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April 24, 2014 | NPR · Hundreds of civilians have been massacred in the South Sudan town of Bentiu. For more, Steve Inskeep talks to Andrew Green, the South Sudan bureau chief for the Voice of America.
 
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April 24, 2014 | NPR · One year ago, a factory building in Bangladesh collapsed, killing more than 1,100 workers. Top retailers have begun inspecting factories more aggressively, but other steps have fallen short.
 
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April 24, 2014 | NPR · Some of the factors keeping low-income students from getting into college aren't always obvious to the public, higher education insiders tell Morning Edition's David Greene.
 

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April 24, 2014 | NPR · Syria will likely meet an upcoming deadline to hand over its declared chemical weapons. But the agreement seems to have emboldened the Syrian regime to use other brutal tactics, including a chemical not covered by the deal.
 
April 24, 2014 | NPR · As diplomatic talks in Geneva have failed to resolve the three-year-old civil war in Syria, the U.S. is undertaking a new covert program to send weapons in support of rebel forces there.
 
April 24, 2014 | NPR · The Israeli government suspended peace talks with Palestinians, citing a unity agreement announced Wednesday by Palestinian leadership. The Israeli security cabinet came to the decision unanimously, angered by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas's decision to end a seven-year schism with the Hamas movement.
 

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April 19, 2014 | NPR · The search continues for hundreds of people, mostly students, who were on board a South Korean ferry when it sank this week. Correspondent Anthony Kuhn shares the latest with NPR's Wade Goodwyn.
 

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April 20, 2014 | NPR · Monday is the 2014 Boston Marathon. Security will be tight, and this year's race will be an emotional event that will be about more than who wins.
 

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Historical Fiction

Apr 22, 2014 — Francine Prose's new Lovers at the Chameleon Club, Paris 1932 concerns itself with the malleability of truth — but stumbles with characters who are flamboyantly quirky, rather than truly engaging.
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Apr 11, 2014 — Edward Rutherford's Paris, at No. 12, is a sweeping saga that spans centuries in the City of Lights.
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Mar 30, 2014The Corpse Washer, set in Baghdad in 2003, shows the U.S. invasion through the eyes of an aspiring Shiite artist and a handler of the dead. Author Sinan Antoon says he wanted to share a new viewpoint.
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Mar 29, 2014 — Best-selling author Barbara Taylor Bradford's new novel follows two families living in a grand Edwardian manor. She tells NPR that Downton-style dramas are a way of encapsulating life in one house.
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Mar 24, 2014 — In Z, which appears at No. 13, Therese Anne Fowler imagines what Zelda Fitzgerald's life was like.
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Mar 13, 2014 — Nicole Mones' new Night in Shanghai follows an African-American pianist making his way in the city's nightclub scene on the eve of World War II. Reviewer Alan Cheuse says the story really swings.
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Mar 11, 2014 — Albert has been to dozens of cities across Europe. Trouble is, he can't remember how he got to any of them. Maud Casey's novel, The Man Who Walked Away, infuses his spotty story with charm and music.
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Mar 9, 2014 — Therese Walsh knows Colleen McCullough's famous novel — which contains not just sex, but sex with a priest — might not be "appropriate" for teens. But, she says, it's the perfect sort of dangerous.
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Mar 8, 2014 — Nicole Mones' new novel tells the story of African-American musicians who found respect and appreciation in Shanghai's nightclubs, even as the city descended into Japanese occupation and war.
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Mar 5, 2014 — Ross Klavan's novel follows two radio sidekicks in midcentury New York: golden-voiced straight man Ted Fox, who has an eye for a good-looking dame, and funnyman Jerry Elkin, a veteran of World War II.
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