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August 30, 2014 | NPR · Also in this week’s roundup, Amazon’s $1 billion purchase surprises some tech watchers. Yet we’re most excited about finding a way to avoid physical exertion at lunch.
 

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August 28, 2014 | NPR · NPR TV critic Eric Deggans ranks Amazon’s new batch of five series pilots, asking why none of them seem to break the rules of TV quite enough to draw attention.
 

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August 28, 2014 | NPR · NPR and St. Louis Public Radio are in Ferguson, Mo., today for a community conversation about race and law enforcement. Follow here or join us on Twitter at 7 p.m. ET to discuss #BeyondFerguson.
 

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August 28, 2014 | NPR · Kids read emotions better after spending several days without electronic media, according to new research.
 

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August 26, 2014 | NPR · The tech giant launches new tools for teachers.
 

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August 25, 2014 | NPR · Twitch broadcasts gamers to huge audiences around the world, and it boasts big potential when it comes to advertising dollars. Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos calls watching gameplay “a global phenomenon.”
 

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August 25, 2014 | NPR · When protests over the shooting of Michael Brown turned violent in Ferguson, Mo., live-streaming videos showed Americans what they couldn’t see on TV.
 

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August 24, 2014 | NPR · Fear of lawsuits had kept tattoos out of previous editions of the video game, but San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick put those worries to rest when he secured the rights to his tattoos.
 

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August 23, 2014 | KTOO · The video game Never Alone draws on a traditional Inupiaq story and the actual experiences of native Alaskan elders, storytellers and youth.
 

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August 22, 2014 | NPR · The U.S. Copyright Office says a monkey’s photo can’t be copyrighted — by the person who owns the camera or by anyone else — because it wasn’t taken by a human.
 

 

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September 2, 2014 | NPR · Former House Majority Leader Eric Cantor is joining the boutique investment bank Moelis & Company. The Virginia Republican was unexpectedily defeated in a June primary.
 

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September 1, 2014 | NPR · NATO leaders are expected this week to set up a rapid-response force to defend against potential Russian aggression.
 

September 1, 2014 | NPR · President Obama heads to Europe this week to take part in the NATO summit. The alliance is weighing how to respond to Russia’s incursions into Ukraine.
 

Arts & Life

September 1, 2014 | NPR · The process of becoming a man isn’t always an easy one, but poet Saeed Jones says that reading Real Man Adventures by T Cooper, can make the journey more joyful.
 

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September 1, 2014 | NPR · Until Guardians of the Galaxy came along, this year’s box office figures were the worst in years. But critic Bob Mondello says there are bound to be some fall films that get pulses pounding again.
 

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September 1, 2014 | NPR · NPR’s Madhulika Sikka profiles Cumming, the author of thoughtful spy sagas like A Colder War. Cumming’s books provide plenty of action, but also grapple with the moral quandaries of espionage.
 

Music

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September 2, 2014 | NPR · Check out our favorite dance tracks from the past month, featuring a new anthem from Recondite and some not-so-Basic House from the founder of Opal Tapes.
 

September 1, 2014 | NPR · Guitarist Joe Beck said he thought of the guitar as a six-piece band. Music reviewer Tom Moon says that’s exactly how Beck’s music sounds: layers of overlapping ideas. He reviews Beck’s posthumous release, “Get Me Joe Beck.”
 

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September 1, 2014 | NPR · Plant’s 10th solo album lovingly layers elements in ways that mirror memory, creating new constructs from floating shards of the musical past.
 

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