Politics

December 19, 2014 | NPR · Many business books try to help you get rich quick. But three of 2014′s biggest sellers focused on unfairness and inequality. Economists say expect more: Books on inequality are riding a huge wave.
 

December 19, 2014 | NPR · A day after the president’s announcement that he wants to normalize relations with Cuba, Cuban-American congressional leaders came together in Miami to condemn it as appeasement of a Communist regime.
 

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December 18, 2014 | NPR · Nebraska and Oklahoma have filed a lawsuit against Colorado with the U.S. Supreme Court, saying that its law legalizing marijuana isn’t constitutional.
 

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December 18, 2014 | NPR · An independent review panel calls for changes ranging from a better fence at the White House to a new approach to training and leadership within the Secret Service.
 

December 18, 2014 | NPR · President Obama is re-opening diplomatic ties to Cuba, and easing restrictions on travel and commerce. A day after that historic announcement, we look at what it actually means for would be travelers and exporters.
 

December 18, 2014 | NPR · President Obama’s action to begin normalizing relations with Cuba has drawn harsh criticism from members of Congress in both parties. One of those critics is Rep. Albio Sires, who was born in Cuba.
 

December 18, 2014 | NPR · In re-opening ties with Cuba, the president follows through on strategy he outlined during his first White House campaign. He believes engagement with Cuba is a more powerful tool than isolation.
 

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December 18, 2014 | NPR · The head of the government agency that screens airline passengers is winding down his duties. John Pistole reflects on the TSA’s move away from a one-size-fits-all approach.
 

December 18, 2014 | NPR · When he announced the release of Alan Gross and plans to resume diplomatic ties with Cuba, Obama also referenced Miami. Some Cuban Americans welcome the changes, others see the action as a betrayal.
 

Satanic Temple
December 17, 2014 | NPR · 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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December 19, 2014 | NPR · President Obama has a lot to talk about: From the recent protests in Ferguson to thawing relations with Cuba and Iran. Obama may also be asked about the cyber attack on Sony.
 

December 19, 2014 | NPR · A framework for measuring opportunity –and outcomes.
 

December 19, 2014 | NPR · Many business books try to help you get rich quick. But three of 2014′s biggest sellers focused on unfairness and inequality. Economists say expect more: Books on inequality are riding a huge wave.
 

Arts & Life

The Weinstein Company
December 19, 2014 | NPR · Walter Keane made his name with wistful paintings of big-eyed children — paintings actually done by his wife. Tim Burton directs and Amy Adams stars in Big Eyes, a new movie about the Keanes.
 

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December 19, 2014 | NPR · Pearl shares the books she loved this year that you might not have heard of. Her list includes a Hollywood satire, two thrillers, a young adult novel and a nonfiction book about World War I.
 

Film Movement
December 18, 2014 | NPR · The film If You Don’t, I Will has some strong dialogue and performances, but its tale of a marriage in peril sags too often in its recounting of the journey.
 

Music

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December 18, 2014 | WXPN · We speak with the head of Nacional Records about three essential latin alternative songs.
 

Courtesy of the artist
December 18, 2014 | WXPN · David Dye sits down with Andrew Savage and Austin Brown to discuss their prolific year.
 

December 18, 2014 | NPR · Cuban rhythms and melodies have been part of what’s been called the most American of art forms — jazz — ever since Jelly Roll Morton first heard them in the port of New Orleans and used them in his music. Josephine Baker performed in Cuba and Nat King Cole recorded there. But the revolution made cultural exchange all but impossible and even supposedly open-minded artists and musicians took sides.
 

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