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Former Commerce Secretary Gutierrez Weighs In On Free Trade, Cuba

Wed, 11/30/2016 - 4:07am

Stave Inskeep talks to Carlos Gutierrez, who served as U.S. Secretary of Commerce under George W. Bush, who discusses the future of free trade and U.S.-Cuba relations under President-elect Donald Trump.

World Chess Championship Enters Sudden Death Round

Wed, 11/30/2016 - 4:07am

After two weeks of play, the World Championship of Chess is entering its final "sudden death" round. David Greene and Steve Inskeep report.

Rep. Keith Ellison On Why He Deserves To Be DNC Chairman

Wed, 11/30/2016 - 4:07am

Minnesota Rep. Keith Ellison — a favorite among some Democrats to become the next chairman of the Democratic National Committee — talks to David Greene about his party's losses this year.

Havana Hosts Massive Commemoration For Fidel Castro

Wed, 11/30/2016 - 4:07am

Mostly leftist world leaders joined Raul Castro in a ceremony in Havana commemorating the late Fidel Castro. Now an urn containing his ashes reverses the journey Castro took in 1959 in his march on Havana.

Complicated Feelings: 'The Little Fidel In All Of Us'

Wed, 11/30/2016 - 4:07am

David Greene talks to writer Achy Obejas about her "New York Times" opinion piece: "The Little Fidel in All of Us." It examines her complicated feelings about Fidel Castro.

Steve Mnuchin Expected To Lead Treasury In Trump Administration

Wed, 11/30/2016 - 4:07am

Steve Inskeep talks to David Wessel, director of the Hutchins Center at the Brookings Institution and a contributing correspondent to "The Wall Street Journal," about Steve Mnuchin.

Work On Trump Transition Continues

Wed, 11/30/2016 - 4:07am

David Greene talks to NPR's Scott Detrow about the transition to the Trump presidency.

What Food Stamps And Drunk Driving Stats Have To Do With Each Other

Wed, 11/30/2016 - 4:07am

Researchers have discovered that there are fewer drunk driving fatalities on days of the month when millions of Americans receive food stamps.

Tenn. Wildfire Forces Aquarium Staff To Evacuate; Animals Stay Behind

Wed, 11/30/2016 - 4:07am

Ripley's Aquarium in Gatlinburg, Tenn., is in the path of a wildfire that has consumed parts of the state. Workers were forced to evacuate the area, leaving behind thousands of animals. David Greene and Steve Inskeep report.

Sen. Flake Aims To Work With Trump On A Fix To Obamacare

Wed, 11/30/2016 - 4:07am

One of Donald Trump's greatest critics has been Republican Senator Jeff Flake of Arizona. Flake's job now is to help President-elect Trump fulfill his agenda in a GOP-led House and Senate.

Widow With 5 Children Turns To Full-Time Activism To Oust Mugabe

Wed, 11/30/2016 - 4:07am

Young Zimbabweans are riding social media to prominence as activists seeking President Robert Mugabe's ouster. We meet one: a former train driver, labor leader, widow and mother-turned-campaigner.

Supreme Court To Consider How Long Immigrants May Be Detained Without Bond Hearing

Wed, 11/30/2016 - 3:56am

The legal issue before the court tests whether people who are detained for more than six months have a right to a bond hearing. This involves permanent U.S. residents or people seeking asylum.

No, Fidel Castro Wasn't Nearly A New York Yankee

Wed, 11/30/2016 - 3:48am

The late Cuban dictator didn't try out for the New York team, says Adrian Burgos Jr., University of Illinois history professor. It's fun to contemplate this historical "What if?" but it's pure myth.

In A First, Spain's Prado Museum Puts The Spotlight On A Woman Artist

Wed, 11/30/2016 - 3:47am

Clara Peeters, a 17th century Flemish painter, hid tiny self-portraits in her still life paintings. She wasn't a household name, then or now, and just 40 or so of her paintings have survived.

Millions Of People Are Having An Easier Time Paying Medical Bills

Tue, 11/29/2016 - 11:02pm

The number of people who say they are struggling to pay medical bills has dropped by 13 million in the past five years, a study finds. An improving economy and the Affordable Care Act are why.

It's Never Too Late to Quit Smoking, Even In Your 60s

Tue, 11/29/2016 - 11:02pm

It's true that the earlier a smoker quits the better, but even people who quit in their 60s lowered their risk of death compared to those who kept puffing away.

Trump's Election Calls Attention To Electoral College And Small Federal Agency

Tue, 11/29/2016 - 10:16pm

The Electoral College is a process, not a place. In the wake of Trump's victory, the little-known agency that oversees it, the Office of the Federal Register, has been inundated with emails.

Romney Changes His Tune On Trump As President-Elect Weighs State Dept. Pick

Tue, 11/29/2016 - 9:58pm

The 2012 GOP presidential nominee praises the president-elect after the two dined in New York City. Romney blasted Trump as a "phony" and "fraud" during the campaign.

Carrier, Trump Reach Deal To Keep Manufacturing Jobs In U.S.

Tue, 11/29/2016 - 8:18pm

Roughly half of the jobs originally slated to move to Mexico will stay at the air-conditioning company's Indianapolis plan. Trump made the company's decision a major campaign talking point.

Pentagon Finds Human Errors Led To Strikes On Syrian Government-Aligned Troops

Tue, 11/29/2016 - 6:01pm

More than three dozen airstrikes hit what the coalition thought was an ISIS position in September. But they turned out to be killing troops loyal to the Syrian government, prompting an investigation.

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