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

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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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Jul 19, 2014 — The story of Alice Coachman Davis, who died last week, offers plentiful reminders about mid-century attitudes on race and gender. But ultimately, her story is about transcending all that.
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Jul 3, 2014 — Zamperini, whose life story was chronicled in the best-seller Unbroken, survived the brutality of a Japanese POW camp after his bomber crashed in the Pacific during World War II.
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Apr 14, 2014 — Phelps, who has won 22 Olympic medals, including 18 gold, plans to compete in Arizona later this month.
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Feb 24, 2014 — President Vladimir Putin isn't the first Russian leader to try to rebuild Sochi, but it's not so clear his project will ultimately be more successful than his predecessors.
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Feb 16, 2014 — At least seven former Olympians have been elected to Congress. The games offer ambitious athletes something essential to a career in politics: name recognition.
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Feb 11, 2014 — Tuesday's highlights include the snowboarder's bid to become the first American man to earn gold medals at three straight Winter Olympics. Meanwhile, the three members of Team India can now officially compete for their nation. A dispute over that nation's organizing committee has been settled.
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Feb 10, 2014 — Much of the attention on the Olympic slopestyle events has focused on snowboarders, but the downhill event is also done on skis. Devin Logan enters Tuesday's competition as the world's top-ranked female freestyle skier. And at 20, she'll compete before she can legally celebrate with a beer.
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Feb 6, 2014 — As the Winter Olympics begin in Sochi, Russia, commentator Barbara J. King suggests that we can combine attention to issues of gay rights and animal welfare with full-out enjoyment of the skill and dedication shown by the athletes in competition.
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Feb 5, 2014 — Southern Russia, the venue for the coming Winter Olympics, is a wild land known for its breathtaking beauty and centuries of conflict. It has long inspired Russian writers; here are three classic books on the region.
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Feb 3, 2014 — The British government says yes and points to a lengthy report. But economists and other critics say the games rarely if ever produce long-term economic benefits.
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