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Sunday Playlist: A Tip of the Hat
July 15th, 2012
06:00 AM ET

Sunday Playlist: A Tip of the Hat

By Tyler Moody, CNN

(CNN) – What do you listen to that’s great? On our new Soundwaves blog we will be posting a Sunday playlist each weekend highlighting stories, interviews and programs we are enjoying at CNN Radio.

Whether you use a computer, tablet, smartphone, iPod, streaming in your car, or an actual radio tuned to an AM or FM frequency, listening to well done radio programming is awesome.

To those of us listening it doesn’t matter much where it comes from or how we get it, it only matters that the content delivers what we’re looking for. We’re looking for something that holds our attention, entertains us, educates or informs us, and gives us an escape. What do you listen to and why? Let us know in the comments below.

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PFGBest fallout: cover your ears
Russell Wasendorf Sr., CEO of PFGBest, has been arrested for making false financial statments to Commodity Futures Trade Commission.
July 13th, 2012
04:27 PM ET

PFGBest fallout: cover your ears

By Libby Lewis, CNN

(CNN) – Remember that line from the 1976 movie, “Network,” “I’m mad as hell and I’m not going to take it anymore”?

Well, open your windows people. You can hear some of that now over PFGBest, the Iowa futures brokerage that’s somehow “lost” more than $200 million of customer funds. That’s according to government regulators, who allege PFGBest engaged in fraud for more than two years.

“The general public thinks they’re safe. When they’re not. They’re not safe. They need to stop trusting.” [3:08]

Investor Chris Olson’s not sure who he's maddest with: PFGBest, the regulators, or himself for trusting them all.

On Friday (July 13th), the FBI arrested PFGBest’s founder, Russell Wasendorf Sr., and charged him with making false statements to regulators. In a note he wrote when he tried to commit suicide last week, Wasendorf said he’d been doctoring bank statements for 20 years. The note was part of the FBI complaint unsealed today.

Listen to our story, and tell us: do events like this have you thinking twice about your investments?

Embed America: Ask Pennsylvania
Jayden Cramer with his wife, Renee, and their daughter, Sarah, at Schwab Gardens in Loretto, Pennsylvania.
July 13th, 2012
01:49 PM ET

Embed America: Ask Pennsylvania

By Emma Lacey-Bordeaux, CNN

Loretto, Pennsylvania (CNN) – Standing at twilight in Loretto, Pennsylvania, Jayden Cramer takes his time thinking over the importance of this presidential election. The machinist, husband and father has not yet decided who he will vote for, he wants to check out the candidates' records before reaching his decision.

The rolling hills and fabulous gardens surrounding Cramer are part of important territory this election year. Pennsylvania has 20 electoral votes in the offing. Mitt Romney has vowed to win this state, which last time went for President Barack Obama. With voters like Cramer, both candidates face an uphill battle. FULL POST

July 13th, 2012
08:23 AM ET

When Time Stands Still, He Fixes It

By Steve Kastenbaum, CNN

(CNN) – Through the lenses of his modern eyeglasses Sebastian Laws stares at small brass gears and springs at a work bench where his father taught him how to repair clocks. Some of the clocks hanging on the walls have been around for so long Laws isn’t sure how they got there.

This is Sutton Clocks, a second floor shop on the corner of Lexington Avenue and East 61st Street in Manhattan. The repair shop has stood watch over this intersection for close to 60 years.
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Tempting fate on Friday the 13th
July 12th, 2012
03:55 PM ET

Tempting fate on Friday the 13th

By Jim Roope, CNN

(CNN) - It’s Friday the 13th. There are both Christian and pagan roots for the phobia many have of the day. Briefly, Christians believe Jesus was crucified on a Friday after 13 people attended the Last Supper.

The stories of Adam and Eve and the Great Flood also have ties to either the number 13 or Friday.

One Norse legend tells of the god Loki who crashed a party of 12 gods, making him the 13th guest, and he tricked the blind god of darkness into killing the god of joy and gladness bringing bad luck to the Earth.

Also, many of the Knights Templar were arrested, tortured and eventually executed on Friday the 13th.

Whatever you believe, or don’t believe, many people worry for their luck on Friday the 13th. For some it’s a true test of superstitions. For others it’s a source of entertainment. For CNN’s Jim Roope, it’s both. Jim ventures out on the streets of Los Angeles to tempt fate on Friday the 13th.

Office manager in a downtown Los Angeles high rise building: “How’d you get in here? Great security we have. We don’t want to have to call and have you arrested” [1:24]

Executive assistant Tracy: “Actually anybody that looks like [Roope] needs some good luck. So, I hope you get it.” [3:30]

Is Friday the 13th just another day, or something you worry about? Let us know your experience with the 13th in the comments below:

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