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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.
 
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August 30, 2014 | NPR · In Ukraine, worried officials in the southeastern part of the country beefed up their defenses on Saturday as rebel forces slowly moved west following the recent capture of a strategic seaside town.
 
August 30, 2014 | NPR · Arun Rath talks to former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Steven Pifer about NATO and EU options for confronting Russian aggression in Ukraine.
 
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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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Dec 4, 2013 — NPR staff and critics selected more than 200 standout titles. Now it's up to you: Choose your own adventure! Use our tags to search through books and find the perfect read for yourself or someone else.
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Jun 21, 2013 — NPR's go-to librarian recommends five "under the radar" books she thinks you should read this summer. They range from a Jane Austenesque love story to a real life, intellectual detective tale.
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Apr 23, 2013 — A grad student with a temp job surveying bird populations finds his way to adulthood in a series of linked stories. Filled with quirky characters and offbeat humor, Brian Kimberling's Snapper is a love letter to the wilds of Indiana.
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Apr 9, 2013 — Read an exclusive excerpt of Brian Kimberling's debut novel, Snapper. These 13 linked stories follow ornithologist Nate and his friends (including dream girl Lola and a glittery pickup truck named Gypsy Moth) as they wander toward maturity.
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Apr 9, 2009 — Across the northern tier of the US, mushroom hunting—particularly for the prized morel mushroom—is coming into full swing. Commentator Julie Zickefoose revels in the mushrooms that populate her woodland and sizzle on the stovetop.
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Jan 14, 2009 — Part of becoming attuned to nature is being aware that wild creatures are more alert to our doings than we are to theirs. There's not much that birds, in particular, don't notice. Commentator Julie Zickefoose shares a few stories of birds ... watching people.
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Dec 15, 2008 — At 50, Julie Zickefoose suddenly finds herself as hidden to society as the elastic now found in the waistbands of her pants. But rather than adopting a wardrobe of purple boas in an attempt to stand out, she explores the potential of her newfound age of invisibility.
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Feb 24, 2008 — As spring bird migrations start, avid birders are gathering with their binoculars to view the transition. But a new book warns that the beauty and variety of these feathered friends is threatened by the very people who admire them.
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Feb 24, 2008 — Whether it's a common sparrow or a rare warbler, it's a human instinct to watch birds. At least, that's the premise of Jonathan Rosen's new book, The Life of the Skies: Birding at the End of Nature, which explores the relationship between humans and birds.
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Nov 17, 2007 — Read an excerpt from Letters From Eden: A Year at Home, in the Woodsby Julie Zickefoose.
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