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July 9, 2014 | NPR · Several red states, including Louisiana, have been diverting some offenders away from prison and into drug treatment and other incarceration alternatives. But not everyone is embracing the effort.
 
July 9, 2014 | NPR · A white California Highway Patrol officer has been caught on video beating a homeless African-American woman on the side of a Los Angeles freeway. The highway patrol has started an investigation.
 
July 9, 2014 | NPR · A flood of children from Central America has put President Obama under pressure. Steve Inskeep talks to White House advisor Cecilia Muñoz about efforts to more quickly process them.
 

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July 9, 2014 | NPR · In a state that hosts one of the nation's closest Senate races, the president spoke about the women's issues that could turn the election. But Sen. Mark Udall opted not to appear alongside Obama.
 
July 9, 2014 | NPR · After two decades of lobbying for the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force has decided to withdraw its support for the bill. In the wake of the Supreme Court's Hobby Lobby decision, the group fears that the ENDA's broad religious exemption would allow companies to discriminate against employees for their sexual orientation or gender identity. Melissa Block speaks with the group's executive director, Rae Carey, about the move.
 
July 9, 2014 | NPR · U.S.-German relations were further strained Wednesday over reports that prosecutors in Germany are investigating a German soldier accused of spying for the U.S. It's the second such case in a week.
 

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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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Jul 17, 2011 — NPR coverage of Pearl by Mary Gordon. News, author interviews, critics' picks and more.
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Nov 19, 2008 — In the last days of the presidential campaign, William Ayers became the focus of attacks against Barack Obama. Ayers, a former member of the radical antiwar group the Weather Underground, talks about the extent of his association with the president-elect and why he remained silent during the campaign.
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Mar 31, 2006 — Mary Gordon's book Pearl is about a mother struggling to understand her daughter's public act of martyrdom. It's now out in paperback. Gordon is the author of seven novels, including Final Payments and The Company of Women and four nonfiction works (including The Shadow Man. (This interview was originally broadcast Jan. 31, 2005.)
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Apr 11, 2005 — Ian McEwan is the author of the best-selling novel Atonement. His latest novel, Saturday, takes place during one single day of a neurosurgeon's life. It is set in a post-9/11 world.
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Mar 19, 2005 — Ian McEwan talks about Saturday, which tracks a neurosurgeon over a single day. McEwan says the parallels to Virginia Woolf and James Joyce may seem obvious in limiting a narrative to 24 hours, but he was more influenced by Saul Bellow and John Updike.
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Feb 13, 2005 — In 1932, World War I veterans gathered in Washington, D.C., to demand payment of a bonus. The violence that ensued helped Franklin Roosevelt become president. Paul Dickson is co-author of a book revisiting an overlooked event in U.S. history: the Bonus Army.
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