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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 · 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 · One of the worst byproducts of our industrial society is air pollution. It's a global problem that humans have yet to get under control. One scientist thinks we might not be alone, though. Alien civilizations may be polluting their worlds, and that pollution might be one way to detect them.
 
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August 22, 2014 | NPR · There are countless programs to help veterans readjust to civilian life. One of the most unusual is in San Diego, where vets get together in a caged boxing ring and punch each other in the face.
 

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August 16, 2014 | NPR · Both Ukraine and Russia say they're trying to send supplies to residents in eastern Ukraine. But with tensions on both sides running high, that aid may take a while to arrive.
 

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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 23, 2014 — Also: a new short story by Zadie Smith; mermaid mythology.
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Mar 19, 2014 — Also: HarperCollins has bought the rights to JRR Tolkien's translation of Beowulf; Zadie Smith writes about the small losses from climate change; poet Bill Knott dies for the final time.
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Feb 4, 2014 — Also: a new Zadie Smith story; Stephen King will publish a new book; two poems written by David Foster Wallace as a child.
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Nov 15, 2013 — Also: Derek Jeter is going into publishing; and researchers make some unsexy discoveries about copies of Fifty Shades of Grey in Belgium.
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Aug 6, 2013 — Also: A new short story by Zadie Smith; Tom Hanks on typewriters; and the unexpected resurgence of Borders.
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Jul 17, 2013 — Also: Jonathan Franzen answers an odd accusation; Zadie Smith's next book will be a "science-fiction romp."
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Feb 5, 2013 — Also: Scandal-mongering author Kitty Kelley turns her gaze on women in Congress; Goodreads makes some unexpected new rules; and Mark Athitakis explains why Barnes & Noble brought literary culture to the suburbs.
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Feb 12, 2009 — A wonderful lecture by Zadie Smith resurfaces. Against her advice, listen to it!
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