Sunday Playlist: Convention-o-rama
Attendees celebrate as confetti and balloons drop to mark the end of the 2012 Republican National Convention.
September 2nd, 2012
07:00 AM ET

Sunday Playlist: Convention-o-rama

By Dan Szematowicz, CNN

(CNN) – The Republican National Convention is over and the Democrats' convention is about to get underway.

If you're feeling the fever like we are, you've spent the last week glued to your computer, radio, and television (or all three at once, if you're hardcore) to get the latest from Tampa.

A lot of great media outlets did a lot of great work, so in this week's Sunday Playlist we're listing some of our favorite convention-inspired audio pieces from the last week.

So without further preamble, we give a fond tip-of-our-hat to:


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What we don't know about Mitt Romney
Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney delivers his nomination acceptance speech during the final day of the Republican National Convention.
August 31st, 2012
10:58 AM ET

What we don't know about Mitt Romney

By Lisa Desjardins, CNN

Tampa, Florida (CNN) – The Republicans' convention is over. The chairs are empty and the balloons are being swept up.

Over the last few days we’ve heard a lot about Mitt Romney. We heard from governors, senators, significant others, and from the candidate himself.

So now with all that behind us, what did we learn (or not learn) about Mitt Romney?


Polling by bumper stickers, buttons and T-shirts
White House Gifts manager Andrew Gallagher shows two of the store's bumpersticker offerings, one for Republicans, one for Democrats.
August 31st, 2012
10:21 AM ET

Polling by bumper stickers, buttons and T-shirts

By Libby Lewis, CNN

(CNN) – Walk into White House Gifts in Washington, and the display is right up front: bumper stickers, buttons, T-shirts and hats.

Mitt Romney’s on one side; Barack Obama’s on the other.

There are scientific ways to take the pulse of the public and figure out who’s ahead in the presidential race.

This is the fun way. Count the bumper stickers and the buttons and the hats that get snapped up.


Bollettieri on the new kids tennis controversy
Legendary tennis coach Nick Bollettieri. He's coached the likes of Andre Agassi, Pete Sampras, and Venus and Serena Williams.
August 31st, 2012
06:00 AM ET

Bollettieri on the new kids tennis controversy

By Michael Schulder, CNN

(CNN) - Sometimes to get a fresh perspective it’s best to turn to somebody old.

That’s what we’ve done for this story on one of the biggest controversies over how to teach children tennis.

With the U.S. Open Tennis Tournament in full swing, we’ve turned to Nick Bollettieri. His tennis academy in Florida has turned out some of the sport’s greatest players over the past 60 years. FULL POST

The Paralympics tech battle
US Jarryd Wallace reacts after winning gold during the 2011 Para Pan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico.
August 30th, 2012
08:50 PM ET

The Paralympics tech battle

By Edgar Treiguts, CNN

(CNN) - More than 4,200 disabled athletes have gathered in London for the Paralympic Games, which opened this week. The Games are becoming more popular, as 2.5 million tickets were sold to Paralympic events.

But, there’s more to the competition than just the athletes going head-to-head on the playing field. The cutting-edge equipment they use is on display and in its own contest – a competition between companies.

Stephen Schulte owns ProCare, a prosthetics company in Buford, Georgia. He'll be closely watching how Jarryd Wallace runs in London.

[:34] "It’s exciting, but it’s also stressful because we’ve produced something that we hope is going to carry him down the track, as fast as humanly possible."

Wallace is a 22-year-old Paralympian who will run on a right leg made from components from four different companies from around the globe. Schulte's aligns and puts it all together.


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