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August 22, 2014 | NPR · The standoff between the U.S. and Russia over Ukraine has raised the specter of a new Cold War. David Greene talks to Julie Ioffe, of the New Republic, about what Russia's next move may be in Ukraine.
 
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August 22, 2014 | NPR · It's been another rough August for President Obama. He's wrapping up a summer vacation marred by events in Ferguson, Mo., and the murder of an American journalist in the Middle East.
 
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August 16, 2014 | NPR · Both Ukraine and Russia say they're trying to send supplies to residents in eastern Ukraine. But with tensions on both sides running high, that aid may take a while to arrive.
 

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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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Jun 17, 2014 — From the longest-distance skyjacking in American history to a Little Prince who has had his heart broken by a rose, these books are guaranteed to put your head in the clouds.
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Jun 17, 2013 — Colum McCann won the National Book Award for his 2009 novel, Let the Great World Spin, about a high-wire artist. Critic Maureen Corrigan says McCann's new novel, TransAtlantic, also has its head in the clouds.
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Jun 5, 2013 — Irish-American author Colum McCann has spent the better part of his life inhabiting others in his novels — from Russian ballet dancers to New York subway diggers. In TransAtlantic, he tells the story of his native country — its famine, its troubles, its emigrants and those who stayed.
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Jun 4, 2013 — Novelist Colum McCann decided to write about the ties that bind his homeland, Ireland, with the United States, where he now lives. But he wanted to stay far away from cliches about being Irish-American. The result? His new novel, featuring historical figures searching for freedom, adventure and peace.
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May 29, 2013 — Read an exclusive excerpt of Colum McCann's new novel, TransAtlantic. It's a series of braided stories about the deep and complex ties between America and Ireland, centering on Dubliner Lily Duggan, who emigrates in search of a better life.
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May 29, 2013 — Colum McCann's novel TransAtlantic weaves together disparate historical figures and times. Reviewer Rosecrans Baldwin says that while some sections are uneven, the book rolls over you like a wave, crashing and building upon itself.
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Mar 7, 2011 — It can feel like a chore to read an overly hyped book, but Colum McCann's celebrated novel Let the Great World Spin is an engrossing exception. Playwright Wendy MacLeod says that the prismatic tale about a day in the intersecting lives of New Yorkers has earned its rave reviews — and then some.
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Nov 27, 2009 — McCann's novel, Let the Great World Spin, won the National Book Award. He tells Steve Inskeep that his book — set in New York on the day a man walked on a tight-rope between the towers of the World Trade Center — is an attempt to reconstruct an event to find moments of grace and understanding in history.
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Jul 15, 2011 — NPR coverage of Let the Great World Spin by Colum McCann. News, author interviews, critics' picks and more.
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