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The Sunday Playlist
This week student immigrants who were undocumented started to apply for a two year extension on deportation.
August 19th, 2012
06:00 AM ET

The Sunday Playlist

By Susanna Capelouto, CNN

(CNN) - Welcome to the CNN Radio Soundwaves Sunday Playlist. Each week we bring you some interesting stories we're listening to. We hope you'll return the favor and let us know your pick of the week.

Here's what we discovered this week. These stories made us think, empathize and laugh.

Immigration was a big topic this week as a new federal policy went into effect allowing students to apply for deferred action on deportation. This story caught our attention as it features a group of young undocumented activists who get detained on purpose so they can find out what's going on in a detention center in regards to low priority detainees. This report comes one year after ICE called for prosecutorial discretion.

The drought affecting much of the country got a bit better this week, but in some places it actually got worse. What struck us about this story is that it's reported from one of the driest counties in the country...and it's not in the Midwest.

The beginning of this story is just fun. And, we felt the idea of a pub that boosts non-profits is a novel idea. After all it will open this fall in Portland, a city that apparently has the most non-profits per capita in the U.S.

That's it for this week. Enjoy! Remember to let us know what podcasts you're discovering online.

-The CNN Radio Team

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Keeping that post-Olympic flame burning
Grand Olympic Auditorium (now Glory Church of Jesus Christ), Los Angeles.
August 17th, 2012
11:44 AM ET

Keeping that post-Olympic flame burning

By Steve Kastenbaum, CNN

(CNN) - The athletes are long gone. Hundreds of thousands of spectators are back at home. Work crews will now begin deconstructing all but six of the venues that hosted the world’s best athletes at the Olympic Games in London.

So what comes next? Ellen Dunham-Jones, a professor of Architecture and Urban Design at Georgia Tech, says the intent is to transform East London and give the city room to grow:

[1:44] “The legacy of the investments in transit, in the public space, giving London room to expand as the population continues to grow but that it expands with access to transit and to parks and to employment and housing, I mean that’s huge.”

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The sound of a dying star
August 16th, 2012
11:52 AM ET

The sound of a dying star

By Libby Lewis, CNN

(CNN) - Think of this: you’re an astronomer, and you and your team have detected, for the first time, a star being devoured by a supermassive black hole almost four billion light years away.

This is the first time astronomers have captured this drama happening so long ago – and so far away – with a black hole this large.

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The teenage "pressure cooker"
High school students learning in a computer lab.
August 16th, 2012
09:00 AM ET

The teenage "pressure cooker"

By Jim Roope, CNN

(CNN) - Getting into a good college is so competitive that even the nearly perfect student has trouble.

[0:38] “I got a 2390 out of 2400 on my SAT,” said 18-year-old Kevin Mark.

Yet with that near-perfect SAT score, a 4.0+ GPA throughout high school, an Eagle Scout and volunteer work for his church and community, he was not accepted to MIT, his first choice of college, nor his second choice Cal Tech.

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A "Dull" and "Boring" partnership
Dull, Scotland welcoming its visitors.
August 15th, 2012
12:40 PM ET

A "Dull" and "Boring" partnership

By Edgar Treiguts, CNN

(CNN) – This is a dull and boring story. Or rather, one about Dull and Boring.

Seemingly always meant for each other, this summer officials from the towns of Dull, Scotland and Boring, Oregon signed-off on an 'unofficial' sister-city partnership.

The Dull and Boring citizens hope the good-natured notoriety can bring a little extra tourist traffic – and fun – to their city limits.

[1:44] "Basically, it's a means of just attracting attention to our names: Boring and Dull", says Steve Bates, chairman of Boring's Community Planning Organization.

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