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July 11, 2014 | NPR · President Obama has asked for $3.7 billion to deal with the southern border crisis. There are predictions the number of unaccompanied children entering the U.S. could reach 90,000 by October.
 
July 11, 2014 | NPR · Mara Liasson, Carrie Kahn and John Burnett discuss the big picture of the current immigration debate, and update us on the latest developments.
 
July 11, 2014 | NPR · Steve Inskeep talks to Ali Khedery, who used to support Nouri al-Maliki. Khedery, head of the Dubai-based Dragoman Partners, thinks al-Maliki should step down because of the extremist crisis in Iraq.
 

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July 10, 2014 | NPR · Israeli air strikes continue to pound the Gaza Strip. NPR's Emily Harris reports from Gaza on the intensifying conflict there.
 
July 10, 2014 | NPR · Germany has asked the CIA station chief in Berlin to leave the country. This comes as two Germans are under investigation for spying for the U.S. in Germany. While tensions between the allies are high, both countries are trying not to strain relations too far.
 
July 10, 2014 | NPR · The Justice Department has declined to bring criminal charges against anyone at the CIA or the Senate Intelligence Committee, in a dispute over access to sensitive materials on enhanced interrogations. The power struggle relates to a long-running Senate probe over the mistreatment of detainees after Sept. 11.
 

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July 5, 2014 | NPR · In the year since Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi was ousted, a military man was elected president and a budding insurgency has grown, as correspondent Leila Fadel tells NPR's Tamara Keith.
 

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July 6, 2014 | NPR · Tensions are high following the murder of three young Israelis and a Palestinian teen. Relatives of the murdered Palestinian say his American cousin was beaten by Israeli police during a protest.
 

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Jan 8, 2014 — In softcover nonfiction, William Knoedelseder looks at the family behind Budweiser, Charles Duhigg delves into the science of habit, Fred Kaplan explores an Army revolution, and Whole Foods' founder argues for businesses pursuing a higher purpose. In fiction, George Saunders delivers a collection of fantastical stories.
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Jan 16, 2013 — The outspoken Whole Foods founder tells us why he hates "Obamacare" and why we have trouble cutting the sugar, fat and salt out of our diets. But now he's told CBS he used a poor choice of words when referring to the health law as fascism.
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Mar 27, 2008 — Last week, Talk of the Nation embarked on a political adventure and asked you to serve as our guides. We wanted to hear your stories of the first time you became political: What happened, and how does that experience influence your politics? Today, we'll hear your replies.
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Mar 4, 2008 — In her new critique of contemporary culture, Susan Jacoby lambastes America's increasing preoccupation with "anti-intellectualism" and "junk thought." The Age of American Unreason is her eighth book.
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Nov 24, 2006 — Many young people in Japan have become hermits — retreating into worlds that consist of little more than their rooms. And that's difficult for families. Michele Norris talks with Michael Zielenziger, author of Shutting Out the Sun: How Japan Created Its Own Lost Generation.
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Aug 31, 2006 — Commentator Rod Dreher lives in Dallas. He's been driving back and forth to work in a car without air conditioning all summer long. And while it hasn't been comfortable or easy, it's made him appreciate the AC in his home and office. Dreher, a writer at the Dallas Morning News, is the author of Crunchy Cons. He blogs at Beliefnet.com.
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Mar 10, 2006 — Commentator Rod Dreher says conservatives could find inspiration from fellow Republicans who embrace a counter-cultural yet traditional conservative lifestyle — what he dubs "Crunchy Cons."
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Nov 4, 2005 — Blurring the line between church and state threatens civil liberties and privacy, says former president Jimmy Carter. That's the case he makes in his new book, Our Endangered Values: America's Moral Crisis.
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May 11, 2005 — Ed Gordon speaks with author, minister and scholar Michael Eric Dyson about the effects of Bill Cosby's controversial remarks aimed at certain African-American communities. Dyson's new book is Is Bill Cosby Right: Or Has The Black Middle Class Lost Its Mind?
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May 3, 2005 — A year ago, Bill Cosby set off a national debate in a speech to the NAACP where he criticized poor blacks in sometimes harsh language. Cosby emphasized personal responsibility, or the lack of it. In a new book, Michael Eric Dyson describes Cosby's remarks as a vicious attack on the most vulnerable among us.
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