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New Cuba Policy Stirs Caribbean Memories

Sunday, December 21, 2014

For NPR's Carline Watson, the U.S. policy shift toward Cuba is more than a news story; it closes an important chapter in her personal history.

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All Things Considered

This Season, Broadway Hits The Big Screen — Twice

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Two movies this holiday season are adaptations of Broadway musicals. NPR's Arun Rath talks with arts critic Bob Mondello and pop culture blogger Linda Holmes about Annie and Into The Woods.

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Despite Its Beauty, Cuba Isn't Quite Ready For Tourists

Saturday, December 20, 2014

When NPR's Scott Simon has visited Cuba, he saw two economies — one for tourists and one for residents. He reflects on whether the thaw between the U.S. and Cuba can really transform that country.

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The Africa I Know Isn't The Africa In The Headlines Today

Saturday, December 20, 2014

In 1990, our commentator visited Africa and fell in love with the energy and dreams of its people. Today he sees a land full of promise. But Ebola has revived the image of Africa in chaos.

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Antarctic Holiday: A Christmas Feast In The Loneliest Spot On Earth

Saturday, December 20, 2014

For Dr. Gavin Francis, Christmas Eve marked the start of a year-long stay in an icy research base 8,700 miles from home. In this "empire of ice and isolation," he says, food is essential to morale.

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'Rum, Rumba, And Romance': A Book On Cuba's Enduring Mystique

Friday, December 19, 2014

This week, President Obama announced that he will begin to normalize relations with Cuba. Cuban-American writer Richard Blanco recommends a book about Cuba's imprint on the American imagination.

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All Things Considered

Week In Politics: Jeb Bush, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Cuba

Friday, December 19, 2014

Melissa Block speaks with E.J. Dionne of The Washington Post and David Brooks of the New York Times about Jeb Bush, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Cuba and the president's year-end news conference.

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Evidence That Chimpanzee Moms Can Be Sneaky, Too

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Maternal love among chimpanzees is abundant, says commentator Barbara J. King. But things can take an unexpected turn, as in this short video when a mom covets her son's nut-cracking tools.

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Black Holes And Our Cosmic Future

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Commentator Marcelo Gleiser says that while he enjoys sci-fi speculation like most people, he also thinks there is a chance, in viewing recent films, to learn something about ourselves and our planet.

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Morning Edition

What's A Sportsman Anyway?

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Commentator Frank Deford says awards for sportsmanship seem archaic. These days, he says, we're more likely to talk about unsportsmanlike conduct.

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Successful Tech Requires An Old-Fashioned Skill: Organizing People

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Learning how to code may be the hot thing to do right now, but it's not enough, argues contributor Catherine Bracy. What successful tech companies do best is organize people toward similar goals.

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Seeing Heaven: The Beauty of Cosmigraphics

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

If you were asked to picture the universe, you might conjure up images of stars and swirling galaxies. Commentator Adam Frank says one new book succeeds in showing you what past generations imagined.

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The Math And Science Of Latkes

Monday, December 15, 2014

This holiday season, be sure to reflect on important questions. Commentator Tania Lombrozo elucidates what latkes and hamantaschen can tell us about math, science and the Common Core.

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Outrage Over Chinese Takeout Brings To Mind A Maxim

Saturday, December 13, 2014

When Ben Edelman was overcharged for his takeout, he threatened legal action. After the story went viral, he apologized. It made NPR's Scott Simon wonder if it might be better to be wise than right.

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All Things Considered

The Ethics Of Torture, Explored In A Painful Fable

Friday, December 12, 2014

This week, the Senate released a report that details the interrogation techniques used by the CIA after Sept. 11. Author Laila Lalami grapples with the questions it raises by turning to literature.

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All Things Considered

Week In Politics: Senate 'Torture Report,' Spending Bill

Friday, December 12, 2014

Robert Siegel speaks with political commentators, E.J. Dionne of The Washington Post and David Brooks of the New York Times about the fallout of the report on CIA's use of harsh interrogation practices and the ongoing debate over the spending bill.

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Do People Like To Think?

Friday, December 12, 2014

Commentator Alva Noë considers a widely discussed study — and debate that has ensued — showing that we'd rather get shocked with electricity than spend time alone with our own thoughts.

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Morning Edition

Memories Of An Ironworker On The Verrazano-Narrows Bridge

Friday, December 12, 2014

To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the opening of the New York landmark, we hear from Bob Walsh, a builder who worked on the structure, and writer Gay Talese, who chronicled its construction.

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In Transgender Teen's Fight, Echoes Of Others

Thursday, December 11, 2014

An explosive case in her own rural Virginia community leads anthropologist Barbara J. King to explore the role of local school boards in protecting — and promoting — transgender teens' rights.

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Fresh Air

Feeling Watched? 'God View' Is Geoff Nunberg's Word Of The Year

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Uber's "God view" shows a map of the cars in an area and the silhouettes of the people who ordered them. Linguist Geoff Nunberg says Uber-Santa doesn't just know when you've been sleeping, but where.

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