February 3rd, 2013
10:14 PM ET

Northern Mali: next Tora Bora?

By Emma Lacey-Bordeaux, CNN

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As militants flee towns they once ruled in northern Mali, stories of their brutality are trickling out. Lindsey Hilsum, a reporter for Britain's Channel 4, spoke to a man who was accused of stealing a motorbike.

[:38] "He used to dig gravel for construction companies he said. Before they cut off his hand."

But amid that horror, there's real progress. French and African forces have driven the militants, some allied with an al Qaeda affiliate, from several major towns.

Dr. Dave Sloggett is a security consultant with IHS Global Insight:

[2:14 ] "Any historian of desert warfare knows the operation thus far in Mali is following a classic pattern."

Dr. Sloggett says the pattern involves quick success from the air and then more of a slow grind on the ground. Experts from IHS recently held a call to share their research on what's happened in Mali thus far and where the situation may go from here.

Listen to the full story to hear why some compare parts of northern Mali to the treacherous Tora Bora region of Afghanistan.

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Sunday Playlist: Sexism and Lookie Loos
German Chancellor Angela Merkel embraces French President Francois Hollande. This week sexism in politics became a hot topic in Germany, even though a woman runs the country.
February 3rd, 2013
06:00 AM ET

Sunday Playlist: Sexism and Lookie Loos

By Susanna Capelouto, 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 week sexism was big news in Germany after publication of an article by a female reporter who told readers of a sexist encounter with a high ranking politician. He commented to her that she could "fill out a dirndl." The dirndl is the Bavarian dress famously worn by waitresses during the Oktoberfest. Here's an interview on the subject from Deutsche Welle, Germany.


  • I never knew what a lookie loo really does until I heard this story from Marketplace. It's full of surprises and will introduce you to a new hobby.


  • And finally, from the West Midlands Police in Great Britain comes this short tale of a woman who's so desperate to get her computer going, she calls the police. Very entertaining.


Your CNN Radio Team

CNN Radio News Day: February 1, 2013
People stand outside the entrance of the US Embassy in Ankara just after a blast on February 1, 2013.
February 1st, 2013
04:34 PM ET

CNN Radio News Day: February 1, 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.

  • A suicide bomber set-off explosives at the U.S. embassy compound in Ankara, Turkey Friday. U.S. officials are calling the blast a terrorist attack, which killed the bomber along with a Turkish security guard working at the gate. A journalist was wounded and is in critical condition. CNN's Ivan Watson says the suspect is identified as a member of an outlawed leftist terror group:

" There is no shortage of groups inside Turkey who have an ax to grind, against either or both, the U.S. and Turkish governments."       

  • The Baltimore Ravens play in the Super Bowl this weekend. They're one of many examples in sports history of teams that relocated from another city. There could be another entry soon, as the NBA's Sacramento Kings are rumored to be headed to Seattle. Franchises moving, or threatening to move, is a long-standing tradition. Neil deMause writes about sports business and co-authored the book 'Field of Schemes.'  He says there's plenty of calculation behind team owners' threats to relocate:

"One of the ways that you can increase profits is by getting somebody else to build you a new arena or stadium. And one way that the team owners have found success at doing that is to threaten to move." FULL POST

February 1st, 2013
10:00 AM ET

Looking for a better stadium deal

By Edgar Treiguts, CNN

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

(CNN) - This Sunday, the Baltimore Ravens face the San Francisco 49ers in the Super Bowl. The Ravens are just one of many examples in professional sports of franchises that pulled up roots and relocated.

The Ravens are the old Cleveland Browns, who left Ohio in 1996 for Baltimore and changed their name.

Franchises have threatened to move until getting what they wanted from their home city. And that trend is likely to continue.


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February 1st, 2013
06:56 AM ET

CNN Profiles: 'Blind Side' mom goes to the Super Bowl

Hosted by Michael Schulder

Follow Michael at: www.wavemaker.me

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(CNN) - Leigh Anne Touhy is not Sandra Bullock. Touhy is the real thing.

Nothing against Bullock. She deserved her Oscar for best actress in the film adaptation of Michael Lewis’s football masterpiece, The Blind Side.

But Leigh Anne Touhy, as you’ll discover if you listen to our conversation on this edition of CNN Profiles, is bigger than the big screen. Even on radio.

The movie, The Blind Side, focused on the decision by Touhy and her white Memphis family to adopt a teenage African-American boy from a housing project called, Hurt Village.

Sunday, Touhy’s adopted son, Michael Oher, will be playing in his first Super Bowl. Number 74. Baltimore Ravens.


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