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CNN Radio News Day: October 19, 2012
Supporters of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney attend a campaign rally in Chesapeake, Virginia, October 17, 2012.
October 19th, 2012
04:30 PM ET

CNN Radio News Day: October 19, 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:

  • Election day is now just a little more than two weeks away, and both President Barack Obama and Republican Mitt Romney are expected to spend most of the weekend in debate prep.  The two candidates are still working to win over every last undecided voter.  CNN Political Editor Paul Steinhauser says there aren't many left:

"If they haven't decided yet maybe the final debate could change their minds or persuade them to  change their minds.  Maybe it'll be a campaign event or a commercial they see in the last couple days.  It's hard to tell with these remaining voters when it comes to what's going to make their choice."

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Raising Justin Bieber
Pattie Mallette and her son, Justin Bieber.
October 19th, 2012
10:52 AM ET

Raising Justin Bieber

By Gavin Godfrey, CNN

(CNN) – At the age of 17, Pattie Mallette threw herself in front a moving truck in a botched suicide attempt.

Six months later, Mallette learned she was pregnant with her son, now known to the world as pop star, Justin Bieber.

Mallette describes her dark past and bright future in the new book, "Nowhere but Up: the Story of Justin Bieber's Mom." Mallette told CNN she remembers the feeling the of hitting rock bottom:

[2:50] "When I was in the hospital for trying to commit suicide I was desperate and I just literally cried out to God and said if you are real you have to come and help me and if you have a purpose and a plan then it's got to be better than what I'm doing so let's see it." FULL POST

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CNN Profiles: The best debaters in the land
Champion debater Ryan Beiermeister (right) says listening is one of the keys to good debating.
October 19th, 2012
09:35 AM ET

CNN Profiles: The best debaters in the land

By Michael Schulder, CNN

Follow on Twitter: @schuldercnn

(CNN) - With the last presidential debate upon us, we felt it was time for a real education in the art of debating.

We decided to go out on a search for the best debater in the land.

Well, to name one individual as the best debater in the land would trigger a debate too long for this CNN profile.

But we certainly found one of them. And we found one of the best debate coaches in the land too, David Vincent Kimel of Yale University.

And when you listen to them on this CNN profile, we promise you will never listen to a debate with your old amateur ears again. You will be a formidable judge if you just listen.

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CNN Radio News Day: October 18, 2012
Police stand in front of the Federal Reserve Bank on October 17, 2012 in New York City.
October 18th, 2012
04:30 PM ET

CNN Radio News Day: October 18, 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:

  • A Bangladeshi man is behind bars in the United States accused of trying to blow up the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.  Quazi Mohammad Rezwanul Ahsan Nafis was in the U.S. on a student visa.  Prosecutors say he was motivated by al Qaeda.   The terrorist plot was thwarted, thanks to an undercover sting operation. CNN anchor and reporter Ali Velshi says there are always some who raise questions about FBI entrapment:

"They let him go all the way to thinking he was detonating a bomb.  If that turns out to be true, the charges that one would face and the evidence against you – where you're about to push the button – is very different than the evidence that would be laid against you if you were calling to purchase the button.  So I think it's key...  that they say he was willing to go through with it until the end." FULL POST

Wikiloot aims to ‘de-loot’ American museums
A statue of a horse and an Egyptian sarcophagus are amongst the $2.5 million worth of antiquities tied the New York smuggling ring Mousa Khouli has been convicted of operating.
October 18th, 2012
02:00 PM ET

Wikiloot aims to ‘de-loot’ American museums

By Tommy Andres, CNN

(CNN) – Next time you walk into an ancient art museum, think about this:

[1:12] “A surprising number of objects on display at local museums near you passed through this black market at some point.”

Jason Felch is the brains behind a new project called Wikiloot, and the black market he’s talking about is a complicated network of excavators, thieves, smugglers and middle men who have been supplying ancient art to museums and collectors around the world for decades.

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