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The Two-Way
7:25 pm
Sat December 20, 2014

2 Police Officers Killed In Ambush In New York

Police officers surround the area where two New York City police officers were killed Saturday afternoon as they sat in their marked police car on a Brooklyn street corner.
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Originally published on Sun December 21, 2014 1:32 pm

Update at 8:30 p.m. ET

Two New York police officers were ambushed and fatally shot while sitting in their patrol car in Brooklyn's Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood Saturday. The suspected gunman has died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

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The Salt
6:40 pm
Sat December 20, 2014

Want To Enhance The Flavor Of Your Food? Put On The Right Music

Researchers at the University of Oxford have been looking for a link between sound and taste.
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Here's an experiment: take a bite of whatever food you have nearby and listen to some music, something with high notes. Now, take another bite, but listen to something with low notes.

Notice anything?

Researchers at the University of Oxford have been looking for a link between sound and taste. They've found that higher-pitched music — think flutes — enhances the flavor of sweet or sour foods. Lower-pitched sounds, like tubas, enhance the bitter flavors.

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Food
5:16 pm
Sat December 20, 2014

How Tinseltown Got Tipsy: A Boozy Taste Of Hollywood History

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Originally published on Sat December 20, 2014 6:40 pm

If the bars of Los Angeles could talk, they'd have an awful lot of tales to tell — old Hollywood was full of famously hard drinkers. And while LA's watering holes are keeping their secrets, one author, Mark Bailey, has uncorked a slew of stories from the city's plastered past.

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Movies
5:06 pm
Sat December 20, 2014

'The Interview' Is Not The First Film To Rile A Government

Originally published on Sun December 21, 2014 1:24 am

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Latin America
5:06 pm
Sat December 20, 2014

Renewed U.S.-Cuba Ties Could Mean Big Things For Cigar Market

Originally published on Sat December 20, 2014 6:40 pm

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Think Cuba, think cigars. David Savona is the executive editor of Cigar Aficionado magazine. David, welcome to the program.

DAVID SAVONA: Thanks, glad to be here.

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Latin America
5:06 pm
Sat December 20, 2014

What Do Cubans Think Of Renewed U.S. Relations?

Originally published on Sat December 20, 2014 6:40 pm

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Latin America
5:06 pm
Sat December 20, 2014

How One Family Controls Latin America's Legal Abortions

Originally published on Sat December 20, 2014 6:40 pm

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Middle East
5:06 pm
Sat December 20, 2014

Latest Attack In Pakistan Could Change How The Country Deals With Militants

Originally published on Sat December 20, 2014 6:40 pm

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Asia
5:06 pm
Sat December 20, 2014

While U.S. Focuses On Sony Hack, Some Of The World Is In The Dark

Originally published on Sat December 20, 2014 6:40 pm

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Movies
5:06 pm
Sat December 20, 2014

This Season, Broadway Hits The Big Screen — Twice

Originally published on Sat December 20, 2014 6:40 pm

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The Two-Way
12:58 pm
Sat December 20, 2014

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

Health workers rest outside a quarantine zone at a Red Cross facility in the town of Koidu, Kono district in Eastern Sierra Leone on Friday. The World Health Organization says the number of Ebola deaths in the current outbreak has exceeded 7,000.
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Originally published on Sat December 20, 2014 1:58 pm

The number of people who have died from the worst-ever outbreak of Ebola has crossed the 7,000 mark, the World Health Organization reports, after it recorded another 392 deaths from its previous total of 6,900 earlier this week.

The total number of infected, nearly all of them in West Africa, is at 19,031, up from 18,569 in the previous report. More than 99 percent of all infections and deaths have occurred in three countries — Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea.

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The Protojournalist
11:46 am
Sat December 20, 2014

Before Google ... Who Knew?

The New York Public Library reading room.
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Originally published on Mon December 22, 2014 8:28 am

If Google can't answer your question these days, who you gonna call? A librarian, of course.

Librarians continue to be cool. On a contemporary TNT series, The Librarians are super heroes. For the past couple of years, "librarian" has popped up on the Forbes list of Least Stressful Jobs. And even in this Age of the Search Engine, librarians keep making new discoveries.

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Simon Says
10:56 am
Sat December 20, 2014

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

In 1959, Fidel Castro imposed a law forbidding the import of foreign cars, so many Cubans drive and maintain older models.
Kate Skogen JetKat Photo

Originally published on Sat December 20, 2014 11:39 am

I've always had a good time in Cuba. The people are friendly and funny, the rum is smooth, the music intoxicating and the beaches wide, white and soft.

But you're accompanied everywhere by government minders. They call them responsables. Any Cuban you interview knows your microphone might as well run straight to their government.

If you want to talk to someone with a different view, you have to slip out of your hotel in the middle of the night without your minder — though dissidents say other security people follow you.

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
10:38 am
Sat December 20, 2014

Limericks

Originally published on Sat December 20, 2014 11:27 am

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
10:38 am
Sat December 20, 2014

Panel Round Two

Originally published on Sat December 20, 2014 11:27 am

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BILL KURTIS, BYLINE: From NPR in WBEZ Chicago this is WAIT WAIT ...DON'T TELL ME, the NPR News quiz. I'm Bill Kurtis. We're playing this week with Roxanne Roberts, Paula Poundstone and Maz Jobrani. Here again is your host at the Chase Bank Auditorium in downtown Chicago, Peter Sagal.

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
10:38 am
Sat December 20, 2014

Bluff The Listener

Originally published on Sat December 20, 2014 11:27 am

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BILL KURTIS, BYLINE: From NPR and WBEZ Chicago, this is WAIT WAIT ...DON'T TELL ME, the NPR News quiz. I'm Bill Kurtis and we are playing this week with Roxanne Roberts, Paul Poundstone and Maz Jobrani. Here again is your host at the Chase Bank Auditorium in downtown Chicago, Peter Sagal.

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
10:38 am
Sat December 20, 2014

Panel Round One

Originally published on Sat December 20, 2014 11:27 am

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Right now, panel, it is time to answer some questions about the week's news. Roxanne, Andrew Luck, quarterback of the Indianapolis Colts, he's leading his team to the playoffs again. Opponents say that one of his secrets is his mind games. He throws opponents off by doing what to them?

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
10:38 am
Sat December 20, 2014

Who's Bill This Time

Originally published on Sat December 20, 2014 11:27 am

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BILL KURTIS, BYLINE: From NPR and WBEZ Chicago, this is WAIT WAIT ...DON'T TELL ME, the NPR News quiz. I'm all about that bass, about that bass...

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KURTIS: Bill Kurtis. And here's your host of the Chase Bank Auditorium in downtown Chicago, Peter Sagal.

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
10:38 am
Sat December 20, 2014

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

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Originally published on Sat December 20, 2014 11:27 am

Jenny Slate is a standup comedian, actor and writer who 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; we've invited Slate to play a game called "You're Jenny from the Block" — three questions about J. Lo.

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
10:38 am
Sat December 20, 2014

Prediction

Originally published on Sat December 20, 2014 11:27 am

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Now panel, who will be the next American ambassador to Cuba and why? Paula Poundstone?

PAULA POUNDSTONE: Amy Pascal from Sony...

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POUNDSTONE: ...'Cause she's not a great secret keeper so our new relationship will be open and honest.

SAGAL: Roxanne Roberts?

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