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The Two-Way
10:23 am
Fri December 19, 2014

Book News: Macmillan Inks Deal With Amazon, But Doesn't Sound Happy About It

People wait in line at Macmillan Publishers to have books autographed by their authors at last year's Book Expo America in New York. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
Mark Lennihan AP

Originally published on Fri December 19, 2014 12:01 pm

The daily lowdown on books, publishing and the occasional author behaving badly.

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The Two-Way
10:19 am
Fri December 19, 2014

Thailand Says It Was Unaware Of CIA 'Black Site' On Its Soil

Abu Zubaydah, an alleged al-Qaida operative who was reportedly subjected to waterboarding at a secret location in Thailand in 2002.
Anonymous AP

Thailand's prime minister says his government had no knowledge of a secret location inside the country where the CIA is said to have waterboarded top al-Qaida operatives in 2002.

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A Blog Supreme
9:58 am
Fri December 19, 2014

The 2014 NPR Music Jazz Critics Poll

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A Blog Supreme
9:57 am
Fri December 19, 2014

An Upset Either Way: Steve Lehman And Wadada Leo Smith Triumph

Wadada Leo Smith finished second in the NPR Music Jazz Critics Poll, separated by only 12 points from surprise winner Steve Lehman.
Scott Groller Courtesy of the artist

Could anyone have predicted that Steve Lehman and Wadada Leo Smith would place first and second in this year's NPR Music Jazz Critics Poll, among a field including previous winners Sonny Rollins, Vijay Iyer and Jason Moran, plus 2011 runner-up (and favorite going in) Ambrose Akinmusire? Not me, and I even had Lehman and Smith on my ballot, along with Rollins and Akinmusire.

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Monkey See
9:53 am
Fri December 19, 2014

A Different 'Annie,' But Still A Good Kid

Jamie Foxx and Quvenzhane Wallis star in the latest incarnation of the musical Annie.
Barry Wetcher Sony Pictures

Originally published on Fri December 19, 2014 12:19 pm

The sun'll come out tomorrow
Bet your bottom dollar that tomorrow, there'll be sun

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Extras: TED Radio Hour
9:51 am
Fri December 19, 2014

Playlist: Powerful Personal Stories

TED speakers open up about their moments of struggle and growth.
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In this TED Radio Hour playlist, TED speakers reveal challenges in their lives that produced courage and transformation.

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Shots - Health News
9:51 am
Fri December 19, 2014

Teaching Hospitals Hit Hardest By Medicare Fines For Patient Safety

NYU Langone Medical Center is one of the teaching hospitals being penalized by Medicare for its rate of medical errors.
Joshua Bright AP

Originally published on Fri December 19, 2014 2:18 pm

Medicare has begun punishing 721 hospitals with high rates of infections and other medical errors, cutting payments to half of the nation's major teaching hospitals and many institutions that are marquee names.

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Extras: TED Radio Hour
9:49 am
Fri December 19, 2014

Playlist: Science!

The TED Radio Hour gets scientific.
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Break out the chemistry set and safety goggles. From monkeys to microbes, TED speakers in this playlist illuminate different realms of the scientific world.

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Extras: TED Radio Hour
9:47 am
Fri December 19, 2014

Playlist: What Music Means

These TED Radio Hour stories get musical.
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In this playlist, TED speakers share stories about composing songs after years of writer's block, the culture of sampling, and a glimpse inside a jazz musician's brain.

Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

Extras: TED Radio Hour
9:38 am
Fri December 19, 2014

Playlist: Writers On Writing

TED speakers share their ideas about creativity and the writing process.
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What makes for a great read? How does a single idea grow into a novel? In this playlist, TED speakers explore the nature of creativity, the source of a good story, and the impact of the written word.

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TED Radio Hour
9:34 am
Fri December 19, 2014

Why Aren't We More Compassionate?

"Compassionate concern activates the same system you see in every mammal when a parent cares for the young" — Daniel Goleman
Robert Leslie TED

Originally published on Sat December 20, 2014 1:05 pm

Part 5 of the TED Radio Hour episode Just A Little Nicer.

About Daniel Goleman's TED Talk

Psychologist Daniel Goleman, author of Emotional Intelligence, examines why we aren't more compassionate more of the time.

About Daniel Goleman

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TED Radio Hour
9:34 am
Fri December 19, 2014

How Can We Make The World More Compassionate?

"I've become acutely aware of the centrality of compassion in all the major world faiths" — Karen Armstrong
James Duncan Davidson TED

Originally published on Sat December 20, 2014 1:04 pm

Part 4 of the TED Radio Hour episode Just A Little Nicer.

About Karen Armstrong's TED Talk

Religion scholar Karen Armstrong describes how compassion is the core principle in all world religions, in the form of the golden rule.

About Karen Armstrong

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TED Radio Hour
9:34 am
Fri December 19, 2014

Are We Wired To Be Compassionate?

"We're designed to convince ourselves that our very selective deployment of compassion is thoroughly justified" — Robert Wright
courtesy of TED

Originally published on Sat December 20, 2014 1:02 pm

Part 3 of the TED Radio Hour episode Just A Little Nicer.

About Robert Wright's TED Talk

Author Robert Wright says humans are not simply wired to be compassionate — we have evolved to feel compassion out of self-interest.

About Robert Wright

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TED Radio Hour
9:34 am
Fri December 19, 2014

Has The Word 'Compassion' Lost Its Meaning?

"I think we need to scale back our imagination about how hard and heroic [compassion] is" — Krista Tippett
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Originally published on Sat December 20, 2014 1:01 pm

Part 2 of the TED Radio Hour episode Just A Little Nicer.

About Krista Tippett's TED Talk

Journalist and broadcaster Krista Tippett argues that overtly saintly and sappy connotations have made us lose touch with the true meaning of compassion — so she proposes a linguistic revival.

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TED Radio Hour
9:34 am
Fri December 19, 2014

Is It Enough To Be Politically Correct?

"It's almost a meditative practice. To think, 'What emotionally can I connect with?' " — Sally Kohn
Ryan Lash TED

Originally published on Sat December 20, 2014 12:59 pm

Part 1 of the TED Radio Hour episode Just A Little Nicer.

About Sally Kohn's TED Talk

Political pundit Sally Kohn says we shouldn't worry as much about being politically correct; instead, she says, we need to focus on being emotionally correct.

About Sally Kohn

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The Two-Way
8:33 am
Fri December 19, 2014

To Finish Up Year, Obama Will Hold A Press Conference

President Barack Obama speaks in the Cabinet Room of the White House in Washington on Dec. 17.
Doug Mills AP

President Obama will close out 2014 with his traditional end-of-year press conference.

The press conference is scheduled to begin at 1:30 p.m. ET., and it's bound to be eventful because Obama has a lot to talk about.

Among the news events that will likely come up:

-- The normalization of diplomatic relations with Cuba.

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Europe
8:22 am
Fri December 19, 2014

Great-Great Grandmother's Gift List Keeps Growing

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The Two-Way
7:08 am
Fri December 19, 2014

What's Next For Cuba? The Headlines That Tell The Story

A tourist takes a cab ride in a classic American car as the driver takes him past the Capitolio in Havana, Cuba on Thursday.
Ramon Espinosa AP

Originally published on Fri December 19, 2014 7:10 am

Two days after the U.S. and Cuba decided to end a more than 50-year estrangement, the natural question is: What's next?

On Morning Edition, NPR's Michelle Kelemen reports that the process of normalizing diplomatic relations will be pretty straight forward and is likely to be done quickly.

"We can do that via an exchange of letter or notes. It doesn't require a formal sort of legal treaty or agreement," Roberta Jacobson, assistant secretary of state for the western hemisphere, said during a briefing on Thursday.

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