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It's a day of wild winter weather for PRI's The World

22 hours ago

It's a winter wonderland in Boston, but that just means a more interesting commute for the team at PRI's The World.

Large parts of the northeastern United States are being battered by blizzards and near hurricane-force winds as winter storm Juno makes its way up the coast. So the journalists in our newsroom laced up heavy winter boots and strapped on cross-country skis and snowshoes to come in for today's show.

Marco Werman made it in with his cross-country gear...

 

Seventy years ago, Soviet soldiers liberated Auschwitz, the most notorious of Nazi concentration camps.

Some 300 Holocaust survivors were at Auschwitz on Tuesday, along with several European presidents and other government officials, to honor at least 1.1 million people who were murdered, 1 million of whom were Jewish.

Among those killed there were Jack Mandelbaum's mother and brother. The Polish-born Mandelbaum survived, spared at the last minute by an officer of the dreaded SS who yanked the teen away from his family and sent him instead to a forced labor camp.

Why Aren't There More Latinos On TV?

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The big four television networks have made progress in diversifying their casts, but only among African-American actors. That’s according to recent numbers compiled by the Associated Press.

Latinos represent about 17 percent of the American population, but on network T.V., that group represents less than 10 percent of characters.

A report released by the Children’s Advocacy Institute today shows that all 50 states have failed to meet minimum federal requirements for the care of abused and neglected kids.

The institute’s executive director Robert Fellmeth tells Here & Now’s Lisa Mullins that even when the federal government finds that a state is not meeting its requirements, not much changes.

The Obama Administration today is proposing opening up parts of the Eastern seaboard to offshore drilling, while at the same time proposing a ban on drilling along some parts of Alaska’s Arctic coast.

Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson talks with Phil Flynn, an energy market analyst with Price Futures Group, and Bob Deans of the Natural Resources Defense Council, about the proposal — a win and a loss each for environmentalists and the oil industry

How I fell in love with the world's greatest cookie

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Alina Simone

Walk into Beaner Bar in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, and you’ll find a jar of chocolate chip cookies on the counter with a sign taped to it. “The Best Cookie in the World," it reads.

Yeah, whatever.

That’s what I thought when I first tried this cookie — until its crazy, spicy-chocolate, cardamom-drenched, sea-salt goodness hijacked my face, and I realized this literally was the best cookie I’d ever had.

President Obama arrived in Saudi Arabia today to meet newly crowned King Salman and said in an interview that the U.S. needs to balance its concerns about Saudi human rights with "immediate concerns" such as counterterrorism and regional stability.

Between 1962 and 1965, The Beatles were featured on 53 BBC radio programs. For The Beatles: The BBC Archives, executive producer Kevin Howlett had to search for many of these recordings, and they weren't easy to find.

Originally broadcast Nov. 27, 2013.

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What is it about prisons and music? There's Johnny Cash and his gigs at San Quentin and Folsom back in the 1960s. There's also Eddie Palmieri and his funk outfit, Harlem River Drive, performing at Sing Sing in '71.

Lunchtime for these ... um, lemurs

Jan 27, 2015
Reuters/China Daily

You'll be forgiven for taking a second look at these fuzzy creatures. No, that's not some creepy spider. It's nine playful lemurs chowing down on lunch at the Qingdao Forest Wildlife World in the northeast of China.

A record 125 people were exonerated last year in the U.S. after being falsely convicted of crimes, according to a new report. The number surpasses the previous record of 91 set in 2013.

Much of the increase was due to one county in Texas. Thirty-three people in Harris County had their drug convictions thrown out after lab tests found they tested negative for the presence of illegal substances.

For more than a year, a once-popular drug that makes cattle put on weight faster has been stuck in a kind of veterinary purgatory.

As far as the Food and Drug Administration is concerned, the drug, Zilmax, is legal to use. But large meat packers, which dominate the industry, have ostracized it after the drug was accused of making animals suffer. The drug's manufacturer, Merck, has been working on a plan to rehabilitate it. But that effort has stalled.

Why I want to remind you of the Holocaust

Jan 27, 2015
Krystian Maj/Reuters

Neither Barack Obama nor Vladimir Putin showed up today at the solemn events marking the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi concentration camp in Auschwitz.

Pity.

The NPR Ed team is discovering what teachers do when they're not teaching. Cartoonist? Carpenter? Dolphin trainer? Explore our Secret Lives of Teachers series.

Most teachers will watch the Super Bowl at home, cracking open a beer maybe, or yelling at their flat-screen TVs. Lauren Schneider will be right there on the sidelines, cheering on Tom Brady and her team just feet from the action.

Fidel Castro, the leader of the Cuban revolution, has remained silent ever since the the U.S. and Cuba announced plans for a rapprochement back in December.

Late last night, the official newspaper of the island's Communist party released a letter reportedly written by Castro.

If you remember, Castro stepped down as president of Cuba in 2006. He handed over the presidency to his brother Raúl and ever since, rumors of his death have emerged every few weeks.

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