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August 20, 2014 | NPR · If you venture away from the protest zone in Ferguson, Mo., there is an idyllic neighborhood, which doesn't have much patience for the out-of-towners who have joined the protests.
 
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August 19, 2014 | NPR · Dr. Joanne Liu of Doctors Without Borders says fear and a lack of sense of urgency has kept the international community in their home countries rather than stepping up to the plate in West Africa.
 
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August 19, 2014 | NPR · The type of Ebola erupting in West Africa is closely related to one found 2,500 miles away — the distance between Boston and San Francisco. How did the virus spread so far without anyone noticing?
 
August 19, 2014 | NPR · Iranian poet and women's rights advocate Simin Behbahani has died. Her work probed the social and political challenges that faced Iran after its Islamic Revolution. She was 87.
 

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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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Jun 24, 2010 — The Pulitzer-Prize winning novelist Michael Chabon's essays on marriage and fatherhood.
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Dec 29, 2009 — This book reveals the personal odyssey of Deogratias Niyizonkiza, an American-trained physician living and working in the central African nations of Burundi and Rwanda. His personal tale is one of triumph and misery as he fights to bring modern medical care to his homeland.
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Dec 29, 2009 — In his health care expose, T.R. Reid, a reporter for the Washington Post, reveals numerous opponents of American health care reform as liars, or at best, ill-informed. Reid discusses the benefits of overseas health care programs and tries to dispel the fearful myth of "socialized health care."
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Dec 29, 2009 — In this sharp-eyed chronicle, Joan Biskupic details how Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia's formative experiences translate into his strict constructionist reading of the U.S. Constitution — and how his self-proclaimed unwavering interpretations are often anything but concrete.
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Dec 23, 2009 — This new reissue of Elaine Dundy's 1962 hit is far more literary than "chick lit" but just as much fun, absolutely crackling with deviousness and wit.
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Dec 23, 2009 — Daniel Everett went to the Amazon as a Christian missionary, but ended up spending decades living with the Piraha tribe. This book, his account of those decades with the remote tribe, is riveting, serious escapism.
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Dec 23, 2009 — Miriam Toews' novel is a light, modern On the Road: a poignant American road-trip novel with a twist. It's Canadian.
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Dec 23, 2009 — Day-to-day tragedy collides with modern internet culture in this novel about love, poetry, and life 2.0. Jess Walter's The Financial Lives Of The Poets manages to be just the right balance of satire and heart.
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Dec 23, 2009 — Benjamin Nugent's book posits itself as the "history of the nerd," explaining the many facets of "geek-dom" that exist alongside a pervasive strain of anti-intellectualism in America. The book includes keen observations on jocks, racism, autism, and, of course, Dungeons and Dragons.
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Dec 23, 2009 — Pierre Bayard's book manages to make the reader feel infinitely more literate without having to do all the heavy work of reading. It's chock full of perceptions, philosophy and bon mots.
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