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Cuba's Widespread Piracy Culture

Despite the trade embargo, Cubans have long enjoyed pirated TV programs. Nick Miroff of The Washington Post speaks to NPR's Rachel Martin about the black market's future when trade is normalized.

One Way To Handle A 'Gilmore Girls' Revival: 'I Wept Immediately'

Could the rumor be true: Is Netflix reviving Gilmore Girls? NPR's Rachel Martin turns to the hosts of the Gilmore Guys podcast to find out what fans want — and if the cast can pull it off.

A Light Bulb Moment: How The Dimmer Switch Set Lusts Ablaze

From a dining room to a den of romance: That's the transformation the dimming switch first promised. Since 1959, Joel Spira's invention has promised heightened passion — if only you dial it down.

Few Railroads On Track To Meet End-Of-Year Safety Deadline

A 2008 law requires all U.S. railroads to install a new safety system that monitors and regulates train speed. Unless there's an extension, railroads say they'll shut down rather than pay fines.

It's Not Just VW: A Robust Market For Reprogramming Vehicles

An entire marketplace exists on the Internet for tuners, devices that help drivers crank up the power on vehicles and then hide the evidence. We visit a local diesel shop to see how it works.

'Consumer Reports' Pulls Tesla Model S Recommendation

Tesla — the electric car company beloved by environmentalists and the auto press — has hit a rough patch. A rave review from Consumer Reports has been reversed, and now Tesla's Model S is no longer recommended by the magazine. A self-driving feature introduced recently has also led to some hair raising moments behind the wheel documented online.

Fighting Online Bullying, One Emoji At A Time

The latest Apple iOS update includes a mysterious "eye-in-speech-bubble" emoji that has puzzled developers. The symbol is part of the Ad Council's new digital anti-bullying campaign, "I Am A Witness."

Online Health Tools Might Not Help The People Who Need It Most

An online portal to manage chronic kidney disease sounds great, but poor, older or black people were less likely to use it. That means the shift to e-health could make health disparities worse.
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Improved Wireless Service Is Coming To Metro, But It May Take Years

Metro and wireless carriers have a pending agreement to begin installing cables for extended mobile coverage, but improved cell service may not kick in for five more years.

Even After Hanging Up, Hands-Free Isn't Risk-Free For Distracted Drivers

Mental distractions can persist up to 27 seconds after using hands-free technologies, a new AAA study says. But the auto industry says voice-activated systems help drivers keep their eyes on the road.