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Renee Montagne talks with Miles Hoffman about the history of Tchaikovsky's The Nutcracker Suite. Hoffman is the violist of the American Chamber Players, and authored The NPR Classical Music Companion.
Obama announced diplomatic relations will be restored with Cuba. Travel and trade restrictions will be relaxed. What does this mean for Cubans who have been pushing for democracy?
President Obama's move to restore diplomatic ties with Cuba does not lift the trade embargo. That jurisdiction belongs to Congress, but do the upcoming changes all but undermine the embargo?
An African-American boy, George Stinney Jr., who was executed in the killing of 2 young white girls has been exonerated, 70 years after he became the youngest person executed in the U.S. in the 1900s.
President Obama's action to begin normalizing relations with Cuba has drawn harsh criticism from members of Congress in both parties. One of those critics is Rep. Albio Sires, who was born in Cuba.
Renee Montagne talks to John Sopko, special inspector general for Afghanistan reconstruction. He recently released a report highlighting significant waste, fraud and abuse in the U.S. funded program.