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August 19, 2014 | NPR · More than one week after the shooting death of an unarmed black teenager in a St. Louis suburb, protests continue. On Monday night, police fired tear gas and stun grenades to disperse demonstrators.
 
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August 19, 2014 | KHN · Across the U.S., jails hold many more people with serious mental illness than state hospitals do. San Antonio is reweaving its safety net for the mentally ill — and saving $10 million annually.
 

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August 19, 2014 | NPR · Dr. Joanne Liu of Doctors Without Borders says fear and a lack of sense of urgency has kept the international community in their home countries rather than stepping up to the plate in West Africa.
 
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August 19, 2014 | NPR · The type of Ebola erupting in West Africa is closely related to one found 2,500 miles away — the distance between Boston and San Francisco. How did the virus spread so far without anyone noticing?
 
August 19, 2014 | NPR · Iranian poet and women's rights advocate Simin Behbahani has died. Her work probed the social and political challenges that faced Iran after its Islamic Revolution. She was 87.
 

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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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Cormac McCarthy

Aug 11, 2011 — More than 5,000 of you nominated. More than 60,000 of you voted. And now the results are in. Explore the winners of NPR's Top 100 Science-Fiction and Fantasy survey — an intriguing mix of classic and contemporary titles.
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Apr 6, 2011 — Good feuds can make for juicy stories, but terrible downfalls. Newfoundland author Michael Crummey suggests three books about grudge-fueled atrocities that tear towns and families apart. And even if his picks can't convince you to turn the other cheek, they're still pulse-quickening reads.
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Jun 19, 2010 — Sunday is the day we remember our doting, caring dads — but this Father's Day, Tess Callahan wonders whether it's possible for a dad to overextend his love. She looks at three books where a father's protection means keeping some dangerous secrets.
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Nov 7, 2006 — Jorey, a listener in Little Rock, says of McCarthy's latest novel: "His past works have made me flinch, wonder, shudder, and think. This one is no exception."
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Sep 28, 2006 — Cormac McCarthy's latest book, The Road, is a story about the journey of a father and son through a post-apocalyptic American landscape. But it may be a comment on conditions today.
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May 20, 2006 — Toni Morrison's 1987 work Beloved is the best American novel of the past quarter-century. That's according to a vote of writers and critics who were invited to weigh in with their choices by The New York Times Book Review.
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Jul 28, 2005 — Alan Cheuse reviews No Country for Old Men, by Cormac McCarthy. The novel opens up the world of a murderous sociopath in the desert straddling the Texas-Mexico border.
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Jul 15, 2011 — NPR coverage of The Road by Cormac McCarthy. News, author interviews, critics' picks and more.
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