Cuban Premier Fidel Castro addressed the United Nations General Assembly in September 1960 in New York. A new book details secret negotiations between the U.S. and Cuba dating back to President Kennedy's administration. AP hide caption

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Secret Talks And Back Channels Pervaded U.S. Ties With Cuba

The new book Back Channel to Cuba reveals how U.S. presidents, from Kennedy on, have held secret talks with Havana, even though the public stance was silence toward Cuba. Morning Edition's Steve Inskeep sat down with co-authors Peter Kornbluh and William LeoGrande ahead of the book's release to discuss their findings.

Republican congressional candidate Elise Stefanik, 30, says her generation "can't just complain about the problems, we have to help solve them as well, because we're ultimately inheriting them." Mike Groll/AP hide caption

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In New York's North Country, The Republican Party's New Poster Candidate

Elise Stefanik is 30 years old and running for Congress. If she wins, she would be the youngest woman ever elected to Congress. Democrats hope filmmaker Aaron Woolf can help them hang onto the seat.

Mexican consulates, like this one in Houston, are helping some unauthorized immigrants from Mexico pay application fees for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. WhisperToMe/Wikimedia Commons hide caption

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Mexico Pays To Help Its Citizens Avoid Deportation From The U.S.

Applying to the program for immigrants illegally brought to the U.S. as children provides a work permit and prevents deportation, but costs $465.

Raya might tickle Elmo with toilet paper if he doesn't use it properly. John Barrett/Courtesy of Sesame Workshop hide caption

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Goats and Soda

Raya The Muppet Talks About Poop And Is Proud Of It

She's an aquamarine puppet with a mission: Stop the practice of open defecation. That's a tall order for a 6-year-old Muppet. But she's up for the job: "Let's face it. We all got to go."

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