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September 2, 2014 | NPR · At a Labor Day picnic in Milwaukee, the president accused the GOP of blocking economic initiatives. He urged the sympathetic union audience to turn their frustration into political action in November.
 
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September 1, 2014 | NPR · Ebola has exposed weaknesses in Africa's health networks and a failure to work together to arrest the spread of the virus. The "not our problem" response is taking an economic toll on the continent.
 
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August 30, 2014 | NPR · Ukrainian forces are defending the port city of Novoazovsk from what they say is a Russian invasion. Scott Simon talks to correspondent Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson.
 

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August 31, 2014 | NPR · Immigration remains one of the most challenging issues for President Obama. Political correspondent Mara Liasson discusses the political cost of the choices before him with Linda Wertheimer.
 

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Aug 27, 2014 — John Scalzi's new Lock In is a successful genre mashup that balances the needs of a police procedural (dead body, damaged detective) with those of a science fiction yarn (hard-core world building).
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Jun 17, 2014 — Think cars and planes are for squares? Hop aboard a fiery dragon, stride through a virtual world or sail the seas on a giant sea-gull-powered peach with this list of awesomely uncategorizable books!
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Jun 20, 2012 — Michael Ondaatje returns with a seafaring coming-of-age story, while Lev Grossman delivers another literary fantasy and Ernest Cline makes his nerdy fiction debut. Journalist Ron Suskind casts Obama as a brilliant amateur and Amanda Foreman looks at Britain's role in the Civil War.
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Jun 15, 2012 — Set in a gaming-oriented dystopia, Ernest Cline's Ready Player One debuts at No. 15.
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Sep 30, 2011 — An online virus causes mayhem and mystery in the techno-thriller Reamde, which debuts at No. 4.
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Aug 26, 2011 — Ernest Cline's 1980s arcade-inspired novel, Ready Player One, debuts at No. 13.
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Aug 22, 2011 — Though it is set in 2044 Oklahoma, Ernest Cline's unapologetically nerdy debut novel Ready Player One takes its inspiration directly from the geek arcade culture of the 1980s.
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Aug 18, 2011 — NPR coverage of Ready Player One by Ernest Cline. News, author interviews, critics' picks and more.
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Nov 15, 2006 — Journalist Julian Dibbell talks about his book Play Money: Or, How I Quit My Day Job and Made Millions Trading Virtual Loot. He explores the world of online role-playing games, where hundreds of thousands of players log on to operate fantasy characters in virtual environments. One of the most popular games, World of Warcraft, has six million subscribers.
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