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The Two-Way
11:49 am
Wed January 28, 2015

A Saint With A Mixed History: Junipero Serra's Canonization Raises Eyebrows

Originally published on Wed January 28, 2015 3:08 pm

The name Junípero Serra is well known in California: Schools and streets are named in his honor, and statues of the 18th century Spanish missionary still stand. But Native American activists are far less enamored with the friar, saying Serra was actually an accomplice in the brutal colonization of natives. They object to Pope Francis' recent announcement that he will canonize Serra when he travels to the U.S. this fall.

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Parallels
10:00 am
Wed January 21, 2015

The Challenge Of Fact-Checking North Korea

North Korean defector Shin Dong-hyuk came to prominence in a 2012 book about his life in a North Korean prisoner camp. He now says some key parts of his story were not true. His case highlights the difficulty in confirming information in a closed society like North Korea.
Chip Somodevilla Getty Images

Originally published on Wed January 21, 2015 12:16 pm

Shin Dong-hyuk told a powerful story about the misery of life in a North Korean prison camp, becoming the most famous defector from that notoriously reclusive country.

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The Two-Way
11:11 am
Tue January 20, 2015

Pope Francis Says Catholics Don't Need To Breed 'Like Rabbits'

Pope Francis waves to the crowd in Manila, capital of the Philippines, before boarding his flight back to Rome on Monday.
Aaron Favila AP

Originally published on Tue January 20, 2015 11:31 am

On his return trip from Asia, Pope Francis made strong statements supporting the church's ban on artificial means of birth control. He also said Catholics should practice "responsible parenthood" and don't have to breed "like rabbits."

Speaking with reporters on a flight Monday from the Philippines to Rome, Francis encouraged the use of church-approved contraception.

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Alt.Latino
5:08 am
Fri January 16, 2015

History Goes To The Illustrators: 'A Contrarian History Of The United States'

A Most Imperfect Union champions the progress and ideals of the U.S. while recognizing its missteps.
Lalo Alcaraz Courtesy of the artist

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The Two-Way
9:10 am
Tue January 13, 2015

Facebook To Post Amber Alerts To Help Find Missing Kids

An example of what Facebook's Amber Alerts will look like.
Courtesy of Facebook

Originally published on Tue January 13, 2015 10:16 am

Starting today, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children will begin sending out Amber Alerts on Facebook's news feed. The alerts will include a photograph of the missing child and the location where the possible abduction took place.

Facebook has 185 million users in the U.S., and the notices will be tailored to location — so users will receive alerts about missing children in their area.

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The Two-Way
11:16 am
Mon January 12, 2015

Cuba Frees 53 Political Prisoners As Part Of Deal, U.S. Says

In this 2013 photo, Cubans line up in front of the U.S. Interests Section in Havana to try to get visas to travel to the U.S.
Adalberto Roque AFP/Getty Images

Cuba has released all of the 53 dissidents it had promised to free as part of a historic deal last month to begin re-establishing diplomatic ties with the U.S., an American official said today.

"We welcome this very positive development and are pleased that the Cuban Government followed through on this commitment," a senior administration official said in an email.

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The Two-Way
8:44 am
Mon January 12, 2015

Ford's New Aluminum F-150, VW Golf Take Top Detroit Auto Show Honors

The new F-150's aluminum body cuts about 700 pounds off the truck's weight.
Ford Motor Co.

Originally published on Mon January 12, 2015 4:12 pm

Ford's aluminum F-150 was one of the big stars today at the 2015 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, taking the prize for truck of the year.

The F-150's aluminum body cuts about 700 pounds off the truck's weight. A report from NPR's Sonari Glinton says the F-150 is Ford's most important vehicle, and quotes Aaron Bragman, Detroit bureau chief for Cars.com, as saying the automaker's move to aluminum is one of the biggest gambles in the auto industry in years.

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The Two-Way
2:30 pm
Fri January 9, 2015

Concern Over The Future Of 36 Released Cuban Dissidents

Cuban performance artist and activist Tania Bruguera was arrested Dec. 30 when she and 50 other dissidents tried to set up an open mic session at Revolution Square.
Adalberto Roque AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon January 12, 2015 1:16 pm

Cuba has reportedly released 36 dissidents from prison in the last two days, as part of the move to improve relations with the US. Activists, however, remain concerned over the future of those released.

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Alt.Latino
7:19 am
Thu January 1, 2015

Starting 2015 On The Right Foot: An Alt.Latino Dance Mix

Valesuchi is a Chilean DJ, one of the many musicians setting it off in this first Alt.Latino of 2015.
courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu January 1, 2015 4:07 pm

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Alt.Latino
9:44 am
Tue December 23, 2014

An Alt.Latino Christmas, With Cantigas In Concert

Cantigas performs live in NPR's Studio 1.
Colin Marshall NPR

Originally published on Tue December 23, 2014 2:06 pm

It's been an eventful year for Alt.Latino. We've brought you live concerts, dance music, protest songs and thought-provoking interviews with the performers who are helping to shape modern culture.

Regardless of your spiritual affiliations, the end of the year provides an opportunity to reflect on what we'd like to do differently next year, what we've learned, our successes and failures, and what makes us thankful.

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