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August 20, 2014 | NPR · If you venture away from the protest zone in Ferguson, Mo., there is an idyllic neighborhood, which doesn't have much patience for the out-of-towners who have joined the protests.
 
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August 20, 2014 | NPR · President Obama has carefully avoided taking sides following the shooting of Missouri teen Michael Brown, disappointing some African-American observers.
 
August 20, 2014 | NPR · Texas ranks 49th out of 50 states in how much funding it commits to mental health. But San Antonio has become a model for other mental health systems. It has saved $50 million over the past 5 years.
 

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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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Teenagers

Dec 26, 2012The Virgin Suicides takes teenage angst to the extreme. Writer, blogger and professional teenager Tavi Gevinson explains why it's a book she can't put down, year after adolescent year.
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Sep 19, 2012 — Author John Sandford has written almost two dozen novels and thrillers, most of them as part of the "Prey" series. In his latest book, detective Virgil Flowers sets off into the rural countryside, where, as Sandford says, "every once in a while, things turn ugly, and when they turn ugly, they turn very ugly."
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Dec 13, 2011 — NPR's go-to librarian would like you to meet some friends of hers — from six novels and one work of history. As you read, these artfully developed characters will become more and more real. Pearl says that when the stories ended, she was left longing for the people she'd met between the pages.
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Jul 17, 2011 — NPR coverage of Hairstyles Of The Damned by Joe Meno. News, author interviews, critics' picks and more.
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Jul 17, 2011 — NPR coverage of Outside Valentine by Liza Ward. News, author interviews, critics' picks and more.
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Jun 14, 2011 — Set in the late 1980s, Eleanor Henderson's bittersweet Ten Thousand Saints follows three teens as they search for belonging in a rapidly changing Manhattan.
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Jan 8, 2010 — Heller McAlpin reviews Jim Harrison's latest book, a trio of novellas connected by the song "The Last Word in Lonesome Is Me" by Patsy Cline. McAlpin says Harrison's fiction is rooted in a deep connection with nature and respect for the disenfranchised.
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May 20, 2008 — Scientists know relatively little about how chronic sleeplessness works or why it disproportionately affects women and people over 65. Gayle Greene, author of Insomniac, explains how sleepless nights can have a devastating effect on daily routines.
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Mar 26, 2008 — Photojournalist Robin Bowman spent four years driving across the United States, photographing and interviewing more than 400 teens. Some of those pictures — and the teens' words — are included in her new book, It's Complicated: The American Teenager.
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Mar 25, 2008 — This week's Mocha Moms talk about how to teach your kids not to lie with Jenifer Lippincott, author of Seven Things Your Teenager Won't Tell You.
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