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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.
 
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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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Jun 17, 2014 — If books float your boat, we've got just the thing: magical barge battles, the search for the Northwest Passage and a trans-Atlantic cruise that follows in Geoffrey Chaucer's footsteps. Also pirates!
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Jun 6, 2013 — For readers in search of tales that step outside familiar viewpoints, these authors unravel conflict, religion, race and love — from new and different angles. In these novels, a child from the slums, an executed zealot, a reluctant immigrant, a guilty survivor and a suffering mother take center stage.
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May 30, 2013 — In We Need New Names, NoViolet Bulawayo tells the story of Darling and her friends, desperate children who live in a shantytown called Paradise. Although the early chapters are told in a child's voice, there is no whimsy in this novel of a turbulent Zimbabwe.
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Oct 13, 2011 — Jon Stewart and The Daily Show writers sum up humanity while Matt Taibbi weighs in on the financial meltdown, Peter Godwin explores Robert Mugabe's reign of terror, Condoleezza Rice reflects on her Alabama childhood, and Hazel Rowley probes Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt's unconventional marriage.
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Sep 2, 2011 — Alexandra Fuller's memoir traces her family story from England to East Africa. It debuts at No. 4.
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Aug 16, 2011 — The author of Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight follows up with a second memoir — a loving portrait of her eccentric mother. Alexandra Fuller tells the story of a young British woman raised in Kenya — a madcap adventuress with a predilection for drama.
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Aug 15, 2011 — NPR coverage of Cocktail Hour Under the Tree of Forgetfulness by Alexandra Fuller. News, author interviews, critics' picks and more.
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Mar 30, 2011 — African journalist Peter Godwin returned to his native Zimbabwe in 2008 to follow the presidential election. He writes about President Robert Mugabe's refusal to give up power — and Mugabe's torture campaign against opposition supporters — in The Fear.
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Mar 24, 2011 — In 2008, Robert Mugabe carried out a campaign of violence and terror against the people of Zimbabwe. In The Fear, African journalist Peter Godwin takes on the story, chronicling his travels through the country. Critic Susan J. Gilman says this chilling portrait turns us all into witnesses.
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Nov 11, 2010 — The best stories creep under your skin and stay there. Kathryn Erskine recommends three gripping, unsettling reads with resolute, compelling narrators. These are stories that you just can't shake.
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