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August 22, 2014 | NPR · The standoff between the U.S. and Russia over Ukraine has raised the specter of a new Cold War. David Greene talks to Julie Ioffe, of the New Republic, about what Russia's next move may be in Ukraine.
 
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August 22, 2014 | NPR · Even just the word Ebola is kind of terrifying. Why? Hollywood has a lot to do with it. But Ebola outbreaks also have all the ingredients for what one psychologist calls the "dread factor."
 
August 22, 2014 | NPR · Census Bureau data show a wider gap between rich and poor. Kelly McEvers explores this with economist Enrico Moretti of the University of California-Berkeley, author of The New Geography of Jobs.
 

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August 21, 2014 | KWMU · The violence at night in Ferguson, Mo., has calmed down for now. However, more than 160 people have been arrested since the protests began. Police records offer a sense of who they are.
 
August 21, 2014 | NPR · The aftermath of the police shooting in Ferguson, Mo., has focused attention on police-involved killings more broadly in the U.S. But statistics on shootings by police are scarce. To learn why, Audie Cornish speaks with David Klinger, an associate professor at the University of Missouri in St. Louis.
 
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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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Magicians

Dec 13, 2013 — Martha Woodroof looks at the process of acquiring a first novel from the point of view of publishers who both employ their own taste and then take care of the deal.
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Jan 11, 2013Death Comes To Pemberley, P.D. James' whodunit sequel to a Jane Austen classic, appears at No. 10.
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Aug 3, 2012 — In its fourth week on the list, young magicians fall in love in Erin Morgenstern's The Night Circus.
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Jul 13, 2012The Night Circus, Erin Morgenstern's tale of romance between magicians, debuts at No. 6.
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Jul 5, 2012 — In fiction, Erin Morgenstern conjures star-crossed magicians, Rachel DeWoskin revisits the horrors of high school, and Dean Bakopoulos' widower pursues new love. In nonfiction, James Carroll visits the real and imagined Jerusalem.
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Feb 7, 2012 — This week brings four novels about love: childhood love in immigrant Brooklyn; married love in dot-com San Francisco; intergenerational love and tension in Philadelphia; and an academic father's sometimes obtuse love for his three daughters. In nonfiction, football star Michael Oher describes his experiences in foster care.
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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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Sep 23, 2011The Night Circus, Erin Morgenstern's fanciful tale of a mysterious circus, debuts at No.1.
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Sep 13, 2011 — A life-or-death competition between two young magicians plays out in Erin Morgenstern's debut novel. Layers of trickery and masterful sleight of hand make it hard to know what's real and what's fake. "My magic is sort of real-world magic," Morgenstern says.
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Sep 12, 2011 — Two young, star-crossed magicians compete against each other in a mysterious, lifelong competition in Erin Morgenstern's sparkling debut novel.
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