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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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Photography, Artistic

Dec 13, 2013 — Debuting at No. 14, Humans of New York is photographer Brandon Stanton's visual census of the city.
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Nov 1, 2013 — Brandon Stanton challenges the conventional wisdom that you shouldn't talk to strangers.
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Apr 3, 2013 — Try to put him in a box and he'll find his way out. Still working at nearly 85 years old, William Klein has gone rogue in at least four different fields.
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Dec 1, 2010 — Even in a year notable for economic bust and an e-reader boom, big art books, lush photo retrospectives and other gems both quirky and collectible continue to roam the earth. Here are gift-book suggestions for every taste and budget.
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Nov 24, 2009 — Reviewer John McAlley selects gems from the worlds of fine art, fashion, photography, science, lit-crit and cartoons. These luxe volumes will be gracing coffee tables long after the lights and wrapping paper are gone.
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Feb 13, 2009 — Reviled in 1959, Robert Frank's gritty, poetic The Americans now ranks among photography's most pivotal works. An ambitious edition marking the book's 50th anniversary shines new light on Frank's achievement.
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Nov 2, 2008 — In its heyday, Life magazine gave America its first look at what would become some of the most iconic images of the 20th century. A year after the release of the magazine's final issue, a new book offers a collection of some of the publication's most indelible images.
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Aug 3, 2008 — In the summer of 1973, photographer Stephen Shore set out on a quintessential American adventure. Now, 35 years later, his journey has become the focus of a book titled A Road Trip Journal. It reflects an America when gas was about 43 cents a gallon.
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Feb 1, 2008 — Photographer Robb Kendrick traveled 41,000 miles searching for cowboys. His six-year quest took him across 14 states, Mexico, and Canada. He emerged with Still, a book of images that seem trapped in time.
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Oct 16, 2007 — Leo Tolstoy's novel Anna Karenina opens with the line: "All happy families are alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way." A new book about Tolstoy's wife shows how their marriage seems to have fallen into the second category.
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