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August 28, 2014 | NPR · For the first time, researchers have tracked the spread of Ebola, almost in real time, during an outbreak. The virus is quickly changing its genetic code. But it's unclear what the mutations mean.
 
August 29, 2014 | NPR · French President Francois Hollande is under pressure to fix the country's economy, which is overburdened by regulation and failing a generation of young people. He's also facing calls for austerity.
 
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August 29, 2014 | NPR · Congressman and former Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan discusses his new book, The Way Forward: Renewing the American Idea.
 

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August 29, 2014 | NPR · The Obama administration is considering whether to broaden its air campaign against the extremist group the Islamic State by striking targets in Syria.
 
August 29, 2014 | NPR · Regular political commentators, E.J. Dionne of The Washington Post and David Brooks of The New York Times, discuss the latest in Ukraine and the actions of ISIS in Iraq and Syria.
 
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August 29, 2014 | NPR · An earthquake in Napa Valley this week brought back old fears for author Gustavo Arellano. In his anxiety he's revisiting the book A Crack in the Edge of the World.
 

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August 30, 2014 | NPR · Ukrainian forces are defending the port city of Novoazovsk from what they say is a Russian invasion. Scott Simon talks to correspondent Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson.
 

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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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Apr 14, 2014 — The I-Will-If-You-Will Book Club just finished reading John Steinbeck's Dust Bowl saga. Scholar Susan Shillinglaw joins us in the comments to talk about the book's legacy.
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Apr 14, 2014 — John Steinbeck's Dust Bowl story is "about haves and have-nots," says one scholar, "and that story is getting increasingly urgent." The book was first published April 14, 1939.
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Mar 24, 2014 — The I-Will-If-You-Will Book Club is reading John Steinbeck's Dust Bowl classic. (Some of us for the very first time!) Join us in the comments to discuss what we've read so far.
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Mar 3, 2014 — The I-Will-If-You-Will Book Club is reading John Steinbeck's Dust Bowl classic. (Some of us for the very first time!) Here we discuss Chapters 1 through 10.
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Feb 17, 2014 — Somehow, a lot of us at NPR Books have never read John Steinbeck's classic. When we realized this anniversary was coming up, we thought: What better way to pay tribute than to actually crack it open?
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