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This Season, Broadway Hits The Big Screen — Twice

Two movies this holiday season are adaptations of Broadway musicals. NPR's Arun Rath talks with arts critic Bob Mondello and pop culture blogger Linda Holmes about Annie and Into The Woods.
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Despite Its Beauty, Cuba Isn't Quite Ready For Tourists

When NPR's Scott Simon has visited Cuba, he saw two economies — one for tourists and one for residents. He reflects on whether the thaw between the U.S. and Cuba can really transform that country.
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The Africa I Know Isn't The Africa In The Headlines Today

In 1990, our commentator visited Africa and fell in love with the energy and dreams of its people. Today he sees a land full of promise. But Ebola has revived the image of Africa in chaos.
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Antarctic Holiday: A Christmas Feast In The Loneliest Spot On Earth

For Dr. Gavin Francis, Christmas Eve marked the start of a year-long stay in an icy research base 8,700 miles from home. In this "empire of ice and isolation," he says, food is essential to morale.
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'Rum, Rumba, And Romance': A Book On Cuba's Enduring Mystique

This week, President Obama announced that he will begin to normalize relations with Cuba. Cuban-American writer Richard Blanco recommends a book about Cuba's imprint on the American imagination.
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Week In Politics: Jeb Bush, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Cuba

Melissa Block speaks with E.J. Dionne of The Washington Post and David Brooks of the New York Times about Jeb Bush, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Cuba and the president's year-end news conference.
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What's A Sportsman Anyway?

Commentator Frank Deford says awards for sportsmanship seem archaic. These days, he says, we're more likely to talk about unsportsmanlike conduct.
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Outrage Over Chinese Takeout Brings To Mind A Maxim

When Ben Edelman was overcharged for his takeout, he threatened legal action. After the story went viral, he apologized. It made NPR's Scott Simon wonder if it might be better to be wise than right.
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The Ethics Of Torture, Explored In A Painful Fable

This week, the Senate released a report that details the interrogation techniques used by the CIA after Sept. 11. Author Laila Lalami grapples with the questions it raises by turning to literature.
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Week In Politics: Senate 'Torture Report,' Spending Bill

Robert Siegel speaks with political commentators, E.J. Dionne of The Washington Post and David Brooks of the New York Times about the fallout of the report on CIA's use of harsh interrogation practices and the ongoing debate over the spending bill.

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