CNN Radio News Day: April 1, 2013
A Mexican migrant worker cuts organic spinach during the fall harvest at Grant Family Farms on October 11, 2011 in Wellington, Colorado.
April 1st, 2013
04:48 PM ET

CNN Radio News Day: April 1, 2013

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(CNN) – Welcome to CNN Radio News Day.

  • Over the weekend, two of the most powerful forces in American politics – big business and unions – agreed on a key piece of immigration reform. As part of a possible Senate bill, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the AFL-CIO both signed off on a new type of visa called the "W" visa for lesser-skilled workers not working in agriculture:

"This is a major, major obstacle that's overcome," says U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY).


CNN Profiles: Introducing Ted Turner
April 1st, 2013
04:43 PM ET

CNN Profiles: Introducing Ted Turner

Hosted by Michael Schulder

Follow Michael at: www.wavemaker.me

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

(CNN) - You wouldn't think Ted Turner needs an introduction. Especially to a CNN audience. But he does.

Despite Ted Turner’s fame and wealth and impact, we know so little about him.

Until now, for example, we've never seen the heartbreaking letter his father sent him when Ted was studying at Brown:

“My dear son, I am appalled, even horrified, that you have adopted Classics as a major. As a matter of fact, I almost puked on the way home today. I think you are rapidly becoming a jackass, and the sooner you get out of that filthy atmosphere, the better it will suit me…”

Soon after that letter, Turner’s father forced him to withdraw from Brown.

Ted came home to help run his father’s advertising billboard business.

Ted did not want to leave Brown.

And he did not want to leave home for a string of boarding schools when he was only 4 years old. His father made him.

When Ted was just 24, his father committed suicide.

How could a boy, so rejected, suffering such a loss, find the inner strength to accomplish what he has accomplished?

Turner, the Classics lover, gave us a window on where he finds his inspiration. It’s from an epic poem called “Horatius at the Bridge.” [Hear Ted recite part of the poem at 9:00 in]


April 1st, 2013
10:34 AM ET

Keystone fight explodes (behind the scenes)

By Lisa Desjardins, CNN

Follow on Twitter: @LisaDCNN

Editor's Note: Listen to the full story of the fight over the Keystone Pipeline, including specifics on the current pipeline proposal, in the player above.

(CNN) – Guns. Immigration. The budget. Sure. All hot issues at the moment.

But those watching Washington closely see what may be an even more intense scramble behind-the-scenes: the fight over the Keystone XL pipeline.

President Obama alone has the power to approve or reject the application for the Keystone XL pipeline. The proposal would build a 36-inch diameter oil superhighway from Canada to the southern edge of Nebraska.

The project has had an application in since last spring, but recently the president has said he will decide its fate “soon”.

Cue an intense and not necessarily intuitive fight in Washington.