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April 16, 2014 | NPR · Schoolgirls were kidnapped in Nigeria Tuesday. The suspects are believed to be with a radical group blamed for a bombing Monday. Kelly McEvers talks to Michelle Faul of The Associated Press.
 
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April 16, 2014 | NPR · Fans and foes want to know whether the Affordable Care Act is meeting its goals. But, for good reasons, there are no clear answers yet.
 
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April 16, 2014 | NPR · A year after the Boston Marathon bombing, Heather Abbott has adapted to life with her prostheses, including a blade for running and one that allows her to wear her favorite shoes.
 

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April 15, 2014 | NPR · One year has passed since bombs rocked the finish line of the Boston Marathon. The city honored victims of the tragedy Tuesday with a tribute, including speeches from three of the victims themselves.
 
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April 15, 2014 | WBUR · At last year's Boston Marathon, Carol Downing was just half a mile from the finish line when bombs exploded and injured two of her daughters. This year, she's returning to complete the race.
 
April 15, 2014 | NPR · Each April, the shad come back to the Delaware River to spawn, and thousands of anglers in New Jersey and Pennsylvania eagerly await them. Celebrating their annual return is a local spring tradition.
 

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April 12, 2014 | NPR · As pro-Russia demonstrators continue their tense standoff in Eastern Ukraine, police are conspicuously absent from city streets.
 

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April 13, 2014 | NPR · As the anniversary of last year's marathon bombing approaches, NPR's Rachel Martin speaks with correspondent Carrie Johnson about the investigation and legal wrangling yet to come.
 

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Sep 4, 2012 — In his new book, The Philosophy of Hebrew Scripture, scholar Yoram Hazony makes the case that the ancient texts are a work of philosophy in narrative form. The scriptures are a cautionary tale — an epic that advocates wariness of great imperial powers and individualism in the face of authority.
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Feb 2, 2012 — The late British-American writer blends personal and political history in this brilliant final take on a century rife with ideological clashes.
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Sep 8, 2011 — Over the past few weeks, Talk of the Nation has been asking for the books you think should be required reading for all college freshmen. Here are 10 of your suggestions.
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Oct 8, 2008 — Much has been made of the effects the recent financial crisis will have on "Main Street." Linguist Geoff Nunberg Geoff Nunberg discusses how this term gained such popular — and presidential — usage.
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Mar 27, 2008 — Machiavellian. Decades before The Prince was translated into English, the author's name entered the lexicon as a synonym for political scheming. But was Machiavelli a schemer — or a satirist?
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Oct 23, 2007 — Author Christopher Hitchens discusses how philosopher Thomas Paine's writings influenced human rights and the French and American revolutions. He says Paine's accessible rhetoric was key to his widespread influence.
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Aug 8, 2007 — The dialogues of Plato's The Republic are regarded as the first great texts on political and moral theory. Philosopher Simon Blackburn has written a new book about The Republic, gently reminding those of us who have forgotten why it remains so important.
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Jul 6, 2006 — In his new book, Talking Right, linguist Geoff Nunberg examines the parlance of the American political right. Conservatives, Nunberg notes, have been remarkably effective at creating a language through which to convey their agenda.
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Oct 25, 2004 — The so-called "politics of fear" has become a mainstay on every presidential campaign stop. NPR's Tavis Smiley talks about the use of fear in the present and past campaigns with Clarence Lusane of American University's School of International Service, and Corey Robin, author of Fear: The History of a Political Idea.
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Oct 5, 2004 — We talk with editor of The Oxford Dictionary of American Political Slang about defining this year's political buzz words.
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