CNN Radio News Day: October 15, 2012
October 15th, 2012
04:32 PM ET

CNN Radio News Day: October 15, 2012

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(CNN) – Welcome to CNN Radio News Day.

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

  •  Tomorrow night President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney will face-off for the second of their three presidential debates.  The focus certainly will fall most on the candidates, but there will also be some on the moderator.  In the first presidential debate, PBS's Jim Lehrer was criticized for being too passive.  Now CNN's Candy Crowley handles the reigns.  She says the moderator in these events walks a fine line:

[1:42] "In the end, what you want as a moderator, which is different from a Sunday show... is to have these two men challenge each other."

Should youth football be banned?
The number of concussions in youth football has prompted a school board in New Hampshire to consider a ban of the sport.
October 15th, 2012
12:55 PM ET

Should youth football be banned?

By Jim Roope, CNN

(CNN) – The growing number of concussions in football has prompted a proposal to ban high school football in Dover, New Hampshire.

Dr. Paul Butler, a retired surgeon and Dover school board, member said he’s concerned about the repeated head trauma, both detected and undetected, that some younger football players suffer.

[1:29] “Football is the only game we have right now, in my opinion, that uses the head as a battering ram repeatedly during a given game or a given practice session.”

He said, since 2002, studies on the long-term effects of concussions suggest football is simply too violent a sport, especially for kids. FULL POST

CNN Profiles: The Candy behind the debate
October 15th, 2012
08:24 AM ET

CNN Profiles: The Candy behind the debate

By Michael Schulder, CNN

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(CNN) - We journalists aren’t allowed to root for Barack Obama or Mitt Romney in Tuesday night’s debate. But we can root for our own Candy Crowley.

We’ve been rooting for her for many years and she has never let us down.

Through all the presidential campaigns she’s covered, arriving at her hotel after midnight, night after night, lucky to get four hours of sleep, then putting in a full day covering another day on the trail.

Then she’d finish her day with what seemed to any editor like a perfectly crafted narrative written by a rested mind. But we knew better. We knew Crowley was a sleep-deprived poet.

But she’s not sleep deprived any more. Not now that she has her regular Sunday morning State of The Union talk show gig.


OPINION: A new way to debate
October 15th, 2012
06:00 AM ET

OPINION: A new way to debate

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 explains his concept for a new style of debating that doesn't require a moderator or the tradition podium setup. Greene says just put the candidates on stage and let them figure it out.

[0:37] "Fifty-two years after the first televised presidential debate, there still often seems to be something stilted and dry about them.  Like some sort of candidates' cotillion."

[1:12] "At the top of the hour the two candidates would come out onto the stage. And then it would be up to them. They would have 90 minutes to talk to the audience, and to each other.  To argue and persuade.  No referee. It just might be fascinating."

See all of Bob Greene's columns at CNN Opinion