CNN Radio News Day: May 10, 2013
Neighbors of Ariel Castro meet to discuss the kidnapping in Cleveland, Ohio on May 9, 2013.
May 10th, 2013
04:30 PM ET

CNN Radio News Day: May 10, 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. Here are some of the stories we're covering in today's show:

  • Good news in the kidnapping story out of Cleveland, Ohio: Michele Knight was released from the hospital today. She and two other women were held captive for nearly a decade.  The three were found on Monday and every day since then has brought fresh details of the horror they faced. The story has raised anew concerns about missing children across the United States. Often cited figures show hundreds of thousands of missing children every year. But CNN's Steve Kastenbaum reports there's nuance behind the numbers. "

'The definition of a missing child can vary from state to state. Sometimes, it's as simple as a kid not telling mom or dad where they are."

  • The hunger strike at Guantanamo Bay continues as does the debate over it's very existence.  President Barack Obama recently reaffirmed his desire to see the facility closed. Obama's desire lines up with human rights defenders who have long argued that Guantanamo tarnishes America's reputation and violates the rights of those held there without trial. Still, the debate rages on in large part because the alternatives, like moving prisoners to American prisons, are highly controversial. Add to that, the argument that Guantanamo is the right thing for American security. The Center for Security Policy certainly thinks so. Frank Gaffney heads up that group.

He calls the hunger strike "information warfare" and says of the facility "this is a practice that is generally regarded as precisely what one does with enemy combatants in a time of war."

  • Big questions were raised this week about the readiness of those members of the military who have their fingers on the nuclear button. After poor performance during an inspection, 17 Air Force officers were stripped of their authority to command nuclear missiles. CNN's Nova Safo tracked down a man who used to have that job.  Mark Sundlov worked as a missileer a decade ago. He said the job means long lonely hours:

"You're at a remote site in North Dakota, you're pretty far off the map. You're not a pilot in a pilot's Air Force. You know, there's no Top Gun movie for missile crew members."

Sundlov also touched on a bigger question: how important are these underground missile bunkers to American security?

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Seduced by Mary
Producer David Davis, actress Mary Tyler Moore, producer Allan Burns, fan Joe Rainone and producer James L. Brooks gather for a photo in 1971.
May 10th, 2013
12:13 PM ET

Seduced by Mary

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) - Once a success, always a success.

You know who said that?


At least nobody I know of.

Often when we see a great success, whether it’s an individual like Steve Jobs, or a product like – oh man, I better get off this Apple bandwagon. Let me think of another iconic brand.


The Mary Tyler Moore Show.

When you think of how hooked America became on The Mary Tyler Moore Show – through its initial run in the 1970s and many years of reruns, it’s easy to imagine the successful backstory.

The incredibly likable Mary Tyler Moore pitches her show to CBS executives.

They can’t resist this new, refreshing storyline that’s just a little ahead of the curve on America’s evolving attitudes towards the role of women in society. A 30-year-old divorcee seeks to start life over in the big city, to seek career satisfaction and, if it comes, true love. It’s fresh. It’s new. It’s unfamiliar.

That was the problem.

You know how it is. Some leaders have a hard time saying yes to something they’ve never quite seen before. The unfamiliar is where the greatest opportunity lies. But it’s risky.

So here is the initial response from executives who listened to the pitch, as reported by our guest on this CNN Profiles, journalist Jennifer Keishin Armstrong.

[1:12] “We want you to listen to some research from this guy who does our research for us and he said that people do not want to watch television about divorced people; Jews; people from New York; or people with mustaches."

Audiences loved Mary when she was Laura Petrie married to comedy writer Rob Petrie on the Dick Van Dyke Show. But a single lady – who could leave a man to strike out on her own personally and professionally?

Risky for Mary Richards – the spirited young woman applying for job with TV news manager Lou Grant. Too risky for the real life executives. They resisted Mary’s charms at first.

Her story was too unfamiliar.

But, as Tom Waits sings, in one of his greatest songs of seduction, “we all begin as strangers.”

Wait until you hear what our guest found out about why executives resisted Mary.

Focus groups too. So much resistance.

So how did Mary make it after all?

That story – of overcoming adversity to create something original – is the story Jennifer Keishan Armstrong has brought to life in her brand new book, “Mary and Lou and Rhoda and Ted. And you can only hear it if you click the play icon at the top of this blog.

Yes, we all begin as strangers.

But if we just give a new relationship a chance – give it enough time – then we may come to realize, in the words of Tom Waits, “we really aren’t strangers any more.”


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Trauma and the mind
The Cleveland, Ohio house where three women, who had disappeared ten years ago, were found alive on May 7, 2013.
May 10th, 2013
09:30 AM ET

Trauma and the mind

By Emma Lacey-Bordeaux, CNN

Follow on Twitter: @CNNEmma

(CNN) - This week all eyes were on Cleveland, Ohio as three women held captive for ten years emerged.

Amid the considerable joy there were also concerns. These women are physically out of danger but what about their minds? Experts say their experience must  have been quite traumatic.


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