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Week of May 24, 2015

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Inside Cuba

May 24, 2015

As Cuba and the U.S. restore diplomatic relations, what's in store for Americans who want to visit Cuba? And for Cubans wanting more prosperity? Steve Paulson recently traveled to Cuba and brought back new stories about our island neighbor. From diplomacy to culture, we tackle jazz, baseball and politics.

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  1. Life as a Cuban Tour Guide

    Tour guides get paid more than surgeons in Cuba.  Why?  Tips from foreigners, especially Americans. Rosa Ricardo describes her life as a tour guide.

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  2. Why the Opening Between Cuba and the U.S.?

    Why are Cuba and the U.S. restoring diplomatic relations? Journalist Ann Louise Bardach says Cuba desperately needs to open up its economy now that its patron, Venezuela, can no longer play the role of sugar daddy. And Raul Castro is finally stepping out of the shadow of his ailing brother Fidel.

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  3. Rainforest Remedies

    The Topes de Collante nature reserve is nestled In the mountains southeast of Havana. We go for a hike with naturalist Andres Santana Diaz, who points out various natural remedies from rainforest plants.

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  4. American Expat Finds His Home in Cuban Jazz

    When he was 14, Paul Menendez went to Havana in 1966 to study music. He stayed...changed his name to Pablo, and ever since he's lived in Cuba, where he's now a famous jazz musician. Sitting on his Havana rooftop, Pablo tells Steve Paulson this remarkable story.

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  5. Cuban Rhythms

    What makes Cuban music so distinctive? Radio host Jonathan Overby describes its history, which blends African rhythms with Spanish elegance.

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  6. Baseball Diplomacy

    Rumors are flying that we'll see a Major League baseball game in Havana next year. But that doesn't account for the thorny problem of Cuban defectors now playing in America, or the crumbling infrastructure of Havana's baseball stadiums.

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Food for Thought (Updated)

May 24, 2015

What we eat can often say a lot about us. But why do we consider certain foods more appealing than others? In this hour, we look a the trends and tastemakers who shape our feelings about food.

  1. The Buzz Behind Food Trends

    How do foods become trendy seemingly overnight? Journalist David Sax tracked the origins of a variety of food fads for his book, "The Tastemakers: Why We're Crazy For Cupcakes But Fed Up With Fondue."

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  2. Sonic Sidebar: Food Preferences

    When it comes to food, everyone seems to have an opinion. Producer Rehman Tungekar set out to gather some thoughts on what makes a good meal during a recent visit to Chicago’s Windy City Ribfest.

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  3. Julia Child and the Love of Cooking

    Legendary Knopf editor Judith Jones reflects on Julia Child and her influence on cooking in the U.S. She writes about their friendship In her own memoir, "The Tenth Muse: My Life in Food.”

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  4. Food As Religion

    Ever wonder why certain foods fall out of favor? In his book “The Gluten Lie” Alan Levinovitz argues that food has become akin to a modern religion for a lot of us, complete with its own set of rules, prohibitions and guiding beliefs.

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  5. BookMark: Michelle Wildgen on "Crossing to Safety"

    Michelle Wildgen recommends "Crossing to Safety" by Wallace Stegner.

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  6. 1971 - An FBI break-in that rocked the nation

    We head back in time now, to the evening of March 8th, 1971.  The night 8 young Vietnam war protestors broke into their local FBI office – in Media, PA – and stole top-secret documents that would rock the nation.  

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