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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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Aug 18, 2014 — The novel is about a flavor chemist who tests a sweetener on lab rats and monkeys and finds side effects the company covers up. Author Stephan Eirik Clark says he was inspired by Fast Food Nation.
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Aug 5, 2014 — Martha Woodroof talks to Lydia Netzer about her experiences as a first-time novelist navigating the expectations of authors on social media beyond videos of Chihuahuas guarding food.
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Jul 18, 2014California, Edan Lepucki's debut novel, follows a young, pregnant couple struggling to survive after the apocalypse. It debuts at No. 4.
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Jul 11, 2014 — A struggling single mom gets helps from an obnoxious tech millionaire in Jojo Moyes' One Plus One. It debuts at No. 7.
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Jul 8, 2014 — Rainbow Rowell's new adult novel follows a successful sitcom writer struggling to balance work and family — and to patch up her struggling marriage with the aid of a semi-magical old landline phone.
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Jul 7, 2014 — California tells the story of a couple who, when they learn they are having a baby, leave their solitary refuge in a forest for a Utopian community in post-apocalyptic America.
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Jul 7, 2014 — The author's female leads are plus-sized, and sometimes, instead of falling in love, they are just trying to stay in it. Her new book, Landline, opens with a marriage on the verge of collapse.
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Jun 24, 2014 — Read an exclusive pre-publication excerpt of Landline, the new novel from Eleanor & Park author Rainbow Rowell. Love, heartache, sitcom success and a magic phone — did we mention the magic phone?
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May 2, 2014 — Maeve Binchy's Chestnut Street, a collection of stories written throughout the author's life, debuts at No. 7.
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Apr 26, 2014 — Bestselling author Maeve Binchy wrote stories about fictional Chestnut Street all her life. When she died in 2012, they were collected into a volume reviewer Bobbi Dumas calls lyrical and accessible.
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