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Sunday Playlist: Reality break
November 18th, 2012
06:00 AM ET

Sunday Playlist: Reality break

By Chip Grabow, CNN

(CNN) - Welcome to the Sunday Playlist, CNN Radio's survey of interesting podcasts and audio programs produced by other outlets. We love our podcasts too, but sometimes it's good to scan the audio landscape and discover what other folks are doing.

This week: a break from reality. The fine people who are my CNN colleagues spend a lot of time explaining news events to our audience. Some tragic, some inexplicable. All of it real. But after doing that day in and day out, you sometimes need a break from hard reality.

So, this week, we'll feature a few podcasts that explore less boots on the ground, and more pie in the sky.

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Hopes and prayer ahead of historic Myanmar trip
Burmese refugees gather and sing after church in Decatur, Georiga.
November 17th, 2012
06:04 AM ET

Hopes and prayer ahead of historic Myanmar trip

By Emma Lacey-Bordeaux, CNN

(CNN) – On Monday President Barack Obama will become the first sitting U.S. president to visit Myanmar. The trip comes nearly a year after Secretary of State Hillary Clinton visited with a pledge of better relations if the country made democratic reforms.

Obama’s trip comes after historic elections earlier this year.

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CNN Radio News Day: November 16, 2012
November 16th, 2012
04:31 PM ET

CNN Radio News Day: November 16, 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:

  • Fighting continued Friday between Israel and Palestinian militants. There have been more than two dozen casualties in the last 48 hours. And aggression seems to have intensified, with rocket attacks into Gaza, and the military wing of Hamas launching rockets into the city of Jerusalem. Appeals for restraint have gone unheeded, and a proposed ceasefire when Egypt's prime minister visited Gaza never happened.  CNN  Senior International Correspondent Ben Wedeman says there are more political minefields for Israel to deal with since the Arab Spring, and the last major violence in the region in 2008:

"It's a much, much more volatile region that Israel has to face, and the Israeli leadership has to realize the volatility of its neighbors could easily spill-over.  Not necessarily militarily,  but politically and make this current situation even more complicated."   FULL POST

CNN Profiles: The teacher in the one world schoolhouse
Salman Khan, founder of The Khan Academy, says he wants to have a global impact on education.
November 16th, 2012
09:54 AM ET

CNN Profiles: The teacher in the one world schoolhouse

By Michael Schulder, CNN

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(CNN) - This is the time in the school year when parents really have a sense of whether their children are struggling academically.

For those parents whose children are having a hard time with math, and are seeking help, one name seems to be popping up more and more: Salman Khan.

Each month, 7 million children and adults log on to Sal Khan’s website, the Khan Academy, to get clear, entertaining, informal video tutorials on everything from basic addition to advanced calculus and more.

So who is Sal Khan? Where does he get his credibility?

Is it from the three degrees he earned from MIT or the Masters he received from Harvard after being raised by a single mother who struggled to make ends meet?

Is it from the raves he gets from Bill Gates who uses Khan’s online videos for his own children?

Is it because he did not create the Khan Academy to make a fortune but to have an global impact on a critical area of education?

You can judge for yourself when you listen to Sal Khan tell his story on this CNN Profile.

It all began with Sal Khan’s desire to help one young relative who was underperforming in her math class.

And then, as you will now hear, serendipity took over.

Subscribe to this podcast on iTunes or Stitcher. And listen to CNN Profiles on our SoundCloud page.

CNN Radio News Day: November 15, 2012
A rocket is launched from Gaza as seen from Sderot, Israel on November 15, 2012.
November 15th, 2012
04:30 PM ET

CNN Radio News Day: November 15, 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 deadly conflict between Israel and Hamas intensified today. Air raid sirens sounded across Israel as Palestinian militants launched hundreds of rocket attacks on civilians. Meanwhile Israel says it's attacked more than 200 "terror sites" in Gaza. CNN's Frederick Pleitgen is following the story from Jerusalem:

"The U.S. is going to get involved in some way, shape or form but it's probably going to be more in a diplomatic way... A lot of diplomats have been saying, of course right now, the phones are ringing.  People are making a lot of phone calls trying to get this to stop."   FULL POST

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