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December 20, 2014
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PRI's The World: 12/19/2014 A man from the generation of Cubans who came of age during the fall of the Soviet Union ? and the economic support it provided their nation ? tells us how he feels about plans to normalize relations between the US and Cuba. Plus, now that Sony Pictures has pulled Seth Rogen's film, "The Interview," from release no one can see it on the big screen. But we speak to our own Nina Porzucki who caught a sneak preview before Sony pulled the plug. Plus, President Putin outlaws daylight savings in Russia, and Siberians see eternal winter.
PRI's The World: 12/18/2014 A day after a major shift is announced in US-Cuba relations, there are still a lot of questions about what exactly is changing on a concrete level. Plus, there's a whole rogues' gallery of American fugitives who have been sheltering on the island for years. What does the thaw in relations mean for them? Also, a program at the University of Southern California uses virtual reality to let Americans feel what it's like to live in war-ravaged Syria. And, the catchy songs that ISIS uses to woo recruits.
PRI's The World: 12/17/2014 The White House announced talks will begin soon to normalize relations between Cuba and the United States. Meanwhile, USAID contractor Alan Gross has been released from a Cuban prison in a swap with three Cuban prisoners in the US. And, we head back to Pakistan a day after a Taliban attack on a school in Peshawar left scores of people dead, many of them children. Pakistan-based writer author Bina Shah talks to us about the politics of the attack. Plus, meet a Latvian filmmaker who is simultaneously obsessed with sex and depression.
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N Korea seeks joint Sony hack probe North Korea urges a joint inquiry with the US into a cyber-attack on Sony that led to the studio cancelling the release of the film The Interview.
Afghan Guantanamo inmates freed Four Afghan detainees at the Guantanamo Bay prison have been sent back to their home country, the Pentagon says.
Cuba 'will stay on' communist path Cuban President Raul Castro hails a recent move to normalise relations with the US, but stresses that Havana will not change its political system.
Pilot shortage grounds flights at regional airports
New federal standard to earn commercial pilot's license closes off pipeline of new pilots.
Your Wallet: Cheap travel for the holidays
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In Context: Algorithms in business
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