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In Memory Of 2014: Jazz Night Looks Back

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 11:15pm

This year marked the passing of legends like Charlie Haden, Horace Silver and Gerald Wilson. Hear their great live performances from the vault, and highlights remembrances from loved ones.

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S.C. Judge Says Boy, 14, Shouldn't Have Been Executed

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 8:11pm

In her ruling, Circuit Judge Carmen Mullen wrote that she found that "fundamental, Constitutional violations of due process exist in the 1944 prosecution of George Stinney, Jr."

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The U.S. Says North Korea Ordered The Sony Hack. How Do We Respond?

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 8:04pm

The cyberattack successfully achieved its unusually public goals. The question, reporter David Sanger says, is how the United States can punish what already is the world's most-sanctioned nation.

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Catherine Russell On Mountain Stage

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 7:40pm

Russell, a highly regarded jazz and blues singer, has a voice that transcends genres.

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U.S. Officials Believe North Korea Was Behind Sony Hack

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 6:39pm

The recent attack on Sony Pictures' computer network that resulted in a flood of confidential data has its origins in North Korea, U.S. intelligence officials say.

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Episode 590: The Planet Money Workout

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 6:37pm

Today on the show, the mind games that gyms play with you. From design to pricing to free bagels, gyms want to be a product that everyone buys, but no one actually uses.

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Satanist And Christian Holiday Displays To Go Up At Michigan Capitol

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 6:16pm

The situation has brought controversy — and energized Christians who realized that a planned Nativity scene was in danger of being canceled.

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Sony Cancels Theatrical Release Of 'The Interview'

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 5:18pm

Sony Pictures decided to cancel the release after several big theater chains opted to drop the movie from their line up. The Interview is a comedy centered on a plot to kill the leader of North Korea.

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U.S. Deal May Not Change Life Much For Everyday Cubans

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 4:16pm

Melissa Block talks to Steve Wicary, a freelance journalist based in Havana, about reactions on the ground in Cuba, to the announcement that the U.S. and Cuba will normalize relations.

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Sen. Marco Rubio: Obama's Cuba Deal Is Bad Foreign Policy

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 4:07pm

We hear Cuban-American reaction and some of what Cuban President Raul Castro had to say today.

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Japan's Butter Shortage Whips Its Cake Makers Into A Frenzy

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 3:53pm

For the Japanese, Christmastime means sponge cake. But a nationwide butter shortage has lead to mandatory butter rationing, forcing cake bakers to seek out substitutes.

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Fed: Interest Rates Could Rise As Early As May 2015

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 3:45pm

After a two-day meeting, Federal Reserve policymakers say they will be "patient" before starting to raise interest rates from historically low levels.

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Rep. Van Hollen: Alan Gross' Release A 'Miraculous' Moment

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 3:35pm

Melissa Block talks to Democratic Congressman Chris Van Hollen of Maryland about the release of Alan Gross. Van Hollen is one of the lawmakers who flew to Cuba to bring Gross back to the U.S.

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Obama Issues 12 Pardons, Commutes 8 Sentences

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 3:34pm

President Obama commuted the prison sentences of eight people who were convicted of drug-related crimes Wednesday, in a move that also saw 12 presidential pardons issued.

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Pakistani Editorial Calls For Unified Strategy Against Extremists

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 3:32pm

Melissa Block talks to Zaffar Abbas, editor of the Dawn newspaper, about calling on the Pakistani government to take a tough unified strategy against Islamic extremism and terror groups.

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Alan Gross' Release: How It Went Down

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 3:31pm

American Alan Gross had spent more than five years in a Cuban prison where he suffered ill health. Then, on Tuesday, his lawyer, Scott Gilbert, told him in a phone call that he was going home.

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Weekly Innovation: Nonstick Coating Helps Ketchup Slide Out

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 3:22pm

LiquiGlide is a coating that helps that last bit of ketchup or mustard slide out easily without shaking or squeezing the bottle. Now, the company is expanding to other kinds of uses and industries.

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Major Movie Theater Chains Drop 'The Interview' After Threats

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 3:15pm

Audie Cornish talks with LA Times Hollywood Editor Joe Bel Bruno about the latest surrounding hacker threats to Sony and theaters showing the film, The Interview.

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Some Cuban-Americans Angry With Release Of Spies

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 3:14pm

We hear reaction from Miami's Cuban-American community on announced changes to U.S. policy toward the island.

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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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