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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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Oct 13, 2010 — This week's paperbacks take on big questions: what it means to be Jewish; how a woman disfigured by polio became an iconic photographer; how medicine is blurring the boundary between life and death; and what we can do to improve America's schools.
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Aug 30, 2007 — Our public schools are in serious trouble, says Rudy Crew, superintendent of one of the largest school districts in the country. Crew talks about why he feels the school system is in crisis and why education needs to be the nation's No. 1 priority.
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Nov 9, 2004 — Noted child psychiatrist Dr. James Comer is among those trying to address the needs of students who are underachieving in the U.S. public school system. He is the creator of the 35-year-old School Development Program, which uses an integrated approach to learning that relies on alliances among parents, educators, policy makers and community members to strengthen the educational environment. Comer also teaches at Yale University's Child Study Center and is associate dean at the Yale School of Medicine. He joins NPR's Tavis Smiley to discuss the state of public education in America and his latest book Leave No Child Behind: Preparing Today's Youth for Tomorrow's World.
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