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U.N. Reports More Than 7,000 Ebola Deaths Since March

Sat, 12/20/2014 - 11:58am

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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Despite Its Beauty, Cuba Isn't Quite Ready For Tourists

Sat, 12/20/2014 - 9:56am

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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Hollywood Pros Fear A Chilling Effect After Sony Bows To Hackers

Sat, 12/20/2014 - 9:53am

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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Prediction

Sat, 12/20/2014 - 9:38am

Our panelists predict who will be appointed as Ambassador to Cuba.

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Lightning Fill In The Blank

Sat, 12/20/2014 - 9:38am

All the news we couldn't fit anywhere else.

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Limericks

Sat, 12/20/2014 - 9:38am

Bill reads three news-related limericks: Snack Attack Prevention; A Martian Belch; Kringle's Informal Wear.

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Panel Round Two

Sat, 12/20/2014 - 9:38am

More questions for the panel: Global Jazzercise; Minnie Wintour; Hands at 10 and 2.

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Bluff The Listener

Sat, 12/20/2014 - 9:38am

Our panelists tell three stories about someone ignoring all the warning signs while reaching for the stars, only one of which is true.

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Panel Round One

Sat, 12/20/2014 - 9:38am

Our panelists answer questions about the week's news: Inoffensive Tackle.

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Who's Bill This Time

Sat, 12/20/2014 - 9:38am

Bill Kurtis reads three quotes from the week's news: Hooray For Havana; The Third Bush; That's Entertainment.

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Not My Job: Comedian Jenny Slate Gets Quizzed On Jennifer Lopez

Sat, 12/20/2014 - 9:38am

Slate has rocketed to fame with her online film series Marcel the Shell with Shoes On and the movie Obvious Child — but there are some other famous Jennifers out there ...

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4 Gitmo Prisoners Released For Return To Afghanistan

Sat, 12/20/2014 - 9:25am

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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Before Google ... Who Knew?

Sat, 12/20/2014 - 9:11am

Search engines come and go, but the reference librarian abides.

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Russia Says It Won't 'Cave In' To New Western Sanctions

Sat, 12/20/2014 - 8:48am

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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A Snail So Hardcore It's Named After A Punk Rocker

Sat, 12/20/2014 - 8:13am

Inspired by the snails' spiky shells and acid-loving nature, researchers named the new species Alviconcha strummeri, after Clash frontman Joe Strummer.

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Fresh Air Weekend: Timothy Spall, Review Of D'Angelo's 'Black Messiah,' John Cleese

Sat, 12/20/2014 - 8:03am

Spall plays J.M.W. Turner in the new film Mr. Turner; Ken Tucker says Black Messiah is as adventurous as any fan could hope for; Cleese'smemoir, So, Anyway..., covers his boyhood and early career.

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'Going There' in 2014

Sat, 12/20/2014 - 8:03am

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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North Korea Has An Interesting Offer. And Another Threat

Sat, 12/20/2014 - 7:40am

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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Lucinda Williams: Tiny Desk Concert

Sat, 12/20/2014 - 7:03am

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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The 10 Best Electronic Albums Of 2014

Sat, 12/20/2014 - 7:03am

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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