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Ready To Hit The Cuban Beach? Americans Still Have To Wait

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Travel to Cuba for business or education will be much easier as the U.S. eases restrictions, but until the embargo is completely lifted, going to Cuba simply for tourism still won't be allowed.

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North Korea Has An Interesting Offer. And Another Threat

Saturday, December 20, 2014

The secretive regime denies any involvement with the Sony Pictures hack and says the U.S. must allow it to help find the real culprit. Or else.

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WNYC News

American Credit Cards in Cuba?

Saturday, December 20, 2014

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WNYC's Julia Longoria talks to frequent visitors to Cuba about what the new regulations might mean — and what's still missing.

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On The Media

On Letterman, Colbert, and America

Friday, December 19, 2014

Thursday, December 18th, marked the final episode of the Colbert Report, and the end of Stephen Colbert's fake pundit character. Brooke and Bob bid them both farewell. 

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The New Yorker: Political Scene

A New Cuba

Friday, December 19, 2014

“There had been eighteen months of secret negotiations, seven meetings that took place in Canada, under the good offices of the Canadian government, and also by Pope Francis in the Vatican, to help make this happen,” Jon Lee Anderson says about the restoration of diplomatic relations with Cuba. Anderson joins his fellow New Yorker staff writer Evan Osnos and host Dorothy Wickenden on this week’s Political Scene podcast to talk about the new relationship between the two nations. They discuss the differences between Raúl and Fidel Castro that made the agreement possible, the impact that Marco Rubio’s opposition could have on his Presidential campaign, and the diplomatic lessons we can draw from U.S.-China relations. “China today is still a one-party state. It’s not like Cuba is going to wake up next year and suddenly have freedom of expression, freedom of worship, rule of law, judicial independence, human-rights protections,” says Osnos. “We will still represent an oppositional political culture that is not going to be relieved just because we have this new, much more open economic relationship.”

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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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Obama Says 'James Flacco.' The Internet Says, Thank You

Friday, December 19, 2014

It was an honest mistake. But when President Obama said "James Flacco" when referring to James Franco — on a Friday before the holidays, no less — the slip was eagerly received online.

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All Things Considered

Obama Says Sony Made A 'Mistake' In Cancelling 'The Interview'

Friday, December 19, 2014

President Obama said Sony made a mistake by pulling the movie North Korea opposed and promised a U.S. response to North Korea's actions in the cyber attack against the company.

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All Things Considered

Sentenced For Life, Inmate Still Holds Hope For Release

Friday, December 19, 2014

David Padilla is one of thousands of people sentenced under tough drug laws who are spending life in prison. Now the Clemency Project 2014 promises pardons or early release for some offenders.

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Obama's Wide-Ranging, Year-End News Conference

Friday, December 19, 2014

The president discussed issues ranging from normalization of relations with Cuba to Sony Pictures' decision to cancel release of the film 'The Interview' after a North Korean hack attack.

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Advocacy Groups Tell Lawmakers To Back Off

Friday, December 19, 2014

Three groups from across ideological lines say a congressional investigation into ties between the EPA and the Natural Resources Defense Council seems intended to intimidate.

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Education Dept. Issues Framework For New College Rating System

Friday, December 19, 2014

The draft plan indicates that such factors as access, affordability and student outcomes will be key to the system first announced by President Obama in 2013.

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TED Radio Hour

Is It Enough To Be Politically Correct?

Friday, December 19, 2014

Political pundit Sally Kohn says we shouldn't worry as much about being politically correct; instead, she says, we need to focus on being emotionally correct.

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The Takeaway

Hollywood 'Cowardice' & Washington's Dilemma

Friday, December 19, 2014

Sony Pictures canceled "The Interview" after the company's systems were hack. The U.S. says North Korea was "centrally involved," but has yet to formally accuse the nation.

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3 Business Best-Sellers Show Inequality Is Now The Hot Topic

Friday, December 19, 2014

Many business books try to help you get rich quick. But three of 2014's biggest sellers focused on unfairness and inequality. Economists say expect more: Books on inequality are riding a huge wave.

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Morning Edition

Cuban-American Congressional Leaders Vow To Fight Obama's Proposals

Friday, December 19, 2014

A day after the president's announcement that he wants to normalize relations with Cuba, Cuban-American congressional leaders came together in Miami to condemn it as appeasement of a Communist regime.

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Slate Political Gabfest

The "Why Close Guantanamo When You Can Open Havana?" Edition

Friday, December 19, 2014

David Plotz, Emily Bazelon, and John Dickerson discuss the thawing of relations between the U.S. and Cuba with guest Will Dobson. They also talk about Jeb Bush's possible, potential, probable presidential run and Slate's Year of Outrage.

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The Takeaway

Today's Takeaways: Hollywood 'Cowardice,' Alt-Christmas Music, A Journey With Cancer

Friday, December 19, 2014

The Takeaway explores what "The Interview" means for modern cyber warfare, we hear some of the best alternative Christmas songs, and we hear from the women of "Under Her Skin."

Money Talking

Back to the Future – Cold War Style

Friday, December 19, 2014

If you miss nuclear standoffs and assassination plots, this was your week. A cast of Cold War foes dominated the news cycle. And now the U.S. needs to figure out what's at stake. 

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Two Of Colorado's Neighbors Sue State Over Marijuana Law

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Nebraska and Oklahoma have filed a lawsuit against Colorado with the U.S. Supreme Court, saying that its law legalizing marijuana isn't constitutional.

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