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September 2, 2014 | NPR · At a Labor Day picnic in Milwaukee, the president accused the GOP of blocking economic initiatives. He urged the sympathetic union audience to turn their frustration into political action in November.
 
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September 2, 2014 | NPR · The city's plan to restructure its debt has been praised as a creative way to protect both pensioners and its art museum. But some creditors — and residents — feel like they're being railroaded.
 
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September 1, 2014 | NPR · Ebola has exposed weaknesses in Africa's health networks and a failure to work together to arrest the spread of the virus. The "not our problem" response is taking an economic toll on the continent.
 
September 1, 2014 | NPR · Nearly 260 health workers in West Africa have been infected, and 134 have died. Dr. Robert Garry of Tulane University, who worked with five who died, discusses the devastation in the community.
 
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September 1, 2014 | NPR · Ads with candidates shooting guns are proliferating this year. It can all be traced back to Sen. Joe Manchin's famed 2010 spot "Dead Aim."
 

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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 31, 2014 | NPR · Immigration remains one of the most challenging issues for President Obama. Political correspondent Mara Liasson discusses the political cost of the choices before him with Linda Wertheimer.
 

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Oct 21, 2013 — Do we need to diversify perceptions of science? Or should we "coolify" stereotypes of geeky scientists? Can we do both? Commentator Tania Lombrozo considers what contemporary psychology can tell us about the implications of each approach.
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Oct 9, 2013 — Science and the people who practice it are both an everyday fact and a mystery for most of us. So, how can science attract talent and continue to thrive if it remains an enigma? Commentator Marcelo Gleiser says that, first, it must reach out to the public and set them straight: scientists are regular people, too.
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May 7, 2013 — There was a time when superheroes confined themselves to the pages of comic books piled up in a kids room. Now they're on the big screen and in the mainstream of pop culture. Commentator Adam Frank says there are winners and losers in this transformation.
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Jan 26, 2011 — With unlimited access to obscure, weird, and strange media over the Internet, nearly anyone can become a games or book "nerd" of some sort. Comedian Patton Oswalt has had enough — he says it's time for the true geeks to revive and rebuild their unique empire.
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