Sunday Playlist: By a hair
First lady Michelle Obama, Inauguration Day, January 21, 2013 in Washington, D.C., with her new bangs
January 27th, 2013
06:00 AM ET

Sunday Playlist: By a hair

Sunday Playlist: By a hair

By Pat St. Claire, CNN

(CNN) – Welcome to the CNN Radio Soundwaves Sunday Playlist, our roundup of audio from around the Web we find interesting, informative or just  plain fun.

This past week, first lady Michelle Obama made a huge splash among fashion-watchers when she appeared with a brand new hairdo sporting bangs. In fact, if you do a Google search for Michelle Obama's bangs you'll get about 50,000,000 (yes million) results!

Melinda Henneberger of the Washington Post's She The People column on politics and culture even blogged about the first lady's bangs and invited other prominent columnist to comment, including award-winning journalist, Mary C. Curtis.  While Curtis finds the whole discussion over Mrs. Obama's new 'do "silly", she does make a point that rings with truth: if she ever decides to rock an Afro or a natural look, prepare for war.

Natural hair can bring out the best and the worst in black women and their critics. It's a tortured, love-hate relationship fraught with psychological, cultural and even political implications dating back centuries.

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CNN Radio News Day: January 25, 2013
Thousands of Egyptian protestors gather for a demonstration in Cairo's landmark Tahrir Square on January 25, 2013.
January 25th, 2013
04:48 PM ET

CNN Radio News Day: January 25, 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.

  • In Egypt, Tahrir Square today looks almost the same as it did two years ago when violent clashes between protesters and police eventually led to the revolution that ended the reign of President Hosni Mubarak.  However, this time the object of much of the simmering rage is Mubarak's successor – democratically elected President Mohamed Morsy. While some in Tahrir Square Friday were celebrating the anniversary, many of the groups were made up of liberals, moderates and secularists who claim that Morsy and the Muslim Brotherhood have hijacked the revolution and its ideals:

"Look at the constitution. Is this a constitution for all people?" asks one protester.        FULL POST

January 25th, 2013
04:11 PM ET

Precious loss in the world of blues

By Tommy Andres, CNN

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

(CNN) – Precious Bryant rode a bus for the first time when she was 41 years old, and boarded her first plane just a few months later.

It was a brief glimpse of worldliness for a woman who spent nearly her entire life living with her son in a trailer in Talbot County, Georgia.

Precious grew up surrounded by music, singing in the church choir and learning guitar from her uncle, famed blues musician George Henry Bussey. It wasn't until folklorist and field recorder George Mitchell knocked on her door that anyone outside her town heard her play.


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CNN Profiles: Can this marriage save American politics?
CNN contributors, John Avlon and Margaret Hoover, photographed during Avlon's proposal to Hoover in 2008.
January 25th, 2013
12:06 PM ET

CNN Profiles: Can this marriage save American politics?

Hosted by Michael Schulder

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

(CNN) - On a cold November afternoon in 2008, in lower Manhattan, as HER candidate was serving his final weeks as President of the United States, HE was inspired.

He wasn't a Bush man. He is not a party guy at all.

And given the family she comes from, what was captured in this stunning photo was the inauguration of a political intermarriage.

Her family, the Hoovers, may have preferred a son-in-law from the party of her great-grandfather, Herbert.

But as often happens when people get to know each other, love trumps politics - or at least it takes the edge off.


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January 24th, 2013
06:29 PM ET

After death, great poet still speaks out on guns

By Nova Safo, CNN

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

Chicago, Illinois (CNN) - Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Carl Sandburg produced much of his writing in the 1910s and 1920s, while a journalist in Milwaukee and Chicago. Among his contributions to American culture was his descriptive phrase of Chicago, “City of Big Shoulders.”

A newly discovered poem, which had languished in Sandburg’s voluminous archives at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, seems as if it could have been written today. It vividly portrays the author’s feelings toward guns in stark and powerful language.

Considering the current gun debate, university officials felt the poem was so relevant that they released it to the public.

[3:04] “Given the nature of that poem and how much it applies to current events, I really consider it a great find,”

said George Hendrick, professor emeritus of English at the University of Illinois, who spent decades acquiring the Sandburg collection.


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