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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 29, 2014 | NPR · Congressman and former Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan discusses his new book, The Way Forward: Renewing the American Idea.
 

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August 29, 2014 | NPR · The Obama administration is considering whether to broaden its air campaign against the extremist group the Islamic State by striking targets in Syria.
 
August 29, 2014 | NPR · Regular political commentators, E.J. Dionne of The Washington Post and David Brooks of The New York Times, discuss the latest in Ukraine and the actions of ISIS in Iraq and Syria.
 
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August 29, 2014 | NPR · An earthquake in Napa Valley this week brought back old fears for author Gustavo Arellano. In his anxiety he's revisiting the book A Crack in the Edge of the World.
 

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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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Mar 5, 2012 — In the first hour of Talk of the Nation, the science of political consistency, and on the opinion page, writer Soraya Chemaly explains why she left the Catholic church. In the second hour, the role of women in Islamist governments, and Teller (of Penn & Teller) talks about the psychology of magic.
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Feb 13, 2012 — In the first hour of Talk of the Nation, how to close the achievement gap between rich and poor, and the opinion page looks at Syria. In the second hour, the U.S. Constitution, and remembering Whitney Houston.
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Feb 6, 2012 — In the first hour of Talk of the Nation, the history and goals of the Responsibility to Protect, and the opinion page looks at ***. In the second hour, the drop in America's unemployment rate, and a bike commuter's quest to catch a bike thief.
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Jan 30, 2012 — In the first hour of Talk of the Nation, the ongoing crisis in Syria, and Freddie Mac bets against homeowners. In the second hour, paying for online news, and on the Opinion Page, Israeli journalist Ronen Bergman predicts Israel's attack on Iran.
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Nov 7, 2011 — In the first hour of Talk of the Nation, the new politics of race, and the opinion page looks at how Iran lost Iraq. In the second hour, P.J. O'Rourke talks about his latest book, Holidays in Heck, and vacations gone wrong.
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Oct 24, 2011 — In the first hour of Talk of the Nation, President Obama's decision to pull American troops out of Iraq. In the second hour, filmmaker Guillermo del Toro talks about his latest novel, The Night Eternal, and the opinion page looks at "militarized urbanism".
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Oct 17, 2011 — In the first hour of Talk of the Nation, the role of mid-sized businesses in driving the economy, and the opinion page looks at the Occupy Wall Street protests. In the second hour, West Side Story 50 years later, and historian Victor Davis Hanson talks about his book, The End of Sparta.
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Oct 3, 2011 — In the first hour of Talk of the Nation, a look at accusations about Pakistan's Intelligence agency, and the opinion page considers the legality of the drone attack that killed Anwar al-Awlaki. In the second hour, the reality of life after prostate cancer surgery, and drug violence along the US-Mexico border.
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Sep 26, 2011 — In the first hour of Talk of the Nation, military drones and their role in foreign policy, remembering Wangari Maathai, and the opinion page. In the second hour, the author of The New Kids: Big Dreams and Brave Journeys at a High School for Immigrant Teens, and the idea behind the film, Moneyball.
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Sep 19, 2011 — In the first hour of Talk of the Nation, new programs that offer a way out of poverty, and President Obama's plan to cut the deficit. In the second hour, actor Hal Holbrook reflects on his life and career, and the opinion page.
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