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December 20, 2014 | NPR · As the U.S. opens up to Cuban exports, David Savona of Cigar Aficionado magazine tells NPR’s Arun Rath how it will affect the market for Cuban cigars.
 

December 20, 2014 | NPR · After President Obama’s announcement of dramatic changes to U.S. relations with Cuba, NPR’s Arun Rath speaks with correspondent Carrie Kahn in Havana about how that country has reacted to the news.
 

December 20, 2014 | NPR · One family is at the center of Colombia’s first legal abortion clinic. NPR’s Arun Rath talks to Joshua Lang about his feature story on the family in California Sunday magazine.
 

December 20, 2014 | NPR · The brutal killing of more than 130 children by the Taliban in Pakistan shocked the world this week. The Guardian newspaper’s Jon Boone tells NPR’s Arun Rath that this could be a watershed.
 

December 20, 2014 | NPR · The controversy around The Interview is a top story in the U.S., but those in North Korea have no knowledge of the film. NPR’s Arun Rath talks with Washington Post Tokyo bureau chief Anna Fifield.
 

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December 20, 2014 | NPR · The World Health Organization has added nearly 400 more deaths from the current outbreak since its last report earlier this week.
 

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December 20, 2014 | NPR · When NPR’s Scott Simon has visited Cuba, he saw two economies — one for tourists and one for residents. He reflects on whether the thaw between the U.S. and Cuba can really transform that country.
 

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December 20, 2014 | NPR · The inmates were sent home on a request from the new Afghan president, Ashraf Ghani. It is the latest in a series of moves to draw down the prison population by sending prisoners abroad.
 

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December 20, 2014 | NPR · The reaction comes after President Obama signed an executive order on Friday slapping economic sanctions on Crimea, a day after the EU approved similar measures.
 

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December 20, 2014 | NPR · The secretive regime denies any involvement with the Sony Pictures hack and says the U.S. must allow it to help find the real culprit. Or else.
 

 

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December 20, 2014 | NPR · The two officers were shot inside of their marked patrol car in Brooklyn. The suspected gunman has died of a self-inflicted gunshot.
 

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December 20, 2014 | NPR · An analyst from GasBuddy.com says 24 states have at least one station with the price per gallon at $1.99 or less.
 

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December 20, 2014 | NPR · He flew nearly 150 missions and was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, but after the war, Steward returned home and was denied a mortgage because of his skin color.
 

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December 20, 2014 | OZY · Rising temperatures have hastened harvest dates in Sonoma County — and they’re changing grape-growing patterns around the world. Vineyards are responding with everything from sunscreen to sensors.
 

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December 20, 2014 | NPR · Mark Bailey, who detailed old Hollywood’s legendary love affair with liquor in his book Of All the Gin Joints, shares stories from a bygone era over cocktails at a legendary Hollywood bar.
 

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December 20, 2014 | NPR · Some in the entertainment industry are wondering if they’ll have to be careful now about the stories they tell or the jokes they make in the wake of Sony’s withdrawal of The Interview.
 

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December 20, 2014 | NPR · Michel Martin has spent much of the last few months on the road, and she has been moved by the people she’s met and the stories they’ve shared with her. She remembers her ‘Top 5′ moments of 2014.
 

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December 20, 2014 | NPR · She came to the desk a little unsure, and left singing “West Memphis” with intensity and passion. Williams has a voice like no other, and it shines in these intimate moments.
 

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December 20, 2014 | NPR · From Aphex Twin’s unmistakable return to Leon Vynehall’s emotional faculty with samples, distinctive voices dominate the list of electronic albums that made an impression this year.
 

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