WAMU 88.5 : The Kojo Nnamdi Show

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Stop-And-Go: Cuba's Changing Economy

Nearly two years ago, Cuba’s government announced reforms to bolster private enterprise and slash public payrolls. The results have been dramatic -- the number of Cubans employed in private businesses has skyrocketed 145 percent since October 2010. But steep import tariffs, new taxes and mixed signals from the government have contributed to widespread confusion about the direction of the island nation's economy and political system. Kojo explores economic developments on the island, and what they mean for U.S.-Cuba relations.

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Pack These Pages: Three Must-Reads For Summer

Harriet Logan, owner of Loganberry Books in Shaker Heights, Ohio, recommends a graphic novel about trash, a George Eliot classic and a children's book about a bear pianist.
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Why Does Every New Restaurant Look Like A Factory?

The stripped-down look of exposed brick, poured cement floors, and Edison light bulbs is popular in restaurants across America. One reporter dares to ask, "Seriously, why?"
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Why Local Nonprofits Haven't Fixed Poverty

As long as there has been poverty, there have been people trying to end it. We explore the obstacles and inefficiencies local nonprofits run into when trying to solve society's stubborn problem.

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Can We Trust Our Cars?

There were more airbag recalls this week, and VW has agreed to pay nearly fifteen billion in its emissions cheating scandal. Meanwhile, cars with driverless technology are becoming available, but whether they will make us safer is up for debate. A look at auto safety and consumer trust.

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