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December 19, 2014 Comment

Obama: Sony Decision To Cancel Movie A ‘Mistake’

Speaking of Sony executives, Obama said “I wish they had spoken to me first” before canceling “The Interview.”

December 19, 2014 Comment

Special Coverage: Obama’s Year-End Remarks

Before President Obama and his family left for a Christmas vacation in Hawaii, he delivered a year-end press conference.

December 19, 2014 Comment

What Christmas Does (Or Doesn’t Do) For the Economy

Is Christmas good for the economy? That’s the conventional thinking, but we examine the arguments from economists who say otherwise.

December 19, 2014 Comment

Young Riders Care For Horses Dying From Tainted Feed

Jamie Buis, a 13-year-old equestrian in South Florida, is among those caring for the animals in their final days.

December 19, 2014 Comment

Obama Grants ‘Christmas Clemency’ To 20, Including 8 Drug Offenders

Barbara Scrivner, one of the eight pardoned, served 20 years of a 30-year sentence for conspiracy to manufacture and distribute meth.

December 19, 2014 3 Comments

Preview: Obama’s 2014 Year-End Press Conference

ABC news political director Rick Klein joins us for a look at what the president is expected to cover.

December 18, 2014 Comment

Music From The Show

From Gardens & Villa to Sea and Cake.

December 18, 2014 2 Comments

A Short History Of U.S.-Cuba Relations

President Obama’s decision to change U.S. policy on Cuba comes after a half century of icy relations.

December 18, 2014 Comment

Putin Vows To Fix Russian Economy

Russian President Vladimir Putin promised to ease the country’s economic woes by diversifying its heavy reliance on oil and gas.

December 18, 2014 35 Comments

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

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

December 18, 2014 5 Comments

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

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

December 18, 2014 13 Comments

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

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

December 18, 2014 Comment

FIFA Ethics Investigator Resigns In Protest

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

December 18, 2014 17 Comments

America’s Political Dynasties

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

December 18, 2014 Comment

Florida’s Cubans React To Policy Change

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

December 18, 2014 13 Comments

Incoming Congressman Says President’s Move On Cuba Rewards Dictators

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

December 17, 2014 Comment

Music From The Show

From Dawn Of Midi to Jamie xx.

December 17, 2014 Comment

‘Saving Private Ryan’ Among Films Being Preserved

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

December 17, 2014 Comment

Drone On Your Christmas List? Here Are A Few Things You Should Know.

Drones are emerging as an increasingly popular big-ticket gift item this year. Seth Stevenson shares drone advice and top picks.

December 17, 2014 Comment

Worries Rise In Russia As Ruble Falls

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

Spotlight

Here & Now resident chef and cookbook author Kathy Gunst shares her list of the best cookbooks of the year.

Robin and Jeremy

Robin Young and Jeremy Hobson host Here & Now, a live two-hour production of NPR and WBUR Boston.

December 18 Comment

College Counselor: ‘A Deferral Is Not A Denial’

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

December 18 17 Comments

America’s Political Dynasties

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

December 17 2 Comments

Atticus Lish’s ‘Preparation For The Next Life’

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

December 17 3 Comments

Diagnosing Ear Infections With Your Smartphone

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.