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

3 hours 36 min ago

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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Hollywood Pros Fear A Chilling Effect After Sony Bows To Hackers

3 hours 39 min ago

Some in the entertainment industry are wondering if they'll have to be careful now about the stories they tell or the jokes they make in the wake of Sony's withdrawal of The Interview.

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Prediction

3 hours 54 min ago

Our panelists predict who will be appointed as Ambassador to Cuba.

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Lightning Fill In The Blank

3 hours 54 min ago

All the news we couldn't fit anywhere else.

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Limericks

3 hours 54 min ago

Bill reads three news-related limericks: Snack Attack Prevention; A Martian Belch; Kringle's Informal Wear.

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Panel Round Two

3 hours 54 min ago

More questions for the panel: Global Jazzercise; Minnie Wintour; Hands at 10 and 2.

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Bluff The Listener

3 hours 54 min ago

Our panelists tell three stories about someone ignoring all the warning signs while reaching for the stars, only one of which is true.

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Panel Round One

3 hours 54 min ago

Our panelists answer questions about the week's news: Inoffensive Tackle.

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Who's Bill This Time

3 hours 54 min ago

Bill Kurtis reads three quotes from the week's news: Hooray For Havana; The Third Bush; That's Entertainment.

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Not My Job: Comedian Jenny Slate Gets Quizzed On Jennifer Lopez

3 hours 54 min ago

Slate has rocketed to fame with her online film series Marcel the Shell with Shoes On and the movie Obvious Child — but there are some other famous Jennifers out there ...

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4 Gitmo Prisoners Released For Return To Afghanistan

4 hours 7 min ago

The inmates were sent home on a request from the new Afghan president, Ashraf Ghani. It is the latest in a series of moves to draw down the prison population by sending prisoners abroad.

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Before Google ... Who Knew?

4 hours 21 min ago

Search engines come and go, but the reference librarian abides.

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Russia Says It Won't 'Cave In' To New Western Sanctions

4 hours 43 min ago

The reaction comes after President Obama signed an executive order on Friday slapping economic sanctions on Crimea, a day after the EU approved similar measures.

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A Snail So Hardcore It's Named After A Punk Rocker

5 hours 18 min ago

Inspired by the snails' spiky shells and acid-loving nature, researchers named the new species Alviconcha strummeri, after Clash frontman Joe Strummer.

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Fresh Air Weekend: Timothy Spall, Review Of D'Angelo's 'Black Messiah,' John Cleese

5 hours 28 min ago

Spall plays J.M.W. Turner in the new film Mr. Turner; Ken Tucker says Black Messiah is as adventurous as any fan could hope for; Cleese'smemoir, So, Anyway..., covers his boyhood and early career.

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'Going There' in 2014

5 hours 28 min ago

Michel Martin has spent much of the last few months on the road, and she has been moved by the people she's met and the stories they've shared with her. She remembers her 'Top 5' moments of 2014.

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North Korea Has An Interesting Offer. And Another Threat

5 hours 52 min ago

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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Lucinda Williams: Tiny Desk Concert

6 hours 28 min ago

She came to the desk a little unsure, and left singing "West Memphis" with intensity and passion. Williams has a voice like no other, and it shines in these intimate moments.

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The 10 Best Electronic Albums Of 2014

6 hours 28 min ago

From Aphex Twin's unmistakable return to Leon Vynehall's emotional faculty with samples, distinctive voices dominate the list of electronic albums that made an impression this year.

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Twelve Weeks To A Six-Figure Job

6 hours 28 min ago

With that pitch, coder boot camps are poised to get much, much bigger. Is this a new education delivery system?

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