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August 20, 2014 | NPR · If you venture away from the protest zone in Ferguson, Mo., there is an idyllic neighborhood, which doesn't have much patience for the out-of-towners who have joined the protests.
 
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August 20, 2014 | NPR · President Obama has carefully avoided taking sides following the shooting of Missouri teen Michael Brown, disappointing some African-American observers.
 
August 20, 2014 | NPR · Texas ranks 49th out of 50 states in how much funding it commits to mental health. But San Antonio has become a model for other mental health systems. It has saved $50 million over the past 5 years.
 

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August 20, 2014 | NPR · Demonstrators want an indictment of the police officer who fatally shot Michael Brown earlier this month. But investigations — one of them a federal civil rights case — can take weeks, if not months.
 
August 20, 2014 | NPR · More than a week now from the police shooting in Ferguson, Mo., it's worth asking: Ideally, what should happen with a police officer stops someone in the street?
 
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August 20, 2014 | NPR · Enlisting has been a rite of passage for men in the Pierce family since the Civil War. And as America has changed, Mark Pierce and his son Jeremy explain, what it means to serve has, too.
 

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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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Jun 19, 2007 — The acclaimed Nigerian writer recently won the prestigious Man Booker International Prize for his literary career. Achebe talks about the premise of his debut novel Things Fall Apart, why he stopped writing for nearly 20 years and how his experiences with Nigeria's fractured political past still shape the way he envisions Africa's future.
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Dec 10, 2007 — On December 9, 1957, the Department of Justice's Civil Rights Division was created as part of the landmark Civil Rights Act. Charges of politicization within the division have persisted for several years. Now, 50 years later, NPR's Tony Cox explores its relevance and successes.
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Oct 12, 2007 — A New Jack artist of many trades, actor/director Tyler Perry became famous for cross-dressing as the ghetto, gun-toting Madea character. But in his latest flick, "Why Did I Get Married?," he plays one half of four black couples who go on a vacation that turns into a nightmare. Farai Chideya talks to Perry and the film's star, Janet Jackson.
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Aug 16, 2007 — CBS correspondent Byron Pitts — now an award-winning journalist — did not start learning to read until he was 12 years old. Our black literary imagination series resumes with a discussion of blacks and illiteracy.
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Aug 15, 2007 — Three leading bloggers discuss new data that suggests whites are becoming more of a minority in America, the increase in black women choosing interracial marriages, and Sen. John Edwards' racial handicap in his White House bid.
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