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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 · 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.
 
August 29, 2014 | NPR · In Ukraine, civilian volunteers are digging trenches outside the port city of Mariupol in an effort to defend their city from assault by separatist forces.
 

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August 23, 2014 | NPR · Nearly 1,500 people have died in the Ebola outbreak, and more nations in the region are closing their borders. NPR's Scott Simon speaks to Africa correspondent Ofeibea Quist-Arcton about the epidemic.
 

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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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Aug 14, 2013 — A cabaret singer channeling everyone from Adele to Julie Andrews has racked up a million-plus YouTube plays since her video went up Aug. 11. Herewith, a few questions for Christina Bianco, who turns out to have an NPR connection.
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Feb 3, 2012 — Nothing classes up a Super Bowl party as effortlessly as some high-quality cheese. And nothing goes better with cheese than beer, says brewmaster Garrett Oliver. He shares a list of beers and cheeses that taste great together.
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Nov 2, 2011 — An SNL writer interviews closeted guests. No, silly: guests in an actual closet, with clothes and things.
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Aug 26, 2011 — As a rough weather weekend looms, we take a look at how to deal with the minor but wearing irritation of losing power and entertaining yourself and your family.
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Aug 12, 2011 — The film that proved well-endowed at the Asian box office has arrived in America for a titillating limited release. If you like your softcore skin flicks with lots of fight scenes, phallus-mishandling and cheesy 3-D effects (of the non-perverted variety), maybe this carnal curio is for you.
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Jul 15, 2011 — In honor of one year of podcasting, we're proposing a brand-new holiday in which you say really nice things to everyone you know. But wait! Don't turn it off! Stephen Thompson makes the argument for Appreciation Day.
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Jun 10, 2011 — Linton Weeks looks at the art of the thank-you, as seen through a new piece of commentary, an old piece of commentary, and an entire website (turned book) that focuses on saying thank you.
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Jun 2, 2011 — Tonight, we'll be chatting live with you about the finals of the Scripps National Spelling Bee. Can you spell "hooray"? We knew you could.
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Mar 10, 2011 — We conclude our day of Simple Pleasures with one of the very best: a magical dance from Gene Kelly.
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Mar 10, 2011 — We suggest a great podcast starring John Hodgman, in which he judges a dispute about potluck dinners.
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