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August 20, 2014 | NPR · If you venture away from the protest zone in Ferguson, Mo., there is an idyllic neighborhood, which doesn't have much patience for the out-of-towners who have joined the protests.
 
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August 20, 2014 | NPR · President Obama has carefully avoided taking sides following the shooting of Missouri teen Michael Brown, disappointing some African-American observers.
 
August 20, 2014 | NPR · Texas ranks 49th out of 50 states in how much funding it commits to mental health. But San Antonio has become a model for other mental health systems. It has saved $50 million over the past 5 years.
 

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August 20, 2014 | NPR · Demonstrators want an indictment of the police officer who fatally shot Michael Brown earlier this month. But investigations — one of them a federal civil rights case — can take weeks, if not months.
 
August 20, 2014 | NPR · More than a week now from the police shooting in Ferguson, Mo., it's worth asking: Ideally, what should happen with a police officer stops someone in the street?
 
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August 20, 2014 | NPR · Enlisting has been a rite of passage for men in the Pierce family since the Civil War. And as America has changed, Mark Pierce and his son Jeremy explain, what it means to serve has, too.
 

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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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Social mobility

Feb 5, 2013 — In fiction, a novel from Nobel Prize-winner Nadine Gordimer, a posthumous thriller from Michael Crichton and a sensual werewolf tale from Anne Rice arrive in paperback. In softcover nonfiction, Paul Krugman confronts our economic depression, and Charles Murray looks at the U.S. class divide.
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Feb 23, 2012The Social Animal — David Brooks' exploration of human nature — sits at No. 8.
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Feb 9, 2012 — Debuting at No. 15, Coming Apart explores social polarization in working-class America.
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Feb 6, 2012 — In his new book, Charles Murray, co-author of the controversial The Bell Curve, argues that in an increasingly economically stratified America, the white working class is slipping behind.
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Jan 4, 2012 — Historical novelist Bernard Cornwell returns with a new book, while mystery writer Rosamund Lupton makes a gripping debut. In nonfiction, New York Times columnist David Brooks and geopolitical strategist George Friedman look at how history unfolds, while Condoleezza Rice writes for young readers.
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Sep 8, 2011 — Over the past few weeks, Talk of the Nation has been asking for the books you think should be required reading for all college freshmen. Here are 10 of your suggestions.
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Jul 14, 2011 — NPR coverage of The Social Animal: The Hidden Sources of Love, Character, and Achievement by David Brooks. News, author interviews, critics' picks and more.
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Mar 8, 2011 — David Brooks' The Social Animal combines neuroscience with philosophy to uncover the secrets of happiness. The Longevity Project draws long-life lessons from an 80-year study of 1,528 10-year-olds. Finally, an all-black crew explores whiteness on an expedition to - where else? - Antarctica in the wickedly satirical Pym.
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Mar 7, 2011 — "If you mention the word love at a congressional hearing, they look at you like you're Oprah," David Brooks says. But new research has convinced the New York Times writer that to make truly effective public policy, you have to see the emotional and social connections behind the numbers.
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Mar 4, 2011 — David Brooks examines the age-old pursuit of happiness in his book The Social Animal, which follows a pair of fictional adults throughout their conveniently instructive lives. Using the characters as mouthpieces, Brooks uses a range of philosophy, humor and research to explore the human unconscious.
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