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August 1, 2014 | NPR · Renee Montagne talks with the head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Dr. Thomas Frieden, for the latest news about the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.
 
August 1, 2014 | NPR · CIA director John Brennan apologized to Sen. Dianne Feinstein, who had accused the CIA of spying on her committee's computers. Brennan at first denied it.
 
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July 31, 2014 | NPR · The day began with Israel's military calling up 16,000 more reservists, stoking fears of a widening offensive in Gaza; it ended with a 72-hour cease-fire agreement between Israel and Hamas.
 
July 31, 2014 | NPR · Nearly a month into the war in Gaza, pollsters have been taking a look at how attitudes in the region have changed among Israelis and Palestinians.
 
July 31, 2014 | NPR · A surge of new cases in West Africa's Ebola virus outbreak has health officials worried that the epidemic is getting worse. Sierra Leone, for one, has declared a state of emergency, sending in troops to quarantine some of the hardest hit communities.
 

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July 26, 2014 | NPR · Hezbollah has been a longtime ally of Hamas, but during this most recent conflict between Israel and Gaza they've taken a sideline role. NPR's Scott Simon talks to the BBC's Kim Ghattas in Beirut.
 

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July 27, 2014 | NPR · Fighting in Ukraine near the crash site of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 has international investigators staying away. NPR's Arun Rath talks with OSCE's Michael Bociurkiw about the investigation.
 

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Mar 21, 2014 — In honor of the NCAA tournament and the official start of spring, Lev Grossman recommends the timeless The Canterbury Tales, while Tim Lane looks to the sports bio, Pistol: The Life of Pete Maravich.
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Mar 8, 2012 — Sports writer Mark Titus opens up about his experiences as a walk-on for Ohio State's basketball team. His new memoir, Don't Put Me In, Coach, is an irreverent, behind-the-scenes look at life in a top NCAA basketball program.
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Jul 20, 2011 — The best sports writing drags readers out of their armchairs and onto the field. Here are five books that do just that — with a few detours into the locker room along the way.
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Sep 29, 2010 — In fiction, Dominick Dunne's posthumous novel skewers the Manhattan elite he covered for Vanity Fair, while Wicked author Gregory Maguire reimagines "The Little Match Girl." In nonfiction, Ron Paul argues we should End the Fed, while a historian shows how Homer's view of war still rings true.
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Jun 14, 2010 — Lucille O'Neal, mom to NBA Superstar Shaquille O'Neal, has seen her fair share of challenges. A teen when she had Shaquille, she struggled to raise him and his siblings. Now her son is a world renowned sports star and she's looking back at the role she played in helping Shaq become Shaq. O'Neal, a mother of four, is proud of her famous son, but wants people to know she's a woman with her own story as well. O'Neal shares some of her enduring wisdom, which she has memorialized in her new book, "Walk Like you have Somewhere to Go."
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May 7, 2010 — This week, basketball star LeBron James won his second MVP trophy in a landslide vote, but he's been a star since he was a teenager. Now 25, James looked back on his youth in the memoir Shooting Stars, which he co-wrote with Pulitzer Prize-winning author Buzz Bissinger.
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Nov 3, 2009 — In the 1980s, the "golden era" of the NBA, basketball superstars Larry Bird and Earvin "Magic" Johnson had an intense rivalry that elevated the entire league. But after years of hating each other, they developed a close friendship, chronicled in a new book, When The Game Was Ours.
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Sep 9, 2009 — Basketball player LeBron James has been a star since he was a teenager. Now 24, James looks back on his youth in the memoir Shooting Stars, which he co-wrote with Pulitzer Prize-winning author Buzz Bissinger.
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Mar 10, 2009 — Best selling author E. Lynn Harris is back with another tale of forbidden romance, secrets and lies. Harris talks about his new book, Basketball Jones, which depicts and athlete coming to grips with his sexuality, and explains what drives his successful career.
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Apr 30, 2008 — Basketball star and Olympic gold medalist Lisa Leslie took time off to have a baby. Now, she's got a revealing new book that takes us from her childhood to the present day. She talks with Farai Chideya about her new memoir, which delves into her personal triumphs on and off the court.
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