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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 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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Dec 30, 2013 — It's worth asking the question: does pop culture tell anyone anything? Or are we just sticking our fingers in our ears and whistling?
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Dec 20, 2013 — Conversations are louder, fans are more powerful, and large entertainment brands are trying to figure out how to make money from love. Welcome to the Age of Enthusiasm.
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Oct 24, 2013 — Critics and commentators tend to focus almost all their attention on what's new right this minute. Given the changes in the way culture makes its way to people's lives, that model doesn't necessarily make as much sense as it once did.
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Jun 29, 2013 — Lego introduced a line of characters and sets that helped the company reach girls successfully. But some question what's wrong with girls playing with plain old Legos, and what this line is telling them.
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Jun 17, 2013 — What do you expect when you ask a terrible question in a ridiculous setting?
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Jun 9, 2013 — Revelations about government surveillance have motivated a lot of reactions, some of which take into account that we gain something for some of the data we give up in our day-to-day lives. But the transaction is different when the government is involved.
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May 29, 2013 — Apparently, the "promposal" is a requirement for your more extravagant high school romantics.
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May 28, 2013 — A new piece in The Atlantic argues that American men lack charm, both in the movies and in real life.
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May 14, 2013 — Angelina Jolie's surgery perhaps shouldn't matter, but it will to someone.
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Apr 18, 2013 — What's worth seeing at this year's 12th annual Tribeca Film Festival in Manhattan? Critic Joel Arnold lists a few movies he wants to see and explains why the little festival that could is still picking up steam and showcasing some great films.
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