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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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Jun 30, 2013 — Nelson Mandela is the former president of South Africa and famed leader of the anti-apartheid movement. Blogger and professor Sean Jacobs recommends three books that explore the leader's life and legacy in great detail.
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Apr 12, 2013 — At No. 9, Escape from Camp 14 tracks a young North Korean's fight for freedom.
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Mar 25, 2013 — In softcover nonfiction, Cheryl Strayed recounts her solo trek on the Pacific Crest Trail, Blaine Harden unlocks the secrets of a North Korean prison camp, and Leymah Gbowee reflects on becoming a Liberian peace activist. In fiction, Rachel Joyce's tale of an unexpected journey arrives in paperback.
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Feb 20, 2013 — North Korea's third test of nuclear devices, turned the eyes of the world onto the isolated nation. The history of the nation remains unknown to many. Nicholas Eberstadt, a researcher at the American Enterprise Institute, shares his recommended reads on the most closed country in the world.
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Mar 29, 2012 — Shin Dong-hyuk is the only person known to have been born in North Korea's prison camps and gotten out alive. Journalist Blaine Harden tells the story of Shin's daring escape.
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Sep 29, 2011 — Jonathan Franzen's much-discussed Freedom arrives in paperback, along with selected stories from William Trevor and a new Rick Bass novel set in 1950s Nashville. In nonfiction, Nelson Mandela opens the archives to his past, and Ian Frazier explores Siberia.
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Jul 17, 2011 — NPR coverage of The Lizard Cage by Karen Connelly. News, author interviews, critics' picks and more.
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Jun 30, 2011 — In June 2009, the Iranian government executed a violent crackdown on hundreds of thousands of Iranians who protested against the re-election of President Ahmadinejad. In the process, journalist Maziar Bahari was arrested and imprisoned for 118 days. To learn about his experience, host Michel Martin speaks with Bahari, whose new book is Then They Came For Me: A Family's Story of Love, Captivity, and Survival.
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Jun 3, 2011Newsweek correspondent Maziar Bahari was arrested in Tehran in 2009 while covering Iran's election protests. He explains how he endured 118 days in Iran's notorious Evin Prison, where he was repeatedly interrogated and tortured — and how he now views his homeland.
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