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August 30, 2014 | NPR · In Ukraine, worried officials in the southeastern part of the country beefed up their defenses on Saturday as rebel forces slowly moved west following the recent capture of a strategic seaside town.
 
August 30, 2014 | NPR · Arun Rath talks to former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Steven Pifer about NATO and EU options for confronting Russian aggression in Ukraine.
 
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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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Destination Art

Aug 30, 2012 — Mark Twain found the inspiration for his classic works while growing up in the river town of Hannibal, Mo. Today, there's a new set of artistic characters in Twain's boyhood home; the town of 18,000 boasts a vibrant arts community.
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Aug 20, 2012 — In a valley at the foot of the Berkshire Mountains, a struggling industrial town is making an artistic comeback. North Adams is now home to MASS MoCA, one of the largest museums of contemporary art in the world — housed in 26 former factory buildings.
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Aug 7, 2012 — When it opened in 1953, nobody expected much of the Stratford Shakespeare Festival. But what began 60 years ago as two plays in a tent is now a major theater festival. It attracts half a million ticket-buyers a year to the small Ontario town — which also boasts homegrown heartthrob Justin Bieber.
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Jul 31, 2012 — Thanks to one trailblazing industrialist, more than 60 of Columbus' buildings — including schools, churches and even a jail — were designed by a veritable who's who of modern masters. As one local tour guide puts it, "We don't build anything that isn't attractive."
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Aug 2, 2012 — In the 1970s, minimalist artist Donald Judd moved to a dusty town in West Texas, where he created giant works of art that bask beneath vast desert skies. In the years since, Marfa has emerged as a mecca for art tourism.
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Aug 29, 2012 — "There is so much to see and do — things you wouldn't expect in a town of this size," says Ohio resident Cindy Adkins. "Art is everywhere — it even hangs from the trees!"
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Aug 29, 2012 — "Our artists meet every week for breakfast," says resident Jill Lyon. "They often advise and mentor each other, and we have a very comfortable, small-town atmosphere here with lots of Main Street meetings and conversations each day."
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Aug 29, 2012 — "The views are breathtaking," says Livingston resident Mira Trafton. "The wind is outrageous and blows away the feeble folks. It also steers the pretentious toward other places. The residents are eclectic and hardy."
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Aug 29, 2012 — "For a smallish city, Glens Falls packs a cultural punch with music, visual art, drama and theater for all tastes and interests," says resident Erin Coon. "Don't even get me started on all the different styles of cuisine in the town."
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Aug 29, 2012 — "Fairfield, Iowa is a thriving arts community more or less in the middle of nowhere," says resident Michael Halley. "In a small town of less than 10,000, we're busting at the seams with artists of all kinds: painters, sculptors, musicians, dancers, poets."
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