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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.
 
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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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Hanukkah Lights: Stories of the Season

Dec 14, 2013 — Susan Stamberg and Murray Horwitz again celebrate the festival of light with stories previously commissioned especially for NPR.
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Dec 7, 2012 — This year's installment of Hanukkah Lights showcases some of the program's most insightful moments. Susan Stamberg and Murray Horwitz read stories about a mother reconnecting with her daughter, a schoolboy standing up for his heritage and teenagers trying to bridge a bitter family divide.
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Dec 15, 2011 — This annual holiday favorite enters its third decade with a new collection of specially commissioned works inspired by the Festival of Lights. Susan Stamberg and Murray Horwitz read stories about a schoolboy's crisis of confidence, a young woman's unexpected tragedy, and a moment of light for exhausted Marines.
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Dec 1, 2010 — This annual holiday favorite marks its 20th anniversary with new fiction for the Festival of Lights. Susan Stamberg and Murray Horwitz read four specially commissioned stories about the search for meaning, miracles and more.
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Dec 11, 2009 — With its 20th anniversary on the horizon, Hanukkah Lights again unveils brand new literature for the holiday season — stories of a single menorah that illuminates a liftetime's journey; a youthful discovery that brings new meaning to the original Hanukkah miracle; and a weary mother who finds fresh strength in a daughter's love — all read for you by Susan Stamberg and Murray Horwitz.
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Dec 3, 2008 — An NPR holiday tradition for nearly two decades, Hanukkah Lights presents brand new fiction to celebrate and illuminate the holiday season — moving tales of discovery and reconciliation, the persistence of hope and the promise of undimmed light — read by Susan Stamberg and Murray Horwitz.
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Dec 1, 2007 — NPR's annual celebration of the Jewish festival of lights continues this year with a new crop of original fiction — characters from varied walks of life find comfort and meaning in the traditions of Hanukkah. Susan Stamberg and Murray Horwitz host.
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Nov 27, 2007 — For each of the eight nights of Hanukkah, we offer a hand-selected work of fiction from the long-running Hanukkah Lights series. Modern-day writers kindle our imaginations with stories inspired by the oil that miraculously burned for eight days and nights.
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Dec 18, 2006 — In this year's ironic, wistful take on the festival of lights, a 90-year-old grandmother confronts Hanukkah hip-hop, and an elderly couple exchanges ironic presents in Gifts of the Jewish Magi. A new, evocative story by Amy Bloom fills out the holiday celebration.
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Dec 28, 2005 — A young boy learns that bigger and brighter things are not necessarily better, and a young mother comes to terms with historical and personal demons, in this year's edition of Hanukkah Lights.
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