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August 19, 2014 | NPR · More than one week after the shooting death of an unarmed black teenager in a St. Louis suburb, protests continue. On Monday night, police fired tear gas and stun grenades to disperse demonstrators.
 
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August 19, 2014 | NPR · Dr. Joanne Liu of Doctors Without Borders says fear and a lack of sense of urgency has kept the international community in their home countries rather than stepping up to the plate in West Africa.
 
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August 19, 2014 | NPR · The type of Ebola erupting in West Africa is closely related to one found 2,500 miles away — the distance between Boston and San Francisco. How did the virus spread so far without anyone noticing?
 
August 19, 2014 | NPR · Iranian poet and women's rights advocate Simin Behbahani has died. Her work probed the social and political challenges that faced Iran after its Islamic Revolution. She was 87.
 

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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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Why Music Matters

Feb 25, 2012 — The Irish pop group's music gave a gay teenager the courage to come out to his religious family.
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Sep 23, 2012 — NASA mission specialist Stan Love's playlist also includes David Bowie's "Space Oddity."
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Aug 19, 2012 — "The O.R. is a naturally rhythmic place," says Divya Singh, but a little Pink Floyd doesn't hurt.
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Jul 21, 2012 — Iranian-born musician Aria Saadi vowed escape from the country after a party he was performing at was broken up by authorities.
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Jul 1, 2012 — Olympic athlete Christian Niccum says a song from the band's 1967 debut put him in a trance-like state — and helped him conquer the world's toughest luge track.
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May 27, 2012 — A young artist in Seattle named Vivi Perez almost gave up on high school — that is, until a community activist group introduced her to the music business. Perez tells her story for our series "Why Music Matters."
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May 13, 2012 — Amy O'Neal is a choreographer who recently took on a daunting task: an entire performance without a single note of music.
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