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August 20, 2014 | NPR · If you venture away from the protest zone in Ferguson, Mo., there is an idyllic neighborhood, which doesn't have much patience for the out-of-towners who have joined the protests.
 
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August 20, 2014 | NPR · President Obama has carefully avoided taking sides following the shooting of Missouri teen Michael Brown, disappointing some African-American observers.
 
August 20, 2014 | NPR · Texas ranks 49th out of 50 states in how much funding it commits to mental health. But San Antonio has become a model for other mental health systems. It has saved $50 million over the past 5 years.
 

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August 20, 2014 | NPR · Demonstrators want an indictment of the police officer who fatally shot Michael Brown earlier this month. But investigations — one of them a federal civil rights case — can take weeks, if not months.
 
August 20, 2014 | NPR · More than a week now from the police shooting in Ferguson, Mo., it's worth asking: Ideally, what should happen with a police officer stops someone in the street?
 
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August 20, 2014 | NPR · Enlisting has been a rite of passage for men in the Pierce family since the Civil War. And as America has changed, Mark Pierce and his son Jeremy explain, what it means to serve has, too.
 

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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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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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Nov 30, 2013 — A new collection of Dickinson's poems — written on envelopes and found after her death — opens a rare porthole into the enigmatic writer's life and art. Literally and figuratively shaped by their unusual medium, the poems in The Gorgeous Nothings invite endless interpretations.
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May 7, 2012 — Mother's Day may arrive earlier in England than in the U.S., but British writer Rosamund Lupton is always happy to celebrate. She recommends three books that distill motherhood to its essential elements. Do you have a favorite book about moms? Tell us in the comments.
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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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Jan 14, 2008 — Each year, at the American Library Association's mid-winter meeting, the winners of the most prestigious prizes for children's books are announced: the Caldecott Medal for picture book, and the Newbery Award.
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Oct 11, 2007Mythology, the latest in the popular "Ology" series for children, explores the stories of ancient Greece. The large books are filled with illustrations and interactive elements, providing a tactile alternative to the Internet.
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Sep 26, 2007 — A caterpillar, guided by the wisdom of Aristotle, William Blake and Ludwig Wittgenstein, speaks volumes about the human condition, writes author Marina Lewycka.
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Jul 15, 2007 — On the 40th anniversary of his first illustrated book, Eric Carle has come full circle. His new book, Bear, Baby Bear, What Do You See? will line bookstore shelves later this year, and Carle says it may be his last children's book.
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Jun 25, 2007 — For most of us, regular naps are a distant memory of childhood. But taking a regular nap can be a "life-saving habit," according to Sara Mednick.
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Jan 4, 2007 — A freaky view of the future in Children of Men, the co-author of Freakonomics on ... Beauty and the Geek, freakish adventures on a hunt for sunken treasure, the slightly freaky Jack White in a no-frills music video, and the secret to avoid freakouts (it involves 40 winks).
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