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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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West Virginia

Jun 26, 2014 — Writer Julia Keller, who grew up in the state, says she surprised herself when she set her novels there. But riverbanks, convenience stores and abandoned coal mines make for perfect crime scenes.
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Aug 2, 2012The Scummers is the last installment in Maynard's Crum trilogy. Maynard based Crum, his 1988 semi-autobiographical novel, on his small, poor West Virginia hometown. The people of Crum who know the book tend to love it or hate it. Maynard spoke with Terry Gross in 2003.
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Nov 16, 2011 — A literary agent once told Jaimy Gordon she was a "small-press" author at heart. But in 2010, she won the National Book Award for fiction for her book, 'Lord Of Misrule.' Gordon talks about what the award has meant for her career.
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Aug 3, 2011 — Singer-songwriter Josh Ritter's debut novel Bright's Passage reads like a protracted folk song and features many of the form's perennial motifs: Biblical names, blazing fires, ghosts in white lace and a beatific baby.
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Jul 27, 2011 — NPR coverage of The Glass Castle: A Memoir by Jeannette Walls. News, author interviews, critics' picks and more.
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Jul 17, 2011 — NPR coverage of Union Dues by John Sayles. News, author interviews, critics' picks and more.
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Jul 14, 2011 — NPR coverage of Bright's Passage by Josh Ritter. News, author interviews, critics' picks and more.
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Jun 27, 2011 — In Josh Ritter's first novel, Bright's Passage, a World War I soldier goes home to West Virginia and must protect himself and his infant son. The book contains Ritter's trademark combination of humor, gothic themes and fantastical imagery (an angel who inhabits the body of a horse).
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May 31, 2011 — The season of pleasure reading is upon us, and the publishing world has readied a handful of thrilling titles to be released just in time for the summer heat. After surveying the crop, here are our picks for fun reading in the sun.
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Mar 3, 2011 — National Book Award Winner Jaimy Gordon visits the racetrack, while baseball legend Willie Mays returns in a new authorized biography. Julian Assange gets a close-up from a former colleague, Mitt Romney lays out his vision for U.S. economic and foreign policy, and Gretchen Rubin gets happy.
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