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Document Cubans Blame Their Woes On The U.S. Embargo
Cubans are cautiously optimistic about the normalization of ties with the United States. But their daily lives change little since the embargo hasn't been lifted.
Document Bridwell Created A Big Red Dog That Grew With Readers' Love
Norman Bridwell, the beloved creator of the classic children's book character, Clifford the Big Red Dog, died last week. NPR's Scott Simon remembers the author.
Document What A Thaw In Cuba Relations Means For Baseball
Is it <em>viva la baseball,</em> now that President Obama has softened the U.S. stance toward Cuba? ESPN's Howard Bryant tells NPR's Scott Simon not to expect Cuba to throw open the doors to the MLB just yet.
Document Author: Cuban Dissidents Feel Betrayed By Obama's Action
In the wake of the announcement that the U.S. is restoring relations with Cuba, some Cuban exiles are wary. NPR's Scott Simon talks to Cuban-American author Carlos Eire about his reaction to the news.
Document 3-D Scanning Sonar Brings Light To Deep Ocean Shipwrecks
In the San Francisco Bay, researchers are using new technology to investigate shipwrecks. NPR's Scott Simon speaks with James Delgado, director of Maritime Heritage at NOAA, about what they've found.
Document A Literate London Cabbie's Favorite Books For 2014
Every year, well-read London cabbie Will Grozier joins NPR's Scott Simon to talk books. In 2014, he recommends the writing of a fellow taxi driver, and a new take on World War I.
Document Obama Wraps Up A 'Breakthrough' 2014
President Obama held his year-end press conference Friday, insisting 2014 has been a "breakthrough year for America." He also addressed the Sony hack attack and his recent executive action on Cuba.
Document Wexford Carols Brings Irish Holiday Relics To Life
A new Christmas music collection resurrects Irish carols from the 17th century. NPR's Scott Simon talks to singer Caitriona O'Leary and producer Joe Henry about songs both sacred and political.
Document Obama: Sony Should Have Talked To Him Before Pulling 'The Interview'
The FBI has concluded North Korea was responsible for the cyber attack on Sony Pictures. NPR's Scott Simon talks with White House correspondent Scott Horsley about what happens now.
Document Turner Was A Brute, But He Painted With Romantic Radiance
One of Britain's best-loved artists, J.M.W. Turner, has been brought to life on the big screen. A new film paints him as an occasionally boorish man who turns out incandescent work.
Document Designing State Symbols For The World's Newest Country
From flags to currency, a new country needs new symbols. NPR's Scott Simon talks with Anne Quito, who travelled to the world's newest country, South Sudan, to observe as they designed theirs.
Document Kurdish Troops Free Yazidis, But Major Battles Remain
With the help of U.S. air strikes, Iraqi Kurdish forces have made significant advances against the self-proclaimed Islamic State, or ISIS.
Document Excavation Reveals Regular Citizens Who Really Ran Ancient Egypt
A team of archaeologists from Brigham Young University has uncovered an Egyptian cemetery that may have upwards of 1 million graves. NPR's Scott Simon explains they were commoners &mdash; not pharaohs.
Document Youth Who Led Tunisia's Uprising Find Themselves Sidelined
The Arab Spring began in Tunisia in 2011 with the ousting of a dictator. But youth in that country are unenthused about elections on Sunday.
Document Suddenly, Russia Is Confident No Longer
With the ruble flagging and the price of oil still on the way down, the Russian economy is in trouble. Former U.S. ambassador Michael McFaul tells NPR's Scott Simon what that means for Russia.

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