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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 · Congressman and former Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan discusses his new book, The Way Forward: Renewing the American Idea.
 

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August 30, 2014 | NPR · In Ukraine, worried officials in the southeastern part of the country beefed up their defenses on Saturday as rebel forces slowly moved west following the recent capture of a strategic seaside town.
 
August 30, 2014 | NPR · Arun Rath talks to former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Steven Pifer about NATO and EU options for confronting Russian aggression in Ukraine.
 
August 30, 2014 | NPR · More than 500 people may have traveled from the U.K. to Syria to fight in its civil war. Arun Rath talks to Jessica Stern, author of Terror In The Name Of God, about how it's drawing Westerners.
 

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

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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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Smithsonian: Behind The Scenes

Dec 24, 2011 — Photos from Smithsonian show how Santa has come a long way in just a few decades.
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Jul 27, 2011 — A few vintage images of butterflies are set free from the archives.
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Jun 28, 2011 — History springs to life in wiggling stereoscopic images.
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Mar 25, 2011 — Historic photos of the US Army's first African American pilot program.
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Mar 12, 2011 — The Smithsonian has recently discovered a rare perspective on the legendary quake: 3-D, color stereo photographs.
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Feb 14, 2011 — Today, these photos are just endearing. But in the 1800s, they might have caused a stir.
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Jan 3, 2011 — Fifty years ago today, renowned photographer Richard Avedon spent some time with the busy president-elect and his family.
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Dec 20, 2010 — A New York cityscape taken 76 years ago today seems an ordinary perspective, but at the time, it was something special.
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Sep 28, 2010 — In the early stages of atomic experiments, the U.S. government hired Harold Edgerton to figure out how to photograph big bangs. His photographs, shared by the Smithsonian, are both spectacular and spooky.
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Aug 27, 2010 — It's the season for gathering vacation photos — whether in tangible scrapbooks or Facebook albums. Smithsonian curator Shannon Perich takes a look at photo albums through the years.
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