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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.
 
August 19, 2014 | NPR · The actions in Ferguson, Mo., have inspired talk about the militarization of U.S. police departments. The real question, is whether police have become militarized in their attitude toward the public.
 
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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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Jul 15, 2011 — NPR coverage of Reading Like a Writer: A Guide for People Who Love Books and for Those Who Want to Write Them by Francine Prose. News, author interviews, critics' picks and more.
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Dec 21, 2010 — This year, not all of the best books made it onto best-seller lists. NPR's Rachel Syme picks her favorite under-the-radar reads that are worth a second look.
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May 4, 2010 — In 1996, journalist David Lipsky went on a road trip with David Foster Wallace while the author promoted his book Infinite Jest. Fourteen years later, and more than a year after Wallace committed suicide, Lipsky has released Although Of Course You End Up Becoming Yourself, a collection of his conversations with Wallace, about television, fast food, depression and literary fame.
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Sep 25, 2009 — Anne Frank's diary is read and quoted around the world, by youngsters, statesmen and scholars alike. But novelist Francine Prose says it's time the diary was appreciated as literature — not just a historical document.
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Sep 14, 2006 — If Hemingway, Mitchell, Faulkner, and Hurston could do it... why not you? Writer Francine Prose says sometimes it's just a matter of those first few words.
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