Sunday Playlist: Guilty Pleasures
Eating grapes, Circa 1915
November 4th, 2012
06:00 AM ET

Sunday Playlist: Guilty Pleasures

By Pat St.Claire, CNN

(CNN) – If you need a little break from the cacophony of the campaigns, you've come to the right place. This is an apolitical Sunday Playlist just for you: a brief respite from the Right and the Left to simply enjoy some guilty pleasures.

Ever watch the "Housewives" of this or that city? The latest "Survivor" cast-off from a  faraway island? Or perhaps go ga-ga over the guys of "Grey's Anatomy?" It's okay! Guilty pleasures are sometimes a necessary indulgence, especially when enjoyed with food.

Joy the Baker knows all about guilty pleasures. She's a cookbook author and the founder of Homefries.com, described as "a destination for fun, high-quality podcasts, covering food and wine, parenting and simple living, and entertaining." Joy the Baker podcasts live on Homefries.com. Her "Guilty Pleasures" episode is a fun mix of  conversation about indulging in reality TV and bad-for-you food. FULL POST

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Relief from Hurricane Sandy slow for some
Erica Taylor and a friend are overwhelmed by the task of cleaning up her water logged apartment, home to seven children in the Rockaways section of New York.
November 3rd, 2012
08:41 PM ET

Relief from Hurricane Sandy slow for some

By Steve Kastenbaum, CNN

(CNN)  One side of the Rockaways in New York received national attention soon after hurricane Sandy tore a path of destruction. Over 100 homes in the ocean front community of Breezy Point burned to the ground.

But, residents on the other side of the Rockaways are asking why it took almost a full week for a full scale relief effort to reach them.

[2:05] "I seen the Red Cross van came in and they didn't have anything on the van actually. No band aids, nothing, no water... nothing to help us, just driving through," said Lenny Theophile as he washed away salt water and mud from his first floor apartment. FULL POST

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CNN Radio News Day: November 2, 2012
Amusement park rides in Seaside Heights, New Jersey were mangled by Superstorm Sandy.
November 2nd, 2012
04:30 PM ET

CNN Radio News Day: November 2, 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 U.S. Presidential election is Tuesday.  And today voters got yet another piece of information to mull over before casting their ballots.  The Labor Department's jobs report for October shows the unemployment rate ticked up one-tenth of a percent to 7.9 percent, though the economy did add 171,000 jobs.  CNN chief political correspondent Candy Crowley says the numbers fit right in to the narrative for both camps:

“I think it's a wash.  It's just another log on the fire that has been burning for two years, essentially."


Memories of the Jersey Shore
David Vigilante and his brother in Wildwood, 1969.
November 2nd, 2012
04:29 PM ET

Memories of the Jersey Shore

(CNN) - Among the areas hardest hit by Hurricane Sandy is a stretch of coast known simply as the Jersey Shore.

Before this area became synonymous with a hard-partying reality show, it was a place where countless families made memories. One  of those families was David Vigilante's:

[1:19] "The shore was more than just a beach. It was carnival rides and boardwalks and the remnants of what entertainment looked like in the Victorian era. It was the birthplace of Miss America and the land of Springsteen."


CNN Profiles: Sandy's Nantucket Warrior
Folgers Marsh in Nantucket Harbor, October 28, 2012, helped protect nearby buildings from the surge caused by Hurricane Sandy.
November 2nd, 2012
09:30 AM ET

CNN Profiles: Sandy's Nantucket Warrior

By Michael Schulder, CNN

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(CNN) - The next Sandy is coming. Not tomorrow. But sooner and more often than we’d hope, say the experts, at least in part because of climate change.

So the question for us as a nation now becomes, if we can’t stop future Sandys, can we better protect ourselves from them?

With that critical question we reached out to a woman of the sea: Nantucket oceanographer Sarah Oktay.

She was able to safely watch Sandy arrive from the University of Massachusetts Field Station in Nantucket which she runs, even though it’s just 50 feet from Nantucket Harbor.

What provided that safety was a barrier between the energy of Sandy and her building. The barrier was not concrete. It was nature-made, one that, like the martial art Tai Chi, absorbs the energy of an attack rather than blocks it.

And when you listen to Sarah Oktay on this CNN Profile, you’ll know how imperative it is to create more of these natural barriers along the U.S. coast if we are to become more resilient to the Sandys in our future.

Anyone living near the coast or planning to move to a coastal area must get familiar with what Nantucket oceanographer Sarah Oktay is about to teach us.

It could make the difference between absorbing the blows of a future Sandy with minimal pain, or getting knocked out.

Editor's Note: Listen to the complete interview in the player above.

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