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Kurdish Troops Free Yazidis, But Major Battles Remain

Sat, 12/20/2014 - 6:33am

With the help of U.S. air strikes, Iraqi Kurdish forces have made significant advances against the self-proclaimed Islamic State, or ISIS.

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Youth Who Led Tunisia's Uprising Find Themselves Sidelined

Sat, 12/20/2014 - 6:33am

The Arab Spring began in Tunisia in 2011 with the ousting of a dictator. But youth in that country are unenthused about elections on Sunday.

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Gentlefolk All, Survive Your Holidays With Help From Chaucer

Sat, 12/20/2014 - 6:03am

Who better to help you through the stresses and strains of a modern Christmas than a 14th-century English poet? Yes, Geoffrey Chaucer is online now, and he's here for all your holiday advice needs.

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

Sat, 12/20/2014 - 6:03am

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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Sondheim's Songs Go 'Into The Woods' And Onto The Big Screen

Sat, 12/20/2014 - 4:30am

Director Rob Marshall is no stranger to the movie musical — and now, he's taking on the challenge of adapting Stephen Sondheim's knotty, complicated songs to the big screen with Into the Woods.

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Tech Week: Sony's Cyber Woes, And A Coating To Ease Ketchup's Flow

Sat, 12/20/2014 - 4:28am

In our weekly roundup of tech headlines, we get you up-to-date on Sony's troubles after North Korea targeted its film The Interview, and tell you a community organizer's advice for tech companies.

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At One Retirement Home, Residents Run A TV Channel

Sat, 12/20/2014 - 4:23am

The show must go on, as they say in the business. That's especially true at one Los Angeles retirement community, where old industry pros keep busy by producing TV shows for their contemporaries.

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

Sat, 12/20/2014 - 4:16am

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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Episode 591: War? What War?

Fri, 12/19/2014 - 7:46pm

Today on the show, the revolution in Ukraine was supposed to make the country a better place for Western investment. But it ended up sparking a war that is scaring that investment away.

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Supreme Court Clears Way For Same-Sex Marriages In Florida

Fri, 12/19/2014 - 6:50pm

The Supreme Court declined to extend a stay on a ruling by U.S. District Judge Robert L. Hinkle, who said in August that Florida's 2008 ban is unconstitutional. The stay expires in January.

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Restoring Diplomatic Relations With Cuba Is A Complicated Process

Fri, 12/19/2014 - 5:57pm

Melissa Block talks to Roberta Jacobson, assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs, about the first steps toward restoring diplomatic relations between the U.S. and Cuba.

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

Fri, 12/19/2014 - 5:33pm

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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CEO Says Sony Pictures 'Did Not Capitulate,' Is Exploring Options

Fri, 12/19/2014 - 5:03pm

Melissa Block talks to Sony Pictures CEO Michael Lynton about the cyber attack against his company and the cancellation of the Christmas Day release of The Interview.

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Troubled By Grand Jury Verdicts, Students Request More Time For Exams

Fri, 12/19/2014 - 4:58pm

Students at several law schools say events in Ferguson and New York have left them too upset to study. Others are more concerned about how the extra study time will affect the grading curve.

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Amy LaVere On Mountain Stage

Fri, 12/19/2014 - 4:35pm

The bassist and singer based her latest album on memories of running away from home as a teenager.

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

Fri, 12/19/2014 - 4:21pm

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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The Fate Of The Administration's College Ratings

Fri, 12/19/2014 - 4:04pm

Some say a vaunted attempt to improve the quality of colleges is dead on arrival. Let's find out why.

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Cubans Eager For More Economic Investment

Fri, 12/19/2014 - 4:03pm

We have Cuban reaction to the move toward normalization of ties between the country and the U.S.

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CDC Head: Key Interventions Have Slowed Ebola's Spread

Fri, 12/19/2014 - 4:00pm

Melissa Block talks to Dr. Thomas Frieden, director of the Centers For Disease Control And Prevention, who is completing a tour of the West African nations most deeply affected by the Ebola outbreak.

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New EPA Standards Label Toxic Coal Ash Non-Hazardous

Fri, 12/19/2014 - 3:50pm

Environmental groups had sought to have coal ash, a byproduct of coal-fired power plants, regulated as hazardous waste.

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