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2:28 pm
Tue May 26, 2015

In Search Of Bandwidth, Cuban Entrepreneurs Head To Miami

Miami swimwear entrepreneur Mel Valenzuela (right) explains online strategies to Cuban business owners Victor Rodriguez (middle) and Caridad Limonta (left) in Wynwood this month. Miami boutique owner Monica Minagorri (rear) watches.
Tim Padgett WLRN

Originally published on Tue May 26, 2015 2:56 pm

When Cuban bikini maker Victor Rodríguez visited Miami this month, he was on a pilgrimage — not just for bathing suits but for bandwidth.

The most important stop on Rodríguez's schedule was lunch in Wynwood, Miami's high-tech district, with Mel Valenzuela, who owns the online swimwear store Pretty Beachy.

As Valenzuela showed Rodríguez how to do business online, his awestruck expression seemed to evoke José Arcadio Buendía in One Hundred Years of Solitude, who when he first touches ice declares it "the great invention of our time."

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The Two-Way
2:23 pm
Tue May 26, 2015

British Pub Ye Olde Fighting Cocks Is Asked To Change Its Name

England's historic Ye Olde Fighting Cocks pub has been asked to change its name to celebrate "intelligent, sensitive chickens."
Google Maps

Originally published on Tue May 26, 2015 5:55 pm

It's believed to be the oldest pub in England — but now Ye Olde Fighting Cocks is facing a call to change its name. Citing modern society's compassion for the birds, the UK's People for Ethical Treatment of Animals suggests an alternate name: Ye Olde Clever Cocks.

From PETA:

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World Cafe
2:11 pm
Tue May 26, 2015

World Cafe Next: Abram Shook

Abram Shook.
Courtney Chavanell Courtesy of the artist

This week's installment of World Cafe: Next is from Austin singer-songwriter Abram Shook, who's been part of the Shearwater touring band in recent years. In that time, he's also released two wonderfully arranged and artful albums of his own: Sun Marquee and the new Landscape Dream. You can hear and download two of his new songs on this page.

World Cafe
1:59 pm
Tue May 26, 2015

Mumford & Sons On World Cafe

Mumford & Sons.
Courtesy of the artist

One of the best-selling rock bands in recent years, Mumford & Sons is coming off a smashing success with 2012's Babel, which sold a million copies and won Album Of The Year at the Grammys.

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The Two-Way
1:41 pm
Tue May 26, 2015

Malaysia Airlines Plans To Cut A Third Of Its Workforce

Malaysia Airlines planes sit on the tarmac last year at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Sepang, Malaysia.
Vincent Thian AP

Malaysia Airlines, which last year had one of its planes disappear off the face of the earth and another shot down over Ukraine, is about to undergo an overhaul — one that means layoffs for as many as one-third of its 20,000 employees.

In an interview with Reuters, the company's new CEO, Christoph Mueller, said he plans to run the restructured airline like a "startup." The news service reports:

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Code Switch
12:39 pm
Tue May 26, 2015

Lovely Illustrations From The Story Of A Black Boy Who Dreams Of Going To Mars

Courtesy of Myles Johnson and Kendrick Daye

Originally published on Tue May 26, 2015 5:48 pm

Like lots of little kids, Jeremiah Nebula — the main character of a children's book called Large Fears — has big dreams. He wants to go to Mars.

But Jeremiah is also pretty different from the characters that Myles Johnson, the author of the Kickstarter-backed book, met in the stories he read when he was growing up. Jeremiah is black, and he really, really likes the color pink.

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Shots - Health News
12:06 pm
Tue May 26, 2015

Delayed Umbilical Cord Clamping May Benefit Children Years Later

The World Health Organization has endorsed waiting to clamp the umbilical cord for at least one minute after a baby is born.
Sebastien Desarmaux/Godong Science Source

Originally published on Wed May 27, 2015 11:24 am

A couple of extra minutes attached to the umbilical cord at birth may translate into a small boost in neurodevelopment several years later, a study suggests.

Children whose cords were cut more than three minutes after birth had slightly higher social skills and fine motor skills than those whose cords were cut within 10 seconds. The results showed no differences in IQ.

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NPR History Dept.
10:58 am
Tue May 26, 2015

When 'Petting Parties' Scandalized The Nation

Originally published on Wed May 27, 2015 1:24 pm

To some social observers, petting parties of the 1920s were a natural, post-First World War outgrowth of a repressed society. To others, the out-in-the-open hug-and-kissfests were blinking neon signposts on the Road to Perdition.

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The Two-Way
10:41 am
Tue May 26, 2015

Iranian Court Begins Espionage Trial Of 'Washington Post' Reporter

A 2013 photo shows Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian and his wife, Yeganeh Salehi, a correspondent for the Abu Dhabi-based newspaper The National. Both of them were in an Iranian court Tuesday.
Vahid Salemi AP

More than 10 months after Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian was detained on vaguely defined espionage charges, his trial began Tuesday in a closed court in Tehran. Rezaian is a citizen of both Iran and the U.S.

Noting the trial's start, Iran's Islamic Republic News Agency notes that Rezaian, 39, "is accused of espionage for the US government and activity against the Islamic Republic of Iran."

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The Two-Way
10:24 am
Tue May 26, 2015

Cleveland, Justice Department Reach Agreement Over Police Conduct

Police officers are illuminated by patrol car lights during a protest against the acquittal of Michael Brelo on Saturday in Cleveland.
John Minchillo AP

Originally published on Tue May 26, 2015 2:55 pm

Updated at 2:55 p.m. ET

The city of Cleveland has reached an agreement with the Justice Department over allegations that the city's police department engaged in a pattern of using excessive force, violating the civil rights of its residents.

U.S. Attorney Steven Dettelbach of the Northern District of Ohio said the agreement, once approved, "will not only serve as a roadmap for reform in Cleveland but as a national model for any police department ready to escort a great city to the forefront of the 21st Century."

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