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Supreme Court Clears Way For Same-Sex Marriages In Florida

The Supreme Court declined to extend a stay on a ruling by U.S. District Judge Robert L. Hinkle, who said in August that Florida's 2008 ban is unconstitutional. The stay expires in January.

'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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CEO Says Sony Pictures 'Did Not Capitulate,' Is Exploring Options

Melissa Block talks to Sony Pictures CEO Michael Lynton about the cyber attack against his company and the cancellation of the Christmas Day release of The Interview.

Obama Says 'James Flacco.' The Internet Says, Thank You

It was an honest mistake. But when President Obama said "James Flacco" when referring to James Franco — on a Friday before the holidays, no less — the slip was eagerly received online.

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The Fate Of The Administration's College Ratings

Some say a vaunted attempt to improve the quality of colleges is dead on arrival. Let's find out why.

New EPA Standards Label Toxic Coal Ash Non-Hazardous

Environmental groups had sought to have coal ash, a byproduct of coal-fired power plants, regulated as hazardous waste.

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With A Presidential Vote, Tunisia Seeks A Peaceful Transition

Tunisia launched the Arab uprisings four years ago when it ousted a dictator. Sunday's presidential election heralds the country's steady, but not-yet-guaranteed progress.

St. Louis Grand Jury Heard Witnesses Who Lied, Prosecutor Says

Weeks after he announced a grand jury's decision not to indict a Ferguson, Mo., police officer in Michael Brown's death, prosecutor Robert McCulloch explains some of his own decisions in the case.

Apple Responds To BBC On Conditions At Asian iPhone Suppliers

Jeff Williams, the tech giant's vice president for operations, told British-based employees that Apple has done more than any other company to ensure fair and safe working conditions.

Michael Phelps Pleads Guilty To DUI

The Olympic gold medal winner gets no jail time for second conviction for drunk driving. He'll be able to train for Rio with his 18-month supervised probation.

Music On ‘Only A Game’

December 20, 2014
Only A Game Music

In the latest music blog, Bill Littlefield delivers yet another incisive take on the show’s musical selections. Let’s take a page out of Andrew Luck’s playbook and say together, “Nice job, Bill!”

The Year In Latin Music

December 19, 2014
Soledad, and from left, Nina Pastori, and Lila Downs perform on stage at the Latin Recording Academy Person of the Year Tribute honoring Joan Manuel Serrat at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino on Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014, in Las Vegas. (AP)

From crossover hits to hip-hop to soul, we look at a big year in the wide world of Latin music.

Inside The Real Hollywood: The Sony Hack Continues

December 18, 2014
A poster for the movie "The Interview" is carried away by a worker after being pulled from a display case at a Carmike Cinemas movie theater, Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014, in Atlanta. (AP)

A big Sony hack gets weirder and wider. And Hollywood and Homeland Security are on edge.

DJ Sessions: Best Songs Of 2014

December 17, 2014
Pictured are artists featured in this week's DJ Sessions. Clockwise from top left: Cherub (cherubmusica.com), Shamir (Facebook), Ty Segall (alan/Flickr) and Courtney Barnett (Facebook).

Anne Litt and Travis Holcombe of KCRW listen back to some of the best songs of 2014, including sounds from Ty Segall and Caribou.

‘A Goyishe Christmas To You!’

December 15, 2014
Steven Blier is the creator of "A Goyishe Christmas to You!," a cabaret-style play filled with classic Christmas tunes penned by Jews, as well as a number of parodies and original songs. (PR)

Despite not celebrating Christmas, Jews have been historically influential on holiday music.

For Some Alzheimer’s Patients Musical Memories Still Stir While Others Fade

December 15, 2014
Margaret Simon, who has been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease, plays songs she learned as a child, in her apartment in Cherry Creek, Colo. (John Daley/CPR)

Colorado Public Radio’s John Daley tells us how elder care providers are using music to help those who suffer memory loss.

Music On Only A Game

December 13, 2014
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This week’s show includes a lot of holiday music…and Lynyrd Skynyrd.

Ziggy Marley’s ‘Fly Rasta’ Up For Grammy

December 12, 2014
Ziggy Marley (ziggymarley.com)

Marley’s album has been nominated for a Grammy for Best Reggae Album, an award he won last year with “Ziggy Marley in Concert.”

Soprano Renee Fleming Releases A Christmas Album

December 11, 2014
Renee Fleming's new album is "Christmas in New York." (© Timothy White/Decca)

Her album “Christmas in New York” includes collaborations with Wynton Marsalis, Chris Botti and Rufus Wainwright.

Quinn Sullivan, LIVE In Our Studio

December 10, 2014
Blues guitarist Quinn Sullivan. (Courtesy the Artist)

Fifteen-year old Quinn Sullivan is a humble, “ordinary” high school sophomore. But he’s also a blues guitar phenom. He brought his talents to the On Point studio today.

DJ Sessions: The SoundCloud Generation

December 10, 2014
Singer/songwriters Tom Misch and Carmody collaborated on the track "So Close," which is featured in this week's DJ Session. (Facebook)

KCRW DJ Anthony Valadez shares a playlist including Tom Misch & Carmody, Theophilus London, Antonio Sanchez and Ibeyi.

Playing Those 15-Year Old Blues

December 10, 2014
Quinn Sullivan, 15, is a blues guitar prodigy who has made headlines and won accolades from blues legends around the country and the world. (Courtesy the Artist)

Playing the blues. Fifteen-year old guitar prodigy Quinn Sullivan and his mentor the legendary Buddy Guy lay down the licks.

On Point Salutes Our Grammy-Nominee Guests

December 8, 2014
Singer-songwriter Brandy Clark has been writing hit songs for years. '12 Stories' is her debut solo album. (Shore Fire Media)

We’re not saying their appearance on our program necessarily made these six Grammy nominees winners-in-waiting, but we’re also not saying it didn’t help.

Music On Only A Game

December 6, 2014
Only A Game Music

Yep! Literally. This week’s show features music from the band yeP! Bill Littlefield explains all (once he finishes typing the album name, yeP!onymous).

2015 Grammy Nominations Announced

December 5, 2014
Taylor Swift attends the "Charles James: Beyond Fashion" Costume Institute Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 5, 2014 in New York City. (Mike Coppola/AFP/Getty Images)

Not surprisingly, Taylor Swift is among those nominated for “Album of the Year.”

Sharon Isbin, Guitarist Extraordinaire

December 4, 2014
Sharon Isbin has been called "the preeminent guitarist of our time." (J. Henry Fair/Shore Fire Media)

She has been called “the preeminent guitarist of our time” and was one of the first woman musicians in a field where there are few.

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