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Latin America
2:47 pm
Wed December 31, 2014

Cuban-Americans Cautiously Optimistic About U.S. Relations

Originally published on Wed December 31, 2014 4:48 pm

Lourdes Garcia-Navarro speaks with writer Achy Obejas about Cuban-American response to changes in U.S.-Cuba relations. We also have an update about on a story from Havana we reported on Tuesday. Artist Tania Bruguera planned to stage an event there and she, along with a number of other dissidents, were detained. The move was strongly condemned by the U.S. State Department.

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Remembrances
2:44 pm
Wed December 31, 2014

Hollywood Particularly Hard Hit With Notable Deaths In 2014

Originally published on Wed December 31, 2014 4:48 pm

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Media
2:36 pm
Wed December 31, 2014

Fallout Continues For CBC In Wake Of Ghomeshi Sex Assault Scandal

Originally published on Wed December 31, 2014 4:48 pm

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The Salt
3:14 pm
Tue December 30, 2014

Beyond Free Lunch: Schools Open Food Pantries For Hungry Families

Erica Johnson prays before her meal. She volunteers at the food pantry at John Still school where three of her four children are students. She eats alone after she feeds her kids.
Andrew Nixon Capital Public Radio

Originally published on Thu January 15, 2015 7:33 pm

John Still K-8 School, home of the Tigers, serves Meadowview, a picturesque name for a Sacramento, Calif., neighborhood blanketed in concrete and bare of trees.

There are 970 students on John Still's campus, and every one of them qualifies for the free and reduced meal program, which provides breakfast, lunch and a supper snack.

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Middle East
3:10 pm
Tue December 30, 2014

Jordan Stops Bombing ISIS After Jet Goes Down In Syria

Originally published on Tue December 30, 2014 4:30 pm

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Middle East
3:10 pm
Tue December 30, 2014

Obama Conciliatory Toward Iran In NPR Interview

Originally published on Tue December 30, 2014 4:30 pm

Robert Siegel talks with the Carnegie Endowment's Iran researcher, Karim Sadjapour, about President Obama's comments to NPR about Iran. Sadjapour says Obama's positive comments about relations with Iran are indicative of a willingness to broker an accord with the country.

That portion of Steve Inskeep's interview with President Obama will air Wednesday, Dec. 31, on Morning Edition.

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Africa
2:20 pm
Tue December 30, 2014

U.N. Whistleblower: International Community Has Failed Darfur

Originally published on Tue December 30, 2014 4:30 pm

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Space
2:20 pm
Tue December 30, 2014

Scientists Bring The Sun Down To Earth To Learn How It Works

Originally published on Wed December 31, 2014 9:30 am

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Planet Money
2:20 pm
Tue December 30, 2014

Why We Sign Up For Gym Memberships But Never Go To The Gym

Gerry Broome AP

Originally published on Thu January 15, 2015 1:23 pm

  • Gyms have built their business model around us not showing up. Gyms have way more members than they can actually accommodate. Low-priced gyms are the most extreme example of this. Planet Fitness, which charges between $10 and $20 per month, has, on average, 6,500 members per gym. Most of its gyms can hold around 300 people. Planet Fitness can do this because it knows that members won't show up. After all, if everyone who had a gym membership showed up at the gym, it would be Thunderdome.
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The Salt
4:38 pm
Mon December 29, 2014

How California's New Rules Are Scrambling The Egg Industry

These "enriched cages" from the JS West farm in Atwater, Calif., in 2011 comply with the state's new law. They are larger and allow chickens to perch and lay eggs in enclosed spaces.
Jill Benson AP

Originally published on Tue December 30, 2014 10:34 am

Within just a few days, on Jan. 1, all eggs sold in California will have to come from chickens that live in more spacious quarters — almost twice as spacious, in fact, as the cages that have been the industry standard.

It's been a shock to the egg industry, and to grocery stores. Eggs are one of those staples that self-respecting grocery retailers absolutely, positively have to keep in stock. "You have to have bread, milk, lettuce. You have to have eggs," says Ronald Fong, the president and CEO of the California Grocers Association.

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Guilty And Charged
4:35 pm
Mon December 29, 2014

Can't Pay Your Fines? Your License Could Be Taken

Desiree Seats, 23, lost her license for two years before she even got it because of an unpaid fine. Without a license, she couldn't find the jobs she needed to start earning money.
Joseph Shapiro NPR

Originally published on Mon December 29, 2014 4:51 pm

Drive drunk, drive recklessly, and the state can suspend your driver's license. But many police and motor vehicle administrators worry about a recent trend: A large number of suspensions are for reasons that have nothing to do with unsafe driving.

These reasons include unpaid traffic tickets, falling behind on child support, getting caught with drugs, bouncing checks; or minor juvenile offenses like missing school, using false identification to buy alcohol, or shoplifting.

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The Salt
3:03 pm
Mon December 29, 2014

As Bourbon Booms, Demand For Barrels Is Overflowing

Kelvin Cooperage, owned by brothers Kevin and Paul McLaughlin, is making white oak barrels for the newly-rising craft distillers. Here, oak scraps are burned inside the finished barrels to char them.
Noah Adams NPR

Originally published on Mon December 29, 2014 4:35 pm

If you could make a lot of bourbon whiskey these days, you could be distilling real profits. Bourbon sales in this country are up 36 percent in the past five years.

But you'd need new wooden barrels for aging your new pristine product. Simple white oak barrels, charred on the inside to increase flavor and add color, are becoming more precious than the bourbon.

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World
3:03 pm
Mon December 29, 2014

A Year Later, Al Jazeera Journalists Still Imprisoned In Egypt

Originally published on Mon December 29, 2014 4:35 pm

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Research News
3:03 pm
Mon December 29, 2014

Same-Sex Couples May Have More Egalitarian Relationships

Originally published on Mon December 29, 2014 4:35 pm

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Health
4:02 pm
Sun December 28, 2014

Mae Keane, One Of The Last 'Radium Girls,' Dies At 107

Employees of the U.S. Radium Corp. paint numbers on the faces of wristwatches using dangerous radioactive paint. Dozens of women, known as "radium girls," later died of radium poisoning. One of the last radium girls died this year at 107.
Argonne National Laboratory

Originally published on Thu January 15, 2015 12:49 pm

Editor's note, Jan. 15, 2015: Mae Keane was one of the last "radium girls," but not the last one. Please scroll down to the bottom of this page to see the full correction note.


Before turning the page on 2014, All Things Considered is paying tribute to some of the people who died this year whose stories you may not have heard — including Mae Keane.

In the early 1920s, the hot new gadget was a wristwatch with a glow-in-the-dark dial.

"Made possible by the magic of radium!" bragged one advertisement.

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Global Health
4:02 pm
Sun December 28, 2014

A Year And 7,000 Deaths Later, A Look At The Ebola Epidemic

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Animals
4:02 pm
Sun December 28, 2014

Scientists Discover That Drunk Birds Sing Like Drunks

Recent research has shown that zebra finches sing differently when drunk, but not whether they know enough of the lyrics to get through "I Will Survive" or "Don't Stop Believin'."
Liza Gross Courtesy Public Library of Science

Originally published on Mon December 29, 2014 11:18 am

If you've ever listened to karaoke at a bar, you know that drinking can affect how well someone can sing. Christopher Olson and his colleagues at Oregon Health and Science University recently set out to find if the same was true for birds, specifically zebra finches.

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Author Interviews
3:22 pm
Sun December 28, 2014

From Her Dad To Her 'Jamish' Roots, A Poet Pieces Her Story Together

Originally published on Mon December 29, 2014 7:32 am

Growing up in 1970s England, Salena Godden stood out. Her mother was Jamaican and her father was an Irish jazz musician who mysteriously disappeared from her life when she was very young.

In her memoir, Springfield Road, the writer, poet and musician tells the story of finding her personal identity, beginning with the word she made up to describe her race: Jamish.

"It's kind of ... a mix of being Jamaican, Irish, English," she tells NPR's Arun Rath. "It's the name I gave myself."

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NPR Story
3:22 pm
Sun December 28, 2014

From 'Shaft' To Von Trapp, The Musicians We Lost in 2014

Originally published on Sun December 28, 2014 4:02 pm

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NPR Story
3:22 pm
Sun December 28, 2014

If You've Ever Looked For Faces In Your Potato Chips, Thank Myrtle Young

Originally published on Sun December 28, 2014 4:02 pm

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Music
4:01 pm
Sat December 27, 2014

John McNeil, A Trumpeter Robbed Of His Breath, Blows Again

Trumpeter John McNeil rejoins Hush Point, a group of friends from New York's jazz scene, on the new album Blues and Reds. Left to right: Jeremy Udden, Anthony Pinciotti, Aryeh Kobrinsky, John McNeil.
Alex Hollock Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed December 31, 2014 8:41 am

John McNeil may be the most important trumpet player you've never heard of.

Many aspiring musicians know him as an educator, through his many instructional books like The Art of Jazz Trumpet. But getting to know McNeil as a performer or recording artist hasn't always been easy: his records could be tough to find.

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Author Interviews
3:45 pm
Sat December 27, 2014

Comedian Andrea Martin: 'I Don't Think Age Has Anything To Do With It'

Comedian Andrea Martin performs at New York's 54 Below in 2012. She published her memoir Lady Parts in September.
Michael Loccisano Getty Images

Originally published on Sat December 27, 2014 4:54 pm

In her memoir Lady Parts, comedy star Andrea Martin writes that in the 1970s, comedians weren't as easy to come by as they are now. "Comedians were much more rare," she tells NPR's Arun Rath. They were "like rock stars, really celebrated."

Over the course of her career, Martin has appeared on-stage and on screens both big and small — she won a Tony for her role in Pippin, performed in the films My Big Fat Greek Wedding and Hedwig and the Angry Inch, and stars in the NBC TV series Working the Engels.

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Around the Nation
3:23 pm
Sat December 27, 2014

In Southwestern Pennsylvania, Some Heroin Problems Persist

Originally published on Sat December 27, 2014 4:54 pm

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U.S.
2:26 pm
Fri December 26, 2014

Donations Stream In For Slain New York City Police Officers

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Food
2:26 pm
Fri December 26, 2014

In The Nation's Capital, A Signature Soup Stays On The Menu

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Book Reviews
2:26 pm
Fri December 26, 2014

Book Review: 'The Sacrifice' By Joyce Carol Oates

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Found Recipes
2:29 pm
Thu December 25, 2014

After The Presents, A Buttery Tea Cake Tradition

Susan Tannewitz-Karnes grew up eating Mrs. Lawrence every Christmas. The tea cake was so beloved that Tannewitz-Karnes and her siblings would argue over who received more than their fair share.
Courtesy of Susan Tannewitz-Karnes

Originally published on Mon December 29, 2014 10:13 am

When listener Susan Tannewitz-Karnes was a child in Johnson City, Tenn., Christmas wasn't Christmas without an English tea cake baked by their neighbor, Mrs. Lawrence.

She would deliver it about a week before Christmas. "We would come home from school and my mother would just say, 'Mrs. Lawrence came by! We have Mrs. Lawrence!' And we'd say, 'Oh, yes! Yes!' We couldn't wait."

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Technology
2:29 pm
Thu December 25, 2014

Online Sellers Pop Up In Real Life, For A Limited Time Only

Originally published on Mon December 29, 2014 10:13 am

One-click shopping is changing the ways people shop and retailers sell their wares. But some online retailers are opening physical stores — some of which last as short as a day. (This story originally aired on All Things Considered on July 28, 2014.)

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Business
2:29 pm
Thu December 25, 2014

How 'The Interview' May Change How Big Studios Do Business

Originally published on Mon December 29, 2014 10:13 am

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It's Christmas day and it is opening day for the movie The Interview."

(SOUNDBITE OF ARCHIVED RECORDING)

SETH ROGEN: Thank you so much for coming. And we thought this might not happen at all.

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Music Interviews
3:09 pm
Wed December 24, 2014

Director John Carpenter On The Sound Of A Terrifying Film

Originally published on Mon December 29, 2014 9:12 am

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All this week, we're hearing about the music behind the movies.

(SOUNDBITE OF VARIOUS MOVIE THEME SONGS)

SIEGEL: We've been hearing from composers across the genres. And today, we add screams.

(SOUNDBITE OF FILM, "HALLOWEEN")

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