CNN Radio News Day: March 19, 2013
On the eve of the 10th anniversary of the US-led invasion of Iraq, people look at the remains of a car bomb explosion near the fortified 'Green Zone' in the Capital Baghdad that killed 50 people.
March 19th, 2013
04:43 PM ET

CNN Radio News Day: March 19, 2013

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.

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(CNN) – Welcome to CNN Radio News Day.

  • 10 years ago today, the U.S.-led coalition invasion of Iraq began. The anniversary was marked in Iraq by a series of bombings that killed more than 50 and injured many others – mainly in Baghdad. The continued violence underscores the difficult and complicated legacy the U.S. is left with, since American troops left more than a year ago. 4,488 American troops died in the decade's time, along with at least 134,000 Iraqis. Paul Bremer, the former American diplomat who ran Iraq during the operation's early stages, answers whether the military action was worth it:

""Yes, I think it was, despite huge sacrifices the American people and the Iraqi people have made."


March 19th, 2013
03:06 PM ET

Voices from the Southern closet

By Tommy Andres, CNN

Editor's Note: On March 26th and 27th, the US Supreme Court will hear two key cases regarding same-sex marriage. Every Monday and Tuesday in March, CNN Radio will feature stories about issues related to same-sex marriage.  

Listen to the full story in our player above, and join the conversation in our comments section below.

(CNN) - So far nine states have legalized same sex marriages, none of them in the South. As part of our same sex marriage series we reached out to our audience to find out what it's like to be gay or lesbian in the South.

What we discovered was surprising.

The gays and lesbians who spoke to us all love living in the South despite its somewhat hostile climate towards them.

Many of them agree with the sentiment of Brandon, a 25-year-old gay man from Boone, North Carolina, who told CNN he prefers life in a small town rather than moving to a bigger city that may be more accepting of gays and lesbians:

[2:23] "The city isn't for everyone. There are plenty of gay guys who still live in the South because it's home to them, it's what they're familiar with. They fit in better there as the construction worker, the truck driver, the farmer, whatever. We're not all going to be photographers, artists, models, city dwelling...sophisticates."

All this week you can hear more of these stories on CNN Radio News Day, posting each day by 4:30 Eastern.

March 19th, 2013
01:27 PM ET

Misquoted for 13 Years

By Lisa Desjardins, CNN

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

(CNN) – There are untold numbers of e-mail and Internet hoaxes. But there are few, in fact there may only be one, that has lasted 13 years and has evolved and been updated for three presidential elections.

Unfortunately for him, James Olson, law professor at Hamline University, has been falsely attached to that e-mail since 2000.

The much-forwarded message cites him as an expert claiming that Republican presidential candidates won more states, more population and more of the “tax-paying” American public in the U.S. The false e-mail also stipulates that Olson believes Democrats have won in areas with high-murder rates. None of it is true.