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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 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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Jul 27, 2014 — Batman keeps avenging the death of his parents, but "it's not a vendetta, it's a crusade," says author Glen Weldon. "He represents the idea of: 'This thing that happened to me? Never again.' "
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May 24, 2014X-Men: Days Of Future Past is a time-travel movie, but not only because of its plot. It's also an experiment in how to continue a franchise without the potential complications of starting over.
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May 2, 2014 — Our comics blogger, Glen Weldon, tees up all 57 of the offerings for this year's Free Comic Book Day and tells you which ones to try to lay your paws upon.
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Dec 9, 2013 — NPR comics blogger and pop-culture podcaster Glen Weldon has a few words for director Zack Snyder about the casting news that's gotten him in such hot water.
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Oct 15, 2013 — When you see a valuable comic locked up in a safe, it's fair to wonder whether it's really intended for people other than ardent fans to enjoy, or even to know about. But a new documentary airing on PBS uses superheroes to tell a larger tale of American popular entertainment.
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Jul 24, 2013 — Glen Weldon gets the stink eye from a legend of the comics industry, enjoys hijinks onstage, and has to pee in the middle of the ceremony.
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May 30, 2013 — Glen Weldon gives close attention to a story from what he calls "Superman: The Crazypants Years."
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May 28, 2013 — Dissatisfied with the scope and costs of the biggest fan convention in the country, one fan started a new gathering of her own, and she quickly brought some big names in to help out.
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May 6, 2013 — The latest Iron Man installment continues an argument begun in last summer's The Avengers about two very different kinds of American exceptionalism.
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May 1, 2013 — Our comics blogger rounds up a long list of comics you may be able to find for free this weekend at your local comics shop and tells you which ones might work best for you.
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