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Africa
7:47 am
Sat December 20, 2014

Designing State Symbols For The World's Newest Country

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Africa
7:47 am
Sat December 20, 2014

Excavation Reveals Regular Citizens Who Really Ran Ancient Egypt

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Europe
7:47 am
Sat December 20, 2014

Suddenly, Russia's Confidence Stumbles

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NPR Story
7:47 am
Sat December 20, 2014

Cubans Blame Their Woes On The U.S. Embargo

Originally published on Sat December 20, 2014 4:08 pm

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Music Interviews
7:47 am
Sat December 20, 2014

Wexford Carols Brings Irish Holiday Relics To Life

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Fine Art
7:47 am
Sat December 20, 2014

Turner Was A Brute, But He Painted With Romantic Radiance

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Remembrances
7:47 am
Sat December 20, 2014

Bridwell Created A Big Red Dog That Grew With Readers' Love

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Sports
7:47 am
Sat December 20, 2014

What A Thaw In Cuba Relations Means For Baseball

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How every week I look forward to saying, time for BJ Leiderman's Sports theme.

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Science
7:47 am
Sat December 20, 2014

3-D Scanning Sonar Brings Light To Deep Ocean Shipwrecks

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Latin America
7:47 am
Sat December 20, 2014

Author: Cuban Dissidents Feel Betrayed By Obama's Action

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This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Scott Simon.

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Iraq
7:47 am
Sat December 20, 2014

Kurdish Troops Free Yazidis, But Major Battles Remain

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Goats and Soda
7:03 am
Sat December 20, 2014

The Africa I Know Isn't The Africa In The Headlines Today

Todd Moss on a 1992 visit to Tanzania.
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Stepping off the plane in Zimbabwe a quarter century ago was a huge shock. A college student on my very first visit to Africa, I was surprised how familiar everything felt.

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Books
7:03 am
Sat December 20, 2014

Gentlefolk All, Survive Your Holidays With Help From Chaucer

Geoffrey Chaucer died in 1400 — but somehow, he's on Twitter now — and he's here to answer your holiday questions!
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Editor's Note: Who better to advise you on surviving the stresses and strains of a modern Christmas than a 14th-century English poet? We gleefully present holiday advice from the Internet's own Chaucer Doth Tweet. Warning: Middle English ahead!

Gentil folke, yt ys wyse and profitable to seeke advyce and counsel yn all thinges. Ich am Geoffrey Chaucer, deputy forester of North Petherton and amateur poet, and Ich am heere to helpe yow wyth advyce and counsel regarding the seasoun of holidayes.

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Movie Interviews
5:30 am
Sat December 20, 2014

Sondheim's Songs Go 'Into The Woods' And Onto The Big Screen

Emily Blunt and James Corden star as a baker and his wife in Rob Marshall's new adaptation of Into the Woods.
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Originally published on Sat December 20, 2014 11:39 am

Into The Woods is a 1987 Stephen Sondheim musical that we'd now call a mashup: A baker and his wife want a child. The little girl in a red hood who lifts pies from their shop lives next to a witch who once kidnapped the baker's baby sister, whom she now keeps locked in a tower. But she'll reverse a curse on the baker and his wife if they can find a white cow, a red cape, long blond hair, and a gold slipper: Jack and the Beanstalk meets Little Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel and Cinderella.

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All Tech Considered
5:28 am
Sat December 20, 2014

Tech Week: Sony's Cyber Woes, And A Coating To Ease Ketchup's Flow

Sony Pictures was forced to cancel the release of its film The Interview this week after the hacking group, Guardians of Peace, threatened theaters that planned to screen the movie.
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The big story in tech this week was Sony's continuing cyber troubles following the hack of its computer network late last month. The FBI formally accused North Korea of the cyberattack Friday.

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The Salt
5:17 am
Sat December 20, 2014

Antarctic Holiday: A Christmas Feast In The Loneliest Spot On Earth

The author, Dr. Gavin Francis, arrived at Halley base on Christmas Eve 2002, at the height of the Antarctic midsummer, when 24-hour sunlight illuminates the vast swathes of empty ice.
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It was Christmas Eve 2002, at the height of midsummer, when I arrived to take up a year-long job as doctor at Halley base – the most remote research station operated by the British in Antarctica.

As we cruised up to the Caird Coast of Antarctica, a crowd of us stood out on the deck of the supply ship RRS Ernest Shackleton, singing Christmas carols in the 24-hour sunlight, wearing Santa hats and reindeer antlers.

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Planet Money
9:05 pm
Fri December 19, 2014

Episode 591: War? What War?

Anton Kharytonov runs a chain of restaurants in Ukraine called "The Loft." He is looking for Western investment to expand his business.
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Last month, a bunch of Ukrainian business owners flew to New York to try to convince a bunch of New York portfolio managers and private equity funds to invest in Ukraine. There are lots of reasons that it is crazy to hold an "Invest in Ukraine" conference right now, while a war is going on. But "Invest in Ukraine" isn't just the title of the conference, in many ways it is what the whole year of crisis has been about.

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The Two-Way
7:53 pm
Fri December 19, 2014

Supreme Court Clears Way For Same-Sex Marriages In Florida

Originally published on Fri December 19, 2014 9:07 pm

Rejecting a request by Florida's attorney general to maintain a judge's stay that would have kept same-sex couples from marrying in the state, the Supreme Court cleared the way for gay marriages to be held in Florida next month.

The stay stems from a ruling by U.S. District Judge Robert L. Hinkle, who said in August that Florida's 2008 ban is unconstitutional.

As has happened with many similar cases, Judge Hinkle issued a stay on his own ruling that Florida's ban was illegal, to give the state time to appeal. That stay is set to expire at the end of the day on Jan. 5.

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Latin America
6:58 pm
Fri December 19, 2014

Restoring Diplomatic Relations With Cuba Is A Complicated Process

Originally published on Fri December 19, 2014 7:37 pm

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The Two-Way
6:45 pm
Fri December 19, 2014

CEO Says Sony Pictures 'Did Not Capitulate,' Is Exploring Options

Responding to criticism over the handling of The Interview, Sony Pictures CEO Michael Lynton says his studio "very much wanted to keep the picture in release."
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Originally published on Fri December 19, 2014 7:33 pm

On a day when President Obama added his voice to criticisms over the decision to pull the satire The Interview, Sony Pictures CEO Michael Lynton says the studio "did not capitulate" to hackers, and that its actions have been misunderstood.

Lynton defended his studio in an interview on All Things Considered, saying that Sony still wants an audience to see The Interview — if not in theaters, then by other means.

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