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August 28, 2014 | NPR · For the first time, researchers have tracked the spread of Ebola, almost in real time, during an outbreak. The virus is quickly changing its genetic code. But it's unclear what the mutations mean.
 
August 29, 2014 | NPR · French President Francois Hollande is under pressure to fix the country's economy, which is overburdened by regulation and failing a generation of young people. He's also facing calls for austerity.
 
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August 29, 2014 | NPR · The Obama administration is considering whether to broaden its air campaign against the extremist group the Islamic State by striking targets in Syria.
 
August 29, 2014 | NPR · Regular political commentators, E.J. Dionne of The Washington Post and David Brooks of The New York Times, discuss the latest in Ukraine and the actions of ISIS in Iraq and Syria.
 
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August 29, 2014 | NPR · An earthquake in Napa Valley this week brought back old fears for author Gustavo Arellano. In his anxiety he's revisiting the book A Crack in the Edge of the World.
 

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August 30, 2014 | NPR · Latest news from Novoazovsk, Ukraine, where Ukrainian forces are defending the port city from what they say is a Russian invasion. NPR's Scott Simon talks to correspondent Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson from Novoazovsk.
 

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August 24, 2014 | NPR · In the wake of violent clashes between protesters and police in Ferguson, Mo., President Obama is ordering a review of the federal programs that help local police departments purchase military gear.
 

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Critics' Lists: Summer '09

Jul 29, 2009 — What makes a great beach read? The producer of our book series, Ellen Silva, thinks it's a book set where you're vacationing. She has picked four spots — Venice Beach, Calif.; Cape Cod and Martha's Vineyard in Massachusetts; and South Beach in Florida — with great surf and even better books.
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Jun 19, 2009 — Looking to cozy up with some good books? Librarian Nancy Pearl has some great suggestions. Her list includes a somber, genre-defying graphic novel about Doctors Without Borders volunteers, and a whimsical first novel about a die-hard Philadelphia Eagles fan.
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Jun 24, 2009 — Nonfiction can be every bit as exhilarating and illuminating as novels. You just have to pick the right books. Here, then, are five works of history, journalism and biography that will shock, inform and delight.
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Jun 11, 2009 — Your reading this summer may involve brushing the sand off page five — or firing up your Kindle. However you do it, we have some reading suggestions for you, straight from independent booksellers around the country.
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May 26, 2009 — Book critic Maureen Corrigan recommends five gripping works of fiction to keep you on the edge of your seat this summer. From serial killers to stashed jewels to snakes on the loose, these mysteries have it all.
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May 29, 2009 — Book critic Alan Cheuse recommends seven works of poetry and fiction for the dog days of summer. Hit the road, wander the great American desert or play violin with Beethoven. Whatever you decide to read, these books will make perfect companions for this summer's hot, sultry nights.
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May 26, 2009 — Any responsible list of summer reading must acknowledge the grim truth that summer is not all vacation. Here, then, is a list for hazy and crazy days, as well as for the lazy ones — and for the Days Memorial, Father's, Independence and Labor.
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May 26, 2009 — All too often, "summer reading" is synonymous with brainless and poorly constructed novels that leave you unsatisfied. But here are five books that will suit your palate just fine this summer.
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May 28, 2009 — The complete list of recommended reading for Summer 2009.
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Aug 20, 2009 — Getting ready for one last trip to the beach? Have a long plane ride coming up? Or are you just ready to become engrossed in a good book? Try these mysteries you may have missed.
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