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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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Hip-hop

Dec 16, 2010 — A new book tells the story of hip-hop's humble beginnings, and how it morphed into the multifaceted, multibillion-dollar business it is today.
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Dec 9, 2010 — Hip-hop music grew from the streets of Harlem and the Bronx into a multi-billion-dollar industry. Dan Charnas chronicles how hip-hop producers and entrepreneurs changed the music industry and pop culture in The Big Payback.
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Apr 19, 2009 — Marc Blatte's first novel is billed as "hip hop noir" — a thriller set in the record studios and hip hop clubs of New York City — with a full serving of drugs, thugs, cops and violent death.
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Oct 28, 2008 — As the presidential election approaches, Talk of the Nation will ask guests to make the case for the two candidates on foreign and domestic policy. John McWhorter, a linguistics professor and senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute, explains why Barack Obama is the right choice in 2008.
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Sep 19, 2008 — Acclaimed artist Justin Bua made a name for himself with paintings and illustrations, which depict the beauty and struggle of city life. Bua's work is collected in a book called The Beat of Urban Art. He speaks with Farai Chideya about his collection and his foray into political illustration.
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Jun 23, 2008 — A new generation of activists have used hip hop music and culture to get young people into politics. But author John McWhorter has a new book, which argues that hip hop provides hindrances, not help, to black America.
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Mar 25, 2008 — Comic books — or, in more highbrow parlance, graphic novelizations — are nudging their way onto the shelves of bookstores and the pages of literary magazines. And writers such as Joss Whedon and Jodi Picoult are trying their hand at the genre.
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Jan 23, 2008 — In her new book, The Message, Felicia Pride describes the life lessons she has learned from hip-hop's greatest: self-sufficiency from OutKast, the silver linings of a broken heart from LL Cool J, and even the complexities of wealth from The Notorious B.I.G.
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Sep 18, 2007 — The Georgetown University professor — author of an acclaimed biography of Tupac Shakur — says hip-hop has its excesses, but at its best it's a high art, a politically acute brand of pavement poetry.
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Jul 9, 2007 — Michael Eric Dyson discusses why he believes that hip-hop music is one of the most authentic expressions of the black experience. Rap and hip-hop artist Jay-Z wrote the introduction to Dyson's new book, Know What I Mean? Reflections on Hip Hop.
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