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August 28, 2014 | NPR · James Tomsheck was pushed out of his job as internal affairs chief for Customs and Border Protection in June. He warns the agency has become a paramilitary organization with little accountability.
 
August 28, 2014 | NPR · U.S. and Russian experts recently met on neutral territory, on an island in Finland, to try to work through issues that have been building up ever since Vladimir Putin returned to the Kremlin.
 
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August 28, 2014 | NPR · Foster Farms has been accused of poisoning its customers with salmonella bacteria. But in recent months, the company has become a leader in the poultry industry's fight against the foodborne pathogen.
 

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August 28, 2014 | NPR · The pay is generous — $1,000 a month. The risks are enormous. They collect the body of an Ebola victim, avoiding any contact that could infect them. They wear safety garb. And they pray.
 
August 28, 2014 | NPR · The Syrian civil war has flared up in the south of the country, near the Israeli border. A group of Islamist fighters have now captured a border crossing between Syria and Israel on the Golan Heights.
 
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August 28, 2014 | NPR · The protests following Michael Brown's death have rekindled long-standing complaints about racist policing in the St. Louis area. Cops there are now becoming more outspoken in their own defense.
 

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August 23, 2014 | NPR · Nearly 1,500 people have died in the Ebola outbreak, and more nations in the region are closing their borders. NPR's Scott Simon speaks to Africa correspondent Ofeibea Quist-Arcton about the epidemic.
 

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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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Aug 3, 2014 — War and conflict just go with the territory when you're a human. That fact has commentator Adam Frank looking for solutions. Perhaps a shared consciousness is the answer.
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Jun 30, 2014 — Would you like to see the world more clearly? Commentator Tania Lombrozo extracts some useful life lessons from the field of psychology.
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Jun 15, 2014 — Animals are smarter than you think and our place in the world is not as secure as you might imagine. In fact, authors Karen Joy Fowler and Jeff VanderMeer say we're living on an alien planet.
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May 21, 2014 — Does a mind need a body to exist? To be happy? Science fiction has been wrestling with these questions for years and commentator Marcelo Gleiser suggests that we heed Hollywood's latest warning.
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Mar 15, 2014 — The jury is still out of brain-fitness programs. And this shouldn't surprise us. Getting our heads in shape isn't likely to be easier than getting our bodies fit, says Alva No.
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Dec 4, 2013 — Is the brain a sort of quantum computer? What is consciousness? Marcelo Gleiser's brain is buzzing with big questions after participating in a conference that asked if quantum physics plays a role in how we think.
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Oct 11, 2013 — Do dogs think and feel? Are they persons? And if you are unsure, would the results of brain studies on dogs help you make up your mind? Alva No argues that, while an MRI can tell us many things about a dog's brain, it can't tell us more than we already know through our relationships with these wonderful animals.
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Jun 14, 2013 — We face a paradox: Although we lack sufficient reason to believe in the consciousness of others, it would be plainly unreasonable for us to give up this commitment.
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Apr 3, 2013 — What can we say about how the brain creates our sense of self? A lot and yet surprisingly little, as it turns out. Commentator Marcelo Gleiser ponders the many challenges scientists face to make sense of our mind.
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