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Sunday #Playlist
July 22nd, 2012
06:00 AM ET

Sunday #Playlist

By Dan Szematowicz, CNN

(CNN) – It's Sunday, and on Soundwaves that means we're highlighting the stories, interviews and shows we’re listening to here at CNN Radio.

Most weeks, different CNNers will be posting their favorites. Be sure to stop by every week to hear the latest great audio we're liking.

Me? I like audio that makes me laugh, think, and learn. For me a podcast is at its best when it combines all three.

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Embed America: The fading of small towns
Gary Person, 41, cooks at the Chatterbox Cafe in Lone Rock Iowa, a town struggling to keep young people. Person says he'd leave if he could find other work.
July 21st, 2012
08:30 AM ET

Embed America: The fading of small towns

By Lisa Desjardins and Emma Lacey-Bordeaux, CNN

Lone Rock, Iowa (CNN) – The American small town, the inspiration for singers and playwrights and a cornerstone of the American identity, is in danger. Across the country, rural populations are dropping and the average age of their residents is rising.

Rita Schroeder, a resident of Lone Rock, Iowa says:

[3:20] "I’m scared to even think about it because as we lose one place after another it almost makes us feel like we’re a little dying town. But we don’t want to think that."

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Embed America: Postcard from Arkansas
John Burbee and his son dig for treasure at Crater of Diamonds State Park in Arkansas.
July 21st, 2012
08:00 AM ET

Embed America: Postcard from Arkansas

By John Sepulvado and Jonathan Binder, CNN

Crater of Diamonds State Park, Arkansas (CNN) – As we travel across the country for Embed America, we're filing occasional "sound postcards" from the road. CNN Radio's John Sepulvado sent this postcard from Crater of Diamonds State Park, where families come carrying shovels with the hopes of striking it rich.

Arizona, Georgia, California, Florida and at least 20 other states have cut park funding due to budget shortfalls. Overall, it seems the public views the parks as a low priority. A June CNN poll revealed that Americans did not list preserving the environment, maintaining park space or keeping them operational as important issues this election.

One park visitor, John Burbee, says he’d like to see the parks fully funded:

"In our family, it’s something we use a lot. And we like to think of the land as something we’re borrowing from our great grandchildren. [1:27]

You can see all our Embed America coverage here. And track the team's progress on our Embed America map.

Mass shootings: Can they be stopped?
James Holmes, 24, was identified by law enforcement officers as the man who opened fire during a screening of "The Dark Knight Rises" at an Aurora, Colorado theater.
July 20th, 2012
06:46 PM ET

Mass shootings: Can they be stopped?

By Barbara Hall, CNN

(CNN) – The early-morning shooting inside a suburban Denver movie theater Friday is now among the deadliest in recent history. Authorities say the suspect, 24-year-old James Eagan Holmes, was studying neuroscience in a Ph.D. program at the University of Colorado School of Medicine.

Retired FBI profiler Jim Clemente says the perpetrators of these types of mass killings are typically disenfranchised young adult males who feel alienated by society. Clemente says their homicidal motives seem to be a product of genes and the environment:

[2:01] "Genetics loads the gun. Your personality and psychology aims it. And your experiences pull the trigger." FULL POST

Embed America: Ask Indiana
Francisco Preacado thinks President Obama needs more time to turn around the economy.
July 20th, 2012
12:05 PM ET

Embed America: Ask Indiana

By Emma Lacey-Bordeaux, CNN

Vigo County, Indiana (CNN) - Driving through a central Indiana highway that cuts through rows of corn, an untrained eye could miss the signs of a drought. Francisco Preacado knows better. With a warm smile, the father of two rattles off the weather forecast for the next few days: 40 percent chance of rain this day and 50 the next, but you just never know. Preacado has a lot to say about this election too. He’s willing to give President Barack Obama another term. He’s happy with the president’s stance on student loans. He does worry about the economy but thinks Obama is doing good things, it’ll just take time:

[1:12] “It’s difficult to fix everything in just one minute,” Preacado says. FULL POST

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