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August 20, 2014 | NPR · If you venture away from the protest zone in Ferguson, Mo., there is an idyllic neighborhood, which doesn't have much patience for the out-of-towners who have joined the protests.
 
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August 20, 2014 | NPR · President Obama has carefully avoided taking sides following the shooting of Missouri teen Michael Brown, disappointing some African-American observers.
 
August 20, 2014 | NPR · Texas ranks 49th out of 50 states in how much funding it commits to mental health. But San Antonio has become a model for other mental health systems. It has saved $50 million over the past 5 years.
 

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August 20, 2014 | NPR · More than a week now from the police shooting in Ferguson, Mo., it's worth asking: Ideally, what should happen with a police officer stops someone in the street?
 
August 20, 2014 | NPR · After the Liberian government ordered a quarantine of one of the poorest neighborhoods in its capital, Monrovia, residents there woke up to find themselves cut off from the rest of the city by security forces. By midday, the neighborhood was in riot.
 
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August 20, 2014 | NPR · Both sides have traded barbs and criticism over the other's policies. Some believe the public feud stems from a personal animosity between President Obama and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
 

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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 29, 2005 — Karen Grigsby Bates usually has a big stack of books to enjoy over the summer months. She shares four selections covering the gamut: from history to memoirs to children's books to cookbooks.
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Jun 29, 2005 — This is a loving look at a summer spot that's been cherished by generations of East Coast families, written by a Vineyard veteran, says NPR book editor Karen Grigsby Bates.
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May 17, 2005 — Activist and author Jill Nelson writes about the African-American leisure class who vacation in Oak Bluffs on Martha's Vineyard. Nelson has spent her summers there for nearly 50 years. She discusses Oak Bluffs' history, her love affair with the area and the recipes she's collected for the residents. Her new book is Finding Martha's Vineyard: African Americans at Home on an Island.
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