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The Sunday Playlist: Olympic Listening
July 29th, 2012
08:00 AM ET

The Sunday Playlist: Olympic Listening

By Chip Grabow, CNN

(CNN) – The 2012 London Olympics are well underway, and not a day too soon. The world could use a distraction from headlines about global recession or summer drought.

In this week's Sunday Playlist, we're highlighting Olympics-inspired audio. FULL POST

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Embed America: Ask Grand Canyon
Jessica Gamboa, Clinton Jackson, Darin Jackson, and Carrie Jackson have differing political opinions, but won't let that ruin their trip to the Grand Canyon.
July 28th, 2012
01:30 PM ET

Embed America: Ask Grand Canyon

By Jonathan Binder, CNN

Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona (CNN) – A road trip through the American South West wouldn’t be complete without a stop at the Grand Canyon in Arizona. Embed America’s Team South visited the canyon to not only admire the scenic views from the rim, but also to get the political views of a family visiting from Lake Arthur, New Mexico.

Carrie Jackson, Clinton Jackson, Jessica Gamboa, and future voter Darin Jackson, 11, were on a family road trip together. And despite them not all agreeing about politics, they say it would take more than politics to ruin their vacation.

Although their votes may not all line up, there was a shared frustration with the lack of cooperation across the aisle in Washington. Gamboa says the government needs to come together:

[1:39] “I wish it would quit being Republicans against Democrats – would learn to work together as a people and realize government wasn’t so powerful because right now it’s like a tyranny. They’re making too many, too many laws and rules, that it was never meant to be like this.”

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

Flame and fire: A heated history of the Olympic's most powerful symbol
Tyler Rix lights the Olympic cauldron during the London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay Finale Concert in London's Hyde Park.
July 27th, 2012
12:53 PM ET

Flame and fire: A heated history of the Olympic's most powerful symbol

By Tommy Andres, CNN

(CNN) – The lighting of the Olympic cauldron is the culmination of years of planning and millions of dollars spent by the host country.

It is the zenith of the Opening Ceremony, when flame turns to fire. But it wasn’t always such a big deal, according to Jaime Loucky, author of The Complete Book of the Olympics.

[3:18] “The first person who lit it was just some unnamed employee of the electric utility company. It hadn’t become a pageant, it hadn’t become a big thing so they just had some random guy light it.”

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Fringe Festival: DIY art for these shaky times
A scene from the show, "A Day In the Life of Miss Hiccup," at the 2012 Capital Fringe Festival in Washington DC
July 27th, 2012
10:32 AM ET

Fringe Festival: DIY art for these shaky times

By Libby Lewis, CNN

(CNN) – After World War II, Edinburgh, Scotland created a theater festival for the war-weary – and they invited the biggest names in theater.

But they didn't invite the locals who wanted to put on their shows, too. So the locals put them on anyway, in alleyways, in bars, in churches, anywhere they could.

And so the Fringe Festival phenomenon was born. Over the past decade, Fringe has spread in the States. From Boulder to Orlando, New York, Cincinnati, and Minneapolis, and other cities.

Fringe is art for these shaky economic times. It's free-wheeling, low-tech, and especially, unjuried. The Fringe philosophy says: if you have a play to put on, Fringe will give you a stage and the basics. Let the market decide whether you're any good! FULL POST

Should porn actors wear condoms?
Adult film peformers Eric John and Brandy Aniston say the California voter iniative that could force them to use condoms on film shoots is unfair
July 26th, 2012
05:50 PM ET

Should porn actors wear condoms?

By Jim Roope, CNN

(CNN) – The Los Angeles County Supervisors voted this week to put an initiative on the November ballot asking voters to decide whether adult film actors must wear condoms.

[0:37] "You can’t mandate sexual behavior between consenting adults. It just doesn’t work,” says Steve Hirsch, founder of Vivid Entertainment, an adult entertainment company.

Hirsch’s company is one of the largest adult film studios in the world, releasing more than 60 adult films each year and grossing more than $100 million. He and other adult film actors don’t like the initiative.

[1:49] “A lot of the fans that watch porn don’t want to see scenes with condoms in them," says Brandy Aniston, an adult film actress, "because everybody at home knows that when you rip open a condom it kind of ruins the moment.”

But Mark McGrath, with the AIDS Healthcare Foundation, says condoms should be mandatory for the adult film industry:

[2:37] “It is unfair that these people should be able to go to work, contract an infectious disease and come home and bring it to their families.”

The adult film industry does test but McGrath says testing is not prevention. Actors say it should be up to them whether they use condoms or not on set.

Producer Hirsch says if voters approve the initiative in November, it could force the lucrative adult film industry out of Los Angeles.

Click the audio player above to hear the complete story and then join the conversation in the Soundoff section below. Should there be a law mandating condom use in the porn industry? Let us know what you think.

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