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September 16th, 2012
09:50 AM ET

Sunday Playlist: Discussing Middle East violence

By Tyler Moody, CNN

(CNN) – For today's Sunday Playlist we set out to collect voices discussing the events of the past week in the Middle East.

First we hear about Ambassador J. Christopher Stephens, who was among the Americans killed in Benghazi. The following conversation with Robin Wright, Senior Fellow at the U.S. Institute for Peace, comes from KCRW's To The Point:

In this piece from PRI's the world, we hear the perspective from one of the activists that helped with last year's Arab Spring:

"Anchor Marco Werman speaks with Nasser Weddady of the American Islamic Congress about the recent violence in the Arab world. Through Twitter, Facebook and blogs, Weddady helped train a core group of activists who led last year's Arab Spring."

From WBUR in Boston, the program "On Point" discussed the week's events from a cultural, and political point of view.

And finally when it comes to the political reaction to this week's events, we can't ignore the role audio played in one part of the story. Prior to Governor Mitt Romney making a statement and taking questions from reporters, an open mic captured two reporters discussing what questions to ask.

This was perceived by conservative outlets to be proof of a coordinated media attack on the Republican candidate, while others merely hear reporters making sure an important question is asked and answered in the limited time available. Mediaite's Noah Rothman writes about the incident and reaction in this piece that includes links to the audio so you can hear it and decide for yourself.

CNN Radio News Day: September 14, 2012
September 14th, 2012
04:30 PM ET

CNN Radio News Day: September 14, 2012

By CNN Radio, CNN

(CNN) – Welcome to CNN Radio News Day.

CNN Radio News Day is an evening news program that gives you informative, thoughtful and creative news stories Monday through Friday at 4:30pm.

You don’t have to be at this blog to listen, we want you to take us with you! Click the download button in the SoundCloud player and put us on your smart phone or tablet and bring us with you in the car, on the train, while you’re working out, or just chilling on the couch.

Here are some of the stories we cover in today's edition:

  • Diplomats are working overtime to mend relations as anti-U.S. protests continue throughout the  Middle East and Africa.

[7:50] “America they stand with us in the time of war, you have to stand with us in the time of peace,"  says Ali Aujali the Libyan Ambassador to the United States.

An immediate budget crisis was averted last night, but huge problems loom to fund the U.S. Government.

[9:53] “What the government's doing is putting off  hard decisions that need to be made and squabbling over small things," says Wes Messamore with the Independent Voter Network .

  • It's suicide prevention week and we talk to a woman who survived an attempted suicide.

[18:33] “W e need programs that provide free counseling, because the stress of money for counseling just compounds the problem for a lot of people." says attempted suicide survivor, Kristen Anderson.

Jobs clarity through CNN’s Iowan eyes
September 14th, 2012
11:04 AM ET

Jobs clarity through CNN’s Iowan eyes

By Michael Schulder, CNN

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(CNN) – Everyone gets their first lesson in job creation when they're a child, whether they realize it or not.

Our Economics  Correspondent Christine Romans got hers in Iowa, sitting around the kitchen table with her grandparents on their farm.  She remembers them  discussing how a slight difference in the price of farm equipment could make the difference  between a purchase made or deferred.

With jobs perhaps the number one issue in this election, we turn to Christine Romans, as we have all week in CNN'S special economy coverage,  for some clarity on how Barack  Obama and Mitt Romney propose to improve the jobs picture in America.

[26:48] "You’re going to get a slow, steady healing with maybe some hiccups and some pullbacks, no matter who is president.  You’re going to start to see jobs created and the longer we see jobs created, the more comfortable people will feel about taking a little bit of a risk."

Christine Romans' Iowa roots  helps her notice things about our economy that others may not.  Being a mother of three who has to get to work at 3:30 in the morning might shape her economic perspective too.

[13:00] "My grandparents were farmers, so I grew up, you know, the conversations around the kitchen table were the price of beans or the price of corn and whether you could get a new truck this year.  Well, you could at six-fifty but you couldn’t at six."

But you'd never guess her work hours from the energy in her voice or the clarity of her insights.

Christine Romans has not lost her Iowan optimism.

[21:15]"Now I like to think in the optimistic Iowa girl part of me that there are people over at the State Department, at the Pentagon and the Treasury who are the career diplomats and the career politicians who have the career ties to the Chinese who really do have a national strategy.  I just like to hope that’s true."

But, as you will hear on this CNN Profile, when she thinks about this economy there is one thing that chokes her up.

The elder statesman of acupuncture
Jacques MoraMarco is one of America's first licensed acupuncturists.
September 14th, 2012
09:38 AM ET

The elder statesman of acupuncture

By Jim Roope, CNN

(CNN) – Acupuncture history is about to be made for a second time in California.

Governor Jerry Brown is expected to sign two bills that would, for the first time in US history,  put acupuncture in the list of essential health benefits.

That means health insurance providers would have to pay for acupuncture treatments like they pay for x-rays or flu shots.

[:46] “I’ve personally seen the evolution of this profession in California and basically in the United States,”said Jacques MoraMarco, acupuncture practitioner and Dean of Emperor’s College in Santa Monica.

In 1976, then Governor Jerry Brown signed a bill that legalized the practice of acupuncture. MoraMarco was among those who took the first licensing test 35 years ago.

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CNN Radio News Day: September 13, 2012
September 13th, 2012
04:30 PM ET

CNN Radio News Day: September 13, 2012

By CNN Radio, CNN

(CNN) – Welcome to CNN Radio News Day.

CNN Radio News Day is an evening news program that gives you informative, thoughtful and creative news stories Monday through Friday at 4:30pm.

You don’t have to be at this blog to listen, we want you to take us with you! Click the download button in the SoundCloud player and put us on your smart phone or tablet and bring us with you in the car, on the train, while you’re working out, or just chilling on the couch.

Here are some of the stories we cover in today's edition:

  • Anti U.S. protests continue and grow throughout the Middle East and Africa sparked in part by an offensive video.

[1:38] “To me personally this video is disgusting and reprehensible," says Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. "It appears to have a deeply cynical purpose to provoke rage."

  • New York decided today to ban large soft drinks.  We get reaction from midtown Manhattan.

[9:53] “This is the single biggest step a city has ever done to curb obesity and we believe that it will save lives." says New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

  • We remember Neil Armstrong who was honored in a public memorial today.

[15:30] “Neil always tried to explain to people that it was just a matter of circumstance that enabled him to be the commander of a landing,"  says Armstrong biographer Jim Hansen.

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