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August 22, 2014 | NPR · The standoff between the U.S. and Russia over Ukraine has raised the specter of a new Cold War. David Greene talks to Julie Ioffe, of the New Republic, about what Russia's next move may be in Ukraine.
 
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August 22, 2014 | NPR · Even just the word Ebola is kind of terrifying. Why? Hollywood has a lot to do with it. But Ebola outbreaks also have all the ingredients for what one psychologist calls the "dread factor."
 
August 22, 2014 | NPR · Census Bureau data show a wider gap between rich and poor. Kelly McEvers explores this with economist Enrico Moretti of the University of California-Berkeley, author of The New Geography of Jobs.
 

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August 21, 2014 | KWMU · The violence at night in Ferguson, Mo., has calmed down for now. However, more than 160 people have been arrested since the protests began. Police records offer a sense of who they are.
 
August 21, 2014 | NPR · The aftermath of the police shooting in Ferguson, Mo., has focused attention on police-involved killings more broadly in the U.S. But statistics on shootings by police are scarce. To learn why, Audie Cornish speaks with David Klinger, an associate professor at the University of Missouri in St. Louis.
 
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August 21, 2014 | NPR · The hunt is on to identify the man in the James Foley execution video who speaks with a British accent. An estimated 2,000 Europeans have left home to join the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq.
 

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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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Five for Friday

Jan 18, 2007 — Five for Friday looks into its crystal ball and sees new movies worth watching, a new book worth reading, new music worth listening to, new ways to celebrate pies and — drum roll, maestro, if you please — a new way to write yourself a letter to be delivered in the year 2037.
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Jan 11, 2007 — January should be national couch potato month. Check out our guide to the premieres of 24 and American Idol (with a tip o' the mic to Whitney Houston's melisma), our exclusive preview of Little Mosque on the Prairie and reviews of a stomping dance movie and an idiocratic DVD.
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Jan 4, 2007 — A freaky view of the future in Children of Men, the co-author of Freakonomics on ... Beauty and the Geek, freakish adventures on a hunt for sunken treasure, the slightly freaky Jack White in a no-frills music video, and the secret to avoid freakouts (it involves 40 winks).
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Dec 28, 2006 — As a public service, Five for Friday proudly presents its first annual roundup of weird, wild and altogether wonderful lists. From the worst movie trailers to the most dangerous toys in existence, you'll find plenty of grist (and gross) in our list of lists.
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Dec 21, 2006 — The biggest weekend wonder is the newly released name of the seventh HP book: 'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.' Wonder what it means? We've got a few hints. We've also got recipes for weekend enjoyment: milk punch, a sumptuous made-in-China movie, a book of fun scientific experiments and a guide to real-life nights at the museum.
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Dec 14, 2006 — We've got the winners of our holiday craft contest plus some dreamy entertainment options. Our picks: Dreamgirls, TV dream teams, a dreamlike graphic novel and a fever dream of a kids DVD, starring a goat puppet who cavorts with rock stars. Plus: a special holiday bonus — Bob Mondello's scorecard for five new movies.
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Dec 7, 2006 — If standing in line at the mall isn't your bag, we've dipped into our bag to offer some weekend diversions, from the very first season of SNL, finally out on DVD, to a Web site that will answer your burning questions.
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Nov 30, 2006 — Tubas, a craft contest, romance comics and a pair of Morgan Freeman gems — what better way to usher in December?
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Nov 16, 2006 — What a weekend! You can celebrate Mickey Mouse's birthday, relax with a cool DVD starring some of the greatest talents of the 1950s (hosted by none other than Hef) and gaze at a meteor shower. And then, just in case you were wondering, we have the word on the best wine to sip with your Thanksgiving turkey — or your KFC takeout.
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Nov 9, 2006 — In Volver, Penelope Cruz follows in the footsteps of Loren and Lolabrigida. James Bond DVD sets are to never say die for. You might die laughing if you tune into MXC, the dubbed Japanese game show. Persian Girls is an evocative memoir. And political junkies: it's time for Fantasy Congress!
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