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Sunday Playlist: Same-sex marriage
December 7, 2012, 2012 in Washington, DC. The Supreme Court announced on Friday that it will take up cases on whether same-sex marriage should be banned in California and whether legally married gay couples can get the same federal benefits as heterosexual couples
December 9th, 2012
06:00 AM ET

Sunday Playlist: Same-sex marriage

By Pat St.Claire, CNN

(CNN) – Welcome to the CNN Soundwaves Sunday Playlist, a compendium of some of the best podcasts from other producers that we're listening to.
A simple, one-page order may usher in an historic decision by the U.S. Supreme Court: whether single-sex couples have the constitutional right to marry.
On Friday, the court said it will review the matter of same-sex marriage  just weeks after voters approved the issue in three states. Oral arguments will likely be held in March with a ruling by late June.
The federal Defense of Marriage Act, or DOMA, which denies federal benefits to same-sex couples legally married in their own state, is one appeal the court will hear. The other involves California's Proposition 8. The referendum, approved by voters in 2008, rescinded the right of same-sex marriage previously approved by California's courts.
  • The non-partisan Cato Institute's daily podcast from August 6, 2010, Gay Marriage and Conservatives, was posted right after California's Proposition 8 was struck down. It's a crisp explainer of the constitutional basis for the ban by Ilya Shapiro, a senior fellow in constitutional studies at the Cato Institute and editor-in-chief of the Cato Supreme Court Review. FULL POST
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CNN Radio News Day: December 7, 2012
DECEMBER 6: Brendon K. Taga (L) and Jesse Pageat, the second couple to receive a same-sex marriage license in Washington state, pose at the King County Recorder's Office on December 6, 2012 in Seattle, Washington.
December 7th, 2012
04:34 PM ET

CNN Radio News Day: December 7, 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.

  • The U.S. Labor Department's new jobs report came out Friday.  The headline grabber was the unemployment rate, which fell to its lowest level in nearly four years – 7.7%.  And the report showed the economy added 146,000 jobs in November, handily beating analysts' projections.  But  Diane Swonk, chief economist with Mesirow Financial, says there are still underlying concerns:

    "Although the data is much better than initially expected taken in the context of the last three months, the momentum is not what we thought it would be at this stage of the game."        FULL POST

The fiscal cliff's orphans: unemployment, Medicare
Yolanda Bynum folds letters telling patients that the Washington DC doctors office where she works is leaving Medicare.
December 7th, 2012
10:28 AM ET

The fiscal cliff's orphans: unemployment, Medicare

By Lisa Desjardins, CNN

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(CNN) – There is a hidden, vast other side to the fiscal cliff.

A group of issues that have nothing to do with tax rates, but still represent millions of lives, have been orphaned for attention by Washington's superfocus on taxes.

As tax cuts are set to end, unbeknownst to many, so are unemployment benefits for millions of unemployed Americans. And at the same time, every Medicare doctor is facing a threatened cut in pay. The difference now? Some Medicare doctors are giving up and dropping out of the program.

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CNN Profiles: 'The end of men'
Writer Hanna Rosin explores the reversal of traditional roles between men in women in our society.
December 7th, 2012
10:00 AM ET

CNN Profiles: 'The end of men'

Hosted by Michael Schulder

Follow on Twitter: @MichaelSchulder

Editor's Note: Listen to the full story in our player above, and join the conversation in our comments section below.

(CNN) - When I first heard I'd be interviewing the author of "The End of Men ... And The Rise of Women" I wanted to decline. I had no desire to do a premature obituary on my gender. But the women who run CNN's guest bookings department prevailed. And I am glad they did.

Because if you listen to this CNN Radio interview with Hanna Rosin, you will learn that what she has found is not the end of men as a species, but a certain decline among a big section of us that we are fully capable of reversing, provided we acknowledge the problem which she has documented in her book.

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CNN Radio News Day: December 6, 2012
Rebel soldiers stands guard inside a building in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo on December 6, 2012.
December 6th, 2012
04:29 PM ET

CNN Radio News Day: December 6, 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.

  • With concern growing over the possible use of chemical weapons in Syria's civil war, diplomatic efforts are ramping-up.  U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was in Dublin Thursday for a conference, and used the occasion to meet with the U.N's Special envoy to Syria.  It's the latest attempt to find a way to end a conflict that's killed 40,000 people, and left 700,000 homeless.  Some have fled to Lebanon, but there they deal with conditions of little food, and now during winter, little heat.   One young Syrian woman tells CNN she's considering returning to the Syrian city she left:

    "It is now down to the fact that living under shelling is better than the life here.  It is cold, and we don't have the things we need."       FULL POST

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