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December 19, 2014 Comment

Mixed Reaction As New York Bans Fracking

The debate over whether to ban hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, has been deeply emotional and contentious in New York.

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

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

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 Comment

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 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

Are Artificial Christmas Trees Really More Environmentally Sound?

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

December 18, 2014 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, 2014 9 Comments

Reconciliation Nonprofit Helped With U.S.-Cuban Relations

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

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 8 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 15 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 12 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

Inside The Lives Of Chinese Restaurant Workers

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

December 17, 2014 Comment

School Tries To Help Students By Coaching Parents

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

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

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

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

December 17, 2014 3 Comments

In The Media: Torture By Any Other Name

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

December 17, 2014 4 Comments

Obama: U.S. Ending Outdated Approach To Cuba

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

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

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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 15 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.