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Sunday Playlist:  New Beginnings
The 113th Congress was sworn in this week signaling maybe a new beginning
January 6th, 2013
06:00 AM ET

Sunday Playlist: New Beginnings

By Susanna Capelouto, CNN

Welcome to the Sunday playlist where we bring you interesting audio selections from around the world.

  • As 2013 begins it may be a good idea to contemplate gratitude.  This commentary produced by KQED in San Francisco is a wonderful tribute to the human spirit and fitting for the beginning of a new year.

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4 setbacks and successes in Afghanistan
January 5th, 2013
02:51 PM ET

4 setbacks and successes in Afghanistan

By Jonathan Binder, CNN

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

(CNN) - The end of the NATO mission in Afghanistan is nearly a year away.

That won't mean, however, that all of men and women in uniform get to come home.

General John Allen submitted plans this week to keep as many as 15,000 troops in Afghanistan after the official 2014 NATO withdrawal. But after more than 11 years of fighting there, is Afghanistan secure enough for the rest of NATO forces to leave?

Dr. Stephen Biddle, a professor at George Washington University and Senior Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, discusses four milestones in Afghanistan during 2012, both positive and negative:

1. Transition of Afghan security forces to control 75%  of Afghan security forces and not Western troops [0:57]

2. The deadly 'Green on Blue' attack that took the lives of more than 50 NATO troops – including 30 Americans [1:24]

3. An American soldier went on a killing spree of Afghan civilians [2:01]

4. The accidental burning of a Qur'an in a collection of extremist material [2:28]

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CNN Radio News Day: January 4, 2013
Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) (2nd R) arrives for a Republican conference meeting at the U.S. Capitol on January 4, 2013 in Washington, DC.
January 4th, 2013
04:33 PM ET

CNN Radio News Day: January 4, 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.

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. House Friday approved the first phase of funding for Hurricane Sandy relief – nearly $10 billion. It passed by a 354 to 67 vote, with all of the 'no' votes from Republicans. GOP lawmakers have had a tough week, especially in the House, as the new Congress was sworn-in. Criticism included that drawn by House Speaker John Boehner, who earlier in the week delayed a vote on 'Sandy' aid. And some GOP members voted against his re-election as Speaker. CNN Political Director Mark Preston tells us what he sees for the congressional GOP immediately going forward:

"I think that you will see some in-fighting, but I think that's healthy. I think that it's ok to happen in an off-year,  however it would be really detrimental to them if it were to continue into the midterm election in 2014."         FULL POST

January 4th, 2013
12:42 PM ET

CNN Profiles: America's new sound

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) - I hope listening to this podcast will be like getting the door to your mind kicked open.

I wish I’d been the one to turn that phrase – getting the door to your mind kicked open.

But it was Bruce Springsteen describing a moment in a Bob Dylan song – a moment you’ll hear in this week’s CNN Profiles.

It’s one of the many delights delivered by our guest, historian Sean Wilentz, who has written “360 Sound,” a book on the oldest label in the recording industry: Columbia Records.

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CNN Radio News Day: January 3, 2013
Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) swears in the newly elected members of the first session of the 113th Congress in the House Chambers January 3, 2013 in Washington, DC.
January 3rd, 2013
04:30 PM ET

CNN Radio News Day: January 3, 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.

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 113th Congress was sworn-in today.  The ceremonies included Harry Reid re-elected as Senate Majority Leader, and John Boehner given another term as Speaker of the House.  The day also was filled with excitement for many freshman lawmakers.  Dr. Ahmi Bera is one of the new kids on the Hill, representing California's 7th Congressional District.   He says this day has special meaning:

"My dad is out here, my mom's watching at home on television.  They're immigrants from India who came here in the 1950's.  So to watch their son get sworn into the House of Representatives one generation removed is really the story of America."         FULL POST

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