CNN Radio News Day: December 5, 2012
US President Barack Obama arrives to speak on the fiscal cliff negotiations and business relations during the Washington Business Roundtable in Washington, DC, on December 5, 2012.
December 5th, 2012
04:32 PM ET

CNN Radio News Day: December 5, 2012

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(CNN) – Welcome to CNN Radio News Day.

  • The White House and Congress continue to struggle over a deal to avoid the so-called fiscal cliff.  Automatic spending cuts and tax hikes that are set to kick in January 1st.  It doesn't appear as though compromise is in play on either side.  Vanderbilt University Management Professor Bruce Barry has co-authored three books on negotiation.  Barry explains why compromise is so hard to come by:

    "In these negotiations you often are worried about where the solution comes from – who makes the proposal, who offers the compromise, who takes the credit or blame."   FULL POST

Cheated death, but brain can’t remember
John Kirkwood at his home office in New York. A computer image of his brain on his computer screen shows where there is activity and where there is none.
December 5th, 2012
11:28 AM ET

Cheated death, but brain can’t remember

By Steve Kastenbaum, CNN

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(CNN) –  What if you lost the ability to create new memories? It happened to John Kirkwood.

The 42 year old environmental engineer from New York miraculously survived a catastrophic brain injury, an aneurism, and blood clot in his head.

After coming out of a coma, he no longer had vision on his left side and there was no activity in the regions of his brain responsible for recording new memories.

He spent years creating work-arounds and teaching his brain to remember things in a new way.

[:18] “I couldn’t understand where I was in space and time. I could not perceive what I had done in the past and I was just living in the present in an environment that I did not understand visually or through taste and smell,” said Kirkwood.