“If the lyric from Fol Chen’s single ‘In Ruins’ doesn’t grab your attention, as everything about this band does, then you must have been away from the blogosphere for the past few months. Worthily hyped as refreshingly skewed pop and melodramatic electro, this single embodies their deceptive playfulness that turns you giddy.”

 

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September 30, 2014 | NPR · New drugs and vaccines can take years to develop. But health officials and researchers are accelerating tests of experimental drugs to fight the outbreak in West Africa.
 

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September 30, 2014 | NPR · One Los Angeles school is working technology into the learning process, while avoiding the traditional screen-time pitfalls.
 

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September 30, 2014 | NPR · The Liberian physician, who operates a clinic in the capital, perseveres in the wake of a colleague’s death, possibly from Ebola. She and her staff continue to treat patients.
 

Arts & Life

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September 30, 2014 | NPR · Director David Fincher’s excellent adaptation of Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl relies on stellar performances and ultimately on a diabolically twisting narrative structure.
 

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September 30, 2014 | NPR · In writing her new book On Immunity, Eula Biss found that questions about vaccination touch on attitudes about environmentalism, citizenship and trust in the government.
 

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September 29, 2014 | NPR · Caitlin Moran’s semi-autobiographical novel is an earnestly written look at a young woman’s self-reinvention. How to Build a Girl tackles class, gender and sexuality with both humor and sincerity.
 

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September 30, 2014 | NPR · Grab yourself two free handfuls of new tunes selected by our panel of public-radio hosts, including new music from King Tuff, Sarah Jaffe, Frazey Ford, The Gotobeds, Hollie Cook and more.
 

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September 29, 2014 | NPR · In the West, we’re used to hearing dance music at weddings. In southern Madagascar, guests might hear tsapiky, a regional guitar-band music, at funerals, as well as any other number of ceremonies.
 

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September 29, 2014 | NPR · At 46, Joshua Bell leads nine young musicians in the 30-minute HBO documentary Masterclass. Here, the violinist gives advice on finding yourself in the music.
 

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