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Incoming Congressman Says President's Move On Cuba Rewards Dictators

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 11:06am

Florida Republican Carlos Curbelo calls the policy change "reckless." His parents are Cuban exiles who fled Cuba in the 1960s.

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The Best Of 2014: Alt.Latino Listeners' Picks

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 11:01am

Listeners chime in with their own favorites, including Chicano Batman and Helado Negro.

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Death Comes In Many Different Ways. And Some Are A Bit Surprising

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 10:50am

A new report looks at the top causes of death in 188 countries. Infectious diseases are less of a threat than in 1990 but please, look both ways before you cross the street.

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California Whooping Cough Infections Run High Among Latino Babies

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 10:49am

Public health officials in California are trying to understand why Latino babies are contracting whooping cough at much higher rates than other babies.

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India Tests Crew Capsule, New Heavy-Lift Rocket

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 10:41am

An improved version of India's largest space-launch vehicle carried an unmanned crew capsule that was recovered after splashdown in the Andaman Sea.

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Montana Man Found Guilty Of Killing German Exchange Student

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 10:27am

Markus Kaarma shot 17-year-old Diren Dede, who had entered his garage, over the summer. The case was a test of the state's "castle doctrine," which says a man's home can be defended like his castle.

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Evidence That Chimpanzee Moms Can Be Sneaky, Too

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 10:24am

Maternal love among chimpanzees is abundant, says commentator Barbara J. King. But things can take an unexpected turn, as in this short video when a mom covets her son's nut-cracking tools.

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FIFA Begins Meeting After American Lawyer's Angry Resignation

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 9:55am

Soccer's governing body will, among other things, discuss preparations for the 2018 World Cup. But it's the resignation of Michael Garcia over his corruption report that is likely to draw attention.

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Book News: The Future of the Public Library May Lie in the Coffee Shop

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 9:42am

A long-awaited review of public libraries in the U.K. calls for them to expand digital services and offer a "retail-standard environment" akin to coffee shops.

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Is Your State Ready For The Next Infectious Outbreak? Probably Not

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 9:30am

Public health has a way of slipping off the radar when people aren't scared about Ebola or anthrax. But that doesn't mean the threats go away. And most states aren't prepared for the next one.

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2014 Saw Fewest Executions In 20 Years, Report Finds

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 9:25am

The Death Penalty Information Center, which opposes capital punishment, says executions dropped in part because some states had issues with their lethal injections.

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Putin: Sanctions, Falling Oil Prices Causing Ruble's Tumble

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 9:17am

In a year-end news conference, the Russian President said the worst-case scenario for his country's economy would involve two more years of unease.

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Playlist: Inspiring Stories You'll Want To Share

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 9:03am

This playlist includes some blockbuster TED talks that have already inspired millions.

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Worries About Unusual Botulinum Toxin Prove Unfounded

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 8:47am

A previously unknown form of botulinum toxin was thought to be resistant to standard treatment raised public health concerns. Subsequent research has allayed those fears.

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Pakistan Keeps On Vaccinating Despite Tough Terrain And Terror Threat

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 8:40am

Just getting a measles vaccine to a child in Pakistan was once an impossible dream. Despite many obstacles, health workers have made great progress in stopping infectious diseases.

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Ho Ho Ho

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 8:36am

In this final round, every correct answer will start with a jolly "Ho!" sound. Which goalkeeper has won two Olympic medals with the U.S. women's soccer team? That would be Ho Ho Hope Solo!

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All I Don't Want For Christmas

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 8:36am

Ah, the comfort of cliché gifts and holiday expectations well met. Frozen songwriters Bobby and Kristen Lopez sing about not-so-original gifts to the tune of Mariah Carey's classic holiday earworm.

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Chappy Cholidays

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 8:36am

All answers in this round start with the letter "h", but we want you to pronounce them with that back-of-the-throat "ch" sound, in honor of the "ch" in "Chanukah." Have a lozenge or two ready.

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Reindeer Games

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 8:36am

If you spell "reindeer" by combining precipitation ("rain") and a loved one ("dear"), then you think in homophones. We give clues to two words whose homophones form a new word or phrase.

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Schaaps' Family Feud

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 8:36am

We surveyed our loyal listeners on a wide range of holiday topics and quiz siblings Rosie Schaap (The New York Times Magazine) and Jeremy Schaap (ESPN) on the most popular answers, Family Feud-style.

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