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Are Artificial Christmas Trees Really More Environmentally Sound?

December 18, 2014
Tree farms provide the majority of Christmas trees. (jpmatth/Flickr)

One reason people purchase artificial trees is because they believe they’re more environmentally sound. But is that true?

College Counselor: ‘A Deferral Is Not A Denial’

December 18, 2014
College acceptance letter (silversnake852/Flickr)

Lisa Micele shares tips for applying to college — especially for students who have been deferred under early decision.

Reconciliation Nonprofit Helped With U.S.-Cuban Relations

December 18, 2014
People stand outside the Little Havana restaurant Versailles after news that U.S. contractor Alan Gross was released from a Cuban prison and U.S. President Barack Obama's announcement on United States-Cuba policy change on December 17, 2014 in Miami, Florida. Obama announced plans to restore diplomatic relations with Cuba, over 50 years after they were severed in January 1961. In a prisoner exchange, U.S. contractor Alan Gross was freed after being held in Cuba since 2009, with three Cuban spies who had been imprisoned in the U.S. since 2001 going back to Cuba. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Tim Phillips of Beyond Conflict recalls thinking — why not get President Obama to sit down with the pope to talk about Cuba?

Anger, Worry In Hollywood As Sony Cancels ‘The Interview’

December 18, 2014
A poster for the movie "The Interview" is taken down by a worker from a display case at a Carmike Cinemas movie theater, Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014, in Atlanta. (David Goldman/AP)

U.S. officials now believe with “99 percent certainty” that the North Korean government was behind the hacking attack on Sony.

Cheryl Strayed And Steve Almond Pair Up For ‘Dear Sugar’ Podcast

December 18, 2014
Steve Almond and Cheryl Strayed are hosts of the new podcast "Dear Sugar Radio."

At different times, both authors played the role of Sugar in the popular “Dear Sugar” advice column. Now, it’s becoming a podcast.

Say Goodbye To ‘Stephen Colbert’ And Hello To Stephen Colbert

December 18, 2014
Stephen Colbert will leave his faux-conservative character behind when he succeeds David Letterman as host of the "Late Show" on CBS. (Comedy Central)

Fans expect Colbert to abandon his conservative caricature, as he leaves “The Colbert Report” to take over for David Letterman.

FIFA Ethics Investigator Resigns In Protest

December 18, 2014
FIFA ethics prosecutor Michael Garcia delivers a speech during the 64th FIFA congress on June 11, 2014 in Sao Paulo, on the eve of the opening match of the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil. (Fabrice Coffrini/AFP/Getty Images)

Michael Garcia was tasked with looking into corruption in the bidding process to host the 2018 and 2022 World Cups.

America’s Political Dynasties

December 18, 2014
Republican Jeb Bush (left) has announced he's exploring a run for president. Hillary Clinton (right) is widely expected to pursue the Democratic nomination in 2016. (Saul Loeb, Mike Coppola/AFP/Getty Images)

Americans under 38 have only experienced one presidential election that did not involve a Bush or a Clinton.

Florida’s Cubans React To Policy Change

December 18, 2014
Peter Bell (left) who supports the new policy laid out by President Barack Obama, stands among a group of people who disagree with him as people gathered outside the Little Havana restaurant Versailles on December 17, 2014 in Miami. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Many feel the president has caved to the Castro government and given away much more than it will get for scaling back the embargo.

Incoming Congressman Says President’s Move On Cuba Rewards Dictators

December 18, 2014
Incoming Florida Congressman Carlos Curbelo's parents are Cuban exiles who fled Cuba in the 1960s. He calls the change in U.S. policy "reckless." (

Florida Republican Carlos Curbelo calls the policy change “reckless.” His parents are Cuban exiles who fled Cuba in the 1960s.

Music From The Show

December 17, 2014

From Dawn Of Midi to Jamie xx.

Inside The Lives Of Chinese Restaurant Workers

December 17, 2014
Restaurant workers relax in New York's Chinatown district on July 11, 2014 in New York City. (Spencer Platt/AFP/Getty Images)

Atticus Lish’s novel and a recent New Yorker article have thrown a spotlight onto the plight of the workers in Chinese restaurants.

Atticus Lish’s ‘Preparation For The Next Life’

December 17, 2014
Atticus Lish is author of the book "Preparation for the Next Life." (Shelton Walsmith)

The author’s debut novel centers on an unlikely romance between an Iraq veteran and a Uyghur from China.

School Tries To Help Students By Coaching Parents

December 17, 2014
Moms gather at a classroom in Morales Elementary for a morning charla, or chat. They watch a training video about how to support their kids’ education and share their own experiences. (Houston Public Media)

Pasadena schools are hosting “charlas” or chats where parents can learn tips on how to prepare their children for college.

‘Saving Private Ryan’ Among Films Being Preserved

December 17, 2014
"Saving Private Ryan" is one of 25 movies being inducted this year into the National Film Registry for long-term preservation.

The 25 movies being inducted this year into the National Film Registry for long-term preservation span the years 1913 to 2004.

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