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LISTEN: A Cuban Protest Singer On The State Of U.S.-Cuba Relations

For decades, Carlos Varela has doled out incisive criticism of the Cuban government. On our recent visit to Havana, he sang a song he says reflects the mood of the country at this historic moment.

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Shots - Health News

Medical Bills Linger, Long After Cancer Treatment Ends

A woman's family is stuck with medical charges for care she received after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. Negotiating relief from the bills has become a part-time job for her daughter.

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Movie Reviews

Photography, Misery And Beauty In 'The Salt Of The Earth'

NPR's Bob Mondello reviews The Salt Of The Earth, a documentary directed by Wim Wenders about Brazilian photographer Sebastiao Salgado.

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