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Sun December 21, 2014
The Two-Way

Obama Calls North Korean Hack 'Cybervandalism'

Originally published on Sun December 21, 2014 2:40 pm

Sony Pictures Studios headquarters building is seen in Culver City, Calif., on Friday. President Obama has criticized Sony for cancelling distribution of The Interview following after the studio was hacked by North Korea.
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Updated at 1:30 p.m. ET

President Obama told CNN that he doesn't consider North Korea's hack of Sony Pictures an act of war, but instead a case of "cyber-vandalism." But he stands by his criticism of the movie studio for pulling the satirical film The Interview because its plot angers Pyongyang.

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9:40am

Sun December 21, 2014
The Salt

A History Lesson On The Philippines, Stuffed In A Christmas Chicken

Originally published on Mon December 22, 2014 11:50 am

The rellenong manok at La Cocina de Tita Moning, a restaurant in Manila. Chef Suzette Montinola uses a traditional recipe from the 1930s that belonged to her grandmother.
Aurora Almendral for NPR

Noche buena, the Christmas Eve feast in fervently Catholic Philippines, is deeply steeped in tradition. One of the mainstays of this decadent meal, usually eaten after midnight mass, is rellenong manok (rel-ye-nong ma-nok). It's a hybrid name: In Spanish, relleno means stuffed, and in Tagalog, manok means chicken.

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9:36am

Sun December 21, 2014
Latin America

Ready To Hit The Cuban Beach? Americans Still Have To Wait

Originally published on Mon December 22, 2014 12:12 pm

A couple walks on the beach in the resort area of Varadero, Cuba. Varadero is home to upscale hotels and resorts that cater to foreign tourists, but there aren't yet enough to handle a potential influx of Americans.
David Gilkey NPR

With President Obama beginning the process of normalizing relations with Cuba this week, many may envision soon soaking up the sun on a warm Cuban beach, sipping a refreshing rum drink.

In reality, that's not likely to happen for quite a while. But just the increased opportunity for travel between the two countries has those with longtime ties to Cuba already thinking about the possibilities it will bring.

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8:51am

Sun December 21, 2014
The Two-Way

Gunman Made Anti-Police Posts Before Killing NYPD Officers

Originally published on Sun December 21, 2014 2:22 pm

Officer Rafael Ramos (left) and Wenjian Liu (right) were killed on Saturday in an ambush by a gunman in a Brooklyn neighborhood.
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The gunman who ambushed and killed two New York City police officers in their patrol car before committing suicide reportedly posted messages on social media suggesting the assault was revenge for deaths of two unarmed black men at the hands of authorities.

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8:18am

Sun December 21, 2014
Afghanistan

On The Pakistani Taliban: 'You Can't Do Politics ... Killing Children'

Originally published on Sun December 21, 2014 1:01 pm

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8:18am

Sun December 21, 2014
Race

Two Cops Killed In Brooklyn; Fleeing Suspect Kills Himself

Originally published on Sun December 21, 2014 1:01 pm

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8:15am

Sun December 21, 2014
Movie Interviews

Filmmaker: Sony Hack Will Make Satirists Think Twice About Content

Originally published on Sun December 21, 2014 1:01 pm

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8:15am

Sun December 21, 2014
Middle East

With Election, Tunisia Solidifies Its Democracy Success Story

Originally published on Sun December 21, 2014 1:01 pm

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7:03am

Sun December 21, 2014
Goats and Soda

Is This A Goat Or A Sheep? It's Harder Than You Think

The photographer thought it was a goat. The photo editor thought it was a goat. Sure looked like a goat to the author of this post. It turns out to be a sheep, in Dakar, Senegal.
Claire Harbage for NPR

So perhaps you noticed a post I wrote last weekend about how you know if your goat is happy. Yes, scientists do study that.

The story had a cute picture of a goat at the top, taken by a photographer in Dakar, Senegal. The farmer told the photographer that the animal was his "goatie." And to our untutored eyes, it looked like a goat.

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4:40am

Sun December 21, 2014
Shots - Health News

Why Does It Take A Movie Robot To Show What Nurses Really Do?

Originally published on Mon December 22, 2014 3:13 pm

4:37am

Sun December 21, 2014
The Salt

For Norwegian-Americans, Christmas Cheer Is Wrapped Up In Lefse

Originally published on Mon December 22, 2014 2:24 pm

Megan Walhood loves the unique toasty potato flavor of lefse. "There's something so comforting about soft, starchy things," she says.
Deena Prichep for NPR

For many Norwegian-American families, the biggest Christmas treat isn't foil-wrapped chocolate or sugar-dusted cookies. It's lefse, a simple flatbread.

Lefse are sort of like soft tortillas, made mostly out of mashed potatoes (with a little fat and flour mixed in to form a tender dough). They're usually spread with butter and sugar, or rolled up with a bit of lingonberry jam. And families that make them make them by the dozens.

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6:26pm

Sat December 20, 2014
The Salt

Want To Enhance The Flavor Of Your Food? Put On The Right Music

Originally published on Sat December 20, 2014 6:40 pm

Researchers at the University of Oxford have been looking for a link between sound and taste.
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Here's an experiment: take a bite of whatever food you have nearby and listen to some music, something with high notes. Now, take another bite, but listen to something with low notes.

Notice anything?

Researchers at the University of Oxford have been looking for a link between sound and taste. They've found that higher-pitched music — think flutes — enhances the flavor of sweet or sour foods. Lower-pitched sounds, like tubas, enhance the bitter flavors.

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5:16pm

Sat December 20, 2014
Food

How Tinseltown Got Tipsy: A Boozy Taste Of Hollywood History

Originally published on Sat December 20, 2014 6:40 pm

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If the bars of Los Angeles could talk, they'd have an awful lot of tales to tell — old Hollywood was full of famously hard drinkers. And while LA's watering holes are keeping their secrets, one author, Mark Bailey, has uncorked a slew of stories from the city's plastered past.

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5:06pm

Sat December 20, 2014
Latin America

Renewed U.S.-Cuba Ties Could Mean Big Things For Cigar Market

Originally published on Sat December 20, 2014 6:40 pm

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Think Cuba, think cigars. David Savona is the executive editor of Cigar Aficionado magazine. David, welcome to the program.

DAVID SAVONA: Thanks, glad to be here.

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5:06pm

Sat December 20, 2014
Around the Nation

Montana Shooter Found Guilty Despite State's 'Castle Doctrine'

Originally published on Mon December 22, 2014 2:30 pm

Diren Dede, a 17-year-old German exchange student, was fatally shot in the head and arm when he entered the garage of Markus Kaarma in Missoula, Mont., on April 27. Kaarma said it was self-defense, but a Montana jury recently found him guilty of deliberate homicide.
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More than 30 states have laws that allow people to use deadly force if they have a reasonable fear for their life or property. But this week, a Montana jury said that type of law has its limits, finding a homeowner who shot a teenager in his garage guilty of deliberate homicide.

In the early hours of April 27, a motion detector alerted homeowner Markus Kaarma someone was in the garage of his home in Missoula, Mont. He went outside and almost immediately fired four shotgun blasts, killing 17-year-old Diren Dede, a German exchange student.

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