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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.
 
August 29, 2014 | NPR · French President Francois Hollande is under pressure to fix the country's economy, which is overburdened by regulation and failing a generation of young people. He's also facing calls for austerity.
 
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August 29, 2014 | NPR · Congressman and former Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan discusses his new book, The Way Forward: Renewing the American Idea.
 

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August 29, 2014 | NPR · The Obama administration is considering whether to broaden its air campaign against the extremist group the Islamic State by striking targets in Syria.
 
August 29, 2014 | NPR · Regular political commentators, E.J. Dionne of The Washington Post and David Brooks of The New York Times, discuss the latest in Ukraine and the actions of ISIS in Iraq and Syria.
 
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August 29, 2014 | NPR · An earthquake in Napa Valley this week brought back old fears for author Gustavo Arellano. In his anxiety he's revisiting the book A Crack in the Edge of the World.
 

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August 23, 2014 | NPR · Nearly 1,500 people have died in the Ebola outbreak, and more nations in the region are closing their borders. NPR's Scott Simon speaks to Africa correspondent Ofeibea Quist-Arcton about the epidemic.
 

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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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Sep 29, 2011 — Jonathan Franzen's much-discussed Freedom arrives in paperback, along with selected stories from William Trevor and a new Rick Bass novel set in 1950s Nashville. In nonfiction, Nelson Mandela opens the archives to his past, and Ian Frazier explores Siberia.
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Apr 2, 2010 — In his book Lost States, Michael J. Trinklein reimagines the U.S. with the many states that never made it into the republic: Transylvania, Forgottonia, and Texlahoma, to name a few.
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Oct 6, 2008 — Are you experiencing political addiction? Signs include an obsession with the electoral map, overuse of the phrase "game-changer" and a trance-like fixation on Nov. 4. If this could be you, then we have three books to feed your habit.
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Feb 6, 2008 — In this week's Wisdom Watch, journalist and activist Charlie Cobb talks about his new book, On the Road to Freedom: A Guided Tour of the Civil Rights Trail. The book is a journey through Southern history of African-American culture.
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Sep 28, 2006 — The Los Angeles County Fair is the largest in the country, and it takes a big personality to cover all the fun... Self-proclaimed "histo-tainer" Charles Phoenix visits the fair in search of extraordinary livestock, deep-fried Twinkies, and a high-stakes bean bag toss.
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Aug 13, 2006 — Dealing with the country's problems puts an awful strain on U.S. presidents. Kenneth Walsh's book looks at where presidents go to replenish their minds and spirits and what those places reveal about these leaders.
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Aug 1, 2005 — Author, poet and university professor Richard Shelton uses a trip from Tucson to Bisbee to tell the story of the land. Along the way, he also reflects on his life in the desert.
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May 10, 2005 — Vowell plays the role of historical tourist in her new book 'Assassination Vacation.' She recounts travels to various historical sites, piecing together stories of fallen presidents and the men who gunned them down.
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Apr 15, 2005 — Vowell's new book, Assassination Vacation, is about her visits to the gravesites and monuments honoring Presidents Lincoln, Garfield and McKinley. Vowell also voiced the character of Violet in the animated film 'The Incredibles.' This story was originally broadcast on April 20, 2000 and Sept. 16, 2002.
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