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August 28, 2014 | NPR · For the first time, researchers have tracked the spread of Ebola, almost in real time, during an outbreak. The virus is quickly changing its genetic code. But it's unclear what the mutations mean.
 
August 29, 2014 | NPR · French President Francois Hollande is under pressure to fix the country's economy, which is overburdened by regulation and failing a generation of young people. He's also facing calls for austerity.
 
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August 29, 2014 | NPR · Congressman and former Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan discusses his new book, The Way Forward: Renewing the American Idea.
 

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August 28, 2014 | NPR · The pay is generous — $1,000 a month. The risks are enormous. They collect the body of an Ebola victim, avoiding any contact that could infect them. They wear safety garb. And they pray.
 
August 28, 2014 | NPR · The Syrian civil war has flared up in the south of the country, near the Israeli border. A group of Islamist fighters have now captured a border crossing between Syria and Israel on the Golan Heights.
 
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August 28, 2014 | NPR · The protests following Michael Brown's death have rekindled long-standing complaints about racist policing in the St. Louis area. Cops there are now becoming more outspoken in their own defense.
 

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August 23, 2014 | NPR · Nearly 1,500 people have died in the Ebola outbreak, and more nations in the region are closing their borders. NPR's Scott Simon speaks to Africa correspondent Ofeibea Quist-Arcton about the epidemic.
 

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August 24, 2014 | NPR · In the wake of violent clashes between protesters and police in Ferguson, Mo., President Obama is ordering a review of the federal programs that help local police departments purchase military gear.
 

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Sep 1, 2013 — Eighty-seven-year-old restaurant critic Marilyn Hagerty gained viral fame last year with a positive review of the Olive Garden in Grand Forks, N.D. Her work has now been collected in a new book, Grand Forks: A History of American Dining in 128 Reviews.
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Apr 16, 2012 — To some, spending April in Paris would be divine. But author Amy Thomas knows that living there full-time isn't always fun. She recommends three books that show how frustrating, judgmental and maddening Paris can be. Have you ever lived abroad? Tell us about your experience in the comments.
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Oct 29, 2009 — Fine French cuisine doesn't have to mean waiters in tuxedos ferrying trays of oysters or silver-domed serving dishes. Chef Christian Constant is leading a mini-revolution in Paris; he's opened four small, lively restaurants that are comfortable, welcoming — and delicieux.
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Jul 18, 2008 — British restaurant critic Jay Rayner samples the sushi, the camel, and — to his mother's dismay — the blowfish on his trot around the globe. Critic Troy Patterson took big bites, too, and found Rayner's book flavorful.
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Jun 30, 2008 — For years, Betsy Block thought the only way to indulge in her favorite pleasure — food — was to eat it. Then she discovered food writing and found a way to have her cake without sneaking even one bite.
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Feb 20, 2008 — Growing up, Chinese-American writer Jennifer 8. Lee noticed the food at Chinese restaurants differed greatly from what her mother served at home, and an obsession was born. The result is a book called The Fortune Cookie Chronicles.
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Jul 10, 2007 — Excerpt: 'In Bad Taste'
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Jul 10, 2007 — Food scientist Massimo Marcone travels the world's remotest corners to investigate bizarre food "delicacies": cheese infested with squirming maggots, coffee brewed from coffee beans extracted from the feces of a cat-like creature, and so on. Marconi's new book is In Bad Taste? The Adventures and Science Behind Food Delicacies.
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Jun 28, 2007 — The food memoir now has a major shelf in most big bookstores. We asked Ruth Reichl, the editor of Gourmet magazine and the author of two food memoirs, to talk about some of her favorite books about food.
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Jun 27, 2007 — Excerpt: 'The Gastronomical Me'
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