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August 21, 2014 | NPR · The attorney general hugged community leaders, a highway patrol captain and the mother of Michael Brown during his visit, and got an update on the federal investigation into the teen's shooting.
 
August 21, 2014 | NPR · At McCluer High School, 30 varsity football players — all black, mostly from Ferguson — practice. David Greene talks to Sports Illustrated writer Robert Klemko about his story, "Football in Ferguson."
 
August 21, 2014 | NPR · Kelly McEvers talks to Syria expert Shashank Joshi, about President Bashar al-Assad's tenacious grip on power. Joshi is with the Royal Services Institute in London.
 

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August 20, 2014 | NPR · Demonstrators want an indictment of the police officer who fatally shot Michael Brown earlier this month. But investigations — one of them a federal civil rights case — can take weeks, if not months.
 
August 20, 2014 | NPR · More than a week now from the police shooting in Ferguson, Mo., it's worth asking: Ideally, what should happen with a police officer stops someone in the street?
 
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August 20, 2014 | NPR · Enlisting has been a rite of passage for men in the Pierce family since the Civil War. And as America has changed, Mark Pierce and his son Jeremy explain, what it means to serve has, too.
 

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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 1, 2011 — Many of us see weeds as a pest, but nature writer Richard Mabey prefers to think of them as "vegetable guerrillas" and "forest outlaws." Mabey stands up for the incredibly adaptable and disreputable plants in his new book, Weeds.
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May 25, 2011 — Summer reading picks are on the way: the movie tie-in edition of David Nicholl's U.K. sensation One Day and the latest from John Grisham and Stephen King. In nonfiction, it's time to get superfreaky about economics, and comedian Jimmy Fallon offers a little thanks.
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Nov 2, 2009 — In the follow-up to their 4-million-selling Freakonomics, Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner fire yet another provocative salvo at conventional wisdom.
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Jan 4, 2007 — A freaky view of the future in Children of Men, the co-author of Freakonomics on ... Beauty and the Geek, freakish adventures on a hunt for sunken treasure, the slightly freaky Jack White in a no-frills music video, and the secret to avoid freakouts (it involves 40 winks).
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Aug 27, 2006 — Charles Johnson is a renowned novelist, essayist and writer of short stories. His novel Middle Passage won the 1990 National Book Award. Lately, his own reading has been directed at an upcoming historical work.
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Jul 30, 2006 — This week's Summer Reader segment calls on Carolyn Hax for her advice on what to read this summer. Hax makes a living off her advice, writing The Washington Post's nationally syndicated column "Tell Me About It."
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Apr 9, 2005 — Economist Steven Levitt talks about his new book, Freakonomics. A professor at the University of Chicago, Levitt uses statistics to examine matters of everyday life, often with startling results.
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Dec 29, 2004 — Fluctuations in the nation's economic climate have left many in business to seek new ways of coping. As usual, dozens of authors have stepped forward with strategies of how to thrive in today's economy. Hear NPR's Steve Inskeep and Randall Rothenberg of Strategy and Business magazine.
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