a presidential debate."

  • Some of the world's most famous landmarks –  New York's Empire State Building, Niagara Falls, Finlandia Hall in Helsinki – are all going pink for the first International Day of the Girl.  This year the United Nations is campaigning to get girls out of forced marriages and into the classroom.  Shabana Basij-Rasikh is an advocate for girls' education in Afghanistan:

[8:57] "It was my parents, especially my father, who would say 'you can lose everything you own in your life.  Your money can be stolen, you can be forced to leave your house during a war, but the one thing that will always remain with you is your education.' "

  • Stricken with terminal brain cancer, Grace Sung Eun Lee fought from her hospital bed for the right to have her respirator turned off.  She then reversed her decision after her devoutly religious parents lectured her on how she would be condemned to Hell for what they considered suicide.  Arthur Caplan is director of medical ethics at the NYU Langone Medical Center:

[11:47] "Once started, I don't think stopping a machine is necessarily suicide even if you know it's going to lead to your death.  Because the fact is, for terminally ill people, they're going to die. There's nothing that reverses this."

soundoff (3 Responses)
  1. tayyab tahir

    what can i do to chage this... i wish i knew and i could be a shield for this angel.. dont call me a bluff.... i cry every momet since this stronger than sword warrior had to endure this.... I, condemn this all the political and religious political parties or otherwise.... we are so misguided as to what our belief is, we are not protesting enough....I complain I complain as to why we object or compare it to an inc or anything thats not worth exploring or explaining.... plz lemme see the reation... i beg you

    October 11, 2012 at 7:47 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Lizzy10

    The whole idea behind the right to chose is to be able to chose either to come off or stay on life support, so it's whatever she want's to do. I can't understand how anyone could believe you'd go to hell because you don't want to be hooked up to a vent, feeding tubes and suffering-all when you are dying anyway.

    October 11, 2012 at 7:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • tayyab tahir

      its a decision or peace of your own...anything more i say... i dont want to say

      October 11, 2012 at 8:00 pm | Report abuse |