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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 30, 2014 | NPR · In Ukraine, worried officials in the southeastern part of the country beefed up their defenses on Saturday as rebel forces slowly moved west following the recent capture of a strategic seaside town.
 
August 30, 2014 | NPR · Arun Rath talks to former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Steven Pifer about NATO and EU options for confronting Russian aggression in Ukraine.
 
August 30, 2014 | NPR · More than 500 people may have traveled from the U.K. to Syria to fight in its civil war. Arun Rath talks to Jessica Stern, author of Terror In The Name Of God, about how it's drawing Westerners.
 

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August 30, 2014 | NPR · Ukrainian forces are defending the port city of Novoazovsk from what they say is a Russian invasion. Scott Simon talks to correspondent Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson.
 

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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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German occupation, 1940-1945

May 25, 2014 — The award-winning author Anthony Doerr's newest novel approaches old history with two unfamiliar perspectives: a blind French girl and a German orphan. He says WWII history is as important as ever.
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May 19, 2014 — Anthony Doerr's All The Light We Cannot See follows a blind French girl and a young German private during World War II. It debuts at No. 2.
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May 10, 2014 — Anthony Doerr's new novel, All The Light We Cannot See, follows a blind French girl and a young German private after the Normandy invasion — but his gorgeous prose is marred by jagged jumps in time.
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Aug 5, 2013 — Earlier this summer, NPR's Backseat Book Club — our book club for young readers — asked you to weigh in on your favorite books for kids age 9-14. We heard from more than 2,000 of you, and our expert panel has whittled your hundreds and hundreds of nominations down to a list of 100 great reads.
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Dec 20, 2012 — It was a strange and wonderful year for young adult fiction, says critic Maggie Stiefvater. This list rounds up five magical books for young adults and grown-ups alike.
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Nov 27, 2012 — The only thing that these books have in common is that NPR's go-to librarian likes them a lot. Nancy Pearl's self-described "higgledy-piggledy" list includes a book of cartoons, a Civil War history, a coming-of-age story, a spy novel and more.
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Nov 4, 2011 — In Sarah's Key, an American journalist unearths the secrets of Jewish families living in WWII Paris.
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Jul 28, 2011 — NPR coverage of Sarah's Key by Tatiana De Rosnay. News, author interviews, critics' picks and more.
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Jul 21, 2011 — In yet another treacly, contrived Holocaust drama, a modern-day American journalist finds her history intertwined with that of a young Parisian Jew rounded up during World War II. But director Gilles Paquet-Brenner places his narrative focus on the wrong character, weakening the film's impact as a result.
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Jul 15, 2011 — NPR coverage of Suite Francaise by Irene Nemirovsky and Sandra Smith. News, author interviews, critics' picks and more.
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