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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.
 
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August 29, 2014 | NPR · The Obama administration is considering whether to broaden its air campaign against the extremist group the Islamic State by striking targets in Syria.
 
August 29, 2014 | NPR · Regular political commentators, E.J. Dionne of The Washington Post and David Brooks of The New York Times, discuss the latest in Ukraine and the actions of ISIS in Iraq and Syria.
 
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August 29, 2014 | NPR · An earthquake in Napa Valley this week brought back old fears for author Gustavo Arellano. In his anxiety he's revisiting the book A Crack in the Edge of the World.
 

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

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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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Feb 19, 2010 — In this week's installment of the Barbershop host Michel Martin talks with freelance writer Jimi Izrael, civil rights attorney and editor Arsalan Iftikhar, Sports Illustrated reporter Pablo Torre and NPR Political Editor Ken Rudin. They discuss the Tiger Woods press conference today, which is his first public appearance since he admitted being unfaithful to his wife. The other topics include whether the Winter Olympics have been compelling or not and Sarah Palin lashing out at the cartoon comedy "The Family Guy" over an episode that seems to mock her son Trig who has Down syndrome.
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Feb 12, 2010 — In this edition of the Barbershop roundtable, host Michel Martin talks with Arsalan Iftikhar, of the Muslim Guy.com; syndicated columnist Ruben Navarrette; Johns Hopkins political science professor and blogger Lester Spence and NPR's Political Editor Ken Rudin. They discuss embattled New York Governor David Paterson, first lady Michelle Obama's "Let's Move" initiative to fight childhood obesity and a controversial Doritos advertisement that aired during Sunday's NFL Super Bowl.
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Feb 5, 2010 — In this week's installment of the Barbershop, Host Michel Martin talks with freelance writer Jimi Izrael, civil rights attorney Arsalan Iftikhar, writer Keith Boykin and NPR Political Editor Ken Rudin. They discuss the military's recent steps to repeal the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" ban on openly gay service members, the heated race for Illinois governor and details suggesting he may have abused his ex-wife. The men also offer predictions for who will win the upcoming NFL Super Bowl.
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Jan 29, 2010 — In this week's installment of the Barbershop, host Michel Martin joins regulars Jimi Izrael, Arsalan Iftikhar, Gustavo Arrellano and Ken Rudin talks to discuss MSNBC host Chris Matthew's knee-jerk response to President Obama's recent State of the Union address. Also, the men hold their applause for NBC comedian Jay Leno's recent appearance on Oprah.
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Jan 22, 2010 — Host Michel Martin talks to the Tell Me More Barbershop guys about U.S. Senator-elect Scott Brown's recent victory in the Massachusetts special election to fill the seat vacated by the late Ted Kennedy. The men also discuss former presidential candidate John Edwards' recent admission that he did, in fact, father a child by his mistress Reille Hunter and Conan O'Brien's mega-million dollar payout to leave NBC's "Tonight Show." Hear opinions from freelance writer Jimi Izrael, syndicated columnist Ruben Navarrette, civil rights attorney Arsalan Iftikhar and NPR Political Editor Ken Rudin.
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Jan 8, 2010 — Host Michel Martin listens in as freelance writer Jimi Izrael, civil rights attorney Arsalan Iftikhar, sports reporter Pablo Torre and NPR Political Editor Ken Rudin give their take on the latest events to make news. This week, the men discuss President Obama's recent acknowledgment of a breakdown in systems charged with keeping the nation safe. As a kicker, the men weigh in on the troubles surrounding all-star basketball player Gilbert Arenas, who recently admitted to bringing multiple handguns into his team locker room.
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Dec 31, 2009 — The Barbershop guys offer their take on some of the more prominent stories to make headlines in 2009, such as the arrest of black Harvard scholar Henry Louis Gates after he was perceived as a burglar outside his home and the sudden death of music superstar Michael Jackson. This week's panel — freelance Writer Jimi Izrael, civil rights attorney Arsalan Iftikhar, syndicated columnist Ruben Navarrette and NPR Political Editor Ken Rudin — also discuss stories they believe were underreported in 2009, such as the weakened state of many of the nation's public schools.
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Dec 18, 2009 — In this week's Barbershop, host Michel Martin chat with Editor and Founder of the Muslimguy.com Arsalan Iftikhar, syndicated columnist Ruben Navarrette, political science Professor Lester Spence and NPR Political Editor Ken Rudin. The group weighs in on the ongoing dramatic process to overhaul U.S. health care legislation and immigration policies. As a kicker, the guys give their opinion on the latest developments in the troubles surrounding golf star Tiger Woods as his once squeaky-clean image continues to implode amid revelations of infidelity.
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Dec 11, 2009 — Freelance writer Jimi Izrael, editor and founder of the MuslimGuy.com Arsalan Iftikhar, syndicated columnist Ruben Navarrette and Pulitzer Prize winning columnist for The Washington Post, Eugene Robinson. They discuss whether President Obama's acceptance of the Nobel Prize will restore any of his political clout in Washington and the latest with defamed golfer Tiger Woods and his ongoing sex scandal.
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Dec 4, 2009 — Freelance writer Jimi Izrael, syndicated columnist Ruben Navarrette, civil rights attorney Arsalan Iftikhar and NPR Senior Producer JJ Sutherland discuss President Obama's call for a surge of U.S. troops to Afghanistan. The guys also debate who is to blame in "Crasher Gate," which centers on a Virginia couple who crashed a White House state dinner, and whether Tiger Woods can rebound from his recent "transgressions."
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