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USAID Tied To Secret "Cuban Twitter" Operation

An Associated Press investigation revealed that the U.S. Agency for International Development secretly created a social media platform in Cuba with the intention of fueling political unrest. During the more than two-year program, USAID employed a network of tech-savvy entrepreneurs, front companies and foreign bank accounts to launch the Cuban Twitter-like service without the knowledge of Raul Castro's government. Kojo talks first with an AP reporter involved in the investigation and then hears from an associate of the Washington Office on Latin America to understand how the revelations affect U.S.-Cuban relations going forward.

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'It's A Surviving Tool': 'Native' Tells Satirical Stories Of Life In Israel

NPR's Kelly McEvers talks to author Sayed Kashua, an Israeli-Palestinian whose satirical weekly columns in Haaretz newspaper are collected in his new book called Native.
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What The Heck Is Natural Wine? Here's A Taste

Natural wines can be off-putting at first: perhaps darker than usual, a little fizzy or cloudy. Some find them charming, others unsophisticated. Here's a guide to this trending, quirky style of wine.
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Jim Gilmore, Who Was Campaigning For President, Isn't Anymore

He had the resume — swing-state governor, veteran, ex-party leader — but there's a good chance you had no idea he was running. Judging by vote totals, Iowa and New Hampshire may have missed it too.
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Colonialism Comment Puts Facebook Under Scrutiny

A Facebook board member lambasted a decision by regulators in India, the social network's second-largest market. He thereby sparked new scrutiny of Facebook's intentions in that country.

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