CNN Radio News Day: November 9, 2012
November 9th, 2012
04:30 PM ET

CNN Radio News Day: November 9, 2012

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.

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(CNN) – Welcome to CNN Radio News Day.

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

  • President Obama gathered supporters in the East Room of the Whtie House this afternoon and told them he wants to get to work   on the U.S. economy, and the 'fiscal cliff' that is approaching  in 53 days.  Unless a deal is struck between the President and Congress before January 1st, massive spending cuts and tax hikes will trigger.  And the President wasted little time in revealing what he wants.

"If we're serious about recuding the deficit we have to combine spending cuts with revenue and that means asking the wealthiest Americans to pay a little more in taxes,"  Mr. Obama said.


Exit poll 'gold' harder to mine
Residents of Breezy Point, Queens vote in the 2012 presidential election in New York
November 9th, 2012
03:54 PM ET

Exit poll 'gold' harder to mine

By Libby Lewis , CNN

(CNN) - Nancy Belden loves data, especially public opinion data. She runs a public opinion and communications firm in Washington with her husband, John Russonello.

When it comes to voter behavior and attitudes, she says there’s nothing like the exit poll data that comes with every presidential election:

[:51] "For those of us in the survey research and public opinion field, in politics – the value of the exit poll is much greater AFTER election night. It’s the vehicle by which we can understand what happened and how and why and by whom."

But this year, the exit polls changed – to deal with how elections have changed.


CNN Profiles: The psychopath detector
Research psychologist, Kevin Dutton, and author of the book, "The Wisdom of Psychopaths."
November 9th, 2012
07:07 AM ET

CNN Profiles: The psychopath detector

By Michael Schulder, CNN

Follow on Twitter: @Schuldercnn

(CNN) - Are you or is someone you know a psychopath?

Wait – let's reframe that question.

Do you or someone you know fall somewhere on the psychopathic spectrum?

You may not know for sure until you listen to this week’s CNN Profile of Oxford University research psychologist Kevin Dutton.

Dutton is author of the new book “The Wisdom of Psychopaths.”

As he explains in this interview, not all psychopaths are violent. In fact, there are many highly functioning psychopaths. One may even be your boss. And you can’t judge if a person is a psychopath by simply looking at him, or even from a brief conversation.

Dutton maintains that many people have great success in highly skilled fields not in spite of but BECAUSE of certain psychopathic traits, including a British neurosurgeon he interviewed.

Dutton may have been destined to study psychopaths. His father was one. Not a violent psychopath. A charming one, as so many are. Wait until you hear Dutton describe how his father once conned a restaurant full of patrons.

After you listen to our interview with Professor Dutton – you can spend some time on a psychopathy questionnaire - a "quiz" short version or a sign in for a longer one. Neither will provide a diagnosis. But your psychopathy radar will be better than ever.

Dutton’s wife of 13 years has had enough of his immersion in the world of psychopaths. You can hear how he plans to address her concerns on this edition of CNN Profiles.

Editor's Note: Listen to the complete interview in the SoundCloud player above.