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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 30, 2014 | NPR · In Ukraine, worried officials in the southeastern part of the country beefed up their defenses on Saturday as rebel forces slowly moved west following the recent capture of a strategic seaside town.
 
August 30, 2014 | NPR · Arun Rath talks to former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Steven Pifer about NATO and EU options for confronting Russian aggression in Ukraine.
 
August 30, 2014 | NPR · More than 500 people may have traveled from the U.K. to Syria to fight in its civil war. Arun Rath talks to Jessica Stern, author of Terror In The Name Of God, about how it's drawing Westerners.
 

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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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Inside The Games

Aug 24, 2008 — The last big medal event at the Beijing Olympics — the men's basketball final — was a thriller for the ages. The American "Redeem Team" got redemption by beating Spain, 118-107.
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Aug 24, 2008 — On the final day of the Beijing Olympics, the U.S. men's basketball team won the gold medal in an exciting victory over Spain.
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Aug 23, 2008 — Botched relay handoffs, blown leads and injuries have combined to keep the gold medal count way below expectations for the U.S. track team at the Beijing Olympics. Americans usually dominate the sprints, but Jamaica grabbed the baton and ran with it.
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Aug 23, 2008 — What happens when gold turns to silver for the U.S. women's water polo team?
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Aug 22, 2008 — The Summer Olympics wrap up in Beijing this weekend. Initial media coverage of pollution and human rights abuses were eclipsed by the sporting events. The games showcased the rising talent of Usain Bolt, but also saw the age of Chinese women gymnasts questioned.
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Aug 22, 2008 — London will host the 2012 Olympic Games, but organizers acknowledge they have big shoes to fill after Beijing. British comedian Matt Kirshen, a finalist on the 2007 season of NBC's Last Comic Standing, says it's going to be impossible to top the ability of a totalitarian regime.
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Aug 22, 2008 — For the first time in 12 years, the United States has won Olympic gold in the decathlon, the 10-event classic of track-and-field athleticism. The U.S. men's beach volleyball team defended the honor of their gender by winning gold to match the American women, but the U.S. baseball team was trounced by Cuba in the semifinal.
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Aug 22, 2008 — When Americans play pingpong, it just isn't that big a deal. In China, however, table tennis is a national craze — and fans treat top players like rock stars.
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Aug 21, 2008 — The U.S. men's and women's 400-meter relay teams failed to qualify for the Olympic finals because of dropped batons. Terry Long, who coached medal-winning runner Walter Dix, says most Olympic-level athletes who run the relay don't have experience running anything but the anchor leg.
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Aug 21, 2008 — The U.S. women's softball team lost 3-1 to Japan in the gold medal match, which they were widely favored to win. The U.S. women's soccer team won 1-0 against rival Brazil.
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