Lykke Li performs live on today's <em>World Cafe</em>.
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Since her 2008 debut, Sweden's Lykke Li has built an impressive resume. Her songs have been featured on the soundtrack of Twilight and covered by the cast of Glee, and she's worked with an all-star cast of remixers and collaborators including Kanye West, Kings of Leon and Beck.
Ivelis Ramos (right) was laid off from her state job as a bookkeeper last year and now runs a makeshift store in Havana's Miramar neighborhood. Restrictions on privately-owned businesses are beginning to relax under Raul Castro, Fidel Castro's brother.
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Fidel Castro nationalized Cuba's small businesses in 1968, closing thousands of family-owned shops, down to the tiniest fruit stand. His brother Raul is starting to undo that bitter legacy, giving out more than 300,000 new self-employment licenses in the past eight months.
The entrepreneurs are now filling Havana's sidewalks and street corners; the next step may be moving them back into shops that were seized long ago.
Key lawmakers in Congress are warning the Justice Department not to retaliate against whistle-blowers and leaders at the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms. They're reaching out only days after the ATF leader met with congressional investigators to talk about a gun trafficking scandal.
Colorado Senator Michael Bennet says he favors a long-term solution on trimming the federal deficit rather than a short-term compromise on raising the debt-ceiling, a move that mirrors calls by President Obama ahead of a planned White House meeting Thursday.
Casey Anthony was acquitted yesterday on charges of murdering her two-year-old. The credibility of the maid accusing Dominique Strauss-Kahn of sexual assault has been thrown into question. The AMA has taken a stand against the use of Photoshop in magazines. Host Michel Martin discusses these stories with this week's "Beauty Shop" panel: political science professor Melissa Harris-Perry, former magazine editor Anita Malik and journalist Eleanor Beardsley. This conversation may contain language considered too graphic for young listeners.