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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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Apr 5, 2013When Women Were Birds, Terry Tempest Williams' meditation on her mom's journals, appears at No. 10.
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Dec 8, 2009 — Critic Jonathan Hunt's picks include love stories between historical figures; fantasy and supernatural fiction that doesn't concern vampires or werewolves; and time traveling mysteries.
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Dec 8, 2009 — Deborah Heiligman's historical novel examines the tension between Charles and Emma Darwin as the agnostic biologist and his devoutly Christian wife struggle with issues of family, faith, and science.
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Nov 26, 2009 — When she needs inspiration for writing about the natural world, author Lucinda Fleeson opens Henry Beston's 1929 classic: The Outermost House: A Year of Life on the Great Beach of Cape Cod.
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Apr 24, 2008 — Studying Charles Darwin's documents has evolved from visiting the library at Cambridge University to visiting a Web site. The British university has just made a trove of about 20,000 papers from Darwin's life and studies accessible online.
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Apr 3, 2007 — Janet Browne talks about the life of Charles Darwin. Her new book, Darwin's Origin of Species, takes a look at the English naturalist and his theory of evolution. The biography is the latest in a series called "Books that Changed the World."
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Sep 20, 2006 — Some of science's great ideas were created in homespun ways. To test his ideas on evolution, Charles Darwin and his butler dropped asparagus into a tub. Darwin's oldest son studied dead pigeons by letting them float upside down in a bowl.
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