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August 22, 2014 | NPR · The standoff between the U.S. and Russia over Ukraine has raised the specter of a new Cold War. David Greene talks to Julie Ioffe, of the New Republic, about what Russia's next move may be in Ukraine.
 
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August 22, 2014 | NPR · Even just the word Ebola is kind of terrifying. Why? Hollywood has a lot to do with it. But Ebola outbreaks also have all the ingredients for what one psychologist calls the "dread factor."
 
August 22, 2014 | NPR · Census Bureau data show a wider gap between rich and poor. Kelly McEvers explores this with economist Enrico Moretti of the University of California-Berkeley, author of The New Geography of Jobs.
 

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August 22, 2014 | NPR · It's been another rough August for President Obama. He's wrapping up a summer vacation marred by events in Ferguson, Mo., and the murder of an American journalist in the Middle East.
 
August 22, 2014 | NPR · Regular political commentators, E.J. Dionne of The Washington Post and Reihan Salam of The National Review, discuss the killing of American journalist James Foley and the ongoing conflict in Ferguson, Mo.
 
August 22, 2014 | NPR · The scent of fresh pencils is in the air, and homework assignments are around the corner. In honor of back-to-school season, author Alexander Aciman recommends The Lost Estate by Henri Alain-Fournier.
 

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August 23, 2014 | NPR · Nearly 1,500 people have died in the Ebola outbreak, and more nations in the region are closing their borders. NPR's Scott Simon speaks to Africa correspondent Ofeibea Quist-Arcton about the epidemic.
 

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August 17, 2014 | NPR · American fighter jets and drones carried out airstrikes against Islamist targets near the Mosul Dam in northern Iraq on Saturday. A breach of the dam could threaten entire cities.
 

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13.7: Cosmos And Culture

Aug 22, 2014 — What makes some middle-aged men and women act like children at the baseball park? Commentator Alva NoŽ wonders about that distinct attitude of love and longing that we call "being a fan."
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Aug 21, 2014 — Are trigger warnings a good idea when teachers ask students to consider material about emotionally wrenching topics? Anthropologist Barbara J. King says yes — in some cases.
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Aug 20, 2014 — Is immortality something desirable, or a many-headed monster? Commentator Marcelo Gleiser says that as medical science extends our lifespan, the question becomes more real all the time.
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Aug 19, 2014 — Life as we know it is being threatened by everything from climate change to resource depletion. Commentator Adam Frank looks back at 1177 B.C. — and what we might learn from peoples past.
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Aug 18, 2014 — What can a near-encounter with poison hemlock tell us about childhood development and problems of induction? Commentator Tania Lombrozo explains.
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Aug 14, 2014 — Restorative for the spirit, hiking in the wild involves risks. Though commentator Barbara J. King's husband ran into trouble on the trail recently, she says increased public access is not the answer.
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Aug 13, 2014 — Life doesn't necessarily lead to intelligence. So, says commentator Marcelo Gleiser, the fact that we are thinking, molecular machines should mean something — and redefine the way we relate.
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Aug 12, 2014 — These two realms of life may seem like an odd couple. In the spirit of summer's lack of seriousness, astrophysicist Adam Frank reflects on the work of one band that has spent decades linking the two.
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Aug 11, 2014 — That moment when you first open Twitter. Commentator Tania Lombrozo takes a look at the language of social media.
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Aug 8, 2014 — Recent studies have given the field a bad rap as of late. Commentator Alva NoŽ says the problem is not with the idea of connoisseurship but with an underlying picture of how perception works.
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