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August 21, 2014 | NPR · The attorney general hugged community leaders, a highway patrol captain and the mother of Michael Brown during his visit, and got an update on the federal investigation into the teen's shooting.
 
August 21, 2014 | NPR · At McCluer High School, 30 varsity football players — all black, mostly from Ferguson — practice. David Greene talks to Sports Illustrated writer Robert Klemko about his story, "Football in Ferguson."
 
August 21, 2014 | NPR · Kelly McEvers talks to Syria expert Shashank Joshi, about President Bashar al-Assad's tenacious grip on power. Joshi is with the Royal Services Institute in London.
 

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August 21, 2014 | KWMU · The violence at night in Ferguson, Mo., has calmed down for now. However, there have been more than 160 people 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 21, 2014 | NPR · The hunt is on to identify the man in the James Foley execution video who speaks with a British accent. An estimated 2,000 Europeans have left home to join the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq.
 

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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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Cuban Americans

Jun 10, 2013 — In softcover nonfiction, Daniel Smith explores his anxiety, and Mark Bowden looks at the killing of Osama bin Laden. In fiction, Pablo Medina follows a boy caring for his aging, Cuban-American parents, and Jean Zimmerman tracks a 17th-century investigation into the disappearance of orphan children.
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Apr 25, 2012 — Kevin Wilson's "strange and wonderful" debut novel, The Family Fang, arrives, along with Adrian Burgos Jr.'s biography of a colorful Negro League owner, memoirs by hacker Kevin Mitnick and mother of nine Melissa Faye Greene, plus journalist Doug Saunders' look at world migration patterns.
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Jul 15, 2011 — NPR coverage of Boxing For Cuba: An Immigrant's Story of Despair, Endurance & Redemption by Guillermo Vincente Vidal. News, author interviews, critics' picks and more.
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Apr 26, 2011 — The biography of a cigar worker turned respected baseball executive, a petite book of poetry perfect for the season, a huge chronicle of a cook and his vegetable patch, and a mother's day gift book that celebrates moms as fashion plates.
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Nov 22, 2010 — In 1962, 11-year-old Carlos Eire was one of thousands of children airlifted out of Cuba and sent to Florida to escape Fidel Castro's regime. His parents thought he'd return when Castro was deposed — but he never went home again. Eire recounts the experience in a new memoir.
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Feb 25, 2009 — In his first address to a joint session of Congress, President Obama pledged to cut the federal budget deficit in half in four years. But every president who has inherited a deficit has promised to cut it, and only Bill Clinton has succeeded. Commentator Russell Roberts think Obama's got his work cut out for him.
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Sep 23, 2008 — As Fed and Treasury officials scramble to secure a $700 billion rescue for faltering financial institutions, economists are pointing fingers of blame at just about everyone: lenders, bankers and borrowers. Does greed lie at the heart of the financial meltdown? Is Main Street just as culpable as Wall Street?
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Aug 25, 2008 — Guillermo Vincente Vidal is the Deputy Mayor of Denver and has an unusual life story, chronicled in his recent book, Boxing for Cuba. Vidal talks about his top leadership role in the city and talks about his journey to success, including how, at age 10, he was one of more than 14,000 children airlifted out of communist CUBA by the U.S.-sponsored "Operation Peter Pan."
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Jun 10, 2007 — The journey of life is made up of a series of choices. But how much do the elements of chance and luck have to play when making those life choices? Author Cristina Garcia explores these ideas in her latest novel, A Handbook to Luck.
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Feb 28, 2006 — Leslie, who listens to KQED in the Bay Area, recommends this memoir of boyhood in 1950s Havana: "Any reader who has a life experience that makes them an exile (physical, emotional or spiritual) can intimately relate to this tale."
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