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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 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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Jul 30, 2014 — Our quest for knowledge will never end because we just can't know everything, no matter how hard we try, says commentator Marcelo Gleiser. But that's a good thing. Here's why.
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Jul 2, 2014 — If nature is like a game played by the gods, scientists are the observers trying to figure out the rules. Physicist Marcelo Gleiser asks: Can our knowledge ever be complete?
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Apr 15, 2014 — The human experience of sacredness transcends debates about atheism and religion, says astrophysicist Adam Frank. So where does the sacred live and what does it point to?
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Jan 28, 2014 — The real dilemma we face from climate change is keeping this machine we call civilization working in a rapidly changing natural world. Nature, life, will survive and thrive, regardless of what happens to humanity, says commentator Adam Frank.
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Dec 11, 2013 — We have a vice: an addiction to screen time and digital linkage. Not a moment is allowed to go by without tapping into some free-flowing source of information. The antidote, says commentator Marcelo Gleiser, is renewal of our links to the natural world.
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Aug 29, 2013 — When children have so little experience of nature that they fear butterflies, how should we respond? That's the question anthropologist Barbara J. King asks after reading about a new garden at the Dallas Arboretum focused on educating kids.
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Aug 15, 2013 — The number of acres burned this wildfire season is nearly half of what it was this time last year, though the most active period hasn't yet begun in parts of the West. By one tragic measure, however, 2013 has been one of the grimmest seasons in years.
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Jun 26, 2013 — The laws of man order society, making sure we don't descend into chaos; the laws of nature reveal ordered patterns. Commentator Marcelo Gleiser considers the similarities and differences between the two, and whether the laws of Nature could change, as the laws of man do.
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Mar 26, 2013 — The wilderness is not just a thing, it's a need. It's an idea that has grown up with humans and it will follow us from this planet to the next, and beyond. Commentator Adam Frank plots our future course.
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Feb 14, 2013 — Judy Van der Veer poured her experiences of living on a California ranch into books evoking the delights and sorrows of the natural world. On Valentine's Day, commentator Barbara J. King shares her love for Van der Veer's writing.
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