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Sunday Playlist:  Europe, Europa, Európa
The European Union this week received the Nobel Peace Prize.
October 14th, 2012
06:00 AM ET

Sunday Playlist: Europe, Europa, Európa

By Susanna Capelouto, CNN

(CNN) – Europeans, like myself, probably had no clue this union of countries was even in the running for the Nobel Peace Prize especially given the current crisis over stabilizing the Euro and European economies.

Jose Manuel Barroso, the president of the European Commission, praised the award and said, “Even in tense, difficult times, the European Union remains an inspiration for countries and people all over the world.”
So this playlist includes some stories that relate to Europe's  history.

  • This is a powerful piece from the NPR program Snap Judgement.
  • To many the European Union is a little bit of a mystery,  so we found this story from the Deutsche Welle radioshow Inside Europe, which is trying to Make Sense of the European Union.
  • And finally, to celebrate the close connection between Europe and the U.S., especially when it comes to business, we were surprised by this story from NPR's All Things Considered.  A   farmer  in South Georgia raises alligators to supply the European fashion industry.

We hope you will enjoy our selection even if you are not a Nobel Peace Prize winner. There's always next year.
– The CNN Radio team

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CNN Radio News Day: October 12, 2012
The European Union flag flies among European Union member countries' national flags in front of the European Parliament.
October 12th, 2012
04:30 PM ET

CNN Radio News Day: October 12, 2012

CNN Radio News Day is an evening news program providing an informative, thoughtful and creative look at the day's events. It's posted Monday through Friday at 4:30 pm ET.

 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 or while you’re working out.

(CNN) – Welcome to CNN Radio News Day.

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

  • The European Union was awarded the 2012 Peace Prize on Friday. The honor for the EU comes as Europe remains deep in economic crisis, with nations often pitted against each other. Despite the current issues, the Norwegian Nobel Committee cited the EU's role in bringing healing and reconciliation to the continent. CNN anchor Johnathan Mann says that's the motivation behind this prize:

[2:45] "Europe was a slaughterhouse for centuries, and people forget that because it's so peaceful now. And that's an extraordinary achievement. That's the kind of achievement Alfred Nobel wanted to honor." FULL POST

The biggest election fight you’re missing
C.B. Pearson and the group, "Stand With Montanans," are pushing to keep the state's campaign finance laws as others fight just as hard against them.
October 12th, 2012
10:00 AM ET

The biggest election fight you’re missing

By Lisa Desjardins, CNN

Missoula, Montana (CNN) -– As the nation wrestles over who will occupy the White House for the next four years, Montana is in the midst of a fierce battle over 100 years worth of campaign finance law. And what happens in the Treasure State could set the tone for the future of campaign funding around the country.

On Election Day, voters in Montana will decide on a ballot initiative that would direct each of their elected officials to push for an amendment to the U.S. Constitution. The amendment would allow states to ban corporate funding of campaigns and set sharp limits on the money individuals can donate to candidates.

It is a test of government control over campaign spending versus corporate influence over candidates. FULL POST

CNN Profiles: Bouncing back with Andrew Zolli
October 11th, 2012
11:23 PM ET

CNN Profiles: Bouncing back with Andrew Zolli

By Michael Schulder, CNN

Follow on Twitter: @schuldercnn

(CNN) - Within an hour of arriving as a freshman at Vassar College in the 1980s, Andrew Zolli met a woman. They clicked. But this CNN Profile is not a love story. It’s a story about what you can accomplish when you choose a life mission that fits you.

“My whole life I’ve been interested in hybrids. What happens when one field or discipline rubs up against another. How different fields of practice inform one another” to address “the same problem or set of concerns.” FULL POST

CNN Radio News Day: October 11, 2012
Anti-Taliban campaigner Malala Yousufzai remains in critical condition after being shot in the head earlier this week. Her struggle for gender equality is being higlighted on this International Day of the Girl.
October 11th, 2012
04:30 PM ET

CNN Radio News Day: October 11, 2012

CNN Radio News Day is an evening news program providing an informative, thoughtful and creative look at the day's events. It's posted Monday through Friday at 4:30 pm ET.

 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 or while you’re working out.

(CNN) – Welcome to CNN Radio News Day.

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

  • The gloves come off tonight in Danville, Kentucky as Vice President Joe Biden and Republican vice presidential nominee, Paul Ryan square off in their one and only debate before next month's election The stakes are high for both men.  Biden hopes to stop some of the momentum gained by Governor Mitt Romney in last week's debate against President Obama.  CNN Senior Political analyst, Ron Brownstein says:

[2:02] "So much of the impact of debates is not what happens that night.  It's the coverage that follows it.  And certainly, you know, for the Democrats this has been a very rough week with a general sense that President Obama delivered perhaps the weakest performance ever by an incumbent president... in a presidential debate." FULL POST

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