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Sunday Playlist: Guns, Christmas and California Accents
Candles burn next to a lighted tree at a makeshift shrine in Newtown on December 15.
December 16th, 2012
06:00 AM ET

Sunday Playlist: Guns, Christmas and California Accents

By Susanna Capelouto, CNN

(CNN) Welcome to the Sunday playlist, where we present a selection of sounds and stories we listen to.

  • Of course the senseless killings in Newtown, Connecticut have dominated our world these past two days.  That's why we want to share this short clip from "Marketplace" where host Kai Ryssdal realizes that there are more places in the U.S. to buy guns than there are Starbucks in the world.  It was the  final note  of his Friday program.  That will also be the final note for this post on the subject.
  • Let's not forget, this is the holiday season and Deutsche Welle English has this wonderful story about Christmas in Japan.  It is a unique perspective from a country where only a half of one percent of people are Christian.  Christmas in Japan is mostly about romantic images, much like Valentines.  Listen for the Christmas carols sung in Japanese.
  • And finally, this month  KQED in Northern California teamed up with Stanford University to find a California accent.  Listeners called in to talk about what they think a California accent sounds like.

We hope you take a listen to our selections.

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Saturday Night Fever's Brooklyn legacy
Lenny's Pizza on 86th Street in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn as it stands today. Featured in the opening scene of Saturday Night Fever, it introduced audiences to the neighborhood that served as a backdrop for the movie.
December 15th, 2012
11:31 AM ET

Saturday Night Fever's Brooklyn legacy

By Steve Kastenbaum, CNN

Follow on Twitter: @SKastenbaumCNN

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

(CNN) – Saturday Night Fever was released 35 years ago this weekend. The iconic movie played a large part in defining the music and fashion of a generation.

Bensonhurst, the Brooklyn neighborhood it was filmed in, was just as much a character in the film as John Travolta’s Tony Manero.

CNN visited Bensonhurst to explore Saturday Night Fever's local legacy, and find out how the neighborhood has, and hasn’t, changed.

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CNN Radio News Day: December 14, 2012
NEWTOWN, CT - DECEMBER 14: Connecticut State Police walk near the scene of an elementary school shooting on December 14, 2012 in Newtown, Connecticut.
December 14th, 2012
04:36 PM ET

CNN Radio News Day: December 14, 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.

  • A shooting at an elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut has left at least 27 people dead, including the suspected gunman. A majority of those killed were children. It's the latest incident in a series of mass shootings this year, and is another reminder of the 1999 tragedy at Columbine High School in Colorado. Dr. Frank Ochberg led the counseling teams following the Columbine shooting and he is a former FBI psychiatrist dealing with PTSD. CNN Radio talks with Ochberg about how best to cope and talk with survivors in the aftermath of such shootings:

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CNN PROFILES: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's 'giant steps'
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar reveals the secret to the shot that made him the highest scoring player in NBA history, and the passion for education that set him up for life after basketball.
December 14th, 2012
07:00 AM ET

CNN PROFILES: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's 'giant steps'

Hosted by Michael Schulder

Follow on Twitter: @MichaelSchulder

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

(CNN) - Imagine facing Kareem Abdul Jabbar at the plate. Baseball, he tells us in this CNN Profile, was his first love. As an unusually tall boy, he was a force on the mound. His fast ball was FAST. Plenty of force. Not enough finesse. Who knew?

Kareem Abdul Jabbar is full of surprises.

For basketball fans, Jabbar explains here in the clearest way I've ever heard, what made his signature shot – the sky hook – virtually unstoppable.

It wasn't his 7-foot-2-inch frame - although of course that was part of it.

It wasn't the flick of his wrist at the top of his arch or the way the ball rolled off his fingertips - although those were key ingredients too.

If you go to YouTube and study the sky hook highlite reels - watch closely what happens between the time Abdul-Jabbar gets the ball and the time he releases it. FULL POST

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CNN Radio News Day: December 13, 2012
Members of Liwa (Brigade) Salahadin, a Kurdish military unit fighting along side rebel fighters, monitor an area in eastern Aleppo, on December 6, 2012.
December 13th, 2012
04:39 PM ET

CNN Radio News Day: December 13, 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.

  • Many of Syria's rebels are ordinary people who've been forced by war to do extraordinary things.  CNN's Arwa Damon brings us the story of a 17-year-old in Aleppo who risks his life in an attempt to save a complete stranger shot by a sniper:

"Her rescuer is not a relative, nor a neighbor. He's never met her. Abdullah Khader Feehan is just 17 - he knew he had to save the woman, or die trying."

  • There's still no solution to the fiscal cliff situation, but it's not for a lack of ideas.  In fact, there is one big money idea that economists say is a no brainer.  And they say it won't be very painful. But Elaine Hughes, National Secretary for the National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association, disagrees:

"Perhaps you would not feel it so much over the next year or two but over the long-term is when it's really going to hurt."

  • By 2014 when the Affordable Care Act, better known as Obamacare, is fully implemented, a lot of newly-insured Americans will be vying for the attention of a dwindling supply of doctors.  Debbie Polaski, who manages CVS's chain of Minute Clinics in Los Angeles, believes nurse practitioners will help take up the slack:

"We're going to be seeing  millions upon millions of people who have insurance through this Affordable Care Act and will be in need of doctors."

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