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August 28, 2014 | NPR · U.S. and Russian experts recently met on neutral territory, on an island in Finland, to try to work through issues that have been building up ever since Vladimir Putin returned to the Kremlin.
 
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August 28, 2014 | NPR · Foster Farms has been accused of poisoning its customers with salmonella bacteria. But in recent months, the company has become a leader in the poultry industry's fight against the foodborne pathogen.
 

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August 28, 2014 | NPR · The pay is generous — $1,000 a month. The risks are enormous. They collect the body of an Ebola victim, avoiding any contact that could infect them. They wear safety garb. And they pray.
 
August 28, 2014 | NPR · The Syrian civil war has flared up in the south of the country, near the Israeli border. A group of Islamist fighters have now captured a border crossing between Syria and Israel on the Golan Heights.
 
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August 28, 2014 | NPR · The protests following Michael Brown's death have rekindled long-standing complaints about racist policing in the St. Louis area. Cops there are now becoming more outspoken in their own defense.
 

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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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Self-confidence

May 22, 2010 — Conn Iggulden teamed up with his brother, David, to share tales of men and women who responded to difficult moments with grace and pluck to save themselves and others. Their book doesn't attempt to hide the dark side of many of these heroes, whose daring deeds are better remembered than their misconduct.
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Oct 18, 2009 — As Halloween approaches, new generations of literary zombies are rising from the dead and shambling towards the bookshelves — ready to entertain (and frighten) readers of all ages.
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Oct 13, 2009 — When author Barbara Ehrenreich was diagnosed with breast cancer, she was bombarded with wildly optimistic, inspirational phrases. But a cheerful outlook, she argues, does not cure cancer. In her new book, Bright-Sided, Ehrenreich explores the negative effects of positive thinking.
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Jun 13, 2007 — Author Conn Iggulden talks about his book, Dangerous Book for Boys, a manual that advises fathers to teach their sons stick ball, kite flying, fishing, camping, and stories around a fire. There are no video games or iPods in this book, and baby boomers and their sons love it.
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Jun 2, 2007 — Conn and Hal Iggulden worried that the old-fashioned skills they learned as boys would disappear in the age of DVDs and video games. So they wrote The Dangerous Book for Boys and filled it with ingredients to get boys off the computer and into the backyard.
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Apr 3, 2007 — Deloris Jordan is the mother of NBA great Michael Jordan. She talks with Tony Cox about her latest book on responsible parenting, Michael's Golden Rules, which was co-authored with daughter Rosalyn.
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May 11, 2006 — Writer Veronica Chambers discusses her latest book, The Joy of Doing Things Badly: A Girl's Guide to Love, Life and Foolish Bravery. In her book, Chambers encourages women to shed perfectionism and embrace experimentation.
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