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Author Of 'Clifford' Children's Books Dies At 86

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 3:11pm

The creator of Clifford The Big, Red Dog died last Friday . Norman Bridwell wrote about 150 Clifford books that were translated into 13 languages and sold nearly 130 million copies.

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Letters: How Parents Talk To Boys About Sex And Consent

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 3:11pm

Melissa Block and Audie Cornish read emails from listeners about how parents talk to boys about sex and consent and a strong storm that hit California.

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From White House's Perspective, Cuban Embargo Hasn't Worked

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 3:11pm

The U.S. broke off relations with Cuba the year President Obama was born. Now, he's trying a different approach having resolved one issue — the jailing of a U.S. aid worker.

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Shift In U.S.-Cuba Relationship Comes After 55 Years Of Tension

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 3:11pm

We look back over the more than 50 years the U.S. has had an antagonistic relationship with the Cuban government.

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What Happens After You Get That Mammogram

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 2:47pm

What are the odds that you'll get a false positive when you get a mammogram? How likely is it that it will detect cancer? Here's one way to look at it.

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Hailu Mergia On World Cafe

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 2:37pm

Hailu Mergia, a keyboard player and Ethiopian music star who lives in the U.S., will get you anywhere you need to go in our nation's capital.

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Major Theater Chains Won't Screen 'The Interview' Amid Threats

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 2:23pm

News reports say Regal, AMC, Cinemark, Carmike and Cineplex will not screen the comedy starring Seth Rogen and James Franco. The decision deals a blow to the film, which cost $44 million to make.

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David Dye's Top 10 Albums Of 2014

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 2:00pm

The World Cafe host's favorite albums from this year abide by his mantra: they put good songs first, and present them simply and authentically.

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Alan Gross, U.S. Contractor Freed By Cuba, Says 'It's Good To Be Home'

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 1:38pm

Havana freed Gross, who spent five years in a Cuban prison, as a humanitarian gesture. The former USAID contractor said he hoped the U.S. and Cuba move past their "mutually belligerent" policies.

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PHOTO: The Meaning in a Phone Call

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 1:29pm

A conversation between Presidents Obama and Castro preceded a plan to normalize diplomatic relations between historical foes.

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The U.S. And Cuba: A Brief History Of A Tortured Relationship

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 1:09pm

The stalemate has outlasted 10 U.S. presidents, a failed invasion, a nuclear crisis and countless boatloads of Cuban asylum seekers. All that changed on Wednesday.

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Inside The Lives Of Chinese Restaurant Workers

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 12:50pm

Atticus Lish's novel and a recent New Yorker article have thrown a spotlight onto the plight of the workers in Chinese restaurants.

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Atticus Lish's 'Preparation For The Next Life'

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 12:40pm

The author's debut novel centers on an unlikely romance between an Iraq veteran and a Uyghur from China.

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School Tries To Help Students By Coaching Parents

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 12:35pm

Pasadena schools are hosting "charlas" or chats where parents can learn tips on how to prepare their children for college.

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Prisoner Exchange With Cuba Led To Freedom For Top U.S. Intelligence Agent

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 12:31pm

President Obama called the unnamed man "one of the most important intelligence agents that the United States has ever had in Cuba." The agent spent nearly two decades in a Cuban prison.

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Managed Care Plans Make Progress In Erasing Racial Disparities

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 12:30pm

Though blacks still lag whites nationwide in health, disparities have been largely eliminated in the western states, a study finds. Kaiser Permanente's Medicare HMOs did best on that.

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New Cuba Policy Is Met With Cheers And Jeers On Both Sides Of The Aisle

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 12:26pm

Sen. Marco Rubio and other prominent Cuban-American lawmakers issued blistering rebukes of plans to normalize diplomatic relations with Cuba.

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'Saving Private Ryan' Among Films Being Preserved

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 12:25pm

The 25 movies being inducted this year into the National Film Registry for long-term preservation span the years 1913 to 2004.

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Poll Results: Listeners Pick Their Favorite Albums of 2014

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 12:25pm

The results are in! St. Vincent's self-titled album was by far the most popular record in our listener poll for the best music of 2014. On this week's show we count down the Top 25.

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Between World Wars, Gay Culture Flourished In Berlin

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 12:12pm

In Gay Berlin, Robert Beachy describes the rise of a gay subculture in the 1920s and '30s, how it contributed to our understanding of gay identity and how it was eradicated by the Nazis.

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