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Monkey See

Sarah Koenig On 'Serial': 'I Think Something Went Wrong With This Case'

Serial, the hugely popular (and sometimes controversial) podcast spun off from This American Life, wraps up its first season today. NPR's Audie Cornish speaks with Serial creator Sarah Koenig.

Cuban President Fidel Castro (left) and Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez in Barinas, Venezuela, in 2000. The two formed a close partnership, which has continued with their successors. However, the prospect of normal ties between the U.S. and Cuba may also have an impact on relations between Cuba and Venezuela. Jose Goitia/AP hide caption

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In Latin America, Not Everyone Is Thrilled With The U.S.-Cuba Thaw

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Exzebache Tommy Guerrero
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Elmer's Revenge Steve Kimock

Leslie Roeder of New York City cheers outside New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's office on Wednesday after the state announced a ban on hydraulic fracturing. Andrew Kelly/Reuters/Landov hide caption

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No Fracking In New York? That's OK With Pennsylvania

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Crossing Rivers Jonathan Elias
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Hello, I'm Calling From 'La Mafia'

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New Popularity Of L.L. Bean Boots Sparks Scramble To Fill Orders

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Reverb Soulive
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President Obama announces changes to U.S. policy on Cuba, including relaxing restrictions on U.S. banking in the country, in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday. Doug Mills / Pool/EPA/Landov hide caption

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Opportunity, Caution Seen For U.S. Banks As Cuba Rules Ease

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Alchemy Scott Huckabay
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Timeless Motion Neal Schon
Caught Up Christian Scott
Nostalgia in Times Square Gerry Grosz
Bailando Mojao Los Van Van
Wizard of Ahhhs Sinewave

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