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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 22, 2014 | NPR · It's been another rough August for President Obama. He's wrapping up a summer vacation marred by events in Ferguson, Mo., and the murder of an American journalist in the Middle East.
 
August 22, 2014 | NPR · Regular political commentators, E.J. Dionne of The Washington Post and Reihan Salam of The National Review, discuss the killing of American journalist James Foley and the ongoing conflict in Ferguson, Mo.
 
August 22, 2014 | NPR · The scent of fresh pencils is in the air, and homework assignments are around the corner. In honor of back-to-school season, author Alexander Aciman recommends The Lost Estate by Henri Alain-Fournier.
 

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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 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 2, 2011 — Sue Miller and Alexander McCall Smith deliver vivid character studies in their latest novels, while Christopher Hitchens reflects on his personal and political evolution, Rick Reilly jumps into some sports from hell, and Paul Greenberg takes a hard look at fish farming.
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Dec 9, 2010 — An amateur orchestra helps an English village transcend WWII in Alexander McCall Smith's latest novel, while in nonfiction, a popular ESPN columnist takes on the NBA, an English military historian revisits the Civil War, and a journalist confronts species loss around the world.
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Jul 15, 2010 — Alexander McCall Smith, author of the No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency books, carries on the grand old tradition of serialized novels in Corduroy Mansions. There's plenty of quirk and charm in this high-spirited, rambling tale about the inhabitants of a genteel, comfortably worn apartment block in London.
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Jan 12, 2010 — You might think of Alexander McCall Smith's new novel, La's Orchestra Saves the World, as a literary tea biscuit: sweet and easily digestible, says reviewer Heller McAlpin. The WWII-era story, set in rural England, tells the story of a new McCall Smith heroine, Lavender Stone.
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Sep 30, 2006 — Alexander McCall Smith's No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency books are international bestsellers. His new venture, the Sunday Philosophy Club series, stars a single, serious, inquisitive and adventurous character of a certain age named Isabel Dalhousie.
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Dec 14, 2004 — Reviewer Alan Cheuse offers his annual recommendations for holiday gift-giving. This year's list includes novels of travel on Earth and in space, new versions of tales from the Bible, Africa and Mesopotamia, and collections of poetry and song.
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Oct 3, 2004 — Mystery writer Alexander McCall Smith is most widely known for his popular The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series. NPR's Sheilah Kast speaks to Smith about his newest novel, The Sunday Philosophy Club: An Isabel Dalhousie Mystery. In the book, Smith introduces readers to a new sleuth who has an uncommon method for fighting crime.
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Jul 15, 2011 — NPR coverage of La's Orchestra Saves the World by Alexander McCall Smith. News, author interviews, critics' picks and more.
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Jul 14, 2011 — NPR coverage of Corduroy Mansions by Alexander McCall Smith. News, author interviews, critics' picks and more.
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