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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 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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Carl Sagan

Dec 31, 2013 — This New Year, stop to consider the point of it all with this beautiful animation of Carl Sagan's "Pale Blue Dot" meditation on Earth's place in the cosmos.
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Nov 27, 2013 — Why, exactly, would aliens who can travel the interstellar void want to physically probe the sex organs of humans, wonders physicist and commentator Marcelo Gleiser as he looks back on the story of Antônio Villas Boas.
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Oct 29, 2013 — Carl Sagan, an astronomer with the soul of a poet, liked to remind us that we were all made of "star stuff." It was, without a doubt, one of his most beautiful images. Astrophysicist Adam Frank says it's not just an abstract concept; you can reach out and feel it in the space dirt covering your ride.
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Sep 25, 2013 — How far can humans go? Farther than we know. That's one of the lessons we can learn from the Voyager spacecraft, says physicist Marcelo Gleiser. He sees these missions as the embodiment of our hope that we are not alone in the universe, that there may be other beings out there who embrace life and beauty.
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