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Author Interviews
2:29 pm
Sun September 21, 2014

A Poet Parses The Legacy Of War In 'My Life As A Foreign Country'

Originally published on Sun September 21, 2014 5:31 pm

War is in Brian Turner's blood. His father served during the Cold War, his uncle fought in Vietnam, his grandfather fought in World War II and his great-grandfather in World War I. And the family's warrior tendencies went beyond deployments: Turner's dad built a martial arts studio in the garage, and the family mixed napalm and blew things up for fun.

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NPR Story
2:02 pm
Sun September 21, 2014

Libya Still Hampered By Violence And Political Unrest

Originally published on Sun September 21, 2014 5:31 pm

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NPR Story
2:02 pm
Sun September 21, 2014

Turkey Sees Influx Of Refugees Fleeing ISIS

Originally published on Sun September 21, 2014 5:31 pm

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World
2:02 pm
Sun September 21, 2014

Ugandan LGBT Activist Recommended For Asylum In U.S.

Ugandan gay-rights activist John Abdallah Wambere, right, embraces attorney Janson Wu, after announcing his application for asylum in May. The U.S. government has now formally recommended Wambere's application for approval.
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Originally published on Sun September 21, 2014 5:31 pm

This past week, John Abdallah Wambere finally heard the seven words he had been waiting for:

"Your application has been recommended for approval."

Wambere, a prominent Ugandan LGBT-rights activist, had applied for asylum in the United States, due to anti-gay persecution in his home country.

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Sports
3:51 pm
Sat September 20, 2014

What Fans, Parents Are Saying About The NFL Lately

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Middle East
3:19 pm
Sat September 20, 2014

Dozens Of ISIS Hostages Freed And Sent To Turkey

Originally published on Sat September 20, 2014 3:51 pm

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Media
3:19 pm
Sat September 20, 2014

From Podcast To Broadcast: 'Men In Blazers' Gets The ESPN Bump

Originally published on Sat September 20, 2014 3:51 pm

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Technology
3:19 pm
Sat September 20, 2014

In San Diego, A Bootcamp For Data Junkies

Originally published on Sat September 20, 2014 3:51 pm

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Politics
3:29 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

Anticipating Attacks, GOP Campaigns Focus On Courting Women Voters

In this ad from Republican Stewart Mills, his wife Heather says he dons pink heels each year to raise money for victims of domestic violence.
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Originally published on Fri September 19, 2014 7:57 pm

At the Democratic party's annual Women's Leadership Forum Friday, Hillary Clinton delivered a message that could have come straight from the script being used by Democratic candidates all over the country.

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Book Reviews
2:27 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

For The Autumnal Equinox, A Poem As Chilling As The Fall Weather

Originally published on Fri September 19, 2014 3:08 pm

This time of year always reminds me of a wonderfully autumnal poem called "How to Like It," by Stephen Dobyns. Set in "the first days of fall," the poem describes a man whose summer seems long over: Old memories weigh on him, and new adventures feel just out of reach.

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Sports
2:13 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell: 'I Got It Wrong'

Originally published on Fri September 19, 2014 3:08 pm

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National Security
2:13 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

Should The U.S. Pay Ransom For ISIS Hostages?

American Joshua Fattal was released in 2011 from Iran after the Sultan of Oman paid more than $400,000 in ransom. He now says the U.S. should bail its citizens out abroad.
Mohammed Mahjoub AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Fri September 19, 2014 3:08 pm

It was three years ago that Joshua Fattal tasted freedom again. Fattal was one of three Americans who were seized as they hiked in Iraqi Kurdistan near the Iranian border. He was held for 26 months by the Tehran government, charged with spying. His release came as then-Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad came to the United States.

"I was released while Ahmadinejad was visiting the U.N. for the U.N. General Assembly, and it was really just a publicity stunt and I could tell what they were doing was a response to pressure," says Fattal.

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Europe
2:13 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

British Ambassador To U.S. Says Scottish Vote Is 'Decisive'

Originally published on Fri September 19, 2014 3:08 pm

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Goats and Soda
3:49 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

In Sierra Leone, A Lockdown ... Or A Time To Reflect?

A woman washes clothes in a slum in Freetown.
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Starting just after midnight, residents of Sierra Leone will be confined to their homes for a three-day lockdown.

It's the latest government plan meant to stem the tide of Ebola cases, which exceeded 1,500 last week in Sierra Leone.

But the plan has not won the support of the international medical community — and is causing concern among Sierra Leoneans as well.

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Goats and Soda
3:20 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

A Frightening Curve: How Fast Is The Ebola Outbreak Growing?

Source: Columbia Prediction of Infectious Diseases, World Health Organization Credit: Alyson Hurt/NPR

Originally published on Thu September 18, 2014 10:07 pm

In the past week, world leaders have started using a mathematical term when they talk about the Ebola epidemic in West Africa.

"It's spreading and growing exponentially," President Obama said Tuesday. "This is a disease outbreak that is advancing in an exponential fashion," said Dr. David Nabarro, who is heading the U.N.'s effort against Ebola.

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