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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 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 16, 2014 — One listener remembers the voice of Casey Kasem speaking to a young, lonely music nerd of the future — one who regrets not getting a chance to say thank you, so this will have to do.
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May 10, 2014 — Nick Andersen looks at the Eurovision Song Contest and the experience of watching from afar as all of Europe makes its own way through sequins and singing siblings.
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Feb 9, 2014 — Later, they'd get weird, experimental, and rebellious, but when the Beatles made their U.S. television debut 50 years ago, they were still just a band — but a magically brilliant band.
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Jan 26, 2014 — Linda Holmes and Stephen Thompson get together for the umpteenth time (well, sixth time) to provide live commentary on the Grammy Awards.
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Jan 24, 2014 — Marc Hirsh argues that the Best New Artist award, the kids' table of the Grammys, ought to go the way of the dodo bird, for everyone's sake and everyone's sanity.
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Nov 27, 2013 — Chris Klimek looks back at all of The Boss's covers to note that while some of the early and mid-career ones are iconic, the recent ones are utterly head-scratching.
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Oct 17, 2013 — Marc Hirsh checks in with Katy Perry and the current requirements for pop stagecraft. It used to be that you didn't need big and splashy stage shows unless they suited you; that's no longer the case.
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Aug 29, 2013 — The band's new box set, Made in California, has critic Marc Hirsh thinking again about a group whose legend never made sense to him.
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Jul 31, 2013 — Please, let us not think of the calculation of the value of art to the economy as involving anything called "the Taylor Swift Effect."
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Jun 13, 2013 — The first trailer for the next Hobbit movie has arrived.
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