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Week In Politics: U.S.-Russia Ties, Slain NYPD Officers

Political commentators Ramesh Ponnuru and Gail Collins discuss state of U.S.- Russian relations, the two slain NYPD officers, and Senators Paul Rand and Marco Rubio clash over the U.S.-Cuba thaw.
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For Wintry Weather, An Especially Cold And Snowy Tale

This week we celebrated not only Christmas, but also the solstice — the shortest day of the year. In honor of this wintry weather, author Edward Carey recommends his favorite winter fairy tale.
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The Grocery Delivery Man Who Brings Joy To A Housing Complex

A San Francisco man talks about why he volunteers to deliver groceries to his elderly and disabled neighbors.
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A Punch Line In The U.S., Christmas Fruitcake Is Big In Calcutta

Seen as indestructible in the West, fruitcakes are indispensable in the bustling Hindu city. Bakers of all faiths have the ovens running round the clock to feed Calcutta's appetite for the cakes.
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New Blood Donation Rules Would Still Exclude Many Gay Men

The FDA recommends overturning a lifetime ban on blood donations by men who have sex with men. It's the right solution, but it still won't help me donate.
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30 Years Of Friendship, Through Fear And An Uncertain Future

Doug Neville and Ryan Johnson met shortly before Neville learned he was HIV-positive and began living with the specter of death. "I didn't know what I was going to do if you died," Johnson says.
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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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