Sunday Playlist : Democrats have their say in Charlotte
Delegates stand in front of giant screens at the 2012 Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, NC
September 9th, 2012
06:00 AM ET

Sunday Playlist : Democrats have their say in Charlotte

By Pat St. Claire, CNN

(CNN) – The parties are over and now the hard work begins. Democrats gathered in Charlotte, North Carolina last week to proclaim Barack Obama their nominee for president. It followed a similar gathering in Tampa, Florida a week earlier where Republicans did the same for Mitt Romney.

Now the two men will go head to head as each tries to convince the nation they have the right stuff for the country's top job.

There was a lot of great reporting on the convention. So, in this week's edition of the Sunday Playlist we spotlight some of the best from around the web.

As always we welcome your feedback.  So,  join the conversation and please leave your comments below. FULL POST

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Replacement refs bad business for NFL?
Replacement referees confer during the 2012 NFL season opener between the New York Giants and the Dallas Cowboys.
September 7th, 2012
01:07 PM ET

Replacement refs bad business for NFL?

By Gavin Godfrey, CNN

(CNN) – The National Football League's 2012 regular season is underway.

For the first time in NFL history, replacement referees are making the calls on the field. Labor talks between the NFL and their referees have gone nowhere and both players and coaches have voiced their disappointment.

So does the current situation with its referees spell bad business for the league? Does a second lockout in less than 13 months mean Commissioner Roger Goodell is failing as a CEO?


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Campaign scientists have a file on you
Campaign science mines data from the internet to target independent voters.
September 7th, 2012
12:07 PM ET

Campaign scientists have a file on you

By Steve Kastenbaum, CNN

(CNN) - The Democratic and Republican conventions are designed to be the high points for both presidential campaigns. Countless man hours and tens of millions of dollars go into each event.

But the work that could really affect the outcome of the election is still taking place. Campaigns are poring over information you provide to them every time you use the internet.


The woman who changed her brain
Barbara Arrowsmith at her Arrowsmith School in Toronto. She teaches techniques she herself used to overcome a range of severe and unusual learning disabilities.
September 7th, 2012
09:13 AM ET

The woman who changed her brain

By Michael Schulder, CNN

(CNN) - Barbara Arrowsmith spent the first 26 years of her life unable to read a clock.

She spent the first 26 years of her life having to read and reread sentences dozens of times before she had a clue what they meant.

Barbara Arrowsmith had so many severe learning disabilities as a child that she would lay her school books neatly on her bed and cry over them until she had no more tears left. Then she would get to work. Barbara did have an excellent memory. That was her survival tool.

[1:49] "I had a verbatim auditory memory, so I could memorize things that I heard. And I had a photographic visual memory. So I really got by on memory and also on tremendous drive."

But she had physical disabilities that compounded her problems. The left side of young Barbara Arrowsmith’s body didn’t know where it was in space. So she got hurt so often her mother predicted she wouldn't live past the age of five.

[5:57] "The whole left side of my body was - tended to be quite bruised and I would never have any idea where I got those bruises. I have lots of scars on that side of my body as a result of accidents."

Nobody knew how to address Barbara Arrowsmith’s learning and physical challenges. So she fixed herself. She created exercises to change her brain – and now – the brains of the children who have the good fortune to enter the Arrowsmith School in Toronto.

Listen to the amazing journey of Barbara Arrowsmith in her own words. She is “The Woman Who Changed Her Brain.”

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A life shaped by bad medicine
Jack Merica’s arms and hands are underdeveloped due to the anti-morning sickness drug thalidomide that his mother took while pregnant with him in the late 1950s.
September 6th, 2012
08:27 AM ET

A life shaped by bad medicine

By Jim Roope, CNN

(CNN) - Jack Merica’s mother suffered from severe morning sickness and a history of miscarriages. When she was pregnant with him in the late 1950s, the morning sickness came back. Concerned that her symptoms could bring on another miscarriage, she went to the doctor. To fight the sickness, she was given the experimental drug thalidomide.

[1:36] “My Mom said she just took it once or twice,” said Merica. “And that’s all it takes.”

Merica was born with asymmetrical-bilateral phocomelia, a condition in which the upper part of an arm or leg is under-developed or non-existent. His left arm is 16 inches from shoulder to fingertip and his right arm is 28 inches, shoulder to fingertip.


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