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August 27, 2014 | NPR · The report said it couldn't be proven that anyone had died because of wait times at the medical center in Phoenix. On Tuesday, President Obama pledged to do better by vets and announced initiatives.
 
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August 27, 2014 | SCPR · The Los Angeles Unified School District has shut down a half-a-billion-dollar deal with Apple and Pearson to provide classroom technology. Here's what happened.
 
August 27, 2014 | NPR · Schools in Napa Valley are to reopen Wednesday after the area's worst earthquake in decades. Hundreds of buildings and homes were damaged and a lot of rebuilding work remains to be done.
 

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August 27, 2014 | NPR · The end of August heralds the start to the final phase of the 2014 election season. As primaries wrap up and candidates ready themselves for November, NPR's Charlie Mahtesian lays out the political landscape.
 
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August 27, 2014 | NPR · Across the nation, state legislators are gearing up for Election Day. And they're well aware that their fates could be tied to national political forces like the president's low approval rating.
 
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August 27, 2014 | NPR · Irn Bru is a neon orange soda that inspires passion and may help explain the strong independent streak in Scotland as it prepares to vote Sept. 18 on whether to break away from the United Kingdom.
 

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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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Jun 20, 2014 — The World Cup is on, a festival of amazing teamwork and theatric tribalism. Billions of humans love soccer. Are games a mark of intelligence, something we should expect to find across the cosmos?
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May 7, 2014 — NASA's Kepler satellite has spotted an Earth-like planet in the habitable zone of another star. Commentator Marcelo Gleiser says this "a truly remarkable achievement."
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May 6, 2014 — When we think of life, we think of the Earth. But the universe may have other ideas. Commentator Adam Frank considers the case for life on planets around M-dwarf stars.
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Apr 30, 2014 — We are all connected chemically to the universe; life, if it exists out there, will share the same roots as life here. Yet, we must be the only humans in the cosmos, says commentator Marcelo Gleiser.
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Mar 10, 2013 — Not only is there no consensus yet on how life might have started on Earth, there is not even any agreement on where it started. But still, many think the mystery of life's origin can be solved. Commentator Wim Hordijk revels in the subject at a conference hosted by Princeton University.
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Dec 18, 2012 — Sub-surface water oceans and surface seas of liquid methane. The solar system just outside our doorstep is rich with possibilities. It's a voyage that astronaut-sailors will, one day, embark upon.
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Nov 28, 2012 — As science advances, what we call "God" may be in need of serious revision. Especially if we do away with the supernatural when we think of deities.
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Jun 26, 2012 — From an astro-biological perspective it just may be that the geometries of an agricultural society are unstable when imposed on top of a complex natural system like a planet.
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Dec 14, 2011 — As modern science traces the steps from the big bang to intelligent life, the question of whether we are the rule or the exception leaps to the forefront.
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