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September 2, 2014 | NPR · At a Labor Day picnic in Milwaukee, the president accused the GOP of blocking economic initiatives. He urged the sympathetic union audience to turn their frustration into political action in November.
 
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September 2, 2014 | NPR · The Islamist extremist group Islamic State has released a new video that purports to show the beheading of an American journalist named Steven Sotloff. Two weeks ago, the group threatened to kill Sotloff in a video depicting the beheading of James Foley, another American journalist.
 
September 2, 2014 | NPR · In response to unrest in eastern Ukraine, NATO is considering forming a rapid reaction force — a topic that will be discussed at a summit this week in Wales. But how will Russia react, and is this the right move for the alliance? To learn more, Audie Cornish speaks with Steven Pifer, the director of Arms Control and Non-Proliferation Initiative at the Brookings Institution.
 
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August 31, 2014 | NPR · Immigration remains one of the most challenging issues for President Obama. Political correspondent Mara Liasson discusses the political cost of the choices before him with Linda Wertheimer.
 

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Sep 20, 2013 — Jonathan Lethem's tale of two leftist generations, Dissident Gardens, debuts at No. 8.
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Sep 11, 2013 — Jonathan Lethem's Dissident Gardens sketches a history of the American left that is at once intimate and expansive. Out of the lives of a few conflicted characters, reviewer Mohsin Hamid explains, the book lends depth and emotion to events that affected millions.
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Sep 9, 2013 — His new book, Dissident Gardens, follows three generations of an activist family, from Rose, a secular Jew and communist, to Sergius, her commune-raised grandson. The book is fiction, but its characters were inspired by Lethem's own family story.
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Oct 31, 2011 — Looking for something thoughtful to go along with your Halloween thrills? Author Lisa Tucker recommends three page-turners that will make you feel scarily smart.
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Apr 20, 2011 — Novelists Aimee Bender and Adam Ross both use food as a key to the nuances of family and marriage, while historian Alison Weir and comic writer Seth Grahame-Smith rip some bodices. In nonfiction, Jeff Goodell explores the controversy over geoengineering as a solution to climate change.
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Apr 28, 2010 — David Goodwillie mashes politics, comedy, thriller and romance into one ambitious novel about gossip blogger Aidan Cole pursuing a romance with the beautiful Paige Roderick, an American terrorist bomber driven by her brother's death in Iraq.
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Apr 20, 2010 — A novel skewers New York's Internet-media nexus; a New York Times health editor examines the ways "Grown-Up" minds are superior to young brains; a reporter visits the small Dominican town that churns out big-league baseball stars.
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Jan 12, 2006 — The latest novel from Sigrid Nunez, The Last of Her Kind, tracks a woman's life from her college days in the late 1960s to the present. As she describes her own life, the narrator, Georgette, also details the legacy of fierce idealism — and violence.
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