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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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Noir fiction

Apr 25, 2012 — In Driven, the sequel to the book that spawned the award-winning film Drive, the mysterious ex-stuntman Driver finds there's one thing he can't outrace: his own violent past. James Sallis' writing is taut and surprisingly philosophical.
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Oct 19, 2011In England, where sniping at Booker Prize finalists is a national sport, this year's bickering was especially fierce. But last night's award of the prize to Julian Barnes' absorbing, elegant The Sense of an Ending provided ... just that.
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Jul 27, 2011 — Dennis Lehane returns to a torn character he invented a decade ago, Ruth Rendell visits London's Portobello Road, Karen Russell sets her debut in the Florida swamps, and Anne Fortier explores Romeo and Juliet in a modern love story. Meanwhile, Rosanne Cash reflects on her life and famous family.
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Jul 17, 2011 — NPR coverage of The Ice Harvest by Scott Phillips. News, author interviews, critics' picks and more.
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Jul 17, 2011 — NPR coverage of Nobody Move by Denis Johnson. News, author interviews, critics' picks and more.
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Jul 15, 2011 — NPR coverage of Villain by Shuichi Yoshida and Philip Gabriel. News, author interviews, critics' picks and more.
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Jul 15, 2011 — NPR coverage of Moonlight Mile by Dennis Lehane. News, author interviews, critics' picks and more.
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Jun 1, 2011 — Craving some cold-blooded thrills this summer? These detective novels offer twists and turns to help you beat the heat.
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Mar 29, 2011 — A memoir of living in close quarters with Susan Sontag; a novel set in the world of Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho; and a young-adult novel that covers the very adult themes of labor camps in 1941 Lithuania.
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Nov 13, 2010 — Dennis Lehane is renowned for the gritty realism of his authentic Boston crime novels, including best-sellers (and hit films) Mystic River and Gone Baby Gone. In his new novel Moonlight Mile, he dives again into Beantown's mean streets.
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