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Worries Rise In Russia As Ruble Falls

December 17, 2014
A man holds a laptop in a mall in central Moscow on December 15, 2014. The slumping ruble has unleashed a spending spree as consumers snap up electronics, furniture and cars before prices soar. (Kirill Kudryavtsev/AFP/Getty Images)

The slumping ruble has unleashed a spending spree, as consumers snap up electronics, furniture and cars before prices soar.

After Prisoner Release, Obama Announces Seismic Shift In U.S.-Cuba Relations

December 17, 2014

NPR’s Scott Horsley discusses the release of American Alan Gross and the policy changes coming to U.S.-Cuba relations.

DJ Sessions: Best Songs Of 2014

December 17, 2014
Pictured are artists featured in this week's DJ Sessions. Clockwise from top left: Cherub (, 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.

In The Media: Torture By Any Other Name

December 17, 2014
A man crosses the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) logo in the lobby of CIA Headquarters in Langley, Virginia, on August 14, 2008. AFP PHOTO/SAUL LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

NPR’s David Folkenflik discusses how language choice in the media can frame the way we think about a subject.

Obama: U.S. Ending Outdated Approach To Cuba

December 17, 2014
President Barack Obama speaks to the nation about normalizing diplomatic relations the Cuba in the Cabinet Room of the White House on December 17, 2014 in Washington, D.C. (Doug Mills/Getty Images)

The president announced the re-establishment of diplomatic relations as well as economic and travel ties with the communist island.

Diagnosing Ear Infections With Your Smartphone

December 17, 2014
The Cellscope Oto is a clip-on gadget that turns a smartphone into an otoscope -- the tool that doctors use to peer into an ear and check out a patient’s eardrum. (

The CellScope Oto is a clip-on gadget that turns a smartphone into an otoscope — the tool doctors use to check out a patient’s eardrum.

Is Bitcoin Back?

December 17, 2014
A storefront sign in Portland, Oregon, reads "Bitcoin accepted here." (fstorr/Flickr)

Time, Inc. is now accepting the digital currency for subscriptions. But it’s also being named one of the worst investments of 2014.

The Man Behind The School Attack In Pakistan

December 17, 2014
This frame grab taken from 2008 video footage shows Maulana Fazlullah of Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan, speaking with local journalists in the Pakistan's northwestern Swat valley. The Pakistani Taliban on November 7, 2013, elected Maulana Fazlullah as their new chief. (STR/AFP/Getty Images)

The leader of the Pakistani Taliban is a man named Maulana Fazlullah, but he’s better known as “Mullah Radio.”

Movie Theatres Drop Plans To Run ‘The Interview’

December 17, 2014
Seth Rogen, James Franco and Randall Park are pictured on the set of "The Interview." (Sony Pictures)

Security fears spurred Sony to let theater chains cancel showings of the movie, which is about a CIA plot to kill North Korea’s leader.

Music From The Show

December 16, 2014

From Yppah to oOoOO.

The Hunt For Afghan War Criminals

December 16, 2014
Documents collected by Dutch prosecutors pursuing Afghan war criminals. (BBC)

Dutch prosecutors are preparing cases against several Afghans believed to be living in Europe. Some of the crimes date back 30 years.

‘Sacred Journeys’ Documents Religious Pilgrimages

December 16, 2014
Bruce Feiler is pictured in Lourdes, France for the PBS series "Sacred Journeys," which begins airing tonight. (

In a new documentary series on PBS, Bruce Feiler accompanies Americans on pilgrimages to six of the world’s holiest sites.

4 U.S. Cities Make Their Case To Host Summer Olympics

December 16, 2014
A man arrives on December 8, 2014 for the 127th International Olympic Committee (IOC) extraordinary session in Monaco. The U.S. Olympic committee meets today to decide a U.S. city for an Olympic bid.(Valery Hache/AFP/Getty Images)

San Francisco, Washington D.C., Boston and Los Angeles are presenting their 2024 bids to the U.S. Olympic Committee.

Questions And Mourning After Sydney Cafe Siege

December 16, 2014
A woman kneels down as she lays flowers in a makeshift memorial near the site where a gunman held hostages for 16 hours at a popular Sydney cafe, Australia, Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014.(Steve Christo/AP)

Australians are mourning the two hostages killed in a 16-hour siege at a cafe, and asking how the attack happened.

Insurers, Some States Extend Deadlines For Health Coverage

December 16, 2014
Jose Ramirez (left) and Mariana Silva speak with Yosmay Valdivia, an agent from Sunshine Life and Health Advisors, as they discuss plans available from the Affordable Care Act at a store setup in the Mall of the Americas on December 15, 2014 in Miami, Florida. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Health insurers say they will give people more time to pay their premiums for health plans, and still have coverage start January 1st.

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