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—James Bryce (1838-1922) British diplomat, historian, known as First Viscount Bryce of Dechmont

 

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Hollywood Pros Fear A Chilling Effect After Sony Bows To Hackers 
  Sat, 20 Dec 2014 10:53:00 -0500 
    Some in the entertainment industry are wondering if they'll have to be careful now about the stories they tell or the jokes they make in the wake of Sony's withdrawal of The Interview.


4 Gitmo Prisoners Released For Return To Afghanistan 
  Sat, 20 Dec 2014 10:25:00 -0500 
    The inmates were sent home on a request from the new Afghan president, Ashraf Ghani. It is the latest in a series of moves to draw down the prison population by sending prisoners abroad.


Russia Says It Won't 'Cave In' To New Western Sanctions 
  Sat, 20 Dec 2014 09:48:51 -0500 
    The reaction comes after President Obama signed an executive order on Friday slapping economic sanctions on Crimea, a day after the EU approved similar measures.


A Snail So Hardcore It's Named After A Punk Rocker 
  Sat, 20 Dec 2014 09:13:00 -0500 
    Inspired by the snails' spiky shells and acid-loving nature, researchers named the new species Alviniconcha strummeri, after Clash frontman Joe Strummer.


'Going There' in 2014 
  Sat, 20 Dec 2014 09:03:16 -0500 
    Michel Martin has spent much of the last few months on the road, and she has been moved by the people she's met and the stories they've shared with her. She remembers her 'Top 5' moments of 2014.


North Korea Has An Interesting Offer. And Another Threat 
  Sat, 20 Dec 2014 08:40:00 -0500 
    The secretive regime denies any involvement with the Sony Pictures hack and says the U.S. must allow it to help find the real culprit. Or else.


Twelve Weeks To A Six-Figure Job 
  Sat, 20 Dec 2014 08:03:16 -0500 
    With that pitch, coder boot camps are poised to get much, much bigger. Is this a new education delivery system?


Author: Cuban Dissidents Feel Betrayed By Obama's Action 
  Sat, 20 Dec 2014 07:33:21 -0500 
    In the wake of the announcement that the U.S. is restoring relations with Cuba, some Cuban exiles are wary. NPR's Scott Simon talks to Cuban-American author Carlos Eire about his reaction to the news.


Obama: Sony Should Have Talked To Him Before Pulling 'The Interview' 
  Sat, 20 Dec 2014 07:33:00 -0500 
    The FBI has concluded North Korea was responsible for the cyber attack on Sony Pictures. NPR's Scott Simon talks with White House correspondent Scott Horsley about what happens now.


Obama Wraps Up A 'Breakthrough' 2014 
  Sat, 20 Dec 2014 07:33:00 -0500 
    President Obama held his year-end press conference Friday, insisting 2014 has been a "breakthrough year for America." He also addressed the Sony hack attack and his recent executive action on Cuba.


At One Retirement Home, Residents Run A TV Channel 
  Sat, 20 Dec 2014 05:23:00 -0500 
    The show must go on, as they say in the business. That's especially true at one Los Angeles retirement community, where old industry pros keep busy by producing TV shows for their contemporaries.


Restoring Diplomatic Relations With Cuba Is A Complicated Process 
  Fri, 19 Dec 2014 18:57:00 -0500 
    Melissa Block talks to Roberta Jacobson, assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs, about the first steps toward restoring diplomatic relations between the U.S. and Cuba.


'Rum, Rumba, And Romance': A Book On Cuba's Enduring Mystique 
  Fri, 19 Dec 2014 18:33:00 -0500 
    This week, President Obama announced that he will begin to normalize relations with Cuba. Cuban-American writer Richard Blanco recommends a book about Cuba's imprint on the American imagination.


Troubled By Grand Jury Verdicts, Students Request More Time For Exams 
  Fri, 19 Dec 2014 17:58:00 -0500 
    Students at several law schools say events in Ferguson and New York have left them too upset to study. Others are more concerned about how the extra study time will affect the grading curve.


The Fate Of The Administration's College Ratings 
  Fri, 19 Dec 2014 17:04:00 -0500 
    Some say a vaunted attempt to improve the quality of colleges is dead on arrival. Let's find out why.
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