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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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Deford: It's Hard To Write A Christmas Story About Sport

Linking sports and the Christmas spirit is a true challenge, says commentator Frank Deford. "The idea of sports is to beat the other fellow," he says, "while the idea of Christmas is to be giving."
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Letters: What If 'The Interview' Trashed The U.S. Instead?

NPR's Robert Siegel and Audie Cornish read emails from listeners about Sony's decision to cancel the Christmas-day release of The Interview, and on the effort to save the northern white rhino.
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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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'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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NORAD's Santa Tracker Began With A Typo And A Good Sport

It all started in 1955 with a misprint in a Colorado newspaper and a call to Col. Harry Shoup's secret military hotline. Shoup played along with the tiny voice who called, and a tradition was born.
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Letters: How Parents Talk To Boys About Sex And Consent

Melissa Block and Audie Cornish read emails from listeners about how parents talk to boys about sex and consent and a strong storm that hit California.
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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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