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July 11, 2014 | NPR · President Obama has asked for $3.7 billion to deal with the southern border crisis. There are predictions the number of unaccompanied children entering the U.S. could reach 90,000 by October.
 
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July 12, 2014 | NPR · NPR's Kelly McEvers speaks with reporter Daniel Estrin, who is covering the conflict in Israel and Gaza from Tel Aviv.
 
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July 12, 2014 | NPR · Bill Hillmann, a writer from Chicago, contributed to the book Fiesta: How to Survive the Bulls of Pamplona. He was gored at this year's running of the bulls in that city, but says he plans to return.
 

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July 6, 2014 | NPR · Tensions are high following the murder of three young Israelis and a Palestinian teen. Relatives of the murdered Palestinian say his American cousin was beaten by Israeli police during a protest.
 

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Utopias

Jun 17, 2014 — Think cars and planes are for squares? Hop aboard a fiery dragon, stride through a virtual world or sail the seas on a giant seagull-powered peach with this list of awesomely uncategorizable books!
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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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Aug 7, 2012 — More than 75,000 of you voted for your favorite young-adult fiction. Now, after all the nominating, sorting and counting, the final results are in. Here are the 100 best teen novels, chosen by the NPR audience.
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Jun 20, 2012 — Michael Ondaatje returns with a seafaring coming-of-age story, while Lev Grossman delivers another literary fantasy and Ernest Cline makes his nerdy fiction debut. Journalist Ron Suskind casts Obama as a brilliant amateur and Amanda Foreman looks at Britain's role in the Civil War.
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Jun 15, 2012 — Set in a gaming-oriented dystopia, Ernest Cline's Ready Player One debuts at No. 15.
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Sep 8, 2011 — Over the past few weeks, Talk of the Nation has been asking for the books you think should be required reading for all college freshmen. Here are 10 of your suggestions.
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Aug 26, 2011 — Ernest Cline's 1980s arcade-inspired novel, Ready Player One, debuts at No. 13.
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Aug 22, 2011 — Though it is set in 2044 Oklahoma, Ernest Cline's unapologetically nerdy debut novel Ready Player One takes its inspiration directly from the geek arcade culture of the 1980s.
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Aug 18, 2011 — NPR coverage of Ready Player One by Ernest Cline. News, author interviews, critics' picks and more.
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Aug 8, 2007 — The dialogues of Plato's The Republic are regarded as the first great texts on political and moral theory. Philosopher Simon Blackburn has written a new book about The Republic, gently reminding those of us who have forgotten why it remains so important.
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